Wreck and Reference – Want

Wreck and Reference serve up a slightly different, and more dismal, blend of extreme music styles coming together on this new album of theirs. However, the song structures still leave a lot to be desired.

USA Out of Vietnam – “Tonight, the Dead Walk”

Right around the start of this year, I wrote a little something about Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest album from Montreal experimental rock outfit USA out of Vietnam. So, the project has been out there for a while now, but I’m bringing it up again because it is receiving a formal release just this week via New Damage Records. I still find the band’s combination of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop elements to be utterly enchanting, so take this as a gentle reminder to check this thing out. Above, the droning psychedelic doom-pop magic of closer “Tonight, the Dead Walk.” Enjoy!

Bent Knee – “Being Human”

Grand, serene, and progressive, I’m loving this track from the forthcoming Bent Knee record, Shiny Eyed Babies. Not only are some of the instrumental passages in the 6-minute monster, “Being Human,” pretty creative, but some of the band’s instrumental builds are unbelievably powerful as well! Enjoy!

Idre – Self-Titled

Try out this new, two-song album from Oklahoma rock outfit Idre. Yeah, the first song is 26 minutes, but it’s an entertaining combo of various rock styles: gothic, experimental, post. There’s even a bit of doom mixed in there for good measure. Vocalist Ryan Davis doesn’t sound too unlike a young Michael Gira as well.

Ought – More Than Any Other Day

Montreal’s Ought displays a pretty wide set of influences on this debut record of theirs, including experimental folk rock to tracks that blend sounds of Midwest emo with the dismal emotions of bands like Slint.

John Frusciante – Enclosure

John Frusciante comes through with another demo-quality dud with Enclosure.

Merkabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom

While Angel Guts: Red Classroom might be Xiu Xiu’s most freakish record, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by some of the purely freakish tracks here.

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Mogwai’s latest album sees the famed (mostly) instrumental rock band incorporating a lot more synths and electronics with some mixed results.

Murmur – “Bull of Crete”

Stream: Murmur – “Bull of Crete”

Chicago’s Murmur is making some of the strangest, most exciting metal music today. The quartet is set drop its self-titled sophomore album next week, and above, you can stream its nine-minute-long second track, “Bull of Crete.” The playing on this multi-phased piece is freaking tight and the beyond-virtuoso percussion of drummer Charlie Werber is really on display here. Enjoy!

Murmur is due out January 21 via Season of Mist.