Our friends/tormenters at White Suns (Kevin Barry, Rick Visser, and Dana Matthiessen) are coming out with a new LP of earsplitting tunes later in March. The album is titled Totem and judging from this new single, “Priest in the Laboratory,” it looks as though the trio’s lost none of their primal force since their 2012 sophomore effort Sinews.
The song sees White Suns again saying “fuck it” to a concept of structure, careening forward in a heap of caustic vocals, screeching guitar, piercing electronics, and frantic drumming. But the group does go through a number of interesting phases. At one point, everything pulls back to highlight Matthiessen’s deft percussion work, and later, Barry’s guitar and Visser’s electronics work together in bursts to form a coda. White Suns’ music continues to be something of an all-out shred-fest, but that’s not necessarily a problem, as their interplay continues to be a compelling combination of all-over-the-place and very, very tight.
Totems drops March 25 via The Flenser. Hopefully it’s as powerful as its predecessor, review below:
A gorgeous drone from Scottish music producer Steven Shade a.k.a. Sevendeaths, which comes from his latest LP, Concreté Misery. In a perfect world, this track is how the collaboration between Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin collaboration that dropped in 2012 would have sounded. Sporadic synth sequences lay against monolithic drones of distortion that cycle through a somber chord progression. While the music seems simple in theory, it’s powerful in practice. Enjoy!
Recording for Allentown grindcore quartet Orphan Donor’s new EP Empty apparently took place over the course of three years – starting in January 2011, in a barn, and ending in November 2013, in a basement. Clocking in at a seemingly meager 15 minutes, Empty might just be the most rawly affecting extreme music listen you’ll have all year. Check it!
If you dig this, be sure to check out the band’s live (and incredibly murky) self-titled EP here. You can also look forward to the band’s first full-length, which is in the works.
“The Story of Lot,” the last single from Norwegian noise rock collective Årabrot, is a left-field turn from an already left-field band. The 15-minute piece is comprised of Kjetil Nernes recounting the Bible’s tale of the drunken, incestuous title character over a propulsive, lurching bassline that amasses harsh electronic noise and feedback as it progresses. With this track, the band has effectively veered into industrial territory, and it’s glorious to hear the genre performed with some teeth again.
“The Story of Lot” will take up much of Årabrot’s new EP, Murder As Art, out today via Red Eye.
While Death Grips’ Government Plates might be one of the most aggressive releases to come from the experimental hip hop trio, it’s also one of their most forgettable, repetitious, short-winded, and half-baked.
Canadian music producer Tim Hecker returns with a stunning collection of tracks that make for some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard this year.