IDYLLS – PRAYER FOR TERRENE

This sophomore LP from Brisbane band IDYLLS is one of the most twisted, extreme records I’ve come across this year.

The Darcys – Hymn For A Missing Girl

Never heard of the Darcys before, but they definitely know how to pull together an epic, 21-minute instrumental! Hymn For A Missing Girl is the Halifax band’s latest offering right here, and it was a 500 LP offering this past Record Store Day. There might still be some copies of this thing floating around, right? Good luck to anyone who goes out seeking this dark, moody gem, and congrats to anyone who had the perceptiveness to look into what this band had to offer on this project!

The rest of us will just have to stream it, which isn’t exactly anything to complain about. Beautifully layered strings, vocals, and guitars come together into some immense moments on this thing. If drone, post-rock, experimental rock, and immense neoclassical compositions get you going, then you’re gonna want to clear out the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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!!!

IDYLLS – Prayer for Terrene

Previously mentioned noise metal terrorists IDYLLS come through with a new record that actually rivals the hellish sonic pallet of their last release. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I mean, this thing even scratches some of the same itches the latest Indian record did, but a lot more violently, I think.

Get ready for some shrieking guitars, unrelenting blast beats, and some absolutely hideous vocals. Enjoy!

Liars – Mess

Experimental music outfit Liars continue their foray into electronic music with a series of incredibly bold, heavy tech house fusions.

White Suns – Totem

White Suns’ latest release is one of the most twisted blends of noise and rock I’ve heard this year.

Lord Mantis – “Body Choke”

Chicago metal outfit Lord Mantis is about to drop their third full-length on April 29th via Profound Lore, and this new track of theirs sets quite a tone.

I first heard of this band a year or so ago when they dropped Pervertor, which was a pretty intense set of blackened sludge songs. Intense, yes, but not all that memorable. However, I’m finding “Body Choke” to be much more gripping, abrasive, and heavy. Man, this track weighs a ton. It’s like slowly being crushed, and might give that new Indian album a run for it’s filthy, disgusting money.

To add to the insanity, this thing is almost nine minutes long, and pummels throughout. Enjoy!

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White Suns – “Priest in the Laboratory”

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:

The Body – “Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain”

While I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the experimental metal duo The Body, I have to admit I admire their will to wildly experiment with each new release they put out. With previous releases incorporating choral groups and massive riffs, it would seem electronics are now a logical direction to move in, and the band has brought on music producer Bobby Krlic to make this happen. Assuming the darker side of underground music is your forte, you might already be familiar with Bob’s work under the name The Haxan Cloak. In my opinion, he dropped one of the more terrifying dark ambient records of last year, and he’s bringing a lot of those industrially tinged aesthetics to this new body song as well, “Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain.” Stream it via the widget above, and look out for this new Body album on April 1st via RVNG Intl. The Title: I Shall Die Herer, of course!

Sevendeaths – “All Night Graves”

A gorgeous drone from Scottish music producer Steven Shade a.k.a. Sevendeaths, which comes from his latest LP, Concret√© 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!