The previously mentioned Belgian post-metal act Amenra are back with a new music video for their 13-minute-long piece “A Mon Âme,” taken from their 2012 LP Mass V. Definitely check this album out if you’re looking for a band that can smoothly move through multi-phased compositions that string together droning, shoe-gazey interludes, chugging sludge rock riffs, and bursts of melodic hardcore.
Apparently this type of music makes fellow Belgian and fashion photographer-cum-music video director Willy Vanderperre think about skin. He says this in this Nowness article, although it’s clear enough that he had skin on his mind through the resulting video, which for the course of its 13 minutes features almost exclusively close-up shots of the shirtless musicians burningly performing along to the song. The effect is simultaneously trancey and fierce, which does capture the essence of Amenra, oddly enough. Scope it above and see for yourself.
This is Vanderperre’s second foray into music video-making. He first worked with These New Puritans earlier this month for live footage of Field of Reeds centerpiece and standout “V (Island Song).” You can find that here.
French post-metal duo Alcest are venturing in a decidedly gentler direction than past efforts with their forthcoming LP Shelter. However, this new single “Délivrance” sees Neige and Winterhalter going as big as ever, proving that despite their dreamier side all but edging out their black metal roots on this project, they can still deliver pieces that are captivating in their gorgeousness alone. Happy listening!
Shelter is out January 21 via Prophecy.
Cult of Luna’s latest effort sees the Swedish atmospheric sludge outfit maintaining its sound with mid-paced tempos and heavy guitars, but the songwriting seems to have lost a disappointing amount of detail and diversity.
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With Honor Found In Decay, Neurosis releases one of its most straightforward albums yet, forgoing some of the more ambitious instrumentation that’s made it onto past albums in favor of a sound that blends the heavy sounds of sludge with a bit of folk simplicity.
Boston’s Old Man Gloom is dropping their new album, titled NO, next week via Hydra Head records. A group like this has a considerable hurdle to jump over with this new record. Not only is NO the first Old Man Gloom album to come out in years, but the group’s lineup has strong connections to some real heavy hitters: Isis, Cave In, Converge, Agoraphobic Nosebleed. This new album has even been recorded with Converge’s Kurt Ballou.
But on “To Carry the Flame,” it doesn’t feel like these guys are just gonna jump this hurdle. Instead, they’ll be rolling over it with a tank. The riffs on this track are massive. Too massive for any sort of scale. Just turn it up and feel the rumble.
Of course, the band hits a great groove on the song, too. Despite the long span of time with no new material or live shows, none of that chemistry seems to be lost in their playing. There’s even a pretty harmonious and epic bridge to the track, too. Heavy and pretty. I like it, I like it, I like it.
Iroha is a UK metal band that produces a heavy, blissful sound that is pretty comparable to Jesu’s. That shouldn’t be a surprise since the guy spearheading this project is Andy Swan. He’s said to have worked with Justin K. Broadrick in one of his previous bands, Final; plus, Iroha itself even features Jesu’s Diarmuid Dalton.
There are a lot of parallels, similarities, and connections here, no doubt. But Iroha’s self-titled debut is still worth checking out if you love your rock loud and hazy.
On “Last Day of Summer,” chords doom slowly and patiently against simple drums and relaxed vocals. This thing doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a calming ride into the fog.
Look for this album on Denovali.