Megaton Leviathan – Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell

On their latest record, Megaton Leviathan fuses doom metal with post-rock.

Kairon; IRSE! – Ujubasajuba

Finland’s Kairon; IRSE! dropped their sophomore album here this past fall, and I’m incredibly happy this thing didn’t end up slipping by me while we still have some time left in 2014.

The thick, blissful, and syrupy sounds of shoegaze are what you’ll find all over this record. Obscured vocals hiding behind layer upon layer of blaring guitars, but the band also isn’t afraid to embark upon a progressively building post-rock jam in the vain of Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra or Do Make Say Think. An unlikely fusion of genres that sounds really great in this instance.

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies EP

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die take their dynamic approach to emo and fuses it with spoken word on this new collaborative EP.

Megaton Leviathan – Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell

Megaton Leviathan is the Portland-based musical project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Andrew James Costa. Back in September, the act put out its sophomore full-length Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell, which consists of three lumbering pieces that smack of Godspeed You! Black Emperor with stoner rock and doom metal infusions. With this album, Megaton Leviathan comes off kind of like a bolder and more extravagant Pallbearer, so if you have the same reservations about that band as we’ve had, you may well come away from this project very satisfied.

Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell is out now via Seventh Rule.

Sólstafir – “Ótta”

A new track from Icelandic rock outfit Sólstafir. Over the years, the band has built an international reputation off its long, expansive, and epic songs. At nine minutes, this new track is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. It’s got every from glacial walls of guitar to a plucky little lead melody that sounds like it’s coming out of a banjo.

It’s a massive track with a tense finish. From what I’ve heard, this album is dropping lat August. Stay alert!

USA Out of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

USA Out of Vietnam’s debut delivers some pretty impressive, experimental post-rock tunes. It’s not perfect, but this record certainly makes this outfit a band to watch.

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.

Swans – To Be Kind

Swans’ latest album takes a hypnotic, meditative approach to churning out some of the most grand and visceral rock instrumentation in the band’s 13-album discography.

Various Artists – Anything for You: A Tribute to Swans

Are you one of the admirable few who’s managed to abstain from listening to Swans‘ massive new album To Be Kind? Hang in there – there’s only a handful of days left to go! But maybe you’ve already worn out their other 12 records waiting and need a little something to keep you from cracking? Well, CHVRCHDVST Records is here for you, with this sprawling, 32-song-long tribute album to Swans by various underground acts ranging from drone to folk to post-punk in style. It’s like the length of two whole Swans records (or four early Swans records)! This really oughtta keep you occupied til Tuesday…But seriously, you should just give in and listen to the album already. No one’s gonna judge.

Also, Swans has begun uploading its back catalog to their YouTube channel. Check that shit out if you’ve been meaning to get into their music.

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.