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Bandcamp Find: Taiga

Posted by Rick Gebhardt

Band: Taiga
Album: The Coriolis Effect

Most of you have probably heard of Isis or Red Sparowes. Most of you also probably didn't know that Bryant Clifford Meyer (guitar/vocals for Red Sparowes and electronics for Isis) has been making ambient music since 2008 under the moniker Taiga. On his latest album, he creates a soundscape that reminds me of what Solar Fields would create if pushed in an ambient direction. It's very future-sounding, yet oddly calm at the same time. It probably wouldn't feel too out of place as the soundtrack to any modern sci-fi video game. Then again, it might be too calm for video game music, but I think you get the point.

Rise Records Signs Nightmares, Band is Not a Nightmare

Posted by Nick Senior

Rise Records' latest signees, Nightmares, a post-hardcore group from Atlanta, GA, is releasing its debut record, Suspira, on June 3rd. The band just released a new single, "Cujo", which can be streamed in the comments. 

Fans of older Our Last Night or Risecore will surely enjoy the label's latest signing. The album can be pre-ordered at this location. The band is hitting the road on the Rise Records and Friends tour, starting at the end of the month. Dates can be found here

Anakin Try To Kickstart New Album

Posted by Nick Senior

California rock group Anakin has launched a Kickstarter campaign to record a full-length record. We have covered the band's most recent EP previously, noting how fans of space rock would be right at home. Head over to Kickstarter to fund the band's recording fees for a new album. The band is only asking for $3,500 in total, which seems unusually low for most crowd-funded campaigns. As of this posting, the band has only $675, so give the band a few bones and reap the benefits of a solid record. 

Mastodon take the high road

Posted by Zach Roth

Mastodon's new single from their upcoming album "High Road" has leaked in the form of a radio stream rip. Once More Round the Sun due out in June.

PUJOL debuts new song

Posted by Zach Roth

Saddle Creeker PUJOL has debuted "Circles" off his upcoming sophomore release Kludge. It's a pleasant sort of lo-fi, punky indie.

Bandcamp Find: Look Left Swing Right

Posted by Rick Gebhardt

Band: Look Left Swing Right
Album: Look Left Swing Right

This might be a find that only applies to a select few people. Ask yourself, do you like deathcore that's more mosh oriented than tech oriented? If you did answer yes, or if you can tolerate non-technical deathcore, this is a short & sweet release from a young band who, given some more time and development, could really blossom. For the moment, though, this is a raw release that shows a lot of promise, which shouldn't be taken as a criticism. There is a passion here that permeates each song, which you won't find in many of the polished releases in the genre. 

Essence are just a tease

Posted by Zach Roth

For those of you who dug Essence's teaser for "The Climb" off their upcoming album Smoke & Mirrors, you can check out "Defiance" and "Prophecy" below. The album is due out by the end of Spring.

Aborted Travel "Coffin Upon Coffin"

Posted by Nick Senior

Belgium's premiere (and possibly only) deathgrind group, Aborted, has just dropped its latest single via Terrorizer. "Coffin Upon Coffin" is an absolute gem, ripe with disgusting lyrics, a delicious solo, and some fantastic vocals from ringleader Sven. Aborted has really amped up the melodic aspects of its sound, and that has paid dividends in its first two tracks from Necrotic Manifesto.

You can stream the new track here and pre-order the record at this location. Necrotic Manifesto is set for release via Century Media on April 29, 2014. Check out the previously released track here.

Deftones debut unreleased track from Eros

Posted by Zach Roth

Several Decoy members would like to note that Deftones are intensely overrated. For the rest of you, here's "Smile," a track from their unreleased album Eros.

Bandcamp Find: Moonlit Sailor

Posted by Rick Gebhardt

Band: Moonlit Sailor
Album: We Come From Exploding Stars

I'm sure for many post-rock fans, Moonlit Sailor aren't really a discovery. They've been around the post-rock world for some time now and have actually created a nice little niche for themselves, but if you're asking me (and why wouldn't you?), they still aren't appreciated enough. There's obviously going to be comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, but Moonlit Sailor don't hit the huge crescendos quite as hard as EITS. Instead, their breed of post-rock is much more upbeat and positive; every song has an uplifting undercurrent to it. They're more Sunlight Ascending mixed with fellow labelmates U137 than mere EITS ripoffs. If your day is as dreary and rainy as it is here in Minnesota, there is no better album than this one to pull you out of the grayness of the day. 

More new Closure in Moscow

Posted by Zach Roth

Closure in Moscow have debuted another new song from Pink Lemonade. "Neoprene Byzantine" rocks like Portugal. The Man meets The Mars Volta.

Bandcamp Find: Sothoros

Posted by Rick Gebhardt

Band: Sothoros
Album: Overneath

I know, I know, I know... djent is wearing out its welcome (or has already, I'm not sure), but I'm still a sucker for a well done djent album, especially if it's instrumental. Similar to our last bandcamp find, Sothoros are solidly in the djent realm of the progressive metal spectrum, but whereas Shades of Black used some middle eastern influences to spice things up, Sothoros turn more to tech death to give their music an edge. There's plenty of TesseracT-isms throughout, don't worry, but there are also some great blast beats and aggressively heavy moments to punctuate the more atmospheric moments. 

Emarosa to return with new vocalist

Posted by Zach Roth

Check the video below for a short interview with the band on finding their new vocalist, Bradley Walden, as well as a barely audible teaser of what's to come.

New project for ex-Mars Volta members and Flea

Posted by Zach Roth

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have teamed up with Flea and drummer Dave Elitch to form Antemasque. Check out "4AM" below.