Album Review: Brain Tentacles – “Brain Tentacles”

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Even if after several spins of Brain Tentacles jazz/doom/grind/avante-garde debut Brain Tentacles you still have no idea what’s going on there is little doubt you’ll be humming the rhythms and bass lines for days afterwards. This band is a power trio that doesn’t act like a power trio, rather they act like a metal version of a jam band that took a triple hit of acid and listened to Miles Davis or Ornette Coleman for way too long. This, of course, is a compliment as they triumphantly venture into a niche that very few have ever done successfully. Continue reading

Album Review: Crowhurst – “Crowhurst”

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“There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it.”

Most of the time, it’d probably feel a bit weird starting an album review by analyzing of its final song, but in Crowhurst‘s case, it’s oddly fitting. The experimental black metal band’s new, self-titled album closes with “Luna Falsata,” a sprawling, noisy, nine-minute epic. In a terrific guest spot, Oxbow vocalist Eugene Robinson uses his full range to interpret and deliver a Werner Herzog monologue about the vileness and obscenity of the jungle, winding things down with the line above. In the context of Crowhurstwhich uses every one of its excellent, 40-odd minutes to create that exact kind of misery and disharmony—it feels all too appropriate. Continue reading

Interview: Crowhurst’s Jay Gambit on noise, metal and the band’s new self-titled album

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It’s time to forget everything you thought you knew about Crowhurst. After four years and enough solo noise and experimental electronic releases to last a lifetime, mastermind Jay Gambit’s taking things in a new direction. With a full quintet in tow, the project’s main focus has shifted to experimental black metal—and an incredibly heavy and bleak blend in particular, even by the genre’s already lofty standards on that front.

Ahead of the band’s first foray into their new sound—a self-titled album due for release next month—we talked to Gambit about the band’s new sonic ambitions and his plans to continue noise recordings now that Crowhurst’s gone metal. Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading