Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into. Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle. Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever. Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable. Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.
No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss. However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell. It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable. Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading →
Straight out of Tennessee comes a band that as their label put it in the description of Intellectual Hoolaganism, “You decide the description of Flummox???.” Can’t get much better than that. Seriously, there’s sounds in this album that no one would have ever thought to put together much less make an album’s worth of material with. And the best part, it RULES. Take extreme metal, jazz fusion, doo wop, progressive rock, funk — just to name a few of the double-digit count of different music strains here — and you’ve got something completely unique thats begs exploration. Along the way a funny thing happens, time slips and a spin is done but it’s not enough to even begin to take it all in. That is how Flummox gets you. Just ahead of the album’s release, later this week, we got the chance to ask bassist and vocalist Blake Dellinger our set of Profile questions and most answers are just as out of left field as their music. Don’t miss it and be sure to grab a copy from the links below. Continue reading →
For a band that consists solely of two members that play a nine string guitar and dual drum kits respectively, Seattle’s Pound make one hell of a sweet racket. Set to release their debut full length, Pound, in July via Silent Pendulum Records this duo will readily lay to rest any doubts of reading a descriptor such as “mathy grind over ridiculous grooves with a pinch of doom and a techy heart.” Yes, there is quite a a lot thrown together here but the seamless way guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney string it all together, cohesive and hypnotic are words that float right to the front of the brain. I’ve said before that an instrumental band absolutely has to give it all to keep attention spans and Pound do this in spades. We recently had the chance to sit down with Ryan armed with our set of Profile questions to find out what makes the band tick and he knocked it out of the park for an extremely interesting read. Check it out below and don’t forget to hit the links and grab a copy for yourself. Continue reading →
New York’s Aux Era are a band that staunchly defy easy categorization as they effortlessly saunter between post-metal, post-rock, psychedelic experimentation and emotionally heavy ambience. Comprised of members from Hull, On the Might of Princes and Lost Coves, to name a few, this trio put their heads together on their self-titled debut and came up with five tracks of extremely powerful yet avant garde..ish tracks that ooze through the speakers ever so gently. Yes I am aware of that sounding like a mouthful of what?! But seriously, one listen to this massive roller coaster and you’ll be hooked. The album was released back in February and we recently had the chance to sit down with the band to ask them our set of Profile questions. They were extremely gracious with their answers and offered a ton of insight in regards to their headspace on Aux Era. Head inside to see what they had to say and get wrapped around the stream contained within. Continue reading →
The Ever Living — a band that’s been coined with sharing headspace with the likes of Cult of Luna and Isis — will be releasing their debut full length Herephemine on May 4 via Chromism Records. That may still be nearly a month away, but today Nine Circles is excited to premiere the album’s second track, “New Mutiny,” to get you ready for what’s to come.
Dense atmospheres and exceedingly beautiful soundscapes pepper the hour-plus journey here. The London based band garnered many of this album’s themes and ideas while traveling abroad — excess through technology and other means takes on a whole new feel while submersing yourself in the juxtaposing melody and dissonance found throughout Herephemine. A form of post-metal perhaps, but they don’t place themselves within that genre so simply. The album as a whole feels like a sonic exploration of the cinematic kind similar to rock’s early visionaries who were looking for something different and unique. I could go on and on but you need to hear it for yourself. Check it out immediately below. Continue reading →