Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Omnibael unleash "Shut Out the Light" video, extreme band reminiscent of Godflesh, peak Ministry, early Unsane, The Body


 "They make a rather vicious noise reminiscent of early Godflesh, peak-era Ministry, Cop Shoot Cop and Unsane." -- Side-Line Magazine

"Harrowing, anxious and bleak, much like these times." -- Ghost Cult



Stoke-On-Trent, UK band Omnibael unleash the video for "Shut Out The Light" today from their forthcoming debut full length on Cruel Nature Recordings. Watch/share the video via New Noise Magazine in the US & EU HERE, or Spill Magazine in Canada HERE. Direct to YouTube HERE


Watch the official video for the first single "The Repetition" via YouTube HERE and hear/share via Bandcamp HERE


Crawling into virtual space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Omnibael had ideas. Diverse, divergent, wide-ranging ideas, but ideas which centred around the creation of noise. The noise came before the identity, before any kind of cohesion or coherence. Identity – or perhaps more accurately, invisibility – is integral to Omnibael’s work. You won’t see their mugs plastered all over their cover art or social media. That stuff is just a distraction, a sideshow. This project is about sound, not image.


Over a very short period of time, they’ve racked up quite an impressive recorded output – notably a split album with Lip Critic – and a fair few live and virtually live outings, and every one has been different – to the extent that it sometimes sounds like a different act, and this is testament to their drive, their questing curiosity, and their sonic ambition, and they really do push the parameters of what a duo can do. 


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie – their first long player proper – is a document of their development, but it’s also a testament to their desire to push, to innovate, and the fact that they’re musical magpies.


"We were listening to The Body, White Suns, Show Me The Body, Uniform, Black Dice, Sightings, Kevin Richard Martin and Full of Hell - our friends’ music too - Rejection Ops, Territorial Gobbing," they explain, and there’s no question the tearing, shrieking, calamitous overload of ‘Mind is A Mess’, which sets out the stall perfectly, clearly draws on the punishing intensity of The Body, at the same time warranting comparison to the gnarly nastiness of Gnaw Their Tongues while the grinding, monotonous churn of ‘Last Days’ is Industrial in the Throbbing Gristle sense.


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie is something of a patchwork, a combination of accident and design, with segments of the original demo recordings intersected with samples and all sorts, and while Burroughsian cut-ups and tape loops and gnarly noise dominate the album, it’s the percussion that kills. Armed with a host of drum machines, they create a barrage of beats that hammer away amidst a murky cacophony of dense, disturbing sound, and it’s heavy as hell, particularly with the vocals which are by turns shrieking demonic and droning atonal: ‘Nothing Tastes Better than Deceit’ pounds and thrashes so, so hard, while ‘Rung Keep’ manifests, contrastingly, as the lowest, slowest, most ominous drone. But ultimately, every track on here is punishing in some way.


Omnibael is not about the end point, the final, definitive sound, but the journey, the continual evolution, the exploration. Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie, then, is not the definitive Omnibael sound, but a detailed report – their first annual report, if you like – of a band who are not staying still. 


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie will be available on cassette and download on February 4th, 2022 via Cruel Nature Recordings. Pre-order HERE






Artist: Omnibael

Album: Rain Soaks The Earth Where They Lie

Record Label:  Cruel Nature Recordings

Release Date: February 4, 2022


01. Mind Is A Mess

02. Last Days

03. The Repetition

04. Nothing Tastes Better Than Deceit

05. Rung Keep

06. Sound of the WW2 Story

07. Flowing Backwards

08. Lost Days

09. Shut Out the Light












On The Web:

omnibael.bandcamp.com

linktr.ee/cruelnature













Wednesday, January 12, 2022

FIREBREATHER share new single "Creed" from powerhouse new album on RidingEasy Records


"Firebreather veer towards roaring, High On Fire-esque sludge, and they've got the chops and the grit to pull this kind of thing off." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"A thrilling style of Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal that will rank as one of the best albums of the year." -- Outlaws Of The Sun


"Firebreather do a bang-up job capturing what it feels like for one’s inner being to be lit afire through the use of scorching hot riffs, stomach-churning bellows, lightning-fried drums and intestine-rattling bass." -- Metal Sucks


"Effectively a class in how to write the chunkiest riffs possible." -- Metal Injection



Swedish trio Firebreather share a new track today from their forthcoming album Dwell In The Fog via Metal Injection. Hear and share "Creed" HERE. (Direct YouTube and Bandcamp.)


Revolver Magazine previously shared the first single "Kiss Of Your Blade" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)


Gothenburg, Sweden trio Firebreather’s 2019 RidingEasy Records debut album Under a Blood Moon was a powerhouse that most certainly established the band’s incendiary potential. But none of us would be prepared for the suffocating onslaught that is Dwell in the Fog. While that album was in-your-face and raw, Dwell in the Fog rumbles and rages with a fury the band had only hinted at previously. 


Firebreather has a streamlined focus on driving, symphonic riffs in the vein of High on Fire, Inter Arma and their tour- and label-mates Monolord. The guitar and bass tones are, quite simply, entrancing. Paired with vocalist/guitarist Mattias Nööjd’s guttural yet melodic howls and drummer Axel Wittbeck’s groove based rhythms, their entire sound flows like thick, viscous lava. 


“The album is a cathartic journey inwards and a musical continuation from Under A Blood Moon, but with more emphasis on groove and feel,” Nööjd says. From the first notes of album opener “Kiss Of Your Blade” you’ll know exactly what he means. 


Like their preceding two albums, Dwell in the Fog was also recorded and mixed by engineer Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion in Gothenburg. The band is joined by new bassist Nicklas Hellqvist on this album, who seems to have increased the thunder rumble tenfold. 


From the aforementioned album opener “Kiss Of Your Blade”, with its droning opening chords over a rollicking tom pattern, the band quickly shifts gears into a head bobbing, serpentine riff with a transcendent melodic hook. Elsewhere, as on the title track and “Weather The Storm” rapid-fire hummable riffs come and go in an ever-shifting mass of devastating swirling churn. It’s like the band has such an endless supply of great hooks that to, ahem, dwell for too long on any one would undo their constantly building momentum. That they somehow give each song, and the album as a whole, a streamlined and cohesive, monolithic groove is testament to their skill. And, proof that the album must be absorbed in its entirety to experience the overwhelming swaying and lunging low end growl that drives the band’s most captivating work to date. 


Dwell in the Fog will be available on LP, CD and download on February 25th, 2022 via RidingEasy Records







Artist: Firebreather

Album: Dwell in The Fog

Record Label: RidingEasy Records

Release date: February 25, 2022


01. Kiss of Your Blade

02. Dwell in the Fog

03. Weather The Storm

04. Sorrow

05. The Creed

06. Spirit’s Flown














On The Web:

firebreatherdoom.bandcamp.com

ridingeasyrecords.com














 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Omnibael share "The Repetition" track, extreme band reminiscent of Godflesh, peak Ministry, early Unsane, The Body


 "They make a rather vicious noise reminiscent of early Godflesh, peak-era Ministry, Cop Shoot Cop and Unsane." -- Side-Line Magazine


"Harrowing, anxious and bleak, much like these times." -- Ghost Cult



Stoke-On-Trent, UK band Omnibael announce their forthcoming debut full length on Cruel Nature Recordings, sharing the first track & video today via Ghost Cult Magazine HERE. Watch the official video via YouTube HERE and hear/share "The Repetition" via Bandcamp HERE


Crawling into virtual space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Omnibael had ideas. Diverse, divergent, wide-ranging ideas, but ideas which centred around the creation of noise. The noise came before the identity, before any kind of cohesion or coherence. Identity – or perhaps more accurately, invisibility – is integral to Omnibael’s work. You won’t see their mugs plastered all over their cover art or social media. That stuff is just a distraction, a sideshow. This project is about sound, not image.


Over a very short period of time, they’ve racked up quite an impressive recorded output – notably a split album with Lip Critic – and a fair few live and virtually live outings, and every one has been different – to the extent that it sometimes sounds like a different act, and this is testament to their drive, their questing curiosity, and their sonic ambition, and they really do push the parameters of what a duo can do. 


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie – their first long player proper – is a document of their development, but it’s also a testament to their desire to push, to innovate, and the fact that they’re musical magpies.


"We were listening to The Body, White Suns, Show Me The Body, Uniform, Black Dice, Sightings, Kevin Richard Martin and Full of Hell - our friends’ music too - Rejection Ops, Territorial Gobbing," they explain, and there’s no question the tearing, shrieking, calamitous overload of ‘Mind is A Mess’, which sets out the stall perfectly, clearly draws on the punishing intensity of The Body, at the same time warranting comparison to the gnarly nastiness of Gnaw Their Tongues while the grinding, monotonous churn of ‘Last Days’ is Industrial in the Throbbing Gristle sense.


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie is something of a patchwork, a combination of accident and design, with segments of the original demo recordings intersected with samples and all sorts, and while Burroughsian cut-ups and tape loops and gnarly noise dominate the album, it’s the percussion that kills. Armed with a host of drum machines, they create a barrage of beats that hammer away amidst a murky cacophony of dense, disturbing sound, and it’s heavy as hell, particularly with the vocals which are by turns shrieking demonic and droning atonal: ‘Nothing Tastes Better than Deceit’ pounds and thrashes so, so hard, while ‘Rung Keep’ manifests, contrastingly, as the lowest, slowest, most ominous drone. But ultimately, every track on here is punishing in some way.


Omnibael is not about the end point, the final, definitive sound, but the journey, the continual evolution, the exploration. Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie, then, is not the definitive Omnibael sound, but a detailed report – their first annual report, if you like – of a band who are not staying still. 


Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie will be available on cassette and download on February 4th, 2022 via Cruel Nature Recordings. Pre-order HERE






Artist: Omnibael

Album: Rain Soaks The Earth Where They Lie

Record Label:  Cruel Nature Recordings

Release Date: February 4, 2022


01. Mind Is A Mess

02. Last Days

03. The Repetition

04. Nothing Tastes Better Than Deceit

05. Rung Keep

06. Sound of the WW2 Story

07. Flowing Backwards

08. Lost Days

09. Shut Out the Light












On The Web:

omnibael.bandcamp.com

linktr.ee/cruelnature













Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Firebreather announce new album, share first single "Kiss of Your Blade" via Revolver Magazine


"Firebreather veer towards roaring, High On Fire-esque sludge, and they've got the chops and the grit to pull this kind of thing off." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"A thrilling style of Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal that will rank as one of the best albums of the year." -- Outlaws Of The Sun


"Firebreather do a bang-up job capturing what it feels like for one’s inner being to be lit afire through the use of scorching hot riffs, stomach-churning bellows, lightning-fried drums and intestine-rattling bass." -- Metal Sucks




Swedish trio Firebreather announce their return with an incendiary new album due out in February 2022, and today share the first track via Revolver Magazine. Hear and share "Kiss of Your Blade" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) 


Gothenburg, Sweden trio Firebreather’s 2019 RidingEasy Records debut album Under a Blood Moon was a powerhouse that most certainly established the band’s incendiary potential. But none of us would be prepared for the suffocating onslaught that is Dwell in the Fog. While that album was in-your-face and raw, Dwell in the Fog rumbles and rages with a fury the band had only hinted at previously. 


Firebreather has a streamlined focus on driving, symphonic riffs in the vein of High on Fire, Inter Arma and their tour- and label-mates Monolord. The guitar and bass tones are, quite simply, entrancing. Paired with vocalist/guitarist Mattias Nööjd’s guttural yet melodic howls and drummer Axel Wittbeck’s groove based rhythms, their entire sound flows like thick, viscous lava. 


“The album is a cathartic journey inwards and a musical continuation from Under A Blood Moon, but with more emphasis on groove and feel,” Nööjd says. From the first notes of album opener “Kiss Of Your Blade” you’ll know exactly what he means. 


Like their preceding two albums, Dwell in the Fog was also recorded and mixed by engineer Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion in Gothenburg. The band is joined by new bassist Nicklas Hellqvist on this album, who seems to have increased the thunder rumble tenfold. 


From the aforementioned album opener “Kiss Of Your Blade”, with its droning opening chords over a rollicking tom pattern, the band quickly shifts gears into a head bobbing, serpentine riff with a transcendent melodic hook. Elsewhere, as on the title track and “Weather The Storm” rapid-fire hummable riffs come and go in an ever-shifting mass of devastating swirling churn. It’s like the band has such an endless supply of great hooks that to, ahem, dwell for too long on any one would undo their constantly building momentum. That they somehow give each song, and the album as a whole, a streamlined and cohesive, monolithic groove is testament to their skill. And, proof that the album must be absorbed in its entirety to experience the overwhelming swaying and lunging low end growl that drives the band’s most captivating work to date. 


Dwell in the Fog will be available on LP, CD and download on February 25th, 2022 via RidingEasy Records







Artist: Firebreather

Album: Dwell in The Fog

Record Label: RidingEasy Records

Release date: February 25, 2022


01. Kiss of Your Blade

02. Dwell in the Fog

03. Weather The Storm

04. Sorrow

05. The Creed

06. Spirit’s Flown














On The Web:

firebreatherdoom.bandcamp.com

ridingeasyrecords.com














 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Zum Audio announces Noise Pop Festival showcase in Feb 2022, 32-track compilation featuring Zach Hill (Death Grips), Xiu Xiu, others out now


Longstanding California record label Zum Audio marks its 24th year by joining the lineup of the 29th Noise Pop Festival in February 2022. Talent Moat and Zum present a night at Bottom of the Hill with BODY DOUBLE, MY HEART, AN INVERTED FLAME, and THE ACHARIS. Tickets available HERE. 


All three acts have released albums with Zum since the onset of COVID19. Body Double’s debut album Milk Fed received rave reviews and radio play on Henry RollinsKCRW program. They recently played The Mosswood Meltdown Festival with John Waters.  bodydoubleusa.bandcamp.com 


This will be My Heart, an Inverted Flame’s debut live performance. Their double LP Plague Notes, Unnamed, Unknown, A Finger Dragged Through Dust (co-released with Deathbomb Arc and tUMULt) was well-received by The Wire and SF Weekly. Composed entirely of synthesizers and percussion, MHAIF features members of A Minor Forest, Common Eider, King Eider, I Am Spoonbender, Never Knows. They have been releasing an EP every month of 2021 on Bandcamp. myheartaninvertedflame.bandcamp.com


The Acharis (from Oakland/Detroit) co-released their latest album Blue Sky/Grey Heaven with Zum and French label Cranes. They just got off a fall tour of France and the UK.

theacharis.bandcamp.com/album/blue-sky-grey-heaven 

 

All three acts feature prominently on the Zum Audio Vol 4 digital compilation, a survey of art rock, noise punk, damaged electronics, and improvised music. Curated by Zum label founder George Chen (KIT, Common Eider, King Eider, Chen Santa Maria), a writer and musician-turned-comedian, the compilation features musicians from the US, UK, Canada, Japan, Italy, and Australia. Zum Audio Vol 4 was featured on Bandcamp New & Notable, BrooklynVegan, Treble, and Idioteq.


Established by siblings George and Yvonne Chen as a magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zum released its first stand-alone compilation CD in 1998 (with contributions from Songs:Ohia, David Pajo, Duster, and Grandaddy). In the two decades since launching, the label has worked with a diverse roster including Abe Vigoda, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed (Davey Harms), Weird Weeds, !!!, Zs, Growing, AIDS Wolf, and many more.


George Chen is available for interviews. Bio link here: 

zumonline.com/collections/george-chen


Interview with George and Marc Masters in Pitchfork : pitchfork.com/features/the-out-door/7825-the-out-door-5


Acts: 

Body Double

My Heart, an Inverted Flame

The Acharis 

Date: Tuesday, February 22nd 2022

Venue: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Ticket Price: $13 advance / $15 at the door

Age Restriction: 21+


Noise Pop sells festival badges at noisepopfest.com/badges- this is part of their Phase 2 Announcement.





Artist: Various Artists

Album: Zum Audio Vol 4

Record Label:  Zum Audio

Release Date: November 5th, 2021


01. Alien Owl Cafe - Magick Matcha Moment
02. My Heart, an Inverted Flame - Five Felt Sevenly, Pallid and Sallow
03. Looose - It Was All Nearly Mine!
04. Kris & Tavi - Carrington Event
05. Earth Jerks - July 17th, 1959
06. The Urxed - Re-Regional
07. Prissy Whip - Not Impressed
08. The Acharis - Nothing’s Sacred
09. Body Double - Prisonous Mind
10. Watkins/Peacock - Stone Cold Stole Dub One
11. It Sound - Inbetween the Seas (Lectric Sand Dub Mix)
12. Michael Beach, Bonnie Mercer, Carla Oliver, Peter Warden - Kyneton #1
13. Barbican Estate - Abandon
14. Maskara - Dear Inertia… (#3)
15. Xiu Xiu - A Bottle of Rum (Live Radio)
16. Core of the Coalman - Incarnate Words
17. Somnambulists - Discordances
18. Spaceburn - New Growth
19. Pod Blotz - Remote Viewing Case #80787
20. Cube - Carpet ESP
21. Zach Hill - Startled Ea
22. Necking - Abyssal Joy
23. Chris Brian Taylor - Super Reverse Commuter
24. Jasmine Dreame Wagner - Three Themes from Drifts (Red Zone, Blue Ice, White Snow)
25. Father Murphy - His Face Showed No Distortions (Live at WFMU)
26. Neil Campbell - Rickety Bridge in the Rain
27. Bavaria - Nouveau Couteaux
28. Carrom - Number 4 (A.T.S.T.S.)
29. Kern Haug - to Mass
30. The Skin Horse - High Desert
31. Gabriel Saloman - Spatial Poetics
32. John Benson - Blood and Milk