In 1996, Lycia released an album that would be timeless, an album that continues to inspire and inform musicians to this day. It is the dark opus “Cold”, and marks the first ever Lycia on vinyl, limited to 600, 180gram, and comes with a digital download that includes the new track “Antarctica” from the forthcoming full length “Quiet Moments”, the first Lycia album to be released in a decade.
Fast forward to 2013, and Austin TX death rock dark electro hybrids put out one of the most impressive debuts to date, that is at once as brooding as it is danceable. Featuring members of Survive and Thousand Foot Whale Claw, this is the dark gem you’ve been searching for, and is the first release in our Handmade Beats Series.
HAMMER SMASHED SOUND PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF THE NEW MERZBOW ALBUM “TAKAHE COLLAGE”!!! LISTEN/SHARE HERE!
THE EASTER EGG HUNT MAY BEGIN…WITH THIS EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF “NITE YACHT”, CVLT NATION JOINS PITCHFORK, THE QUIETUS, BROOKLYN VEGAN, AND GORILLA VS. BEAR IN STREAMING AN EXCLUSIVE TRACK, RESPECTIVELY, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO HEAR THE ENTIRE DEBUT OF THIS EXCITING DUO FROM DENTON TX. HAPPY HUNTING. START HERE
This is a very exciting time for the skull melting Denton trio Terminator 2. Stream their entire new full length at Decibel Magazine, and then show your support by Sharing/Liking/Tweeting the link!
STREAM “PACT WITH THE DEVIL” BY VULGAR FASHION EXCLUSIVELY AT BROOKLYN VEGAN! CLICK HERE TO LIKE/SHARE
BILL MEYER, one of THE most talented journalists left in music, weighs in on Jasper TX via Dusted. CLICK TO READ/SHARE
OUR FAVORITE WEBSITE FROM ACROSS THE POND…THE QUIETUS, HAS POSTED AN EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE OF THE OPENER FROM THE UPCOMING VULGAR FASHION CD/10”
Vulgar Fashion have taken to the streets and caught the eye of internet tastemaker Gorilla Vs. Bear. GVB is now streaming “Golden Showers” from the new Vulgar Fashion album. CLICK TO HEAR/SHARE
We are grateful that Pitchfork has taken interest in Denton’s own Vulgar Fashion. This is a truly refreshing-yet dark- offering, out March 19. Hear the first track to hit the interweb, CLICK HERE TO LISTEN/SHARE
In tandem with today’s Pitchfork exclusive premiere of Vulgar Fashion’s “Krystal Tearz” from the forthcoming CD/10”, local-cum-national favorite D Magazine posted a feature on the Denton two-piece. CLICK HERE TO READ/SHARE
Our favorite website from the other side of the pond has posted a thoughtful review of the new Black Boned Angel “The End” album. CLICK HERE TO READ/SHARE
INVISIBLE ORANGES is now streaming the entire album “THE END” by BLACK BONED ANGEL! Listen to this crushing and beautiful album HERE.
PART 2 FROM “THE END” IS NOW PREMIERING AT STEREOGUM.
EXPERIMEDIA, the best online source for experimental music, is currently streaming the entire, final album by Jasper TX “An Index Of Failure”…CLICK HERE TO STREAM
NPR lists PANOPTICON “KENTUCKY” on Top 10 Metal Albums of 2012! Look for the CD version in January. CLICK HERE to see the list.
PITCHFORK’S SHOW NO MERCY REVEALS TOP 40 METAL ALBUMS OF 2012!
PINKISH BLACK S/T DEBUT ON HANDMADE BIRDS IS #6!!!!!!
AMAZING NEWS. SEE THE REST OF THE LIST HERE
PINKISH BLACK are currently conquering the east coast in a small tour run. See photos and a write up in Brooklyn Vegan from their recent show at Wierd Records. They return to Saint Vitus on 12/1. Photos by Fred Pessaro.
Here are select upcoming tour dates to see the unstoppable Pinkish Black. We recommend you try to go see them.
11/28 - New York, NY - Home Sweet Home - Wierd Records night
11/29 - Baltimore, MD - 5th Dimension
11/30 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
12/1 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus w/ NAAM
12/4 - Richmond, VA - Nile
12/7 - Little Rock, AK - Downtown Music w/ PALLBEARER
12/8 - Fort Worth, TX - Lola’s w/ PALLBEARER
On the heels of the groundbreaking debut on Handmade Birds this year, Century Media has drafted Pinkish Black for their next stage of world domination. We are very proud to see their continued growth!
Why is the fact that Utarm is the featured artist at the Crucial Blast Shop news? Because we have the absolute utmost respect for Crucial Blast, and they are easily one of our favorite labels of all time. So it is exciting for us to see them enthusiastic about our newest offering from Utarm. If you haven’t picked up the new Utarm, go get it there, or get it here, either way we will be happy.
The Dallas Observer sponsors this every year. Take two minutes to vote for our very own Pinkish Black, Vulgar Fashion, and friends Rubber Gloves and 35 Denton Festival. CLICK HERE TO VOTE
Campbell Kneale is one of the most important living artists. Period. His work in any form is always finely crafted, innovative, and representative of a quality lacking in so many other musicians today. In this article, Campbell is given a thoughtful series of questions which allows for an in depth look at where he is at in his journey in 2012. For the interview CLICK HERE. Also check out the review for Thousands Raised To The Sixth.
“The four lengthy tracks that make up the collaboration between Locrian and Christoph Heemann practically aren’t enough on this release; though both artists thrive in collaborative and individual contexts, this is enough to make one wish they did this kind of worth together all the time. Heemann’s ear for shade, texture and exploratory composition is practically tailormade for Locrian’s take on black metal, and from the start of “Hecatomb,” with Bartok-like high string parts, dark drones and lush acoustic guitar, the result is a genteel but still gripping way into the pit. As the song shifts into all electronics, everything from cyclical organ squelch to shivering feedback zone to Heemann’s piano work steps forward into an intertwined elegance. Similarly, “Loathe the Light” slowly emerges from the murk, big squelching bits that emerge and slip back quickly while distant echoed piano steadily plays amid some sudden screams. The melodic tones of “Edgeless City” set up a barnburner of a conclusion with “The Drowned Forest.” The song begins with a certain ominous edge even for this album, feeling like everything beforehand has built up to this moment. Continuing quietly but with a sense of lurking threat, like something’s about to give, it continues to ramp up more loudly and doom-laden while the recurrent chime rhythm feels like a slow breath of a vast monster.”
A fantastic column by Craig Hayes taking a close look at experimental metal / noise as a genre, with lengthy features on Locrian, William Fowler Collins, Sutekh Hexen, Theologian. Tweet/Like/Read Here