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West Coast doom band UN have released their latest monument to moody brilliance, sophomore record Sentiment, on Translation Loss. While each track is over the ten minute mark as seems kinda hip these days, in the case of UN it is warranted and allows the full, glorious and dark sprawling landscape of each composition to be revealed like a vast panoramic slowly scrolling by. These guys really upped their game as well, a keener sense of melody infused into these potent prayers to both calm contemplation AND bleeding ears than ever before. Fret not that the heavy qualities have diminished in any way, but there is an even more clear sense of emotional impact and dynamics as the sounds within, particularly on one of the best songs I have heard all year “Pools of Reflection” , are completely stirring.

“While so many of our contemporaries choose to focus purely on the grim aspects of mortality, Sentiment is meant to serve as a token of gratitude in spite of the struggles of daily life”, guitarist/vocalist Monte McCleery comments. “It is a deeply personal and intimate thing to share your art with the world, and we hope that everyone who holds this album or hears these songs feels like it was written specifically for them.”

In support of “Sentiment”, UN will hit the road on November 3rd. The tour will take the band across the United States for 20 days starting in Seattle, WA and end in Boise, ID. The band will tour alongside Colorado blackened sludge duo, Oryx (No, if you are nearsighted like me that doesn’t say Onyx-sadly). In New Orleans,  UN will join forces with Georgia’s black death powerhouse, Withered for select dates.  Tour dates can be found below.

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Hey friends. Trying to muster the energy to brew some Tulsi tea but distracted by lots of musical news to tell you about. I guess I will save the tea for relaxing afterwards, although I want to watch that Netflix series GHOUL, so I dunno how relaxed I will actually end up.

I have been dealing with a lot of family drama and working three jobs, so hope you know I still love y’all and aim to keep you abreast of cool stuff as often as possible. Thankfully readers of our site are pretty die hard when it comes to loving metal, punk or complex fringy stuff so I know you have been finding good music anyhow even if we had a light post number the last few weeks. Anyhow, here’s some stuff I want to make sure you don’t miss knowing about. Two heavy yet experimental albums and two non metal but emotionally compelling and complex works.

Suicide Wraith! The new Suicide Wraith song is really, really good. “Suicidal Obsession” almost sounds like if Venom made a post punk song for a minute and I love the descending, catchy bassline before the blackened beat explodes and some of the most mournful and howling vocals you’ll hear anywhere this year emerge like a tortured soul erupting from a mental cave of unfathomable horror. Really a well written tune that deserves your pre-order and I can’t wait to hear Cycle Of Grievance, the WHOLE ALBUM.

Josh Graham’s A Storm Of Light return with a new album in October! Anthroscene is the first new release from the project in awhile and really all the albums are worth many repeated plays. I’ve always liked his band’s work. The new song “Short Term Feedback” is one of the most intense the group has written yet and finds the dirgier post metal stuff colliding with some Killing Joke influences in a fucking rad manner. A near perfect Matt Bayles mix and imposing Chris Common drumming, incidentally! Graham recently told Decibel the album was influenced by how,”…For a while it seemed like we were moving down better path; progressing beyond racism, focusing on global community, the environment and well being of the people. Now, a lot of our politicians are sacrificing the poor and middle class to enrich themselves, and make as much money as possible. They fight science, and not only promote, isolationism, hate, fear and greed, but also profit from that exploitation. “

For My Crimes from songstress Marissa Nadler, one of the more compelling performers in the modern scene, may have shadowy cover art that could be out of an At The Gates video from the At War With Reality-era but it is not exactly melodic death metal. While I am certain any genre she touched would benefit from her talents (she has indeed covered Sabbath and Danzig and gigged with Ghost and Wreckmeister Harmonies), Nadler sings a very personal and stirring brand of balladry that could work as the soundtrack for basically any dramatic tv show, cold winter’s day solo listening session or moment of bittersweet truth ever. She has a knack for making a simple line sound like the deeper hidden butterfly effect behind monumental forces, set to deceptively simple yet extremely sophisticated songs. “Blue Vapor” and the title track of her new record are new but two of my favorite songs from her entirety of recorded works, though Lana fans may also want to check out the dramatic “I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore”. Support!

Disclaimer…the next artist is my girlfriend (of almost a year)  but she has a new album coming out in a few weeks on eclectic label Nefarious Industries and it is well worth your attention if you like moody, bewitching storytelling. While that record label has released a lot of mathy, freaky punk and metal infused stuff ranging from A Fucking Elephant to the ragingly brilliant new Bangladeafy record and even some emo prog Maid Myriad, Romantic Cancer  by Globelamp is likely the most emo, indie and psych freak folk pop rolled into one that they have ever gone near. I also perform on two songs (vocals and trombone). It is cathartic, intricate, delicate, moody and catchy rolled into one and at times even poppy, uplifting and hopeful. If your life is open to a variety of moods, I suggest you check it out. We’d appreciate it! She is also sassy and has gigged with punk acts numerous times, most recently in Nyack with Arthur Googy from The Misfits new band The Noise (who smoked her out and said he was down to play brushes the next time she records! haha, cool dude/legend), so you readers might like the attitude even if it is mellower than, say, Bad Religion.

You may know Globelamp (Elizabeth Le Fey) as a DIY touring artist and from her many YouTube covers or if you follow indie drama from her time in the Calabasas liar’s club for rich 60’s sexism emulating/ erratically behaved mamas boys Foxygen (who recently accused her of an ongoing murder plot on their official Twitter and then deleted it in a cowardly manner consistent with framing her, an abuse victim, in court and who she says wanted her to be an unpaid girlfriend in the band). She, on the other hand, is an open book, not evasive of hard questions. Anyway, suffice to say I was stoked when she, my friend for a few years before we dated, decided to come out here to where I live in Woodstock, NY and make a more spare third solo album with me for a great label run by cool people.

I was always into the Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, so I was stoked to get Elizabeth out East and away from the back stabbing scene artifice of L.A. she has experienced to a more rootsy environment where she could collab with some hoedown ride or die cool people. Jay Andersen of Surmiser recorded the record and James Felice of Felice Brothers/Conor Oberst fame (a big influence on Lizzie) plays brilliant accordion that reminds me of Astor Piazzolla at times. One of the bleaker songs “Black Tar” is streaming now on the Bandcamp page and I hope you love it. Please consider supporting as she always sticks up for herself and is tone policed by fake friends, stalkers, trolls and some pretty shitty character assassins fairly regularly, some of whom even recently trolled her viciously with mock accounts celebrating the death of her best friend. History loves silencing loud women by burning them at the stake. I can assure you she is a human being and a very good one at that, so please use some fucking critical thinking.

East Coast fans can also catch her live Oct. 5th as part of O + Festival sharing the festival bill with acts ranging from Shadow Witch and the Golden Grass to Evan Dando, Sun Voyager, Spliffs, Lorkin O’Reilly and many more. Lizzie will also be appearing soon on my collaborative Walking Bombs full length with Gridfailure called Suicide By Citizenship which features  Tad Doyle, Mike Score from All out War and others TBA very soon! Thanks and stay tuned.

May the shadows grant the worthy/good among you all safe passage and may lessons learned make you a stronger, vibrantly alive person until we meet again in better days.

 

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Album Review: Sulaco – “The Prize”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 3:16 PM (PST)

Rochester’s Sulaco have always kind of been underdogs, weathering the underground storms but never quite breaking huge yet always mattering and doing cool shit. Since the early 00’s the group has kept up blazing a trail with their unique blend of extreme metal sub genres, melding hardcore, grind and weird ass rhythmic shifts that Gorguts fans could enjoy into a fresh and kind of minimal style with maximum punch. Plus, my best friend and I smoked weed with them years ago at a Woodstock Tat Fest behind a Harley place and always thought they were cool after that, haha. The band also have ties to Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth, among others. They just keep it real and stay relevant after most bands give it up, and that deserves lifer points.

The Prize will be released on August 17, 2018 with Translation Loss Records on compact disc, digital download, and two vinyl variants (white and the limited edition “Clear with Heavy Black and White Splatter” which is limited to 100 copies). The trippy cover art by J.R. Schulmerich is worth the purchase alone.

There is a lot of blurring drum roll madness (10/10 performance from Chris Golding, fuck dude), whirlwind guitar chug and tortured vocal styles on here, particularly powerful on “The Road”. The song marches forward then explodes into drama as much as any Cormac McCarthy post-apoc book, though I don’t know if they are related. There are some moments on here of borderline proggy-tech death as well and the band just sound incredibly precise and deadly. They are one of those bands who, like Gigan or Today Is The Day, have somehow managed to capture their vibrant and over the top live essence on a lot of their recordings. I am thrilled they are still at it. Mixed by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nile, Cannibal Corpse), the new record has a furious and raw but tempered feel. It is not a polished turd, that is for sure. You feel every scream in your center like a branding iron.

When Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine said metal has gotten ‘a bit stale’ recently, he prob hadn’t heard this beast.

Erik Burke and company should be proud. They have nothing to prove and if this makes a lot of money or otherwise the “prize” includes a well deserved place upon the wall of glory in the halls of respected extreme metal acts on Valhalla. Go fucking check out the anxiety inducing first intense song “Disguise” here and for God’s sakes pre order this shit for a measly $6.99 and don’t be a stick in the mud!

New York City avant/experimental outfit GNAW announces new live actions in support of their caustic third LP, Cutting Pieces, released in October through Translation Loss Records.

GNAW is confirmed to play at Austin Terror Fest in Austin, Texas on June 17th, performing with the likes of Acid King, Primitive Man, Krallice, He Whose Ox is Gored, Un, Wayfarer, and Desist. Later that month, GNAW will play Baltimore June 29th with Multicult, Curse, and Syringe At Metro, and Washington DC June 30th with Multicult, Radiator Greys, Birth Defects.

Already booking throughout the second half of the year, GNAW will play Into The Aether II in Portland, Maine on October 6th, which features an exclusive 2018 US performance by Skullflower, as well as Ariadne, Brain Famine, Sterile Garden, Frkse, and more to be announced. This will be preceeded by a European tour with Italian duo OvO in September. Can you say, “holy crap!!”

GNAW Tour Dates:

6/17/2018 The Lost Well – Austin, TX @ Austin Terror Fest w/ Acid King, Primitive Man, Krallice [info]
6/29/2018 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Multicult, Curse, Syringe At Metro [info]
6/30/2018 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Multicult, Radiator Greys, Birth Defects [info]
10/06/2018 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME @ Into The Aether II w/ Skullflower, Ariadne, Brain Famine, more [info]

See GNAW’s incinerating “Fire” video RIGHT HERE and see a recent live video of “Wrong” HERE.

GNAW’s Cutting Pieces is available on LP, CD, and digital formats via Translation Loss; find merch bundle and order options HERE.

Another official video from Cutting Pieces will be issued shortly alongside more GNAW live updates.

Closing a four-year gap since their acclaimed second album, Horrible Chamber, GNAW’s Cutting Pieces dredges forth some of the outfit’s most unnerving audio assaults yet. In addition to the traditional four-piece rock format and string and wind instruments, GNAW utilizes found sound, homemade instruments, tweaked oscillators, synthesis, and manipulated recordings. Joining returning assassins Alan Dubin (Khanate, OLD), Brian Beatrice, Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Eric Neuser, and Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard), the lineup now includes Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, ex-Angels Of Light) on lap steel guitar.

Cutting Pieces was written and recorded over two years at various studios and locales across New York City, mixed by the band’s Brian Beatrice. and mastered by James Plotkin. The graphic and type design for the cover was done by returning French designer Sebastien Hayez. Cutting Pieces also features guest musicians Stefania Alos Pedretti of Italian noise rock act OvO contributing background vocals to the track “Septic,” and Swiss saxophone player and sound artist Antoine Chessex (ex-Monno) contributing saxophone and amplifier to “Triptych.”

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GNAW stream full album at Invisible Oranges

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 1:58 PM (PST)
Interesting bands are more interesting than boring ones. What else can we say?!

 Let GNAW’s Cutting Pieces corrode your sanity; stream the entire LP at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

Translation Loss will release Cutting Pieces on LP, CD, and digital formats this Friday, October 27th; find merch bundle and preorder options HERE. So far we like the cacophonous and clangy intro section to “Wrong” the best!

GNAW has confirmed a record release show for Cutting Pieces at Brooklyn metallic booze vortex Saint Vitus Bar on October 29th, where they’ll be joined by the heroics of Couch Slut, Escuela, and Syndromes. Seems like a good night to completely lose your shit! \m/

GNAW Record Release Show:
10/29/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Couch Slut, Escuela, Syndromes [info]

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Giant Squid break up. FTW. I hate life now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM (PST)

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West coast innovators Giant Squid have made several underground (underwater?) classics in recent years and sadly might be done for now.

Read the statement HERE.

The amount of disdain this fills me with for all the shitty bands I usually try to ignore who clog the arteries of the music world is palpable.

Damn it. Truly one of the best bands out there. But the records will remain for those lucky to find them. Some bands make a few albums and break up while copying trends along the way. GS made the ichthyologist . ‘Nuff said.

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I think anytime is a good time for people to do what they want – Henry Wilson

Live photos by James Covington 

Henry from House Of Lighting took the time to answer my questions on the band’s supersonic riff ride Lightworker and what they have cooking for later this year and beyond. This band reminds me of the thrill I got from early ROIR Bad Brains/Soulside, Van Halen’s Fair Warning and the stuff released by Wilson’s acclaimed band Floor (though Wilson plays a different instrument in the two bands). It’s all  thrown in some kind of multi-dimensional rainbow blender like the Gargantua/black hole space Matthew McConaughey knocks books out of in Interstellar. It might not make you break out Goddess crystals (unless you are me) but the Lightworker name suits these bursts of pure energy and life just as well as seeking some inner peace and calm space through New Age music. Fans on Enya don’t get a lock on good vibes, haha! Check out “More Lights, More Trails” HERE.

The band’s music is sure to thrill fans of punk, technical metal, crazy innovative hard rock or fuzzed out stoner types who can handle really trippy kind of buried harmonies reflecting back at them from the center of some serious riffage. Get on board with  this Florida storm of electric vibes now! Everyone should be talking about this band a lot more.

Read the interview BELOW.

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Giant Squid make “Sixty Foot Waves”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM (PST)

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San Francisco progressive doom-rock scientists, GIANT SQUID will release their anxiously-awaited fifth LP, Minoans, October 28 via Translation Loss Records. Recorded and mixed with engineer Tim Green (Earthless, Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. Every time the good ship Squid release something new I get a thrill like being tickled by lots of otherworldly happy rock n roll tentacles, in a good way.

In celebration of the impending release, Burning Ambulance rolls out the new GIANT SQUID song “Sixty Foot Waves“, the premiere including an extensive Q&A with the band’s Aaron John Gregory. Check out the multimedia sneak preview today at THIS location.

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Giant Squid set to return with “Minoans”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM (PST)

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San Francisco progressive doom-rock scientists, GIANT SQUID will release their anxiously-awaited fifth LP Minoans October 28 via Translation Loss Records. Recorded and mixed with engineer Tim Green (Earthless, Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, the record sees the avant-garde band at their most refined, focused and vital as it fully embraces its Mediterranean leanings and lyrically excavates one of the earliest civilizations known to history; examining how the aquatic demise of the ancient proto-Greek people may foretell our own end. Minoans is the follow up to GIANT SQUID’s 2011 release Cenotes, an album that was hailed as “science sludge” by Pitchfork and “earthy, experimental doom metal à la Neurosis” by Revolver.

GIANT SQUID has been wielding palatial vocals and enormous waves of cello, keys, and exotic sludge riffs for over ten years, garnering universal critical acclaim. On Minoans, marine biology and natural history metaphorically collide with heartbreaking stories of historic human tragedy; resulting in some of the most emotional and sincere music being made today in any underground scene. Recorded this past June and tested live over the summer supporting like-minded peers YOB, Minoans is crushingly heavy, exotically beautiful, a musical; GIANT SQUID’s finest hour to date. Conceptual artwork created by guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory adds to soaring scope of this ambitious album.

“Minoans is the record I’ve always known Giant Squid could make; ancient, exotic and other-worldly, while showing a new level of refined focus,” comments Gregory. “Lyrically, the album is a giant love letter to the Mediterranean and specifically Bronze-age Greece – a region, people, and time period that deeply fascinates me – and which I feel mirrors these heartbreakingly brutal, turbulent times we live in today.”

Check out an interactive art piece on the demise of the Minoans HERE.

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East Of The Wall release music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM (PST)

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New Jersey metallers East of  The Wall have released a music video for their song “Obfuscator Dye” off of the recently released Redaction Artifacts (Translation Loss Records).

Check out the video as well as East Of The Wall live dates here.

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Mouth of the Architect premiere “Sharpen Your Axes”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM (PST)

Mouth of the Architect Ohioan metallers Mouth of the Architect have premiered “Sharpen Your Axes”, the latest song off of their latest release, Dawning, which will drop on June 25 via Translation Loss Records.

Check out “Sharpen Your Axes” via MetalSucks.

Check out Mouth of the Architect tour dates here.

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mouth-of-the-architect-dawningOhio extreme metallers Mouth Of The Architect are streaming their new song “How Will This End” off their upcoming 6-track album Dawning. The album is set to be released on June 25th via Translation Loss Records.

In support of the new album, the band will be touring this summer with Intronaut and Scale The Summit. The tour starts on June 5th in Seattle and runs through July 6th in Hollywood, California.

Click right here to check out the new song courtesy of Lambgoat. Click here to view the album’s tracklist and a complete list of tour dates, cities and venues.

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Lesbian premiere first segment of Forestelevision

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM (PST)

Lesbian Seattle doom metallers Lesbian have released the first segment of their upcoming Translation Loss Records debut Forestelevision on Invisible Orange and Brooklyn Vegan.

Check out the stream of Forestelevision Part 1 here.

The Lesbian discography includes Power Hor from Holy Mountain Records, a split 10″ with Ocean from Roadburn Records, a self-released two song tour EP and Stratospheria Cubensis from Important Records.

Lesbian is:

Arran McInnis – Guitars
Dan LaRochelle – Guitars
Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy – Bass/Vocals
Dorando Hodous – Drums

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Mouth of the Architect debut new song

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM (PST)

Mouth of the Architect Sludge rockers from Ohio, Mouth of the Architect, have debuted a new song off of their upcoming album Dawning on Pitchfork. Their new album will be available on June 25 via Translation Loss Records.

Stream the new song, “It Swarms” here.

Check out Mouth of the Architect tour dates with Scale the Summit and Intronaut here.

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Lesbian to release Forestelevision

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM (PST)

Lesbian Seattle Doomers Lesbian are releasing their album Forestelevision via Translation Loss Records on June 25. This will be Lesbian’s third full length and their Translation Loss Records debut. The album consists only of one 44+ minute title track.

The Lesbian discography includes Power Hor from Holy Mountain Records, a split 10″ with Ocean from Roadburn Records, a self-released two song tour EP and Stratospheria Cubensis from Important Records.

Lesbian is:

Arran McInnis
Dan LaRochelle
Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy
Dorando Hodous