Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SNARES OF SIXES: Act Founded By Jason Walton Of Agalloch To Release Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass Via Crucial Blast; EP Features Members Of Winds, Lawnmower Deth, Musk Ox, Sculptured






[photo by Cody Keto]

Crucial Blast confirms the early May release of the debut EP by SNARES OF SIXES – a volatile and exploratory new entity created by Jason Walton, founding member of now defunct Agalloch – with Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass.

Fusing an intense and eclectic range of extreme and experimental approaches into a disjointed and somehow simultaneously seamless hybrid of sounds, Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass features contributions from members of Lawnmower Deth, Winds, Sculptured, Blekspetl, Hollow Branches, Self Spiller, Barrowlands, Age Of Silence, Dolven, Musk Ox, The Night Watch, Maestus, and more.
While renowned for his work as bassist for Agalloch and Sculptured, Jason Walton has also frequently ventured into other, stranger and more experimental regions over the past two decades, offering a range of baffling and captivatingly weird sounds with bands like Self Spiller, Especially Likely Sloth, and Nothing.

And it’s in that latter territory that we find the debut EP from SNARES OF SIXES, his latest creation. On the band’s debut EP Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass, Snares Of Sixes makes a bold and confounding introduction, tangling the listener in confusing, highly aggressive avant-prog. The genre-shredding sound taps into a warped confluence of frenzied King Crimson-esque progressive rock, faint traces of frayed, heavily mutated black metal, haunting atmospheric touches, and abrasive electronics, and the result leaves us deliriously disoriented.

Often difficult, frequently nightmarish, SNARES OF SIXES’ output easily ranks as one of Walton’s more challenging and oblique offerings, and for the listeners, one of his most fascinating. Features Marius Sjøli and Robert Hunter (Hollow Branches), Andy Winter (Winds), Pete Lee (Lawnmower Deth), Nathanaël Larochette (Musk Ox), and Don Anderson (Agalloch, Sculptured), among others. Recorded all over the world, the record was mixed at Earth in Sound Studios by Jason Walton, mastered by James Plotkin, and features graphics by Marius Sjoli and artwork by Aesop Dekker.
Crucial Blast will issue Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass on digital and six-panel digipak CD on May 5th. Stand by for audio previews, preorder info, and more in the weeks ahead. SNARES OF SIXES is currently working on a live lineup in order to start performing live in the months ahead.




Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass Track Listing:

1. Urine Hive
2. Lions To Leeches
3. The Mother’s Throat
4. Retroperistalsis

Five years ago, in a period of downtime from the band Agalloch, Jason Walton wanted to write a strange and abrasive record; the aim was to record an album that pushed on the paradigms within metal. The result is a cohesive and challenging album that draws from seemingly disparate ideas and styles. Initially slated be a full-length album, Walton realized that he complexity and density of the material encourages listening in small dosage, and SNARES OF SIXES Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass EP was finalized.

With tracks like “Urine Hive”, “Lions To Leeches”, “The Mother’s Throat”, Walton and company lurch through an escalating, ever-shifting frenzy of creepy, labyrinthine melody and pummeling percussive chaos, over-modulated riffage and schizophrenic time signatures, where android mutterings give way to hideous blackened shrieks and bouts of bizarre crooning, the sound stitched with veins of crushing metallic heaviness, fragments of fractured electronica, and an overall surreal animated alternate reality vibe as it reaches towards the menacing glitched-out tech-metal hallucination of “Retroperistalsis” that closes the EP.

Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass Lineup:
Jason Walton – MIDI mangler, Synths, Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Melodica, Oscillators
Marius Sjoli – Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Robert Hunter – Vocals, Guitars
Martti Hill – Vocals
Andy Winter – Guitars
Nick Wusz – Vocals
Nick Loiacano – Vocals
Lawnmower Pete Lee – Vocals
Nathanael Larochette – Guitars
Stephen Parker – Guitars
Don Anderson – Guitars (on “Retroperistalsi”)

https://www.facebook.com/Yeastmother
http://www.crucialblast.net
https://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
https://crucialblast.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


GNAW THEIR TONGUES: Entire Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent Streaming At Cvlt Nation As Record Sees Release This Week
 




 
Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent, the brand new album from The Netherlands' most prolific harsh black/experimental noise outfit, GNAW THEIR TONGUES,is now streaming in its entirety at Cvlt Nation just days ahead of its release.
 
Cvlt Nation's write-up accompanying the stream of Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent offers, "While dark ambient and industrial create the basis of the sound, the outbreaks of the record move towards the further extreme sides of black metal and noise. The noise element is able to smear the parts, provide more character and enhance the dominance of the industrial patterns, while the black metal essence sets them ablaze. The changes to black metal modes is truly awe-inspiring, as Mories plunges the knife deeper into the wound, with vehement guitar parts, blastbeats and an overall ferocity. The extreme vocals that accompany most of these moments are brilliant, cutthroat and with ample distortion applied, they make the process that more realistic and palpable."
 
Endure GNAW THEIR TONGUES' latest atrocity RIGHT HERE.
 
GNAW THEIR TONGUES is the work of Maurice "Mories" De Jong, also of Aderlating, Cloak Of Altering, De Magia Veterum, among others. Just over a year since the outfit's Abyss Of Longing Throats full-length was released, and in the wake of the project's collaboration with Dragged Into Sunlight, Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent shows GNAW THEIR TONGUES at the top of its game. The music grabs you by the throat and sucks all the air out of the room. Although it leaves little more than an anaerobe environment, the music itself feels likes it has been breathing and organically growing into this true beast of an album. Fully performed and recorded at the Bejaarde II, Drachten, by Mories who also mixed and mastered the album, Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent also features guest vocals on "Our Mouths Ridden With Worms" by Hekte Zaren.
 
A CD / DIGITAL version will see release December 16th through Crucial Blast, with preorders available HERE.
 
Invisible Oranges reports of Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent, "high-volume cacophony explodes without reason or warning, usually accompanied by mechanical blast beats, flashing on and off in unpredictable intervals. Waves of disorienting sampling come and go, dotted with club-dragging beats and the harrowing integration of a choir's howl. If you wanted to discover the underside of music, here it is, in all of its savage and impenetrable beauty." Toilet Ov Hell's 4/5 review includes, "The record breathes, and as it does so, it sucks you into its lungs. Therein awaits a labyrinth of sounds that should not be; a kaleidoscopic purgatory of shifting textures and slithering frequencies. Cinematic as the tracks may be, this is not background listening. Your ear cannot help but wander around these unhallowed halls; you may become entranced, you may even become lost, but tuning out is impossible." PureGrainAudio's 8/10 review warns, "Humanity, take note. This is the perfect soundtrack, to accompany the very worst of unseeable video news, and documentary reports you've seen so far for 2016; including unearthed war graves and crime victim burial sites. When the helpless feeling of numbing emptiness growing from such exposure seems of comfort, you're ready for this album."
 
https://crucialblast.bandcamp.com/album/hymns-for-the-broken-swollen-and-silent

Thursday, May 5, 2016

TROLLER: Crucial Blast To Issue CD Version Of Graphic Full-Length By Austin Darkwave Outfit; Spring Tour Dates Booked

Troller_Chainlink [photo by Olivia Vale][ph[photo by Olivia Vale]

Crucial Blast has confirmed the impending release of the CD edition of the anticipated new album from darkwave act, TROLLER, titled Graphic. The disc version of the record follows the brand new vinyl version of the album which the band just released on their own Holodeck label, in conjunction with a bout of Springtime tour dates, the entire album and several videos from it all available for public consumption.

See’ TROLLER’s videos for “They Body” at Impose RIGHT HERE, “Not Here” at FACT Mag HERE, “Dryld” at AdHoc HERE, and “Storm Maker” at Fader HERE, and stream the entire Graphic album at Vice/Thump HERE.

Crucial Blast will issue the CD version of Graphic on June 3rd; preorders have been posted HERE.
TROLLER has also announced a run of Northeastern tour dates in support of Graphic set to take place later this month. May 18th will see the tour kicking off in New York City, followed by Montreal, Pawtucket, Jamaica Plain, Portland, Easthampton, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New Freedom, before the final show in Brooklyn on May 28th.

TROLLER Tour Dates:
5/18/2016 Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
5/19/2016 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
5/2/20160 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
5/21/2016 Deep Thoughts Jamaica Plain, MA w/ Witch Dust
5/22/2016 Geno’s – Portland, ME w/ Witch Dust
5/23/2016 The Ohm – Easthampton, MA w/ Witch Dust
5/24/2016 Sugar City – Buffalo, NY
5/26/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/27/2016 The Hart – New Freedom, PA
5/28/2016 Silent Barn – Brooklyn, NY

After a nearly four year wait, Austin-based doom-laden, darkwave outfit, TROLLER, has finally returned with the follow-up to their acclaimed eponymous debut. It was there that the band introduced their lush, lugubrious sound combining heavy synths, slow-motion rhythms and haunting vocal melodies, woven into infectious, brooding blasts of darkpop perfection; the songs seemed to emanate from some cavernous subterranean chamber, drenched in reverb and surrounded by shorter pieces of bleak ambience and grinding noise. A sinister, often abrasive edge gleamed from that early material, but it also featured some of the most stunning darkwave anthems we’d heard in ages.

With their first proper full-length album, TROLLER has expanded on that sound even further, their sensuous, dread-filled pop encrusted with those huge, otherworldly synths and distorted, grinding bass roar, rumbling across crawling drum machines and washes of glacial Carpenterian electronics, gorgeously gloomy synthpop hooks gleaming in the dimly lit corners of Graphic, as Amber Goers’ soulful, utterly bewitching vocals once again haunt Troller’s tenebrous depths. Songs like “Not Here”, “Torch” and “Storm Maker” shimmer with a malevolent majesty, while elsewhere the album slips into nightmarish electronic ambience and stunning expanses of black kosmische bliss. And while the band’s noisier tendencies are more subdued this time around, there are still surges of corrosive sound throughout Graphic that materialize in dense feedback and jagged chords that are juxtaposed with the album’s more beautiful passages. Combined with their penchant for provocative imagery and apocalyptic undercurrents, this produces something far bleaker and more unsettling than anything else we’re hearing in the realm of dark synthpop right now.

SINGLE POCKET JACKET -most common format

Graphic Track Listing:
1. Hellscape
2. Graphic
3. Not Here
4. They Body
5. Storm Maker
6. Dryld
7. Nothing
8. Drug Dog
9. Sundowner
10. Torch

https://www.facebook.com/Troller-118323978245683/
https://troller.bandcamp.com
http://www.crucialblast.net
http://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
http://www.crucialblast.bandcamp.com

Monday, January 11, 2016

RAMLEH Confirms Rare January West Coast US Tour Supporting Circular Time Album; New Video Playing At Noisey
 

Legendary British noise rock purveyors, RAMLEH, have announced their upcoming US West Coast tour dates for later this month, as the band makes a rare trip to the country in support of their latest double-disc album, Circular Time.
 
Released in December via Crucial Blast, Circular Time sees RAMLEH closing a nearly twenty-year gap since the outfit's last "rock-oriented" album, and delivering their most intense work since re-emerging in recent years. Now comprised of founding member Gary Mundy, longtime member Anthony Di Franco, and new drummer Martyn Watts, the album sees the band returning with nearly two hours of speaker-shredding, void-gazing psychedelia, pushing the pummeling, Hawkwindian meltdowns heard on classic '90s-era albums.
 
RAMLEH will now traverse halfway around the globe with a rare run of West Coast US tour dates this month. On this tour, the band will mix things up with electronic sets at half of the shows and rock sets at the others. With four performances currently slated throughout California, RAMLEH will play an electronic set in Oakland on Wednesday, January 13th, a rock set in San Francisco on Thursday the 14th, and Los Angeles on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th - a rock set at the first and electronic set at the second. Co-headlining all four of these shows will be Gate, the avant noise rock project from Michael Morely of famed New Zealand group The Dead C. Stay tuned at the tour event page HERE and view the full list of confirmed performances below.
 
A new video has also been released for Circular Time's sprawling track, "Re-Entry," which delivers the song in a dense and demented visual reality. The surrealistic and seizure-inducing video was edited and directed by Dominic F. Marceau and saw a recent premiere through Vice's music channel, Noisey.
 
View RAMLEH's "Re-Entry" at THIS LOCATION, and stream the entire Circular Time album HERE.
 
Circular Time is available in a six-panel gatefold jacket 2xCD and all digital outlets through Crucial Blast. The record can be ordered through the label's website HERE, Bandcamp HERE and iTunes HERE.
 
RAMLEH Tour Dates:
1/13/2016 Life Changing Ministries - Oakland, CA w/ Gate, JFK, Jim Haynes, Kleistwahr
1/14/2016 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Gate, White Pee [info]
1/15/2016 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Gate, Hive Mind [info]
1/16/2016 Complex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Gate, Puce Mary, JFK, Gabie Strong, Kleistwahr [info]
 
The Quietus champions RAMLEH'snew album, offering, "Circular Time is a feast of a reward for those who have been waiting for this incarnation of RAMLEH to get its moment in the sun: a wild, celebratory, unrelenting epic of an album that at times..." Brainwashed reviewed the album, including, "Everything and anything I could have hoped for on a new release from RAMLEH can be found on Circular Time. The perverse psychedelia, the motorik rhythms, and the oppressive, noise heavy ambience all appears here, and hangs strongly with the band's previous records... Without a doubt on my short list for best albums I have heard this year." Heavy Blog Is Heavy dubbed the record with a 4/5 review, including, "Circular Times' double album status is due more to the album's length and the constraints of physical music mediums. On a thematic level, the album is a strong, consistent project that tampers with a sonic palette that will generally favor the interest of My Brother the Wind fans. Expansive passages of Can-esque guitar jamming, thumping jazz fusion bass lines and careful but poignant drumming stands firm as the core of RAMLEH's approach, which favors subtle repetition and development in the vein of Earth's recent output." The Grim Tower's excellent review offers, "Circular Time is like LSD without the blotter, it can simply take you on a journey without a real need for chemical substances of any kind; which I would consider to the be the generalized power of music... for a band that's been around for almost four decades, they're definitely showing that they've still got it."
 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

RAMLEH: 2xCD Circular Time Album By Renowned UK Noise Rock Outfit Out Today Through Crucial Blast

ramleh_0459_web [photo by Nikki Sneakers]

Circular Time, the extensive double-disc album from legendary British noise/electronic rock outfit, RAMLEH, is out today through Crucial Blast Records.

One of the key bands to emerge from the UK’s post-industrial underground of the early 1980s alongside their Broken Flag label-mates, Skullflower, RAMLEH continually shifted between the extreme, confrontational power electronics of their early material and their later forays into searing, lysergic noise rock, right up until the band went on an extended hiatus in the late ‘90s. With nearly two decades having passed since their last “rock-oriented” album, Circular Time sees the outfit returning with their most intense work since re-emerging in recent years. Now comprised of founding member Gary Mundy, longtime member Anthony Di Franco, and new drummer Martyn Watts, RAMLEH has returned with nearly two hours of speaker-shredding, void-gazing psychedelia, pushing the pummeling, Hawkwindian meltdowns heard on classic 90s-era albums.

Listen to RAMLEH’s Circular Time in its entirety now at THIS LOCATION.

Circular Time is out today as a six-panel gatefold jacket 2xCD and all digital outlets through Crucial Blast. The record can be preordered now through the label’s website HERE, Bandcamp HERE and iTunes HERE.

RAMLEH will be performing a series of rare stateside live dates in early 2016. As soon as the final details on this trip are aligned, official announcements will be made.

The Quietus champions RAMLEH’s sprawling album in a new review, offering, “Circular Time is a feast of a reward for those who have been waiting for this incarnation of RAMLEH to get its moment in the sun: a wild, celebratory, unrelenting epic of an album that at times, notably on the industrial slab of impassive drone ‘Weird Tyranny’ (ironically closer in style to Valediction-era duo RAMLEH, with Watts absent) and the elegiac closing masterpiece ‘Never Returner’ reaches rarely-paralleled heights of what Gary Mundy once referred to as “bleak psychedelia.” Brainwashed published a massive, positive review, which includes, “Everything and anything I could have hoped for on a new release from RAMLEH can be found on Circular Time. The perverse psychedelia, the motorik rhythms, and the oppressive, noise heavy ambience all appears here, and hangs strongly with the band’s previous records… Without a doubt on my short list for best albums I have heard this year.” Heavy Blog Is Heavy dubbed the record with a 4/5 review, including, “Circular Times‘ double album status is due more to the album’s length and the constraints of physical music mediums. On a thematic level, the album is a strong, consistent project that tampers with a sonic palette that will generally favor the interest of My Brother the Wind fans. Expansive passages of Can-esque guitar jamming, thumping jazz fusion bass lines and careful but poignant drumming stands firm as the core of RAMLEH’s approach, which favors subtle repetition and development in the vein of Earth‘s recent output.” The Grim Tower’s excellent review offers, “Circular Time is like LSD without the blotter, it can simply take you on a journey without a real need for chemical substances of any kind; which I would consider to the be the generalized power of music… for a band that’s been around for almost four decades, they’re definitely showing that they’ve still got it.”

RAMLEH Circular Time COVER
http://www.facebook.com/Ramleh-245880515463532
http://www.crucialblast.net
http://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
http://www.crucialblast.bandcamp.com

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CLOAK OF ALTERING: Gnaw Their Tongues Alter-Ego Delivers New Horrorscape From Manifestation Through Heathen Harvest

GTT_2

CLOAK OF ALTERING, one of the horrifying alter-egos of the notorious Dutch industrial black metal maniac, Mories (also of Gnaw Their Tongues, Seirom, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, De Magia Veterum, among others), will release its gnarled Manifestation full-length through Crucial Blast in early December.
Returning with the follow-up to the maniacal 2014 album Plague Beasts, CLOAK OF ALTERING unleashes yet another brain-scrambling blast of mutated symphonic black metal, nightmarish breakcore madness, and hellish electronics fused together into a sweat-soaked, chrome-plated nightmare. As the fateful day of this release draws nearer, Heathen Harvest aids in delivering this auditory catastrophe into the public domain one slab at a time, the underground periodical offering “Cave Systems Of The Outer Moons” for your listening horror.

Venture into a new dimension of CLOAK OF ALTERING’s chaos with “Cave Systems Of The Outer Moons” via Heathen Harvest RIGHT HERE.

Crucial Blast will issue Manifestation on CD and digital platforms on December 4th. Preorders are now live alongside the streaming track “Parasitic Altering Sickness” at the label’s Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.
Compared to previous works, the seven-song Manifestation is a slightly less chaotic monstrosity, giving these blackened maelstroms added room to breathe, but the cumulative assault of CLOAK OF ALTERING‘s sound on the band’s fourth album continues to thoroughly scorch the listener. The sound is still rooted in a bizarre confluence of majestic synth-drenched black metal, skewed industrial heaviness, and fractured Planet Mu-esque electronic music, seemingly as informed by the hallucinatory throes of early Coil and the violent breakcore of Bong-Ra and Venetian Snares as it is by classic Nordic black metal. Strange contrapuntal riffs weave drunkenly amid crackling electronic glitch and eerie drones. The vocals here often take form here as a vile, guttural robotic croak, a sickeningly putrid android presence that is layered among the rest of the distant shrieks, anguished screams and chilling, garbled cries that all feel as if they are trying to escape the bowels of some nightmarish AI system.

CLOAK OF ALTERING Manifestation COVER

http://www.facebook.com/cloakofaltering
http://www.crucialblast.net
http://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
http://www.crucialblast.bandcamp.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIMESLAND: CD Version Of Debut Full-Length From Oakland Avant-Metal Unit Out This Week On Crucial Blast; New Trailer Posted

Dimesland [photo by Shannon Corr][photo by Shannon Corr]

DIMESLAND’s debut full-length album, Psychogenic Atrophy, sees its CD release through the cultivators of disobedient audio at Crucial Blast this Friday.

Appearing at the end of 2014 as a digital-only, self-released title, Oakland, California-based DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy made an immediate and powerful impression upon those who heard it, invaded numerous end-of-year/best-of lists, and flattened just about everyone who encountered it. An in-house favorite, Crucial Blast was so blown away by this album that the label wanted to make it available as a physical release, reissuing Psychogenic Atrophy on CD in digipack packaging that features subtly unnerving cover art from Swiss photographer and performance artist Chantal Michel. This album cannot be recommend enough if you’re a fan of avant-garde death metal and progressive thrash, as DIMESLAND have produced a work of challenging, terrifying extreme metal which stands amongst the more unconventional likes of Gorguts, Cynic, Confessor, Voivod, Deathspell Omega and the like.
Shortly after the initial digital release of Psychogenic Atrophy as DIMESLAND was preparing to tour heavily on the new album, guitarist Drew Cook tragically passed away. While this leaves the future of the band uncertain for the time being, the remaining members — Drew’s brother, guitarist Nolan Cook, drummer Harland Burkhart, and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace — continue to honor their fallen comrade’s memory, and this new physical version of Psychogenic Atrophy is meant to do exactly that, even commemorating Drew in the new layout.
View the nightmarish new trailer DIMESLAND has created commemorating the physical manifestation of their works at THIS LOCATION.
Stream Psychogenic Atrophy at Soundcloud HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Crucial Blast will issue the six-panel digipak CD version of DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy this Friday, November 20th. Orders for the CD can be placed HERE, and the digital version through the band HERE.

With members of art rock legends The Residents’ touring band and blackened prog-doom ensemble Wild Hunt amongst their ranks, DIMESLAND released the promising Creepmoon EP a couple of years prior, but even that only hinted at just how maniacal the band’s sound was to become. The eight songs on Psychogenic Atrophy combine dizzying musical complexity and fearsome dissonance with a sort of off-kilter thrash. Frantically barked vocals are employed judiciously, allowing the band to weave long stretches of instrumental mayhem. Violent, discordant riffs are folded around psychotic time signature changes, and then suddenly expand into passages of moody, doom-laden darkness. Cyclical rhythms churn beneath waves of dense, alien sound, and spastic skronk-assaults suddenly swerve into vicious angular thrash. And these guys have some serious chops. Psychogenic Atrophy‘s brutality is sharpened by their technical precision and prowess and driven by utterly frenetic drumming. But it’s also a heavily layered album, each listen revealing added details and degrees of delirium. Intense stuff for sure, with an unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere that makes this album stand out further amongst the progressive metal horde. There is a surreal, ever-present malevolence lurking under the surface of these songs.

DIMESLAND Psychogenic Atrophy COVER
http://www.facebook.com/DIMESLAND
http://www.dimesland.com
http://www.dimesland.bandcamp.com
http://www.crucialblast.net
http://www.facebook.com/CrucialBlast
http://www.crucialblast.bandcamp.com