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.

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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

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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

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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.”

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

RAMLEH: First Single From 2xCD Album By UK Noise Rock Legends Playing At Invisible Oranges; Preorders Available At Crucial Blast

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As Crucial Blast prepares to release the expansive new Circular Time double-album from legendary UK-based noise rock outfit, RAMLEH, in early December, Invisible Oranges has exclusively issued the first new audio from the record through a premiere of the track “Never Returner.”

While cacophonies of blissed-out guitar squall and violent drumming come tumbling out of the speakers in a rush of freeform psychnoise, and vast, rumbling dronescapes unfurl in the abyss, enfolding majestic but brutally distorted melodies in waves of shadowy low-frequency synth overrun much of Circular Time, the record is shot through with moments of sweeping, apocalyptic beauty, building to the powerful back-to-back finale of “Weird Tyranny” and “Never Returner” that are as utterly blasted and majestic as anything we’ve heard from RAMLEH in the band’s thirty-some year existence. The song now sees release through an Invisible Oranges premiere, its’ corresponding review including, “With Circular Time, RAMLEH’s near two-hour krautrock-inspired expanse of a double album due out later this month on Crucial Blast Records, Mundy’s meditations on atmosphere are taken to their absolute extremes, with the epic ten-minute closer ‘Never Returner’ acting as the album’s drugged-out apex. An unrelenting wall of psychedelic delirium, ‘Never Returner’ is a thematic culmination of the vast sound array with which Ramleh has bombarded the listener for the past ninety-five minutes or so. The layered, effected-to-mush haze, The Fall-inspired post-punk minimalism, raw noise rock brutality, and wave upon wave of glorious, harsh, beautiful sound all masterfully jumbled together in a way which is both chaotic and soothing.”

Hear RAMLEH’s “Never Returner” through Invisible Oranges now at THIS LOCATION.

RAMLEH’s Circular Time will be available from Crucial Blast as a six-panel gatefold jacket double-CD and via digital outlets on December 4th, having been shifted back two weeks since prior announcements. Preorders have gone live via the Crucial Blast Bandcamp where another new track, “Weird Tyranny,” is also playing and available for instant download with any preorder. View options HERE.

RAMLEH will be performing a series of rare live dates in California in early 2016; stand by for details on the band’s forthcoming live actions as well as additional audio samples from Circular Time in the days ahead.

It’s been nearly twenty years since we last had a full-length album from RAMLEH operating in “rock” mode, but the sprawling new double album Circular Time sees the British outfit returning with their most intense work since re-emerging in recent years. One of the key bands to emerge from the British 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 1990s. The group would return later the following decade with a number of reissues and new releases, but up until now, almost all of the new material from the re-activated RAMLEH leaned more towards their power electronics and harsh noise tendencies. But with this massive new album, these distortion masters (now comprised of founding member Gary Mundy, longtime member Anthony Di Franco, and new drummer Martyn Watts) have returned with nearly two hours of speaker-shredding, void-gazing psychedelia, pushing the pummeling, Hawkwindian meltdowns heard on classic 90s-era albums like Be Careful What You Wish For and Shooters Hill into realms of total obliteration.
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

CLOAK OF ALTERING: Manifestation Album From Gnaw Their Tongues Alter-Ego To See December Release Through Crucial Blast

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Crucial Blast will release the unrelenting chaos of Manifestation, the new full-length auditory nightmare from CLOAK OF ALTERING, one of many offshoots / alter-egos of the notorious Dutch industrial black metal outfit, Gnaw Their Tongues.

CLOAK OF ALTERING madman creator Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories (also of Gnaw Their Tongues, Seirom, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, De Magia Veterum, among others) returns to deliver the follow-up to the maniacal 2014 album Plague Beasts, unleashing 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. 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. Mournful synthscapes unfold across glacial rhythms and distorted doom-laden dirges. Blasts of foul, industrialized death metal pummel erupt alongside ominous piano figures and swells of sickening orchestral dissonance; swarms of blackened tremolo riffage sweep across sputtering malfunctioning rhythms and strange electronic accoutrements.

One notable difference to Manifestation from the previous album: the vocals, which 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. And as always, CLOAK OF ALTERING balances all of this confusional, electronically-deformed madness with some strikingly beautiful and majestically bleak melodic passages, with blasts of bombastic, heavily atmospheric synthesizer roaring across songs like “Parasitic Altering Sickness” and “Hidden Celestial Deity”. An arresting, alien album that violently mutates these strands of symphonic black metal DNA into a stranger and more complex strain of digital delirium.
Crucial Blast will issue CLOAK OF ALTERING’s Manifestation on CD and digital platforms on December 4th. Preorders are now live alongside the streaming track, “Parasitic Altering Sickness” are live at the label’s Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.
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Manifestation Track Listing:
1. Manifestation
2. 3.00348696261066
3. Stretching Infinity
4. Cave Systems Of The Outer Moons
5. Hidden Celestial Deity
6. Black Hole Cloaks
7. Parasitic Altering Sickness

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