Saturday, April 14, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Tengil - shouldhavebeens


Band: Tengil
Album: shouldhavebeens
Label: Prophecy Records
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. I dreamt I Was Old
02. And The Best Was Yet To Come
03. With A Song For Dead Darlings
04. A Lifetime Of White Noise
05. It's All For Springtime
06. All For Your Myth
07. In Murmu
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Swedish post-hardcore band Tengil is a constellation of musicians playing atmospheric, experimental heavy music that is at once nostalgic, quasi-symphonic and spiritually violent. The band tabs itself as "a spiritual task, an impulsion to through music tell the story of moments passing you by, the longing to live and die at the same time, to always be both among and in flames." Despite its young age, Tengil as a collective has already performed over 50 concerts across Europe and released the full-length album "Six" (2015) as well as a slew of EPs and singles. The band's Prophecy debut is titled "shouldhavebeens".

'shouldhavebeens' tells the story of two friends, three New Year's Eves and one longing greater than life," says the band. The record aims to speak about nostalgia, saudade, mental illness, decadence, the promise of tomorrow, and how our collective views of future themselves determine who we turn out to be.

Tengil's eye-opening musical style has developed from raw hardcore to an almost heavenly wall of aggressive sound which takes center stage on "shouldhavebeens". Commanding a mind-bending and dynamic meld of hardcore, rock, blackgaze and melody, Tengil wields its wide-reaching range over varied tempos, electronics, and occasional pop moments executed with a raw energy that suggests a mash up of Dillinger Escape Plan and Explosions in the Sky. Although its delivery and musical approach is very different, the inherent self-confidence and captivating creativity that Tengil shows on 'shouldhavebeens', calls for comparison to Alcest and its legendary debut "Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde".

With flowing grace and force of conviction, Tengil's lush layers of sound crush and caress in equal measure. Explosive, angular, powerful and enlightening, "shouldhavebeens" propels the listener across multiple musical boundaries.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Aesthesys - Achromata


Band: Aesthesys
Album: Achromata
Label: Narshardaa Records
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Grauer Wald
02. Filis Aureis
03. Marea
04. Himmelbarn
05. Melanocardia
06. Sapatha
07. Apogeion
08. Eosfyllon
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Aesthesys is an instrumental outfit hailing from Moscow, Russia, performing a mixture of post-rock, ambient, neoclassical and progressive music.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: Six Steps Above The Earth - Step 3: A Study On Human Nature


Band: Six Steps Above The Earth
Album: Step 3: A Study On Human Nature
Label: Aza Records
Year: 2018







Tracklist
01. A Passage Through Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis
02. Maladaptive Schemata
03. Earth Gazing
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"Sometimes music just happens. You turn the volume up and it fills the room up to the ceiling. You have written nothing beforehand and still it pours out like it was waiting for you to plug in. That’s what happened with this record. Me and Sakis just plugged in and “A Passage Through Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis” came out almost in one go. There is an interesting concept behind that song. I like paying tribute to artists that inspire me but I don’t like doing cover songs. I like taking art and spitting it out as my own. That’s what all the vocals and spoken word are. They are lyrics from bands I like and poems from writers I love. 

We need to thank Kostas Kofinas for helping us record and mix this album, Post_Black_Punk for being our spiritual guide, Morphine Social Club and Wyatt E. for sharing the stage with us, Ypogeio for being our live home, John Simandiras and 666MrDoom for supporting us and promoting our music." - Six Steps Above The Earth

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It


Band: Rolo Tomassi
Album: Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
Label: Holy Roar Records
Year: 2018







Tracklist
01. Towards Dawn
02. Aftermath
03. Rituals
04. The Hollow Hour
05. Balancing The Dark
06. Alma Mater
07. A Flood Of Light
08. Whispers Among Us
09. Contretemps
10. Risen
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Rolo Tomassi are an experimental extreme punk band from Sheffield, England. Their name is taken from the fictional character Rollo Tomasi in the film LA Confidential. The band formed in 2005 and set their local scene alight by playing a synth driven technical mix of styles and genres difficult to define in a single word. 

The band self-released their first demo shortly after forming. Shortly after the band pursued a tape release via danger!laser!phaser!razor! where only 200 copies were made. After a split EP with Mirror! Mirror! the band signed to Holy Roar records after building up a reputation for a fearsome, energetic live show. 

With Holy Roar the band released their self titled EP. This EP featured re-recorded songs from previous demo's and EP's amongst newer songs. To support this EP the band toured up and down the country numerous times, mainly supporting bigger bands such as I Was A Cub Scout and 65daysofstatic.

In June 2008, Rolo played a very well received show at Download Festival. The band signed to Hassle Records, and released their debut album, entitled 'Hysterics', on 22nd September 2008. 

In August 2009, Rolo played at Underage Festival, which on the whole was received well by the audience. 

On May 24th, 2010, Rolo Tomassi released their second album, Cosmology. The first single from the album; Party Wounds, was released on the bands MySpace a few weeks prior to Cosmology's release.

In conjunction with World Record Store Day 2011, the band released an anthology entitled Eternal Youth. The first release on their own record label named, Destination Moon. This album compiled vinyl only singles released through a yearly subscription club, b-sides, pre-Hysterics material and remixes in order to make as much as their material as possible available to all. 

From 2012 until today they released 2 more albums "Astrea" and "Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It" and a BBC Sessions EP.

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Friday, March 16, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Man Mountain - Inifinity Mirror


Band: Man Mountain
Album: Infinity Mirror
Label: Spartan Records
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Illumination Rings
02. Memory Trace
03. Elysian
04. To Be Made As New
05. No Man Needs Nothing
06. Peripheral Drift
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Man Mountain is a band of brothers and friends from the southeast corner of Michigan, playing epic and emotive instrumental rock music. What started in the beginning of 2012 as two people jamming songs by The Appleseed Cast in a basement, turned into four people playing a full set of original songs in someone else’s basement later that summer. That first set of music was later polished up, recorded, and released in the spring of the following year as an EP titled “To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name”. Since then we’ve played all over Michigan (and eight other states), and have written and recorded our first full length album "Infinity Mirror", which was released today on Spartan Records.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Lethvm - This Fall Shall Cease


Band: Lethvm
Album: This Fall Shall Cease
Label: dunk! Records, A Thousand Arms Records
Year: 2017







Tracklist
01. Impetius
02. Wandering At Dawn
03. The Last Grave
04. Winter's Journey
05. The Shades Of Minerva
06. An Encounter With The Sun
07. Ejla
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Lêtum, i, n : Dead, defund, erosion, ruined, destruction.

Belgian band formed in 2015 evolves in a heavy and torn atmosphere, between devastation and candor. The four members draw their influences in the darkness of life by inserting beauty, rage and melancholy.

For fans of Amenra.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: le_mol - Heads Heads Heads


Band: le_mol
Album: Heads Heads Heads
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Inside Your
02. The Waltz King
03. le_mol Fear Mogwai
04. Temperatures Will Drop - Pekoppa
05. 7udud Lurati Ta3ni 7udud 3alami
06. Chameleon
07. The Sun Like A Sneaky Keyhole View Of Hell
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"Heads Heads Heads" convinces through catchy yet subtle instrumentals, which – played in loops – create a tremendous dynamic. 

Riff after riff is carved into polyvinylchloride and disk, all made possible through the excessive use of loop technology. Right from the beginning, with the smooth entering of the piano that equally marks the end, the listeners mind is inspired to create its own images. In between, the duo delivers both enchantingly soft and bizarre soundscapes that are formed by the versatile and playful use of guitars (played with the bow of a stringed instrument), synthesizers, piano, and drums. 

Further the music is understood in context: le_mol celebrate the harmonic disharmony. Their unconventional loop layers and overlapping song structures reflect a social life that is shaken in its foundations and which is threatened to fall into pieces. Without lyrics, using only instruments the duo creates a feeling of tightness, oppression and hopelessness in a society that is divided by populism and capitalism. The audience is invited to lose themselves in thoughts while reflecting and, as a result, experiencing the music even more intense – all while le_mol try to anchor “Heads Heads Heads” in our minds – in our heads, heads, heads.

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