Be glad you don’t live on the Planet of the Dolphins or in any other sub-aquatic civilisation. You can’t do chemisty, make fire or smelt metals under water. It would probably be even more difficult in salt water. I should imagine it would also be quite a bugger trying not electrocute yourself with a big amp.
On Water Planet there is no music except for The Whale Glee Club and the Coral Crackers.
I don’t want to visit the Moon. All that dust would make me sneeze. Nor do I need to visit any other planetary or lunar bodies in our solar system. I’ll wait for an advanced civilisation to invite me to visit their world where they destroyed AutoTune as soon as it was invented.
Today’s words of wisdom and solid advice, based on personal and very recent experience: If you’re wearing headphones, your cat is sitting on your keyboard and you start nodding your head rhythmically in time to the music, your cat may think you want to play a game. If he bites you on the top of your head, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Release Date: 10 June, 2014
Length: 57 minutes
Genre: Atmospheric Metal
Studio Albums: Nine previous albums
Posted by Reggie
If you missed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Broughton’s Rules, let me fill you in a little bit. I missed them too, so don’t worry. Let’s learn about them together. First, they are an instrumental band picked up by Relapse Records. We received an email telling us they have just entered the studio to record their second full-length album. Great, but I never heard the first one. Lucky for us (and now you) there was a link to an album stream where we can all check it out. The email noted that the new album should be out in the autumn and was described as “appropriate music to listen to while sipping herbal tea during the apocalypse.” Personally, I was looking for such a band for such an event and now I have found them.
Bounty Hunter 1853 is the name of the stream in question today. It was released in November 2010 and you can stream it below and follow the links as necessary. From my standpoint, I enjoy instrumental music. Broughton’s Rules falls along the lines of alt, indie, and atmospheric rock; perfect for tea the end of the world. I think you know you have done instrumental music right when each song tells a story. Check it out for yourself.
*note – there are some vocals.
Do you see the brilliant spheres?
This night knows countless years.
You step out onto your porch, gaze up, and look right through histories upon histories in the universe. Yet, you are here, glaring into a majesty you can’t even begin to comprehend. You look into infinite space, you see stars that haven’t existed for millions of years, planets that have come and gone, and bygone times you never knew or would have imagined existed. And you are here. You feel small, but unwittingly fulfilled that you are part of it all, whatever it is. You are part of that history, that energy, that existence that just maybe some other being is gazing of towards. You look down, across the cityscape, into trees, over to your dog, or to where ever your Earthly abode is and you feel a loving connection; gratitude to where your feet ground you. You are happy to be alive and given the chance to ponder and appreciate, to feel pain and loss, to experience love and life. You look back up and feel one.
For me, trying to describe the objective sound or style found on The Old Believer would be doing The Atlas Moth a huge disservice. I could say the record calls to mind White Pony-era Deftones with heavy black metal and post metal influences, but it’s so much more than that. I could say textures and layers of music paired with intriguing and introspective lyrics create journeys through the human and celestial mind and soul. I could say that visceral (and very understandable) blackened screams running in tandem with a beautiful baritone clean singing as well as layer upon layer of ominous keys, melodic and crushing guitars, thick grooved bass, and hypnotizing drum all work perfectly together to create a marrow chilling dynamic. I could say this album just about brought me to tears. But no. I’m just going to shut my mouth and implore you to take my word for it that this record needs to be in your collection and in your ears as soon as possible. I’ll just leave you with another sample lyric that hit me particularly. Peace Love and Metal! 5/5
To become whole I must first fall
The sky is the only one who knows how
To assemble the pieces like before
Eruption leads to rebirth
Just let go
The Old Believer is out June 10th 2014 through Profound Lore Records. You can order through their site to get the super cool physical CD (you dip the cover in water and it changes!!!) or go digital through Bandcamp. Give The Atlas Moth a ‘Like’ on Facebook and if you didn’t take my suggestion to listen to the advance stream the other day, here ya’ go.
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 28 Feb 2014
Length: 39 Minutes
Genre: Ambient/Alternative Post-Rock
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
Location: United States (Pennsylvania)
Posted by Irmelinis
The Swedish duo The Moth Gatherer’s debut album is quite interesting with its unconventional style of experimental/sludge/post metal. They have created an ambitious and tasteful mix of different music styles combined with lots of effects, which results in heavily atmospheric songs that aren’t always an easy listen. This is haunting and hypnotic music suited for fans of ISIS, Cult of Luna and Neurosis. It’s very difficult to describe it due to the pure emotional nature of the songs.
Combining elements of sludge, black, post, and prog metal, Latitudes have been able to craft a very unique sound that is laced in tons of atmosphere and texture. Their 2nd album Individuation shows the band growing their sound as well as their songcraft ability as each of the 8 track on the record are able to meander throughout different areas of their crushing beauty while not losing their way, nor my attention. Soft and ghost-like vocals paired with viscous sludge metal riffing, dreamlike ambient sections, and frequent black metal atmospheres create a floating in space while watching the glorious explosion of nebulae feeling. If you fancy bands like Pelican, Isis, prog era-Mastodon, Pink Floyd, or Agalloch give this band and album a shot, it’s some great music. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!
After releasing their monumental atmospheric black metal album Diotima last year, NY’s Krallice wasted no time working on their follow-up album. Just released this weekend (Aug. 25, 2012) Years Past Matter follows in its predecessor’s path in creating dense songs filled with multifaceted layers of beautiful discordance. Stylistically not too much is very different other than the previous record had a more ‘nature’ feel to it, this one is more focused on the ‘astronomical’. I really like the long musical passages in this record, and given the density of them I look forward to hearing how they open up with multiple listens. If you need a record that will remind you how small we are in comparison the universe, this album will definitely give it to you. If you haven’t already, fans of bands like Wolves in the Throne Room, Isis, and Panopticon should check this out immediately.
Years Past Matter is a self-funded release as the band is no longer with the Canadian label, Profound Lore. So be sure to spread the word about this release, and if you dig what you hear, grab a copy of the record off their Bandcamp page. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
P.S. No, there is nothing wrong with the song titles in the player below. The songs are actually called “IIIIIII” and “IIIIIIIII”.