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WolvesThroughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With WOLVES, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together. The album is about recognizing the power within; it's a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.1. Wolves
2. House On Fire
3. The Violence
4. Welcome To The Breakdown
5. Far From Perfect
7. Politics of Love
8. Parts Per Million
9. Mourning in Amerika
10. How Many Walls
11. Miracle$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like WolvesRochester, NY's LIKE WOLVES have been slugging it out for three years now. After 2 self-released 7s, as well as a split 7 with Hex labelmates OAK AND BONE (on Barbarossa Records), they are ready to drop their debut LP. This album is 9 slices of raw and raging punk, full of wild, nervous energy, and more than a few nods to the angular garage-y sounds of groups like Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu. A group of live wires coming unhinged, but still crafty and calculated in their approach. Recorded live at Moresound Studio in Syracuse, NY and in time for a national tour to present the new jams.Golden Year
Her as Earth
You Will Know Darkness
Live and Leave
Storm Season$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wolves In Wolves' Clothing (Awaiting Repress)Your prayers have been answered: less songs about Bush and more songs about Jesus!1: 60%
3: Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
4: We March To The Beat Of Indifferent Drum
5: The Marxist Brothers
6: The Man I Killed
7: Benny Got Blowed Up
8: Leaving Jesusland
9: Getting High On the Down Low
10: Cool and Unusual Punishment
11: Wolves In Wolves Clothing
12: Cantado En Espanol
13: 100 Times Fuckeder
14: Instant Crassic
15: You Will Lose Faith
16: One Celled Creature
18: 60% (Reprise)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Dances With Wolves Soundtrack
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Purple & Gold Mixed Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Dances With Wolves is the original soundtrack of the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Dances With Wolves, produced, directed, and starring Kevin Costner. The original score and songs were composed and conducted by John Barry.
Barry won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Original Score and the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television.
John Barry's fifth Oscar-winning score is a profoundly moving body of music.1. Main Title - Looks Like A Suicide
2. The John Dunbar Theme
3. Journey To Fort Sedgewick
4. Ride To Fort Hays
5. The Death Of Timmons
6. Two Socks - The Wolf Theme
7. Pawnee Attack
8. Kicking Bird's Gift
9. Journey To The Buffalo Killing Ground
10. The Buffalo Hunt
11. Stands With A Fist Remembers
12. The Love Theme
13. The John Dunbar Theme
14. Two Socks At Play
15. The Death Of Cisco
16. Rescue Of Dances With Wolves
17. The Loss Of The Journal And
18. The Return To Winter Camp
19. Farewell And End Title$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dances With Wolves Soundtrack
Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed At RTI!
Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets!
Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman on his completely upgraded all analogue mastering system and reissued on audiophile 45rpm LP for the first time!
Grammy winning soundtrack from the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film contains music composed and conducted by John Barry.
For the Dances With Wolves Soundtrack, John Barry won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Original Score and the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television.
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1. Main Title - Looks Like A Suicide
2. the John Dunbar theme
3. Journey To Fort Sedgewick
4. Ride to Fort Hays
5. The Death of Timmons
6. Two Socks - The Wolf Theme
7. Pawnee Attack
8. Kicking Bird's Gift
9. Journey To the Buffalo Killing Ground
10. The Buffalo Hunt
11. Stands With a Fist Remembers
12. The Love Theme
13. The John Dunbar Theme
14. Two Socks At Play
15. The Death of Cisco
16. Rescue of Dances with Wolves
17. The Loss of the Journal and the Return To Winter Camp
18. Farewell and End Title$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Winter & The Wolves
Powder Blue Color Vinyl
Custom Die Cut Full Color Jacket
Established Seattle rapper, Grieves, returns to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The
Wolves. The insatiable, devil-may-care MC is well known for his meticulous exploration of life,
love and loss, through a unique medley of hip-hop and soulful music. Together with B. Lewis,
Grieves created 14 new tracks, combining organic pianos and guitars with boisterous
synthesizers, to paint a colorful backdrop for his unique blend of rapping and singing.
A reflection on growth and maturity, Winter & The Wolves is about the instinctual fight for
survival. It's about suddenly finding that you're all alone, facing countless hindrances to your
livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them all. Tackling difficult obstacles like
addiction and heartbreak, Grieves wrestles with the realization that life doesn't get any easier
as you get older. His signature combination of humor and gloom culminate to depict the
struggle of a man's inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving
out a new path for himself in this world.1. Rain Damage
2. Whoa is Me
3. Over You (feat. B. Lewis)
5. Breath of Air
6. Astronauts (feat. Slug)
8. How's it Gonna Go (feat. B. Lewis)
10. Like Child
11. Long One
12. Kidding Me
14. Smoke in the Night$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dancin' With WolvesNew Natural Child! Touring with Black Lips in the Spring!$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
...And Out Come The Wolves (Limited Edition)180 Gram Vinyl
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this very special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Rancid's and Out Come The Wolves. Released at the height of the 90's wave of punk resurgence, and Out Come The Wolves is arguably on the most important albums of that decade and features tracks that became punk standards.11. Maxwell Murder
2. The 11th Hour
3. Roots Radical
4. Time Bomb
5. Olympia, WA
6. Lock, Step & Gone
7. Junkie Man
8. Listed M.I.A.
9. Ruby Soho
10. Daly City Train
11. Journey to the End of the East Bay
12. She's Automatic
13. Old Friend
14. Disorder and Disarray
15. The Wars End
16. You Don't Care Nothin'
17. As Wicked
18. Avenues & Alleyways
19. The Way I Feel$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Soul ChoirNorway's WOLVES LIKE US return triumphant with their new album "Black Soul Choir," the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 debut "Late Love," which is scheduled for release in North America in 2014.
Widely hailed across Europe and Scandinavia for their urgent, post-hardcore-fueled mix of alternative rock and punk, WOLVES LIKE US recorded "Black Soul Choir" with producer Mike Hartung - who is well-known for his work in Norway with a diverse array of artists from a-ha to Satyricon - at the famous Propeller Studios in Oslo. The group has toured extensively overseas with the likes of Kvelertak, Swing Kids and label mates Junius, along with appearing at prestigious festivals (OYA, Groezrock).1. Days Of Ignorance
2. Three Poisons
3. Don't Need To Be Forgiven
4. A Wish Of Fools
5. When Will We Ever Sleep
6. Your Word Is Law
7. Dig With Your Hands
10. We Were Blood
11. Thanatos Wins Again$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Late Love (Discontinued) (On Sale)Wolves Like Us are without a doubt one of the most exciting bands of the moment at the forefront of the burgeoning Oslo music scene. Although barely a year in, they have already established themselves on the live circuit with a showcase at last year's legendary OYA Festival and recent touring with Kvelertak, Gallows, Purified In Blood and Blood Command.
With ex-members from such notable Norwegian acts as Amulet, Infidels Forever, JR Ewing and Silver, the band is no stranger to dedicated hard work. Drawing influences from artists such as Planes Mistaken For Stars, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Water Music and the Afghan Whigs, the mission is clear: Wolves Like Us are here to purvey the urgent, powerful music they love.
Wolves Like Us signed with Prosthetic Records at the beginning of 2011 and immediately began recording Late Love in Oslo with Ruben Willem (Haust/Caliban Studios). Mastering was handled by studio maestro Dave Collins (Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction) and acclaimed illustrator Justin Bartlett (Sunn O))), Kvelertak, Anti-Sweden Jeans) beautifully crafted the artwork.1. Burns Like A Paper Rose
3. Sin After Sin
4. Old Dirty Paranoia
5. Secret Handshakes
6. Shiver In The Heat
7. We Speak In Tongues
8. Gone To Dust
9. My Enemy
10. To Whore With Foreign Gods$15.99 $11.19 Save $4.80 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BBC Session 2011 Anno DominiOne month after releasing their fourth studio album, Celestial Lineage, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recorded two live tracks at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Southern Lord offers these sessions as a special vinyl release. It seems only fitting that Olympia's earthen black metal expanders, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, would add their name to the roster of acts who have recorded at the Maida Vale studios, the place where the sounds of contemporary and outstanding artists throughout the last century of popular music have been documented for the ages.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM's shadow, cast long and eerie from their campfire of the arcane, eclipses the hordes of black metal clones and drones, hewing raw nuggets of inspired music from rich seams of extreme metal and astral vibrations. "Prayer of Transformation" and "Thuja Magus Imperium" are the two tracks recorded on that day, taken from their lauded album Celestial Vintage and spanning two sides of vinyl and twenty minutes. Entitled BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini, this session is testament to the band's ability to inspire awe with homespun strands of metaphysical ambiance and painstakingly flexed sinews of metal, and is a must for all fans of the band as well as followers of contemporary metal.
- Ear Split Compound1. Prayer of Transformation
2. Thuja Magus Imperium$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music From Republik Der WolfeAlexander Hacke (EinstÜrzende Neubauten / Crime &
The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co-founder of
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto
( Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (musical
director at the Theater Dortmund) have collaborated - for
the first time - as The Ministry Of Wolves.
Their debut album, Music From Republik der Wölfe
has been created as a soundtrack to 'Republik der Wölfe'
a theatre production directed by Claudia Bauer, based on
the writings of the Brothers Grimm. These morality tales
and warnings are as dark as you remember them from
childhood. In the track, 'Rumpelstiltskin' the characters
are more human than they first seem, showing an aspect
of ourselves we might prefer to ignore: "He is a monster
of despair. He is all decay." The show, with live music
from The Ministry Of Wolves, premiered at Theater
Dortmund in Germany on February 15th 2014.
Following the album release, The Ministry Of Wolves
will be on tour in Europe in the Spring of 2014.1. The Gold Key
3. The Frog Prince
6. Hansel & Gretel
7. Snow White
8. The Little Peasant
9. Sleeping Beauty
10. Iron Hans
11. Little Red Riding Hood
12. White Snake Waltz$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ellipsis180 Gram Vinyl Record
As is tradition, writing sessions for the album saw Biffy Clyro - Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and the Johnstonbrothers James (bass) and Ben (drums) working in the intimate environment of their practice room. They then headed to Los Angeles for recording sessions with producer Rich Costey (Muse, My Chemical Romance, SigurRos). Citing influences as diverse as Tears For Fears' Songs From The Big Chair album, DJ Arca and Deafheaven,Simon Neil has described Ellipsis as more of a punch to the nose than a big cuddle.
Lyrically, the album's songstackle personal issues with the idea of fighting back a recurring theme. Such themes are also apparent in the album's visceral first single Wolves of Winter which captures BiffyClyro's famous blend of angular riffs, pummelling rhythms and strident hooks. Says Neil: 'Wolves of Winter' isabout us being wolves on a patch and if you come onto that patch, we'll tear you limb-from-limb.
An Ellipsis (most commonly depicted as ...) indicates a continuation: in this case, Biffy Clyro's new body of workis an ongoing representation of everything that the band have stood for since first debuting in 2002 with theBlackened Sky album.$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Oak & Bone (Awaiting Repress)The debut LP from Syracuse, NY's OAK & BONE realizes a sound they have been working towards since their inception. Their first 7 on Hex showed the rocking and groovy stoner metal vibe in a more punk fashion. A split 7 with labelmates LIKE WOLVES last year offered a more trippy vibe to coincide with their fuzzed-out punk attack. Now on this full length you see all sides, anchored by an overpowering bass overload and reverb-ed out guitar leads. 11 tracks of surreal heaviness and monster grooves make this an awesome first full length. For fans of Kyuss, KARP, and Eyehategod.1. Oakener
3. Poison Snow
4. Acid Coffin
6. Heavy Head
11. Dust Cult$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
David Bazan & Passenger String QuartetPressed By Gotta Groove Records In Cleveland OH
Gatefold Album Jacket Printed On Uncoated Paper
Mastered For Vinyl Without Digital Compression Or Limiting
Vinyl Lacquers Cut From High Resolution 24/96 Audio Files
All new studio recordings of David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet performing songs from the Pedro The Lion and Bazan solo catalog. Fans will get to hear new takes on some of their favorites like Bands With Managers, How I Remember, Wolves At The Door, The Fleecing, Cold Beer & Cigarettes and more.1. Bands With Managers
2. How I Remember
3. Wolves At The Door
4. The Fleecing
5. I Do
6. When They Really Get To Know You
7. Lost My Shape
8. Cold Beer & Cigarettes
9. Priests & Paramedics
10. Strange Negotiations$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trust No OneGatefold LP Includes Bonus Tracks
Dark clouds over California - and everywhere else: DevilDriver teamed up once again
with producer Mark Lewis and the Audio Hammer Studios for their seventh opus that
is nothing short of sensational! Three years after the lush Winter kills, we bear witness
to the birth of a sleek new version of the band in the shape of TRUST NO ONE. An
unapologetic title that strengthens the fact that Dez Fafara and co have compressed
their energies: the opener 'Testimony Of Truth' isn`t simply a catchy masterpiece
comfortably nestled in between soaring guitars and massive groove, it also catches
up with the band`s classic moments! Insidious hooks refine eerie tunes such as 'My
Night Sky', but there is always room for hauntingly beautiful epic parts in all this
mayhem. These wolves need no sheep's clothing!
1. Testimony Of Truth
2. Bad Deeds
3. My Night Sky
4. This Deception
5. Above It All
7. Trust No One
8. Feeling Ungodly
10. For What It's Worth
11. House Divided*
12. Evil On Swift Wings*
*bonus track$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Let The Dominoes FallRancid's Let The Dominoes Fall is essential Rancid: a readymade punk classic that will take its place beside And Out Come the Wolves as a touchstone of the genre, filled with two-minute gems that every kid in America will be singing along with this summer. Lead by first single Last One To Die, a defiant anthem of brotherhood and commitment that's already tearing it up at modern rock radio, Let the Dominoes Fall both continues and expands on Rancid's legacy, as the new songs show a lyrical depth perhaps best shown in the two songs that center the album, Civilian Ways and The Bravest Kids. Punk has often seen the world as us vs. them, but with these two songs, a sensitive portrait of a returning serviceman and a loving tribute to those that serve, Rancid show empathy for working Americans that recalls the songs of Springsteen or Petty. Rancid have set their sights on greater things and hit the bullseye. Also features guest star Booker T. on Hammond organ on the super danceable Up To No Good.1. East Bay Night
2. This Place
3. Up To No Good
4. Last One To Die
6. I Ain't Worried
8. New Orleans
9. Civilian Ways
10. The Bravest Kids
11. Skull City
12. L.A. River
14. Dominoes Fall
15. Liberty and Freedom
16. You Want It, You Got It
18. That's Just The Way It Is Now
19. The Highway$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Cave Singers spend a good deal of time beyond the darkened edges of Seattle, in the mist and mystic, among the wolves and redwoods. And their songs, at least on record, have always been like beautiful, faded grayscale photos of this hinterland. Now, these photos are injected with hot blood and technicolor, a ferocity and bite weve yet to see from the band.
By all accounts, No Witch is The Cave Singers rock record. Laid to tape with dark wizard producer Randall Dunn (Black Mountain, Sunn O))), Boris), No Witch is grander and more lush than The Cave Singers previous efforts. Its also a nervier, scrappier affair: greasy guitars buck and rear up; Eastern-influenced blues snake through songs; gospel choirs rise up like tidal waves.
There are big, grinning nods to Beggars Banquet-era Stones, the best of Mellencamp (Clever Creatures) and the juke joint legends of Mississippi like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside (Black Leaf and No Prosecution If We Bail). Of course, its all filtered through that particular, magical Cave Singers formula: Pete Quirks reedy, behind-the-beat delivery and existential wordplay, Derek Fudescos lyrical guitar runs and drummer Marty Lunds no nonsense rhythms.1.Gifts and the Raft
7.All Land Crabs and Divinity
13.No Prosecution If We Bail
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silencing MachineFormed by Blake Judd and Pat Noctis McCormick in 2000, Chicago's Nachtmystium started off as a primitive 4-track black metal band. Over the years, they have progressed through many line-up changes (now featuring members of Wolves in the Throne Room, Avichi, Lord Mantis and Minsk) and the their sound has constantly evolved, stepping away from the typical black metal thematics and embracing disparate influences, while maintaining the raw and harsh edge that's unique to the black metal genre.
The incorporation of other influences has helped the band create a sound that is unique to them specifically, and will continue to work as an ever-expanding unit with the ultimate goal to create metal music that pushes boundaries and walks into unchartered territories. Recorded at Engine Studios with Sanford Parker (Yob, Pelican), Nachtmystium's massively anticipated fourth full-length, Silencing Machine, follows-up the critically acclaimed Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II and is a 10-song sonic assault which showcases the band at their most prolific and most expansive sounding to date!1. Dawning Over the Ruins of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope and Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vitamin FDuring the gap of nearly 10 years since their last release, Fontanelle has been trying to transport themselves back in time to 1973 into Patrick Gleeson's Different Fur Trading Company studio. With the help of Randall Dunn's expertise (sunn O))), Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room), it sounds like they made it!
Rex Ritter's tour of duty with Sunn O))) during Fontanelle's hiatus seems to have irreparably changed his DNA, as well as the bands. Adding an amazing array of horn players (many heard on sunn O)))s; Monoliths & Dimensions), Fontanelle has conjured a burly fusion jazz sound that has been dubbed, "White Magus."
Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin), Steve Moore (Earth, sunn O)))), Hans Teuber, Eric Walton (Skerik), Jef Brown (Jackie-O MF) and Dave Carter are all featured on Vitamin F. The band, based in Portland OR, is comprised of Andy Brown (Jessamine), Rex Ritter (Jessamine, sunn O)))), Paul Dickow (Strategy), Brian Foote, Nudge, Leech), Mat Morgan and Borg Norum. Vinyl version of this greasy-groovy masterpiece of fuzzed out funk from Southern Lord is limited to a one time pressing of 1,000.1. Watermelon Hands
2. The Adjacent Possible
3. Vitamin F
5. When The Fire Hits The Forest
7. Reassimilated$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MaraqopaDamien Jurados newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them to do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling.
The strummed desert blues that begins Nothing is the News quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplexd howls. Weve never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one anothers spirit animals in American outsider songcraft, lone wolves in black sheeps clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurados Sergio Leone.
At Swifts National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beasts breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. And from this, each song offers up its own unique gift: the enchanting childrens choir that echoes each line of Jurados lament for innocence lost on Life Away from the Garden; the breezy bossa nova that begins This Time Next Year and rises as effortless as a smoke cloud into high-noon showdown pop; Reel to Reel's wobbly, Spector-symphony and its meta themes; and the wonderful falsetto vocal work Jurado pulls from himself on Museum of Flight.1. Nothing Is The News
2. Life Away From The Garden
4. This Time Next Year
5. Reel To Reel
6. Working Titles
7. Everyone A Star
8. So On, Nevada
9. Museum Of Flight
10. Mountains Still Asleep$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Seventh SwamphonySeventh Swamphony is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah and is their first album with new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.
Few would deny that in the late 1990s and very early 2000s, Finnish death metal began shifting it's direction across the board. Although Amorphis themselves never lost any stride, the whole 'depression metal' thing just kinda faded away, to be replaced by something far more aggressive and energetic. Bands such as Children of Bodom, Norther, and Insomnium broke through with a sound that although was still firmly rooted in the brutality of death metal, were not too shy to throw in the occasional thrash and black metal influence to in turn create something new and exciting. With the exception of perhaps the aforementioned Insomnium, Kalmah had always been perhaps the most flat-out extreme and agro, and has steadily upped the ante with every succeeding release.
Right from the get-go, this disc opens up with a synth-hit-infused blasting skank-beat that flows easily into the pit-worthy yet SUPER-catchy chorus. This kind of sets the tone for this whole disc, and you get eight incredibly intense-yet-focus fistpumping/headbanging perfect examples of memorably melodic death metal that oozes every ounce of brutality that it can out of the riffage contained herein. A theme that is echoed in practically every song they've ever done is their effortless use of solemn, slightly-folksy lead guitar melodies on top of the high-energy thrashy rhythms underneath. Songs such as Deadfall and Wolves On The Throne are amazing and true-to-form for this band; heavy on melody and light on respite. The former song also features a glimpse of the ivory-tickling prowess of new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen, who in both his melody lines and also in his soloing has an almost youthful whimsy as he jams up and down the board. Once you notice it for the first time, you tend to notice that this may be one of the most keyboard-heavy albums the band has ever done, but that is because this may be the first time since 2002 that the band's keyboardist has had anything meaningful to add to the table in terms of songwriting. Maybe that's a bit drastic, but that's sure what it sounds like here, and that isn't to say that the omnipresent keys drown out the massive wall of guitar and bass. Antti Kokko is still one of underground metal's unknown guitar heroes with how deftly he weaves his melody lines through these tracks, and never mind how ridiculous his solos are. Need a point of reference? He's a straight-faced, serious, no-B.S. version of Alexi Laiho. And his brother Pekka Kokko's voice has never sounded better either, easily crossing from the higher-pitched, black metal-version of Mille Petrozza he always used to do on the older records with the flat-out demonic growl he's wielded since the masterful The Black Waltz album. He even manages to weave in a bit of clean singing for the first time that I can remember hearing on a Kalmah record, and speaking of which...
...remember how in the first paragraph we kind of stated that the melancholic Finnish death metal of yesteryear has been kind of hard to find as of late? Well, Kalmah decided to dish out their own version in fourth track Hollo. After listening to it maybe 10 times now, I've realized that I just need to stop the internal dialogue on whether or not it's a good direction for the band and instead just focus on how amazing the song itself is. For most of the track it really is one of the best pieces of old school Amorphis-worship that I've ever heard, before doing a Viking metal shift about halfway through, complete with calling horns and battle-ready gang vocals. Apart from this tune, the most that Kalmah otherwise deviates from what they know works is the almost-punky opening of Windlake Tale.
A lot of people unfairly write this band off as Bodom clones, and it's really unfortunate when they put out such amazingly dark and heavy records like this that really set them apart. If anything, I feel that this record will continue to appease Kalmah's core fanbase who've stuck it out since the beginning, but with it's perfect mixjob (except for some questionable leveling of the opening melody of Wolves on the Throne) where everything comes through crisp and clear (or as crisp and clear as a band as loud and agro as this likes to get), it can be an easy-to-get-into album for those still uninitiated.
Raise a horn of mead to the swamplords...they did it again!
- ArnoldHablewitz (The Metal Archives)1. Seventh Swamphony
5. Windlake Tale
6. Wolves On a Throne
7. Black Marten's Trace
8. The Trapper$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dormant Heart'Dormant' is not a word that you can associate with Reading's metallers SYLOSIS - the band who have in the past few years alone toured with LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DEVIL DRIVER and TRIVIUM. As well as playing huge festivals across the globe such as Sonisphere, Wacken, Graspop and Pukkelpop.
Dormant Heart is not a peaceful album, it's a powerful force, unleashing anger against every day injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them. Frontman Josh Middleton explains: "The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd. How a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it's 'tradition' as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness "
One might take this catalyst as being representative of the driving accident that SYLOSIS had on a US tour with TRIVIUM and DEVIL DRIVER in September 2013. Luckily the band escaped the RV accident without major injuries but had to withdraw from the rest of the American shows. It was a big influence on the writing of their fourth album. This isn't a band that lets the tough gruelling schedule of touring wear them down though and once they'd been patched up and recovered they were back on the road in the UK. The incident did however provide food for thought as to how the band has to some extent a constant element of danger and personal sacrifice.
SYLOSIS began tracking the album back in March 2014 working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Josh Middleton took a step up on this album producing it himself with the help of engineer Scott Atkins. The album was mastered by TESSERACT guitarist Acle Kahney. Josh says of the recording process "It was great doing some of the recording with Scott again. We've got a good working relationship and he's really dedicated to what he does. We like to strive for a very earthy and organic sound. It adds to the human element and brings out the intensity and vibe in the music."
Guitars and vocals were recorded at Wizard Sound Studios in the band's hometown Reading. Drums were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard who parted ways with SYLOSIS in September 2014 due to time restraints. BLEED FROM WITHINs Ali Richardson is now drumming for the band permanently after filling in for some live shows on the bands spring 2014 tour.
Dormant Heart retains the distinctive SYLOSIS sound; a mixture of intense heavy guitar riffs, breakdowns, thudding rhythm and Middleton's growl. It's difficult to tie-down the band into a specific type of metal genre. Stomping opener 'Where The Wolves Come To Die' unleashes an aggressive start whilst 'Leech' provides those breakdowns and epic choruses. 'Mercy' demonstrates the mix of galloping rhythm and melodic guitar riffs whilst Josh fiercely declares 'there's no redemption'. Aptly named closer track 'Quiescent' provides over 9 minutes of solemn prog showing a less forceful side of the band it's ballad like in nature, with lyrics questioning Maybe the flames are all they have?' It's softer in dynamic but the sense of impending doom remains 'Fail to rescue// I can see// Now the line is drawn at our feet'.
Josh summarises the record as their best work to date. "It's the most pissed off, aggressive and intense album we've done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we're also known for. It's a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We've been through a lot as a band and individuals and we've made our darkest album to date."1. Where The Wolves Come To Die
2. Victims And Pawns
3. Dormant Heart
4. To Build A Bomb
11. Callous Souls
13. Pillars Erode
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DawningMight the time finally be right for Mouth of the Architect? For a decade, the Ohio band has largely been ghettoized to cult status, familiar to Midwestern kids or those paying more than casual attention to what's clumsily called "post-metal," at least post-Isis. Between 2004 and 2008, Mouth of the Architect released three rather convincing-- if sometimes haphazardly indulgent-- records of unified doom and grace. Dependent upon extreme dynamics and grand composition, with track lengths that ticked into the teens and albums that stretched past the hour mark, Mouth of the Architect seemed like a natural recipient of the same "brainy metal" laurels then distributed by outlets as illustrious as The New York Times.
But the ascendance never came, and since 2008's teetering Quietly, the band instead lingered at the threshold of self-destruction. They released an EP in 2010, but, as a revealing Invisible Oranges look into the band's last half-decade suggests, they mostly tried not to die-- as a group, really, or as people. "Some of us were convinced that the end was coming, either the big picture or individually," drummer Dave Mann told Brad Sanders. "Some of us, me in particular, were in a downward spiral in a lot of ways."
The appropriately titled new album Dawning is their first in five years and their first featuring bassist Evan Danielson. It's also their best work to date, a fully realized resurrection. Dawning showcases a band that now moves with an intricacy and immediacy that indicate just what Mouth of the Architect is: a veteran group comprising members with long rÉsumÉs, who've now gotten a chance to begin again and know what to do with it. A wonder of tension and release, Dawning is designed to throw listeners into tailspins and, then, to lift them above the mess. That drama not only reflects the survival of the band that stuck around long enough to make this album but also of a group that's now pushed past the cloister of post-metal: Despite the hardened visage of tough-guy screams, burly guitar tones, and Mann's aggressive drumming, Dawning is a compulsively likable record, full of anthems meant for memorizing and environments meant for immersion. (Hell, "Sharpen Your Axes" could pass for millennial Incubus.) If you've ever liked Isis there's plenty for you here; on the other hand, if you like, say, Abbey Road-- or any music that tries to outstrip the structure of a single song while not abandoning its magnetism-- Dawning deserves your time, too.
Should the metal prefixes "progressive" or even "post-" suggest long-winded, self-invested excursions nestled within songs that require an almanac, scrap the notion for Dawning. Yes, these songs stretch between seven and 11 minutes each, but even the longest, centerpiece "How This Will End, hinges upon narrative thrust and musical selflessness. If there are any guitar solos here at all, they come toward the start and the finish of "How This Will End, when a neon electric tone arches over a mounting cavalcade of drums and bass. Rather than serve as breaks in the momentum, though, both passages lead tremendous swells that rise to meet the troika of vocalists in another instance of triumph. Not one moment among these 11 minutes seems squandered or lost, as the quintet keeps rising and falling, churning and rebuilding.
Opener "Lullabye" establishes that principle from the jump, or as soon as traipsing acoustic guitar and twinkling piano concede to a heroic riff wrapped within three-part, gang-style harmonies. Mouth of the Architect move constantly between parts; at various points, they leap from near-silence to a quake viscous enough to make plenty of stoner metal sound thin, from guitar leads that suggest Chicago blues moan to math-rock redirection. Behind the kit, Mann serves as the expert rudder, keeping the songs steady even as he navigates the transfers. This constant swivel also depends upon the split vocal duties of Steve Brooks, Kevin Schindel, and Jason Watkins. They trade verses, flip-flopping between pristine radio rock leads and malevolent growls, sometimes only for a line at the time. They often share choruses, delivering them the sort of group-vocal abandon that hints at a darkened Danielson Family. Their singing-- here, more charged and urgent than it's ever been-- gives all of the band's moving pieces a through-line from one side to the other.
Talk of the tide of intelligent or somehow otherwise-elevated heavy music hasn't faded during Mouth of the Architect's temporary absence. Though both Sunn O))) and the late Isis have only released one album since MotA's last one, the acceptance of and debate over nominally black metal acts such as Liturgy, Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice and Deafheaven has kept that conversation current. Mouth of the Architect only nods to that au courant talking point during Dawning, most notably with the blizzard of tremolo guitars that open "It Swarms" and the clattering way the band emerges from an instrumental break during "Sharpen Your Axes". But at the very least, Dawning deserves mention alongside Deafheaven's Sunbather, a record that's most notable for its holistic approach to drama and romance and the complete cinema of itself. Mouth of the Architect has long written from a vantage of imminent apocalypse, a perspective Dawning does not forego. There's talk of collapsing systems and prevailing darkness, spent luck and idolized disrepair. But at record's end, when Mouth of the Architect's three singers trade and share lines about risking it all even if they come up short, it's hard not to hear a core of redemption and potential hope within the music itself. And after returning from the brink to make one of the year's most rapturous records, metal or post-metal or whatever, there had better be.
- Grayson Currin (Pitchfork)1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
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