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Legendary NYC based musician JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Manorexia, Xordox) and composer Simon Steensland present the cinematic noir of their new track "Papal Stain" from the new collaborative album Oscillospira, to be released 24 April on Ipecac Recordings.

Speaking on the track Thirlwell remarks, "’Papal Stain’ is a multi movement piece which takes the listener on a cinematic journey that vacillates wildly in mood before its tumultuous climax. Along with Thirlwell and Steensland playing many instruments between them, the track features performances by drum virtuoso Morgan Ågren (Devin Townshend Band, Zappa, Mats Morgan) Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) on guitar, Chris McIntyre (Tilt Brass, Either/Or, SEM Ensemble) on trombone and Joanna Mattrey (Tredici Bacci) on violins."

A frequent collaborator with the likes of Zola Jesus, Melvins, Swans, Kronos Quartet and many others, JG Thirlwell is also the composer for the highly acclaimed animated TV series  ‘Archer’ and ‘Venture Bros’ while Swedish multi-instrumentalist Simon Steensland is known for his compositions for theatre.

Different yet complementary, both creators make idiosyncratic music that can be characterised by dramatic intensity, shadowy suspense, darkness and light, sometimes breathtaking and always evocative cinematics. Oscillospira is an odyssey of dark chamber prog with a cinematic bent, largely instrumental album with eerie choral parts.

JG Thirlwell and Simon Steensland’s journey together first began in 2017 in Stockholm at a workshop for the Great Learning Orchestra, a collective that operate on the model of an experimental music ensemble from the late 60s, Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra, using musicians from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. 

JG Thirlwell recounts "I had been a fan of Steensland’s work for some years through his albums like Led Circus and Fat Again. I admired the dark power in his work and it seemed adjacent to a lot of music that I love and inspires me – groups in the Rock in Opposition and Zeuhl worlds such as Magma, Univers Zero and Present, as well as 70’s era King Crimson and Bartok."

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Yorkshire’s answer to The Fall may have postponed the release of their new album, and since they can’t build any buzz with their usual gigging schedule, they’ve released an album preview to accompany the pre-order on Bandcamp. Showcasing some solid songs and a ragged, lo-fi production on an album that – in the best possible way – sounds like Percy, in the way they’ve sounded like Percy since forever. In uncertain times, here is a band you can depend on…

Get yer lugs round it here:

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‘Wolf Moon’ is a song about alternative realities, created by choice and chance. In the video we explore these different realities, while at the same time serenading the 90’s music videos we grew up with and still very much adore. The video is directed by Nina Spiering and shot by Robijn Voshol.’ – Ryanne van Dorst (singer, guitarist, songwriter, lyricist)

Watch the video for ‘Wolf Moon’ now:

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Founded in 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with a name derived from the Dutch word for "wandering," dark rockers Dool embarked on an ongoing spiritual and musical journey that took them far within a short amount of time on the strength of just one album. However, hearing the sophomore "Summerland," you can’t help but think its successful predecessor (ranked #13 among the "Best 100 Albums Of The New Millennium" by German magazine Rock Hard) was just a warm-up.

"Our debut ‘Here Now, There Then’ was a big experiment because we could not foresee at all how the band would sound," reveals singer, guitarist and overall powerhouse Ryanne van Dorst. "I took the skeletons of songs I had written to the other members, and we just started to jam, seeing what would happen. That was what we recorded, but we only found our own style while playing gigs during the last few years. The material kept growing on stage, so on the "Love Like Blood" EP, you could already hear that we had become more confident."

"Summerland" encapsulates the meaning behind the quintet’s monicker. Expansive and more varied on all fronts, it represents the constant evolution that goes along with the soul’s quest for ascension, resulting in a bedazzling mix of classic and post rock, Midde Eastern flourishes, psychedelia and metal. Each track displays its own identity within a loose thematic frame as summarized in the climactic title track: the struggle to find a place in this world, reaching some ultimate state mind, ecstatic pleasure and reincarnation, also inspired by Richard Matheson’s novel "What Dreams May Come" as a modern take on the Biblical cycles of hell.

"The term ‘summerland’ comes from paganism and refers to heaven, nirvana or whatever else you’d like to call it," the lyricist explains. "Since I usually write from experience and about what keeps me awake at night, I was asking myself what makes me happy on this existential plane and how the ideal afterlife would look like. This became a recurring motif throughout the lyrics in the shapes of sex, magic, psychedelics and many other means to invoke this ‘summerland’ in the here and now.”

The group recorded "Summerland" at DAFT Studios in Malmédy, Belgium, and Studio Cobra in Stockholm, Sweden, with Martin Ehrencrona (Tribulation, In Solitude). Mix and mastering were handled by Cult Of Luna’s drummer Magnus Lindberg in Redmount Studio Stockholm. As guests, Dool invited Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Candlemass) on Hammond organ, backing vocalist Farida Lemouchi (The Devil’s Blood) and Okoi Jones (Bölzer), who contributed spoken words to ‘The Well’s Run Dry’.

Sky Valley Mistress, who release their debut album Faithless Rituals on 20th March, have shared new single ‘Punk Song’.

‘Punk Song’ is described by drummer, Max Newsome, as ‘the heaviest of jams, an album worth of riffs in six and half minutes. Nasa says this song is so dense it changed the earth’s orbit when it was written’.

Sky Valley Mistress spent 10 days recording at Dave Catching’s Rancho de la Luna studio in California, hanging out with the likes of Hutch (QOTSA’s ex sound man), Bingo (Mojave Lords), Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), Peaches and Arctic Monkeys who also dropped by during the stay.

The result of that meeting of minds and souls is the full spectrum stoner rock ‘n’ roll assault of Faithless Rituals.

Listen to ‘Punk Song’ here:

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“I’ve been blessed to work with both Ben Chisholm and Kristin Cofer for many years now as creative collaborators. Ben sometimes does something called “grave-hunting,” searching for graves for people online who are looking for their relatives in far-away cemeteries. Kristin and I went along with him one day last Spring to a hidden graveyard in a small mountain town and I brought my guitar along. We searched, and filmed, and played some music for those who’ve passed on. The feel of the video was inspired by some footage I stumbled upon of Joni Mitchell from a 1966 French-Canadian TV show, after I had already written “Highway,” but the feel was just so sweet and natural and free, and I wanted to bring that to life for my own song as well, since Joni has been such a big inspiration for me since childhood.” – CW

Chelsea Wolfe’s acoustic tour of Europe is fast approaching, and the debut of a new video for "Highway" (filmed by Ben Chisholm & Kristin Cofer) is a poignant reminder of journeying and life on the road, one of the themes around her latest work, Birth Of Violence, out now on Sargent House. Set in unique spaces, the forthcoming dates are complemented with support from Tribulation guitarist and sublime solo artist, Jonathan Hultén – dates and details below.  Watch the video here:

Chelsea Wolfe has spent her career making music that’s as fascinating as it is undefinable. Built on seven studio albums and numerous tours of consistently powerful performances around the globe, Wolfe’s work has transformed itself repeatedly throughout her 10-year career. Her earlier records exposed the intimacy of folk music with a doomed, bleak aesthetic (The Grime and the Glow, Apokalypsis, Unknown Rooms). She later immersed herself in a sonic intensity approaching the electronic industrial (Pain Is Beauty, Abyss) and even sludge metal (Hiss Spun). Her latest release, Birth of Violence, steers her sound back toward pure folk, adding another enigmatic layer to her oeuvre. Although Chelsea Wolfe’s approaches are experimental, she deliberately ties together her discoveries in rich textures and haunting melodies, digging into the viciousness and pain of the world to find its beauty.

Birth Of Violence acoustic tour:

11-03 CZ Prague @ Archa Theatre

12-03 DE Berlin @ RBB Sendesaal

13-03 DE Leipzig @ Paul Gerhardt Kirche – SOLD OUT 

14-03 DE Bochum @ Christus Kirche – SOLD OUT

16-03 NL Utrecht @ TivoliVredenburg – SOLD OUT

17-03 FR Paris @ La Gaité Lyrique – SOLD OUT

19-03 UK Manchester @ Stoller Hall – SOLD OUT

20-03 UK Glasgow @ Saint Luke’s

21-03 UK Coventry @ Coventry Cathedral

22-03 UK London @ Alexandra Palace Theatre

23-03 BE Antwerp @ Bourla

25-03 FR Lyon @ Chapelle De La Trinité – SOLD OUT

26-03 CH Pully @ Theatre de L’Octogone

28-03 DE Munich @ Kammerspiele

29-03 DE Hamburg @ Gruenspan

30-03 DK Copenhagen @ Koncerthuset – Studio 2

31-03 NO Oslo @ Kulturkirken Jakob

01-04 SE Stockholm @ Nalen

BIG|BRAVE share a video for "This Deafening Verity" a stand-out track from their most recent album A Gaze Among Them, out now on Southern Lord.

"The video is made from re-appropriated footage from a hot dog eating competition in the USA. With the video we didn’t want to only investigate the competitive hot dog eating community but rather at all spectacles of this character. Ones where gratuitous displays of abundance are celebrated and worshiped,"  the band remark.

BIG|BRAVE are returning to Europe in April and May opening the tour with their second appearance at Roadburn Festival, followed by dates in the UK and beyond – dates, details and tour poster below. Joining them for three dates will be violinist and sound artist Jessica Moss, who has toured with, and appeared on BIG|BRAVE’s previous album.

Since their inception in 2012, BIG|BRAVE have explored terrains of experimental rock with a clear focus on the key principles; space, volume, and raw emotion. The essence of BIG | BRAVE’s magic has always been the way they balance these dynamics, and particularly how much sheer power comes from the beautifully quiet moments.

Watch the video here:

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BIG | BRAVE LIVE DATES:

19/04 Tilburg Netherlands – Roadburn *

20/04 Paris France – La Boule Noire *

21/04 London UK – Electrowerkz *

22/04 Brighton UK – The Hope & Ruin

23/04 Norfolk UK – Norwich Arts Centre

24/04 Glasgow UK – Nice N Sleazy

25/04 Manchester UK – The Peer Hat

26/04 Newcastle UK – The Cluny

28/04 Nantes France – La Scène Michelet

29/04 Bilbao Spain – Shake

30/04 Madrid Spain – Wurlitzer Ballroom

01/05 Lisboa Portugal – ZDB

02/05 Porto Portugal – Maus Hábitos

03/05 Oviedo Spain – La Lata de Zinc

06/05 Barcelona Spain – Sala VOL

07/05 Talence France – Antirouille

08/05 Lyon France – Le Farmer

09/05 Zürich Switzerland – Rote Fabrik

10/05 Piacenza Italy – ChezArt

12/05 Vienna Austria – Grillx

13/05 Budapest Hungary – Három Holló

14/05 Prague Czech Republic – Klubovna

15/05 Wroclaw Poland – Into The Abyss

16/05 Gdansk Poland – Dizzy Grizzly

17/05 Berlin Germany – ZUKUNFT am Ostkreuz

19/05 Moscow Russia – Bumazhnaya Fabrika

20/05 St. Petersburg Russia – Serdce

21/05 Tallinn Estonia – Sveta Baar

23/05 Zottegem Belgium – Dunk! Festival

24/05 Waregem Belgium – W-Fest

* with Jessica Moss

BlackLab, ‘the dark witch doom duo from Osaka, Japan’ are poised to return with their new long playing record Abyss.

Recorded under a full moon over three intense days, the album has the ‘off the leash’ abandon of ‘Fun House’ era ‘Stooges’ and is marked by a fat dose of doom meets slowed down hardcore punk; filled with loud, ultra distorted guitar, and yet, a surprising amount of melody as well.

In fact, Yuko has said that the band’s name is a combination of Black Sabbath and Stereolab, well here on Abyss is where that strange mix begins to make musical sense.

The band haven’t lost their love of lo-fi or ‘Riot Grrrl’ attitude.

The guitars are loud and heavily gnarled to the point of chaos.

Vocals go from shoegaze melodic to hardcore screams (in fact rarely has a vocalist in this genre screamed so musically as Yuko does) and underneath all this, Chia batters the skins, all rolling and tumbling thunder amidst the riffs.

Yes there is a smattering of ‘Sabbathy Wizarding’ of course, but submerged within dark, deep fuzz and punk rock crank and grind.

In truth the vibe is closer to both the arty heaviness of early Boris, and the sweet savagery of My Bloody Valentine, than any kind of ‘doom’ tropes. And in many ways, Blacklab are continuing the long tradition of Japanese experimental noise that bands like Melt Banana and Bordeoms exemplify. Ultimately though, it’s a sound that is undoubtedly BlackLab’s own.

So over 8 tracks, clocking in at around 42 mins, you get the current Blacklab world view.

‘Abyss’ is an album that is as raw and alive as it gets.

It’s refreshingly free of artifice, and it doesn’t arse around. What more can you want.

Say hello to the Osaka underground and watch the video for new single ‘Insanity’ now.