Friday, August 13, 2010

Gods Are Ghosts - Lights (EP) (2010)

Gods are Ghosts is a four piece modern alternative rock group based in Austin, Texas.  Their sound is characterized by hauntingly delicate melodic breaks pressed tightly against walls of guitars, a rising and emotional vocal performance, and an infectious rhythmic undertow that pulls you into its depths and holds you beneath the surface of its sound. The band is influenced by groups such as The Mars Volta, Deftones, Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Nine Inch Nails. The band released its debut EP “Lights” on May 4, 2010 to overwhelming reviews.  And while the public life of the band is quite short, the origin of the band dates quite a bit further.  The band first began writing in the summer of 2009 inside a former industrial warehouse in northeast Austin.  Guitarist Donnie Miller, bassist Thomas Miller, drummer Bryan Canatella, and vocalist Morgan James Duplant began spending countless hours inside their new home carefully crafting their brand of sound, often refusing the light of day that lay beyond the now soundproofed walls.  As the months began to wane into the teeth of winter, sessions began to run longer and longer, sometimes lasting eight hours.  It became increasingly tough during this time to resist the temptation of playing live shows, as the material was ready for its debut, but they pushed further.  Delirium and sensory overload had their moments during those winter months but the band continued to work at a fever pitch, and soon they would emerge from that place they had called home for so long. In March 2010, Gods are Ghosts chose Test Tube Audio in Austin, Texas to record their debut EP.  The band teamed up with producer Kevin Butler and immediately felt at home at his studio in south Austin.  The creative environment and Kevin Butler’s intuition formed a tandem that seemed to always push the material just beyond where the band thought it would come to rest.  In the end, “Lights” reads like a photo album of the groups' journey: each section of song a photo of a feeling’s landscape and mood arranged amongst the others. 
Bryan Canatella - Drums
Donnie Miller - Guitar
Thomas Miller - Bassist
Morgan James Duplant - Vocal

1. Lights Warming Skin (4:31)
2. Sharpen What Remains (3:36)
3. A Breath to Raise You from the Dead (4:10)
4. You Refuse the Noose (4:15)
5. Bloodstream (3:32)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rx Bandits - Mandala (2009)

Mandala is the sixth full-length studio album from Rx Bandits. Released on July 21, 2009, it is the band's second album released through Sargent House, and their first as a 4-piece band. The album was released on July 21, 2009 through Sargent House.- Wikipedia

Matt Embree - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Choi - Guitar, Keyboards
Joseph Troy - Bass
Chris Tsagakis - Drums

1. My Lonesome Only Friend (4:03)
2. It's Only Another Parsec… (4:44)
3. Hope Is a Butterfly, No Net Its Captor, She Beats Her Wings and Softly Sings of Summer Scent and Children's Laughter… (Virus of Silence) (4:23)
4. Hearts That Hanker for Mistake (4:31)
5. Mientras la Veo Soñar (6:36)
6. March of the Caterpillar (4:12)
7. White Lies (4:30)
8. Bury It Down Low (3:33)
9. Breakfast Cat (5:16)
10. Bled to Be Free (The Operation) (4:37)
11. Bring Our Children Home or Everything Is Nothing (6:19)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯A♯∞ (1997)

F♯A♯∞ (pronounced "F-sharp, A-sharp, Infinity") is the debut album of the Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was released twice, first in 1997 by Constellation Records and then again on 8 June 1998, by Kranky as an expanded edition that ran for 63:27. Stylistically, the album is devoid of traditional lyrics and mostly instrumental, featuring lengthy songs segmented into movements and wide dynamics. The album was recorded at the Hotel2Tango in the Mile End of Montreal. The recording studio is personally owned and operated by members of the band and their acquaintances, which ensured the band retained full control over the album's production. It was initially released in very limited quantities, and was mainly distributed through live performances and advertised by word of mouth. Initially, interest in the album was limited due to the small number produced and the band's lack of recognition. After the album's republication and several magazine interviews, the band became considerably better known. - Wikipedia

Aidan Girt – Drums 
Bruce Cawdron – Percussion
David Bryant – Guitar
Efrim Menuck – Electric Guitar
Mauro Pezzente – Bass Guitar
Mike Moya – Guitar
Norsola Johnson – Cello
Thea Pratt – Horn 
Thierry Amar – Bass Guitar

1. The Dead Flag Blues (16:27)
2. East Hastings (17:58)
3. Providence (29:02)

Red Sparowes - Aphrosims (2008)

Aphorisms is an EP by post-rock band Red Sparowes, released on as a digital download on July 9, 2008. It was also released a few days later on iTunes. The EP was released on 12" vinyl in November 2009 via Sargent House.- Wikipedia

Bryant Clifford Meyer – Guitar
Andy Arahood – Guitar, Bass
Greg Burns – Bass, Pedal Steel
David Clifford – Drums
Emma Ruth Rundle – Guitar

1. We Left the Apes to Rot, But Find the Fang Still Grows Within (6:37)
2. Error Has Turned Animals Into Men, and to Each the Fold Repeats (5:38)
3. "The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (5:38)

Eloy - Floating (1974)

Floating is the third album by the German progressive rock band Eloy. It was released in 1974. Floating is one of the most underrated or forgotten album of Eloy. The music here is simply a top-notch combination of heavy metal psychedelism and space rock! Few vocals, very catchy melodies and energic guitar playing. It ressembles by moments to a fight between Deep Purple (due to Manfred Wieczorke's organ solos) and Pink Floyd, but, of course, with the german's band own style and spirit. Furthermore, Floating is very consistent, the listener never loses his attention on the music. The record opens with the title song, a true easy rider ballad to space. The tune is very powerful, vocals are trippy. This is an excellent introduction which lets you expect more... and the "more" arrives with the 15 minutes magic epic The Light from Deep Darkness. The beginning is very mysterious, in the vein of Land of No Body, then the rythm changes suddenly and gets angrier, but always in a mystical feel. Alternating peaceful and powerful passages with efficient guitar improvisations and special sound effects, the song is evolving, enchanting, stoning, and announces Eloy's future direction towards space music. The next track, Castle in the Air, is much more rock- oriented, very melancholic to become surprisingly trippy and rocky, in the spirit of Gong's You (released the same year). Mindblowing! The calm comes back with the delicate melody of Plastic Girl, before putting you in a galaxy far away with Bornemann's powerful solos. The disc finishes with Madhouse, which at first glance ressembles to a classical 70s' heavy metal tune. But this is without counting on the talent of the german space rockers, who summon planet collisions and sonic deflagrations with their instruments. An excellent spacy conclusion which will let you in the sky! - Progarchives

Frank Bornemann – Vocals, Guitar 
Manfred Wieczorke – Organ, Guitar 
Luitjen Janssen – Bass 
Fritz Randow – Drums

1. Floating (3:59)
2. The Light from Deep Darkness (14:35)
3. Castle in the Air (7:13)
4. Plastic Girl (9:07)
5. Madhouse (5:15)

Faust - Faust IV (1973)

Faust IV is a 1973 album by the pioneering German krautrock group Faust. The opener "Krautrock" is a drone-based instrumental where the drums kick in only after seven minutes, whilst later tracks such as "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" employ more conventional songwriting techniques. The medley including "Picnic on a Frozen River, deuxième tableau" is a rework of a track from the previous album Faust So Far. The closing track "It's a Bit of a Pain" combines both styles, utilising noise during its chorus. The album was recorded at the Manor Studios in England. As the sessions took too long to complete, producer Uwe Nettelbeck opted to complete the album with material that was recorded at previous sessions in Wümme, Germany. These additions include "Krautrock" (previously aired on the John Peel show) and "It's a Bit of a Pain" (previously released as a single in Germany). - Wikipedia

Werner "Zappi" Diermaier – Drums 
Hans Joachim Irmler – Organ 
Jean-Hervé Péron – Bass 
Rudolf Sosna – Guitar, Keyboards 
Gunter Wüsthoff – Synthesiser, Sax

1. Krautrock (12:00)
2. The Sad Skinhead (2:30)
3. Jennifer" – 7:00
4. Just a Second / Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxième Tableau (3:00)
5. Giggy Smile (8:00)
6. Läuft... Heißt das es läuft oder es kommt bald... Läuft (8:00)
7. It's a Bit of a Pain (3:07)

Riverside - Out of Myself (2004)

Out of Myself is the first full length album by progressive rock/metal band Riverside released on September 21, 2004. At the time of its release, Out of Myself was hailed as the best debut album from a progressive rock band in recent memory. It was first released under the The Laser's Edge music label and has since garnered much praise amongst progressive rock fans. This album features some of the quieter moments in the Riverside discography on songs such as I Believe and In Two Minds as well as some of the most interesting soundscapes they have done which are present in songs like The Same River and The Curtain Falls. As well as being the first full length album by the group it is also the first album in the Reality Dream Trilogy which includes Out of Myself, Second Life Syndrome and Rapid Eye Movement. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudziński - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Jacek Melnicki - Keyboards
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums, Percussion

1. The Same River (12:01)
2. Out of Myself (3:42)
3. I Believe (4:14)
4. Reality Dream (6:15)
5. Loose Heart (4:50)
6. Reality Dream II (4:45)
7. In Two Minds (4:38)
8. The Curtain Falls (7:59)
9. OK (4:46)

Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (1973)

Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (MDK) is an album released by French progressive rock band Magma in 1973. MDK is Magma's most famous and stylistically acclaimed record; and although it has not become a commercial success, the band continues to present this 'classic' or 'symphonic rock' material to audiences. As with most of composer Christian Vander's apocalyptic music, Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh is sung completely in his synthetic language Kobaïan (which reads and feels much like a glottal-stop-free Germanic language). MDK is story of the prophet 'Nebehr Güdahtt' who delivers to the people of the Earth this insight: If they want to be saved from themselves, they must morally cleanse themselves to worship of the Kobaïan supreme being, 'Kreuhn Kohrmahn', by learning sacred "Zeuhl Wortz" music (already wildly popular on Kobaïa, of course). In response to this blatant cultural imperialism the people of the Earth initially march against Güdahtt, but slowly like any true believer Güdahtt attracts enough of a base of adherents to survive, to sing the Kobaian music. - Wikipedia

Christian Vander – Drums, Vocals, Organ, Percussion
Jannick Top – Bass
Klaus Blasquiz – Vocals, Percussion
Jean-Luc Manderlier – Piano, Organ
Benoit Widemann – Keyboards
René Garber – Bass Clarinet, Vocals
Claude Olmos – Guitar
Stella Vander – Vocals
Muriel Streisfield – Vocals
Evelyne Razymovski – Vocals
Michele Saulnier – Vocals
Doris Reinhardt – Vocals
Teddy Lasry – Brass, Flute 

1. Hortz Fur Dehn Stekëhn West (9:36)
2. Ïma Süri Dondaï (4:30)
3. Kobaïa Is de Hündïn (3:34)
4. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanïk (7:48)
5. Nebëhr Gudahtt (6:02)
6. Mekanïk Kommandöh (4:10)
7. Kreühn Köhrmahn Iss de Hündïn (3:13)

Asia - Aura (2001)

Aura is an album by the progressive rock band Asia, recorded in 2000 and first released in 2001. Roger Dean created the cover art for this album. - Wikipedia

John Payne – Lead Vocals, Bass & Guitar 
Geoff Downes - Keyboard 
Steve Howe – Guitars
Elliott Randall – Guitar
Pat Thrall – Guitars
Ian Crichton – Guitars
Guthrie Govan – Guitars
Tony Levin – Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums
Simon Phillips – Drums
Chris Slade – Drums
Michael Sturgis – Drums

1. Awake (6:00)
2. Wherever You Are (4:48)
3. Ready to Go Home (4:50)
4. The Last Time (4:56)
5. Forgive Me (5:26)
6. Kings of the Day (6:51)
7. On the Coldest Day in Hell (6:25)
8. Free (8:07)
9. You're the Stranger (6:05)
10. The Longest Night (5:28)
11. Aura (4:14)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tool - Lateralus (2001)

Lateralus is the third studio album by American progressive metal band Tool. The album was released on May 15, 2001, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. As with Ænima and Undertow, the album is replete with time signature changes. Drummer Danny Carey sampled himself breathing through a tube to simulate the chanting of Buddhist monks for "Parabol", and banged piano strings for samples on "Reflection". "Faaip de Oiad" is Enochian for The Voice of God. "Disposition", "Reflection", and "Triad" form a sequence that has been performed in succession live with occasional help from various tourmates such as Mike Patton, Buzz Osborne, Tricky, and members of Isis, Meshuggah, and King Crimson. The title track, "Lateralus", incorporates the Fibonacci sequence. "Eon Blue Apocalypse" is about Adam Jones' Great Dane named Eon, who had died from bone cancer, while "The Grudge" references the classic novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The track "Mantra" is the slowed-down sound of Maynard James Keenan gently squeezing one of his cats. - Wikipedia

Maynard James Keenan - Vocals 
Adam Jones - Guitar, Art Direction 
Justin Chancellor - Bass 
Danny Carey - Drums

1. The Grudge (8:36)
2. Eon Blue Apocalypse (1:04)
3. The Patient (7:13)
4. Mantra (1:12)
5. Schism  86:47)
6. Parabol (3:04)
7. Parabola (6:03)
8. Ticks & Leeches 8:10)
9. Lateralus (9:22)
10. Disposition (4:46)
11. Reflection (11:07
12. Triad (8:46)
13. Faaip de Oiad (2:39)

Porcupine Tree - Signify (1996)

Signify is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in September, 1996. It was the first album that frontman Steven Wilson recorded with a full group of musicians on board from the beginning. Previously he had been recording albums primarily as a one-man band with help gradually from other musicians. A number of the songs (albeit in demo form) were debuted live on the The Sky Moves Sideways tour before being recorded. The song "Every Home is Wired" has been covered by Polish electronic group Cabaret and included in their single Electric Chair Song. The full quote from the background words of "Idiot Prayer" can be heard on the song Trippin' by SRM. - Wikipedia
Steven Wilson - Guitars, Piano, Mellotron, Banshee Guitar,Vocals
Richard Barbieri - Synthesisers, Hammond Organ
Colin Edwin - Electric Bass, Double Bass 
Chris Maitland - Drums, Percussion, Keyboard

1. Bornlivedie (1:41)
2. Signify (3:26)
3. The Sleep of No Dreaming (5:24)
4. Pagan (1:34)
5. Waiting Phase One (4:24)
6. Waiting Phase Two (6:15)
7. Sever (5:30)
8. Idiot Prayer (7:37)
9. Every Home Is Wired (5:08)
10. Intermediate Jesus (7:29)
11. Light Mass Prayers (4:28)
12. Dark Matter (8:57)

Blackfield - Blackfield II (2007)

Blackfield II is the second studio album by Blackfield. It was recorded in both Tel Aviv and London, and was released on February 13, 2007 in Europe and March 6, 2007 in the US. We Put Out Records launched a media site relating to the US release of this record. "End of the World" is a cover of an older song in Hebrew, performed by Geffen and Berry Sakharof. Hebrew versions of "1,000 People" and "Epidemic" were included in Geffen's album from 2006, "With the Time". A demo version of "Where Is My Love?" was released on the bonus disc of the limited edition of Blackfield's first album. "Christenings" was originally written for Porcupine Tree's 2005 album Deadwing but was never released. Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison are both featured on this track. - Wikipedia

Steven Wilson - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Aviv Geffen - Vocals, Guitars, Rhythm Guitar, Additional Keyboards 
Daniel Salomon - Backing Vocals, Piano, Keyboards 
Seffy Efrat - Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar 
Tomer Zidkyahu - Drums, Percussion

1. Once (4:00)
2. 1,000 People (3:53)
3. Miss U (4:06)
4. Christenings (4:35)
5. This Killer (4:05)
6. Epidemic (4:55)
7. My Gift of Silence (4:01)
8. Some Day (4:18)
9. Where Is My Love? (2:55)
10. End of the World (5:15)

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (1999)

Ágætis byrjun is the second album by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, which was released in 1999. Ágætis byrjun was recorded between the summer of 1998 to the spring of 1999 with producer Ken Thomas, and became Sigur Rós's breakthrough album, both critically and commercially. Ágætis byrjun represented a substantial departure from the band's previous album Von, with that album's Cocteau Twins-esque dream popambient soundscapes replaced by Jónsi Birgisson's now signature cello-bowed guitarwork and lush orchestration (using a double string octet amongst other orchestral elements). The album's title came from a friend hearing the first song they had written for the album; what would become the title track. After hearing the song, he said it was "a good beginning"; the name stuck. The name has also been translated as "An alright start." - Wikipedia 
Jón Þór Birgisson – Vocals, Guitar 
Kjartan Sveinsson – Keyboard 
Georg Hólm – Bass
Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson – Drums

1. Intro (1:36)
2. Svefn-g-englar [Sleepwalkers] (10:04)
3. Starálfur [Staring Elf] (6:46)
4. Flugufrelsarinn [The Fly's Saviour] (7:48)
5. Ný batterí [New Batteries] (8:06)
6. Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) [The Heart Pounds (Boom Boom Boom)] (7:08)
7. Viðrar vel til loftárása [Good Weather for an Airstrike] (10:13)
8. Olsen Olsen (8:03)
9. Ágætis byrjun [A Good Beginning] (7:39)
10. Avalon (4:01)

Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion (2009)

The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is the fourth studio album by American art rock band Dredg, released on June 9, 2009, on Ohlone Recordings. Bassist Drew Roulette describes the album as "a rock and roll record, filled with experimental journeys and eccentric jousts, and states that the album is inspired by a Salman RushdieImagine There Is No Heaven: A Letter to the Six Billionth Citizen.  The liner notes dedicate the album to Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who was left in a coma resulting from a catastrophic car accident while the band was working on the album. - Wikipedia

Gavin Hayes - Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar
Drew Roulette - Bass, Synthesizer
Mark Engles - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dino Campanella - Drums, Piano, Organ

1. Pariah (4:07)
2. Drunk Slide (1:27)
3. Ireland (3:41)
4. Stamp of Origin: Pessimistic (0:50)
5. Light Switch (3:30)
6. Gathering Pebbles (4:59)
7. Information (5:45)
8. Stamp of Origin: Ocean Meets Bay (0:30)
9. Saviour (3:56)
10. R U O K? (2:12)
11. I Don't Know (3:45)
12. Mourning This Morning (5:41) 
13. Stamp of Origin: Take a Look Around (0:58)
14. Long Days and Vague Clues (1:52)
15. Cartoon Showroom (4:18)
16. Quotes (6:04)
17. Down to the Cellar (3:41)
18. Stamp of Origin: Horizon (2:20)

The Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno - Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (2006)

Starless And Bible Black Sabbath is an album and song by the Japanese group The Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno. The albums title refers to the album Starless and Bible Black by King Crimson and a self-titled album by Black Sabbath, the album cover also is very similar to the Black Sabbath album, except featuring group member Kawabata Makoto instead of a woman on the album cover. The song "Starless and Bible Black Sabbath" begins in a similar fashion to Black Sabbath’s eponymous opening track on their debut album, but less dramatic. The song grows slowly until a third of the way through the track vocals. The vocals have a large echo effect and there are two drummers playing virtually the same drum beat during a lot of the track, but with slightly different timing. The second song, "Woman from a Hell" is a much faster and shorter track. As the song closes there is a Godzilla roar. - Wikipedia
Okano Futoshi - Drums, Consultant
Higashi Hiroshi - Synthesizer
Shimura Koji - Drums 
Kawabata Makoto - Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Sound Technician 
Tabata Mitsuru - Bass, Vocals

1. Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (34:29)
2. Woman from a Hell (6:14)