Thursday, July 28, 2011
Copies of issue 1 are available again. Another 25 copies were printed, 20 of which remain. Send an email to the address given below to order a copy. A couple of distros will also have copies available soon.
The first issue of the S4D print magazine is now available. In terms of content, there is a predominant focus on Australian music. There are also three pages of reviews. The four interviews are with:
- Drowning Horse/Warthreat
- God Harvest
- Ocean of Zero
Within Australia, the zine is $3 shipped.
International orders, $5 shipped.
To order one, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Slays for Days has gone to paper - the first issue of the S4D print zine is now finished and just needs to be printed. It should be available by the end of the week. Interviews with Drowning Horse/Warthreat, God Harvest, Mammon and Ocean of Zero, as well as a bunch of reviews. I haven't worked out how much it will cost yet but it probably be around $3, with shipping within Australia a dollar or whatever and international shipping a couple of dollars. More information regarding cost and how to order one will be posted shortly.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Noise is the bastard?
Canada's The Endless Blockade has given us a fair few years worth of material to ponder in our dingy record dens, but this doesn't necessarily mean the blockade has come to a close - as the name would have us believe, the noise is indeed endless. Column of Heaven is an offshoot of the Endless Blockade, or in the words of the band, 'the new post-Blockade group', and they have recently released their first demo tape, called Ecstatically Embracing all that we Habitually Suppress.
Andy from the band states on his blog that 'When we were talking about starting this band the original idea was a loose "Like Blockade but with more noise and less hardcore; more weird shit." This release definitely isn't "less hardcore; more weird shit", at least not to my ears. The future may be different, but we'll see what that looks like when we get there i guess.'
His expression of Column of Heaven's sound is pretty accurate - Ecstatically... sounds a lot like Endless Blockade, but the band have in some ways suffocated the hardcore/pv aesthetic with more noise and power electronics. Obviously this was an element in Endless Blockade's sound too, and so I don't really hear much of a notable difference. The intro song 'Altars' and several other tracks on the demo encapsulate the foray into noise remarkably well. Rather than listen to my shitty descriptions, you can listen to the intro track as well as see its accompanying video here.
In my opinion this demo is nothing but good news. It carefully fills in the void that EB has left, and from the looks of it Column of Heaven are going to be taking the project into a different direction, one which I anticipate thoroughly.
You can listen to the demo entirely on youtube at this link. Alternatively, you can download a (high quality) digital version from the band's blog, where you will also find links to purchase it (though I'm not sure if there are any physical copies left).
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Suffering Luna were a crust/hardcore band that existed in the early to mid-90s alongside bands such as Despise You, Gasp and Dystopia. I won’t go into detail, but the band struggled to keep it together and eventually disintegrated, leaving two splits behind them (a 7” with Dystopia and a 12” with Gasp). The band has more or less reformed now, rehearsing and touring over the last year or so in anticipation of their new record, an LP that contains new material and a lengthy live recording.
While the hardcore aesthetic is prominent in Suffering Luna’s style, there is an inarguable originality to the way they play. Combining the eccentricity of Man is the Bastard with the hallucinatory nature of Gasp, Suffering Luna can be and often are labeled as ‘psychedelic hardcore’, a term that is perhaps a little vague but makes sense once the music is heard. If anything can be said for sure, it's that they don't sound anything like their contemporaries.
This self-titled LP contains three new tracks featuring Suffering Luna’s signature sound, a combination of compositionally progressive crust and highly textured soundscapes a la Neurosis. ‘Sea of Drugs’ opens the record, and sets the mood with an almost tribal feel and dirge-like pace, creating a sense of dread with a weighty atmosphere. The pinnacle of the three songs is the middle one, ‘Paranoid Delusions’ – this ten minute epic showcases the band’s capabilities clearly, displaying their ‘psychedelic hardcore’ in full force.
The B side of the record is a 24 minute live set, recorded last year in a studio – the sound quality is high, allowing one to properly hear everything that is going on in Suffering Luna’s music. This includes spacey bleeps and bloops and disfigured samples played under the lumbering crust that defines the band. There is definitely a disparity between the live recording and the properly mastered songs, however the difference doesn’t lie in quality but in the nature of the recordings – the live set has a very full sound, with the vocals higher in the mix and the atmosphere a little more abrasive. Regardless, the two sides show two different ways of hearing Suffering Luna’s music, and both are highly invigorating.
Whether or not the reformed band will last is hard to say, but as it stands their new material is very solid. A lot of work has gone into making this record cohesive, and even the live set sits remarkably well along with the other songs. To purchase a copy of the record, follow the links on the band's website. Rips are floating around the internet.