There are many bands that draw inspiration from the mysterious, dreamlike, simply weird world of the American novelist H. P.Lovecraft. One such band can be found also on the Czech scene, though you would look for it in vein within the metal genre. What we refer to is POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, a post-rock project, whose mastermind is Marek “Frodys” Pytlik, who arose from the iconic North Moravian doom act DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, as well as from the melodic death metal band AWRIZIS. Now PFA return with their second studio album with a cryptic fateful title “ÆØN5” that will take you to the world of lucid dreaming beyond angled space, where a different music of the spheres reigns supreme.
Already the first album of POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, entitled “Oceanize”, was a breath of fresh air on the Czech not only metal scene. “ÆØN5” goes way further. Once again, maestro Frodys took care of all music and instrumentation and conjured up a unique mix of nostalgic and poetic post-rock sound combined with a horror narrative. Here and there even an isolated black metal scream appears, more often however a splendidly sounding spoken word, uttered for example by the diva Lenka Machová from ADOR DORATH, who besides that participated on the visual and lyrical side of the album. State-of-the-art production was brought in by Libor Kukula from MetalGate
Howard Philips Lovecraft and his “weird fiction” is one those instances that show how whimsical fate can be. Neglected in life and delegated to the margins of pulp literature, today a literary icon, whose work serves as an inspiration to countless other artists across the cultural spectrum. The Czech scene is not an exception. Take POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM for example, a post-rock/metal project by Marek Frodys Pytlik that translates Lovecraft’s legacy into its music, and that is now releasing under MetalGate Records its already third studio album entitled “MANTA”. Those who are familiar with PFA, may be surprised that the new album is somewhat darker and rawer than its predecessors. It is so because the intent was to create a counterpoint to the previous piece “ÆØN5”, both music-wise and theme-wise. While “ÆØN5” built on Lovecraft’s so-called “dream cycle”, which are stories having as their common denominator phantasmal dreamscapes that make them in a way lighter and more colorful compared to the rest of his works, “MANTA” heads into the utterly nonhuman and unfathomable cosmic voids of Lovecraftian cosmology – that is, into vistas ruled by the Demonic Sultan Azathoth, Lord of All, and to which to gain entrance entails transgressing the boundaries of the angled space, which is to say to leave behind that which we perceive as reality. Hence the contrast.
Slowrun is a Finnish band that presents variety of sounds and musical styles that flow from instrumental rock to ambient soundscapes
The band has a history of two full-length albums, Prologue, and Resonance. Now they have a smaller release at hand - it is a two track EP titled as Passage. It's a digital only release available for streaming & download for free.
"Nothing Needs to Be Right", a track from Grey Fields' forthcoming debut album, chugs on a carnival-like feel with haunting vocals, showing both atmosphere and entrancing melodies.
Midwestern act Grey Fields officially formed in 2016, but their origin goes back much further. Alex (vocals/guitar/keys) first started playing music with John (drums) when they were sophomores in high school in the mid '90s. An immediate chemistry was created over their love for bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Pavement, and other like-minded bands of that era. Years would pass as their parents begrudgingly accepted them playing way too loud in basements, a garage, and even a living room. At the turn of the century they got the opportunity to play a show, but there was a problem — they needed a bassist. Somehow, someway, they convinced Adam (bass/vocals) to learn the set in 24 hours. They pulled it off, then they parted ways to pursue college.
Alex would go on to study composition, theory, and eventually become obsessed with production and engineering. Meanwhile, Alex and John would continue to sporadically play whenever they had the opportunity — even forming a novel two-piece band that was meant for wine and dinner parties. It was around fifteen years later when John and Alex both found themselves playing at a rehearsal studio in Chicago and got an itch to make an album. After a quick recommendation from John to reach out to Adam on social media, the old one-time band was back together and ready to hit the studio.
All three members were born in the early '80s, and grew up on '90s rock. The influence is apparent, acting as the foundation for the music, but hardly the only noticeable factor when considering the structure and atmospheric elements to the songs. In college, Alex started to appreciate orchestral/ambient and experimental composers. Years later his discovery of contemporary composers like Ben Lukas Boysen, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Brian Eno, Fennesz and Keith Fullerton Whitman would have just as much influence in the presentation of the songs as the '90s bands which initiated the spark to write music in the first place.
The band's new album focuses on a person’s drive to create change (spiritual, financial, familial, romantic, etc.) while battling myriad obstacles that can come from within. Throughout the album there are questions presented which in some way revolve around the ability to change and the struggles that follow.
On “Transitions of The Truth,” the central question is How did I wander so far away, while “Empty Eyes” asks Will I know when I’m there? “Miracle” and “Nothing Needs to be Right” even repeat the same question: Do you want to leave? These somewhat basic, yet vital existential questions are scattered throughout the songs which are connected to other concepts such as loss, salvation, surrender, escape, and hope.
PILLARS is an American four piece, primarily instrumental, post-rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. PILLARS has played alongside established instrumental bands such as Pelican, and indie juggernauts, The Appleseed Cast, The Get Up Kids, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I am No Longer Afraid to Die, We Are Scientists and more.
PILLARS is an American four piece, primarily instrumental, post-rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Each member comes from various musical pasts, and this diversity has fostered a unique sound that blends indie-rock and post-rock.
On their latest full-length, _of Salt and Sea_, PILLARS' distinct mesh of musical colors is on full display, as the band takes listeners on an aural voyage full of thoughtfully crafted peaks and plunges.
Due out on Indianapolis label In Store Recordings on Dec. 15, _of Salt and Sea_ marks the bands most complete release to date, while also marking their first entirely instrumental collection of songs. From the towering "Salt" to the succinct yet stunning "Subtract/Submerge," the album delivers a rejuvenated post-rock sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre to stratospheric new levels.
PILLARS has played alongside established instrumental bands such as Pelican, and indie juggernauts The Appleseed Cast, The Get Up Kids, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and more.
The Belgian post-metal/drone band Charnia consists of Diederik Van Eetvelde (bass) , J.J. Pieterse (vocals, guitar), Seppe Batens (drums), Thibaud Meiresone-Keppens (vocals, guitar).
After the release of ‘Dageraad’ in 2014, the band didn’t exactly sit still. They have started to write on a whole new piece, which would crystalize into ‘Het Laatste Licht’. Departing from their post-metal debut, the band has been working on subtler droney and ambient layers of music. Charnia has brought this piece of music as a work in progress on several occasions, perfecting the album every step along the way. The time is finally here to unveil this remarkable piece of music. The music unravels organically, interweaving hauntingly beautiful melodies and soundscapes, aided by the expert musicianship of Jens Debacker (violin) and Innerwoud (double bass).
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.