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.
NO//LIARS is a punk band, straight up no frills, no gimmicks. With one self-produced EP under their belt, they enlisted the help of Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung, The Pack A.D) to record their first full length, The Cause & The Cure (Due in early 2018). They also asked Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein, Protest the Hero) to master the album.
"‘Animal’ is the first single from the record and we think it showcases us at our best. At it’s root, ‘Animal’ is about struggling with inner turmoil and recognizing the darkest parts of ourselves. We wanted the video to portray the terror of losing touch with reality when facing one's inner demons."
In Lights' new album, This is How We Exist, is celebrating their existence in an unique way. The band attempted to drive their sound by emotion. The 7-song album comprises a full story, where different emotions of life are described: hope, pain, sorrow, courage, love, happiness and peace. Each song is a story itself, as well as part of the full story. The arrangement of each song serves the emotion. In order to better express the emotion, the band tried to go beyond the typical style of post-rock: instead of using crescendo and fixed tempo, almost all songs have 2-3 different tempos, and some of them do not have crescendo.
Beyond basic elements of music - rhythm, chord and melody, the band also wanted to express direct and intense feeling by creating unique sound for each emotion. The sound is beyond definition of each instrument: unique delay and reverb, EBow, extra low bass string, violin pizzicato, octove generator, random drum beats etc. It all serves the emotion of the music.
"In Lights", is a five-piece instrumental post-rock band based out of San Jose, CA, formed in 2014. The band consist two guitarists, one bassist, one drummer and one violin. The band creates dynamic, emotive and immersive music in it's most direct form. The band released their first EP in early 2015, a single on 2016 and released the new album on November 2017.
Influences include Mogwai, Explosions in the sky, Sigur Ros, Caspian, This Will Destroy You, Collapse Under The Empire, Hammock, Immanu El, Pink Floyd, EF, God Is An Astronaut, Lowercase Noises, Mooncake, pg.lost, Saxon Shore, Wang wen, etc.
“The river that everything drags is known as violent, but nobody calls violent the margins that arrest her.”
This quote from Bertolt Brecht is the best way to portray FLEUVE, the devastating new album of belgian outfit THOT. After a decade of challenging its music across several albums, EPs, videos, alternative versions, remixes and european tours, the gang lead by Grégoire Fray is going to bring a breath of fresh air in the industrial-rock and post-rock genres. Produced by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) and engineered in live circumstances, FLEUVE features 9 songs built around a powerful drums/bass/guitar trio, on which passionate vocals, heavy synths, clarinet laments and bulgarian choirs melt together perfectly. Thereby, FLEUVE is a luminous ode to the european continent and its cultural history, to nature’s immuable inspiration, to women and transcendance.
ICAUNA - 02:36 info ODRA - 03:36 VLTAVA - 04:01 RHONE - 05:53 RHEIN - 07:32 DUNA - 07:44 VOLGA - 03:37 info SAMARA - 04:44 BOSPHORE - 13:10 info NOW'S THE ONLY TIME I KNOW (Fever Ray Cover - Bonus track) - 04:03
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.
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.