HORSENECK ‘Heavy Trip’ Review, Official Video & Album Stream

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I have been a longtime fan of the Post-Rock/Hardcore band Will Haven from the moment I first heard them years ago so it was a no brainer for me to check out Horseneck recently when I saw they had connections to WHVN. Those connections are in the form of present and/or past members of not only Will Haven but Chelsea Wolfe as well but to be honest, that is where any and all comparisons to either band should be stopped. In fact, comparisons should not even be actually made because Horseneck is one of the more uniquely stand-alone bands I have heard in awhile. The sound they have is unlike most anything else happening in the heavy rock, alternative, or what have you scenes..their music is as diversified as it gets. And what it gets here is fantastically rocking and energetically intense and I really don’t know what labels or genre quantifications to throw at you to properly relate what the hell is going on here with the “Heavy Trip” debut. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Paganelli, bassist Lennon Hudson, guitarist/vocalist Lance Jackman and drummer Jess Gowrie meld elements of Post-Rock, Aggro-Noise Rock, Hardcore and, believe it or not, Classic Rock. Hell, they even have synths, organs and horn sections at times and man, oh man does it make for some amazingly fascinating music on this album. This album, “Heavy Trip” being exactly what this is with the ten tracks of dense heaviness recorded by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering. It will be issued on February 17th on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
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KROBAK ‘Nightbound’ Review & Stream

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There are almost instantaneous differences in the musical direction of the latest release, “Nightbound“, from the Kiev, Ukraine-based Krobak when compared to earlier output. From the very earliest moments of this outing there is a distinct slow dive into heady Post-Rock realms laden with intricate ethereal elements and trippy flourishes. The band, violinist Marko, bassist Asya, guitarist Igor, and percussionist Natasha themselves claim that this release is “definitely our most mature and challenging work to date…”. Going on to share that they intentionally sought to avoid any predictable Post-Rock cliches with these recordings and I personally believe they have achieved that here. Continue reading

State Of The Art: Idaho – GHOSTBOX

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Idaho!


Everything becomes new again! It’s the first Monday of the first month, January, of 2017 so that means a new State Of The Art series and a new State too. Idaho is the State selected and my first band for the new year is Boise’s Ghostbox, a new band by most standards as they’ve only been around since 2013. The guys in the current incarnation of the band, Steve Bade, Jason Whitley, Ali Soto, and Ryan Anderson have a very unique sound that’s highly Grunge/Alt. Rock influenced with heavy shades of experimental Post-Rock. Sometimes trippy, sometimes abrasively dense, their music is always rhythmically riveting and enticing as was evidenced on their 9-song 2014 self-titled full length, “Ghostbox“. Word is that the band is working on material for their next planned release and in the meantime, they are playing shows regularly and wowing audiences and fans everywhere with their powerful live presentations.
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State Of The Art: Minnesota – EARTHRISE

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This month’s State is Minnesota!

EARTHRISE

EARTHRISE

Minneapolis’ Earthrise first formed in 2010 with the quartet of Mike Britson, Tom Hillmann, Jimmy Neumann, and Andy Rutledge and they painstakingly developed their sound from there. Merging elements of Progressive Metal, Sludge, Hardcore, and Atmospheric Post-Rock, the band settled into a rather dark, menacing style of aggressive music that one could say is a distant cousin to the likes of Neurosis and Integrity. With pummeling density, crippling ferocity, volatile vocalizations, and angst to spare, Earthrise issued their experimental full-length debut “Eras Lost” in 2012. The album’s broad spectrum of intensities and relentless barrage of sound textures in varied degrees quickly galvanized the band’s status as one of Minnesota’s best alternative/underground bands. Unfortunately, Earthrise would temporarily stall at some point as their vocalist departed the band and the remaining members would spend the next two years dormant and struggling to locate the right singer. The guys forged ahead writing and recording songs for a sophomore release and in time, had everything down instrumentally for that second album but their search for a singer was fruitless for the duration. Eventually arriving at a point where they were nearly prepared to disband Earthrise, enter Elders vocalist Sam Halvorson to the rescue.

Back to full operating capacity, Earthrise are continuing to work on their next release as well as playing shows around their region. Their debut album “Eras Lost” is streaming via Bandcamp below and you can find out everything happening with Earthrise by visiting their Facebook Page.

State Of The Art: Washington – HE WHOSE OX IS GORED + Stream!

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This month’s State is Washington!

He Whose Ox Is Gored

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Sometimes listening to music outside of my comfort zone is most rewarding. I did just that when I discovered He Whose Ox Is Gored on their debut full length, The Camel, The Lion, The Child. And man, was it worthwhile… I’ve never experienced a mind trip quite like this Seattle band’s album. With their trancing post rock-infused instrumentation and climaxing doom riffs, He Whose Ox Is Gored addresses all the feelings you never knew you had. The four-piece of Brian McClelland (guitar, vocals), Lisa Mungo (synth, vocals), Mike Sparks (bass, vocals) and John O’Connell (drums) has defied the rules and created something completely unique and original. Continue reading

THE GREAT SABATINI / GODSTOPPER Split Is Streaming

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Tomorrow, Friday, August 19th will see the release of a Split from The Great Sabatini and Godstopper via No List Records. Today we have the 6-song release streaming in its entirety below. Both bands hail from Canada and are well established acts within the Post-Rock/Noise Rock scene.