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Exxasens – Satellites (Aloud Music Ltd, 16/12/13)

Exxasens
Satellites
Aloud Music Ltd
UK Release Date: 16th December 2013

“Although many have never heard of this young musician from Barcelona he is a rather unique case and no doubt about it, a talent you should know.”
MondoSonoro



“They are impressive and bright, but it’s their potential for going supernova which is most exciting.”
Metal Observer



“Beautiful unearthly melodies somewhere between post-rock and post-metal. Impossible to pinpoint but Barcelona’s Exxasens maintain a unique musical journey. A journey that leads the listener somewhere beyond the universe.”
The Miskatonic Soundlab

Originally formed as a solo project by guitarist Jordi Ruiz (Playmotive, Kyba), Barcelona’s Exxasens has become an intrepid vessel for post-rock exploration.

Taking inspiration from the study of space and particularly those who voyaged heroically into its dark heart, Ruiz set up a home studio in April 2007 to compose songs that sought to explore these matters. Uploading one song a month online as Exxasens, after a year he had amassed an army of supporters, assembled a full-length album and gained interest from the then newly formed label ConSouling Sounds who went on to release it as Polaris in May 2008.

Beyond The Universe (2009, Consouling Sounds) followed not long afterward featuring thirteen songs, each more elaborate than those found in his earlier work. Filled with an unmistakable appreciation for established rock – almost entirely instrumental in construction but always rich and complex in concept – Ruiz’s hard work caught the ear of Aloud Music Ltd and in 2011, the Barcelona label released Exxasens third album Eleven Miles to critical acclaim in Spain.

To bring us to the present but keeping one eye firmly on the future the soon to be released Satellites is by far and away Exxasens most accomplished album. Owing as much to post rock as it does progressive, it’s a concept that again seeks answers in the cosmos and does so at times to the point of total madness. (Check out their recent video for the song ‘Rocket To The Sky’ below.)

Heavily influenced by the autonomous work of Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) songs like ‘Sputnik’ and the album’s 11-minute title track are testament to Ruiz’s ability at composing multi-layered and deeply moving soundscapes. Satellites is an album filled with instrumental melodies that explode and implode violently and just like Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky they know how to turn harmony into turbulence at the drop of a riff or beat of the drum live on stage.

For the very first time heralding a new chapter in Ruiz’s journey as a musician Exxasens now function not as a one man music making machine, but as an accomplished unit. Live and on tour this collaboration with new musicians, as well as lighting and video artists has turned Satellites into an immersive experience. One that should send Exxasens into the stratosphere.

Track Listing:

1. The Launching
2. Rocket To The Sky
3. Mass of Pluto
4. Satellites
5. Sputnik
6. Arida
7. Last Song Over The Horizon
8. The Falling

Label: Aloud Music Ltd
Formats: CD, LP, Download
Web: http://www.exxasens.com

Karhide – Remember Remember EP (Field Records, 2/12/13)

Karhide
Remember Remember EP
Field Records
Released: 2 December 2013

“Waterfield weaves into your consciousness, single-handedly commanding your attention with each and every exploration.”
One Beat

“Tim Waterfield, ex-man of electro-weighty punx Ann Arbor, has successfully performed alchemy with the choicest cuts of Black Sabbath and Mogwai, producing something else in its thunderous glory.”
Die Shellsuit Die

“Influenced by a multitude of genres the outcome is a unique style of noisy electronic, post rock and post metal… The only solution is that I recommend you listen to it carefully.”
Echoes And Dust

Karhide, AKA Tim Waterfield, has been programming beats for as long as DJ Shadow – but where Josh Davis came from a background of hip hop culture and breakbeats, Tim’s electronic upbringing in the East Midlands was through the industrial-strength beats of Godflesh and Frontline Assembly. Cutting his teeth in the ‘Big Black-but-one-louder’ Nottingham duo Ann Arbor, Tim has been refining and distilling a long lineage of electronica and guitar music for more than a decade, reaching his purest statement of intent with Karhide, more than twenty years since he picked up his first drum machine.

His EP Remember Remember is the latest addition to Karhide’s library of motorik and self-mastered recordings. A pensive yet pounding instrumental seascape that finds Waterfield again at the helm of everything; keyboards, guitars, programmed beats… voiceless but powered by sound and vision. Opening with the heavy tumbling riffs and beautified blips of the EP’s title track, Karhide showcases his trademark guitar noise and ear for post-rock detail, seizing on the brooding and reflective powers of Mogwai and Mono. Over four tracks Karhide expose us to intricately crafted and dynamic arrangements, taking in the cinematic swoon of ‘Strings Start’ and ‘Why’ before closing with the low slung clout of ‘Case Statement’. Like this year’s Rough Sleep EP, and Arcadia before it, it’s a project that overflows with thought and textures; the machinations of one man not only with many machines but the talent to manipulate them to his choosing.

As well as performing with Karhide, Tim runs the peerless Field Records label, ploughing a similar furrow of the best fusions of math-rock, post-rock and electronica with releases from the likes of Maybeshewill, Lafaro, Alright The Captain, Upcdownc and What The Blood Revealed.

Track Listing:
1. Remember Remember
2. Strings Start
3. Why
4. Case Statement
5. Strings Start (RMX)
6. Strings Start (Sarlat Remix)
7. Strings Start (SubTric Remix)

Label: Field Records
Format: Downloadable EP
Web: http://www.field-records.com/karhiderock

Label Profile:
Field Records is a Nottingham-based independent record label featuring bands such as Ann Arbor, Karhide, Alright  The Captain, Kasper Rosa, LaFaro, Khudu, Public Relations Exercise, Princess and Maybeshewill. www.field-records.com

Mountain Witch – Cold River (This Charming Man Records, 28/10/13)

Mountain Witch
Cold River
This Charming Man Records
Released: 28 October 2013

“If you’re a fan of Kadavar then please meet your favourite new band.”
The Sludgelord

“If like me you were bitterly disappointed with Sabbath’s 13 and just longed for them to return to their roots and crank out something gritty, dark and fundamentally old-school then you really should pick up Cold River.”
Ride With The Devil

Initially formed as an instrumental project by guitarist Rene Sitte and drummer Rene Roggmann, after entering the studio in the summer of 2009 the Hamburg duo emerged with a recording of what would later become Mountain Witch’s debut album Scythe & Dead Horse. A sizeable slab of heavy desert rock and extended stoner jams, the ultra limited edition vinyl release that followed soon after sold out instantly, and three years on, this year’s rerelease on the German cassette only label Witches On Fire quickly followed suit.

Since then Mountain Witch has not only recruited a third member in bass player Tobert Knopp, they have returned with a more focused and ambitious sound on their follow up album Cold River. Their first release on This Charming Man Records – the Muenster based label responsible for Die Nerven, The Moth, Messer and more – while that loose and low slung spirit of Scythe… still remains, it’s strengthened by an unmistakable 70s psych rock majesty. With vintage tones and killer riffs reminiscent of early Sabbath, their new direction also takes in the boogie of Blue Cheer, ballsy strut of Deep Purple and the ambition of Pink Floyd.  A sound that doesn’t shy away from its hard rock roots and at the same time doesn’t stop long enough to rest on them.

A more structured record than anything they’ve ever laid down before, Cold River’s newest and most noticeable characteristic can be heard in the addition of Rene Roggman’s vocals and darkened lyrics. Lysergic tales spun out over haunting grooves that never stray far from the arcane acid jams that inspired them originally and can be heard here echoing across ‘Ancient Light’ and the curiously titled ‘Shrubbery The Warlock’. There’s also a distinct feeling that while the Mountain Witch of old were content to plug in and rock out, the epic guitar assaults and rhythm and doom sections of ‘Sleepers Chant’ and ‘The Covey’ give this latest incarnation a newfound purpose. One that could give the likes of Dead Meadow, Uncle Acid and former label mates Kadavar a serious run for their money.

Trading in the cosmos for the kingdom with Cold River, Mountain Witch are out for the crown… and it’s only a matter of time before they take the empire.

Mountain Witch:
Rene Roggmann – Drums / Vocals
Rene Sitte – Guitar / Vocals
Tobert Knopp – Bass

Track Listing:
1. Snakewand
2. Shrubbery The Warlock
3. Ancient Light
4. Sleepers Chant
5. The Covey
6. Once I Am King
7. School Of Night
8. Cold River

Formats: LP, CD, Download

Label Profile:
This Charming Man Records is an independent label based in Muenster, Germany that have released albums by Kadavar, The Tidal Sleep, Black Sleep Of Kali, Die Nerven, Messer and more. For more information visit thischarmingmanrecords.com

Black Prism – Satan’s Country 7″ (EasyRider Records, 31/08/13)

Black Prism
‘Satan’s Country’ 7″
EasyRider Records
Formats: 7” vinyl / Digital download
Released: 31 August 2013

1. Satan’s Country
2. Yrtnuoc S’natas (Exclusive to vinyl only)

Watch the video via Roadburn.Com here and download the track via https://soundcloud.com/easyriderrecords

Los Angeles’ psychedelic doom band Black Prism are set to release their debut 7” single ‘Satan’s Country’ via EasyRider Records on 31 August. Not just for doom-metal fanatics, it’s an epic record for all fans of guitar driven rock ‘n’ roll, stoner rock and good times.

On ‘Satan’s Country’, Black Prism successfully turn out an instant classic in the realm of early 70s Black Sabbath inspired acid rock with a Manson Family aesthetic that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. An unholy conception of hard rock ritual and cinematic kismet, like a shot in the vein of fellow ‘born-outta-timers’ Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Kadavar.

About Black Prism:
Formed in 2012, the band is made up of native Los Angelenos that skateboard, ride choppers and raise hell the way that their music does. This is the first offering of theirs and the demo that got the band signed. There will be a full length record to come in the first quarter of 2014 on EasyRider Records, until then you will have to sit tight with this unrestrained release of pure hellfire and heavy rock that has the power to steal your soul if you let it.