The English death-metal quartet Repulsive Vision release their début LP Look Past The Gore And See The Art on the 31st.
Despite considerable longevity and decent profile in the metal circuit, they have thus far not got round to releasing an album and Look Past The Gore And See The Art will be a welcome reveal for both longstanding and new audiences alike.
From the forthcoming album – Premature Burial – (previously released on the Hammer Smashed Faith II Compilation LP) which although it only lasts for just around two and a half minutes, leaves the ears ringing in some pleasure long after completion.
The US darkwave quartet Painted Mirror released their eponymous LP on the 3rd.
Draw the curtains closed, lay back, with only a flickering candle to play shadows across the room to best engage with the roughly twenty two minutes, six track, album (available on bandcamp).
The baffled soundscape delivered through the ethereal synths provides the backdrop to the dreamy spires of the music as padded sticks which sink luxuriously into the drum-skins give the compositions a darkly contemplative feeling that seeps into the marrow, whilst a dampened, yet ever persistent bass provides the depth of the compositions and delicately counterbalancing this shimmers a gently reverberating guitar with the deeply echoed vocal rounding out a sound that holds the listener in reflective silence.
The LP is a fine introduction to a band about a year in to existence and I am looking to hearing more of Painted Mirror very soon.
The third track, also (almost inevitably) the most uptempo, Inside Out is my pick of the release.