For regular readers of the site the dark-dystopia of the Russian project Dark Voice Of Angelique will be familiar. Yesterday the latest LP – Winter Mind Game – was released.
Approximately fifty minutes of spine chilling electronica, organs, percussion and vocal spirit through the room over the nine tracks on the album (which is available on bandcamp).
The release is best enjoyed whilst tethered naked by ankles, wrists and neck, inside a cage within a dripping, condemned mine shaft with flickering candles casting ominous shadows across the limited field of vision.
My pick of the releasing being the just over seven and a half minutes of the sixth track – Fire Warning.
The quartet of Brittany Malm (Vocals / Guitar), Jordan Cope (Drums), Austin Sears (Bass) and Zack Chicoine (Guitar), from Austin (USA), who form the maths-rock band Mode Dodeca will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 21st.
The extended compositions on the album (available on bandcamp) have the distinct angularity of maths-rock in to which the quartet infuse a soft lens which gives the tracks an unexpectedly airy and progressive accenting with the songs having a hazy layer which bends the sharp spikes in to polymorphic wafts of curling shapes.
The fifth of the seven tracks is Hello from Hyperspace.
Maurice Louca, an ambient dreamscape creator from Cairo (Egypt), releases the LP Elephantine on the 1st of February 2019.
An extensive body of work, Elephantine (available on bandcamp) stretches to thirty nine minutes in its six tracks which draw from a dozen musicians in a cinematic creamy nexus of varied North African and Middle Eastern oasis that minds of traversing a wadi by star light.
The opening track is the almost eight and three quarters minutes – The Leper.
From Brooklyn (USA) the rockabilly duo Screamin’ Rebel Angels comprised of Laura Palmer (Double Bass / Rhythm Guitar / Violin / Keys / Vocals) and Brian Hack (Lead Guitar) plus guest musicians release the LP Heel Grinder on the 24th of January 2019.
If you happen to be in New York on the 25th of January the album (available on bandcamp) is being live launched at the Mercury Lounge with a West Coast tour in February.
If, like me, you are in a different Continent altogether I merely advise spend the next month raising fitness prior to grabbing hold of Heel Grinder as, like the opening song – Ooh! My Soul – there is no time to draw breath until the middle track – Something On Your Mind – a dozen minutes later that there is slow down in tempo only for the final six songs, though marginally less frenetic, pick up the pace once again.
How could I not recommend spending the time in the company of a double bass, smoky vocal and shin bruising rock’n’roll?
On the 15th the death metal quartet Bradi Cerebri Ectomia from Gomel (Belarus) comprising of Aleksey (Vocals), Vasily (Bass / Vocals), Kirill (Guitar) and Aleksandr (Drums) released the LP Mangled Perception.
A sixteen track album (available on bandcamp), which is all over within twenty seven minutes, is a brutal assault leaving the audience with both bleeding ears and smiling face as the combinations of slamming fretboards and unstoppable drums collide with the snarling vocal, all, hurtling through the speakers like an ill-tempered rattle snake.