The alt-rock quartet 22Cats, from Hong Kong, will be releasing the EP Undecided at The Orange Room, Wai Yip Street, Hong Kong, on the 25th of August.
An intoxicating mix of minimalist and maths rock laid to an ambient hush and extended instrumental in the second song to surface from the EP – Forever Low – allows 22Cats to create an experimental, though readily comprehensible, roughly six minutes, composition.
Struggle Session is a China based agit-rock quartet.
A quartet made up of musicians from Morocco, China, the USA and Australia who tirelessly tour both nationally and internationally – Struggle Session deliver music which side-swipes against a world of silos with a brutal tsunami of sound which despite its initial seeming wall of spittle is in fact predominately humorous and satirically scathing while offering a hand of inclusion to those who care about a world of equality and dismissive of those who don’t.
Their most recent release, which came out on the 5th, was a ten track split record with the Chinese outfit Arryam of which they were responsible for four (available on bandcamp), my pick of which is Good Earth, Mad City.
The black metal Czech / Chinese duo Kosmogyr released the LP Eviternity digitally on the 9th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp as a digital version or as a CD), is an immersive roughly fifty three minutes of unremitting musical assault. As in previous music featured rather than centering on volume the powerhouse is created through an irrepressible drum-kit paired with the destructive guitar creating luxuriant distorted melodies while the vocal howls as though looming from a tomb.
The opening track Sui Generis, that lasts for only ninety two seconds, lulls the listener in to a state of calm as though a decoy prior to the ensuing tsunami crashing in to the room.
The approaching eight minutes of the closer Thalassic Lunacy being my pick of the release.
The Hong Kong based electro-rock duo Deer revealed their latest track on the 1st.
Wild Eyes is more guitar orientated than music of theirs previously while retaining the underpinning of electronica allowing them to deliver a song which fills the room in a deep-purple haze as the mesmeric vocal takes the spotlight.
The Czech Republic / China based black-metal duo Kosmogyr released their début single on the 25th.
Quiescent (available on bandcamp) is a cement liquefying just over six minutes of roaring menace. Opening with quiet harmony the listener is lulled in to a sense of security, until suddenly, like a car suffering from turbo lag a pulverising roar hurtles in to the room careening in a menacing furious pace. As the ears become accustomed, so, the slowly paced guitar melodic structure emerges from the throbbing tumult giving the sense of running at two distinct speeds and marks the track for its ability to deliver the unexpected whilst the distorted vocal provides these two elements in Quiescent their cohesive quality.
News also arrives of an LP due for release later in the year.
Those of longer stay will perhaps recall a Czech Republic and China tie up, based in Shanghai in the form of Death To Ponies – Ivan Belcic is the common thread.