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.
The Hong Kong based electro-rock band my little airport were introduced earlier in the year.
my little airport
Their latest track 攻陷你的西 (Decline Of The West) is a heavier, snarling composition contemplating of the fracturing of societal structures which result in divisions and resentments that pit one against the other in futile internecine skirmishes, battling against each others interests while ignoring the real problems.
It has been a year since the Hong Kong based trip-hop duo Deer were introduced.
Their first song of the year has been made available as a live video.
I Want It All has everything in it that makes Deer such a fascinating duo. Like slowly moving trebuchets being wheeled to the castle walls the looping electronic beats dispassionately rotate round the ears, whilst the voice circles around the head in equal menace before distorted guitar joins in to the rising sense of the impending siege of deafening silence and for me, the palpable pounding in the ears that results when the sounds abruptly stop, forms part of the track.