The Swedish contemplative-rock project Promise & The Monster releases the LP Feed The Fire on the 22nd of January.
Promise & The Monster – Feed The Fire – artwork
The third of the ten tracks, Time Of The Season, is more up-tempo than much of the rest of the LP as Billie Lindhal (the creator behind Promise & The Monster) reflects on the cycle of repetition of bad relationship choices.
The music produced by Promise & The Monster is considerate of the band name, as is the material on Feed The Fire, with a continual theme of the dichotomies of what looks hopeful can and often does have a darker underbelly.
The England based alternative creator Art Block is planning on releasing the EP Borderline in February 2016.
Art Block – Borderline – artwork
With some pleasure it is delight to have permission to share with you the unmastered version of the title track and first of the four of an EP well worth foraging to excavate on release like a white truffle.
On each occasion Art Block surfaces on the website there is a different reference point and Borderline takes, as a backdrop, Southern Blues lap steel guitar to extrapolate the forlorn introspective soliloquy in a track that weaves its way into the marrow of the listener in a three and a third minute spotlight of personal insight which, for the harrowing structure, finds the audience in equally ponderous self-reflection.
I anticipate being back with a full review of the EP nearer date of release which I have had the joy of listening to in full that also features on backing vocals another artist who has appeared on the site – Chelsea Turnbull.
The Finnish alt-metal trio Wolfhorde are set to release their LP – Towards The Gate Of The North on the 22nd of January 2016.
Wolfhorde – Towards The Gates Of The North – artwork
The second of the nine tracks – Fimbulvetr, resonates of the whimsical creativity of many musicians in Scandinavia who are able to cleave out their own distinct shards from established pillars as the track combines the polar opposites of folklore and thrash metal, yet, Wolfhorde are able to make is seem a natural fit.
Acoustic strings, blazoning electric guitars and guttural vocal are forged together by high wielded drums to form an iconographic masterpiece to display on the mantelpiece.
Following on from the LP Deathknot from 2013 – Towards The Gate Of The North discovers Wolfhorde in far more confident and self-regulating mode as they turn from the metal-core fan base to the ground in which they evidently excel – folkloric-metal.
Schizo Fun Addict and The Bordellos – both from the underground rock the former from USA the latter England – released the split LP Kassette on the 24th of November.
Schizo Fun Addict / The Bordellos
For those of longer stay, in what is in danger of becoming an annual event, the alt-rock band Schizo Fun Addict and the agit-rock trio The Bordellos have put together another split release. On this occasion the twenty two track album – Kassette.
The shortest track by Schizo Fun Addict on the album – The Pale Horse – running at precisely sixty seconds is a thumper of a number as it collapses into its own galloping pace.
By The Bordellos – Temperature Drop resonates of the escarpment of consternations in their angular perspective of the world.
The Greek ambient-rock project Papercut released the LP Pockets Of Silence last month.
Papercut – Pockets Of Silence – artwork
Not to be confused with the alt-indie US band Papercuts who were introduced back in 2009 – Papercut utilise both both electronic and acoustic instruments to create their spacious textures.
On the thirteen track album a variety of musicians feature in various numbers – Not The End – the eleventh is accompanied by Kid Moxie.
The just over three an a half minute track drifts into the room as though carried on pillows of clouds with the music spilling over across the ears wrapping the listener in a dreamy bath of relaxing instrumentation and electronica with circling vocal akin to a celestial being gliding into focus.