Diamondstein – Nat Sherman Arpeggiator – Video

The US doom-electronica creator Diamondstein is putting final touches to the EP, The Ridges, due for imminent release.

Diamondstein - Nat Sherman Arpeggiator - artwork

Diamondstein – Nat Sherman Arpeggiator – artwork

Nat Sherman Arpeggiator, which itself has been released as a two track plus one remix single (available on bandcamp) is taken from The Ridges.

A sense of prevailing gloom descends into the room as the dark cloak of Nat Sherman Arpeggiator emerges from the speakers. As though an accompanying commentary of a place of tumult and breakdown from which the track seeks to make order of the dystopian view surveyed. The listener finds themselves becoming wrapped up in the unfolding and slowly building clouds of sound, which capture the imagination. Gradually the track becomes more aggressive, with the final section of the track exposing a jagged buzz.

Nat Sherman Arpeggiator is a slightly psychedelic tinged piece which stands as a lone offering, though will have the listener looking for the context within The Ridge as one gets the sense, this is only part of the story.

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Michael Padilla – Crossing East – Audio

Michael Padilla an ambient electronics creator from the USA releases the EP Atmospheres (Ambient Works Volume 1) in January 2016 through Fruits de Mer Records on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD.

Michael Padilla - Atmospheres (Ambient Works Volume 1) - LP

Michael Padilla – Atmospheres (Ambient Works Volume 1) – LP

Those of longer stay will recall Michael Padilla from the psychedelic rock band Soft Bombs reviewed in December 2013 and it is always of interest to hear other projects, particularly when very different, that musicians featured pursue.

Crossing East is the second of the four tracks on the forty minute Atmospheres (Ambient Works Volume 1).

Atmospheres (Ambient Works Volume 1) is available directly from Fruits de Mer Records.

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Bellusira – Black Seed – Video

Initially introduced in 2013 the US based rock band Bellusira released the LP The Healing earlier this month.

Bellusira - The Healing - artwork

Bellusira – The Healing – artwork

Bands focus change over time and Bellusira is an evidential example. When first introduced, just prior to their début LP – Connection, they were still in their homeland of Australia with an alternative edginess to their material. A change of dynamic, geography and line-up finds the band more buffed, polished and focussed towards the mainstream of radio-metal, with considerable success I should add.

Black Seed, a perspicacious introspective commentary and the third of the eleven tracks on The Healing finds Bellusira providing with precision what is expected for a mass market appeal in an LP which I would expect to receive considerable commercial airplay and I wish them every success for the future in their new direction of travel.

The Healing – Bellusira is available on iTunes.*

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Saint Diablo – Devil Horns And Halos – Video

The US dark-metal quartet Saint Diablo are releasing the LP Devil Horns And Halos on the 13th of November.

Saint Diablo - Devil Horns And Halos - artwork

Saint Diablo – Devil Horns And Halos – artwork

The title track and first of the eleven on the album – Devil Horns And Halos will have you reaching to hold down the speakers as the pulverising percussion hacks its way into the room. Furious guitar scythes away the furniture as the bass flattens the broken shards to which a fulminating vocal growls in surveillance.

Saint Diablo are able to harness the boiling oil in Devil Horns And Halos, making the track surprisingly accessible and they are even able to find the time to soften to melodious moments, once their entrance has been assured.

Devil Horns And Halos is a deftly put together track, which holds fury, whilst remaining fully controlled, as Diablo Saints veer away from excessive noise and speed for the sake of it to provide the audience with approaching three and three quarter minutes of top-notch energetic musicianship.

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The Antics – Plenty of Time – Video

The Antics is an alt-rock band from the USA.

The Antics - Send It Out - artwork

The Antics – Send It Out – artwork

Plenty Of Time, which is the first track of the half-dozen on the LP Send It Out, which was released last year, discovers The Antics with a shoegaze style to the sound as the guitars reverb and delay into each other whilst the bass patiently hangs in the background to a drum kit contrastingly and insistently keeps things moving forward, prior to joining in the echoed vocal with a flourish around the cymbals.

A live version of Plenty Of Time.

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