Entries tagged with: Bereft
by Andrew Sacher
NYC's So Hideous will follow Last Poem/First Light with their sophomore album, Laurestine, on October 16 via Prosthetic. They recorded it with producer Dean Baltulonis (Modern Life Is War, Give Up The Ghost, The Hold Steady) and like on their debut, they were accompanied by orchestral arrangements courtesy of The FIrst Light Orchestra, which now has increased its size to 30 members. Album opener "Yesteryear" is seven and a half minutes of devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts. It's like Deafheaven for the Ecstatic Music Festival crowd. Check it out -- "Yesteryear" premieres below.
So Hideous will also be touring soon with their Prosthetic labelmates Set and Setting, another band who know how to mix the atmospheric and the heavy. That tour kicks off in So Hideous' hometown on August 28 at Saint Vitus. The show is billed as 'Silent Fest' and also features North, Bereft and Sangharsha. Should be a good night all around. Tickets are on sale.
Set and Setting play other shows before and after the run with So Hideous too, including The Fest. Check out their video for "Coping" off last year's A Vivid Memory, with the list of dates and new So Hideous song stream, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.