Entries tagged with: Oneirogen
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Oneirogen at Union Pool in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC-based heavy noise composer Oneirogen has a new EP called Plenitude and he's streaming it in full. The EP, out now on European label Denovali, is a departure from the more guitar-oriented industrialism of Oneirogen's past releases. It deals in the kind of harsh electronic noise-scapes that call to mind something like Prurient or Cut Hands. It's dark and absorbing stuff, and you can listen below (via Noisey).
Oneirogen heads out on a European tour at the end of the month, and when he returns stateside he'll play a NYC show on October 15 at Trans Pecos with Spiteful Womb and Field Grave, both of whom were involved with the M.A.P.S. Noise Series that Oneirogen played last year. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
That Trans-Pecos show happens to be the day after that same venue hosts Stern, the band fronted by Kayo Dot's Chuck Stern and also features KD frontman Toby Driver, who just played with Oneirogen at The Stone last month. Stern, along with Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways (who have an album out now) and Brooklyn jazz/prog/general insanity outfit Zevious, will open that show for Los Angeles math-rock crew Upsilon Acrux. For Upsilon Acrux (who share members with Chelsea Wolfe's band who just toured), it's part of a tour in support of their new album Sun Square Dialect. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All tour dates for Oneirogen and Upsilon Acrux, as well as streams of the new releases for both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
One of the band's playing Toby Driver's upcoming residency at The Stone is Stern, which Chuck Stern fronts and Toby also plays in. They play the 8 PM set on August 29 before Toby's other band Kayo Dot plays the 10 PM set, and they'll be supporting their new album, Bone Turquoise. Like Kayo Dot, it pulls from a lot of different genres -- metal, post-punk, experimental rock, and more. It's difficult to classify but really not too difficult to listen to. The album comes out this week on New Atlantis Records and can be streamed in full below.
In addition to Toby's own residency at The Stone, he also plays Mario Diaz de Leon's (better known as Oneirogen) residency at the same venue, which goes down from August 11-16. Toby plays 10 PM sets on August 15 with Charlie Looker and August 16 as a member of the trio Bloodmist with Mario and Jeremiah Cymerman.
The residency also includes Mario with MV Carbon at 8 PM on 8/12, Mivos Quartet at 8 PM on 8/15, and more. RIght after Mario's residency ends, Mick Barr's residency starts.
Oneirogen also has the Plenitude EP on the way.
Check out the full schedule for Mario's residency, with the Stern LP stream, below...
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet are having a busy year. Their great new album Revisionist is out now, they very recently played Saint Vitus, they're playing it again this month, and they've also been added to one of the NYC shows on Viet Cong's tour.
They open night 2, June 14 at MHOW, which tickets are still on sale for. Night 1 (6/13) is sold out, and no openers have been announced for that one. Both shows are part of Northside Festival, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.
Sannhet's Vitus show is a Revisionist release show and happens March 27 with Kayo Dot (who have other upcoming shows). Since we last spoke, Oneirogen (who played an Invisible Oranges show on Saturday) was added too. Tickets are still on sale.
Stream Revisionist, with Sannhet's updated list of dates, below...
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
The noise-oriented M.A.P.S (Metropolitan Audio Pain Source) series will continue in November with performances from a Baltimore-centric lineup. The show is in NYC on November 8 at Trans Pecos and will feature performances from Reverse Baptism, FFH, Corephallism, Gene Pick, Field Grave, Spiteful Womb and Sickness. Tickets for this show are currently on sale.
Reverse Baptism are a power electronics/spoken word project from Jason Crumer of Facedowninshit and various other harsh noise projects. FFH, also from Baltimore, definitely fall on the more abstract end of the harsh noise spectrum, providing distorted vocals and thick washes of dissonant sound. The final Baltimore band, Gene Pick, traffic in a John Wiese-like type of noise that's more evenly distributed and paced, building a progression into madness from a series of harsh blips and hits that evolve into something more enveloping. Masssachusetts-based Corephallism bring a slightly more melodic, more metal-influenced sound (somewhat along the lines of Prurient) into the fray. This is an extremely varied lineup, with each out-of-town act bringing something unique to the table.
These shows are leading up to the big M.A.P.S. festival on December 13 at Trans Pecos. Updated lineup for that, and streams of the artists playing the 11/8 show, below.
Oneiorgen at IO show in August (more by Greg Cristman)
Two quality NYC bands, Geryon and Oneirogen will team up this week for an Invisible Oranges-presented show in their hometown which also includes New Firmament (ex-Extra Life) and Toronto's Gates (not to be confused with NJ's Gates). Here's what IO had to say about the show:
Geryon's one we're excited for. The experimental death metal drums and bass duo from Krallice's Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein brought a shot of innovation to the genre with its debut LP late last year. Canada's Gates speaks a different language, a captivating brand of ambient experimental doom that moves from droning to chaotically crushing. ONEIROGEN's no stranger to IO-presented shows--the one man band's experimental and ethereal looping metal is a thing of beauty. New Firmament, from Baltimore, creates lush, deep and dark ambient soundscapes.The show happens Thursday (10/2) at Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff in Ridgewood, Queens). More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.
Geryon and Oneirogen will team up again with another ex-Extra Life band, Psalm Zero, when that killer trio of bands opens the first of two Year of No Light shows at Saint Vitus on November 13 (tickets). Oneirogen plays again with Father Murphy at their Acheron show on October 9 (tickets). Geryon play again opening the second of two Virus shows at Saint Vitus on October 25 (tickets).
by Ian Chainey
France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.
So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).
Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.
Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...
by Ian Chainey
Father Murphy, the bewildering experimental band that has called Brooklyn, Berlin, and Italy home, is back in America for a number of live events. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, they'll be providing a live score for Luca Dipierro's Paper Circus, a collection of short animated films, one of which you can see below. Then the outfit is off to Mexico, eventually heading back north in October for shows in Montreal and Chicago. They come NYC's way, dropping in at the Acheron on October 9 with Oneirogen, Of Earth & Sun, and Theologian. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.
We premiered a track from Father Murphy's January release Pain is On Our Side Now, calling it, "soaked in abrasive noise, and terrifyingly dark textures, and strays pretty far from anything resembling a conventional pop song." You can trip out to the full release below.
Theologian, meanwhile, are just off of playing with Megaton Leviathan and will be re-releasing a vinyl version of their charred-black, industrial/noise tumult Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 (preorder). Oneirogen is the intensely heavy project of guitarist Mario Diaz de Leon, squashing listeners with thick drone-y riffs. And Denverite Matthew Hunzeker's Of Earth & Sun tags himself as 'ritual drone' and 'ritual industrial,' delivering a hypnotic and primal feast of sounds recalling Tribes of Neurot at their most death-obsessed.
All of the dates are listed, along with a Luca Dipierro film and streams from the bands, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Falls of Rauros @ Union Pool - 8/27/14
Two excellent New England black metal bands joined forces in NYC last night (8/27), as Maine's Falls of Rauros and Masachusetts' Obsidian Tongue played an Invisible Oranges-presented show along with NY-based experimental metal composer Oneirogen at Union Pool. The two bands were well-paired, as both deal in the rustic-sounding atmospheric black metal that is associated with the pacific northwest, and both do it very well. Falls have a new album on the way and treated the crowd to some of that, as well as old stuff too.
More pictures from the show, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Falls of Rauros at Acheron in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Falls of Rauros are streaming "Ancestors of Smoke" off of their forthcoming album on Bindrune Recordings, Believe In No Coming Shore. Give it a listen below. The Portland, Maine band can sometimes seem like the Northeast's answer to the Northwest, and on "Ancestors of Smoke" we get a dose of the rich, melodic, woodsy and melancholic atmospheric black metal we've come to expect from the band. The production here is a little rawer than their last album, The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. Give it a listen below.
Don't miss the opportunity to catch Falls of Rauros live with another of the northeast's finest black metal bands Obsidian Tongue and metal one-man band/composer Oneirogen in NYC at Union Pool on August 27. That show is presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges and Signature Riff, and tickets will be on sale at the door. See the rest of Falls of Rauros's dates, including a stop at Souther Darkness Fest, below.
by Doug Moore
Oneirogen at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've mentioned the Chaos Bodies series before -- it's a series at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos that spotlight "Out-goth, post-industrial, & post-metal" curated by Charlie Looker (Extra Life) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), both of the newish industrial metal band Psalm Zero, who have an excellent album coming out in March.
The first edition of Chaos Bodies, which featured the great avant-metal troupe Kayo Dot, happened earlier this month. The second edition happens at Trans Pecos on February 28 -- this time around, it'll spotlight one-man doom/drone noisemaker Oneirogen. Black metal-ish prog heavies Epistasis (who share several members with Couch Slut) and New Firmament (an ambient project featuring Nick Podgurski of Feast of the Epiphany/Extra Life) will provide backup. Tickets are $9 at the door.
In related news, Andrew Hock and Josh Strawn (Vaura, Psalm Zero)'s artist-specific Material Source DJ night continues this Friday (1/31) at Sage, this time with Hock playing material from Scott Walker's catalog.
Stream some Oneirogen and Epistasis music below...
Caustic noise-rock crew Child Abuse will headline Saint Vitus on Tuesday (2/12) alongside Radiation Blackbody (ex-Defeatist), Oneirongen (ex-Disembodied) and Procatrocist (featuring Mick Barr, Eston Browne, Joe Merolla, Weasel Walter). Tickets are still available.
Speaking of Oneirogen, the solo noise/ambient artist is releasing his new LP, Kiasma, via Denovali in the US on March 26. Stream songs from that release below and order yours at the label.
Extra Life at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Sarahana)
Experimental Brooklyn trio Extra Life have decided to call it quits after four years of releasing music. They last released Dream Seeds in 2012, their first (and only) record for Northern Spy. But before the band is gone for good, they'll be playing a farewell show in Brooklyn on Sautrday (1/19) at 285 Kent with Tyondai Braxton & Ben Vida, Oneirogen, Sam Mickens, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). For the show, Extra Life will "be joined onstage by former Extra Life members for a few classic EL songs which [they] haven't played in years." Admission is $12 at the door.
Extra Life have also written a farewell letter, and in it they promise new projects from all three members. Nick Podgurski is working with his band Feast of the Epiphany and they just released a 7" this week which you can stream below. Caley Monahon-Ward is working with his band We Can't Enjoy Ourselves who released the album, Make A Mess of Sacred Ground, in December, which you can stream below. They also have a few upcoming NYC shows on February 8 at Knitting Factory with Holopaw and Love As Laughter (tickets), and Union Hall on March 13 with The Better Letters and The Eggs (tickets). And finally, Charlie Looker is working with his band Seaven Teares, who will release their debut album, Power Ballads, on March 19 via Northern Spy. You can stream a track from that album, "Meet Me," below.
Those song streams and Extra Life's full farewell letter below...
Tyondai Braxton at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will present his new multimedia project, HIVE, in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 21 as part of the museum's Works & Process series. The project is being co-presented by Wordless Music and will feature musicians Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski, and architect/carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Tyondai has other upcoming appearances and events in NYC including premiering his new work, Trems, which is being performed by Bang On A Can at Merkin Concert Hall on March 14 for an event that also features music by Dan Deacon, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and Fay Kueen Wang.
Tyondai and Ben Vida (who also performs at the HIVE show) are teaming up as a duo to perform as an opening act at Extra Life's last show ever which happens on January 19 at 285 Kent with Sam Mickens (who plays Mercury Lounge with Callers tonight [1/7]), Oneirogen, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). Admission is $12 at the door. You can read Extra Life's goodbye message at their website.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Sutekh Hexen at Saint Vitus, 9/4/2012
Black metal-ambient-noise terrorists Sutekh Hexen completed a round of dates with a show at Hopscotch over the weekend, but hit NYC at Saint Vitus on September 4 as part of a larger East Coast tour. It was here that the trio filled the back room with billowing smoke, droning dread and black metal riffs. Though the show was a small one, the music and atmosphere made the room feel claustrophobic and suffocating.
Supporting Sutekh Hexen was Rust Worship, Oneirogen and Andrew Hock of Castevet. Pictures of all bands and video of Sutekh Hexen, Oneirogen and Andrew Hock are below.
Experimental black metal/noise crew Sutekh Hexen (recently profiled here) are heading out on tour which includes a stop at the Hopscotch festival and will hit NYC at Saint Vitus on September 4 with support form High Aura'd, Oneirogen and Andrew Hock (of Castevet). Tickets are on sale.