As mentioned, Christopher Bono's avant-garde/contemporary classical project NOUS are releasing the third and final installment of their self-titled trilogy, NOUS III, this Friday (5/29) via Our Silent Canvas (pre-order). Like the last two albums in the trilogy, Christopher Bono made it with Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy, Ex Eye, etc), Shahzad Ismaily (Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3, Ex Eye, etc), Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, etc), and Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, etc). It also features special guest appearances by members of the ACME and yMusic ensembles, Laraaji & Arji, and more.

As we said when we posted first single "Ninths," "Ninths" was more of a quiet, meditative song for NOUS, but the album has its louder moments, and now we're premiering a full stream of the album so you can hear all of those louder moments. It may come as no surprise considering many of these musicians have backgrounds in heavy music, but NOUS III often sounds like contemporary classical viewed through an extreme metal lens, and the result is pretty exciting stuff. Even if you may not normally listen to music that falls under "avant-garde" or "contemporary classical," this is worth checking out and should feel like familiar ground for rock fans. As far as comparing it to the members' other projects, it's not a million miles away from Thor Harris-era Swans, and like that band, it's totally captivating. Check it out below.

After this album, Christopher Bono has more NOUS material on the way, including a collaboration with Laraaji due later this year; and a new album for late 2020 or 2021 with the lineup of Christopher Bono, jazz veteran Karl Berger, and guest appearances by Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin, Wood), Christopher Pravdica (Swans), Ira Coleman (Sting), master flutist Steve Gorn, and more. Stay tuned.

For Greg Fox, NOUS III is one of two albums he has coming out on Friday (5/29). His solo album Contact drops on RVNG Intl. that same day.

NOUS band members on this recording:
~ Christopher Bono (Composer, Ghost Against Ghost)
~ Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs, Ben Frost, ex-Liturgy)
~ Shahzad Ismaily (Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy)
~ Thor Harris (Swans, Angels of Light, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater)
~ Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, Tyondai Braxton)

Special guests:
~ Clarice Jensen (Cello, ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble, yMusic, Ra Ra Riot)
~ Caleb Burhans (Composer, itsnotyouitsme, ACME)
~ Laura Lutzke (Violin, ACME)
~ Alex Sopp (Flutes, ACME, yMusic)
~ Imago (Cello, Vocals, Múm)
~ Laraaji & Arji (Zither, Ambient Sounds)
~ Akil Davis and Loud Sol Productions

Tracklist
01. We Hope The Weather Will Continue
02. Ninths
03. A Falling Tear
04. Never Can It Be
05. Dust Suspended
06. Egac Ot Egamon
07. Blush
08. Chandra
09. Kindness