Thursday, January 9, 2014

DINGLEBERRY RELEASES

DEUIL – ACCEPTANCE / REBUILD LP (Dingleberry)
When you hold a LP in your hands, that includes only two songs, it's rather unlikely to expect some kind of blasting hardcore. That being said, Deuil from Liege, Belgium play a slow, dark, and atmospheric brand of music. Their debut full lenght sounds like a heavy mush of post-rock, sludge, doom and black metal. Both songs have a epic lenght, but they don't turn into pure monotony. They are made with plenty of different ideas and influences. Fast hardcore is paired with droning doom, dark metal melodies and effect-loaded wall of sounds. Deuil create a somber atmosphere of despair and hopelessness, interrupted by sudden outbursts of sheer fury. If you like heavy and sludgy hardcore, this one's for you. (Listen to it here)

GRAND DETOUR – S/T 12” (Dingleberry)
Why the hell do bands release one-sided 12"s? In my opinion it makes much more sense to release a 7" or to wait until you have enough songs to record a full LP. But of course the quality is more important than the quantity and without doubt this 12" by Grand Detour from Toulon in the south-east of France offers five top notch tunes. Like so many other bands before they merge influences ranging from post-rock to post-punk, post-hardcore and emo, but they've maintained a really pleasant straight on punk feel, that turns the songs into something special. All tunes are instrumentals based on a really fresh and creative sounding musical interplay. While most other post-rock groups are focused on creating a thick atmosphere with the help of effect-loaded guitars, Grand Detour keep their music straight and crushing and it's all delivered with power and intensity. Very nice! (Listen to it here)

KUMULUS - S/T LP (Dingleberry)
This is the first full LP by this band hailing from Cologne, Germany. Kumulus are one of the many current bands, that are into post-rock. The five songs sound fresh and creative and they sort of flow together and build into one another. This band creates epic instrumental music, that ebbs and flows. Things are based on plenty of great melodies, driving rhythms, crushing soundscapes as well as an exploration into 80s wave music. Kumulus need no massive riffs and no heavy sludge and no doom influences. Instead, they play a harmonic style of instrumental music. The delay driven guitar and the unique, clean production gives the recordings a very special touch. This is music in the brotherhood of Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, God Is An Astronaut, Mogwai and Russian Circles. (Listen to it here)

THE SOLEXINE CHAPTER / CHEVAL / I WAS A COSMONAUT HERO – SPLIT LP (Dingleberry)
You can hardly be dissappointed by a three-way split LP. Even if one band isn't that interesting there are two more bands to compensate it. In the case of this split LP all three French bands are worth to check out. Each band contributes two tunes. After the first listen it's hard to distinguish which song is written by which groups, because they all play a very simular brand of music rooted in the sound of post-rock, screamo and post-hardcore. The Solexine Chapter combine atmospheric guitar melodies with really innovative, heavy pounding drum beats and grim screaming vocals.  Cheval sound a little bit straighter and more punchy. Their heavy style of hardcore with it's hints of Botch like mathcore shows some simularities to Achilles. Last but not least I Was A Cosmonaut Hero nail down two more tunes of screamo and emo influenced hardcore. Think of a product of Aussitot Mort and This Will Destroy You. A very good three-way split LP. No filler, all killer! (Listen to it here)