Apr 102012

Hey, you don’t have to tell me. I’m well aware that this site is like life-giving oxygen to our readers, and I know the air has been getting thin. You’ve been gasping because our daily output of posts has diminished in recent days. It’s just one of those rare times when all of us who write for NCS have been distracted or diverted by one thing or another, all at the same time.

In my case, the diversion was a happy one: Over the last three days I was distracted by events surrounding a long-time friend’s out-of-town wedding, including getting there and getting back and getting hammered in between.

She is now off on her honeymoon and I am now mostly recovered from the celebration and have been trying to figure out what I missed while I was whooping it up and bearing witness to the joyous union. Among other things, I discovered three new music videos for three not-so-new, but excellent songs. The videos are reminders of how good the songs are (I’ve loved all three since I first heard them), but they also add new dimensions to the songs.

The music and the videos have a few other things in common. The first two were produced with backing from Scion A/V, and the production values are quite high. The first two also involve candles. The third is creatively self-produced, making do with Creative Commons footage, but it shares this element with the other two more ambitious projects: You can drown yourself in the audio-visual experience, because there’s a powerful intensity to all three songs, and the visuals suit them well.

So, after the jump, the new videos for “Your Calm Waters” by The Atlas Moth, “Passageways” by Tombs, and “Shadows” by Embers. Continue reading »

Mar 192012

The South by Southwest music festival has been burning Austin to the ground. Videos of live performances have been surfacing, successfully turning me green with envy. After the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I was pretty green to begin with.

This morning I caught a video of The Atlas Moth performing “Holes In the Desert” on March 16 from their stupendously good 2011 album An Ache For the Distance. They were joined on stage by Bruce Lamont playing the sax.

Lamont is the vocalist and sax player (among other roles) for Chicago’s Yakuza, in addition to collaborating in the past with a host of other bands (including Nachtmystium, Locrian, Sigh, Minsk, and Brutal Truth). He’s also a fixture with many other projects, including Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals, Sick Gazelle, and the Led Zeppelin cover band Led Zeppelin 2. Last year he also released a solo album titled Feral Songs For The Epic Decline. The cover for that album is up above, because I like the artwork a lot.

I also like “Holes In the Desert” a lot. It’s a fat blast of psychedelic sludge that includes a gripping melody. It’s a heavy song made for a live jam, a song to get lost in, and the addition of the sax in this live performance fits it like a glove.

The video quality is very good. The sound quality is less good (it’s difficult to hear the vocals, for example), but I still banged my silly head. Bang yours after the jump. Continue reading »

Dec 042011

Unless I miss my bet (and I would bet a lot on this), the day will come when you will be reading and hearing about this band far and wide, and you can tell your friends that you heard them first at NO CLEAN SINGING. Your friends may then look at you like a slug just crawled out of your nose, but pay them no mind. Who cares if they’ve never heard of NCS? What matters is the music of Chrome Waves.

First, here’s the line-up of this band:

Vocals: Stavros Giannopolous (vocalist and guitarist for The Atlas Moth), whose current album is popping up on “Best of 2011” lists far and wide)

Guitars: Jeff Wilson (guitarist of Wolvhammer, whose 2011 album The Obsidian Plains is superb and is also appearing on lots of year-end best-lists; formerly of Nachtmystium and Bringers of Disease)

Drums and bass: Bob Fouts (bassist for doom-metal band Apostle of Solitude; formerly with The Gates of Slumber)

I saw those names, and that was all the inducement I needed to spend some time with the first track they’ve released — a song that publicly debuted only last night called “”Height of the Rifles”. After the jump, we’ll be streaming it for you, but first, a little more intelligence about Chrome Waves from this interview of Bob Fouts. Continue reading »

Oct 052011

(NCS writer BadWolf gives us a triple shot — a combined review of three new albums by Glorior Belli, The Atlas Moth, and Rwake.)

So, I believe everyone has a pet subgenre. For some it is Kvlt black metal, for some American metalcore, or retro doom. My pet is prog sludge. Neurosis, Isis, Jesu, Mastodon, Kruger, Burst, Kylesa, Iron Thrones, the list goes on. Basically, if it sounds anything like Breach [GO LISTEN TO BREACH!],  I probably love it. Anyway, it’s just felt like a long time since a great, forward-thinking sludge record came to my attention.

And then three amazing records that fit that description drop on the same day.

What the hell, right? Anyway, I’m too busy listening to music to review all three of these amazing albums, so I’m just going to tell you that all 3 of these records are on my short list for album of the year. I have no complaints about any of them other than they end. Truly we are blessed. (more after the jump, including music . . .) Continue reading »