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The Rising TideReissue of the band's 2000 album.1.Killed By An Angel
7.Fool In The Photograph
8.Tearing In My Heart
10.Faces In Disguise
11.The Rising Tide$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
How It Feels To Be Something OnSunny Day Real Estate's third album, How It Feels to Be Something On,
is now back in print on vinyl, after more than a decade of fetching high
prices on the collectors market. To date, How It Feels has sold over
In 1997, Sub Pop approached Sunny Day's members for help in compiling
a rarities album. Because there were so few usable tracks, band
founders Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner agreed to get together and write
some new material to augment the archival songs, but they wound up
crafting an entire new album in a matter of days.
Without Mendel, who remains with Foo Fighters to this day, Sunny Day
reunited to record How It Feels to Be Something On, which Sub Pop
released on Sept. 22, 1998. After 2000's The Rising Tide, the band split,
with Mendel continuing his work with the Foo Fighters, though Enigk,
Goldsmith, and Mendel did reconvene to record an album under the name
The Fire Theft in 2003. Sunny Day Real Estate reunited for a series of
shows in 2010.1. Pillars
2. Roses in Water
3. Every Shining Time You Arrive
4. Two Promises
5. 100 Million
6. How It Feels To Be Something On
7. The Prophet
8. Guitar and Video Games
9. The Shark's Own Private Fuck
10. Days Were Golden$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ErodeStraddling post-hardcore genres, Orlando's Khann blend elements of melody and abrasion to capture a sound that is both unique and familiar. While most new music trends towards extremes or becomes a mish-mash of what's hot right now, Khann have thrown a curveball by incorporating prevalent influence from the post-hardcore movement of the late '90s of bands like Small Brown Bike, Cave In and Hot Cross, an interesting about face from the sounds of the grindcore stylings of their 2007 debut, Tofutopia. The end result is refreshing albeit surprising for some. Less distorted, less screamy but much more distinct and very hard-hitting.
Erode has a calculated ebb and flow, rising and falling like the tide as the songs weave through various emotions. Ranging in intensity from subtle to chaotic, the album focuses on themes of the erosion of self with the aura of the music mirroring the lyrical content. As the band has changed members and styles; new sounds, energy and opportunity has presented itself, reviving the group and paving the way for more profound things.
Masterfully produced by Chris Owens (Lords, Akimbo), Erode stands as a formidable reintroduction to an amazing and interesting band as they are quickly redeveloping on the most grassroots level.No Listing Available.$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Your Funeral...My TrialReduced to a quartet for the most part, with Barry Adamson joining Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey and Thomas Wydler on only a couple of tracks, the Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original Your Funeral...My Trial. The one cover is a sharp, unsurprisingly dramatic version of Tim Rose's Long Time Man. As for the rest of the album, Trial shows the Seeds working as, again, a remarkably accomplished and varied act, ever available and ready to explore a wide range of musics distilled into Cave's often dark, always passionate vision. Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that Your Funeral...My Trial is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible. If anything, the brooding power of the Seeds is more restrained than ever, suggesting destructive endings and overwhelming love without directly playing it. Songs like Jacks Shadow and the gentler but still melancholy moods of Sad Waters, detailing a riverside scene between a couple, are simply grand. The opening title track sets the mood well, Cave handling not merely vocals but Hammond organ, adding a strangely sweet air to the late-night atmosphere of the piece. The Carny is a definite highlight, the cracked music-box/carnival accompaniment courtesy of Harvey utterly appropriate for Cave's tale of a circus gone horribly wrong in ways Edward Gorey would appreciate. Hard On for Love, as the title pretty clearly gives away, is at once sensual and blunt right down to the lyrics, Biblical references and all, as the feverish music rises in a tide of emotion.
- Ned Raggett (All Music)1. Sad Waters
2. The Carny
3. Your Funeral, My Trial
4. Stranger Than Kindness
5. Jack's Shadow
6. Hard On for Love
7. She Fell Away
8. Long Time Man$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live at Brixton
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award Winner for "Best Live Band"
To tide everyone over until their new album hits Of Mice & Men have delivered their first live album "Live at
Brixton". Of Mice & Men have always been able to capture the raw emotion and energy from their live performances
and pour that into their studio albums, there's still something undeniably special about actually seeing
the band live. Live at Brixton catches Of Mice & Men playing a sold-out headline show at the legendary O2
Academy Brixton in London. The live album includes 15 songs that are all fan
favorites from the band's entire catalog. The entire performance was also captured by 12 cameras, ensuring that
every special moment was included.
Of Mice & Men have sold over 500,000 albums to date, and have played sold out tours around the globe with
artists like Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon and Rise Against. The band's previous full length, Restoring
Force debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 50,000 copies in its first week, and has gone on to
sell over 200,000 copies in the US alone.
There's a reason why Of Mice & Men won the Golden Gods award for Best Live Band in 2015. They play every
show like it's their last. This LP/DVD set is a must have for old fans of the band, or for new fans who are looking
for a collection of the band's greatest songs.1. Public Service Announcement
2. Glass Hearts
3. Broken Generation
4. O.G. Loko
5. Let Live
6. You Make Me Sick
7. This One's For You
8. Feels Like Forever
9. Bones Exposed
10. Would You Still Be There
11. Another You
12. Identity Disorder
13. Second & Sebring
14. The Depths
15. You're Not Alone$23.99Colored Vinyl LP + DVD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DawningMight the time finally be right for Mouth of the Architect? For a decade, the Ohio band has largely been ghettoized to cult status, familiar to Midwestern kids or those paying more than casual attention to what's clumsily called "post-metal," at least post-Isis. Between 2004 and 2008, Mouth of the Architect released three rather convincing-- if sometimes haphazardly indulgent-- records of unified doom and grace. Dependent upon extreme dynamics and grand composition, with track lengths that ticked into the teens and albums that stretched past the hour mark, Mouth of the Architect seemed like a natural recipient of the same "brainy metal" laurels then distributed by outlets as illustrious as The New York Times.
But the ascendance never came, and since 2008's teetering Quietly, the band instead lingered at the threshold of self-destruction. They released an EP in 2010, but, as a revealing Invisible Oranges look into the band's last half-decade suggests, they mostly tried not to die-- as a group, really, or as people. "Some of us were convinced that the end was coming, either the big picture or individually," drummer Dave Mann told Brad Sanders. "Some of us, me in particular, were in a downward spiral in a lot of ways."
The appropriately titled new album Dawning is their first in five years and their first featuring bassist Evan Danielson. It's also their best work to date, a fully realized resurrection. Dawning showcases a band that now moves with an intricacy and immediacy that indicate just what Mouth of the Architect is: a veteran group comprising members with long rÉsumÉs, who've now gotten a chance to begin again and know what to do with it. A wonder of tension and release, Dawning is designed to throw listeners into tailspins and, then, to lift them above the mess. That drama not only reflects the survival of the band that stuck around long enough to make this album but also of a group that's now pushed past the cloister of post-metal: Despite the hardened visage of tough-guy screams, burly guitar tones, and Mann's aggressive drumming, Dawning is a compulsively likable record, full of anthems meant for memorizing and environments meant for immersion. (Hell, "Sharpen Your Axes" could pass for millennial Incubus.) If you've ever liked Isis there's plenty for you here; on the other hand, if you like, say, Abbey Road-- or any music that tries to outstrip the structure of a single song while not abandoning its magnetism-- Dawning deserves your time, too.
Should the metal prefixes "progressive" or even "post-" suggest long-winded, self-invested excursions nestled within songs that require an almanac, scrap the notion for Dawning. Yes, these songs stretch between seven and 11 minutes each, but even the longest, centerpiece "How This Will End, hinges upon narrative thrust and musical selflessness. If there are any guitar solos here at all, they come toward the start and the finish of "How This Will End, when a neon electric tone arches over a mounting cavalcade of drums and bass. Rather than serve as breaks in the momentum, though, both passages lead tremendous swells that rise to meet the troika of vocalists in another instance of triumph. Not one moment among these 11 minutes seems squandered or lost, as the quintet keeps rising and falling, churning and rebuilding.
Opener "Lullabye" establishes that principle from the jump, or as soon as traipsing acoustic guitar and twinkling piano concede to a heroic riff wrapped within three-part, gang-style harmonies. Mouth of the Architect move constantly between parts; at various points, they leap from near-silence to a quake viscous enough to make plenty of stoner metal sound thin, from guitar leads that suggest Chicago blues moan to math-rock redirection. Behind the kit, Mann serves as the expert rudder, keeping the songs steady even as he navigates the transfers. This constant swivel also depends upon the split vocal duties of Steve Brooks, Kevin Schindel, and Jason Watkins. They trade verses, flip-flopping between pristine radio rock leads and malevolent growls, sometimes only for a line at the time. They often share choruses, delivering them the sort of group-vocal abandon that hints at a darkened Danielson Family. Their singing-- here, more charged and urgent than it's ever been-- gives all of the band's moving pieces a through-line from one side to the other.
Talk of the tide of intelligent or somehow otherwise-elevated heavy music hasn't faded during Mouth of the Architect's temporary absence. Though both Sunn O))) and the late Isis have only released one album since MotA's last one, the acceptance of and debate over nominally black metal acts such as Liturgy, Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice and Deafheaven has kept that conversation current. Mouth of the Architect only nods to that au courant talking point during Dawning, most notably with the blizzard of tremolo guitars that open "It Swarms" and the clattering way the band emerges from an instrumental break during "Sharpen Your Axes". But at the very least, Dawning deserves mention alongside Deafheaven's Sunbather, a record that's most notable for its holistic approach to drama and romance and the complete cinema of itself. Mouth of the Architect has long written from a vantage of imminent apocalypse, a perspective Dawning does not forego. There's talk of collapsing systems and prevailing darkness, spent luck and idolized disrepair. But at record's end, when Mouth of the Architect's three singers trade and share lines about risking it all even if they come up short, it's hard not to hear a core of redemption and potential hope within the music itself. And after returning from the brink to make one of the year's most rapturous records, metal or post-metal or whatever, there had better be.
- Grayson Currin (Pitchfork)1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
6. The Other Son$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now