Exclusive Stream: Barren Womb / Remote split!

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The Norweigan noise-punk outfit Barren Womb is keeping at it, releasing a split 8¨ together with the French doom-grind band Remote on The Perfect Hoax. Since Norway is our destination and Sweden is generous, we’ve teamed up with The Perfect Hoax, making your Monday a little bit more potent. This means that you’ll get an exclusive stream of the whole split-release here on Invisible Guy. Featuring the songs “Visual AIDS” and “Deal or no krokodil” by our Norweigan gentlemen from Barren Womb, whilst Remote is gracing us with the song “Plagues and rats“.

Yes, just fixate your eyes below and start playing it – you will not regret it. For those of you that fancy it a little bit more, I can tell you that it will be released on the 12th of April and you can fetch your pre-order here. Start it up, turn it up and play it loud! By the way, do also check out their tour down below. Barren Womb will also go out on a European tour together with the Norwegian band Jabba the Butt.

plakat-vŒrturne

12.04 Oslo, NO @ Verkstedet w/ Higgs Boson, Shaving the Werewolf

13.04 TBA

14.04 Hengelo, NL @ Innocent w/ The Daydream Fit

15.04 Amsterdam, NL @ TBA

16.04 Münster, DE @ Wagenplatz

17.04 Brussels, BE @ Le Bunker w/ Siamese Queens

18.04 Tournai, BE @ Le Cornwall

19.04 Rouen, FR @ Highlands Café w/ Remote

20.04 Paris, FR @ La Cantine de Belleville w/ Remote

21.04 TBA

22.04 Basel, CH @ TBA w/ Remote

23.04 Civitanova Marche, IT @ Bar Gioia

24.04 Vienna, AT @ Rehearsal space

25.04 Chemnitz, DE @ Subway to Peter

26.04 Berlin, DE @ XB w/ Autovogel

27.04 Gothenburg, SE @ Aktivitetshuset Majorna w/ No Omega, This Gift is a Curse

What is Invisible Guy and how did we get here?

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It’s been a great year for this blog and I can’t thank my readers enough. Since the start in the end of 2011, there’s been a constant surge and I believe I’ve put this blog on the map. To compare, this blog isn’t a journalistic blog at all, it’s a hobby or a zine if you’d stretch it that far. All this year, I’ve been working hard to keep up with everyone else and came up with my own material. There’s been a lot of in-depth interviews, reviews, promos and articles featured. Even though my project was meant to be and still is a hobby, I believe that I’ve outgrown my own shoes and I’m planning to do some new stuff in 2013. Some people have thought that this blog has many authors, but I’ll have to burst that bubble and tell you that I’m the sole writer behind all this material. Which means that I have put some real time and effort into this. I also think that I’m one of the only blogs that do track-by-track reviews, but I hope that someone will prove me wrong. The one thing I’ve been missing on Invisible Guy is the contact between me and the readers, which I hope that I can improve. Feel free to send me a mail. I’d like to thank every reader, associate, musician, blogger, friend and basically everyone that has supported me and kept me doing this for so many months. I promise you, there will be many more. Hope you have a Happy New Year and settle down with more great releases of this year, brought to you by Invisible Guy. A huge thank you to everyone.

Dream Affair – Aborted State

A somber combination of the best in post-punk, goth rock and dark wave. Scouring through the more traditional sphere of the music, picking up on the newer vibes, making it a delight to listen to. I only wish that it could’ve been a little bit longer and feature more tracks, but it certainly keeps you on the edge and reminds you of some great acts. This is the time for rock noir.

Momentform – Yearn

Blissful but moody dark wave, featuring some minimalistic synth-pop. Coming from the newly founded New Ideals label, this french act taught me well. It may not have reached the bottom, but it certainly hammered the lid and got it off in time. A sullen, yet emotional piece of music that make you waltz around in the middle of the night, as the rain is blaring on the window.

Suffer The Pain – The Last Massacre

Metallic punk, which will drive you nuts. Forcefully taking upon the mission of plaguing your ears, with some pretty decent co-operation between punk and metal. Even though it’s repetitive, I would say that I had a certain attraction to the record as a whole and I enjoyed it pretty much. It might not be a favorite, but it affected me in one way or another.

White Blush – S/T

Probably one of the more interesting genre-hopping this year. I’m not at all into pop, but this album changed the game for me. She walks in between genre, plucking stuff that seems to fit in and making it fit. Even though it was released not too long ago, I think it affected me in many ways. Amongst other things, Carol Ryu’s voice would be one of them. I suggest you check this out, because it’s a much bigger endeavor than pop.

Beyond Pink – Pride and Prejudice

One of the most powerful acts in the hardcore-scene as of today, at least when it comes to Sweden. This album has it all, it’s catchy, driven and they do hardcore the way it should be. Everything is in its place, the vicious momentum of the riffing and the drums make you want to go at it. The vocalists are also great, as almost everyone in the band sings at one point.

Night Sins – New Grave

Heavier post rock, blended with loads of other genres. A nostalgic piece that looks down the aisle and continue to walk down. Besides the lyrics, the baseline and the bonecrushing sound-scape, I also enjoy the delicate riffing that goes on in the songs. There’s really something about them that is fantastic, it also brings back glory to genres that should’ve been shelved a long time ago.

Rättens Krater – Den Stora Stöten

Some edgier stuff that haven’t been tried out for years. Reminds me of some good ole’ Onkel Kånkel, but with some new wave attachment, also add some dadaism. It’s really hard to place them anywhere, because they’re so straggly with their sound. However, one of the better releases this year and they deserve some recognition for that. Pretty original.

Barren Womb – On the Origin of Fæces

This is also some weird stuff. Country mixed with black-metal and noise-punk? Only Norwegians could think something like that up. But it works and they deliver their music with a strong hand and they’re something you should count on when browsing music online. Be sure to check them out.

Structural Disorder – A Prelude To Insanity

A fantastically skilled progressive metal band from Stockholm. Producing some of the finest quality metal to date and even though it’s an EP, I think they deserve a place here and hope you understand my situation. Looking forward to hear more material from this act in the future.

Institution – Domen Är Satt

Do I even need to say anything else? Fine Swedish hardcore blended with crust. I ended this year with a bang, as I did my last review. It is one of the best sounding hardcore albums from this year alone, with a little bit of competition from here and there, but they manage to stay alert and hold their ground. This is definitely something you should check out.

Övervarning – Mellan Rummen

I don’t really like dark ambient, so when I stumble upon an act that I like, I tend to like it a lot more. This dark ambient act from Sweden(?) surprised me a lot when I listened through it. As the sound galloped through my headphones, I couldn’t do anything but to immerse myself into the sound-scape. A notable success for someone that doesn’t like the genre.

E. E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble – Loving Fog Fiends

Sweden needs some real dark jazz. At least a band with the ambition of being a little bit more eccentric and experimental, when it comes to the sound. It reminded me a lot of the great eras that have already passed, imagine yourself sitting down in a shady bar, somewhere in New York, with a whiskey being poured down in your glass, listening to this music.

Soundmeds – Hospital EP

Yeah, I know, it’s another EP. I changed the rules before the end of this year. One of the better acts within the rock-sphere. This is some ambient stuff, that will make your head turn around in a 360, waiting for the next doses of psychedelia, alternative rock and post-rock being served straight into your ears.

Notable mentions (albums/EPs/singles):

Nocturnal – Until the morning light

Dalaplan – Ta mig när jag faller

Paranoid – Hardcore Addict

V/A – Dimmorna Skingras Vol. 2

In Death It Ends – Forgotten Knowledge

Imiafan – Old School Surprise

Ekman – Kalla Rytmer Att Dansa Till I Ensamhet

V/A – The Peter Out Wave

Agent Attitude – Never-ending Mess

Thank you to everyone for making this blog what it is. I couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully my work here has paid off and I hope that you’ll check it out in 2013 as well. Let’s hope that this year ends with a bang and that I get on track as quickly as possible, so I can supply you with more interesting reviews and in-depth interviews. I would also like to do a shout-out to Jesper Bjerke also, who made the logo and the design for this blog. Thank you for everything this year and let’s hope that you have a Happy New Year!

Barren Womb releases digital single titled Beard Of Doom!

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The Norwegian band Barren Womb has finally released a digital single, that is a winter song titled “Beard of Doom“, which is a touching story about “Satan” Claus and the destruction of values. This song is a huge difference when compared to their earlier release this year, which makes it even more interesting to be following the band. Even though I haven’t had any notice about them since I reviewed their album (which can be found here), there’s been a vacuum to fill up and they’ve done it with great ease. You can listen to the song down below. They’ve also recorded a few other tracks, so I’m hoping that they’ll release them soon, but it seems like they’re pretty seasonal. However, if they’re not, it would be a nice comeback, even though it hasn’t been long since they released their latest album.

Barren Womb – On the Origin of Fæces 10¨

The Cover?

A menacing cover, showering you with the smell of dead and rotten corpses. Barren Womb decided to have the corpse on their front page, with a less intriguing and unenthusiastic look than ever. Well, guess what? It seems like she’s semi-dead or that she’s just had her last breath. The rest of the cover is ridden with a smoky layer of dimming lights, some grayness and overall a very dark cover. What I feel when I look at it is that it might be some kind of crossover act, since they’ve apparently crossed over a lot of influences and made it their cover. For instance, the lettering and the overall atmosphere is very different depending on where you choose to lay your eyes. There’s a sense of doom there too, which is grasping for the dagger to put me down with. Or maybe trying to invite me to a decadent dance-party, with skeletons, bats and dead corpses. Hopefully I’ll get some clearance in this matter, so let’s continue with the songs.

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Streaming the upcoming EP “On the Origin of Fæces” by Barren Womb!

You’ve probably heard about the Norwegian band Barren Womb. They mix some unorthodox genres together and make it happen, more precisely somewhere in between black metal, hardcore punk and country.

Their EP titled On the Origin of Fæces will be out on September 14th, on a label called The Perfect Hoax. But since I can’t hold myself, I’m going to stream the whole album here on Invisible Guy. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it thoroughly and appreciate it for what it is, a pretty unique mix in between good genres.

Listen to it and stream it below.

Norska bandet Barren Womb turnerar i Norden till höst!

I samband med släppet av sin EP On the Origin of Fæces den 14:e September så ger sig norrmännen ut på en turné som kommer gå genom Norge, Sverige och Finland. De kommer att lira tillsammans med det norska crustbandet Forræderi. De kommer att släppa fler datum på sin Facebooksida som ni kan besöka här.

Turnédatum:

31.08.12        Trondheim, NO @ Ladehammerfestivalen
14.09.12        Trondheim, NO @ Lobbyen w/ Jabba the Butt, Mørkt Kapittel
20.09.12        Tønsberg, NO @ Total w/ Forræderi, Mansters
21.09.12        Oslo, NO @ TBA w/ Forræderi
22.09.12        Karlstad, SE @ Boltic Stugan w/ Forræderi, Büried to Röt
23.09.12        Turku, FI @ TBA w/ Forræderi, Sold Out
24.09.12        Tampere, FI @ Vastavirta
25.09.12        Helsinki, FI @ Nosturin Alakerta w/ Forræderi
26.09.12        Jyväskylä, FI @ Lutakko w/ Forræderi, Hävitys, Psykopaatos
27.09.12        TBA w/ Forræderi
28.09.12        Luleå, SE @ Föreningsgatan 7 w/ Forræderi
29.09.12        TBA w/ Forræderi
08.11.12        Røros, NO @ Ungdommens Hus w/ The Hex
23.11.12        Tromsø, NO @ Bastard w/ Jabba the Butt