Spotlight: Various Artists – Transmission Barcelona – Second Anniversary

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Having put on a show with the first anniversary a year ago, of the monthly party in Barcelona called Transmission, which is a party dedicated to the international scene of post-punk, new-wave, cold wave and dark wave. Domestica Records return once again with the second anniversary of this party. The first compilation featured the following artists and groups: The KVB, Selofan, Paralelo, White Hex, Bonjour Tristesse, Ssleeping DesiresS, Crystal Soda Cream, Principe Valiente, Die Selektion, Lebanon Hanover, Chevalier Avant Garde, Police Des Moeurs, Petra Flurr + Modernista, Miserylab, Accident, Jewels Of The Nile, Fernand and Press Gang Metropol. Once again, the compilation is compiled by DJ Sandman – a long-going DJ since the 1980’s, that have played every notable club in Barcelona and Madrid by now – but also internationally at the Nachtwerk Club in Karlsruhe, and for having performed at the 17th edition of Wave Gotik Treffen Festival. As the last time, the artwork for this coming release have been created by Jordi Serrano, and the release itself has been mastered by Roger Cuixart. Interestingly enough, our favorites Női Kabát returns with a cover of an Associates-track called “Kitchen Person“. A fine new artist have also shown himself to be of much pleasure, namely Madmoizel, with his track “Come” – his first track since 2009.

This release will also feature contributions by Seacrypt, Phosphor, Des Âmes Libres, Schonwald, enigmatic group In Death It Ends, Más Allá, In A Lonely Place, and the lovely Xiu with her track “Dancing With You“. Last year the compilation which celebrated the first anniversary, featured more artists and groups, but even if that’s true – this second anniversary contain a lot of contributions that should be checked out. Virtually every track is priceless in one way or another, so it sounds really good having it comprised of only ten tracks. This also makes it less of a nuisance to listen through and every style imaginable is represented within the boundaries of electronica. It will be released on the 19th of May by Domestica Records. You can stream this release down below in full.

Americalight: Cathedral Pearls – Off My Chain

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Americana, is a word that can be stated to be an resemblance of this band. Probably not as much when it comes to their music, but they’re from that continent on the other side of the world. The band I’m talking about is Cathedral Pearls, whom are from Spokane. They’ve released their debut-album “Off My Chain“, which is a sincere trip in between folk and indie, with hints of new wave. All with a spiraling experimental vein, but with a spoon, as they’re simply cooking the drug – inserting it when they say go. Most of the music revolve around both instrumentals, but a high stake in their bet is their vocalists, which consists of an equal part of women and a single man. With their voices, they sure overshadow their instrumentals, as there’s only some parts in the songs that reflect their ingenious bet. Unfortunately, the music itself is guided into a folly of generic. That ultimately destroys the symbiosis of what’s unique with the music at hands, which is a shame to be honest. But you always have something to pluck out and consider to be great. Once a medley of voices comes on, your brain simply catches its breath and you make a sigh of total relief. The atmosphere of the songs are very American, they have that certain aura which you can sense with your ears. You pick up the different characteristics which make it American. A well-polished sound-scape, their dialects of course and the general feeling can be related to folk songs from that part of the world. This is also one of their nemesis, which needs to be eluded. There’s some amount of cheesiness between the layers, but that doesn’t really matter in the end. The overall picturesque music that they deliver are considerably gentle, sincere and enacted with a great amount of precision. With that in mind, we might just set out for the sun. Their release feature eight songs, which have been hastily recorded, and were released on the 14th of May.

Spotlight: Tendagruta – Ensalmo do Sargaço

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Portugal delivers a mystic group that goes by the name of Tendagruta. They’ve been around for a compilation in 2011, by the name of Futuro Primitivo, released by You Are Not Stealing Records and Chilli Com Carne. In May, they also released “Cloaca“, which was originally released on Latrina do Chifrodo in 2011. However, their latest effort, which goes by the name of “Ensalmo do Sargaço” – is a record which compiles tracks they recorded from the time-span of 2010 to 2012, in various locations. Some of the tracks have also been featured on various releases. Now, let’s get to the point at hand. Their solemn and sincere mixture of the fundamentals of industrial, with a gritty layer of dark ambient, surely paves a way into the ancestral but occult thinking of Tendagruta. You’re drawn into the atmospheric content, in a malignant sphere of collectivized agony. Channeled into the medium that is the aforementioned genres, in an unorthodox and unprecedented heavy-weight competition, in between the different elements that constitute the make-up of each song. Hailing these dark landscape, showing immense respect for what can be thought to be a natural conscience, driven between the edges of virtuous and natural industrial – to the brink of thoughtfulness. Imagine yourself seeking a treasure that is hidden from plain sight, in a barren world where caves are your friend and the water can be unpredictable. As elements form together and shape the world you’re orienting yourself in. Tendagruta does precisely that, as they utilize whatever they can get, just to have those naturalistic sounds. Nothing can be more analogue than this, and it feels like they’ve gone long ways to make it sound like that. Perhaps I’m wrong, and this is just an illusion to frame my mind into this way of thinking, but either way – they’ve succeeded with their intentions and that’s what counts.

Spotlight: Eternal Crimes – Dream Gag

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Once in a while, it feels like post-punk should be at the center of the universe. Unfortunately, there aren’t really many great post-punk bands out there. If there are, they’re usually getting more praise than they deserve, if you take away the roots they aren’t really standing on in the first place. Yes, most of them don’t really go full-on with inspiration from the roots of this great genre. There’s such a sensationalistic approach to it, as they try to modernize it beyond belief. But, there’s a band called Eternal Crimes whom have recorded their debut-album “Dream Gag“, which really takes you back to the time of our lives. It sounds like the primitive sound of 80’s post-punk, the sound which you enjoy throughout. Recognizable, in terms of the primitive and primal surge of baselines soaring through the landscape of smitten lives. Slow, but catchy riffs in a reverberated notion of a heavy and atmospheric baseline. Judging from their sound, they derive much from what’s been the best with post-punk as long as I’ve listened to the genre. I also realize that they’re modernistic in their approach, but their aim is not to stray away from the core – which many bands tend to do. When you slice a bit of the musical cake, you do also find a slab of new-wave goodness, amongst other things like their totally punched out crash-course in post-punk 101. Another thing that is good, is their experimental notion, which sends them into the avant-garde section of the genre as a whole. Incorporating a dark & noir feeling, but keeping the shadowy edges a little bit tidy, collapsing in on itself in an avalanche of sound that is lashed upon the greatness that is them. Do also throw in some slick indie pop-ish splendor, and you’ll have a weird family tree. Finally, something that can at least be considered worthwhile, when it comes to the general sound of an album. The lyrics are interesting and are at best a reminder of the wonderful eccentrics of Virgin Prunes, and the grandiose setting of Theatre of Hate, with The Birthday Party‘s total madnesscombined into a wonderful, triple symbiosis. No, they’re not the same, but you’re reminded once more of how much of a revitalization this genre needed to have. Eternal Crimes instantly fix this disparity and uphold the morality of what needs to be done – is to keep the core, but move in the outskirts of the territory. To never remove themselves completely from that particular region. Their album feature eight songs, and was released on the 6th of May by Bad Archer Records.

Postlight: Various Artists – 55mm²

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This time, it isn’t the usual suspect. Now it’s Germany, who’s at it once more. It’s a compilation that goes by the name of 55mm². Outliving the shared thoughts of post-rock, doom and drone. Conquering one genre after another, with different bands that have never been whispered in my ear. In a state of somnambulism, the doomed king perceives his throne – as the smoky tower of haze. There are not only these genres, as there’s also a fiery ambient sound of calmness that slips into our hemisphere. A promise of art and music, a visceral promise of post-rock musicality. The bands featured on this release are: Sundowning, Blackwvs, Fitzcarraldo, [ B O L T ], Orange Swan, Colaris, Utopia:Banished, Dyxz.Rndr, N and The Observatory. So, for this to work, you’ll need to praise the 55mm² Arts & Music festival. It is they, whom have released this compilation with the bands that will be playing at that particular festival. Located in AZ Mülheim, going off on the 3rd to 4th May this year.

Heavy Days In Doomtown 3-6th May 2012

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Undergrundsmusikkens Fremme and Killtown Bookings proudly presents:

HEAVY DAYS IN DOOMTOWN

– a DIY celebration of all things slow and heavy –

May 3rd-6th 2012

PAGAN ALTAR (uk) / NOOTHGRUSH (us) – first European show ever! / COFFINS (jp) / JEX THOTH (us) / COUGH (us) / WOUNDED KINGS (uk) / ALDEBARAN (us) – first European show ever! / GRIFTEGÅRD (swe) / WORSHIP (de) / DEVIL (no) / PILGRIM (us) / PURSON (uk) / CAUCHEMAR (can) / JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (fin) / AGUIRRE (fr) / BLACK OATH (it) / HERDER (nl) / BURNING SAVIOURS (swe) / OCEAN CHIEF (swe)/ BRUTUS (no/swe) / KONGH (swe) / PROFETUS (fin) / SKOGEN BRINNER (swe) / PYRAMIDO (swe) / SUMA (swe) / MOONLESS (dk) / SINISTER CREATION (dk) / BOTTOM FEEDER (dk) / TORCHLIGHT (dk)

Exhibitions by David D´Andrea (us), Glyn Scrawled (irl),  13th Sign Collective (d)  Accoustic jam Sunday chillout afternoon at Christiania  with LYNCHED (irl) + more tba. + moviscreenings, chillout, vegan foodstands, merch area, happenings, artinstallations, projections and more.

www.heavydaysindoomtown.com

“Heavy Days In Doomtown -a DIY celebration of all things slow and heavy”  will be a 4 day event at 3 different venues in Copenhagen: -a warmup show at the alternative venue Stengade, Stengade 18 -2 days of music, art, events and madness at the DIY activist driven social centre Ungdomshuset, Dortheavej 61 – a cooldown day in Copenhagens freetown Christiania with moviescreenings, accoustic outdoor shows and the final concert at Christianias finest rockclub Loppen.

The festival is organized by the association “Undergrundsmusikens Fremme” (translated: Undergroundmusic promotion) based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The association has for the past two years been organizing the successful DIY Death Metal Festival “Kill-Town Death Fest” (www.killtowndeathfest.dk) and has now spread its ventures to the doomspectre.

The whole event is organized by the DIY principles, which means that neither the organizers, the bands or the people who work at the fest are making any profit, and our main purpose besides having an amazing fest full of heavy music, is to promote the DIY principles to the genres who doesn’t usually organize this way.

HDDT will be a celebration of the current underground scenes and the active bands and people involved. Our goal is to create a festival that puts the focus on the music and the bands, not on money and prestige. We want to make it possible for underground bands to reach a broader audience beyond their national borders. By doing so we hope to create an international exchange amongst non-commercial underground scenes
Besides music, were inviting a bunch of great artists to come and make installations, visuals and more before and during the festival to make the expeirence of the fest visual as well as musical.   We hope to see all of you in Copenhagen in May for Europes heaviest underground event of 2012!  All the best// HeavyDaysInDoomtown Crew

More band info:

PAGAN ALTAR (uk) –  www.paganaltar.com

NOOTHGRUSH (us)http://www.myspace.com/noothgrush

COFFINS (jp) –  http://www.myspace.com/intothecoffin

COUGH (us) –  http://cough.bandcamp.com/

JEX THOTH (us) –  http://www.myspace.com/jexthoth

WOUNDED KINGS (uk) –  http://www.myspace.com/thewoundedkings2

ALDEBARAN (us) –  http://aldebarandoom.blogspot.com

GRIFTEGÅRD (swe)http://www.myspace.com/griftegrd

WORSHIP (de) –  http://www.myspace.com/worshipdoom

DEVIL (no) –  http://www.myspace.com/devilband

PILGRIM (us) –  http://www.myspace.com/spacepilgrims

PURSON (uk) –  http://www.myspace.com/pursonpurson

CAUCHEMAR (can) –  http://www.myspace.com/cauchemarmetal

JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (fin) –  http://www.myspace.com/jessandtheancientones

AGUIRRE (fr) –  http://aguirrederzorngottes.blogspot.com/

BLACK OATH (it) –  http://www.myspace.com/blackoath666

HERDER (nl) –   http://www.myspace.com/stonerherder

BURNING SAVIOURS (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/burningsaviours1

OCEAN CHIEF (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/oceanchief

BRUTUS (no/swe) –  http://www.brutusband.com

KONGH (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/kongh

PROFETUS (fin) –  http://www.myspace.com/profetus

SKOGEN BRINNER (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/skogensvrede

PYRAMIDO (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/pyramidodoom

SUMA (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/sumanoise

MOONLESS (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/moonlessdk

SINISTER CREATION (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/sinistercreation

BOTTOM FEEDER (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/562234378

TORCHLIGHT (dk) –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Torchlight/181968858564155 

PRACTICAL INFO: Dates: 3rd – 6th May 2012

Venues:

Ungdomshuset (4th-5th May) Dortheavej 61, 2400 Copenhagen NV. Denmark
www.dortheavej-61.dk

Stengade (3rd May) Stengade 18, 2200 Copenhagen N Denmark

www.stengade.dk

Loppen (6th May) Christiania, Sydområdet 4B 1. Sal 1440 Kbh K

www.loppen.dk

Prices:

4 days (incl. warm-up gig): 375 dkr. / 50 euro (presale only).
3 days (Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday): 350 dkr. / 45 euro (presale)
Thursday: 90 dkr. / 11 euro (at door). Friday: 150 dkr. / 20 euro (at door).
Saturday: 150 dkr. / 20 euro (at door).  Sunday (Loppen): 90 dkr. / 11 euro (at door).

For more info on the festival incl. news and updates:

www.heavydaysindoomtown.com

If you have any questions, please write us at the following adresses:

For booking: heavydaysdoomtown.booking@gmail.com

For info:   heavydaysdoomtown.info@gmail.com

For volunteering: heavydaysdoomtown.volunteer@gmail.com

Please join us at Facebook: 

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heavy-Days-In-Doomtown-a-DIY-celebration-of-all-things-slow-and-heavy/283876344975898

http://www.facebook.com/events/157199627709010/