Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now takes a look at a grouping of new releases from Isis, Code Orange Kids, D.I.S., and a split release by Horseback & Locrian, with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!
The pioneers of “post-metal” are releasing a wonderful retrospective double album and DVD, Temporal, which hits web stores on November 6th. This collection of demos from their career, most notably from Oceanic onwards. They’ve included three new tracks here, including a 16+ minute powerhouse called “Grey Divide” that showcases them both at their most ambient as well as their most crushing; it’s almost a mashup between the chugging and plodding of their older work on Celestial and the more melodic elements of Wavering Radiant. The second new unreleased track is the short ambient piece “Temporal,” which was recorded around the time of Wavering Radiant. Finally, there is an acoustic version of “20 minutes/40 Years,” which is so interesting to hear in this context.
The band also managed to include some old rarities and remixes that were previously either out-of-print or only available on singles or vinyl. My personal favorite has to be their version of Black Sabbath‘s “Hand of Doom,” which is one of the standout tracks from Paranoid. Their version is distinctly Isis, and that’s what makes it so great. And of course, the other bonus from that same release is a fabulous cover of Godflesh‘s “Streetcleaner,” which will give newer Isis fans an idea as to where this band’s roots (as well as Justin Broadrick of Jesu) really came from. Also, if you haven’t heard “Pliable Foe,” it’s certainly one of the most groovy tracks Isis ever wrote to date, so give that a spin if you haven’t.
There’s a lot to like about this roll in the hay with an old flame, and with the bonus DVD, you truly have a fully immersive experience on your hands. Fans of the newer and more melodic material will find a lot to like about this, and longtime fans and collectors have plenty here (if they don’t own most of this collection already on vinyl) to give them an extra taste of what this wonderful band had to offer. – Adam Rauf, Staff Writer at Blow The Scene (If you missed Adam’s Exclusive Interview with Isis’ Aaron Turner during Isis’ Fairwell Tour in 2010, scope it here)
Isis – “Ghost Key” (Demo)
“Code Orange Kids have spent a lot of time on the road in 2012, but the Pittsburgh hardcore/grind quartet managed to make time in the studio too, as they’ll soon release Love Is Love // Return To Dust, the band’s new Kurt-Ballou-produced LP due via Deathwish Inc on November 20. In all of their recent appearances (including our own SXSW day party), COK have shown tons of promise as a live band and Love mirrors those efforts. It’s clear that the band grew up with Converge, but more importantly, Converge’s sense of freedom to push boundaries. This is a young band, which makes Love Is Love // Return To Dust all the more compelling to listen to..” – BrooklynVegan.com
Band/s: Horseback & Locrian
Album: New Dominions
Record Label: Relapse Records
Release date: November 9, 2012
Genres: ambient metal, avant garde metal, black metal, drone
FFO: Earth, Neurosis, Sunn0))), Godspeed You Black Emperor, Wolves In The Throne Room
“In 2011, Horseback and Locrian teamed up to record New Dominions, a stunning confluence of the two groups’ darkened, experimental psychedelia that was released only as a limited vinyl pressing. Since then, Horseback released Half Blood, their latest full-length album, and Locrian signed to Horseback’s Relapse Records and are currently in the studio recording their next full-length. Now that they’re labelmates, New Dominions will see a wider release on Nov. 6 via Relapse. The new version of the collaborative LP has been remastered by James Plotkin and features three tracks not included on the 2011 version. Though it won’t be available in stores until next week, you can stream New Dominions in its entirety below.” – Paste Magazine
“Overall, the album is pretty tight, dishing up a good 30 minutes of crusty d-beat obliteration. If you’re a fan of bands such as Anti Cimex, WolfBrigade, Disfear, Skitsystem and Discharge, D.I.S.‘s “Becoming Wrath” definitely has something for you to lose yourself in. I would highly recommend “Becoming Wrath” to all the crusties and d-beat fiends out there. Top notch!” – ThisIsNotAScene.com