Hawkmoth – ‘Calamitas’

HAWKMOTH - 'CALAMITAS'

SBWR rarely delves into the realms of metal but when it’s this good, exceptions must be made! Hawkmoth‘s latest album ‘Calamitas‘ was released today (CD/Digital) featuring a collection of instrumental stoner/sludge rock meets post-metal chaos! It’s been almost four years in the making and follows their 2011 debut LP. The Sydney-based four piece have enlisted drummer Jason Canelas for the recording which has added a new layer of complicity and depth. ‘Calamitas’ was tracked at 301 Studios (the same space used for Springsteen’s latest) with mastering from Alan Douches (Dillinger Escape Plan, Japandroids, Odonis Odonis). So yes, it’s one of the better sounding post-metal albums you’re likely to hear. Album cut ‘Hitler’s Dogs’ is the shortest song on the record but it still drops waves of doom on your head! Fans of the genre will want to take the time out for this one – stream/download the rest here.

 
Hawkmoth – ‘Hitler’s Dogs’

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Alcest – ‘Shelter’

ALCEST - 'SHELTER'

French post rockers Alcest have well and truly left their metal days behind them with the release of their fourth album ‘Shelter‘ this week. Their abrasive past has made way for a gorgeous sounding album, full of swelling instrumentation and shimmering edges. Having Sigur Ros producer Birgir Jón Birgisson in tow must’ve made the journey to dizzying euphoria a little easier. Album cut ‘Away’ features guest vocalist Neil Halstead (of Slowdive / Black Hearted Brother). Another fine reason to jump straight into this LP!

 
Alcest Feat. Neil Halstead – ‘Away’

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Alcest - 'Shelter'
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Mogwai – ‘Rave Tapes’

MOGWAI - 'RAVE TAPES'

Its album number eight for Mogwai! ‘Rave Tapes’ hits February 20 via Rock Action, recorded in the awesomely named ‘Castle Of Doom‘ studios in Glasgow. The Scottish post rockers built both the label and studio, I suppose that’s the prize for surviving almost twenty years in the business. Their latest ten track creation will appeal to long standing fans, they haven’t lost any edge (or gone “soft”). Lead track ‘Remurdered‘ raised eyebrows last year due to its synths but really, this album is about guys rocking out in a room together. And once again, they’ve created an album that’s familiar but fresh.

 
Mogwai – ‘Hexon Bogon’

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Mogwai - 'Rave Tapes'
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Alcest – ‘Délivrance’

ALCEST - 'SHELTER'

Neil Halstead (of Slowdive / Black Hearted Brother) has added his vocals to Alcest‘s forthcoming LP ‘Shelter’, but we’ll have to wait til its released on January 17 via Prophecy Productions (Jan 21 for North America). Until then, here’s the second single ‘Délivrance’ which was produced by Birgir Jón Birgisson (known for his work with Sigur Rós). The French post rock outfit have left their black metal days behind them, now with a cinematic scope that’s so dramatic you may want to climb a mountain after listening to it.

 
Alcest – ‘Délivrance’

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Dumbsaint – ‘The Auteur’

DUMBSAINT - 'THE AUTEUR'

The first installment of Dumbsaint‘s audio/visual project has been unveiled – ‘The Auteur‘ EP (available from Bird’s Robe). The Aussie post rock act have enlisted sound artist Eoin Clements and Setec for remix duties. As part of the project, Dumbsaint have collaborated with a number of actors to shoot a short film – as below. Impressive work, big tune!

 
Dumbsaint – ‘The Auteur’

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Wozniak – ‘MFMB’

WOZNIAK - 'MFMB'

Wozniak are on a self confessed mission “to cause terminal tinnitus with their brooding… cocktail of feedback, reverb and delay”! The post rocking four piece hail from Edinburgh and have released their debut single ‘MFMB’ (available @ Bandcamp). Influenced by no wave and shoegaze, Wozniak’s soundscapes are only in their infancy but are already ear shaking with their angular riffs and suspense-filled instrumentals.

 
Wozniak – ‘MFMB’

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