Immortal Bird – Empress/Abscess

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When you see bands described as “genre-defining” or “indescribable”, the usual outcome is that they’ve got the odd weird bit, or they’ve bolted some styles together that are strange bed-fellows, yet when that gaze of Sauron is brought to bear on Immortal Birdit holds truer than most, as Empress/Abscess (Broken Limbs/Manatee Rampage) builds on the promise of their self-released debut EP Akrasia, and sees them moulding their ideas into more focused, while concurrently increasingly divergent from each other, beings.

The brainchild of Rae Amitay, who has relinquished duel duties to focus purely on vocals with Garry Naples picking up the varied tempos from behind the drumkit, and guitarist Evan Berry,Immortal Bird take influence from all manner of fuels including sludge flecked crusty punk (‘Neoplastic’) controlled melodic black(ened) metal (‘Saprophyte’ and ‘To A Watery Grave’) and Scandinavian death rock (‘Sycophant’), while opening their scarred arms to embrace mid-tempo discordant jangles, djent shudders and thrashing, all supporting Amitay’s envenomed snarl and captured in a granite encased production courtesy of Pete Grossman (Veil of Maya, Weekend Nachos) and mixed by Colin Marston (yes, he of Krallice); the pair finding the requisite abrasiveness of tone, so that each note is clear, defined and scouring your inner ear like sandpaper on rough bark.

All this is clasped together by an impressive force of personality that allows the entity to be Immortal Bird all at the same time, yet, like an ethereal membrane holding together a writhing mass of hungry, angry bacteria (should said bacteria be sentient), listening to Empress/Abscess means being subjected to a complicated relationship as the brain seeks to strengthen its hold on the music within, to find hooks and make sense, to strengthen its ability to contain the multitude of collisions that ultimately lead to breaches, and a feeling of the parts, actually, being greater than the whole… as a collective organism, it just doesn’t quite all work, regardless of the potency of each of the contained pieces.

There is plenty to enrich within this thirty minute explosion of anger, sorrow and frictional metallic exploration, and immortality has to begin somewhere. With the open minded and progressive, musically dissonant talents needed to nurture the host already in situ, once this ornithological wonder fully spreads its wings in years to come, it will display a most vitriolic and impressive plumage. The chick just needs time to grow.

 

7.0/10

STEVE TOVEY

Audio + Tour: Watertank – DCVR + Upcoming French Tour Dates

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French noisey melodic hardcore outfit Watertank is streaming “DCVR” off of Destination Unknown, out June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Recordshere. The band has a string of upcoming French live dates.

May 16: Heretic – Bordeaux (FR) (w/ Aguirre)
May 20: Glazart – Paris (FR) (w/ Torche, Your Highness)
May 21: TBA
May 22: Molodoi – Strasbourg (FR) (w/ Kurt)
May 23: Le Café Français – Vesoul (FR) w/ Membrane)
Jun 01: Le Ferrailleur – Nantes (FR) w/ Torche

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Watertank Releasing Destination Unknown on June 29th, Upcoming Shows

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Nantes post hardcore outfit Watertank will be releasing their sophomore album Destination Unknown on June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Records. The album was recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner).

Destination Unknown Track Listing:
01: Automatic Reset
02: Fever
03: Contrails
04: DCVR
05: Last/Lost Hope
06: Surrender
07: Doomed Drifters
08: Scheme
09: Destination Unknown

The band has an upcoming string of live dates across France.

May 13: Emporium Galorium – Rouen (FR)
May 15: Black Out – Montpellier (FR) (w/ Lahius)
May 16: Heretic – Bordeaux (FR) (w/ Aguirre)
May 20: Glazart – Paris (FR) (w/ Torche, Your Highness)
May 21: TBA
May 22: Molodoi – Strasbourg (FR) (w/ Kurt)
May 23: Le Café Français – Vesoul (FR) (w/ Membrane)
Jun 01: Le Ferrailleur – Nantes (FR) (w/ Torche)

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