Ghost Cult is pleased to premiere the stream of the new track from The Old Wind, ‘Wooden Scythe’. The track comes from their split EP with Cult Of Luna, Råångest (Pelagic Records) dropping January 29th. You can stream ‘Wooden Scythe’ track below:
The Old Wind features members of The Ocean and Breach and the will have another new song on Råångest. Cult of Lunahe heard covering Amebix’s ‘Last Will And Testament’, the last recording for the band before they go on hiatus later in 2016.
The title of the EP, Råångest, means raw anxiety in Swedish. LA-based German artist Florian Bertmer drew the cover. In a Facebook post, the band commented on the meaning of the album:
RÅÅNGEST. The title itself is a big part of where we come from. As much as we love the beauty and clarity of the north, it can be a struggle. 5 months of darkness and harsh cold can definitely do stuff with your mind. For a lot of people living in the north anxiety is the main dish on the dinner table… Us and the guys from COL can all relate to this when this is our birthplace and where we grew up. We come from the same scene and it feels like our thoughts and musical ideas are a pure reflection of our origin and the way we project it. The outcome of the harvest is RÅÅNGEST.
Råångest EP track listing: 1. Cult Of Luna – ‘Last Will And Testament’ 2. The Old Wind – ‘Wooden Scythe’ 3. The Old Wind – ‘Daughters Of Cleanse’
Swedish atmospheric doom/sludge metallers The Moth Gatherer is streaming their newly released album The Earth Is The Sky, out now via Agonia Records, here. The album was recorded over a period of two years in three different studios. Mixing & mastering duties were taken care of by Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, The Old Wind, Switchblade, Terra Tenebrosa). The artwork has been made by SCG, while Swedish printer, EJG, prepared the layout, creating an exclusive painting for each of the six tracks on the album. The album features David Johansson (Kongh), Wacian (Code), The Cuukoo (Terra Tenebrosa) and Thomas Jäger (Monolord).
Trackslist: 01: Pale Explosions 02: Attacus Atlas 03: Probing The Descent of Man 04: Dyatlov Pass 05: The Black Antlers 06: In Awe Before The Rapture
Line-up: Alex – Bass and Vocals Victor – Guitars, Electronics and Vocals Svante – Drums
Festival season is upon us again as we move through 2014. There definitely are some exciting new entries into the fold for your consideration and your hard-earned dollars. Even more than being a gathering of music fans, festivals lately tapping into a call from our collective unconscious, a plea for something pleasing to the ears as well as nourishing to our minds. We are of course discussing the inaugural Beyond the Redshift. Taking a page from the mighty Roadburn, BTR has one band of high exalt, in this case, Cult of Luna, curating the music and overall aesthetic of the festival. Slated to take place on May 10th at the three different venues simultaneous (all staggered stage times with little overlap), this promises to be an exciting, must attend annual event.
Not just a mere concert either, the fest promises a feat for the senses too with audio-visual/new media elements and installations. Cult of Luna themselves has been forging a singular path in progressive music for sometime, with a fandom that teeters on the brink of fanatical. Last year’s Vertikal and Vertikal II (the former ranking #2 in our 2013 Best albums poll of our staff) attained instant clout among fans and critics alike, a rare occurrence in these times of over-saturated bland music. The presence of CoL themselves leads one to think this fest will have an air of heavy progressive music and experimental ideals pushing the envelope, which it will. Representing different forms of underground music is the high-minded ideal of this fest. Top of the bill acts such as Godseed (on tour with CoL in Europe now) God is An Astronaut,Jesu, Amenra, Amplifier, are all inspired selections, with any of them being capable of heading up this fest in later years. Jesu and Amplifier have been incredibly hot of late.
The rest of the lineup has no holes, and owing as much to the headliners, presents a little something for the sub-genre snob in all of us. All of the a fore mentioned bands except Amplifier will play The Forum Venue, with Amplifier heading up The Dome. All of those bands will play one-hour sets, with CoL playing for two. Joining Amplifier at The Dome will be Bossk, The Old Wind, Esben & the Witch, Blueneck, pg.lost. Over at The Boston Music Room we will see Greg Haines, Sleepmakeswaves, Thought Forms, Dirk Serries, Hark, Further Down, Petter Carlsen, Abraham,Shield Patterns, Atlantis, Canaya all perform in what promises to be a killer experience. All of the venues are withing a ten minutes walk, making this concentration of artists, at one low price, possible the best value for true music fans this year.
The following manifest can be said to be guiding concept of the fest itself:
“The cosmological redshift is caused by the expansion of space. The wavelength of light increases as it traverses the expanding universe. Unable to assume that we have a special place within this universe, the redshift suggests to us that everything is moving away from everything else…
We may not be able to go beyond the redshift, but we can certainly think beyond it. We are bringing together artists who expand within their space – artists who create something special within this space.”
Tickets are priced at £30 + booking fee. 3 venues, 1 wristband, 12:00 pm doors.
Feast On Your Gone, the debut album from The Old Wind wasn’t necessarily what I expected from a band with such a moniker. However, after a multitude of listens, it does seem quite fitting. The Old Wind itself is a project by former Breach vocalist Tomas Liljedahl. He wrote and recorded the entire album as a solo project. As such, FOYG sees one man expunging inner demons through music.Continue reading →