Monday, November 28, 2016

PODCAST: November 2016

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Last month's episode was, of corpse, focused specifically on the celebration of Halloween, which means that a great many new releases started to stack up over the past two months, and, as a result, this episode (and next month's) will be filled to the rim with fresh faces. We begin with new music from London's The Agnes Circle, whose new album Some Vague Desire offers a lush mixture of goth and post-punk style.

The first full set kicks off with a song from the much-anticipated new Soft Kill album, Choke. Having heard some of the new material on tour over the summer, it's been a long, but worthwhile wait. You can pick it up here, and catch them on tour in December with All Your Sisters. After that, we go for a deep, rich cut from
 ROME's latest, The Hyperion Machine, before diving into traditional goth territory with new music from Portugal's NU:N, whose Naked Until Noema will delight fans of bands like Fields of the Nephilim or Love Like Blood. Germany's Golden Apes follow suit with a taste of their latest, M Ʌ L V S.

We do some catching up next, dipping back into the forgotten '80s vaults, with a track from the new Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2 compilation. This selection spotlights a catchy post-punk/wave track from UK act Flowers For Agatha, originally released in 1985. We then jump 30 years to 2015, picking up on a track from Minnesota's trad-goth act, The Rope, who initially came to my attention via the great compilation series, 33 Goth Bands You Should Know. Check those out!

The next set turns into darkwave/electronic territory, beginning with a spotlight on the current mini-tour from Bella Morte frontman Andy Deane's new synthwave project, The Rain Within. They'll play Nashville on December 4th, along with the other two bands you'll hear in the first half of the second set: The unique electro-goth approach of Nashville's own HR_Lexy, taken from their new Slave to the Light EP, followed by a new digital single from fellow Nashville act, FIRES (featuring members of Cryogen Second and Becoming the Devourer). 

The set then turns to new music from a very catchy new Chicago band, Wingtips, whose Greayarea EP will no doubt be stuck in several people's car stereo's soon. Sinking into murkier waters, we then get a taste of the new Chasms album, On the Legs of Love Purified, which effectively combines shoegaze and industrial elements. Finally, we see the set close with a sadly-overlooked track from one of several Virginia acts featured this month, Decades/Failures.

Speaking of Virginia, the third set takes off with a brand new one from 
True Body's Demo '16, before giving you a second taste of the new Belgrado album, Obraz. We then take a detour to the '80s vaults again for rarities from Screams for Tina and The Lucy Show, before jumping, with both feet, into another new track from The Bellicose Minds' new LP, The Creature. Finally, we go full-on Mexican Deathrock with a brand new track from CRVEL, taken from their new Sombras album. 

While we're feeling a little heavier, you might just be convinced to try some dark metal, so the next set begins with a brand new one from Cast Away Souls, the latest album from Oakland's Cardinal Wyrm. Following with a curve ball, we're yanked back to 1995 for a bit of a classic from Sentenced, before getting some more California dark metal, this time from the one-man-band Mare Cognitum, whose new album, Luminiferous Aether, delves into the further realms of atmospheric black metal. The set concludes with the other new track that Ukraine's Drudkh contributed to their new split (with Grift), which you'll find under the title Betrayed By The Sun/Hägringar

All of that, PLUS: New music on the way out from Norway's Wardruna; Fresh theatrical soundscapes from "Stranger Things" composers Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, both with and without their band S U R V I V E ; An 8-bit horror tribute from Comptroller; More music from The Venture Bros., courtesy of J.G. Thirlwell; A dip in the dark ambient vault; and more! 

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)

"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: November 28th, 2016

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

The Agnes Circle - The Crystal Flowers  [Some Vague Desire, 2016]
S U R V I V E - Low Fog  [RR7349, 2016]
Soft Kill - Wake Up  [Choke, 2016]
ROME - Cities of Asylum  [The Hyperion Machine, 2016]
NU:N - Carved Silence  [Naked Until Noema, 2016]
Golden Apes - Verity  [M Ʌ L V S, 2016]
Flowers For Agatha - The Freedom Curse (1985) ["Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2" (comp.) 2016]
The Rope - Suffer  [Waters Rising, 2015]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Hazmat Suits  ["Stranger Things Vol. 1" (soundtrack) 2016]
HR_Lexy Eyes  [Slave to the Light, 2016] [N]
The Rain Within - Dark Drive  [Dark Drive, 2016]
FIRES - Counting Walls  [digital single, 2016] [N]
Wingtips - Eyes Shut to the Sky  [Greyarea, 2016]
Chasms - Intimacy  [On the Legs of Love Purified, 2016]
Decades/Failures - Everything In Black  [002, 2014]
J.G. Thirlwell - Fantomas Office  [Music of The Venture Bros. Volume 2, 2016]
True Body - Silent March  [Demo '16, 2016]
Belgrado - Fragmenty Świata  [Obraz, 2016]
Screams for Tina - Fool's Gold  [Strobelight Funeral, 1986]
The Lucy Show - Resistance  [Extended Play, 1984]
The Bellicose Minds - The Hordes  [The Creature, 2016]
CRVEL - Miseria  [Sombras, 2016]
Comptroller - Main Title (Phantasm)  [You Play a Good Game Boy, 2016]
Cardinal Wyrm - The Resonant Dead  [Cast Away Souls, 2016]
Sentenced - Nepenthe  [Amok, 1995]
Mare Cognitum - Aether Wind  [Luminiferous Aether, 2016]
Drudkh - His Twenty-Fourth Spring  [Betrayed By The Sun/Hägringar (split w/ Grift) 2016]
Silent Sound - Skin of Sorrow, Soul Without End  ["Unexpected Silenzio" (comp.) 1989]
Wardruna - Raido  [Runaljod - Ragnarok, 2016]

^RQ^ = requested
(exc.) = excerpt
(comp.) = compilation
[N] = Nashville artist


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