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Posted May 11, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Released this March on Furious Hooves, Lamniformes’  Sisyphean is equal parts post-metal soundscape exploration and emotional, striving indie rock. The project is spearheaded by Ian Cory (Gabby’s World, Bellows) but it’s much more than a single person’s artistic vision. Cory composed the material and then recruited friends from Chicago and Brooklyn to flesh it out as a true collective.SPB caught up with Cory for an in-depth reflection on the creative process behind the six-song album, focusing on how collaboration with his peers shifted the different songs.Sisyphean Director’s CommentaryWhen my new album Sisyphean first became available I wrote a lengthy newsletter thanking each of my collaborators for their contributions to the record. While Lamniformes is ...

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Posted April 20, 2019, 6:40 a.m.
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Welcome to the second instalment of Only Death Is Real. This time round we swing from power electronics to decaying cosmic black metal, giving equal ...

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Posted March 16, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Swans Defy Music’s Law of Diminishing Returns Author Nick Soulsby picks nine highlights from the band’s extensive catalog. “When…When we were young ...

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Only Death Is Real #2

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Posted April 20, 2019, 6:40 a.m.
Only Death Is Real

Welcome to the second instalment of Only Death Is Real. This time round we swing from power electronics to decaying cosmic black metal, giving equal coverage to EPs, full-lengths and splits. Click on the title and you’ll find yourself on the relevant Bandcamp page. Axebreaker - Brutality in Stone (Self-released/Phage Tapes) Locrian's Terence Hannum formed Axebreaker a couple of years ago with the idea that this power electronics project would be extremely confrontational and unapologetic in its anti-fascist outlook. Hannum’s music veers from stark beats, pulsing waves of sound, stomping drums and vocals that are tempered with ...

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Posted March 2, 2019, 2:52 a.m.

Amanda Daniels is a Milwaukee-based musician and dedicated vegan. She has had the opportunity to tour the United States, Europe ...

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