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His Hero is Gone - “The Unwanted Child”

Monuments to Thieves (1997)

I’m currently seeding the entire His Hero is Gone discography on Demonoid.  I highly recommend getting it.  These guys were one of the greatest crust bands of the 90s, if not the greatest.

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Girl Talk - “On and On”

All Day (2010)

Another mash up from Pittsburgh DJ Girl Talk.  The good parts are good, but like many of his other albums it still occasionally suffers from sounding like 15 second songs mashed together without much continuity between them.

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Mares of Thrace - “General Sherman”

The Moulting (2010)

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Yuck - “Georgia”

Georgia 7” EP (2010)

These guys are due to release an album early in 2011.  Definitely something to look forward to.

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Olof Arnalds - “Surrender” ft. Bjork

Innundir Skinni (2010)

Recommended by a friend.  Weird Icelandic folk music.  This song that features Bjork really stands out.  Pretty layering of melodies.  Mysterious and pagan.

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The Secret - “Cross Builder”

Solve Et Coagula (2010)

Girls - “Heartbreaker”

Broken Dreams Club EP (2010)

Phobia - “Chloe”

Destroying the Masses (1999)

Phobia is known mainly for being relatively influential with grindcore and crust punk cross over bands.  Not as much as say Napalm Death, but up there.  What they are not known for is their slow sludge metal.  ”Chloe”, for example, is the last track on their 1999 ep, and is the only slow song on the album.  It’s also my favorite.

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Old Man Gloom - “Gift”

Christmas (2004)

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The Ascent of Everest - “Return to Us”

What a surprising release from Nashville post-rockers The Ascent of Everest!  I had been excited to hear their sophomore album entitled From This Vantage ever since I first heard their 2008 release How Lonely Sits the City.  Whereas HLStC was a remarkably solid post-rock album with its beautiful layering of textures, FTV really pushes further and farther than anything they have done before.  It’s great to see artists develop and mature with their work and this is a perfect example of just that.

The most noticeable difference would be the new inclusion of multiple vocalists into the ensemble.  But the songwriting has also changed as well.  The album is certainly less guitar-centric, and noticeably darker than their previous material.  The songs really are a step away from the formulaic epic crescendo that is so over played in the genre.  Instead, The Ascent of Everest are opting for writing complex atmospherics that will liken them more to acts like Godspeed, A Silver Mt. Zion, or Sigur Ros.