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Premiere: San Diego’s THOSE DARN GNOMES Up the Weirdness Game With “Birds” – PopMatters

“A collision of avant-garde jazz, the wild, wooly experiments of composer Harry Partch, Beatnik poetry, shattered noise, shards of black box theater, the sinister weirdness lurking behind the childlike chaos of The Muppet Show. Somewhere in there are moments of calm and one drifts away on a bed of acoustic jazz meditations that recall Ralph Towner‘s best, most imaginative work in that world during the 1970s; strains of minimalism, lysergic opera, and ancient campfire songs emerge before we’re thrust back into a core of molten weirdness that provides total catharsis.” – PopMatters

Those Darn Gnomes Live 2019 [photo by Anita Martinez]

THOSE DARN GNOMES: PopMatters Premieres “Birds” As Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries; West Coast Tour With Fuck Your Birthday Begins This Week – Earsplit Compound

[photo by Anita Martinez] As Nefarious Industries prepares to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow, the album from San Diego’s THOSE DARN GNOMES, PopMatters has unveiled the lead track, “Birds,” offering the first dose of the album to the public. The … Continue reading

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THOSE DARN GNOMES: Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow album review – The Doorway To

“When it gets weird and uncomfortable for most musically, that means it’s something interesting to listen to, and with THOSE DARN GNOMES we hit the mother load. Jazz, Noise, Grind, Hardcore, Ambient, Gospel, Folk and Avant elements are just the tip of the iceberg. […] You really just need to hear this to understand and it really goes from Jazz, Metal, Noise, to Avant Wonders. There are very few bands I could even begin to tell you to listen to (John Zorn, Mike Patton, Secret Chiefs 3, Pain Killers, Melt Banana, Fleurety, When, Bogus Blimp, and Yakuza). Do you get how bizarre I’m going here. You need to experience the wonder and majesty of this off the wall album. Some of you are just going to fucking hate it, others will worship this. THOSE DARN GNOMES have gotten into my brain and will not leave now.” – The Doorway To

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GRIDFAILURE Moans of a Thousand Encroaching Illnesses with “Sixth Mass Extinction Skulduggery I” – The Covenant

GRIDFAILURE is sickness given aural form as the experimental project of madman Dave Brenner (ex-Theologian), and marks a departure from his death industrial treatments in favor of hallucinogenic sound collages bringing to mind legends like Nurse With Wound, early Current 93, or a number of experimental film soundtrack composers from Japan or Italy. Compared to his first album however, Sixth Mass Extinction Skulduggery I takes on a much more straightforward, vocal industrial noise approach with a general emotion of hatred and bitterness pervading the record. […] Each track is meant to reflect a different stage in the decay of the human race, realistically reflecting the current events facing humanity today… This adds a very welcome element of diversity to the recording as it truly feels like a story unraveling, though the tone is very much consistently dark from the very beginning of “Sandy” up to the inevitable cliffhanger “Exsanguination of the Utopians”.” – The Covenant

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BEDTIMEMAGIC: Nefarious Industries Welcomes Boston Bass And Drums Duo; New Album To See Summer Release – Earsplit Compound

[photo by Alex Allinson] Nefarious Industries expands its peculiar family of musical entities with the acquisition of Boston-based bass and drums rock duo, BEDTIMEMAGIC. The outfit is putting the final touches on their impending new Andrew Schneider-produced Pillow Talk full-length release, which will … Continue reading

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GRIDFAILURE: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Exsanguination Of The Utopians” Video; Solo Outfit Confirmed To Score Horror Short Film HARMLESS – Earsplit Compound

[photos by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner] Lower Hudson Valley solo outfit GRIDFAILURE has released a new video for “Exsanguination Of The Utopians,” the closing track on one of the unit’s recent albums, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I — the first in a five-album series —  which saw … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Endtimes: GRIDFAILURE Video Premiere and Interview – CVLT Nation

“The Earth cries out. The Geotrauma is echoed in human suffering and violence. Our every utterance and effort at progress goes stifled and unheard. Sometimes, mere Heavy Metal feels inadequate to express the true horror of this world. Reality is infinitely complex and requires great deals of abstraction to communicate it’s terrible truths. This is where GRIDFAILURE comes into play. A leviathan of Noise and Power Electronics, Industrial drones and field recordings, GRIDFAILURE brings the schizo-horrors shambling into the burning light for all to hear.” – CVLT Nation

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Review: PAK – Bestial (2019)

PAK can perform some crushing progressive music, along side a few prattle bars, carousel discord, and general conflict. After listening to the years of various incarnations of Ron Anderson and friends, I now understand this band can do anything they put their minds to, and maybe a bit more. As a trio, Bestial is in sublime mode, a darker meeting of Primus, Killing Spree, Massacre, and the likes, blowing up their own version of metallic/skronk/progressive avant-rock, with some added electronic space cadet. And all at once meticulous, irrepressible, and elite.” – Lee Henderson, Big Beautiful Noise