Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Strange Glue And The Post-Rock Underground Vol. 3

Artist: Compilation
Album: Strange Glue And The Post-Rock Underground Vol. 3
Label: Strange Glue
Year: 2010

01. The American Dollar - Landing
02. Pg. Lost - Crystalline
03. Collapse Under The Empire - Crawling
04. Pelican - Strung Up From the Sky
05. The End Of The Ocean - Setting Sail
06. Analog Sound - Потеряно в переводе
07. Microfilm - State & Island
08. Eimog - Saved By Thirteen


As the new decade begins we all set off on ambitious missions to achieve, succeed and explore. For some people they do so by working hard, for others they get their travelling boots on and for those reading, it's probably portrayed as a quest for new music.

If you are from the latter group then here's us getting the ball rolling, a compilation of the finest Post-Rock music around. A scientifically-proven mix of awe-inspiring tracks from both established and fledgling bands. Eight tracks of new, rare or unreleased material to tickle your fancy, tickle your auditory canal and to tick all your boxes with incendiary sonic explosions.

There is of course a catch, much like your local drug-dealer, we give away the first hit free-of-charge in the knowledge that you'll keep coming back for more at slightly raised prices. This is what is called 'the music industry', so blow the moths from your wallet or purse and start purchasing some albums by these fine bands -by Gareth Jones (


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Merkabah - Merkabah (EP)

Artist: Merkabah
Album: Merkabah EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Looks, Sounds - Like Stale Time And Space
02. Narwhals
03. Still Water
04. Fields Of Shipwrecks Pointing South


Merkabah was founded at the end of 2007 in Warsaw, Poland. Their music can be described as psychedelic metal combining improvised, noisy soundscapes with more precise, aggressive riffs and post-rock melodies. It often includes electronic influences, as well as tribal rhythms, all mixed with a feel of freedom and experimentation.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Planete Sauvage - The Strange Mood Of The Dirty Rocks

Artist: Planete Sauvage
Album: The Strange Mood Of The Dirty Rocks
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

01. Image d'un objet recomposé (part I)
02. L'immanence des serpentines
03. L'éveil de Shemty (chap II)
04. Le spectacle du non vivant
05. L'éveil de Shemty (chap III)
06. The strange mood of the dirty rocks
07. Le retour de Biculah dans sa patrie (chap III)


Planet Sauvage is a non expandable and unanswered aggregate. It was born on the first year according to the New Messiah (1996 of the older prophet age).
Combination of a gothic roman cathedral and a public dump, it's name is directly influenced by the Rene Laboux's animation film "La planete Sauvage".
It's judged as the first of the six miracles of the duality foretelling the second, the Azirh's king accession, Tresypult. The third being the born of his son, Amagimah, the fourth, the Biculah's resurrection, the fifth, the Semty's reincarnation. Lastly, the sixth, the Kroll's metamorphoses.

Official site

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hollow Branches - Anchored In Sleep EP

Artist: Hollow Branches
Album: Anchored In Sleep EP
Label:  Strix Records
Year: 2009


01. Steel Flowers
02. Anchored in Sleep
03. Ivory Dream
04. Ante Meridiem
05. Impending Morning Haunts
More than 5,000 miles separates the members of Hollow Branches, they have only been in the same room a hand- ful of times, each is in several other bands, and none of this is likely to change. In spite of these obstacles, Hollow Branches has managed to record two EPs in 2009 alone.
With a sound equal parts ambient, rock and trip hop, Words are Fire received a digital release in February and was downloaded no less than 500 times. Since that time, five new tracks have been written for their second EP, An- chored in Sleep. Thematically inspired by dreams, insom- nia, nostalgia and morning, Anchored in Sleep finds Hollow Branches expanding their sound with elements of progressive and post rock, as well as glitch. Anchored in Sleep will be available for download and purchase before 2010.

Anchored in Sleep:
Robert Hunter
Marius Sjøli
Jason Walton

Eschaton - Godmode

Artist: Eschaton
Album: Godmode
Label:  Self Released
Year: 2004


01. Narcolepsia
02. Domina Discordia
03. Dominus Satanas
04. Libero Me Ipse Morte
05. Sacred Chaos Part V.
06. Sethamorphosis
– 1. Eschaton is an extreme Metal Band from Linz, Austria. 2. They have performed at several independent events in and around Austria. 3. Since their foundation in 1998 they have released two albums. Deus Ex Homine and GodMode. 4. Currently Eschaton is recording songs for a Split-EP scheduled for a release in spring 2010.

– In their eleven year existence ESCHATON have evolved into a consortium of extreme music, ignoring musical boundaries, with the sole intention, to create intensity and awareness far beyond society, moral and religion.

X:THC - The Human Condition

Artist: X:THC
Album: X: The Human Condition
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Hide
02. Monster
03. A Human Flood
04. The Creature From The Blackened Room
05. Sleeping With One Eye Open
06. Don't Cry
07. Mr. Happy
08. Like Violins
09. You 're Worth Fighting For
10. Tag, You're It

We do not offer a download link since you can buy the album from the band's site for as much as you want!!

So, finally, I got the CD in the mail! I listened to it and liked it a lot! Then I ripped it so I could put it in my MP3 collection, in my iPod and so on. But as soon as the CD was ripped I realized that I didn't know where to put it in my collection!! What kind of music is X:THC playing? Is it Trip Hop? Is it Dark Rock? Is it Ambient?  Chill Out maybe?
Yeap, you got it! X:THC have managed to melt various genres of music into a big music cauldron! From the dark spoken introduction in "Hide" to the jazzy "Tag, You're it" you have the impression that there is more than one band performing on this wonderfull CD. And yet, it remains coherent the whole time, kind of being a concept album.
So, if you like Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails and Chill Out music, then I bet that you re going to love this album!

X: THC’s Michael Nova is an existential explorer. A powerful performer, composer, filmmaker and producer, Michael is releasing his multimedia music and film project, X: The Human Condition, after over a decade of, at times, seemingly insurmountable challenges, countered by an innate creative perseverance. The project came about as many artistic ventures do – as a means of catharsis at a hard time in Michael’s life. However, hard times got harder, and when Michael became severely ill and almost went blind, X: The Human Condition seemed doomed. After completely revitalizing his way of life, Michael experienced a miraculous recovery, which in turn drove him to complete his magnum opus. Now he brings the work to the world, to inspire others to make a positive change as he did, and make a difference.
Synthesizing music, film, and an unforgettable live experience, X: THC is evolving and redefining how a live show is presented and experienced within the model of the music industry.
The central themes of the show are the universal human sentiments of isolation, loneliness, and detachment. By integrating different live media forms through “synesthesia” (cross-sensory experience), X: THC extends their own experiences to the audience, including them and affirming the fact that each of us is not alone.
The immersive, live concert performance is accompanied by Michael’s original film, X: The Human Condition, whose wistful and mysterious imagery creates an utterly unique and uplifting experience. Citing Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Jean Cocteau, and The Brothers Grimm as major influences, Michael’s visual companion to the performance is a surrealistic trip inside the human subconscious.
In order to affect concrete change in others’ lives, X: THC has partnered with several charities dedicated to helping others who feel alone, alienated or "different". A portion of proceeds from ticket and album sales of X: The Human Condition will go to aid this vast community of people overcoming difficulties.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spread the Word!!

Dear friends and followers,

Thank you so much for your support so far! It is a great pleasure to see people being interested in what we 're doing in this blog. Your supportive emails have been a source of inspiration and help us continue everyday. Now you can follow on Twitter, so you can have our posts sent or twittered if you would prefer, to your Twitter account!

If you haven't done so yet, just press "lateralnoisecom" on the Lateral Twitter widget located on the right column of the blog and press "Follow" on the page that pops up or just press here!

You can also check our facebook page here!

Tell your friends and bands you know about us!

Please be reminded that you can always follow by pressing the "Follow" button on the Lateral Followers widget!

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Home - Promo EP

Artist: Home
Album: Promo EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

01. Emonoel
02. Matt Demon
03. Dice Game


Home had many names and formations since the beginning of this project. The final formation exists ever since octobre 2009. After a first trailbrazing gig at the end of 2009 in the PMK in Innsbruck the 3-piece decided to change the name a last time and record a Promo EP.

The band exists of very popular names of the underground-scene in Innsbruck. Hans-Peter Ganner (Vocals, Bass; / Bassist-Sahara Surfers, ExBassist-DNR, ExBassist-Crippled), Amadeus Mader (Guitar; / ExGuitarist-Botanical Garden, ExGuitarist-Room 101) and Multi-Instrumentalist Mathias Magerle (Drums; / ExVocalist-DNR, ExGuitarist-Crippled, ExMultiInstrumentalist-Jokers In Trousers).

With the 3 songs of this EP, that was recorded in no time, Home demonstrates pure strength and surprises (at all events ME) with a totally new soundscape. This is Hans-Peters first try in a band as vocalist with a totally brachial voice. The tunes are generally very hard to classify with a genre. It reminds me very much on the sounds of Kylesa. But it is also very hard to range the music of Kylesa.

A mix of Sludge, Psychedelic and Hardcore is awaiting you with this release. This is for everybody who is searching for music full of power! Have fun!

Home Are:
Hans-Peter Ganner - Vocals and Bass
Amadeus Mader - Guitar
Mathias Magerle - Drums


Monday, February 8, 2010

dreDDup - El Conquistadors

Artist: dreDDup
Album: El Conquistadors
Label: Insurrection Records
Year: 2009

01. Clockwork
02. First Blood
03. With No Teeth
04. Opening
05. Space Error
06. Invisible Tears
07. Mind Games
08. Last One
09. The New Pain
10. El Conquistadors
11. Futurism (MrBd Mix)
12. Oregon
13. Return of the TV
14. One of Us
15. Amputated Soul


Music of dreDDup is a mixture of dark noisy sounds with rough industrial rhythm followed by metallic vocals. They are mostly influenced by post industrial music scene of the late 80's and the mid 90's. After experimenting with weird noises and rough drum beats they embraced commercial segments in their sound, making it more popular for some wider range of listeners. Today, they sound like a crossover of every genre they get in touch with.

dreDDup was formed 4th of June 1997 in the small city of Novi Sad Located in Serbia (Europe). In the beginning the whole band were two punk guys who began to experiment with electronic music. They DIY produced their first demo 'BDTP' in late 1997. and their first demo album 'Abnormal Waltz' in late 1998. During the late 1990s dreDDup were part of what was known as the post- industrial / noise influenced band but their sound changed rapidly - finally gathering it all under the label of industrial / crossover. Many DIY cassette EP's and demo soundscapes were recorded in that period but were never officially released. Live performances took place and members changed.

Exploring the dark sides of the human mind and the distorted production of truthful industrial crossover music, they've released their first official album 6 years later. 'Mr Bordnead's Feast' (2004) saw the addition of violins, keyboards, female back vocals and live instruments. It sounded more mainstream and commercial but band did it with a purpose to get the attention from the Serbian media. More innovative than old demos , yet retaining all the key elements of the early era, 'Mr Borndead's Feast' was slightly darker, although a long way off the intense darkness of the first two demos. This album talked about the past and the bloody feast of the close minded. 2004's showed a band continuing to expand and redefine their sound and purpose. A substantial increase in live performances - once an unheard of rarity - has lead to much greater recognition by a new generation of fans.

In 2005, Holland music label MoocSound Records , released their 'Mr Borndead's Feast' album in digipack format. Band than produced several videoclips and entirely dislocated their sound from the other surrounding bands. dreDDup's next release came in august 16th. 2007, when they released their second album - 'Future Porn Machine'. Following the footsteps of 'Mr.Borndeads Feast' this new album sounded more darker and more industrial rock than the previous one leaving the production rough. The main concept of this album was the pornographic future, where art = pornography = art where machines are replaced by humans. "Insurrection Records" from Belgrade recognized this band's music and agreed to release this album. dreDDup than finally abandoned that mainstream sound and went back to the basics of their music leaving the old work behind. After this move, they finally got the recognition by the wider audience. It continued by making the official remixes for Nine Inch Nails and re-relase of their old demo album 'Abnormal Waltz' on CD for 9 foreign labels.

In 2008, the band was included in much of the foreign music compilations. Third album 'El Conquistadors' was than finished in late 2008. This album was meant to be totally different from their previous ones. The new dreDDup sound followed more post- industrial sound and less melodies, including some very dark vocals and music that brought new dark energy in their live performances. It's concept was to bring the old sound from the 80's back to life. All 15 tracks are for the "chosen ones" only and band decided to release a bonus DVD with it. DVD contains "Industrial Renaissance" 40 min documentary about the band and 50 min live video of the dreDDup show "Live in 219". This album was the last one in time trilogy and is talking about the present tense and human inner boundaries. Album was officially released for Insurrection Records on March the 6th 2009.

Although primarily a musical group, dreDDup has sometimes worked in other media. In their early years, they've produced several works of video art., film soundtracks and theatre music. Collaboration with many underground acts and artists also took place in their career.

They are currently on tour and working on their new fourth coming album which is about to be released in the beginning of 2011. This will also be the last dreDDup album.

Official site

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What? - Whateverism

Artist: What?
Album: Whateverism
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Whateverism
02. Odium Of Being
03.Lost Beyond Recall


20,000 amps and more: Germany is back on the map with alternative rock sounds - What?'s Whateverism EP has more current than a lightening strike. The 3 songs are not only dynamic and captivating, they also provide a wide base range where several emotions fuse into each other. Changing from melancholy to anger, What? finds the right atmosphere for its sophisticated and extraordinary arrangements. Kurt Ebelhäuser (well-known German producer) has equipped the band from the Ruhr area with a powerful production which completes this great band’s line-up.
It is clear that What? has a lot up its sleeve and the Whateverism EP is just the beginning of great things to come.
However let's start with the present.
The songs boast an intensity that might remind one of Placebo at times but very quickly you see that such an association is out of place. Altogether the songs feature a considerable tension; in the climax they resemble an emotional eruption. It grooves and each time you listen it gets into your brain more deeply. The band radiates great vitality and delight in playing, using unconventional instrumentation. They hit the accelerator hard without sounding monotonous. This emphasizes that What? possess a real keen sense of enthralling song composition.
Eleven minutes of progressive guitar storms between alternative rock, hardcore, metal and many other styles that influence What?.
You feel that Ingo (vocal), Skotty (guitar), Schrör (bass) and Marc (drums) know their trade and now want to know their limits.
What? is a well-oiled rock machine with lots of steam and pressure behind their pistons. The Whateverism EP is a true stroke of luck for people who are sick of the usual rock releases. Let the action begin. The tracks can be bought on iTunes and on Amazon. (-taken form the band's press release)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Collapse Under The Empire - Find A Place To Be Safe

Artist: Collapse Under The Empire
Album: Find A Place To Be Safe
Label:  Sister Jack Records
Year: 2009


01. Capture Moments
02. Crawling
03. Find A Place To Be Safe
04. Tranquillity
05. Angle Of Incidence
06. Decay
07. Far To The Past
08. A Smell Of Boiled Greens
09. Intelligence
10. Conscious Of Thirty-Nine
11. Take A Shot On Me


New album Find A Place To Be Safe provided me with my first listen to German instrumentalists Collapse Under The Empire, so I had absolutely no idea what sort of thing to expect. Not to put too fine a point on it, I was pleasantly surprised. Collapse Under The Empire are an essential listen for fans of post-rock, and in fact something more, instilling their music with the sort of passion and contemplation I would have thought impossible without lyrics.

Find A Place To Be Safe opens strongly with Captured Moments and Crawling, before really hitting its stride with tracks like Angle of Incidence and Decay. Perfectly paced, well performed and deeply contemplative, Find A Place To Be Safe is fantastic, with other highlights including the title track, Tranquility... well, pretty much the whole thing.

To conclude (somewhat superfluously), Find A Place To Be Safe is a fantastic work, essential listening for fans of post rock. People who are really into their music owe it to themselves to check Collapse Under The Empire out. (-by Chris Render @

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Concentric - Immeasurable

Artist: Concentric
Album: Immeasurable
Label: Self Released
Year: 2009

01. Sedatephobia
02. Balance
03. Counterbalance
04. Ghosts
05. Familiarity
06. Sleep Therapy
07. The Colossus
08. Verdiend
09. Immeasurable
10. Inspiration
11. Rock Island, 1931
12. Monument
13. Opaque


If you think about it, for gruff metal heads a lot of us are accepting of some pretty mellow non metal acts: Tenhi, Nuen Welten, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, old Mortiis, Summoning, Dornenreich just to name a few, seem to get a free pass with metal heads and as artistically brilliant as many non metal acts are , they are not metal, yet get mentioned and reviewed on sites like this. And I’m not here to dispute that or dissect why, I’m just here to introduce you to a pretty stunning Milwaukee instrumental acoustic trio called Concentric.
Featuring former writer Jerry Hauppa (who I actually owe no favors to for this review since he once publicly called me and out), Concentric play a form of technical avant-garde instrumental music that’s largely acoustic and somewhat flamenco-ish and sometimes folky (in an organic, medieval kind of way), has some violin and cello, and some occasional metal leanings, but is superbly performed and a nice break from all the breakdowns and blastbeats.
What Concentric manage to do is be delicate, laid back and relaxing, while retaining some metallic complexity. While certainly most of the album is languid yet intricate string/acoustic (with percussion) busy flourishes that bring to mind some of the great Flamenco/Acoustic soloists (“Familiarity”, “Opaque”, “Counterbalance”, the delightful duo of “Sleep Therapy” and closer “Verdiend”-complete with acoustic blast beat), its obvious that Hauppa’s metal background is still a little on display for the likes of the moody “The Colossus”, end of “Inspiration” and the 9-minute title track which delivers electric guitar riffs, solos and even a surprise blast beat.
Jim Becker adds some enchanting cello (particularly the haunting “Monument” and “Sedatophobia”) and violin work to the mix, while newly added drummer Brad O’ Malley give the acoustics dexterity some backbone- and it comes together for a rather breath taking but definitely non metal, 60 minute experience that, on headphones, just unravels, and envelops with each unique and beautiful chord and note.
A simply breath taking exercise in skillfull, dexterous acoustics, Concentric have to be one of the most talented and enthralling instrumental, non metal acts Ive been exposed too. I hope some of you guys feel the same way. (-by Erik Thomas @

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ruined Machines

Artist: Ruined Machines
Album: The Grasping Hands Of Possibility
Label: Self Released
Year: 2007

01. Hardly a Place of Honor
02. Earth's Best Kept Secret
03. The Grasping Hands of Possibility
04. Of Aries & Aquarius
05. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
06. Hidden Paths to the Core
07. Your Morphing Mindset
08. Deep Thought & Deep Space
09. Miss Television Intelligence


Ruined Machines are an experimental, instrumental rock band out of Linden, New Jersey, formed July 21, 2006. With influences ranging from post- and space-rock bands such as Red Sparowes and Explosions in the Sky, hard rock and metal acts like CKY and Hopesfall, and even classic rock outfits like Queen and Pink Floyd, Ruined Machines make use of mellow, atmospheric sounds as well as heavy rock guitar solos to make their sound more creative and enjoyable to listen to.

Artist: Ruined Machines
Album: Paths to a Digital Dawn
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

01. Good Morning
02. Her Eyes Hold Poison
03. Paths to a Digital Dawn
04. A Milestone, Your Every Step
05. You Can't Tell Time in the Dark
06. Cathedrals Underground
07. The Broken Lullaby
08. Barriers


"An album doesn't start from the exact time you lay down the first track of the first song the first time. It starts way beforehand. It takes a lot of mental power, a lot of brainstorming, preparing... pressing and obsessing. It takes gathering all of the emotions you've gone through, all the experiences you've had, all the love and hate you felt up until the time that that album is completed.
This album, as each one before it, is a product of my heart and soul; it's the creation of a mind and its pair of hands. It's the aural representation of sadness and happiness and everything in between. Loneliness, pain, pleasure, shock, fear, worry, anxiety, hunger, despair, boredom, regret, wonder, disappointment, pride... It's all in there.
An album is a journal entry as well as its creator's masterpiece at its time of completion.
I work with the tools I have to paint on an infinite canvas. I am an artist. I am a musician. Each album i've written reflects the changes i've gone through, and in turn the album changes me once it's complete.
The new album, "Pressure & Obsession", tells a fictional story through music, but at the same time, largely reflects exactly what's been through my head, in my heart and in front of my eyes this whole time. It's as heartfelt as can be. It is my vent, it is my release. It is what i haven't expressed through words. It is an extension of my self. It is everything about me."

-Joseph Kenyon, Ruined Machines.

Follow Us On Twitter

Dear friends and followers,

Now you can follow on Twitter, so you can have our posts sent or twittered if you would prefer, to your Twitter account!

Just press "lateralnoisecom" on the Lateral Twitter widget located on the right column of the blog and press "Follow" on the page that pops up or just press here!

You can also check our facebook page here!

If you like our blog, please be a fan and tell your friends!

Please be reminded that you can always follow by pressing the "Follow" button on the Lateral Followers widget!

Thank you for your support!