Oh shit. I’ve been waiting for this album to leak forever. I say that about a lot of the stuff I post, but I’ve been patiently anticipating this album for what feels like years. With this album, This Will Destroy You has set out to break free from the labels people have been slapping them with. They’re not cool with being lumped into the same category as Explosions In The Sky, Mono, etc. As a result, this album is much darker and noise-laden with some major drone and ambient influences. The album opener even features some vocals, but they’re so hoarse and distressed that they become more like another instrument than anything else. In some ways, I think the band chose to alienate listeners with this release. Fans of the formulaic (read: cliche) , rise-fall-rise Post-Rock will likely find this album hard to listen to, and I’m fairly certain that’s what they were striving for.  I think a lot of people will appreciate the band’s new direction, however. I would choose to listen to this over the new Explosions In The Sky any day.

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Everyone’s been waiting for it and it leaked today. Here’s EITS’s newest full length, due out in April. If you haven’t seen the packaging on this album, take some time to visit the band’s website. It’s something I’ve never seen before and I’ll bet it looks awesome in person. The album is, as always, expansive, dense and beautiful. These guys are still leading the genre for this sort of post-rock. Just listen to it.

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Sometimes…

March 14, 2011

I fail to see how life could get any more humorous…

My friend Tim and my other friend Spike. You decide which is which. Happy 21st d00d.

Defeater is a band that probably doesn’t even need an introduction. They are truly one of the leaders of modern hardcore in my opinion. This is their new album, due out in a week or so. On this album, the band refines their already polished sound even further. At times melodic, at times dark and brooding, this album is always intense, passionate, and intricate. To top it off, Defeater has written 4 acoustic songs to end the album with, which are all very good. The contrast of the heavy songs and acoustic songs makes for a very interesting and rewarding listen. Best hardcore album of 2011 so far? I’d say so.

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Edit: At first, I thought that song 10 cut out before it was supposed to. Max has informed me that this is the way it’s supposed to be on the album. Apparently, in the context of the album’s overarching story, the speaker gets pushed into a train, so the song ends. Don’t quote me on that though.

 

– In label news, we finally got the Adobe Homes/Beau Navire split 7″s.  Thank you to everyone who preordered one, you’ll be seeing them very soon. You can order this split for only 5 bucks right here. If you reeeaaally want to hear the songs before you order one, you can download them here. Also, we’ve now got an exclusive мища shirt in a preorder package for the We Were Skeletons split. Check that out here. If you already have a preorder and want a shirt, email us at blackwithsaprecords@gmail.com and we’ll make it happen. Also, we’ll be announcing some tapes in the future that we’re really excited about!