Due for release on Monday, Komatsu’s album “Manu Armata” features 11 tracks of heavy sludge/stoner rock. Pre-order the album on Bandcamp below:
After releasing their first self titled EP ‘KOMATSU’ in 2011, the band hit the studios at the end of 2012 to record what is to become their first full-length album: ‘Manu Armata’.
Non other than producer Theo van Rock, who has worked with major bands like Tool, Rollins band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ween, helps them during recordings. They manage to capture the heavy and thrusting distinctive sound KOMATSU is known for while maintaining an accessible and open feel. On ‘Manu Armata’ you’ll hear eleven songs with powerful and filthy stoner guitar-riffs, raw vocals, crushing drums and uncompromising (instrumental) tracks with sound-samples. Suburban Records releases the cd for ‘Manu Armata’ and the brand new record label Lighttown Fidelity, releases the album with beautiful artwork on vinyl.
The international press gets excited. Several renowned music-magazines reward the album with high ratings (Aardschok 82/100, Rocktribune 88/100, Powermetal 85/100, Up Magazine 92/100, Lust for Life magazine and Eindhovens Dagblad (local newspaper) give 4 out of 5 stars). They rate Komatsu to the top of the Dutch heavy rock scene.
After a successful tour in the UK (december 2013) the ‘stoner-jugernaut’ Komatsu now heads for England again in July 2014. At July 7th 2014 ‘Manu Armata’ is available in the UK. More information about the promotion-tour shall follow soon.
There will soon be a new addition to the label, Umair’s doom/noise project Gift of Blindness will be releasing an album hopefully this year. In the meantime you can listen to a sample here:
The debut album by Bicycles With No Riders is released today. “Hold You Up To The Light” is Umair Chaudhry’s debut solo release featuring 11 acoustically based songs. For the most part the only instruments are acoustic guitar and voice, with the occasional backing instrument such as piano and electric guitar. The songs are deliberately sparse and minimalist, drawing on Umair’s primal instincts of tonality and melody.
Bicycles With No Riders is the new solo project of Umair Chaudhry (Abandon, Monday Morning Sun, Absence etc) and focuses more on stripped down, basic song writing than the multi-layered approach of his other projects.
“Hold You Up To The Light” is Umair’s debut solo release featuring 11 acoustically based songs. For the most part the only instruments are acoustic guitar and voice, with the occasional backing instrument such as piano and electric guitar. The songs are deliberately sparse and minimalist, drawing on Umair’s primal instincts of tonality and melody.
Release date: 2nd of December 2013, on Digital Download.
Listen to “Gone” taken from the album here:
The debut album by Abandon is now available on CD / Digital from Blindsight Records, Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes and other retailers.
Abandon’s debut full-length is the culmination of 2 years’ writing and recording. Expanding on the sound of previous releases, the self-titled album features eight unreleased songs, each a separate meditation in sound. Within 65 minutes the songs traverse through contrasting shades of light and emotion, culminating in the celestial dirge of “White Summer”.
1. Wonder (4:22)
2. Flaws (6:45)
3. Constant Reminders (7:34)
4. A Hole That Can’t Be Filled (6:24)
5. Not For Who You Are (7:24)
6. A Dark Room Filled With Light (9:22)
7. Deep Within The Earth (9:22)
8. White Summer (13:33)