Neo-goth chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe earned herself a considerable amount of buzz with last year's dark and doomy Apocalypsis. Its upcoming follow-up, Unknown Rooms, is a subtler and more intimate album, based around little more than Wolfe's guitar, voice, and crafty pop songwriting. Russian Circles headline.
Almost four years ago Seattle rap duo Thee Satisfaction dropped their first mixtape, That's Weird, which helped bring to the attention of the outside world the fact that there is such a thing as a Seattle rap scene. They've just released an album, Awe Naturale, on Sub Pop. According to Leor Galil, "The duo's easy chemistry, playful rhyming, and silky singing combine with the album's woozy, psychedelic funk and laid-back soul in a sleek, intoxicating mix—about the only thing wrong with Awe Naturale is that it's too short."
Kansas City's Shiner came up during the "mid-to-late-90s heyday of alt-rocky posthardcore-ish bands," in the words of Kevin Warwick, but never matched the levels of success that other bands from that scene achieved. But their legacy remains strong, and their 2001 swan song The Egg remains a touchstone for emo-leaning bands. The groups has reunited for the album's long overdue vinyl release.
After 20 years of inflicting auditory brutality on legions of masochistic fans, Montreal's Kataklysm are among the elder statesmen of death metal, but they're in no apparent danger of becoming a mere nostalgia act, according to Monica Kendrick: "They hit their stride in the late 90s and haven't missed a step since." Currently the group is touring behind "a rich and detailed multidisc DVD-CD set" called Iron Will: 20 Years Determined.