DANIEL P. CARTER leads the charge in our guest-hosted new mu­sic round-up!

Kerrang! (UK) - - New Noise -

I’ve been asked to do a reg­u­lar col­umn about the stuff I am stoked on at the mo­ment, along­side a few other faces you’ll recog­nise. So, I’ll be mainly talk­ing about new bands and new mu­sic, but to be hon­est, I’ll prob­a­bly end up go­ing on about some older things that I am ob­sessed with, too (Smash­ing Pump­kins and A Per­fect Cir­cle are cur­rently on un­end­ing re­peat…).

But first, some­thing new: møl. The band are from Aarhus in Den­mark, and fea­ture a cou­ple of ex-an­ten­nas To Nowhere per­son­nel. Since play­ing the song Penum­bra from their upcoming Jord de­but on my Radio 1 show, I’ve been stoked on this band. I ac­tu­ally spent a day in Reyk­javik re­cently, and this al­bum was the per­fect sound­track – glacial post-rock col­laps­ing into icy black metal blasts. It’s epic and stir­ring stuff for fans of Deafheaven and Oath­breaker. It’s ab­so­lutely crush­ing.

In re­cent years the vibe of hip-hop shows has re­minded me of early hard­core and metal shows. This is due to a bunch of re­cently-emerged artists that were raised as much on Slip­knot and Man­son as they were on Nas and Ye. The UK’S break­out artist in this world is Scar­lxrd. The video for Heart At­tack is at just un­der 22 mil­lion plays, and his Sound­cloud, where he first started drop­ping mix­tapes, is home to so many jams it’s crazy. I booked him to play The Pit at Read­ing & Leeds this year, and I al­ready think it’s go­ing to be one of the stand­out sets of the fes­ti­val. Just watch.

I’ve also been re­ally lov­ing Self­ish Things’ Ver­ti­cal Love al­bum. It’s soul­ful and heart-wrench­ing alt.rock that fans of Black Foxxes and Manch­ester Orches­tra will dig. I did the art­work for the EP, which was an hon­our. As soon as I heard first tune 8147 Mul­hol­land Ter­race last year, I was in.

New An­glo-amer­i­can champs Lowlives – made up of mem­bers of The De­filed, No De­vo­tion, Amen and The Ataris – have just done a BBC Radio 1 Rock Show Ses­sion. They play straight-up rag­ing post-grunge in a no-frills kind of way. The songs rule, and are de­liv­ered with such in­ten­sity. Af­ter their UK tour with The Used got pulled the other week they were kind of stranded here, so put a tour to­gether in a few days and I got them in to do a Maida Vale ses­sion. You can still lis­ten on iplayer for a bit. Go check out de­but sin­gle Burn For­ever – it’s a rip­per.

Two EPS in and the new Sleep To­ken tunes I’ve been sent so­lid­ify the fact that his de­but al­bum will be killer. If you aren’t aware of him al­ready, check out Nazareth from EP Two to get an idea of what this guy is do­ing. It’s like Deftones meets Kid A-era Ra­dio­head, with in­cred­i­bly soul­ful vo­cals amid beau­ti­fully-crafted songs. The masks and mys­tery sur­round­ing him only add an­other layer to some­thing that stands headand-shoul­ders above a lot of heavy and cel­e­brated estab­lished bands. If Me­lan­cho­lia Hymns by Ar­cane Roots was one of your al­bums of last year, jump on this.



LOWLIVES: Any­one seen our pi­rate ship?

MØL: What­ever the cam­era had done, it re­ally up­set them

SELF­ISH THINGS: Okay, ready? Ev­ery­body smile…

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