Having completed their first tour of Europe with Torpor, a brief stint across the UK with Rope, appearing at the prestigious Incubate Festival in Tilburg and being honoured to support Hydrahead visionaries, Mare; 2017 sees Human Future return with their first new output in 2 years.
'Flat Earth Blues' is named in reference to the book by Nick Davies, 'Flat Earth News', which is regarded as unveiling much of the 'dark arts' of journalism and the true nature of the industry. This has inspired the themes that run throughout the EP, with each song broaching a different facet of the overall focuses - media corruption, the media as propaganda, the state of journalism and it's future in a world with the internet. 'Flat Earth Blues' is a descent into increasing despair, bookended by a melancholy ambient introduction and plummeting into walls of harsh noise penetrated by a glimmer of hope at the end. It is the product of a world of confusion, distrust and misplaced trust. True to form, Human Future have drawn from their numerous influences to incorporate ambient/noise music, post-rock/metal, prog rock, choral & film music, death metal and electronic music. Always wanting to tread new ground, 'Flat Earth Blues' represents a far more hands-on and personal result than they have achieved to date - shifting their sound between emphatic guitar solos, intricately layered blending of electronic and acoustic percussion and the maudlin choral section, composed with help from Jon Phipps (Moonspell / Amorphis / Kreator) and performed by Jacob Norris (Lectures).
Whilst recording 'Flat Earth Blues', not only did the band work with their long time producer, Lewis Johns, but also spent considerable time with Sound Engineer Mykel Dunn at Regeneration Studios near the idyllic Bewl Water in Kent, with further recording sessions at Stephen's Home studio and with Edd Dixon of Voodoo House Productions. With this process, the band have allowed time for everyone to put as much of themselves into the music as possible and for ideas to develop naturally as opposed to being rushed or contrived. Not only is it the most collaborative work of theirs but it is the most ambitious and far-reaching they've ever been.
Finally, having seen his artwork used by label mates, Regurgitate Life, the band commissioned Luke Oram to create the mesmerising album cover. The imagery provides a cryptic, hallucinatory vision of the Fourth & Fifth Estates in a post-EU Referendum Britain.
'Flat Earth Blues' may not be Human Future's longest release, but it is undeniably their densest and most dynamic material yet. Numerous elements will go unnoticed without repeated listening - It demands your time and attention, rewarding those who delve deeper.
We are pleased to be teaming up with our friends at All Ages Records in Camden and Resident Music in Brighton for this years Record Store Day. Both stores will have HOWLS debut album, 'The Headache' available one week before its official release date and will include a limited edition cover featuring a print of the original sketch for the artwork by artist Mercedes Bellido, along with a one of a kind, hand drawn icon for one of the tracks made by Illwookie.
These special editions of 'The Headache' are limited to 10 copies and are only available in these two locations.
Brighton based trio Howls let loose with their frantic blend of punk and hardcore on their debut album, ‘The Headache‘, out this April on Truthseeker Music.
‘The Headache’ is the sound of a band challenging itself to evolve; eager to take a step away from familiar surroundings in order to create something true to their influences whilst also embracing more experimental and melodic sounds.
This LP is Howls newest material since their 2015 EP, 'No Living', which was released on the now defunct Wolf At Your Door Records (Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana) Since then, Howls have played up and down the UK, sharing stages with the likes of Bastions, Palm Reader, and Employed To Serve.
‘The Headache’ was recorded by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studios (Palehorse, Yards, USA Nails) during the summer of 2016. Cover artwork by Mercedes Bellido
This week marks two years since the launch of the label, and to celebrate we have created a free to download sampler / compilation featuring all of the bands we have worked with so far. Included amongst the track listings are new songs from both Human Future and Howls, both of whom have new records due out via Truthseeker in the coming months.
Artwork by Tilly Barker
The track listing is as follows:
1. Howls - Guilt Trip 2. Oak - Broken Bodied 3. Human Future - Axiom 4. Scared of Everything - Dishwashing Melodies 5. Hexis - Tenebris * 6. Regurgitate Life - This Great Divide 7. 52 Commercial Road - Sell The Mirror Light 8. Rope - Ohrwurm 9. Palehorse - The Shower 10. SONANCE - End Your Life 11. Earth Moves - Pia Mater 12. Annexia - In Time, This Tide Too Will Break 13. Torpor - Agalma
* This track was taken from 'Abalam', out now on MusicFearSatan. We will be releasing a new Hexis record in late spring / early summer 2017.
Downloads of 'The First Two Years' are free, but we highly recommend paying for downloads today as Bandcamp are donating 100% of their share of all sales to the ACLU.
If you download the sampler, you will also see that it includes a discount code, valid on all purchases from our store from now through until April.
Regurgitate Life return with 'Obliteration Of The Self', their first new full length album since 2012. Now with 2 EPs, an album and an appearance at the prestigious 'Neurotic Deathfest' already under their belt, Regurgitate Life have laid the foundation for what is unquestionably their most ambitious and effective release so far. Brutal yet with the sort of progressive flourishes that are comparable only to the luminaries of the genre. Brimming with finger-tangling, catchy riffs whilst maintaining an immediate and powerful sound, 'Obliteration Of The Self' is not an album you will want to miss.
People familiar with the underground UK Metal scene may already recognise Sammy Urwin's name from the sleeve of some of the most intense and exciting records that Britain has had to offer in the past few years, these include Employed To Serve, Oblivionized and Renounced to name but a few. With it's origins as a one-man-band, Regurgitate Life began in 2008, and now with 'Obliteration Of The Self', Daryl Best (of notable metalcore act, Eulogy) has been invited to the fold, providing Regurgitate Life with live recorded drums for the first time.
'Obliteration Of The Self' was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jason Frye at Century Audio, with the artwork created by Luke Oram.
Two years after their highly acclaimed self titled debut album, Oak return with 'Your Mess as Much as Mine’, a new five song 12” EP. In just 17 minutes, Oak channel emotions ranging from anger and grief to melancholy; bridging the gap between hardcore and screamo to create a truly ferocious record.
Since their debut album, Oak have developed musically towards a heavier sound, drawing on influences such as Converge and Botch, while at the same time making room for more nuance and dynamics. The result is a powerful and cohesive mix of genres, developed into a chaotic storm of heavy post-hardcore.
'Your Mess as Much as Mine' was recorded by Ulf Blomberg at Hoborec in Jönköping, Sweden and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
Listen to the opening track here, and preorder your copy of the EP here