Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Æthenor Out Today

Not too long ago, I was wondering when we'd see a new record out from Æthenor (#7, 2006 and #16, Non-metal 2009). And now it's here, a double-live!! En Form For Blå (2011), recorded over a June 2010 three-night stand in Oslo, Norway.

En Form for Bla (live)
Æthenor ist supergroup! Stephen O'Malley from Sunn O))), Daniel O'Sullivan from Guapo (#2, 2006), Kristoffer Rygg from Ulver, and Steve Noble (Rip Rig & Panic? also Derek Bailey). The avant-garde, baby!

They're kinda improv, kinda noisy, and kinda heavy. Although I knew they'd been playing live occasionally, I didn't expect an actual concert album. Their previous records probably grew out of improvisational playing, but they've seemed so conceptually unified - sculpted into form, like. So, I guess this gives us a look at the raw materials - count me in!

You can listen to samples or buy it (CD: $10, 2xLP: $18) here at VHF Records. Or check out these audience vids...

Totally righteous - amirite?

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