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Japan Suicide – Santa Sangre

Alternative rockers Japan Suicide have announced their forthcoming album Santa Sangre. Ahead of this release, they are presenting the lead track ‘Circle’ with an accompanying video, produced and directed by Francesco Brunotti.
The song’s lyrics are inspired by Dave Eggers’ novel ‘The Circle’ and the video by scenes from the film ‘The Wicker Man’, such as the procession and the sect, relating to the novel in a different way, transposing hi-tech dystopia into an ancient ritual.

Based in the central Italian city of Terni, Japan Suicide is a five-piece comprised of Stefano Bellerba (vocals, guitar), Leonardo Mori (synth), Matteo Luciani (bass), Saverio Paiella (guitar), and Daniele Cruccolini (drums). Formed in 2010, they united over their love of Joy Division, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode.

Their music is also strongly influenced by Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Japan, The Damned, Interpol, Suicide, CSI, CCCP, and Massimo Volume.

“We have finally produced our new album ‘Santa Sangre’, which was inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky’s movie and Roberto Bolaño’s novel ‘2666’, all the while moving from echoes of British post-punk to a sound replete with more psychedelic and shoegaze textures,” says Stefano Bellerba. “This is a delicate, but necessary step for us: we tried to matchthe quality of our previous album ‘We Die in Such a Place’, while also adding new sounds from our past work in order to achieve a condensed powerful opera and, at the same time, a sound that is capable of achieving different listening levels.”

This album follows up the 2017 single ‘This be the verse’ released on the Dark Italia compilation Sparkles in the Dark vol​.​4.
The ‘Santa Sangre’ album will be released on February 14, 2018 via Unknown Pleasures Records, with a self-released vinyl edition to follow, featuring a slightly different tracklist. Japan Suicide has launched a crowdfunding campaign via MusicRaiser towards the vinyl release, which can be found here.

Album embeded below. If you can’t see it click here!


Check out Japan Suicide’s Facebook page to find out more!


Coffin Torture – Dismal Planet

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On February 16 2018 sludge/doom band Coffin Torture will unleash Dismal Planet. The album will be the first release on the newly formed UK based Sludgelord Records.

The band commented “We’re excited to have The Sludgelord unleash our first full-length album. Dismal Planet is coming soon. Prepare for filthy riff destruction! Cheers to Sludgelord Records!”

Label owner Aaron Pickford commented “In life you’re often given opportunities you don’t recognise cause it’s staring at you in the face and you need that push or that spark to get your ass in gear and motivate yourself do something that  makes total sense given the following we have already at the Sludgelord. I’ve toyed with that idea of setting up a digital label in the past but never got it off the ground, but by the luck of happenstance I was scrolling through Instagram and found COFFIN TORTURE.

I was immediately struck by the album art and the description of their music. The fact they’re a duo appealed to me. I love the dynamics of a two piece. Two individuals have to be symbiotic for it to work. Immediately I messaged my partner on this venture and said we gotta approach this band and here were are. The band were stoked on our vision and to be able to issue their new album with the Sludgelord name is one of my proudest moments.

Album embedded below. If you can’t see it click here!

Tomatrax Unearthed Picks of 2017

To finish off looking at the best music over the past 12 months, the annual Tomatrax album has arrived.

On offer are 50 of the best songs from unsigned Australian artists as picked by Tomatrax.

Simply click here to listen to the tracks and download them for free! Be sure to get in quick as the songs only stay on the list for as long as the artists have the songs posted on Unearthed, so as they update their page with new music the songs may suddenly disappear.

As always you can check out great new Australian music at Triple J’s Unearthed page!


Tomatrax Top 100 songs of 2017 Part 10 (Top 10)

We have made it to the end of the countdowns. Hopefully you have discovered some great new music as a result! To finish things off, here are the Tomatrax Top 10 songs of 2017.



10 Rond S Peno & The Superstitions – Just like diamonds

9 Wild Meadows – Feel the Noise

8 Kristin Hersh – Bright

7 The Omnific – Objects de vertu

6 Rachel Mason – Roses

5 sleepmakeswaves – tundra

4 Erthlings – Cuts and bruses

3 Ride – Lannoy Point

2 New Zero God – Shadow of wealth

1 Frantic Chant – Fiberglass spiderlegs

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