Telepathy & Kylver Announced for the Manchester Rocks Progathon
We're proud to announce instrumental noise makers Telepathy and Kylver to the Progathon bill. Bringing colossal riffs and doom laden Hammond organ, the festival organiser and our Editor-In-Chief, Phil Weller tells us why he booked them.
“From its foreboding, meteorological start, which is rich in perturbing, ominous sounds, Telepathy’s 12 Areas has you lured into the dark, like the first to die in a horror film.” – The Sludgelord.
Those were the words I wrote on their album, 12 Areas, for The Sludgelord in April 2014. It was instant love. They have the biggest riffs and most eerie and captivating atmospheres, so bringing the band to Manchester made perfect sense. They hit Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Altar of Plagues, Sunn o))), Ulver, Ghost, Paradise Lost) on January 11th and, from what the band have told me, it sounds like they’ve really come up with the goods. 2016 promises to be a massive year for them.
Some more words from that review which show just how excited about this band I am and I know, when hearing them, you guys will be won over too: "Cystine Knot and To Kiss the Ocean’s Floor possess a sound so huge it seems to engulf anyone and anything in its wake. This is music to get lost in, its greatest form and the juxtaposition of beautiful mellow and hideously brutal passages are executed with a remarkable intelligence. It’s a trick that’s employed in unpredictable ways throughout the record; you never know what’s coming around the corner but you can’t wait to find out."
Heavy Blog Is Heavy have been proud supporters of this band since the release of 12 Areas, here’s what they have to say: “They’re one of the most refreshing bands to come out of this new wave of post-metal we are experiencing. Expect depthless riffs, churning drums and an overall heady, musty and downright oppressive feel. If this comes out as good as the last one, it should be the instrumental release of the year.”
Playing on the Saturday between two of Manchester’s finest progressive metal acts (TBA), prepare to be sucked into the ethereal chasm of their sound and blown the crap away.
Newcastle’s Kylver (pronounce Kil-ver) combine monstrous doom rock with a self-challenging musicianship that sees their sprawling compositions go down a multitude of leery and hypnotic paths. Add in Hammond Organ which screams atop jagged time signatures and ices moments of perennial calm elsewhere, this is another instrumental band which is all about atmosphere.
2015’s four track concept record, The Mountain Ghost, won the band a horde of fans and critical acclaim from the media. An ambitious album, it is grounded by their humble love for the music they create; you can hear it live and breathe in their music in a way that you can’t help but applaud.
“The Mountain Ghost is a concept record that's very idea was spawned out of one too many post-rehearsal drinking sessions in the local bar that inhabits the view from the window of the Kylver practice space,” say the band of the album. “The music interoperates the tail of a spirit that inhabits a mountain deep in a remote Mountain range in a far off land. During the winter months the spirit travels down the mountain to a small village that sits in the floor of the valley to torment the people of the village. After generations of winter torment the villagers decide to lure the Mountain Ghost to a feast they hold in his honour in an attempt to make peace with him. But instead of making peace with the spirit the villagers hatch a cunning plan to poison his wine which leads his slow and agonising death.”
Also playing the Saturday, I really believe that these two instrumental acts will be perfect additions alongside the best of what Manchester has to offer from the wide-ranging spectrum of progressive music.
The Progathon is all about celebrating local artists, but these two bands will fit right in and when I got the chance to bring them to our city I had to take it with both hands.
The Progathon takes place Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March at Rebellion and will feature 16 bands from the local area and beyond. Ticket details to follow. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/141023196261932/