Stream And Destroy // March 2024

Stream And Destroy is a periodic feature on D//E in which we round up tracks and releases we didn't cover canonically during the current month. The feature now comes with an accompanying playlist on Spotify.

Two New York greats collaborate in what translates to an excellent split EP. Desert Sharks and A Very Special Episode join forces on DS + AVSE, producing four standout tracks, each shining in its own right.

Cult Leader have just released a new single, Learn to Love It, recorded alongside Ataraxis and Long Shadows during their studio session for the 2022 split album with END, Gather & Mourn.

CNTS, the Los Angeles-based band comprising members of Dead Cross, Retox, and Qui, have unveiled a new music video for Thoughts & Prayers, the titular track from their latest album released through Ipecac Recordings.

Inter Arma's highly anticipated album New Heaven, set to be released on April 26th, 2024 via Relapse Records, has introduced another strong new single, Concrete Cliffs, which stands out as one of the band's most hard hitting tracks to date.

John Cale has revealed details about his upcoming album, POPtical Illusion, scheduled for release on June 14th, 2024 via Double Six / Domino. The lead single and its accompanying video, How We See The Light, features pulsating pianos, while in the lyrics, Cale reflects on the end of another relationship, viewing it not as a loss but as a valuable opportunity for growth.

Take Offense have just revealed their latest single, Assassination, a track which serves as the second teaser of what's in store on their forthcoming album, T.O.tality, their fourth overall album and their debut on the MNRK Heavy label. From the first examples thus far, T.O.tality is characterized by a contemporary edge and modern sensibility.

Blushing have unveiled two new singles and accompanying videos, Tamagotchi and Seafoam, from their upcoming album, Sugarcoat, slated for release on May 3rd, 2024, via Kanine Records. In this forthcoming album, Blushing showcases their range, transitioning between shoegaze-bent psychedelia and more melodic dreampop charm.

Pallbearer's highly awaited new album, Mind Burns Alive, is set to be released on May 17th, 2024, through Nuclear Blast Records. Offering a sneak peek into the album, the band has unveiled Where The Light Fades along with its video directed by Dan Almasy.

Frail Body have just released their new album, Artificial Bouquet. A video for the track Horizon Line has also come out. Vocalist and guitarist Lowell Shaffer comments: "'Horizon Line' is about the worst day of my life. Frail Body was in the middle of a tour that I shouldn’t have agreed to as my mother was terminal. I got a text when we rolled into Colorado Springs that my mother was going to the emergency room and probably wouldn’t be coming back. I also had a sinus infection at the time. The low point of being physically sick and returning home in shame as a son who deserted his duties to family as my mother was dying made me question a lot of my motivations, goals, and my friendships and the power that they hold over me. My mother passed away a few days later. I was able to be home, but I made a decision, and it was the wrong one, but I also wasn’t sure that this band would stay together if I didn’t commit to it. So now this whole thing exists as a self constructed pillar of my shame and failure to my loved ones."

Couch Slut are gearing up for the release of their album, You Could Do It Tonight, which is scheduled to be available on April 19th, 2024, through Brutal Panda Records. They've unveiled the official lyric video for The Donkey (Abridged), created by Frank Huang (Maximum Volume Silence) and incorporates additional footage from a haunted house in Thailand, courtesy of occasional Couch Slut collaborator Davindar Singh. Additionally, the video features special guest appearances from guitarist Amy Mills' personal doll collection.

Purest Form is an emerging industrial/hardcore band comprising members from Fury and Choking on Ash. Their self-titled EP merges elements of metal with EBM, resulting in a contemporary industrial sound. The EP's closing track, Self Destruction, has received a striking video treatment. “It’s about one's outward ego / inner self and the complicated battle between the two,” tells the band.

Greg Anderson, also known as The Lord, has revealed details about the upcoming album Worship: Bernard Herrmann Tribute. This album marks the debut release on The Lord Recordings, a new subdivision of the Southern Lord label, and features nine new tracks of suspenseful and evocative guitar music, drawing inspiration from the film compositions of Bernard Herrmann.

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