Metal Sunday / Avant-Hard Mixtape – Alchemist, Thought Industry, Rwake

  A collection of forward-thinking metal tunes hand-picked by I Heart Noise.   First up is Australia's own Alchemist. Formed in Canberra in 1987, the band debuted in 1993 with "Jar Of Kingdom". As AllMusic points out: Throughout their decade-plus existence, and despite releasing a string of singularly original and unconventional albums, Australia's Alchemist has remained one…

Nadja Mixtape – Live And Otherwise

Historical note Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker (guitars/vocals/piano/woodwinds/drums) and Leah Buckareff (bass/vocals). Nadja began in 2003 as a solo project for Baker to explore the heavier/noisier side of his experimental/ambient music performed mainly on the electric guitar. In 2005 Buckareff joined in order to make the project more than just a studio endeavour and to allow Nadja to perform live.…

Archival Mixtape #4 – Cows

    Previous archival mixtapes: Karp | Coil | Brainiac   Longtime denizens of the Minneapolis rock scene, the Cows are one of America’s great degenerate punk rock bands. Starting off as near-total incompetents, they have become more technically polished musicians during the ’90s, but their white-hot noise rock has not been tamed one bit. In many…

Unsane Special – Pt.3 – Guilty By Association Mixtape

Third part of a marathon dedicated to New York band Unsane and Wreck - their latest LP.  Collection of music from various side projects/other bands involving members of Unsane.   Cutthroats 9 The Cutthroats 9 was a band formed by Chris Spencer of Unsane when he moved to California after Unsane went on hiatus in 2000. Their first single "You…

Unsane Special – Pt. 1 – Mixtape

New York City's Unsane assisted in pioneering a more aggressive, less studied version of noise rock, one that blended the scum/art industrial sturm und drang of Foetus, the Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth with the decidedly more straightforward hardcore idiom favored by acts like Sick of It All. While developing the blueprint for noise-metal…