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Nothing But Surrender/Glacier Weapon - 7"

Nothing But Surrender/Glacier Weapon

Midium Records


Nothing But Surrender/Glacier Weapon 7"


Recorded in the middle of the New Zealand winter of 2005, these fresh new tracks are an exclusive to this 7” and are the result of a new line-up in the band and a further evolution in the sonic experiment that is Avotor.

More raw and organic than tracks previously released under Avotor, this 7” is a great change to the brooding listener-intense tracks of the past and is more direct in its approach.
Nothing But Surrender starts off with a slow build up of bass guitar and flows from gentle note bending into feedback chaos, stops to take a breather before crashing back into a driving bass line and head nodding groove. Glacier Weapon is even more stripped back on the noise front and begins from an uneasy drum pattern and off-kilter minor notes into straight-up 2-note guitar riffage.

Avotor's music has best been described akin to a post-industrial/nuclear soundtrack for a film by Cronenberg or Lynch mixed combined with giant post-scapes that at times ebbs and flows from being down right errie whilst at others brutally heavy. Neither ambient nor entirely abrasive, Avotor’s unique sound(let’s call it avobrasient) explores uncharted sonic territory with words like haunting, confrontational and atmospheric so often thrown around when describing the band.
Avotor was formed in mid-1998 (in Auckland, New Zealand where they still reside) combining environmental audio influences with modern music techniques. With help from a circle of additional musicians, Avotor began touring and released their debut album entitled LOOMING (currently out of print) on the electronic based Kog Transmissions label in late 1999.
They have contributed to numerous compilations, released a limited edition clear 8" vinyl single, have remixed acts such as Concord Dawn (released as a limited edition 7" white label vinyl single), have played with the likes of Makebelieve, Witch, Concord Dawn, and Jakob. Several tracks have been licensed to local New Zealand TV shows, and the track 'Freezeover' was used in the motion picture 'The Irrefutable Truth About Demons', which became the most successful New Zealand film since the acclaimed 'Once Were Warriors' until 2002.
In mid 2001 Avotor released ILLOOMING, an EP that would showcase alternative versions of their early tracks from their debut album. Numerous shows were played to support the release of these recordings until BILLION was let loose in November 2003 throughout New Zealand. 2004 and 2005 saw them play shows thorughout New Zealand, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Belgium, UK, and The Netherlands, along with some new members joining the alliance and recording new tunes for their recently released new 7" Nothing But Surrender/Glacier Weapon, and the new track Let Them Try on the compilation COALESCENCE alongside Jakob and No Funeral.
2006 has already proved to be a year where they’ve played their first shows in the USA as well as the beginning of the studio sessions that will make up their soon to be third album.

They use basic post-rock instrumental postures to create imaginary(although heavy ass) lives lived in the shadows. And they do a nice job of it. Wire magazine UK Feb 2006


    A:Nothing But Surrender
    AA:Glacier Weapon

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