Aphex Twin Announces New Album, SYRO

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Today in non-metal news you should be excited about:

Richard D. James, the biggest name in weirdo electronic compositions is making his triumphant return as Aphex Twin from a very long hiatus. Just yesterday, it was revealed that he has a new album coming soon titled SYRO, his first studio album since 2001’s Drukqs. 

Over the weekend, a giant green blimp emblazoned with “2014” (with the Aphex Twin logo as the zero) was spotted floating above London. Advertising! The anticipation was further stoked when the official Aphex Twin Twitter account posted a link to an onion site on Tor. The image within, appears to be some kind of track list. It can be seen in the image at the top of this post or, you can use your normal, non-creepy browser to see it here. There’s no release date yet, but maybe he’ll ship select members of the press mis-ordered punched cards with that information.

As is tradition with any mention of Aphex Twin ever, we will now participate in the ceremonial viewing of “Windowlicker”.


What do we think? Do we care? How many units will an experimental electronic record ship in 2014? Discuss below!

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  • Death

    I’m excited about this. While he’s not my favourite, he’s pretty darn good in my books.

    • this is where @metaphysicalanus:disqus previously posted. now he’s gone. i’m worried guys.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Yeah.. all his comments are like that now. DEATH COME BACK!!

      • God

        Wouldn’t that only happen if he deleted his disqus account?

        • not QUITE sure how it works, but i’ve went through and deleted some of my old posts too, and they stayed but it changed to “Guest”.

          • God

            I saw that comment thread. Man what a shameful display. It would be an understatement to say I’m a little disappointed with several prolific commenters. He’s “ruining the site for you”? Boo fucking hoo. So you need to scroll a little bit more. Jesus Christ I thought we came here to have a unrestricted comments section where we could do what we please. He was just palling around and having fun. You know what, they ruined the site a bit for me for ganging up on Death like that and making him feel like he wasn’t wanted. I hope he comes back.

            End rant

          • my bromance with @metaphysicalanus:disqus was getting pretty hot ‘n heavy.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            We talked a lot on here and now that he’s gone I really don’t know who I can talk to about music and other subjects. I mean Conan isn’t here enough that often and KJM isn’t here often as well. Now who can I talk to about the King Crimson album that shan’t be named?

          • talk to McNulty! is it Red?
            Conan once got chased off FFB, and I reeled him back in. it shall happen again with the mighty Metaphysical Anus! people are sometimes misunderstood in the beginning phases. heck, I’m guilty of talking shit to KSoFM but later I learned how excellent he is!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Yes, i owe you for that my friend. I was completely off the battlefield, thought i would never pick up my sword again, but i did and came back with vengeance.
            In other news HK is back on FFB, a welcome sight after the sub par trolling that has taken place as of late.

          • HK is a beacon of light to the darkness of anonytrolls. good to see you, CTMFK!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Why the fuck do you have so many abbreviations? What do they mean?

          • Hester Kukk (if you don’t know him, the better you are)… Conan The Motherfucking King

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I know that bastard! He used to have some good trolling material, but now it’s just swearing and insults without thought.

          • shhhhhh, Conan is my original BFF. he still slays when required, and is an important figure to the Toilet. just don’t judge him on immediate reactions. you will be rewarded in the future!!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I meant Hester. I love Conan. Everyone loves Conan.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            Yay, you’re back! Now I can tell you about how good Ministry’s first covers album was! It’s called Cover Up and it has great covers of Under My Thumb and Radar Love. It even has a great cover of Black Betty by Ram Jam and I thought no one remembered Ram Jam but good old Al does! I’m proud of him.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’ve never been a big ministry fan. I like some of their songs, but when it comes to easy listening industrial, I prefer NIN.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            I love Nine Inch Nails, especially the Downward Spiral. At the moment I’m giving a listen to the Blue Oyster Cult discography. I have every studio album and live album in a playlist and I’m enjoying it so far.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I own a copy of Agents of Fortune. It’s a pretty good album, but it needs more cowbell.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            I have that and all their other albums on CD and MP3. I almost have all of their vinyl but I am missing four of their albums on vinyl. the ones being Mirrors, Cultosaurus Erectus, Some Enchanted Evening and On Your Feet or On Your Knees.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            But they need more cowbell!

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            They do. I agree with that. I can’t find the Cowbell mixes anywhere though. I know they exist, but they’re apparently crazy rare. The Cowbell mix for Agents of Fortunes is over 1,000 dollars. The most expensive one is for Revolution by Night and that one has gone for 5,000 dollars and that’s for a used copy. You don’t want to know how much a new copy of it is.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            That’s insane! I could get so many physical copies of Coil albums with that money!

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            They were only made for a box set in 1989. They released 100 of those box sets for 200 dollars each as they had all the albums up to and including the current one at the time Imaginos. The box sets now go for 20,000 dollars used and even more new. They also released the Cowbell mixes on their own but they only put 50 of them each out there. Revolution by Night new costs more than my car I bought off Craigslist. That car, which was a 2003 Vanden Plas Jaguar, was 12,000 when I bought it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I need to buy a cowbell now.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            I have a cowbell somewhere. Also, I was joking about the Cowbell mixes. I do have a Jaguar though, but it’s an XJ40 from 1992.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You cheeky bastard.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            Ain’t I great? I am putting King Crimson on my phone so I can listen to their entire discography again including the goddamn album that shan’t be named. It can’t be much worse than the new Yes album.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I need to go now, Jimmy. If have to go to work.

          • you WORK? what time is it in Finnland? what is it that you DO?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Finland* it’s 7:48. My first class starts at 8:05. I’m a teacher, you see. I need to go now.

          • oh my. coach those moldable minds!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I shall teach them the wonders of psychology. I’m off now.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Why would it be Red? Red is one of their best albums. The album that shan’t be named is a bad album.

          • Failure For Blogs (what my other boo @dario_argento:disqus says). i can’t contain my excitement for seeing you again!!! don’t ever leave bae. i don’t want that.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            But why would you think that red is the album that shan’t be named?
            Ps. I love you, bby.

          • i know two albums by them. TWO. In the Court of the Crimson King and Red. i need someone to show me the good ones. i tried listening to others and i just can’t do it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Lizards and Larks’ are their best as well. Here’s a picture of the one that shall remain unnamed. Stay away from that shit! It’s their only bad album.

          • i’m just glad to have you back. i was planning several weird ways of contacting you and trying to gain your friendship back!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You never lost my friendship, bby. What were you going to try?

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            No it’s not Red. Red is a great album and the Road To Red box set with all the known concert recordings of that tour is the best box set ever. They were truly at the top of their game with that tour.

          • KJM

            I’m here, just not saying much.

  • Howard Dean

    I wish I knew more about electronic dance music. I’m afraid it’s a little intimidating to an outsider like me (probably how metal looks to most outsiders, too). Aphex has always seemed like an interesting character.

  • Tyree

    Don’t know much about this guy or his music to be honest. That video didn’t do very much for me unfortunately. All I know right now Joe is that the new Sacrocurse album just skull fucked me to death and back. I plan on being skull fucked by it many more times.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSoJZXTSm6M

  • Bözlinger©

    Aphex is the lord….hail

  • I don’t listen to beep boops unless it’s vidya. I’m stoked to pick up Diablo III on PS4 after work today.

    • Bözlinger©

      Just listen, you might even re-name yourself! Ann Coulter’s Hard Cock

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I tried to get into it at the beginning, but my old roomates overplayed it and the whole teenager festival scene kinda ruined it for me. Am I old now?

      • Someone gave me tickets to go see Eric Prydz (the “Call on Me” dude). I had never been to an EDM show before. I will never go to one again. Felt like a million years old.

        • EDM shows seem like an excuse for gross, sweaty, stick-thin preteens to do drugs and rub their sexual parts on each other. Shit’s gross, man. If I wanted to do that, I’d just go to Warped Tour and hear marginally less shitty music while doing the same thing.

        • the music video for “Call on Me” by Eric Prydz scores an 11/10.
          ~EricPrydzFacts~

      • The only people I know that listen to EDM are no-life raver kids who love to do drugs and wear neon colors, furry boots, and tie-dye. Fuck everything about that.

        • Guacamole Jim

          The culture is annoying as all hell, but some of the music is awesome. There’s some really fucking good underground stuff that’ll knock your socks off. Give this EP a listen:
          http://www.junodownload.com/products/everything-you-feel-is-laced-with-fucking-lies/1253228-02/

          • Guacamole Jim

            You can’t play the full songs on there, but you get the idea.

          • I don’t know if this dude would be considered “good,” but I did a logo and illustration for him about a year ago and he’s been BLOWING UP as of late. He’s also a super nice dude, here’s his stuff: https://soundcloud.com/decadon

          • Guacamole Jim

            hahahaha did not expect “Blue”!! It’s not half bad, not so much my thing though. You do logos? I may be contacting you in a few months….

          • Yeah, I’m a graphic designer. Hit me up if you need something.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I guess I have really only head the mainstream stuff. If I hear that Zedd song one more time… I’ll give your suggestiona shot soon though.

        • Pinkster

          This isn’t EDM.

    • that’s not Skyrim. no interest.

  • Randall Thor

    I GOT NO TIME FOR NOT METAL, BLOW YOUR SPEAKERS http://youtu.be/Mo52aalF2H8

    • Cock of Steele

      I agree, I’m in the mood to Hail and Kill.

      • Randall Thor

        HAIL, BROTHER

        • Cock of Steele

          HAIL!

          • HAIL!

            GL

          • Cock of Steele

            Ironically, it’s raining right now and I swear it was about to hail.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I hate to say it but i have been getting more and more into these guys back catalog and there is some good shit. I think they are sincere too.

          • Scrimm
  • Occams_Razor_Ramon
    • CyberneticOrganism

      Supremely badass video

      • Pinkster

        Great song too. This was Richard’s answer to Prodigy’s firestarter, and it was nastier and more frantic by far. What a messed up song. Brilliant.

  • KJM

    I’ll say the same thing I did 15-20 years ago when I couldn’t escape this stuff. Gimme Fripp/Eno or Kraftwerk instead, better music and they were there first.

  • Norfair Legend
    • Wizard Aura

      Venetian Snares is awesome

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    i’m sure Aphex Twin is great but some hipster piece of shit at my school never stops talking about how amazing he is and how all metal music and basically all other music i like that isn’t White Stripes is pure shit. Thanks to him, i refuse to listen to Aphex Twin

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      I should probly just grow up and let it go though…but fuck that kid

      • CyberneticOrganism

        That kid sounds like a Grade A douche. Aphex is pretty damn cool, but I know exactly the kind of mindset you’re describing.

        • Not Vincent Bennett

          I liked Aphex Twin at one point, but not as much anymore. It just became dull to listen to.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            You listen to any synthwave stuff? I’ve been addicted to it for almost a year, it’s pretty badass.

          • Not Vincent Bennett

            Not really. I haven’t given that kind of stuff much of a listen in a while.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Check out Lazerhawk, Mitch Murder or Lost Waves sometime on youtube; really cool 80s inspired synth stuff. No weinery little hipster kids going on and on about it either.

      • KJM

        Popular bands/acts of many types have their d-bag fan base. Try not to let that deter you from finding good music.

  • Not Vincent Bennett

    I’m not really an EDM guy but I do respect Aphex Twin. He’s done some great things. When it comes to dance music I like acid house and IDM.

  • RuIN?

    All the music news that I’ve been reading leads me to believe that I should know who these guys are and that I should really give more than two shits that they have new material coming out. But for some reason, I have neither.