Neurosis are (and always likely will be) the reigning post-metal champs, a term that falls far short of capturing a sound that reaches into the depths with claw tipped roots, crosses the oceans with the spirit of the wanderer and screams at the heavens as the vastness of the void evokes awe, fear and desire. The seeds of their future were first sewn on the long out of print The Word As Law, a record that has been their most underground classic for too long. Seriously, for the longest time my friend Matto from Peterwalkee Records was the only East Coast punk besides me I knew who had even heard it.
Today Neurosis are streaming the record in full on their bandcamp, remastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston and featuring updated and tweaked art from Josh Graham that fits in nicely next to their other reissues and current ‘look’. But again, they were already anticipating “Tomorrow’s Reality” and the record itself settles in perfectly in their development to the listener while able to hang toe to toe with ANY of this years often ‘so-called’ hardcore albums.
“To What End” alone is so ahead of the curve it is almost laughable how long it took many other bands to catch on. This record perfectly combines their early punk rage with a more experimental hardcore approach (def feel the Rudimentary Peni influence they always talk about on some of these numbers). Pretty sure this is the first one with Von Till and their are no keys but man, the cool guitar tones and those punk ass basslines slay. This record has so much to offer new generations and hopefully many people will discover it again.
Much like my favorite Beatles album Revolver, you can hear the band having breakthrough after breakthrough as artists in real time.Add to My Radar
Mastodon may still be basking in the Emperor Of Sand acclaim, largely seen as their best work in a few records, but the band seem to be about to release ANOTHER album in a potential matter of weeks. A listing for the album has appeared on Amazon UK.
While little is known at this time, Brent Hinds said it was going to be a solo album as he wrote the songs following a breakup. Things must have changed for it to bear the Mastodon full band name stamp and it is pretty cool of the band to back him and make it an official group release, though I am very curious to see how much each member played on the actual thing. It isn’t like Mastodon is The Smashing Pumpkins where at the end of the day if he wanted to Billy Corgan could make a whole acoustic record and still market it as the Pumpkins and you couldn’t exactly say it wasn’t.
Of the release, Hinds said that it is “pretty dark, beautiful, spooky, funky, ethereal, melancholy music, which also sounds like the Bee Gees a little bit.”
I was just thinking of how cool that one off Game Of Thrones spooky and uncharacteristically extra mellow song “White Walker” was, so I am looking forward to this (though side note if you saw the latest Game Of Thrones leak you are prob fucking pissed at the Night King right now). Anyway, I wonder how cray they went with the harmonies to mention the Bee Gees in the context of a band who broke big on “Blood & Thunder.”Add to My Radar
Few bands reward die hard fans over and over again as well as the metallic sludge cavalcade that is Kirk Windstein’s long adventuring CROWBAR. One of the most potent to this very day veteran bands and one of the first more extreme groups I remember being really blown away by many years ago on Headbanger’s, CROWBAR have delivered album after album and monster riff after monster riff.
The band has some of the most revered heavy gems and arrangements in metal to true metal fans and yet also speak in the eternal secret language of the real underground, purveyors of shadow hits that are the “lifesblood for the downtrodden”, so to speak. Like Candlemass, The Obsessed, Orange Goblin or other bands who are not as big as Sabbath but row in equally heady and heavy waters, CROWBAR are hugely inspirational for those who furrow the brow and trudge through this world while carrying a lot of it on their back.
Today we usher CROWBAR into our DEEP CUTS vault, revealing our choices for three songs from the band that we think are lesser appreciated and yet truly bad ass numbers.
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Just a reminder, in case you somehow forgot the radness of this tour, that Neurosis is hitting the pavement with Converge and Amenra for a powerhouse mini-tour with quite the stacked bill of incredible bands. Talk about getting your money’s worth!
Things kick off 7/27 at the Empty Bottle as the band support latest opus Fires Within Fires and the overdue and killer re-release of the influential The Word Is Law – remastered by Bob Weston!
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Au De La, released in 2015, was my first exposure to Montreal based dynamic experimental band BIG|BRAVE. It truly blew my mind and I really hope I get to catch them live someday. Simple tags like post-rock and sludge fail miserably at confining or doing justice to the scopious sound of the group, a massive force fit for the climax or vast overhead landscape shot of any epic film. And yet the band also have a certain dry core that calls to mind some of the paths tread by some of the classic Touch And Go Records bands.
If you want to really experience and digest music and not just have it force fed to you until you think you wanted it, this band is for you.
See a trailer for the new album Ardor below! Super thrilled for this release.
As with their previous release, Ardor was recorded a the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all of the three new tracks and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two of the tracks.
Look for Ardor to be released on September 15th via Southern Lord. Stand by for additional album and tour news in the weeks ahead.
Ardor Track Listing:
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No joke doom band USNEA are a band who, like Minsk or Samothrace, I always enjoy the shit out of but sometimes forget to listen to. The cool thing is that every chance I rediscover them I get psyched! Hopefully many more people will learn of this band with the pending release of their third album.
Entitled Portals Into Futility, the deep thinking doomer’s latest is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse,com at THIS LOCATION .
Portals Into Futility Track Listing:
1. Eidolons And The Increate
2. Lathe Of Heaven
3. Demon Haunted World
4. Pyrrhic Victory
5. A Crown Of Desolation
From the press release:
Now in 2017, USNEA returns with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band’s writing throughout the album, including Shadow Of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, Valis by Philip K Dick, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, and Dune by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.
Well, I loved their past work but am def sold as anything that remotely mentions the super freaky and unnerving Shadow of The Torturer as an inspiration must be checked out! Start out with “Lathe Of Heaven” below, however. This one was inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin.Add to My Radar
Maryland doomsters Gateway to Hell are streaming their newest song “Tin Roof” via The Obelisk.
“Tin Roof” comes off the band’s upcoming album Clovers due out later this month via Unholy Anarchy Records.
This is what the band had to say about “Tin Roof”:
“‘Tin Roof’ is our take on the dread conjured every time you turn on the TV news or pick up a newspaper. There’s an overwhelming sense that society as we know it is on a downward curve and that the ones up top are just completely oblivious as the world crumbles around them. The title is a shout-out to ‘Love Shack’ by the B-52s. We felt the pause in the song would be the perfect opportunity for Cindy Wilson to belt out the ‘Tin roof, rusted!’ from ‘Love Shack,’ so ‘Tin Roof’ was what we named the early demo tracks and it just stuck. We felt it fit thematically — years of neglecting the simple upkeep leading to a full collapse of the house. This song is about as political as we’ll ever get but we tried to be careful not to be too specific, as there’s nothing more boring than when a singer sounds like they are reading from a newspaper. As always, the riff comes first…”
Head over to The Obelisk to stream “Tin Roof” now.
You can also check out the title track over at the band’s Bandcamp page.Add to My Radar
Zaum are not your average doom band, combining sitar, bass and drums with mantra and lengthy compositions to electrifying effect. The more esoteric side of OM comes to mind a bit here and there but really this band are on mostly their own trip and it is well worth discovering for new fans. Recent album Eidolon is a rewarding late 2016 release you might have missed.
Now the group are set to tour Canada in August with their friends in Flying Fortress. Dates BELOW.Add to My Radar
Heavy metal nomads Castle have announced a slew of new dates and to celebrate have released a new video! This is one of the most valuable acts in metal and we are super pleased to report they have also been working hard on a fifth album in the Mojave Desert.
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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .