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The best thing I have heard yet in 2019 is "ICE watch", a completely rugged face buster from Arkansas hardcore band Terminal Nation which premiered at No Echo HERE. It will give you the insane over the top feels of a lot of heavy stuff without wondering if the band members have become weird conservative farts or are suddenly gonna cape for YAITW. The song even manages to out mosh the band's recent tune "Pulse Of The Dead" from Absolute Control. Good news is, TN have a split out with the homies in Neckbeard Deathcamp in February (it is sure to be a big year for both bands this year) and the gossip is we might get a TN full length this year as well. If you want to feel socially responsible while still doing reprehensible shit in the pit (I mean watch out for your peeps if someone falls down...but you know what I mean), this band will be entirely your shit. Bellowed vocals, powerviolence glory and a firm anti-xenophobia message.
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Christian Kolf is known for his role in the curiously opaque Valborg but Owl has really seen Kolf particularly shine in recent years as an individual. At times as heavy as Godflesh with a darker bent, the few in the know likely felt Owl’s recent 25 minute single track “The Last Walk” was impossible to beat. 2015 sees Zeitgeister releasing the brutal march of Aeon Cult, a three song bandcamp release that is a wall of nearly impenetrable, contorted chaos. Recommended cut “Mollusk Prince” is a great place to start being captivated by this project’s assuredly grim punch to the side of the head. Check out an older interview we did with Christian circa Into The Absolute HERE.Add to My Radar
I hate this mindset of human beings as human resources. It’s dehumanzing
terminology. Because people are SO important. We believe everybody is born
gifted. The life is the location of your God gift and the selfless execution
of your gift. The idea of personal sovereignty, that each and every one of us
can be King or Queen when we exercise our true will. Spiritually,
biologically, lovingly. – Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke.
I just saw the subversive as fuck Laetitia Sadier of legendary Stereolab
deliver a powerful yet so controlled set at a venue (the wonderful BSP Kingston) in my Upstate, NY city.
Always an activist in her music over the years, demanding and getting as much
attention from an audience or out of a subtle or quiet and poetic song as some
bands do through hollering, it was truly inspiring. One thing Sadier said in
her soft spoken but deep way at the show was how one of her songs “Find Me The
Pulse Of The Universe” was about how despite how small and perhaps immaterial
we may seem compared to the vast universe sometimes, we are all unique. She
brought real conviction to her show, whether discussing wealth disparity, how
it is good to nurture a long distance relationship in healthy ways if you
really love someone or pining for “glimpses of a world of pure thought that
few will ever know.”
Noise rock and post/punk or at times industrial metal legends Killing Joke
embody the idea of the unique personal and musical quest more than many other
bands combined, these same principles of fighting for actual creative and
human value that Sadier was espousing on stage in my town tonight. “New Cold
War” on brand spanking new rager Pylon is as relevant and emblematic of their
drive and style as anything in the group’s storied career (which dates back to
the year I was fucking born, 1978). Yep, Yankees won the world series. Killing
Joke was born and so was I, hahaha. 78′ was a good vintage!
The idea of knowing it is your absolute right to protect and fight for
your art and your right to experience the world through the lens of your own
journey and creations, to not settle for having the passion stomped out of you
by a dull or draconian society, is something I have spoken of at length lately
with some of the most amazing people I value most in my life, from avant garde
noise music/female comet Yasmine Kittles of Tearist via inspired
correspondence that has blown my mind and made me feel like the luckiest
person lately to a series of amazing artists like Brooks Blackhawk from the
very dark Atriarch or my dear, hard working friend (and former DIVEST bandmate) Sean Paul
Pillsworth of pop punkers The Red Owls dishing in a recent piece called Don’t
Break The Oath that we ran on this site about never giving up your vision.
Killing Joke have always stayed at the forefront of relevant political
discourse, cutting edge post-punk squall with hypnotic, throbbing bass and the
madman from the pulpit apocalyptic lyrics and truly unique voice of Jaz
Coleman. They have refined their sound to the essence of potency and it is
very apparent on the swirling, climbing ladder of growing intensity that
weaves through Pylon.
A composer, Permaculture advocate and avid student of philosophy who is
unafraid to chase his own demons where they take him, Coleman is a towering
figure of the underground.
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Corrections House don’t care about your feelings.
“Go back from whence you came and tie your shoes correctly this time”.
When the dust settles from listening to this new record, you won’t know if you have PTSD, are inspired or are a masochist.
Industrial influenced metal and punk has really made something of a tiny yet formidable comeback via acts like the brilliant UK act Hateful Abandon, France’s Crown, the doomy studio project Culted and the U.S.A.’s own vital, machine building, pacifist madman Author & Punisher or my pal Jay Gambit’s Crowhurst.
Even Nergal has been getting into Youth Code and it’s a good time to feel bleak and alive. Circle Of Animals was a cool record and even Ministry has had some solid late career surprises amidst their more speed metal direction, Theologian and Prurient thrill but the genre was mostly wheezing on paint fumes compared to other styles like thrash, death and metalcore which the public has clamored for more recently. That said, this shit is never gonna become standard mall kid fare, ever. Not unless Bladerunner ever really arrives in full.
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September 25th sees the worldwide release of Rammstein’s In Amerika (DVD & Blu-ray), a lavish package containing a major new documentary about the band, Rammstein In Amerika; a short film about the making of their “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” album; and the whole of their legendary Madison Square Garden
To say that Germany’s Rammstein are unique, aesthetically bold and capable of riding out the tension fraught modern depths of the Id-space between the human spirit and the demeaning march of industry and politics unchecked by reason is an understatement. The Neue Deutsche Härte breakout band are one of the biggest live draws out there despite consistently being as nasty as they wanna be. This band can bring people together in huge rituals of bonding, bondage and bloodbath inducing riff crunch topped with the owning it baritone of Till Lindemann. It’s the kind of thing we sorely need in this day and age of 1% misdirection, 19 kids and counting evil erections and fake Christian mega churches.
We’re all living in America, but Rammstein walk tall and carry a big…well, yeah. If you thought this band was just the odd band out at a long lost Family Values Tour, you are way, way overdue for a reassessment and a swift boot to the barnacles.
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“Who made Hell… Hell made Who…” – “I Was Never Good At Meth,” CORRECTIONS HOUSE
CORRECTIONS HOUSE will unleash their long-anticipated, sophomore full-length, Know How To Carry A Whip, this October via Neurot Recordings. Darker, denser, and more despairing than their 2013-issued Last City Zero predecessor, the nine-track, forty-five-minute audio apocalypse was captured by the band’s own Sanford Parker (Minsk) and recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, in Vietnam. The record boasts a guest appearance by Negative Soldier and finds CORRECTIONS HOUSE – which features the fiery lineup of Parker, Fairbury, Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) — at their most punishing, painting electronic mosaics of deviance and decadence with brushes made of bristles of the damned.
Immersed in experiences of longing and loneliness from the depths of their collectively decaying hearts, each movement contained within CORRECTIONS HOUSE’s Know How To Carry A Whip reveals a new, unsettling sentiment of danger, paranoia and looming defeat. An underlying theme of confinement and release bridges each track. Atmospheric and haunting; hypnotic and pulsing, songs writhe and wither, decay and peel. Distorted, doomed and oft static sodden, discordant and tribal, twined around Williams’ unassailable manic street preacher prose and intermittently juxtaposed by the smooth, cradling sounds of Lamont’s lingering saxophone, Know How To Carry A Whip is at once bleak, grey, glacially devastating and metaphysically cathartic. “The music is simultaneously suffocating and freeing,” expounds Kelly, “but it also has the energy of a whirling dervish.”
In a rare, lucid skype transmission from the mental facility in which he currently resides. Fairbury further elaborates of the production, “the songs typically originate from the loops and beats that are generated from Sanford, then the skeleton of riffs are built by Scott and Bruce. Mike IX adds his profound observations and I do the final production. These new songs are far more developed and fluid then the first record. There is a prevailing groove that dominates.”
(Fairbury, who was missing briefly last year, obsessed with seeking clarity and understanding beyond Who, What and Why we are to ultimately expose The Truth, continues his downward spiral towards madness and despair. Allegedly plotting an elaborate escape, Fairbury plans to rejoin CORRECTIONS HOUSE in their systematic propagation of auditory abuse later this year.)
L.A. metallers Fear Factory are preparing to hit the road in Europe later this month.
The band will be touring in support of the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Demanufacture.
Vocalist Burton Bell and Dino Cazares commented on the tour:
“If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring ‘Demanufacture’ for its 20th Anniversary in 2015, we would have said ‘YA RIGHT! GET FUCKED!’ The years have flown by in colourful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and Fear Factory WILL be performing ‘Demanufacture’ in its entirety for the very first time for the UK and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made ‘Demanufacture’ a legendary success.”
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“Too little, much too late/given how far we’ve fallen” – from “Future Man” by Author & Punisher.
Melk En Honing from one man industrial art war Author & Punisher is a major statement from the belly of the beast. Like dispatches from the dark corners we won’t look at until they rise up and the streets burn, the repression of love, the elephant in the room growing bigger, Melk En Honing is a fierce and magnificent display of ingenuity, texture and noise music from mastermind Tristan Shone.
From the Atari Teenage Riot kind of recent comeback album to Youth Code to Hateful Abandon to Crown (France), there is a cool upswing of industrial influences seeping back into extreme music. Shone, however, is one of the few artists to get full on Shadowrun with it and build his own machne/musical instrument/practically cybernetic enhancements. It’s managed to have Shone embraced by more than one scene with Phil Anselmo championing his work as well as fans of indie music who can manage an audio scare from time to time, ala early Swans.
It was awesome to digest the new, exhausting and killer follow up to Women & Children. My favorite track might now presently be the single “Shame”, a dirge to match plenty of the Godflesh classics Tristan (as well as myself) is a big fan of. Imagine if Howard Jones (80’s guy not ex-Killswitch singer) went crazy in a lab and started building Marvel Hulkbusters as musical instruments and you kind of are on track.
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A digital compilation available on spotify, itunes, Deezer, Napster, Amazon, etc. Streaming & Download with 37 French bands (Math-rock, stoner, psyché, synth-wave, shoegaze, cold wave, black metal, post-metal, garage…), is being released. My friend Olivier Drago at Noisemag.net sent me the heads up. www.arrachetoiunoeil.com/ did the very cool, kinda post-punk compilation artwork and anything music related Olivier is associated with from journalism to events to music is always very well executed.
New Noise s’est associé à Believe Digital pour réunir 37 groupes et artistes français sur la compilation« New Noise in France », disponible dès aujourd’hui sur toutes les plateformes de streaming et de téléchargement (ICI).
Du black à l’electro en passant par le noise-rock, le post-punk, le garage, le post-metal, la pop psyché, le sludge et le shoegaze, un bon paquet de (sous-)genres sont passés en revue. Alors oui, votre groupe préféré n’y figure peut-être pas, ni celui de votre cousin… Nous-mêmes n’avons d’ailleurs pu inclure qu’une petite partie des artistes frenchies qui à notre avis valent le coup (manque par exemple Papier Tigre, Verbal Razors, Carpenter Brut, Pitbulls In The Nursery, JC Satàn, Balladur, Etienne Jaumet, Decibelles, Hightower, C R O W N, I Love UFO, Sofy Major, Ma Cerise…). Vu la bonne santé de la scène indé française (qui n’a jamais été aussi productive, même dans les 90s), impossible d’être exhaustif. Notre choix s’est donc porté sur plusieurs incontournables que new Noise défend depuis des années (Marvin, Jessica93, Cheveu, We Insist!, Zëro, Year Of No Light, Basement, Pneu, Electric Electric, Blut Aus Nord, Blackstrobe, Dirge, Cobra…) et quelques nouveaux arrivés ou groupes actuellement sous les feux de l’actu (Ni, Piscine, Marietta, Hangman’s Chair, Watertank, Trésors, dDash, Dead, Milan, Blackmail, Forever Pavot, Oiseaux-Tempête, Future…).
On vous laisse découvrir le tracklisting complet plus bas, écoute et téléchargement par ICI.
Release Party au Trabendo le 1er août avec Perturbator, Warsawwasraw et Future.
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After a four year hiatus, Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum hard rock titans Disturbed have announced their return with their sixth studio album, entitledImmortalized, to be released August 21 through Reprise Records. Lead single “The Vengeful One” is out now, along with the accompanying animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci, and Immortalized is available for pre-order everywhere today. The upcoming release follows 2010’s gold-certified Asylum, Disturbed‘s fourth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the group’s subsequent four-year hiatus, which gave members David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] the necessary reprieve to make this imminent and deliberate return.
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As a long time Fear Factory devotee I get a weird mix of excitement and worry when they release something. I’ve honestly liked all their records and think even Transgression gets a bad rap, just needing a better mix (“540 000 Degrees Fahrenheit” is a dope song, c’mon). Mechanize was the best thing they have done since the mostly decent Archetype or the classic line up days, but while it was a very good record song-wise, The Industrialist didn’t have the human machine drumming a Hoglan or the true FF thronesman Raymond Herrera made such a special part of the band’s sound. Even when The Industrialist sounded cool I just couldn’t get over it as a longtime Herrera fan.
Well, the new song features drummer Mike Heller who is a solid player. The new song “Soul Hacker” feels a bit like a return to the underrated Digimortal sound, really choppy and groovy with some borderline Nu moments but nothing too embarrassing. Burton C. Bell really excels on this kind of stuff where he has some room to really flex his vocal styles. The single is from pending record Genexus (a coincidence the title is similar to the new Terminator reboot?), and while I don’t think it’s gonna be the next Demanufacture I am definitely going to be picking up a physical copy again this time. Stoked Tony Campos (Static-X, Prong) is in the band now too, though this cover art is their worst.
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Our friends in Heavygrinder have collaborated on a track with Threat Signal’s singer Jon Howard. HG comments “Break Free is coming out June 8th, as a Beatport exclusive for two weeks, on our very own label, Onfyr Records. It’s actually our debut release and it also marks the beginning of Heavygrinder as a duo. What that entails — besides being two people in the studio — is a revamped live performance that we’ll hopefully bring to the road later this year. But you’ll have to wait to know more!”
For Jon Howard’s involvement she tells me “He wrote the lyrics, came up with the vocal melody and recorded all the takes himself. It was the easiest collaboration possible — he loved the instrumental we sent him from the get go, and we loved the vocals he sent us back just as much. The instrumental took about a week to compose and produce with another for mixing and mastering after we got the vocals. On Jon’s end, it was about a week to get a nice little folder with all the amazing vocal stems ready to rock!”
“Break Free” drops next week, but you can preview it here!Add to My Radar
In “I wish this tour was Stateside” news, the industrial groove metal institution Prong are touring Europe and HARK is one of the bands in tow. Hark used to basically be Taint and both of those bands are/were incredible sludge metal with technical bursts. I’m not familiar with Steak Number Eight but it’s a horrible band name and idea (you’ll have a heart attack). Regardless, this tour is going to kick ass and Prong’s latest covers album Songs From The Black Hole will be interesting as well.Add to My Radar
Electronic metallers THE BROWNING have announced a US tour supporting North Carolina rockers ALESANA. The tour kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on April 3rd, with the final show taking place on May 3rd in Dallas, Texas. Also joining ALESANA and THE BROWNING are CAPTURE THE CROWN, CONQUER DIVIDE and THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT.
I for one think The Browning take risks and have fun energy, so I root for them and similar spirits Exotype to really evolve with time like Linkin Park did but retain their heavy elements. I think it could be a really good thing. Enter Shikari or 36 Crazyfists are already there, just bands in their own ballpark.
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American Power Trio PRONG is getting ready to release an album of cover versions, putting their distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young.
Tommy Victor: “Prong is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, Songs From The Black Hole, and equally excited about the artwork and packaging! Since the record explores Prong’s roots musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained. With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of Prong’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment. I think one can get a grip of the hard hitting, dangerous sounds inside from a glimpse of the packaging of Songs From The Black Hole. We certainly hope you enjoy this latest release, inside and out.“
SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the album as CD, LP and in all digital formats in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th and in the USA on March 31st 2015.