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The exceedingly harsh collaboration N.V. between Gnaw Their Tongues and Dragged Into Sunlight is streaming at The Quietus HERE ahead of Friday’s Prosthetic release.

Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick was on board to produce the record along with Tom Dring (whom previously has worked on several DIS releases, including 2012’s “Widowmaker”).

 

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Sunn O))) reveal “Kannon” artwork and more info via Angela Lafont Bolliger

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM (PST)

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Preparations continue to be made for the release of SUNN O)))‘s upcoming LP, Kannon, this December. The album will see its release via Southern Lord Recordings, and this week the album’s cover art and preorder options have been issued.

Consisting of three self-titled pieces of a triadic whole, the roots to SUNN O)))’s new album trace deeply into the sessions of their 2009-released Monoliths & Dimensions LP and very recent collaborative recordings with Ulver (Terrestrials, 2014) and Scott Walker (Soused, 2015), culminated and fully realized this year. Recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))’s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn at Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, Kannon is as always composed around the immense guitar and bass interplay of founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, and includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others.

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.

Some new insight from artist Angela Lafont Bolliger on her inspiration for the creation of the sculpture for Kannon’s cover artwork has been issued:

“I was working on a visual concept inspired by Gian Lorenzo Berninis “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” (a life-sized Italian baroque sculpture in white marble) and had shared a short description about this project. I took a great interest in the conceptual thought behind the album…

 …SUNN O)))’s compositions are minimal but intensely sculptural in depth and detail. This was my inspiration and it was important to me to transcend that idea into the sculpture I would create for the album artwork. Stephen and I both loved the idea that this sculpture could be something really ancient, like a comet – yet also indefinable and timeless…

 …I started with an intense research of Guanyin, the imagery, the history, and immersed myself completely into the subject. I then put together a very detailed presentation of ideas… we came to a unanimous decision and went for an idea of “the abstraction of the God of Mercy”. It started by sculpting different black reflective materials, which I then combined with ancient rocks and crystals allowing the surface to be rich and to be viewed as something unseen – an undulating form representing Guanyin’s many hands and heads..

 …Highlights were the creation of the sculpture, different materials with versatile textures and creating a tactile object, a sensuous, meditative process. During the photographic shoot of the sculpture, every glossy highlight and detail was amplified. Rotating the sculpture a completely different form would emerge through the lens. This is what fascinates me in art – creation can surprise and transform.”

 More info and preorder options BELOW.

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Lament Cityscape announce US south tour with Take Over And Destroy

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:04 AM (PST)

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Oakland doom upstarts Lament Cityscape are prepared to drag you down a riverbed.

In support of their debut LP The Torn Lament Cityscape are preparing to tear it up across the south with Arizona’s Take Over and Destroy.

Check out full tour dates as well as The Torn and a video for “Pale Hands” here.

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I know most of you are bummed about the fuckin’ Mets losing Game 2. Mebbe this’ll cheer ya. I said I’d wait til Halloween to post the last song on the Metal Riot CREATURE HONEYMOON Bandcamp comp, but I lied.Here it is…track 15! Geezer‘s awesome as fuck Frankenstein stoner rock jam of tiumph “To Build A Monster”. Big thanks to Pat Harrington and everyone involved in the track for getting this on here. This comp was a blast to put together. Happy Halloween 4ever!!! Thanks to all 14 bands and everyone who made this happen.

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FACT: High On Fire/Crowbar tour is heavier than other tours.

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM (PST)

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Universally celebrated, heavy metal power trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced U.S. tour dates in support of its new album, Luminiferous. The trek will launch on December 10 in Nashville, TN and will feature support from New Orleans’ sludge kings, Crowbar.

It s a good thing Conan is not on this tour as well or it might actually crack the planet in two.

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates w Captain Kirk BELOW.

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Especially when it is slower music, there has to be a feel there. You can’t
fake it. There’s just not enough notes in there to trick anybody otherwise. –
Mike Scheidt

Yob are heading out on a headliner with Black Cobra in tow as main support but with possibly the sickest batch of city to city support acts…ever?

It was a thrill to talk again with Mike Scheidt for the second time since writing for this site and recap their recent tour with Enslaved/Ecstatic Vision, why it is cooler when bands develop a unique sound and more.

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In case you were having a nice day that feels nothing like licking the rust off a corrosive barrel while listening to super fucked up samples about someone strangling a woman to death or violent fantasies, don’t listen to the new super depressing and intense blackened industrial face fuck of a tune from Dragged Into Sunlight/Gnaw Their Tongues mutual collaboration disc “N.V”.

These are both bands whose names or artwork have repulsed people when I have mentioned them in recent years, so it is fitting that a collaboration between them would be really disturbing like a marathon of serial killer documentaries. It frankly makes you feel like a sick bastard for liking it, but the music is a next level nuclear bootprint to the squished guts of our lovely modern times.

Produced by Justin from fucking GODFLESH!!! and Tom Dring, it is the dark fruit of a long planned endeavor. CVLT Nation has the new tune “Visceral Repulsion” HERE and it is seriously freakin’ evil.  I already was having a radioactive steaming ear day due to Brad from Fad Nauseam turning me onto this sick ass band KVØID (who have a great James Plotkin mastered full length out that rocks kinda like Leviathan on a mechanized date with Batillus). This has really been a fan-fucking-tastic year for super harsh, darker industrial influenced extreme metal.

“N.V.” is available now for pre-order on CD or LP (including limited pressings in black, piss yellow and transparent milk w/ black splatter) via Prosthetic‘s webstore (http://store.prostheticrecords.com). Digital pre-orders will launch tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, with “Visceral Repulsion” offered as an immediate download with purchase.

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BIG|BRAVE set for European tour after USA East Coast w Goatsnake,YDI

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:33 PM (PST)

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Montreal-based experimental trio, BIG|BRAVE, will embark on their debut European tour this Winter, the dates coming on the very day the band begins their three-city East Coast US run with Southern Lord labelmates Goatsnake and YDI.

Metal Riot conducted an interview with Robin Wattie recently HERE. I recommend reading it and enjoying life instead of suffering and wallowing in the dark with an awful sinus cold like I am at present.

In support of their latest innovative album, Au De La, released on Southern Lord last month, the band members are artisans of everything minimalist yet mammoth, with their sprawling and spacious sonic heaviness. BIG|BRAVE will tour through the East Coast US for three nights this week supporting labelmates Goatsnake alongside YDI on, beginning tonight, with shows in Philadelphia, Washington DC and Brooklyn. Just one month later, on November 19th, their maiden European voyage is set to begin. The tour sees them visiting Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium including performances at the Le Guess Who? Festival and and more, as well as supporting drone heavyweights SUNN O))) at the YOYO in Paris. The UK will then be treated to six BIG|BRAVE shows, including ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

Explore BIG|BRAVE’s Au De La in its entirety RIGHT HERE.

 

BIG|BRAVE Tour Dates below.

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In just a little over a month, Philip H. Anselmo’s HOUSECORE HORROR FEST will terrorize San Antonio. Now in its third year of audio and visual pandemonium, this year’s multi-stage gore gala will take place at the Aztec Theater, The Korova and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel on November 13th -15th, 2015 and features three film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings, the return of The Metal Masters And Horror panel with special appearances from performing bands and legendary filmmakers throughout the weekend as well as what’s mutated into one of the most punishing live lineups of the year!

 

For the onscreen carnage cravers, this year’s edition of HHF includes 80 eye-gougingfilm screenings throughout the weekend. Having sifted through a record-breaking amount of independent film submissions, the HOUSECORE HORROR FEST plague-bringers narrowed it down to 45 gems from filmmakers around the globe, including Israel, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Canada, Denmark and more. Anselmo added to the banquet of visual grotesqueries, reaching deep into his personal vault of repulsions to bring fest goers a variety of personal horror favorites including Cannibal ManDon’t Torture A Duckling and Baba Yaga.

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Giant Squid break up. FTW. I hate life now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM (PST)

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West coast innovators Giant Squid have made several underground (underwater?) classics in recent years and sadly might be done for now.

Read the statement HERE.

The amount of disdain this fills me with for all the shitty bands I usually try to ignore who clog the arteries of the music world is palpable.

Damn it. Truly one of the best bands out there. But the records will remain for those lucky to find them. Some bands make a few albums and break up while copying trends along the way. GS made the ichthyologist . ‘Nuff said.

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Kylesa embark on North American tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM (PST)

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Savannah’s genre-defying KYLESA have embarked on a tour across North America. The tour kicks off tonight in St. Petersburg, FL and sees the band criss-crossing North America throughout the fall. A full list of confirmed tour dates in support of new album Exhausting Fire can be found below.

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Ken Schalk, well regarded percussionist from Brooklyn’s Candiria once said something to the effect that “heavy” can be as much about feel and  vibe as another distorted guitar cowboy screaming over a mosh part. I often have thought back to that quote and paraphrased it over
the years.

Montreal’s  BIG|BRAVE will likewise seep into your bones and deliver a
listening experience rather than a cheap aggro fix. Whether floating amidst ethereal
drone akin to the wake up chill of a cold wind on a mountaintop or bashing
the listener with tribal beats akin to loops, the trio deliver in full on
Southern Lord release Au De La.

Brian from respected blog Meat Mead Metal even went so far as to say that ,“there’s not another band that possibly could replicate what Big | Brave achieve on this record”. It’s true that some avant garde or truly post-punk bands just have their own sound, be it Killing Joke or Tearist or Swans. Or some films you could sort of describe, such as Lars  von Trier’s Depression Trilogy or, I dunno… the space herpe in Ice Pirates. You could do half assed justice trying to explain, but some things just need to be experienced.

Jessica Moss of Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra lends guest violin to the record, but the beating heart of this band is in the guitar and drums interplay and liberated vocals. The band know the space between the heart beat or down hit on a drum is as important as the moment of explosion, and can say as much.

Robin Wattie, in house banshee, checks in to answer my questions on what else she had to say with this record BELOW.

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I was talking recently to a bassist in one of my bands and he was worried our first single wasn’t best representation of full scope of what we do in the group. I argued to let each song be what it is, as over time people grasp a fuller understanding of any artist and certain elements will rise and fall in any band’s sound. Sunn O))) might get some snark at times from people who think they take drone and art and jazz, etc. too seriously, but anyone who has ever talked to the band members knows the reverence and high place they hold everything from black metal to cinema scores to philosophy in.

It is Sunn O)))’s drive to be themselves that arguably has allowed much of the smarter strains of metal to rise forefront again or to at least be encouraged to be sustainable at a certain level. From the swirling textural brilliance of Monoliths & Dimensions to recent triump team ups with Ulver and experimental music legend/not shitty politician Scott Walker, Sunn O))) have allowed things drone, the aesthetic of live shows as ritual and words like “soul” to gain as much attention as guitar tone. Arguably things like the ascendancy of Black Yo)))ga or even some of the rebirth of post-metal wouldn’t be possible if not or their contributions, and certainly the band also helped clear up many older, outmoded ideas of black metal’s influence being limited to purely church burning tantrums.

New album Kannon arrives this December and draws upon Eastern philosophy as well as Darkthrone’s Panzerfaust, perhaps the only time you will get to read a sentence like that this week!

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: specifically “goddess of mercy” or “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World.” She is also sometimes commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.

SUNN O))) commissioned critical theorist Aliza Shvartz to write text and liner notes around these ideas and topics. She also explores the relations and perceptions to their approach to these ideas via the metonym of music and SUNN O)))’s place/approach within the framework of music and metal overall. The band also enlisted Swiss designer/artist Angela LaFont Bollinger to create the cover artwork, an abstracted sculpture of vision of Kannon. French photographer Estelle Hanania captures portraits of the core trio (Csihar, Anderson, O’Malley) in the impressive and obscurant Emanuel Vingeland mausoleum in Oslo.

Kannon will be available on gatefold LP, CD and digital formats worldwide on December 4th, with a limited number of clear vinyl available on Black Friday RSD, Friday, November 27th.

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Kylesa stream “Exhausting Fire” with Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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Kylesa have a stream of their enjoyable new record Exhausting Fire over at
Noisey. The hard working band’s latest addition to their legacy, their seventh
LP in all, has some of the stomp they started back in the self titled days and
mastered on Static TensionsUltraviolet and Spiral Shadow‘s oddball charms
are alive and well as the band “throw caution to the wind” and marry blues
rock and sludge with a broader sense of melody than ever and a more and more
masterful sense of psychedelia.

Stream this baby HERE.

“Falling” can instantly be filed away alongside “Tired Climb” and the great and almost Soulfly-esque instrumental “Parent’s Song ” from the S/T as a new classic of layering, tone setting and feel. “Falling” is a dreamier yet just a pinch disconcerting lullabye that shows the post-punk influences and pop flirtation on the fringes of the band’s at times monumentally heavy wall of sound. This is the record that ought to get Ecstatic Vision, Crowbar and Blues Pills fans excited in equal measure, in a perfect world.

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Album Review: Draconian – “Sovran”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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Along with Paradise Lost’s fantastic The Plague Within, this has been a victorious year for gloom and doom. Sweden’s veteran beauty and the beast doomers Draconian have made a masterful new record Sovran (pre-order HERE!) that has had fans counting down the days. Pleased to report it should exhalt the group to new heights in the scene, a real modern victory. The My Dying Bride and older Katatonia comparisons might still rear up hear and there, but the band are also their own and deserve a look without comparative filters.

“Heavy Lies The Crown” alone as a single would have critics gushing, myself included. Thankfully we have nine songs nearly as glorious and dark, like spilled wine and hopes running through the fingers and down a pale arm as it drops a glass mixed with poison. No song is below the six minute mark, though each is like a movie unto itself yet adding to this whole experience. “The Marriage of Attaris” has a bold poetic monologue intro before the simply soul stirring voice of Heike Langhans. Heike really asserts herself subtly and beautifully on this record and should be more than embraced by longtime fans at this point. Anders Jacobsson retains a growl that sounds truly fierce and lonely yet strong, while the band’s relentless forward marching doom is as natural as wood rotting in the forest or dark growth and shadow reclaiming a scorched Earth.

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