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Boris USA Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM (PST)
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Japanese drone/stoner/experimental veterans BORIS have announced a run of US tour dates this coming April surrounding Gensho, their new collaborative Relapse release with noise legend MERZBOW. The tour will see the band playing eight shows across the American Southwest and West Coast. A full itinerary is available below.

Coffins/Ilsa Split EP limited vinyl pre-order via Relapse

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:13 AM (PST)

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Feb. 28th sees the release of the Coffins (Japan) and Ilsa (USA) split , sure to crush skulls. Relapse has the Pre-Order set up HERE.

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I still maintain that Publicist UK deserved a slot on my 2015 year end list over numerous much heavier bands. The post-punk project favor atmospheric rock soaked in emotional process, laden with a coldness striving to thaw. The band’s quite capable rendering of Tori Amos classic “Precious Things” (for the Decibel Flexi series) into a dark hard rock treatment that still retains a gothy charm with none of the song’s weight lost is impressive. And of course those low crooning Bauhaus-esque vocals are good times.

This kind of message and fluidity is important in the scene right now.

Check it out HERE and jump on the bandwagon, already.

And of course you can compare it to the chilling yet spiritual original.

Boris with Merzbow update: the Gensho phenomenon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM (PST)
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Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS and MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists’ most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon,” Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).

MORE below.

Obscura release “The Monist”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12:26 PM (PST)

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Obscura have released their newest single “The Monist” off of their forthcoming album Akróasis.

Akróasis is coming out on February 5 via Relapse Records.

Check out “The Monist”, “Sermon of the Seven Suns”, the title track, Obscura tour dates and the Akróasis track-list here.

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Red Fang recording with Ross Robinson

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM (PST)

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RED FANG, who recently celebrated their tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S. performances, return to the studio in February, recording the follow-up to Whales & Leeches with famed producer Ross Robinson (Amen, Korn, At The Drive-In).

“I’ve never been more excited about making a record in my life,” said drummer John Sherman. “The writing process for this album has been super fun and full of energy and good vibes. And the opportunity to work with Ross Robinson is so crazy – I’ve got goose bumps just talking about it!!”

 

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Seven Sisters of Sleep release “Gutter”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:12 AM (PST)

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California extreme metalheads Seven Sisters of Sleep have released their latest single “Gutter”.

“Gutter” comes from the band’s upcoming album Ezekiel’s Hags.

Seven Sisters of Sleep signed to Relapse Records back in September and have since been working on their forthcoming album Ezekiel’s Hags.

Ezekiel‘s Hags will be released on February 5.

Check out “Gutter”, a music video for “War Master” and Seven Sisters of Sleep tour dates here.

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Album Review: Agoraphobic Nosebleed – “Arc EP”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 9:17 AM (PST)

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed somehow went from being an insider’s dream concept to a full fledged legacy band (in certain circles). The closest thing we still have left to anything as vitriol fueled as Brutal Truth, yet with the industrialized power/edge of Pig Destroyer/and the relevance of Drugs of Faith to boot.

The ARC EP finds the band in top form, a sleaz-i-fied riff fest two minutes into “Not A Daughter” the first and foremost real display of a burlier and at times pretty much southern rock sound for the band. You read that right. There are some real barn burner’s thrown in amidst the slog.

The EP- harsh vocals from Kat on full blast – is a true headbanger’s oasis of skull crunching pit worthy riffs that can appeal to fans of stoner, grind, fringe hardcore and even slow death metal at times. It is awesome the band continue to fearlessly evolve, just as Black Flag once did, for example. That’s one surefire way to stay relevant, unless you make a Cold Lake (which I secretly like).

Even the record art is more of a fine art mutation than some of the shockier stuff at bedbathsaltsandbeyond.spreadshirt.com.

“Not A Daughter” ends with a horn thrower of a riff worthy of Alabama Thunderpussy’s much missed Staring At The Divine-era, albeit a lot more evil. It’ll remind you Richard lives in Virginia (I think he still does, at least).

Anyway, this is the sickest fuckin’ band and you know it (or oughta). They make me want to barf out of my eyes. It’s pure bottled charge and pay off after payoff. “Deathbed” is a grungier dirge than the majority of recent melvins and us ugly as the S/T Eyehategod stuff, complete with low male death vocals and synthetic drum poundage. “Gnaw” has some stuff so knuckle dragging in it that it almost sounds like Xibalba was an industrial crust band. Fuck yeah!!!

I wish this record was more than three gloriously hellbent songs and was at least six. It’s a monster anyway and nonetheless will exhaust you with awesome adrenaline rush wall of metal power. But in a flaming heap afterwards you nonetheless want more material, a liberal bloodlusting for good art that will thaw any frozen corpse’s heart in a guitarbang of volume, aesthetic and road.

Pre-order HERE. Right now.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed return with “Arc” EP in 2016

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM (PST)

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I remember discovering Agoraphobic Nosebleed‘s Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope with my drummer friend Zac Shaw with a sense of stoned glee and an atom level knowledge that somehow life would never be the same. It was one of my earliest introductions to that level of musical insanity. I grew up on Big Black and Jesus Lizard records but Agoraphobic was another level of “that is intense” all together. For people who love to find bands that make other people say “What the fuck are you listening too?” and run in horror, this is a great place to start.

Since the band got Katherine Katz (ex-Salome), they have gotten somehow even more rad. The Richard Johnson and Scott Hull tag team of madness finds a perfect foil in Katherine’s insane screams. New record ARC thankfully drops almost a year to the day that my father died and I am thanking the grind gods for giving me something really distracting I am bound to enjoy musically during what is surely going to be a week of seriously bad mood swings for me.

It looks like this 3 song EP will focus on the slower side of the band, as it is not that many tracks but clocks in at about twenty plus minutes. Color me stoked as fuck, since sister band Pig Destroyer’s recent Mass & Volume EP was a beast.

Pre Order this fucker HERE right now!

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Black Tusk reveal “God’s On Vacation” single, new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PST)

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The death of Athon was a tragedy for metal and it is heartening to learn his final studio tracks will be included on a January release from Black Tusk entitled Pillars Of Ash. Despite keeping an ear to the ground, I had no idea about this and so was thrilled to get the news yesterday. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of distortion and volume triumphing over tragedy I’d also mention Drew Cook of Dimesland, who passed away unexpectedly last year, is immortalized on that great guitar band’s Psychogenic Atrophy HERE.

But yes, NPR has the stream of a new Black Tusk single HERE. The song is as stomping and awesome as anything in the band’s rad catalogue and underscores their place near the top of metal’s upstart crop of most relentless bands. There is a dark, punk rock heart to this band’s sludge and it gives them a more rock n roll heart possessed by few bands this side of High On Fire, The Bronx and other really rowdy groups. Athon’s presence will always be felt. Truly one of my best memories as a music fan was that I got to share a small bill opening for them once while he was alive.

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Album Review: Pinkish Black – “Bottom of the Morning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:39 PM (PST)

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Pinkish Black‘s Bottom of the Morning is a decidedly low key but brilliant
release from Relapse and the Texas based band. Much more akin to the (current
tour mates) Zombi side of the label than the Suffocation side, PB are an
artful and smart band who create often lengthy but never boring synth based
band with droll vocals which nonetheless have an insistent emotional impact.

The title track is a cool dream that whirls like slowly whipped cream around a
vertiginous yet repetitive refrain, building and taking away in layers
including at times rising to a fuzzed out stomp. Much of the music snakes and
teases this way, somewhat akin to Krautrock or electronic Radiohead but
perhaps not as minimalistic and with more of a cultish (and cultivated) sense of menace.

Maybe if Mark Lanegan was really into Tangerine Dream? I dunno.

The songs are actually deceptive in that they
have a lot more elements than you might at first remember, since a casual pass
is more hypnotic than “woah, go back to that part!” in general. But every song
has numerous rewards from horn sounds to cinematic 70’s art film style
disorienting textural key strokes or almost imperial moments of august and
celestial import. Some of it is even oddly No Wave.

The Fort Worth band are very interesting and anyone who enjoyed the soundtrack
feel of Goblin Rebirth’s record or who likes rock a bit more brainy that still
has a certain moody allure will dig this. It’s like an at times challenging
and hallucination frought semi-grandiose withdrawal from some womb-like Philip
K Dick-esque state sponsored pill of conformity. Challenging but in the end it makes you
wiser and glad you shed the brainwash. The songs take on a landscape of their
own, even when they drift into almost background music at times due to a
lulling nature of some of the more repetitive parts (“Brown Rainbow” has a
particularly hypnotic march) you suddenly are swirled right back into the dead
center of this oddly all seeing eye.

Revocation release “The Fix” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:41 AM (PST)

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Massachusetts death metallers Revocation have dropped a music video for their song “The Fix”.

“The Fix” comes from Revocation’s 2014 release Deathless.

Empire of the Obscene will be reissued on November 13 via Metal Blade Records.

Dave Davidson on the re-release:

“Back in 2008 we self released our debut record Empire of the Obscene only pressing 1,000 copies at the time, now thanks to the good folks at Metal Blade and the demand of our fans it will be available worldwide! We are very excited to finally give this record a proper release and can’t wait for everyone to hear the newly remixed and remastered tunes courtesy of Pete Rutcho. We’re also including the elusive “Summon The Spawn” demo from 2006 as well as newly revamped cover art to make this release extra special.”

Check out “The Fix” lyric video here.

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Lots of good news to start off the metal weekend. “Wake Up And Smell The…” from Carcass is finally available on vinyl HERE. Monte Pittman retweeted yesterday’s Confrontational interview to his 80k+ twitter followers (thanks, dude!). Mortiis are returning to the USA and have new music coming. Kylesa’s new album is out. I just got the new Skindred promo which is sure to make me jump up and down. Aaaand last but certainly not least, I know some of you have been getting into Tau Cross, right?

TAU CROSS, the veteran punk / metal collective, revolving around Amebix bassist/frontman Rob Miller, Voivod drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin, and members of cult crust outfit Misery, will be playing a one off show at Roadburn 2016, along with Neurosis and Amenra, on Saturday, April 16th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

“TAU CROSS are delighted to announce that we have been invited to play at the 2016 Roadburn Festival. This will be our only upcoming European show, we are all looking forward to playing at this very special event” – Rob Miller.

Organizers say:

“Having TAU CROSS on the main-stage is causing us joy of unbridled proportions. Miller and Langevin are not only mutual admirers and peers, but their bands have been a huge influence on all things Roadburn. With all of the seminal bands and great musicians taking part on Saturday, it’s guaranteed to be epic.”

To find out more about TAU CROSS at Roadburn, click HERE

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Hooded Menace’s “Darkness Drips Forth” will ooze stomp you flat

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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Fall is here and October is nigh. Peter Steele’s month of choice, this October will undoubtedly be a rad one for the unrusting genre of metal as we have our Metal Riot Creature Honeymoon comp coming out on Halloween via bandcamp, but there’s more! Hooded Menace‘s Darkness Drips Forth would ensure a kick ass October even if it was the only metal record to come out at all that month! The four song Relapse release is due Oct. 30th and can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp HERE.

This release couldn’t be more worth your while, melodic guitar threaded doom n’ death with a titanic rhythm section that creates a steel framework to prop up the band’s bold and apocalyptic city of sounds. Each song stretches well past the attention span of the average troll, yet you don’t need to muster resolve to keep listening as you’re swept up in the avalanche and carried along. It will take hardy souls to survive the onslaught, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. From “Ashen With Solemn Decay”, which features writhing, hoarse vocals and complete guitar surrender akin to Baroness jamming with Novembers Doom, to key track “Elysium of Dripping Death” (which you can hear now), you will be left floored and riff whored.

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Relapse Records announces new Boris, Merzbow collab “Gensho”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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I was just bitching about being unsure how on Earth I will whittle down my year end list to a reasonable number this year in the face of so many rad records when news broke about Relapse releasing a pending new collaboration between legends Boris and Merzbow. Seeing Boris live ought to change anyone’s life and I even got to chat with Jim Jarmusch about how cool they are once when I waited on him at a restaurant I used to work at, The Depuy Canal House. Anyhow, thankfully Gensho, the new collaboration, does not street until next February so I don’t have yet another contender for my year end list. After August every year I start freaking out counting down to December and become impossible to be around.

Anyway, any decent weirdo worth their salt knows Merzbow is a noise legend and Boris know no limits when it comes to creativity. In a noise rock/avant pop climate where awesome stuff is being done again by bands ranging from JC Satan to Tearist to Pigs and Fad Nauseam, it is rad to know some of the scene stalwarts are still cutting their teeth on pushing boundaries as well. Deets on Gensho can be read BELOW.