Search Results for "Southern Lord Records"


Earth guitarist DYLAN CARLSON proudly announces his first soundtrack work under the name DRCARLSONALBION, to be released as the Summer season begins.

 Gold is the first major soundtrack work from DYLAN CARLSON, composed for a foreign language western of the same name; a story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian West. CARLSON‘s score, which revolves around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, echoes the vast landscapes and almost existential “otherness” captured in the films juxtaposition of traditional western tropes to places and peoples not normally associated with the genre. This slight remove from genre has been a trademark of CARLSON‘s approach to guitar and songwriting throughout his career. Whether that is applying the writings of La Monte Young to Black Sabbath sized riffing in Earth’s earliest incarnations or his re-appropriations of country, jazz and folk during its second act.

 Across the arc of the album’s twenty-four tracks — designed to be listened to as one suite — CARLSON‘s lyrical playing dissolves structures into abstraction, stretching out each repetition until you’re left with only the sound of buzzing or scraped strings. It is an inversion of the work of Earth; stripping away where they would layer. It’s an immersive experience. For the first time CARLSON‘s guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired “cinematic” adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.

 The lead track from this tranquil opus is now playing at Pitchfork, stating that the song “begins much like latter-day Earth, Carlson pristinely picking the lead against tinkling cymbals. But nothing else arrives. Instead, he wrestles with the theme alone, bending the notes but occasionally letting them bend back on him, shaping webs of distortion that hover like presiding anxiety.”


…And Click HERE for more about Gold.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Saint Vitus 35 Years Later, Anniversary Tour engages

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM (PST)


Legendary doom metal dignitaries, SAINT VITUS, will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary with a short run of live rituals later this week. Sponsored by Scion AV, the trek inaugurates on May 8th in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will wind its way West and back again, coming to a close on May 25th in Dallas, Texas.

SAINT VITUS will be performing the planet-fracturing Born Too Late album – the first VITUS recording to feature the imperious voice of Scott “Wino” Weinrich – in its entirety alongside other renowned VITUS anthems. Support will come from Portland stoner rock power trio Sons Of Huns.

In celebration of the trek, Scion AV will be giving away two pairs of tickets to every club show via Twitter. See for details.

 Click HERE for tour dates, brethren.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Black Cobra provide May West Coast Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5:29 PM (PST)


The decimating metal/sludge duo that is BLACK COBRA has crawled out of the shadows with their first shows since two one-off cross-continental gigs in January, proclaiming an upcoming May decimation of the West Coast!

The newly planned five-day, five-city run will originate in BLACK COBRA’s San Francisco hometown on May 22nd, then systematically shredding through Fresno, Pacifica, Portland and Seattle. Providing opening support for the trek will be California-based noise metal outfit, The Cutthroats 9 (featuring members of Unsane, Death Angel and -16-), and Norwegian Grammy-winning noise/punk outfit, Årabrot.

Preceding the new West Coast tour, BLACK COBRA will raid Portland to take part in the annual Stumpfest on April 26th, performing alongside sludge metal visionaries, Yob, and gritty doom unit, Diesto.

Additional live outings will be announced in the coming weeks. BLACK COBRA is currently constructing new material; additional news on the band’s 2014 actions will be released in the near future.


BLACK COBRA Tour Dates can be found HERE.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Black Breath drummer is hit by a car and hospitalized

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM (PST)

BB_LOGO_onblack_web-e1325886975499Washington thrash metal band Black Breath’s drummer, Jamie Byrum, was hit by a car on Tuesday of this week and underwent surgery on Wednesday. The band released the following statement. 

Black Breath commented: Jamie’s surgery on his left leg went well yesterday, and doctors say he is doing better than expected! It sounds like he will be released from the hospital in the next few days depending on his ability to stand up/move around/kick ass. He is in good spirits considering the state of his life at the moment, and was very appreciative of all the love and concern from friends and strangers alike. Thanks to everyone for the support, more news as it comes…

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Xibalba release tour-filmed video; confirm tour with Comeback Kid

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM (PST)


Southern California punk-death metallers Xibalba have released a video for their song “Soledad”, chock full of footage from their touring shenanigans.

Xibalba will be touring across North America in February and March with The Comeback Kids, Backtrack, Downpresser and To The Wind.

Check out the video for “Soledad” as well as the video for the album title track “Hasta Le Muerte” and Xibalba tour dates here.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Pelican streams new album Forever Becoming

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM (PST)

Pelican BandChicago post-metal outfit Pelican are streaming their new album in its entirety. The album is entitled Forever Becoming and is set for release on October 15th on Southern Lord Records.

You can listen to it here.

Forever Becoming is the bands fifth studio album and is a follow up to the 2009 album What We All Come to Need which was also released via Southern Lord.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM (PST)

If A Storm Of Light haven’t reveled in apocalyptic fantasy they have certainly surmised that doom could be just around the corner on all of their consistently great releases. Whether dealing with personal struggle or nature rebalancing the scales of human folly, Josh Graham’s most personal project has truly become a full fledged entity as time has passed. Plenty of sci-fi and fantasy works have reflected human turbulence and spiritual/paradigm shifts, from the stunning His Dark Materials books by Phil Pullman to the post-technology American DarkAge comic book series. Nations To Flames is a perfect soundtrack to any reflections on what to do after the crash.

“Feel the fire within as the combustion begins”.

While I miss the Vinny Signorelli percussive stomp of early Storm, the band still have a tribal potency that has wandered from post-metal to more abstract but crushing Killing Joke territory. Nearly every song feels dystopian and overwhelming but chock full of monster mid-tempo riffs that scorch Earth. The Matt Bayles mix is pitch perfect for this material. Vocals are more textural than in your face but there is a real message here. Josh Graham’s work with Soundgarden as a visual artist has also seemed to expand his range, though dude always did sick stuff while involved with Neurosis. The visuals accompanying this record are killer, however. It’s like a sci-fi Occupy postcard from Hell, but full of hope in the clarity of revolution’s young eyes. Oh, and Kim Thayil and Will Lindsay drop by to help add to the distorted solemnity.

It’s nice to see this come out on Southern Lord. While the label’s turn towards noise grind is cool, I am glad it isn’t their sole focus these days and some slower, furrowed brow sludgy stuff is still on the Southern Lord roster. Love this. Study this. At least acknowledge that real concern and feeling for the human condition is etched into every note. The question is, after the dust settles…what next?


Weedeater heads out on tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM (PST)

Weedeater North Carolinian doom metallers Weedeater, following a few months on hiatus, are heading back out on the road.

Starting in Johnson City, TN on May 22, they will play nine dates, including The Maryland DeathFest and wrap up on June 1 in Raleigh, NC.

Check out the tour dates here.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: Nails – “Abandon All Life”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM (PST)


“Lesser men want control. They’ll never have what I hold.”

Nails return with a true vengeance, following up the acclaimed and super grim UNSILENT DEATH with an even more intense record (maybe the meanest album of 2013 yet). “God’s Cold Hands” is everything that makes Nails so raw, an explosion of message, intent and purpose. The Kurt Ballou tracked record melds crust, hardcore and sludge so well it will crush the (few) haters who think they are a hype band.

The bass on this record really brings a level of punch and body to the songs, each tune rattling in your chest. Some riffs in life, regardless of genre, just seize the throat and don’t let go (think ‘Priests Of Sodom’ by Cannibal Corpse, ‘When All Is Said And Done’ by Napalm Death or ‘Red Tide Rising’ by Orange Goblin). This album is full of such memorable moments where you find yourself staring at the radio or whatever music playing device and not believing the awesomeness of the sounds.

“Wide Open Wound’ shows the band killing it at a slower pace, while ‘Cry Wolf’ is brevity that kills in the best way. They really…no pun intended…NAILED tempo control on this LP. And the lyrics are also direct and right to the point. “Hate won’t hide these wounds. No coming back from your abuse”

Nails are a valuable entity in the heavy music world, a reminder of what the underground is about and a violent denouncement of vapid efforts. If you want a serious meditation on constructive yet full fury filled rage release, grab this fucking now. Near indecipherable yet deep lyrics (like label-mates The Secret), gnashing teeth adrenaline levels and sick art by Farron Kerzner just make this so much more than vibe. Great work, boys.



Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Pelican will be entering the studio in June

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM (PST)

pelican_logorevChicago post-metal band Pelican have announced that they will be entering the studio in June of this year. The as of yet untitled album will be a follow up to 2009 What We All Come To Need and their fifth studio album.

The band stated the following:
“We’ve booked studio time to record our fifth full length this June, you can expect it to drop this Fall. Thanks for your patience, friends.”


Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: The Secret – Agnus Dei

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM (PST)

Italy’s The Secret is a fierce outfit, but nothing they do really hasn’t been done before. The group sound like a lot of other aggressive bands rolled into one, though they do deliver an impressively angry blend of crust, black metal and dissonant hostility. It reminds me of Temple Of Baal meets Converge, which obviously is not a bad thing. Solve Et Coagula was full of decent songs but mostly memorable for the cover art of a cool goat/devil creature. This time they get even more imaginative with artwork featuring…skulls.

Don’t get me wrong. It sounds like I am totally slamming them now, and this is a very good band. The contemplative lyrics alone on “Seven Billion Graves” makes them stand out, and no one said every band had to be as genre pushing as Enslaved, for example. “How much death do they need to let us rest in piece?” is a fucking tremendously potent lyric.

To read more click HERE.

Music Video: Black Cobra’s “The Crimson Blade”

Posted by Fireball13 on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 8:45 AM (PST)

California doom metallers Black Cobra have released the music video for their song “The Crimson Blade” and you can check out the unique, sinister video right here. This is the first official video to be released off their 2011-released Invernal LP.

This video was conceived and constructed by the band themselves and director Greg Downing (Glitter Wizard, Buffalo Tooth). It was filmed in three days for absolutely no money. The plot portrays the concept of the song, following one man as he devolves to a previous state of humanity and resorts to cannibalism in a post-apocalyptic world. During the filming of the gory visual depiction, actor Landon Bates actually ended up accidentally cutting himself multiple times, with actual wounds fueling some of the bloody scenes.

Members of the band stated: “The video’s concept was a collaboration between director Greg Downing and ourselves. We were familiar with his work in the bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth and he was enthusiastic about working with us as well. In general, it’s about isolation, paranoia and desperation. The utter darkness also gives it an overall feel of confusion. We’re really stoked on how it came together.”

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Saint Vitus announce new tour

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM (PST)

Saint Vitus has announced a new massive ScionAV-sponsored tour, which will run for five weeks. The tour will begin on September 14th in Little Rock, AK,  and will end in San Antonio, TX on October 19th.

To see a full list of tour dates click here.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Saint Vitus stream upcoming album “Lillie: F-65”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:55 AM (PST)

Legendary California doom metal band Saint Vitus are streaming their upcoming album, Lillie: F-65 in it’s entirety on NPR. Lillie: F-65 is the bands 8th studio album and a long awaited follow up to their 1995 effort Die Healing.

Lillie: F-65 will be released in the States on May 22 via Season of Mist but you can listen to it here.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Black Cobra announce North American tour dates

Posted by KageDrummer on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM (PST)

California doom metallers, Black Cobra, have announced a North American tour. The tour will last from May 21st and last through July 3rd. The band will headline parts of the tour and will recieve support from Gaza and they will be playing with other bands on different legs on the tour as well such as Corrosion Of Conformity and Torche.

To check out the full tour schedule click here.

Black Cobra’s latest album, “Invernal,” was released in 2011 through Southern Lord Records.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar