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Ohio's Bes are a calamitous racket of alt-rock infused heavy sounds and have recently released the very worth your time Pieces Missing EP. Fans of Torche, Failure or even some KEN Mode will find stuff to latch on to here. I don't know how intentional it was but I hear a lot of late nineties influence in some of what this band is doing, but paired with an even more aggressive edge befitting our times. Recommended Track: "Lost It All".
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EYEHATEGOD will kick off a thirty-nine-date US mega tour this Tuesday! The Left To Starve summer takeover will run through September 13th, and includes performances with Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Primitive Man, Negative Approach, Antiseen, Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer, The Obsessed, and Mountain Of Wizard on select dates. The journey also marks frontman Mike IX Williams’ lengthiest tour since undergoing liver transplant surgery this past December.
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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Happy metal Monday to you, comrades. I was up at seven doing some chores and jogging, reflecting back on an eventful weekend. We have a lot of news for you but I am not doing a ton of posting today so here is a little start your week condenser of a few announcements in one.
. Mastodon have extended their U.S. headline tour starting on September 26 in Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live with continued support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the High Elevation Fest in Denver, CO and Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY. Mastodon will also be playing a series of headline shows in the U.K. this December including Brixton Academy in London, England on December 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 16 at 10:00 am local time. Tickets can be purchased at mastodonrocks.com/tour.
. Prog deather’s NYN featuring multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Noyan Tokgozoglu and guitarist Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger have a new album Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt.
An early teaser video for the album is now live and can be heard HERE
Pre-orders for Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt are now live here:
. Power Trip have announced dates with Obituary and Exodus. Their latest must hear thrasher Nightmare Logic is out now on Southern Lord and has some of the best songs in the genre you’ll hear anytime soon; stream the record at YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and find ordering options at THIS LOCATION. It’s a blast.
Lastly, I am going through some family stuff with some fake Christian types and it sent me into a bad mood this past weekend sticking up for an older sibling. I got all sibling defensive as a result. That’s my family. Later in the weekend I ended up posting a different complaint or two directed at Coheed and Cambria for still not acknowledging my youngest sister Cambria is a real person and I also took to task a lot of blogs in general for giving them a pass on this. I was just talking to their original drummer Nate, who is one of my best friends, a few minutes ago. While I do want peace with and also for them – as we have a very troubled history – I can’t do all the emotional labor myself. I am at times VERY manic depressive, non binary and have a lot of ptsd from some very bad shit.
Why run a blog when you have depression? Well, most of the time I am pretty high function but I am still human.
If I have a bad day it can unlock a lot of stuff that is normally on the shelf. It is hard knowing you want to be peaceful but then having some outside push rip off all your scabs. I feel like Claudio hates me but I would really appreciate if he and the band would tell the truth and give my sister respect as a person. People just tell me to let it go because they never will but I think that is unfair. I used to even open for them after the initial band name change from Shabutie and it was cool for awhile but then our friendship deteriorated so badly and then my sis got erased completely. She doesn’t deserve that. It is very hard for me to ever concede that point and I don’t know how any of their feminist fans among the fence ranks could pass that off.
But anyway, I don’t hate them but as someone who struggles with major depression I wish they could also show me the mutual respect of real closure and acknowledge this. It would completely nullify the risk of these outbursts. It is hard working in music and people want favors or press help but meanwhile I have complained about this forever yet whenever it comes up people say ,”What about your integrity as a journalist?”. Um, it shows less integrity of other places to not discuss it for fifteen years or so now. So my word as a journalist only has value when I am helping a label sell something, not raising critical points on a topic just because it is personal?
That said, I really do want to be cool and let it go. Often I am able to do so. But also need their help a bit. I have anxiety attacks and mood problems and when I bury unresolved things it is only a matter of time before the lid pops off. So please be cool back to me, guys.Add to My Radar
The initial line up for Basilica Hudson‘s Basilica SoundScape 2017 shows the gem of a little festival continuing to be insanely well curated and offering some of the best in envelope pushing performers every year since inception.
Basilica SoundScape 2017 will feature a wide array of performers, writers, and visual artists whose work spans many different genres, mediums and approaches. More participants will be announced in the coming months, and the initial lineup can be viewed in full below.
Very stoked for the bulk of performers announced so far. Been jamming Zola Jesus’ old album The Spoils a lot of late and serpentwithfeet is one of the most next level performers – with a scary potent voice – I have heard in years.