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Hello and hope everyone had a blessed Imbolc. February has arrived and we are moving through some deeper air sign goodness after a delightful and hopeful new moon in Aquarius. It is a good time to flex the imagination and allow some brilliant music to help you expand your horizons. I just treated myself to some expensive CBD coffee that I definitely deserve and am thankful to have a day off and time to dive into some releases with you.


Seremonia are the band who are dropping the record I am most excited for this month (maybe all year, fuck it). The thrilling Neonlusifer was well worth the wait. This well established and endlessly creative psych band color outside the rules and have managed to add a new additional chapter to their previous legacy that they can be proud of. From the rocking and upbeat, retro enhanced title track to the eight minute brain birthing dirge of “Raskasta vettä” to the manic and almost art punky “Tuolle puolen auringon”, the group’s twists and turns are a genuine trip and a lot of fun. Yet another amazing release from a Finland based act. The chromatic and sensual, the boogie, the boogie-man, the veils of perception parting…it all plays a role. SO fucking pumped on this. 

Zeal and Ardor remains one of the most unique and interesting groups in rock. The S/T new record from and company drops Feb. 11th and finds the group continuing to carve into their niche while also continuing one of the most impressive “hot streaks” of banger after banger in modern rock/metal. Fresh off a stint with Opeth and Mastodon on the road, Z+A are reaching more ears than ever. The project always felt confident but now it is positively rock solid. “Feed The Machine” refines the soul and social commentary of previous releases into one of the most merciless yet thilling examples of their juxtapositions yet, the metal nastier and the melodic parts even more moving. This song will absolutely destroy most venues. “Hold Your Head Low” is another standout, pushing the dynamics more than ever and really showcasing the band is quite capable of flexing, but in a way that is in service to the musical spell. The haters who called it a gimmick just look pathetic.

Author and Punisher have always evolved and stunned, now building up an impressive footprint which someday could sit right alongside some of the all time greats of industrial like Skinny Puppy and Front 242 if Tristan stays on his grind. Seems like the band has no intention of slowing down on Krüller and the gears will keep turning. Judging by the exciting “Glorybox” cover, the rulebook has been thrown even further out the window. Good news for fans of dystopian and atmospheric outsider music…even at the outfit’s most accessible yet. The Brad Boatright mastering ensures the drone machines hit harder than ever and really help showcase the highs and lows. Love to see a Confines, Gridfailure, A+P show at Vitus sometime…putting that out there for the universe.

Transcending Obscurity artists VORGA create fierce and colorful black metal of galactic proportions. Their look kind of reminds me if Hollywood Undead took DMT and emerged from a long chrono sleep where Immortal and Star Trek were played next to their ears to stimulate the submerged mind. They sort of sound like that too, but without the rap rock part, lol.

We are talking sinister yet melodically compelling black metal that traverses many a nebulous and vast space inside before culminating in the “Death Manifesting”. This will spark both the imagination and likely some marijuana cigarettes as well. Adam Burke (Imperialist) provides the album artwork.

The End Is The Beginning from trumpet extraordinaire Mac Gollehon is a great addition to Nefarious Industries ethos of pushing quirky, anarchic, freak fringe or punk informed post-modernist jazz fuckery. Gollehon has played on thousands of records including many gold and platinum releases. His pedigree is long and imposing, from Mighty Sparrow to Duran Duran to Bowie to Onyx to Blondie to free noise jazz. It would cause glee in any avid music fan to read and makes you want to digest his life story immediately.

On The End Is The BeginningGOLLEHON works as a multi-instrumentalist, providing trumpet, cornet, trombone, percussion, keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals, and more. The End Is The Beginning was engineered, recorded, and mixed by David Brenner (Gridfailure) who adds field recordings, samples, and visuals. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Lost Dog Street Band, Dälek) and completed with photography by Tyler Adams.

This record just feels like you are deeply breathing in the street, similar to how Mingus could just drop you right into the action and the traffic like you had stepped through a movie screen. There is motion and emotion paired with a dizzying technical skill that never succumbs to ruining the overall , the mark of the greatest level of talent possible.

Mac reflects, “I would compare this EP’s creation to reverse-engineering. After a cool photo session with Tyler, I sent the photos to David; he suggested I write some music reflecting the character of the photos. I agreed it was a great idea and composed several sequence motifs; I pulled out the score pad and had it completed by the end of the day like a film score deadline. Using device, process, and tonal subset organization, visual intuition referencing influences from early ‘70s crime films was my start. Don Ellis’ The French Connection, Lalo Schifrin’s Dirty Harry suite, David Shire’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and Ennio Morricone’s works were influential reference points.”

He continues, “Being a solo EP, I tracked all instruments. We scheduled four days of the most intense humidity the Summer had to offer but successfully tracked and mixed with David at The Compound. Just as in reverse-engineering, the photos served as the initial model of inspiration. Next, the design recovery, orchestrating the structure for resolve and de-solve. And finally, analysis recovery by eliminating – or in some cases highlighting – errors in the process, such as an occasional lucky accident.”

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Zeal and Ardor supporting Mastodon and Opeth on tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 2:44 PM (PST)

As we get pumped for the self titled album ZEAL & ARDOR that will be out the 11th of February 2022 (preorder it now HERE) , today we can also add that the controversial and revolutionary band will be part of a tour that will surely be spoken of in the legends of metal history someday.

The band announced it thusly on Facebook:

Servants! After way too long a time we are thrilled to announce we are touring the US. Not just that we will be supporting the mighty Mastodon and the incomparable Opeth. It goes without saying that we are beyond thrilled about this. See you out there. Tickets go on sale Sept 17th 10am local time.

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Black metal blues alchemists Zeal & Ardor will drop Live In London on March 22 via MVKA/Radicallis. The band are currently supporting Deafheaven and Baroness on one of the most exciting tours of 2019 thus far.


Listen to “Baphomet” here.


The 22-track pending live album includes four previously unreleased songs. The release is the entire recording of the band’s headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on December 2017. It will be available digitally, on CD, and as a Double White 180g vinyl.

The new songs included are “We Never Fall,” “Hold Your Head Low,” “Cut Me,” and the aforementioned “Baphomet.” Barring those tracks, the setlist was devised from the band’s two existing albums: the debut Devil Is Fine and 2018’s follow-up Stranger Fruit.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “We recorded our London show last December. Since we’re really proud of our performance, we are releasing the entire show consisting of our entire catalogue of songs. Mixing duties crushed by Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches mastered these 80 minutes into cohesion. We are really happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to unleash it upon you all.”

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Zeal & Ardor announce North American tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM (PST)

Swiss-American music-makers Zeal & Ardor have announced a slew of North American tour dates.

The tour is in support of Stranger Fruit which is out today!

Zeal & Ardor will be supported on tour by Astronoid.

The band won’t be hitting North American until September 20, but you can see their full list of tour dates here.

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It doesn’t take long into a play-through of the heated and mind bending single“Waste” from NYC buzz band Zeal & Ardor to realize that Manuel Gagneux did not come to play on his creation’s new forthcoming release Stranger Fruit (out in June).

Zeal &Ardor’s Devil Is Fine debut caused a lot of tongues to wag with a mix of gospel, soul and extreme metal elements . The formerly one man band has given way to the project becoming a fully-fledged, internationally-touring group. For Stranger Fruit, Gagneux entered the studio with producer Zebo Adam and mixer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Nails). The title is timely, reminding that there is still plenty of work to be done but that bridges can still be built.

Read a discussion with Manuel Below.

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