The debate between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins obviously goes to Phil (he collabed with Bone Thugs, Tarzan and “Against All Odds” can make anyone cry). When it comes to the solo prowess of Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till of Neurosis it is harder to pick a favorite, and you almost don’t want to. Both have released incredibly moving and introspective works that have challenged them to touch upon new foundations creatively while also pulling from known strengths. My all time favorites from them as solo endeavors would probably be Scott’s brooding folksterpiece The Forgiven Ghost In Me and Steve’s awe inspiring Harvestman meditation Music For Megaliths.
Anyhow, all that aside it is always rad to see either of these true artists resurface to do solo appearances. The creativity over-floweth from one vessel.
Taking place in the shadows of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming, Fire In The Mountains MMXX will take place July 10th through 12th. Steve Von Till joins the lineup which includes Enslaved as well as Yob, Obsequiae and many more. In addition to Enslaved’s headlining performance of the gathering, the band’s Ivar Bjørnson is the 2020 feature curator, presenting a special “On Wings Over Utgard” segment of the fest, in which Von Till will be performing. Find more info on Fire In The Mountains MMXX HERE.Add to My Radar
The tour, which kicked off in Sacramento on July 5, will be in Los Angeles tonight and run through July 18, when it will end in Denver.
CHRCH are touring in support of Light Will Consume Us All out now via Neurot Recordings. Light Will Consume Us All was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills (King Woman, Bog Oak, VRTRA) at Earthtone Studios in Sacramento.
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Ufomammut is preparing to release a box set called XX in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. The XX box set will feature nine Ufomammut’s albums. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike Snake, Snailking, Lucifer Song, Idolum, Eve,Oro, Ecate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour.
XX sees Ufomammut’s Poia performing acoustic guitar and effects, Urlo handling vocals, synth, and effects, and Vita on drums and percussion, with Ciccio and Stefano Tocci handling sound production and recording. The sound was mixed by Stefano Tocci at Ampire Studio and mastered by Luca Piazza at Zen Garden Studio.
“We thought it could have been great to celebrate our twenty years as a band with something different. We wanted to collect all our music in a single place, but we wanted also to do something that we never did before, so we thought about to play a different version of some songs. The ‘acoustic side’ came out from that and we’re very proud of the result we were able to play in front of our beloved fans during our latest spring tour. It was amazing to share these songs with all the people that are following us since the beginning. This is a present for all of them and also for us, for what we’ve been during these long twenty years.”
The XX box set will see release on September 9 through Ufomammut’s own Supernatural Cat Records.
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Ufommamut deal in the kind of miraculously trippy and sludgy sonic weddings that fans of Stoneburner, Mastodon or, say, Eagle Twin can relate to. It is nice to see the Italian band taking cult band White Hills out on tour with them. I have seen White Hills tour with Kylesa and they have a lot of diversity in their often psychedelic and ritualistic guitar sound. Their recent Stop Mute Defeat is a colder sort of industrial affair but only adds more range and social bite to their killer repertoire. Ufomammut’s colossal sound is hard to describe, but you can check out their latest 8 here.
The trek includes performances at Maryland Deathfest, Northwest Terror Fest, Sled Island Festival, and more. A full list of tour dates and ticket links can be found below.
UFOMAMMUT bassist/vocalist Urlo was this week involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident which leaves him requiring knee surgery. With pure devotion to their stateside fans, the surgery will be postponed until after the tour, and the band will perform as planned.
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Neurosis, Converge and Amen Ra return as a touring package to devastate the West Coast!
Nearly one year after touring Eastern North America with Converge and Amenra, NEUROSIS will now bring this show to fans on the other end of the continent. The new tour will begin on July 6th in Seattle, running through Vancouver, Portland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Lawrence, Dallas, ending in Austin on July 21st.
Converge are arguably supporting one of their best records in awhile, Amen Ra are always brilliant and deserving of more attention and Neurosis are, well…Neurosis.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 23rd at 10am local time. See all new dates and links below.
Released in September 2016, NEUROSIS’ acclaimed eleventh studio LP Fires Within Fires is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms through the band’s own Neurot Recordings; stream the album HERE and see all bundles and options HERE.
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SCOTT KELLY of NEUROSIS announces a European solo tour for early 2018, where he’ll be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake.
The tour will be supported by the release of a 7″ EP which captures the two artists performing at their show at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 3rd, 2017, during a US tour together. In selecting these two songs for the release, SCOTT KELLY offers, “we felt that they show the depth, emotion, and life that we are trying to bring to them.”
This limited edition live 7″ will be sold throughout the tour via My Proud Mountain, available in quantities of 200 on purple vinyl and 100 on black vinyl. A full overview of the dates can be found below.
See a new tour trailer by Chariot Of Black Moth HERE and the video of SCOTT KELLY performing NEUROSIS’ “Stones From The Sky” acoustic on the edge of Crater Lake with Revolver Magazine’s new No Distortion series HERE.
[photo by Danin Drahos]
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Neurosis are (and always likely will be) the reigning post-metal champs, a term that falls far short of capturing a sound that reaches into the depths with claw tipped roots, crosses the oceans with the spirit of the wanderer and screams at the heavens as the vastness of the void evokes awe, fear and desire. The seeds of their future were first sewn on the long out of print The Word As Law, a record that has been their most underground classic for too long. Seriously, for the longest time my friend Matto from Peterwalkee Records was the only East Coast punk besides me I knew who had even heard it.
Today Neurosis are streaming the record in full on their bandcamp, remastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston and featuring updated and tweaked art from Josh Graham that fits in nicely next to their other reissues and current ‘look’. But again, they were already anticipating “Tomorrow’s Reality” and the record itself settles in perfectly in their development to the listener while able to hang toe to toe with ANY of this years often ‘so-called’ hardcore albums.
“To What End” alone is so ahead of the curve it is almost laughable how long it took many other bands to catch on. This record perfectly combines their early punk rage with a more experimental hardcore approach (def feel the Rudimentary Peni influence they always talk about on some of these numbers). Pretty sure this is the first one with Von Till and their are no keys but man, the cool guitar tones and those punk ass basslines slay. This record has so much to offer new generations and hopefully many people will discover it again.
Much like my favorite Beatles album Revolver, you can hear the band having breakthrough after breakthrough as artists in real time.Add to My Radar
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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One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache will be released on March 25 via Neurot Recordings.
Check out the track listing for the album as well as a teaser video here.Add to My Radar
None or Unknown
The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F'd and B'd) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn't look like even Starbucks wasn't gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n' roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard. This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes. If your band doesn't bang as hard as the ending of "The Dog", just quit now.