Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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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
Oakland post-metallers Neurosis are preparing to enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2012’s Honor Found in Decay.
In addition to recording their 11 studio album the band is playing three 30th anniversary performances at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Neurosis also has a few European dates planned.
Check out tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Corrections House don’t care about your feelings.
“Go back from whence you came and tie your shoes correctly this time”.
When the dust settles from listening to this new record, you won’t know if you have PTSD, are inspired or are a masochist.
Industrial influenced metal and punk has really made something of a tiny yet formidable comeback via acts like the brilliant UK act Hateful Abandon, France’s Crown, the doomy studio project Culted and the U.S.A.’s own vital, machine building, pacifist madman Author & Punisher or my pal Jay Gambit’s Crowhurst.
Even Nergal has been getting into Youth Code and it’s a good time to feel bleak and alive. Circle Of Animals was a cool record and even Ministry has had some solid late career surprises amidst their more speed metal direction, Theologian and Prurient thrill but the genre was mostly wheezing on paint fumes compared to other styles like thrash, death and metalcore which the public has clamored for more recently. That said, this shit is never gonna become standard mall kid fare, ever. Not unless Bladerunner ever really arrives in full.
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“Who made Hell… Hell made Who…” – “I Was Never Good At Meth,” CORRECTIONS HOUSE
CORRECTIONS HOUSE will unleash their long-anticipated, sophomore full-length, Know How To Carry A Whip, this October via Neurot Recordings. Darker, denser, and more despairing than their 2013-issued Last City Zero predecessor, the nine-track, forty-five-minute audio apocalypse was captured by the band’s own Sanford Parker (Minsk) and recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, in Vietnam. The record boasts a guest appearance by Negative Soldier and finds CORRECTIONS HOUSE – which features the fiery lineup of Parker, Fairbury, Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) — at their most punishing, painting electronic mosaics of deviance and decadence with brushes made of bristles of the damned.
Immersed in experiences of longing and loneliness from the depths of their collectively decaying hearts, each movement contained within CORRECTIONS HOUSE’s Know How To Carry A Whip reveals a new, unsettling sentiment of danger, paranoia and looming defeat. An underlying theme of confinement and release bridges each track. Atmospheric and haunting; hypnotic and pulsing, songs writhe and wither, decay and peel. Distorted, doomed and oft static sodden, discordant and tribal, twined around Williams’ unassailable manic street preacher prose and intermittently juxtaposed by the smooth, cradling sounds of Lamont’s lingering saxophone, Know How To Carry A Whip is at once bleak, grey, glacially devastating and metaphysically cathartic. “The music is simultaneously suffocating and freeing,” expounds Kelly, “but it also has the energy of a whirling dervish.”
In a rare, lucid skype transmission from the mental facility in which he currently resides. Fairbury further elaborates of the production, “the songs typically originate from the loops and beats that are generated from Sanford, then the skeleton of riffs are built by Scott and Bruce. Mike IX adds his profound observations and I do the final production. These new songs are far more developed and fluid then the first record. There is a prevailing groove that dominates.”
(Fairbury, who was missing briefly last year, obsessed with seeking clarity and understanding beyond Who, What and Why we are to ultimately expose The Truth, continues his downward spiral towards madness and despair. Allegedly plotting an elaborate escape, Fairbury plans to rejoin CORRECTIONS HOUSE in their systematic propagation of auditory abuse later this year.)
Oh yeah! Went to a great Murder By Death show last night and I’m opening for Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel tonight but thought I’d do a little Metal Riot work first. Such sweet news for this Friday to help you start your weekend right. This from camp Relapse just in:
As the next chapter in Relapse Records’ ongoing 25th anniversary commemoration, heavy music visionaries NEUROSIS will have two of their most revered and long out-of-print titles reissued on super deluxe 180-gram double vinyl this fall. Through Silver in Blood (1996), which Fact Magazine recently deemed the #1 best post-metal album of all time, has not been printed on vinyl in ten years, while Times of Grace (1999) is seeing its first pressing in over fifteen years. Additionally, Grace, the 1999 Tribes of Neurot companion piece to Times of Grace, will also see a deluxe Relapse reissue, its first time ever on vinyl.
Each reissue will contain reinterpretations of the original iconic artwork and will be housed in heavy duty “tip-on” jackets and will be available in a variety of limited edition exclusive colors. The reissues are set for worldwide release September 4th and will also include full album digital download codes. Preorders for all of the editions can be currently found HERE.Add to My Radar
Neurosis are arguably the band the most heavier leaning and cerebral artsy types can all agree on as outright kings in their field. The long running band of psychedelic tribal warriors were birthed from the Pain Of Mind political days but evolved over the years into nearly a force of nature themselves. We even gave their Honor Found In Decay record a five star review. Yep, there might as well be a fifth season called Neurosis. The band of deeply rooted punk metal elite champions will trek north to make an appearance at Heavy Montreal this year amidst a line-up including NOFX, Faith No More, Slipknot, Mr. Iggy Pop, Testament and Korn.
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Ides Of Gemini just sadly had to cancel their support slot on the Mountain Goats tour but if you listen to unstoppable new single “Carthage” you’d never assume there was any force capable of stopping the iron backbone in this music. CVLT Nation has the stream HERE. Seriously, when the heavier guitars first kick in I dare you not to have at least a tiny orgasm.
I just smoked a bowl and watched the half of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies I had yet to see to celebrate Earth Day, after spending my afternoon in Woodstock, NY watching His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje (the peace advocate who the Chinese didn’t want to be allowed to speak to American students here for fear his message would spread), tell a warm and jubilant crowd that Woodstock’s hippies are similar to most Tibetan saints in “loving nature and unity”. This “Carthage” track is about all I could have hoped to follow up such a day of sweeping fantasy cinema and my earlier outside spiritual afternoon revelation amongst like minded folk who care and know that compassion is a tougher face to wear than hate.
“Carthage” is full of resolve and beauty as well as a feeling of sorrow and somber, intricate textures. But the main thing is a stomping near grunge metal riff and soaring melodic banshee cries. It is the A side of their Record Store Day vinyl (the B side is a cover of “Strange Fruit” that will drop you to your knees). Head over to CVLT Nation and tell ’em Metal Riot sent ya.Add to My Radar
Due to a medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, West Coast sound enigmas, IDES OF GEMINI — who are currently in the midst of a tour with acclaimed indie rock unit, the Mountain Goats — are unable to play their forthcoming New York shows.
In an official band statement: “Due to Kelly’s injury, we will be unable to play the scheduled NYC shows with the Mountain Goats at Webster Hall (tonight) and the City Winery (Saturday and Sunday), as well as our scheduled headlining show at Saint Vitus Friday with Kosmodemonic and Steve Brodsky. With a few days of rest and a little luck, we’re hoping we can rejoin the Mountain Goats tour in Philadelphia on Monday night.”
Hopes for a speedy turn around. Great band. Their Magic Bullet Records new 2 song “Carthage/ Strange Fruit”- which is out April 18th for Record Store Day- is insanely gothy, triumphant and majestically good. I heard an advance.All copies are pressed on limited edition, one-time-only runs of clear and black vinyl. The title goes immediately out-of-print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art by Jas Helena (seen above), and music that will stay with your for possibly ever.
Remaining tour dates BELOW.
IDES OF GEMINI have announced additional dates in support of their Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length released in September via Neurot Recordings. Read a full length interview on the record HERE.
When asked about his aspirations for the band’s live performances last year, J. Bennett told me, “Definitely better. Hopefully bigger. I want it to be a real spectacle, with pyro and lasers and flying unicorns and shit, but I’m guessing I’ll get outvoted on that score.”
For dates see BELOW.Add to My Radar
Italian doom metallers Ufomammut have released a new track from their forthcoming album Ecate.
Ecate will drop on March 30th via Neurot Recordings.
The new track is called ‘Plouton’, and it is massive.
In addition to the new track fans can check out a series of mini-documentaries about the making of Ecate.
Check out ‘Plouton’, the documentary and Ufomammut tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Ufomammut from Italy are one of the heavier psychedelic and monolithic bands today. Their Eve concept record blew my mind and I’ve been a fan ever since that pro-sacred feminine monster of an album. Now the band are finally touring North America and bringing Relapse signees Usnea in tow (who recently released Random Cosmic Violence, a bold 4 song album).
Ufomammut will be supporting new seventh album Ecate, a track “Temple” from said banger recently unveiled at The Quietus HERE. It is heavy and weird just how we like our UFOs and Mammoths.
See BELOW for Ecate artwork and Spring N. American tour dates!Add to My Radar
Nirvana changed the world but perhaps couldn’t have done it so effectively without a killer grunge scene around them, bands like Tad, L7,Melvins and Mudhoney around them to help stoke the Seattle buzz fame flames higher that Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam burned up the charts with. The bands loved what they did and wanted to matter and make an impact, but even the most careerist person in the Seattle scene (and from most accounts everyone was really chill and down to Earth) couldn’t have expected Nirvana to revolutionize the mainstream. Tad Doyle was there first hand as a grunge/noise rock icon and scene leader, barking soulful poems of alienation and revelations mixed with the wry wit and crass edge that was Tad.
Since Tad broke up, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth have been Doyle’s main outlet. The more mercurial yet thunderous and doomy band have finally thudded a brontosaurus foot down and when it rises and the dust settles humanity will get to hear fully their crushing debut Brother Of The Sonic Cloth (Neurot).
It was a personal milestone of no small degree to get to speak to Tad Doyle on his career, “old souls”, touring with Nirvana, musical evolution and much more! Read it BELOW!
THE ROAD HOME, embodied by Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Noah Landis as well as Munly J Munly, will begin their West Coast tour this Thursday, January 22nd, which will run through Wednesday, February 4th, in support of the outfit’s recent rebirth, and in conjunction, have released a newly re-recorded track.
The title track to SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME‘s 2012 debut LP, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, the project founded as a solo venture for Kelly, has recently been reinterpreted with the full inclusion of both Landis and Munly, as both now find themselves permanent residents of THE ROAD HOME. Reborn, this anthem now sees the light of day through an exclusive premiere via Cvlt Nation, who offers on the revised rendition of the new rendition, “This haunting track really shows the evolution of the project and showcases the formidable musicians behind its creation.”
Revisit “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” in a new light with THE ROAD HOME through Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
Tour dates and more info BELOW on this exciting evolution of an already great batch of material.Add to My Radar
Tad Doyle is a hero of mine. Just the other morning when I heard my girlfriend’s daughter liked Ross Lynch from boy band R5, I told her that my favorite boy band was this old grunge band Tad and showed her the picture of Doyle in his patented LOSER shirt. Anyway, today I am working on keeping PMA and also found out my old land lord and friend, a drum teacher, passed away. It is a heavy hearted winter day, even if I am recuperating from a rad High On Fire/Mountain Of Wizard show last night. But let’s keep focused on music. I first learned of Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth through my friend Jay Andersen of the band Flourish ( a great post hardcore band). It was a few years ago when Jay was recording my old band Antidote 8’s EP True Form. It was a great day because we’d gotten vocal tracks mixed from Rebecca Vernon from the band SubRosa for our collaboration song “Settle Down”. Jay and I had been just prior discussing Sub Pop 300 and Jay asked if I knew Tad Doyle had a doom band now.
Now a few years later BoTSC are about to release a record via Neurot!
Says Doyle of the band’s creation: “After almost fifteen years without putting out a record, much time was spent woodshedding, riffing and writing new material. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH was originally a recording-only project and creative outlet for me playing all instruments on early unreleased demos but I quickly realized that I wanted the music to be played live so I would have to enlist other like-minded players. Peggy was an obvious choice with her enthusiasm and energy that made her an asset right from the start of integrating the band with other musicians. Dave French was a guy we both related to on a musical and deep spiritual level. We had played shows together with our respective bands, Peggy and I in BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH and Dave who played bass in his band The Anunnaki. Dave completed the circle when he offered to play drums and his joining was this last piece that solidified the band. We are very honored and excited to have this release on Neurot Recordings whom with their legacy goes a fierce integrity that we are proud to be a part of.”
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth will be released February 17th, 2015 via Neurot Recordings with further album clips to be released in the weeks to come.