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Album Review: King Woman – ‘Celestial Blues’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:23 PM (PST)

King Woman
Celestial Blues
Relapse

5/5

Some of the best art comes from outgrowing that which does not serve us, self-empowerment through (not strictly Biblical) transfiguration. Doing the hard work of allowing change. Everyone has light and dark sides and, not always, but in many cases that depends on your vantage point. But sometimes we have to risk it all to grow and thrive.

As far as an example that relates to the new King Woman album, what came to mind first was Margarita (influenced by Faust’s Gretchen) from one of my favorite books. Yes, I mean Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (I have a large rib tat of the evil sarcastic drunken Satanic black cat Behemoth pointing his pistol towards my crotch, hahaha). Anyway, not only did this classic book serve as the impetus for “Sympathy For The Devil” but it featured a skewering of false and vain people, an examination of Christ and Judas as almost co-dependant in how they expose one another’s weak spots, a woman escaping an unhealthy situation and demanding art be deified and a sort of culmination of apotheosis via a Walpurgis Night wild ceremony. While King Woman’s new completely cathartic doom and bloom (over strictly gloom) sophomore album draws more from Paradise Lost influences- the classic of literature, not the metal band- there are some similar touchstones here. Albeit with smoky, jazz alluding shadowy atmosphere paired with heavy metal and brilliant vocal layering.

Created in the Image of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out and I kind of think this one is even better already. Damn, yo.

The title track captivates from the start with a plaintively almost hesitant Kristina Esfandiari speaking the album name over sparse and atmospheric, frail notes. It almost sounds like a statement of intent…celestial blues. To feel the vast cosmos in all sadness and beauty, contradiction and pain. All of the band’s music has felt like both a refuge and semi-addictive but also totally overwhelming at times, and things start right off that way this time as well. Something about the initial energy reminded me fleetingly of PJ Harvey’s “Catherine”, maybe the saddest song and my favorite from the Is This Desire? era and the “I damn to Hell every second you breathe” sparse bluesy vibe.

King Woman (and Jack Shirley) have created a masterful event here. Esfandiari channels characters and bares bones over intense and well composed doomgaze. I have been thinking how it feels more streamlined, but not in a watered down sense. It is like the band have managed to not lose their avant-garde edge while really refining and focusing the material more than ever. There is a hypnotic pull and spellbinding tension to doom songs that other less talented bands would plod on worshipping the riff into bong induced monotony until the horse is beaten dead. While that can be cool sometimes, there is also something powerful in respecting then crescendo and emotional peaks that come with pairing such material with pretty much the best vocalist in several genres at the moment (I have been telling people that about Kris for a few years now and stand by it).

“Psychic Wound” is like a tormented lullaby with the most intense screams yet attached to this project and the catchiest melody and riffing as well to date. It is both sensual and also terrifying, like the paint is gonna peel off the walls and gush blood like Evil Dead 2 at any minute (which the video sort of reflects, haha). It has become one of my top three favorite songs from the group (along with “Deny” and “King Of Swords”, if you were wondering). “Morning Star” is completely amazing with the most intimidating and bad ass video of the year paired with chanting at the end that is pure falling from the heavens payoff and will light the fire in any heavy music fan like a ritual torch. Like the new Amenra record De Doorn, you are experiencing total respect and immersion into the artistic process. A little patience will be rewarded aplenty, such as when the six minute plus “Golgotha” showcases this group’s ability to raptly weave dynamics, storytelling and rhythmic shifts into unconventional storytelling that is like a doorway to another land. “Coil” is another standout track, stacatto percussive hits and hyperventilating ushering in a sort of tribal beat and riff that is almost like King Woman channeling Dead Kennedys and anarcho (post) punk. It is big and droning and exciting.

There is really just no one doing it this good right now and KW continue to top themselves. But isn’t that the point of flying closer to the sun, to dare to dream of bigger possibility? This is the kind of shit that people are going to be able to revisit for years and ultimately that will change (and can even save) lives.

I was raised by the wolves, ate ’til they full (I was raised by…), Runnin’ through the night, playin’ with your life, Go against the pack, that’s risking your life!

Today’s big black metal news is that boscage and boss riff enthusiasts WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have released another single from their highly anticipated Primordial Arcana record (due out August 20th, 2021 on Relapse Records (North America) and Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada). They are always reliable but “Spirit Of Lightning” is maybe my favorite tune from them in awhile. There is just enough audible Bathory infused charm paired with harsh vocal perfection which seemingly attempts nothing less than to make some primal sense of existence and convey a reverence for the connective awe we can share through music, nature worship and deep diving into the collective unconscious. It all melds together into one of their catchiest and most emotion stirring songs yet.

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KING WOMAN releases “Psychic Wound” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 4:18 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Nedda Afsari

KING WOMAN have released the video for “Psychic Wound”, the latest music from the group which continues to be both harrowing and comforting in equal measure. Some intense screams on this one from Kris and the band (drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf) again provide a perfect framework of dissonance and sonic subversion. Celestial Blues comes out July 30th via Relapse.

This and Donald Rumsfeld dying are a little bit of cosmic justice on an otherwise fucking horrible news day.

“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit,” explains Kris Esfandiari of the riveting track and its visual companion. “When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity.”

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb). Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker).

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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Gore experts Exhumed will soon get back to what they do best, corrupting the youth with some of the bloodiest death metal ever! The Worming Through America tour begins October 22 and features support from Creeping Death, Bewitcher & Enforced! Can you say “Shattered Sanity” three times fast?!!  Tickets are on sale this Friday and a full schedule is available below.

EXHUMED Comments:

“We’re beyond psyched to be back on the road AT LAST! It’s been far too long since the teeming masses have choked on our foul stench. We’ve put together a killer, diverse lineup to crack craniums and rupture eardrums in a town (hopefully) near you, as well as some new surprises, including ‘Worming,’ an exclusive ‘tour-only’ vinyl EP. Gas up your chainsaws, put your beers and corpses on ice and get ready for us to roll into your neck of the woods and wake up some neighbors!”

EXHUMED TOUR DATES:

All Dates Oct 22 – Nov 20 w/ Creeping Death / Bewitcher / Enforced (Drops after Nov 13)

Oct 22 Costa Mesa, CA The Commissary

Oct 23 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick

Oct 24 Mesa, AZ Nile Underground

Oct 25 Flagstaff, AZ Yucca North

Oct 26 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad

Oct 27 El Paso, TX The Rock House

Oct 28 Odessa, TX Cactus House

Oct 29 San Antonio, TX The Rock Box

Oct 30 Austin, TX The Lost Well

Oct 31 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey

Nov 02 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle Brewing

Nov 03 Cincinnati, OH Legends

Nov 04 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

Nov 05 Norfolk, VA Taphouse

Nov 06 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery

Nov 07 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

Nov 08 Boston, MA Sonia

Nov 09 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

Nov 10 Detroit, MI Sanctuary

Nov 11 Chicago, IL Reggie’s

Nov 12 Madison, WI Crucible

Nov 13 Davenport, IA Racoon Motel

Nov 14 Omaha, NE Slowdown *

Nov 15 Denver, CO Oriental Theater *

Nov 16 Salt Lake City, UT Ace’s High Saloon *

Nov 17 Boise, ID The Shredder *

Nov 18 Seattle, WA El Corazon *

Nov 19 Portland, OR Dante’s *

Nov 20 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Opera House *

* No Enforced

EXHUMED Are:

Matt Harvey – Guitar, Vocals

Ross Sewage – Bass, Vocals

Mike Hamilton – Drums

Sebastian Phillips – Guitar

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The Obsessed and The Skull announce exciting doom tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM (PST)

[THE SKULL photo by Alyssa Hermann]

Wino and Eric Wagner on the same tour? Sign us up and spark a fatty.

THE OBSESSED and THE SKULL will join forces for a US co-headlining tour this Summer. Set to commence July 29th in Cleveland, Ohio, the doom rock caravan will wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 16th in Rochester, New York. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

 

THE OBSESSED/THE SKULL:
7/29/2021 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH **
7/30/2021 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee WI
7/31/2021 Cobra Lounge – Chicago IL
8/01/2021 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN (matinee show)
8/01/2021 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY (evening show)
8/02/2021 Brickyard Bar – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2021 Growlers – Memphis, TN
8/04/2021 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR
8/05/2021 Bears – Shreveport, LA
8/06/2021 Division Brewery/Grrowl – Arlington, TX
8/07/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX ##
8/07/2021 Ripple Fest @ Texas Ski Ranch – New Braunfels, TX ^^
8/08/2021 Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/09/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX **
8/10/2021 Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA **
8/10/2021 Santos – New Orleans, LA ##
8/11/2021 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
8/12/2021 Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/13/2021 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
8/14/2021 GoldSounds – Brooklyn, NY
8/15/2021 Alchemy – Providence, RI
8/16/2021 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
** THE OBSESSED only
## THE SKULL only
^^ WINO Solo
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Album Cover Art by Amjad Faur and Wolves in the Throne Room

Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date, and their first release via Relapse Records (North America only) out August 20th.

Watch the “Mountain Magick” music video, directed by Wolves in the Throne Room, on YouTube HERE.

“Mountain Magick was shot in the northern reaches of the Olympic Mountains and the ancient forests that shroud the foothills. We wrote the story, created the costumes, shot the footage and did the editing ourselves, so it is a true product of our hearts and souls. Creating our own videos has been a long standing dream and now It’s very exciting to bring these Visions into the Cinematic Realm.”  

Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on DLX 2xLP/2xLP/LP/CD/CS/Digital via Relapse Records (North America) and available through Century Media in Europe. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and the band HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

Primordial Arcana super limited Deluxe 2LP boxset includes the deluxe 2LP featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” pressed on black inside translucent gold and tan half ‘n half with black, oxblood and olive green splatter housed in a deluxe boxset with gold foil stamping. Boxset also includes a 3′ x 3’ album art flag, a custom 12-sided dice set with velvet pouch, a 3.5″ embroidered patch and a die-cut medallion with chain. Exclusively available through Relapse.com and alternate vinyl colorway available direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore.

Primordial Arcana super limited, one time pressing Deluxe 2LP is cut at 45rpm featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” not contained on the core 1LP album. North American colorways of this version available through Relapse.com and direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore and live performances.

Primordial Arcana Tracklist:

  1. Mountain Magick
  2. Spirit of Lightning
  3. Through Eternal Fields
  4. Primal Cham (Gift of Fire)
  5. Underworld Aurora
  6. Masters of Rain and Storm
  7. Eostre
  8. Skyclad Passage (Bonus Track)

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s new album title Primordial Arcana is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.

Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph.  “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim “as above, so below” as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, Primordial Arcana is the first WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.

Always uncompromising, Primordial Arcana sees WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, Primordial Arcana proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, Primordial Arcana cements WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Is:

Nathan Weaver – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aaron Weaver – Drums/Synth/Voice
Kody Keyworth – Vocals/Guitar

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AMENRA share “Voor Immer” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:09 AM (PST)

Photo by Jeroen Mylle

AMENRA share the official “Voor Immer” music video from the impending Relapse debut full-length De Doorn (June 25). Watch the full video on YouTube HERE.

Additionally, AMENRA announce a livestream event celebrating the release of De Doorn. The fire ritual will commence on June 27 at 9pm CET. More info at tickets are available HERE.

AMENRA vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout comments:

“What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes”

“Voor Immer” (“For Ever”) was one of the first songs we have written for De Doorn. We played it for the very first time in 2018 on the city square of Dixmude, West Flanders Belgium. Accompanied by the carillon, its bells a typical instrument from Belgium and the low countries, we connected the earth with the sky. It was initially written for a commemoration ceremony of the ending of the first world war. 

Images of widows and mothers bereft of their sons. Destroyed cities and whom was left to die. Finding strength and courage to rebuild what once was there, without what was theirs.

The last time we played it live was in Menen, West Flanders Belgium end 2019. That night we gathered and burnt all our unacknowledged loss. Revealing by fire the 20feet high bronze AMENRA statue glowing red, a symbol of hope.

This is a song about finding that hope, the strength to carry on. Its content ever present in the world today. 

“to fall and to rise
under merciless skies
light and grace
lines marring a mothers face
wounds inflicted by love
scarring our skin
here and above
our home. blemish on the land
cuts fading to the softest trace
outstretched. a beggars hand
one last poem
and letters unread
it ends here. and weighs us
down like lead
I stumble I fall
my eyes to the ground
one last sigh
a silent sound”

De Doorn is out June 25 on Deluxe 2xLP/2xLP/CD/CS/Digital. Physical pre-orders via Relapse.com are available HERE. Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

 

Photo by Nedda Afsari

Kris Esfandiari seems able to swoop in randomly from another dimension and effortlessly remind the music world, regardless of genre, they are playing with fire if they get overly cocky. Esfandiari just operates on another level where even the concept of artistic growth feels like trite shorthand for the fucking massive elemental forces unleased everytime Kris sings. King Woman (the doomgaze outfit Esfandiari fronts) will return with Celestial Blues this July 30th and continue to demolish all takers, if the jaw dropping power of their first video from the album is any indicator.

The lead single “Morning Star” was apparently a one-take performance, only strengthening my whole theory about the band basically conjuring their sound from a vortex. Fucking VIBES, dude! This tune is intense, like a lullaby from Dormammu’s Dark Dimension. If this were “Sympathy for the Devil” no one would have to “please allow…” a Mephistopheles-esque hat tipping introduction because you’d already know what fucking time it is. And if you don’t know, now you know.

“Creating this album has brought me great peace and closure,” says Esfandiari of Celestial Blues. “Grateful to finally share it with all of you.”

Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker). The band is rounded out by drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf. Visual collaborations featured in the album packaging were created by Nedda Afsari, Collin Fletcher, and Jamie Parkhurst.

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb).

Created In The Image Of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out, so to say we are stoked on this new development is an understatement.

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King Woman has confirmed a series of performances in support of the new album. Tickets and VIP Fan Club passes are on-sale this Friday, June 4 at 10 am pacific.

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 16 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 17 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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NOTHING announces dope ass tour with Frankie Rose

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:08 PM (PST)

Noisegaze melodic rockers NOTHING have announced an inspired tour with Frankie Rose. Tix are available for now HERE.

I am really tempted to pull the trigger on some tix for the NY show, but I have no idea wtaf I will be doing in October or where I will even be. I thought I would at least tell y’all and support the band that way.

The excellent band are supporting 2020’s The Great Dismal, a perfect jump on point for fans who somehow missed all their other dope records and a triumphant reminder of their power for everyone else.

Speaking of which, NOTHING celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Tired of Tomorrow full-length (my favorite) with a special deluxe LP! The limited LP features a flexi disc 7” with an exclusive unreleased demo and alternate ‘aged’ artwork. Officially out worldwide on November 5th.

Two Minutes to Late Night presents Splitsville: a new recurring live stream where two bands cover a song from each other’s catalog. It’s a homage to the classic 7″ cover splits nerds have to own but with two kick-ass music videos to go along with it. This nextSplitsvilleis going to be between hardcore pioneers Integrity and genre-defying shoegaze rock band Nothing. The stream will feature Integrity covering Nothing and Nothing covering Integrity with videos of the quality you come to expect from Two Minutes to Late Night PLUS exclusive crossover merch for both bands you can only buy during the 24-hour stream.

The live stream for the Nothing / Integrity – Splitsville performance with begins TONIGHT Friday, April 30th through the Two Minutes to Late Night Bandcamp channel here: https://twominutestolatenight.bandcamp.com/merch/splitsville-episode-2-integrity-nothing

Additionally a limited, one-time pressing only will be available through Relapse Records and 2 Minutes to Late Night’s Splitsville! This 7″ will only be available to pre-order from Friday, April 30th at 8PM EST at the launch of NOTHING’s and INTEGRITY’s Splitsville performances through Saturday, May 1st at 8PM EST. Relapse will only press the amount that is pre ordered and will ship this Fall.

Domenic Palermo (Nothing) comments:

“Integrity is the best hardcore band ever. to be able to collaborate with Dwid and the gang is bucket list level shit. I feel both honored and extremely nervous to be involved. I really hope we don’t play ourselves.” 

Dwid Hellion (Integrity) comments:

“I continue to be a long time fan of NOTHING and it is a great pleasure to be able to participate on the latest installment of SPLITSVILLE with them. Roaring such beauty into its own inversion.” 

Red Fang’s new album cover, artwork by Orion Landau

 

True rock believers RED FANG return with Arrows this year, scheduled for a June 4th release via Relapse Records. I am loving the super limited tape option which probably already sold out as I write this. As for the title track video…it is certainly humorous. Don’t goof with katana swords though, kids. I remember in social studies class years ago my buddy and I interviewed this sword master guy once who said he knew of a guy who played with one once drunk and like decapitated his St. Bernard or something super horrible and that story has scarred me for years. The bong chopping here is much more benign.

“It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles of the album that was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Funk (Murder The Mountains, Whales and Leeches). “It felt very comfortable with a loose schedule. We didn’t take it one song at a time, but added guitars, vocals, or general weirdness whenever an idea sprang to mind. We busted out a hurdy gurdy! It was that fun.

Long live Rock!!”

“WOW! We are SO EXCITED to finally release this record to the world! We finished the album way back in December 2019 and then… something happened that is not worth discussing…,” adds vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam“Making this record felt totally loose and easy. It felt like we were just doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and not overthinking anything. That attitude reminded me a lot of what it felt like to make Murder the Mountains. The result doesn’t sound anything like MTM, but it has more of that vibe.”

 

News of the eagerly-awaited album, the band’s first collection in five years, arrives with a new chapter in the band’s unparalleled canon of Whitey McConnaughy-directed music videos as the foursome unveils a clip for“Arrows” (https://youtu.be/lwQPJ1G2n5o). “Arrows” finds Red Fang once again exploring creative ways to spend the label’s music video budget in a subtle nod to the band’s classic “Wires” video.

“His way of presenting us really works,” says guitarist David Sullivan of the band’s relationship with Whitey. “That first video he did for us for ‘Prehistoric Dog’ gave us a big jumpstart as far as the band getting popular. And we love working with him.” 

Arrows tracklist:

 

    1. Take it Back
    2. Unreal Estate
    3. Arrows
    4. My Disaster
    5. Two High
    6. Anodyne
    7. Interop-Mod
    8. Fonzi Scheme
    9. Days Collide
    10. Rabbits in Hive
    11. Why
    12. Dr. Owl
    13. Funeral Coach

 

Pre-orders for the 13-song album are available now, with Arrows available in a variety of formats, including standard versions of the LP, CD, cassette and digitally, as well as, a limited-edition liquid filled LP, deluxe CD (exclusive to Europe and Relapse.com), and two collectible bundles: LP with a limited Arrows blacklight poster and a Red Fang x Psycho Las Vegas limited-edition Texas Hold’em themed box set. Dubbed the Fortune Hunter Gamblers Pack, the poker-themed package includes branded casino-quality playing cards, dice, collector’s coin, custom boxing, and a card of authenticity (all featuring custom artwork by Ian Colazzo), as well as the LP, and t-shirt. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (http://bit.ly/redfangarrows), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (https://orcd.co/redfangarrows).

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GENGHIS TRON release video for “Pyrocene”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Experimental musical gymnasts GENGHIS TRON have of course returned in a new configuration. I was hesitant at first because I loved the old records but have been low key digging and absorbing the new stuff as I can check it out.

The band’s first new studio outing in over a decade, Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky are now joined by two new collaborators: vocalist Tony Wolski and Sumac/Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. It helps a lot that Nick is one of the best drummers on the fucking planet and I like that Tony is not just copying their older approach.

Check out “Pyrocene” below which gives me Russian Circles/Autolux vibes in places. Order Dream Weapon HERE (with cover art that gives me Scale The Summit meets Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy feels).

Photo by Trevor Naud

Scene stalwarts RELAPSE RECORDS have gifted us with a fucking gigantic 30th Anniversary label sampler to smash the remainder of 2020 into the dust with. It’s a handy little survey course on the label’s celebrated history supporting the best of death, extreme, doom metal and whatever the heck else strikes their fancy. From titanic moments in scene history like Neurosis’ “Through Silver In Blood” or of course Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” to a huge range of tracks including Benumb, Don Caballero , The Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Tusk, Nothing, King Woman, Incantation, Morgion, Nux Vomica, Gism, Daylight Dies, Harvey Milk, Royal Thunder, Skinless, Iron Monkey, Mindrot and so many more…this is a deep dive into thrilling nostalgia and a love of the counter culture.

It must have taken them all year just to upload all these fucking songs to Bandcamp!

 

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Relapse Records presents 2R0I2P0, the brand new collaborative album from BORIS and MERZBOW. The 10 track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive BORIS catalog, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific MERZBOW.

 2R0I2P0’s opening track “Away From You” is on all streaming services HERE.

An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to “Twenty Twenty R.I.P.” “This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world,” BORIS comments. “This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again.”

2R0I2P0 is out December 11th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Pre-Orders are available HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

2R0I2P0 Tracklist:

  1. Away From You
  2. To The Beach
  3. Coma
  4. Love
  5. Absolutego
  6. Journey
  7. Uzume
  8. Evol
  9. Boris
  10. Shadow Of Skull

Yautja sign to Relapse!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:34 AM (PST)

Photo Credit: Scott Evans

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Nashville underground trio YAUTJA!

Formed in 2010, YAUTJA has made waves across the metal scene for the past decade. Featuring members of several other musical projects including Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites and more, YAUTJA amalgamate death metal, hardcore punk, grind and noise rock into a furious sound of their own.

YAUTJA Comment:

“The members of Yautja have been fans of Relapse artists and releases since middle school and the label has always been an outlet for discovering new and subversive music for us. We couldn’t be more stoked to share the music we’ve been working on over the past few years through this label.”

YAUTJA has released two full lengths and a 12″ EP as well as a handful of demos and splits through Forcefield Records, Gilead Media and Anti-Corporate Music Inc. to critical acclaim. Known for their pummeling live shows, YAUTJA has toured with the likes of Revocation, Exhumed, Dropdead, Inter Arma, Cult Leader, Rivers of Nihil, Black Breath, and more.

In 2020, the band headed to Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago to document their newest material – engineered by Scott Evans/Antisleep Audio and mastered by Brad Boatright/Audiosiege. 2021 will see the release of a new YAUTJA full length. More information about this release, and more, will be revealed in the months to come.

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