3. Inner Cycle
6. Visions in the Cave
8. In the Wake of the Millions
10. Dead Sun
French progressive metal group Mantra have just released the first new song from their newly-announced second album “Laniakea”. The album was recorded and mixed by Arthur Lauth at Brown Bear Recording, mastered by Master Lab Systems. “Laniakea” follows-up their 2013’s full-length “Into The Light” and is set for release on October 1st via Finisterian Dead End.
3. Inner Cycle
6. Visions in the Cave
8. In the Wake of the Millions
10. Dead Sun
Now, here is an intense line-up for your metal needs, guaranteed for a wicked night out. Skeleton Witch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Homewrecker & Gatecreeper are preparing to tour the United States together. The tour is aptly called 'Curse Of The Dead 2016', and these are the dates.
9/28 Asheville, NC – Mothlight #
9/29 Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^
9/30 Savannah, GA – The Jinx ^
10/1 Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^
10/2 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic ^
10/4 New Orleans, LA – Siberia ^
10/5 Houston, TX – White Oak ^
10/6 Dallas, TX – RBC ^
10/7 Austin, TX – Barracuda ^
10/9 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge ^
10/10 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ^
10/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy ^
10/12 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge ^
10/14 Portland, OR – Panic Room ^
10/15 Seattle, WA – Highline ^
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar ^
10/18 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater ^
10/19 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room &
10/20 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews &
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock &
10/22 Chicago, IL – Subterranean &
10/23 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter &
10/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo &
10/26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts &
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus &
10/26 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery &
10/30 Richmond, VA – Hardywood Brewery &
# with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & All Hell
^ with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & Gatecreeper
& with Iron Reagan & Oathbreaker & Homewrecker
Ahead of the release of their new album, Chinese experimental, instrumental post-rock band, Wang Wen will release a unique vinyl box set of their collaborative performance with cinematographer Cheng Ran. Cheng Ran approached Wang Wen to provide the soundtrack to a nine hour film he was creating, and the band pushed themselves to the limits of their creativity when recording that soundtrack. The results, entitled 'In Course of the Miraculous' will be released on 4 separate vinyl EPs, packaged into a 55 - pages photo art book, and a DVD documenting the live performance and recording process. The 30 x 26 cm photo book comes with a leather binding and screw joints. The whole will be released by Pelagic Records on 9 September and pre-order have already started here. Wang Wen’s next album, Sweet Home Go! will be released later in September, with more details to follow shortly.
pre-order on Pelagic Records
Italian black/death/industrial metal band The Burning Dogma have just launched new video! The song 'Skies Of Grey' comes from the new album 'No Shores Of Hope' which was released by Sliptrick Records.
Lord Kesseli And The Drums is a duo of the musicians Dominik Kesseli and Michael Gallusser from St-Gallen (Switzerland). Both are playing in another band called Stahlberger. Recently, they released a video for the track 'Waiting For Arnold'.
Lord Kesseli And The Drums was formed in 2014 by Dominik Kesseli (Stahlberger, A Crashed Blackbird Called Rosehip, The Masked Animals etc.). Together with Michael Gallusser (Stahlberger, Kaolin, etc.), Lord Kesseli and the Drums create involved soundscapes with drums, guitar, electronic bases, synthesizer and pre-produced samples. Over these soundscapes they build forfeited cloud-castles and behind these locked doors, stories of human manipulation through consumption and economy, politics and religion are told. The songs were produced at Michael Gallussers QFLM-Studio in St. Gallen.
You can purchase the album here
pg.lost have announced details of their upcoming album, titled 'Versus', which will be released this September via Pelagic Records. The Swedish four piece wrote a lot of the album separately, swapping ideas online, before coming together to record at their newly purchased recording studio. The album title 'Versus' emerged out of a song idea, that consisted of two very different and contrasting ideas, which were never planned to be one song, but ended up complimenting each other. Versus doesn't necessarily describe a relationship between irreconcilable entities, the band explain.
Gustav Almberg comments: "It is possible that some things that on the surface seem totally different could be a perfect match. But mostly the album title is a reflection of today’s society that seems to get more and more polarised. Boundaries of what is okay to say and do are constantly moved towards something that feels dehumanising, and all the fucked up idiots crawl out of their caves all the way up to the top of the mountain."
Whilst some elements of the album will be familiar to pg.lost fans, there are some distinct differences to previous releases. The effect-saturated vocals, which were a trademark on previous pg.lost releases, have disappeared on Versus, and given way to more keys and synths. “Kristian was in the middle of heavy touring with Cult of Luna playing keys every day during that time, so he had a lot of synth-based ideas for songs. I guess this has helped us to take the band into a bit of a new direction sound wise“, comments Almberg.
Their sound is throbbing with great melancholy, but there is also an element of dirty rock n' roll thrown in too, as demonstrated in the crushingly heavy closing section of monumental opening track Ikaros, in the distorted bass line kicking off the second track of the album, Off The Beaten Path, or in the huge roomy drum sound throughout the record.
Extensive touring is planned in support of Versus - both in Europe and further afield, as pg.lost have developed a huge fan base in Asia.
Versus will be released via Pelagic Records on 16 September 2016. Pre orders for Versus are now available via the Pelagic webstore; the album is available on vinyl, CD or as part of a vinyl and T-shirt bundle.
Mattias Bhatt: guitar
Martin Hjertstedt: drums
Gustav Almberg: guitar
Kristian Karlsson: bass
Vinyl preorder: http://pelagic-records.com/?p=8391
CD preorder: http://pelagic-records.com/?p=8398
Vinyl + T-shirt bundle: http://pelagic-records.com/?p=8399
German black metal / sludge act Zeit have revealed a video for the song 'Verloren', which comes off their latest ep 'Gram' (read our review). The video shows the strong DIY mentality of Zeit, and obviously fits perfectly with their grim and bleak music. Check it out.
Israeli extreme metalllers WINTERHORDE have a brand new video for "Worms of Souls," a track taken from their highly acclaimed album Maestro, which was released on May 20th this year by ViciSolum Productions.
The video was directed by the multi-talented Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu, who had previously worked with bands such as At the Gates, Carach Angren, Mayhem and many more.
Post-rock maestros 65DaysOfStatic just announce a bunch of European tourdates in support of their upcoming album 'No Man's Sky' which will be released in August.
About the album:
No Man’s Sky is a project about a borderless universe of infinite possibility. A brighter future to imagine than the one it currently looks like we are headed toward. So in the meantime, and in the hope that this continent isn’t sloping toward a fractured oblivion, we are pleased to announce Part One of the No Man’s Sky tour. The European leg. Before you ask – there will be more parts coming. Just hold tight. Here are the shows announced so far. Tickets go on sale 10am BST on Wednesday 29th June
We have been working very hard on the artwork for this release. You can see the front cover at the top of this post and we will be releasing the rest of it over the coming weeks. And best of all is the fact that we are able to release this as a limited edition, 4 x vinyl boxset. It’s flattering how many people have already pre-ordered this sight unseen, but now you have some idea of what it will look like. It’s available as a 2 x vinyl set too, and CD, digital, etc.
28th July: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, UK | TICKETS
17th October: 013, Tilburg, Netherlands | TICKETS
18th October: Les 4 Ecluses, Dunkerque, France | TICKETS
19th October: Badaboum, Paris, France | TICKETS
20th October: La Rodia, Besancon, France | TICKETS
21st October: Usine (PTR), Geneva, Switzerland | TICKETS
22nd October: Bergmal, Zurich, Switzerland | TICKETS
24th October: Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain | TICKETS
25th October: But, Madrid, Spain | TICKETS
26th October: Hard Club, Porto, Portugal | TICKETS
29th October: Las Armas, Zaragoza, Spain | TICKETS
1st November: MJC Picaud, Cannes, France | TICKETS
2nd November: Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy | TICKETS
3rd November: Monk, Rome, Italy | TICKETS
4th November: Magnolia, Milan, Italy | TICKETS
5th November: Mame, Padova, Italy | TICKETS
6th November: Kranhalle, München, Germany | TICKETS
7th November: WUK, Vienna, Austria | TICKETS
8th November: MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic | TICKETS
9th November: C-Theatre, Berlin, Germany | TICKETS
10th November: Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany | TICKETS
11th November: Q-Factory, Amsterdam, Netherlands | TICKETS
13th November: Botanique, Brussels, Belgium | TICKETS
14th November: Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK | TICKETS
15th November: Marble Factory, Bristol, UK | TICKETS
16th November: Plug, Sheffield, UK | TICKETS
17th November: University, Newcastle, UK | TICKETS
18th November: Art School, Glasgow, UK | TICKETS
'Absence' is the title track from the upcoming full length album from Swedish symphonic/DSBM act Mist of Misery. This track is a good representation of the current musical direction, which differs from the band's previous releases, but still maintains the core elements of Mist of Misery – melancholy, darkness and melody. Out on CD and Digital 1 August 2016
1.) Melancholic Thoughts
4.) Final Departure
5.) Epitaph of Penitence
6.) Wistful Twilight
7.) Paragon of Perdition
8.) Mist of Misery
9.) Serenity in Nothingness
The artwork was drawn by the exceptionally talented Russian artist Alex Tartsus.
Norway is sending out its blackened hordes again. In October, Kampfar, Vreid & Dreamarcher will be touring Europe.
Kampfar presents the fiercest and most intense recording of their career. Since its first conception in 1994 with folk and classical music influences, via the colder winds on Kvass, the band has kept on renewing, and elevated into the black metal authority that reaches its peak on “Profan”. Witness them live!
The Norwegian Grammy nominated Vreid venture back to their roots on their 7th album titled “Sólverv”. Cold dissonance and feverish melodies embellish this opus. Inspired by the blood heritage of Hváll who, alongside his fellow band members, hails from the deep valleys of Sogndal in Norway and out to the world!
Dreamarcher comes from the west coast of Norway and skillfully balances the abrasive with beauty and sensitivity. Their music reflects having grown up in a small town littered with decaying factories between the majesty of glacier covered mountains rising out of the Hardanger fjord. From dark and melodic group vocals to hardcore screams, head splitting guitar riffs to ambient melancholic, blasting to spaced out instrumentals Dreamarcher blends the boundaries of genre. Influences range from Deafhaven, Converge, Mastodon and The Mars Volta to A Place To Bury Strangers, Baroness and Sunn O))).
14.10 - NO, Bergen - Hulen Facebook event
15.10 - NO, Haugesund - Flytten Facebook event
17.10 - DE, Berlin - Club Nuke Facebook event
18.10 - DE, München - Backstage Facebook event
19.10 - CH, Zürich - Werk 21 Facebook event
20.10 - FRA, Paris - Backstage By The Mill Facebook event
21.10 - DE, Frankfurt - Nachtleben Facebook event
22.10 - AT, Wien - Escape Metalcorner Facebook event
23.10 - DE, Erfurt - From Hell Facebook event
24.10 - BE, Antwerpen - Kavka Facebook event
25.10 - UK, London - The Underworld Facebook event
26.10 - NL, Eindhoven - Dynamo Facebook event
27.10 - DEN, Copenhagen - Beta Facebook event
28.10 - NO, Oslo - TBA Facebook event
Kristin Hersh, founding member of Throwing Muses is quite active these days. Not only did she recently share the stage with Violent Femmes, she also released a new ep with her band 50 Foot Wave ànd started a crowdfunding campaign for her upcoming lyrics book 'Never Endings'.
50 Foot Wave is essential stuff for fans of bands like Dinosaur Jr, Belly, The Breeders, Throwing Muses & The Pixies. With Kristin's distinct voice and no-nonsense rock 'n roll attitude this ep takes me right back into the nineties, back on those hot summer festivals where the fun never seemed to end. So yeah, this is recommended stuff, here and there bursting out energetic punk rock.
The ‘Bath White’ EP is available on CD or vinyl or as a digital download via Bandcamp https://50footwave.bandcamp.com/album/bath-white.
Nerve Endings: A collection of lyrics from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo work by Kristin Hersh
The ‘Nerve Endings’ book is the first ever collection of Hersh’s lyrics. It will be personally selected by Kristin herself and published throughUnbound. The rewards on offer as part of the crowdfunding include handwritten lyrics and the chance to intend an intimate, private gig in London with only 25 pairs of tickets available.
Lyrics always came to me as phonetic melody; a sort of percussion infused with memory. If verb is a verb, then I 'verbed,' in other words. The idea of separating them from the maelstrom of music never occurred to me until Unbound suggested it. I'm very curious to see what I've been murmuring and yelling all these years,” explains Kristin Hersh.
Unbound Associate Editor Scott Pack says: “I have been a fan of Kristin’s since I was as teenager — since we were both teenagers, in fact — and if my teenage self knew that one day I’d be publishing a book of Kristin’s lyrics he’d be bouncing around the bedroom in much the same way as he used to do when listening to her songs She is an absolutely legend and this is going to be a beautiful book that her fans will love.”
For more information on the book and available pledge levels, visit the project page at Unbound: https://unbound.co.uk/books/Kristin-Hersh.
Norwegian post-hardcore experimentalists KAMBODSJA have just shared a music video for the track “Name Among Dead”, taken from the band’s fourth album “Stranger”, due out on September 16th via Mas-Kina Recordings
Produced by Øyvind R. Gundersen (Rumble in Rhodos, Hanne Kolstø, Atlanter), engineered and mixed by Christian G. Engfelt (Big Bang, Jaga Jazzist, Elephant 9) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Sonic Youth, Ramones, The Sword, Father John Misty, Explosions In The Sky), “Stranger” follows-up the band’s 2012 album “Year One” and is far and away their most ambitious and meticulously-crafted work to date.
Helms Alee, the Washington state trio of Ben Verellen (guitar, vocals), Dana James (bass, vocals), and Hozoji Margullis (drums, vocals) have announced their fourth album, 'Stillcide', which will be released on September 2nd through Sargent House. Today, the band has premiered the album’s first single “Tit To Toe”. On Stillicide, Helms Alee continue their sonic tradition of blending heavy riffs, dark guitar pop, and math rock into songs that are at turns brutal, anthemic, and cerebrally engaging.
1. More Weight
3. Tit To Toe
4. Meats and Milks
6. Galloping Mind Fuk
7. Creeping You Company
8. Dream Long
11. Worth Your Wild
HELMS ALEE, ON TOUR:
Jun 25 Portland, OR - B Side Tavern
with MELVINS unless noted *
Aug 03 Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar & Billiards
Aug 04 Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
Aug 06 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
Aug 07 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
Aug 09 Sioux Falls, SD - The District
Aug 10 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (Dempsey's Upstairs)
Aug 12 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
Aug 13 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *
Aug 14 Rock Island - Rock Island Brewing Company
Aug 15 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
Aug 16 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Aug 17 St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Aug 18 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Aug 19 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
Aug 20 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
Aug 22 Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
Aug 23 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Aug 24 Buffalo, NY - Iron Works -
Aug 26 Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater
Aug 27 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
Aug 28 Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Aug 29 Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
Aug 31 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sep 01 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Sep 02 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Sep 05 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
Sep 06 Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
Sep 07 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Sep 08 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Sep 10 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Sep 11 Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
Sep 12 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
Sep 13 Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
Sep 14 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Sep 15 Oklahoma City, OK - The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
Sep 16 Norman, OK - Opolis
Sep 17 Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Sep 18 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Sep 20 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Sep 21 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
with RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Sep 23-24 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
Sep 25 Detroit, MI - El Club
Sep 26 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Sep 28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Oct 01 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 02 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
Oct 04 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
Oct 05 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct 06 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Oct 07 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Oct 08 Austin, TX - Barracuda
Oct 09 Dallas, TX - RBC
Fredericton, NB's hell raisers HARD CHARGER announce they will be hitting the road for dates across East coast USA and Canada kicking off in Lowell Mass, MA on June 23rd and wrapping up in Sherbrooke, QC on July 9th (full dates listed below). The tour is in support of their new release 'Bad Omens' available on cassette from No List Records, CD from Vleestak Records and 12” LP from Wasted Time Records. (read our review here)
June 23 - Lowell, MA - UnchArted
June 24 - Providence, RI - AS220
June 25 - New Castle, CT - The Dump
June 26 - Albany, NY - Pauly's
June 27 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
June 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
June 29 - Delaware, DE - Tim's house
June 30 - Baltimore, MD - Barclay House
July 1 - Richmond, VA - Hell's Gate
July 2 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cabin of Dispair
July 3 - Atlanta, GA - C*nt Cave
July 4 - Asheville, NC - Odditorium
July 5 - Harrodsburg, KY - The Studio
July 6 - Detroit, MI - The Precinct
July 7 - Toronto, ON - Coalition
July 8 - Ottawa, ON - House of Targ
July 9- Sherbrooke, QC - Le Murdoch