Thursday, November 20, 2014

YOUTH FUNERAL - See You When I See You

Twelve Gauge Records kicks off the new year with the January 27th release of Youth Funeral's new EP, See You When I See You. 

The San Francisco label released a pair of gems last year – the debut LPs by Nervous and No Sir – and now makes its return with one of the first essential records of 2015.

Youth Funeral's See You When I See You was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere, Magrudergrind) at Dead Air Studios. 
The New Hampshire band paint in colors familiar to fans of screamo's old guard – the full-throttle blasts of Jeromes Dream and Usurp Synapse, the melodic detours of Saetia and Off Minor – but these kids own their sound. No tribute act, Youth Funeral know their history but this music is theirs. From the chaotic to the serene, they play it like they mean it. 

And, wow, can they play. Emotion counts for more than musicianship amongst many bands in the genre; Youth Funeral are that rare bunch that possess heart and technique, both. When they're going hard, they're frantic and dizzying. When they're gentle, they're lulling us with the iciest interludes.

Stream Youth Funeral's "When It Pours," off See You When I See You, exclusively via BrooklynVegan. BrooklynVegan calls the song "a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism... It manages to be technical, emotional, and tightly composed at the same time."

Youth Funeral feature Casey Nealon on guitar and vocals, Raph Bastek on guitar and vocals, Mike Ralston on drums, and Travis Fitzgerald on bass. In Nealon's words, See You When I See You's dominant theme is that of "confronting mortality's reach to oneself and all things."


Twelve Gauge Records will release See You When I See You as a limited pressing of 500 vinyl 7" EPs and as a digital download. The tracklist is as follows:

1) 
Vultures
2) Confidante
3) I Remember
4) When It Pours
5) Weak But Warm
6) See You When I See You

The EP follows a 2013 EP, Symptom of Time, and a recent split with Scowler, released on Skeletal Lightning and Broken World Media.

Screamo is alive and well and moving forward into the future in the hands of Youth Funeral (and peers like Loma Prieta and Capacities.See Youth Funeral on tour in January – stand by for dates!


2014, 2015

PRESENT:

Hollow Earth's debut LP, Silent Graves, came out last week on Panic Records and the band is now in the midst of a great big US tour.

My final release of the year is Greying, the third LP by The Banner, out December 9th on Good Fight Music.

FUTURE: 

New 2015 releases by Graf Orlock, Outer Heaven, Youth Funeral, and so much more! Look out for announcements very soon. And on a personal note, I'm revving up my own band, Body Stuff – the second EP is in the works, you'll be hearing a new song shortly, and we play this show on December 1st. The first EP is here.

PAST:

A full recap of my 2014 releases, for your year-end lists and other reminiscences:

Feb 4 - High Water - High Water - Vitriol Records
Apr 8 - Tiger Flowers - Dead Hymns - Melotov Records
Apr 8 - 1-800-BAND - Diver Blue - Almost Ready Records
May 27 - Jar'd Loose - Turns 13 - The Path Less Traveled
Jun 24 - ACxDC - Antichrist Demoncore - Melotov Records
Jun 24 - Gloom - Gloom - self-released
Jun 24 - HUSH. - Unexist - self-released
Jul 15 - Highlands - Dark Matter Traveler - Say Again Records
Jul 22 - Vices - New Breed - Melotov Records
Aug 5 - Holy Tongues - Weak People - Melotov Records
Sep 16 - Old Wounds - Death Projection - Good Fight Music
Sep 23 - Divider - All Barren - Glory Kid
Oct 7 - Seizures - The Sanity Universal - Melotov Records
Nov 11 - Hollow Earth - Silent Graves - Panic Records
Dec 9 - The Banner - Greying - Good Fight Music

...as well as campaigns for Circle Takes the Square, Gospel of the Witches, and Netherlands, who did not have new releases this year.

And in 2014 I also did some journalism of my own. These two pieces:

Justin Pearson / Mass Appeal
Lil Debbie / High Times

THANK YOU, ALL!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Out now: HOLLOW EARTH

Hollow Earth's debut full-length album, Silent Graves, is out today, November 11th, on Panic Records.

Produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails), the album is now streaming in full, here via Invisible Oranges.

Invisible Oranges' Bruce Hardt gives this review: "Boasting a sound not unlike the melodic and riveting brand that Shai Hulud is known for, Silent Graves also takes time to ponder the chaos it creates, channelling the contemplative heaviness of Neurosis... The album moves at a fluid pace, a headbanger as much as it is a moshing soundtrack... It feels like the Rust Belt sound, rooted in D-beats and metal riffs, is really coming to the fore, as evidenced by a seeming resurgence in interest in bands like Integrity and Ringworm, and support for up-and-comers like Enabler (of which [Hollow Earth guitarist Mike] Moynihan is also a member at the moment)... Silent Graves is definitely part of that... One of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year."

Hollow Earth are now in the midst of a massive US tour. Full tourdates, here.

"Boasting a sound not unlike the melodic and riveting brand that Shai Hulud is known for, Silent Graves also takes time to ponder the chaos it creates, channelling the contemplative heaviness of Neurosis... One of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year."
–Invisible Oranges

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness"
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Creative riffing – a fretted onslaught that does nothing to stop the flow of energy leaping out of the output jack."
–Gear Gods

"Dripping with anger and passion"
–About Heavy Metal

"Massive metallic hardcore weight"
–American Aftermath


THE BANNER + Alternative Press

The Banner have offered up another new track off their forthcoming new album, Greying. Stream "Unbaptized" today, exclusively via Alternative Press.

The Banner's third full-length album (and first in six years), Greying hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf.

Pre-order Greying on CD and LP, along with various merch options, here.

Pre-order Greying digitally on iTunes, here, and on Bandcamp, here. 

"Unbaptized" rips through speakers like a rabid dog, showcasing The Banner's metal side, as contrasted with the band's goth/industrial-leaning songs like the recently debuted "Send Me Down."

The Banner frontman JSS says this about "Unbaptized": "'Unbaptized' just barely didn't make it onto our previous album, 2008's Frailty. After simmering for a long time I chopped off the second half and tried to crank in as legit a thrash part as I could muster, to counterbalance the ignorance of the beginning. The lyrics are a fairly common theme for me, more or less about my growing feeling of disconnection with the places that I once felt most at ease."

The Banner, live:
Nov 14 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder


Monday, November 10, 2014

HOLLOW EARTH + New Noise

With the release of debut LP Silent Graves set for tomorrow, November 11th, on Panic Records, Hollow Earth drop one more new, unheard track off the album, this one exclusively via New Noise Magazine.

Stream "Beneath the Weight of the Cross," here on New Noise.

Silent Graves was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails).

The Michigan crew are currently face deep in Week One of the "Silent Graves Tour" a massive coast-to-coast US tour that sees them team up with Exalt, Run with the Hunted, KDC, and more. Full tourdates, here.

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness"
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Creative riffing – a fretted onslaught that does nothing to stop the flow of energy leaping out of the output jack."
–Gear Gods

"Massive metallic hardcore weight"
–American Aftermath

Friday, November 7, 2014

On tour: HOLLOW EARTH

Hollow Earth set out on a massive coast-to-coast US tour tomorrow, joined on certain dates by Exalt, Run with the Hunted, and KDC.

The Detroit area band's debut full-length, Silent Graves, comes out next Tuesday, November 11th, on Panic Records, the label owned by Timm McIntosh of Trial. The album was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails).

"The Reclamation," the lead track off Silent Graves, is now streaming via Decibel Magazine, here.

Feral hardcore and apocalyptic dread add up to one damn powerhouse of a band and they are on their way to your town right now...

Hollow Earth "Silent Graves US Tour 2014":

Nov 8 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Den *

Nov 9 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar *
Nov 10 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet *
Nov 11 - Tulsa, OK @ White Flag *
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks $
Nov 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fiftyonewest $
Nov 14 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe $
Nov 15 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY $
Nov 16 - Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records $
Nov 17  - Reno, NV @ Holland Project $
Nov 18 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal $
Nov 19 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge $
Nov 20 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper $
Nov 21 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder $
Nov 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kafeneio Coffeehouse $
Nov 23 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe 
Nov 25 - Fargo, ND @ The New Direction 
Nov 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pizza Palace 
Nov 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward 
Nov 29 - Peoria, IL @ Black Sheep  #
Nov 30 - Detroit, MI @ Yonka House #
Dec 1 - Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Brothers Music #
Dec 2 - Oneonta, NY @ Beer Barrel Inn #
Dec 4 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up #
Dec 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie #
Dec 6 - Clifton, NJ @ Clash Bar #
Dec 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron #
Dec 8 - Wilmington, DE @ Reggie's #
Dec 9 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone #
Dec 10 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's #
Dec 11 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's #
Dec 12 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
Dec 13 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge #
Dec 15 - Decatur, AL @ Blurry Vision Records #
Dec 16 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Hound Dog's #
Dec 17 - Houston, TX @ Mango's #
Dec 18 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven #
Dec 19 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill #
Dec 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco #
Dec 21 - Louisville, KY @ Buster's #

* - w/ Exalt

$ - w/ Run with the Hunted
# - w/ KDC

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness"
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Creative riffing – a fretted onslaught that does nothing to stop the flow of energy leaping out of the output jack."
–Gear Gods

"Massive metallic hardcore weight"
–American Aftermath




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HOLLOW EARTH + Decibel



Hollow Earth has offered up "The Reclamation," the opening track off its new album, Silent Graves. "The Reclamation" is streaming exclusively via Decibel Magazine, here.

As Decibel's Shawn Macomber puts it: "If you're looking for some doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness, rising Michigan badasses Hollow Earth are here to oblige."

Silent Graves is out November 11th on Panic Records, the label founded by Timm McIntosh of Seattle hardcore royalty Trial. Silent Graves was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails).

A recent review from MetalSucks bestowed these words on the album: "In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."

Hollow Earth embarks on a massive US tour this week.

Hollow Earth "Silent Graves US Tour 2014":

Nov 8 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Den *

Nov 9 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar *
Nov 10 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet *
Nov 11 - Tulsa, OK @ White Flag *
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks $
Nov 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fiftyonewest $
Nov 14 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe $
Nov 15 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY $
Nov 16 - Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records $
Nov 17  - Reno, NV @ Holland Project $
Nov 18 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal $
Nov 19 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge $
Nov 20 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper $
Nov 21 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder $
Nov 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kafeneio Coffeehouse $
Nov 23 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe 
Nov 25 - Fargo, ND @ The New Direction 
Nov 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pizza Palace 
Nov 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward 
Nov 29 - Peoria, IL @ Black Sheep  #
Nov 30 - Detroit, MI @ Yonka House #
Dec 1 - Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Brothers Music #
Dec 2 - Oneonta, NY @ Beer Barrel Inn #
Dec 4 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up #
Dec 5 - Rockville Center, NY @ The Vibe Lounge #
Dec 6 - Clifton, NJ @ Clash Bar #
Dec 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron #
Dec 8 - Wilmington, DE @ Reggie's #
Dec 9 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone #
Dec 10 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's #
Dec 11 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's #
Dec 12 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
Dec 13 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge #
Dec 15 - Decatur, AL @ Blurry Vision Records #
Dec 16 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Hound Dog's #
Dec 17 - Houston, TX @ Mango's #
Dec 18 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven #
Dec 19 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill #
Dec 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco #
Dec 21 - Louisville, KY @ Buster's #

* - w/ Exalt

$ - w/ Run with the Hunted
# - w/ KDC

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness"
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Creative riffing – a fretted onslaught that does nothing to stop the flow of energy leaping out of the output jack."
–Gear Gods

"Massive metallic hardcore weight"
–American Aftermath

Monday, November 3, 2014

NETHERLANDS + Noisey

Noisey has premiered Netherlands' brand new track, "Thrombosis."

Led by ultra-prolific man-machine Timo Ellis, Netherlands churn out new jams by the metric ton. Since the late 2013 release of their last LP, Silicon Vapor, the Brooklynites have tracked more than 20 new songs, of which "Thrombosis" is one. While the band firm up plans for the release of their next EP, they've offered up "Thrombosis" as a taste of what's to come: heavy metal bombast, prog chops, and soaring hooks, with everything set on maximum overdrive.

In the words of Noisey's Zachary Lipez, the vibe is "Dio-inflected yowling over Drive Like Jehu overridden-in-the-red propulsion" and "glammed out Highway Star vocals running wild and free over distorted bass chaos."

Ellis' musical resume spans two decades and includes collaborations with Melvins, John Zorn, Cibo Matto, and more.

Netherlands play TONIGHT at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.

Photo by Jackie Roman

Thursday, October 30, 2014

HOLLOW EARTH + Metal Injection




Hollow Earth has teamed with Metal Injection to unveil "Swallowing Knives," another new track off the Michigan band's upcoming debut full-length, Silent Graves. This Abrams tank of a song exemplifies Hollow Earth's sound – feral, metallic hardcore, anchored by a grand, apocalyptic weight.

The song is set to a video of recent Hollow Earth tour footage, shot and edited by director Tom Alexander.


MetalSucks recently offered these words for Hollow Earth: "In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."


Panic Records, the label owned by Timm McIntosh of Seattle hardcore vets Trial, will release Hollow Earth's Silent Graves on November 11th. The album was recorded by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails).


Hollow Earth hits the road next week for a big US tour that includes dates with Exalt, Run with the Hunted, and KDC.


Hollow Earth "Silent Graves US Tour 2014":

Nov 8 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Den *

Nov 9 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar *
Nov 10 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet *
Nov 11 - Tulsa, OK @ White Flag *
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks $
Nov 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fiftyonewest $
Nov 14 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe $
Nov 15 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY $
Nov 16 - Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records $
Nov 17  - Reno, NV @ Holland Project $
Nov 18 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal $
Nov 19 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge $
Nov 20 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper $
Nov 21 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder $
Nov 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kafeneio Coffeehouse $
Nov 23 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe 
Nov 25 - Fargo, ND @ The New Direction 
Nov 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pizza Palace 
Nov 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward 
Nov 29 - Peoria, IL @ Black Sheep  #
Nov 30 - Detroit, MI @ Yonka House #
Dec 1 - Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Brothers Music #
Dec 2 - Oneonta, NY @ Beer Barrel Inn #
Dec 4 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up #
Dec 5 - Rockville Center, NY @ The Vibe Lounge #
Dec 6 - Clifton, NJ @ Clash Bar #
Dec 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron #
Dec 8 - Wilmington, DE @ Reggie's #
Dec 9 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone #
Dec 10 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's #
Dec 11 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's #
Dec 12 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
Dec 13 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge #
Dec 15 - Decatur, AL @ Blurry Vision Records #
Dec 16 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Hound Dog's #
Dec 17 - Houston, TX @ Mango's #
Dec 18 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven #
Dec 19 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill #
Dec 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco #
Dec 21 - Louisville, KY @ Buster's #

* - w/ Exalt

$ - w/ Run with the Hunted
# - w/ KDC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE BANNER + Revolver

The Banner have teamed with Revolver Magazine to present their newest single and video, "Send Me Down," off the upcoming third album, Greying, out December 9th on Good Fight Music.

Just in time for Halloween, the industrial-powered lament of "Send Me Down" shows off the New Jersey band's full range, from somber to venomous. Hear "Send Me Down" via a video clip created by The Banner frontman JSS and Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher, now streaming exclusively at Revolver, here.

The Banner arrived with a bang in the early '00s, forcing dark theatrics into metallic hardcore. Ahead of their time, The Banner helped pave the way for the massive resurgence of goth influence within the scene, witnessed today all over the map, from Warped Tour kings like Motionless in White, to critics' darlings like Iceage. 

The Banner's third full-length, and first in over six years, Greying was engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count) and Randy Leboeuf. Out December 9th on Good Fight Music (the same team behind Ferret Music, the label that released the band's first two albums), Greying shows The Banner to be feral, hungry, and pushing the genre forward yet again.

The Banner, live:

Nov 14 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum

"Shadowy metallic hardcore antiheroes"
–Decibel