Wednesday, July 1, 2015

POWER + Metal Injection



Power's newest jam, "Slow Train Coming," off the upcoming Heavy Muscle EP, is now streaming exclusively via Metal Injection.

In the words of MI's Frank Godla: "This Pacific Northwest hardcore crew is all about crushing you with their boot stompin' tunes. Reminiscent of early hardcore like Cro-Mags, and Black Flag with some newer flair, Power are killing it with their newest release, Heavy Muscle..."

Stomp your boots, here.

From Bremerton, Washington, just west of Seattle, Power lives and breathes old-school hardcore punk ideals. A fixture of the Northwest scene, having run their area's preeminent DIY venue for a decade, the band's vibe is that of brutal lyrical honesty, musical freedom, and general reckless abandon (nicely exemplified by Heavy Muscle's cover showing frontman Evan Somehiser doing his thing at a backyard rager). Power's music snarls and swings, equally, drawing comparisons to Black Flag. On "Slow Train Coming" the band nods to the crossover vibes of Cro-Mags and S.O.D., with unhinged vocals and a pounding groove that snakes through some sweet tempo shifts. 

Heavy Muscle is coming July 10th on Twelve Gauge Records. Pre-order now, here.

"This Pacific Northwest hardcore crew is all about crushing you with their boot stompin' tunes. Reminiscent of early hardcore like Cro-Mags, and Black Flag with some newer flair, Power are killing it with their newest release, Heavy Muscle..."
–Metal Injection

"The band takes that nasty mousetrap riffage of Black Flag and builds it on the back of modern hardcore punk chugging. If Coliseum were Damaged fanatics, this might be what you would get."
–PunkNews

"Their Black Flag-influenced hardcore is a thundering array of stunning aggravation."
–American Aftermath

AXIS + Good Fight




Good Fight Music welcomes Axis to its family. 

The label will release debut full-length, Show Your Greed, on September 4th.

Right at home on the Good Fight roster amongst bands like Old Wounds and Hollow Earth, Orlando, Florida's Axis is another young band that's been absolutely killing it in the DIY hardcore scene.

Founded in 2010, Axis has toured hard with the likes of Bane, Blistered, and Eternal Sleep, and has released an EP and two splits – the latter with Self Defense Family, on Harm Reduction Records, the label co-owned by SDF frontman Patrick Kindlon and Code Orange drummer Jami Morgan.

Debut full-length Show Your Greed, set for a September 4th release on Good Fight, was recorded by the band, mixed by producer Taylor Young (of Nails and Twitching Tongues), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Noisem, Full of Hell).

On Show Your Greed, Axis takes the full-throttle beating of Turmoil and Buried Alive and laces it with the gloom of Kiss It Goodbye or All Else Failed. It is a shockingly powerful debut album, relentless and machine-like from start to finish, showing a young band hone its reverence of the past into a new, deadly thing.

Check out "Transgression," a track off Show Your Greed, and get the vibe, here.

Stay tuned for further details about this beast of an album.

Axis hits the road this summer with Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.

Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse ∆
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's 
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo 
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's 
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout 
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger 
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place 
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West 
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's 
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) 
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) 
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St 
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland 
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal 
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge 
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur 
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux 
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge 
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle ∆ #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft ∆ #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole ∆ #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound ∆ #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward ∆ #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire ∆ #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge ∆ #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry ∆ #
Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project #
Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City #
Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club #
Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC #
Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle #
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early) #
Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall #
Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds #
Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock #
Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space #
Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books #

∆ = w/ Old Wounds
# = w/ Of Feather and Bone

Axis:
Rafael Morales - vocals
Patrick Chumley - guitar
Dylan Downey - guitar
Tyler Forsythe - bass
Thomas Cantwell - drums


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Out now: OLD WOUNDS - The Suffering Spirit

"New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic '90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years later, they're set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band's sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music's intensity one iota... Easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far."
–PopMatters

"The powerhouse heaviness you crave is certainly here in spades but this Jersey bands has a few tricks up is sleeve as well.  A brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality... Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni's heart seems to be truly bleeding on every song..."
–MetalSucks

"Punishing New Jersey hardcore... On their second album, the upcoming The Suffering Spirit, New Jersey hardcore crew Old Wounds turns up the malevolence..."
–AllMusic

"Old Wounds are about to rip your goddamn spine out... with their impending album, The Suffering Spirit."
–Alternative Press

"While the heat and aggression might grab you by the throat at first, it's the unexpected heart that will keep you coming back to The Suffering Spirit."
–Exclaim

"Heavy, dissonant riffs, pissed-off screams... an ear-shattering tone that's super clear but not at all overproduced."
–BrooklynVegan

Old Wounds' sophomore album, The Suffering Spirit, is out today on Good Fight Music.

Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), The Suffering Spirit sees Old Wounds rocking out on a whole new level of power and emotion. Based in the heaviest hardcore purveyed by bands like Buried Alive and Disembodied, the New Jersey band has moved forward into the realm of melody while still honoring the past. With clean vocals, dark hooks, a little make-up and a bombastic live show, the 'Wounds tip the hat to larger-than-life predecessors like Danzig and Type O Negative.

Stream the album, here.

Order, here.

The band, currently out on the "Summer of Suffering" tour, has taken over New Noise Magazine's Instagram account for the day. Follow the madness here.

Old Wounds - "The Summer of Suffering":

Jun 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space *
Jul 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project *
Jul 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory *
Jul 16 - Rochester, NY @ Monroe Park Vineyard Community Space
Jul 17 - Erie, PA @ Basement Transitions
Jul 18 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
Jul 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Cide Central
Jul 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco %
Jul 22 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hook Up %
Jul 23 - Greensboro, NC @ The Intimidator House %
Jul 24 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace %
Jul 25 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Bird House $
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Jul 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Two Devils Vape Shop $
Jul 28 - Odessa, FL @ The Goat House $
Jul 29 - Melbourne, FL @ The Boondocks $
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse †
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's †
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo †
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's †
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout †
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger †
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place †
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West †
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's †
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) †
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) †
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St †
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland †
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal †
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge †
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur †
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux †
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge †
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle † #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft † #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole † #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound † #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward † #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire † #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge † #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry † #
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, The Banner

* w/ Vein

% w/ Orthodox
$ w/ Head Creeps
† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OLD WOUNDS + PopMatters

With Old Wounds' sophomore album, The Suffering Spirit, out next Tuesday, June 30th on Good Fight Music, PopMatters is now hosting a stream of the entire album.

Listen to The Suffering Spirit in its entirety, here.

Pre-order, here.

Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), The Suffering Spirit sees Old Wounds rocking out on a whole new level of power, emotion, and hooks. Based in the heaviest hardcore purveyed by bands like Buried Alive and Disembodied, the New Jersey band has moved forward into the realm of melody while still honoring the past. PopMatters music editor Adrien Begrand sums it up:

"New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic '90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years later, they're set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band's sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music's intensity one iota... Easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far."

A review posted on MetalSucks this week concurs: 

"The powerhouse heaviness you crave is certainly here in spades but this Jersey bands has a few tricks up is sleeve as well.  A brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality... Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni's heart seems to be truly bleeding on every song..."

In support of The Suffering Spirit, Old Wounds will be out on the road all summer long, teaming up with Axis, Of Feather and Bone, and other bands along the way for what is being dubbed "The Summer of Suffering."

Tonight, June 25th, the band appears live on-air on New Jersey's WSOU Radio. Tune in at 7 pm to 89.5 FM in the New Jersey area or online at wsou.net.

Old Wounds – "The Summer of Suffering":

Jun 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Nest *
Jun 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ My Pizza Place *
Jun 29 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion *
Jun 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space *
Jul 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project *
Jul 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory *
Jul 16 - Rochester, NY @ Monroe Park Vineyard Community Space
Jul 17 - Erie, PA @ Basement Transitions
Jul 18 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
Jul 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Cide Central
Jul 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco %
Jul 22 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hook Up %
Jul 23 - Greensboro, NC @ The Intimidator House %
Jul 24 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace %
Jul 25 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Bird House $
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Jul 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Two Devils Vape Shop $
Jul 28 - Odessa, FL @ The Goat House $
Jul 29 - Melbourne, FL @ The Boondocks $
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse †
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's †
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo †
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's †
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout †
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger †
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place †
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West †
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's †
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) †
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) †
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St †
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland †
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal †
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge †
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur †
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux †
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge †
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle † #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft † #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole † #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound † #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward † #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire † #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge † #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry † #
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, The Banner

* w/ Vein

% w/ Orthodox
$ w/ Head Creeps
† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone

"New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic '90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years later, they're set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band's sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music's intensity one iota... Easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far."
–PopMatters

"The powerhouse heaviness you crave is certainly here in spades but this Jersey bands has a few tricks up is sleeve as well.  A brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality... Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni's heart seems to be truly bleeding on every song..."
–MetalSucks

"Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... Frontman Kevin Iavaroni is capable of the razored vocal acrobatics of vets like Converge's Jacob Bannon, but he knows when to tone down his howls for a bit of La Dispute talk-singing. The instrumentation tends toward primal, primordial screamo... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work."
–Pitchfork

"Punishing New Jersey hardcore... On their second album, the upcoming The Suffering Spirit, New Jersey hardcore crew Old Wounds turns up the malevolence..."
–AllMusic

"This young New Jersey trio play metallic hardcore... which tips its hat to acts like Turmoil, Disembodied, and Buried Alive."
–Guitar World

"Old Wounds are making a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
–Alternative Press

"Youthful frantic hardcore sounds with churning metallic guitars... These guys are bringing '90s metallic hardcore back, taking influence from groups such as Turmoil and Indecision, and snowballing into a bigger piece of a new generation of hardcore."
–Mass Appeal

"Another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams."
–Brooklyn Vegan


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NATHAN GRAY + Good Fight



Good Fight Music welcomes Nathan Gray to its family.

Founder and frontman of Boysetsfire and I Am Heresy, Nathan Gray now takes the next step in his musical path: Gray's debut solo endeavor, the NTHN GRY EP, is set for an August 21st US release on Good Fight Music. 

Stream new track "Wolves," from the NTHN GRY EP, here.

As vocalist of Boysetsfire for more than 20 years, Gray is known across the globe as the leader of one of the most revered bands in the post-hardcore scene. Boysetsfire's impassioned songs and political messages have been immortalized on a slew of recordings, released on Victory Records, Deathwish Inc, Hydra Head, and a host of other labels. Its catalog includes splits with bands like Coalesce and Snapcase, and the band continues touring the world to this day.

In I Am Heresy, Gray is backed by his own son, Simon, on guitar. On latest album Thy Will, out now on Century Media, I Am Heresy ups the brutality with punishing metallic hardcore and serves as a vehicle for Gray to express his truest Satanic convictions – he is a card-carrying member of the Church of Satan.

Building on the work accomplished with these two bands, Gray now launches into the next chapter of his career. On debut solo EP, NTHN GRY, he further explores his most personal thoughts and experiments with sounds beyond the limits of a hardcore band. With collaborator Daniel E. Smith, Gray indulges in dark folk balladry and post-industrial gloom, in line with certain works of Death In June, Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy, and Portishead. Bombastic pop choruses soar above dissonant undercurrents – Gray has referred to the music as "an ethereal howl against the void."

He elaborates: "Bringing this solo endeavor to fruition really allows me a space to be myself, and create a musical path that I can continue for as long as I desire. I have the freedom to explore my ideals and perform in a manner that is true to the darker parts of human nature. The next chapter of Nathan Gray is all about the exploration of the carnal self. It is about looking within and celebrating ourselves in the deep, passionate, wild and free."

NTHN GRY was recorded and mixed by Daniel E. Smith at Sounds of Ideal Life and mastered by Kevin Mattesky at Phantom Center Media.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Wolves

2) Tomorrow
3) Baptismal Rites
4) Corson (An Ode to Vital Existence)
5) Wolves (Swallowing Filth) (Daniel E. Smith remix)
6) Tomorrow (Ritual Chamber Session)
7) Baptismal Rites (Ritual Chamber Session)
8) Wayward Ghosts

With the US release of NTHN GRY set for August 21st on Good Fight Music, the EP will be released in Europe on August 7th via End Hits Records. A European tour is booked for August.

Aug 15 - Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Aug 16 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 17 - Nuremberg, Germany @ Stereo
Aug 18 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Berghain
Aug 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kleiner Donner
Aug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ Akustikopen
Aug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub
Aug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal

Nathan Gray - vocals
Daniel E. Smith - instrumentation

Photo by Paul R. Watts, Jr.


OLD WOUNDS - The Summer of Suffering

Old Wounds has added even more new dates to its monstrous summer tour schedule, dubbed "The Summer of Suffering" in reference to upcoming new album The Suffering Spirit. 

On the road for two straight months, the 'Wounds will team up with friends such as Axis, Vein, Of Feather and Bone, Head Creeps, and Orthodox along the way. The band caps off the summer with an appearance at Detroit's Don't Call It A Fest, alongside Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, and more. 

The New Jersey boys' second full-length album, The Suffering Spirit was produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), and will see its official release on June 30th via Good Fight Music. A masterpiece of power and hooks, The Suffering Spirit represents a whole new phase in this dedicated band's career.

Good Fight Music has launched a stream of new song "On Leather Wings," off The Suffering Spirit, here. 

"On Leather Wings" shows Old Wounds indulging its dark rock tendencies – while the band's foundation is in the heaviest metallic hardcore, songs like "On Leather Wings" hint at a more theatrical side, indebted to bands like Type O Negative and Danzig.

Other new songs off The Suffering Spirit were premiered in recent weeks through outlets such as AllMusic, Alternative Press, and BrooklynVegan.

Old Wounds – "The Summer of Suffering":

Jun 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Nest *
Jun 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ My Pizza Place *
Jun 29 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion *
Jun 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space *
Jul 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project *
Jul 2 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
Jul 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory *
Jul 16 - Rochester, NY @ Monroe Park Vineyard Community Space
Jul 17 - Erie, PA @ Basement Transitions
Jul 18 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
Jul 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Cide Central
Jul 20 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco %
Jul 22 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hook Up %
Jul 24 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace %
Jul 25 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Bird House $
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Jul 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Two Devils Vape Shop $
Jul 28 - Odessa, FL @ The Goat House $
Jul 29 - Melbourne, FL @ The Boondocks $
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse †
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's †
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo †
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's †
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout †
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger †
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place †
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West †
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's †
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) †
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) †
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St †
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland †
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal †
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge †
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur †
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux †
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge †
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle † #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft † #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole † #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound † #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward † #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire † #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge † #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry † #
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, The Banner

* w/ Vein

% w/ Orthodox
$ w/ Head Creeps
† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone

"Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... Frontman Kevin Iavaroni is capable of the razored vocal acrobatics of vets like Converge's Jacob Bannon, but he knows when to tone down his howls for a bit of La Dispute talk-singing. The instrumentation tends toward primal, primordial screamo... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work."
–Pitchfork

"This young New Jersey trio play metallic hardcore... which tips its hat to acts like Turmoil, Disembodied, and Buried Alive."

–Guitar World

"Punishing New Jersey hardcore... On their second album, the upcoming The Suffering Spirit, New Jersey hardcore crew Old Wounds turns up the malevolence..."

–AllMusic

"Old Wounds are making a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
–Alternative Press

"Youthful frantic hardcore sounds with churning metallic guitars... These guys are bringing '90s metallic hardcore back, taking influence from groups such as Turmoil and Indecision, and snowballing into a bigger piece of a new generation of hardcore."
–Mass Appeal

"Another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams."
–Brooklyn Vegan


Monday, June 22, 2015

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST + MetalSucks

"As calm as a fire at a munitions factory... Virulent guitars, eruptive drums, and stinging vocals, all stitched together into one vehement abnormality. If you dig bands like Converge and Enabler, Great American Ghost are going to be your new favorite band."
–MetalSucks

Boston's Great American Ghost have teamed with MetalSucks to unveil "An Ever Changing Cast of Characters," the next single off debut full-length, Everyone Leaves.

Stream the song, here.

Out July 10th on Good Fight Music, Everyone Leaves is a wicked slab of dark, downward-spiralling hardcore, carrying on the New England legacy built by bands like Converge and American Nightmare. As evidenced on "An Ever Changing Cast of Characters," frontman Ethan Harrison's end-of-rope vocals convey true desperation atop his band's overcast riffage and charging beats.

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Defeater guitarist Jay Maas (Ceremony, Title Fight) at Getaway Recording.

In the words of MetalSucks: "If you dig bands like Converge and Enabler, Great American Ghost are going to be your new favorite band."

Check out Great American Ghost's latest video, "Shiver" (featuring vocals by Bruce LePage of 100 Demons), here.

Pre-order Everyone Leaves, here.

Great American Ghost, live:
July 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center (Warped Tour)









Thursday, June 18, 2015

EXTINCTION A.D. - Faithkiller



Extinction A.D. reveals full details and cover art for its debut full-length album, Faithkiller, coming August 21st on Good Fight Music.


Comprised of ex-members of This Is Hell, Extinction A.D. has made a hard left-turn out of This Is Hell's hardcore zone, into full-blown thrashing metal mode. Debut album Faithkiller plays like a 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of '80s thrash. Frontman Rick Jimenez and his crew synthesize the best aspects of early Metallica and Testament – the energy, passion, and titanium-strength hooks – and spit it back out with modern-day horsepower.


Faithkiller was recorded and mixed by Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche, Anthony Raneri), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Noisem).

Witness the video for "Instruments of Death," recently premiered by Revolver Magazinehere.

Lyrically, Jimenez says he is inspired by "the world around us and the fight between what it is and what it could be, especially in this country." Addressing issues like CIA coverups and media fear-mongering, he calls it like he sees it:

"The propaganda was unleashed as the animations replayed / And all logic was deflected by the CIA / Fire fell like a stone, we watched the sky explode / Homeland firefight happened in plain sight, something's just not right" (from "Echoes of Life").

"Deconstruction's systematic but sold as breaking news / All along knowing, heads they win, tails we lose... / Eternal grasp of power reaches up from the grave / Flashes across the TV to enslave." (from "Crisis: Indefinite").


Faithkiller's cover art and layout were created by UK artist Will Blood (Gallows, Set Your Goals).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Black Omen
2) Civil Execution
3) Instruments of Death
4) Echoes of Life
5) Prisoners
6) Tu Enemigo
7) Faithkiller
8) Crisis: Indefinite
9) Rot in Pain
10) To Exist in Purgatory

Faithkiller follows the Plague Prophecy EP, released on Good Fight last year.


Since its formation in 2013, Extinction A.D. has played with the likes of Municipal Waste, Darkest Hour, Kvelertak, Toxic Holocaust, and Havok. A US tour with From Autumn to Ashes kicks off tonight!

From Autumn to Ashes, Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave, Extinction A.D.:

June
18 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
20 - Kitchener, ON @ Wax
21 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
23 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's
24 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
26 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

July
5 - Reynoldsville, PA @ The Foxhole (Extinction A.D. headline)
6 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's (Extinction A.D. headline)
7 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar (Extinction A.D. headline)
9 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's (Extinction A.D. headline)
10 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
13 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
15 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
16 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
17 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre

Extinction A.D.:
Rick Jimenez - vocals, guitar
Christian Beale - guitar
Pieter van den Berg - bass
Mike Sciulara - drums


STATS - Mercy

New Atlantis Records presents the August 7th release of Mercy, the debut full-length album by Brooklyn trio STATS.

Founded in 2002 under the name Stay Fucked (from a line in Tropic of Cancer), STATS consists now of bassist/vocalist Tony Gedrich, guitarist Joe Petrucelli, and drummer/vocalist Hank Shteamer. This gang holds some heavyweight avant-rock credentials: Gedrich played in Extra Life and has collaborated with guitar phenom Mick Barr of Orthrelm and Krallice; Shteamer bashes things currently with Big A Little a and has lent his skills to Psalm Zero as well as projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw. (Shteamer also holds the title of music editor at Time Out New York and has authored a book about Ween for the 33 1/3 series!)


STATS' upcoming debut full-length, Mercy, was recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn by former The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg and mastered by Khanate's James Plotkin (Thou, Merzbow). Stream new song "The Freeze, The Fritz," off Mercy, via BrooklynVegan, here.


In Shteamer's own words, STATS is "dedicated to rawness, intensity, complexity and abandon." Indeed. On Mercy, the trio applies the liberated mindset and musicianship of progressive rock to songs that are turbo-powered with the raw passion of hardcore. The end result is furious and perplexing music with all the heart of Rites of Spring and all the chops of King Crimson.


To slap on a label like "proggy post-hardcore" would be to oversimplify though. The members of STATS are voracious scholars of music and they cull inspiration from all over the map, from the progressive extremes of every given genre. STATS' punk is the edge of punk: Black Flag at its most twisted and contrarian. STATS' jazz is that of the rebels like Sonny Sharrock and Tony Williams. STATS' metal is ...And Justice for All, not Ride the Lightning.


Some modern-day reference points for this precarious sound might include Keelhaul, The Wayward, and Brooklyn brethren like Dysrhythmia with whom STATS has toured.

Of the lyrics on Mercy, Shteamer says this: "I'm making an attempt to process deep-seated fear and revulsion regarding elements of life that terrify me. The album title is a plea to these malevolent forces, human or otherwise. While Mercy is a cathartic album lyrically, it's intended as a kind of positive purging – much in the same way that the music, while harsh and complex, also embodies base rock n' roll pleasures."


Mercy's cover art is by photographer Remi Thornton. The layout was created by Ian Anderson of The Designer's Republic (Aphex Twin, Pulp).

Mercy follows 2010's Crowned EP, released on The Path Less Traveled Records, and 2009's Marooned EP.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Human Butt

2) NTD
3) The Freeze, The Fritz
4) Line of Prime
5) List Serve
6) Countach
7) Dinner Alone

STATS:
Tony Gedrich - bass, vocals

Joe Petrucelli - guitar
Hank Shteamer - drums, vocals

Photo by Jacqueline Silberbush



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CR + Mass Appeal 56

Mass Appeal issue 56 is now online, including my interviews with Nikki Sneakers and Jessica Pimentel. 

Read it, here.