Tuesday, September 20, 2016

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE + Lambgoat

"Southern California stoner core... Cacophonous blend of stoner rock, metal, and hardcore."
–Lambgoat

"Though they may have a penchant for cannabis, the after-effects have never dulled Colombian Necktie's metallic hardcore edge."

–High Times

"A rising name within the Los Angeles underground metal scene... [Colombian Necktie] has further mastered the art of balancing an ugly musical din with engaging Sabbath-boogie riffs."
-LA Weekly

"LA-based stoner-core... chock full of sludge."
–Metal Injection

Lambgoat has premiered new stoner-core anthem "Linestepper" from Los Angeles' Colombian Necktie.

Listen, here:
http://lambgoat.com/features/334/Colombian-Necktie-Linestepper-song-premiere

"Linestepper" appears on upcoming new album All Paths Lead to Nowhere, and the track is a pure representation of the vibe: graceful drums dance around the beat, guitars ride the line between driving hardcore and cosmic '70s heavy metal boogie, and frontman Scott Werren barks earnest words that evoke the realness of great LA frontmen of the past like Henry Rollins and Mike Muir. 

All Paths Lead to Nowhere comes out September 30th on Black Voodoo Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Erol Ulug (Dangers, Seizures) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Black Tusk).

Pre-order:

http://colombiannecktie.bandcamp.com/album/all-paths-lead-to-nowhere

Photo by Dea Janoyan 


ION DISSONANCE + MetalSucks

"One of the most intense albums of 2016, period."
–MetalSucks

Ion Dissonance has unveiled new track "Suffering: The Art of Letting Go," today via MetalSucks.

Listen, here:
http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/09/20/exclusive-track-premiere-ion-dissonances-suffering-art-letting-go/

"Suffering: The Art of Letting Go" appears on upcoming full-length Cast the First Stone, the Montreal band's first album since 2010. A monstrous return, Cast the First Stone shows Ion Dissonance at its best, delivering lethal bursts of chaos, color, and groove – the next level of the brutal, technical style it pioneered over a decade ago.

"Founding Fathers of Deathcore," as MetalSucks puts it, the Montrealers mixed dizzying math and earthquaking heaviness back in the early/mid '00s, solidifying a sound that served as a gateway for the deathcore boom that followed. Along with French Canadian countrymen Despised Icon and US bands like The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance's impact on the current state of metal and hardcore is massive – and with new album Cast the First Stone, these forefathers have returned to continue pushing the genre forward.

Ion Dissonance frontman Kevin McCaughey says, "Cast the First Stone is a solid mix of all the essential elements you would expect to hear from us, with some new twists added. This is the next chapter in the Ion Dissonance discography and we are far from finished."

Cast the First Stone will be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

Pre-order, here:
http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/ion-dissonance

The album was produced by Ion Dissonance guitarist Antoine Lussier.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Burdens
2) The Truth Will Set You Free
3) To Expiate
4) To Lift the Dead Hand of the Past
5) Untitled II
6) Suffering: The Art of Letting Go
7) Ill Will
8) (D.A.B.D.A.) State of Discomposure
9) Treading on Thin Ice
10) Virtue
11) Perpetually Doomed: The Sisyphean Task

Fall shows include dates with Fit For An Autopsy and a slot on Texas Revolution Fest with Hatebreed.

Oct 8 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog

Oct 22 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room - Texas Revolution Fest w/ Hatebreed, Devildriver
Oct 29 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Nov 18 - Providence, RI @ The Colosseum - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone
Nov 19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone
Nov 20 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone

Photo by Charlie Baron



Friday, September 16, 2016

THE CHAIN + Head Wound City

EXALT + Exclaim!

Exclaim! has premiered Exalt's new music video, "Worship."

Watch, here:
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/exalt-worship_video

As Exclaim's Bradley Zorgdrager puts it, the song "perfectly toes the lines between metalcore and the band's nu metal influences." Although Exalt is coming out of the hardcore scene – peers include Harm's Way, Code Orange, and Old Wounds, and an upcoming fall tour has them touring with the iconic Ringworm – new album The Shape You Took Before the Ache sees the young Canadians flirting hard with the kind of drama and hooks that once defined nu-metal. Moody melodies and bouncing rhythms nod to bands like Deftones and Fear Factory.

The album was released last week on Good Fight Music in the US, and on New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world.

It was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Integrity).

"Elevating their brand of eerie, esoteric metalcore to new heights"
–Exclaim!

"It's definitely a hardcore record but there's a lot going on musically that'll keep listeners interested beyond just the hardcore crowd. Seriously, this is worth a spin!"
–Metal Injection

"Crushing brutality... Brief reveries of melody and oddly sweet serenades..."
–Pure Grain Audio

"Exalt weave together bone-breaking metallic hardcore with moody atmosphere... The Shape You Took Before the Ache marks the beginning of an exciting shift for this band..."

–Svbterranean

Ringworm, Exalt:
Oct 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 7 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Oct 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Oct 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Oct 12 - Boise, ID @ Shredder
Oct 13 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
Oct 15 - Portland, OR @ Panic Room
Oct 16 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
Oct 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Oct 19 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ So What Fest
Oct 22 - Austin, TX @ Texas Revolution Fest
Oct 24 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht

Photo by Steph Mill


Out today: KNIFE HITS - Eris

Knife Hits' debut album, Eris, is out today. Produced by Jon Nunez of Torche, Eris is the sound of pure intensity. With wounded vocals, a wall of guitars, and a hailstorm of blasting drums, Knife Hits tips the hat to Orchid, Pg. 99, Converge, and Discordance Axis.


Buy, here:
http://deadtankrecords.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp
http://hydrogenman.storenvy.com/products/17609408-knife-hits-eris-lp
http://avulsionmailorder.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp

"Stop-start dashes of Orchid worship, building on that screamo framework to find its own approach to controlled chaos... Akin to the likes of Loma Prieta, another group that's mined '90s screamo and found harmony within that chaos."
–The AV Club

"The brutal/intense side of screamo, veering into grind, along the lines of Orchid, Pg. 99, early Converge and Discordance Axis."

–Decibel

"Knife Hits just might be our new favorite band... Intense and blistering, this stuff hits you hard, crushes your heart, and is done in fifty-two seconds... It's all killer; it'll set your ears on fire."

–Nerdist

"A style of hardcore that merges discordant, off-kilter riffs with the speed of grind and back it up with a whole lot of emotion... A corker of an album that breathes new life into this venerable form of music."

–New Noise

"Five-piece hardcore/punk/screamo band Knife Hits... will chill you to your bones. The most mosh-worthy composition you may have ever laid ears on."

–Impose

"12 erratic tracks that fans of Pg. 99 and Discordance Axis will be enamored with."
–Svbterranean


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

KNIFE HITS + PunkNews

"Stop-start dashes of Orchid worship, building on that screamo framework to find its own approach to controlled chaos... Akin to the likes of Loma Prieta, another group that's mined '90s screamo and found harmony within that chaos."
–The AV Club

"The brutal/intense side of screamo, veering into grind, along the lines of Orchid, Pg. 99, early Converge and Discordance Axis."

–Decibel

"Knife Hits just might be our new favorite band... Intense and blistering, this stuff hits you hard, crushes your heart, and is done in fifty-two seconds... It's all killer; it'll set your ears on fire."
–Nerdist

"A style of hardcore that merges discordant, off-kilter riffs with the speed of grind and back it up with a whole lot of emotion... A corker of an album that breathes new life into this venerable form of music."
–New Noise

"Five-piece hardcore/punk/screamo band Knife Hits... will chill you to your bones. The most mosh-worthy composition you may have ever laid ears on."
–Impose

With the release of Knife Hits' debut, Eris, just days away, PunkNews has launched a stream of the entire album.

Produced by Jon Nunez of Torche, Eris is pure intensity, boiling over with emotion from start to finish. Musical touchstones include '90s screamo bands like Orchid and Pg. 99, and grinders Discordance Axis.

Listen, here:
https://www.punknews.org/article/61854/knife-hits-eris-punknews-exclusive

Eris' September 16th release is a joint venture between three labelsDead Tank Records (digital, vinyl), Hydrogen Man Records (vinyl) and Give Praise Records (vinyl).

Pre-order:
http://deadtankrecords.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp
http://hydrogenman.storenvy.com/products/17609408-knife-hits-eris-lp
http://avulsionmailorder.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp


CAR BOMB + Stereogum

"A rhythmically abstruse variety of extreme metal most obviously influenced by Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan... Car Bomb exceeds even their legendary capacity for zonks and skronks... Hallucinatory... Insanely brutal."
–Stereogum

Stereogum has premiered new Car Bomb track "Sets," featuring guest vocals by Frank Mullen of Suffocation.

"Sets" appears on the New York band's upcoming third album Meta, coming October 28th, self-released by the band. Meta was produced by Gojira's Joe Duplantier and Car Bomb guitarist Greg Kubacki, and mixed and mastered by Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Escape the Fate). 

Completely dominating a style of music Stereogum describes as "rhythmically abstruse," "hallucinatory," and "insanely brutal," Car Bomb's sheer technical prowess is made all the more awesome by the melody and musicality it injects into Meta. Deriving inspiration from across the spectrum, from Meshuggah to Aphex Twin to John Zorn, Car Bomb exercises its musical freedom with stunning results: Meta is a world where maddening technicality, massive grooves and soaring melodies are woven together into complex structures that burst with color, dazzling the brain and punching the gut. 

Stream "Sets," featuring the "alien-warlord" guest-vocals of Frank Mullen, here:
http://www.stereogum.com/1898933/car-bomb-sets/mp3s/

Pre-order Meta:
http://carbomb.bandcamp.com/album/meta

Car Bomb plays two hometown shows before hitting the road with The Dillinger Escape Plan in November.

Oct 8 - Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51 w/ Candiria
Oct 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus - "Meta" release show w/ Meek Is Murder

The Dillinger Escape Plan, O'Brother, Cult Leader, Car Bomb:
Nov 9 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov 10 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Nov 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Nov 12 - Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theatre
Nov 13 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Nov 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 16 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov 17 - Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
Nov 18 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov 19 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster

Photo by Patrik Andersson 


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

BODY STUFF - Body Stuff 2

Body Stuff 2 will be released November 4th on The Path Less Traveled Records.

Body Stuff 2 is the second EP by Body Stuff, the solo project of Curran Reynolds (ex-Today Is the Day, Wetnurse). The sound is like a dream state where late '80s radio hits, New York City ambience, and industrial-metal power intertwine in brief, radiant rock songs, driven by programmed drums and heart-on-sleeve vocals.

The first Body Stuff EP was written entirely in and about New York City; Body Stuff 2 was composed in a house on a lake in Maine. Lyrics range between ruminations on the past and urgent calls to seize the day. 

Body Stuff 2 was recorded and mixed by Ryan Jones of Mutilation Rites (and ex-Today Is the Day, Wetnurse), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell, Author & Punisher).

Reference points: Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, U2, INXS, Suicide, The Gun Club, Killing Joke, Godflesh

Tracklist:
1) Ice
2) World of Men
3) Witness
4) Cabin Song
5) Coward Song
6) Last Dance

The cover art and layout were created by Brandon Gallagher and Curran Reynolds.

Reviews of the first Body Stuff EP (2013, The Path Less Traveled Records):

"[Body Stuff] exists in a sick reality all its own... There's an analytical passion to the songs, like Killing Joke scoring a David Cronenberg flick."
–Decibel

"Reynolds’s lyrics are a focal point and tell snippets of stories in a hundred words or less that are as haunting as they are evocative... Add to that an otherworldly blend of drone, metal, post-rock, and more that endlessly loops, rises, and falls over a metronomic beat, and we’re looking at something glorious." 
–Stereogum 

"Body Stuff is an extremely personal ode to NYC, with haunting yet alluring, deep vocals - a cross between Justin Broadrick and Michael Gira... A stunning debut, Body Stuff is simple and pure, showcasing immense attention to detail..." 
–Exclaim!



Friday, September 9, 2016

BLACK TABLE + Revolver

Revolver has premiered Black Table's new song "Gargantua," off upcoming album Obelisk.

Twisting, turning, sludgy post-rock slides into a blackened hellscape, led by the truly brutal vocals of frontwoman Mers Sumida and double-bass drumming of Michael Kadnar (also a member of the reformed The Number Twelve Looks Like You and German act Downfall of Gaia). From mournful to horrific, Black Table paints vivid pictures – a world all its own. MetalSucks recently named the sound, "proggy, blackened metal... like a puddle of boiled oil, full of broken glass."

Listen, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/black-table-premiere-new-song-gargantua/22395

Obelisk was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Leviathan) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice). The album comes out October 14th on Silent Pendulum Records in the US, and Moment of Collapse Records in Europe.

Sumida says the album deals with "depression as a human condition, explored through the mythologies of various cultures, like Aztec, Mohawk Indian and European literature."

US pre-order:
https://silentpendulumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/obelisk-black-table-spr008

Live:
Sep 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry


Out today: EXALT - The Shape You Took Before the Ache

Exalt's new album, The Shape You Took Before the Ache, is out today on Good Fight Music in the US, and on New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world.

Listen here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/exalt-premiere-new-album-shape-you-took-ache/22388

Buy here:
Good Fight webstore: goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/exalt
iTunes: itun.es/i6hj9RT
Bandcamp: goo.gl/BxyGxy
Google Play: goo.gl/sxbVxK
Amazon: goo.gl/8g0kH5
Spotify: spoti.fi/2cK5Wxh


"Elevating their brand of eerie, esoteric metalcore to new heights"
–Exclaim!

"It's definitely a hardcore record but there's a lot going on musically that'll keep listeners interested beyond just the hardcore crowd. Seriously, this is worth a spin!"
–Metal Injection

"Crushing brutality... Brief reveries of melody and oddly sweet serenades..."
–Pure Grain Audio

"Exalt weave together bone-breaking metallic hardcore with moody atmosphere... The Shape You Took Before the Ache marks the beginning of an exciting shift for this band..."

–Svbterranean

The Shape You Took Before the Ache is a masterwork of cavemen-heavy hardcore, in line with crushers like Harm's Way and Old Wounds, and laced with moody melody evoking '90s greats, from Godflesh to Deftones. The album was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Integrity).

Exalt hits the road in October with Ringworm.

Ringworm, Exalt:

Oct 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 7 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Oct 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Oct 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Oct 12 - Boise, ID @ Shredder
Oct 13 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
Oct 15 - Portland, OR @ Panic Room
Oct 16 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
Oct 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Oct 19 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ So What Fest
Oct 22 - Austin, TX @ Texas Revolution Fest
Oct 24 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht