Thursday, October 8, 2015

NERVOUS + High Times

Weed bible High Times has premiered "Lapse," the new single by Oakland, California punks Nervous.

"Lapse" -- a burst of frantic strumming and desperate vocals, in line with greats like The Pixies and The Jesus Lizard -- appears on Nervous' forthcoming new EP, Duration and Delusion. Frontman Jake Spek has said the EP is a meditation on the concept of time.

In addition to sharing the new song, the Bay Area smokers reveal to High Times some of the weed strains that fueled the making of the new record. Stream the song and get informed about the power of plants, here.

Duration and Delusion comes out October 23rd on Twelve Gauge Records (home to recent releases by Power, Sabertooth Zombie, and Youth Funeral) and the band's own Turbulent Records.

"Noisy hardcore... channeling My War-era Black Flag."

"Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." 
–High Times

"Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


With the release of debut full-length True Will coming up on October 16th, White Widows Pact reveals new single "This Thing of Ours," exclusively via Exclaim! Magazine.

The track features guest vocals by Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier.

Stream it, here.

As Exclaim! puts it, "True Will hears the band combining elements of New York hardcore, '90s death metal and Southern sludge, but the latest track features some collaborative talents from the Great White North. Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier makes a guest appearance, adding some extra bite to the already blistering song."

From Brooklyn, New York, White Widows Pact stands right at the center of that city's booming metal scene with a sound that rips and grooves, nodding equally to Crowbar, Obituary, Napalm Death, and Madball. Frontman Dave Castillo also co-owns the famed Saint Vitus Bar, New York's home base for live metal.

Tune in to WSOU 89.5 FM today at 6:00 pm as the band will appear live on air to chat about True Will and DJ some of their own favorite jams.

True Will will be released October 16th on New Damage Records, home also to releases by KEN mode, Cancer Bats, and Exalt.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What's new

Cruising into fall, stacked with the best new music for you.

• New York City band reaches new heights on sophomore album, utilizing a 30-pc orchestra to create a supremely intense musical ride
• Inspired by film scores, black metal, Mono, Envy, Godspeed...
• Recorded by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and Chris Montgomery (Lily Alen, Mumford & Sons)
• "Devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts." –BrooklynVegan
• "Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty" –Exclaim!

• Debut full-length sees New York hardcore, '90s death metal, and Southern sludge unite in a storm of grooving power that nods to Madball, Obituary, and Crowbar
• Frontman David Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn's home base for metal and hardcore
• Produced by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War)
• Guests include Sara Taylor (Youth Code) and Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats)
• "Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front." –Noisey
• "Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's Obedience Thru Suffering..." –Revolver

• Oakland, CA noise-punks pound out desperate/stoned tunes descended from The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, Nirvana, Born Against, Rites of Spring, Econochrist...
• Frontman Jake Spek's rasp is a distinctive new voice – he sings it like he really means it; clean guitars strum urgently and break into surf rock tones as bare-bones drums and bass pound out tight Crass-like cadences!
• "Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." –High Times
• "Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are." –Decibel

• Justin Pearson (Retox, The Locust, Head Wound City, Some Girls) teams up with longtime bandmate/collaborator Gabe Serbian (one of SPIN's "100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music") on songs for Asia Argento's new film, Incompresa (US title: Misunderstood), in which Justin also has a role playing Charlotte Gainsbourg's boyfriend!
• "Icon of independence since the early '90s, Justin Pearson obeys no one's rules. As a vocalist, bassist, record label owner, author, and actor, the born leader has made a career of staying one step ahead, confounding both the mainstream and the underground in the process." –Mass Appeal

• Debut EP by new Brooklyn powerhouse, comprised of members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships!
• Radiant, rock-solid, world-weary jams for fans of Quicksand, Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken for Stars
• "A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know." –Noisey
• "A brand new supergroup you will certainly be hearing plenty about soon enough... Earnest, angular, '90s-ish post-hardcore" –MetalSucks

• Evil, noisy, hardcore punk – shades of The Birthday Party and Scratch Acid, plus double-bass drumming and creepy riffing that brings things into a twisted metal zone!
• One of Brooklyn's exciting young prospects, the very newest in a recent legacy that includes punk/metal creeps like Raspberry Bulbs, Villains, and Couch Slut
• "Discordant, noisy, anti-social... Great shit." –Noisey

Coming soon - Muscle Beach - new album - Sailor Records
• Denver trio brings the angst and the hooks in equal doses on debut LP – it's an extremely driving, rockin' brand of post-hardcore, in line with Refused, The Bronx, and Kvelertak... All that, plus lyrics about pirates and aliens. Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation).

Coming soon - Graf Orlock - new album - Vitriol Records
• New full-length album by one of my favorite bands in the game... LA hardcore/grindcore, based entirely on movies... This new album promises a new plot twist!

Coming soon - Ghostlimb - new album - Vitriol Records
• New full-length album from LA post-hardcore crew featuring Justin Smith of Graf Orlock and Vitriol Records!


Monday, September 28, 2015


AllMusic has premiered White Widows Pact's "Thirteen Years of War," the third single to be revealed off the Brooklyn band's debut full-length, True Will.

Stream it, here.

"Thirteen Years of War" drives hard, owning a space that brings the deep, Southern grooves of Crowbar together with the urgent forward motion of mid-'90s Napalm Death, under one grimy New York City roof. Frontman David Castillo, also co-owner of Brooklyn's preeminent metal venue, Saint Vitus Bar, holds court with shredded screams – what MetalSucks has described as "hyena-in-a-blender" – conveying the pure existential horror of city life.

AllMusic calls the band "exceptionally heavy" and hails the new song as "a particularly pissed-off four-minute track," full of "howling vocals and buzzing guitars."

True Will comes out October 16th on New Damage Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). 

"Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front."

White Widows Pact's mix of contemporary hardcore and sludgy Southern metal are the exception to the rule that metalheads and punks can't get along."
–Alternative Press

"Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's
 Obedience Thru Suffering..."


"The grooves, the sludge, the hyena-in-a-blender vocals – all amped up to the next level."


Friday, September 25, 2015


Charlotte Gainsbourg and Justin Pearson in a scene from Asia Argento's new film, Incompresa. US title: Misunderstood.

Three One G Records presents Incompresa Songs, a collaboration between Three One G owner Justin Pearson and longtime friend and drummer Gabe Serbian. Pearson and Serbian have made music together for years as members of The Locust, Head Wound City, and other bands, and they have now teamed up to write and record music for the score of Incompresa (US title: Misunderstood), the new film directed by Asia Argento.

Asia, daughter of Italian horror master Dario Argento, recruited Pearson not only to help score her new film, she also cast him as an actor, playing none other than Charlotte Gainsbourg's punk boyfriend. The Hollywood Reporter's review reads: "A genre-crossing film about a lonely child is sad, funny, a little dark and very cruel... The pain and excess of [Argento's] early films is unexpectedly transmuted to rollicking black humor, making it a more universal and enjoyable story told with lively verve and a lot of imagination." 

Incompresa, an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival last year, opens in US theaters today, September 25th. 

Pearson and Serbian created various music for the film, including the two songs featured on Incompresa Songs – "Old Age Lasts Too Long" and "Attractive Mammals." They are short, sweet blasts of Pearson's signature howl and Serbian's signature bashing (he was named one of "The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music" by SPIN Magazine), embodying the raw punk spirit of Pearson's character in the film and the early '80s setting. 

Watch an excerpt from Incompresa, featuring the song "Old Age Lasts Too Long," exclusively via BrooklynVegan, here.

Three One G will release Incompresa Songs as a seven-inch on October 30th. Pre-order, here.

Read more about Justin Pearson and Three One G Records, here.


Good Fight Music announces Choice Cuts, a free Fall 2015 sampler that serves as a document of all the latest, greatest noise from the Good Fight camp, in what has been the label's most action-packed year to date, and hints at things to come in the near future.

Represented among the twenty songs on Choice Cuts are the latest tracks by label pillars like Old Wounds, The Banner, and Extinction A.D., and by more recent signings like Axis, Of Feather and Bone, Exalt, Great American Ghost, Nasty, and Nathan Gray of Boysetsfire. 

Of special note:

"No Equilibrium," the first new music by Hollow Earth to be revealed since Good Fight signed the Detroit doomsday crew this year. "No Equilibrium" will appear on the band's Parting Remains EP, coming up this winter.

"Gone," a classic Disembodied track, remixed and remastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count), appearing on Transfiguration, a massive upcoming box set which spans the metallic hardcore pioneers' entire career.

"You're Welcome," a brand new track by new signing Bottomfeeder, a New Jersey post-hardcore band featuring members of The Gaslight Anthem, Gates, and more, whose new EP, II, is on the way.

"Expire," a song off The Contortionist's 2010 debut album, Exoplanet, which has been remixed and remastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) and will be reissued in January.

"The Acid Reign I/II," a medley of two shelved songs recorded by metalcore favorite Scarlet in 2009.

And also included on Choice Cuts are tracks by friends from outside the Good Fight family -- up-and-comers like Down In It, Vein, and Head Creeps.

1) Old Wounds, "Rest in Piss"

2) The Banner, "Unbaptized"
3) Axis, "Show Your Greed"
4) Down In It, "Binary Blues" (feat. Kevin Iavaroni of Old Wounds)
5) Hollow Earth, "No Equilibrium"
6) Great American Ghost, "Everyone Leaves"
7) Of Feather and Bone, "Ordained in Fire"
8) Vein, "Ripple"
9) Exalt, "Greying"
10) Nathan Gray, "Wolves"
11) The Contortionist, "Expire"
12) Extinction A.D., "Black Omen"
13) Head Creeps, "Lizard Kings"
14) Bottomfeeder, "You're Welcome"
15) Nasty, "Shokka"
16) Old Wounds, "Dead Beat Blues"
17) Scarlet, "The Acid Reign I/II"
18) Extinction A.D., "Mummified"
19) The Banner, "Witchburner"
20) Disembodied, "Gone"

Choice Cuts will be available October 2nd for free digital download via and for free streaming via most streaming services.

Good Fight's Rick Barnhart explains that the title is a nod to a 1999 Ferret Music/Trustkill Records comp of the same name that included bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Harvest, Disembodied, For The Love Of, Turmoil, and Nora. Barnhart, who was part of the Ferret team in the label's heyday, gave this statement: "The original Choice Cuts was fucking great and I think this stands up to that and even exceeds it. Good Fight is the strongest it has ever been and I am really excited for all that's in store for 2016."

The cover art was created by Brandon Gallagher of Old Wounds.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SO HIDEOUS + Mass Appeal

New York City post-metal act So Hideous has teamed up with Mass Appeal to present the premiere of new track "Relinquish," off sophomore album Laurestine.

Stream "Relinquish" via Mass Appeal, here.

On the stunning Laurestine, So Hideous delves deeper into the orchestral sound pioneered on its 2013 debut, Last Poem First Light. Like the debut, Laurestine was recorded with an actual orchestra, consisting of 30 members this time around – brass, strings, and a choir. The interplay of these elements with the band's metal foundation results in something thrilling. 
Laurestine is a cinematic ride that rises and falls like a film score, from gentle lulls to raging, blackened metal. 

A concept album that tells the story of a man's journey into an afterlife, Laurestine was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All) at The Wild Arctic Studio, with the orchestral tracks recorded by Chris Montgomery (Mumford and Sons, Lily Allen).

The album comes out October 16th on Prosthetic Records.

Pre-order Laurestine from Prosthetic Records, here.

Pre-order Laurestine from iTunes, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Amazon, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Bandcamp, here.

Stream "Relinquish" via Apple Music, here.
Stream "Relinquish" via Spotify, here.
Stream "Relinquish" via Google Play, here.

"Envy-with-blastbeats... the symphonic tracks add depth and scope to the band's extroverted guitar melodies."


"Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty"


"Devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."


"A strong orchestral presence... Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as soundtrack scores for movies that don't exist yet."

–Invisible Oranges

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry

EXTINCTION A.D. + Havok + Black Fast

Extinction A.D. hops aboard Havok's November tour to join the Colorado thrashers on a string of dates from the Southwest to the Southeast, November 21st-30th. Also on board is Black Fast.

Havok, Black Fast, Extinction A.D.
Nov 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Nov 22 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Jam Spot
Nov 23 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Nov 24 - Dallas, TX @ Reno's
Nov 25 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Nov 27 - McAllen, TX @ Thirsty Monkey
Nov 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Nov 29 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Nov 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Extinction A.D.'s debut full-length Faithkiller is out now on Good Fight Music. Named a "thrashterpiece" by Metal Injection, the album can be streamed here.

Buy it, here.

Extinction A.D. is comprised of ex-members of This Is Hell and revives early testament and Metallica vibes with modern-day firepower. Faithkiller was recorded and mixed by Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche, Anthony Raneri), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Noisem).

"A blend of early '90s Slayer and Sepultura filtered through a prism of Kill 'Em All. Check out Extinction A.D. if you're in the mood for groovy thrash that explodes with modern energy."


"A 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament."
–Guitar World

"Extinction A.D. may very well write the best Slayer riffs that Jeff Hanneman never got around to writing but they're more than a simple re-thrash band... If thrash is a machine gun firing wildly in all directions, Extinction A.D. is a sniper with a laser sight."


DRIFTOFF - "Dying Light"

"A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know. The tones of the guitars reflect hints of Deftones or Handsome influence, but go above and beyond to make it its own heavy, crushing entity."

Brooklyn band Driftoff – featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships – has revealed "Dying Light," the opening track off its debut EP, Modern Fear.

Owning a desperate, radiant, post-hardcore sound, Driftoff spins raw feeling and thick texture into world-weary songs in the vein of Quicksand, Hot Water Music, and Planes Mistaken For Stars. A musical departure from the members' other bands, Driftoff sees these veterans "tapping into the energy of the punk and hardcore records we grew up with," in the words of guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan.

Four-song debut Modern Fear also uses New York City as its muse – "a self-contained bubble of madness... an endless well of inspiration," in Jernigan's words. EP opener "Dying Light" chronicles one New Yorker's alcoholic descent. "Straphanger," another song recently premiered, tells of a life spent underground in the NYC subway system.

Modern Fear comes out October 30th on Science of Silence Records in the US, and on Golden Antenna Records in Europe.

The EP was recorded and mixed by Will Benoit (Caspian, Constants, Junius) at The Radar Studio in Clinton, Connecticut – New England's first and only solar-powered recording studio. Additional recording was done by Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms, Netherlands) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY. The EP was mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Sweet Cobra). 

Pre-order Modern Fear direct from the band ("name your price" digital pre-order and exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, "coke bottle" clear vinyl), here.

Pre-order Modern Fear from Science of Silence Records (exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, grey vinyl), here.

Pre-order Modern Fear from Golden Antenna Records (Europe/UK only), here.

Photo by Diego Bazan

Monday, September 21, 2015

NERVOUS + BrooklynVegan

"Noisy hardcore... channeling My War-era Black Flag."

"Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." 
–High Times

"Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are."

Oakland trio Nervous has revealed "The Future," the opening track off new EP Duration and Delusion.

Stream "The Future" on BrooklynVegan, here.

As established on its 2013 self-titled debut, and carried forth now on Duration and Delusion, Nervous' sound is aptly anxious – minimal noise-rock, barreling forward and teetering on the edge. Clean guitar tones and primitive drums drive forth as frontman Jake Spek howls away his insecurities.

Spek says Duration and Delusion is a record about time: "It's about our understanding of time and how it controls us. How our understanding of it shapes how we approach everything." There is no doubt he takes this subject to heart as he screams lines like these on "The Future": "I'm standing here / Wind blowing in my hair... / And I'm scared / Thinking about what is to be done / And what's to come... / I guess we'll see what the universe thinks we deserve / In the future."

Duration and Delusion comes out October 23rd, a split release between Twelve Gauge Records (home to recent recordings by Power, Sabertooth Zombie, and Youth Funeral) and Spek's own new label, Turbulent Records.

Duration and Delusion was recorded and mixed by Max Senna (Ash Borer, Wild Moth) and mastered by Alan Douches (Torche, Young Widows).