Friday, February 12, 2016

Out today: EIGHT BELLS - Landless

Eight Bells' sophomore album, Landless, is out today on Battleground Records.

Stream the album, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/news/eight-bells-premiere-new-album-landless.html

Buy it, here:
http://battlegroundrecords.bigcartel.com/

Comprising members of SubArachnoid Space and Immortal Bird, the Portland, Oregon trio constructs its own world. Ethereal vocals, ghostly ambience, triumphant guitars, and metal drumming weave together in a timeless space between psych, prog, doom, and black metal. Sophomore album Landless was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch).

Eight Bells is on tour now with Voivod and Vektor.

Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird

"Landless is a tour-de-force... out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies."

–Noisey

"Eight Bells have created a veritable monument to yearning... Breathless, imbalanced genius."

–Exclaim!

"There's a classical doom feel... wedded to a modern sense of progressiveness, with reverb-y harmonies and organ melding creating a vivid contrast with the driving, powerful drumming of new member Rae Amitay."

–BrooklynVegan

"[Melynda] Jackson's chiming and piercing guitar tone evokes The Edge's celebratory playing style. She and [Haley] Westeiner employ two-part harmonies, the sort often used in medieval choir music... Their jagged, sometimes Slint-like approach to songwriting, and their assonant sining make their songs obscure... I find myself obsessed with the surface of Eight Bells' music, curious what lies beneath."

–Invisible Oranges

"Another time and dimension... where Ulver and Ihsahn are Pink Floyd's precedents, where lyrics can trade mind-travels for centuries-ago suffering..."
–MetalSucks


"Eight Bells juggle elements of post-metal and progressive rock, and combine them effortlessly with blackened undertones... Epic, melodic and dark."
–About

"Adventurous and taut, summoning the black metal of Immortal, the hooky prog of Rush, and even a little Pink Floyd psychedelia."
–Portland Mercury

"Soaring, clean vocals punching through an aura of swirling melancholy... Landless sounds like a strong contender – Portland or otherwise – for the best metal album of the usually slow first quarter of 2016."

–Willamette Week

"Amazed at how much it moved me... Landless is going to be one of the best releases of 2016."

–CVLT Nation

"Like any great trio, each instrument is equally important to the overall architecture of the sound... Eight Bells is much more than the sum of their parts. Eight Bells have crafted a unique sound, one that is thematically consistent, from lyrics to artwork and sonic palette as well."
–Burning Ambulance

"Landless drifts like an ethereal mist, enveloping you slowly... Eight Bells shrug off the meandering bluesy psychedelia of their debut in favor of a sound that is darker, more mature, and more atmospheric, sounding less like a jam and more like a crafted narrative."
–Echoes and Dust

"It takes special talent and songwriting to grab the listener with what's not there; to entice the listener with merely the mood or emotion of your music. Eight Bells are experts here... The perfect combination of Brian Eno, Ulver and King Crimson."

–Nine Circles

"From the progressive sections, to the enthralling arrangements, to the lush vocal harmonies that push the story, to the propulsive drumming, this group create weaving, winding tapestries that are melodic, dark, hypnotic... This is an adventure."

–Meat Mead Metal


Thursday, February 11, 2016

EIGHT BELLS + Revolver

Eight Bells' sophomore album Landless is now streaming in its entirety via Revolver.

Listen here: 

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/eight-bells-premiere-new-album-landless.html

Landless comes out tomorrow, February 12th, on Battleground Records. Pre-order here:
http://battlegroundrnr.com

The album was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch). A true epic, it rises and falls, from majestic highs to ethereal lows. Soaring leads, ghostly atmosphere, and blackened passages swell and crash like waves. '70s psych and prog meld with extreme metal in an album earning comparisons to Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Ulver, and Enslaved.


A Portland, Oregon trio featuring members of SubArachnoid Space, Immortal Bird, and more, Eight Bells is on tour now with Voivod and Vektor.

Feb 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird

"Landless is a tour-de-force... out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies."

–Noisey

"Eight Bells have created a veritable monument to yearning... Breathless, imbalanced genius."
–Exclaim!

"There's a classical doom feel... wedded to a modern sense of progressiveness, with reverb-y harmonies and organ melding creating a vivid contrast with the driving, powerful drumming of new member Rae Amitay."
–BrooklynVegan

"[Melynda] Jackson's chiming and piercing guitar tone evokes The Edge's celebratory playing style. She and [Haley] Westeiner employ two-part harmonies, the sort often used in medieval choir music... Their jagged, sometimes Slint-like approach to songwriting, and their assonant sining make their songs obscure... I find myself obsessed with the surface of Eight Bells' music, curious what lies beneath."

–Invisible Oranges

"Another time and dimension... where Ulver and Ihsahn are Pink Floyd's precedents, where lyrics can trade mind-travels for centuries-ago suffering..."
–MetalSucks


"Adventurous and taut, summoning the black metal of Immortal, the hooky prog of Rush, and even a little Pink Floyd psychedelia."
–Portland Mercury

"Soaring, clean vocals punching through an aura of swirling melancholy... Landless sounds like a strong contender – Portland or otherwise – for the best metal album of the usually slow first quarter of 2016."
–Willamette Week

"Amazed at how much it moved me... Landless is going to be one of the best releases of 2016."
–CVLT Nation

"Landless drifts like an ethereal mist, enveloping you slowly... Eight Bells shrug off the meandering bluesy psychedelia of their debut in favor of a sound that is darker, more mature, and more atmospheric, sounding less like a jam and more like a crafted narrative."
–Echoes and Dust

"It takes special talent and songwriting to grab the listener with what's not there; to entice the listener with merely the mood or emotion of your music. Eight Bells are experts here... The perfect combination of Brian Eno, Ulver and King Crimson."
–Nine Circles

"From the progressive sections, to the enthralling arrangements, to the lush vocal harmonies that push the story, to the propulsive drumming, this group create weaving, winding tapestries that are melodic, dark, hypnotic... This is an adventure."
–Meat Mead Metal


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DRIFTOFF - Denial Machine/No Rescue


Hot on the heels of debut EP Modern Fear, Brooklyn band Driftoff announces a brand new 2-song single: "Denial Machine/No Rescue."

Comprising members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships, Driftoff makes a massive, radiant sound, in line with post-hardcore predecessors like Quicksand and Planes Mistaken for Stars. The new single carries on right where debut Modern Fear left off – heavy, shimmering, and full of angst. Both recordings were produced by Will Benoit at The Radar Studio (Junius, Caspian). 

Noisey has called Driftoff, "a model of excellence in heavy music" and BrooklynVegan names it, "heavy atmospheric rock... throat-shredding yet anthemic vocals." Where Modern Fear was a meditation on life in New York City, guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan explains that the new songs deal with climate change: "The songs speak to our collective frustration with humanity's willful ignorance – on a societal and individual level – toward what is probably the most pressing issue of our time."

Stream "No Rescue" here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2016/02/driftoff_releas.html

"Denial Machine/No Rescue" will be released officially on February 26th as a cassette single and a digital download, via the band's own Radar Recordings. Pre-order here:
http://driftoffnyc.bandcamp.com

The cassette will also be available at Driftoff's upcoming shows. The band kicks off a short Northeast run tomorrow then heads to Europe later this month for a full European tour.

Driftoff / US:
Feb 10 - New Haven, CT @ BAR
Feb 11 - Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
Feb 12 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Feb 13 - Pawtucket, RI @ The Met w/ Defeater, Caspian, O'Brother
Feb 20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Maybeshewill

Driftoff / Europe:
Feb 27 - Reykjavik, IS @ Gaukurinn
Mar 2 - Utrecht, NL @ dB's
Mar 3 - Essen, DE @ Panic Room
Mar 4 - Siegen, DE @ Vortex
Mar 5 - Basel, CH @ Podium
Mar 6 - Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
Mar 7 - Freiburg, DE @ KTS
Mar 8 - Geneva, CH @ L'Usine
Mar 9 - Winterthur, CH @ Gaswerk
Mar 10 - Innsbruck, AT @ PMK
Mar 11 - Bolzano, IT @ Bunker
Mar 12 - Arezzo, IT @ Pastificio Elettrico
Mar 13 - Dueville, IT @ Via Roma 17
Mar 14 - Bologna, IT @ Freak Out
Mar 15 - Cakovec, HR @ Prostor Cezam
Mar 16 - Prague, CZ @ Cafe Na Pul Cesty
Mar 17 - Berlin, DE @ Tiefgrund
Mar 18 - Dresden, DE @ Chemiefabrik
Mar 19 - Koblenz, DE @ Jam Club

"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."
–Noisey

"Frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum..."
–Decibel

"Ripping... earnest, angular '90s-ish post-hardcore"
–MetalSucks

"Heavy atmospheric rock... throat-shredding yet anthemic vocals."
–BrooklynVegan

Friday, February 5, 2016

Out today: GHOSTLIMB - Difficult Loves

Ghostlimb's fifth album, Difficult Loves, is out today on Vitriol Records.

Stream Difficult Loves and read an interview with Justin Smith of Ghostlimb, Graf Orlock, and Vitriol Records, here:
http://www.laweekly.com/music/this-history-professor-just-might-be-the-hardest-working-man-in-metal-6535163

Buy it, here:
http://vitriolrecords.bigcartel.com/

"While historical inspiration has been the core of Smith and the SoCal grindcore outfit's creative vision for the past decade, their forthcoming full-length Difficult Loves aims as much for the heart as it does the head..."
–Noisey

"Deep, mercurial d-beat parries beautifully with deliciously complex post-hardcore, with occasional chaotic flurries of grind. As good as the compositions are, however, it's when you start digging into the lyrics that Difficult Loves really reveals its treasures. The title, lifted from a collection of Italo Calvino's short stories... is just the beginning."
–Exclaim!

"There's heart, soul and brains at work in Ghostlimb's world. With post-hardcore melodies and unashamed emotion married to gritty blasts of grinding metalcore, they're led by the hoarse howls of frontman and label boss Justin Smith."
–Metal Hammer

"Where Napalm Death and Hot Water Music unite... Frontman Justin Smith is a master at crafting post-hardcore melody into concise songs that go straight for the gut."
–MetalSucks

"Yet another killer record in their already impressive discography."
–Metal Injection

"From sludgy parts to slower atmospheric stuff to mile-a-minute metalcore chugs. It rips pretty hard."
–BrooklynVegan

"Frenized hardcore that spans from dirge-like blues riffs to gnarly D-beat to spastic grind. Smith's passionate lyrics draw from the wars of Ancient Greece to the drought of modern-day Los Angeles... The end result is invigorating... Ghostlimb have released their best album yet."

–New Noise

"Ghostlimb's eclectic, grinding post-hardcore style is a force to be reckoned with."

–Svbterranean


Out today: GRAF ORLOCK - Crime Traveler

Graf Orlock's third full-length (and tenth release in total), Crime Traveler, is out today on Vitriol Records.

Stream Crime Traveler here and read an interview with Justin Smith of Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Vitriol Records:
http://www.laweekly.com/music/this-history-professor-just-might-be-the-hardest-working-man-in-metal-6535163

Buy the album here:
http://vitriolrecords.bigcartel.com/ 

"Fuck Star Wars: the science fiction film for which we're most excited is Crime Traveler."
–MetalSucks

"The riotous band of explosives-worshippers have created an original narrative – supplemented by a 12-page newspaper containing the physical album... Replacing the movie quotes of past albums are samples of dialogue from a bizarre movie that is a completely home-brewed yarn."
–LA Weekly

"Graf Orlock exceed at creating entire concept albums based on other media... Crime Traveler, however, attempts to do something even more conceptually ambitious by being about a B-movie written, filmed by and starring members of the band. That's right: instead of just drawing on existing films, Graf Orlock decided to create their own material to harvest... The record is everything that makes an exceptional bad movie: unapologetically excessive and over the top, choosing fun over sense every time."
–Exclaim!

"Graf Orlock have really outdone themselves this time. The quartet of LA grindcore maniacs has issued ten releases now, often sprinkled with movie samples, with lyrics literally taken from scripts. But this time around, the band's third full-length, Crime Traveler, contains clips and lyrics from a film the band's members wrote, directed, and starred in themselves."
–Invisible Oranges

"Hardcore/death/grind that is as pummeling as it is smart and occasionally hooky..."
–BrooklynVegan

"An intense and varied trip through ominous metalcore grooves and moments of dense and chaotic grindcore... Graf Orlock's brand of cinematic music is aggressive and feral, more like the soundtrack to the apocalypse."
–About

"Twelve years on and ten albums into their career, Graf Orlock remain as ballsy, brutal and absurd as ever."
–Metal Hammer

"Propulsive drumming that collides head on with bestial guitars that unleash hyper-speed riffage... Crime Traveler is another solid, blistering and humorous listen from these LA grinders."
–Svbterranean

"The future of music."
–VICE



Out today: MOON TOOTH - Chromaparagon

Moon Tooth's debut album Chromaparagon is out today.

Stream the album here:
http://www.guitarworld.com/news-premieres/moon-tooth-premiere-new-album-chromaparagon/28622

Buy it here:
https://moontoothny.bandcamp.com/

The band is currently on tour:

Feb 5 - Peterborough, NH @ The Wreck Room
Feb 6 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge
Feb 7 - Shepherdstown, WV @ House Show
Feb 8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
Feb 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Union EAV
Feb 10 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Feb 11 - Durham, NC @ The Pussy Palace
Feb 12 - Norfolk, VA @ Taphouse
Feb 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's 
Feb 20 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s (WSOU 30th anniversary w/ Candiria, Old Wounds)

"Top-notch musicality, crafty songwriting, and mesmerizing live show. They have my vote for best new band..."
–Metal Injection

"They're heavy, they're melodic, they're intimidatingly skilled musicians, they're great songwriters, and holy shit, wait 'til you see them live."

–MetalSucks

"Overflowing with technically ferocious chops and mind-ending genre mash-ups... A perplexing musical beast."
–Exclaim!

"Moon Tooth leads the wolfpack... with shred. Nick [Lee] plays the guitar like his fingers are trapeze artists..."

–Gear Gods

"Like Mastodon f*cking Living Colour while Gojira watches... Long Island quartet Moon Tooth is on a level of their own. On their debut full-length Chromaparagon, the band deals in an aggressive and progressive form of extremely hard rock that tiptoes into groove-metal but isn't afraid to open up into widescreen choruses."

–Substream

"New York's prog/sludge/party wunderkind... Combining instrumental and melodic virtuosity with songwriting chops that have garnered well-earned comparisons to Mastodon, Living Colour, Dillinger Escape Plan, and many more musical pioneers..."

–Svbterranean

"Technical, melodic, and shreddy without being wanky... The band's bio compares vocalist John Carbone's voice to Jeff Buckley, and he certainly has one hell of a range."

–Metal Insider

"Each unexpected punch to your eardrums feels not only satisfying but also authentic... The passion in these recordings is palpable."

–Heavy Blog Is Heavy


Thursday, February 4, 2016

EIGHT BELLS + Voivod + Vektor

Eight Bells' first US tour of 2016 is underway – following a short run of West Coast shows, the Portland trio now hits the East Coast, playing Worcester, MA tonight, and meeting up with tourmates Vektor tomorrow to play Hamden, CT. The two bands then join up with legends Voivod for a 3-week tour covering the entire Eastern half of the US.

Eight Bells' sophomore album Landless comes out February 12th on Battleground Records (and on cassette via Tartarus Records).

Summoning a sound that ranges from the ethereal to the triumphant, Eight Bells melds prog, psych, and extreme metal into music that MetalSucks recently compared to Pink Floyd and Ulver. CVLT Nation calls Landless an early contender for "one of the best releases of 2016." Landless was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch).

Eight Bells consists of guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space, bassist/vocalist Haley Westeiner, and drummer Rae Amitay, also of Immortal Bird.

Eight Bells:
Feb 4 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's 

Vektor, Eight Bells:
Feb 5 - Hamden, CT @ Outer Space Ballroom w/ Vektor

Voivod, Vektor, Eight Bells:
Feb 6 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Feb 7 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Feb 9 - Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage
Feb 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Feb 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird


NONPAREIL - Allergen



Phoenix, Arizona's Nonpareil announces the April 8th release of debut EP Allergen.

Stream "No Elbows," from Allergen, via New Noise Magazine, here:
http://newnoisemagazine.com/song-premiere-nonpareil-no-elbows/


Nonpareil is fronted by Connor Woods, the original vocalist of long-running metal machine Abigail Williams. Between Woods and the other three members of Nonpareil – guitarist Darren Simoes, bassist John Brandon, and drummer Jef Wright – their long, eclectic list of former bands reads like a cross-section of the heavy music scene of the early 2000s: Abigail Williams, metalcore standouts The Bled, post-punkers Death of Marat, noise-rockers Blues, and more.

On six-song debut Allergen, the nascent Nonpareil layers ironclad, bottom-heavy noise-rock with desperate, chaotic yearnings of post-hardcore – as if the muscle-bound body of Shellac were topped by a wild-eyed Gravity Records head. On songs like “Blood Cockles and Gutter Oil", "No Elbows" and "Yuan Xing Jianyu," Nonpareil's rhythm section drives forward with unwavering, rock-solid intent, while its guitarist paints in bright colors and its frontman teeters on the edge of a cliff. It is the internal tension between these elements – control and the loss of control – that makes Allergen a thrilling listen, rattling the nerves like a punker Botch or a more focused Hot Cross. 

Lyrically, Woods was inspired entirely by a year spent traveling, teaching English, and coaching basketball, in China. He states: "I wrote the lyrics while experiencing first hand the plight of a Third World country only now in the midst of its own Industrial Revolution. Themes of alienation, isolation and an aversion to the misguidedness of human progress permeate every moment of the band’s music. Allergen is as much a cry for help and awareness amidst a fog of confusion and disharmony as it is a 20-minute slab of plodding, introspective rock n' roll."

An exciting debut from four newly united veterans of the scene, Allergen was tracked at 513 Analog in Tempe, Arizona by Ryan Breen, and was mastered by Jordon Zadorozny. (Guitarist Aaron Burke and drummer Fred Johnson, both of the band Minibosses, performed on Allergen and have since been replaced by Simoes and Wright.)

Guitarist Darren Simoes executed the layout and design, using photos by Andrew Weiss (Pelican, North).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Blood Cockles and Gutter Oil
2) Devout Poverty
3) Allergen
4) No Elbows
5) Yuan Xing Jianyu
6) Yellowed Pillow

Recent and upcoming shows include bills with Coliseum, Intronaut, The Ocean, and Sorxe.

Mar 17 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre w/ Intronaut, The Ocean, North
Apr 9 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room w/ Sorxe, Fat Figs



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DOWN IN IT + Good Fight


Good Fight Music welcomes Down In It to its family of bands.

From Wilmington, North Carolina, Down In It takes a fresh new stab at the chugging assault of the heaviest '90s hardcore, a sound purveyed back in the day by bands like Earth Crisis, Another Victim, and Adamantium. The young band, founded in 2014, has honed its pit anthems touring with the likes of Old Wounds and Renounced. An upcoming spring tour will see them tour the US with Savannah crew Vatican.


The band's most recent release is a 2015 split with No Restraint, recorded by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon). Stream it here and view the video for lead track "Heresy," here.

Down In It fits right in amongst Good Fight's expanding ranks – the label's roster now boasts Old Wounds, Axis, Hollow Earth, Exalt, and Of Feather and Bone, among others.

Good Fight's Rick Barnhart says, "We are really excited about Down In It. The band has come a long way in the year we have been aware of them. The progression from their demos to the songs on the No Restraint split is like night and day, and we are looking forward to hearing this next round of songs. Down In it is a band that would have been right at home in Ferret's early days, among Disembodied, For The Love Of, and Torn Apart, but fits perfectly with Good Fight and our family in 2016."

Down In It will record its debut album for Good Fight this year.


An exclusive new shirt design is available now through Good Fight, here.

Down In It, Vatican:

Mar 18 - Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
Mar 19 - Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon
Mar 20 - Murfreesboro, TN @ The Block
Mar 21 - Kansas, City, MO @ Josey Records
Mar 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Industrial Skatepark
Mar 23 - Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar
Mar 24 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
Mar 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
Mar 26 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur
Mar 27 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Vamachara
Mar 28 - Portland, OR @ Blackwater Bar w/ Vamachara
Mar 29 - Hayward, CA @ Skylmt Skate w/ Vamachara
Mar 30 - Salinas, CA @ 816 E Alisal w/ Vamachara
Mar 31 - Lancaster, CA @ The Moose Lodge w/ Vamachara
Apr 1 - Pomona, CA @ PBW
Apr 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Womb Room
Apr 3 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West
Apr 4 - San Angelo, TX @ Yaya's
Apr 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Night Light
Apr 6 - Houston, TX @ The White Swan
Apr 7- Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
Apr 8 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Atomic Pop Shop
Apr 9 - Huntsville, AL @ Prototype

Photo by Daniel Waverly

BLACK BLACK BLACK - Altered States of Death and Grace


"Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger."
–BrooklynVegan


Brooklyn "doom pop" rockers Black Black Black are set to release new, sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th via Aqualamb Records.


Stripped-down, psyched-out desert rock meets big-city darkness, in Altered States of Death and Grace's ten perfect gems of driving rock n' roll. Hip-shaking stomps and soaring hooks propel morbidly poetic songs about pills, decay, self-mutilation, Satanism, and other horror-flick delights, bearing titles like "Let's Bloodlet" and "Exorcist Everything." It is a clash of desert and city, light and dark, sweet and bitter – while the music radiates color, the lyrics are as black as the band name.

"Zoloft Manual" kicks off the album, showcasing the rich singing voice of 
frontman Jason Alexander Byers – Byers is formerly the vocalist of '90s Cleveland band Disengage (releases on Man's Ruin Records and other labels) and on Altered States of Death and Grace he croons, howls, and screams with a veteran's conviction. Second track "I Got Scabies" begins as a hellbound highway rocker and ends with clanging Daydream Nation strums. "Lloyd Needs Meds" follows, slowing things down to heavy, transcendent White Album bliss, the sounds of eerie voices and sharpening knives buried in the haze. 

From start to finish, Altered States of Death and Grace is a supremely rocking album that traverses the whole spectrum but always keeps a foot in black.


Stream "Let's Bloodlet," featuring guest vocals by Dave Curran of Unsane, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2016/02/stream_black_bl.html

The album was recorded at Terminus Recording Studios and mixed at 28th Street Sound by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet).

The tracklist is as follows:


1) Zoloft Manual 
2) I Got Scabies 
3) Lloyd Needs Meds
4) Let's Bloodlet 
5) Exorcist Everything
6) Let's Scare Death to Death
7) Jessup Jessup Jessup
8) Every Dentist Does
9) Slowly Severed
10) When Dying's Done

Aqualamb, the Brooklyn label of which Black Black Black bassist Johnathan Swafford is co-owner, will release Altered States of Death and Grace on March 25th in its signature format: the label has made a name for releasing music in the form of pristinely-designed, 100-page, softbound books. In Aqualamb's book series, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of a music-playing device, is given an expanded space in which to shine. A download code for the music is included within each book. Altered States of Death and Grace's cover art was created by frontman Byers, with Aqualamb handling the book design.

Altered States of Death and Grace follows Black Black Black's self-titled debut album, released on Aqualamb in 2013.

Black Black Black has played shows with Torche, Weedeater, Doomriders, and more. The band joins Craw and STATS for a Craw reunion show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on March 12th. 

Jason Alexander Byers - vocals

Jacob Cox - guitar
Johnathan Swafford - bass
Jeff Ottenbacher - drums

Dave Curran - guest vocals on "Zoloft Manual" and "Let's Bloodlet"

Jesse Quattro - guest vocals on "Slowly Severed"

Photo by Evan Sung