Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOUTH FUNERAL tour

With new EP See You When I See You out January 27th on Twelve Gauge Records, Youth Funeral kicks off the new year with a short US tour.

Christened "a complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc vein" by BrooklynVegan, See You When I See You is Youth Funeral's second EP and first for Twelve Gauge. The young New Hampshire band revives the passion and power of screamo's original greats but blasts it out with next-millennium chops. The combo of emotion and skill is something special – this is a band worth seeing live.

Jan 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ West Philly Retirement Center
Jan 4 - Richmond, VA @ Gangway Garden
Jan 5 - Charlotte, NC @ The Dog House
Jan 6 - Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
Jan 7 - Berea, KY @ 216 Adams Street
Jan 8 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie's Trophy House Grill
Jan 9 - Chicago, IL @ Mousetrap
Jan 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Planet Vegeta
Jan 13 - West Haven, CT @ The Crunch House

Stream Youth Funeral's "When It Pours" via BrooklynVegan, here. 

Based in San Francisco, Twelve Gauge Records has been releasing forward-thinking hardcore for over a decade, including records by Nervous, No Sir, Power, Heavy Heavy Low Low, and more.

"A complex, heavy slab of screamo in the Orchid/Loma Prieta/Deathwish Inc vein. One thing that sticks out about them is the technically proficient instrumentalism... It manages to be technical, emotional and tightly composed at the same time."
–BrooklynVegan

"A devastating and jarring screamo record, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the early '00s."
–Ghettoblaster


2015 update

Happy holidays, all!

Coming up in the first part of 2015:

New releases from longtime allies of mine like Good Fight Music, Vitriol Records, Melotov Records, and Twelve Gauge Records.

And...

I am thrilled to announce I am also joining forces with these two labels:

Three One G Records – untouchable purveyors of cool, led by Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Some Girls, All Leather, Swing Kids, etc.), a friend of mine since our bands toured the UK together in 2011. I wrote about Three One G's 20th anniversary for the new issue of Mass Appeal – check that out here – and now I am so excited to team up with the label as their publicist.

Aqualamb Records – one of the best new approaches to releasing music I've seen, this label is run by a team of Brooklyn designers who create awesome, printed books in lieu of traditional packaging.

So, to get specific...

Here's how the 2015 release schedule looks so far:

Jan 27 - Youth Funeral - See You When I See You - Twelve Gauge Records
Feb 10 - Outer Heaven - Diabolus Vobiscum - Melotov Records
Feb 24 - Griever - Our Love Is Different - Vitriol Records
Feb 24 - Nasty - Shokka - Good Fight Music
Mar 3 - Hiram-Maxim - Hiram-Maxim - Aqualamb Records
Mar 3 - Sabertooth Zombie - Human Performance IV - Twelve Gauge Records
Mar 10 - Hot Nerds - Strategically Placed Bananas - Three One G Records

From the gut-spilling realness of Youth Funeral, to the doom-death of Outer Heaven, to the cartoonish beatdown of Nasty, to the dark psych of Hiram-Maxim, it's a lineup that reflects the wild range of my own personal tastes and I can't wait to work with you all, on behalf of these bands.

Stay tuned for more detailed info and updates.

As always, contact me for anything and everything.

THANK YOU, ALL, AND HERE'S TO 2015.


Monday, December 15, 2014

OUTER HEAVEN - Diabolus Vobiscum

Melotov Records announces its first release of the new year: Diabolus Vobiscum, the debut EP by Outer Heaven.

Out February 10th, Outer Heaven's Diabolus Vobiscum kicks off Melotov's 2015, following up the label's busiest year to date – 2014 saw new releases by ACxDC, Tiger Flowers, Seizures, Vices, and Holy Tongues.

Decibel Magazine calls Outer Heaven, "new school death metal with an old school feel," exuding "a similar claustrophobic vibe" to the mighty Incantation and Coffins.

Stream Outer Heaven's "Vile Rebirth," off Diabolus Vobiscum, exclusively via Decibel, here.

Founded in 2012 in rural Pennsylvania, Outer Heaven is a familiar name in the hardcore scene, having played recently with bands like Full of Hell, Enabler, and Old Wounds, but on debut EP Diabolus Vobiscum the band dives headfirst into the abyss, showing total commitment to its sound: minimal, unearthly doom-death. From slithering dirges to mid-tempo headbangers, Diabolus Vobiscum is thoroughly soaked in evil, thanks in part to its cavernous production job. The EP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Outer Heaven frontman Austin Haines at his own Black Beacon Sound in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

Haines is backed by guitarist Jonathan Kunz (a founding member of Rivers of Nihil), bassist Phil Jaquez, and drummer Paul Chrismer.

The Diabolus Vobiscum tracklist is as follows:
1) Lord of the Void
2) Unholy Strength
3) That Which Was Taken
4) Vile Rebirth
5) Vault of Whispers

Diabolus Vobiscum follows a 2013 demo, available here.

"Publicist guy says: 'We think you'll like this – it sounds like Coffins.' So, we decide to check it out because we love Coffins. And yes, we can hear that a bit but we hear even more similarities to Mitochondrian and Decibel favorites Incantation. These are promising comparisons for extreme metal. Despite throwing out a few names to bait the hook we'll also say that Outer Heaven doesn't really sound like these bands as much as they exude a similar claustrophobic vibe. It's new school death metal with an old school feel without the shelf dust."
–Decibel


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Out now: THE BANNER - Greying

With The Banner's third full-length, Greying, out today, December 9th, on Good Fight Music, CVLT Nation has launched a stream of the entire album.

Stream The Banner's Greying, exclusively here.

Fans can now order the LP, CD, and various merch options, from Good Fight's official store, and the digital tracks via iTunes and Bandcamp.

Greying, The Banner's first new full-length in six years, sees the New Jersey band perfect its sound: churning, machine-like hardcore, soaked in darkness, at times veering fully into the goth/industrial realm. Early reviews of the album name-check bands from across the map, from Gaza to Type O Negative.

CVLT Nation reports: "Greying is a tortured work that layers on the anguish in heavy doses. Its spastic dance between the calculated and chaotic brands it as The Banner's most unique collection to date, and I hope that they continue this route, carving a bloody, despairing path that only they dare walk."

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count) and Randy Leboeuf. The album is Good Fight Music's final release of 2014 – a year that has also included releases by Old Wounds, The Contortionst, and more. The Good Fight team is the same team that released The Banner's previous two albums, 2005's Each Breath Haunted and 2008's Frailty, via former label Ferret Music.

The Banner, live:

Feb 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum
Feb 18 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's w/ Xibalba
Feb 20 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Feb 21 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm Cty Art Space w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Feb 22 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13 w/ All Out War, Xibalba, Rude Awakening
Apr 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

"4/5. Blending their caustic hardcore with elements of icy black metal, post-metal and introspective shoegaze, this is a dynamic, emotionally wrenching collection that exists somewhere between fury and despair. A moving, multifaceted record, indeed."
–Alternative Press

"Shadowy metallic hardcore antiheroes..."

–Decibel

"War-fed death chug and shit-pissed hardcore rant... Other songs hover in fritzed-out goth mode."
–MetalSucks

"Jersey crushers... Every second is heavier than the one before it."
–Metal Injection

"#9, Best of 2014"
–Metal Injection (Chris Luedtke)

"A contemplative work that wallows in its sorrow as much as it strives to overcome it, often times violently. This is a hardcore record, however the band's usually subliminal gothic tone is emphasized here, allowing for a celebration of darkness in all its forms."
–Invisible Oranges

"Their metallic hardcore gruffness is cloaked in goth leanings and frosted over by varying degrees of black metal. Although Greying might be a difficult listen, that's not a weakness; in a sea of easy listening hardcore, it's The Banner's greatest strength."

–Exclaim!

"Greying kicks major ass. Believe you me. You need to hear this monster."

–Gun Shy Assassin

"Greying is a tortured work that layers on the anguish in heavy doses. Its spastic dance between the calculated and chaotic brands it as The Banner's most unique collection to date, and I hope that they continue this route, carving a bloody, despairing path that only they dare walk."
–CVLT Nation

"Top 6 Hardcore Releases of 2014"
–CVLT Nation

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CR best of 2014

Personal favorites, not including bands I worked with this year.

1) Unit 731 - The Hive Mind
2) Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy
3) Code Orange - I Am King
4) Chain and the Gang - Minimum Rock n' Roll
5) Olivia Neutron John - Vulnerability
6) Mobb Deep - The Infamous Mobb Deep
7) Ocrilim - Beggar
8) Pyrrhon - The Mother of Virtues
9) Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom
10) Black Veil Brides - Black Veil Brides

See my list and others', on MetalSucks.

Monday, December 1, 2014

NETHERLANDS + CMJ

As Timo Ellis and his Brooklyn gang of pop-metal acid-eaters prepare the next Netherlands EP for release in 2015, they have bestowed another new song upon the world. Stream Netherlands' latest single, "Sluggo," exclusively on CMJ.com.

CMJ editor Eric Davidson proclaims, "If you always liked the concept of super-fuzzed stoner rock but need copious amounts of Coca-Cola in addition to NyQuil to balance out your moods, this is the band for you. 'Sluggo' is an absolute burning blur of a song..."

A recent review by Noisey's Zach Lipez describes Netherlands as "Dio-inflected yowling over Drive Like Jehu overridden-in-the-red propulsion" and "glammed out Highway Star vocals running wild and free over distorted bass chaos."

Ellis, a 20-year veteran of the New York rock scene, has collaborated with Melvins, John Zorn, Cibo Matto, and more. In Netherlands, Ellis is backed by drummer Dave Burnett and keyboardist Ava Farber. Stand by for more details of the new EP, coming up in 2015!

"If you always liked the concept of super-fuzzed stoner rock but need copious amounts of Coca-Cola in addition to NyQuil to balance out your moods, this is the band for you. 'Sluggo' is an absolute burning blur of a song..."
–CMJ

"Dio-inflected yowling over Drive Like Jehu overridden-in-the-red propulsion... Glammed out Highway Star vocals running wild and free over distorted bass chaos."
–Noisey

"Gritty, high energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes."
–BrooklynVegan




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE BANNER + Metal Injection

As the countdown to Greying ticks on, The Banner unveil one more of the new album's songs. Stream "Circle of Salt," exclusively via Metal Injection, here.

Greying, The Banner's third full-length (and first since 2008!), hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. Fans can pre-order the LP, CD, and various merch options, now from Good Fight's official store, and the digital tracks via iTunes and Bandcamp.

"Circle of Salt" is a rugged slab of absolute despair, exemplifying the key elements of The Banner's trademarked sound: crushing hardcore, blackened horror, and dark ambience. As Metal Injection puts it, "every second of this track is heavier than the one before it." Over a decade after their formation, and with hundreds of bands influenced by their melding of hardcore, metal, and goth vibes, The Banner continue to push the game forward.

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf.

Other new tracks off Greying were recently premiered via Revolver and Alternative Press.

The Banner, live:
Feb 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder




Thursday, November 20, 2014

YOUTH FUNERAL - See You When I See You

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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