Thursday, April 24, 2014

HUSH.


From Albany, New York, HUSH. announces the June 24th release of its first full-length album, Unexist.

Unexist was engineered by Ryan Slowey, mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans (Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils), and mastered by From Ashes Rise frontman Brad Boatright (Nails, Tragedy).

Like the best bands of its genre, HUSH. excels in the art of momentum – to listen to Unexist is to witness an inevitable force, advancing slowly, unstoppably. It is hypnotic in its motion. Indeed, frontman Charles Cure refers to the band more as a collective force than a group of individuals. "The live performance is a delivery of massive, shuddering heaviness, provided by a literal wall of amplifiers," he says. "We regard the actual members of the band as a secondary aspect to the primacy of the sound and ideas being conveyed."

An apt reference point is Times of Grace-era Neurosis, with its tribal drums and end-of-world intensity. Like Neurosis, HUSH. is a band in the sludge-doom realm, whose roots lie in hardcore. Frontman Charles Cure sang for Equal Vision Records band Endicott, guitarist Jeff Andrews was an early member of From Ashes Rise, and the rhythm section of Nick Warchol and Mark O'Brien also does time with Deathwish Inc signees Self Defense Family. Fleeting moments of brightness on Unexist point to influences from farther afield – the band name-checks Depeche Mode and Godspeed You! Black Emperor as influences, alongside more predictable doom, crust, and hardcore bands. 

The lyrics on Unexist explore the concept of death as it has been represented in society via works of art and media coverage. Each song is based on one specific representation of death, with source materials ranging from an Emily Dickinson poem, to a Wladyslaw Podkowinski painting, to a newspaper article about an actual classmate of Cure's who committed suicide by jumping from a plane without a parachute. 

The Unexist tracklist is as follows:

1) Solus
2) Eater of All Things
3) We Left Like Birds
4) Infinite Recursion
5) Waves of Exultation
6) Rest/Nonexistence
7) Splendor

The cover art is a collaboration between Cure and artist Mers Sumida.

Unexist follows a 2012 EP, Untitled I.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ACxDC + Noisey

VICE music blog Noisey has posted the newest ACxDC track, "Endless Failure," off the upcoming Antichrist Demoncore LP, out June 24th on Melotov Records.

From Los Angeles, ACxDC blasts out what Noisey calls "vicious powerviolence stylings" on its debut full-length, filtered through the mega-metal production of Nails drummer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) and mastering of From Ashes Rise frontman Brad Boatright (High on Fire, Tragedy). ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano describes the band as "a war on any and all fundamentalism."

Melotov Records is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc.

ACxDC has a full summer of US and European touring ahead, including a slew festivals on both continents. Kicking things off with an appearance at Maryland Deathfest and a string of West Coast dates, including an in-store record release party at LA's Vacation Vinyl, the band then heads overseas for a month-long European tour that hits 11 countries and numerous fests such as Dynamo, Obscene Extreme, New Noise, and Fluff Fest. Stateside again in August, the crew plays Denver Black Sky Fest and more, to be announced soon.

May 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
May 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar
Jun 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Wall Street
Jun 14 - Tijuana, MX @ Dis Is Tijuana Fest
Jun 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Jun 20 - Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazzas
Jun 21 - Merced, CA @ Tigers & Daggers Records
Jun 21 - San Jose, CA @ Rock Shop
Jun 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl

Jul 4 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Jul 5 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo Festival
Jul 6 - Kortrijk, Belgium @ The Pits
Jul 7 - Bristol, UK @ Arc Bar
Jul 8 - Gateshead, UK @ The Black Bull
Jul 9 - London, UK @ Unicorn
Jul 10 - Paris, France @ La Miroiterie
Jul 11 - Bordeaux, France @ Heretic Club
Jul 12 - Marseille, France @ La Salle Gueule
Jul 13 - Torino, Italy @ White Lion's Club
Jul 14 - Padova, Italy @ Seven Live
Jul 15 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Klub Attack
Jul 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Gozsdu Mano
Jul 17 - Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme Festival
Jul 19 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ New Noise Festival
Jul 20 - Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99
Jul 21 - Wroclaw, Poland @ Ciemna Strona Miasta
Jul 22 - Poznan, Poland @ Rozbrat
Jul 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Koma F
Jul 24 - Rostock, Germany @ Jaz
Jul 25 - Weimar, Germany @ Gerber 3
Jul 26 - Rokycany, Czech Republic @ Fluff Fest
Jul 27 - Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Bielefeld

Aug 3 - Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky Festival


GLOOM


From out of nowhere comes the next crucial debut of 2014: the self-titled EP by Gloom, a new, heretofore unknown band from Washington DC. 

Not to be confused with the Japanese crust punks of the same name, Gloom is that rare metal band that uses its technical prowess to create supremely memorable songs. Precise and concise, gloriously efficient, the tracks that comprise Gloom's debut wow with their musicality and their simplicity, making their deadly points in an average time of 3 minutes each. 

Gloom frontman Bill Calomiris names Suffocation and Gorgoroth as his biggest inspirations. Add to that mix some Down or Crowbar, and the skeleton of the Gloom sound takes shape. In the words of MetalSucks: "The band's genre-bending brand of towering, savage blackened death groove is so overwhelming, so powerful, it's guaranteed to do things to your head: get stuck in it, and completely fucking obliterate it."

Stream "Unrequited," off Gloom's self-titled EP, exclusively on MetalSucks.

The Gloom EP, set for a June 24th release, was produced by Marshall Wieczorek, drummer of Victory Records metallers Wretched. Wieczorek has achieved a sound that is fat and crystalline, a brilliant slab of modern metal. The cover art was created by Steven Mercado (Dillinger Escape Plan).

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Intro
2) Entity
3) Iron Tongue
4) Unrequited
5) Erotema
6) Chromosomal

Gloom, live:
May 3 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ The Wayward

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE + Gear Gods

Shred authority Gear Gods has posted a video of Jar'd Loose drummer Phil Hardman playing through "Carrion Guy," a track off the Chicago noise rockers' upcoming second album, Turns 13. Amid the recent rumors of AC/DC's retirement, fans can rest assured drummers like Hardman are keeping the Phil Rudd vibes alive for the next generation. Powerful and slick, Hardman bashes with simple grace.

Jar'd Loose embark this weekend on a jaunt with Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts:

Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club


New album Turns 13 was recorded by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane), and sees its release on May 27th via The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl).

The A.V. Club recently premiered "Adult Prom," another new track off the album, along with these words: "Turns 13 is a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile... Sick, sinuous and sly, it's the kind of music that makes you wish punk and metal had never grown out of puberty."


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KARYN CRISIS: Gospel of the Witches video



Iconic vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis has posted a new video providing further clues as to the direction of her newest project, Gospel of the Witches. The 2-minute clip contains part of a raw demo version of "The Ascent," a song off Gospel of the Witches' upcoming album, scheduled to be recorded in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me). 

Gospel of the Witches' all-star lineup includes Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso on guitar and bass, Immolation's Ross Dolan on vocals, and Intronaut's Danny Walker on drums. Tombs frontman Mike Hill is also on board to make a guest appearance.

A Kickstarter, set up to help fund the recording and manufacturing of the album, ends Sunday, April 20th. Some of the rewards for fans who donate through Kickstarter include: vinyl, CD and digital versions of the album; t-shirts; and original Karyn Crisis artwork – from a "hardbound lyric book with handwritten lyrics and drawings," to an opportunity to collaborate directly with Crisis on an original painting.

Karyn Crisis' influence on the underground dates back to 1993 when she began fronting New York City metal band Crisis. Her extreme vocal range, from angelic melodies to demonic growls, paved the way for countless women to follow. A visual artist as well, she designed all the band's album covers and shirts. Other musicians to be part of the band's lineup over its 13-year career include Norman Westberg (Swans), Sammy Duet (Acid Bath, Goatwhore), and Roy Mayorga (Amebix, Soulfly).

Friday, April 11, 2014

ACxDC s/t


LA's "Satanic powerviolence" torchbearers ACxDC have completed work on their self-titled debut LP, Antichrist Demoncore.

The album, recorded by Nails drummer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, High on Fire), comes out June 24th on Melotov Records. It is ACxDC's first full-length, finally delivered eleven years after forming, and it is a perfect document of the band: equally ripping and anthemic hardcore/grind/death, thoroughly baked in the Southern California sun and immortalized with a massive production that turbo boosts the band's punk-as-shit live vibe to 11.

Decibel Magazine has posted an exclusive studio report from ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Destroy Create
2) Misled
3) Paid In Full
4) Vegangelical
5) Holmes
6) Overstimulated
7) Cheap Punks
8) Hipler Youth
9) Savior Complexxx
10) Endless Failure
11) Blood
12) Dead Cops
13) Keep Sweet
14) Lifeless
15) Filicide
16) Give Up

With origins dating back to 2003, ACxDC has a slew of EPs and splits under its belt, released via labels like Deep Six and To Live A LieFrontman Amalfitano has described the band's mission as a "war on any and all fundamentalism." A pillar of the LA scene, ACxDC has played in the LA area with every band that matters and has toured with the likes of Capitalist Casualties. Current members also do time in other bands, most notably drummer Jorge Luis Herrera who bashes for powerviolence veterans Despise You.

Melotov Records is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE + The A.V. Club

The A.V. Club has debuted "Adult Prom," the first new song off Chicago noise-rockers Jar'd Loose's second album, Turns 13.

The A.V. Club's Jason Heller calls Turns 13, "a scathing blast of chest-caving fun" and "a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile."

The album was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy), and will be released May 27th, a split release between The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl).

Unsettling, unhinged, yet thoroughly rocking, Jar'd Loose rides the fine line between anthemic and bizarre – in fact, they own that line. Dirt-rocking headbanger riffage, creep poetry, and startlingly melodic hooks add up to something totally unqiue. Terrorizer Magazine named the band's 2012 debut, Goes to Purgatory, "one of the most exciting debuts of the year."

Jar'd Loose hits the road this spring for short runs with Fuck The Facts and The Swan King.

w/ Fuck The Facts:
Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

w/ The Swan King:
May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1-800-BAND: out today!



Order 1-800-BAND's Diver Blue EP from Almost Ready Records.

Produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans).

"Aside from having a stellar band name, these Brooklyn cats want to help erase those cold-weather blues and inspire you to throw your swimsuit in the backseat. I'm on board." 
–USA Today

"The kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular..." 
–Wondering Sound

"Stellar skinny-tie pop." 
–CMJ

"Devotees of late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick)... playing hook-and-riff-filled pop." 
–Brooklyn Vegan

"Retro-pop, reminiscent of The Cars and other bands that were in vogue at a time when the good old land line phone was still inspiring hit songs (think Blondie)."
–The Deli

"Brooklyn-based 1-800-BAND take inspiration from classic New Wave and power-pop anthems of the late '70s, giving it a new spin." 
–The Aquarian

"The perfect soundtrack for aimless joyrides and rooftop parties..." 
–Verbicide

"The perfect sound for a city punk dreaming of a sunny day at the beach..." 
–About

"There's no expiration date on fun times and classic hooks. These songs should appeal to the young and the young-at-heart alike. Frontman Al Huckabee gladly shares the spotlight with brilliant keyboardist Polly Watson – the former giving these songs their emotional center and the latter stoking the infectious energy that makes this band so incredibly appealing."
–Faster and Louder

Monday, April 7, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + MetalSucks

With Tiger Flowers' debut LP, Dead Hymns, out tomorrow on Melotov Records, MetalSucks presents a stream of the entire album, along with this vote of approval: 

"More destructive than Stallone in all the Rambo movies combined, more raw than sushi, more intense than realizing you just jumped out of a plane but forgot your parachute, and as visceral and street-level as any hardcore release this century, Dead Hymns is truly an album that will fuck your face off."

Longtime favorites of the New York scene, finally releasing their first full-length after years of flattening crowds live, Tiger Flowers wield a desperate, earthquaking version of metallic hardcore, bathed in sadness. Invisible Oranges' recent review of Dead Hymns states, "Coalesce are their most obvious reference point but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story..." Brooklyn Vegan has compared them to "elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach."

Dead Hymns was produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation).

Order Dead Hymns from Melotov Records, here.

Tiger Flowers are currently on tour:

Apr 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Apr 8 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
Apr 9 - Chillicothe, OH @ Tecumseh Inn
Apr 10 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
Apr 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space

Apr 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter

"The best frontman in the Brooklyn scene" –MetalSucks
"Whiplash riffage and metallic, Converge-esque bile" –The A.V. Club
"Coalesce are their most obvious reference point but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story..." –Invisible Oranges
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde interplay of visceral chaos and brave melodies" –American Aftermath
"One of the leading lights in a burgeoning hometown scene... Tiger Flowers' brand of fiery metallic hardcore burns with passion and smarts, and never fails to deliver one massive gut punch." –Verbicide
"Magnificent of beard and tremendous of noise... A cloud of downtrodden misery hangs over all of Dead Hymns, and it's this that sets them apart. By showing their softer side, they hit harder." –Tight to the Nail


Friday, April 4, 2014

1-800-BAND + BrooklynVegan

BrooklynVegan is now streaming Diver Blue, the new EP by 1-800-BAND, in its entirety. Listen here.

BrooklynVegan's Andrew Sacher calls the band, "devotees of late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick)," playing "hook-and-riff-filled pop."

A recent review on Wondering Sound pegs it as "sugar-packed carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberrries used to shake up and spray out on the regular, full of fizzy guitars and sticky-sweet keys. Frontman Al Huckabee has the same kind of heartsick pout as fellow Stiff-revering singers like Gentleman Jesse..."

1-800-BAND's Diver Blue EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans) and mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Unsane).

The EP is out April 8th on Almost Ready Records (Liquor Store, Atlantic Thrills), with the first 100 copies on blue vinyl. Pre-order, here.

The band plays a free record release show, tomorrow, April 5th, at Brooklyn's Record Grouch, also heavily rumored to entail free beer! A US tour follows, later in the spring.

Apr 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Record Grouch
Apr 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Gold Bar
May 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock Palace
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Emporium
May 7 - Hamtramck, MI @ The Painted Lady
May 8 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
May 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House (Brooklyn Power Pop Festival w/ Dwight Twilley)

"The kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular..." –Wondering Sound
"Stellar skinny-tie pop" –CMJ
"Some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands..." –Brooklyn Vegan
"Retro-pop, reminiscent of The Cars and other bands that were in vogue at a time when the good old land line phone was still inspiring hit songs (think Blondie)." –The Deli
"Brooklyn-based 1-800-BAND take inspiration from classic New Wave and power-pop anthems of the late '70s, giving it a new spin." –The Aquarian
"The perfect soundtrack for aimless joyrides and rooftop parties..." –Verbicide
"The perfect sound for a city punk dreaming of a sunny day at the beach..." –About