Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy holidays

So much good noise in store for 2012. On my roster: new releases by Birds In Row, Graf Orlock, Sodomia, Eye (ex-Teeth of the Hydra), Wild Hunt, Gaza, Stomach Earth, and more.

The Precious Metal series trucks onward as well, Mondays at Lit. Booked for the new year: Enabler, Lazyblood (from Iceland), Tiger Flowers, Mutant Supremacy, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire, and more. 

Another year-end list of mine, here on BrooklynVegan.

Happy holidays, all! Safe travels.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Congrats to Flourishing for being named one of NPR Music's Favorite New Artists of 2011. Flourishing is the one and only metal band on this diverse list of eleven artists. 

"Flourishing embraces an era of undefinable music while acknowledging a rich history of extreme sound. Songs can swing from industrial grind to abstract death metal in a moment's notice, but never lose sight of their pummeling yet melodic heft. There is a lot to unpack at any one moment, but Flourishing is on the cusp of collapsing and reshaping metal simultaneously."
-Lars Gotrich, NPR

Friday, December 16, 2011

BIRDS IN ROW on AltPress

Alternative Press has posted a new live video clip of French band Birds In Row, shot December 9 at a show in Rennes, France.

Birds In Row’s anthemic, impassioned sound earns comparisons to Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, and Ghostlimb.

Having recently signed to Deathwish Inc, Birds In Row are now preparing to record their debut for the label. In the meantime, Vitriol Records, the LA-based label founded by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb, is releasing
Collected, a compilation of the band’s earlier recordings. Out January 17 on Vitriol, Collected can be pre-ordered now.

Birds In Row’s first US tour is being booked for spring 2012 with Deathwish Inc labelmates Loma Prieta.

Birds In Row on BrooklynVegan
Birds In Row on PunkNews
Birds In Row on NoiseCreep

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Monday, December 12 is the final Precious Metal party of the year. Coming up in January: live sets by Enabler (ex-Fall Out Boy, Trap Them, Misery Signals), Lazyblood (from Iceland), Tiger Flowers, Mutant Supremacy, and more!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

BIRDS IN ROW is next

My next new release: Collected, Vitriol Records' collection of Birds In Row's recorded material to date. Out January 17.

As Birds In Row set to work on their debut album for Deathwish Inc, Collected serves as a complete introduction to this explosive band. From Laval, France, Birds In Row's cathartic hardcore pushes forward like a freight train and saves souls with its melodies. For fans of Ghostlimb, Modern Life Is War, Young Widows.

Vitriol's packaging for this LP is superb as ever.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BLOODY PANDA on Modern Drummer

Some words from Lev Weinstein, drummer of Bloody Panda and Krallice, today on MD.

Out now: CZAR

Czar's debut full-length, Vertical Mass Grave, is out today! Here's what some have been saying:

Chicago Reader - "A dense mass of sludgy riffs and breakneck rhythmic changes that has a lot of people saying the words 'Mastodon' and 'Helmet' in close proximity to each other."

Exclaim - "Somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Pantera, you'll find Czar... Interesting, off-beat, metronomic and just catchy enough to be exceptional."

SLUG - "Accessible, heavy and most importantly catchy."

MetalSucks - "Combining lots of disparate elements into one powerful, anthemic package... their style of metal knows no boundaries."

MetalSucks (Best of 2011) - "The manner in which this group blends atmospheric guitar work with pummeling heavy riff pocket grooves and tribal tom acrobatics is fucking devastating."

NoiseCreep - "An exciting power trio that fans of Mastodon, Killing Joke and even the Jesus Lizard should check out immediately."

GunShyAssassin - "Chances are by now you have heard of Czar, the Chicago trio that defies characterization... At the end of the day, I’d have to call ‘em progressive metal. No matter what umbrella they fall under, Czar fucking rips."


Thursday, December 1, 2011