Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GAZA cover art

Gaza have unveiled the cover art for their forthcoming third album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, on their official Facebook page.

The band enlisted artist Mike Wohlberg for the album cover and layout, known for his work for Trap Them, Tombs, Today Is the Day, and more. Wohlberg says this about his work on No Absolutes in Human Suffering:

"Anthony [Lucero, Gaza bassist] contacted me earlier this year asking me to do what I had been dreaming of doing since I first met these guys - a layout for their next full-length. I was provided with two photos of a old political rally and the idea of an upside down heart, conveying the album's tone of faceless, binding hopelessness. I took the images and ran with them: adding distress, blotting out likeness, blowing out the sky, essentially turning it into an image of a silent hell brought on under a sigil of active despair. I worked very closely with Jon [Parkin, Gaza vocalist] and Anthony, turning out a couple of weeks worth of work in about four days to meet their deadline. The stress was invigorating, fueling the process and making the imagery that much more raw and intense. In the end, I feel like I accomplished a piece that both met their expectations of what they hoped to convey and my strict standards of the work that I present to the world. I've been fortunate enough to call these guys friends in the five years that I've known them and I am forever thankful to be a part of this album and their legacy as a band."

More of Mike Wohlberg's work can be seen here.

No Absolutes in Human Suffering is out July 31 on Black Market Activities. Gaza embark on an extensive US tour this week with Black Cobra, including many dates with Corrosion of Conformity and Torche.

Friday, May 18, 2012

JAR'D LOOSE - Goes to Purgatory

Chicago upstarts Jar'd Loose announce the release of their debut album, Goes to Purgatory, out July 10 on Cassette Deck Media.

Check out an exclusive stream of Jar'd Loose's "Busted", a track off Goes to Purgatory, posted today on Stereokiller.

From a city of musical innovators, Jar'd Loose present the next chapter in their hometown's history of heaviness. Jar'd Loose's sound is all their own -- thoroughly rocking yet left-of-center, totally new yet aligned with the spirit of their musical ancestors, from The Jesus Lizard to Entombed.

At the core is teeth-clenching momentum -- brutish, hellbound noise-rock driven by Pete and Eva Bialecki's chugging freight train riffs and Phil Hardman's bare bones beats, built for maximum headbanging. Leading the charge is frontman Eddie Gobbo with a voice like no other. Former frontman of The Muzzler, Gobbo holds court with a tormented, raspy punk snarl that's one of a kind -- unhinged and real, spitting lines like "I'd give my right eye / The left one stays with me / I'll take the land of the blind / There I will become king."

Atop this foundation, the band takes startling left turns. Riffs transcend all expectations, making detours into unforeseen realms -- what starts as a fist-banging dirt rock anthem shape-shists into an ebullient refrain or a haunting death rock dirge. It's Jar'd Loose's ability to rock out hellishly then pull the listener into strange new dimensions that makes Goes to Purgatory one of the most exciting debuts to hit the streets this year.

Goes to Purgatory was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang) at Saff Mastering in Chicago.

The full tracklist is as follows:
1) Last Living Roach
2) Rotten Tooth
3) Appendage
4) Busted
5) Hell's Mothers
6) Right Eye
7) Go Down with You
8) Coming Like a Nightmare

Look for Jar'd Loose on tour throughout 2012.

GHOSTLIMB - Confluence

Vitriol Records celebrates its third anniversary this summer and kicks off its fourth year with the release of Ghostlimb's Confluence, hitting stores July 10.

Ghostlimb features frontman Justin Smith, also founder of Vitriol Records and guitarist/vocalist of Graf Orlock.

Alternative Press has posted an exclusive stream of Ghostlimb's "Margins", a track off Confluence.

Confluence is Ghostlimb's fourth full-length album but the second in a trilogy-in-the-works which began with last year's Infrastructure. Confluence rips through speakers like a U-boat surfacing and lays down what is, to date, the most explosive version of the signature Ghostlimb sound. Bruising, vise-tight hardcore shifts from blazing speed-picking to epic, bluesy choruses. The rhythm section of drummer Alex McLeod and bassist Neal Paul Sharma is monstrously heavy. The lyrics, screamed by Smith with pure conviction, examine  human existence - our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with nature - often referencing historical events, from Ancients Greeks to Sacco and Vanzetti. Desperate and searching, Ghostlimb is like the earnest, heartfelt foil to Smith's other more mischievous band.

Twelve songs in all, Confluence features a cover of Hot Water Music's ode to the underground, "Southeast First". The full tracklist is as follows:

1) Confluence
2) Margins
3) Sunlight
4) Canidae
5) Infrastructure
6) Bearing Witness
7) Ardor
8) Control
9) Exchange
10) Infinite Locality
11) Southeast First
12) Conquerors of the Useless

Confluence was recorded, mixed and mastered by frequent Ghostlimb/Graf Orlock collaborator (and Comadre guitarist) Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios in East Palo Alto, CA, in March 21012. The cover features the same die-cut "G" insignia seen on the first installment of the trilogy, Infrastructure. Like much of the best Vitriol Records artwork, it was created by Adam Hunt. 


Thursday, May 17, 2012

GAZA - No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Black Market Activities proudly announces No Absolutes in Human Suffering, the third full-length album by Gaza. No Absolutes in Human Suffering is set for a July 31 release on BMA.

Brooklyn Vegan has posted an exclusive stream of the album's lead track, "Mostly Hair and Bones Now".

The full tracklist is as follows:
1) Mostly Hair and Bones Now
2) This We Celebrate
3) The Truth Weighs Nothing
4) Not With All the Hope in the World
5) The Vipers
6) No Absolutes in Human Suffering
7) The Crown
8) When They Beg
9) Winter in Her Blood
10) Skull Trophy
11) Routine and Then Death

No Absolutes in Human Suffering was recorded and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan).

Gaza will hit the road this month for a six-week US tour with Black Cobra, including many dates with Corrosion of Conformity and Torche.

Black Cobra, Gaza:
May 25 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
May 26 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard's
May 27 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
May 29 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
May 30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
May 31 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia

Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra, Gaza:
June 1 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
June 2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 3 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
June 5 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
June 6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks (Gaza only)
June 7 - Tempe, AZ @ Club 910
June 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
June 11 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 12 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
June 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
June 14 - Boise, ID @ The Venue (Gaza only)
June 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
June 16 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
June 18 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
June 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
June 20 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
June 21 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
June 22 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
June 23 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

Black Cobra, Gaza:
June 24 - Providence, RI @ AS220
June 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
June 26 - Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
June 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
June 28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
June 29 - Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing
June 30 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
July 1 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
July 2 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
July 3 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

From Salt Lake City, Gaza have carved out their own unique place in the underground with a sound so suffocatingly heavy, so honest and raw, it can only be described with extreme words. Decibel Magazine has hailed Gaza as "pure face-fucking noise-grind", while Revolver Magazine has named it "sick and twisted sludgy grindcore - like someone threw The Red Chord and Eyehategod into a wood chipper, then used the results to fertilize an Indian burial ground". As notorious for their message as for their music, Gaza remain staunch realists in the face of fantasy, confronting society's hypocrisies with scientific precision.

The new masterpiece, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, pulls the listener down to new depths - the sound is smothering and inescapable, every note delivered with pure conviction. Yet above all, it is entrancing and anthemic - through the brutality, glorious melodic passages shine and haunt the mind long after the album ends.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Out now: WILD HUNT

Wild Hunt's debut album, Before the Plane of Angles, is out now on Kemado!

"Sprawling, blackened metal boasts burly roars, tumultuous textures, chakra-aligning interludes."

"[Wild Hunt's] progressive, expansive take on modern black metal is reminiscent of latter-day Enslaved in its willingness to embrace the sublime alongside the savage; they incorporate swaths of ambient music, field recordings, and a traditional heavy metal sensibility to create something quite unique and wonderfully absorbing."
-Ad Hoc

"Wild Hunt mixes the symphonic, technical prog metal with the heavy guitar work and gruff vocals of death metal. Epic in scope, Before the Plane of Angles' long tracks allow the band to change direction at will without losing a listener."
-Metal Sucks

"Wild Hunt sits nicely in the middle of a musical spectrum, Enslaved at one end, and say, Hammers of Misfortune at the other... The songs are constantly going somewhere, every note is fleeting, a sense of blurred movement permeates the album."
-Metal Injection

"With an epic sound that draws influence from black metal, ambient and beyond, Wild Hunt is an Oakland, CA-based band that offers complex, winding songs that twist and turn but always manage to push forward."
-Invisible Oranges

"[Wild Hunt] take bits and pieces from black metal, progressive metal, traditional heavy metal, doom, and even ambient music on their debut album and create something that's not only unlike anything in American metal right now, but for all its eclecticism is startlingly cohesive."
-MSN Headbang

"Wild Hunt is a mystical, blackened metal band from Oakland. If you're a fan of groups like Ludicra, Hammers of Misfortune and Weakling, you might already be familiar..."
-Noise Creep

"Another Bay Area barnstormer... These guys are one of the most ambitious, exciting bands to come out of that area in a long time."
-Meat Mead Metal