Thursday, June 28, 2012

GRAF ORLOCK European tour

Graf Orlock begins a month's tour of Europe this week. True to the band's rep for touring off the beaten path, this trek sees Graf Orlock venture deep into Eastern Europe, including shows in Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and beyond, as well as more familiar Western European locales. 

Of Graf Orlock's latest EP, Los Angeles, LA Weekly declared, "[Graf Orlock] have created what may be their masterpiece". Alternative Press defined the band's sound as "a scramble of screams, blastbeats, and piranha-tank guitars".

Graf Orlock features guitarist/vocalist Justin Smith, also frontman for Ghostlimb and owner of Vitriol Records. While Graf Orlock is delivering its Hollywood-inspired hardcore across the globe, Ghostlimb's fourth album, Confluence, will be hitting stores, with a release date of July 10 on Vitriol. Pre-order Ghostlimb's Confluence here.

June 29 - Berlin, Germany @ Tiefgrund
June 30 - Versmold, Germany @ Cry Me A River Fest
July 1 - Hamburg, Germany @ Rote Flora
July 2 - Njimegen, Netherlands @ De Onderbroek
July 3 - Lille, France @ Free Stuff
July 4 - Caen, France @ El Camino
July 5  - Paris, France @ La Miroiterie
July 6 - Koln, Germany @ AZ
July 7 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ New Noise Fest
July 8 - Liege, Belgium @ Inside Out
July 9 - Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
July 10 - Manchester, UK @ Kraak Gallery
July 11 - Norwich, UK @ Olives Cafe
July 12 - London, UK @ Brixton Windmill
July 13 - Merksplas, Belgium @ Zig Zag
July 14 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
July 15 - Trier, Germany @ Exhaus
July 16 - Darmstadt, Germany @ Oettinger
July 17 - Munich, Germany @ Kafe Kult
July 18 - Prague, Czech @ secret location
July 19 - Prague, Czech @ Cafe Na Pul Cesty
July 20 - Rokycany, Czech @ Fluff Fest
July 21 - Dubnik, Slovakia @ Motorest
July 22 - Budapest, Hungary @ Szabad az A
July 23 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Panic Room
July 24 - Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina @ Renegade Club
July 25 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Attack
July 26 - Koper, Slovenia @ Pandemonium Fest
July 27 - Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99
July 28 - Dresden, Germany @ Scheune Shakshuka Festival
July 29 - Leipzig, Germany @ Zoro

INKED playlist

My DJ set from this Monday's Inked Magazine party at Precious Metal... Free Jager, free tattoos, guest DJs Jose Mangin and Zeena Koda, utter mayhem in the bowels of Lit.

M/A/R/R/S "Pump Up the Volume"
Whitechapel "The Night Remains"
Goatwhore "Death to the Architects of Heaven"
The Year Is One "Ungodly Behavior"
The Acacia Strain "Servant in the Place of Truth"
Decapitated "Homo Sum"
Devourment "Fed to the Pigs"
Landmine Marathon "Beaten and Left Blind"
Like Rats "Fire"
Jar'd Loose "Last Living Roach"
Falling in Reverse "Goodbye Graceful"
Plague Bringer "Burn Ward Whore"
Today Is the Day "Pain Is a Warning"
Decapitated "The Knife"
Gaza "Mostly Hair and Bones Now"
Saviours "Fire of Old"

Thursday, June 21, 2012


AMP Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of Ghostlimb's cover of Hot Water Music's "Southeast First". As AMP reports, "Dark, thrashing, emotional, LA hardcore is the Ghostlimb trademark. Frontman Justin Smith also fronts Graf Orlock and runs preeminent underground label Vitriol Records. 'Southeast First' is a tribute to Hot Water Music, one of the band's big inspirations." 

Stream Ghostlimb's version of "Southeast First" here.

The song appears on Confluence, the new Ghostlimb album, out July 10 on Vitriol Records. Confluence is the band's fourth full-length and the second in a trilogy-in-progress. Pre-order Confluence here.

Issue #110 of AMP Magazine is on stands now, featuring none other than Hot Water Music on the cover.

Smith embarks on a European tour with his other band Graf Orlock next week.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GHOSTLIMB on BrooklynVegan

BrooklynVegan presents an exclusive stream of Ghostlimb's "Canidae", a track off the band's fourth full-length, Confluence. Stream "Canidae", along with three other tracks off the new album, here.

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

Out July 10, a split release between Vitriol and Melotov Records, Ghostlimb's Confluence perfects the band's signature sound. BrooklynVegan's BBG writes, "While both [Ghostlimb and Graf Orlock] practice in skewed hardcore, Ghostlimb eschews humor in favor of a more focused brutality and more straight-ahead punk rock on Confluence..." 

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, often referencing historical events, from Ancient Greeks to Sacco and Vanzetti. Twelve songs in all, Confluence includes a cover of Hot Water Music’s ode to the underground, “Southeast First”.

One of the busiest men in the underground, Smith treks to Europe this month for an extensive European tour with Graf Orlock. Ghostlimb touring is expected to follow.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

JAR'D LOOSE on Deciblog

Decibel Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of Jar'd Loose's song, "Last Living Roach", the lead track off the band's debut album, Goes to Purgatory.

Decibel's Kevin Stewart-Panko writes, "I was taken aback by their sinewy take on noise rock and how it both reminded me and didn't remind me of the 90s and bands all the way from Karp and Helmet to Janitor Joe and The Jesus Lizard."

The Chicago band, featuring ex-members of The Muzzler, is turning heads for its ability not only to bash out driving, fist-banging dirt rock with sneering, unhinged vocals, but also to take surprising left-turns into the realms of big rock hooks and creepy dirges.

Goes to Purgatory hits stores July 10 on Cassette Deck Media. The album was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way) and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang).

Friday, June 1, 2012


It was an honor to play for all the metal maniacs at MDF X last weekend, alongside legends like Napalm Death, Godflesh, Unsane, and Nasum. Recap and pics here. Next stop, Roskilde.