Thursday, August 30, 2012


Hot on the heels of the acclaimed new Gaza album, Black Market Activities proudly announces the October 23rd release of Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega, the fourth and final album by The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

Singled out early on by Alternative Press Magazine as "one of the underground's fiercest live acts", The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza cut its teeth in the mid-00's, touring with the likes of The Acacia Strain, Despised Icon, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, and Suicide Silence. With a rep for dazzling chops and planet-smashing heaviness, balanced by a healthy sense of humor, the Tennessee band released three albums - 2005's self-titled debut, 2007's Danza II: Electric Boogaloo, and 2010's Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events - honing a style that would help pave the way for countless younger bands.

For the fourth and final album, Danza IIII (think tally marks, not Roman numerals), we find a stripped-down Danza, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis. With Freeland manning the vocals as always, this time with even more vitriol than ever, the virtuoso Travis is responsible for all other instrumentation on the album. The result: the most musical and bloodlettingly honest work ever to bear the Danza name. With a decade-long legacy behind them, Freeland and Travis have delivered what will serve as an incredible last will and testament for their band.

Travis, now a full-time member of Glass Cloud with former Of Mice & Men frontman Jerry Roush, made this comment about Danza IIII:

"For this album, Jessie and I were looking to create more of a visceral vibe than a completely technical vibe. There's parts that do still get a bit chaotic of course, but not nearly as much as the avid listener is used to. Everything about this record is way more to the point, with much more heart put into it rather than just seeing how many notes could be thrown into a part or seeking to create 'the heaviest shit ever' or any of that nonsense. The record being titled The Alpha - The Omega, to us symbolized the beginning and the end of Danza. Jessie and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you all."

Danza IIII contains guest vocal appearances by Whitechapel's Phil Bozeman and Obey the Brave/Despised Icon's Alex Erian. The album was engineered and mixed by Nicholas Scott (Miss May I). The artwork was created by Michael J. Windsor, known for his work with The Red Chord and Pig Destroyer, and for his book covers for bestsellers like The Da Vinci Code and Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

Black Market Activities' release of Danza IIII consists of super-limited CD and vinyl pressings. The CD package contains a 16-page booklet; the vinyl version is comprised of an LP and an additional 7".

Fans can pre-order Danza IIII today via the band's official online store at Various pre-order options are available, including a $99 collector's package which includes four shirts, one sweatshirt, the album on CD and vinyl, two posters, a sticker, and a flask! Also exclusively at Danza's IndieMerch store, the band has posted "You Won't", the first new track to be revealed off Danza IIII.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Out now: GAZA

"On its third album,
No Absolutes in Human Suffering, the Salt Lake City band's blast-beaten hooks lure as much as they devastate."

"A twisting, warping, hardcore-influenced spin on noisy grind n' roll... This is smart, enraged grindcore for people who don't necessarily think they like the stuff."

"Suffocating layers of grind, sludge, punk are bound, flayed, torched malevolently by Utah crew."

"Some of the most willfully uncomfortable music the underground is producing today."

"Seamlessly segueing from widescreen grandeur to introspective intensity, this is a thrilling and dark album..."

"As compelling as it is hideous, No Absolutes in Human Suffering is essential listening..."

"A perfect album in every sense and Gaza have once again set a high standard for raw, thought-provoking aggressive music."

Friday, August 24, 2012


"Call of the Wild deliver a wrathful, wild-eyed breed of street-hard rock. The vocals and chord changes are full-on Motorhead, raw and primitive and rocketing in from crazy nowhere..."
-High Times

"A perfect power trio. Mayhem in a concise package. They have everything a good rock band needs..."

"Leave Your Leather On is stroke-worthy. Simple, fast, straight-up r n' r from NYC..."

"Steeped in the old-school, pick slide-happy attack of bands like Fear, Cro-Mags, Misfits, and The Stooges, while maintaining a solid backbone of classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal-inspired brutality, Leave Your Leather On is so old-school that you can almost smell the metallic, chemical bouquet of the just-opened cassette tape."

"A style of garage that borders on Metallica-style speed metal."

"Best described as a combination of Turbonegro and The Hellacopters, this raucous debut album by the Brooklyn band is good, straightforward garage rock, fast catchy, and with a great sense of fun."
-MSN Headbang

"[Call of the Wild's "Choked Out"] will turn your engine on and gun it hard right from the go. It's built around a gassed-up riff, some head-whipping clean solos, hard-driving percussion, and scraped-raw vocals... Irresistibly infectious."

FAMILY Portrait

A new leader of the Brooklyn pack, Family combines classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness on its astonishing debut album, Portrait.

The balance Family strikes is one perfected by precious few bands. To bring the vibes of our forefathers - the finesse, the hooks, the grooves of say, Led Zeppelin - into the modern day metal underground; to take a classic rock sense of musicality and use it to make something new, something that's crushingly heavy and not "retro" at all... this is a fine line indeed, a delicate tension that is rarely achieved. Comparisons could be made to Tool, Mastodon, Unsane, even The Mars Volta, but any way you choose to describe it, Family is undeniably its own beast - a dynamic new voice in heavy music.

Family is comprised of two native New Yorkers and two Deep Southerners, bringing together a wealth of musical influences and life experiences. Guitarist Joshua Lozano was employed for years at the legendary CBGB and now plays in Man's Gin (Profound Lore Records), and guitarist/main songwriter Steven Gordon writes for the popular blog MetalSucks.

The band's debut, Portrait, is a concept album about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. It was recored by Justin Mantooth at Translator Audio (Unsane, Cave In) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Torche). John Lamacchia - guitarist of Candiria, Julie Christmas, Spylacopa, Crooked Man - makes a guest appearance on one track.

Robin Staps, guitarist of seminal German band The Ocean, will release Portrait via his own label, Pelagic Records (home to music by The Ocean, God Is an Astronaut, and Hypno5e), in Germany on October 26th and in the rest of Europe on October 29th. In Staps' words, Family's debut is "crushing and unique, unlike anything I have heard... all killer, no filler".

The band will release the album in the US on October 30th.

Stream "Bopsky", off Family's debut album, Portrait, on the band's Facebook.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GAZA on Pitchfork

Pitchfork presents the premiere of Gaza's "The Vipers", off the band's third album No Absolutes in Human Suffering.

Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy paints Gaza as "a twisting, warping, hardcore-influenced spin on noisy grind n' roll... This is smart, enraged grindcore for people who don't necessarily think they like the stuff."

No Absolutes in Human Suffering was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Torche, Today Is the Day). The CD release is set for August 28 on Black Market Activities, with a vinyl release to follow. The CD and vinyl can be pre-ordered via IndieMerch. The album is now available digitally via iTunes.

CALL OF THE WILD on Deciblog

Call of the Wild's debut album, Leave Your Leather On, hits stores today via Kemado Records.  The Brooklyn band, featuring ex-Awesome Color drummer Allison Busch, plays driving, Motorhead-banging, punk rock anthems, described by BrooklynVegan as "a style of garage that borders on Metallica-style speed metal".

In celebration of the release of Leave Your Leather On, Decibel Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of "Breaking Shit", a track off the album. As Decibel's Frank Lemke writes, "This is a driven cut, deep, all edge. Simple riff, garage distortion, and the solo is predictable to perfection. Heavy, noisy, and obnoxious..."

Call of the Wild keep the celebration going tonight with a show on a rooftop at 97 South 6th St in Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Alternative Press presents the exclusive premiere of Call of the Wild's "Choked Out" today on

Call of the Wild feature drummer Allison Busch, ex-Awesome Color. The Brooklyn band's debut, Leave Your Leather On, is out August 21 on Kemado Records. Pre-order the LP and CD here.

BrooklynVegan has described Call of the Wild as "a style of garage that borders on Metallica-style speed metal". Indeed, the band's sound is loose, driving, and full of hooks, bringing to mind a punker Metallica or a tougher Buzzcocks. Much like their idols, Motorhead, Call of the Wild bash it out in a universal way, uniting fans of punk, metal, and rock n' roll.