Thursday, April 26, 2012

WILD HUNT on Ad Hoc

With the debut album, Before the Plane of Angles, out May 1 on Kemado Records, Wild Hunt have revealed another new song, "Panorama", via an exclusive stream today on Ad Hoc.

Stream Wild Hunt's "Panorama" HERE!

Ad Hoc's Kim Kelly reports: "[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."

Before the Plane of Angles was recorded and mixed by Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul) and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

WILD HUNT on Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges presents an exclusive premiere of Wild Hunt's "Window to the Nether", off the Bay Area band's debut album, Before the Plane of Angles. 

Stream Wild Hunt's "Window to the Nether" HERE!

From Invisible Oranges: "Majestic dual-guitar lines race atop forward-charging rythms, led by the soaring harmonies and blackened screams of singing drummer Harland Burkhart. The band's intense, mystical vibe honors past musical forms while forging ahead in a progressive-minded way... This record truly comes alive when experienced in full, so a purchase of the LP is highly recommended."

Before the Plane of Angles was recorded and mixed by Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul) and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra). The album is out May 1 on Kemado Records.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TODAY IS THE DAY plays Roskilde

Today Is The Day has been added to this year's lineup of the legendary Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Today Is The Day is scheduled to perform Thursday, July 5.

Roskilde's official announcement states, "With legend, riff wizard and daredevil Steve Austin at the helm, Today Is The Day is a style-defining and cultish band of the extreme... These veterans carve their own bloody niche in today's metal scene."

Roskilde counts Bruce Springsteen, Bjork, The Cure, and The Roots amongst this year's headliners. Started in 1971, it is the largest music festival in Northern Europe, with a total capacity of over 80,000 people. All profits from the festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes.

Today Is The Day's ninth album, Pain Is A Warning, produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou, is out now on Black Market Activities.

Prior to Roskilde, the band plays Maryland Deathfest X in Baltimore, MD, Friday, May 25.


Monday, April 16, 2012

PRECIOUS METAL upcoming shows

Our calendar is stacked with amazing shows. Some of the bands coming soon to Precious Metal: Czar (4/23), Rivers of Nihil (4/30), Vattnet Viskar (5/14), I Am Heresy (ex-Boysetsfire) (6/4), A Life Once Lost (6/25)...


Friday, April 13, 2012

Out now: GRAF ORLOCK

Graf Orlock's new EP, Los Angeles, hit stores this week. Check out some of the love:
“Over 11 Pacino-packed minutes, gritty grindcore and Heat samples work up a symbiotic sweat.”
-SPIN
"A scramble of screams, blastbeats and piranha-tank guitars."
-Alternative Press
"On their new work, Los Angeles, [Graf Orlock] have created what may be their masterpiece."
-LA Weekly
"Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be, but their incorporation of elements from action films in brilliant."
-MetalSucks
"An enigma wrapped inside a mystery that's been stuffed in Stallone's bulging ammunition pouch."
-About Heavy Metal
“There’s no grindcore outfit as fun as Graf Orlock.”
-MSN Headbang
"Graf Orlock's music scares the shit out of me."
-Noisey 


GRAF ORLOCK on AltPress

Graf Orlock's pics from Japan, posted today on AltPress!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

CZAR video

With Czar's US tour kicking off next week, MetalSucks presents the exclusive premiere of the video for "Family Crest", the first track off the Chicago band's latest album, Vertical Mass Grave.

Watch "Family Crest" here.

MetalSucks describes Czar as "one of the best new bands in quite some time... They make challenging yet palatable sounds for a new age of metal." The band's brand of metal, both hook-laden and machine-like, has earned comparisons to Gojira, Mastodon, and Helmet.

Czar hits the road April 18, starting out in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong, and including stops at the Year of Shit III Fest in Richmond and Precious Metal in New York.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

GRAF ORLOCK in LA Weekly

"On their new work, Los Angeles, [Graf Orlock] have created what may be their masterpiece..."
Read the article here!

GRAF ORLOCK on Noisey

Graf Orlock's new EP, Los Angeles, hits stores today via the band's own label, Vitriol Records.

In honor of the release, Vice's music channel Noisey.com has posted an interview with Graf Orlock guitarist/mastermind Jason Schmidt and an exclusive premiere of Los Angeles' epic closer, "Quick on the Trigger". Read the interview and stream the track here.

World-renowned for their celluloid-obsessed hardcore, sometimes dubbed "cinema-grind", LA's Graf Orlock bases their work primarily on action flicks of the 80s and 90s. Of the band's concept and sound, MetalSucks has declared, "Not only is their music as mercilessly murderous as you'd want it to be but their incorporation of elements from action films is brilliant."

Also revered for the elaborate artwork and packaging of their releases - last year's Doombox EP was given the title "Packaging of the Century" by Revolver Magazine - Graf Orlock continue the trend with Los Angeles, whose cover art consists of three separate "shooting range targets" riddled with actual bullet holes.

Fresh off a tour of Japan, Graf Orlock embark on a full European tour in June.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Out now: EYE


Eye's debut, Center of the Sun, is out now on Kemado Records! The Columbus band, featuring ex-members of Teeth of the Hydra and Deadsea, travels to Brooklyn for its official record release show, April 7 at Grand Victory.

8/10. "The next best thing to a newly unearthed album from Meddle-era Pink Floyd, complete with cosmic song suites."
-SPIN

"Center mixes ambient, drony melodies with firm, hypnotic drumming and bursts of heavy, old-school riffage... A fleshy, authentic experience."
-MetalSucks

"Stubbornly rooted in 1970, Center of the Sun is rife with Black Sabbath and Hawkwind influences... If you like your heavy stuff old, old old school, this is a must."
-MSN Headbang

"With members of Deadsea and Teeth of the Hydra amongst their ranks, you'd think that Columbus, Ohio quartet Eye would be on a quest for riff-supremacy. In fact, Eye is more concerned with the spacey moments of Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson and heavy psychedelia..."
-BrooklynVegan

"While Eye is very heavily influenced by 1960s-era Pink Floyd and King Crimson, their sound is also firmly rooted in the early 1970s proto-metal of Black Sabbath... You can also hear some Uriah Heep and Hawkwind if you listen closely. And listen closely you must. Center of the Sun is an album that should be listened to late at night, with headphones on and the lights off."
-Examiner

"A psychedelic quest to melt ears and minds.."
-The Aquarian

"Melding Mellotron-era King Crimson with space-bound Pink Floyd cosmic exploration and beefing up warm-live-sounding tones with the occasional freakout or weighted jam..."
-The Obelisk 

"Anyone into classic psych sounds interpreted through doomed as fuck atmosphere and entrancing riffage should eat this one up for breakfast."
-Hellride