Friday, September 28, 2012

HIVESMASHER on Nefarious Realm

Boston-based blog Nefarious Realm premieres new music today from fellow Massachusetts natives Hivesmasher as part of "BMA Week", a week devoted to Black Market Activities and the label's fall releases. Stream Hivesmasher's "The Shit Waltz" exclusively on Nefarious Realm.

Hivesmasher's debut for BMA, Gutter Choir hits stores October 23rd. MetalSucks describes it as "furious tongue-in-cheek chug-grind in the style of Wormrot and Graf Orlock... Seventeen bursts of gross-out chaos that manage to sound strung-out, sloppy, chaotic, and yet satisfyingly technical." The album features guest vocals from The Red Chord frontman and Black Market Activities boss Guy Kozowyk, as well as Fit For an Autopsy/Premonitions of War vocalist Nate Johnson.

The band's own description of their sound: "a giant middle finger waved in the world's general direction".






Thursday, September 27, 2012

GAZA US tour

With their third album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, out now on Black Market Activities, Gaza gear up to return to the road -- a headlining US tour with support from Code Orange Kids and Full of Hell.

This run follows recent tours with Corrosion of Conformity, Torche, Black Cobra, and Eagle Twin.

Of the new album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy has written: "For all the challenging complexity, this is music that sticks in your head... Amid the anger and bile, a discernible beauty." Likewise, NPR's Lars Gotrich has stated, "the Salt Lake City band's blast-beaten hooks lure as much as they devastate".

GAZA, Code Orange Kids, Full of Hell:
Nov 13 - Denver, CO @ Aqualung
Nov 15 - Chicago, IL @ Viaduct
Nov 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
Nov 17 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 18 - Buffalo, NY @ Funeral Home
Nov 19 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Nov 20 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
Nov 21 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Broad Street Ministry
Nov 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Nov 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Nov 26 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Nov 27 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
Nov 29 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
Nov 30 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
Dec 1 - Jacksonville, FL @ Phoenix Taproom
Dec 2 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Dec 4 - Houston, TX @ Walter's
Dec 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Dec 6 - Dallas, TX @ Tapatio Studios
Dec 7 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
Dec 8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
Dec 9 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
Dec 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Sub-Mission Art Space
Dec 13 - San Jose, CA @ The Beat Shop
Dec 14 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland 2000


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FAMILY on Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges presents the debut of "Illegal Women", a track off Family's debut album, Portrait.

As displayed on "Illegal Women", the Brooklyn, NY band combine lush classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness. Invisible Oranges' Kelly Kettering writes, "'Illegal Women' has an opening riff reminiscent of Between the Buried and Me... with hints of Coalesce blended with proggy classic rock in the vein of Rush. There's a lot going on." Decibel Magazine has recently declared, Family are "sure to be one of our favorites of 2012", noting traces of "Unsane splatter-scrape" and "Soundgarden throb" in the band's sound.

Guitarist Josh Lozano is also a member of Man's Gin (Profound Lore Records) and a former member of Jarboe's touring band. Guitarist and main songwriter Steven Gordon is a writer for the popular blog, MetalSucks.

Family's debut album, Portrait, is a concept album about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. It was recorded 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 of German band The Ocean, will release Portrait via his own label, Pelagic Records, in Europe on October 29th. The band will release the album in the US on October 30th.

A record release show is scheduled for November 2nd at Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY.


Friday, September 21, 2012

BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS on Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges presents the premiere of a new Behold The Arctopus track, "Horrorsentience".

"Horrorsentience" is the almost-title track off Behold The Arctopus' second full-length, Horrorscension, set for an October 23rd release on Black Market Activities.

Horrorscension marks the debut of new Behold The Arctopus drummer Weasel Walter, a multi-instrumentalist renowned for his work under the name The Flying Luttenbachers and his widespread collaborations across the free jazz, noise, and metal genres. Walter joins founding members Colin Marston (12-string Warr guitar) and Mike Lerner (guitar). Marston is also a member of Krallice, Gorguts, and Dysrhythmia, as well as an acclaimed recording engineer whose recent credits include Kayo Dot, Jarboe, and Altar of Plagues.

Horrorscension showcases Behold The Arctopus' signature method of songcraft: all songs are composed in written form before ever being played. Despite its jaw-dropping complexity, the music is delivered with a raw, visceral attack -- something closer to punk than to the antiseptic sound of music school perfectionism all too common amongst younger technical bands. Marston has stated, "I would love it if, when people hear Horrorscension, they think 'Whoa, what the hell is going on?' rather than 'Wow, they can play their instruments well'."

Horrorscension was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Marston at his The Thousand Caves studio in Queens, NY.  The cover art is by longtime collaborator Terry Grow.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

DANZA on AltPress

Alternative Press presents the premiere of "The Alpha The Omega", the title track off The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza's fourth album, Danza IIII: The Alpha The Omega.

Featuring guest vocals by Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and Alex Erian of Obey the Brave and Despised Icon, the song is "so shredtastic it may cause the skin to peel right off your face" in AP's words.

Danza IIII (think tally marks, not Roman numerals) heralds the end of Danza's decade-long tenure, during which the Tennessee band have released three other albums and toured with the likes of The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Cattle Decapitation, and Misery Index. Combining groove, chops, ambience, and planet-smashing heaviness, Danza have helped pave the way for countless younger bands.

On Danza IIII we find a stripped-down Danza, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis (now a full-time member of Glass Cloud). 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 to ever bear the Danza name.

Danza IIII 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.

Fans can pre-order Danza IIII now at the band's official online store.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

GRAILS split w/ Pharaoh Overlord

Kemado Records announces its October 30 release of Grails' new offering, Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 5, the latest in the band's Black Tar Prophecies series.

From Portland, Oregon, Grails feature drummer Emil Amos, also of Om. Making music under the Grails name for a decade now, the instrumental band have released music on labels such as Temporary Residence, Neurot, and Robotic Empire. Pitchfork bestowed this review upon them: "From stoner sludge to swirling desert rock to meditative mood music, Grails run an impressively wide gamut... Grails' constantly changing sound makes every moment arresting, not simply the big crescendos."

Kemado will release Grails' Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 5 on October 30 as one side of a split LP, the other side belonging to Finland's Pharaoh Overlord, featuring members of prolific Finnish band Circle.

BrooklynVegan is now streaming "Chariots", the lead track off Grails' side of the split. 

Grails head to Australia in October:
Oct 13 - Melbourne, AU @ The Corner (w/ Tortoise)
Oct 14 - Perth, AU @ UWA (This Is Nowhere Festival w/ Tortoise)
Oct 17 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
Oct 18 - Melbourne, AU @ Northcote Social Club
Oct 19 - Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

GAZA "HINCB" vinyl

With Gaza's third album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, in stores now, Black Market Activities presents the first-ever vinyl release of the band's previous album, He Is Never Coming Back. Pre-orders for the vinyl have launched today on the band's official online store.

Originally released in 2009 on BMA, He Is Never Coming Back put Gaza on the map as one of the heaviest, most original, most uncompromising bands in the underground. Its suffocatingly heavy sound and staunchly realistic lyrics inspired high praise from critics and fans alike. Decibel Magazine hailed the record as "pure face-fucking noise-grind/hardcore gold"; Alternative Press claimed the band to evoke the violence, unpredictability and religious strife of the Middle Eastern strip from which Gaza pull their name". US and European tours followed with Converge, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Corrosion of Conformity, and more, building Gaza up into the unstoppable live force they are known as today.

With the third album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering, currently earning a whole new level of acclaim for Gaza, Black Market Activities' vinyl release of He Is Never Coming Back offers longtime fans a crucial addition to their collections, while giving newer fans a brutal lesson in the history of their new favorite band. The LP comes pressed on heavyweight color vinyl and includes a download card. Two special pre-order bundles are available, including additional items such as an exclusive Gaza zip-up hoody, exclusive Gaza t-shirt, and sticker.



Thursday, September 6, 2012

BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS Horrorscension





Black Market Activities presents the long-awaited return of Behold The Arctopus, pioneers in the field of extreme, progressive music. Marking the start of a new era for the band, Behold The Arctopus' second full-length, Horrorscension, is set for an October 23rd release.

In the five years since their last album, Skullgrid, much has transpired in the Behold The Arctopus camp. 12-string Warr guitarist Colin Marston expanded his musical outlets, founding avant-black metal band Krallice and joining progressive death metal legends Gorguts. In addition to his playing, Marston increased his output as a recording engineer, helping create albums for such artists as Kayo Dot, Orthrelm, Jarboe, and Altar of Plagues. Original drummer Charlie Zeleny departed, to be replaced by the prolific Weasel Walter, renowned for his long-running band The Flying Luttenbachers and his widespread collaborations in the free jazz, noise, and metal genres.

Horrorscension is the inaugural release of the new Behold The Arctopus lineup -- Marston, Walter, and unholy shredder Mike Lerner on guitar. (In the spirit of defining Horrorscension as the beginning of a new era for the band, the ellipsis ["..."] is being removed from the band name.)

In crafting Horrorscension, Behold The Arctopus employed their signature method of composing the music in written form before ever playing it. Marston elaborates: "Since our music is written down and then learned, like classical music, we're never actually building songs based on our playing ability. It's very different from jamming out a bunch of riffs."

Horrorscension showcases Behold The Arctopus' jaw-dropping, complex music, delivered with a raw, visceral attack -- something closer to punk than to the antiseptic sound of music school perfectionism that is all too common amongst young technical bands. Widely regarded as a band of virtuosos, Marston, Walter, and Lerner are quick to separate themselves from the showboaters. Says Marston: "I accept that the music is not for a general audience and that musicians are more likely to relate to it due to the density, but I see a huge difference between this band and say, Yngwie Malmsteen or Dream Theater or anyone who really wants you to notice how proficient they are. I would love it if, when people hear Horrorscension, they think 'Whoa, what the hell is going on?' rather than 'Wow, they can play their instruments well'. I want the focus to be on the content, not the performance."

Horrorscension was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Marston at his The Thousand Caves studio in Queens, NY. The cover art is once again by longtime Behold The Arctopus collaborator Terry Grow.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

HIVESMASHER on Lambgoat

Lambgoat has posted "En Route to Meat Land", a song off Hivesmasher's new album, Gutter Choir, due out October 23rd on Black Market Activities.

From Massachusetts, Hivesmasher represent "a giant middle finger waved in the world's general direction", in the band's own words. An all-out destructive force, rooted in grindcore but freely veering off into hardcore, death metal, or thrash at will, Hivesmasher proudly revel in a distinctly "New England" brand of bad vibes. (One of the most visible, hardworking bands in the Northeast today, Hivesmasher are, despite their misanthropic boasts, proof that the altruistic DIY ethic is alive and well in the underground.)

A true-to-life depiction of Hivesmasher's technical yet raw sound, Gutter Choir was recorded entirely in "living rooms, closets, and basements" and is devoid of studio trickery. The album contains guest vocals from The Red Chord frontman and Black Market Activities boss Guy Kozowyk, as well as Fit For an Autopsy/Premonitions of War vocalist Nate Johnson and others.

Of "En Route to Meat Land", frontman Aaron Heinold says, "The song is about a past friend of ours who couldn't cope with the fact that he didn't get everything he wanted in life. Thusly he decided that everyone around him was the cause of his own inability to make the changes needed to find happiness. This resulted in constant threats of violence toward the people he knew and toward himself. The only instances where he actually fulfilled his threats were toward people who would never stand up to him. The song is about his expulsion from everything he knew and loved, simply because his cowardice consumed everything we loved about him."




FAMILY on Deciblog

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of "Bridge & Tunnel", the opening track off Family's debut album, Portrait.

A new leader of the Brooklyn pack, Family combines lush classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness. Says Decibel: "It has groove, it has rage, it has some serious bludgeon capacity. There are even progressive touches to the arrangements that cohesively bounce through all kinds of tempos, riffs and moods. We hear Unsane splatter-scrape, Soundgarden throb and maybe just a touch of 21st century dirty-knees blues... Sure to be one of our favorites of 2012."

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 bands debut, Portrait, is a concept album about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. It was recorded 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 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 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.

New Yorkers can witness Family live, this Friday, September 7th at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn, with Tiger Flowers and Meek Is Murder.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

New releases

October 23 - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega - BMA
October 23 - Behold the Arctopus - Horrorscension - BMA
October 23 - Hivesmasher - Gutter Choir - BMA
October 30 - Family - Portrait - Pelagic Records