Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BONE DANCE

Melotov Records presents its release of Bone Dance's 2010 EP, Snakecharmers, due August 27th.

Originally self-released by the band and now long out of print, Snakecharmers finally gets its justice, thanks to Melotov. A limited run of 500, Melotov's reissue of the EP features new, iconic artwork, adorning a one-sided, color vinyl 12" (200 "smoke haze", 300 gold).

From Boise, Idaho, Bone Dance churn out what they themselves have coined "utter, desert-driven nihilism" - suffocating heaviness in the order of Botch, Coalesce, and Engineer. Sludgy riffs spiral downward, drums strike and recoil, and vocalist Morgan Mechling spits pure disgust as if preemptively delivering mankind's eulogy. The smothering weight of the wide open Western landscape is ever-present; Bone Dance is a product of its environment.

The Snakecharmers reissue comes on the heels of Melotov's release of Bone Dance's self-titled full-length in fall 2012. Cvlt Nation bestowed this review on the full-length: "Bone Dance's new LP sets the bar high for all newer bands playing chaotic metal/hardcore and is one of the must-hear metal albums of the year, period."

The Snakecharmers tracklist is as follows: 
1) Dirge
2) Devil's Arithmetic
3) Birds Singing (Wolves Licking Blood)

Bone Dance embark on this West Coast tour in August:
Aug 17 - Boise, ID @ Sammy's
Aug 18 - Spokane, WA @ The Phat House
Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
Aug 20 - Tacoma, WA @ The New Frontier
Aug 21 - Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
Aug 23 - Medford, OR @ Musichead
Aug 24 - Oakland, CA @ The Hive
Aug 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Down n' Out
Aug 27 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Aug 28 - Pomona, CA @ Aladdin Jr's
Aug 30 - Lancaster, CA @ Punk Is Dead Fest


CALCULATOR

Melotov Records presents its release of These Roots Grow Deep, by Los Angeles band Calculator.

These Roots Grow Deep is a complete collection of Calculator's recorded material from the band's first three years of existence, 2007-2009. The songs were recorded at various locations including The Earth Capital in LA with producer Alex Estrada (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba, Globe and Beast). Originally released in 2010 and now long out of print, These Roots Grow Deep finally gets its day in the sun via Melotov Records' reissue - a limited edition of 500 white vinyl LPs featuring new artwork.

Players in California's recent post-hardcore boom, Calculator rank amongst Touche Amore, Loma Prieta and Comadre - bands rooted in hardcore, using emotion and dynamics to the fullest extent. Calculator's impassioned delivery and wide dynamic range, from frantic to fragile, bring to mind 90s screamo ancestors like Portraits of Past and Saetia. Yearning vocals lead clean guitar tones and an ironclad rhythm section through anthems of honesty. 

Melotov's reissue of These Roots Grow Deep is set for an August 27th release. Meanwhile, Calculator's first proper full-length, This Will Come to Pass, was self-released in June - stream/download/buy LP.

Pre-order These Roots Grow Deep.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Zero
2) Breathing In
3) Breathing Out
4) Our Homes, Our Graves
5) Paradise
6) Bandages
7) Jesus
8) Fivethousand
9) Abroad
10) 2012
11) Friendslikepaddles
12) Presence
13) Memorial
14) Untitled

Calculator are currently on the road in the midst of a full US tour:
July 30 - Champaign, IL - The Math Lab
July 31 - Kalamazoo, MI - The 411 Club
Aug 1 - Grand Rapids, MI - DAAC
Aug 2 - Milwaukee, WI - Zoolander Center
Aug 3 - Chicago, IL - Gnarfest
Aug 6 - Missoula, MT - Zootown Arts
Aug 7 - Seattle, WA - Hollow Earth Radio
Aug 8 - Portland, OR - Laughing Horse
Aug 9 - Oakland, CA - Casa De Kitty 
Aug 10 - San Luis Obispo - 2K7 House


Thursday, July 25, 2013

NO SIR + BV + IO

No Sir unleash a new track upon the world today, streaming via Brooklyn Vegan and BV's more brutal sister, Invisible Oranges.

The song, "I Doubt You'll Ever Swim Again", appears on the Bay Area band's forthcoming debut album, The Future Is Bright, out August 13th on Twelve Gauge Records. 

Brooklyn Vegan describes No Sir as "ripping hardcore" that "resembles favorites like Pissed Jeans or Slices", while Invisible Oranges likens them to "crusty, bloodthirsty punk/hardcore greats like Talk Is Poison and Look Back And Laugh."

Part of California's currently flourishing hardcore punk scene, No Sir immortalized their home state in the song, "C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A.", a video for which was premiered recently by Guitar World.

The debut album, The Future Is Bright was produced by Comadre guitarist Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta, Ghostlimb). 

Pre-order!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BODY STUFF out now

My first solo record, Body Stuff, is out now on The Path Less Traveled Records.

"Curran Reynolds is a fucking creep... Hermetically perverted, [Body Stuff] exists in a sick reality all its own, one in which Prurient's Dominick Fernow has been committing industrial espionage for a syphilitic Michael Gira... There's an analytical passion to the songs, like Killing Joke scoring a David Cronenberg flick."
-Decibel

"Unlike so much metal where lyrics take a back seat or are unintelligible, Reynolds's lyrics are a focal point and tell snippets of stories in a hundred words or less that are as haunting as they are evocative - listen to them and tell me these are the thoughts of a sane person. Add to that an otherworldly blend of drone, metal, post-rock, and more that endlessly loops, rises, and falls over a metronomic beat, and we're looking at something glorious."
-Stereogum

"NYC musician Curran Reynolds is known for many things: being drummer of noisecore act Today Is The Day and eclectic metallers Wetnurse, as well as a publicist and founder of the now defunct, but nevertheless influential, Precious Metal concert series. [Body Stuff] is a departure from his other bands, unexpectedly sounding more like a mix of industrial, alternative rock and experimental drone... Body Stuff is an extremely personal ode to NYC , with haunting yet alluring, deep vocals - a cross between Justin Broadrick and Michael Gira... A stunning debut, Body Stuff is simple and pure, showcasing immense attention to detail..."
-Exclaim

"An urgent and uncomfortable record, it straddles the line between exploratory sludge, experimental noise, and even a weird bit of pop, like someone stuck Faith No More, Joy Division and Torche into a Magic Bullet... Reynolds' vocals, an authoritative and clear warble, often seems like the most solid thing in Body Stuff's musical landscape. Somewhere between heat haze and full-on hallucination, Body Stuff is a great record for when the edges of your world start melting."
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TRENCHFOOT + American Aftermath

American Aftermath presents the premiere of "Crimes of the Mind" a song off Trenchfoot's side of the new upcoming Old Wounds/Trenchfoot split, out August 13th on Melotov Records.

Young guns from upstate New York, Trenchfoot's dark, brooding hardcore has roots in the sounds of Tragedy, Cursed, and Converge. American Aftermath refers to Trenchfoot's latest work as a "scorching hardcore opus" and christens the Old Wounds/Trenchfoot collaboration "one of the gnarliest splits of the year".

All the material for the split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell). Both of Trenchfoot's prior releases - a self-titled 7" and the Endless Disgust 7"  - were recorded by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio.

Pre-order the split via Melotov Records.

Meanwhile, Old Wounds prepare to hit the road for yet another US tour, this one featuring a stop at The Power of the Riff Festival in Los Angeles, where the 'Wounds will share a bill with The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, and more.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

OLD WOUNDS + Revolver

Revolver Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of Old Wounds' new video, "An Ode To Love".

"An Ode To Love" captures the New Jersey boys' signature sound, rooted in the impassioned metallic hardcore of bands like Turmoil. The song appears on Old Wounds' upcoming new split seven-inch with Trenchfoot, out August 13th on Melotov Records. Both bands' material for the split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell).

An early supporter of Old Wounds, Pitchfork bestowed these words on the trio's debut: "Lashing ahead at a fuirous hardcore clip... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's concision and power."

With over 70 shows booked so far this year, Old Wounds complete another full US run in August, including an appearance at The Power of the Riff Festival in Los Angeles.

Pre-order the Old Wounds/Trenchfoot split from Melotov Records.





NO SIR + Guitar World

Guitar World Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of "C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A.", the brand new video by Bay Area hardcore punk band No Sir.

The video, which Guitar World describes as "bombastic", paints a picture of No Sir's home state as an idyllic wonderland and a dark abyss, contrasting iconic images of surf, sand, and drug abuse. No Sir frontman Michael Bingham says, "The song is about a person named California who cases your house and follows you around - a real shady character who you're always looking over your shoulder for. Or just the state of California and how it affects you as a person - makes you paranoid and fucks your world up." Evan Henkel, director of videos for Loma Prieta and others, is responsible for the clip. 

The song, "C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A.", appears on No Sir's debut album, The Future Is Bright, out August 13th on Twelve Gauge Records. 

The Future Is Bright was produced by Comadre guitarist Jack Shirley (Ghostlimb, Deafheaven, Loma Prieta).

Part of California's flourishing hardcore punk scene of today, No Sir are inspired mainly by older generations of West Coast punkers, from Poison Idea to Look Back And Laugh. The band is confirmed to play The Fest 12 in Gainesville, Florida this fall. More live dates will be announced soon.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BODY STUFF Year-Ends

Pre-order the debut 7" here for $5.

Saxophone on "Year-Ends" by Matt McAuley of A.R.E. Weapons & T.V. Baby.

STOMACH EARTH + MetalSucks

In celebration of the release of Stomach Earth's self-titled debut today on Black Market Activities, MetalSucks presents a stream of the entire album. 

MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg reports: "Stomach Earth is the sound of dread, your worst nightmares in audio form. It is a creature of indescribably wretched and horrifying form that has you helplessly cornered, lumbering slowly towards you..."

The solo project of The Red Chord guitarist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie, Stomach Earth conjures a massive, morbid sound, recalling the minimalist power of early Godflesh and the underworldly grandeur of early Cathedral. Exclaim Magazine likens the death-doom debut to "the relentless pull of a maelstrom in an ocean of bubbling pitch. Bleak, terrifying, and relentlessly heavy"!

Order the LP.


PHANTOM GLUE + Decibel

With their second album, A War of Light Cones, officially released today on Black Market Activities, Phantom Glue team up with Decibel Magazine to offer the world "Biocult", a blazing track off the new LP.

Decibel's Jeff Treppel searches for the words to define the Boston rockers' sound: "The band play in the same muck as Mastodon but they bring a sense of desperation and despair that their influences don't. Sort of like funeral sludge metal, I guess?" A recent MetalSucks review made a similar connection, stating, "These dudes would be right at home on tour with Mastodon". 

The band themselves have listed Neurosis, Trouble, and The Jesus Lizard as key inspirations, as well as H.P. Lovecraft whose supernatural tales were a heavy influence on frontman Matt Oates' lyrics. Produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou (a former bandmate of Oates' in The Huguenots), A War of Light Cones is reportedly an alternate, occult history of Colonial America. Burnin' sludge rock meets spooky concepts - get it!


Monday, July 15, 2013

STOMACH EARTH + Revolver

The Red Chord guitarist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie reveals another new track off his spellbinding new solo effort, the self-titled Stomach Earth debut.

Stream Stomach Earth's "Void Angel Ritual" via Revolver Magazine.

Massive, creeping death-doom of the underworld, McKenzie's one-man Stomach Earth project summons the vast void of early Godflesh and the morbid grandeur of early Cathedral, creating a new futuristic sound that is transfixing and heavy as hell. A marked contrast to the technical shredding McKenzie does with The Red Chord, Stomach Earth presents an eerie, cinematic vibe that crushes glacially - a soundtrack for slow-motion headbanging. 

Stomach Earth sees its official release tomorrow, July 16th, on Black Market Activities as a vinyl LP and digital download.

Pre-order!


PHANTOM GLUE + Revolver

Revolver Magazine presents the premiere of Phantom Glue's new song, "Bow in the Dust", off the Boston band's second album, A War of Light Cones.

Out tomorrow, July 16th, on Black Market Activities as a vinyl LP and digital download, A War of Light Cones was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou - producer of albums by Torche, Doomriders, and more, and also a former bandmate of Phantom Glue frontman Matt Oates (in noisy hardcore act The Huguenots, back in the 90s).

A recent post on Invisible Oranges states, "Boston's Phantom Glue mix sludge, hardcore, noise rock and other cacophonous brutality into a molotov cocktail called A War of Light Cones," while MetalSucks insists, "These dudes would be right at home on tour with Mastodon."

"Bow in the Dust" offers a sweet slab of the band's signature sound - gritty and driving. Beneath the music lies a rich conceptual world of supernatural, Lovecraftian darkness. The album is reportedly an alternate, occult history of Colonial America.

Pre-order!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

PHANTOM GLUE Cap'n Keith

Invisible Oranges presents the premiere of "Captain Keith Pierce", a new slice of the supernatural riff conjuring that fills Phantom Glue's second album, A War of Light Cones. 

Reports IO, "Boston's Phantom Glue mix sludge, hardcore, noise rock and other cacophonous brutality into a molotov cocktail called A War of Light Cones." Indeed, the band name Neurosis, Trouble, and The Jesus Lizard as three key reference points.

The album is reportedly an "alternate history of Colonial America", rooted in Lovecraftian evil, with the song "Captain Keith Pierce" telling a tale of cryptids' burials and rebirths.

Phantom Glue's second album and their first for Black Market Activities, A War of Light Cones was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio (Torche, Doomriders). Ballou's connection to Phantom Glue dates back to the 90s when he and frontman Matt Oates were bandmates in The Huguenots.

BMA releases A War of Light Cones July 16th as a color vinyl LP and digital download. Pre-order.   


OLD WOUNDS tour

With over 70 shows booked so far in 2013, New Jersey trio Old Wounds continue their reign of terror this summer with another US tour, this one focusing heavily on the western half of the country. The centerpiece of the tour is a coveted slot on The Power of the Riff Festival in Los Angeles, alongside The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, and more. Other dates see Old Wounds play with bands such as Every Time I Die, Terror, and KEN Mode.

The tour coincides with the release of Old Wounds' new split seven-inch with upstate New York's Trenchfoot, out August 13th on Melotov Records. Two of the East Coast's most ferocious young hardcore bands, Old Wounds and Trenchfoot are like-minded outfits breathing new life into the crushing metallic vibes of their older brothers' generation. While Old Wounds nod to the exhilarating charge of crushers like Buried Alive and Turmoil, Trenchfoot play an even darker game, in line with the depressive anthems of Tragedy or Cursed. Both bands' material for the Melotov split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell). Melotov releases the split August 13th on vinyl and as a digital download.

In praise of Old Wounds' debut album, released earlier this year, Pitchfork.com stated, "lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip... [it] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's concision and power."

July 19 - Blacksburg, VA @ I Got Brains Fest
July 20 - Middlesex, NJ @ RTF Wrestling I
Aug 1 - Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey
Aug 2 - Conway, AR @ Greenwood Studios w/ Homewrecker
Aug 3 - Dallas, TX @ tba
Aug 4 - Austin, TX @ The Annex
Aug 5 - San Antonio, TX @ 1011
Aug 6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks w/ Every Time I Die, Terror, Territory
Aug 7 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive w/ Territory
Aug 8 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Spot w/ Territory
Aug 9 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Territory
Aug 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex - The Power of the Riff Festival
Aug 12 - Oakland, CA @ The Warehouse w/ Baptists
Aug 13 - Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
Aug 14 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ The Office Space
Aug 17 - Des Moines, IA @ tba
Aug 18 - Milwaukee, WI @ tba
Aug 19 - Royal Oak, MI @ South Hall w/ Rosetta, KEN Mode
Aug 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ tba