Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Out now: NETHERLANDS

Brooklyn trio Netherlands unleashes its new album, Silicon Vapor, upon the world today. A sprawling masterwork of alt-rock hooks, prog madness, and heavy metal thunder, Silicon Vapor is available in three formats: digital, CD, and a limited edition of double LPs (clear and black heavyweight vinyl). The album can be ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp. Digital download can also be purchased via iTunes and other online retailers.

With a style hailed by BrooklynVegan as "gritty high-energy punk/metal anchored by a huge distorted synth-bass tone" and by About.com as "elements of doom, punk, psychedelia, prog, grunge, and more", Netherlands is fronted by veteran rocker Timo Ellis who has collaborated over the past two decades with Yoko Ono, Melvins, Cibo Matto, John Zorn, and many more.

Silicon Vapor was recorded by John Davis (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement), and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky).

Having played recent shows with Black Flag, Melt-Banana, and Valient Thorr, Netherlands has much live action in store for the coming moths, starting with an official record release show, November 30th at Death By Audio in Brooklyn.

Listen to Netherlands "Undead Horses" on New Noise.

Listen to Netherlands "Robot Fail" on MetalSucks.

Listen to Netherlands "Tabitha" on Revolver.

Watch Netherlands "Tabitha" video on BrooklynVegan.

Watch Netherlands play "Deathling" live on BreakThruRadio.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CZAR + Gear Gods

Newly launched gear authority Gear Gods presents an exclusive new video showing Czar drummer Dan Brill playing through "Aortic Flower", a song off the Chicago band's new album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive. In an accompanying interview, Brill shares gear secrets and talks about the recording process for the album.

Through a machine-like yet highly musical style that brings to mind Danny Carey of Tool, Brill's drumming propels "Aortic Flower" and helps make it the anthem that it is. Czar's trademark sound bridges gaps between extreme metal and post-hardcore, lying somewhere in the ether between Carcass' Heartwork and Quicksand's Slip.

"Aortic Flower" was first premiered in audio form via Revolver Magazine.

No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive is out November 5th on the band's own Cracknation Records. Czar opens for Morbid Angel, November 17th at House of Blues in Chicago.

NETHERLANDS + New Noise

With its new album out next week, Brooklyn trio Netherlands reveals new song "Undead Horses", now streaming via New Noise Magazine.

The album, Silicon Vapor, is the band's second full-length and hits stores October 29th as a double-LP, CD, and digital download.

Netherlands is fronted by Timo Ellis, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has collaborated with Yoko Ono, Melvins, John Zorn, and many more over the past two decades. Netherlands is the living embodiment of Ellis' unrestrained, larger-than-life rock n' roll fantasies, marrying alt-rock hooks, prog madness, and heavy metal thunder. BrooklynVegan reports: "As you might expect from Ellis' resume, Netherlands is a pretty strange band. They play gritty, high-energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes."

Silicon Vapor was recorded by John Davis (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement) and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CZAR + Decibel

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of "Lurvy", a song off Chicago trio Czar's second album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive. 

No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive solidifies Czar's unique sound which bridges gaps between extreme metal and post-hardcore, calling to mind the all-time greats of both genres, from Fear Factory to Failure, Carcass to Quicksand. According to Decibel, "Astute listeners will not only notice some Mastodon prog twisting, but also some post-rock mountaineering. And lots and lots of despair. It's good stuff."

No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive is out November 5th on the band's own Cracknation Records. The album was produced by Hum frontman Matt Talbott.

Czar opens for Morbid Angel, November 17th at House of Blues in Chicago.

Monday, October 21, 2013

SO HIDEOUS + MetalSucks

With So Hideous' debut full-length, Last Poem/First Light, seeing its official release tomorrow, October 22nd, MetalSucks presents a stream of the entire album.

Reports MetalSucks: "Last Poem/First Light may be the first album ever released to unite fans of Buried Inside and Celeste. 'Epic' and 'raw' are both terms which get thrown around the describe metal bands all the time, but in the case of So Hideous, they really are the most fitting descriptors. Few bands can sound so furious and so morose at the same time."

Produced by Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero), Last Poem/First Light features an actual orchestra and choir, recorded live in the studio, adding to the staggering depth of the sound.

So Hideous play their hometown of New York on October 25th, opening for Kylesa and Pinkish Black at St Vitus, then play the record release show for Last Poem/First Light, the following day at ABC No Rio. November 1st, the band embarks on a ten-date tour of the Eastern US.


MEEK IS MURDER + Revolver

On the eve of the release of Meek Is Murder's second LP, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, Revolver Magazine presents a stream of the full album. 

Produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studio (High On Fire, Nails), Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters is a relentless onslaught of grinding punk rock, delivered with a big tip of the hat to noise-core titans like Botch and Breach. The Brooklyn trio has been hailed by Terrorizer Magazine for its "riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."

Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters is out October 22nd on vinyl via Threshold of Pain Records and digitally via the band.


Friday, October 18, 2013

SO HIDEOUS + Terrorizer

With debut full-length Last Poem/First Light out next Tuesday, October 22nd, So Hideous reveal one more song off the new album: "Rhapsody" is now streaming exclusively via Terrorizer Magazine.

Terrorizer names So Hideous, "one of the first hardcore acts to incorporate dense orchestral swells into their frantic, aggressive maelstrom, which lends their music a rich, cathartic atmosphere." The New York City band employed an actual orchestra and choir in the studio with producer Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero) to create the album.

So Hideous play October 25 at St Vitus in Brooklyn, NY, with Kylesa and Pinkish Black, followed by their official record release show, October 26 at ABC No Rio in New York, NY, with Meek Is Murder and East of the Wall. The band then hits the road for a tour of the Eastern US, kicking off November 1st in Philly with Starkweather.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

MEEK IS MURDER + Lambgoat + Gear Gods

Meek Is Murder's new song "Ashes & Glass" is now streaming on Lambgoat. The song appears on the Brooklyn trio's forthcoming second album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, out next Tuesday, October 22nd. Produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studio (High On Fire, Nails), the album has inspired the following review from Terrorizer Magazine: "Riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."

With "Ashes & Glass" now up on Lambgoat, newly-launched gear authority Gear Gods has posted a video showing the band tracking the song with Ballou at Godcity. The four-way splitscreen allows each band member's performance to be seen in detail.

Meek Is Murder plays the MetalInjection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase, tomorrow at Acheron in Brooklyn, NY.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SO HIDEOUS tour

With its debut full-length, Last Poem/First Light, out October 22nd, New York post-metal crew So Hideous plays its official record release show, October 26th at the legendary ABC No Rio with Meek Is Murder and East of the Wall.

Following the hometown celebration, the band hits the road for a tour of the Eastern US, kicking off November 1st in Philly with Starkweather.

Oct 26 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio w/ Meek Is Murder, East of the Wall
Nov 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern w/ Starkweather
Nov 2 - Frederick, MD @ Guido's
Nov 3 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Nov 4 - Morgan, WV @ 123
Nov 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Nov 6 - Asheville, NC @ Odditorium
Nov 7 - Washington, DC @ Casa Fiesta
Nov 8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Nov 9 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
Nov 10 - Kingston, NY @ The Anchor

Lush with orchestral majesty, seething with blackened intensity, Last Poem/First Light is a triumph of anguish and melancholy. Produced by Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero), the album was recorded with an actual orchestra and choir in the studio, a feat which Stereogum praised, reporting, "it works out remarkably well... the symphonic tracks add depth and scope to the band's extroverted guitar melodies."

Listen to So Hideous' "Rising" via Revolver.
Listen to So Hideous' "My Light" via Invisible Oranges.


Friday, October 11, 2013

MEEK IS MURDER + Modern Drummer

Meek Is Murder drummer Frank Godla talks drums then beats them, exclusively on ModernDrummer.com!

Read Godla's blog about the ergonomics of drumming then watch a video of him bashing through "Our Hope/Our Home", a never-before-heard track off the new Meek Is Murder album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters. The album, recorded and mixed by Converge's Kurt Ballou, is out October 22nd (vinyl via Threshold of Pain Records, digital via the band).


Reports Terrorizer Magazine: "The 90s were a fertile time for angular, forward thinking metalcore, with boundary pushing artists like Converge, Botch and Coalesce forcing hardcore into increasingly weirder and more wonderful places. New York trio Meek Is Murder seem to be on a mission to carry the torch and continue the legacy of these forward thinking bands with their furious, baffling, and extremely heavy sound."


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CZAR + Terrorizer

Terrorizer Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of Czar's new song, "Fuming Rotter", off the Chicago trio's upcoming second album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive.

In the words of Terrorizer: "After their monolithic debut 'Vertical Mass Grave' in 2011, Czar have gone from strength to strength, landing support slots with the likes of Killing Joke and Godflesh. Their new album promises to deliver even more of their inventive and angular metal anthems, especially if 'Fuming Rotter' is anything to go by, with its combination of Mastodon-esque riffery with a bleak, almost industrial pulse and Jason Novak's distinctive snarling vocals."

No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive is out November 5th via the band's own Cracknation Records. Like its predecessor, Vertical Mass Grave, the album was recorded by Hum frontman Matt Talbott. A rich feast of metallic power, brooding atmosphere, and massive rock hooks, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive is a modern-day masterpiece uniting aggression and melody in a way that evokes such classics as Carcass' Heartwork and Quicksand's Slip.

Czar opens for the mighty Godflesh, October 22nd at Metro in Chicago.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MEEK IS MURDER + Decibel

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of Meek Is Murder's video for "In the Ground", a song off the Brooklyn trio's second full-length, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan), Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters will be released October 22nd on vinyl via Threshold of Pain Records and digitally via the band. 

Guitar World has championed Meek's "technical hardcore action" while Terrorizer has marveled at the band's "riffs the size of aircraft carriers". Often likened to Botch, the band is a stalwart of the New York scene and will be next strutting its stuff October 18th at the MetalInjection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase at Acheron in Brooklyn.

NETHERLANDS + MetalSucks

MetalSucks presents the premiere of Netherlands' new song, "Robot Fail", off the Brooklyn band's upcoming second album, Silicon Vapor.

MetalSucks' Kip Wingerschmidt writes, "Us Brooklyn folk have known about the glory of Timo Ellis' psych-prog/spazz-punk outfit Netherlands for several years now... This is not your mama's freakout power trio: we're talkin' bout guitar/vocals, drums, and synthbass here..."

Bookended by a syncopated crusher of a riff, "Robot Fail" glides along at a cool Queens of the Stone Age clip with frontman Ellis' sweet vocal hooks leading the way. Of what is perhaps the catchiest tune to be premiered by MetalSucks in 2013, Wingerschmidt avows, "The song is over and you're reaching to play it again. And again. And again. And again..."

A veteran with two decades of work under his belt, Ellis collaborated with Yoko Ono, Melvins, John Zorn, and many more before creating Netherlands as an outlet for his most unrestrained musical tendencies. A recent review on BrooklynVegan states: "As you might expect from Ellis' resume, Netherlands is a pretty strange band. They play gritty, high-energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes."

Silicon Vapor was recorded by John Davis (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement), and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky). The band self-releases the album October 29th in three formats: digital, CD, and a limited pressing of double LPs.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

MEEK IS MURDER + BrooklynVegan + Guitar World

Brooklyn trio Meek Is Murder unleash a new song, "Ghost Moth", today in two forms: BrooklynVegan hosts the premiere of the song, while Guitar World hosts a video clip of guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller playing through it at Godcity Studio where the band recorded their new album, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails).

The vinyl LP version of Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters will be available October 22nd on Threshold of Pain Records, with the band handling the digital version themselves. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan) mastered the album.

An early review from Terrorizer Magazine champions Meek Is Murder's "riffs the size of aircraft carriers" and declares, "any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves." Hear another new song via Terrorizer, here.

Catch Meek Is Murder live at the MetalInjection/MetalSucks CMJ showcase, October 18 at Acheron in Brooklyn, NY.

SO HIDEOUS + Revolver

Revolver Magazine presents the premiere of "Rising", the opening track off So Hideous' debut full-length, Last Poem/First Light.

"Rising" lashes forth like a feral animal, possessing all the intensity of blackened hardcore legends Acme and announcing the New York City band's intent in no uncertain terms. What makes the song even more powerful is that underneath the rage lies an orchestral foundation - actual strings, horns, and choir, recorded live in the studio by The First Light Orchestra. The result is a feast for the ears - a rich, cinematic experience, drenched in emotion.


Last Poem/First Light is set for an October 22nd release. The album was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero). A review on American Aftermath states, "A raging force of post-black metal frothing with shoegaze and oozing with tortured melancholy... It's deep. It's profound. It's astounding."


Another song off the new album, "My Light", was premiered recently by Invisible Oranges.