Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015, 2016

Happy holidays, all! 

2015 was a big one. I worked 31 new releases as a publicist. I finished recording my second solo EP, Body Stuff 2. I moved twice, ultimately landing in what is my eleventh and favorite apartment in two decades of NYC life. I began muay thai training. I saw my writing published in Mass Appeal. I buried my grandmother, visited my dad for the first time in years, and witnessed two dear friends get married. I tried sobriety – Dec 31st will mark one year of it.

For a complete recap of my 2015 releases, see here.

Now, to 2016! It all continues. I have some very cool new projects in the works, to be announced. For now, here's the recap of my Jan-Feb releases. As always, I am grateful to be able to put my time toward representing art I believe in. As always, thank you for the work you do.

Jan 29 - Hollow Earth - Parting Remains - Good Fight Music
• Three songs of the Detroit-area band's apocalyptic, metal-clad hardcore, Parting Remains was recorded by Tad Doyle, leader of O.G. Seattle grungers Tad, and mixed and mastered by Greg Thomas of Misery Signals
• A sound that's both facebreaking and heartbreaking, something like the metallic hardcore of Turmoil set in Bolt Thrower's ominous war-torn landscape
• Hollow Earth includes frontman Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud
• "One of metallic hardcore's best offerings" –Invisible Oranges
• "Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness" –Decibel 

Feb 5 - Graf Orlock - Crime Traveler - Vitriol Records
• Having spent more than a decade using Hollywood blockbusters as inspiration, LA's Graf Orlock has now taken the next step: third full-length (and tenth overall release) Crime Traveler is an album based entirely on an as-yet-unreleased film the band wrote, directed, and starred in itself
Crime Traveler tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to rewrite history in Canada's favor
• Upholding Graf Orlock's rep for the coolest packaging on the planet, Crime Traveler is packaged in an actual, full-size, color newspaper, written and designed by the band
• Slayer-level metallurgy and Black Flag-level rawness meet as Graf Orlock, more than a decade into its career, continues to perfect its sound...
• "The future of music" –VICE
• "Fury, stripped down to its barest form" –MetalSucks

Feb 5 - Ghostlimb - Difficult Loves - Vitriol Records
• Ghostlimb is the LA trio fronted by Justin Smith, owner of Vitriol Records and rumored mastermind behind Graf Orlock
• Equal parts violence and melancholy, Difficult Loves churns forward like an alliance between Napalm Death and Hot Water Music! Grindcore meets post-hardcore, as blastbeats and chugs cohabitate with bluesy leads and gruff melody
• By day, Smith is a professor of history, earning him the tag of "The Heavy Metal Professor" in the LA Weekly's 2013 list of "the most interesting people in Los Angeles" – Difficult Loves is filled with references to historical events, from Ancient Greece to modern-day LA...
• Difficult Loves was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Beau Navire)
• "Gravel-caked D-beat, hardcore, and grind-lite with an emotional core." -SPIN
• "Melodic and violent." -Exclaim!

Feb 5 - Moon Tooth - Chromaparagon - self-released
• Long Island, NY's Moon Tooth mashes together rock, metal, and blues, into a fusion that bursts with color... A fireworks display of melody and rhythm, its progressive, aggressive sound is brimming with soul, riddled with hairpin turns, and delivered with the grace and swing of real virtuosos
• The soul of Jeff Buckley and the prog-metal chops of BTBAM... the rock of Mastodon and the jams of The Mars Volta...
• On tour all winter, including WSOU's 30th anniversary metal celebration, Feb 20 w/ Candiria and Old Wounds
• Guitarist Nick Lee is also the newest member of classic heavy metal act Riot
• "An undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast" –MetalSucks
• "Moon Tooth leads the wolfpack... with shred" –GearGods

Feb 12 - Eight Bells - Landless - Battleground Records
• The majesty of '70s Pink Floyd – ethereal vocals, soaring guitars – combines with Victorian ghostliness and modern-day black/doom intensity in a sound that transcends time entirely
• Recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch)
• From Portland, OR, consisting of current/former members of SubArachnoid Space, Curezum, Immortal Bird, Thrawsunblat
• US tour in February w/ Voivod and Vektor
• "A tour-de-force... out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies." –Noisey

Coming soon - Black Black Black - Altered States of Death and Grace - Aqualamb Records
• Hard-rockin' Brooklyn "doom pop" on Aqualamb Records, the Brooklyn label that releases albums in the form of beautifully designed, 100-pg, softbound books!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

THE BANNER + Killing Joke

Good Fight Music announces a special treat to kick off 2016. Coming up on January 8th, the label will release "Love Like Blood," a limited cassette single from New Jersey vets The Banner.

The single features The Banner's new cover of Killing Joke's 1985 anthem, "Love Like Blood," and Norfolk, Virginia industrial act hERETICS iN tHE lAB's new remix of "Send Me Down," a song off The Banner's latest album, Greying.

1) Love Like Blood (Killing Joke)
2) Send Me Down (hERETICS iN tHE lAB remix)

Pre-order the single from Good Fight, here:

Followers of The Banner will not be surprised to find the "shadowy, metallic hardcore antiheroes" (in the words of Decibel Magazine) paying respects to Killing Joke. Standouts of the Jersey scene since the early '00s, The Banner was ahead of the curve in bringing goth/industrial elements into hardcore. Of latest LP Greying, released in 2014 on Good Fight, Exclaim Magazine reported, "their metallic hardcore gruffness is cloaked in goth leanings," and Invisible Oranges championed the album as "a celebration of darkness in all its forms." Stream Greying, here.

The Banner frontman JSS states: "For so long I was against recording covers as it struck me as a sort of waste of time. Recently, in my advanced years, I've found it to be helpful in figuring out how to write and record tracks of a different ilk than I would normally write for The Banner. Killing Joke was one of the first bands I really got into in my youth when I first discovered bands like Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy and such, whilst ransacking Cafe Soundz in Montclair, NJ after high school. I suppose covering them, this track specifically, was a foregone conclusion. I hope everyone likes it."


"Landless is a tour-de-force... out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies."

With sophomore album Landless coming February 12th on Battleground Records, Eight Bells will embark on a full US tour that includes three weeks supporting avant-metal godfathers Voivod and thrashers Vektor. 

Kicking off the tour in its hometown of Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells heads south then makes a beeline for the East Coast to join forces with the Voivod/Vektor caravan. 

The newly updated list of dates is as follows:

Eight Bells:
Jan 28 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
Jan 29 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Jan 30 - Glendale, CA @ Complex w/ Bosse-De-Nage, Wreck and Reference
Jan 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
Feb 4 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's 
Feb 5 - Hamden, CT @ Outer Space Ballroom w/ Vektor

Voivod, Vektor, Eight Bells:
Feb 6 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Feb 7 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Feb 9 - Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage
Feb 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Feb 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird

Eight Bells is the trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space, bassist/vocalist Haley Westeiner, and new drummer Rae Amitay, also of Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat.

Sophomore album Landless, out February 12th on Battleground Records, was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch). Over five sprawling tracks, Eight Bells combines the majesty of '70s Pink Floyd – ethereal vocals, soaring guitars – with 19th-century ghostliness and modern-day black-doom flourishes, to create a sound that transcends time entirely.

Stream Eight Bells' "Hating," from Landless, via Noisey, here:

Photo by Veleda Thorsson

HOLLOW EARTH - Parting Remains

Detroit-area doom n' gloom-core act Hollow Earth, recently signed by Good Fight Music, will release its first new music for its new label on January 29th in the form of the Parting Remains EP.

Three songs of the band's apocalyptic, metal-clad hardcore, Parting Remains was recorded by Tad Doyle, leader of O.G. Seattle grungers Tad, and mixed and mastered by Greg Thomas of Misery Signals. 

Stream new song "No Equilibrium," from Parting Remains, here:

Also in store for January 29th is Good Fight's vinyl release of Hollow Earth's 2014 full-length, Silent Graves, the album Invisible Oranges named "one of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year" and Decibel hailed as "doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness." Witness the video for Silent Graves track "The Reclamation," via Metal Injection, here.

Pre-orders for color vinyl versions of both the Parting Remains EP and the Silent Graves LP reissue will be available soon from Good Fight Music. A limited run of exclusive-color Silent Graves vinyl will also be available from Panic Records.

Hollow Earth consists of frontman Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud. The band will be touring throughout 2016, starting with a spring run with Church Tongue:

Mar 18 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
Mar 19 - Florence, MA @ American Legion
Mar 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear
Mar 21 - Albany, NY @ Fuzebox
Mar 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ West Kensington Ministry
Mar 23 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
Mar 24 - Toledo, OH @ Realm
Mar 25 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
Mar 26 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
Mar 28 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Mar 29 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
Mar 30 - Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
Apr 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Soundstage

Thursday, December 17, 2015

MOON TOOTH + Gear Gods

"Moon Tooth leads the wolfpack... with shred. Nick [Lee] plays the guitar like his fingers are trapeze artists..."
–Gear Gods

Today, Gear Gods presents a playthrough video showing Moon Tooth guitarist Nick Lee ripping through "Queen Wolf," the first single off his band's upcoming full-length debut, Chromaparagon.

Watch it here:

Also the newest member of classic '80s metal act Riot, guitarist Lee plays with soul and grace, coaxing a whole spectrum of color out of his instrument. His musicianship propels Moon Tooth's sound – a complex yet groovin' mix of rock, metal and blues, with some parallels to The Mars Volta, Between the Buried and Me, and Mastodon, as well as older bands like Into Another.

The "Queen Wolf" single debuted in its audio form, here on MetalSucks, and in video form, here on Metal Injection.

Chromaparagon comes out February 5th – pre-order here:

Moon Tooth has updated its winter tour schedule, beginning with weekend jaunts in December and January, followed by a full East Coast tour in February, and ending with a spot on WSOU's 30th anniversary show with Candiria and Old Wounds.

Dec 18 - Rockaway, NJ @ Backroom Studios
Dec 19 - New Paltz, NY @ Snugs
Dec 20 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Dec 23 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
Jan 14 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Jan 15 - Naugatuck, CT @ Cook's Cafe
Jan 16 - Florence, MA @ 13th Floor Music Lounge
Jan 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Connie's Ric Rac
Feb 2 - Providence, RI @ News Cafe
Feb 3 - Easthampton, MA @ The Ohm
Feb 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Feb 5 - Boston, MA @ House Show
Feb 6 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge
Feb 7 - Shepherdstown, WV @ House Show
Feb 8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
Feb 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Union EAV
Feb 10 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Feb 11 - Greensboro, NC @ Loud Room
Feb 12 - Norfolk, VA @ Taphouse
Feb 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's 
Feb 20 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s (WSOU show w/ Candiria, Old Wounds)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GRAF ORLOCK + MetalSucks

"A running kick to the balls with a steel-toed boot... Fury, stripped down to its barest form and spit into your ears."

"The future of music."

LA enigma Graf Orlock has teamed with MetalSucks to premiere new single "Difficult Decisions in the Yutani Mess Hall," a track off the upcoming Crime Traveler full-length, out February 5th on the band's own Vitriol Records.

Stream "Difficult Decisions in the Yutani Mess Hall," here:

Graf Orlock has spent more than a decade honing its Black Flag-meets-Slayer blast-punk approach and the sound is represented perfectly on this newest track: it crushes with laser efficiency, it jams with raw realness. Also in full effect here are the movie samples for which Graf Orlock is famous – the band is notorious for taking all its samples, lyrics, titles, and imagery directly from Hollywood blockbusters like RoboCop and Alien. But there is a twist here: the samples, lyrics, titles, and imagery on new album Crime Traveler come from an as-yet-unreleased film the Graf Orlock members wrote, directed, and starred in themselves.

According to Graf Orlock mastermind Jason Schmidt (also rumored to be the owner of Vitriol Records, a college history professor, and one of LA Weekly's "most interesting people in Los Angeles"), the Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to rewrite history in Canada's favor. Until its theatrical release we can only imagine the cinematic greatness; for now, we have the album.

Crime Traveler is Graf Orlock's third full-length and tenth release overall since its inception in 2004. Furthering the band's rep for crazy art and packaging (its 2011 Doombox EP was housed in a cardstock "boombox" which Revolver Magazine named "Packaging of the Century"), Crime Traveler's layout takes the form of a full-size newspaper.

For more Crime Traveler, check out Noisey's premiere of "A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley," here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Out today: MUSCLE BEACH - Muscle Beach

The self-titled debut album by Muscle Beach is out today on Sailor Records.

Stream Muscle Beach, here:

Buy it, here:

From Denver, Colorado, this new trio bashes out a driving brand of post-hardcore earning comparisons to Refused, Fugazi, The Blood Brothers, and The Bronx. The screams are as real as the hooks are catchy; it's a cool mix of scrappy aggression and arena-ready songcraft. Lyrics about pirates, aliens, and sharks add yet another dimension. Angsty, epic, comical, Muscle Beach was named "Denver's best hardcore band" by local music authority Westword. The band plays its record release show tomorrow, December 5th at Hi-Dive in Denver.

"Frantic post-hardcore that's already gotten a few comparisons to Refused... and there's maybe a little Blood Brothers in there too. Like those bands, they pull off being catchy, weird and aggressive all in the same song."

"A particularly gleeful kind of violence... Ridiculously catchy and also disarmingly weird."

"Post-Fugazi hardcore... A shambling, jagged basher. The band alternates between storming forward and throwing the listener off balance with their clanging riffage... like a title bout boxing match."


"First-rate... A wickedly good balance of Fugazi's discipline and Refused's intensity."

"Angular riffs, dissonant aggression, driving grooves and Blood Brothers-esque eccentricity."
–American Aftermath

"The best punk album I have heard in ages."
–Echoes and Dust

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Good Fight Music's Boston representatives Great American Ghost will support Victory Records metallers Seeker on a US tour in early 2016.

Seeker, Left Behind, Great American Ghost

Jan 21 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar (no GAG)
Jan 22 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
Jan 23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Jan 24 - Kansas City, MO @ The Jackpot
Jan 25 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Jan 26 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
Jan 27 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Jan 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Jan 29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
Jan 31 - Salinas, CA @ La Movida
Feb 1 - Los Angeles, CA @ White Oak Music
Feb 2 -San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Feb 3 - Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
Feb 4 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Feb 5 - San Angelo, TX @ Yayas
Feb 6 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Feb 7 - Houston, TX @ Walter's

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jay Maas (Ceremony, Title Fight), Great American Ghost's debut full-length Everyone Leaves was released on Good Fight in August. Heavy, intense, and depressed, Great American Ghost's brand of gloomy hardcore earned these words from Metal Injection: "Those that have a love for Lewd Acts' Black Eye Blues or any of the American Nightmare records will find something to love here."

Watch the video for title track "Everyone Leaves," here.

Stream the album, here.

Buy ithere.

"This release is a smasher. On Everyone Leaves the band sets their foot firmly in modern hardcore. Tracks fly by like bullets, packed full of pissed-as-hell screams and guitars that sound like meat grinders. These five young men have issues."

"As calm as a fire at a munitions factory... Virulent guitars, eruptive drums, and stinging vocals, all stitched together into one vehement abnormality. If you dig bands like Converge and Enabler, Great American Ghost are going to be your new favorite band."


"Both lyrically and instrumentally the band hit all the right notes... The honesty in the lyrics is beyond refreshing... Those that have a love for Lewd Acts' Black Eye Blues or any of the American Nightmare records will find something to love here."

–Metal Injection

"Fans of metallic hardcore, dense with distortion and f-bomb tantrums, should find a safe haven in Everyone Leaves."


"Great American Ghost is the epitome of Boston hardcore... Everyone Leaves is ten tracks of New England brutality."

–New Noise

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Denver's purveyors of ungodly heaviness Of Feather and Bone will team up with death metal favorites Gatecreeper to kick off the new year with a West Coast tour.

Of Feather and Bone + Gatecreeper:

Jan 20 - Albuquerque, NM @ Third Vision (OFAB only)
Jan 21 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Jan 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's
Jan 23 - Long Beach, CA @ Overcast
Jan 24 - Hayward, CA @ SKYLMT
Jan 25 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
Jan 26 - Portland, OR @ Black Water Bar
Jan 27 - Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
Jan 28 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur
Jan 29 - Tacoma, WA @ Real Art
Jan 30 - Spokane, WA @ The Pin
Jan 31 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground

Recorded by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void, SubRosa) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell), Of Feather and Bone's debut full-length, Embrace the Wretched Flesh, is out now on Good Fight Music.

Of Feather and Bone deals in a punishing mix of crust, grind, metallic hardcore, and storm-cloud atmosphere. It advances relentlessly and flattens all. In the words of Exclaim! Magazine: "Veering from steam-rolled passages to a doom-and-gloom mosh section, the band never do anything less than go for the throat."

Stream the album, here.

Buy it, here.

"Trafficking in crust-grind and hammering metallic hardcore, once Denver's Of Feather and Bone are through with you, all that's left is the carrion implied in their moniker."

"A multi-chambered piece of punishment, rife with vicious, jarring time changes. But even when veering from steam-rolled passages to a doom-and-gloom mosh section, the band never do anything less than go for the throat."

"This album is a soundtrack to decimation, with its combination of heaviness, speed, and intensity."
–New Noise

"An exceedingly dark and gritty set of discordant tracks that are filled with despair and visceral aggression."
–American Aftermath

"To say that I'm impressed with this record would be an under-fucking-statement."
–CVLT Nation

MOON TOOTH + Metal Injection

One week after launching new single "Queen Wolf," Moon Tooth has premiered a video for the song, via Metal Injection.

Watch the "Queen Wolf" video, here:

"Queen Wolf" is the first song off the Long Island, New York band's debut full-length Chromaparagon, set to be released February 5th.

Pre-order the album here:

A fireworks display of melody and rhythm, Chromaparagon is more than that too – its progressive, aggressive sound is brimming with soul, riddled with hairpin turns, and delivered with the grace and swing of real virtuosos. Over the course of twelve songs, Moon Tooth mashes together rock, metal, and blues, into a fusion that bursts with color. There are few limits hereMoon Tooth possesses the imagination and skill to swerve into whatever musical direction it wants. But this band wanders without getting lost; it channels its wild dreaming and black-belt chops into an album that drives forward with purpose.

Frontman John Carbone carries forth the tradition of singers with the range and the courage to go for it. Like Jeff BuckleyInto Another's Richie Birkenhead or Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, Carbone belts it out with a soaring voice that can command quiet subtlety as well as arena-rocking operatics. 

Loosely speaking, some modern-day reference points include The Mars Volta, Mastodon, and Between The Buried And Me. But Moon Tooth is its own, unique, "undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast" as one MetalSucks editor put it.

Moon Tooth, live:

Dec 4 - Bayshore, NY @ Even Flow
Dec 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Dec 18 - Rockaway, NJ @ Backroom Studios

Dec 19 - New Paltz, NY @ Snug Harbor
Dec 20 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Dec 23 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
Jan 14 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar

Jan 15 - Naugatuck, CT @ Cook's Cafe
Jan 16 - Revere, MA @ Sammy's Patio
Jan 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Connie's Ric Rac

Feb 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

"Top-notch musicality, crafty songwriting, and mesmerizing live show. They have my vote for best new band..."

–Metal Injection

"They're heavy, they're melodic, they're intimidatingly skilled musicians, they're great songwriters, and holy shit, wait 'til you see them live."


"Technical, melodic, and shreddy without being wanky... The band's bio compares vocalist John Carbone's voice to Jeff Buckley, and he certainly has one hell of a range."

–Metal Insider

"Aggressive, proggy... Something to keep your eye on."

–American Aftermath