Friday, July 31, 2015

STERN + PopMatters

"Stern has created a surreal hybrid of gothic rock, DC post-hardcore, progressive rock, and post-metal, with a strong Faith No More influence tossed in, and the end result is the extraordinary new album, Bone Turquoise. If you want a good indication of how surreal and enthralling it is, you can't do much better than 'Your Level Best,' a weirdly gloomy track that slogs along like a dirge sung by a lunatic."
–PopMatters

"The strange, aqueous nature of the music that Stern offers on its new record becomes a lot less unexpected when you realize that the band includes Toby Driver the scary genius behind Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot... The album is full of pop-like tunes, all hip-checked sideways and left to melt in the summer sun."
–Decibel

"Stern draw on everything from avant-garde metal to film scores in forging their self-described 'alien pop' sound... Off-kilter structure and shifting rhythms could fit right into Kayo Dot's 2014 darkwave exploration, Coffins on Io."
–Invisible Oranges

With Stern's debut album Bone Turquoise coming up next Friday, August 7th, on New Atlantis Records, one more of the album's gems has been premiered for your pleasure: stream "Your Level Best," off Bone Turquoise, exclusively on PopMatters, here.

In the words of PopMatters music editor Adrien Begrand: "Stern has created a surreal hybrid of gothic rock, DC post-hardcore, progressive rock, and post-metal, with a strong Faith No More influence tossed in, and the end result is the extraordinary new album, Bone Turquoise. If you want a good indication of how surreal and enthralling it is, you can't do much better than 'Your Level Best,' a weirdly gloomy track that slogs along like a dirge sung by a lunatic."

Named for founder and frontman Chuck Stern (ex-Time of Orchids), Stern also features Kayo Dot members Toby Driver and Keith Abrams, along with longtime Kayo Dot and Candiria collaborator Tim Byrnes.

Stern's icy, unsettling "alien pop" nods to the unhinged crooning of Mike Patton and Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, as well as the film scores of Ennio Morricone. In talking to PopMatters about "Your Level Best," Chuck Stern references Charlotte Brontë and Unwound.

Pre-order the album, recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, DIIV, The Men), here.

Stern, live:
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ The Stone w/ Kayo Dot


Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNBROKEN - "And/Fall on Proverb"



Photo by Rich Cook


Amidst recent new releases by Retox, Narrows, and Hot Nerds, Three One G Records looks back in time now to present a very special reissue. September 11th, the label will reissue the record that began it all: the very first Three One G release, Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch.

Originally released in 1994, Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch is the release that kicked everything off for Three One G, the San Diego label that would go on to define an entire aesthetic of irreverence over the next two decades, via releases by bands like The Locust, Cattle Decapitation, Black Dice, Arab on Radar, and The Blood Brothers. Three One G founder Justin Pearson has cited Unbroken as one of his most crucial influences, and getting the opportunity to release the Unbroken record is the very thing that inspired him to start Three One G. 

Three One G would make its name, from the '90s up through the present day, by spitting in the face of the mainstream and the underground alike, defying the rules of both establishments. As label boss and as a member of many bands on the label (Struggle, Swing Kids, The Crimson Curse, The Locust, Head Wound City, Some Girls, All Leather, Retox, and more) Pearson has bucked the system and set new trends that expand the rules of punk – whether dressing as a bug, dabbling in electronic music, putting out oddly-shaped records with outrageous cover art, acting in films, or famously trolling Jerry Springer by kissing a man on national TV. 

The rebellious spirit now synonymous with Three One G can be traced back to Unbroken and the impression the band made on the young Pearson. On paper a straight-edge, metallic hardcore band from San Diego, Unbroken challenged all the stereotypes of that scene. In an era where XXL t-shirts and pants were the hardcore uniform, Unbroken rocked pompadours and collared shirts. Where aggressive, self-righteous lyrics were the norm, Unbroken found lyrical inspiration in Joy Division and The Smiths. Where other straight-edge bands stuck with their own kind, Unbroken favored diverse bills, playing equally with Gravity Records bands like Heroin and Clikatat Ikatowi, as with Undertow and Mean Season.

A 2008 cover story in Alternative Press named Unbroken one of "23 Bands Who Shaped Punk," alongside Crass, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Bikini Kill, and Fugazi. From that article: 

"By the time Unbroken disbanded in 1995, their bleak, introspective lyrics and greaser look influenced two bands which changed the trajectory of modern hardcore: American Nightmare's suicide-note lyrics begat a generation of hardcore kids fixated on their own sadness, and Eighteen Visions' Morrissey-meets-Hollywood style was the template for metalcore fashion." 

While Unbroken's 1994 full-length Life. Love. Regret. is widely considered an essential album in the history of hardcore, the two songs on the "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch, released that same year, rip forth with the same urgency. The songs resonate today, as fresh and real as ever. 

Three One G's upcoming September 11th reissue sees the seven-inch pressed on gold vinyl.

Pre-order, here.

Listen to "Fall on Proverb," here.

Read more about Justin Pearson and Three One G Records, here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

JESSEFEST

Benefit party for Jesse James Madre, tonight at Lucky Bar, Jersey City, NJ.

Bands, DJs, raffles and giveaways from Allied Tattoo, Jersey City Tattoo, Inked Magazine, Coda Skateboards, NJ Skate Shop, and more. I DJ some tunes at midnight. Cued up:

A.R.E. Weapons
Anasazi
Billy Idol
Boogie Down Productions
Call of the Wild
Company B
D.A.D.
Damned, The
etc.

Info, here.

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry


GREAT AMERICAN GHOST + Metal Injection

Metal Injection has premiered Great American Ghost's video for "Everyone Leaves," the title track off the Boston band's debut full-length, released this month on Good Fight Music. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Defeater guitarist Jay Maas (Ceremony, Title Fight) at Getaway Recording.

Watch the "Everyone Leaves" video, here.

Carrying on the New England tradition of emotionally-scarred hardcore trademarked by bands like Converge and American Nightmare, Great American Ghost brings the darkness and desperation – "the epitome of Boston hardcore," in the words of one New Noise writer.

Stream the full 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."
–PunkNews

"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."
–MetalSucks

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

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


OLD WOUNDS + Fuse

"Old Wounds gets intense... New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds deliver the in-your-face feel of the live experience in the brand new music video for their single 'Son of No One,' premiering exclusively on Fuse.tv today..."
–Fuse

Fuse.tv has premiered Old Wounds' newest music video, "Son of No One." 

Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, here.


The song, "Son of No One," appears on Old Wounds' new album, The Suffering Spirit, released in June on Good Fight Music. 


Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), The Suffering Spirit has been described by AllMusic as "punishing New Jersey hardcore" and by MetalSucks as "powerhouse heaviness... a brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality." The album sees the young band build on their metallic hardcore base, adding layers of dark melody and clean vocals to create a massive new sound worthy of stadiums and basements alike.


Stream the full album, here.

Order, here.

As drummer Brandon Gallagher hints, the "Son of No One" video is the first part of a two-part series. Stay tuned for the "On Leather Wings" video, coming soon. 

Old Wounds is now in the midst of a summer-long US tour, including legs with Good Fight labelmates Axis and Of Feather and Bone.

Jul 24 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace %
Jul 25 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Bird House $
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Jul 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Two Devils Vape Shop $
Jul 28 - Odessa, FL @ The Goat House $
Jul 29 - Melbourne, FL @ The Boondocks $
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse †
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's †
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo †
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's †
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout †
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger †
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place †
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West †
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's †
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) †
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) †
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St †
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland †
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal †
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge †
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur †
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux †
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge †
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle † #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft † #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole † #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound † #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward † #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire † #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge † #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry † #
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, The Banner

% w/ Orthodox

$ w/ Head Creeps
† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone

"Punishing New Jersey hardcore... On their second album, the upcoming The Suffering Spirit, New Jersey hardcore crew Old Wounds turns up the malevolence..."
–AllMusic

"Old Wounds are about to rip your goddamn spine out... with their impending album, The Suffering Spirit."
–Alternative Press

"Heavy, dissonant riffs, pissed-off screams... an ear-shattering tone that's super clear but not at all overproduced."

–BrooklynVegan 

"The powerhouse heaviness you crave is certainly here in spades but this Jersey bands has a few tricks up is sleeve as well.  A brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality... Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni's heart seems to be truly bleeding on every song..."

–MetalSucks

"While the heat and aggression might grab you by the throat at first, it's the unexpected heart that will keep you coming back to The Suffering Spirit."

–Exclaim

"New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic '90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years later, they're set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band's sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music's intensity one iota... Easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far."

–PopMatters


Thursday, July 23, 2015

EXTINCTION A.D. + MetalSucks

"Extinction A.D. may very well write the best Slayer riffs that Jeff Hanneman never got around to writing but they're more than a simple re-thrash band... If thrash is a machine gun firing wildly in all directions, Extinction A.D. is a sniper with a laser sight."
–MetalSucks

"A 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament."
–Guitar World

Extinction A.D. unveils new song "Prisoners" today via MetalSucks.

Stream the new thrash anthem, here.

MetalSucks hits the nail on the head with this quote: "Extinction A.D. may very well write the best Slayer riffs that Jeff Hanneman never got around to writing but they're more than a simple re-thrash band... If thrash is a machine gun firing wildly in all directions, Extinction A.D. is a sniper with a laser sight." Comprised of ex-members of This Is Hell, Extinction A.D. brings precision and energy to the game that sets its brand of thrash high above the horde.

Debut full-length Faithkiller will be released August 21st on Good Fight Music.

Faithkiller was recorded and mixed by Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche, Anthony Raneri), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Noisem).

The band is now finishing up a US tour:

July
23 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Russell Jones
24 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's
25 - Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
27 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hook Up


NATHAN GRAY + PopMatters

"Best known as frontman for Delaware post-hardcore standouts Boysetsfire, Nathan Gray has set off on his own with his debut solo EP NTHN GRY. It's a big musical departure... The new record delves into electronic and darkwave, following the lead of Portishead and Dead Can Dance."
–PopMatters

PopMatters has premiered the new Nathan Gray video, "Wayward Ghosts." The song appears on Gray's debut solo EP, NTHN GRY, out August 21st on Good Fight Music.

Watch "Wayward Ghosts," here.

Founder and frontman of Boysetsfire and I Am Heresy, Gray launches his solo career now after two decades in the business, to explore sounds and ideas beyond the scope of hardcore. On the NTHN GRY EP, Gray and collaborator Daniel E. Smith weave dark pop songs with folk and industrial elements, in line with certain works of artists like Death in June and Dead Can Dance. Lyrically, Gray, a member of the Church of Satan, lays bare his true Satanic convictions. Of "Wayward Ghosts," Gray states: "It is an anthem of encouragement and empowerment against seemingly insurmountable forces."

NTHN GRY was recorded and mixed by Daniel E. Smith at Sounds of Ideal Life and mastered by Kevin Mattesky at Phantom Center Media.

The "Wayward Ghosts" video was directed by Bobby Bates.

With the US release of NTHN GRY set for August 21st on Good Fight Music, the EP will be released in Europe on August 7th via End Hits Records. 

Gray embarks on a European tour in August:

Aug 15 - Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Aug 16 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 17 - Nuremberg, Germany @ Stereo
Aug 18 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Berghain
Aug 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kleiner Donner
Aug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ Akustikopen
Aug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub
Aug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

STATS + NPR

"The muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson. STATS' full-length debut, Mercy, is full of He-Man-battling-Skeletor riffs and mind-boggling drum fills..."
–NPR Music

"On Mercy's seven dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons, the mangled jazz/metal of The Process of Weeding Out/Slip It In/Family Man-era Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania."

–Noisey

"Pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part that sounds like Converge backing Renaissance or something. It's out-there stuff, man."
–BrooklynVegan

NPR has debuted STATS' new track, "Countach," off the Brooklyn trio's upcoming album, Mercy.

Listen, here.

As NPR's Lars Gotrich puts it, the band possesses "the muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson." Its gut-level angst and magic-fingers shredding combine into a unique musical voice that's an equally legit representative for hardcore as for progressive rock.

The vocals on "Countach" are delivered by Dave Perlis of the band Hexa and co-host of WFMU's Night People, providing the song with what Gotrich calls "the sleazeball strut it needs.


Mercy will be released August 7th on New Atlantis Records.


Pre-order, here.


The three members of STATS have played in such bands as Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, and Ocrilim, and in projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw.


Mercy was recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn by former The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg and mastered by Khanate's James Plotkin (Thou, Merzbow).


The official Mercy record release show is set for September 23rd in Brooklyn:


Sep 23rd - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
w/ STATS, Survival, Couch Slut

Tickets, here.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AXIS + Lambgoat

Florida's Axis tears the world a new one with new single "Badgelicker," now streaming exclusively via Lambgoat.

As Lambgoat puts it, the young destroyers whip up a storm of "metallic hardcore that will remind listeners of esteemed fan favorites such as Turmoil and Kiss It Goodbye" – bruising and mean, soaked in gloom. Guest vocals on the song come courtesy of Ben Jordan of Antpile.

Listen, here.

"Badgelicker" appears on debut full-length Show Your Greed, out September 4th on Good Fight Music. Show Your Greed was mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues). 

Axis tours the US this summer with Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.

Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Axis, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC
Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)
Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall (late)
Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds
Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock
Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Sep 2 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Lounge
Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books
Sep 4 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern


Thursday, July 16, 2015

AXIS + OF FEATHER AND BONE

The two newest members of the Good Fight Music family – Axis and Of Feather and Bone – are teaming up on a late summer tour of the Eastern US.

Florida's Axis is a dominant new force within the new generation of metallic hardcore bands, taking the full-throttle beating of Turmoil and Buried Alive and lacing it with the gloom of Kiss It Goodbye. Debut full-length Show Your Greed will be released September 4th on Good Fight. The album was mixed by producer Taylor Young (of Nails and Twitching Tongues)Check out new song "Transgression," here. 

From Denver, Colorado, Of Feather and Bone assaults with savage crust-grind and modern metallic punishment. Relentless, raw, caked in gloom, it is a sound evocative of large-scale destruction and it should click with fans of His Hero Is Gone, Acme, and newer bands like Cult Leader. Out September 18th on Good Fight, debut album Embrace the Wretched Flesh was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void). Stream opening track "Ordained in Fire," here.

Following an August run with fellow Good Fight labelmate Old Wounds, the two bands will continue on together into September.

Stay tuned as even more dates are being confirmed.

Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Axis, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC
Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)
Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall (late)
Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds
Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock
Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Sep 2 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Lounge
Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books
Sep 4 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

Of Feather and Bone:
Sep 6 - Birmingham, AL @ The Hive
Sep 7 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone

Monday, July 13, 2015

NATHAN GRAY + Revolver



Revolver Magazine has premiered the video for "Wolves," the opening track off Nathan Gray's debut solo EP, NTHN GRY.

Watch the "Wolves" video, here.

Known around the globe for over two decades as frontman of post-hardcore heroes Boysetsfire, and more recently as frontman of metallic cartel I Am Heresy (featuring his own son Simon on guitar), Gray launches the next phase of his long career with the August 21st release of NTHN GRY on Good Fight Music.

The NTHN GRY EP represents Gray's most personal work to date. With collaborator Daniel E. Smith, Gray blasts apart expectations, reaching beyond hardcore into the realms of industrial, folk, and pop. Musical reference points include certain works of Death in June, Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy and Portishead. Lyrically, Gray delves deep into his truest Satanic convictions – a card-carrying member of the Church of Satan, Gray has made this statement about his new solo work: 

"Bringing this solo endeavor to fruition really allows me a space to be myself, and create a musical path that I can continue for as long as I desire. I have the freedom to explore my ideals and perform in a manner that is true to the darker parts of human nature. The next chapter of Nathan Gray is all about the exploration of the carnal self. It is about looking within and celebrating ourselves in the deep, passionate, wild and free."

Good Fight Music owner (and former Ferret Music owner) Carl Severson made this statement:

"We are well-versed in Nathan's accomplishments with Boysetsfire, having had Ferret bands tour with them and seeing them play over the years. We like his music and his work ethic and we are excited that he chose to release his first solo material with us. It is sonically a bit of a departure from what we're known for, but still very much a 'Good Fight' release."

NTHN GRY was recorded and mixed by Daniel E. Smith at Sounds of Ideal Life and mastered by Kevin Mattesky at Phantom Center Media.

The "Wolves" video was directed by Bobby Bates.

With the US release of NTHN GRY set for August 21st on Good Fight Music, the EP will be released in Europe on August 7th via End Hits Records. 

Gray embarks on a European tour in August:

Aug 15 - Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Aug 16 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 17 - Nuremberg, Germany @ Stereo
Aug 18 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Berghain
Aug 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kleiner Donner
Aug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ Akustikopen
Aug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub
Aug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal


Friday, July 10, 2015

Recap of new releases

OUT NOW:


UP NEXT:

• Members of Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids, Secret Chiefs 3, Vaura
• "Alien pop" – dissonant, cinematic, soaring songs, in line with Mike Patton, Shudder to Think, Ennio Morricone
• Recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, The Men, DIIV)
• In the Brooklyn scene of Kayo Dot, Mick Barr, Psalm Zero
• "Strange, aqueous... full of pop-like tunes, all hip-checked sideways and left to melt in the summer sun." –Decibel
• "Stern draw on everything from avant-garde metal to film scores in forging their self-described 'alien pop' sound." –Invisible Oranges

• The passion of hardcore punk meets the musicianship of progressive rock
• Produced by ex-The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg
• Members' past/present credits include stints in Aa, Psalm Zero, Extra Life, Ocrilim, and projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw
• "Dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons... the mangled jazz/metal of [late] Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania." –Noisey
• "Pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part... It's out-there stuff." –BrooklynVegan

• Four ex-members of This Is Hell
• Razor-sharp thrash metal
• On tour now in US
• "A 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament." –Guitar World

• Debut solo EP from Boysetsfire frontman
• Satanic post-industrial pop with nods to Death in June, Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy, Portishead
• European tour in August

• New Good Fight Music signing
• Killer young band from Orlando, FL on the metallic hardcore tip – the heaviness of Turmoil/Buried Alive, the gloom of Kiss It Goodbye/All Else Failed
• Produced by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues
• On tour this summer w/ labelmates Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone, and more

• New Good Fight Music signing
• Ripping young trio from the Denver scene of Primitive Man, Call of the Void, etc. – savage crust/grind/gloom in line with '90s German crust gods Acme, or modern-day warriors Cult Leader
• Produced by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void)
• On tour this summer w/ labelmates Axis, Old Wounds, and more

AND COMING SOON, NEW RELEASES BY:

Graf Orlock
Hollow Earth
Nervous
So Hideous
White Widows Pact
+ more!

THANKS
THANKS
THANKS


Out today: POWER - Heavy Muscle

Power's new EP, Heavy Muscle, is out today on Twelve Gauge Records.

Stream the EP, here.

Buy it, here.

Fixture of the Pacific Northwest scene, Power exudes pure freedom: painfully honest lyrics and a sound that slithers between raw hardcore punk, '70s riff worship, and thrash. Late Black Flag, early Cro-Mags, rural Washington vibes, and a FTW/DIY ethic add up to anomaly that is Power.

Heavy Muscle is the band's third release for Twelve Gauge. 

"This Pacific Northwest hardcore crew is all about crushing you with their boot stompin' tunes. Reminiscent of early hardcore like Cro-Mags, and Black Flag with some newer flair, Power are killing it with their newest release, Heavy Muscle..."
–Metal Injection

"The band takes that nasty mousetrap riffage of Black Flag and builds it on the back of modern hardcore punk chugging. If Coliseum were Damaged fanatics, this might be what you would get."
–PunkNews

"Heavy Muscle flexes hard with some serious riffs and chaotic breakdowns. Power manages to tread the line between classic hardcore, power violence, and thrash."
–New Noise

"Their Black Flag-influenced hardcore is a thundering array of stunning aggravation."
–American Aftermath


Out today: GREAT AMERICAN GHOST - Everyone Leaves

Great American Ghost's full-length debut, Everyone Leaves, is out today on Good Fight Music.

Stream the album, here.

Buy ithere.

The Boston crew brings the misery on ten tracks of dark hardcore, in line with New England predecessors like American Nightmare and Converge. Frontman Ethan Harrison unloads some serious separation anxiety and disappointment in his fellow man, while his band charges through white-knuckle rave-ups and downward-spiraling dirges.

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Defeater guitarist Jay Maas (Ceremony, Title Fight) at Getaway Recording.

Great American Ghost, live:
July 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center (Warped Tour)

"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."
–PunkNews

"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."
–MetalSucks


Thursday, July 9, 2015

POWER + Scene Point Blank

"This Pacific Northwest hardcore crew is all about crushing you with their boot stompin' tunes. Reminiscent of early hardcore like Cro-Mags, and Black Flag with some newer flair, Power are killing it with their newest release, Heavy Muscle..."
–Metal Injection

"The band takes that nasty mousetrap riffage of Black Flag and builds it on the back of modern hardcore punk chugging. If Coliseum were Damaged fanatics, this might be what you would get."
–PunkNews

"Heavy Muscle flexes hard with some serious riffs and chaotic breakdowns. Power manages to tread the line between classic hardcore, power violence, and thrash."
–New Noise

"Their Black Flag-influenced hardcore is a thundering array of stunning aggravation."
–American Aftermath

With Heavy Muscle, the new EP by Power, officially released tomorrow, July 10th, on Twelve Gauge Records, the band has teamed with Scene Point Blank to offer a stream of the entire 13-minute bash.

Listen, here.

Buy the EP, here.

From opener "$uck It" to closer "When It's Time," the Bremerton, Washington band swings, grooves, and rages, on its own terms. The band's musical liberty has reminded many a reviewer of Black Flag – its command of sweet riffs and odd-time signatures is as convincing as its balls-out hardcore punk. Frontman Evan Somerhiser's lyrical honesty has also led back to the Black Flag comparison – themes include being broke, being depressed, and being pissed, although the take-away is more a life-affirming "live for today" vibe than a suicidal one. Speaking of Suicidal, Heavy Muscle also snarls and stomps in a way that nods to the early crossover jams of ST and others like SOD, DRI, and Cro-Mags.

Heavy Muscle was recorded and mixed by Phil Jones at The Dangler in Seattle, and mastered by Chris Mathews Jr. It follows the Bremerton Zoo full-length and Death Haunts EP, also on Twelve Gauge Records. 

Power is a fixture of the Pacific Northwest scene, where they not only have lived and played for years but also ran their local DIY venue for a decade. The band just returned home from a West Coast tour and played recent shows before that with Cro-Mags, Harm's Way, Code Orange, and Sabertooth Zombie.


OF FEATHER AND BONE + Good Fight



Good Fight Music welcomes Of Feather and Bone to its family.


Continuing a streak that includes the recent signings of Axis, Hollow Earth, and Extinction A.D., the label is proud to bring the Denver, Colorado trio into the fold. 


Good Fight Music will release Of Feather and Bone's debut album, Embrace the Wretched Flesh, on September 18th. The LP was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void). Stream epic opening track "Ordained in Fire" now via Good Fight, here.


Of Feather and Bone is a fresh new representative of a Denver scene that also includes Primitive Man and Call of the Void. As witnessed on "Ordained in Fire," the band rips forward, rabid and seething, caked in crust, grinding through songs like army tanks flattening fields. Swelling, churning clouds of gloom hang heavy as the band blasts out campaigns of the bleakest, most savage hardcore, in line with '90s German crust gods Acme, or modern-day warriors Cult Leader.

Check out a clip from this year's Rain Fest in Seattle to see the band doing its live thing, here.

Debut full-length Embrace the Wretched Flesh, out September 18th on Good Fight, follows two EPs and a split with Reproacher.

Of Feather and Bone hits the road in August to tour with Good Fight labelmates Axis and Old Wounds, and will continue touring though the fall. Stand by for more dates.


Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:

Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Of Feather and Bone:
Alvino Salcedo - vocals, bass

Dave Grant - guitar
Preston Weippert - drums

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

STATS + Noisey

"On Mercy's seven dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons, the mangled jazz/metal of The Process of Weeding Out/Slip It In/Family Man-era Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania."
–Noisey

"Pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part that sounds like Converge backing Renaissance or something. It's out-there stuff, man."
–BrooklynVegan

Noisey has premiered the superbly-titled "Human Butt," the opening track off STATS' upcoming debut album, Mercy.

Listen, here. 

Noisey's Brad Cohan describes the Brooklyn trio's full-length debut: "On Mercy's seven dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons, the mangled jazz/metal of The Process of Weeding Out/Slip It In/Family Man-era Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania."

Tough to pin down, STATS represents the combined efforts of three voracious music fans with influences from across the map. The end result is ragged, intricate music that combines the raw passion of hardcore punk with the musicianship of progressive rock. The band members' past and present credits include stints in Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, Ocrilim, and projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw.

Set for an August 7th release on New Atlantis Records, Mercy was recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn by former The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg and mastered by Khanate's James Plotkin (Thou, Merzbow).