Monday, August 31, 2015

EXALT + Good Fight

Good Fight Music welcomes Exalt to its family.

From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Exalt has amassed power exponentially since its 2010 formation. The four-piece band is currently regarded as one of the most deadly live acts on the metallic hardcore circuit and Canada's #1 music monthly Exclaim! Magazine recently proclaimed, "the shine coming off of one of hardcore's most promising bands is so bright that it's nearly blinding."

Sophomore album Pale Light was released in 2014 in Canada on New Damage Records (home also to KEN mode, Cancer Bats, and White Widows Pact) and made a big statement, drenching its furious hardcore in what Substream Magazine termed "doom-filled ambiance... ominous... haunting... a foreboding soundtrack." 

Equal parts aggression and dread, Exalt furthers the line drawn by Converge and Trap Them and fits neatly alongside other recent Good Fight signings like Old Wounds, Axis and Hollow Earth (all of whom Exalt has toured with). Influences like Godflesh and Chelsea Wolfe creep in the shadows, informing the heavy atmosphere underlying the storm.

To kick things off, Good Fight and New Damage Records will partner up to give Pale Light its first official US release in late 2015. For now, witness the official premiere of the video for "Deafen," a song off Pale Light, exclusively at Metal Injection, here.


Exalt hits the road in September with Reflections.

Sep
4 - Gatineau, QC @ Heart Fest
5 - Detroit, MI @ Hatchy's Bar
7 - Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus
8 - Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
9 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
10 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12 - Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
13 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
14 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
17 - Houston, TX @ Walters
18 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
19 - Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
21 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
22 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
23 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
24 - St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar



Thursday, August 27, 2015

NERVOUS - Duration and Delusion

"Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are."
–Decibel


Oakland, California trio Nervous announces new EP Duration and Delusion, coming October 23rd on Twelve Gauge Records and Turbulent Records.

Of Nervous' 2013 self-titled debut album, High Times wrote: "Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." 


Terrorizer called it "paranoid punk rock, not unlike The Jesus Lizard covering 'My War' era Black Flag."


New EP Duration and Delusion follows up the debut with more of what made that album great: minimal noise-punk jams seethe with feeling, existing in a space right between the raging and desperate and the totally stoned. 


Frontman Jake Spek's anxiety-ridden rasp is the voice of a man carrying the weight of the world and trying to make sense of it all. Clean guitars strum urgently and break into surf rock tones as bare-bones drums and bass pound out tight Crass-like cadences. The band – Spek, drummer Jacob Harris, and bassist Conrad Nichols – name influences like The Melvins, Born Against, and the entire rosters of Ebullition and Dischord Records. 


Spek says Duration and Delusion is a record about time: "It's about our understanding of time and how it controls us. How our understanding of it shapes how we approach everything. Time as a power structure and a tool used in the reproduction of capital. The limitations imposed by structures we ourselves have created and abide by. The police. The state. Capitalism. People taking the streets. And weed, of course. Kill the cop in your head."


"The Break," one such song about the march of time, opens with these lines: "I face the wave / Tremble at its feet / It swallows me whole / And sand's stuck to me / I'm feeling tense / And the sand's stuck to me / Take off my clothes / It's still stuck to me." 


Stream "The Break," via Decibel, here.


Duration and Delusion was recorded and mixed by Max Senna (Ash Borer, Wild Moth) and mastered by Alan Douches (Torche, Young Widows).


The tracklist is as follows:


1) The Future 

2) Lapse
3) Breathing and Choking
4) The Break
5) Yearly
6) Nostalgia and Expiration

Central figures in the Bay Area's DIY hardcore punk scene, the members of Nervous run Oakland DIY space The Hive. Turbulent Records is Spek's own new label – Duration and Delusion, a co-release with San Francsico's superb Twelve Gauge Records (Power, Sabertooth Zombie, Youth Funeral), is Turbulent's first release.


Fresh off a European summer tour, the band has toured the US several times with bands such as Loma Prieta. Stand by for news of the next live action.


Photo by Sean Leary




Friday, August 21, 2015

OF FEATHER AND BONE + Cvlt Nation

Cvlt Nation presents the premiere of the new Of Feather and Bone track, "Calloused Embrace," off the band's Good Fight Music debut, Embrace the Wretched Flesh, coming September 18th.

Of Feather and Bone makes music shrouded in gray clouds of gloom – it drives, it rips, it settles into devastating breakdowns. A perfect representation of the album, "Calloused Embrace" begins as a bitter, blasting, crust-grind assault and descends into the most crushingest metallic hardcore jam.

Be crushed, here.


One of Good Fight's newest 2015 signings, Of Feather and Bone hails from the Denver, Colorado scene that has spawned others like Call of the Void and Primitive Man.

Debut full-length Embrace the Wretched Flesh was recorded by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void, SubRosa).

Of Feather and Bone is on tour now with labelmates Old Wounds and Axis.

Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:
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



Out today: NATHAN GRAY - NTHN GRY

Nathan Gray's debut solo EP, NTHN GRY, is out today on Good Fight Music.

Stream the EP, here.

Buy it, here.

Nathan Gray is known across the globe as frontman for post-hardcore legends Boysetsfire and, more recently, I Am Heresy. After two decades in the business, Gray has embarked on a solo mission 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 and describes NTHN GRY as "an ethereal howl against the void."

Watch Nathan Gray's "Wolves" video, here.

Watch Nathan Gray's "Wayward Ghosts" video, here.

"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

Nathan Gray, live:
Aug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ Akustikopen
Aug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub
Aug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal


Out today: EXTINCTION A.D. - Faithkiller

Extinction A.D.'s debut full-length Faithkiller is out today on Good Fight Music.

Stream what Metal Injection has called a "thrashterpiece," here.

Buy it, here.

Extinction A.D., comprised of frontman Rick Jimenez and ex-This Is Hell bandmates, delivers a fresh, energetic thrash attack, showing true love for the early greats, especially old Testament and Metallica, while dazzling with 2015 power and precision.

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

Extinction A.D., live:
Aug 22 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution w/ Suffocation
Aug 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Aug 28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boneyard 

"A blend of early '90s Slayer and Sepultura filtered through a prism of Kill 'Em All. Check out Extinction A.D. if you're in the mood for groovy thrash that explodes with modern energy."
–VH1

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

"Thrashterpiece... Who does Extinction A.D. think they are just hogging all the good riffs like this for themselves?"
–Metal Injection

"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

"Rick Jimenez is the kind of guy that's in this for life... On Extinction A.D.'s debut full-length, Faithkiller, the sound has gotten thrashier but no less pummeling than Jimenez's past two decades of music creation, only now he's the one speaking out against injustice and corruption."
–Substream 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

SO HIDEOUS - "Yesteryear"



So Hideous has revealed "Yesteryear," the opening track off the New York City band's upcoming sophomore album, Laurestine.

Premiered yesterday via BrooklynVegan and the site's metal sister Invisible Oranges, the track can now be streamed via Prosthetic Records, here.


As BrooklynVegan editor Andrew Sacher states, "Album opener 'Yesteryear' is seven and a half minutes of devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."


A concept album about a man's interior journey in the minutes after death, Laurestine's story begins with "Yesteryear" and continues through seven tracks, connected seamlessly as one long song. "Cinematic" to the utmost, the album paints vivid pictures – explosive, majestic, cathartic. As Invisible Oranges' Kelly Kettering notes, "Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as scores for movies that don't exist yet."

Laurestine was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All) at The Wild Arctic Studio, and prominently features The First Light Orchestra, an actual orchestra consisting of 30 musicians and vocalists. 


The full tracklist is as follows:


1) Yesteryear

2) Hereafter
3) Relinquish
4) The Keepsake
5) Falling Cedars
6) The True Pierce
7) A Faint Whisper

Set to be released October 16th on Prosthetic Records, the album is available for pre-order now. 

Pre-order Laurestine from Prosthetic Records, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from iTunes, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Amazon, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Bandcamp, here.

Stream "Yesteryear" on Apple Music, here.
Stream "Yesteryear" on Spotify, here.
Stream "Yesteryear" on Google Play, here.

So Hideous embarks on a short tour this month with Prosthetic labelmates Set and Setting:

Aug 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

Aug 29 - Rockaway, NJ @ The Backroom Studios
Aug 30 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
Aug 31 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Sep 1 - Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
Sep 2 - Toronto, ON @ Coalition
Sep 3 - London, ON @ The APK
Sep 5 - Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap
Sep 6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club

"Envy-with-blastbeats... the symphonic tracks add depth and scope to the band's extroverted guitar melodies."

–Stereogum

"Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty"

–Exclaim!

"Album opener 'Yesteryear' is seven and a half minutes of devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."

–BrooklynVegan

"'Yesteryear' begins with a strong orchestral presence before engulfing the listener in rapturous wails... Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as soundtrack scores for movies that don't exist yet."

–Invisible Oranges

AXIS + Exclaim!

Florida quintet Axis reveals the next piece of its debut album, Show Your Greed: new track "Discouraged" is now streaming via Exclaim! Magazine.

As Exclaim! puts it, "The track recalls the discordant '90s work of Turmoil, Deadguy, and Kiss It Goodbye. 'Discouraged' hits like a sledgehammer, with atonal, chunky riffage and bone-bashing grooves supporting full fierce tough guy howling."

Listen, here.

Show Your Greed was mixed by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues. Out September 4th on Good Fight Music, the album can now be pre-ordered here.

The band is currently deep in a US tour with Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.

Axis, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward w/ Old Wounds
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire w/ Old Wounds
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge w/ Old Wounds
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry w/ Old Wounds
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

"Packing plenty of punch for modern-day hardcore crowds, [Axis] definitely recalls the discordant '90s work of Turmoil, Deadguy, and Kiss It Goodbye. 'Discouraged' hits like a sledgehammer, with atonal, chunky riffage and bone-bashing grooves supporting full fierce tough guy howling."
–Exclaim!

"Metallic hardcore that will remind listeners of esteemed fan favorites such as Turmoil and Kiss It Goodbye"
–Lambgoat

"Florida quintet Axis is a hardcore band in the sense that Converge or The Dillinger Escape Plan are hardcore bands... Grinding, gnashing and chaotic, full of primal aggression yet surprisingly calculated destruction."
–Substream


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

EXTINCTION A.D. + Metal Injection

"Thrashterpiece... Who does Extinction A.D. think they are just hogging all the good riffs like this for themselves?"
–Metal Injection

"A blend of early '90s Slayer and Sepultura filtered through a prism of Kill 'Em All. Check out Extinction A.D. if you're in the mood for groovy thrash that explodes with modern energy."
–VH1

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

"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

"Rick Jimenez is the kind of guy that's in this for life... On Extinction A.D.'s debut full-length, Faithkiller, the sound has gotten thrashier but no less pummeling than Jimenez's past two decades of music creation, only now he's the one speaking out against injustice and corruption."
–Substream 

Extinction A.D.'s debut full-length Faithkiller comes out Friday, August 21st on Good Fight Music and today Metal Injection has served up a stream of the entire album.

Stream this new "thrashterpiece," here.

Pre-order, here.

Built on a love of old Testament, Metallica, and Slayer, Extinction A.D. takes the best elements of the old-school and synthesizes a new strain of 2015 thrash metal. Sweet riffs and blazing leads are delivered with futuristic precision and power, while frontman Rick Jimenez (ex-This Is Hell) calls out political corruption and hypocrisy in the tradition of the greats.

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

Extinction A.D., live:
Aug 22 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution w/ Suffocation
Aug 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Aug 28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boneyard 


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Recap of new releases

OUT NOW:

NEXT UP:

JUST ANNOUNCED:

TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON:
Driftoff, Nervous, Justin Pearson & Gabe Serbian, Chain Gang Grave, Graf Orlock, and more

!!!!!

Thanks, all, for the work you do with me and my bands! Some of you have worked with me for 15 years now. Others, just a few days. I am here to hook you up with the info and assets you need, on behalf of bands and labels I believe to be worthy contributors to this culture of ours. Hit me!

!!!!!

FULL LIST OF NEW RELEASES:

• 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
• "The muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson." –NPR
• "Dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons... the mangled jazz/metal of [late] Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania." –Noisey

• Ex-This Is Hell members administer razor-sharp thrash metal attack
• "A 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament." –Guitar World
• "A blend of early '90s Slayer and Sepultura filtered through a prism of Kill 'Em All... Groovy thrash that explodes with modern energy." –VH1

• Debut solo EP from Boysetsfire frontman
• Satanic post-industrial pop with nods to Death in June, Dead Can Dance, Skinny Puppy, Portishead
• "Best known as frontman for Delaware post-hardcore standouts Boysetsfire, Nathan Gray has set off on his own with 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

• Killer young band from Orlando, FL on the metallic hardcore tip – the heaviness of Turmoil/Buried Alive, the gloom of Kiss It Goodbye
• Mixed by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues
• On tour this summer w/ labelmates Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone, and more
• "A ferocious outing, mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues) and chock full of metallic hardcore that will remind listeners of esteemed fan favorites such as Turmoil and Kiss It Goodbye." –Lambgoat

• Reissue of Three One G Records' very first release, from 1994
• A crucial early-'90s statement by this legendary metallic hardcore band with pompadours... ahead of every curve!
• "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." –Alternative Press

• Ripping young trio from the Denver scene of Primitive Man, Call of the Void, etc. – savage crust/grind/gloom in line with His Hero Is Gone, 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
• "Of Feather and Bone crush instruments a la APMD and Nails... Disturbing and foreboding" –New Noise

• New York City band reaches new heights on sophomore album, utilizing a 30-pc orchestra to create a supremely intense musical ride
• Inspired by Envy, MONO, and composers like Max Richter and Hans Zimmer
• Produced by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War)
• "Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty" –Exclaim!

• Debut full-length sees New York hardcore, '90s death metal, and Southern sludge unite in a storm of grooving power that nods to Madball, Obituary, and Crowbar
• Frontman David Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn's home base for metal and hardcore
• "Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front." –Noisey
• "Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's Obedience Thru Suffering..." –Revolver

Coming soon - Driftoff 
• Debut EP by new Brooklyn powerhouse, comprised of members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships!

Coming soon - Nervous
• Bay Area grungers pound out awesome, paranoid jams in the Nirvana/Jesus Lizard vein on new LP!

Coming soon - Justin Pearson & Gabe Serbian 
• The Locust/Head Wound City bandmates team up on two songs for Asia Argento's new film, Incompresa, in which Justin has a role!

Coming soon - Chain Gang Grave
• Brooklyn noise punks pound out the brutal blues in a manner that should click with those intelligent and perverse enough to dig bands like Raspberry Bulbs and Tidemouth!

Coming soon - Graf Orlock
• New full-length album by one of my favorite bands in the game... LA hardcore/grindcore, based entirely on movies... This new album promises a new plot twist!

!!!!!

THANKS
THANKS
THANKS


Friday, August 7, 2015

OF FEATHER AND BONE + New Noise

Denver trio Of Feather and Bone absolutely flattens the world with new single "You Alone Will Suffer," now streaming via New Noise Magazine.

Encrusted, blasting hardcore, the sound is punishing and the attack is fresh in the hands of this young band, taking influence from legends of crust and grind – Napalm Death, His Hero Is Gone, Acme – and using that to fuel its own new thing.

Listen, here.

Of Feather and Bone's debut full-length, Embrace the Wretched Flesh, was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void) and sees its release on September 18th via Good Fight Music.

Pre-order, here.

The band is on tour in August and September with Good Fight labelmates Axis and Old Wounds.

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


Out today: STATS - Mercy

STATS' debut full-length, Mercy, is out today on New Atlantis Records.

Stream the album, here.

Buy it, here.

Comprised of members/collaborators of Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, Dazzling Killmen and Craw, the Brooklyn trio rages with hardcore punk heart and progressive rock chops, twisting and turning through songs that are equal parts angst, noodles, and rock.

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

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

Tickets, here.


"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

"A wildly creative mishmash of Melvins-derived sludge and Beefheart-esque experimentation. Massively heavy but showing a progressive nimbleness..."
–PopMatters


Out today: STERN - Bone Turquoise

Stern's debut full-length, Bone Turquoise, is out today on New Atlantis Records.

Stream the album, here.

Buy it, here.

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. Recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, DIIV, The Men).

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

"Time signature-dizzy art-metal deconstructionists"
–Village Voice

"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

"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


AXIS + Substream

"Florida quintet Axis is a hardcore band in the sense that Converge or The Dillinger Escape Plan are hardcore bands... Grinding, gnashing and chaotic, full of primal aggression yet surprisingly calculated destruction."
–Substream

"Metallic hardcore that will remind listeners of esteemed fan favorites such as Turmoil and Kiss It Goodbye"
–Lambgoat

The title track off Axis' debut LP, Show Your Greed, has premiered via Substream Magazine.

Likening the band to Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Substream editor Scott Heisel describes the young Florida band's sound as "grinding, gnashing and chaotic, full of primal aggression yet surprisingly calculated destruction."

Listen, here.

Show Your Greed, mixed by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues, sees a September 4th release date on Good Fight Music. Pre-order the album, here.

Axis is on tour through the summer with Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.

Axis, Old Wounds:
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

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


OLD WOUNDS + Down In It

Currently in the middle of a massive summer-long US tour, Old Wounds announces even more dates, extending the party through mid-September. Dubbed "The Summer of Suffering" in tribute to Old Wounds' new album, The Suffering Spirit, the tour began in June and has included stretches with Good Fight Music labelmates Axis, Of Feather and Bone, and more.

The newly-added run sees the band team up with North Carolina's Down In It for a week of shows around Detroit's Don't Call It A Fest:

Sep 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Sep 10 - Elkton, MD @ The Home Plate
Sep 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, Premonitions of War, Weekend Nachos, The Banner, Noisem
Sep 13 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
Sep 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space

New album The Suffering Spirit is streaming in full via PopMatters, here.

Latest video, "Son of No One," premiered last month on Fuse.tvhere.

"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

Complete remaining tourdates:

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 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie $
Sep 10 - Elkton, MD @ The Home Plate $
Sep 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop $
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, Premonitions of War, Weekend Nachos, The Banner, Noisem $
Sep 13 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St $
Sep 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space $

† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone
$ w/ Down In It

Photo by Bobby Bates



Thursday, August 6, 2015

WHITE WIDOWS PACT - True Will

"Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front."
–Noisey

"
White Widows Pact's mix of contemporary hardcore and sludgy Southern metal are the exception to the rule that metalheads and punks can't get along."
–Alternative Press

"Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's
 Obedience Thru Suffering..."

–Revolver

At long last, Brooklyn's White Widows Pact delivers its debut full-length album: True Will, out October 16th on New Damage Records.


Stream new song "The Watch," off True Will, exclusively via Noisey, here.


No single band is as central to Brooklyn, New York's current heavy music scene as White Widows Pact. Frontman David Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, the city's undisputed home base for live metal and hardcore. In a few short years, Saint Vitus Bar has established itself as the premier curator of local bands and as a top destination for touring acts, some of them legendary – Refused and a reunited Nirvana are two recent visitors to its tiny stage.


Castillo also fronts Primitive Weapons, the Brooklyn band recently signed to The Dillinger Escape Plan's label, Party Smasher Inc. The other four members of White Widows Pact – guitarists Travis Bacon and Nick Emde, bassist Brian Ponto, and drummer Kenny Appell – are equally entrenched in the city's scene, doing time in outfits like Grudges, Cleanteeth, and Goes Cube.


With True Will, White Widows Pact does its hometown proud. Named one of 2015's "100 Bands You Need to Know" by Alternative Press earlier this year, White Widows Pact now officially earns that title. On True Will, New York hardcore, '90s death metal, and Southern sludge unite in a storm of grooving power that nods to Madball, Obituary, and Crowbar. A wall of strings, a machine of a drummer, and frontman Castillo in maniac-mode – White Widows Pact owns a sound that recalls the glory days of Earache and Roadrunner, as well as the glory days of New York City, boosted by present-day hardcore energy and lyrics which plumb the existential depths of urban life.


True Will was recorded and mixed at The Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). The album follows a self-titled debut EP, released by Saint Vitus Bar's own label, Sacrament Records, with the vinyl released by Panic Records.


Guest appearances on True Will include: Sara Taylor of Youth Code, Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats, Aaron Heinold of Hivesmasher, and Leech of Theologian.


The album's art is a collaboration between tattoo artist Dan Bones and photographer Meg Wachter.


The tracklist is as follows:

1) Landlord
2) Thirteen Years of War
3) Hangman
4) This Thing of Ours
5) Interlude
6) No Exit
7) Blood and Smoke
8) Undertaker
9) Cruel and Unusual
10) The Watch 

Having toured with the likes of Earth Crisis, Shai Hulud, Black Breath, and Full of Hell, White Widows Pact embarks this month on a short East Coast run.


Ringworm, White Widows Pact, Culture Killer:
Aug 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop
Aug 17 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Aug 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Aug 19 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Aug 20 - Albany, NY @ Fuzebox
Aug 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge

White Widows Pact:

David Castillo - vocals
Travis Bacon - guitar
Nick Emde - guitar
Brian Ponto - bass
Kenny Appell - drums

Photo by Gianna Leo Falcon