Monday, November 30, 2015

MUSCLE BEACH + BrooklynVegan

"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."
–BrooklynVegan

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

"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."
–PunkNews

With the release of Muscle Beach's self-titled debut full-length coming up this Friday, December 4th, BrooklynVegan has launched a stream of the entire album: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/11/muscle_beach_re.html

BrooklynVegan describes the Denver trio's sound as "frantic post-hardcore that's already gotten a few comparisons to Refused... catchy, weird and aggressive." Arena-sized hooks, driving beats, and bottomless desperation unite in the album's 11 sweet nuggets of rage/rock, topped off with curveball lyrics about pirates, aliens, prostitutes, and sharks.  It's an effective mix and it earned Muscle Beach the title of "Denver's best hardcore band" from local rag Westword.

Muscle Beach was recorded, mixed, and mastered by producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt).

Muscle Beach plays its record release show, December 5th at Hi-Dive in Denver. 

Photo by Greg Mason


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What's new

Descending into holiday time... Here's a recap of my newest releases.
• The rawest punk, the murkiest metal... Layers of noise, cryptic riffs, primal stomps, double-bass charges, howls of pure desperation... CGG nods to The Birthday Party, Flipper, Rites of Spring, Eyehategod, and even Voivod!
• One of Brooklyn's exciting young prospects, the very newest in a recent legacy that includes punk/metal creeps like Raspberry Bulbs, Villains, Pollution, and Couch Slut!
• "Discordant, noisy, anti-social... Great shit." –Noisey
• "Punk, ugly and hemorrhaging noise..." –Decibel
• "The band's parade of horrors is seamless... A melting pot of antisocial tendencies." –Stereogum

Dec 4 - Muscle Beach - Muscle Beach - Sailor Records
• Denver trio brings the angst and the hooks in equal doses on debut LP – it's an extremely driving, rockin' brand of post-hardcore, in line with Refused, The Bronx, and Kvelertak... All that, plus lyrics about pirates and aliens!
• Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation)
• "Denver's best hardcore band" –Westword
• "Post-Fugazi hardcore... a shambling, jagged basher." –PunkNews
• "First-rate... A wickedly good balance of Fugazi's discipline and Refused's intensity." –PopMatters

• 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...
• Ghostlimb is the LA trio fronted by Justin Smith, owner of Vitriol Records and rumored mastermind behind Graf Orlock!
• Ten years since its self-titled debut album, Ghostlimb has chiseled its style down to a supremely effective form on fifth full-length Difficult Loves... 
• 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!
• "What Converge would sound like with slightly bluesier guitar riffs..." -MetalSucks

• 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...
• "An undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast" –MetalSucks

• The majesty of '70s Pink Floyd – ethereal vocals, soaring guitars – combines with 19th-century ghostliness and modern-day metal flourishes 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

Early 2016 - 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!

THANKS
THANKS
THANKS




Monday, November 23, 2015

GHOSTLIMB - Difficult Loves

Coming February 5th, 2016 on Vitriol Records, Los Angeles band Ghostlimb presents its fifth full-length album: Difficult Loves.

Stream new Ghostlimb track "Treason Fluently," from Difficult Loves, via BrooklynVegan, here: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/11/ghostlimb_annou.html


Ghostlimb is the trio fronted by Justin Smith, owner of Vitriol Records and rumored mastermind behind Graf Orlock, the movie-obsessed grinders whose new album Crime Traveler is also scheduled for a February 5th release on Vitriol. While Graf Orlock mines the language and symbols of Hollywood to create its concept-heavy music, Ghostlimb is Smith's more direct, personal outlet.


Ten years since its self-titled debut album, Ghostlimb has chiseled its style down to a supremely effective form. Equal parts violence and melancholy, Difficult Loves churns forward like an alliance between Napalm Death and Hot Water Music. Via Smith, bassist Neal Sharma and drummer Alex McLeod, blastbeats and chugs cohabitate with bluesy leads and gruff melodicism. Grindcore meets post-hardcore – as a 2012 review from SPIN Magazine put it, the band's sound is "gravel-caked D-beat, hardcore, and grind-lite with an emotional core." 


Another part of Ghostlimb's identity is Smith's use of historical events in his lyrics, a conceit he comes by honestly – 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." Smith continues the trend on Difficult Loves, filling his lyrics with references to history – from the wars of Ancient Greece to the drought of modern-day Los Angeles. Also in the mix are nods to the works of Bertolt Brecht, Aldous Huxley, Italo Calvino, and more.

In Smith's words: "I feel like Difficult Loves is the most developed in what we have sought to do over the last ten years. True to form, it is about history, politics, and environmental stuff but it brings in a lot more from the literary realm. The title of the record is from an Italo Calvino book. It is about glimpses into normal peoples' lives – more about capturing a feeling than being a crusader of some dialectical change."

Difficult Loves was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Beau Navire).

The tracklist is as follows:


1) A Gobi of Suburbs

2) Sense of Place
3) Hostility Compelling
4) Wall of Books
5) Difficult Loves
6) Brushfire
7) Folds in the Sheets
8) Nine
9) Addressee Relocated to Cemetery
10) Treason Fluently
11) Life's Blood

The artwork was created by Adam Hunt, the designer behind all of Graf Orlock's next-level art and packaging – the infamous Doombox EP (housed in a full-size, fold-out, cardstock "boombox," given the title of "Packaging of the Century" by Revolver Magazine) and the Destination Time Tomorrow LP (featuring a pop-up paper alien inside its gatefold, inspired by the film Alien), to name two. 


"From sludgy parts to slower atmospheric stuff to mile-a-minute metalcore chugs. It rips pretty hard."
–BrooklynVegan


"Gravel-caked D-beat, hardcore, and grind-lite with an emotional core."
-SPIN

"Melodic and violent."
-Exclaim

"If you ever wondered what Converge would sound like with slightly bluesier guitar riffs..."
-MetalSucks

"Highbrow hardcore... Ghostlimb are unusually conceptual and melodic."
-OC Weekly

Difficult Loves (Vitriol Records, 2016)
Confluence (Vitriol Records, 2012)
Infrastructure (Vitriol Records, 2011)
Split w/ Fischer (Vitriol Records, 2009)
Split w/ Perth Express, Zann, Trainwreck (Adagio 830, 2009)
Bearing & Distance (Level Plane, 2008)
Ghostlimb (Gunslap/Adagio 830, 2006)

Photo by Alexis Acosta



MOON TOOTH - Chromaparagon

"An undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast."
–MetalSucks

February 5th, 2016 marks the release of Chromaparagon, the debut full-length album by Long Island, New York band Moon Tooth.


Stream Chromaparagon's opening track, "Queen Wolf," exclusively via MetalSucks, here: 

http://www.metalsucks.net/?p=181933

Pre-order the album, here:
http://moontoothny.bandcamp.com/

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 Buckley, Into 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. In poetic, modern-mythic phrases, his lyrics address themes of, in his own words, "trials, perseverance, victory... answering the call of adventure, following what you know to be your true purpose even in the face of danger, uncertainty and fear." 

"I made love to my ordeals / By light of holy fire / A lion rearing under ash / All the beasts of un-days loomed / And I saw Mars stand," Carbone sings on the song "Igneous."

Guitarist Nick Lee (also the newest member of veteran heavy metal act Riot, now known as Riot V) extracts entire worlds out of his instrument. His dexterity is matched only by his soulfulness. Backing him are bassist Vincent Romanelli and drummer Ray Marte who glide swiftly from tasty grooves and rhythmic illusions to full-on metal muscularity.

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.

Chromaparagon was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Moon Tooth drummer Ray Marte. The vivid cover art was created by Jon Contino. It is preceded by the band's 2013 debut EP, Freaks. 

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Queen Wolf
2) Offered Blood
3) Igneous
4) Little Witch
5) Bats in the Attic
6) Forgive Me Snake Ryder
7) Chroma
8) Vesuvius I
9) Vesuvius II
10) Belt Squeezer
11) Death and the Vibrant Architecture of Rebirth
12) White Stag

Having played recent shows with The Dillinger Escape Plan, GWAR, Mutoid Man, and more, Moon Tooth makes the following live appearances:


Dec 4 - Bayshore, NY @ Even Flow

Dec 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Dec 18 - Northampton, MA @ Hinge
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 Bar
Jan 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Connie's Ric Rac

Photo by Sean Ageman

Friday, November 20, 2015

EIGHT BELLS - Landless

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

Eight Bells returns with sophomore album Landless, coming February 12th via Battleground Records.

From Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells is the trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space (the San Francisco psych rockers whose final album, released in 2009 on Crucial Blast, is the origin of the Eight Bells name), bassist/vocalist Haley Westeiner, and new drummer Rae Amitay, also of Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat.

Forthcoming new full-length Landless was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch).

Stream Eight Bells' "Hating," from Landless, exclusively via Noisey, here:
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/eight-bells


Landless follows debut album The Captain's Daughter, also recorded by Billy Anderson, released in 2013 by Seventh Rule Recordings and The Flenser. Steel For Brains founder (and contributor to Rolling Stone, NPR, and Pitchfork) Jonathan Dick called The Captain's Daughter, "a damn near perfect concoction of black metal atmosphere with the spiraling aesthetic of progressive rock." A review on UK site Echoes and Dust called it "ethereal and gloriously unpredictable."

Eight Bells founder Melynda Jackson has credited a range of influences that spans '70s prog and krautrock (Genesis, Popol Vuh, Magma), ambient and minimalist composers (Brian Eno, Steve Reich), and the progressive ends of the black and death metal spectrums (Enslaved, Ulver, Death, Gorguts). New album Landless sees the band unify these disparate forces into something far more focused and memorable than ever before. Driven by the haunting vocal power of Jackson and Westeiner, Landless paints a landscape that is both ethereal and electrifying. 

Album opener "Hating" rocks with the spaciousness and majesty of Animals-era Pink Floyd. Title track "Landless" continues this vibe over its 13-minute duration, introducing extreme metal flourishes to balance the angelic vocal harmonies and soaring guitars. "Hold My Breath" charges out of the gate with a 7/8 riff that digs its hook in deep. Things quiet down for the lament of "The Mortal's Suite," then erupt again during epic closer "Touch Me."


Conceptually, Landless is a sequel to its predecessor. Where The Captain's Daughter was about a person lost at sea, Landless is about that same person returning and finding there is no one to return to – a meditation on the fundamental solitude and nothingness of living. Reflecting the band's acknowledged fascination with "the creepy bits of history," there is something of a Victorian air to the lyrics, such as these from "The Mortal's Suite":




"Does it please the chorus? / I have found my own ground / Does the feast gnaw us? / Wrestled down, not a sound / In our times we dare not stir / Conviction's missing lure / We dare not speak with her breath / For that would be too close to death."

Landless is a confident and captivating musical ride, showing this unique band at its best yet. The natural tones and grand visions of the '70s combine with modern-day metal and a 19th-century ghostliness, resulting in a sound that transcends time entirely.

The complete tracklist is as follows:

1) Hating
2) Landless
3) Hold My Breath
4) The Mortal's Suite
5) Touch Me

The album's artwork was created by Nate Burns.

Eight Bells hits the road with Voivod and Vektor for a US tour in February.

Voivod, Vektor, Eight Bells:

Feb 6 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Feb 7 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
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 @ Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
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

Photo by Veleda Thorsson


Thursday, November 19, 2015

GRAF ORLOCK - Crime Traveler

Graf Orlock enters 2016 with the February 5th release of new album Crime Traveler on Vitriol Records.

Graf Orlock's third full-length and tenth release overall, Crime Traveler is the most ambitious project to date from a band that is all about ambition. With Crime Traveler, Graf Orlock has outdone itself on every level. The Los Angeles enigma has beaten itself at its own game and the big winner is you.

The world is familiar with the Graf Orlock method by now: the LA quartet's music is inspired by its hometown's biggest export, movies. Its records are riddled with movie samples, its lyrics are actual snippets of dialogue ripped directly from scripts, and its song titles are DVD chapter titles. This is the band that based an entire EP on Michael Mann's 1995 De Niro-Pacino vehicle, Heat. Other films pillaged for inspiration include The Terminator, Predator and RoboCop.

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,") offered a peek behind the curtain when he stated that the band's efforts add up to one big social commentary. Using the language of Hollywood, the ultimate symbol of Western capitalist excess, the band seeks to expose social and political absurdities. Whether or not you buy that line, the scope of the project and the band's commitment to it are nothing short of staggering.

Case in point: it has packaged its releases in some of the most insane packaging ever created. 2011's Doombox EP arrived in the form of an actual size, card stock "boombox" that housed CD and vinyl versions of the EP and which Revolver Magazine named "Packaging of the Century." The Destination Time Tomorrow LP featured a pop-up paper "chestburster," a nod to the film Alien, in its gatefold. An earlier release was packaged in a backpack.

Furthermore, the band has toured the far reaches of the globe with an absolute vengeance, repeatedly hitting Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Eastern Europe, and Puerto Rico, along with more routine destinations.

Another piece of the puzzle: the music completely rips. Graf Orlock makes a stop-on-a-dime version of hardcore, bursting with blastbeats and breakdowns and sweet riffs that are perfectly placed so as to elicit maximum headbanging and smiles. While it has a whole lot of Slayer up its sleeve and knows how to wield it, ultimately Graf Orlock is a punk band, rooted in the DIY aesthetics of the post-Black Flag scene.

Twelve years into Graf Orlock's career, enter Crime Traveler. Having spent more than a decade pilfering words, ideas, and images from Hollywood, the band has now taken the next step. Crime Traveler is an album based entirely on an as-yet-unreleased film the band wrote, directed, and starred in itself. The lyrics consist of dialogue written by the band; the samples are from the band's own film. Graf Orlock has flipped the script and turned the mirror back on itself in the most DIY stunt of the decade: Crime Traveler.

According to Schmidt, the Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to kill American politicians so that Canada can attain superpower status in the future. As the samples selected for the album illustrate, our anti-hero zips through time and space on his mission – rubbing elbows with John Hinckley at the Reagan assassination, witnessing the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and more. Until its theatrical release we can only imagine the cinematic greatness. For now, we have the album.

Musically, Crime Traveler sees Graf Orlock rip harder than ever. The band has honed its style to a deadly science. Stream "A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley," from Crime Traveler, via Noisey, here.

Crime Traveler was recorded, mixed and mastered by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business Studio in Greensboro, NC.

Deepening the experience and also hereby rendering all other album artwork inferior and obsolete, Crime Traveler is packaged in an actual, full-size, color newspaper, written and designed by the band.

The full tracklist is as follows:

1) Bad Cell Service on Conn Avenue
2) 600,000 Tons of Explosive Ordnance 
3) Afternoon Lunch at the Red Bacchus
4) A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley
5) Regional Turf War Spills Blood on Vegas Strip
6) Nursing a Hangover
7) Our Infallible Cybernetic Future
8) Summer Getaway, Mount Hermon
9) Difficult Decision in the Yutani Mess Hall
10) Cheaper, Safer, and Better Than the Real Thing

True to form, Graf Orlock will be touring the world throughout 2016.

Crime Traveler (Vitriol Records, 2016)
Los Angeles EP (Vitriol Records, 2012)
Doombox EP (Vitriol Records, 2011)
Destination Time Today (Vitriol Records, 2009)
Destination Time Tomorrow EP (Level Plane Records, 2007)
Destination Time Yesterday (Level Plane Records, 2006)
Split w/ Greyskull (Dood Records, 2005)
Split w/ Hurry Up and Kill Yourself (Attrition Records, 2004)
Corpserate Greed EP (self-released, 2004)
Graf Orlock EP (self-released, 2004)


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MUSCLE BEACH + PopMatters

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

"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."

–PunkNews

"The eclectic sound of Muscle Beach lies vaguely in the realm of hardcore punk... but the band also maintains a commitment to straight-ahead rock n' roll. Performances feature an electrifying physicality... even a sense of desperation."

–Westword

Denver, Colorado trio Muscle Beach has launched newest single "Pressure Kills," exclusively via PopMatters.


Stream the song PopMatters calls "a wickedly good balance of Fugazi's discipline and Refused's intensity," here:

http://www.popmatters.com/post/muscle-beach-pressure-kills-audio-premiere/

"Pressure Kills" appears on Muscle Beach's self-titled debut album, out December 4th on Sailor Records. The full-length documents the sound of what local Denver weekly Westword named "Denver's best hardcore band." Influenced by Fugazi and Refused, Muscle Beach pounds out driving, rocking jams that are full of arena-ready hooks, residing somewhere in the realm of The Bronx and Kvelertak. 

Muscle Beach was recorded, mixed, and mastered by producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver.


Denver, catch Muscle Beach's record release show, December 5th at Hi-Dive.


Photo by Greg Mason

MEEK IS MURDER + Metallica

Earlier this year, Metallica's Kirk Hammett passed NYC trio Meek Is Murder some very nice words via mutual friend Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

Today is Kirk Hammett's birthday and, in celebration, Meek Is Murder has released its raw rendition of Metallica's 1988 banger, "Blackened." In true MIM form, the cover clocks in at under two minutes, while still paying homage to the original favorite. The song was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY, with Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox.

Check out Meek Is Murder's cover of "Blackened," here.

Meek Is Murder's latest release, the Kirk Hammett-approved Onward EP, is available for download, here. 

Meek Is Murder is currently at work on its third album.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Out today: CHAIN GANG GRAVE - Bury Them and Keep Quiet

Bury Them and Keep Quiet, the second EP by Chain Gang Grave, is out today.

Stream Bury Them and Keep Quiet, here.

Buy it, here.

This young band of native Brooklynites, hailing from the "uncool" south end of the borough, pounds out raw hardcore punk, caked in an almost psychedelic layer of noise. Deep in the grime, all sorts of things appear: nods to progressive metallers Voivod and primitive death metallers Autopsy lurk beneath the more obvious punk, death-rock, and noise-rock references – The Birthday Party, The Flesh Eaters, Flipper, etc. Frontman Young Al Bundy spews pure, wild-eyed desperation, evoking Guy Picciotto and Mike IX Williams equally. Bury Them and Keep Quiet is an awesome reconfiguration of extreme music, created by true outsiders with true demons and superb musical tastes.

Chain Gang Grave plays December 12th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, with Couch Slut, Insect Ark, and Geryon (members of Krallice).

"The band's parade of horrors is seamless... Bury Them and Keep Quiet is a melting pot of antisocial tendencies."
–Stereogum

"You can smell the hardcore oozing... Then after a section with dueling guitars, shit gets weird, and by that I mean in a discordant, noisy, anti-social, you know, FLIPPER, kind of way, before all roads merge into a single syncopated crushing riff. Come together, fall apart, reconvene and destroy... that's the formula for great shit, I guess."
–Noisey

"With Chain Gang Grave, you get something that is punk, ugly and hemorrhaging noise... The hardcore version of a snakehandling sermon on the eve of judgment day, a barely contained trashing of instruments and deranged preaching..."
–Decibel

"Clouded, resonant riffs over a drawn-out D-beat... A variety of fills, guitar articulations and vocal styles build strange tension... Mixing sour and sweet might be done to death, but few do it as sharply as Chain Gang Grave."
–Invisible Oranges


Thursday, November 12, 2015

EXTINCTION A.D. + Revolver

Extinction A.D. has teamed up with Revolver to premiere new video "Prisoners." The song, a cautionary tale about "the oil crisis and the impending World War 3," appears on the Long Island thrashers' debut full-length, Faithkiller, out now on Good Fight Music.

Watch "Prisoners," here.

Extinction A.D. kicks off a US tour this weekend in Baltimore, joining forces along the way with Havok and Black Fast.

Consisting of ex-members of This Is Hell, Extinction A.D. cranks out what VH1 has named "groovy thrash that explodes with modern energy" and what Guitar World has called "a 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament."

Nov 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Bell Foundry
Nov 15 - Reynoldsville, PA @ The Foxhole
Nov 16 - Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge #
Nov 17 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge #
Nov 18 - Rockford, IL @ Loves Park Masonic Lodge
Nov 20 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Cafe #
Nov 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red $ #
Nov 22 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Jam Spot $ #
Nov 23 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall $ #
Nov 24 - Dallas, TX @ Reno's $ #
Nov 25 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar $ #
Nov 27 - McAllen, TX @ Thirsty Monkey $ #
Nov 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova $ #
Nov 29 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia $ #
Nov 30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $ #
Dec 17 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony %

$ - Havok

# - Black Fast
% - Every Time I Die

"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


Monday, November 9, 2015

CHAIN GANG GRAVE + Stereogum

"The band's parade of horrors is seamless... Bury Them and Keep Quiet is a melting pot of antisocial tendencies."
–Stereogum

"You can smell the hardcore oozing... Then after a section with dueling guitars, shit gets weird, and by that I mean in a discordant, noisy, anti-social, you know, FLIPPER, kind of way, before all roads merge into a single syncopated crushing riff. Come together, fall apart, reconvene and destroy... that's the formula for great shit, I guess."
–Noisey

"With Chain Gang Grave, you get something that is punk, ugly and hemorrhaging noise... The hardcore version of a snakehandling sermon on the eve of judgment day, a barely contained trashing of instruments and deranged preaching..."
–Decibel

"Clouded, resonant riffs over a drawn-out D-beat... A variety of fills, guitar articulations and vocal styles build strange tension... Mixing sour and sweet might be done to death, but few do it as sharply as Chain Gang Grave."
–Invisible Oranges

With Chain Gang Grave's second EP, Bury Them and Keep Quiet, out this Friday, November 13th, Stereogum has launched a stream of the full EP.

Stereogum's Doug Moore writes of the native Brooklyn band's connections to its city's legacies of no-wave and noise-rock – bands like Swans, Sonic Youth and Unsane – and to the realms of punk and death metal, ultimately concluding that despite grabbing from a wide range of influences, "the band's parade of horrors is seamless... Bury Them and Keep Quiet is a melting pot of antisocial tendencies." Whether stomping through primal punk or charging through twisted metal, Bury Them and Keep Quiet is a document of real desperation – as raw and murky as the sewers it came from.

Stream Bury Them and Keep Quiet in its entirety, here.

Pre-order Bury Them and Keep Quiet, here.

Bury Them and Keep Quiet was recorded and mixed by the band in a basement in South Brooklyn and was mastered by James Plotkin of Khanate and OLD.

Chain Gang Grave plays December 12th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, with Couch Slut, Insect Ark, and Geryon (members of Krallice).