Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS + MetalSucks

"Few bands can blend malignance and groove with the skill of Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons... 'Cathartic' barely begins to describe it."
–MetalSucks

"Strobe-light-incarnate post-hardcore... The New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."
–NPR Music

"Primitive Weapons' most obvious influences date to the 1990s... 'metalcore' (the heaving, dissonant, Deadguy-ish kind) and 'post-hardcore' (the atmospheric, melodic, tri-state kind). Primitive Weapons guitarist and clean vocalist Arty Shepherd was among the latter subgenre's prime movers as a member of Mind Over Matter... That lineage predominates on The Future of Death, making it something of a full-circle moment."
–Stereogum

Primitive Weapons reveal newest banger "Ashes or Paradise" – the opening track off upcoming sophomore album The Future of Death – today via MetalSucks.

Listen, here:
http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/03/30/exclusive-track-premiere-primitive-weapons-ashes-paradise/

The Future of Death comes out April 15th on Party Smasher Inc, the new label founded by Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan. As MetalSucks puts it, "Few bands can blend malignance and groove with the skill of Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons... 'Cathartic' barely begins to describe it." The Future of Death's eight songs blend savage hardcore teeth-gnashing with massive melodies and textures – an aggressive and majestic sound, descended maybe from the forward-reaching post-hardcore of bands like Refused, but shining brightly as its own new thing.

The Future of Death was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War) at The Wild Arctic, and mastered by Dave Gardner (Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt) at Magneto Mastering. 

A record release show – already sold out – is set for April 15th at Saint Vitus Bar, the beloved Brooklyn bar and venue co-owned by Primitive Weapons frontman David Castillo and guitarist Arthur Shepherd. The night doubles as the 5th anniversary celebration for Saint Vitus, and will feature sets by Pallbearer and Sannhet, in addition to Primitive Weapons.

Photo by Nikki Sneakers


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SPOTLIGHTS - Tidals

Brooklyn, New York duo Spotlights presents debut full-length album Tidals, coming May 13th on Crowquill Records.

Tidals is a new masterpiece of the dreamy and crushing, the textural and heavy. The married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero has created a world of sonic bliss that rocks hard: thick layers of angelic vocals and shimmering guitar and synth tones – from shoegaze dissonance to ghostly twang – propelled forward by an engine of sludge and drum thunder. It is a sound that will stir fans of My Bloody Valentine and The Melvins alike.


Songs journey through lulls and swells – the oceanic album title is apt – and Tidals evokes faint hints of certain other classic albums that ebbed and flowed as they rocked massively. Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, Rodan's Rusty, and Failure's Fantastic Planet are threeBefitting the music perfectly, Tidals' lyrics describe quests within dreams – searching for a lost lover, a dead friend, or the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition – and the ocean metaphor is recurring.


Stream the song "Walls," from Tidals, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/spotlights-releasing-debut-lp-tidals-stream-a-track/

Preorder Tidals from Crowquill Records, here:
http://crowquillrecords.com/products/568546

Tidals was recorded and mixed by Mario Quintero at various locations in Brooklyn, including Converse's Rubber Tracks Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Nails). It follows debut EP Demonstration, remastered and reissued by Crowquill in 2015.

With Tidals, Spotlights positions itself as a serious new addition to the Brooklyn scene. San Diegans before relocating to Brooklyn, the Quinteros both played in Sleep Lady, a San Diego band whose 2012 sophomore album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.

Mario Quintero - vocals, guitar, synths, drums
Sarah Quintero - vocals, bass
Josh Cooper - live drums

Upcoming shows:
April 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron


Friday, March 25, 2016

Out today: BLACK BLACK BLACK - Altered States of Death and Grace

Black Black Black's sophomore album, Altered States of Death and Grace, is out today on Aqualamb Records.

Stream the album, here:
http://black-black-black.com/album/altered-states-of-death-grace

Buy it, here:
http://aqualamb.org

On Altered States of Death and Grace, the Brooklyn band's driving sludge-punk shines with pop sweetness, thanks in part to the pitch perfect crooning of frontman Jason Alexnader Byers, formerly of Man's Ruin Records band Disengage – but Byers' lyrics are pure darkness, giving brief, poetic glimpses of drug abuse and other horrors.

The album was recorded at Terminus Recording Studios and mixed at 28th Street Sound by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet), and features guest vocals by Unsane's Dave Curran.

As part of Aqualamb Records' book series, Altered States of Death and Grace will be released in the form of a beautifully designed, 100-page, softbound book containing album art, lyrics, liner notes, and a download code.

Black Black Black plays the Altered States of Death and Grace record release party, April 7th at Union Pool in Brooklyn, with Polygamyst and Blackest.

"Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores. or KEN mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger."
–BrooklynVegan


"[Black Black Black] takes the heavy rumble of neo-metal bands like Mastodon and Torche and then compresses it into a pop format... The earthquake is over just as soon as it started, but it was just as massive."
–PunkNews

"Propelled by a lumbering guitar riff and heavily layered and sludgy chorus sections... 'psyched-out desert rock meets big city darkness'..."
–Exclaim!

"Ridiculously catchy at times, with instantly memorable choruses... They also insert plenty of groove, heavy riffage and stoner/doom flourishes... This is an album you'll want to put on repeat."

–About

"A jagged aesthetic somewhere between noise, sludge and heavy rock."
–The Obelisk

"Mid-paced, stoner rock bangers, full of drug references and tales of madness."
–Echoes and Dust

"Catchy, crunchy sludge riffs and venomous bass lines. Fans of the pop-laden Torche or the muscular noise rock of Whores. might want to take note."
–Svbterranean




Thursday, March 24, 2016

THE PROTOMEN - "This City Made Us" Tour 2016

"The lights here are bright, the music loud, the people unified; The Protomen are calling."
–GQ

"The Protomen are unequivocally unique... positively inspired... unmitigated awesomeness."

–WIRED

"A fully realized arena-ready rock opera."

–Nashville Scene

"So epic Mr. Roboto would blush."

–Alternative Press

"Protomen feature two of the best voices performing live today."
–MetalSucks

The Protomen – the band WIRED has described as "unmitigated awesomeness" and whose live show Nashville Scene has called "a fully realized arena-ready rock opera" – gears up for its second tour of 2016: "This City Made Us" Tour 2016.

"This City Made Us" Tour 2016 sees the Nashville, Tennessee octet bring its conceptual spectacle to a handful of major North American markets, most of which it hasn't visited in over a year. The eight uniform-clad Protomen deliver epic songs with all the driving fury of the most bombastic hard rock hits of the '80s, and all the theatricality of the most over-the-top '70s prog. Queen, Bowie, Genesis, Styx, Springsteen, Journey, and Scorpions are some reference points for the uninitiated.

The Protomen: "This City Made Us" Tour 2016
Apr 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Apr 19 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Apr 20 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
Apr 25 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
Apr 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Apr 28- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Apr 29 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Apr 30 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Live

Buy tickets here:

http://www.protomen.com/tour/

The Protomen's storyline begins with 2005's debut album, Act I: Hope Rides Alone, a post-apocalyptic tale of a dystopian world, followed by 2009's Act II: The Father of Death, a prequel, produced by Alan Shacklock (Meatloaf, Roger Daltrey). Act III is currently still in the works, but 2015's "This City Made Us" single hints at what is to come – "This City Made Us" drives forward with an '80s hard rock sound worthy of the Top Gun soundtrack. 

Listen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNtXuKBu3gE

Since forming over a decade ago, The Protomen have been a favorite at festivals like Bonnaroo, SXSW, Warped Tour, Bamboozle, CMJ, and Comic Con, and have been handpicked by Tenacious D to open for them on more than one occasion. Whether rocking a big stage or a dirty dive, The Protomen deliver a feast for the eyes and ears and add new converts to their massive cult following. "This City Made Us" Tour 2016 is rumored to be the band's final tour before once again immersing themselves in the studio to complete the recording of the long-awaited Act III.

Photo of The Protomen by Jason Myers & Caspar Newbolt



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

NOMADS + Mass Appeal

"Since their inception, LA's Nomads have offered a particularly harsh brand of hardcore punk. Now the outfit are leveling up with their latest release, Love It or Leave It... The record reiterates their themes of drugs, conflict, and cop hate with a vicious insistence... The honesty and intentionality of Nomads will hit you in the face like a two by four... It's raw and it's good."
–Mass Appeal

"In translating his life into a band, [Nomads frontman 'Mocaine'] has given LA punk rock an updated version of N.W.A."

–LA Weekly

"One band in LA that are down to use their sound as a weapon of change is Nomads... A sharp d-beat blade."

–CVLT Nation 

"Distorted-as-fuck... Full-sprint into the fray..."
–Metal Injection


LA hardcore punk extremists Nomads deliver the second new song off their upcoming full-length debut, Love It or Leave It. Stream "Too Little, Too Late" now, exclusively via Mass Appeal:
http://massappeal.com/nomads-too-little-too-late/

Nomads' sound takes the galloping beats and crusty riffs of Discharge and relocates it to the streets of LA. Frontman Mocaine's lyrics tell violent tales of LA life, inspiring hometown paper LA Weekly to brand the band as an "LA punk rock version of N.W.A."

Produced by Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Magudergrind, Full of Hell), Love It or Leave It comes out April 22nd on Melotov Records.


Nomads, live:

Apr 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ American Nightmare
Jun 5 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse w/ Discharge, Eyehategod
Jun 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Discharge, Eyehategod

Photo by Tyler Bradberry



Friday, March 18, 2016

DEAD CROSS + Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has premiered the first song by new supergroup Dead Cross, consisting of ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and members of The Locust and Retox.

Listen to Dead Cross' "We'll Sleep When They're Dead" here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-ex-slayer-drummer-dave-lombardo-rage-on-new-dead-cross-track-20160318

The song, produced by Ross Robinson (The Cure, Sepultura, Slipknot, At the Drive-In), will appear on the band's debut album, coming up later this year.

In the words of Rolling Stone's Hank Shteamer, it "blurs together grindcore, hardcore punk and riff-driven noise-rock. The track is a vicious statement of renewed intent from Lombardo, the most influential metal drummer of the past 30 years."

Lombardo originally met his Dead Cross bandmates Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian when his band Fantomas toured with their band The Locust. He says, "With this band, I play harder, I play faster, and I play with the fury that this music demands. Each member brings a great deal of intensity and skill to the table. It's invigorating to work with them."

Serbian, frontman of Dead Cross and drummer of The Locust, says, "The whole reason I turned my back on school and a 'normal' future was because of Lombardo's drumming."

Lombardo is currently on tour as live drummer for Suicidal Tendencies, opening for Megadeth.

Dead Cross, live:
Apr 9 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre - Modified Ghost Festival w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan
May 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ Melvins, Napalm Death

Photo by Robin Laananen


Thursday, March 17, 2016

BLACK BLACK BLACK + Exclaim

Black Black Black has teamed with Exclaim! Magazine to premiere "Lloyd Needs Meds," a track off the Brooklyn band's upcoming sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace.

Set to a loop of sharpening knives, "Lloyd Needs Meds" is a slice of heavy, White Album-esque evil, starting with the lyrics "Why study Satanism if you were born Satanic? / Why would you read Leary if you could just eat LSD?"

In Exclaim's words: "Propelled by a lumbering guitar riff and heavily layered and sludgy chorus sections, the track perfectly identifies with the band's 'psyched-out desert rock meets big city darkness' feel."

Listen here:
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/black_black_black-lloyd_needs_meds

Evoking Kyuss, Torche, Turbonegro, and more, Black Black Black marries sludge and hooks in a totally raw, rocking fashion. Lyrics dabble in Manson, drugs, and self-mutilation, and Unsane's Dave Curran appears as a guest vocalist on two tracks.

The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet).

Altered States of Death and Grace will be released March 25th on Aqualamb Records. Unlike any other label in the game, Aqualamb has made its name by releasing new music in the form of 100-page softbound books containing album art, lyrics, liner notes, and a download code. 

Pre-order, here: 
http://aqualamb.org/

Photo by Evan Sung


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MARTIN BISI tour + video

"Bisi... the man who contributed to the sound of early hip-hop, avant-garde, and indie rock, might soon finally get recognition... Considering how diverse BC Studio's output has been over the years, there's still something recognizable about the music that Bisi lays his hands on... A certain rawness."
–Newsweek

"Bisi has presided over recordings that defined seminal scenes, counting downtown NYC's avant-garde jazz scene, '80s art-rock and '90s Bowery scum-rock. A glance at his stunning, across-the-genre-board discography results in minds blown."
–Noisey

Martin Bisi – a New York City legend who since the late 1970s has lived and worked out of BC Studio in Brooklyn, recording music by Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Afrika Bambaataa, Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Boredoms, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, White Zombie, and The Dresden Dolls – will remove his producer hat (or headband, as was once his signature look) and hit the road in April to perform a string of East Coast dates, followed by a European run, and concluding with two Brooklyn shows in May.

Best known for his production work, Bisi has put out eight releases as a solo musician since 1988 – most recently, the album Ex Nihilo, released in 2014 on La Societe Expeditionnaire Records. Today, BrooklynVegan premieres the brand new music video for "The Mermaid Queen," a song off Ex Nihilo.

Wave-like in its structure, swelling and crashing, "The Mermaid Queen" carries hints of The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, and opera – Bisi's opera singer aunt sang with Caruso many times, and the young Bisi attended the opera regularly as a kid growing up in New York. The song and its video, directed by Edie Fuchs, were inspired by the annual Mermaid Day Parade at Coney Island, a New York institution.

Watch the video, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/martin-bisi-made-a-video-formermaid-queen-watch-touring-this-spring/


Bisi's touring lineup for the spring shows consists of 
drummer Dominic Cipolla (Torres, Phantom Family Halo), bassist Ernest Anderson, and multi-instrumentalist Genevieve Kammel Morris on viola, keys, and vocals. Morris' other band, Tidal Channel, will support for the East Coast shows in April, including a stop at the Brickside Festival in Durham, NC, featuring headliner Grandmaster Flash.

Several of the European shows will also include a screening of Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio, a 2014 documentary that chronicles Bisi's life and work.

US - Martin Bisi w/ Tidal Channel

Apr 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Apr 8 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Apr 9 - Durham, NC @ Duke University, Brickside Festival (matinee)
Apr 9 - Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
Apr 10 - Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr
Apr 11 - Arlington, VA @ Galaxy Hut

Europe - Martin Bisi
Apr 19 - Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik + Sound and Chaos documentary screening

Apr 20 - Geneva, CH @ Urgence Disk
Apr 22 - Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4
Apr 23 - Ghent, BE @ Cinema Off Off + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 24 - Ghent, BE @ Cinema Off Off + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 26 - Grenoble, FR @ Cinema Juliet Berto Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 27 - Paris, FR @ Detail
Apr 28 - Lisbon, PT @ Lounge + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 29 - Caldas De Rainha, PT @ Parque + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
Apr 30 - Porto, PT @ Sonoscopia + Sound and Chaos documentary screening
May 4 - Stavanger, NO @ Cementen

US - Martin Bisi
May 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville

May 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

Photo by Joe Geoghan



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST + Lambgoat

Embarking on a full US tour this week, Boston's Great American Ghost has launched a new music video for its song "Misery," off latest album Everyone Leaves.

Watch "Misery" via Lambgoat, here:
http://lambgoat.com/features/305/Great-American-Ghost-Misery-video-premiere

GAG's touring begins with a slot supporting Unearth, Ringworm, Fit For An Autopsy, and Culture Killer. The band also meets up with Bury Your Dead and On Broken Wings for three Texas shows, and concludes the month-long run with an appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

Great American Ghost's dark, depressive brand of churning hardcore has been described by MetalSucks as being "as calm as a fire at a munitions factory... Virulent guitars, eruptive drums, and stinging vocals, all stitched together into one vehement abnormality." Everyone Leaves is out now on Good Fight Music.

Unearth, Ringworm, Fit For An Autopsy, Culture Killer, Great American Ghost:
Mar 18 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar 19 - Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
Mar 20 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Mar 21 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Mar 22 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Mar 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Pourhouse
Mar 24 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Mar 25 - Ft Collins, CO @ Hodi's Half Note
Mar 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Mar 28 - Reno, NV @ PB&J's
Mar 29 - San Jose, CA @ Catalyst Club
Mar 30 - Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp
Mar 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
Apr 1 - Upland, CA @ Grizzly Den
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Apr 2 - Fullerton, CA @ Programme Skate and Sound
Apr 3 - Tempe, AZ @ Fiftyonewest
Apr 5 - Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Soundstage
Apr 6 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Apr 7 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Boneshakers
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Bury Your Dead, On Broken Wings, Great American Ghost:
Apr 8 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Apr 9 - Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr 10 - Dallas, TX @ Tomcats West
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Apr 12 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Apr 13 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit
Apr 14 -  Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
Apr 15 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival


Monday, March 14, 2016

NONPAREIL + Exclaim

Phoenix, Arizona band Nonpareil presents new track "Yuan Xing Jianyu," premiered today via Exclaim! Magazine.

A gnarly slab of anxiety-ridden noise-rock, "Yuan Xing Jianyu" appears on the band's self-released debut EP, Allergen, out April 8th.

The song was inspired by frontman Connor Woods' experiences of alienation as an American living in China. "The song details the way it feels to experience a complete nervous breakdown," he says.

Musically, the band plows forward with the bulletproof rhythmic intent of noise-rock greats like The Jesus Lizard and Shellac. On top of this base, emotionally scarred vocals and urgent, notey guitars nod to the Gravity Records school of early screamo.

Listen, here:
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/nonpareil-yuan_xing_jianyu

Woods is the original vocalist of black metallers Abigail Williams. Other members of Nonpareil did time in The Bled, Death of Marat, and Blues.

Nonpareil, live:
Mar 17 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre w/ Intronaut, The Ocean
Apr 9 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room w/ Sorxe, Father Figures


Friday, March 11, 2016

BLACK BLACK BLACK + The Obelisk

"A jagged aesthetic somewhere between noise, sludge and heavy rock... The lyrical thematic draws out an overarching point of view, a single mindset, as though all the songs were written in a sole, deeply manic afternoon."
–The Obelisk 

"[Black Black Black] takes the heavy rumble of neo-metal bands like Mastodon and Torche and then compresses it into a pop format... The earthquake is over just as soon as it started, but it was just as massive."
–PunkNews

"Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger."
–BrooklynVegan


With the release of sophomore album Altered States of Death and Grace coming up on March 25th, Brooklyn "doom pop" rockers Black Black Black have cut off another slice of the new LP's sweet darkness and handed it to stoner authority The Obelisk for an exclusive premiere.

Stream "Let's Scare Death to Death" here:

With "a jagged aesthetic somewhere between noise, sludge and heavy rock," Black Black Black unites bright, driving hooks with morbid lyrics referencing Manson, pills, and self-mutilation.

Altered States of Death and Grace was recorded and mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Mutoid Man), and mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Sannhet). It features guest vocals by Unsane's Dave Curran.

Aqualamb Records, the label co-owned by Black Black Black bassist Johnathan Swafford, will release the album March 25th in book form – the label has created its own niche in the industry by creating exquisite, 100-page, softbound books as an alternative to standard album packaging. Album artwork and liner notes are beautifully stretched across 100 pages, with a download code for the music included inside. 

Black Black Black plays Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn tomorrow, March 12th, with the reunited Craw.


DIE YOUNG + Madball

Houston, Texas hardcore machine Die Young enters the studio today to record new album No Illusions, the band's first release for its new label, Good Fight Music.

Thrash metal intensity and hardcore values unite in Die Young – a Slayerized brand of hardcore, in line with Integrity, Ringworm, and Earth Crisis, and boosted by the thinking-man's lyrics of vegan straightedge frontman Daniel Albaugh. With producer Craig Douglas (Bitter End, Venomous Maximus) at the helm, the band commences recording today what Albaugh has described as "a fun ride through various realms of human disappointment, irrationality, violence, nihilism and pessimism."

Following the recording of No Illusions, the band hits the road for an Eastern US tour, including numerous dates with New York hardcore royalty Madball.

Apr 8 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Atomic Pop Shop w/ Down In It, Vatican
Apr 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Madball
Apr 10 - Ladson, SC @ The Hive w/ Madball
Apr 11 - Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's by the Sea w/ Madball
Apr 12 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Funeral Chic
Apr 13 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Madball
Apr 14 - Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 w/ Madball
Apr 15 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall w/ Expire
Apr 16 - Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon






Wednesday, March 9, 2016

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS + Stereogum

Primitive Weapons reveals new song "Panopticon Blues" today with a premiere on Stereogum.

Listen here: 
http://www.stereogum.com/1864565/primitive-weapons-panopticon-blues-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

"Panopticon Blues," a song about social media's effects on humanity, appears on the Brooklyn band's sophomore album, The Future of Death, coming April 15th via Party Smasher Inc, the multi-faceted company founded by The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman.

Stereogum's Doug Moore nails it with these words: "Primitive Weapons' most obvious influences date to the 1990s... 'metalcore' (the heaving, dissonant, Deadguy-ish kind) and 'post-hardcore' (the atmospheric, melodic, tri-state kind). Primitive Weapons guitarist and clean vocalist Arty Shepherd was among the latter subgenre's prime movers as a member of Mind Over Matter, whose brief run inspired many of the subgenre's best-known names, such as Thursday and Glassjaw. That lineage predominates on The Future of Death, making it something of a full-circle moment for Shepherd. You can hear it clearly in the somber intro and addictive hook from 'Panopticon Blues,' but the band still wields a metalcore stick to balance the post-hardcore carrot."


Primitive Weapons' futuristic upgrade of the '90s vibes Moore refers to results in a massively powerful mix of tribal thunder, hard grooves, dire screams, luminous guitars, and massive, mournful choruses that haunt for days.


In Primitive Weapons, Shepherd is flanked by drummer Chris Enriquez, bassist Eric Odness, and David Castillo, also of White Widows Pact. Shepherd and Castillo are co-owners of Saint Vitus Bar, one of Brooklyn's most beloved live music venues.


The Future of Death was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War) at The Wild Arctic, and mastered by Dave Gardner (Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt) at Magneto Mastering. 


"Strobe-light-incarnate post-hardcore... The New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."
–NPR Music

Primitive Weapons, live:

April 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar - Saint Vitus 5 Year Anniversary and Primitive Weapons Record Release Show w/ Pallbearer, Sannhet, Primitive Weapons

Photo by Nikki Sneakers