Friday, July 22, 2016

Out today: SOMETHING IS WAITING - The Something Is Waiting Band

Something Is Waiting's debut album, The Something Is Waiting Band, is out today on The Path Less Traveled Records.

Listen, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/something-is-waited-ex-jard-loose-releasing-debut-lp-stream-it/

"A stripped-down racket so snotty and unconcerned with the niceties of mainstream society, it would have scared the shit out of The Sex Pistols in their prime."
–MetalSucks

"We first became acquainted with [Eddie Gobbo] via the power and fury of noise rock crushers Jar'd Loose. That band is sadly no more, but Gobbo's new act, Something Is Waiting, picks up right where Jar'd Loose left off."
–Decibel

"Musically it's got similar reference points to Jar'd Loose – Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid, Bleach/In Utero... If you dig that stuff, you're gonna find this band hits a sweet spot that's pretty close to home."
–BrooklynVegan

"A new and unique presence in the extreme music world... Something Is Waiting purvey a singular style that is equal parts infectious and blood-pumping. The band effectively combine noise rock's penchant for acidic angularity with '70/80s hard rock swagger... Think The Jesus Lizard-meets-Motley Crue."
–Svbterranean

"Their loudness is a brand of raw, stripped-down, sometimes groovy rock n' roll full of scathing punk lyrics."
–Nine Circles

Something Is Waiting comprises ex-members of Chicago bands Jar'd Loose and (Lone) Wolf and Cub, as well as guitarist Pete Grossman, co-owner/engineer at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, Like Rats).

Cruel noise-rock veers into a looser, streetwalkin' rock n' roll vibe, represented by the band's stripped-down bloozy rhythms and frontman Eddie Gobbo's harsh Axl Rose delivery. Gobbo has cited hard rockers like ZZ Top as a big influence.

Lyrically, Gobbo spins acidic, poetic yarns about his life and the state of the current music scene, sparing no one's feelings, sometimes calling friends and enemies out by name.

A unique and totally rocking debut, The Something Is Waiting Band was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop, and mastered by Carl Saff (Red Fang, Coliseum).

Something Is Waiting, live:
Aug 12 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect



Out today: BOTTOMFEEDER - Sink to the Depths

Bottomfeeder's debut EP, Sink to the Depths, is out today on Good Fight Music.



"Hardcore as melodic as it is moving."
–Noisey

"Scathing melodic hardcore along the lines of Snapcase..."
–Alternative Press

"Rousing melodic hardcore in the vein of Time In Malta and Grade..."
–Lambgoat

"Four tracks of stampeding melodic instrumentation that simultaneously brings the pain as well as the hope."
–Svbterranean

Bottomfeeder's members are veterans of the Jersey scene, hailing from The Gaslight Anthem, Ensign, Gates, and other bands. Noisey's Jonah Bayer calls the sound of the debut EP, "hardcore as melodic as it is moving" – in the words of frontman Derek Reilly, the influence is "'90s and early '00s melodic punk and hardcore... most specifically the New Brunswick, NJ scene." Sink to the Depths' four songs rage hard and radiate hope – these are more than silver-lined clouds, these are full-on tornados leaving rainbows in their wake.

Good Fight Music owner Carl Severson has made this statement about teaming up with Bottomfeeder: "After a 15 year friendship with [Bottomfeeder drummer] Benny Horowitz, and knowing the rest of the guys through the New Jersey scene, it was awesome to find a project to work together on. We've added a lot of awesome bands to the Good Fight family and we've been lucky to do so, but there's a special spot here for NJ's finest."



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SOMETHING IS WAITING + BrooklynVegan

Sinister, swaggering, hard-grooving Chicago creep-rockers Something Is Waiting have premiered their entire debut album, The Something Is Waiting Band, via BrooklynVegan.

Listen, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/something-is-waited-ex-jard-loose-releasing-debut-lp-stream-it/

Something Is Waiting comprises ex-members of Chicago bands Jar'd Loose and (Lone) Wolf and Cub, as well as guitarist Pete Grossman, co-owner/engineer at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, Like Rats).

As BrooklynVegan editor Andrew Sacher notes, the Something Is Waiting sound picks up where Jar'd Loose left off: "Musically it's got similar reference points to Jar'd Loose – Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid, Bleach/In Utero... If you dig that stuff, you're gonna find this band hits a sweet spot that's pretty close to home."

While the noise-rock and grunge foundation is in full effect, Something Is Waiting also veers into a looser, streetwalkin' rock n' roll vibe, represented by the band's stripped-down blooze-pounding rhythms and frontman Eddie Gobbo's harsh Axl Rose delivery. Gobbo has cited hard rockers like ZZ Top as a big influence.

But lyrically Gobbo is on a whole other level of acidic, poetic diatribes – stories about his life and the state of the current music scene, unsettlingly detailed.

The Something Is Waiting Band is one of the most interesting and daring debuts you will hear in 2016, riding its own wave outside the trend pool. The album comes out this Friday, July 22nd on The Path Less Traveled Records. It was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop, and mastered by Carl Saff (Red Fang, Coliseum).

Something Is Waiting, live:
Aug 12 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect


"Musically it's got similar reference points to Jar'd Loose – Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid, Bleach/In Utero... If you dig that stuff, you're gonna find this band hits a sweet spot that's pretty close to home."
–BrooklynVegan

"We first became acquainted with [Eddie Gobbo] via the power and fury of noise rock crushers Jar'd Loose. That band is sadly no more, but Gobbo's new act, Something Is Waiting, picks up right where Jar'd Loose left off."
–Decibel

"A stripped-down racket so snotty and unconcerned with the niceties of mainstream society, it would have scared the shit out of The Sex Pistols in their prime."

–MetalSucks

"A new and unique presence in the extreme music world... Something Is Waiting purvey a singular style that is equal parts infectious and blood-pumping. The band effectively combine noise rock's penchant for acidic angularity with '70/80s hard rock swagger... Think The Jesus Lizard-meets-Motley Crue."
–Svbterranean


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BOTTOMFEEDER + Noisey

"Hardcore as melodic as it is moving."
–Noisey

"Scathing melodic hardcore along the lines of Snapcase..."
–Alternative Press

"Rousing melodic hardcore in the vein of Time In Malta and Grade..."
–Lambgoat

New Jersey all-stars Bottomfeeder celebrate this Friday's release of debut EP Sink to the Depths on Good Fight Music, by streaming the full EP today via Noisey.

Listen, here:
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/bottomfeeder-sink-to-the-depths-EP

Bottomfeeder's members are veterans of the Jersey scene, hailing from The Gaslight Anthem, Ensign, Gates, and other bands. Noisey's Jonah Bayer calls the sound of the debut EP, "hardcore as melodic as it is moving" – in the words of frontman Derek Reilly, the influence is "'90s and early '00s melodic punk and hardcore... most specifically the New Brunswick, NJ scene." Sink to the Depths' four songs rage hard and radiate hope – these are more than silver-lined clouds, these are full-on tornados leaving rainbows in their wake.

Good Fight Music owner Carl Severson has made this statement about teaming up with Bottomfeeder: "After a 15 year friendship with [Bottomfeeder drummer] Benny Horowitz, and knowing the rest of the guys through the New Jersey scene, it was awesome to find a project to work together on. We've added a lot of awesome bands to the Good Fight family and we've been lucky to do so, but there's a special spot here for NJ's finest."

Photo by Greg Mitchels



Monday, July 18, 2016

SOMETHING IS WAITING + Pure Grain Audio

"We first became acquainted with [Eddie Gobbo] via the power and fury of noise rock crushers Jar'd Loose. That band is sadly no more, but Gobbo's new act, Something Is Waiting, picks up right where Jar'd Loose left off."
–Decibel

"A stripped-down racket so snotty and unconcerned with the niceties of mainstream society, it would have scared the shit out of The Sex Pistols in their prime."

–MetalSucks

"A new and unique presence in the extreme music world... Something Is Waiting purvey a singular style that is equal parts infectious and blood-pumping. The band effectively combine noise rock's penchant for acidic angularity with '70/80s hard rock swagger... Think The Jesus Lizard-meets-Motley Crue."
-Svbterranean

New supergroup of the Chicago underground, Something Is Waiting, has premiered newest single, "Real Estate Cubicle Rock," today via Pure Grain Audio.


Listen, here:
http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/something-is-waiting-release-new-single-real-estate-cubicle-rock-off-debut-album-exclusive-premiere

Featuring ex-members of Jar'd Loose and (Lone) Wolf and Cub, along with Bricktop Recording owner/engineer Pete Grossman who has helped make records for Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, and Like Rats, Something Is Waiting pounds out a nefarious rock n' roll groove, described by frontman Eddie Gobbo as "Today Is The Day meets ZZ Top," and by Svbterranean as "The Jesus Lizard meets Motley Crue." The sound is equally sinister and swaggering, straightforward and odd. In Gobbo's words:

"Very aggressive garage rock. Today Is The Day meets ZZ Top, if you will. Low grade supergroup featuring members of all Chicago bands. Sleazy as fuck, gnarly, unapologetic rock. No bullshit. No haircuts. I also do real estate contracting on the side."

Debut album The Something Is Waiting Band comes out this Friday, July 22nd on The Path Less Traveled Records. It was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop, and mastered by Carl Saff (Red Fang, Coliseum).

Something Is Waiting, live:
Aug 12 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect



Friday, July 15, 2016

Out today: MEEK IS MURDER - Was


Watch new music video, "The Same Mistakes" – created by the band entirely within the space of one day, utilizing a camera technique inspired by director Darren Aronofksy – here:
http://newnoisemagazine.com/video-premiere-meek-murder-mistakes/

Since 2009, Meek Is Murder has been advancing with all the subtlety and restraint of a buffalo stampede, perfecting its impassioned, breakneck style of galloping noise-core over the course of a slew of releases. The Brooklyn trio balances pedal-to-the-metal wailing with a sense of real heartfelt desperation, making it one of those select few bands that is as soulful as it is punishing.

Was was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan).

Was Record Release Show:
Jul 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv

"Kurt Ballou-helmed, mercurial and angular, head-sploding catharsis... Thrashy, mathy, and grindy... blunt force chugs to the cerebral cortex... Emotional stompers bring to mind, in their unabashed sincerity, monumental records like [Converge's] Jane Doe and [American Nightmare's] Background Music."
–Decibel

"Brooklyn's most batshit insane extreme music act... Was is a lethal injection of schizophrenic mathcore."
–MetalSucks

"Short, sharp shocks of mathy and chaotic hardcore that will flatten the listener... Easily one of the better hardcore records released this year."
–New Noise

"Meek Is Murder is all kinds of mathy and heavy... Fans of bands like These Arms Are Snakes, Frameworks, and Touche Amore will dig this one for sure..."
–Nerdist

"Their dizzying mathcore sensibilities fill a hole left by Botch and other defunct greats of the genre..."
–Svbterranean

"Their music is reminiscent of early, spastic mathcore bands such as Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan, but remains rooted in a groove and accessibility..."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Uncompromisingly brutal metal... that'll make your head spin faster than Linda Blair's."
–Culture Creature


Thursday, July 14, 2016

MEEK IS MURDER + New Noise

Meek Is Murder, a band known for its redline musical approach and Terminator-style work ethic, has teamed with New Noise Magazine to document the creation of its new music video, start to finish, all within one day.

The Brooklyn trio has hijacked New Noise's Instagram account to post step-by-step photos of the entire video-making process, with the intention of then premiering the finished video on New Noise's main site tonight at 7:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Follow New Noise on Instagram to witness the making-of, currently in progress right now:
http://instagram.com/newnoisemagazine

The video is for the band's song, "The Same Mistakes," off new album Was, which sees its release tomorrow, July 15th. A recent write-up from Decibel refers to the Kurt Ballou-produced Was as, "Mercurial and angular, head-sploding catharsis... Thrashy, mathy, and grindy... blunt force chugs to the cerebral cortex... Emotional stompers bring to mind, in their unabashed sincerity, monumental records like [Converge's] Jane Doe and [American Nightmare's] Background Music."

Pre-order Was, here:
https://meekismurder.bandcamp.com/album/was

Was Record Release Show:
Jul 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

EXALT - The Shape You Took Before the Ache

Good Fight Music and New Damage Records present The Shape You Took Before the Ache, the third full-length album by Exalt.

The Shape You Took Before the Ache will be released September 9th via Good Fight Music in the US, and via New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world.


Listen to opening track "Sacrifice to Purify," via Revolver, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/exalt-premiere-new-song-sacrifice-purify/22223

From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Exalt represents the next generation of dark, metallic hardcore, in the circle of current crushers like Code Orange and Harm's Way. Influence can be traced back to a range of bands that first made their mark in the '90s: hardcore heroes Converge; purveyors of industrial-strength dread Godflesh; and even some of the artists responsible for bringing metal to the mainstream in that decade and ushering in nu-metal, like Deftones and Fear Factory. Canada's preeminent music magazine, Exclaim!, has named Exalt, simply, "one of hardcore's most promising bands."

The sound on The Shape You Took Before the Ache exudes massive heaviness through simple, brutish riffs and primitive, machine-like rhythms. From opener "Sacrifice to Purify" onward, the band makes it clear that the intent is maximum impact through minimalist tactics, harking back to a time in metal's past when raw power ruled. But adding another dimension to the music are the haunting melodies that arise up out of the punishment on many of the songs. "Worship" is elevated to a whole other astral plane by a soaring chorus vocal, contrasting vicious chugs; on "The Ache," "The Shape" and "I Dove Into the Sun," the band descends fully into a fragile, atmospheric realm, creating beautiful and unsettling moments. It is a further realization of what was promised by 2014 sophomore album Pale Light, which Substream called, "ominous... haunting... a foreboding soundtrack." 

The Shape You Took Before the Ache was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Ringworm).

The full tracklist is as follows:

1) Sacrifice to Purify
2) Undertow
3) Martyr Alone
4) Judas Wolf
5) The Ache
6) Leave Them All Behind
7) Worship
8) Body Be Free
9) The Shape
10) Caro
11) I Dove Into the Sun

Exalt, whom have toured with the likes of Cancer Bats, Obey the Brave, Capsize, Old Wounds, and Axis, are currently on tour with Dark Sermon in the US.

Dark Sermon, Exalt:
Jul 13 - Chicago, IL @ The Fallout
Jul 14 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
Jul 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Jul 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
Jul 18 - Reno, NV @ PB&J's
Jul 19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
Jul 20 - Fullerton, CA @ Slide Bar
Jul 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Jul 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place
Jul 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul 25 - Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Jul 26 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Jul 27 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Jul 29 - Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Jul 30 - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
Aug 2 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary (Exalt only)

Photo by Steph Mill


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DIE YOUNG - No Illusions

From Houston, Texas, Die Young presents No Illusions, its first album for Good Fight Music. Founded in 2002 and rebooted in 2013 after a hiatus, the Die Young of 2016 is a revitalized beast and No Illusions, out August 26th on Good Fight, is a seething collection of thrashing, apocalyptic hardcore. 

Over sixteen tracks, the band powers forward in the highest gear, led by vegan straightedge frontman Daniel Albaugh. The sound is equal parts Slayer end-times thrash, Cro-Mags street snarl, and Earth Crisis militancy. The foundation is blazing metal and chugging hardcore, but piano interludes, female vocals, and a Nick Cave cover fit under this album's roof too. Albaugh describes the album as "a fun ride through various realms of human disappointment, irrationality, violence, nihilism and pessimism."

Stream new song "Bear Witness" via Metal Injection, here:
http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/bear-witness-to-this-crushing-new-track-by-die-young

The full tracklist is as follows:
1) The Last Good Age
2) Bear Witness
3) Automatons
4) You Will Be Forgiven
5) God's Promises
6) Burnt Offering
7) Fragile Thing
8) Providence
9) I Repent
10) Surplus life
11) Mortal/Eternal
12) Spared
13) Thorn and Thistle
14) No Illusions
15) Resolve
16) The Weeping Song (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

No Illusions was produced by Craig Douglas (Bitter End, Venomous Maximus) at Origin Sound. 

Die Young has toured the world with a vengeance – the US (including Alaska), Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America, South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, and beyond – and has shared stages with a long list of bands, from Cro-Mags, to Catharsis, to Modern Life Is War.

Die Young, live:
Jul 30 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Sep 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
Sep 16 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
Sep 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St Collective
Sep 18 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone


BOTTOMFEEDER + Lambgoat

"Rousing melodic hardcore in the vein of Time In Malta and Grade..."
–Lambgoat

"Scathing melodic hardcore along the lines of Snapcase..."
–Alternative Press

New Jersey all-stars Bottomfeeder present new single "Flux Capacitor," the first song off their debut EP Sink to the Depths.

Listen, here:
http://lambgoat.com/features/325/Bottomfeeder-Flux-Capacitor-song-premiere

Lambgoat calls the Bottomfeeder sound, "rousing melodic hardcore in the vein of Time In Malta and Grade," and that description pretty much nails it. Comprising veterans of the New Jersey scene, the band includes members of The Gaslight Anthem, Ensign, and Gates, among others. In the words of frontman Derek Reilly, they came together, "influenced by '90s and early '00s melodic punk and hardcore... most specifically the New Brunswick, New Jersey scene."

On debut EP Sink to the Depths, out July 22nd on Good Fight Music, Bottomfeeder rages hard with songs that radiate hope as well as aggression. Pre-order the EP, here:
http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/Bottomfeeder

Good Fight Music owner Carl Severson has made this statement about teaming up with Bottomfeeder: "After a 15 year friendship with [Bottomfeeder drummer] Benny Horowitz, and knowing the rest of the guys through the New Jersey scene, it was awesome to find a project to work together on. We've added a lot of awesome bands to the Good Fight family and we've been lucky to do so, but there's a special spot here for NJ's finest."

Photo by Greg Mitchels



MEEK IS MURDER + Decibel

"Kurt Ballou-helmed, mercurial and angular, head-sploding catharsis... Thrashy, mathy, and grindy... blunt force chugs to the cerebral cortex... Emotional stompers bring to mind, in their unabashed sincerity, monumental records like [Converge's] Jane Doe and [American Nightmare's] Background Music."
–Decibel

Meek Is Murder's fourth full-length album, Was, is now streaming in full via Decibel.

Listen, here:
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/7/12/was-is-the-new-is-stream-meek-is-murders-volatile-new-album-in-full

Pre-order, here:
http://meekismurder.bandcamp.com/album/was

The prolific Brooklyn trio has worked nonstop since its inception in 2009, releasing music at an alarming rate and honing its craft down to a precise and effective art form. The sound is a stampede of fast, driving, hardcore punk, dripping with emotion, teched-up by metallic flourishes, and sent over the cliff by end-of-the-world breakdowns – all accomplished within songs rarely crossing the 2-minute mark. Decibel puts new album Was in the same league as Converge's Jane Doe and American Nightmare's Background Music.

Was was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails) and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon).

Was Record Release Show:
Jul 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv


Friday, July 8, 2016

Out today: ASPHALT GRAVES - The New Primitive

Asphalt Graves' debut album, The New Primitive, is out today on Vitriol Records.

Featuring members and ex-members of Misery Index, Dying Fetus, GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, and War Torn, Asphalt Graves applies next-dimension chops and production to an old-school death-grind sound, marrying past and present in music that is face-ripping and fun. For fans of old Napalm Death, Righteous Pigs, Repulsion, and Carcass, as well as the Asphalt Graves' members other bands.

Buy, here:
http://vitriolrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/asphalt-graves

Listen, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/asphalt-graves%E2%80%93featuring-members-misery-index-gwar-ex-black-dahlia

"The punch in the face you ask for twice!"
–Metal Injection

"World, meet Asphalt Graves, your new favorite death-grind band."
–MetalSucks


"The New Primitive is sheer breakneck insanity. Jason Netherton's (Misery Index) distinctive screams are a perfect match with this more feral brand of death-grind, which pummels with blastbeats before hitting you with a more slab-like groove. Brutal, melodic, and noisy..."

–BrooklynVegan

"The band draws heavily on the hooky blastmasters of yore throughout their debut, The New Primitive. You can hear a lot of Assuck, Righteous Pigs, and 'we just became death metal'-era Napalm Death in particular... The combination of the beeftastic production, Shannon's pristine blasting, and Netherton's unmistakable snarl calls to mind the lean and hungry iteration of Misery Index that appeared in the early '00s... But all these comparisons kind of sell Asphalt Graves short, as this unit's got a hyperactive personality all its own."

–Stereogum

"Asphalt Graves hits the sweet spot between death metal and grindcore that Napalm Death do in their post-'90s incarnation... A continuation of the early Misery Index sound, a way for Netherton to keep writing brief and pummeling music while his other band begins to move in a more melodic and complex direction... A fun listen and a grim vision of our grueling present day."
–Invisible Oranges

"Harmony Corruption-era Napalm Death worship with musicians who have played in such bands as GWAR and The Black Dahlia Murder."

–No Echo

"A vicious death-grind extravaganza...  13 tracks of scathing vitriol and high octane mayhem. Asphalt Graves' rapid fire sonic bursts call to mind the earliest purveyors of death-grind."
–Svbterranean


Out today: BOYS NIGHT OUT - Black Dogs

Boys Night Out's Black Dogs EP is out today on Good Fight Music.

Black Dogs is the first new release by the Ontario, Canada band in almost a decade. Kings of the '00s post-hardcore scene, Boys Night Out has returned after a long hiatus, bearing stately rock songs that burst with melody and the soulfulness of veterans.

Buyhere:

http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/boys-night-out

Listen, here:
http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/boys_night_out_premiere_powerful_comeback_ep_black_dogs_exclusive

"Canadian post-hardcore poster boys... Just as catchy and powerful as we remember them when they signed off almost a decade ago."

–Alternative Press

"Pulling equally from '90s alt-rock, early post-hardcore, and classic rock riffage... BNO still know their way around a hook."

–BrooklynVegan

"A very natural progression for the band, an aged variation of their previous releases."

–Exclaim!

"Black Dogs is an enjoyable return from a band that probably populated a lot of our time back in those young teenage years."
–New Noise

"The record is fresh, holding the same emo/post-hardcore sound the group perfected on their first three full-lengths..."

–Substream


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ASPHALT GRAVES + Revolver

Asphalt Graves' debut album, The New Primitive, is now streaming in its entirety via Revolver Magazine.

Featuring members and ex-members of Misery Index, Dying Fetus, GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, and War Torn, Asphalt Graves applies next-dimension chops and production to an old-school death-grind sound, marrying past and present in music that is face-ripping and fun. For fans of old Napalm Death, Righteous Pigs, Repulsion, and Carcass, as well as the Asphalt Graves' members other bands.

The New Primitive comes out July 8th on Vitriol Records, the label founded by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb. Pre-order, here:
http://vitriolrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/asphalt-graves

Listen, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/artist-music-song-premieres/asphalt-graves%E2%80%93featuring-members-misery-index-gwar-ex-black-dahlia

The New Primitive was recorded at Audio Schmaudio Studios, GWAR's Slave Pit Studios, and Mindscape Studios, and was mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.

"The punch in the face you ask for twice!"
–Metal Injection

"World, meet Asphalt Graves, your new favorite death-grind band."
–MetalSucks


"The New Primitive is sheer breakneck insanity. Jason Netherton's (Misery Index) distinctive screams are a perfect match with this more feral brand of death-grind, which pummels with blastbeats before hitting you with a more slab-like groove. Brutal, melodic, and noisy..."

–BrooklynVegan

"The band draws heavily on the hooky blastmasters of yore throughout their debut, The New Primitive. You can hear a lot of Assuck, Righteous Pigs, and 'we just became death metal'-era Napalm Death in particular... The combination of the beeftastic production, Shannon's pristine blasting, and Netherton's unmistakable snarl calls to mind the lean and hungry iteration of Misery Index that appeared in the early '00s... But all these comparisons kind of sell Asphalt Graves short, as this unit's got a hyperactive personality all its own."

–Stereogum

"Asphalt Graves hits the sweet spot between death metal and grindcore that Napalm Death do in their post-'90s incarnation... A continuation of the early Misery Index sound, a way for Netherton to keep writing brief and pummeling music while his other band begins to move in a more melodic and complex direction... A fun listen and a grim vision of our grueling present day."
–Invisible Oranges

"A vicious death-grind extravaganza...  13 tracks of scathing vitriol and high octane mayhem. Asphalt Graves' rapid fire sonic bursts call to mind the earliest purveyors of death-grind."

–Svbterranean


BOYS NIGHT OUT + Alternative Press

"Canadian post-hardcore poster boys... Just as catchy and powerful as we remember them when they signed off almost a decade ago."
–Alternative Press

"Pulling equally from '90s alt-rock, early post-hardcore, and classic rock riffage... BNO still know their way around a hook."
–BrooklynVegan

Boys Night Out, regrouped and recharged after nearly a decade-long hiatus, present new EP Black Dogs, now streaming in full via Alternative Press. 

The six-song EP comes out July 8th on Good Fight Music.

Pre-orderhere:
http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/boys-night-out

Listen, here:
http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/boys_night_out_premiere_powerful_comeback_ep_black_dogs_exclusive

Of the rebirth of the band, vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser says, "None of us really knew when or if this day would come, but I'm fairly goddamn sure that we all hoped it would... We may not be touring again any time soon but it's pretty fucking rad to have the opportunity to write music together again."

Guitarist Jeff Davis explains the concept behind the new EP: "The title Black Dogs is a metaphor for pain, addiction, depression. It follows a concept that those negative aspects of the psyche are separate from the individual, and are carried around as an external being or unwanted friend– a black dog."

The alliance between Boys Night Out and the Good Fight Music team extends back to the early '00s. Founded in 2000 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, the band put out six releases between 2000 and 2007, including four on Ferret Music, the label owned and operated by the guys who would go on to form Good Fight. The band burned bright through those years, touring the world with My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Saves the Day, and other big names of that era.


Good Fight owner Carl Severson has said, "Boys Night Out were some of the most creative, passionate, and honest musicians I ever worked with. They just wanted to write and play and have fun, and they stopped when it didn't feel right anymore. I always respected that. They wrote this new EP, Black Dogs, because years later it felt right again, and I'm honored we're able to be a part of their music again."

Black Dogs was engineered and mixed by Derek Hoffman (Seaway, Stick to Your Guns) at Fox Sounds in Toronto, and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Brand New) at West West Side.

Photo by James Heaslip