Neurosis Announce Tour Dates with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Well that’s about as easy a sell for a bill as you can get. Neurosis — on their longest US run in a decade and a half — partnered with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, with support from Isis-offshoot Sumac and The Body. It’s like a moment of clarity, almost obvious, even though it’s a surprise to have Neurosis hitting the road so hard after so long. Mark your calendars. Attendance is mandatory.

From the PR wire:


NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal- Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

Neurosis, “We all Rage in Gold” Live at Temples Festival 2014

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Foehammer and Thera Roya Announce Summer Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

foehammer (Photo by Sasha Benderly-Kraft)
thera roya (Photo by Jess Rechsteiner)

The first night of the upcoming summer tour for Foehammer and Thera Roya, June 12, is the record release party for the former’s self-titled EP on Australopithecus Records. That EP has been available digitally through Grimoire Records for a while, but the vinyl is newly arrived and they’ll reportedly have it ready to go for the tour. Brooklyn’s Thera Roya, meanwhile, should have some new material in tow as well after their “Fat Voyage” single which was released digitally late last year.

A few shows remain unconfirmed for the run, so if you happen to be in one of those cities and have a line on putting something together, be it a bar, house show, whatever, you should probably think about dropping a line to one or both of the bands. If you haven’t heard Foehammer‘s EP yet, it’s devastatingly heavy, and Thera Roya‘s post-metal style will make a fitting complement atmospherically for all that bludgeoning.

T0ur dates, links and audio follow:

foehammer thera roya unmothered austin show


Thera Roya & Foehammer take the south by storm! Details to be added as shows are confirmed.

12 Fri WDC / Tour Kickoff @ The Pinch w/ Narrow Grave, TBA
13 Sat Charlottesville, VA @ Magnolia House w/ Beldam
14 Sun VA Beach / Norfolk VA
15 Mon Charlotte NC @ Tommy’s Pub w/ Pig mountain, Grande Niño
16 Tue Charleston SC @ King Dusko’s w/ TBA
17 Wed Orlando, FL
18 Thu Miami, FL
19 Fri Tampa FL @ Cafe Hey! w/ Weltesser
20 Sat Dothan, AL
21 Sun New Orleans, LA
22 Mon Baton Rouge, LA
23 Tue Austin TX @ The Lost Well w/ Unmothered
24 Wed Dallas TX
25 Thu Nashville TN
26 Fri Asheville NC @ The Odditorium w/ Black Mountain Hunger, Spliff, Mondays
27 Sat Morgantown WV / Richmond VA
28 Sun Frederick MD – Maryland Doom Fest @ Cafe 611*
* – Foehammer Only

Foehammer, Foehammer (2015)

Thera Roya, “Fat Voyage” (2014)

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Ape Machine to Release EP on Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 25th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

It was kind of a surprise to have Ape Machine ink a deal with Heavy Psych Sounds, not because they don’t deserve to get picked up by a label doing cool things, but because they seemed so firmly entrenched in the roster of Ripple Music, which put out their last full-length, 2013’s Mangled by the Machine (review here), and earlier this year, the Live at Freak Valley (review here) live offering. And actually, it’s not that they’ve signed to Heavy Psych Sounds to the exclusion of everyone else, just that they’ll be working with the label for a tour — Heavy Psych Sounds has a booking arm — and an EP release to coincide with it.

It’s good news for the band, either way, and good news for those who’ve been fortunate enough to catch onto their intricate but still catchy wares. They’ll have a full-length out before too long on Ripple as well, and according to Heavy Psych Sounds — who posted the announcement below — it’s looking like the band will be on the road for the better part of a month. Doesn’t sound too bad. Dates are still to come, but here’s initial word from the label:

ape machine heavy psych sounds

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records is honoured to announce the signing of another awesome band *** Ape Machine ***

A true four-piece, Portland, Oregon’s Ape Machine has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the 70?s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.” Combining psychedelic, classic and progressive rock with arena-worthy metal, bluesy stoner-rock and catchy riffs in odd signatures.

Heavy Psych Sounds Records will release A new Record/Ep in November and will book a four weeks European tour from November 12 to December 5.

more details will be communicate in the next weeks together with new cool announcements!

Ape Machine, Live at Freak Valley (2015)

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Mos Generator and Stubb Split Available to Preorder from HeviSike Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Pressed in a total edition of 400 copies, the new split between Mos Generator and Stubb, titled The Theory of Light and Matter, is available now to preorder from HeviSike Records. The release (track stream here) will be out next month in time to coincide with Mos Generator‘s upcoming European tour dates, and will be available in either black/red marble or white vinyl, sold with an included download. Stubb have gigs coming up supporting The Midnight Ghost Train and Siena Root, while Mos Generator will spend the summer on the road with Elder after hitting the East Coast again for the Eye of the Stoned Goat fest on June 13.

Preorders here. Release details follow:



Band : Mos Generator, Stubb
Title : The Theory of Light and Matter
Label : HeviSike Records
Catalog ref. : HVSK-1207
Format : Vinyl
HVSK-1208 Mos Generator // Stubb – The Theory of Light & Matter

– Limited Edition with OBI Strip –

Two of the most exciting power trios combine forces to deliver a split album on HeviSike Records. Washington, USA stoner rock titans MOS GENERATOR explore a more progressive territory akin to their 2005 album ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’. London, England three-piece STUBB who are well known for their high-energy blues-rock demonstrate their more experimental side.

MOS GENERATOR have built a dedicated following through a heavy touring schedule and releasing consistently top quality music. The band’s 2015 schedule includes tours of both West Coast and East Coast, USA before visiting Europe on a 33 date European summer tour in support of ELDER. 2014 saw the Port Orchard trio release their opus ‘Electric Mountain Majesty’ (Listenable Records).

STUBB are familiar to the European touring circuit having made numerous appearances at events such as Freak Valley and Desertfest and have shared a stage alongside heavyweight contemporaries such as Earthless, Gentlemans Pistols, Sungrazer and The Machine. The London trio recently released their second LP ‘Cry of The Ocean’ (2014, Ripple Music) to critical acclaim.

Available as a strictly limited edition vinyl LP and digital download, THE THEORY OF LIGHT & MATTER is an essential purchase for fans of heavy psychedelic rock. Mastered specifically for vinyl. Cover art by Harley & J. 150 copies Red/Black Marbled (HeviSike Exclusive), 250 White (Band and Distribution)

Pressing Details:
150 Copies – Black/Red Marbled – HeviSike Records Exclusive
250 Copies – White vinyl (For distribution, only 30 copies available here)
Total press: 400 copies
Artwork by Harley & J
Contains OBI Strip with all information
Mastered specifically for vinyl

PRE-ORDER: Friday 22nd May 2015
RELEASE DATE: Monday 22nd June 2015

Mos Generator, “As Above So Below”

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Church of Misery in Rehearsals for New Album Recording; And Then There Were None Due Later this Year

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Church of Misery bassist and founder Tatsu Mikami, in addition to having a considerable influence on the shape of modern doom with his band, is obviously someone who knows his stuff. He’s also someone with a tendency toward lineup changes. The long-running Sabbathian loyalists have had more members than I think even Tatsu could count, but so far as I know, their upcoming fifth (or sixth, depending on what you count) full-length, And Then There Were None, will be the first time he’s worked with American artists in collaborating on new material.

Tatsu and his low-slung Rickenbacker are currently in Middletown, Maryland, in rehearsals for the new album recording at the Polar Bear Lair studio. The plan is to have seven new songs ready to go with Chris Kozlowski recording. Dave Szulkin of Blood Farmers will play guitar and Eric Little from Earthride will play drums. These are not happenstance picks in any way, and one can’t help but wonder exactly what sort of doom this new incarnation of Church of Misery will bring to bear when And Then There Were None arrives, as it will reportedly later this year on Rise Above Records.

The big question here is who Tatsu is going to get to perform vocals on the album. One assumes the lyrical theme will be the same as ever — serial killers — but as Church of Misery readies the follow-up to 2013’s excellent Thy Kingdom Scum (review here), one can’t help but wonder just what other tricks the bassist might have up his sleeve. That I’m very much looking forward to finding out should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

Studio pic of the lineup and announcement follows:

church of misery

Rehearsal continues…..Middletown, Maryland

The time has come. I will stay in Maryland for 2 weeks in May to record the new album. US DOOM legends, Dave from BLOOD FARMERS and Eric from EARTHRIDE are going to join this recording. We will record 7 new materials at “Polar Bear Lair Studio” with Chris Kozlowski as an engineer – He has been working for tons of great US DOOM albums, like IRON MAN, INTERNAL VOID, EARTHRIDE, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PENANCE, PENTAGRAM and WRETCHED etc. Also, I will announce about a singer for this album soon. Let there be DOOM!


Church of Misery, Live at Shibuya Cyclone, April 5, 2014

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Pallbearer Summer Tour Underway; Dates in Europe, Australia and North America

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

pallbearer (Photo by Diana Lee Zadlo)

Heebus jeebus, Pallbearer. You sure you’ve got enough tour dates planned out for the next couple months?

I think my favorite part about Pallbearer‘s summer tour — which started last night in Berlin after an appearance this past weekend at Psycho California — is that it’s utter insanity. It interrupts an already-in-progress European headlining run with Bast for three dates in North America, two in the US and one in Canada, and then an Australian tour before going to Japan and then resuming in Europe before coming back to North America again, this time with High on Fire. What’s the matter, dudes, couldn’t tack on any dates in India or Africa while you were at it?

Of course, if they did, no doubt they’d find welcome when they got there. Pallbearer‘s Foundations of Burden continues to reap acclaim from just about every corner of the universe after being covered in so much critical saliva upon its release last year. If nothing else, the four-piece are obviously busting their ass to support it. They also recently released a new video for the track “Watcher in the Dark,” which you can find way down beneath the list of tour dates hoisted from the PR wire.

Take a deep breath and dive in:



Watch Pallbearer’s epic and cinematic new video for “Watcher in the Dark”

The video was directed, shot and edited by Adam Heathcott (Hometapes) and produced by Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott and marks the first ever official music video for the band.

Formed in 2008 by Joseph D. Rowland (bass) and Brett Campbell (vocals/guitars), Pallbearer grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, AR. A year after their formation, the band released their first three-song demo (with guitarist Devin Holt), which garnered well-deserved attention. Pallbearer went on to release Sorrow & Extinction in early 2012 on well-respected Canadian indie label Profound Lore, and instantly made waves among listeners and critics who found the band’s compositional paradox of vulnerability and might unparalleled in the metal world. Sorrow & Extinction proved to be an unequivocal masterpiece in any genre of music and compelled Pallbearer to reach even further creatively for what would come next. In August of 2014, the band released the monumental and acclaimed, Foundations Of Burden; an album that delves even deeper into Pallbearer’s melodic contexts, adding a new and compelling dimension to music which has long since proven itself to be inexorably captivating.

Check out the band’s rigorous Spring/Summer European touring schedule below.

May 20 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
May 21 Prague, CZ @ Klub 007
May 22 Koln, DE @ MTC
May 23 Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who
May 24 Brussels, BE @ AB Club
May 25 Paris, FR @ Social Club
May 26 Schorndorf @ Club Manufaktur
May 27 Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
May 29 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
May 31 Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival
June 1 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
June 2 Birmingham, UK @ Rainbow
June 3 London, UK @ 100 Club
June 5 Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
June 6&7 Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Fest
June 12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 14 Edmonton, AB @ Farmageddon
June 17 Melbourne, AUS @ Ding Dong Lounge
June 18 Hobart, AUS @ Dark Mofo Festival
June 19 Melbourne, AUS @ Northcote Social
June 20 Sydney, AUS @ Hermann’s Bar
June 21 Brisbane, AUS @ Crowbar
June 24 Osaka, Japan @ Conpass
June 25 Nagoya, Japan @ Huck Finn
June 26 Tokyo, Japan @ Earthdom
June 30 Oslo, NO @ BLÅ
July 1 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
July 2 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
July 3 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
July 4 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden
July 6 Milano, IT @ Lo Fi Club
July 7 Bologna, IT @ Freakout Club
July 8 Roma, IT @ Traffic Live
July 9 Padua, IT @ Radar Festival
July 10 Vienna, AT @ Mind Over Matter Festival
July 11 Erfurt, DE @ Stoned from the Underground – Festival
July 30 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah ^
July 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *
August 1 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom *
August 3 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
August 4 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw *
August 5 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
August 7 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
August 8 Denver, CO @ The Gothic *
August 10 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights *
August 11 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
August 12 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *
August 13 Toronto, ON @ Opera House *
August 14 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon *
August 15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
August 17 Boston, MA @ Royale *
August 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
August 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
August 20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage *
August 21 Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s *
August 22 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
August 23 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s *
^ w/ High On Fire, Lucifer
* w/ High On Fire, Lucifer, Venomous Maximus

Pallbearer, “Watcher in the Dark” official video

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Greenleaf Sign to Napalm Records; Euro Tour Starts June 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


After four full-lengths on Small Stone, Swedish heavy rockers Greenleaf will release their next album on Napalm Records. They’ve started to record their next album already. Interested to hear where they go. Their last outing, 2014’s Trails and Passes (review here), seemed to be moving in a different direction than its predecessors, shifting the focus from studio experimentation and guest performers to a more sustainable, stage-ready presentation — something stripped down from the two records before, but that Greenleaf could take on the road. They proceeded to do precisely that after its release, and the lineup of guitarist Tommi Holappa, bassist Johan Rockner, drummer Sebastian Olsson and drummer Arvid Jonsson will head out on tour again June 6 in Europe.

Kudos to the band and to Napalm on the pick. Here’s the announcement from the PR wire:

greenleaf tour dates


Swedish Rockers GREENLEAF are pleased to announce that they have signed a worldwide deal Napalm Records!

GREENLEAF on the signing with Napalm Records:
“We’re happy to announce that the next GREENLEAF album will be released on Napalm Records! After many great years with Small Stone Records and especially Scott Hamilton we want to say THANK YOU! With Napalm Records we found the perfect partner to make the next step. It’s an honour to be on the same label as great bands as Monster Magnet, My Sleeping Karma, Brant Bjork, John Garcia and Vista Chino.The progress of recording the first album starts in the end of May. The songs are ready and we’re really stoked about putting it down on tape!”

Sebastian Muench, A&R Napalm Records:
“Napalm Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing with GREENLEAF! The 2014 album release of “Trails & Passes” has been celebrated in the Rock/Stoner community as a true masterpiece! If you had not had a chance to see GREENLEAF live than you can catch them share the stage with CLUTCH, WEEDEATER or various other headline shows! Greenleaf will also play Crumble Fight Fest, Stoned From The Underground, Red Smoke Festival, Rock im Wald, Krach am Bach, Lake on Fire and many more! Welcome to the Napalm Family!!”

More news on the upcoming album will be unveiled soon!
To shorten the waiting time, find all upcoming shows & summer festivals below!

06.06.15 FR – Crumble Fight Fest / Montaigu
07.06.15 FR – Heretic Club / Bordeaux
09.06.15 LUX – Den Atelier / Luxembourg City
10.06.15 CH -Kinski / Zurich
11.06.15 FR -Le Brin De Zinc / Chambery
12.06.15 FR – Warmaudio / Lyon
13.06.15 FR – Le Volume / Nice
03.07.15 SE – Peace & Love Festival / Borlänge
08.07.15 DE – La Casa / Cottbus
09.07.15 DE – Stoned From The Unerground
12.07.15 PL – Red Smoke Festival / Pleszew
15.07.15 PL – Chmury / Warsaw
16.07.15 PL – Stonamite / Gdansk / Poland
17.07.15 LI – Devilstone Open Air / Anyksciai
24.07.15 DE – Rock im Wald / Neuensee
25.07.15 DE – Krach am Bach / Beelen
07.08.15 AT – Lake on Fire / Waldhausen
08.08.15 CH – Out in Gurin / Sargans
14.08.15 DE – Aquamaria Festival / Plattenburg
29.08.15 SE – Iris Festival / Öland

Greenleaf, Trails and Passes (2014)

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Backwoods Payback Announce Live Shows

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Making their way back to active status following a stint on the DL, Pennsylvania heavy merchants Backwoods Payback have announced two weekenders set to take place next month that will take them out of their West Chester home and onward to regional outlets in New Jersey, PA, Virginia and Maryland. It’s four shows spread over two weeks, so hardly the heaviest touring they’ve done, but with just periodic appearances under their collective belt since the release of their 2014 EP, In the Ditch (review here), it bodes well for what might lay ahead, and frankly, it’s good to hear anything from them at all.

Backwoods Payback‘s most recent show was May 15, playing the after-party for the Bethlehem, PA, date of the Clutch/Mastodon tour, but prior to that, they also shared the stage with Black CowgirlGeneration of Vipers and U.S. Christmas at The Depot in York at the end of April, so there have been stirrings leading to these weekenders coming up. The addition of new drummer Pierson Roe (Castle Freak) alongside guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings and bassist Jessica Baker will no doubt make gigging easier in the months upcoming, and in announcing the shows, the band also teases a possibility of a new album, which would be their sophomore outing following 2011’s Small Stone full-length debut, Momantha (review here).

Most likely that’s a ways off — though I guess they could surprise everybody with a new record tomorrow; anything’s possible — but either way, that they’re starting to get out again is a step in the right direction. Their announcement was quick and to the point:

backwoods payback june tour

JUNE DATES! this convoy is heading back out where we belong…on the ROAD!

New shows, new songs, new merch, new drummer, new RECORD???

Backwoods Payback on tour:
06/12 The Meatlocker, Montclair, NJ
06/13 The Funhouse, Bethlehem, PA
06/19 Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
06/20 Guido’s Speakeasy, Frederick, MD

Backwoods Payback, In the Ditch (2014)

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