Space Guerrilla New EP Boundless Available Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Classic stoner nod permeates Boundless, the debut release from Brazilian instrumental trio Space Guerrilla, but I think what really won me over was the Planet of the Apes sample in opener “Lift Off,” taken from the film’s opening monologue, by a pre-“cold dead hands” Charlton Heston. Haven’t watched that movie in a while — though I just saw the second reboot flick that came out last summer, and meh; Andy Sirkis is a highly-specialized genius and no James Franco is always a plus — but might have to break it out again and see if I can line it and the EP up to play at the same time. I doubt it’ll have any strange synchronized effect or anything, but might be fun either way, though the Planet of the Apes lines are just one of a multitude of samples used throughout the five-track outing.

The whole EP is available to stream on the band’s Soundcloud, so feel free to dig in on the player below if you’re looking for something riffy and spacey for the afternoon. Also included is some background on Space Guerrilla, should you want to familiarize yourself. They like stoner rock:

space guerrilla boundless

In August 2013, a journey through time and space began. The cosmonauts Angelo Boose (guitar), Cristiano Muniz (bass) and Guga RB (drums) reunited in the city of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, to start the deep space cruising by Space Guerrilla. Throughout long smokey reharsal sessions, they wrote five songs which are part of its first EP “Boundless”, recorded at Hurricane Studio by the wizard Sebastian Carsin.

Gathering inspiration from distant galaxies, Space Guerrilla’s music is influenced by stoner rock bands such as Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Unida, Dozer, Truckfighters, Weedpecker, and 60’s-70’s rock bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream and others.

EP Boundless (2014)
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Mountain God to Release New EP in February

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

By the time it comes out, it’ll be about a year since the first announcement from Brooklyn’s Mountain God of their forthcoming EP, Forest of the Lost. Why the delay? Well, aside from playing shows, which they’ve done all year, most recently at Brooklyn’s Sludgefeast this past weekend alongside Naam for their final gig, It’s Not Night: It’s Space and an impressive assemblage of others, they’ve also had a few lineup changes, trading out drummer Ian Murray for Ryan Smith (also of Thera Roya) and losing keyboardist Jon Powell to a move, only to fill the gap with noisemaker/vocalist Chris “Dickler” Dialogue, formerly a bandmate of Mountain God bassist Nihil Kamineni in AlkahestKamineni, who also handles recording for the band, and guitarist/vocalist Ben Ianuzzi remain from the original lineup (pictured above), and though both Murray and Powell played on Forest of the Lost, it seems like Mountain God‘s expanding conceptual basis — not to mention their biography — is only going to get more complex as time goes on.

If you look out the right side of the plane, you’ll see this off the PR wire:

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On February 20th, 2015, Mountain God will release its sophomore record, “Forest of the Lost”. The EP is a concept record, consisting of a single song broken down into different movements.

The diverse track twists and turns over the course of 20 minutes, focusing on the plight of a medieval village, located somewhere in the deepest recesses of mankind’s history. The village children, left to their own devices, disappear into the night searching for proof of a local witch, all the while their parents engage in acts of depravity and debauchery.

As the story reaches a climax, the listener is challenged into thinking about the cast of characters, and the true nature of good, evil, neutrality, and indifference. Musically, the record is a melding of 60s and 70s psychedelics and aesthetics with the heaviness, crunch, and shattering riffs of traditional doom and metal.

“Forest” builds on the ground covered in “Experimentation on the Unwilling” (released July 2013), exploring new sounds and textures, all the while continuing down the pathway of socially conscious topics.

The band will play a record release show February 20th in Brooklyn, and the track will have a physical release. Mountain God will release more information about each of these points later in the year.

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Mountain God, Live at Sludgefeast, Brooklyn, NYC, Nov. 15, 2014

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The Midnight Ghost Train Announce Release Date for Cold was the Ground

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The steady ascent of bombastic blues rockers The Midnight Ghost Train looks set to continue into the New Year. Come late February/early March, the Topeka, Kansas, three-piece will issue their third album, Cold was the Ground, in 2015 as their debut on Napalm Records. It follows 2012’s hog-wild Buffalo (review here), and seems to have at least some commonality of artwork with that album, a lone figure standing against a single-color backdrop of rural America, complete with overgrown field. Only difference is that where Buffalo had a topless woman in sepia that seemed to convey a sentimentality for a time that never was, Cold was the Ground brings a black and white scowl of a man (fully dressed to a near-Baptist degree) standing in front of a house in squalor. If that’s some promise of how the two records might compare to each other sound-wise, the ground may be cold indeed when the new one arrives.

Already veterans of Roadburn, the Desertfests, Freak Valley (where the above photo was taken) and many others on extensive US and European tours over the last few years, The Midnight Ghost Train were announced this week as taking part in the 2015 Hellfest in Clisson, France, next June. This week, however, they’re kicking around the Midwest, presumably just because it hurts them to sit still for too long. Dates are included with the release info and tracklisting for the new record below:

the midnight ghost train cold was the ground

HERE IT IS. The Cover, Tracklist and Release Dates of our new album “Cold Was The Ground”

Release Dates:
2.28.2015 – GSA / Europe / AUS
3.2.2015 – UK / NO / FR / DK / IT
3.04.2015 – SE / ESP
3.10.2015 – USA / CAN

Tracklist:
1. Along The Chasm
2. Gladstone
3. BC Trucker
4. Arvonia
5. One Last Shelter
6. The Canfield
7. Straight To The North
8. No. 227
9. The Little Sparrow
10. Twin Souls
11. Mantis

The Midnight Ghost Train live:
11.19.14 The Rockery, Detroit, MI
11.20.14 The Avenue Cafe, Lansing, MI
11.21.14 Crunchy Frog, Green Bay, WI
11.22.14 Eronel, Dubuque, IA
06.19.15 Hellfest, Clisson, France

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The Midnight Ghost Train, Buffalo (2012)

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Conan Begin Writing New Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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After last month announcing the acquisition of drummer Rich Lewis, UK planet destroyers Conan have put word out that they’ve begun writing for their next album. It will be their third full-length and will arrive as the follow-up to early-2014’s Napalm Records debut, Blood Eagle (review here), which furthered the band’s penchant for over-the-top-if-the-top-was-the-very-bottom-of-low-end tonality, vicious hooks and minimally lyricized tales of slaughter — all things that have become Conan‘s hallmarks as much as the cavernous footprint left behind after they play.

Whatever they title their next LP, it will be a landmark for the band. Not only because it’s their second for Napalm or the always-pivotal third album, but because it will be the first outing since their 2010 Horseback Battle Hammer EP (review here) not to feature drummer Paul O’Neil and the first with longtime producer Chris Fielding on bass and sharing vocal duties with guitarist, vocalist and founder Jon Davis (interview here). Lewis comes to the band from Cardiff metallers Intensive Square, who’ll reportedly have a new record out next year as well. Conan also being confirmed for their live debut on US shores at the 2015 Maryland Deathfest and having a UK tour in the works for earlier in the year and no doubt much more to come, it seems like Lewis‘ intro to the band’s touring cycle is going to be a busy one. You could say it already has been since they recently put in a couple weeks on the road together and made their first appearance in Britain at the Underworld in Camden Town on Oct. 30.

Still, only going to get busier. The three-piece confirmed work in progress thusly:

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NEW ALBUM UNDERWAY…..

This week we have begun writing a new full length album.

You can understand that we will not commit anything to the recording until it is heavier than Blood Eagle – that would be pointless.

When it is ready we will update further but so far things are sounding totally ridiculous.

Hails.

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Conan, “Altar of Grief,” Live in Osnabrück, Germany, Oct. 15, 2014

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The Well Robbed in Memphis; Fundraiser Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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You know what makes The Well getting robbed worse? It’s their first tour, and it was pretty much over! Yesterday, before making their way from Memphis, Tennessee, to Shreveport, Louisiana, the Austin-based trio decided to take a tour of Sun Studios. I’ve been on that tour. You get to see the room where The Million Dollar Quartet happened, and the tour guide talks about Johnny Cash putting dollars in his guitar to play “Folsom Prison Blues” and so on. It’s a good time, except that when The Well exited through the gift shop, they found that their van had been broken into, and their luggage, laptop and the $1,900 that was presumably the money they’d managed to earn on the road with All Them Witches for most of the 15 nights prior were gone. What a bummer.

I’m not sure who Cynthia Ruiz is, but she jumped on the situation by setting up a crowdfunding campaign to help The Well get back to where they need to be following the RidingEasy Records release of their first full-length, Samsara (review here). Their tour ends tonight in Dallas. You know the drill. Link and info below:

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Help the Well Get Well

“Well, it happened. While we were touring sun studios, someone broke into the van. THANK GOD they didn’t get any gear thanks to built in shelves separating the back of the van, but they stole ALL our luggage, Lisa’s computer and $1900 in cash. Feeling sick right now. Onward to Shreveport. Fuck.”

People say Karma is a bitch, but let’s prove she can be a sweetheart, too. If you believe in good people and good music, please show THE WELL some love and send them a buck or two in light of their recent misfortune in the south. While their gear was spared, all of their personal luggage, laptop, and well-earned cash was stolen by some rat bastards on the last leg of their inaugural tour. In all, the band lost about $4000 to some sorry ass thieves and I’d love to see some of that returned to them. Help me help them end their first tour with some positivity and hell yeahs!!!

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The Well, Samsara (2014)

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SardoniS Release Split LP with Drums are for Parades

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Belgian crusher duo SardoniS have teamed with countrymen instrumentalists Drums are for Parades for a new split LP released as part of Hypertension Records‘ The Abyss Stares Back series. It is a one-time pressing of 500 copies on 180g vinyl, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. For SardoniS, this is the third split in a little over two years, since in 2012 just before their second full-length, II, came out, they partnered with Tank86, and shortly after, with Eternal Elysium, but for Drums are for Parades, it seems to be their first outing since 2011’s Imperium, though their Soundcloud page is littered with live tracks and other sundry whathaveyou.

What’s the point? Heavy vinyl. SardoniS‘ thing is riffy bludgeoning and Drums are for Parades get down with some more psychedelic, key-laden meandering, so the two are well-suited to play off each other’s style, and since I know nothing goes down quite as smooth as a large plastic platter these days, it seemed worth noting the release of the split.

So here goes:

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New vinyl out now! (+free 7″)

The Drums are for Parades / SardoniS split LP is out now! You can order here; http://sardonis.bigcartel.com

We have some vinyl packages with shirt or hoodie. And we throw in a free SardoniS/Tank86 7″ for the first 25 orders.

This is the 3rd release of the split series “The Abyss Stares Back” by Hypertension Records. It’s is a one-time pressing of 500 copies on 180 gr vinyl in a thick reversed cardboardsleeve + insert + presspictures + stickers

Other titles in the series “THE ABYSS STARES BACK” are:

1- Amenra / vvovnds – split LP
2- Primitive Man / Hessian – split LP
3- Drums are for Parades / SardoniS – split LP
4- Alkerdeel / Nihill – split LP
5- Scott Kelly / Syndrome – split LP

Thanks for supporting the brotherhood of SardoniS!

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Sardonis/Drums are for Parades, Split LP (2014)

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Magnetic Eye Records Extends Pressing for Electric Ladyland Redux Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Some of today’s finest heavy bands covering some of the best rock and roll ever crafted, the Electric Ladyland [Redux] tribute to Jimi Hendrix from Magnetic Eye Records was going to be a hard one to beat from the start, but at this point what started out as a Kickstarter presale with a $5,000 goal has surpassed five times that. As of this post, it’s over $26,000. Today, Nov. 17, was to be the end of the presale. 500 copies sold, a bonus Best of Jimi Hendrix covers LP (the cover below) included as a thanks to those who contributed enough to get it, done and done. Well, the announcement just came through to the backers that Magnetic Eye is continuing the push.

The new goal? $30,000. That ups the pressing from 500 copies to 1,000. Less than $4,000 to go, and given the scale of the project at this point, that seems infinitely doable. Kudos to the label on coordinating such a powerful assemblage. It’s rare to see the heavy rock scene so universally agree on anything, but I’ve yet to hear any dissent when it comes to this, and the amount of money put in speaks for itself.

Here’s the announcement and the tracklisting for who’s covering what:

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Electric Ladyland [Redux] by Magnetic Eye Records: Smashed Right Thru SOLD OUT Status! 2nd Stretch Goal, $30,000.00!

Being that we are smashing thru 500 backers and a pressing of 500 LPs we are deciding to put the pedal to the metal and go for 1,000. There will only be a 1 and only first pressing of Electric Ladyland [Redux] so the time to act is now. Tell your friends, your neighbors, etc…. EARTHLESS, ALL THEM WITCHES, THE BUDOS BAND, SUMMONER, ELDER, OPEN HAND, KING BUFFALO, TUNGA MOLN, CLAYMATION, ELEPHANT TREE, GOZU, MOTHERSHIP, WO FAT, MOS GENERATOR, SUPERCHIEF, THE PHUSS covering Electric Ladyland in full with cover art by David Paul Seymour, COME ON!

And if that is not enough, a ‘Best Of’ including Child, Ironweed, Geezer, Stubb, Rosy Finch, Elephant Tree, etc! with cover art by Caitlin Hackett. Out of control. So we made a final stretch goal. Here is the info:

FINAL STRETCH GOAL: $30,000.00 = 1,000 Electric Ladyland [Redux] LPs Pressed

Clearly, we are thrilled with the support and interest this project and these releases are receiving. We are creating a $30,000.00 stretch goal to allow us to increase the amount of records pressed 1,000 to accommodate additional backers. We planned to hit $25K and press 500 copies, as we pass 500 backers we will continue to adjust our plan based on the number of backers and amount pledged. We are already so humbled and grateful. Thank you!

the Electric Ladyland [REDUX] track list:
Elephant Tree “…And the Gods Made Love”
Open Hand “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)”
Superchief “Crosstown Traffic”
All Them Witches “Voodoo Child”
The Phuss “Little Miss Strange”
The Budos Band “Long Hot Summer Night”
Earthless “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)
Wo Fat “Gypsy Eyes”
Mos Generator “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”
Gozu “Rainy Day, Dream Away”
Summoner “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
Claymation “Moon, Turn the Tides… Gently Gently Away”
Mothership “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”
King Buffalo “House Burning Down”
Tunga Moln “All Along the Watchtower”
Elder “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

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Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

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Desertfest London 2015 Adds The Atomic Bitchwax, The Wounded Kings, Lo-Pan, Black Pyramid, Amulet, Desert Storm, Floor and Karma to Burn to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Desertfest London 2015 was due for a big round of adds, and if they had a quota, you can pretty much consider it met. Eight bands were confirmed for the bill of the Camden Town festival today, among them Lo-Pan and Black Pyramid, who’ll also be at Desertfest Berlin together, UK natives The Wounded Kings (who’ll be there with original singer George Birch in the lineup), Desert Storm, Amulet, reunited pummelers Floor, Jersey’s finest power trio The Atomic Bitchwax and instrumentalists Karma to Burn, for whom this will be a return appearance. With SleepRed Fang and Orange Goblin already on the bill, at very least we can surmise Desertfest knows what it likes.

I don’t know how much more there is to come from Desertfest London 2015 — April is still months away, so one assumes plenty — but to look at this lineup already, it’s an enviable assemblage and shows in its variety how far the festival has progressed in its few short years. Minsk and Lo-Pan sharing a bill? Noothgrush and My Sleeping Karma? Seems like whatever poison you want to pick, they can accommodate.

From the PR wire:

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FLOOR, KARMA TO BURN, BLACK PYRAMID, LO-PAN, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX and more added to the DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 lineup

Once again, DESERTFEST LONDON fired a crushing salvo of heaviness by adding eight more kickass bands to their 2015 lineup. FLOOR, KARMA TO BURN, BLACK PYRAMID, LO-PAN, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, AMULET, DESERT STORM and THE WOUNDED KINGS are consequently joining the party, which will take place on April 24-26th in Camden.

Already confirmed:

SLEEP
RED FANG
ORANGE GOBLIN
MY SLEEPING KARMA
NOOTHGRUSH
MINSK
BLACK COBRA
DOPETHRONE
AGRIMONIA
WALK THROUGH FIRE
FLOOR
KARMA TO BURN
BLACK PYRAMID
LO-PAN
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX
AMULET
DESERT STORM
THE WOUNDED KINGS

DESERTFEST LONDON
April 24-26th 2015 in Camden Town
Koko – Electric Ballroom – The Underworld – The Black Heart

Tickets on sale now AT THIS LOCATION
Hotel & ticket packages info available HERE

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The Atomic Bitchwax, Live at the Purple Turtle, London, UK, April 27, 2011

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Arik Roper and Skinner Art Show Opens Tonight in Brooklyn

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine will be hosting a gallery show for the next few weeks featuring the works of Brooklyn-based Arik Roper and Oakland, CA’s Skinner. Dubbed “New Maps of the Abyss,” the show plays Roper‘s sometimes murky, darker-toned visualizations off of Skinner‘s vivid, otherworldly sharpness, both working in an epic style but obviously playing off different influences. If you happen to be in that part of the world tonight, they’re doing an opening whathaveyou this evening, and if you’re going to be sometime in the next few weeks, the show will be going on until Dec. 7. Anytime you get to see Roper‘s work in person and appreciate the detail, it’s worth doing so, and I’m not sure, but I guess there’s always a chance Skinner might be showing some of his patches and/or figurines along with the prints, and whatever winds up being there, you don’t really lose.

Info comes courtesy of Cotton Candy Machine:

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ARIK ROPER AND SKINNER

November 14th – December 7th

New Maps Of The Abyss is a two man show presenting new bodies of work by Arik Roper and Skinner, two of the most distinct voices in proto fantasy art today. Two distinct styles covering the more distant spaces on the spectrum of bizarre visionary art. Illustrative, fantastic and one of a kind, these two mind freaks have naturally gravitated towards each other to form this amazing show.

The installation they have created at the Cotton Candy Machine will transport you to a place where you could experience these visions in their natural habitat! Welcome to new maps of the abyss!

Presale for the show is live now and selling fast. Visit our event page here to preview the available works!

Please email info@thecottoncandymachine.com with a list of paintings you would like to purchase. Do include alternates choices in case the pieces you are after have been sold.

Join us for the opening event!

Skinner challenged himself to create new visions of classic Dungeons and Dragons characters in a new illustrative reconnection to himself in an homage to the things that have ignited his mind as a youth! An indulgent look at his heart held influences.

An outstanding 38 original paintings now fill the walls with Skinners insane vision and rebirth of these classic monsters.

Cotton Candy Machine will be releasing a new limited edition print from Skinner tomorrow at the opening first come first served. So come early!

For New Maps Of The Abyss, Arik Roper has created scenes and entities that one would encounter when traveling into the subconscious abyss! All in his incredibly beautiful otherworldly style.

At the opening event we will be releasing a print of the album art fromSleep’s Dope Smoker. This print has never been released and the quantities are very limited at opening. We will be releasing these large 36″ x 17″ prints first come first served along with a new print from the show at the opening so come early!

Join us for the opening event!

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm – 11pm

235 South 1st Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer)
Brooklyn, NYC 11211
718.387.3844

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Arik Roper and Skinner Art Show Trailer

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Neurosis Playing End-of-Year Shows in California

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Neurosis are in Mexico City next weekend for the Bestia festival, and they’ve also just announced they’ll do a trio of California shows to round out 2014, a year that’s already seen them play multiple shows and fests in a kind of gradual return to playing live which, if you’ll recall, they weren’t so much about for most of the last decade. They’ve already confirmed Maryland Deathfest for 2015 and one imagines it won’t be the only gig they wind up playing. If they keep it up, one might almost be tempted to think of them as a touring band again. How that might play into the post-metal progenitors following-up their 2012 studio outing, Honor Found in Decay (review here), is anyone’s best guess, but if time has proven anything it’s that the appropriate course of action is to let Neurosis do whatever the fuck they want at their own pace and excellence will ensue.

The PR wire lets you know how it is:

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NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. While the members of NEUROSIS currently reside in numerous areas of the country, the Bay Area will forever remain the land of the band’s origin, and to commemorate one of their most active years performing abroad in their nearly three decades in existence, they’ll unite for a trio of concerts including two shows back where it all began.

The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County’s Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st — will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of these headlining shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland’s morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco’s sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, MX w/ The Ex, Monogatari, more
12/29/2014 The Conservatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more

The newly-announced trio of performances comes as NEUROSIS continues their massive 2014 live campaign, as the band has just conquered the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III in Tucson, Arizona, and next week will headline the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The five-day gala, set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, will include performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed, in addition to music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band’s return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings — including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP — throughout 2010 and 2011, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s mighty Honor Found In Decay LP, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with their longtime visuals at their live shows, empowering their grand anthems to their fans in a monolithic, more human approach. Since its release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

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Neurosis, Live at Southwest Terror Fest, Oct. 18, 2014

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Heavy Psych Sounds Announces Two-Day Label Showcase; Wild Eyes Euro Tour Starts Tomorrow

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

wild eyes (Photo by Amanda Rhoades)

I guess with San Francisco’s Wild Eyes rolling through town, Rome’s Heavy Psych Sounds imprint decided to make an event of it. Label head Gabriele Fiori has done so in style, with a two-night showcase bringing in Ufomammut – fresh off the recording of their new album — to headline one night with his own band, Black Rainbows, as well as Isaak on the bill, while Wild Eyes themselves will headline the second night, with Ape Skull and The Wisdoom supporting. Kind of a mini-fest, but a solid showing of Heavy Psych Sounds‘ acts, plus Ufomammut, and if nothing else, it’s bound to make Wild Eyes‘ trip through Rome a memorable one.

Wild Eyes kicks off their European tour tomorrow. All the dates can be found under the label showcase info, as well as the stream of their new release, Above Becomes Below. Rock and roll:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records is proud to present the first Showcase ever with all the bands of the label Wild Eyes from San Francisco, with their last show of the European tour, Isaak introducing the upcoming split record with Mos Generator, the mighty UFOMAMMUT will headline as guests the 4 december day, and last but not least, Black Rainbows, The Wisdoom and Ape Skull

INIT CLUB, Rome, Italy
INIT CLUB – ROMA
Via della stazione tuscolana 133
00182 – ROMA (IT)

04/12/2014:
UFOMAMMUT
Black Rainbows
Isaak

h 10:00 – 10 euro

05/12/2014:
WILD EYES
The Wisdoom
Ape Skull

h 10:00 – 7 euro

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records&Booking is proud to present  the European Tour of Great Cali Acid Rock n’ Roll Band:

***WILD EYES***
14/11/2014 IT Milano-Lo Fi
15/11/2014 IT Piacenza-Sound Bonico
16/11/2014 IT Erba-Centrale Rock
17/11/2014 CH La Chaux de Fonds-Café al Entre Deux
18/11/2014 CH Ins-Shuxenhaus
19/11/2014 CH Whinthertur-Gaswerk
20/11/2014 CH Luzern-Bruch Bros
21/11/2014 CH Olten-Coq D’or
22/11/2014 DE Augsburg-Ballonfabrik
23/11/2014 AU Graz-club wakuum
24/11/2014 AU Wien-Arena
25/11/2014 D Erfurt-Cafè Tiko
26/11/2014 D Leipzieg-Liwi
27/11/2014 D Berlin-Cortina Bob
28/11/2014 D Siegen-Vortex Club
29/11/2014 N Schoonhoven-De Bastille
30/11/2014 N Den Haag-Dystopia
01/12/2014 F
02/12/2014 F Nancy-Le Quai’Son
03/12/2014 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
04/12/2014 D Freiburg-White Rabbit
05/12/2014 IT Rome-Init Club “HPS Showcase”
06/12/2014 IT Pescara-Orange Rock

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Wild Eyes, Above Becomes Below (2014)

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Swans Announce March and April Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Considering that by the time they hit the road in May to support their latest album, To be Kind (review here), they were already playing new material, it’s probably safe to figure Swans will have progressed significantly when February rolls around, and that if they’re still around, “Frankie M.” and “Don’t Go” will be much different than they were when they started out. Or at least a little different. Probably angrier. Okay.

The Michael Gira-led troupe had previously announced an initial batch of 2015 dates that I didn’t get to post because I suck at this and they’ve just added some more for March and April. My trouble is debating whether I want to go north to Portland or south to Providence to see them in February. Maybe I’ll just drive to Albuquerque. That seemed like a nice town.

Swans will release a new digital EP called Oxygen with a few different versions of the To be Kind track of the same name on Nov. 25. You should buy it because when Swans sell things they use the money to make more music.

Dig:

swans crying baby

Swans add March and April dates to 2015 N. American touring

Swans have commenced the sixth leg of a year-long world-wide tour celebrating the release of their 2 CD set To Be Kind, the third studio album from this outfit since their reactivation by band primum mobile Michael Gira in 2010 after a 14 year hiatus. In addition, on November 4 they re-issued their 1983 debut album Filth on vinyl for the first time in decades. In addition on November 25 they release a digital EP of “Oxygen” from To Be Kind, featuring four different versions: an edit of Oxygen by Mute founder Daniel Miller, a live version from Primavera, an early version recorded at Gira’s home and an acoustic version recorded at StudioMute.

The touring line-up is: Michael Gira – guitar, voice (original Swans); Norman Westberg – guitar (original Swans); Christoph Hahn – guitar (mid period Swans and most Angels Of Light); Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most Angels); Chris Pravdica – bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din); Thor Harris – drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys, etc etc… (Angels / Shearwater). I’m hoping you’ll consider advancing this show with a feature, CD review or advance blurb.

To Be Kind was produced by Michael Gira, performed by the touring line-up, recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas; further recordings and mixing were accomplished at Congleton’s studio in Dallas, Texas. Gira says of the new album, “A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.” The album debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 sales chart and has garnered a huge amount of ecstatic coverage from a host of impressive outlets.

SWANS North American Tour Dates 2015
2/17/2015 Portland ME Port City Music Hall
2/18/2015 Providence RI Columbus Theatre
2/19/2015 Montreal QC Theatre National
2/20/2015 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theater
2/21/2015 Chicago IL Thalia Hall
2/23/2015 Grand Rapids MI The Pyramid Scheme
2/24/2015 Cincinnati OH Woodward Theater
2/25/2015 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
3/23/2015 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
3/25/2015 Baltimore MD Baltimore Soundstage
3/26/2015 Richmond VA The Broadberry
3/27/2015 Carrboro NC Cats Cradle
3/28/2015 Atlanta GA Terminal West
3/29/2015 Knoxville TN BIG EARS Festival
3/3/12015 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbit’s
4/1/2015 Saint Petersburg FL State Theater
4/2/2015 Pensacola FL Vinyl Music Hall
4/3/2015 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks
4/4/2015 Dallas TX Trees
4/6/2015 Austin TX The Parish
4/9/2015 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theate

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Swans, “Oxygen” Live in Dijon, France, March 28, 2013

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The Grand Astoria Release 9CD Box Set in Limited Edition of One Copy

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

the grand astoria

Released by the band in a hand-painted box in an edition of ONE copy, The Beginner’s Guide to The Grand Astoria includes nine CDs, two 7″s and a plethora of other pieces of memorabilia: backstage passes, stickers, and so on, plus some stuff from Kamille Sharapodinov‘s side-project. It’s really more than just a beginner’s guide, considering it’s everything, but an impressive assemblage all the same, and even more tempting since it’s put together personally by the band and they’re only doing one of them.

The Grand Astoria are a hard band to keep up with. The prolific Russian rockers have, by my count, six releases out this year. Two are singles, one is a 29-minute track on a split with Argentina’s Montenegro, one’s a live record, one is a front-to-back cover of Black Flag‘s The Process of Weeding Out EP, and most recent is the full-length La Belle Epoque, which was released in September. It can be an overwhelming amount of material, but if you were ever thinking of diving in headfirst, The Beginner’s Guide to The Grand Astoria would at very least mean you’re all caught up. For now.

Here’s the post from Sharapodinov on the auction for the box, which seems to be taking place on Thee Facebooks:

the grand astoria box set

Okay folks! I promised something special for the real fans and supporters of THE GRAND ASTORIA and my other projects! Here is the box hand-painted by our lovely Sophia Miroedova which includes 9 CDs of The Grand Astoria, 2 seven inch singles of The Grand Astoria, 2 CDs of The Legendary Flower Punk with latest albums, 9 backstage passes from different festivals we played during these years, gently saved by me for this very moment, 1 ticket for our very FIRST SHOW EVER and also 1 sticker. I want only 130 euro (plus shipping costs) for this box.

Only one single copy in the whole world was made Because I am not sure how many of you may want to buy this – I decided to start an auction for this beauty which actually starts right now and will end on 22-00 (Russian time) on 18th of November 2014. If nobody is interested – I will put it to ebay later. All the money will support my recent music activities and I will really appreciate any sum! Put your bid under this post! Thank you and go ahead, first bid is 130 euro.

Sincerely,
Kamille

https://www.facebook.com/TheGrandAstoria
http://thegrandastoria.bandcamp.com/

The Grand Astoria, La Belle Epoque (2014)

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Atavismo to Release Desintegración this Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

atavismo

With former members of Mind! and Viaje a 800 in the lineup, Spanish trio Atavismo will make their recorded debut with the full-length Desintegración this week. The release is four songs of immersive and dreamy progressive psychedelia, not as space rocking as Mind!, who released Stunde Null (review here) last year, or as tonally weighted as the last Viaje a 800, 2012’s Coñac Oxigenado (review here), but exploring psychedelic ground somewhere between the two, the subdued bliss of “Oceanica” and classic swirl of “Kraken” sandwiched between two 10-plus-minute adventures that, one hopes, are the first of many to come.

Don’t be fooled by the black and white photo or dark cover art — this one’s in full color:

atavismo desintegracion

Atavismo – Desintegración New Album!!!! (ex-viaje a 800/ex-mind!)

DESINTEGRACION is the new album of Atavismo a Hard psychedelic experimental rock band from Algeciras (Spain).

Not on label Records joined to others records labels and friends (Odio Sonoro,Adansonia Records,Nooirax…) to present this amazing debut of a band with ex-Viaje a 800 member and Ex-Mind! members. Progressive rock sound and echoes of the Hard Psychedelic of bands like UFO first-era, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Pink Floyd post-Barret era, or Groundhogs…

Atavismo is formed by Sandra on drums and vocals, Matt on bass and Poti on guitar and vocals, all seasoned musicians in other bands in the area as Viaje a 800, Buena Muerte Trio or Pussyworm. With this formation have decided to develop sound issues with Mind! (maybe a little more traditional and recognizable within the canons considered “commercial” character) had not yet explored, to some extent regardless of electronic kraut reinforcements to reach the rawness and immediacy so characteristic of electric power trios.

This musical philosophy, certainly less sophisticated and dramatic, but much more visceral and risky, Atavismo want to be synonymous with sonic expansion of open and reverberating guitars, hypnotic rhythms, thus twinned with all those groups that have made the jam session almost a form of religion. Or to put it another way, as the name suggests, Atavismo members have decided to unleash all those musical genes that were waiting to retrieve the echoes of bands like the Grateful Dead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse and continue to manifest today in bands like Earthless, Major Stars and Dead Meadow. Thus, inserting in that tradition, but also providing the product of his own imagination and musical intuition, Atavismo intended fascinate and drag with all electrical chromaticity and rhythmic mantras that can boast. ¡Que así sea! “

If you want to listen it:
http://atavismo.bandcamp.com/

if you want more about it:
https://www.facebook.com/Atavismo

http://odiosonoro.bandcamp.com/album/atavismo-desintegraci-n
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Odio-Sonoro/255423944500267

Atavismo, “Kraken”

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Roadburn 2015: Wovenhand, Russian Circles, Uzala, Argus, Tombstones, Bell Witch and More Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Just days after announcing Anathema‘s special reunion setRoadburn 2015 turns around and lets loose with another round of lineup additions, including Wovenhand headlining Thursday night — ask me about how they were the heaviest band I saw at the fest in 2011; I’d love to tell you all about it — and Enslaved and Wardruna each playing individual sets on top of their collaborative Skuggsja set. Russian Circles will also play, and Helms Alee with whom they’ll be on tour in Europe, and it’s kind of buried under all the other details, but some other killer acts have joined the bill as well.

Among those, an immediate standout is Uzala, whose “Tenement of the Lost” has been stuck in my head the last few days, with its glorious wash of feedback and the sweetly depressive melody that emerges therefrom. The thought of Argus taking stage at Roadburn is a thrill as well, and Tombstones, who released their Red Skies and Dead Eyes (review here) album last year, and Bell Witch and Eagle Twin and Sun Worship and even more than that. It’s an astounding and exciting bunch of acts.

I won’t delay any further. Dig in:

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Wovenhand, Russian Circles, and more announced for Roadburn 2015; Enslaved and Wardruna unveil more show details

Roadburn is very pleased to announce Wovenhand, Russian Circles, Wardruna, and a second Enslaved performance among the latest additions to the 20th edition line up of the festival which will take place in April 2015.

Wovenhand and Russian Circles added to Thursday line up

Wovenhand’s incendiary performance at Roadburn 2011 remains one of the most talked-about shows in the festival’s history, and it’s a great pleasure to have David Eugene Edwards and his band back at the festival for what should be another thrilling, transformative concert. The band will reignite the 013 stage as the headline act on Thursday April 9.

Led by former 16 Horsepower frontman Edwards, Wovenhand similarly delves deep into the darker, more gothic side of Americana, only on a much more personal, introspective level. The latest album ‘Refractory Obdurate’ is the band’s most visceral work yet, with its heavier arrangements packing a devastating punch.

Already veterans of Roadburn, Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles will return to the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival for a much anticipated main stage performance on Thursday, April 9, filling the main hall with their spacious, tonally lavish sound.

With a blend of post-rock airiness, heavy riffing and progressive rhythms, they are one of the most evocative instrumental bands in the underground today, and we at Roadburn couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back.

Roadburn curators confirm details of special performances

After a stunning sneak preview of the upcoming Enslaved album, we can only conclude that the band keeps blasting past their own and their associated genres’ limits. Listening to the album prompted us to invite the band for a second show at Roadburn 2015 on Saturday, April 11th, so that all of our beloved attendees can bask in the band’s creativity and talent, and share our excitement about what is sure to become another Enslaved classic.

We at Roadburn are huge admirers of Enslaved, thus it won’t have come as a suprise that we have invited their guitarist/composer, Ivar Bjornson, along with Einar Selvik (Wardruna), to curate the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival (a special event named ‘Houses of the Holistic’) on Friday, April 10 at the 013 venue.

Besides performing Skuggsjá, the sound of Norway’s Norse History, together with Wardruna, Enslaved will also perform a show dubbed ‘House of Northern Gods’, which will consist of a set list specially put together for ‘Houses of the Holistic’, featuring songs from the band’s entire catalogue that embody the Norse gods, with accompanying visuals created by revered Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.

“The Friday show during Roadburn 2015 will indeed be a special one”, says Ivar Bjørnson. “We have named the concert ‘House of Northern Gods’ and it will consist of a walk-through of an imaginary, magical house. It is a mental construction that could represent the mythological Valhalla with its inhabitants – or in Jung’s school of psychology: the archetypical roles of the human psyche. This will be the foundation for the set-list and the framework around the concert; there’s a stem of thematic songs from ‘Allfadr Odinn’ (the Paternal archetype) on ‘Hordanes Land’ in 1993 up to ‘Materal’ (the Maternal archetype) from 2012’s ‘RIITIIR’ where various characters/ roles in the ‘House of Northern Gods’ are represented and materialized into music. These are the songs that will make up the Friday show at Roadburn 2015!”

“As if it wasn’t a big enough honour to play one show at Roadburn 2015, we get to play a second show Saturday!” Ivar continues. “We are already hard at work with planning to turn these into the most spectacular two Enslaved shows possible, as we know that this double-Roadburn-whammy is not likely to happen again (we’ve heard of lightening striking twice, but thrice?). This second show will be one of the first European shows where we present our new album, that will be released something like a month prior to Roadburn 2015. We don’t like to brag; but be prepared for something monumental! We will also make use of the fact that Tilburg will be loaded to the brim with friends and colleagues at this point, so don’t be surprised if the show culminates in Enslaved having good friends on stage to make sure we go out with a blast! He who lives will see…

Ivar Bjornson’s fellow curator, Einar Selvik will also be performing with Wardruna in a special performance, dubbed ‘House of the Spinning Seer’. The winners of Metal Hammer’s Golden God award for Best Underground Band, will take to the stage on Friday 10th of April as another part of ‘Houses of the Holistic’.

“We are very excited as well as honored to be back to perform at Roadburn 2015″‘ says Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, “and so we plan to use this occasion to give the audience a concert out of the ordinary. It will be a Wardruna concert in an all-new form. With almost twice the amount of musicians that we normally have on stage our sonic threads of old and new shall be majestically spun and our soundscape carefully woven on the loom of the spinning seer.”

Argus, Bell Witch, Darkher, Eagle Twin, Helms Alee, Sun Worship, Terminal Cheesecake, Tombstones, Brimstone and Uzala have also been confirmed for the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.

Tickets are still available HERE.

Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Fields of the Nephilim, Anathema, Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performing Dawn of The Dead and Susperia in its entirety, Zombi, Sólstafir, White Hills, Bongipper, Floor, Eyehategod and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

http://www.roadburn.com/roadburn-2015/tickets/
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Uzala, “Tenement of the Lost” from Tales of Blood and Fire (2013)

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