Rozamov and Husbandry Announce October Weekender Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Boston’s Rozamov just got back from a tour that included a stop at Crucialfest and New York’s Husbandry have a brand new video for the track ‘Grab Twist Pull’ and will head out with Moon Tooth in November, so both bands have plenty going on as they move toward rounding out 2017 both supporting and looking to move forward from their debut releases on Battleground/Dullest Records and Aqualamb, respectively. All the better to team up for a quick weekender next month for shows in their native territories of New York and Massachusetts, and to add intrigue, the final of the three dates for the weekender run, to be held at The Middle East — one assumes upstairs, but you can never be sure — that’s going to be recorded by GodCity Studio‘s mobile unit.

Does that mean Kurt Ballou (Converge) is going to helm live outings for both bands? Can’t imagine they’d bring him out and not put out the results. Something to watch for maybe as we head into 2018.

Show info came down the PR wire:

Rozamov & Husbandry – Northeast dates

Rozamov and Husbandry have announced a short string of Northeast dates this October, culminating in a show to be recorded by Godcity Studio at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.

10/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Well
10/21 – Florence, MA @ The 13th Floor Lounge
10/22 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East

Says Husbandry guitarist Jordan Usatch:

“There’s never an absence of ‘heavy’ young bands these days, but I’ve always felt that it’s few and far between of bands that do ‘heavy’ but also ‘interesting’ – so of course, ever since meeting the guys in Rozamov we’ve felt a kinship with them between odd-timed riffs and our mutual big-ass pedalboards. When approached to do a mini-tour in the New England area, using it to hire Godcity mobile recording services for a future live split-record project, we had to say yes. The tour starts at The Well in Brooklyn and culminates 10/22/17 at the Middle East Upstairs, where both bands will record our live sets, featuring new (and previously unreleased) music from both bands. The Middle East show will be rounded out by two other Boston bands- Kal Marks as well as Nomad Stones.”

Rozamov released their debut LP “This Mortal Road” this past March and have completed two tours since including stops at Austin Terror Fest and Crucialfest. The band digitally released a live recording from their March tour titled “Adaptations” earlier this summer and are have been hard at work on new material.

Husbandry recently released a video for their song “Grab Twist Pull” off of their debut LP “Fera” which was released last year. They also recently announced a US tour with fellow New York weirdos Moon Tooth for this November.

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Husbandry, “Grab Twist Pull” official video

Rozamov, “Serpent Cult” official video

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Eyes of the Sun Sign to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records; New Album Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

There isn’t much to go on in terms of studio material at this point when it comes to getting a sampling of wares from Brooklyn three-piece Eyes of the Sun, but one assumes that’ll change handily heading into the New Year and their debut on Metal Blade Records imprint Blacklight Media. That full-length, as yet untitled, will follow behind 2013’s Chapter I, and while one might not be able to chase that down in the usual streamable-insta-gratification methods of Bandcamp and whathaveyou, the live clip of the band performing at Lucky 13 Saloon in their native borough shows the kind of atmospheric sludge thrust they’re proliferating. Spoiler alert: it’s blown-out and sounds heavy as hell.

Announcement of the signing came down the PR wire:

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Eyes Of The Sun signs worldwide deal with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records

Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Brooklyn’s doom metal trio Eyes Of The Sun! After releasing their self-titled EP in 2010, and debut full-length Chapter I in 2013, the band is now poised to release their sophomore effort in 2018 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records.

Eyes Of The Sun comments: “This is the absolute highlight of our journey and we look forward to the days ahead. We are extremely proud to be part of the Blacklight Media/Metal Blade family and its history. This is a testament to the support of our friends, family and fans that have been with of us throughout the years.”

Chris Santos (Blacklight Media) adds: “The beauty of Blacklight Media, for me, is that I get to work with bands from so many different genres of metal, and am so psyched to be building such a diverse and uniquely different roster of amazing metal bands. On that note, I’m super stoked to be working with my friends Eyes Of the Sun from right here in Brooklyn, who are a crushingly heavy, wall-shaking earthquake of heavy doom with a live sound that has to be heard to be believed.”

Eyes Of The Sun was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks with Jeff a few months later on guitar. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O’Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past 10 years, delivering their unique brand of doom metal – which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves then experience and extract from. The band explains: “It is known throughout the laws of science and nature that the sun creates and sustains life…Now it stands witness to the atrocities, depletion and vile consumption manifested by mankind, which it originally sustained life for. In our way, we portray what is seen through the Eyes Of The Sun.”

Stay tuned for more news about Eyes Of The Sun coming soon!

Eyes Of The Sun line-up:
Jeff Blanchard – Vocals & Bass
Miguel De Jesus Jr. – Guitar
Chris O’Neil – Drums

Photo credit: Sophy Holland

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Gnaw Announce New Album Cutting Pieces Coming Oct. 27

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I suppose it’s fair to say the prospect of a new Gnaw album is something to look forward to, but keep in mind who and what we’re talking about here. It’s not something you look forward to the way you look forward to an ice cream sandwich, or a warm sunny day. It’s the kind of thing you look forward to the way you look forward to having your skin flayed. The Alan Dubin-fronted Brooklyn purveyors-of-that-which-is-fucked will release their third full-length, Cutting Pieces, as their first offering through Translation Loss on Oct. 27. Preorders are up (link below) and they’ve got the suitably scathing “Septic” up as a streaming preview and you can check it out at the bottom of this post if you’re feeling particularly daring.

Noteworthy that as Gnaw move past their last outing, Horrible Chamber, they welcome Insect Ark‘s Dana Schechter to the lineup. Not that they were exactly hurting for experimentalism before, but there’s just about no way she doesn’t add to the atmosphere of Cutting Pieces. All the more reason to look forward to the record’s arrival, you know, in that particular kind of way.

From the PR wire:

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GNAW To Release Third LP, Cutting Pieces, Via Translation Loss In October

New York City-based experimental/noise metal outfit GNAW has completed the harrowing third album, Cutting Pieces, securing the record for late October release through Translation Loss Records. The LP’s “Septic” is now playing as the label issues preorders and more.

Closing a four-year gap since their acclaimed Horrible Chamber LP (Seventh Rule, 2013), GNAW crawls forth from the gutters once again, dredging forth some of their most unnerving audio assaults to date on Cutting Pieces. The seismic atrocities and haunting intricacies on Cutting Pieces leave an instantly damaging, long-lasting impression, their cumulative decimation undoubtedly producing GNAW’s most cinematic terror to date.

Decibel unleashes the first single from Cutting Pieces, through an exclusive stream of “Septic,” featuring background vocals courtesy of Stefania Alos Pedretti of OvO. GNAW issues of the track, “‘Septic’ is one of the faster tunes on the album. The guitars sound like razors and the ending is utterly creepy. We’re honored to have Stefania from OvO on it thickening up the chorus with her unique cave-woman like voice.”

Translation Loss will release Cutting Pieces on LP, CD, and digital formats on October 27th; find preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Watch for additional audio samples including multiple videos and more on Cutting Pieces to be issued up to and through the album’s release.

A recent personnel shift sees the GNAW lineup now including Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, ex-Angels Of Light) on lap steel guitar, joining returning assassins, Alan Dubin (Khanate, OLD), Brian Beatrice, Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Eric Neuser, and Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard). Cutting Pieces was written and recorded over the past two years at various studios and locales across NYC, the bulk of the music was written by Thornton, Beatrice, and Dubin with all members creating sound elements and arrangements, the final record mixed by Beatrice. Coalescing with Dubin’s twisted lyrical visions, these factors culminate into the outfit’s most terrifying movielike torment and tension yet. The album was once again mastered by James Plotkin. The graphic and type design for the cover was done by French designer Sebastien Hayez who did the first two GNAW albums as well.

Collectively, GNAW utilized an extensive arsenal of instruments on Cutting Pieces, including guitars, bass, drums, voice, lap steel guitar, Chinese cello, Weevil, conga, sawed off Kramer, Drone Thing oscillator, Alto sax, homemade light oscillator, micro cassette recorder, chain link fence, a small child, 2002 Toshiba laptop, voice dictator and space bar, and more. Cutting Pieces also features guest musicians Stefania Alos Pedretti of Italian noise rock act OvO contributing background vocals to the track “Septic,” and Swiss saxophone player and sound artist Antoine Chessex (ex-Monno) contributing saxophone and amplifier to “Triptych.”

Cutting Pieces Track Listing:
1. Rat
2. Septic
3. Wrong
4. Prowled Mary
5. Extended Suicide
6. Fire
7. Triptych

With more widespread tour plans coming together for later this year and next, GNAW has booked several upcoming NYC-area shows, including the Nightside Of Eden Fest at The Paper Box in Brooklyn on October 7th alongside Acheron, Kult Ov Azazel, Sardonic Witchery, T.O.M.B., Abazagorath, Teloch Vovin, and more. GNAW will also play a record release show for Cutting Pieces at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on October 29th, joined by Couch Slut, Syndromes, and more.

GNAW Live:
10/07/2017 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY @ Nightside Of Eden Fest w/ Kult Ov Azazel, T.O.M.B.
10/29/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY *record release show w/ Couch Slut, Syndromes

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Live Review: Shroud Eater, Eternal Black and Begotten in Brooklyn, 09.05.17

Posted in Reviews on September 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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You ever have one of those bands you just can’t seem to see? I’ll try not to bore you with the barrage of internal links, but I’ve been writing about Miami’s Shroud Eater for eight years since their demo (review here) arrived on my doorstep in 2009, and yet, at every opportunity when I’d otherwise see them, something has come up, the show has been canceled, I’ve moved out of the state, whatever it might be — point is it’s always been something. Well not this time, god damn it. This time I was going to finally see Shroud Eater.

The good news is it worked out. The Floridian three-piece hit Brooklyn’s venerated Saint Vitus Bar with support from reformed riffers Begotten and the doomly Eternal Black for a Tuesday night lineup that had no dip front to back. The bad news? Pretty much the only reason I was able to be there was because I was on my way to New Jersey for my grandmother’s funeral later in the week. Further bad news? Shroud Eater canceled the rest of their tour and were turning back south after this show in order to prepare for Hurricane Irma, which had already been called the strongest storm ever seen in the Atlantic Ocean, begotten-Photo-JJ-Koczanto make landfall in their peninsular homeland.

Even with these things hanging overhead, though, the most was made of the night and I can’t speak for anyone else, but from where I stood the show was killer. Begotten were onstage when I walked in, guitarist/vocalist Matthew Anselmo immediately placing himself in the running for the title of “most New York dude ever” as he led the band through a soundcheck and asked afterward if that wasn’t the start of the set. Bassist/vocalist Amanda Topaz and drummer Rob Sefcik (the latter also of Kings Destroy) confirmed that, indeed, the show wasn’t yet starting, the sound guy told everyone to hit the bar for a couple minutes, and all seemed more than happy to oblige.

When they did get started with the show proper, Begotten‘s post-Sleep lumbering came through with due thickness, Topaz‘s Sunn amp sitting precariously atop her bass cabinet while Anselmo‘s Marshall JCM 2000 stood like a totem at the head of a full stack. This was only the second show Begotten have played since reuniting, begotten-2-Photo-JJ-Koczanand they did four songs in the set, among them “Apache,” which was among the lost tracks that premiered here last October to mark their getting back together, and “Judges,” which was the opener of their 2002 self-titled debut, released by Man’s Ruin Records. They actually had that disc for sale, as well as an original Frank Kozik poster for the release in metallic ink that was nothing short of stunning to behold, but the highlight was that they also played a new song, giving a clear signal that they’ll move ahead toward the creation hopefully of a second long-player.

After 15 years since the debut, I don’t think anyone will be in a rush to put a timeline on that, but it was welcome news all the same. When they were done, Eternal Black took the stage quickly, sharing drum gear — guitarist/vocalist Ken Wohlrob noted the Kings Destroy kickdrum head on the kit through which drummer/best-guy-ever Joe Wood was playing, eliciting a chuckle from all, including bassist Hal Miller — and set about rolling forth their likewise dense-toned doomer grooves. Their self-released debut, Bleed the Days (review here), came out Aug. 8 and was still pretty fresh in mind, and their straightforward and roughed-upeternal-black-photo-jj-koczan take on classic, traditionalist riff-led doom was no less welcome from the stage than from that disc. If anything, more so for the voluminous onslaught through which the persistent roll seemed to emanate.

I dug that record — I dig that record. A lot. And granted, I’m biased as regards the band because of my overarching love of Joe Wood (who really is the best guy ever; it’s like his thing) and because I find the gritty edge they bring to Maryland-esque doomery speaks to a particularly Northeastern, particularly New York intensity that always seems to remind me of home. Music like Eternal Black‘s has to come from someplace crowded. Population density is a factor, and I don’t think you could produce a song like the downtrodden “Sea of Graves” without it. One way or another, Bleed the Days is easily among the best doom offerings I’ve heard in 2017, first album or not, and the three-piece made it clear at the Vitus Bar as they had when I saw them at Maryland Doom Fest last year (review here) that the process of their coming together as a band is still veryeternal-black-photo-jj-koczan much at its beginning stages. That is to say, they killed and they sound like they’re only going to keep getting better.

And then my brain finally got to process Shroud Eater live. I’ve had bands-I-should’ve-already-seen out the wazoo over the years, but few have had the kind of consistent stretch of Shroud Eater. Yet, as I stood in front of the Saint Vitus Bar stage and tried my best to snap photos of them in the drawn-down lighting, I couldn’t help but feel like it was somehow serendipitous to catch the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Jean Saiz, bassist/vocalist Janette Valentine and drummer Davin Sosa in support of 2017’s Strike the Sun (review here). Released through STB Records — whose honcho, Steve, was also on-hand for the show and someone else I was long overdue to meet in-person — the second Shroud Eater full-length is hands down the band’s best work yet, and though it was shroud-eater-photo-jj-koczanobvious in talking to them that concerns of family back in Florida and the impending potential for storm destruction were weighing heavily on them, let alone the general bummer of having to cancel shows in the first place, they were nonetheless devastating onstage.

A performance that galloped and slammed and crashed and careened and lumbered and did all that stuff that means it basically kicked the living shit out of the room, Shroud Eater‘s set came through with density to match either of the acts that preceded them and a sense of motion that was all their own. Songs like “Awaken Assassin” from the new record and the furious 2015 single “Face the Master” (video premiere here) brought forth groove and pummel in kind, and with samples between various tracks, traded vocal parts from SaizValentine and Sosa, and an overarching intensity that came through even the most atmospheric of stretches, Shroud Eater made me so fucking happy I was finally getting to see them that I’m not sure I can shroud-eater-photo-jj-koczanhonestly say I’d trade having done so at any point in the last eight years for the experience of watching them play this set. That’s as sincere as I can be about it.

So — clearly not a night for critical impartiality. From feeling lucky to see Begotten on their second show back to having Eternal Black in the middle as the icing on an evening the cake of which just happened to be a long, long, long-awaited Shroud Eater set bludgeoning my consciousness, what the proceedings might’ve lacked in my emotional distance from them, they more than made up for in my raw enjoyment — which, if it’s going to be one or the other, I’ll take. When Shroud Eater were done, I’m fucking proud to say I was the first person to shout for one more song and even prouder to say they played it, and as I stood among friends in the crowd like Kings Destroy vocalist Steve Murphy and guitarist Carl PorcaroClamfight drummer/shroud-eater-photo-jj-koczanvocalist Andy MartinDave from Made in Brooklyn SilkscreenersSteve from STB Records and others, I was reminded of how special some nights can become when the planets finally align just so in order to make them happen.

The rest of the week? We’ll see how it goes for things like familial grief and category five storms — I wished Shroud Eater safe home and safe afterwards; spent the last eight dollars I had to my name on a copy of their Three Curses and Strike the Sun tapes (wanted the CD but didn’t have the requisite $10 and wasn’t about to be like, “Hey you need to buy bottled water for survival this week, can I get a free disc?”) — but this one was restorative on just about every level possible and a show I hope not to forget anytime soon.

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Book of Wyrms and Heavy Traffic Announce Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Twin Earth Records labelmates Book of Wyrms and Heavy Traffic are set to hit the road together later this month. The run shared between the Richmond, Virginia, and Brooklyn, NYC, outfits will begin at Arlene’s Grocery at The Obelisk-co-sponsored Ode to Doom show on Sept. 23. That’s a bill that also features heavy blues specialists Geezer and Shadow Witch, and you can find out more info about it on the Thee Facebooks event page here. It’s a damn good way to spend a night in Manhattan.

The ultimate trajectory of the stint is South Dakota’s Stoned Meadow of Doom fest on Sept. 29, and both groups make their way there supporting new releases. I know I’ve said multiple times over at this point that if you’re looking for pure tone, there are few sources as trustworthy as the taste of Twin Earth Records, and you can definitely apply that here. If you need further proof, dig the streams at the bottom of the post.

From the PR wire:

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BOOK OF WYRMS/HEAVY TRAFFIC ANNOUNCE US TOUR

Heavy psych-rock band Heavy Traffic and progressive doom band Book of Wyrms will join forces with a seven date tour that will culminate with appearances from both bands at Stoned Meadow of Doom Fest 2017.

Jay from Book of Wyrms commented “We have been excited about this tour for a long time; we get to play with a lot of bands we love and rage with a bunch of weirdos who get what we’re about. These are some places we’ve wanted to play for a while.”

Book of Wyrms will be touring in support of their recently released album Sci/Fi Fantasy, while Heavy Traffic is touring in support of their upcoming split 7″ with The Mad Doctors.

Order Sci/Fi Fantasy here: https://bookofwyrmsrva.bandcamp.com/album/sci-fi-fantasy

Per-Order the Heavy Traffic/Mad Doctors split here: https://heavytraffic.bandcamp.com/album/heavy-traffic-the-mad-doctors-split-7

HEAVY WYRMS TOUR 2017
September 23 -New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery with Geezer
September 24 – Rochester,NY @ Firehouse Saloon with Fox 45
September 25 – Detroit,MI @ New Dodge Lounge with Vicious Circles
September 26 – Chicago,IL @ GMan Tavern with Black Road
September 27 – Madison,WI @ Micky’s Tavern with Vanishing Kids
September 28 – Sioux City,IA @ The Marquee with Port Nocturnal
September 29 – Sioux Falls,SD @ STONED MEADOW OF DOOM FEST 2017

BOOK OF WYRMS is:
Jay Lindsey: bass
Ben Coudriet: guitar
Kyle Lewis: guitar
Chris DeHaven: drums
Sarah Moore-Lindsey: vocals, effects

HEAVY TRAFFIC is:
Ian Caddick
Tav Palumbo
David Grzedzinski
Dan Bradica

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Book of Wyrms, Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2017)

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Carnivore Announce Reunion as Carnivore A.D. & Halloween Show in NYC

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Go ahead and raise your hand if you can honestly say you saw a Carnivore reunion coming. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Spearheaded by guitarist Marc Carnivore and drummer Louie Beato, the arrival of Carnivore A.D. finds the original members of the legendary Brooklynite outfit welcoming bassist/vocalist Baron Misuraca, who has arguably some of the biggest shoes ever to fill in those of Peter Steele, who of course went on after Carnivore disbanded to found and rise to international stardom with Type O NegativeCarnivore A.D., which will also feature Joe Branciforte on drums part-time, are set to play a Halloween show at Bowery Electric in Manhattan along with the long-running Black Sabbath tribute act, Sabbra Cadabra, and others.

Next time you think about saying “never” in rock and roll, remember this from the PR wire:

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CARNIVORE Re-Forms as “CARNIVORE A.D.” with Original Members Louie, Marc + New Members Baron Misuraca & Joe Branciforte

Halloween “SteeleTacular” Show Announced at Bowery Electric in NYC Featuring CARNIVORE A.D., NJ Thrash Kings BLOODFEAST, L’amour DJ Alex Kayne & More

After an electrifying live performance of Carnivore material at this year’s Black N Blue Bowl pre-party, guitarist Marc Carnivore is thrilled to announce that the band will officially re-form as CARNIVORE A.D., with fellow original member Louie Beato and Joe Branciforte (ex-Darkside NYC, ex-Merauder) sharing drumming duties, and introducing Baron Misuraca (ex-Vasaria) on bass, lead vocals & blood curdling screams! Baron’s debut will take place at the band’s recently announced Halloween show, “A Halloween SteeleTacular”, at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery) in New York City on Halloween night (October 31, 2017). The show is 21+, begins at 7:00 PM, and tickets start at $20. Additional monstrous support will be supplied by NJ’s Bloodfeast, the mesmerizing and magical Black Sabbath tribute band Sabbra Cadabra, Legendary L’amour DJ Alex Kayne, and other special guests TBA. Get tickets here.

The Bowery Electric bash will mark this year’s final, official celebration of the 30th anniversary of Peter Steele’s thrash-core masterpiece, RETALIATION, with provocative tracks, “Jesus Hitler” and “Race War” coming to life to join today’s headlines, just as fresh and topical as the day they were first released in 1987. Official event DJ and longtime friend of Carnivore, Alex Kayne, will create an atmospheric audio-visual tribute to Peter Steele, the early beginnings of Carnivore at L’amour, and of the band’s second rise to prominence during Type O Negative’s golden run.

The show will include an after party with a VIP Meet & Greet available ($40), and feature Kayne spinning danceable heavy tracks by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, The Cult, Rammstein, Ministry and more. A “Carnivorous Halloween Costume Contest” will take place, with meaty prizes like Kim Kardashian’s liposuction fat and real live blood from each band member. Rare photographs and “Carnivorous artifacts” (such as Peter Steele’s original handwritten Carnivore lyrics) will be displayed.

The classic “RETALIATION line-up” of the band is re-forming as Carnivore A.D., out of great respect to Peter Steele’s legacy while simultaneously distinguishing themselves from past incarnations of the band. Marc Carnivore states: “Last May, I was very fortunate to perform Carnivore music live again for the very first time in over 20 years. The jubilant and humbling reception I received confirmed to me that Peter Steele is gone, but his epic legacy is not forgotten. So this Halloween the two remaining original members of Carnivore, myself and Louie Beato, will open up the next chapter in the band’s ever evolving history. We will introduce the mighty Baron Misuraca, who’s stature and beastly growls have already awakened Peter Steele fans across the globe. A new official line-up of Carnivore will be introduced: “Carnivore A.D.”, a Carnivore for the 21st century. Everyone is invited to join us in this celebration, and to mark the 30th anniversary of Carnivore’s final LP, RETALIATION. I am also very pleased to have the honor of presenting this distinguished performance of Peter and Keith’s music to their own friends and family members here in the greatest city in the world, at New York’s Bowery Electric club. The “Carnivorous Negative family scene” is finally whole once again, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

Right now, Marc Carnivore is also personally auctioning his legendary Carnivore guitar, hand-painted by Peter Steele for the band’s infamous 1995 “Soviet Invasion” show at NYC’s Limelight club. This guitar was used to record every single guitar track on RETALIATION and was a mainstay at classic Carnivore shows between 1986-1996. Any bid above $10,000 will additionally garner Steele’s original, handwritten lyrics to “Inner Conflict”, and a private guitar lesson. To make a bid, contact marccarnivore@yahoo.com.

Otherwise, Marc is currently busy with his new band, Circus of Steele – an all-original group formed in tribute to his fallen ex-bandmate & lifelong mentor, Lord Petrus Steele. Circus of Steele are currently promoting their new single, “The Downfall” (check out the video here), which cracked the “Metal Contraband” Top 50 radio charts. The single can be found on the band’s upcoming six-track EP, entitled The Zombies Rise, which will hit iTunes this fall, after the band’s first ever mainstage appearance, opening up for Sacred Reich at NYC’s premier metal venue, The Gramercy Theater. The band is currently negotiating a record deal, so visit www.circusofsteele.com for updates on this news and more.

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Circus of Steele, “The Downfall”

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Thera Roya Announce Masterful Universe EP Due Sept. 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Brooklyn/Jersey-based sludge noisemakers Thera Roya will release a new two-songer dubbed Masterful Universe on Sept. 8. Given the chaos that ensued across their debut full-length, Stone and Skin (review here), I’m just going to go ahead and assume it’s something of an ironic title and that the thesis they’re working under is not so much that the universe is subject to any kind of overriding mastery so much as it’s like a sad and brutal churn playing out over our heads in a fashion worthy of its own searing amp noise and screams. You know, because existential crisis and whatnot.

You can see the postcard-worthy art for Masterful Universe below, followed by more info from the PR wire, which would seem to coincide with my theory given the descriptions of the two tracks involved. Haven’t heard this one yet, but I always look forward to the kind of slaughter these guys bring.

Dig it:

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Thera Roya – Masterful Universe

3 piece cosmic sludge purveyors bubble back to the surface with new offering Masterful Universe. A 2 song celestial EP commenting on the hopeless world confusion state with an air of nihilistic observation. The world is burning, all the better to hunker down and write an unhinged 7 minute song with one riff (Static Transmission) and a groovy collaged sister track (Confused Population); complete with samples, other-worldly vocals and sick riffs. Teaming up with illustrator Jim Penola garnered a stylized, silly, yet clear representation of the message: the universe is sending a message, people need to tune in and start listening.

Since 2011 Brooklyn based Thera Roya have released 7 EP/Splits and 1 full length (Stone & Skin). Always pushing into different creative territory, TR stubbornly persist, unafraid to explore colors and styles in a metal scene too comfortable with black and white and fitting a mold. Any TR release can range from depressive to unhinged, ecstatic to contemplative, song by song, album to album. TR have toured extensively the past 4 years in the north-east, mid-west and south, carving a rutted name in the underground scene.

Recorded by Jake Drambus, Charlotte NC, Sept 2016. Mixed and Mastered by Jake Drambus. Additional recording/mixing by Ryan Smith. Artwork by Jim Penola.

Tracklisting:
1. Static Transmission
2. Confused Population

Thera Roya is:
Ryan Smith – Drums/Vox/Guitar
Chris Eustaquio – Guitars
Jonny Cohn – Bass

EP release show:
09/07 The Well, Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Black Black, Ereptile Destruction, Fliege
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Thera Roya, Stone and Skin (2017)

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Azonic to Release Prospect of the Deep Volume One Oct. 27

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I guess I’m an easy mark on this one, but yeah, go ahead and sign me up for two massive, side-consuming slabs of experimentalist noise from Blind Idiot God offshoot project Azonic. The Brooklyn-based duo of guitarist Andy Hawkins and percussionist Tim Wyskida — both of whom feature in the aforementioned avant instrumentalists, and the latter of whom also counts Khanate as part of his CV — will issue Prospect of the Deep Volume One via Indivisible Music on Oct. 27 and in addition to the LP, the CD version will include a third, bonus track because, you know, there’s room for such things on the format and all, so what the hell.

No audio from the record yet, but the project seems to have been brewing for a significant amount of time before coming together around Hawkins and Wyskida. The PR wire has more background and info on the release:

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NEW ALBUM FROM AZONIC FEATURING BLIND IDIOT GOD FOUNDER ANDY HAWKINS AND TIM WYSKIDA (KHANATE, BIG) TITLED, PROSPECT OF THE DEEP VOLUME ONE, DROPS 10/27/17

Indivisible Music will release the highly anticipated new album by Azonic titled, Prospect Of The Deep Volume One, on Friday, October 27th, 2017. Formats include vinyl LP, CD and digital download. Artwork by Seldon Hunt. The CD includes the bonus track “Voices Of The Drowned.” Azonic is Blind Idiot God (BIG) founder Andy Hawkins on guitars and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, BIG) on timpani, concert bass drum and gong.

During Blind Idiot God rehearsals, Hawkins was inspired by Wyskida’s more improvisational approach to imagine new possibilities for the next Azonic LP. A standard drum set did not lend itself to the long tone music of Azonic, so Hawkins acquired two timpani and a concert bass drum and Wyskida committed to an improvisational duo of guitar and orchestral percussion.

This new material was recorded with Bill Laswell (Motörhead, Herby Hancock, Sly and Robbie, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Method of Defiance, Laurie Anderson, Painkiller, White Zombie, Material, Golden Palaminos) at BC Studio last November. BC Studio (Swans, Sonic Youth, Cop Shoot Cop, Brian Eno, Khanate, Live Skull, Foetus, Dresden Dolls, Ramones, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Ginger Baker, Material) was selected for its enormous tracking rooms, which are ideal for the high volume, long tone qualities of this music. The recording is highly evocative, rich in tone, focused wide and with an immense scale.

Prospect Of The Deep Volume One includes two side-length pieces, “Oblivion Of The Deep” and “The Argonaut’s Reckoning” on the vinyl LP, and a third bonus piece, “Voices Of The Drowned” on the CD. “Prospect Of The Deep” is a natural progression for Azonic,” guitarist Andy Hawkins explains. “Adding orchestral percussion to the wide angle sonic signature extends depth and the time scale. The result is oceanic in proportion, a relentless power changing the boundaries between states of matter, and the musical landscape itself. It was a long time coming, but the wave has broken.” Tim Wyskida adds “Getting away from a drum kit and behind an old, gargantuan concert bass drum, timpani and gong opened up a wide range of possibilities: longer sustains, lower tones, pitch bending — and they can better withstand a heartless assault.”

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https://azonicsonic.bandcamp.com/
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Azonic, “Beyond the Pale”

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