Quarterly Review: Red Fang, Black Moon Circle, Druglord, Drone Hunter, Holy Serpent, Lugweight, Megaritual, Red Lama, Lacy, Valborg

Posted in Reviews on December 27th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Feeling good going into day two of the Quarterly Review. The good news about how heavy music has become such a vast universe is that there’s always plenty to cover without having to really dig into stuff I don’t find interesting. Of course, the other side of that is feeling constantly behind the curve and overwhelmed by it all, but let’s not talk about that for the moment. Point is that as we make our way through this week and into the next — because, remember, it’s six days this time, not five — a big part of me still feels like I’m just scratching the surface of everything that’s out there. It still seems just to be a fraction of the whole story being told around the world in the riffiest of languages. We all do what we can, I guess. Let’s get started.

Quarterly Review #11-20:

Red Fang, Only Ghosts

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Four albums into one of the decade’s most successful and influential heavy rock careers, doesn’t it seem like Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang are due for a truly great record? Their 2013 outing, Whales and Leeches (discussed here), was rushed by the band’s own admission – their focus, as ever, on touring – and Only Ghosts (on Relapse) unites them with producer Ross Robinson and mixer Joe Barresi, two considerable names to bring heft and presence to the 10-track/42-minute outing. And I’ve no doubt that “Shadows” and the bigger-grooving “The Smell of the Sound” and opener “Flies” kick ass when delivered from the stage, and it’s true they sound more considered with the ambience of “Flames” positioned early, but Only Ghosts still comes across like a collection of songs united mostly by the timeframe in which they were written. Doesn’t mean they don’t build on Whales and Leeches, but now five years on from 2011’s Murder the Mountains (review here), and with their dynamic, charged and momentum-driven sound firmly established, Red Fang still seem to be at the threshold of some crucial forward step rather than stomping all over it as one might hope.

Red Fang on Thee Facebooks

Relapse Records website

 

Black Moon Circle, Sea of Clouds

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After releasing a self-titled debut (review here) and the follow-up Andromeda (review here) in 2014, 2016’s Sea of Clouds (on Crispin Glover/Stickman) is the third proper studio full-length from Norway’s Black Moon Circle – though at that point, define “proper.” In 2015, the trio/four-piece – Trondheim-based guitarist Vemund Engan, bassist Øyvin Engan and drummer Per Andreas Gulbrandsen, plus Scott “Dr. Space” Heller of Øresund Space Collective on synth – also released The Studio Jams Vol. I (discussed here) and in addition to the four tracks of Sea of Clouds, they’ve also had a Vol. II (review here) out this year. The definitions become fluid, is what I’m saying, and that couldn’t be more appropriate for the sound of “Lunar Rocket,” the outward-gazing space rock of “The Magnificent Dude,” “Moondog” and “Warp Speed,” which indeed offer enough kosmiche expanse to make one wonder where the song ends and the jam begins. Or, you know, reality. One has to wonder if Black Moon Circle might bridge the gap at some point between studio improv and more plotted songwriting, but as it stands, neither side of their dual personality fails to engage with its flow and drift.

Black Moon Circle on Thee Facebooks

Black Moon Circle at Stickman Records

Black Moon Circle at Crispin Glover Records

 

Druglord, Deepest Regrets

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A one-sided 12” EP issued by STB Records in late 2015 as the follow-up to Richmond dirge-fuzzer trio Druglord’s debut album, Enter Venus (review here), the three-track Deepest Regrets represents the band’s final studio material with bassist Greta Brinkman (ex-L7) in the lineup, who’s since been replaced by Julian Cook. That distinction matters in no small part because so much of Druglord’s purposes on Deepest Regrets’ three component songs – “Regret to Dismember,” “Speedballs to Hell” and “Heaven Tonight” – is about reveling in low end. Rawer than was the album preceding, they find guitarist/vocalist/organist Tommy Hamilton, Brinkman and drummer Bobby Hufnell emitting an oozing lurch, blasting out thickened motor-riffing, and fortifying a darkly psychedelic drear – in that order. True to EP form, each song gives a sampling of some of what Druglord has to offer coming off the album, and with a recording job by Garrett Morris, who also helmed the LP, it remains a fair look at where they might head next, despite the shift in lineup.

Druglord on Thee Facebooks

STB Records webstore

 

Holy Serpent, Temples

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Melbourne’s Holy Serpent return with Temples (on RidingEasy), their second full-length after 2015’s self-titled debut (review here), and continue to offer an engaging blend of well-blazed psychedelia and heavier-rolling groove. Especially considering they’ve still only been a band for two years, the four-piece of guitarists Nick Donoughue and Scott Penberthy (the latter also vocals), bassist Dave Barlett and Lance Leembrugen remain striking in their cohesion of purpose, and Temples opener “Purification by Fire” and ensuing cuts like the fuzz-wall centerpiece “Toward the Sands” and echo-laden “The Black Stone” only continue to stretch their intentions toward ever more acid-ic flow. They called it “shroom doom” last time out, and seem to have moved away from that self-branding, but however one wants to label Temples, its five tracks/43 minutes push ahead from where Holy Serpent were just a year ago and, rounding out with the slower churn of “Sativan Harvest,” still reminds that mind expansion and deeply weighted tonecraft are by no means mutually exclusive.

Holy Serpent on Thee Facebooks

Holy Serpent at RidingEasy Records

 

Drone Hunter, Welcome to the Hole

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Self-releasing Croatian instrumental trio Drone Hunter devise vigilantly straightforward riffing on their second album, Welcome to the Hole, finding room for some charm in titles like “Wine Dick,” “Crazy Ants with Shotguns” and the closing “A Burning Sensation,” the latter of which seems to draw particularly from the playbook of Karma to Burn. That comparison is almost inevitable for any riff-led/sans-vocal three-piece working in this form, but the crunch in “Fog Horn” and “Waltz of the Iron Countess” isn’t without its own personality either, and as with a host of acts from the Croatian underground, they seem to have a current of metal to their approach that, in the case of Welcome to the Hole, only makes the entire affair seem tighter and more precise while maintaining tonal presence. Fitz (guitar), Klen (bass) and Rus (drums) might not be much for words or last names, but their sophomore full-length comprises solid riffs and grooves and doesn’t seem to ask anything more than a nod from its audience. A price easily paid.

Drone Hunter on Thee Facebooks

Drone Hunter on Bandcamp

 

Lugweight, Yesterday

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Lugweight is comprised solely of Brooklyn-via-Richmond-Virginia transplant Eric Benson, and the project makes its full-length debut with the evocatively-titled drone wash of Yesterday following one EP and preceding another. Fair to call it an experimental release, since that’s kind of the nature of the aesthetic, but Benson demonstrates a pretty clear notion of the sort of noise he’s interested in making, and there’s plenty of it on Yesterday in “Sleeping on Cocaine,” on which one can hear the undulating wavelengths emanating from speaker cones, or the penultimate “Love Song for the Insane,” which features chanting vocals in echoes cutting through a tonal morass but still somehow obscure. A 33-minute five-tracker, Yesterday doesn’t overstay its welcome, but alternates between sonic horrors and warmer immersion in the shorter centerpiece “Bleed My Sorrow” and closer “Show Me Where the Shovel Is,” coming dangerously close in the latter to doom riffing that one might almost dare to put drums to. Solo drone guitar, even when this thick, is never for everyone, but one doubts Benson was shooting for accessibility anyhow.

Lugweight on Bandcamp

Forcefield Records website

 

Megaritual, Eclipse

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To hear Australia’s Megaritual tell it, the 25-minute single-song Eclipse EP was recorded on Mt. Jerusalem in New South Wales this past summer, the one-man outfit of vocalist/guitarist/sitarist/drummer Dale Paul Walker working with bassist/Monotronist Govinda Das to follow-up his prior two Mantra Music EPs, recently compiled onto an LP (review here) by White Dwarf Records. Whether or not that’s the case, “Eclipse” itself is suitably mountainous, building along a linear course from sea level to a grand peak with droning patience and gradual volume swells, lush and immersive psychedelia in slow-motion trails, a sparse verse, percussion, sitar, guitar, bass, and so on coming to a glorious vista around the 17:30 mark only to recede again circa six minutes later in a more precipitous dropoff. The digital edition (and that’s the only edition thus far) comes with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” which makes good company for the hypnotic titular exploration and the quick progression it represents after the other two short releases.

Megaritual on Bandcamp

White Dwarf Records website

 

Red Lama, Dreams are Free

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Heavy psychedelic pastoralists Red Lama enter the conversation of 2016’s best debut albums with Dreams are Free, initially released on All Good Clean Records and subsequently picked up by Stickman. Leaning more toward the liquid end of psych-blues, the Danish seven-piece immediately transcend with opener “Inca” (video here) and quickly showcase a subtlety for build that only gets more potent as they move through “Sonic Revolution” and “The World is Yours,” unfolding due heft in the latter without losing the laid back sensibility that the vocals bring sweetly, melodically, to the material. The later “Mekong River” seems almost like it’s going to shoegaze itself into post-rock oblivion, but Red Lama hold their sound together even into the 10-minute closer “Dalai Delay” – aptly-titled twice over – and deliver with striking patience a languid flow with hints of underlying prog experimentation. How that will come to fruition will have to remain to be seen/heard, but Dreams are Free also dips into funkier groove on “Dar Enteha,” so while they probably could be if they were feeling lazy, Red Lama don’t at all seem to be finished growing. All the better.

Red Lama on Thee Facebooks

Red Lama at Stickman Records

 

Lacy, Andromeda

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Lacy is an experimental solo-project from former Lord guitarist Stephen Sullivan, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and part of a deep sludge underground that goes back well over a decade. Andromeda is his third album with the outfit and the second to be released in 2016, though unlike the preceding Volume 2. Blue, its 12 tracks were recorded in a matter of months, not years. All instruments, arrangements, vocals and the raw recording were handled by Sullivan himself (he also took the photo on the cover) but cuts like “Gyre Hell” and the acoustic “Push Me Away” veer around self-indulgence or hyper-navelgazing – I’d call “Offal and the Goat Brains” experimental, but not narcissistic – and he seems more interested in writing songs than making a show of being outside this or that imaginary box. Still, Andromeda offers diversity of instrumentation and arrangement, unplugging once more for “Healer” before closer “Always” finishes the album as a rumbling and grunge-laden love song.

Lacy on YouTube

Lacy on Bandcamp

 

Valborg, Werwolf

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After catching on late to German metallers Valborg’s 2015 fifth album, Romantik, I told myself I wasn’t going to miss whatever they did next. The single Werwolf (on Temple of Torturous and Zeitgeister) might be a quick check-in of just two songs – “Ich Bin Total” and “Werwolf” itself – but the classic European-style death-doom chug of the latter and the vicious crash of the former I still consider a reward for keeping an eye out. “Ich Bin Total” is less than three and a half minutes long, and “Werwolf” just over five, but both feature choice chug riffing, darkened atmospherics and art-metal growls that only add to the clenched-teeth intensity of the instruments surrounding. They spare neither impact nor ambience nor lives as Werwolf plays out, the title cut riding its massive progression forward to a sensory-overload of nod before finally offering some release to the tension in a second-half guitar lead, only to revive the brutality once more, repetitions of “werwolf” chanted in growls over it. Awesome.

Valborg on Thee Facebooks

Temple of Torturous website

 

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Dorthia Cottrell Announces Solo Shows

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 1st, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Windhand vocalist Dorthia Cottrell has a couple of solo dates booked beginning this weekend in Virginia en route to Texas over the course of the next week. Her eponymous solo album was released last year (2015) on Forcefield Records, and found her reveling in classic dark Americana forms, a moody atmosphere pervading original and covered material while her hypnotic croon that has proved such an enduring part of Windhand‘s appeal remained at the core. To the best of my knowledge, the vinyl of the album is gone, but you can still get it on CD if you, like me, retain an affection for the oft-maligned format.

And of course, the Richmond-based Windhand released their third album this past fall in the form of the Jack Endino-produced Grief’s Infernal Flower (review here), the oppressive atmosphere of which was given breadth by the acoustic tracks “Sparrow” and “Aition,” each positioned as a landmark to round out a half of the record. Windhand has toured the country and beyond several times over, and barring some shift it seems likely 2016 would continue that thread, but Cottrell‘s solo shows are somewhat rarer, so if you happen to be in her path, keep that in mind. I was fortunate enough to catch her at Vultures of Volume II (review here) in September, and zero regrets.

Plus, she’s bringing her dog on the road. Dates follow:

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SURPRISE! Ryan and Delilah and I are heading to Texas to hang out with some friends and I’m playing a few shows on the way down, low key like! Come see us and pet our dog in the following places:

January 2 Harrisonburg, VA : Golden Pony
January 3 Johnson City, TN: Hideout
January 4 Nashville, TN: No show, but we are down to chill for the night
January 5 Little Rock, AR: Vino’s
January 6 Texarkana: The Road Map
January 9 Austin, TX: The Lost Well

See ya soon

https://www.facebook.com/dorthiac/
http://dorthiacottrell.bigcartel.com/
http://www.forcefieldrecords.org/site/bands/dorthia-cottrell/
https://forcefieldrecords.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

Dorthia Cottrell, Dorthia Cottrell (2015)

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Dorthia Cottrell Added to Vultures of Volume II

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 6th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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As Richmond doomers Windhand gears up for the Sept. 18 release of their third album, the Jack Endino-produced Grief’s Infernal Flower, vocalist Dorthia Cottrell will be stepping out solo to perform at Vultures of Volume II in Hagerstown, Maryland, which runs on Sept. 4 and 5. Cottrell, who released her self-titled solo debut on Forcefield Records earlier this year, will fill the slot vacated by Philadelphia psych rockers Ruby the Hatchet, who will instead be on the road alongside Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, playing between Wretch and Elder among the evening’s headliners.

Cottrell has a number of appearances coming up in addition to Vultures of Volume II, appearing in Richmond on Aug. 22 with Demon Eye and others, playing the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sept. 10, and appearing in Richmond again on Oct. 10 with King Dude. Add to that Windhand‘s upcoming coast-to-coast headlining run with Swedish devastators Monolord (info here) and it’s a pretty packed few months, even before you include the actual Windhand album release and everything that goes along with it.

The festival announced her addition and revised the timetable thusly:

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We have DORTHIA COTTRELL!!! The voice of Windhand will be bringing her haunting solo material front and center at this years VULTURES OF VOLUME!! We couldn’t ask for a better addition to the fest, we’re super excited!!

As stated before Sadly Ruby the Hatchet will not be playing the show this year. We wish them luck and success on their upcoming tour with Uncle Acid!

SATURDAY***
ELDER 12:30 – 1:30am
DORTHIA COTTRELL 11:30 – 12:15
WRETCH 10:30 – 11:15
WEED IS WEED 9:30 – 10:15
CAROUSEL 8:30 – 9:15
RIGHTEOUS BLOOM 7:30 – 8:15
FOGHOUND 6:30 – 7:15
WITCH HAZEL 5:30 – 6:15
THOUSAND VISION MIST 4:30 – 5:15
WIZARD EYE 3:30 – 4:15
WASTED THEORY 2:30 – 3:15
BUZZARD CANYON 1:45 – 2:15
HEAVY TEMPLE 1:00 – 1:30pm

FRIDAY SEPT. 4th
SPIRIT CARAVAN 12:30 – 1:30am
SOLACE 11:30 – 12:15
KING GIANT 10:35 – 11:20
PALE DIVINE 9:35 – 10:20
KELLY CARMICHAEL 8:40 – 9:25
FAITH IN JANE 7:50 – 8:30
BAILJACK 7:00 – 7:40pm

http://daysofthedoomed.com/Ticket_Info_Shop.html
https://www.facebook.com/events/1467154363582033/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vultures-of-Volume-FEST/578873918893964

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Grime Announce Shows in France, Spain and Portugal

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 7th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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Italian extreme sludgers Grime will take off at the end of this month for a quick run of dates in France, Spain and Portugal. It’s five shows in all, but one imagines that any more of a dose of Grime‘s wafting filthy sludge would throw off the jet-stream and result in devastated ecosystems throughout the northern hemisphere. Or something. Whatever. They’re super fucking heavy. You get the point.

Their 2013 album, Deteriorate (review/stream here) was as vicious as sludge gets, which if you heard it you know is plenty vicious. They (apparently) released a prior-recorded first album last year through Mordgrimm Records, which I guess slipped by me, unless I’m misunderstanding the bio. Take a look for yourself and see what you think:

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GRIME (IT. FORCEFIELD RECORDS) FRENCH & IBERIAN DATES

GRIME starts its mission in Trieste, Italy during summer 2010. they play a extremely massive sludge metal, in their line up is the ex- drummer of the italian blackened crust band THE SECRET. With influences from bands like EYEHATEGOD, SOURVEIN or GRIEF the band in their first album (properly released in last june by the english label Mordgrimm, WINDHAND, POMBAGIRA, EAGLE TWIN, HUATA,…) produced a notable extreme and massive pile of songs those could form of the albums of the year without doubt in this music gender. In June of 2013 comes out their second album “Deteriorate”. thanks to the great reputation the band was getting touring around Europe with bands like COUGH Forcefield records (COUGH, WINDHAND) puts the record out with Mordgrimm again. the band has performed in the most important festivals in Europe like Roadburn, Heavy days in doom town, Desert Fest London. GRIME has toured or performed with bands like COUGH, 16, SOURVEIN, GRAVES AT SEA, etc, etc,.. and they has become one of the main bands in the sludge-metal genre in Europe.

Their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near yours. Their sound is rooted into rotten burial ground and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. They will keep spread their plague in your town very soon. Be afraid.

Monday 27th April Black Sheep, Montpellier, France
Tuesday 28th April, Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesdsay 29th April, Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid, Spain
Thursday 30th April, Barroselas Metalfest, Portugal
Friday 1st May, Sentinel rock Bar, Erandio, Bizkaia, Spain

http://grime666.bandcamp.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/grimeofshit
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grime/209557405747608

Grime, Live at Heavy Days in Doomtown 2013

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audiObelisk: Stream Grime’s Sludge-Encrusted Deteriorate in its Entirety

Posted in audiObelisk on June 12th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

Some records just make you feel dirty, and Italian sludge trio Grime are nothing if not aptly named. The Trieste three-piece are preparing to release their debut LP, Deteriorate, on Forcefield Records and Mordgrimm Records, and it’s an album of unrelenting viciousness, plodding out 40 minutes of searing nastiness that makes stylistic kin of Iron Monkey and Grief without losing sight entirely of the EyeHateGod swagger in its slower movements. Come to think of it, even the fast parts here are pretty slow.

If you want to get some clue as to Grime‘s perspective, take a look at the first two song titles: “Burning Down the Cross,” “Pouring out the Hatred.” The two actions could more or less stand as an analogy for the sonic approach on Deteriorate, the lung-filling mud of which gives no letup across the album’s course. Set to be issued on LP via Forcefield and CD through Mordgrimm, the record makes a show of its disdain, seething contempt running in the suitably hopeless “Giving Up” and the blistering “Pills.” The steadily declining riffs of Marco lead the way for his throat-ripping screams to follow, and drummer Chris and bassist Paulo lock in grooving drudgery befitting the sludgy, hate-fueled atmosphere.

This is demonstrated best, perhaps, on the closer “Idiot God,” which makes its bones on an ultra-simple riff and stomp, Chris adding a few extra snare hits here and there but otherwise no flourish whatsoever, so that even as the song picks up at the end, there’s no discernible shift from the onslaught, and Grime remain as heavy and extreme as ever as the album marches out on more screams and feedback-soaked riffing. True to the graphic nature of the Deteriorate cover art, Grime are an aural evisceration, and though it should go without saying at this point, not at all for the faint of heart.

Heads will roll, mellows will be harshed. Behold Deteriorate in full:

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Grime‘s Deteriorate is coming soon on Mordgrimm Records and Forcefield Records. In addition to the CD release, the 180 gram vinyl will include a limited run of red and purple. More info and pre-orders below:

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Grime on Bandcamp

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Earthling to Release Dark Path on May 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 26th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

I was fortunate enough to catch a set from Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Earthling at SHoD in 2011, and was impressed with them then. There was a split single with Valkyrie last year, but beyond that, not much has been heard from Earthling‘s camp until now. Their debut album, Dark Path, is set for release on Forcefield Records May 7, and next month, they’ll be touring alongside Inter Arma. One imagines that will go well.

Earthling are on Thee Facebooks here. Here’s info off the PR wire:

EARTHLING Prepares To Release Debut LP Via Forcefield Records

Richmond, Virginia-based Forcefield Records confirms the pending Springtime release of the debut LP from local hellbrigade, EARTHLING.

Formed in early 2009 as a project between Harrisonburg natives Alan Fary (guitar/vocals) and Brently Hilliard (drums), following several member shifts solidified the EARTHLING lineup with Praveen Chhetri (guitar) and Jordan Brunk (bass). Having released a pair of three-song demos, a split 7” with the mighty Valkyrie, and having extensively inundated their local DIY music circuit, the band has crafted a crusty, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music.

Now on the heels of their split 7″ with Valkyrie (a band who shares guitarist, Alan Fary), Earthling has finally captured their corrosive sound on record, and now prepares to unleash hell upon its own kind with their ominous Dark Path on CD, LP and digital May 7th, 2013. A diverse, premier debut offering which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of all things ripping, Dark Path is a coarse display of the band’s terrorizing spirit; a ravenous force that has guided the group through countless shows, relentless demo recordings, and over five years of sheer sacrifice. Recorded by Garret Morris (Windhand, Cough, Parasytic, Bastard Sapling) and mastered by Mikey Allred (Inter Arma, Hellbender, Across Tundras), one can rest assured that this album is well versed in sonic mayhem. Earthling naturally teamed-up with seasoned local label, Forcefield Records, who now boasts the album as one of its most gripping releases, and EARTHLING as one of its most promising bands.

The future is clearly vast for EARTHLING, who will be attacking the road this spring with a string of dates already confirmed and many more to be confirmed over the coming weeks, including supporting Absu, ten shows alongside bros Inter Arma, and a MACRoCk showcase with Drugs of Faith, A Life Once Lost, Zoroaster and a bunch of others. View the confirmed roster of dates below and stay tuned for more info and tunes from Dark Path are revealed in the coming weeks.

EARTHLING Live Invasions:
4/05/2013 Blue Nile – Harrisonburg, VA @ MACRoCk
4/07/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Absu
4/19/2013 Reggies – Wilmington, NC w/ Inter Arma
4/20/2013 TBA – North Carolina w/ Inter Arma
4/21/2013 Slims – Raleigh, NC w/ Inter Arma
4/22/2013 Blue Nile – Harrisonburg, VA w/ Inter Arma
4/23/2013 The Lab – Washington, DC w/ Inter Arma
4/24/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
4/25/2013 TBA – Providence, RI w/ Inter Arma
4/26/2013 Democracy Center – Boston, MA w/ Inter Arma
4/27/2013 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma
4/28/2013 Golden West – Baltimore, MD w/ Inter Arma

Dark Path Track Listing:
1. Dark Path
2. Resent
3. Losing Sight
4. Soldier Of The Fortunate
5. Wilderness Throne
6. Pass Into Beyond

Earthling, Live at the Nile, Jan. 15, 2013

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Windhand LP Due in March; Tour with Pilgrim & Natur Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 17th, 2012 by JJ Koczan

You might recall back at the end of September, I hosted a stream of Windhand‘s self-titled debut LP. If you don’t recall that, you should click that link and go listen, because the record is badass. The news came in yesterday that the band will finally be putting it out on vinyl through Forcefield Records on March 21 and touring with Pilgrim and Natur to advance the release. Congrats to the band on working through what was apparently a series of delays. Doom conquers all.

Relatively hot off the PR wire:

Finally the time has come! After myriad setbacks and issues beyond their control, the mighty Windhand have set the release date for their debut LP in stone. On March 21, 2012, their critically acclaimed eponymous album will be available for purchase from Richmond, VA’s Forcefield Records (with UK/European distribution handled by Mordgrimm).

The band have also announced a short run of dates up and down the East Coast alongside Pilgrim (Metal Blade) and Natur (Earache), as well as a string of additional gigs come March. Dates are below:

Windhand on tour:
02/29 Baltimore, MD The Sidebar w/ The Pilgrim (MD) & Heaviness of the Load
03/01 Brooklyn, NY Public Assembly w/ Natur, Pilgrim, & Magic Circle
03/02 Philadelphia, PA JR’s w/ Natur, Pilgrim, & Pagan Wolf Ritual
03/03 Washington, DC St. Stephen’s Church w/ Ilsa, Natur, & Pilgrim
03/04 Richmond, VA Strange Matter w/ Natur, Pilgrim, & Humungous
03/05 Savannah, GA Orphan Cage
03/06 Gainesville FL The Wayward Council
03/07 Tallahassee, FL AF House w/ In Defence & Dickkicker
03/08 St. Petersburg, FL The Fubar w/ Set and Setting
03/09 Atlanta, GA Archive Gallery w/ Halmos
03/10 Raleigh, NC Slim’s w/ Balaclava

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Inter Arma: Fall Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 10th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

Richmond blackened sludgers Inter Arma‘s Sundown (reviewed here) isn’t something I put on every day, but I have been known on nights no one else is left in the office to blast the holy hell out of it. The louder you go the better it gets. Pretty simple math.

I’d imagine it’s even meaner in-person, despite the friendly looks in the picture above, and I think maybe I’ll go find out when they come through town. Here’s the info off the PR wire:

After releasing their stunning debut, Sundown (via Forcefield Records in 2010), the band hit the road running and have seldom stopped, touring heavily with brother band Bastard Sapling and sharing stages with the likes of The Body, Nocturnal, Castevet, Woods of Ypres, hometown homies Cough, Battlemaster, Cannabis Corpse and tons more. Inter Arma go hard, and once you catch a glimpse of frontman Mike‘s wildman antics or get nailed by one of their piledriver riffs, you’ll be glad you got hit.

Inter Arma fall 2011 tour dates:
10/20 Baltimore Golden West Cafe w/ Balaclava
10/21 Philly The Station w/ Balaclava, Fucked Forever, Bubonic Bear
10/22 Easthampton, MA Flywheel Arts Collective  w/ Katahdin, Hackles
10/23 Boston W.P.T.A.W.T.T.A.P w/ Furnace, Barnburner, Elitist, Blood of the Gods
10/24 Providence TBA/Help
10/25 Connecticut TBA
10/26 Brooklyn The Acheron
10/27 Washington D.C. Asefu’s
10/28 Pittsburgh TBA
10/29 Athens Ohio Morguefest w/ Locusta, Artillery Breath and more
10/30 Indianapolis TBA/Help
10/31 Milwaukee TBA
11/01 Appleton WI Maritime Tavern w/ The Parish, Mellow Harsher
11/02 Chicago TBA
11/03 Ft. Wayne Harrison St. House
11/04 Columbus Carabar
11/05 Lexington KY House Show
11/06 Nashville TN The Little Hamilton
11/07 Knoxville TN The Poison Lawn
11/08 Asheville NC The Get Down w/ Mose Giganticus, Shadow of the Destroyer
11/09 Blacksburg VA TBA
11/10 Richmond VA Strange Matter w/ ABSU, Infernal Stronghold, Battlemaster, Earthling

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