The lineup is set for the two-day Days of the Doomed III fest out at The Blue Pig in Cudahy, Wisconsin, and it’s looking to be fairly monstrous again in 2013. June is a ways off, so obviously anything can change at any time, but hell, pretty much pick any five of the bands on this list, put them on a bill together, and it’s a show worth making a trip to see. Dream Death and Orodruin within the span of 24 hours of each other? Penance leading into Iron Man? Well, I guess you’re just gonna have to sign me up for that one.
A new trailer, put together by Kathy Reeves, has surfaced for the fest that gives a glimpse at the lineup and sets the tunes to, what else?, old public domain car crash footage. Awesome. Enjoy and here’s looking forward:
Floridian thunderriffers Hollow Leg have been on my mind since they piled on their amps earlier this week and laid waste to Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn at a show that also featured Clamfight and Kings Destroy playing new material. I had missed part of Clamfight‘s set because I was stuck waiting at the Pulaski Bridge for a boat to pass under, but I caught the last two songs, both of which are on their new record, which The Maple Forum will have out hopefully this summer or fall at the latest.
That’s probably the reason I didn’t review the show, though I’ll add to that excuse the fact that I was unbelievably fucking tired, as I was most of this week. Work’s breaking my ass, and if you’re reading this, I have no doubt you know what I’m talking about. Hollow Leg were excellent though, and it was the first time I’d seen them, so right on. I bought the CD and have been grooving on its Southern abrasion ever since. I don’t think they played “The Source,” or if they did, it was exclusively screamed, but they had a powerful sound, and it’s been cool to find out that’s matched on the album Instinct, which came out in 2010. Next time our paths cross, I’ll do the review thing.
Speaking of, I apparently wasn’t so tired this week that it kept me from driving to Philly last night to witness Truckfighters and The Midnight Ghost Train destroy The Station in Philadelphia. I’ll have a review of that show Monday, but suffice it to say that it was worth the trip. I have family coming in from out of town today, so I don’t think I’m going to make it to Brooklyn tonight, but we’ll see what happens. Either way, I was glad I got to see them again and I’ll have more Monday.
And if all goes to plan, I’ll also have an audio/video premiere this week that you definitely want to hear. I don’t even want to say what it is yet for fear of jinxing it, but seriously, I’ve got my fingers crossed that it works out for Tuesday or thereabouts. Later in the week, I’ll also have a stream of a 20-minute megajam by Tasha-Yar (which is locked in, so I don’t mind saying it), and the second “70 RPMs” column by Roadsaw bassist Tim Catz.
I’m hoping as well to review the new Ancestors record this week, as well as several others, and I need to send out several email interviews this weekend, so if I get any of them back, they’ll go right up. I always have a tough time putting emailers together, but there’s a growing list of them that need to be done, so it’s time I got on it.
While I’m doing that, hopefully you enjoy the Hollow Leg above and check out their record, and hopefully you have a great and safe weekend. I’ll see you on the forum and back here Monday for more fuzz-fawning fun.
Posted in Whathaveyou on March 5th, 2012 by H.P. Taskmaster
The charitable souls in Hot Graves have spearheaded a new compilation of Floridian bands called Swamp Abyss Sorcery. Some of these names might be familiar — Shroud Eater, Hollow Leg, etc. — but it’s always a good time to check out some new stuff, and the best part about the whole thing is it’s free, courtesy of Hot Graves‘ label, Satanik Recordings.
Art for the comp (you’ll note the most excellent cover) is by Jeannie Saiz of Shroud Eater, who also sent along the tip that Swamp Abyss Sorcery was released Feb. 14. Dig the “ov”-tastic info and stream from the Bandcamp site:
Down in Florida, there is a lurking heaviness afoot. A Satanist Skunk Ape barging its way through trundles ov swamp lichen and muck, swaths ov tropical trees and fanning fronds, hordes ov irritating (and sometimes life-threatening) insects, humid heat and monsoon-level rains to bring that heaviness to the rest ov the world. This southern-fried Yeti Thrombibulous ov which I speak is now upon you all, in the form ov this compilation ov bands that are the sound ov what is RIGHT NOW here in the Sunshine State….
From the overlording gallop ov Shroud Eater‘s riff machine, to the expansive droning doom bliss that Holly Hunt brings, to the way-out interstellar atom-splitting that Orbweaver conjures (all from the Miami area). From the doom-master crush ov Druid Lord, to the barreling aggression and earnest smash that newcomers Fire in the Cave supply (Orlando-area destroyers). Flyingsnakes gives a blackened push to their ultra-heavy smackdown here, as Fatal bridges the gap between thrash supremacy and death metal monstrosity, while Party Time bring both the smashup and the partydown to this Tampa Bay-area mixture. From the direct lumbering fist-clench riff mongering that Hollow Leg provides, to the digustipating gurgletech death metal stylings ov Extremely Rotten (Jacksonville area delegates). And I can’t leave out the d-beat devil worship that Hot Graves transmits from Gainesville, FL. These are all bands that have played together over the years, formed bonds ov friendship and musical fortitude, and now stand together to show the world the state ov Flooridian Heavy circa 2012.
In related news, Hollow Leg are hitting the road next week for a tour of the East Coast, playing with some killer bands along the way. They’ll be at the following:
03/10 Divebar in Raleigh, NC *FREE SHOW! w/Church of Wolves and Demonaut 03/11 Golden West Cafe in Baltimore MD w/Ilsa and Passage Between 03/12 Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA w/Clamfight, Wizard Eye 03/13 Midway Cafe in Boston, MA w/Olde Growth, When the Deadbolt Breaks, Mind Jelly 03/14 St. Vitus in Brooklyn, NY w/Rosetta, Clamfight, Kings Destroy 03/15 TBA 03/16 Burro Bar in Jacksonville, FL w/Tower, Porter, and more
They also have two other bands on the bill, but sue me, I’m biased. The Maple Forum veterans Kings Destroy will be celebrating the release of their album, …And the Rest Will Surely Perish on vinyl (the CD long since sold out), and they do so with future European tour partners Rosetta, with Clamfight — whose next record is now mixed, mastered and awaiting artwork, pressing and eventual Maple Forum release — and Floridian heavies Hollow Leg. It’s going to be quite a Wednesday, indeed.
If you’re in the area, obviously it’s got my vote for “places you should be” — free Genesee cans from 7-10PM adding to the already considerable element of danger — but even if not, I think you can appreciate the killer flyer they made featuring “sampled” Philippe Druillet art:
Posted in On the Radar on November 29th, 2010 by H.P. Taskmaster
You might recall I first saw the name Hollow Leg on a t-shirt of a fellow show-goer when Earthride played NYC earlier this year. If you don’t, the original post is here. If you’re too lazy to click, they’re a duo from Jacksonville, Florida, with a penchant for guitar thickness and ass kickness. I’ve been following them on the Book of Face and it turns out they’ve just released their debut album.
It’s called Instinct, and in the true modern fashion, Hollow Leg has put the entire thing on Bandcamp for free listening. Since it’s Monday afternoon and I’ve got some listening time, I thought maybe you might too. Here’s the record and here’s the link where to buy it:
Posted in On the Radar on August 17th, 2010 by H.P. Taskmaster
If you want to feel young compared to someone else, I’ll humbly submit the method by which I discovered Jacksonville, Florida, duo Hollow Leg: I saw their logo on a t-shirt. That’s right. Not on the internet, not through some popular blog or forum posting, but on some dude’s shirt at the recent Earthride show in NYC. How old am I? Well I’m that old.
Keeping that in mind, imagine how surprised I was to find out the kind of raucous shenanigans Hollow Leg got up to when I finally checked out their MySpace, only to discover that it’s just two guys in the band! What will they think of next?
Like a lot of duos in this post-Black Cobra/post-Om society, Hollow Leg made up for a lack of players with a thickness of tone. Guitarist/vocalist Brent riffs like he means it on “Spit in the Fire” with singing that, at its cleanest, reminds of Today is the Day‘s unsettling later output, and full-on growls that don’t seem cheesy or overly metal, but rather fit the material nicely, appropriate for the chaos behind them.
Drummer Tim hits heavy and hard on “Caretaker,’ only accenting the plod of the song. Hollow Leg do a good job of mixing up the pace, paying homage to the doomier side of their noise/stoner influence while also keeping in mind that it’s the groove that’s going to best carry across the material. Longer songs like “The Return” or the rougher-edged “Warbeast” have plenty of room for Hollow Leg to change up their approach, and the band does so fluidly, which you can hear for yourself on the internet if you’re less than 77 years old, or if you’re like me, you can read all about it… on some dude’s t-shirt.