Boss Keloid Sign to Holy Roar Records; Melted on the Inch Album Teaser Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

One has to wonder just how much of the vibe the new teaser for Boss Keloid‘s impending third album, Melted on the Inch, can actually serve to summarize the release. The Wigan, UK, five-piece have signed to Holy Roar Records to issue the record — and kudos and judos on that, as it’s a good fit — but even if one goes by their woefully cartoon-titted 2016 sophomore effort, Herb Your Enthusiasm (review here), as an example, it’s hard to think of a single minute-long stretch that could capture what it was all about. It was just too all over the place. Though, to be fair, the impression I get from the clip below is that when all is said and done much the same will apply to Melted on the Inch, so maybe the teaser is doing its job after all.

Okay, I talked myself into it. We’re all good now.

Boss Keloid‘s Melted on the Inch will be out Spring 2018 via Holy Roar Records.

The PR wire remains clearheaded on the subject, as always:

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British Heavy Prog Psych Chiefs BOSS KELOID Sign To Holy Roar Records; Announce New Album

British heavy prog psych chiefs BOSS KELOID have signed a worldwide deal with Holy Roar Records and are set to release their highly anticipated third album in Spring 2018.

After earning acclaimed reviews for Herb Your Enthusiasm (2016) and The Calming Influence of Teeth (2013), BOSS KELOID’s notoriety for producing heavy and magnificently multilayered music has continued to grow. Having joined Holy Roar’s outstanding roster the quintet is poised to continue the momentum that’s been building since their formation in 2010. Now the band are set to take on the world with the release of Melted On The Inch, an evolution in sound and style from the band’s previously relentlessly heavy psych sludge to a dominant multi-dimensional progressive force.

The band comments: “We are delighted to be signing to Holy Roar for the release of our new album, Melted On The Inch. They’re a progressive and passionate label with an ethos that we strongly admire and relate to, so it’s really cool that they’ve shown a great deal of interest and passion in our music. It’s an honour to join such a musically strong and diverse roster.

For us, Melted On The Inch is a strong progression from Herb Your Enthusiasm. It draws from a much wider pond of influence than our previous. It is more progressive, more uplifting, more melancholic, more emotional, more dynamic, there is a greater emphasis on light and shade, it is heavier, it is more delicate, it has more beauty, it has more darkness.“

In addition to their critically acclaimed releases, BOSS KELOID have become revered for their devastatingly heavy live shows, gigging and touring extensively with an array of artists such as Bongzilla, John Garcia, Crowbar, Scissorfight, Bongripper, Conan, Mars Red Sky and Raging Speedhorn plus appearing at renowned festivals such as Bloodstock, ArcTanGent, Deserfest London, Hammerfest, HRH Doom Vs Stoner and Uprising.

More details for Melted On The Inch will be revealed soon.

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Ohhms European Tour Starts Oct. 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Some right-on dates included as a part of UK prog metallers Ohhms‘ upcoming European run. As the Kent five-piece head out in support of earlier-2017’s Holy Roar Records debut full-length, The Fool, they’ll hit Mammothfest in Brighton and Desertfest Belgium 2017 as the first two dates on an eight-show run that caps in the Netherlands with a penultimate stop at Into the Void in Leeuwarden. Pretty solid stuff, and the band seem to have earned their place in those lineups with the response to The Fool, from which they have a video for “The World” now playing at the bottom of this post.

Or playing as soon as you click play, anyhow. The whole album is also up on their Bandcamp, if you’d like to dig a little further.

The PR wire has the poster and the info:

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British progressive metallers OHHMS announce European tour; Desertfest and Into The Void performances confirmed!

UK’s most fire-driven progressive metal quintet OHHMS have announced a significant batch of festival and club shows to take place in Europe this fall. Not to be missed.

This European tour is in line with the widely acclaimed release of their debut album “The Fool” this spring on Holy Roar Records. Praised across the globe, it has elevated the UK five piece to a whole new level since their 2014 beginnings.

After a long run of UK dates alongside Hark and Bossk, OHHMS are set to mesmerize European crowds for the first time in 2017, as well as thousands of metal connaisseurs at the likes of Desertfest Belgium and Into The Void Festival. See full list of shows below:

OHHMS European tour:
08.10 – Brighton (UK) Mammothfest
14.10 – Antwerpen (BE) Desertfest Belgium
15.10 – Copenhagen (DK) KB18
17.10 – Dusseldorf (DE) Pitcher
18.10 – Stuttgart (DE) Jugendhaus West
19.10 – Oberhausen (DE) Druckluft
20.10 – Leeuwarden (NL) Into The Void Festival
21.10 – Haarlen (NL) Patronaat

Poster by Anoop Bhat.

OHHMS formed in 2014 in Kent, UK. It didn’t take long for the five-piece to come up with two stellar EPs “Bloom” (2014) and “Cold” (2015), both released on London-based extreme music powerhouse Holy Roar Records. OHHMS quickly built a strong reputation among the UK’s underground scene, which led them to play major events such as Desertfest, ArcTanGent, Bloodstock, Damnation, Incubate and many others. Three years after their thunderous beginnings, the band is back in March 2017 with their debut full-length “The Fool” on Holy Roar Records. True to themselves, OHHMS continue their boundary-free ascension in quest of the sonic panacea, more determined than ever to brand minds with their cathartic, transcending creations.

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Wren Post “The Herd” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Preorders are up now for Wren‘s debut album, Auburn Rule, which is out July 14 via Holy Roar Records. How’s that old song go? To everything, churn, churn churn? Something like that. The post-sludging UK four-piece seem to have taken that ethic to heart either way, if “The Herd” is anything to go by. It’s the first audio to be made public from Auburn Rule, which follows Wren‘s 2016 EP, Host (review here), a 2015 split with Irk (review here) and their 2014 self-titled debut EP (review here), and it would seem to be the next logical step forward in their sonic development, which has proven equal parts menacingly heavy and markedly progressive.

Like the song itself, the video for “The Herd” wants little for atmosphere. In fact, that’s kind of the whole thing. Black and white nature shots, hooded figure, dark grayscale kaleidoscopic imagery — all of it is appropriately suited to Wren‘s aggressive but spacious aural crux. The band has pointedly evolved with each new offering, and “The Herd” seems to take its cues from where they were with Host in its cerebral flow from one movement to the next as Wren evoke bleak pastures akin to the clip’s visual depictions. Hardcore roots shine through in starts and stops and the buried-beneath-tone shouted vocals, lending even more bite strength to the track’s sharpened-tooth assault.

Auburn Rule is out in less than a month, and I have my doubts “The Herd” will be the last sneak preview given to listeners before it arrives, so keep an eye out. I’ve been looking forward to finding out what Wren can do in the context of a first full-length since I heard the EP three years ago, and I continue to be excited at the prospect after getting to know this track better. I’ll hope to have more to come soon.

Till then, dig in and enjoy:

Wren, “The Herd” official video

Taken from their debut album ‘Auburn Rule’.

Out 14.07.17 on Holy Roar Records, preorder now: www.holyroarrecords.com

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Following on from the release of their ‘Host’ EP last year, London-based progressive sludge/noise-rock four-piece Wren, have announced details of their new album ‘Auburn Rule’, which is due out 14th July 2017 via Holy Roar Records.

To coincide with the release of ‘Auburn Rule’ Wren have also announced a short UK release tour with Fvnerals, they will be playing the following dates:

30th June – London – Birthdays
1st July – Birmingham – The Flapper
2nd July – Bristol – The Cube
3rd July – Cardiff – The Full Moon
4th July – Brighton – The Prince Albert

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Wren Announce Debut Full-Length Auburn Rule Due in July; UK Tour Dates

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

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Whether or not you heard it, Wren‘s 2016 EP, Host (review here) was one of last year’s best short releases. Their second four-songer behind a 2014 self-titled (review here) that was likewise moody and brutal, the latter release pushed into growlier, harsher terrain, more metal on the whole as well as basking in the post-hardcore-meets-sludge vibes of its predecessor. What their sonic development might hold for Auburn Rule, I don’t know, but the safe bet is it’s going to be heavy in some ridiculous proportion. What will serve as their first full-length will be out July 14 following a quick UK tour with Fvnerals and will be released by Holy Roar Records, which if you’ll recall also put out Host. If it ain’t broke.

These cats have done nothing but impress since they got going, and my big question going into the record is how much of their focus will be on atmosphere vs. pummel, since that seems to be the dichotomy at work in their aesthetic thus far. Where that balance will come down this time out as they take this crucial step in putting out their first album.

Hopefully I’ll have more to come on this one before it’s released. Here’s info from the PR wire in the interim:

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Wren announce new album ‘Auburn Rule’ and UK tour.

AUBURN RULE | 14.07.17

Following on from the release of their ‘Host’ EP last year, London-based progressive sludge/noise-rock four-piece Wren, have announced details of their new album ‘Auburn Rule’, which is due out 14th July 2017 via Holy Roar Records.

The band have released the artwork for the new album (above) and have detailed the track listing as below:

1. In Great Yield
2. Scour The Grassland
3. The Herd
4. Traverse
5. Dwellers Of The Sepulchre

To coincide with the release of ‘Auburn Rule’ Wren have also announced a short UK release tour with Fvnerals, they will be playing the following dates:

30th June – London – Birthdays
1st July – Birmingham – The Flapper
2nd July – Bristol – The Cube
3rd July – Cardiff – The Full Moon
4th July – Brighton – The Prince Albert

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Wren, Host: No Seance for the Living (Plus Full EP Stream)

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 22nd, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Wren’s Host in its entirety. EP out April 29 on Holy Roar Records.]

It was only two years ago that London post-sludge outfit Wren made their debut with a self-titled EP (review here) that found them immediately distinguished from among their many peers in the UK undergound. Since that early 2014 EP, Wren have put together a 2015 split with Irk (review here) the four-song EP Host, forthcoming from Holy Roar Records, both of which have featured changes in the lineup. Operating as the four-piece now of Owen Jones, Chris Pickering, Robert Letts and John McCormick, the band retain the sonic force of their two earlier/earliest offerings, but complement it with a cohesiveness of songcraft that’s on display here in a swaying cut like “The Ossuary” and the catchy “No Seance” (video posted here) that makes their overarching attack that much stronger.

Adding to that a structure that has Host playing two sides off each other to give its four inclusions a longer-shorter/shorter-longer flow and a pervasive sense of atmosphere in even the heaviest, rawest moments, and Host‘s densely weighted roll finds Wren beginning to pay off the potential that the first EP and split showed, even with different personnel involved at very least in terms of who’s fronting the band. A resounding churn will find Host compared to Isis and maybe Amenra, but there’s a post-hardcore bark in Wren‘s shouts that keeps them attuned to a sense of sludgy rawness while also adding aggression to the already smoldering material.

Opener “Stray” and closer “Loom” sandwich “No Seance” and “The Ossuary.” Both songs top eight minutes, and “Stray” begins with an immediate push of deep low-end and interplay of atmospheric riffing, the groove weighted but already in motion with the first verse. It’s not the most urgent thrust of Host, but it recalls some of Swarm of the Lotus‘ less chaotic moments and leads to an instrumental bridge that winds its way back toward a churn and interwoven layers of noise-rock guitar to fill out the chugging insistence. A slowdown before the halfway mark pushes the vocals farther back, but is short-lived as Wren are soon back up and steamrolling forward again toward a break of grabbed-cymbals and manic guitar-led rhythm that takes them to the song’s halfway point, which moves toward a wash of feedback that seems like it’s going to end the track, but at 5:39 kicks into a full-toned post-metallic crunch that provides an apex prior to the actual finish, also in feedback and noise.

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Bass starts “No Seance” and is joined soon by guitar feedback and the drums. Though the shortest track on Host, “No Seance” is a highlight without question. More straightforward structurally than “Stray,” but also given a release-defining hook, it also makes no less of an impact, opening farther as it moves toward its second chorus, the drums holding a steady forward pattern to propel the chugging riff before swapping back to toms for nod-ready starts and stops that finish out, staggeringly heavy, completely in control and unremitting in their aggression.

That sense of poise and purpose continues onto “The Ossuary” at what’s the start of the vinyl’s side B. Though also shorter than either “Stray” or “Loom,” it’s nonetheless more open-feeling than “No Seance,” which was so much about its call and response in the chorus, and executes its linear course with a patient tempo early, swapping out at its midpoint toward a more unbridled push that gradually smooths itself into another crash-pushed nod, only to turn around again and move through once more. In that way, “The Ossuary” is almost like two songs put together, but especially in the context of Host as a whole, it works. Further, it readjusts the scope of the EP as a whole in a way that lets “Loom” go just about wherever it wants.

With echoing room-mic vocals over cycles of guitar, bass and tom runs, the opening of the closer recalls some of the first EP’s most post-rock moments, but on the whole, Wren have become a much more aggressive act in the last two years, and as “Loom” moves into its fierce push, a reminder of that is served. Some slow-motion blasting transitions back into the intro progression but degrades into noise to setup the final movement in the fuller second half, which plays out like a more single-minded version of “The Ossuary” but ultimately locks into a rolling riff that fades to close the EP, Wren leaving just a bit of threat behind that they might fade back in any any moment without actually doing so. I said as much when I posted the video for “No Seance,” but Host is an easy candidate for one of 2016’s best short releases, and while I don’t know if Wren have completely settled their lineup once and for all, if they were to press forward with a debut full-length as they are on these four tracks, there’s no way you wouldn’t call them ready for the task.

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Wren Post “No Seance” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 31st, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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However loud you have the volume, you’re going to want it to be louder. UK post-sludge crushers Wren demand nothing less than a hyperbole assult. If it’s not doing physical, possibly irreversible damage, then you’re not quite there yet. Keep going.

You get the point.

Wren will release their second standalone EP, Host (review here), via Holy Roar Records on April 29. It is their second four-tracker behind a 2014 self-titled (review here) and also follows a 2015 split with Irk (review here) as the latest installment documenting the band’s solidification of lineup and aesthetic. As “No Seance,” the track from Host for which you can view the new video below, demonstrates, they’ve clearly done a lot of hammering out at this point.

And by that I mean the rhythm of the song feels like it’s hammering your skull. Or it should, when played at the proper volume.

But as “No Seance” also shows, Wren are not a creature of lurch and crush. Maddeningly catchy in its hook, “No Seance” is also representative of Host in its commitment to establishing an atmosphere and mood, building tension as it moves through its five-minute course. If nothing else, I take this as a sign that, should they continue on in this form — and hey, who knows, right? — Wren are decidedly ready to take on the task of a debut full-length. They pretty much beat the doors down on one, actually. They have some shows coming up in the UK over the next month-plus, heading into and following the release, and I don’t know if they’ll do any wider touring or go back to writing or both or neither, but not only do they show there’s still life and room to progress in something that might be called post-metallic, but they do so while sounding like genre isn’t a consideration in the slightest. Awesome.

Enjoy the creepy weirdo vibes of “No Seance” below, followed by the aforementioned live dates:

Wren, “No Seance” official video

‘No Seance’ in the visual realm.

Video by: gardenback

Taken from the EP ‘Host’ out on Holy Roar Records on April 29th.

Wren live:
Mon 11 Apr 2016 The Alexandra Beer Emporium Southampton, UK
Fri 29 Apr 2016 JT Soar Nottingham, UK
Fri 20 May 2016 Unicorn Camden London, UK

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Wren Release Host EP on April 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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For the last two days, I’ve spent a decent portion of my time trying to find an amount of volume to properly dedicate to Wren‘s forthcoming EP, Host, so that it finally seemed like enough. I have failed in this endeavor. For solace, I have only the ice-cold post-sludge chug of “No Seance,” righteous in its violence, thoughtful in its execution thereof, and devastatingly heavy. The whole EP follows suit in one way or another. A follow-up for Wren‘s 2015 split with soon-to-be-tourmates Irk (review here) and their most excellent 2014 self-titled EP (review here), Host will be out April 29 on Holy Roar Records LP/DL.

The London four-piece have a slew of shows setup and seemingly in the making to support it, including runs through Europe, the UK and Ireland. As many dates as I’ve seen confirmed are below, and while there isn’t any public audio of the new release yet, I strongly urge you to keep your ears and eyes open for such things ahead of the April release date.

The PR wire brings art and words:

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Wren unfurl the lurching and belligerent ‘Host’ 12” Vinyl/DL on Holy Roar Records, April 29th 2016.

Following on from their split with Irk in 2015, ‘Host’ is the latest offering from Wren, which reveals the most refined material to date.

To be somewhat horrendously blunt – Wren are somewhat akin to Isis and Cult of Luna if they stopped fucking about, concentrated on huge riffs and listened to The Jesus Lizard and Shellac. These men are not pandering to trends or modernity: simply dudes writing powerful, gruff rock music for anyone who had/has the foresight to delve deeper.

This is not for everyone. Four tracks, with an average running time of over 7 minutes apiece. There are no blastbeats or ‘mosh’ sections. This is measured, yet loud, anger that only age and wisdom can imbibe you with. Unless of course you’re a somewhat mentally stunted 30-something that still possesses the musical taste of a young teenager or the apathy of someone who has given up on any new music containing genuine validity…there’s simply no hope for you, sorry.

Think crushing waves of amp power, a bass guitar that sounds like iron girders smashing into your face, arrhythmic/hypnotic drumming and a latent, seething frustration with the modern world. In other words: bliss for those of a considered, thoughtful persuasion.

Tracklisting:
1. Stray
2. No Seance
3. Ossuary
4. Loom

Shows March 4th: The Black Heart, Camden, London, w/ A Horse Called War, The Broken Oak Duet
March 10th: The Waiting Room, Colchester w/ A Horse Called War, Three Thrones, Sealclubber. Royyy.
April 29th: JT Soar, Nottingham, w/ Irk, Body Hound, Lambhorn
May 9th-17th: EU tour w/ Irk
20th May: Unicorn, Camden London w/ Conjurer, Hunger Artist, Rough Hands, Monolith
May 25th-29th: Ireland Tour w/ Raum Kingdom
June 14th-22nd: UK Tour w/ Torpor

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Wren, “Before the Great Silence” from split with Irk (2015)

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Slabdragger Releasing Rise of the Dawncrusher Feb. 26

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 20th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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You know, they say if you get high and stare at the cover of Slabdragger‘s new LP, Rise of the Dawncrusher… Okay, I don’t know what happens because I don’t get high. Still, it’s quite a busy cover, and the London trio themselves are duly intense, blending sludge and hardcore punk and a decisively British tradition across the album’s span and in an impressively wide variety of purchase options. Release date is Feb. 26, and it’s their sophomore outing behind 2010’s Regress, a six-year delay resulting from medical trouble, lineup trouble, and presumably any number of other kinds of trouble that might beset a group quite so bombastic in their methods. Busted up china shops, etc.

Dig if you dig, and I think you do:

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SLABDRAGGER: new album “Rise Of The Dawncrusher” out on Holy Roar Records this February.

Doom odyssey in 3, 2, 1. . . SLABDRAGGER come back with a new album on Holy Roar Records this February.

As much as “space odyssey” could be an accurate term to describe London doom/sludge unit SLABDRAGGER’s forthcoming second album “Rise Of The Dawncrusher” on Holy Roar Records, you’d better be warned that a huge sledgehammer is about to hit your rib cage at the speed of light. There will be damages. But before anything else, there will be fun.

Three years in the making and almost five years on from their debut album Regress, SLABDRAGGER are finally back with Rise of the Dawncrusher. Between drummer changes, recording difficulties, collapsed lungs and other personal problems, this is a record that has (slowly) come kicking and screaming into existence.

Has it been worth the wait? Well – when have SLABDRAGGER ever let you down, thus far? Containing four sprawling, epic tracks of ever-innovative, cosmic doom/stoner/sludge, as well as the urgent, frantic 4-minute “Evacuate!” (stream here) – this record clocks in at over an hour and truly feels like the journey it portrays. Rise of the Dawncrusher is a sci-fi adventure set in the distant future and you should expect more than a few elaborate twists and turns that will leave Regress behind with space debris in its wake.

Recorded and mixed at The Cro’s Nest Studio by their very own six string strangler and gravelly growler Sam Thredder, mastered by the total dude that is Steve Austin of Today Is The Day, the album isre wrapped in some incredibly epic cover art by comic artist and writer Jimmy Pearson. This combination makes for a total immersive experience in fantastical heaviosity.

SLABDRAGGER “Rise Of The Dawncrusher” Out on February 26th via Holy Roar Records

TRACK LISTING:
1. Mercenary Blues
2. Evacuate!
3. Shrine of Debauchery
4. Dawncrusher Rising
5. Implosion Rites
– Artwork by Jimmy Pearson –

SLABDRAGGER IS
Yusuf Tary – Bass & Vocals
Sam Thredder – Guitar & Vocals
Jack Newnham – Drums

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