Hundred Year Old Man Announce Rei EP out Jan. 26; Title-Track Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Got nine minutes to spare and a skull that wants cleaving? If so, Leeds-based post-sludgers Hundred Year Old Man would like to share with you the title-track of their forthcoming debut EP, Rei. Set for release on Jan. 26 through Gizeh Records and Wolves and Vibrancy Records, Rei answers the band’s initial single “Black Fire” and while I usually see phrases like “debut EP” and wistfully remember the days when we called such things “demos” and left it at that, I think a listen to “Rei” itself — stream it at the bottom of this post — justifies the distinction in its cohesiveness and bludgeonry alike. In other words, it’s pretty clear these cats know what they’re doing.

I haven’t heard the full thing yet, but the groove on “Rei” kind of kicked my ass, so here’s info from the PR wire including current and future live dates:

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HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN ANNOUNCE NEW EP

Leeds-based post-metal six-piece Hundred Year Old Man follow up their stunning debut single Black Fire with Rei, a three track EP, released via Gizeh Records and Wolves & Vibrancy on January 26th. Rei is released as a limited 12” vinyl with an etched b-side in an edition of 300. With a debut album due for release in 2018, this EP is the perfect offering to stoke the fires for a full-length whilst comfortably holding its own as a stand-alone piece of work.

Pre-orders are now open and we have an assortment of different bundles on offer. These will ship in late January. Hundred Year Old Man take to the road in February in support of the release. Stream the lead track from the EP below.

Pushing even further into the abyss, this new work opens with Sun & Moon and a monstrous slab of heaving guitars fall out of the atmospheric beginnings. Paul Broughton’s vocal erupts and the track explodes into life, destroying everything in its path until the shadows return to close, leading the way into an interlude that corrodes and drifts before joining these two monolithic pieces together. The title track demonstrates the staggering ambition that Hundred Year Old Man posses. Ripping into a cathartic sludge reminiscent of Neurosis at their best, it’s a towering, immersive, nine minute journey that refuses to loosen its grip until the dying moments.

TOUR DATES
02.12 – Newcastle (UK) – Byker Grave Festival
02.12 – Bradford (UK) – Lizardfest
15.12 – Nottingham (UK) – The Angel
01.02 – London (UK) – The Black Heart
02.02 – Boulogne (FR) – L’Horloge
03.02 – Paris (FR) – Olymipic Cafe
04.02 – Mouscron (FR) – El Bar
06.02 – Hamburg (DE) – AstraStube
07.02 – Braunschweig (DE) – Nexus
08.02 – Prague (CZ) – Eternia
09.02 – Berlin (DE) – Nuke Club
16.02 – Birmingham (UK) – tba w/ Nadja
17.02 – Manchester (UK) – Gizehfest
21.02 – Liverpool (UK) 27 Club
?23.02 – Sheffield (UK) Mulberry
+ more to be announced

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Hundred Year Old Man, “Rei”

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BongCauldron Post “Devil” Video; Binge out Nov. 30

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 3rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Leeds sludge beardos BongCauldron are getting ready to release their debut long-player, Binge (review here), later this month via APF Records. The album has been years in the making — it’s been half a decade since BongCauldron issued their first, self-titled EP — and though the trio have had a swath of shorter releases out in singles, 2015’s Acid Cattle two-tracker, and so on, Binge nonetheless wastes no time in getting down to the heavy, burled-up, grab-you-by-the-scruff-of-your-neck business at hand. To wit, the second cut on the thing is “Bury Your Axe in the Crania of Lesser Men.” And yeah, it’s pretty catchy.

But of course, the Chris Fielding-produced offering of rolling riffs and seething pummel has to cross paths with “Devil” before it gets to any such triumphant battling and the opener of Binge is indeed a formidable opponent. It establishes the thickness with which BongCauldron will bludgeon for most of the duration, as well as the trades between guttural growling and shoutier booziness that pervades in call and response fashion, but most importantly, it’s the first of multiple beat-you-over-the-head lumbering progressions to be found throughout Binge, and it shifts tempo so easily that the punch has landed almost before you know it. I’m not even going to tell you when it happens. But it does. Watch out for it.

Binge may have been a while in the making, but songs like “Hopeless,” the shuffling “Toxic Boglin” and the near-nine-minute Sleep-via-Dopelord stoner-sludge chicanery of the title-cut demonstrate plainly that BongCauldron haven’t been wasting their time. They’ve been spending it getting pissed off. And if that’s what it takes to get to the kind of intensity that drives the early going of “Bigfoot Reigns” — one assumes it’s the sasquatch that has also flattened the pace in the second half of the song — then so be it. Dudes should stay mad. Clearly it works for them.

You can check out the video for “Devil” below, followed by some more info from the PR wire. Like the album itself, it’s void of pretense and seems intended only to kick as many asses as are put in front of it.

So watch where you stand, and enjoy:

BongCauldron, “Devil” official video

APF Records is pleased to reveal the video for “Devil” by UK sludge band BongCauldron. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Binge which will be released in November.

Pre-order the album on vinyl here: http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bongcauldron-vinyl

The band commented “Devil was written on a decline into self-destructive alcoholic despair. This song envisages depression as a force that will never leave you. A disease that no one can fully see but yourself. Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, every time you speak its standing right next to you ready to smash you in the teeth”

Recorded by Chris Fielding of Conan in his Skyhammer Studio, Binge will be available on limited edition green vinyl, black vinyl, limited edition digipak CD and digital formats.

BongCauldron is:
Corky – bass, vocals
Biscuit – guitar, vocals
Jay – drums

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Ritual Festival 2017 Makes First Lineup Announcements; Ihsahn, Serpent Venom and More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Not every band in the lineup really applies around here, but I seem to care way less about that kind of thing these days than in the past, and if I need an excuse to post the first lineup announcement from April’s Ritual Festival 2017 in the UK, I’ve got it in taking it as a reminder of how righteously doomed London’s Serpent Venom are. If you didn’t hear it, their 2014 album, Of Things Seen and Unseen (review here), is streaming at the bottom of this post and so worth your time it’s ridiculous to think you’re still reading this sentence and not already listening. I mean, really. Get on it.

As for the rest? Well, I’ve seen Misery Index before, believe it or not (might’ve been 2003?), and as regards Ihsahn, I’m as much of an Emperor fan as the next guy, unless the next guy is one of those super-pretentious Emperor megafans — which, let’s face it, he probably is — so yeah, seems like Ritual Festival 2017’s mission to blend extremes in death, doom and beyond is well underway in the stylistic mix they’re presenting thus far. I’ll keep an eye out for how it continues to come together.

From the PR wire:

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Ritual Festival announces Ihsahn, Misery Index, Afternoon Gentlemen, Crepitation, Corrupt Moral Altar, Conjurer, Serpent Venom and Groak

Ritual Festival, which aims to be bring the best in doom and death metal to Leeds will return on 8th April 2017. Following the success of this year’s festival which boasted the likes of 40 Watt Sun, The Body, Conan, Venom Prison and Full of Hell, Ritual have announced that Norweigan black metal pioneer Ihsahn will headline next year. He states:

‘I am honoured to headline Ritual Festival next year, and I´m looking forward to bringing you a set of Ihsahn past, present and maybe a dash of future as well. See you all there!’

Best known for his work with Emperor, he released his latest solo album ‘Arktis’ back in April. Alongside Ihsahn the festival have also announced Misery Index, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Crepitation, Corrupt Moral Altar, Conjurer, Serpent Venom and Groak with more additions to follow in the coming months. The organisers comment:

‘Firstly thanks to all of you that supported Ritual this year. I’m happy to say the festival will be returning to Canal Mills, Leeds in April 2017 with a diverse and unique line-up. We have taken the time to combine some of the UK’s newest, as well as established talented acts along with some special and exclusive favourites just for you. We are honoured to have Ihsahn headline the festival but we also can’t wait to reveal many more incredible bands for you over the coming months.’

The first 100 early bird tickets are on sale now priced at just £25 rising to £30 – http://ritualfestival.bigcartel.com/

Alongside 2 rooms of live music the festival will also feature art exhibitions, a wealth of merchandise, as well as local food vendors.

Line-up so far:
Ihsahn
Misery Index
The Afternoon Gentlemen
Crepitation
Corrupt Moral Altar
Conjurer
Serpent Venom
Groak

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Serpent Venom, Of Things Seen and Unseen (2014)

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Gentlemans Pistols Post New Video for “Devil’s Advocate on Call”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 6th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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We’re just 10 days from Leeds-based heavy rockers Gentlemans Pistols releasing their third long-player, Hustler’s Row, which will also serve as their label debut on Nuclear Blast. If that doesn’t feel like an occasion worth marking, you probably haven’t heard the band yet. Their second album, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, came out in 2011, and they join the classic-heavy-rocking ranks of labelmates Graveyard and Kadavar in proffering natural tones and groovy vibes throughout their boogie-prone tracks, bolstered by the guitar work of Bill Steer, also of Firebird and grind-fiends Carcass, also now labelmates to Gentlemans Pistols.

If you’d like to get introduced to what the four-piece, who were also recently confirmed for an appearance at Roadburn 2016, have to offer on Hustler’s Row, they’ve made it easy with a new video for “Devil’s Advocate on Call.” I’m not entirely sure who the hitman in the video is working for, but he’s pretty clearly intended to be the titular advocate, so take from that what you will and, more importantly, dig into the track itself, which has ’70s swing and bounce down pat in league quality-wise with modern practitioners Spidergawd, which if you know how much I dig that band, you know isn’t a comparison I’m likely to toss around without due provocation.

I’ll admit that the This is England reference is lost on me, but the video follows anyhow, complete with PR wire whathaveyou afterwards, and if you’re down with George Newton, then all the better:

Gentlemans Pistols, “Devil’s Advocate on Call” official video

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS: new video feat. “This Is England” actor premieres online

Retro-infused melodic groovers GENTLEMANS PISTOLS may sound reminiscent of many of the great unsung bands of the seventies, but they present their music with a completely original and organic freshness all of it’s own. This is evident in a new track that the band have just revealed online in the form of an official video. Watch and listen to ‘Devil’s Advocate On Call’ in all its swagger and glory.

Fans of the Shane Meadows British drama This Is England should recognise the knife-wielding moustachioed Banjo playing a lead in the video too! Actor George Newton appears as the hard man who is hunting down the band.

Gents commented on the new track: “It’s a harmony laden boogie about being disillusioned. The performance was shot at Staincross Working Man’s Club just outside of Barnsley and then the other scenes were done in the surrounding area. David Pickering directed the video and did a fantastic job. It’s basically an updated take on the Sweeney and programs of that ilk in which we are wanted, much like the A-Team, for a crime that we didn’t commit.”

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS have been causing a stir on the underground for a while now with their debauched lyrics, killer melodies and general Northern rock ‘n’ roll bravado. Speaking about the new release, James Atkinson comments: “With this album, we tried to make a record that we would want to listen to; one that was heavy but melodic, intense but catchy, thoughtful but unruly. A record for reprobates and romantics, for gentlemen and hustlers.?

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are:
James Atkinson – vocals/guitars
Bill Steer – guitars
Stuart Dobbins – drums
Robert Threapleton – bass

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Gentlemans Pistols Reveal Hustler’s Row Album Details

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

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When the announcement came out a week ago that Leeds heavy rockers had signed to Nuclear Blast for the release of their next album, Hustler’s Row, it was a little unclear to me whether the album was coming this or next year. I’m sure everyone else got it. I’m just a little slow. Either way, we have our answer. Oct. 16, 2015, is the release date for Hustler’s Row, the cover art and tracklisting for which have been revealed today.

The PR wire has it like this:

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GENTLEMANS PISTOLS announce track listing and unveil the artwork for “Hustler’s Row”

“Hustler’s Row is a cathartic journey through the last five years of my life. The album begins with questions of where my life is going and ends with me heading straight down Hustler’s Row; on a turbulent voyage of the sweetest sufferings and the most inexpensive of thrills.” says vocalist and guitarist James Atkinson on the band’s third album released worldwide via Nuclear Blast on 16th October.

“The artwork is by John Pearson and it encapsulates everything I put across in the title track, that Hustler’s Row is a place for freaks, losers, lovers and those searching for something more from life. So we invite you to join us on the Row.. “

The artwork shows a grisly dystopian vision of a British street, overflowing with violence, gloom and insanity. Rabid dogs and Hitchcock-esque ominous birds loom over the flailing limbs and blood red lettering spelling out ‘Hustler’s Row’.

“Our old guitarist, Chris Rogers, lived on a street called Hustler’s Row in Leeds…” comments Atkinson “…it’s actually a really nice place, but to me, the name evoked an image of a place of desolation and despair, so the lyrics I wrote have no connection to that street at all. It was Bill that thought it would make a good album title and it seemed to make sense as it is the final song on the album too.”

Hustler’s Row formats and tracklistings are as follows:
CD
1. The Searcher
2. Devil’s Advocate On Call
3. Time Wasters
4. Private Rendezvous
5. Stress And Confusion
6. Personal Fantasy Wonderland
7. Lady Teaser
8. Dazzle Drizzler
9. Coz Of You
10. Hustler’s Row

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Side A
1. The Searcher
2. Devil’s Advocate On Call
3. Time Wasters
4. Private Rendezvous
5. Stress And Confusion
Side B
1. Personal Fantasy Wonderland
2. Lady Teaser
3. Dazzle Drizzler
4. Coz Of You
5. Hustler’s Row

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS’ last album At Her Majesty’s Pleasure was released to great acclaim in 2011, the band has performed at UK and international festivals such as Desertfest, Hammerfest, Long Division and Fuji Rock festival in Japan previously toured with the likes of WITCHCRAFT, LEAF HOUND and PENTAGRAM.

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are:
James Atkinson – vocals/guitars
Bill Steer – guitars
Stuart Dobbins – drums
Robert Threapleton – bass

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Gentlemans Pistols Sign to Nuclear Blast

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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My prevailing association with Leeds four-piece Gentlemans Pistols is the phrase, “the best band in Britain.” That’s what I was told about them prior to seeing them play at Desertfest London in 2012, and while I don’t know if I could really be a judge of that kind of thing at all, not living there, they definitely kicked all kinds of ass on stage that night at The Underworld. At the time, their second full-length, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, was still pretty new. It’s been four years now since it was released, so to call them due seems fair — it was a similar pause between their 2007 self-titled debut and that album — and the news has come down the PR wire that, whenever it arrives, their third offering, Hustler’s Row, will be issued via Nuclear Blast as part of that label’s ever-expanding heavy rock portfolio.

Here’s the announcement:

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GENTLEMANS PISTOLS sign global deal with Nuclear Blast!

Leeds based riffers GENTLEMANS PISTOLS have been causing a stir on the underground for a while now with their debauched lyrics, melodic groove and general Yorkshire rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

Formed as a three-piece back in 2003, the band has gone through a variety of line-up changes throughout their career and has now stabilized as a four-piece and is prepared to unleash their magnum opus through Nuclear Blast next autumn.

The band comments: “GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are very pleased to announce the upcoming release of their third album, Hustler‘s Row, on Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded by singer/guitarist James Atkinson at Mutiny Studios in Bradford and reflects nearly five years of experience for the band: good times, bad times, boredom, exhilaration, heartache, frustration and wonder. With this album, we tried to make a record that we would want to listen to; one that was heavy but melodic, intense but catchy, thoughtful but unruly. A record for reprobates and romantics, for gentlemen and hustlers.?

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS‘ last album At Her Majesty’s Pleasure was released to great acclaim in 2011, the band has performed at UK and international festivals such as Desertfest, Hammerfest, Long Division and Fuji Rock festival in Japan previously toured with the likes of WITCHCRAFT, LEAF HOUND and PENTAGRAM.

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS are:
James Atkinson – vocals/guitars
Bill Steer – guitars
Stuart Dobbins – drums
Robert Threapleton – bass

Visit GENTLEMANS PISTOLS online:
www.gentlemanspistols.co.uk
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Gentlemans Pistols, “Your Majesty”

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BongCauldron Touring UK with Nomad Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 25th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

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Leeds aggro sludgers BongCauldron, who made their debut with a blistering EP earlier this year on Superhot Records — speaking of things I should’ve reviewed a long time ago… — will hit the road next month alongside Nomad from Manchester in what’s sure to be a feedback-drenched, tube-blowing showcase of lumbering riffery. The stint is five shows, and the pair are playing with some cool other bands as well — nice to see the name Obiat again, as it’s been a minute — and both will be touring on relatively new material.

In the case of Nomad, who I’m just going to assume take their name from the planet-destroying malfunctioned probe from the original Star Trek, their The House is Dead EP came out in May. BongCauldron themselves have a new song called “Bigfoot Reigns” (what else?) that was released a few days ago and which you can hear below.

Info and links and such, off the PR wire:

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BONG CAULDRON – NOMAD UK TOUR

Leeds sludge trio BONG CAULDRON are joining forces with Manchester’s very own worshippers of the riff NOMAD for a 5 date tour of the UK this September.

Bong Cauldron are a 3 piece Doom/sludge band from Leeds. Their debut E.P. Us out now via Superhot Records and was met with critical acclaim. They have had the opportunity to play alongside such bands as, Corrosion of Conformity, Windhand and Desert Storm.

Nomad are a four piece sludge band from Manchester and have just released their debut E.P. “The House is Dead” Via When Planets Collide. Over the past year they have shared the stage with genre giants Church Of Misery, Bongripper and Conan amongst others.

The tour will see them bring their brand of depravity and chaos to the following cities.

September
10th The Fenton – Leeds (W/ OMSQ + Mausoleion)
11th Banshee labyrinth – Edinburgh (W/ Dune)
12th Scruffy Murphys – Birmingham (W/ General and Obiat)
13th Moonclub – Cardiff (W/ Sea Bastard + Hogslayer)
14th Maguire’s Pizza Bar – Liverpool (W/ Wort + Berserkowitz)

BongCauldron (Superhot records)
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BongCauldron, “Bigfoot Reigns”

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Kings Stream Debut I Trust the Hounds are Hungry EP

Posted in audiObelisk on July 2nd, 2014 by JJ Koczan

It didn’t take much more than the swinging, catchy chorus of “Fuck yesterday/Fuck today/Fuck tomorrow” from opener “Lieutenant Wolfhammer” for Kings‘ debut EP, I Trust the Hounds are Hungry, to have me hooked. The leadoff track from the Leeds-based five-piece featuring former Humanfly guitarist/vocalist John Sutcliffe (here just vocals) as well as guitarists Jonty Shaw and Joe Hodgson, bassist Paul Handley and drummer Simon Blakelock — all who formerly worked together under the moniker Shields — establishes the base for the rest of the release in tying together a sharp lyrical wit with weighted but upbeat doom-pop push. At times Kings sound like they’re working within the post-Floor/Torche framework, but Blakelock‘s drumming is coming from someplace more metal, swing though it does, and their take is rawer overall despite the accessibility of their hooks and fervent melodicism.

They do it well, and sound more accomplished on their first release perhaps because four-fifths of the band has worked together previously — Shields had songs recorded and had been playing live — but however they got to cohesion, the important thing is they did. Cumbersome in its title but direct in its impact, second cut “Matron, Hand Me My Revolver, I’m Going for a Walk in the Woods, “I May be Some Time” affirms the quality craft of the opener and overarching efficiency of the release; I Trust the Hounds are Hungry isn’t without atmosphere, but the material is still pretty pointed. A swaying groove leads finishes out and leads to the airy opening of “Fuck Quest,” which has a more manic feel thanks to double-timed hi-hat work, but opens up to a mosh-ready chorus, Sutcliffe‘s vocals further back in the mix but still clean as Shaw and Hodgson play off burgeoning lead/rhythm dynamics. “Helen Earth” is probably their most Torche-sounding, but they maintain a progressive feel leading to a chugging build in the second half that answers back the gulping Hungry Hungry Hippo riffing that capped “Lieutenant Wolfhammer” and moves forward into the instrumental “Shit Leopard” (presumably with its shit spots) smoothly, a cold stop giving way to some sampled crumpling noise and a more mellowed-out progressivism in the guitars.

Rounding out, “P.S. Go Fuck Yourself” brings in elements of post-Mastodon riffy largesse, but Kings continue to keep motion central to their approach, a cyclical pre-chorus opening to one of the EP’s most effective hooks. As one might expect, the finish is big and chaotic, and that adds to the full-length feel of the 25-minute I Trust the Hounds are Hungry and bodes well for the construction of Kings‘ first full-length, making it an impressive first outing for a band who write their potential into each of the six included tracks.

Kings will release the I Trust the Hounds are Hungry EP this Saturday, July 5, but you can hear it in full using the player below. Thanks to the band for permission to host the stream:

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