Shroud Eater & Dead Hand Team up for Split 7″ out Nov. 21; Preorders Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’m a pretty easy sell at this point on Shroud Eater anything. Presumably the Miami trio’s forthcoming split seven-incher alongside Georgian doomers Dead Hand will serve as a precursor to their upcoming STB Records full-length, Strike the Sun, which was announced over the summer and (also) presumably will be out early 2017. Not a moment too soon, frankly, and while I don’t know if their inclusion on the split, which will be out on Southern Druid Records and is available to preorder now, will show up on the LP as well, if it does then it’s a preview for the record and if it doesn’t then it’s a bonus for those who seek it out. Either way, it’s not like you really lose. But then again, like I say, I’m a pretty easy sell.

Release date for the split is Nov. 21. Info follows from the PR wire:

SHROUD EATER / DEAD HAND split 7″

Dead Hand and Shroud Eater join forces to deliver this sonic pummeling of a 7″.

Shroud Eater brings their Miami Sludge groove harder than ever on “Destroy the Monolith”. Dead Hand prove once again that they are masters of Doom with their track “Guaiacol”.

Pre-order ships on 11/21/16.

Brooding Miami riff sorcerers SHROUD EATER continue to deliver crushing alms to the altar of heavy. Riding high off the frenetic energy of their last release, the trio are releasing a newly recorded version of slow-churning wickedness in “Destroy the Monolith”. The song will be released on a split 7″ with Georgia’s tone lords Dead Hand. The split is set to be released 11-18-2016 via Jacksonville’s Southern Druid Records.

Starting as an idea in 2012, Dead Hand hit the ground running with a split 7 inch with Philly shredders, Repellers in Jan 2014 on Divine Mother Recordings.Mastered by Dan Randall of Mammoth Sound (Ash Borer, Noothgrush, Unearthly Trance), the split received stellar reviews. An EP in July 2014 and regional touring filled up the remainder of the year. In June 2015, Dead Hand released their first full length, “Storm of Demiurge” on Divine Mother Recordings in the USA and Third I Rex in Europe.

SHROUD EATER // “Destroy the Monolith”

Recorded by: Davin Sosa & Aric Meerbot / Guzu Recordings
Mixed & Mastered by: Aric Meerbot

Written & performed by: Shroud Eater
Jean Saiz – guitar, vox
Janette Valentine – bass, vox
Davin Sosa – drums, vox, synth

Art & Lyrics by Jean Saiz

DEAD HAND // “Guaiacol”
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Ledbelly Sound Studios by Matt Washburn

Art by Matt Mills.

http://southerndruidrecords.storenvy.com/products/18254516-shroud-eater-dead-hand-split-7
https://www.facebook.com/shroudeater/
https://shroudeater.bandcamp.com/album/shroud-eater-dead-hand-split
https://www.facebook.com/deadhandcollective/
http://deadhandcollective.blogspot.com/

Shroud Eater, Face the Master (2015)

Dead Hand, Storm of Demiurge (2015)

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Floor Announce Halloween Weekender

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 13th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

True story: I was sitting at the kitchen table the other day, across from The Patient Mrs., shooting the shit while we waited for some cauliflower to roast or whatever it was, and as we were listening to Floor‘s 2014 return album, Oblation (review here), I actually said the words, “Golly, I hope they do another record.” That outing is one to which I’ve continually gone back since its release and I’ve found that, in the spirit of its much-lauded self-titled predecessor, it’s only gotten better with time. I dug it when it came out too, as that review made pretty plain, but maybe Floor is a band whose work just needs to be digested for a while before it can be fully appreciated. I’ll be interested to see what I think of it in five years.

But in any case, “Golly, I hope they do another record” sums up my feelings on the matter. No news in that regard here, sadly, but Floor will head out for a Halloween weekender in Florida and Georgia at the end of this month — around Halloween, duh. If I hear of or see other dates abroad posted, I’ll let you know, but you don’t need me to tell that wherever Floor are, if that’s where you are, then that’s where you should be, but I feel like they continue to be undervalued, so I’ll say it anyway.

The stream of Oblation is below if you’d like an excuse to pay it a visit — it’s worth one — and here are Floor‘s live dates, courtesy of the PR wire:

floor

FLOOR announce new tour dates; The Fest appearance

Cult underground rock outfit FLOOR (Steve Brooks (also of TORCHE) – Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon – Guitar, Henry Wilson – drums) have announced new tour dates that lead the band to and from The Fest in Gainesville, FL. The dates, which begin on Oct. 28, see the band playing Orlando, Gainesville, and Athens. More information can be found below.

FLOOR are touring in support of their first new album in over ten years. ‘Oblation.’

FLOOR tour dates
Oct. 28 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Oct. 29 Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly as part of The Fest
Oct. 31 Athens, GA @ Preserve

https://www.facebook.com/floorofficial/
https://officialfloor.bandcamp.com/album/oblation
http://www.season-of-mist.com/bands/search?search[band]=Floor&commit=OK

Floor, Oblation (2014)

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Cave of Swimmers Announce July/August Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

cave of swimmers

Floridian two-piece Cave of Swimmers hit the road later this week on an East Coast tour that will take them into the beginning of August. Later on next month, they head west to Psycho Las Vegas to play alongside Pentagram, Sleep, YOB, and, well, name a name. Whether or not they’ll tour around that appearance, I don’t know, but this tour would seem to be a precursor to that slot either way, and they go supporting their 2015 album, Reflection, having already toured this past Spring in the Midwest and Southeast.

Dates and info follow:

cave of swimmers tour-700

Miami heavy duo Cave of Swimmers will be on tour this summer doing a US east coast run before playing Psycho Las Vegas Festival in August along with Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Electric Wizard and more.

Cave of Swimmers is a band formed by two Venezuelan kids who met in the 4th grade. After moving to Miami in the mid 2000’s, they reunited to form a band with an original take on heavy music. Fast, slow, spooky, sludgy, progressive, you name it: Cave of Swimmers does it their own way.

Their self-titled debut album gained critical acclaim last year after a few tours. They made a name for themselves as a band that’s real with a live show like no other, outta control, and full of raw energy. Their new album “Reflection” was released in the summer of 2015 and they toured February/March 2016 and hit the road again this summer supporting the release.

Cave of Swimmers on tour:
July 22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
July 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Highlander
July 24 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s
July 25 – Nashville, TN – Foobar
July 26 – Winston-Salem, NC – Test pattern
July 28 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar
July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
July 31 – Salem, MA – Koto
August 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale
August 2 – Richmond, VA – 25 Watt RVA
August 3 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave
August 5 – Jacksonville, FL House show
August 6 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic

http://caveofswimmers.com
http://caveofswimmers.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/caveofswimmers

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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Shroud Eater Sign to STB Records; Strike the Sun Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Why, it seems like only yesterday Miami’s Shroud Eater were announcing the string of tour dates that would take them west to Psycho Las Vegas. Oh wait. That was yesterday. Well, today the trio are signing to STB Records and having the title of their forthcoming second full-length revealed, so there you go. The album is called Strike the Sun and it will be the follow-up to 2011’s ThunderNoise (review here) — it’s astonishing that it’s been five years since Shroud Eater‘s debut album — and the 2013 EP, Dead Ends (review here). Due out in late 2016 or early 2017, no doubt it will be given the full STB treatment as regards limited editions, special version LPs and so on, and since it’s Shroud Eater, no doubt it will crush.

Word came down the PR wire from STB Records, and I included the tour dates again as well in case you forgot since yesterday:

shroud eater stb

STB Records is proud to announce that we have signed Miami’s Shroud Eater to release their new full length album, “Strike The Sun”! The album will be released later this year or early 2017. Anyone familiar with this amazing band knows that this album promises to be a monster killer!

The band says:
“Shroud Eater is incredibly excited to become part of the STB Records family to release our upcoming full-length album ‘Strike the Sun’. STB’s DIY ethos and fierce commitment to the artistic quality and merit of their bands made it obvious to us that this was the perfect partnership to release this crushing record.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, Summer 2016 will see the Miami, FL sorcerers take their sludge-laden doom out west on a 2-week tour to perform at PSYCHO LAS VEGAS festival at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, (Playing along side label mates Hornss), as well as a headlining slot at the Tennessean Sludge Festival in Murfreesboro, TN. While the band has borne comparisons to metal behemoths like High on Fire, Acid King, Kylesa and others, Shroud Eater stands firmly in a pioneering sound they have culled out as their own.

Shroud Eater on tour:
Friday August 19: Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs
Saturday August 20: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl with Iron Whip, Savagist, and Tokers
Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more…
Monday August 22: Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
Tuesday August 23: Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA
Wednesday August 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad with The Body and Full of Hell, Bathhouse and Ol’ Dagger
Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more…
Monday August 29: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Tuesday August 30: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
Wednesday August 31: Austin, TX @ Lost Well
Thursday Sept 1: New Orleans, LA @ TBA
Friday September 2: Tallahassee, FL @ Rotten Fest
Saturday September 3: St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends with Bleeth and Hell’s Fauna

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645784665741058/
https://www.facebook.com/shroudeater/
http://www.shroudeater.bandcamp.com/
http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com
http://www.facebook.com/STB-Records-471228012921184

Shroud Eater, “Face the Master” official video

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Shroud Eater Announce Summer Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

shroud eater

Miami sludge machine Shroud Eater will journey West next month in order to make an appearance alongside everyone and their cousin at Psycho Las Vegas. That in itself should be news enough to justify this post, since the Floridian trio have been stomping ass for years now, basically waiting for people to notice that fact, and a festival of that caliber would seem to be a good way to make that happen at least in part. However, that’s just the beginning of the story, and Shroud Eater, who premiered their video for the single “Face the Master” here, will also appear at the Tennessean Sludge Fest put on by Murfreesboro’s own Flummox, and at other assorted lucky venues along the way there and back again. To be blunt, it hurts me in organs I don’t know the names of that I’ve never seen Shroud Eater live. Don’t be like me, with my hurty organs.

Dates and assorted links follow:

shroud eater summer tour poster

Shroud Eater – Summer Tour

Join us as we raid across the states this summer starting
Friday, August 19 through Saturday September 3!

Tour dates and event pages below.

Friday August 19: Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs
https://www.facebook.com/events/296502347358274/

Saturday August 20: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl with Iron Whip, Savagist, and Tokers
https://www.facebook.com/events/1192094764167964/

Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more…
https://www.facebook.com/tnsludgefest/

Monday August 22: Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s

Tuesday August 23: Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA

Wednesday August 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad with The Body and Full of Hell, Bathhouse and Ol’ Dagger
https://www.facebook.com/events/241767589542078/

Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room

Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more…
http://psycholv.com/

Monday August 29: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room

Tuesday August 30: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox

Wednesday August 31: Austin, TX @ Lost Well

Thursday Sept 1: New Orleans, LA @ TBA

Friday September 2: Tallahassee, FL @ Rotten Fest
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782481065317567/

Saturday September 3: St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends with Bleeth and Hell’s Fauna
https://www.facebook.com/events/241767589542078/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645784665741058/
https://www.facebook.com/shroudeater/
http://www.shroudeater.bandcamp.com/

Shroud Eater, “Face the Master” official video

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Cave of Swimmers Tour Starts Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Progressive heavy rock duo Cave of Swimmers head out on a Southern tour the day after tomorrow, supporting their 2015 release, Reflection, and playing their first live dates of the year. Listening to Reflection, it’s kind of hard to imagine how Cave of Swimmers can manage to conjure such a full-band vibe on stage — actually, my first question is whether or not that process involves a laptop — but they’ve been at it a few years now, having gotten their start with a self-titled EP/LP in 2013 that was later picked up for a pressing through The Path Less Traveled Records, so it seems reasonable to assume that one way or another they’ve got it figured out.

And while we’re on the subject, if they do have a laptop with them, I acknowledge that for some that’s an issue or a strike against, but I do not feel that way. Rock and roll by any and all means necessary. Only time I might be bummed out is if someone stopped a show to check their email. Then it might be overboard. Unless it’s an art-piece, like, part of the show in a Tony Clifton kind of way or something like that. Then it would be brilliant. Context is everything.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, tour dates. Here they are:

cave of swimmers

Miami duo Cave of Swimmers is going on tour this Friday. They are known to put on a live show like no other. They are out of control and full of raw energy that is infectious. They have gained recognition throughout the country and have been invited all over Florida to open for national acts. Their most recent show took place in Gainesville on December 18 and opened for thrashers High On Fire and Crowbar. They’re also playing Psycho Las Vegas Music Festival 2016 in August.

Reflection Winter Tour
Feb 26 St Petersburg, FL @ The Bends
Feb 27 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Feb 29 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
Mar 1 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Mar 2 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
Mar 4 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Grotto
Mar 5 San Antonio, TX @ Faust Tavern
Mar 6 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
Mar 10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Mar 11 Metairie, LA @ The Babylon
Mar 12 Sarasota, FL @ Cabana Inn

http://caveofswimmers.com
http://caveofswimmers.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/caveofswimmers

Cave of Swimmers, Reflection (2015)

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Torche Announce US Tour with Kvelertak and Headlining Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

torche

Miami four-piece Torche and Norwegian noise-rock troublemakers Kvelertak have teamed up for a North American tour starting April 8 in Nashville. Kvelertak will headline (which, to be honest, surprised the hell out of me), but Torche also have additional dates on the itinerary on which they’ll headline as they continue to support last year’s Restarter (review here), their fourth album and first to be issued through Relapse Records. They’ve already toured in the US and Europe for it, and since they’ll head to France in June for Hellfest, more European appearances don’t seem all that unlikely, barring exclusivity or anything like that.

Either way, Torche are touring, and that’s never been bad news. The PR wire fills us in:

kvelertak torche tour

TORCHE Announces Headlining US Dates, Tour With Kvelertak

TORCHE has announced a slew of new North American dates beginning this coming April and May. The Miami stoner/sludge rockers will be directly supporting Norway’s Kvelertak on a nearly month-long tour throughout the US and Canada. On either end of the tour, TORCHE will also be playing two weeks of headlining dates in the US East and Southwest. Up-and-comers Wild Throne will support on the majority of the dates. Check out a full itinerary below.

TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide. Pitchfork called Restarter TORCHE’s “most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band “loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”

Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse at THIS LOCATION or streamed & purchased digitally via TORCHE’s Bandcamp page HERE.

TORCHE Live:
***All Dates with Kvelertak & Wild Throne unless noted***

Apr 8 Nashville, TN The End*
Apr 9 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar*
Apr 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s^
Apr 11 Buffalo, NY The Studio @ Waiting Room*
Apr 12 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Apr 13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Apr 16 Washington, DC DC Brau (Festival)
Apr 17 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Apr 18 Quebec City, QC L’Anti*
Apr 19 Montreal, QC L’Astral
Apr 20 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Apr 24 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Apr 25 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Apr 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Apr 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Apr 29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Apr 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 2 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 3 Portland, Or Hawthorne Theatre
May 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater
May 7 San Diego, CA The Hideout*
May 8 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Bar*
May 10 Austin, TX Barracuda*
May 11 Dallas, TX Three Links*
May 12 Houston, TX Rudyard’s^
May 13 New Orleans, LA Siberia^

* = with Wild throne ^ = Torche only

June 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest

http://torche.bandcamp.com/
http://www.torchemusic.com/
http://facebook.com/torcheofficial
https://twitter.com/torcheband
http://instagram.com/torche_band

Torche, Restarter (2015)

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Floor Announce Florida Weekender

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

floor

Way I see it, the more Floor play, the better off the universe as a whole is, so while a couple home-state gigs might not seem like much — certainly not compared to the European and US tours they’ve already done in support of last year’s studio return, Oblation (review here), on Season of Mist — it’s better than nothing. Particularly notable for the three-night run is the fact that House of Lightning will provide support for each show, which means drummer Henry Wilson will be pulling double-duty, and while this post didn’t at all start out that way, it’s kind of become an excuse for me to post the video accompanying, which is a live set and spliced-in interview footage captured for Atlanta Public Television. If you have a minute, check it out, because it rules.

The PR wire lines on the dotted:

FLOOR announce Florida tour dates

Cult underground rock outfit FLOOR (Steve Brooks (also of TORCHE)- Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon – Guitar, Henry Wilson – drums) have announced their first US shows in almost 2 years. The dates, which begin on January 7, see the band playing Miami, Gainesville, and Winter Haven. More information can be found below.

FLOOR previously released new footage shot during their most recent US tour. The footage, shot live at The Bottletree in Birmingham, AL, by regional television show “We Have Signal” is streaming now.

FLOOR are touring in support of their first new album in over ten years. ‘Oblation’. The follow-up to their ground-breaking, cult-classic, self-titled album, ‘Oblation’ delivers on the highest of expectations. From start to finish, the drop-tuned, down-tempo trio mine the power of the riff, their signature melodies, and patented “bomb-string” attack. Instant FLOOR classics like “War Party”, “Sister Sophia”, “Find Away” and the title track prove beyond doubt that ‘Oblation’ is their legacy writ large and that the band is as vital as ever.

Jan. 7 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s (w/ Wrong, AC Cobra, MQN)
Jan. 8 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Jan. 9 Winter Haven, FL @ Jessie’s Lounge

http://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=floor
https://officialfloor.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/floorofficial

Floor, Live on Atlanta Public Television

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