Jakethehawk Premiere Video for “The Silk Road”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 23rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

jakethehawk (Photo by Shannon Kenyon)

There’s a special kind of magic that happens when everything clicks in the rehearsal space. Some songs a band agonizes over, endlessly revising part after part, transition after transition. The smallest tempo change can take a month to iron out. Then some other songs take about as long to write as they take to play for a first time through. I don’t know what goes into releasing your two first albums in the same year, but as Jakethehawk approach the Nov. 10 release date for their second outing, To Build a Fire, through Blackseed Records, it doesn’t seem like the kind of effort a band would put in if they weren’t actually working from a spark of inspiration. It’s not like this is 1965 and they’re signed to a label that has them touring 200 shows a year and releasing a new single every two months. If they didn’t have the utmost conviction behind them, there wouldn’t be a point to it.

And if you didn’t hear earlier-2018’s apparently-aptly-titled debut, Year of the Hawk, don’t be put off by their name-the-noun moniker. They’re a heavy rock band, and as the first audio to come from To Build a Fire, the new video for “The Silk Road” finds guitarists Jake Ferranti (so is he the hawk? and why do I feel old asking that question?) and John Huxley sharing vocals effectively as bassist Justin Lober and drummer Jordan Lober (relation assumed) hold together a classically fluid rhythm that remains modern thanks to its party vibe and a sleek groove that seems tense in the oh-man-we’re-about-to-play-really-fast-you-better-watch-out kind of way, but manages to restrain that impulse, instead jamming through the midsection and ending back on the hook for an energetic finish. Again, it’s just an initial glimpse of what might come on To Build a Fire, and you’ll note it’s separate from the four-part, side-A-consuming title-track, but even so, its swing and its nod bode well for the rest of the release to come. It’ll be November before you know it.

Like next week, apparently. Jeez.

Release show for To Build a Fire is in Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 with Sun Voyager, Zom and Vulcanite. Jakethehawk have a couple other dates booked that you can see below, along with some more PR wire background on the record.

That’s all, of course, after the video for “The Silk Road” itself, which is premiering here hopefully to your enjoyment:

Jakethehawk, “The Silk Road” official video premiere

Blackseed Records artists, JAKETHEHAWK have created their first music video premiering, ‘The Silk Road’, of their upcoming record, ‘To Build a Fire’. Video was filmed, edited and directed by Joe Stammerjohn / Eyes to the Sky Films (Pittsburgh, PA). https://www.facebook.com/eyestotheskyfilms/

Coming out this November 2018!

The band shared some insight into creating the new album:

“The bones of this album were mostly written on acoustic guitar with the idea that it would give the music a more ‘song focused’ feel. The title track songs were rewarding, because they contain cohesive musical and thematic journey. To Build a Fire’ is a representation both of where we are as a band and where we want to go musically and texturally.”

To Build A Fire’ – Track List:
1. To Build A Fire pt. 1: First, We Kill All the Lawyers
2. To Build A Fire pt. 2: Parting Glass
3. To Build A Fire pt. 3: Recluse
4. To Build A Fire pt. 4: Geotaxis
5. Carcosa
6. Holy Water
7. The Silk Road
8. Strand

Jakethehawk live:
Nov. 3 – Erie, PA (w/ These Idol Hands, Black Moon Mistress) https://www.facebook.com/events/1947862042172795/
Nov. 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – JaketheHawk CD Release Show (w/ Sun Voyager, Zom, Vulcanite) https://www.facebook.com/events/233332964205414/
Nov. 11 – Richmond, VA – (w/Vulcanite, Night Business)

Jakethehawk is:
Vocals/Guitars – Jake Ferranti
Bass – Justin Lober
Drums – Jordan Lober
Guitars/Vocals – John Huxley

Jakethehawk on Thee Facebooks

Jakethehawk on Instagram

Jakethehawk on Bandcamp

Blackseed Records website

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Jakethehawk Set Nov. 10 Release for To Build a Fire

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 12th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

jakethehawk (Photo by Shannon Kenyon)

Two albums in a year is pretty rare for a band who aren’t jamming out space rock or psychedelic improv. Pittsburgh’s Jakethehawk up the ante on a quick turnaround with their second album of 2018 — also their second album, period — To Build a Fire, which will see release Nov. 10 through Blackseed Records. The band are fresh off an appearance at this year’s Descendants of Crom fest in their hometown, and they’ve unveiled the details for the new record, including the righteous cover art that recalls Forming the Void and some of David Paul Seymour‘s work. In any case, one wonders how much this will be the course of things for Jakethehawk or if, with a four-part titular opener, the new record isn’t a result of a glut of material from the writing of their first album.

Either way, it’s a remarkable feat that they’re getting it out before the end of November, let alone the actual end of the year. Here’s to working quickly and recording yourself.

From the PR wire:

jakethehawk to build a fire

JAKETHEHAWK to release their sophomore album, ‘TO BUILD A FIRE’ via BLACKSEED RECORDS on November 10, 2018

Pittsburgh’s own ‘Appalachian Desert Rock’ brotherly quartet of JAKETHEHAWK continues to pursue the sky with the announcement of a new full-length album coming in November on Blackseed Records. Their sophomore record, ‘TO BUILD A FIRE’, comes less than a year after their debut release, ‘Year Of The Hawk’ last January.

The band shared some insight into creating the new album:

“The bones of this album were mostly written on acoustic guitar with the idea that it would give the music a more ‘song focused’ feel. The title track songs were rewarding, because they contain cohesive musical and thematic journey. To Build a Fire’ is a representation both of where we are as a band and where we want to go musically and texturally.”

‘To Build A Fire’ – Track List:

To Build A Fire pt. 1: First, We Kill All the Lawyers
To Build A Fire pt. 2: Parting Glass
To Build A Fire pt. 3: Recluse
To Build A Fire pt. 4: Geotaxis
Carcosa
Holy Water
The Silk Road
Strand

With all music written and performed by Jakethehawk, the album was recorded and engineered by Justin Lober in Pittsburgh, with mastering by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks. The beautiful cover illustration and design is by Joe Mruk of Red Buffalo Illustration.

Set to arrive on November 10, 2018, ‘To Build A Fire’ will be available via Blackseed Records in physical format on CD, with Digital Download and Streaming through all major outlets (Bandcamp, Spotify, etc.).

Jakethehawk is:
Vocals/Guitars – Jake Ferranti
Bass – Justin Lober
Drums – Jordan Lober
Guitars/Vocals – John Huxley

facebook.com/jakethehawkpgh
instagram.com/jakethehawkpgh
jakethehawk.bandcamp.com
www.blackseedrecords.com

Jakethehawk, Year of the Hawk (2018)

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Horehound Set Nov. 30 Release Date for Holocene

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 1st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

horehound (Photo by Shannon Kenyon)

This past weekend was the second Descendants of Crom fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Overseen and curated by Horehound vocalist Shy Kennedy, its schedule read like a list of arguments to leave the house, and Horehound‘s set as part of it would seem to have been a fitting herald for their impending second album, Holocene. Initially supposed for release on Kennedy‘s Blackseed Records — as seen on the magnets on my fridge — it’s been newly revealed that Horehound have signed to Doom Stew Records, helmed by Brume drummer Jordan Perkins-Lewis. The cross-coastal collaboration between artist and label can only help spread the word on Holocene ahead of the Nov. 30 issue date, and while I’m not saying I’ve heard it or anything, I’ll just say that the more people who hear it, the merrier on all fronts.

While I try to chase down a track premiere or something like that from the powers that be, you can check out the Brian Mercer cover art and the signing announcement below, courtesy of the PR wire:

horehound holocene

Pittsburgh, PA’s Post-Doom foursome HOREHOUND to release their second full-length, ‘HOLOCENE’ on November 30, 2018 via DOOM STEW RECORDS.

Pittsburgh’s paramount Doom/Sludge underground act HOREHOUND continues their ascension above ground with news of a new partnership with San Francisco’s Doom Stew Records for the release of their second full-length album, ‘HOLOCENE’. Set for a street date of November 30, 2018, ‘Holocene’ will be available on CD, Vinyl, and Digital (Bandcamp, Spotify, and all major streaming outlets) with global distribution.

When asked about signing with a new label, the band had this to say: “It’s really great to have been offered the opportunity to work with Doom Stew Records. They have been involved with strong and unique sounding artists and we just really like what they are doing. It’s going to be a great partnership.”

With all music written and performed by Horehound, the album was recorded and mixed by Matt Schor at War Room in Pittsburgh, and mastering done by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks. The incredible cover artwork illustration is by Brian Mercer.

Vocalist Shy Kennedy shares a few words about the album: “‘Holocene’ is the single most rewarding contribution I have made as an individual artist and even of any group effort I’ve been a part of. It has been a realization for Horehound and through this recording we really cultivated our sound. The overwhelmingly gratifying experience we’ve had in creating this album will further transcend once we are able to share it with others.”

Guitarist Brendan Parrish adds: “‘Holocene’ is a convergence of our respective influences and a natural evolution in the sound we’ve developed. It represents our growth as songwriters and we are very eager for the rest of the world to hear what we’re so proud to have created.”

Holocene – Track List:
1. The Kind
2. Dier’s Dirge
3. L’appel du Vide
4. The Sloth
5. Anastatica
6. Highball

HOREHOUND is:
JD Dauer – drums
Brendan Parrish – guitar
Shy Kennedy – vocals
Nick Kopco – bass

https://www.facebook.com/horehoundband/
http://horehound.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/horehoundband
https://www.facebook.com/blackseedrecords/
http://www.blackseedrecords.com/

Horehound, “L’Appel du Vide” official video

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Descendants of Crom 2018 Lineup Finalized; Single-Day Tickets Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

descendants of crom 2018 banner

Golly that’s a good lineup. An awfully good lineup. Like, a really good lineup. Like, Lo-Pan and Mos Generator and Geezer and Forming the Void and Heavy Temple and Freedom Hawk and Worshipper on the same bill kind of good. The kind of lineup that makes you start pricing out drives to Pittsburgh, or flights, I guess. There are a lot of bands here I sure wouldn’t mind seeing, some for the first time, some seeing again, but yeah. Woof. It’s exhausting to think about the logistics involved in making it happen, and I don’t think I’ll be able to not the least because that weekend is my anniversary — “Hey love, you take the baby for like three days while I hop off to Pittsburgh to doom out for a while, ‘kay thanks!” — but from Destroyer of Light to Devil to Pay to Thunderbird Divine, this is one hell of a show, and if you’re gonna be there, consider yourself lucky.

I just basically wanted to say that and to get the final lineup posted here after running the initial one. Some slight changes, as with any fest. But yeah, clearly Descendants of Crom 2018 isn’t just any fest. Gadzooks.

Check it out:

descendants of crom 2018 poster

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018 set for Sept. 27-29th; Featuring MOS GENERATOR, LO-PAN, DUEL, COME TO GRIEF, & 30+ More!

A GATHERING OF ROCK, DOOM, SLUDGE, AND METAL.
SEPTEMBER 27th-29th, 2018 – STEEL CITY, USA

The second annual Descendants of Crom will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – whose underground scene of heavy rock, stoner, and doom metal is healthy and thriving and the location is perfect. Feeding great regional bands to a hungry crowd and utilizing legendary, international fan-favorites to entice music lovers in the door to bear witness to these amazing local artists.

As anticipated, the first year was a strong gathering of music fans and this year’s event is expanded to a full weekend event on Friday and Saturday, based once again at Cattivo’s in Pittsburgh, with a Pre-gala evening at the more intimate location of Howlers on Thursday.

We invite all to become part of the experience at the 2018 Pre-Gala and Weekend Events! After all, we are all Descendants of Crom.

Blackseed Records Presents: DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018
September 28th – 29th @ Cattivo / Pre-Gala September 27th @ Howlers

Mos Generator + Lo-Pan + Come To Grief + Duel + Devil To Pay + Freedom Hawk + Disenchanter + Geezer + Howling Giant + Forming The Void + Sierra + Toke + Heavy Temple + Cavern + Demon Eye + Ironflame + Horehound + Worshipper + Doomstress + Wolftooth + Doctor Smoke + River Cult + Curse The Son + Urns + Eternal Black + Thunderbird Divine + Yatra + Molasses Barge + Solarburn + OutsideInside + The Long Hunt + Jakethehawk

PRE-GALA: Destroyer Of Light + Rebreather + Fist Fight In The Parking Lot + Gran Gila + Mires

TICKETS: www.descendantsofcrom.com/Tickets.php

Two and Three Day passes available. Single day tickets available after 9/1.
Pre-gala is limited to 75 tickets, get your tickets now!

https://www.facebook.com/DescendantsOfCrom/
www.instagram.com/descendantsofcrom/
https://www.facebook.com/events/177536592803763
www.descendantsofcrom.com/Tickets.php
http://descendantsofcrom.com

Descendants of Crom 2018 promo video

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T-Tops to Release Disease EP Sept. 28

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

t-tops

Seven minutes. That’s all it takes for Pittsburgh noisemakers T-Tops to inflict the searing aggression of their new EP, Disease, and if I’m perfectly honest, the job’s done before the songs are actually finished. The trio have a couple strings of dates coming up in the Midwest and on the East Coast — you can basically pick and choose where you want to go when you live in Pittsburgh — and they’ll release Disease soon after in conjunction with Magnetic Eye Records. It’s got three songs, they’re all pissed, and none of them touch three minutes long. Noise rock, man. It’s like anger as a lifestyle. I’ve got Disease on as I write this and it’s like being ground down into puddly ex-human goo. Obviously that’s the point.

So needless to say it’ll be interesting to hear their Floyd cover.

Time and places for such things. For now, here’s this from the wire of PR:

NEW RELEASE: T-Tops “Disease EP”

Pittsburgh’s T-TOPS deliver their latest clutch of full-stack, full-throttle noise-rock, the 3-track EP DISEASE, on September 28th, with tour dates and an unexpected Pink Floyd cover rounding things out.

T-Tops started jamming when Pittsburgh guitarist/vocalist Patrick Waters, who fronted well-regarded and spastic-rock group The Fitt, joined up with bassist/vocalist Jason Orr (Holy Rivals).

Struggling at first to find the right drummer, the pair nearly gave up before coming across a post on a local message board by Jason Jouver, a recording engineer at +/- Studios on the city’s South Side and multi-instrumentalist from bands including Don Caballero, Teddy Duchamp’s Army and German Shepherd. They knew the name but hadn’t even realized he played drums, and gave it a try.

In no time, ravaging riffs, gravely vocals, and thundering beats came together to produce T-Tops’ signature soundtrack for high-velocity destruction.

“There’s not really a theme,” Waters says of the in-your-face, sludgy, hooky heaviness that resulted. “We’re just trying to write catchy, loud, heavy songs.”

The trio’s experience in other bands certainly comes across in both their songwriting and prolific output. Despite moving through a series of drummers, T-Tops have issued a half-dozen EPs, 7-inches, and split releases in just a few short years. Their latest, the Disease EP, is the band’s most urgent helping of raw, furious, garage rock yet, a slab of power best heard at full volume.

T-Tops will be touring to support this killer new EP in September, and also managed to slip an angy, roaring take on Pink Floyd’s “Nile Song” onto the digital version of Magnetic Eye Records’ upcoming Best of Pink Floyd [Redux] project, which lands in November.

Disease releases digitally and on 7-inch via the band in association with Magnetic Eye Records on September 28th.

1. Disease
2. Incest
3. Mouth for Hate

Tour Dates:
Aug 30 Akron, OH @ Hive Mind
Aug 31 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
Sept 1 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Sept 2 Chicago, IL @ Reed’s
Sept 3 Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
Sept 12 State College, PA @ The Brewery
Sept 13 NYC @ El Cortez
Sept 14 East Windsor, NJ @ Toxic Cleanse
Sept 15 Philly, PA @ Century

T-Tops:
Patrick Waters – Guitar/Vocals
Jason Orr – Bass
Austin Bowen – Drums

www.facebook.com/ttopspgh
www.instagram.com/ttopsnoise
https://t-tops.bandcamp.com/
https://www.merhq.net/

T-Tops, Face of Depression (2017)

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Horehound Announce New Album Holocene for Release Later in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

horehound (Photo by Trevor Richards)

Not saying I’ve heard it or anything, but Horehound aren’t kidding around when they talk about their second album, Holocene, being a step forward from their 2016 self-titled debut (review here). That album was an impressive showing of potential for their style, somewhere between heavy rock, doom and sludge but not necessarily beholden to any single one of them, and Holocene, from its gorgeous Brian Mercer cover art onward, proceeds to push their vision forward. It’s a bigger but still natural sound with an eye toward atmosphere and they’re giving a first taste in the semi-angular “L’Appel du Vide” now, having premiered a video for the third of the album’s total seven tracks, the last of which is hidden. Don’t tell anybody.

Horehound will appear at Descendants of Crom in their native Pittsburgh at the end of September and have select dates set before that, including opening for Monolord and Brimstone Coven. Good gig.

Here are details from the PR wire:

horehound holocene

Pittsburgh, PA’s Post-Doom Foursome HOREHOUND Reveals Their Second Full-length, ‘HOLOCENE’ & Premieres New Video For Debut Track “L’appel du Vide”

Pittsburgh’s paramount Doom/Sludge underground act HOREHOUND continues their ascension above ground with the announcement of their second full-length album, ‘HOLOCENE’.

Horehound surpassed their own expectations for the self-titled debut in 2016, and this past Spring re-released a remastered version on Digital, CD, and first-time Vinyl format. Now Horehound presents their sophomore album ‘Holocene’. With all music written and performed by Horehound, the album was recorded and mixed by Matt Schor at War Room in Pittsburgh, and mastering done by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks. The incredible cover artwork illustration is by Brian Mercer.

To introduce the new album, the band is premiering a video for the debut of “L’appel du Vide”, the third track from ‘Holocene’. The visualizer was created by Sam McDonald.

Vocalist Shy Kennedy shares a few words about the album: “‘Holocene’ is the single most rewarding contribution I have made as an individual artist and even of any group effort I’ve been a part of. It has been a realization for Horehound and through this recording we really cultivated our sound. The overwhelmingly gratifying experience we’ve had in creating this album will further transcend once we are able to share it with others. “

Guitarist Brendan Parrish adds: “‘Holocene’ is a convergence of our respective influences and a natural evolution in the sound we’ve developed. It represents our growth as songwriters and we are very eager for the rest of the world to hear what we’re so proud to have created.”

Horehound is preparing for a release of Holocene sometime later in 2018. The band has been reviewing incoming offers and invites all who may be interested in partnering for the release to reach out to them soon.

Holocene – Track List:
1. The Kind
2. Dier’s Dirge
3. L’appel du Vide
4. Sloth
5. Anastatica
6. Highball
7. Hidden Track

Upcoming Live Events:
08/11 – Youngstown, OH – Pabstolutely 11 Festival
09/01 – Pittsburgh, PA w/ MONOLORD, Brimstone Coven
09/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – DESCENDANTS OF CROM

HOREHOUND is:
JD Dauer – drums
Brendan Parrish – guitar
Shy Kennedy – vocals
Nick Kopco – bass

https://www.facebook.com/horehoundband/
http://horehound.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/horehoundband
https://www.facebook.com/blackseedrecords/
http://www.blackseedrecords.com/

Horehound, Holocene

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Horehound Reissue Self-Titled Debut on Hellmistress Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 26th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Pittsburgh doom rockers Horehound took part this past weekend in the inaugural New England Stoner and Doom Fest in Connecticut, playing alongside Gozu, Wasted Theory and a vast host of others at a show I was both proud to be involved in presenting and sorry to have missed on account of timing. The appearance there is just the latest in the momentum-building that’s been going on for Horehound more or less since their self-titled debut (review here) was released in 2016.

The date of that release? April 20. The release date of the brand new Hellmistress Records CD and vinyl edition of the album? April 20, AKA last Friday. You have to appreciate a bit of symmetry. The band said last fall when they signed to Hellmistress that they had new material in the works. I haven’t seen an update on that, but maybe by the time they get to Descendants of Crom 2018 this September we’ll have word one way or another. Or maybe they’ll just wait for April 2019. Ha.

Here’s the latest on the reissue and the whatnots:

horehound self-titled

HOREHOUND to Re-Issue Self-Titled Debut on CD and Vinyl on April 20th via Hellmistress Records; Current Live Dates & Fest Appearances.

Pittsburgh, PA’s HOREHOUND announce their teaming up with Hellmistress Records to re-issue the Horehound Self-titled 2016 debut for both CD and first-time colored vinyl variants. The seven original tracks have been re-mixed, re-mastered, and now include a bonus song of Portishead’s, ‘Mysterons’, covered a la doom!
Digital Streaming on Bandcamp and other outlets, as well as the new CD will be available 4/20/2018, which is the second anniversary of the original release date.

Vinyl press is expected to be available on June 1st.

Artist Name: Horehound
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres/Styles: Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Sludge
Label Name:
Blackseed Records (First Press, April 20, 2016)
Hellmistress Records (Re-Issue, April 20, 2018)

Horehound – Track List:

1. World to Come
2. Sangreal
3. Crowns and Thrones
4. The Dead Don’t Lie
5. Waters of Lethe
6. Myope
7. Waking Time
8. Mysterons (bonus track on re-issue only)

Recorded by Matt Schor at War Room.
Mastering by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks.
All music written and performed by Horehound, with the exception of “Mysterons”, originally written and performed by Portishead.
Cover Art by Sasaya Orenda Hamer-Pennisi

HOREHOUND is:
JD Dauer – drums
Brendan Parrish – guitar
Shy Kennedy – vocals
Nick Kopco – bass

HOREHOUND – Upcoming Live Events:
05I10I18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox (w/Mos Generator, Limousine Beach)
05I26I18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo (w/Ufomammut, White Hills)
06I16I18 – Aliquippa, PA @ Fallout Shelter (w/Rule Of Two, Everyone Hates Everything)
09I28I18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ DESCENDANTS OF CROM

Blackseed Records Presents:

DESCENDANTS OF CROM 2018

September 28th – 29th @ Cattivo
Day One: Lo-Pan + Come To Grief + Telekinetic Yeti + Devil To Pay + Disenchanter + Sierra + Heavy Temple + Demon Eye + Horehound + Doomstress + Doctor Smoke + Curse The Son + Eternal Black + Cloud + Solarburn + The Long Hunt
Day Two: Mos Generator + Duel + Kind + Freedom Hawk + Geezer + Forming The Void + Serpents Of Secrecy + Wolftooth + Ironflame + River Cult + Cavern + Thunderbird Divine + Molasses Barge + OutsideInside + Jakethehawk

RSVP – https://www.facebook.com/events/177536592803763/
TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3186333

Pre-Gala: September 27th @ Howlers
Destroyer Of Light + Rebreather + Fist Fight In The Parking Lot + Gran Gila + Mires
RSVP – https://www.facebook.com/events/2074052449275860/

https://www.facebook.com/horehoundband/
http://horehound.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/horehoundband
https://www.facebook.com/blackseedrecords/
http://www.blackseedrecords.com/
https://hellmistressrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HellmistressRecords/

Horehound, Horehound (2016)

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Argus Post Video for “Devils of Your Time”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Okay, so I guess technically this is the first Argus video, though they very definitely had a lyric clip posted for “You are the Curse”, so it’s the first video with the band rocking out and all that, and the second video made to promote the band’s latest triumph of traditional heavy metal and doom, From Fields of Fire (review here), their fourth album and third for Cruz del Sur, which was released last year. The new video is for “Devils of Your Time,” which is the post-intro leadoff to Argus‘ most charged and furious work to-date.

If you heard the album, you know that’s not hyperbole. The Pittsburgh-based five-piece have put out work of increasing metallurgy and quality throughout their 13-year tenure, beginning with their self-titled debut (review here) in 2009 and running through 2011’s Boldly Stride the Doomed (discussed here) and 2013’s Beyond the Martyrs (review here), and with From Fields of Fire, they take yet another forward step in their approach, finding a niche between doom and classic metal and treading that ground in a way not only irony-free, but utterly flexible to bend at the will of their songwriting to one side or the other. It’s a special record. An undertaking at 55 minutes, but poised and righteous and a gift to the sphere of American metal.

The video for “Devils of Your Time” is also pretty classic and straightforward in its approach. Directed by Nick Prezioso, it’s got the band rocking out in Headbanger’s Ball-worthy fashion, and if you’re sensitive to flashing lights, you might want to look out because there are a decent portion of them featured here, but beyond that, there’s no reason not to dig into what I think it’s fair to call one of the best kept secrets in US heavy metal and heavy metal in general. Dudes should be on magazine covers and whatnot.

PR wire info follows the video below. Please enjoy:

Argus, “Devils of Your Time” official video

Pittsburgh, PA traditional metal force ARGUS have released the official video for “Devils of your Time,” a track from 2017 Cruz Del Sur Music album From Fields of Fire. The video (the band’s first ever) was conceptualized and created by Nick Prezioso.

From Fields Of Fire was released September 8, 2017 on Cruz Del Sur Music. Order the CD at this location. The Vinyl LP version is available here.

Stream From Fields of Fire at argusmetal.bandcamp.com/album/from-fields-of-fire

Four years after the release of Beyond the Martyrs, the mighty U.S. Heavy Metal torchbearers ARGUS have returned with From Fields of Fire on Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music! From Fields of Fire is the defining moment from a band that has delivered the goods album after album. It is the highlight of their career to date and one that will be seen as a highlight in heavy metal circles, not just this year, but for years to come.

Argus on Thee Facebooks

Argus on Bandcamp

Cruz del Sur Music website

Cruz del Sur Music on Bandcamp

Cruz del Sur Music on Thee Facebooks

Cruz del Sur Music on Twitter

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