Windhand Begin Recording New Album Eternal Return for Fall Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Richmond, Virginia, doomers Windhand have announced they’ve begun work on their next full-length, Eternal Return, returning to the studio with producer Jack Endino, who helmed their 2015 album, Grief’s Infernal Flower (review here). The band also released a split with steady tourmates Satan’s Satyrs this past Spring and have spent the last couple years going around the world in support of the last record. Between recording again with Endino and getting Arik Roper, it seems like the five-piece-turned-four-piece aren’t trying to fix what wasn’t broken from Grief’s Infernal Flower, which is fair since, you know, that shit was way not broken.

One expects they’ll start announcing a massive round of tour dates for Eternal Return before the record even comes out, so I’ll go ahead and keep an eye open for that. In the meantime, here’s the latest fresh from the PR wire:

Windhand_ photo by Sally Patti

Windhand Enter Studio To Record New Full-Length Album, ‘Eternal Return’ Coming Fall 2018 on Relapse Records

Spring West Coast Tour Approaches

Virginia’s WINDHAND have entered the studio to record their 4th studio album. The album, entitled Eternal Return, is being recorded and engineered at Soundhouse Studios in Seattle, WA with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire). Album artwork will once again be handled by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire). The album is expected to be released Fall 2018 via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Additionally, WINDHAND kick off a short West Coast tour with Ruby The Hatchet on April 19th which includes appearances at Stumpfest and Levitation Fest. WINDHAND is also confirmed for Maryland Doom Fest on June 23 in Frederick, MD. A complete list of dates is available below.

WINDHAND LIVE DATES:
Apr 19: Neumos – Seattle, WA #
Apr 20: Stumpfest – Portland, OR
Apr 22: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA #
Apr 23: Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #
Apr 26: Levitation at Barracuda – Austin, TX
Jun 23: Maryland Doom Fest 2018 – Frederick, MD
# w/ Ruby The Hatchet

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Windhand, “Old Evil” official video

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Inter Arma Announce Southern & Midwestern Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 22nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Anyone remember band on Relapse called Buried Inside? They were Canadian, around from about the turn of the century until 2010 and put out a couple records along the way. The thing about them? They were brilliant. I mean they smashed genres together like some formidably-sized Hadron collider, and though they have nothing directly to do with Richmond’s Inter Arma, the comparison to me still makes sense. Inter Arma‘s 2016 album, Paradise Gallows (review here)? Stellar. And they’ve gotten heaps and heaps of critical praise. But they should be a household name by now at least among open-minded metallers, and I don’t know if that’s happened yet.

A headlining tour can’t hurt in that regard. Inter Arma keep blasting away, keep playing the right fests, doing good tours. They still seem undervalued. One just hopes they don’t turn out to be the kind of band who has to break up before they get their due appreciation.

From the PR wire:

inter arma poster by jacob speis

INTER ARMA: Announce US Headlining Tour Dates

Richmond’s INTER ARMA announce US headlining tour dates with Earthling and Bruce Lamont. The tour begins May 31 and ends June 9 including performances at Doomed and Stoned Festival & Raleigh Deathfest. The band continues to support 2016’s highly praised Paradise Gallows full-length album. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Additionally, INTER ARMA recently shared the live video for “An Archer in the Emptiness” on a new episode of Overcoast Music’s Sessions series. Filmed and recorded live on-location inside Richmond’s beautifully haunting Byrd Park Pumphouse, the performance serves a powerful testament to the city’s creative, innovative, and artistic heartbeat as well as its connection with a deep and rich cultural history. The episode of Overcoast Sessions is in support of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Virginia Is For Lovers” campaign.

Paradise Gallows is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical orders, including limited vinyl colors and bundles, are available via Relapse.com at this location, and digital orders can be found at Bandcamp HERE.

INTER ARMA Tour Dates:

— All Dates May 31-June 8 w/ Earthling —

May 31 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Jun 01 Chicago, IL @ Doomed and Stoned Festival *
Jun 02 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s +
Jun 04 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop +
Jun 05 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox +
Jun 06 Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday +
Jun 07 Nashville, TN @ The End +
Jun 08 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn +
Jun 09 Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Deathfest *

+ w/ Bruce Lamont
* Inter Arma only

INTER ARMA are:
T.J. Childers – Drums, guitars, lap steel, keyboards, synthesizers, noise, vocals
Trey Dalton – Guitars, keyboards, vocals
Joe Kerkes – Bass
Mike Paparo – Vocals
Steven Russell – Guitars

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Inter Arma, “An Archer in the Emptiness” Live at the Byrd Park Pumphouse

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Black Salvation Premiere Video for “Breathing Hands”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 15th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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The last time Relapse Records went ahead and signed a newcomer heavy psych band seemingly out of nowhere (but not actually out of nowhere because that’s not how this shit works. at all.) it was Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision, and given the kickassery that band has unleashed across their two to-date albums, I’d say it was a win all around. All the more reason to keep a close eye on German trio Black Salvation, who are also getting ready to release their debut full-length through Relapse. The album, called Uncertainty is Bliss, will be out on April 6 and they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on it, but I’ve been given the opportunity to premiere the new video for the goth-psych-vibing “Breathing Hands” and, well, I think by the time you’re 15 seconds or so into the song, you’re going to see why there wasn’t any way I was going to say no to the chance.

“Breathing Hands” opens with a draw you in strum of guitar tone and soon enough unveils a nodding hook and its rolling groove. The song is three and a half minutes long, the video has that creepy effect where they put mouths on hands, but the pull is just about irresistible all the same, and the immersion by the time they’re done is complete. This speaks to an efficiency of their approach that reveals itself even more on repeat listens, but even if you only make your way through once, they’re not exactly being obtuse about where they’re coming from: warm tones, languid vibes, some drama in the vocals, a catchy chorus, and enough stylistic nuance to make you wonder just how far out these cats might actually go over the course of a whole record.

Of course, we’ll find out on April 6 when Uncertainty is Bliss arrives, but especially for those in Europe, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Black Salvation‘s name started popping up in lineup announcements for summer and/or fall festivals. They seem pretty ripe to catch on, and if “Breathing Hands is your first sampling of their wares, or if you caught wind of the prior-streamed single “In a Casket’s Ride,” which I’ve also included at the bottom of this post just for the hell of it, it really only seems to me that what’s been put out so far bodes remarkably well for the rest of what’s to come.

Here’s looking forward:

Black Salvation, “Breathing Hands” official video premiere

BLACK SALVATION — featuring Uno Bruniusson formerly of In Solitude and Grave Pleasures and currently of Death Alley — challenge sthe listener to open wide the doors of perception and slowly drift away amongst their transcendental compositions and deeply hypnotic tales of magic and mysticism. Across eight tracks and over forty minutes, BLACK SALVATION exquisitely blends hard rock, doom, and psychedelia into an intoxicating synthesis of rock ‘n’ roll alchemy. Uncertainty Is Bliss is surely one of the most captivating rock debuts in years.

BLACK SALVATION’s Uncertainty Is Bliss is due out April 6th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE. The digital edition can be purchased at THIS LOCATION.

BLACK SALVATION has announced a headlining European tour in April around the album’s release. A full list of dates is available below.

BLACK SALVATION:
4/03/2018 Ostpol – Dresden, DE
4/04/2018 Dots – Gottingen, DE
4/05/2018 Kurzbar – Mannheim, DE
4/06/2018 Neues Schauspiel – Leipzig, DE
4/07/2018 Schlachthof – Eisenach, DE
4/08/2018 TBA – Cologne, DE
4/10/2018 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/11/2018 Lygtens Kro – Copenhagen, DK
4/12/2018 Zukunft am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE

BLACK SALVATION:
Paul Schlesier – guitar, vocals
Birger Schwidop – bass
Uno Bruniusson – drums

Black Salvation, “In a Casket’s Ride”

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YOB Set June Release for Our Raw Heart; Announce Tour Dates with Bell Witch

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Not to point out the overly frickin’ obvious, but a YOB and Bell Witch tour is going to be insane. YOB go supporting Our Raw Heart, which is out in June on Relapse, while Bell Witch will be heralding last year’s brilliant Mirror Reaper (review here) on Profound Lore, having already played the thing in its 80-minute, one-song entirety at this year’s Roadburn in April. Details are still pretty sparse on the new YOB, which is unquestionably one of 2018’s most anticipated releases and marks their jump to Relapse from Neurot Recordings, which released their 2014 milestone, Clearing the Path to Ascend (review here).

YOB have never ceased to grow as a band from one release to the next, so one looks forward to finding out at what stage Our Raw Heart finds them. The album is out June 8 and the tour starts June 14, so you’ve only got a little bit to commit the songs to memory before you hit the gig, but I’m sure you’ll be on it no problem. Once you put on a new YOB record, it can be pretty difficult to turn it off.

The PR wire had the below to say on the subject. While you peruse the info, I’ll be busy asking myself why I don’t yet own the reissue of The Great Cessation that Relapse just put out. Oh yeah, because I’m broke. Well that was a fun reminder:

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YOB: Our Raw Heart Coming June 8; Announce North American Tour

YOB, the Oregon-based trio, will release Our Raw Heart, the band’s eighth full-length album and Relapse Records’ debut, on June 8.

“We’re very excited to share this new music,” says singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt. “We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait.”

The news of the seven-track album’s release arrives as the band confirm a North American tour, kicking off June 14 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City. The outing, which will feature direct support from Bell Witch, also includes performances at Austin Terror Fest and Mutants of the Monster 2018. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive). Pre-Orders for Our Raw Heart will be available April 10 via Relapse.com.

YOB recently reissued their fifth full-length album, The Great Cessation, in December via Relapse. That album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

YOB Tour Dates:

May 25 Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Festival

— All Dates Jun 14 – Jul 14 w/ Bell Witch —

June 14 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
June 15 Austin, TX @ Austin Terror Fest
June 16 Little Rock, AR @ Mutants of the Monster 2018
June 17 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
June 19 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
June 20 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
June 23 Wilmington, NC @ Reggies
June 24 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
June 25 Raleigh, NC @ King’s
June 27 Baltimore, MD @ Metro
June 28 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
June 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
June 30 Boston, MA @ Middle East
July 02 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
July 03 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
July 04 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
July 06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
July 07 Detroit, MI @ El Club
July 08 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
July 10 St. Paul, MN @ Club
July 11 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
July 12 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
July 13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
July 14 Boise, ID @ Neurolux

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YOB, The Great Cessation (Reissue) (2017)

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Primitive Man Announce All the Touring. Yes. All of it.

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

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Rocky Mountain destroyers Primitive Man head out next month on a tour of the Midwest and East Coast with Spectral Voice, playing, among other spots, the Meatlocker in Montclair in my beloved Garden State for a set that surely will test the structural integrity of that basement venue’s support beams. Now, following that run, they go to the UK — also a one-off in Israel, because obviously — to play Desertfest London 2018 and other dates with Bismuth before coming back to the US and hitting the West Coast for a headlining stretch alongside a slew of others detailed below.

All of this is happening in support of last year’s aptly-titled full-length, Caustic (review here), which offered an overwhelming dose of the Denver three-piece’s sludge extremity. They stand among the heaviest bands in the US right now, and off the top of my head, I’m not sure who has them beat, if anyone does. Let me think on it. I’ll get back to you. In the meantime, surely venues like Mac’s Bar in Lansing, the aforementioned Meatlocker, and Sister Bar in Albuquerque — as well as, you know, everywhere else — will want to investigate earthquake insurance.

Info from the PR wire:

PRIMITIVE MAN: Announce West Coast Headline Tour; Tour with Spectral Voice Begins Next Month

Denver nihilistic trio PRIMITIVE MAN announce 2018 West Coast tour dates in support of their recent full-length album Caustic. The tour commences May 19 in Fort Collins, CO and ends June 18 in Dallas, TX, including appearances at Northwest Terror Fest and Austin Terror Fest. Direct support will be provided by Infernal Coil (5/19-5/21), Celeste (5/26-6/01), Wayfarer (6/11-6/18) and Forn (6/14-6/19). A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Additionally, PRIMITIVE MAN begin their Spring headline tour with Spectral Voice next month on March 17 in Omaha, NE. The tour runs through 24 cities and ends on April 09 in Denver, CO. PRIMITIVE MAN have also announced a United Kingdom tour from April 25 to May 06 with Bismuth. Includes an exclusive one off and the band’s first ever performance in Tel Aviv on May 03. PRIMITIVE MAN are currently confirmed for a couple Summer festivals including Electric Funeral Fest and Temple of Ascension Vol. 1. Stay tuned for more tour news in the near future.

PRIMITIVE MAN Tour Dates:

— All Dates Mar 17 – Apr 08 w/ Spectral Voice —

Mar 17 Omaha, NE The Sydney
Mar 18 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
Mar 19 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
Mar 20 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Mar 21 Lansing, MI Macs Bar
Mar 22 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
Mar 23 Syracuse, NY Spark Art Space
Mar 24 Toronto, ON Lees Palace
Mar 25 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Mar 26 Quebec City, QC L’Anti
Mar 27 Montreal, QC Bar LeRitz
Mar 28 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Mar 29 Portland, ME Geno’s Rock Club
Mar 30 Montclair, NJ Meatlocker
Mar 31 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Apr 01 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie (Primitive Man Only)
Apr 02 Washington D.C. Atlas Brew
Apr 03 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Apr 04 Atlanta, GA The EARL
Apr 05 Nashville, TN The End
Apr 06 St. Louis, MO Fubar
Apr 07 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co.
Apr 08 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Apr 09 Denver, CO Syntax Physics Opera

— All Dates with Bismuth Apr 25 – May 06 —

Apr 25 Newcastle, UK Trillians Rock Bar
Apr 26 Glasgow, SL North of the Wall
Apr 27 Wigan, UK The Old Courts
Apr 28 Manchester, UK Rebellion Club
Apr 29 Sheffield, UK West Street Live
Apr 30 Bristol, UK Old England
May 01 Leeds, UK Temple of Boom
May 03 Tel Aviv, IL Levontin 7 (Primitive Man Only)
May 04 Nottingham, UK Angel Microbrewery
May 05 Plymouth, UK The Junction
May 06 London, UK Desert Fest

— West Coast Headline Tour —

May 19 Fort Collins, CO Hodi’s
May 20 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar
May 21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
May 22 Tijuana, MX Garage Rock Bar
May 24 Tucson, AZ Flycatcher
May 25 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
May 26 Los Angeles, CA Union
May 27 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
May 28 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
May 29 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
May 30 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
May 31 Portland, OR Tonic
Jun 01 Seattle, WA Northwest Terror Fest 2018
Jun 02 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom
Jun 03 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Jun 05 Boise, ID Neurolux
Jun 06 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Jun 11 Wichita, KS Barleycorns
Jun 12 Wichita Falls, TX Iron Horse Pub
Jun 13 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Jun 14 New Orleans, LA Santos Bar
Jun 16 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Jun 17 Austin, TX Austin Terror Fest 2018
Jun 18 Dallas, TX Reno’s

w/ Infernal Coil (5/19-5/21)
w/ Celeste (5/26-6/01)
w/ Wayfarer (6/11-6/18)
w/ Forn (6/14-6/19)

Jun 29-30 Denver, CO Electric Funeral Fest

Aug 16-19 Edmonton, AB Temple of Ascension Vol. 1

PRIMITIVE MAN:
Ethan Lee McCarthy – guitars, vocals
Jonathan Campos – bass
Joe Linden – drums

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Primitive Man, Caustic (2017)

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Cough Announce West Coast Tour with Grime

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

If you’re on the West Coast and looking to test your tolerance for extreme sludge, this might be the show with which to do it. Italy’s Grime are nothing if not aptly-named. Their sound is a filth-coated assault of bludgeoning aural misanthropy. Not only that they would come to the US to tour, but that they’d partner with Richmond, Virginia, dirge-oozers Cough is significant, the latter being a genuinely headlining-worthy outfit in terms of presence and volume who compromise neither in their pursuit of some of the darkest sonic corners to be found anywhere. There will be riffs. They will be loud. They will be slow. They will be punishing.

The tour is presented by Midnite Collective, and kudos to them on the pairing. The PR wire puts it like this:

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COUGH (Relapse) & GRIME (Argento) Announce Joint West Coast Tour

Announcing a plague over the West Coast…Virginia’s COUGH (Relapse Records) and Italy’s GRIME (Argento) are joining forces to wreak havoc this May. CA’s Midnite Collective takes responsibility for bringing the Italian doom lords across the ocean for their first ever US shows – sure to be a hell of a run. Dates below:

Catch COUGH & GRIME Live:
5/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
5/12 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
5/13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
5/14 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
5/15 – Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
5/16 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
5/17 – Seattle, WA – The Highline

Conceived in the fertile metal underground of Richmond, VA circa 2005, ?COUGH ?have sought to be the heaviest band ever since their inception. The band takes inspiration from the most savage aspects of extreme music, from crushing doom metal and grimy sludge to early black metal. After the independent 2007 release of their first EP, ?The Kingdom?, ?COUGH? quickly put out their first proper full-length, ?Sigillum Luciferi ?(Forcefield Records, 2008).

Between hospital visits and bouts of near-insanity, ?COUGH? slowly labored forward with the writing of their follow-up album. By 2010 the band had signed to Relapse Records and returned to Chicago, IL, enlisting Parker once again to record their sophomore album, the aptly titled Ritual Abuse. ?

After a six year hiatus, ?COUGH ?return with ?Still They Pray?, a 65? ?minute acid-drenched nightmare set to music?.? Produced by ?Electric Wizard’s ?Jus Oborn and recorded by Oborn and ?Windhand’s? Garrett Morris, ?COUGH? pick up where ?Ritual Abuse ?left off, masterfully pushing their black cosmic psychedelia to the brink of despair. ?

Grime starts its mission in Trieste, Italy during summer 2010- their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near yours. Their sound is rooted in a rotten burial ground and their songs are the voice of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Marching to a slow and heavy groove as filthy and vicious as the guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust. Drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche.

Over the years the band toured relentlessly across Europe (with Converge, Cough, Fistula, Today is The Day and -(16)-, to name a few) and had the honor to play some of the greatest European festivals such as Roadburn, Heavy Days in Doomtown, Bloodshed Festival, Barroselas Metal Fest and Desertfest (London and Belgium). Grime is ready to release some new material in 2018 along multiple tours…stay tuned.

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Cough, Still They Prey (2016)

Grime, Circle of Molesters (2015)

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Black Salvation Sign to Relapse Records; Uncertainty is Bliss Due in April

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

black salvation

You can stream the opening track from the new Black Salvation album now. The record is called Uncertainty is Bliss and it’s the Leipzig, Germany three-piece’s first for Relapse Records and second overall behind 2014’s In Deep Circles, and the track in question, “In a Casket’s Ride,” holds much promise for what might unfold thereafter. Think a European touring partner for labelmates Ecstatic Vision and you might be on the right track, and of course connections through drummer Uno Bruniusson to the likes of In Solitude and Death Alley don’t hurt their cause either. Either way, sounds like cool stuff and it’s an interesting reach for Relapse, so I’m intrigued to hear what the record actually sounds like.

It’s an April release, so I guess we’ve got a minute or two before we get there, but details and tour dates and that opening cut follow here, all courtesy of the PR wire:

black salvation uncertainty is bliss

BLACK SALVATION Signs to Relapse Records; New Album Uncertainty Is Bliss To See Release This April + New Song Unveiled

Relapse Records is proud to announce the official signing of German psychedelic hard rock trio BLACK SALVATION.

BLACK SALVATION — featuring Uno Bruniusson formerly of In Solitude and Grave Pleasures and currently of Death Alley — challenges the listener to open wide the doors of perception and slowly drift away among their transcendental compositions and deeply hypnotic tales of magic and mysticism. Across eight tracks and over forty minutes, BLACK SALVATION exquisitely blends hard rock, doom, and psychedelia into an intoxicating synthesis of rock ‘n’ roll alchemy. Uncertainty Is Bliss is surely one of the most captivating rock debuts in years.

BLACK SALVATION’s Uncertainty Is Bliss is due out April 6th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available at Relapse.com HERE. The digital edition can be purchased at THIS LOCATION.

Issues the band of the signing and new album, “Our hands and minds are trembling in anticipation to release this record, as it’s been a long and intense road for us to get here. Throughout the entire process, we traveled down a path trenched in uncertainty, which was both disarming and blissful. Signing to Relapse Records is probably the most unexpected door that opened up in the process of finding a home for the record. We’re very eager to have an open minded, diverse label to spread our words and music to all corners of your perception.”

BLACK SALVATION has announced a headlining European tour in April around the album’s release. A full list of dates is available below.

Uncertainty Is Bliss Track Listing:
1. In A Casket’s Ride
2. Floating Torpid
3. Breathing Hands
4. The Eye That Breathes
5. Leair
6. A Direction is Futile
7. Grey River
8. Getting Slowly Lost
9. The Chapel (Bonus Track)
10. Follow Me Down (Bonus Track)

BLACK SALVATION:
4/03/2018 Ostpol – Dresden, DE
4/04/2018 Dots – Gottingen, DE
4/05/2018 Kurzbar – Mannheim, DE
4/06/2018 Neues Schauspiel – Leipzig, DE
4/07/2018 Schlachthof – Eisenach, DE
4/08/2018 TBA – Cologne, DE
4/10/2018 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/11/2018 Lygtens Kro – Copenhagen, DK
4/12/2018 Zukunft am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE

BLACK SALVATION’s Uncertainty Is Bliss is to today what The Stooges’ eponymous debut was to 1969. It’s what Led Zeppelin IV was to Fast Times At Ridgemont High. And it’s how Can’s Tago Mago continues to blaze minds after nearly fifty years on wax. Songs like “Getting Slowly Lost,” “Breathing Hands,” “Grey River,” and the short but filmic instrumental “The Eye That Breathes” — as well as the other four previously named songs — transcend today and yesterday. They’re tumultuous, pensive, rebellious, noisy, and perfectly imprecise hard rock tunes for otherworldly enjoyment.

So, the adage isn’t true. Bands do make hard rock like they used to. BLACK SALVATION’s Uncertainty Is Bliss is psychedelic hard rock for all.

BLACK SALVATION:
Paul Schlesier – guitar, vocals
Birger Schwidop – bass
Uno Bruniusson – drums

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Black Salvation, “In a Casket’s Ride”

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Live Review: Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang in Worcester, Massachusetts, Feb. 1, 2018

Posted in Reviews on February 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

corrosion of conformity 1 (Photo JJ Koczan)

Before the four-piece launched into ‘Vote with a Bullet,’ Corrosion of Conformity frontman Pepper Keenan introduced the song by saying they wrote it a long time ago but that it had come back around full-circle — an obvious reference to political dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs; elected officials, Donald Trump and so on — and the general frustration and disaffection that dissatisfaction engenders. He’s right though. Considering that song, which appeared on 1991’s Blind and was the first track for which Keenan took on a lead-vocalist role in addition to playing guitar, was written during the post-Reagan Bush years, Gulf War I and all that, not much has changed. Oh, except now they’re talking about strategically deploying a modernized and rebuilt nuclear arsenal. “Forgive and forget? Fuck no. Next time I’m voting with an atom bomb.”

It had been at least 12 years and more like 15 since the last time I was at the Palladium for a show. That part of Worcester — which everyone who played had clearly long since been schooled to pronounce as “wooster” — hadn’t changed much. Some luxury commuter condos, or were they dorms, and that’s about it. The bill was three bands, with Portland, Oregon, exports Red Fang opening, C.O.C. in the middle supporting their recently-issued No Cross No Crown (review here) long-player on Nuclear Blast, and Zakk Wylde‘s Black Label Society as the headliner, pulling in a drunken Thursday night Massachusetts crowd populated by Sam Black Church and Pantera t-shirts very much of a dudely persuasion. My general goal for that kind of thing is not to get punched. I didn’t get punched — so, win.

The line was around the building to get in before Red Fang went on, and I could see their U-Haul and trailer where they’d loaded in their gear, which only emphasized to me how hard those dudes have worked on the road and for how long. We’re almost a decade removed from their 2009 self-titled, and it’s been seven years since they made their debut on Relapse with 2011’s Murder the Mountains (review here), from which “Wires” and “Number Thirteen” were set highlights, and they’re still slogging it out in a work van and a U-Haul. I have no doubt they have their processes and routines nailed down at this point, but still, the sheer amount of energy they’ve put in made their stage presence all the more impressive as they started off the show, with John Sherman pounding away on drums behind bassist/vocalist Aaron Beam front and center, flanked on one side by guitarist David Sullivan and the other by guitarist/vocalist Maurice Bryan Giles.

Particularly for this tour, a lot of the focus is on frontmen, and Pepper Keenan and Zakk Wylde — surrounded by massively talented individuals as they are — are significantly charismatic comparison points, but in addition to being part of a different generation, Red Fang have their own style of presentation, more geared to what the whole band brings than one individual as a focal point. Part of that is Giles and Beam sharing vocals as effectively as they do, part of it is Sullivan being so dug into and immersed in what he’s doing on guitar and part of it is how much fun Sherman looks like he’s having while he’s playing, but as they ran through “Prehistoric Dog” at the end of the set, the impression was prevalent all the same: they’re very much a complete group, and they did not at all become one by happenstance. Red Fang‘s is a professionalism earned the hard way: in that van down around the side of the building outside the Palladium.

Yes, C.O.C. were selling signed copies of No Cross No Crown at $20 a pop, and yes, I bought one. Sorry, I know it’s like nine bucks on Amazon, but screw it, I’ve only listened to the band since I was 11; I can shell out a little extra for the signatures. And sure enough, the front cover in silver marker has the markings of Keenan, bass hero Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin, the latter of whom was absent from the show owing reportedly to a surgery-requiring knee surgery to be repaired, and filling in was drum tech Jon Green, also currently tenured in long-running Scottish folk rockers The Waterboys.

They kept the lights low on him and low in general, but the dude wailed and especially in a late jam as they played through “Clean My Wounds,” showed himself to be more than capable of holding down the fort until Mullin recovers. I happened to be standing by the table when they played and when I asked the person selling C.O.C.‘s merch who it was, she said Mullin‘s knee was, “the size of a grapefruit.” Obviously all the best to him for a speedy recovery.

It was a relatively quick set, just 10 songs: “Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo)” leading into “The Luddite,” which was the only cut aired from the new album, “Seven Days” from 1994’s Deliverance (discussed here), the aforementioned “Vote with a Bullet,” which appeared on 1991’s transitional offering Blind, “Long Whip, Big America” from 1996’s Wiseblood (discussed here), “Who’s Got the Fire” and “13 Angels” from 2000’s America’s Volume Dealer, and a closing salvo of the chug-nodding “Broken Man,” “Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds,” all from Deliverance.

Hard to argue with the premise — Clearly they know their crowd — but I don’t think there would’ve been a revolt of boozed-up Massholes had a song like “Cast the First Stone” or “Wolf Named Crow” — the other front-loaded singles from No Cross No Crown past “The Luddite” — been included, let alone something like “Paranoid Opioid” from 2005’s In the Arms of God. But it wasn’t C.O.C.‘s show, ultimately, and one assumes time was a factor. Judging from all the various BLS logo paraphernalia adorned on t-shirts, bandannas, tattoos, etc., on the audience, a substantial portion of the room was there to see the headliner.

I was not, frankly. Nothing necessarily against Black Label Society — they have their thing, they do it, and I certainly had my time as a fan circa 1919 Eternal — but this was my first night out since the birth of my son three months ago and I was new-parent-anxious to get back home. After C.O.C. played, a weekday morning DJ from local rock radio institution WAAF got on stage to plug the headliner set to come and to thank any troops in the crowd for their service, lest the evening go untinged by jingoism. People cheered as they will.

After a while, Wylde and company dropped their huge banner from the front of the stage, lit up the lights and smoke release that would’ve been fire pre-The Station and launched into “Genocide Junkies” and “Funeral Bell,” the band — Wylde, bassist John DeServio, guitarist Dario Lorina and drummer Jeff Fabb — all spot-on in pro presentation, side-to-side headbanging, raising picks in the air as though each pinch harmonic was an offering to the gods of metal themselves, half-Viking, half-biker, all dude. The crowd ate it up like riff-driven clam chowder with Maine lobster still to come.

On my way out, one of the security personnel took the time to tell me to look both ways while I crossed the empty street, which I did. I then heard her take credit for saving my life to one of her coworkers. I guess it was that kind of night at the office. Anyway, I’d just seen Red Fang and C.O.C. put on killer sets one after the other, and I had a thermos of coffee waiting for me in the car for the ride home, so the effort was appreciated.

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