Inter Arma Recording New Album for 2019 Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 17th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Have you started your most anticipated of 2019 list yet? If not, Richmond’s Inter Arma might be a good place to begin. Their next album is being tracked right now with Mikey Allred at the helm in Nashville and Madison, Tennessee, and will be out on Relapse early next year as the follow-up to 2016’s Paradise Gallows (review here), the latest in a series of stylistic triumphs for the hard-touring five-piece unit.

Speaking of touring, I’m assuming the album will be done by the end of this month (if it’s not done already) since on May 31 Inter Arma head out on tour with fellow Virginians Earthling and Chicago’s Bruce Lamont (Corrections HouseBloodiestYakuza, etc.). Given everything Inter Arma put into their music, I’d imagine it’s the mixing that’s the challenge more than the basic tracking process, but either way, time’s a crunch, gentlemen.

Here’s the latest from the PR wire:

inter arma (Photo Tony Lynch)

INTER ARMA: Enter Studio To Record New Album

Richmond’s INTER ARMA has entered the studio to record their highly-anticipated fourth full-length album and follow-up to 2016’s Paradise Gallows. The yet-to-be-titled album is being recorded at The Tracking Room in Nashville, TN and Dark Art Audio in Madison, TN by INTER ARMA’s longtime engineer Mikey Allred. The album is expected to be released in early 2019 via Relapse Records.

Additionally, INTER ARMA begin their US headlining tour with Earthling and Bruce Lamont at the end of the month. The tour begins May 31 and ends June 9 including performances at Doomed and Stoned Festival & Raleigh Deathfest. INTER ARMA has announced a weekend tour in August/September surrounding the inaugural Heavy Mountain Festival in Asheville, NC during Labor Day Weekend. Includes a hometown concert on August 31st with labelmates Valkyrie and Genocide Pact. All confirmed tour dates are available below.

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

Aug 31 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter &
Sep 01 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Sep 02 Asheville, NC @ Heavy Mountain Festival

& w/ Valkyrie, Genocide Pact & Paint Store

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

http://www.relapse.com/inter-arma-paradise-gallows/
https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
https://www.instagram.com/interarmamusic/
http://interarma.bandcamp.com/

Inter Arma, Paradise Gallows (2016)

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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

https://www.facebook.com/WindhandVA/
https://www.instagram.com/windhand/
http://windhandva.bandcamp.com/
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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

http://www.relapse.com/inter-arma-paradise-gallows/
https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
https://www.instagram.com/interarmamusic/
http://interarma.bandcamp.com/

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

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Shadow Woods IV Announces Lineup with Tombs, Xasthur, Heavy Temple, Rozamov & Many More

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 15th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I don’t have any idea what Shadow Woods IV — the name trimmed down from the original Shadow Woods Metal Fest for reasons that will become clear as you continue to read — would possibly have to gain from any kind of endorsement on my part, official or not, but let me say anyway that if you can’t respect this idea, the fact that they’ve done it four years running, and the obvious blood-borne passion that goes into making each edition an event unlike anything else in the US when it comes to the mix of bands, the locale, the vibe and the very concept from which it’s working, you can basically fuck off. I may not be into every band on this list — it’s a really, really long list — but there are plenty here who would justify a trip to Harpers Ferry in September, and yeah, all this is is something special year after year.

The lineup this time around is completely over the top, as you can see first in the grim-grim-grim poster below, then in the running order for each for Shadow Woods IV‘s three nights, and then, finally, in alphabetical order, because they are thorough and that’s only one more reason to hold Shadow Woods in such high regard.

Behold:

shadow-woods-iv-poster

Shadow Woods Productions LLC presents the fourth edition of Shadow Woods Metal Fest, now simply referred to as Shadow Woods IV.

http://www.shadowwoodsmetalfest.com/

What: Shadow Woods IV is a multi-day open air music and camping event in that includes bands from many subgenres of metal, rock, folk, experimental and noise. The fest will host more than 40 bands on two alternating stages with no overlapping sets so attendees can enjoy every set. There will also be delicious food, craft beer, a vendor marketplace with art, jewelry, home decor, music, and rock and metal merchandise.

Where: Our new fest venue is the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC) located at 37410 Adventure Center Lane in Purcellville, VA 20132, situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers. HFAC features zip lines, ropes courses, tubing, white water rafting, cabins, campsites and an onsite craft brewery. It is located just a little more than a hour from Washington DC and Baltimore, MD near the intersection of the Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia state lines. Festival attendees receive a discount of HFAC activities as well as on the cost of campground and cabin rental with the Shadow Woods group rate.

https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/

When: Sept 20-22, 2018. Thursday night features primarily acoustic, folk and ritual noise from 6 p.m. until 11 pm. Friday and Saturday showcases rock and metal bands from noon until 11 pm each day.

How: Tickets are on sale now. A full weekend event pass is $130. Day passes for Thursday are $30; Friday and Saturday passes are $60 each. (Important note: Tent camping and cabin are not included in the tickets. Reservations must be made directly through the HFAC and you must request the Shadow Woods group rate. The venue is requesting that attendees hold off on reserving sites for the time being until a system can be put in place for managing this.)

Why: “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end, even though our property in Maryland had been sold,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees. In January 2018, I was able to find an fantastic site to host the fest that was even better than what we had before. The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.”

Here is lineup by day in roughly the reverse order of playing (so headliner at the top) subject to change of course. Then the lineup is in ABC order at the bottom. Brian Sheehan has done the poster.

At this time in terms of Vendors, you can say expect to see some of the ones seen last year plus many new ones.

Don’t have any food vendors or specific sponsors named yet. Beer is the Harpers Ferry Brewing Company which is part of the venue.

Thursday
Xasthur – doomgrass, folk rock (Los Angeles, CA)
On The Water – strange folk (Philadelphia)
Goblin Hovel – metal folk (NY/PA)
Skulsyr – occult noise (Doylestown, PA)
Jerome Deppe and Miss Elizabeth’s All-Girl Band – folk ballads of the damned (Baltimore, MD)
Bound For The Ground – the devil’s blues supergroup with members of Grave Gnosis, The Owls Are Not What They Seem, and Cultic (GA/FL/PA)
Earendel – acoustic folk duo (Baltimore)

Friday
Tombs – post metal (NYC)
Rozamov – psyche-tinged grueling doom (Boston)
Heavy Temple – Hard Fuzz, Psych and Doom (Philadelphia)
Barishi – Gritty Progressive Metal (Brattleboro, VT)
Aether Realm – Viking folk metal (Greenville, NC)
Destroyer of Light – doom and roll (Austin, TX)
Electropathic – doom hard rock with members from several foundational Maryland doom groups (Wheaton, MD)
Husbandry – Fugazi meets Aaliyah (NYC)
God Root – ritualistic sludge (Philadelphia)
Dysfigure – modern heavy metal (Martinsburg, WV)
Windfaerer – extreme aural entity (New Jersey)
Witch Hazel – occult rock and roll/doom (York, PA)
Forest of Legend – doom/stoner/sludge (Virginia Beach, VA)
Hepatagua – sludge/doom/thrash (Boston)
Flummox – nongenre specific doomy metal (Murfreesboro, TN)
Ferus Din – black metal and flutes (Buffalo, NY)
Haze Mage – stoner metal (Baltimore)
Malphas – progressive blackened melodeath (Philadelphia)

Saturday
Uada – black metal (Portland, OR)
Cloak – black and roll (Atlanta, GA)
Panzerfaust – black metal (Toronto, ON)
Voarm – black metal (Richmond, VA)
Imperial Triumphant – black metal (NYC)
Athame – black metal (MD/WV)
Hubris – black metal (Buffalo, NY)
Enthauptung – atmospheric black metal (Rochester, NY)
A Sound of Thunder – traditional/NWOBHM heavy metal (DC/VA)
Bound By The Grave – death metal (Baltimore)
Destroying Angel – dark folk rock (Philadelphia)
All Hell – black and roll (Asheville, NC)
Black Mass – death thrash (Boston)
Hexxus – sludge metal (Birmingham, AL)
Replicant – death metal (NJ)
Tyrannis – death metal (Radford, VA)
Sluagh – progressive metal (Martinsburg, WV)
Sickdeer – death metal (DC)

Alphabetical
Aether Realm
All Hell
A Sound of Thunder
Athame
Barishi
Black Mass
Bound By The Grave
Bound For The Ground
Cloak
Jerome Deppe and Miss Elizabeth’s All-Girl Band
Destroyer of Light
Destroying Angel
Dysfigure
Earendel
Electropathic
Enthauptung
Ferus Din
Flummox
Forest of Legend
Goblin Hovel
God Root
Haze Mage
Heavy Temple
Hepatagua
Hexxus
Hubris
Husbandry
Imperial Triumphant
Malphas
On The Water
Panzerfaust
Replicant
Rozamov
Sickdeer
Skulsyr
Sluagh
Tombs
Tyrannis
Uada
Voarm
Windfaerer
Witch Hazel
Xasthur

http://www.shadowwoodsmetalfest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shadowwoodsmetalfest/
https://twitter.com/ShadowWoodsMF
https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/

Shadow Woods Metal Fest 2018 playlist

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Review & Track Premiere: Freedom Hawk, Beast Remains

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on March 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

freedom hawk beast remains

[Click play above to stream ‘Danger’ from Freedom Hawk’s new LP, Beast Remains. Album is out March 23 on Ripple Music with preorders available, and Freedom Hawk begin a European tour April 25. Click here to pop out the tour poster.]

It’s now been a decade since Virginia Beach heavy rockers Freedom Hawk released their full-length debut, Sunlight. If one looks at the trajectory of their career since — in terms of profile and craft alike, it is a steady upward curve. That is, they have never put out a record that wasn’t a marked progressive step forward from the one before it, and they’ve never failed to grow their audience with each new offering. Sunlight, as it happens — amazing how these things work out — was reissued last year as Freedom Hawk‘s first outing for Ripple Music, after two albums through Small Stone in 2015’s Into Your Mind (review here) and 2011’s Moving On (review here) and the prior 2009 self-titled (review here), which was issued by MeteorCity.

Their fifth long-player, Beast Remains, finds their processes in a state of even further refinement, reaffirming some things that have always been true about them as a band while pushing them ahead into new territories and new trajectories that even Into Your Mind didn’t hint at, all the while cutting back from 52-minute to a crisp 40-minute LP runtime, giving Beast Remains a sans-nonsense sensibility that rests well alongside their long-since proven songwriting acumen. Their growth process has been steady and incremental, and in some ways, tracks like “Danger,” Champ” and “Deep Inside” are continuations of a thread of craft the band has been weaving for the last 10 years, guiatarist/vocalist T.R. Morton remaining a central presence in delivering memorable hooks across the span, alongside bassist Mark Cave, drummer Lenny Hines and guitarist Brendan O’Neil.

Freedom Hawk have always struck me as a comfortable band. They push themselves creatively — one can hear it almost immediately on album opener “Solid Gold” just how much they’ve moved past their core influences and developed their own sonic persona — but in terms of their pacing their writing style, a persistent smoothness of production, and the general laid-back spirit that permeates even the most driving of their songs, they’ve never been an act looking to challenge their listeners in the name of some grand artistic statement or something like that. They’re a rock band. They rock. Their material is rife with hooks, whether it’s “Solid God” with Cave‘s bassline underscoring the guitars amid double-kick gallop and Morton leading the way through the chorus, or the classic-metal-style swing of “Danger” and the later title-track and the subsequent motor-riffing “Deep Inside,” the initial Judas Priest-style chug of which is prevalent enough to earn its early lyrical reference to a “ripper.”

freedom hawk

But they’ve never been an act who’ve sounded like they’re physically pushing themselves, even in the multi-layered solo section of “Deep Inside” or the prior NWOBHM-meets-Bark-at-the-Moon-ery of “Darkness and the Light,” and while in the past I’ve associated that with a kind of lackadaisical side to their approach — the thought being they found their niche early and are content to reside in it — as they somewhat contrast some of that with the more metallic turns of Beast Remains, I can’t help but think maybe what I was hearing all that time was just the fact that they’re beach bums. East Coast beach bums, and so of a generally more intense variety than they’d be if they hailed from, say San Diego, but beach bums nonetheless. Some of the psychedelia of Into Your Mind, which on the whole is greatly dialed back here, shows up in a trippy semi-jam in the second half of “Brutal Winds,” or in the reverb-soaked soloing in the second half of the penultimate “Coming After You,” but even that is delivered with substantial force, and one would say the same of “Champ” as it closes out.

But that beach bum vibe remains, and I think it’s part of the reason — see also: fuzz — one so often finds Freedom Hawk compared to Fu Manchu. However, something else that Beast Remains proves without question is that Freedom Hawk are a two-guitar band. The harmonies on “Champ,” or the lead lines that intertwine throughout the ultra-catchy “Darkness and the Light” only demonstrate what the band probably already knew. Into Your Mind was tracked as a three-piece and even that used layering to affect a dual-guitar sound. On Beast RemainsO’Neil gets a chance to make  standout first impression alongside Morton, and he doesn’t flub it. The guitars sound revitalized on cuts like “Brutal Winds,” “Deep Inside” and “Solid Gold,” though I’d argue it’s the bass and drums leading the way on that opening track. That in itself is a point of growth for Freedom Hawk, whose approach has remained organic despite the smoothness of the actual recording and the focus still very much placed on the riffs themselves throughout.

It’s a fascinating balance Freedom Hawk have found over the last 10 years in their sound, between pushing themselves forward and remaining true to who they are creatively and in terms of their craft. Their sound is recognizable immediately as their own even s it moves into new territories with Beast Remains, and there’s no question they benefit from keeping to an ultra-manageable 40-minute runtime, which lets songs like “Darkness and the Light” and “Coming After You” function all the more as individual standouts on this strong collection of quality material. Perhaps that’s been the most consistent thing about Freedom Hawk over the last 10 years. I don’t think they’ve ever wanted to change or rule the world — but simply to carve out their own place within it, so that those who can get down with it will do so. Beast Remains, as their fifth album, stands out as proof of just how much they’ve been able to do that during their time together, setting forth the parameters of who they are and want to be and accomplish as a band and then working like hell to make that happen on their own terms, slowly changing over time, but consistent in several key facets, among them the quality of the output itself.

Freedom Hawk on Thee Faceooks

Freedom Hawk on Bandcamp

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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:

cough tour poster

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.

https://www.facebook.com/Cough666/
https://www.instagram.com/cough666/
https://cough.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Grime666Grime/
https://www.instagram.com/grimeofshit/
https://grime666.bandcamp.com/
http://www.midnitecollective.com/
https://www.facebook.com/midniteclv/
https://www.instagram.com/midniteclv/

Cough, Still They Prey (2016)

Grime, Circle of Molesters (2015)

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Windhand Post “Old Evil” Video; Split LP with Satan’s Satyrs Due in Feb.

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Established: Windhand‘s 2015 long-player, Grief’s Infernal Flower (review here), was pretty rad. Produced by Jack Endino, it featured the band’s most progressive and aesthetically resounding work to-date, building on the established personality of 2013’s Soma (review here) without giving up the dirge-laden weight or overarching sense of murk that defined that record or their 2012 self-titled debut (discussed here) before it. From where I sit, it was also a watershed moment for the Richmond, Virginia, outfit. Not just for working with Endino, but for being their third full-length in general, for following up on years of hard touring, and for arriving at a moment when clearly they were ready to take their approach to another level, primed for wider exposure and being a “bigger” band generally than they were going into it.

Barring some kind of Nirvana-style commercial breakthrough — which the current structure of the music industry almost entirely prohibits at this point — most of the time an album’s success isn’t ultimately judged until the next one arrives. That’s why first-week sales are still relevant; they serve to demonstrate and summarize the reaction to the preceding record. Did Grief’s Infernal Flower push Windhand into true headliner status? I don’t know. They certainly seem to have made arguments for it and for themselves in that regard, but it’s not just a question all the time of where a band is on a given tour or festival bill either. Sometimes it can just be down to the songs. Are they memorable? Did they make an impression? Did they connect?

Grief’s Infernal Flower was awesome. It worked with an inspired sense of atmospherics and was consuming in its tonality. It’ll be a while still I think before we know what impact it ultimately had — my touchstone comparison point for it all along has been High on Fire‘s 2007 Endino-helmed offering, Death is this Communion, which led to their signing to eOne from Relapse — but in the meantime, Windhand continue to put in admirable work on the road and in the studio. They toured Europe this Fall and hit fests there, they’ve already been confirmed for Maryland Doom Fest 2018, and they have a new split due in February with fellow Virginian tour-buddies Satan’s Satyrs from whence their new video for the track “Old Evil” comes.

Checking in at a relatively brief six minutes, it may or may not be a preview of where Windhand‘s next album might go coming off of Grief’s Infernal Flower, but either way, you’re not going to hear me complain about new Windhand coming down the line in whatever form it might take.

PR wire info follows the clip below. Please enjoy:

Windhand, “Old Evil” official video

WINDHAND: Announce New Split LP With Satan’s Satyrs; Share “Old Evil” Music Video

Announce 2018 US West Coast Tour Dates

Two of Virginia’s finest heavy bands team up for an amp-worshipping, acid trip from hell! The split includes two brand new songs of smoldering gloom and grief from WINDHAND paired with three tracks of devilish, fuzz-drenched metal/punk from SATAN’S SATYRS.

The band has also announced a quick run down the West Coast next spring; check below for a full list of dates.

WINDHAND and SATAN’S SATYRS Split LP is due out February 16th on CD/LP/Digital. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads HERE

windhand satans satyrs splitSPLIT TRACKLIST:
Side A – Windhand
1 – Old Evil
2 – Three Sisters
Side B – Satan’s Satyrs
3 – Alucard AD 2018
4 – Succubus
5 – Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby

WINDHAND Tour Dates:
Mar 23 Richmond, VA The Broadberry (Record Release Show) *
Apr 19 Seattle, WA Nuemos #
Apr 22 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall #
Apr 23 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre #
Jun 23 Frederick, MD Maryland Doom Fest 2018
* w/ Satan’s Satyrs
# w/ Ruby The Hatchet.

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Windhand at Relapse Records

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Windhand Post “Forest Clouds” Video; European Tour with Satan’s Satyrs on Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 29th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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If you needed a nine-minute refresher as to the badassery of Windhand‘s latest album, Grief’s Infernal Flower (review here), the Richmond, Virginia, outfit hereby offer up a new video from the Jack Endino-produced outing for the track ‘Forest Clouds’ for you to check out. Directed by Jordan Vance, it has all the purple-tinted murk one could ask for and comes along as Windhand return to Europe for their Fall 2017 tour alongside fellow Virginians Satan’s Satyrs, with whom they also hit the road earlier this year in the States.

As it happens, Windhand also tracked material for an upcoming 2018 split with the same outfit, so it seems pretty safe to say they’ve probably grown close over their time together and they may indeed plan to spend a little more of it. Fair enough for the complementary nature of the two bands, with Windhand‘s permanent tone-rolling mire hitting its stride sound-wise on Grief’s Infernal Flower and Satan’s Satyrs only growing more brash as time goes on in their doomly motor-ready boogie style. I wouldn’t tell you how to live your life or anything, but if the tour came or is coming through someplace you might happen to be, no question it’s worth showing up for.

You’ll note as well on the list of gigs below sent down the PR wire that it includes slots for both acts at Up in Smoke 2017 and Desertfest Belgium 2017. The latter is sure to be particularly riotous, as it’s the final date of what by then will have been a significant run. It’s already underway, in fact — the tour, not Deserfest — and hits Cologne, Germany, this very evening en route to continuing through a slew of dates in Germany, France, Austria, Italy and so on.

Clip and info follow here. Please enjoy:

Windhand, “Forest Clouds” official video

Richmond, VA’s WINDHAND have shared the official video for “Forest Clouds” off their latest full-length album Grief’s Infernal Flower. Watch the Jordan Vance directed video via YouTube HERE.

Additionally, WINDHAND kick off their headlining European tour with Satan’s Satyrs tomorrow night in Copenhagen, DK. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

The band recently recorded songs for an upcoming split with Satan’s Satyrs that will be released by Relapse in early 2018. Details will be revealed shortly.

WINDHAND Tour Dates:
— All dates with Satan’s Satyrs —
Sep 29 Cologne, DE MTC
Sep 30 Wiesbaden, DE Kesselhaus
Oct 01 Leipzig, DE UT Connewitz
Oct 02 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia
Oct 03 Vienna, AT Arena
Oct 04 Munich, DE Feierwerk
Oct 05 Bologna, IT Freak-Out Club
Oct 06 Mezzago, IT Bloom Club
Oct 07 Pratteln, CH Up In Smoke Festival
Oct 08 Paris, FR Stoned Gathering
Oct 09 London, UK The Borderline
Oct 10 Leeds, UK Brudenell
Oct 11 Glasgow, UK Audio
Oct 12 Manchester, UK Rebellion
Oct 13 Bristol, UK Exchange
Oct 14 Antwerp, BE Desertfest BE

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