Archive | March, 2011

Ramesses Chrome Pineal release date, tracklisting and cover unveiled!

22 Mar

Ritual Productions will be releasing their first LP on May 16th 2011.
Chrome Pineal is a mind expanding alchemic experiment that towers majestically amongst Ramesses’ catalogue. This is the missing link in the band’s evolution into Possessed by The Rise of Magik, the second full length Ramesses release this year!
The 12” features three brand new studio recordings and three live tracks, recorded in 2007, Denmark as well as brilliant artwork by the French surrealist Clovis Trouille.
Tracklisting:
1. Chrome Pineal
2. Blazoned Fauna
3. Men of Horror
4. The Tomb (Live)
5. Before the Jackals  (Live)
6. Black Domina  (Live)
And here is the first glimpse of the artwork for the 12″…

MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra play for the first time ever in Europe

16 Mar
One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift proudly present, MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra…LIVE!!!

Blurring the boundary between art-metal and neo-classical, Japanese post-rockers MONO hailing from Tokyo, have long established themselves as the leading voice of epic majestic noise. For over 12 years in fact. Their instrumental compositions are powerful, sweeping studies in the limits of the musical spectrum; from rumbling subsonic lows to dizzying harmonic highs.
Over the years, they have developed their vast and beautiful noise into something entirely majestic. Their colossal orchestrations often incorporate strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tymphani as well as guitar and drums, balancing all elements masterfully with each new release and live performance.

More recently MONO’s sound has dynamically shifted into something bigger and more cinematic, none more so than during their special New York concert organised by the band and Temporary Residence Limited where they super-sized their already legendary live show with a 24 piece orchestra.

This June, for the first time ever, One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift are bringing this unique spectacle to Europe, entitled “MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra“. The performance will be held at KOKO, London (one of the capital’s most prestigious 1500 capacity venues) on the 7th June 2011.

MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra performance is incredibly special as MONO will only perform in this capacity once every few years. So far they have performed it in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and New York (as documented in the Live CD/DVD release ‘Holy Ground’ on Temporary Residence) only. If past live experience or the Holy Ground:NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra CD/DVD release are anything to go by, then this promises to be a truly transcendental and unforgettable show.
You can see for yourself by viewing the trailor for their live orchestral DVD and filming of the live performance of the song ‘Halcyon (Beautiful Days)’ from the aforementioned DVD.
Here is what the band had to say about this event:

We have been playing music together as a band for over 12 years now and we feel we have come so far in that time, as musicians and as people. We want to push the boundaries of what is expected of rock musicians and draw upon those influences that heavily inspire us, namely Beethoven and other classical composers, and perform something very unique.

We really embrace the opportunity, as presented by One Inch Badge, to perform this extremely special concert where we expand our sound with a 24 piece orchestra, for the first time ever in Europe. We are so happy to be able to finally share this highly emotional performance with our loyal fanbase in London and Europe as a whole, who have always been so good to us and we hope that it will be as spiritual and meaningful for them, as it is for us.
Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” – LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
As a reminder, in addition to this London show, there will be four regional shows where MONO will be performing without the orchestra:

June 6th – Brighton , Concorde 2
June 8th – Bristol , The Fleece
June 9th – Manchester , Sound Control
June 10th – Glasgow , The Arches


(Ticketing info is as follows: tickets are available from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk for a cost of £20 in London and £12.50 everywhere else)

 

PRAISE FROM THE PRESS:
Essential, really” – EXCLAIM!
Magnificent…moving closer to perfection every time.” OUTBURN
MONO have now well and truly sealed their place in the pantheon of rock history.”  – ROCKSOUND
An Olympic joy.” – STATIC MEDIA

 

 

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The Haxan Cloak album launch in London

16 Mar

Official Corrosion Of Conformity tour announcement

15 Mar
 
 
Corrosion of Conformity on tour this April, May and June…
 
In the summer of 2010, the founding members of the pioneering underground metal band Corrosion of Conformity—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman—gathered at Weatherman’s farm in the Virginia hills and began jamming together as a three-piece for the first time since the mid-1980s.
 
This was the classic COC lineup behind 1985’s Animosity, the album that Decibel magazine recently called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.” The trio re-learned songs from that album and 1987’s Technocracy, but this was not just an exercise in nostalgia. They soon began writing new material.
 
It was a little strange at first but pretty quickly it felt like we hadn’t missed a beat” says Mike Dean.
 
By August COC had released the single Your Tomorrow on experimental metal label Southern Lord Records and went on to play shows from coast to coast—everything from the renowned Power of the Riff festival in Los Angeles (with a set that LA Music Blog called “incredible”) to an underground party in the band’s hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
 
COC is currently planning a UK/Continental tour as well as an appearance at Maryland’s Deathfest in the spring and summer of 2011, with a full-length album of new material due out this Autumn. Here are the dates:-
 
April
14.04.11    Germany  Bochum Matrix
15.04.11    Netherlands Tilburg  Roadburn
16.04.11    Germany  Bremen  Tower
17.04.11    Germany  Wiesbaden  Schlachthof
19.04.11    Austria    Wien    Arena
20.04.11    Germany  München  Feierwerk
21.04.11    Greece    Athens    An Club
22.04.11    Italy Mezzago (MI)  Bloom
23.04.11    Germany Karlsruhe  Dudefest-Jubez   
25.04.11    UK   Bristol  Bierkeller
26.04.11    UK    London  Underworld
28.04.11    UK    Manchester  Moho
29.04.11    UK     Sheffield    Corporation
30.04.11    Belgium    Vosselar    Biebob
May
01.05.11  Netherlands Deventer Burgerweeshuis
05/27/2011 @ Maryland Deathfest
June
17.06.11  Clisson, France Hellfest
21.06.11  Madrid, Spain Sala Caracol
 
It’s been six years since the release of COC’s last album, In the Arms of God, with the lineup of Dean, Weatherman, longtime COC vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, and guest drummer Stanton Moore of the jazz-funk band Galactic, one of the several drummers who filled in while Mullin recuperated from a drumming-related injury. Representing the more straightforward metal sound that characterized COC’s work with Keenan beginning with 1991’s Blind, ITAOG earned critical praise, with Billboard calling it a “riff-fueled set that ranks with [the band’s] best work.
 
Following that release in early 2005, COC toured the U.S. and Canada with Motorhead, one of their biggest influences, and later teamed up with Clutch for a UK tour. But after Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans that August, COC canceled a scheduled trip to Europe so Keenan and Moore—both New Orleans residents—could go home to help rebuild. Meanwhile, Keenan got back together with the New Orleans-based metal supergroup Down, putting out one album in 2007 with another set for a 2011 release.
 
COC has plans to record again as a four-piece. But for now, the new “old” lineup is enjoying the return to their roots.
 
Mike, Woody and I essentially learned together how to play music and cultivated our own style and sound and unspoken language,” says Mullin. “I’ve known Woody since fifth grade and Mike Dean since 1982, and re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.
 
Help spread the word about this tour and this crucial band!

Weedeater announce tour dates

15 Mar
 
To support the release of Weedeater’s latest whiskey-soaked, weed-smoked album Jason… The Dragon due out on Southern Lord this April, the band have announced two UK shows as part of a bigger tour across the continent. These are the dates in full:
 
04/15/11 Riders Park, Messancy Belgium w/Zoroaster
04/16/11 Roadburn Festival, Tilburg NL
04/17/11 The Well, Leeds UK w/Zoroaster
04/18/11 Underworld, London UK w/Zoroaster
04/19/11 Point Ephemere, Paris France w/Zoroaster
04/20/11 Decadence, Gent Belgium w/Zoroaster
04/21/11 SAS Music Club, Delemont Switzerland w/Zoroaster
04/22/11 Bronson Club, Ravenna Italy w/Zoroaster
04/23/11 SGA, Arese Italy w/Zoroaster
04/24/11 Arena, Wien Austria w/Zoroaster
04/26/11 Feierwerk, Munchen Germany w/Zoroaster
04/27/11 Hafenklang, Hamburg Germany w/Zoroaster
04/28/11 White Trash, Berlin Germany w/Zoroaster
04/29/11 Asymmetry Festival, Wroclaw Poland w/Zoroaster
04/30/11 Chemiefabrik, Dresden Germany w/Zoroaster
05/01/11 An Club, Athens Greece
 
Weedeater are currently streaming all ten tracks of their album on their Myspace page until tomorrow so if you want to hear this thunderous new album or share the news then tune in now! 
 

Across Tundras album details unveiled

15 Mar
 
 
 
As previously announced, ACROSS TUNDRAS have signed with Neurot Recordings for the release of their newest full-length opus, and we now proudly unveil the details of this beautiful display of purely organic atmospheric rock.
 
The sprawling, seven-song album, entitled Sage, is now officially confirmed for release on May 16. Neurot label owner, Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, exposes a bit of insight on the new album:
 
Lurking somewhere between unearthed, aged, haunted Americana and the psychedelic sludge scraped from the edges of the cosmos, Across Tundras’ new artifact Sage explores new territory, that while at once, rooted in history, and soaked firmly in the rich soil they cultivate, rises above the arcane to the sound of what will become.” 
 
Sage Track Listing:
1. In the Name of River Grand
2. Hijo de Desierto
3. Buried Arrows
4. The Book of Truth
5. Tchulu Junction
6. Mean Season Movin’ On
7. Shunka Sapa
 
On this album, more than ever before, Across Tundras manage to perfectly capture their heritage through a perfect amalgam of haunting doom tinged Americana and echoes of traditional country blues all bound by heavy waves of psychedelic sludge. Their organic sound is well-honed, marking Sage as their most fully realized album to date with all their influences and elements flowing cohesively with one another. A utterly original album, broadening the horizons for metal music, taking it into unknown territories and yet still with a warm familiarity we have grown to love about Across Tundras’ music over the years. Echoing our sentiments entirely, Tanner from the band remarked “This is by far the best AT album we’ve done.”
 

Mono announce UK tour

15 Mar
One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift proudly present, MONO on tour in the UK
 
  
 
Blurring the boundary between art-metal and neo-classical, Japanese post-rockers MONO hailing from Tokyo, have long established themselves as the leading voice of epic majestic noise. For over 12 years in fact. Their instrumental compositions are powerful, sweeping studies in the limits of the musical spectrum; from rumbling subsonic lows to dizzying harmonic highs.
  
Over the years, they have developed their vast and beautiful noise into something entirely majestic. Their colossal orchestrations often incorporate strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tymphani as well as guitars and drums, balancing all elements masterfully with each new release and live performance.

This June, national booking agents One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift will be presenting MONO on tour throughout the UK.

Here are the dates:   

June 6th – Brighton , Concorde 2
June 8th – Bristol , The Fleece
June 9th – Manchester , Sound Control
June 10th – Glasgow , The Arches
 

(Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk for a cost of £12.50)

 
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