Archive | June, 2013

Dead in the Dirt prepares debut LP for release on Southern Lord

20 Jun

dead in the dirt

Atlanta’s ultimate killing machine DEAD IN THE DIRT has completed work on The Blind Hole, the faction’s debut full-length recording, and will unload it upon the masses this Summer via Southern Lord.

As witnessed on the trio’s previous works, 2010’s Vold EP and first release for Southern Lord, 2011’s Fear 7”, as well through their vicious on-stage presence, DEAD IN THE DIRT crushes everything in their path with a vehement and volatile crust/hardcore attack. Inspired by the scriptures of His Hero Is Gone, Left For Dead, Infest and DropDead, the faction creates some of the most morose and tonally oppressive music conceivable, all fueled with enraged socio-political lyrical content and straightedge/Vegan ethics.

Now locked for release on August 5th in the UK/EU, The Blind Hole surges with twenty-two tracks in less than twenty-four minutes, their downtuned, caustic riffs packed into the melee creating the most destructive blasting DEAD IN THE DIRT material yet. Though surging with crushing distortion, the album boasts incredibly clear production values, recorded at Bricktop Recording Studio with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) in Chicago this April, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, Sleep). The cover was illustrated by Bo Orr as with the band’s Fear EP.

Lambgoat rolls out the first look into The Blind Hole with a premiere of the album’s second blistering track “The Blaring Eye”.

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Following their heavy-touring ethos, including participation in multiple Southern Lord and The Power Of The Riff events over the past two years, DEAD IN THE DIRT will inundate humanity with a full tour in the UK/EU later this year. Tour dates will be announced soon.

dead in the dirt cover

The Blind Hole Track Listing:

1. Suffer

2. The Blaring Eye

3. Swelling

4. Strength Through Restraint

5. Idiot Bliss

6. You Bury Me

7. Skullbinding

8. Mask

9. Cop

10. No Chain

11. Will Is The War

12. Baggar

13. One More Day

14. The Pit Of Me

15. Caged

16. Starve

17. Vein

18. Pitch Black Tomb

19. The Last Nail

20. Two Flames

21. Knife In The Feathers

22. Halo Crown

Stranger By Starlight set September release date for debut LP, ‘Chalk White Nights’

20 Jun


STRANGER BY STARLIGHT (SxS) is a wild concatenation, equal parts mordant and morbid, restrained and abandoned, and a perfect breeding ground for the twin talents of Eugene S. Robinson of experimental-rock pioneers Oxbow on vocals/words and composer Anthony Saggers (Stray Ghost) and their late night stumblings on their first project/debut album Chalk White Nights. To be released via Bad Paintings during the summer of 2013, each of the 5 tracks bears Eugene’s fittingly sublime vocal renderings that echo, only in brief, his more bombastic outings alongside Anthony’s stunning, spacious and slickly styled instrumentation.

Drawing on the melancholy desperation of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Your Funeral… My Trial, as well as the ambient jazz doom of Bohren & der Club of Gore, Chalk White Nights possesses a sense of honest yearning and deep paranoia.

Influenced heavily by film noir and 1940’s detective novels by the likes of Raymond Chandler, Chalk White Nights has the sound of the darkest of stories being illuminated in a disused police interrogation room – a “warm bath of sorrow” as Eugene refers to the record.


“Unsolved crimes, male prostitution and the absence of any and all hope,” filled Eugene’s mind when writing the lyrics to this record; Chalk White Nights really could be the soundtrack to a walk through a William Burroughs novel. Or Robinson’s recently published noir tome, A Long Slow Screw.

To Stranger by Starlight, this is “a product of insoluble emotional difficulty and fragile beauty [that] languished until the discerning gents at Bad Paintings actually realized that dharma gates are endless and they too found some sort of sympathetic resonance to what we made and what it sounded like and what it actually was.”

LISTEN TO Stranger By Starlight’s ‘Beautiful’ NOW VIA SOUNDCLOUD. Direct link –

Enjoy. If that’s even the right word to use here.

Belgian outfit Hessian adds “A.D.” suffix due to legal reasons

20 Jun


After releasing their damaging debut LP Manégarmr through Southern Lord worldwide in April, Belgium’s ominous metal/hardcore unit HESSIAN has slightly revamped the band’s moniker due to pending legalities, the band to now be known as HESSIAN A.D. on American soil moving forward.

Acknowledged the band in a collective statement: “Due to legal reasons, we have been forced to change the band’s name to HESSIAN A.D. on American territory. This, however, only covers U.S. territory; we will still continue to play under the old HESSIAN flag in all other parts of the world. Sadly this change is completely beyond our control and it’s not very much to our liking. But, rest assured, we will continue to give this band and this music our all. Thank you all for your support.”

This minor inconvenience aside, HESSIAN A.D. will move forward with their brutal Summer tour actions in continuing support of Manégarmr, with shows booked across the continent through late September and more performances being booked and confirmed all the time. View the current full itinerary below and stay tuned for more updates in the weeks ahead.

You can stream Manégarmr in its entirety VIA BANDCAMP. Additionally, awesome new live footage of HESSIAN A.D. supporting the mighty Godflesh in Belgium can be viewed AT THIS LOCATION.

HESSIAN live dates:
6/28/2013 Pogobar – Gent, Belgium

7/06/2013 Rote Flora – Hamburg, Germany

7/28/2013 Flufffest – Rocykany, Czech Republic

8/9-11/2013 Ieperfest – Ieper, Belgium

9/06/2013 Volta Club – Moscow, Russia (Church Of Ra)

9/07/2013 Arkitika – Saint-Petersburg, Russia (Church Of Ra)

9/15/2013 Aetherblissement (privat) – Cologne, Germany

9/16/2013 Sub – Graz, Austria

9/17/2013 EKH – Vienna, Austria

9/18/2013 Kawiarnia Naukowa – Krakow, Poland

9/19/2013 Observatorium Klub – Wroclaw, Poland

9/20/2013 Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany

9/21/2013 Jumpinthefire Fest – Roßwein, Germany

9/22/2013 Incubate Fest – Tilburg, Netherlands

Master Musicians Of Bukkake’s ‘Far West’ out now; album streaming at The Quietus

20 Jun


Far West, the longed-for succession to their Totem trilogy, is out now, and you can stream the Master’s latest via The Quietus. Master Musician of Bukkake’s Randall Dunn also speaks to Laurie of The Quietus about the Seattle pysch psychos’ creation of an “almost infinite cycle of polyphonic cascading” and the influence of Jorge Luis Borges on Far West, amongst other matters of interest. Read the interview and stream the album here.

The press have some kind things to say about it:

“Don’t be afraid to visit ”The Far West”. It is daunting, I’ll grant you, but it’s one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever take.” THIS IS NOT A SCENE 

“Master Musicians of Bukkake have captured the zeitgeist of music connoisseurs and given us a spiritual noise masterpiece.” TREBUCHET

“The expansive atmospherics, rich in detail and texture and drawing influence from myriad sources, forge a psychotropic soundtrack to an interior film that’s often beautiful, but at times unsettling. The darker moments are as likely to induce defecation as ejaculation, but make no mistake, ‘Far West’ is one awe-inspiring journey.” WHISPERIN AND HOLLERIN

“It’s rare to applaud a band for going around in endless circles, but the depth Master Musicians Of Bukkake have achieved with Far West can only be commended.” MUSIC OMH

Centuries announce details of their Southern Lord debut, ‘Taedium Vitae’

20 Jun


Ferocious Florida hardcore unit Centuries explode into our consciousness and attack our senses this August 5th with their Southern Lord debut full length, Taedium Vitae.

Recorded just a few short months ago with Kris Hillbert at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, the resulting album is a relentless barrage of abrasive, blackened, emotive hardcore played with utmost intensity and a strong sense of urgency.

On Taedium Vitae, Centuries take their potent brew of dark hardcore, tragic melodies, volatile d-beat leanings and emotive angst-ridden vocal assault to extreme new levels.

They might be young, but they have already gained great reputation in their home state for being one of the most sincere, intense and hardworking bands, what’s more, on Taedium Vitae, they have carved a bold and assured sound which would lead anyone to believe they have been cutting their teeth for decades already.

Having toured Europe in late 2012 with Poland’s Drip Of Lies, we cross our fingers and hope that they can make it over again in support of this feral new record.

Cover art and tracklisting is revealed below:

 centuries album cover


1. Incipit Tragoedia

2. Caeruleus

3. Pessum Ire

4. Metus

5. Gelu

6. Egelidus

7. Grave Cordibus

8. Servisse

9. Irrita

Esmerine to release new album ‘Dalmak’ this September; sample “Translator’s Clos Part II” now

20 Jun


When Esmerine surfaced with La Lechuza in 2011, the album signaled many things: the band’s first new recordings in six years, an expanded line-up, and a song cycle inspired by and dedicated to the life and untimely death of a dear friend and fellow musician. What wasn’t immediately clear was whether this acclaimed record would mark the opening of a new chapter for the band, or stand alone as a singular work of eulogy and homage driven by emotion and circumstance.

Esmerine’s new album Dalmak emphatically confirms that the group has indeed continued writing, exploring and collaborating – definitively extending its horizons in this new iteration of the band’s trajectory. Bruce Cawdron (marimba) resigned from his seat as drummer for Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2012, allowing him to focus more fully on Esmerine alongside co-founder and cellist Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames); the two principals also recruited percussionistJamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson as full-time members to solidify the group as a writing and performing quartet.

European tours in 2011-2012 brought Esmerine to Istanbul, where the group’s enthusiastic reception led to an invitation for an artist residency in the city. Dalmak is the fruit of that visit: the majority of the album was recorded in Istanbul, where the band’s four Canadian musicians were joined by an equal number of Turkish guest players: Hakan Vreskala, Baran Aşık, Ali Kazim Akdağ and James Hakan Dedeoğlu on various instruments.

Dalmak is a Turkish verb with many connotations: to contemplate, to be absorbed in, to dive into, to bathe in, to rush into, to plummet. As a title for Esmerine’s new album, “dalmak” refers in a literal sense to immersion in the culture and music of Istanbul but also appropriately evokes the range of music that emerged from this immersion: a collection of songs that shift between meditative pulsing and enveloping restraint to headlong flights into rhythm and groove. With Dalmak, Esmerine presents some of its most richly minimal and intimate music alongside what is surely its most explosive, energized and ornate.


The album is a tour-de-force of cross-cultural music-making, emotive but unsentimental, deeply textured and detailed but never precious, superbly guided throughout by a balance of DIY rock, new folk and modern classical/contemporary sensibilities.

With initial recording by Barkin Engin and Metin Bozkurt in Istanbul, Esmerine laid down the live bed tracks for the up-tempo rhythmic songs at the album’s core: “Lost River Blues”, “Barn Board Fire” and “Translator’s Clos”. Marimba, cello, drums, tenor banjo, bass and trumpet are joined by bendir, darbuka, erbane, meh, barama, saz and electric guitar from the local players for these centerpiece tracks, where extended melodic themes are passed around and woven through staccato grooves and polyrhythmic vamps in deeply satisfying fashion. The sessions continued back in Montréal at Breakglass Studio, where Cawdron and Foon tracked the more studied cello and marimba songs “Learning To Crawl” and “White Pine”, and where the album’s gorgeously saturated warmth, depth and pulsing grit was achieved courtesy of Breakglass head engineer Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, The Besnard Lakes, Suuns) and Ian Ilavsky, who mixed the album alongside Beckie and Bruce.

Constellation will be releasing Dalmak on 2 September 2013.

Power Trip: Debut LP from crossover henchmen now streaming

20 Jun

power trip live

Having just completed a massacre of the West Coast of America with Southern Lord labelmates Nails and Xibalba, Dallas, Texas-based Power Trip are just returning home this week as their debut LP Manifest Decimation sees worldwide release via Southern Lord.

Surging with a modernized translation of the works of mandatory crossover pioneers Nuclear Assault, the Cro-Mags and Leeway, Manifest Decimation hurtle the band’s “steel, speed and destruction” ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite.

With nearly thirty-five minutes of thrashing violence, recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate in Philadelphia, Manifest Decimation wages war on all in its earshot, much like the Power Trip name has become synonymous with in the wake of their rabid live shows.

To warn the world of its release, a stream of the scorching Manifest Decimation is now available. BE DECIMATED HERE (

Order Manifest Decimation direct from Southern Lord ( and stay tuned for new Power Trip updates and in the coming weeks.

Power Trip take you on a journey with Manifest Decimation both musically and lyrically. It’s an excellent debut and whatever you may have heard, the reports of Re-Thrash’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Thrash lives.” – THRASH HITS

This is, quite possibly, the best crossover thrash revival album that’s been made. If you told me it was a long lost album from the mid-80s I’d be inclined to believe you. Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Cro Mags, Hirax and so on. Municipal Waste seemed to kickstart the thrash revival and since then there’s been tons of fairly mediocre bands floating about. Even the best bands just sounded like mere pastiche. Power Trip don’t fall into that trap though. They’ve cracked it. They’ve made a crossover album that is genuinely as good as the original 80s stuff.” – SPOONFUL OF TAR

“…great riffs, catchy shout-along choruses, legit “mosh parts,” and brief ambient excursions that don’t take away from the overall intensity.” – PITCHFORK

“Manifest Decimation is a breath of fresh air in a genre that had been taken to a pretty logical extreme over twenty years ago.” – METAL ASSAULT

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Neurosis unveil trailer for imminent European tour

20 Jun

The ground is already trembling in intrusive anticipation and fear of Neurosis‘ earthquake-inducing journey around Europe this month. Kicking off on the 21st June, and with a rotten cornucopia of  support acts (including AMENRA, Ufomammut, Terra Tenebrossa and more) in tow, Neurosis will be delivering audiences blow after blow on their Honor Found In Decay tour.

When a tour trailer gives you goosebumps, you know the presence of a creature both hellish and heaven-sent in equal measures is imminent.

As a reminder and a taste of what is to come, watch and share this immense live footage performing ‘At The Well’ live in Oakland on New Years Eve. Here is the direct link >>>

Isis reissue Celestial on 8th July; Re-mastered release features new artwork

20 Jun

ISIS reissue their landmark full-length debut, Celestial, on July 8 via Ipecac Recordings. Originally released in 2000, the hard to find and long out-of-print release will be reissued with new artwork from Aaron Turner as well as the audio having been recently remastered by James Plotkin.


1.     SGNL>01

2.     Celestial (The Tower)

3.     Glisten

4.     Swarm Reigns (Down)

5.     SGNL>02

6.     Deconstructing Towers

7.     SGNL>03

8.     Collapse and Crush

9.     C.F.T. (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)

10.  Gentle Time

11.  SGNL>04 (End Transmission)

Palms reveal album trailer video

4 Jun

Palms, the ISIS and Chino Moreno collaboration group who are building up to the release of their self titled debut, have peeled off a few tasters of what’s to be expected from the impending album.  Out on June 24th on Ipecac, here’s the video to heighten your anticipation:

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A variety of pre-order bundles have also been made available including limited edition vinyl (5 colors are available in 200 piece editions), t-shirts and posters.  The packages can be found via  A digital pre-order from iTunes gives users immediate access to the song “Tropics” (

Patagonia,” a song from the upcoming album, is streaming via Pitchfork (

Palms came together following the demise of ISIS, with Jeff Caxide (bass), Aaron Harris, (drums) and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar) electing to continue playing music together.  “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.”  The band, knowing that Chino Moreno (Deftones) had been a fan of ISIS, thought he would be a great fit and he agreed.  “A chance to work with the guys from ISIS sounded like a lot of fun,” Moreno says, “I’ve always been into the atmospheric sounds they had created with that project and felt my sense of melody would meld well with theirs.”

On their self-titled debut, the heavy, stargazing rock outfit venture into bold sonic territory that careens from kinetic churning guitars to quiet, atmospheric moments mining rich emotional environments. The debut is wrought with dark anthems and intense textures, shoring cinematic, introspective interludes with tidal waves of distortion.



1)   Future Warrior
2)   Patagonia
3)   Mission Sunset
4)   Shortwave Radio
5)   Tropics
6)   Antarctic Handshake