Archive | July, 2013

Pelican announce first new album in four years, hear new track from Forever Becoming due October via Southern Lord

11 Jul

Pelican promo


Pelican, the Chicago-based quartet whose instrumental excursions to the confluence of caustic heaviness and cathartic melody pioneered a subgenre, have announced their first full album in four years, Forever Becoming, due October 14th in the UK/EU on forward-thinking metal imprintSouthern Lord.

Recorded at Electrical Audio with Chris Common (who engineered the group’s last album as well as albums by Chelsea Wolfe and These Arms Are Snakes), Forever Becoming is an immense, speaker-rattling meditation on the acceptance of mortality and its place in the eternal cycle. Composed of eight songs (full tracklist below), the album boasts a sonic palette that veers from pummeling metal, to contemplative ambience, to melodic catharsis all with landmark grace.

Following a hiatus that saw the departure of founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec and the arrival of new second guitarist Dallas Thomas(also of The Swan King), the forthcoming album is the work of a wholly revitalised unit, sounding more focused and assured than ever. The current lineup’s undeniable chemistry was forged in front of crowds at festival appearances, including Bonnaroo, Roadburn, and Maryland Death Fest, as well as a handful of headlining club shows. Pelican return to the road in support of the new album with a host of European dates kicking off this week. Then this Autumn they shall continue their touring activities with reigning post-hardcore stalwarts Coliseum, focusing on the East Coast (the band’s first tour of the area since 2009), in addition to a coveted slot at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.




1. Terminal
2. Deny the Absolute
3. The Tundra
4. Immutable Dusk
5. Threnody
6. The Cliff
7. Vestiges
8. Perpetual Dawn


July 11 DE – Erfurt – Stoned From The Underground

July 12 DE – Berlin – Festival Kreuzberg

July 13 FIN – Joensuu – Ilosaarirock

July 15 UK – Brighton, The Haunt

July 16 UK – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (w/ JK Flesh)

July 17 UK – London, The Garage (w/ JK Flesh)

July 18 NL – Tilburg, 013 (w/Torche)

July 19 BE – Dour, Dour Festival (w/Torche, Converge)

July 20 DE – Siegen, Vortex Club

July 22 ITA – Milan, Segrate

July 23 ITA – Roma, Traffic Live

July 24 AT – Innsbruck, PMK

July 25 AT – Vienna, Arena (w/ Mouth Of The Architect)

July 26 RU – Moscow, Plan B (w/ Mouth Of The Architect)

July 27 RU – St Petersburg, Arktika (w/Mouth Of The Architect)


Oct 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase
Oct 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase
Oct 19 – Allston, MA – Great Scott *
Nov 1 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s ^
Nov 2 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^
Nov 3 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church ^
Nov 4 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 ^
Nov 5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
Nov 6 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco ^
Nov 7 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon ^
Nov 8, 9, & 10 – Austin TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
* w/ King’s Destroy
^ w/ Coliseum

Their ruminative riffology and ability to raise apocalyptic visions mark them out as practitioners of a new, reflective metallurgy…They create whole weather systems with their long looming chords.” – UNCUT

Imagine Mogwai coated in bronze – but boasts greater dynamic range and, on Final Breath’s shoegaze, a fine first use of vocals” – MOJO

Combines all the elements that have made each of their records great into one cohesive, immensely rich whole that’s a good bet for best Pelican album ever.” – ROCK A ROLLA

Returning to their roots…in a move that’s as inspired as it is unexpecte, the soulful tones…hazy space-rock back-drop, building up to a glorious, stratosphere-scraping climax. Best Pelican album ever.” – ROCKSOUND

“A grandiose, imaginative affair from the instrumentalists that will leave your speakers a quivering wreck by the time it reaches its epic conclusion.” – METAL HAMMER

Pelican continue down their glorious path of mashing thick grooves with multi-layered riffs…Eight tracks of amazing, spaced-out and very smart post-rock. Now go purchase this and add it to your collection!.” – ZERO TOLERANCE

Intricate and devastatingly heavy in equal measure, the new songs underline that they’re still on a roll creatively.” – TERRORIZER 

An effective showcase for a variety of moods and textures. These four pieces make a case for Pelican’s future being far brighter than expected.” – KERRANG!

It signals the sound of a band reinvigorated and ready to experiment with strong melodies and even stronger song personalities. Ataraxia/Taraxis reinstates Pelican at the top of the instrumental food chain and, if they continue like this, they show no sign of coming down.” – DROWNED IN SOUND

While this superb fourth album retains much of what has made Pelican consistently ace…there’s enough new to ensure their continued relevance as they approach a decade of sonic dominance…It rocks. Hard.” – NME


Nazoranai and Flower Corsano Duo – rare London show imminent

10 Jul

Miles of Smiles very proudly present…


The Scala
275 Pentonville Road
London N1 9NL
(King’s Cross Tube)
Thurs 11 July 2013
Doors 7pm
£15 adv
NAZORANAI is the name given to the dark matter-heavy power trio of KEIJI HAINO (guitar/synth/vox), OREN AMBARCHI (drums) and Sunn O)))’s STEPHEN O’MALLEY (Bass). Their performances together are ultra-rare, and this will be their first UK appearance.
Inaugurated with a 2011 concert in Holland, the group’s third and most recent show was captured to consciousness-smashing effect on last year’s self-titled LP (Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego). As with the wider range of Haino’s ever-evolving stable of ensembles the Dark Master is very much at the helm in Nazaronai, but this trio still marks a clear and thrilling departure from past configurations.
Fushitsusha, whilst highly fluid, maintain a stout basis of blues-derived ‘classic’-era transatlantic heavy rock, from Sabbath and Hendrix to Floyd and Amon Duul. The output of Haino/ O’Rourke/ Ambarchi, meanwhile, has a meticulous but deliriously wild, ever-accelerating, no-handbrake-fitted freedom and intensity.
Nazaronai, in contrast, construct a transcendent amalgam of motorik metal and ferociously unfettered space-rock. The blood-deep musical kinship that O’Malley and Ambarchi have forged through Sunn O))) and Gravetemple allows them to lay down a transfixing, remorseless, march-of-an-undead-host fundament of bass and drums from which Haino-san is able to cut jaw-slackeningly loose, fissuring forth from the pit of Hades before setting the overall controls for the other side of the Kuiper Belt.

Insanely exhilarating improvised psych-rock super duo, melding the fractured, flailing polyrhythmic drumming of CHRIS CORSANO(Rangda, Bjork, Sunburned Hand of the Man), and the propane-lit overdrone of MICK FLOWER (Vibracathedral Orchestra, MV & EE)’s Japanese banjo. Through the course of their eight-year voyage to the outer limits the pair have established a truly remarkable musical understanding; accordingly, they possess a breathtaking dynamic range, shifting seamlessly between tumultuous intensity and blissed-out serenity.
Shows of this ilk are a particularly rare treat – make sure you get yourself down!

Centuries: Track from Southern Lord debut now live at Blow The Scene

10 Jul

centuries taedium vitae

As the debut LP from abrasive Florida hardcore unit CENTURIESTaedium Vitae, nears release on Southern Lord this Summer, today the first single from the album hits the streets. The scathing fifth track from Taedium Vitae, “Pessum Ire” surges with the band’s upbeat, punk-inspired delivery, their morose and moody riffs injecting anguish and emotion to the track which builds into an epic closing.


Go hit up Blow The Scene now to hear “Pessum Ire”…. DO IT HERE.


Taedium Vitae is a relentless barrage of abrasive, blackened, emotive hardcore played with a strong sense of urgency as CENTURIES unload their most potent brew of dark hardcore surging with tragic melodies, volatile d-beat leanings and emotive angst-ridden vocal assault to extreme yet. The record was recorded with Kris Hillbert at Legitimate Business studios in Greensboro, North Carolina and is confirmed for North American release through Southern Lord on August 6th.


CENTURIES have also been confirmed as performers at the fourth annual The Power Of The Riff in Los Angeles this August, sharing the stage with The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, M.D.C., Iceburn, Mammoth Grinder, Bastard Noise, Dead In The Dirt and tons more. Directly after returning home from TPOTR CENTURIES will assault Miami and Tampa with record release shows for Taedium Vitae.



8/09-10/2013 The Echo & Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff [info]

8/16/2013 Grown Up House – Miami, FL w/ Super Mutant

8/17/2013 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL w/ Super Mutant


Stay tuned for additional album and tour updates on CENTURIES in the coming days.

The Secret releases new official video and confirms Autumn Japan tour

10 Jul


THE SECRET has unfurled a new video from their 2012-released Agnus Dei LP this week. Directed and edited by Rasmus G. Sejersen from live footage he filmed at the nihilistic Italian crew’s crushing show in Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark last year, the video for “May God Damn All Of Us” artistically authenticates the band’s brutalizing live intensity.

“May God Damn All Of Us” indeed… witness it HERE.

In January, THE SECRET also released a visual companion for the track “Seven Billion Graves,” also from Agnus Dei, viewable HERE.

In their steady assault of international live actions supporting Agnus DeiTHE SECRET will invade Japan for the first time this Fall. From November 14th through 17th, the outfit will terrorize four cities throughout the chain of islands with support from Tokyo-based act Isolate.


THE SECRET Japan Tour 2013 w/ Isolate:
11/14/2013 B.B.Street – Yokohama, Kanagawa w/ A.O.W.
11/15/2013 Bush Bash – Koiwa, Tokyo w/ Enslave, Wombscape
11/16/2013 Hokage – Shinsaibashi, Osaka w/ Mortalized, Birushanah, Palm, Seek
11/17/2013 Earthdom – Shin Okubo, Tokyo w/ Coffins, Weepray

The fourth full-length from THE SECRETAgnus Dei is the most lethal weapon in this unique attack squad’s broadening arsenal, coalescing the most destructive elements of crust, black metal and hardcore with the force of tectonic plates, constructed of monolithic riffs, taking the listener on a hallucinated trip towards a hazy tomorrow. Released in October 2012, the band’s second album for Southern Lord, the album was recorded by Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Converge, Black Breath) at Godcity Studios, and has received continuous praise from media across the planet since.

Stream all of Agnus Dei at the Southern Lord Bandcamp page HERE.

BL’AST! – An unreleased recording session brought to life by Dave Grohl, set for September release via Southern Lord

8 Jul


As far as stories of lost and found recorded material go, few tales can be told like this – where remarkably, all the pieces of the puzzle come together in fortunate ways, resulting in a brand new recording that surprised even the band themselves!

BL’AST! – A potted history…

Having formed in 1982, the highly influential Santa Cruz hardcore legend: BL’AST! released their first album, The Power of Expression in 1985. This debut album completely blew everyone away and went on to become one of the highly sought after,  “must- have” hardcore albums from the 80s’.

BL’AST! were beyond intense, continually pushing the boundaries of hardcore with their advanced musicianship, unstoppable energic delivery and explosive live performances. This overwhelming power caught the attention of SST records, who released the band’s second album, It’s In My Blood in 1987. Their third album Take The Manic Ride, was then released in 1989.

BL’AST!‘s wide-eyed, ambitious approach and intense perserverance became an influence for many bands to come. Shortly after the release of Take The Manic Ride the band broke up and their story was buried by time and dust….UNTIL NOW!

A miraculous discovery…
Earlier this year BL’AST! guitarist, Mike Neider contacted Southern Lord with news that he had found some mysterious old BL’AST! master tapes in a abandoned storage locker. Greg Anderson, fanatical about BL’AST!, wasted no time in sending the tapes to a studio to be baked. Needless to say, after 25 years gathering dust, the quality had deteriorated. Even when the tapes had been baked, nobody could have anticipated what would follow. With the tapes baked and audio digitised, Southern Lord contacted long time BL’AST! fiend, Dave Grohl about mixing this recording, his response was an enthusiastic “FUCK YEAH!, LETS DO THIS”!

Whilst inside Grohl’s famous 606 Studios (and with the Neve console as featured in the recent Grohl produced documentary ‘Sound City’) a remarkable discovery was made – a completely unheard, unreleased BL’AST! recording session from the mid-80s.

The lineup of the band at the time of the recording included second guitarist William Duvall (from Neon Christ & interestingly now the vocalist for Alice In Chains) who had moved from his hometown of Atlanta out to Santa Cruz on a tip from mutual friends, Corrosion of Conformity to join the band. Unfortunately his tenure with BL’AST! was short-lived and no recordings from that lineup were ever released.

From the thunderous bass intro of “Only Time Will Tell” to the apocalyptic warnings of “Its In My Blood” the album completely rips and rages from start to finish. All parties involved were completely amazed at how vibrant, unique and new the material sounded.

All things considered, it is miraculous that this record survived it’s journey and that everyone who was involved in bringing this recording to life, could be. Everything fell into place, when it could have easily crumbled along the way. This record is a time capsule that is meant to be heard!

There is no doubt in our minds that Blood will be a crucial purchase for any current Hardcore fiend as well as punk/hardcore fans who loved the band back in the day.

Check out the album trailer including audio sample on Youtube (or via this direct link:


All Pigs Must Die: track from pending second LP now playing at Pitchfork

8 Jul

apmd band

The public’s first undertaking of the auditory revulsion ALL PIGS MUST DIE’s pending second LP, Nothing Violates This Nature, happens as Pitchfork drops the first single from the album.

A hateful unification of musicians hailing from Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, Bloodhorse and more, as ALL PIGS MUST DIE, these assassins fuse some of the most straightforward metal/hardcore elements into anthems as instantly infectious as they are incendiary.

Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), from the opening note Nothing Violates This Naturecomes alive with the expected ALL PIGS MUST DIE hatesurge, yet carries the band’s brutal delivery into new realms of dissonant punishment with even more Swedish death metal instilled into their craft. The second track from the album, “Silencer” aptly delivers two minutes of unholy aggression which showcases all of these traits; a mangled, nightstalking, streetwise cousin of Entombed on an mass-murder bender. The proof is in the lyrics: “I am among you as hunger grows, the life you’re given is mine to hold. See you suffer, watch you die, your tortured ghost has come to this.” To be clear, here is nothing remotely quiet about “Silencer.”

Check out “Silencer” now at Pitchfork (or via this direct link:

Nothing Violates This Nature is released in UK/EU on 29 July via Southern Lord. In advance, a three-song 7” single for “Silencer” will be released on the band’s own Nonbeliever Records, the EP also including another new track from NVTN, “Sacred Nothing,” as well as an exclusive b-side track, “Taming The Slaves.”

Pre-orders for the “Silencer” single can now be placed ( , and pre-orders for Nothing Violates This Nature itself can be made too (

apmd album cover

 Nothing Violates This Nature Track Listing:

1. Chaos Arise

2. Silencer

3. Primitive Fear

4. Bloodlines

5. Of Suffering

6. Holy Plague

7. Aqim Siege

8. Sacred Nothing

9. Faith Eater

10. Articles Of Human Weakness

Ides of Gemini premieres ‘Starless Midnight’ video via Cvlt Nation

8 Jul


Following a wildly victorious tour alongside cult metal sorcerers, Ghost B.C., Los Angeles’ favorite ethereal doom dealers IDES OF GEMINI unveil a brand new video for the track “Starless Midnight” via Cvlt Nation. The ghostly tune comes by way of the trance-inducing trio’s Constantinople full-length, released through Neurot Recordings last Spring.

Elaborates guitarist J. Bennett “We shot this video in the middle of nowhere during an off day on the Ghost B.C. tour. It was directed by our friend Daciana Birladeanu, a Romanian sorceress who also happens to be my cousin. The process basically consisted of me complaining for eight hours while the girls did all the work. But at least I got to wear my Shriner belt buckle. Enjoy!”

Adds Cvlt Nation: “This visual is a nuanced visual journey through one of my favorite songs off the album. Like their music, it is bleak and dreamy at the same time, and although shot in black and white there is a warmth to it of fire and human body.”

Lose yourself in “Starless Midnight” at THIS LOCATION.

IDES OF GEMINI’s Constantinople is a true transcendental doom masterworkApplauded by Outburn “depressing dynamics topped by ethereal wonderment,” and called, “…a dirg-y doom crawl of an album…,” by Decibel, the record continues to raise the eyebrows on the non-initiated. Purchase Constantinople at THIS LOCATION today!

“..darkly beautiful..” – Pitchfork

“Their accretion of small musical gestures inverts metal’s normal use of space. They imply terror without ever exposing it. Each song is an accumulation of outlines, a sort of sonic daguerreotype.” – MetalSucks

“Processional doom, ethereal female harmonies and high-strung riffs incite head-bowing, not –banging…” – Spin

“…a proverbial treasure chest in terms of atmosphere, ideas and contrasting musical textures…original and breathtaking.” –