Monday, September 30, 2013


One of the year’s most unexpected doom metal albums is also now one of 2013’s most anticipated, as the debut LP from Pacific Northwestern trio LUMBAR is being prepared for arrival.
While this brutalizing slow-motion trio boasts what some are referring to as “supergroup” status — containing members Aaron Edge (Himsa, Iamthethorn, Roareth, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth), Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth) — LUMBAR was formed by these longtime friends for much more than simply creating riffs. 

The brainchild of Aaron Edge, LUMBAR came together earlier this year when the well-known guitarist/drummer/graphic designer was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative.
On LUMBAR’s debut album, The First and Last Days of Unwelcome, Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, the latter of whom also shares rank in Brothers 0f the Sonic Cloth with Aaron, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition. The musical result is as diverse and destructive as one may expect from such a lineup, with the varied influence from this trio of musicians coalescing into seven organic and tonally oppressive movements. Ethereal ghostly passages and spacious expanses of minimalistic disharmony cone to an end in sonic obliteration through mesmerizing and pulverizing, as an array of distinct vocal mantras echo from the heart of it all.
Southern Lord will release The First and Last Days of Unwelcome on LP and digital formats on November 26th, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain, with all of the band’s proceeds going to aid Edge’s medical expenses and treatments.

The First and Last Days of Unwelcome Track Listing:
1. Day One
2. Day Two
3. Day Three
4. Day Four
5. Day Five
6. Day Six
7. Day Seven


Friday, September 27, 2013

Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (02.10.62 – 09.27.86)



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ABSU - Magic(k) in-ten-cities

ABSU today announce details on their upcoming tour, titled North American Connexus Continuation. The ten-city tour will see the band perform a complete set with music spanning throughout their twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas-based mythological occult metal trio since the release of Abzu - the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.

Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, "Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to continue spreading the album's essence throughout unchartered regions the band did not perform in earlier this year. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this additional journey, as we shall continue contaminating the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal."

Proscriptor also adds, "We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere."

Abzu, the band's seventh studio album, was released October 2011. The album was recorded/mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus) and features original works by Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Ghost, Watain, Entombed, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader, Etc.) Proscriptor commented, "With this record, we appended dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Thelemic Magic(k) System." He added, "This album is not a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness."

ABSU came to prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.  Each album saw continual expansion of the band's now highly regarded artistic vision and international fanbase. It was with 2001's Tara that the band truly arrived.  The album reached top lists of countless magazines worldwide. Years, however, would pass before any new material would be recorded. In late 2007, the band finally announced their re-awakening. Now teamed with London-based Candlelight Records, the band would take nearly sixteen months writing/recording their sixth album. Absu, featuring contributions from members of King Diamond, Mayhem, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned, was released early 2009.

ABSU North American Connexus Continuation:
11/08/2013 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub - Milwaukee, WI @(November Coming Fire Festival
11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/11/2013 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
11/12/2013 Beale Street Live - Indianapolis, IN
11/13/2013 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC
11/14/2013 The Pinch - Washington, DC
11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
11/16/2013 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON
11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA

ABSU currently features guitarist Vis Crom and bassist/vocalist Ezezu with vocalist/drummer Proscriptor.


STREET ARABS vs. Hexbeat Sneak Peek Comp 1

It's time to start celebrating Gonerfest! 

In honor of their favorite time of the year, Hexbeat have a free download of Hexbeat Sneak Peek Comp 1, handy on-the-go schedule of the festivities, and useful links & addresses. 




American post-rock exhibitionists THIS WILL DESTROY YOU are pleased to announce the release of Live in Reykjavik, Iceland later next month. Captured at Harpa Concert Hall, the mammoth offering features eleven gorgeous live renditions of material spanning across Young Mountain, S/T and Tunnel Blanket. Live In Reykjavik, Iceland was engineered by Finnur Hákonarson, mixed by Alex Bhore and Charlie Vela and mastered by Alan Douches and will be issued as via Magic Bullet a triple LP, double CD, and digital allowing fans to truly experience THIS WILL DESTROY YOU in a far more textured and visceral live environment. First pressings of the LP will come in white, grey and black vinyl.

Live In Reykjavik, Iceland Track Listing:
01. A Three Legged Workhorse
02. There are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease
03. Black Dunes
04. Burial on the Presidio Banks
05. Glass Realms
06. Communal Blood
07. Quiet
08. They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light
09. Little Smoke
10. The Mighty Rio Grande
11. Threads

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU began in earnest during the mid-‘00s in San Marcos, Texas, their initial sound a logical destination point for four friends that had been playing in a variety of bands together throughout their teens. In 2005, the group began writing and recording what was intended to be a simple six-song documentation of where they were at musically. Instead, that demo became Young Mountain, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s debut full-length, released through Magic Bullet.

From then on, the trajectory of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU became meteoric in arc and path. Acclaim from critics and fans alike came pouring in seemingly overnight (Rock Sound Magazine bestowed “Album of the Year 2006″ honors on Young Mountain). The songs quickly found marriage to various licensing projects across film, television, web, and video projects the world over. Even the Pentagon was caught up in the hysteria, using two songs in a disaster preparedness presentation held before the nation’s top military brass in the wake of New Orleans’ catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. Suddenly, the choice between band and “real life” became not so clear for all involved.

After some domestic touring, the band record S/T, 2008’s follow-up full length. Upon its release, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU cycled through countless days on tour both domestically and abroad, pausing only to issue a handful of EPs. As day after week after month after year piled up on the road, the rigors and alternate reality of touring life began to take its toll. Where once stood young men simply excited about exploring the world for the first time, now loomed grizzled veterans with worn out passports, broken bodies, darkened minds, and an existentialism that would crush even Camus. Relationships failed miserably, family and friends either drifted and/or passed away, and “home” became a far more abstract concept than in years prior.

It was amidst this darkened age of despair and equilibratory destruction that the band began to create an entirely new strain upon the trademark sounds that defined Young Mountain and S/T. Nocturnal writing sessions begat entirely sinister, yet simultaneously emotional passages. Tunnel Blanket is their third full-length proper. While previous albums managed to strike a universal chord of human hope and near-optimism toward the future, Tunnel Blanket is the darker and more intricate sides of human emotion, grief, and tragedy. It’s “pretty” in the way decomposition is pretty; “artful” in the precise way that a sniper’s bullet passes through the largest artery is artful.

Live In Reykjavik, Iceland cultivates some of the most epic moments of each album into one otherworldly soundscape of eloquent despair.

Live In Reykjavik, Iceland will be released digitally on October 22, 2013 and on triple-LP and double-CD on October 29, 2013 via Magic Bullet Records.


Monday, September 23, 2013

John William Coltrane (09.23.26 – 07.17.67)


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Douglas Glenn "Dee Dee Ramone" Colvin (09.18.51 – 06.05.02)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Bilinda Jayne Butcher (b. 09.16.61)




Friday, September 13, 2013


As Texas-based CLERIC — the vile death metal faction featuring members of Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, and Tyrannosorceress and more — prepares for the release of their debut album Gratum Inferno, today the band proudly fans the LP’s raging flames with a blazing new video for the track “Through The Starless Abyss”… literally, blazing.

Directed by Shane Connelly of Photon Flood [link], “Through The Starless Abyss” was filmed in the dead of night in a very rural undisclosed location in Emory, Texas. The multi-camera execution captures the members of CLERIC fully encircled by a raging bonfire while they hammer out the song, bringing the concept of the Gratum Inferno title literally roaring to life. And what could be more metal than praising Satan surrounded by fire and death in the middle of the night? Exactly.

Recorded by Garry Brents (Kill The Client, Phobia, Noisear) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Nails, Sleep), Gratum Inferno boasts nearly a half-hour of CLERIC’s Stockholm-bred but Americanized death through seven hymns of debauchery, with haunting horror-soundtrack elements permeating from deep within its hellish core. Mastered at 45rpm for superior sound quality, the LP is pressed on 200-gram, translucent yellow wax with blood red and milky clear splatter and features heavyweight spot-varnish printed jackets, gold foil-stamped inner-sleeve graphics and bears insane cover art was masterminded by Jason Barnett (Noothgrush, etc.). Dallas-based Tofu Carnage will officially release Gratum Inferno on September 26th.


None More Black


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (b. 09.12.52)


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

...and listen for the steel


Bursting Out


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Bleeder/Communion


Persicopic Cognition


Monday, September 09, 2013



Thursday, September 05, 2013

The "Mere Fraction of this Earth" Playlist

(or... this earth from which we have all evolved)

NAPALM DEATH - "Evolved as One" - From Enslavement to Obliteration
PAINKILLER - "Black Chamber" - Buried Secrets
CARCASS - "Psychopathologist" - Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment
ASSÜCK - "By Design" - Anticapital / Blindspot / +3
SORE THROAT - "Don't Give XXX" - Disgrace to the Corpse of Sid
NAKED CITY - "Bone Orchard" - Radio
DIE KREUZEN - "In School" - Die Kreuzen
CARCASS - "Ruptured in Purulence" - Symphonies of Sickness
NAPALM DEATH - "Your Achievement" - The Curse
CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER - "Aggrivated" - Stream of Consciousness
O.L.D. - "I Laugh as I Chew" - Old Lady Drivers
NAKED CITY - "Dead Dread" - Torture Garden
VOID - "Controller/Revolt" - Sessions 1981-83
GODFLESH - "Streetcleaner [Live Geneva Early 1990]" - Streetcleaner
KILLING JOKE - "Turn To Red" - The Original Unperverted Pantomime
NAKED CITY - "Heretic 3" - Heretic, Jeux des Dames Cruelles
D.R.I. - "Misery Loves Company" - The Dirty Rotten LP
MULE SKINNER - "Burn Out" - Abuse
BRUTAL TRUTH - "Turn Face" - Need to Control
DISCHARGE - "Free Speech for the Dumb" - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
POISON IDEA - "Self Abuse" - Pick Your King
TERRORIZER - "Injustice" - World Downfall
UGLY AMERICANS - "I Love My Mom + Homophopbia" - Who's Been Sleepng... In My Bed
SWEET TOOTH - "Ultimate Muscle Bible" - Soft White Underbelly
DOOM - "Natural Abuse/Days Go By" - The Peel Sessions (1989)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - "Joint Effort" - Live and Learn
BOLT THROWER - "World-Eater" - Realm of Chaos (Slaves to Darkness)
DISCHARGE - "But After the Gig" - Realities of War
NAKED CITY - "Erotico [Live]" - Naked City Live, Vol. 1: Knitting Factory 1989
BROKEN BONES - "It's Like" - Bonecrusher
D.R.I. - "Snap" - Dealing with It!
NAPALM DEATH - "No Mental Effort" - Mentally Murdered
CARCASS - "Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites [Demo]" - Symphonies of Sickness
BL'AST! - "Our Explanation" - The Power of Expression
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - "Rabid Dogs" - Eye for an Eye
REPULSION - "The Stench of Burning Death" - Horrified
NAPALM DEATH - "Your Achievement?" - From Enslavement to Obliteration
BOLT THROWER - "Afterlife" - War Master
NAKED CITY - "Dominatrix 5B" - Heretic, Jeux des Dames Cruelles
BLIND IDIOT GOD - "Tired Blood" - Blind Idiot God
VIRULENCE - "Blacktop [Live]" - If This Isn't a Dream... 1985-1989
BL'AST! - "Winding Down" - It's In My Blood
CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER - "Set Your Own Pace" - Money Talks
FALL OF BECAUSE - "Middle Amerika" - Life is Easy
NAPALM DEATH - "Sacrificed" - Scum
POISON IDEA - "New Right [Boner's Kitchen Demo][Demo Version]" - Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years
OLD - "Outlive" - Lo Flux Tube
DIE KREUZEN - "This Hope" - 1981 Starship Demo
NAKED CITY - "Osaka Bondage" - Torture Garden
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - "Stress Related" - Stress Related
ASSÜCK - "Sum and Substance" - Misery Index
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - "Not Safe" - Eye for an Eye
NECROS - "Past Comes Back to Haunt Me" - IQ32
VOID - "Ignorant People" - Void/Faith Split LP
GODFLESH - "Pulp" - Streetcleaner
O.L.D. - "Special Olympics" - Old Lady Drivers
HEAD OF DAVID - "Bugged" - Dustbowl
NAKED CITY - "Fleurs du Mal" - Absinthe
CARCASS - "Limb from Limb" - Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment
GODFLESH - "Pulp [Rehearsal: May 1989]" - Streetcleaner
M.D.C. - "Selfish Shit" - Multi-Death Corporations
DISCHARGE - "Q: And Children? A: And Children" - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
ASSÜCK - "Epilogue" - Anticapital / Blindspot / +3
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - "Happily Ever After" - Technocracy
GODFLESH - "Tiny Tears" - Streetcleaner
NAPALM DEATH - "Rise Above" - Mentally Murdered


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Stephen Philip "Steve" Jones (b. 09.03.55)