Right off their debut LP Lush, Creepers have premiered a video for the song “Vanishing”. The video lends itself perfectly with its colorful and varied images to represent what the song itself is all about. The intro with its hallowed drums that sounds as if recorded at the bottom of a well, give the video’s beginning an eery feel especially when attached to the visuals that feel going hand-in-hand.
Detroit’s own metalcore powerhouse Walls of Jericho have been at it since forming in 1998. With a slew or records and releases up until a hiatus in 2008, the band made their mark in the aggressive music scene, especially in the resurging metalcore genre. Now the band is back in full-force having not only played a few shows already but also with announcing to having joined Napalm Records for a new album.
Here’s the skinny from the announcement the band posted:
Austrian Metal Powerhouse Napalm Records is pleased to announce the signing of Detroit Michigan’s WALLS OF JERICHO. The band is currently working on their new album, which is their first full length since 2008. After releasing a demo track “Restless” earlier this year, the band felt the itch again and decided to get back to recording. The resulting album be released by Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer on signing with Napalm Records:
“All of us in WALLS OF JERICHO are proud and very excited to have signed with Napalm Records and are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership to release our new music with. We would like to thank both Napalm and all our Fans and Family for being so patient with us these past seven years since our last release cause its long overdue.”
Thomas Caser, Napalm Records VP:
“We are thrilled to work with one of the most exciting acts out of this genre and one of the best live bands out there! WALLS OF JERICHO have left their mark in the music industry and yet there is so much more to come for this band. Watch out for the band’s new album this year and make sure you catch them live at some point if you have not seen them!”
Seemingly overnight, stylized bands playing strains of melodic hardcore have sailed up the pop charts. But for WALLS OF JERICHO things have played out a bit differently. During the scene’s ascension, the band’s members have all but shunned the idea of a genre tag or an “image” and have instead focused their energies on making music that will survive strictly on its musical merits.
Most bands in the world can be lumped into one category or another, they are shuffled, redefined, and in that way they begin to lose the qualities that could make them important or meaningful. The greatest bands, the most influential or memorable, are the ones who don’t try to fill the role set for them, who don’t pursue anything other than the desire to make music, and the need to express that art to an audience. From the start this has been the mind-set of WALLS OF JERICHO.
WALLS OF JERICHO is:
In a very unexpected and “WOAH!!!” moment, Minus the Bear have announced that they have parted ways with drummer Erin Tate, who is also a founding member since the band’s start in 2001. In somewhat cliche story, the reason for the separation is due to “personal and creative differences.”
Here’s the band’s statement on the separation:
“It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that due to personal and creative differences Minus the Bear and Erin Tate have decided to part ways.
“Erin is one of those rare talents and we consider ourselves lucky to have been able to share the past 14 years with him since this band first started. His creativity, talent, and drive undoubtedly helped get Minus the Bear to where we are today. We wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
“The band will continue touring and we are currently working on the follow up to Infinity Overhead. 2015 is going to be an exciting year and we look forward to sharing what we have in store.”
Whatever course that Tate takes, we wish him the best of luck. And surely Minus the Bear will keep plugging along as they’ve always had.
Rust is the new album from Chicago’s Harms Way. Recorded at Bricktop Recordings by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Dead In The Dirt), mixed at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Nails), the album is brutally and meticulously refined. Rust brilliantly combines industrial repetition (think Godflesh), metal attack (think Sepultura, Helmet, Celtic Frost), and hardcore aggression, showing that Harms Way have emerged from the wreckage of past genres as the new high watermark of heavy in contemporary aggressive music.
Opener “Infestation” stomps with machine-like precision before plunging into a depressing sonic dirge. While songs like “Law Of The Land”, “Hope”, “Cancerous Ways”, and others introduce guitar and electronic driven atmospherics into the arsenal. These subtle dynamics bleed into other aspects of Rust as well. Mid-album beast “Left To Disintegrate” unfurls as an unforgettable anti-anthem ripe with infectious creeping metallic undertones, while “Amongst The Rust” and “Turn To Stone” introduce guest vocals from Colin Young (Twitching Tongues) and Emily Jancetic. Both of them adding haunting nuance to the brute force of the band. All of this leads to the epic closer “Ease My Mind”; a take-no-prisoners aural bludgeoning so heavy that it needs to be heard to be believed.
Listen to “Law Of The Land” below. And pre-order Rust from Deathwish Inc. right now here.
Rust Track Listing:
02. Law Of The Land
05. Cancerous Ways
06. Amongst The Rust
08. Docile Bodies
09. Turn To Stone
10. Ease My Mind
As if we weren’t excited enough for SUMAC‘s debut LP The Deal, they done and gone and debuted a new song. “Blight’s End Angel” is a slower and heavier and more plodding extension of anything we’ve been given to hear from the band thus far. If this indicates the experimentation the band is willing to be doing, then we’re in for a hell of a ride when the album drops on February 17th.
Start counting the days.
Minus The Bear have announced a run of dates for this Spring in which Into It. Over It. will be joining them. A few of the dates will be special anniversary sets for Menos El Oso and Beer Commercials. See the dates below.
FL’s metallic hardcore band Poison The Well went on hiatus back in 2010. After the release of 2009′s The Tropic Rot and a tour in support of the album, the band put all on hold and parted ways to “explore other interests.”
Now it seems the time is nigh for the band to reconvene in a way to perform at this year’s Skate And Surf Festival in NJ. The full line-up you can see below, but what has more than a few people excited of PTW‘s return. The band took to their FB to post:
We’re playing Surf and Skate Festival in New Jersey. We’ll probably play some more shows and make another record. Well, actually we may not do any of that stuff, but we wanted to cover our asses and make sure we admitted to each cliche ahead of time.
Only time will tell if this is more than a one-off.
Busting out with a very strong first single from their upcoming new album Salome, Marriages have premiered the song “Skin”. The song finds the group hinting at a more redefined and constrained sound that what we previously heard in 2012′s Kitsune.
There’s a sharper focus on Emma Ruth Rundle’s vocals in which she goes back and forth with a languid delivery and desperate cries. Musically, the band has evolved in creating a more ambient-like sound that reverberates throughout while still possessing a subtle heaviness at points.
Taking influences from bands as disparate and kindred as Weezer and Sleater-Kinney, London, UK’s Doe blast their way through some catchy-as-all-hell 90′s indie punk. The great thing is that they freshen up the sounds and twist them into their quirky style that doesn’t require any basslines whatsoever. The guitars are fuzzy and crunchy and melodic in all the right places and the shared boy/girl harmonies throughout add a layer of sugary-sweet pop that is catchier than any current pop punk band would even dream of.
Doe has been around since 2013 and have released a slew of singles and EPs and just recently compiled them all under the First Four LP released by Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Listen below to the entire First Four below, and if you’re hooked enough (as you will be!), know the band are heading Stateside for a string of shows that will culminate with a showcase by Old Flame Records who will release the LP in cassette format.
Count us in as fans already!
Doe US Shows:
2/21: New York, NY @ Pianos
2/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
2/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
2/25: Brooklyn, NY @ The Grand Victory
2/26: New Brunswick, NJ @ The Court Tavern
2/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (presented by Old Flame Records, w/ Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Life Size Maps, Left & Right)
There are times when a band and even a single songwriter takes elements from their favorite styles and genres and melds them together to create the perfect storm of a song and album. In the case of King Woman, main person and head driver Kristina Esfandiari has crafted what is easily the perfect amalgamation of pained shoegaze/newgaze and fuzzed out noise-pop possible. Esfandiari cut her teeth in some note-worthy Bay-area newgaze noise bands but it’s when out on her own that she has allowed her true voice and talent to be heard and shine.
On King Woman’s Doubt, she’s not only allowing a fuller band back her up (with the ever so-great Sky Madden of Chasms assisting on bass guitars and more) but essentially opening up and becoming more vulnerable and personal. Doubt is the type of record that would be emotionally-jarring and a perfect fit for the 90’s shoegaze scene explosion. Thankfully this is here right now and fitting for what we’re going through emotionally at the moment.
Starting with the very haunting crescendo of lonesome guitars and vocals in “Wrong” that pick up a pace that is unlike anything heard previously, King Woman set the pace for what is to come. It’s a mood that is being set here. It’s not some “listen casually” type of music. It’s music to stir and twist up all the emotions in your heart and rattle your thoughts. It’s rare when a piece of music can do that.
By the time you make your way through the following three songs, especially “King of Swords”, you will easily be left as a husk of a person. All emotions and feelings left out and drained and simply spent. The jarring emotion that is inherent in the music is a glimpse into the difficulty and passion that went in to recording of Doubt. It’s obvious that this is a band and group of songwriters that truly feel and express all that is around and within them. And that right there makes for great music.
Doubt is King Woman’s preview of a full-length record that is yet to come. If this is so, then we’re in for a treat. Whatever label you may want to stick the group with, newgaze noise indie fuzzed out pop, it’s all right and wrong. King Woman is all about emotions and feelings. Most specifically those most pained and heartbreaking feelings that everyone can relate to. It’s all much better when they’re put into song and music. And this record has made it so. And we’re damn lucky to be able to listen to it.