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Aaron Turner (ISIS, Mamiffer, House of Low Culture) Introduces SUMAC

SUMACSome musicians are born workaholics when it comes to always and consistenly creating music and art. In this pantheon of non-stop art machines is Aaron Turner. Even before the untimely end of ISIS, Turner was deeply involved with Mamiffer (along with wife Faith Coloccia), House of Low Culture, and Split Cranium (with members of Circle). Along the way to the present, Old Man Gloom was resurrected and another new album is in the works.

And now we have SUMAC. Turner has teamed up with Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) for a new group whose sound we have no idea as of yet. The two musicians sought assistance from Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch) to work on the upcoming album which is set to be released in February 2015 via Profound Lore and SIGE.

Here’s all the info and details so far from Turner himself:

Sumac is a new band, the core membership consisting of myself and Nick Yacyshyn (also of Baptists). We have completed our first record “The Deal” which will be released via Profound Lore (CD), and SIGE Records (LP) in Feb 2015. Bass on the album was done by Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, etc), who will hopefully join us as an auxiliary/intermittent member for live performances when possible. We are pursuing this as a fully functional band rather than side project, with plans to play live in the coming year and continue with further writing/recording thereafter.

The album was recorded by Mell Dettmer at Litho and Aleph in Settle, with additional recording done at home. It was mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City, Salem, MA. Artwork is underway, a collaborative process between Faith Coloccia and myself – previews of that and audio clips to come in the next month or so.

Track titles are as follows:

1. Spectral Gold (03:26)
2. Thorn in the Lion’s Paw (09:04)
3. Hollow King (12:26)
4. Blight’s End Angel (10:19)
5. The Deal (13:34)
6. Radiance of Being (05:25)

We’re pretty pumped for this.

Harassor Debut Music Video for “Strangulated”

HarassorHarassor are one of our favorite bands to come out of the hellhole that is L.A. They are not afraid to take all they know about Black, Doom, Grind, and Death Metal and force it down your throat. They won’t care if you like it. They’d probably prefer that you’re terrified of them after listening to their music. Especially their newly-released Into Unknown Depths via Dais Records.

From that intensely ode to everything that is horrible with the world and the “to hell in a handbasket” attitude that we all should jump into, here’s the video for the song “Strangulated”. The video, as shot and directed by Amanda Siegel, finds the band in their darkest self crawling out of the proverbial pits of hell and bludgeoning you with their brand of crusted black metal. If we had been told that this video was on an old VHS tape found back in 1992 under the charred remains of Ormøya Church in Oslo, we’d believe it.

HARASSOR – STRANGULATED from Amanda Siegel on Vimeo.

BoySetsFire Announce ‘After The Eulogy’ Tour Celebrating the Album’s 20th Anniversary

BoysetsfireFrom the ol’ inbox:

BoySetsFire have announced a slate of shows celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band. They’ll play their beloved record, After the Eulogy, all the way through at each gig – check out the dates below. After the Eulogy was originally released in 2000 on Victory Records and reissued the next year by Wind-Up Records and features some of the band’s most enduring material to date, like the opening one-two wallop of the fierce title track and desperate “Rookie”, the nearly balladic “My Life in the Knife Trade” and the pulsating “Twelve Step Hammer Program”.

Oct 22 Amityville, NY / Amityville Music Hall
Oct 23 Asbury Park, NJ / Asbury Lanes
Oct 24 Allston, MA / Great Scott
Oct 25 Philly, PA / First Unitarian Church
Oct 26 Brooklyn, NY / St. Vitus

ATARI TEENAGE RIOT Premiere Video For New Track “Modern Liars”

Atari Teenage RiotFrom their upcoming second album in almost 16 years, Reset, Atari Teenage Riot have rolled out a video for the track “Modern Liars”. The song finds the group treading some mellower ground than their usual harsh and in your face digital hardcore. There’s even some melodies and a sense of pop. But fret not, the message of bucking the system and standing up for your individual rights in this modern age is still there.

The Reset EP is due out on October 16th.

Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) To Debut AOL Original Series “True Trans With Laura Jane Grace”

Laura Jane GraceAgainst Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace, who came out aa a transgender woman in 2012, will be the subject and host of a new AOL Originals series focusing on “Laura and other powerful individuals who are part of the transgender community as they share stories about the harsh realities of growing up anxious about their own identities.” The series will debut on October 10th. More info and the trailer below.

Today AOL Originals announced “TRUE TRANS WITH LAURA JANE GRACE,” a 10-episode series following transgender pioneer and lead singer of the punk band Against Me! who publicly came out as a transgender woman at the height of her music career in 2012. “True Trans” shares the remarkable journey of Laura and other transgender individuals across the country. The series explores poignant moments from Laura’s life that include identifying as transgender, the decision to come out publicly and the overall transition experience. Throughout the series, viewers and fans will get an up close and personal look at people whose stories are just now beginning to be told.

“The opportunity I had while shooting this show was nothing short of tremendous,” said Grace. “Getting the chance to listen to other people tell their stories of how life shaped their identities and views on gender couldn’t help but further inform my own understanding of just how complicated and also how simple all of it really is.”

The first four episodes of the series will be available on October 10 in a special advance celebration of National Coming Out Day on the AOL On Originals home page: http://on.aol.com/show/518250660-true-trans/518387725. Additionally, the series will be available on mobile devices through the AOL On app.

Each episode will follow Laura and other powerful individuals who are part of the transgender community as they share stories about the harsh realities of growing up anxious about their own identities. They recount moments of coping, turning to drugs and alcohol, taking the first freeing but difficult steps toward transition and so much more. These short-form docu-style installments will each dive deeper into the lives and emotions of this growing community, revealing the vulnerability and strength behind finding who they really are.

Additional episodes will feature life after transition, showcasing Laura’s life as a parent and her day job as being a rock star.

The series is produced by award-winning AOL Studios. For more than a decade, AOL Studios has been at the forefront of original and ground-breaking content creation, garnering multiple Emmy nominations and dozens of Webby, Telly and Streamy Award wins.


Candy Hearts Announce Headlining Shows Prior to “Glamour Kills” Tour with New Found Glory

Candy HeartsBefore joining New Found Glory on their “Glamour Kills” Tour, Candy Hearts will do a few headlining shows of their own.

9/25 The Brighton Bar @ Long Branch, NJ
9/26 The Barbary @ Philadelphia, PA
9/27 Double Happiness @ Columbus, OH
9/28 Township @ Chicago, IL
10/1 The Shred Shed @ Salt Lake City, UT

Candy Hearts

Video: “Metal in Inappropriate Places”

There’s the classic hardcore in non-hardcore places trend to get pics and/or videos of hardcore anythings (usually t-shirts) in non-hardcore setting. Now courtesy of the Rob Scallon, the same very gifted and talented musician who brought us Slayer‘s “Raining Blood” as performed on a banjo, now we have “Metal in Inappropriate Places”. Let’s just say that you need to watch the video to understand and be greatly amused.


NOISEM Release New ‘Consuming’ 7″ EP. Stream and Order Now.

NoisemFor a lack of better description for those who are uninvited, Noisem are a bunch of young metalheads. They hail from Baltimore, MD and have been making plenty of waves in the metal and extreme music scenes for some time now. They are loud and fast and will appeal to any seasoned and new metalhead no matter what.

The band is now just release a new 7″ EP of new material via A389 Recordings. The A side features a brand new song, while the B side is a few covers. But they have made this release fun for fans in that there are three different versions of the 7″ in which each one has a different cover on that B side. Here’s the full skinny from the band and their label:

We’re really excited to announce a new NOISEM 7″. Recorded during the same sessions as the RSD split w/ OCCULTIST we decided to do something fun with this release and invite RSR Records (Europe) and Amputated Vein Records (Japan) to be a part of this release.

Side A features the brand new song ‘Consuming’. They’ve been opening their sets with for most of this, so if you if you’ve seen them live, you know it’s that song with the sick slow ending.

Side B is where it gets fun: The band recorded three classic cover songs by Terrorizer, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse to use as three b-sides and these songs have been dispersed randomly among the three versions of the 7″s.

There are three versions of the 7″ all limited to 500 copies each.

The red version can be ordered via A389 Recordings


The European Gold version can be ordered via RSR Records


The Japanese Blue version w/Obi Strip can be ordered via Amputated Vein Records


Review: Code Orange – I Am King

Code Orange KidsCode Orange
I Am King
Deathwish Inc.

Name any band and there will be plenty of fans who will be polarized in their self-entitled thoughts whenever a new record comes out and the sound or style has changed. Disregarding the notion that the band may want to evolve and grow, fans often tend to want familiarity and feel threatened at any sort of change. If you’re a fan of Code Orange (Kids), then you will either be throwing in the towel or completely embracing, and appreciating, I Am King.

On this new outing, Code Orange find themselves retreading some of the more familiar hardcore elements they blew the gates off of on 2012’s Love Is Love//Return To Dust and not only making their sound heavier but also more expansive and experimental. Throughout the eleven songs that make up the album you will find plenty of chugga-chugga riffing and rhythms that will make you scream nu-metal but there is an underlying “agro” factor that has made the band angrier and more in-your-face.

“Heavy” and “experimental” are two words that will come to mind as the album progresses. From the dissonant noise bookends that open the title track and close in “Mercy”, there is plenty of sampling and ambient noisescapes peppered throughout. As if that sonic shift and novelty for the band weren’t enough, halfway through the record you get to “Starve” where guitarist and vocalist Reba Meyers adds clean vocals in a dream-like state that counterbalance the aggressiveness of the song to make it menacing. And let’s not forget her sense of urgent pleading in the background vocals on “Bind You,” that make the song even more stunning than it is.

The addition of a few guests lending their vocals on “Slowburn” (AJ Borish of Path to Misery), “Mercy” (Joe Sanderson of Eternal Sleep), “My World” (Eric Schaeffer of Unit 731), and “Unclean Spirit” (Scott Vogel of Terror), it’s evident that Code Orange are willing to pay plenty of homage to hardcore of past and celebrate the aggressive music of today. This collaborative effort is what can always make any band even more interesting and well-rounded than usual.

The well-aged fans may find some parallels and comparisons to some of the more ugly sounds that made Vision of Disorder’s 1999 album Imprint such a paradigm-shift in hardcore. Code Orange are doing the same here. They’re once again changing the rules to the hardcore game on their own terms. And that’s what bands should always strive for: evolve in their songwriting and music. If all fans are as open-minded as they claim to be, then I Am King is Code Orange’s best and most intricate recording to date.

Introducing: Night School

Night SchoolThe Bay area has to be one of the most musically incestuous scenes out there. That whole area and music scene, esp. the new wave of shoegaze bands, are churning out great sounds and bands that share members with each other. There is no such as side projects for anyone there. It’s all about every musician staying busy and exploring different styles no matter who with. This pervasive collaborative effort is where Night School comes in. Hailing from Oakland, CA to be exact, among their members is one Alexandra Morte, formerly of Whirr and also currently as one half of the duo Camera Shy, which includes Nick Bassett of Whirr and Nothing.

Night School‘s music while cemented and part of the newgaze sounds, it evokes also a persistence in incorporating garage rock and the doo-wop of groups like The Shangri-las and The Ronettes. It’s a fuzzier sound than expected from a vocal-heavy group. The sugary melodies are washed over by the fuzziness of the guitars and rhythms and the dream-like vocals wrap it all nicely in a package that then becomes difficult to categorize. And it’s such a great feeling to just listen and lose yourself in their sound.

“Because I had nothing better to do.” When a coincidental event turns into a landmark moment, sometimes you have to acknowledge its random significance. This seems to be the case for northern California three piece Night School. Already accomplished singer Alexandra Morte (Whirr, Camera Shy) was at work on some new material, but was having trouble finding a drummer. Enter Baylie Arin, the pair integrate song ideas, and plot their first EP.

That EP took six hours to record. The songs were bounced back-and-forth between Morte and Arin, who contributed various alternative synth, post-punk, and shoegaze elements. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Atomic Garden in Palo Alto by Jack Shirley, that six hour session produced Heart Beat; four tracks of pure bliss rock inspired by the sad love songs of 1960’s girl groups like The Shirelles, The Crystals, and The Shangri-las. After the recording of Heart Beat, Sarah Trevena, a friend of Arin’s, was asked to join Night School as lead guitarist. Night School’s spontaneous debut fuses garage-rock sounds with the intimacy and soul of the previously mentioned artists. It is as if by total coincidence that Night School was even formed and these songs were written. I’m glad they didn’t have anything better to do.

Night School have a four-song EP, Heart Beat, due out on October 7th via Graveface Records (and you can pre-order here). If the first song “Birthday” is any indication, then this EP and band will be received very warmly by all fans of this style of music.