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L7 Announce and Post A Very Possible Reunion

L7L7, the legendary 90′s alt-punk band from L.A. that got lumped in with the emerging grunge scene at the time, essentially called it quits back in 2001. The band posted a cryptic good-bye of sorts on their website: “L7 are on an indefinite hiatus. We know that’s vague, but that’s just the way it is. The future of the band is a bit up in the air at the moment.” And they were never heard from again outside of individual members’ new bands and projects.

Now today, the band announced via their official site and FB page that they will reunite as the time is right, and “Why the hell not?” as they’ve written.

Greetings People! We want you to know that the love and support you have shown us here on Facebook this year has taken us all a bit by surprise. What started as a simple band page for us to post some archival photos we had been sifting through for an upcoming L7 documentary has turned into a wellspring of enthusiasm for the band. For this WE THANK YOU!

Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it’s been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee) are hearing you, we are talking about it, and we kinda agree. Why the hell not?

Here’s the situation…

They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it’s going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here’s what we need…

We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by “Sharing” our posts and getting your friends and enemies to “Like” our page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES at our new website http://l7theband.com/

We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let’s show ‘em all! Your love and support will make this happen!

For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU.

Love, L7 xo

So there you have it. L7 are back! And perfect timing.

Dream Ritual’s Self-Titled Debut EP Out Today Via 6131 Records

Dream RitualAnother good one from the ol’ inbox:

Springfield, Missouri’s DREAM RITUAL have unleashed their mammoth debut EP today. The six song effort clocks in at almost 27 minutes, and offers something to enjoy for any fan of heavy music.

DREAM RITUAL are a band out of time. Their behemoth riffs and keen sense of melody would have topped the rock charts 20 years ago, however, the band is more than just straight forward 90s worship. Rock, post-hardcore, and even psychedelic elements blend together, to form a sound that pays homage to DREAM RITUAL’s influences, while remaining fresh.

Despite a relatively long 27-minute run time, DREAM RITUAL’s debut never loses steam and remains a captivating listen. Through all the pulsating grooves and tremendous riffs, the band demonstrates an undeniable affinity for crafting hooks.

Dream Ritual tracklist:
1. Green World
2. Fade
3. Twenty Five
4. Hamptons
5. Whisper
6. Little Speck

Mutoid Man Join Russian Circles on East Coast Tour; New Album To Start Recording in January 2015

Mutoid ManFrom the ol’ inbox:

Mutoid Man, the relatively new trio of Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) on guitar and vocals, Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die) on drums and Nick Cageao on bass, will kick off a string of East Coast dates as direct support for new Sargent House label mates Russian Circles Tuesday, December 9th in Hamden, CT. Mutoid Man were tapped to play this short run of Tenth Anniversary of Russian Circles shows but will also play their own headline date on December 13th in Chapel Hill, NC. Check out the full tour routing below.

Following these shows, in January 2015, Mutoid Man will head to God City Studios in Salem, MA to record their debut full-length album for Sargent House with Kurt Ballou (Converge,Torche, High on Fire). The new album is the successor to 2013′s critically acclaimed EP Helium Head, which was hailed as “a seriously off the hook brilliant debut” (Decibel Magazine) and “teeming with bluesy riffs, firing-quad drumming and chaotic time signatures” (Exclaim).

Mutoid Man vocalist Stephen Brodsky says of the new songs: “These tracks are still riding the high of Helium Head; there are even a few unfinished pieces from that period we might revisit on this record. Writing with Nick is spinning our brains in new directions, too.”

Catch Mutoid Man on the road through December 14th where they’ll be premiering material from this yet-to-be-titled new full-length.

MUTOID MAN LIVE 2014
Dec 09 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom At the Outer Space w/ Russian Circles
Dec 10 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Russian Circles
Dec 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Russian Circles
Dec 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts w/ Russian Circles
Dec 13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Bedowyn & Dogs Eyes
Dec 14 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Russian Circles

Spartan Records Releases ‘Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album’

Spartan RecordsFrom the ol’ inbox:

Seattle based independent label Spartan Records has surprised fans today with the release of Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album. The record features nine renditions of holiday classics, both new and old, by Spartan bands. The album is also available for FREE with the purchase of any physical album at spartanrecords.com through the end of December.

Fans are invited to stream Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album in its entirety and purchase it now at http://spr.tn/homesick14.

Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album features some of the most beloved Christmas songs ever like “Last Christmas” by Trespassers, “O Holy Night” by Shy, Low and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Sullivan as well as new original holiday songs like “Beard of Doom” by Barren Womb and “Three Kings” by Ourlives.

Founded in 2007 by John Frazier, Spartan Records is a boutique independent record label focused on helping innovative artists create and share their art. The label boasts a roster that includes acts like Barren Womb, Ourlives, Schematic, Shy, Low, Sullivan, The Foxery, Trespassers, Waypoint and Young Fox.

Follow Spartan Records athttps://www.facebook.com/spartanrecords for additional updates.

Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album Track Listing:
1. Schematic – “Wonderful Christmastime”
2. Ourlives – “Three Kings”
3. Sullivan – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
4. Trespassers – “Last Christmas”
5. Young Fox – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
6. The Foxery – “Silent Night” / “Carol of the Bells”
7. Over the Ocean – “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
8. Shy, Low – “O Holy Night”
9. Barren Womb – “Beard of Doom”

SUMAC Teases Material From Debut Album “The Deal”

SumacSUMAC, the new group formed by Aaron Turner (ISIS, Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom) and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) with assistance by Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch), have released a teaser track (or manipulated combination of songs) from their debut album The Deal on February 2015. The teaser feels like a summation of each members’ bands’ heaviest and most experimental and sonically-jarring moments. If you want to have your noodle baked aplenty in trying to come up with comparisons and “this sounds like…”, then good luck. It’ll take a few listens for it to truly sink in and appreciate the uniqueness of the sounds.

And it’s only a teaser! The mind boggles at what the full album will truly be like. The Deal will be out on February 2015 as mentioned via Profound Lore and SIGE Records.

MTHR Premiere New Song “Wise Blood” Off Upcoming Debut EP

MTHRMTHR, the NC doom-y newgaze outift featuring former members of Center of the Sun and current ones from Young And In The Way, will be releasing their debut EP in the form of the Howl 7″ via Atrum Cultus in 2015.

In the meantime, the band has premiered “Wise Blood” to get a feel and taste of what is to come. The track presents a very languid and plodding rhythm all the more accented by doom-driven distortion of the guitars. Add vocalist Ally Hoffman’s dream-like and slow singing, and you get a song that encompasses all the best aspects of today’s newgaze sound and goes beyond in MTHR putting their own stamp to it.

If “Wise Blood” is any indication, then MTHR are gearing up to be finding their own solid foothold in the influenced-by-everything newgaze scene. And they will easily be at the top.

BLACKLISTED To Release New Album ‘When People Grow, People Go’ On February 10th via Deathwish Inc.

BlacklistedPhilly’s Blacklisted have announced that they will be releasing their new album When People Grow, People Go on February 10th via their long-time label Deathwish Inc.

Here’s the skinny with tracklisting and all:

Recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, When People Grow, People Go is an eleven song amalgamation of Blacklisted’s brave experimental leanings (No One Deserves… direction) and their unquestionable hardcore heart (Heavier Than Heaven… direction). All of it musically electric, pushed to the point of explosion by vocalist and lyricist George Hirsch’s melancholic introspection. Widening the gap between them and everyone else with their inspiring originality, vulnerability, and power. When People Grow, People Go will be available on CD, Vinyl and Digital formats from Deathwish Inc. on February 10, 2015.

When People Grow, People Go Track Listing:
01. Insularized
02. Turn In The Pike
03. Riptide
04. Deeper Kind
05. Gossamer
06. Burnt Palms
07. Foreign Observer (w/ Nick WOJ of Cold World)
08. Calendars
09. Wooder Ice
10. Bottle Rockets
11. When People Grow, People Go

Heartless Breakers Joins Animal Style Records For New LP Coming in 2015

Heartless BreakersFrom the ol’ inbox:

Animal Style Records is thrilled to announce Salt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers have joined the label’s growing roster. The band’s debut full-length will be out Spring 2015 – more details, song premieres and pre-orders coming soon!

Heartless Breakers (Salt Lake City, UT) formed in the Spring of 2013 and began recording their first EP, Prescriptions, which was released in July of that year. After several regional tours along the West Coast, the band released Lighter Doses in January 2014, which included acoustic renditions of tracks on Prescriptions along with 3 new tunes. Following their most recent West Coast tour the band recorded their soon to be released debut full-length for Animal Style, due out in the Spring of 2015.

Listen to their debut EP Prescriptions below.

All Black Recording Company Partner Up With Touche Amore’s Nick Steinhardt For A Unique Artist Collaboration

ABRC NickAll Black Recording Company, the label started by Deafheaven‘s George Lesage and Derek Prine that has so far released works by Black Monolith and Creepers, have teamed up with graphic designer Nick Steinhardt (who happens to the guitarist for Touche Amore, you may have heard of them) to form their first online artist storefront. This collaborative effort will see the release of Steinhardt’s design work based on the number of bands he has worked with and for.

For the first time, ABRC will be partnering with Nick Steinhardt (23in) to form their first online artist storefront.

Nick Steinhardt, recognized by his design work ranging from mainstream rock and pop to hardcore and metal, will be releasing his first series of custom products and prints inspired by the artwork he has created within various corners of the music world.

Batch 001 features artwork originally done for Deafheaven’s album “Sunbather” and specific international tours. This unique, specialized merchandise is outlined below:

“Sunbather” 50”x50” Custom Jacquard Woven Blanket
100% Cotton
Made in the USA

Poster Series
Printed by Burlesque of North America
Set of 3 x 2 color 18”x24” prints on French Pop-Tone papers

This relationship will continue with further music and design partnerships to allow fans and creative types to enjoy a well rounded spectrum of one of today’s most original, interesting designers.

To check out and attain this first wave of designs released, head on over to ABRC’s webstore here.

Deathwish Inc. To Release A Deluxe Edition of Blacklisted’s ‘Heavier Than Heaven Lonelier Than God’

Blacklisted

In 2008, Philly’s hardcore band Blacklisted released what is arguably one of their best albums, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God. The record made waves all across the hardcore and aggressive music scenes and cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with. From the heaviness of the music itself and the vulnerability and openness of George Hirsch’s lyrics screamed and sung in his signature style, this was a record to be deemed a classic in hardcore.

Now the good folks at Deathwish Inc. will be re-releasing it in a deluxe format. Limited to 500 copies, the deluxe edition will have alternate artwork, gatefold packaging, a 12″x12″ 24 page booklet, and be on 180gram virgin Black vinyl.

This over-the-top and snazzy release will be available at 12am EST on 11/28 as part of Deathwish Inc’s Black Friday Sale.

Keep your eyes peeled at http://store.deathwishinc.com/ for when it goes up.