Ah. Self Defense Family. The band everyone loves to…love. Right? The band formerly known as End of a Year, SDF puts out more creative output that would rival most and puts all to shame. The band has a new album, Try Me, coming out soon on Deathwish Inc. To satiate the eagerness of those waiting patiently for it, a new song has been premiered off it. “Turn The Fan On” keeps the band pushing forward in their unique style of melody. SDF have always had a peculiar approach to their music. And if this new song is any indication, the new album will be yet another treat for fans.
Your favorite band’s favorite band, Self Defense Family enjoys a distinct renown within the punk community. Well-respected and critically lauded but difficult and idiosyncratic, the band has done things their way almost to a fault. Eschewing sing-alongs and easy anthems in favor of personal lyrics, they stand apart from their contemporaries in punk and hardcore. Their strangely tense guitar-work framed within otherwise hook laden songs lends the band an unmistakable sound. Opting to be heavy in emotion rather than heavy in sound.
Led by vocalist, lyricist, and personality Patrick Kindlon, Self Defense Family have extended their branches to organically include touring and session musicians. Allowing them to evolve into a musical collective with more than ten active members at any given time. Interestingly enough, no member of the assemblage has played every show or played on every recording by the collective.
Try Me, Self Defense Family‘s latest full length offering, will be released January 7th, 2014 on Deathwish.
Florida’s Bloodlet were one of the few bands in the sunshine state’s hardcore scene in the 90′s that defied any specific categorization. Their style of metal was more akin to doom and sludge than anything else. And they were playing this style way before it was hip and the “it” thing in the metal circles. Bloodlet went on hiatus in 2003. Now, the band has not only announced a one-off reunion for the A839 Recordings X Bash in January in Baltimore, but they’re also to release a previously-unreleased new track, “Embrace”, as well as a reissue of their debut LP Ethogen.
Here’s the official press release with all the info:
Following the recent proclamation that defunct metalcore pioneers, Bloodlet, will make a special one-time appearance — reuniting for the A389 Recordings X Bash in January — today, the label also proudly confirms two special pending releases from the band in 2014.
First up, A389 will release an unreleased Bloodlet demo, recorded in 1994. The track, called “Embrace,” was recorded with several other songs prior to the release of the band’s debut LP, Entheogen. A track which ran astray from the others recorded in the same sessions — “Shell” and “Cheribum” appearing on the band’s Shell 7″, and then re-appeared on their Eclectic singles compilation LP — Bloodlet‘s early, completely inventive style of ominous, swamp-born metalcore is relived once again in “Embrace.” The lost track was discovered by hardcore webzine XStuckInThePastX and shared the masters with A389 Recordings, who will now release an official 7″ version of the track in January 2014. The Embrace 7″ will tie directly into band’s first performance in over ten years, with their one-time reunion at the A389 X Bash the weekend of January 17th and 18th in Baltimore, Maryland, joining the reunion of Integrity‘s Systems Overload lineup, All Out War, Infest, Haymaker, Noisem, Full Of Hell, Empire of Rats and tons more.
In addition, A389 is also collaborating with Victory Records on a special reissue of Bloodlet‘s landmark debut LP, Enthogen, which Victory initially released in early 1996. The new edition will be released in a deluxe 2xLP in the coming months pending the completion of the remastering sessions, currently going down at Audiosiege.
Bloodlet vocalist Scott Angelacos currently remains busy with his present bands Junior Bruce — who is working on the follow-up to their The Headless King LP, released in 2012 by A389 — and Hollow Leg, which just released Abysmal on Last Anthem Records.
As a Floridian immersed in the hardcore and metal scene since the 90′s and having witnessed the power of Bloodlet, this is exciting news. Get pumped! (And if you want to hear “Embrace”, below is the song itself as originally posted by XStuckInThePastX)
Kristina Esfandiari is a woman of many musical facets. Formerly of Whirr, she ventured on her own with the King Woman project which gained a bit of a buzz for its unusual sounds and style. Now Esfandiari has moved forward with a new project and band named Miserable. Inspired by bands she was into in her youth like Brand New and Smashing Pumpkins, Esfandiari tells us, “I was originally just writing these songs as ideas for Whirr but it just never happened because of tour and other material we were recording, so I just turned it into a project of my own.”
Miserable is comprised of Esfandiari along with members of Pale Chalice, Lies, and more. Esfandiari writes and arranges all of the music and so far from the teaser of the as-yet-to-be released Halloween Dream EP, it is a very personal affair. Written mostly while Esfandiari was on tour with Whirr in Europe, the EP should be released at some point as soon as it finds a home. Miserable does have a split 7″ EP with Grey Zine to be released by Run For Cover Records soon.
While we wait for the release of the EP and the 7″, check out the video for the title track off the Halloween Dream EP. The video was shot on Esfandiari’s iPhone using not only random footage but also images from Halloween night. Enjoy.
Vancouver fuzz-punkers Eating Out, which feature members of Nü Sensae, White Lung, and Peace, will be releasing a 7″ of new-ish recordings in December via Suicide Squeeze. The 7″ titled Burn, will feature three songs that were originally released on limited edition cassettes last year.
The first track off the 7″, “Come Around” is already streaming for you to check out. To pre-order the 7″ from Suicide Squeeze, available in a limited run of 500 (100 on opaque pink/lavender/yellow-mixed vinyl, 400 on black) and w/ a digital download, click here.
You can’t throw a metaphorical rock on the Internet these days without hitting a trend piece about the resurgence of 90’s emo on a major news outlet (in the case of Buzzfeed, we’ll put “news” in heavy quotation marks). In some ways this is surprising, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. The genre has been exploding in popularity over the past several years, producing an immense number of quality bands and a renewed interest in where this music actually came from. Honest music from talented musicians is getting the attention it deserves, and it’s tough to argue that’s a bad thing.
Frequently left out of this discussion, however, are the bands that forged the genre’s heavier and noisier periphery. While much of the dialogue surrounding the recent emo resurgence has focused on its more poppy and melodic elements, it’s worth revisiting the genre’s angrier side as well. Call it screamo (or its Internet-speak derivative, “skramz”) or post-hardcore or whatever you will, the movement (which never really fully ended) produced a number of acts in the early days that continue to influence newer bands today.
Few bands epitomized this sound better than Saetia. By their own definition, Saetia were a hardcore band. By popular definition, however, they were unequivocally a screamo band. The New York City-based four-piece, whose members would later go on to form Hot Cross and Off Minor (and also shared drummer Greg Drudy with the initial lineup of Interpol in the late 90′s), showed that hardcore could at once be smart, heartfelt, and pissed. Along with similarly minded East coast acts like pg.99 and Orchid, they took the sonic foundation laid by the early 90’s Gravity Records roster and pushed it sufficiently far enough in new directions to establish a generational divide in the genre’s history. Continue reading…
Literally translated, De La Tierra means “of the earth” or perhaps for metalhead standards, dirt. The group boasts some well-known names of the Latin metal and hard rock scene of bands such as Sepultura, A.N.I.M.A.L., Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Maná. So they may as well be deemed the first Latin Metal Supergroup. The band has signed with Roadrunner Records and will be releasing their debut self-titled LP on January 14th, 2014. Here is the official press release along with a video for “Maldita Historia” (Damned History). As you will notice, and read, the lyrics are in Spanish and Portuguese thus cementing the Latin “flavor” of the band’s music.
Roadrunner Records and Warner Music Latina have announced the eagerly anticipated debut album from Latin metal group, De La Tierra. “De La Tierra” – the explosive self-titled collection from the Latin group consisting of Andreas Kisser, guitarist of Sepultura, Andrés Giménez, former leader of A.N.I.M.A.L., Sr. Flavio, bassist of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Alex González, drummer of Maná – features the lead single “Maldita Historia” which is available now via the iTunes Store along with an official music video that made its worldwide premiere earlier today on several media outlets across the globe. “De La Tierra” arrives everywhere on January 14th.
“De La Tierra,” the band’s crushing 11-song debut was recorded and mixed by Stanley Soares (Motörhead, Sepultura) in Sao Paulo, Guadalajara, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles and produced by the band themselves. The album, which marks an electrifying new chapter for the always daring members of De La Tierra, will feature lyrics sung entirely in both Spanish and Portuguese, elevating the group’s Latin roots.
“On ‘De La Tierra,’ there are some moments when you feel the world is coming to an end and others when the sky seems to open up, letting the light shine,” says Gonzalez. “It is metal that is fast, powerful, explosive, with lots of adrenaline. You have darkness and light. There is melody and also a lot of punch.”
De La Tierra‘s history can be traced back 8 years to backstage conversations between Giménez and González, discussing their passion for heavy music. A tour with Maná brought González to Argentina in 2011, which rekindled discussions of starting a group with Gimenez. The following evening the two had dinner with Flavio, a friend of Giménez’s who both revered, as the three flirted with the idea of forming a power trio. Giménez however wanted more firepower and suggested Kisser as a possible second guitarist. González reached out to Kisser via email telling him about the project which was conceived as a gathering of like minds to create metal music which they all enjoyed and appreciated. Kisser responded immediately: “I am the band’s guitar player!”
Jan 10: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jan 11: Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Jan 14: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jan 15: White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Jan 17: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jan 18: Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Jan 21: The Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
Jan 24: The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Jan 25: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Jan 28: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
Jan 29: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Self-stylized “low folk” band Wovehand are partnering up with Deathwish Inc. to release their upcoming new album Refractory Obdurate in North America soon. Gliterhouse Records will be handling the European release. For the full skinny on this new addition to the DW roster, here’s the official announcement:
Wovenhand “Refractory Obdurate” coming soon via a partnership of Deathwish & Glitterhouse
Wovenhand are a band led by dedicated life musician and lyricist David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.
Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic weave work of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David’s soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uniquely uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.
Wovenhand are currently in the studio recording their new album titled “Refractory Obdurate”. Joining David on this album are musicians Chuck French and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Git Some), along with longtime percussionist Ordy Garrison.
The album will be released by a partnership of Deathwish in North America and Glitterhouse Records in Europe later in 2014. A release date and specifics will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, familiarize yourself with Wovenhand‘s music on their official site.
Industrial music legends and innovators Skinny Puppy have premiered a video for their song “illisiT” off their newest album WeapoN, released earlier this year. The video, accompanied by the band’s unique style of industrial music, plays out as a mini-movie focusing on the aspects of a police state, persecution, and freedom from technological enslavement. All motifs and themes explored at times in Skinny Puppy‘s music throughout years.
Skinny Puppy are also embarking on a U.S. tour in 2014 which should promise to be an experience for anyone attending.
Jan 24 · Santa Ana CA – THE OBSERVATORY
Jan 25 · San Diego, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
Jan 27 · Phoenix, AZ – MARQUEE THEATRE
Jan 28 · Albuquerque, NM – SUNSHINE THEATRE
Jan 30 · San Antonio, TX – BACKSTAGE LIVE
Feb 1 · Houston, TX – WAREHOUSE LIVE
Feb 3 · New Orleans, LA – TIPITINAS UPTOWN
Feb 4 · Atlanta, GA – CENTER STAGE THEATER
Feb 5 · Orlando, FL – BEACHAM THEATER
Feb 7 · Miami FL – GRAND CENTRAL
Feb 8 · Tampa FL – THE RITZ YBOR
Feb 10 · Charlotte, NC – AMOS SOUTHEND
Feb 11 · Silver Spring, MD – THE FILLMORE
Feb 13 · Philadelphia, PA – THE TROCADERO
Feb 14 · New York, NY – WEBSTER HALL
Feb 15 · Boston, MA – ROYALE
Feb 16 · Montreal, QC – CLUB SODA
Feb 18 · Toronto, ON – SOUND ACADEMY
Feb 19 · Detroit, MI – THE MAJESTIC
Feb 21 · Chicago, IL – THE VIC
In what probably is the coolest homage-style video we’ve seen in a long while, swamp metallers Star & Dagger brings us “In My Blood”, which pays tribute to the great Kubrick classic film “The Shining”.
In this montage video for the song off the band’s debut LP, Tomorrowland Blues, the femme-fatale trio takes us down the proverbial rabbithole with iconic scenes from the film all the while their brand of doom-ladden blues-influenced metal blares loudly.