BISON Reveal New Album/Label Details & Plan Canadian Touring Trek; Album Teaser

Bison (formerly Bison B.C.)  recently announced their return after a lengthy hiatus. Now they’re sharing the news that they have signed with Pelagic Records for the release of a new studio album. ‘You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient‘ will see release on June 23rd in Europe with a North American release to follow on July 7th. Guitarist/vocalist James Farwell commented of the effort:

“It was important that the songs fit together to tell a bit of a story. A story of a new life and escaping the city, while still being tethered to it. Life is a constant fight, and though I have taken the fight to a more natural and beautiful place, that struggle still persists. This is an album of daily living. It is for everyone.”

Vocalist Dan And added: “The new songs still sound like ‘us,’ whatever that means, but we aren’t concerned with shying away from whatever influences creep up. The older we get and the longer we play together, the less we give a shit about trying to sound like anything in particular.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Bison LP

 

Pre-orders are available here (CD) and here (vinyl) with a teaser posted below. The band will also be playing the following Canadian shows in June:

06/09 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
06/10 Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol
06/11 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel
06/12 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/13 Red Deer, AB – The Vat
06/14 Edmonton, AB – Brixx
06/16 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw


HE WHOSE OX IS GORED To Issue ‘Paralyzer’ 7″, Premieres First Official Video; Tour With SAMOTHRACE Starts Next Week

The powerfully concussive ethereal sludge band He Whose Ox Is Gored will unleash their brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch this weekend via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records. The three song effort was captured by none other than legendary producer Jack Endino (Skinyard, TAD, Windhand, Early Man, etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Earth, Supersuckers etc.). It contains the new song Paralyzer along with the previously recorded “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP, remixed by the band’s cohorts from Seattle’s Newaxeyes. “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks sessions which the band shared some comments about saying:

The ‘Paralyzer‘ seven-inch started as a great opportunity presented to us by Converse Rubber Tracks and Jack Endino. We also wanted to find a way to work with our friends in Newaxeyes and a seven-inch came to mind. When Ben and Heather Heywood of Los Angeles’ Chain Letter Collective came on board, it created an opportunity for us to bring it all together.” 

Paralyzer” will see official release on June 16th but will be available this Sunday, May 14th at the band’s special event show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk at Highline on their home turf of Seattle as part of the venue’s seven-year anniversary series. The seven-inch will also be available throughout He Whose Ox Is Gored‘s US tour with Samothrace from May 17th through June 10th. The trek includes performances with Void Omina, Noothgrush, and Graves At Sea on select dates. See all confirmed shows below.

To celebrate this phenomenal recording and its imminent release, He Whose Ox Is Gored is also debuting their very first-ever official video for the 7″s title track. Check it out: 

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED upcoming shows and tour:
5/14/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Conan, North, Serial Hawk

w/ Samothrace:
5/17/2017 Back Alley Pub – Great Falls, MT
5/19/2017 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
5/20/2017 The Reverie – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2017 Reggies Joint – Chicago, IL
5/22/2017 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/23/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/24/2017 Black Forge – Pittsburgh, PA
5/25/2017 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2017 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2017 Rudyards – Houston, TX
5/29/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omina
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omina
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omina, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

– Pat ‘Riot’ WhitakerSam-OX Tour


First Annual STARKFEST 2017 Announced; WAFT, ALL HELL, COME TO GRIEF, CRAWL, SWALLOW THE SKY, BASK, MIDMOURNER & More Scheduled

One of the best, largest gatherings of underground extreme Metal and Hard Rock bands and their music has been announced with the first annual Starkfest 2017! The two-day and a half day (with pre-show) event is set to ravage Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina beginning on June 1st to the 3rd. There will be a pre-fest show at Radio Room in Greenville as well that will include several must-see bands. But that is just the start of festivities as the roster of acts for it and the full-on fest weekend is an impressive array of sonic brutalists.

Between both locations you can expect performances from Black Mountain Hunger, Death/Of, Kingdom Faust, Tone, Waft, Abacus, All Hell, Cazador, Dreaded, False Light, Mothmother, Uninhabitable, WVRM, Avalon Steel, Bask, Bathe, Canopy, Cikada, Come To Grief, Crawl, Heathen Bastard, Midmourner, Swallow The Sky, Tar Hag and The Asound.

Along with all of the enjoyable features at Thomas Creek Brewery itself there will also be food truck vendors and folks on hand from retail record outlets including Greenville’s own Pharmacy Records. Starkfest 2017 is being brought to music fans from these sponsors along with Iron Rust Productions.

Tickets for Starkfest 2017 are on sale NOW and available at this location.

The line-ups for each day are as follows:

Thursday, June 1st (6/1 Pre-Show) at the Radio Room:

Black Mountain Hunger
Death/Of
Kingdom Faust
Tone
Waft (special set)

Friday, June 2nd (6/2 Day 1) at Thomas Creek Brewery:

Abacus
All Hell
Cazador
Dreaded
False Light
Mothmother
Uninhabitable
Wvrm

Saturday, June 3rd (6/3 Day 2) at Thomas Creek Brewery:


Avalon Steel
Bask
Bathe
Canopy
Cikada
Come To Grief
Crawl
Heathen Bastard
Midmourner
Swallow The Sky
Tar Hag
The Asound
Waft

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

StarkFest

THE WHITE NOISE Premiere ‘Bite Marks’ Official Video; New Album ‘AM/PM’ Due In June

Infectious modern Alt. Rock band The White Noise are excited to premiere their new Official Video ‘Bite Marks‘ today. The song hails from the band’s upcoming full-length debut album AM/PM, set to release June 23. Produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Crown The Empire), the album is sure to resonate well with fans of modern rock bands across the board. To celebrate the album’s release, The White Noise has planned a busy summer ahead as they will be part of the Vans Warped Tour 2017. The band will playing the entire tour on the Skullcandy Stage from June 16 through August 6. Find all the details and tour stops here.

“We’ve worked very hard for the past three years on getting this band exactly where we want it to be,” says vocalist Shawn Walker. “‘Bite Marks’ was actually the third song we ever wrote together, so for the video to finally be coming out is very fulfilling. And to top it off, we will be releasing our first album on our first Vans Warped Tour. It’s going to be a hell of a year.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

TWN AM-PM

Tracklist:

1. Innocent Until Birth
2. Bite Marks
3. Picture Day
4. The Best Songs Are Dead
5. I Lost My Mind (In California)
6. Rated R… ft. Landon Tewers
7. All Drugs Go To Heaven
8. Montreal
9. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
10. Sunspots

 

TWN VWT


UFO & SAXON Returning To North America This Fall

Two of the biggest, most iconic bands from the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement are returning to North America together this fall. Following their hugely successful tour together in March and April, UFO and Saxon have announced more dates in the U.S., plus two in Canada, in September and October. Vocalists from both bands commented on the announcement saying:

UFO‘s Phil Mogg shares: “Seldom do you get the chance to have a tour with such great bands and great personalities. We have been offered such a chance and will be grabbing it with both hands. We are looking forward very much to our autumn tour with the lads from Saxon, Biff, Paul, Doug, Nigel, and Nibbs, Jared James, Eric and Dennis, just so you know every one. I hope you enjoy these gigs as much as we will, rocking/kicking, your proverbial arse/bottom. Love UFO.”

Biff Byford from Saxon adds: “It’s great to be coming back with UFO, we had such a great time on the last tour – it’s a great package with three great bands, what’s not to like BRING IT ON!!!!!”

UFO, featuring the long-running line up of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards / Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass) are currently working on a studio cover album after the last studio release, A Conspiracy Of Stars, in 2015.

Saxon are touring on their latest release Battering Ram, together with the new live DVD Let Me Feel Your Power, both on the UDR Music label and are currently in the studio working on a new studio album for release early 2018. Saxon are: Biff Byford (Vocals), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Nigel Glockler (Drums), Doug Scarrett (Guitar) and Tim “Nibbs” Carter (Bass).

Special guest on all shows is Jared James Nichols.

Tour dates:

September
22 – Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
23 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
24 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
26 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of The Living Arts
28 – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
29 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
30 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

October
1 – Portland, ME – Aura
3 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
4 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
6 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
7 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
8 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
9 – Akron, OH – Tangier CabaretRoom
11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
13 – Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza
14 – Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian

Tickets are available from all usual agents and outlets.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

UFO-SAXON Tour

Synth-Wave Project ARCADEA (Featuring Mastodon’s Brann Dailor & Withered’s Raheem Amlani) Share Debut’s Details; Stream Song

As other members of Mastodon have actively stepped into involvements in outside projects like Troy Sanders (Killer Be Killed, Gone Is Gone) or Brent Hinds (West End Motel, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), drummer Brann Dailor has now followed suit. Arcadea was born when Brann Dailor teamed up with upside-down guitarist and keyboardist Core Atoms (Zruda) to create a synth-laden progressive, heavy psych band. The duo soon added guitarist Raheem Amlani (Withered) on synth and the three recorded their synth odyssey outing at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, GA.

June 16th will see the worldwide release of Arcadea‘s self-titled debut album on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. It was mastered by Colin Leonard and features cover art from renowned sci-fi fantasy artist Essy May. Today we are sharing the audio-only stream of a song from the album titled ‘Infinite End‘ below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

arcadea
Tracks:

01. Army of Electrons
02. Gas Giant
03. Rings of Saturn
04. Neptune Moons
05. Infinite End
06. Electromagnetic
07. Motion of Planets
08. The Pull of Invisible Strings
09. Through The Eye of Pisces
10. Worlds Can Go On
11. Magnificent Facade


SABBATH ASSEMBLY Prepare To Release ‘Rites Of Passage’; New Track Streaming

The anxiously awaited return of occultic, doomened psyche entity Sabbath Assembly is upon us all. The band’s first new album since 2015, ‘Rites Of Passage‘, will be released by Svart Records on May 12th. Today, we are pleased to present you the new song ‘Angels Trumpets‘ where you can hear hints of the band’s turn toward a more progressive rock direction musically.

Sabbath Assembly shared the origin of what Angels Trumpets are saying: “Angels Trumpets is another name for the Datura flower, known for its ritual use in the transformation from childhood to adulthood. It is said to induce a complete severance of memory, allowing one to transition from one phase to the next, totally untethered.”

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly circa 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), along with original Sabbath Assembly drummer Dave Nuss and returning bassist Johnny Deblase. There has been a new addition to the band with second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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Tracklisting for Sabbath Assembly’s Rites Of Passage:

1. Shadows Revenge
2. Angels Trumpets
3. I Must Be Gone
4. Does Love Die
5. Twilight of God
6. Seven Sermons to the Dead
7. The Bride of Darkness

Sabbath Assembly‘s ‘Rites Of Passage‘ is available for pre-order/purchase here.


CAVE OF SWIMMERS To Issue 7″ Single And Tour In July

Miami, Florida’s progressive rock band Cave Of Swimmers will see things become quite busy for the band in July. On July 3rd, the duo will release their brand new single “The Sun” on a 7″ vinyl record via Southern Druid. The “B” side of the record features the song “Hangman” (from their self-titled debut) recorded live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016. Also that same month, Guillermo Gonzalez-Perez (Vocals, Guitar, Synth) and Arturo Garcia-Ribbi (Drums, Vocals) will take Cave Of Swimmers on the road again in the U.S.

All of the upcoming tour dates are below along with the band’s visualizer for ‘The Prince Of The Power Of The Air‘ from 2015’s Reflection.

Tour Dates:

7/7 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
7/8 Birmingham, AL – The Nick
7/9 Memphis, TN – Growlers
7/10 Nashville, TN – The East Room
7/11 Winston-Salem, NC – Test Pattern 
7/12 Richmond, VA – 25Watt
7/13 New York, NY – Gold Sounds
7/15 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
7/17 Montreal, QC 
7/18 Toronto, ON
7/19 Detroit, MI
7/20 Chicago, IL-Reggie’s
7/21 Indianapolis, IN-Tap’s Live
7/22 Louisville, KY
7/24 Knoxville, TN
7/25 Asheville, NC
7/26 Atlanta, GA
7/28 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
7/29 St Petersburg, FL

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


Deny Everything; Meet CONTRA (Members Of Sofa King Killer, Rue, The Unholy Three, Etc.) And Hear Some Songs

The roots of Cleveland, Ohio’s Contra are deeply connected to a bevy of bands that the members either are in currently or were in previously. In fact, Contra itself originally started as the instrumental trio of guitarist Chris Chiera (Sofa King Killer), drummer Aaron Brittain (ex-Rue) and baritone guitarist Adam Horwatt (So Long Albatross). That line up recorded a demo, Son Of Beast, that revealed the guys’ style of blended metal, blues, rock, and sludge but still, something was missing. Enter vocalist Larry Brent of such acts as The Unholy Three, Hatchet Job, Don Austin and Splinter. Then, after only three shows of the quartet playing together, Larry began recording vocals to eight of the ten tracks of what would become the Contra debut, Deny Everything

Deny Everything will be released by Robustfellow Productions and Shifty Records on July 1st. It was recorded in Cleveland at Bad Back Studios and mastered at Cauliflower Audio. Today, we are presenting you the new track ‘Snake Goat‘ below and after you’ve enjoyed it, you can check out three more songs from the ten-tracker further on down.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Contra Deny Everything

Tracklist:

Human Buzzsaw (3:24)
Snake Goat (4:07)
Altered Beast(3:19)
The Gorgon (2:27)
Humanoid Therapy (6:02)
Son of Beast (4:13)
Bottom Feeder (2:58)
One Hundred Hand Slap (2:45)
Dr. Goldfoot (4:54)
Shrimp Cocktail (7:41)