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Short-lived screamo greats Saetia already released the career-spanning compilation A Retrospective in 2001, and this year they'll release another discography compilation with a slightly different tracklist called Collected. It's due out as a double LP on Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm's Deathwish imprint Secret Voice. Stay tuned for more details.

Secret Voice is also just put out a live Saetia album, Live At ABC No Rio Spring 1999, on cassette and digital. Stream it below. And if you were wondering, sadly no reunion show.

In related news, Saetia vocalist Billy Werner (who also fronted Hot Cross) has more recently been performing as the L.I.E.S.-signed electronic musician M/R. His newest release is the four-song Let That Shit Breathe EP. Stream it below...

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ABC No Rio

It's been a few years since NYC venue ABC No Rio began talking about their replacing their current building with a new progressive, energy efficient building, and Bowery Boogie reports that construction may begin in 2015. An update from venue director Steve Englander reads:

Friends, Comrades and Supporters:

Thank you so much for your past support for ABC No Rio. We've shared with you a lot of the ups and downs we've faced with our project to build a new facility. It's been tough and we're glad that you've had our back. Thank you for your ongoing commitment; and now, we have some good news to report.

2014 had a rough beginning, but is ending on a high note, with the exciting prospect of beginning construction on the new building soon. As you've followed so many of the challenges we've faced, here's a quick recap of where we are, and the plans ahead.

Unfortunately, the bids we received when we put the project out to bid in early 2014 came in higher than our available funding; it was a tremendous disappointment. Last spring, however, we began discussing a better and more efficient way to move forward with the Department of Cultural Affairs. We then moved the project over to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which allows for much greater flexibility in project management and administration. It's also easier for EDC to incorporate our private funds into the project.

In October, we learned that we received an additional $1.5 million in City capital funding for our project. We're grateful to our City Council representative, Margaret Chin, and to the Mayor and the Department of Cultural Affairs for this support. Everyone -- including EDC and the construction management team they will bring on board -- is enthusiastic about the project getting off the ground. We plan to put the project out to bid again in spring 2015, and begin preparations for the first phase of construction.

As you may remember from last year's update, the end of 2013 also saw some good news -- the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) selected our project to participate in their Alternative Buildings Program, and awarded the project over $250,000 to implement our Passive House design. Passive House focuses on achieving deep building energy use reductions. The method features super-insulated thermal envelopes, high performance windows, robust air sealing, energy recovery ventilation, passive heating/shading, and high efficiency lighting and appliances.

As we prepare for construction for this first phase of our project, we are also planning "ABC No Rio in Exile," the continuation of our programming during the construction period. This period will provide a renewed and focused orientation towards collaborative work that brings ABC No Rio back to its roots. We will initiate and participate in projects with other organizations and venues, giving us the opportunity to expand our reach to new audiences and new potential supporters and to increase the involvement of new artists, musicians, poets and performers in ABC No Rio's programming.

This interim period will be challenging. The support we have received from the City has been important, but your support is critical and vital to ensuring we successfully complete construction, transition through our "exile" period and ultimately expand our reach.

As we plan for this dynamic and exciting future, ABC No Rio remains a place where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.

Your support remains important to us. We trust that you will join us, and that we can count on your contribution to ABC No Rio as the year comes to a close.

As part of this appeal, we are delighted to offer to those contributing $250 or more a limited-edition photograph by Jade Doskow of the ABC No Rio Printshop. Jade was one of several photographers invited to document the building in advance of demolition.

You can contribute here or here, and contributions of $250 or more will include a limited-edition print of Jade Doskow's photo (pictured above) of the venue's printshop.

Cross-section rendering of what ABC No Rio's new space will look like
ABC No Rio

ABC No Rio has been slowly moving toward replacing it's current building with a new one, and now comes word that the collective will go green as revealed in recent renderings (like the one above). A little more info from the folks behind it:

The existing building is distressed and in disrepair. In 2007, our architect and engineer determined that existing conditions would make responsible repair and renovation difficult, and not significantly less costly than new construction. Through new construction we will build dramatically improved facilities for our cultural, community and educational activities. We will:

-double the size of our gallery and performance space
-provide more efficient insulation and soundproofing
-create spaces specifically designed for our programs and events
-install an elevator and make the building wheelchair accessible
-install new energy- and water-efficient building-wide systems
-increase our capacity for alternative energy use

The space is currently bidding out construction with architect Paul Castrucci publicly revealing his proposal for the space.

There are a few interesting shows coming up on the calendar for the space, including July 28th with California X (who recently played Tommy's Tavern) with Cop Hugger, Early Flight Home; and Punch with Living Eyes, Born Wrong and Goosebumps on August 4th.

photos by BBG, words by Sally Secret

"See you soon. MDF Thursday, I don't know how many shows in NYC on Saturday and Sunday in NJ." - Rorschach

Rorschach @ Maryland Deathfest - 5/24/2012
Maryland Death Fest

The Rorschach show at LPR this Saturday (5/26), that Converge was added to, is now sold out, but if you don't have a ticket, don't dispair. There are plenty of other ways to roar on Saturday courtesy of Black God who are now on an east coast tour. As previously mentioned, the Kentucky band that features members of Coliseum, Young Widows and By The Grace Of God, will play TWO NYC shows on Saturday, and both are sort of a mystery. The first, which was just finally listed on the venue's website with a "secret guest", is a matinee at ABC No Rio. The second is still just listed as "Sa 5/26 (night) - Brooklyn, NY @ Announced Day of Show!". Stay tuned!

Rorschach also play a show at Warehouse Motor Club in Middlesex, NJ on Sunday with Torchbearer, Too Many Voices, and Brain Slug (5pm, $10). They played Maryland Deathfest last night (Thursday). Review coming soon. That's one picture above. More below...

Continue reading "Rorschach played MDF (pics), playing a sold out LPR (and other shows); Black God on tour (2 NYC shows Saturday)"

photos by Keith Marlowe, words by BBG

Omegas @ ABC No Rio - 12/17/11

Even without Citizens Arrest, Omegas/Mind Eraser/Night Birds/Death First at a space as small as ABC No Rio is an exciting prospect. So even though cXa cancelled their appearance at ABC No Rio on Saturday due to illness, it was still quite a formidable bill at the sunsetting-and-reopening venue, a benefit for the space. Here are some pictures from the show (though we unfortunately missed Inflatable Children and Death First - mem Grudges/Ruin Lust)

Omegas, who earned a spot on my favorite LPs of 2011 list, also played 538 Johnson (like they did earlier this year) with Boston Strangler later that night.

Check out Brian from Night Birds' favorite LPs of 2011 HERE. Check out more pictures from ABC No Rio and some videos, below...

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by BBG

Citizens Arrest at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Citizens Arrest

"Joe Martin, who played in Citizens Arrest during ABC No Rio's early days, remembers the space as offering a second chance. "For me, I had made the promise to myself that I would stop going to hardcore shows the day I got beat up. And then it happened to me, at one of the hardcore matinees they had--Judge, Born Against, and Affirmative Action. Some skinhead picked a fight with me and maybe I didn't get beat up, but I did get punched. So I said, that was it, no more, because I knew everytime I would go to a show from then on, I'd see this guy and panic and run away. But then ABC started, and right then and there, that feeling stopped. Every week I'd go there, I didn't care who was playing--I'd go support any band, and I guess for a while a lot of other people did too. There'd be a solid 50 people for every show."" [ABC No Rio history]
Citizens Arrest will play ABC No Rio again on 12/17/2011, their first time since 1991! Joining them is the all-star lineup of Mind Eraser, Night Birds, The Inflatable Children and Death First at what will one of the last shows in the old ABC No Rio space. It's also a benefit for the the organization which will get a new building in 2012 (we don't have an exact close date yet). $10 gets you in the door. No advanced tickets.

Other upcoming shows at ABC No Rio include Japanther with The Homewreckers, Devestation Wagon, TitFit on 10/29, Boom Boom Kid, Wud Link, Ilegales Sin Fronteras, and Mi Culpa on 11/5, Wound, Skelptarsis, Kama Rupa, and (A)Truth on 11/12,Miscegnator, Coke Bust, DBCR, Sick Fix on 11/19 (Coke Bust play later that night with Masakari at Acheron), Tombs & Inhuman on 12/3, and Mischief Brew, The Swaggerin' Growlers and more TBA on 12/10.

Japanther, who played CMJ last week at Party Xpo and DROM on 10/21, has one other date scheduled before the end of the year, on 12/2 in Troy, NY at EMPAC as part of a "commissioned performance piece."

As previously mentioned, members of Mind Eraser will hit Acheron next week (on 11/3) as part of The Rival Mob, with appearances from Young Offenders, Give, and Airfix Kits.

Check out a video of Citizens Arrest and other bands playing ABC No Rio in the early 90s, below...

Continue reading "ABC No Rio's new building coming soon; Citizens Arrest, Japanther, Tombs & others playing shows in the current one"

by BBG

Thou @ ABC No Rio

DIY mainstay ABC No Rio erupted on Saturday afternoon (10/8) when Thou played a cover of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" (video below), though by the time they launched into said cover the packed and sold out room was already knee deep in great riffs. Kicking off with an awesome set from Argonauts, the show also featured an appearance from Thou tourmates The Body and locals Alkahest. The show is one of a select few remaining afternoon matinees at the space, with the building being torn down and rebuilt in 2012.

Argonauts, on their way to a Philadelphia show that night, opened the show. The band, comprised of John & Dave of Burnt By The Sun, Brett of East of The Wall, and Dimitri of ex-Dillinger Escpae Plan fame, had many elements in common with Burnt By The Sun; groovy, noise-dotted metal-core riffs are central to the band's sound. Argonauts have no recorded material thus far, but when those records do hit, I'll be on the hunt for them.

Alkahest's doom followed Argonauts who were followed up with booming two-piece doom juggernaut The Body. In the close quarters of ABC No Rio, my friend remarked to me that this was the first time that he could hear the vocals so clearly and I agreed; Chip's no-microphone screams are usually buried amongst the wash of vibrating 10-inch speakers. Another fun set from the band, who promised me that they'd be back soon with their collaboration with Braveyoung.

Its been quite a treat to see favorites Thou in NYC lately, and the swaying crowd definitely agreed. Said Beasties cover closed out Thou's set at ABC No Rio, which saw the crowd erupting into moshpits and swinging back and forth. Thou will be on the road a lot more in the coming months, so if you missed them, look for them on the road soon, and live vicariously through the video below.

More pictures and video from the show below...

Continue reading "Thou, The Body, Alkahest and Argonauts played ABC No Rio (pics & video)"

by BBG

Black Star on Colbert
Black Star on Colbert

Big night for music on late night TV last night (and lately in general). You may have heard that Portishead played their first TV appearance in 13 years on Jimmy Fallon last night. Black Star, as promised, also played a new song "Fix Up" on The Colbert Report (but not at Irving Plaza, or the rest of their tour for that matter). Mastodon performed "Curl of The Burl" last night on David Letterman. Video of the Mastodon and Black Star (aka Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey) performances, as well as the hip hop group's interview with Stephen Colbert is below.

Speaking of new music by Talib Kweli, his other project Idle Warship has a new album coming. Check out one of the new tracks at Rolling Stone. See them live Saturday in Brooklyn, or at one of the other dates listed below.

Reminder: Mastodon's tour hits Terminal 5 with Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang on 11/19. Tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, as previously mentioned, former Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis's band Argonauts (with Dave Witte & John Adubato of Burnt By The Sun, Brett Bamberger of East of The Wall) will play their debut NYC show at ABC No Rio on Saturday (10/8). They'll be joined by Alkahest, Thou, and The Body.

As also mentioned, Jeff the Brotherhood, now bros with Jack White, play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (10/6).

Mastodon & Black Star videos from last night as well as some Argonauts live video, below...

Continue reading "Argonauts make NYC debut Saturday, Black Star played a new song on Colbert, Mastodon on Letterman (videos)"

by BBG

Paint It Black at Highline (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Paint It Black

Paint it Black is back in action and playing a handful of shows in February and March. Dan Yemin and crew will hit Death By Audio on March 4th bringing along Punch, Iron Chic, Vaccine, and Zombie Dogs. $10 gets you in the door, and as the Facebook RSVP can attest, this show will sell-out, so get there early! All dates below.

Vaccine's lightning fast demo 7" ripped (download a copy), and though that 7" is sold out, the band has their Human Hatred 7" up for sale. Pick up a copy. A few more Vaccine dates are listed below.

On a punk-related note, Tim Barry of Avail fame is touring and scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on Apr 16. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a few scheduled dates on the East Coast following an Australian/New Zealand tour with Chris Wollard and Addison Burns. All dates below.

Rival Schools are touring in March.

Glassjaw are returning to Best Buy Theater and Starland Ballroom in March.

The Bouncing Souls had to reschedule their 'Home for the Holidays' shows happening in Asbury Park due to the snow in December (the same snow that still keeps getting higher). The new dates are still on for February. Check Ticketmaster for tickets to the new dates entitled "the Snowout Blowout."

Meanwhile, head over to ABC No Rio and catch a HC and Punk matinee.

Speaking of Asbury Park, another multi-day festival will be happening in that town this fall. Full linuep of "I'll Be Your Mirror" still TBA, but tickets go on sale Friday for the events that will feature at a minimum Portishead and Jeff Mangum.

Tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Paint it Black, Vaccine, Tim Barry & other upcoming shows"

photos by Jason House, words by BBG

The crowd goes wild for Mob 47 @ Europa
Mob 47

Mob 47 and Parasytic played Europa on Wednesday (11/10) as part of a string of dates for the pair and part of a larger East Coast tour for Mob 47. The nutty Crazy Spirit and Nomad both also played the Brooklyn show. Pictures are in this post.

If you missed the show, unfortunately your window to catch Parasytic, Crazy Spirit, and Nomad has closed. But luckily, as mentioned yesterday, Mob 47 will play 538 Johnson TONIGHT (11/13) as part of a bill that will include all of the bands at ABC No Rio today at 3PM (Punch, Loma Prieta, Vaccine, & Death First) in addition to Passive Aggressor.

The 538 Johnson show flyer, some videos and more pictures from Europa, below...

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photos by Alyssa Tanchajja

Bouncing Souls

After Music Hall of Williamsburg and a Rocks Off cruise got their share of poppy punk, The Bouncing Souls completed a string of three NYC dates with a benefit show at ABC No Rio yesterday (9/14). Born In A Cent opened. Pictures and video from that show are in this post.

ABC No Rio can always use help, so if you didn't make it to the show, couldn't get in, or just want to help contribute, head to their site for more info.

The Bouncing Souls have around a month off before the band kicks off a string of dates with Off With Their Heads at Riot Fest in Chicago (no NYC dates on that tour) leading up to a European tour in December. January means more touring for the band, as they will team up with NOFX for another leg of dates (also none in NYC thus far).

All dates, pics, and and a 12.5 minute video from the show, below...

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Bouncing Souls at Asbury Lanes (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls at Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/12) and the boat show (9/13) are both sold out, so naturally, they'll be packed to the gills. But the band has one more NYC show that will be a bit crazier even. The Bouncing Souls will play a benefit at ABC NO RIO on day later (9/14) and tickets are on sale NOW UPDATE: sold out. - BBG

The Souls also have upcoming dates with Bad Religion, though they won't be opening the three shows at Irving Plaza.

words by Lindsay Maharry, photos by Lionel Bergeron

Ceremony at ABC No Rio

Ceremony and Black Kites played Death by Audio on August 8th. Ceremony also played ABC No Rio one night earlier. The shows were in support of their new LP Rohnert Park, out now on Bridge Nine Records. Punch was scheduled to head out with Ceremony, but were forced to drop off the tour due to the singer breaking her ankle.

Black Kites played their set at DbA in front of the stage, level with the crowd. It was technically their record release show for the new 12", Songs Written While Things Were Changing, released by Protagonist Music. The LP follows the New Jersey three-piece's first release, Advancement to Ruin's from RTF Records (and a split with Brooklyn's Swallowed Up on Hydrogen Man Records).

Singer Jeff Guerriero's desperate vocals command attention and balance with guitarist Tom Schlatter's style (The Assistant, You and I). They tore through a great set- check BlacK kites out again on August 28th at ABC No Rio, where they will kick off a partial US tour with Germany's Zann. And if you want to really be entertained, check out Jeff Guerriero's alter ego as professional wrestler, "Jeff Cannonball," at one of his flamboyant matches as part of National Wrestling Superstars. Seriously, I went to one in February. It was really fun.

Bay Area hardcore band Ceremony made the room explode. Ross Farrar is a great front man, diminishing the distinction between stage and crowd. Drummer Val Saucedo (Punch, Loma Prieta) filled in, speeding up songs that were incredibly fast to begin with. Guitarist Anthony Anzaldo danced and spun around in lace fingerless gloves up to his elbows. The result was a room full of energy; people were on the stage and Farrar off-stage about half the time, as he screamed with a mic cord around his face and shirt over his head. Ceremony is hard, and totally original.

Ceremony will remain touring on the East Coast, playing the Philadelphia fest This Is Hardcore on August 13th. They launch a European tour in October. It might be a while until they're back around here again.

Pics from the ABC No Rio show continue below...

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words by BBG, pics by Jesse Lindmar

DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For EP (RAR MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - Dwell in the Darkness of Thought and Drink the Poison of Life Split EP (RAR MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - Tears That Soak a Callous Heart EP (RAR MP3)

Bryan Funck of Thou, in close quarters.

Always moving, always progressing... that's how I envision New Orleans doom killers Thou. After a slew of EPs, splits, tapes, and every other imaginable format, the band have finally delivered their follow-up to Peasant, the new album Summit. The LP sees the band expanding its scope, incorporating (tasteful!) keys, elements of black metal, and post-rock touches into their approach, and the result is devastating. Download one track from Summit above, and order a copy of the CD via Gilead Media, vinyl soon via Southern Lord, or tape via Broadcloak / Sacred Tapes.

Thou have dropped a ton of releases in recent months, including the Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For EP on Robotic Empire, Dwell in the Darkness of Thought and Drink the Poison of Life split EP on Hyperrealist, and the Tears That Soak a Callous Heart split EP on Feast of Tentacles. Their contributions to all three of those records, much like all of Thou's recordings (except Summit, currently), are available for FREE download at their site.

On April 10th, before Weedeater had sipped an ounce of that sizzurp (well, that day, anyway), Thou was killing the kids at a packed-out ABC No Rio matinee show as part of a tour with From The Depths. The NOLA band played a bit on the early side and unfortunately had to skedaddle ASAP in order to make a night show in Providence.

More pics from ABC No Rio, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading " new Thou MP3, live pics & dates"

by BBG

Starkweather at ABC No Rio

This Is Hardcore Fest 2010 details are officially in the open, and the three day Philly festival will feature appearances from Sheer Terror, Ink & Dagger (with Geoff Rickly of Thursday filling in on vocals), Kid Dynamite, Cro-Mags, Nails, Ringworm, Starkweather, Trapped Under Ice, Seraphim, and many others. The full list is below. Tickets are on sale for the full weekend, or each individual day (Fri, Sat) though Sunday (with Kid Dynamite and Ink & Dagger) is sold out.

One of the This is Hardcore bands, Starkweather, played ABC No Rio on Saturday (May 29) with Rosetta and Shell Shock, one of TWO Rosetta shows for the weekend (the second was the BV/1000 Knives production with Ken Mode). I ducked out before the headliner Shell Shock, and missed a good portion of Rosetta's set due to beverage consumption across the street, but Starkweather were as good (better?) than I had remembered, playing a mix of metal and hardcore all anchored by vocalist weighty and powerful Rennie Resmini's voice. The band's material from their new LP This Sheltering Night sounded fantastic live as well (cop that). More pictures from their appearance are below.

Another This is Hardcore band, Seraphim, is also on board to play SATURDAY at Cake Shop alongside Altered State, Voyager, and Monolith as part of a BV/1000 Knives/Science of Silence production. The show kicks off at 5PM!

Some pics and video of Starkweather at ABC No Rio, and the full This is Hardcore fest lineup are below...

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ABC No Rio

"Three years ago, when the collective that runs the community and cultural center ABC No Rio received the deed to the crumbling, graffiti-covered tenement that had housed them on the Lower East Side for nearly 30 years, members of the group and their supporters rejoiced.

Formed in 1980 after an art show on gentrification, ABC No Rio endured attempts by the Giuliani administration to evict it from its city-owned building on Rivington Street in the 1990s. So when the Department of Housing Preservation and Development decided in 2006 to turn the building over to the collective in exchange for $1 and an agreement that the group would make badly needed repairs, many saw the deal as a crucial step for the survival of a beloved local landmark.

Soon after the transfer, however, an architect determined that the building was beyond repair and would have to be replaced. The budget for the project soared to $2.4 million, from $700,000. And then fund-raising -- never easy for a small organization run mainly by volunteers -- became even more difficult as the economy declined. Housing officials became concerned that renovations did not begin as quickly as expected; others questioned the group's ability to finance the expensive task of a new structure.

But much of the uncertainty vanished last week when the Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, and City Councilman Alan J. Gerson allocated $1.65 million for a new building..." [NY Times]

interview by Black Bubblegum, photos by Toby Tenenbaum

DOWNLOAD: Tombs - "Gossamer" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: King Generator - "Tell Me Why" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: King Generator - "Plagues" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Tombs - "Course Of Empire" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Tombs - "Darker Than Your Nights" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Versoma - "Symbols & Abbreviations" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Versoma - "The Black Train" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sino Basila - "Draconian" (MP3)


Recently I was talking to a record label owner about Tombs which quickly moved to a discussion about Tombs frontman Mike Hill. The label owner responded:
"He's a lifer."
It's evident by Hill's years slugging away in the metal underground, his many projects, recordings, and his label Black Box Recordings that Hill most definitely IS.

Mike Hill came up as a member of Anodyne, the noise-hardcore band formed in the fertile scene of Boston in the 1990s, a scene that also gave birth to Converge, Isis, Disrupt, Grief, and countless others. Over the course of eight years, two cities (Boston & NYC), two LPs, two EPs, and three 7-inches, Anodyne toured the world until finally dissolving in 2005. Hill's next project, the short-lived Versoma with Jamie Getz of Lickgoldensky, was a sharp left turn from Anodyne, but nonetheless lead to the critically-lauded EP, Life During Wartime. Jamie Getz went on to form Gods & Queens.

Outside from his time on stage, Mike Hill also stayed involved behind the scenes as owner of Black Box Recordings and as an engineer/producer. With Brian McTernan (Battery), Mike Hill co-founded Salad Days Studios which lead to a string of production/engineering work in multiple studios for a veritiable who's who of the hardcore underground including Isis, Premonitions of War, American Nightmare, Hot Cross, Burnt By The Sun, Lickgoldensky, and many others. As Anodyne came to a close, Mike Hill kicked off his Black Box Recordings imprint with The First Four Years: Discography Vol 1, a compilation of Anodyne's recorded output, eventually releasing records by Engineer, ASRA, The Wayward, and a retrospective by the late, great Black Army Jacket.

Which brings us to Tombs, Mike Hill's latest undertaking with Andrew Hernandez (ex-ASRA) and Carson James, who are readying their second LP and Relapse debut entitled Winter Hours. A tour de force of jaw-clenching hardcore, frosty black metal, and swirling shoegaze psychedelia, Winter Hours is one of the few records to stand head and shoulders above the pack in this young new year. We sat down to talk with Mike Hill about the new record, his collaboration with Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, others) as King Generator, his time in Versoma, and who he feels is a truly unsung band from the heavy underground.


Winter Hours is very powerful... not just in a "killer riffs" sense, but more importantly, in an emotive sense. That said, do you care to share your thought process on or where you were (emotionally/personally/spiritually) when you were writing "Merrimack"? Seems to me to be a very cathartic track.

It's about choosing the wrong path with someone and completely destroying something that could have been beautiful. Basically, the character in the song gave into selfishness, ego and immaturity and ended up alone at the end of it; it's similar to gambling, thinking that you can achieve more than you need and losing it all.

continued below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Crowpath - "The Deed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crowpath - "One With Filth" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crowpath - "Plague Bearer" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Graf Orlock - "Run Over By A Truck" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Cripple Bastards - "Sangue Chiama" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ocean - "The Beacon" (Excerpt) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ocean - "Of The Lesser" (Excerpt) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kylesa - "Set Controls for The Heart Of The Sun" (MP3, Pink Floyd cover)
DOWNLOAD: Kylesa - "Between Silence & Sound" (Remix) (MP3)


Let us all give thanks to Crowpath. For it is on November 25th, that the Swedes will brutalize us at the highly chaotic crossroads of brutal grind, death, doom, and hardcore with their new album One with Filth. The eleven-track LP One With Filth is currently up for preorder with a shirt at Willowtip Records, but you can download THREE of those tracks above, including "The Deed" available only here!

How can it get any better? Maryland Deathfest have added Napalm Death, Venomous Concept, and Misery Index to the already STELLAR lineup which includes the mighty Bolt Thrower. Tickets for Maryland Deathfest are on sale.

As we discussed last week, the mighty Graf Orlock have a new record on the way, Destination Time Today. The third installment in their cinemagrind trilogy, da Graf have been (un)kind enough to hook us BV'ers up with the new jam "Run Over By A Truck", downloadable above!

Ocean (of Maine) drops their new record, the two-track Pantheon Of The Lesser on Important Records on 11/11... check out the pair of MP3 excerpts available for download above. Likey? Pick it up right cheah...

Trap Them's massive new album Seizures In Barren Praise and the domestic issue of Carpathian's Isolation is out NOW via Deathwish Records. Broke/cheap & want 'em both? Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Trap Them) and win BOTH CDs or BOTH LPs! Include your first and last name, your preference in format (CD or LP)... winners will be selected at random and contacted. Meanwhile, get your listen on at Hardcore Night's Trap Them Listening Party "and Beer Chugging Contest" (awesome) at The Charleston on 11/13.. flyer is below. Trap Them also was interviewed by Crustcake and sat in at WNYU! Download it here (forward to the 27 min mark).

Italian me(n)tal pantients Cripple Bastards dropped their new grinder Variante Alla Morte on FETO Records (owned by Shane Embury and Mick Kenney). Check out "Sangue Chiama", one of the few tracks over 30 seconds long (hell, over 10 seconds long), available for download above!

Neurosis have announced a few new new bands for the Beyond The Pale event at Roadburn 2009 including Om, Six Organs Of Admitttance, Skullflower, and A Storm Of Light! Hmmm, Wino is at Roadburn with Saint Vitus, Scott Kelly of Neurosis is obviously there, and now Al Cisneros from Om is on board.... thats 3/4 of Shrinebuilder... we'll keep you posted for new additions as come up! As originally discussed in February, Scott "Wino" Weinrich has a new solo album in the works... but now it has a name and a date! Look for the new album, Punctuated Equilibrium on Jan 20th 2009, and check out the album art!

That album art plus details on the Amenra US tour, news on Mastodon, Jesu, Metallica, Giant Squid, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and so much more below...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (11/12/08) "