Entries tagged with: Housecore Records
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Down at Best Buy Theater, 9/28/2012
Louisiana took over downtown Manhattan on Friday (9/28) when sludge superheroes Down played Best Buy Theater alongside Saint Vitus (Dave Chandler hails from New Orleans), Warbeast and Haarp. Pictures from the show are below. For Saint Vitus, it was their second NYC date of the week, which included a headlining show at the bar somewhat named after them (pictures).
The Down and Haarp dates are in support of recent releases for both bands. Down dropped the first in a series of EPs with DOWN IV Part One: The Purple EP. Haarp's Husks LP recently surfaced on Down vocalist Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Stream a recent Haarp track below.
Heavy music fans! If TONIGHT (3/26) in NYC isn't reserved for Hull/Horseback/Batillus/Caltrop at The Studio at Webster Hall (tickets), Sick Of It All/Snapcase at a sold-out Webster Hall, or Nunslaughter/Disma at Acheron, then you're more than likely heading out to see Off! with Trash Talk at Santos Party House. Tickets are still available.
Off! & Trash Talk both appeared at the Vans SXSW showcase at Emo's on 3/16, alongside Bad Brains, Talib Kweli, and Black Lips. Meanwhile on the other stage, Housecore Records was leading a southern metal charge with appearances from Arson Anthem (with Mike of Eyehategod, Phil of Down/Pantera, but no Hank III), Haarp (who were incredible), Warbeast, Skrew, and others. Pictures from both stages are in this post and continue below...
Life in the lowlands of Louisiana lends itself to doom and darkness. Katrina and its aftermath aside, the area is rich with tall tales of swampland legend, gothic architecture, and creole voodoo. It's the blackened undercurrent sitting below what we know as "Southern Hospitality" that has given way to lords of the riff like Crowbar, Eyehategod & its many impressive affiliates (Hawg Jaw, Soilent Green, Outlaw Order, etc ,etc), and more recently, new killers like the independent-as-fuck Thou.
Another Louisiana band emblematic of that same affliction is New Orleans' Haarp, who is preparing to release their debut LP The Filth via Housecore Records on November 23rd. In addition to releasing the LP on his own imprint, Phil Anselmo of Pantera/Down/Arson Anthem fame is responsible for the production on the LP as well, adding a balance of cleanliness to the, ahem, filth that oozes from this band's dirge and destruction steelo. Encompassing elements of black metal, crust, sludge and doom, with death metal vocals, Haarp is a(n un) welcome addition to an already esteemed family of ne'erdowells. Dig on "A New Reign", available for streaming below along with the second track, "All Alone".
Haarp has a few regional dates scheduled, but so far nothing resembling a tactical East Coast (or West Coast, for that matter) assault. Until then, check out the Paul Booth cover art for The Filth, stream those two LP tracks, and check out some video of the band in action, below...