France's Perturbator (aka James Kent) has been at it for a few years but picked up more buzz than ever (in the US at least) last year thanks to The Uncanny Valley. Like S U R V I V E, it pulls from '80 synthwave and horror soundtracks, and has some crossover in the metal world...
Wear Your Wounds (also ft. members of The Red Chord, Trap Them, and Cave In) will make their live debut at Roadburn, which also just added My Dying Bride, Wolves in the Throne Room, Ash Borer, Emma Ruth Rundle, Sumac, and more.
Curated by Baroness's John Baizley, the fest has a couple big surprises. One is a reunion from late-'60s occult-rock greats Coven. Another is that Patrick Walker (who focuses on 40 Watt Sun these days) will be reuniting Warning to play their classic 2006 album Watching from a Distance in full for the first time ever...
A profile on Converge's recent 'Blood Moon' live show, which had an expanded lineup including Chelsea Wolfe, her bandmate Ben Chisholm, frequent Converge collaborator (and Cave In/Mutoid Man frontman) Stephen Brodsky, and Neurosis' Steve Von Till, and hit lots of deep cuts.
Neurosis have always held strong to the notion that their newest album is their best album. This hasn't always been true, of course; their career has gone through minor dips and peaks like anyone else's. But seeing them live you understand why they're so steadfast in this belief. While the quality of their songs has not always trended upwards, their newer material sounds significantly better live. The lows are lower, the textures denser, the samples pop more...
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