Seattle grindcore heavyweights Theories will go on an Invisible Oranges-presented tour of the United States this June alongside Chicago's Immortal Bird. Both bands released excellent records last year. About Regression, the debut LP by Theories, I said:

"The ethos “more is more” informs Theories’ take on the genre: more guitar solos per song, more disturbing vocal samples, more ignorant breakdowns than the typical-blast-then-pause grind record. Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed mixed the album, and punched every instrument into the red. The bass sounds like a guitar and the guitar sounds like the death squeal of some huge cybernetically enhanced boar. Drummer Joe “Grindo” Axler’s snare drum his sound as if they could break coconuts, and his cymbals sound like they’re made of Gillette razorblades. Even by grind standards it’s an intense listening experience."

Empress/Abscess, the sophomore album by Immortal Bird, is at least as good, and perhaps even more adventurous. Here's a recap:

"The members of Immortal Bird wear their influences on their sleeves, and in so doing paint with an expansive palette of styles and sounds. Empress/Abscess presents itself at first as a pretty straightforward exploration of metallic hardcore with a little Norwegian melody thrown in, but ends with “And Send Fire,” a ten-plus minute prog-and-melodic-death-metal cocktail—complete with a little noise collage garnish, courtesy of producer Colin Marston. Before that, straightforward D-beats fall away into more Meshuggah-esque grooves (no djent-ish guitar tones here, thankfully) on “Saprophyte,” and tender gothic pianos provide an accent and moment of respite on “To a Watery Grave.” Many of the overdriven guitar arpeggios which open several songs here owe much to Pig Destroyer and Converge (Kurt Ballou mixed the band’s first release, 2013’s Akrasia EP)."

In a live setting, both bands deliver the goods and, speaking from experience, they do so viscerally, up close and personal-like. Do yourself a favor: close the laptop, put the dogs in the kennel, go out to the club, buy a tall boy, and strain your cervical vertebrae with them.

The tour hits NYC on June 10 at the Acheron. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.


Theories / Immortal Bird -- 2016 Tour Dates
6/4 - Colorado Springs, CO - 71Grind Fest
6/6 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
6/7 - Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter
6/9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Black Forge Coffee
6/10 - Brooklyn, NY - Acheron
6/11 - Baltimore, MD - Sidebar
6/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
6/13 - Cleveland, OH - Now Thats Class
6/14 - Chicago, IL - Livewire
6/15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Reverie
6/17 - Denver, CO - 7th Circle
6/18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Crucial Fest

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