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Arizona trio confirmed to support Intronaut on spring tour; Tucson record release show announced
In the decade-plus they’ve been a band, the Tucson, Ariz.-based trio NORTH
has ebbed and flowed their way into becoming one of the most respected
outfits in the underground metal scene. Despite a series of lineup
changes and personal setbacks, NORTH has returned stronger and more focused than ever on their debut full-length release for Prosthetic Records, "Light The Way."
week prior to the album's March 18 worldwide release, the band will
play a hometown record release show at Tucson's Club Congress before
embarking on a North American jaunt with Intronaut. A full listing of
dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available via https://www.facebook.com/NorthAZ/.
Originally starting off in 2005 as an instrumental act, NORTH has
continued to push the boundaries of the heavier side of post-rock.
Formed by Evan Leek (bass) and Zack Hansen (drums) and rounded out by
guitarists Ty Engle and Matt Mutterperl, the band’s first recordings
were done in Hansen’s bedroom and self-released. With their debut 2006
EP "Siberia," they soon made a name for themselves in the Arizona scene,
supporting others in the genre such as Caspian, Tera Melos and This
Will Destroy You on those bands’ southwestern tour stops.
the group decided to expand the sound of the band, adding vocals on
2008’s "What You Were," which was met with critical acclaim and expanded
touring throughout the U.S. When it came time for the band to begin
work on their next record, numerous line-up changes occurred. Writing
stopped, started, stopped again and at times the band wondered if it
would ever restart again. Amazingly enough, this turmoil produced their
best material to date. "The Great Silence," released in the summer of
2012, was a compelling fusion of post-rock and metal and garnered their
finest reviews yet. The band toured for a year to support the album, but
after two members left the group, NORTH once again questioned its future.
three remaining members, Leek, Hansen and Mutterperl, regrouped and sat
down to write for the first time as a three-piece and found the
chemistry the best it had ever been. Four tracks came together quickly,
which was released as the "Metanoia" EP, and the guys did what they do
best: play live. There seemed to be a genuine rebirth in the band as
they embarked their most extensive touring to date. It was shortly after
this that the group signed to Prosthetic Records – which reissued
"Metanoia" and "Siberia" last year – and quickly began working on new
material, not wanting to lose the momentum they were feeling. The
two-track single, "Through Raven’s Eyes," recorded in early 2015, saw
the band at possibly its darkest and heaviest, musically speaking. Now,
with "Light The Way," NORTH begins a new chapter – one that kicks off with the highest-profile shows of the band's career.
The maiden single to see release from German folk singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS' forthcoming third solo album, Future Fables -
set for release in late February via Exile On Mainstream - has been
released, as New Noise Magazine makes the track "Wake Up" available for
Stream the mesmerizing CONNY OCHS track "Wake Up" via New Noise at THIS LOCATION.
Also view the official trailer for Future FablesRIGHT HERE.
will see release through Exile On Mainstream Records on February 26th,
2016. Preorders have been made available; US orders for both the CD and
LP can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE, and internationally through Exile On Mainstream, the CD HERE and LP HERE. Digital preorders are available via iTunes, which include an instant gratification download of the track "Wake Up," HERE.
and labelmate Friedemann will celebrate a series of record release
shows together surrounding the release of both of their new LPs, with
shows across Germany in Leipzig, Quedlinburg, Herzberg and Dresden
February 18th through 21st.
CONNY OCHS Double Record Release Shows w/ Friedemann:
2/18/2016 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
2/19/2016 Reichstrasse - Quedlinburg, DE
2/20/2016 P-Party - Herzberg, DE
2/21/2016 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE
Earlier in 2015, having released Freedom Conspiracy
(Exile On Mainstream) with fellow Scott "Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus, The
Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) and completed some touring across Europe, CONNY OCHS
returned to the studio at the end of the Summer, once again with
producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his previous
album, Black Happy and both collaborative albums with Wino were
created in full analog fashion. The Kabumm Studio had just relocated
from its historic location in a former East German and Soviet government
radio complex in Berlin, to the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg
village. OCHS went in with a bag full of sketches and licks,
inhaling the raw atmosphere of the surroundings, a yet unfinished house
full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere, also trying
to find its place. This unstable environment birthed a new start for
him, letting in much more than a breeze of fresh air by widening his
instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and
organ. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people
encountered and journeys undertaken over the past years - the album
title referring to our tendency to give an unwritten future some kind of
tangibility through dreams and visions.
struck out on his own as a solo musician at the turn of the millennium,
after having spent many years fronting heavier bands (such as Zombie
Joe, Baby Universal) in his native Germany. The artist's solitary
venture saw him make a marked departure from the direct sounds of modern
rock, letting the influences of revered folk singer/songwriters like
Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others inform his firm
new direction across the course of multiple solo LPs and collaborations.
Alongside his savvy combinations of acoustic and electric guitars, OCHS
owns an incredibly natural voice; soulful and dynamic, with a clean
style that can bring about absolute joy, or of purely melancholic
end-time inner blues. His songs focus on the interplay between
storytelling and visions - this he carves into the rough edges of his
organic and sparkling music. Keeping his approach pure and from the
heart, CONNY OCHS reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in
and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his
search for freedom in life and song.
After they won their spurs at last year's Duna Jam festival, Italian doom and gloom merchants DEADSMOKE
are set to release their tenebrous, thunderous self-titled debut LP on
Heavy Psych Sounds. Discover the artwork and a first song off
is a newcoming yet promising Italian sludge outfit who sounds like
amplifiers buried in the deep, with down-tuned monolithic guitar riff
scraping the soil down to the core of the earth.
Slow, hypnotic, dissonant cadences recall the eternal need for isolation
and the atavistic fear of nothingness. Sub-frequencies corrode the one
last trace of human cognition, apprehension and judgment. Despair has
never been as compelling that now.
WHALES & LEECHES FOLLOW-UP SLATED FOR FALL RELEASE VIA RELAPSE RECORDS
Red Fang, who recently
celebrated their tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S.
performances, return to the studio in February, recording the follow-up
to Whales & Leeches with famed producer Ross Robinson.
never been more excited about making a record in my life,” said drummer
John Sherman. “The writing process for this album has been super fun
and full of energy and good vibes. And the opportunity to work with
Ross Robinson is so crazy - I've got goose bumps just talking about
“Red Fang is the extreme mix of cool, wisdom, fire, life dedication
and taste,” offered Robinson. “I'm stoked to see who they are at the
deepest level on tape; anyone touched by Red Fang swim in coolness, they
are true messengers of inspiration.”
The band, who are trekking
from Portland to begin recording at Robinson’s Venice, Calif. studio,
will play two shows en route: Feb. 17 at Jub Jub’s in Reno and Feb. 18
at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz.
Whales & Leeches was
released in October 2013 via Relapse Records. The 11-song album landed
the band on The Late Show with David Letterman and in a world of trouble
in the zombie-infused video for “Blood Like Cream,” which featured
guest Fred Armisen (https://youtu.be/elfuaxHQWlQ). Alternative Press said Whales & Leeches was “bigger, bolder, heavier, catchier and even more savagely fun.”
Ahoy, groove worshippers! Here is Oregon's best kept secret and soon-to-be iconic rockers HOLY GROVE,
led by one of the greatest female voices in the doom/heavy rock game.
The band recently unveiled the artwork as well as two goosebump-inducing
tracks for their upcoming debut "Holy Grove", due out March 18th on
Heavy Psych Sounds.
when heavy rock bands wrote songs? In the early 70's, Grand Funk, Bang
and Deep Purple brought hooks and choruses to seriously weighty tunes.
In 2015, Portland, Oregon’s HOLY GROVE walk in the
footsteps of tradition, pitting soulful vocals, searing guitar solos,
and swinging grooves into their own dinosaur stomp.
wowing US audiences for two years, the doom blues is now ready to
deliver their self-titled debut, with seven tracks top-full of blazing
riffage, cloud-piercing wails, and enough rhythmic heft to satisfy
today’s doom-hungry audience. Andrea
Vidal’s lyrics of myth and fantasy coast on a massive magic carpet of
guitar licks, kept aloft by a pulverizing rhythm section. HOLY GROVE is
far more than a toe-dipped-in-the occult spring, they produce a
patiently-crafted statement of intent with major love and assistance
from master “engine-ear” Billy Anderson (Sleep's "Dopesmoker", The
Long-awaited third album 'Times of Pride and Peril' due Feb. 12 The Los Angeles-based heavy metal outfit HOLY GRAIL will
mercilessly shred across the highways of North America this year as
they serenade audiences new and old with material from their blazing new
album "Times of Pride and Peril," scheduled for worldwide release via
Prosthetic Records on Feb. 12. The band – who in recent weeks gigged
alongside the likes of King Diamond, Flotsam & Jetsam and Death
Angel, in addition to touring with Night Demon – will begin their
assault with a stretch of dates in early February alongside iconic
guitarist Marty Friedman before joining Georgia heavy metal trio Black
Tusk on a full North American jaunt that extends into April. A full list
of upcoming dates can be found below, while tickets and event details
can be found at www.holygrailofficial.com.
"Times of Pride and Peril" is the highly anticipated follow-up to HOLY GRAIL's acclaimed 2013 effort "Ride the Void," which Blabbermouth lauded as "an impressive confluence of dazzling musicianship and catchy, anthemic songwriting." Recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter), the album encompasses
the rise and fall of an empire, showcasing a history of triumphs and
defeats through the group’s quintessential shreddery. The album will be
available for pre-order on CD, LP and digital download starting this
Friday, Jan. 8, when a new song will be unveiled. Stay tuned to the
band's social media pages for further information: facebook.com/holygrailofficial twitter.com/holygrailband instagram.com/holygrailband
there's one thing you didn't see coming for 2016, it's a radical heavy
metal assault by Oregon's self-proclaimed "street doomers" R.I.P.. Their rousing debut album "In The Wind" - due out this March on Totem Cat Records and illustrated by US painter Adam Burke - will make all metalheads' hearts leap with joy. Get in the wind or get out the way...
Watch R.I.P.'s (literally) bone-crushing trailer for "In The Wind" NOW
heavy metal wasteland littered with cookie cutter snooze-button doom
bands rocking $10,000 rigs and $1 riffs, its a huff of fresh air
straight out of the glue bottle to hear R.I.P. – four cretins
from the Pacific Northwest who play knuckle dragging death obsessed
metal at the speed of the streets. After several years of hammering the
west coast with the blunt scythe of street-doom, they finally committed
to tape an introductory will and testament for the rest of the world to
tremble to. “In the Wind” closes the casket on the trends and exhumes
the notion that doom isn’t about how slow and de-tuned you can play, but
about fear, death, leather and playing as heavy as possible. A full US
tour in the spring follows this Totem Cat Records release, where the
band plans to drag the rest of the country down with them.
Doom is dead: R.I.P. doom.
R.I.P. - Debut album "In The Wind"
Out on 2xLP and digital this March on Totem Cat Records