Sometimes I end up asleep at the wheel here in some respects. I get more emails than I can possibly read (sorry folks) while maintaining whatever it is I refer to as a life outside of this website — seriously, it’s hard to cover everything interesting when I’m also wrapping up my Senior year in University and tackling another part-time job and an internship. But I do what I can, and most of the time I like to live life by the saying, “better late than never.” I digress though; one such news piece that slipped right by me is A Life Once Lost‘s headlining tour next month with Author & Punisher and Encrust. I’m just so used to not being too interested in tour announcements such as these because there’s just about a 99% chance that smaller tours will never make it close enough to my humble Eastern Kentucky town for it to be worth my while. Ironically, I only discovered this tour nearly a month after the fact because I found out that a local convention center 40 minutes away from my house was going to be hosting what is apparently a very rare national-touring metal gig stop. So yeah, needless to say I’m going to this thing.
In case you missed out on the news as well, tour dates are available below:
Code Orange Kids are a four piece hardcore band that mean business. Releasing a few EPs and a split prior, their upcoming release Love Is Love // Return To Dust is definitely an album that I’m glad Dethcaek pointed out to me. It’s certainly shaping up to be a year end highlight, if what we’ve heard so far is any indication. They have just released their pre-orders via Deathwish. Vinyl for twelve dollars, shirts for thirteen, and posters for two, it’s definitely not something to pass up if you’re a fan of Converge, Enabler, and Encrust.
Love Is Love // Return To Dust is out November 19th via Deathwish Records, though Code Orange Kids are streaming their new Kurt Ballou produced album in in full at this location. Keep an eye out for a full review in the coming weeks. If you’re not feeling dedicated enough to check out the stream, the video for the band’s single ‘Flowermouth (The Leech)‘ can be viewed below:
Encrust are one of the bands whose debut album is too under the radar for its own good. They are such a great band that whenever I hear someone say “Who?” when I bring them up in conversation my jaw drops. If you are any self-respecting metal fan you will go out and listen to them.
The 2012 election is coming up, and while your choices are limited to two average candidates (sorry, guys, suck it up; it’s true and you know it), Encrust are making it known how they really feel about it. Their new lyrics video for ‘Engine Of Deceit‘ is christened with a presidential backdrop that would make even the most open-hearted Liberal squirm whilst reading the lyrics. I personally love it; bands that take a stand against what they think is wrong get bonus points in my book.
Encrust’s new album From Birth To Soil is out now on Density Records.
Bad news, everyone. Decrepit Birth have been victims of a robbery in San Francisco this week while out on tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. Here are the details given via the band’s Facebook:
IMPORTANT: More bad energy has come to us in the form of a theft last night night in San Francisco. Our rental van had the side window broken out and all of our personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and id’s were stolen. This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked. At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can’t afford. We had a great time touring with our brothers in Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. These bands we’re beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we’ve gone through. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We’re down but not out….
If you feel like donating to our new van fund, you can send your donation via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org We really appreciate that our fans have reached out to us and offered to help, you guys are the best!
As you can tell, this tour has been incredibly unlucky for the band (a van fire AND a robbery), so anything you can do to help out would be excellent.
Somewhere on the crossroads of stoned out sludge and death metal lies the appropriately named Chicago five-piece Encrust. Formerly known as Hunters, Encrust successfully merge southern-tinged groove riffs with bludgeoning brutality in a sound that just feels right. Their debut album, From Birth To Soil, is out September 25th on Density Records, but you don’t have to wait a month for a taste of what Encrust has to offer. We’ve got the premiere of the band’s new track ‘Tapeworms‘ below:
9/08 – Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
9/10 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
9/11 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/12 – Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
9/13 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
9/14 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
9/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
9/18 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 (No Obituary)
9/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
9/20 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
9/22 – Kelowna, BC @ The Level Nightclub
9/23 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/25 – Reno, NV @The Alley
9/26 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
9/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
9/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
9/29 – Dallas, TX @ Trees