High On Fire are gearing up to play some sweet free shows courtesy of the Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour. Not only that, but the band have also announced a handful of dates to take place after the Converse dates!
One of our favorite unsigned acts is no longer unsigned! Pennsylvanian progressive metal outfit Black Crown Initiate have signed a record deal with eOne Music — home to Heavy Blog favorites The Contortionist, Fit For An Autopsy, High on Fire, and more — for worldwide release.
Not to be confused with Anti-Mortem, like this reviewer might or might not have done, Anti Ritual‘s four experienced members all have deep roots in the Copenhagen hardcore scene. As Marco Malcorps, lead singer and lyricist pointed out in a recent interview, the quartet are so-named because “the acts of playing music and screaming out lyrics serve at times almost as a cathartic ritual – to get it all out, you know.” In fact, he’s quite clear here about the reasons for forming the band. “I worry about what kind of world we are leaving for our kids, and if we will leave any world at all.” Naturally, this mindset moulds their focus with Malcorps explaining their lyrics are “a harsh critique of mainstream society and the feeling of being in opposition to it.” Their aim, then, is to empower and arm the populace to give them “a way to cope with these feelings so as to not sink into total fucking apathy.”
If you’re into High On Fire, then by now you’ve probably heard ‘Slave The Hive‘, the track that’s been making the rounds lately. As far as I can tell, it’s not really tied to any larger official release but it makes more than enough racket as a stand alone piece and probably for that reason the band have decided to put together a video for it. It sure is… something:
02. Deny The Absolute
03. The Tundra
04. Immutable Dusk
06. The Cliff
08. Perpetual Dawn
“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks” – Warren Buffett.
It’s certainly a nifty quote that seems to sum up how instrumental post-rockers Pelican have handled the loss of guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec. Rather than lament his undoubted songwriting talent, they have decided to sink their teeth into a whole new sphere of attack and, aided by the faultless integration of Dallas Thomas and his love for the big, brassy riff, they have dragged their sound out of the doldrums and into the kind of powerful groove-mongering that ignited fellow Chicagoans Russian Circles‘ career.
Praise be to our automobile manufacturing overlords at Scion A/V, for they’re hosting yet another free metal release! That’s it, I’m totally buying a Scion.
While we all sit trying to find new ways of killing time between Converge releases we are at least being treated with a new spin from Nate Newtons’ Doomriders, the newest release under Jacob Bannons’ Deathwish Inc. banner. Grand Blood is currently streaming over at Pitchfork and while not quite the whole way through yet I am happy to report that anyone who enjoyed the aural battering that was 2009s Darkness Come Alive should definitely appreciate this newest effort.
02. Captain Keith Pierce
04. Bow in the Dust
07. Test Pattern
Kurt Ballou gets around. When he’s not blazing a trail with Converge, he’s hunkered down in his own studio at God City, working the sound-desk for various noise-making machines who’ve all requested his producing expertise. This is where he could be found during the months of April and August 2011, twiddling the knobs for Boston, MA’s Phantom Glue. The result of those sessions has taken two whole years to see the light of day, but now Black Market Activities have stepped in to save A War Of Light Cones from staying buried from view.
I’ve been keeping an eye on Anciients for a while, checking out tracks here and there, but I don’t think much could have prepared me for the vicious face-stomp of their Season Of Mist debut Heart Of Oak. Early Baroness and Intronaut collides here with more riff heavy bands like The Sword or even High On Fire, all conglomerating to a sound whose sole purpose is to dredge up the sludgiest riffs possible and clean them up to sharpen them even more.