High On Fire, the sludgey stoner metal band that was one of the two musical forces to come out of the breakup of Sleep, the scientifically-proven best band ever, is one of those acts where any word of a new album, no matter how small, has me hootin’ and hollerin’.
It’s safe to say we really, really like Torche. We’ve posted about the band every time another track from Restarter surfaced in the lead up to it’s release last month. It’s a great goddamn album and our beloved editor Nick wrapped his thoughts up perfectly in his sublime review. It is, alas, time for another post about Torche so let’s get to it. Yesterday, a beautiful animated video for ‘Annihilation Affair’ hit the Interwebs and yeah, it looks fantastic but the vibe it gives off is a bit suspect. Get the video and some words about it after the jump.
I’ve been listening to pretty much nothing but doom and stoner metal for the past few months, and one band that has been in constant rotation is Windhand. There’s just something about their Electric Wizard-meets-Alice in Chains vibes that I can’t get enough of, not to mention Dorthia Cottrell’s hypnotic, haunting and soothing croon. Their 2013 album Soma was one of the very best albums of that year, and this week, they are entering the studio with a legendary producer to record their new album. Find out who after the jump!
Arkansas sludge/doom outfit Rwake became known as one of the genre’s greatest visionaries when they released Rest in 2011. The record was apocalyptic in nature and nearly epic in its depth, and I’ve been patiently waiting for a followup. It’s been a while, and with no signs of life outside of some local shows popping up, it may be even longer before we get some new music from the group. Fortunately, we can be adequately held over as Relapse are officially releasing a remastered version of the band’s original demo Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness for the first time ever.
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Do you like riffs, feedback, meaty drums and more and more and more riffs? Then this news should be hitting its mark: High On Fire are not only going to record a new album this year, they’ll also be doing it with none other than Kurt Ballou. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s going to be loud, fast and sludgy. The band will also be hitting the road in 2015, head on over the jump for the full dates.
At long last, our friends in White Arms of Athena are poised to release White Arms of Athena, the Kurt Ballou produced follow-up to their celebrated 2011 debut album Astrodrama. We’re pleased to announce the full details of the release, which is sure to be a stand-out record among the current wave of progressive and psychedelic music.
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.
Lord Dying, a band who should have been on my radar last year when they first released the stoned out and groovy Summon The Faithless, aren’t wasting any time. Less than a year after releasing their debut on Relapse Records, they’ve already prepared a follow-up, and have entered the studio with Toxic Holocaust main man Joel Grind in Portland’s Audioseige Studios. Today marks their ninth day in the studio (they’ve been with Joel since May 5th), and as you can see from the above image, they’re just about done with tracking.
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.”