February 25, 2015

Scott Kelly with New Project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare: European Tour Staring This Week

Scott Kelly is heading back to Europe to introduce his new project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is Scott Kelly (founding member of Neurosis, Corrections House, Shrinebuilder, The Road Home, Blood Caldera, River Of Madness, Tribes Of Neurot, and co-owner of Neurot Recordings) and Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried at Sea, Nachtmystium).

Sanford Parker is a producer, recording engineer and musician from Chicago, IL. Sanford is known from bands like Minsk, Twilight and Nachtmystium and nowadays is part of Corrections House and Buried at Sea. As an engineer he worked for bands like Eyehategod, Woven Hand and Voivod over the last two years - just to name a few.

Scott Kelly about the new project:
Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is an experiment in noise, silence, restraint and aggression in all shapes and forms. The concept will be first performed to a live audience in late February-early March of 2015 on European soil. There will be a 7" record "The Oracles Hex" released by My Proud Mountain to coincide with this tour. I am very much looking forward to the open minds that will allow this in.”

Sanford Parker will also support the show with his solo project Two from the Eye
"Two from the Eye is a visceral blend of heavy rhythms, atmospheric drones and dense psychedelic layers. Debuting live in Europe this spring with an album currently in the works. This music is written with a soul crushing intent.“ 

27.02. NL-Haarlem Patronaat
28.02. GER-Leipzig UT Connewitz
01.03. NL-Arnhem Willemeen
02.03. FR-Nantes Le Ferrailleur
03.03. FR-Blois Chato’Do
04.03. FR-Clermont-Ferrand La Cooperative De Mai
05.03. ES-Madrid Moroder Club
06.03. ES-Barcelona Hangar
07.03. ES-Azkoitia Matadero
08.03. FR-Toulouse House Show
09.03. CH-Geneva La Graviere
10.03. CH-Martigny Sunset Bar

My Proud Mountain will release the first 7" Vinyl & DL "The Oracles Hex" of Mirrors for Psychic Warfare on black & transparent red with black speckles vinyl, which will be available for sale at the above tour dates, and also online through

You can listen to the A side of the 7“ here:
Another great song from Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
is currently streaming at CVLT Nation.

Visit here for more tour details and information. 

February 18, 2015

UFOMAMMUT: First North American Tour Announced Including Support From Usnea; Fourth Ecate Making-Of Episode Released

With the details of their upcoming seventh studio full-length album, Ecate, having been recently unveiled, Italian mystical doom trio, UFOMAMMUT, finally announces their official first-ever tour of North America today, something diehard fans of this colossal outfit have been awaiting anxiously for years.

Now more than fifteen years into their time together as UFOMAMMUT, the band’s only prior US outings were two live shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2009 in conjunction with their crushing Idolum LP. Since Idolum, the band’s popularity has grown exponentially, through the magic of their Eve LP, their signing with Neurosis’ label, Neurot Recordings for the 2012 release of their two-part ORO LP, and their following 2013-released XV DVD through their own Supernatural Cat Records. The desire to witness the outfit crafting its psychedelic and decimating craft in the flesh has become nearly overwhelming for stateside fans, but a shift in the tides this Spring will bring a major change as the trio invades American soil for their first-ever widespread US tour in the months ahead.

Initiated by their anticipated performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest with lablemates Yob, Neurosis and countless others, UFOMAMMUT’s month-long North America Spring 2015 tour has now been declared. The trek will begin in Chicago on May 13th, with Relapse Records’ crushing Portland, Oregon-based cosmic sludge quartet, Usnea, providing direct support for the entire tour, which comes to a close in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13th, including two shows in Canada. The trek will be preceded by a European tour alongside the UK’s Conan, consuming the latter half of April and including appearances at both of this year’s Desertfest events in London and Berlin.

Today also sees the release of the fourth video episode into the making-of UFOMAMMUT’s new album, Ecate, set for North American release on March 31st through Neurot Recordings. On the follow-up to their acclaimed ORO album, the trio takes a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as-of-yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate, the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods. The latest installment showcases the layering of the dense guitar tones, as always with sound wizard Lorenzo Stecconi, for these sessions using his mobile studio at SOMS "Il Progresso" in Sarezzano, Italy.

Watch Ecate’s guitars become realized with episode four RIGHT HERE:

Catch up on the recording of the drums, bass and more with part 1, part 2 and part 3 as well.

UFOMAMMUT Ecate European Tour Dates:
4/04/2015 e20 Underground - Montecchio Maggiore IT
4/10/2015 Bloom - Mezzago IT
4/18/2015 Impetus festival - Delemont CH
4/19/2015 Glazart - Paris FR w/ Conan
4/21/2015 Forum - Bielefeld DE w/Conan
4/22/2015 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden DE w/ Conan
4/23/2015 Feierwerk - Munich DE w/ Conan
4/24/2015 Desertfest - Berlin DE w/ Conan
4/25/2015 AB - Brussels BE w/ Conan
4/26/2015 Desertfest - London UK w/ Conan
4/28/2015 Vortex - Siegen DE w/ Conan
4/29/2015 Kellerclub - Stuttgart DE
4/30/2015 Weekender Club - Innsbruck AT

UFOMAMMUT North America Spring 2015 w/ Usnea:
5/13/2015 Reggies - Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/15/2015 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
5/16/2015 Mod Club - Toronto, ON
5/17/2015 Le Ritz - Montreal, QC
5/19/2015 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2015 Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
5/21/2015 Maryland Death Fest - Baltimore, MD * no Usnea
5/22/2015 King's - Raleigh, NC
5/23/2015 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
5/25/2015 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
5/26/2015 Walter's - Houston, TX
5/27/2015 Red 7 - Austin, TX
5/29/2015 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
5/30/2015 Flycatcher - Tucson, AZ
5/31/2015 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
6/02/2015 Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
6/03/2015 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
6/04/2015 Press Club - Sacramento, CA
6/05/2015 WOW Hall - Eugene, OR * no Usnea
6/06/2015 Rotture - Portland, OR
6/07/2015 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
6/08/2015 Neurolux - Boise, ID
6/09/2015 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2015 Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
6/12/2015 Turf Club - St Paul, MN
6/13/2015 Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI

February 16, 2015

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH Unleashes New Hymn Via NPR; Self-Titled Debut Out TODAY On Neurot Recordings

Photo by: Invisible Hour
Following teasers from Decibel Magazine and Classic Rock, today NPR hurls forth the asphyxiating heaviness of “Unnamed” from Seattle doom bringers, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. The tune makes it’s chest-caving appearance on the band’s self-titled debut, out TODAY in Europe via Neurot Recordings.

Slow, heavy and wholly unapologetic, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary demise. Fronted by legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle — formerly of TAD and Hog Molly – alongside veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki), the trio’s debut was tracked at at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington, mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al) and serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. Already reaping critical hails from both sides of the pond, Invisible Oranges vows, “it will be very difficult for any band to release a better album than this one in 2015,” further gushing, “The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal. The album’s crown jewel is the eleven-minute ‘La Mano Poderosa,’ which begins life as pure stoner Sleep worship then slowly, deliberately morphs into a noise rock jam buried under layers of metal distortion and Bonham drums. When the song’s coda comes back to (and augments) the opening riff it feels like Godzilla returning to the ocean. Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.”

Comments Doyle of third movement, “Unnamed,” “One of the hardest questions to honestly ask oneself is, ‘Who am I?’ People move through life attaching labels to themselves, and to others. It's human nature for you to call yourself a motorcycle rider if you ride motorcycles. We tend to attach the things that we do -- our jobs, our actions -- to our identity of who we think we are as individuals. By doing so, we are selling ourselves way too short by labeling our existence. The song ‘Unnamed’ is about letting go of false perceptions of ourselves and others in order to be truly open and free from the shackles of perception.”


Free yourself with “Unnamed,” now playing at NPR at THIS LOCATION.

You can also get crushed by the sounds of “La Mano Poderosa” heavying up the airwaves of Classic Rock at THIS LOCATION and “Lava,” still crushing Decibel HERE.


BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will bring their sonic rumble to the stage this April with a special record release show at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle. Additional live performances are in the plotting stages and will be announced in the coming weeks.

4/18/2015 The Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA [info]

Out TODAY in Europe and tomorrow in North America, order
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth on CD or LP at THIS LOCATION.

“The cover says it all: a molten sun cannonballs into a blackened landscape, spraying lava as it careers into finality… From the first chord, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth demand that the volume dial go up as far as you can get it. A range of musical forms lurch out of the speakers – at times some of the riffs head toward Sunn O))) territory, or the Melvins at their most molasses-thick, but there’s none of the disinterest in rocking out that some denizens of guitar music’s outer reaches can sometimes exhibit.” – Digital Fix

“The riffs and rhythm section are hypnotic. There is nothing short or sweet about this album. Most of the songs are quite long and sound lovingly like chainsaws dipped in tar. Some of the best stoner metal to come out in some time.” – Glacially Musical

“If you’ve ever wondered what might have happened if The Pixies had turned into flesh-eating zombies right after they released Surfer Rosa, your wait is over. Because they probably would have sounded likeBROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH.” – Echoes And Dust

“…so tasty, it’ll have you unashamedly coming back for seconds, and thirds, and fourths, and dessert, and a cheese course, and just one tiny little wafer thin mint...” – Drowned In Sound

“After 15 years of relative silence, it’s good to have Tad Doyle back and in such fine form. God’s balls, Thisis heavy shit.” – MusicOMH

February 12, 2015

Steve Von Till Reveals Details of an Astonishing New Solo Album, 'A Life Unto Itself,' Upcoming on Neurot Recordings in May

The title doesn't quite say it all, but it says some of it: A Life Unto Itself is as much the name of Steve Von Till's fourth solo album as it is the perfect description for the 25-plus years he's spent forging, with his brothers, the incomparable musical force that is Neurosis—not to mention the numerous sonic tapestries he's woven with Tribes Of Neurot and under his alter ego Harvestman. You can hear that rich musical history, and all the life experience that goes with it, on his new solo album A Life Unto Itself – and this album goes deeper still.

Where Steve Von Till's previous solo recordings took on a more traditional approach with a respectful nod toward American and European folk music, A Life Unto Itself expands and ventures into compelling uncharted territory for its maker. Steve Von Till's weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides a foundation, but a much wider variety of sonic textures are presented here. Bold and ambitious arrangements weave vintage synth, sublime strings, percussion, and electric guitars in and out of these unique and expansive songs as Steve Von Till's raspy whisper dives deeply inward and speaks genuinely of visions, memories, and self-reflection in a way that feels both seasoned and exposed.

A Life Unto Itself is a powerful and evocative collection of beautiful Celtic balladry, haunting folk songs, dark psychedelia and expansive Americana, transporting one to the very heart and soul of its creator. If you allow yourself to fully submit to it, abandoning all preconceptions, the rewards can be magnificent.

photo credit: Niela Von Till

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