March 26, 2013

IRON TONGUE: Arkansas Southern Rock Miscreants Join Neurot Recordings | Album Details Revealed

Photo by Zech McGhee
Neurot Recordings is pleased to release the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective IRON TONGUE! Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding frontman of sludge legion Rwake, IRON TONGUE formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone.

Churning a soulful blend of girthy, heavily amped, blues-based rock, IRON TONGUE aren’t singing of magical moonlit escapades. The band offer up songs of pain, regret and heartache that recall everything from the proto-metal stomp of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk to the darkest hours of Kiss, Deep Purple, Buddy Guy and ‘Skynyrd. Having spent over three years performing steadily throughout the South, IRON TONGUE has traversed the Midwest and East Coast with Memphis kindred spirits The Dirty Streets, in addition to sharing bills with the likes of Black Tusk, Scott Kelly, The Sword, High on Fire, Crowbar, The Body, Lita Ford and fellow Arkansans Pallbearer. A split 7” with The Dirty Streets, featuring a ballsy version of KISS’s “Two Timer” served as a precursor to the creation their debut full-length for Neurot.

Entitled The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown, the seven track offering was recorded and produced by soundsmith Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc) at IRON TONGUE guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios. Called “a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today,” by Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27th in Europe and May 28th in North America.

Comments drummer Stan James of joining the Neurot family: “IRON TONGUE is excited and honored to be a part of the Neurot team! We are looking forward to working hard every step of the way and we are committed to making music that everyone will be proud of.

The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown Track Listing: 

1. Ever After
2. Witchery
3. Skeleton
4. Moon Unit
5. Lioness
6. Seven Days
7. Said ’n’ Done

Jason Tedford - Guitar
Mark Chiaro - Guitar
Andy Warr - Bass
Stan James - Drums
JR Top - Keys
CT - Vocals
Stephanie Smittle - Backing Vocals

Further info on IRON TONGUE, including tour dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.

March 21, 2013

NEUROSIS Announces European Tour In Support Of Honor Found In Decay

Photo credit Tim Bugbee, Tinnitus Photography
Following massive sporadic live performances across the United States throughout the end of 2012 and first two months of 2013, today NEUROSIS confirms an extensive European tour in support of their acclaimed tenth LP, Honor Found In Decay.

With a total of eighteen shows confirmed at press time, such an extensive continental tour is a rare occurrence for NEUROSIS. But from late May through early July the band will forge through Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland, performing at festivals including Primavera Sound, Hellfest, Bravalla and Eurockeennes along the way.

NEUROSIS released Honor Found In Decay worldwide at the end of October via their own Neurot Recordings, followed by a 2xLP version released collaboratively with Relapse Records.


"Another spiritual journey into the very heart of mankind. Completely and utterly mind-blowing."
 – Metal Hammer

“The most stunning aspects of'Honor Found In Decay come from Neurosis' grasp of ever, in the hands of these uncompromising sorcerers, true heaviness can be as much about the directness as disorientation, and as much about the sinister rumble as an unearthly roar. 5/5”
 – Terrorizer

"Those who prefer their epics harrowing, their atmospheres apocalyptic and their metaphorical gut punches landed squarely on the emotional solar plexus will not be disappointed."  – Decibel

“…officially upped the ante for all the post-metal bands who ought to be paying these guys royalties for their patent on psychedelic purgation...” – Spin

"For 27 years, the members of Neurosis have demonstrated what metal can be and what it can aspire to: transcendent, cathartic, graceful, innovative."  – National Public Radio

"...doesn't abandon the moody sprawl of the band's last few full-lengths, but it does help restore urgency to an aesthetic that seemed in danger of growing soporific... It's a record that proves these grizzled artisans still know how to flex their muscles. 7.9/10"  – Pitchfork

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