March 31, 2016

MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE Featuring Neurosis’ Scott Kelly And Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker Unveils First Single From Forthcoming, Self-Titled Debut; Release Date Confirmed + Preorders Available

Photo Credit: John Sturdy

“It's a simple path that leads to a complicated vision; always in flux and never yielding to the destroyers.” – Scott Kelly on “Oracles Hex”

Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and producer/engineer/sonic warlord Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea) are restless. This inquietude has culminated in another collaboration. The two work together in Corrections House, a project that also features the talents of Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod, and Bruce Lamont of Yakuza. While Corrections House seem hell-bent on impersonal bludgeon and unfettered terror, the pair’s latest project — MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE — is far more restrained.

The band’s haunting self-titled debut is the sonic manifestation of insomnia, complete with the tossing, the turning, and the perennial dread that comes with facing another shabby daylight. The five songs lurch and pulsate across a desolate landscape with an almost curious obsessiveness. While Mirrors for Psychic Warfare may remind some of the best work on the classic Cold Meat Industry label, there is enough familiar Kelly/Parker-isms scattered throughout to keep the album stimulating. It is a work with more in common with a fever or a fitful wraith than a record.

As a precursor to its release, set for April 22nd via Neurot Recordings, today Decibel Magazine delivers the unsettling sounds of opening hymn, “Oracles Hex” for communal ingestion issuing of the track, “Ambient(-esque?), but tense and brooding, ‘Oracles Hex’ sits heavy, so fans of both associated artists will find plenty to enjoy here.”

Hear “Oracles Hex” at THIS LOCATION.


Mirrors For Psychic Warfare was realized and recorded by both Kelly and Parker at Actual 13 Studio and Hypercube respectively over the course of 2015. The record was mixed and mastered by Parker and will come available in CD and vinyl form.

For preorders point your browser to THIS LOCATION.



March 29, 2016

HEAVY JUGGERNAUT BURIED AT SEA HEADING TO EUROPE FOR A SERIES OF LIVE DATES THIS APRIL

Uneasy and uncompromising in sonic heaviness and force, Chicago’s Buried At Sea will visit European shores this spring, courtesy of My Proud Mountain. Lying dormant for a while, with their last release Ghost being released via Neurot Recordings nearly a decade ago, this quadratic behemoth has now reawakened and is ready to be unleashed on the unsuspecting European masses.

Suffocating and snarling distortion coupled with sinister psychedelic whirs, Buried At Sea will shake their presence known in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with their concluding appearance being at the home of all things low-end and powerful – Roadburn Festival on Sunday April 17th. Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker will also be appearing as part of his new musical endeavour, Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, with Neurosis’ Scott Kelly, on this date too.


WATCH THE TOUR TRAILER BY CHARIOT OF BLACK MOTH



Formed in Chicago in 2001, Buried at Sea quickly snared a viciously devoted cult following with honours, amongst the devotees, of being the loudest, the slowest, the doomiest, and the most crushing band on the planet. With only brief tours and the odd show, the band has made its impact predominantly amongst the tape traders and file sharing communities. The few that have actually experienced the band live testify wholeheartedly to those feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.

Expect your corporeality to be crushed into oblivion.




BURIED AT SEA EU TOUR

05/04/16 De Onderbroek - Nijmegen, NL
06/04/16 Le Klub – Paris, FR
07/04/16 Impetus Fest – Belfort, FR
08/04/16 Droneburg – Hamburg, DE
09/04/16 Droneburg – Berlin, DE
10/04/16 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
11/04/16 Arena – Vienna, AT (w/ Pentagram & Mondo Drag)
12/04/16 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
13/04/16 L’Usine – Geneva, CH
14/04/16 ISC – Bern, CH
15/04/16 Doom Over Leipzig – Leipzig, DE
16/04/16 Gleiss 22 – M√ľnster, DE (w/ Blind Idiot God)
17/04/16 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL


A brief history: Buried at Sea’s first recording project, a 2002 demo, has been passed around widely, containing the earliest material and foreshadowing the first proper release, which didn’t surface until late 2003. Migration, the band’s debut album released by Original Sound Recordings, was produced by bass player and vocalist Sanford Parker at his Volume Recordings in Chicago in June of 2003. The subsequent attention led to the tour and the follow up release, a one-sided 12 inch record titled She Lived for Others but Died for Us. The record, which was released by Seventh Rule Recordings in June of 2004, contained a guest vocal appearance from Brutal Truth’s Kevin Sharp and a B-side etching from Stephen O’Malley. Their offering Ghost, is a conceptual collection of recordings from 2005 and 2006 and served as a first offering for Neurot Recordings. Again produced by Parker at Volume, this next chapter takes the form of a thirty minute ponderous and encapsulating journey littered with all the trappings that have been made infamous by their sound.




March 25, 2016

The Body and Full of Hell's collaborative album, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, out now!

THE BODY and FULL OF HELL's collaborative full-length album, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, is now available through the Neurot Recordings Store. 


Feel the sonic devastation of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache at THIS LOCATION.

One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache came together during last year’s monolithic North American trek which united both bands. Amidst the chaos of tour life, the two groups found time to record together at Machines With Magnets in Providence, Rhode Island. The session eventually culminated into the harrowing sounds found on the album, which includes two bonus tracks as well as a bastardized rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “The Butcher.”

“A document of the overwhelming power of depression ... Throughout they’re taking risks, abandoning straightforward metal trappings to pile noxious noise blasts on shredded 808s (‘Bottled Urn’) or turning Leonard Cohen ballads into doom-metal dystopias… But even as they explore alien aesthetics, THE BODY and FULL OF HELL are constantly finding ways to uphold the spirit of each other's work.” — Pitchfork

“This release never feels like it is heading too much in one direction, managing to stay dynamic and repugnant at all time by switching between tortured doom and frantic attack ... That tortured vibe carries through One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache in every choice these bands make, resulting in a record that is both cohesive and hellish.” — Pure Grain Audio

"A landmark release in the realm of all heavy music ... For maximum experience, listen at full volume in a cold, bare and unclean room with flickering lights while half naked and in a deranged state.” — New Noise Magazine 

“One part noisy electronics, one part thick, droning sludge, one part blast-beat-centric hardcore, and a whole hell of a lot of negative emotions ... This album is everything disgusting and vile on this planet mashed into a half-hour of sound.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy 

THE BODY and FULL OF HELL will take Europe by storm this April, including appearances at the renowned Roadburn Festival and providing support for Converge’s “Blood Moon” spectacle at the Electric Brixton, London.


THE BODY + FULL OF HELL European Tour Dates 2016:

4/06/2016 Vera – Groningen, NL
4/07/2016 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
4/08/2016 Het Bos – Antwerp, BE
4/09/2016 Ritual Festival @ Canal Mills – Leeds, UK w/ Conan, 40 Watt Sun
4/10/2016 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/11/2016 Rainbow Cellar – Birmingham, UK
4/12/2016 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
4/13/2016 Electric Brixton – London, UK w/ Converge “Blood Moon”
4/14/2016 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/16/2016 KB18 – Copenhagen, DK
4/17/2016 Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin, DE
4/18/2016 Klub 007 – Prague, DE
4/19/2016 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
4/20/2016 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
4/21/2016 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/22/2016 La Machine A Coudre – Marseille, FR
4/23/2016 Sidecar – Barcelona, ES
4/24/2016 Moby Dick – Madrid, ES
4/25/2016 Musicbox – Lisbon, PT
4/26/2016 Cave 45 – Porto, PT
4/27/2016 Santana 27 – Bilbao, ES
4/28/2016 Le Saint Des Seins – Toulouse, FR
4/29/2016 La Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
4/30/2016 Tivoli De Helling – Utrecht, BE

March 23, 2016

THE BODY And FULL OF HELL: One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Record To Drop This Friday Via Neurot + European Tour Draws Near

This Friday marks the official release day of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, the fittingly-titled, collaborative debut between apocalyptic doom duo, THE BODY, and grindcore/harsh noise miscreants, FULL OF HELL. In celebration of its release, today Decibel Magazine is traumatizing the airwaves with a stream of the record in its ravaging entirety.

Photo Credit: Reid Haithcock
Feel the sonic devastation of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, gluttons for punishment can view the video accompaniment to second movement, “Fleshworks,” still playing at Noisey HERE.

Neurot Recordings will issue One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache on March 25th, 2016 with preorder bundles available at THIS LOCATION.


One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache came together during last year’s monolithic North American trek which united both bands. Amidst the chaos of tour life, the two groups found time to record together at Machines With Magnets in Providence, Rhode Island. The session eventually culminated into the harrowing sounds found on One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which is ultimately an audio reflection of their surroundings and their inability to cope therein. The record includes two bonus tracks as well as a bastardized rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “The Butcher.”

Pitchfork calls the record, “a document of the overwhelming power of depression,” further elaborating, “Throughout they’re taking risks, abandoning straightforward metal trappings to pile noxious noise blasts on shredded 808s (‘Bottled Urn’) or turning Leonard Cohen ballads into doom-metal dystopias… But even as they explore alien aesthetics, THE BODY and FULL OF HELL are constantly finding ways to uphold the spirit of each other's work. They’re united in their disposition, up until the record’s final moment, a sample of the HBO movie You Don’t Know Jack that seems to sum up what precedes it: ‘Loss, loss, loss, loss, loss.’”

“This release never feels like it is heading too much in one direction, managing to stay dynamic and repugnant at all time by switching between tortured doom and frantic attack,” issues Pure Grain Audio in a 9/10 rating. “That tortured vibe carries through One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache in every choice these bands make, resulting in a record that is both cohesive and hellish, and inevitably providing the perfect soundtrack to the latter.” In a perfect 5/5 score, New Noise Magazine hails, “a landmark release in the realm of all heavy music,” and an, “absolute assault on your senses that will leave an imprint for years to come and not be forgotten. For maximum experience, listen at full volume in a cold, bare and unclean room with flickering lights while half naked and in a deranged state.” Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurs in a 4.5/5 review noting,“One part noisy electronics, one part thick, droning sludge, one part blast-beat-centric hardcore, and a whole hell of a lot of negative emotions, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is the result of two extremely competent bands doing what they do best, together. This is not a pretty record; this is not a subtle record. This album is everything disgusting and vile on this planet mashed into a half-hour of sound.”

Following the release of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, the nihilistic union will descend upon Europe together this April. The string of dates will see the bands traveling across the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Spain and Portugal, including appearances at the renowned Roadburn Festival and providing support for Converge’s “Blood Moon” spectacle at the Electric Brixton, London.


THE BODY + FULL OF HELL European Tour Dates 2016:
4/06/2016 Vera – Groningen, NL
4/07/2016 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
4/08/2016 Het Bos – Antwerp, BE
4/09/2016 Ritual Festival @ Canal Mills – Leeds, UK w/ Conan, 40 Watt Sun
4/10/2016 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/11/2016 Rainbow Cellar – Birmingham, UK
4/12/2016 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
4/13/2016 Electric Brixton – London, UK w/ Converge “Blood Moon”
4/14/2016 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/16/2016 KB18 – Copenhagen, DK
4/17/2016 Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin, DE
4/18/2016 Klub 007 – Prague, DE
4/19/2016 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
4/20/2016 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
4/21/2016 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/22/2016 La Machine A Coudre – Marseille, FR
4/23/2016 Sidecar – Barcelona, ES
4/24/2016 Moby Dick – Madrid, ES
4/25/2016 Musicbox – Lisbon, PT
4/26/2016 Cave 45 – Porto, PT
4/27/2016 Santana 27 – Bilbao, ES
4/28/2016 Le Saint Des Seins – Toulouse, FR
4/29/2016 La Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
4/30/2016 Tivoli De Helling – Utrecht, BE

ALARIC: New Hymn From Oakland-Based Dark Punk Alchemists Playing At Cvlt Nation


“…a magnificent aural monolith to gloom…” – Cvlt Nation


Oakland-based dark punk alchemists ALARIC will undrape their long-anticipated new full-length, End Of Mirrors, this Spring on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Neurot Recordings, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin.

Photo Credit: Raul Varela
Oppressive, gloomy, and epically grandiose, each of the seven hymns comprising the offering provides an emotional and deeply physical journey through inky, blackened sonic murk, devoid of all hope.

In advance of its release, today Cvlt Nation offers up the first teaser from the record in the form of closing hymn, “Angel.”

“‘Angel' is the last song we wrote for the album and the first to be revealed,” reveals vocalist Shane Baker of the track. “The bass and drums push and pull in a waltz while a melodic lead guitar threads through. The narrative seems a story of a romance that is doomed when the narrator goes off to war. The endless eternal war. There was Eden and then there was the death of innocence. It relates to all falls from grace, which is just change. There is Lucifer and his angels falling from heaven, disappointed and heartbroken with their God as they vow to create a new world for themselves in Hell. And then there is hope.”
Cvlt Nation champions, “a magnificent aural monolith to gloom – a deathrock opera that brilliantly sews together the dusky emotivity of Bauhaus and Christian Death, the punishing and bleak atmospheres of Killing Joke and of the heaviest punk bands, and the desolate and hopeless atmospheres of the most crippling doom.”

Hear “Angel” at THIS LOCATION.


ALARIC’s End Of Mirrors is set for global release on May 6th, 2016. 

End Of Mirrors was recorded and mixed by Skot Brown at his Kempton House Studios. Brown -- who’s worked on previous ALARIC works -- provides an integral contribution to the offering in capturing the band’s vision and expanding upon it to manifest a soundscape that can be dark, unsettling, and complex while still giving the songs a chance to breathe and shine with extraordinary clarity. 

Make no mistake, End Of Mirrors is no passive listen. Shane Baker’s lyrics are deeply personal yet universal in scope, reflecting hard times in a fallen world at a moment of monumental change in the lives of the band members. Drummer Jason Willer provides ALARIC’s percussive punishment, driving the band forward with power and finesse and then dropping down into a roiling boil of tribal toms. Bassist Rick Jacobus deals in woozy but solid lines that carry melody while simultaneously filling the sonic space with riding drone notes. Russ Kent’s guitar playing creates scintillating, cascading moments of beauty – his own “sheets of electric rain” — that open into crushing and aggressive distortion. It all comes together and twines around the atmospheric explorations of newly enlisted sound artist and experimental electronic musician Thomas Dimuzio who utilizes a Buchla Polyphonic radio tuner, modular analog synthesizers, and other non-traditional methods to create his art.

ALARIC began their voyage in 2008 with an eye toward creating moody and compelling music unlike any other. Beginning with influences from such progenitors as Killing Joke and Christian Death to the darkest, heaviest punk bands and the most epic psychedelia, the band has dedicated itself to creating a singularly shadowy electric guitar-driven music. ALARIC’s previous releases include a debut single Animal/Shadow Of Life (FYBS/ Buried In Hell Records, 2010), a self-titled LP (20 Buck Spin, 2011) and a split 12” LP, with Atriarch (20 Buck Spin, 2012). ALARIC, who recently opened for Neurosis on one of their three special thirtieth anniversary shows in San Francisco earlier this month, completed a full European tour with Cross Stitched Eyes last Fall and are currently plotting live assaults in support of End Of Mirrors.

Further info on End Of Mirrors, including preorder links to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

March 18, 2016

THE BODY And FULL OF HELL Unveil “Fleshworks” Video At Noisey; One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache To See Release Next Week Via Neurot

[Photo credit: Reid Haithcock]

Next week will see the release of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, the fittingly-titled, collaborative debut between apocalyptic doom duo, THE BODY, and grindcore/harsh noise sculptors, FULL OF HELL. Set for release on March 25th via Neurot Recordings, the offering came together during last year’s massive North American trek which united both bands. Amidst the chaos of tour life, the two groups found time to record together at Machines With Magnets in Providence, Rhode Island. The session eventually culminated into the harrowing sounds found on One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which is ultimately an audio reflection of their surroundings and their inability to cope therein.

As a precursor to its release, Vice’s music portal Noisey premieres the video accompaniment to second movement, “Fleshworks.” “We went into this track wanting to create a song that was mellow yet driving,” elaborates FULL OF HELL vocalist Dylan Walker, “We were certainly channeling a lot of what THE BODY has been moving towards and a lot of what FULL OF HELL has been into for some time. Dave, Lee, Seth and Keith [Machines With Magnets] all played drums on this track at the same time. It was a great feeling to have Chrissy Wolpert of the Assembly Of Light Choir singing on the track as well. Our friend Mitch Wells [Thou] created the video with only the lyrics and basic album themes to guide him. He made something that is very different for both bands and something we are very proud of. He captured what we were writing about from an angle that we hadn't even considered.”

View the unsettling clip courtesy of Noisey at THIS LOCATION

Additionally, you can still sample the THE BODY and FULL OF HELL’s bastardized rendition of “The Butcher,” originally by Leonard Cohen still playing at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE as well as The Little Death” still streaming at Spin at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, THE BODY and FULL OF HELL news, the nihilistic union will descend upon Europe together this April. The string of dates see the bands traveling across the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Spain and Portugal, including appearances at the renowned Roadburn Festival and providing support for Converge’s “Blood Moon” spectacle at the Electric Brixton, London.



THE BODY + FULL OF HELL European Tour Dates 2016:

4/06/2016 Vera – Groningen, NL
4/07/2016 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
4/08/2016 Het Bos – Antwerp, BE
4/09/2016 Ritual Festival @ Canal Mills – Leeds, UK w/ Conan, 40 Watt Sun
4/10/2016 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/11/2016 Rainbow Cellar – Birmingham, UK
4/12/2016 The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
4/13/2016 Electric Brixton – London, UK w/ Converge “Blood Moon”
4/14/2016 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/16/2016 KB18 – Copenhagen, DK
4/17/2016 Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin, DE
4/18/2016 Klub 007 – Prague, DE
4/19/2016 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
4/20/2016 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
4/21/2016 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/22/2016 La Machine A Coudre – Marseille, FR
4/23/2016 Sidecar – Barcelona, ES
4/24/2016 Moby Dick – Madrid, ES
4/25/2016 Musicbox – Lisbon, PT
4/26/2016 Cave 45 – Porto, PT
4/27/2016 Santana 27 – Bilbao, ES
4/28/2016 Le Saint Des Seins – Toulouse, FR
4/29/2016 La Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
4/30/2016 Tivoli De Helling – Utrecht, BE



Neurot Recordings will issue One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache on March 25th, 2016 with preorder bundles available at THIS LOCATION.




“This release never feels like it is heading too much in one direction, managing to stay dynamic and repugnant at all time by switching between tortured doom and frantic attack. That tortured vibe carries through One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache in every choice these bands make, resulting in a record that is both cohesive and hellish, and inevitably providing the perfect soundtrack to the latter. 9/10” – Pure Grain Audio


“One part noisy electronics, one part thick, droning sludge, one part blast-beat-centric hardcore, and a whole hell of a lot of negative emotions, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is the result of two extremely competent bands doing what they do best, together. This is not a pretty record; this is not a subtle record. This album is everything disgusting and vile on this planet mashed into a half-hour of sound. 4.5/5” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy





March 11, 2016

Tad Doyle's BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH European Tour Approaching; London Date with Pombagira on April 2nd

The bellowing trio of BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH (Tad Doyle, Peggy Doyle and Dave French) will embark on their first European tour next month, in support of their astoundingly heavy debut self-titled full-length, which saw release last year through Neurot Recordings. This tour will see the band start with a date in London and power through France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, before wrapping it up with a set at this year's Roadburn, the spiritual home of all things low-end and high-powered.


[Photo Credit: David Choe]


BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH EUROPEAN TOUR 2016:

04/02/16 - London, Black Heart (w/ Pombagira)
04/04/16 - Paris, Glazart
04/05/16 - Nantes, La Scene Michelet
04/06/16 - Barcelona, Rocksound
04/07/16 - Montpellier, Black Sheep
04/08/16 - Bologna, Freakout Club
04/09/16 - Milan, Lofi Club
04/10/16 - Zurich, Werk 21
04/11/16 - Vienna, Chelsea
04/12/16 - Munich, Backstage
04/13/16 - Berlin, Comet
04/14/16 - Cologne, MTC
04/16/16 - Tilburg, Roadburn Festival



BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary demise; a slow, entrancing dance towards a looming apocalypse… thick, monolithic, deliberate and devouring. Fronted by Seattle’s legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle — formerly of TAD and Hog Molly — Brothers of the Sonic Cloth is a trio of longtime rock soldiers that includes veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki). Their full-length 2015 debut maintains a long-held tradition of conjuring some of the heaviest music from the darkest depths of the Pacific Northwest.

Released via Neurot Recordings, BROTHER OF THE SONIC CLOTH was captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al). Thrusting forth five hauntingly heavy tracks, with two bonus hymns included on the CD edition the offering serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH'S audio manifestations are welcomingly unfamiliar, splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track. Their long-form pieces present the kind of mature ideas and expansive progressions that outpace the listener’s short-term memory leading them off the proverbial map; familiar landmarks like sludge, post-metal, rock all but disappeared over the horizon. Authentic and authoritative, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is as much a persistent thudding body punch of sonic destructive force as it is a thoughtful statement of awareness and the inescapable raw condition of life.

"Perhaps his heaviest yet, tolling tombstone riffs at a pace that makes early Melvins resemble the Ramones... BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH impress with the monolithic power of their noise." - MOJO

"Tad's vocals and songwriting have broadened impressively during his sabbatical." - KERRANG

"Tad Doyle is back with a sludge rock, pagan rite of immense proportions... BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH may seem to follow the arc of a tropical storm, with a building and threatening power that finally recedes away, but it’s certainly no noodling, progressive rock concept piece. This is truly heavy music." - THE ARTS DESK

"Ultimately, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s LP is 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

"Moving between moments of gargantuan heaviness and passages of disorientating methylated noise, whilst the likes of opener Lava will be somewhat familiar to fans of 8-Way Santa, the sprawling mass of La Mano Poderosa, that takes in elements of both mid-era Killing Joke and the abrasive and tribal riffing of, say, High On Fire, is as surprising as the piano ballad outro." - METAL HAMMER

"BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s self-titled debut is a sludgy, psychedelic piece of work that occasionally reaches Conan-esque levels of thunder and will hit your psyche in all the right places." - THRASH HITS






March 10, 2016

ALARIC: Dark Punk Collective To Release End Of Mirrors Full-Length May 6th Via Neurot Recordings; Album Details Revealed

[Photo credit: Raul Varela]

End Of Mirrors is the forthcoming new full-length from Oakland-based dark punk collective ALARIC. Set for global release on May 6th, 2016, the record will come available on CD, vinyl and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on cassette via Sentient Ruin.

Claustrophobic, gloomy, and epically grandiose, we find the four members of ALARIC coming together at the height of their powers. As with their previous offerings, End Of Mirrors was recorded and mixed by Skot Brown at his Kempton House Studios. Brown’s contributions have been crucial to realizing the vision of the band and expanding upon it to manifest a soundscape that can be dark, creepy, and complex while giving the songs a chance to breathe and shine with extraordinary clarity. Shane Baker’s lyrics are deeply personal yet universal in scope, reflecting hard times in a fallen world at a moment of monumental change in the lives of the band members.

Each track and movement provides an emotional and deeply physical journey through inky, blackened sonic murk, devoid of all hope. Jason Willer pummels the drums, driving the band forward with power and finesse and then dropping down into a roiling boil of tribal toms. Bassist Rick Jacobus deals in woozy but solid lines that often carry the melody while filling out the sonic space with riding drone notes. Russ Kent's guitar playing creates scintillating, cascading moments of beauty – what he calls "sheets of electric rain" -- that open into crushing and aggressive distortion. It all comes together and twines around the atmospheric explorations of newly enlisted sound artist and experimental electronic musician Thomas Dimuzio who utilizes a Buchla Polyphonic radio tuner, modular analog synthesizers, and other non-traditional methods to create his art. Make no mistake, this is not passive listening. These songs are instant classics for a new dark age.





End Of Mirrors Track Listing:

1. Demon 
2. Wreckage 
3. Mirror
4. Adore
5. Shrinking World
6. End Of Mirrors
7. Angel 


ALARIC began their voyage in 2008 with an eye toward creating moody and compelling music unlike any other. Beginning with influences from such progenitors as Killing Joke and Christian Death to the darkest, heaviest punk bands and the most epic psychedelia, the band has dedicated itself to creating a singularly shadowy electric guitar-driven music. Proclaimed Zero Tolerance Magazine of their self-titled debut, “Morbid, threatening, and obsidian… Album of the Year by a long shot." In a review of the band’s split with Atriarch, Cvlt Nation wrote, “…one experiences an immersion in watery black textures as if drawn welcomingly into a drowning, slowly swirling, abyss.”

ALARIC’s previous releases include their debut single Animal/Shadow Of Life (FYBS/ Buried In Hell Records, 2010) and the aforementioned, self-titled LP (20 Buck Spin, 2011) and split 12” LP, with Atriarch (20 Buck Spin, 2012). ALARIC, who recently opened for Neurosis on one of their three special thirtieth anniversary shows in San Francisco earlier this month, completed a full European tour with Cross Stitched Eyes (Alternative Tentacles Records/ Skuld Releases), last Fall and are currently plotting live assaults in support of End Of Mirrors. Stand by for details.

Further info on End Of Mirrors, including teaser tracks and preorder links to be unveiled in the coming weeks.







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