Win a pair of tickets to see Laibach in London next week!

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Avant-garde/industrial legends Laibach are headlining London’s Electric Ballroom next Thursday, 2nd April – and we have one pair of tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

For a chance to bag a pair of tickets for this unmissable show, simply email us at comp@rock-a-rolla.com with your full name and answer to this simple question:

Q: What is the title of Laibach’s latest studio album?

Competition ends 31st March 2015. The winner will be notified via email. Usual rules apply.

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Tickets are on sale now: http://www.seetickets.com/event/laibach/electric-ballroom/834571

Now streaming: Undersmile ‘Atacama Sunburn’

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Oxford doomsters Undersmile are set to release their second full-length, Anhedonia, this April via Black Bow Records, and it’s nothing short of colossal. Check out the brand new track ‘Atacama Sunburn’ ahead of the album release on rock-a-rolla.com this week.

Featuring seven tracks over 70 minutes, Anhedonia follows 2012’s Narwhal and was recorded at Skyhammer Studios by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard) and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate).
Anhedonia will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally on April 1st . Listen to the epic Atacama Sunburn now:

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Undersmile are:
Hel Sterne – vocals, lead/rhythm guitar
Taz Corona-Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
Olly Corona-Brown – bass
Tom McKibbin – drums

Additional musicians:
Jo Quail – cello
Lee Riley – drones/fx

Kayo Dot, Botanist and Guapo live in London this April!

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Mark this down in your calendars: avant-metal ensemble Kayo Dot are set to headline a special triple bill in London, UK this April, along with US black metal enigmas Botanist and UK avant/prog heroes Guapo!

Featuring three of the most groundbreaking acts operating today, the show is presented by Rock-A-Rolla, Tidal Concerts and Nightshift Promotions, and takes place at The Macbeth, London on 21st April. You DO NOT want to miss this!

Tickets are on sale now from: www.seetickets.com , www.stargreen.com and www.songkick.com

Album stream: Zu ‘Cortar Todo’

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Cortar Todo, the awesome new full-length from avant-rock powerhouse Zu, now featuring The Locust drummer Gabe Serbian alongside Massimo Pupillo (bass) and Luca Mai (baritone saxophone), hits the stores next week via Ipecac Recordings, and you can hear the whole album right here for a week!

The follow-up proper to 2009’s Carboniferous, which was voted Rock-A-Rolla’s number 1 album for that year, was recently preceded by a 3-track EP, Goodnight Civilization and The Left Hand Path, a collaborative LP (featuring the previous Zu line-up) with Oxbow’s Eugene Robinson, both on Trost Records.

Zu’s most punishing album to date, Cortar Todo was recorded in the countryside near Bologna, Italy, and features special guests including keyboard player Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitarist Stefano Pilia and field recordings of an indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Massimo during his travels around the Amazon.

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Goatsnake Reveal Details Of Upcoming Full Length, Black Age Blues

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Goatsnake have announced that their forthcoming full-length, entitled Black Age Blues, will hit the stores on June 2nd via Southern Lord.

Their first album in 15 years, Black Age Blues features the line-up of Pete Stahl (vocals), Greg Anderson (guitar), Greg Rogers (drums) and Scott Renner (bass) with guest appearances from Slint’s David Pajo on acoustic guitar on the album intro to Another River To Cross, along with Mathias Schneeberger on piano and Petra Haden on violin and vocals. The album also features backing vocals from Dem Preacher’s Daughters.

The band unveiled the artwork (above) earlier today, along with the full tracklisting, as follows:

1. Another River To Cross
2. Elevated Man
3. Coffee & Whiskey
4. Black Age Blues
5. House Of The Moon
6. Jimi’s Gone
7. Graves
8. Grandpa Jones
9. A Killing Blues

MONO’s Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto To Release Solo Album This April

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Takaakira “Taka” Goto, guitarist and composer behind Tokyo post-rock giants MONO, will release a solo album, entitled Classical Punk & Echoes Under The Beauty, this April.

Originally written and recorded back in 2003, the album will finally see the light of day after more than a decade. “I wasn’t actually thinking about sharing this album with anyone at the time,” Taka explains. “It didn’t sound like MONO, so I left it as a trail to my envisioned world, as my personal collection.”

Aside from his work with MONO, Taka has previously scored films such as Snow Angels (2007), All God’s Children Can Dance (2010), and the WOWOW TV Drama Kanata No Ko (2013). MONO recently released two albums, The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness, in 2014.

Classical Punk & Echoes Under The Beauty hits the stores on April 27th via Pelagic. Check out album track Delicate Madness now:

MONO were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 39 – available to order in our back issues store here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm

Video premiere: Bad Guys ‘Prostitutes’

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London hard rockin’ crew Bad Guys return this March with their second opus, Bad Guynaecology, and the quartet have unleashed the video for album track Prostitutes on an unsuspecting public ahead of the album’s release.

“Here’s the video for our song ‘Prostitutes’, which is a true crime story song,” explains frontman Stuart. “It is comprised of a mixture of documentary footage along with some dramatic reconstructions, just like on Crimewatch. If anyone knows the perps that have been littering my garden with French letters, please contact the police, otherwise just stick this on the biggest TV in your office, crank up the volume and sing along. Don’t worry, it’s all totally safe for work.”

Bad Guynaecology is out March 16th 2015 on Riot Season. Check out the suitably tasteful video for Prostitutes (Are Making Love In My Garden) now:

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor To Release New LP in March

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Post-rock titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release a brand new full-length, the follow-up to 2012’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! this March.

Titled Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, the LP was recorded with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montréal, and marks the second release since the band ended their long hiatus in 2010.

Early word is that the album is one of their most “succinct” and “focused” records yet, with four tracks clocking in at 40 minutes. Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress will hit the stores on March 31st via Constellation, with the tracklist as follows:

1 Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’
2 Lambs’ Breath
3 Asunder, Sweet
4 Piss Crowns Are Trebled

Check out album track Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light! (excerpt) now:

UK & Ireland live dates:

17.04.15 Manchester, UK, Albert Hall
18.04.15 Dublin, IE, Vicar Street
19.04.15 Glasgow, UK, ABC
20.04.15 London, UK, Shepherds Bush Empire

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 47, available to order here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm

Gallon Drunk Added To Raw Power, Day Splits Announced

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Gallon Drunk have been confirmed as third headliner at London’s Raw Power festival, and will join the previously announced Earthless, Circle and many more at this year’s event.

Taking place over the weekend 22nd – 24th May 2015 at The Dome, Tufnell Park, Raw Power will see three days of the finest psych, space rock, synth craziness, leftfield electronica and general weirdness.

The full day splits now look like this:

Friday
The Dome:  Gallon Drunk, Gnod & Luminous Bodies

Saturday
The Dome: Earthless, Pharaoh Overlord, Esben & the Witch, Guapo, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Anji Cheung
Music Room: Fumaca Preta, Sex Swing, Good Throb, Sloath, The Wharves, Hirvikolari

Sunday
The Dome: Circle, The Cosmic Dead, Makoto Kawabata & KK Null, Hey Colossus, Blown Out, Metamono
The Music Room: Rat Salad, Acid Baby Jesus, Black Bombaim, Satelliti, Jiboia, Ye Nuns

Get your tickets now: visit http://baba-yagas-hut.eventcube.io/events/1871/raw-power-festival-2015

Steve Von Till Reveals Details Of New Solo Album

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Neurosis legend Steve Von Till is set to release A Life Unto Itself, his fourth solo album, this May.

The new full-length  is said to expand on Von Till’s previous folk elements with “bold and ambitious arrangements”, including vintage synths, strings, percussion, and electric guitars.

Steve Von Till released his previous solo LP, A Grave Is a Grim Horse, in 2008.

A Life Unto Itself hits the stores in May via Neurot. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

Neurosis were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 40, available to order here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm