Incoming: Moss UK tour 2015


UK doomsters Moss have lined up a series of Rock-A-Rolla-sponsored UK dates this spring, kicking off on April 23rd at Corsica Studios, London.

The trio recently released a two-track, limited edition 10-inch, Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions, on their own imprint Stone Tapes, following a slew of releases on labels like Aurora Borealis and Rise Above.

Do not miss this! Catch Moss at one of these dates:

Thursday 23rd April Corsica Studios, London
Saturday 2nd May Doom for the Doomed Festival, Birmingham
Tuesday 5th May Underground, Plymouth
Wednesday 6th May Exchange, Bristol
Thursday 7th May Moon Club, Cardiff
Friday 8th May Cluny, Newcastle
Saturday 9th May Roadhouse, Manchester
Sunday 10th May The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Monday 11th May Chameleon, Nottingham

Earthless, Circle, Makoto Kawabata/KK Null and more headed for Raw Power 2015



Californian psych kings Earthless are set to headline this year’s Raw Power festival, joining Circle, Pharaoh Overlord and Makoto Kawabata & KK Null.

Taking place over the weekend 22-24 May 2015, Raw Power will take over London’s The Dome and Boston Music Room for three days of psych, space rock, experimental sounds and general craziness.

Other new additions include Esben & the Witch, Hey Colossus and Black Bombaim, who join the previously announced Guapo, The Cosmic Dead, Sloath and many more.

For the full line-up and tickets visit

Incoming: Lilacs & Champagne, Watter and Holy Sons European Tour


Lilacs & Champagne, aka Emil Amos (Grails, Om, Holy Sons) and Alex Hall (Grails), will kick off their European tour on Jan 30th in Prague as a five-piece live ensemble, with Watter, aka Zak Riles (Grails), Tyler Trotter and Britt Walford (Slint) and Holy Sons (aka Emil Amos) also on the bill.

Watter released their debut set This World last year (check out their interview in Rock-A-Rolla issue 50), while Lilacs & Champagne will premiere material from their upcoming release, Midnight Features Vol 2: Made Flesh. The tour marks Watter’s first ever European shows (see poster above for the full dates), with UK dates as follows:

February 7, 2015 London, Birthdays
February 8, 2015 Manchester, Deaf Institute
February 9, 2015 Birmingham, The Oobleck

Faith No More Announce New Song ‘Superhero’, North American Tour

Dustin Rabin Photography, Faith No More, FNM, Dustin Rabin

Photo: Dustin Rabin

Faith No More have announced details of the second single to be taken from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled full-length, along with their first US shows since 2010.

The follow-up to 1997’s Album Of The Year is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, distributed by Ipecac Recordings, with Faith No More founder and bass player Bill Gould on production duties.

Superhero will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31. Faith No More recently released the comeback single, Motherfucker, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. The band also recently played a surprise set at Amoeba record store in San Francisco.

“Here we go,” commented Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”


The North American shows kick off April 15 in Vancouver, with the dates as follows:

April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

Faith No More are also set to perform at this year’s Download Festival in Donington, UK on June 13th

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Rock-A-Rolla issue 53!

Issue 53 out now!

On the cover: Miami’s mighty Torche discuss their forthcoming opus Restarter in our massive cover story!

Inside: We look back on our top 50 albums of 2014! Plus: Grindcore legends Napalm Death talk Apex Predator-Easy Meat, noise rock heroes Cherubs return after a 20-year absence, TAD legend Tad Doyle talks Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Ufomammut fill us in on their forthcoming full-length, and we look at 25 years of Relapse Records!

Plus: interviews with Ricardo Donoso and instru-metal outfit Toundra, the latest album reviews and a massive live review section!


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Zu Announce Brand New Full-Length, Cortar Todo, post new track

(Photo: Sara D’Uva)

Avant-rock power trio Zu, now featuring The Locust drummer extraordinaire Gabe Serbian alongside Massimo Pupillo (bass) and Luca Mai (baritone saxophone), have announced their brand new full-length, entitled Cortar Todo, will hit the stores on March 23rd via Ipecac Recordings.

The follow-up proper to 2009’s Carboniferous, 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.

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.

Check out the awesome album track Rudra Dances Over Burning Rome now:


1. The Unseen War
2. Rudra Dances Over Burning Rome
3. Cortar Todo
4. A Sky Burial
5. Orbital Equilibria
6. Serpens Cauda
7. No Pasa Nada
8. Conflict Acceleration
9. Vantablack Vomitorium
10. Pantokrator

Corrosion Of Conformity reunite with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan


Corrosion Of Conformity have reunited with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan for a series of UK and European dates.

This marks the first time, save for a few appearances, that Keenan has toured with C.O.C. since 2006, and the first time the Deliverance line-up has played together since 2001.

C.O.C. reemerged recently as a trio and released 2012′s self-titled album and 2014′s IX. Asked about future plans, bassist Mike Dean hinted that an LP might be on the cards: “This is all about going out and celebrating some of the classic material, and at the same time it’s about tuning up the chemistry and the energy to possibly create a new album or two with this line-up.”

The UK dates are as follows:

March 7 Manchester Academy 2
March 8 Glasgow Garage
March 9 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
March 11 Bristol Bierkeller
March 12 Colchester Arts Centre
March 13 London Electric Ballroom

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Lightning Bolt to release Fantasy Empire this March

Providence, Long Island noisemongers Lightning Bolt are set to return this March with a brand new album proper, their first since 2009’s Earthly Delights.

Entitled Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth full-length is the first LP from the duo of drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson to be recorded on hi-fi equipment, and their first for Thrill Jockey following a string of releases on Load. Recorded at Machines With Magnets studio, Fantasy Empire will include several tracks that have been part of Lightning Bolt’s live repertoire since 2010.

The pair have also been busy with other projects since Earthly Delights, with several releases seeing the light of day from Chippendale’s solo project Black Pus. Gibson, meanwhile, has been developing a new video game, Thumper, which will see a release next year via his own company, Drool.


The cover art (above) for Fantasy Empire was created by Chippendale, himself an accomplished comic artist and illustrator, and early word is that the album is “ferocious.”

Fantasy Empire will be released on 23rd March and will be available on 2xLP, CD and DL. The tracklist is as follows:

1. The Metal East
2. Over The River And Through The Woods
3. Horsepower
4. King Of My World
5. Mythmaster
6. Runaway Train
7. Leave The Lantern Lit
8. Dream Genie
9. Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)

Napalm Death post new track, How The Years Condemn


Ahead of their forthcoming, 15th studio album Apex Predator – Easy Meat UK grindcore pioneers Napalm Death have posted the second track to be taken from the album: How The Years Condemn

Bassist Shane Embury commented: “Musically I wanted this track to encompass lots of different rhythms and nuances in the short space of time which the song occupies, which I hope we achieve, and that it bursts with an intensity and emotion to match the theme of the lyrics! Lyrically it’s a departure from the rest of the new album as It’s self-reflective – a couple of years ago I was hospitalized prior to a very important tour and was forced to miss out on going and had to stay at home. More importantly I realized in the time I was in hospital that I really had to make a choice which was either to carry on down the same path of selfish destruction as I had seen some of my friends embark on or stay around for the people I loved and who loved me!”

He continues: “Yes, it’s a familiar story, no doubt. But it was an awakening for me which I very much needed and shortly after I was blessed with the birth of my daughter so I am glad I made the right decision… We are not invincible – nor are we indestructible. There are choices – points of return…”

Apex Predator – Easy Meat is out on January 26th in Europe and January 27th in North America via Century Media Records.

Check out How The Years Condemn now:

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Eyehategod join Desertfest London


Desertfest have announced more acts for 2015, including issue 49 cover stars Eyehategod.

The leading stoner/doom/sludge/psych festival will see the New Orleans legends joining headliners Sleep and Red Fang for a co-headliner slot on Saturday night along with Brant Bjork.

Other bands set to perform over the weekend include Orange Goblin, Floor, Minsk, Ufomammut, Acid King, Karma To Burn, Noothgrush, Obake, and many more. See above for the full announcements to date.

Marking its fourth year running, Desertfest London takes over Camden’s Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld and Black Heart 24th-26th April 2015.

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