Issue 54! On the cover: Providence, RI noise rock titans Lightning Bolt discuss their punishing new album, Fantasy Empire! Inside: Stoner heroes Acid King return with their first new album in a decade! Plus in-depth interviews with Zu, Moon Duo, Royal Thunder, Minsk, Treedeon, Hey Colossus, Sankt Otten, Pelagic Records, Black Rainbows! Plus live action: […]
Kayo Dot, Botanist and Guapo live in London this April!
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 […]
Faith No More reveal album title, set release date
Photo: Dustin Rabin Faith No More have revealed their forthcoming comeback album will be entitled Sol Invictus. Their first LP since 1997’s Album Of The Year will hit the stores on May 19th via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings. Sol Invictus was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio. Faith No More released […]
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 […]
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 […]
Oakland metal titans High On Fire will release their seventh studio album, Luminiferous, this June.
The LP follows 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis and was recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with Kurt Ballou.
“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” commented frontman Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”
Luminiferous hits the stores on June 22nd via Century Media. The full track listing is as follows:
1.The Black Plot
3.The Sunless Years
4. Slave the Hive
5. The Falconist
6. Dark Side of the Compass
7. The Cave
Faith No More have announced a pair of UK dates in June, following their appearance at Download Festival on the 13th.
The band are now also set to play Glasgow Academy on June 14th and London’s famous Roundhouse on June 17th.
Ticket pre-sale starts on Wednesday 15th April at 10am, with general on sale Friday 17th April at 10am.
In addition, the band will return to the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios for the first time in two decades to record a live session for Daniel P Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show.
Faith No More recently released a brand new single ‘Superhero’, taken from their forthcoming comeback studio album Sol Invictus, feauturing a remix by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke. Sol Invictus hits the stores on May 18th through their own Reclamation/Ipecac Recordings.
Rock-A-Rolla issue 54 cover stars Lightning Bolt have shared an animated video for ‘The Metal East’, the opening track on latest album Fantasy Empire.
The über-psychedelic video was directed by comic artist/animator Lale Westvind. Check it out below:
The duo have also announced a series of European shows this summer – catch them on one of these dates:
Sat June 27th Antwerp, Belgium – Het Bos
Sun June 28th London, UK – Roundhouse
Tue June 30th Paris, France – Le Trabendo
Wed July 1st Amsterdam, Netherlands – OCCII
Thu July 2nd Berlin, Germany – Berghain
Sat July 4th Keflavík, Iceland – Asbru
Photo: Luca Saini
This week on rock-a-rolla.com: hear instrumental trio Stearica’s brand new track ‘Nur’.
Taken from the Torino outfit’s forthcoming second full-length Fertile, ‘Nur’ features guest vocals from none other than Coliseum’s Ryan Patterson.
“In December 2007, Coliseum was added last minute to a bill in the small French town of Lille that included Stearica and Toronto’s Lullaby Arkestra, the kind of beautifully diverse bill that happens too infrequently,” Ryan commented. “Over a meal before the show, we all met and shared stories, the collective connection of bands who travel the world. We were welcomed with open arms, the thing I recall most about the evening was a genuine sense of camaraderie and sincere kindness from the folks in Stearica. We played our sets that night, all vastly different but with the connective tissue of sincerity and passion. These brief moments and memories stick with us. Years later, I was invited to lend my voice to a new Stearica song and gladly accepted. To take part in making music together, across oceans and many years after our first meeting, brings these memories back and rekindles friendships. It was an honor to be a part of Stearica’s music.
Fertile hits the stores on April 13th via Monotreme Records. Check out ‘Nur’ now:
Stearica will tour the UK in April, with dates as follows:
24th Preston – The Ferret
25th Blackpool – The Blue Room
27th Brighton – The Hope and Ruin
28th London – The Old Blue Last
On the cover: Providence, RI noise rock titans Lightning Bolt discuss their punishing new album, Fantasy Empire!
Inside: Stoner heroes Acid King return with their first new album in a decade! Plus in-depth interviews with Zu, Moon Duo, Royal Thunder, Minsk, Treedeon, Hey Colossus, Sankt Otten, Pelagic Records, Black Rainbows!
Plus live action: Earth, Weedeater, Corrosion Of Conformity, Monster Magnet, J Mascis, Mark Lanegan!
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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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!
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.
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
8. Grandpa Jones
9. A Killing Blues