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Ufomammut To Release New Studio Album in Spring

Italian psych-doom trio Ufomammut are currently putting the finishing touches to their latest, seventh full-length.

The as-yet-untitled LP is slated for an early spring 2015 release, once again through Neurot Recordings. The album follows the two-part Oro: Opus Primum and Opus Alter, released in 2012, and the recent DVD, XV, celebrating the first 15 years of Ufomammut and released through the band’s own Supernatural Cat.

More info on the upcoming album and tour will be released in the coming weeks.

Ufomammut were on the cover of issue 37! Limited copies available to order from www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm

Torche premiere new track ‘Minions’

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Torche have premiered the first new music from their forthcoming album Restarter, slated for release in February 2015 via Relapse.

Restarter was recorded at the band’s Miami studio, Pinecrust, with bassist Jonathan Nuñez overseeing production and Converge’s Kurt Ballou once again on mixing duties. Nuñez commented: “I feel that with time you kind of expand and hopefully progress. Hopefully this record is a good reflection of that. I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft]. I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song. You’ve got to move forward. You can’t release the same record over and over.”

Check out album track Minions now:

Restarter will be released on CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Cassette/Digital on February 23rd. Two bonus tracks, Harmonslaught and Rock ‘N’ Roll Mantasy, will be included on deluxe editions.

Restarter track list:
1. Annihilation Affair
2. Bishop in Arms
3. Minions
4. Loose Men
5. Undone
6. Blasted
7. No Servants
8. Believe It
9. Barrier Hammer
10. Restarter

Torche will hit Europe for a series of dates starting May 2nd in Leipzig, Germany. The UK and Ireland dates are as follows:

May 22 London Underworld
May 23 Leeds Belgrave
May 24 Galway Roisin Dubh
May 25 Cork Crane Lane
May 26 Dublin Grand Social
May 27 Belfast The Limelight
May 28 Glasgow CCA
May 29 Manchester Sound Control
May 30 Bristol Temples Festival

Pelican Announce New Four Song EP

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Chicago post-metal mainstays Pelican have announced a new four-song EP, entitled The Cliff, due for release in February.

The EP features three “reimaginings” of the title track, taken from their 2013 full-length Forever Becoming, with remixes by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, etc), and Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer (ISIS/Palms), along with one brand new track. The Cliff (vocal version) features vocals by Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life And Times) who previously lent his talents to Final Breath on 2009′s What We All Come To Need.

The Cliff hits the stores on 23rd February 2015 via Southern Lord. Check out The Cliff (vocal version) now:

THE CLIFF TRACKLIST
1. The Cliff (Vocal Version)
2. The Cliff (Justin K. Broadrick remix)
3. The Cliff (AH & BCM remix)
4. The Wait

Pelican spoke to us in-depth in Issue 46, and graced the cover of Issue 23 – both are available to order from our Back Issues store here: http://www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm

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Napalm Death Unveil ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ artwork and tracklisting

Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their imminent 15th studio album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat.

The artwork for the album (below) was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe / Friktion.com, who has worked on Napalm Death’s previous full-length Utilitarian as well as with bands such as At The Gates, The Haunted and Burst.

Shane Embury commented: “There are many meanings that you could grab from the new album artwork, I think. But one is the representation of how our natural and most basic needs for happiness and communication are being stripped away by materialism and pre-packaged garbage – crap that we don’t need, filtered to us through the media via the megacorporations with the goal to maintain the bloated bottom line of profit. It’s all just stuff that will be obsolete in 6 months time. And behind the scenes of course, modern day slavery is alive, well and obscured by this facade. It’s all an exercise in deceit to shower us with fake fulfillment, while the poor and underprivileged fall further by the wayside.”

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Barney Greenway added: “Across the albums, we have had some very complex and interconnected artwork. This time we wanted to keep it more simple – strip it down perhaps to a single image that would sharpen the focus. I loved the idea of the supermarket-style packaging as soon as I saw it, as when you go into one of those places with nourishment in mind and you’re greeted with some miserable, artificially-enhanced foodstuff contained in a bleak little receptacle of industrial plastics, it doesn’t exactly inspire you. To then fill that plastic tray with the dregs of meat production, well, that is the ‘easy meat’ in the title – representing the people who suffer for burgeoning consumption degraded and dumped in the most pitiful way”.

Apex Predator – Easy Meat is slated for release on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Century Media Records. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Apex Predator – Easy Meat
2. Smash A Single Digit
3. Metaphorically Screw You
4. How The Years Condemn
5. Stubborn Stains
6. Timeless Flogging
7. Dear Slum Landlord…
8. Cesspits
9. Bloodless Coup
10. Beyond The Pale
11. Stunt Your Growth
12. Hierarchies
13. One-Eyed
14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes

Napalm Death recently premiered the album’s first single, Cesspits. Check it out here:

Now streaming: Mos Generator / Isaak Split

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Port Orchard, Washington’s long-running hard rock trio Mos Generator have teamed up with Genoa, Italy’s stoner rock crew Isaak (formerly known as Gandhi’s Gunn) for a limited edition split 12” on Heavy Psych Sounds.

‘Stoner Split Of The Year’ comes in black vinyl and limited red and black splatter editions, with artwork by SoloMacello, and will be available January 12th, 2015 – check out the two sides right here, right now! Click below to start streaming:

Faith No More Stream New Single, announce tour dates

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As previously reported, Faith No More will release their comeback single, Motherfucker, on Nov. 28 (Record Store Day’s Black Friday) on limited edition 7”, and the band are currently streaming the song via Rolling Stone.

Motherfucker, taken from the band’s forthcoming LP due out in April 2015, marks the first new music from the Bay Area legends since 1997’s Album Of The Year. “It feels apt that the first track we’re releasing is Motherfucker, a song about accountability,” explained Roddy Bottum. “Basically we’ve created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we’re releasing it on our own label. It’s a huge deal for us to only have ourselves to answer to at this point in our career and the song is about that, where the buck stops via the basic imagery of foie gras production, bondage… y’know, stuff like that.”

The B-side of the 7” is a remix of the track by JG Thirlwell. The single will see a digital release on December 9th.

FNM have also announced a number of performances for 2015, including:

February 17     Tokyo, Japan     Studio Coast
February 18     Tokyo, Japan     Studio Coast
February 21     Adelaide, Australia     Soundwave Festival
February 22     Melbourne, Australia     Soundwave Festival
February 28     Sydney, Australia     Soundwave Festival
March 1     Brisbane, Australia     Soundwave Festival
March 3     Auckland, New Zealand     WestFest
May 29     Nurburgring, Germany     Grune Holle Festival
May 31     Munich, Germany     Rockavaria Festival
June 4     Vienna, Austria     Vienna Rocks Festival
June 13     Donington, UK     Download Festival
June 20     Clisson, France     Hellfest

Tomahawk were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 41, available to order here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm

Mike Patton was on the cover of issue 26, available in digital edition here: www.pocketmags.com

Goblin offshoot Goblin Rebirth Sign to Relapse Records

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Italian progsters Goblin Rebirth, a new incarnation “inspired by the legendary Goblin”, have signed to Relapse.

Goblin Rebirth formed after a short-lived reformation of the original group in 2009, and the new incarnation features the original Goblin rhythm section – drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli – both of whom played on the classic soundtracks to Zombi/Dawn Of The Dead, Suspria, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red and others. Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni (keyboards) and Giacomo Anselmi (guitar) round off the Rebirth line-up.

The first new record from Goblin Rebirth will hit the store via Relapse in spring 2015. The group’s debut album was mixed and produced by Fabio Pignatelli, and recorded in Rome at Greta’s Sound, Zamusic Studios and Cherni Studio. The drums were recorded in Trani by Ciccio “Frums” Dettole at Scuola Sul Mare. 

The group commented: “It was clear to us from the start that we wanted to do an album that in some way evolved from the original Goblin sound but also took a new direction reflecting the personalities of all the band members. The pieces all fell together to make up a story that loosely describes the destruction and rebirth of a strange creature. This is itself a loose metaphor referring to the band history.”

Saint Vitus issue statement on Wino’s deportation

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Doom metal legends Saint Vitus, currently completing their European tour, have announced that frontman Scott “Wino” Weinrich has been deported back to the US, after being held by Norwegian authorities “for possession of illegal substances.” 

The band has now released the following statement:

“Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday, November 9th. As of 16:00 CET yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported back to the US today with no hope to remain in Scandinavia or anywhere in the European Union.  SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR.”

“Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the heavy sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. David Chandler and Henry Vasquez along with a few surprise guests will take over vocal duties and this will be a rare opportunity to see Vitus with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM. We hope to still see all of you on our remaining dates. FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT!!!!”

A list of the remaining Saint Vitus shows with David Chandler and Henry Vasquez on vocal duties is below:

13 Nov 14 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof
14 Nov 14 Jena (DE) F-Haus
15 Nov 14 Würzburg (DE) Hammer Of Doom

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ROCK-A-ROLLA Issue 52!

On the cover: Sweden’s mysterious afro-psych-kraut-voodoo ensemble Goat return with their incredible second LP, Commune!

Inside: in-depth interviews with sludge/avant-metal supergroup Old Man Gloom, the mighty Cavalera Conspiracy, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Usnea, Anatomy Of Habit, Sargent House, Foscor, Thomas Köner, Obake, Full Of Hell!

Plus live reviews: Antemasque, Secret Chiefs 3, Amplifest, King Buzzo, YOB, Philm, In Solitude and Beastmilk!

Plus massive album reviews sections and much more!

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Torche return with Restarter in February 2015

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Florida/Georgia’s Torche are set to release their latest album, Restarter, in February 2015.

The follow-up to 2012′s Harmonicraft, Restarter marks Torche’s first album for Relapse Records, and will hit the stores on 23rd February 2015, with artwork (above) by Santos (Kylesa, High On Fire).

Torche will embark on a European tour in support of the album, kicking off on May 22nd in London:

May 22 London, UK  Underworld
May 23 Leeds, UK  Belgrave Social Club
May 24 Galway, IR  Roisin Dubh
May 25 Cork, IR  Craine Lane
May 26 Dublin, IR Grand Social
May 27 Belfast, IR  The Limelight
May 28 Glasgow, UK  CCA
May 29 Manchester, UK  Sound Control
May 30 Bristol, UK  Temples
May 31 Nimes, FR  This is Not a Love Song
June 1  Nantes, FR  Le Ferrailleur Festival