May 16th, 2013
Fresh from their Australian and South American dates, Tomahawk have announced a European tour this summer, with a series of festival appearances (including Reading and Leeds) along with four dates with Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s new outfit Bosnian Rainbows.
Currently touring their latest full-length Oddfellows, the confirmed dates look like this:
18th Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival 19th Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock 21th Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava 22nd Wroclaw, Poland – Arsenal 24th Tel Aviv, Israel – Nokia Theatre
22nd Lausanne, Switzerland – For Noise Festival 23rd Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival 24th Reading, England - Reading Festival 25th Leeds, England - Leeds Festival 27th Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso 28th Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum (opening for Nine Inch Nails) 29th Zurich, Switzerland – Zurich Openair 31st Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega (with Bosnian Rainbows)
1st Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall (with Bosnian Rainbows) 2nd Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis (with Bosnian Rainbows) 4th Helsinki, Finland – Circus (with Bosnian Rainbows) 6th Berlin, Germany Berlin Festival
Tomahawk were recently on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 41, available to order HERE.
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May 15th, 2013
Palms, the brand new supergroup featuring members of ISIS and Chino Moreno of Deftones, have revealed the album art (below) and track list for their self-titled debut album, due out on June 25th via Ipecac.
Palms features six tracks across 47 minutes, with the full track titles as follows:
1. Future Warrior
3. Mission Sunset
4. Shortwave Radio
6. Antarctic Handshake
The quartet will also make their live debut in the US, with four dates booked so far:
July 10 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern
July 11 Santa Ana CA The Observatory
July 12 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
July 13 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
ISIS were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 19, available in our back issues store.
May 9th, 2013
Grant Hart, former drummer in hardcore/alt-rock legends Hüsker Dü, will release his next solo album on Domino.
Entitled The Argument, Grant’s latest solo set is a double album based on John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, and follows his 2009 effort Hot Wax. Released on CD, LP and digital formats, it hits the stores on July 22nd.
The full tracklist is as follows:
Out Of Chaos
If We Have The Will
I Will Never See My Home
I Am Death
Letting Me Out
Is The Sky The Limit?
So Far From Heaven
Shine, Shine, Shine
It Isn’t Love
War In Heaven
(It Was A) Most Disturbing Dream
Underneath The Apple Tree
Run For The Wilderness
For Those Too High Aspiring
Grant Hart will hit the road to promote the album with his band, The Burn/Burning, with a London date at Water Rats on June 18th.
May 8th, 2013
Want some Killing Joke? The post-punk legends are streaming the first two discs of their Singles Collection in their entirety.
Released as a Limited Edition 3-CD set, featuring 33 career-spanning singles across two discs, plus a third disc of rarities including previously unreleased studio tracks, the Singles Collection 1979 – 2012 is out now on Spinefarm.
Click below to start streaming!
Killing Joke were previously interviewed in Rock-A-Rolla issues 32 and 37, both available to order here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm
May 3rd, 2013
We are absolutely shocked to hear that legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away.
A post on Slayer’s Facebook page reads: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
Jeff Hanneman had been recovering from Necrotizing Fasciitis, contracted from a spider bite in 2011.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
May 1st, 2013
Tokyo’s post-hardcore/post-rock outfit Envy will release a mammoth 14xLP + 2xDVD + 100-page book box set this July, in celebration of their 20th anniversary.
Titled Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs And Flows, the limited-edition super-deluxe box set collects every song ever recorded by the band – 95 cuts in total – across 14 remastered LPs. Each LP features all new artwork.
Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs And Flows cover art
The lavish set also includes a previously unreleased 100-minute DVD and a DVD data disc containing all songs in high-quality MP3 format, along with a 100-page coffee table book featuring exclusive photos and lyrics to every Envy song, transcribed in both Japanese and English. Don’t expect these to hang around for long – the package is strictly limited to 1,000 copies and will be available on July 16th, via Temporary Residence Ltd.
April 26th, 2013
Avant-doom outfit The Body have signed to Thrill Jockey, with a brand new studio album due for release later this year.
The duo of Lee Buford (drums) and Chip King (guitars/vocals) will record the full-length follow-up to 2010’s All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood and 2011’s Nothing Passes – their collaboration with Braveyoung – at Machines With Magnets (Black Pus, Battles) in May. The pair have recently completed a new 3-track EP entitled Master, We Perish, which hits the stores on 30th April via At A Loss Recordings.
The album title, artwork and track listing will be revealed in the coming months.
April 25th, 2013
Chicago, IL/Baltimore, MD experimentalists Locrian have revealed the details of their forthcoming Relapse Records full-length.
Entitled Return To Annihilation, their first album for the label was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles, etc) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL, and is described as “a two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson.”
The album will see the light of day on CD, double LP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world.
The full track listing is as follows:
1: Eternal Return
2: A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven
3: Two Moons
4: Return to Annihilation
a. Into One Light
c. All Mineral in Upheaval
5: Exiting the Hall of Vapor and Light
6: Panorama of Mirror
7: Obsolete Elegies
b: Digression of Air
d: In Felsic Splendor
Locrian were previously interviewed in Rock-A-Rolla issue 36
April 25th, 2013
Season Of Mist have announced the signing of Phoenix, Arizona experimental/noise outfit GOG aka Michael Bjella.
A staple of the underground noise scene for close to a decade, GOG has previously released a slew of limited editions and CD-Rs, and the latest album, Ironworks, was released on vinyl in December 2012 on Utech (reviewed in Rock-A-Rolla issue 42).
Michael Bjella commented: “I started GOG to explore the darker sides of thought and life. I want to create things without restriction and form that can transport people and possibly make them confront their own fears. Things that are truly dark but have contrast. To borrow a line from one of my favorite artists, in case there might be harmony, then it is the harmony of accident, of chaos. I’m not trying to make harmony. Season Of Mist has shown that they are not afraid to push the envelope with challenging music and sound. With their support I will continue to do that in GOG and bring my ideas to a new and bigger audience, I’m beyond excited. ”
Further details will be revealed in the coming months.
April 16th, 2013
5-7 April 2013, Various Venues, Glasgow
There’s a feeling of faint nostalgia as a crowd settles in to watch the birth of Counterflows mk. II in the very same room as it was launched a year before. Still as forward-thinking as ever, the first night hosts an eclectic line-up, with Loren Connors and Suzanne Langille leading the heavyweights, Langille’s part-Jarboe, part-Log Lady delivery bringing a sense of tranquil order to Connors’ peculiar and often bewildering guitarwork. While the emotion is there, it’s also highly methodical, a practice shattered during Kan Mikami’s set. Like occasional collaborator (and last year’s highlight) Tomokawa Kazuki, he has a charm that stems precisely from his chaotic nature, a fleet-footed, shimmying bard who growls and yowls with heart and spleen. The introduction of drum whiz Alex Neilson kicks up the chaotic energy to a perversely enjoyable level, though as Jandek joins briefly for a ham-fisted turn on bass, his crudeness erects a wall into which any previous momentum is smashed.
The next night offers a chance at redemption and, after Thomas Ankersmit’s searing evisceration of noise and frequency, they do just that. Mikami’s solo set may be brief but he seems much more relaxed, joking and quizzing the crowd between his ribald turns, and when Jandek returns to more familiar territory, he not only demonstrates a unique grasp of style and structure but also a healthy level of wit, his cupcake-related rambling over ringing discord a surreal treat.
As Sunday heralds an untimely end, it delivers an early gift in the form of Death Shanties’ high-energy collision of continuous art and free-form jazz, Neilson’s third set in three days showing little drop in skill or energy and marking him as a possible android. Playing the tried-and-tested route of saving best for last, the festival is closed with a jaw-dropping performance from Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love. Tight, direct and endlessly creative, they display levels of dexterity and stamina that are genuinely breathtaking, though it’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: Paal’s eerie blend of speed and precision or Brötzmann’s lung capacity. Either way, it’s an experience that can’t be replicated, Counterflows once again blessing its patrons with something that verges on life-changing.