After releasing post-punk masterpiece The Demonstration and embarking on several massive tours last year, Drab Majesty is back, and on the road in North America now alongside Deafheaven and Uniform. Focusing on the aesthetics of cult ritual and the devastating power of music, Drab Majesty’s live show has become a phenomenon in itself. Fronted by interdimensional muse Deb Demure and anchored by Mona D on keyboard accompaniment, Drab Majesty infuses goth with pulsing synth and shimmery “tragic wave” flourishes.
French post-hardcore/punk band Birds In Row navigate through melancholic seas to shape the beautifully hook-laden songs on We Already Lost The World. The nine-song sophomore full-length will be released on July 13th from Deathwish Inc. and Birds In Row will tour North America in support of it — first with Neurosis and Converge, then on an East Coast run with Portrayal of Guilt. Check out all tour dates listed below.
Ascending Arkansas progressive doom quartet Pallbearer will head to European + UK shores next week for a run of shows and festival appearances and today, the band has announced a North American tour with Sweden’s finest metal exports Tribulation this Fall. In anticipation of their forthcoming tour dates, Pallbearer has unleashed a live music video for the track “Thorns”, taken from their recent release, Heartless. The live video was shot during part of the band’s U.S. tour back in February; watch the video for “Thorns” here: https://youtu.be/ooKeykeDsHQ
No Trail and Other Unholy Paths, the wickedly original new album from Jaye Jayle is officially released today via Sargent House, and is now streaming in its entirety. Jaye Jayle are also supporting Emma Ruth Rundle on forthcoming live dates that were announced this week alongside new album news – see the full listings below.
Boston-based heavy music pioneers Converge have released a new four song E.P. titled Beautiful Ruin. Recording during The Dusk In Us sessions, this E.P. completes the release of all their recorded material from that time period. Each song on Beautiful Ruin is a staccato burst of emotion from Converge at their most raw; viciously precise yet alluringly out of control.
On the heels of their recently released third full-length Capture The Flag, co-ed feminist punk band War On Women have unveiled a powerful music video for the track “Anarcha.” Vocalist Shawna Potter commented, “This song is about all the stories our country has buried or ignored. I wanted to memorialize Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey in the best way I knew how, through song, and the shooting of this video just happened to coincide with tearing down a statue of J. Marion Sims, the man who experimented on them and other enslaved women.”
As the opulent melodrama of Emma Ruth Rundle’s Marked For Death (2016, Sargent House) has settled into stillness, the singer-songwriter has teased the next chapter of her oeuvre. Today, Emma Ruth Rundle has announced her forthcoming tertiary full-length album, On Dark Horses, and has premiered its first single; a poised, heavy-pulsed meditation on a life lived piecemeal titled “Fever Dreams.” Along with the new track, Rundle has announced that she’ll be hitting the road this fall—dates can be found below.
Ahead of the release of their new album Love In Shadow on September 21st, SUMAC will be touring throughout the U.S. midwest and east coast. Love In Shadow, the band’s third full-length album, delves into the innate warmth of human magnetism and the cold realities of corrupted love. The trio explore these complexities by employing minimal tools and the tactile immediacy of abstract expressionists, juxtaposing intricately composed arrangements against unbridled improvisations.
Formed in North Carolina in 2001, the riff-fueled, distortion-driven rockers ASG have re-emerged with their six-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise. The album – which is out today on Relapse Records – further expands upon ASG’s trademark blend of heavy, southern-fried, alt-rock fury and infectious, hook-centric accessibility. With unabashedly hooky vocals, evocative lyrics and well-honed musical chops, ASG create soaring, melodic rock anthems with a sunny, colorful vibe that are reminiscent of the album’s electrifying cover art, designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins). Survive Sunrise is the perfect summertime hard rock album, one that rocks with wild abandon and will burrow into your head for years to come.
San Francisco-based black metal weirdos Mamaleek are set to release Out of Time, their fifth full-length album and second for The Flenser. Musically, Mamaleek stands apart from the Bay Area’s most well-known black metal exports (Weakling, Leviathan, et al), and their connection to the genre grows more abstract with each release. This is especially evident on Out of Time, where the band has intensified their unique approach to heavy music with a variety of unusual samples—such as crooning from Turkish concerts, advertisements for items that long exist, and fragments of old pop songs.