In February of 2018, the members of Cave In gathered at their rehearsal space in Boston to work on material for their next record. It had been nearly seven years since their previous album, White Silence, had been released. But they’d been writing and rehearsing methodically, off and on, to craft a worthy follow-up. In that time, guitarist/vocalist Steve Brodsky had started prog-metal power trio Mutoid Man, drummer J.R. Conners and guitarist Adam McGrath started psych-punk outfit Nomad Stones, and bassist Caleb Scofield was busy with simian rock supergroup Old Man Gloom and his own band, Zozobra. After jamming all weekend with Cave In, Caleb got in his truck and drove home to New Hampshire. It was the last time his bandmates would ever see him.
Drowse, the nom de plume of Portland-based musician Kyle Bates, has resurfaced with a new chapter in the project’s emotionally brutalizing, musically fearless narrative. Following up his wildly acclaimed sophomore LP Cold Air, Bates has announced the forthcoming release of Light Mirror. The album is due out on June 7 via The Flenser.
Sunn O))) have revealed a U.S. listening session in addition to their events in London and Paris in the lead up to the release of Life Metal (April 26th, Southern Lord). Confirmed for April 13th, the Brooklyn-based listening session will take place at Future Space in collaboration with Southern Lord Recordings and The Tinnitus Music Series. The experience will feature a tower of loudspeakers, engulfing walls of fog, and throbbing color. A congregation of guests are invited to traverse the outer zones of consciousness and expanses of the cosmos through sound/time and sound/energy. This event is free, open to the public and available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP now.
Give a grave enough time and something will grow from it—that’s exactly how Philadelphia four-piece Low Dose was borne to the world. Whether we’re talking the dissolution of past projects, or the crumbling of a marriage, the quartet live with a resiliency that translates to their truculent sound.
BIG|BRAVE share the first full track “Sibling” from their incoming album, A Gaze Among Them (Southern Lord, May 10th) by way of a brilliant video by Mathieu Ball & Robin Wattie. Watch and share the video now on YouTube.
Richmond’s INTER ARMA, reigning masters of the slow build, share the “Howling Lands” video less than two weeks before the official release of Sulphur English.
Culture Abuse have announced their first ever North American headlining tour, beginning June 6thin the band’s hometown San Francisco and ending July 6th in Seattle. Supporting acts are to be announced, with specials guests and surprise performances at each date. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 29th.
After more than a decade of existence, five studio albums, and a slew of EPs, Helms Alee has managed to conquer new musical frontiers with each release — their forthcoming fifth LP being no different. Named for a bioluminescent marine algae that glows when excited, the Puget Sound trio’s forthcoming album Noctiluca bears a radiancy all its own.
After spending part of 2018 sharing the stage with Neurosis and Converge, AMENRA are on the road yet again—this time with doom metal torchbearers YOB and metal bastions VOIVOD. Tour kicks off today in Minneapolis and will span just about 4 weeks – check out the tour routing below.
Conceived as a means to combat the tragedy he witnessed on the graveyard shift as a paramedic, Jordan Morrison’s project All Your Sisters never fails to poke and prod mankind’s freshest wounds. With his forthcoming LP, Trust Ruins, he dives even deeper into the emotional wasteland of modern living using power electronics and incising lyrics.