BANGLADEAFY: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Lifeforms” From NYC Avant-Metal Duo; Housefly Album Nears September Release Through Nefarious Industries

New York City hyper-avant metal duo BANGLADEAFY presents the new single “Lifeforms,” as the release of their new Housefly full-length grows ever closer through Nefarious Industries. Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive advance stream of the new track. Marking a development in the band’s philosophy and approach to songwriting, particularly in the vocal department, Housefly embraces more personal lyricism and an uncharacteristically up-front vocal presence.

In 2020, BANGLADEAFY have freed themselves of all expectation and restraint – now, anything goes. With the drums recorded and mixed by Mike Gatto of Gatto Records, Housefly was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Vergara of Pancake Studios, and completed with artwork by Bryan Elkins. With the “Lifeforms” premiere, BANGLADEAFY‘s Jon Ehlers reveals, “Musically, this song was an experiment in chromatic movements. I was trying to compose a Shepard tone type thing but ended up with something different. Lyrically, this song addresses the notion about our existence being a phenomenon in our immediate universe. Yet, we’re dismantling our own natural existence despite being provided the tools to be fantastic life forms. We have more control over our fate than we give ourselves credit for, but we continue on this path of self-destruction. Let it motivate or discourage you.” Decibel writes, “Check out ‘Lifeforms,’ a new track from Housefly that filters the band’s ear for riffy, off-the-wall compositions through Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo. It has both a cinematic and tribal feeling…” 

Hear BANGLADEAFY’s “Lifeforms” early via Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release Housefly on all digital platforms on September 18th. Find preorders at the label shop HERE and Bandcamp where “Harvest” is playing HERE. 

The limitless and ever-evolving duo BANGLADEAFY – drummer Atif Haq and bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers – comes slamming back with a new beast. Housefly brings you thirteen anxiety-ridden compositions performed live on hardware synths, sample pads, and acoustic drums, and entirely abandons the electric bass acrobatics the tag team has become known for. Inspired by the human manipulation of electronic sounds, Housefly sees BANGLADEAFY revisiting influences of their youth such as Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo. 

Watch for several official videos and more on BANGLADEAFY‘s Housefly to be issued over the weeks ahead.

SPOOK THE HORSES: Empty Body Full-Length From New Zealand Post-Metal Unit Out NOW And Streaming Via Pelagic Records

Empty Body, the crushing new full-length from Wellington, New Zealand-based post-metal unit SPOOK THE HORSES is out now via Pelagic Records.  Following the calm and sublime People Used To Live HereEmpty Body rears its head with distortion levels cranked up, tempos sped up, and songs condensed and stripped down to the bare, ugly essentials. Indeed, Empty Body comes as a brutal wake-up call within the rampant COVID-19 fatigue and an unexpected surprise in almost every regard. “We’ve always been both a heavy and a quiet band. An entire album of our prettier, more bittersweet inclinations demands a reply of our most aggressive and confrontational. The pendulum must swing back the other way,” comments multi-instrumentalist Callum Gay. Stream Empty Body at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously released videos for “Inheritance” and “Cell Death” HERE.Empty Body is available on CD, LP, and digital formats HERE. Fans of Breach, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Trap Them, Old Man Gloom, and Baptists, pay heed.  Imagine a band where members can rotate between instruments, because every band member can play every instrument. SPOOK THE HORSES are such a band. And it is perhaps this multi-instrumentalism and virtuosity that explains the vast musical territory that is explored across the band’s four albums. While 2011’s debut album Brighter was defined by sweet post-rock crescendos, 2015’s Rainmaker was a much heavier affair. People Used To Live Here (2017) created an atmosphere of quiet desolation, raw and real, desperate and unsettling: the post-apocalyptic soundtrack to abandoned places, where people used to live, at one point in time, long ago.”Since we started work on People Used To Live Here years ago we knew the album would need a follow-up that was radically different – almost spitefully different – if only to utterly refuse any trite suggestion that we might be “maturing” or mellowing out with time,” Gay explains. “We’d written the song ‘Self Destroyer’ (off Empty Body) somehow concurrently with the early People Used To Live Heredemos and it had a sense of momentum to it that immediately engaged us. Once that energy was there it was an obvious choice for the next record, compressing our intuitive emotive peaks into raw forward motion. We all wrote collectively with the new focus in mind.”

Independent Artist Sawyer Fredericks Returns To Pittsburgh

Constantly touring around the USA, Sawyer Fredericks shows no signs of stopping on spreading his musical talent across the country.  Though only 20 years of age, this remarkable individual is authentic and raw with his deliverance when it comes to his performance. With a slue of close musicians accompanying him on this tour, you have Gannon Ferrell on bass, Jerome Goosman on guitar, and Chris Thomas on drums. These adroit fellows all work in harmony. The set consisted of old and new material. Mixed in with songs from his upcoming album “Flowers For You”, his most recent full-length release “Hide Your Ghost”, and older material from “A Good Storm”. He also did a few covers throughout the night, which in my opinion, blew out of the water. 

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You would think just based on listening to the studio albums alone, it would be purely folk/blues-based. Oh, how we’re dead wrong. Put together the instruments that are used for the live performance(s), and holy cannoli. It’s like rock folk in the best way possible. The storytelling within the songs is that of a seasoned veteran songwriter. I cannot fathom enough how much I would recommend seeing him in person. 

All in and all, Sawyer’s performances keep getting better and better. The first time I saw him was back in 2018. He was fantastic then, he’s even more potent with energy now. To top it off, he’s a genuinely sweet individual and down to Earth. Fame can be overwhelming to most, but for this young man, it’s made him work harder and want to spread his unquestionable devotedness to keep true to himself and his music.

Sawyer is soon to be releasing his upcoming album “Flowers for You” in the spring of 2020. Check out his socials and Patreon down below!

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Find His Music Videos and More Here on YouTube!

Ghost Releases Chapter 8 and the Song “Kiss The Go-Goat” + Tour Starts Tomorrow

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Swedish theatrical band, “Ghost”, released their latest single “Kiss the Go-Goat”. Coming hot off their trail with recently finishing up their tour with Metallica, Ghost is slated to start touring the USA. This time we are treated to the tour called “The Ultimate Tour Named Death”. Tour dates and the video for “Kiss The Go-Goat” are shown down below! Make sure to catch Ghost in a city near you!

Link to buy tickets is here!

SEPTEMBER

13   Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA

14   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV

16   Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center, Portland, OR

17   Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA

19   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

20   Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC

21   So. Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC

23   Roger Place, Edmonton, AB

24   The Corral, Calgary, AB

26   Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA

27   Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID

28   Maverik Center, West Valley City, UT*

30   Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch, Loveland, CO

OCTOBER

 1    Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO

 3    Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

 4    Scheels Arena, Fargo, ND

 5    The Armory, Minneapolis, MN

 7    Resch Center, Green Bay, WI

 8    TaxSlayer Center, Moline, IL

10   Covelli Center, Youngstown, OH

11   Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV

12   Exit 111 Festival, Manchester, TN

14   DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

15   Huntington Center, Toledo, OH

17   FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON

18   Richcraft Tire Center, Ottawa, ON

19   Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME

21   DCU Center, Worcester, MA

22   The Oncenter, Syracuse, NY

24   GIANT Center, Hershey, PA

25   Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton, NJ

26   Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, NY

* Twin Temple will support on this date

GHOUL The Band… Now, GHOUL The Comic Book!

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Calling all GHOULunatics! They’ve splattered the stage, now they’re going to splatter the page…GHOUL is starring in their own comic book and it’s being launched with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!
GHOUL: Born To Kill is a horror anthology that takes place in GHOUL‘s home country of Creepsylvania. It features GHOUL, some regular characters from their stage show, as well as other Creepsylvanian murderers, mutants, and monsters. The whole book was written and drawn by Ross Sewage, who some may know as the bass player for death metal bands Exhumed and Impaled.
“I love GHOUL‘s music and I love their very real, very true backstory,” said Sewage. “I thought comic books would be a great medium to get more tales from Creepsylvania into the hands of their rabid fans. Kickstarter seemed like the perfect place to let those rabid fans take part in bringing it to life. If this goes well, hopefully there’ll be more to come!”
GHOUL is equally excited about jumping into a new medium. “Ross who?” said Cremator of GHOUL. “Oh yeah, that guy who got me super drunk that one night. He pumped me for some stories about home. I guess he drew a comic book or something.”
The GHOUL comic book Kickstarter campaign features GHOUL related rewards, such as art prints, stickers and buttons, custom painted GHOUL drumheads, and an exclusive t-shirt design. It can be found at Kickstarter here: https://kickstarter.com/projects/1580350557/ghoul-the-band-presents-ghoul-the-comic-book.

SUNN O))) Announces The Release Of Pyroclasts, Confirmed For Release Through Southern Lord On October 25th; Trailer Posted

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SUNN O))) will release Pyroclasts through Southern Lord on October 25th. The album’s cover art, track listing, and a trailer have been issued.
 
The Pyroclasts album is the result of a daily practice which was regularly performed each morning, or evening during the two week Life Metal sessions at Electrical Audio during July 2018, when all of the days musical participants would gather and work through a twelve-minute improvised modal drone at the start and or end of the day’s work. The piece performed was timed with a stopwatch and tracked to two-inch tape, it was an exercise and a chance to dig into a deep opening or closing of the day’s session in a deep musical way with all of the participants. To connect/reconnect, liberate the creative mind a bit and greet each other and the space through the practice of sound immersion. The players across the four pieces of Pyroclasts are Tim Midyett, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and as always, SUNN O)) founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson.
The music on Pyroclasts is inextricably woven to Life Metal. It exists on the very same tape reels, was explicitly recorded by Steve Albini. The brightness and vividness of that glorious session glares through these four tracks, the precision and radiance, prismatic lustrousness of the saturation, the elemental sculptural shapes, the abstract renderings. It is a sister, or perhaps a shadow album. Or perhaps the now apparent miasma or aether. But it also exists in a form of a pause, a time space which exist in between and around the compositional structures of SUNN O)))‘s titanic works.
For the listener or recipient/participant there are deep rewards within the patience of pulling down the walls and letting the music feel and feel the music. To be immersed will reveal great detail and color, clarify image, encourage a depth of focus and stillness which may lead to a quite profound experience. Sitting inside the space of time. A deep form of elementalism, even atomism, and connection with presence moment, time and reality.
SUNN O))) would invite our audience to consider these points of perception when experiencing and listening to Pyroclasts. SUNN O))) would also invite and encourage their audience to use Pyroclastsasa lens to review and re-experience the complexity of the Life Metal album, and even to interrupt its sequence with Pyroclasts. This elaboration can bring the astute listener both abyssal, hallowed rewards.
Pyroclasts was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio on two-inch tape July 2018 and mastered by Matt Colton through all analogue AAA process at Metropolis July 2019. Four of Samantha Keely Smith’s incredible consciousness memory landscapes grace the album sleeve artwork.
Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson would like to dedicate this album to the memories of Ron Guardipee, Kerstin Daley, and Scott Walker.
View the trailer for SUNN O)))’s Pyroclasts at THIS LOCATION.
Pyroclasts Track Listing:
SIDE A:
Frost (C)
Kingdoms (G)
SIDE B:
Ampliphædies (E)
Ascension (A)
SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
September 2019 – Western U.S.
9/01/2019 Granada – Dallas, TX w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/02/2019 Emo’s – Austin, TX w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/04/2019 The Gothic – Denver, CO w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/06/2019 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UTw/ Papa M, Big|Brave, Eagle Twin [tickets]
9/07/2019 Arcosanti – Phoenix AZ w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/08/2019 Mayan – Los Angeles, CA w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/09/2019 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA w/ Papa M, Big|Brave [tickets]
9/11/2019 The Showbox – Seattle, WA w/ Papa M [tickets]
9/12/2019 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR w/ Papa M [tickets]
9/15/2019 Hollywood Forever – Los Angeles, CA [Shoshin (初心) Duo] [tickets]
Let There Be Drone (Multiple Gains Stages) October 2019
10/07/2019 Backstage – Munich, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/08/2019 HfG / ZKM – Karlsruhe, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/09/2019 Kaserne Basel – Basel, CH w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/10/2019 Felsenkeller – Leipzig, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/11/2019 Unsound Festival – Krakow, PL
10/13/2019 Kablys – Vilnius, LT w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/14/2019 Vene Teater – Tallinn, EE w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/15/2019 Kulttuuritalo – Helsinki, FI w/ Caspar Brötzmann Bass Totem [tickets]
10/17/2019 Kraken Sthlm – Stockholm, SE w/ Carl Michael Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/18/2018 Kulturkirchen Jakob – Oslo, NO w/ Runhild Gammelsæter & Lass Marhaug Duo [tickets]
10/19/2019 BLA – Oslo, NO [Shoshin (初心) Duo] w/ Runhild Gammelsæter & Lass Marhaug Duo DJ set [tickets]
10/21/2019 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK w/ Puce Mary [tickets]
10/22/2019 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/24/2019 SWX – Bristol, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/25/2019 QMU – Glasgow, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/26/2019 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/27/2019 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
10/28/2019 Roundhouse – London, UK w/ Anna Von Hausswolff [tickets]
INCOMING IN 2020…
La Gaîté Lyrique presents:
SUNN O))) – Let There Be Drone / One Residence, Two Concepts, Three Concerts
1/30/2020 / Life Metal
2/01/2019 / Life Metal
2/02/2020 / Shoshin (初心)

Ghost Performs in Sin City

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Ah Vegas.  Full disclosure, this is only my second time here, gambling isn’t my thing and, generally, neither are manufactured experiences.  There is, however, an allure, a temptation to revel in the tawdry displays of tourists on Fremont, convincing themselves they’re being entertained, convincing themselves that the shiny dress, the cheap suit, the almost fashionable, is real – even if it’s just for a moment.  The exuberance can so easily feel manic and desperate – a high that takes a wrong turn and becomes dark, feverish, and somehow sad.

But there are moments.  Moments when people come together to experience something they deeply love, that the bad trip is forced back behind joy, excitement, and connections with people who share a passion.

Ghost is a band that brings out that passion and excitement.  The community that gathers at The Joint in The Hard Rock is primed for connections – connections with each other and with the band.  Vegas is a notoriously difficult venue.  Artists have an audience that might have picked up the tickets at random, and there for a myriad of reasons where the show isn’t the primary focus.

Ghost, though, brings fans to them; as easily across geography as emotionally during a show.  Current front persona Cardinal Copia, deftly draws the crowd into his sermon – never stranding the audience in a lull, but carrying them through the changes in tempo with witty banter, and faith that, wherever he’s taking them, the journey will be rewarding.

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Cardinal Copia’s persona bridges priest and lounge singer in a playful, joyous manner that, somehow remains unironic.  And while he may lose a few of the less faithful during his earnestly delivered monologue on the cycles of depression and hardship to highs and loves that we all experience; more are with him.  It might be partially this supportive, positive, fun philosophy that backs all Ghost does that engenders such love from their fans.

It is the passion from the fans that is partially responsible for the current rise in Ghost’s popularity.  Passion, and a fun pop-rock accessibility that has been missing from the larger music scene since the eighties.  A pop rock that is backed with skilled musicians; clever, articulate songwriting; and a colorful, engaging narrative live show.

“Are you with us?” is a mantra of sorts for Ghost, and for Ghost fans. A question that is always replied with an emphatic affirmative.

Review written by Forrest Kenworthy