It's Tuesday, which may just be the shittiest day of the week. At least with Monday, you just had the weekend, but Tuesday is like as far as possible from the weekend. Thankfully, we have some new tunes to share…
I'm really digging Kill Devil Hill, the new band which features former Down/Pantera bassist Rex Brown and Vinnie Appice of Heaven & Hell fame. It's more of a straight up southern-rock sound and these guys do it really well. Check out the track "Time and Time Again" over at Revolver to see what I mean. It's hard to find fault in this music. (more…)
Boris, Japan's Psychedelic/Noise/Avant-Garde/Experimental/ Metal band, have announced a long list of tour dates throughout both Europe and The United States in support of their simultaneous releases Attention Please and Heavy Rocks.
The dates include support from Russian Circles, Tera Malos, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Coliseum, Asobi Seksu, Liturgy and True Widow. That's quite a diverse group of acts, but should come as no surprise if you know what Boris is like. (more…)
As prolific as Japanese drone merchants Boris have been on the audio front over the past decade-plus, it's remarkable that 2011 will see their first ever live DVD release in the US. But so it is.
On January 18 Southern Lord will issue Live in Japan, a chronicle of their tour closing set at Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo on 2008's Smile trek. On top of that you get the obligatory extra features in the form of three more live tunes recorded at Shibuya Club Quattro (vintage not given, presumably same tour).
BORIS Live In Japan DVD Track Listing:
1. Flower Sun Rain
3. Laser Beam
6. Floor Shaker
8. My Neighbor Satan
9. Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki – No One's Grieve
10. You Were Holding An Umbrella
11. " "
Bonus Tracks From Shibuya Club Quattro:
12. Tokyo Wonder Land
13. A Bao A Qu
NEUROSIS, MASTODON, BORIS, NACHTMYSTIUM, HIGH ON FIRE, CRYPTOPSY, & More on one show – ABSOLUTELY FREE!!
So apparently, instead of taking the traditional route and advertising on TV, billboards, etc, Scion has decided to host music festivals instead as a means of promoting their brand. Strange? I thought so too, until I saw the lineup for their "Rock Fest." Holy mother of fuck, I don't care WHAT they're selling – any company that brings together the likes of NEUROSIS, HARVEY MILK, NACHTMYSTIUM, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, KRALLICE, ZOROASTER, and SALOME (for FREE) is a-okay by me.
According to their official site, the Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. Tickets are, apparently, free; no word yet on how one will be able to go about getting one's grubby paws on one of these golden tickets (though our brodudes over at MetalSucks.net will be giving some away to a few lucky readers).
THE LINEUP (read 'em and weep!):
HIGH ON FIRE
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
A STORM OF LIGHT
With, apparently, more to come, if their website is to be believed. I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw this confirmed, I hopped online and booked a flight for Hotlanta. Honestly? If you have any of your wits, limbs, or available personal days left, you're a sucker if you don't do the same.
Pitchfork Media tends to be frowned upon by much of the metal community as the spawning ground of many of the hipster trends that eventually make their way into our culture. However, the truth is that they have earned their title as music snobs because they generally know what the fuck they are talking about when it comes to the art. Between the cheap beer drinking, good food, partying with friends and other such things like amazing underground experimental music, it's hard to not want to go see what's playing at Pitchfork (the veritable SXSW of the upper midwest) each year. To be honest, knowing that Japan's metal visionaries in BORIS were invited to perform at Pitchfork 2008 in front of over 15,000 fans was the only justification that I needed to make the 8 hour drive. When I also took into account that they scheduled a post-festival show at the Empty Room in Chicago with the likes of TORCHE and NACHTMYSTIUM for the same night, there was no option for me not to attend.
BORIS put on an amazing show at Union Park in Chicago. Despite the fact the BORIS was the only band worthy of the description of metal on the bill that day, they accomplished the unlikely and quickly won over the hard-to-impress crowd at Pitchfork Festival. Those who are familiar with BORIS's long and storied career know that you can never know what to expect from them, and the same can be said of them on this day. Performing with their friend and longtime collaborator Michio Kurihara, they launched into a compacty yet stellar set that drew from every aspect of their repertoire, focusing heavily on their recent heavy metal fuzz rock epics from their new album Smile. Because BORIS is well known to be one of the most influential drone and doom metal bands in recent years and many of their collaborations with Michio are extremely experimental, I was really hoping to see them space-out in front of the festival crowd, but it didn't matter. They only briefly segued into some brief doom metal psychedelic mindfucks, but no matter what BORIS played, they had they unlikely audience moshing, headbanging, thrashing, and throwing up the metal horns and claw to every entrancing note. It was unfortuante, but BORIS had to cut their energy inducing set short that afternoon. The explanation? As drummer Atsuo said in straight-faced broken English before jumping into the crowd and ending the show, "not enough electric power". Nothing could be closer to the truth. It was clear that BORIS had accomplished the job with their psychedelic metal anthems – the entire crowd gave the ultimate respect and kept their fists raised and the BORIS chant going until the next band was ready to take the stage.
At the Empty Room show that night with NACHTMYSTIUM and TORCHE, we were treated to a more equal dosage of fuzz metal and the extended experimental jams with Michio that I was anticipating. That day in Chicago BORIS proved to be a veteran band that could please a crowd no matter where they play. If you want to catch a thought provoking metal show this year, I strongly suggest catching them on tour this year if they're coming near you.
Here's some fan-filmed footage from the show. If Pitchfork posts pro-shot foot at pitchfork.tv later this week, I'll embed it here and update this post.
BORIS tour dates with TORCHE and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR:
July 25 at the Marquis Theater in Denver, CO
July 26 at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
July 29 at Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room in Seattle, WA
JUly 30 at Richards on Richards in Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 31 at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
August 2 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
August 3 at Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
BORIS and TORCHE are two bands you absolutely need to know about. Check out BORIS above and check out our previous coverage of TORCHE. The two awesome bands will embark upon a North American tour in late-June. Here are the dates:
6/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/25 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
6/27 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
6/28 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
6/29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/1 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
7/2 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
7/3 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/5 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/6 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
7/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
7/9 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/11 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
7/12 Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rosa
7/13 Ottawa, Ontario @ Barrymore
7/14 Toronto, Ontario @ Lee's Palace
7/15 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
7/16 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
7/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
7/18 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
7/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/23 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/25 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
7/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
7/29 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's