SPYLACOPA began as an obscure ambient-electronic side-project for Brooklyn-based CANDIRIA guitarist John LaMaccia, but after accruing a band of notables – namely Greg Puciato of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, Jeff Caxide of ISIS, and Julie Christmas of MADE OUT OF BABIES – the project was bound to gain momentum. Judging by the sounds of the new song "Haunting A Ghost" that was posted to the band's MySpace earlier this week, SPYLACOPA has evolved into an entirely different beast all together. While LaMaccia proved to have a knack for combining head-pounding beats with ambient soundscapes on SPYLACOPA's earlier output, this song is far more rocking and metal-friendly than anything I've heard from them so far. LaMaccia's distorted guitar progressions and electronic sequencing seems to have matched perfectly with the lush mix of Puciato's own touches and his trademark vocal approach – the high contrast of soaring melodies and screaming and bellowing – and the thick layer of groove from Caxide. Their forthcoming debut self-titled EP (available November 18th) has already garnered high praise from Terrorizer Magazine, and Puciato seems to like it well enough… but don't just listen to us! Listen to "Haunting a Ghost"yourself online here.
In related news, LaMaccia has finallly made an update regarding CANDIRIA and has revealed more about their forthcoming Toying With The Insanities 4 volume series of remix/interpretations 12" LP's that will be released on his label, Rising Pulse Records. The release is said to feature contributions from members of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DYSRHYTHMIA, DUB TRIO, KAYO DOT, DÄLEK, and more. However, this great collection will only be released as a limited edition available on vinyl (with free mp3 download with purchase) with only 250 of each volume pressed. Pay attention to their myspace for release updates so you can get your hands on one of these!
What's even more intriguing is that LaMaccia implied that there will be new CANDIRIA recording in the future(!), saying that the band is "moving forward" and was "back on track". After news last year, that CANDIRIA wasn't allowed to release their last album through Type A records since they couldn't tour, many people were unsure if we'd ever hear from them again. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting my hands on this remix collection, and thankfully now I've got hope for more CANDIRIA in the future. Stay tuned here.
Several days ago, All Tomorrow's Parties announced the preliminary billing for their annual winter Nightmare Before Christmas festival in England and it looks like its shaping up to be the envy of any fan of experimental metal.The biggest story of this year's festival (which will take place on December 5, 6, and 7) is that it will be curated by both the legendary MELVINS and metal's most prolific visionary Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, FANTÔMAS, etc., etc., etc. As curators, so far these guys have assembled quite an impressive list musicians that are sure to pull in dedicated music listeners around the world for of few nights of the world's finest left-of-center metal. In addition to performances from ISIS, THE LOCUST, BIG BUSINESS, BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE, ZU, NEIL HAMBURGER, and DÄLEK, Nightmare Before Christmas will feature the MELVINS supporting their brand new album Nude With Boots and FANTÔMAS peforming their underground classic The Director's Cut in its entireity! Open-minded metalheads, follow this link to find out all the info you need to make it to the show.
And for U.S. fans, you'll have the chance to see the MELVINS this summer on tour BIG BUSINESS. After they release Nude With Boots on July 8, they'll be hitting the road for over a month across the country to support it! Check out themelvins.net for all the tour dates and head to Pitchfork to hear some new music.
For now, I leave you with some classic MELVINS with the music video for "Honey Bucket" from Houdini: