Bowl Ethereal announce the official release of a 7″ this summer via Southern Lord. This release is an expansion of their digital only debut Five Minutes which they gave away last year as a free download via their website.
Bowl Ethereal are a duo from Virginia comprising Brian Metz (Amish Control Tower) on guitar, bass and production, and influential math metal luminary Pen Rollings (Honor Role, Breadwinner, Loincloth) on drums and also arrangement and deconstruction duties.
On this Brad Boatright mastered 7″, the band opt for brevity, offering up 6 songs in 6 minutes (adding one more song to the original five). However don’t let briefness belie their brawn. Bowl Ethereal load each track with crushingly heavy riffs and sturdy rhythms, displaying absolute precision, where every drum beat, every guitar riff and every unexpected musical corner they turn, is calculated for maximum impact. The resulting record might be short, but it is unpredictably dynamic and commanding, crying out for immediate consumption and repeated listens.
Southern Lord have also revealed their latest new addition to their raging summer schedule, with progressive hardcore band Gust, hailing from Trollhättan, Sweden.
The fierce four piece skillfully combines pounding Dbeat rhythms with a classic hardcore punk directness, and bring forth a maelstrom of metallic riffs, amalgamating into one brutal and arresting sonic assault, fans of Cursed and Rise And Fall especially will swarm to.
With one demo, one LP and four European tours already under their belt, and with a fifth tour beginning the 24th of June, Gust will release their brand new, and self titled album through Southern Lord Recordings this August. This second LP was self recorded at Fvck Life Studios and is mastered by and features guest vocals by Brad Boatright (Warcry, From Ashes Rise, Deathreat, Audiosiege Engineering) on the track “Humility In Disguise”.
Their incoming ten track keeps their fire burning, exploding with lyrical angst and musical fury from the get-go, bombarding the listener with catchy riffs and spot-on political statements. From this second LP it is clear that Gust are a force to be reckoned with.
Gold is the first major soundtrack work from Dylan Carlson, composed for a foreign language western of the same name. A story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian west. Carlson’s score, which revolves around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, echoes the vast landscapes and almost existential “otherness” captured in the films juxtaposition of traditional western tropes to places and peoples not normally associated with the genre. This slight remove from genre has been a trademark of Carlson’s approach to guitar and songwriting throughout his career. Whether that be applying the writings of La Monte Young to Black Sabbath sized riffing in Earth’s earliest incarnations or his re-appropriations of country, jazz and folk during it’s second act.
Across the arc of the album’s 24 tracks (designed to be listened to as one suite), Carlson’s lyrical playing dissolves structures into abstraction, stretching out each repetition til you’re left with only the sound of buzzing or scraped strings. It is an inversion of the work of Earth. Stripping away where they would layer. It is an immersive experience. For the first time Carlson’s guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired “cinematic” adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.
Carlson (founder, guitarist and sole continual member of drone-doom pioneers Earth) began performing under the name DRCARLSONALBION in 2011, primarily as an outlet to explore in greater depth elements he only touched upon with the Earth “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light” series. Initially the project focused on the folklore and musical heritage of England with early releases devoted thematically to the Pendle witch trials of 1612 and to the music of the 60’s British folk revivalists (particularly Fairport Convention). Carlson filters these reference points through his unique, meditative and personal search for the purity of the riff. An expressive, improvisational approach that serves as a counterbalance to the repetitive force of Earth.
In the past two years Carlson has released a cassette, two 7″s and an LP under the name DRCARLSONALBION supported by two European tours with percussive accompaniment from Rogier Smal. 2014 will see the release of the soundtrack he composed for Gold, his much delayed grand opus “Wonders From The House of Albion” and a new album and extensive touring from Earth. More at www.drcarlsonalbion.com
Southern Lord have also announced the impending Summer release of Total Funeral, the fully-comprehensive discography from raging Swedish raw punk act, Electric Funeral.
The vicious brainchild of Jocke D-takt – also of Paranoid, Desperat, Warvictims, Totalt Jävla Mörker and countless other acts – Electric Funeral’s pure angst-ridden style explodes out of the speakers with relentless noise, bursting with energy. The album surges with the sounds of Anti-Cimex, Gloom, Discharge and the like to blazing speeds in the vein of Disclose and Krömosom, and charges straight at the listener with unstoppable force from beginning to end of every single track recorded to date, all of which are now packed into Total Funeral.
Containing every filthy, d-beat anthem by Electric Funeral, the Total Funeral discography boasts over an hour-and-a-half of carnage with fifty-three tracks in total, including the Harvester Of Death, Make Noise Not War, D-Beat Noise Attack, The Face of War, Make A Change, Gröndalen, In League With Darkness and Order From Disorder releases, the split with Go Filth Go, and even several previously-unreleased and new/unreleased tracks.
Total Funeral shall be released on 21 July in the UK/EU in a massive blood red/beer stained 2LP package. Orders for the digital album and preorders for the wax can be placed at this link http://electricfuneralsl.bandcamp.com/releases
California technical death metal faction, Inanimate Existence, who feature within their ranks members of Brain Drill and Son Of Aurelius, will unleash their sophomore effort, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, this Summer via extreme metal merchants, Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement boasts eight conceptual tracks of progressive punishment. The follow-up to 2012’s Liberation Through Hearing, which MetalSucks championed for its “erie, psychedelic themes richly animated by the grandiose contrast between shamanic atmosphere and uncompromising brutality,” finds the band’s signature, over-the-top compositions elevated to an entirely new level of profundity. Each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and infernal vocal tirades all the while maintaining an absorbing magnetism that draws exploratory listeners in with each new measure. The record includes several guest musicians who offer female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances to the proceedings, only adding to the record’s already confounding depth.
Southern Lord Recordings is also beyond excited to broadcast that influential, visionary metal act, Today Is The Day, has joined with the label’s roster for the release of their massively anticipated tenth studio album later this year. Early this year, Today Is The Day’s newest lineup was announced, as the foundation of the then unnamed album was taking shape. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin welcomed Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) on bass as well as returning member Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), Lohrber having previously handled touring drum duties for TITD many times in the past. Conkling and Lohrber tracked most of their sessions in December and January at the founding frontman’s own recording and mastering studio in Maine. Since, Austin has been painstakingly layering guitars, vocals and more, and as the final sessions for Today Is The Day’s tenth studio full-length will be taking place in June, the band happily reveals the name of the impending LP, as Animal Mother.