Latest news: Fri, May 22 2015
Fri, May 22 2015: SHAPE OF DESPAIR
SHAPE OF DESPAIR are currently premiering a brand new song taken from their forthcoming full-length 'Monotony Fields', which has been scheduled for release on June 15th (one day later in North America). The beautiful funeral doom gem "The Distant Dream of Life" is exclusively streaming via the official media partners below:
"Originally this song was intended to serve as an intro to 'Monotony Fields'”, the band comments. “Even though the start quite resembles something that our mates from RAPTURE could have put out, we felt it necessary to end this in a proper SHAPE OF DESPAIR way and slowed the pace down, while injecting a dose of hopelessness. To bring out a slightly different side of 'Monotony Fields', we present to you the shortest and possibly catchiest track of our new album."
'Monotony Fields' is available for pre-order via the Season of Mist shop. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.
SHAPE OF DESPAIR have already been confirmed for three festival dates this summer. More shows will be announced soon.
19 Jun 15 Clisson (FR) Hellfest Open Air
21 Aug 15 Alba Iulia Fortress (RO) Dark Bombastic Evening (exact date TBA)
31 Oct 15 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (Dutch Doom Days XIV)
SHAPE OF DESPAIR’s current line-up is as follows:
Henri Koivula: vocals
Natalie Koskinen: vocals
Jarno Salomaa: guitars, keyboard
Tomi Ullgren: guitars
Sami Uusitalo: bass
Samu Ruotsalainen: drums
Fri, May 22 2015: KEN MODE
KEN mode are now streaming a fourth brand new song taken from their forthcoming sixth full-length 'Success', which has been scheduled for June 15th (June 16th in North America). The power trio from Winnipeg, Canada is exclusively premiering the track "Dead Actors" via Brooklyn Vegan and Invisible Oranges in the US and for the rest of the world through The Quietus. All forthcoming KEN mode live dates in Europe and North America are listed below.
KEN mode comment: "The song 'Dead Actors' is our tribute to both 90's indie rock and to the duality of the meaningfulness of conscious existence; it's self-aware almost to a fault", reveals frontman Jesse Matthewson. "We were trying to take the feeling of SLINT, JUNE OF 44, maybe a dash of DAZZLING KILLMEN, ENGINE KID, and even SOUNDGARDEN and filter it through Manitoban wheat grass. For some reason it feels very 'Canadian Prairies' to me, and I really like that."
'Success' is a bold move towards sounds that originally inspired the band at the beginning sixteen years ago. KEN mode have previously proved this claim by releasing a video for the opening track "Blessed" as well as the tracks "These Tight Jeans" and "Management Control".
The album can already be pre-ordered in various formats through the Season of Mist shop.
KEN mode recorded 'Success' with legendary engineer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE JESUS LIZARD, PJ HARVEY) to capture the material in a fully live and analogue session in the band's hometown in November 2014. This set-up brought to fruition the most raw, rock and roll sound this band has ever put forth.
KEN mode have already revealed the cover of 'Success', which was created by acclaimed Winnipeg based fine artist Randy Ortiz. The artwork can now be viewed below along with the tracklist.
KEN mode have previously announced a second European tour after their just ended road-rage with Swiss post-hardcore act Cortez, which happens before the Canadians will embark on a journey through North America. A list of all shows can be viewed below.
25 May 15 La Louviere (BE) Taverne Du Theatre
27 May 15 Copenhagen (DK) Kb18
28 May 15 Hamburg (DE) Astra Stube
29 May 15 Paris (FR) OTB Festival
31 May 15 Bristol (UK) Temples Festival
01 Jun 15 London (UK) Macbeth
02 Jun 15 Lille (FR) Peniche
03 Jun 15 Sint (BE) Jeugdhuis Job
04 Jun 15 Caen (FR) TBA
06 Jun 15 Poitiers (FR ) Less Playboy Is More Cowboy Fest
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
16 Jun 15 Toronto, ON (CA) The Shop (Parts & Labour) (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
17 Jun 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Turbo Haus (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
18 Jun 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) St. Vitus (+Fight Amp +Pyrrhon +Couch Slut)
19 Jun 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Kung Fu Necktie (+Fight Amp)
20 Jun 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups (+Fight Amp +Lo-Pan)
21 Jun 15 Chicago, IL (US) The Burlington (+Fight Amp +Gobo's Cvit)
26 Jun 15 Winnipeg, MB (CA) The Goodwill (+Pop Crimes +Teethmarks)
Rock, noise, math, indie – KEN mode offer a root to it all on 'Success', locating a common ancestor that's behind all that they do and have done as a band. It's one seriously fermented sound that pervades these recordings, a goldrush of skewed rhythms, corrosive riffs and scorching pickup abuse, so diligently pulled off and inherently important to the band. Their path first appears to be one of complex inspiration, but a lineage soon becomes clear, lighting up a way through concentric circles of legacy that encompasses the full spread of inventive heavinesses that fed in to the grunge estuary, and out in to the open sea of independent labels in the final decade of the last century, where KEN mode first appeared.
'Success' is a funny concept; in its rawest, most pure form, it is entirely relative, and this was the subject KEN mode chose to approach their new album with. Sonically, and lyrically, a shift has been made from the classic spitting of metallic hardcore tinged vitriol, that the band has become known for, to a rawer, more mature, even humourous indie rock aesthetic. In April 2014, the band set out to pay tribute to where they've come from: a salute to both their Canadian Prairie roots, and a time when they first started to care about making music; the burgeoning 'grunge' and Touch & Go/Dischord scenes of the late 80s/early 90s, with bands like NIRVANA, BIG BLACK, COP SHOOT COP, THE COWS, CIRCUS LUPUS, and DRIVE LIKE JEHU warping their teenage minds. Lyrically, the band's fascination with comedy spirals around classical western concepts of "success" - from employment, sex, marriage, religion, socio-economic standing, and particularly the many perceptions people have of how they, and those around them, happen to fit into the world.
Frontman Jesse Matthewson describes his upcoming work as being "a decidedly stripped down northern noise rock apocalypse to be unleashed on the world. Time to take this back to our roots."
Fri, May 22 2015: FLOOR
FLOOR have released new live footage shot during their recent US tour at The Bottle Tree in Birmingham, Alabama. Filmed by regional television show We Have Signal, the revived stoner rock trio headed by TORCHE frontman Steve Brooks also features in an in-depth interview. The station's stream can viewed here.
FLOOR are back from their first-ever European tour in support of their current album 'Oblation', which included the cult act performing at prestigious festivals such as Roadburn in Tilburg, Netherlands, London's Desert Fest in the UK, and Germany's Doom over Leipzig, among a string of celebrated regular shows.
FLOOR have been touring in support of their current album 'Oblation', which was released April 25th of 2014. 'Oblation' is still available in various formats through the Season of Mist shop and is streaming in full here. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below:
Fri, May 22 2015: 1349
Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 and cult death metal pioneers NECROPHAGIA have announced special guests for different regions of the new North American "Chaos Raids" tour in support of their respective latest albums 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos' and 'WhiteWorm Cathedral'. Please see below for a list of all support acts and confirmed tour dates.
The "Chaos Raids" tour will kick off on May 30th and includes VATTNET VISKAR. Added to the tour are BLACK ANVIL for the performances in Baltimore and Brooklyn, ATRIARCH in Seattle and Portland, and EARLY GRAVES will be performing in Oakland and San Diego respectively. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
30 May 15 Baltimore, MD (US) Ottobar
31 May 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) St. Vitus
01 Jun 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Foufounes Electriques
02 Jun 15 Toronto, ON (CA) Mod Club
03 Jun 15 Rochester, NY (US) Montage Music Hall
04 Jun 15 Chicago, IL (US) Cobra Lounge
05 Jun 15 St. Paul, MN (US) Amsterdam Bar
06 Jun 15 Des Moines, IA (US) Val Air Ballroom
09 Jun 15 Boise, ID (US) The Crazy Horse
10 Jun 15 Seattle, WA (US) Club SUR
11 Jun 15 Portland, OR (US) Tonic Lounge
12 Jun 15 Oakland, CA (US) Metro Opera House
13 Jun 15 San Diego, CA (US) Brick by Brick
14 Jun 15 Phoenix, AZ (US) Joe's Grotto
15 Jun 15 El Paso, TX (US) Mesa Music Hall
16 Jun 15 San Antonio, TX (US) Korova
17 Jun 15 Ft Worth TX (US) Tom Cat's
18 Jun 15 New Orleans, LA (US) Siberia
19 Jun 15 Orlando, FL (US) The Haven (without NECROPHAGIA)
1349 will hit the road supporting their new full-length 'Massive Cauldron of Chaos', which has been called "another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal's more promising groups" by Sputnik Music, and a "musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward" by Metal Injection. The album is available in various formats through the Season of Mist shop and streaming here in full. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.
NECROPHAGIA are touring in support of their latest full-length ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’. All still available formats can be directly ordered from the Season of Mist shop and the album is streaming here. Artwork and tracklist are as follows.
Fri, May 22 2015: BENIGHTED
BENIGHTED are announcing that their long-time "drummer and brother" Kevin Foley will be unavailable to perform with the French brutal death shooting stars during summer 2015 due to the blasting progeny having an offer to join another big project that he can't refuse. The band is searching for a full time replacement and reveals two drummers stepping in for the summer festivals.
Austrian "killer machine" David Diepold will bang the drums at the Ranger Rock Festival in Brand, Germany on the 13th of June and the Swiss Summer Break(Down) Festival in Geneva at Kalvingrad on June 27th.
On all other summer festivals (please see below for a full list of shows), the band's friend and amazing drummer Kevin Paradis, who appeared in BENIGHTED's music video "Experience Your Flesh" and already played a couple of times with the French grinders, will sit on the drum stool.
BENIGHTED will recruit a full time replacement on the drums in case Kevin’s new project becomes a permanent occupation. Interested talents can apply by sending two drum videos of the songs "Asylum Cave" and "Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Jun 15 Brand (DE) Ranger Rock Festival
27 Jun 15 Geneva (CH) Kalvingrad (Summer Break(Down) Festival)
04 Jul 15 Trier (DE) Death Shall Rise Festival
08 Aug 15 Jaromer (CZ) Fortress Josefov (Brutal Assault)
21 Aug 15 Kaltenbach (AT) Spital am Semmering (Kaltenbach Open Ai)
22 Aug 15 Karlsruhe (DE) New Noise Festival
05 Sep 15 Loos-en-Gohelle (FR) Gohellefest
BENIGHTED's live crusher 'Brutalive the Sick', which was released this February 23rd as a CD + DVD set is already completely sold out in Europe and stocks are running low in the US. All previous albums are still available via the Season of Mist shop.