Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE) and already named one of Metal Sucks’ “Albums That Will Fuck Your Face Off In 2012”, this highly anticipated album has been many months in the making, but worth the wait!
Archive for January, 2012
In a statement released from the band: “We’re very excited to announce that our first show in support of IV v1.0, and our debut show with Scott and Rob, will be sharing the stage with the mighty TESTAMENT and Chicago’s upstart thrashers DIAMOND PLATE. This is the perfect way to kick the IV v1.0 release cycle into high gear and we can’t wait to dial everything up live with all of you once again!“
ION VEIN has made their first DR (digital release), IV v1.0, available for FREE for a limited time as a token of their appreciation for the fans’ continued patience and support. The band states, “We’ve been through quite a lot since the release of Reigning Memories in 2003, and the only thing that kept us going was the belief in the strength of the new material, so we hope you enjoy it… and remember to crank it loud!“
Conformist is the work of one man, Michael Simmons who with attitude and provocative intent expertly manipulates and reassembles intricate layers of sounds, sampling anything from cable TV shows, shopping channels, to talk shows and pornos, inspired by the dregs of TV. Forging these together, cutting and pasting, and editing to intricate and concentrated levels of complexity the 28-year-old based in Cardiff creates an aural tapestry of noise and dirt crusted sounds to bring a ‘… soundtrack to the cities seedy post-apocalyptic underbelly!’
New single ‘Savages Go Modern!’ rattles the senses’ cages with incisive sonic manipulations and slithers of caustic bright lights/seedy back street imagery, the tone and emotive fuel provided by his surroundings far removed from his quiet subdued beginnings in the picturesque village of Dale in Pembrokeshire. Fusing 8 bit analogue chip-tune melodies with thrusting scuzzed up scathing punk guitars and post-dubstep baselines, Simmons paints with sounds to conjure up impressions and visual reactions.
The track recalls the intensity and creative fusions gloriously brought forth by Pop Will Eat Itself though it is fair to say there is not the immediate accessibility here but ’Savages Go modern!’ carries a harsher intent and invades with a slower consumption to satisfying effect. Dark wit oozes through the track too and its attentive deliberate construction flows with a smooth yet cutting and imposing effect making the track greedy and pleasing at the same time.
To this point Conformist has received strong interest and gained airplay on Steve Lamacq’s on R1 and Adam Walton’s Radio Wales show as well as good media coverage. Simmons is also the driving force behind Cardiff’s newest audio production facility, Smash Mastering, which is gaining a rapidly increasing strong reputation with its offering of mastering, mixing and acclaimed remixes. Already his work can be found on Cardiff band Kutosis’ track ‘Islands’ and Bury Me in LA’s ‘Young Lust Seekers’.
‘Savages Go Modern’ is an outstanding release that triggers eagerness for his forthcoming full length release in March. For more information and to sample the great sounds of Conformist check out the official website @ http://www.conformistmusic.co.uk
Check out the track below:
Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway in wishing you an ultra rocking 2012 and to thank everyone for the great help given to the band in 2011 in making it a great year, will make available for TOTALLY FREE DOWNLOAD their song “Till It Bleeds” from January Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd… so be fast!
You can easily download the song on Voodoo Highway’s facebook page:
or on Reverbnation at the following address:
Check out the video for the song @
Earlier this year, Finn challenged himself to write a new song every day in his Brooklyn apartment. “I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative,” says Finn. “I wanted to gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working with new people.”
Finn travelled to Austin, Texas in July, removing himself from all familiar surroundings, to record the album with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead). Of the album’s title, Finn says, ”It’s a juxtaposed reference to ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a TV show that excited and moved me and also happened in Texas. Further, ‘Clear Heart’ signifies honesty and transparency, and ‘Full Eyes’ suggests experience.”
CRAIG FINN, will play an intimate instore gig at Rough Trade East, London on Wed 25th January at 7 pm in support of his debut solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes
And fans can pre-order the album, with a bevy of extra goodies from Full Time Hobby here:
He has also posted a “making of” video about the record here:
2012 tour dates will be announced soon.
‘Clear Heart Full Eyes’ Tracklist:
1. Apollo Bay
2. When No One’s Watching
3. No Future
4. New Friend Jesus
6. Terrified Eyes
7. Western Pier
8. Honolulu Blues
9. Rented Room
11. Not Much Left Of Us
Craig Finn on the Web:
Death metal legends Incantation will lay waste to Los Angeles this weekend when they join Autopsy, Acheron, Hod and many others at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion V on Saturday, January 14th at The Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd. Doors open at 4:00 PM and the first 100 people through the doors will receive a goodie bag with merch from DeathGasm Records, Dark Decent Records, Ibex Moon Records, Bulldozer Magazine and Lock & Shock. For more information, visit www.ironroom.com.
In other Incantation news, the band has been hard at work on new material a new album. Drummer Kyle Severn comments, “The new material we have been writing with new members Alex (Bouks also of Goreaphobia) and Chuck (Sherwood also of Bloodstorm) is beyond brutal, as these songs have come together they are by far the darkest and most demented Incantation tracks I’ve been a part of since Diabolical Conquest“
The new Incantation material is currently being written and is expected to be out sometime in 2012 – but in the meantime, Incantation have a brand new track (the first studio release in 6 years) as part of the After Party Massacre CD Soundtrack and Limited Edition 7 Inch Bloodsplatter Vinyl - click here to hear a sample of the track!