ALBUM REVIEW: Author and Punisher – Krüller


Tristan Shone knows a thing or two about wacky, unorthodox percussion, thanks in large part to his expertise in mechanical engineering. With that kind of arsenal at his disposal, Shone ran with it on his latest effort for Author & Punisher, Krüller (Relapse Records), eight tracks packed with diversity, uniqueness, and precision. It’s also his ninth full-length release since 2005, and it superbly stands alone.

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Author and Punisher Shares New Single and Video “Drone Carrying Dread” – New Album Coming Soon


Eclectic electronic Synth-Doom artist Author & Punisher has dropped a new single and video “Drone Carrying Dread!” The solo-project is the brainchild of musician-meets-mechanical engineer Tristan Shone and the track comes off of the highly-anticipated new album, Krüller due out on February 11th, 2021 via Relapse Records. The album features Shone’s upgrades to his hand-crafted machines, now upgraded for the new album, and a handful of guest players including Tool’s Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. The clip was directed by Monte Legaspi and features illustrations from album cover artist Zlatko Mitev, and you can watch it now!

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Author And Punisher Releases “Live 2020 B.C.” Album


Industrial Metal act Author & Punisher has surprise-released a live album “Live 2020 B.C.” Album. The album was created while the band was direct support for Tool on the Fear Inoculum tour, for which the band was direct support for three months, before the pandemic. We’ve been jamming this out, and it kills! You can purchase and stream the album over at Bandcamp and buy special bundles of merch too!

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Tool Kicks Off New Tour Dates with Author and Punisher Tonight


Just announced to headline Bonnaroo 2020, Tool will kick off its second US leg of the Fear Inoculum Tour tonight in San Diego at Viejas Arena and ending on February 1st in New Orleans at Smoothie King Center. Direct support will come from Author & Punisher on all dates. The band has shared the list of vaunted visual artists who worked on special posters for each city, often a limited item fans go crazy over. You can see the info in the tweet from the band below. Tool continues to tour behind their smash album, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional/RCA) which topped two Billboard rock charts and sold the most physical copies of an album by any artist in 2019, earning a global #1 album. It was also fourth in Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown. See our review of last fall’s Tool tour and if you are going to a show, don’t take your phone out until the last song, or risk being tossed out! Continue reading


Audio:Cattle Decapitation Stream New Song Mammals In Babylon


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Cattle Decapitation has released a new song today, ‘Mammals In Babylon’, from their forthcoming new album The Anthropocene Extinction due for release from Metal Blade on August 7th. You can stream the track at this link.

 

 

The Anthropocene Extinction is the followup to the critically acclaimed and beloved by death metal fans Monolith of Inhumanity. The Anthropocene Extinction was produced by frequent collaborator Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and includes guest appearances from the Philip H. Anselmo, Tristan Shone/Author & Punisher and Bethlehem’s Mr. Jurgen Bartsch.

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Cattle Decapitations’s artwork for cattle decapitation ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’

Cattle Decapitation will appear on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour with Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Obscura and more.

 

In conjunction with the Summer Slaughter Tour, the band has announce a special Halfway To Slaughter contest! To enter go to the Summer Slaughter Tour’s FaceBook page and share the streaming single post to enter: https://www.facebook.com/SummerSlaughterTour. One random fan on FaceBook will be selected on July 6thto win prizes courtesy of Indie Merch and Metal Blade Records. The mega prize pack will include:

 

The Anthropocene Extinction T-shirt
– 30″ x 60″ full-color custom album art beach towel
– Aluminum water bottle with gold band logo print
– 4′ x 2′ full-color album art tapestry
– 4-count button pack with custom hangcard
– 5″ square full-color album art sticker
– 5″ embroidered patch with gold band logo
– Cassette copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– CD copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– Double LP copy of The Anthropocene Extinction

 

Prize package is expected to ship around August 3rd, 2015. Prize pack details and image are available at http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/item/33188.


Author And Punisher Stream New Album In Full, New Video Debuts


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Author & Punisher the avant-garde audio and visual powerhouse for artist Tristan Shone, is on the cusp of releasing their new album next week. Melk En Honing from Phil Anselmo’s Housecore label is streaming in full at this link:

 

There is also a new video for the song ‘Shame’, as seen at this link or below:

Shone commented on the release of Melk En Honing:

Melk En Honing is a deeply personal album, in the same way that Drone Machines was, where each song has really etched itself into my being. Listening, each track pulls at some internal sentiment and it’s powerful. I think it’s probably the closest representation of live Author & Punisher that you will hear and I hope it’s enjoyed across genres.”

Phil Anselmo also commented on the album he produced at his home studio, Nodferatu’s Lair

Tristan Shone is the epitome of what Housecore Records stands for, and looks for in musical expression: absolute originality and innovation. It is our complete pleasure to facilitate such a fantastic, artistic mind and expression of bombastic works. There is no pigeonholing this man’s art.”

Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

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On The Road… with Author And Punisher


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One-man sonic doom armada Tristan Shone a.k.a. Author & Punisher is out on the road, handing out an aural beatdown to fans everywhere. Starting off the tour in Portland at the 5th annual Stumpfest and ending this coming weekend at Psycho California, Tristan has crisscrossed the country once again bringing a one-of-a-kind musical and visual experience to fans. All of this touring is a warm up for the release of the new Author and Punisher album on Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Records, title and release date to be announced soon. Produced by Phil at his Nodferatu’s Lair studio, this promises to be one of the most talked about releases of 2015. The accompanying photo set comes to us from O’Brien’s in Boston MA, with support from Beneath Oblivion, shot by Emma Parsons Photography.

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Author & Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography

Beneath Oblivion - by Emma Parsons Photography

Beneath Oblivion – by Emma Parsons Photography

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Southwest Terror Fest III Part III: Live from Various Venues, Tuscon AZ


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The Druids of Doom Cometh, The Final Night

Sunday, October 19th, 4:00 PM. Sundays have a very distinct feel to them. Many a song and poem have been written about this undefinable quality, and while there are many perspectives on exactly what that might be, there appears to be a thread that strings most of them together. That is, Sundays feel the like the end of something, both literally in terms of it being the last day of the week, but also in a more esoteric way. So when afternoon on the last day of Southwest Terror Fest rolled around, that feeling of ending was very evident. Downtown had a lazy feel to its movement, no one was in much of a hurry. The scene in and around the Rialto Theatre was a bit more upbeat, what with staff and bands loading in gear and attending to all of the other behind the scenes minutiae that make an event such as Terror Fest run.

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When the venue opened and the fans gathered for one final stretch of time with the final four bands, the mood was anything but lazy. Tucson hardcore stalwarts Sex Prisoner got a bit of a mosh pit going with their raw and abrasive tunes, and Obliterations took their cue from that beginning by delivering a smashing set of blistering songs made from a coarse blend of Black Flag and Black Sabbath. Well into their ripping set, the vocalist for Obliterations took a moment during one song to remark that “We’re not finishing this song until everyone gets on the fucking stage!” He then proceeded to help drag the front line mosh participants onto the stage until it was crowded to the nines, and then they finished the fucking song, complete with a circle pit swirling all around the stage. This was another one of those highlights from the fest that will be remembered for some time to come. To see a band perform in the midst of such non-choreographed madness with effortless ease is pretty damned neat.

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Following the fury of Obliterations, Baptists, hailing from Vancouver, Canada, put the finishing touches of power and speed onto a night already productive of much along those lines. With crusty hardcore and a plethora of D-beats, the band commanded attention throughout their nonstop, pummeling assault. The band as a whole is excellent at what they do, but drummer Nick Yacyshyn is the most absolutely crucial element to their sound. His incredible energy, lightning quick fills, and his fresh take on punk/hardcore drumming is something that needs to be noted for posterity’s sake.

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Once Baptists were done playing, things got a little tense and anxious around the venue. Everyone knew what was next. Here it was, finally about to happen…Sunn O))), live and with the full glory of the Omega Quartet. What may not have been apparent to all during the evening could not be overlooked any longer once all of the gear from Baptists was removed from the stage. The gigantic rig of cabs and amps, so crucial to Sunn’s sound, had been an imposing presence on the backline all day and night. After some tantalizing amount of time, the conditions were finally just right for Sunn to do what they do best. As the house lights fell and the fog machines began to fill the entire venue up with copious amounts of the cloyingly sweet stuff, a series of eerie horror movie music kept going on and on while the dense crowd awaited the coming of the drone. It seems as if Sunn O))) were messing around with the crowd and delaying their appearance with a few extra teases. Finally, when the robed ones walked out from stage right and left, shrouded in fog and purplish blue light, it was time to burn.

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It is nearly impossible to accurately relay just how monumentally insane the sound of a Sunn performance is to someone who has not heard and felt it. The sheer output of energy from all of their gear floods the senses, shakes the internal organs, rattles the roots of teeth, and even vibrates the marrow within bones. It feels like a rift in reality is going to be torn wide open and a doorway to another dimension opened. As the band is projecting out this incredible mix of tones, they look as if they are invoking the rites of some occult ritual. Between the hooded robes and bladed mirror costumes, the raising of hands and guitars to the sky, or the overly reverent way in which a note is played and sustained, Sunn live is not a concert, but a true exhibition of theatrical performance art. It only grew more grandiose once vocalist Attila Csihar (Mayhem) joined the rest of the band on stage and added the throaty distinction of his voice to the cacophony. Watching the evolution of the set from one point to the next was almost timeless in a sense, as if a bubble of some otherworldly stasis was created around the Rialto Theatre for who knows how long. The set was more of one gigantic piece of music with some obvious composition behind it, but otherwise completely unconventional and unlike anything else on earth. When it finally ended and normal reality came back into focus, the feeling was probably not unlike that of someone who had just been through the experience a tornado or hurricane churning through their life, albeit a very slowly moving one. Completely surreal and unforgettable, the druids of doom that call themselves Sunn met and exceeded all of the hype that had come attached with their name. The records will never sound the same again after seeing them live. One just does not compare to the other.

So, thus Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front came to an appropriate end. The entire four days were a joy and the lineup was incredible not just due to the big names, but because it gave the excellent selection of smaller regional bands a chance to show that they too have something to offer and can hold their own alongside the veteran acts on the bill. There were no obvious points of conflict among the crowd, no major technical issues, or any other glaring problems that can make some festivals more of a hassle to deal with than is necessary. The only real gripe was the sound and the cramped conditions over at The District, which were unavoidable realities due to the design limitations of the building, but tolerable enough to be only a minor concern. This year was definitely the best one yet, by far. A huge leap was taken in streamlining the lineup to a “quality over quantity” way of thinking and by securing the historic and professionally run Rialto Theatre as the main venue. So what will they do in October of 2015? You never can tell, but after the success of this year, it seems that the only way to go is bigger, louder, and even more terrifically terrifying.

 

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WORDS: RYAN CLARK

PHOTOS: VALERIE LITTLEJOHN