Video: Drunk Dad – Whiskey Liver


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Northwestern hardcore/noise outfit Drunk Dad is streaming their performance doing “Whiskey Liver” in HD A/V with TVPDX Portland Television studios below. The band will also be doing a string of upcoming live dates supporting their album Ripper Killer, out now via Eolian Empire.

May 21: The Colonial Cafe – Sacramento, CA (w/ Columbian Necktie, XtomhanX)
May 22: The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA (w/ Ditch Witch, Crypt Trip, Hellbeard)
May 24: The Loving Cup – Reno, NV (w/ Elephant Rifle, Sisters Doom)

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Album Stream: Humours – The Onanist EP


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Portland based Humours is streaming their The Onanist EP in its entirety, out now via Eolian Empire here.

Featuring members of 1939 Ensemble and engineer extraordinaire, Fester (Rabbits, Honduran, Usnea, Stoneburner), Humours strips Crimsonesque prog to its stark elements and fuses it with the energy and abandon of Jawbox, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu, flitting through complex movements with a mastery of dynamics and accented by strong, melodic vocals. The fascinating compulsion manifested is a technical, visceral, future look at rock for new and old-schoolers alike. Recorded and produced by Fester and the band at his Haywire Studios and with appropriately deployed cover art by Matt Stikker, the angle on The Onanist is Drive Like King Crimson; Humours deploying post-hardcore prog, yet less mathy math rock, wherein the songs are still songs not wackoff seshes. The band’s ultra-tight delivery mangles composed, serene wanderings with dementia-enshrouded rampages in seemingly equal doses, seamlessly dragging together influences in from dynamic ’70s progressive acts and blown-out ’90s post-hardcore.

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Arabrot Releasing You Bunch Of idiots EP, North American Tour


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Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot will be releasing You Bunch Of Idiots EP, out via Fysisk Format
and Eolian Empire on June 16, 2015. This is the third in the three EP series, following Murder As Art and I Modi.

You Bunch of Idiots Track Listing:
01: Cannibal Manifesto
02: Time To Pull The Sticks
03: Celebration
04: Mea Culpa
05: —
06: It’s Hot Drop It

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The band has confirmed their upcoming North American tour. These are the rescheduled dates, following main man Kjetil Nernes‘ bout with cancer.

ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour:
Jun 24: O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
Jun 27: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
Jun 29: The Burlington – Chicago, IL
Jun 30: Fubar – St Louis, MO
Jul 01: Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
Jul 02: Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Jul 03: Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
Jul 04: The Shredder – Boise, ID
Jul 05: The Highline – Seattle, WA
Jul 06: The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
Jul 07: Rotture – Portland, OR
Jul 08: Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA (w/ Dispirit, Lycus)
Jul 09: SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
Jul 12: Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
Jul 14: Holy Mountain – Austin, TX (w/ Pinkish Black)
Jul 15: Siberia – New Orleans, LA (w/ Pinkish Black)
Jul 16: The 529 – Atlanta, GA (w/ Pinkish Black)
Jul 17: Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC (w/ Pinkish Black)
Jul 18: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (w/ Pinkish Black)
Jul 19: The Studio, Webster Hall – New York, NY (w/ Pinkish Black)

ÅRABROT:
Kjetil Nernes – vocals, EGCs, synths
Milton von Krogh – guitars
Magnus Nymo – drums
Spiritwo – Middle Eastern chants
Lasse Marhaug – noise
Johannes Høie – art
Karin Park – vocals, electric piano, synths

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Humours Releasing The Onanist EP on April 14th


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Portland quartet Humours will be releasing their debut EP The Onanist on April 14, 2015 via Eolian Empire. The EP was recorded and produced by Fester and the band at his Highwire Studios in Portland, stickered-up with cover art by Matt Stikker.

Their ultra-tight delivery mangles composed, serene wanderings with dementia-enshrouded rampages in seemingly equal doses, stripping parts from dynamic ’70s progressive acts and blown-out ’90s post-hardcore, reassembling them into a Frankensteinian freak mobile that stands out in any genre’s parking lot. Featuring members of 1939 Ensemble and engineer extraordinaire, Fester (Rabbits, Honduran, Usnea, Stoneburner), the outfit strips Crimsonesque prog to its stark elements and fuses it with the energy and abandon of Jawbox, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu, flitting through complex movements with a mastery of dynamics and accented by strong, melodic vocals. The fascinating compulsion manifested is a technical, visceral, future look at rock for new and old-schoolers alike.

The Onanist Track Listing:
01: In The Court Of The Corn-Eyed King
02: Happy Birthday Alex Tucker
03: Bridesmaid _ The Onanist
04: Dog Shredder

The band is doing a string of Northwestern US dates in April.

Apr 09: Jones Radiator – Spokane, WA
Apr 10: Hogwash – Coeur D’Alene, ID
Apr 11: Company Bar – Seattle, WA
Apr 12: Deadbeat Records – Olympia, WA

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Timekiller Streaming “Sick Of Myself”


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Brazilian metallers are streaming Timekiller‘s “Sick Of Myself” off Eolian Empire’s (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale compilation, out February 3, 2015, here.

Listen to UK based Meadows’ “I Am Gobshite” here, and Finland’s Throat’s “Clean Cleaner” here.

A gnarled calling card with more than fifty minutes of audio, the fifteen stark, aggressive, noise-laden tunes on FIENDS IN LOW PLACES are worked over with smarts and wicked humor on this compilation of exclusive tracks. With contributions from THROAT (Finland), ARABROT (Norway), HEALTH PROBLEMS (USA), MoE (Norway), THE GREAT SABATINI (Canada), DEAD (Australia), BASTARD OF THE SKIES (England), HOMBRE MALO (Norway), SAME-SEX DICTATOR(USA), TEEPH (USA), CYBERNE (Japan), TIMEKILLER (Brazil), ELEPHANT RIFLE (USA), BATPISS (Australia), and MEADOWS (England), the comp is a wild trip through twisted noise rock, bludgeoning sludge, psychotic metal, blackened hardcore, and damaged punk, with each act’s warped worldview in full effect.

(We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES is the sequel and companion compilation to the (We’ve Gotta) KEEP OUR HEADS: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon, yet instead of focusing on Portland-based acts as with the label’s twenty-nine previous releases, FIENDS IN LOW PLACES marks a new low for the Eolian horde, as its contributions were culled from friends playing off-the-wall heavy music in overlapping scenes internationally.

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Eolian Empire Compilation Streaming Throat’s “Clean Cleaner”


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The Eolian Empire is streaming Throat’s “Clean Cleaner” here and Meadows’ “I Am Gobshite” here, off (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES compilation, out February 3, 2015.

(We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES is the sequel and companion compilation to Eolian’s (We’ve Gotta) KEEP OUR HEADS: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon, which featured twenty-six heavy Portland bands. Like on KEEP OUR HEADS, the “fiends” on FIENDS IN LOW PLACES were drawn from friends playing off-the-wall heavy music in overlapping scenes, scenes this time spread throughout the world. This special collection marks a new low for the Eolian horde, since the entire roster to date has yielded only Portland-centric audio carnage, while FIENDS IN LOW PLACES features fifteen of the Eolian clan’s caustic cronies from around the globe. A gnarled calling card with more than fifty minutes of audio, these fifteen stark, aggressive, noise-laden tunes are worked over with smarts and wicked humor on this compilation of exclusive tracks, with contributions from THROAT (Finland), ARABROT (Norway), HEALTH PROBLEMS (USA), MoE (Finland), THE GREAT SABATINI (Canada), DEAD (Australia), BASTARD OF THE SKIES (England), HOMBRE MALO (Norway), SAME-SEX DICTATOR(USA), TEEPH (USA), CYBERNE (Japan), TIMEKILLER (Brazil), ELEPHANT RIFLE (USA), BATPISS (Australia), and MEADOWS (England), a wild trip through twisted noise rock, bludgeoning sludge, psychotic metal, blackened hardcore, and damaged punk, with each act’s warped worldview in full effect. It’s good to know one can find pigfucking goodness all around the world.

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Eolian Empire Streaming Meadows’ “I Am Gobshite”


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Eolian Empire is streaming Meadows’ “I Am Gobshite”, from the (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale compilation, here.

FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale Track Listing:
1. MEADOWS “Gobshite”
2. SAME-SEX DICTATOR “Mass Krusader”
3. ARABROT “The Libertine”
4. THROAT “Clean Cleaner”
5. CYBERNE “Pozes”
6. HEALTH PROBLEMS “A Stuck Horse”
7. BASTARD OF THE SKIES “Brass Cattle”
8. THE GREAT SABATINI “Slow Jam”
9. BATPISS “Heavy Smoke (Stoned to Death)”
10. TEEPH “Church Vape Sesh”
11. HOMBRE MALO “The Fall”
12. TIMEKILLER “Sick of Myself”
13. MOE “Where’s the DJ”
14. ELEPHANT RIFLE “Frat Poison”
15. DEAD “Rabbits”

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Diesto – For Water or Blood


DIESTOcover-e1375898351884 Some stoner rock sets itself up for the ‘pub rock’ comparisons, largely due to lumpen and basic structures led by portly, slovenly older gents who step up to the mic and produce even less tune and stamina than Lemmy with a chest infection. Not that there’s anything wrong with a bit of weight and and a chilled attitude of course: if there was, I for one would be in bother…step up Oregon’s Diesto, whose vocalist Chris Dunn sounds like Sons of Otis’ Ken Baluke, roaring along with less control than a man who’s just supped twenty pints of best.

 

Here, however, it fits, slipping in alongside a laconic yet fiendish groove and a bloody powerful rhythm section, allied to riffs of the suitable weight. For Water or Blood (Eolian Empire), the band’s fifth full-length, is choc-full of delightful cacophonies such as the climax to opener ‘Trail to the Sun’, whilst the pace occasionally slips into doom territory with the leaden drag and sleazy lead of ‘Edge of the World’, complete with a consumptive yet atmospheric chorus. ‘The Road’ takes a step further: the middle section dipping toes into the dropped-out sludge of Rwake before lifting to a stoner-blues crash which will have the hinges of both necks and hips snapping. The vocals do let proceedings down on occasions when they’re looked to for inspiration, such as the leaden elements of ‘Sirens’. Indeed the whole ensemble seems to float astray on ‘Dirty River’ and the aptly-titled ‘Adrift at Sea’ before being brought back to life from their prosaic, repetitive stupor by electrifying leads and a reawakened sticksman, his hypnotic rhythms suddenly making perfect sense of it all.

 

The thunderous staccato riffs and harrowing scream of ‘Arrows’ closes an album of real paradox: oft bereft of identity, but with enough excitement, weight and power to ultimately rescue its reputation. Plainly speaking stoner can be as dull as dishwater without that little spark, the grain of invention to twist it around. Or a little bit of sludge of course, the filth and gravity of which has served Diesto well on this occasion.

7.0/10

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Paul Quinn