Khôrada – Salt

When frontman John Haughm left the mighty Agalloch in 2016 to follow a more blackened direction, the heartbreak was soon complete when the remaining members officially laid the idolised beast to rest. Two years later, through the detritus comes Khôrada, lending itself to the apocalyptic post-doom of the parent but with a more emotive, folksier bedrock. Continue reading

Goatsnake, Subrosa, Royal Thunder, Rosetta, etc Confirmed For Crucial Fest 5

crucial fest 5

Crucialfest 5 will be held June 18-20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. The confirmed line will include:

Goatsnake
Dead Meadow
Royal Thunder
Rosetta
Mothership
Kowloon Walled City
Giant Squid
Captured! By Robots
Uzala
Norska
Black Pussy
Ides of Gemini
Demon Lung
Castle
Lesbian
Wild Throne
Ghetto Blaster
Eight Bells
Cold Blue Mountain
Throes

With Locals:
Eagle Twin
SubRosa
Cult Leader
Settle Down
Baby Gurl
Worst Friends
Agape
God’s Revolver
Eons
Dethrone the Soverign
Dark Seas
INVDRS
Cicadas
Disforia
Odium Totus
The Wasatch Fault
Turbo Chugg
The Ditch and the Delta
Oxcross
Filth Lords
Die Off
Top Dead Celebrity
Anthems
Stickfigures
D∅NE
Exes
Hard Men
Magda-Vega

Schedule
Thursday June 18th
Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage
Baby Gurl
Eons
Throes
Cicadas
The Wasatch Fault
Filth Lords

Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
INVDRS
Eight Bells
Ghetto Blaster
Cold Blue Mountain
Hard Men

Area 51 / 9pm / $10 / 21+
Royal Thunder
Wild Throne
Settle Down
Top Dead Celebrity
Friday June 19th
Area 51 / 4pm / $10 / 18+ Stage
Cult Leader
Rosetta
Ides of Gemini
Norska
Dethrone the Soverign
Disforia

Area 51 / 4pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
The Ditch and the Delta
Castle
Demon Lung
Oxcross
Odium Totus

Urban Lounge / 9pm / $15 / 21+
Dead Meadow
Black Pussy
Dark Seas
D∅ne
Saturday June 20th
Area 51 / 2pm / $15 / 18+ Stage
SubRosa
Kowloon Walled City
Captured! By Robots
Giant Squid
Mothership
Worst Friends
Anthems
Stickfigures

Area 51 / 2pm / +$5 / 21+ Stage
God’s Revolver
Agape
Lesbian
Die Off
Exes
Danger Hailstorm
Magda-Vega

Urban Lounge / 9pm / $20 / 21+
Goatsnake
Eagle Twin
Uzala
Turbo Chugg
CrucialREST – Sunday June 21st
FREE / ALL AGES / FOOD
Kids & Dogs Welcome! No Alcohol Please
Bands and Venue TBA
*Schedule subject to change.
Accomodations

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Audio: Hex Inverter – The Mission Statement

hex inverter

Hex Inverter is streaming “The Mission Statement” off of their self titled debut here. The album was recorded by the band’s own Mick Mullin (Intronaut, Woe) and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Palms). The record’s stunning layout and design was created by artist Brian Azer (Sun Kil Moon, Jesu). The band has upcoming tour dates with Kayo Dot and Giant Squid.

Track listing:

01: Led to This Place
02: Even for No One
03: The Mission Statement
04: Bruise
05: Into the Hills
06: Beneath the Weeds
07: Lamb
08: Something It’s Not

hex inverter tour

HEX INVERTER tour dates:
May 20: BAR New Haven – New Haven, CT (w/ Kayo Dot)
May 21: The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Kayo Dot)
Jun 24: TBA – New Haven, CT
Jun 25: Lucky 13 Saloon – Brooklyn, NY (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid)
Jun 26: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid)
Jun 27: Machines with Magnets – Pawtucket, RI

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Giant Squid – Monster In The Creek

249094_10151494197709010_689857167_nSo often it’s said that live music shows different and more complete pictures of bands, and the bonus live recordings from this reissue of Giant Squid‘s first ever EP, Monster In The Creek (Translation Loss Records) affirms that point with gusto. This Texan / San Francisco quartet is now shorn of Aurielle Zeitler, the female vocalist of the original issue of Monster in the Creek (Translation Loss Recordings), but still purveys the blend of progressive madness and melancholy beauty on show here: organ parts, jazz-like flurries, and winsome vocals from Zeitler combatting the angry vitriol of male vocalist Aaron John Gregory.

It’s minutes into the opening title track before the first shot in anger reassures the listener that this isn’t a Carpenters album: roaring guitars accompany Gregory’s sneering delivery, not dissimilar to John Lydon circa PiL, this having succeeded an earlier indie wistfulness. Zeitler’s delivery is a little reminiscent of early Beautiful South chanteuse Briana Corrigan on the balladry of  Dead Man’s Fog, whilst there’s a modern torch-style to the opening of Age of Accountability: a smoky breeze evoking solitary corners of a Parisian brasserie, and some stylish vocal interplay with gorgeous melodies. Again however, the final third sees crunching riffs, chaotic organ breaks and Gregory’s snarl return. He adopts a death scream in the bizarre circus-punk of Throwing A Donner Party, the riffs of keyboards and guitars lifting and soaring in unison, the track’s light-hearted title betraying the first serious outbreak of fire and its dark subject matter of shark attacks. The prog-folk lilt of Dare We Ask the Widow brings us back to the core sound, with some heartbreaking Zeitler intonations leading toward a crashing crescendo in the most alluring, bewitching track of the set. Closer Lester Stillwell is a high-pitched, plinking organ accompanying those subtle riffs before the latter half of the album sees those instrumental demos and more violent live performances show the band in a new, enlivening light.

Whilst this is one of the most diverse, warming yet beguiling albums I think I’ve ever heard, its disjointed but fitting blend of beauty and strength totally absorbs me and is definitely worth repeated investigations.

 

 

8/10
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Paul Quinn