Sleep Leaks End of Year Shows in Chicago, Teases Going on Hiatus

Doom Metal greats Sleep have leaked three shows for the end of 2019 in Chicago at Thalia Hall. The band also shared a cryptic message to social media, teasing the band going on a possible indefinite hiatus. No official announcement has been made, but Facebook events for the three shows appeared this weekend (11/10/2019). The band returned from an eleven-year hiatus in 2009, and have toured semi-regularly for years, releasing a live album – Denver Colorado, The Clarity single (2014), an incredible full-length album The Sciences in 2018, the Leagues Beneath single (also 2018) and a second live album, Live at Third Man Records, released as part of Third Man’s exclusive Vault series. The band also played a career-spanning series of shows at 2019’s Roadburn Festival. Hopefully, this is not the end of the band, just the end of the band for now while the members’ other projects such as OM, High On Fire, and Neurosis come to the fore. Continue reading

Sleep – The Sciences

Like many phenomena in science, you can barely predict when it will happen, and even when you can, you are not always ready for it. Kind of like a comet, a unique blooming flower, or a blue moon, the rarest of events will make you appreciate being alive but also question your reality. If you experience a once in a lifetime event, count yourself lucky indeed. Fans of doom legends Sleep fans counted themselves lucky when the band, long dormant, came back to life in 2009. Since reforming, most would have been happy with just glorious live performances, insane volume in their ears, and all that weed smoke filling their lungs. But the band had other plans. After the single The Clarity (Adult Swim Singles), the band has been promising us a new album. Surprise releasing the album on 4/20 with one’s days’ notice is forgivable if you are this band only. Continue reading

Neurosis Drummer Jason Roeder Sells Drumkit On Ebay To Raise Money For Wildfire Relief

Legendary Neurosis and SLEEP drummer Jason Roeder has completed the auction of his treasured drumset on ebay, of which the proceeds will go to the Sonoma County North Bay Fire Relief Fund to help victims of the October wildfires that devastated California. More information about the relief efforts can be found here.Continue reading

Sleep – The Clarity

Back in September, Matt Pike dropped a bombshell on us with news of a new Sleep record some time in 2017. The new year has come and gone and prior posts on the band’s Facebook page suggest that that the boys have indeed been hard at work in the studio over the last few months. Continue reading

Sleep’s The Clairty To See Re-Release On Vinyl, Live Events This Weekend

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Doom metal masters SLEEP have announced along with Southern Lord Recordings to re-release The Clarity on a special 12” Vinyl package. Details are below:Continue reading

The Mystical And Emotional Part II- Steve Von Till

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In part two of Ross Baker’s chat with Steve Von Till, Steve discusses the impact he is trying to have shaping young minds, an update of a recent illness that struck the Neurosis family, and the status of the new, long-awaited album from his much respected and beloved band.

It should come as no surprise that Von Till is a teacher by trade considering his love of researching musical history. “I find myself inspired a lot by things children say. They have such inquisitive minds. It gives me hope for the future of the planet. You turn on the television and everything is so negative. It is like; “Good morning, the world is fucked!” you hear a lot about Terrorism and war and how corrupt the world is all the time. It’s important to remember that we have a choice. We can make a better world for our families.”

Speaking to Steve, you get a picture of the nature loving family man, a far cry from the rugged brute stalking the stage during Neurosis shows. While Steve may live in another state away from bandmate Scott Kelly, who resides over in Oregon, but when Scott’s wife Sarah, fell prey to a mysterious affliction which left her temporarily unable to walk or see Von Till rallied to his friend’s aid. “She has improved a lot thankfully. It’s been really hard for (The Kelly family) but we have all been there for them as much as we can. I saw Scott a couple of weeks ago and luckily she is getting the care that she needs. Scott is a warrior. He’s a great father and has not had the easiest life. I remember when I did my first solo shows. I was fucking terrified! I talked to Scott about it as he has done way more solo shows. He still gets nervous and shaky too. There is no volume to hide behind when it’s just you out there. I hope to do more solo shows this year. I am playing in London at the end of June and my wife is German so we want to do a few dates over there.”

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That brings us to the subject of Neurosis itself. “We have the skeleton of the next record. Jason and Scott came down in February and we improvised some ideas. Steve Albini will be involved again. It’s our thirtieth anniversary so it’s important to make a great record. Making Neurosis music is instinctive. We are like a conduit for this beast.”

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Helen Money Supporting Agalloch On June North American Tour

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Helen Moneywill be supporting Agalloch on their forthcoming North American tour in June. She is supporting her current release Arriving Angels, out via Profound Lore, which was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and features drummer Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep). Cellist/composer Alison Chesley, a.k.a. Helen Money, merges her classical training with a lifelong affinity for punk rock and a taste for heavy metal. In addition to her own material Chesley has also performed and/or directed string arrangements for artists like Anthrax (Worship Music), Russian Circles (Geneva), Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record) and Yakuza.

Helen Money Tour Itinerary (all dates may be subject to change):
Jun 06: Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
Jun 07: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Jun 08: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Jun 09: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 10: Casbah – San Diego, CA
Jun 11: The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 12: Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
Jun 13: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 14: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Jun 15: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16: Neurolux – Boise, ID
Jun 17: Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Jun 18: Venue – Vancouver, BC
Jun 19: Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
Jun 20: Star Theater – Portland, OR

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Philip Anselmo, etc Featured On Celtic Frost Covers CD, Track Listing Confirmed

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Corpse Flower Records has put together a Celtic Frost covers record that will be going alongside the Morbid Tales! Book. The list of artists participating features Child Bite with Philip Anselmo, Blood Caldera (featuring Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis), and Coffin’s Slave (featuring Scott Carlson of Repulsion). The record is mastered by James Plotkin and fully designed by Mark Rudolph.

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Helen Money Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

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Helen Money’s new album Arriving Angels is now out via Profound Lore, and was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. The record features Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep). Cellist/composer Alison Chesley, a.k.a. Helen Money, merges her classical training with a lifelong affinity for punk rock and a taste for heavy metal. In addition to her own material Chesley has also performed and/or directed string arrangements for artists like Anthrax (Worship Music), Russian Circles (Geneva), Broken Social Scene (Forgiveness Rock Record) and Yakuza. For her previous album, In Tune, she worked with Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles, Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Pelican, Chris Connelly, Yakuza, Buried at Sea).

Tour: MONO/Helen Money Fall Tour
Nov 26: Debaser Slussen – Stockholm
Nov 27: John Dee – Oslo
Nov 29: Loppen – Copenhagen
Nov 30: Studenterhuset – Aalborg
Dec 01: Hafenklang – Hamburg
Dec 02: Vera – Groningen
Dec 03: MAZ – Brugge
Dec 04: Patronaat – Haarlem
Dec 05: DRILL Festival – Brighton
Dec 06: Leeds University Social Club – Leeds
Dec 07: Stereo – Glasgow
Dec 08: Whelans – Dublin
Dec 10: Islington Assembly Hall – London
Dec 11: Trabendo – Paris
Dec 14: Gebaeude9 – Koln
Dec 15: Jubez – Karlsruhe
Dec 16: Feierwerk – Munich
Dec 17: Podnick – Prague
Dec 18: Beatpol – Dresden

Tour: Jarboe/Helen Money
Feb 13: Cafe Oto – London
Feb 14: De Kreun – Kortnijk
Feb 15: Slow Club – Verein Für Notwendige – Freiburg
Feb 16: ARENA WIEN – Vienna
Feb 18: Muffatwerk – Munich
Feb 20: MS Stubnitz – Hamburg
Feb 22: Blitz – Oslo
Feb 22: Blitz – Oslo
Feb 24: Truckstop Alaska – Goteburg
Feb 24: Truckstop Alaska – Goteburg
Feb 25: Andreaskyrkan – Stockholm
Feb 25: Andreaskyrkan – Stockholm
Feb 26: Klubi – Tampere
Feb 27: Nabaklav Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica – Riga
Feb 28: Świętego – Gdynia
Mar 01: Fabryka – Krakow
Mar 04: KC Grad – Beograd
Mar 05: Klub Močvara Udruženje za razvoj kulture “URK” – Zagreb
Mar 06: Control Club – Bucharest
Mar 07: Teatr Club – Moscow
Mar 08: DaDa Club – St. Petersburg

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