Lightning Bolt Streaming “The Metal East”

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Noise duo Lightning Bolt is releasing their sixth album Fantasy Empire on March 24, 2015 via Thrill Jockey and is streaming “The Metal East” here.

Fantasy Empire, LIGHTNING BOLT’s sixth album — and first in five years — is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.

Fantasy Empire is ferocious, consuming, and is a more accurate translation of their live experience. It also shows LIGHTNING BOLT embracing new ways to make their music even stranger. More than any previous record, Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power. Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound, allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays, from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments. Some of these songs have been in the band’s live repertoire since as early as 2010, and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact. This is heavy, turbulent music, but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics, melody, and rhythm.

Fantasy Empire Track Listing:
1. The Metal East
2. Over the River and Through the Woods
3. Horsepower
4. King of My World
5. Mythmaster
6. Runaway Train
7. Leave the Lantern Lit
8. Dream Genie
9. Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)

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Baring Teeth Streaming Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins, Upcoming Shows

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Dallas extreme metallers Baring Teeth is streaming their Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins album now here. It is out November 25, 2014 via Willowtip Records.

Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins was captured by Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) at Elmwood Recording, mixed by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (The Body, Battles, Daughters), and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Swans).

Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Hawkins of the recording,

“This album was a really difficult one to make. We pushed ourselves as songwriters and as musicians, but I think the extra focus we placed on crafting a complete, focused album really paid off. Every song plays into the larger whole while still being brutal and catchy, and we wrote much more concertedly this time around. Our goal was to make an album that pushes the extremes of [debut full-length] Atrophy as far as possible, and we’re really happy with the result.”

The band has booked these upcoming shows:
Dec 05: The Lost Well – Austin, TX
Dec 06: The Scorpion’s Den – Midland, TX
Dec 13: Liquid Lounge – Dallas, TX
Dec 20: Gatsby’s Mansion – Denton, TX
Jan 09: TBA – New Orleans, LA
Jan 10: Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA

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