Like a deadly, grizzled beast that lurks in the shadows, KEN Mode emerges every few years with a new record, tearing off limbs as it goes, before skulking back into its pit. With September 23rd seeing the release of Null, on Artoffact Records — the band’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Loved — founder and singer/guitarist Jesse Matthewson talks about the new record and what keeps the KEN Mode fires burning. Continue reading →
Yes, I think I’ve figured it out. What’s that? Well, I’m listening to Gaerea’s Mirage (Season of Mist) and for whatever reason, my brain keeps bringing up modern-day Lorna Shore. How does that make any sense, you ask? The former is clearly a black metal outfit, while the latter traffics in the death metal – deathcore, whatever – side of things. Sure, but as stylistically distinct as they are, boy do both bands enjoy being self-indulgent.
Neurosis has commented on the shocking public admission by co-founder Scott Kelly about his systematic abuse of his family. The band has confirmed they knew about the abuse but were asked to delay revealing the information or going public at the request of Kelly’s wife. It would appear the band is officially confirming their end. Read the statement below.
Neurosis co-founding member Scott Kelly has publicly admitted to engaging in “the emotional, financial, verbal and physical abuse” of his wife and children. He also announced he is “100% permanently retired from being a professional musician,” adding that “my sole focus for the rest of my life is on taking care of my family, allowing them safe space to heal and rebuilding their trust.” Kelly is also a member of Neurosis-related projects Tribes of Neurot, Blood and Time, his solo musical output, supergroups Shrinebuilder and Corrections House, and as a frequent guest on Mastodon albums.
Continuing down the same nihilistic and misanthropic path of their previous releases, southern England’s Grave Lines are back with their third bouncy and joyously upbeat full length, Communion (New Heavy Sounds). Taking the doom of Neurosis, the post-punk rock of Killing Joke and gothic punk tendencies of Bauhaus, the perpetually disgruntled four-piece return with a little more ambient experimentalism which, however momentarily, relieves at least some of the crushing isolation.Continue reading →
QAALM is a new band featuring members and former members of Act Of Defiance, Harassor, and Seven Sisters Of Sleep. Described as atmospheric funeral doom, the LA-based group worked on writing and recording throughout 2020 and 2021, and Resilience & Despair (Hypaethral/Trepanation) is their resulting debut album. Continue reading →
I’m going to do my best to word this the right way so people can get my point without seeming like I’m insulting the artist here. I’m not looking to have a Jane Campion moment here after all. I’ve listened to Wrack’s Repulsive Gravity, and I did enjoy it, but it seems like money was left on the table. Allow me to explain.
Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Steve Von Till will embark on a headline tour of the USA this summer, finally supporting his acclaimed 2020 album No Wilderness Deep Enough, last year’s ambient A Deep Voiceless Wilderness. Von Till also released his debut book Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics last year. The tour includes a performance at Wyoming’s Fire in the Mountains festival. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 4 at 10AM Local. To get you pumped for the tour, Steve shared the first episode of his first live series ‘A Remote Wilderness,’ which you can watch now.
Post-Metal supergroup Absent In Body, featuring members of Amenra, Neurosis, and Sepultura have announced their debut album, Plague God, out March 25th, 2022 via Relapse Records. Recorded and produced by Tim De Gieter, Much luv studio Belgium, the album was mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden in the US. The band also shared a new single and music video for their debut single “The Acres/The Ache” which you can see below. “The Acres/The Ache” music video was filmed and edited by guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove.
After the four-year gap since their last studio album, Massachusetts hardcore/metalcore act Converge return with something quite different. A collaborative effort, Bloodmoon: I (Epitaph Records) sees the band joining forces with Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm plus Cave In singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky, the seven individuals all contributing to something a little out of their usual comfort zones.