Dropdead, Jimmy Eat World, Panopticon, Best Coast, Goya, members of Landmine Marathon and their related bands, and many more will perform at Butler Fest this Saturday, November 21st, a virtual fest to benefit Landmine Marathon guitarist Ryan Butler and raise funds for expenses related to his recent liver transplant. Tickets are available at the link below. Your ticket purchase will gain you access to the full event the day of the initial stream and On-Demand (meaning, you can watch this later). The full lineup for Butler Fest can be seen below.
Phoenix based blackened death metallers Lago is about to embark on The Tyranny Tour, supporting their debut album Tyranny, out now via Battleground Records. The record was produced by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day).
Apr 24: The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 25: Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
Apr 26: Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
Apr 27: Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
Apr 28: Rotture – Portland, OR
Apr 29: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Apr 30: The Shredder – Boise, ID
May 01: The Bridge – Salt Lake City, UT
May 02: The Marquis – Denver, CO
Phoenix, AZ hardcore outfit Unruh will be releasing a massive triple LP box set titled The Tomb spanning their entire recorded discography on March 10, 2015 via King Of The Monsters. Limited to 499 copies, and comes in two color variants: 155 on grey vinyl and 354 on black vinyl and comes with digital download card with a bonus live set from CBGBs recorded on their 1997 tour with Fall Silent.
Unruh just reunited briefly to celebrate twenty years since their formation with a special hometown show. Read more about the reunion gig through an interview with guitarist Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Arcane Digital Recording, etc.) here.
Tomb Track Listing:
Misery Strengthened Faith (LP1):
1. Salt Lake Of Fire And Brimstone
4. Rebirth Of Family Values
5. Closed Circuit
6. Jab Job
8. Numbered Days
9. Ugly Inside
10. Fear And Loathing Among The Working Class
Setting Fire To Sinking Ships (LP2):
1. Spoonful Of Tar
3. Disdain For The Creative Mind Of Henry Ford
4. Faded Tattoos
6. Layman’s Gallows
7. Friendly Fire
8. Five Year Wager
Singles and EPs (LP3):
1. Friendly Fire (from Friendly Fire 7″)
2. Siphon (from Friendly Fire 7″)
3. Simpleton (from Friendly Fire 7″)
4. Abscess (from Friendly Fire 7″)
5. Breadwinner (from split 7″ w/ Enewetak)
6. 84 Hours (from split 7″ w/ Enewetak)
7. Revision (from split 7″ w/ Enewetak)
8. In The Last Half Hour (from split 7″ w/ Creation Is Crucifixion)
9. Sloth (from Seven Deadly Sins comp.)
10. To Go Without (from Cry Now, Cry Later comp.)
11. Faded Tattoos (from unreleased demo)
12. Spoonful Of Tar (from unreleased demo)
13. Friendly Fire (live in the studio demo 1995)
14. Siphon (live in the studio demo 1995)
15. Breadwinner (live in the studio demo 1995)
16. 84 Hours (live in the studio demo 1995)
17. Abscess (live in the studio demo 1995)
The morose two-song 7″ bears a heart-wrenching original track named “Weeping Willow” leading things off on the A-side, and a stark rendition of Nirvana’s “Something In The Way” on the B-side, and the whole thing showcasing both acts in an entirely new way, which is streamed here.
GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL Present: The Outer Dark is on its way from the plant, destined for grim unveiling on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th, as a co-release between GODHUNTER-partially-owned Battleground Records and EARSPLIT‘s label subdivision, The Compound. With an ominous, acoustic, folk/Western musical theme far removed from GODHUNTER’s abrasive hardcore/crust-influenced sludge tones, here the quintet – guitarists/vocalists Jake Brazelton and David Rodgers, bassist Dick Williamson, drummer Andy Kratzenberg, and keyboardist/cellist Matthew Davis – is joined by one Danny Kiranos, a.k.a. AMIGO THE DEVIL, who supplies soaring vocals and ethereal Theremin contributions to the two-song 7″. The Outer Dark was recorded in multiple sessions during the Summer of 2014 at Arcane Digital Studios in Chandler, Arizona, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Ryan Butler.
The Compound and Battleground Records will be releasing The Outer Dark, a collaborative seven inch from Godhunter and Amigo The Devil on February 14, 2015, and their B-side cover of “Something In The Way” is streaming here.
The record was recorded in multiple sessions during the Summer of 2014 at Arcane Digital Studios in Chandler, Arizona, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Ryan Butler.
Continuing our series from the Second Annual Southwest Terror Fest- “The Year Of The Snake”, Ryan Clark caught up with Ryan Butler of Landmine Marathon in an exclusive interview for Ghost Cult . Ryan and his band have been through a lot of changes,notably the addition of new front woman Krysta Martinez, but are coming back stronger than ever. They talked about the scene, the value of being a great band live, and what is on the horizon for his band.
What are your thoughts on the heavy music scene in Arizona? If you could change one thing about it for the better, what would that be?
Good question. I’m a big proponent of Arizona and always have been. I love our state and our scene, and I think a lot of people take it for granted. I hear people complain about Phoenix/Arizona that are from here non stop, and they whine about the scene all while doing nothing about it. Phoenix literally gets just about every tour coming through with us being such a big city and being a passage from the east to California. I recently took a band from Vegas that was recording with me to see Rotten Sound. It was a Thursday night, and there was probably 100 kids there. So, not a huge show by any means. After the show, I asked them what they thought of the bands. They loved the bands and were blown away by how many people were there, especially on a Thursday night. They said they’re lucky to get 20 people at a grind show on a weekend night. If anything, we have too many shows here and it splits the draw. When I was first going to shows in the early 90’s it was an event, because you only got a few punk/hardcore/metal shows in a month and everyone went! There was rarely a poorly attended show. That’s probably what I’d change. Make people appreciate what they have, and maybe cut down on the huge overflow of shows that Phoenix gets. As Ian Mackeye would say, “I can’t keep up.”
As a band who does a significant amount of touring and has been involved in the up and down toils of the music business, what do you define as success in this day and age of extreme music?
For us, if we can do awesome tours, play with rad bands and break even, that is success. I obviously didn’t get involved in heavy music for fame and fortune, so that is success to me. If a band can come home from a tour with money in their pocket playing doom/hardcore/grind/death, that’s amazing, but rarely the goal.
Do you think events like Southwest Terror Fest are great opportunities to expose new people to the underground scene?
Absolutely. How often does Tucson get a fest with a lineup like this year’s had, or even a single show with that rad of a lineup? Pretty rare. I’m in deep into this culture and I still heard a ton of bands I’d never been exposed to at the fest. Tucson is kind of sequestered away from the flow of shows, and it’s a B market. Don’t take a fest like that for granted, and get some new fresh faces in there, Tucson! Bring a friend. It’s a fabulous way to make new fans for these bands.
How important do you view live performance to be in relation to your art? Do you think it outweighs a recording or falls somewhere in the middle?
I think it’s huge, but not always necessary. A recording is like a painting and you can often really get your point across. Many things can distract and detract from a live performance, and sometimes even tarnish how some people may view an artist. This is not always the case, but problems with a venue, gear, promoter or a bad day for a musician in a band can really screw things up. Some bands just sell what they do live, though, and it’s an amazing experience. Neurosis live compared to a record is a million times more powerful, but I saw them on Ozzfest during the day to 20,000 people, and it just wasn’t the same. We really enjoy the live experience and enjoy traveling. Many people tell us that our performances mean a lot to them as well, so it keeps us doing what we do.
What are your plans for Landmine Marathon in the upcoming year?
First and foremost, we really need to get a new record out. We’re writing and well over halfway done, but we all live in different states now, so we’re all figuring that out. That’s a priority. We’re touring Mexico, and will hopefully have more tours than we did last year.