It’s upon us again… After six years and many listens to 2012’s Book Burner, Pig Destroyer have unsheathed Head Cage (Relapse) their sixth full-length in a career spanning two decades. The fact that we continue to get new music from Pig Destroyer seems baffling. Like Converge or Refused, Pig Destroyer are in the unique position of being able to rest on past accomplishments and make good money playing the Summer festival market.
Reclusive grindcore masters Agoraphobic Nosebleed have been downright prolific the last few years. Playing multiple special shows at festivals, and with a great new EP out earlier this year Arc (Relapse) ,the band has seen a resurgence of popularity, and as usual, unwavering respect in the underground. They will take a turn as one of the headliners this weekend at Southwest Terrorfest V in Tuscon, AZ. Ghost Cult’s Andrew Francis caught up with Adam Freisch, Richard Johnson, and Scott Hull earlier in the year to discuss the current state of the band, future recordings, and the difference in the record industry between being in a grindcore band, versus say Slayer, Iron Maiden or Tool.
Detroit sludge punkers Child Bite have released a new music video for their song, ‘Vermin Mentality’ The video clip features an all-star cast of horror move personalities like Bill Moseley, Wayne Alon Scott, and more. You can see the clip from Bloody Disgusting below:Continue reading →
The wait is over! Superjoint revealed earlier this year that their new album, Caught Up In the Gears of Application, would be coming to us on November 11th via Housecore Records, and we finally have our first taste of the new material!Continue reading →
Fresh off their Friday set at Temples Festival and ready to head into their debut performance of Natasha, US based Pig Destroyerhave really managed to capture the true breadth of their style over the two days. While they may straddle grindcore and doom, styles that so often seen as opposing, both have a chaotic element that holds them together. The music may be violently aggressive, but the band themselves are surprisingly laid back and fun as we quiz JR, Blake and Jarvis on everything from how a set comes together to whether Agoraphobic Nosebleed will ever hit the UK with a show.
You’ve already played one set at Temples festival, how has it gone?
JR – Good, very good. It was one of our best ones in a little while actually.
You’re playing a double set, how did that come about?
JR – We’ve had a couple of releases that are along the slow variety and they had a doom day going on. They asked if we wanted to take part, we figured since we were already here we’d give it a try. We’ve never done a set like this before so we thought it would be interesting.
How did you decide how to divide the sets?
Blake – With our band it’s kind of always like a timing thing. Recently we had a couple of dates scheduled in Germany and France and they fell through. Temples had somebody drop off and they offered us a second day. We’d been discussing doing it anyway so we really needed a finite goal or we’d just never do it.
JR – We need a kick in the ass at times.
Blake – We started working it out.
JR – For a long time we thought Natasha wasn’t really doable for us because there’s a lot of noise passages that aren’t necessarily musical. We didn’t know if we’d be able to tie everything together rhythmically. We managed to work it out at least to the point where we could practise it.
Do you have any challenges bringing the noise elements of your music into the live environment?
Blake – I guess that depends on how much I’ve had to drink but yeah, sometimes. It depends you know, it’s kind of… I don’t want to say a freeform thing, but its just ‘lets do it’. Depends how much time we have and what’s going on.
JR – How the PA system works as well. It’s noise so there’s a chaotic element to it, and that’s why we do it, we like the chaos to it. You don’t want to get too nitpicky about something like that.
Blake – It’s got to have a little freeform vibe to it.
Pig Destroyer has two very different styles; do have any difficulty pulling together shows? How do you decide what goes into each set list?
JR – We do have a lot of songs. We have songs that we definitely personally like to play. I think sometimes we lean on those rather than what other people want us to play. We don’t play our video songs very much or our hits but we just have songs we prefer to play ourselves. It’s usually not hard to get a regular set list together. The slow stuff, this will be a new experience for us.
Blake – Might be the last time…
JR – You never know! We’ll see how it goes.
What influence came in that caused you to split out into two such differing genres?
JR – I think it’s our personalities, it’s very representative of our personalities, both directions.
Blake – Also, really early grindcore kind of lends itself to that. If you listen to Godflesh it’s still rooted in grindcore and it’s not fast, it’s just churning.
JR – It’s two sides of the same coin, the way we look at it. We like it really fast, we like it really slow.
Blake – So does my wife! [laughs]
JR – Yeah, there you go.
You all seem to have a lot of different bands; do you find it hard to juggle your various workloads?
Blake – Not me.
Jarvis – Luckily we have management and people that can get everything in order for us so it’s a lot easier when there’s people helping out. Last week at Maryland Deathfest we had multiple sets, and getting from one venue to the next can get chaotic sometimes.
Blake – I think JR and I are the least busy in that respect. I’ve got Hatebeak but that’s not a real live project. I know that Jarvis has started jamming with a couple of other guys.
Jarvis – Yeah but that’s just fucking around. I don’t like to bite off more than I can chew, because we all have other things in our lives going on outside music.
Blake – This would be a great question for Scott if he were here.
Jarvis – He’s the ultimate mulitasker.
Blake – Doing Agoraphobic and Pig Destroyer, it’s been a lot of work lately.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed at Maryland Deathfest, by Hillarie Jason Photography
Is the UK ever going to see a live show from Agoraphobic?
Jarvis – Probably, probably. I would say we might even come back next year. You never know, right about this time.
We’d love to see a show over here now that Maryland Deathfest had one.
Blake – Well it was the first show and it was only a week ago.
JR – It was a killer set.
Jarvis – Yeah it was a lot of fun and we put a lot of work into it. We were kind of worried, same thing with tonight playing Natasha for the first time but it worked out. We’re going to keep playing, that’s for sure.
What do you want people to take from a Pig Destroyer show?
Blake – Black Eyes.
JR – Bloodshed is always good. We don’t anyone to die, but if they come close then that’s cool. [laughs]
Blake – Basically just having fun. Our music may be kind of serious but as people we’re easy going. Obviously we’re not raking in the millions here so we’re having fun and we want the crowd to interact with us and have fun. We don’t fly half way across the world for no reason.
JR – The crowds over here are great. They love grindcore. We just love playing for people that have the same interest as we do.
Blake – The same passion.
JR – That’s what it’s all about, brotherhood. We’ve been all over the world at this point and metal shows are about the same wherever you go. Even if the culture of the country is totally different, you can go to a metal show and it’s a universal language.
In an instant, I knew The Insolent (Selfmadegod) from Warsaw, Poland’s Antigama was a stellar pursuit—the seventh full-length installment from the avant-garde Grind act cracks open new dimensionality in their already complex and angular brutality.
The ten tracks comprising The Insolent play as the culmination of Antigama’s aural evolution, where their Napalm Death-style intoning is augmented by ambient qualities, which synthesize into an aura of hauntingly ominous hues.
Opening track ‘Reward or Punishment’ splays with righteous indignation, as vocalist Lukasz Myszkowski’s high throat barks and sneers grate atop guitarist Sebastian Rokicki’s asymmetrical chord progressions, materializing into a din of riffs and unpredictability.
Antigama cozies up to instrumental interludes on tracks like ‘Out and Beyond,’ which resonate with meditative impulses, while maintaining momentum and push via Paweł “Paul” Jaroszewicz’s consistent, atomic-tight percussive timing.
Focused and capable, The Insolent also proves Antigama has mastered the art of maintaining decipherability, which speaks to a maturity heard rarely in Grind: tracks like ‘The Land of Monotony’ impress breathing room between the impulses of Antigama’s cacophony, rendering the requisite sound all the more impactful, impressive, and harrowing.
Recorded in February 2015 at JNS Studio in Warsaw, The Insolent was engineered by Pawel Grabowski, mixed by Pawel Grabowski and Antigama. Mastered by the venerable Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland, the album also features a guest appearance from Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek, and cover art from Bartek Rogalewicz.
The much talked about death metal/grindcore outfit fronted by a parrot Hatebeak will be releasing their new album Number of the Beak on June 26, 2015 via Reptilian Records. Hatebeak was formed in Baltimore, MD as a studio project of Blake Harrison (now of Pig Destroyer) with Mark Sloan (The Index) and Waldo, a 21 year old African Grey Parrot. The album was mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer,Agoraphobic Nosebleed) will be issued on CD, cassette, as well as limited vinyl runs (including 300 on a special Bird Shit black/white/clear color mix). Featuring a sure-to-be controversial cover by artist Stephen Kasner, one side of the vinyl collects all of Hatebeak’s long out-of-print EPs from 2004-2007 while the other side features six never released songs, the first new avian-metal to surface in eight years! Stream samples below.
Polish grinders Antigama have completed their seventh full length release titled The Insolent, out May 7, 2015 via Selfmadegod Records. The band has booked a May run of US dates tied into the release of their record, which is posted below.
ANTIGAMA Blast the East Coast US Tour w/ Drugs Of Faith: May 13: Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY (w/ The Communion) May 14: The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI (w/ The Communion) May 15: Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ (Mildfest) (w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more) May 16: Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Infernal Stronghold) May 17: TBA – Washington, DC May 18: Cellar Door – Annandale, VA May 19: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA May 20: Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA May 23: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest) [no Drugs of Faith]
Recorded in February at JNS Studio in Warsaw, The Insolent was engineered by Pawel Grabowski, mixed by Grabowski and the band, and mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), the album features a very special guest appearance of the legend of Polish electronic music scene, Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek, and bears cover art designed by Bartek Rogalewicz. The first single from the album comes through a new Youtube video for the fourth track, “Used To,” cut from footage filmed by Paweł “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz and Łukasz Myszkowski during the recording sessions.
The Insolent Track Listing: 01: Reward Or Punishment 02: Foul Play 03: Data Overload 04: Used To 05: Randomize The Algorithm 06: The Insolent 07: Sentenced To The Void 08: Out Beyond 09: Eraser 10: The Land Of Monotony
ANTIGAMA: Łukasz Myszkowski – vocals, electronics Sebastian Rokicki – guitars Paweł Jaroszewicz – drums, percussion Sebastian Kucharski – bass
Miami deathgrinders Maruta is streaming “Stand In Defeat,” off of their Relapse Records debut Remain Dystopian, out June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet, below.
Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer‘s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche‘s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer‘s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed‘s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! Seekers of top-tier extreme metal punishment in the tradition of Napalm Death, Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and the like should keep Remain Dystopian on their radar as tracks from the record and more are released onto the masses. While you suffer in anticipation for more, Relapse has issued the full info for the album including the cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn, the track listing, preorders, along with the track, “Stand In Defeat.”
Remain Dystopian Track Listing: 01: Genocide Interval 02: Hope Smasher 03: The Void Within 04: Minimal Progress 05: Protocol For Self Immolation 06: Absolutist 07: Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth 08: Submergence aka Barren Oceans Of Infinity 09: Erode 10: Stand In Defeat 11: Remnants Of Failed Utopia 12: I, Usurper 13: Durandal 14: Psalm For The Withered 15: Return To Zero 16: Slaying Jehova 17: Immune
MARUTA: Mitchell Luna – vocals Eduardo Borja – guitar Mauro Cordoba – guitar Danny Morris – drums
Seattle death grinders Theories is streaming a lyric video for “Burnt Concrete,” off of their new full length release Regression, out March 24, 2015 via Metal Blade Recordshere.
Regression was tracked at The Red Room and The Boiler Room with producer/engineer Derek Moree (The Sword, Pelican, Minus The Bear et al) with mixing and mastering conducted by Visceral Sound‘s Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed).
Stream “Shame” below.
Stream “Cycle of Decay” below.
In related news, Theories will be making an in-studio performance on KEXP 90.3 in Seattle on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:00 am PST as part of KEXP’s Seek And Destroy segment. That following weekend, on Saturday March 21st, 2015, the band will be hosting KISW 99.9 Metal Shop. Stream it live here from 10:00pm – 2:00am PST. Then on Tuesday, March 24th, the day Regression drops, Axler and bassist Kush Karimi will be hosting a DJ night at Linda’s Tavern 9:00pm till 2:00am PST in Seattle where they’ll be spinning the record in its entirety as well as other metal and non metal tunes.
Additionally, Theories is honored to level the stage of the Showbox in Seattle March 31st as area openers for the mighty Decibel Tour. Featuring At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer and Vallenfyre, the performance will serve as the band’s CD release show.
THEORIES: Mar 24: Linda’s Tavern – Seattle, WA (Regression Listening Party) Mar 31: The Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA (Decibel Tour w/ At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre) Apr 18: Silver Platters – Seattle, WA (in-store performance) May 29: Seven One Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Samothrace more)