The role of mythology is to inspire both individual and collective growth through storytelling. Myths do that by making sense of the world. Vital (Southern Lord) by BIG | BRAVE is a mythical-sounding album that does just that. Of the colossal yet intimate Vital, the Doom-Sludge trio from Montreal featuring Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball, and Tasy Hudson says, “This album involves what it means navigating the outside world in a racialized body and what it does to the psyche as a whole while exploring individual worth within this reality.” Vital tells a story through sound that makes sense of the modern world, prompting growth for those who listen.
Anna Von Hausswolff is a singer-songwriter who has always embraced a progressive attitude to creativity. Never unafraid to straddle genres as diverse as metal, Krautrock, and dark pop, and always remaining elusively undefinable, she has made waves over the past decade with her four previous albums and numerous illustrious collaborations. As well as following her own unique musical path, Von Hausswolff (to name just a few of her achievements and endeavours): runs a record label, has guested with Wolves in the Throne Room and Swans, has supported Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and has hosted visual art exhibitions.Continue reading
Anna von Hausswolff has shared a new single and video, “Sacro Bosco”. The track comes from her forthcoming new album “All Thoughts Fly” – on LP and digital formats September 25th from Southern Lord. “Sacro Bosco” (“Sacred Grove”) like all the tracks on the album, consists of just one instrument, the pipe organ, and her enchanting voice. Directed by Gustaf and Ludvig Holtenäs, watch the video now.
Legendary drone masters SunnO))) will release their new album Life Metal, due out digitally on April 26th, via Southern Lord. The band just held some special Record Store Day listening parties and exclusive vinyl and CD releases, and now thanks to NPR, you can stream the full album over a week early! Check it out!Continue reading
Sunn O))) will host a U.S. listening session in addition to their events in London and Paris in the lead up to the release of Life Metal, due out April 26th, via Southern Lord. The listening session will happen on April 13th, in Brooklyn listening session at Future Space in collaboration with Southern Lord Recordings and The Tinnitus Music Series. The experience will feature a tower of loudspeakers, engulfing walls of fog, and throbbing color. This event is free, open to the public and available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP now below.Continue reading
Avant-garde rockers Big || Brave will drop a new album, A Gaze Among Them, this May 10th via the Southern Lord label. They just shared a new single and video for ‘Sibling’, directed by members Mathieu Ball and Robin Wattie. Watch the clip now! Continue reading
Darkest Hour has announced the “Death To False Metalcore” tour of Canada this Winter. Unearth will co-headline and The Agony Scene will provide direct support. The bands performing across Eastern Canada from January 31st through February 8th. Tickets are on sale now. Darkest Hour and Unearth then head over to Europe with Misery Signals, Malevolence, and Left Behind supporting them from March 21st through April 1st. Darkest Hour is still supporting their 2017 album, the Kurt Ballou (Converge) produced Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora album, out now on Southern Lord. Continue reading
The opening discordant, overdriven stabs of ‘Hello Cruel World’ set the tone for The Primals debut album All Love Is True Love (Southern Lord), a tone that summons the spirit of the fuzziest, poppiest and dirtiest moments of Nirvana’s In Utero (Geffen) jamming with The Pixies and that is every bit as gorgeously sincere as that sounds. So it may come as a surprise to learn that this grunged explosion comes courtesy of John Henry of Metalcore savages Darkest Hour, accompanied by Chad Fjerstad (Dead To Fall) and Andrew Black (The Explosion), a project you’d, like me, have been forgiven to have expected to be churning something more crusty or Hardcore based.Continue reading
Unless you have been living under a very heavy rock recently, you should have noticed a new breed of bands rising from the hardcore scene. Spearheaded by Code Orange and their future classic album Forever (Roadrunner) the floodgates are now well and truly open. This new movement is, frankly, irresistible with genre-defying records being released to great critical praise from the media and fans alike. This year has seen even more bands come through and make an impact, such as Harms Way, whose Posthuman (Metal Blade) record reached new levels of heavy.Continue reading