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Most people’s experience of ‘spoken word’ music, outside of the Rap genre, is Jim Morrison‘s ‘American Prayer’. Beat Poetry, for this is essentially the format, is a hugely involving yet highly personal style which often resounds with the listener. This is most definitely the case with Enablers: a San Francisco post-Punk four-piece whose beguiling, occasionally fiery music is set to the poetry and narrative of frontman Pete Simonelli. Continue reading
Home to the likes of Khemmis and the sickening might of Primitive Man, Denver Colorado has carved out a significant Metal niche in the last few years, and rag-tag trio The Munsens intend to mean more than a jagged splinter in that hole. Formed from a background of Hardcore, Punk and Black Metal, this particular identity offers an exciting amalgamation of the three disciplines with a huge dollop of gravity thrown into the mix. Continue reading
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City of Caterpillar, having just finished their summer tour dates and released new music recently have announced their final US shows for this fall. Their last US tour includes 14-dates and performances on both coasts, featuring shows alongside Thou, Touche Amore, Majority Rule and others. Continue reading
Already featuring a massive lineup of bands, Download 2017 has added 20 more names to the roster with Devin Townsend Project, Code Orange, Max & Iggor Cavalera playing their ‘Return To Roots’ show, Sick Puppies, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Sikth, Suicide Silence, Ty Bryant And the Shakedown, Krokodil and many more announced. Continue reading
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Despite the fraught hostility coursing through the first two albums from San Francisco Sludge quartet Kowloon Walled City, there was evidence of a Post-hardcore sensibility. It’s no surprise, therefore, to see a heightening of the band’s melody on third album Grievances (Neurot).
Brief flurries of lead are evident from the outset, but so is a slow pace; Ian Miller’s rumbling bass, especially throughout tolling closer ‘Daughters and Sons’; and Scott Evans’ embittered yell. What opener ‘Your Best Years’ misses in urgency and frenetic neurosis, it gains in feeling and an almost unbearable tension: sections where brakes are applied evoke scenes of tethered wild animals straining to be free. The ensuing title track has the same doleful, stone-kicking pace: violent desires suffocated by a Doom-like oppression which leaves every synapse twitching with the harrowing drama of it all. When the explosion occurs at the track’s midway point, it too is sufficiently reined to maximise its powerful statement. Less, here, is more…
It is this skill which Kowloon Walled City possess in buckets: the ability to move further toward the more touching, tortured elements of Touché Amoré without sacrificing their own aggravated, pummelling core. Timing, especially with the introduction of Evans’ vocal, is immaculate and delivered to optimum effect with always a word left out there hanging past the instrumentation: the “Weaknesses…” refrain to ‘Backlit’ is positively chilling. Yet it all feels so organic, a fluid part of the breathing whole.
That anger is occasionally allowed its freedom, within the crashing ire of ‘The Grift’ for example, yet it remains tempered by a complexity of sound: the guilt after lashing out which even the tweak of strings at the track’s coda highlights. This is the embodiment of pure expression: an album depicting a person with so much justified anger, yet is too nice to show it or feels like shit when they do. An album fizzing with pain and frustration yet constantly, feverishly, grasping at its reins for fear of what could happen if let loose. The pregnant ‘True Believer’ epitomises this fragile balance: a squall of pent-up hurt and aggression which flays the skin when the bubble pops.
Grievances is an at times unsettling and traumatic but always potent experience, blowing this year’s closest relative, Black Sheep Wall’s I’m Going to Kill Myself (Season of Mist), from the water by more accurately personalising the rawness and unpredictability of suppressed emotion.
California crust conjurors Temple Of Dagon is streaming “The Wandering Spirit,” off of Revelations Of The Spirit, out June 9, 2015 via Black Voodoo Records here. The EP was recorded by Alex Estrada (Xibalba, Touche Amore, Silver Snakes) at Earth Capital Studios in Los Angeles, CA et al) and at Mammoth Sound in Alameda, CA. The band has a string of June shows coming up.
Jun 06: East 7th Punx Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 14: House Show – Oakland, CA
Jun 15: Blackwater Bar – Portland, OR
Jun 16: The Mix – Seattle, WA
Jun 18: Club Scum – Denver, CO
Jun 19: Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 20: TBA – Madison, WI
Jun 21: Mousetrap – Chicago, IL
Jun 23: Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
Jun 25: The Lost Well – Austin, TX
Jun 26: TBA – Phoenix, AZ
Jun 27: The Music Hall (Cruststock 2015) – Anaheim, CA
Coheed and Cambria is the latest rock act to have joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation roster for management purposes, following Touche Amore also joining their roster.
They have announced a string of upcoming live dates:
May 07: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
May 09: Rock In Rio USA – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 18-21: Amnesia Rockfest – Montebello, QC
Jun 26: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 06-09: Ink N Iron (Music City Gathering) – Nashville, TN
Aug 14-15: Hevy Fest – Port Lympne (UK)