Weekend Nachos – Apology

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Weekend Nachos are a band who I hoped I would have more fun with, as their name seemed to promise such a thing. A hardcore punk or power violence band who have had a fairly lengthy career, and Apology (Relapse Records) is set to be their final release as a group. This album is less of a swansong, and more of an all out attack to try to grasp the spotlight one last time for this band. A final spark before their fire is put out for a while.

Honestly, this release is a mixed bag. If you listen to it from start to finish, you aren’t gonna have a great time. It’s a poorly balanced album, starting with an absolute drag of a song. While ‘2015’ displays that this band has some elements of sludge metal in their sound with distorted guitars and attempts to build atmosphere, the almost 6 minute length makes it an absolute chore to listen to. But the song immediately after it; ‘Dust’, is one that shows how good this band can be, a 2 minute burst of pure aggression, that seems like it ends too fast, and then as short song after song comes your way, it all just kind of melds together into a very forgettable experience with no songs that stick out as memorable enough to make the listener want to come back for a second listen.

It’s at this point I need to praise the vocal delivery on this album as it has a nice level of variance and is the best part of this album. While the vocals are never exactly clean, they are fairly understand at times, and full of energy. They are arguably the one redeeming factor of this release because everything else is either a mess or just plain dull. The song writing just feels like a group of people being angry for the sake of being angry, or like they just needed to pad out the albums runtime. No song on the album is more guilty of padding then the final track ‘Apology,’ clocking in at over 9 minutes it was one of the biggest wastes of time I heard in music in a very long time.

Overall, Weekend Nachos is not a band I’ll miss now that they are finished. I suppose if you are a fan of hardcore punk you might find a couple tracks off this album that’ll appeal to you.

4.0/10

MATTHEW BLANCHARD

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Like Rats – II

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Hailing from Chicago, Like Ratshave come to utterly punish you into dust with their new LP. II (Southern Lord Records) could very well be one of the most crushing Death Metal releases in the past few years. Rather than the expected constant blast beasts and speeding riffs, they slowed it down to a rather mid-paced tempo. Essentially capturing what you could consider to be the soundtrack of punching someone in the face. II is an album that I found myself strumming my air guitar along to the constant pulverizing riffs multiple times. II definitely feels inspired by the earlier days of Death Metal. Early Celtic Frost being the shining example that comes to mind when looking for a comparison. You would expect no less for a band that shares members with Weekend Nachos.

Coming in around thirty-four minutes in length, II is a rather straight-forward album. As I mentioned, II is a mid-paced album that doesn’t slow down and rarely speeds up. You could say they played it safe with this release. There are no moments that will blow you away as to how they performed such a complicated riff and/or drum fill. I beg of you to not take it the wrong way as this is no complaint. After a few listens, I found this album to be rather enjoyable. Like Rats wasn’t aiming to be unique but they definitely recorded some refreshing death metal. In fact I feel it’s an album many may enjoy regardless where you elitist opinions lay. It’s a promising release for an up and coming band and I look forward to future material.

Like Rats has created a bruising sound that they can build on and branch out. Keep your attention on this group.

 

7.0/10

DEREK RIX

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Weekend Nachos Announce Breakup, New Album, Book Final Tours

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In a post to their Facebook page, Chicago noise merchants Weekend Nachos have announced their breakup. They posted a farewell statement, revealed a final album entitled Apology due on Relapse, and announced a year of touring for the rest of 2016.

To anybody who gives a shit,

We would like to announce with both sadness and excitement that 2016 will be the final year as a band for Weekend Nachos. It’s been almost 12 years and we have decided to hang it up. This is not for any reason other than the fact that all good things must eventually come to an end, and we are rapidly approaching the end of our time. It’s been an insane and crazy ride for us to see where we were able to take this band. Everything was done completely on our terms and with the same DIY spirit that we had when Andy and I first jerked each other off in our Dekalb apartment in 2004. We will continue to apply that sacred mindset towards our future projects and endeavors…I hope all of you will do the same.

We would like to thank anybody and everybody who ever shared this experience with us. Your support will never be matched and it has been a lot of fun. We will be playing a series of shows over the course of 2016 and as always, if you have a chance to see us, don’t sleep! We never know when we’ll be back. If it ever makes sense to play another show after our demise in the years to come, maybe we will, but don’t count on it.

Our 5th and final album, “Apology“, will become available sometime this year via Relapse Records, Cosmic Note and Deep Six Records. Thanks again, everybody.

Snyder, Jimbo, Gozer, and Byron 1/1/2016

PS-Here is what we have planned for 2016. There may be a few more shows added, but not many. If we are playing near you please come and say goodbye.

Midwest
Feb 05 New Albany, IN midwest blood fest
Feb 19: Darien, IL @ q bar w/foundation
Feb 20: Detroit, MI @ sanctuary w/foundation
Feb 21: Indianapolis, IN @ savage yard w/foundation
Japan (w/ PRIMITIVE MAN, Endzweck, FIGHT IT OUT)
Apr 06: Yokohama
Apr 07: Tokyo
Apr 08: Osaka
Apr 09: Nagoya
Apr 10: Tokyo
SE Asia (w/ PRIMITIVE MAN, Tools OfThe Trade, Wormrot)
Apr 14: Manila, Philippines
Apr 15: Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Apr 16: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Apr 17: Singapore, Singapore
East Coast (w/ The Afternoon Gentlemen)
May 20: New York, NY
May 21: Boston, MA
May 22: Philadelphia, PA
May 23: Pittsburgh, PA
UK
Jun 02 – Jun 5: Bristol, England @ temples fest
Europe/UK (w/ Wormrot and The Afternoon Gentlemen)
Oct 06: Hamburg, DE @ hafenklang
Oct 07: Copenhagen, DK @ pumpehuset
Oct 08: Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
Oct 09: Prague, CZ @ modra vopice
Oct 10: Budapest, HU @ durer kert
Oct 11: Ljubljana, SL @ orto bar
Oct 12: Munich, DE @ feierwork
Oct 13: Kassel, DE @ goldgrube
Oct 14: Eindhoven, NL @ bloodshed fest
Oct 15: London, UK @Nambucca

To anybody who gives a shit, We would like to announce with both sadness and excitement that 2016 will be the…

Posted by Weekend Nachos on Friday, January 1, 2016

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Conan, Samothrace and Mantar Book Upcoming May Tour

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Samothrace will be doing upcoming shows with Conan and Mantar on their brief May tour run. They will selling their Live at Roadburn 2014 LP on the road, out now via 20 Buck Spin.

May 12: Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Conan and Mantar)
May 13: Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA (w/ Atriarch, Warning, Church)
May 14: Oakland Opera House – Oakland, CA (w/ Conan, Mantar)
May 15: Complex – Los Angeles, CA
May 16: 51 West – Tempe, AZ (w/ Conan, Mantar)
May 18: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Conan, Mantar)
May 19: Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN (w/ Conan and Mantar)
May 20: The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN (w/ Conan and Mantar)
May 23: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Conan, Mantar)
May 24: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 30: Seven-One-Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Primitive Man, more)

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Immortal Bird Announces Upcoming US Tour

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Chicago blackened death grinders Immortal Bird will be doing an upcoming US tour. They will be doing songs off of their new album Empress/Abscess, out in late June. The album was tracked by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, trading in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place.

Immortal Bird 2015 Western Migration Tour:
Apr 27: Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
Apr 28: Turn One – Nashville, TN
Apr 29: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
Apr 30: Ozzie Rabbit Lodge – Fort Worth, TX
May 02: Lost Well – Austin, TX
May 03: Nesta – San Antonio, TX
May 04: Sandbox – El Paso, TX
May 05: Flagstaff Brewing Company – Flagstaff, AZ
May 06: Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
May 07: The Hub – Colton, CA
May 09: All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA
May 10: Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
May 11: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
May 12: The Bourbon – Lincoln, NE (w/ Inter Arma, Yautja)
May 13: Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN
May 14: The Wisco – Madison, WI

Empress/Abscess Track Listing:
01: Neoplastic
02: Saprophyte
03: The Sycophant
04: To A Watery Grave
05: And Send Fire

Immortal Bird Book Midwest Tour, New Album This Summer

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Midwestern blackened death grinders Immortal Birdwill release their new album Empress/Abscess this summer. The album was captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harm’s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, trading in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic.

IMMORTAL BIRD 2015 Western Migration Tour:
Apr 27: Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
Apr 28: House Show – Nashville, TN
Apr 29: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
Apr 30: Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX
May 02: Lost Well – Austin, TX
May 03: TBA – San Antonio, TX
May 04: Sandbox – El Paso, TX
May 05: The Cottage House – Flagstaff, AZ
May 06: Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
May 07: Katz Alley – Redlands, CA
May 08: TBA – San Diego, CA
May 09: TBA – Los Angeles, CA
May 10: The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
May 11: Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
May 12: TBA – Omaha, NE
May 14: The Wisco – Madison, WI

IMMORTAL BIRD:
Evan Berry – guitars
Rae Amitay – vocals
Garry Naples – drums
John Picillo – bass

Theories Streaming “Burnt Concrete” Lyric Video

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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)

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