Bazillion Points to Publish Massive NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the November 2014 release of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990,  by hardcore punk historian and author Tony Rettman. This dense 450pp volume will include over fifty chapters covering the bands, venues, labels, hangouts, and larger-than-life characters that built New York hardcore, based on new interviews with over 100 key historical figures.

“New York City has an energy that you’re not going to find anywhere else. People who have that passionate, driven mindset; they gravitate to New York City. Being in that intense environment—you had to come into your own to survive that area.”—John PorcellyYOUTH OF TODAY/SHELTER

Known for its glamorous 1970′s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980′s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like AGNOSTIC FRONT, CRO-MAGS, MURPHY’S LAW, and YOUTH OF TODAY confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.

Tony Rettman‘s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.

The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of the bands that were there.

Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, The Wire, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean, and Thrasher. At age 14 in the 1980′s, he was the coeditor of Common Sense zine. He has provided liner notes for such artists as Hackamore Brick, Bored Youth, Beyond and many more. He is a contributing editor to DoubleCrossXX.com. In 2010, Revelation Records released his acclaimed first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985.

“In other parts of our neighborhood, guys were breakdancing against each other; we were moshing against each other. It was all about who had the most style, as opposed to today where it’s just picking up change and karate kicking. It was all about trying to keep dancing, while still blasting into someone from D.C. or Boston, and all about who had the hardest pit for their town’s band. It was like supporting your city’s hockey team or something.”- Jimmy GMURPHY’S LAW

“At that time, the Lower East Side was a warzone. It wasn’t the gentrified neighborhood that it’s been for the last twenty years. It was a fucking warzone, without question. It was worse than the worse neighborhoods you know in New York City today. It was a trip to be down there and go to those bars and A7 and shit like that. I wasn’t even eighteen yet, and I was getting a peek into a world that most people will never see.”- Eddie SuttonLEEWAY

“I had my personal experiences from life; being on the streets, being locked up, and being in abusive foster homes. I was fighting. I was shot and stabbed, and that’s what came out. We sang about street justice and survival on the streets because that shit was for real. That shit was a way to express ourselves and get out that angst. It was real. It wasn’t some hypothetical bullshit.”- John JosephCRO-MAGS

 

Tankcrimes to Re-release BRAINOIL’s Debut Album

On September 14, 2014, Tankcrimes will reissue the debut full-length from Oakland-born punishing sludge power trio, BRAINOIL.

BRAINOIL‘s sludge style is chock full of up-tempo crust-inspired breaks and monstrously baked breakdowns undoubtedly suited for diehards of IRON MONKEY, DYSTOPIA, BUZZOV*EN and EL DOPA. Originally released on Life Is Abuse Records in 2003 but sold out for over five years, the monolithic Brainoil was recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios.

Brainoil will be released on CD and vinyl limited to500 copies in two color variants: 150 – gold, bone, brown mashed vinyl and 350 – bone vinyl. All vinyl orders come with a download card to satiate your digital listening pleasures.

CATHEDRAL’s Gaz Jennings Returns with DEATH PENALTY

Following the demise of CATHEDRAL, guitar god Gaz Jennings has returned with his new band, DEATH PENALTY.  After releasing the Sign of Times/Seven Flames 7″, the band is set to release their self-titled full-length debut on September 16th via Rise Above Records.  Expect a new mix of doom, NWOBHM, and other elements.

“When Cathedral split I didn’t have any intention of getting another band together,” Gaz admits. “I wanted to do a record, because Lee [DorrianCATHEDRAL front man and Rise Above Records boss] has been saying for years that he’d give me a deal! But all my time was taken up writing stuff forCathedral. I had a few bits and bobs lying around, so I started writing material a few years back and that’s where it all started. And now the album is ready to go.”

Dubai’s NERVECELL Sign to Unique Leader Records

Dubai’s death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records.

Spawned in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and having toured alongside legendary metal acts such as METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, DECAPITATED and SUFFOCATION, NERVECELL are true torchbearers for a Middle Eastern wave of metal.

Comments the band of joining Unique Leader‘s expanding roster of brutality: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Unique Leader for a worldwide multi-album deal. As a Middle East-based extreme metal band, we have constantly strived to take our music to all ends of the world and as a record label specializing in extreme metal, we couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new relationship. The new record is currently being worked on and we can’t wait to bring the chaos live to a stage near you soon!”

NERVECELL released their debut full-length, Preaching Venom, in 2009 via Germany’s Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East) followed by their critically-adored Psychogenocide long player just two years later.  The widespread success of latter also awarded NERVECELL the honor of being crowned the “All Time Best Selling Metal Act” in the Middle East and North Africa region, consequently receiving a plaque of recognition from Virgin Megastores (MENA) in January of 2012 certifying this huge accomplishment.

Check out this great article in Rolling Stone India.

 

Sixth Chapter from DECAPITATED Arrives September 2014

The sixth album from Polish gods, DECAPITATED, will be entitled Blood Mantra and is set to be released September 26, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production (Poland)

The artwork was created by Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak Design & Photography, who also made the cover of Carnival is Forever.

Blood Mantra was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

Guitarist & founding member Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka states:

“Extreme and groove – I think that’s the best way to describe our new album. This time we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge.

Blood Mantra is the most heavy and mature album we ever did in our carrier. I cannot wait to start to play songs live because riffs are soo deep and powerful.”

Check out this excellent drum cam footage shot from the band’s show last week in Poland with GOJIRA.

ELECTRIC WIZARD: New Album Details Released

Electric Wizard - Time to DieELECTRIC WIZARD have announced Time to Die as the title of their forthcoming studio album. Time to Die is the eighth full-length offering from these doom staples.

This will be the band’s first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

Says ELECTRIC WIZARD founding member, Jus Oborn:

“All of our albums in the past have had a theme — revenge, drugs, black magick — and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle — it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.”

The artwork, once again created by Oborn, is an extension of that theme; this is further solidified by the LP gatefold image, which will be revealed soon.

Here is the band performing “Funeralopolis” at Hellfest Open Air 2014 last month in France:

IRON REAGAN’s Sophomore Album Hits September 2014

Crossover beasts IRON REAGAN have announced their sophomore album, The Tyranny of Will, will be released September 16th for North America, (Sept 15 (UK/World), Sept 12th (Germany/Benelux/World) via Relapse Records.

Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the new album:

“This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever worked on. It’s definitely the heaviest sounding. I’m really excited to get this record out to people. Everyone worked their asses off on this one and I think it shows”.

Drummer Ryan Parrish added:

“This record looks exactly how it sounds. Savage. Everyone involved with Tyranny Of Will, from the artwork to the recording, mixing, and mastering process, went above and beyond and hopefully all of you maniacs out there will crank it to 11!”

Poland’s HATE Hit the Studio

Poland’s extreme metallers HATE are currently in the studio recording their new album tentatively named Crusade:Zero. The successor to 2013′s critically acclaimed Solarflesh will contain eight new tracks and a few bonus tracks as well. The sessions are taking place at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Brothers behind the console. The band’s main-man Atf Sinner comments:

“We have been carving this monster for months and finally we have brought it to the studio! Pavulon has already finished tracking drums, which sound fantastic thanks to the new recording room here. Powerful, authentic drum sound! Now we are getting down to recording guitars. Everything is going smooth so far. As I mentioned before, these new songs are a definition of what HATE is, and with all the experience we gained, we are getting it all on the next level now.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in November this year via Napalm Records.  More news to come.

Here’s the video for “Alchemy of Blood” from their last one, Solarflesh:

BABYMETAL Begins Conquest of U.S. July 2014

Japanese sensation, BABYMETAL, have recently announced their first shows in the U.S.  The band will kick off their tour headlining the Fonda Theatre in LA on July 27, 2014.  Following that, the band will support LADY GAGA on a few dates.  Tickets will go quickly if they haven’t already been sold out.  Challenge your notions of music and join the weeaboos as BABYMETAL begins their takeover.

BOTANIST Announce Album Number Six, VI: Flora

One of the Bay Area’s most interesting bands, BOTANIST, is excited to announce its sixth chronological release.  Titled VI: Flora, this 11-song full-length album is a progression from the misanthropic masterplans of the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants as detailed on the project’s last two albums: 2012′s III: Doom In Bloom  and 2013′s IV: Mandragora.  Now, VI: Flora focuses on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dream-like sound with the voice of The Botanist acting as spectral underpinning to the reverie.

BOTANIST is an avant-garde musical project that is the world’s first band to use distorted hammered dulcimers as its primary instrumentation. The experimental music further delves into esoterica with a harmonium and a 12-string bass guitar, propelled by unusual drumming that  often features highly atypical time signatures and rhythm shifts.  The albums tell the story of a botanist gone mad at witnessing the destruction of the natural environment at the hands of man. He retreats into a hermitage, surrounding himself with the natural world. In this Verdant Realm, he awaits for the day when humanity will eradicate itself,  which will allow for the utopia of flora and fauna to eventually reclaim the earth.  The content of BOTANIST’s songs are a combination of scientific botanical empiricism and the poetic, romantic perception of someone who is deeply moved by the forms of the primordial, mysterious aspect of the natural world. In the world of BOTANIST, nature is the most tangible representation of the divine, and is treated as such.  While Botanist’s story is negative and misanthropic on the surface, it is an allegory of warning to a world out of balance: respect the natural world and all living things, or else the natural world will wipe you out and move on. The element of hope lies in the possibility of a changing of worldview, or at the very least the ideal that the world will right itself eventually, whether that includes humanity or not.

Here is a track from their recent EP: