On Thursday, December 20th, The Power of the Riff presents a massive all-ages event at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The lineup for this end-time gala will feature sets by HIGH ON FIRE, SUNN O))), CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (playing a set that will include classics from Animosity, Eye for an Eye and more), BLACK BREATH, DEAD IN THE DIRT, LOINCLOTH (featuring members of CONFESSOR) and VOID OV VOICES (featuring Atilla Csihar).
Two new promotions are running where fans can purchase tickets directly from LA record depotsVacation Vinyl or Amoeba Music and receive a free SUNN O))) rehearsal demo 12” exclusive to their six-date West Coast tour with support from LOINCLOTH and DEAD IN THE DIRT, coming to a crescendo at The Power of the Riff. Tickets are also available now at Ticketmaster.
DOWN will release Down IV Part I – The Purple EP,their first body of new material in five years, on September 18, 2012 via Down Records/Independent Label Group. New song, “Witchtripper,” can be streamed at Rollingstone.com.
The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP’s planned for release over the next year. DOWN will kick off a string of tour dates on release day, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending October 2 in Charlotte, NC.
“I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the DOWN horde – if you will,” says Phil Anselmo. “If you’re looking for a DOWN record, it’s very pure and real.”
“DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” says Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.”
With an album sales history totaling over 725k, these New Orleans natives are no strangers to success. Their legendary 1995 debut Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) and Down III (2007) remain fan and critical successes.
Echoplex Stage: RIGHTEOUS FOOL: 3:30pm-4:15pm BLACK BREATH: 4:30pm-5:15pm COLISEUM: 5:30pm-6:15pm TRAP THEM: 6:30pm-7:15pm FROM ASHES RISE: 8:00pm-8:45pm REPULSION: 9pm-9:45pm GOATSNAKE: 10:00pm-10:45pm CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III: 11:00pm-12:00am
Also, Converse, who are sponsoring the event, will be giving away a free pair of shoes to the first 30 people through the door. There will also be a treasure hunt for an additional 15 pairs of Converse shoes. Clues will be on the back of the event schedule, which will be handed out at the door.
Doors open at noon. Once capacity is reached, it will be one in, one out. Ins and outs will be allowed before 6pm only. And of course RSVP does not guarantee entry.
On Sunday, August 8th, a host of loud, riff-heavy bands will descend upon Los Angeles for The Power of the Riff Festival. Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (NIGHT HORSE), The Power of the Riff Festival was assembled with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY III, which is the Animosity lineup of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (Reed Mullin, Mike Dean, Woodroe Weatherman), have recorded a new song “Your Tomorrow” (Parts 1 & 2) for a forthcoming 7″. The song was recorded a few weeks ago and is currently being pressed onto black 180 gram wax. The 7″ will be available at upcoming COC III shows as well as through Southern Lord mailorder and independent record stores.
Southern Lord Recordings has announced a small tour featuring the recently reunited CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (circa-1986’s Animosity album lineup) consisting of Woody Weatherman (guitar), Mike Dean (bass, vocals), and Reed Mullin (drums).
The release of a new DOWN album has always been regarded as more of an event in the world of metal, as opposed to just another new release, and the band’s latest, Over the Under, is no exception. Deep in the grief of five years of personal tragedy and frustration, the NOLA crew somehow managed to triumph over these obstacles, bringing forth the band’s most complete, mature offering to date. Although Over the Under isn’t as immediate as the band’s debut, the album packs plenty of punch with “Three Suns and One Star,” “Pillamyd,” and “N.O.D.” leading the charge, in the metal department. “Never Try,” “Beneath the Tides,” and “In the Thrall of it All” on the other hand counter with some of the band’s most bluesy material yet, with Phil Anselmo effectively delivering some of the most soulful singing of his career. The guitar tandem of Pepper Keenan and the criminally underrated Kirk Weinstein have come into their own, balancing Southern rock and blues with layers of thick Louisiana sludge with the second nature of veterans who have done it all. The rhythm section of Rex Brown and Jimmy Bower is another hidden weapon as the duo grooves like no tomorrow, anchoring the band under the surface with minimal flash but with ample feeling. It’s this collective chemistry that separates DOWN and Over the Under from the rest of the thrown together assembly-line, cookie-cutter drivel that labels and bands seem to content to disperse these days. Over the Under is a strong album from a reinvigorated band that flows powerfully from beginning to end, delivering this yearâ€™s most inspiring and deserving comeback. (Down Records/ILG/WMG)