CORRECTIONS HOUSE – Last City Zero

Corrections House - Last City ZeroTo state that hyperbole and false statements of quality are hallmarks of the music industry would be stating the obvious.  Additionally, the term “super group” is often thrown around too haphazardly.  Just because a bunch of guys from bands that people dig form a side project doesn’t really mean a thing.

Well, the truth is that CORRECTIONS HOUSE have proven to be one of the best new bands in extreme music and their full length debut, Last City Zero, is an instant classic.  The band is indeed a collection of guys from bands that people have dug for a long time: Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and Seward Fairbury.

Sonically, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is free form in the sense that the songs are not composed of a traditional band configuration (guitars, bass, drums) nor traditional song structures.  Instead, the band are unbound in their sound – using layers of cold mechanical electronics, different brooding guitar and saxophone sounds, various vocal styles, and various other sound effects.  The album explores experimental stylings and acoustic guitars in varying degrees. Some songs are sonically heavy like “Serve or Survive” and “Bullets and Graves” while others are stripped down like the title track.

Last City Zero is  more of an experience than anything else and a spiritual one at that.  The band’s atmospheric soundscape approach is absolutely potent.  The feelings of desolation, desperation, and nihilism cannot be understated.  What I’m trying to get at is that for many, Last City Zero will speak to them on a deeply profound level; a life changer if you will.

Bands like CORRECTIONS HOUSE don’t come along too often and the magic here is undeniable.  Awesome.  (Neurot Recordings)

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Nihilistic Collective Announces Stateside Takeovers; March Through Europe Underway

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Having just begun their march through Europe, the CORRECTIONS HOUSE legion — Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury — announce a short run of Stateside takeovers to usher in 2014. Set to commence January 2nd in Seattle, CORRECTIONS HOUSE will pillage their way through Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE are currently touring in support of their Last City Zero debut, issued via Neurot Recordings in late October. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero is an audio product of societal ruin and psychological decay. At once beautifully hideous, graceful and terrifying, the record travels far beyond the confines of any one specific genre and continues to reap the applause of exploratory fans and critics globally.

In related news, CORRECTIONS HOUSE recently unleashed a video for the track “Bullets And Graves“:

A389 Recordings Digital Mixtape MMXIII: New Music from INTEGRITY, FULL OF HELL, NOISEM, and More

A389 Recordings Digital Mixtape MMXIIIA389 Recordings have posted their free Digital Mixtape MMXIII, which includes 40 tracks of new and unreleased music.  The list of artists include EYEHATEGOD, IRON REAGAN, RINGWORM plus new music from INTEGRITY, FULL OF HATE, and NOISEM.  What more can you ask for?

Download Digital Mixtape MMXIII.

Underground Gems: The Gummo Movie Soundtrack

GummoIn 1997, one of the most fucked up movies of all time, Gummo, hit theaters in the U.S. Few movies could match the story of a bunch of sick and twisted kids. I’m still scarred to this day.

In any case, Gummo had one of the best (extreme metal) soundtracks of all time featuring bands that were still strictly underground at the time: BRUJERIA, BURZUM, EYEHATEGOD, NIFELHEIM, BETHLEHEM (remember them?), and ABSU. The APESHIT goons highly recommend it.

DOWN to Release First of Four EP’s on September 18, 2012

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.

EYEHATEGOD, BLACK COBRA, BAPTISTS, More Added to Power of the Riff 2011

It has been announced that EYEHATEGOD will be co-headline the upcoming Power of the Riff festival in Los Angeles. In addition, BLACK COBRA, SKIN LIKE IRON, BAPTISTS, SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP, EARLY GRAVES, and SLAVE have all been added to the bill that already includes PENTAGRAM, WINTER, PELICAN, TRAP THEM, MASAKARI, ALPINST, ACEPHALIX, and ALL PIGS MUST DIE.

The Los Angeles edition of the Power of the Riff fest goes down August 13, 2011 at The Echo and Echoplex in Echo Park. Tickets are available here.

This year, Power of the Riff has expanded out  of Los Angeles. The fest will make its way San Francisco and Seattle as well. For more details on those shows, visit the official Power of the Riff website: http://thepoweroftheriff.com/

EYEHATEGOD: US Tour Dates Announced

New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal icons EYEHATEGOD are proud to announce their long-anticipated US tour beginning in June, following an appearances at this year’s edition of the Maryland Deathfest. The 18-date trek begins at Blackbooth in Orlando, Florida on June 3 and will rage through 16 more cities before coming to a close in Chicago, Illinois at the Empty Bottle (where they play two nights). Support will come primarily from psychedelic black metallers NACHTMYSTIUM (from June 4 – 15) but will also feature a rotating roster of crushing openers throughout the tour including BRUTAL TRUTH, WITHERED, BLACK ANVIL, TOMBS, HOWL, THE ATLAS MOTH, BLACK TUSK and STRONG INTENTION (visit http://tinyurl.com/yjd3f6u for specifics).

EYEHATEGOD US Tour 2010:

6/03/2010 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
6/04/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC **
6/05/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
6/06/2010 Headliners – Louisville, KY
6/07/2010 Fubar – St Louis, MO
6/08/2010 Muse – Nashville, TN
6/09/2010 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA
6/10/2010 Krug’s – Frederick, MD
6/11/2010 Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
6/12/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
6/13/2010 Club Hall – Providence, RI
6/14/2010 Daniel St – Milford, CT
6/15/2010 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
6/16/2010 Big Jar – Rochester, NY
6/17/2010 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/18/2010 Blondie’s Detroit, MI
6/19/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
6/20/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

** VIP package available; 50 tickets are available for $40 and will include sound check access, BBQ, meet & greet with the band + a signed poster.

OUTLAW ORDER – Dragging Down the Enforcer

Scathing, alcoholic, vitriolic, cavity-inducing sludge metal from New Orleans? What are the odds? Who wants to bet that members of EYEHATEGOD and SOILENT GREEN are involved? On their followup to 2003′s Legalize Crime EP, OUTLAW ORDER‘s debut album, Dragging Down the Enforcer, unleashes the disdain and agony one would expect from these hurricane surviving parolees with a palpable rage that practically oozes out of your speaker. Essentially EYEHATEGOD without Jimmy Bower, OUTLAW ORDER doesn’t stray far from that sound. Although the songs are less bluesier and more immediate, they drive “singer” Michael D. William‘s piss and vinegar filled points home in a much more direct and focused manner. Engineer/producer David Troia soaks up the band’s rage with more clarity than EYEHATEGOD‘s albums. But make no mistake, Dragging Down the Enforcer is as mean and filthy as they come. Another unflinchingly bleak outlook on life and the world as captured by four anguished, yet talented souls, forming a whiskey-soaked mountain of malice, suitable only for those brave enough to listen. (Season of Mist Records)

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OUTLAW ORDER Featuring Ex-EYEHATEGOD Members Sign to Season of Mist

The new band formed by ex-EYEHATEGOD members sans guitarist Jimmy Bower, OUTLAW ORDER, has signed with Season of Mist. Their debut album, Dragging Down the Enforcer, will be released October 13th.

Frontman Mike IX Williams had this band update:

“New Orleans own EYEHATEGOD have served up 20 years and 7 albums of original, painful and misanthropic feedback laden Hardcore Blues to an ever increasing doomed climate of world-wide despair and degradation and have absolutely managed to have fun doing it. Multiple tours of Europe, the USA and even Japan have seen these southern gentlemen ‘Preaching the End-Time Message’ and influencing new generations of hedonistic roustabouts to spread their Rock-n-Roll nihilism since 1988. The band will play at One-Eyed Jack’s on the 3rd anniversary of Katrina, Friday August 29th with CROWBAR and HELLKONTROL.”

SOILENT GREEN – Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction

Unlike the vast majority of extreme metal acts that sing about death, murder, suicide, disaster, pain and suffering, few have actually lived through these situations as the mighty SOILENT GREEN has. Soldiering on with more conviction and perseverance than most of the allegedly tough hardcore bands in existence, these sons of NOLA have emerged from the swamps with possibly their finest album since the classic, Sewn Mouth Secrets. Despite the band’s long-running trademark of cramming in as many riffs as humanly possible in the span of one song (witness the amount of changes that go down in the mere two-minute “Blessed in the Arms of Servitude“) the songs seem to flow almost effortlessly. Inevitable Collapse also displays a new found maturity as the band grooves more often, helping to make the album’s seemingly never ending roller coaster-like changes blend smoother than in past efforts. Dynamics also play a more prominent role on songs such as “In the Same Breath,” “Lovesick,” and “For Lack of Perfect Words.” They also sparingly feature guitarist Brian Patton‘s effective usage of a banjo-mandolin styled instrument known as the Mcnally strumstick, which provides a welcome breather from the otherwise relentless onslaught. In what must have been an emotional creative process, “All this Good Intention Wasted in the Wake of Apathy” pieces together older SOILENT GREEN material that former singer Glenn Rambo was involved in as a tribute to their friend who died in Hurricane Katrina. Although the chaotic structure of the band’s songs may make it difficult for listener’s to find a riff to grasp on to, Sewn Mouth Secrets is a triumph in every sense of the word. A true album, best experienced from beginning to end, SOILENT GREEN has delivered the strongest and most deserving comeback of the year. (Metal Blade Records)