To 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 Zerois 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)
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“:
NEUROSISconfirms two new upcoming live performances in support of their tenth LP, Honor Found in Decay.
These newly locked performances, set to take place on January 18th and 19th at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, will see NEUROSIS co-headlining the stage with GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR both evenings. What makes the performances that much more special is the fact that the duo of shows will mark the first time NEUROSIS has performed on Canadian soil in nearly a decade-and-a-half. Tickets for these two shows are on sale now at www.blackdotpresents.com and at the following stores: Phonopolis, Sound Central, L’oblique, Sonik, Profusion, Atom Heart and Cheap Thrills.
NEUROSIS is also confirmed for a show in Portland, Oregon, playing the Rosleand Theater Saturday, November 23rd. This exclusive Pacific Northwest show features an incredible support bill, including TRAGEDY, THE BODY and ATRIARCH. NEUROSIS is also the first band confirmed to partake in the maiden booking of the Temples Festival, May 3, 2014 in Bristol, UK.
NEUROSIS today proudly reveals a brand new visual trailer created for their anticipated tenth studio full-length, Honor Found in Decay.
Created by video architect Kenneth Thomas, also responsible for producing the mini-documentary for NEUROSIS’ 2007-released Given to the Rising, the intense look into the new opus features intimate details of the album’s layout hand-crafted by the band’s visual specialist by Josh Graham, personal commentary from guitarists/vocalists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till on the creation of Honor Found in Decay, as well as the first brief moments of audio to be publicly unleashed.
States Steve Von Till in the early moments of the preview, “A legacy can only be assured if we continually burn down the past and plant seeds in the ashes to grow new, greater things,” and is followed by founding member Scott Kelly, who boldly affirms, “If you don’t make a record that you think eclipses your previous record, then… you’ve failed.”
The album will emerge through the band’s own Neurot Recordings, in Germany October 26th, in the rest of Europe October 29th, and in North America on October 30th, with their cohorts at previous label home Relapse Records confirmed to handle the vinyl release of the album.
Back when I was a senior in high school, a friend called me up and was yelling at the top of his lungs about an “Ozzfest.” When he told me about the dream line up, I was beyond excited. Who on this earth wouldn’t have wanted to see OZZY, DANZIG, SLAYER, SEPULTURA, and FEAR FACTORY in 1996? Unfortunately, my friend didn’t care enough to actually go with me to the show and I was the only person in my school that cared enough to go. Thus, I missed the show.
So 1997 rolls around and I’m a freshman in college and working as a school teacher during the summer. Most importantly, I had my own damn car. When the announcement for the second Ozzfest came out, I was beyond excited. To be able to see the reunited original line up of BLACK SABBATH meant everything to me. SABBATH were my favorite band at the time (and still are). Those first six albums changed my life. Not even Technical Ecstacy or Never Say Die hurt my feelings as much as Loadbut that probably has more to do with the fact that I was born in ’78 and not ’68. I still have those first SABBATH albums on cassette tape.
Unlike 1996, I wasn’t going to be deterred by the fact that I did not know a single soul who wanted to go. Armed with a Thomas Guide map, I set out in my car on the furthest drive of my 19 year old life. After the over two hour drive, I arrived at the venue, which is out in the middle of shitsville (AKA San Bernardino County, California). Lots of dirt, rocks, scorching heat, and rednecks. As I pulled up to entrance of the venue, there were the obligatory Christian groups protesting the show with a focus on Ozzy. They were holding up signs about damnation and devil worship…completely harmless stuff.
Legendary stoner metallers SLEEP, who recently announced their long-anticipated reunion tour, have added several new stops to the impending trek including additional shows in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Dubbed the Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010, the journey will commence on September 3rd. Support will be provided by a revolving roster of bands throughout the tour including: DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS, SUB OSLO, SCOTT KELLY, YOB and THRONES. Check out the David D’Andrea tour poster, which will be available at each show as a 26″ x 26″ glow-in-the-dark screen print, here: http://tinyurl.com/33lzzwr
SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form underground heroes OM and HIGH ON FIRE. On the Marijuanaut’s Return Tour, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike will be joined by drummer Jason Roeder of NEUROSIS to perform the seminal Holy Mountain album in its entirety as well as selections from Dopesmoker and more.
SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
9/04/2010 FYE Fest – Los Angeles, CA
9/05/2010 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
9/06/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ A STORM OF LIGHT
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ LICHENS
9/10/2010 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Sub Oslo w/ Sub Oslo
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR w/ SCOTT KELLY, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ THRONES
9/13/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
This year, the acclaimed NEUROSIS celebrate their 25th anniversary. Marking the occasion will be the release of Live at Roadburn, a live recording that clocks in at 78 minutes and showcases the band kickin’ out jams from their last few albums.
Here’s the tracklist:
1. “Given to the Rising”
3. “A Season in the Sky”
4. “At the End of the Road”
5. “Crawl Back In”
7. “Water Is Not Enough”
8. “Left to Wander”
9. “The Doorway”
Coinciding with that release will be the reissue of their groundbreaking 1993 release, Enemy of the Sun. Both discs will be out on August 30th via Neurot Recordings.
Legendary stoner rockers SLEEP have announced a fall U.S. tour. The recently reunited band will feature original members Al Cisneros (OM, SHRINEBUILDER) and Mike Pike (HIGH ON FIRE). The two will be joined by NUEROSIS drummer, Jason Roeder. For this tour, SLEEP will perform their seminal Holy Mountain album as well as material from Dopesmoker and more.
Having originally split in 1997 after two largely influential albums, members of the band found success in the aforementioned bands, and only reunited last year to participate in All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Tour dates as follows:
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ LICHENS
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ LICHENS
9/10/2010 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ SUB OSLO
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR w/ Scott Kelly, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Neurot Recordings is proud to announce the reissue of one of the most groundbreaking releases in the ever-expanding lineage of icons NEUROSIS, Enemy of the Sun.
With NEUROSIS‘ earlier releases — 1987′s Pain of Mind, and even 1990′s The Word as Law — the band’s jagged and eerie blend of metallic, hypnotic, post-gutter punk was instantly recognized as wholly unique, yet it took multiple releases for the then Bay-area unit to infinitely define their sound. Their 1992 full-length Souls at Zero showcased the band branching off into much more expanded songwriting, giving birth to much longer hymns, infusing them with tribal rhythms and slow-building post-doom bastardization, then breaking massive new ground for the metal world.
But it was their follow-up in 1993, the crushing Enemy of the Sun, that would be the album to take the pulsing, hypnotizing monoliths NEUROSIS was crafting down to much darker, and much, much heavier territory for the rest of the band’s still-growing roster of masterpieces. Still to this day, critics and fans of heavy and experimental metal hold this release to be one of the harshest, spine-chilling, mind-warping releases in history, and countless acts have cited Enemy… as “the one that changed everything” for them.
Neurot Recordings are exceptionally proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of NEUROSIS, and once again issue this classic album to the masses. 2010′s reissue of Enemy of the Sun bears a fully redesigned package by visionary artist, NEUROSIS live visual master Josh Graham, and will be released worldwide on August 30th, 2010.
Steve Von Till (NEUROSIS, HARVESTMAN) will be performing a rare set in his home region in Moscow, Idaho this February. This set will feature the lone artist performing both HARVESTMAN and SVT solo material. The appearance is to take place at the Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow at 8:00 PM on the 13th of February, as part of a week-long show about KUOI, the University of Idaho’s radio station.
As previously announced, HARVESTMAN is also confirmed as direct support for SHRINEBUILDER on three Bay Area shows this March, as part of the Neurot Recordings West Coast Tour featuring A STORM OF LIGHT in addition to SHRINEBUILDER.
STEVE VON TILL/HARVESTMAN live appearances:
2/13/2010 Prichard Art Gallery – Moscow, ID
3/05/2010 The Voodoo Lounge – San Jose, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT, BRAIN OIL
3/06/2010 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT, LAUDANUM
3/07/2010 The Independent – San Francisco, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT
This March, Neurot will release a limited edition release from HARVESTMAN, entitled Trinity. This release showcases the material actually used as the soundtrack for Italian horror film H2Odio [the English title is Hate 2 O], the album has been renamed for its Neurot Recordings release. Neurot will also then release the HARVESTMAN / MINSK / U.S. CHRISTMAS 3-way split entitled Hawkwind Triad; the split obviously featuring all three artists unleashing their takes on classic HAWKWIND covers! More info on both of these releases will be made available soon.