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)

SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US 2010 Tour Update

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

SHRINEBUILDER Schedule West Coast Shows

SHRINEBUILDER, the doom metal super group that features Scott “Wino” Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS), have scheduled a handful of west coast tour dates. Dates are as follows:

3/2 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
3/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
3/4 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
3/5 – San Jose, CA – Voodoo Lounge
3/6 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
3/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3/9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

The band also promised a New York show and confirmed their participation in this year’s Scion Rock festival. Details for those engagements are forthcoming.

SHRINEBUILDER @ The Viper Room, Hollywood (11/11/09)

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The mega-doom project, SHRINEBUILDER, made their U.S. live debut this month at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. The band, consisting of Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Scott “Wino” Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dale Crover (MELVINS), performed two full sets that night, including a cover of JOY DIVISION‘s “24 Hours“.

Watch SHRINEBUILDER cover JOY DIVISION

Scott Kelly posted a short recap of the show here: http://weburnthroughthenight.blogspot.com/2009/11/viper-room-los-angeles-november-11-2009.html

SHRINEBUILDER to Make U.S. Debut at The Viper Room’s Club My War O)))

Doom metal supergroup, SHRINEBUILDER, will be making their U.S. debut at The Viper Room on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

Consisting of Scott “Wino” Weinrich (ST. VITUS, THE HIDDEN HAND), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Al Cisneros (OM, SLEEP), and Dave Crover (MELVINS), the Neurot Recordings band formed earlier this year and recorded their self-titled debut album in just three days. Check out the track “Pyramid of the Moon” from the band’s forthcoming album:

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SHRINEBUILDER‘s show at The Viper Room is being presented by Club My War O))), founded by Eddie Solis (label manager for Southern Lord Records and frontman of LA-based punk/metal band IT’S CASUAL). Tickets are $15. Buy them at www.viperroom.com.

Visit these links for more info on SHRINEBUILDER:
http://www.neurotrecordings.com/artists/shrinebuilder/index.aspx
http://www.myspace.com/shrinebuildergroup

SCOTT KELLY – The Wake

The high quality of The Wake should be no surprise since Scott Kelly has been writing great music in the legendary NEUROSIS for a long time now. The Wake is one of those albums that takes you to another place and really envelops you. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the middle of a desert road, an abandoned town, or some other kind of sublime and melancholic place. The album is basically Scott Kelly and his acoustic guitar. There are lap steel guitars and bass guitar on several songs which serve as a good complement to Kelly and mixes things up. His damaged, delicate, and charismatic croon is the perfect voice for the storytelling that he has in store. The lyrics convey thoughts and feelings that are quite personal and complicated. But one thing is for certain, the 100% honesty behind them is one major reason why The Wake is such a success. The album is really one that needs to be listened to over a course of time to fully appreciate and absorb, otherwise it’s just a “nice little acoustic album.” It’s really great when you suddenly realize that your appreciation has gone up a few levels as time goes on. Dear Scott Kelly, please keep ‘em coming! (Neurot Recordings)