HIGH ON FIRE: Southern Lord Recordings to Reissue The Art of Self Defense

Southern Lord Recordings is pleased to announce the reissue of The Art of Self Defense, the classic first recording from Oakland power trio HIGH ON FIRE. Set for release on July 31, the landmark long player has been completely remastered and enhanced by Brad Boatright and includes the addition of the band’s first ever demo, two bonus 7” tracks as well as a 48-page booklet.

The Art of Self Defense was initially released in 2000 by Man’s Ruin Records. Featuring the collective energies of guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice with producer Billy Anderson, the record billows at the seams with Pike’s instantly recognizable guitar tone, first unleashed during his days with stoner metal behemoths SLEEP.

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

SLEEP Announce Fall U.S. Tour

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

Various Artists – Immortalised: Earache Records 1986-2000

The golden age of Earache Records is simply legendary. Rarely has there ever been such a collection of pioneering bands of extreme music on one label at a special period of time. This DVD features many of the greatest bands ever such as MORBID ANGEL, CATHEDRAL, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, and ENTOMBED as well as some that never quite broke big such as GANDALF and DUB WAR. The most glaring and immediate characteristic of this compilation is the grainy visual quality of it all. The DVD looks as if it was taken off of an old VHS master tape. Some videos look worse than others. Immortalised finds redemption for this flaw in the fact that the material on the DVD is just too strong, diverse, and entertaining to deny. There are serious and dark videos such as “God Emptiness” from MORBID ANGEL and just some straight out annoying songs such as “Meat” by LINEA 77. Comedic highlights can be found in the blatant musical equipment endorsements in SLEEP’s “Dragonaut” or the pro wrestling highlights in IRON MONKEY’s “Supergorgonizer.” There are also bonus live songs from bands in which Earache has already released live DVDs of. Whether you’re a metal newbie, a seasoned veteran looking to relive the good old days or just somewhere in between, there’s truly plenty for everyone. (MVD Visual)