JARBOE – Mahakali

Legendary vocalist/avant garde rock pioneer Jarboe brings her ethereal voice and vision to her latest album, Mahakali. It takes only a few seconds for the album to take your take hold of your spirit and mind as Jarboe‘s hypnotic siren call glide through opening track, “Mahakali, of Terrifying Countenance.” Atmospheric, emotional, and powerful, the band quickly traverses much terrain shifting from the brooding, the dark, the desolate, and the sobering. There are just enough layers of instrumentation and musical darkness to set the mood without overloading the listener. Particularly, there is plenty of tasty percussion work to be found.

There are plenty of guest appearances from Attila Csihar (MAYHEM), Colin Marston (DYSRHYTHMIA, BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS), Josh Graham (NEUROSIS, A STORM OF LIGHT), and Phil Anselmo (DOWN). “The Soul Continues” is an absolutely fantastic track combining the black and sinister, low-end vocals of Attila Csihar with absolutely haunting vocal lines by Jarboe. The song is a great juxtaposition of different vocals stylings coming together to create a very powerful single expression. If there was ever a song that perfectly captured the sounds of a nightmare, “A Sea of Blood and Hollow Screaming…” would be it. The sheer power of the song is undeniable. Phil Anselmo‘s lead vocal contribution on the melancholic, acoustic song, “Overthrown,” is a great showcase of his creativity and ability to bear his soul in pure honesty.

Before you realize it, the album is over and the silence really resonates within your mind after being taken on such a trip. Mahakali is perfect for those seeking something more and something that is true and powerful. Many rewards await the listener. (The End Records)

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INTRONAUT Announces New Album Title; Studio Report

Southern California’s INTRONAUT will be taking thinking man’s metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms. The band is currently tracking drums at Opera Studios in North Hollywood and recording guitars and bass at Castle Oaks Studios in Calabasas. Vocals are being completed at Clearlake Audio in North Hollywood, and the whole process is being engineered by Josh Newell (JANE’S ADDICTION). Expect a release later this year.

“I can’t even begin to express how excited we are about this record,” said frontman and guitarist Sacha Dunable. “It’s definitely our most densely packed body of work yet. In addition to the standard INTRONAUT angle of attack, we have some surprises including an awesome guest solo from NEGATIVA/GORGUTS guitarist Steeve Hurdle, as well as some truly jaw-dropping moments of Indian/metal fusion courtesy of Joe and Dave. Stoked.”

In less than a week, INTRONAUT will join THE OCEAN and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR in one of the more diverse bills of the year for a short run through Arizona and California before heading out with MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT and BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS for The Ultimate Brodeo Tour. Check out the tour dates below:

06/12 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
06/13 Audie’s Olympic – Fresno, CA
06/14 Annie’s Social Club – San Francisco, CA
06/15 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
06/16 Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
06/17 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA

08/01 Ravari Room – Columbus, OH
08/02 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
08/03 Howler’s Coyote Café – Pittsburgh, PA
08/04 Xtreme Wheels – Buffalo, NY
08/05 The Downtown Quarterback – Endicott, NY
08/06 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
08/07 The Living Room – Providence, RI
08/08 The Knitting Factory Tap Bar – New York, NY
08/09 Broad Street Ministry – Philadelphia, PA
08/10 DC9 – Washington, DC
08/11 Nara Sushi – Richmond, VA
08/12 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
08/13 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
08/14 The Haven – Orlando, FL
08/15 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
08/16 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
08/17 High Ground Venue – Metairie, LA
08/18 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
08/19 OPO Downstairs @ The Urban Table – Fayetteville, AR
08/20 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
08/21 Red Blood Club – Dallas, TX
08/22 Red 7 – Austin, TX
08/23 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
08/25 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
08/26 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
08/27 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
08/28 Chaser’s – San Diego, CA
08/29 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
08/30 Rotture – Portland, OR
08/31 Riversdale Grange – Roseburg, OR
09/01 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
09/03 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
09/04 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
09/05 2 Cents Plain – St. Louis, MO
09/06 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
09/07 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS – Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning

So you like math metal eh? So you want to hear some of the craziest, most technical shit around? Then BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS is the exact (instrumental) band that will not only satisfy your craving but overwhelm you to insane heights. Seriously, few, if any, technical progressive bands take things to such extremes as the band simply go for the mindfuck of a lifetime by playing, seemingly, a thousand notes/minute set to anything but basic 4/4 time signatures. Sure BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS include some calm, quieter sections on the album but you know the inevitable deluge of twisted notes is gonna come and sweep you away at any minute. Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning only includes five studio tracks but also includes four live tracks which may be even more impressive than the studio tracks in the fact that the performances sound flawless. Even if this style of music is not what you typically go for, these guys should be checked out, at least for the sheer novelty of it all. Few band have the chops to match these maniacs. (Metal Blade Records/Black Market Activities)