While PERIPHERY’s Guitar Djently Weeps.

You all know of my love for Periphery. If not, let me clear it up for you. When I first heard the band, I was not really impressed, but as I watched the video for “Icarus Lives!” repeatedly, I found myself slowly falling for these djentlemen. Their music encompassed something about music that I had never before listened to. I’m not saying it wasn’t around, because it was. I am just saying that I didn’t listen to it. The band’s self-titled album remains in rotation in my CD player to this day. I love it.

Today on MetalSucks, it was announced that Periphery had parted ways with stringsman Alex Bois. This is a great loss for a band that has made as much headway in the short time Periphery has. And all of this before the band embarks on the Frak The Gods Tour with The Human Abstract, The Contortionist and Textures. The tour is set to begin on September 2nd. Periphery announced this on the band’s MySpace page: [Continue Reading]

Adam Jarvis Joins PIG DESTROYER!!

BREAKING NEWS:  Scott Hull just announced via Facebook that Adam Jarvis (Misery Index) is now the drummer of Pig Destroyer. I don’t know why Brain is out, but I do know that Adam Jarvis is one of the best drummers in extreme metal today. I just got infinitely more stoked for their upcoming release. PxDx won’t miss a beat with this replacement.

They are playing their first shows with Adam in September in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Someone needs to film that shit.

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

(Thanks to Metal Nick for the heads up. You should go ‘like’ his FB page. After all, he does film the best bootlegs in metal)

Fear Before Announce Hiatus

 

The guitarist of Fear Before (formally known as Fear Before The March Of Flames) has recently given a slew of updates on the band via their Facebook

“Do not mistake my previous post for a break-up announcement. It was an update letting you know that we are currently inactive and there is no forthcoming record from us as of now. I cannot say what the future holds.”

I’m not particularly bothered by this seeing how Fear Before hasn’t done anything worth while since “Art Damage”, but who knows, maybe a few of our readers still enjoy them.

 

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @keepitwolfson

PUNCH Signs To Deathwish Inc.

Deathwish just signed my favorite San Franciscan vegan hardcore band Punch. Although a release date is still pending, the band will be releasing “Nothing Lasts” soon. If you aren’t familiar with Punch then do yourself a favorite and go pick up the bands latest offering “Push Pull”. Punch plays a fast aggressive style of hardcore that I love.

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Exclusive Interview: Stavros of THE ATLAS MOTH

It was just today that I was talking about The Atlas Moth’s new album.Vocalist/guitarist Stavros e-mailed me about my post and I ended up getting to have a nice little Q&A with him about the new album and the band’s plans for the remainder of the year. Read on to learn some things about Stavros that you might not have known before, a bit about the new album, future touring plans and his thoughts on Odd Future. Remember, An Ache For The Distance comes out September 20th via Profound Lore. ~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

Photo by Markus Shaffer

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Album of The Week: TOXIC HOLOCAUST’s “Conjure And Command”

This week’s Album of The Week was carefully chosen because I have listened to this album non-stop since I reviewed it a few weeks ago. It’s a shredding, brutal and catchy record that devastates all. Toxic Holocaust seriously stepped up their game in creation of Conjure and Command. They are constantly expanding and improving their sound and I find that a great trait for a band to have nowadays. Joel Grind’s undeniably awesome shredding and shrieks are what really make this band stand apart from anything else. The man in truly gifted as a song writer; I have never heard a Toxic Holocaust song that I didn’t like and there is no other band with the distinct sound that Toxic has. These are the reasons why I chose Conjure And Command as this week’s Album of The Week.

Double Feature: DOCTORSHOPPER And WAGE SLAVE

Last night, a friend of mine by the name of Eric linked me to two bands: Doctorshopper and Wage Slave. Wage Slave I have heard of before while skimming through Bandcamp and Doctorshopper I have heard of through Eric and other bands. I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for at first because I received the links while I was at work so I didn’t get a chance to listen to the bands right off. He mentioned that Wage Slave was a straight up grindcore band while Doctorshopper was.. Well, I don’t remember exactly how he phrased it, but the word “Eyehategod” was involved. From that point alone, I was giving this a definite thumbs up. [Continue Reading]

THE ATLAS MOTH Get Sexy With New Album Artwork

So, last night Profound Lore Tweeted a picture that turned out to be the cover art for the new The Atlas Moth album. Wait, there’s gonna be a new Atlas Moth album? Yes! I just came. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that Profound Lore apparently also posted the cover art on Facebook and sometime between last night and this morning, the photo was taken down because it “violated Facebook policy.” That’s great. Doesn’t that assure you that the cover art is amazing? Well, if it doesn’t then just check out the actual artwork at the top of this post. It is, indeed amazing. I am completely stoked for this album, which is titled An Ache For The Distance and is due out on September 20th. Sure, I had no idea it was coming, but now I do. Are you stoked for this? Do you even like The Atlas Moth? You should. They rule. Wow. That’s a lot of fragmented sentences. Get hyped! New Atlas Moth coming out in September via Profound Lore! After the jump you can check out a few The Atlas Moth tracks. Also, follow The Atlas Moth on Twitter.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
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Unmastered T.R.A.M. Track? Yessir!

Regardless of all the shit that has been talked about Sumerian Records and it’s main man Ash Avildsen, there are a few bands on the label that I find quite enjoyable. Periphery is an amazing band that I have come to be fan of, for example. One band that I have been waiting to hear material from for some time is the project which consists of Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Adrian Terrazas (ex-The Mars Volta) and Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies) known simply as T.R.A.M. This group creates jazzy, intricate progessive rock that is absolutely to die for. Josh got some nice footage of them at SXSW this year which got me seriously interested. I mean, with that line-up, how can you not be interested? Well, as some of you know, T.R.A.M.’s debut album was delayed due to the band having to go back and re-track songs, but Sumerian has now given us a taste of what is to come. An unmastered version of the song “Endeavor” was uploaded to Sumerian’s YouTube channel and it is amazing. It’s everything I’ve hoped for and I know Josh is probably jizzing himself right about now. After the jump you can check out “Endeavor” and then leave some feedback on what you think.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
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More Info on DRUDKH And ALCEST Project OLD SILVER KEY

It was just last week when I was pondering about Old Silver Key, a band formed by members of Drudkh and Alcest. At the time, I had nothing to go on except for the band’s logo. Now I have the album name, cover artwork, track list and a release date! I can hardly contain my excitement. I still have no clue what this band will sound like, but if it sounds anything like Drudkh or Alcest, I am sure I will not be disappointed. Old Silver Key’s debut album will be called Tales of Wanderings and by the cover art alone, it has a very atmospheric black metal feel with (possibly) a touch of folk. Should be quite interesting and judging by Drudkh’s last offering Handful of Stars and Alcest’s Écailles de Lune, the tracks should be fairly long and, hopefully, amazing. Until I get to hear at least one song, I will keep my fingers crossed about Old Silver Key. Tales of Wanderings is due out September 27th in North America (September 16th everywhere else). You can check out the track list after the jump.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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Morning Jams: Sludge Mixtape

Good morning, folks! I apologize for the lack of updates over the weekend. I tried my hardest to post at least a few things every day, but it wasn’t easy. For one, it was a holiday, so not a lot of news was popping off and second, being that it was a holiday, I had shit to do. Well, the damn holiday is now over, and I have put together a fantastic playlist for all of you who are still working off your 4th of July hangovers. This morning’s playlist is sludge and nothing but. Filthy, dirty, stinkin’ sludge. So sit back and enjoy.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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