Interview by Dave Cotton email@example.com
One of the best current post hardcore/shoegaze/art rock bands in the United States, CITY OF SHIPS, released their third full length record Ultraluminaltoday. Many an interviewer is quick to point out the influences in this band’s sound; namely HUM’S galactic bombast, and SWERVEDRIVER’S calculated guitar motifs. However, it should really be said that CITY OF SHIPS know the value of first rate songs and their new album is front to back, just that. I spoke to vocalist/guitarist Eric Jernigan about their new record Ultraluminal.
Los Angeles-based experimental rock outfit Upsilon Acrux have premiered a new track from their upcoming seventh full length album, Sun Square Dialect, over at Steel for Brains. The track in question is the album’s dizzying opening number, “Pitch Mountain: Maps”. The song spirals about with a colorful array of instrumentation that runs the gamut of math rock, progressive rock, krautrock and free jazz. It defies categorization and dazzles simultaneously. Head over to Steel for Brains to stream the track now.
Sun Square Dialect will be released on April 14 via New Atlantis Records. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after break along with the band’s upcoming record release shows.
Noise metal titans Today Is The Day will return to the road this spring in support of their most recent record, Animal Mother. The trek will begin on April 24 and extend through May 24. Direct support will be provided by Georgian trio Lazer/Wulf. The tour schedule can be found after the break.
Noise metallers Ken Mode will release their new album Success this June and the band has released a trailer for said album. Now, while this doesn’t really give us a taste of new music, it still got me extremely excited. You can check out the full teaser below and see how it makes you feel. I always welcome new Ken Mode material, so bring on the madness. Continue reading →
Rhode Island noise rock duo Lightning Bolt have premiered their forthcoming sixth full length album and first album in six years, Fantasy Empire, over at NPR. The album will officially be released on March 24 via Thrill Jockey and pre-orders can still be grabbed at this location. If you like blistering, colorful, erratic noise forced into your ear canals, then check out the wacky Fantasy Empirenow.
Los Angeles sludge outfit Wovoka have premiered a new track from their upcoming debut album, Saros, over at No Clean Singing. The new track is a seven-minute behemoth titled “Chosen”, which takes the listener on a punishing journey through auditory caverns lined with dismal, claustrophobic post-metal. It’s heavy as heavy can be. Head over to No Clean Singing to check it out now.
Saros will be released on April 14 via Battleground Records.
Whenever Aaron Turner attaches his name to a musical project, people take notice. Whether it be the forward-thinking metal compositions of Isis, the sludgy monkey-business of Old Man Gloom, the haunting drones of Mamiffer, the hardcore-tinged debauchery of Split Cranium and others, it’s hard to deny Turner’s musical prowess. So when Sumac was announced, everyone, including myself, was instilled with insurmountable excitement. Turner is joined by the equally proficient Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, etc) and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), and the end-result is absolutely tremendous.Brimming with complexity and colossal heaviness, The Deal delivers the all the goods in a jam-packed 54-minute duration.
New York noise rock outfit Fashion Week have premiered their forthcoming debut LP, Prêt-à-Porter, over at Invisible Oranges. The album will officially be released on February 23 via Solar Flare Records and can still be pre-ordered here. If you enjoy the tunes of the likes of Unsane, Helmet and pretty much anything tied to Amphetamine Reptile, then you will enjoy this record thoroughly. Stream the rambunctious yet catchy opus now.
In addition to previously announced March tour dates marking their journey to Texas’s annual SXSW festival and plans for a Japan tour with Weekend Nachos, audio terrorists Full of Hell have announced dates for a Spring tour with fellow Portland, OR brutalizers The Body, the conclusion of which will see a collaborative record between the two entities. The Oceancity, MA crew are also preparing a record for release on John Hoffman’s (Weekend Nachos, SPINE) DIY label Bad Teeth Recordings. Peep the full tour details for Full of Hell below. Continue reading →
Noise rockers Lightning Bolt will soon unleash their first album in six years and have unveiled a new track titled “The Metal East.” The band is back and heavier than every. This new track is a thundering boom of sonic blast. Whatever that means. Check out the track after the jump. It’ll blow your fucking mind. Continue reading →
Do you even Fashion Week, bro? Dude, you should totally Fashion Week. These noisy mongrels are going to released an album titled Prêt-à-Porter in a few weeks and it’s going to be fucking rad. The band has also entrusted us here at American Aftermath with premiering their music video for “Chorusace.” This video is a grainy, shaky live video and I love it. Check out the video below. Continue reading →
New York noise rock outfit Fashion Week have premiered a new track from their upcoming LP, Prêt-à-Porter, over at Revolver. The track, titled “Fendi Bender”, cycles between dissonant grooves and catchy grunge-inspired verses. It’s like Unsane, Quicksand and Nirvana had a disfigured love child. Feel free to stream the new track at this location.
Prêt-à-Porter will be released on February 23 via Solar Flare Recordings. Pre-orders can be placed here.
Fashion Week is currently on tour with Skyacre. The remaining dates of the trek can be found after the break.
Chicago progressive metal outfit Taken By The Sun have premiered the closing track to their forthcoming self-titled debut full length over at The Sludgelord. Titled “Ornaflux”, the track storms forth with aggressive, nuanced riffs that spiral about as well as colossal, sludgy chords. Fans of The Ocean and the like will have no problem liking this jam. Stream the track at this location now.
Taken By The Sun will be released on February 24 through the band themselves and can be pre-ordered here.
Seattle’s Heiress (ex-Himsa) have premiered their forthcoming album, Of Great Sorrow, over at Metal Sucks. The album officially comes out on February 10 via The Mylene Sheath (pre-order here), but now you don’t have to wait another six long days. You can stream all 10 tracks of sludgy hardcore goodness after the break. We’re not responsible for any broken bones.