JOB FOR A COWBOY Announce New Tour

Job For a Cowboy have announced a December headlining tour that will be bring about the end of the world according to the tour’s title; “The End of the World Tour”. The band will be supported by Cephalic Carnage, I Declare War, Legion and another act yet to be revealed but is rumored to be Fallujah. The tour will kick off on December 6th and will run as follows:

12/06 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
12/07 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
12/08 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
12/09 Toronto, ON – Rum Runners
12/10 Montreal, QC – Les FouFounes
12/11 Quebec City, QC – Union Commercial
12/13 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
12/14 New York City, NY – Knitting Factory
12/15 Worcester, MA – Palladium
12/16 Albany, NY – Boogies
12/17 Allentown, PA – Maingate
12/18 Fredericksburg, MD – Café 611

-Lane Oliver

Endless Cycle Of Bass: CEPHALIC CARNAGE Bassist Posts Goofy Bass Video

Nick Schendzielos bassist of Cephalic Carnage and Job For A Cowboy has uploaded a new bass video to his youtube account. This time we don’t get a Cephalic song or a lesson, but just some good ole fashion funky bass slappin’ goodness. Usually Schendzielos videos are pretty goofy, but this one is next level goofy. Hell, sometimes I think it may take him longer to come up with the idea for the video than the actual riff.

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Endless Cycle Of Bass: CEPHALIC CARNAGE

Over the past few months the bassist of Cephalic Carnage, Nick Schendzielos, has been uploading a series of bass performance videos to his Youtube account. I have to say that these videos are pretty fucking rad. Mr. Schendzeilos has been doing an excellent job with the production on these videos. They look great, they sound great, and he even manages to add a bit of humor.

It’s cool to see that no matter how the band evolves musically or with new members that they are still capable of putting out rad shit. Continue after the jump to watch the videos for ‘Endless Cycle Of Violence’ and ‘Ohwrum’.

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One of The Gnarliest Tours of The Year Is Not Coming Close To R. Gnarly.

Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, Goatwhore and Havok are teaming up on what may be the gnarliest tour of the year. Now, while I don’t care much for Havok, the other three bands are all bands I have wanted to see for quite some time now, but as always, this killer line-up is not coming anywhere near me. Damn my living in a rural area. This tour is sponsored by my amigos at Metal Injection along with Hails and Horns and it may be coming to a town near you! Check out the dates after the jump.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
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Best of ____: Kevin Conway (East of The Wall)

I’ve inquired a few musicians to give me their own “best of” lists. When I asked East of The Wall’s Kevin Conway, he replied as follows:

Instead of a proper “Best Albums of 2010” list, here’s a list of the records I spent the most time with this year. I honestly didn’t listen to enough stuff that was released this year to compile a legit list otherwise. This isn’t a condemnation of the music that came out this year. I’m just a little slow on the uptake and haven’t gotten around to checking out all of the records that I wanted to hear in 2010. Anyways…

Sailors With Wax Wings- Hey! A record that came out in 2010!!! This is a really surprising melting pot of a bunch of different styles, and it’s executed flawlessly. It’s also further proof that if Colin Marston plays on/records an album, it’s good and you should purchase and listen to it immediately.

Bjork, Homogenic- Still a really haunting record.

The Book of Knots, Book of Knots- One of the more unique records I’ve ever heard. The guitar parts on “Tugboat” make me dizzy, in a good way.

Charles Mingus, Charles Mingus- “Lock Em Up” is probably the craziest piece of music I’ve ever heard. Hearing Mingus yelling in the background for no good reason always gets me pumped up.

Flat Earth Society, Isms- These guys are absolutely terrifying. Everything they do is just so fucking grimey. Check out the song “Zonk.” It makes me want to smash things.

Dysrhythmia, Psychic Maps- This came out in 2009, but it might be my favorite record ever. The things that this band does melodically are on a whole other level that I haven’t heard a rock band approach before.

Keelhaul, Keelhaul’s Triumphant Return to Obscurity- Another record from 2009 that I still haven’t been able to stop listening to. These guys really know how to write music that’s intricate but still has balls.

Rashaan Roland Kirk, (I, Eye, Aye)- This is a live performance from the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1972. Kirk is one of the most underrated geniuses of the last century in my opinion. People get a little too wrapped up in his whole playing 3 horns at a time gimmick. There’s a unique presence to all of his live recordings that I don’t think anyone else ever came close to replicating.

The Thing, Action Jazz- Listening to this record is like getting punched in the face. That sort of thing appeals to me.

Radare, Infinite Regress- We toured with these dudes in Europe. There’s a lot of bands trying to pull off what these guys are doing, but I think they do it way better than anyone else who’s attempting it. I guess a lot of people would lump them in with the whole Cult of Neurisis thing, but I think they go way beyond that. I hear lots of Bohren and Der Club of Gore and Twin Peaks-ish melodies in what they do, and I think that’s pretty unique.

Al Green, I’m Still In Love With You- This record makes me want to have sex all day.

Records that actually came out in 2010 that I haven’t heard enough of yet but probably would have made the list if I had gotten around to listening to them more:
Intronaut, Valley of Smoke
Cephalic Carnage, Misled By Certainty
Deathspell Omega, Paracletus
Murder Construct, S/T
Broughton’s Rules, Bounty Hunter 1853
The Melvins, The Bride Screamed Murder

Best Albums of 2010 [American Aftermath]

I started this blog on September 1st of this year. Since then, I have reviewed 44 new albums and I have listened to roughly 100-110. I have heard some of the best music in many years come out in 2010. There were a few albums that I listened to that didn’t tweak my nips and a few that I just couldn’t get around to checking out. I do regret not having listened to these albums before posting my “Best of” list, but I set this deadline the day I started the blog.

First off, I’d like to point out that Captain Overboard–Radio Earth! released their debut album in October. It was an independent release, but it is definitely worth a listen. Check it out.

Now, like I said, there was a nauseating amount of albums that came out this year and no way for me to listen to all of them. Some of the main albums I regret either not getting to hear or not getting to hear in entirety are:

  • Dawnbringer – Nucleus
  • Withered – Dualitas
  • Melechesh – The Epigenesis
  • The Funeral Pyre – Vultures At Dawn
  • East of The Wall – Ressentiment
  • Agalloch – Marrow of The Spirit

Before narrowing my list down to 25, I was up in the 40s and 50s. As I said, there was so much good shit out this year, I really didn’t want to cut anything out.  But I had to, so I did. Some of the ones that almost made the list are:

  • The Rotted – Anarchogram EP
  • Gwar – Bloody Pit of Horror
  • Cephalic Carnage – Misled by Certainty
  • Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent
  • Murder Construct – Murder Construct EP

And now, for what you have all been waiting for, Ross Gnarly’s “Best of 2010” list is here. I have been working on this list since mid-October and it has been really hard to cut out albums to finish this list, but I did what I had to do.  Here it is (25-11)

25. Black Tusk – Taste The Sin
24. Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom
23. Salome – Terminal
22. Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
21. Defeatist – Sixth Extinction
20. Fleshwrought – Dementia/Dyslexia
19. Fuck The Facts – Unnamed EP
18. Phobia – Unrelenting EP
17. Kill The Client – Set For Extinction
16. Infernaeon – Genesis to Nemesis
15. As They Sleep – Dynasty
14. Charred Walls of the Damned – Charred Walls of the Damned
13. Autopsy – The Tomb Within EP
12. Mose Giganticus – Gift Horse
11. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

10. Svart Crown – Witnessing The Fall
–Amazingly well done black/death that is sure to put poison in your veins. Read the review here.

9. Early Graves – Goner
–Punishing metalcore at it’s greatest. Mahk Daniels will be missed. His voice was one of the strongest, most passionate I’ve heard. Read the review here.

8. Kvelertak – Kvelertak
–Super catchy black n’ roll. Upon first hearing this, I didn’t know what to think about it. And now? All I can say is it is one of a kind. Fucking killer. Check it out. Read the review here.

7. Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
–Brutal neo-thrash that will stomp your ass with military boots. For fans of Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust. Love it. Read the review here.

6. Trap Them – Filth Rations EP
–Punishing. That’s it. Fucking punishing. Do it.

5. Cloudkicker – Beacons
–Some of the most amazing progressive instrumental metal I’ve ever heard. Ben Sharp is a master of crafts. This is like the Star Wars of progessive, one-man metal. It’s that epic. Read the review here.

4. Holy Grail – Crisis In Utopia
–Holy Grail are the epitome of neo-traditional heavy/speed metal. Amazing melody and some of the best vocals of all time. Great. Gnarly. Read the review here.

3. Dawn of Ashes – Genocide Chapters
–Evil-as-fuck. Death incarnate. Scary, brutal, melodic, scary. All these words make up just a hint of what Dawn of Ashes have to offer. Read the review here.

2. Coffinworm – When All Became None
–The best example of black/doom. Coffinworm were the the number one album on this list until recently. This album is an evil mass that shall reign in hell. Read the review here.


1. Nails – Unsilent Death

What can I say about Nails? Their musical style is one that should be, not looked up, but praised. They have every aspect of the crust/grind/death/hardcore spectrum in tact and it all gets worked into a raging beast that made it’s way to number one. Here is the review of “Unsilent Death”:

“Conform” contains some of the fastest, most brutal fucking grind I’ve heard in a good while. It soars by with lightning speed and tears ear drums and anything else in it’s path to shreds. The song leads right into the next, “Scum Will Rise” which responds with a more melodic approach to grinding. Fucking amazing track. With songs so short, it is hard for some to describe grindcore albums in more than a paragraph or two. I however wish to tell you the impact this album will have on you. Imagine taking your brains from your skull and putting them into a blender on frappe. You then freeze the remains into a large ice block, carry it into the backyard and smash it with a mallet. Yes. It is frozen-brain-shattering. Yes it is. “Your God” goes  back to the formula of “Conform” as being an insanely fast and heavy track. It does however manage to maintain melody throughout the entire 33 seconds. A nice drum roll introduces us to the groove-grinding of “Suffering Soul.” The chorus of this song rings out like an anthem for the depraved. The vocals are pure and simple. A gut-wrenching yell with tremendous emotion. Nice grooving guitar riff towards the end of the song in which the song as a whole hits the slow-down-button. Nice old school death metal riffing on the title track, “Unsilent Death.” This shows that this band has a very wide range influences that make this band rather hard to categorize. This whole song takes me back to the mid 1990s in death metal. Fucking “A.” A lot of feed back for what I would assume you would consider a breakdown. The song then returns to that fantastic groove. “Traitor” touches back on some previous songs (“Conform” and “Your God”) but with odd, varying timing. Grind one second and a chord-hanging doom riff. Very odd, but I love it. “I Will Not Follow” is as punishing as the rest of the album. Fast and furious yet filled with melody. Nice chugging guitar riffing. Nice doom-death riffing around the 1:00 mark. This band has an amazing sound that will definitely keep them going for many years to come. “No Servant” is another melo-grind face-smasher with a great guitar soloing. Oddly timed, but that’s the best kind. These guys are killing it. “Scapegoat” has some of the best guitar shredding on the album. It still has that old school death metal feel, especially around the 0:40 mark and leading all the way into “Depths” which marks the last track on the album. This is also the longest song on the album, maxing out at almost four minutes! The song doom/drones along at the beginning before bursting into another extraordinary death-groove shred-marathon. Another odd solo pops up at 1:36. This entire band is extremely tight while keeping the music superbly crusty and filthy. The song breaks down around the 2:05 mark and dooms it for a while. Nice pinch harmonics coming through very clear. This bands wide range of sound keeps me guessing what is around every turn. I never know what I am going to hear next: grindcore, death metal, doom, polka. Who knows?

Video Review: Cephalic Carnage’s “Ohrwurm”

Alrighty, now. It may have taken me a month to do so, but I finally got around to watching the video for Cephalic Carnage’s “Ohrwurm” off of their new album, Misled By Certainty which is out now on Relapse Records.

Warning: Before watching this video, please make sure there are no children, elderly people, your parents or anyone with a queasy stomach nearby. This video is not safe for your workplace.

This has to be the most disgusting, nasty, filth-ridden, amazing and scary music video I have ever seen. At first, you’re curious as to what the fuck is going on, and as it goes on… Just see for yourself.

Click here to watch the video.

Yeah. Now do you see what I mean? Did you make it through the entire video or did you shut it down before the end. If you did the latter, I must say, you missed one hell of an ending. Fucking sickening, but awesome. Love it or hate it.