As a fan of Gaza, it was devastating to me when news broke of their split last year. Having developed a friendship with the members, it also hit me on a personal level. It was heartbreaking to see these fine people – who I had watched grow and develop as musicians over the years, and struggle through working their way up – have it all ripped away from them. However, this is what makes their rebirth as Cult Leader all the more inspiring, and the release of EP, Nothing For Us Here, even more eagerly anticipated. Continue reading
The highly anticipated debut EP from Cult Leader (Gaza, etc) can now be streamed in its entirety over at SLUG Magazine. The EP will officially be released on April 15th and pre-orders can be purchased here. Head over to SLUG Magazine to stream all 18 minutes of pulverizing goodness.
The band’s record release show will be held at The Shred Shed in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 4th. So if you live in or around the area, don’t miss it.
The hype surrounding Cult Leader’s debut release, Nothing For Us Here, has been quite monumental. It’s not surprising considering the popularity of previous incarnation, Gaza, among the metal and hardcore crowd. Gaza’s disbandment was sudden and surprising, as was the formation of Cult Leader, which features 3/4′s of the original members. With Gaza’s popularity and the controversy surrounding their demise, all eyes are surely on Cult Leader now. Some may wonder if this new outfit will deliver all the goods that Gaza once did. Well, the answer is a resounding “yes”. Cult Leader is not a far cry from Gaza, but it is also on the verge of becoming something different than its sister band.
Cult Leader (Ex-Gaza) have announced an extensive Spring U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming debut EP, Nothing For Us Here, which is out on April 15th via Deathwish, Inc. The band will also be touring alongside Nashville’s Yautja, who are supporting their recently released debut full length, Songs of Descent. The tour dates, as they stand currently, can be viewed after the break. Go to a show and be merry!
It’s been roughly seven years since the release of Bird Eater’s debut EP, Utah; a release that unfortunately flew under the radar as sister band Gaza was making their ascension into the “limelight”. Utah’s blend of death metal, metallic hardcore, sludge, and western influences was a slight contrast to the dissonant chaos of Gaza, of which Bird Eater shares two members. The band’s long awaited, recently released debut full length succeeds in further distancing the band stylistically from their sister band. Dead Mothers Make the Sun Set shows Bird Eater really growing into their sound and harnessing it for the goal of beating you to death.
It would be an understatement to say that the sudden release of Bird Eater’s debut LP last week (February 11) came as a pleasant surprise. Despite the lack of promotion and shoddy planning by label Black Market Activities, the release hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. The highly-anticipated record from the Salt Lake City-based band, which features mega-talented members of Gaza, Day of Less and others, is everything that fans have been expecting. Following 2007′s Utah EP, Dead Mothers Make the Sun Set is an outstanding offering, which combines death metal with elements of doom and sludge, and is layered with country influences and dismal, eerie tones.
In this recent interview, vocalist Jon Parkin discussed the long-awaited record, the inspiring western deserts, as well as which Bird Eater members make “magic” together, and more. Continue reading
Black Market Activities pulled a fast one on us and released the long awaited full length debut from Bird Eater (Ex-Gaza) right under our noses. The follow up to 2007′s Utah EP, Dead Mothers Make The Sun Set, was released yesterday February 10th. For now the album is only available on limited edition vinyl, which can be purchased here, while digital versions will be made available soon. The music hasn’t hit the web yet but it will be a matter of time before it does. Below you can find the album’s official cover artwork.
The first taste of Cult Leader (Ex-Gaza) has finally arrived online. The track is entitled “Skin Crawler” and it definitely picks up where Gaza left off. Ungodly aggression, thick dissonant riffing, spiteful vocals and an overall malevolent atmosphere. “Skin Crawler” will appear on the group’s debut EP, Nothing For Us Here, which will be released on April 15th via Deathwish, Inc. Stop acting you’re not excited. Check out the track after the break.
You may remember that the Utah hardcore outfit Gaza called it quits earlier this year. Well it looks the original band members, minus vocalist Jon Parkin, have started a new project. The trio of Casey Hansen (drums), Michael Mason (guitar) and Anthony Lucero (bass/vocals) have formed a new band under the name Cult Leader. No music has been made available for listening as of yet but the band will play their first show on June 13th at The Shred Shed in Salt Lake City, UT alongside Seven Sisters of Sleep, Full of Hell and Rile. If you live in that area, go to that show and tell me how it goes. More info on Cult Leader has it becomes available.
The Salt Lake City hardcore quartet Gaza announced that they have officially thrown in the towel. The official statement read as follows:
Gaza is no longer a band. A big thank you to anyone that has supported us. Some of us will continue to make music together.
No other information has been released as of yet and who knows if they’ll elaborate on their reasoning. But it’s none of our business. We should still expect to see music from their sister band Bird Eater coming soon so there are always positives. On a personal note, I enjoyed this band immensely and I will miss their spiteful jams. Best of luck to all of the members in their future endeavors.
Deathwish Inc have released a free 26 track Spring sampler that features bands from Deathwish’s own roster as well as those of their distributed labels (Black Market Activities, React!, etc). The sampler features the likes of Gaza, Code Orange Kids, Narrows, Heiress, Single Mothers and others. It also features unreleased material from Cold Cave, Loma Prieta, AC4 and more. Take advantage of this offer and download it RIGHT NOW!
Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.
The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
An’ lemme jus’ say: Fuck December 21st in it’s ass. Ain’t no ‘pocalypse, mutha’ fuckas.
Man, there were way to many good albums released this year. I listened to as many as I could but there were some that I just couldn’t get to. There are also some that I listened to, just not enough for them to make my final list. I can’t let this slide, however and I want to give a shout out to new releases by Marty Friedman, The Mars Volta, Birds In Row, Code Orange Kids, Downfall Of Gaia and Krallice. I really wish I could have settled down to check these albums out in full, but I just couldn’t get down to do it.
Before we get to my actual list I would like to thank each and every one of you readers. Without you, I honestly probably would have given this up a long time ago. Sure, on this site I give my opinion on music, but it is really you guys/gals that count. I don’t know how I could repay you all for visiting American Aftermath these past two years. You have really made it worth while. Even the haters who talked shit, I appreciate you fucks also.
Live footage of Bird Eater’s (Gaza, etc) entire set at The Shred Shed in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 1st has surfaced online. The set features the band performing some new material that will be featured on the band’s upcoming record, which is untitled and has no release date as of yet. The audio gets a little out of sync sometimes but you get the jist of the songs. From what my feeble ears can hear, these songs are hard hitting and just brutal. Check out the video below and be sure to check back for more Bird Eater news.