Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Sludgelord News: Daily Digest

Your rundown of the top sludge news stories of the day …

EYEHATEGOD - There’s a real possibility that without EYEHATEGOD there wouldn’t be a Sludgelord website. The Sludge pioneers, along with friends Crowbar helped to create and define the distinctive style of metal that Beavis & Butthead once described as “slow and fat”. In the early 1990s, it was as far away from the norm as you could get in metal music. Today they are legends, having been through the toughest battles imaginable and persevered, now Eyehategod is soon to embark on a tour that will take them from California to Maryland.

The tour will find the band playing five California cities in late January, then double back across the continent to Boston in early February, then moving south through New York and ending back in the south with a show in Baltimore alongside doom legends Saint Vitus. That will be a show that fans will want to hang on to their ticket stubs for years to come.

Here are the tour dates:
1/22/2015 Jerry's Pizza & Pub - Bakersfield, CA
1/23/2015 Moose Lodge - Lancaster, CA
1/24/2015 Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
1/25/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon - San Luis Obispo, CA
1/26/2015 Strummers - Fresno, CA
2/04/2015 Brighton Music Hall - Boston MA
2/05/2015 The Clash Bar - Clifton, NJ
2/06/2015 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
2/07/2015 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
2/08/2015 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD w/ Cro Mags, Saint Vitus, Misery Index


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INQUISITION - American black metal band INQUISITION will also be on the road this January and February, albeit in Europe. The tour, which starts today in Berlin (see list of dates below), will concentrate on the country of Germany and finish up in Russia, February 14. They’ll be joined on stage by ArchgoatOndskapt and Blackdeath, except for the final four stops.

The band is touring in support of their latest, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, out on Season of Mist Records. You can stream and download the album in its entirety at this location and buy a physical copy of the record at this location.

Here’s the full list of tour dates:
20/01/2015 DE Berlin K17 21/01/2015 PL Kraków Fabryka Club
22/01/2015 CZ Prague Nová Chmelnice
23/01/2015 DE Erfurt From Hell
24/01/2015 DE München Backstage
25/01/2015 CH Lausanne Le Romandie
26/01/2015 IT Brescia Circolo Colony
27/01/2015 LU Luxemburg KulturFabrik
28/01/2015 FR Paris Divan du Monde
29/01/2015 UK London Underworld
30/01/2015 NL Nijmegen Doornroosje
31/01/2015 DE Essen Turock
01/02/2015 DK Odense Posten
02/02/2015 DE Flensburg Roxy
03/02/2015 DE Kassel Rostlaube
04/02/2015 AU Wien Escape Club
05/02/2015 CH Zürich Alte Kaserne
06/02/2015 BE Huy Atelier Rock
07/02/2015 DE Weinheim Cafe Zentral

11/02/2015 LV Riga Nabaklab
12/02/2015 EE Tallinn Tapper
13/02/2015 RU Saint Petersburg Phoenix
14/02/2015 RU Moscow Seven


Season of Mist Records


MONOMYTH - Staying with the tour circuit for a moment … Dutch heavy psych / stoner/ drone band MONOMYTH’s most recent album ‘Further’ is about traveling and movement. The band moves through great distances of sound on the 4-song, 45-minute opus, reaching from the ordinary to the surreal with kaleidoscopic vision. So, what better way to take their sound ‘further’ than to pack it up and tour it around the UK?

Well, that’s the plan as it was revealed today. The band will hit British shores this February, taking a peculiar route, ping-ponging across the land along the way.  The band plays their first show of the tour in Cardiff on Thursday the 19th, then will zip up to Glasgow for a Friday show, then back down to Bournemouth for a Saturday engagement, after which point the band will work their way back up to Edinburgh.

In a way, the tour itinerary artfully recreates the kind of sonic journey concertgoers should expect to witness at the shows. This is the first chance fans in the UK will have had to catch the band live.

Here’s the full schedule:
Thu 19th Cardiff The Moon Club
Fri 20th Glasgow Audio
Sat 21st Bournemouth The Anvil
Sun 22nd Milton Keynes The Crauford Arms
Mon 23rd London The Macbeth
Tue 24th Chester The Compass
Wed 25th Birmingham Alfie Birds
Thu 26th Edinburgh Bannermans

Tickets are available through all usual outlets. 


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POMBAGIRA - And speaking of winding musical journeys, London duo POMBAGIRA released details of their upcoming sixth album ‘FLESH THRONE PRESS’. The album will be released on March 23 through Svart Records, and it will feature over 80 minutes of new music on double-CD and double vinyl.

Throughout the course of their 8 year existence, Pombagira has undertaken many musical explorations with this latest album being their most psychedelic yet. The subject matter involves necromancy and communication with the dead. The title track is streaming right now on Soundcloud and is arguably their heaviest song to date. More audio previews have been promised in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more.

For now, listen to “Flesh Throne Press” at this location.

Rarely Unable PR


TIMEKILLER - Portland, Oregon has become a mecca for emerging musicians and artists in the early years of the 21st century. One of the leaders in exporting the local underground scene’s endeavors is EOLIAN EMPIRE RECORDS, who you may recall released a compilation of local musicians in 2013 called ‘(We’ve Gotta) Keep Our Heads: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon’. Well, the label is releasing a new compilation soon, but this time they’re focusing their gaze outward at bands from around the globe who share that heavy aesthetic that Portland is becoming known for. One of those bands is Brazilian trio TIMEKILLER.

Their song “Sick of Myself” has been added to the tracklist of Eolian Empire Records upcoming ‘(We’ve Got) Fiends in Low Places’ compilation. It’s the third such song to be streamed and you’ll find it on the Cvlt Nation website. The compilation will be released on February 3 as 333 cassettes with a download ticket included. You can pre-order a copy at this location.

You can take a listen to Timekiller’s effort “Sick of Myself” at this location.

Earsplit PR


GRIZZLOR / BARREN WOMB - In other release news, an intercontinental treaty was announced today as American noise rock band GRIZZLOR will team up with Dutch Noise Punks BARREN WOMB for a split 7 inch record. The vinyl will feature two songs from each band and will be out March 17 on Righteous Outburst Records. The single can be pre-ordered at this location right now. For a sneak preview, check out this video.

And for more info, visit these links:

The Perfect Hoax


BLACK STAR RIDERS - Another band with a new album looming on the horizon is BLACK STAR RIDERS. It’s the follow up to 2013’s ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ and it will be coming to you through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be released in a number of editions, including CD and vinyl and limited edition double-CD with a bonus disc and clear vinyl records. The album, titled ‘The Killer Instinct’ will be released on February 23.

Recently, Damon Johnson and Scott Gorham of the band sat down to talk about working with new producer Nick Raskulinecz, whose credits include albums by RushFoo FightersAlice in Chains and Mastodon. The band members described him as the “sixth member of the band”. You can watch that video at this location.

If you’re in and around the UK or will be in March and you’d like a more up-close-and-personal experience of the band, you can catch them at the following dates:

March 2: Olympia Theatre, Dublin
March 3: Ulster Hall, Belfast
March 5: o2 ABC, Glasgow
March 6: o2 ABC, Glasgow
March 7: o2 Academy, Newcastle
March 8: o2 Academy, Leeds
March 10: Rock City, Nottingham
March 11: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
March 13: Academy, Manchester
March 14: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
March 15: University, Exeter
March 16: o2 Academy, Bristol
March 18: o2 Academy, Bournemouth
March 19: UEA, Norwich
March 20: o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
March 21: o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/BSRTour

THE AMORETTES are support on all dates except Glasgow March 5th and London March 20th – support on these shows is TBA.

Nuclear Blast Records


FALLUJAH - In other NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS news, progressive death metal band FALLUJAH has signed with the label, it was announced. Last year’s ‘The Flesh Prevails’ album won the band praise across the death metal and progressive metal communities, including topping several year-end lists. Well, the German based label didn’t fail to notice.

"We're extremely excited to be part of a roster alongside not just great bands, but great people who are dedicated to the craft and enthusiastic about our vision of where we see FALLUJAH going,” comments the band. “FALLUJAH is all about pushing the envelope, taking risks, and keeping an open mind; with that mentality we felt Nuclear Blast was the most obvious and logical step for a band such as ours. With our team behind us, we can’t wait to see FALLUJAH grow."

There were no immediate plans for the band to record a follow-up, when the album does surface, it will do so under the Nuclear Blast banner.

Nuclear Blast Records


RIFFLORD -  And finally, it was announced yesterday that up-and-coming stoner doom label STB Records has signed a new band to its growing roster. Austin, Texas quartet RIFFLORD has joined the ranks alongside bands like GoyaDoctor Doom and Red Wizard. The news comes just days after the label revealed that it had signed Minnesota trio Let It Breathe to a record deal. Further details were not released.

STB Records


And now you’re all caught up in the world of sludge.