BAND FACT: Lumbar is the bottom half of the spine, just above the pelvis and also relates to the abdominal region
"The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome", the debut LP from Lumbar -- founded by Aaron Edge (Lamthethorn, Roareth, Rote Hexe, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), who is joined by Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHÖL) and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) -- is just over a month from release. The brainchild of Aaron Edge, Lumbar came together earlier this year when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative.
On Lumbar's debut album, "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome", Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition. The musical result is as diverse and destructive as one may expect from such a lineup, with the varied influence from this trio of musicians coalescing into seven organic and tonally oppressive movements. Ethereal ghostly passages and spacious expanses of minimalistic disharmony cone to an end in sonic obliteration through mesmerizing and pulverizing, as an array of distinct vocal mantras echo from the heart of it all.
Endure the crushing swell of "Day Six" at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
Preorders for the digital download and 12" LP are up at Southern Lord now, HERE.
Southern Lord will release "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome" on LP and digital formats on November 26th, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain Music, with all of the band's proceeds going to aid Edge's medical expenses and treatments. In the meantime, Lumbar launched a new webstore this week, hosting exclusive new shirts and merch items, with 18" x 24" posters and more to be added soon; check it out HERE.
As previously announced, Danish metal troupe Rising has confirmed November 4th as the worldwide street date for their new album, "Abominor", set for release through guitarist Jacob Krogholt's newly formed label, Indisciplinarian. Following its recent premiere on Danish National Radio, today, the fourth of the album's nine raging anthems, "The Hills Below," is now streaming via Youtube.
Listen to Rising roar to "The Hills Below" now AT THIS LOCATION.
"Abominor" contains nearly forty minutes of new material, displaying a faster, more aggressive and gritty side to the Rising sound, incorporating more punk and crust influences, while remaining true to the melodic heaviness that has been a trademark of the band from the beginning. The album is produced by Jakob Reichert Nielsen, who also produced Rising's self-titled debut EP as well as their debut album, "To Solemn Ash", and the artwork created by singer / bassist Henrik Hald.
However, "Abominor" is to be the last album from this incarnation of the band. The year leading up to the recording sessions showed severe disagreements creatively and personally within the ranks, and upon finishing the album drummer Johansen and singer/bassist Hald left the band. "Abominor" thereby signifies the end of an era for Rising and as a result of the demise, there will be no tours or live performances directly in support of the LP.Main composer, guitarist and remaining member Jacob Krogholt has now teamed up with original drummer Martin Niemann, who formed the band alongside Krogholt in 2008, and the two core members will continue Rising with a new line-up and are currently busy writing new material to be recorded and performed live in the course of 2014.
"Abominor" will be released as 180 gram black vinyl limited to three hundred copies, as well as digitally worldwide. The LP version is now up for preorder to international customers at Indisciplinarian's new official website HERE. Fans in the US will be able to order the album directly from Earsplit in the coming weeks; stay tuned for preorder info.
Kylesa premiere “Quicksand,” a new song from their forthcoming album "Ultraviolet", (due to be released 28th May via Season of Mist), via Spin (http://www.spin.com/articles/kylesa-quicksand-ultraviolet-stream).
"'Quicksand' is a quick 2:35 of ghostly dreamdoom that joins the melodies of '90s shoegaze with the churn of modern sludge and a riff straight from the Billy Corgan playbook,” says Spin in a brief write-up accompanying the song stream, adding that the song is “a muscular swirl that should please anyone who thought m b v didn't have enough shouting.”
The band has also unveiled the cover art for "Ultraviolet", which was done by Sean Beaudry. Beaudry, a fellow Savannah resident, did the artwork for the band’s "Time Will Fuse Its Worth" reissue.
Pre-order bundles for the new album are available now via (http://e-shop.season-of-mist.com/en/predefined-search/37879).
4. We’re Taking This
5. Long Gone
6. What Does It Take
7. Steady Breakdown
8. Low Tide
9. Vulture’s Landing
Kylesa will play a free, all ages show in their hometown of Savannah at The Dollhouse on 19th April as a way to thank fans for their ongoing support. Pitchfork, in the band’s first interview regarding "Ultraviolet" (http://pitchfork.com/features/show-no-mercy/9084-kylesa/), said of the album: “It’s the… heavy rock band’s darkest, most atmospheric record to date. The collection, which features an array of subtle electronic elements, makes for an expressive, immersive listen that will likely find the double-drumming quintet a larger audience.”
“Unspoken,” also from "Ultraviolet", was released online in late February, leading Stereogum to say “… if the album’s first single is any indication, they’ve continued moving away from their peers as well as their own past, conquering new territory,” adding “it’s a total triumph.” The song can be streamed here: https://soundcloud.com/season-of-mist/kylesa-unspoken.
American Sludge Metal Kylesa have announced the title and release date of their forthcoming album. Considered to be one of the most anticipated hard rock releases of 2013 and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed album "Spiral Shadow", 'Ultraviolet' will hit the stores on May 24th (May 28th in North America).
For fans a taster of whats to come is in stock as "Unspoken", one of the new songs from the eleven-track album is now available for those who subscribe to the Season of Mist newsletter. Of course, if you have already subscribed to the newsletter, you can still get the MP3. All you have to do is enter your email address in the widget you will find on the respective websites of Season of Mist partners Terrorizer (UK), Metal.de (Germany), and Inferno (Finland).
“Whereas ‘Spiral Shadow’ was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a bit colder and darker”, explains songwriter / guitar player Laura Pleasants. “All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we've always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience”.
'Ultraviolet' was recorded at The Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina with Kylesa's guitar player / songwriter and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (Baroness, Black Tusk) once again overseeing production.
Kylesa will return to the road in May with more details forthcoming.
Chicago's stoner / sludge lords The Atlas Moth and Ireland's black metal heavyweights Altar Of Plagues are excited to announce a trek through North America as both bands make their way towards Raleigh, NC, where each will play as part of Hopscotch Music Festival.
Both bands are touring in support of their 2011 full-lengths. 'An Ache For The Distance' was released by The Atlas Moth in the fall of 2011, while Altar of Plagues unleashed 'Mammal' in the Spring of 2011. Both albums are available now via Profound Lore Records.
8.31 - Chicago - Ultra Lounge
9.01 - Detroit - Magic Stick
9.02 - Toronto - Sneaky Dee's
9.03 - Montreal - Katacombs
9.04 - Boston - The Great Scott
9.05 - Brooklyn - Saint Vitus
9.06 - Philly - The Barbary
9.07 - Raleigh - Hopscotch Music Festival