ALBUM REVIEW: Hammerhedd – Nonetheless


Irregular, shifting patterns form the crux of the approach to music on power trio Hammerhedd‘s latest. You can feel the brotherly bond within the absurdly tight musicianship of the Ismert brothers, out to continue to earn their place and prove they aren’t a novelty act. Nonetheless, Nonetheless (Self-Released) works more as a toll road/interstate “keep me awake driving” or chops workout album, than as something you are likely to connect strongly with on an emotional level.

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Arctangent Festival Adds Scalping, Famyne, Outlander, Sergeant Thunderhoof, Cryptic Shift, and Ogives Big Band


Arctangent Festival is closing in on a sellout for their comeback festival later this month. The fest has now added new acts such as Scalping, Famyne, Outlander, Sergeant Thunderhoof, Cryptic Shift, Ogives Big Band, to the weekend. The fest already features headliners Opeth, Cult of Luna, and TesseracT as headliners, and has now added the updated festival map and clashfinder for fans to make use of!

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Arctangent Festival 2022 Announce TWDY, Godflesh, Devil Sold His Soul, Puppy, Stake, and More

Arctangent Festival already has one of THE line ups for 2022 festivals, and today they announce the very final new band additions for the event, as well as move TesseracT up to main stage headliner status. The fest already features headliners Opeth, Cult of Luna, and more. For the FULL list of newly added bands and artists being announced for ATG Festival today:

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Listen to The New Single From Pearl Jam – “Dance of The Clairvoyants”

Pearl Jam has released a new single, ‘Dance Of The Clairvoyants’, from their forthcoming new album Gigaton, which is due on March 27 via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records in the U.S. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, the new album will be their first studio album since Grammy Award-winning Lightning Bolt, which was released in, 2013.Continue reading

Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter

Pinning down Bangladeafy is a tough ask. There are touches of Tech Metal here and glimpses of Prog Rock there, pushed through the filter of a Drum and Bass act as played by Lightning Bolt. An easier descriptor may be simply bat-shit bonkers, but there is a method to this NYC duo’s particular brand of vibrant madness.Continue reading

Lightning Bolt US Tour With Liturgy This Spring

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Rhode Island noise duo Lightning Bolt will be touring the US with Liturgy this spring. They will be touring in support of their forthcoming Fantasy Empire album, due March 24, 2015 via Thrill Jockey. Stream “The Metal East” here.

Apr 15: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY w/ METZ
Apr 16: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH w/ METZ
Apr 17: Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ METZ
Apr 18: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI w/ METZ
Apr 19: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Apr 20: Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN
Apr 21: The Luminary Center for the Arts – St. Louis, MO
Apr 22: Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
Apr 24: GLOB – Denver, CO
Apr 25: Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 27: The Shredder – Boise, ID
Apr 28: Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Liturgy
Apr 29: Dantes – Portland, OR w/ Liturgy
May 01: The Chapel – San Francisco , CA w/ Liturgy
May 02: Leo’s – Oakland, CA w/ Liturgy
May 03: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Liturgy
May 04: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA w/ Liturgy
May 05: Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Liturgy
May 06: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
May 08: Austin Psych Fest – Austin, TX
May 09: Siberia – New Orleans, LA
May 10: Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
May 11: Kings – Raleigh, NC
May 12: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
May 13: Floristree – Baltimore, MD
May 14: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
May 15: The Wick – Brooklyn, NY
May 16: Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

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Lightning Bolt Streaming “The Metal East”

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Noise duo Lightning Bolt is releasing their sixth album Fantasy Empire on March 24, 2015 via Thrill Jockey and is streaming “The Metal East” here.

Fantasy Empire, LIGHTNING BOLT’s sixth album — and first in five years — is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.

Fantasy Empire is ferocious, consuming, and is a more accurate translation of their live experience. It also shows LIGHTNING BOLT embracing new ways to make their music even stranger. More than any previous record, Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power. Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound, allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays, from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments. Some of these songs have been in the band’s live repertoire since as early as 2010, and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact. This is heavy, turbulent music, but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics, melody, and rhythm.

Fantasy Empire Track Listing:
1. The Metal East
2. Over the River and Through the Woods
3. Horsepower
4. King of My World
5. Mythmaster
6. Runaway Train
7. Leave the Lantern Lit
8. Dream Genie
9. Snow White (& The 7 Dwarves Fans)

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