Cult drone metal band, Sunn O))), have announced an exclusive split-label release from Southern Lord records and Ideologic Organ records; the 25th Anniversary Rehearsal Demo LP. Limited to 1,000 machine numbered copies, it is only available on tour, and core members, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, have just set out on a US run. Find more details below.
It is now coming up to three years since the tragic passing of Power Trip frontman, Riley Gale. A true performer and metal legend from the beginning of the musical career till the end. Acting as both a testament and memory capsule to Gale’s memory and legacy comes a live album from the band’s vault from 2018, deep into the band touring the seminal Nightmare Logic.
Swords, epic battles and metal. It’s a combination that has been there since their beginning. And for good reason. It just works so well. It’s an escape to a highly visual and epic escape from reality where everything is dialed up way past eleven.
For Bandcamp Friday just passed (December 3rd, 2021) Sleep released their unedited version of their classic album Dopesmoker, originally released on 4/20 in 2013 via Southern Lord. The album is available now streaming from Bandcamp and CD. It also includes live versions of “Holy Mountain and “Sonic Titan!” Purchase and stream the album as the band re-envisioned it, and read the fascinating backstory below.
As we approach the one year anniversary of the death of Riley Gale of Power Trip, the band in conjunction with his family have released new special vinyl edtiions of the bands’ classic albums Manifest Decimation and Nightmare Logic. These are available for pre-order at their Bandcamp, and and proceeds from the sale of these albums will go “directly to The Riley Gale Memorial Foundation, which will benefit several causes that Riley held dear” – according to a message from the band. Read the full message and order the albums today. RIP Riley.
If anyone seriously doubts the efficacy and emotion of what is essentially classed as Drone, then they have never experienced Canadian outfit Big|Brave. They have toured with bands more eagerly anticipated than themselves: but those bands oft flounder at the point of displaying true emotion. It’s here where Robin Wattie and Mathieu Ball, along with drummer Loel Campbell, find a real connection while exploiting the wondrous virtues of focus and silence.Continue reading
Secrecy surrounds the release of Sunn O)))‘s latest opus Life Metal (Southern Lord Records), aimed for a limited release on Record Store Day. Who can blame them? With albums by megastars falling victim to hacks and illegal leaks, it’s frustrating but somewhat understandable to be reviewing a product after it’s initial release. Whatever the strategy an epic journey is guaranteed and, with four tracks spanning seventy minutes, the album doesn’t disappoint in that regard.Continue reading
When your primary musical focus consists of playing in At The Gates, Skitsystem, or Martyrdöd, any and all accompanying projects are going to be subjected to some level of scrutiny. “Yeah, but it’s not Slaughter Of The Soul, is it?” you may hark, but Sweden’s Agrimonia have never been ones to rely on paying lip service to their associated Death Metal and Crust Punk outfits. Five years removed from their last record Rites Of Separation, Agrimonia have presented us with their most ambitious, thematic and musically realised record, Awaken (both Southern Lord).Continue reading
All Pigs Must Die is back! The hardcore super group featuring Hope Conspiracy‘s Kevin Baker, Converge‘s Ben Koller and Bloodhorse‘s Adam Wentworth and Matt Woods, and Trap Them‘s Brian Izzi, have announced that they will be releasing their new album, Hostage Animal, on October 27th via Southern Lord. Not only that, but they’ve premiered a crushing new song too! Continue reading
Power Trip has released one of the undeniably great albums of 2017 thus far with Nightmare Logic, out now on Southern Lord Records. While on tour with Iron Reagan, Ghost Cult’s Keith Chachkes caught up with front man Riley Gale at Webster Hall in New York City to discuss politics, radical philosophy, metal and more. With inspiring music and a chaotic live show, Power Trip are one of the most impressive bands on the scene today. Continue reading