Black Label Society and Corrosion of Conformity Storm Stage AE Pittsburgh (w/ guest Red Fang)

Entering Pittsburgh’s Stage AE, “Zakk Wylde may be the last true Guitar God on this planet,” was overheard within the enthusiastic crowd.  Wylde may have made his fame from being Ozzy‘s on and off guitar player, but he has forged a loyal group of followers and fans with Black Label Society.  And why wouldn’t he?  The man consistently tours either with BLS, Ozzy, Zakk Sabbath, or solo.  He plays the guitar like it’s another appendage and he has the strut and attitude of the old regime of metal gods.  The fact that he is built like a brick shithouse and looks like sasquatch stole a biker’s outfit only adds to his persona which includes being one of the most serious guitar players to not take himself seriously.

Pittsburgh is lucky enough to be on BLS’s tour list for quite some time and their performance (Feb 6, 2018) proves why the crowd keeps coming back.  Opening with Genocide Junkies from 1919 Eternal, the band just kept ripping it up from there as they dove into Funeral Bell and Suffering Overdue.  Wylde continued to let his guitar do the speaking as John (JD) DeServio (bass), Jeff Fabb (drums), and Dario Lorina (guitar) pummeled their individual instruments with abandon.  Watching Zakk get up on his riser, skull and cross adorned mike stand and all, and whip his hair in a frenzy as he plays more notes than your fingers can air guitar to in mere seconds is a rush each and every time one might see him live.  The fact that he consistently has put together a very tight band to work with him adds to the appeal of BLS, for the members are a traveling family of sorts.

BLS are touring their latest release, Grimmest Hits. Grimmest Hits, the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010).  It reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts. The LP was also the #1 selling album at Best Buy for the week of its release, beating out Grammy nominated, Fall Out Boy by a considerable margin.  Upon its release last in January, Grimmest Hits landed at #1 spot on iTunes Top Rock Albums Chart and #7 on the Overall Top Albums Chart. Full setlist here.

One of the favorite parts of any BLS show is the inevitable solo by Wylde as he plays behind his head and every which way in between passing through the crowd and even into the balcony.  Add to this BLS hits such as Suicide Messiah (inspired by Scott Weiland’s life), the Dimebag Darrel tribute In This River (with piano solo), as well as the classic Stillborn (that features Ozzy doing backing vocals on the record).  As always BLS brought the goods and distributed them freely and viciously, keeping us wanting more.

 

A special treat to the show was the edition of Corrosion of Conformity.  COC has been on a tear recently as they have reunited with Pepper Keenan on guitar and lead vocal.  Pepper has become a fave due to his role in Down with ex-Pantera frontman Phillip Anselmo.  But, before he graced that band, he became known in the COC crowd when he first joined the band as a guitarist and was asked to do the vocals on 1991’s Blind song “Vote With a Bullet” which started their first mainstream attention.

The true four among fans of COC are considered Pepper, Mike Dean (bass), Woody Weatherman (guitar), and Reed Mullin (drums).  Unfortunately, Reed was out for part of the tour (he stuck out the first month), including Pittsburgh, as he nurses a knee injury that required surgery (filling in has been John Green, Mullin’s drum tech).  Mostly intact and with a formidable stand-in drummer, COC absolutely destroyed Pittsburgh.  The combination of stoner metal-punk that was unleashed is comparable to repeatedly getting punched in the face and getting intoxicated from it instead of feeling pain.  Keenan’s vocals were perfectly steel reinforced with just enough of that signature Pepper gravel to make them stand out.  His guitar playing is diverse and masterful as well, with a touch thrash, country rock, and true NOLA sludge blended together.  Add to this Woody’s crunchy and perfectly timed rhythm guitar in the vein of Malcolm Young, as well as Mike Dean’s solid low end, and the conglomeration leaves one with a distinct sound that can carry many variables to keep it interesting and evolving.

COC’s set was tight and powerful, not relying on spectacle but prowess and panache.  Their new effort, No Cross No Crown, is no less punitive to the ears as it hearkens to a “Black Sabbath-esque” formula containing slowed down sludge scenery.  It was released January 12th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release earning #67 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart making it the highest charting album of the band’s career.  Captured in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, No Cross No Crown marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and has reaped critical accolades from fans and critics alike both stateside and abroad.  Please check out our interview with Mike Dean on YouTube.

If you missed it, check out the band’s recently-released new video for “The Luddite” HERE as well as their animated clip for “Wolf Named Crow” HERE.  No Cross No Crown is available on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various order bundles are available at nuclearblast.com/coc-nocrossnocrown.

Portland rockers Red Fang opened the evening touring with their latest, Only Ghosts, out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records (Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HEREand Bandcamp HERE).  Red Fang has been around since @2005.  Often put under the moniker stoner rock, the band has become a staple go-to for band fans like Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan.  Interestingly enough the band has announced a special wine collaboration with Teutonic Wine Company, a small urban winery in their hometown that makes wines in the style of the Middle Mosel Valley in Germany and France’s Alsace region. The wine, aptly called “Red Fang Red” is a blend of varieties that have never been done before: Pinot Noir, Tannat and Gewürztraminer.  To celebrate, Teutonic and the band teamed up for a wine release party like no other on January 13th at the Teutonic headquarters in Portland. Attendees got get to enjoy a DJ set from drummer John Sherman, a wine tasting with the band, munch on house-made corn dogs and much more.  By all means, Red Fang is a must-see for any KYUSS-style loving rocker.

EYEHATEGOD: Mike IX Williams Update – IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit Details Announced; Benefit T-Shirt And Posters Available For Sale Online


EYEHATEGOD: Mike IX Williams Update – IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit Details Announced; Benefit T-Shirt And Posters Available For Sale Online

EYEHATEGOD
frontman Mike IX Williams has successfully undergone a liver transplant, with his new liver producing bile almost right away, an extremely good sign, enough for doctors to downgrade him to the hospital hotel. When reached for an update, the singer in good spirits jokingly replied, “So honestly. I’m procrastinating because I’m waiting to write something introspective and creative blah blah blah, but truth be told and blessed be, I am recovering from massive brutal surgery at a speedy rate and exactly where I want to be! Doctors are happy with my progression. Thanks to everyone who’s donated and contributed. Please continue to spread the word of these benefits, as there is a long road of medical expenses to be accounted for…”
Those wishing to donate directly as well as receive more updates can visit his YouCaring site here: www.youcaring.com/mikeixwilliams-695413.  
The first string of benefit shows was announced earlier. Taking place February 3rd through the 5th in Williams’ hometown of New Orleans, the events will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys, with artists such as Superjoint, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Thou, Child Bite, Flesh Parade, Classhole, solo sets by Jimmy Bower and Bruce Lamont as well as EYEHATEGOD with special guest singers plus many other bands. For tickets and full details, please visit: http://holdmyticket.com/event/264970.

Nate Burns of Revolting Worship designed the official benefit admat. Posters will be available at the show for sale as well as a few signed by all the bands and raffled off with all proceeds going to Williams. Burns comments, “It was an absolute honor to contribute art to this incredible event as a thank you to Mike IX Williams and EYEHATEGOD whom have played a pivotal role in exposing me to the music and visual art that has inspired me in my own creative endeavors for years.”
Cleveland-based merchandising company, IndieMerch, has kindly set up a webpage where Burns’ art poster and T-shirt can be purchased, again with all proceeds going directly to Williams. Karim Peter, IndieMerch artist relations, commented, “Mike has been breaking ground in extreme music for as long as any of us here have been involved in the scene. It has been inspiring to see the friends and fans he has gathered in the past twenty-five-plus years come together behind him in his time of need and we’re honored to be involved in aiding with the cause. We wish Mike a speedy recovery so he can return to his life and his art.”
The poster and shirts can be purchased here:
Other items to be raffled off at the New Orleans events include an Orange Micro Dark amp and O-Edition headphones, EYEHATEGOD test pressings, Mike IX related memorabilia and more.
Other benefit shows are being worked on and will be announced soon. Visit www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod for all up to date information.
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SUPERJOINT Premieres New Track At Revolver Magazine

unnamed-5SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem et al), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.
Mitchell’s idea worked brilliantly, as the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. Set for release on November 11th, 2016 via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records,Caught Up In The Gears Of Application was captured at Nodferatu’s Lair and marks the band’s first new output since 2003’s critically-lauded Lethal Dose Of American Hatred. Produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole etc.) and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application remains true to SUPERJOINT‘s original strategy: to spew forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and unrelenting, hostile, New Orleans-style angst.
“The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal,” reflects Bower, “Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today’s underground. It’s pissed off! After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn’t something we took lightly. With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn’t take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record. With songs like ‘Receiving No Answer To The Knock’ and ‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ we had everything to smirk about! This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life. Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!”
Adds Anselmo of the offering, “The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology — computers and all that comes with them, mainly — has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results.”
As a precursor to the release of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, today Revolver Magazine offers up the confrontational “Sociopathic Herd Delusion,” for communal ingestion. Issues Anselmo simply, “‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ is an absolute SUPERJOINT hook-a-rama done in one-thousand-percent SUPERJOINT form! It’s a state of cerebral address, and thicker than a hundred-year-old deck of collectable boxing cards.”
Start your weekend off with a “Sociopathic Herd Delusion,” courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Preorder bundles for SUPERJOINT‘s Caught Up In The Gears Of Application are available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, point your browser to iTunes HERE or Apple Music HERE.
SUPERJOINT will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas with future onstage abrasions to be announced in the coming weeks.
SUPERJOINT:
11/12/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Caught Up In The Gears Of Application Track Listing:
1. Today And Tomorrow
2. Burning The Blanket
3. Ruin You
4. Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application
5. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
6. Circling The Drain
7. Clickbait
8. Asshole
9. Mutts Bite Too
10. Rigging The Fight
11. Receiving No Answer To The Knock

 

EYEHATEGOD To Kick Off 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014

In celebration of twenty-five years of audio discontent, New Orleans miscreants, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off 2014 with a short run of live assaults through the West Coast and Australia.

The 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour will commence this Friday in Las Vegas and pillage its way through Phoenix and Los Angeles before trekking Down Under for onstage debauchery in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. From there, team EYEHATEGOD will bring their sonic rumblings back to the States leveling Reno, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Denver.


EYEHATEGOD: 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014:  

1/10/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
1/11/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
1/12/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
1/16/2014 The Rosemount – Perth, AU
1/17/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
1/18/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
1/19/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU
1/20/2014 The Tote – Melbourne, AU

1/22/2014 Jub Jubs – Reno, NV
1/23/2014 Brick And Mortar – San Francisco, CA
1/24/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
1/25/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
1/26/2014 The Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

 

In related news, NPR recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mike IX Williams during one of two NYC performances in November. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Further EYEHATEGOD intelligence – including new album details – to be disclosed in the coming weeks. Until then, suffer.

 

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod 

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EYEHATEGOD: Melvins Drummer Dale Crover Volunteers To Play With EHG

Following the tragic death of EYEHATEGOD drummer Joey LaCaze, legendary Melvins basher, Dale Crover, recently volunteered to seize the drum stool for the band’s scheduled set at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest later this month.

Said the band in a collective statement: “With the recent passing of our longtime friend and drummer, Joey LaCaze, there’s no way to pay him a better tribute than EYEHATEGOD performing alongside one of his main influences and favorite musicians!”

EYEHATEGOD will level Housecore with Crover on October 27th at Emo’s in Austin alongside Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Goblin and more.

The band has also booked an additional handful of live takeovers following the fest including a special Halloween show at the fabled House of Shock in Jefferson, Louisiana. The drummer for those dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Confirmed dates are included below.

EYEHATEGOD Live 2013:
10/27/2013 Housecore Horror Film Fest (w/ drummer Dale Crover) – Austin, TX [info]
10/31/2013 The House Of Shock – Jefferson, LA
11/01/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/03/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL

Joey LaCaze passed away of respiratory failure on August 23rd in New Orleans following the band’s five-week Undermining Society’s Rules Since 1988 European Tour. LaCaze was 42.

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EyeHateGod’s Joseph M. LaCaze Passes On

Joseph M. LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for EyeHateGod, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight and Outlaw Order, passed away on August 23rd in New Orleans after a very successful five-week UK and European tour with EyeHateGod. He also performed ceremonial voodoo drumming in numerous solo experimental electronics projects. Doctors confirmed to family members that the cause of death was respiratory failure. He also suffered from long term asthma.

 

An account is set up for the benefit of his daughter Lilith LaCaze. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze donation fund at any Capital One Bank in any city.

We at Earsplit and Pittsburgh Music Magazine join the fans around the globe in mourning this tragic loss, and extend our sincerest sympathies to Joey’s family, friends and band mates. He will forever be remembered. Rest in peace.

PINKISH BLACK Upcoming Full-Length Album

Fort Worth-based duo, PINKISH BLACK, has finished recording their upcoming album and Century Media debut, set tentatively for a spring release. Self-produced by PINKISH BLACK’s own Jon Teague and Daron Beck, this currently untitled full-length was recorded at The Echo Lab with Matt Barnhart handling engineer duties. Mastering will be done by James Plotkin.

To hear some new tracks from the record, fans can catch PINKISH BLACK live on March 7th in Denton, TX at NX35 where the duo will be direct support for EYEHATEGOD. Additional tour dates will also be announced soon, so stay tuned!

PINKISH BLACK is the continuation of THE GREAT TYRANT, a three-piece that released one LP following the passing of their bass player, Tommy Atkins. When Atkins died, Teague and Beck decided to change the band’s name and remain a two-piece, yet still retain TGT’s ground-breaking sound. With no stringed instruments, the duo now relies on aura and raw emotions to obtain their unique heaviness. Their resulting effort, PINKISH BLACK’s self-titled debut (Handmade Birds Records), features seven tracks of dark, haunting deathrock–and was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Brooklyn Vegan.com, Stereogum.com, Pitchfork.com, and countless others.

PINKISH BLACK live:
Jan. 20–The Boiled Owl–Ft Worth, TX
Jan. 26–Rubber Gloves–Denton, TX
Feb. 6–Club Dada–Dallas, TX
Feb. 22–Club Dada–Dallas, TX
Mar. 7–NX35–Denton, TX with EYEHATEGOD, SLEEP, SILVER APPLES
Mar. 17–Sand Bar–Dallas, TX

Label Releases Retrospective Playlist Containing Over 750 Songs

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has teamed up with RDIO to make their entire music catalogue available to listeners. The CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS label page can be seen here: http://www.rdio.com/label/Century_Media/

To celebrate, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS is currently spotlighted on RDIO and has launched a retrospective playlist of over 750 hand-picked songs that have been released since the label’s inception in 1988. Tracks include the early years, landmark albums first licensed in the US and new favorites. The playlist also includes tracks that were released through Century Black and Olympic. Listen here:
http://www.rdio.com/people/CenturyMedia/playlists/1326019/Century_Media_Retrospective/

In addition, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has collectively selected their top 10 albums, which can be seen below:

Eyehategod – Take As Needed for Pain
Suicide Silence – The Cleansing
Shadows Fall – The War Within
Lacuna Coil – Comalies
Strapping Young Lad – Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing
Stuck Mojo – Pigwalk
Tiamat – Wildhoney
Arch Enemy – Doomsday Machine
In This Moment – Blood
Moonspell – Irreligious