Bereft To Release Leichenhaus Reveal Cover Art + Tracklisting

Bereft is a Los Angeles based melodic sludgy doom band featuring Sacha Dunable of Intronaut and Graviton, Derek Donley of National Sunday Law and Graviton, Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn and ex-The Faceless vocalist Derek Rydquist. Bereft released its first track “Withered Efflorescence” exclusively via their Facebook page in early September 2011 to rave reviews and online buzz, followed by their debut live show September 30 in Los Angeles, CA. Elliott has stated that Bereft is all about “dark, depressing doom… definitely different from what we do in our usual bands. It’s heavy as hell and we’re all really proud of how the record and collaboration came out, and we hope people feel the same way.” The debut album Leichenhaus , a conceptual album thematically revolving around a waiting mortuary, is due 4/24/12 on The End Records.

“Real music is birthed from pain, hatred, despair, suffering and regret… and this is our bastard child.”


The album revolves around two themes: the waiting mortuary and Sky Burial.

Waiting mortuary is a mortuary building designed by early cultures, in a time where the certainty of death was debatable, specifically for the purpose of confirming that deceased persons are truly deceased. To alleviate the fear of burying someone alive, the deceased were housed temporarily to look out for signs of life. Most popular in 19th Century Germany, they were ornate buildings with large bell towers to alert attendants of movement. Occasionally it has erroneously been thought this is where the phrase “Saved by the Bell” was born, as a living soul was saved from burial – it actually originates in the sport of boxing.

Sky Burial, or ritual dissection, is a funerary practice in Tibet, wherein a human corpse was incised in certain locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements (mahabhuta) and animals – especially to predatory birds. The locations of these “burials” are understood as charnel grounds. As many Tibetans are Buddhists, in which the idea of rebirth is adhered to, the body is seen as an empty vessel upon death. Sky Burial is in the simplest understanding, the easiest way to dispose of a body post mortem.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD Reveals “Long Live Heavy Metal” Track Listing and Album Artwork

Premiere metal act 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has revealed both the track listing and album artwork from their forthcoming effort, Long Live Heavy Metal due out on March 27, 2012 in North America and March 26th in Europe. Produced by Terry “Sho” Murray (City of Fire, Exhibitionists), the astounding twelve track achievement offers an explosion of sound, setting new standards for classic heavy metal. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD teamed up with Kim Thiessen to perfect their artistic vision for the album, which will be released as a digipack and when opened, lays out similar to that of a book. The track listing and album artwork can be seen below, and within the next week, fans should be on the lookout for news of a song premiere from the new album.


Long Live Heavy Metal Track Listing:
01. Metal Woman
02. My Sword Will Not Sleep
03. Leather Lord
04. Chief and the Blade
05. Dark Messenger
06. Look Out
07. 4000 Torches
08. Leave it on the Ice
09. Die for Gold (Upon the Boiling Sea IV)
10. Storming Juno
11. Men of Fortune
12. One for the Ditch

In support of the release, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will be heading out on the “Metal Alliance Tour 2012” with DEVILDRIVER, THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED. A full list of dates can be seen below.

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A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard (Book)

Comedian Chris Gethard has led a pretty screwed life with an especially bizarre childhood. Thank God he had the presence of mind, and enough lack of pride, to remember it all and to put it on paper.

A Bad Idea I’m About to Do is a collection of Gethard’s essays, mostly detailing his seemingly, (but clearly not) mundane upbringing in suburban New Jersey and his time at Rutgers University. As he details throughout the book, Gethard was/is a tall, scrawny professional wrestling fan, with severe anxiety, rage and depression issues and very bad instincts, all making for a hysterical memoir.

His story of being a one-time badass on the campus of Princeton, thanks to a run in with an equally pathetic, lonely college student was told on a recent episode of This American Life, but that was just the tip of this very hilarious iceberg. From the story of living his dream of playing a wrestling heel to his essay about volunteering to go to the state prison as part of the Scared Straight program, Gethard has a remarkable knack for self-deprecating storytelling.

Unlike the slew of paint-by-number bios churned out by stand ups once they get a network TV show, Gethard -a regular on Conan, Jimmy Fallon and managed to write one that is actually original and revealing; sort of what memoirs are supposed to be, but rarely are.

A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard/242 pages/Da Capo Press/2012

Yeasayer remixes Fanfarlo’s “Shiny Things”

Fanfarlo On Tour:
Mar 05 Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
Mar 06 New York, NY, Webster Hall
Mar 07 Washington, DC, U St. Music Hall
Mar 08 Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
Mar 09 Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle
Mar 10 Atlanta, GA, Vinyl
Mar 13 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Mar 14 Dallas, TX, The Loft
Mar 19 St. Louis, MO, Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Mar 20 Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge
Mar 22 Louisville, KY, Zanzabar
Mar 23 Ann Arbor, MI, The Blind Pig
Mar 24 Toronto, ON, Mod Club
Mar 25 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
Mar 27 Columbus, OH, Skully’s
Mar 28 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Mar 29 Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon
Mar 31 Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre
Apr 01 Kansas City, MO, Record Bar
Apr 03 Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
Apr 05 Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
Apr 06 Boise, ID, Neurolux
Apr 07 Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 09 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore
Apr 10 Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
Apr 15 Indio, CA, Coachella
Apr 17 San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
Apr 22 Indio, CA, Coachella

Watch “De.con.struc.tion (Live Session)”

Buy “Shiny Things” today

New album “Rooms Filled With Light”
available February 28th (Canvasback Music/Atlantic)

Pilgrim – Misery Wizard (CD) Review

PILGRIM is a Three piece Doom metal band from Rhode Island. The band formed in early 2010 The members are. ” Krolg, the Slayer of Man” (drums), “Count Elric the Soothsayer” (bass) and “The Wizard” (guitars and vocals) Their new Cd titled “Misery Wizard” Is coming out at the end of January. Pilgrim has Signed with (poison Tongue records). Distribution being handled by (Metal Blade records). If you are a fan of Black Sabbath or Saint Vitus .Prepare to rejoice and worship at the dark altar because you will love “Pilgrim” But the band that they sound the closest to is Candlemass “King of the grey islands” In particular.The band gives a homage to all three Forefathers of Doom Metal. With their slow headbanging dark heavy slow guitars,(Down tuning ever present) Heavyweight bass, and forceful drums. Having said all that Pilgrim stands on there own two feet and adds to the Dark lineage.

“Astaroth” the first track slow and methodical gets things started. And will subtly bring you into there dark forboding world. “Misery Wizard” the second track (eleven minutes long) Is brutal and demands your full attention to be fully immersed into. Turn off the lights sit in your favorite chair In the dark and soak it in. “Misery Wizard” has a strong influence from “Candlemass”. Then there is “Masters of the sky” It has “Black Sabbath” influences all throughout. “Forsaken Man” finishes off the Cd quite well and gives a sense of closure. The end to a long mystical dark journey. Overall this is a very good release. Very polished great guitars/vocals If you are into Doom Metal it’s a must have!

Look for “Misery Wizard” to be released at the end of January 2012
Recorded and mixed at Emandee Studios, September 2011
Engineered by Mark Ospovat
Produced by Henry Yuan
Mixed by Mark Ospovat, Henry Yuan and the Wizard
Rating 8.5/10!/@pilgrimmetal…

Black Milk Announces 25-Date “Claps And Slaps” Tour

Following a year that saw an impressively diverse output even without a solo album, Black Milk announces his largest North American tour to date. The 25-date national trek, dubbed the “Claps And Slaps Tour”, launches in Providence, Rhode Island on February 25, and continues throughout the month of March, touching New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with many more stops along the way (complete routing below).

In addition to his talents as both an emcee and producer, Black Milk is a commanding and accomplished stage performer whose explosive live shows are often cited among hip hop’s best. After over 75 performances worldwide in support of 2010’s Album of the Year, he will once again team up with his band Nat Turner (led by Aaron “Ab” Abernathy) who inject doses of funk, soul, gospel, and rock into his constantly expanding catalog.

Despite his extensive tour schedule, Black Milk managed to release several new projects in 2011. He produced the long-awaited debut album for his group Random Axe (with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson), dropped the Black and Brown EP with the eccentric rising star Danny Brown, and even released a single and live album via White Stripe’s frontman Jack White’s label Third Man Records.

The upcoming year looks to be another wide-ranging and eclectic one for Black Milk, who is set to release a new instrumental project in the spring titled The Practice as a part of a new series called “Fuzz, Freqs, & Colors”. He also continues work on his soul project Searching for Sanity with vocalist Melanie Rutherford, as well as the anticipated full-length follow up to Album of the Year.

The Claps And Slaps Tour will also feature opening support from Seattle up-and-comer J. Pinder and the dynamic Dallas duo A.Dd+. J. Pinder is one of the new school of hip-hop ambassadors for his hometown of Seattle, having gained critical notoriety with his mixtape Backpack Wax with veteran Seattle producer/DJ Vitamin D, and his own EP Code Red. A.Dd+’s album When Pigs Fly was called “the best hip hop album Dallas has ever released” by the Dallas Observer, and it headed the list of Pitchfork’s “Most Underrated Rap Releases” of 2011. They’re currently working on their follow up with production from S1, Black Milk, and their in-house producer Picnic Tyme.

Additional support for the Claps And Slaps Tour is provided by FluD Watches and Fusicology.

Saturday, February 25 – Providence, RI – Fete
Monday, February 27 – Boston, MA – Middle East
Tuesday, Feburary 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Silk City
Wednesday, February 29 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
Thursday, March 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Shadow Lounge
Friday, March 2 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Saturday, March 3 – Kalamazoo, MI – The Strutt
Tuesday, March 6 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
Thursday, March 8 – Toronto – Great Hall
Friday, March 9- Chicago – Subterreanean
Saturday, March 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Sunday, March 11 – St. Louis – Gramaphone
Monday, March 12 – Nashville – TBD
Friday, March 16 – San Diego – House of Blues
Saturday, March 17 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chaser’s
Sunday, March 18 – Los Angeles – The Roxy
Tuesday, March 20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
Wednesday, March 21 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
Thursday, March 22 – San Francisco – 330 Ritch
Friday, March 23 – Portland, OR – Crown Room
Saturday, March 24 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
Sunday, March 25 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Wednesday, March 28 – Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry
Thursday, March 29 – Iowa City – Mission Creek Festival
Friday, March 30th – Toledo OH – Frankie’s Underground

RivetHead – Doomsday for Optimism (CD)

The story of RivetHead is one best told through the tracks on Doomsday for Optimism. This veteran band has refined their sound over the course of the last few years, and comes to the opening strains of Super Zero with tremendous momentum. The band is able to insert tremendously catchy hooks deep in the psyche of anyone listening in. While each of the album’s fourteen cuts showcase a slightly different side for the band, there is a cohesion that is whipped up on tracks like Cricket Bat or Buried Another One that keeps listeners focused in.

The different influences and styles that tinge this composition represent the very terminuses of rock music. This allows RivetHead to create an unique sound that touches upon some of the most famed rock artists of all time, all while creating a sound that is larger than life. Doomsday for Optimism is one of those rare albums that avoid the late-disc doldrums. On this album, RivetHead kicks things into a high gear with two late cuts – Burn It Down and Echoes in a Padded Room.

While Burn It Down is more raw, stripped-down, and visceral, Echoes in a Padded Room acts as its opposite in many ways. The tempo is different, the overall arrangement of the band feels shifted, and Echoes feels to be a much more introspective effort than Burn It Down. Regardless, the presence of these two tracks on the latest registers of the CD makes Doomsday for Optimism start off at least as strong as it began. Check RivetHead out; pick up a copy of this album and check them out whenever they come to your neck of the woods!

Top Tracks: Super Zero, Buried Another One

Rating: 8.1/10

RivetHead – Doomsday for Optimism (CD) / 2012 Self / 14 Tracks / /

Ryan David Orr – Mordred, the Quarter Known (CD)

I believe that the theme behind Mordred, the Quarter Known is something momentous for the alt-rock domain. Where there would be a more metal bent (typically) to a title that focuses on the King Arthur legacy, Ryan David Orr provides a complex, darkly emotional type of alt-rock to his listeners. April, I’m Sure the Stars Understand is one of those tracks that captures the different twists and turns of Orr’s music in a five-minute miniature epic.

Despite being a major part of Oregon’s music scene for the last decade, Orr’s music strikes me as incredibly fresh and well thought-out. While many artists only focus on the musical side of things, the gravitas brought to tracks like Carry Me Home and The Ocean I Bleed Before showcases the power of the written word. Listeners to Mordred, the Quarter Known can focus on the two distinct sides of the title; I personally found the interactions between the two to represent some of the album’s strongest bits and pieces.

Ryan David Orr’s Mordred, the Quarter Known is an album that stands strong in a number of time frames. The music is timeless, while Orr’s penchant for finding the right word will have listeners swooning. Fans of lyric will be similarly surprised by the album’s 11 compositions, while the experience of the album taken together will take listeners aback. Keep an ear low to the grown for Orr’s next albums, as one would have to wonder if lightning could strike twice. I would personally like to see how Orr’s love for epic tales manifests itself on later efforts.

Top Tracks: April, I’m Sure The Stars Understand, Where the World Is Waiting For You

Rating: 8.5/10

Ryan David Orr – Mordred, the Quarter Known (CD) / 2012 Self / 11 Tracks /


1/30 Bournemouth, UK @ Old Fire Station
1/31 London, UK @ O2 Academy
2/1 Gent, BEL @ Vooruit
2/2 Poitiers, FR @ Confort Moderne
2/3 Montpelier, FR @ Rockstore
2/4 Cologne, GER @ Essigfabrik
2/5 Stuttgart, GER @ Die Röhre
2/6 Munich, GER @ Backstage
2/7 Berlin, GER @ Cassiopeia
2/8 Hamburg, GER @ Klubsen
2/9 Zurich, SWI @ Escherwyss
2/10 Neufchatel, SWI @ La Case a Chocs
2/11 Geneva, SWI @ Usine PTR
2/12 Paris, FR @ Le Bataclan
2/13 Glasgow, SCO @ The Arches
2/14 Tilburg, NET @ 5-Elementz
2/15 Amsterdam, NET @ 013
2/16 Birmingham, UK @ The Other Room
2/17 Laax, SWI @ Riders Palace
2/18 Bristol, UK @ O2
2/19 Bratislawa, SLO @ Majestik Music Club
2/20 Vienna, AUS @ Fluc Wanne

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Vendetta – Feed The Extermination (CD)

“Vendetta” The thrash metal band from Germany has just finished work on their fourth album titled “Feed The Extermination”. Which is set to be relaesed on Janruary 31st through Massacre Records. Members are Mario Vogel (vocals), Frank Schölch (guitars), Klaus Ullrich (guitars & bass) and Thomas Krämer (drums). Founded way back in 1987, they are one one of the most well known and beloved contemporary thrash bands In Germany. “Vendetta” back in the 80s was inspired by bands like “Metallica” or fellow German band “Destruction”. “Feed The Extermination” does have some decent aggressive moments with just a little taste of progressive thrown in. They have ten tracks running fifty minutes in length. The producer is Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath).

The opening title track “Feed The Extermination” sounds like most generic thrash bands of the 90s. At first listen just for a brief moment. I thought Dave Mustaine (Megadeath) was on vocals. From there it got worse, might as well be on repeat as every song sounded the same. It’s a shame because they do have a long history in classic heavy and thrash metal. Vendetta’s Feed the Extermination tries (not very hard) to be a decent album. But there is something missing (no punishing guitar solos for starters) that the band was previously known for. The vocals are not up to par with today’s thrash band offerings. The album feels lifeless, as if it’s trying to relive the 80s. A decade that gave us the best thrash metal had to offer but sadly is long gone.

There is not a lot of good things to say about “Feed The Extermination”. Too many other good bands out there . This release has little to offer. I would suggest skipping this release and pick up Anthrax’s new album “Worship Music” instead.

Rating 5.5/10