OFP: Resist is proud to welcome Adelaide’s Crisis Alert to it’s roster. Formed in 2012 with the mindset of writing short and fast early 80’s styled hardcore songs, Crisis Alert capture the raw sound and energy that was portrayed by early American hardcore bands.
Although the band formed in 2012, each band member has a lot of experience under their belts, playing in many notable bands for the past 10 years. Recorded in Adelaide and mastered in California at Golden Mastering by JJ Golden, Crisis Alert’s self titled debut 7″ will be released July 20.
Check out the track Thought Controlhere. Pre-orders are now available for limited edition coloured vinyl.
OFP: As torchbearers of the UK tech metal scene, Monuments has already forged their complex soundscapes into the minds of thousands with their 3 track EP, We Are the Foundation, and now the band is ready to release their debut full-length album, Gnosis, this August.
Due out via Century Media August 27 in Europe, August 28 in North America, and August 31 in Australia/NZ, Gnosis combines aggressive angular grooves and a spacious melodic ambience that is punchy, yet progressive. The addition of Matt Rose's broad vocal spectrum adds a new innovative dimension to their complex musical landscape, merging tight, chaotic grooves, screams, and cinematic choruses with hooks that will taunt you for hours.
OFP: Jeff Loomis has also been working on new material as-of-late. According to Joe Nurre, the touring guitarist and vocalist in Jeff Loomis' band, "Jeff and I have collaborated musically on two of the songs, and I have lyrics and vocals written for the three." Touring drummer Anup Sastry will be programming the drums, and producer Aaron Smith will be recording and mixing.
While residing in Wisconsin as a teenager, the former Nevermore guitarist played in a few death metal bands, and with these tracks, Loomis is going back to his roots. “The vocals will be more aggressive and death metal-like,”Nurre explains. There are plans to release the recordings digitally sometime in July, with samples of songs to be available beforehand. Nurre adds, “We will be playing some of these songs on our upcoming tour with The Contortionist.”
OFP: In what could be one of the worst kept secrets of 2012, we can now confirm Massachusetts band Defeater will indeed be returning to Australia this September just over a year since they were here last. Defeater will be joined by none other than Philadelphia’s ever evolving Blacklisted, touring Australia for the first time since 2008.
Defeater are a band that play by their own rules; they write narrative songs about fictional characters, release concept albums, mix melodic hardcore with acoustic ballads - all the while tapping into issues such as social awareness and environmental activism. Since their formation over four years ago, Defeater have released two full-lengths (2008’s Travels and 2011’s double-LP Empty Days & Sleepless Nights) and an EP (2009’s Lost Ground) that all follow a story-telling songwriting style the band has developed about a family set in post-WWII America in a working class town in New Jersey.
Equally as individual as their tour partners and existing as a potent amalgam of individual tastes and varied interests Blacklisted have shaken off the perceived limitations of their alleged genre and begun their own ascension. Their sound is no cliched excercise in the well-worn realm of post-hardcore. It is no less than the melody of a band hitting it’s stride and not looking back.
UNFD have today announced a partnership with UK-based Essential Music to start their expansion into Europe.
Punk/hardcore-focused label and management company UNFD, part of the Staple Group of companies, have existing partnerships with Roadrunner, Mediaskare and Hopeless in America and have been looking to establish a footing in the European market.
The Essential distribution and licensing deal marks their first real foray into the territory, despite having acts like The Amity Affliction and Buried in Verona complete successful tours of the region in the past.
UNFD are also working with Little Press for all their publicity in the region.
Today UNFD's Head of A&R and Marketing Luke Logemann issued his official comment to theMusic.com.au, saying, “With the Internet making international communities so much tighter, we have started to lean towards making UNFD a worldwide brand, rather than using other labels to launch our acts abroad.
"Essential provides all the services we need, but enables us to retain control of our product and further strengthen our name to benefit our Australian artists. We couldn’t be happier with being able to launch UNFD via Essential in the European market.”
UNFD UK will launch with releases from Buried in Verona and House vs. Hurricane in August.
Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral return to Australia once again to terrorise our stages with "vast walls of sound" and their "classic black metal, with clouds of red dry ice and an ominous electronic drone announcing the songs."
[INT] New Video --> Modest Mouse - 'The Lonesome Crowded West' doco
OFP: As part of the "Pitchfork Classic" series, Pitchfork.tv today presents a 45-minute documentary on Modest Mouse's classic 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West.
For the film, Pitchfork.tv traveled to Los Angeles, London, and cities across the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Port Townsend) to discuss the making of the album with everyone from frontman Isaac Brock to Calvin Johnson and producer Phil Ek. We learned the album’s story back to front, including the fact that halfway through its recording, Ek was called in to rerecord three songs from the original sessions.
The film also includes archival footage taken during live performances and original recording/mix sessions at Moon Music in Olympia. Watch the entire documentary at Pitchfork.tv.
OFP: It has been just over 2 years since Rings of Saturn's first full-length album Embryonic Anomaly was re-released on Unique Leader. Since that time, ROS has been hard at work writing their much anticipated sophomore release, as well as consistently touring across the United States and Canada with metal giants such as Decapitated, Carnifex, Origin and more.
With the recent release of Rings of Saturn's YouTube sampler from their upcoming album entitled Dingir (din-jeer) there has been an overwhelmingly positive response as well as growing anticipation for what’s to come next from the band. The album is set for a tentative release date of Nov. 20 on Unique Leader and will have a running time of roughly 42 minutes in length. Below are the 10 track names that will be found on the album.
Objective to Harvest (4:06) Galactic Cleansing (3:28) Shards of Scorched Flesh (3:08) Feast Upon their Bowels (3:35) Faces Imploding (5:51) Peeling Arteries (4:05) Hyperforms (3:50) Fruitless Existence (3:13) Immaculate Order (4:37) Utopia (Instrumental, 5:25)
Lucas Mann, the original founding member of Rings of Saturn, released this statement regarding the direction the band is taking with their new album.
"Instrumentally, we wanted to expand on the chaotic sound that we have become known for in Embryonic Anomaly, but at the same time wanted to add in new progressive and melodic elements that would compliment all the dissonance found in our music. This is very apparent on the instrumental track, Utopia, and on the second to last track, Immaculate Order, where you will find that we concentrated solely on progressive melody.
Lyrically, the album stays true to the subjects that Rings of Saturn is known for. The album title Dingir”translates over from ancient Sumerian language meaning deity, god, or sky. In the stance of the album, Dingir portrays the aliens as gods who created man, and also harvest and ultimately destroy the human civilization.”
[INT] New Signing --> Willowtip signs Ingurgitating Oblivion
OFP: Willowtip is pleased to announce the signing of German death metal band Ingurgitating Oblivion. The label will release I.O.’s newest album, Enigmatic Symmetries in late 2012. The band describes the album as "a churning maelstrom of technical drums, subsonic atrocities, frantic vocal obscurities, and multi-dimensional guitar atonalities."
I.O.’s previous full-length release, Voyage Towards Abhorrence, was released in 2005 via Unmatched Brutality.