Fans of grim, stoney music that drones on for days rejoice: Neurot Recordings has announced its 2008 release schedule. In addition to bands making their debut for the label (such as Guapo, whose latest album Elixirs is out now), there are also some familiar faces. Neurosis‘s Steve Von Till will have a new solo album, A Grave Is a Grim Horse, out on May 19th, as will band mate Scott Kelly (pictured), whose sophomore solo effort The Wake is slated for a May 5th release.
Honestly, a lot of the Neurosis stuff puts me to sleep, but if the MP3s of Kelly and Von Till’s previous works are any indication, I’m really looking forward to their new solo albums. Really grainy, stripped down sort of singer/songwriter stuff. Check out Kelly’s “Flower” from Spirit Bound Flesh: MP3 or Von Till’s “This River” from Should I Fall to the Field: MP3
(March 10th – OUT NOW!)
Formerly at home on the Ipecac roster, London’s Guapo have just released their NR debut. Guapo is the soundtrack to your eeriest of nightmares, or acid-laden journeys into the mind’s own self, the soundtrack to the path towards greater learning and self-discovery, opening one’s third eye as it were. Highly touted and grouped w/ instrumental / experimental rock’s elite (see Battles, Sun-Ra, et al), Guapo’s signing to NR gives even more credence to the label’s status as one of the most important, influential, and groundbreaking in today’s scene.
Return to Disrpution
Psychedelic noise? Minimalist-thrash? Melbourne’s Grey Daturas are brutal in the way Bastard Noise makes your ears bleed, or Merzbow makes you freak-the-f*ck out. It’s art for art’s sake, but it’s also amazing music. Give Return to Disruption a listen when things are mellow or when you’re pissed. It’s perfect anytime.
Neurosis’ Scott Kelly is not your typical singer-songwriter. On his second solo recording for NR, Kelly’s voice brings to mind a stripped down Tom Waits or Chris Cornell. The desperation in his voice cries out in whispered pronouncements, conjuring an array of emotions from the deepest corners of listeners souls. The Wake is, simply put, a masterpiece.
STEVE VON TILL
A Grave is a Grim Horse
Another Neurosis member with a new solo album coming this year, is Steve Von Till. On his latest, Von Till’s voice whispers in speaking the hard truths, making him sound like a legend in his own time. It’s a beautiful epic we see here, one that may leave you feeling like you’ve just heard life lessons from the master himself. The record is deep and heavy, but so real. Pay attention and you might just see that you have the power within yourself to make the life you live in. A Grave Is a Grim Horse is a strong contender for album of the year.
A STORM OF LIGHT
And We Wept the Black Ocean Within
A Storm of Light hails from New York City and features Josh Graham (formerly of Red Sparowes), and Unsane’s Vinnie Signorelli, automatically making them a force to be reckoned with. Their style of atmospheric doom is a pummeling, sonic assault, unleashing massive amounts of heaviness onto listeners skulls, and bursting eardrums at the same time. Seen recently opening for Neurosis and Mastodon in Brooklyn, and Neurosis and Converge in Seattle, A Storm of Light is proving they are a force to be reckoned with in 2008.
Eat the Low Dogs
Let’s just get to the point: North Carolina’s US Christmas is the epitome of rock, the most kick-ass sh*t you’ve ever heard in your life. And this is no exaggeration. They beat your face in with their New York debut opening for Neurosis and Mastodon, and now set their sites at blowing faces clear off, as they prepare for their first US tour (pun intended?) later this summer. Go see this band if you need a severe dose of fast and heavy destruction.
RED SPAROWES Touring the West Coast w/ Russian Circles!
Mar 25 2008 Crepe Place Santa Cruz, California
Mar 26 2008 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Mar 27 2008 The Echoplex Los Angeles, California
Mar 28 2008 Casbah San Diego, California
Mar 29 2008 The Brickhouse Phoenix, Arizona