Friday, April 08, 2011

CVLT Nation interviews Locrian

The CVLT Nation site posted a new interview with Locrian that is worth a few minutes of your time. As always, I appreciate their kind words!

The Vinyl District on 4/9

From The Vinyl District

TVD Recommends: Indian & Bloodiest at Subterranean, 4/9


Chicago, prepare to have your faces melted. Two of the city’s heaviest take the stage at Subterranean this Saturday for a dual record release show. Headlining are our own hometown stalwarts of sludge Indian, supporting the release of their third full-length Guiltless, which comes out this Tuesday on Relapse.

Joining them on the bill are label mates Bloodiest, who released their debut album Descent just last week. A fairly new group, the seven piece Bloodiest count ex & current members of Follows, 90 Day Men, Atombombpocketknife, and Yakuza’s Bruce Lamont among their ranks.


Advance tickets are available here for 8 bucks. Doors open at 9pm, and openers Anatomy of Habit take the stage at 10pm. Subterranean is located at 2011 W. North Ave in Wicker Park.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Reader on 4/9

From The Chicago Reader

Critic's Choice

Indian, Bloodiest, Anatomy of Habit

When: Sat., April 9, 10 p.m.
Price: $8

It's been three long years since Chicago doom unit INDIAN released an album. The news that they'd signed to Relapse for their fourth full-length boded well, as did the addition of a second guitarist and vocalist, Will Lindsay of Wolves in the Throne Room. Produced by Sanford Parker and due on Tuesday, Guiltless is worth the wait—a hundred tons of crusty, primitive grit, churning with a beautiful mess of greasy, grimy gopher guts. The noise and drone elements that were already a huge part of Indian's sound don't exactly dominate the record, but they add something important this time out: a new feeling of promise and threat, woven deep into the fuzzy, feedback-drooling riffs. And then there's something like emotional depth, which I wasn't quite prepared for: Guiltless is akin to a song cycle of remorse and ruthlessness, a cathartic drama of accused and accuser, all rendered in vicious, vibrating screams. This isn't the almost relaxing flavor of doom favored by heavy-lidded stoners—this is Armageddon style. —Monica Kendrick

Not to disparage the efforts of the good people at Relapse's design department, but if they were really serious about capturing the feel of Descent, the new debut album by local septet BLOODIEST, they would've packaged each copy in a jagged monolith of black marble as tall as a three-flat. That approach would at least adequately reflect Descent's immense mass and raw, cruel beauty. Working out of Steve Albini's Electrical Audio, producer Sanford Parker didn't do much more than capture the band as they sound in their killer live shows—and that's all he really needed to do. When you've got three guitars, gothic piano, and the unhinged vocalizations of man-about-metal-town Bruce Lamont, do you even need overdubs? Descent rumbles with the heavy energy of metal, but there's something almost classically elegant about the way the songs carry themselves, even as they edge toward pure noise. —Miles Raymer

Recent BloodShop! Additions (4/6)

Image of Various Artists "Heavy Focus"  2xCD (w/BLOODYMINDED)
Various Artists "Heavy Focus" 2CD

Image of Locrian "Drenched Lands" CD
Locrian "Drenched Lands" CD

Stereogum previews Indian

Brandon Stosuy previews the complete new album by our friends Indian on the Stereogum site. Check it out...

Indian Promo 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

It's people.

Happy Birthday to our friend and BLOODYMINDED collaborator David Reed. Isidro and I were pleased to be able to celebrate with him last night, the actual day, at Kuma's, as he is in town.

The monthly special is tied into the extended Eyehategod family, and it is tasty... the Soilent Green: 10 oz. patty stuffed with habaneros, bacon/fat, cheddar and topped with green chiles, bacon, and pepperjack cheese.

It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!

Time Out previews 4/9

From Time Out

Indian + Bloodiest + Anatomy of Habit

Critic's pick

Indian, celebrating the release of its new Relapse debut, Guiltless, plays churning doom that will down-tune your soul. Starkly dynamic art-metal opener Bloodiest, featuring Bruce Lamont of Yakuza as well as members of Follows, is also celebrating a new album on Relapse, Descent. First up is Anatomy of a Habit, which specializes in draping sheets of sheer menace.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Show of note - 4/7

Wednesday April 7, 2011
1768 Greenleaf Ave.
Chicago, IL
9:00 PM
Winters in Osaka
Dense Reduction

Greg Ratajczak (my bandmate in
Anatomy of Habit and of Plague Bringer) will be performing as his solo endeavor Crucifagium. Very rare, indeed!