Monday, June 18, 2012

6/22 Show Announcement

This Friday marks the Chicago debut of New York's RØSENKØPF, a new signing to the Wierd Records roster, and a band that Pitchfork recently described as operating "on some kind of post-apocalyptic junkyard level." Their electrified death-rock, black-metal and crust-punk hybrid is at the forefront of a groundswell of activity in the dark music scene. Anatomy of Habit make a quick return to Cobra Lounge to celebrate the release of their new 12-inch single, recorded by Tortoise drummer John McEntire, which will be available for the first time at this show. Minneapolis band Maledicere play their first Chicago show in well over two years, having twice pummeled this city with their brutal take on primitive black metal forms. Also celebrating a record release, Sun Splitter open the night with their mechanized yet melodic doom+sludge style, giving the audience a taste of their new LP - "III" - just released on BloodLust! 

Friday June 22, 2012

Cobra Lounge
235 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607

9:00 PM

Anatomy of Habit
Sun Splitter


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Tension develops at the points where modernity and the ageless meet. That tension has a rhythm that has incarnated itself in various forms of contemporary music, and sometimes the sound it makes stands out more than others. RØSENKØPF channels that deep, relentless sound that feels at once like urban ruin and primordial nature, as if the unyielding cycles of ritual and decay are echoing through each instrument. As the latest addition to the Wierd Records roster they embody one of those standout moment.

Melding electronics, guitars, bass and live drums, samples, and confrontational vocals together in a seamless, non-hybridized way, RØSENKØPF has found a motley group of admirers, from those those attracted to the experimental end of black metal to those that gravitate toward the recent mutation of codeine-slowed hip-hop and demonic drone. But looking closer at the band's unmistakable spiritual bond to monolithic giants of the deathrock and crustpunk past, the gravity of their preoccupations and the singularity of their sound anchors them in a specific and unique place. While the band members have roots that reach far into the punk underground (Detestation, Question, Thriller, Dawn of Humans etc.), that serves only as the soil out of which RØSENKØPF has grown its poisonous flora.

"Burning Spirits" opens the LP with bassist Saira Huff's hypnotic bassline. Groove-oriented drum machines are gradually washed over with vocalist Søren Roi's urgently abrasive vocals and live metal percussion reminiscent of primitive industrialists Einstürzende Neubaten or Crash Worship. "Heed," with it's charging drums and crushing guitars sounds appropriately like the fearless summoning of an as-yet-unnamed menacing force while still managing to sound anthemic. By the time "Troth" kicks in with its psychedelic overtones, the ever-increasing tempos evoke the ecstatic qualities of religious ceremony and carnal sexuality. Throughout the closing track, delicate synthesizers float atop more impatient rhythms and unwelcoming textures as moments of sonic violence are severely punctuated by pressure-inducing, almost ruthlessly patient restraint. Taken as a whole, RØSENKØPF is a debut remarkable for its ability to conjure atmospheres that might have provocative names like "apocalyptic optimism" or "brooding grace." It's a darkly focused pandemonium of resistance that names no enemy. Instead, they paint its face and rally around its effigy.


Anatomy of Habit

Anatomy of Habit was founded in Chicago in October 2008, by Blake Edwards (percussion), Dylan Posa (drums), Kenny Rasmussen (bass) Greg Ratajczak (guitar) and Mark Solotroff (vocals).

Encompassing elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, noise-rock, and shoegazer, Anatomy of Habit’s distinct sound has earned the band consistent praise from a wide swath of listeners, be they people who experience the band for the first time, fans who attend almost every show, or fellow musicians with whom Anatomy of Habit has shared stages.

Jon Graef, writing in the Chicagoist, proclaimed Anatomy of Habit “a band that “truly defie[s] categorization,” praising the band as “a group that knows how to hold listener attention, doing so by lulling them into gothic ambiance one minute, and then snapping them out of it with whiplash-inducing fury on loan from metal and hardcore the next.”

Anatomy of Habit has built a steady fan base not only in Chicago with their live performances but also throughout the United States via word of mouth from touring bands, other Chicago bands, and various media outlets.

Their debut LP contains the first songs Anatomy of Habit composed—“Overcome” and “Torch”—side-long pieces that display the balance of power, heaviness, and delicacy that are hallmarks of the band and give Anatomy of Habit their often-praised sound. The LP was recorded by Andrew Ragin (of The Atlas Moth) and Greg Ratajczak, mixed by Ragin and the band at Phase Recording Studios, and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.  The record earned the group consistent praise from music critics and a strong grassroots following in both local and national music press.

The band recently completed new recordings with John McEntire (of Tortoise) at Soma Electronic Music Studios, which were then mastered and cut by Bob Weston (of Shellac) at Chicago Mastering Service.  This vinyl 12-inch containing the tracks "After The Water" and "The Decade Plan" will be available for sale at the June 22 show.

The band has also recently enlisted the help of powerhouse drummer Noah Leger, from the band Electric Hawk, following the departure of founding member Dylan Posa.  Leger is also known for his outstanding work in Head of Skulls, Tight Phantomz, Milemarker, etc.

Related endeavors:
-Blake Edwards - Percussion (Vertonen, startless, ex-Animal Law)
-Kenny Rasmussen - Bass (ex-No Funeral, ex-Radar Eyes)
-Greg Ratajczak - Guitar (Plague Bringer, A Second Heart, Crucifagium)
-Mark Solotroff - Vocals (BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, A Vague Disquiet, Nightmares, ex-Animal Law, ex-Intrinsic Action)

Loud Loop Press on Anatomy of Habit:

Anatomy of Habit’s self-titled debut might be the most un-metal metal album I’ve heard. In fact, calling it metal is probably a stretch. What it is, however, is a dark, moody and often haunting record that culls together a variety of sounds of the psychedelic, ambient and industrial sort. And that unwillingness to be boxed into a particular genre or any kind of strict categorization works to make Anatomy of Habit a bold and compelling debut.

A warning for fans of the four-minute single: You won’t find any here. No, Anatomy of Habit‘s two tracks, “Overcome,” and “Torch,” are both over 15 minutes long and are obtuse and difficult on the surface. But further investigation reveals much more as vocalist Mark Solotroff’s (of Bloodyminded) terrifying croon slash spoken word weaves its way through a sea of noisy percussion and droning guitar work.

“Overcome” opens like a predator stalking its prey – slow but sly and careful. Solotroff’s monotonic vocals hover over the clinky rhythms and repetitive, warbling guitars. A slight variation that includes eerie guitar picking takes hold until shortly after six and a half minute mark as menacing, grinding riffs pummel for a short moment as if the predator attacks. But the piece simmers down shortly thereafter. Finally, the real build up begins with a scratchy, distorted seque that leads to the song’s prog-metal coda.

And speaking of animals, Anatomy of Habit‘s second piece, “Torch,” is a different one altogether. It begins with a bleak hum filled with abstract cymbal play, which takes on a terrifying feel as demented ramblings about flesh, sternum and lungs seeps in. The trudging tempo gets more power via slow-burn fuzzy guitars before the chugging metallic riffage finally takes center stage. The song eventually breaks down again into a cacophony of demonic howls and bone rattling beats.

Yes, Anatomy of Habit isn’t the year’s most sunny album. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. But the moody tension and and sense of horror the band creates is extremely impressive. There’s no doubt that Anatomy of Habit have crafted one of the year’s most intriguing debut LPs from a Chicago band.

For fans of: Joy Division, Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, Fields of the Nephilim.

Upcoming schedule:
Friday June 29, 2012 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago - with Pelican, Redgrave
--- July-September --- Break from live shows to write and record



Formed in the summer of 2006, Maledicere released several tapes, a 7-inch split with French Canadian UNO ACTU, and finally, their debut album "Leave Only What is Fit to Burn," via Antitheist Disseminations, in June 2011. They have extensive interviews on Canadian Assault webzine and in print with Gallery of the Grotesque Vol. 5. They have been included in Chicago's Matchitehew Assembly, 2009, headlined Gathering of Shadows festival 2010, toured the Midwest and East Coast headlining The Empty Bottle in Chicago 2010, Rocky's in Brooklyn, and the Lit Lounge in Manhattan 2008. After years of performing as a two-piece they emerged in 2010 with a full line up adding to the intensity of their already vicious performances. Maledicere continues to host bi-annual Solstice ceremonies in Minnesota.


Sun Splitter

We congealed naturally as is the wont of human beings everywhere. This happened at some point in 2008 as far anyone can tell, the specifics having never been written down as it did not seem important at the time. We met Sober Bill over the internet and life has changed greatly for us since that point.

“For one, the group is more melodic than your typical doom band. Their songs tend to wander, but their meditative passages are punctuated by cascading riffs that follow unusually active chord progressions. Their massive sound is flavored with noise and industrial music, in part because of the drum machine, but the rhythms aren't sterile and mechanical…Sun Splitter are also more aggressive than most other doom acts—sometimes it sounds like they're trying to tear their songs apart from the inside.” --Miles Raymer, Chicago Reader

“Their drum-machine and loop-fueled excursions through noise, droning doom metal, harsh metal grooves, and early 80s "no wave" has earned them a special place in my heart as one of the absolute weirdest and original bands in these recent years.” --Jon Rosenthal, The Inarguable