“Huis-clos dont les parois se resserrent encore et encore, Red Hearts In A Dead World a tout du submersible en perdition, la claustrophobie à son paroxysme; et plutôt que de laisser transparaitre la moindre faiblesse, il a sa façon bien à lui, d’une austérité pour le moins terrifiante, d’accepter son funeste sort.” – Slow End
Out now for the first time in a vinyl format the debut album from Jar’d Loose, Goes to Purgatory. Terrorizer called Goes to Purgatory, “… one of the most exciting debuts of the year, ” and Metal Hammer deemed it “…complex, unique and forward-thinking but sticks to old-school Mid-West raunch, gristly noise rock chord structures and a basic garage aesthetic.”
“The first day of a new week is a perfect time to play a tune from PIGEON, very nice post punk / post hardcore band from Warwick, New York. All the fans of FUGAZI should definitely check it out. While they have likely drawn the most acclaim from the 90s post hardcore scene, their music brings angry, yet melodic overtone. Taste it below.”
“Most likely, this band derives its namesake from the Roman general Flavius Arbogastes, aka Arbogast (said to have been birthed in barbarian lands), since their debut full-length I sounds like an entire garrison thrust into the heat of battle, complete with clanking shields, hacked-off limbs and bloodthirsty bellowing.” – Blabbermouth.net
EAST OF THE WALL will be entering the renowned New Brunswick, New Jersey recording studio Trax East on May 27th to begin tracking the band’s next album, Redaction Artifacts, with engineer Eric Rachel (Burnt By The Sun, God Forbid, The Red Chord, Municipal Waste). Mixing is scheduled for mid-July and the album will be released in late October via Translation Loss Records.
Those wishing to hear new material from Redaction Artifacts right now can do so by purchasing the benefit single for the band’s new song, “I’m Always Fighting Drago.” All proceeds go to producer Andrew Schneider, to help him rebuild his studio Translator Audio — the point of conception for previous East Of The Wall albums as well as Made Out Of Babies, Keelhaul, Cave In, Unsane, and more have recorded — which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. In addition to the new demo for “…Drago” and an acoustic version of the band’s song “Century Of Excellence,” anyone who purchases the benefit single this April will receive links to download two free albums. The first is the new Personnel EP from EOTW guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo’s solo project Opul. The second is the full-length Understanding Consequences from Day Without Dawn, the short-lived group formed by members of EOTW in 2006 after their previous band The Postman Syndrome disbanded. Purchase the Benefit For Translator Audio single and receive the complimentary albums RIGHT HERE.
One last way to hear new EAST OF THE WALL music in advance is to see them live. This April, the band — with Carmine Laietta of Hull in tow as a touring third guitarist — will be road testing new material on a two week tour. Also available at these shows is the new vinyl edition of the band’s out-of-print first album, Farmer’s Almanac, released today via Nefarious Industries.
EAST OF THE WALL April Tour Dates:
4/12/2013 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ A Fucking Elephant
4/13/2013 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Meek Is Murder, Family
4/14/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Heikousen, Meek Is Murder
4/16/2013 The Depot – York, PA
4/17/2013 Howlers Coyote Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
4/18/2013 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/19/2013 Cheers – South Bend, IN w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/20/2013 Planet Rock – Battle Creek, MI w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/21/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
4/22/2013 The Rockery – Wyandotte, MI
4/23/2013 Annabell’s – Akron, OH
4/24/2013 Gorham Brothers Music – Syracuse, NY
Chicago’s rampant trio arbogast is preparing for an upcoming East Coast run of tour dates in support of their diverse debut full-length, I, recently released by Nefarious Industries. A hometown show on April 1st begins the trek, followed by shows in Columbus, Philly, NYC, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Pittsburgh over the first week of the month.
A new live video for the “blasfamous” from I, filmed at Chicago’s Ultra Lounge by Waffles & Pancakes and edited by arbogast drummer Mike Rataj is viewable below.
arbogast East Coast April Tour:
4/01/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Everything Went Black, So Many Ways, Genus [info]
4/03/2013 The Summit – Columbus, OH w/ Magazines, Prize The Doubt, Hondus [info]
4/04/2013 Kung Fu Neck Tie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Carved Up, Window Liquor, +church+ [info]
4/05/2013 Lit Lounge – New York, NY w/ Bangladeafy, In Musth, Hannibal Montana [info]
4/06/2013 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Eastern Anchors, In Musth [early show - info]
4/06/2013 The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ w/ Black Reign, Wreaths [late show - info]
4/07/2013 Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Judas Bull, Old Accusers [info]
arbogast’s off-kilter but seamless hybrid of extreme musical styles infiltrated the media at the turn of the year by way of a crushing debut album, simply entitled I. The trio’s slamming hooks and percussion are also fueled by sturdy societal and political disdain. Their unique sound is a hybrid of thrash, hardcore, sludge and even old-school punk merged into an aggressively progressive haze that never veers too far into the pretentious. I tackles a theme on the minds of many: the declining morals of a country where the middle class is being overthrown by the greed of the privileged. Recorded by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Studios in Pilsen and mastered by Matt DeWine at Ukrainian Village’s Pieholden Suite Sound, founded by the late Jay Bennett (Wilco), I was released in December via New Jersey-based Nefarious Industries.
“…imagine At The Drive In meets Mastodon. But not yet as amazing as whit that might sound like when their potential is realized.” – Terrorizer
“Seriously, how is this band not already signed, touring with (and blowing away) the likes of High on Fire and The Sword? The world is a cruel and unjust place…” – Decibel
“…successfully fuses the well-deep riffing of doom metal with the head-banging aggression of thrash and hardcore punk, a blend it manages successfully across the record’s 11 tracks.” – The Onion’s A.V. Club
“…complex, engagingly brainy metal, driven by righteous political fury—the band reserves a special place in Hades for the rich and exploitative—and leavened with quiet, clean breaks whose breathing room really just sets up the next charge of jackhammer force.” – Chicago Reader
“A thrashy take on stoner/sludge metal, hard to define, great chemistry between the trio, not content to stick to the same approach on every song. 4/5″ – Metal Underground
“…sounds like early Refused with a shot of sludge…” – MetalSucks