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Russian post-punks Ploho have released the new single "Forgive Me / I’m Sorry" from their upcoming new album Phantom Feelings.

Phantom Feelings will see a February 5th release via Artoffact Records, home to Bootblacks, ACTORS, Kælan Mikla, and more of today's most vital post-punk bands from around the world.

Stream new track "The Sign of a Sealed Fate" and pre-order the album, here:

https://deadquiet.bandcamp.com/album/truth-and-ruin

 

From Vancouver, Canada, comes Dead Quiet. The third full-length album, Truth and Ruin, shows the band at its peak, delivering its arena-ready, proto-metal bacchanal with power and flair. Dead Quiet's dramatic, organ-heavy songs are saturated with respect for the hard rock and heavy metal titans of the late '70s and early '80s – there are traces of blazing Deep Purple jams and hellbent Judas Priest bangers – but the band rocks with a prowess all its own. Dead Quiet respects its elders while fully owning its own craft. It is a fine balance, which brings to mind Ghost, among others.

Vocalist Kevin Keegan, formerly of Metal Blade band Barn Burner, has range and charisma in spades – in 2018, Metal Hammer declared that he might be "the next great stoner rock visionary." In league with Keegan are guitarist Brock MacInnes, also of Anciients, newest member Mike Rosen on keyboards, and the rhythm section of bassist Mike Grossnickle and drummer Jason Dana.

Of new album Truth and Ruin, frontman Keegan states: "We just wanted to make a record that was relentless. On Grand Rites we took our time and meandered quite a bit but with Truth and Ruin it was more about 'point and shoot,' always keeping us and the listener on their toes. I love a good hook. I like the idea of a song that rips but also gets stuck in your head like a good pop song."

Of the album's lyrics, Keegan says: "I had a really rough year and the inspiration came from there. I was in a really unhealthy relationship, I had some friends pass away, and I experienced some real trauma in my line of work as a frontline worker dealing with the fentanyl epidemic. Brock, Dana, and I all work in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver as mental health, overdose prevention, and harm reduction workers."

Truth and Ruin was engineered and mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC. It was mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe) at West West Side Music in Hudson Valley, NY.

Since its formation in Vancouver in 2014, Dead Quiet has toured with the likes of John Garcia (Kyuss) and Cancer Bats, and played festivals like Desertfest and Into the Void.

Recommended if you like: Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Graveyard, Witchcraft, Ghost.

 

Tracklist:

1) Atoned Deaf

2) Forever Unsung

3) Of Sound and Fury

4) Truth and Ruin

5) Partial Darkness

6) The Sign of a Sealed Fate

7) Cold Grey Death

Oakland post-punks Ötzi have teamed up with Paste Magazine to premiere the official music video for their song "Hold Still." This song appears on the band's new album, Storm, which is now out on Artoffact Records.

The video can be streamed at https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/-tzi/otzi-hold-still-premiere/

Of the song, Ötzi drummer/vocalist Gina Marie states, “We’re so overwhelmed by the awful things happening in the world, that sometimes it’s hard to see the good that exists right in front of us. The song was written to express love and appreciation for that one person who gets you through the day.” 

Ötzi bassist/vocalist Akiko Sampson adds, “We shot the video right before the pandemic outbreak, and goofing off at the boardwalk for this video was one of the last things we did as a band. Now it feels like a reminder to not take for granted all the times that we can be together.”

On Storm, Ötzi pierces the heart with their dark and passionate style of post-punk. Brooding and aggressive sounds intertwine, via dual vocals, flanged-out guitar, austere bass and tense drumming. Anthemic hooks, worthy of '80s new wave radio hits, are delivered by way of stripped-down production, the rawness of which makes the songs penetrate even deeper. 

While nodding to the howls of Siouxsie and the Banshees, the anarcho-punk of Crass, and the laments of early The Cure, Ötzi lives very much in the present, if not the future. 

“The darkness of our sound doesn’t come from existential dread or moroseness, it’s a reflection of the lives we’ve lived as femmes in an often hostile world," says Sampson. "We express all this mourning and anger through our music, so playing is always cathartic for us. But afterwards, what we’re left with is a sense of hope and a vision for what can be. So in this album, we wanted to incorporate all of those dimensions. Because that’s what 'Storm' is about – huge, violent life changes that leave you transformed forever.”

Since their formation in 2014, Ötzi has toured the world with the likes of The Chameleons, Deerhoof, Modern English, and She Past Away. 

This album can be bought online at https://orcd.co/OtziStorm

CLOUD RAT: European Tour Announcement

Friday, 10 January 2020 18:45
Published in Underground News

Following the release of Pollinator last fall on Toronto-based Artoffact Records, Michigan grindcore mainstays Cloud Rat announces today a European tour kicking off in Belgium on April 16th. Slovenian sludge-doom act Leechfeast will support. The tour dates are below.

Pollinator has received many year-end accolades in recent weeks, including 2019 best-of list appearances from PitchforkThe Quietus, and Treble Zine, amongst several others. The band also topped off an amazing decade of music by playing the Metal Injection 15th anniversary party in December.

Cloud Rat's appearances at Roadburn Festival will be a special stop on their return to Europe. The festival is co-curated by Emma Ruth Rundle, who asked Cloud Rat to play two shows: an intense main set of grindcore, hardcore punk, and the metal the band is known for; and a special second set, Do Not Let Me Off the Cliff, hi-lighting the band's experimental-electronic side.

Cloud Rat’s evolution from a weird political grindcore band into a more unquantifiable (though still political) extreme music band came to a head in 2019 when the Michigan trio released Pollinator, their many-headed fourth LP.

2020 Europe tour 

16 April 2020 Belgium Leffinge "De Zwerver *
17-18 April 2020 Netherlands Tilburg "roadburn festival
19 April 2020 Germany Berlin "ZUKUNFT am Ostkreuz *
20 April 2020 Germany Leipzig "Zoro *
21 April 2020 Czech Republic Prague "Underdogs *
22 April 2020 Austria Wien "Arena *
23 April 2020 Slovakia Bratislava "Kulturák klub *
24 April 2020 Hungary Budapest "Aurora *
25 April 2020 Austria Linz "Kapu *
27 April 2020 Netherlands Arnhem "Willemeen *
28 April 2020 Belgium Bruxelles "Magasin 4 *
29 April 2020 England London "Black Heart *
30 April 2020 England Sheffield "Network 2 * 

1 May 2020 England Newport "LePub *
2 May 2020 Iceland Reykjavík "Gaukurinn

 

* with Leechfeast

 

Lineup:

Madison Marshall - vocals

Rorik Brooks - guitar, keyboards, samples

Brandon Hill - drums

 

Photo credit: Jason Tipton

"Seven Heads" appears on Cloud Rat's upcoming, fourth full-length album Pollinatordue out September 13th on Artoffact Records.

Order or listen to this album at:

https://orcd.co/cloudratpollinator


"Seven Heads" rips through speakers with a mix of death metal and grindcore, while haunting synths swell deep underneath. Cloud Rat guitarist Rorik Brooks describes the song as "somewhere between Coffins, Morbid Angel, Discordance Axis, and Deftones," also acknowledging sci-fi masters Ray Bradbury and David Cronenberg as lyrical inspirations. Like many of Pollinator's songs, "Seven Heads" addresses the potential lethality of the internet. Brooks says, "[Vocalist] Madison Marshall was thinking of the Cronenberg film, The Brood, and took that kind of surreal body-horror vibe and married it to modern delusional terror, i.e. social media, where every day our brains are pollinated constantly by different emotions, ideologies and identity delusions."

Over the past ten years, Cloud Rat has established itself as one of the most compelling bands in the underground – releasing four full-length albums, eleven EPs and splits, a live album, and various other comps, the prolific Michigan trio has made a name for itself via sheer emotion and musical freedom. Emerging from the space where hardcore punk spirals into grindcore, Cloud Rat incorporates musical influences from across the map – black metal, death metal, noise, folk, and beyond – all while retaining its realness and urgency.

Brooks states, "Pollinator is our most complete and accomplished work yet. It is the quintessence of everything we've tried to say and do before, and it's kind of fitting that we are coming up on a decade of being a band together."

 

Norwegian EBM pioneers Apoptygma Berzerk have announced a reissue campaign for their debut album, Soli Deo Gloria, with Toronto-based Artoffact Records. The album, which launched Apoptygma Berzerk into the spotlight and kicked off a career that would see them release with Warner, ColumbiaGun Music, and The End, turns 25 this Fall.

Soli Deo Gloria will be reissued on LP and CD, with the original 13 tracks remastered for vinyl from the original tapes. The CD version will include seven bonus tracks, four of which are previously unreleased. Artoffact Records has designed special splatter vinyl editions in collaboration with Apoptygma Berzerk's front-man, Stephan Groth, available on Bandcamp.

In a statement on the band's website, Apoptygma Berzerk also announced a Soli Deo Gloria remix album entitled SDGXXV, which will be released on 2LP vinyl and CD through Artoffact in early 2019.

Apoptygma Berzerk was formed in 1989 and has released six studio albums, several live albums and best of collections, and a series of experimental EPs. The band has played live on every continent in the world save Antarctica. Artoffact Records has previously designed deluxe vinyl and cassette reissues of some of Apoptygma's best-loved releases.

 



Vancouver-based post-punk crew SPECTRES inked a 5-album deal with Toronto-based Artoffact Records last week, and for those who have not heard their work, the entire catalogue of past albums will be reissued! Also included is a new album, which will see release early 2019!

Formed in Vancouver, BC in 2005 and commonly cited as kicking off the renewed interest in the post-punk sound in Canada, SPECTRES emerged from the DIY Punk underground and have released three spectacular records, toured both the United States and Europe, and have been praised for their genuinely original blend of post-punk and goth-rock.

Vocalist and founder Brian Gustavson wanted to blend the grassroots and independent ethic of anarcho-punk with the anomie and cold, modulated sounds of 1980’s Post Punk and death rock. Though the band’s output has matured with time to embrace a wider range of new-wave and shoegaze influences, their ethos remains rooted in anarcho punk. The blending of these influences allows for the curious juxtaposition of 80’s influenced pop sensibilities with lyrics that explore the alienation and cynicism of modern life and the search for hope in an increasingly terrifying world. One of the band’s core strengths is its sonic aesthetic, which ranges from brooding and confrontational dark punk to ethereal pop influenced dance anthems. SPECTRES’ live show harkens back to their punk origins bringing a direct and aggressive approach to their performances intended to convey a feeling of estrangement and urgency to the audience.

The band's three albums, Last Days, Nothing to Nowhere, and Utopia are all streaming on Bandcamp and will be reissued on CD on October 19th.

An interview with Krummi Bjorgvinsson

Artoffact Records released a fascinating fusion of pop and synth sounds with LEGEND’s debut album, “Fearless” in December of last year. This release differs from other versions because it includes three bonus tracks (iTunes version) whereas the CD release will offer one. And this Icelandic band is a new project created by Krummi Bjorgvinsson, better known for his punk-rock act Mínus, and Halldor Björnsson, his vast discography is too long to list. Together, the album they created can only be described by as phantasmagorical. The symphonic allegories plays with the imagination and is worth investigating because one of the tracks plays homage to the sounds of the 80's. But at this album's core is a fusion of pre-recorded synth music with edgy live beats. For people who have seen the stage show, the performance has been described as mesmerizing.

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