BL’AST! – THE EXPRESSION OF POWER
Following announcements over recent months proclaiming the release of Blood! — the newly-released but vintage recordings from iconic ‘80s Santa Cruz surf/skate/hardcore act, BL’AST! – the band then confirmed their current live lineup which took over stages in the US last year for the first time in over a decade and a half.
Original BL’AST! alumni, vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (also of Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider recruited Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and drummer Hoss Wright (The Exies, Mondo Generator) to flesh out the brand new live lineup.
But their story doesn’t end there, as another release is on the horizon for the highly influential hardcore heroes, ready to emerge in March. They are calling it, The Expression Of Power.
Flashing back to the mid 80s, BL’AST! recorded their debut several times before finally emerging from the studio with their cult classic masterpiece The Power of Expression. For the first time ever, an alternate version (the Track sessions) of this album is officially available via Southern Lord on CD and triple LP. Also included is a 28 page booklet with amazing BL’AST! photos from the mid-80s. All tracks (re)mastered by Brad Boatright.
Their boundary pushing form of hardcore, advanced musicianship, unstoppable energy and intense perseverance is as prominent now as it ever was.
*LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE RELEASE http://blastsl.bandcamp.com/releases
THE OFFENDERS – ENDLESS STRUGGLE/WE MUST REBEL/I HATE MYSELF/BAD TIMES LP
The Offenders were formed in 1978 in Killeen, and after relocating to Austin in 1980, became known worldwide as one of the premiere hardcore bands out of the Lone Star state. Raw and rabid but more than proficient in the delivery of their musical rebellion — alongside friends and scenemates D.R.I. and M.D.C. — Offenders completely ruled the hardcore scene throughout the infamous Reagan-era. Southern Lord is honoured to present all the band’s official recordings harnessed in a weighty 2xLP collection, with the audio fully boosted for this release courtesy of Audiosiege. Confirmed for parole on March 17th, the reissue features the band’s two full-length albums — Endless Struggle and We Must Rebel, as well as the I Hate Myself / Bad Times 7” — fitted to two 180-gram slabs of black wax, housed in a gatefold jacket with the original covers and inserts faithfully replicated. Preorders can be placed via this link http://offenderssl.bandcamp.com/
Over recent years, two of the original Offenders – guitarist Anthony Johnson and bassist Mikey Offender — have passed away, making these reborn recordings a tribute to the fallen brothers from surviving members, drummer Pat Doyle and vocalist JJ Jacobson. In honour of the band’s legacy, Doyle and Jacobson have recruited Jeff Martin (Buzzcrusher) on guitar and Craig Merritt (World Burns to Death) on bass. Shows are being confirmed with the rebuilt lineup and will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Anthony Johnson, a.k.a. Tony Offender, was a founding member of the Offenders. Inspired by the hardest rock the ‘70s offered, Tony took it to the next level with his high-speed style of shredding on the guitar. Following the disbanding of the Offenders in 1986, Tony continued to play in bands until until he lost a long battle to lung cancer in 2012. Tony was also a dedicated Civil War re-enactor and member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Past Commander of Camp #59.
Rickenbacker-raging Mikey “Offender” Donaldson and also performed with MDC regularly in the early 80s, in addition to laying down the bass on MDC’s Millions of Dead Cops and DRI’s Dealing With It. After the demise of the Offenders, Mikey relocated to San Francisco to play and record with Gary Floyd (Dicks) in Sister Double Happiness, and in recent years recorded with MDC again, among other live and studio actions. He died in his sleep from unknown causes in a Barcelona squat in 2007.
JJ Jacobson performed with M.D.C. and provided vocals for their seminal Millions Of Dead Cops LP. Pat Doyle continues to lay down percussive havoc with Austin metallurgists, Ignitor.
*LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE RELEASE http://offenderssl.bandcamp.com/releases
RELEASED 12 MAY
TORCH RUNNER – COMMITTED TO THE GROUND
Boasting a volatile brew of metallic, downbeat punk and hardcore, Torch Runner dispatched their initial nine-track Locust Swarm EP at the beginning of 2010 which tore into the underground scene, hooking fans of bands like Early Graves, Nails, Enabler, Dead In The Dirt and similar acts. A split EP with Young And In The Way dropped in mid-2011, followed one year later by their debut album, Committed To The Ground, the brutalising, morose crust attributes of the band showing through more with each new release.
Southern Lord are releasing a CD version of their debut album ‘Committed To The Ground’ that was previously only available on vinyl. There will be another LP version released on the label in June also.
Torch Runner is are finalising their newest works, which have now been recorded at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, North Carolina with Kris Hilbert at the control board. Upon completion, it will be adorned with original art by Fernando Pena at No Prophet Dead Press.
*LISTEN TO “FEEDING” https://soundcloud.com/toxicbreed3/torch-runner-feeding
RELEASED 26 MAY
NIGHTFELL – THE LIVING EVER MOURN
Nightfell unites Portland, Oregon musicians Todd Burdette and Tim Call. Recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan ‘Maus’ Mersky, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, The Living Ever Mourn is the debut full-length born of this union of notable extreme music perpetrators, rending over forty minutes of purely epic metal, bridging morose heaviness with melodic destruction.
Envisioned and executed in a period of grief, delirium and loss of life, the atmosphere and lyrics mirror the ensuing emptiness while simultaneously embracing the dichotomous power in the unwavering and eternal force of Death. At times the album embodies the guttural, bleak essence Burdette’s musical endeavours have innovated since the mid-90s, while other segments undoubtedly breathe with the murky, crushing, Northwestern oppression Call has been associated with.
The entire album channels unrest through its organic delivery, at times integrating choral mantras, noise-infused ambience and thundering
death marches, all combining into an a brutal opus that defies debilitating genre tags.
Southern Lord handling the CD and digital versions, while Southern Lord and Parasitic will co-release the massive vinyl version.
*LISTEN TO “I AM DECAY” https://soundcloud.com/cvltnation/nightfell-i-am-decay
SOUTHERN LORD BANDS ON TOUR…
A STORM OF LIGHT
23.04.14 Italy Rome Traffic
24.04.14 Italy Milano Lo Fi
25.04.14 France Clermont-Ferrand Raymond
26.04.14 Switzerland Martigny Les Caves du Manoir
27.04.14 Switzerland Luzern Schüür
28.04.14 Germany Stuttgart Juha West
29.04.14 Germany Seigen Vortex Surfer Musikclub
30.04.14 Belgium Liege La Zone
01.05.14 UK London Birthday’s
02.05.14 UK Glasgow Audio
03.05.14 UK Bristol Temples Fest
23 June Brighton – Stick Mikes
24 June Bristol – The Fleece
25 June Manchester – Star And Garter
26 June Glasgow – Audio
27 June London – Underworld
Fri 25.04.14 MelloMello, Liverpool, UK.
Sat 26.04.14 ‘kin Hellfest, Eiger Music Studios, Leeds, UK.
Sun 27.04.14 Desert Fest, Underworld, Camden, UK.
Tue 29.04.14 Magnet, Berlin, Germany.
Wed 30.04.14 Rote Flora, Hamburg, UK.
Thu 01.05.14 Heavy Days In Doomtown, Ungdomhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fri 02.05.14 Spring Void, Regensburg, Germany.
Sat 03.05.14 StonedGatherings, Glazart, Paris, France.
Sun 04.05.14 Jeugdhuis ‘t Slot, Wortel, Belgium.
Mon 05.05.14 Elfer, Frankfurt, Germany.
Tue 06.05.14 Chemie Fabrik, Dresden, Germany.
Wed 07.05.14 Halle, Hühnermanhattan, Germany.
Thu 08.05.14 Pohoda music club, Plzen , Czech Republic.
Fri 09.05.14 PMK, Innsbruck, Austria. (200)
Sat 10.05.14 Lofi, Milan, Italy.
Sun 11.05.14 Romandie, Lausanne, Switzerland.
4/23/2014 Punkkneipe – Osnabrück, Germany
4/24/2014 OCCII – Amsterdam, Netherlands
4/25/2014 Dräschfeschd – Hamburg, Germany
4/26/2014 Inihaus – Bad Oldesloe, Germany
4/27/2014 Alte Meierei – Kiel, Germany
MARTYRDOD supporting Converge
03.08.14 France Paris @ La Maroquinerie
04.08.14 UK Manchester @ Club Academy
05.08.14 UK Glasgow @ Classic Grand
06.08.14 UK London @ Scala
07.08.14 Germany Köln @ Underground
08.08.14 Belgium Ieper @ Ieper Fest – Converge, Martyrdod only
09.08.14 Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault
10.08.14 Hungary Budapest @ A38
11.08.14 Austria Salzburg @ Rockhouse
12.08.14 Slovenia Maribor @ MC Pekarna
13.08.14 Italy Milan @ Magnolia Open Air
14.08.14 Germany Stuttgart @ Universum
10th Aug – Blackpool, Rebellion Punk Music Festival
11th Aug – Norwich, Waterfront
12th Aug – Manchester, Star & Garter
13th Aug – Newcastle, Think Tank
14th Aug – Glasgow, Audio
15th Aug – Dublin, Fibber McGees
16th Aug – Bristol, Exchange (NOTE VENUE CHANGE)
17th Aug – London, City Invasion, venue TBC