XII Boar unleash cover of Motörhead’s ‘Damage Case’

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It’s always good to see a UK band going from strength to strength despite the ignorance of the masses, and XII Boar are a fine example of such exponence, having released several killer EPs and singles including this year’s 7″ ‘Truck Stop Baby‘. The band have now revealed a previously unreleased recording from that record’s sessions, in the mold of a tribute to the legendary Motörhead’s ‘Damage Case’, hallmarked by the trio’s wicked blend of sludge, stoner rock and blues, marks of which are left all over this version. It rocks from one style to enough, dropping into the bluesy section with an ‘eins, zwei, drei, vier!‘ and the result is emphatic enough for this to be considered one of my favourite Motörhead covers around.

The cover is available on their Bandcamp page and can be streamed and downloaded for free. You can stream it below here too. Get on it!

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Yob and Pallbearer – UK tour incoming!

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We Must Obey will be attending the Yob + Pallbearer tour when it lands in the UK a week from today, and right now is clearly a great time to be a fan of either band with new releases abound!

Clearing The Path To Ascend’ is an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for YOB, a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

Clearing The Path To Ascend‘ is released on 1st September via Neurot Recordings. You can stream it here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/523-clearing-the-path-to-ascend/

For Pallbearer, they have just released their second album, entitled ‘Foundations Of Burden‘, via Profound Lore.  This new album sees the present-day doom metal giants create a more expansive, advanced, crushing, and emotionally charged album that takes everything to the next level beyond its predecessor.
Musically, Foundations Of Burden sees the band strengthen their monolithic melodious structures of doom that have become synonymous with their signature sound. All while incorporating a much more progressive and musically challenging element to their anthems which compliment the huge epic melodies and harmonics even moreso. Where ‘Sorrow and Extinction‘ expanded the foundation which Pallbearer laid down with their demo, ‘Foundations Of Burden‘ morphs itself into a glorious new vision that is without doubt their most engaging work yet.

Listen to ‘The Ghost I Used To Be’ here: https://soundcloud.com/pallbearerdoom/pallbearer-the-ghost-i-used-to-be

Be sure to catch this amazing tour at one of the following venues:

Thursday 4 September 14 – Bristol The Fleece
Friday 5 September 14 – Manchester Roadhouse
Saturday 6 September 14 – Glasgow Audio
Sunday 7 September 14 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 8 September 14 – London The
Underworld

YOB: Clearing The Path to Ascend: CD preorder bundles now available

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Image by James Rexroad

Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with ‘Atma‘, Portland doom bringers, YOB, prepare to unleash ‘Clearing The Path To Ascend‘, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own. 
 
Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, YOB will release ‘Clearing The Path To Ascend‘ on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings on 1 September, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on 2 September.

Clearing The Path To Ascend‘ preorder bundles are currently available:
For CD orders head here; and for special T-shirt bundles, click here
 
YOB will bring their riff domination to the UK/Europe, commencing on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. YOB will be joined by Pallbearer.
  

TOUR DATES WITH PALLBEARER IN SUPPORT:

Wed 3 Sept NL Utrecht Tivoli de helling
Thurs 4 Sept UK Bristol The Fleece
Fri 5 Sept UK Manchester Roadhouse
Sat 6 Sept UK Glasgow Audio
Sun 7 Sept UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mon 8 Sept UK London The Underworld
Wed 10 Sept DE Dortmund FZW
Thurs 11 Sept NL Groningen Vera
Fri 12 Sept DK Aarhus Atlas
Sat13 Sept SE Gothenburg Truckstop Alaska
Sun 14 Sept NO Oslo Hostsabbat
Tues16 Sept FI Helsinki Tavastia
Wed 17 Sept SE Stockholm Slakthuset
Thurs 18 Sept DK Copenhagen Loppen
Fri 19 Sept DE Leipzig UT Connewitz
Sat 20 Sept PL Wroclaw Firlej
Sun 21 Sept DE Berlin Bi Nuu
Tues 23 Sept CZ Prague Klub 007
Wed 24 Sept AT Vienna Arena
Thurs 25 Sept AT Innsbruck PMK
Fri 26 Sept CH Winterthur Gaswerk
Sat 27 Sept IT Milan Lo-fi Club
Mon 29 Sept CH Lausanne Le Romandie
Tues 30 Sept DE Karlsruhe Jubez
Wed 1Oct FR Montpellier Black Ship
Thurs 2 Oct ES Barcelona Razzmatazz3
Fri 3 Oct ES Madrid Villamanuela
Sat 4 Oct PT Porto Amplifest
Sun 5 Oct ES Erandio Sonora
Mon 6 Oct FR Toulouse Le Dynamo
Tues 7 Oct FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur
Wed 8 Oct FR Paris Glazart
Fri 10 Oct GR Athens Kyttaro Club
Sat 11 Oct  BE Antwerp Desertfest Belgium

As a precursor to the release, YOB is offering up two ‘Clearing The Path To Ascend‘ video teasers here. Stay tuned for further YOB happenings to be announce in the weeks to come.
 
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‘Kin Hell Fest appeal for help with ‘funeral costs’

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It is always a sad day when a part of the vibrant underground music scene disappears or ceases, whether that be a band, a venue, and indeed a music festival. When ‘Kin Hell Fest took place this past weekend, there were extremely high hopes – it had was the strongest line-up in its three-year history, featuring Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh and Onslaught as its headliners. Not to mention UK exclusive appearances from Pentagram Chile, Birdflesh and Lock Up, as well as appearances by the likes of US death metal legends Massacre, UK rockers Hawk Eyes, Welsh death metal veterans Desecration among the total of 43 bands covering grind, sludge, doom, slam, metal (blackened, death, traditional, etc.) and all manner of silliness, and all for £59, considerably a bargain price for such a calibre of bands on one line-up. It was proudly DIY, organised chiefly by Paul Priest, who managed to pull together this line-up after clawing back from debts incurred from the festival in 2013 when it moved from a single day event to a three-day weekend. Huge efforts were made to give the festival exposure. Numerous people handed on flyers at events. Blogs and websites such as ourselves went out on a limb to sell this as an incredible line-up and a must-attend – not that it should have needed to necessarily, and not that it wasn’t that way already.

But as you may have gathered from our cracked, hindered and indeed partial review of the festival, the bands, the price, the hype – none of its matters compared to actual revenue and numbers through the door. And despite things looking positive on the Friday, Saturday was considerably emptier, and while I can’t speak for Sunday’s attendance, it seemed the decision had already been made over on Facebook to declare that once Sunday was over, so was ‘Kin Hell Fest. Not just this year, but likely for good. A statement went out on the ‘Kin Hell Fest website, asking people to help with ‘Kin Hell Fest’s ‘funeral costs’. Paul Priest explained:

We didn’t want to do this, absolutely didn’t, not again, but it feels like we have no choice than to look for extra continued help from people. We’re not asking for much off anyone, but anything you can do to help us clear the pretty hefty debts we will have post-fest would be almost life-changing. Obviously we’re looking at things we can do personally to sort this out as well, but I guess trying to put something together of this kind of size, and keeping it as a DIY ethics based festival is almost impossible, implausible maybe. 

Unfortunately though, it does pretty much signal the end of ‘kin Hell Fest after today. We’ll try and clear up the debris and broken bones of it all as quickly as possible, knowing there’s been some insane, brilliant, amazing things happen at every installment. 

We are absolutely gutted at having to do this but, for all the incredible support and amazing words from all over the world we’ve had in the run up to the festival over the last 9 months, it’s still not equated to the amount of people coming down that we, and everyone else (involved or onlooking) thought it should. We were about as confident in the line up as it was possible to be, but, things didn’t work out. 

Understandably there’s been numerous reasons put out as to why ‘Kin Hell Fest didn’t attract the numbers that were either forecast or anticipated, mainly due to clashes with the Temples Festival in Bristol, Neurotic Deathfest, even Live in Leeds – a festival focusing on a vastly different musical audience altogether. Some people cited being unable to afford to come to the festival, and one or two have churlishly suggested the line-up wasn’t good (what rock have you been living under?). Let’s face facts – not enough people got through the door. And what does it take ultimately for events like this to not just survive, but thrive? That’s right. People turning up and getting through those doors. Ticket sales, payments on the door. They all count.

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It’s perfectly understandable that some people can’t afford a weekend ticket or even a day ticket, or the escalating travel fares pumped out by public transport networks. Clashes are clashes but just because Temples emerged, doesn’t mean that ‘Kin Hell Fest didn’t have a strong enough line-up – they only had the world’s biggest grind band and a number of other artists with considerable weight to add to this package. Even if people migrate to those other events, that doesn’t mean the North doesn’t have a strong enough following within hardcore and metal circles. Indeed, the Yorkshire area has been pumping out a good number of bands for a while now and created fervent scenes as a result, and has always maintained a good following, even if hit recently by the closures of venues such as Rio’s and The Well in Leeds. But that means nothing if people aren’t getting through the door in numbers.

I cannot claim to know Paul inside and out as I’ve only met him a few times, mostly at the festival and during my time as a drummer for Poison Dwarf. What I do know is that he has done more than anyone to keep heavy music alive and well in Leeds and in the local area, and for well over a decade now, both as a promoter and as a musician himself with local bands such as Reth, Diascorium, Sloth Hammer and most recently, No Fucks Given. He put his heart, soul and hard graft into making this festival work, and had hordes of people handing out flyers at regional shows across the North and beyond to try and drum up interest in this festival. The debts incurred by the festival could have sunk KHF in 2013, but fans clubbed together and helped erase some of that debt to the point where KHF 2014 was considered financially viable. Paul and KHF tried to up their game, which was the only feasible way to go. And in doing so, for my money and I’m sure everyone else who attended – and for some of those who didn’t – this was pound for pound the best line up going as far as the less mainstream festivals go.

Alas, it wasn’t to be enough and whatever reasons you wish to summise, Paul hits it square on the head and he talks more sense than most. But let’s not get bogged down any more in the whys and the hows. The clean-up is underway and you can do your bit to help out a true figure in the Yorkshire, indeed Northern heavy music scene. Merch is still available post-festival from the official KHF store, including t-shirts, posters, patches, and last year’s six-hour compilation that was put together to stave off the debts accrued last year. But be quick, as it will soon be gone. Additionally, you can donate to the KHF team and even a small amount will be appreciated while they try and sort out initially clearing the debt from the fest itself. And gigs are already popping up pledging to give their receipts to Paul and the KHF team in a display of solidarity from bands and promoters alike that the broad metal community often show like no other.

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You can read Paul’s statement in full here. And no matter what happens, even if ‘Kin Hell Fest never returns, he, and indeed the rest of the team, will return even stronger from this.

Peter Clegg

YOB sign for Neurot Recordings!

OREGONIAN DOOM METAL TRIO JOIN THE NEUROT RECORDINGS FAMILY

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Behold the following press release from Rarely Unable, bringing forth some exciting news on one of our favourite bands here at We Must Obey – PC

Neurot Recordings is pleased to welcome long-running Eugene, Oregon-based doom metal trio, YOB, to their expanding household of eclectic, thought-provoking music. The band – founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg – will release their seventh studio offering this Autumn preceded by an appearance at the illustrious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands in April.
 
   Comments Scheidt of the recent union, “YOB is very happy to have signed to Neurot for our new album. Travis, Aaron and I agree that Neurosis is the epitome of forward-thinking heavy music, made with zero compromise. Our love for their music is total. Neurot’s dedication to putting out uncompromising music is no different. To have this opportunity to put an album out on their label is an honor that runs deep. We cannot wait to share our new music with Neurot and our friends worldwide.”
 
   Neurosis’ Steve Von Till notes, “This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life,  I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album.
 
   Adds Scott Kelly, “YOB, as with all things that actually matter, there is only one. They have built their temple with a foundation concreted in absolute truth. The truth is the riffs, the truth is in the delivery, it’s in the unwavering commitment, and in the handshake and the look in their eyes. If you don’t know them, then you are fucking up your own lifes’ truth. There’s is nothing heavier on the face of this earth than this band. The Neurot Family is honored to be a part of legacy of this, the monolithic treasure of sonic achievement that is YOB.
 
Further details on YOB’s forthcoming new release to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. 
 
YOB might be one of the best bands in North America,” BEN RATLIFF: NEW YORK TIMES
 
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Power Trip supporting Bane in the UK/EU!

Have a gander at the latest press release from Rarely Unable, in support of Texan thrashers Power Trip’s foray over to European shores with a tour alongside hardcore legends Bane and hardcore sharks Blkout, due to begin next Monday in Germany, before landing in the UK two days later!

POWER TRIP PREPARE A CROSSOVER TAKEOVER OF THE UK/EU WITH BANE

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Power Trip, thrashers of the upmost quality, have announced a November European tour alongside righteous hardcore troupe Bane and groovin’ hardcore act Blkout. Having earlier this year released ‘Manifest Decimation‘ on Southern Lord to overwhelming acclaim from critics, thrash purists and the hardcore community alike, they plan to set in stone their phenomenal reputation on these shores with downright outrageous live shows.  Here are the full tour listings:
 
TOUR DATES

04.11.13 Germany, Bochum @ Bahnhof Langendreer  
05.11.13 Holland, Dordrecht @ Bibelot  
06.11.13 UK, London @ Underworld  
07.11.13 UK, Glasgow @ The Classic Grand  
08.11.13 UK, Manchester @ Sound Control  
09.11.13 UK, Basingstoke @ Sanctuary   
10.11.13 Belgium, Antwerpen @ Kavka   
11.11.13 Germany Göttingen @ Lumière  
12.11.13 Germany, Lindau @ Club Vaudeville   
13.11.13 Germany, München @ Feierwerk   
14.11.13 Switzerland, St. Gallen @ Kugl  
15.11.13 Italy, Egna/Neumarkt @ Point  
16.11.13 Germany, Lichtenstein @ Jz Riot   
17.11.13 Austria, Salzburg @ Rockhouse
18.11.13 Hungary, Budapest @ Dürer Kert  
19.11.13 Poland, Poznan @ Pod Minoga  
20.11.13 Germany, Hannover Chez Heinz  
21.11.13 Denmark, Lyngby @ Templet   
22.11.13 Sweden, Stockholm @ Bergsund Strand 43  
23.11.13 Sweden, Motala @ Kulturakademin, Dead Fest  
24.11.13 Germany, Hamburg @ Hafenklang  
25.11.13 Germany, Berlin @ Cassiopeia  
26.11.13 Germany, Frankfurt @ 11er
 
Amidst massive touring over the past five years, and having unloaded a cache of demos, splits and D.I.Y. releases along the way, the high-powered metallic punk/hardcore attack of Dallas-based Power Trip caught the attention of Southern Lord, who brought the crew on-board for the release of their first full-length. Recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Argyle, Texas, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate in Philadelphia, the eight tracks on ‘Manifest Decimation‘ hurtle the band’s “steel, speed and destruction” ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. The intense album layout was created by Italian artist Paolo “Madman” Girardi, completing this vile package which was delivered via Southern Lord in June this year.
 
You can stream ‘Manifest Decimation‘ via Southern Lord’s Power Trip Bandcamp page: http://powertripsl.bandcamp.com/

Peter Clegg

Ufomammut tour hits the UK tonight!

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That’s right folks, psychedelic doom riff lords Ufomammut bring their latest tour to these shores tonight with three shows in the offing for the next few days, hitting Bristol tonight, then Leeds & London. Entitled, “the Magickal Mastery tour”, the idea is to present music from across their entire canon as this will mark their last tour for the foreseeable future whilst they work on new material. 

You can watch the latest trailer for the Magickal Mastery Tour here: http://youtu.be/cQz67NFueXs

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Promoted by the good folks at Desertscene, support comes from the fantastic Zolle.

ZOLLE – https://www.facebook.com/zollezollezolle

And Leeds people, you can still get tickets here:

Tickets – http://www.leedstickets.com/eventinfo/3835/Ufomammut-plus-guests-Leeds  

Below is the press release for this incredible tour:

Like a snake biting its own tail, time is circular, and with their upcoming tour, Ufomammut further corroborate ouroboric tendencies…

This autumn, Ufomammut will excavate items from their pliocenic past, keeping their third eye pointed at the future – the ‘Magickal Mastery Tour’ is a journey through fifteen years of Ufomammut music, performing under a new light songs from Godlike Snake to ORO, as thanksgiving to people for their support and devotion.

The band commented…”We are very excited to come out and play material from across our album catalogue, whereas recent focus has been on ORO, an album which we are most proud of, we are looking forward to playing older material also, it’s been a while! This marks the last tour we shall do for a period, whilst we concentrate on writing a new album”

UFOMAMMUT is a power trio formed in 1999 in Italy by Poia, Urlo and Vita. With long songs, droning vocals and massive effects the band combines a monumental riffing attitude with the psychedelia of the more visionary Pink Floyd.

In ten years the band has played several times around Europe reaching the US West Coast in 2009 as well as performing at international music festivals including Roadburn, Hellfest, Assymetry and alongside bands such as Down, Baroness, Lento, Motorpsycho, Orange Goblin and many more.

Ufomammut’s live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus, a rock artists collective who conjure the entirety of Ufomammut’s visual impact. 
UFOMAMMUT is a power trio formed in 1999 in Italy by Poia, Urlo and Vita. With long songs, droning vocals and massive effects the band combines a monumental riffing attitude with the psychedelia of the more visionary Pink Floyd.

In ten years the band has played several times around Europe reaching the US West Coast in 2009 as well as performing at international music festivals including Roadburn, Hellfest, Assymetry and alongside bands such as Down, Baroness, Lento, Motorpsycho, Orange Goblin and many more.

Ufomammut’s live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus, a rock artists collective who conjure the entirety of Ufomammut’s visual impact. 

Peter Clegg

Special thanks to Rarely Unable for the material