ENTRY: BrooklynVegan Streams Entire Detriment Debut LP By From Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Outfit; Album Sees Release Friday Through Southern Lord

Stream ENTRY’s Detriment HERE.

Los Angeles hardcore punk quartet ENTRY‘s debut album, Detriment, sees release through Southern Lord this Friday, and BrooklynVegan is now hosting the entire album for advance streaming.

Compact and ferocious, Detriment is a diverse album and a breath of fresh air in the genre. The debut showcases ENTRY‘s appreciation for different aspects of punk and hardcore, and their imaginative songwriting that is condensed into nine succinct musical statements of intent. As a collective, ENTRYfirmly believes in the power of punk and the uniting nature of music, and with Detriment, they reflect themselves and their community with integrity and authenticity.

The band offers, “We’re extremely proud to share with you our debut LP, Detriment. Each track represents a detriment to ourselves and our society. Learning to deal with the past while also coping with the horrendous political climate constantly surrounding us. Thanks to the team at Southern Lord for helping realize our vision.”

BrooklynVegan writes, “The band cite such influences as Discharge, Minor Threat, Converge, Tragedy, The Cramps, and The Exploited, and you can definitely hear that kind of stuff coming through in their dark, heavy, whiplash-inducing hardcore. Just about every song is a D-beating ripper, until album closer ‘Demons,’ which is about twice as long as every other song on this LP and finds ENTRY diving into murky sludge. It’s the perfect vessel for the rage and despair that vocalist Sara G delivers with pure venom.”

Stream ENTRY’s Detriment early only through BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

Detriment was recorded in Los Angeles by ENTRY‘s Sean Sakamoto and Christopher Dwyer, mixed by Christopher Dwyer, and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios. The album is completed with photography by Katie Krulock and layout by Emma Maatman.Southern Lord will release Detriment on vinyl and digital formats this Friday, July 17th through Bandcamp HERE, the label’s US webshop HERE, and the Euro webshop HERE

ENTRY started as a project between Sara G and Clayton Stevens inspired by the likes of Discharge, Minor Threat, Converge, Tragedy, The Cramps, and The Exploited. The punk community at large is as inspiring as it has ever been to them. Bassist Sean Sakamoto plays in the indie pop band Sheer and is a recording engineer in Los Angeles, where drummer Chris Dwyer is also a recording engineer. Sara’s musical origins come from punk bands in Pennsylvania, and Clayton also continues to play guitar in Touché Amoré on Epitaph Records. The band has played the Olympia Hardcore Festival, and Ceremony’s Homesick Festival in Los Angeles, and has opened for bands like Career Suicide, Krimewatch, Sunn O))), Dangers, Despise You, Sect, and Show Me The Body.

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For review copies of Detriment and interviews with ENTRY in The Americas contact dave@earsplitcompound.com and in Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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ENTRY: Detriment Debut Album From Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Quartet Nears July Release Through Southern Lord; Vinyl Now Shipping

The release of Los Angeles hardcore punk quartet ENTRY‘s debut album, Detriment, is rapidly approaching through Southern Lord. 

Detriment was recorded in Los Angeles by the band’s Sean Sakamoto and Christopher Dwyer, mixed by Christopher Dwyer, and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios. The album is completed with photography by Katie Krulock and layout by Emma Maatman.

Stream ENTRY’s “Your Best Interest” and “Selective Empathy” at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.

Southern Lord will release Detriment on vinyl and digital formats on July 17th. Digital preorders are available via Bandcamp and vinyl is shipping today via the label’s US webshop HERE and Euro webshop HERE.

Compact and ferocious, Detriment is a diverse album and a breath of fresh air in the genre. The debut showcases ENTRY‘s appreciation for different aspects of punk and hardcore, and their imaginative songwriting that is condensed into nine succinct musical statements of intent. As a collective, ENTRYfirmly believes in the power of punk and the uniting nature of music, and with Detriment, they reflect themselves and their community with integrity and authenticity. This caught the ears of Southern Lord label owner Greg Anderson, who remarks “The unhinged intensity of ENTRY‘s live performance at the last Power Of The Riff fest blew me away. They embody many of the characteristics of powerful underground music that I have been obsessed with since my youth!”

ENTRY started as a project between Sara G and Clayton Stevens inspired by the likes of Discharge, Minor Threat, Converge, Tragedy, The Cramps, and The Exploited. The punk community at large is as inspiring as it has ever been to them. Bassist Sean Sakamoto plays in the indie pop band Sheer and is a recording engineer in Los Angeles, where drummer Chris Dwyer is also a recording engineer. Sara’s musical origins come from punk bands in Pennsylvania, and Clayton also continues to play guitar in Touché Amoré on Epitaph Records. The band has played the Olympia Hardcore Festival, and Ceremony’s Homesick Festival in Los Angeles, and has opened for bands like Career Suicide, Krimewatch, Sunn O))), Dangers, Despise You, Sect, and Show Me The Body.

For review copies of Detriment and interviews with ENTRY in The Americas contact dave@earsplitcompound.com and in Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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ENGINE KID: Southern Lord Releases Remastered Versions Of Bear Catching Fish And Angel Wings Digitally At Bandcamp; Proceeds To Benefit Midnight Mission

Almost thirty years since the inception of ENGINE KID, and the trio finds themselves comprehending the enormity of their creation, honoring and celebrating the mountains they formed and the canyons they created, as both of their full-length albums, Bear Catching Fish and Angel Wings, have been remastered for re-release this week via Southern Lord.

Having both been fitted with updated cover artwork, and remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Obituary, Nails, Jesus Piece) for maximum sonic enhancement, Southern Lord brings the Bear Catching Fish and Angel Wings albums to the fore as part of Bandcamp day. Both records have been offered on a “pay what you want” basis and all proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles-based homeless shelter Midnight Mission, to honor the original drummer Chris Vandebrooke, who was murdered near a homeless encampment by the LA River/Griffith Park in 2016.

Find ENGINE KID’s remastered Bear Catching Fish and Angel Wings albums at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.

ENGINE KID was born in Seattle, Washington in 1991. The band’s original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Greg Anderson (Southern Lord, Sunn O))), Thorrs Hammer, Goatsnake), drummer Chris Vandebrooke, and bassist Art Behrman. The three had all been in hardcore/punk bands around town and all had a burning desire to create a sound that was unlike anything they had done in the past. After just a few months of existence, they quickly recorded and self-released the Novocaine 7″. Circa 1992, close friend and bassist Brian Kraft (Krafty) replaced Behrman, and at that moment the entire aesthetic and execution of sound became heavier, darker, and extremely dynamic. The power trio was picked up by local label C/Z records and set out upon recording the new music they were quickly creating. In 1993 the band had two releases on C/Z. Their first offering was the Astronaut five-song EP recorded by John Goodmanson. The songs were primitive and exemplified the bands worship of Slint and their loud/quiet song dynamic. In the Summer of 1993, the band drove all the way to Chicago to record with their hero Steve Albini in the basement of his house. They emerged with the eight-song album they called Bear Catching Fish. Albini intuitively captured the band exactly as they were at that moment: raw, vulnerable, and mammoth.

Shortly after the album’s release, Jade Devitt replaced Vandebrooke on drums. This transition was extremely crucial in the “second phase” of the group. Devitt was an absolute beast and his power helped launch the band miles beyond where they had ever been before. The sound of “The Kid” started to transform into a sound much more of their own. The three dudes were hellbent on pushing the bounds of sonic exploration to its absolute fullest. Suddenly there was an abundance of depth within the sounds they were creating. Eclectic influences of punk/hardcore (Black Flag, Die Kreuzen), metal (Entombed, Carcass), and even jazz (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis’ electric era) were in a full collision course with the already dynamically heavy foundation of the band. The levee had broken, and the resulting flood of sound completely saturated everything in its path.

ENGINE KID toured relentlessly. They were constantly on the road playing every nook and cranny they possibly could. Any moment not spent on the road was instead spent focused on making their new material as potent as possible. Early in 1994, the band decided to pay homage to their mutual love of jazz/fusion and recorded three instrumental pieces that would become a split album with like-minded powerhouse Iceburn. The split album showcased each group’s love of jazz loosely framed by the intense enthusiasm of underground music and saw release through Revelation Records later that year.

During the summer of 1994, the band reconvened with producer John Goodmanson at Bad Animals and AVAST! Studios to record the new material that was literally bleeding out of the reinvigorated trio. These recorded songs were much more progressive, heavier, harder and more focused than past works. They even tackled John Coltrane’s Olé Coltrane, adding saxophone and trumpet from their brothers in Silkworm. In March of 1995, Revelation records released these recordings as the Angel Wings album. Unfortunately, “The Kid” flew too close to the sun and broke up very shortly after the album’s release.

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XIBALBA: Años En Infierno Out Now On Southern Lord; Band To Host Gimme Metal Guest DJ Special Today At 5:00pm EST

Años En Infierno, the devastating fourth LP from Pomona, California guerrillas XIBALBA, is out now through Southern Lord. 

For the past thirteen years, XIBALBA has been dedicated to carving a sound which combines unadulterated aggression booming out of the vocals, an ultra-heavy low-end frequency, colossal death metal riffs, brutal hardcore breakdowns, and a trademark groove now synonymous with the group. Showing no mercy, and keeping their cultural message intact, Años En Infierno‘s eight songs culminate into XIBALBA‘s most brutalizing material to date.

Años En Infierno was produced by Arthur Rizk (Cro-Mags Power Trip, Inquisition) and completed with artwork by longtime collaborator Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation).

Stream XIBALBA’s Años En Infierno in its entirety RIGHT HERE.

Años En Infierno is out now on CD, LP and digital platforms via the Southern Lord Bandcamp HERE, the label webshop in the US HERE and Europe webshop HERE. Find shirt packages at Closed Casket Activities HERE.

Today, Wednesday, June 10th, XIBABLA guitarist Brian Ortiz is overthrowing Gimme Metal with a guest DJ slot as part of the station’s Gimme Relief Series. Tune in from 5:00pm EST/2:00pm PST. Line up a few cervezas and tune in at https://gimmemetal.com/.

Watch for official videos from Años En Infierno and more to see release in the weeks ahead.

For review copies of Años En Infierno and interviews with XIBALBA in North America contact dave@earsplitcompoud.com and internationally contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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XIBALBA: Años En Infierno LP Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Band To Launch Livestream Tonight + LP Sees Release Friday Through Southern Lord

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Pomona, California-based metallic hardcore powerhouse XIBALBA this week unleashes their anxiously anticipated fourth LP, Años En Infierno, through Southern Lord.

On the eve of its release, the entire album is now streaming exclusively at Cvlt Nation, and this evening, the band will launch a massive livestream assault in support of the record.

Años En Infierno was produced by Arthur Rizk (Cro-Mags Power Trip, Inquisition) and completed with artwork by longtime collaborator Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation).

Cvlt Nation writes with the advance album stream, “This album erupts like a hardcore volcano and spews molten fury on everything and everyone in its path!” 

Stream XIBALBA’s Años En Infierno early at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

Años En Infierno will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms on May 29th. Southern Lord Bandcamp HERE, the label webshop in the US HERE and Europe webshop HERE, and with shirt packages  at Closed Casket Activities HERE

TONIGHT, XIBALBA will launch a special livestream feature via Twitch to celebrate the album’s release. BYOB and tune in for a special session with the band including an interrogation of the band, a full album stream, and a crushing live performance. The stream will only be available for 24 hours so don’t miss it!

XIBALBA’s livestream special will launch at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern at THIS LOCATION.

For the past thirteen years, XIBALBA has been dedicated to carving a sound which combines unadulterated aggression booming out of the vocals, an ultra-heavy low-end frequency, colossal death metal riffs, brutal hardcore breakdowns, and a trademark groove now synonymous with the group. Showing no mercy, and keeping their cultural message intact, Años En Infierno‘s eight songs culminate into XIBALBA‘s most brutalizing material to date. 

Watch for official videos from Años En Infierno and more to see release in the weeks ahead.

For review copies of Años En Infierno and interviews with XIBALBA in North America contact dave@earsplitcompoud.com and internationally contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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HIGH COMMAND: Metal Injection Debuts “Merciless Steel” Video; Beyond The Wall Of Desolation LP Out Now On Southern Lord

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Worcester, Massachusetts-based HIGH COMMAND has just issued an official video for “Merciless Steel,” one of the most searing tracks from the band’s Southern Lord-released debut LP, Beyond The Wall Of Desolation.

Released in the Summer of 2019, HIGH COMMAND‘s Beyond The Wall Of Desolation delivers an onslaught of searing thrash/hardcore aggression. The band’s ravenous delivery is magnified by the powerful recording courtesy of Machines With Magnets (Daughters, The Body, Lingua Ignota), and mastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Integrity, Black Breath). 

Surrounding the album’s release, HIGH COMMAND torched sectors of the country on tour with the likes of Spirit Adrift, Enforced, and more, and Spring 2020 saw them lined up to tour alongside Ringworm and others when the COVID-19 outbreak halted all plans.

Writes HIGH COMMAND‘s Ryan McCardle, “We had been planning on doing a big production metal video with swords and the like before the pandemic hit, but then we started going through all the footage we had collected from our first couple tours supporting Beyond The Wall Of Desolation and we realized we had all this great video of a time that seems almost alien and long ago considering the current state of affairs. Meticulously edited and directed by visual madman Chris O’Coin, the ‘Merciless Steel’ video is our ode to a community that was of the utmost importance to us and we hope returns someday soon.”

Metal Injection writes with their premiere of the video, “HIGH COMMAND released their thrash-mad album Beyond The Wall Of Desolation in 2019. If you missed it, or you’re looking for some skull-splitting riffs alongside a music video that looks like an old VHS, then you need ‘Merciless Steel’ in your life right now.”

Watch HIGH COMMAND’s “Merciless Steel” at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.

Beyond The Wall Of Desolation is available on CD, LP, and digital via Bandcamp HERE and the Southern Lord webshop HERE.

Watch for new tour dates to be announced over the months ahead pending the reopening of venues and the return of live music around the country.

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ENTRY: Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Quartet To Release Debut LP, Detriment, Through Southern Lord In July; New Noise Magazine Premieres Lead Track “Your Best Interest”

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Los Angeles, California-based hardcore punk band ENTRY will release their debut full-length, Detriment, through Southern Lord Recordings on July 17th. The lead single “Your Best Interest” is now playing exclusively at New Noise Magazine.  

The follow-up to their sold-out No Relief 7″ released on Dune Altar, ENTRY‘s Detriment LP is succinct and ferocious. Detriment is a diverse album which provides a breath of fresh air to the genre. The album showcases ENTRY‘s appreciation for different aspects of punk and hardcore, and their imaginative songwriting that is condensed into nine concise musical statements of intent.

As a collective, the members of ENTRY passionately believe in the power of punk and the uniting nature of music, and with Detriment,they reflect themselves and their community with integrity and authenticity. This caught the ears of Southern Lord label owner Greg Anderson, who remarks, “The unhinged intensity of ENTRY‘s live performance at the last Power Of The Riff fest blew me away. They embody many of the characteristics of powerful underground music that I have been obsessed with since my youth!”

ENTRY‘s vocalist Sara Gregory writes with the premiere of “Your Best Interest,” Detriment‘s lead single, “This is the first song on the record. It’s about how people are treated unfairly by the legal system and are unable to receive effective assistance because they lack resources.”

Hear ENTRY’s “Your Best Interest” first through New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Southern Lord will release Detriment on vinyl and digital formats on July 17th; digital preorders post this week. Watch for additional audio previews of the record to post in the weeks ahead.

Inspired by the likes of Discharge, Minor Threat, Converge, Tragedy, The Cramps, and The Exploited, ENTRY started as a project between Sara Gregory – whose musical origins come from punk bands in Pennsylvania – and Clayton Stevens, who also plays guitar in Touché Amoré on Epitaph Records. Bass player Sean Sakamoto plays in the indie pop band Sheer and is a recording engineer in Los Angeles, while drummer Chris Dwyer is also a recording engineer in LA. The punk community at large is as inspiring as it has ever been to them.

ENTRY has played the Olympia Hardcore Festival, and Ceremony’s Homesick Festival in Los Angeles, and has opened Career Suicide, Krimewatch, Sunn O))), Dangers, Despise You, Sect, and Show Me The Body, and many others.

Detriment Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Your Best Interest
3. Vulnerable
4. Secondary
5. Selective Empathy
6. These Feelings
7. Not Your Decision
8. Control
9. Demons

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Sean Sakamoto – bass
Sara Gregory – vocals
Chris Dwyer – drums
Clayton Stevens – guitar

Review copies of Detriment will be issued in the days ahead. For interviews and all coverage of ENTRY in The Americas contact dave@earsplitcompound.com and in Europe contact lauren@rarelyunable.com.

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OKKULTOKRATI: BrooklynVegan Streams La Ilden Lyse LP In Its Entirety; Album Sees Release Through Southern Lord This Friday

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As Norwegian black metal/punk cult OKKULTOKRATI prepares to release their ominous new La Ilden Lyse full-length through Southern Lord this Friday, BrooklynVegan is now hosting an advance stream of the entire record.

La Ilden Lyse – which roughly translates to “Keep The Fire Burning” – is an album of pure, cold, grim, rawness. Themes of enduring life, transcending death, worshipping the moon, and triumphant, satanic darkness are all at play here, and the album sounds harder, faster, and nastier than ever. No more messing around. Keep it black, keep it metal, all the time.

BrooklynVegan writes, “Four years is the longest OKKULTOKRATI have gone without an album, and it seems like the time away has only made them sound more furious. La Ilden Lyse tones down the gloomy post-punk/deathrock side of the band’s earlier work, and finds them diving more head-first into their Discharge side. As usual, they combine the punk influences with the harsh vocals and atmospheric rawness of early black metal and the metallic rock and roll of bands like Motorhead and Venom, so La Ilden Lyse is still in the same general ballpark as OKKULTOKRATI‘s other albums; it’s just even nastier.”

Experience OKKULTOKRATI’s entire La Ilden Lyse early only at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.

La Ilden Lyse will see release through all digital providers this Friday, May 15th including Bandcamp HERE. LP/physical bundles are now shipping from the Southern Lord Euro store HERE and US physical preorders launch on June 5th.

OKKULTOKRATI offers on the release of La Ilden Lyse, “Behind the veil of the mundane world there is fire, darkness and the old gods. Beyond space and time there is an essence of nature, existence and madness. Life is constant struggle, endurance and pain, and if it doesn’t break your spirit then you are forged stronger in the flames. Infernal hellscapes, hidden realms and a glimpse into the void, all while spitting in the face of adversity.

La Ilden Lyse is triumphant, tyrannical and transgressive music to inspire, anger and fuel the fires of pitch-black souls.

Keeping the fire alive!”

OKKULTOKRATI La Ilden Lyse

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XIBALBA Premieres Title Track To Años En Infierno LP As Album Nears Late May Release Through Southern Lord

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Pomona, California-based metallic hardcore powerhouse XIBALBA prepares for their anxiously anticipated fourth LP, Años En Infierno. As the album nears its release through Southern Lord Recordings late this month, the title track to the album has been premiered through an exclusive at Revolver Magazine.

Años En Infierno was produced by Arthur Rizk (Cro-Mags Power Trip, Inquisition) and completed with artwork by longtime collaborator Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation).

Offers vocalist Nathan Rebolledo, “‘Años En Infierno,’ as a song and record, is the embodiment of the past decade of my life. All that is good and bad in my life is thanks to this band. A selfish way of life where dreams and opportunities have come true at the cost of something or someone one. I have caused hardship and pain, something I can’t take back, but I need to change. XIBALBA as a band has decided to slow down, what the future holds I don’t know but I do know I need to slow down and appreciate.”

Revolver writes, “For the past thirteen years, Pomona, California’s XIBALBA have spearheaded a hellaciously heavy amalgamation of hardcore and death metal full of mosh-driving grooves and instilled with a deep respect for the band members’ cultural heritage,” referring to ‘the track “Años En Infierno” as, “a pulverizing, intensely personal example of the trio’s ferocious talents.”

Stream XIBALBA’s Años En Infierno early only at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Años En Infierno will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms on May 29th. Preorders go live tomorrow for Cinco De Mayo at the Southern Lord Bandcamp HERE, the label webshop in the US HERE and Europe webshop HERE, and color vinyl + shirt packages at Closed Casket Activities HERE.

For the past thirteen years, XIBALBA has been dedicated to carving a sound which combines unadulterated aggression booming out of the vocals, an ultra-heavy low-end frequency, colossal death metal riffs, brutal hardcore breakdowns, and a trademark groove now synonymous with the group. 

Showing no mercy and keeping their cultural message intact with their fourth full-length, Años En Infierno takes these conventions and finds a new way of expression that the band defines as, “more harsh, brutal, and creative in a metaphorical sense.” The eight new movements onAños En Infierno culminate into XIBALBA‘s most brutalizing material to date.

For review copies of Años En Infierno and interviews with XIBALBA in North America contact dave@earsplitcompoud.com and internationally contact lauren@rarelyunable.com

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CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER: Home LP Reissue Out Now On Southern Lord Recordings

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Southern Lord presents the fifth and final installment in the CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER reissue series, releasing the Home LP today. 

Originally recorded in 1994 and released in 1995, Home is characterized by MASSAKER‘s ultra-refined riffs of shrieking, screeching feedback, and rattling machine gun staccatos. Exuding confidence, authority and a natural rapport that the musicians clearly had with one another. Certain songs from earlier records were revisited on Home including “The Tribe” and “Massaker” from The Tribe, and “Templehof,” “Hunter Song,” and “Böhmen” from Black Axis. These pieces had evolved following years of rethinking, rehearsing and reshaping them on stage, as well as playing with Danny Lommen, who had replaced Frank Neumeier on drums after Black Axis. These refined versions on Home raise the level of density and tension, the ominous evocations of impending doom, booming threat, and the grim determination that’s always driven MASSAKER.

The 1994 recording of Home at the Steinschlag Studio (of FM Einheit) features CASPAR BRÖTZMANN on guitar with Danny Lommen on drums and Eduardo Delgado Lopez on bass.

Listen to CASPAR BRÖTZMANN MASSAKER’s Home at Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE, YouTube HERE, and via all other digital providers.

Home is now available on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats through Southern Lord. Orders can be placed at the Southern Lord webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE

Arguably one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last forty years, CASPAR BRÖTZMANN and his enduring trio continues to perform live. The guitarist is exploring new solo material and will release his first solo album later this year.

The recording for Home took place at Steinschlag, the studio of FM Einheit, famed metal-percussionist for German avant-noisniks Einstürzende Neubauten, with Bruno Gephard on production (also at the helm for Koksofen). BRÖTZMANN‘s connection to FM Einheit traces back to the late Eighties in Berlin, as together they had released the album Merry Christmas in 1994, and subsequently toured in the US.

Recorded in Mauren, a small town in the southern hills of Germany, FM Einheit’s equipment was set up in an unused swimming pool of a detached house in while the band played in the roof of the building; an intriguing setting for the album. Home was originally released on New York-based label Thirsty Ear, which at the time was specializing in releasing renowned records by noise, avant-rock-industrialists like Swans, Jim Foetus, and Einstürzende Neubauten. The album was followed by further lineup changes, and what became MASSAKER‘s largest US tour supporting Helmet with the improvised lineup.

The trio went on to release and tour the final album, Mute Massaker (Rough Trade Records, 1998), after which, the artistic story of MASSAKER was over and BRÖTZMANN disbanded the trio.

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