April 27, 2017

HARVESTMAN: Solo Project By Neurosis’ Steve Von Till Streams “Levitation” As Music For Megaliths Nears May Release Via Neurot Recordings

Photo Credit: Niela Von Till

Steve Von Till’s HARVESTMAN – one of the Neurosis vocalist/guitarist’s solo ventures – will release its fourth album under the moniker through Neurot Recordings this May. As the anticipated new record grows closer to its official street date, a new single has been unveiled.

As with prior HARVESTMAN and other solo releases by Steve Von Till, Music For Megaliths sees the artist handling a wide array of instruments and approaches, including vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizers, hurdy gurdy, effects, and more, fully performed, recorded, and mixed at his own The Crow’s Nest studio in Northern Idaho. The seven mentally expansive tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, and the album completed with artwork by Thomas Hooper.

Music For Megaliths’ fifth movement, “Levitation,” is the only track on the album to feature straightforward percussion, as the song features Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder on drums. The restrained but driving rhythms add a sense of perseverance to the album’s exploratory, mood-altering, spiritual atmosphere.

Explore HARVESTMAN’s “Levitation,” where previous single “‘The Forest Is Our Temple” is also streaming, at THIS LOCATION.

“Ruins, monuments, and ancient sites of worship are multi-sensory experiences – at once residues of the sacred, the parchment on which the passage of time has been inscribed and templates for imaginative reconstruction, spaces in which to invest and immerse, to trade your bearings for an inexhaustible state of transition.

Over the course of three albums, Steve Von Till has, under the guise of HARVESTMAN, provided the sonic analogue, casting his net for what might have been and yet still be. Both a personal meditation and a tuning fork for the most ancient and enduring of resonances, his latest album, Music For Megaliths, further expands his journeys along the sonic ley lines that run between folk, drone, psychedelia, the “kosmische” outposts of krautrock and noise: not as an act of eclecticism, but of divination, giving voice to an underlying continuity that binds them all.

Recorded over a period of several years in the dawn hours of creation, Music For Megaliths is an aggregation of moments and recordings that have allowed themselves to spell out a greater whole. Utilizing repetition, manipulation, and modulation, it’s a hallowed frequency dial that ranges across the pulse-regulated drone of “The Forest Is Our Temple,” revving up like a generator powered by arcane currents, the blissful gaze of “Ring Of Sentinels,” “Sundown”’s ominous waves of interference and “White Horse”’s rite of dissolution and regeneration, nomadic and devout. Music For Megaliths is a crossing over, whose multiple routes are testament to a singular and sensuously dilated vision.” – words by Jonathan Selzer, 2017

Neurot Recordings will release HARVESTMAN‘s Music For Megaliths on CD, LP, and digital formats May 19th; preorders and bundles are available at the Neurot webstore HERE.

April 5, 2017

NEUROSIS: North American Summer Tour With Converge And Amenra Announced

NEUROSIS declares new tour dates for 2017, announcing a new run of North American Summer performances with Converge and Amenra.

As the band continues to perform the works from their acclaimed eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires, the upcoming tour will find NEUROSIS bringing their immersive live experience to the East Coast and Midwestern US, and Southeastern Canada. The tour will embark out of Chicago on July 28th, with shows in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Toronto, New Haven, Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia confirmed through August 7th. Iconic punk/metal experimenters Converge will supply direct support for NEUROSIS, and leading the charge will see Neurot labelmates Amenra making their long-awaited return to North American shores.

is also confirmed to headline the Days Of Darkness festival in Baltimore, Maryland on October 28th and 29th, the two-day gala also including sets by Warning, Manilla Road, Elder, Gost, Unearthly Trance, Dälek, and Bongripper, and more. Additional NEUROSIS tour dates are to be expected.

Released in September, NEUROSIS’ acclaimed Fires Within Fires is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms through the band’s own Neurot Recordings; see all bundles and options RIGHT HERE.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

7/28/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Converge, Amenra

7/29/2017 St Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Converge, Amenra

7/30/2017 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Converge, Amenra

8/01/2017 Metropolis – Montreal, QC w/ Converge, Amenra

8/02/2017 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON w/ Converge, Amenra

8/03/2017 College St. Music Hall – New Haven, CT w/ Converge, Amenra

8/04/2017 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Converge, Amenra

8/06/2017 Royale – Boston, MA w/ Converge, Amenra

8/07/2017 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Converge, Amenra

10/28-29/2017 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore Maryland @ Days Of Darkness

A trailer for the upcoming tour is posted HERE.

Surrounding the release of Fires Within Fires, Decibel Magazine published an entire issue dedicated to NEUROSIS, including multiple rare Hall Of Fame features as well as a full feature on the new album, a very brief section of the coverage praising, “NEUROSIS have redefined what heavy meant and what heavy could be, all while refusing to define themselves as anything more than conduits for the music they conjure like diviners. Now releasing their eleventh LP, Fires Within Fires, they’ve ascended from the trappings of youth to alter the landscape of heavy music like the violent shift of tectonic plates.” Rolling Stone published a massive feature on the band, including in part, “Outside of booking tours and scheduling press, the group has existed as a DIY operation for the better part of the last two decades, sort of like metal's equivalent to Fugazi or Black Flag. Everything about NEUROSIS, from their extended drum etudes to the Pink Floyd–like visuals they hauled on the road with them for years, has been about bowing to their own artistic whims… Fires Within Fires, showcases the best aspects of the NEUROSIS experience: downtuned Sabbath-influenced riffs, pounding tribal drumming, fleeting moments of elegance and caustic vocals recounting personal apocalypses.”

March 28, 2017


[Tour Poster by Tony Roberts]

April is looming which means Alaric will soon be bringing their darkened punk alchemy to European shores. This marks the Oakland collective’s first European visit following the release of their latest full length, End Of Mirrors (Neurot Recordings, May 2016). The tour consists of fifteen dates across eight countries, including a scheduled appearance at Roadburn Festival - and you can now watch a trailer for these dates below:

Support comes from American experimental duo Pinkish Black. Here are the dates in full:-


19-4 - Willemeen - Arnhem - The Netherlands 
20-4 - Roadburn - Tilburg - The Netherlands
21-4 - Doom Over Leipzig - Leipzig - Germany 
22-4 - Klub Poglos - Warsaw - Poland
23-4 - Collosseum Club - Kosice - Slovakia
24-4 - Dürer Kert - Budapest - Hungary
25-4 - Klub 007 - Prague - Czech Republic 
26-4 - Divaldo Pod Lampou - Pilsen - Czech Republic
27-4 - Kulturbahnhof - Jena - Germany
28-4 - Die Friese - Bremen - Germany - 
29-4 - Northern Discomfort - Copenhagen - Denmark 
1-5 - Hafenklang - Hamburg - Germany
2-5 - Antwerp Music City - Antwerp - Belgium
3-5 - La Zone - Liège - Belgium
4-5 - Stumpf - Hannover - Germany

Alaric features​ within its ranks current and former members of Dead And Gone, Pins Of Light, Noothgrush, Hedersleben, UK Subs, and Jello Biafra and Guantanamo school of Medicine. ​​They ​began their voyage in 2008 with an eye toward creating moody and compelling music unlike any other. Alaric’s previous releases include a debut single Animal/Shadow Of Life (FYBS/ Buried In Hell Records, 2010), a self-titled LP (20 Buck Spin, 2011) and a split 12” LP, with Atriarch (20 Buck Spin, 2012). They released End Of Mirrors on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Neurot Recordings, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories in May 2016. The record was captured and mixed by Skot Brown at Kempton House Studios and provides an emotional and deeply physical journey via their shadowy sounds - beginning with influences from such progenitors as Killing Joke and Christian Death to the darkest, heaviest punk bands and psychedelia.

"Its a brave new direction that brings to mind the kind of electronic atmospherics that Tom Constanten added to the sound of The Grateful Dead at the height of their psychedelic San Francisco period during the late 1960s. Here, however, the Kool-Aid has been spiked with battery acid and the vibe is mean, lean and bristling with something that sounds like a hybrid of Motorhead and Genesis." - WIRE

“As a whole, it’s a dark, almost apocalyptic sweep of sound. Sitting alongside the recent releases by Se Delan and Madame Mayflower, 2016 is starting to look like the year goth is reborn. Forget darkwave and all that cal: emerging from a protracted period of social and economic turmoil, uncertainty, unrest, fear, and an all-pervading sense of existential trauma, we’re back in the late ‘70s and early 80s, and this is the real deal.” - AURAL AGGRAVATION

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