Slayer drummer’s new project released in May

The new project from Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has an official US release date of May 15th. The album is released in the UK one day earlier.

The much anticipated new band, PHILM, features Lombardo playing alongside War bassist Pancho Tomaselli and Civil Defence man Gerry Nestler on guitar and vocals.  The album, entitled ‘Harmonic’ will be released on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label.

Confirmed track list:
01. Vitriolize
02. Mitch
03. Hun
04. Area
05. Way Down
06. Harmonic
07. Exuberance
08. Sex Amp
09. Amoniac
10. Held in Light
11. Dome
12. Killion
13. Mezzanine
14. Mild
15. Meditation 

PHILM will play a special release party gig on the 15th at the world famous Viper Room.  At this time, no other live shows have been confirmed.


In 2010, Beast Make Bomb self-released their debut EP ‘Skinny Legs’.  By the third year of their existence, the Brooklyn four piece had already shared a stage with Queens of the Stone Age and Cold War Kids and also gained enthusiasm from the online press.  Their second EP, ‘Sourpuss’ is a monster:  Four songs which will kick your arse while celebrating everything you loved – and probably continue to love – about alternative rock in the nineties.

‘1, 2, 3, 4’ kicks things off in style with a speedy punk riff delivered in a trashy rock style.  For a brief second, the guitar work sounds like it could have been inspired by Rocket From The Crypt or UK punk ‘n’ roll hotshots The Computers.  Although it doesn’t ever dominate the track, the riff creeps back in elsewhere, but make no mistake: despite those brief first impressions – and a truckload of gusto – Beast Make Bomb haven’t turned punk ‘n’ roll on their second EP.   The speed is a mainstay, but the general feel inevitably shifts towards something a little poppier; partly due to Ceci Gomez’s vocal style, a cross between a young Kim Deal and Dressy Bessy’s Tammy Ealom.  The track is in and out in barely two minutes, but it’s long enough for the listener to be knocked over by this bands energy and sheer enthusiasm.  If this is your fist experience of Beast Make Bomb, they know you’ll keep listening.

‘Coney Island’ is much softer, almost sounding like the work of a different band. It is here Beast Make Bomb indulges in one of their primary influences, and if you’re a Kim Deal/Breeders fan yourself, you’ll undoubtedly find some musical empathy.  The guitar lines shimmer and a repeated line of “you’re gonna take a swim” is instantly endearing, as Beast Make Bomb recalls a hazy daze from the early nineties. While the dreamy indie rock mood provides maximum listening enjoyment, it’s the drum led section towards the track’s end which gives things an extra kick. Hartley Lewis’s solid style occasionally recalls that of David Narcizo, though Narcizo would never have chosen to follow almost tribal pounding with flat out rock thrashing drowned in cymbals…  Moving from a dreamy, wandering alternative rock soundscape to a full-pelt climax, ‘Coney Island’ demonstrates Beast Make Bomb’s complete musical range in a single track.

‘Rough It Out’ offers more fuzzy riffs backed by rumbling drums.  The guitar riffs are simple and cutting, but it’s the vocals – somewhere between Kim Deal and Karen O – which lends this track its overall loveliness.  While the tune remains relatively gritty, the vocal leans more towards the commercial.  With a clear split between edgy rhythms and pop hooks, it’s a tune you can spin several times in quick succession without it ever losing its sparkle. ‘Party Monster’ opens with more solid drumming before exploding into an arrangement which fuses the best elements of Throwing Muses and early Breeders.  Gomez’s sultry vocal yelps and whispers in a way which commands attention, while the lead guitar work lays down discordant lines throughout.  As with ‘Coney Island’, this showcases Beast Make Bomb at their musical best, and by the end, they’ll leave you wanting more.

‘Sourpuss’ offers some great hooks and some greater tunes along the way.  The key influences here may often be less than subtle, but quite frankly, when everything sounds this good, who cares?

April 2012

Skunk Anansie: European winter tour dates announced

This winter, Skunk Anansie fans across mainland Europe will be given the opportunity to catch up with the band during a run of shows.

The European tour begins in Portugal on 6th November and finishes at London’s Brixton Academy almost a month later on December 1st.

The confirmed dates are as follows:

6th Nov Coliseum Lisbon Portugal
7th Nov Coliseum Porto Portugal
8th Nov Riviera Madrid Spain
9th Nov Razzmatazz Barcelona Spain
11th Nov Les Docks Lausanne Switzerland
12th Nov X-tra Zurich Switzerland
13th Nov Tonhalle Munich Germany
15th Nov Palladium Cologne Germany
16th Nov Columbiahalle Berlin Germany
17th Nov Theaterhaus Stuttgart Germany
23rd Nov Lotto Arena Antwerp Belgium
24th Nov Zenith Paris France
25th Nov Ziggo Dome Amsterdam Netherlands
27th Nov Sentrum Scene Oslo Norway
28th Nov Falkoner Copenhagen Denmark
29th Nov Hugenottenhalle Frankfurt Germany

1st Dec Brixton Academy London UK 

Read a review of ‘Wonderlustre’ here.

Dates announced for System of a Down + Deftones double headline tour

The dates have been confirmed for the upcoming SOAD/Deftones double headline tour. Fans in the US can catch the tour at the following venues and cities this summer:

Aug. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 04 – Holmdel Township, NJ – PNC Center
Aug. 05 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach
Aug. 07 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Aug. 09 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
Aug. 11 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL
Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON – Heavy T.O.
Aug. 14 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Amphitheater
Aug. 15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

Deftones are currently in the studio working on new material, expected to have a release sometime in late 2012. There are no plans for the reformed System of a Down to record new material as a band at present. Frontman Serj Tankian will release his third solo album ‘Harikari’ prior to the System/Deftones tour.