Rwake, top, and Pallbearer play Saturday night at Revolution.
RWAKE, PALLBEARER 9 p.m. Revolution. $7-$9.
At the risk of repeating myself, I've got to ask this question: Why are there so many great metal bands from Arkansas? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm very, very happy about this fact and I've got more state pride than a county fair's worth of good ol' boys hopped up on Mini-Thins, Mountain Dew and Skoal.
But it's still remarkable that a state this small has birthed, to name a handful just off the top of my head: Deadbird, Vore, Iron Tongue, Seahag, Snakedriver, Rwake and Pallbearer. The latter two are headlining this show. Rwake's "Rest," from last year, is an apocalyptic metal masterpiece, a mix of post-Neurosis bleakness and Southern sludge, with a core of contemplative psychedelic guitar wizardry. Rwake recently played the Maryland Deathfest, one of the biggest metal fests in the world (and check this out — crazy!).
Pallbearer's debut, "Sorrow and Extinction," has gotten critical raves for its haunting, innovative doom metal, and the band has played several high-profile shows since its release, including recent gigs in New York and a Scion A/V showcase in L.A. back in April. I've got to cop to having not seen Rwake play live in several years, and I've never seen Pallbearer, so I'm way excited about this show, as are many other folks, no doubt.
Also playing this 18-and-older show are the local young thrashers Severe Headwound and the classic hardcore revivalists R.I.O.T.S., so all ya'll remember to show up on time, it's gonna be a major rager.
Here's the great new video from Little Rock doom metal troupe Pallbearer, a 10 minute long plot-less short film backed by their epic "Watcher in the Dark" directed by Little Rock native Adam Heathcott (now based in Portland). It's a kind of solemn, desert-oracle kaleidoscope, with shades of Jodorowsky and "Zabriskie Point" that finally descend into pure foggy visual abstraction /more/
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Relapse Records has provided the important public service of reissuing the debut album (or demo), "Xenoglossalgia (The Last Stage of Awareness),” by seminal North Little Rock doom metal band Rwake, originally released 25 years ago. A collage of demonic energy, pitch black emotional turmoil, spacey samples and genre-evading twists and turns (Popol Vuh synths, folk-rock interludes), the record is unpredictable and heavy and unforgettable. /more/
Here are the Little Rock albums we listened to more than any others this year, the ones that meant the most to us and that we’d push on any out-of-towners who asked what was new in the Little Rock music scene. /more/
Olympia, Washington record lable 20 Buck Spin has announced the vinyl-only release of Pallbearer's "Demos," previously only available on limited edition CD-R and cassette, on December 9. The demos date back to 2010, before the Little Rock doom metal group's now-classic debut, "Sorrow and Extinction." /more/
I try to listen to music constantly. I don't listen to as much creepingly heavy metal as one would think, and when I do it's an entire album at a time instead of mixed up. Any mixtape I make usually has Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin on it. I also LOVE soft rock hits. I have entire comps put together of this stuff, I can't make a comp without some. /more/
Little Rock's Pallbearer, "doom's next big thing" according to Decibel magazine, who featured them on the cover of their latest issue looking real intimidating and wielding a gas lantern, has a new record on the way, the follow-up to their ecstatically well-reviewed 2012 release "Sorrow and Extinction." /more/
Here's the first single, "The Ghost I Used To Be," from Pallbearer's forthcoming album, "Foundations Of Burden," recorded in Portland with producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Eyehategod, Sleep, Neurosis, Red House Painters) and due out August 19 via Profound Lore. /more/
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
Actress Geena Davis announced today that she's launching a new film festival to be held in Bentonville (and called the Bentonville Film Festival) and sponsored by her own organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as corporate partners Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters and ARC Entertainment. The festival, set to be held May 5-9, will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 15 and will focus on films highlighting women and minorities in cast and crew.
Torii Hunter, the Pine Bluff native and major league baseball star, called a reporter a prick four times during a news conference yesterday for asking about his endorsement of Asa Hutchinson for Arkansas governor and his opposition in that endorsement to same-sex marriage.
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