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Transmission 7.2.2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by everythingwentblack

I hit Martyrdoom Fest this weekend with Mike Scondotto. Mainly, I was there to see Dead Congregation play, but there were several other bands on the bill that I was interested in seeing. I missed Evoken and Encoffination, but caught Sanguis Emperem and Grave Miasma, both delivering intense sets. As I watched the death metal mayhem unfold, the idea that if Immolation, Morbid Angel and Incantation hadn’t existed, this whole scene would vanish. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it’s just a testament to how deeply those three bands have impacted the underground death metal scene.

Andrew and I have been busy writing new material; we haven’t done any shows since the run of dates with Ulcerate; it feel like a lifetime has passed since we’ve played live. The summer will be mostly downtime for us, spent working on new jams, we’re hoping to be back on the road in the fall. This weekend we’re going to be heading up to Boston to track two songs with our old friend Tim. One of the songs, ASHES, will be released as part of the Decibel flexi-disc series so for those of you who are subscribers to that publication, you’ll be received a new Tombs song. The other is a cover of “Heroes / Helden” by David Bowie. Most of you have probably heard the track, but there is a great alternate version of the song that came out on the soundtrack for the German film Christiane F. That’s the version we’re recording.

I’m going to try some new things on future podcasts; trying a little more structure. Anothe Everything Went Black Podcast will be posted in the next week or so, so please check it out. I have a really special guest lined up for the next episode. Also, if you enjoy the stuff we have going on, please subscribe via iTunes and leave comments. It helps us out immensely.


Transmission 12.11.2011 Year End Top 20

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by everythingwentblack

The year is drawing to a close, there are only a few weeks left and everyone is deeply into their holiday trip, buying presents for loved ones, making travel arrangements and just dealing with the madness of the Holiday Season. I always find myself going inward around this time of the year, submerging myself in meditations on the past year and making plans for the next year. This time last year, we were on tour, heading down to Dallas where we would be working with John Congleton on the recording for “Path of Totality;” it was a personal triumph for us, though we feel fortunate for all of the recognition the press has decided to bestow on us, the most meaningful thing was that we made a record that we were proud of, a piece of work where we pushed ourselves.

2011 was a challenging year for me personally. There were a lot of ups and downs, difficult times hardships but through it all, I tried to stay positive and work hard. Below are some of the high points of the year for me, not just records that moved me, but books, shows and accomplishments that helped me keep it all on track.

Happy Holidays!!

1. Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
The future of Death Metal; I’m a fan of this band’s entire catalog. I look forward to seeing them at MDF 2012.
2. Necros Christos – Doom of the Occult
Robert from Mutant Supremacy turned me on to these guys. One of the blackest, most brutal death metal bands I’ve heard in several years.
3. Blut Aus Nord – Desanctification
One of the creepiest bands in a scene of creepy bands; imagine a black glacier of depression and you will be about halfway down the darkened hallway that leads to where these guys dwell.
4. KEN Mode –Venerable
KILL EVERYONE NOW MODE pretty much sums it all up. They guys are consistently one of the hardest hitting bands that I’ve ever seen and really nice dudes to boot. Oh yeah, they’re also Canadian.
5. Craft – Void
I thought they broke up, but brother Mike Scondotto told me that they had a new record out. Their other records “ Fuck the Universe”, “Total Soul Rape” and “Terror Propaganda” are stellar; the one continues the black metal with a rocking, almost Entombed-style groove. I’m actually listening to it as I write this. Aside from being brutal and satanic as fuck, they’re catchy and write great songs.
6. Morne – Asylum
I remember hearing their demo down at the Relapse office a couple of years ago and being blown away by it. I also heard it on WFMU while driving the van across New Jersey. It’s epic in the European hardcore vein; like Tragedy but a hair slower. This is one of my constant plays.
7. Chris Conelly – Artificial Madness
We scored a box of new releases from the relapse office and this was one of the discs in the box. Andrew actually told me that it was good, it reminded him a Versoma, the band that I did with Jamie Getz. Unlike Versoma, this record is great. It falls in somewhere between Joy Division and Public Image Limited; driving repetitive drums and depressing, understated vocals.
8. Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
Exhumed rule. All of their records kick my ass. We played with them at Ieper Fest in Belgium on the last European Tour. Totally ripping death grind.
9. Circle of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers
Circle of Ourobourus is one of the more unique bands that people call Black Metal. I put the in the same category as Urfaust in being two of the most European sounding bands in my record collection. Dark, Ian Curtis influenced vocals and spare subtle guitar and bass over simple rhythms paint a landscape of greys and somber pale skies. This is winter music.
10. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
I wonder if tis will be their last record? The tour this past summer was their last tour.
11. Walking Dead – Season 2
I was looking forward to this ever since Season 1 ended. I can’t express how stoked I am that AMC is handling this series with a laissez-faire attitude and letting it be as extreme as it needs to be. I did the direction and applaud the fact that it’s not just a TV re-telling of the comic book.
12. Danzig Legacy Tour
Love him or hate him, Glenn Danzig is an icon. He has contributed so much to punk, metal, hardcore and rock music. It was a real event when he rolled through town with the Legacy tour. I was most excited about the Samhain set, my favorite of all of his bands. The Misfits set was also intense. Doyle was like a superhero, larger than life and stalking across the stage. It gave me chills.
13. Swans live at Music Hall of Williamsburg – 9.28.2011
I missed the first group of dates that the Swans did because I was on tour. The show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was amazing. Michael Gira has been one of my idols for the past two decades of my life, so seeing him back in action was an honor.
14. Immolation – Providence EP
Immolation keeps cranking out great records I caught these guys this fall at Blender in NYC with brother Mike Scondotto. As always they delivered a solid set of NYDM.
15. Black Anvil, Inhuman, Tombs, The Year is One – ABC NO RIO, NYC 12.3.2011
This was one last chance to play at ABC NO RIO BEFORE the wrecking ball demolishes the building. It was meaningful to play it with a group of good friends and great bands.
16. Interviewing Henry Rollins for Brooklyn Vegan
Rollins continues to be one of my main philosophical influences so it comes as no surprise that getting a chance to speak to him on a professional level was a high point of the year for me. I hope that we can do it again at some point.
17. “Night Eternal” – Part 3 of The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro
The conclusion of Del Toro’s awesome vampire trilogy did not disappoint. I’m sad that there won’t be a new book for next year!!
18. New York Comicon 2011
It was just straight-up fun. I took the day off from work and was onsite from pretty much the onset. It was overload, but totally killer.
19. Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath” by Tony Iommi
How badass is it to be able to title your biography “Iron Man.”
20. “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
I scored this at Comicon. I’m a massive Walking Dead fan so all of this tie-in stuff is must-have for me. “The Governor” is one of the best villains, up there with Darth Vader. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves the comic and the TV series.

Transmission 12.5.2011 The Longest Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 5, 2011 by everythingwentblack


12.2.2011        Revere, MA

We were on the road by 11:30 this morning; it was a pretty smooth ride up here from New York, beat all of the traffic. We stopped roe fuel somewhere in Connecticut and as I was filling up the van, I had a flashback to being on tour with Anodyne in the late 90’s and being appalled that regular unleaded gas had broken the $2.00 a gallon barrier. Those days are long gone. As we pulled back onto I-84 East, I meditated on how much travel expenses had increased over the years and the impact it has made on touring. The already narrow margin that a band has to work with has become a tightrope walk between financial ruin and just breaking even.


I thought about Anodyne’s first US tour and how we had five consecutive days off. If something like that had happened now, it’s doubtful that we would be able to pull it off. I remember driving and driving and driving across the Southwest desert in the van, wandering aimlessly across the American waseland, living on tuna, rice cakes and black coffee. One of the most psychedelic experiences of my life was driving across Utah, listening the Gasp and pulling over in the middle of the night to check out the Great Salt Lake.


Tonight was a long night, six bands. It was great to see Livver, Def Nasty’s excellent, Post-Defcon 4 hardcore band. He’s been doing it for a while, but this is my first time seeing them play. RAWRADARWAR also kicked my ass. Jonah is legitimately one of the best singers in metal; he can do pretty much anything from sing like Chris Cornell to the brutal vocal styling on Obituary’s John Tardy.


Tonight was the first set we’ve played since the CMJ boat show over a month ago. We haven’t been that busy this fall as far as touring goes. After the first song, I was able to sink in and get into the playing. I felt pretty good about the set.


I don’t remember if I’ve ever been to Revere before. On the drive out, some of it seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t remember if I had actually been there before or not. This is definitely the first time I’ve ever played a show out here. The venue was located in the parking lot of a train station. It had a real desolate vibe, like England. As a matter of fact, it reminded me of a venue in the UK we played on the Buried Inside tour from a few years ago. It was grey, depressing and I had the feeling that trouble wasn’t very far off unless you kept moving. After load-in, we set out to find some food and settled on the 99 Restaurant. It was decent; a nice hot meal, coffee and a place to kick back at aside from the venue. Carson’s buddy Dan and his wife Laura met up with us for dinner.


I was pleasantly surprised that Chris L, Thos and Chris M made it out to the show. It’s definitely off the beaten path but it means a lot to me that they made the attempt. I get into the isolation trip easily where I feel on my own and singular; it’s an internal thing because the reality is that I have a lot of really solid people in my life. It’s a residual defense mechanism left over from leaner times.


We’re crashing at Tim’s place. I’m in the basement blackout room. On the way over, we stopped at the 7-11 in Lower Allston to pick up some snacks. I used to live down the street almost two decades ago. I used to be in there every day for about a year. Those were unusual days; I was living in a house with five other people. We had one half of a two family house to ourselves and over the course of a year, we systematically destroyed it and turned it into a ghetto; it was a sweet deal, we had a basement to rehearse in, a place to park the van, a quiet street, it could have been one of those houses that we cold have lived in for many years, but we couldn’t hold it together. When the lease was up, we went on tour and everyone else scattered. When we came back from the road, I moved into our drummer’s basement and slept next to the boiler. Anyway, for about a year straight, I hit that 7-11 pretty much every night. I’d hang out on the curb instead of my room sometimes. Occasionally, I’d hit the Dunkin’ Donuts across the street but that closed at 11. There was this Korean guy that worked the night shift. We were on friendly terms, I used to be in there all the time, usually with Josh. It tripped me out to see that he was still employed by the 7-11 Corporation, still working the night shift. There was a faint glimmer of recognition but neither one of us said anything to each other, I just paid for my stuff and headed out to the van.


Boston is a city of ghosts. I have a lot of history there. When I turn down the lights in this basement room, it will get dark, pitch black.


12.3.2011                    Brooklyn, NY

Today was a brutal travel day. We played three shows in less than 24 hours. We were on the move at about 10:30 this morning. We ate a quick breakfast and coffee at Tim’s place and had to bail to make it down to ABC NO RIO for an afternoon show.


The ABC NO RIO Matinee was meaningful in that the bill was made up of friends: Black Anvil, Inhuman, and The Year is One. I’m remembering how Black Anvil, Inhuman and Tombs played a show together a few years ago out on Long Island at this place called Mr. Beery’s. The building that houses ABC NO RIO is going to be demolished so this was one of the last handful of shows. It’s on a month-by-month basis at this point. We played at 1bout 16:30 I wish we could have hung out but we had to get back in the van to make it down to Philly for the nighttime show.


To make things even more ridiculously intense, the show in Philly had to be wrapped up by 22:00 because the venue had some kid of Rock ‘n’ Roll karaoke thing going on after the show. That’s where the money is I suppose. We showed up as the previous band was wrapping up. Radiation Black Body went on first, but being able to see them play was a distant fantasy. We loaded on to the stage, set up and ripped into the set. About halfway into it, the realization hit me that this was Carson’s last show with the band. I was focused on getting from place to place and executing the plan that all of the human elements had been put in the background. It’s a heavy thing; aside from a handful of shows that Domenic did and the recording of the EP, he’s been on board for the entire trip; all of the tours and insane drives, the preparation. A chapter has come to a close.


After the set, Wohlberg took us out to eat at this place called el Camino. It felt like the entire weekend was spent in the van, driving between Massachusetts, New York and Philly punctuated by the playing of sets, the consumption of caffeine and bad road food and very little sleep.


Transmission 10.28.2011 EWB Podcast 010 – Halloween Episode

Posted in Podcast, The Trip with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Check out Part 2 of our Halloween Week Podcast with Me and Mike Scondotto as we discuss West Memphis 3, Last House on a Dead End Street, hipster, the Youth of Today Reunion and movie suggestions for the upcoming Halloween Weekend. I must apologize for the trail-off; we actually ran out of card space on my trusty Zoom recorder. Nonetheless, it was a pretty cool conversation for a Monday night.


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