Bruce Lamont (Bloodiest, Corrections House, Yakuza)
"When Bruce Lamont released his first solo album, Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, six years ago, he was best known as the leader of the psychedelic Chicago jazz-metal group Yakuza. Thus, that albums morose, arty songs came as a radical departure, showing him to be just as comfortable constructing droning, Swans-like epics as exploding with industrial and black metal-inspired rage. In the six years since, his creative journey has taken him farther and farther afield. Hes part of electronic noise-dirge squad Corrections House, with Eyehategods Mike IX Williams, Neurosiss Scott Kelly, and longtime creative partner Sanford Parker; the mind-melting jazz-prog-hardcore trio Brain Tentacles, with Keelhaul bassist Aaron Dallison and grind drummer par excellence Dave Witte; and dozens of other projects, large and small, collaborating with an ever-growing network of like minds.
Broken Limbs Excite No Pity, Lamonts second solo album, is in many ways a harsher experience than Feral Songs. Tracked in Chicagos Minbal Studios with Sanford Parker behind the board, its a one-man show like its predecessorLamont sings, harmonizing mournfully with himself, and plays saxophone, guitar, percussion, and electronics. Also like last time, it opens with an 11-minute epic; Excite No Pity starts out featuring multiple crying saxophones and deep, almost Bill Laswell-esque bass drones, but is ultimately overtaken by searing electronic noise. Maclean warps an acoustic guitar melody with tape effects, to keep it from sounding too much like a Kansas song, while Goodbye Electric Sunday is a unique blend of Spaghetti Western soundtrack and Beat poetry over an almost-hip-hop groove. Lamont uses his voice as an instrument almost as often as he uses it to put across his lyrics. On Neither Spare Nor Dispose, he wails and groans as loops of forcefully strummed acoustic guitar and rumbling percussion thunder past, and static washes over it all like a wave.
At its base, music is sound (noise, if you like) organized into patterns. And those sounds/noises dont have to be pretty ones, as long as the patterns are compelling. Bruce Lamont understands this intuitively, and has demonstrated an ability to create hypnotic, ominous, emotionally resonant and even somehow transcendent arrangements of patterned sound. These arent songs like you hear on the radio. Theyre literally sound art. This is an album you dunk your head in like a bucket of ice water, and when you pull it back out, youre not the same person you were before."
Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly)
"Multifaceted guitarist/composer Kevin Hufnagel has been playing, writing, performing, and recording for over 30 years. In addition to his extensive discography of solo works, Kevin is guitarist for the bands Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, Vaura, and Sabbath Assembly.
Kevin's solo career began in 1997 with his first release 'While I Wait'. Subsequent recordings have seen Hufnagel shift fluidly from detailed classical/acoustic-based works ('Songs for the Disappeared', 'Ashland'), hazy, texturally-immersive soundscapes ('Transparencies', 'Polar Night') to avant-garde/sound design glitch-guitar freakouts ('Kleines Biest', 'Backwards Through the Maze').
Now arrives his new record 'Messages to the Past'. For this album Kevin decided to return to his roots as a guitar player. He describes those roots as being classic metal of the dark and mystical kind (think Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, (early) Fates Warning, Randy Rhoads/Jake E. Lee-era Ozzy). Says Hufnagel "I wanted to write an album that paid tribute to those early inspirations of mine that have stuck with me to this day. At the same time I wanted to put my own spin on what I view as my most traditional influences as a guitarist."
Tracks like "Pulse Controller", "Through the Neon Forest" and "Circling the Grave" sear with soaring themes and lush otherworldly harmonies, while pieces like "Separations" and "In Our Time" sting with a kind of nostalgic melancholy. During the writing process Hufnagel also drew from particular memories of his youth. "There are moments on this album where atmospherically, and emotionally, I sought to convey the sensations I had as a child while watching eerie TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries or Tales from the Darkside in my family's log cabin. Or the times I'd be exploring the woods with my friends and we'd find dead things, or signs of what we liked to believe were rituals that had taken place. This is a record I want listeners to let their imaginations run wild to while listening."
"Chilling, isolationist soundscapes from a doomed soul demonstrae the raw aural wails of times past, times dark, and times of unflinching ethereal turmoil. o Heiðrún pours from the mind and essence of Shy Kennedy."
When: Monday October 8th 2018
Where: Black Forge Coffee House
Doors: 7:00 PM
Acts: 7:30 PM
Added by Geoffrey Maddock