The Black Queen Release Debut Album, Fever Daydream on Jan 29, 2016

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The Black Queen, the LA-based experimental outfit featuring Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, Telefon Tel Aviv/NIN’s Josh Eustis and programmer Steven Alexander, release their debut album, Fever Daydream, on Jan. 29.

“Originally, we had envisioned this project being something much more gauzy and probably guitar-oriented,” said Eustis in an interview with Rolling stone. “At some point it just took a left turn and become very electronic.”  In the same interview Puciato joked, “It was rare to find someone else who I could talk about Death, Leprosy, with as well as a New Edition song.”  It was those seemingly disparate influences that brought the three musicians together, from Puciato’s teenage years of watching MTV’s 120 Minutes while simultaneously knowing all of Jodeci’s lyrics, Eustis’ affinity for Kraftwerk and New Edition, and Alexander’s childhood home, which championed as much metal as they did R&B.

The Black Queen’s integration of striking, Corbijn-influenced visuals into their work. The clip, which is set in downtown Los Angeles, a location that has proved to be a major influence on the band’s music, was filmed by Jesse Draxler and The Black Queen.

“The overall aesthetic to me is as important as the music,” explains Puciato, of the thought and attention that goes into all of the band’s imagery including the previously released video: The End Where We Start”

“We care about every detail of everything involved, and treat every aspect as an opportunity for expression. To make everything intersect. In that way, this feels more like an art project than a band. With the record just happening to be a form. There’s a lot of freedom in that approach, as well as pride and care that develops from it. Caring and attention to detail reinforces itself. ”

The Black Queen will further that intersection of music and graphics with their first live performance, Jan. 29 at Complex LA in Glendale, Calif.

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Relapse Records Launch Massive 25th Anniversary Free Digital Sampler‏

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As part of the continued year long celebration for Relapse Records 25th anniversary, today the label has released a free 180+ song sampler spanning the label’s entire history. The sampler features one track from almost every artist that has ever released an EP or full-length with the label since 1990 including Mastodon, Neurosis, Obituary, Red Fang, Death, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Suffocation, Baroness, Dillinger Escape Plan, High on Fire, Torche, Pig Destroyer and many more. The sampler can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp HERE.
Additionally, Bandcamp has released an in-depth feature on 25 of Relapse’s biggest releases which can be read here. Numerous other sites and publications have been releasing comprehensive features on the label’s storied history including Brave Words (read it here) and recent issues of Metal Hammer, Rock-A-Rolla and New Noise Magazine.
2015 also sees Relapse reissuing a significant amount of their long out-of-print and classic albums on vinyl with records from Nasum, Amorphis, Nile, Human Remains, Incantation, and Pan-Thy-Monium already announced and available via Relapse.com here. Further vinyl reissues from Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pig Destroyer, Bongzilla, and many more will be released throughout 2015. A special, super limited silver colored vinyl of every record released/reissued in 2015 will also be made available via Relapse.com here.
Relapse will be publicly celebrating its silver anniversary at Maryland Deathfest alongside current and former Relapse artists Amorphis (playing Tales From The Thousand Lakes in it’s entirety), Obituary, Neurosis, Suffocation, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man, YOB, Tombs, Devourment, Origin, Skinless, Inverloch, Inter Arma, Serpentine Path, and Noisear