Chicago’s rampant trio arbogast is preparing for an upcoming East Coast run of tour dates in support of their diverse debut full-length, I, recently released by Nefarious Industries. A hometown show on April 1st begins the trek, followed by shows in Columbus, Philly, NYC, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Pittsburgh over the first week of the month.
A new live video for the “blasfamous” from I, filmed at Chicago’s Ultra Lounge by Waffles & Pancakes and edited by arbogast drummer Mike Rataj is viewable below.
arbogast East Coast April Tour:
4/01/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Everything Went Black, So Many Ways, Genus [info]
4/03/2013 The Summit – Columbus, OH w/ Magazines, Prize The Doubt, Hondus [info]
4/04/2013 Kung Fu Neck Tie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Carved Up, Window Liquor, +church+ [info]
4/05/2013 Lit Lounge – New York, NY w/ Bangladeafy, In Musth, Hannibal Montana [info]
4/06/2013 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Eastern Anchors, In Musth [early show – info]
4/06/2013 The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ w/ Black Reign, Wreaths [late show – info]
4/07/2013 Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Judas Bull, Old Accusers [info]
arbogast’s off-kilter but seamless hybrid of extreme musical styles infiltrated the media at the turn of the year by way of a crushing debut album, simply entitled I. The trio’s slamming hooks and percussion are also fueled by sturdy societal and political disdain. Their unique sound is a hybrid of thrash, hardcore, sludge and even old-school punk merged into an aggressively progressive haze that never veers too far into the pretentious. I tackles a theme on the minds of many: the declining morals of a country where the middle class is being overthrown by the greed of the privileged. Recorded by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Studios in Pilsen and mastered by Matt DeWine at Ukrainian Village’s Pieholden Suite Sound, founded by the late Jay Bennett (Wilco), I was released in December via New Jersey-based Nefarious Industries.
“…imagine At The Drive In meets Mastodon. But not yet as amazing as whit that might sound like when their potential is realized.” – Terrorizer
“Seriously, how is this band not already signed, touring with (and blowing away) the likes of High on Fire and The Sword? The world is a cruel and unjust place…” – Decibel
“…successfully fuses the well-deep riffing of doom metal with the head-banging aggression of thrash and hardcore punk, a blend it manages successfully across the record’s 11 tracks.” – The Onion’s A.V. Club
“…complex, engagingly brainy metal, driven by righteous political fury—the band reserves a special place in Hades for the rich and exploitative—and leavened with quiet, clean breaks whose breathing room really just sets up the next charge of jackhammer force.” – Chicago Reader
“A thrashy take on stoner/sludge metal, hard to define, great chemistry between the trio, not content to stick to the same approach on every song. 4/5″ – Metal Underground
“…sounds like early Refused with a shot of sludge…” – MetalSucks