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Album of the Day: Tau Cross – Tau Cross

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Treblezine: Three-quarters of international metal super team Tau Cross come from a hardcore / crust punk background. Guitarists Jon Misery and Andy Lefton put in work in gnarled Minneapolis crust purveyors Misery and War/Plague, respectively. And the band’s bassist and vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller is the longtime frontman for UK hardcore pioneers Amebix.

Given that kind of personnel—and to a lesser extent, drummer Michel “Away” Langevin of Voivod —it’d be easy to draw an early conclusion about Tau Cross as a supergroup of veteran political punk bruisers, hoisting the flag against fascism, like The Expendables with liberty spikes and a badass batch of riffs.


That’s not terribly far off the mark, at least in terms of Tau Cross’ pedigree and expertise. But the band seems to have little interest in rehashing or even updating the past. It’s there, echoing around in the empty spaces of their music, but it’s but a mere shadow. That’s pretty remarkable, when you consider that, among this foursome of musicians, it takes no effort at all to name a handful of classic records from their early years (see: Amebix’s Arise!, Voivod’s Killing Technology).

Even more remarkable is the energy and inspiration behind this new collaborative effort, which is only tangentially tied to crust punk, instead spreading its tentacles far out into the realms of sludge, post-punk, classic heavy metal and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. Tau Cross may very well hold some reverence toward the classics, it’s just that they’re not always the classics that bear their own credits.

Let’s start with just how catchy this thing is: “Lazarus,” the leadoff track and first song to debut from the album, teases with the ominous, apocalyptic feel of classic Amebix, and its dirty power-chord chug abrades like the best ’80s UK hardcore.

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Danko Jones Talks About Roadburn Festival On The Huffington Post: The Music Festival for Heavy Music Lovers

Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Huffington Post: Danko Jones – The Music Festival for Heavy Music Lovers: “There are two kinds of people in this world — people who listen to music and people who don’t. They don’t include people who think they listen to music, but they really don’t. These […]

Album of the day: Voivod – Target Earth

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from If you had asked me five years ago what I thought the chances of a new Voivod studio album ever happening would be I probably would have laughed in your face. Not because I didn’t want it to happen, but because the probability of it happening […]

The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 Day 2, 3 & Afterburner Review by Paul Robertson

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Before we do this thing a second time, I have a confession to make… I am a very bad journalist. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I’m pretty sure I’ll find that out first hand. There were a number of bands on day […]

Voivod: Entire Dimension Hatröss Performance at Roadburn 2012 Posted!

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

As curators of Roadburn 2012, Voivod played two stunning sets at this year’s festival. Relive the intensity of the band’s entire Dimension Hatröss performance through the clips below. Encore: Man in the Trees (with Dan Kubinski of Die Kreuzen)

Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: Voivod – To The Death 84

Posted on Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Praise for Voivod‘s To The Death 84 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The far out French-Canadian sci-fi metal institution Voivod, legendary geniuses at both raw punkish thrash and advanced psychedelic prog, recently brought us an excellent live album, Warriors Of Ice, their first recording without the presence of late, great […]

Album of the day: Voivod – Dimension Hatröss

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Ripple Effect: When we last left our hero, the Voivod was surviving nuclear holocaust, technical dissolution, social anarchy, and an all around bad day. Where Killing Technology was a discordant chant of brutality and chaos, Dimension Hatröss takes the band’s sound one step closer to realization. […]

Album of the day: Voivod – Warriors of Ice

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: With a setlist made up of primarily pre-90s Voivod, it’s hard not to get sentimental. So it’s off to the elementary school daze for a momentary lapse… Summer vacation 1988, Chicago, 90º Fahrenheit in the shade. We walked the streets armed with spray paint, beer, […]

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.3 (Saturday, April 16th)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 3: Saturday, April 16th). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat […]