Monday, January 23, 2017

E (Thalia Zedek) en Tolosa

Domingo 12 de Febrero, Bonberenea Tolosa, 20:00 8€ 

E en un proyecto de Thalia Zedek (ex-Come) junto a Gavin McCarthy (Karate, Glory Tellers) y Jason Sanford (Neptune) y vienen a presentar su disco homonimo editado recientemente en el sello Thrill Jockey.


E, the trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate), have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alternative scenes of rock music, their collaborative efforts have combined in a work that is both unlike anything that’s come before them, and the result of three veterans working in total harmony. What sets E apart from their contemporaries is their almost youthful willingness to experiment, while having the maturity to show restraint and austerity. On their self-titled debut album, E have developed a sound that is both mechanically oriented and emotional, a combination they could only describe as “soul music for machines.” Zedek and Sanford first began working together in 2013 out of a desire to dive into a musical outlet more collaborative than their more solo-oriented efforts. Drawn by mutual respect for one another’s artistry, the two were energized creatively when exploring the combination of Zedek’s unmistakable voice and inventive guitar lines with Sanford’s sculptural homemade metal guitar sounds and stomp box rhythms. Zedek and Sanford approached longtime friend Gavin McCarthy about expanding on the unique sounds. Although McCarthy, a fan of E, originally thought of himself in the band on bass, once he was added as the drummer it became immediately clear that his expressive and agile playing was all the rhythm section E needed. E defies expectations - while having no bassist, the sound is driving and with an emphasis on rhythm. “Delicate Fingers” is a great example of their inventive approach. The propulsive tom-heavy drumming of McCarthy in tandem with Sanford’s specially crafted bass-tone stomp boxes provides a relentless drive. Each member sings on the album, bringing their own lyrics and melodies to the table, and sometimes crossing and interweaving with another’s vocals. Where most bands with more than one singer might gravitate towards harmonies, E instead showcases each player’s voice as an individual, with McCarthy even providing some of the albums fiercest vocal performance on the explosive “Candidate.” Several songs find the band trading lyrical and vocal duties, such as “I Want to Feel Good,” where Sanford’s mantra “I want to feel good” trades off with Zedek’s impassioned lyrics about immigration. The name E itself is representative of the band – a trio of lines, each equal in length, each sticking out equally from a base. Because each player is so distinguished and distinct in their playing styles, E is able to exhibit total control over their sound, while still focusing on having the freedom to experiment. Whether it’s stomping on a wooden block housing the blade from a hacksaw for bass tones, or approaching the drum kit as a melodic instrument, the band said themselves, “it’s about freedom.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

About Dopethrone gigs in Finland and facebook post by Dopethrone

Gure Hitzak received some days ago serious accusations by the band Dopethrone and their manager (Nico from Dead Pig Entertainment) so here is a statement to defend myself according to them, explain a bit the context of the whole situation and assume some mistakes. 
First of all, it is absolutely false, like Dopethrone pretends to mean in their fb post describing some "shady deal", that me, Jon Gure Hitzak, tried in any way to steal money from/rip off Dopethrone. They know it well, but it seems that their intention was more to cause harm than state the things as they really happened. Actually was all the opposite, the purpose in my actions was that Dopethrone wouldn't loose a cent of their fees when there appeared some unexpected spends while booking their gigs. Tampere, and Helsinki promoter know well about this. And actually Dopethrone left Finland with extra money on top of the previously agreed fees, that of course they got in full. This all is absolutely provable. 
In Dopethrone's fb post is also mentioned that I was given a "second chance to tell the truth" etc, that refers what happened after the gig in Turku and I have to say it's absolute bullshit. What happened was that after the gig TVO's people gave the gig's money (Dopethrone fee + extra money tha included the money to pay the other bands) to the Dopethrone agent while I was outside TVO momentarily. Then when I came asking for the money, as the local promoter I was together with TVO, Dopethrone agent denied having it while TVO was telling me that he did. Then started a big argument between me and Dopethrone's agent as I never have seen anything like that in the 17 years I have been booking bands: a band's agent hides the gig's money in their merch box, money that was for paying the support bands also, so money that Dopethrone didn't have any right to handdle or hold. Then I faced the absurd and paranoid situation in which I was accused by Dopethrone's agent, the one who actually was holding the money, of being suspected of taking that extra money for me, money which I still even hadn't seen in that moment, and which I didn't know how much it was, just cause I really didn't have the chance to put my hands on that money!!!. The deal with Dopethrone for this gig was a fixed fee, they didn't ask for afterbreak deals (provable) so wasn't negotiated ANYTHING betwen both parties in advance about the possibility of extra money after their fee but still Dopethrone's agent acted like was his property already. I also had a deal with TVO that was that 70% after covering all spends (including Dopethone fee) was going for paying the other bands (provable, mentioned in the emails with TVO) and also more for Dopethrone, if that was possible obviously. My expectations were low, (as my emails with TVO proves) I was going to be happy if there was some money for gas for my own band (Gangrened) and something for the local band. But then happened that the gig went really well and there was much more than that, but Dopethrone's agent got it in first place. Wouldn't be more smart if, for whatever reason the headliner band's agent gets in his hand all the money of the gig, after counting it to give it to the local promoter to manage it (as it should be) as the agent, have the guarantee that he cant get fooled by the local promoter cuase he knows what's the total? Seems not, hiding it in the merch box and denying it was a better move apparently. 
So because of that I was accused of doing terrible shady deals. Dopethrone's representantive for their nordic dates that I was negotiating with for these gigs NEVER asked for afterbreak deals (money share after covering all spends) thats provable in the emails I sent with him, while at the same time my expectations were low for Turku in TVO as i said. Then Dopethrone agent gets all the gig's money and started the paranoia. Cause that was a constant with this agent and Dopethrone, a "ripping off paranoia": they asked to my band mates (like if they would be also my band's agent too !?!?) what money we got in Turku. The bandmate of mine who answered to that wasn't updated of the situation so they automatically thought I ripped my band mates off too (?!?!) and they were saying that to people (trashing, bashing me out of that). More, when Tampere promoter told them about the extra money I asked for they automatically thought was that I was taking that money for me, when Helsinki promoter backed my version they immediatly accused me of doing it (asking for that money) cause I didn't want to tell to my band mates that that spend was going to be deducted from the gig's fee, and so on,.... then the bullshitting statement from their side. 

No promoter was really ripped off neither as they described it. Motivated by a already tense situation between me and Dopethrone representants (which I explain later) and as a quick and easy solution for a unexpected spend and with no other purpose than to cover this unexpected spend (which I explain later too), I asked to Tampere promoter for a little bit more of money. He acepted easily and the reason I told to him for asking for that extra money was as a compensation for the lack of hotel accommodation as, by then, I was demanded to host Dopethrone in hotels for the 3 gigs, stressing cause seemed only possible in Helsinki, and not even for all. The night of the gig I explained all of this to the Tampere promoter, what the money was for. He seemed ok about it then later that night, while it seems Dopethrone and agent were trashing me already, he told to the band and agent. Then the day after they posted that fb statement and forced Gangrened to dont play in Helsinki. 
I shoud say that there was a context that led to this tense and kind of paranoid situation, it started already since the begining while Dopethrone Finnish gigs were being booked. I was told, while I was working on it, that there was some kind of trusting issues with me from Dopethrone agent. This created certain stress and pressure in me for 2 reasons: First, in the almost 17 years I'm booking tours and gigs never started booking a tour being told a lack of trust towards me. Partly because, second: I couldn't understand where these trusting issues could come from. Simply cause Gure Hitzak in the last 3 years or so have only booked a handfull of tours and gigs, like one or few tours and few or around gigs per year, working like in a "low profile mode" and getting just gratitude (provable, emails etc,.. I'm talking about like 5 or 6 bands, few more maybe) either from tour managers, agents or bands about my work, so I didn't understand or couldn't imagine where that could come from, and that caused some pressure on me. 
With this working environment of lack of trust towards me there started to appear some serious problems, like it can happen with any other tour. Like the cancellation of the gig from Gong in Turku due to a summer break which added more heat. And then, on top of that, Helsinkis local promoter wasn't going to pay hotel for all Dopethrone crew (getting out of budget I guess, understandable) giving as an alternative the cancellation. I told this whole issue to the Dopethrone representantive, who at that time was demanding hotel in all the 3 gigs (later it changed but that was the demand on that exact moment), so the heat increased, and I was told to find a solution, to suggest to deduct it from Dopethrone fee maybe would have been the normal thing to do, but after fees been set and all this tense.... I just came with this solution that I described above: asking Tampere promoter if they could pay a bit more, he accepted to pay without issues, and I told him that the reason I asked the money for was to compensate the lack of hotel accommodation, AS by then, again, I was being demanded by band representantives hotel in the 3 gigs for the band and crew. MY MISTAKE was not to tell the band's representantive about this extra money I asked from the Tampere promoter and ask for it in the name of the band. But my purposes anyways, as the events prove, were no other than solving a problem and keeping Dopethrone's fees intact, as they were before this issue with accommodation in Helsinki. I have the bill of the extra double room needed as a prove. 
I have to point that Gure Hitzak made 30€ with these gigs, provable too. 
I faced with Dopethrone's agent what were those trusting issues he had with me, most significant thing he told me was bullshit.... certain agent, who is not working with this certain band for some years already, inventing things never happened, totally provable (band going to a gig and gig doesnt exist, but happens that there are pics and videos of all the gigs, ha!). A band arriving to a venue and no gig happening is the worst thing a promoter could do. I would say you have to be a really bad or fucked up promoter to do that, not a guy with a experience of 17 years booking bands, it's needless to explain I think. I wouldn't blame Dopethrone's agent having trusting issues with me after hearing that but the way to deal with them.... talking bullshit has affected a lot all of this mess from the beginning (to the end also as I will end this statement) plus dealing with a guy like Dopethrone's agent haven't been nice cause raising suspicions all the time is not any good. Trusting issues should be faced directly, then start working in a clean partnership or not start working at all, if there are going to be suspicions around all the time. This is also related to the fact of people those know me or even have collaborated in any way in these gigs reposting Dopethrone's status without caring to ask me about it first - what happened to get a better picture of the whole thing. Internet bashing is never anything good.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

ECSTATIC VISION (Heavy-Pshych Kraut, Relapse, E.E.U.U.) en Tolosa

(Heavy-Pshych Kraut Rock, Relapse, E.E.U.U.)

Miercoles 27 de Abril, Bonberenea, Tolosa, 20:00, 6€

Ecstatic Vision_ nos encontramos con el tipico caso que se da en ocasiones de un grupo que edita su primer disco y resulta que literalmente un autentico DI-S-C-A-Z-O de principio a fin.... eso es lo que es "Sonic Praise", el primer larga duracion de este trio venido de Philadelphia, editado por Relapse records (Neurosis, Mastodon,..).  
Si bien no inventan la sopa de ajo precisamente, su debut esta repleto de grandisimos temas y saber hacer. Sus influencias son evidentes, bandas como Hawkwind, Amon Duul 2, Olatunji, o Aphrodites Child, psicodelia, kraut rock tambien, pinceladas de afro-beat,... todo esto bien mazerado ha hecho de "Sonic Praise" un viaje de absoluto trance que vienen ahora a prensentar en su primera gira Europea despues de giras con bandas tan diversas como YOB o los conocidos black metaleros noruegos Enslaved.  

ECSTATIC VISION - "Astral Plane" (Official Music Video): 

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(Can. Sludge-Doom, Totem/S.T.B Records)

(Fin. Bad Road/Swap Meat)

KE. 20.07. @ Gong, Turku 

TO. 21.07. @ Yo Talo, Tampere 
PE. 22.07. July @ Bar Loose, Helsinki

DOPETHRONE_The riff comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s clean, catchy and elegant. Sometimes it’s filthy, grimy and about as elegant as a sledgehammer to the sternum. Dopethrone is the latter. This D.I.Y trio from Hochelaga, Montreal’s trashiest ghetto, wallows in smoke, demons, death, the occult and enough psychotropic drugs to send both Hunter S. Thomspson and William Burroughs on one hell of a trip and plays some of the filthiest, skull crushingest, downright face smashing riffs drenched in distortion and fuzz, encompassing the bleakness of black metal, the steadfastness of New Orleans-style sludge with a heavier-than-thou doom mentality. The riffage is thick, punishing, suffocating and destructive and the demonic vocals are harsh, visceral and animal-like for tunes dripping with sonic THC.
Dopethrone are able to take doom and view it through a crusty lens, and that perspective brings this genre new heights of audio filth.
After a first LP « Demonsmoke »  on STB Records, Dopethrone released on Totem Cat Records "Dark Foil" in 2011 and got invited to Roadburn Festival by Voivod in 2012. A performance that has been followed by the release of their third album « III »  for which the band toured Europe 2 times.
The distortion powered sledgehammer is back in 2015 with a fourth album heavier and trashier !

Demonsmoke, full-length, 2009
Dark Foil, full-length, 2011
III, full-length, 2012
Hochelaga, full-length 2015

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GANGRENED_featuring members from bands like RAVAGE RITUALKAIRON IRSE! LOATH or SUPREME HAVOC and now preparing new releases in a near future after releasing "We Are Nothing" in late 2014 which delivered 3 tunes of the heaviest and filthiest Sludge-Doom. Meanwhile, the band tours Finland again, this time supporting DOPETHRONE after supporting the mighty BONGZILLA last year in Finland.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

GRIME (It. Forcefield Records) French & Iberian dates

(It. Filthy Sludge-metal, Forcefield Records)

Monday 27th April Black Sheep, Montpellier, France
Tuesday 28th April, Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesdsay 29th April, Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid, Spain

 Thursday 30th April, Barroselas Metalfest, Portugal
Friday 1st May, Sentinel rock Bar, Erandio, Bizkaia
, Spain

GRIME starts its mission in Trieste, Italy during summer 2010. they play a extremely massive sludge metal, in their line up is the ex- drummer of the italian blackened crust band THE SECRET. With influences from bands like EYEHATEGOD, SOURVEIN or GRIEF the band in their first album (properly released by the english label Mordgrimm, WINDHAND, POMBAGIRA, EAGLE TWIN, HUATA,...) produced a notable extreme and massive pile of songs those could form of the albums of the year without doubt in this music gender. In June of 2013 comes out their second album "Deteriorate". thanks to the great reputation the band was getting touring around Europe with bands like COUGH Forcefield records (COUGH, WINDHAND) puts the record out with Mordgrimm again. the band has performed in the most important festivals in europe like, Roadburn, Heavy days in doom town, Desert Fest London. GRIME has toured or performed with bands like COUGH, 16, SOURVEIN, GRAVES AT SEA, etc, etc,.. and they has become one of the main bands in the sludge-metal genre in Europe.

Their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near yours. Their sound is rooted into rotten burial ground and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. They will keep spread their plague in your town very soon. Be afraid.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BONGZILLA (Stoner-Sludge legends, Relapse Recs.) Comeback! Selected gigs in Europe and Russia!

Gure Hitzak proudly presents the comeback of the Stoner-Sludge legends BONGZILLA after a hiatus of several years.
BONGZILLA became a classic band in the Sludge/Doom/Stoner scene in the begining of the 2000s with albums like "Stash" or "Gateway".  In 2005 came out their last studio album "Amerijuanican" recorded with "Dixie" Dave Collins bass-player of WEEDEATER as a member. Later the band got into a hiatus till now, during this period some members has been active in other musical projects like AQUILONIAN, with Mike (vocalist/guitarrist) and Magma (Drummer).
Bongzilla returns, to the stages only for now, with the line-up of "Gateaway" album. Some gig in the U.S. and a bunch of selected gigs in Europe and Russia, including performance in festivals like Temples in Bristol, U.K. and Heavy Days in Doomtown in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This is the list of the gigs in Europe and Russia:
Friday 1.5 - Low Fi, Milan, Italy 
Saturday 2.5 - Heavy days in doomtown festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday 4.5 - Blitz, Oslo, Norway
Tuesday 5.5 - Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday 6.5 - Klubi, Turku, Finland + GANGRENED
Thursday 7.5 - Rentukka, Jyväskylä, Finland + GANGRENED
Friday 8.5 - Varjobaari, Tampere, Finland + GANGRENED
Saturday 9.5 - Lepakkomies, Helsinki, Finland + GANGRENED
Sunday 10.5 - Monaclub, Moscow, Russia

Sunday, September 7, 2014


(Fi. Blackened Hardcore. Sell Your Souls/Swarm Of Nails.)
Ravage Ritual Euro tour October MMXIV
9.10. Lepakkomies, Helsinki, FI 
10.10. Gula Villan, Stockholm, SW 
11.10. Blitz, Oslo, NO 
12.10. Tegelburket, Örebro, SW 
15.10. Potemkin, Bielefield, GE 
17.10. The Rocking Bull Arena, Antwerp, BE 
18.10. Jukuz, Bad Kissingen, GE 
19.10. AK44, Gießen, GE 
21.10. Marat, Munich, GE 
23.10. Koma F, Berlin, GE 
24.10. G18, Bremen, GE 
25.10. Häng Bar, Malmö, SW

Ravage Ritual hails from Seinajoki, the project,as many others in this gender started from the ashes of a primary hc/hc-metal band. when this band was disbaned during summer of 2011 some of their members did know perfectly the next steps to follow.... Taking influences from raw metal hc, black and crust metal, and bands like Converge, Tragedy, The Secret, Integrity or Trap Them the Ravage Ritual emerged… showing already in their first great demo and performances being a furious and promising crust/hc metal band.

Then in 2012 came their magnificent mcd-r “Revival” delivering some more chaotic and dark sounds, it begins with the cathartic “Sakramentti” and ends, with the no less cathartic, “Revival Hymn”. 5 songs of pure aggressive dark hc-metal.

In spring of 2013 Ravage Ritual toured in Sweden and Finland with the Spanish band Teething at the same time that a 12” split of them both was released. the split have had great reviews and their gigs were just epic…

Now the band, after playing gigs all over Finland and their first 3 releases is preparing their first full length which will be entitled "Soul Eater" will take their sound to deeper levels of chaos, this with their abrassive performances will make you admit that the future in northern europe and about dark and heavy hardcore sounds is in their hands...

"Soul Eater" will come out between August and September of 2014 through the german labels Sell Your Souls (Seven Sisters Of Sleep,..) and Swarm Of Nails (Birds In Row, Heksed and Young And In The Way) from France.