After the release of their highly acclaimed LP ‘in turmoil’ last year on German underground labels Vendetta, Wooaaargh & Yehonala Tapes, Berlin based black metal / hardcore crust crossover hybrid ANCST have returned for their next release. A split LP with fellow post black metal duo AST. Both bands have recorded new material which made them progress further into their own genre niche: Relentless black metal / hardcore crossover with unorthodox elements and still very traditional ones.
Founded as 2 piece side project in 2011 by members of the power violence band Henry Fonda and 90’s hardcore outfit Afterlife Kids, ANCST have been releasing highly acclaimed and hand assembled small run cassette releases through their own small DIY labels; Yehonala Tapes and Skull Witch Records, that always sold out nearly immediately after their release. Having both a metal and a hardcore socialization ANCST combines DIY ethos and politics with their love for challenging metal. In early 2014 ANCST were approached by established underground labelsVendetta & Wooaaargh to release their first appearance on vinyl before having even played a single show. In the Process of finishing the Album ANCST teamed up with fellow friends recruited from the Berlin extreme metal & DIY punk scene, to bring their songs on stage. Which led to their first shows along bands such as Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Massgrav or Thränenkind. Currently ANCST is finishing their yet untitled debut album that will be released in May 2015.
Torsten – vocals, Tom – guitars, vocals, drum programming, Andi – guitars,
Nico – live guitar, Stefan – live bass
ANCST will be touring Europe in support of this split and their new album with Vendetta label mates CHILDREN OF GOD (ex Graf Orlock, ex 7 Generations) in March/April.
20.03. – Ger, Leipzig, Atari
21.03. – Cz, Prague, Café na půl cesty w/ gattaca
22.03. – Cz, Olomouc, SF Mini Ramp w/ gattaca
23.03. – At, Wien, EKH w/ Schattenlicht, Allochiria
24.03. – Sl, Lubjana, Club Gromka
25.03. – Ger, München, cafe Marat
26.03. – Ch, Zürich, Klubi
27.03. – Ger, Freiburg, White Rabbit @ slack line city fest II w/ pessimistic lines
28.03. – Ger, Wiesbaden, Kulturpalast
29.03. – Ger, Köln, Privat
30.03. – Bel, Gent, JH Achterban w/ daggers, heartfelt
31.03. – Uk, Brighton, Sticky Mikes Frog bar
01.04. – Uk, Birmingham, tba
02.04. – Uk, Leeds, tba
03.04. – Uk, London, Unicorn
04.04. – Nl, Utrecht, dB’s
05.04. – Ger, Mühlheim, AZ @ Fiducia Fest w/ trainwreck, jungbluth & more
06.04. – Ger, Berlin,Tiefgrund @ Vendetta Fest w/ thou, svffer, throwers, jungbluth
AST which features Nico from ANCST on bass and vocals was born and bred in Ulm, Germany. started as recording project the 2 piece made their first appearance in the world of extreme music in 2013 with the release of their self titled EP on German DIY label Alcoves Records. mixing atmospheric post hardcore with the raw bitterness of the more experimental side of black metal they blend their hardcore punk socialization with the aesthetic of extreme metal. In 2014 the band headed out to play Mühlheim’s RABM fest along bands such as Ultha, Planks, Thränenkind and Depravation followed by a short tour with ANCST and Thränenkind just a few months later. By the end of 2014 their own label Anderland Records and Berlin based boutique cassette label Yehonala Tapes teamed up to re-release their first tape whileAST started recording their first album.
Ast is: Bene – vocals, guitars, Nico – vocals, bass, drum programming
PRESSING & DISTRIBUTION INFO:
The split’s first press is limited to 100 silver and 400 black records.
The official worldwide release date is March 2nd 2015.
Pre-order started at February 11th.
The album artwork was created by Tomisthebastard, tomisthebastard.tumblr.com.
The record is available from the bands directly over here and here and through Vendetta over here.
The Record will be distributed through Vendetta world wide but will be available from well established distributors such as ebullition (US) or green hell (EU) as well as smaller distros and labels too.
‘The band wields bludgeoning blackened hardcore extremely well, tearing into this callous shit-storm of marginalizing modernity that we call home with much-needed venom and strength of will.’
(Craig Hayes / metalbandcamp.com)
‘This is a worthy addition to the ever expanding sub-genre of Blackened Hardcore/Crust. Colour me impressed ‘
‘Ancst’s brand of black metal isn’t necessarily reinventing a genre, but it’s one of the most memorable and compelling things I’ve heard in this niche in quite some time. The band can switch from grind-influenced black metal that tears the ears like shrapnel to glacial sludge in a heartbeat, and it feels completely natural. There are even a few moments of pure bliss just to showcase the band’s diversity and clear musicianship, which is what makes this band stand out from the pack’ (blackmetalandbrews.com)
‘when Ancst is good, they’re great’
(Kim Kelly, Pitchfork)
‘excellent black metal songs that would get high praises by even the most trve frostbitten internet hero black metal nerd’ (negativeblack.com)
‘what makes ANCST so special is their secure sense of style. Black metal, crust elements, dark ambient sounds, a break and suddenly a brutal mosh part with massive use of double bass. Cut – and then black metal again. Perfect!’ (morbus-blastbeats.tumblr.com)
‘Die Jungs liefern einen dermaßen wilden Mix aus Black Metal und Crust / Hardcore ab, das einem geradezu Hören und Sehen vergeht. Hier bleibt kein Stein auf dem anderen, Gefangene werden nicht gemacht’
(9,5/10, Michael Kogler, Slam Magazine)
‘Ancst aus Berlin sind vielleicht die Entdeckung dieser Ox-Ausgabe’
(9/10, Ollie Fröhlich, Ox Magazine)
‘Freunde crustigen Black Metals dürfen hier unbesehen zuschlagen, der Output sieht nicht nur schick aus, er klingt auch fantastisch. Feine Sache.’
(13/15, Legacy Magazine)
read an interview with Craig Hayes / NoCleanSinging here.
‘AST have definitely established themselves as a band to keep an eye on’
‘probably the best out of all the releases from Germany I’ve posted here recently’
(red & anarchist black metal blog)
‘Black Metal against Racism, Xenophobia and discrimination. Raw and good.’