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Ilsa

From: Washington, DC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Ilsa News

Below is our complete Ilsa news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Ilsa Finishes Recording New Album

Washington, DC's Ilsa has completed tracking fourth LP, "The Felon's Claw," with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore.

With ten new tracks of the band's most brutal material to date, "The Felon's Claw" features the debut of new guitarist Tim Moyer (formerly of pre-Ilsa outfit, Time Of The Wolf) as well as guest lead appearances by former axmen Lady Snowblood and Domenic Romeo. The artwork will be handled by Joshy Brettell.

"The Felon's Claw" is due to pollute the streets this coming Halloween on LP, CD, and digital formats via A389 Recordings. Tunes and additional info will be leaked out upon completion this Summer.

You can also catch Ilsa on the road with Seven Sisters of Sleep on these dates:

5/16/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee's Irish Pub - Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie - Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY]

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Ilsa Announces Tour With Seven Sisters Of Sleep

Following a 2013 split release between the two acts, A389 Recordings this week announces a short Northeastern U.S. tour between Washington DC's Ilsa and Southern California's Seven Sisters of Sleep.

With Seven Sisters of Sleep traversing the continent to take part in this year's installment of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore in May, their brethren in Ilsa will converge with the band for a short but brutalizing run of dates beginning May 16th in Cleveland. Details are as follows:

5/16/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee's Irish Pub - Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie - Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY] More...

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Ilsa Releases New Music Video

Our nation's capitol's most noxious henchmen, Ilsa, have delivered a new video for "120 Days." Check it out below.

The virulent hymn is culled from the band's sophomore LP, "Tutti il Colori del Buio," which was followed by multiple other recordings since. The video was created not in homage to the album but in support of its impending reissue as A389 Recordings -- who delivered the Ilsa's third LP, "Intoxicatations" and most recently the band's split with Seven Sisters of Sleep -- will repress the out-of-print "Tutti il Colori del Buio" LP in early 2014 including Ilsa's contribution to the long lost split with Hooded Menace as a bonus track.

Ilsa, which was covered in the Washington D.C. edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, also now inducts new guitarist Tim Moyer (Time Of The Wolf) into the cult, changing the guard from A389's own Dom Romeo who has filled the slot for the past several months.

The writing process on the Ilsa's most impure and depraved material yet is nearly complete, the works to be recorded in early 2014 once again with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations. More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Washington, DC

Every week in Unearthing The Metal Underground, we check out bands in the underground who deserve more notice for the excellent heavy metal they are producing. This week we're looking at the underground scene in the capital of the United States, Washington, DC.

The District usually conjures up thoughts of monuments, patriotism, and presidential blow jobs, but if you listen closely, ignoring all the political windbags, inner city gunshots and almost weekly protests for one cause or another and you manage to avoid all the indie rock hipster bars and DJ dance nights you can hear the rumblings of a metal scene overshadowed by just about everything else in the most powerful city in the world. But unlike the city's rats who scurry away in the shadows these bands are screaming to be heard, and cranking their amps up too! Here's three of the best underground metal bands in Washington, DC right now that you won't find in any of the tourist guides.

Ilsa

Ilsa is a metal band with a sound that lies somewhere in the filthiest place where old school death metal and sludgy doom collide. This five piece band is raw in the best sense of the word. Heaviness exudes from every riff these guys play, regardless of the tempo, and the rhythm section breaks up bursts of brutality with dirty grooves. On top of it all you've got lead singer Orion's vocals which scream out with a pain that can't be faked. They're often found playing to packed basements at house shows but Ilsa isn't just some garage band. They’re a great underground band really making art for the unwashed masses and they deserve more recognition. Listen to their song Frostthrower on their MySpace page here and you'll see what I mean.

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