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Minsk

Formed: 2003
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Minsk News

Below is our complete Minsk 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.

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Minsk Streaming New Song

"The Crash & The Draw" is the new full-length from Midwest avant sound voyagers, Minsk, and is set to drop via Relapse Records next month.

As its official release day draws near, today Stereogum offers up closing track "When The Walls Fell" for public intake - check it out below.

Previously posted track "The Way Is Through" can also still be heard over here. A complete list of upcoming tour dates can also be found after the jump. More...

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Minsk Streams "The Way Is Through"

With the official unveiling of "The Crash & The Draw" - the imminent new full-length from Illinois avant sound exhibitionists Minsk - now less than one month away, today Steel For Brains present eighth movement "The Way Is Through" for communal ingestion. Listen in below.

Slated to drop via Relapse Records this Spring, Minsk's "The Crash & The Draw" follows the eclectic collective's six-year hiatus and delivers eleven arresting movements. In related news, Minsk will bring sonic rituals to the stages of Europe next month commencing with an appearance at this year's Roadburn Fest with additional live ceremonies to be announced in the months to come. More...

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Minsk Streaming New Track

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, Minsk has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002.

Set to drop via Relapse Records on April 7th, new album "The Crash & The Draw" follows the eclectic collective's six-year hiatus and boasts eleven arresting psalms. Sample new track "To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure" in the player below.

Reflects co-founding member Timothy Mead (vocals, keyboards) of the recording: "So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results are unmistakably Minsk."

Adds co-founder Christopher Bennett (guitars, vocals): "This new album will present inroads to some of the musical archetypes we initially discussed when starting this band, but ones we have not yet touched on in the macrocosmic sense. It embodies the furtherance and expansion of Minsk in ways desired in the past, but not realized until these songs began to show themselves to us. The aggregate elements combining into a solid form. We hope to reveal this process to any and all who have the ears to hear." More...

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Minsk Posts New Album Trailer

"The Crash & The Draw" is the title of the new full-length from Midwest sound exhibitionists, Minks. Check out a new trailer below.

Set to drop via Relapse Records this Spring, "The Crash & The Draw" follows the enigmatic collective's six-year hiatus and delivers eleven arresting movements of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia.

Recorded almost exclusively in The Prairie State, "The Crash & The Draw" was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Earth Analog in Tolono. It was mixed by Parker and Minks at Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City. Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria.

Comments the band of this latest output: "We are so thrilled to be able to finally share this next chapter. Much time has passed. New lines have formed on faces and hands. And new faces have emerged. The spirit arose once again, and the call was answered, with every ounce of will, and care, and attention as was available. There is still much to be discovered. We thank you for your interest, for your attention. There is no currency as valuable."

"The Crash & The Draw" will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world. More...

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Minsk Reveals New Album Details

Following a six-year slumber, the Illinois-based enigmatic sound conjurors from Minsk are readying to unveil the otherworldly fruit of their new studio creation, "The Crash & The Draw."

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, Minsk has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002.

This new album was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and Minsk at Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria. The record includes the striking cover creation of Orion Landau.

"The Crash & The Draw" will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. To The Initiate
2. Within And Without
3. Onward Procession I. These Longest Of Days
4. Onward Procession II. The Soil Calls
5. Onward Procession III. The Blue Hour
6. Onward Procession IV. Return, The Heir
7. Conjunction
8. The Way Is Through
9. To You There Is No End
10. To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure
11. When The Walls Fell More...

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Roadburn Adds More Bands To 2015 Lineup

Roadburn Festival is pleased to kick off the new year with a handful of new confirmations, plus the addition of a fifth stage. Tickets for the 20th edition of the festival are on sale now.

Minsk, Mount Salem, and Worm Ouroboros have been added to the line up at the 013 for Thursday, April 9th. Having previously performed at the 2009 edition of the festival, Minsk return to Roadburn, bringing an atmospheric, meditative ambience, offset by raging thrust. Look out for plenty of canyon-sized riffs, trippy sounding keyboards and enchanting vocals when Mount Salem conjurs a crushing windstorm to blow through Roadburn, whilst Worm Ouroboros will be spinning diaphanous webs of the most delicate chamber doom.

New Orleans heavyweights Goatwhore lead the charge, followed by Germany's Downfall of Gaia, noise-hardcore trio Cortez, and a dual-pronged sludge attack from both Fister and Moloch as the first bands announced for the intimate Cul de Sac venue.

As with the 2014 edition, Roadburn's fifth stage will be at Cul de Sac - a small music café located across from the 013 venue at 48 Heuvel, which is the street lined with bars and restaurants (also affectionately known as “Weirdo Canyon”). Four bands will perform at Cul de Sac on each day of the festival, Thursday - Sunday. Entry to these shows is sure to be in high demand, so attendees are advised to arrive early to secure access.

With regret, the festival's organizers have to announce that Lord Mantis will no longer be performing at Roadburn 2015. The band is unable to make it over to Europe due to personal reasons; as a result the performance at Roadburn and any shows around that will be cancelled. The vacant slot on the line up will be taken by Ohio sludge titans Fistula. More...

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Floor Announces New Tour Dates

Underground rock outfit Floor just announced a European tour, the band's first, that sees it travel throughout a half dozen countries and play several European festivals, including Roadburn, Desert Fest London, Doom over Leipzig, and Solomacello Fest.

Support on this tour comes from Minks, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Floor is touring in support of "Oblation," the band's first new album in over ten years. "Oblation" is available for streaming or digital download over at Bandcamp here. More...

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Minsk Recording New Album

The Peoria, IL psychedelic metallers in Minsk have begun work on their new full-length record and first album in over five years.

The album is being recorded at Earth Analog studios outside of Champaign, IL throughout July/August and will be produced by long-time collaborator Sanford Parker. The as-of-yet titled album will see an early 2015 release via Relapse Records. Founding member Timothy Mead commented on the group’s rebirth:

"So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew that in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. So many things had to fall into place to make it what we knew it needed to be. A new rhythm section, a second guitar for the first time since the early days of the band, additional vocalists, Sanford's contributions moving to the realm of synth/noise for this album. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results will be unmistakably Minsk... just Minsk on a whole different level this time around. We cannot wait to share the fruits of these labors.” More...

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Minsk Celebrating 10th Anniversary

Peoria's psychedelic metal act, Minsk, is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the band's very first show and is officially ended a two-year hiatus. Minsk states:

“Ten years ago today, we unleashed our musical interpretation of what it means to be alive upon a curious crowd at a rented American Legion hall in East Peoria, Illinois. And since then, this journey has contained immeasurable and indefinable experiences which have shaped all of us to the core.

"Ten years later, we are grateful to be continuing on the path. A little less than two years ago we made an announcement that Minsk would be going on an extended hiatus. The hiatus had to happen, and the hiatus had to end. And now we find ourselves again focused and moving forward, not a re-formation but a continuation. More...

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Sanford Parker's Studio Tour Video Premiere

Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.

Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.

The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.

Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”

“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”

Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)

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Circle of Animals Posts New Song Online

CIRCLE OF ANIMALS has posted a brand new MP3, “Poison The Lamb,” off their debut album "Destroy The Light" online courtesy of AlarmPress.com, and Crustcake.com. 'Destroy The Light" will see its North American release on Tuesday October 12th.

CIRCLE OF ANIMALS is Sanford Parker (MINSK, THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, BURIED AT SEA) and Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA) along with a rotating cast of established drummers. The track “Poison The Lamb,” for example, features Steve Shelly (SONIC YOUTH) behind the kit. Additional drummers featured on "Destroy The Light" include Noah Leger (TAKING PICTURES, THE KARL HENDRICKS TRIO), Darren Verni (UNEARTHLY TRANCE), John Herndon (TORTOISE), John Merryman (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SECRET CHIEFS 3), Dave Witte (BURNT BY THE SUN, MUNICIPAL WASTE), and more.

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U.S. Christmas Announces Mini-Tour Dates

Psychedelic, high-volume blues rock ensemble U.S. CHRISTMAS will release their long-anticipated fifth full-length, "Run Thick In The Night," via Neurot Recordings on September 20, 2010. The disc was recorded by Sanford Parker at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, mixed by Parker and USX members Nate Hall, Matt Johnson and Josh Holt at Semaphore Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Collin Jordan.

Said Hall of the upcoming release: "This record followed some difficult times for many of us, and I think you can hear that in RTITN. It is not as lyrically dark as ETLD, however it is a continuation of those elements. Run Thick In The Night is rooted in something outside of us, but is driven by a clear and persistent vision. It was necessary for USX to make this album, and it was something I absolutely had to do. I can't really explain it any better than to simply say that it is a very personal, spiritual album for me. ...When I hear the music now I see distinct real places that have, over time, woven into my imagination and become surreal."

"We recorded the entire 13-song album in one weekend in Tennessee, with Sanford Parker at the helm," he continues. "Our friend Travis Kammeyer helped out a lot with studio time and he added some really cool Hammond organ sounds. Minsk drummer Tony Wyioming also played hand drums on a few tracks. Our friend from North Carolina, Hush, did the original artwork, which I think really fits the mood perfectly. Josh Graham from Neurosis/A Storm Of Light did the layout work for us, and it was the perfect finishing touch. I am really proud of RTITN, and really proud of everyone in USX."

As a precursor to the release, the band will embark on three North Carolina shows with fellow NC doom trio BLACK SKIES. In November, the band will play "Run Thick In The Night" in its entirety at The Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Here are the latest U.S. CHRISTMAS tour dates:

09/16/2010 Legitimate Business - Greensboro, NC w/ Black Skies
09/17/2010 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Black Skies
09/18/2010 The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC w/ Black Skies
11/13/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN [Full "Run Thick In The Night" album set]

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Stream The High Confessions Entire Debut Album

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.

"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.

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The High Confessions Signs To Relapse Records

Newly formed metal band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS has announced their signing to Relapse Records. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS features Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG and STEREOLAB).

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release their Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions," this summer.

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Pelican Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

A full American Fall PELICAN tour has been announced. The tour begins just days before the release of the band's upcoming Southern Lord Records debut, "What We All Come To Need," which comes out on October 27th. A variety of bands will be joining PELICAN on the tour including labelmates BLACK COBRA for most of the dates.

PELICAN will also join EARTH, SUNN O))) and EAGLE TWIN for the Southern Lord showcase in the Blackened Music Series at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple later this month.

Here are the latest PELICAN Fall tour dates: More...

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

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Keelhaul Announces US Tour Dates

Cleavland sludge metal band, Keelhaul, has announced the following tour dates:

7/31 Washington DC @ the Velvet Lounge
8/01 Richmond VA @ Nara Sushi
8/02 Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Minsk, Stats
8/03 Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Doomriders
9/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn

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Manatees Confirmed For Damnation Festival

Manatees has been confirmed for UK's Damnation Festival 2009, set to take place Saturday 24th October at Leeds University Union.

Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Manatees will bring to the mix their blend of soul-crushing progressive sludge in what is shaping up to be our most eclectic lineup yet."

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

A STORM OF LIGHT
ANATHEMA
ENTOMBED
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
MANATEES
MINSK
MISTRESS
ROTTING CHRIST
STAND-UP GUY
THERAPY?
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU

For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.

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Minsk Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Relapse Records prog-metal band Minsk, having recently returned home from their first-ever European tour, has announced a week of west coast dates in support of their new full-length "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone." Minsk is hitting the road with Olympia, WA’s Wolves In The Throne Room. You can hear the entire "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" streaming here.

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Minsk Streaming Entire New Album Online

Minsk are currently streaming their entire new album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" online at this location. The album will be released on May 26th in North America on on June 1st internationally.

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