Last Known Status: Disbanded
Latest Ludicra News
Below is our complete Ludicra 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.
Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.
So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...
While it was briefly mentioned in passing in a recent article, Ludicra has official split and offered this short statement on the matter:
"The door is officially closed on Ludicra. It was a great trip, but all things have their end. Alternative Tentacles was an early supporter of Ludicra, and we appreciate their faith and their help to achieve what we could with out little rock band. Thanks."
Ludicra notably featured Aesop Dekker on drums, who also drums for Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros.
For a limited time, Alternative Tentacles is taking $2 off of both formats of 2006's classic "Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis." All orders will also receive a poster. Their previous A.T. release, "Another Great Love Song" is still available online through either iTunes or emusic.
Tuesday August 2nd from 1-2 PM New York time, AESOP DEKKER, drummer for AGALLOCH, WORM OUROBOROS and the recently split LUDICRA, will be guest DJing on Diane Farris' program on WFMU.
Aside from hosting a killer set of music, he will be making a statement about the demise of crucial black metallers, LUDICRA, who announced their split only days ago. Listeners can ask him questions on the live online playlist during the program.
WFMU can be heard at this location streaming and archived, and broadcasts in the NYC area on 91.1 FM.
LUDICRA has embarked on their Die Struwwelpetra 2011 European tour, which includes a stop at this year's Roadburn Festival. Here are the latest tour dates:
April 9 - Mezzago, Italy - Bloom
April 11 - Soudan, France - La Rouillardiere
April 12 - Paris, France - La Miroiterie
April 13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Muziekcentrum TRIX
April 16 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 (Roadburn Festival)
April 18 - Liege, Belgium - La Zone
April 19 - Utrecht, Netherlands - dB's
April 20 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
April 21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade 30
April 22 - Rendsburg, Germany - T-Stube
April 23 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
Scion and Adult Swim have come together to release a new free compilation titled "Metal Swim." The compilation features rare and unreleased tracks from Isis, Torche, Skeletonwitch, Death Angel, Red Fang and many others. The "Metal Swim" compilation is availbe for streaming and free download at this location.
Here is the "Metal Swim" tracklisting:
1. Death Angel -Truce
2. Skeletonwitch – Bringers of Death
3. Torche – Arrowhead
4. Ludicra – Path of Ash
5. Kylesa – Forsaken
6. Black Tusk – Fatal Kiss
7. Red Fang – Hank Is Dead
8. Black Cobra – Frozen Night
9. Saviours – Dixie Dieway
10. Witch Mountain – Veil of the Forgotten
11. Isis – Pliable Foe
12. Jesu – Dethroned
13. Pelican – Inch Above Sand
14. Zoroaster – Witch Hammer
15. Withered – Extinguished With the Misery
16. Boris – Luna
Ludicra has posted a preview online of the song "Veils," which will be appearing on the Rock Band video game. The clip can be viewed below, and Ludicra also commented on the video:
"Ludicra on Rock Band (the video game). Would you rather play a video game instead of a guitar? Now you too (soon) can pretend to be a member of Ludicra! Pills, drink, smokes, and delusional sense of gravitas not included. This might accidentally be our first music video. Part of the upcoming Alternative Tentacles Rock Band onslaught."
A new teaser trailer has been posted online for the "Fall Into Darkness 2009" DVD, which features performance footage from YOB, Agalloch, Earth, Ludicra, Saviours, Witch Mountian, Amber Asylum, and others. The trailer can be viewed below. All performances on the DVD were recorded at Berbati's Pan, in Portland OR, between Oct 29th and Oct 31st, 2009.
Profound Lore Records has checked in with the following update about Ludicra continuing with their "De-Cancellation" tour after guitarist John Cobbett was hospitalized:
"Figure with word going around on the status and fate of Ludicra’s 'De-Cancellation' tour, it’s time we gave an official update on the situation. The plan is for Ludicra to soldier on their tour in St. Paul, MN (on April 08) as a four piece until guitarist John Cobbett fully recovers and can re-join the band for the rest of the tour. Read on how you can help Ludicra in this time of need.
"After finally getting their first big break in their illustrious ten-plus year career yanked from them when Mayhem unceremoniously decided to cancel their initially planned return to the U.S. (where Ludicra were direct support), Ludicra weren’t going to let this blemish get in the way of touring in lieu of their new album 'The Tenant.' So the band decided to last-minute book a full-on 31 date tour in place of the canceled Mayhem one.
"As the tour began, on the second day in the tour, guitarist John Cobbett felt a pain in his stomach/abdominal area and it was revealed he had appendicitis and that his appendix had burst, along with having an abscess growing inside his body which, in a weird twist of fate, actually helped him. Prior to the tour, before the Pentagram show in SF which Ludicra recently played, Cobbett felt the symptoms of such a sickness and went to get checked out. Even though he went to get checked out though, the ever reliable and helpful (sarcasm) doctors at San Francisco General Hospital simply dismissed it and told Cobbett there was nothing wrong with him. More...
TOMBS has announced more spring tour dates in support of their "Winter Hours" album. The band is currently on tour working their way to and from South By Southwest in Austin, TX. TOMBS will then join LUDICRA and KRALLICE for a handful of shows in the north east. The Brooklyn trio has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest and Ithaca Underground's Big Day In fest. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.
"Winter Hours" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. TOMBS' first video from "Winter Hours," for album-opener "Gossamer," can be seen below:
Ludicra has issued the following update about booking shows for their "Decanceled" tour after the cancellation of their previously announced tour with Mayhem:
"Ludicra has most of our tour locked in for Decancelation 2010. The rest of the dates will be decanceled as they are confirmed. Please keep checking our live events for more details. We can't wait to see all of you out there. Thanks for all the help from friends, venues, promoters, bookers, bands, and all those who've come to our aid in a time of need. We will bring the rock."
The currently announced tour dates are as follows:
3/13 2010 Bernie’s Distillery Columbus, Ohio
3/24 2010 DNA Lounge San Francisco, California
4/1 2010 Berbatis Pan Portland, Oregon
4/2 2010 Capitol Theater Olympia, Washington
4/3 2010 The Morgue Seattle, Washington
4/4 2010 The Red Room Tavern Boise
4/5 2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge Salt Lake City
4/6 2010 The Blast-o-Mat Denver, Colorado
4/7 2010 Duffy’s Tavern Lincoln, Nebraska
4/8 2010 Turf Club St. Paul, Minnesota
4/9 2010 Jackpot Gallery Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4/10 2010 TBA Chicago
4/11 2010 Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
4/12 2010 Mac’s Bar Lansing, Michigan
4/13 2010 Bug Jar Rochester, New York
4/14 2010 Rancho Relaxo Toronto, Ontario
4/15 2010 TBA Montreal, Quebec
4/16 2010 Geno’s Rock Club Portland, Maine
4/17 2010 TBA Boston, Massachusetts
4/18 2010 Club Europa Brooklyn, New York
4/19 2010 Manhattan Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4/20 2010 The Hexagon Baltimore, Maryland
4/21 2010 The Triple Richmond, Virginia
4/25 2010 Emo’s Austin, Texas
4/26 2010 TBA Ft. Worth, Texas
4/28 2010 The Underground (Nile Basement) Mesa, Arizona
5/1 2010 Coaster’s Bar and Grill Santa Cruz, California
5/8 2010 Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, California
Ludicra were previously scheduled to support Mayhem on a North American tour. After the tour was canceled Ludicra announced they were rescheduling the dates to play on their own. The band has now issued the following update about the de-canceled tour:
"We are able to now release the first date of the De-cancelation tour, April 1 in Portland. This is not a hoax. The dates are shaping up, and the whole tour is almost ready to confirm and announce. We will also soon have the pleasure of opening for Pentagram with our old friends Slough Feg in San Francisco on March 24. Physical copies of the new record have landed in our hands and we are very pleased with them. We hope you will be, too."
As was previously reported, Mayhem have canceled their North American tour, which was to feature Ludicra as a supporting act. Ludicra have now issued the following statement about planning on booking replacement dates on their own:
"Dear friends of Ludicra: You may have heard about the disappointing cancellation of the Mayhem / Ludicra / Tombs / Krallice tour in April. Ludicra will still tour in April. Serious inquiries to book a Ludicra show in your area should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"For any other queries about the new Ludicra album to be released March 2, please contact Profound Lore Records at email@example.com.
"Yours in fever, Ludicra"
Brooklyn, NY's Tombs will join Mayhem on their upcoming North American tour. The tour kicks off in early April in Washington, DC and also includes Ludicra and Krallice on select dates. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon. Tombs are touring in support of their new album "Winter Hours," which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
4/7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (w/ KRALLICE)
4/8 New York, NY Irving Plaza (w/ KRALLICE)
4/9 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs (w/ KRALLICE)
4/10 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques (w/ KRALLICE)
4/11 Toronto, ON The Opera House (w/ KRALLICE)
4/13 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
4/14 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
4/15 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
4/16 Regina, SK The Exchange
4/17 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
4/18 Calgary, AB Republik
4/20 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
4/21 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
4/22 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/24 San Francisco, CA Slim's
4/25 Los Angles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
5/28 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)
Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM has announced that support will come from LUDICRA and KRALLICE on Mayhem's upcoming North American tour. Ludicra will be embarking on the entire tour as Mayhem's direct support (and will be playing extra dates as well too) while Krallice will only be on select dates of the tour. The dates are as follows:
*denotes Krallice appearance
4/7 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
4/8 New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza*
4/9 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs*
4/10 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques*
4/11 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House*
4/13 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
4/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
4/16 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/17 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/18 Calgary, AB @ Republik
4/20 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
4/21 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/24 San Francisco, @ CA Slim's
4/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
California black metal band Ludicra has announced their new album, entitled “The Tenant,” will be released on March 3rd though Profound Lore Records. The tracklisting for “The Tenant” [cover art] is as follows:
1. Stagnant Pond
2. A Larger Silence
3. In Stable
4. The Undercaste
5. Clean White Void
6. Truth Won’t Set You Free
7. The Tenant
An MP3 of ‘A Larger Silence’ can be found through the MP3 section of their label's website.
California's Ludicra have recently finished the recording of their upcoming album "The Tenant." Ludicra is now offering a song from the new album as a free MP3 download. The track "A Larger Silence" can be downloaded at the Brooklyn Vegan website.
LUDICRA is putting the finishing touches on their next full-length album (their fourth) entitled “The Tenant,” which will be released through Profound Lore Records.
Known as one of the initial acts to help spearhead the black metal underground movement of the Bay Area and featuring the line-up of guitarist John Cobbet (HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE), bassist Ross Sewage (IMPALED), drummer Aesop Dekker (AGALLOCH), guitarist Christy Cather, and vocalist Laurie Shanaman, Ludicra has been known for offering a unique mix of black metal, punk, classic metal, and the odd touch of neo-folk.
Look for “The Tenant” to be released early March, 2010. More Ludicra news to surely follow, leading to the album’s impending release
San Francisco metallers Ludicra have updated their tour schedule to include the following U.S. dates:
8/4 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
8/5 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
8/7 - Cleveland, OH - Pirates Cove
8/8 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
8/9 - Boston, MA - Middle East
8/10 - Providence, RI - AS220
8/11 - New York, NY - Santos
8/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
8/13 - Washington, DC - DC9
8/14 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
8/15 - Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
8/28 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE will be embarking on an East Coast North American tour with LUDICRA this summer. Already having conquered the West Coast, where both bands have formidable live experience, the two bands are finally going to tread new ground within the East Coast. For those in Canada, there is going to be only one Canadian date on this tour. Hammers Of Misfortune will also be playing with Pentagram and Nachtmystium for an exclusive gig on July 2nd in their hometown.
Here are the latest Hammers Of Misfortune tour dates (with possibly a few more to be added): More...
Cattle Decapitation has issued the following update, revealing details of their new, upcoming album:
"We’re FINALLY done with all the finishing touches of our new album and we feel we’ve finally done it! Sonically, the band has managed to finally capture and accentuate its live intensity that we’ve become known for and has created one hell of an album from start to epic finish! Conceptually, its misanthropy shall go unmatched. This is it, humans... ferocity at its finest.
"The album is called 'The Harvest Floor,' a title Travis has been kicking around in his head and working towards for the last 2 albums! The actual title refers to the area of a slaughterhouse where the animal (of course in our case it always means the HUMAN) begins the agonizing process of death, usually done with a bolt to the forehead or a slice to the throat. 'The Harvest Floor' is a fitting title for an album laden in gore and the anti-human metaphors and sentiments CATTLE DECAPITATION fans have grown to know and love. Artwork by Wes Benscoter shows the outside of a large slaughterhouse/factory of doom and gloom with the general public being herded inside to meet their demise. The inside of the album layout reveals what’s really inside that slaughterhouse: our misanthropic heroes of GORE (not core) at another hard day of work! Combined with the amazing artwork and conceptually brutal layout, The Harvest Floor also contains an enhanced portion which sports an I-pod ready documentary titled 'Pandemic: The Damnation Epic – The Making of The Harvest Floor' which, simply put, makes 'The Harvest Floor' an apocalyptic multimedia epic!"
Here is the tracklisting for "The Harvest Floor":
1. The Gardeners of Eden
2. A Body Farm
3. We are Horrible People
4. Tooth Enamel & Concrete
5. The Ripe Beneath the Rind
6. The Product Alive
7. In Axetasy
8. Into the Public Bath
9. The Harvest Floor
10. Regret & the Grave
No strangers to guest appearances, CATTLE DECAPITATION has enlisted some old friends for guest vocals including Ross Sewage (Impaled/Ludicra) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia/Asunder). The band has also announced that there is a special appearance by Jarboe (Swans), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor." Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon/Amber Asylum) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today’s extreme acts.