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Crucial Blast Signs Across Tundras and Geisha, Both Expecting Full-Lengths

Crucial Blast is working with Denver's ACROSS TUNDRAS on their first full length, the follow up to last years Divides EP on Feeling Faint. Featuring former members of Sioux Falls, SD post-hardcore outfits Spirit Of Versailles and Examination Of The..., ACROSS TUNDRAS "creates imposing, majestic rock from massive syrupy heaviness, spacious melodies, and rustic hooks that makes us think of Neil Young and Neurosis, spacey psychedelia and massive doomy crush, super emotional and super loud, like a mysterious 70's country rock outfit thawed out and refitted with mighty amplification, sludgecore tempos, and shoegazey shimmer that effortlessly conjures images of the wide open prairies and looming mountains of the band's territory." The band will begin recording the as-yet-unnamed album at the end of February. Expect to see it a little later this year, to be supported with lots of touring from ACROSS TUNDRAS. In the meantime, you can check out the band's MySpace page for some music. You can still pick up their debut EP Divides online as well.

In other news, Crucial Blast has signed the UK's GEISHA and is preparing for a May Stateside release of "Mondo Dell'Orrore." Crucial Blast comments: "We've had our hands on the master for a little while now, so we can say with full certainty that this album FUCKING SMOKES, devouring and rebirthing the concept of "noise pop" into something frighteningly beautiful and brutally heavy. GEISHA deliver crushing blasts of impossibly catchy hyperdistorted rock baked in massive frequency overload, huge pop hooks and beautiful melodies and sinister crushing riffs slathered in filthy throbbing feedback and white noise holocaust, like Isn't Anything-era MY BLOODY VALENTINE and UNSANE and DINOSAUR JR. gone sludgy and metallic, jamming with a small army of pedal-smashing harsh noise artists, playing awesomely catchy and heavy pop songs buried beneath a thick fog of skree and fuzz." The album will be released through Crucial Blast for North America in May 2006, and the UK/European release will be through Super Fi/Blood Red Sounds. You can check out the band's MySpace page for some songs from Mondo as well as their older EPs.

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