Today, California stoner violence collective CONNOISSEUR unchains their Over The Edge full-length via Tankcrimes. Boasting fourteen resin-coated burners, the record was captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Iron Lung, Brainoil) and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound (Spazz, Ghoul). Over The Edge is twenty-four minutes of East Coast brutality combined with West Coast mentality, all rolled up with cosmic weed grown in outer space, delivered by an alien race known as The Doctors. It's lit.
In conjunction with its release, today No Clean Singing is hosting a stream of the record noting: "Part of the reason why the album keeps its grip on your throat is that CONNOISSEUR don't stay in one gear for very long at a time - and the songs themselves are compact affairs as well, most of them in the one-to-two-minute range. The music moves from bracing gallops to punk-fueled rampages, from mid-paced bunker-busting juggernauts to grindcore-paced furies of supreme destructiveness... Anguish and anger cohabit in these songs like old friends scavenging in a bleak and blasted war zone."
Check out Over The Edge in all its, furious, glassy-eyed glory at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, check out the band's forty-five-second "All Day Every Day" lyric video still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.
CONNOISSEUR's Over The Edgeis out now on LP, cassette, and digital formats via Tankcrimes. For limited vinyl orders (100 - black; 400 - pink), point your browser HERE. For cassette orders, go HERE. Visit the Tankcrimes Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION to order the record digitally for a cool $4.20.
Already reaping critical accolades from media outlets both stateside and abroad, Hellbound issues of the release, "Marijuana is something to be savored slowly, but if you wanna burn one up quick and hop in a moshpit, this record'll definitely do the trick." Rock Shop Pop hails a, "super solid slab of heavy riffs, insane vocals, and over-the-top weed-influenced songwriting," Echoing Magazine commends an "all-out onslaught on the senses...," while Antichrist Magazine writes, "CONNOISSEUR hit the nail on the head with this record by providing you heavy, stoner-filled tunes you can jam out to wherever you want to. An interesting and intoxicating listen .... Pack a bowl and enjoy the violent weed-filled ride." Adds Mass Movement, "Over The Edge throws Breakdown, Black Flag, Minutemen, Rudimentary Peni, Logical Nonsense, and Six Feet Under into the CONNOISSEUR resin grinding, musical melting pot, before stuffing it into a V8-powered bong, smoking the crap out of the constituent ingredients and playing the heck out of the tunes that the Gods of Sativa transmitted directly into their brains at the apex of their collective high. Whether you believe in the power of weed or not, Over The Edge is a fully (bong) loaded and heavy as hell slab of Hardcore Heaven that, much like cannabis (if that's your bag), will help you get through the day and put a shit-eating grin back on your face."
Said guitarist Daniel, "Machinegun" Grenade upon the completion of the record, "If you are straight edge, this record will hopefully make you question your life choices. If you smoke pot, this record will make you feel sexy and intelligent, which we know you already are. Most stoner bands want to make you feel fuzzy and warm with their groovy hippie doom riffs, but we always seek to do the opposite, and with this record we really feel closer to achieving our ultimate goal: making marijuana a threat again!"
CONNOISSEUR will bring their weedian sonnets to stages this Spring with additional live dates to be announced in the weeks to come.
4/20/2017 The Ritz - San Jose, CA w/ Ghoul
4/22/2017 Spring Meltdown @ Hard Rock Café - South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Ghoul, more
6/04/2017 1 Fest @ Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Infest, Wormrot, Brainoil, more