In partnership with Basement Apes and Get A Life Records, French post-hardcore assassins, GENERAL LEE, will release the vinyl version of their critically lauded third full-length, Raiders Of The Evil Eye, on February 15th in the US via Play The Assassin Records. Limited to 300 copies, the 160-gram LP will come in transparent purple and include new track, “The Fall Of Junon,” recorded live at the Boss Hogg Studio. Check out the layout at THIS LOCATION.
Coinciding with the vinyl release, GENERAL LEE will take Raiders Of The Evil Eye to the stage for a short run of February takeovers. The mini tour will commence February 19th in Strasbourg, France and steamroll through Switzerland and Germany with additional shows coming together through March. Dates confirmed thus far are below. In the meantime, watch GENERAL LEE obliterate the stage of Le Poche in Bethune, France last month HERE.
GENERAL LEE Raiders Of The Evil Eye Tour MMXIII – Part I:
2/19/2013 Le Molodoi – Strasbourg, France
2/21/2013 Sunset Bar – Martigny, Switzerland
2/22/2013 Sedel – Lucerne, Switzerland
2/23/2013 Tiefgrund – Berlin, Germany
3/01/2013 Salle Maupassant – Bolbec, France
3/23/2013 La Cave À Musiques – Macon, France
5/11/2013 Les 4 Ecluses – Dunkerque, France
5/19/2013 Ougrock Festival – Serain, Belgium
Since their formation, the triple-guitar led GENERAL LEE have set out to create a tense musical climate; mixing heavy metallic riffing and icy, oppressive atmospheres with cathartic hardcore screaming. Raiders Of The Evil Eye finds the band teetering on the edge of a molecular meltdown; further blurring the lines of the metal and hardcore. A seven-song thirty-three-minute explosion of extremes, the output is chaotic yet controlled; acute yet blissful. Metal Hammer champions the offering in an 8/10 rating saying Raiders Of The Evil Eye “bulldozes from the get-go with all the subtlety of a frying pan whacked to the face.” In an identical rating, Exclaim crowns it, “a passionate, possessive record that goes for the throat from its opening seconds,” adding that, “Raiders Of The Evil Eye isn’t just about manhandling the listener, however; it doesn’t just want to take, it wants you to give in.” Blistering agrees: “GENERAL LEE is a post-hardcore ensemble, playing in the vein of the always-cult Botch, and even more cult Neurosis on their third album Raiders Of The Evil Eye. It’s an amalgamation that doesn’t happen enough, so when the Frenchman go from a spate of vitriolic, pit-stormers like ‘Medusa Howls With Wolves’ and ‘Alone With Everybody’ to the atmosphere gaze of ‘Overwhelming Truth,’ one must ask themselves why more bands don’t give this a go.”
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