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9th March | Whispers & Hurricanes: Danielle De Picciotto & Alexander Hacke, Jo Quail

The first Whispers & Hurricanes of the year sees the return of two legendary multimedia performers, whose entire life together is an ongoing work of art.

7 Years Of Chaos: afterparty with The Monolith guest DJ

All ticket-holders for The Facemelter can head ten minutes down the road with us to the basement of Farr’s School Of Dancing, almost opposite Dalston Junction station, where Simon Clark of The Monolith and Kunal will share DJ duties for a few hours.

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3rd February | The Facemelter 7 Years Of Chaos Special: Harbinger, Core Of iO, Masiro

It’s our 7th birthday! So we thought we’d celebrate seven years of gigs by having a gig.

This one’s in the slightly bigger venue Birthdays, so we can keep the price the same and fit more of you in, because we fucking love you!

Father Murphy: the sound of Catholic guilt

Our week of articles about the genius artists we get to work with comes to an end with Father Murphy, possibly the most mindbending act we’ve ever worked with, before they join us tomorrow with Muscle and Marrow at New River Studios.

Loss and Love: Muscle and Marrow’s journey

We continue our week of daily articles about the experimental artists performing at our events this week.

Today we focus on Muscle and Marrow, who bring their new album tour to New River Studios on Saturday, alongside Father Murphy.

Tolerance Manoeuvre open for Father Murphy/Muscle and Marrow

Over the next few days we’ll share some news about the bands performing at New River Studios on Saturday.

We’re very glad to say that Tolerance Manoeuvre will be opening the proceedings ahead of Muscle and Marrow and Father Murphy.

24th September | Father Murphy, Muscle and Marrow, Tolerance Manoeuvre

A special event, featuring two projects from dark experimental label The Flenser from the USA and Italy. In the amazing artist community venue that is New River Studios. This will be a stimulating experience.

22nd September | Bitch ‘n’ Monk album launch, Survival Skills (Chris Sharkey), Peter Ehwald

A special collaboration between ourselves and Tina Edwards of Jazz Standard, one of London’s best promoters of contemporary jazz, Rich Mix, one of London’s hottest hotbeds of contemporary creativity, and daringly experimental duo Bitch ‘n’ Monk, as they launch their new album ‘We Are Peering Over’.

5th August | The Facemelter: Massacres, DKH, Captive

This month we get to go wild to a bunch of new hardcore, punk and metal bands.

9th June | Whispers & Hurricanes: ALMA, worriedaboutsatan, Chagall

We take our night of weirdly wonderful new down tempo sounds to one of London’s best new artist community venues, New River Studios. This month sees artists blending electronic production, post-rock and brand new technology.

3rd June | The Facemelter: HAG, The Guts, We Wild Blood

A hearty feast of live sludge, hardcore, noise and math metal from projects old and new at The Black Heart in Camden.

Interview: Jo Quail speaks with Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to cellist and composer Jo Quail ahead of the launch of her new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

Interview: Poppy Ackroyd speaks to Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to musician and composer Poppy Ackroyd who will perform at the launch of Jo Quail’s new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

6th May | The Facemelter: Bear Makes Ninja (album tour), Memory Of Elephants, Lambhorn

We’re back at The Black Heart in Camden for a big ol’ bunch of fun-packed, wild and sweaty math and prog bands from all around the UK. Includes the London launch show for Bear Makes Ninja’s new album ‘Shenanagrams’.

22nd April | The Display Team (‘Shifts’ album launch), Thumpermonkey, A Formal Horse

A frenzied night of prog, punk, ska and rock madness, with bands hiding immense technical prowess under gloriously unhinged music, as local heroes The Display Team launch their latest album ‘Shifts’.

7th April | Vodun ‘Possession album launch’ + Limb + Casual Nun

A massive double headline bill with riff monsters Vodun, who are launching their debut album ‘Possession’, and Limb, who just released their latest album ‘Terminal’ last year.

2nd April | The Facemelter late special at OBL: Poly-Math, Theo, evillookingbird (Be) – FREE ENTRY

It’s that time of year when we seem to put on a special event for all of you loyal Facemeltees, and hopefully tempt a few new faces to join us.

This one is a FREE ENTRY, late night extravaganza of bands and DJs in Shoreditch’s most iconic venue.

BANDS 11ish to 1ish

26th March | Whispers & Hurricanes: MADAM (single launch), Kat May, RobinPlaysChords

The third edition of our new regular night for fans of the down-tempo side of alternative music, with a single launch from MADAM.

Friday 4 December | The Facemelter: The Day Of Locusts, Casual Nun, VODUN

It’s the last Facemelter, and Chaos Theory gig, of the year! Join us for one final bash of sludge, metal, doom, noise rock and heavy psych.

20th November | Whispers & Hurricanes: Raf and O, ArHai, Lucy Claire

After a wonderful launch in September, our newest night is back with inspired musicians, who fuse traditional sounds with groundbreaking techniques.

Interview: Colours To Shame chat to Mark Angel Brandt

This month, Mark Angel Brandt, editor of metal, punk and rock review website Broken Amp, lent us his meticulous approach to music journalism to interview Glaswegian genre-switching metalheads Colours To Shame, ahead of their performance at The Facemelter this Friday at The Black Heart.

Interview: Ivan and Genia of Opensight on Italian cinema and hidden influences

Opensight have established themselves as stalwarts of London’s progressive music scene. Having played in the Metal 2 The Masses competition on several occasions, and with numerous studio recordings under their collective belt, these accomplished musicians create a sophisticated blend of rock, metal and a hefty dose of the cinematic. Their latest EP represents something of a departure from previous recordings, though it retains the theatrical flourishes and classic metal undertones that fans will recognise as signatures of the band. ‘Ulterior Motives’ also has the rather dubious accolade of being the only music that doesn’t cause my cat to leave the …

Post-prog and the punk ethic: an interview with Sumer

On 17th July 2015, CT writer Gem Caley ventured into deepest darkest Islington to see post-proggers Sumer play, and to badger the band about their upcoming gig with Opensight and Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster. The following article is based on a delightfully meandering conversation held in the children’s playground opposite the venue.

“We are the counter-revolution”: Rumour Cubes open up about post-rock and its limits

Our writer James sat down with Rumour Cubes ahead of their headline show at The Facemelter this Friday at The Black Heart, and found out more about the diverse minds that have come together to make something new and special.

6th November | The Facemelter: Krysthla, Colours To Shame, Zephyr

We’ve been neglecting you fans of brutal groove and tech metal at The Facemelter lately, so here’s a lineup of some absolute beasts from all over the country.

9th October | The Jazz Market: The Geordie Approach, A Sweet Niche

More accomplished musicians have a loud argument about what ‘jazz’ even means these days.

3rd October | UK Exclusive: Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto, Thomas Ragsdale

After their mesmerising performance at Café Oto as part of our 5 Years Of Chaos celebrations in February, we can not wait to share the latest tour from Danielle de Picciotto​ (Crime & The City Solution) and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten​), this time from the heights of The Hackney Attic. We also present the new solo project from Thomas Ragsdale (Ghosting Season, worriedaboutsatan). £14 advance                                                                        …

11th September | Whispers & Hurricanes: Mishaped Pearls, Seventh Harmonic, TEYR

We’re launching a new regular night! The first edition of Whispers & Hurricanes brings you world music, contemporary folk and neoclassical sounds.

Celebrate with these breathtaking musicians.

4th September | The Facemelter: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, Opensight, Sumer

We present a triple feature at The Black Heart, with both underground post-metal behemoths Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster and devastating prog band Opensight launching their albums, hoisted up on the pillar of rock that is the mighty Sumer. £6 advance                                                                             secret discount tickets £8 on the door ————— Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster​ (album launch) A brilliant atmospheric post-metal band who’ve risen early in …

4th July | Chaos Theory curates the Northern Stage at Unsigned London Festival

We’re curating the Northern Stage of Unsigned London Festival on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Shoreditch Park.

And it’s free! Just register for a free ticket for a great two-day event celebrating local unsigned music.

Read below about our choices for the Folk & Jazz stage between 3 and 6pm on Saturday 4th July.

3rd July | The Facemelter: Shiver, The Fierce And The Dead, Alex’s Hand

A night of insane math rock, prog, jazzcore and experimental riffs from some of Europe’s finest.

5th June | The Facemelter: Alright The Captain, Iran Iran, Porshyne

Three heroes of math rock, alternative and post-rock travel from different corners of the UK to unite and form this amazing lineup at The Black Heart in London. £5 advance £7 on the door ———————– Alright the Captain​ Masterfully combining virtuosic instrumentalism with unabashed musical experimentation, Derby-based trio ATC have effortlessly established themselves as a sonic force to be reckoned with, thanks to their increasingly inimitable, uniquely imaginative brand of math-rock. Their sprawling and varied career has seen them sharing stages with post-rock luminaries including Mono, toe, 65daysofstatic, Pelican, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Maybeshewill, Adebisi Shank (RIP), This Will Destroy You, …

23rd May | Special Event: Father Murphy (It), Petrels + Krawwl

A special one-off show with Italian avant garde Occult duo Father Murphy touring their latest album ‘Croce’, drone, soundscape and synth pioneer Petrels performing a solo set and new project by ex-Altar Of Plagues members, KRAWWL, performing experimental ambient black metal.

2nd April | The Facemelter at OBL: Polymath, Lost In The Riots, Pocket Apocalypse

A special version of CHAOS THEORY‘s monthly night The Facemelter. This time in Shoreditch, as a joint venture with epic promotion Old Empire. £5.50 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/302819 £7 on the door ———————— Polymath Growing stronger with every single release and gig, the Brighton-based trio have blown audiences away at every respectable prog, post-rock and math rock festival and gig in the UK and, after teasing fans with a few online single releases, smashed their crowdfunding campaign to record and release their debut EP on Lonely Voyage Records, who also organised their joint UK/European tour with Lost In The Riots. Nobody who’s …

6th March | The Facemelter: Silent Front, Zero Absolu (Fr), Death Pedals

Tonight we bring together post-hardcore, punk and post-rock in this lineup for fans of riffs, moshpits and pure, raw DIY fucking music! £5 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/302738 (includes booking fee) £6 on the door ——————– Silent Front A trio who’ve been sweating over audiences for 15 years as they’ve repeatedly brought their special brand of energetic post-punk rock to basement bars all over. It’s no surprise that they share members with mayors of miyazaki, were included in Procurement Records’ Top 10 noise albums of 2014 and in Mowno‘s top 50 albums of the year! http://silentfront.bandcamp.com/ “Music that thrives on the uncomfortably intimate …

13th Feb | 5 Years Of Chaos: Jarboe (ex-Swans) & Helen Money, Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) & Danielle De Picciotto

We celebrate 5 years of amazing underground gigs, music and adventures as well as immense support from all of you, with this very special event, which will be the artists’ only UK performance during this tour. £15.40 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/298156 £18 on the door #5YearsOfChaos Swans singer, multi-genre collaborationist and creative Jarboe, will, with master of cello, loops and effects Helen Money, perform works from their upcoming EP, released on 16th February via Aurora Borealis recordings. http://www.thelivingjarboe.com/ http://helenmoney.com/ Guitarist, bassist and vocalist for German avant industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, Alexander Hacke, will perform new collaborative works with Danielle de Picciotto (Crime …

7th Feb | 5 Years Of Chaos: Jo Quail presents ‘Nocturnes’

We celebrate 5 years of amazing underground gigs, music and adventures as well as immense support from all of you, with a special event presented by cellist and friend Jo Quail. http://www.joquail.co.uk/ £13.20 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/298154 £15 on the door Although this is a larger venue than that used for the ‘Caldera’ album launch, it is all seated so tickets will still be limited. There will be a fully stocked bar at the event. #5YearsOfChaos Following the highly anticipated, sold out June release of her second album ‘Caldera’, cellist and composer Jo Quail will perform music from her albums ‘From the …