YOB: Portland’s Favorite Doom Craftsman Announce North American Tour Dates With Enslaved This March

December 18th, 2014

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Following two furiously sold-out nights at renowned Brooklyn rock bar, Saint Vitus, as well as their mammothly efficacious European trek before that, Portland’s most prized doom craftsman, YOB, will return to the stage this Spring for a North American run supporting progressive black metal technicians, Enslaved. Slated to commence on March 5th in San Diego, the sixteen-date excursion will make its way across the country, coming to a close on March 24th in Boston. Additional support will be provided by Ecstatic Vision.

YOB w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision:
3/05/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/06/2015 Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
3/07/2015 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
3/09/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
3/10/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/11/2015 Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/13/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/16/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
3/17/2015 Thaila Hall – Chicago, IL
3/19/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
3/20/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
3/21/2015 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
3/22/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/24/2015 Sinclair – Boston, MA

YOB will be touring in support of their critically-adored Clearing The Path To Ascend full-length, released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend has won the praise of major media outlets globally, including Rolling Stone who placed the record at the coveted  #1 spot on their 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 noting, “The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB, … makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” The esteemed publication further commends the record noting, “Opener ‘In Our Blood’ extends a simple riff into complex arches, tracing [vocalist Mike] Scheidt’s voice as it moves from an exquisite falsetto to a death-metal bellow in the course of sixteen-minutes. And during the colossal closer ‘Marrow’ — possibly the best metal song of the year, one that uses low notes to play uplifting melodies — Scheidt sings ‘Time will fall inside the dream.’ His voice suddenly reaches out like a clarion’s call, clear and telling and beautiful. It’s a pronouncement from the living, a semaphore pointing into the future.” Elsewhere the record placed at #7 on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums Of 2014, #9 on Wondering Sound’s 25 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, #1 on About.com’s 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums List, #11 on Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014, #9 on Spin’s 20 Best Metal Album’s Of 2014, #9 on Metal Assault’s Best Albums Of 2014, and #1 on Free Williamsburg’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 among so many other lists both published and in the works.

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE.

“Mike Scheidt’s songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic… a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse.” – Decibel

“An absolute monument of musicianship, songcraft, and raw emotion, this hour-plus slab of gut-wrenching, god-toppling doom, crafted by frontman Mike Scheidt in the wake of divorce and the decision to stop taking anti-depressants, operates on a grander scale, both sonically and philosophically, than any other album this year.” – Free Williamsburg

“For all its heaviness, the album is disarmingly meditative, relying less on forcing the mood for the listener and entrusting that the human commonalities of love, loss, fear, and hope threaded throughout the music will render an altogether familiar place of comfort and strength within the listener.” – Steel For Brains

“The sound on Clearing The Path To Ascend is tactile: You can practically feel vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt’s callused hands sliding up and down the guitar neck…This isn’t a case of fixing what was broken; it’s about becoming greater than they already were.” – Wondering Sound

“The closing, sprawling eighteen-minute plus ‘Marrow’ takes every previously visited songwriting element on Clearing The Path To Ascend and brings it all together into beautifully melancholic combination of heaviness and melody, a fitting capstone to a gem of an album.” – About.com

Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied (‘Nothing To Win’) as well as their gentlest (‘Marrow’), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us.” – Stereogum

“…Mike Scheidt continues to drive his band YOB to new heights of epic, darkly spiritual doom without consideration for trends, self-consciousness or the whims of fickle consumers. At sixty-two minutes yet only four songs, Clearing The Path To Ascend rewards the patient while almost deliberately snubbing the ADD set… Scheidt uses art as catharsis, and that means you as listener as well if you want to take that journey with him.” – Metal Injection


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XIBALBA: First Single From Tierra Y Libertad LP Released Via VICE/Noisey; West & East Coast Record Release Shows Announced

December 18th, 2014

Pomona, California’s XIBALBA has unchained the first single from their approaching Tierra Y Libertad LP with a stream of the album’s third track, “Invierno,” now playing at Noisey.

Bearing an impressive arsenal of recordings amassed since 2010, including notable splits, EPs, demos and two prior LPs, each chapter of XIBALBA’s recorded bloodline to date has seen the band expand upon their dense, hateful sound, and their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, proves to follow this ominous path. With some of the band’s most savage death metal-fueled hardcore and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA still continues to impress with new atmospheric tones and harrowing elements without straying from their unstoppable warpath. With nearly forty-four minutes of unrelenting revolutionary violence, Tierra Y Libertad was recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, as with their lauded Hasta La Muerte LP, and the cover art as well following the path of Hasta with the employment of Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for Tierra Y Libertad’s cover artwork.

VICE Magazine’s music joint, Noisey, is exclusively streaming Tierra Y Libertad’s most literally intoxicating third track, “Invierno,” at THIS LOCATION.

Southern Lord will issue Tierra Y Libertad on CD, LP and digital outlets on January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America.

In union with the release of their new works, the notorious road warriors will begin punishing audiences with the new album live. XIBALBA has declared a string of Tierra Y Libertad record release shows, with tour dates now scheduled on both the West and East Coasts in January and February. XIBALBA will hit Los Angeles and Berkeley on January 30th and 21st with All Out War and Skinfather, followed by a San Diego show on February 7th with Excel and Rotting Out. Directly after that they’ll raid the East Coast with five shows from February 18th through 22nd. With shows in Albany, Haverhill, Amityville, Baltimore and Providence slated with The Banner on all dates, Rude Awakening will play the last three shows, and All Out War will also join the Amityville and Baltimore dates.

Stand by for further XIBALBA developments in January including an official video for the album’s opening track, “Enemigo,” additional tour dates and more.

XIBALBA Tierra Y Libertad Record Release Shows:
1/30/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ All Out War, Skinfather
1/31/2015 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ All Out War, Skinfather
2/07/2015 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Excel, Rotting Out
2/18/2015 Bogies – Albany, NY w/ The Banner
2/19/2015 Haverhill – Haverhill, MA w/ The Banner
2/20/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening
2/21/2015 Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening
2/22/2015 Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI w/ The Banner, Rude Awakening

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GNAW THEIR TONGUES Begins To Confirm First American Live Performances Including California Deathfest; Track From Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 Thrives At Sound Colour Vibration

December 18th, 2014

As Crucial Blast prepares to release the mammoth Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 compilation of early works from The Netherlands’ horrific industrial/doom entity, GNAW THEIR TONGUES, a track from the select anthology sees public exhibition, as the booking of the act’s first American live performances have begun.

While some have followed this act since its foundation, each GNAW THEIR TONGUES release continues to feed upon new populations, fueling solo artist Mories (Aderlating, Cloak Of Altering, etc.) and his contempt for the human race, while drawing new unsuspecting victims into its tumultuous undertow. One recent victim happens to employ coverage at Sound Colour Vibration webzine commune, and so the infection spreads, as the portal hosts a sample of what the Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 early works collection entails. Alongside a stream of the track “Slaves,” which actually slipped past all of the early GTT EPs and remains unique to this collection, SCV introduces this gut-wrenching movement with a sturdy description of the carnage, including, “”Sound coalesces and shape-shifts into a molded blend of moving tones and energy, slowly sinking into a deep reserve of the earth. Every tone is masked with a raw and unhinged surface, bleeding further into one another as things spirals into a maddening state of emotions… Every texture and piece of sound in ‘Slaves’ just crawls inside of me and starts to turn my insides black. It’s an assaulting approach to creating music and I can’t help but find the beauty and value in everything this stands for.”

Unearth “Slaves” now at THIS LOCATION.

Also check “Glorification Of Rats” from the 2007-released Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur release HERE.

Set for release on February 3rd, Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 is just the first of several waves of GNAW THEIR TONGUES recordings to be released in 2015, and as the outfit sees its 10th anniversary, the new year will also see the first American live performances from the entity. The act is one of several select acts confirmed for the inaugural California Deathfest, initiated by the creators of Maryland Deathfest. The intimate event will go down October 9th through 11th at the Oakland Metro, where GNAW THEIR TONGUES will join a host of acts including Ævangelist, Antediluvian, Autopsy, Disma, Ghoul, Impaled, Loss, Noothgrush and Worship. Additional stateside live actions will be declared.

GNAW THEIR TONGUES Live:
10/09-11/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest [info]

For nearly a decade, Dutch avant-black/doom entity, GNAW THEIR TONGUES — named after a particularly evocative passage from the Book Of Revelation — has been infecting the underground with a uniquely disturbing brand of chaotic heaviness. Fusing together malevolent, rumbling doom with rabid, noise-damaged aggression and blasts of fearsome orchestral power and industrial pandemonium, and draping these lurching, hellish dirges in an oppressive atmosphere thick with horror and despair, the intensely nightmarish music of GNAW THEIR TONGUES defies easy categorization. The sum of all GTT’s construction and execution is the work of sole architect and madman, Mories, also known for other destructive output with Cloak of Altering, Pyriphlegethon, De Magia Veterum, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, Pompidou, Dimlit Hate Cellar and others. Before the debut An Epiphanic Vomiting Of Blood LP in 2007, GNAW THEIR TONGUES crawled into the black metal/industrial underground via a number of ultra-limited EPs which quickly went out of print, and are now sought after by fans of the band’s abject blackened horror. Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 is a new double CD anthology that gathers together essential, out-of-print early recordings from the band that span the first three years of GNAW THEIR TONGUES’s existence, compiling the Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur, Horse Drawn Hearse and For All Slaves… A Song Of False Hope EPs, the material from the Static Hymnal compilation, and other rarities from the bowels of the GTT archive.

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FALLOCH: Scottish Melancholic Post-Metallers To Release Sophomore Full-Length Via Candlelight this January

December 18th, 2014

Scottish melancholic post-metallers, FALLOCH, will unveil their long anticipated new full-length via Candlelight Records next month. Titled This Island, Our Funeral, the follow up to 2011’s Where Distant Spirits Remain was tracked at London’s Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez Arellanu (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver), and delivers nearly an hour’s worth of dark, chilling odes of atmospheric beauty.

Boasting a far darker dirge than its predecessor, Terrorizer Magazine commends This Island, Our Funeral’s, “haunting atmosphere and evocative crescendos of music and emotion,” further recommending, “go for a walk with it; you’ll struggle not to be moved.” In a perfect 5/5 rating, Metal Purgatory opines, “If this album can teach us anything, it is that we all come from this Earth and that this will be our funeral grounds. The emotions and power behind this album is immense and incomparable to anything else you will experience…” Ave Noctum concurs, “sometimes it’s really nice to sit back and just let pleasant music wash over you…” While Against Magazine adds, “This Island, Our Funeral is evidence that ancient themes reproduced nowadays can also be approached in different ways other than folk and black metal. FALLOCH present a canvas of modern doom and post metal. By the last part of the twelve-minute ‘Sanctuary,’ it’s really been acknowledged that this Earth is our home and it will be our funeral ground, brought by the heavy and mournful mid-paced farewell.”
This Island, Our Funeral Track Listing:
1. Tòrradh
2. For Life
3. For Ùir
4. Brahan
5. -
6. I Shall Build Mountains
7. Sanctuary

Forged in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 by Andy Marshall and Scott McLean and named after the Falls of Falloch waterfall in Crianlarich, FALLOCH draws inspiration from an assortment of genres from metal, atmospheric rock, post-rock and Scottish folk to minimalist composers like Arvo Pärt and Yann Tiersen. Formerly a duo, the band now features an expanded lineup of new vocalist/guitarist Tony Dunn, bassist Ben Brown, and drummer Steve Scott with founder/guitarist McLean.

FALLOCH’s This Island, Our Funeral will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on January 27th, 2015. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

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THE INSPECTOR CLUZO: Suicidal Records Locks February Stateside Release Of Fourth Album From Dynamic French Rock Duo; Upcoming Tour Schedule To Include SXSW Performances

December 18th, 2014

Amidst many months of hype following their signing to Suicidal Records, French guitar and drums rock duo, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO, has confirmed the Winter street date for their acclaimed Gasconha Rocks album to hit the streets of North America, and will shortly begin touring the continent in support of the release.

Gascony-based THE INSPECTOR CLUZO’s fourth full-length studio release, Gasconha Rocks, features ten tracks, all recorded live with no edits in full analog by the band on their 1979 Sony MCI mixing desk at their farm in Mont de Marsan, Gascony and Studio Mountown, and mastered by Mathieu Bameulle & JP Chalbos at La Source. In addition, contributions were made by several of the band’s cohorts, including Hammond Organ by Stephane Kraemer, trumpet by Benoit Molina, tenor sax by Christophe Cambou and baritone sax by Laurentx Etxemendi, and the comic book layout of the packaging drawn by Chris Lin, with photos by Anna Godin and additional artwork and laout by Arnaud Lacoste. Gasconha Rocks will turn fans of everything from the MC5, Grand Funk Railroad, James Brown and more into instant devotees of THE INSPECTOR CLUZO’s modernized and energetic delivery.

Suicidal Records will release the infectious intensity of Gasconha Rocks in the US on CD and all digital platforms on February 24th, as the band returns to North America, confirmed to perform at SXSW, with widespread national tour actions around the festivities coming together for announcement in January.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO deploys a dynamic style of soulful rock infusing classic rock and funk elements into their own “fuck the bass player” blend of energetic rock and roll, the band fully comprised of guitarist/vocalist Malcom Lacrouts and drummer/backing vocalist Phil Jourdain. Boasting a fully DIY attitude and system in every aspect, they’ve handled their own production, management, booking, label and promotion since inception, yet have indisputably become one one of France’s most hard-touring bands. They also run their own Gascony-based organic farm, Lou Casse, out of which they will soon be releasing their own brand of foie gras and patés, with a full documentary on their farming venture entitled Rockfarmers nearing completion for release in early 2015.

Amidst critical acclaim from the European media upon the initial release of the album on that continent in September 2013, as THE INSPECTOR CLUZO began an extensive run of international touring, they caught the ear of Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves and more, who picked the band up for a US deal through their own Suicidal Records, after which the band was brought to North America in tour support of Suicidal Tendencies, Trash Talk, Terror and more. Since, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO has toured harder than ever, embarking on their Gasconha Rocks World Summer and Fall Tours which saw them invade Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, India and more via a multi-tour attack over the latter half of this year, being featured on major online, print and television media outlets through the whole trek.

If you missed it, check out the English version of the band’s The 2 Mousquetaires: A fight for Independance 63mn documentary HERE, and catch up with the massive amount of live footage from their 2014 tour ventures, media interviews, farming documentation and more at THE INSPECTOR CLUZO’s YouTube depot HERE.

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BRETT NETSON & SNAKES: Solo Project By Built To Spill & Caustic Resin Guitarist To Debut This Winter

December 18th, 2014

The solo project of BRETT NETSON, well-known for his time spent in Built To Spill, Caustic Resin, on Earth’s most recent album and much more, will debut this Winter, as BRETT NETSON & SNAKES is now preparing their Scavenger Cult EP for release.

Spawned in Idaho’s Great Basin/Snake River Plain, Brett Netson specializes in heavy, psychedelic, lowdown rock and roll guitar; in some ways, that’s all a person needs to know. But with the upcoming release of his newest full-time project – BRETT NETSON & SNAKES, and the band’s debut, Scavenger Cult — as with the artist’s ‘2009′ intimate solo doomsday meditation, Simple Work For the Dead, and all six of Caustic Resin’s full-length releases, there is much evidence that there are different dimensions to Netson’s existential, freak out rock records. “The spirit made it through with no digitization” Recorded on 2” 16-track tape with Jason Ringelstetter at Tonic Room in Boise, Idaho, mixed to 1/2″ tape by Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon with analog mastering at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, New York, the release features drummer Steve Gere, and stereo bass contributions from Ian Waters and Josh Gallaway, in addition to guitar, bass and vocals courtesy of Netson.

Issues the frontman of his latest venture, “Scavenger Cult was made specifically for the decent ‘70s tuners and turntables that you can still occasionally find at yard sales, pawn shops and thrift stores. Crank this motherfucker up, open the front door and sit on the porch. Smoke, drink, whatever, and just be okay with your damn self and ALL the crazy shit that you are.”

Scavenger Cult will see release this March on LP and digital in the US through Think Indie/Coallition Of Independent Music Stores distributor and BandCamp, and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand through TYM Records. A limited preorder of 100 LPs including a digital download and bonus tracks including live jams and alternate mixes will be available in January.

Brett Netson is well-known for his recurring role as guitar slinger/loose cannon for the populist, alt-pop/art-rock institution of Built to Spill. Since the inception of BTS, Netson has provided an element of, in the moment, conviction and color. “If you hear a slide, wah pedal or a clear vivid howl, it’s Brett.” Although he is known for his playing with Built to Spill, there’s more to that story. After Caustic Resin was put on indefinite hold in 2003, Netson joined Mark Lanegan’s touring band through 2005, hitting Europe and the US West Coast once or twice a year. Netson has also appeared on a few of Lanegan’s albums and EPs including Field Songs, Here Comes That Weird Chill, and Bubblegum. During that time he’d also played on albums from Mike Johnson and the Evildoers What Would You Do and Gone Out of Your Mind on UP records, Helvetia’s The Acrobats on The Static Cult Label, and the Delusions independently released Keeping Up Appearances. More recently, Netson appeared as a second guitarist on Earth’s critically acclaimed new album, Primitive and Deadly, and Nate Hall’s (of North Carolina’s psych/metal outfit USX) solo release, Electric Vacuum Roar.

“Despite the obvious roots, Netson obviously has no interest in recycling hoary Neil Young country-rock clichés. Rather, he seems bent on using hard rock to destroy itself. From his vocal approach, Netson seems to have a love/hate relationship with ’70s fixtures such as Ozzy Osbourne, Roger Waters, and Jethro Tull, who both inform the sound and provide something for it to react against.” – Dusted Magazine

Stand by for audio samples and promos of the EP to be delivered in the coming weeks.

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MEATWOUND: Corruptive Florida Act To Drop Debut Album Through Magic Bullet This Winter

December 18th, 2014

Magic Bullet Records will take responsibility for the dirty job of handling the release of the scum-laden debut LP from MEATWOUND, an act collecting individuals who have done or are currently doing time with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more throughout the Floridian peninsula over the past two decades or so.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences overthrow the MEATWOUND sound; a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.

MEATWOUND’s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris [Steak Mtn.]. Magic Bullet will discharge the beast digitally and on LP in the first quarter of 2015, with final pressing and street date details to be confirmed in the days ahead.

The MEATWOUND posse will support Municipal Waste, Torche and Nightbird at the Tampa gig of their current tour, raiding the Crowbar in Tampa on July 20th. More live actions from MEATWOUND are imminent.

Addio Track Listing:
Side A
In Toilet
Goliath
Funeral State
Side B
Hand of God
Meat Pack
I Am Transgressor

MEATWOUND Live:
1/20/2015 Crowbar – Tampa, FL w/ Municipal Waste, Torche, Night Birds [info]

Last year, playing with his current act, Primate Research, vocalist Dan caught drummer Ross and guitarist Ari slaying instrumental jams at a house, and an instant pact of filth was formed, after which the trio found themselves intoxicated at an off-the-grid location in regular jamming sessions. Shortly thereafter, Mariano was sanctioned for the bass research. The vocalist issues, “I asked Mariano to play bass. He had been playing guitar for twenty-five or more years but never played bass; I’m not smart enough to play bass and sing, so I asked him if he wanted to do the shit we were doing, which was Sepultura meets Jesus Lizard, and he jumped in. We wrote three more songs and recorded this 12″. Anything goes. No rules, no boredom, lots of recreational debauchery… a lifestyle upgrade.”

MEATWOUND fashioned their new anthems under a unified regimen of decadence in a place where, as the band depicts it: “According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn’t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.”

MEATWOUND:
Ari – guitar/jungle tongues
Dan – vocals/Aryan infiltration
Mariano – bass/island violence
Ross – drums/financing

More on MEATWOUND will be available soon; for all Magic Bullet Records press inquiries contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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OPUL: New Solo EP From East Of The Wall Guitarist Matt Lupo To See Release Via Nefarious Industries

December 17th, 2014

This Winter, Nefarious Industries will proudly release the latest EP from solo act OPUL, the solo outing by Matt Lupo of East Of The Wall.

Having been a main part of the morphing entity which transformed from The Postman Syndrome in the early 2000s, and into what is East of The Wall Today, guitarist and vocalist Matt Lupo has stepped outside of all previous and current band entities, to organically formulate this expansive solo EP under the moniker OPUL, entitled Levels.

On his fourth solo excursion as OPUL, Lupo delivers plenty of the guitar and melodic vocals he is known for providing for his other musical acts, yet on this expansive and reflexive three-song EP, the multi-instrumentalist supplies all instruments including bass and drums. A layered and ambitious excursion, this twenty-minute recording showcases a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements, atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones, and an incredible range of musical exploration, fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, and mastered by Steven Alexander. OPUL’s newest offering is guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere. Something tangible is here offered to fans of 90s progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock, with fragments of everything from Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg and labelmates Maid Myriad cohesively found within these Levels.

Nefarious Industries will release Levels digitally on January 13th with a physical version to follow shortly after. Stand by for samples of the album, preorder links and further updates at the beginning of the year.

Levels Track Listing:
1. Presence
2. Velocity & Saturation
3. Clarity

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PRIMORDIAL: Where Greater Men Have Fallen In-Depth Track-By-Track Breakdown Posted At Revolver

December 17th, 2014

Where Greater Men Have Fallen is the long-anticipated new studio album from Ireland’s most revered metal craftsman, PRIMORDIAL. Released via Metal Blade late last month, the record debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart, #43 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart, #104 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and, offering up some of the band’s deepest, most conceptually profound and wildly epic compositions to date, continues to floor fans and critics worldwide.

In commemoration of its release, today Revolver Magazine brings fans a thorough track-by-track breakdown of the offering as told by vocalist Alan Averill. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma), PRIMORDIAL’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is an eight-track, fifty-eight minute masterwork Stereogum dubs “almost Maiden-esque in its majesty,” driven by the compelling vocal urgency of Averill, who Pitchfork crowns, “one of the most captivating bandleaders in metal.”

PRIMORDIAL will bring their sonic savagery to stages throughout Europe in the coming weeks with additional live ceremonials to be announced soon.

PRIMORDIAL:
1/24/2015 Magazin4 – Brussels, BE
2/05/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK
2/06/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
2/07/2015 Islington Academy – London, UK
2/19/2015 Blastfest 2015 – Bergen, NO
2/21/2015 Volta Club – Moscow, RU
4/04/2015 Radau gegen HIV – Münster, DE
4/05/2015 Dark Easter Metal Meeting – München, DE
6/13-14/2015 Metalhead Meeting 2015 – Bucharest, RO
6/19-21/2015 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, BE
7/17/2015 Bang Your Head – Balingen, DE

Where Greater Men Have Fallen was released in North America on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit http://www.metalblade.com/primordial where you’ll find a lyric video for the title track as well as a host of ordering options. The record is available on CD and vinyl in various color variants.

“Alan Averill is a vocal powerhouse, soaring atop melodic black/folk metal compositions that channel doom and gloom as well as triumph.” – Rolling Stone

“Greater men have fallen, but PRIMORDIAL rise.” – Decibel

“Where Greater Men Have Fallen combines anthemic heavy metal with solemn doom riffs and understated Celtic folk melodies, building on a winning formula that has taken Primordial from bars to Europe’s biggest stages.” – Spin

“The atmosphere PRIMORDIAL have created here is relentlessly crushing and emotional. Only a few truly great albums come out every year, and this is one of them… “ – Metal Injection

one of the most treasured bands in metal today.” – Thrash Hits

Where Greater Men Have Fallen is yet another album that celebrates both the band’s national Celtic pride and their heavy metal roots. PRIMORDIAL proves that relevancy isn’t just in the music you write, it’s in the love of what you do.” – Mxdwn


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Eolian Empire Announces (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale Compilation; VICE/Noisey Streaming Track From MEADOWS

December 17th, 2014

Portland, Oregon outsider collective, Eolian Empire, has spat forth the details for the label’s thirtieth unruly release, in the form of (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale, as VICE Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, dispatches the opening track from the mess.

This special collection marks a new low for the Eolian horde, since the entire roster to date has yielded only Portland-centric audio carnage, while FIENDS IN LOW PLACES features a glut of output from the Eolian clan’s caustic cronies from around the globe; a gnarled calling card, with more than fifty minutes of champions of the international heavy underground in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Fifteen bands bash away on fifteen stark, aggressive, noise-laden tunes worked over with smarts and wicked humor on this compilation of exclusive tracks, an eclectic and electric collection of heavy, noisy, weird, outsider, and underground music from around the world. THROAT (Finland), ARABROT (Norway), HEALTH PROBLEMS (USA), MoE (Finland), THE GREAT SABATINI (Canada), DEAD (Australia), BASTARD OF THE SKIES (England), HOMBRE MALO (Norway), SAME-SEX DICTATOR (USA), TEEPH (USA), CYBERNE (Japan), TIMEKILLER (Japan), ELEPHANT RIFLE (USA), BATPISS (Australia), and MEADOWS (England) take you on a wild trip through twisted noise rock, bludgeoning sludge, psychotic metal, blackened hardcore, and damaged punk, each act’s warped worldview in full effect. Taken together, FIENDS paint an ugly, multidimensional portrait of the darkness lurking wherever you may go.

The opening ripper from FIENDS IN LOW PLACES has been uncaged early and is now playing at Noisey. “I Am Gobshite” is the work of English act, MEADOWS, the jam a riotous, noise-drenched shredder; and a perfect introduction to the comp. Listen now at THIS LOCATION.

FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale Track Listing:
1. MEADOWS “Gobshite”
2. SAME-SEX DICTATOR “Mass Krusader”
3. ARABROT “The Libertine”
4. THROAT “Clean Cleaner”
5. CYBERNE “Pozes”
6. HEALTH PROBLEMS “A Stuck Horse”
7. BASTARD OF THE SKIES “Brass Cattle”
8. THE GREAT SABATINI “Slow Jam”
9. BATPISS “Heavy Smoke (Stoned to Death)”
10. TEEPH “Church Vape Sesh”
11. HOMBRE MALO “The Fall”
12. TIMEKILLER “Sick of Myself”
13. MOE “Where’s the DJ”
14. ELEPHANT RIFLE “Frat Poison”
15. DEAD “Rabbits”

FIENDS IN LOW PLACES is the sequel and companion compilation to Eolian’s (We’ve Gotta) KEEP OUR HEADS: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon, which featured twenty-six heavy Portland bands. Like on KEEP OUR HEADS, the “fiends” on FIENDS IN LOW PLACES were drawn from friends playing off-the-wall heavy music in overlapping scenes, scenes this time spread throughout the world. Interrelated through shows, tours, and friends, these bands have passed each other in the night for years, slowly worming their way through the underground via interconnected tunnels deep below the mainstream, an independent global network of heaviness beholden to no one. Comforting or discomforting, FIENDS IN LOW PLACES at least affirms that the Eolian heads are not the only ones this fucked up, and in an age when many are looking back with nostalgia for the lost and forgotten weirdo bands of yesteryear, it’s good to know we can find pigfucking goodness all around the world right now and no doubt for years to come. So find your “fiends” and support the lost underground of tomorrow, today.

FIENDS IN LOW PLACES is available for will see cassette and digital release on February 3rd, 2015. Preorders for the cassette are live HERE and the digital HERE. The full lowdown on the comp’s roster can be found HERE.

An in-depth interview with the Eolian Empire and the madness which ensues within their lair is in the December/January issue of Zero Tolerance Magazine, issue #62, available HERE.

Stand by for additional audio to spill forth from this intercontinental audio catastrophe in the coming weeks.

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