Archive for January, 2011

EARTH’s Entire New Album Streaming On NPR

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, the latest organic opus from EARTH, is now streaming in its entirety as an NPR “Exclusive First Listen.” Click here to check out the whole album, where it will stream for free until February 7th.

Set for release on February 22nd, once again for Southern Lord Recordings, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 represents yet another new chapter in the EARTH lineage, as the band continues to expand their trademark slow-morphing drone a bit beyond the realms they’ve explored on their last handful of releases and recent years of touring, and continuing to reproduce continually inspiring music as they have with every recording to date.

EARTH have also announced an official hometown record release show for Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, scheduled for March 3rd at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.

EARTH Record Release Show:
3/3/2011 The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Mount Eerie, Low Hums

More live actions for the band are being confirmed now and will be announced as they’re available.

“As Earth developed its heavy instrumental vision in the past six years, subtle deviation has been crucial to the band’s renewal. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1  is the latest installment in that trajectory, adding a cello, desert blues and British folk-rock motifs to Earth’s slow-moving Americana.” – NPR

“While Angels of Darkness… is Earth’s cleanest record, it is perhaps their most focused, as well as one of their darkest. The album emanates looming disaster while still retaining the haunting shadows which stretches from its boots.” – Chronicles Of Chaos

“…finds the band as unwilling as ever to settle creatively, toying with titular contradiction, fostering a previously-unheard richness of tone and taking their rightful place at the head of their genre.” – The Obelisk

“Soothing, tranquil, spacious, this album is good for long, unplanned, contemplative walks with naught but your own a-wanderin’ thoughts to keep you company.” – Burning Ambulance

“A spellbinding piece of art. 9/10″ – Metal Assault

“The layers they have beautifully constructed on Angels… is quite like a symphony that makes you patiently listen and take in every long sustaining note. 5/5″ – Stereokiller

“…a new album that shows not only are they still progressing and evolving but are still the leaders of the minimalistic doom aesthetic.” – Doommantia

AMON AMARTH: Swedish Death Metallers Unveil Surtur Rising Landing Page

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Today, Swedish death metal legends AMON AMARTH, who earlier this month revealed the track listing and cover art of their upcoming Surtur Rising full-length, unveil the official album landing page. The new website, dedicated exclusively to Surtur Rising, will include album pre-orders for North America and Europe as well as up-to-the-minute news updates, tour announcements, videos and singles leading up to the record’s release. The page currently features a stream of “War Of The Gods,” the opening track off Surtur Rising. Check it out HERE.

U.S. fans will have ten Surtur Rising pre-order options:

Deluxe Box Set
Deluxe Box Set + LP
Deluxe Box Set+ LP + Exclusive Shirt
Deluxe Box Set+ Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD + LP + Exclusive Shirt
CD/DVD + Exclusive Shirt
LP + Exclusive Shirt

The shirt is a Metal Blade U.S. pre-order exclusive and will be unavailable for purchase after street date.

CD/DVD Digipak includes:
10 tracks of brand new music
Multi-panel digipak
28-page full-color booklet
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
Deluxe CD/DVD Package w/ Surtur Action Figurine Includes:
Limited collectible Surtur figure (approx 5.5” tall)
10 tracks of new music
2 Bonus Tracks: Kiss’ “War Machine” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall”
28-page full-color booklet
Multi-panel digipak
DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the Bloodshed Over Bochum concert series in 2008.
Picture Disc Includes:
2-sided Surtur Rising picture disc
Die-cut gate-fold sleeve

Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.

Surtur Rising will be released in North America on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

“…the Viking war metal Of Amon Amarth is limitless.” — The Village Voice

NACHTMYSTIUM: North American Tour With Cradle Of Filth Begins In Mere Days

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The anticipated Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour – featuring Chicago’s black meddlers NACHTMYSTIUM as direct support for Cradle of Filth — embarks this Tuesday, February 1st! The massive expedition will invade 30 North American cities, engulfing the continent in a clockwise vortex over the next six-and-a-half weeks. As NACHTMYSTIUM’s first major tour of 2011, and first tour since their massive North American headlining tour with Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle last fall, these dates will showcase the unit unveiling much of the material on last year’s incredible Addicts: Black Meddle Part II album which the band have not previously performed live. Check out the full tour schedule below.

Addicts: Black Meddle Part II was released by Century Media in North America in June 2010, and has since infected the planet with it’s blackened but genre-defying experimentation, holding top spots on year-end lists worldwide and continually garnishing major press coverage. NACHTMYSTIUM were recently also featured on the main cover of the massive Chicago-area music newspaper The Illinois Entertainer, showing their local scene embracing the act more than ever as they continue to infiltrate the rest of the planet.

Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour
with Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas, Daniel Lioneye

2/01/2011 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
2/02/2011 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
2/04/2011 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
2/05/2011 Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
2/06/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/08/2011 Club Nokia Live – Los Angeles, CA
2/09/2011 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/11/2011 Showbox Theatre – Seattle, WA
2/12/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
2/13/2011 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/15/2011 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
2/16/2011 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
2/18/2011 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
2/20/2011 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/21/2011 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/22/2011 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
2/23/2011 Club Zoo – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2011 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/26/2011 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
2/27/2011 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/28/2011 Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
3/02/2011 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
3/03/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
3/04/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/05/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/08/2011 Norva Theatre – Norfolk, VA
3/09/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/11/2011 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
3/12/2011 Firestone – Orlando, FL
3/13/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Much more news on NACHTMYSTIUM will be announced over the coming weeks and months as the band continue to tour, as well as focus on concocting their follow-up to the Addicts… opus.

AFM Records: Early 2011 North American Release Updates

Friday, January 28th, 2011

German heavy metal powerhouse AFM Records have a long line of huge metal releases ready for North American release over the next several weeks including brand new full-length albums from Israeli metallic rockers BETZEFER, Poland’s blazing old-schoolers CRYSTAL VIPER, Hungarian mosh metallers EKTOMORF, Italian folk/power kings ELVENKING, America’s cult speed metal unit HELSTAR, England’s thrash metal kings ONSLAUGHT and Germany’s alcohol-fueled ragers TANKARD

Read on for more in-depth details, official release dates and more for each of these fine albums, as well as specific interview info availability for each band via Earsplit.


After releasing two independent EPs and a Roadrunner Records-released self-produced debut album, BETZEFER established their status as Israel’s biggest and most successful metal band, setting them up for extensive touring, and providing main support for the likes of Soulfly, Megadeth, Sepultura, Lamb of God and more throughout Europe. Their immediate success with the new foreign crowds quickly put them on the main stages of the big summer festivals. Back in Israel, the band grew even stronger and started crossing into mainstream awareness, headlining the rock stages of the biggest Israeli festivals and constantly earning more and more attention from the local media.

Freedom to the Slave Makers is BETZEFER’s second full-length album and their most aspiring effort to date. It features dark and rich guitar sounds, a massive yet highly groovy rhythm section and impressively colorful vocals, all of which take the listener on a journey through the band’s inspiring songwriting style, ranging from solid rock ‘n roll riffage to epic ballads to relentless modern metal attacks. The album was recorded in the renowned Zaza Studios (Nick Cave, Tracy Chapman, Stevie Wonder) and produced by by Warren Riker (Down, Santana, Lauren Hill).


Legends, the third full-length from Poland´s metal heroes CRYSTAL VIPER, will see North American release via AFM Records on February 22nd, 2011. Boasting powerful, authentic classic heavy metal born of 80´s giants like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, the early, epic Manowar and Running Wild, CRYSTAL VIPER’s strong, traditional songwriting combined with great authenticity and the overall “classic metal” feeling is sure to win over all fans of that golden era.

CRYSTAL VIPER are not only Poland´s most promising heavy metal band, they are on the jump to become one of the leading female-fronted metal bands. Singer Marta Gabriel not only has the looks, but also the stage talent and incredibly powerful voice, often drawing comparisons to the legendary WARLOCK with Doro Pesch on vocals. Legends’ epic songs dive into mythological worlds of fantasy and mystery, presented by an authentic, blistering and enthusiastic band that will surprise many. The album also features guest appearances by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept/U.D.O.), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Rhino (ex-Manowar), and the first edition of the album also features a cover of Accept’s anthem “TV War.”

Email interviews with CRYSTAL VIPER are available now!


Hungarian act EKTOMORF shall release their new studio album Redemption via AFM Records to North American audiences on February 22nd, 2011. Recorded at the famous Antfarm Studios with Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity, Heaven Shall Burn), Redemption builds on the modern metal sound they’ve been known for over their previous releases, and showcases the band utilizing some new elements including acoustic guitars and clean vocals on the recording.

EKTOMORF will embark on a European headlining tour this month with support from Brazilian thrash metal veterans Korzus and more. The band will continue to announce more tours and major European festival appearances throughout 2011.

Email interviews with EKTOMORF are available upon request.


Italian folk/power metal heroes ELVENKING shall unleash their sixth full-length Red Silent Tides to North American masses on February 22nd, 2011, via AFM Records.

While ELVENKING’s 2008-released Two Tragedy Poets (…And a Caravan of Weird Figures) was a vastly acoustic album, Red Silent Tides shows the band returning to full electric sound, and also integrating more of an 80’s hard rock element that matches perfectly with the folk-infused power metal they are known for. Tracks like “Your Heroes Are Dead,” “Runereader” and powerful opener “Dawnmelting” are all unmistakably ELVENKING, yet the anthem-fueled “The Cabal” picks up right where their hit “The Divided Heart” left off in 2007, and it’s one of the standout and wonderfully creative moments of the album. But the newly integrated hard rock elements really burn through on “Possession,” “The Last Hour” and “What’s Left Of Me,” which will undoubtedly surprise longtime fans. With the final album mix perfected by highly-acclaimed producer Dennis Ward, the end result is ELVENKING’s most mature album to date, and a journey full of poetry, melancholy and empowerment.

Interviews with ELVENKING are available via email anytime.


Legendary American power metal act HELSTAR has built an incredible legacy. Their early album from the 80’s, Burning Star, Distant Thunder, Remnants Of War and Nosferatu are classics of the genre, and even after a long break the band returned with full force in 2008 with possibly their best album to date, the mighty The King Of Hell.

Just two years after their glorious return, the cult Dallas, Texas act is preparing to unleash another powerful anthem for every diehard fan of U.S. power/thrash metal, with the release of their latest album, Glory Of Chaos. Set for release on German powerhouse AFM Records this February 8th, Glory Of Chaos is undoubtedly HELSTAR’s heaviest and most energetic album yet, boasting a fantastic, clear, powerful sound, bearing the band’s trademark sound, and yet remaining fresh to longtime followers of the act. As always, legendary vocalist James Rivera remains as one of the most charismatic and impressive voices in the metal scene, having also spent time fronting Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches, Destiny’s End and Distant Thunder. The first edition of the release also includes two bonus tracks, as HELSTAR covers the tunes “Heavy Metal Thunder” (Saxon) and “Animal Magnetism” (Scorpions).

Phone and email interviews with HELSTAR are available; please get in touch with Earsplit for more details.


England may not be the first country that comes to mind when discussing thrash metal, yet, it’s hard not to think of ONSLAUGHT when mentioning legendary bands of the genre. Power From Hell (1985) and The Force (1986) have a well deserved place in the collection of any old school metal fanatic and the British quintet continues to release quality thrash records.

After a fifteen year hiatus, ONSLAUGHT returned in 2007 with the triumphant release of their Killing Peace full-length, featuring the high-speed thrash attack ONSLAUGHT is notorious for. The record was a fist in the face of anyone who deemed the Brits dead.

Now in 2010, a new chapter begins, as ONSLAUGHT are prepared to release their fifth studio album Sounds Of Violence. Due for North American release on February 8th, 2011 via Germany’s AFM Records — right in time to celebrate this cult band’s 25th anniversary — the album falls perfectly in line with Killing Peace, yet broadens the classic ONSLAUGHT style once again, helping the band maintain an original edge. Recorded and produced in the renowned Hansen-Studios (Destruction, Heathen, Mercenary), the blazing record boasts ten brand new original tracks, as well as a cover of Motörhead’s classic “Bomber,” featuring guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead) and Tom Angelripper (Sodom).

ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler and guitarist Nige Rockett are available for phone and email interviews anytime.


TANKARD formed in the early ’80s, virtually launching a massive wave of German thrash bands who have since become household acts worldwide, including Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and more. While a lot of these other acts have struggled, breaking up and reuniting over the years, TANKARD have never experienced these problems, maintaining their status for nearly 30 years now, delivering one strong album after another. When you think of beer and thrash metal the name TANKARD is the first that should come to mind…

TANKARD’s brand new aptly titled 14th studio effort Vol(l)ume 14 will be on tap in North America on February 22nd, 2011 via AFM Records. Containing ten booze-soaked hymns of course showcasing the band’s alcoholic homage, TANKARD also follow their thrash roots, addressing socio-political topics as well, especially on the track “Black Plague (BP)” which blatantly addresses the giant BP corporation’s obvious greed and recklessness with this year’s oil disaster in the Gulf Of Mexico.

This album is for every fan of top notch classic thrash metal, and its solidifies the fact that TANKARD are one of the most unique bands of the genre. Break out a case of beer and destroy your house to Vol(l)ume 14!

Interviews with TANKARD are available to North American journalists via Earsplit now. Bring a flask.


AFM Records is distributed in North America by E1 Entertainment.

THE OCEAN: Special Museum Show In Berlin Featuring Guest Musicians This Saturday!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

On Saturday, January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. The band will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. “We will have our piano player Irakli Mamrikishvili with us, who will play on one of these instruments,” said the band in a collective statement, “as well as our live cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou.” The show will also be filmed for an upcoming  DVD. Though THE OCEAN will not be playing anything off Anthropocentric during this particular performance, they will be performing some Precambrian tunes they’ve never played before.

THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE (with a “Lange Nacht der Museen”-ticket, which gives you admission to all Berlin museums for the whole night between 6:00pm and 3:00am). For more info, visit:

AMON AMARTH: Full Metal Jackie To Premiere “War Of The Gods” This Weekend

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Johan Hegg, leader of Viking-inspired death metal collective AMON AMARTH, will premiere “War Of The Gods” on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated metal radio show this coming weekend (January 28 – January 30). “War Of The Gods” is the opening track and first single off the band’s anticipated Surtur Rising full-length, scheduled for North American release via Metal Blade on March 29, 2011. The eighth long-player in AMON AMARTH’s winding discography, Surtur Rising was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and features the fiery cover art of Tom Thiel.

Hegg spoke to Full Metal Jackie at length about the record earlier this month. To find a rock station near you carrying the show, go to: http:///

Stay tuned for the official Surtur Rising landing page!

MACABRE Celebrate 25 Years With Anticipated Album; New Track Available Via Noiscreep

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Earsplit PR is incredibly proud to join forces with Chicago’s infamous murder metal trio MACABRE, as the fiends prepare to eviscerate the public with their first album in eight long years!

Recorded over the course of the band’s 25th anniversary, the highly anticipated 14-track platter of splatter Grim Scary Tales presents the classic MACABRE style fans have come to bloodthirstily expect, cleverly combining nursery rhyme sing-along quirkiness with ultra-tight, high-speed, gore/grind/death ingenuity. Their first full length since 2003’s blistering Murder Metal, this time MACABRE have cleverly devised a “story book of murder,” as Grim Scary Tales traces some of the most infamous serial killers and mass murderers. From the beginning or recorded mass killers, the album progresses through the annals of the world’s creepiest ghouls, including Locusta, Vlad Tepes, Gilles Garnier, Elizabeth Bathory, Mary Ann Cotton, the Bender Family, Lizzie Borden, Karl Grossmann and more. Recorded and mixed at The Ensomberoom by Geoff Montgomery (The Chasm, Coffinworm, Shub Niggurath, Couldron), this crushing album also bears original artwork and layout crafted by Scott Jackson of Monsterman Graphics and Rock N Roll Comics notoriety, perfectly visualizing the album’s gory nature.

Today, is hosting a premiere of the track “The Big Bad Wolf” from Grim Scary Tales.  Check it out here.

Keeping a band together for 25 years is a monumental thing for any group of musicians, but to keep a trio together without a lineup change in a quarter of a century as MACABRE have is nearly unheard of. Yet as time goes on, MACABRE remain in their initial lineup, as always consisting of Corporate Death (lead vocals, guitar), Dennis The Menace (drums) and Nefarious (bass, vocals).

To be released on the band’s own Decomposed Records as always, Grim Scary Tales is directly licensed for North American release on February 8th via Willowtip Records, and in Europe January 31st on Hammerheart Records.

Grim Scary Tales Track Listing:

1. Locusta
2. Nero’s Inferno
3. The Black Knight
4. Dracula
5. The Big Bad Wolf
6. Countess Bathory (Venom cover)
7. Burke and Hare
8. Mary Ann
9. The Bloody Benders
10. Lizzie Borden
11. The Ripper Tramp From France
12. Bella the Butcher
13. The Kiss of Death
14. The Sweet Tender Meat Vendor

IMPIETY: Blackened Death Metallers To Release Three-Song EP Via Pulverised Records

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Blackened death metal emperors IMPIETY, who feature within their ranks bassist/vocalist Shyaithan, guitarists Guh Lu (Xeper, Divine Codex,) and Eskathon and drummer Atum (Malfeitor, Divine Codex), will release a three-song EP via Singapore’s Pulverised Records later this winter. Entitled Advent Of…, the EP was recorded, mixed and mastered at Music City Studios in Montebelluna, Italy earlier this month and features cover art by renowned Thai artist Lord Sickness. Check it out HERE. All songs were written and arranged once again by Shyaithan.

Advent Of… Track Listing:
1. Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet
2. Ave Satanas
3. Blood Ritual Defamation

Contact Pulverised Records for pre-order info.

GOREAPHOBIA: Legendary Philadelphia Death MetallersTo Release New Full-length

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

“The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism!”

Legendary Philadelphia death metal squadron GOREAPHOBIA are currently putting the finishing touches on their long-anticipated new full-length fittingly titled Apocalyptic Necromancy. The follow-up to Mortal Repulsion, released in 2009, the 12-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).

Comments guitarist Alex Bouks of the band’s latest output: “All of us in the GOREAPHOBIA camp are real excited about finishing the new record. The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism! The only way I can describe our new endeavor is that’s it’s very diverse and takes us back to the band’s roots. Jim has once again recorded and mixed the record at his home studio, Neanderthal. Apocalyptic Necromancy also marks the debut of our new guitar player VJS. There’s a highly positive and magical vibe for the band at the present time. For me, this record is a true progression from the song writing and production on Mortal Repulsion.We hope to have it out soon for all our long time and newer fans.”

GOREAPHOBIA will release Apocalyptic Necromancy later this year. Further details to be announced soon.

Chris Gamble – Vocals/Bass
Alex Bouks – Guitars
Jim Roe – Drums
VJS – Guitar

BISON b.c. Announce Special One-Off Show With Eyehategod; Dark Ages Full-length Makes Revolver’s Top 20 of 2010 List

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Canadian stoner metallers BISON b.c. will play a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon this February with NOLA sludge heathens Eyehategod. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary.

Who: BISON b.c. w/ Eyehategod + special guests
When: Saturday February 5th (All Ages/Bar wID)
Where: El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave. East Seattle, WA 98109
$18 ADV/$20 DOS
Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

Tickets are available at – no per order fees for online purchases! Charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets are subject to a service charge.

Comments guitarist/vocalist James Farwell: “It is a fucking honor to be sharing the stage with Eyehategod. Seattle should be in for a great time witnessing the carnage. I’m especially happy because I couldn’t afford to go otherwise.”

In related news, the bionic power of the band’s Dark Ages full-length, issued last year via Metal Blade Records, continues to annihilate unsuspecting listeners with its level of riff urgency. Dark Ages made its way on to a host of Year End lists including Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 of 2010 where the band was commended for releasing, “the best meat-and-potatoes stoner-metal record this year.”

“These Canucks have this genuine, but we-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass attitude to them that permeates Dark Ages and the still very imposing Quiet Earth. Two albums into the ‘major’ label career and they’ve yet to misfire. Look the fuck out.” — Blistering

“…intense, guitar heavy thrash that would make even Municipal Waste step back in awe.” — Alternative Press

“…unpretentious, mountainous rock…frequently sound like Mastodon at their most straightforward, coming impressively close to that band’s mastery of the riff.” — Terrorizer Magazine

“BISON b.c . thinks as epic as prehistoric predecessor Mastodon, with Thin Lizzy corollaries and a hardcore fifth gear with vocals to match” — The Austin Chronicle

“Dark Ages is not the sound of the earth moving off its axis; it is the sound of BISON b.c. shoving it off with contemptuous rage.” — Blabbermouth

“Heavy, man. Real heavy. Jean-jacket heavy… If Mastodon had spent more time listening to Anthrax, they might sound like Vancouver’s BISON b.c..” —