Archive for July, 2012

PILGRIM Kick Off Tour With Mares Of Thrace And Primitive Weapons Tonight

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Rhode Island’s doom-doers PILGRIM will kick off a short but punishing run of tour dates tonight with Calgary’s metallic sludgesters Mares Of Thrace and Brooklyn metallic hardcore outfit Primitive Weapons. The festivities will commence in Boston and plunder its way through the Northeastern and Midwest US.

Comments PILGRIM guitarist/vocalist The Wizard “Getting back out on the road excites us in ways no voluptuous wench or black grimoire of spells ever could. The time has come to quest the Eastern roads and spread our misery once again, to places familiar and new. Astaroth be praised.”

In addition, PILGRIM will be headlining this year’s edition of The Stoner Hands of Doom Fest, one of the premier annual gatherings for underground heavy/stoner/doom music in North America. Set to take place August 30 through September 2 at El n Gee Club in New London, Connecticut, PILGRIM will appear alongside the likes of Earthride, Revelation, When The Deadbolt Breaks and more.

PILGRIM Confirmed Tour Dates:
7/31/2012 O’Briens – Boston, MA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/01/2012 Columbus Club – North Providence, RI w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar – Amityville, NY w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/05/2012 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/07/2012 The Depot – York, PA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Mares Of Thrace, Primitive Weapons
8/31/2012 SHoD @ El N Gee Club – New London, CT

PILGRIM come to the Metal Blade roster via Alan Nemtheanga’s imprint, Poison Tongue Records. The doom trio consists of: drummer Krolg Splinterfist, the Slayer of Man, bassist Count Elric the Soothsayer and The Wizard. With a mix of destruction, misery and beauty, these young disciples of doom blend a surprisingly original sword ‘n’ sorcery feel with the classic chest-caving heaviness of the masters, Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Reverend Bizarre and Pentagram. Their thick walls of majestically darkened guitar, massive booming bass, and dangerously powerful yet calculated drumming lull listeners into an intense dream-like trance, abducting them to places they never knew were dwelling within their own minds. Commented Pitchfork: “…in a realm where the old-school and the experimental push against one another in an eternally dynamic non-equilibrium, it’s certainly not about who your influences are. It’s, of course, about how you use them. PILGRIM simply have fun with these predecessors, renewing old sounds with the zeal of teenage boys worshiping cheap Sabbath posters on their bedroom walls and the skills of players who’ve been at this for a while. PILGRIM sing about devils and tears, paying dues and surviving adventures, taking care to touch on most of the requisite tropes while not pushing any one too far... This is an excellent debut from a preternaturally developed upstart.”

WINTERFYLLETH’s The Threnody Of Triumph Set For September 25 Release

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Candlelight Records today confirms September 25 as the North American release date for The Threnody of Triumph, the third full-length album from England ’s WINTERFYLLETH. Recorded in Wales with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard), the album delivers ten new conceptual compositions from the black metal quartet. already notes, “The Threnody of Triumph takes the blueprint laid down by The Ghost of Heritage and The Mercian Sphere and builds a monument of utter brilliance upon an already superlative foundation. Riffs pummel from all angles. The majestic scale of the thing is so inspiring that a palpable feeling of grandeur becomes the dominant subtext, each section swelling into an impossibly emotive crescendo.”

Vocalist/guitarist C. Naughton says, “The Threnody Of Triumph is a virulent and passionate album that represents the WINTERFYLLETH of 2012. It represents a continual progression of the band and is a document to our determination to push ourselves further than we have before. On this album we celebrate the lives of those ones lost by contrasting the darkness of loss with the joy of celebrating their memories through the medium of a Threnody; a deathly ode to the memory of ones lost.”

The Threnody of Triumph follows the recent reissue of WINTERFYLLETH’s debut album, The Ghost of Heritage and well-received live appearances at Belgium’s Graspop and France’s Hellfest Festivals. With key performances still to come in the months ahead, the band is eager to bring a cross-section of their music to the masses leading up to and through album release. “We will be playing some new material at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany on August 4 and are excited to bring the music back home at Bloodstock Open Air on August 9,” says Naughton. “We hope to see some of you down the front this Summer.”

WINTERFYLLETH combine vicious yet moody, folk-inspired black metal that harkens back to the early days of Enslaved and old-school Ulver. The band’s lyrics delve into tales of England ’s archaic history, recounting major events, battles. They draw inspiration from sites and scenery gracing the countryside that has played an integral part in the country’s history. Formed in 2007, WINTERFYLLETH features Naughton with drummer S. Lucas, guitarist M. Wood, and bassist N. Wallwork .

The Threnody of Triumph Track Listing:
1. A Thousand Winters
2. The Swart Raven
3. Aefterield Freon
4. A Memorial
5. The Glorious Plain
6. A Soul Unbound
7. Void of Light
8. The Fate of Souls After Death
9. Home is Behind
10. The Threnody of Triumph

“…their black metal leanings gnawing endlessly on folk’s melodicism. They serve as curveballs and showcases of their versatility.”– Metal Sucks

“…expansively melodic tremolo breaks soaring over thunderous double bass stampes” – Terrorizer

“Finally, a British black metal band with sufficient charisma, gall and artistry to draw the spotlight back onto the scene where the genre was spawned in the first place.” — Metal Hammer

WINTERFYLLETH will leave you breathless..” — Zero Tolerance

PRIMATE: Atlanta Savages Confirm Record Release Show This Week

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Following the very recent release of their debut LP Draw Back A Stump internationally via Relapse Records, Atlanta grind punks PRIMATE have just confirmed a local release show to unleash the beast to their local hordes. The quintet will antagonize Atlanta’s most raging metallians this Friday, August 3rd at an in-store performance at local indie shop Criminal Records. Doors for this FREE SHOW are at 7pm; Be there, or suffer the consequences… of missing a seriously sick show. The members of PRIMATE will be available to sign records and meet fans following their set. Full info for the event is posted HERE.

Stream Draw Back A Stump in its entirety at PRIMATE’S BANDCAMP PAGE.

PRIMATE’s grind-infused hardcore punk ruckus brings the relentless spirit of the genre’s pioneers like Poison Idea, Doom, Bad Brains, Napalm Death and Discharge into the modern age with super slick and thunderous production and a foundation-leveling sonic beating. Formed by vocalist Kevin Sharp, bassist/vocalist Dave Whitworth, drummer Shayne Huff and guitarists Bill Kelliher and Mike Brennan, the band disbursed a 1000-run CD pressing of Draw Back A Stump on their own last year. Shortly after, they joined forces with Relapse who are now preparing to officially release the remixed and remastered version of the album worldwide in all formats, featuring three tracks not on the original release.

“…an album that could line up well on the skate ramp boombox along with Minor Threat, Government Issue and Millions Of Dead Cops… If you like punk and grind, this album is pretty much mandatory. Did you really expect something involving members of both Brutal Truth and Mastodon to suck?” – Decibel

“…it’s just so simple, unpretentious and bludgeoning, it’s almost hard to believe a band this straightforward manages to still sound pretty fresh. 9/10″ – Metal Storm

“…these veteran players deliver a scorching new effort, chock full of blazing punk-rock-flavored, d-beat-induced grindcore that is fresh and exciting while giving nod to the glory days.” – Blow The Scene

“…a hardcore record that is distinctly traditional, while still making occasional nods at all manner of more recent advancements… 4/5″ – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

TARJA: Into The Sun Video Unveiled

Monday, July 30th, 2012

In celebration of Act I, the soon-to-be-released first ever live solo offering from legendary Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, TARJA TURUNEN, Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, are please to unleash the video for “Into The Sun.”

Act I will be unleashed to North American fans on September 4, 2012 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format. A monumental undertaking recorded and filmed with 10 HD cameras at the breathtaking Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina earlier this Sprint, Act 1 offers up an elaborate track listing of solo tunes, Nightwish classics and various covers including a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera,” Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away,” Whitesnake’s “Still Of The Night” and a variety of video extras. Check out the stunning cover art and official video trailer if you missed it the first time around HERE.

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Tour With Mares Of Thrace And Pilgrim Begins Tomorrow

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Brooklyn metallic hardcore outfit PRIMITIVE WEAPONS are prepared to embark on their next tour in support of their debut LP The Shadow Gallery. The tour kicks off tomorrow evening in Boston and will pillage its way through the Northeastern and Upper Midwest US states for eleven dates. PRIMITIVE WEAPONS will co-headline the trek with Calgary’s metallic sludgesters Mares Of Thrace and Providence’s doom troupe Pilgrim. Following this set of dates PW will branch off for two newly booked shows in Minneapolis and Fargo alongside Gay Witch Abortion, Blackthorne. The band have also been  confirmed to support Long Island hardcore heroes Vision Of Disorder at a Brooklyn gig in November, and will continue to announce more live appearances in the coming weeks.

The seven churning, expansive tracks on PRIMITIVE WEAPONS‘ debut LP The Shadow Gallery cover an incredible amount of territory and engage the listener with crushing grooves and empowering swells, showing fans of forward-thinking metallic hardcore and free-form metal what the band is all about. The album was released in March via Prosthetic Records as the band stormed SXSW 2012. Since its release into the public The Shadow Gallery has amassed praise from fans and media outlets across the globe, the band touring regionally throughout the Northeastern states.

Stream The Shadow Gallery in its entirety VIA BROOKLYN VEGAN.

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS Confirmed Tour Dates:
7/31/2012 O’Briens – Boston, MA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/01/2012 Columbus Club – North Providence, RI w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar – Amityville, NY w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/05/2012 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/07/2012 The Depot – York, PA w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Mares Of Thrace, Pilgrim
8/12/2012 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ Gay Witch Abortion, Blackthorne
8/13/2012 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND w/ Gay Witch Abortion, Blackthorne
11/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vision Of Disorder [info]

“…they do an admirable job of unnerving you while beating you senseless, insidious and alluring melodies infecting everything they do. As a statement of intent, The Shadow Gallery leaves no doubt that Primitive Weapons is the real deal… 9/10″ – Outburn

“It’s a coruscating blend of slow-motion hard/metalcore with a bit of good ol’ American sludge bringing up the rear.” – Decibel

“Primitive Weapons know a little of a good thing goes a long way, and that their full-volume maximum-effort music straddles a delicate line between exhilarating and exhausting. Holding back on the song front might irk fans that want all the Primitive Weapons they can handle, but better to leave them wanting more than to wear out a welcome. 7.9/10″ – Pitchfork

“Take Deadguy’s burly, mid-tempo chaos, dice up the spaces between with tribal, Liars-esque drumbeats… creepy melodic passages… and a cacophony of swirling riffs… and you have The Shadow Gallery in a nutshell.” – Alternative Press

“…for all their noisy bluster and rigid unpredictability they rarely lose sight of the songs themselves. The attention paid to dynamics and the relative brevity (no songs exceed the 5 minute mark) keep things both concise and cathartic. 4/5″ – The PRP

“Primitive Weapons have somehow found their own singular voice in a post-Mastodonian minefield littered with carcasses of bands that have tried and failed to capture the energy of the latter’s early recordings.” – Metalsucks

STRONG INTENTION: Maryland Powerviolence Instigators Announce August Tour Dates

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Maryland powerviolence instigators, STRONG INTENTION, will set stages ablaze again this August. The 10 date adventure will commence in Clifton, New Jersey and roll through New York, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. The band will be joined by Misery Index from August 14 – 19 and then Abigail Williams from August 20 – 23.

Comments SI founding frontman Zac Ohler: “Looking forward to ending the Summer on the road with the grind machine that is Misery Index and then mixing it up with some dates on the Abigail Williams farewell tour. Make no mistake, this is not a fucking game… remember kids, always leave violence up the experts!”

In related news, recently posted an in-depth interview with the longtime scene vet. Check it out HERE.

STRONG INTENTION August Tour 2012:
8/14/2012 The Depot – York, PA w/ Misery Index
8/15/2012 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ w/ Misery Index
8/16/2012 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Misery Index
8/17/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD w/ Misery Index
8/18/2012 Boneyard – Atlantic City, NJ w/ Misery Index
8/19/2012 Ottobar – Bmore, MD w/ Vital Remains, Misery Index
8/20/2012 Johnson City, TN w/ Abigail Williams
8/21/2012 Coffin House – Roanoke, VA w/ Abigail Williams
8/22/2012 Balls Bluff – Leesburg, VA w/ Abigail Williams
8/23/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD w/ Abigail Williams

STRONG INTENTION released their Razorblade Express 7” EP via PATAC Records last month and has successful rattled souls across the lands with its debilitating heaviness. Razorblade Express features bass work by Cattle Decapitation’s Derek Engemann, a killer guest appearance by Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams on the title track and “3rd Space Gorilla Generator” and is limited to just 500 copies. Nab your copy HERE.

Additionally, PATAC, who recently joined forces with ILD (Independent Label Distribution) alongside such labels such as Tankcrimes, Profane Existence, Six Weeks,etc., is hosting a special Summer Of Scum Sale! Get 10% off your entire order through August! Head over to PATAC RECORDS WEBSTORE for all your punk, metal, crust, grind and hardcore needs.

“Lurching sludge with Black Flag riff-o-rama, thick heavy evilosity that grinds like a mortar and pestle…” –Decibel

“A seething cesspit of grimy sludge and carnivorous belligerent grind “– Metal Hammer

“Razorblade Express is a righteously classic example of how the band has violently married the weight of Sludge with the cardio-crazed genes of punk, grind and thrash. — The Metal Observer

“…an ultimate, straight-up rager.” — Exclaim

“…blazing fast thrash crust grind madness…” — Empty Hands

“…it’ll fuckin’ smoke your bones!” – Hellride

“…six songs of intensity that’ll make your head explode with fiery guitar work and drums so fast they’ll make Slayer look like amateurs,” – Critical Mass

“Genre-splitting carnage at its finest.” – Metal As Fuck

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Issue Status Update; Band Self-Reissues Lauded Two Hunters 2xLP

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Following many months of touring throughout 2011 and into 2012 in support of their fourth full-length release, Celestial Lineage, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM this week issue an official statement on the current state of the band as well as some insight on what the future may hold for the brothers Weaver.

“After months of journeying we’re settled back into our life at home. Soft, warm breezes, the calls of Ravens and Eagles, the scent of Cedar and Salt Water. The Northwest Summer is a soothing balm to the stresses and strains of the road and the alchemic pressure-cooker of the recording studio. But it has been a great two years for us. We are so proud of Celestial Lineage, and our tours in the United States and Europe were inspiring and full of good experiences. Contrary to sensationalist rumor, we have no desire or intention to end Wolves In The Throne Room. It is very possible that future albums will be recorded. Live performances might transpire. But for now, we are reconnecting to hearth and home. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thank to everyone who has helped and supported us over the years. Playing this music has transformed us as people, and we are blessed to have shared this path with so many other travelers.”

In other news, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recently pressed a brand new vinyl pressing of their landmark 2008 full-length Two Hunters. The album likely considered the “fan favorite” from the band’s catalog of releases, Two Hunters has undeniably helped elevate WITTR into the upper echelon of contemporary extreme metal as well as having a substantial impact on USBM in general. Having remained out-of-print on wax since its initial release, the band has taken it upon themselves to self-release the new pressing. The double 180-gram LP layout features a thick, full color Stoughton gatefold tip-on jacket, full color printed inner-sleeves for each LP, and an embossed gold foil stamped logo on front cover. Additionally this version includes an extended intro to the track “Cleansing,” featuring vocals by Jessika Kenney, as well as the nearly seventeen-minute-long vinyl-only bonus track “To Reveal.” The Two Hunters 2xLP is available direct from the band now AT THIS LOCATION.

The Weaver brothers will issue more info on WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s future in due time.

MARES OF THRACE Confirm Lineup Alterations; Tour With Primitive Weapons, Pilgrim Begins This Week

Friday, July 27th, 2012

This week, Calgary-based doom-core outfit MARES OF THRACE have made a major announcement about the band’s lineup. Since their 2009 inception the band has been comprised of longtime friends guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz and drummer Stef MacKichan, but this week the band announced the departure of Stef and the induction of new drummer Rae Amitay. Rae was trained at the Berklee School of Music, has recently recorded with folk metal act Thrawsunblat (the new band formed by members of Woods of Ypres), and is a staff writer for The full statement welcoming Rae is posted on the MARES OF THRACE Facebook page.

Additionally, the band will become a three-piece for this tour, joined by a bass player for the first time. Scott Shellhammer (American Heritage) who played drums on the recent MARES OF THRACE tour through Canada and the U.S., as well as painted the cover art for their new album The Pilgrimage, will lay down the low-end on the forthcoming trek.

The first MARES OF THRACE performances with the new lineup will be on the pending tour where the band will join Providence’s epic doom trio Pilgrim and Brooklyn’s metallic hardcore quartet Primitive Weapons for a string of ten Northeastern U.S. shows, kicking off this week.

MARES OF THRACE’s sophomore LP The Pilgrimage was released worldwide via Sonic Unyon Metal in April. Critics and fans alike have been blown away by the band’s dynamic, metallic hybrid of sludge and scathing metalcore tendencies, the album receiving rave reviews and major coverage from media outlets worldwide. The band will have the new limited edition vinyl version of the album with them on the forthcoming tour. Limited to 500 copies on red and black splattered wax, each LP includes a CD version of the album as well.

For review copies of The Pilgrimage, interviews with MARES OF THRACE or coverage of the upcoming tour dates, worldwide contact

7/31/2012 O’Briens – Boston, MA
8/01/2012 Columbus Club – North Providence, RI [*new show]
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar – Amityville, NY
8/05/2012 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD [*new venue]
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2012 The Depot – York, PA
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove – Cleveland, OH
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL

NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR and OILTANKER: An August Southern Lord Crust Attack

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Southern Lord confirms August 14th as the official North American release date for two raging new acts to the label’s roster; NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR and OILTANKER.

Hailing from Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen, death-crust quintet NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR have waged war on the world with their tales of despair, human atrocities and man-made Armageddon since 2003. 2012 sees the unit hooking up with Southern Lord for the release of Chaos Reigns, a CD compilation of ten crushing tunes from several of the band’s vinyl releases. The band’s metallic crust-punk coalesces elements of Tragedy, Discharge, Doom, Amebix and even some Slayer into a thunderous, pissed-off brew of moshworthy riff mayhem.

Chaos Reigns Track Listing:
1. Crisis
2. Collapse
3. Descent
4. Abyss
5. Total Annihilation
6. Mindchain
7. Devolve to Submission
8. World Enslaved
9. Chaotic Alliance
10. The Darkest Age
11. Morbid Tales

The Shadow of Greed/Crusades is the first official CD release from Hartford, Connecticut d-beat punks OILTANKER. The limited edition, numbered CD release combines the band’s Shadow of Greed LP and Crusades 7”, previously only available on vinyl. Busting loose with sixteen socio/politically-fueled crust anthems in under thirty-two minutes, OILTANKER are a sure-thing for circle-pit ragers and diehard fans of Wolfbrigade, His Hero is Gone, State of Fear and Hellshock.

The Shadow of Greed/Crusades Track Listing:
1. Last Words
2. Coma
3. Who’s in Control
4. Blight
5. The Circle Complete
6. A Means to an End
7. By Death or by Force
8. Ignorant Bastards
9. Suffer
10. Sorrow
11. Consume and Grow
12. Crusades
13. No Remorse
14. Gutted
15. Ruins
16. Plague

CRYPT OF KERBEROS: Swedish Death-Prog Cultists Unleash Reissue Via Pulverised; Track Stream Available At Ad Hoc

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The scalding metal-toting folks at Pulverised Records are pleased to announce the reissue of World Of Myths from Swedish death-prog cultists CRYPT OF KERBEROS. Defying all musical trends of the time, the band’s criminally underrated debut was initially released in 1993 through Adipocere Records. An audaciously innovative display of powerful, avant-garde arrangements, and blistering death metal brawn, the record still sounds fresh and exciting some two decades since its release! Digitally re-mastered by Peter Bjärgö at Erebus Odora Studio, Sweden (Interment, Regurgitate, Arcana, etc), the reissue comes in digipak form with new artwork and layout, an updated CD booklet which includes live and studio images, special liner notes by drummer Mattias Borgh as well as never-before-released rehearsal demos from the entire World Of Myths studio session. CRYPT OF KERBEROS consists of past and present members from Eternal Darkness, Tyrant, Arcana and Blood Mortized among others and will be most devoured by fans of Nocturnus, Cynic, Pestilence and Atheist!

In celebration of this special release, Ad Hoc is currently hosting a stream of “Ancient War.” Bludgeon your ear holes HERE.