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CONNOISSEUR: West Coast Stoner Violence Miscreants Unleash “Pot Hole” Video Clip; Hide Your Nugs As The Band Smokes Out A Town Near You

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

On the eve of their massive …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour, today CONNOISSEUR, in cooperation with the dealers at No Clean Singing, offer up the hilarious new video for “Pot Hole.” The stoney psalm comes by way of the band’s Stoner Justice full-length, set to drop next month via Tankcrimes Records.

Issues No Clean Singing, “If you’re not familiar with CONNOISSEUR and you’re expecting some paint-by-numbers stoner metal, you’ll have to re-orient your thinking, with or without some weedy assistance. ‘Pot Hole’ is a seething, searing, thick-riffed outburst of rage, with pissed-off vocal vitriol that will leave your ear drums in tatters. Yeah, CONNOISSEUR do not adjust to an empty pot hole by chanting tranquilizing mantras. The video, by the way, is funny as shit.”

Don’t believe the hype? Point your glassy peepers on over to THIS LOCATION and see for yourself.

And if you missed it, sample THC-infused cranium-crusher, “New Amsterdam,” still streaming via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION as well as their lyric video for “Orc Summer,” now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATON.

CONNOISSEUR will bring their weedian hymns to stages throughout the US on a mammoth run of live incursions slated to kick off tomorrow in Oakland. The trek will smoke out over four dozen metropolises through July 11th. Hide your nugs!

CONNOISSEUR …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour:
5/22/2015 Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/24/2015 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
5/25/2015 Kevin’s Gate – Eugene, OR * matinee show
5/25/2015 The Wisp House – Salem, OR
5/26/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA

5/27/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
5/28/2015 Shredder  – Boise, ID
5/29/2015 Rampdale – Salt Lake City UT
5/30/2015 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
5/31/2015 Club Scum – Denver, CO
6/01/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/02/2015 Oleavers – Omaha, NE
6/03/2015 Junk Joint – Minneapolis, MN
6/04/2015 Union Jack – Appleton, WI
6/05/2015 Cocoon Room – Milwaukee, WU
6/06/2015 The 2040 – Chicago, IL
6/07/2015 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
6/08/2015 Sexx Mansion – Indianapolis, IN
6/09/2015 Spacebar – Columbus, OH
6/10/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/11/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Northrup House - Buffalo, NY
6/13/2015 No Cars - Rochester, NY
6/15/2015 O’Brien’s - Boston, MA
6/16/2015 Funky Jungle – Providence, RI
6/17/2015 Soul Sounds – Long Island, NY
6/18/2015 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
6/19/2015 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
6/20/2015 Mill Hill  – Trenton, NJ
6/21/2015 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
6/22/2015 Skid Row – York, PA
6/23/2015 house show – Richmond, VA
6/24/2015 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
6/25/2015 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
6/26/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
6/27/2015 Bigshows – Statesborough, GA
6/28/2015 TBA – Gainesville, FL
6/29/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
6/30/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/02/2015 The Shop - Houston, TX
7/03/2015 TBA – Dallas, TX
7/04/2015 Lost Well  – Austin, TX
7/05/2015 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
7/06/2015 TBA – El Paso, TX
7/07/2015 Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
7/08/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
7/09/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
7/10/2015 E. 7th St. Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 924 Gilman St – Berkeley, CA
Tour Event Page HERE

Likening themselves to Earth Crisis if they “smoked weed and listened to Spazz,” the Smokeland, California-based trio, CONNOISSEUR, deafens the weak with an upbeat/d-beat barrage of West Bay powerviolence packed with resin-coated sludgedowns and chronically brutal, comically cheeba-charged vocal onslaughts that consume the listener in a violently stoned, inescapable haze. Initially released in EP form last year and captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, Oakland (Annihilation Time, Iron Lung, Vhöl, Brainoil), Stoner Justice redux is remastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering (Abscess, Toxic Holocaust, Voetsek etc.) and has been expanded to fourteen blunted ragers, including a live set professionally recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover on February 13th, 2015 (mixed and mastered by the same team) and includes a mind-bending cover art collaboration by Skinner (Mastodon) and Hal Rotter (Atriarch, Cough, Eyehategod, Skeletonwitch etc.). Those who puff to the gutter-crusted resonance of Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out, Dystopia, and Earth Crisis, listen up.

Stoner Justice will see release on CD, LP (on rad splatter vinyl) and digitally via Tankcrimes on June 9th, 2015. For preorder bundles scroll on over to THIS LOCATION.

Within these 31 minutes of violent music, you get fourteen tracks that hit you hard in the chest. So breathe in deep bitch, cough heavily and let CONNOISSEUR take over your body. It’s the gateway drug to more great metal. A step up from last year’s EP, delivering the same punches as last year but adding much more quality substance to give us a quality high that only true musicians can achieve. Blaze this over and over, let me know how you feel in the morning.” – HeadbangorGTFO

DISTRICT 97 Issues Trailer For In Vaults; Brand New Album Nears June Release Through Laser’s Edge

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Chicago’s DISTRICT 97 has just released a trailer for their impending third studio full-length, In Vaults, which showcases the album’s cover art, photos, and clips from several tracks found on the release.

Their third album for Laser’s Edge, In Vaults boasts more than an hour of DISTRICT 97’s unique brew of prog rock, metal, alternative, classical, pop and jazz influences with nine brand new tracks. The album was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain, and features brilliant cover art designed by Björn Gooßes.

The first audio samples from DISTRICT 97’s In Vaults have come to light this week through a trailer for the record which is now playing at THIS LOCATION.

Listen for singles from In Vaults including an official video and more to be leaked in the coming weeks as the album nears official release on June 23rd.

With an energetic and assorted blend of progressive rock, metal and pop influences, DISTRICT 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 initially as a Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock act before deciding to add a vocalist to complement their sound. Enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson, Leslie’s dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. Capturing the attention of Laser’s Edge, the label signed DISTRICT 97 for the 2010 release of their debut album, Hybrid Child, followed in 2012 by their follow-up, Trouble With Machines. Both albums balance meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and run the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of The Beatles. Heavy bouts of live performances surrounding both records included a number of high profile festivals, opening support slots for prog icons Kansas, and even European and North American tours with John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia/UK). These spectacular shows saw DISTRICT 97 open with their own material, and then join forces with Wetton for a full set of legendary King Crimson tracks, as memorialized on their joint 2014 live album, One More Red Night.

REVOCATION Launches New Lyric Video For “Madness Opus;” Tour With Veil Of Maya Underway

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

REVOCATION is back on the road right now supporting Veil Of Maya. The tour commenced yesterday in Detroit, and will wind its way through the east coast, the south, and up into western Canada for a final show on June 14 in Winnipeg. A trailer for the tour can be seen now HERE. Tickets are on sale through your local ticket outlet.

In celebration of the trek, the band has prepared a series of lyric videos with fellow guitarist and director/animator Nick Hipa. The first for “Labyrinth Of Eyes” was unleashed last week. This week the band unveils a clip for “Madness Opus,” streaming HERE, along with all of REVOCATION’s previously released videos for Deathless.

REVOCATION w/ Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Gift Giver, Entheos:
5/21/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
5/22/2015 Waterstreet Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/23/2015 Revolution – Long Island, NY
5/24/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
5/25/2015 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
5/26/2015 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
5/27/2015 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
5/28/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
5/29/2015 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
5/30/2015 State Theater – Tampa, FL
6/02/2015 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
6/03/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
6/04/2015 Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
6/06/2015 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/08/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/11/2015 The Republik – Calgary, AB
6/12/2015 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
6/13/2015 The Exchange-  Regina, SK
6/14/2015 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB

REVOCATION has spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full-length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of Dan Gargiulo on guitar, and Brett Bamberger on bass. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. The band’s latest full-length, Deathless, was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts.

Deathless debuted on the Billboard Charts beating their previous album by more than 30 spots to land at #124 on the Top 200 Chart. Deathless also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #114 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart. This is REVOCATION’s second straight debut on the Top 200 Chart.

During the recording process, the band shot a series of videos documenting their work. All three episodes, along with the music video for the title track, can be seen now at

LOCRIAN: Blackened-Avant Industrialists Prepare Infinite Dissolution LP For July Release Via Relapse Records; Album Trailer + Preorders Posted

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
[photo by Jimmy Hubbard]

The latest full-length studio installation from experimental outfit, LOCRIAN, has been completed, as the longstanding trio prepares to release Infinite Dissolution through Relapse Records in late July. In addition to the expansive album’s release date, track listing, cover artwork and preorder links, a trailer containing samples of several of the record’s movements has also been issued to the public.

2015 marks ten years since the formation of Chicago/Baltimore-based LOCRIAN, who over the past decade has left a smoldering mass of well over twenty recordings in their wake, many of them self-released, many others through labels including Utech, Fan Death, Bloodlust!, Small Doses, At War With False Noise, and the group’s private label Land of Decay before signing with Relapse Records in 2012 for the release of their The Clearing/The Final Epoch 2xCD. The band’s experimental/avant approach unifies post-industrial and black metal persuasions in a crushing alloy of organic and mechanical elements, having earned them widespread media praise from countless underground and mainstream media outlets and journalist worldwide.

LOCRIAN now return with Infinite Dissolution, another dark and cinematic work of exceptional aural artistry. More epic and foreboding than anything in the prolific trio’s catalog, Infinite Dissolution was recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and is a multi-part concept album dealing with the struggle of human extinction. A seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambience, drone, black metal, post-rock, and experimental electronics, Infinite Dissolution is the perfect manifestation of modern, forward-thinking experimental music.

Having now been set for North American release on July 24th, 2015 on CD, LP and digital formats, preorders for Infinite Dissolution have been released — including colored vinyl, merch bundles and more — alongside a visual trailer including the record’s track listing and cover artwork, created from photos of a massive physical installation by sculptor David Altmejd.

View the trailer for LOCRIAN’s Infinite Dissolution RIGHT HERE and view physical preorder options HERE, and digitally via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE.

Infinite Dissolution Track Listing:
1. Arc of Extinction
2. Dark Shales
3. KXL I
4. The Future of Death
5. An Index of Air
i. Divinations
ii. Air Structures
iii. Watcher of the Clouds
7. The Great Dying
8. Heavy Water

Fans of Liturgy, Ulver, SUNN O))), Deafheaven, The Haxan Cloak, Wolves in the Throne Room, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Horseback, Zombi and everything in between should watch for more audio samples from Infinite Dissolution to appear in the coming weeks. Additionally, regional live actions around the band’s Chicago homeland and on both US coasts and beyond will be scheduled and announced as the band celebrates a decade of auditory termination this year.

André Foisy – Guitars, Electronics, Piano
Terence Hannum – Vocals, Moog Little Phatty, Moog Minitaur, Moog Source, MicroKorg, Arp Avatar, EDP Wasp, Mellotron M400, Samples
Steven Hess – Drums, Percussion, Electronics

BIG|BRAVE: Southern Lord Announces The Signing Of Montreal Trio

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Southern Lord is pleased to announce the signing of Montreal trio, BIG|BRAVE.

The three-piece plays sincere, long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions — at times mournful and unsettling — their music plays out in to moon-bleached grunge where serene vocals crumble over scraping guitars bled of melody.

The new BIG|BRAVE album is penciled in for a late summer release, recorded with Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) at Hotel2Tango. This will add to a growing discography comprising their debut EP An Understanding Between People (2013) and the debut LP Feral Verdure, which they recorded at Paradise Studios with Jon Boles, and self-released in September 2014. There’s high expectation of great things to come…

Stay tuned for more news from Southern Lord and BIG|BRAVE.

WATERTANK Debuts “Surrender” Video Through Noisey; Destination Unknown LP Nears Release Via Solar Flare Records

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Noisey has debuted the brand new video from French post-hardcore riffsmiths, WATERTANK, as the quartet prepares for the release of their sophomore LP, Destination Unknown, through their alliance with Solar Flare Records.

Delivering thirty-three minutes of slick, driving, melodic/post-hardcore on par with the likes of Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Fireside and Failure, the revamped WATERTANK lineup recorded Destination Unknown with Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and commissioned Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner) for mastering duties, cohesively revealing a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs. Directed by the Special Sauce Productions (Hellfest, etc.), the video for “Surrender” sees the band’s humorous side showing through their emotionally ripping rock, mixing lively performance footage with a sort of “Where’s Waldo in-motion” storyboard. Offers Noisey alongside the premiere of the video, “The warm weather is back and everybody’s jerking off the new Refused, but if you’re into rain, cold, Quicksand and Failure. But no worries, because we have what you need: ‘Surrender,’ the first music video from Destination Unknown by Nantes based band WATERTANK. It’s in black & white and more disciplined than a North-Korean representative.”

Scope out WATERTANK’s “Surrender” via Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.

American Aftermath also recently dispatched “DCVR” from the album RIGHT HERE.

WATERTANK is currently performing throughout France, the present routing including a gig tonight in Paris alongside Torche and more. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced as Destination Unknown nears release, and a larger tour is coming together for after the album’s release as well.

5/20/2015 Glazart – Paris, FR w/ Torche, Your Highness
5/21/2015 TBA
5/22/2015 Molodoi – Strasbourg, FR w/ Kurt,Telemark,Last Minute To Jaffna
5/23/2015 Le Café Français – Vesoul, FR w/ Membrane, La Bite et le Couteau
6/01/2015 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Torche

Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records has issued preorders in advance of Destination Unknown’s June 29th street date, the record due on CD, LP and digital formats. View the multiple options and bundles HERE.

OBSEQUIAE: Entire Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP From Minnesota Blackened Medieval Metal Outfit Now Playing At Noisey

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Minnesota-based medieval metal outfit OBSEQUIAE, now just days from the official20 Buck Spin unveiling of their sophomore long-player, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, and in advance, the entire record has been posted for public audibility through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music channel. “Aria Of Vernal Tombs is a grand, sweeping album, owing as much to classic Bathory and Dissection as it does to Spanish harpist Vicente La Camero Marino, whose rippling strings add pagan grace to the songs’ melodic black/death core,” lends the Noisey article on the sprawling LP, continuing, “This is far from Ren Faire metal; it’s too serious, too refined. It channels the melodic bombast of Blut Aus Nord’s Memoria Vetusta trilogy more than any hurdy-gurdy folk metal band that may spring to mind.”

Open the gates to OBSEQUIAE’s imaginative brew of metal with Aria Of Vernal Tombs streaming at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Aria Of Vernal Tombs will see official release in stores this Tuesday, May 26th, the CD in a gorgeous, foil stamped package, currently shipping directly from 20 Buck Spin HERE, and the tracks available for digital preorder HERE. The 12” vinyl edition will follow in late July upon its completion.

Early praise of Aria Of Vernal Tombs has thrived throughout the media for the entire Springtime season. Advance track premieres from the LP received notations including, “their brand of metal is a spectacular one. Symphonic, melodic, thundering, it’s all in here and it’s all great,” from American Aftermath, “This band’s music harkens back to the time of old, while still pushing their brand of metal forward,” by Cvlt Nation, and from No Clean Singing, “There are all sorts of reasons why the passage of time between a band’s releases can grow to the space of three and a half years. In the case of OBSEQUIAE, it is largely a result of the care devoted to the craftsmanship of the music’s creation. The Middle Ages seem to have exerted their influence on the band in more ways than one, not merely providing an ancient template for Vicente La Camera Mariño’s harp music.” Glowing reviews of the album are pouring in as well, including a 4.5/5 review from Angry Metal Guy which included, “Aria of Vernal Tombs represents a supreme example of how to retain the core values of a well received debut, while strengthening and progressing an established formula without severing the crucial threads that drew listeners in to begin with.” Heavy Metal awarded it 4 out of 5 stars, their review offering, “The inclusion of vibrant harp-led instrumentals gives a Middle Ages vibe to the proceedings, supplemented by the jovial lead guitar work. The music here is not far removed from the group’s debut, but there’s a slight maturation that sharpens the delivery.” The LP Was crowned with a 9.5/10 review from The Metal Observer: “OBSEQUIAE have created an album that is filled to the brim with passion and mystical imagery. One listen will have the listener hooked, while repeated spins will truly show that this is a trio of immense talent. The well thought-out and paced songwriting, the flow of the album from the heavier to the soft and back, and the utter brilliance of the closing track make Aria Of Vernal Tombs an easy recommendation.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle’s Doomiest To Kick Off Live Incursion Tomorrow; Tour Trailer Posted

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

[photo by Invisible Hour]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – the Seattle doom brigade featuring iconic guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki) — will level the stages of nine cities with their apocalyptic odes on a long-anticipated bout of West Coast rituals. Slated to commence tomorrow, May 21st, on their home turf of Seattle, the trio will make their way through Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Denver and Salt Lake City with the run drawing to a close in Boise.

Issues Doyle of the trek, “It’s been far too long. The wait is over. Time for us to get out on the road, log some miles in the van and visit the cities and people we love to play our shit for in support of our debut self-titled record on Neurot Recordings.”

View the tour trailer at THIS LOCATION.

5/21/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Bali Girls [tickets]
5/22/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Rabbits [tickets]
5/23/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA [tickets]
5/24/2015 Parkside – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
5/25/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
5/28/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO [tickets]
5/29/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
5/30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID [tickets]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will be touring in support of their lead-footed, self-titled debut, unleashed in February via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. Splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary ruin; a slow, suffocating, spellbinding dance towards a looming apocalypse.

“The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal… Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.” – Invisible Oranges

“The Bros.’ debut lurches to life with a lumbering, grunge-influenced tune, ‘Lava’… From here, things slow down to funeral doom pace for much of the next six tracks/35 minutes. However, the doom and darkness is shaded with some interesting melodic textures and moments of lightness that come at unexpected times and add a dynamic gravity to the material.” – Decibel

“Doyle’s ears must have absorbed the past decade of heavy where the quiet-to-ear-splitting-loud dynamic dominated, but like his Pacific Northwest brothers in YOB, there is purpose in its movement.” – NPR

Tad leads the charge through seven rounds of atmospheric post-sludge, the record’s 44 minutes no less concerned with ambience and mood than with gritting their teeth and bashing the listener over the head with waves of tectonic nod.” – The Obelisk

“After 15 years of relative silence, it’s good to have Tad Doyle back and in such fine form. God’s balls, This is heavy shit.” – MusicOMH

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH further cements Tad’s legacy in this town, while allowing us to take the journey along with him.” – The Seattle Passive Aggressive

Sample BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s “Unnamed,” still streaming at NPR at THIS LOCATION, “La Mano Poderosa” heavying up the airwaves of Classic Rock at THIS LOCATION and “Lava,” still crushing Decibel HERE.

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is currently available on CD or LP at THIS LOCATION.

WRVTH: Eclectic Technical Death Architects Reveal New Lyric Video At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Self-Titled Full-Length To See Release Next Month

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

As California technical death metal architects, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), prepare for the release their self-titled, third full-length this June, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones offers up the brand new video for tenth track, “Into Bloom.”

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, WRVTH’s latest offering features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing. Said Metal Injection upon investigation of their first single: “‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down. The musicianship is very impressive, and like almost all of the other Bay Area-based tech death bands, the album was produced by Zack Ohren, which means it sounds awesome too.” No Clean Singing agrees, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Comments the band of “Into Bloom,” “This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams.”

Check out “Into Bloom,” now playing at Skulls ‘N’ Bones who calls the tune “unpredictable, raw, and unrelenting,” at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample WRVTH’s “Harrowing Winds” at THIS LOCATION.

WRVTH is currently breaking stages as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicked off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through a total of eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder yours today HERE.

CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later, CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), CATTLE DECAPITATION returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life. “Dave is a bonafide producer,” elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. “He’s got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so well. We’ve always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody.”

CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends his throat to “The Prophets Of Loss” while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track “Plagueborne.” Additionally, Germany’s dark metal misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track “Pacific Grim.” Your body simply is not ready.

The record also sees the band extending their collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who’s handled the artwork for every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002’s To Serve Man. “When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band,” says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record’s themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued their present course, with The Anthropocene Extinction we have been transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just part of the problem – there are five gyres on planet earth and they’re all filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean’s ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

The first taste of The Anthropocene Extinction comes in the form of opening track, “Manufactured Extinct,” now available for public consumption at

The Anthropocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
3. Plagueborne
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim

In related news, on Friday, July 11th, fans can join CATTLE DECAPITATION at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California where the band will be playing a special, advanced CD release show in honor of The Anthropocene Extinction. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for this special occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records and the band making this a show not to be missed. So if you are a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick — just short ride away from the SD Convention Center — and prepare to meet your doom! Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. For preorder bundles visit

Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums