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BIG BLACK CLOUD Drops Double-Dose Of Track Premieres From Lessons In Fuck You 2

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

To interrupt your day, Portland’s furious sci-fi punks, BIG BLACK CLOUD, double-dose the public with two pounding new ragers from their Lessons In Fuck You 2 EP.

With a variety of noise and punk colliding head-on, the explosive, noxious brew of Lessons In Fuck You 2 recalls elements of the Dead Kennedys, Circus Lupus, Cows, Alice Donut and Nation of Ulysses delivered with BIG BLACK CLOUD’s unhinged and manic, middle-finger-heavy vibes. Ahead of its release next week, the BBC fiends today pump out two new tracks from their latest distressing tour de force through the aid of well-known metal/punk/arts outlet, Cvlt Nation, and the band’s cohorts at local go-to weekly rag, the Portland Mercury. The ‘Mercury, premieres the record’s sixth track, “Exotic,” calling the album, “a great collection of looser off-hand bits and instrumental excursions, all loud and mad and splattery, in the finest BIG BLACK CLOUD tradition.” And Cvlt Nation deploys the EP-closing “Open Eye/Yadnus Kcalb,” which has them ranting, “these outergalactic space punks are bringing the noise to the vacuum of your mind!”

Perceive thee wounding “Open Eye/Yadnus Kcalb” at Cvlt Nation HERE and “Exotic” at the Portland Mercury’s website HERE.

Lessons In Fuck You 2 will see parole on August 5th, a cooperative release between Portland’s heavy-vibing DIY label Eolian Empire and the band’s own Stankhouse Records. Preorders for the cassette are available HERE and the digital version HERE.

BIG BLACK CLOUD’s hometown record release show for the EP takes place this Saturday, August 2nd with Eolian partners-in-slime, Towers. The gig will be immediately followed by an eight-city run throughout California, from August 7th through the 15th, with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

8/02/2014 High Water Mark – Portland, OR – Record Release show w/ Towers
8/07/2014 3rd Space – Davis, CA
8/08/2014 Telegraph Beach – Oakland, CA
8/09/2014 Industrial Estate – Pasadena, CA
8/10/2014 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
8/11/2014 Pehrspace – Los Angeles, CA
8/12/2014 The Continental Room – Fullerton, CA
8/13/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
8/15/2014 The Mall – Stockton, CA

Lessons In Fuck You 2 was borne of demo sessions recorded and mixed by Andrew Grosse of Caravan Recording (Drunk Dad, Tyrants, Tiny Knives) for the next BIG BLACK CLOUD LP, the record capturing the band in its own anxiety-fueled element, a rollercoaster ride through a collapsing amusement park of overdriven shout-alongs and untethered instrumentals. The recordings, done on location with a mobile unit in the underground lair of the The Fancy Fox, gave the ever-prolific trio a chance to work through a host of new and old ideas. Whether due to the (dis)comfort of their own space, nothing-to-lose abandon, or present states-of-mind, Lessons In Fuck You 2 finds the band in top form: frantic, pissed-off, and sinister as they further explore their own dark territory with off-balance grooves, instrumental street-race sex jams, and wild freakouts, jagged guitar and cracking drums glued together with rubbery bass overlain with can-you-hear-me-now yells. Fuck you too, thank you very much. Please keep your head and hands inside the ride.

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Legion Issues Track-By-Track Video Teaser; Imperium Release Day Approaches

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

New York death metal legion, INTERNAL BLEEDING, will unleash their long-awaited new full-length, Imperium, to the masses this Fall via Unique Leader Records. Produced by the band alongside Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium boasts the menacing artwork of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (Carcass, Cryptopsy, The Haunted, Nevermore et al) and spews forth some of the band’s darkest, heaviest, and most sonically and musically cohesive material of their storied career. Additionally, Imperium includes a three-part trilogy featuring guest appearances by Suffocation’s Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen as well as former INTERNAL BLEEDING throat Frank Rini. At once aurally pulverizing and conceptually strirring, Imperium smokes all its path! INTERNAL BLEEDING is clearly back and ready for a takeover.

In anticipation of its release, today INTERNAL BLEEDING brings fans a ten-plus-minute video examination of Imperium boasting  interviews with individual members as well as snippets of each track.

Comments guitarist Chris Pervelis, “We wanted to try to give fans of the band a little bit of insight into each song from both a musical and lyrical perspective. Even though we feel the album is very cohesive and we’re all on the same page musically, each member of the band has a different take on what is important and interesting about the album. It’s these different perspectives that combine to make Imperium a very complete and well-rounded recording.”

Check out the video along with an additional preorder teaser below.

Coinciding with the release of Imperium, INTERNAL BLEEDING will wage war on North America as part of this year’s Carnival Of Death tour. Set to embark on October 3rd, 2014 in New York City, the trek will level more than two-dozen cities coming to a close on November 3rd, 2014, in Montreal. The band will be joined by Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia.

Carnival Of Death Tour 2014 w/ Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia:
10/03/2014 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/04/2014 The Webster – Hartford, CT
10/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
10/06/2014 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
10/07/2014 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/08/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
10/11/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/12/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/16/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
10/17/2014 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/18/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/19/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2014 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2014 The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
10/22/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 The Level – Kelowna, BC
10/27/2014 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK
10/29/2014 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/2014 Mine Mill Hall – Sudbury, ON
11/01/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/02/2014 Paramount – Rouyn, QC
11/03/2014 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

Imperium will be released via Unique Leader Records on September 30th, 2014. Preorder packages are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: New Track From Los Angeles Sludgecore Act Currently Slaying At Metal Insider

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Today the doers of Metal Insider are very pleased to spew forth “Sleepwalking” from Los Angeles sludgecore bringers, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE.

The tune serves as the first taste of Twilight Upon Us, the band’s forthcoming debut full-length, as well as the first song to be featured in Metal Insider’s brand new “Amplified” column which focuses on pummeling new offerings from scene newcomers.

Notes the notorious website of the ripping new psalm, “The song really highlights what we dig about the band. Starting off with a nearly minute and a half ethereal instrumental that could almost be mistaken for Pelican, the second half of the song explodes into a concise volley of riffs with guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels providing a backdrop to vocalist Scott Werren’s anguished vocals.”

Get walloped by “Sleepwalking” at THIS LOCATION.

Named in honor of a song by iconic noise rockers, Big Black, but more commonly known as a method of murder where the victim’s throat is slashed and the tongue is pulled through the open wound, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE’s Twilight Upon Us, produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios, is the sonic equivalent of this violent and primeval act boasting thirteen smoldering tracks of dark, riff-soaked, emotionally explosive audio wreckage.

Since forming in the Los Angeles in the Fall of 2010, the band — vocalist Scott Werren, guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels, drummer Ben Brinckerhoff and bassist Alex DuPuis — has earned a reputation for their punishing riffs and maniacal DIY work ethic. Though clearly rooted in hardcore, tracks like the syncopated, sludgy death march of “Play The Game” and midtempo thrash of “Drought,” complete with squealing synths, add a welcome dose of variance to an album that’s uncompromising in its aggression. “We don’t feel like we fit in any one genre, we just kind of slam things against a wall and focus more on how it makes us feel than where it fits in,” Hernandez-Cruz admits. “Our influences range from Cave In and Snapcase to Orchid and Page 99 so we never try to limit ourselves when it comes to what we do stylistically.”

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE will bring their confrontational wares to the stage for two dates next week with Cult Leader and Oathbreaker with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

8/5/2014 Che Café – San Diego, CA
8/6/2014 Bridgetown DIY – La Puenta, CA

Twilight Upon Us will be released independently on August 19th, 2014.

CROSS EXAMINATION: Revolver Magazine Deploys New Track From Saint Louis Crossover Brigade

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Revolver Magazine is now hosting an exclusive stream of the latest high-octane thrash/hardcore output from Saint Louis, Missouri-based awesome party squad, CROSS EXAMINATION.

Closing a six-year gap between releases, CROSS EXAMINATION comes out flailing and impaling with the rabid Dawn Of The Dude EP, bridging influences from Cryptic Slaughter, Nuclear Assault, Excel, D.R.I. and the like into a rabid, high-caliber, circle-pit whirlwind comparable to Ramming Speed, SSS and Power Trip. What’s the last thing to go through a fly’s mind as it hits your windshield? Its ass. And that’s about the same impact this EP will have on the listener.

Sliced from the meaty seven-track slab of crossover contamination, “Hail To The Jeef,” is today exclusively being served up by Revolver Magazine; get some at THIS LOCATION.

The EP’s closing track, “The Dawn Of The Dude,” is also playing over HERE.

Chicago-based Organized Crime Records will unload the Dawn Of The Dude via 7” vinyl and digital download on August 19th, with distribution through Revelation Records. Preorders will be live this week at the label’s website HERE.

Formed in 2004, in their first four years as a band CROSS EXAMINATION wasted the masses with a plethora of auditory evidence, including their initial demo, a split with Spring Break!, their raging 2006 The Hung Jury EP and their 2008 debut full-length, Menace II Sobriety, the latter two titles via Organized Crime Records. This first new output since their LP is quite possibly their most scathing, grey-matter-reducing sonic beating yet. The seven new tracks contained on the Dawn Of The Dude barely hitting thirteen minutes, the EP still packs more balls and bong-rips than virtually any comparable contemporary groups. Your brains will simply leak from your blown-open ear canals as you bang your head’s filler into fluid to the perpetually rabid beats, the material featuring even more rasping, schizoid/hyper vocals and a pummeling crusty edge.

FALLUJAH: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter March Continues

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Flesh Prevails, the new full-length behemoth from atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, debuted at #115 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #39 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #15 on the Hard Rock chart and #24 on the Independent chart upon its first week of release. Additionally, the album landed at an astounding #2 on the Heatseekers chart!

Boasting guest appearances from guitarist Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist) and the chilling voice of Roniit Alkayam present throughout the album, The Flesh Prevails is a true master work of progressively tinged, otherworldly death metal that continues to floor fans and critics globally. “Their space is the backdrop for a parade of awesome celestial events,” describes Decibel Magazine, furthering that, “Harmonized death metal riffing and fleet leads twirl around each other like planets in orbital ballet. Dexterous blasting sends comets hurtling all over the place. Stars collapse and explode within the universe of synthetics that swaddle each song. It’s a huge sonic palette that FALLUJAH uses, all harnessed perfectly by tech-death mixmaster Zack Ohren.” Adds MetalSucks in a perfect 5/5 rating, “It’s an unabashed, psychotic, unregulated experiment of the wanton fusion of two separate strains of noise. It succeeds via the best bits of both and creating something uniquely greater than a simple summation. It animates the inorganic. It is architectural artwork. And with all its impressiveness, it feels true and pinpointed and ecstatic.”

If you missed it, sample “Levitation,” streaming at A.V. Club at THIS LOCATION, “Carved From Stone” at Lambgoat at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sapphire,” courtesy of MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

FALLUJAH is currently embarked on a US live takeover as part of this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more. Additionally, the band will take part in the Summer Slaughter Canada Club Tour 2014. Set to commence just a few days after the  American march draws to a close, the trek runs from August 14th to August 25th followed by three additional performances in Seattle, Portland and Santa Cruz. The band will be joined by The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate and Fatality (on select dates).

Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins [remaining dates]:
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014  Mojoes – Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/12/2014 Empire NOVA – Springfield, VA
Summer Slaughter: The Canada Club Tour 2014 w/ The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Fatality (8/14 – 8/20), Black Crown Initiate
8/14/2014 Dagobert – Quebec City, QC
8/15/2014 Les Founfounes Electriques Montreal, QC
8/16/2014 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
8/17/2014 Salle Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC
8/18/2014 Rock Café – Trois-Rivieres, QC
8/19/2014 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
8/20/2014 Babylon Nightclub – Ottawa, ON
8/23/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
8/24/2014 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
8/25/2014 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/27/2014 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/28/2014 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007, FALLUJAH has since displayed a rugged work ethic, investing countless weeks on the road in North America and internationally. The band’s commitment to crafting forward thinking music has helped them build their own diehard fanbase from the ground up. The name is derived from a city in the Al Anbar province of Iraq that, at the time of the band’s formation, sustained the highest concentration of destruction and casualties on both sides of the fighting. The members of FALLUJAH have lived much of their lives in the post 9/11 world growing up with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as observing the tension between East and West and religious turmoil. The city of Fallujah represents the pinnacle of tensions, hostility and destruction that has come to define the world we live in.

The Flesh Prevails is out now via Unique Leader Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

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THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE: American Aftermath Streaming Fourth Album From Swedish Death Metal Outfit

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

As Selfmadegod Records prepares to release the fourth studio full-length from Swedish death metal outfit THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE, American Aftermath is now streaming Piling Up in its devastating entirety.

With ten direct, sinister death metal hymns that will categorically satisfy fans of Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation and Grave, Piling Up proves to be the fiercest material from THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE to date. The record was recorded at The Rotpit and Studio Roadkill in late 2013, mixed and  mastered by Brynjar Helgetun at Studio Brainjar, and bears cover artwork by Roberto Toderico (Sinister, Asphyx). Alongside an exclusive early stream of the album, American Aftermath states, “This is the death metal that other death metal has nightmares about,” continuing, “Piling Up is a definitive runner for death metal album of the year and you all need to stop whatever meaningless task you are up to this fine morning and get a face full of bastard-smashing death.”

Stream all of ­Piling Up now at THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for Piling Up are now available. North American orders can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE; CDs will ship out ahead of the stateside August 19th street date. Piling Up will see release in Europe this Friday, August 1st; orders can be placed HERE.

THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE is currently comprised of founder Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribspreader, Putrevore, Revolting, Down Among The Dead Men, Megascavenger, Bone Gnawer) on guitars, bass and vocals, and Dennis Blomberg (Down Among The Dead Men, Paganizer) on guitars and bass. Formed in 2007, the band has released three full-length albums to date. Their self-titled debut album was disbursed on their year of formation via No Colours, their 2008 follow-up, Tank Gasmask Ammo, released via Pulverised, and after disbanding in 2010, the band reformed two years later, TWBTT released Lullabies For The Deranged via Metal Inquisition in 2012. Having inked a deal with Poland’s Selfmadegod Records, THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE strikes back in 2014 with their fourth album, Piling Up.

THE ZENITH PASSAGE: Los Angeles Technical Death Metallers Unleash Pre-Production Track + Union Of Dissonance Tour Documentary Posted

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Los Angeles technical death metallers, THE ZENITH PASSAGE, today unleash a new pre-production track entitled “Simulated Reality.” The maniacal new tune will appear on the follow-up to their critically adored Cosmic Dissonance EP which MetalSucks applauded, noting that, “This is just the way tech-death should be, where good songwriting is just as important as the doodily-doo. These tunes will kick you in the balls and tickle your anus with a feather. They’re fucking fantastic.”

Sample “Simulated Reality” as well as the band’s hilarious near-half-hour Union of Dissonance West Coast tour documentary with Aegaeon, and guest appearances and performance from Archspire below:

It was in early 2012 that a small recording collaboration between two friends — Justin McKinney and Greg Hampton — began to coalesce into something that would prove to be well more than the sum of its parts. THE ZENITH PASSAGE may have come about from humble beginnings in a stuffy Los Angeles apartment, but the produce thereof is anything but humble. Even the earliest demo tracks delivered a relentless torrent of technical guitar work accompanied by a distinctly frenetic and brutal vocal delivery that has since become an unmistakable hallmark in a scene that is all too often the victim of stagnation. Far from being strictly a shredfest, TZP also incorporates a thematic backbone that draws inspiration from the chaotic and awesome destructive powers of our universe. Progressive interludes invoke a palpable sense of abstract dread and reverence for things beyond mortal comprehension. The atmosphere created clearly nods to inspiration drawn from the likes of Deeds of Flesh, Soreption, Fallujah, Severed Savior, and Aeon.

The project’s initial offerings generated enough buzz in social media circles alone to convince the duo to redouble their efforts in earnest, and to begin seeking out members to complete their lineup. The subsequent release of a proper EP in January 2013 entitled Cosmic Dissonance catapulted TZP’s recognition to previously unprecedented heights, greatly broadening their fan base, and catching the attention and admiration of some of California’s foremost metal musicians. Not long thereafter, it was announced that Rob Maramonte (ex-Fallujah) would also be stepping in to lend his talents and fill the role of second guitarist and persistent scouting over the following months precipitated the addition of drummer Luis Matinez (Oblivion) into the mix.

With the onset of all these new developments, and the lineup nearing completion, it seemed only natural to take the next step and join the ranks of those by whom they had been so heavily influenced. Thus, in the summer of 2013, TZP had the honor of signing on with Unique Leader Records for a multi-album deal. The stage is currently set for TZP to secure their foothold in topmost reaches of the metal pantheon, and they are hard at work churning out new content for their debut full-length. Rest assured, this marks only the beginning.

THE ZENITH PASSAGE will record their debut full-length later this year for an early 2015 release via Unique Leader Records. Further details to be announced in the coming months.

BASTARD OF THE SKIES & GRIMPEN MIRE: Two New Psalms From Crushing Split Sullying The Airwaves Of Decibel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Today, Decibel Magazine celebrates the soul-crushing split offering from two of the most volatile volume peddlers of the UK’s underground doom/sludge/noise community: BASTARD OF THE SKIES and GRIMPEN MIRE.

Released via Manchester-based Future Noise Recordings, the seven-track split offers up new frothy psalms of creeping dread from both acts, all recorded by BASTARD OF THE SKIES guitarist/vocalist Matt Richardson at his own Full Stack Studio and mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate, Khlyst).

BASTARD OF THE SKIES monopolizes Side A, with four cavernous, bass-heavy odes of gnarly fist-clenching, noise rock making their twenty allotted minutes feel like twenty-years of ugliness, corruption and anger as the unstoppable mega-riffs pile to the sky. Side B is enforced by GRIMPEN MIRE’s sonic pollution, and their twenty-minutes are spent with but three tunes, each hurling the listener down into a deeper, darker pit of disease, hopelessness and despair. Champions The Sludgelord, “This is an outstanding release showcasing two of the UK’s finest and heaviest bands from the doom/sludge metal scene… a must have release. Spellbinding and creepy as hell.” Adds Blog Of Putrefaction, “This split displays some excellent songwriting from two veterans of the UK doom scene, and if syrupy riffage is your thing then this is definitely worth your time, good stuff!” Yell Magazine agrees, “This is dark doom and savage sludge for anyone feeling languid and heavy this summer.”

Turn up and feel the rumble of BASTARD OF THE SKIES’ “Old Vessels” and GRIMPEN MIRE’s “Fragments Of Forgotten Craft,” now decimating the Deciblog at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, you can check out BOTS’ A-side opener “Yarn,” alongside GRIMPEN MIRE’s B-side lead-off, “The Hollow Wreck,” still wreaking havoc at Cvlt Nation at  THIS LOCATION.

The split LP is currently available via Future Noise Recordings in a limited run of 300 copies on black vinyl, each including a download card. Order yours today HERE.

BRIMSTONE COVEN: New Cosmic Hymn From Retro/Doom Metal Sorcerers Now Playing At Revolver; Release Day Draws Near

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

As retro doom metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, prepare for the official unveiling of their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records, today Revolver Magazine summons forth the cosmic echoes of “Children Of The Sun.”

Spawned in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN manifests a captivating amalgam of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock expressions of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. The outfit’s Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen inebriating tracks of manic occult conjurings – a combo of their self-released full-length and EP — complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.

In an advance review of the offering, Metal Underground relays, “Brimstone Coven should appeal to most of the occult rock set for its vintage sound and supernatural atmosphere that pervades throughout the album. The band’s use of dynamics is fantastic,” furthering that, “the band’s members have major chops and their foray into the occult is certainly alluring.” Against Magazine notes, “the dry sound can refer to Led Zeppelin, the blues soul derives directly from Black Sabbath and the solid structures scream Pentagram, but somehow BRIMSTONE COVEN manage to do it with a bit of own musical personality and self-consciousness,” while Sea Of Tranquility concurs, “this is not your typical stoner/doom release by any means. There is a psychedelic feel throughout the album that drifts between the riffs, adding the right amount of atmosphere and a somewhat spooky element that works quite well.” Adds The Obelisk, “Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ‘70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist ‘Big John’ Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ‘70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like ‘Behold, The Anunnaki,’ ‘The Black Door’ and ‘The Séance’ a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well.”

Comments the band of latest premiere, “This song focuses lyrically on prehistoric cultures that saw our Sun as a Godhead, protector and creator.”

Fall into the gritty, psychedelic rock swagger of “Children Of The Sun,” courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Behold, The Anunnaki,” still streaming at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BRIMSTONE COVEN will bring their bewitching odes to the stage with additional ceremonies to be announced in the weeks to come.

7/31/2014 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2014 Chronic Tattoo – Cleveland, OH

Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. Preorder you copy at THIS LOCATION where you can also sample delightfully jam-laden fifth cut, “The Grave.”

YOB: Clearing The Path To Ascend CD Preorder Bundles Now Available; Release Day Looms

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, Portland doom bringers,  YOB, prepare to unleash Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 2nd, 2014.

Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available. For CD orders, point your browser HERE. For special T-shirt bundles, point your browser HERE.

YOB will bring their riff domination to the stage next month on two West Coast live incursions that will include a headlining performance at Portland’s Hoverfest alongside Witch Mountain, Eight Bells and more! The shows come in advance of the band’s previously announced overseas journey this Fall. Slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the band will level twenty-eight cities, the tour coming to a close on October 11th, 2014 at Desertfest in Antwerp, Belgium. YOB will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer.

8/09/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Wounded Giant, Transient
8/23/2014 Hoverfest – Portland, OR [info]
w/ Pallbearer:
9/03/2014 Tivoli de helling – Utrecht, NL
9/04/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
9/05/2014 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
9/08/2014 The Underworld – London, UK
9/10/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE
9/11/2014 Vera  - Groningen, NL
9/12/2014 Atlas – Aarhus, DK
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/14/2014 Hostsabbat @ Betong – Oslo, NO
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
9/27/2014  Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/214 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE

As a precursor to the release, YOB is offering up two Clearing The Path To Ascend video teasers viewable below. Stay tuned for further YOB happenings to be announce in the weeks to come.

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