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MINSK: Long-Running Sound Alchemists To Release First Full-Length In Six Years This Spring Via Relapse Records

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Following a six-year slumber, Illinois enigmatic sound conjurors, MINSK, are readying to unveil the otherworldly fruit of their long-anticipated new studio creation, The Crash & The Draw.

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought forth visionaries like Neurosis and Isis, with their latest offering, The Crash & The Draw, MINSK step out of the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of melodic, trance-inducing heaviness. Recorded almost exclusively in The Prairie State, The Crash & The Draw was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and MINSK at Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City. Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria. The record includes the striking cover creation of Orion Landau (Yob, Inter Arma, Red Fang etc.).

An instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, The Crash & The Draw is a thematic continuation of the group’s long standing fascination with alchemical and esoteric ideologies, with marked nods toward the thought and writings of perennial inspiration,Kahlil Gibran, and the espoused words of Hermes Trismegistus, the fabled author of the Corpus Hermeticum and other sacred texts. The album boasts eleven arresting movements that transcend the confines of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia. A crucial sonic passage through dark and light that’s at once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency. A fitting audio soundscapade for those souls devoted to the manifestations of Neurosis, Rwake, Yob, Isis and the like.

The Crash & The Draw Track Listing:
1. To The Initiate
2. Within And Without
3. Onward Procession I. These Longest Of Days
4. Onward Procession II. The Soil Calls
5. Onward Procession III. The Blue Hour
6. Onward Procession IV. Return, The Heir
7. Conjunction
8. The Way Is Through
9. To You There Is No End
10. To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure
11. When The Walls Fell

The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world an come available on CD, double LP and digitally. Further info including track teasers and preorder links to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Aaron Austin – guitar, vocals
Christopher Bennett – guitar, vocals
Zachary Livingston – bass, vocals
Timothy Mead – vocals, keyboards
Kevin Rendleman -  drums

“If there’s ever a decent remake of Dune, I look forward to MINSK soundtracking a sandworm attack.” - Decibel

DISCOURSE Now Streaming Entire Debut LP Via Revolver Magazine; Sanity Decays Out Today Via Closed Casket Activities

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Revolver Magazine is now hosting a stream of Sanity Decays, the debut LP from Columbia, South Carolina act, DISCOURSE, as Troy, New York-based label Closed Casket Activities officially releases the album today.

A young act with several prior EPs and comp inclusions on their résumé, DISCOURSE’s rib-snapping delivery is finally fully realized on their first full-length release, as Sanity Decays drops nearly twenty-seven minutes of rampant tunes which recall respected heroes’ past works with contemporary revitalization. Meshing angular and technical influences from the likes of Turmoil, Indecision, Botch and others with a slick approach which will undoubtedly draw fans of other top quality vigorous punk/metal-influenced hardcore acts, DISCOURSE recorded the music for Sanity Decays with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Recording Studio in Chicago, and the vocals at The Jam Room with Jay Matheson in the band’s hometown. Nelson mixed the album, and it was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Tragedy), the final platter shrouded in cover art by Jesse Schaller (Skeletonwitch, Xibalba, Suburban Scum).

In recognition of its street date, Revolver Magazine is now streaming DISCOURSE’s Sanity Decays in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.

The 12” vinyl edition of Sanity Decays is now available in three color schemes — 150 on black/pink split, 350 on tan with splatters, and 500 clear — all including a digital download card. Orders can be placed, right HERE, including shirt and package bundle deals, and the digital is available HERE.

With a Southeastern US tour alongside cohorts, Blistered, and appearances at February’s Midwest Blood Fest with Bitter End, Fire & Ice, Naysayer, Bent Life and April’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival alongside Code Orange, Homewrecker, Overcast and more confirmed, DISCOURSE is just days from announcing another wave of tour dates in support of Sanity Decays, which will continue to be the case throughout the year. Stand by.

2/04/2015 The Forge – Birmingham, AL w/ Blistered
2/05/2015 Corcosa House – Memphis, TN
2/06-07/20015 Nelligan Hall – Louisville, KY @ Mid West Blood Fest [info]
2/08/2015 The Livery – Dayton, OH w/ Blistered
2/09/2015 Cafe Coco – Nashville, TN w/ Blistered
2/10/2015 TBA – Chattanooga, TN w/ Blistered
4/17/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]

GNAW THEIR TONGUES: The Quietus Displays “A Fiery Deluge” From 2xCD Early Works Collection; Added To Maryland Deathfest + Apex Fest

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Collected Atrocities 2005-2008, the demoralizing 2xCD early works collection from the torturous Dutch black/noise metal executioner Mories performing as GNAW THEIR TONGUES, is now just a week from release via Crucial Blast Records, and The Quietus today reintroduces a previously out-of-print track in commemoration of the impending street date. Initially unveiled on the limited For All Slaves… A Song Of False Hope CD, released in 2009 via Burning World Records, the more than eight-minute decimation of “A Fiery Deluge” is once again available for public intoxication, its waves of clanking bass and sweltering noise aiding the plodding electronically-manipulated chaos amidst a backdrop of exasperated cries of torment.

Witness the renaissance of GNAW THEIR TONGUES’ incinerating, “A Fiery Deluge,” at THIS LOCATION.

Also from Collected Atrocities 2005-2008, the previously unavailable track “Slaves” is playing at Sound Colour Vibration RIGHT HERE, and the re-unleashed “Glorification Of Rats” from the 2007-released Prefering Human Skin Over Animal Fur release HERE.

Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 is set for release on February 3rd; preorders for the 2xCD package including a massive color booklet and more are available, including a t-shirt bundle. Check out the detailed packaging through a new Youtbe vid-ad HERE and place orders for physical product HERE and the digital HERE.

Having only begun performing these cruel anthems live in the past several years, Mories will bring GNAW THEIR TONGUES and side-project, Aderlating, stateside for the very first time in 2015, with several new performances confirmed. The first stateside live set will take place at this year’s Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, as GNAW THEIR TONGUES takes the stage alongside Adversarial, Demoncy and Tsjuder at Ram’s Head Live on Saturday, May 23rd. Several days later, GTT will invade NYC to take part in the 6th bi-annual, multiple-day Apex Fest, with the venue, dates and final lineup to be announced in the coming days. The news of these new live actions comes in addition to the recent announcement of the band’s upcoming inclusion on the inaugural California Deathfest, initiated by the creators of Maryland Deathfest, October 9th through 11th in Oakland alongside Ævangelist, Antediluvian, Autopsy, Disma, Ghoul, Impaled, Loss, Noothgrush and Worship.

5/23/2015 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore MD @ Maryland Deathfest [info]
10/09-11/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest [info]

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

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT: NYC Experimental Black Metal Tacticians To Unleash Abyssal Gods; New Hymn Streaming At Decibel + Live Demolitions Confirmed

Monday, January 26th, 2015

New York City experimental black metal tacticians, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, will release their long-awaited new full-length this March via Italy-based Aural Music’s Code666 imprint.

Titled Abyssal Gods, the band’s second long player was captured at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York , mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in New York and boasts the apocalyptic cover craftings of Andrew Tremblay (Deadbots, Downlow’d, Deathface etc.). Focused on urban decay and the imminent extinction of mankind, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT’s Abyssal Gods serves as the follow-up to the band’s critically applauded, 2013-released Goliath EP and contains ten punishingly traumatic odes of strategically composed black-addled mayhem bedecked in angular riff incursions, bestial vocal tirades and an overall air of disease, dread and looming disaster as well as a guest appearance by Bloody Panda’s Yoshiko Ohara and more.

In celebration of the record’s impending unveiling, today Decibel Magazine heaves forth apocalyptic third movement, “Dead Heaven.” Elaborates founder/main composer, Ilya Ezrin, “Although we are proud to be born in such a renown place, Abyssal Gods as a whole addresses New York City as a cancer of the world and the absolute fist of the universe. ‘Dead Heaven’ is the psalm of the end of the world. It deals with the universal deconstruction and celestial collapse. The lyrics were actually inspired by the observatory space lecture scene in Rebel Without A Cause.”

Hear the sounds of a dying planet, as curated by IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, at THIS LOCATION.

Abyssal Gods Track Listing:
1. From Palaces of the Hive
2. Abyssal Gods
3. Dead Heaven
4. Celestial War Rape
5. Opposing Holiness
6. Krokodil
7. Twins
8. Vatican Lust
9. Black Psychedelia
10. Metropolis

In related news, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT will bring their infernal psalms to the stage alongside Canadian black metal heathens, Thantifaxath, on a near-two-week run of live incursions this Spring. The march will begin at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York and storm its way through ten cities, with the tour coming to close at Baltimore at the Maryland Deathfest. The band will also play a one off show at The Acheron in Brooklyn, New York next month with additional live debauchery to be announced in the weeks to come.

2/20/2015 The Ahceron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Mountain God, Hercyn [info]
w/ Thantifaxath:
5/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2015 Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
5/14/2015 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/17/2015 Carabar – Columbus, OH
5/19/2015 TBA – Knoxville, TN
5/20/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

Once commended by No Clean Singing for, “a sickening scintillation of the surreal and the sadistic that together conjure an evocative glimpse into hell,” IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT has been orchestrating vanguard black metal since 2005. Citing an eclectic palette of influences that includes everything from Deathspell Omega to Polish post-serialism composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the band features members of investigational death metal contortionists, Pyrrhon as well as instrumental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3 and New York death metal legion Malignancy

Abyssal Gods will be released in North America on March 10th, 2015 via Aural Music/Code666. Preorders to be announced shortly.

Ilya Ezrin – Guitars/Vocals/Orchestration
Erik Malave – Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
Alex Cohen – Drums
Additional players:
M. Gorelick – Guitar Solo
Yoshiko Ohara – Female Choir
R.K. Halvørson – Male Choir
Andy Ezrin – Piano
Valerie Kuehne – Cello
Amy Mills – Trumpet

COWARDS: Official Video For “Bend The Knee” Released Via Metal Injection; Rise To Infamy Available For Free Download

Monday, January 26th, 2015

While the unrelenting cruelty of COWARDS’ second LP, Rise To Infamy, now just three weeks from its official physical release, the French quartet releases their official video for “Bend The Knee,” through Metal Injection, as the album is offered for FREE digital download. Directed by Jakub at Chariot Of Black Moth, the “Bend The Knee” video sees brief glimpses of the band’s unfuckwithable live set splintered into stark, nightmarish black and white storyline fragments, showcasing the creepily artistic and outwardly aggressive tendencies of the Parisian quintet.

“Bend The Knee” now infiltrates society through Metal Injection from THIS LOCATION.

COWARDSRise To Infamy will be released February 9th worldwide on a variety of formats through a network of underground labels, including Throatruiner Records, RVINS Records and Deadlight Entertainment. This conglomeration realizes that humans will uncaringly pirate and consume this recording through illegal channels prior to its release, so the entire album is being offered at high-quality for free via Bandcamp at RIGHT HERE.

For the true supporters, both a digipak CD version of Rise To Infamy as well as 180-gram LP (150 on clear, 350 on black) editions have been procured, the vinyl in heavyweight jackets with spot UV varnish. A massive bundle deal including all physical editions and a shirt is available from COWARDS directly RIGHT HERE. Additionally, preorders for the CD and shirt bundles are available through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, and LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE and Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS guitarist Adrien L also recently discussed the band’s atrocious tones through a gear feature for PureGrainAudio discussing his custom 1983 Gibson setup and more HERE.

With additional widespread European tour dates to be announced shortly, and a possible North American invasion later this year, COWARDS are already taking their new hymns to the road this Winter. View the latest round of live excursions below and watch for many more to be announced.

COWARDS Tour Dates:
2/08/2015 Burning Light Fest – Lisbon, PT w/ Bölzer, Plebeian Grandstand, Oathbreaker, Black Heart Rebellion, Acid Deathtrip, more [info]
3/05/2015 La Scène Michelet – Nantes, FR w/ Calvaiire, Like Pigs On Embers
3/06/2015 TBA – Rouen, FR
3/07/2015 Le Bocal – Caen, FR w/ Maussade, Defiance

The COWARDS sound dredges forth a deep, oppressive, urban harshness amidst their crushing wall of amplification which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore. The levels of aggression on Rise To Infamy are difficult to endure; everything the band has managed to capture here is meant to inflict maximum aural damage. Recorded by trusted engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), the band’s monstrous tones here sound more callous than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish.

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Titans Release Two Arch Stanton Behind-The-Scenes Video Clips Via The Obelisk; Band Issues North American Tour Update

Monday, January 26th, 2015

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock kings, KARMA TO BURN, who are currently in the midst of a gargantuan North American live takeover, are pleased to unleash a pair of Arch Stanton behind-the-scenes video clips. Produced by Snakehill Productions and currently playing courtesy of premiere riff portal, The Obelisk, the clips find the trio discussing preferred tracks, favorite vocalists, dead or alive, tour life and more!

Get viewing at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out KARMA TO BURN’s live video for the track “57” still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Initially released in Europe last Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, KARMA TO BURN’s groove-laden Arch Stanton long player became available by the label domestically earlier this month. The band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009, Arch Stanton is reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, channeling the true essence of the road-raging, riff rock ritual. The Sludgelord calls Arch Stanton, “a thrilling and explosive ride,” that, “firmly puts KARMA TO BURN at the forefront of instrumental stoner rock,” Metal Injection commends the band’s long-standing, “fiery irreverence,” further celebrating a record that’s, “full of heart, soul and the occasional rocking surprise,” while This Is Not A Scene opines in glowing  9/10 review of the record,  “If each of the eight tracks on here don’t have you nodding your head, or at least tapping your feet, then you may actually be dead.” New Noise Magazine agrees, “The riffs on this album are absolutely jaw-dropping,” Skulls N Bones calls Arch Stanton, “intense and unbridled,” and likens it to, “a speedy pill with no hangover,” while The Signal notes poignantly, “Throughout the record, volcanic riffs… surge and snap over winding, propulsive bass in sinister, darkened tones. Cymbals crash and fall in a savage dance around the pounding rhythms. Each instrument comes together for smoldering jam after smoldering jam…KARMA TO BURN re-proves their competency as a meat and potatoes stoner metal band.” Adds Dead Rhetoric in an 8/10 score, “Unsung as they are, KARMA TO BURN deserves a vast amount of credit for holding down the no-vocals fort, as well as remaining viable well into the latter stages of their career. If Arch Stanton proves anything, it’s that the West Virginia trio were right all along, and, the rest of the instrumental metal brigade owes a vast amount of debt to the band who was the first out of the gate.”

KARMA TO BURN are currently levying their blues-tinged, bong-ripping, riff decadence upon the ears of North American residents. Now more than half way through their extensive expedition, drummer Evan Devine checked in from their New Orleans stop late last week, “When we arrived at the venue, Siberia , we were treated to some genuine New Orleans music. The band was called The Salt Wives, all-acoustic, brass, an accordion… and these guys were singing everything from Irish folk songs to Eastern bloc gypsy tunes, I think we heard four different languages over the course of their two sets. It ruled. We spent some time around Bourbon Street, but the majority of it was spent in a small corner diner called The Clover Grill. Best diner we’ve been to yet, and we’ve tried a lot of diners.” Check out some photos below.

KARMA TO BURN [remaining dates]:
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

Order KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton today on LP at THIS LOCATION, on CD HERE and digitally HERE.

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THEOLOGIAN: New York Noise/Industrial Outfit Confirms Winter/Spring Live Actions, New Material

Monday, January 26th, 2015

New York industrial/noise/power electronics entity, THEOLOGIAN, has penned several new live actions for the coming months, beginning with a performance at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar this Thursday, January 29th supporting British sound experimentalists and Crucial Blast labelmates, Ramleh. Another show at Saint Vitus Bar is slated for March 20th with Dispirit and others, and another performance set for April 17th in Baltimore with Father Murphy. Additional live announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

THEOLOGIAN’s latest works have just been unleashed on January 7th in the form of Pain Of The Saints, a brutalizing two-disc venture released via Malignant Records — the first disc, Piss, and the second, Jism. With twenty nightmarish hymns orchestrated by Theologian Prime, a.k.a. Leech, and featuring returning collaborators Matt Slagle and Fade Kainer (Batillus, Statiqbloom), guest contributions from David Castillo, Joan Hacker, Crimson Joules, Christiana Key, Matthew Melnick, Eric J. Morgan, Jessica Way and more also infiltrate the mix.

Pain Of The Saints follows THEOLOGIAN’s Some Things Have To Be Endured, released by Crucial Blast in 2013 on CD and digitally, and followed by a massive vinyl edition later. With eight new tracks of punishing black industrial, apocalyptic darkwave frequencies, and nerve-rending electronic deathscapes, Some Things Have To Be Endured is a collection of collaborations between Theologian and a lineup of female vocalists/artists from both within the industrial / noise / dark ambient / coldwave realm and beyond, with contributions from Rachael Kozak (Hecate), Kristen MacArthur (Sewer Goddess), Rachel Maloney (Tonikom), Nikki Telladictorian (Prometheus Burning), Patricia Benitez (Fetish Drone), Gillian Leigh Bowling (Teloahqaal), Christiana Key (Delphic Oracle), Joan Hacker (Factoria), Shari Vari (Void Vision), and professional opera singer Melissa C. Kelly. The album was co-produced with Derek Rush/Dream Into Dust and mastered by James Plotkin.

The entire 2xCD Pain Of The Saints is streaming via Malignant Records HERE, and Some Things Have To Be Endured via Crucial Blast HERE.

THEOLOGIAN was featured in Decibel Magazine’s August 2014 issue, dedicated to noise artists, which included an interview with mastermind Leech, and listed the outfit’s The Chasms Of My Heart in their Top 25 Noise Albums of All Time.

1/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ramleh, JFK, Alberich, York Factory Complaint
3/20/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Dispirit, Vorde, Anicon
4/17/2015 Holy Underground – Baltimore, MD w/ Father Murphy, Jeff Carey

Additional new material from THEOLOGIAN is under construction and more is in the planning stages for execution and release before the end of the year. Stand by for further transmissions in the coming weeks.

CDC: Revolver Premieres Closing Track To Upcoming End 12-Inch EP; Preorders Available

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Revolver Magazine has exclusively premiered the closing track to End, the impending 12” EP from Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, today unloading “Temple” as Get This Right Records posts preorders for the release. While End’s five, groove-heavy, hardened tales all hold down a brutal, urban edge, the final track on the album unleashes the most jacked-up, outspoken vocal torrent and most dominating riff buildups of the entire record.

Check in with Revolver Magazine to join CDC at the “Temple” at THIS LOCATION.

Blow The Scene recently released opening track “Degeneration” RIGHT HERE.

End will see release in the US on February 17th via Get This Right Records — partially owned by members of CDC — and February 20th in Europe through Beatdown Hardwear, with 308 copies on yellow/orange wax, 411 copies on burgundy/purple, and 320 copies on black wax with a screen-printed B-side exclusively for preorder customers. Stateside preorders can be placed HERE and for Europe HERE, and all digital preorders through BandCamp HERE.

With a slick, streetwise, tension-fueled and beatdown-fueled delivery, End is the first release from Philly-area’s international touring beast, CDC, in over five years, recorded with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studio (Balance And Composure, Title Fight, Turmoil) and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4 (Cop Problem, Lauren Hill, Blacklisted), and bearing cover art created by Fist City. Following their most recent European tour in November and December, and subsequent Southeastern US mini-tour with labelmates Society Sucker, CDC will take the tunes out to more American fans over the coming months, including a tour of Puerto Rico in April in conjunction with the band’s confirmed performance at Southeast Beast Fest in Jacksonville, Florida alongside Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Rotting Out, King Nine and more. Stand by for additional dates to be added.

CDC Live:
4/04-05/2015 Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast [info]
4/11/2015 Club 77 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

XIBALBA: Entire Tierra Y Libertad Streaming At Lambgoat As Southern Lord Releases Awaited Third LP; Release Shows Begin This Week

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Tierra Y Libertad, the anxiously awaited third LP from Pomona, California’s XIBALBA, is out this week on Southern Lord Recordings, officially unleashed in Europe today and striking the US tomorrow.

Bearing an impressive arsenal of recordings amassed since 2010, including notable splits, EPs, demos and two prior LPs, each chapter of XIBALBA’s recorded bloodline to date has seen the band expand upon their dense, hateful sound, and their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, proves to follow this ominous warpath. With some of the band’s most savage death metal-fueled hardcore and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA still continues to impress with new atmospheric tones and harrowing elements with nearly forty-four minutes of unrelenting revolutionary violence. Tierra Y Libertad was recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, and has once again commissioned Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for Tierra Y Libertad’s cover artwork.

Longstanding hardcore/metal webzine, Lambgoat, is today streaming Tierra Y Libertad from start to its gory finale at THIS LOCATION.

Also view XIBALBA’s official video for “Enemigo” at Revolver RIGHT HERE.

Tierra Y Libertad is available now on CD and grey vinyl LP direct through XIBALBA’s Southern Lord store HERE, and digitally through BandCamp HERE, as well as through All In Merch including a t-shirt package HERE.

XIBALBA will crush the East and West Coasts of the US with a Tierra Y Libertad record release show rampage beginning late this week. The band will hit Los Angeles and Berkeley on January 30th and 21st with All Out War and Skinfather, followed by a San Diego show on February 7th with Excel and Rotting Out. Directly after that they’ll raid the East Coast with five shows from February 18th through 22nd. With shows in Albany, Haverhill, Amityville, Baltimore and Providence slated with The Banner on all dates, Rude Awakening will play the last three shows, and All Out War will also join the Amityville and Baltimore dates.

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

HOD: San Antonio Blackened Death Horde Welcomes New Bassist; 2015 Live Assaults Unfold

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

San Antonio blackened death horde, HOD, is pleased to officially induct bassist, ZVS Gastelum, into their infernal ranks.Gastelum comes by way of Texas black metal legion, Plutonian Shore, as well as Gnostic and replaced longtime HOD comrade, Robert “Trans AM” Coleman.

Comments the band, “Changes suck but sometimes they have to happen. After many years of service and brotherhood our brother Robert ‘Trans AM’ Coleman is no longer in HOD. TA will be missed for sure. We hope he gets everything he wants with his current projects and future endeavors. Best of luck to you, brother! We would also like to welcome ZVS Gastelum. ZVS had been filling in on bass while TA was out with Goatwhore, and did a great job. So the choice to bring ZVS into the fold was an easy one to make.  ZVS fronts his own band Plutonian Shore, and brings with him many years of live experience. The guy will crush your skull! We are stoked to get out on the road with this demon and unleash hell!”

In related HOD developments, the band will bring their bestial hymns to the stage of the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis tonight with Carpathian Funeral followed by a performance in Chicago the following evening. HOD will also devour New Orleans and Miami in the coming weeks with additional live invasions in the plotting stages.

1/23/2015 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN w/ Carpathian Funeral, Ptahil, more
1/24/2015 Cobra Lounge- Chicago, IL w/ Carpathian Funeral, Imperial Savagery, more
3/20/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Kult Ov Azazel, Solstice, Druid Lord, more

HOD released their Book Of The Worm full-length last Fall via Arctic Music. Named in honor of the Norse figure known as “the blind god,” a son of Odin, HOD persecutes the believers of more traditional religious beliefs with a relentless, kingdom-toppling brew of blackened death fans of Angel Corpse, early Morbid Angel, Deströyer 666, Von, Bloody Sign and other dealers of the evil arts won’t hesitate to burn a stack of bibles to. Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice) and featuring artwork by Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia), Book Of The Worm is HOD’s first full-length since 2009’s Ibex Moon-released Serpent, amidst several smaller releases, delivering their most catastrophic material to date.

Orders Book Of The Worm on CD via Arctic Music HERE and digitally via HOD’s Bandcamp HERE.

With potent songcraft and an upswing in career momentum, Book Of The Worm at long last establishes HOD as a beacon in the blackened thrash underground. – Metal Injection

“A hybrid of black and death metal, HOD are a ferocious live band with a huge stage presence loaded with jean jackets, spikes and bulletbelts, headbanging, and lots of PBR tall cans. Book Of The Worm is much in the same vein with a delivery similar to that of Deströyer 666. 4/5”  –

“If life is truly nasty, brutish, and short, HOD remains that aphorism made ripping flesh and dripping blood.” – Austin Chronicle

“Full of fire and low on mercy, Book Of The Worm is a breakneck listening experience.” – Dead Rhetoric

“A smorgasbord of riffs and double bass destruction.” – Metal Underground

“… this five-piece attacks with as much Napalm Death as Dark Funeral. Sure, there’s Scandinavian influence dripping off of the riffs like the mold dripping off of that towel you’ve had in front of your shower for the past month, but the rhythm section is straight outta wherever the fuck grindcore comes from.” – Last Rites