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ENABLER Premieres Title Track From Century Media-Bound Fail To Feel Safe LP Via MetalSucks

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

As ENABLER prepares to deliver their eagerly awaited third LP, Fail To Feel Safe, in just over a month, MetalSucks has exclusively premiered the title track to the conquering album.

Their first album for Century Media, with Fail To Feel Safe, ENABLER delivers an incredibly slick and dynamic record, furiously deploying thirteen brand new tracks in exactly forty-two minutes, as always, continuing along the same path of evolution which dates to their very first recordings, while retaining the core enraged and savage foundation of the tunes. Recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die) and producer Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud) — the team who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, All Hail The Void then mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering, the record was completed with cover art by Chris Smith, as with their 2014-released La Fin Absolue Du Monde sophomore LP.

ENABLER’s longtime supporters at MetalSucks have released a brand new single from Fail To Feel Safe, deploying the title track to the LP just days after the album showed up on an early Best Of 2015 So Far List. in a glowing write-up alongside the premiere the site offers that the track “features all the elements that made us fall in love with the trio in the first place. Specifically: lean n’ mean riffage; drums that roll and crash like tsunami waves; guitars that sound like a massive cloud of furious wasps; and Jeff Lohrber’s vitriolic vocals, which seem as though they were recorded immediately after the dude gargled on a cocktail of sulfuric acid and broken glass. ENABLER offer nothing less than all your greatest horrors in audio form.”

“Fail to Feel Safe” courtesy of ENABLER and MetalSucks now at THIS LOCATION.

Also view the recently released “By Demons Denied” lyric video HERE, and a studio report on the creation of Fail To Feel Safe HERE.

Century Media will officially issue Fail To Feel Safe on CD, both teal and black vinyl LP, and digital formats on August 7th. Preorders including exclusive merch bundles and more are now available RIGHT HERE. A limited By Demons Denied 7″, which includes two exclusive b-sides, “The Flame” and “Some Things Are Worth Living For,” is also available HERE.

Led by frontman, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s (Fall Out Boy, Racetraitor) FC Records in 2010. Two full-length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including last year’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which appeared on many “Best of 2014″ lists.

Fail To Feel Safe Track Listing:
1. Suffer to Survive
2. Fail to Feel Safe
3. By Demons Denied
4. Euphoric Revenge
5. Isolation Sickness
6. Sinister Drifter
7. Sail the Sea of Fire
8. Haunted
9. Drownage
10. Demolition Praise
11. Malady
12. La Furia
13. Sabotage Within

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Earsplit PR: Roundup From The Compound – June 29th, 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

ALL OUT WAR Unloads Entire Dying Gods EP Via Cvlt Nation; Record Out This Week On Organized Crime Records – This week, New York’s infamous ALL OUT WAR drops their devastating Dying Gods EP onto humankind through Organized Crime Records, presenting some of the most vicious material the band has released in their twenty-five years as a unit. [More...]

ÅRABROT: You Bunch Of Idiots EP Streaming At Invisible Oranges; North American Tour With Ghold Underway – It’s a big week for Norwegian mad avant-rock scientists, ÅRABROT, as the outfit releases their captivating You Bunch Of Idiots EP this week as they simultaneously traverse halfway around the globe to begin their intense North American tour. [More...]

JASON W. WALTON: Agalloch Bassist/Self Spiller Architect Unleashes Second Track From Solo Seven-Inch Via Decibel; Mara Out NOW On Red Orchard RecordsMara is the eclectic solo seven-inch from Agalloch bassist/Self Spiller master draftsman, JASON W. WALTON. [More...]

KHEMMIS: No Clean Singing Premieres “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” And Exclusive Interview As Absolution Debut LP Nears Release – With 20 Buck Spin preparing to issue the bruising debut LP from KHEMMIS, entitled Absolution, the latest single from the album has been premiered through a No Clean Singing exclusive of the hymn “Ash, Cinder, Smoke.” [More...]

MORGLBL: French Experimentalist Fusion Trio Releases New Video From Tea Time For Punks; European And US Tour Dates Confirmed – Following the very recent Free Electric Sound release of Tea Time For Punks, the mighty sixth studio full-length from French rock/fusion trio, MORGLBL, the band has just issued an official video for the album’s title track. [More...]

DISTRICT 97: Third Album From Chicago-Based Prog/Alternative Rock Quintet Now Playing; Album Out This Week On Laser’s EdgeIn Vaults, the dynamic third studio album from Chicago’s progressive/alternative rock outfit, DISTRICT 97, is out today through Laser’s Edge, and in conjunction with its release the record is now streaming in its entirety. [More...]

THE CLEARING PATH Signs With Avantgarde Music; New Song From Debut Album And Interview Live At Decibel Magazine – The debut album of blackened hymns by THE CLEARING PATH, entitled Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, have caught the attention of Avantgarde Music, who will now back the soloist-borne act for a physical version of the record’s release, as Decibel Magazine premieres a new track from the outfit with an exclusive interview with the outfit’s solo creator. [More...]

KINGCROW: Explosive Sixth Album From Italian Progressive Metal Act Now Playing At Heavy Blog Is Heavy; Eidos Out Now On Sensory RecordsEidos, the anxiously awaited sixth studio album from Rome, Italy-based progressive metal champions, KINGCROW, is out today, a priority title for Sensory Records. [More...]

KING GIANT: Entire Black Ocean Waves LP From Virginia Doom Metal Quintet Playing At Invisible Oranges – Northern Virginia doom metal quintet, KING GIANT, now just a week from releasing their mighty third LP, Black Ocean Waves, today streams the entire album early through an exclusive stream courtesy of Invisible Oranges. [More...]

SUNN O))) Releases Live Archives Of Unmixed And Unmastered Taper And Fan Recordings On BandCamp; Summer Tour Schedule Approaching + Vinyl Represses AvailableSUNN O))) announces that their live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via their live BandCamp page. [More...]

Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Adds Zombi, Poison Idea, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Corrosion Of Conformity Featuring Pepper Keenan And More To Its Expanding Lineup; Tickets On Sale Now – Philip H. Anselmo’s third annual horror-themed film and metal festival will commence in San Antonio, Texas this year at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015. [More...]

BAT: Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New Living Fast Episode AvailableBAT, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more! [More...]

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases “When We Were Young” Official Video; The God Rhythm Release Show Goes Down This Weekend – In the wake of their fifth official full-length release, The God Rhythm, WISDOM IN CHAINS has just issued the first official video from the LP, as the band prepares for their headlining record release show for the record this weekend. [More...]

STOP BREATHING: Southern Cali Hardcore/Punk Brigade Launches “No Escape” Track Via New Noise Magazine; Second LP V Out In August – Southern California-based punk/melodic hardcore brigade, STOP BREATHING, has premiered the first single from the outfit’s impending second LP, V, through New Noise Magazine. [More...]

KRONOS: Decibel Magazine Premieres New Track From Forthcoming Unique Leader-Bound Full-Length – With the release of Arisen New Era, the forthcoming new full-length from French death metal unit and recent Unique Leader signees, KRONOS, now exactly one month away, Decibel Magazine offers up opening bruiser, “Infernal Abyss Sovereignty,” for communal devourment. [More...]

EARTH Continues Massive Primitive And Deadly LP Tour Schedule With Eastern US Venture Booked – Seattle-based EARTH has booked a new East Coast US tour through the Summer months, as the outfit continues to take the slow motion magnificence of their lauded tenth album, Primitive And Deadly, to the masses. [More...]

BURNT BOOKS: South Carolina Punk Instigators Prepare For Cross-Country Tour – Columbia, South Carolina’s antagonistic punks, BURNT BOOKS, begin a new tour in just over a week, which sees the band traveling to tour the West Coast for the first time. [More...]

SKINLESS: New York’s Favorite Death Metal Marauders Reveal New Album Art Video At No Clean Singing; Only The Ruthless Remain Out Now – In celebration of the official release of their long-anticipated Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, which dropped via Relapse Records earlier this month to the riotous applause of metallers globally, today New York’s favorite death metal marauders, SKINLESS, untether the fiery new album art video for closing number, “Barbaric Proclivity.” [More...]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: Legendary NYC Death Metal Squadron Releases New Video Via Metal Injection – Legendary NYC death metal squadron, INTERNAL BLEEDING, is pleased to unveil the official new video for “Fabricating Bliss.” [More...]

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicago-Based Blackened Death Grind Misfits Unleash First Helping Of Empress/Abscess Full-Length Via Decibel Magazine; Track Features Guest Spot By Weekend Nachos’ John HoffmanEmpress/Abscess is the impending new full-length from Chicago-based blackened death grind misfits IMMORTAL BIRD. [More...]

VALDUR: Mammoth Lakes-Based Blackened Death Legion Wages War With “Blessings Of The Goat,” Now Streaming At No Clean Singing; Pathetic Scum To Drop Next WeekPathetic Scum is the forthcoming new full-length offering from the Sierra Mountains’ own blackened death legion, VALDUR. [More...]

Attention Brooklyn Friends: GOATWHORE’s Saint Vitus Bar Show Next Month Is Nearly SOLD OUT! Nab Your Tickets Today! – Louisiana road warriors, GOATWHORE, are currently crumbling stages across the country on a North American headlining tour that commenced earlier this month. [More...]

YOB: Support For Australian Tour AnnouncedYOB will play their first ever show on our shores in Perth at The Rosemount on August 19. [More...]

Contact liz@earsplitcompound.com, dave@earsplitcompound.com or pr@earsplitcompound.com for interviews with the above artists, or bands listed below with current and/or pending tour dates; keep up to date on all Earsplit-related tour offensives at our Live Actions page HERE.

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:

ABSTRACTER – AEON – AKRIS – ALL OUT WAR – ARMORED SAINT – BAT – BATTLECROSS – BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – BLACK BREATH – THE BODY – BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – BURNT BOOKS – CANCER BATS – CATTLE – CHILD BITE – CONNOISSEUR – DAWN OF AZAZEL – DEATH TO FALSE METAL FEST – DEATHWISH – DEMON LUNG – DESTROYER OF LIGHT – DISTRICT 97 – EARTH – EYEHATEGOD – FORESEEN HKI – FULGORA – GHOLD – GHOUL – GNAW THEIR TONGUES – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – IDES OF GEMINI – IN DEFENCE – INCANTATION – IRIS DIVINE – KING DIAMOND – KING GIANT – KING PARROT – KINGS DESTROY – LOCRIAN – MARUTA – MORGLBL – NEUROSIS – POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PRIMORDIAL – RABBITS – SHADO WOODS METAL FEST – SHAI HULUD – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST VOL. 4 – STEVE VON TILL – STOP BREATHING – SUNN O))) – SUPERJOINT – THEORIES – TWITCHING TONGUES – WARBEAST – WHITECHAPEL – WINDFAERER – WISDOM IN CHAINS – XIBALBA- YOB

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SUNN O))) Releases Live Archives Of Unmixed And Unmastered Taper And Fan Recordings On BandCamp; Summer Tour Schedule Approaching + Vinyl Represses Available

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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SUNN O))) announces that their live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via their live BandCamp page. Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from their 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to their recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty.

SUNN O))) invites you to contribute to this sonic archive at THIS LOCATION.

SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you.

We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!”

A number of key European festival appearances pending this Summer offer ample opportunities for fans to add to this archive. Such appearances include the recently announced Le Guess Who? Festival whereby Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will showcase their similar, adventurous musical inclinations with a very special four-day program titled SUNN O))) presents at Le Guess Who? Festival 2015. The program will include a performance by the legendary Annette Peacock, who will return to The Netherlands for the first time in over twenty tears.

Additionally, Southern Lord is repressing the following SUNN O))) titles; Black One in limited edition clear vinyl,  øø Void in limited edition green vinyl and SUNN O)))/ULVER Terrestrials on black vinyl. These are now available at the SUNN O))) store HERE.

SUNN O))) European Tour Dates:
7/17/2015 Dour Festival – Dour, BE
7/19/2015 Ilosaarirock Festival – Joensuu, FI
8/06/2015 Brutal Assault Festival - Josefov, CZ
8/07/2015 OFF Festival – Katowice, PL
8/09/2015 Heimathafen Neukolln – Berlin, DE
8/11/2015 PIPL – Moscow, RU (with Phurpa)
8/13/2015 Øya Festival – Oslo, NO
8/14/2015 Way Out West – Gothenburg, SW
8/15/2015 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK
8/16/2015 Kampnagel – Hamburg, DE
8/18/2015 Southbank Centre – London, UK @ David Byrne’s Meltdown (with Phurpa)
11/19-22/2015 Le Guess Who? Festival – Utrecht, NE

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THE CLEARING PATH Signs With Avantgarde Music; New Song From Debut Album And Interview Live At Decibel Magazine

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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The debut album of blackened hymns by THE CLEARING PATH, entitled Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, have caught the attention of Avantgarde Music, who will now back the soloist-borne act for a physical version of the record’s release, as Decibel Magazine premieres a new track from the outfit with an exclusive interview with the outfit’s solo creator.

A dense, thirty-minute release, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is the recorded maiden voyage for THE CLEARING PATH — the solo project of one Gabriele Gramaglia — conceived following the demise of the artist’s former outfit, ThySolace. Comprised of six widely conceptual yet crisply-recorded movements, the album draws energetic production and energetic qualities from the scathing punk/hardcore persuasion of Converge, Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone, yet wholly envelops them into a modernized, blackened delivery fans of Blut Aus Nord, Enslaved and Deathspell Omega alike can attach to. Mastered by Marco Gervasio and fitted with custom artwork painted by Luca Devinu/Blessend, the record was initially set for an independent digital release, yet upon recent announcements on the incoming record, underground heavyweight Avantgarde Music — responsible for releases from Mayhem, Taake, Abigor, Carpathian Forest, Evoken, Darkspace, Thaw and more — has picked up the album for a fully distributed CD version of the album.

Decibel Magazine has honed-in on the works of THE CLEARING PATH, and today unloads “Holy Waters,” the opening track to this brutalizing opus, alongside an interview with Gramaglia and a write-up which praises how the soloist, “incorporates a love of Converge-heightened, spastic hardcore heaviness into his anguished odes to the great outdoors. The percussion and vocal rhythms here really set Gramaglia’s solo project apart from the pack. The music retains black metal’s otherworldly quality without losing the attention of mere mortals like us (and presumably you).”

Let the “Holy Waters” of THE CLEARING PATH pour forth via Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Also hear the album’s “Sacred Mountain” via American Aftermath RIGHT HERE.

Watershed Between Earth And Firmament will see digital release via the band on July 11th with a CD version to be delivered via Avantgarde Music shortly after.

Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gabriele Gramaglia, THE CLEARING PATH’s Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of mountainous landscapes of the Italian Alps north of his homeland, conceived in reflection about one of the darkest periods in his life. The record stands as a turning point, in the search for the light to find the path back to normalcy, metaphorically describing a trek from the slopes of a majestic mountain to its summit in which, after many efforts and obstacles, some semblance of solace is found.

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KHEMMIS: No Clean Singing Premieres “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” And Exclusive Interview As Absolution Debut LP Nears Release

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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With 20 Buck Spin preparing to issue the bruising debut LP from KHEMMIS, entitled Absolution, the latest single from the album has been premiered through a No Clean Singing exclusive of the hymn “Ash, Cinder, Smoke.”

Absolution not only sees the Denver-based quartet KHEMMIS joining the same label responsible for records from Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and other heavyweights of the doom metal subgenre, the band seamlessly merges comparable clean and caustic elements from said acts into a cathartic and unforgettable display of top-tier doom metal. Undoubtedly a must-hear album for all fans of the style, Absolution was produced by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cobalt, Nightbringer, Cephalic Carnage), and bears Fantastic Frazetta-inspired cover art by Sam Turner (Speedwolf, Black Breath, Trve Brewing).

No Clean Singing this week delves head-on into KHEMMIS’ world, issuing an in-depth interview with the band on their intoxicating works, which has been published alongside an exclusive premiere of Absolution’s second moving track, “Ash, Cinder, Smoke,” which includes a guest vocal appearance by Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man in its later moments. Issues the webzine’s write-up of the track itself, “KHEMMIS shake the earth with pavement-cracking riffs and cannon-blast drum blows. They stomp like brontosaurs and rumble like boulders, while sending out tendrils of lead guitar melody that coil around your neck like hungry pythons. And the vocals — the principal vocals soar up high, clean and pure, while the instrumental music is busy down below in the excavation zone, pulverizing foundations of large buildings and reducing them to rubble. And in tandem with those excellent clean vocals, the band mix in abraded, growling tirades that leave scars in their wake…”

Stream KHEMMIS’ “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” via No Clean Singing now at THIS LOCATION.

Also hear Absolution’s “Antediluvian” via The Obelisk RIGHT HERE, and “Torn Asunder” through Decibel Magazine HERE.

KHEMMIS’ upcoming Western US tour in support of Absolution will be announced in the days ahead. 20 Buck Spin will release Absolution on CD/digital on July 7th with the LP version coming in August.

KHEMMIS Live:
8/01/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO * Absolution release show w/ Native Daughters, Of Feather And Bone

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LOCRIAN: Noisey Premieres Single From Relapse-Bound Infinite Dissolution LP Alongside Interview On 10th Anniversary Of Band

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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A suffocating new tide of cerebral blackened/industrial audio from Relapse Records’ LOCRIAN today rises with a vengeance with an exclusive premiere of the outfit’s “Heavy Water,” culled from the rapidly approaching flood of their Electrical Audio-recorded Infinite Dissolution LP.

Paired with the “Heavy Water” audio, Noisey interrogates all three members of the LOCRIAN unit breaking down the creation of their latest works, their plans for their tenth anniversary commemoration this year, and how we live in the midst of our own demise on a daily basis. A segment of the feature offers of Infinite Dissolution, “It might not seem that a record steeped in concepts of man’s inevitable extinction and his inability to face his starring role in his own demise would contain as much staggering beauty as crushing despair, yet Chicago-Baltimore experimental trio Locrian strikes a perfect balance of  the two on its upcoming sixth full-length, Infinite Dissolution… Perhaps it’s no surprise from a band that has been masterfully conjuring and destroying alternate universes through music for nearly ten years and more than double that number of releases, with each one providing challenging sonic adventures and evocative perspectives on the physical state of the world around us.”

Traverse LOCRIAN’s “Heavy Water” at Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.

Infinite Dissolution’s three-part “An Index Of Air” is also streaming via Soundcloud HERE and YouTube HERE.

Several new live performances from the Chicago/Baltimore-based outfit have been secured as LOCRIAN prepares to inundate sectors of the planet in multiple waves throughout the year. A string of Midwestern shows is already underway for next month, with a headlining show confirmed in Detroit July 17th and a show with Liturgy on the 18th in Chicago confirmed, and more cities expected to be added to this run. With a West Coast tour coming together for August, special tenth anniversary performance plans coming together for the Autumn months, and a European invasion likely for early next year, these shows are only the beginning.

LOCRIAN Live:
7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beast in the Field, Beset by Creatures Of The Deep
7/18/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy

Infinite Dissolution will see North American release on July 24th, 2015 on CD, vinyl and digital formats. View the trailer for the album RIGHT HERE and check out physical preorder options HERE, and digital preorders via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE.

Recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and with artwork based on a massive installation by sculptor David Altmejd, Infinite Dissolution 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 power electronics, and the perfect manifestation of modern, forward-thinking experimental music. Amidst their nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, Infinite Dissolution will mark LOCRIAN’s second album for the diverse Relapse roster as it hits the street in late July, amidst the band’s celebration of its tenth anniversary. Another dark and cinematic work of exceptional aural artistry the band, Infinite Dissolution presents nearly fifty minutes of material more epic and foreboding than anything in their extensive catalog.

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DISTRICT 97: Prog Magazine Premieres Track From Third Album Out Next Week Via Laser’s Edge; Record Release Show This Weekend

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

As progressive/alternative rock outfit, DISTRICT 97, prepares to release their third album, In Vaults, via Laser’s Edge next week, the track “Takeover” has been unveiled by Prog Magazine. Additionally, the band has booked two release shows for the album, the first of which takes place in Chicago this Friday, June 19th.

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. In addition to its evocative and powerful songwriting and performances, In Vaults features the immaculate mixing of Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic), mastering by Grammy winning engineer Bob Katz and the stunning imagery of Björn Gooßes of Killustraitions. UK-based Prog Magazine has released the new single “Takeover.”

Experience DISTRICT 97’s “Takeover” via Prog Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

A trailer for In Vaults featuring clips of several tracks is also playing HERE.

Laser’s Edge will release In Vaults this Tuesday, June 23rd. Preorders for the CD version are available now at THIS LOCATION.

The first of two DISTRICT 97 performances celebrating the release of In Vaults takes place this Friday, June 19th, as the band plays to their hometown Chicago fans at Martyr’s. A second CD release show will take place on July 10th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with additional live shows to be announced in the coming weeks.

DISTRICT 97 In Vaults CD release shows:
6/19/2015 Martyr’s – Chicago, IL w/ Cheer Accident [info]
7/10/2015 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Cheer Accident [info]

The release of 2012’s critically acclaimed Trouble With Machines ushered in an exciting era for Chicago-based DISTRICT 97. In 2013, the band toured both Europe and the US with legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), which was documented on 2014’s live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, DISTRICT 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they’d been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults, continues and accelerates the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that’s been evident since the band’s 2010 debut, Hybrid Child. One listen perfectly illustrates why John Wetton says, “I’ve said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt.”

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Earsplit PR: Roundup From The Compound – June 15th, 2015

Monday, June 15th, 2015

JASON W. WALTON: New Track From Agalloch Bassist/Self Spiller Mastermind’s Forthcoming Seven-Inch Streaming At Cvlt NationMara is the soon-to-be-released seven-inch from Agalloch bassist/Self Spiller mastermind, JASON W. WALTON. [More…]

BLACK YO)))GA Joins The Screaming Crow Records RosterBLACK YO)))GA has signed a worldwide deal with Screaming Crow Records to release its very first ever DVD/CD this Fall. [More…]

MORGLBL: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres Opening Track To Sixth Album By French Fusion Trio – France’s unconventional rock/fusion trio, MORGLBL, will release their sixth full-length later this month via Free Electric Sound, a division of The Laser’s Edge. [More…]

HELLBASTARD: Iconic UK Crust Metal Crossover Unit To Drop New Full-Length Via PATAC Records This July; Video Unveiled – Iconic UK crust metal crossover unit, HELLBASTARD, will unleash the perilous fruits of Feral, their forthcoming new full-length, this July via PATAC Records. [More…]

CONNOISSEUR: New Offering From West Coast Weed Demons Streaming In Full At Decibel; Record To See Release Via Tankcrimes Tomorrow + And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour Continues – West Coast weed demons, CONNOISSEUR, will unveil the resinated sounds of their Stoner Justice offering tomorrow via Tankcrimes. [More…]

THE OXFORD COMA: Arizona Psyche Metal Trio Issues Release Info For Impending Second Album With New Title And Artwork – In the wake of the recent announcement of their impending second full-length coming together for release this Summer, Phoenix, Arizona’s metal experimentalist trio, THE OXFORD COMA, has just re-drafted their latest works with a new title and new cover artwork, and has issued all of the newly confirmed info alongside the album’s track listing and release date. [More…]

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST Vol. 4: Entire Lineup Of Annual Arizona Underground Metal Festival Announced; Tickets Available – The entire itinerary for the fourth edition of the annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST has been disclosed, as the 2015 installment is confirmed to consume Tucson, Arizona for four days once again this October. [More…]

TEMPLE OF DAGON: Revelations Of The Spirit EP Out TODAY + Streaming In Full At No Clean Singing; Live Assaults LoomRevelations Of The Spirit is the latest EP from West Coast crust metal malefactors, TEMPLE OF DAGON. [More…]

C H R I S T: Montréal Post-Hardcore Instrumentalists Streaming Entire Debut LP At Noisey; T O W E R Out Now Through L’Oeil Du Tigre – As Montréal-based DIY label, L’oeil Du Tigre, releases C H R I S T’s debut LP, T O W E R, this week, Noisey is now streaming the entire album. [More…]

RISING: Danish Metal Outfit Announces New Lineup; Recording Of Third Album Confirmed For This Fall – Danish metal combo, RISING, has reformed with a new full-time studio and live lineup, and will return to the scene in 2015 with new live performances and the recording of their third LP. [More…]

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Location Of Mid-Atlantic Open-Air Camping And Metal Fest Moves To White Hall, Maryland – The inaugural September installation of SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, the new mid-Atlantic, open-air, camping-based metal fest, has moved slightly Southeast, from its initial placement in Southern Pennsylvania to White Hall, in Harford County, Maryland. [More…]

THE CLEARING PATH Releases “Sacred Mountain” From Debut LP Through American Aftermath – Following the recent announcing of Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, the impending debut album from Italian blackened hardcore/metal solo outfit, THE CLEARING PATH, an exclusive stream of the record’s second movement has been released through American Aftermath, with the track “Sacred Mountain.” [More…]

DEATHWISH: New Track From Debut Album Released Via Cvlt Nation; Tour With Raw Power Underway – Wisconsin-based speed punk crossover quartet, DEATHWISH, has released the title track to their Beer City Skateboards And Records-released debut album, Out For Blood, through Cvlt Nation, as the band embarks on a new tour with Italian hardcore icons, Raw Power. [More…]

EARTH: Summer Performances Including Project Pabst Presents, Necronomicon, Ellnora Guitar Festival And More Confirmed – Following their latest round of tour dates, which saw the band as a major highlight at Psycho California as well as Levitation (Austin Psych Fest), Seattle’s EARTH has scheduled several new live performances across the US for the Summer months, as the band continues to tour the planet in support of their mighty tenth album, Primitive And Deadly. [More…]

KRONOS: First Taste Of New Full-Length From French Brutal Death Metallists Now Playing At No Clean Singing; Preorders AvailableArisen New Era is the impending new full-length from French death metal legion and recent Unique Leader signees, KRONOS. [More…]

KHEMMIS: Denver Doom Unit Delivers “Antediluvian” From Debut LP Through The Obelisk – Underworld rock/doom portal, The Obelisk, is now running an exclusive premiere of “Antediluvian,” by Denver-based doom quartet, KHEMMIS, the crushing fourth track on the band’s impending Absolution debut LP which sees the band joining the likes of Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex on the 20 Buck Spin roster. [More…]

DERKÉTA: Classic Doom/Death Collective To Reissue In Death We Meet Full-Length Via Ibex Moon; Record Features Updated Mix By Grave’s Ola Lindgren + Bonus Tracks – Pittsburgh-based cult doom/death collective, DERKÉTA – featuring alumni from Novembers Doom, Penance, Demonomacy, Cattle Decapitation and more — will reissue their soul-swallowing In Death We Meet full-length via Ibex Moon later this month. [More…]

AMBASSADOR GUN: No Clean Singing Blasts The Public In The Face With “Invaders” From Looming Third Album By Minneapolis GrindersAMBASSADOR GUN would like to take this opportunity to invite your face over to No Clean Singing, where they’ll proceed to unload a new single directly into it, with “Invaders.” [More…]

VALDUR: Sierra Mountains Blackened Death Merchants Emerge From Their Crypts With The Infernal Fruits Of Pathetic Scum; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed – Following an extended slumber, Mammoth Lake, California-based black/death merchants, VALDUR, emerge from their crypts with the infernal fruits of latest offering, lovingly dubbed Pathetic Scum. [More…]

GRUESOME: Schuldiner-Hailing Supergroup Launches New Lyric Video For Namesake Track + Death Cover Revealed – Death-adoring metal collective, GRUESOME, continues to floor the masses with their Schuldiner salutes, this time with a lyric video for their namesake track as well as a pulverizing cover of Death’s “Land Of No Return” (from Scream Bloody Gore). [More…]

SECRETS OF THE SKY: Tour With North Underway; Band Undrapes “Fosforos” Video Clip - Following a successful live incursion supporting label mates, Anaal Nathrakh, last month, Oakland ethereal doom pessimists, SECRETS OF THE SKY, will wage their sonic menace upon the masses on the next leg of their ongoing live infiltration. [More…]

CANCER BATS Releases “Beelzebub” Video; Tour With Danzig To Commence Next MonthCANCER BATS has released a brand new video for “Beelzebub” from their Searching For Zero full-length. [More…]

IMMORTAL BIRD: Windy City-Based Blackened Death Grind Unit Reveals Empress/Abscess Cover Art + Release Date Confirmed – Following last month’s mammothly successful Western Migration live takeover, today Windy City-based blackened death grind unit, IMMORTAL BIRD, confirms the official details of their anticipated Empress/Abscess LP. [More…]

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IN DEFENCE To Release Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master Album; “Tacos Til Death” Now Playing At New Noise Magazine

Friday, June 5th, 2015
[photo by Adam Degross]

Minneapolis, Minnesota mosh instigators, IN DEFENCE, will independently unleash their face-displacing fourth full-length, Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master, later this month, and today the act wages war on the pizza industry with an exclusive premiere of “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine.

Proclaims the unruly IN DEFENCE mob to the triangle-consuming slaves of America, “This song is a declaration of war against the pizza loving industry, and their efforts to brainwash the masses into buying that abomination that they still have the audacity to call ‘food’ will no longer be tolerated. For far too long the Taco has been belittled and under-represented. This will go on no longer. Today is our day. We are legion. Tacos Till Death.” The featured track runs alongside a gnarly tour diary of the band’s Southeastern US tour earlier this year.

As the salsa drips from your raised, bleeding fist, deploy IN DEFENCE’s “Tacos Til Death” via New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Early in the year the band also leaked the album-opening Unholy Water” through Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Jamming eleven rapid, jaw-clenching audio attacks into their latest release, IN DEFENCE delivers their most damaging degeneracy to date on Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master. Recorded, engineered and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Studios, and mixed by Joel Grind at Audiosiege, the Twin Cities terrors bring their most outwardly tongue-in-cheek lyrical lashings and hyperspeed riff-bashings to date to the plate on their newest monstrosity. Appropriately lunatic cover art by Andrei Bouzikov overtakes the cover of this new brutalizer, which will see release directly through the band on CD and digital outlets on June 16th. Preorders for the record are live at RIGHT HERE.

Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master Track Listing:
1. Unholy Water
2. Tacos Til Death
3. Guns Don’t Belong In Schools, Swords Do!
4. Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master
5. No One Survives The Death Pit
6. A.D.H.D.T.V.
7. Fun With Beer (Projectile Partying)
8. Grill And Be Grilled
9. Amber Waves Of Lame
10. Refrigerator: The Energy Efficient Household Appliance That Eats People
11. Circle Pit The Casket

Following their Southeastern US tour earlier this year, and a hometown record release show for Don’t Fuck With The Dungeon Master in recent days, IN DEFENCE is booking new live excursions for the second half of 2015. Already confirmed to take part in the upcoming Full Terror Assault Fest in Cave-In Rock, Illinois September 10th – 12th with the likes of Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod and more, the band is working on locking down a West Coast tour in August, a European tour in September and October, and a trek to Japan and Australia in November. Stand by for updates on the impending worldwide invasion of this crew’s unstoppable live madness!

IN DEFENCE Live Actions:
9/10-12/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave-In Rock, IL w/ Napalm Death, Obituary, Terrorizer, Eyehategod

IN DEFENCE has proven themselves as a diehard annihilation squad, with an imposing recording resume and untamable fascination with on-stage mayhem. Having formed as a more straightforward hardcore act in 2006, the quartet’s volatile brew quickly decayed into more of a thrash-inspired crossover attack, the sound they’ve dominated in the studio and live ever since. While steadily pushing for positive societal change and unity, their methodology is heavily party and satire-infiltrated versus taking a preacher’s stance with their views. Bringing together headbangers and punks to circle pit in unity, IN DEFENCE has crossed the US multiple times a year, having toured and/or shared the stage with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, MDC, DRI, Cro-Mags, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Danzig, Municipal Waste among countless others, in addition to having toured in Puerto Rico and fourteen countries in Europe.

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GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville Cover Art Creation Feature Hosted By Gear Gods; East Coast Tour Info Revealed

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Nearing release this Summer is Endsville, the double-12” vinyl EP release with Austin, Texas-based DESTROYER OF LIGHT and Tucson, Arizona/Vancouver, Washington-based GODHUNTER, a collection of brand new end-time material from both acts. The intense Endsville will see a cooperative release between the two bands, and the time invested into the creation of the record’s artwork is as impressive as the culminated audio material, which is now made apparent through a visual trailer which includes the first audio from the release, and is now playing alongside a photo breakdown of the creation of the installation via Gear Gods.

Collectively issues GODHUNTER on the new art installation feature, “The artwork for Endsville was done by Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella of Bestia Dentro. Rudy had previously done work for GODHUNTER, drawing the covers for Wolves and City Of Dust. When we were in the process of writing for Endsville, we approached Rudy about taking the art for the cover of the next album to the ‘next level.’ We just weren’t sure what that level was yet. We did know that we wanted to sculpt something and use LED lighting for effects. Once we settled on Endsville being a split album with DESTROYER OF LIGHT, the monster battle theme immediately sprang to life and the Bestia Dentro team got started creating the two monsters and the set. All told the process took about six months from start to finish, and they ended up renting an art space entirely for that project, as the set took up about an 8′x10′ area. Once the set layout and monsters were complete, we called in Andrew Weiss to photograph it. He’s done work for bands like Pelican, Rosetta and Caspian before, and his eye is incredible. We worked with the lights a bit on the day of the shoot to get the right look, and Andrew got a couple really good captures that became the cover and inside art for the vinyl layout.”

Watch painstakingly layered Endsville installation come together via Gear Gods RIGHT HERE.

Brand new videos from both acts will see release in the coming days as GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville sees a joint release through GODHUNTER co-owned Battleground Records and DESTROYER OF LIGHT’s Heavy Friends Records on July 28th. Preorders will go live on June 16th.

Directly in conjunction with the release of Endsville, GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT will collaborate on a major widespread tour together, which will see them both raiding the East Coast US for the first time. While previously only the rough skeletal city itinerary of the trek has been announced, this week nearly every one of the twenty-five venues on the tour has been declared. The tour includes both bands’ participation in the first Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, Connecticut on August 14th and 15th with Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and more.

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT Endsville 2015 Tour:
7/29/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
7/30/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
7/31/2015 The Sandlot – El Paso, TX
8/01/2015 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
8/02/2015 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO
8/03/2015 The Hideout – Omaha, NE
8/04/2015 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2015 TBA – Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Fat Guy Fest – Kalamazoo, MI
8/07/2015 Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
8/08/2015 Magnolia Bar – Louisville, KY
8/09/2015 Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/10/2015 The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
8/11/2015 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2015 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
8/14/2015 KoTo – Salem, MA
8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT @ Death To False Metal Fest
8/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/17/2015 TBA – Baltimore, MD
8/18/2015 Thomas Creek Brewery – Greenville, SC
8/19/2015 The Basement – Atlanta, GA
8/20/2015 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
8/21/2015 Saturn Bar – New Orleans, LA
8/22/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville bears twenty minutes of new material and a cover track from each band. Tucson/Vancouver-situated sludge faction, GODHUNTER, captured the tunes for their platter at WaveLab Studios in Tucson by Dana Fehr (North, Juarez), the newest in a steady line of titles since their 2014-released debut LP, City Of Dust, including their GH/OST:S split LP with Secrets Of The Sky and The Outer Dark collaborative 7” with Amigo The Devil. The adjoining slab by Austin-based psychedelic doom outfit, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, follows the band’s 2012-released self-titled debut album and 2014’s Bizarre Tales Vol. II EP, recorded at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, engineered and mixed by Matt Meli. The entire album was then mastered by James Plotkin. The two 12” EPs will be united in a gatefold setup on two different colors of vinyl, in addition to a digital release, the cover artwork to feature custom sculpture art by Bestia Dentro and photography by Andrew Weiss.

Stand by for more on GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville in the near future.

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