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GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL Present Collaborative 7-Inch EP For Black Friday

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

As Tucson’s GODHUNTER takes their confrontational  auditory demolition back out on the road this week for a twelve-city West Coast run with Sorxe, the band announces yet another new set of recordings destined to see release this Fall.

After the release of their debut album, City Of Dust and the more recent GH/0ST:S split LP with Oakland’s Secrets Of The Sky both released this year, GODHUNTER now announces a collaborative EP with Miami-based AMIGO THE DEVIL. While all of GODHUNTER’s 2014 releases have shown their generally crushing sludge/crust-influenced hardcore grooves giving way to more ethereal, organic rock influences, expanding the use of keys and acoustic instruments, the newly completed collaboration presents an incredible new sound completely. The charismatic murderfolk of AMIGO THE DEVIL, currently calling Miami, Florida home, features the soulful vocals and Americana-based anthems of one Danny Kiranos, who here unites with GODHUNTER, who provides virtually all instrumentation on these two incredibly accessible, somber and beautiful yet ominous tracks. The collaboration, The Outer Dark, includes one original tune, “Weeping Willow,” paired with an awesome cover of Nirvana’s “Something In The Way” on the B-side.

As with City Of Dust and GH/0ST:S, The Outer Dark will see release through a union of  GODHUNTER-co-owned Battleground Records and Earsplit’s label The Compound, who will release the album on 7” vinyl on Black Friday, November 28th. Preorders audio from the release and more will be released in the near future. Nearly all of GODHUNTER’s prior releases are available via The Compound HERE.

Later this month, both bands will perform at Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front — the massive Tucson-based musical gathering co-created by members of GODHUNTER among others — with GODHUNTER performing at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, October 17th with Eagle Twin, Pelican and Goatsnake, and AMIGO THE DEVIL performing sporadically and randomly at both The Rialto Theatre and the nearby The District Tavern over the entire four-day event. Leading up to the fest, GODHUNTER will torch the West Coast alongside Phoenix-based Sorxe, the tour beginning this Thursday, October 2nd. Both bands will perform at the two-day Lucifest II with Demon Lung, Reproacher, Secrets of the Sky and others, and will join the likes of Graves At Sea and more along the way before closing the tour down at SWTF.

Stream all of GH/0ST:S via Revolver HERE, and check out a recent video interview with GODHUNTER right HERE.

GODHUNTER Tour Dates:
10/02/2014 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Sorxe
10/03-04/2014 Mojo’s Music Venue – Odgen, UT @ Lucifest II w/ Sorxe, Secrets of the Sky, more
10/05/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Sorxe
10/06/2014 TBA – Casper, WY w/ Sorxe
10/07/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Sorxe
10/08/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Sorxe
10/09/2014 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ Sorxe
10/10/2014 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ Sorxe
10/11/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Graves At Sea, Sorxe
10/12/2014 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Sorxe, Secrets Of The Sky
10/13/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA w/ Sorxe
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin [info]

AMIGO THE DEVIL Live:
10/16-19/2014 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ [info]

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TORCH RUNNER: Endless Nothing LP Out Now On Southern Lord; Full Album Streaming At American Aftermath + West Coast Tour With Baptists & Obliterations Nears

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Out this week through Southern Lord is the merciless second LP from North Carolina-based trio, TORCH RUNNER, entitled Endless Nothing. Here, the band unleashes a brew of rabid, grinding, hardcore rage and hardline vocal tirades, making them a sure thing for diehard followers of Napalm Death, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Homewrecker. Coinciding with the album’s street date today, American Aftermath is now playing the entire album, which devastatingly forces its way through thirteen-tracks in just over twenty-two minutes. Alongside the stream, a concise interrogation of the band is posted, giving some insight to the album’s creation, their upcoming tour assault and more.

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Orders for both CD and LP versions of Endless Nothing, as well as Southern Lord’s recent reissue of the band’s Committed To The Ground debut on CD and LP are available HERE. Digital versions are available HERE.

In just two weeks, TORCH RUNNER will launch a massive West Coast US offensive in support of Endless Nothing, joining a Southern Lord package tour with labelmates Baptists and Obliterations, both also supporting brand new LPs out in October on Southern Lord. This unstoppable combination of lethal bands will pummel fans in a dozen cities up the coast into Canada and back, beginning with a Southern Lord showcase in Los Angeles on October 15th, were TORCH RUNNER, Baptists and Obliterations will join Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba and more.

TORCH RUNNER Fall West Coast US Tour w/ Baptists, Obliterations:
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR [no Baptists]
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA [no Baptists]
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA [no Baptists]

“By making their album a race toward total annihilation, Torch Runner have crafted a more active listening experience that seems to demand that the listener fight or be destroyed. 4/5″ – All Music Guide

“… pick up this scathing album – it’s PURE FUCKING SONIC MURDER!” – Cvlt Nation

“This is wall to wall crust with not a bit of grit getting wasted throughout… an absolutely punishing affair from start to finish and you’ll nary catch a single breath before the end of its duration.4/5” – About.com


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SECRET CUTTER Confirms European Distribution Of Debut LP Via Holy Roar Records & Tape Version Through Grimoire Cassette Cvlture; Band Added To CBGB Festival In NYC

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania trio, SECRET CUTTER, has confirmed a new European distribution deal and a limited cassette edition of their debut LP, Self Titled.

Spewing forth a wretched, caustic amalgamation of sludge, hardcore and grind elements, SECRET CUTTER jumped from a local band to gaining international praise seemingly overnight following the release of Self Titled, with incredible reactions from media outlets appearing everywhere this Summer. Comprised of drummer Jared Stimpfl, vocalist Ekim and guitarist Evan Morey, their output blends elements seemingly influenced as much by Deadguy and Converge as Eyehategod and Godflesh, delivered through a backline massive enough to power a band twice their size, delivering a live show as intense as their recorded material. With over twenty-six minutes of pure slaughterhouse material, produced by the band at Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive through a maelstrom of ten vigorous tracks on Self Titled.

The critical acclaim of Self Titled has spread around the globe like a contagion, now infecting several labels who will issue new versions of the record, following their self-release of the album on LP and digital download through their own Bethlehem Rust label earlier this year. SECRET CUTTER has hooked up with London-based Holy Roar Records (Enabler, OHHMS, Strife, Coliseum) for European distribution of Self Titled. In addition, a cassette version of the record will be available through San Diego-based Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (Indian, Fister, Goryl), in a limited run of 150 copies. All versions of Self Titled include a free digital download of the full album as well. Self Titled can be purchased on black vinyl in Europe via Holy Roar HERE, on cassette from Grimoire Cassette Cvlture HERE, and stateside on three different colors of vinyl as well as digital through the band HERE.

Also check out a recent gear feature on SECRET CUTTER’s sole axeman Evan Morey’s massive setup which helps deliver the band’s unique auditory brutality via PureGrainAudio HERE.

Following several shows in support of Self Titled this Summer, including a devastating set at the first annual Uninvited Fest in Brooklyn last week, SECRET CUTTER continues to book new gigs, including having just been confirmed to take part in NYC’s CBGB’s Festival. The band will raid Saint Vitus Bar on October 11th, providing support for Primitive Weapons and Vision Of Disorder. Further live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for their next release.

SECRET CUTTER Live:
10/11/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vision If Disorder, Primitive Weapons [info]

“Secret Cutter appeal to a lot of different appetites—sludge heads looking for something a little more complicated than rote Eyehategod worship, old hardcore dudes wanting to go heavier but avoid sounding like Nails, and most of all, those committed to the mosh. They would be foolish not to tour with Xibalba or Harms Way.” – Pitchfork

“… the band Billy Anderson would listen to if he was having the worst day of his life… Self Titled defies categorization by acting as a round-up of heavy albums’ heavy parts. Sludgy, thrashy, grindy; doesn’t matter. As long as it’s bruising, it’ll make the cut.” – Invisible Oranges

“Take the anarcho-hardcore of bands like Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, Coalesce, and Converge and then meld it together using molten lava and brimstone with the sludge filled bile of bands like Eyehategod and Buzzov-en, and you’d have a close approximation of just how nasty this record is.” – Metal Insider

“A three piece shouldn’t sound this heavy, but Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Secret Cutter manages to pull off the impossible…” – About.com

“No nonsense crushing music, vocals that are delivered with raw animal power, with a mix and master that compliment the music.” 9/10″ – This Is Not A Scene

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH Signs To Neurot Recordings; Long-Awaited Debut Full-Length To See Release In Spring 2015 – Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and performance to date with his newest project, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. [More…]

LO-PAN: Ohio’s Riffiest Spills New Track At Revolver; Journey With Black Cobra Continues – Ohio riff rockers, LO-PAN, hurl forth another track of amplified goodness with “Eastern Seas,” now playing at Revolver. [More…]

NO MERCY: Suicidal Records To Re-Release Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) From Legendary Crossover Act – Suicidal Records is proud to announce their plans of re-releasing the Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) LP by legendary crossover outfit, NO MERCY, this October. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Autumn Live Assault – Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. [More…]

MACABRE: October Tour With Ringworm Precedes November Mini-Tour With Carcass – Chicago’s Murder Metal trio, MACABRE, is set to rampage across the US on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October. [More…]

FALLUJAH: Atmospheric Death Metal Faction Announces Pacific Northwest Trek With Archspire; European Tour Draws Near – Following their successful Summer Slaughter takeover, atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, will embark upon a short but punishing run of Pacific Northwest dates next month. [More…]

DIE CHOKING Unloads Entire New 7-Inch Via Decibel Magazine; II EP Out Next Week Via The Compound – This week, Philadelphia’s new tyrants of hyperthrash, DIE CHOKING, will release their second blazing 7”, II, and today the entire EP is now playing courtesy of Decibel Magazine. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Drops Lyric Video For “Unsympathetic Intellect” Through Revolver Magazine – With the October 14th release date for RINGS OF SATURN’s second LP, Lugal Ki En, rapidly approaching, another new single has been declassified and is now on public display through a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” at Revolver Magazine’s website. [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors To Unleash Third Full-Length Via Magic Bullet Next Month – Cleveland, Ohio’s occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 1 – Noisey, the music arm of VICE, is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, episode 1. [More…]

FUZZ EVIL & CHIEFS Split 7-Inch EP To See October Release Via Battleground Records – The Battleground Records roster continues to rapidly expand, with another new release on the horizon for October, in the form of a split 7” from FUZZ EVIL and CHIEFS. [More…]

DYSTOPIA: Human=Garbage Debut From Legendary Sludge/Crust Unit Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Twenty-Year Anniversary Reissue To Drop Later This Month Via Tankcrimes – With the official reissue of the iconic Human=Garbage debut full-length from legendary West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, DYSTOPIA, just a few weeks away, Cvlt Nation offers up the record in its filth-ridden entirety. [More…]

ENABLER Signs With Century Media; La Fin Absolue Du Monde To Get Official European Issue – Following the initial release of ENABLER’s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label. [More…]

USNEA: Sophomore LP From Portland Doom Quartet Nears November Release Through Relapse Records; New Track Streaming – Having signed Portland, Oregon based funeral doom/death quartet, UNSEA, earlier this year, Relapse Records is now preparing the band’s monstrous sophomore LP for descent onto the population in mid-November. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed + Official Video For “Kill Or Become” UnveiledA Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! [More…]

EXCEL: California Hardcore/Thrash Crossover Crew Launches Official Store; Preview Tracks For Southern Lord Reissue Of Split Image Playing – This week, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, will reissue their debut album Split Image via Southern Lord, and to mark the occasion, an official online store has been launched, and several tracks from the remastered classic album are now streaming. [More…]

ROSES NEVER FADE: Dark Neofolk Trio Releases Second Full-Length Via Belgium’s Neuropa RecordsROSES NEVER FADE returns to Belgium’s Neuropa Records with their long-awaited second full-length entitled Devil Dust. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Debut Album From Original Doomriders Members Nears October Release Via Magic Bullet – Magic Bullet Records will deliver one of the most corrosive sludge/doom releases of the year with the somewhat unexpected self-titled debut and incurably bleak and sinister awakening and introduction to the world of Boston’s newest heavy music titan, WORMWOOD. [More…]

GOATSNAKE Reveals Initial Details Of Impending New Album Due For Release In 2015 – Los Angeles, California’s GOATSNAKE is back in a big way. Having spent the Summer at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, the band is gearing up to release their first new full-length album since 2000’s Flower Of Disease. [More…]

CDC: Pennsylvania Hardcore Act Confirms European Autumn Tour; New Release Scheduled For Early 2015 – Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, has announced the band’s upcoming return to the European continent next month on a two week tour. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: NYC Death Metallers Premiere New Tune Via Cvlt Nation; Carnival Of Death Tour Draws Near + Enter To Win ShowUsYourSlam Contest! – With the release of Imperium, the first new album in over a decade from New York City-based death metal institution, INTERNAL BLEEDING, now less than one week away, the gate keepers at Cvlt Nation are pleased to spew forth the debilitating rumble of the eighth cut, “Placate The Ancients.” [More…]

MAID MYRIAD: MetalSucks Releases New Single From With Haste On Its Breath; Debut Album From Ohio Kaleidoscope Rock Act Nears October Release – Akron, Ohio-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, will release their mesmerizing debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, in on week, and the crew who runs MetalSucks’ online domain has premiered the album’s third track,Be Careful What You Wish For.” [More…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY Drops “The Alonest Of The Alone” Lyric Video Featuring Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade At Metal Insider; Cobra Verde To See Release Next Month – Kick your afternoon in the teeth with the rabid new lyric video for “The Alonest Of The Alone” from Italian technical death metal demolition team, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 2 – Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, EYEHATEGOD, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others. [More…]

LORD MANTIS: “Possession Prayer” Video Under Construction + October Tour With Today Is The Day Announced; 2xLP Version Of Death Mask Out Now – The demoralizing Chicagoan collective, LORD MANTIS, is currently immersed in the construction of their first official video, which is sure to be a disturbing and uncomforting visual experience. [More…]

ENCOFFINATION Releases “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth” From Third LP Via Decibel Magazine: Preorders Posted – The first single from III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), the suffocating third full-length movement from US death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, is now playing courtesy of an exclusive stream at Decibel Magazine. [More…]

FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Delivers A “Death Injection” From Debut LP Via Cvlt Nation – A full two months before it detonates upon the masses, today humanity gets a foreboding first listen to Helsinki Savagery, the debut LP from Finnish crossover killers, FORESEEN HKI, as Cvlt Nation hosts a stream of “Death Injection.” [More…]

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Unit Featuring Members Of Abysmal Dawn And Arkaik To Release Unique Leader Debut; Lyric Video Now Playing At Revolver Magazine – California-based extreme death metal perpetrators, ANNIHILATED — who features within its ranks, current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, Grotesque, Excretion, and Arkaik — will spread their sonic sickness across the lands this Fall with the release of debut full-length, XIII Steps To Ruination. [More…]

DER BLAUE REITER: Post-Apocalyptic Darkwave Project Releases Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence Via Neuropa Records – Following the release of their critically-adored, Nuclear Sun long player, Barcelona-based darkwave project, DER BLAUE REITER, returns from the pillars of oblivion with a new collection of mirthless hymns centered on post-apocalyptic desolation. [More…]

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ON TOUR NOW: AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BAPTISTS – BATTLECROSS – BEYOND THE SHORE – BLACK ANVIL – BLACK COBRA- THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – BRUTAL BLUES – CDC – CORRECTIONS HOUSE – FOSSILS – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FUZZ EVIL – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – THE GREAT SABATINI – GREENLEAF – GUST – HOD – HONDURAN – IDES OF GEMINI – IMMORTAL BIRD – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – INTERNAL BLEEDING – KING DIAMOND – LETHAL DOSAGE – LO-PAN – LORD MANTIS – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD – NEUROSIS – OBLITERATIONS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PORD – PYREXIA – PYRRHON – RABBITS – REVOCATION – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SORXE – TELOCH VOVIN – TODAY IS THE DAY – TORCH RUNNER – TÝR – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WHITECHAPEL – WOLVHAMMER – YOB

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ENABLER Signs With Century Media; La Fin Absolue Du Monde To Get Official European Issue

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Following the initial release of ENABLER’s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label.

Issued ENABLER’s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Lohrber of the union with Century Media: “I couldn’t be happier for all of this to come together. We’ve had a lot of good people working behind us for years, friends who have lived through the blood, sweat, and tears with myself and the multitude of extremely talented musicians who have shared the stage playing in ENABLER. Myself and the musicians who share this with me are going to take this to the next level. The best is yet to come.”

We at The Earsplit Compound are stoked to see our close allies in ENABLER get hooked up with an amazing worldwide deal with a label like Century Media and can’t wait to see them remove many faces live and on record through the New Year.

While European fans await the Century Media reissue of the album, those based in North America can order La Fin Absolue Du Monde now, the first pressing of the LP version from The Compound available on black/white/Orange Crush splatter, limited to 250 copies, in a wide-spine, uncoated jacket with a digital download code included, the CD housed in a high-quality, six-panel digipak. Additionally, The Compound released ENABLER’s previous Flies EP, which is also still available on digipak CD (for a mere $5) and on limited import 12” LP courtesy of a licensing deal with London’s Holy Roar Records. Order all physical versions of both releases HERE.

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ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors To Unleash Third Full-Length Via Magic Bullet Next Month

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio’s occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records.

On Sacrificial, ANCIENT VVISDOM delivers ten tracks that continue to push the boundaries of both death rock and neo-folklore while retaining the memorable simplicity and melodic catchiness present on their previous, critically-lauded manifestations. Produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering in New York, Sacrificial fuses all the prime qualities of the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Quicksand, into a wholly anthemic album of dark and light.

Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into singer Nathan Opposition’s personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity’s universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein “down” becomes “up.” In Opposition’s world, confronting one’s own demons and humanity’s primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one’s consciousness.

Comments Opposition, “Where there is chaos you will find us. Where there is disorder, others find discomfort yet I find salvation. Lead me not unto anything. I am my own. This album will enlighten the fools and give the enlightened something to listen to.”

Musically, Opposition and his brother, Michael the Dark Angel, continue to accomplish what countless musicians frustratingly attempt to conquer in their songwriting: simple, memorable riffs and melodies that stand the test of time. Each hymn comprising Sacrificial is hummable and infectious. Like the best practitioners in any field, the brothers make it look and sound easy to the point where everyone listening thinks they can do it (spoiler alert: very few can ever do it). New addition Mitch Keith Morris wastes no time in making his mark on Sacrificial, channeling deep primitive and tribal percussive influences into the empowering sound that is unmistakably ANCIENT VVISDOM.

Sacrificial Track Listing:
1. Rise Of An Ancient Evil
2. Chaos Will Reign
3. Blood Offering
4. Devils Work
5. Blind Leading The Blind
6. Worm Ridden Skull
7. I Am Your Sacrifice
8. City Of Stone
9. We Are Damnation
10. Higher Into The Black Flames

Sacrificial will come available on LP, CD and digitally via Magic Bullet Records worldwide on October 14th, 2014. Preorders and song teasers to be unveiled in the days to come. Stay alert.


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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

BEASTMILK: Magic Bullet Records Confirms Stateside Issues Of Two Early Releases – As part of a swarm of new titles from Magic Bullet Records coming together for release over the coming months, the label is proud to announce the impending stateside issues of BEASTMILK’s Use Your Deluge EP and White Stains on Black Wax single. [More…]

PISS VORTEX: Mind Bending Grinders To Release Debut Album Via Indisciplinarian This November; Track Posted At No Clean Singing – It’s with utmost pleasure that Indisciplinarian announces the upcoming self-titled debut album from Denmark grinders extraordinaire, PISS VORTEX, on November 3rd. [More…]

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicagoan Blackened Death Thrashers Announce Autumn Live Infiltration – Chicagoan blackened death/thrash day-ruiners, IMMORTAL BIRD, will bring their odes of deviance and decay to the stage next month on a short rash of North American live incursions. [More…]

BRAINOIL: Debut From Sludge Power Trio Streaming In Full At Cvlt Nation; Tankcrimes Reissue Out NOW! – Oakland trio, BRAINOIL, spew their own hyper-hellish brand of riff-soused, misanthropic sludge. [More…]

NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB: Three Key Neurot Recordings Artists To Perform At Maryland Deathfest XIII – Neurot Recordings is proud to have three major acts from their expansive family of acts confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest XIII, the annual festival once again set to take over Baltimore from May 21st to May 24th, with NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT and YOB joining the list of more than eighty bands to perform at the 2015 gathering, marking the label’s largest invasion of the annual festival to date. [More…]

GUST: Self-Titled Southern Lord Debut Out This Week; Album Streaming Via Bandcamp – Trollhättan, Sweden-based GUST this week releases their self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord, a breakneck, nearly half-hour-long album signals the band’s first release on the label and is streaming in its entirety right now. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: A Skeletal Domain Out NOWOn Metal Blade Records; Band Announces Special Instagram Contest – The official unveiling of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s anticipated A Skeletal Domain full-length! [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Cvlt Nation Releases Track From New Seven-Inch Details Of Legal Living Included In EP Posted – Now just two weeks from release is the second 7” from Philadelphia-based hyperthrash/grindcore trio, DIE CHOKING, simply entitled II, and as The Compound prepares for the wax to hit the streets, today Cvlt Nation leaks a new track from the decimating EP. [More…]

SOCIETY SUCKER: Decibel Magazine Streaming New EP From North Carolina Hardcore Group – Decibel Magazine’s infamous Deciblog portal is hosting an exclusive stream of Society Sucker, the brutally groove-laden new EP from the Wilmington, North Carolina act of the same name, in honor of its parole date today. [More…]

ORANGE GOBLIN Set To Return To North America With Down – With ORANGE GOBLIN’s Back From The Abyss full-length now three weeks away from release, the band has confirmed the first North American tour in support of the record. [More…]

SAHHR: Los Angeles-Based Blackened Metal Legion To Release Debut EP This Halloween Via Domestic Genocide; Teaser Video Posted – Southern California based blackened metal perpetrators, SAHHR, are readying to drop their self-titled debut EP upon the masses this Halloween! [More…]

HOD: Second Full-Length From San Antonio Death Outfit Out Now; Entire Book Of The Worm Album Playing At Cvlt NationBook Of The Worm, the anticipated second full-length from San Antonio, Texas-based deathcrushers, HOD, is out NOW via Arctic Music. [More…]

ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK Extreme Metal Duo Wages War With “Monstrum In Animo,” Now Playing At Decibel – Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine. [More…]

BLEACH EVERYTHING / VORS Split 7-Inch Due In October Via Magic Bullet Records Richmond Punk Destroyers & Los Angeles Synth Creep Unite – Magic Bullet Records has locked a killer, two-band split 7” for October release, marking the debuts of two fairly new names to the scene — Richmond, Virginia’s BLEACH EVERYTHING and Los Angeles, California’s VORS — both of which include some very not new names to the scene. Confused? Allow us to delve… [More…]

MUSK OX To Release Official Woodfall Guitar Tab Book – In light of the recent success and critical acclaim received for their second full-length album, Woodfall, MUSK OX has announced the release of the official Woodfall guitar book. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY: First Single From Animal Mother Released Via Metal Injection Video Premiere; Tour With Lord Mantis Announced – The first single from TODAY IS THE DAY’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, has been released via Metal Injection through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, “Masada,” as the band begins to divulge the newest developments in their massive upcoming tour schedule. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT: Mini-Documentary For Fifteen-Year Anniversary DVD Posted; XV Set For Release October 15th – Following recent news of the upcoming XV DVD, documenting fifteen years of incredible psychedelic doom from Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT, a clip of the ninety-minute documentary on the band, their equipment, friends which consumes just one part of the DVD has been posted. [More…]

KICKER: Oakland Punk Supergroup To Kick Off North American Tour – Oakland punk supergroup, KICKER, who feature within its ranks members of Filth, Dystopia and Neurosis with infamous veteran road dog, Pete the Roadie, on vocals, will kick off a short rash of North American live assaults this week. [More…]

TRAGODIA: Italian Progressive Metal Quintet Releases New Video From Mythmaker Through Revolver Magazine – Brescia, Italy-based progressive metal outfit, TRAGODIA, has just released an official video from their third LP Mythmaker, which was released last November via Kolony Records. [More…]

BAPTISTS Unload New Track From Bloodmines Through Metal Injection; Tour With Obliterations And Torch Runner Nears – Take a step back from your complacent life and catch an awakening smack in the mouth with the new track, “Calling,” courtesy of Vancouver’s unstoppable BAPTISTS. [More…]

Fifth Installment Of Cvlt Nation’s Compilation Series Now Playing With BLACK SABBATH’s Paranoid – CVLT Nation is proud to present the fifth covers compilation of the The CVLT Nation Sessions with BLACK SABBATH’s Paranoid. [More…]

LAGO: Debut Album From Arizona Death Quartet Out Now; Via Battleground Records Record Show This Weekend – This week, seekers of no-nonsense death metal can purchase the impressive Tyranny, the new debut full-length from Phoenix, Arizona’s LAGO, out now on Battleground Records. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI Unleashes Old World New Wave; New Hymn Now Playing At Pitchfork – Following the release of their long anticipated Old World New Wave full-length earlier this week via Neurot Recordings, West Coast sound weavers, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to unleash “May 22, 1453″ today via Pitchfork. [More…]

TORCH RUNNER: Single From Endless Nothing Raging At Cvlt Nation – Cvlt Nation has unloaded a destructive new single from TORCH RUNNER’s incoming second LP, Endless Nothing, as Southern Lord prepares do deploy the album at the end of the month. [More…]

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BAPTISTS Unload New Track From Bloodmines Through Metal Injection; Tour With Obliterations And Torch Runner Nears

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Take a step back from your complacent life and catch an awakening smack in the mouth with the new track, “Calling,” courtesy of Vancouver’s unstoppable BAPTISTS.

Culled from their incoming sophomore LP, Bloodmines, which was recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the tenth track from the album rides with a slightly slower pace than the record as a whole, jamming with a more noise rock whiplash, yet never letting their furiousness fall to the side for a moment. Metal Injection is now streaming “Calling” alongside the lyrics and some insight on the track from BAPTISTS’ standpoint and more.

Embark on daily journeys
To seats that stay in place
Repress innate feelings
To walk the fuck away

Boss says it’s our calling
Boss says

Stream “Calling” at Metal Injection right now at THIS LOCATION.

Revolver Magazine recently premiered the track “Harm Induction” playing HERE.

With Bloodmines now just under a month from its October 14th North American street date via Southern Lord, the band will take to the North American West Coast days before the album’s release. Following several headlining shows, BAPTISTS will take place in the Southern Lord showcase in Los Angeles, California  on October 15th, joining labelmates Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba, Obliterations and Torch Runner. From there, Obliterations, Torch Runner and BAPTISTS will all tour as a package through the end of the month, with all three acts touring on their new albums, all due via Southern Lord in October. Another tour highlight includes a stop at Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, set to take place October 16th-19th in Tucson, Arizona, where BAPTISTS are set to perform on the main stage the final evening of the gathering with SUNN O))), Obliterations and Sex Prisoner.

Stand by for further BAPTISTS tour actions and further audio from Bloodmines to be released in the coming weeks.

BAPTISTS Tour Dates:
10/11/2014 The Artery – Edmonton, AB @ Up + Downtown Fest w/ Waingro, Ringleader
10/12/2014 Nite Owl - Calgary AB w/ Waingro
BAPTISTS West Coast Tour w/ Obliterations, Torch Runner:
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/19/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest #
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Biltmore Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR ^
10/29/2014 TBA – Santa Rosa, CA **^
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA **^
** w/ Creative Adult
^ w/o Baptists
# w/o Torch Runner

Like its predecessor, BAPTISTS’ acclaimed Bushcraft debut LP, Bloodmines is an exhilarating album pouring with genuine, raw emotion and frenzied punk fury. Shards of feedback make way for rapid riffs and savage vocals, with explosive drumming surging life into every second of each movement. On tracks like “Vistas”, “Calling” and the title track, “Bloodmines,” the pace changes, revealing powerful, melodic and jagged noise rock songs, much like influential San Diego post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu, which go beyond the two minute mark. Discordant guitar melodies and abrasive vocal passages are elongated, still volatile but perhaps allowing for further contemplation of the band’s underlying message.

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UFOMAMMUT: Mini-Documentary For Fifteen-Year Anniversary DVD Posted; XV Set For Release October 15th

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Following recent news of the upcoming XV DVD, documenting fifteen years of incredible psychedelic doom from Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT, a clip of the ninety-minute documentary on the band, their equipment, friends which consumes just one part of the DVD has been posted. The exposé includes several minutes of interrogations with all three of the members and some brief live footage sampled from XV, and is viewable now at THIS LOCATION.

Since 2013, UFOMAMMUT has been working on a special video project documenting their incredibly vibrant discography and unbeatable live delivery, now set for release as XV. As the band’s visual elements are of of equal importance as their music, with virtually every album created with a video counterpart specifically fitted for said release and their corresponding live performances of the tunes. The DVD features over three hours of footage — including Magickal Mastery Live, a twelve-song live act — interviews, outtakes, and extras, all documenting these first fifteen years of the band. This audiovisual experience will also be available as a special wooden 8GB USB drive, with both versions set for official release via the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records on October 15th.

Preorders for the XV DVD can be placed by North American fans via Earsplit Distro HERE and internationally through Supernatural Cat HERE.

UFOMAMMUT will return to North America for their first major tour of the continent in 2015, including their first trip to Maryland Deathfest. With only a brief 2008 West Coast venture in the US under their belt, the full-on upcoming tour will see the band spending several weeks stateside, bringing their magical, mysterious and pulverizing doom metal to the masses in support of their acclaimed ORO double-album set, released in 2013, as well as their next full-length release, which the band is currently preparing to record in October for release again through Neurot in early 2015.

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:
10/03-05/2014 Up In Smoke – Pratteln, Switzerland
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

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TODAY IS THE DAY: First Single From Animal Mother Released Via Metal Injection Video Premiere; Tour With Lord Mantis Announced

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The first single from TODAY IS THE DAY’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, has been released via Metal Injection through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, “Masada,” as the band begins to divulge the newest developments in their massive upcoming tour schedule.

Produced by visual architect David Hall of Handshake Inc., the disturbing accompaniment for “Masada” delivers the track in a vibrant, high-contrast collage of footage, combining imagery born of nature’s itinerary and humanity’s inherently sadistic and perverse ways. Cult leaders summon more flies to the fire while children learn to handle automatic weapons. Brains decay and maggots feast upon the flesh of mammals, while a twisted, obfuscated plot unfolds amidst several unnamed humans in this disgustingly satisfying slab of cinematic madness. Undeniable lust, seething anger, inward loathing and outward aggression all flow in an occult blend of Americana that is as unique as the song. In other words, it’s “TODAY IS THE DAY as fuck.”

Issued director David Hall of the video: “I’m always honored when Steve Austin asks me to create a video for TODAY IS THE DAY. Early on we decided that ‘Masada’ should be the track people hear first from the new album because it really represents the album in terms of rock and diversity and TITD insanity. Steve wanted a video that would infect minds and reflect the madness of the music. I ate some meatloaf and went on a vision quest and was shown a couple in a desert being corrupted by their dysfunction and desire to control one another. So this is what I made.”

Strap in and send your day into a downward spiral with TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Masada” video via Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.

A trailer for Animal Mother, also created by Hall, is also playing at THIS LOCATION.

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on LP, CD and digital download in North America on October 14th, as the band’s first venture for the label. With Animal Mother still lurking in the shadows, the band prepares for an extensive bout of widespread live actions in support of the album. From October 7th through the 26th, TODAY IS THE DAY will shred through the US on a headlining tour with direct support from Chicago deviants, Lord Mantis. This is the first phase of touring which will expand in the coming days, taking the band out on several more excursions through the rest of the year and well into 2015. Stand by for more major developments about to be issued in the coming days.

TODAY IS THE DAY w/ Lord Mantis:
10/07/2014 Geno’s – Portland, ME
10/08/2014 Sonny’s – Dover, NH
10/09/2014 Spotlight Tavern – Beverly, MA
10/10/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
10/11/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
10/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
10/13/2014 Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
10/14/2014 Church – Boston, MA
10/15/2014 The Depot – York, PA
10/16/2014 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
10/17/2014 TBA – Long Island, NY
10/18/2014 Jabber Jaws – Allentown, PA
10/19/2014 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
10/20/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
10/21/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
10/22/2014 TBA
10/23/2014 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
10/24/2014 TBA
10/25/2014 Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA
10/26/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/26/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN

As always, the dejected and vengeful hymns TODAY IS THE DAY delivers with their latest opus are among the most scathing passages of audio one will experience, as Animal Mother unloads just short of a solid hour of pure anguish. The band’s lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. Through fifteen diversified attacks, Animal Mother’s wrath recalls elements of several seminal TITD albums, merging the dementia of Temple Of The Morning Star with the blazing delivery of In The Eyes Of God, yet several acoustic and more melodic angles elevate the LP’s material to entirely different dimensions. The Animal Mother recording sessions took place at the notorious architect’s own Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin, and shrouded in original artwork by Samantha Muljat.

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