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STEARICA: Italian Instrumental Trio Premieres “Delta” Video Via Noisey With Exclusive Interview; Fertile LP Nears Mid-April Release

Monday, March 30th, 2015
[photo by Luca-Saini]

Turin, Italy’s instrumental rock trio, STEARICA, has released their first official video, created for the poignant movement, “Delta,” as the newest single to be released from the band’s upcoming Fertile LP.

Fusing a concept by Gabriele Ottino and STEARICA, directed and edited by Gabriele Ottino and produced by Superbudda, Vice Magazine’s Noisey channel has premiered “Delta” through several international portals alongside a detailed interview with the band’s Francesco Carlucci, which digs heavily into the creation of the video, as well as their intense new album, which features guest contributions from the likes of Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver), Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) and Ryan Patterson (Coliseum), and was heavily inspired by the squares of the Arab Spring and Barcelona’s Indignants, The “Delta” video describes the path (metaphorical and real at the same time) of a man in search of his heart in which he will meet parts of his memory censored by pixels. Fertility, rebirth and ascension are the central elements of the journey of rapprochement of a man, with his face painted red, to his heart therefore to life.

Delve into STEARICA’s “Delta” video at Noisey US right HERE, and Brazil HERE.

Additional singles from Fertile have also been released, including “Shāh Māt” featuring Colin Stetson at Clash Magazine RIGHT HERE, and “Halite” through The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

Both the concept of “fertile” as “life-giving” and the revolutionary impulses of the Arab Spring and the Indignants protests in Barcelona inspired STEARICA’s sprawling sophomore LP, Fertile, recorded at Blu Room, Chivasso, Cavoretto Hills, Cavoretto and Wave Life, Torino, by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Francesco Carlucci and produced by Carlucci, after which it was mixed by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Carlucci at Wave Life, and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York City. Corralling the primordial nature of the trio’s dynamic live performances — at times brutal, chaotic, mysterious, tranquil — Fertile is music born of our time: instinctively revolutionary.

UK-based Monotreme Records will release Fertile worldwide on April 13th, on CD, digital download, and a deluxe 180-gram 2xLP double-gatefold edition of 500 copies which include a poster and CD — 300 copies on red and black vinyl and 200 copies on black. Physical preorders can be placed HERE and iTunes preorders HERE.

With additional tour dates being set up for the months ahead, STEARICA will be performing live throughout the UK on a short tour in April. Stand by for additional engagements to be announced shortly.

STEARICA Tour Dates:
4/25/2015 The Blue Room – Blackpool, UK
4/27/2015 The Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK
4/28/2015 The Old Blue Last – London, UK

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – March 30th, 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015

GOD’S HATE Premieres “Father Inferior” Single At Bloody Disgusting; Single Precedes Debut LP Coming This Summer – Kicking off the week with a brutalizing slab of revulsion, Southern California’s GOD’S HATE has released the title track to their impending Father Inferior 7” through the aid of Bloody Disgusting entertainment portal. [More…]

DIE CHOKING Mini-Tour With Artificial Brain Underway – Philly’s DIE CHOKING trio takes their grindblasting mayhem out on a four-city run this week alongside NYC death henchmen, with shows in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey between this Thursday, March 26th and Sunday the 29th. [More…]

BRETT NETSON & SNAKES: Spirited Scavenger Cult 12” EP Slithers Into The Population WorldwideScavenger Cult, the new 12” EP by BRETT NETSON & SNAKES, is now available worldwide, independently released in North America by guitarist/vocalist, Brett Netson, and released across Australia, New Zealand and Europe by TYM Records. [More…]

ENTRAILS: Swedish Death Metal Overlords To Unleash New Studio Offering This May Via Metal Blade Records; Preorders + Teaser Track Unveiled – Swedish death metal overlords, ENTRAILS, will unleash the putrid fruits of their newest studio offering this May via Metal Blade Records. [More…]

GHOUL: Creepsylvania’s Favorite Masked Mutants To Take To The Streets This May On The Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour; Band To Devour Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil + New Episode Of Brutally Delicious Available – Following a short bout of downtime spent harvesting the dead, the masked mutants in GHOUL will return to the States for another round of live debauchery on this year’s Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in astounding 3-D! [More…]

MACABRE OMEN: Greek Epic/Pagan Black Metal Act Releases Sophomore LP Through Ván Records; Two Tracks Now Streaming – As Ván Records proudly releases the majestic sophomore album from Greek epic/pagan black metal band, MACABRE OMEN, bearing the title Gods Of War – At War, two tracks from the album have been released via the label’s Soundcloud page for streaming. [More…]

FULGORA: New Full-Length From Grindcore/Death Supergroup Out NOW Via Housecore RecordsStratagem, the new seven-track skull-crusher from grindcore/death henchmen, FULGORA, is out TODAY via Housecore Records. [More…]

NY IN 64: New Jersey Instrumental Act Featuring You And I and East Of The Wall Members Releases Debut LP Details, New Track – New Jersey’s instrumental quartet, NY IN 64 — featuring former members of You And I and current residents of East Of The Wall — will release their recently completed debut LP, NY64 via Magic Bullet Records on April 7th with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after. [More…]

VIOLENT REACTION Streams Entire Revelation Records Debut LP Marching On At Blow The Scene; US Tour One Week Away – Now just one week from having the mighty Revelation Records release their sophomore LP, Marching On, worldwide, the same day as their new US tour begins on March 31st, UK-based VIOLENT REACTION has unleashed the entire record early at Blow The Scene. [More…]

CDC Spring Tour Routing Complete; End EP Out Now – Following the release of their brand new End 12” EP, out now via Get This Right Records and Beatdown Hardwear, Southeastern Pennsylvania’s CDC has confirmed the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour in support of the record. [More…]

MINSK: Avant Sound Voyagers Reveal The Crash & The Draw Closing Track Via Stereogum; Release Day LoomsThe Crash & The Draw is the long-anticipated new full-length from Midwest avant sound voyagers, MINSK. [More…]

MARUTA: Miami Deathgrind Act Demolishes The Social Order With Relapse Records Debut; Track From Remain Dystopian Released – Having inked a blood pact with underground overlords, Relapse Records, Miami, Florida’s unhinged deathgrind maniacs, MARUTA, will declare war on society by unloading their charged label debut, Remain Dystopian LP, now set to disrupt early June. [More…]

CONNOISSEUR: West Coast Stoner Violence Trio To Unleash Expanded Edition Of Stoner Justice This June; “Orc Summer” Lyric Video Now Playing At RevolverStoner Justice was the debut EP from California smoke kings, CONNOISSEUR. [More…]

SECRETS OF THE SKY: Atmospheric Doom Quintet To Release Sophomore Full-Length Via Metal Blade Records This May; Details, Preorders + Teaser Track Revealed – Oakland-based atmospheric doom quintet and recent Metal Blade signees, SECRETS OF THE SKY, will release their long-awaited sophomore full-length this May. [More…]

ALL OUT WAR: New York Crossover Outfit Prepares New EP For Summer Release; Tour Dates Confirmed – Long-running New York-based hardcore/metal stalwarts, ALL OUT WAR, declare 2015 as the year of the Dying Gods, as the quintet prepares its latest set of recordings for release this Summer. [More…]

IRIS DIVINE Streams Karma Sown Full-Length At BraveWords; Album Out Next Week Via Sensory Records - In less than a week, New Jersey-based Sensory Records will release modern progressive metal act IRIS DIVINE’s debut full-length, Karma Sown, and the album today sees early public infiltration through an exclusive stream and feature now live at [More…]

JADED STAR Releases “Stars” Lyric Video From Upcoming Sensory Records Debut + Additional Tracks Playing At BandcampJADED STAR, the new act founded by former members of Visions Of Atlantis, Iced Earth and more, just released a brand new lyric video for “Stars,” the fourth track from their upcoming Sensory Records debut album, Memories From The Future, which is nearing release mid-April. [More…]

SULPHUR AEON Streams “Titans” At Cvlt Nation; Gateway To The Antisphere LP Out Next Week Via Ván Records And Imperium ProductionsGateway To The Antisphere, the leviathan sophomore LP from German death metal tyrants, SULPHUR AEON, is just a week from official release through Imperium Productions and Ván Records, and Cvlt Nation has released the album’s lacerating third movement, “Titans.” [More…]

THE BODY: Additional Live Actions Surrounding Tour With Full Of Hell Announced; Trek Expands To Nearly Two-Months – While recent broadcasts have warned North American citizens of the impending widespread incursion of Portland, Oregon-based doomsday cult, THE BODY, as they invade dozens of cities across the continent in the coming weeks, including many dates alongside the equally dangerous Full Of Hell. [More…]

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: European Live Takeover Underway; Godflesh Cover Streaming – Master sound manipulator/one-man industrial doom conjuror, Tristan Shone, better known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will wage his audio war upon Europe for an eight-date live takeover. [More…]

YDI: Several Tracks From Southern Lord Vinyl Discography By Philadelphia Hardcore Icons Now Playing; Preorders Available – Southern Lord has activated several tracks from the label’s upcoming vinyl discography collection from Philly hardcore icons, YDI, as the deluxe reissue nears release in early April. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT Streaming Ecate At Decibel Magazine; Album Out Via Neurot Recordings Next Week As International Touring Begins; Sixth Making-Of Video Installment Posted – Italy’s masters of torrential, psychedelic, audio/visual, doom metal decimation, UFOMAMMUT, will see the release of their seventh LP, Ecate, through the gates from their plane of existence into ours — through Neurosis’ mighty label cult, Neurot Recordings, in conjunction with the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records — on Tuesday, March 31st. [More…]

ESCHATON: New England-Based Progressive Death Metal Unit Unmasks “Immortal Mutilation” Video Via Metal Injection; Sentinel Apocalypse Preorders Now AvailableSentinel Apocalypse is the impending new full-length from New England-based progressive death metal engineers, ESCHATON. [More…]

WINO & CONNY OCHS: Entire Freedom Conspiracy LP Now Playing Through Noisey With Exclusive Interviews; Album Out On Tuesday – The entire second gut-wrenching collaborative opus from American doom/rock icon, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, Freedom Conspiracy is out in mere days via Exile On Mainstream. [More…]

APOPHYS: Dutch Death Metal Squad Unveils “The Antidote” Play-Through Video At Gear Gods; Prime Incursion Release Day Draws Near – Dutch death metal squad, APOPHYS – who unites members of God Dethroned, Prostitute Disfigurement, Detonation and Toxocara among others – will uncork their smoldering Prime Incursion debut full-length in less than two weeks via Metal Blade Records. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Kick Off Their Staggering Backwards European Tour – New Orleans volume assassins, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their Staggering Backwards European takeover next week. [More…]

POISON IDEA: Noisey Premieres “The Rhythms Of Insanity” Through Noisey As Southern Lord Prepares For Confuse & Conquer Release – With the release of POISON IDEA’s impending Confuse & Conquer LP ready to make its massive inundation through Southern Lord in less than two weeks, Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, has just dropped the newest single from the album in the form of the riotous “Rhythms Of Insanity,” alongside an exclusive interview with the band’s Jerry A. [More…]

Contact, or 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.


POISON IDEA: Noisey Premieres “The Rhythms Of Insanity” As Southern Lord Prepares For Confuse & Conquer Release

Friday, March 27th, 2015

With the release of POISON IDEA’s impending Confuse & Conquer LP ready to make its massive inundation through Southern Lord in less than two weeks, Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, has just dropped the newest single from the album in the form of the riotous “Rhythms Of Insanity,” alongside an exclusive interview with the band’s Jerry A.

Leaving you dazed, like a punch caught in the throat from a rabid stagediver twice your size so fast you never saw it coming, the track pumps monolithic energy into a circle-pit-ready frenzy, as roaring leads and searing solos back its slamming drive, this is one of those Confuse & Conquer movements which are immediately reminiscent of classic POISON IDEA albums like Fear The Darkness and Blank, Blackout, Vacant. An instant, unstoppable classic… Joined by an interrogation of the band’s founding vocalist, Jerry A, Noisey now let’s the rapid “Rhythms Of Insanity” off the chain early, through multiple international channels of the magazine.

Ingest POISON IDEA’s “Rhythms Of Insanity” and the interrogation of Jerry A at Noisey US right HERE and Brazil HERE.

The LP-opener “Bog” was also released via New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

POISON IDEA’s first new album since 2006’s Latest Will And Testament, and first since the passing of their great friend and guitarist, the iconic Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, the band’s seminal drive and cynicism thrives on Confuse & Conquer. Eleven brand new anthems for the degenerate masses surge with thirty-five minutes of nonstop action on the new LP, its recording handled in their hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege in late 2014. Confuse & Conquer not only sets everything in its path ablaze with the nonstop energetic pummeling punk assault the band has infamously assaulted the planet with for three-and-a-half decades, it also draws in some old-school rock and roll tracks, integrates the band’s use of epic piano segues, making it both instantly familiar yet still brand new, and nothing short of exciting. Confuse & Conquer proves that absolutely nothing can stop this legendary act and all attempts are a futile waste of time.

Southern Lord will issue the brand new Confuse & Conquer LP from these longtime Portland, Oregon hardcore punk heroes on April 7th on CD, LP and digital formats. US preorders for the album have now been activated, via Bandcamp HERE and via the Southern Lord store including shirt and vinyl bundles HERE.

With a massive European tour kicking off just days following the release of Confuse & Conquer, POISON IDEA has booked a hometown record release show for May 23rd, as well as a two-week June run through the West Coast US, Mexico and Texas, with a second European tour for the Summer being booked as well as an East Coast tour in September. View the full current live itinerary below and be prepared for more tour dates to be announced in the coming days.

4/17/2015 Schaubude – Kiel DE
4/18/2015 1000Fyrd – Aalborg DE
4/19/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg DE
4/20/2015 Little Devil – Tilburg NL
4/21/2015 Willemeen – Arnhem NL
4/22/2015 AU – Frankfurt DE
4/23/2015 Chez Heinz – Hannover DE
4/24/2015 Wild At Heart – Berlin DE
4/25/2015 Luka – Lodz PL
4/27/2015 Alte Malzerei – Regensburg DE
4/28/2015 Exit Us – Prague CZ
4/29/2015 Explosiv – Graz AU
4/30/2015 Arena – Vienna AU
5/01/2015 Unterhund – Ormoz SL
5/02/2015 Kaleidos – Poviglio IT
5/03/2015 Traffic Club – Rome IT
5/04/2015 Border – Torino IT
5/05/2015 Between – Bregenz AT
5/06/2015 Mecanique Ondulatoire – Paris FR
5/07/2015 Borderline – London UK
5/08/2015 The Doghouse – Nottingham UK
5/09/2015 The Black Bull – Gateshead UK
5/10/2015 Audio – Glasgow UK
5/11/2015 Star & Garter – Manchester UK
5/12/2015 Adam And Eve Pub – Birmingham UK
5/13/2015 The Exchange – Bristol UK
5/14/2015 The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich UK
5/15/2015 Het Bos – Antwerp BE
5/16/2015 MTC – Cologne DE
5/23/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR *Record Release Show w/ The Derelicts, Exacerbators
6/12/2015 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA
6/13/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
6/14/2015 You Revolution – Tijuana, MX
6/16/2015 TBA – Long Beach, CA
6/17/2015 Jerrys Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
6/18/2015 TBA – Fresno, CA
6/19/2015 The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
6/20/2015 755 After Dark – Petaluma, CA
6/25/2015 Dadas – Dallas, TX
6/26/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
6/27/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX

WINO & CONNY OCHS: Entire Freedom Conspiracy LP Now Playing Through Noisey With Exclusive Interviews; Album Out On Tuesday

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The entire second gut-wrenching collaborative opus from American doom/rock icon, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, Freedom Conspiracy is out in mere days via Exile On Mainstream. As this collection of diversified, utterly soul-crumbling hymns are finally ready to be publicly released this week, Vice Magazine’s online music entity, Noisey, has interrogated both artists on how the new collaboration came to be a reality and much more. Following a trail of singles released through the likes of Classic Rock Magazine, The Obelisk, Revolver and others, Noisey is now exclusively streaming the entire glorious, thirteen-song Freedom Conspiracy LP through various international channels alongside the transcripts of the interviews with WINO & CONNY OCHS, days ahead of its worldwide release.

Experience WINO & CONNY OCHS’ Freedom Conspiracy in its entirety at Noisey US HERE, and read the extended version of the interview with the stream via Noisey Brazil HERE.

Freedom Conspiracy sees release on March 31st, and Earsplit Distro is proud to be the exclusive stateside distributor of the LP. Imported from Germany, the vinyl version is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl in a reverse board sleeve with thermographic print and an extensive booklet, the CD packaged in a mini-gatefold with booklet and matt laminate varnish. Preorders can be placed in the US right HERE and internationally direct through Germany’s awesome Exile On Mainstream Records HERE.

WINO & CONNY OCHSFreedom Conspiracy boasts thirteen anthems of top-tier contemporary Americana, tales of regret, love, loss and redemption come alive through the dynamic dual guitarist and singer/songwriter approach of these two iconic artists. Recorded at Kabumm Studio in Berlin, Germany with producer Thommy Krawallo, as was their Heavy Kingdom LP, the newest collection of ambitious, harrowing and beautiful music created by WINO & CONNY OCHS not only brings forth the same quality of organically conceived folk/rock fans of the previous album should expect, it simply excels in every imaginable aspect. Fusing acoustic and electric guitars and with both artists’ standout vocal styles searing through these thirteen well-crafted brand new hymns, the album delivers forty-five minutes of some of the most refined, dynamic and unforgettable folk/rock music in years.

While CONNY OCHS takes to European clubs with a string of solo gigs this week, WINO leaves for tour on US soil in one week, providing direct solo support for Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society on a special twelve-city US trek from April 3rd through the 19th. Plans for collaborative tours in both North America and Europe for the coming months in support of Freedom Conspiracy are also being forged.

WINO w/ Black Label Society:
4/03/2015 The Paramout – Huntington, NY
4/04/2015 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NJ
4/06/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/08/2015 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
4/10/2015 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
4/11/2015 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
4/12/2015 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/14/2015 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
4/16/2015 Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
4/17/2015 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
4/18/2015 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
4/19/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

CONNY OCHS Tour Dates:
3/27/2015 Distrò – La Spezia IT
3/28/2015 Socio – Massa Carrara IT
4/03/2015 Bardamu / Calderara di Reno – Bologna IT
4/04/2015 La Girada – Udine IT
4/06/2015 Maximum Festival – Zerobranco IT
5/16/2015 Maximum Circus Festival – Berlin DE
5/29/2015 Eulenbruch Festival – Rostock DE

UFOMAMMUT Streaming Ecate At Decibel Magazine; Album Out Via Neurot Recordings Next Week As International Touring Begins; Sixth Making-Of Video Installment Posted

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Italy’s masters of torrential, psychedelic, audio/visual, doom metal decimation, UFOMAMMUT, will see the release of their seventh LP, Ecate, through the gates from their plane of existence into ours — through Neurosis’ mighty label cult, Neurot Recordings, in conjunction with the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records — on Tuesday, March 31st.

Mere days after the official unveiling of Ecate, UFOMAMMUT begins a European tour with Conan in support of the album for nearly the entire month of April, including appearances at both of this year’s Desertfest events in London and Berlin. Several days later, the band will traverse the globe to embark on their first North American tour, with direct support from Usnea, including the band’s debut at Maryland Deathfest.

Decibel Magazine has found a wormhole into UFOMAMMUT’s otherworldly dimension, and is showcasing a glimpse into Ecate’s confounding passages early, the album unloading a denser and more upbeat attack, taking the band’s cosmic, psychedelic tones to some of their most devastating capabilities yet. Additionally, the sixth of seven video episodes capturing these tacticians corralling their powers into a recordable format is also released.

Open the gates to UFOMAMMUT’s Ecate at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

View the sixth Ecate making-of video RIGHT HERE.

Preorders for Ecate including limited edition vinyl, CD, shirt, and bundle deals are now available. In North America stop by the Neurot Recordings store HERE and internationally click to Supernatural Cat’s store HERE.

UFOMAMMUT Ecate European Tour Dates:
4/04/2015 e20 Underground – Montecchio Maggiore IT
4/10/2015 Bloom – Mezzago IT
4/18/2015 Impetus festival – Delemont CH
4/19/2015 Glazart – Paris FR w/ Conan
4/21/2015 Forum – Bielefeld DE w/Conan
4/22/2015 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden DE w/ Conan
4/23/2015 Feierwerk – Munich DE w/ Conan
4/24/2015 Desertfest – Berlin DE w/ Conan
4/25/2015 AB – Brussels BE w/ Conan
4/26/2015 Desertfest – London UK w/ Conan
4/28/2015 Vortex – Siegen DE w/ Conan
4/29/2015 Kellerclub – Stuttgart DE
4/30/2015 Weekender Club – Innsbruck AT

UFOMAMMUT North America Spring 2015 w/ Usnea:
5/13/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/15/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
5/16/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/17/2015 Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
5/19/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2015 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/21/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD [no Usnea]
5/22/2015 King’s – Raleigh, NC
5/23/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
5/25/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/26/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
5/27/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/29/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/30/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
5/31/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
6/02/2015 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/03/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
6/04/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR [no Usnea]
6/06/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
6/07/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
6/08/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/09/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
6/12/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
6/13/2015 Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI

BURNT BOOKS: 2nd Album From Avant-garde Punks Out Now On Retro Futurist; Album Now Playing At Selective Memory

Friday, March 20th, 2015
[photo by Sean Rayford]

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire, the writhing second album from Columbia, South Carolina-based BURNT BOOKS, is out today through Retro Futurist Records. In celebration, the band’s hometown record release show takes place tonight, and a feature on the band alongside a stream of Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire in its entirety has been published at Selective Memory webzine.

Displaying thirty-six minutes of their unique and mesmerizing brew of discontented, avant-garde punk rock, BURNT BOOKS demonstrates incredible growth in their songwriting and delivery on Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire, yet the group retains the bleak antagonism and angular gnarliness their self-titled debut album deployed. As with their debut, the band once again enlisted Phillip Cope of Kylesa to produce their follow-up LP at The Jam Room Recording Studio in the their hometown. Cope in turn signed BURNT BOOKS for the release of the album through his co-owned Retro Futurist Records.

Experience the singe of BURNT BOOKS’ Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire alongside an interview with the band through Selective Memory at THIS LOCATION.

With vinyl and cassette versions to follow this Summer, Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire is out today on CD via Retro Futurist Records HERE, and Bandcamp HERE, as well as via all major digital outlets.

BURNT BOOKS’ hometown record release melee for the new album takes place tonight, Friday, March 20th, with an eleven-city run with labelmates Crazy Bag Lady kicking off in just two weeks, the trek running from April 2nd through 12th and including shows with Sea of Storms (ex-Wow, Owls, Mouthbreathers, Tigershark, Torturess (ex-Racebannon, Medusa) Cinemechanica (ex-Manray) and more.

3/20/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC *record release show w/ Glittoris, UnInhabitable, more
4/02/2015 Milestone – Charlotte, NC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Pig Mountain [info]
4/03/2015 Odditorium – Asheville, NC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Uninhabitable, Spliff
4/04/2015 25 Watt – Richmond, VA w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Sea Of Storms, Slowing [info]
4/05/2015 The Ottobar Upstairs – Baltimore, MD w/ Crazy Bag Lady
4/06/2015 Legion Of Doom – Columbus, OH w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Checkmate [info]
4/07/2015 Fifth Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Torturess, Voidweaver [info]
4/08/2015 The Bishop – Bloomington, IN w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Torturess, Wounded Knees [info]
4/09/2015 The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN w/ Crazy Bag Lady. Sky Burial, Thetan, Subject/Rulers [info]
4/10/2015 Poison Lawn – Knoxville, TN w/ Crazy Bag Lady
4/11/2015 Caledonia – Athens, GA w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Cinemechanica, Harsh Words, Savagist
4/12/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC w/ Crazy Bag Lady, Cinemechanica
5/02/2015 Caledonia – Athens, GA
5/19/2015 TBA – Atlanta, GA

BURNT BOOKS formed in October 2011, its members hailing from a variety of local bands. Matt Thompson and Troy Thames of Guyana Punch Line and Thank God joined Joey Parker and Chuck Sligh of Tunguska to create the blended driving force of Burnt Books, and the addition of Zoe Lollis brought beautiful yet brutal vocals to the fold adding another force all together. After touring on their self-titled debut album which rocketed forth through At A Loss Recordings in January 2013, the band started writing with a more refined vision and focus, and having known the band for some time and seen their tight yet emotionally raw live shows, Retro Futurist Records proposed to release their follow-up album. Following the recording of Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire, Thames left the band, who now continues on as a quartet.

“Let me tell you a story about Kate Bush having a brain transplant with At the Drive In, then the two going back in time to high school where Black Flag were their band teachers.” – Cvlt Nation

GUST: Video For “Reality Chokes” From Southern Lord Debut By Swedish Crust Act Premiered At Metal Injection

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Trollhättan, Sweden’s disparaged hardcore crust outfit, GUST, has just premiered their first official video hailing the band’s self-titled debut LP for Southern Lord Recordings. The video was cut to the mid-paced “Reality Chokes” crusher by director Jimmy Olausson and merges a performance-style delivery with projected graphic images and film.

Comments GUST about the song and corresponding video: “’Reality Chokes’ is a song about people blaming their miserable lives on those less fortunate. Instead of trying to see the bigger picture, and learning more about it, whatever it may be. If people would put as much energy into compassion and care for others as they do into prejudice and hate, maybe the gap between some of us wouldn’t be as big.”

“Reality Chokes” is now playing through an exclusive premiere courtesy of Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

With several runs of regional European touring for the Spring and Summer months including several festival performances about to be announced, GUST will also embark on a European tour this Fall, with their goal to hit North America shortly afterward. Stand by for updates in the coming days.

GUST released their self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord in September 2014, a breakneck, nearly half-hour-long album displaying a unique style of crust-infused hardcore and talented songwriting from the young act. Self-recorded at Fvck Life Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Warcry, From Ashes Rise, Deathreat) at Audiosiege, who also supplies guest vocals, Gust is a crushing and dynamic album where the band unleashes a maelstrom of cutting edge demolition, with cerebral elements continually emerging from the shadows with an almost ethereal effect. Fans of Cursed, Oathbreaker, Rise And Fall, and now-labelmates The Secret, Baptists and Dead In The Dirt will no doubt find themselves addicted to the band’s harsh output. Stream all of Gust and order the digital and/or blood red vinyl HERE and HERE.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – March 9th, 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

SUBURBAN SCUM Drops Early First Single From Ultimate Annihilation Debut LP Via Lambgoat; US Tour Underway – The first single from the upcoming debut LP by New Jersey’s SUBURBAN SCUM has been has been released early through Lambgoat as the band takes their bruising new anthems cruising across the country on tour today. [More…]

WINO and CONNY OCHS Debut First Single From Freedom Conspiracy LP Through Classic Rock Magazine; Preorders Posted + Wino To Support Black Label Society – With as much vibrant, organic beauty coursing through its veins as it has distressed melancholy, the new collaborative LP from WINO & CONNY OCHS titled Freedom Conspiracy is being prepared for release via Exile On Mainstream Records, and today the maiden single from the record has been made available courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine. [More…]

GRUESOME: First Taste Of Debut From Death-Worshipping Supergroup Now Playing; Savage Land To See Release Next MonthSavage Land is the forthcoming debut full-length from death metal perpetrators, GRUESOME. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT Releases Track From New LP And Interview Through Several Global Branches Of Noisey; Fifth Making-Of Ecate Video Released + Preorders Posted – In a multi-nation takeover, multiple international branches of Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, have cooperatively premiered “Plouton,” the gargantuan second movement on UFOMAMMUT’s impending seventh LP, Ecate. [More…]

LIFELESS: American Aftermath Delivers Fresh Beating From New Jersey Hardcore Quintet With “Surrender” Premiere And Interview – A fresh auditory beating from New Jersey’s LIFELESS is now available via an exclusive premiere of “Surrender” courtesy of American Aftermath. [More…]

UNRUH: Tomb 3xLP Box Set From Phoenix Act To See Release Via King Of The Monsters In Conjunction With Twenty-Year Reunion – King Of The Monsters has declared the impending release of a massive triple-LP box set sealing within it the entire recorded discography and more from Phoenix, Arizona hardcore outfit, UNRUH, in conjunction with the band’s recent twenty-year reunion. [More…]

FOSSILS: The Meating EP From Danish Bass/Drums Noise-Attack Duo Out Now On Indisciplinarian And Playing At Scene Point Blank – Danish bass and drums noise rock destroyer duo, FOSSILS, today calls its radical fanbase together for The Meating as the new EP is now available internationally via the butchers at Indisciplinarian. [More…]

TREEDEON Streams Exile On Mainstream-Bound Debut LP Lowest Level Reincarnation Via The Sleeping Shaman; Preorders Available – Berlin’s TREEDEON will release their debut album, Lowest Level Reincarnation, through the fine folks at Exile On Mainstream in North America on April 7th. [More…]

YOB: Portland Doom Kings Kick Off North American Tour – Portland’s most revered doom bringers, YOB, will return to the stage tomorrow for a mammoth North American run. [More…]

CONTINUUM: Bay Area Tech Death Architects Unleash New Lyric Video At Decibel; The Hypothesis Preorders AvailableThe Hypothesis is the forthcoming new long player from Bay Area technical death metal architects CONTINUUM. [More…]

GREY SKIES FALLEN Introspective/Along Came Life CD From New York Blackened Death/Doom Outfit Out NowGREY SKIES FALLEN’s new Introspective/Along Came Life CD, manifesting two prior digital EPs from the New York City-area blackened death/doom metal outfit in a digipak physical form for the first time, is out now directly through the band. [More…]

SIX FEET UNDER: Legendary Death Metal Unit Unleashes Tune From Forthcoming New Studio Offering; Cover Art + Track Listing Revealed - Legendary death metal unit, SIX FEET UNDER, will release their eleventh studio recording this Spring via Metal Blade Records. [More…]

OBSEQUIAE: 20 Buck Spin Unveils Info For Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP From Cult Minnesota Medieval Metal Outfit – Continuing to vary their unique label roster as much as grow it, the hands at 20 Buck Spin are honored to announce the upcoming second full-length recording from medieval cult Minnesota metal outfit, OBSEQUIAE. [More…]

PRIMITIVE MAN: Denver Blackened Doom Pessimists Release New Video Via Noisey; Additional Tour Dates Added To Extensive Live Infiltration – Last month, Denver blackened doom trio, PRIMITIVE MAN, released the diseased sounds of their Home Is Where The Hatred Is EP upon blameless masses. [More…]

GOATSNAKE Reveals Details Of Their Upcoming Full-Length, Black Age Blues, Due For Release On Southern Lord In JuneGOATSNAKE is ready to unveil the details of their first full-length in fifteen years, entitled Black Age Blues, the album to be released via Southern Lord on June 2nd, 2015. [More…]

ENSIFERUM: One Man Army First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; North American Tour Draws NearOne Man Army, the latest studio recording from long-running Finnish folk metallers, ENSIFERUM, debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart. In Canada, One Man Army placed at  #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts. [More…]

VIOLENT REACTION: UK Hardcore Punks Declare “No Pride” From Revelation Records-Bound LP Via Lambgoat; US Tour Nears – “No Pride” is the riotous new track to be released from Marching On, the second LP from UK-based hardcore/oi outfit, VIOLENT REACTION, as the album nears its street date at the end of the month, on the exact day the band begins their upcoming US tour. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Frenzied Philly Trio To Record Debut LP With Will Yip; Gear Gods Drum Feature Posted + Mini-Tour With Artificial Brain Locked – Philadelphia’s frenzied trio, DIE CHOKING, has completed the writing process of thirteen brand new tracks and is preparing to enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania the first week-and-a-half of April in order to lay down what will become their debut LP. [More…]

ABIOTIC To Kick Off The Cast Into Depths Of Desperation Tour With Boris The Blade Next Month – South Florida’s ABIOTIC will kick off a lengthy North American tour next month alongside Boris The Blade, Alterbeast and more. [More…]

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT: New Full-Length From Investigational Black Metal Legion Streaming In Full At Cvlt Nation; Abyssal Gods Set To Drop In North America Via Aural Music Tuesday – With Abyssal Gods, the imminent new full-length from New York City investigation black metal legion, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, now just days from contaminating the planet, today Cvlt Nation offers up a stream of the record in its twisted entirety. [More…]

ALTERBEAST: Progressive Death Metal Unit Announces North American Tour; Playthrough Video Hosted By Gear Gods + Two Songs Available For Free Download For A Limited Time – Sacramento progressive death metal unit, ALTERBEAST, will ravage North America this Spring on a near month-long bout of live incursions supporting Boris The Blade and Abiotic. [More…]

Contact, or 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.


DIE CHOKING: Frenzied Philly Trio To Record Debut LP With Will Yip; Gear Gods Drum Feature Posted + Mini-Tour With Artificial Brain Locked

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Philadelphia’s frenzied trio, DIE CHOKING, has completed the writing process of thirteen brand new tracks and is preparing to enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania the first week-and-a-half of April in order to lay down what will become their debut LP.

With an unyielding, uncompromising and unfuckingstoppable style of thrash-gone-grind speedfreak hardcore, DIE CHOKING’s already frighteningly unhinged attack will be witnessed with even greater magnitude on the as-yet-unnamed LP, with even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements employed in the design work of the songs. Through the expert production of Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) the band’s notoriously rabid anthems will be captured in the most realistically devastating way possible. Stand by for studio updates in April followed by additional info on DIE CHOKING’s impending debut album including a label destination and more.

Today, top-tier musician portal, Gear Gods, has posted an exclusive Rigged feature on the bulldozing accuracy of DIE CHOKING drummer Joshua Cohen (also of Cop Problem), showcasing the percussionist’s deadly works with a playthrough video. The clip includes some live studio sessions of cuts from the band’s debut self-titled and follow-up II EPs, filmed at the Brown Commune Studio in Philly with Daniel Kishbaugh in January 2015, a breakdown of the gear, and a multi-camera delivery of the band’s percussive creativity.

Check out the DIE CHOKING feature at Gear Gods RIGHT HERE.

Also view the band’s recent video for “Tonsil” HERE and order The Compound’s limited mailorder edition of the II 7” and its self-titled predecessor HERE.
DIE CHOKING has also confirmed a battery of new tour dates for the Spring thaw, including a Northeast mini-tour with NYC tech death executioners, Artificial Brain. Beginning March 26th, the four-city run includes shows in New Castle, Baltimore and Pittsburgh before closing down in Montclair, New Jersey on March 29th, and will see Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry, Organ Dealer, Sunrot and more joining the chaos. April will see DIE CHOKING recording their LP and playing alongside Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria on April 25th in Philly. May takes the band to the Midwest for shows in Milwaukee and Chicago surrounding their performance at No Tomorrow Fest in Appleton, Wisconsin joining MDC, Channel 3, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat and more, and also sees them returning to NYC, New England and more. Stand by for new tour dates in the coming weeks.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:
3/26/2015 Main Manor – New Castle, DE w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace [info]
3/27/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 – all ages [info]
3/28/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry [info]
3/29/2015 The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot
4/25/2015 Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 TBA – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat [info]
5/03/2015 TBA – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl
5/15/2015 TBA New England
5/16/2015 TBA New England

DIE CHOKING, shoved their second EP of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II. Comprised of members previously/currently hailing from other acts Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, Burden and more, the band follows up their self-titled debut EP with another five tracks in less than six minutes, the material swarming with even more enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach, while stepping things up in the songwriting department and delivery on all levels. II was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at Audiosiege. The 7” is 300 copies on vibrant red vinyl, each copy joined by a document that function’s as a real, personal Living Will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.” Fans of Wormrot, Brutal Truth, Human Remains, Magrudergrind and Noisear don’t walk away without it.

LIFELESS: American Aftermath Delivers Fresh Beating From New Jersey Hardcore Quintet With “Surrender” Premiere And Interview

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A fresh auditory beating from New Jersey’s LIFELESS is now available via an exclusive premiere of “Surrender” courtesy of American Aftermath. The track hails from the gloomy hardcore quintet’s sophomore LP, Dream, which is now just three weeks from its official release via Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records, and is hereby released into the public alongside an interrogation with the band on their upcoming album and tons more.

Unleash the punishing groove of “Surrender” through American Aftermath now at THIS LOCATION.

Also check out Dream’s opening track “Never” via Revolver RIGHT HERE.

LIFELESS will be touring abroad heavily throughout the year in support of Dream, including their confirmed co-headlining slot With Wisdom In Chains at Brick By Brick Fest in Altoona, Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 28th, a mini-tour surrounding their performance at Southeast Beast 2015 on April 4th and 5th in Jacksonville, Florida, alongside Life Of Agony, Biohazard, H20, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis and many more and a record release show in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania on April 18th. A full Dream record release show tour weekend is coming together for April, to be followed by additional regional touring throughout North America, an August European tour and tons of additional performances to be announced.

LIFELESS Tour Dates:
2/28/2015 Pellegrine’s Lounge – Altoona, PA @ Brick By Brick Fest
3/01/2015 Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA
4/05/2015 Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast
4/18/2015 West Side Park – Nanticoke, PA * record release show
4/19/2015 TBA – New Jersey * record release show
7/11/2015 TBA – Detroit, MI

The long awaited follow up to the 2011 break out full length NLFTW, LIFELESS returns from what seems like some hellish, haunted purgatory, inhabited by the demons and ghosts that hide in the often over looked shadows of our daily lives. Pulling back that curtain the band reveals their starkest and most absolute vision to date. Grinding out a master piece of pain with cold fists and dead eyes, it’s evident that LIFELESS has spent the past few years cutting their teeth to razor sharp prowess with those ghosts in the shadows, and as a result have created one of the tightest, darkest, and most interesting hardcore albums in recent memory, with a dozen demoralizing tracks recorded and produced by Len Carmichael. Dream unloads aggression prime for fans of Born From Pain, Crowbar, Hatebreed, Merauder, Cold As Life and 100 Demons and will see release on CD, several colors of 12” vinyl and through all major digital outlets on March 24th. Wearing the sounds of their East Coast hardcore heroes and peers with pride, a tumultuous undertow of downtrodden metal rage influences each anthem on the gloomy Dream LP.

Preorders for Dream are now available, the vinyl in a wide range of color variations limited to 400 copies, alongside additional merch options, RIGHT HERE.