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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.

UFOMAMMUT Releases Track From New LP And Interview Through Several Global Branches Of Noisey; Fifth Making-Of Ecate Video Released + Preorders Posted

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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. In addition to leak of the new track, the fifth installment of short videos documenting the mammoth undertaking of the Ecate recording sessions has been posted, focusing on the album’s vocals being harnessed, and preorder packages for the mighty record have also been activated.

As with the rest of Ecate, “Plouton” is a bit varied from the majority of UFOMAMMUT’s vast recorded catalog, the album unloading a more dense and upbeat percussive and riffage attack, taking the band’s cosmic, psychedelic tones to some of their most devastating capabilities in the band’s now decade-and-a-half-long mission. At just over three minutes in length, “Plouton” consumes only a fractional amount of time compared to most of their extensive doom/sludge anthems, but helps create a distressing amount of tension early in the album which uncoils and consumes everything in earshot over the subsequent tracks. Spearheaded by Noisey’s Brazilian sect, the magazine’s American and Italian branches have also joined the mission to help disseminate the premiere of “Plouton” to as much of the globe as possible. The track is joined by an interview with the band on the creation of Ecate and their upcoming international tour plans following the album’s release, once again through Neurosis’ mighty label cult, Neurot Recordings, in conjunction with the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records.

Endure “Plouton” and the interview with UFOMAMMUT now at Noisey Brazil HERE, US HERE and Italy HERE.

Scope the fifth of seven mini-documentaries on Ecate’s recording process at THIS LOCATION and stand by for the final episode to leak in the coming days. Also catch up with part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

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’s massive international tour in support of Ecate begins directly after its release, with several Italian shows preceding their two-week European tour with the UK’s Conan, and including appearances at both of this year’s Desertfest events in London and Berlin. And May and June will see the band on their first-ever tour of North America. Initiated by their anticipated performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest with lablemates Yob, Neurosis and countless others, UFOMAMMUT’s month-long North America Spring 2015 will run from May 13th through June 13th, with direct support from Relapse Records’ Usnea.

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

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – March 2nd, 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

THE COMPOUND & EARSPLIT DISTRO Update: GODHUNTER And AMIGO THE DEVIL, LAE, WINO & CONNY OCHS & MoreTHE EARSPLIT COMPOUND continues to infiltrate the populous with quality non-mainstream music through its three subdivided branches of public propaganda — EARSPLIT PR, THE COMPOUND RECS, and EARSPLIT DISTRO – and here declares the latest actions on behalf of its label and mailorder sects for the first quarter of 2015. [More…]

DORO: Reigning Queen Of Metal To Kick Off US Tour! – Reigning queen of metal, DORO PESCH, is readying to kick off another stretch of US tour dates next week. [More…]

SOLEFALD: New Hymn From Norwegian Avant Norse Folk Duo Streaming At Revolver; World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud To See Release In North America Tomorrow! – Tomorrow, Indie Recordings will unleash World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud from Norway’s prized Avant Norse folk duo, SOLEFALD, upon North American ears. [More…]

YDI: Southern Lord To Release Complete Discography From Philadelphia Hardcore Crew This April – This April, Southern Lord will release the complete discography of Philadelphia’s iconic hardcore crew, YDI. [More…]

USNEA: North American Spring Tour With Ufomammut Confirmed – Following the release of their Relapse Records debut, Random Cosmic Violence, Portland, Oregon’s sludge/doom destroyers, USNEA, have been confirmed as the sole support act for Ufomammut’s upcoming first-ever North American tour this Spring. [More…]

GRISTNAM: Cvlt Nation Hosts Two New Traumatic Tunes From Louisiana Sludge Grind Assassins; Even Less Out Now Via Housecore RecordsEven Less is the latest full-length from Louisiana sludge grind assassins, GRISTNAM. [More…]

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO: Gasconha Rocks LP Out In North America Today On Suicidal Records; Rockfarmers Documentary Teaser ReleasedGasconha Rock, the acclaimed fourth album from Mont de Marsan, France’s dynamic guitar and drums rock duo, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO, is officially out today in North America via Suicidal Tendencies’-run Suicidal Records, just ahead of the band’s stateside return to take part in SXSW 2015. [More…]

BEHEMOTH: Devil’s Conquistadors Out NOW Via Metal Blade Records; Loudwire Reveals New Book Excerpts + Co-Headlining Tour With Cannibal Corpse Rolls On – Metal Blade Records is very pleased to unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors to the masses. [More…]

KEEP OF KALESSIN: New Hymn From Norwegian Black Metal Faction Streaming At Cryptic Rock; Epistemology Out TODAY In North America Via Indie Recordings – Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America via Indie Recordings. [More…]

ULCERATE Announces Australasia MMXV Tour Dates – Cutting-edge death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has announced a run of Spring and early Summer tour dates throughout Australia and their native New Zealand. [More…]

MAESTUS: Blackened Doom Collective To Release Debut Full-Length Next Week; New Hymn Streaming At Cvlt Nation + Preorders Available – Pacific Northwestern blackened doom unit, MAESTUS, will unleash their debut full-length, Voir Dire, next week via a joint venture between Domestic Genocide Records and Glossolalia Records. [More…]

FULGORA: Full-Length From Grindcore/Death Unit Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index & Agoraphobic Nosebleed Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Preorders AvailableStratagem is the forthcoming, seven-track skull-crusher from grindcore/death perpetrators, FULGORA. [More…]

LIGHTNING BOLT: Long-Running Noise Duo Prepares For US Live Takeover; Fantasy Empire Release Day Draws Near – Long-running Rhode Island noise duo, LIGHTNING BOLT, will kick off a mammoth US tour this Spring. [More…]

JADED STAR: Greek Act Featuring Visions Of Atlantis And Iced Earth Alumni Leaks Details Of Sensory Records-Bound DebutJADED STAR, the dynamic Greece-based outfit featuring former members of Visions Of Atlantis, Iced Earth and many others, has divulged new details of their impending debut album, Memories From The Future, which is nearing April release via Sensory Records. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver’s Doomiest To Kick Off US Tour; Additional Dates Confirmed – Denver doom duo, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will kick off their US live takeover next week. [More…]

PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour – New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. [More…]

WRATH OF VESUVIUS: West Coast Technical Death Outfit To Drop New Full-Length This June; Studio Footage/Track Sampler Revealed + US Tour To Kick Off Tomorrow – California technical death metal architects and recent Unique Leader signees, WRATH OF VESUVIUS, otherwise known as WRVTH, will release their third full-length this June. [More…]

ARTILLERY: Denmark Thrash Veterans Announce United Legions Tour 2015 – Denmark thrash metal veterans, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Spring. [More…]

ENABLERS: San Francisco Outfit Returns With Fifth Album Of Gripping Post-Post-Rock, The Rightful Pivot; European Tour Booked – San Francisco’s ENABLERS will release their fifth full-length album, The Rightful Pivot, this April with their longtime collaborators Exile On Mainstream handling the CD release in conjunction with Lancashire and Somerset handling the LP and Atypeek Music releasing the album digitally. [More…]

IRIS DIVINE Releases New Single From Sensory Records Debut; Exclusive Track Premiere And Gear Feature Live At PureGrainAudio – Northern Virginia’s progressive hard rock/metal trio, IRIS DIVINE, has released another new single from their impending debut full-length release, Karma Sown, which will hit the streets worldwide via Sensory Records on March 31st. [More…]

WHITECHAPEL Kicks Off Brotherhood Of The Blade Headlining Tour; “Let Me Burn” Video Unveiled – Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again tomorrow for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. [More…]

MINSK: Midwest Atmospheric Metal Conjurors Unveil New Tune; The Crash & The Draw To See Release In April – Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. [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.


JADED STAR: Greek Act Featuring Visions Of Atlantis And Iced Earth Alumni Leaks Details Of Sensory Records-Bound Debut

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

JADED STAR, the dynamic Greece-based outfit featuring former members of Visions Of Atlantis, Iced Earth and many others, has divulged new details of their impending debut album, Memories From The Future, which is nearing April release via Sensory Records.

With over forty-five minutes of JADED STAR’s energetic forward-thinking melodic heavy metal, Memories From The Future was produced by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions Of Atlantis), mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at the legendary Fredman Studios in Sweden (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Opeth, etc.), and features ten brand new epic anthems. The album showcases Maxi’s electrifying vocals and the masterful drum work Saini is known for. Guitar hero Kosta Vreto, with his unique finger strumming style, eschews the plectrum in favor of a raw, organic sound that literally comes straight through his hands. Babis Nikou on the bass brings a solid foundation and the chemistry between he and Maxi as the songwriting team provides emotion to match the power of the sound.

The cover artwork for Memories From The Future, created by Lila Belivanaki, and the album’s track listing have been revealed ahead of its Spring release date — April 14th in North America and April 24th in Europe — through Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. The record will be delivered in a digipak CD format with a whopping 24-page booklet, and on all prime digital services.

Memories From The Future Track Listing:
1. The Mask
2. Wake Up
3. Keep On Fighting
4. Stars
5. Into The End Of Time
6. Healing The Inner Child
7. You’ll See
8. In Memory
9. Raining In Sao Paolo
10. Innocence

Stand by for upcoming JADED STAR updates, in addition to audio samples, an official lyric video and more on Memories From The Future in the coming weeks.

JADED STAR has also officially announced that they are to support Dutch symphonic metal outfit, Epica, on two special shows in Greece, as part of the band’s The Greek Enigma Tour on March 27th and 28th. Issued the band on the special live performances, “We are very happy to announce that we will support Epica at their shows in Athens and Thessaloniki! This is the first time we play in Greece and we really can’t wait to present our new album to our Greek brothers and sisters!” Tickets are available HERE. Additional tour dates including a full Fall European tour and more are in the works.

JADED STAR Tour Dates:
3/27/2015 Fuzz – Athens GR w/ Epica [info]
3/28/2015 Fix Factory Of Sound – Thessaloniki GR w/ Epica [info]

Formed in 2013, JADED STAR was founded by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis) and drummer Raphael Saini (ex-Iced Earth), who recruited guitarist Kosta Vreto (Horizon’s End, Wardrum) and bassist Babis Nikou (Astral DNA, Opened Paradise, Dia Mageias) to complete the lineup. The quartet instantly amassed a vast array of new material and began touring across Europe. Upon signing with Sensory, Maxi Nil issued, “We can’t put down in words how excited and happy we are for signing with Sensory records, since it’s very hard to find these days labels who truly help, support and believe in their bands. Memories From The Future is an album full of energy and emotions and personally, it’s the best thing I’ve done so far. We’re all very proud of it and we can’t wait to share it with the world. Make sure to listen to it as loud as you can!” Added Sensory/The Laser’s Edge owner, Ken Golden, “Recently I was approached a new band called JADED STAR. As soon as I learned that Maxi Nil was the band’s vocalist I was immediately intrigued. I was quite familiar with her work with Visions Of Atlantis so I knew this would be quality metal. When I heard the album I was totally blown away.” The elements are there, the forces have aligned, and the JADED STAR is ready to shine!

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO: Gasconha Rocks LP Out In North America Today On Suicidal Records; Rockfarmers Documentary Teaser Released

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Gasconha Rock, the acclaimed fourth album from Mont de Marsan, France’s dynamic guitar and drums rock duo, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO, is officially out today in North America via Suicidal Tendencies’-run Suicidal Records, just ahead of the band’s stateside return to take part in SXSW 2015. Additionally, the band has released a trailer for their upcoming Rockfarmers documentary, which explores their vast, self-run farm.

In 2013, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO bought an organic farm, Lou Casse, in Gascony, to begin producing their own organic vegetables and corn and raising geese, while at the same time they rocked many countries on multiple continents in support of their fourth full-length album, Gasconha Rocks. Filmed over a full year in the United States, Colombia, South Africa, India, Japan, Korea and more, the Rockfarmers documentary deals with being both professional musicians and farmers, and on creating your own forms of business and opening your local ideas up to the world, as THE INSPECTOR CLUZO has done on every level for more than six years.

View the trailer for Rockfarmers at THIS LOCATION, and stand by for the entire documentary to be released in March.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO will be touring stateside in support of the album for SXSW 2015, with a widespread tour currently being booked around the gala in Austin, Texas. In the meantime, the band’s official SXSW performance has been announced, with the band set to perform at 405 Club at 405 East 7th Street on March 18th. Stand by for further tour dates and info in the coming days.

3/18/2015 405 Club – Austin, TX @ SXSW Lor showcase [info]

Gasconha Rocks was recorded live with no edits in full analog on THE INSPECTOR CLUZO’s 1979 Sony MCI mixing desk at their farm in Gascony and Studio Mountown, and mastered by Mathieu Bameulle & JP Chalbos at La Source. In addition, contributions were made by several of the band’s cohorts, including Hammond Organ by Stephane Kraemer, trumpet by Benoit Molina, tenor sax by Christophe Cambou and baritone sax by Laurentx Etxemendi, and the comic book layout of the packaging drawn by Chris Lin, with photos by Anna Godin and additional artwork and laout by Arnaud Lacoste. Gasconha Rocks will turn fans of everything from the MC5, Grand Funk Railroad, James Brown and more into instant devotees of the band’s modernized and energetic delivery.

Gasconha Rocks is out today in North America via Suicidal Records on CD and all digital platforms.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO deploys a dynamic style of soulful rock infusing classic rock and funk elements into their own “fuck the bass player” blend of energetic rock and roll, the band fully comprised of guitarist/vocalist Malcom Lacrouts and drummer/backing vocalist Phil Jourdain. Boasting a fully DIY attitude and system in every aspect, they’ve handled their own production, management, booking, label and promotion since inception, yet have indisputably become one one of France’s most hard-touring bands. As the band began an extensive world tour in support of the mid-2013-released Gasconha Rocks, they caught the ear of Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies who signed the band to their own Suicidal Records, after which the band was brought to North America in tour support of Suicidal Tendencies, Trash Talk, Terror and more. Since, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO has toured harder than ever, embarking on their Gasconha Rocks World Summer and Fall Tours which saw them invade Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, India and more via a multi-tour attack over the latter half of this year, being featured on major online, print and television media outlets through the whole trek.

Check out the band’s The 2 Mousquetaires: A fight for Independence 63mn documentary HERE, and catch up with the massive amount of live footage from their 2014 tour ventures, media interviews, farming and more right HERE.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – February 23rd, 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

WARHORSE: Vice Magazine Levies The Heavy With A Stream Of “I Am Dying;” Reissue To See Release Tuesday Via Southern Lord Recordings – With its official reissue now just days away, today Vice Magazine levies the heavy with a stream of “I Am Dying” from legendary Massachusetts doom weavers, WARHORSE. [More…]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH Unleashes New Hymn Via NPR; Self-Titled Debut Out TODAY On Neurot Recordings – Following teasers from Decibel Magazine and Classic Rock, today NPR hurls forth the asphyxiating heaviness of “Unnamed” from Seattle doom bringers, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. [More…]

THE BODY Confirms Extensive Spring Tour Assault With Full Of Hell – Portland, Oregon-based doomsday cult, THE BODY, had declared an extensive itinerary of upcoming live actions in support of their end-time message, including a major Spring offensive with Full Of Hell. [More…]

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT: NYC Experimental Black Metal Heathens Unveil New Tune Featuring – Bloody Panda’s Yoshiko Ohara At No Clean Singing; Abyssal Gods Preorders Available

Abyssal Gods is the imminent new long player from New York City experimental black metal heathens, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT. [More…]

PISS VORTEX: Cvlt Nation Unleashes “Devouring Intent” Video From Copenhagen Grind/Hardcore Unit; New Tour Dates Announced – With the subtlety and auditory comparison of a chainsaw to the base of your spine, Denmark-based PISS VORTEX unloads their first official video, hailing from their self-titled debut LP. [More…]

FUZZ EVIL Confirms April Headlining Southwestern US Tour; Debut Album To See 2015 Release Via Battleground Records – Southern Arizona stoner rock outfit, FUZZ EVIL, will record their debut full-length album in the coming weeks for release via their cohorts at Battleground Records, and have already begun booking their tour schedule for the year with a headlining run of dates through their Southwestern stomping grounds in April. [More…]

PRIMITIVE MAN: New EP From Blackened Doom Nihilists Out NOW + Streaming In Full At MetalSucks – Today, Denver’s favorite blackened doom nihilists drop the decaying sounds of their Home Is Where The Hatred Is EP upon innocent masses. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Issues Statement Regarding Cancellation Of Tour Dates In Australia And Mexico – On the heels of the recent cancellation of their Australian tour, EYEHATEGOD was regrettably forced to postpone their three-day run through Mexico as well. [More…]

EXHUMED: Original Gore Metal Bassist/Vocalist Ross Sewage To Perform Five Special Shows - California gore strategists, EXHUMED, are currently dispersing their disease throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. [More…]

CHILD BITE: Detroit Punk/Metal/Noise Rock Misfits To Record New Full-Length With Philip H. Anselmo; Band To Appear On Celtic Frost Tribute Record – Detroit punk/metal/noise rock misfits, CHILD BITE, have been holed up in their den of iniquity penning new tunes for their as-yet-untitled new full-length, to be recorded by Philip H. Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. [More…]

FASHION WEEK: Invisible Oranges Gives Up The Whole New LP From NYC Grunge Metal Weirdos Early – Get chic with a premier scuzz-induction courtesy of NYC’s FASHION WEEK, as Invisible Oranges lines the carpet with plastic in advance of the clique’s Prêt-à-Porter debut via France’s Solar Flare Records next week. [More…]

LAGO: Phoenix Death Metal Horde Books Tyranny West Coast Tour; Vinyl Edition Of Debut Album Due – Phoenix, Arizona death metal horde, LAGO, has booked a tour of the West Coast of the country this Spring, supporting their debut LP, Tyranny. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT: First North American Tour Announced Including Support From Usnea; Fourth Ecate Making-Of Episode Released – With the details of their upcoming seventh studio full-length album, Ecate, having been recently unveiled, Italian mystical doom trio, UFOMAMMUT, finally announces their official first-ever tour of North America today, something diehard fans of this colossal outfit have been awaiting anxiously for years. [More…]

GRUESOME: Death Metal Faction Featuring Members Of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation And Derketa To Release Debut This April Via Relapse Records; Trailer Posted + Preorders AvailableGRUESOME is a debilitating death metal faction featuring members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa. [More…]

EPHEMEROS: Oregon Death Doom Collective Releases All Hail Corrosion On Limited Edition Vinyl Via Parasitic Records – Portland death doom collective, EPHEMEROS, is pleased to announce the wax edition of their critically-fawned upon, frown-maker, All Hail Corrosion. [More…]

SUBURBAN SCUM: Closed Casket Activities To Release Will Putney-Produced Debut LP From New Jersey Hardcore Outfit – New Jersey hardcore squad, SUBURBAN SCUM, is proud to announce the upcoming release of the band’s recently completed debut LP, now confirmed for Summer release through their allies at Closed Casket Activities. [More…]

OCCULTATION: 20 Buck Spin Releases Vinyl Edition Of Silence In The Ancestral House For North America – The apparition known in physical form as OCCULTATION materializes with its second full-length LP, Silence In The Ancestral House, expanding on the twisting, malformed post-punk and cast-iron dark doom first revealed through its Three & Seven debut. [More…]

BEHEMOTH: Revolver Magazine Unveils Exclusive Excerpts From Forthcoming Biography; North American Live Takeover Continues – Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors. [More…]

SWEET COBRA: Chicago Outfit Signs With Magic Bullet Records For Anxiously Awaited Earth LP This Spring Featuring Matt Talbot Of Hum And Kurt Ballou Of Converge – Magic Bullet Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Chicago-based SWEET COBRA for the release of their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, late this Spring. [More…]

ABYSS: Decibel Magazine Premieres First Single From Vicious Debut LP Pending Release Via 20 Buck Spin – Decibel Magazine is now exclusively streaming “The Atonement,” the first single culled from Toronto-based death cult, ABYSS’s Heretical Anatomy debut, impending release through 20 Buck Spin mid-April. [More…]

HALSHUG: Invisible Oranges Releases Track From Danish Raw Punk Outfit; Blodets Bånd LP Out On Southern Lord Next Week – Just days from its worldwide release via Southern Lord is Blodets Bånd, the debut album from Copenhagen, Denmark’s brutal raw punk outfit, HALSHUG, and in preparation, Invisible Oranges has unloaded the record’s fourth track, “Knæl.” [More…]

TAKEN BY THE SUN: Chicago Progressive Post-Metal Doom Misfits Premiere New Track At Cvlt Nation; Record Release Show Confirmed + Debut To Drop Tuesday – With the release of their self-titled full-length now less than a week away, today the warlords at Cvlt Nation offer up an exclusive taste of “Fuse” from Chicago progressive post-metal doom enthusiasts, TAKEN BY THE SUN. [More…]

CONTINUUM: Bay Area Death Metal Unit To Release New Full-Length Via Unique Leader Records; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed – Bay Area death metal henchmen and recent Unique Leader signees, CONTINUUM, are readying to unleash their debut full-length, The Hypothesis, this Spring. [More…]

LIFELESS Debuts Opening Track To Second LP Through Revolver Magazine; Preorders For Dream Now Available – Revolver Magazine has released the first single and opening track to Dream, the sophomore LP from pummeling New Jersey metallic hardcore outfit, LIFELESS. [More…]

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Titans Announce North American Tour With Korpiklaani; One Man Army Full-Length To Drop Tuesday – Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. [More…]

DISGRACE Confirms East Coast Tour Dates In Support Of Debut LP True Enemy – As their True Enemy debut LP is being prepared for release in just over a month, Southern California hardcore heathens, DISGRACE, have slated a short but brutal East Coast US tour for mid-April. [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.


SWEET COBRA: Chicago Outfit Signs With Magic Bullet Records For Anxiously Awaited Earth LP This Spring Featuring Matt Talbot Of Hum And Kurt Ballou Of Converge

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Magic Bullet Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Chicago-based SWEET COBRA for the release of their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, late this Spring. The band’s triumphant new LP was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge, and also features guest musical contributions from each artist. Earth is their first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy.

Recording was completed in late 2013 with Matt Talbot (Hum) and Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios near Champaign, Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, and with final mastering by Carl Saff. Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach.

Issued Magic Bullet Records owner Brent Eyestone on getting hooked by the material on Earth, even before its final mastering, “Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”

The members of SWEET COBRA collectively offered a humble statement on the signing with Magic Bullet and the upcoming release of Earth: “We are honored to be working with Magic Bullet and have always felt a kinship to the label and artists they release. Earth is a deeply personal album for us, and it was a liberating experience to explore new sounds and dynamics in these songs with Matt and Kurt at the helm capturing it.”

Earth will see release late this Spring on multiple formats; stand by in the coming weeks for an official street date, additional insight and audio samples from the LP. Also watch for SWEET COBRA tour dates throughout the year, including an already sold-out show with Hum in Grand Rapids on April 25th.

3/27/2015 Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL
3/28/2015 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer
4/04/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes
4/25/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)

The dedication of its members and the band’s storied lineage has helped make SWEET COBRA a household name to fans of bold rock and post-hardcore internationally, and a staple within the bustling music scene of their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2003 by former members of a wide array of notable underground acts and boasting the fury and angular qualities of their hardcore/noise-rock/metal roots with a more straightforward rock rhythm and delivery, the band came into existence and toured alongside the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Coliseum, Black Cobra, Doomriders, The Life And Times, Young Widows and many more. SWEET COBRA toured regularly throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and released a crushing load of recorded material, including three LPs — 2004’s Praise through Seventh Rule Recordings, 2007’s Forever through Hawthorne Street Records, and 2010’s Mercy on Blackmarket Activities — as well as split releases with Doomriders, Get Rad, and Young Widows among other releases.

In fall 2009, with Mercy just completed, second guitarist Mat Arluck lost his ongoing fight with cancer. Arluck’s death left a deep scar on the entire Chicago music scene (and beyond). SWEET COBRA committed to soldier on as a three-piece, as they began, resulting in a transformation of the band in the following years. The members have pushed forward — playing shows, constructing new material, and exploring new sounds. These efforts have culminated in the upcoming release of Earth.

Jason Gagovski - drums and cymbals
Robert Arthur Lanham Jr. - guitar
Botchy Vasquez (aka Tim Remis) - vocals and bass

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – February 16th, 2015

Monday, February 16th, 2015

ABYSS: 20 Buck Spin To Dispatch Debut LP From Toronto-Based Grinding Death Faction – Hailing from the Toronto sector of the Canadian province of Ontario, ABYSS has locked a deal with Olympia, Washington’s 20 Buck Spin for the release of the faction’s first full-length album, Heretical Anatomy. [More...]

WARHORSE: Hymn From Iconic Massachusetts Doom Conjurors Streaming At Noisey; As Heaven Turns To Ash… /I Am Dying Reissue Preorders Available – In just two weeks, Southern Lord Recordings will reissue the As Heaven Turns To Ash… debut and subsequent I Am Dying EP from short-lived, iconic Massachusetts doom conjurors, WARHORSE. [More...]

POWERED WIG MACHINE: Band-Organized Borderland Fuzz Fiesta And Vinyl Version Of Supa-Collider Approaching – Southern Arizona stoner rock specialists, POWERED WIG MACHINE, will reintroduce their sophomore album, Supa-Collider, to the public in a deluxe vinyl edition via Battleground Records on February 21st, as the band performs at the awesome Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, an event booked by the members of the band themselves. [More...]

ESCHATON: New England-Based Technical Death Metal Tacticians Sign Multi Album Deal With Unique Leader Records – New England-based technical death metal tacticians, ESCHATON (es-kut-on), are the latest addition to Unique Leader Records’ expanding roster of extreme. [More...]

VIOLENT REACTION: Revelation Records Confirms 2nd LP From UK Hardcore Punks; New Track Playing At Noisey + US Tour Announced – UK-based VIOLENT REACTION is gearing up for the release of the riotous act’s sophomore LP, Marching On, their first through the mighty Revelation Records, and as an early exclusive, Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, is running the album’s ripping “Leave Me Out.” [More...]

VOICES: New Video From UK Avant Metallers Now Playing At Noisey – Today, Noisey premiers the latest video from English avant noise merchants, VOICES. [More...]

ABSTRACTER: Wound Empire LP Out Today; Band Added To Southwest Terror Fest And Deadfest - Oakland, California’s ABSTRACTER proudly unveils the apocalyptic sounds of their second full-length album, Wound Empire, as it is officially now available worldwide on a variety of formats through a tight-knit web of underground labels and allies. [More...]

LIGHTNING BOLT: New Tune From Noise Duo’s First Recording In Six Years Now Playing At Rolling Stone – Over the course of its two-decade existence, noise duo LIGHTNING BOLT has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. [More...]

FASHION WEEK Premieres New Video For “Chorusace” Via American Aftermath – While Brooklyn-based FASHION WEEK is currently plowing through the Southeastern US in pre-release support of their debut album, Prêt-à-Porter, the track “Chorusace” has been revealed through a wild video, hosted by American Aftermath. [More...]

IDES OF GEMINI Announces US Live Rituals With Mountain Goats – West Coast atmospheric sound conjurors, IDES OF GEMINI, will bring their sonic rituals to the stage this Spring supporting indie folk rock trio, Mountain Goats. [More...]

STEVE VON TILL Reveals Details Of An Astonishing New Solo Album, A Life Unto Itself, Coming Via Neurot Recordings In May – The title doesn’t quite say it all, but it says some of it: A Life Unto Itself is as much the name of STEVE VON TILL’s fourth solo album as it is the perfect description for the twenty five-plus years he’s spent forging, with his brothers, the incomparable musical force that is Neurosis, not to mention the numerous sonic tapestries he’s woven with Tribes Of Neurot and under his alter ego Harvestman. [More...]

WARDRUNA: Norwegian Folk Ensemble Issues Special Yggdrasil Digibook In North America Via Indie Recordings; Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Appear In History Channel’s Vikings Series – Initially released in 2014, Yggdrasil is the second release of the stunning Runaljod trilogy from Norwegian heathens, WARDRUNA. [More...]

MINSK: Midwest Sound Alchemists To Release The Crash & The Draw; Trailer Posted + Preorders AvailableThe Crash & The Draw is the long-anticipated new full-length from Midwest sound exhibitionists, MINSK. [More...]

ONE TON PROJECT: New Track & Trailer From Las Vegas Rock Outfit And Their Debut LP Now Playing – While Battleground Records prepares for the feast of Gizzards & Hearts, the sprawling debut LP from dynamic Las Vegas rock quintet, ONE TON PROJECT, an early teaser trailer and its corresponding audio track from the record have been served up as a sampling of the smorgasbord being readied. [More...]

BRETT NETSON & SNAKES: Decibel Magazine Premieres Track From New EP By Caustic Resin/Built to Spill/Earth AlumniBRETT NETSON & SNAKES, the rock quartet founded and fronted by Built To Spill and Caustic Resin guitarist/vocalist, Brett Netson, is preparing to release their Scavenger Cult EP in the U.S. this March (EU/AUS/NZ on sale now), today releasing the opening single to the record through the blog at Decibel Magazine. [More...]

STEARICA: Monotreme Records To Release 2nd LP From Powerful Italian Instrumental Trio; New Track Playing At The Obelisk – UK-based Monotreme Records confirms the upcoming release of Fertile, the second LP from Turin, Italy-based instrumental trio STEARICA. [More...]

THEORIES: Seattle Death Grind Miscreants Drop New Track At NoiseyRegression is the forthcoming new full-length from Seattle death grind miscreants, THEORIES. [More...]

SARPANITUM: MetalSucks Streams New Full-Length From Atmospheric Blackened Death Metal Behemoths In Its Entirety; Blessed Be My Brothers To Drop Next Tuesday Via WillowtipSARPANITUM’s imminent Blessed Be My Brothers long player is set to detonate via Willowtip Records next week. [More...]

TREEDEON: Berlin Sludge/Rock Trio Releases New Track “Blankapitation” Via Terrorizer – Terrorizer Magazine has released the track, “Blankapitation,” the new single hailing from Berlin-based trio, TREEDEON, and their Lowest Level Reincarnation LP, set for release via Exile On Mainstream. [More...]

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metallers Partner With Spotify To Bring Fans One Man Army In Its Entirety – Captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army brandishes eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore. [More...]

CDC Streams New Five-Song End 12-Inch Via Lambgoat; New Tour Dates Announced – Southeastern, Pennsylvania’s CDC is ready to distribute their latest batch of beatdown anthems through the assault of End this Tuesday, February 17th via Get This Right Records and Beatdown Hardwear, and in advance of the street date Lambgoat has championed the band by streaming the entire record. [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.


GREY SKIES FALLEN Confirms First Time CD Releases Of Two Previous Digital EPs; Material For New LP Begins To Take Form

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

After the victorious independent release of their The Many Sides Of Truth LP in 2014, longtime NYC-area epic death/doom act, GREY SKIES FALLEN, now declares several new releases in 2015, beginning with the official unearthing of two of the band’s prior digital-only releases on physical format for the first time.

GREY SKIES FALLEN’s fourth release, the four-song Along Came Life EP, was released in 2010, recorded during tumultuous times for the band. This is the last recording with original member Joe D’Angelo on guitar, and sitting in on bass was Paul LaPlaca (October Thorns, Zandelle). Two years later, the band released the three-song Introspective EP in 2012, and was recorded at a point when the band was technically a three-piece, and featured Dave Case (Helmet, Afterbirth) filling-in and providing bass tracks. This album features the twenty-one minute title track, perhaps the most ambitious recording from the band to date. Both recorded at Keith Moore at his Audio Playground in Patchogue, New York, together, these “lost EPs” fill in the long gap in between LPs, bridging 2006’s Two Way Mirror, and 2014’s The Many Sides of Truth, and having previously only been released through Bandcamp until now, will now be issued together on one deluxe CD package.

Collectively issues GREY SKIES FALLEN on the upcoming double-EP package, “This release signals the first time the Introspective EP and the Along Came Life EP have been made available in a physical format. These were digital-only releases, mainly due to the financial situation of the band around the times these EPs were recorded. Now, we are able to unveil these in a beautiful digipak CD format with Travis Smith artwork on the front and back covers, and also throughout the layout.”

Set for release via the band on March 3rd, preorders for the Introspective / Along Came Life CD and pay-as-you-wish downloads of both EPs are now available at GREY SKIES FALLEN’s BandCamp page HERE.

GREY SKIES FALLEN has also been heavily involved in the writing process of their next brand new LP which will be recorded mid-year and released shortly thereafter. While they will be enlisting the talents of producer Keith Moore once again, as on the bulk of the band’s recorded works, Moore’s Audio Playground studio was heavily damaged in a fire last Summer. A rebuilt studio is in the planning stages, and in the meantime, Moore works out of a local studio where GREY SKIES FALLEN and interconnected acts Buckshot Facelift, Brave The Waters and more are also preparing to make new noise. More updates on all of the mentioned recordings will be released in the coming months.

EXHUMED: Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 Playing In Its Gruesome Entirety At Vice; North American Trek With Napalm Death + Voivod Continues

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Following teasers from Revolver Magazine and Invisible Oranges, today Vice Magazine offers up EXHUMED’s Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 full-length in all its gruesome glory.

A genre-altering slab of venomous, jaw-jarring death-metal, Gore Metal was initially issued in 1998 and oozes a charismatic audio repugnance, its maniacal riff mutinies, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired verbiage and putrid cover art still abhorrently alluring nearly two decades since its unveiling.

Rather than let the opus decompose into dust however, EXHUMED returned to the studio to revisit the underground classic, the results of which can be heard on Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015. Adding depth and a new level of devious urgency to the proceedings thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 still maintains the grinding, bone raw aggression of the original recordings. Asserts Metal Rules in a 4/5 review, “This is not a re-imagining or re-interpretation. The songs are played with the same virulence and raw power of the original, and the studio polish, such as it is, is mostly there for the purpose of clarity. The band certainly do not seem to be aiming for slick, pristine sonic perfection. Plenty of warts remain, as they should. Still, tracks like ‘Necromaniac,’ ‘Limb From Limb’ and ‘Casket Crusher’ hack and slash as they were initially intended. The vocal back and forth from Harvey and [Ross] Sewage is as gnarly as ever, especially since EXHUMED have been moving away from the lyrical nastiness of ‘Vagitarian II’ and ‘Open The Abscess’ since re-animating in 2010. Only the drum performance here is markedly improved, with Mike Hamilton’s athletic precision revitalizing Col Jones’ spray-gun flailing of yore.” Adds Invisible Oranges, “Though only Matt Harvey remains from the old crew, he’s brought back an old friend to guest on these re-recordings. Ross Sewage reprises his primal roar here on… and the result is an especially nostalgic and endearing feel that most re-recordings miss in their quest for perfection. The performance is tighter, the guitar solo is sharper and the vokills are actually somewhat intelligible this time around.”

Witness the updated auditory severity of Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, now rotting the airwaves of Vice Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

EXHUMED is currently spreading their disease throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. The invasion will slaughter nearly three-dozen municipalities upon its conclusion, with its final assault befalling Houston on February 28th. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the run.

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Presented with completely new artwork and a gaggle of detailed liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 will be unleashed via Relapse Records February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album for the price of a single CD. Relish the gorific bargains! Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals can point their browsers HERE.