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ÅRABROT: Maiden Single From Impending You Bunch Of Idiots EP By Norwegian Experimentalists Premiered Through Noisey

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Andre Loyning]

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT, has just released the maiden single from their latest EP, You Bunch Of Idiots, through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music blog, just weeks ahead of the record’s release, and the band’s touring return to North American shores.

You Bunch Of Idiots is the third in a trio of themed EPs from ÅRABROT, the first two of which — Murder As Art and I Modi — having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band’s first official US title. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, You Bunch Of Idiots drops six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. The EP was recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has handled the prior two EPs in the series as well as other ÅRABROT merch.

Landing at the number four spot on You Bunch Of Idiots, “Mea Culpa” shows the disturbing underbelly of what ÅRABROT is so proficient in creating, seamlessly genre-bending extreme forms of music into an unclassifiable and mesmerizingly warped and unique sound. Noisey issues alongside the exclusive premiere of the track, “…here it seems that one man’s bewilderment is another man’s finger hovering over the detonator of a doomsday device while he entertains the idea of ending the world. That casual (and sometimes playful) disregard for humanity and all its conventions that persists throughout the EP comes to a head on its first single, ‘Mea Culpa,’ which Nernes penned while drinking alone in an old London pub on a dismal afternoon shortly before learning the full extent of his health condition…”.

Transmit ÅRABROT’s “Mea Culpa” at maximum volume courtesy of Noisey RIGHT HERE.

You Bunch Of Idiots is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12” vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets on June 23rd. Preorders for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.

On the week of the EP’s stateside release, ÅRABROT will invade North America for three weeks, touring in support of You Bunch Of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes’ bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will now hit the US and Canada with direct support from UK sludge power duo, Ghold, with appearances from the likes of Dispirit and Lycus on several shows, and Pinkish Black on the final five dates.

ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour w/ Ghold:
6/24/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/26/2015 The Depot – York, PA
6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL
6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
7/10/2015 605 E 4th Street – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 Exploding Heart Gallery – Tucson, AZ
7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black
7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black
7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black
7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black
7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black
7/19/2015 The Studio, Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black

Led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar, vocals), for fourteen years ÅRABROT has fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own.  Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, ÅRABROT laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and — most importantly — rocks the hell out. One of Europe’s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.

VEHEMENCE: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Returns After A Decade Of Silence; New LP To See Fall Release Via Battleground Records

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Following an entire decade without a new album, Phoenix-based melodic death metal kingpins, VEHEMENCE, return to full-time duty in 2015, having reactivated the band and completed their fourth full-length studio full-length, Forward Without Motion, which is now set for release this Autumn via Battleground Records.

Their first new album since 2004’s Metal Blade Records-released Helping The World To See, VEHEMENCE returns to the death metal fold with a stunning new album that will surely see the band regaining their traction within the scene after their time off the grid. Forward Without Motion is the culmination of years of hard work and the collective desire to write the best songs and capture the best performances. Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov perhaps says it most succinctly when describing the record, “I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved.” Working on the songs off and on for several years between 2007 and 2011, VEHEMENCE began a methodical, painstaking tracking process for Forward Without Motion between 2012 and 2014, the album’s guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of Dannov and guitarist Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix. “Kyle did all the mixing, reamping, and mastering,” Says Dannov. “It was really great to have those tools at our disposal, without having to worry about a budget or studio expenses.”

When listening to Forward Without Motion, one will discover the refreshing sounds of a band creatively reborn and seasoned by experience. The album flows with a relentless, throat grabbing energy that never flags and begs for repeated spins. This cohesive power is nowhere more apparent than in the strength of the instrumental and vocal performances, which slash and hammer their way out of the speakers with a passion rarely found in the cold, mostly lifeless corpses that are most modern death metal recordings. When asked about the lyrical themes behind the songs and album title of the album, VEHEMENCE vocalist Nathan Gearhart remarks, “The lyrics of Forward Without Motion each tell a unique story dealing with pain, loss, sadness, and horror. Written over the course of twelve years, each piece stands alone in subject. The consistent theme of the lyrics as a whole denote humanity’s dark side, and summarize our lives and impact on our world during our limited time. Nothing changes. Nothing gets better or worse. It’s all the same. It’s time without a number. We are all going to die leaving this world just as fucked as those before us, and future generations will continue this cycle.” Gearhart also has much to say about the core ethos of the band when reflecting upon both the present and the years past, “Bjorn and I have been jamming together since 1996. Mark and Andy joined in ’97-‘98. VEHEMENCE is a band of brothers with no bigger intent other than getting together and creating together. Kyle is a great compliment to the core of the band, and his involvement along with the material and performance contributed by Jake Green are what helps to take us into our current chapter. Forward Without Motion is our life’s work. I am so proud of what we have created, and I hope others enjoy our art as much as I do.”

VEHEMENCE will release Forward Without Motion through Battleground Records on October 27th in various formats, including a 2xLP set on 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold packaging, a CD version, and across various digital platforms.

In conjunction with the release of Forward Without Motion, VEHEMENCE will be performing several shows in support of the album shortly before the street date. Additional information on the album, audio samples, an official video and more will be released throughout the Summer and early Autumn months.

SOS: NYC-Based Heavy Groove Maniacs Celebrate Twenty Year Anniversary in 2015; New City-Wide Live Assault Confirmed

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

New York City’s heavy-hitting groove quartet SOS is celebrating twenty raging years together as a band in 2015, and is currently booking shows across the city throughout June in celebration of crushing right through their two decade mark.

Following the release of their fifth full-length, Strength And Conditioning, SOS performed on the street at the massive NYC Marathon for the fifteenth consecutive year, amidst a widespread rash of other performances. Continuing the live mayhem, the band will play on their home turf on Friday, June 5th with Warrior Soul and a host of other support acts, followed by a free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show at Tompkins Square Park on June 13th with an assortment of friend acts. And June 21st will see SOS hammering Astoria Skate Park in Queens with another, free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show. Stand by for additional live shows to be confirmed through the Summer months. Issues the band, “The weather’s getting nicer and SOS is stoked to celebrate twenty years of heavy grooves! What better way than with a bunch of kick ass shows with our musical brethren? See ya in June!”

SOS Live Actions:
6/05/2015 Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY w/ Warrior Soul, Metalfier, Tempest City, Black Dawn, Pyramis, Sweet Magma [info]
6/13/2015 Tompkins Square Park – New York, NY w/ Srotakin IV, Snake Canyon, Purple Pam & The Flesh Eaters, High North, Valence, Fall of The Albatross [info]
6/21/2015 Astoria Skate Park – Queens, NY w/ Jump For The Sails, Lardhand, Off The Turnpike, Paloma Blanco, Phosfate, Sweet Magma, WDFA [info]

SOS frontman Mike SOS recently completed an In The Beginning feature for No Echo on The Scorpions’ Love At First Sting LP right HERE.

Producing a fusion of heavy sounds, SOS is a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. Their fifth full-length album, Strength And Conditioning is a nearly forty-eight minute excursion into barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Lineup changes and a restructuring of the band followed by heavy-duty local performances for the past year formed a six-year gap between albums, but the band’s heavy dedication has paid off, as Strength And Conditioning boasts SOS’ most action-packed mayhem yet. Strength And Conditioning is streaming and available for purchase by the band’s DIY label 316 Productions RIGHT HERE.

CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later, CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), CATTLE DECAPITATION returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life. “Dave is a bonafide producer,” elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. “He’s got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so well. We’ve always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody.”

CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends his throat to “The Prophets Of Loss” while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track “Plagueborne.” Additionally, Germany’s dark metal misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track “Pacific Grim.” Your body simply is not ready.

The record also sees the band extending their collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who’s handled the artwork for every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002’s To Serve Man. “When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band,” says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record’s themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued their present course, with The Anthropocene Extinction we have been transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just part of the problem – there are five gyres on planet earth and they’re all filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean’s ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

The first taste of The Anthropocene Extinction comes in the form of opening track, “Manufactured Extinct,” now available for public consumption at

The Anthropocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
3. Plagueborne
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim

In related news, on Friday, July 11th, fans can join CATTLE DECAPITATION at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California where the band will be playing a special, advanced CD release show in honor of The Anthropocene Extinction. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for this special occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records and the band making this a show not to be missed. So if you are a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick — just short ride away from the SD Convention Center — and prepare to meet your doom! Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. For preorder bundles visit

Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums

GOATSNAKE Shares New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming Black Age Blues LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2nd

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
[photo by Samantha Muljat]

GOATSNAKE is sure to get your motor running with their latest jam “Grandpa Jones”, a celebratory rock ‘n’ roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman that Team Rock is premiering today. Pete Stahl’s vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson’s guitar work. Says Anderson of the track; “Grandpa Jones: One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling ‘Flag and ‘Sabbath (that ole’ moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin’!”

Break it down; “Grandpa Jones” is now playing RIGHT HERE.

You can also listen to “Black Age Blues” and “Elevated Man” ahead of Black Age Blues‘ release date in just over a week and a half. The inner layout of the artwork can be viewed on the band’s webpage.

An interview with Greg Anderson was published by LA Weekly on the new album and highlighting their record release show for the album going down tonight; check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Black Age Blues will be released through Southern Lord Recordings June 2nd, and preorders for the album are now live. In addition to physical preorders, the record is also available via iTunes, offering the tracks “Black Age Blues”, “Elevated Man” and “Grandpa Jones” for instant download, which are now available to purchase individually. Check out the preorder options at the new Goatsnake store, via BandCamp and iTunes.

Following a sold-out performance in secluded Pioneertown, California, and a record listening party in Los Angeles, GOATSNAKE now prepares for their hometown record release show for Black Age Blues with Southern Lord brethren Bl’ast and Eagle Twin today, Wednesday, May 20th. Just days later, the band makes its cross-country voyage to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, marking the band’s first East Coast performance ever. Less than a week later, GOATSNAKE will hit Europe for a week-long tour which kicks off at Temples Festival in Bristol, and includes a headlining set at Siegen, Germany’s Freakvalley Festival. Upon their stateside return, they’ll headline Crucialfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional tour dates being scheduled.

With nearly fifty minutes of GOATSNAKE’s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on Black Age Blues, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer  Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

5/20/2015 Complex – Glendale, CA *Black Age Blues Record Release Show w/ Bl’ast, Eagle Twin [info]
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/30/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK [info]
6/01/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 – Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE [info]
6/07/2015 AN Club – Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT [info]

KINGCROW Launches First Single From Eidos LP With Official Video For “The Moth” Through Prog Magazine

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

With the nearing release of Eidos, the sixth studio full-length from Italian progressive metal troupe KINGCROW nearing release next month through Sensory Records, the first single has been released through an official video for the track, “The Moth,” via an exclusive premiere with massive print and online entity Prog Magazine.

Showcasing the Rome-based KINGCROW sextet’s expansive take on forward-thinking metal in a completely different approach than ever before, the video for “The Moth” was created in a unique animated style by Argentinean artist Gastón Viñas, widely known for his similarly-styled works for Radiohead, including videos for their songs “2+2=5” and “A Wolf At The Door,” which combined have collected nearly fifteen million views on YouTube. Issues band guitarist/backing vocalist Diego Cafolla about the song, “When we started to think about the first single, ‘The Moth’ seemed the obvious choice to us since it’s short, busy and quite catchy at the same time and shows also some new ingredients to our sound…”. He continues about the inception of the video, “I was listening to a Radiohead playlist on YouTube when this animated video (for the song “2+2=5”) popped up and I found it terrific and mesmerizing… I contacted Gastón Viñas, the author of the animation, just to tell him how much I appreciated his art…he wrote me back that he listened and loved KINGCROW’s music and that’s how it started. I gave him some inputs about the album concept, the artwork and the song’s lyrics and he came out with another brilliant piece of art! ”

KINGCROW’s video for “The Moth” is now viewable through an exclusive premiere at UK-based Prog Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Sensory Records, who also released KINGCROW’s In Crescendo album, will unveil Eidos on CD and digitally worldwide on June 23rd.

Following the success of their In Crescendo album — the band’s first for US label Sensory Records, who released the album in February 2014 — KINGCROW, returns with Eidos, a conceptual album about choices, consequences, and dealing with regret and disillusion. As their Phlegethon album dealt with childhood, and In Crescendo about the end of youth, Eidos can be considered the third part of a trilogy about the path of life. Musically it sees the band exploring new territories and pushing the extremes of its complex soundscape attributes with a darker atmosphere. Eidos was recorded at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, with the production handled by the band’s Diego and Thundra Cafolla. Several guest appearances help create the album’s new atmospheres, including saxophone provided by Stefania Bentivoglio on the track, “Slow Down,” and piano by Fred Colombo of Spheric Universe Experience for the track, “The Deeper Divide.” Mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, the stunning production of the album is matched by visionary artwork by Cristian Nastasi/Devilnax. With over an hour of new material, Eidos is the next logical progression in the evolution of KINGCROW, and will open the next doorway for whatever lies ahead.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Issues “Songs To My Killer” Through Revolver Magazine; Release Date For The God Rhythm LP Advanced

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

“Songs To My Killer” is the brand new single from Pennsylvania-based punk/hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS. Hailing from the band’s upcoming The God Rhythm LP, the track has been freshly delivered today via an exclusive premiere at Revolver Magazine, as Fast Break! Records advances the album’s release date by two weeks.

Initially set for a June 30th street date, seemingly nothing can hold WISDOM IN CHAINS fifth album from breaking free, which pressed the label to shift the street date for The God Rhythm forward to June 16th. With almost forty minutes of hook-laden punk/oi-inspired hardcore fueled with countless sing-along choruses and metallic breaks built for full-on live riots, The God Rhythm boasts the most victorious WISDOM IN CHAINS material yet. Revolver Magazine is now hosting an exclusive listen to the fifth of the LP’s fourteen mighty tracks, “Songs To My Killer,” which boasts some of the album’s most inspiring lyrical output and one of the most infectious melodies on the entire album.

Raid Revolver Magazine to hear WISDOM IN CHAINS’ new “Songs To My Killer” now at THIS LOCATION.

Also previously released from The God Rhythm is the track “Violent Americans” playing at Legends Arising RIGHT HERE, and an extensive interview trailer through New Noise Magazine HERE.

With The God Rhythm, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works and thresholds, resulting in the band’s most challenging album yet, recorded by Len Carmichael at Trax East and Carmichael Sound, with the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno. CD, LP and merch preorders for The God Rhythm are now available at Fast Break! Records, and all preorders will ship the week of June 1st so fans get their hands on the gear ahead of the new June 16th street date. The LP is pressed in a run of 500 copies on black vinyl, 100 on clear with maroon and yellow splatter, 100 on white wax with brown haze, and 20 test press copies with hand-numbered covers. All versions are available at THIS LOCATION.

In less than two weeks WISDOM IN CHAINS will storm the annual Black N’ Blue Bowl in New York City, set to perform on May 17th with the likes of Burn, Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, The Rival Mob, labelmates Fury Of V and tons more. A record release show for The God Rhythm is set to take place in Reading, Pennsylvania on June 27th. The band will also return to Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Festival, set to play on July 23rd.

5/17/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY @ Black N’ Blue Bowl [info]
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA * record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

ANTIGAMA: Entire Seventh Album From Polish Grindcore Innovators Now Playing At Invisible Oranges; US Tour Begins Next Week

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The unstoppable grindcore juggernaut known since 2000 as ANTIGAMA unapologetically dispatches their seventh full-length studio album, The Insolent in the coming days, and as a precursor to its official collision with humankind, Invisible Oranges has issued an exclusive stream of the entire creation. This all transpires just one week before the band makes their long-awaited return to American soil for their East Coast tour with Selfmadegod Records lablemates, Drugs Of Faith, including the band’s second time invading Maryland Deathfest.

Recorded in February at JNS Studio in Warsaw, The Insolent was engineered by Pawel Grabowski, mixed by Pawel Grabowski and the band, mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), and features a guest appearance by the legendary Polish electronic artist Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek. Advance warnings of the persuasive pummeling The Insolent offers have been issued from respected media outlets in recent weeks, including a write-up from Stereogum which offers, “By all rights, ANTIGAMA should be widely recognized as Europe’s answer to Pig Destroyer… The Insolent is ANTIGAMA’s seventh LP and 24th release overall, and the band sounds as young and hungry as ever. Few bands have pushed themselves so hard for so long.” Invisible Oranges blasted, “They’re known for technical playing and mind-bending song structures, you’d almost call them progressive were it not for the fact that this stuff will probably send death Theater fans running for their lives. For a grind outfit, their song lengths tend to stretch into ‘normal’ territory, but making a good hallucinatory riffscape takes time.” Metal Insider’s review issues in part, “To say that this music is violent in nature would be a drastic understatement. It’s played out like a rabid and injured animal, backed into a corner and fighting for its sheer existence. At times raw and feral, and at others sleek and insightful, ANTIGAMA have penned an album that could almost be defined as ‘progressive grind’ as they combine both the artistic and the bombastic into a cohesive package.”

Be an observer of the intriguing damage caused by ANTIGAMA’s aptly titled The Insolent through an exclusive Invisible Oranges preview at THIS LOCATION.

Orders for The Insolent are available on cassette, eco-pack/gatefold digisleeve CD, black 12” gatefold LP, and a translucent 12” gatefold LP, limited to 100 copies worldwide. All four versions are now available internationally from Selfmadegod HERE and in the US via Selfmadegod’s stateside mailorder outlet, Earsplit Distro, RIGHT HERE.

ANTIGAMA’s nine-city Northeastern US tour begins next Wednesday, May 13th in Brooklyn, New York and runs through their return appearance at the massive Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on May 23rd. Presented by Blow The Scene, Selfmadegod and Earsplit, and featuring direct support from labelmates Drugs Of Faith, the tour includes a headlining performance at Mildfest Vol. 1: The Grinding on May 15th in Clifton, New Jersey, and will also see local support throughout the tour from the likes of The Communion, Buckshot Facelift, Earthling, Infernal Stronghold, Organ Delaer, High Priest and more before closing down at Maryland Deathfest alongside Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cephalic Carnage, Full Of Hell, Inter Arma and many more. Check out an exclusive interview at Blow The Scene on the upcoming tour and more at THIS LOCATION.

ANTIGAMA Blast the East Coast US Tour w/ Drugs Of Faith:
5/13/2015 Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Communion, Buckshot Facelift [info]
5/14/2015 The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI w/ The Communion, Eaten, Feedback [info]
5/15/2015 Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ @ Mildfest w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more [info]
5/16/2015 Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA w/ Infernal Stronghold, Past Tense [info]
5/17/2015 Smash! – Washington, DC w/ Ampallang Infection, Blockhead [info]
5/18/2015 Cellar Door – Annandale, VA w/ Earthling, Blooddrunk Trolls [info]
5/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ High Priest, Empty Hands [info]
5/20/2015 Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA w/ Earthling, Blooddrunk Trolls [info]
5/23/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [no Drugs of Faith] [info]

STEVE VON TILL: Entire A Life Unto Itself Solo Album By Neurosis Guitarist/Vocalist Playing At Noisey As LP Nears Release Next Week

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
[photo by Neila Von Till]

A Life Unto Itself, the most immense, celestial solo journey from Neurosis guitarist/vocalist and Neurot Recordings founder, STEVE VON TILL, is now playing in its entirety worldwide courtesy of Noisey, as the LP comes within a week of its release from confinement into the public domain.

The majority of A Life Unto Itself was captured at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle under the direction of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler and Rose Windows), with additional recordings handled at STEVE VON TILL’s own The Crow’s Nest, and the final product was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. With guest viola contributions from Eyvind Kang, pedal steel from J. Kardong, and percussion courtesy of Pat Schowe, the album is enshrouded in artwork bearing the recognizable style of Aaron Turner (Sumac, Isis, Old Man Gloom, Hydra Head). All of these factors culminate into a twelve-passage voyage with over forty-five minutes of harrowing textures which drill their way immediately to the core of your bones, gnaw your heart’s defense mechanisms to their foundations, and invoke a wellspring of emotions.

Vice Magazine’s online music channel, Noisey, has made A Life Unto Itself available for streaming in its entirety just a week before its release, coordinated through several of its global entities, including an interview with STEVE VON TILL spearheaded by Noisey Brazil.

Delve into the expanses of STEVE VON TILL’s A Life Unto Itself and its inception through the words of its creator through Noisey Brazil right HERE, the US HERE and Germany HERE.

A Life Unto Itself LP through Neurosis’ own Neurot Recordings in North America on May 12th. Preorder packages for the digital download, CD, and 12” LP on both black and red vinyl, including t-shirt bundles, are all available HERE.

STEVE VON TILL has also announced his first live solo performance in several years in support of A Life Unto Itself. At press time, the lone confirmed gig is set to take place on Monday, June 29th at the historic St. Pancras Old Church in Somers Town, central London. More SVT live actions are to be announced in the near future.

6/29/2015 St. Pancras Old Church – London, UK w/ Markers [info]

A Life Unto Itself ventures into compelling uncharted territory for its maker. STEVE VON TILL’s weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides a foundation, but a much wider variety of sonic textures are presented here. Bold and ambitious arrangements weave vintage synth, sublime strings, percussion, and electric guitars throughout these unique and expansive songs, as VON TILL’s raspy whisper dives deeply inward, and speaks genuinely of visions, memories, and self-reflection in a way that feels both seasoned and exposed.

DIMESLAND Issues Statement On Tragic Passing Of Guitarist Drew Cook

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
[photo by Amanda Henderson]

Drew Cook, the talented guitarist for Oakland-based DIMESLAND and WILD HUNT, has tragically passed away in recent days. Drew Cook is remembered by the Bay Area music scene and thrill-seeking metal explorers worldwide for his unstoppably tight, technical, unique guitar skills, and is cherished by his friends and family as a greatly loving person.

Nolan Cook, the other half of the dual-guitar tandem of DIMESLAND has issued the following on the loss of his brother, bandmate and best friend, “We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Oakland musician extraordinaire, Drew Cook, of the bands DIMESLAND and WILD HUNT. Drew was a special guitarist and a wonderful individual who will be deeply missed by the Bay Area music scene and by the many who were fortunate enough to have collaborated with or otherwise known him. We have lost an incredibly kind, funny, and talented human being.”

The passing of Drew has placed all of his current acts on hiatus until further notice.

The most recent and easily most volatile example of Cook’s assassin-like guitar wizardry can be heard on DIMESLAND’s scorching debut album, Psychogenic Atrophy, independently released by the band last year. With forty minutes of riveting and forward-thinking metal, elementally comparable to Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal, Psychogenic Atrophy was recorded in full analog courtesy of Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg). Upon its release, the sci-fi/avant thrash album caught the attention of the international media with rave reviews of the album, as the band left fans throughout the West Coast drop-jawed with their energetic live performances.

Psychogenic Atrophy is available through most major digital music retailers including BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE. A physical edition of the album is likely still planned for release later this year.