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MEATWOUND: Corruptive Florida Act To Drop Debut Album Through Magic Bullet This Winter

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Magic Bullet Records will take responsibility for the dirty job of handling the release of the scum-laden debut LP from MEATWOUND, an act collecting individuals who have done or are currently doing time with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more throughout the Floridian peninsula over the past two decades or so.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences overthrow the MEATWOUND sound; a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.

MEATWOUND’s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris [Steak Mtn.]. Magic Bullet will discharge the beast digitally and on LP in the first quarter of 2015, with final pressing and street date details to be confirmed in the days ahead.

The MEATWOUND posse will support Municipal Waste, Torche and Nightbird at the Tampa gig of their current tour, raiding the Crowbar in Tampa on July 20th. More live actions from MEATWOUND are imminent.

Addio Track Listing:
Side A
In Toilet
Goliath
Funeral State
Side B
Hand of God
Meat Pack
I Am Transgressor

MEATWOUND Live:
1/20/2015 Crowbar – Tampa, FL w/ Municipal Waste, Torche, Night Birds [info]

Last year, playing with his current act, Primate Research, vocalist Dan caught drummer Ross and guitarist Ari slaying instrumental jams at a house, and an instant pact of filth was formed, after which the trio found themselves intoxicated at an off-the-grid location in regular jamming sessions. Shortly thereafter, Mariano was sanctioned for the bass research. The vocalist issues, “I asked Mariano to play bass. He had been playing guitar for twenty-five or more years but never played bass; I’m not smart enough to play bass and sing, so I asked him if he wanted to do the shit we were doing, which was Sepultura meets Jesus Lizard, and he jumped in. We wrote three more songs and recorded this 12″. Anything goes. No rules, no boredom, lots of recreational debauchery… a lifestyle upgrade.”

MEATWOUND fashioned their new anthems under a unified regimen of decadence in a place where, as the band depicts it: “According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn’t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.”

MEATWOUND:
Ari – guitar/jungle tongues
Dan – vocals/Aryan infiltration
Mariano – bass/island violence
Ross – drums/financing

More on MEATWOUND will be available soon; for all Magic Bullet Records press inquiries contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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UFOMAMMUT Completes Seventh Studio Full-Length For Spring Release Via Neurot Recordings

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Italian power trio, UFOMAMMUT, is putting the final details on the band’s anticipated seventh studio full-length in order for the album to see an early Spring 2015 worldwide release, once again through Neurot Recordings. While virtually no specific details on the album are yet to be revealed to the public, the album is fully mixed, mastered and going into production now. The record’s title, release date and much more will be unveiled at the dawn of 2015, and mass album and tour updates will ensue through the rest of the year.

In October, UFOMAMMUT proudly released XV, through the band’s own Supernatural Cat label with support from Neurot, a DVD documenting their intense first fifteen years together. For nearly two years UFOMAMMUT has been working on this special video project delivered through XV’s more than three hours of footage documenting their vast discography and live accomplishments. The DVD features Magickal Mastery Live, a twelve-song live act, as well as interviews, outtakes, and extras, captured over the past decade and a half.

A mini-documentary sampled from XV is playing at THIS LOCATION, and a video of “Zerosette” from the band’s Godlike Snake debut is playing RIGHT HERE. Orders for the XV DVD can be placed in the US HERE and internationally HERE, and the digital audio version of Magickal Mastery Live only can be ordered HERE.

Additional info on the upcoming album will be released in the coming weeks as UFOMAMMUT prepares to return to North America for their first major tour of the continent in 2015, including a performance at Maryland Deathfest 2015.

UFOMAMMUT Live:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

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COWARDS: Parisian Heathens Streaming Entire Second LP Via American Aftermath; Preorders For Rise To Infamy Released

Monday, December 15th, 2014

American Aftermath is now streaming Rise To Infamy, the entire second LP from Paris-based COWARDS, a massive month-and-a-half ahead of its physical street date in early February.

The COWARDS sound dredges forth a deep, oppressive, urban harshness amidst their crushing wall of amplification, which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore. The levels of aggression on Rise To Infamy are difficult to endure; everything the band has managed to capture here is meant to inflict maximum aural damage. Recorded by trusted engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), the band’s monstrous tones here sound more callous than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish.

American Aftermath has interrogated COWARDS alongside the stream of the entire LP which is all now playing at THIS LOCATION.

With multiple labels helping disburse the dismal Rise To Infamy to the masses on February 9th, preorders for all physical versions are now available. The digipak CD and shirt bundles can be preordered through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE, and preorders for the LP including shirt bundles and a free digital download via Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS will unload an official video and announce new tour dates preceding and in conjunction with the release of Rise To Infamy.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

COWARDS Metal Hammer Premieres “Beyond My Hands” From Impending Sophomore LP – The online entity of colossal metal rag, Metal Hammer, has premiered the latest single from French quintet, COWARDS, off of their impending sophomore LP, Rise To Infamy. [More]

Southern Lord Recordings Wraps-Up 2014 - As 2014 draws to a close, Los Angeles-based Southern Lord Recordings is wrapping up one of the label’s busiest years to date. [More]

UNSACRED: Noisey Streams Entire Debut LP From Virginia Black Metal Trio; False Light Out Now On Forcefield Records – VICE’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing all of False Light, the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, UNSACRED, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records. [More]

DIMESLAND: Psychogenic Atrophy Full-Length Out Today; Entire Album Streaming At Invisible Oranges – As DIMESLAND’s first full-length recording, Psychogenic Atrophy, today mainlines its way into public availability, to help disburse it upon the population, Invisible Oranges is running a major feature on the band and a stream of the entire album. [More]

FULGORA: Apocalyptic Grindcore/Death Collective Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index + Agoraphobic Nosebleed Premieres New Hymn Via MetalSucks; Stratagem Full-Length To See Release Via Housecore Records This February – A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORAis a shadowy grindcore/death collective featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. [More]

THE SHRINE: California Skate Punk Perpetrators Release 12” Maxi Single Via Tankcrimes; New Tune Streaming At Cvlt Nation – In celebration of Waiting For The War, the new 12” maxi single from California skate punk perpetrators THE SHRINE released today via the volume dealers at the Tankcrimes headquarters, today Cvlt Nation premieres second rager, “Rare Breed.” [More]

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month – West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. [More]

DEATH DTA TOURS: Massacre To Sit Out “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European Trek – DEATH DTA TOURS regret that, due to several factors, Massacre will not be taking part in the “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European tour in late February/March 2015. [More]

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend Topples Year-End Lists; Band To Level Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar This Weekend – Released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the latest studio album from Portland’s favorite doom conjurors, YOB, has earned mass love and attention from fans and media outlets both stateside and abroad. [More]

PILLORY: Technical Death Metal Strategists Launch New Video Via Revolver Magazine – Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, today unleash their brand new video for “Imbeciles In Defiance.” [More]

ARCANE Leaks Track From New Double-Album Nearing Winter Release Via Sensory Records – Australia’s conceptual prog rock/metal outfit, ARCANE, continues to perform across their homeland on the launch circuit for their impending Known/Learned double-album release, set to hit the streets via Sensory Records this Winter. [More]

THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now – Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet. [More…]

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

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AEON  – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH – CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE – DOWNFALL OF GAIA – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS –  INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KARMA TO BURN – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PRIMORDIAL – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WOLVHAMMER – ZEX

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 8, 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Made In NY Media Center To Host Josh Graham: Standard Model Catastrophes Standard Model Catastrophes is both a look back and a glimpse of what lies ahead for multimedia artist, Josh Graham, notorious in the metal community for fronting Brooklyn-based sound alchemists A Storm Of Light as well as his tenure conjuring visuals for Neurosis. Graham is now serving as Soundgarden’s creative director – a position which has allowed the scope of his work to increase exponentially. [MORE…]

TODAY IS THE DAY Involved In Van Accident; US Tour Dates Canceled – On the eve of TODAY IS THE DAY’s latest tour in support of their tenth LP, Animal Mother, frontman Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious accident, which sent both members directly to the hospital. While both members are currently home recovering from their injuries, the band’s December tour has been canceled, as in addition to the physical injuries, the band’s new van and much of their gear and merch were destroyed. [MORE…]

DREADLORDS: Debut LP By Occult Blues Collective Out Next Week; New Video Playing At Cvlt Nation + Album Streaming At BandCamp – In just one week, the harrowing debut LP endeavor from iniquitous occult blues collective, DREADLORDS, will be released onto the population, in the form of Death Angel, while devotees can succumb to the official video and full stream of the album in advance. [MORE…]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Crushing Trio Featuring Seattle Legend Tad Doyle Reveals Forthcoming Album Details; Teaser Video Posted – Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkest depths of the Pacific North West, Seattle’s legendary Tad Doyle — formerly of TAD and Hog Molly — delivers his strongest songwriting and playing to date with his latest manifestation, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. Boasting a trio of musicians with Doyle on guitar/vocals, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki), BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will unleash their long-awaited, self-titled debut full-length on February 17th, 2015 via Neurot Recordings. [MORE…]

BLACK BREATH Announces Northwest Perversion 2015 Mini-Tour; Band Currently Recording Third LP With Kurt Ballou – While currently locked away at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the midst of recording their newest LP, BLACK BREATH announces a string of January tour dates. [MORE…]

ABSTRACTER: Details Of Second LP From Apocalyptic Oakland-Based Quartet Released – With the threat of apocalypse constantly looming over humanity, Oakland-based ABSTRACTER supplies an apt soundtrack for the end of times, as they’ll prove once again on the quartet’s impending sophomore full-length, Wound Empire. [MORE…]

LORD MANTIS: Extremely Graphic “Possession Prayer” Video Unveiled Via Major Online Horror Source Bloody-Disgusting – Following several months in incubation, LORD MANTIS delivers the video for their newly completed “Possession Prayer” video, delivering one of the most repulsively gritty musical/visual conveyances in recent times through the aid of mainstream horror movie portal, Bloody-Disgusting. [MORE…]

PORD: Rural French Noise Rockers Debut Official “I’m Swimming Home” Video At Decibel Magazine – On the heels of their first release for Solar Flare Records in September, when their sophomore LP, Wild was uncaged, rural France’s noise rock trio, PORD, now dishes out their their first official video, with Decibel Magazine’s assistance in delivering it to the masses. [MORE…]

PELICAN Announces New Vocal-Driven Four-Song EP; Track Now Playing At MetalSucks – Chicago’s esteemed instrumental quartet, PELICAN, is set to release a new EP on Southern Lord in the new year based around fresh reimaginings of “The Cliff,” a highlight from their most recent album, 2013’s Forever Becoming, and one recently completed new song. Due out February 24th on 12” vinyl and digital formats, the four track The Cliff EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. [MORE…]

BAPTISTS: Official “Bloodmines” Video Unveiled Via Cvlt NationBAPTISTS proudly unveil their disturbing video for the title track of their second LP, Bloodmines, released in October via Southern Lord. [MORE…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Duo Premieres New Hymn At Revolver Magazine; More Live Rituals Confirmed – With the official unleashing of Merging In Light, the forthcoming EP from Denver doom sorcerers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, now less than one month away, today Revolver Magazine offers up second movement, “Third Mind” for public appreciation. [MORE…]

DOWNFALL OF GAIA: Post Black Metallers Announce HeavyBlogisHeavy.com-Sponsored US Takeover – Germany/New York post black metallers, DOWNFALL OF GAIA, will be returning to the States next month for a 2015 live expedition. Presented by HeavyBlogisHeavy.com, the tour will embark on January 23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, with the trek coming to a close on  February 13th in Brooklyn, New York. The band will be touring in support of their recently released, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay full-length. [MORE…]

POISON IDEA Completes Brand New Studio Album For Mid-2015 Release Through Southern Lord – It is with massive enthusiasm that Southern Lord Recordings announces the impending brand new studio LP from long-running, legendary and infamous Portland, Oregon-based American hardcore punk outfit, POISON IDEA! [MORE…]

DIE CHOKING: “Tonsil” Video Terminating Everything At Metal Injection; Recording Sessions For Construction Of Debut LP Locked – Through an exclusive Metal Injection premiere, Philadelphia-based DIE CHOKING has just released their first official video created for “Tonsil,” the closing track on the trio’s newest EP, II. “Tonsil” is a brutal testimonial for human rights, standing up for an individual’s option to die when in a critical or vegetative state, rather than be kept alive in an unsatisfactory manner by family members. In direct action coinciding with this very personal stance on the matter, the band manufactured a physical document which serves as a legal will to officiate one’s final wishes. [MORE…]

MUSK OX: Neofolk Collective Unveils Second Clip In The “Making-Of” Woodfall Series Via Decibel – Christened, “a captivating, emotional, and masterfully-crafted achievement of not only neofolk music, but of music in general,” by Sputnik Music, “beautifully sculpted…nothing short of epic,” by Echoes And Dust and, “…the most beautiful album of the year so far. Soft, dreamy, upbeat and ethereal, this needs to be heard by everyone everywhere,” by Swirls Of Noise, MUSK OX’s monumental Woodfall full-length continues to astound listeners with its eloquent song craft. [MORE…]

PRIMORDIAL: Where Greater Men Have Fallen First Week Chart Numbers RevealedWhere Greater Men Have Fallen, the long anticipated new studio album from Ireland’s most adored metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart and #43 on the Billboard’s Hard Music Chart! Additionally, the record ranked in at #104 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart. [MORE…]

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Legion’s Av Oss, For Oss Full-Length To See North American Release; “Nord Og Ner” Now Playing At Noisey – Norwegian Viking metal trio, EINHERJER, will unleash the battle-ready fruitions of their epically infectious Av Oss, For Oss full-length to North American ears next month. The band’s sixth full-length was written and produced by the band, recorded at guitarist/bassist/vocalist Frode Glesnes’s own Studio Borealis and  mixed by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Monster Magnet et al). Released on European shores earlier this year, the offering delivers eight elaborately executed war hymns that are at once vicious, gallant and treacherously catchy. [MORE...]

ZEX: Magic Bullet Records To Re-Release Debut LP From Ottawa Punk Rock Quartet – As part of a massive upcoming 2015 label release schedule coming together, Magic Bullet Records is stoked to announce the upcoming worldwide re-release and distribution of Fight For Yourself, the infectious debut album by Ottawa, Ontario-based punk rock quartet, ZEX. [MORE…]

THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now – Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet. [MORE…]

DIMESLAND: Decibel Releases “Bound In Stone” Track From Psychogenic Atrophy; Album Out Next Week – With Oakland-based DIMESLAND now just days from releasing their debut full-length, Psychogenic Atrophy, Decibel Magazine hurls the album’s volatile next-to-last track towards the masses. [MORE…]

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

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:
AEON  –  ARCANE  – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH – BLACK COBRA – CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – CDC – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE –  CORRECTIONS HOUSE – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – DIE CHOKING – DISCOURSE – DOWNFALL OF GAIA – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS –  INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PRIMORDIAL – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SOCIETY SUCKER –   UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WOLVHAMMER – YOB – ZEX

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DIMESLAND: Decibel Releases “Bound In Stone” Track From Psychogenic Atrophy; Album Out Next Week

Friday, December 5th, 2014

With Oakland-based DIMESLAND now just days from releasing their debut full-length, Psychogenic Atrophy, Decibel Magazine hurls the album’s volatile next-to-last track towards the masses.

“Bound In Stone” is the name of the writhing seventh tune within the nearly forty-minute barrage of riveting, technical, and forward-thinking mad-scientist thrash implemented on DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy, the album recorded in crushing full analog courtesy of Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg). The album is a noxious brew of unhinged metal indefinitely descendent to Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal yet with its own mutated genetics in control. Decibel states, “Complex frustration/anger/love is one of the perks of freaking out on heavy music,” alongside the exclusive premiere of the track, which is fused to an interview on the album’s inception with DIMESLAND guitarist Drew Cook.

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DIMESLAND will independently release Psychogenic Atrophy digitally on December 9th, with a CD version directly behind it and a deluxe vinyl release early next year. Preorders can be placed at iTunes HERE and Amazon HERE.

With a ravenous hunger for the bizarre, DIMESLAND proves themselves lethal once again, with the follow-up to their 2012-released Creepmoon debut EP. With members also holding rank within The Residents, Wild Hunt and others, DIMESLAND’s sound is the result of a blend of controlled chaos and musical metamorphosis, heavy tension and dark psychedelia, creating a place where aggression and imagination merge harmonically, rhythmically and lyrically to explore the terrain of psychological havoc and mental fracture. The band’s frantic and dense live performances feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and textures for an almost nonstop presentation of sound. Watch for new live actions to be announced in the near future.

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THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet.

Beginning with our maiden title, releasing ENABLER’s Flies EP on Samhain 2013, The Compound has since been responsible for GODHUNTER’s City Of Dust album and split GH/0ST:S LP with SECRETS OF THE SKY, COP PROBLEM’s Buried Beneath White Noise 7”, ENABLER’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde sophomore album (now being released by Century Media for Europe), DIE CHOKING’s self-titled debut 7” and II follow-up 7”, and most recently, the magnificent Break The Clasp debut album from LAE, featuring Steve Austin of Today Is The Day on lead vocals.

Check out the latest on our newest titles below and watch for more news as The Compound begins prepping new releases for 2015, including tunes from LAE, GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL, CLASSHOLE, VISE MASSACRE and much more.

LAE – Break The Clasp

Performing under their original moniker, LAE-TSEU, the outfit now known as LAE impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie circuits in the apocalypse-ready Y2K era of the mid-1990s. In 2013, the band went through an incredible rebirth, completely re-envisioning their original songs with new life knowledge. To capture this soundtrack, the band contracted Steve Austin (Today Is The Day), flying him and an arsenal of gear from his Austin Enterprises from Maine to record in Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, multiple electric organs and pianos and more to capture their long-awaited full-length, fully recorded on an arsenal of vintage analog equipment. However, during the recording process, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the entire album in addition to other musical contributions. Mastered at Austin Enterprises and enshrouded with artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label), LAE’s Break The Clasp encompasses nearly fifty-three minutes of unearthly, heartbreaking, psychedelic audio artistry delivered in four segments; Life, Hope, Love, Death. Fans of Three Mile Pilot, Pink Floyd, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac, early Today Is The Day and more will be instantly hooked. Break The Clasp is out now on all digital platforms as well as eco-friendly, 6-panel, spot-varnish digipak CD, and a massive 180-gram gatefold 2xLP will be available in early 2015 as LAE begins to tour North America on the album. Stream Break The Clasp in its entirety and order the CD/digital RIGHT HERE.

DIE CHOKING – II

Philadelphia’s demolition trio, 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 first pressing limited to 300 copies on vibrant red 7” vinyl, enclosed in the 7” is a document that function’s as a real, personal Living Will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.” Check out the new video for “Tonsil” HERE and order The Compound’s exclusive mailorder edition limited to 30 copies with the Will printed on paper bag brown HERE.

GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY – GH/0ST:S

On their 2014 Southwest US tour together, Tucson-based sludge metal bandits, GODHUNTER and Oakland’s cinematic doom outfit, SECRETS OF THE SKY, were selling a limited edition cassette version of a new split release entitled GH/0ST:S. On this combined effort, both bands showcase even further experimentation into each of their respective crafts, with forty minutes of material, including a crushing new opus from each band, as well as a haunting, thematic accompaniment bearing the “ghosts” theme. Through a joint effort with GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records, GH/0ST:S is now available digitally as well as on a killer 180-gram black/white vinyl swirl LP including a download card, limited to 300 copies. Stream all of GH/0ST:S and purchase the wax and digital HERE.

View and order physical copies of our entire label roster including additional titles not listed here, including ENABLER, GODHUNTER, COP PROBLEM, DIE CHOKING, and more at The Compound’s sector at Earsplit Distro RIGHT HERE. Also at the distro you can find hundreds of other titles from labels including Supernatural Cat, 20 Buck Spin, Selfmadegod, Eolian Empire, Exile On Mainstream, Public Guilt, Battleground and much more, and we’ll continually amass more wares in the coming months. Free stickers, pins mags or other random swag included in every single order.

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DIE CHOKING: “Tonsil” Video Terminating Everything At Metal Injection; Recording Sessions For Construction Of Debut LP Locked

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Through an exclusive Metal Injection premiere, Philadelphia-based DIE CHOKING has just released their first official video created for “Tonsil,” the closing track on the trio’s newest EP, II. “Tonsil” is a brutal testimonial for human rights, standing up for an individual’s option to die when in a critical or vegetative state, rather than be kept alive in an unsatisfactory manner by family members. In direct action coinciding with this very personal stance on the matter, the band manufactured a physical document which serves as a legal will to officiate one’s final wishes.

“This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013,” issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction). “Despite the absolute, irreversible nature of brain death she (as far as I know) remains on ‘life’ support. The controversy of this is obvious but my interest is geared more towards the broader subject of CHOICE in regards to medical treatment during end of life scenarios… I love fantasy, horror, and sci-fi just like the next guy. For DIE CHOKING, as an outlet for me, I don’t want to create fiction or fantasy… I want to help and advocate. The subject in ‘Tonsil’ is universal and transcends politics, it is about the reality and potential severity of the death and dying process. This process, although, can be grounded in peace and serenity. It is often centered on resistance, aggression and a frequently indecisive routine of extensive medical and surgical processes. If I can help someone handle and make the important decisions that need to be made then I can feel like I am doing some good in a very sick world.”

However, the video for “Tonsil,” directed by Matt Weikel, is much more direct in its approach, grittily capturing the trio smashing the song into obliteration with all of the high-speed intensity it delivers in a live setting. “Our guitarist Jeff Daniels (Burden) lives at something of an artist commune in Philly,” offers DIE CHOKING drummer Joshua Cohen (also of Cop Problem). “His roomies are all talented Philadelphians, including members of Fight Amp, and Matt Weikel, who is a rad videographer. Weikel just rolled over to our practice spot in South Philly for a couple quick shoots and that was that. We all like the old-school music videos that just showed bands rippin’ it… Some dark imagery and solid editing and Matt delivered perfectly.”

Experience DIE CHOKING’s “Tonsil” for yourself firsthand at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.

Released in September by The Compound, with five explosive new songs in less than six minutes, II shows DIE CHOKING swarming with enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach from their self-titled debut EP. As with its predecessor, the new 7” was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) — harnessing all music in one day and all vocals in another — and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at AudioSiege, and the artwork and layout created by guitarist Jeffrey V. Daniels. The EP is pressed on thick virgin red vinyl in a run of 300 copies, each one including the functioning personal living will, coinciding with “Tonsil.” Order the II 7” via The Compound RIGHT HERE, or 7” and shirt bundles and digital via the band directly HERE (bundles) and HERE (digital).

Additionally, DIE CHOKING has secured studio time in April to harness the band’s impending debut LP. In early April, the band will raid Studio 4, just outside of Philly in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, to record with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) who will fully engineer and mix the album. Cohen, who has worked with Yip in his other act, Cop Problem, supplies, “We could not be more excited to be recording our debut full-length with Will Yip at Studio 4. Aside from the sheer awesomeness of Studio 4 and long history of musicians who have recorded there, Yip is one of the most talented and driven engineers active today across a multitude of genres. I think this collaboration is going to turn a lot of heads in 2015. We’ve brought our playing and songwriting to entirely new levels for this LP and we could not think of anyone more fit than Yip to bring this to life. We’ll been taking video and more to document the entire studio experience and share as the time comes.”

Details on the album will be confirmed and announced early in 2015 for release during the Summer months.

Watch for more tour dates from DIE CHOKING, who has a late local show at Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow, Friday, December 5th, with Hollow Earth and KDC.

DIE CHOKING Live:
11/05/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Hollow Earth, KDC

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POISON IDEA Completes Brand New Studio Album For Mid-2015 Release Through Southern Lord

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

It is with massive enthusiasm that Southern Lord Recordings announces the impending brand new studio LP from long-running, legendary and infamous Portland, Oregon-based American hardcore punk outfit, POISON IDEA!

Over recent months, out of the public eye, the current POISON IDEA lineup has been intermittently raiding Audiosiege in Portland for clandestine recording and mastering sessions, covertly harnessing their first new album since 2006’s Latest Will And Testament LP. Bearing eleven raging new anthems, the new album has been titled Confuse & Conquer. Recorded by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), the record booms with thirty-five minutes of fully ignited hardcore punk in the monolithic style the band has provided for three-and-a-half decades now.

Though Confuse & Conquer is the first new POISON IDEA album to be released since the passing of iconic guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts in early 2006, the loved, infectious sound delivered on the band’s seminal albums including 1990’s Feel The Darkness and 1992’s Blank Blackout Vacant blazes through the entire album. POISON IDEA currently includes Eric “The Vegetable” Olsen, back on lead guitar. He was the first real lead guitarist in the band and the second player after Pig Champion, and he played on the 1987’s War All the Time LP and 1988-released Filthkick EP. The band also welcomes the return of Chris “Spider” Carey on bass, who played on Latest Will And Testament, the last recording before Pig passed. The lineup is rounded out with Brandon Bentley also joining on guitar, Nathan “Skinny” Richardson on drums, and as always, founding vocalist Jerry A. Lang handles the hot-blooded vocal delivery.

“What can I say? We’re all happy with the record,” reports Jerry A., on the completion of Confuse & Conquer. “It’s a group effort; we all had a part in writing the songs. We’ve been screwing around for too long. We had to hang back and see whose heart was really in this thing we’ve been doing for thirty years and who was bullshitting. We have a lot of touring to do next year, to make up for the last one being cancelled due to people with the wrong priorities. Everybody in the band now lives to play and make music; that comes first. It always has, it just took a long time to filter out the flakes, and keep the diehards. So these guys know how to make this ship float. As far as I’m concerned, it feels like being reborn, having a second wind, a hardcore revival, and just discovering meaning, all at the same time. To put it mildly, we’re happy, I’m happy, and this is just the start. No stopping from here out.”

Issues Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson on the signing and upcoming album: “I’ve been a rabid POISON IDEA fiend ever since seeing them decimate the legendary Gorilla Gardens in Seattle in 1985.  Having the opportunity to work with this legendary band all these years later is an inexplicable honor.”

Confuse & Conquer is being slated for a Spring 2015 release through Southern Lord Recordings, who, in conjunction with TKO, has been reintroducing deluxe versions of POISON IDEA’s back-catalog over recent years, including Darby Crash Rides Again, The Fatal Erection Years and Kings Of Punk. In addition to the release of the brand new Confuse & Conquer album in 2015, expanded reissues of War All The Time, Feel The Darkness and more are also in the works for the coming years. POISON IDEA is planning a massive European tour for in conjunction with the release of Confuse & Conquer, with more stateside touring and other live actions to be confirmed as well.

Formed in 1980, POISON IDEA became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They’ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others.

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TODAY IS THE DAY Involved In Van Accident; US Tour Dates Canceled

Monday, December 1st, 2014

This past Friday, November 28th, on the eve of TODAY IS THE DAY’s latest tour in support of their tenth LP, Animal Mother, frontman Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious accident, which sent both members directly to the hospital. While both members are currently home recovering from their injuries, the band’s December tour has been canceled, as in addition to the physical injuries, the band’s new van and much of their gear and merch were destroyed.

All TODAY IS THE DAY tour actions are currently on hold while the situation is assessed; stand by for further updates, and read Austin’s detailed statement on the band’s current position at the TITD Facebook page HERE.

A video for the title track to Animal Mother will be issued later this month. In the meantime watch the official “Masada” video HERE and a full TODAY IS THE DAY set from Brooklyn on their recent tour HERE.

Dispatching nearly an hour of TODAY IS THE DAY’s creepiest and heaviest chaos in years, Animal Mother’s wrath recalls elements of their most seminal albums, as always merging murderous anger and horribly depressed vibes into a volatile, unclassifiable, prophetic style of metal all its own. With cult leader and guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin joined by drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots) and bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl), the album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, features original artwork by Samantha Muljat (Bl’ast, Earth, Baptists), and has reaped international critical acclaim for several months now. Animal Mother is out now via Southern Lord, available on CD colored vinyl LP including bundles HERE, and via BandCamp HERE.

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