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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18th, 2014

YOB: New Track From Clearing The Path To Ascend Now Playing At Stereogum – As the release of Clearing The Path To Ascend, the forthcoming new long player from Oregon doom icons, YOB, dawns, the band reveals the crushing resonance of “Unmask The Spectre.” Already teased in the album’s record trailer, fans finally get a taste of track three in full courtesy of host site, Stereogum. [MORE]

ORANGE GOBLIN’s New Album Coming This October; Track Streaming At Loudwire – Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for ORANGE GOBLIN’s new album, Back From The Abyss. [More…]

MALPRACTICE Releases Debut Single From Sensory Records-Bound Fourth Album Via BraveWords – With the release of MALPRACTICE’s fourth studio full-length, Turning Tides, just over a month from release via Sensory Records, the album’s first single has been released through an exclusive stream at metal webzine, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. [MORE]

SWASHBUCKLE: We Hate The Sea EP Now Playing – Dig deep into your pockets and hand over your doubloons to New Jersey raiders, SWASHBUCKLE, for a copy of their We Hate The Sea EP, or be consumed by their treacherous wake as they unleash hell for the release. [MORE]

DRUNK DAD & HONDURAN: Eolian Scum Unite For Ugly Month-Long US Tour – You can tell from the Eolian relation that’s it’s already going to be an ugly tour in its inception. But no, this upcoming DRUNK DAD and HONDURAN US trek is just a really ugly looking tour based upon the new flyer, the image resembling a mangled W-shaped grin where every tooth has been reworked with the outline of a boot… [MORE]

SUICIDE SILENCE + THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announce North American Co-Headlining Tour – California based extreme metal titans, SUICIDE SILENCE, and Michigan’s unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, will combine forces this Fall on a heavy metal campaign across North America. [MORE]

RINGS OF SATURN Debuts Single From Third Full-Length With 3-D Video At Metal Injection; Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour Begins – Bay Area tech-death outfit, RINGS OF SATURN, has unveiled the initial single from their highly awaited third full-length album, Lugal Ki En, through a conceptual 3-D video for the album’s opening track, “Senseless Massacre.” [MORE]

SOCIETY SUCKER: Get This Right Records Confirms New Release From North Carolina Hardcore Outfit – Get This Right Records confirms the September release of the new self-titled EP from Wilmington, North Carolina-based hardcore outfit, SOCIETY SUCKER. [MORE]

HOD: New Hell Hymn From San Antonio Blackened Death Legion Now Playing At Revolver; Band Prepares For Live Takeovers – In less than one month, San Antonio blackened death legion, HOD, will unleash all out Hell with their long-awaited forthcoming new full-length, Book Of The Worm… [MORE]

MAID MYRIAD Posts Opening Track From Debut Album Playing At American Aftermath – In advance of their impending Nefarious Industries debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, Akron-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, releases the opening track and multiple preorder packages for the album. [MORE]

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT: Cvlt Nation Leaks Two New Tracks By Iron Lung Industrial/Noise Side Project – Cvlt Nation is currently punishing the masses with a double-dose of distressing no-wave industrial mayhem courtesy of PIG HEART TRANSPLANT — the solo project of Iron Lung’s Jon Kortland — culled from his second full-length, For Mass Consumption, which is nearing release this September via 20 Buck Spin and the band’s own Iron Lung Records. [MORE]

GOATWHORE Wraps Up Summer Slaughter 2014; Band To Support Samhain On Select Dates – Following a near month-long run of live debauchery on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour, New Orleans’ favorite metal horde/perpetual road hounds, GOATWHORE, will take a short break before going roadbound again in September supporting death rock/horror punk icons Samhain on select dates. [MORE]

LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour Confirmed – Tucson-based depravity squad, LETHAL DOSAGE, is ready to intoxicate the Southwest once again, having locked down another tour of the region for this Fall. [MORE]

TELOCH VOVIN: NYC Occult Black Metal Coven Announces New Live Rituals; Limited EP Release Confirmed - Following nearly a year off the grid, NYC-based black metal coven TELOCH VOVIN has declared a rash of late Summer/early Autumn live rituals across the region, as well as new, impending recordings. [MORE]

EXCEL: Additional Details On Southern Lord Reissue Of Classic Split Image LP Released – Following their 2013 reunion, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, has since teamed up with Southern Lord, who is now reissuing their debut album, Split Image, originally released in 1987 through Suicidal and Caroline Records. [MORE]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Squad Unleash First-Ever Music Video At Metal Injection – Having shattered legs and various other limbs with their pioneering style of slam since the early ‘90s, New York death metal legends INTERNAL BLEEDING are preparing to initiate their latest offensive with the release of Imperium, and as a precursor to its unveiling, Metal Injection premieres the new video for the album’s “Castigo Corpus Meum.” [MORE]

BLACK ANVIL: New York Black Metallers Announce Additional Live Infiltrations; Tour With Skeletonwitch And Ghoul To Commence Next Month – New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, are gathering their ammo for a live infiltration alongside Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Noisey Debuts Brand New Burner From Philly Hypershredders – As Philadelphia’s hypershred-grinders, DIE CHOKING, prep their second 7” for public infiltration this September, today Noisey breaks off the first chunk off of the EP and rams it into humanity’s collective jugular. [More…]

BLACKWOLFGOAT: New Psychedelic Psalm From Progressive Drone Project Dominating The Airwaves Of Cvlt Nation; Forthcoming Full-Length To See Release Via Small Stone Recordings – Progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT is the solo vessel of guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw) specializing in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, as well as purely ambient pieces. [More…]

NEOPERA: Armoury Records Confirms Debut From Classical/Metal Fusion Act Featuring Members Of Gamma Ray And Dark Age – Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records confirms the upcoming debut album from Germany’s NEOPERA, founded by guitarist and driving force of German metal band Dark Age, Joern Schubert, and featuring Dirk Schlaechter, longtime bassist for German metal titans, Gamma Ray. [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Los Angeles Sludgecore Unit Drops “Guiding Light” At Decibel: Twilight Upon Us Release Draws Near – As the official unveiling of Twilight Upon Us, the forthcoming debut from West Coast sludgecore perpetrators, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, draws near, today Decibel spews forth a new helping of heaviness with the sonic menace of “Guiding Light.” [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.

ALLEGAEON – AMON AMARTH –BATTLECROSS – BL’AST! – BLACK ANVIL – BLACK COBRA – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – BRAINOIL – BRIMSTONE COVEN – BRUTAL BLUES –CENTURIES – CONNOISSEUR – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – COWARDS – DIE CHOKING – DIVINE CIRCLES –  DORO – DRUNK DAD  – EARTH – EXCEL – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY –  FOSSILS – FULL OF HELL – GHOUL – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – GREENLEAF – HOD – HONDURAN – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – INTERNAL BLEEDING –  KING DIAMOND – LAGO –  LETHAL DOSAGE –  LO-PAN –  MAID MYRIAD –  MEGATON LEVIATHAN – NOISEM – NORTH – OBLITERATIONS –  POWER TRIP – PYREXIA – PYRRHON – RABBITS – REVOCATION –  RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL –  SECRETS OF THE SKY – SOCIETY SUCKER –  SORXE – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III – SUICIDE SILENCE  – teloch vovin –  TÝR – ULCERATE –  YOB

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RINGS OF SATURN Debuts Single From Third Full-Length With 3-D Video At Metal Injection; Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour Begins + Preorders For Lugal Ki En Posted

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Bay Area tech-death outfit, RINGS OF SATURN, has unveiled the initial single from their highly awaited third full-length album, Lugal Ki En, through a conceptual 3-D video for the album’s opening track, “Senseless Massacre.”

The newly constructed “Senseless Massacre” video was directed and edited by Alex T Reinhard and shot and produced by Brooke Brennan, both of Brutal Productions, and features visual effects courtesy of Harsh Wayne Enterprises. The video was also constructed with 3-D viewing enabled via Youtube player settings, though 3-D glasses are required to delve into the other dimension full-on. Issues founding guitarist Lucas Mann of the track, “’Senseless Massacre’ is the first debut single off of RINGS OF SATURN’s new album, Lugal Ki En, on Unique Leader Records. The music video depicts the band as aliens (full-black eyes) performing on alien-like instruments (Etherial Guitars) with their vocalist, Ian Bearer, being abducted and tortured in extraterrestrial machinery. After being tortured and experimented on, his blood turns blue at the end of the video showing that he has transformed and is no longer human. This conveys the idea that aliens could already be living along side us without the general population being aware of it.”

RINGS OF SATURN’s “Senseless Massacre” video is now being broadcasted through Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

A cataclysmic, relentless nearly forty-five-minute display of the most vicious, sci-fi obliteration from RINGS OF SATURN to date, Lugal Ki En fuses cosmic, otherworldly elements into a forward-thinking form of malevolent death metal/deathcore inundation. A conceptual release based on a story in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity — the album title translated from ancient Sumerian cuneiform to mean “King Of The Earthlings, Lord Of The Cosmic World” — the nearly forty-five minute Lugal Ki En was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The custom cover artwork was commissioned to Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art, who also crafted the art for the band’s seminal Dingir album.

Lugal Ki En will see worldwide impact via Unique Leader Records this October, in North America on the 14th and in Europe on the 17th. Preorders have been made available RIGHT HERE.

Having just completed the month-long The Face Implosion Tour with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Auras and AEnimus, RINGS OF SATURN is embarking on the Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour this week. The two-week excursion sees ROS joining The Faceless, Archspire, labelmates Fallujah and Black Crown Initiate from this Wednesday, August 13th through Thursday the 28th, with ten of the shows taking place in Canada and the other four in the US. Additionally, RINGS OF SATURN will hit Mexico with four special performances with Lack Of Remorse and Victim Of Greed in November, with other widespread live sightings to be reported shortly.

RINGS OF SATURN Tour Dates:
Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour
RINGS OF SATURN w/ The Faceless, Archspire, Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate:
8/13/2014 Forvm – Amherst, NY
8/14/2014 Salle Multi Quebec City, QC
8/15/2014 Les Founfounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
8/16/2014 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
8/17/2014 Salle Nikitoutagan – Saguenay, QC
8/18/2014 Rock Cafe – Trois Rivières, QC
8/19/2014 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
8/20/2014 Babylon Nightclub – Ottawa, ON
8/23/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
8/24/2014 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
8/25/2014 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/27/2014 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/28/2014 The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
RINGS OF SATURN Mexico Tour w/ Lack Of Remorse, Victim Of Greed:
11/20/2014 Morfos Bar – Monterrey, MX
11/21/2014 Black Dog – Queretaro, MX
11/22/2014 Salon Bolivar – Mexico City, MX
11/23/2014 Bar Un Mundo Raro – Leon, MX

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BROTHERHOOD: Till Death LP From Late 1980s Hardcore Band Nears Release Via Southern Lord

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Southern Lord Recordings is about to release the classic works LP from late ‘80s hardcore act, BROTHERHOOD, placing all of the influential act’s demos and 7” releases in one remastered vinyl anthology entitled Till Death.

Having raged the West Coast from their 1987 inception to their disbanding just over two years later, BROTHERHOOD existed alongside Insted, Bl’ast, Chain Of Strength and Uniform Choice. The members of the band were all bred in the Northwest on The Accused, Poison Idea, The Melvins, and with East Coast threads born of SSD, DYS, Corrosion Of Conformity and Straight Ahead woven into their sound they created a powerful strain of straightedge hardcore in which the band conveyed their intolerance for racism, sexism and more through their lyrical basis and on-stage delivery. Their relatively short-lived run went on to inspire many of the seminal bands that have followed in hardcore and straightedge such as Undertow, Unbroken, Champion, No Tolerance and many more. Members of BROTHERHOOD have posthumously forged numerous other musical endeavors including but not limited to Christ On A Crutch, Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, Resolution, Digh Down, Burning Witch, Engine Kid, Sunn O))) and Goatsnake.

This week, part one of an in-depth interview on the band’s history with BROTHERHOOD’s founding member, Greg Anderson, has been published at hardcore webzine Double Cross. Read it HERE, and watch for the next installment to post shortly.

Ahead of its September 16th street date, an assortment of Till Death preorder packages have been posted. All of the original audio has been faithfully remastered by Brad Boatright, and the LP comes with a thirty-two page 7″x7″ booklet and more, packaged in a thick Stoughton tip-on single pocket jacket, the vinyl available in both Blood Red, True Blue and Seattle Seahawks colors. Order all merch/color packages HERE, and the LP alone via Revelation HERE.

Till Death Track Listing:
1. The Deal
2. Breaking The Ice
3. Stolen Mind
4. Gain
5. Three Things
6. Till Death
7. Courage
8. No Tolerance
9. Support
10. Get Involved
11. Won’t Turn Our Backs

BROTHERHOOD was founded in Seattle by Greg Anderson in 1987, who recruited former False Liberty drummer Victor Hart, friend Ken Hagel on bass and East Coast transplant and Open Your Eyes fanzine editor, John White on vocals. After years as a singer in False Liberty and Inner Strength, Greg picked up the guitar and started writing songs built upon those previously mentioned influences. Following local shows and the opportunity to open for such legends as Youth Of Today, Angry Samoans and Fugazi, BROTHERHOOD began to gain recognition on a much wider scale in the hardcore community. This initial lineup was not to last, as in 1988, Ron Guardipee Of Hateful Youth took over on vocals and Nate Mendel of Diddly Squat joined on bass. Having played many times together in their previous bands things quickly came together for this new and much more solid BROTHERHOOD lineup and in November of that year the Music Bank recording session was conducted. Debuting this new lineup on the Pushead curated Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock Vol. 7 compilation, the band soon also released their Of Friends demo, their No Tolerance For Ignorance 7” on Skate Edge Records and Words Run… As Thick As Blood! 7” on CR Records, all released in 1988 and 89. Playing throughout the Northwest as well as a North American tour with quite possibly the bands biggest influence Seattle’s The Accused, by the end of 1989 BROTHERHOOD came to an end.

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BOWL ETHEREAL Releases New Video Via Noisey; Sophomore 7-Inch EP Out Now On Southern Lord

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Following the recent unleashing of their self-titled sophomore 7” via Southern Lord, Virginia-based instrumental math metal duo BOWL ETHEREAL has just released an official video for the track “The Last Minute” from the EP, as well as an in-depth interview with the creators of this venture, via Vice Magazine’s online music channel, Noisey.

Comprised of Brian Metz (Amish Control Tower) on guitar, bass and production, and Pen Rollings (Honor Role, Breadwinner, Loincloth) on drums and arrangement/deconstruction duties, BOWL ETHEREAL loadS each track with crushingly heavy riffs and sturdy rhythms, displaying absolute precision, where every drum beat, every guitar riff and every unexpected musical corner they turn is calculated for maximum impact. While the six tracks of Bowl Ethereal clock in at only six minutes, six seconds in total, the brevity of the band’s output is far superseded by its potency, each of their mangled, minute-long arrangements packing massive amounts of crushing power, the EP mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, Integrity, Nails) and limited to 600 copies worldwide. The resulting record may be short, but its unpredictably dynamic flow cries out for repeated listens.

The official video for “The Last Minute” is now playing via Noisey/Vice at THIS LOCATION.

Also stream the entire EP and order the digital and vinyl versions of it HERE.

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SWASHBUCKLE Shanty Premiered Via Revolver Magazine

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Get ready to be pillaged by the most enraged seafarers of the metal underworld, as New Jersey seabastards, SWASHBUCKLE, dole out a bit of scorching, metallic wrath from their looming We Hate The Sea EP via Revolver Magazine. The second tale on the bandits’ new four-shanty 7”, the pummeling “I Hate The Sea (And Everything In It)” surges with a riotous metallic thrash/hardcore whirlwind energy which shows their already brutal songwriting taking more abrupt spine-crushing immediacy.

Issued the members of the SWASHBUCKLE brigade in a newly delivered missive on the dispatching of the new tune:

“Ahoy Jerks,

The fine folks at Get This Right Records have put up a brand new piratical jam called ‘I Hate The Sea (and Everything in It)’ off of our new soon to be released 7″/EP entitled We Hate The Sea EP.  So get your idiot pirate metal fix here and prepare to bash your head against any surface you come in contact with. This record will make you lactate hot sauce. Embrace your ear-fucking with our musical dongs of metal.

Love to hate you,
Swashbuckle”

Raise anchor and unload I Hate The Sea (And Everything In It)” upon your enemies via Revolver RIGHT HERE.

Get This Right Records will unchain We Hate The Sea on August 5th via digital download and a myriad of 7” vinyl options including 200 on blue/white swirl, 200 on black and a limited run of 100 on red/black smoke which will be limited to preorders with a numbered, special edition cover and a message from the band. Check in with the quartermaster to set aside your share of the loot HERE.

SWASHBUCKLE will raid through the American Main and into Canada on tour in conjunction with the release of We Hate The Sea from August 3rd through the 17th, with additional tour dates to be confirmed in the coming days.

SWASHBUCKLE August Tour Dates:
8/03/2014 Championships – Trenton, NJ
8/05/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
8/06/2014 Webster Hall/Studio – New York, NY
8/07/2014 Simon’s 677 – Providence, RI
8/08/2014 TBA
8/09/2014 TBA – Montreal, QC
8/10/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
8/11/2014 Sneaky Dees – Toronto, ON
8/16/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
8/17/2014 Amityville Music Hall – Long Island, NY

Following two albums through Nuclear Blast, with the We Hate the Sea EP we are offered a glimpse at where SWASHBUCKLE’s rum-soaked minds have brought them over recent years and where their impending fourth studio full-length release will take them. Bearing four hornswagglling new rippers dispatched in less than seven minutes, We Hate the Sea will blast unsuspecting landlubbers broadside with the might of a typhoon, undoubtedly utilizing some of the crew’s most mutinous tactics to date, the jingles conceived in grog-soaked skirmishes and harnessed during sessions at The Sound of Revolution with Len Carmichael.

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SOS: Queens Crushers Drop New Single From Fifth Album At American Aftermath

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

American Aftermath is currently ripping up a new track from the approaching fifth independent album from NYC-based SOS, Strength And Conditioning.

SOS is a fusion of heavy sounds; a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. The band displays the darker and depraved side of their hybrid of heaviness on “None More Black,” the fourth of the vast fourteen tracks on Strength And Conditioning. “This song hurts to play,” states founding vocalist/guitarist, Mike SOS, who whimsically describes the tune as a “balls to the wall blackened beast that goes to eleven.” Featuring a flurry of influences with manic vocals leading the charge, the band hopes this track inspires rabid head banging, feverous horn throwing, and genuine metallic goodwill.

SOS are a hard band to pin down into a genre. I know that I’ve said this before, but honestly, I don’t know what the hell to call this band,” issues American Aftermath alongside the stream of the new track, continuing, “They’ve got a little speed metal, a little thrash, a little black metal and some hardcore punk all thrown into a basket with a shark and a bear and from there, it gets messy.”

Get fired-up with “None More Black” now slaying RIGHT HERE.

The track “Run It Down Into The Ground” was also recently released at Next Mosh RIGHT HERE.

On July 26th, SOS will join several other openers supporting Downset in Queens, which is also the record release show for Strength And Conditioning. Continuous live events for the band will continue to be announced through the Summer.

SOS Live:
7/26/2014 Blackthorn – Elmhurst, NY w/ Downset, Alekhine’s Gun, Driven Mad, Someonelse, 17 Gates, The Only Weapon

Notorious across the city, known not only for playing free, all-ages and DIY/outdoor gigs and parties as well as the massive NYC Marathon every year, in addition to founder Mike SOS’ other activities as the co-vocalist in the now defunct Seizure Crypt, co-producer of the FBOMB live tribute series, his involvement with GLOB (Gorgeous Ladies Of Bloodwrestling), the hostmaster Blackthorn 51 bar and tons more also fueling the beast, SOS is a true workhorse collective. A nearly forty-eight minute excursion into rambunctiousness and barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, their new record, Strength And Conditioning will see release on July 29th, the band’s fifth album born through via the their own 316 Productions. Due to personnel changes and musical exploration with the new members, a six-year gap divides Strength And Conditioning and their previous album, Adult Situations. Yet, through building the new lineup stronger with incessant touring building up to the album’s release and heavy dedication, the work and wait paid off, the new works boasting more action-packed whacko hardcore mayhem than ever. Strength And Conditioning was recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

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MALPRACTICE: Sensory Confirms Release Info On Fourth Album from Finnish Progressive Thrash Unit

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Having announced their new partnership with American progressive metal outlet, Sensory Records, in April of this year, Finland’s MALPRACTICE now officially confirms more details on their impending fourth album, Turning Tides.

With nearly forty-five minutes of brand new material, Turning Tides represents MALPRACTICE at their absolute best, combining intricate progressive metal with catchy melodies topped with excellent musicianship and brilliant vocal harmonies. Professionally recorded by the members of the band — the lineup featuring members of renowned metal acts Omnium Gatherum and Insomnium — at various locations, Turning Tides was produced by the band’s Joonas Koto and Toni Paananen and engineered by Koto, then mixed and mastered by Anssi Kippo at Astra-Studio A and enshrouded by intriguing artwork and design work by Miikka Tikka.

“The lyrical theme of the album is about a guy who is very well educated. In fact so educated and talented that he can’t land a job for himself due to over education,” collectively issued the members of MALPRACTICE. “He kind of falls in-between things and ends up in the suburbs unemployed and frustrated. He is ‘the best kept secret’ since no one wants to hire him. His life and sanity starts to fall apart due to his frustration and depression. He tries to fight the system but always ends up deeper and deeper in apathy. The story can be somewhat related to MALPRACTICE’s struggle to make it for two decades already. The question is: ‘Is the guy me? You? Or every one of us?’”

Sensory will release Turning Tides, MALPRACTICE’s first ever worldwide release, on September 16th, 2014. Stand by for audio samples and additional info on the album in the coming weeks.

Turning Tides Track Listing:
1. Best Kept Secret
2. Weight Of The World
3. Irony Tower
4. State Within A State
5. Turning Tides
6. Symphony Of Urban Discontent
7. Out

Formed in 1994 in Kouvola, Finland by guitarist Joonas Koto, MALPRACTICE started out as a thrash act, yet by 1998, the band had refined their sound, exploring a more progressive direction. They released their first full-length album, Of Shape And Balance, via Mastervox Records in September of that year. From there the band went on hiatus until 2004 when they signed with Spinefarm/Universal, which resulted in the release of their second groundbreaking prog metal album, Deviation From The Flow. Their third album, 2008’s Triangular, expanded their forward-thinking style but also reintroduced some of their early thrash elements. Now, 2014 finds the band signed to Sensory for Turning Tides, a monster of a record, showcasing the band at their most epic and explosive yet, and a must-hear for fans of Queensryche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater and Megadeth.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014

FALLUJAH Masters The Art Of Levitation – New Track Streaming At A.V. Club; Summer Slaughter Takeover Looms + Canadian Tour Dates Announced – With the release of The Flesh Prevails, the forthcoming magnum opus from atmospheric death metal henchmen, FALLUJAH, now almost two weeks away, The Onion’s A.V. Club offers up fifth number, “Levitation,” for public consumption. [More…]

BASTARD OF THE SKIES & GRIMPEN MIRE: Cvlt Nation Delivers New Tracks From Both Acts Featured On Split Album – Cvlt Nation today rolls out new tracks from two of the top-tier acts from within the UK’s underground doom/sludge/noise community: BASTARD OF THE SKIES and GRIMPEN MIRE. [More…]

ACRANIA: New Lyric Video From London Death Squad Now Playing At Decibel – Decibel Magazine offers up the first helping of Totalitarian Dystopia, the forthcoming full-length debut from London death bringers, ACRANIA, with the official lyric video for “Festering With Dishonesty.” [More…]

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT: Iron Lung-Related Industrial/No Wave Project To See Release Via 20 Buck Spin – The second full-length of demolition from PIG HEART TRANSPLANT – the solo works of one Jon Kortland of Iron Lung — has been declared for release this September, as a conjoined release between 20 Buck Spin and the band’s own Iron Lung Records. [More…]

GOATWHORE Celebrates Record Release With A Special Meet And Greet At Grill ‘Em All; Live Takeover Underway - Louisiana metal miscreants, GOATWHORE, will celebrate the release of their mammoth Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length with a meet and greet next week at the world famous Grill ‘Em All brick and mortar restaurant in Alhambra, California! [More…]

FATHER MURPHY: Avant Occult Duo Issues Tour Update; Collaboration With Illustrator/Animator Luca Dipierro Posted + Additional Live Ceremonies Announced – Italian avant occult duo, FATHER MURPHY, has been infecting North America with their eccentric hymns of decadence. [More…]

GUST: First Listen To Southern Lord Debut LP Now Available; European Tour Ongoing – As Southern Lord prepares to release the self-titled second LP from Swedish cutting-edge hardcore act, GUST, the first listen to the album is now available for public ingestion. [More…]

MAID MYRIAD: Kaleidoscope Rock Outfit Prepares Debut Full-Length For Fall Release Via Nefarious Industries – Akron, Ohio-formed MAID MYRIAD has completed their debut full-length studio recording, which is now being finalized for an early Fall 2014 release via Nefarious Industries. [More…]

UNISONIC: New Video From Heavy Metal Supergroup Now Playing At Metal Insider; Band To Release Light Of Dawn Full-Length Via Armoury Records Next Month – “Exceptional,” the new video from heavy metal supergroup, UNISONIC, is currently playing at Metal Insider. [More…]

OWLFOOD: Experimental Drone Folk Quartet To Kick Off US Tour En-Route To Gilead Fest – Boston-based experimental drone folk quartet, OWLFOOD, will levy their bleached-out desert tones upon adventurous ears beginning next week. [More…]

PORD: Solar Flare Records Confirms Upcoming Second LP From French Noise Rock Trio – The practitioners of disseminating product from the gnarliest acts of the noise rock/metal scene, Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records, confirms the upcoming release of the second LP from their countrymates, PORD. [More…]

ORBWEAVER: Corpse Flower Records Release Vinyl Edition Of Critically Lauded Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon EP – Detroit-based Corpse Flower Records is pleased to release the vinyl edition of Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon, from Florida exploratory death metal behemoths, ORBWEAVER! [More…]

Eolian Empire’s Summer Of Cuz Underway; Slew Of New Releases + Festicide Announced – Welcome to another digest of all the news fit to shit for Eolian Empire’s Summer of Cuz… cuz they said so: Some of the hot stuff coming up this time through the ringer includes a DRUNK DAD record release show, new releases announcements for BIG BLACK CLOUD, HUMOURS and NORSKA as well as the KEEP OUR HEADS – ALIVE! compilation, a sweltering video from HOT VICTORY, a US tour for HONDURAN and DRUNK DAD, Euro tour for RABBITS and ÅRABROT, and the confirmation of the label’s first compilation internationale. [More…]

GOATWHORE To Invade Europe Supporting Dying Fetus; US Tour Underway + Grill ‘Em All Meet And Greet ApproachesGOATWHORE, who are currently leveling stages across the US on a Summer-long live tirade that includes a twenty-two date run on this year’s Summer Slaughter tour, will make their way to Europe this Fall/Winter supporting Dying Fetus. [More…]

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ABIOTIC – ALLEGAEON – AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – BAT – BATTLECROSS – BL’AST! – BLACK ANVIL – BRIMSTONE COVEN – BRUTAL BLUES – CANNIBAL CORPSE – CONNOISSEUR – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY –DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – DENVER BLACK SKY – THE DRIP – DRUNK DAD – EARTH – ENABLER – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY –  FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FULL OF HELL – GHOUL – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – GREENLEAF – GUST – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING DIAMOND – MARTYRDÖD – MOUNT SALEM NOISEM – NORTH – OWLFOOD – POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PYRRHON – REVOCATION –  RINGS OF SATURN – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SOS – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III –  SWASHBUCKLE – THE BODY – THOU – TÝR –WHITECHAPEL – WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – WOVENWAR – YOB

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

SWASHBUCKLE: New Jersey Brigands To Raid New Waters With EP Through Get This Right Records – Following their previous two LPs, released through international juggernaut, Nuclear Blast, the brutal buccaneers in New Jersey’s, SWASHBUCKLE, are loading their grapples to raid the deck of Get This Right Records, the label now preparing to unload the newest motherload of pillaging shanties from the trio. [More…]

GOATWHORE Summer-Long Live Takeover Underway; Release Of Constricting Rage Of The Merciless Looms – New Orleans metal tyrants, GOATWHORE, have just kicked off a Summer’s worth of US live takeovers. [More…]

ENTRAILS Spews Forth “Breath Of Blood” Via Invisible Oranges; Swedish Death Metal Unit Prepares To Drop Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection – With the release of Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection, the forthcoming mega compilation from Swedish death metal miscreants, ENTRAILS, quickly approaching, today the band spews forth the audio villainy of ninth track, “Breath Of Blood,” via Invisible Oranges. [More…]

WO FAT: Dallas Stoner Doom Peddlers Stream Instrumental Version Of The Conjuring Via The Obelisk – Today, the volume squad at The Obelisk is pleased to douse your Monday blues in riff-centric sanctity with the instrumental version of The Conjuring, the latest long player from Dallas stoner doom peddlers, WO FAT. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: American Death Metal Icons To Release A Skeletal Domain; New Track And Preorder Packages Now Available – American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, are pleased to announce the release of their thirteenth full-length entitled A Skeletal Domain. [More…]

MUSK OX: Canadian Neofolk Ensemble Launches New Website; Woodfall Continues To Reap Critical Acclaim - Canadian neofolk ensemble, MUSK OX, are pleased to bring fans their new online home, located at THIS LOCATION. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN: Technical Death Metallers To Release Lugal Ki En; Artwork/Track Listing Revealed – Bay Area technical death metallers and self-proclaimed masters of “aliencore,” RINGS OF SATURN, will unleash their forthcoming new full-length this October via Unique Leader Records. [More…]

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: The New York Times Streams New Instrumental LP; Celestite 2014 West Coast Tour Begins Next Week – One week ahead of its looming release date next Tuesday, July 8th, international news resource, The New York Times, is hosting an exclusive worldwide listen to Celestite, the new instrumental LP from Olympia, Washington’s WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. [More…]

GHOUL To Revive We Came For The Dead!!! With Vinyl Manifestation – While the public is still reeling in the aftermath of the barrage of transmissions and recordings from ghastly Creepsylvanian specters, GHOUL, over recent months, the obfuscated thugs unrelentingly announce a new addition to their maggot-infested back-catalog, with the vinyl manifestation of their debut album, We Came For The Dead!!!. [More…]

WOLVHAMMER: Stereogum Exclusively Streaming Clawing Into Black Sun – Stereogum is now hosting an exclusive stream of Midwestern metal cult, WOLVHAMMER’s third, monstrous full-length album, Clawing Into Black Sun, as the album nears release in just one week via Profound Lore Records. [More…]

GODHUNTER & SECRETS OF THE SKY Tour Documentation Posted; Further Details On Split LP Confirmed – Having just completed a co-headlining tour of the lower southwestern realms of America together, Oakland’s SECRETS OF THE SKY and Tucson’s GODHUNTER have released a post-tour account of their journey together, documenting some of the pros, cons, and random insanity two independent acts sometimes encounter on such a venture, via tour sponsor, American Aftermath. [More…]

YOB: Oregon Doomsmiths Post Second Clearing The Path To Ascend Video Teaser; US Tour Dates Announced – Oregon doomsmiths, YOB, will released their long-awaited full-length, the aptly titled Clearing The Path To Ascend, via Neurot Recordings this Fall. [More…]

SOS: Next Mosh Releases Single From Fifth Album By Lunatic NYC Punk Squad – As Queens-based revved-up punk/hardcore squad, SOS, prepares to release their fifth independent full-length album with Strength And Conditioning at the end of the month, the band’s NYC cohorts at Next Mosh have unloaded the first single from the record. [More…]

MARTYRDÖD: Title Track From Fifth Album Now Playing At Terrorizer – Sweden’s MARTYRDÖD will release their fifth album, Elddop late this month, and the title track is now playing at Terrorizer Magazine. [More…]

CORRECTIONS HOUSE Minister Of Propaganda, Seward Fairbury, MISSING!CORRECTIONS HOUSE minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, has turned up missing from his place of residence this week in California after an apparently violent confrontation within his home. [More…]

TWITCHING TONGUES To Release World War LIVE Album Through Closed Casket ActivitiesTWITCHING TONGUES and Closed Casket Activities are proud to announce the World War LIVE limited “live” LP/CD. [More…]

SECRET CUTTER: Independent Debut LP From Pennsylvania Trio Destroys Everything – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based trio, SECRET CUTTER, has independently released their debut full-length LP, Self Titled. [More…]

WOVENWAR Announces SoCal Record Release Shows In August! - WOVENWAR will be playing three record release shows in southern California in August at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Soma in San Diego, and The Roxy in Hollywood. [More…]

CONNOISSEUR: West Coast Stoner Violence Trio Unleashes Three New Burners Via Noisey – With the release of Stoner Justice, the debut EP from California chronic kings, CONNOISSEUR, less than a week away, Vice sound portal Noisey delivers three tasty tunes of toke-worthy goodness. [More…]

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: New Video From Technical Death Metal Squad Now Playing At Metal Injection – California technical death metal squad, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, are pleased to premiere the brand new video for “The Rune Of Destruction” from their recently released A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length. [More…]

YAKUZA: Bonus Track From Way Of The Dead Reissue Streaming At Revolver – Today, Chicago experi-metallers, YAKUZA, hurls forth a mind-blowing cover of “Seraphic Light” from American jazz icon, John Coltrane. [More…]

BASTARD OF THE SKIES & GRIMPEN MIRE: Cvlt Nation Delivers New Tracks From Both Acts Featured On Split Album – Cvlt Nation today rolls out new tracks from two of the top-tier acts from within the UK’s underground doom/sludge/noise community: BASTARD OF THE SKIES and GRIMPEN MIRE. [More…]

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ABIOTIC – AGALLOCH – ALLEGAEON – AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – BAT – BATTLECROSS – BL’AST! – BLACK ANVIL – BRUTAL BLUES – CANNIBAL CORPSE – CONNOISSEUR – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY –DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – DENVER BLACK SKY – THE DRIP – DRUNK DAD – EARTH – ENABLER – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FULL OF HELL – GHOUL – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – GREENLEAF – GUST – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING DIAMOND – LORD MANTIS – LYCUS – MARTYRDÖD – MOURNFUL CONGREGATION – NAILS – NOISEM –  NORTH –POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PYRRHON – RINGS OF SATURN – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SOS – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III –  SWASHBUCKLE – THE BODY – THOU – TÝR – VALDUR – WHITECHAPEL – WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – WOVENWAR – YOB

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GODHUNTER & SECRETS OF THE SKY Tour Documentation Posted; Further Details On Split LP Confirmed

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Having just completed a co-headlining tour of the lower southwestern realms of America together, Oakland’s SECRETS OF THE SKY and Tucson’s GODHUNTER have released a post-tour account of their journey together, documenting some of the pros, cons, and random insanity two independent acts sometimes encounter on such a venture, via tour sponsor, American Aftermath.

Examine the day-to-day text, including a SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER band-to-band video interrogation, via American Aftermath HERE.

On the recent Southwest US trek, GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY were mongering the limited-to-100 copies, tour-only, cassette-edition of a new split release between both acts. On this combined effort, entitled Ghosts, both bands supply brand new material, showcasing 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 between GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records and THE EARSPLIT COMPOUND’s label division, THE COMPOUND, Ghosts will see a more substantial release on September 9th through a deluxe LP version. In construction now is a 180-gram black/white vinyl swirl vinyl edition — limited to three-hundred copies, each including a digital download coupon — in addition to digital release via both bands.

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GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY Ghosts Track Listing:
A1. GODHUNTER “Pursuit Predator”
A2. GODHUNTER “Ghosts”
B1. SECRETS OF THE SKY “Star”
B2. SECRETS OF THE SKY “Ghosts II”

Following the official release of the Ghosts split, both SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER will take part in Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. Conceived and organized by members of GODHUNTER and other local musicians and venues, the upcoming third incarnation of the fest sees the biggest lineup yet overtaking four days in Tucson, Arizona, and this year includes performances by Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, Pelican, -16-, The Body, Baptists, Obliterations, Primitive Man and tons more.

Both bands are also performing regionally throughout the Summer months with new shows planned and more being devised. Additionally, both GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY are forging new recordings and releases for late 2014/early 2015 release.

GODHUNTER Live:
7/11/2014 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ Ghetto Blaster
7/25/2014 The Rock – Tucson, AZ w/ Castle
8/24/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying

Audio from the Ghosts split LP and more will be released in the coming weeks.

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