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SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Appalachian Valley Sets Stage For Inaugural Open-Air Camping And Metal Fest

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The concept of the open-air heavy metal music and camping fest, so popular in Europe, seems to be a rarity in America. The organizers of SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST hope to change that with their inaugural fest happening Sept 25th – 27th, 2015 in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST features lead performances from Midnight, Falls of Rauros, Occultation, Menace Ruine, Velnias, Iron Man, Anagnorisis, The Flight of Sleipnir and Stone Breath along with twenty-seven additional acts throughout the event. The fest showcases underground black, doom, death, and noise and experimental metal bands on two alternating stages all day Friday and Saturday. Camping and workshops on topics such as runes, guitar maintenance, yoga and more will be offered and are included in the ticket price. Artists and record labels will be vending alongside several onsite food stands. SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST is BYOB and age restricted to 21+. To keep the fest intimate, only 350 tickets will be sold, and the fest is already 1/3 sold out. Tickets are $92 (plus a 99 cent processing fee). A limited number of group cabins will also be available.

View the new trailer for SHADOW WOODS FEST at THIS LOCATION.

Anagnorisis (Louisville, KY – black metal)
Anicon (New York, NY – black metal)
Ashagal (New Hope, PA – ritual folk)
Bridesmaid (Columbus, OH – instrumental doom-sludge)
Cladonia Rangiferina (VA – ritual black metal, doom, acid rock)
Dendritic Arbor (Pittsburgh, PA – black metal / powerviolence)
Destroying Angel (Philadelphia, PA – folk music for exorcisms)
Dreadlords (Philadelphia, PA – ritual black metal blues)
Dweller In The Valley (Frederick, MD – black, death, doom)
Existentium (Baltimore, MD – melodic technical death metal)
Falls of Rauros (Portland, ME – folk/atmospheric black metal)
Fin (Chicago, IL – black metal; unsigned)
Heavy Temple (Philadelphia, PA – psychedelic doom)
Hivelords (Philadelphia, PA – experimental psychedelic black doom)
Immortal Bird (Chicago, IL – black/death metal)
Iron Man (MD – doom metal/heavy rock)
Menace Ruine (Montreal, QC – avant-garde drone black metal)
Midnight (Cleveland, Ohio – black heavy metal)
Molasses Barge (Pittsburgh, PA – traditional doom metal)
Occultation (New York, NY – doom metal)
Oneirogen (New York, NY – dark, doom, drone)
Psalm Zero (New York, NY – experimental black doom)
Sentience (Woodland Park, NJ – death metal)
Slagstorm (Hagerstown, MD – prehistoric doom thrash)
Snakefeast (Baltimore, MD – jazz metal sludge)
Stone Breath (Red Lion, PA – experimental folk)
The Black Moriah (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Western occult black/thrash)
The Day of the Beast (Virginia Beach, VA – blackened death metal)
The Expanding Man (Baltimore, MD – solo improvisational electronic soundscapes)
The Flight of Sleipnir (Denver, CO – black metal)
The Owls Are Not What They Seem (York, PA – experimental ritual soundscapes)
Tyrant’s Hand (Baltimore, MD – deathened black metal)
Unsacred (Richmond, VA – savage black metal)
Velnias (Denver, CO – blackened folk/doom metal)
Wormreich (Huntsville, AL & Nashville, TN – black metal)
ZUD (Portland, ME – bluesy outlaw black metal)

“The U.S. has big fests like Coachella that involve camping, but they don’t feature any bands I want to see,” said lead organizer Mary Spiro who runs the blog and who books shows in Baltimore, Maryland. “We also have great metal fests like Maryland Deathfest and Martydoom, but those events happen on parking lots or inside of venues. I wanted to experience the music I loved in a more aesthetically pleasing environment.”

After attending the California camping and music festival Stella Natura, held in the Tahoe National Forest in 2013, Spiro was further inspired to pursue her dream. “Stella Natura was a case study for me and helped me form sort of an overall vision for the event. Also, the way that Under the Black Sun in Germany is set up is inspiring. Initially, all I wanted to do was to get a small group of bands I liked together for a weekend, maybe at a private farm or something. But apparently I don’t know anyone willing to offer up their property for such shenanigans,” she said. “I didn’t want something huge though. I didn’t want it to have thousands of people. I wanted it to be intimate, relaxing, manageable and most of all allow attendees to see all of the bands, if they wanted to.”

It took her more than a year to find a good location to hold SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, which turned out to be a camp used primarily for children’s Summer programs. Mountain Lake Summer Camp caters to kids from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but off-season the owners rent the property to groups. The well-maintained private property features cabins, a lodge, electricity, indoor plumbing, a professional kitchen and cafeteria and is located adjacent to a swimmable lake. Attendees can tent camp on the grounds or bid to stay in one of six large cabins that can house up to twelve adults each. Attendees may also drive from home or stay off site in a hotel in one of the neighboring towns.

Spiro assembled a team of enthusiastic promoters and others with expertise in fields such as sound, event security and hospitality to help make SHADOW WOODS METAL Fest a reality. The fest is co-hosted with Metallomusikum by Lokvlt Productions in Philadelphia, WinterForge Promotions in Pittsburgh, Leftover Pizza Productions in Frederick, Maryland and Slimehole/Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. Bands chosen to perform reflect the diversity of the underground music scene in mid-Atlantic region plus a few from across the country and even Canada.

“There are not many outdoor metal festivals on the East Coast that aim to offer a variety of underground metal bands in an intimate setting. SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST beckons those to come witness what is brilliant and wild about metal in this decade,” said Christopher Woodford of WinterForge Promotions.

Some hope the gathering will offer opportunities to explore one’s spiritual side.

“This music fest is a crucible of underground metal, an affirmation of alternative ways of being, and a congregation of kindred spirits. To me, it is a beacon of hope and health in a dark and confused world,” said Annie C. Humphrey of Lokvlt. Humphrey will present a workshop on runes during the fest.

Leading underground record labels will vend at the fest and have shown support for its mission. “A multi-day festival on the East Coast featuring an eclectic lineup of bands from across the underground metal, folk and experimental spectrum is a rare enough thing, but one that has been as thoughtfully curated as the inaugural SHADOW WOODS FEST promises to be a particularly unique and exciting event,” said Adam Wright, founder of Crucial Blast Records and a member of the fest’s planning group. “Anyone into the more atmospheric fringes of the extreme music scene should definitely be marking off their calendars for this.”

Official sponsors for the 2015 SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST include Grimoire Records and

STEVE VON TILL: New Noise Magazine Debuts “In Your Wings” As A Life Unto Itself Solo LP By Neurosis Guitarist/Vocalist Nears Release

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
[photo by Niela Von Till]

As Neurosis voyager and solo artist, STEVE VON TILL, prepares to release his new A Life Unto Itself LP through Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings in North America on May 12th, he now presents the gripping album opener, “In Your Wings.”

STEVE VON TILL’s most immense, celestial solo journey yet, A Life Unto Itself was captured at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler and Rose Windows), presenting 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. In bringing these newest visions to fruition, STEVE VON TILL was joined by viola master Eyvind Kang, pedal steel wizard J. Kardong and percussionist Pat Schowe, and enshrouded by cover art by Aaron Turner (Sumac, Isis, Old Man Gloom, Hydra Head), A Life Unto Itself conjures the man’s most diverse but wholly composed solo creations yet, recalling Harvestman and prior unaccompanied albums under his own name. A possible new bearing on navigating life seems to lie at the heart of A Life Unto Itself, but that decision is ultimately up to the listener.

The gritty hymn, “In Your Wings,” sees its public debut courtesy of New Noise Magazine, who recently interrogated the multi-instrumentalist on his boldest solo outing yet, the upcoming feature issuing in part, “There are few men in the world who possess a voice so powerful that it instantly sends tidal waves of soul-crushing emotion to the very fiber of your being. As vocalist and guitarist of sludge doom icons Neurosis, STEVE VON TILL’s tortured, colossal howl comes across with the subtlety of a nuclear bomb… VON TILL’s raspy, world-weary timbre holds dominion on his solo projects. He is accompanied primarily by acoustic guitar on his upcoming fourth release A Life Unto Itself, another stunning juxtaposition of beautiful, non-traditional folk music against his powerfully profound delivery.”

Join STEVE VON TILL on his pilgrimage to salvation with “In Your Wings” at THIS LOCATION.

The album’s title track, “A Life Unto Itself,” is also playing via The Quietus HERE.

Preorders for A Life Unto Itself on CD, LP and digital formats, including merch bundles, will be available next week via Neurot Recordings.

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.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases Video On Fifth LP The God Rhythm Via New Noise Magazine; Cover Art, Album Info And More Revealed

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Late this June, Fast Break! Records will release the fifth full-length from Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, and today, an extensive video on the creation of The God Rhythm has been released through New Noise Magazine. The nearly eleven-minute trailer includes bits of several new songs and the insight into their conception, interviews with all five members of the band, a breakdown of the cover art’s meaning, samples of several tracks from the new album, live footage, and a look into what the future holds for WIC as they take their new anthems to their rabid worldwide fanbase in support of The God Rhythm.

WISDOM IN CHAINS’ anxiously anticipated fifth studio full-length, The God Rhythm, will see release on CD, LP and digital formats on June 30th through Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records. With a continued evolution of awareness and intelligence into the genre while destroying clichés, relentlessly crossing boundaries and claiming those new territories, The God Rhythm effectively ushers in a new era for the band. Mixing a hardline return and development of infectious oi!/punk-inspired hooks and courses, while maintaining their traditional hardcore roots, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works beyond all previous thresholds, and the result is the band’s most challenging album yet. The music for The God Rhythm was recorded by Len Carmichael — drums and bass Trax East and guitars at Carmichael Sound — and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, and the album’s tattoo-style artwork by Chris Jones bears obvious and obfuscated meanings, which carry through the entire layout by Jonathan Buske.

Get the scoop on WISDOM IN CHAINS’ incoming The God Rhythm through New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

The God Rhythm Track Listing:
1. People Die
2. When We Were Young
3. Resonate
4. How Far Will You Go
5. Songs to My Killer
6. Thorn In Your Side
7. Mathematics
8. Fatherless
9. Best of Me
10. The God Rhythm
11. Violent Americans
12. Joey Ramone
13. Skinhead Gang
14. Outro

WISDOM IN CHAINS continues to tour in advance of The God Rhythm’s release, and will storm the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, April 18th. On May 17th, they’ll raid the second day of New York City’s annual Black N’ Blue Bowl. A record release show for the new LP has been scheduled to go down on June 27th in Reading, Pennsylvania, and July will see WIC back at Philadelphia’s massive This Is Hardcore festival. Much more is in store for the band in coming months.

4/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]
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]

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – April 13th, 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

MAID MYRIAD: Six-Week Co-Headlining Woven In Haste Tour With The Fine Constant Begins This Week – Akron, Ohio’s MAID MYRIAD will take their wildly infectious progressive/melodic post-hardcore tunes to American audiences everywhere on an extensive US tour this Thursday, April 9th, with a kickoff solo show in Cleveland. [More…]

BATTLECROSS Joins Crowbar On The Summer Of Doom North American Tour – Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. [More…]

SECRETS OF THE SKY: Eclectic Doom Unit Confirms Tour With Anaal Nathrakh; Additional Live Actions Announced + Pathway Release Day Draws Near – Oakland-based eclectic doom quintet and recent Metal Blade signees, SECRETS OF THE SKY, will support UK extreme metal duo/labelmates, Anaal Nathrakh, on their North American live takeover next month. [More…]

WISDOM IN CHAINS: Pennsylvania Hardcore Punk Kingpins Prepare Fifth LP For June Release Via Fast Break! Records – Fast Break! Records is proud to announce the upcoming release of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania-based powerhouse, WISDOM IN CHAINS, as the quintet completes their bruising fifth full-length recording for release late this Spring. [More…]

INCANTATION: Iconic Death Metal Legion Continues To Brutalize The Masses On The Ongoing Dirges Of Elysium Tour; Additional Live Dates To Be Announced – Iconic death metal legion, INCANTATION, will continue to raze stages throughout North America in support of their Dirges Of Elysium full-length. [More…]

ABYSS: Toronto Death Horde Broadcasts 20 Buck Spin Debut LP Heretical Anatomy Via BraveWords; Band To Support Bolt ThrowerHeretical Anatomy, the debut LP by Toronto-based death metal horde, ABYSS, is out of the crypts just a week ahead of its rancid delivery via 20 Buck Spin, as BraveWords hosts an exclusive early stream of the monstrous release. [More…]

ARSTIDIR LIFSINS: Pagan Black Metal Trio Unleashes Aldafoðr Ok Munka Dróttinn Full-Length; New Video Now Playing – Since 2008, the art of outstanding Icelandic/German pagan metallers, ARSTIDIR LIFSINS — Icelandic for “the seasons of life“ – has always radiated the spirit of Old Norse history. [More…]

POISON IDEA: Confuse & Conquer LP From The Kings Of Punk Out Today On Southern Lord RecordingsConfuse & Conquer, the mammoth new full-length studio LP from Portland, Oregon’s reigning kings of punk, POISON IDEA, is today officially available worldwide via Southern Lord Recordings, and is now available for streaming in its entirety. [More…]

SIX FEET UNDER Premieres New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Crypt Of The Devil To Drop Next Month Via Metal Blade RecordsCrypt Of The Devil is the impending new full-length from long-running death metal miscreants, SIX FEET UNDER. [More…]

BOSS KONG: Magic Bullet Records To Uncage Ape Biker Gang Metal 7” Tied In With Image Comics Series For Record Store Day – Exactly what is, or who are, the back-alley primates that created this beastly outfit known as BOSS KONG you may ask? [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI To Release Exclusive Record Store Day Seven-Inch Via Magic Bullet; US Tour Underway - In less than two weeks, IDES OF GEMINI will uncork two new ethereal sound conjurings in the form of “Cathage” and ”Strange Fruit.” [More…]

GOATSNAKE Premieres First Single From Black Age Blues LP At Revolver Magazine With “Elevated Man” – Southern California’s GOATSNAKE has just released the first single from their anxiously awaited brand new LP, Black Age Blues, with a premiere of the album’s second track, “Elevated Man,” through Revolver Magazine. [More…]

STEARICA: Second Album By Italian Instrumental Trio Now Playing At Burning Ambulance; Fertile Out Next Week On Monotreme RecordsFertile, the second album from dynamic Italian trio, STEARICA, now just a week from its release through UK-based Monotreme Records, is now playing in its glorious entirety alongside an exclusive interview with the band, courtesy of the eclectically-inclined portal, Burning Ambulance. [More…]

KING PARROT Issues Roadside Update; Dead Set Digital Preorders Available - Australian thrash grind malefactors, KING PARROT, are currently wreaking havoc through the US on tour with bong-wielders, Weedeater. [More…]

DEATHWISH: Decibel Magazine Drops Track From Beer City Debut LP By Wisconsin Speed Punk Outfit; Dates Added To Tour With MDC – As Beer City Records And Skateboards prepares to blast the collective public in the face with speed punk quartet DEATHWISH’s debut LP, Out For Blood, Decibel Magazine unloads the first single from the unhinged album through an exclusive premiere. [More…]

ARTILLERY: Denmark Thrash Veterans To Kick Off United Legions Tour 2015 + First Ever Shows In China Confirmed – Denmark thrash battalion, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Friday to kick off the United Legions Tour 2015. [More…]

LIGHTNING BOLT: Legendary Noisemakers Premiere New Video On Adult Swim; US Tour to Commence Next Week – Long-running noise duo, LIGHTNING BOLT, recently dropped the forbidden bounty of their long-anticipated new full-length, Fantasy Empire, upon the masses. [More…]

GOATWHORE Announces North American Headlining Dates With Support From Ringworm, Black Breath, And Theories – Today, Louisiana’s GOATWHORE announce a North American headlining tour in support of their critically-lauded full-length, Constricting Rage of the Merciless. [More…]

NY IN 64: Debut From New Jersey Instrumental Hardcore Act Out Now And Streaming In Its Entirety; Band On Tour This Week – As Magic Bullet Records releases NY IN 64’s debut album NY64 this week, the entire record from the budding instrumental melodic/progressive hardcore unit is now streaming in its entirety, while the band begins a new round of shows this week. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Releases Dual-Guitarist Playthrough Video For “Godless Times”RINGS OF SATURN has posted a new dual-guitarist playthrough video for their technically ferocious track, “Godless Times,” hailing from last year’s flooring Lugal Ki En LP. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY Unchains Animated “Heathen” Video Via Bloody Disgusting; US Tour With Lazer/Wulf Begins In Two Weeks – Infamously unclassifiable and visionary metal cult, TODAY IS THE DAY, has unchained a manic, animated video for the track, “Heathen,” culled from their debut Southern Lord LP, Animal Mother, through an exclusive premiere through horror/media portal, Bloody Disgusting. [More…]

BLACK BREATH Confirms North American Summer Tour With Goatwhore, Ringworm, Theories; Third LP To See Fall Release – Seattle’s BLACK BREATH has announced a crushing, month-long US live takeover this Summer while their new album is being constructed for release later in the year. [More…]

BLACK MARE + LYCIA Team Up For Exclusive Record Store Day Split Set For Release Via Magic Bullet – Magic Bullet is pleased to unveil two brand new and exclusive tracks from an amazingly complementary pairing of Los Angeles, California’s BLACK MARE and Mesa, Arizona’s LYCIA. [More…]

HUMOURS Release Track From The Onanist EP At Selective Memory Mag; Northwest Tour Dates Underway – As The Eolian Empire prepares for HUMOURS’ debut, The Onanist, to see release next week, and the band takes their tunes to the Northwestern US, Selective Memory Mag has premiered the impending EP, with “Happy Birthday, Alex Tucker.” [More…]

SELF SPILLER: Experimental Sound-Shifters To Reissue Worms In The Keys Debut Full-Length On Vinyl; Project Unites Members Of Agalloch, Sigh, Winds + More – Experimental sound conjurors, SELF SPILLER, will reissue their confounding Worms In The Keys full-length on vinyl next month via Varia Records. [More…]

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


TODAY IS THE DAY Unchains Animated “Heathen” Video Via Bloody Disgusting; US Tour With Lazer/Wulf Begins In Two Weeks

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Infamously unclassifiable and visionary metal cult, TODAY IS THE DAY, has unchained a manic, animated video for the track, “Heathen,” culled from their debut Southern Lord LP, Animal Mother, through an exclusive premiere through horror/media portal, Bloody Disgusting.

Animal Mother brings forth some of the most incomprehensibly violent anthems from TODAY IS THE DAY in recent times, a personal exorcism of inner demons swirling through the depths of cult leader, Steve Austin’s, mind deployed through a stiflingly broad range of tactics. “Heathen” boils with some of the most archetypical insane TITD psychosis, recalling elements of the band’s seminal titles of the Y2K era with choking, layered vocals and doom-dredged mid-paced passages pouring forth from rabid aggression, with a drop-out segue that takes the band’s rage to full force with an ill-timed hardcore stomp, sending listeners into pure berzerker mode instantly. The video for said anthem comes courtesy of Novel Concept TV, whose architects share an equally mad vision of the world as the band, bringing the song to visual fruition through an intense, animated self/outward mutilation spree.

Issues Austin of the “Heathen” video’s inception, “I was on tour last fall and stayed at my long time friend, Neil Barrett’s house. While I was there he showed some of the video work he had been doing and my mind was blown. Neil and Marco Morales are super creative dudes and Neil has been into TITD since the band began. Together, they make some really psychedelic mind expanding films; it’s really cool to finally get to work on something together.” The video’s creators themselves offer, “We’ve been in the dungeon at the Austin Enterprise compound for several weeks with no food, water or sleep creating this visual nightmare. We’re just happy it’s over. Steve Austin is a genius and a madman. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our suffering.”

Shred your arch nemesis to mulch with TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Heathen” video via online horror sect, Bloody Disgusting, RIGHT HERE.

TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Masada” video, created by David Hall/Handshake Inc., is also playing HERE. Hall is also completing a video for the LP’s title track which will be released in the bleak, near future.

Following several months off the road, subsequent to a brutal highway accident in late November, which destroyed their van, merch, equipment and seriously injured some of the members, TODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road in two weeks. Currently comprised of bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/vocalist, Steve Austin, the band’s new trek will trudge through nearly thirty North American cities in a clockwise massacre, beginning in Portland, Maine on April 24th and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York, with direct support being supplied by Lazer/Wulf. More US tour dates and European shows coinciding with the band’s set at Temples Festival in Bristol, England in May will be declared soon.

TODAY IS THE DAY’s Animal Mother is available on CD colored vinyl LP HERE and via BandCamp HERE.

TODAY IS THE DAY w/ Lazer/Wulf:
4/24/2015 Space – Portland, ME
4/25/2015 Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
4/26/2015 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY
4/27/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/29/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/01/2015 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/02/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/03/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/04/2015 Ole Tavern – Jackson, MS
5/05/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
5/06/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/07/2015 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
5/08/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2015 Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
5/10/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2015 Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/12/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/13/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/14/2015 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
5/15/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/16/2015 Hesh House – Boise, ID
5/18/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/19/2015 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2015 Double Door – Chicago, IL
5/22/2015 Outpost – Kent, OH
5/23/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
5/24/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
* = no Lazer/Wulf

RINGS OF SATURN Releases Dual-Guitarist Playthrough Video For “Godless Times”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

RINGS OF SATURN has posted a new dual-guitarist playthrough video for their technically ferocious track, “Godless Times,” hailing from last year’s flooring Lugal Ki En LP. The single take live instructional shows both Lucas Mann and Miles Dimitri Baker lightheartedly executing the brutalizing movement side-by-side, and includes a bit of info on the band’s upcoming tablature book for Lugal Ki En.

View the “Godless Times” playthrough video at THIS LOCATION.

Amidst heavy bouts of touring, in October, Bay Area alien death metal outfit RINGS OF SATURN released their Lugal Ki En sophomore album through Unique Leader Records, the record’s over-the-top blistering proficiency and uniquely bizarre output literally vaporizing nearly any other technical metal release of the year. Lugal Ki En’s relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction is based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity.

Metal Injection crowned the album with a 9/10 review, proclaiming, “Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy.” Another 9/10 write-up from adds, “This time around RINGS OF SATURN let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well.” MetalSucks issued, “… it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years,” and Headbang Or GTFO’s 4.5/5 review states, “The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet.”

While no new tour plans are in RINGS OF SATURN’s immediate future, you can rest assured that additional propaganda and performances are in the works. Stand by for future broadcasts on the band’s ever-morphing invasion.

RINGS OF SATURN’s official video for “Senseless Massacre” is viewable HERE, and the entire album available for gratis streaming HERE. The CD, LP and a plethora of merch options are available via Unique Leader Records right HERE.

INCANTATION: Iconic Death Metal Legion Continues To Brutalize The Masses On The Ongoing Dirges Of Elysium Tour; Additional Live Dates To Be Announced

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Iconic death metal legion, INCANTATION, will continue to raze stages throughout North America in support of their Dirges Of Elysium full-length. The latest bout of live assaults will begin on April 17th in Hempstead, New York at El Relax Lounge. The following day, INCANTATION will head to Worcester, Massachusetts to play this year’s edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at the Palladium. From there, the band will bring their audio malevolence to stages in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Syracuse and Buffalo. The onstage abrasions continue the following month when INCANTATION ravages their way through seven more cities before bringing their brutality to the Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party on May 20th in Baltimore. In June, INCANTATION will summon the dead at the Farmageddon Festival FOA in Vancouver and in August the band will take part in the Wolves Of Apocalypse Festival in Denver. The band’s latest bout of onstage obliteration follows their recent West Coast takeover and first ever performance in Hawaii this Winter with additional 2015 live devourement in the conspiring stages.

INCANTATION released Dirges Of Elysium last year via Listenable Records. Crowned, “one of the most influential death metal bands of all time,” by Metal Injection, who further elaborated of the record, “With all the evil-sounding riffs, squealing pinch-harmonics and crushing dirges scattered throughout, this is the sound that made INCANTATION legends. This is some profoundly dark and creepy stuff,” the record continues to raise the brows of death metallers old and new. Sputnik Music dubbed Dirges Of Elysium, “a breath of fresh air for INCANTATION, and another fine addition to their discography, “ Metal Forces gushed, “It’s all ungodly but all so bloody brilliant, and with ‘Charnel Grounds’ smoldering from the stench of charcoaled flesh and the blustering bluster of ‘Dominant Ethos’ dragging us into the mud-clogged shredder that is ‘Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh),’ I hold up my severed stumps in surrender for another harangue of hate from one of death metal’s most criminally underrated bands,” while Exclaim added, “INCANTATION preserve their archetypal ominous atmosphere, while the production gives the band a more modern edge, making Dirges Of Elysium a consistent yet fresh release from the influential band.”

Comments the band in a collective statement, “The response to the Dirges Of Elysium album and tour has just been amazing! We still have a lot of touring left to go for this release. We are looking forward to seeing all you deathbangers on the road!”

4/17/2015 El Relax Lounge – Hempstead, NY
4/18/2015 New England Metal/Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
4/23/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ FaithXtractor
4/24/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/25/2015 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/26/2015 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/14/2015 Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/15/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Funerus
5/16/2015 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Funerus
5/17/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Funerus
5/18/2015 The Motlight – Asheville, NC w/ Funerus
5/19/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Funerus
5/20/2015 Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party – Baltimore MD
6/13/2015 Farmageddon Festival FOA – Vancouver, BC
8/15/2015 Wolves of Apocalypse Festival- Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

New INCANTATION developments to be announced in the weeks to come. In the meantime, visit the INCANTATION merch store at THIS LOCATION. And if you missed it, check out the band’s video for “Impalement Of Divinity” below.

STEARICA: Italian Instrumental Trio Releases “Nur” With Atypical Vocals From Ryan Patterson Of Coliseum Via Revolver Magazine

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

As Italy’s STEARICA, sets the final details of their Fertile LP in place for release via Monotreme Records mid-month, Revolver Magazine is hosting a premiere of the album’s “Nur” anthem, which boasts a rare bout of vocals for the instrumental trio, courtesy of Ryan Patterson, of Coliseum.

STEARICA’s intense sophomore album, Fertile, features guest contributions from Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver) and Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) in addition to Coliseum’s Ryan Patterson, in an effort to involve more friends and cohorts to help them fulfill their vision for the album. Following times STEARICA shared on the stage and behind the scenes together with Coliseum, the enduring friendship between them came to a different fruition when Patterson was requested to offer a rare vocal performance on the Fertile LP, was heavily inspired by the Arab Spring and uprising of Barcelona’s Indignants, arising against their governing bodies in search of true freedom. Patterson’s vocals not only stand out as an oddity for a band generally void of vocals, they burst forth on the record like a voice yearning for change, the musical buildup of the album’s flow coming to some of its most monumental moments surrounding the vocal delivery.

Revolver Magazine today reveals STEARICA’s “Nur,” which is now playing at THIS LOCATION.

Issues Patterson on the convergence with the band: “In December 2007, Coliseum was added last minute to a bill in the small French town of Lille that included STEARICA and Toronto’s Lullaby Arkestra, the kind of beautifully diverse bill that happens too infrequently. Over a meal before the show, we all met and shared stories, a collective connection of bands who travel the world. We were welcomed with open arms. The thing I recall most about the evening was a genuine sense of camaraderie and sincere kindness from the folks in STEARICA. We played our sets that night, all vastly different but with the connective tissue of sincerity and passion. These brief moments and memories stick with us. Years later, I was invited to lend my voice to a new STEARICA song and gladly accepted. To take part in making music together, across oceans and many years after our first meeting, brings these memories back and rekindles friendships. I was an honor to be a part of STEARICA’s music.”

As Fertile nears its bloom, additional tracks have also been released, including audio of “Shāh Māt” featuring Colin Stetson at Clash Magazine HERE, “Halite” through The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION, and the video for “Delta” alongside an exclusive interview with STEARICA via Noisey right HERE.

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

STEARICA Tour Dates:
4/24/2015 The Ferret – Preston UK
4/25/2015 The Blue Room – Blackpool, UK
4/27/2015 The Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK
4/28/2015 The Old Blue Last – London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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