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MARK DEUTROM: Vinyl Edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence Now Available

Monday, April 14th, 2014

On the tail of its initial digital materialization at the end of last Summer, the deluxe vinyl edition of MARK DEUTROM’s third solo album, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence, is now on the verge of release.

The captivating third solo venture from ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist, MARK DEUTROM, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence was released in September 2013, the nearly hour-long voyage across both ominous and peaceful territories through a variety of vocal approaches and instrumentation, bleeding together into the man’s most organic and unreserved material to date. DEUTROM’s cohorts at Austrian label Rock Is Hell have put the deluxe vinyl edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence into production for an expected mid-May delivery. Due to the length of the album, the material will span both one 12″ and one 7″ record configured together. States the artist of this setup: “The test pressings sound fantastic, and this one will put your stereo through a real workout.”

There will be an offset version pressed on black and limited to 250 copies, and a hand-screened version on purple, limited to 100 copies. Both versions are being pressed in Europe and bear artwork the MARK D’s wife, Jennifer Deutrom. The vinyl for Brief Sensuality And Western Violence is now available for preorder for North American fans through the MARK DEUTROM Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE, and via Rock Is Hell for international orders HERE.

“…a sublime slab of smoldering, cinematic fuzz-groove…” – Decibel Magazine

“…most coalesces the demon jazz and creeping intricacy that Deutrom has on offer… there’s a cohesion in theme and a steadiness of atmosphere that speaks to Deutrom‘s mastery of the form.” – The Obelisk

“This is a highly creative work, moving through a host of styles, using technology to great effect, and with great range and depth. 5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“Brief Sensuality and Western Violence explores music and the space between the notes, setting a specific mood and travelling through the vast expanse of storytelling through music… Occasionally, he utilizes complex time signatures to great advantage intentionally keeping you off-balance and somewhat unsettled.” – Bloody Good Horror

“I could honestly listen to Deutrom‘s creamy powertones, crisp, jazzy lines and breathily expressive voice all bloody day, and, d’you know, I think I will. I’m pressing ‘play’ again and again…” – The Sleeping Shaman

“…it’s carried off with a certain moxie, but also manages to be tasteful and non-invasive. This is an album which bridges a gap between the two disciplines, challenging listeners of both yet remaining accessible” – Metal Mouth.

T.O.M.B.: Crucial Blast Deploys Pennhurst / Xesse This Week; Cvlt Nation Streaming Entire Album

Monday, April 14th, 2014

This week, Crucial Blast Records will deploy the Pennhurst / Xesse CD, encapsulating two entire obscure recordings from black/occult/industrial collective, Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, a.k.a. T.O.M.B.

Pennhurst / Xesse unites two out-of-print recordings from Philadelphia-area’s T.O.M.B., a sect which specializes in creating transcendental and disparaging ritualistic noise compositions and purely horrifying soundscapes, bearing residents of occult folk/noise band, Dreadlords (Not Just Religious Music), and satellite members from parts unknown. Pennhurst / Xesse paroles over an hour of nightmarish harshness and ethereal disturbances, much of which was captured in abandoned mental facilities and prisons; Devotees to the arts of Nekrasov, Gnaw Their Tongues, Nordvargr, Melek Tha, Wormsblood, Wolfskin and other gruesome worship of harsh, sonic, sound manipulation, come, worship.

Cvlt Nation, has recently interrogated one of the prime creators of T.O.M.B.’s creations, and is now running the transcript of this investigation alongside a stream of the entire Pennhurst / Xesse album now at THIS LOCATION.

Originally released in 2009 as an extremely limited CDR, Pennhurst features five tracks of abysmal necro-industrial filth, formed from source material T.O.M.B. recorded at the notorious Pennhurst State and Norristown State Hospitals — two Philadelphia-area mental asylums that have boasted disturbing legacies of abuse and experimentation in the past. As with their other releases, this centers around nightmarish industrial soundscapes built from the band’s blighted blackened electronics and creepy field recordings, the tracks often erupting into blasts of suffocating hellish noise. The whole thing adds up to one of T.O.M.B.’s most intense blasts of sonic terror. The other half features Xesse, one of the band’s more “ambient” works, constantly shifting between placid lifeless drones and strange echoing graveyard rituals and the swells of hallucinatory heaviness, eventually giving way to some seriously mind-melting cosmic drift towards the end. The voices shift from blasphemous ranting to garbled unknown tongues as it drifts out into an abyss of swirling dub effects, delicate chiming tones, and rhythmic metal pounding that finally erupts into frantic percussive chaos, the thunder of hammers on metal shaking the chthonic depths, then fading into silence. Order physical and digital manifestations of this output HERE.

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

Monday, April 14th, 2014

GODHUNTER Confirms Split With Secrets Of The Sky In Conjunction With June Tour; Vinyl Edition Confirmed Via The Compound/Battleground – Tucson, Arizona’s GODHUNTER has confirmed an upcoming split release with their cohorts in Oakland, California’s Secrets Of The Sky, to be released in conjunction with their upcoming Western US tour together. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Debut 7-Inch From Philly Hyper-trio Out Now Through The Compound - Philadelphia’s brutalizing manic grind/thrash trio, DIE CHOKING, will raid the opening slot of the Decibel Magazine Tour as it rolls into their hometown tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, joining the touring lineup which includes Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and headliners Carcass. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault With Ringworm And Enabler – New Orleans’ favorite musical miscreants, EYEHATEGOD, announce their most extensive US tour in years. [More…]

KING PARROT Flaunts Their Culinary Skills On Latest Episode Of Brutally Delicious; Video Footage Posted + North American March Continues – Australian thrash grind menaces, KING PARROT, recently appeared on the sixty-third episode of Brutally Delicious, the world’s most metal cooking show! Watch the band guzzle coffee, dish about tour life and cook brutal omelets with host Bruce Moore below. [More…]

CLOAK OF ALTERING: American Aftermath Broadcasting Mechanized Chaos From Dutch Fiend – As previously confirmed, Crucial Blast will poison the reservoir of humankind this Spring with the release of Plague Beasts, the punishing third full-length from CLOAK OF ALTERING, one of the many monikers/projects of Dutch noise architect, Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories. [More…]

BLACK ANVIL Unleashes New Track, “Eventide;” Hail Death Preorders Available – New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, today unveil the first taste of their forthcoming album, Hail Death. [More…]

RUN WITH THE HUNTED: Arizona Punk/Hardcore Unit Premieres New Tune Via Lambgoat – Arizona punk/hardcore unit, RUN WITH THE HUNTED, are pleased to untether the first official taste of their upcoming full-length via the pit perpetrators at Lambgoat. [More…]

PILLORY: Boston Technical Death Metal Strategists To Release New Full-Length On Unique Leader; Album Teaser + Play-Through Video Posted – Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, will release their sophomore full-length, Evolutionary Miscarriage, later this Spring via Unique Leader Records. [More…]

DARSOMBRA To Support Floor On Eastern US Spring Tour; Two-Month DIY Tour Continues – Baltimore-based duo, DARSOMBRA, has been confirmed to join Floor on their upcoming May tour. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Legion Joins Unique Leader Records; Teaser Posted – Unique Leader Records is pleased to welcome long-running New York-based death metal legion, INTERNAL BLEEDING, to their expanding roster of audio severity. [More…]

MIND: Selfmadegod Confirms Third Album From German Crust Punk Outfit – Poland’s Selfmadegod Records is proud to announce the upcoming third full-length release from German crust punk brigade, MIND. [More…]

THE DRIP: Debut EP For Relapse Now Playing At American Aftermath – Relapse Records is preparing to release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the label’s first title from Washington’s THE DRIP, in just days. [More…]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed – Candlelight Records today confirms June 24th as the North American release date for IX, the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. [More…]

SOURVEIN: New Doom Hymn Now Playing At Revolver; Split With Graves At Sea Available For Preorder + European Takeover Imminent – Raise your doom claws to the sounds of “Follow The Light,” from Cape Fear misery-makers, SOURVEIN. [More…]

DARK BUDDHA RISING: Finnish Black Psychedelic Doom Practitioners Sign To Neurot Recordings – Ritualistic doom practitioners, DARK BUDDHA RISING, are Neurot Recordings’ latest signees. [More…]

BENCHPRESS: Throw Down To A Track From Split 7-Inch With Martyr’s Tongue At Revolver – Now playing at Revolver Mag’s website is a bludgeoning new track from Lewistown, Pennsylvania-based hardcore bandits, BENCHPRESS. [More…]

BLACKOUT: NYC Stoner Doom Trio To Bring Their Riff Rituals To Canada – New York City stoner doom trio, BLACKOUT, will bring their quaking riff rituals to Canada later this month on a four-date mini tour through Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. [More…]

STONEBURNER Brings The Dread With Life Drawing, Now Streaming In Full At Decibel; Release Day Draws Near – In celebration of its North American release now less than one week away, today the enablers at Decibel Magazine offer up a full stream of Life Drawing from Portland sludgesmiths, STONEBURNER. [More…]

THE GREAT SABATINI: Montreal Raw Noise Rollers To Release New LP With Solar Flare Records – The noise metal aficionados at French label, Solar Flare Records, now proclaim the confirmed impending release of the newest LP from Montreal, Canada-based THE GREAT SABATINI. [More…]

WHITE WIDOWS PACT Locks Down May East Coast Tour; Tracking Of Debut LP Complete + Nirvana Cover – NYC-based mob, WHITE WIDOWS PACT, confirms that the tracking of their impending debut LP has been completed. [More…]

GHOUL: Cloaked Cult Premieres Hang Ten EP Via Bloody Disgusting; Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II To Commence Today – Today the cloaked criminals in GHOUL, in conjunction with the horror hustlers at Bloody Disgusting, heave forth the luscious sounds of their forthcoming Hang Ten EP in its entirety. [More…]

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Additional Live Abrasions Announced + Kuma’s Corner Burger DeclaredCORRECTIONS HOUSE — the bastard sound manipulations of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury… [More…]

A389 Recordings Record Store Day Series: INTEGRITY/VEGAS, FULL OF HELL/PSYWARFARE, NOISEM/OCCULTIST & BLOODLET – A389 Recordings is preparing to unload their series of releases for Record Store Day 2014 — taking place nationally next Saturday, April 19th — with four exclusive, limited titles. [More…]

CALL OF THE VOID To Record New Full-Length Later This Month; Band Welcomes Second Guitarist – Denver-based crusty metallic hardcore perpetrators, CALL OF THE VOID, who recently recruited second guitarist Gabe Morales, will enter the studio later this month to record the follow-up to last year’s smoldering Dragged Down A Dead End Path. [More…]

DRUNK DAD: Debut LP From Portland Scuzzcore Outfit Locked For Summer Release – Interloper haven, Eolian Empire, confirms the debut LP release from neighborhood crew, DRUNK DAD, on a hot-ass day coming up this Summer. [More…]

MALPRACTICE: Finnish Progressive/Thrash Act Signs With Sensory Records – As they continue to investigate the progressive realms of the heavy metal universe, New Jersey-based Sensory Records confirms that Finnish quintet, MALPRACTICE, has become the newest addition in the label’s roster. [More…]

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Announces Massive Tama Giveaway – With NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2014 in Worcester, Massachusetts is now less than a week away, running from Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th, today a massive giveaway from one of the event’s main sponsors, Tama Drums, has been announced. [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.


THE DRIP: Debut EP For Relapse Now Playing At American Aftermath

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Relapse Records is preparing to release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the label’s first title from Washington’s THE DRIP, in just days.

THE DRIP’s violent effectiveness, the intensity of their high-speed grindcore and vicious riffbeatings, easily showcase this band right alongside their brutalizing predecessors and peers including Misery Index, Rotten Sound and Nasum. Now just days in advance of its street, the entire A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics EP is now playing at American Aftermath alongside a quick interview with the band.

Be afraid, and do it anyway… unload the EP right HERE.

In conjunction with the release of A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, this Saturday, April 12th, THE DRIP will tackle a hometown crowd out in full-on rage mode for the band’s headlining record release party and official video shoot for a track from the EP. Subsequent gigs have the band confirmed to share the stage over the next several weeks with labelmates Fuck The Facts and Ulcerate as well as Capitalist Casualties and more, with more widespread touring to follow.

4/12/2014 Rays Golden Lion – Richland, WA (video shoot)
4/23/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Fuck The Facts
5/04/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Ulcerate
5/09/2014 The Hessian Lair – Richland, WA
5/17/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties

Following several self-financed EPs, THE DRIP now brings their ferocious, blasting arts to the Relapse roster with the release of their label debut, A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics. A relentless, skull-crushing, pissed off, high-energy, blast-riddled explosion of violence, the EP rips through six tracks in barely twelve minutes, the first release to be fully recorded at Audiosiege in Portland by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), after which it was mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). Relapse will release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics in North America on April 15th preceded by its April 11the release in Germany and Benelux and April 14th release in the UK, in digital, available HERE, and on CD and vinyl platforms, the first pressing of the wax with a B-side etching, available HERE.

DARSOMBRA To Support Floor On Eastern US Spring Tour; Two-Month DIY Tour Continues

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Baltimore-based duo, DARSOMBRA, has been confirmed to join Floor on their upcoming May tour. From May 3rd through the 11th, Floor will headline nine major cities on the East Coast and Midwest, with DARSOMBRA and Hot Victory providing opening support on all dates.

The news comes in while DARSOMBRA remains currently embarked on their most extensive tour to date, with nearly three weeks of their two-month-long voyage of the US remaining, as the band pulls into Denver to perform this evening. Stated the band, from their van, on the ongoing and upcoming tour experiences: “We are truly heartened and inspired by all the awesome bands we’ve played with so far on this tour!  It’s the wind in our sails–and we’re really looking forward to our dates with Floor and Hot Victory, for the same reason! See you all soon!”

Following releases through At A Loss Recordings, Public Guilt, Underradar and others, DARSOMBRA signed with Exile On Mainstream for their Climax Community LP in mid-2012. The album traverses forty-five minutes of the outfit’s slow-building, transcendental soundscapes, where searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combine to form elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. Yet, Climax Community is also where the act transformed from a solo act to a duo and began incorporating immersive visual displays to their auditory experimentation, with mini-films created to accompany the music both on record and during live performances. DARSOMBRA is writing the follow-up LP to Climax Community as well as material for additional releases being slated for later in the year.

DARSOMBRA 2014 US Tour [remaining dates]:
4/08/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Nightmare Boyzzz (Slovenly), Vegetable Children
4/09/2014 Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE w/ Webb
4/10/2014 TBA – Kansas
4/11/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO w/ Expo ‘70, Ancient River
4/12/2014 The Mill – Iowa City, IA w/ United Teachers of Music, Sweet Chariot
4/13/2014 Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN w/ Thunderbolt Pagoda, Comets Ov Cupid
4/15/2014 Wisco – Madison, WI w/ UuskiuU, Los Bastardos Guapos
4/16/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Northless, Lost Spirit
4/17/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Blizzard Babies, The Mraz Volta
4/18/2014 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Bible of the Devil, Leeches of Lore, Cocaine Wolves
4/19/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN w/ Agakus, Charnel House, Two Bands From Canada
4/20/2014 Trumbullplex – Detroit, MI w/ Octopus, Collapse
4/21/2014 The Drinkery – Cincinnati, OH w/ New Strange
4/22/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Myra Gale, Dead Peasant Insurance, MDFL
4/23/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Mrs. Paintbrush
4/24/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Ancients of Earth, Highest Leviathan, Amish Noise
4/25/2014 Monkey House – Winooski, VT w/ Astrocat, Blue Button
4/26/2014 Psychic Readings – Providence, RI w/ Queen Elephantine, Vomit Arsonist, Parasomniak Lustt, LVMMVX
5/02/2014 Windup Space – Baltimore, MD w/ Drone Theory, Drunk Victory

DARSOMBRA w/ Floor, Hot Victory:
5/03/2014 Tremont Music Hall  – Charlotte, NC
5/04/2014 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
5/05/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/06/2014 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
5/07/2014 Great Scott - Boston, MA
5/08/2014 The Tralf - Buffalo, NY
5/09/2014 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
5/10/2014 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
5/11/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014

ENABLER: Second LP To See Spring Release Via The Compound/Creator-Destructor – Following recent broadcasts informing the public of ENABLER’s deadly revamped lineup and impending East Coast tour, the Midwest-based trio now expose the details on their anticipated second full-length release, La Fin Absolue Du Monde. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Additional Album Details; North American Preorders Available Now + New Tour Dates Confirmed – New Orleans’ disciples of hardcore, blues-based, post-amplified audio wreckage, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to unleash their long-anticipated new studio recording later this Spring. [More…]

GAMMA RAY: German Power Metal Masters Unveil New Tracks From Empire Of The Undead; Official Release Date Nears – In celebration of its forthcoming release, Germany power metal masters, GAMMA RAY, offer up a whopping six tracks from their forthcoming new full-length, Empire Of The Undead, set for release next month. [More…]

PILGRIM: II: Void Worship Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Pitchfork; Band Continues To Deafen Ears On Tour With Spirit Caravan – With its imminent unveiling now just one week away, today mainstream music gateway, Pitchfork, offers up PILGRIM’s II: Void Worship in its entirety! [More…]

AMENRA Collaborates With Willy Vanderperre For Humbling Video; European Tour Nears – Neurot Recordings act, AMENRA, has just released a stunningly personal thirteen-minute-long video for their epic track, “À Mon Âme.” [More…]

PYRRHON: Forthcoming Full-Length From Exploratory Death Metal Henchmen Streaming In Full At Pitchfork – the rulers at Pitchfork spew forth the sonic disease of PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues in its entirety! [More…]

MARTYRDÖD Enters The Studio To Record New LP; European Tour With Converge Announced – Sweden’s d-beat crust purveyors, MARTYRDÖD, have once again entered the infamous Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth) to record their fifth full-length, entitled Elddop. [More…]

ABRE OJOS: One-Man Experimental Audiovisual Project To Be Released Via Secrets Of Giza This May – Santa Barbara-based experimental label imprint, Secrets Of Giza, is proud to present Gates by ABRE OJOS. [More…]

PLAYING ENEMY: Corpse Flower Records to Release Vinyl Edition Of Seminal I Was Your City Full-Length – Newly-launched, Detroit-based Corpse Flower Records is extremely pleased to release the vinyl edition of I Was Your City from now-defunct gloom-trodden hardcore assassins, PLAYING ENEMY. [More…]

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Swedish Cosmic Improvised Rock Act Signs With Free Electric Sound – Swedish instrumental rock collective, MY BROTHER THE WIND, has just put the final touches on their expansive new LP, Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One, and are preparing to release it this Summer through American label, Free Electric Sound. [More…]

FUCKED UP: Vice/Noisey Streams New Track From Canadian Hardcore Punk Instigators; Year Of The Dragon Preorders Available + Live Dates Confirmed – Today, the bringers of awesome at Vice/Noisey are pleased to deliver an exclusive premiere of FUCKED UP’s “Year Of The Dragon.” [More…]

SKINFATHER: Streetcleaner Records To Issue Debut LP From Southern California Death Metal Group – Southern California’s terrorizing death metal cult, SKINFATHER, will release its debut LP this Spring via Streetcleaner Records. [More…]

DIE CHOKING Prepares To Shred Philly Stop Of Decibel Magazine Tour; EP Available For Preorder – Annihilation is nigh, as the debut release from Philadelphia’s hypershredder trio, DIE CHOKING, prepares to break free from the internet’s restraints and into the human populous this week in a physical manifestation. [More…]

BLACK ANVIL To Release Long-Anticipated New Full-Length; Teaser Posted + Preorders Available – New York-based black metal crew, BLACK ANVIL, is pleased to announce the long-anticipated release of their third full-length. [More…]

CAULDRON BLACK RAM: New Shanties Playing At Ramming Speed Out Of Port Revolver – 20 Buck Spin will raise the ominous sails on the label’s maiden voyage with the mighty Adelaide, Australia CAULDRON BLACK RAM horde, and their Stalagmire LP will pillage your village. [More…]

HOD: San Antonio Blackened Death Legion Unites With Arctic Music; Band Announces Short Run Of Live Assaults With Abysmal Lord – San Antonio blackened death legion, HOD, is pleased to announce their official union with newly revamped Arctic Music for the release of their long-awaited new full-length, Book Of The Worm, this Summer. [More…]

EPISTASIS: Complete New EP From NYC Avant-Metal Collective Playing At Noisey – Crucial Blast will release the label’s first recordings from NYC metal experimentalists, EPISTASIS, with their Light Through Dead Glass mini-album, and today Noisey lets the whole thing loose early. [More…]

JEREMY IRONS & THE RATGANG MALIBUS: Swedish Psychedelic Space Rockers To Release New Full-Length Via Small Stone This April – According to ancient lore, and cult of the antediluvian pagan deity, Ginsu the Magnificently Pointy, a Spirit Knife consists of a bone blade bonded to the souls of the Mud People. [More…]

LORD MANTIS: Stereogum Releases Track From Third LP Nearing Release On Profound Lore – Massive daily online music magazine, Stereogum, today tackles one of the filthiest bands currently in existence, infecting the mainstream, releasing a horrifying new single from LORD MANTIS’ upcoming third LP, Death Mask. [More…]

GRAVES AT SEA And SOURVEIN Unite For A Release Of Ultimate Amplifier Worship; Preorders Available This Friday – Two of doom metal’s mightiest of feedback-laden riff worshippers – Portland’s GRAVES AT SEA and Cape Fear’s SOURVEIN – have united in sound, mind and spirit for the ultimate split of earth-smoldering amplifier worship. [More…]

NUX VOMICA: Entire Relapse Debut Now Playing At Invisible Oranges – Invisible Oranges is now streaming the entire third LP from morose crust quintet, NUX VOMICA, now just days from release on April 1st, and the band’s first recordings for Relapse. [More…]

NIGHTFELL: Cvlt Nation Posts First Single From Portland Metal Duo – Through a joint alliance, this May Southern Lord and Parasitic Records will disburse the debut recordings from NIGHTFELL, the musical entity formed by the union of Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Parasitic Records) and Todd Burdette (His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Deathreat, Severed Head Of State). [More…]

FINAL CONFLICT: Tankcrimes To Reissue Iconic Ashes To Ashes LP Next Month; Preorders Available + Track Streaming At Noisey – The mischief makers at Tankcrimes are extremely honored to announce the reissue of Ashes to Ashes, the 1987 debut LP from legendary Los Angeles hardcore punk assassins, FINAL CONFLICT. [More…]

TAURUS: Dark Avant Doom Duo Premieres New Psalm At A.V. Club; Official Release Of No/Thing Looms – The Onion’s A.V. Club brings you fourth movement, “Increase Aloneness,” featuring guest vocal infusions by longtime comrade/producer, Billy Anderson. [More…]

PRIMITIVE MAN: Denver Blackened Sludge Trio Announces North American Summer Ambush – Following a June run of live abrasions through Europe, Denver blackened sludge trio, PRIMITIVE MAN, will wage war upon the US. Slated to commence on July 19th on their home turf, the band will devour nearly two dozen cities through August with their traumatic psalms of smoldering, sludge-laden sorrow. [More…]

STONEBURNER: Portland Sludge Bringers Drop Another New Ode Via Metal Hammer – The focused sludge rage of STONEBURNER is again revealed this week as Metal Hammer premieres another track from their forthcoming second full-length, Life Drawing. [More…]

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Assault Visits Housecore HQ; Video Posted + North American Takeover Continues – Currently on a conquest to shred the collective ears of North America, the thrash grind hooligans in Australia’s KING PARROT recently dropped by Housecore Records during their tour stop in New Orleans last week. [More…]

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Adds Wilson; Finalizes 2014 Fest Lineup – The promoters of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year’s lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew, Wilson. [More…]

KING DEAD: Psychedelic/Stoner Bass And Drum Instrumental Trio Release Debut EP; New Track Streaming At The Obelisk + Live Ceremonies Confirmed – Pennsylvania bass and drum instrumentalists, KING DEAD, are very pleased to announce the release of their debut EP. [More…]

BLACK TAR PROPHET: Tennessee Sludge Duo Unleashes The Buzzards At Cvlt Nation - Feedback-sodden, instrumental bass and drum duo, BLACK TAR PROPHET, rattles the teeth right out of your face with a premiere of “Ring Of Buzzards,” currently streaming at Cvlt Nation. [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.


KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Assault Visits Housecore HQ; Video Posted + North American Takeover Continues

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Currently on a conquest to shred the collective ears of North America, the thrash grind hooligans in Australia’s KING PARROT recently dropped by Housecore Records during their tour stop in New Orleans last week. The band systematically leveled Siberia following a chat with metal legends Philip H. Anselmo and Mike IX Williams about touring, new records, guitar lessons, and burning holes in the ground in the swamps of Louisiana! View the footage below!

KING PARROT are only approaching the half-way mark of their live invasion and have a plethora of shows coming up all around the US and Canada. Additionally, the band will be returning to California by popular demand after laying waste to venues with Cattle Decapitation earlier this month.

KING PARROT Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]:
w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
3/28/2014 Good Weekend – Allentown, PA *
3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA
w/ Vattnet Viskar
4/1/2014 The Cabaret Playhouse – Montreal, QB *
4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
4/4/2014 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH *
4/5/2014 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
4/18/2014 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA *
4/19/2014 Franks Place – Fresno, CA *
4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
*Newly added…

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, KING PARROT is touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore.

“A nice little cross-up of musical ability and amusing visuals (the videos for ‘Dead End’ and ‘Shit On The Liver’ are quality viewing), KING PARROT should be able to find their place in a  relatively stale and average grind scene. And frankly, thaty’s what grind needs: A shot in the arm, a mix-up, and some well-intended goofiness… this should do it. 8.5/10” – Dead Rhetoric

“Every track on Bite Your Head Off is a brutal showing of absolute speed, power and destruction…” – The Metalithic

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” — Hysteria Magazine

“…a must for any fans of Australian metal or extreme metal 4/5” – Sputnik Music

“…a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty…” –

“…its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb 9/10” – Ghost Cult

“Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, KING PARROT’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.” – Metal Observer

TAURUS: Dark Avant Doom Duo Premieres New Psalm At A.V. Club; Official Release Of No/Thing Looms

Friday, March 28th, 2014

With the official unveiling of No/Thing, the forthcoming new offering from psychedelic doom/drone duo, TAURUS, less than a week away, The Onion’s A.V. Club brings you fourth movement, “Increase Aloneness,” featuring guest vocal infusions by longtime comrade/producer, Billy Anderson.

Elaborates A.V. Club of the forbidden hymn, “The Portland duo… employ organ, synthesizer, samples, ukulele, thunderous guitar riffs, and voices that veer from spoken-word chants to infernal ethereality; their new full-length, No/Thing, unearth depths of psychedelic despair and sinuous ritualism that few have coaxed forth before.”

Lose yourself in “Increase Aloneness,” now streaming RIGHT HERE.

Featuring Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle and Ashley Spungin, formerly of Purple Rhinestone Eagle/Negative Queen, No/Thing was recorded to two-inch tape at Portland’s Cloud City Studios and delivers five habitually disturbing avant doomscapes set within a tranquil nightmare of awkward blackened death metal riff cascades. Featuring guest vocals by Anderson, as well as Leviathan’s Wrest, No/Thing is a spiritually godless journey in sound, mind and body reaping critical hails from exploratory journalists booth stateside and abroad.

Last Rites notes of the sonic ritual, “Like deciphering some arcane, cultic language, only to realize too late upon decoding it, you ought not have meddled with forces you don’t understand, Taurus’ No/Thing is a Pandora’s Box of psychotomimetic forbidden treasures, as enthralling as it is unsettling; Creepy-crawl siren songs for self-imposed self-immolation,” Wonderbox Metal opines, “Each of these five songs is a nihilistic trip into other cultures that may or may not exist in our reality. It is a privilege to experience these slices of unreality and the band know this, reveling in their status as elite tour guides to places alternate,” while Echoes And Dust adds, “No/Thing is an insanely beautiful explosive piece of musical art that explores life and inevitable death, something that nobody can escape from so dry up those blood stained eyeballs and buy it.”

TAURUS defines rehearsed spontaneity; organized mathematical rhythms of the timeless organic. Their view, not of man but an abstraction. The abstract is real, the actual is invisible. It is their sense of space and time; seeing through the here and now, into the vast black deep beyond, the unchanging… Life is an interval. The cosmic process is hurrying on, crushing life back into granite and methane. The wheel constantly turns for all Life… yet all Life is temporary. All creating and recreating. Each movement so important. Each space equally as relevant. We are dust.

No/Thing will be released independently on April 1st, 2014 via TAURUS’ official Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

DIE CHOKING Prepares To Shred Philly Stop Of Decibel Magazine Tour; EP Available For Preorder

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Annihilation is nigh, as the debut release from Philadelphia’s hypershredder trio, DIE CHOKING, prepares to break free from the internet’s restraints and into the human populous this week in a physical manifestation.

Featuring Paul J Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction) on bass/vocals, Joshua T. Cohen (Cop Problem) on drums, and Jeffrey V. Daniels (Burden) on guitar, DIE CHOKING’s ungodly fast, smoldering concoction of brutal punk mayhem, breakneck grindcore, and hectic raw metal has the trio quickly becoming known across the tri-state area through their recent widespread tour actions, and now beyond with their debut self-titled EP. Die Choking was recorded by Brutal Truth guitarist Dan O’Hare at his Mark It Zero Studios in New Jersey, and unloads five point-blank faceblasters in only five minutes and forty-four seconds. Following its initial digital release by the band in January, DIE CHOKING partnered with The Earsplit Compound’s label subfaction, The Compound, who will now unload the self-titled EP on vinyl, in a run of 300 copies on standard black wax with a high-gloss cover. The physical product will be transported to our barracks this weekend and will be immediately available. Place orders for the 7” via Earsplit Distro HERE.

Amidst other upcoming shows, including an in-store at Siren Records on April 4th, DIE CHOKING was hand-picked by Decibel Magazine founder Albert Mudrian to supply local support for the Philadelphia stop the publication’s third annual national tour now underway. Featuring Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and headliners, Carcass, the trek will invade the band’s hometown on April 12th at The Trocadero Theatre. Less than two weeks after their Decibel Tour set, DIE CHOKING will hammer Western Pennsylvania ‘bangers in Pittsburgh on April 24th with The Compound labelmates, Enabler. More shows are currently being planned in preparation for the band’s second EP, recorded earlier this month once again with Dan O’Hare, which is coming together for release this Summer, and will continue as they begin to set up their debut LP late this year.

Currently in full-on tour hype mode, Decibel is running an exclusive interrogation with DIE CHOKING alongside a stream of the entire EP RIGHT HERE.

Also sample newly acquired visual evidence of the trio’s speedy rage via Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit HERE.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:
4/04/2014 Siren Records – Doylestown, PA w/ Carved Up, Bardus
4/12/2014 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA w/ Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem
4/24/2014 The Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Enabler, Black Mask, Meth Quarry, Rabid Pigs

AMENRA Collaborates With Willy Vanderperre For Humbling Video; European Tour Nears

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Neurot Recordings act, AMENRA, has just released a stunningly personal thirteen-minute-long video for their epic track, “À Mon Âme.”

AMENRA teamed up with top fashion photographer, Willy Vanderperre, and director of photography, Nicolas Karakatsanis, the visual masterminds behind the reins of a video which features the band stripped of all but their own selves. Vanderperre has worked with a startling array of individuals, from Kate Moss to Kanye West, but his encounter with AMENRA sees both parties break formation to form a hesitant, powerful and revealing union. The video, set to “À Mon Âme,” from their most recent LP, Mass V, may not be what you have come to expect from the cult crafters of discordance, but what are AMENRA if not masters of defying expectation?

Sink into “À Mon Âme” via Nowness AT THIS LOCATION.

Says AMENRA’s CHVE of the collaboration; ”It is not at all like the sort of visuals we usually present; it is more a case study, or a visual interpretation of the band, a little piece of concept art, if you will. The idea they [Willy Vanderperre and director of photography Nicolas Karakatsanis] had was stripping us of everything we had – ‘what if we took it all away from them?’, ‘what if we took them from their comfort zone?’. No shadows or darkness to hide in, dark imagery, props or metaphors or symbols to use.”

He continues…”Compare it to what we sometimes or mostly do with our music – stick to the mere necessary, take a minimalistic approach of a whole. What do we really need? To create a certain ‘feeling’ of emotion. For us, it was an extremely interesting cooperation. We normally keep our guard extremely high, never give something out of our hands, to keep it as close to our skin as humanly possible – that’s exactly what they did as well, literally…It was awkward, uneasy, and very confronting for us to see, yet one of the most interesting things we did lately, and an honor for us to be working with such talented and inspiring people. ‘Under a watchtower of punishing light.’”

AMENRA will be hitting the road again, beginning next month and including plenty of festivals; including Bristol’s Temples and London’s Beyond the Redshift festivals in the UK. Watch the trailer for the Church of Ra European tour here. Mass V can be ordered at THIS LOCATION.

AMENRA Tour Dates:
4/11/2014 106 Club – Rouen, France
4/12/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe Germany
4/13/2014 La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
4/14/2014 Confort Moderne – Poitiers, France
4/15/2014 La Dynamo – Toulouse, France
4/16/2014 Sonora – Bilbao, Spain
4/17/2014 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
4/18/2014 Shoko – Madrid, Spain
4/19/2014 Razz3 – Barcelona, Spain
4/20/2014 Impetus Fest – Belfort, France
4/21/2014 P.M.K. – Innsbruck, Austria
4/22/2014 Posthof – Linz, Austria
4/23/2014 Lido – Berlin, Germany
4/24/2014 Proxima – Warsaw, Poland
4/25/2014 Ut Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
4/26/2014 Young Team Fest – Metz, France
5/03/2014 Temples Festival – Bristol UK w/ Neurosis
5/10/2014 BTR Festival – London, UK w/ Cult Of Luna
6/08/2014 Vooruit – Gent, Belgium w// Cor
6/19/2014 Ekko – Utrecht, Netherlands
6/20/2014 Nieuwe Nor – Heerlen, Netherlands
6/21/2014 Neudegg Alm – Abtenau, Austria
6/22/2014 Feierwerk – Munchen, Germany
6/28/2014 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
9/27/2014 AB – Brussels, Belgium – Afterlife Acoustic

AMENRA is also gearing up for two split releases on Consouling Sound, due for release this Summer. Each album will present an incarnation of the band, together with a sometimes surprising, but always compelling counterpart band. For a split 10″ album with Eleanora, AMENRA is offering “À mon Âme (live)” and for a split 10″ album with Treha Sektori, AMENRA decided to re-interpret “À mon Âme” and create an atmospheric ambient piece called “Trahn.” Additionally, My Proud Mountain is gearing up to release Live IIAMENRA’s second live CD and first live 2xLP — featuring live audio from their Mass V release show last year, mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson.

More news from AMENRA shall emerge in the coming months so do stay tuned.

“The band’s focus on the inherent and desolate beauty that’s found in life imbued with a painful ambience not often found within their doomed sludge style…in the clashing of tender and serene passages with intense screams and walls of noise that AMENRA touch upon the actuality of life. It will hurt and terrify, but there can be salvation. 9/10″ – Metal Hammer

“Ethereal hardcore/sludge band Amenra touches on black metal, gothic folk and post-rock in the most organic of ways.” – BrooklynVegan

“The dynamics of Mass V are simply staggering.” – Rock A Rolla

“An elephantine beast of a record, whose greyness of hue is matched by its thunderous assault…Mass V portrays a band with grim gravitas that’s all their own.” – Terrorizer

“On Mass V to say they’ve surpassed themselves is an understatement. Thanks in no small part to the anguished squalls of Colin Van Eekhout’s vocals there is a truly uncomfortable and palpable sense of fear and distress, like being forced into the ominous blackness that adorns the album’s cover.” – The Quietus

“…an insurmountable peak of despair, and amongst the horror, enlightenment. Mass V was the sound of this tribe of Neurot finally marching defiantly beside those who have journeyed through silver in blood before them.” – PopMatters

“…an utterly brilliant album that not only stands as Amenra’s finest work, but that undoubtedly would (and probably does) make Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, and Co. proud to have these fine young Belgians on their roster. 5/5″ – Sputnik Music

“…a dynamically powerful return-to-form.” – Ultimate Guitar