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LAE: American Aftermath Posts Single From Debut LP By Montreal-Based Post-Rock Outfit; CD Preorders Available

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

As Montreal-based post-rock quintet, LAE — featuring in its ranks Steve Austin of Today Is The Day — prepares to release its Break The Clasp debut this Autumn, the first single from the LP has been made available to the public through an exclusive premiere at American Aftermath.

The diverse track, “Sister,” shows both the beautiful, peaceful delivery and accessible elements this crew of fantastic songwriters display through the entire album. It also reveals the polar opposite second personality of LAE, as the clean guitars, organs and vocals give way to wounding, caustic vocals and massive-sounding electric guitar riffs thundering through the mix. “Sister” has been posted at American Aftermath, who extensively interrogates LAE’s founding songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Marc Lucas Ablasou, on the band’s storied history and why Break The Clasp was over two decades in the making, as well as quotes from Austin, who not only serves as the lead vocalist on the entire album, also fully recorded and produced Break The Clasp. The write-up issues of the track, “The song echoes psychedelic progressive rock and post-rock but the overall picture is far more expansive. The song, as well as the album in general, is wholly unique and escapes categorization.”

Take the ride and delve into the world of LAE with “Sister” and more RIGHT HERE.

A trailer for Break The Clasp with clips from several of the album’s thirteen tracks is also playing HERE.

Break The Clasp will see release through The Compound and Battleground Records via digital download and 6-panel digipak November 25th, and a deluxe 180-gram double LP in February 2015 as the band begins touring throughout North America. CD preorders are now available via Earsplit Distro HERE, and digital preorders via BandCamp will be made available on Halloween.

Performing under their original moniker, LAE-TSEU, the outfit now known as LAE impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie circuits in the apocalypse-ready Y2K era of the mid 1990s. In mid-2013, the band went through an incredible rebirth, completely re-envisioning their original songs with new life knowledge and a ravenous hunger to make them better than ever. To capture this soundtrack, the band contracted Steve Austin (Today Is The Day), flying him and an arsenal of gear from his Austin Enterprises from Maine to record in Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, multiple electric organs and pianos and more to capture their long-awaited full-length, fully recorded on an arsenal of vintage analog equipment. However, during the recording process, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the entire album in addition to other musical contributions. Mastered at Austin Enterprises and enshrouded with artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label), LAE’s Break The Clasp will finally see release. Encompassing nearly fifty-three minutes of unearthly, heartbreaking, psychedelic audio artistry, while fans of Three Mile Pilot, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac and more will be instantly hooked by these tales of love, devotion and loss, Break The Clasp is an incredible experience, the record unfathomably original and unlike anything you’ll experience this year.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: Seventh Rule Releases Seminal Drone Machines Full-Length On Limited Edition Double LP – Seventh Rule Recordings is very pleased to issue AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Drone Machines as a double LP. [More…]

DISCORD: New Jersey Death Trio Unleashes Debut EP Via Bandcamp – New Jersey-based modern death metal trio, DISCORD, has just self-released their debut recordings in the form of their Pale Death EP, which is available now via Bandcamp. [More…]

Metal Grasshopper: Weekly Series Starring Down’s Philip H. Anselmo And Comedian Dave Hill Premieres TODAY At Metal Injection – Beginning today and basically threatening to melt your goddamn computer every Tuesday through November 11th comes Metal Grasshopper, a new web series in which comedian Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 6 – In the sixth episode of the NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary, Noisey joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan. [More…]

CHILD BITE: Detroit Punk/Metal Misfits To Unleash Strange Waste EP Via Housecore This November; Live Takeover To Commence This Week – Michigan punk/metal misfits, CHILD BITE, are pleased to unleash the noxious fruits of their Strange Waste EP later this Fall via Housecore Records. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Self-Titled LP Now Playing At Noisey/Vice Magazine – Vice Magazine’s prevailing music channel, Noisey, has today unleashed one of the year’s most extreme doom/sludge albums, by streaming the entire self-titled debut LP from WORMWOOD. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Tour With Fantasy Panther Begins With II Record Release Show This Friday – This week, DIE CHOKING embarks on their headlining ten-city tour, beginning with their hometown record release show this week. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT: XV Fifteen-Year Anniversary DVD Out Now; Video For “Zerosette” Released – XV The DVD documenting the fifteen years of UFOMAMMUT’s intense lifespan to date, is out now on the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records, and in celebration, the band has posted a special video which was created for the track “Zerosette,” hailing from their 2000-released debut LP, Godlike Snake. [More…]

XIBALBA Completes Third LP For Early 2015 Release Through Southern Lord – Pomona, California’s unstoppable XIBALBA has completed tracking their third LP, and are wrapping up the final elements in order to unleash their most monstrous recordings yet in early 2015, once again through Southern Lord Recordings. [More…]

ANAAL NATHRAKH Drops New Ode Of Acrimony At Noisey; Desideratum Release Day Looms – Noisey spews forth a new ode of acrimony from the UK’s favorite extreme metal miscreants, ANAAL NATHRAKH. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Poison Everything Out Now; West Coast North American Tour With Baptists & Torch Runner Begins TonightPoison Everything, the debut full-length from destructive Southern California hardcore punks, OBLITERATIONS, is out now on Southern Lord, and in celebration of its release, the band will take to the streets on a massive tour run through the rest of the year, beginning with their West Coast North American tour, tonight. [More…]

MAMMOTH GRINDER Confirms US Tour With Cannabis Corpse & Inanimate Existence; 20 Buck Spin To Repress Underworlds & Extinction Of Humanity LPs – Austin-based hardcore/death crossover outfit, MAMMOTH GRINDER, has confirmed a three-week tour late this fall, joining Santa Cruz progressive death metal outfit, Inanimate Existence as support for Richmond’s bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Bringers To Release New EP This December; Live Rituals Announced – Denver doom bringers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will unleash a brand new slab of slow-roasted audio disease this Winter titled Merging In Light. [More…]

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Third Album From Swedish Cosmic Instrumental Act Now Playing At The Sleeping ShamanOnce There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, the expansive, fully-analog, third full-length opus from Swedish instrumental act, MY BROTHER THE WIND, is now playing at The Sleeping Shaman in celebration of its official release this week. [More…]

GOATWHORE Releases “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed” Video – Louisiana’s favorite blackened thrash goliaths, GOATWHORE, have launched a brand new music video for the track “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed.” [More…]

COWARDS Tracking Sophomore LP; Album To See Release In January – Paris’s most wretched sludge metal heathens, COWARDS — uniting current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman’s Chair, Eibon, Glorior Belli, Hellbats and more —  have been locked into the studio over recent weeks, the band completely immersed in the process of creating their second full-length release. [More…]

NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Unit To Reissue Psychogenocide Full-Length Via Unique Leader Records In January; Studio Clips + Live Footage Posted – Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, and recent Unique Leader signees, NERVECELL, will reissue their critically-lauded Psychogenocide full-length next year. [More…]

ATRIARCH: Atmospheric Death/Doom Conjurers Unleash New Psalm Of Sickness At Noisey; An Unending Pathway Release Day LoomsAn Unending Pathway is the forthcoming new full-length from Pacific Northwest death/doom conjurors, ATRIARCH. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Out Now Via Unique Leader Records; Tour With As Blood Runs Black Begins Next WeekRINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, boundary-destroying third full-length, Lugal Ki En, has officially infiltrated the population and is now available worldwide through Unique Leader Records. [More…]

ANATOMY OF HABIT: Post-Metal/Noise Rock Collective Unveils “Radiate And Recede” Via Heathen HarvestCiphers + Axioms is the forthcoming full-length from Chicago post-metal/noise rock collective, ANATOMY OF HABIT. [More…]

FORESEEN HKI Deploys “Market Target” Via Noisey; Volatile Debut Album Drives Label To Advance North American Street Date; European Savagery 2014 Underway – Following initial reports of when 20 Buck Spin will be releasing FORESEEN HKI’s Helsinki Savagery in late in November, the album was just too unstable and uncontainable to keep under wraps that long, forcing the label to push the street date forward two weeks. [More…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Italian Death Metal Goliaths Stream Cobra Verde Title Track Via GunShyAssassin – Italian death metal juggernauts, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, are pleased to unveil the title track of their forthcoming crushing new full-length, Cobre Verde. [More…]

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ON TOUR NOW: ALTERBEAST –  AMIGO THE DEVIL – AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – ARTILLERY  – ATRIARCH – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BAPTISTS – BATTLECROSS – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – BRUTAL BLUES – CDC – CHLD BITE – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE –  CORRECTIONS HOUSE – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – COWARDS – DIE CHOKING – DORO –  EXCEL –  EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY –FORESEEN HKI – FOSSILS – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FUZZ EVIL – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – GREENLEAF – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IMMORTAL BIRD – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – INTERNAL BLEEDING – KING DIAMOND – LORD MANTIS – MACABRE – MAMMOTH GRINDER – NEUROSIS – OBLITERATIONS – ORANGE GOBLIN – ORBWEAVER – PORD – PYREXIA –RABBITS – REVOCATION – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SORXE – SOS – TODAY IS THE DAY – TORCH RUNNER – TÝR – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WHITECHAPEL – WOLVHAMMER – YAUTJA

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FORESEEN HKI Deploys “Market Target” Via Noisey; Volatile Debut Album Drives Label To Advance North American Street Date; European Savagery 2014 Underway

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Following initial reports of when 20 Buck Spin will be releasing FORESEEN HKI’s Helsinki Savagery in late in November, the album was just too unstable and uncontainable to keep under wraps that long, forcing the label to push the street date forward two weeks. Now that the Finnish crossover killers’ unfuckwithable debut LP is set to detonate stateside in just three weeks, Vice Magazine’s Noisey blog has initiated the next wave of bloodshed from the album, unloading the destructive “Market Target” alongside an interrogation of the outfit, calling the album, “a required purchase if you ever owned a denim jean vest, or at least a copy of either Vio-lence’s Eternal Nightmare or Nuclear Assault’s Game Over.”

Get an inside look at the FORESEEN HKI bandits as they detonate their “Market Target” with Noisey’s aid at THIS LOCATION.

A previous communiqué about the band’s lethality was also released with “Death Injection” via Cvlt Nation CLICK HERE.

Helsinki Savagery is locked for impact via 20 Buck Spin on CD and digital formats in North America on November 11th, while the European street date remains at November 24th. A vinyl edition is under construction for launch February 3rd in a cooperative strike with Take It Back Records in Europe. Stand by for ordering instructions and additional intel from the 20 Buck Spin warmongers.

FORESEEN HKI begins their European Savagery 2014 tour of duty tonight in Stockholm, with two weeks of live annihilation in support of their new album to follow. New tour dates will follow shortly, as the band plans on overthrowing additional venues across Europe in the coming months as well as embarking on their first mission to the US in 2015.

FORESEEN HKI European Savagery 2014:
10/17/2014 Nockebysalen – Stockholm, SE
10/18/2014 Kulturhuset – Norrköping, SE
10/19/2014 Nordengården – Göteborg, SE
10/20/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
10/21/2014 Rote Flora – Hamburg, DE
10/22/2014 Antwerpen Music City – Antwerpen, BE
10/23/2014 Fiddler’s Elbow – London, UK
10/24/2014 The Meatlocker – Leeds, UK
10/25/2014 Platform 5 – Ashford, UK
10/26/2014 Kessel – Offenburg, DE
10/27/2014 Ebrietas – Zürich, CH
10/28/2014 JUZ Mannheim – Mannheim, DE
10/30/2014 Cortina Bob – Berlin, DE
10/31/2014 TBA – Malmö, SE
11/01/2014 Blitz – Oslo, NO

On their debut full-length attack, FORESEEN HKI’s raw crossover showing a distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility, that’s been a hallmark of the countries incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ‘80s, pervades the LP. Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI takes their place among the elite of modern crossover bands, infusing a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows, documenting a band in its hungry, formative prime. The album was recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, with old-school cover art by Eetu Blomqvist & Chad Keith.

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT Takes Over Tucson This Week

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Today, the massive SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT begins in Tucson, Arizona, taking over the town for four solid days of brutal musical acts from across the Western half of the country. With the main event shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night taking place at the historic Rialto Theatre, with tonight’s kickoff show and afterparty shows at the nearby The District Tavern, the third year of SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST is by far the most massive installment yet.

Today, Thursday, October 16th, the event kicks off at the District Tavern with Twingiant, Conqueror Worm, Oryx and -16-. Friday’s main event sees Godhunter, Eagle Twin, Pelican and Goatsnake together, and the afterparty with Spiritual Shepherd, Take Over And Destroy, Blackqueen and The Atlas Moth. On Saturday, The Rialto Theatre hosts Sorxe, Author & Punisher, The Body and Neurosis, and the District afterparty bringing Windmill of Corpses, Secrets of the Sky, North and Primitive Man. And the final night, sees Sex Prisoner, Obliterations, Baptists and Sunn O))) closing down the festival from the Rialto’s stage.

Interviews with a slew of bands set to raid Tucson this week including Sunn O))), Neurosis, Goatsnake, Baptists, Godhunter, Secrets Of The Sky, Obliterations, The Atlas Moth, Eagle Twin and more have been running over the past several weeks at Violent Resonance webzine; check it out HERE. Official SWTFIII shirts and merch, all event and area info and more is available HERE.

Ticket packages for SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST are available RIGHT HERE.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST was founded in 2012 by members of Tucson-based underground acts Godhunter, Inoculara, Diseased Reason and Great American Tragedy in conjunction with local venues and businesses, in order to bring a full-bore event to underground music fans the Southwestern portion of the country. 2013’s event doubled in size from the maiden voyage, and now the third installment of the crushing event will bring an exceptional amount of additional new fans to the festival than ever before.

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DISCORD: New Jersey Death Trio Unleashes Debut EP Via Bandcamp

Monday, October 13th, 2014

New Jersey-based modern death metal trio, DISCORD, has just self-released their debut recordings in the form of their Pale Death EP, which is available now via Bandcamp.

Incorporating violent, snarl-inducing brutality blanketed by melodic passages brimming with despair, DISCORD formed as a studio project in New Jersey, as an outlet for main songwriter and guitarist PJ Spilletti (ex- Purge the Plague, etc.). The band’s music tells a story of evil and misery in the language of the riff. Pale Death, DISCORD’s first release, delivers scathing melodic death metal with intoxicating hooks. Spanning five decimating tracks, Pale Death delivers caustic vocals by Bryan Martinez (Grimus) and Michael Goncalves (Grimus, Windfaerer, Binary Code), and drums by Dan Arminio. The record was engineered, mixed, and mastered at Frightbox Recording by Bobby Torres and the band’s logo and the Pale Death cover art created by Chis Horst, Horst Designs.

Vocalist Michael Goncalves muses about Pale Death, “When PJ approached me about recording vocals for DISCORD I was honored. He allowed Bryan and me to take free rein on our lyrical contributions. The riffs are energetic and metal as fuck but carry an aura of defeatism. We just worked the lyrics off of that vibe — purely pissed and miserable.”

Pale Death is available for streaming on the band’s Bandcamp and can be downloaded for as much or as little as the listener is willing to give. Check it out HERE.


Pale Death Track Listing:
1. Misery
2. Doom: Annihilation From Within
3. Beneath The Weight Of Putrid Fantasy
4. Otherrealm
5. Forsaken

DISCORD:
PJ Spilletti – guitars, bass
Bryan Martinez – vocals
Michael Goncalves – vocals
Dan Arminio – drums

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

CALM HATCHERY Third Full-Length From Polish Death Metal Quintet Now AvailableFading Reliefs, the most relentless and forward-thinking album to date from Polish death metal quintet, CALM HATCHERY, is now available from Selfmadegod Records. [More…]

ORBWEAVER: Orange Amplifier Video Demonstration Featuring Sally Gates Now Playing - Orange Amplifiers recently featured a special gear interview and demonstration video featuring ORBWEAVER guitarist Sally Gates. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Pitchfork Advance Now Playing Entire Poison Everything Debut LP Southern Lord; Tour With Baptists & Obliterations Begins - As Southern Cali’s OBLITERATIONS, unifying current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, Night Horse and others, now come within a week of the release of their Poison Everything LP via Southern Lord, Pitchfork, is letting the entire album off the chain in one of their Advance features this week. [More…]

DORO: Reigning Queen Of Metal Kicks Off North American Leg Of 30 Years Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour; NYC Special Guests Announced – Reigning Queen Of Metal, DORO PESCH, will kick off the North American leg of her 30 Years Strong & Proud anniversary tour next week. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Boston Doom/Sludge Outfit Sets Loose “White Plague” Via Cvlt Nation; Magic Bullet Preps Debut LP From Doomriders Resident/Alumni For Release – With Magic Bullet Records preparing to release the self-titled debut album from Boston-based WORMWOOD — a newly-formed doom/sludge duo founded by current and former members of Doomriders — Cvlt Nation this week sets loose the first wave of the album’s contagion with “White Plague,” the lethal fourth track from the LP. [More…]

LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour Begins Today – Tucson, Arizona metal henchmen, LETHAL DOSAGE, today begin their latest live expedition into human populations in search of debauchery of all forms, as the Completely Meaningless Party Tour kicks off in Anaheim, California. [More…]

OvO: Avant Experimentalists Premiere Twisted Animated Video Via Cvlt Nation – Genre defiant, avant experimentalists, OvO, are pleased to premiere the official new video for “O Cannibali.” [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 5 – In the fifth episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary, Noisey joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan at his bar in New Orleans. [More…]

LAE: Montreal Act Confirms Details Of Debut Album Set For Release Via The Compound/Battleground; Trailer And More Posted – The final details are being aligned for Break The Clasp, the otherworldly debut album from Montreal-based psychedelic post-rock artisans, LAE, to finally see its release this Autumn, as the eclectic outfit undergoes an absolute rebirth. [More…]

MAID MYRIAD: Debut Full-Length From Ohio Kaleidoscope Rock Act Out Today; Trio Makes Album “Name Your Price” Available – Ohio’s mesmerizing progressive/alternative power trio, MAID MYRIAD, today officially releases their debut studio full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, and in addition to the CD version via Nefarious Industries, the trio has made the digital version available through a “name your price” purchase via Nefarious Industries as a token of public celebration of its availability. [More…]

ORANGE GOBLIN: Back From The Abyss Out Today Via Candlelight Records; Revolver Hosts Exclusive Track-By-Track Breakdown – In celebration of the official North American release of Back From The Abyss, the newest studio recording from UK stoner metal titans, ORANGE GOBLIN, today Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive track-by-track breakdown of the record as told by vocalist Ben Ward. [More…]

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Goliaths Premiere New Tune At Metal Assault; Band Prepares To Drop Unique Leader Debut – California-based extreme death metal unit, ANNIHILATED, is pleased to drop the sonic debauchery of “Eradication Profit” upon unsuspecting masses. [More…]

DER BLAUE REITER: Cvlt Nation Streams New Hymn From Post-Apocalyptic Darkwave ProjectLe Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence is the stunning, new, near hour-long full-length from Barcelona-based darkwave project, DER BLAUE REITER. [More…]

Corpse Flower Records And CV Comics To Release Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost; Trailer Posted + Preorders Available – Corpse Flower Records and CV Books are pleased to join forces for the release of Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a mammoth 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors. [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Burning Ambulance Premieres New Hymn From Occult Death Rock Alchemists; New Full-Length To See Release Via Magic Bullet Next Week – Burning Ambulance is currently hosting the official premiere of “Chaos Will Reign,” the second hymn from ANCIENT VVISDOM’s forthcoming new full-length, Sacrificial. [More…]

PISS VORTEX: Danish Grinders Extraordinaire Stream Track From Forthcoming Debut LP At American Aftermath; Preorders Posted – American Aftermath has just dispatched an exclusive stream of “Those Who Labor,” the next to last of fourteen relentless tracks encapsulated on the self-titled debut LP from Danish extreme grind executioners, PISS VORTEX. [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Sludgecore Perpetrators To Play Record Release Show in Los Angeles This Evening: Live Footage Posted – West Coast sludgecore perpetrators, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, will level the stage of All Star Lanes in Los Angeles this evening alongside Black Sheep Wall, Crowhurst and The Love Below! [More…]

FATHER MURPHY’s North American Live Rituals Continue + Band Added To Le Guess Who Festival – Following a successful journey through Mexico, Italy’s favorite avant occult twosome, FATHER MURPHY, is bringing their séances to North American stages on another run of live rituals. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY: Entire Animal Mother LP Streaming At Lambgoat; Tour With Lord Mantis Underway – As TODAY IS THE DAY begins their exhausting, widespread tour schedule in support of the act’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, now just days from release through Southern Lord Recordings, the entire dynamic and demoralizing album is now playing courtesy of the longtime TITD supporters at Lambgoat. [More…]

AMERICAN HERITAGE: Revolver Magazine Releases Debut Single From Sixth Album From Chicago Outfit; Preorders PostedProlapse, the sixth full-length studio album from Chicago’s AMERICAN HERITAGE will see release in late November through French noise mongers, Solar Flare Records, and the first single from its onslaught is now on the loose courtesy of Revolver Magazine. [More…]

ROSES NEVER FADE: New Ballad Of Desolation From Dark Neofolk Trio Now Playing At Cvlt Nation – Cvlt Nation is currently streaming With Each Passing Wave,” the newest ballad of desolation from dark neofolk trio, ROSES NEVER FADE. [More…]

RABBITS: Noise Rock On Parade European Tour With Årabrot, MoE Begins Next Week – With the dust barely starting to settle following the release of their third LP, Untoward, Portland noiseshredders, RABBITS, are packing up their shit (album-related pun) as their brutalizing trek across the European continent in support of the record begins this Monday. [More…]

YAUTJA Launches North American Tour Today – Resting for brief intervals in between attacks, Nashville’s wicked trio, YAUTJA, has been touring steadily for nearly the past year in support of their debut LP, Songs Of Descent, released in February of this year via Forcefield Records. [More…]

SAHHR: Blackened Death Strategists Wage Auditory War With “Miscreant” Now Playing At Metal Insider; Preorders Available + Video Teaser Posted – Blackened death strategists, SAHHR, are pleased to wage auditory war today with “Miscreant.” [More…]

SOS To Play Outdoor Gig at Tompkins Square Park This Saturday; Band To Rage The NYC Marathon Once Again – The SOS heavy melodic groove machine is rolling heavy, as the band continues booking new gigs across their vast NYC home turf in support of their fifth full-length album, Strength And Conditioning. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Doomriders Offshoot Duo Releases New Track From Debut LP At Decibel Magazine – Decibel Magazine is now playing the newest single from the slow-motion facecrush that is Boston-based WORMWOOD’s self-titled LP, set for release next week through Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

WIZARD RIFLE: Stoner/Doom/Mathrock Conjurers To Release Long-Awaited New Full-Length On Seventh Rule; Preorders Available – Los Angeles-by-way-of-Portland stoner, doomed out, mathrock conjurers, WIZARD RIFLE, are very pleased to unveil their brand new full-length in the form of the smoldering five-track Here In The Deadlights. [More…]

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ON TOUR NOW: ALTERBEAST –  AMIGO THE DEVIL – AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – ATRIARCH – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BAPTISTS – BATTLECROSS – BEYOND THE SHORE – BLACK ANVIL – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – BRUTAL BLUES – CDC – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE –  CORRECTIONS HOUSE – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – COWARDS – DIE CHOKING – DORO –  EXCEL –  EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY – FOSSILS – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FUZZ EVIL – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – GREENLEAF – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IMMORTAL BIRD – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – INTERNAL BLEEDING – KING DIAMOND – LETHAL DOSAGE – LO-PAN – LORD MANTIS – MACABRE – NEUROSIS – OBLITERATIONS – ORANGE GOBLIN – ORBWEAVER – PORD – PYREXIA – PYRRHON – RABBITS – REVOCATION – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SORXE – SOS – TELOCH VOVIN – TODAY IS THE DAY – TORCH RUNNER – TÝR – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WHITECHAPEL – WOLVHAMMER – YAUTJA

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RABBITS: Noise Rock On Parade European Tour With Årabrot, MoE Begins Next Week

Friday, October 10th, 2014

With the dust barely starting to settle following the release of their third LP, Untoward, Portland noiseshredders, RABBITS, are packing up their shit (album-related pun) as their brutalizing trek across the European continent in support of the record begins this Monday.

While some of the members’ previous acts like The VSS and others have crossed the Atlantic in the past, this is the first time RABBITS will be crossing into any of these countries. With the final details of only a handful of shows still being locked down, the Noise Rock On Parade through Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, And Portugal will see the band less than covertly rampaging through the five countries from October 13th through November 2nd, with the kickoff show in Brussels as a part of Magasin 4’s twentieth anniversary celebration. Several of the previously announced shows have been updated since earlier news blasts, and the newly released Iberian dates on the second half of the tour are sponsored and booked by Wombat. On this crushing crusade, the clique will be washing the European peoples in waves of their filthy aggro amplification and slaughterhouse riffage alongside with Norwegian Grammy-winning experimentalists, Årabrot — whom RABBITS released a split 7” with last year — currently promoting their new I Modi EP, and Norwegian rockers, MoE, who are touring on their new album, 3.

An appropriately gnarly poster by Portland artist Violet Aveline has been released for the upcoming venture; check it, as well as new live footage of RABBITS razing Portland-based anti-fest Festicide this Summer, the official video for “So Fake It’s Real,” constructed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, OFF!, ZZ Top) and more below.

A rad new gear feature on guitarist/vocalist Joshua Hughes’ vomit-inducing guitar tone is up at PureGrainAudio HERE.

RABBITS’s third full-length album, Untoward, was released in August through Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records, the album exhaustingly tracked live to tape at Type Foundry, Portland in one day and mixed in two. The engineering duties on Untoward were tag-teamed by Jeremy Romagna (Trees, Tecumseh, Wives) and Fester (Nux Vomica, Usnea, Stoneburner), both of whom have recorded the majority of the band’s previous material, the tracks mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering, and the cover artwork hand-sewn by Anne Mersereau. Through RABBITS’s already unwelcoming tsunami of blaring amplification and sarcastic, parasitic methodology, the outsider trio unloads nearly a half-hour of their most centered but dynamic aggravation yet on Untoward.

Stream all of Untoward and place orders for the digital and 150-gram LP cut at 45 RPM guaranteed to rip your face off RIGHT HERE.

RABBITS Noise Rock On Parade European Tour w/ Årabrot, MoE:
10/13/2014 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE w/ El Yunque [no MoE] [info]
10/14/2014 Maguires Pizza Bar – Liverpool, UK
10/15/2014 Star & Garter – Manchester, UK w/ Bastard Of The Skies [no MoE] [info]
10/16/2014 13th Note – Glasgow, UK w/ Clocked Out, Holy Motors [no MoE]
10/17/2014 The Windmill – London, UK w/ Meadows, Ghold [info]
10/18/2014 Green Room Store – Brighton, UK [no MoE]
10/19/2014 The Pits – Kortrijk, BE [info]
10/20/2014 La Zone – Liège, BE w/ Minot [info]
10/21/2014 Terminus – Rennes, FR [info]
10/22/2014 Le Parvis De Bagnolet – Paris, FR w/ Missfist [info]
10/23/2014 Mogambo – Pasaia, ES
10/24/2014 Sentinel Rock Club – Erandio, ES
10/25/2014 TBA – EH/Berriz, ES
10/26/2014 Antiguos Almacenes de La Mina – La Gándara, ES
10/27/2014 A Reserva – Carballo, ES
10/28/2014 Stairway Club – Cascais, PT
10/29/2014 TBA – Madrid/Salamanca, ES
10/30/2014 Ibu Hots – Gasteiz, ES
10/31/2014 TBA – Madrid/Zaragoza, ES
11/01/2014 Orbeko Etxea – Laudio, ES
11/02/2014 Ceferino – Barcelona, ES

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LAE: Montreal Act Confirms Details Of Debut Album Set For Release Via The Compound/Battleground; Trailer And More Posted

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The final details are being aligned for Break The Clasp, the otherworldly debut album from Montreal-based psychedelic post-rock artisans, LAE, to finally see its release this Autumn, as the eclectic outfit undergoes an absolute rebirth.

Performing as LAE-TSEU, their initial moniker, the outfit initially impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie circuits in the apocalypse-ready Y2K era of the mid 1990s, having set out to distance themselves from the established conventions of rock music as well as the trappings of the various alternative subgenres. However, after carving an excellent name for themselves regionally, and as they prepared to record their debut album, the band dissolved, with several members’ lifestyles beginning to rot away at the rest of the band, professionally and personally.

In mid-2013, having restructured the lineup and dropping half of their previous band name, LAE emerged from the unfortunate ashes of what transpired two decades ago, completely re-envisioning the songs with new life knowledge and a ravenous hunger to make them better than ever. To capture this soundtrack, bassist, Ronald Jean-Gilles, drummer Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, and guitarists Stephane Desgroseilliers and Marc Lucas Ablasou contracted Steve Austin (Today Is The Day), flying him and an arsenal of gear from his Austin Enterprises from Maine to record in Ablasou’s wood shop/warehouse. Here, the five musicians utilized acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, multiple electric organs and pianos and more to capture their long-awaited full-length, Break The Clasp in full analog on vintage gear. However, as Austin became immersed in the recordings, eventually his producer duties shifted to more instinctive musician sense, and in the end, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the entire album in addition to other musical contributions.

After being mastered at Austin Enterprises back in Maine, and being fitted with imaginative cover art crafted by the band’s longtime cohort Sonny Kay (The VSS, Gold Standard Laboratories label), LAE’s Break The Clasp will finally see its birth this Autumn. Encompassing nearly fifty-three minutes of unclassifiable, unearthly, heartbreaking psychedelic audio artistry, while fans of Three Mile Pilot, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac and more will be instantly hooked by these tales of love, devotion and loss, Break The Clasp is an incredible experience, the record unfathomably original and unlike anything accessible on this planet.

Issues LAE in a collective statement on their album finally coming to fruition: “This project really started with old friends Marc and Ron who began playing together at age 16. Marc’s genius and Ron’s skills gave birth to a unique and complex musical universe. This accumulation of song ideas and sounds just needed to come out and somehow be archived once and for all. That was the ultimate goal. To do so, two other good friends, Stéphane and Serge,  whose minds were crooked enough to understand Marc’s unconventional melodies joined the group. We then had a band, one reminiscent of the one we were all part of at some point in the ‘90s. Adding Steve Austin to the mix was quite the experiment. Luckily for us, the timing couldn’t have been better as Steve got involved with this project in ways we never would’ve expected. Not only has he become the lead singer, but more importantly a very good friend. This album was recorded over a week during the summer of 2013; heck, the drums were recorded over the course of a day and half! With all its imperfections and whatnot, we are very pleased and humbled to team up with the good people at The Compound and Battleground Records for the release of Break The Clasp, our first album.”

View the cover art, YouTube trailer and more on Break The Clasp now at THIS LOCATION.

Break The Clasp will be issued through a collaborative release between DIY labels The Compound and Battleground Records. The digital download and 6-panel digipak will be available on November 25th, 2014, and a massive 180-gram double LP in February 2015 as the band begins touring throughout North America. Preorders, singles from the album and more will be made available in the coming days.

Break The Clasp Track Listing:
1. Sexy Sadie
2. Break the Clasp
3. To Give You The Stars Above
4. Broken Knee
5. Reunion
6. New Moon
7. Sister
8. Spare Me Logic
9. Let Me Die In The Memory of Her Arms
10. Geisha
11. 17 Queen
12. Cold Dark Drive
13. Space Travel

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MY BROTHER THE WIND: Official Video From Improvisational Recording Session Hosted By The Obelisk

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

MY BROTHER THE WIND has just released an official video for the vast, slowly-building twelve-minute movement, “Song Of Innocence,” not only culled from their new album, but actually filmed directly in time with the recording of the track, showcasing the band’s ultra free-flow style of recording.

The Swedish quartet recorded their third studio full-length, Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, at Drop Out Analogue in the snowy wilderness of Åmål, Sweden, engineered by Love Tholin, and recorded directly to two-inch tape on a circa 1969 sixteen-track Ampex in one day. However, MY BROTHER THE WIND’s organic sound is not captured simply through their recording practices and equipment, it all comes together naturally and progresses as a living being, completely improvised on the spot. The band’s friends Eleni Liverakou Eriksson and Per Karlsson were present during the recording session and captured some of the magic taking place, which was then edited by Patrik Roos, and now enters the public domain with the “Song Of Innocence” video.

The Obelisk has hosted the release of the new video, stating, “We get to see the room where MY BROTHER THE WIND — who also released a Live at Roadburn 2013 live record this year — made the album, their configuration all facing each other while they played, and get a sense of how they follow each other through the jams. And of course, there’s “Song of Innocence” itself, which with its lush and instrumental feel gives an excellent sense of what to expect from Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, driven by the chemistry between these players and the carefully woven interplay of the work they do.” In addition, guitarists Nicklas Barker and Mathias Danielsson comment on the video and the song’s creation.

View The “Song Of Innocence” video at The Obelisk; ENTER HERE.

A trailer documenting the album’s creation, the band performing both on stage and outdoors, an in-depth look at the LP’s artwork and more is also available HERE.

Free Electric Sound — the instrumental music division of The Laser’s Edge — will release Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One worldwide on October 14th. Additional audio from the album will be released in the coming days.

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BLEACH EVERYTHING / VORS: Bipolar Split 7-Inch And Case Study Of Both Groups Now Available Courtesy Of Fangoria Magazine

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

With the split 7” between Richmond’s scathing punk assassins, BLEACH EVERYTHING, and Los Angeles’ solo synth creep, VORS, just under two weeks from parole via Magic Bullet Records, an exclusive exposé is now available via almighty horror sanctuary, Fangoira Magazine, with interrogations of both acts and audio evidence of the eviscerating EP. Introducing the cross-examination, Fangoria proclaims, “Waiting for that special record to come along and drive a dread-infused aural stake right dead center through your cold, black, horror-loving heart this Halloween month? Well, today is your lucky day.” It continues, noting the split is, “a chilling, schizophrenic maelstrom which in toto represents one hell of a terrifying earworm.”

Get stalked and slashed with the ravenous punkcrush of BLEACH EVERYTHING’s Black Christmas homage in “The Moaner,” and VORS’ skulking, split-personality darkwave creeper, “Mood Swinger,” at Fangoria RIGHT HERE.

Magic Bullet Records will officially slab the BLEACH EVERYTHING / VORS split on black and white 7” vinyl pressings and digitally worldwide on October 14th.

On this off-kilter joint killing spree, BLEACH EVERYTHING kicks off the festivities with “The Moaner,” a demented little number about a violent man that lives in your attic undetected. Musically, the pace is as frantic and urgent as the final sands in the proverbial hourglass. Drums are crushed, buzzsaw guitars cut deeply across the speakers, and overdriven bass pushes along the possessed and just flat-out eerie vocals in a pre-meditated murderous game of musical chairs. Featuring current members of Iron Reagan, Suppression, and former members of Jesuit and Corn On Macabre, you know full-well it’s going to be a completely twisted take on music as most people conventionally know it. VORS complements the violent carnage of BLEACH EVERYTHING via a deliberate, dead-behind-the-eyes ditty appropriately titled “Mood Swinger.” Synth-heavy and glacially paced, the track sounds like it was written from the fire escape outside of the kitchen window you’re obliviously walking around behind (towel optional). Drenched in the gritty low-budget outsider sleaze that defined many of the great VHS hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s, this could have easily been the soundtrack to “Maniac,” “Deranged,” “Possessed” and the like. It’s cold, it’s rainy, and it’s highly likely that VORS (aka J Bennett from Ides Of Gemini) is talking and laughing to himself while cutting the phone lines in your neighborhood. The whole bloody affair is packaged in a disturbingly meticulous and obsessive wrap from the hands and the mind of former Kink.com set-dresser STK MTN. This is the kind of record the brown paper bag was invented for.

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