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SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From Crypt Of The Devil Currently Streaming At No Clean Singing

Monday, April 20th, 2015

In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their Crypt Of The Devil full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.

As Crypt Of The Devil’s release day draws near, today No Clean Singing rolls out “Gruesome” for communal huffing noting, “I’m not saying you shouldn’t blaze one before listening to ‘Gruesome,’ as long as you understand the risk of warfare in your brain chemistry — between the part of you that wants to sink into a couch and dial out for a pizza and the part, awakened by this song, that wants to skin your obnoxious neighbor with a lemon peeler and then set him on fire before he bleeds out. Barnes sounds like he’s feeling the heat of the blood lust,” the popular video portal continues of the track, “the jabbing/drilling riffs are scalpel-sharp and vicious, and there’s enough crowbar-to-the-neck groove in the song to plow through the cranium and get stuck in the squishy part. When the band really jam the pedal to the floor in this thing and let loose a flame-throwing guitar solo, it becomes Grade-A mosh meat, too — the song is bound to become a staple in SFU’s live shows.”

Get “Gruesome” at THIS LOCATION.

And you can still sample “Stab,” still slicing its way through the Decibel airwaves at THIS LOCATION.

SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes — owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre — was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart. Latest offering, Crypt Of The Devil, was recorded at Phil “Landphil” Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new homebase in Seattle, Washington to track vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley captured his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York.

Crypt Of The Devil will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 5th, 2015. For preorder bundles and a taste of first single, “Open Coffin Orgy,” visit:

“If they open a Death Metal Hall of Fame, Chris Barnes should have a wing… This record is another classic by a band that makes more hits than misses. 9/10” – Wicked Channel

DIE CHOKING: Philly Hardcore/Grind Trio Completes Recording Of Debut LP For Fall Release; Teaser Video + New Tour Dates Leaked

Monday, April 20th, 2015
[photo by Matt Weikel]

Philadelphia’s frenzied trio known as DIE CHOKING, has completed the arduous recording sessions of the band’s debut LP, which will see release later this year.

Packing an incomprehensibly manic dose of their most uncompromising material yet, DIE CHOKING recorded their maiden full-length at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem). Following in the tradition of the band’s prior two 7” EPs — the self-titled debut and follow-up, II, both released through The Compound Recs in 2014 — the first full-length recording from DIE CHOKING will pick up where II left off with eleven new tracks, bringing forth movements eleven through twenty-two. With even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements employed in the design work of the songs, and more elements of hardcore punk and crust merging with the band’s blinding speed/grind metal, the impending LP from Philly’s most unhinged act promises to be one of the most violent, high-speed releases of 2015. Additional details on III will be announced in the weeks ahead.

A brief video teaser from the recording sessions of DIE CHOKING’s III has been leaked RIGHT HERE.

DIE CHOKING’s II 7” on red wax including an actual document serving as a living will, and the self-titled debut 7” on black wax, are available via Earsplit’s label, The Compound, RIGHT HERE. Also view the official video for the band’s “Tonsil” track HERE.

DIE CHOKING has tour dates throughout the Upper Central and Northeastern US in the coming months, including Midwest shows surrounding their performance at No Tomorrow Fest in Appleton, Wisconsin joining MDC, Channel 3, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat and more. Several new shows in Ny, Philly and across New England with the likes of Fantasy Panther, Drones For Queens, Connoisseur, Ratstab and more have been confirmed for May and June. Additional Spring and Summer tour dates as well as the band’s first West Coast Tour for October will be announced shortly.

4/25/2015 Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer [info]
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more [info]
5/03/2015 Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired [info]
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY w/ Scowl, Mary Todd
5/15/2015 Whitney House – Hartford, CT w/ Fantasy Panther, Empty Vessels
5/16/2015 House Show – Worcester, MA w/ Fantasy Panther
5/17/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia w/ Drones For Queens, Omotai, Mary Todd, Night Raids [info]
6/15/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA w/ Connoisseur, Ratstab, Eaten, Shroud [info]

[photo by Jane Pags]

CONNOISSEUR: California Stoner Violence Unit Celebrates 4/20 With A Taste Of “New Amsterdam” Now Playing At Cvlt Nation; Stoner Justice Preorder Bundles Available

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Following a solid year of blunt rolling and live perversions, glassy-eyed, California smoke goliaths, CONNOISSEUR, will unleash the weedian fruits of their Stoner Justice offering this June via Tankcrimes Records.

Initially released in EP form last year and captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, Oakland (Annihilation Time, Iron Lung, Vhöl, Brainoil), Stoner Justice redux is remastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering (Abscess, Toxic Holocaust, Voetsek etc.) and has been expanded to fourteen blunted ragers, including a live set professionally recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover on February 13th, 2015 (mixed and mastered by the same team) and includes a mind-bending cover art collaboration by Skinner (Mastodon) and Hal Rotter (Atriarch, Cough, Eyehategod, Skeletonwitch etc.). Those who puff to the gutter-crusted resonance of Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out, Dystopia, and Earth Crisis, listen up.

In celebration of 4/20, the holiest of cannabis holy days, today Cvlt Nation offers up a taste of THC-infused cranium-crusher, “New Amsterdam,” for public inhalation. Elaborates the band: “While marijuana laws progress around the country, in other parts it’s still used as an excuse to jail people and to keep the for profit prison system in place. ‘New Amsterdam’ is about tearing this corrupt system down and rebuilding a new Utopia where everyone is free to smoke and live as they please. Perfect for a day where people are celebrating weed culture all around the world. “

Puff, puff, pass at THIS LOCATION.

And if you need another toke break, peep the band’s new lyric video for “Orc Summer,” now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATON.

CONNOISSEUR will bring their bong-blasting psalms to stages throughout the US for an epic run of live takeovers through Spring and Summer. Following last month’s So Stoned In SoCal Weekend live extravaganza, CONNOISSEUR will grind their nugs later this week alongside with San Jose powerviolence unit Deadpressure for a trio of shows in Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Oakland before kicking off the lengthy …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour that will smoke out over four dozen cities nationally from May 22nd through July 11th. Hide your dime bags!

CONNOISSEUR w/ Deadpressure:
4/24/2015 The Colony – Sacramento, CA
4/25/2015 Caffe Pergolesi - Santa Cruz, CA
4/26/2015 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
…And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour:
5/22/2015 Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/24/2015 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
5/25/2015 TBA – Eugene, OR * matinee show
5/25/2015 The Wisp House – Salem, OR
5/27/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
5/28/2015 Shredder  – Boise, ID
5/29/2015 Rampdale – Salt Lake City UT
5/30/2015 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
5/31/2015 Club Scum – Denver, CO
6/01/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/02/2015 TBA – Omaha, NE
6/03/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
6/04/2015 TBA – Appleton, WI
6/05/2015 Cocoon Room – Milwaukee, WU
6/06/2015 The 2040 – Chicago, IL
6/07/2015 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
6/08/2015 Sexx Mansion – Indianapolis, IN
6/09/2015 Spacebar – Columbus, OH
6/10/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/11/2015 Mr Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Northrup House - Buffalo, NY
6/13/2015 No Cars - Rochester, NY
6/15/2015 O’Brien’s - Boston, MA
6/16/2015 Funky Jungle – Providence, RI
6/17/2015 TBA – Long Island, NY
6/18/2015 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
6/19/2015 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
6/20/2015 Mill Hill  – Trenton, NJ
6/21/2015 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
6/22/2015 Skid Row – York, PA
6/23/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
6/24/2015 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
6/25/2015 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
6/26/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
6/27/2015 Bigshows – Statesborough, GA
6/28/2015 TBA – Gainesville, FL
6/29/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
6/30/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/01/2015 TBA – Baton Rouge, LA
7/02/2015 Black Barbie - Houston, TX
7/03/2015 TBA – Dallas, TX
7/04/2015 Lost Well  – Austin, TX
7/05/2015 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
7/06/2015 TBA – El Paso, TX
7/07/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
7/08/2015 APT 512 Gallery – Phoenix, AZ
7/09/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
7/10/2015 TBA – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 924 Gilman St – Berkeley, CA
Tour Event Page HERE

Likening themselves to Earth Crisis if they “smoked weed and listened to Spazz,” the Smokeland, California-based trio, CONNOISSEUR, deafens the weak with an upbeat/d-beat barrage of West Bay powerviolence packed with resin-coated sludgedowns and chronically brutal, comically cheeba-charged vocal onslaughts that consume the listener in a violently stoned, inescapable haze.

Stoner Justice will see release on CD, LP (on rad splatter vinyl) and digitally via Tankcrimes on June 9th, 2015. For preorder bundles scroll on over to THIS LOCATION.

STOP BREATHING: Summer Street Date For Second LP From California Hardcore Punk Outfit Set; Album Art And Info Released

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Oxnard, California-based STOP BREATHING will release their second LP, V, this Summer, this week confirming the album’s official street date cover art and more, as new live actions begin to come together for the months ahead.

A tight knit union of bandits also hailing from The Fucking Wrath, Glass & Ashes, The Missing 23rd, Young Livers and other acts, STOP BREATHING has been pounding out their energetic skate-punk/late-‘80s hardcore since 2009 Cranking things up another few notches with their fifth official release, in their fifth year as a band, V was recorded in two sessions; the first in 2013 right before bassist Mike Carter moved to Portland, and the second nine months later with everything but bass. They sent the songs up to Portland, where Carter would track the bass lines and backing screams, after which it was mastered by Paul Miner at Buzz Bomb Sound Labs (Death By Stereo, H20). Hurtling a dozen new anthems point-blank into the population in just over thirty minutes, V surges with the restless angst of early Western US heroes 7 Seconds, Poison Idea, The Descendents, and The Circle Jerks delivered in a fired-up contemporary attack fans of everything from Good Riddance and Kid Dynamite to Bane and Kill Your Idols will dive into like a swirling circle pit.

As a joint release between Burning Tree and Rotten To The Core Records, V will see official vinyl and digital release on August 11th, 2015. The cover art by Kane Shimek and Ruben Perez, the track listing and more has been released in advance, and audio from the record and much more will be released late this Spring and into Summer. With the departure of Carter to Portland and Jesse to school commitments, STOP BREATHING enlisted Chris Goodrich (Catholic Spit) on bass and longtime friend Kile Garcia on second guitar, making their delivery all the more unstoppable. Goodrich will release a cassette version of V too through his label Bad Touch Records.

Following several recent Cali shows, the charged new STOP BREATHING lineup continues to book new shows in advance of the release of V, having just locked a new show supporting legendary Vancouver punk brigade, D.O.A. in Los Angeles on May 7th. Expect continuous tour updates throughout the coming months.

V Track Listing:
1. So Now
2. Don’t Tell Me
3. Breaking Ground
4. By The Balls
5. Keep Gunning
6. I Can’t Stop
7. Ben Halen
8. No Escape
9. Sing Along
10. Stay Blind
11. More Of The Same
12. Until We Die

5/07/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ D.O.A., Mad Parade, Dissension, Corrupted Youth, Barbie And The Hookers

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – April 20th, 2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015

MARUTA Deploys “Hope Smasher” From Relapse Debut Via Lambgoat; First In-Studio Video Installment Released – Additional evidence of MARUTA’s auditory war crimes has been exposed, with new, preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit’s Remain Dystopian LP spreading through media this afternoon. [More…]

FULL SCALE RIOT: NYC-Area Hardcore Outfit Releases Depopulation Demo; Follow-Up Material In The Works – NYC-area hardcore collective, FULL SCALE RIOT, has just released their new Depopulation demo, the band coalescing current and former members of area bands of both local and worldwide visibility, and collectively unleashing a razor-sharp new release. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI Forced To Cancel Remaining Dates With The Mountain Goats – Due to a serious medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Los Angeles’ sound enigmas, IDES OF GEMINI, who were in the midst of a trek with acclaimed indie rock unit, the Mountain Goats, regret to announce their withdrawal from the tour as well as the cancellation of their post tour headlining. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Los Angeles Outlaws Confirm Eastern North America June Tour With White Lung – The latest onslaught of unhinged, live annihilation from Los Angeles’ OBLITERATIONS has been confirmed, as the band plans to shred through Eastern North America in June. [More…]

GRUESOME: New Full-Length From Death-Saluting Supergroup Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Savage Land To Detonate Via Relapse - With its release now just one week away, today Decibel Magazine is streaming Savage Land, the forthcoming new long player from Death-saluting supergroup, GRUESOME, in its menacing entirety. [More…]

THE BODY Begins North American Live Assault With Full Of Hell + Headlining Sets As Part Of Apex VI Fest Confirmed – Nomadic, apocalyptic doom cult, THE BODY, is currently embarked on its latest two-month-long crusade, reigning end-time sermons upon the masses through a barrage of incomprehensibly heavy tonal destruction. [More…]

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

SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage PostedOnly The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. [More…]

VALBORG: German Dark Metal Trio Unveils New Tune From Temple Of Torturous-Bound Full-Length Via Decibel – German dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, who feature within their ranks current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more will unleash their fifth full-length next month via Temple Of Torturous. [More…]

COWARDS: European Live Domination In Support Of Rise To Infamy Continues; LP Now Available In The US Via Deathwish – Parisian legion, COWARDS, continues to follow-up the monstrous release of their Rise To Infamy sophomore LP with loads of tour dates confirmed through early June. [More…]

ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester – Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself. [More…]

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

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Appalachian Valley Sets Stage For Inaugural Open-Air Camping And Metal Fest – The concept of the open-air heavy metal music and camping fest, so popular in Europe, seems to be a rarity in America. [More…]

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing At No Clean Singing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms - California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. [More…]

KINGCROW: Italian Progresive Metal Sextet Prepares Sixth Album For Release Through Sensory Records – Rome, Italy’s progressive metal masters, KINGCROW, have wrapped up the final touches on the band’s valiant sixth album, Eidos, and is preparing to release it through Sensory Records this June. [More…]

WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The WayWOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way. [More…]

JADED STAR: Debut Album Streaming At PureGrainAudio; Memories From The Future Out Now On Sensory RecordsJADED STAR’s magnificent debut album, Memories From The Future, is available in North America this week via Sensory Records, and to celebrate its inauguration into the public domain, the entire album is now playing in its entirety at PureGrainAudio. [More…]

CROM DUBH: Heimweh Opus From London Epic Black Metal Outfit Playing At No Clean Singing As LP Is Unleashed By Ván RecordsHeimweh, the monstrous and all-encompassing debut LP from London-based epic/melodic black metal horde, CROM DUBH, is now streaming in its entirety via No Clean Singing, as the album is now out through Germany’s cult label, Ván Records. [More…]

CANCER BATS Confirms Tour With Danzig And Pennywise – Canadian hardcore punk metallers, CANCER BATS, who are currently on tour in Europe, are ecstatic to announce theeir inclusion on a string of North American dates with Danzig and Pennywise this July! [More…]

SIXTY WATT SHAMAN: Long-Running Desert Rock/Doom Unit Joins Ripple Music; Band To Enter Studio With J. Robbins + Live Assaults Announced – Long-running, Baltimore-based heavy desert rock/doom unit, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, are pleased to announce their official union with California rock powerhouse, Ripple Music, for the release of their forthcoming new full-length. [More…]

BRAVE THE WATERS: The Obelisk Premieres “Voice Of The Ancient Oak” By Grey Skies Fallen/Buckshot Facelift Instrumental Duo – New York-based instrumental duo, BRAVE THE WATERS, is preparing to release their recently completed debut recordings in the form of the Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days EP. [More…]

KINGS DESTROY: New York City Stoner Doom Giants Unsheathe New Single From Forthcoming Studio Offering Via The Obelisk – “Every band has ‘that’ song on an album,” says KINGS DESTROY vocalist Steve Murphy thoughtfully of “Mythomania,” the latest single to come off the band’s soon-to-be-unleashed, self-titled full-length. [More…]

BLACK MARE: New Video From Dark, Psychedelic Moon Movers Now Playing At Noisey; Split With Lycia To See Release This Saturday – Today, Vice’s music portal, Noisey, offers up the visual accompaniment to BLACK MARE’s “Low Crimes,” a hymn that comes by way of the band’s forthcoming split 7” with Lycia, set for release on Record Store Day via Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio-Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted – Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, SIGH, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. [More…]

BOSS KONG: Bloody Disgusting Debuts “Viet Kong” Single; Magic Bullet Preps 7” For Record Store Day As Simian Slaughter Unfolds – Magic Bullet Records’ latest label acquisition — the simian mercenaries known as BOSS KONG – launch the full-on offensive of The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II tomorrow as an official Record Store Day release, but skirmish has broken out early, and the invasion of the “Viet Kong” has begun, raging through the frontline defenses intent on pillaging your village. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Titans To Open For Sleep This Weekend; Band Unveils New Tune + Limited Edition Artwork – Following a successful, near-month-long live US takeover last month, Denver doom titans, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will open for the originators of The Riff, Sleep, this Sunday as a precursor to 4/20, the unofficial national day of cannabis celebration. [More…]

OBSEQUIAE: Medieval Metal Artisans Offer New Tune From Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP With “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” Via Cvlt Nation – As these days thrive with fresh vegetation and foliage taking root, a new dawn breaks for Minnesota’s OBSEQUIAE, as the outfit presents its sophomore album, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, through 20 Buck Spin. [More…]

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near – In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. [More…]

BROKEN CROSS: Through Light To Night Debut LP From Swedish Cult Lo-Fi Punk Soloist Nears Release; New Track Streaming – Swedish project, BROKEN CROSS, has completed the outfit’s debut LP, Through Light To Night, and is preparing it for release in the coming weeks. [More…]

LYCIA: New Psalm From Exclusive Record Store Day Seven-Inch Streaming At Cvlt Nation – Today, Cvlt Nation kicks off the weekend with the cathartic resonance of LYCIA’s “Silver Leaf.” [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.


LYCIA: New Psalm From Exclusive Record Store Day Seven-Inch Streaming At Cvlt Nation

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Today, Cvlt Nation kicks off the weekend with the cathartic resonance of LYCIA’s “Silver Leaf.” The airy psalm comes off the band’s limited edition, split seven-inch with Black Mare, set for release tomorrow via Magic Bullet Records in honor of Record Store Day.

Hailing from Mesa, Arizona, LYCIA was initially forged back in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, confounding ears their groundbreaking ethereal darkwave sound conjurings. Heavily reverbed guitars, dark, wraithlike keyboard tones, and ominous programmed drums pushed the gothic scene forward as their music inspired Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, and many within tangential dark, industrial circles. Their 1995 album, The Burning Circle And Then Dust (Projekt Records) remains a cult hit to this day. With “Silver Leaf,” there is no joy; only an eternity to ponder what’s been done. “Silver Leaf” comes about long after summer is gone, “where bright horizons are hard to find.” All that remains is reflection and memory slipping like sand through worn fingers.

“I feel like I’m floating in darkest space, gliding through the sonic universe of LYCIA,” relays Cvlt Nation. “Allow the tune to guide you at THIS LOCATION.”

The BLACK MARE/LYCIA split will be unleashed on April 18th, 2015 (Record Store Day) and is available for preorder on limited edition black wax and grey swirl at THIS LOCATION. Digital lovers can order the split via Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE. The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art and insert art by the bands themselves round out this frostbitten slab of wax.

BROKEN CROSS: Through Light To Night Debut LP From Swedish Cult Lo-Fi Punk Soloist Nears Release; New Track Streaming

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Swedish project, BROKEN CROSS, has completed the outfit’s debut LP, Through Light To Night, and is preparing it for release in the coming weeks.

Since 2011 the solo Swedish architect who issues his unholy creations under the moniker BROKEN CROSS has infiltrated the population with an intense brew of lo-fi punk/hardcore iniquity and a caustic metallic shell, citing G.I.S.M., Septic Death, Gehenna and unquestionable devotion to Integrity. Through an impressive discography of EPs and singles to date, titles like New World Soldier, Anti-Human Life and Secret Destruction have reared their heads against humanity through independent releases, as well as part of the Holy Terror Records movement and various underworld sects.

The maiden BROKEN CROSS full-length affront now comes crushing forth as Through Light To Night. Boasting ten new anthems for the end of times, the unhinged vibe of the album’s gutter punk approach is driven with merciless divebomb guitar leads, d-beat manglings and blackened punk might, fueled by a razor-lined vocal tirade. Enshrouded in a gloomy fog of eerie effects and samples, steeping the entire concoction in a horror/sci-fi Cannibal Holocaust vibe, the perilous back-alley sensation one endures with Through Light To Night is as unholy and unnerving as it is crucially compelling. Visually portraying this rapture, the cover art and layouts for the majority of BROKEN CROSS’ releases, including Through Light To Night, were created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Vermapyre, Holy Terror Records).

The second track from Through Light To Night, “Forsaken Existence,” is playing at THIS LOCATION.

Seekers of ill-omened, depraved extreme music far from the polished shores of the mainstream should pay heed to the calling of Through Light To Night. The creator of BROKEN CROSS will unveil Through Light To Night through his own Apocalyptic Visions cult on May 8th with both digital and 12” vinyl preorders and packages now available RIGHT HERE.

Through Light To Night Track Listing:
1. Intromancy
2. Forsaken Existence
3. World Demolition
4. Total Isolation
5. Into The Fire
6. Path To Extinction
7. The Age Of Deceit
8. Open The Black Hole
9. Poison Of Insanity
10. Outrocalypse

OBSEQUIAE: Medieval Metal Artisans Offer New Tune From Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP With “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” Via Cvlt Nation

Friday, April 17th, 2015

As these days thrive with fresh vegetation and foliage taking root, a new dawn breaks for Minnesota’s OBSEQUIAE, as the outfit presents its sophomore album, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, through 20 Buck Spin. Cvlt Nation has presented the one of these seasonally dedicated anthems from the expansive LP early, in the form of “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise.”

OBSEQUIAE taps into wells of inspiration from a vast array of lands and eras, their distinctive sound flourishing with as much early-1990s Scandinavian melodic black/thrash as it does classical passages of The Middle Ages. Glorious and mesmerizing facets of instrumentation from hundreds of years ago, including the extensive use of mournful but beautiful harp passages, find themselves within the disparate harshness of blackened wrath in a seamless design. The newest precursory sampling of the nearly forty-five minute, eleven-movement endeavor becomes accessible via Cvlt Nation, through a premiere of the album’s fifth track, “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise,” a prime example of these culminating factors.

OBSEQUIAE’s “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” is now playing at THIS LOCATION.

No Clean Singing also released the LP’s two segued opening tracks, “Ay Que Por Muy Gran Fremosura” and “Autumnal Pyre” RIGHT HERE.

OBSEQUIAE’s sparse, sorrowful harp pieces appearing throughout Aria Of Vernal Tombs provide a foundation on which to base the longer metal-based sagas that form the album’s core. Black metal, death metal, traditional heavy metal and medieval music are all weaved seamlessly together in baroque yet abrasive reverence on Aria…, resulting in a remarkably original long-player. With a wet clarity to the incandescent production that cites underrated obscurities like Sacramentum’s Far Away From The Sun and Eucharist’s A Velvet Creation, along with the early works of Varathron, Samael and Rotting Christ, the atmosphere created on Aria Of Vernal Tombs brings to 2015 what such bands strangely but sincerely captured years ago. Every sound and shimmering tone is intentional and essential to this rite of Spring. Following their 2014 vinyl issue of OBSEQUIAE’s masterfully unique 2011 debut album, Suspended In The Brume Of Eos, 20 Buck Spin will release Aria Of Vernal Tombs on CD and through digital outlets on May 12th, and will follow with the LP version on June 9th with both physical versions delivered in gorgeous, foil stamped packages.

BOSS KONG: Bloody Disgusting Debuts “Viet Kong” Single; Magic Bullet Preps 7” For Record Store Day As Simian Slaughter Unfolds

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Magic Bullet Records’ latest label acquisition — the simian mercenaries known as BOSS KONG – launch the full-on offensive of The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II tomorrow as an official Record Store Day release, but skirmish has broken out early, and the invasion of the “Viet Kong” has begun, raging through the frontline defenses intent on pillaging your village.

Charlie runs wild through the jungle dawn, Shovel mass graves for the Viet Kong.
Charlie runs thick as the day is long, Gonna get stabbed by the Viet Kong.
Ripping out throats in the hot Mekong, Don’t get fucked by the Viet Kong.
M-60s pierce the night, Special Forces & firefight. Cut loose & cut off heads, Put those Viet Kong to bed.

Early reports on the carnage come in courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, with the ape-drape savagery of BOSS KONG’s “Viet Kong” now playing HERE.

The Humans Soundtrack Volume II 7” was created solely for Record Store Day 2015 in a limited, one-time-only run of orange/gold vinyl, the bloody slab’s exclusive cover art and insert art created by creator Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) for extra scene points. Fans of Boris, Deathspell Omega, and Sonic Youth, this sounds nothing fucking like that. Bandcamp preorders are HERE, and mailorder HERE.

Set in the late 1960s/early ‘70s, “The Humans” is a book about an all-simian biker gang from Bakersfield, California, drinking, fighting, and fucking their way through the turbulent world around them. BOSS KONG is one of the book’s more popular, interesting characters and this installment of the soundtrack series tells tales from the perspective of an ape that’s seen inhumanities both abroad and on the home front. Voiced by a mystery metal figurehead and performed by a cast of mystery stoner rockers, part of the fun of this 7” is trying to figure out who’s behind the music itself. Once revisiting the glory days, two new hash-pipe nightmare rocker jams await, spreading the rampaging demoralization of the Tet Offensive onto coked-up mullet debauchery on The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, like Ponyboy Curtis ten years after he went from gold to crushed Milwaukee aluminum, now leading the outcasts from the Planet Of The Apes into full-on bar-brawl burnout turf of the metal underworld.

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, SIGH, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-born cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).

In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible SIGH record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet.  Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes SIGH great has been sacrificed.”

Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos “Kaedit Nos Pestis” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” below.

Graveward Track Listing:
1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
2. Graveward
3. The Tombfiller
4. The Forlorn
5. The Molesters Of My Soul
6. Out Of the Grave
7. The Trial By The Dead
8. The Casketburner
9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
10. Dwellers In Dream

For over two decades, SIGH has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. SIGH would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012’s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.

Preorder Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.

Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums

“There’s no getting around it: SIGH is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.”  - Invisible Oranges