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DIE CHOKING: Debut LP From Philadelphia Hypergrind Trio To See Late Summer Release Via The Compound; New Tour Dates Confirmed

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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Philadelphia’s hypergrind violators, DIE CHOKING, will release their debut full-length LP, III, through The Compound Recs late this Summer, as the band begins their most rigorous tour schedule to date in the coming weeks.

III was recorded in April with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted) capturing DIE CHOKING’s most intense material yet with absolutely superior sound and production, the band then sanctioning Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Nails) for its mastering. With seemingly implausible heaviness delivered at an absolutely unstoppable velocity, the eleven tracks on III deliver even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements than the band’s prior releases, the new material merging more elements of hardcore punk and crust with their blinding speed/grind metal. Socio-political topics as intense as the music itself permeate each blazing anthem, which continue the ongoing theme carrying through from their smoldering self-titled debut and subsequent II 7” releases, with tracks XI through XXI. The impending debut LP from Philly’s most unhinged act promises to be one of the most violent, high-speed releases of 2015.

DIE CHOKING will partner with The Compound, the underworld label faction of Earsplit, for the release of III, as with both of their prior 7” EPs. The album will be issued in September on all digital platforms as well as three color variations of 180-gram colored LP with exclusive colors and merch bundle packages. The cover artwork, confirmed street date and more will be issued in the coming days, followed by new official videos, audio samples and more from III. See the III album trailer HERE.

Purchase the final copies of 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 via The Compound, RIGHT HERE.

While DIE CHOKING tours and plays live on a fairly intense regular basis already, the group’s most intense touring yet is in store for the rest of this year and well into next. New July shows booked in Montclair, New Jersey on the 1st — a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — followed by a trio of shows in Philadelphia, New York City and another city to be confirmed on July 10th through 12th. Another run will see the band raid Baltimore, Knoxville and Asheville July 17th through 19th. DIE CHOKING will close the month, headlining Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on July 29th. August is already being booked as the band was just confirmed as support for the legendary Catharsis in Philly on August 7th, with more Summer shows to be announced in the days ahead and October West Coast US and February 2016 European tours to follow.

Stand by for a barrage of DIE CHOKING updates in the impending weeks.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:
7/01/2015 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ – www.afsp.org benefit show w/ Sunrot, Dutchguts
7/10/2015 The Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA @ Blowthescene.com’s PAWS Benefit w/Mother Brain, Gut Feeling, Old Lines, Dying, Drones For Queens
7/11/2015 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ Gut Feeling, Elecrto Insides, Goolagoon, Crystal Methodist
7/12/2015 TBA
7/17/2015 The Sidebar Tavern – Baltimore, MD @ FREE show w/ ILSA, Fight Amp, Gatecreeper, Outer Heaven, Mind As Prison
7/18/2015 International Fine Arts Academy (IFAA) – Knoxville, TN
7/19/2015 The Murder Basement – Ashville, NC w/ Bathe, Black Mountain Hunger, Asherah
7/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blank, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds
8/07/2015 Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA w/ Catharsis, Die Young, Future/Primitive

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WATERTANK: Second LP From French Noisy Alternative/Post-Rock Quartet Out Now On Solar Flare Records And Streaming In Its Entirety

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Destination Unknown, the sophomore album from French quartet, WATERTANK, is out today through Solar Flare Records and playing in its entirety.

Two years after their first LP, Nantes-based WATERTANK returns with their nine-track full-length, Destination Unknown, bringing forth nearly thirty-five minutes of brand new material. While the album came together quickly, being composed and recorded with unusually short notice, the LP cohesively reveals a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs showing several sides of the band’s merging of grittier, noise rock-influenced elements and infectious, melodious alternative/post-rock atmospheres. The band is still in love with melodic hooks, and down­tuned heavy riffing, as heard especially in cuts like “Dcvr” and “Doomed Drifters,” yet Destination Unknown sees them evolving from their post­-hardcore background in tracks like “Contrails” and exploring new territories completely within “Scheme” and the title track, as always aiming to deliver lasting listening enjoyment. Once again recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner), Destination Unknown marks a step forwards for the renewed line­up. If you’re into Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Sense Field and Failure, WATERTANK is for you.

Stream WATERTANK’s Destination Unknown in its entirety now at Solar Flare Records’ Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION watch the video for “Surrender” via Noisey HERE.

Destination Unknown is officially out today via the noise rock specialists at Clermont, France’s Solar Flare Records, on CD, LP and digital formats. View the multiple options and bundles HERE.

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Earsplit PR: Roundup From The Compound – June 29th, 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

ALL OUT WAR Unloads Entire Dying Gods EP Via Cvlt Nation; Record Out This Week On Organized Crime Records – This week, New York’s infamous ALL OUT WAR drops their devastating Dying Gods EP onto humankind through Organized Crime Records, presenting some of the most vicious material the band has released in their twenty-five years as a unit. [More...]

ÅRABROT: You Bunch Of Idiots EP Streaming At Invisible Oranges; North American Tour With Ghold Underway – It’s a big week for Norwegian mad avant-rock scientists, ÅRABROT, as the outfit releases their captivating You Bunch Of Idiots EP this week as they simultaneously traverse halfway around the globe to begin their intense North American tour. [More...]

JASON W. WALTON: Agalloch Bassist/Self Spiller Architect Unleashes Second Track From Solo Seven-Inch Via Decibel; Mara Out NOW On Red Orchard RecordsMara is the eclectic solo seven-inch from Agalloch bassist/Self Spiller master draftsman, JASON W. WALTON. [More...]

KHEMMIS: No Clean Singing Premieres “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” And Exclusive Interview As Absolution Debut LP Nears Release – With 20 Buck Spin preparing to issue the bruising debut LP from KHEMMIS, entitled Absolution, the latest single from the album has been premiered through a No Clean Singing exclusive of the hymn “Ash, Cinder, Smoke.” [More...]

MORGLBL: French Experimentalist Fusion Trio Releases New Video From Tea Time For Punks; European And US Tour Dates Confirmed – Following the very recent Free Electric Sound release of Tea Time For Punks, the mighty sixth studio full-length from French rock/fusion trio, MORGLBL, the band has just issued an official video for the album’s title track. [More...]

DISTRICT 97: Third Album From Chicago-Based Prog/Alternative Rock Quintet Now Playing; Album Out This Week On Laser’s EdgeIn Vaults, the dynamic third studio album from Chicago’s progressive/alternative rock outfit, DISTRICT 97, is out today through Laser’s Edge, and in conjunction with its release the record is now streaming in its entirety. [More...]

THE CLEARING PATH Signs With Avantgarde Music; New Song From Debut Album And Interview Live At Decibel Magazine – The debut album of blackened hymns by THE CLEARING PATH, entitled Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, have caught the attention of Avantgarde Music, who will now back the soloist-borne act for a physical version of the record’s release, as Decibel Magazine premieres a new track from the outfit with an exclusive interview with the outfit’s solo creator. [More...]

KINGCROW: Explosive Sixth Album From Italian Progressive Metal Act Now Playing At Heavy Blog Is Heavy; Eidos Out Now On Sensory RecordsEidos, the anxiously awaited sixth studio album from Rome, Italy-based progressive metal champions, KINGCROW, is out today, a priority title for Sensory Records. [More...]

KING GIANT: Entire Black Ocean Waves LP From Virginia Doom Metal Quintet Playing At Invisible Oranges – Northern Virginia doom metal quintet, KING GIANT, now just a week from releasing their mighty third LP, Black Ocean Waves, today streams the entire album early through an exclusive stream courtesy of Invisible Oranges. [More...]

SUNN O))) Releases Live Archives Of Unmixed And Unmastered Taper And Fan Recordings On BandCamp; Summer Tour Schedule Approaching + Vinyl Represses AvailableSUNN O))) announces that their live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via their live BandCamp page. [More...]

Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Adds Zombi, Poison Idea, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Corrosion Of Conformity Featuring Pepper Keenan And More To Its Expanding Lineup; Tickets On Sale Now – Philip H. Anselmo’s third annual horror-themed film and metal festival will commence in San Antonio, Texas this year at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015. [More...]

BAT: Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New Living Fast Episode AvailableBAT, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more! [More...]

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases “When We Were Young” Official Video; The God Rhythm Release Show Goes Down This Weekend – In the wake of their fifth official full-length release, The God Rhythm, WISDOM IN CHAINS has just issued the first official video from the LP, as the band prepares for their headlining record release show for the record this weekend. [More...]

STOP BREATHING: Southern Cali Hardcore/Punk Brigade Launches “No Escape” Track Via New Noise Magazine; Second LP V Out In August – Southern California-based punk/melodic hardcore brigade, STOP BREATHING, has premiered the first single from the outfit’s impending second LP, V, through New Noise Magazine. [More...]

KRONOS: Decibel Magazine Premieres New Track From Forthcoming Unique Leader-Bound Full-Length – With the release of Arisen New Era, the forthcoming new full-length from French death metal unit and recent Unique Leader signees, KRONOS, now exactly one month away, Decibel Magazine offers up opening bruiser, “Infernal Abyss Sovereignty,” for communal devourment. [More...]

EARTH Continues Massive Primitive And Deadly LP Tour Schedule With Eastern US Venture Booked – Seattle-based EARTH has booked a new East Coast US tour through the Summer months, as the outfit continues to take the slow motion magnificence of their lauded tenth album, Primitive And Deadly, to the masses. [More...]

BURNT BOOKS: South Carolina Punk Instigators Prepare For Cross-Country Tour – Columbia, South Carolina’s antagonistic punks, BURNT BOOKS, begin a new tour in just over a week, which sees the band traveling to tour the West Coast for the first time. [More...]

SKINLESS: New York’s Favorite Death Metal Marauders Reveal New Album Art Video At No Clean Singing; Only The Ruthless Remain Out Now – In celebration of the official release of their long-anticipated Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, which dropped via Relapse Records earlier this month to the riotous applause of metallers globally, today New York’s favorite death metal marauders, SKINLESS, untether the fiery new album art video for closing number, “Barbaric Proclivity.” [More...]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: Legendary NYC Death Metal Squadron Releases New Video Via Metal Injection – Legendary NYC death metal squadron, INTERNAL BLEEDING, is pleased to unveil the official new video for “Fabricating Bliss.” [More...]

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicago-Based Blackened Death Grind Misfits Unleash First Helping Of Empress/Abscess Full-Length Via Decibel Magazine; Track Features Guest Spot By Weekend Nachos’ John HoffmanEmpress/Abscess is the impending new full-length from Chicago-based blackened death grind misfits IMMORTAL BIRD. [More...]

VALDUR: Mammoth Lakes-Based Blackened Death Legion Wages War With “Blessings Of The Goat,” Now Streaming At No Clean Singing; Pathetic Scum To Drop Next WeekPathetic Scum is the forthcoming new full-length offering from the Sierra Mountains’ own blackened death legion, VALDUR. [More...]

Attention Brooklyn Friends: GOATWHORE’s Saint Vitus Bar Show Next Month Is Nearly SOLD OUT! Nab Your Tickets Today! – Louisiana road warriors, GOATWHORE, are currently crumbling stages across the country on a North American headlining tour that commenced earlier this month. [More...]

YOB: Support For Australian Tour AnnouncedYOB will play their first ever show on our shores in Perth at The Rosemount on August 19. [More...]

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

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:

ABSTRACTER – AEON – AKRIS – ALL OUT WAR – ARMORED SAINT – BAT – BATTLECROSS – BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – BLACK BREATH – THE BODY – BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – BURNT BOOKS – CANCER BATS – CATTLE – CHILD BITE – CONNOISSEUR – DAWN OF AZAZEL – DEATH TO FALSE METAL FEST – DEATHWISH – DEMON LUNG – DESTROYER OF LIGHT – DISTRICT 97 – EARTH – EYEHATEGOD – FORESEEN HKI – FULGORA – GHOLD – GHOUL – GNAW THEIR TONGUES – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – IDES OF GEMINI – IN DEFENCE – INCANTATION – IRIS DIVINE – KING DIAMOND – KING GIANT – KING PARROT – KINGS DESTROY – LOCRIAN – MARUTA – MORGLBL – NEUROSIS – POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PRIMORDIAL – RABBITS – SHADO WOODS METAL FEST – SHAI HULUD – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST VOL. 4 – STEVE VON TILL – STOP BREATHING – SUNN O))) – SUPERJOINT – THEORIES – TWITCHING TONGUES – WARBEAST – WHITECHAPEL – WINDFAERER – WISDOM IN CHAINS – XIBALBA- YOB

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VALDUR: Mammoth Lakes-Based Blackened Death Legion Wages War With “Blessings Of The Goat,” Now Streaming At No Clean Singing; Pathetic Scum To Drop Next Week

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Pathetic Scum is the forthcoming new full-length offering from the Sierra Mountains’ own blackened death legion, VALDUR. Captured entirely at the band’s clandestine Bloody Mountain Bunker, mixed by drummer Matthew and mastered by Dan at Morbid Mastering, VALDUR offers up seven punishing odes of audio abhorrence as only VALDUR can conjure. A true testament of a diseased society gone sour, Pathetic Scum picks up where the repugnant sounds of 2013’s critically-adored At War With left off. Featuring the addition of new guitarist, Vuke, the record seethes with a blizzardy onslaught of warring riffs, bestial blasts, wrath-fueled vocal offensives and an overwhelming atmosphere of pandemonium, trepidation and all-encompassing ruthlessness.

The record was recently listed at #5 on OC Weekly’s Ten Best Metal Albums Of Summer 2015 with the publication noting, “VALDUR produces a sonic wall of sheer terror on tracks such as ‘Tank Torture.’ The vocal performance… evokes those scenes in horror movies where a possessed protagonist is swarmed by all of the voices in their head simultaneously. Drummer Matthew invokes a sense of fear with nonstop pounding and caustic cymbal crashes on tracks such as ‘Blessings Of The Goat.’ The album art is a stark world of blacks and greys, but the venom spewed forth by the band musically and lyrically is one hundred percent black,” while No Clean Singing concurs, “The rhythm section are a couple of merciless bone-grinders, and the cavernous vocals are the utterances of a lurching horror. And the needling riffs are not only pestilential, they’re also catchy.” Adds The Midlands Rocks, “Pestilent, putrescent and pummeling, beauty takes on a different meaning on this album. Tempos are dragged, forced, fucked; riffs are ripped, ravaged, rabid; and vocals are vehement, vile and venomous (and alliteration is milked for all it’s worth). These tracks are not crafted. They’re bashed in and out of shape until they bleed the wrong color. Ruthless, uncompromising, and vile beyond compare, VALDUR are the embodiment of exquisite malice. Bastards. And oh me, oh my, oh malignant mother of misery, they’ve been making music since 2003. That means there’s more of this shit to feast upon.”

As a precursor to its official unveiling next week, today No Clean Singing is offering up third cut, “Blessings Of The Goat,” for communal consumption further enthusing, “The drums roll like an avalanche, the riffs vibrate with poisonous radioactivity, the roaring/howling vocals exude an aura of ravenous hunger and fury. But as overpoweringly ominous as the song’s atmosphere is, it also strikes with the impact and energy of a lightning bolt (or a hundred of them), and its doom-shrouded central melody is capable of saturating the mind and staying there. If the four horsemen of the apocalypse need a soundtrack as they ride us into the dust, they don’t have to look further than ‘Blessings Of The Goat.’”

Get goaty with “Blessings Of The Goat” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

Featuring past and current members of Weverin, Endless Blizzard and Plutocracy, VALDUR was forged at the turn of the century in a small mountain town located in the pulsating heart of the Sierra Mountains where the Death Valley desert lands meet the ascending Mt. Whitney and where the unholy collective dwells without interference of fashionable scenes or rulebooks.

Pathetic Scum will be officially unveiled digitally and in digipak format via the band’s own Bloody Mountain Records on June 30th, 2015.

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IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicago-Based Blackened Death Grind Misfits Unleash First Helping Of Empress/Abscess Full-Length Via Decibel Magazine; Track Features Guest Spot By Weekend Nachos’ John Hoffman

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Empress/Abscess is the impending new full-length from Chicago-based blackened death grind misfits IMMORTAL BIRD. Captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York Empress/Abscess finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit. The result is a harrowing sound excursion through the bowels of human existence. Indeed, picking up where 2013’s Akrasia EP left off, Empress/Abscess delves once again into a cesspool of misery, fury, and anguish.

In an advance investigation of the record, the UK’s Intravenous Magazine elaborates, “IMMORTAL BIRD peddle a ferocious blend of black metal, thrash metal, death metal and crusty grindcore that can only really be summed up with the word… extreme. Scathing guitars, blistering blast beats and demonic vocals power through …Empress/Abscess, leaving scorched ears and speakers in their wake. With nods to the likes of elements of early Satyricon, Nile, Suffocation, and Venom within their technically proficient execution, songs such as the opener ‘Neoplastic,’ as well as ‘Saprophyte,’ and ‘The Sycophant’ exude a relentless brutality that still keeps things nice and tight with some great memorable riffs thrown into the mix.” The publication furthers, “The album is brilliantly mixed and the production reflects the technical prowess at work on the recordings. It is a strong, self-assured, tight, but most of all wonderfully fresh and modern sounding album.”

In anticipation of its official unveiling next month, today Decibel Magazine offers up a taste of opening hymn, “Neoplastic,” featuring a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos. Relays Amitay: “‘Neoplastic was one of the first songs we wrote after the Akrasia EP was finished, and it went through several different live incarnations before we arrived at the version we recorded. I never envisioned having a guest vocalist when we were writing the album, but John has such an aggressive, inimitable voice and killer presence that I just had to ask! I think it adds something very cool to the track and I’m stoked he was a part of it.”

Feel the quake of “Neoplastic,” now playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

In related IMMORTAL BIRD missives, the band will  make appearances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.), Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with future onstage demolitions in their plotting stages.

Forged by drummer/vocalist/lyricist Rae Amitay, IMMORTAL BIRD was brought to fruition by cowriter and guitarist Evan Berry and bassist John Picillo. Their critically-adored debut EP, which Decibel crowned, “dark and twisting,” and Ghost Cult dubbed, “distinctly disturbing and beautifully harsh,” was released in December of 2013. Following several tours that took the band across the United States and into Canada, IMMORTAL BIRD entered the studio to record their debut full-length, Empress/Abscess.

Empress/Abscess will be released on July 14th, 2015 as a collaborative effort, with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge with vinyl and cassettes, while IMMORTAL BIRD will be self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings.

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SKINLESS: New York’s Favorite Death Metal Marauders Reveal New Album Art Video At No Clean Singing; Only The Ruthless Remain Out Now

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

In celebration of the official release of their long-anticipated Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, which dropped via Relapse Records earlier this month to the riotous applause of metallers globally, today New York’s favorite death metal marauders, SKINLESS,untether the fiery new album art video for closing number, “Barbaric Proclivity.”

Bedecked in the sadistic grooves and flawless musicianship for which the band has become notorious and adorned in the harrowing cover illustration of Ken Sarafin, Only The Ruthless Remain features SKINLESS‘ now-classic, late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, and marks the band’s first proper full-length offering in nearly a decade.

Reaping critical hails from media outlets both stateside and abroad, MetalSucks calls the outting, “a rewarding record that scratches the most persistent of death metal itches,” and a, “lean, zero-flaws death metal dynamo.” Apoch’s Metal Review crowns Only The Ruthless Remain, one of the finest albums in SKINLESS’ repertoire,” further elaborating, “This isn’t just an album SKINLESS fans will lovingly embrace, but a creation that stands as one of the top offerings of 2015 within the death metal genre, proving the time away from the studio, as well as one another, has only strengthened them as a unit,” while Exclaim boasts, “With every crushing rhythm and breakneck riff, it’s as if SKINLESS never left, delivering everything you’d expect from the band… Only the Ruthless Remain is an exceptional, solid return from the very missed masters of death metal.” Heathen Harvest champions a record that’s, “well-written, meaty,” and, “just so fucking heavy.” In Your Speakers issues,The seven tracks of Only The Ruthless Remain are each dynamic enough in themselves to form a comprehensive listening experience, yet maintain the traditional SKINLESS appeal; it’s really the whole package. SKINLESS is a band that can survive both a break-up and more than twenty years in death metal, and if you need a reminder why that is, Ruthless has more than enough to persuade you.” Adds Wonderbox Metal, “Memorable, impressive songs are the meaty main course in this sumptuous feast of rotten flesh. SKINLESS are heavy and they’ve always been exceptionally heavy. Death Metal by its very nature is a heavy form of music, but there’s heavy and then there’s HEAVY. SKINLESS own the latter.”

Following a pre-release stream of “Barbaric Proclivity,” via MetalSucks who gushed, “This track is straight-up bloodthirsty… It will grab you by your waist and squeeze your innards out of your mouth like so much toothpaste,” No Clean Singing spews forth its accompanying art clip as created by bassist Joe Keyser, noting, “It’s such a good song, a real meat-grinding death metal machine, but one that does more than prod the reptile part of your brain with savage riffs, skull-cracking drumbeats, horrific gutturals, and putrescent shrieks. It also couples those gruesome, grinding segments to irresistibly headband-inducing passages that alternately charge like a freight train and slam like massive, methodical hammer blows right on top of your fragile skull. But that’s still not all! Along with a lot of near-atonal riff murder, it also includes an atmospheric melodic interlude that heightens the song’s aura of morbid oppressiveness.”

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You can also sample the band’s video for namesake track, “Skinless,” featuring a visual smorgasbord of lethal injections, human flaying and general group-inflicted suffering, playing at THIS LOCATION or “Serpenticide,” streaming at SoundCloud HERE and YouTube HERE.

Only The Ruthless Remain was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

Only The Ruthless Remain is currently available on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records. Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP are also be available. For order bundles, visit THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, go HERE.

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BURNT BOOKS: South Carolina Punk Instigators Prepare For Cross-Country Tour Beginning Next Week

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Columbia, South Carolina’s antagonistic punks, BURNT BOOKS, begin a new tour in just over a week, which sees the band traveling to tour the West Coast for the first time.

BURNT BOOKS’ second full-length Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire, was released in March through Kylesa-owned Retro Futurist Records. With thirty-six minutes of the outfit’s unique and mesmerizing brew of discontented, avant-garde punk rock, the band demonstrates incredible growth in their songwriting and delivery on the new record, while retaining the bleak antagonism and angular gnarliness their self-titled debut deployed. Once again enlisting Phillip Cope of Kylesa to produce Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire at The Jam Room Recording Studio, upon its completion, Cope signed BURNT BOOKS for its release.

The band’s major local weekly, Free Times, called Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire BURNT BOOKS’ “best album yet” in an interview with the band, continuing, “the band doesn’t lose its knack for jagged post-hardcore riffs or abrupt math-rock rhythms. Lollis still volleys between an elegant folk-singer’s croon and a scabrous crust-punk scream. Now, though, these impulses feel more fully consolidated… The band’s hardcore foundation is intact, too, but the moments of brute force are cast in relief by more spacious, melodic passages.” Cvlt Nation offered, “Let me tell you a story about Kate Bush having a brain transplant with At the Drive In, then the two going back in time to high school where Black Flag were their band teachers,” and Selective Memory’s interrogation of the outfit issues in part, “this group has formed a surreal existence in the punk continuum. Not as abrasive as the punk that influenced this band, and not overtly artful to dissuade from the meaning of these songs, they strike an interesting balance between the two. Listen carefully and plan on being wow’ed over the power this band possesses…”

Following bouts of regional touring and an East Coast tour earlier in the year, BURNT BOOKS now begins one of their more intense routings with a sixteen-city run, which sees the band touring making their West Coast live debut. The tour begins next Wednesday, July 1st in Asheville, North Carolina, then cuts westward with more than two weeks worth of shows across the West Coast and back before the tour closes down in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17th.

Stream BURNT BOOKS’ Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire alongside an interview with the band at Selective Memory HERE.

With vinyl and cassette versions in the works, Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire is available on CD via Retro Futurist Records HERE, and Bandcamp HERE, as well as via all major digital outlets.

BURNT BOOKS July 2015 West Coast Tour:
7/01/2015 Odditorium – Asheville, NC [info]
7/02/2015 Betty’s Bar ​And Grill – Nashville, TN w/ Bathroom/s, Bleed The Pigs, Forest Of Tygers, Subjects/Rulers​ [info]
7/03/2015 The Crown And Harp – Dallas, TX w/ Unconscious Collective, Kallohonka [info]
7/04/2015 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX w/ Street Eaters, The Oxford Coma, Acrylics, Skemata, Takanakuy, Miijas, Star Eater [info]
7/05/2015 Sky Bar​ Tucson – Tucson, AZ w/ Why Bother?, Brass Hands​​
7/06/2015 Caffe Pergolesi – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Penelope [info]
7/07/2015 The Knockout ​- San Francisco, CA w/ No Statik, Nervous​, Butanna [info]
7/08/2015 1,2,3,4 Go! Records ​- Oakland, CA w/ Pure Disgust, Barge, Hard Stripes, Response​​ [info]
7/09/2015 JackRabbit Slims – Reno, NV
7/11/2015 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Prizehog, Humours [info]
7/12/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Sister Act [info]
7/13/2015 606 N. Temple – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
7/14/2015 Mutiny Info Café – Denver, CO w/ Muscle Beach, Echo Beds [info]
7/15/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX w/ Sur & BB​​ [info]
7/16/2015 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA w/ Ossacrux, The World is a Vampire [info]
7/17/2015 Star Bar – Atlanta, GA w/ Ricer, Bardus, Pretty Please [info]

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EARTH Continues Massive Primitive And Deadly LP Tour Schedule With Eastern US Venture Booked

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Seattle-based EARTH has booked a new East Coast US tour through the Summer months, as the outfit continues to take the slow motion magnificence of their lauded tenth album, Primitive And Deadly, to the masses.

EARTH has booked a run of Northwestern performances in Portland, Olympia and Seattle on July 18th, 19th and 22nd, respectively, which begins with a set at Project Pabst Presents. A month later, the band will traverse the continent to begin their new East Coast tour, which begins in Providence, Rhode Island on August 22nd with a set at the city-wide tribute to H.P. Lovecraft at the Necronomicon Convention. From there, EARTH tours down the entire East Coast and across the Midwest with two-and-a-half weeks of shows with support from Holy Sons between August 23rd and September 9th. One of the highlights of the tour includes a New York City show on August 26th with opening support from Marc Ribot and Ikue Mori performing a live score to Jennifer Reeves’ Shadows Choose Their Horrors. The tour comes to a close on September 11th, with EARTH’s performance at the massive Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana, Illinois. Additionally, Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Brett Netson And Snakes), who performed on the Primitive And Deadly LP, will join the band on second guitar from August 22nd through 28th.

Primitive And Deadly is streaming at THIS LOCATION, and is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE.

EARTH Tour Dates:
7/18/2015 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Presents w/ Federale [info]
7/19/2015 Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ ManDate [info]
7/22/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ ManDate
8/22/2015 Columbus Theatre – Providence, RI @ Necronomicon Convention w/ Elder [info]
8/23/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/25/2015 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/26/2015 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY w/ Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori [info]
8/27/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/28/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/29/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/30/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Holy Sons [info]
8/31/2015 Cat’s Cradle (Backroom) – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/01/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/02/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/03/2015 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Holy Sons
9/04/2015 Saturn – Birmingham, AL w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/05/2015 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/06/2015 The Bishop – Bloomington, IN w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/08/2015 Frequency – Madison, WI w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/09/2015 Entry – Minneapolis, MN w/ Holy Sons [info]
9/11/2015 Ellnora Guitar Festival – Urbana, IL [info]

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STOP BREATHING: Southern Cali Hardcore/Punk Brigade Launches “No Escape” Track Via New Noise Magazine; Second LP V Out In August

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
[photo by Mark Whittaker]

Southern California-based punk/melodic hardcore brigade, STOP BREATHING, has premiered the first single from the outfit’s impending second LP, V, through New Noise Magazine.

Approaching release in August, V is STOP BREATHING’s first LP since their No Idea Records-released self-titled album in 2012, and fifth overall release, recorded in their fifth year as a band. Deploying twelve rampaging tracks in just over thirty minutes, V merges the restless angst of 7 Seconds, Poison Idea, The Descendents, and The Circle Jerks delivered in a fired-up contemporary attack fans of Good Riddance, Kid Dynamite, Bane and Kill Your Idols will dive headfirst into. “No Escape,” the eighth track on V, comes tearing forth today via New Noise Magazine, the band issuing with the tune, “It’s about how we are all stuck on planet earth, there’s nowhere for us to go, yet we continue to kill each other. The amount of money, brain power, and resources going into creating all these different ways to kill each other kinda sickens me. I hope one day we will realize we’re all stuck here, we can just continue to kill each other, or learn to work together and do so much more with our lives!”

Unload STOP BREATHING’s “No Escape” anthem via New Noise Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.

STOP BREATHING will release V on 180-gram vinyl, in two color variations, via Burning Tree Records and Rotten To The Core Records with a limited cassette version through their own Bad Touch Records on August 11th. Preorders for the LP are now live HERE.

The current upcoming run of live dates for STOP BREATHING includes a show July 1st in Ventura with Blasting Concept, another on the 10th in Thousand Oaks with Ten Foot Pole, and a record release show for V on August 28th at the first day of Nardfest in Ventura with Dr. Know, Excel, Nails and many others.

STOP BREATHING Live:
7/01/2015 The Tavern – Ventura, CA w/ Blasting Concept
7/10/2015 Borderline – Thousand Oaks, CA w/ Ten Foot Pole
8/28/2015 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA @ Nardfest w/ Dr. Know, Excel, Nails, more

Oxnard, California-based STOP BREATHING is a tight knit union of bandits also hailing from The Fucking Wrath, Glass & Ashes, The Missing 23rd, Young Livers and other acts. Having cranked out a pounding brew of energetic skate-punk/late-‘80s hardcore since 2009, the band takes things to the next level with their fifth official release, V. The band’s second LP was recorded by the band and mastered by Paul Miner at Buzz Bomb Sound Labs (Death By Stereo, H20), and is completed by cover art created by Kane Shimek and Ruben Perez. 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.

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WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases “When We Were Young” Official Video; The God Rhythm Release Show Goes Down This Weekend

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
[photo by Aga Hairesis]

In the wake of their fifth official full-length release, The God Rhythm, WISDOM IN CHAINS has just issued the first official video from the LP, as the band prepares for their headlining record release show for the record this weekend.

Surging with fourteen new tracks blending even more metallic intensity into their oi/punk-inspired hardcore, WISDOM IN CHAINSThe God Rhythm was released last week via Fast Break! Records. Loaded with nearly forty minutes of unyielding, groove-heavy action laden with inspiring lyrics and empowering gang chants, the LP was captured in bruising clarity, recorded by Len Carmichael at Trax East and Carmichael Sound, and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno. The band’s new video was created for the track, “When We Were Young,” the song’s insightful look back at the early days of life blends an entertaining plotline with performance footage, filmed and produced by There’s Always Next Year Productions.

Shred to WISDOM IN CHAINS’ new “When We Were Young” video, featured on the Fast Break! Records home page HERE and directly via YouTube HERE.

Also stream the entire The God Rhythm album through Blow The Scene RIGHT HERE and watch the extensive interview trailer on the album’s creation at New Noise Magazine HERE.

The God Rhythm is available now on CD and multiple colors/pressings of 12” vinyl including merch bundles via Fast Break! Records RIGHT HERE, and through iTunes HERE.

WISDOM IN CHAINS will celebrate the release of The God Rhythm with hometown/area fans this Saturday, June 27th at Club Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania, the record release show including an outdoor BBQ event, as well as live support from Strength For A Reason, Yesterday’s Youth and more. WISDOM IN CHAINS will also make their return to This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on July 23rd joining the likes of the Misfits, The Exploited, the Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Chokehold, Nails, All Out War, Bane, Biohazard and many others. August will see the band returning to Europe, confirmed to perform at Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic in early August with At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Killing Joke, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Triptykon and more, with a set of tour dates surrounding the festival to be announced in the coming days.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Tour Dates:
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA *record release show [info]
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/05-08/2015 Fortress Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault [info]

In an interview with WISDOM IN CHAINS early into the promotion of The God Rhythm, No End In Sight Zine writes, “It takes an unbelievable level of passion, commitment, and sacrifice to keep a hardcore band two-stepping, moshing, and screaming for as long as Wisdom In Chains has. They’ve endured everything from being robbed to becoming family men with full time jobs, yet they still bring more energy to their live shows than most bands half their ages, and they continue to release some of the catchiest hardcore albums you’ll ever lay your ears upon.” Stereokiller’s crushing 4.5/5 review of the album issues in part, “I’m not sure how many listens it took me, but I think I found my favorite WISDOM IN CHAINS song yet with ‘Best Of Me.’ Lyrically it speaks to me on a level that I haven’t experienced many times before. Maybe I’m just interpreting the words to fit my life, but that’s fine, and that’s what the beauty of what WISDOM IN CHAINS is. There are countless hardcore bands writing three chord songs about being mad, but how many are writing actual songs? Songs that conjure an emotion other than aggression?” Legends Arising praised the record as well, offering, “The God Rhythm is an incredibly forceful hardcore album, addressing all the themes you’d expect and some more. After more than a decade WISDOM IN CHAINS still improves and broadens, without ever compromising the scorching fury that made the band what it is today. Get. This. Record.” And About.com’s Heavy Metal sector declares, “Hardcore vocals combine with thrashy riffs and a punk attitude to craft an album that’s aggressive and potent. It’s also packed with memorable songs and shoutalong/singalong choruses.”

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