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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

SEPULTURA: Revolver Premieres “Territory” Clip From Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In RioSEPULTURA — who stands among Brazil’s most successful bands ever — will unveil a new live offering entitled Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio next month. [More…]

YOB: New Full-Length From Portland Doom-Bringers Now Playing In Full Via Pitchfork; Clearing The Path To Ascend To See North American Release - As commanding as it is cathartic, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the long-anticipated new full-length from Portland doom technicians, YOB, demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. [More…]

GOATWHORE New Orleans’ Favorite Metal Legion Announces US Headlining Dates + Band To Support Samhain On Select Shows – New Orleans’ favorite metal legion, GOATWHORE, will embark upon another bout of live headlining invasions next month. [More…]

ANTI RITUAL: Blackened Hardcore Troupe Premieres “No Second Earth” Video Through Metal Injection; European Fall Dates Announced – Copenhagen-based blackened hardcore four-piece, ANTI RITUAL, appeared on the scene out of nowhere with the release of their self-titled debut EP this past April. [More…]

SECRET CUTTER Confirmed For Brooklyn-Based Uninvited Fest – Having independently released their Self Titled debut LP (yeah, it’s named that) earlier this year, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based trio, SECRET CUTTER, is now set on devouring fans and unsuspecting victims in the live setting throughout the region and beyond in support of the LP. [More…]

MALPRACTICE: Video Documentary & CD Giveaway For New Album Launched At Gear Gods – Musician-oriented/operated webzine Gear Gods is hosting a new documentary capturing the making of the new fourth album from Finnish progressive/thrash act, MALPRACTICE, as well as a fan-aimed CD giveaway. [More…]

BAPTISTS: Track From Upcoming Bloodmines LP Now Playing At Revolver Album Due Via Southern Lord In October – Vancouver’s BAPTISTS this week utilizes Revolver Magazine to drop the first new single from their upcoming second album, Bloodmines, the platter due for release via Southern Lord in North America on October 14th. [More…]

BLACKWOLFGOAT: New LP From Progressive Drone Project Streaming In Full At Decibel – In celebration of its official release, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Drone Maintenance, the cathartic new long player from one-man progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT, in its entirety! [More…]

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Expansive Album Trailer For New LP By Swedish Cosmic Rock Instrumentalists Released – Sweden’s instrumental cosmic rock quartet, MY BROTHER THE WIND, will release their third full-length album this October, the opus harnessing forty-five minutes of the band’s entirely improvised, instrumental psychedelic rock, entitled Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One. [More…]

FUCKING INVINCIBLE Announces It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better September TourFUCKING INVINCIBLE has completed the routing on their upcoming It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better Tour, a September run in support of their debut LP of the same name released this Summer. [More…]

ANAAL NATHRAKH: Birmingham Extreme Metal Miscreants To Release Desideratum This October Via Metal Blade Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available – Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall. [More…]

AUTHOR & PUNISHER Announces New Round Of Live Assaults; “The Drone Machines Shall Return!” – Master sound conspirator, Tristan Shone, will bring his cacophonous manifestation of cold, mechanical doom known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER to the streets in the coming months for a clobbering run of live takeovers. [More…]

SOCIETY SUCKER: North Carolina Hardcore Outfit Drops “Repeat Offender” From Impending EP – Having quickly surged to the forefront of the quickly growing North Carolina hardcore scene since forming in the Summer of 2013, SOCIETY SUCKER takes lessons from classic bands like Subzero, Next Step Up and Merauder and delivers their own slamming brand of hardcore comparable to contemporary powerhouses Trapped Under Ice, Suburban Scum and the like. [More…]

TORCH RUNNER: Details Of Endless Nothing And First Single Released; Second Album Out Via Southern Lord September 30TORCH RUNNER returns with news of their second full-length, Endless Nothing, confirmed for release through Southern Lord Recordings this September. [More…]

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Seward Fairbury Found!CORRECTIONS HOUSE Minister Of Propaganda, Seward Fairbury, was located at a mental health facility in Northwestern Arizona last Friday. [More…]

GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Marauders Prepare To Soil The US Supporting Skeletonwitch And Black Anvil – The masked mutants in GHOUL are preparing to terrorize the US next month on a live intrusion supporting blackened thrash headliners, Skeletonwitch, and black metal tyrants, Black Anvil! [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: West Coast Sludgecore Merchants Stream “Kevin’s Song” At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Twilight Upon Us Full-Length Out Now – Today Los Angeles sludgecore merchants, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, are pleased to reveal “Kevin’s Song” to the masses via Skulls ‘N’ Bones. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI: Pre-Order Bundles Now Available As Old World New Wave Release Day Draws Near – As the release date for IDES OF GEMINI’s brand new album, Old World New Wave, draws near, Neurot Recordings is pleased to announce a host of preorder bundles, now live and available. [More…]

THE GREAT SABATINI Releases Yet Another Video From Recent LP; New Eastern North American Tour Announced – Montreal’s noise/sludge rock ringleaders, THE GREAT SABATINI, have just pulled the fifth official video from their Dog Years LP out of their hat, letting “The Royal We” loose into the crowd, while also declaring another new tour in support of the album. [More…]

PORD: Exclusive Stream Of Entire New LP Live At Scene Point Blank All Month Wild European Tour Underway – With the release of their long-time-coming second LP, Wild, out now via Solar Flare Records, and as their European tour in support of the album underway, French noise rock détachement PORD now let loose the entire album with an exclusive featured stream at US music webzine, Scene Point Blank. [more…]

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COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: West Coast Sludgecore Merchants Stream “Kevin’s Song” At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Twilight Upon Us Full-Length Out Now

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Today Los Angeles sludgecore merchants, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, are pleased to reveal “Kevin’s Song” to the masses via Skulls ‘N’ Bones. The emotionally-driven hymn comes by way of the band’s new full-length, Twilight Upon Us, self-released earlier this month.

Crowned “scary sick” by Decibel Magazine, Twilight Upon Us was produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios and has been flooring fans and critics alike with its meticulous hardcore/sludge fusion. AngryMetalGuy commends COLOMBIAN NECKTIE’s,  “heavy, muddy, and chunky riffs,” and “no-bullshit song-writing approach,” furthering that, “COLOMBIAN NECKTIE are great for getting right to the point and not teasing you or leading you on. Song writing is definitely the band’s main focus on Twilight Upon Us, and that’s where they shine.” In a 4/5 rating, Stereokiller calls the record, “violent and impressive…,” Wonderbox Metal dubs it, “highly recommended listen for all connoisseurs of heaviness,” while Echoes And Dust adds, “if you’re looking for some intense music that brings together some of your old favorites – Dystopia, Mohinder,Pg. 99 or even Cave In, check out  Twilight Upon Us.”

As devouring as the record is however, much of Twilight Upon Us is rooted in tragedy as evidenced in ten-minute opus “Kevin’s Song,” written in honor of their late former bandmate. As soon as I heard [guitarists] Ben [Daniels] and Juan [Hernandez-Cruz] playing the riffs for what would become ‘Kevin’s Song,’ I knew we had something,” relays vocalist Scott Werren. “Lyric-wise, all I could think of at first is the feeling of pain and loss but also this vision of Kevin just moving past a physical form and exploring the galaxy. So I made it like silver surfer riding through the universe giving us a report back on his findings.”

Hear “Kevin’s Song,” now playing at Skulls ‘N’ Bones, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample “Guiding Light,” still streaming at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sleepwalking” available at Metal Insider at THIS LOCATION.

Named in honor of a song by iconic noise rockers Big Black but more commonly known as a method of murder where the victim’s throat is slashed and the tongue is pulled through the open wound, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE has earned a reputation for their punishing riffs and maniacal DIY work ethic. Though clearly rooted in hardcore, tracks like the syncopated, sludgy death march of “Play The Game” and midtempo thrash of “Drought,” complete with squealing synths, add a welcome dose of variance to an album that’s uncompromising in its aggression.

Twilight Upon Us is out now independently. Order your copy today HERE.


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GOATWHORE New Orleans’ Favorite Metal Legion Announces US Headlining Dates + Band To Support Samhain On Select Shows

Friday, August 29th, 2014

New Orleans’ favorite metal legion, GOATWHORE, will embark upon another bout of live headlining invasions next month. Set to launch in Houston on September 15th, the band will trounce fourteen cities including five shows supporting death rock/horror punk legends, Samhain!

In November, GOATWHORE will bring their sadistic anthems overseas for a European incursion with headliners Dying Fetus. The extended trek embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium, and will march through nearly four dozen metropolises, coming to a close on December 20th in Leer, Germany.

GOATWHORE is currently touring in support of their mammoth Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length unleashed to the masses in July via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far,” by Metal Injection, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. The infernal masterwork also ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart. If you missed it, view the band’s devouring new video for third Constricting… psalm, “Baring Teeth For Revolt” below.

GOATWHORE Live Assaults:
9/15/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/16/2014 Tomcat’s – Ft Worth, TX
9/17/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/18/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
9/19/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/20/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/21/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
9/22/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/24/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
9/25/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO * late show
9/26/2014 The Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
10/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA w/ Samhain, Midnight
10/31/2014 The Howard Theatre – Washington DC w/ Samhain Midnight
11/01/2014 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY w/ Samhain, Midnight
w/ Dying Fetus, Malevolence, Fallujah:
11/08/2014 Fonck – Liege, BE
11/09/2014 Turock – Essen, DE
11/10/2014 11er – Frankfurt, DE
11/11/2014 Beatclub – Dessau, DE
11/12/2014 Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
11/13/2014 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
11/14/2014 Lido – Berlin, DE
11/15/2014 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL
11/16/2014 Exhaus – Trier, DE
11/17/2014 Audio – Brighton, GB
11/18/2014 Clwb Ifor – Bach Cardiff, GB
11/19/2014 Cathouse – Glasgow, GB
11/20/2014 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IE
11/21/2014 Sound Control – Manchester, GB
11/22/2014 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, GB
11/23/2014 Garage – London, GB
11/24/2014 Divan Du Monde – Paris, FR
11/25/2014 La Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
11/26/2014 Escenario – Santander, ES
11/27/2014 Hard Club – Porto, PT
11/28/2014 Penélope – Madrid, ES
11/29/2014 Estraperlo – Club Badalona, ES
11/30/2014 Paloma – Nimes, FR
12/01/2014 Le Tremplin – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
12/02/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
12/03/2014 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
12/04/2014 Backstage – München, DE
12/05/2014 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
12/06/2014 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
12/07/2014 Flying Circus – Cluj-Napoca, RO
12/08/2014 Jet Rock – Sofia, BG
12/09/2014 Club Rockstadt – Brasov, RO
12/10/2014 Collosseum – Kosice, SI
12/11/2014 Viper Room – Wien, AT
12/12/2014 Rockfabrik – Nürnberg, DE
12/13/2014 Voxhall – Aarhus, DK
12/14/2014 John Dee – Oslo, NO
12/16/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
12/18/2014 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SE
12/19/2014 Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit – Hambur, DE
12/20/2014 Zollhaus – Leer, DE

“…a blasphemous blast…” — Decibel Magazine

GOATWHORE channels every evil impulse of its blackened death thrash into Constricting Rage of the Merciless…” – Austin Chronicle

“…a fucking solid release and one wild ride down the highway to Hell…” – Invisible Oranges

“…a brutally bleak aural onslaught that will no doubt get metal heads pumping their fists and headbanging along with these pummeling anthems of chaos and despair. Clear heirs to the thrash metal throne, GOATWHORE ably step up with this masterful slab of blacked metal and stake their claim as one of the best in the business circa-2014.” – Pop Matters

“…one of extreme metal’s most unheralded, blue-collar bands…” – Sputnik Music

GOATWHORE have always had the stench of brimstone about them, and their latest offering in no different, a vein of smoldering hatred for everything pure and good anchoring the record in a kind of ravenous decadence.” – Exclaim

“…a masterful work of extreme metal…” – Dead Rhetoric

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GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Marauders Prepare To Soil The US Supporting Skeletonwitch And Black Anvil

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The masked mutants in GHOUL are preparing to terrorize the US next month on a live intrusion supporting blackened thrash headliners, Skeletonwitch, and black metal tyrants, Black Anvil! The caravan of chaos will begin September 5th in Chicago and sully nearly two dozen municipalities before coming to a mutinous close on September 24th, 2014 in San Francisco.

Says guitarist/vocalist Digestor:”Greetings, Numbskulls! Once again GHOUL is coming to your rotten country to murder and devour your lard-assed, chicken-fried, imbecilic citizenry! We are currently hiding in empty pickle barrels in the hold of a tramp steamer on its way to one of your American ports. Luckily the pickle barrels have Wi-Fi, so I can not only send out this message, but I can tweet about all the things that enrage me on a daily basis. What an exciting time we live in! Anyhooooo, come out to our shows with the mighty Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil, and kiss your ass goodbye! And as always, live for metal, DIE FOR GHOUL!”

GHOUL w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil:
9/05/2014 Double door – Chicago, IL
9/06/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/07/2014 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
9/08/2014 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
9/09/2014 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY ** Noisey Presents: GHOUL, Mutant Supremacy, Grudges
9/10/2014 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
9/11/2014 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
9/12/2014 The Empire – Springfield, VA
9/13/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
9/14/2014 Tin Roof – Charleston SC *
9/15/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/16/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/17/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
9/18/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/19/2014 Trees – Dallas, TX
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*No Skeletonwitch
** No Skeletonwitch/Black Anvil

In related news, GHOUL recently penetrated Creepsylvanian National Television with the new rogue installment of their “Burning Questions” video series. Watch Cremator roast their inquisitive fanbase and other vats of humankind’s fallout with Burning Questions below.

Additionally, GHOUL announced a new addition to their maggot-infested back-catalog, with the vinyl manifestation of their debut album, We Came For The Dead!!! Initially released in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic in the most putrid depths of the metal underworld, delivering  a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania, where they’ve since waged war on mortals from with full anonymity. Having brainwashed countless souls since with a plethora of disturbing musical platters, GHOUL now offers up We Came For The Dead!!! on vinyl which includes a GHOULish rendition of Megadeth’s “Skull Beneath The Skin.”

We Came For The Dead!!! will be available for public consumption September 9th, 2014 via Tankcrimes on three gruesome color variants: a “More Blood” red edition in a run of 666, the ultra-limited “Torch” pressing in a tri-color yellow/orange/bone scheme, and the Die Hard edition, which bears a “Blood Spill” red inside clear vinyl, foil stamped jacket, flexi postcard w/ bonus track “We Are Creepsylvanians” by Igvar Shmeltzy and the Turnips. All vinyl editions include an instant download. Get gritty on this action HERE. And for the CD and digital format junkies, the album comes paired up with GHOUL’s ghastly follow-up to We Came For The Dead!!!, Maniaxe, as a nifty two-for-one album deal available now. Who says GHOUL doesn’t like bargains. Order the CD HERE (or in stores worldwide) or the digital version HERE.

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CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Seward Fairbury Found! Additional Live Assaults Announced

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

CORRECTIONS HOUSE Minister Of Propaganda, Seward Fairbury, was located at a mental health facility in Northwestern Arizona last Friday. Some weeks back Fairbury was involved in some sort of as-yet-undetermined violence in his Northern California home. No charges have been filed as of yet. He’s been missing for nearly two months.

Interim band spokesperson/guitarist Scott Kelly had this to say: “We have been searching as best we could and maybe even praying a little for Seward to turn up somewhere. To put it mildly, he’s complicated and we truly barely have a grasp on who he even is in reality. We know that he has attached his psychic warhorse to our souls and ourselves and I think anyone who’s ever been in contact with him knows that’s just one those, it is what it is, type situations. He’s with us for better or worse. I guess now we will just wait to see what emerges from these latest shadows that he’s fallen into.”

Fairbury’s past is virtually unknown aside from his family’s lengthy criminal history which dates back to earliest settlers in the Northern California region. He has been involved in the music scene for well over thirty years in some capacity or another. He has previously dealt with psycho schizoid issues.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE will continue their live assaults this week in Chicago on August 28th and 29th as direct support of the legendary Sleep at Thalia Hall with an additional ritual slated to take place at this year’s edition of the Housecore Horror Film Festival. CORRECTIONS HOUSE will also continue diligent work on their second album which nears completion.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE Live:
8/28/2014 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
8/29/2014 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
10/23-10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX w/ Neurosis, Eyehategod, Samhain, Author & Punisher, Cattle Decapitation, more

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER Announces New Round Of Live Assaults; “The Drone Machines Shall Return!”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Master sound conspirator, Tristan Shone, will bring his cacophonous manifestation of cold, mechanical doom known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER to the streets in the coming months for a clobbering run of live takeovers. Set to commence next Thursday with a special performance and design talk at Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, Shone will levy his punishing sonic decompositions upon several additional music fests including San Diego Music Thing, Cold Waves Festival, Southwest Terror Fest and Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Fest, with future enactments in December in their plotting stages.

Comments Shone: “After a Summer of retooling and writing music for the upcoming release [stay tuned for details] I am taking to the skies and highways for a collection of special performances and festivals. After laying dormant for several years, the Drone Machines shall return for some of these events that don’t involve airplanes due to weight and power. ”

AUTHOR & PUNISHER:
9/04/2014 Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC (performance and design talk)
9/12/2014 San Diego Music Thing – San Diego, CA w/ Earth, King Dude
9/20/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ 3Teeth
9/26/2014 Cold Waves Festival – Chicago, IL w/ Fear Factory, Die Krupps, Youth Code, more…
10/18/2014 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Neurosis, The Body, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, more…
10/23-10/26 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX w/ Neurosis, Eyehategod, Corrections House, Cattle Decapitation, more

AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s latest full-length, Women & Children, was released last year via Seventh Rule Recordings. Crowned “powerful and chilling” by Metal Injection and commended for being “immediate but mysterious, a chimera that’s recognizable but strange,” by Pitchfork, the record continues to astound listeners globally for its ominously expressive brand of mechanical doom. In employing primarily custom designed and fabricated machines, speakers and various devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics, Shone – who boasts a BS in mechanical engineering and an MFA in visual arts — manages to replicate dejection, desperation and profound sorrow through his musical corrosion with curious poise and beauty.

If you missed it, Shone spoke with Wired Magazine for an in-depth investigation of the voice modulating masks – among many other handcrafted industrial contraptions — that aid in his cacophonous manifestation of sound. View the video and feature HERE.

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ANAAL NATHRAKH: Birmingham Extreme Metal Miscreants To Release Desideratum This October Via Metal Blade Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts eleven emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil.

ANAAL NATHRAKH — Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — exists for one purpose: to be the soundtrack to the apocalypse; the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since forming in 1999, the devious duo has gained a reputation for expressing precisely these things. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against a backdrop of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is plainly frightening. Their winding history includes not only the release of seven albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such iconic figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed legend John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless rankings among “best album of the year” polls and “album of the month” in the press and cover appearances on top magazines such as Terrorizer, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Uniquely hallmarked by pulverizing musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal. This year ANAAL NATHRAKH are set to reach ever higher on their mission to send the Earth crashing into the Sun.

Desideratum Track Listing:
1. Acheronta Movebimu
2. Unleash
3. Monstrum In Animo
4. The One Thing Needful
5. A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
6. Desideratum
7. Idol
8. Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots, And Humanity)
9. The Joystream
10. Rage And Red
11. Ita Mori

Desideratum will devour the masses whole on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime, you are cordially invited to sear the skin right off your bones with first single, “Idol,” now streaming at metalblade.com/anaalnathrakh where you’ll also find a host of menacing preorder packages. Additionally, fans who preorder the record via iTunes will receive a download of “Idol” instantly.

Further ANAAL NATHRAKH news and teasers to be dispersed in the coming weeks. You have been warned.

“…these dudes split ‘terrifyingly heavy and fierce’ and ‘giant dork’ straight down the middle and sew it up again like Dr. Frankenstein working on the monster.’ – Decibel

ANAAL NATHRAKH are one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror… a master class in extreme metal” — MetalSucks

“…a thrill ride of horrors” – Pitchfork


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BLACKWOLFGOAT: New LP From Progressive Drone Project Streaming In Full At Decibel

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

In celebration of its official release, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Drone Maintenance, the cathartic new long player from one-man progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT, in its entirety!

Conjured by guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw), who specializes in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, psychedelic guitar freak-outs as well as purely ambient pieces, Drone Maintenance is a psychological voyage through space and time.

Engineered and mixed by Glenn Smith (Tired Old Bones Ehnahre, Ichabod et al) at his Amps vs. Ohms studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ten-track Drone Maintenance is a quasi-concept album that sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. Elaborates Shepard, “On Drone Maintenance humans maintain drones which could turn on them at any moment. The soundtrack to this trip is a mixture of drone, Krautrock, doom, fusion and psych. Needless to say, it does not end well for our protagonist.”

Adds Decibel Magazine, “A mesmerizing mix of psychedelia, drone, and general experimentalism, Drone Maintenance takes the listener on a journey, its deliberate repetition bringing about an almost hypnotic state similar to Six Organs of Admittance or Ash Ra Tempel. Unlike most drone, things actually happen in these songs!”

Got a drone to service? You’ve come to the right place. Scroll on over to Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Drone Maintenance is out TODAY via Small Stone Recordings. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

Drone Maintenance invites us into an alternate, futuristic dimension, where we see life through the eyes of a drone repairman, and the music invokes a strange feeling, one of being the last human job on a mechanized planet, but not necessarily in a dystopic way.” – Cvlt Nation

BLACKWOLFGOAT is a project that will, at times, challenge a lot of people to reexamine their cloistered definition of ‘music’ and yet simultaneously and ably give them the tools to do so.” – Lonesome Noise

“Drone Maintenance is simply hypnotic at times while being melodic at others. You can only expect the unexpected, which is what one would listen to an album like this for. This album will challenge the listener to reevaluate what they feel an album should sound like. Fans of bands such as Sunn0))) and Earth should really give BLACKWOLFGOAT a listen.” – Wicked Channel


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YOB: New Full-Length From Portland Doom-Bringers Now Playing In Full Via Pitchfork; Clearing The Path To Ascend To See North American Release Next Week

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As commanding as it is cathartic, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the long-anticipated new full-length from Portland doom technicians, YOB, demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. The path to ascend is clearly an arduous one, fraught with the peril of mediocrity. YOB pummels that path however, climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, Clearing The Path To Ascend is a genuinely visceral listening experience.

In an advance investigation of the record, Last Rites dubs YOB, “one of the heaviest bands currently walking the third rock from the sun, even if they sometimes sound as if they are transporting their sounds from deep space.” Stereogum concurs, “YOB are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal album you’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Sludgelord notes, “Heavy, discordant, startling and genuinely touching, this album is a true-blue metal odyssey that rewards every listener who dares to take the journey with them. Headphones on. Eyes closed. Experience YOB.” Noisey gushes, “In the worlds YOB make, the music’s solidity pulls against its subject’s uncertainty. The slow drips of percussion and roars of guitar feel geologically real, while the lyrics and samples hidden in the songs hint that ‘real’ is only a feeling,” while MetalStorm adds, “YOB have a unique way of creating music that’s entirely sheltered in acute directness and yet still manages to deliver undiscovered subtleties on repeated listens. I love their startling ability to sink to new depths of desensitizing heaviness with song designs that are more or less uncomplicated but still can appease the layman’s metal music listener.”

In celebration of its imminent release, now just one week away, Pitchfork is offering up Clearing The Path To Ascend in its bone-crushing, soul-cradling entirety via their Advance Series at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release, YOB will spread their purifying riff rituals overseas this Fall on an epic binge of performances slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The band will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer. See confirmed ceremonies below.

YOB w/ Pallbearer:
9/03/2014 Tivoli de helling – Utrecht, NL
9/04/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
9/05/2014 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
9/08/2014 The Underworld – London, UK
9/10/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE
9/11/2014 Vera  - Groningen, NL
9/12/2014 Atlas – Aarhus, DK
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/14/2014 Hostsabbat @ Betong – Oslo, NO
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
9/27/2014  Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE

YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally in North America via Neurot Recordings on September 2nd, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th. Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available. For CD orders point your browser HERE. For special T-shirt bundles go HERE.


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MEGATON LEVIATHAN: Psychedelic Doom Practitioners Premiere New Hymn Via Invisible Oranges; Preorders Available

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MEGATON LEVIATHAN is preparing to release their most psychologically stirring, sprawling manifestation of sound to date with Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell.

Set for release via Seventh Rule Recordings next month, the record was mixed by MEGATON’s newest resident thaumaturgist, Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., Alfheimr, Benighted In Sodom live), and is a near lethal dose of solemn audio narcotic, shifting the listener somewhere outside the realm of space-time for the duration of its dissociative transduction from speakers to brain. Glacial, yet burning with divine fire, Past 21’s spell is simultaneously whispered in a hallowed chapel, and torn from a throat rent by the gnashing of teeth.

In celebration of its imminent release, today Invisible Oranges offers up first track, “Past 21,” for mass consumption/reflection, relaying “Like elder experimentalists, MEGATON LEVIATHAN are driven to create, explore, and meddle with moods. ‘Past 21’ is a fine example, opening with a cracked doom progression a la Old Man Gloom and spending the next four minutes shading in a map of a craggy, hellish landscape. The drone-verture could soundtrack a sci-fi moon landing, one unveiling an icy Io-esque tomb while providing the proper you-gonna-die foreshadowing. It’s also a kind of painful purgatory: if you took the wrong drugs, you might think it’s going to be a long night. Then MEGATON LEVIATHAN flip the script. At 4:06, ‘Past 21’ breaks free of its downer stasis thanks to a deep guitar crunch supported by pumping organs. Now you’re swaddled in warmth. The song is still blue but it’s on the rise and moving, buoyed by an epiphany of acceptance. Whatever trepidation you had before is blasted away with deliciously sad strings, solos that float like ash from a fire, and vocals that have that unobtrusive-yet-totally-affecting lilt of Kenny Hickey. Things have clicked. Welcome to nine minutes of melancholy bliss. The instruments ring out. You finally exhale. What a trip.”

Adds founder/lone original member, Andrew James Costa Reuscher, “The graal can only be obtained once everything is lost in its quest. SMIB.”

Take the trip with “Past 21,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

In April of 2014, Reuscher and Subite took Past 21 on the road for a first round of West Coast dates as a one man show/performance piece featuring heavy visual elements with Reuscher the unifying human component, and Subite as the hidden hand, mixing live audio. MEGATON LEVIATHAN later tapped V.I.I.R.L. drummer Markus Covello to join the onstage lineup. With Reuscher handling vocal and guitar operations, and Subite continuing his live audio duties, this revamped, three-man cast will form the core of the MEGATON LEVIATHAN live experience for the duration of the forthcoming performances. See confirmed dates below.

MEGATON LEVIATHAN Live 2014:
8/24/2014 Star Theater – Portland, OR * Record Release Show [info]
8/30/2014 TBA – Bozeman, MT
8/31/2014 Black Sparrow Tattoo Club – Billings, MT
9/03/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
9/04/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN
9/05/2014 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
9/07/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
9/08/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/09/2014 The Crown – Baltimore, MD
9/10/2014 Static Age – Asheville, NC
9/12/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN
9/14/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/15/2014 TBA – Austin, TX
9/16/2014 TBA – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO

Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell will be released on September 9th, 2014 via Seventh Rule Recordings on CD and bone with sea blue and doublemint splatter vinyl. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.



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