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KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Misfits To Return To North America Supporting Down This Saturday!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Australian thrash grind misfits, KING PARROT, will return to the road later this week for a final run of live assaults on North America supporting Down, Orange Goblin, and Bl’ast. Set to commence November 29th in New Orleans, the band will steamroll their way through nearly two dozen cities, with the final performance taking place December 21st in Houston.

Dispatches the band: “KING PARROT is honored to be heading the round with some of our all-time favorite bands and musicians in Down, Orange Goblin and Bl’ast this December in North America. This is our fourth tour of the region this year and it’s been an incredible journey for us in 2014. To cap it off on this tour, with these bands, is amazing and beyond what we’d ever envisioned when we started out just a few years ago. As an Australian band cracking into the scene over here, the odds are always stacked against you, but we are keen and dedicated to working hard and it’s nice to see some rewards coming about. We have our new album written and we’re looking forward to recording and releasing it in 2015. It’s going to be a big step forward for the band and really shows how much work we’ve been putting in over the last few years. We’re hoping that we can continue to tour steadily and build King Parrot into a regular touring band here. We’re confident North America will be seeing and hearing plenty more from us in the next year or two, and if you haven’t seen us yet, get down early to one of these shows! It’s gonna be wild!”

KING PARROT continues to tour in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Championed for its “ceaseless brutality,” by Ghost Cult and dubbed “aggressive as fuck,” by Headbang Or GTFO, the record was produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin) and manages to capture the raw intensity of their furious live assault, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Watch fan-filmed footage of the band dismantling this year’s Housecore Horror Film Fest below.

KING PARROT w/ Down, Orange Goblin, Bl’ast:
11/29/2014 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA *Down, KING PARROT only
11/30/2014 The Lost Well – Austin, TX *KING PARROT only
12/01/2014 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
12/02/0214  Fly Catcher – Tucson, AZ *KING PARROT only
12/03/2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/04/2014 Epek Print – Salinas CA *KING PARROT only
12/05/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
12/06/2014 Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
12/07/2014 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
12/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
12/09/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland OR * KING PARROT, Author & Punisher only
12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
12/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2014 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
12/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
12/16/2014 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT *KING PARROT, Wolvhammer only
12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
12/18/2014 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO *Orange Goblin, KING PARROT only
12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
12/21/2014 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

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

“Bite Your Head Off has a punk, DIY ethic running through it as well as a dark, black humor… raucous, uncouth, rude, scatological and completely compelling.” – This Is Not A Scene

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

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

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

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

MUSK OX: Canadian Neofolk Trio Reveals Woodfall “Making-Of” Footage Via Decibel Magazine

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Woodfall is the latest full-length from Canadian neofolk trio, MUSK OX, self-released earlier this year. Nearly six years in the making, Woodfall is an hour-long, five-part progressive chamber folk epic captured via classical guitar, cello, and violin. Inspired by Canada’s brilliant landscapes, MUSK OX meshes the acoustic textures of neofolk with the expansiveness of post rock, the intricacies of progressive rock, and the emotional weight of metal into a forlorn sonic passage through natural realms where darkness and light, substance and void, sorrow and joy, exist as a single entity.

In commemoration of its release, today Decibel Magazine reveals the first of a “making-of” series which brings MUSK OX fans up-close-and personal with the band during the Woodfall recording sessions. In part one, band founder/guitarist Nathanaël Larochette discusses Woodfall’s inspiration and concept.

Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, MUSK OX recently released the official Woodfall guitar book. Every note, including which fingers Larochette uses to pluck them, has been meticulously put to paper and beautifully packaged and bound thanks to the support and guidance of Luke Hoskin (Protest The Hero, Sheet Happens Publishing). A must-have for anyone interested in exploring the guitar stylings found on Woodfall.

Albums and books are available for order through the MUSK OX BandCamp page and official website.

Now featuring members Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello) and Evan Runge (violin), MUSK OX has released two full-length albums and three self-recorded demos. Additionally, Larochette offered three interlude contributions to Agalloch’s latest full-length release The Serpent & The Sphere, out now on Profound Lore.

“…an elegant, chamber-folk air that manages to be earthy and ethereal at the same time.” – A.V. Club

“Whatever it may lack in heavy metal thunder or ravishing grimness, MUSK OX more than makes up for with its richness in atmosphere and emotion, created in tune with the natural world and its terrifying beauty.” – Pitchfork

“A captivating, emotional, and masterfully-crafted achievement of not only neofolk music, but of music in general.” – Sputnik Music

“A beautifully sculpted instrumental classical folk album…nothing short of epic.” – Echoes And Dust

“…the most beautiful album of the year so far. Soft, dreamy, upbeat and ethereal, this needs to be heard by everyone everywhere.” – Swirls Of Noise

I have never heard anything quite like MUSK OX.  The closest I can come to a comparison is a baroque quartet who is led by an accomplished classical guitarist.  What is truly impressive on Woodfall is how these lengthy songs, ranging from nearly ten minutes long to almost eighteen minutes, are cohesive, and never become dull.” – Burning Point

“Despite its relative softness, Woodfall refuses to work as background music; there’s too much going on for the album to come together at the subliminal level, a reminder that complexity (both emotional and aesthetic) doesn’t have to bang you over the head to demand your attention.” – Exclaim

CORRECTIONS HOUSE Prepares For US Assault Next Week; Live Record To Drop Via War Crime Recordings + Neil Young Cover Streaming At Noisey

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

CORRECTIONS HOUSE is packing up their munitions in preparation for their imminent, near three-week live assault on the US. Scheduled to commence on November 30th in Boston, Massachusetts, the legion will raze nineteen megalopolises, with the overthrow coming to a halt on December 20th in Portland, Oregon.

Proclaims recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury: “CORRECTIONS HOUSE will bring their truncheon down on your head repeatedly until you submit or vacate the premises. This band has grown into a force since their initial trek through the landscape known as the United States of Unamerican activities. They will bludgeon you with no apology. Test us.”

In conjunction with the tour, CORRECTIONS HOUSE will release Writing History In Advance, a debaucherous testament of audio decomposition recorded live in Los Angeles earlier this year. The release will come available in a CD digipack via War Crime Recordings December 1st, 2014 and is currently available for pre-order at THIS LOCATION.

In the meantime, check out a rare, non-album exclusive cover of Neil Young classic “Cortez The Killer,” currently streaming at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

11/30/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Boston MA
12/01/2014 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
12/02/2014 Café 9 – New Haven, CT
12/03/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
12/04/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
12/05/2014 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
12/06/2014 Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
12/07/2014 Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI
12/08/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
12/09/2014 The High Tone – Memphis, TN
12/10/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
12/11/2014 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
12/12/2014 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX
12/14/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX
12/16/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
12/17/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
12/18/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
12/19/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA
12/20/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR

CORRECTIONS HOUSE features Fairbury alongside sound conspirators Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Sanford Parker (Minsk). The collective released their Last City Zero debut full-length via Neurot Recordings last year. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero is the audio end product of government conspiracies, societal ruin and psychological decay.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE recently put the finishing touches on their forthcoming new full-length, set for release sometime in 2015. Further info to be revealed as it develops. Until then, writhe.

“Whether it’s Mike IX Williams’ grim spoken word poetry or Scott’s coarse, monotone groan overlaying the clangorous soundscapes, it’s the utter bleakness that binds.” – Meta Hammer

EOLIAN EMPIRE’s Near-Year-End Playback; HEAVYVIBES Holiday Sale

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

It was the best of times, it was… sorry, what was that? Anyway, before you are deluged by a slew of half-assed year-end lists and enter into a thunderdome of thread battles with commenters much less sophisticated than you, the consummate discerning listener, EOLIAN EMPIRE is here with the playback of the heavy, noisy, weird highlight reel of 2014.

WHORES and RABBITS answered the age-old question, “Darf man alte The Cure Klassiker so behandeln?” with a definitive, “Ja, wir können,” on their 7-inch split–co-released by Brutal Panda–of Cure covers. Verbicide called it “a gloriously deranged take on a few songs from one of alt rock’s heavy hitters done by a couple of bands who are keeping it dirty and nasty in the underground,” and CVLT Nation effused, “off the freaking charts.”  WHORES hit the road hard this year, wowing crowds at SXSW (one of Spin’s “The Five Best Things We Saw on Friday”), Heavy Montreal (its “secret champions” according to, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and elsewhere, plus have a brand new track on the 13th installment of AmRep’s Dope, Guns, & Fucking in the Streets. RABBITS released their latest 12-inch, Untoward, on Lamb Unlimited in August to much acclaim, like The Onion’s A.V. Club, who spat, “Like a shovelful of sludge to the skull, the record reeks of blood, mud, and the rancid pheromones of AmRep veterans like Cows and Killdozer,” Verbicide who came in with, “Their ability to absorb outside influences makes even more deadly,” and Invisible Oranges said some cool shit like, “In a noise rock scene dulled by younger musicians trying to be someone else, RABBITS have been RABBITS. Lines can be drawn — you could add the descriptor ‘heavier’ to Flipper or Shorty and be in the ballpark — but nothing really sticks besides ‘RABBITS.” The band spent October crushing skulls in Europe with Norwegian touring partners Arabrot and MoE. Old school Lehigh Valley zinester Frank FOE put it simply, but perhaps best: “WHORES and RABBITS are two modern day noise rock bands. Unsane set the standard in my books back in the day, these two bands carry the torch mightily.” Hear hear. (Cough cough.)

Gruesome bass-and-drums twosome TOWERS redefined what it means to be a “doom” band with their second LP, aptly titled II, “a portrayal of otherworldly toxicity made real and concrete through righteously vile and unwelcoming noise” (The Obelisk).  The stunning apocalyptic symphony of four movements through mutant grooves, weird hooks, sludgy crawls, cavernous explorations, and haunting nightmares had UK zine The Quietus championing it as “vivid, vicious, viscous, deeply psychedelic stuff,” adding: “Submit yourself to the mindflames immediately.” Mindflames.

PRIZEHOG released their third LP Re-Unventing the Whool, driving esteemed Aquarius Records to heap on the praise: “PRIZEHOG should be adored, they should be worshipped the way Harvey Milk and Boris and the Melvins are… as hard as it may be for some folks to believe, PRIZEHOG might have outheavied, and outweirded, and outgeniused those masters, and become masters themselves, masters of fucking alien prog-doom, long haired, psych sludge, dirge-drone, damaged art pop.  Fuck yeah.” Fuck yeah indeed.  The celestial space sludge trio trekked across the US and back this summer for the umpteenth time with their “oppressively bodacious guitar/synth/drum attack (Boston Hassle), bludgeoning, bewildering, and bewitching in equal measure. Get your “Whoady” on with the video for that mindwarper by Cinco Sanders and starring Newt Gingrich HERE.

Doom devastators GRAVES AT SEA relocated and reformed with a new rhythm section in Portland, Oregon, and wasted no time reminding everyone why they were missed. Their first new track in four years, the A-side title track of the This Place Is Poison EP, was a crusty taste of their energetic path forward, backed by their heavily damaged and deconstructed take on Black Sabbath’s “Lord of This World.” The Sleeping Shaman smoked the EP with accolades including, “The riffs are monstrously heavy and there is a groove that will not let you go. Everything is covered in a thick crust of filth and the vocals are still insane and hateful. These guys do such a great job at pounding their listeners into a pulp.” Apoch’s Metal Review roasted it with a 9/10 review: “…by the end you’ll have the urge to go to your favorite (or the most suiting) vice, flip the record, and experience this solid doom metal EP all over again.” Longtime fans and newbies alike were treated–or rather, mistreated–with intense performances at Roadburn, Maryland Death Fest, and Heavy Days in Doomtown [links for full sets] as well as a UK tour with Sourvein. What’s next?! Live footage from Maryland Deathfest is rolling HERE.

Cyberneticists HOT VICTORY dropped their first ever full-length, “an album’s worth of jarring samples and polyrhythmic propulsion unmatched by anyone this side of Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider” (Willamette Week), “throw[ing] a kitchen sink of drums, drum pads, synths, tape loops, samples–you name it–together in pretty fascinating ways” (Brooklyn Vegan). This Summer HOT VICTORY supported the mighty Floor, The Obelisk calling their set “some of the most satisfying prog I’ve seen live since the early days of Zombi.” You can see how just how much racket two people can make while sitting down in their tripped-out performance video for “Island Realm” RIGHT HERE.

DRUNK DAD dropped their debut Ripper Killer LP this year, “combining the thunderous sludge of Melvins, the confrontational punk rock of Flipper, and the abrasion and psychosis of Harvey Milk” (Decibel). Invisible Oranges likened the record to, “a triple word score for ‘noise rock’ and ‘grunge’,” Verbicide called it “equal parts shocking, thrilling, and kick ass,” and Metal Descent stated succinctly, “Finally, someone uses the monikers grunge and hardcore and that’s exactly what you get all modernized and shit.” All modernized and shit–it’s a new age. DRUNK DAD got weird on a whirlwind US tour with Portland and Eolian party-violence pals HONDURAN in September. New friendships were forged, old brain cells were lost. You can check out a live-in-studio performance from KEXP:          CLICK THIS.

Those surly space punks BIG BLACK CLOUD gave us Lessons in Fuck You 2, a collection of weird and wild anxious alien anthems and monster madness, a reckless rollercoaster ride through punk, noise, garage, surf, and B-movie soundtracks, “a musical narrative that would seem suitable for a Repo Man reboot (though this should never happen), sci-fi for cassette geeks still firmly attached to underground anti-everything” (Stereokiller). Do like the Portland Mercury says and get “all loud and mad and splattery.”

EOLIAN also added a couple special editions to the digital discography: the mind-melting psych/kraut/protometal jams of UNDERLORDS TAKE ACID, featuring members/ex-members of RABBITS, FIST FITE, and DIESTO, and the twelve-band live compilation (We’ve Gotta) KEEP OUR HEAD Alive — culled from last year’s release shows for (We’ve Gotta) KEEP OUR HEADS: Heavy Vibes from Portland, Oregon featuring ACRE, IX, NORSKA, HOT VICTORY, BIG BLACK CLOUD, GAYTHEIST, REDNECK, SIOUX, PALO VERDE, TOWERS, HONDURAN, and RABBITS.

And this week is the HEAVYVIBES sale.  Vinyl and cassettes are 11% off with code HEAVYVIBES, and digital releases are 10% off with code heavyvibes, including BIG BLACK CLOUD, DRUNK DAD, HOT VICTORY, GRAVES AT SEA, PRIZEHOG, TOWERS, WHORES, RABBITS, DEAD, DIESTO, HONDURAN, ARABROT, ORDER OF THE GASH, GONE TO CROATOAN, REDNECK, SLAM DUNK (WITH AUTHORITY!), ACRE, THE CYSTS, UNDER MOUNTAINS, CITY OF CHURCHES and PURPLE RHINESTONE EAGLE. Happy motherfucking holidays. God hates you.

Oh, you check out lots of videos, including live and in-studio stuff, of EOLIAN EMPIRE bands at

ORANGE GOBLIN To Kick Off North American Live Takeover

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Following their mammothly successful tour through Europe alongside Saint Vitus, UK stoner metal icons, ORANGE GOBLIN, will bring their heavy grooves Stateside next month for a two-week bout of live takeovers supporting Down. Slated to embark December 1st in San Antonio, the trek will run through fifteen cities, coming to a close on December 21st in Houston. Additional support will come from Bl’ast, and King Parrot.

ORANGE GOBLIN will be touring in support of their road-raging, Back From The Abyss full-length, released last month via Candlelight Records. Produced by Jamie Dodd, who worked with the band on 2012’s chart-topping A Eulogy For The Damned long player, Back From The Abyss has been reaping mass approval from fans and media globally. In an 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine notes, “Pegging OG as simply a ‘stoner’ or ‘doom’ band these days is a little shortsighted. They range from epic, classic-ish metal (‘Heavy Lies The Crown’) to Motörhead-inspired thunderbolts (‘The Devil’s Whip’) while maintaining a soulful bluesy vibe wherever they travel musically,” Ghost Cult christens the record, “a must listen stoner album for the year,” and commends, “another fine slab of metal sludge that oozes into your pores and latches onto your metal soul.” This Is Not A Scene agrees in a 9/10 review, calling Back From The Abyss, “another triumph for ORANGE GOBLIN,” and, “their most accomplished album to date.” In an 8.5/10 verdict, Blabbermouth boasts, “Back From The Abyss is everything ORANGE GOBLIN fans are craving: a bit of Black Sabbath, a bit of Motörhead and a whole lotta cool… where even fifty-four minutes doesn’t seem like enough,” while The AngryMetalGuy calls the record, “a manly, punch drunk listen, full of beans and ready to rumble. It may even grow some extra hair on your chest, if you’re into that kind of thing. Goats everywhere should be worried.”

ORANGE GOBLIN w/ Down, Bl’ast, King Parrot:
12/01/2014 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
12/03/2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/05/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
12/06/2014 Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
12/07/2014 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
12/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
12/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2014 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
12/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
12/21/2014 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

Back From The Abyss is out now on Candlelight Records. The album is available to order on CD, deluxe CD, and double vinyl as well as digitally via iTunes and Amazon.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Bass Play-Through Video From Italian Death Metal Unit Now Playing At Gear Gods + Cobra Verde Streaming In Its Entirety

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Cobre Verde is the latest long player from Italian death metal draftsmen, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. Released late last month via Unique Leader Records and appropriately dubbed, “an uber-brutal, churning platter of tech-y death metal” by Decibel Magazine, Cobre Verde is a concept record based around Werner Herzog’s 1987 film of the same name.

Tracked at 16th Cellar Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit The Soul), Cobra Verde thrusts forth nine smoldering tracks of discontent, revulsion and unrelenting audio deviance and includes a guest vocal appearances by Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade on “The Alonest Of The Alone” as well as a ravenous rendition of Ripping Corpse’s “The Last And Only Son,” which Covering The Scene commends for its “Opeth-meets-Maiden absinthe tainted riff,” “Death-inspired bass groove,” and, “ultra-technical Schuldinerish guitar progression.”

In celebration of its release, premier tech site, Gear Gods, is currently hosting a HIDEOUS DIVINITY bass play-through video noting, “Ever since HIDEOUS DIVINITY…utilized Stefano Franceschini for their dark purposes, the quality of their bass work has been godlike. I have no need to praise the band’s dark works myself; that’s what YouTube was invented for. So feast your gluttonous eyes and ears upon this play-through of ‘Sinister And Demented,’ a track off of HIDEOUS DIVINITY’s just-released Cobra Verde (it’s a bit less spicy than Cobra Rojo).”


And check out Cobra Verde in all its maniacal glory below:

Cobra Verde is out now on Unique Leader. Order your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“…without a doubt one of the best releases of 2014.” — Headbangorgtfo

“…a brutal death record that starts with progressive sensibilities but then moves at the speed of a grind album, minus the fact that every song is a five-minute demonstration of these guys being way better musicians than I could ever hope to be… Unique Leader knew damn well what they were doing when they grabbed these guys again for this album, as Cobra Verde is a great get. It’s well-produced and rings through super-clear, and that forty-three minutes of headbanging is enough to leave you with a bangover for days.” – No Clean Singing

The band sounds amazing and delivered a quality release that’s sure to impress death metal fans all over.” – Unhinged

Cobra Verde is an album upholding skillful songwriting, melancholy and ferocity, as well as glimpses of subtlety as key elements which present the album as an innovative and unique work endorsing the highly acclaimed values of HIDEOUS DIVINITY.” – Metal Wani

CHILD BITE: New EP From Detroit Punk/Metal/Noise Rock Miscreants Streaming In Full At Revolver Magazine; Strange Waste To Drop Via Housecore Tomorrow

Monday, November 24th, 2014

On the eve of its official unveiling via Housecore Records, today Revolver Magazine heaves forth CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP in its mutinous entirety.

The latest collection of audio pandemonium from Detroit’s favorite punk/metal miscreants was self-produced at Russian Recording in Indianapolis, Indiana, and boasts a wholly bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. Ugly, anxious and perilously habit-forming, CHILD BITE’s self-proclaimed “music for losers” continues to astound media outlets both stateside and abroad. Said American Aftermath, “The soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was has arrived in the form of CHILD BITE‘s new EP, Strange Waste. These Michigan punks have been making noise since around 2005 but have outdone themselves tremendously with these nine new tracks. CHILD BITE‘s sound is a mangled mash-up of noise rock and punk that comes across as something deranged yet catchy. Churning bass lines and atonal, seizure-like guitar riffs drive the band’s sonic assault and are met with the psychotic screaming/howling of Shawn Knight… If there was ever a contest to find a sound that takes early Jesus Lizard and My War-era Black Flag, combines them and tortures them for hours on end, CHILD BITE would win first prize.” Invisible Oranges concurs, “This band could go anywhere, in the best way, and also have an uncanny ability to attract non-metal listeners, if their live shows are any indicator. I’ve seen people come in from the street and pay entry to see CHILD BITE sight unseen, only to watch the arty garage band they thought they were seeing devolve into a savage grindcore outfit before their eyes — and stay put. I’m not sure I’ve seen a band with as much potential to surprise people and cross over genre boundaries since I first heard Mastodon.” Detroit Free Press notes, “CHILD BITE’s music smashes into you, as fast as a freight train and just as heavy. The guitars are a blistering blur of nimble and gnarly tones, with the rhythm section’s raucous grooves propelling a raspy, yowling vocalist’s emphatically motor-mouthed lyrics.” Adds Chris Besinger from Minneapolis noise rock unit Stnnng, “This record is only nineteen minutes long, but it is so dense with ideas and riffs and biting, late-era Black Flag guitar solos and clanking, chugging bass lines and splattering drum blasts and yowling vocals you will be gnawing on it like gristle for months to come.”

Expands vocalist Shawn Knight of the EP overall, “We’ve always worked a bit backwards, usually booking the studio time prior to writing any of the music for any given record. It lights a fire under our collective ass, which helps with creativity. We work well with restrictions or parameters. This time we took it a step further and chose the release format [double 45 rpm vinyl] prior to writing. That’s why all of the songs on Strange Waste are so short… we wanted each of the four sides to be under five minutes long. We treated this EP like an album; ten songs stripped down to the bare essentials.”

Shred your ears right off your head with Strange Waste, now playing in full at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.

And don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash and is still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Strange Waste will be released on CD, double vinyl seven-inch and digitally via Housecore Records November 25th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

WARDRUNA: Norwegian Folk Ensemble Reissues Mesmerizing Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga Debut In North America Via Indie Recordings

Monday, November 24th, 2014

WARDRUNA’s mesmerizing debut full-length, Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga, finally gets the reissue treatment in North America via Indie Recordings. Originally released in 2009, Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga serves as the first release in the band’s stunning Runaljod trilogy, a musical rendition of the twenty-four runes in what is often referred to as the “elder futhark.” Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga incorporates some of the oldest of Nordic instruments such as primitive deer-hide frame drums, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur, poetic metres and lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. Some of the recordings are captured outdoors or under circumstances of significance to each rune while other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are used. All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs. Although WARDRUNA’s sound shares characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can accurately describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced. Music from Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga is featured in the soundtrack to both seasons of The History Channel’s Vikings series.

Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga Track Listing:
1. Ár var alda
2.  Hagal
3. Bjarkan
4. Løyndomsriss
5. Heimta Thurs
6. Thurs
7. Jara
8. Laukr
9. Kauna
10. Algir – Stien klarnar
11. Algir – Tognatale
12. Dagr

Kvitrafn: vocals, all instruments (except fiddle), songwriting
Lindy Fay Hella: vocals
Gaahl: vocals

WARDRUNA was founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik and in 2009 and enchanted listeners with Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga. In the ensuing years the group has spent a great deal of time adapting their music to a live format and establishing a live band, resulting in a handful of very special concerts, perhaps most notably when they performed in front of the majestic 1100-year-old Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Norway. The second album in the Runaljod trilogy, Yggdrasil, was released in 2013. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Selvik, together with vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to create a strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what was started with their first album, but without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves. The band is currently working on Ragnarok, the final release of the series.

Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga is available on CD, black double vinyl gatefold and digitally via Indie Recordings.

PRIMORDIAL: Official Video For “Babel’s Tower” Now Playing At Metal Injection; Where Greater Men Have Fallen To See Release in North America TOMORROW Via Metal Blade

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Today, Irish metal legion, PRIMORDIAL, unveils the official new music video for “Babel’s Tower.” The epic tune comes by way of the band’s imminent new full-length, Where Greater Men Have Fallen, and serves as the first ever professionally filmed and edited video of their storied history.

Elaborates the band, “It was really about time, right? This far down the road, we finally made our first video eight albums in. So we trusted Gareth Averill and crew who also made our DVD [All Empires Fall] a couple of years back. The traditional band-jamming-in-a-warehouse scenario was not something that entered our heads. We wanted something broad and cinematic; something visually striking and arresting. So we spent a couple of cold and windswept days standing on the side of a mountain in Ireland. Here you have it, and about time…”

Watch the outstanding black and white clip, now playing at Metal Injection, at THIS LOCATION.

Where Greater Men Have Fallen serves as the follow-up to PRIMORDIAL’s globally-revered, 2011-released Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand long player and their eighth studio offering overall. Dubbed, “almost Maiden-esque in its majesty,” by Stereogum, the eight track, fifty-eight minute magnum opus was recorded at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma) and delivers some of PRIMORDIAL’s deepest, most meticulously composed, thematically profound and plainly absorbing compositions of their winding catalog of sonic enormity. Rolling Stone gushes in a recent review, “Alan Averill is a vocal powerhouse, soaring atop melodic black/folk metal compositions that channel doom and gloom as well as triumph. ‘Ghosts Of The Charnel House’ embodies heavy metal grandeur, while title track ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’ is an epic lament, its mournful, repetitive melodies rooted in Irish folk. When Averill howls, ‘The heart of your motherland will be ripped from her chest,’ a million ghosts cry out with him.’” Empty Lighthouse Magazine notes, “The title track builds and builds until vocalist Alan Averill lets out a commanding wail and the riffs crash onto the listener like waves. Guitarists Ciaran MacUiliam and Michael O’Floinn have a way of making a full-bodied ‘epic’ sound through subtle tonal shifts and chord voicings, culminating in a feel that most bands spend dozens of Pro Tools tracks and computer effects trying to achieve,” while Decibel Magazine adds, in an 8/10 rating, “Greater men have fallen, but PRIMORDIAL rise.”

PRIMORDIAL will bring their audio divinity to stages throughout Europe in the coming weeks with additional live ceremonials to be announced soon.

11/28/2014 The Academy@ Redemption Festival – Dublin, IE
12/12/2014 Metal Meeting – Eindhoven, NL
1/24/2015 Magazin4 – Brussels, BE
2/05/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK
2/06/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
2/07/2015 Islington Academy – London, UK
2/19/2015 Blastfest 2015 – Bergen, NO
2/21/2015 Volta Club – Moscow, RU
4/04/2015 Radau gegen HIV – Münster, DE
4/05/2015 Dark Easter Metal Meeting – München, DE
6/13-14/2015 Metalhead Meeting 2015 – Bucharest, RO
6/19-21/2015 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, BE
7/17/2015 Bang Your Head – Balingen, DE

Where Greater Men Have Fallen will be released on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit where you’ll find a lyric video for the title track as well as a gaggle of preorder options. The record will come available on CD and on vinyl in various color variants. Additionally, Where Greater Men Have Fallen will be released in a limited European deluxe edition wood boxset which includes a CD+DVD digibook, an exclusive 7”, a leather wristband, a poster and a certificate of authenticity.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014

AUTHOR & PUNISHER Announces North American Live Incursion To Close Out The Year; Housecore Debut With Producer Philip H. Anselmo At The Helm Underway + Video Footage Posted – Following crushing performances at this year’s editions of the Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona and Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, master sound manipulator/one-man industarial doom conjuror, Tristan Shone, will bring his sonic decompositions know as AUTHOR & PUNISHER to the streets again for a final round of live invasions to close out the year. [More]

COWARDS: Trailer For Rise To Infamy LP Released – As French hardcore sludgesters, COWARDS, prep their brutalizing Rise To Infamy LP for release this Winter, the track listing, cover artwork and a audio/visual teaser including the audio for the album’s third track, “Frustration (Is My Girl),” courtesy of courtesy of Chariot Of Black Moth, has been issued. [More]

NEOPERA: Classical/Metal Fusion Act Featuring Members Of Gamma Ray And Dark Age Unleash New Video – Germany’s NEOPERA, founded by guitarist and driving force of German metal band Dark Age, Joern Schubert, and featuring Dirk Schlaechter, longtime bassist for German metal titans, Gamma Ray, recently unleashed a brand new video for the track “Error.” [More]

BLODHEMN: Second Full-Length From Norwegian Black Metal Project Released Stateside Via Indie Recordings – One-man Norwegian black metal project, BLODHEMN, is pleased to spew forth its sophomore full-length, H7, upon unsuspecting ears. [More]

SOLEFALD: Avant Norse Folk Duo Unleashes Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord In North America Via Indie Recordings – After four years of silence, avant norse folk metal duo, SOLEFALD, return withNorrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord, an experimental soundtrack to the fjords and mountains of Norway, and a hymn to the nature of the North. [More]

Metal Grasshopper: Episode 4, Starring Down’s Philip H. Anselmo + Comedian Dave Hill Now Playing At Metal Injection – In Metal Grasshopper: Episode 4, metal overlord Philip H. Anselmo allows delusional man-child Dave Hill loose on an unsuspecting public, where he meets an actual woman. [More]

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Trio To Release Av Oss, For Oss In North America Via Indie Recordings – A band is an idea. It can exist as a vision in the architect’s mind, but is never complete. It is only when this vision reaches its audience, that it turns into something more and greater than the sum of its parts. [More]

DEIVOS: Fourth Album Nears Completion For 2015 Release Via Selfmadegod Records – Leading Polish death metal band, DEIVOS, is currently putting the final touches to their fourth full-length album, which will see release in early 2015 via Selfmadegod Records. [More]

WOLVHAMMER: Second Wave Of Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour Includes West Coast Dates With Black Cobra – Fresh off of the first wave of their Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour in support of their third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, WOLVHAMMER will embark on the next subdivision of the trek at the end of this month, with West Coast devastation planned. [More]

IDES OF GEMINI: Cryptic “Seer Of Circassia” Video Now Playing At Noisey; Old World New Wave Out Now Via Neurot RecordingsOld World New Wave is the latest long player from West Coast shadowy sound conjurors,IDES OF GEMINI. [More]

THE SHRINE: Japanese Tour Wrap-Up + “New” Tune Now Shredding The Airwaves Of Vice/Noisey; New 12″ Maxi Single Preorders Available – Having recently returned from their independently booked tour of Japan, Venice Beach, California-based skate-rock punk hellions and self-described “Destroyers of Rock n Roll,”THE SHRINE, were recently queried by the investigators of all things rad at Vice’s internet music channel, Noisey. [More]

XIBALBA Reveals Track Listing And Artwork For Tierra Y Libertad; Third Album Due In January Via Southern LordXIBALBA today reveals further details regarding their eagerly awaited third album, Tierra Y Libertad, set to be unleashed on January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America through Southern Lord. [More]

DEAD IN THE MANGER: Insidious Black/Grind Entity Prepares To Lash Out With Debut Full-Length – 20 Buck Spin begins confirming the label’s massive 2015 release schedule with the announcement of Cessation, the anticipated upcoming debut full-length from mysterious entity, DEAD IN THE MANGER. [More]

BARING TEETH: New Full-Length From Avant/Tech Death Metal Architects Streaming In Full At Revolver Magazine; Live Abrasions Confirmed -  With the release of BARING TEETH’s blistering Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins full-length now less than one week away, today Revolver Magazine offers up a stream of the release in its entirety. [More]

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Tech Death Behemoths To Kick Off US Tour With Cannabis Corpse And Mammoth Grinder – California technical death metal behemoths, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will kick off a three-week bought of US live assaults next week supporting Richmond bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. [More]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Bass Play-Through Video From Italian Death Metal Unit Now Playing At Gear Gods + Cobra Verde Streaming In Its EntiretyCobre Verde is the latest long player from Italian death metal draftsmen, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. [More]


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