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TOTAL NEGATION: New Hymn From Harrowing One-Man Blackened Doom Metal Venture Streaming At No Clean Singing

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Zeitzeuge is the third long-player from one-man blackened doom metal cultist, TOTAL NEGATION. Set for release via Sweden-based Temple Of Torturous Records, the follow-up to the 2013-issued Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume, Zeitzeuge maintains the cold, eerie elements of its predecessor. The integration of instruments like the melodica and the vibraphone still intact, on Zeitzeuge master craftsman Wiedergaenger allows for more breathing room and breadth in his compositions. Still cold, depressive and atmospherically corrosive, Wiedergaenger manages to merge the principals of primeval black metal, doom and Krautrock into a sound that’s at once lush, confounding, and harrowingly apocalyptic.

Today, No Clean Singing brings forth the first official taste of Zeitzeuge with a premiere of second movement,Fluechtling” noting, “There is no easy way to sum up this long song. It is both a lyrical and a musical narrative, one that unfolds (as the album does) very much like a story — a dark and disturbing story full of changing moods reflected in changes of pace and intensity. A mid-paced rocker at the start, it becomes brooding and eerie, with a spacious interlude pierced with twisted feedback, flickering noises, and the strumming of an acoustic guitar. As the song continues to unfold, bursts of double-bass and blast-beats join with whipping tremolo chords, rhythmic bass lines bound along beneath the reverberation of discordant guitars, and hand drums make an appearance as the song reaches its hallucinatory finale.”

Bask in the twisted tones of “Fluechtling” at THIS LOCATION.

Cold, dire, twisted, diseased and bedecked in Wiedergaenger’s intense German storytelling, Zeitzeuge relays the story of a contemporary witness, who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others. Zeitzeuge will be released digitally and on vinyl via Temple Of Torturous on June 16th, 2015.

“…if you’re always on the lookout for the strangest, most obscure output black metal has to offer, there’s no way around TOTAL NEGATION.” – Cvlt Nation


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EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – April 27th, 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

STOP BREATHING: Summer Street Date For Second LP From California Hardcore Punk Outfit Set; Album Art And Info Released – Oxnard, California-based STOP BREATHING will release their second LP, V, this Summer, this week confirming the album’s official street date cover art and more, as new live actions begin to come together for the months ahead. [More…]

CONNOISSEUR: California Stoner Violence Unit Celebrates 4/20 With A Taste Of “New Amsterdam” Now Playing At Cvlt Nation; Stoner Justice Preorder Bundles Available – Following a solid year of blunt rolling and live perversions, glassy-eyed, California smoke goliaths, CONNOISSEUR, will unleash the weedian fruits of their Stoner Justice offering this June via Tankcrimes Records. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Philly Hardcore/Grind Trio Completes Recording Of Debut LP For Fall Release; Teaser Video + New Tour Dates Leaked – Philadelphia’s frenzied trio known as DIE CHOKING, has completed the arduous recording sessions of the band’s debut LP, which will see release later this year. [More…]

SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From Crypt Of The Devil Currently Streaming At No Clean Singing – In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their Crypt Of The Devil full-length via Metal Blade Records. [More…]

AMBASSADOR GUN: Minneapolis Grind/Hardcore Trio Prepares Third Album For Summer Release; Two Smoking New Tracks Playing Early – Minneapolis, Minnesota’s scathing grind trio, AMBASSADOR GUN, has just released two brand new tracks today, well ahead of the street date for the band’s third full-length album, Tomb Of Broken Sleep. [More…]

WIZARD EYE Signs With Black Monk Records For Upcoming Vinyl Release – Philadelphia-based stoner/doom band, WIZARD EYE, recently announced its partnership with emerging Philadelphia-area label, Black Monk Records for the release of its upcoming self-titled album. [More…]

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Joins Neurot Recordings For The Release Of Their Third Studio Album – Neurot Recordings is very pleased to welcome San Francisco-based sludge/noise rock unit KOWLOON WALLED CITY to their family for the CD release of the band’s as-yet-untitled third full-length, expected this Fall, with Gilead Media handling the release on vinyl. [More…]

BOSS KONG Lets The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II Loose With Exclusive Stream And Feature At Decibel Magazine – Having punished the humans with their rightful ways through initial warnings, primate biker horde, BOSS KONG, has successfully infiltrated the populous with The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II for Record Store Day. [More…]

DAVID HALL: Handshake Inc. Director To Debut Two Short Films In 360-Degree Viewing At NYC May Event – London, Ontario-based Handshake Inc. co-owner and independent film/video director, David Hall, is in the final stages of completing two short films which are to be debuted in New York City as part of a special gallery event in early May. [More…]

FULGORA: Grindcore/Death Supergroup To Perform First Show With Sparky Voyles Next Month In Brooklyn – Grindcore/death miscreants, FULGORA, who unite members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, are pleased to welcome guitarist Sparky Voyles (Dying Fetus, Misery Index etc.) to their diseased ranks with an inaugural show at the Acheron in Brooklyn, New York next month! [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: New Video Clip From Occult Death Rock Dealers Now Playing At Revolver; Tour With Sólstafir To Commence Tomorrow – Today, Revolver Magazine offers up the video accompaniment to the track “We Are Damnation,” from occult death rock/folk metal dealers, ANCIENT VVISDOM. [More…]

DEATH TO FALSE METAL FESTIVAL: Inaugural Connecticut-Based Metal Fest Announced For August 2015 – This August, the maiden installment of a brand new metal fest will take over Hamden, Connecticut, dubbed DEATH TO FALSE METAL FESTIVAL. [More…]

HUMOURS: Noisey Streaming The Onanist From Portland Quartet; Debut EP Out Now On Eolian Empire – Out now on the Eolian Empire is the debut from Portland-based HUMOURS, in the form of The Onanist EP. [More…]

ENTRAILS: New Tune From Swedish Death Metal Militia Goring The Airwaves Of Bloody Disgusting; Obliteration To Drop Next Month Via Metal BladeObliteration is the fittingly-titled new studio offering from Swedish death metal militia, ENTRAILS. [More…]

LAGO: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Embarks On The Tyranny Tour Across The Western US This Friday – Phoenix-based quartet, LAGO, will embark on The Tyranny Tour this week, taking the blackened death metal ferocity of their menacing debut LP, Tyranny, to nine cities across the Western US. [More…]

CONTINUUM: New Performance Play-Through Video From California Technical Death Engineers Playing At Gear Gods; The Hypothesis Out NOW On Unique Leader – A true monolith of progressive technical death metal, The Hypothesis, the new studio offering from Bay Area metallers, CONTINUUM, was unleashed yesterday via Unique Leader Records. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI: Ethereal Dream-Weavers Undrape New Hymn At Cvlt Nation – Today, IDES OF GEMINI, in cooperation with the sound sergeants at Cvlt Nation, are pleased to undrape the shimmering sounds of “Carthage.” [More…]

ANTIGAMA: Trailer For The Insolent LP Released; Interviews In Advance Of US Tour Available + Physical Product Preorders Posted – In advance of the release of their seventh brutalizing full-length, The Insolent, Poland’s experimental grindcore quartet ANTIGAMA has released a brief, yet mentally vexing visual trailer for the album created by the same company responsible for the artwork and design of the band’s latest noncompliant works. [More…]

ÅRABROT: New EP From Norwegian Grammy-Winning Outfit Looms Via Eolian Empire/Fysisk Format; North American Tour Confirmed – Norwegian Grammy Award-winning musical experimenters, ÅRABROT, have confirmed the next title in the band’s constantly/rapidly growing discography, with the upcoming release of their You Bunch of Idiots EP. [More…]

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Behemoths Unleash First Of Five-Part Interview Series Via Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Dead Set Release Day Draws Near – Fresh off an epically successful US journey supporting bong-wielding metal legion, Weedeater, Australia’s favorite thrash grind behemoths, KING PARROT, will drop the maniacal wares of their Dead Set long player upon the masses next month. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY: Month-Long North American Tour With Lazer/Wulf Begins Friday; European Tour With Weedeater To FollowTODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road this week in support of the band’s cutting tenth LP, Animal Mother, released in October via Southern Lord Recordings. [More…]

ALL OUT WAR: Full Info And Trailer For Impending Dying Gods EP Released; Preorder Packages Available Via Organized Crime Records – New York crossover quintet, ALL OUT WAR, has just released a visual trailer for their impending Dying Gods EP, offering some insight into what the henchmen have captured on their anxiously anticipated new works. [More…]

WOODEN STAKE: Occult Death Doom Duo Releases Second Full-Length Via Razorback Records – Occult death doom ensemble, WOODEN STAKE, rises from their moldy tomb armed with their long-awaited second long player, A Feast Of Virgin Souls. Out now on Razorback Records, the ten-track offering boasts over forty demonic minutes of dark, NWOBHM-infused tracks of lurching brutality led by the possessed banshee vocals of vocalist/bassist Vanessa Nocera. [More…]

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: One-Man Industrial Doom Unit To Kick Off US Tour; Trek Includes Stop At Stump Fest + Psycho California – Following a recent march through Europe alongside Atari Teenage Riot, one-man industrial doom sorcerer, Tristan Shone, more commonly known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will quake the stages of sixteen North American cities with his tectonic-shifting sound conjurings. [More…]

KING GIANT: First Single Off Of Black Ocean Waves LP Premiered Though “Red Skies” Lyric Video At New Noise Magazine – With the imminent storm of KING GIANT’s new Black Ocean Waves LP approaching, the maiden single has been cast into public seas through an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for “Red Skies,” now playing at New Noise Magazine. [More…]

WISDOM IN CHAINS Premieres “Violent Americans” Via Legends Arising; Preorders For The God Rhythm LP Are Live – As WISDOM IN CHAINS prepares their fifth album, The God Rhythm, for early Summer release, the album’s first single, “Violent Americans,” has been released through an exclusive stream with Legends Arising. [More…]

SOREPTION: Play-Through Clip From Swedish Death Metal Faction Playing At Gear Gods; US Tour With Cryptopsy, Disgorge And More Draws Near – Today, Swedish technical death metal faction, SORPEPTION, hurls forth a blazing play-through video for the track “A Speach To Survival.” [More…]

BENEATH OBLIVION: Ohio Volume Abusers Prepare For US Live Takeover; Band To Issue Limited Tour-Only Cassette – Long-running Ohio volume abusers, BENEATH OBLIVION, will cut the masses down with their amp-driven depression next month on near three-week live takeover. [More…]

GRUESOME: New Grisly Video Clip From Schuldiner-Loving Collective Now Playing At Bloody Disgusting; Savage Land Out Now On Relapse Records – Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. [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:
ABIOTIC – ABSTRACTER – ABYSS – ALL OUT WAR – ALLEGAEON – ALTERBEAST –  ANCIENT VVISDOM – ANAAL NATHRAKH – ANTIGAMA – APEX FEST VI – ARABROT – ARMORED SAINT – ARTILLERY – AUTHOR & PUNISHER –  BATTLECROSS – BENEATH OBLIVION – BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – BLACK BREATH – THE BODY – BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – BUCKSOT FACELIFT – BURNT BOOKS – CANCERT BATS – CDC – CHILD BITE – CLASSHOLE – CONNOISSEUR – CONNY OCHS – COWARDS – DAWN OF AZAZEL - DEATHWISH  – DIE CHOKING – DRAGONFORCE – DRUGS OF FAITH – EARTH – ENSIFERUM – EYEHATEGOD – FULGORA – FULL SCALE RIOT –  GHOUL – GNAW THEIR TONGUES – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HALSHUG – IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT – IMMORTAL BIRD – IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS – INCANTATION – JADED STAR – LAGO – LIFELESS – LIGHTNING BOLT – LO-PAN – MAID MYRIAD – MINSK – NEUROSIS – OBLITERATIONS – ONE TON PROJECTS – ORBWEAVER - PISS VORTEX –  POISON IDEA – PRIMITIVE MAN - PRIMORDIAL – SAMOTHRACE – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SIXTY WATT SHAMAN – SKINLESS - SOREPTION – STEARICA – STOP BREATHING – SUBURBAN SCUM – SWEET COBRA – TAKEN BY THE SUN –THEORIES – TODAY IS THE DAY – TWITCHING TONGUES – UFOMAMMUT – USNEA – VISIGOTH – WINO – WISDOM IN CHAINS – WRVTH – WOLVHAMMER – ZEX

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GRUESOME: New Grisly Video Clip From Schuldiner-Loving Collective Now Playing At Bloody Disgusting; Savage Land Out Now On Relapse Records

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released earlier this week via Relapse Records, is a delightfully punishing display of late-‘80s/early-‘90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

In commemoration of its release, today Bloody Disgusting offers up the charmingly gore torn new video for the record’s title track. A deliciously cannibalistic wonder world of blood, barbarians and blatant brutality, the visual accompaniment to “Savage Land” is truly… gruesome.

Expels guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “The kind folks at Relapse put together a really cool clip video for the title track of the GRUESOME album. The video perfectly captures the violence and gore of the tune and takes me back to the early days of my teens when I devoured gore flicks and the first three Death albums with equal enthusiasm. This video is definitely not safe for work and not for the squeamish. Enjoy!”

Elaborates the carnage keepers at Bloody Disgusting: “The video uses footage from Umberto Lanzi’s 1980 cannibal film Eaten Alive! (Mangiati Vivi!) as well as Antonio Margheriti’s Cannibal Apocalypse, which also came out in 1980. As a result, this video is packed to the brim with gore, nudity, and violence. There’s people being torn apart, eyes gouged out, limbs being eaten, and that’s probably just grazing the surface. If you’re at work, I recommend waiting until the coast is clear before pressing play on this one!

Savor the savagery at THIS LOCATION.

You can also check out a track-by-track play-by-play as explained by Harvey at Decibel Magazine HERE.

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. The idea gained traction, and the band had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was tracked by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

Savage Land is out now via Relapse Records on CD, LP and all digital outlets. Physical orders are available now at THIS LOCATION, and digital orders HERE.

“This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ‘80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” – Stereokiller

“This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for. Observe.” – Metal Injection

“From this nod to the past comes a fertile energy that raises the excitement levels of the music. Each song is charged up, never falling victim to parody… It’s an ode to a time in death metal where there were no guidelines or strict formula to work from. It was evolving into something nobody could predict, and this album fits right into that time period effortlessly. 4/5 ” – About.com

“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring… this is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts. 8/10” – Exclaim

“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like Gruesome, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land. 4/5” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“A clear-cut case of a band that is passionate about doing what they do, as opposed to jumping on the bandwagon and putting out a disc of half-hearted junk. GRUESOME is the real deal, and should be an easy sell to all of those Death (and old school DM) fans out there.4/5” – Dead Rhetoric

“Death metal can be a lot of things—technically impressive, sonically abusive, completely impenetrable—but rarely is it this much fun. If you’re a fan of Leprosy-era Death, or just want more solos and breakdowns than you can shake a dismembered limb at, then this beast, now streaming at Decibel, is yours for adoption.” – Free Williamsburg

“This band reinvents old school death metal in the way that its vulgar atmosphere is unmatched. This is one of the few bands combining lurid melodies that bash violently with technical composition, creating the formula for the ultimate death metal sound. 2015 has so far laid down its most annihilating album. 5/5” – The Age Of Metal


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SOREPTION: Play-Through Clip From Swedish Death Metal Faction Playing At Gear Gods; US Tour With Cryptopsy, Disgorge And More Draws Near

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Today, Swedish technical death metal faction, SORPEPTION, hurls forth a blazing play-through video for the track “A Speach To Survival.” The tune comes by way of the band’s Engineering The Void full-length, released last year via Unique Leader Records. A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg.

Notes Gear Gods simply: “The note density is so high that if I add even a few more words the internet will collapse in on itself.”

Get viewing at THIS LOCATION.

The clip comes in conjunction with the band’s impending US live overthrow supporting Canadian death metal icons, Cryptopsy and US death metallers, Disgorge. The Metal Injection-sponsored stretch of shows will stomp through eighteen cities from May 14th through May 31st. Additional support will come from Canadian black metal unit, Erimha and Ohio death metallers, The Convalescence.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, The Convalescence:
5/14/2015 Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
5/15/2015 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
5/16/2015 Nihil Gallery– Brooklyn, NY
5/17/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY
5/18/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/19/2015 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/20/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
5/22/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
5/23/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
5/24/2015 Korova – San Antonio, TX
5/25/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
5/26/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/27/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/28/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
5/29/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/30/2015 Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
5/31/2015 Agora – Cleveland, OH

Engineering The Void is currently available via Unique Leader Records at THIS LOCATION.

“…an example of tech-death guitar work at its finest.” – No Clean Singing

“..the horn-o’-plenty of riffdom smashed onto this album will be irresistible.” – Last Rites

“These dudes play seriously gnarly technical death metal to the level where you might need a physics degree just to headbang to it. You can hear them constructing the framework of the abyss as Engineering The Void runs its course, culminating in the title track – at which point they push the button and the whole thing implodes. For a band on their second full-length, they’ve figured this sound out pretty well.” – Decibel

The Swedes in SOREPTION are up there with Obscura, Gorod and Psycroptic at the upper echelon of the crowded tech-death pack, no doubt.” – MetalSucks

“This album came out at me like a fist through the wall, but it was indeed the first of some cybernetic android from the future that sought to teach me all of the universes’ hidden secrets. And that’s exactly what the album feels like… a highly calculated and whimsically wizened fist.” – New Noise Magazine

“…mechanical precision and jaw-dropping chops still have their place in death metal. These are messy times, but they’re futuristically so. Metal fans are far more likely to battle information overload on a daily basis than they are to fight monsters or serial killers. Sweden’s SOREPTION provide a compelling soundtrack for the daily grind.” – Invisible Oranges


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WISDOM IN CHAINS Premieres “Violent Americans” Via Legends Arising; Preorders For The God Rhythm LP Are Live

Friday, April 24th, 2015

As WISDOM IN CHAINS prepares their fifth album, The God Rhythm, for early Summer release, the album’s first single, “Violent Americans,” has been released through an exclusive stream with Legends Arising. The track hits today as Fast Break! Records posts preorder packages for the LP.

With fourteen tracks culminating in nearly forty minutes of mega-infectious punk/oi-inspired hardcore loaded with old-school metal breaks, The God Rhythm is easily WISDOM IN CHAINS’ most damaging but simultaneously inspiring release to date. An album highlight, “Violent Americans” arises from halfway through the album’s second side, bringing forth a message as inspiring as the scars that inspired it run deep. The track now becomes part of the public domain via online hardcore community, Legends Arising.

Hear WISDOM IN CHAINS’ tale of “Violent Americans” at Legends Arising RIGHT HERE.

Also scope the extensive trailer for The God Rhythm through New Noise Magazine HERE.

The vinyl version of The God Rhythm is now available or preorder via Fast Break! Records, the platter available in a run of 500 on black wax, 100 on clear with maroon and yellow splatter, 100 on white wax with brown haze, and 20 test press copies with hand-numbered covers, as well as additional merch options. Check out the wares at THIS LOCATION.

Continuing to dominate festival and club stages as The God Rhythm nears release, WISDOM IN CHAINS is gearing up for their upcoming sets at NYC’s colossal Black N’ Blue bowl where they’ll play on May 17th, followed by a record release show in Reading, Pennsylvania on June 27th, and then their annual melee at Philadelphia’s massive This Is Hardcore festival on July 23rd.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Tour Dates:
5/17/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY @ Black N’ Blue Bowl [info]
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA * record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, will release The God Rhythm, will see release on CD, LP and digital formats on June 30th through Fast Break! Records. With a continued evolution of awareness and intelligence into the genre while destroying clichés, relentlessly crossing boundaries and claiming those new territories, The God Rhythm effectively ushers in a new era for the band. Mixing a hardline return and development of infectious hooks and courses, while maintaining their traditional hardcore roots, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works beyond all previous thresholds, and the result is the band’s most challenging album yet. The music for The God Rhythm was recorded by Len Carmichael — drums and bass Trax East and guitars at Carmichael Sound — and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, and the album’s tattoo-style artwork by Chris Jones bears obvious and obfuscated meanings, which carry through the entire layout by Jonathan Buske.

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KING GIANT: First Single Off Of Black Ocean Waves LP Premiered Though “Red Skies” Lyric Video At New Noise Magazine

Friday, April 24th, 2015

With the imminent storm of KING GIANT’s new Black Ocean Waves LP approaching, the maiden single has been cast into public seas through an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for “Red Skies,” now playing at New Noise Magazine.

While showcasing the excellent dynamics and production of the third KING GIANT LP Black Ocean Waves, recorded last year with J. Robbins (Jawbox), the more melodic doom/rock passages of nearly seven-minute-long “Red Skies” are continually encroached upon by ominous storms, promising torrents of impending loss through the new track as vocalist Dave Hammerly’s gravelly vocals unveil an even more harrowing tale. Issued guitarist Todd Ingram of the track upon the completion of the new lyric video, “I always thought song was about Vikings. Hammer told us the other day no it’s about a captain of a whaling ship that kills his whole crew.”

Set sail on gory seas with KING GIANT’s “Red Skies” as the soundtrack via New Noise RIGHT HERE.

With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, Northern Virginia’s KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce since inception. Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, the band recorded the forty-five minute minutes of their ambitious Black Ocean Waves in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore with engineer J. Robbins of Jawbox (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who also mixed the album. Robbins also supplies Hammond organ to the track, “Blood Of The Lamb,” and background vocals on “Trail Of Thorns,” adding even more textures to the band’s diversified brew of modernized classic rock and Southern doom.

Black Ocean Waves will come ashore on June 30th with CD/digital distribution through The Path Less Traveled, the band handling the vinyl version of the album directly. See more at KingGiant.com and stand by for upcoming KING GIANT live/tour news in addition to more samples from the album.

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER: One-Man Industrial Doom Unit To Kick Off US Tour; Trek Includes Stop At Stump Fest + Psycho California

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Following a recent march through Europe alongside Atari Teenage Riot, one-man industrial doom sorcerer, Tristan Shone, more commonly known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will quake the stages of sixteen North American cities with his tectonic-shifting sound conjurings. Slated to embark today in Portland, Oregon at Stumpfest, Shone’s latest live incursion concludes with a stop at Psycho California Fest and serves as a precursor to the release of AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s new full-length. The as-yet-untitled long player, and first for Housecore Records, was captured at famed Nodferatu’s Lair in North Shore, Louisiana with label-founder Philip H. Anselmo and follows the critically-adored Women & Children full-length, released in 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings and currently available in a color vinyl configuration mirroring the AUTHOR & PUNISHER crest colors of yellow and black limited to 100 copies at THIS LOCATION.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER:
4/24/2015 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
4/25/2015 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
4/26/2015 Barboza – Seattle, WA
4/28/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
4/29/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
4/30/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
5/01/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/03/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/07/2015 Fat Baby – New York, NY
5/08/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
5/09/2015 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2015 Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Holy Mountain  – Austin, TX
5/13/2015 Low Spirits Bar & Stage – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/17/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA

Shone’s fabrication and industrial environment and processes reveal emotions, anxieties, and elements of bliss inherent to the specific human/machine choreography. All aspects of AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s sound begins with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a true amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him, “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his, “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as, “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.”

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WOODEN STAKE: Occult Death Doom Duo Releases Second Full-Length Via Razorback Records

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Occult death doom ensemble, WOODEN STAKE, rises from their moldy tomb armed with their long-awaited second long player, A Feast Of Virgin Souls. Out now on Razorback Records, the ten-track offering boasts over forty demonic minutes of dark, NWOBHM-infused tracks of lurching brutality led by the possessed banshee vocals of vocalist/bassist Vanessa Nocera. A concept offering influenced by the legend of serial-killer countess Elizabeth Bathory and 1871 Gothic novella Carmilla by Joseph Steridan Le Fan, A Feast Of Virgin Souls is at once punishing and alluring and includes the stunning cover creation of underground art maestro, Mario Lopez (Agitator, Possessor, Warstorm et al).

Taste the torment at THIS LOCATION.

A Feast Of Virgin Souls Track Listing:
1. Dead Winter Resurrection
2. Rise From The Bleeding Coffin
3. A Feast Of Virgin Souls
4. Alzbeta: The Devil’s Bitch
5. Cross-Scalded Flesh
6. Exorcising The Possessed
7. Dragged Through The Rotted Catacombs
8. Hanging From The Inverted Cross
9. 1140 Rue Royale
10. Curse Of The Cauldron Countess

WOODEN STAKE emerged in 2010 with the release of their Vampire Plague Exorcism demo which earned the critical exaltation of the underground extreme doom metal scene. A tidal wave of seven-inch releases, including a split with Druid Lord in 2011 (Altsphere Production) and Blizaro (Razorback Records) the same year, would ensue. WOODEN STAKE undraped their debut full-length, Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades, later that year via Razorback and again reaped critical acclaim from underground metallers globally, including Darkthrone’s Fenriz who chose WOODEN STAKE as his Band Of The Month. The album received thousands of plays on YouTube and spread like plague to those who craved extreme doom/death metal with a simultaneously melodic and violent edge. Blabbermouth hailed, “The combination of [former guitarist/drummer] Sarantopoulos’ mighty, dread-spreading riffs and Nocera’s macabre tales and behemoth bass lines constitute a big reason why Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades is such a compelling release,” while American Aftermath noted, “the music is fuzzy and droning, and the atmosphere sends a cool chill down your spine, but there is something about this band that makes even the most morbid songs seem nice and soothing.”  Added Cvlt Nation, “the band is incredibly atmospheric and have managed to carve out their own unique style that blends everything from Black Sabbath to Obituary to Hellhammer to Jex Thoth to Electric Wizard,” furthering, “The spoken word vocal approach pushes you into a surreal state of melancholy which doesn’t last long as it is soon destroyed by some earth-shattering, old-school riffage and hypnotic gloomy atmosphere.”

In 2012, WOODEN STAKE unleashed At The Stroke Of Midnight, a collection of demo and EP material as well as exclusive canticle, “Night Of The Banshee,” recorded specifically for the release. The next two years saw Nocera busy with two of her two other projects, Skeletal Spectre and Howling. In 2015, WOODEN STAKE returns with the witchy wisdom of A Feast Of Virgin Souls. Featuring Nocera alongside new guitar player and drummer, Willie Wardlaw, the record is out now on Razorback Records with a future vinyl version on the horizon. Further WOODEN STAKE developments, including live ceremonies, to be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, suffer.

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ALL OUT WAR: Full Info And Trailer For Impending Dying Gods EP Released; Preorder Packages Available Via Organized Crime Records

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

New York crossover quintet, ALL OUT WAR, has just released a visual trailer for their impending Dying Gods EP, offering some insight into what the henchmen have captured on their anxiously anticipated new works. Additionally, the record’s track listing has been released, offering the titles of the five new original tracks and two influential cover tracks included on Dying Gods, and preorders for the album have been made available in multiple formats and options via Organized Crime Records.

Dying Gods brings ALL OUT WAR’s first official release since their 2010-released Into The Killing Fields LP, delivering nearly a half hour of the band’s most merciless material in years. Dying Gods brings forth five new original hymns which surge with the unmistakable groove-infused metallic punishment which elevated the band from a local favorite to international kingpins in the mid-1990s, the attack recalling the by-the-throat approach of their seminal For Those Who Were Crucified LP. Closing out the new release, ALL OUT WAR pays homage to some of their collectively influential acts, first with a pulverizing rendition of Amebix’s ritous anthem, “Arise,” followed by some classic sacrilege with Carnivore’s “God Is Dead.” With thunderous production, Dying Gods was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) at West West Side Studios in New Windsor, New York, and mastered by Alan Douches from West West Side, its brutal cover art and design by Alexandre Goulet.

As Organized Crime Records prepares for the release of Dying Gods on June 23rd, 2015, the label has unleashed a video trailer for the EP, leaking the first audio samples from the record, cut with footage of war and crimes against humanity and fan interaction with ALL OUT WAR live which is just as brutal. View the new trailer at THIS LOCATION.

Dying Gods Track Listing:
1. Dying Gods
2. Vengeance Reigns Eternal
3. Nothing Left To Bleed
4. Servants To The Obsolete
5. Choking On Indifference
6. Arise
7. God Is Dead

Preorders for Dying Gods have also been posted, including multiple package bundles on a variety of formats. The CD version comes with an exclusive bonus download of three tracks from the unreleased 1993 demo. The album will also see three vinyl pressings, including blood clear red, scorched earth sand tan, and smoke of destruction clear and black mix with bonus screen printed cover art by Dave Quiggle, all including a digital download code. Check out the options via Organized Crime Records’ official merch store HERE and through ALL OUT WAR’s store HERE.

ALL OUT WAR has confirmed a multitude of 2015 performances, including Rain Fest in Seattle, Washington the weekend of May 22nd, followed by a home turf record release show which was just booked for June 20th in Poughkeepsie, New York. They also return to This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on July 26th. August sees the band raiding Europe for a nine-city takeover, the Dying Gods Europe Tour 2015 running from August 7th through 15th, and includes performances at Still Cold Fest in Germany, Ieperfest in Belgium, and the massive Motocultor Fest in France. Also just announced, early September will see ALL OUT WAR taking part in Hearfest in Gatineau, Quebec.

ALL OUT WAR Tour Dates:
5/22-24/2015 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest [info]
6/20/2015 the Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY *release show w/ Black Anvil, Sub Zero, Living Laser, Jagged Visions, Absolute Suffering, Dark Past, Internal Warfare
7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter – Duisburg, DE
8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest – Hannover, DE [info]
8/09/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
8/10/2015 Underworld – London, UK
8/11/2015 Werk 21 – Zurich, CH
8/12/2015 Molotov – Marseille, FR
8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest – Bretagne, FR [info]
8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest – Ieper, BE [info]
9/04-09/2015 Hearfest – Gatineau, QC

Now nearing the band’s two-and-a-half decade mark, ALL OUT WAR has assaulted the masses with their metallic hardcore aggression since 1991 through a multitude of recordings, including a pile of singles and EPs, an LP on Germany’s Gain Ground Records, and four subsequent LPs on Chicago’s Victory Records. Featured is their trademark social commentary on such subjects as political and religious hypocrisy as well as social apathy of a materialistic population. They attack the relevant subjects of corruption of organized religion, ecocide, and the degradation and exploitation of the weak, set to a soundtrack appropriate for the end of days. With an unrelenting assault of the mid-‘80s German thrash scene colliding head-on with the crossover sound of Carnivore and the Cro-Mags, the band’s recorded arsenal and waves of worldwide touring has led them to become a respected staple act for metal and hardcore fans everywhere. After several years off the grid, in 2013 ALL OUT WAR came crushing back with the reunited For Those Who Were Crucified-era lineup and laid waste at both This Is Hardcore Fest and 2014’s A389 Records Bash. The momentum has been growing ever since. In 2015, ALL OUT WAR returns with Dying Gods. You have been warned.

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TODAY IS THE DAY: Month-Long North American Tour With Lazer/Wulf Begins Friday; European Tour With Weedeater To Follow

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

TODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road this week in support of the band’s cutting tenth LP, Animal Mother, released in October via Southern Lord Recordings.

Following several months off the road, subsequent to a vicious highway accident in late November, which destroyed the band’s van, merch, and equipment, and seriously injured several members, TODAY IS THE DAY will come slashing back through the continent over the next month. The trio, currently comprised of bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin, will tackle the month-long North American tour with support from Lazer/Wulf on the majority of the shows, the trek beginning tomorrow, Friday April 24th in Portland, Maine and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York.

Just several days after the North American trek, TODAY IS THE DAY returns to Europe for nearly another month of dates, this time with their cohorts in Weedeater, the caravan beginning at Temples Fest in Brostol, UK on May 29th and coming to a close on June 21st at Hellfest in Clisson, France.

TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Heathen” video is playing RIGHT HERE and their “Masada” video HERE.

A new video for the album’s title track is also being prepared for release in the coming days.

TODAY IS THE DAY Tour Dates
North American Tour w/ Lazer/Wulf:
4/24/2015 Space – Portland, ME
4/25/2015 Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
4/26/2015 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY *
4/27/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/29/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/01/2015 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/02/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/03/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
5/04/2015 Ole Tavern On George St. – Jackson, MS
5/05/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX *
5/06/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX *
5/07/2015 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
5/08/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2015 Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
5/10/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2015 Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/12/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/13/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/14/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/15/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/16/2015 Hesh House – Boise, ID
5/18/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/19/2015 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2015 Double Door – Chicago, IL
5/22/2015 Outpost – Kent, OH
5/23/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
5/24/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
* = no Lazer/Wulf
European Tour w/ Weedeater:
5/29/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol UK
5/30/2015 La Paniche – Lille FR
5/31/2015 This Is Not A Love Song – Nimes FR
6/01/2015 Connexion – Toulouse FR
6/02/2015 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona ES
6/03/2015 Boite Live – Madrid ES
6/04/2015 RCA Club – Lisboa PT
6/05/2015 Hard Club – Porto PT
6/06/2015 Sala Dabadaba – Bilbao ES
6/07/2015 Heretic – Bordeaux FR
6/08/2015 La Zone – Liege BE
6/09/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg DE
6/10/2015 Scheune – Dresden DE
6/11/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin DE
6/12/2015 Robustfest – Kiev UA
6/13/2015 Feierwerk – Munchen DE
6/14/2015 Durer Kert – Budapest HU
6/15/2015 Arena – Wien AU
6/16/2015 An Club – Athens GR
6/17/2015 Freakout – Bologna IT
6/18/2015 Init – Rome IT
6/19/2015 Lo Fi – Milano IT
6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson FR

TODAY IS THE DAY’s tenth studio full-length, and first for Southern Lord, Animal Mother unloads nearly an hour of the band’s creepiest and heaviest chaos in years, its wrath recalling elements of their seminal Y2K-era albums, as always in their unclassifiable, prophetic style of metal. The album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, and has reaped international critical acclaim since its release in October. Exclaim!’s featured 9/10 review offered, “While reminiscent of the band’s late-’90s works Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God, the new album includes gorgeous melodic elements.” Terrorizer Magazine’s outstanding review included, “Ten albums in, TODAY IS THE DAY still stand as the ultimate rebuke to genre-obsessed boilerplate metal, wrenching exorcisms into artworks and imbuing them with a heaviness that goes right down to the marrow,” and Last Rites proclaimed Animal Mother is, “the most depressing album since Sadness Will Prevail by a longshot. It may even out-sad Sadness… It’s some of Austin’s more masterful work in a career already lined up with minor classics.” Lambgoat informs the masses, “For the few of you that haven’t heard TITD at some point, you’ve most certainly heard something just one step away. Do you like Converge? Austin produced their When Forever Comes Crashing album. How about Lamb Of God? Austin produced New American Gospel. What about that obscure band Mastodon? Well, Mastodon’s rhythm section was once TODAY IS THE DAY’s rhythm section. Alright, I’m sure you get it. Austin is a lifer, and TODAY IS THE DAY has been a faithful component of our little scene for two decades…” Following two months of solid touring, on the way to begin another month on the road, Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious van accident, halting all live actions until the band gets back on its feed. But when they do, goddammit watch out, because they’ll be on the warpath. Come on down and get saved!  Animal Mother is out now, available on CD colored vinyl LP including bundles HERE, and via BandCamp HERE.

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