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SERPENTINE PATH Debuts First Single From Sophomore Relapse LP

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Relapse Records has just released the first single to be released from the second LP from NYC morbid sludge metal kingpins, SERPENTINE PATH.

The highly anticipated follow-up to SERPENTINE PATH’s self-titled 2012 debut, Emanations is the band’s first studio venture featuring new second guitarist Stephen Flam, the mastermind behind NYC doom/death legends, Winter — aligned with founding members Tim Bagshaw (ex-Ramesses, ex-Electric Wizard) and a triad of ex-Unearthly Trance members, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni and vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (The Howling Wind). Capturing forty-five minutes of true sludge punishment from this true underground all-star team, Emanations was recorded by Newman, as with their debut, after which it was mastered at Audiosiege, the album dredging forth the band’s most demoralizing and anguish-filled slow-motion chaos yet, and fittingly enshrouded by striking artwork by in-house Relapse artist Orion Landau.

“Disfigured Colossus” is the fourth of Emanations’ seven grueling tracks, and has been today released in several methods of dispersal, now playing at Youtube HERE and Soundcloud HERE.

Emanations will see release through Relapse on May 27th, 2014 on CD, LP and digital formats; preorders for the album can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

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MOUNT SALEM: Chicago Psychedelic Doom Conjurors Announce Headlining Tour

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Chicago psychedelic doom rock conjurors and recent Metal Blade signees, MOUNT SALEM, will embark on a full headlining tour this May! The trek will pillage its way through select cities between Chicago and Los Angeles, and includes one-off shows in New Mexico and Arizona opening up for doom legends, Saint Vitus! MOUNT SALEM will be touring in support of their Endless EP.

Mega blog, Loudwire.com, recently featured an interview with vocalist/organist Emily Kopplin as part of their “Vital Vinyl” column. The column highlights Endless’ striking cover art, the band’s proclivity for vinyl, and more. Check out the entire interview and photos at THIS LOCATION.

MOUNT SALEM
5/01/2014 Township – Chicago, IL
5/02/2014 Dragonfly Lounge – Madison, WI
5/03/2014 JB’s Speakeasy – La Crosse, WI
5/04/2014 Chesterfield – Sioux City, IA
5/05/2014 The Bourbon – Lincoln, NE
5/06/2014 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO w/ Speedwolf
5/08/2014 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Saint Vitus, Sons of Huns
5/09/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Saint Vitus, Sons of Huns
5/10/2014 TBA – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2014 The Makeout Room – San Francisco, CA
5/12/2014 Witch Room – Sacramento, CA
5/13/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
5/15/2014 The shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
5/16/2014 Future Shock – Frisco, CO
5/17/2014 Kung Fu Tap And Taco – Des Moines, IA

MOUNT SALEM is a four-piece psychedelic rock/doom metal band. They started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first debut EP, Endless, in the Spring of 2013. Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, MOUNT SALEM play loud, heavy rock ‘n’ roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark, mysterious doom into their summonings, MOUNT SALEM systematically pull listeners into their sinister realm of sound; their lyrical imagery serving as a ride all its own. Metal Blade Records signed the band in the Summer of 2013 and recently released an extended version of Endless containing two additional, brand-new tracks.

“Endless feels like it’s trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip.” — Mister Growl

“Whether you’re a fan of psychedelic rock, stoner rock or doom metal, there’s a little something for everybody on Mount Salem’s ‘Endless.’” — Loudwire

“Debut album, Endless, is an absolute monolith of a record that combines the sludgy, droning guitars of Iommi’s finest vintage with Emily’s shimmering vocals and epic Jon Lord-style organ rushes. It’s retro, yes, but it also sounds too exciting to be dismissed as simply revisionism.” — Metal Hammer

“You do not want to pass this one up. MOUNT SALEM have managed to set themselves apart with well-written songs, haunting vocals, killer riffs, and the right type of mood that is essential for crafting memorable metal.” — Verbicide

“For MOUNT SALEM, that uniqueness is unequivocally the monstrous vocal abilities of frontwoman Emily Kopplin – like holy balls, she has some pipes.” – Dead Rhetoric


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SKINFATHER: Entire Debut LP From California Death Mob Playing At Revolver

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

As Southern California death quintet, SKINFATHER, is readying for the release of their debut LP, None Will Mourn, to see release in one week via Streetcleaner Records, today the entire record is now playing via Revolver Magazine’s website.

Taking direct inspiration from the 1990s Stockholm death metal scene and even slicing their moniker right off of a classic Dismember tune, on None Will Mourn, SKINFATHER delivers nine pulverizing hymns delivered with calculated precision and a cavernous production with just the slightest contemporary SoCal hardcore persuasion. The LP was engineered by Taylor Young from Nails, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and features the bold cover art crafted by Raul Gonzalez, and is set for digital and LP release via Todd Jones of Nails’ DIY label, Streetcleaner Records, on April 22nd.

Dig a hole, and check out None Will Mourn at Revolver… CLICK THIS.

SKINFATHER will join Iron Lung and Bone Sickness supporting Nails’ West Coast tour running from May 1st through 5th, with Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle on the list to get obliterated. Later this year, SKINFATHER and Nails will invade the East Coast, with that tour and additional live actions to be locked in the coming weeks.

Preorders for the LP version of None Will Mourn, which includes an instant digital download, are also now live, alongside other Skinfather gear HERE.

SKINFATHER West Coast Tour w/ Nails, Iron Lung, Bone Sickness:
5/01/2014 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA w/ Nausea
5/02/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA w/ Violent Reaction, The Flex
5/03/2014 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
5/04/2014 Star Theatre – Portland, OR
5/05/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Gag

“How well Southern California’s Skinfather captures the spirit and unadulterated sonic brutality of that glorious moment in time, on the other hand, is no doubt about to turn more than a few heads.” – Decibel Magazine

“…the band has a very Nailsian feel about them; their music has that same cooked-to-a-crisp, forced-to-run-through-a-forest-of-straight-razors-and-swim-through-a-sea-of-Drano vibe to it. It’s killer stuff.” – MetalSucks

“Skinfather, instead of just riding one influence to death for an entire album, are able to adroitly combine elements of doom and even crust and thrash into a pummeling assault.  Meaty riffs and chunky breakdowns abound like some sort of metal stew, simmered to perfection in the flames of no frills, in your face death metal.” – Metal Insider

“Straying from the formula just enough to cement themselves on their own comfortable ground, Skinfather deliver on their debut LP an album both respectful of its roots and aligned towards their own unique sensibilities. Monotonous and a tad overwhelming at times, it’s an album that’s miles more so a ripper and one of my favorite albums this half of 2014.” – American Aftermath

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GREY SKIES FALLEN: NYC Ominous Metal Quintet Premieres New Track With Sea Of Tranquility

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

New York City-area’s ominous black/death/doom quintet, GREY SKIES FALLEN, will open the gateways to their most epic and expansive album in their seventeen-year history on April 29th, 2014, with the release of The Many Sides Of Truth, and today, another single from the record has been set loose.

Now playing at exploratory metal community, Sea Of Tranquility is the third of the album’s seven massive tracks, “The Flame.” An incredibly gloomy but dynamic seven-plus-minute piece, in their new 4/5-rated review of the record, Sea Of Tranquility said of the track, “’The Flame’ is a kick ass Viking/Pagan metal barn burner, and wouldn’t sound out of place on any Amon Amarth or Enslaved album, and is perhaps the heaviest song here. In between some of the longer tracks are gentle, atmospheric instrumentals, which bridge the gap between the heavier pieces quite nicely.”

Ignite “The Flame” now at THIS LOCATION.

Also stream the album’s “Ritual Of The Exiter” and “Of the Ancients” via No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

As with their five previous studio works, GREY SKIES FALLEN will independently unleash The Many Sides Of Truth on multiple formats on April 29th. The band will directly publish the album through all digital platforms, and in CD and LP runs of 300 copies each. The Travis Smith-designed cover art for the record has been redesigned in three separate color schemes. The band’s own limited digipak CD and digital releases will bear a blue-infused cover, the LP artwork in green, and now, Paragon Records will issue a full official jewel case CD run featuring the artwork in red, and also handle distribution of the album. The band’s own LP pressing will be available shortly after the other editions on three vinyl color schemes — black, colored/splattered, and glow-in-the-dark. Preorders for the CD and digital versions through the band are available HERE, and LP preorders are posted HERE.

GREY SKIES FALLEN has also confirmed a local release show for The Many Sides Of Truth on Monday, May 12th at The Acheron in Brooklyn. This hometown gig will feature direct support from the henchmen in Buckshot Facelift, the brutalizing grind/death faction in which three of the members of GSF share double-duty, as well as local acts Hypoxia, Lysura and Lucid Terror. Additional live performances will be announced in the coming days.

GREY SKIES FALLEN Record Release Show:
5/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Buckshot Facelift, Hypoxia, Lysura, Lucid Terror

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ABRE OJOS: New Soundscape From One-Man Exploratory Audiovisual Project Now Playing At Heathen Harvest

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today, underground music gateway, Heathen Harvest, offers up a special premiere of “Fractured Signals” from ABRE OJOS. The otherworldly soundscape comes from ABRE OJOS’ Gates full-length album, set to be unveiled next month by Santa Barbara-based independent label imprint, Secrets Of Giza.

ABRE OJOS is the audiovisual project of Scott Baker, a multimedia artist from Melbourne, Australia with over 20 years’ experience working across the areas of installation, experimental music, video and illustration. Baker’s ABRE OJOS is an exploration of synesthetic modalities using geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. The ABRE OJOS project is an immersive audiovisual creation for plumbing the depths of the human spirit; Gates serves as the next evolutionary step in Baker’s ongoing survey of introspection.

Expounds Heathen Harvest in its in-depth investigation of the work, “ABRE OJOS is a mechanical beast, portrayed through the Occult sense of Creation through divine Will. It is the inanimate object brought to life, by the use of machinery and human expression reflecting a futuristic yet modern world that was first imagined, then created. Technology is a magical act, and when we see the Occult and myth through this lens, much of it can begin to make sense. Our imagination through the years led to what only a hundred years ago would have been seen as magical, and now is the everyday world in which we live. If you don’t believe that we are not able to read peoples thoughts, just go on any website such as Twitter or Facebook where random thoughts are said with little to no discretion.”

Experience the abrasive and serene “Fractured Signals,” now playing at Heathen Harvest at THIS LOCATION.

“Abre Ojos” was an old saying by Spanish and Portuguese sailors while navigating the dangerous reef infested waters surrounding Australia’s coastline meaning “watch out” or “open your eyes, there is danger all around.” An investigative, minimalist sound excursion, the eleven-track Gates includes an accompanying full-length DVD for an extraordinary audiovisual experience. Gates is both art and mantra, challenging and soothing, reflective and punctuated, feeding and consuming. To appreciate Gates, one must fully embrace its active principle time and time again, shedding all resistance and inhibition.

Gates will be released via Secrets Of Giza on May 13th, 2014. Purchase your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“Baker explores the unsettling worlds between conventionally accepted euphonic sounds… this is evocative ambient music for late night hours.” – Crawl Space Magazine


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PRIZEHOG: Portland Celestial Space Sludge Outfit Announces Five-Week US Tour

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Still riding a fresh wave of killer reactions to their walloping third LP, Re-Unvent the Whool, Portland, Oregon-based, PRIZEHOG, has announced the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour.

Embarking off of their home turf on May 2nd, the counter-clockwise path this tour makes will find PRIZEHOG winding through the entire continental US for five full weeks before closing down with the final gig in Seattle on June 8th and returning to their daily habitat. See true celestial space sludge for yourself on this massive endeavor including a short run with friends and faves, Vaz, as well as killer acts like Burnt Books, hepa/Titus, Tinsel Teeth, arbogast, The Great Sabatini, labelmates Towers and Big Black Cloud, and more throughout the itinerary.

Amidst the closing-in of this confirmed run, PRIZEHOG will be announcing their next tour lining up for this July alongside labelmates, Hot Victory.

PRIZEHOG US Spring Tour:
5/02/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Towers, Big Black Cloud
5/07/2014 Lobot Gallery – Oakland, CA w/ Mansion
5/08/2014 The Eagle – San Francisco, CA w/ hepa/Titus, Peace Creep
5/09/2014 Redwood Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ hepa/Titus
5/10/2014 The Tin Can – San Diego, CA w/ Ghetto Blaster
5/11/2014 C St – Flagstaff, AZ w/ New Gods
5/12/2014 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Fando
5/13/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Bludded Head, Spacebeach
5/14/2014 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
5/15/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN w/ Tijuana Goat Ride
5/16/2014 TBA – Birmingham, AL
5/17/2014 The Highlander – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2014 The Foxfield – Columbia, SC w/ Burnt Books
5/19/2014 TBA – Richmond, VA
5/20/2014 Gold Bar – Baltimore, MD w/ Vaz, Multicult
5/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Vaz
5/22/2014 Cake Shop – Manhattan, NY w/ Insect Ark, Columboid
5/23/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vaz, Mossenek, Collapsible Baton
5/24/2014 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Vaz, Tinsel Teeth
5/25/2014 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Vaz
5/26/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Fox 45, Tainted, Jerry Grind
5/27/2014 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA/Cleveland, OH
5/28/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ arbogast
5/29/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Soup Moat
5/30/2014 The Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Funeral and the Twilight
5/31/2014 Trumpet Blossom – Iowa City, IA w/ Acoustic Guillotine
6/01/2014 TBA – Omaha, NE/Kansas
6/02/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Echo Beds
6/03/2014 The Parlor Bar – Laramie, WY w/ Unpaid Butlers
6/04/2014 Burts Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Cornered By Zombies, The Great Sabatini
6/05/2014 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT w/ Acheron Thodol
6/06/2014 Zootown Arts Community Center – Missoula, MT
6/07/2014 TBA – Spokane, WA w/ Hooves
6/08/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Don Peyote, Same Sex Dictator

Following Eolian Empire’s fresh unleashing of the supernova of creativity that is PRIZEHOG’s third album, Re-Unvent the Whool, in March the album is raking in acclaim from all over the place in recent weeks. Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool, Russian Circles) at Sun Valley studio Sound of Sirens, Re-Unvent the Whool is focused, sophisticated, and masterfully produced to showcase the exquisite but intense interaction within the trio: guitars, synths, and drums push and pull one another as they crunch, crush, whirl, weave, and straight up rock their way through mazes of dynamic and dramatic movements, adding layers upon layers to sculpt mountains of sonic majesty. Aquarius Records dubbed the LP, “record of the week,” and called it, “ridiculously, mindblowingly next level doom-sludge genius,” and the trio itself, “the sludge saviors we’ve been waiting for.” In an early premiere of the track, “Shed,” Decibel called the album, “Disconnected sludge floating in an abyss of fuzz,” followed by The Obelisk, who streamed the entire album for its release date, noting in a glowing text accompaniment, “The bass-less trio — you’ll note no lack of low end in the record — run a spectrum of effects-laden churning, mashing together bright ambient echoes and deep, dank tonality. I wouldn’t be the first person to compare them to the Melvins, but that doesn’t really do complete justice to the psychedelic side of their sound, which shows up quickly.”

Orders for Re-Unvent the Whool are live at the Eolian Empire fort HERE, available in a digital package as well as 180-gram vinyl LP including a 24″ x 24″ poster of the Chris Jehly cover art and download of the album.

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KING DEAD: New Track From Psychedelic/Stoner Trio Now Playing At Echoesanddust.com

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Today, Echoesanddust.com delivers another helping of glassy-eyed goodness from Pennsylvania (six and four-string) bass and drum instrumentalists, KING DEAD, with a premiere of “Drowning In Dust,” the fourth track from their self-titled debut offering. Recorded live at The Living Room in Stroudsburg by Dave Reiser of Rock Hard Studios, the self-titled recording features five tracks of psychedelic/stoner Spaghetti Westernish desert-rock and is now less than a week from release.

Elaborates Echoesanddust.com, “If there is ever a need for modern soundtrack for the classic film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, KING DEAD should get a consideration. The trio’s self-titled debut is an infectious blend of dusty six shootin’ aural sludge that pulls elements from doom, metal and rock. They simmer this assortment of genres in a delicious western musical marinade. You may think that music pulled from multiple genres would result in an awkward sound. In KING DEAD’s case you would be wrong. The band has a primarily instrumental sound that is gripping, tight, melodic and slinks along with a brash confidence that belies the fact that this is a debut release.  They  know how to work a melody with artfully balanced tempo shifts that skillfully jog through a range of paces with consistently engaging outcomes.”

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And if you missed it, get heady with “Length Of Rope,” currently streaming at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

King Dead will be released independently on Record Store Day April 19th and is currently available for preorder at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE.

“At thirty-three minutes, the self-titled and self-released debut from… KING DEAD sits right between an EP and a full-length outing. The trio’s sound is similarly nebulous, hovering between psychedelic post-rock, heavier amplified push and Morricone-via-Earth soundscaping, and as their first five songs showcase, they come equipped with a formidable scope.” – The Obelisk

“It drags like a heavy cart full of plague victims, but you can easily see the sense of that ‘spaghetti western’ reference in the bleak, reverberating bass melody — Sergio Leone mutated into doom metal, with poltergeist cowboys. It’s spare, stripped down, and builds in intensity as it reaches the climax. I’m digging it.” – No Clean Signing on the track, “Length Of Rope”


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MARK DEUTROM: Vinyl Edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence Now Available

Monday, April 14th, 2014

On the tail of its initial digital materialization at the end of last Summer, the deluxe vinyl edition of MARK DEUTROM’s third solo album, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence, is now on the verge of release.

The captivating third solo venture from ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist, MARK DEUTROM, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence was released in September 2013, the nearly hour-long voyage across both ominous and peaceful territories through a variety of vocal approaches and instrumentation, bleeding together into the man’s most organic and unreserved material to date. DEUTROM’s cohorts at Austrian label Rock Is Hell have put the deluxe vinyl edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence into production for an expected mid-May delivery. Due to the length of the album, the material will span both one 12″ and one 7″ record configured together. States the artist of this setup: “The test pressings sound fantastic, and this one will put your stereo through a real workout.”

There will be an offset version pressed on black and limited to 250 copies, and a hand-screened version on purple, limited to 100 copies. Both versions are being pressed in Europe and bear artwork the MARK D’s wife, Jennifer Deutrom. The vinyl for Brief Sensuality And Western Violence is now available for preorder for North American fans through the MARK DEUTROM Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE, and via Rock Is Hell for international orders HERE.

“…a sublime slab of smoldering, cinematic fuzz-groove…” – Decibel Magazine

“…most coalesces the demon jazz and creeping intricacy that Deutrom has on offer… there’s a cohesion in theme and a steadiness of atmosphere that speaks to Deutrom‘s mastery of the form.” – The Obelisk

“This is a highly creative work, moving through a host of styles, using technology to great effect, and with great range and depth. 5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“Brief Sensuality and Western Violence explores music and the space between the notes, setting a specific mood and travelling through the vast expanse of storytelling through music… Occasionally, he utilizes complex time signatures to great advantage intentionally keeping you off-balance and somewhat unsettled.” – Bloody Good Horror

“I could honestly listen to Deutrom‘s creamy powertones, crisp, jazzy lines and breathily expressive voice all bloody day, and, d’you know, I think I will. I’m pressing ‘play’ again and again…” – The Sleeping Shaman

“…it’s carried off with a certain moxie, but also manages to be tasteful and non-invasive. This is an album which bridges a gap between the two disciplines, challenging listeners of both yet remaining accessible” – Metal Mouth.

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VOICE OF REASON: Discography From Influential Connecticut Hardcore Band Locked For Release

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Ear One Productions confirms the upcoming release of Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001, the entire discography from influential turn-of-the-century hardcore act, VOICE OF REASON, clocking in with seventy-two minutes of positive, West Coast-influenced youth crew songs, including demos, compilation and unreleased tracks, and their full-length album.

Having disbanded in 2001, throughout their short existence, VOICE OF REASON managed to release a slew of EPs, compilation tracks, and ultimately a full-length album via Triple Crown Records. Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001 is a remastered collection of thirty-three tracks of the band’s twenty-two-song discography, including multiple demo and comp versions of some songs. Connecticut-based Ear One Productions — who formed just over a year ago with the intent of specifically releasing music only from their home state — will release Looking Back To The Way Things Were… as a limited edition numbered digipak CD with a poster in a one-time run of 500 copies on June 3rd.

Ear One has created a new lyric video for the classic VOICE OF REASON anthem, “Still The Same,” playing AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the limited CD are now live HERE, and fans can also sign up for a free digital download of the discography HERE.

VOICE OF REASON was a popular melodic hardcore band formed in the mid-1990s. Founding members, guitarist Mike Sabia and vocalist Jay Reason, launched the band from the local Connecticut hardcore scene. An array of flyers from the mid-‘90s to early 2000s boasts the band’s name on an eclectic array of bills, ranging from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day. In the band’s early stages, they were often compared to 7 Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits. It was only appropriate that they would team up with NYC’s legendary producer, Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick Of It All), for their initial demo. In 1999, Fury mentioned “VOICE OF REASON have a quality that I look for in young bands – they believe in what they are doing, and they’re not afraid to just be themselves.” Don Fury would go on to receive producing credits for the majority of the band’s output, and was often cited as helping them evolve their sound into a more melodic structure. It didn’t take long for VOR to set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a driving edge that made them contenders within the post-hardcore scene as much as the scene that helped birth them.

VOICE OF REASON:
Jay Reason – lead vocals
Mike Sabia- lead guitar, backing vocals
Van Hartley – drums
Grant Ries – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Patrick Brenna – bass

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T.O.M.B.: Crucial Blast Deploys Pennhurst / Xesse This Week; Cvlt Nation Streaming Entire Album

Monday, April 14th, 2014

This week, Crucial Blast Records will deploy the Pennhurst / Xesse CD, encapsulating two entire obscure recordings from black/occult/industrial collective, Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, a.k.a. T.O.M.B.

Pennhurst / Xesse unites two out-of-print recordings from Philadelphia-area’s T.O.M.B., a sect which specializes in creating transcendental and disparaging ritualistic noise compositions and purely horrifying soundscapes, bearing residents of occult folk/noise band, Dreadlords (Not Just Religious Music), and satellite members from parts unknown. Pennhurst / Xesse paroles over an hour of nightmarish harshness and ethereal disturbances, much of which was captured in abandoned mental facilities and prisons; Devotees to the arts of Nekrasov, Gnaw Their Tongues, Nordvargr, Melek Tha, Wormsblood, Wolfskin and other gruesome worship of harsh, sonic, sound manipulation, come, worship.

Cvlt Nation, has recently interrogated one of the prime creators of T.O.M.B.’s creations, and is now running the transcript of this investigation alongside a stream of the entire Pennhurst / Xesse album now at THIS LOCATION.

Originally released in 2009 as an extremely limited CDR, Pennhurst features five tracks of abysmal necro-industrial filth, formed from source material T.O.M.B. recorded at the notorious Pennhurst State and Norristown State Hospitals — two Philadelphia-area mental asylums that have boasted disturbing legacies of abuse and experimentation in the past. As with their other releases, this centers around nightmarish industrial soundscapes built from the band’s blighted blackened electronics and creepy field recordings, the tracks often erupting into blasts of suffocating hellish noise. The whole thing adds up to one of T.O.M.B.’s most intense blasts of sonic terror. The other half features Xesse, one of the band’s more “ambient” works, constantly shifting between placid lifeless drones and strange echoing graveyard rituals and the swells of hallucinatory heaviness, eventually giving way to some seriously mind-melting cosmic drift towards the end. The voices shift from blasphemous ranting to garbled unknown tongues as it drifts out into an abyss of swirling dub effects, delicate chiming tones, and rhythmic metal pounding that finally erupts into frantic percussive chaos, the thunder of hammers on metal shaking the chthonic depths, then fading into silence. Order physical and digital manifestations of this output HERE.

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