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TORCH RUNNER: Endless Nothing LP Out Now On Southern Lord; Full Album Streaming At American Aftermath + West Coast Tour With Baptists & Obliterations Nears

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Out this week through Southern Lord is the merciless second LP from North Carolina-based trio, TORCH RUNNER, entitled Endless Nothing. Here, the band unleashes a brew of rabid, grinding, hardcore rage and hardline vocal tirades, making them a sure thing for diehard followers of Napalm Death, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Homewrecker. Coinciding with the album’s street date today, American Aftermath is now playing the entire album, which devastatingly forces its way through thirteen-tracks in just over twenty-two minutes. Alongside the stream, a concise interrogation of the band is posted, giving some insight to the album’s creation, their upcoming tour assault and more.

Let Endless Nothing off the chain at American Aftermath; CLICK THIS.

Orders for both CD and LP versions of Endless Nothing, as well as Southern Lord’s recent reissue of the band’s Committed To The Ground debut on CD and LP are available HERE. Digital versions are available HERE.

In just two weeks, TORCH RUNNER will launch a massive West Coast US offensive in support of Endless Nothing, joining a Southern Lord package tour with labelmates Baptists and Obliterations, both also supporting brand new LPs out in October on Southern Lord. This unstoppable combination of lethal bands will pummel fans in a dozen cities up the coast into Canada and back, beginning with a Southern Lord showcase in Los Angeles on October 15th, were TORCH RUNNER, Baptists and Obliterations will join Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba and more.

TORCH RUNNER Fall West Coast US Tour w/ Baptists, Obliterations:
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR [no Baptists]
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA [no Baptists]
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA [no Baptists]

“By making their album a race toward total annihilation, Torch Runner have crafted a more active listening experience that seems to demand that the listener fight or be destroyed. 4/5″ – All Music Guide

“… pick up this scathing album – it’s PURE FUCKING SONIC MURDER!” – Cvlt Nation

“This is wall to wall crust with not a bit of grit getting wasted throughout… an absolutely punishing affair from start to finish and you’ll nary catch a single breath before the end of its duration.4/5” –

SECRET CUTTER Confirms European Distribution Of Debut LP Via Holy Roar Records & Tape Version Through Grimoire Cassette Cvlture; Band Added To CBGB Festival In NYC

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania trio, SECRET CUTTER, has confirmed a new European distribution deal and a limited cassette edition of their debut LP, Self Titled.

Spewing forth a wretched, caustic amalgamation of sludge, hardcore and grind elements, SECRET CUTTER jumped from a local band to gaining international praise seemingly overnight following the release of Self Titled, with incredible reactions from media outlets appearing everywhere this Summer. Comprised of drummer Jared Stimpfl, vocalist Ekim and guitarist Evan Morey, their output blends elements seemingly influenced as much by Deadguy and Converge as Eyehategod and Godflesh, delivered through a backline massive enough to power a band twice their size, delivering a live show as intense as their recorded material. With over twenty-six minutes of pure slaughterhouse material, produced by the band at Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive through a maelstrom of ten vigorous tracks on Self Titled.

The critical acclaim of Self Titled has spread around the globe like a contagion, now infecting several labels who will issue new versions of the record, following their self-release of the album on LP and digital download through their own Bethlehem Rust label earlier this year. SECRET CUTTER has hooked up with London-based Holy Roar Records (Enabler, OHHMS, Strife, Coliseum) for European distribution of Self Titled. In addition, a cassette version of the record will be available through San Diego-based Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (Indian, Fister, Goryl), in a limited run of 150 copies. All versions of Self Titled include a free digital download of the full album as well. Self Titled can be purchased on black vinyl in Europe via Holy Roar HERE, on cassette from Grimoire Cassette Cvlture HERE, and stateside on three different colors of vinyl as well as digital through the band HERE.

Also check out a recent gear feature on SECRET CUTTER’s sole axeman Evan Morey’s massive setup which helps deliver the band’s unique auditory brutality via PureGrainAudio HERE.

Following several shows in support of Self Titled this Summer, including a devastating set at the first annual Uninvited Fest in Brooklyn last week, SECRET CUTTER continues to book new gigs, including having just been confirmed to take part in NYC’s CBGB’s Festival. The band will raid Saint Vitus Bar on October 11th, providing support for Primitive Weapons and Vision Of Disorder. Further live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for their next release.

10/11/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vision If Disorder, Primitive Weapons [info]

“Secret Cutter appeal to a lot of different appetites—sludge heads looking for something a little more complicated than rote Eyehategod worship, old hardcore dudes wanting to go heavier but avoid sounding like Nails, and most of all, those committed to the mosh. They would be foolish not to tour with Xibalba or Harms Way.” – Pitchfork

“… the band Billy Anderson would listen to if he was having the worst day of his life… Self Titled defies categorization by acting as a round-up of heavy albums’ heavy parts. Sludgy, thrashy, grindy; doesn’t matter. As long as it’s bruising, it’ll make the cut.” – Invisible Oranges

“Take the anarcho-hardcore of bands like Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, Coalesce, and Converge and then meld it together using molten lava and brimstone with the sludge filled bile of bands like Eyehategod and Buzzov-en, and you’d have a close approximation of just how nasty this record is.” – Metal Insider

“A three piece shouldn’t sound this heavy, but Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Secret Cutter manages to pull off the impossible…” –

“No nonsense crushing music, vocals that are delivered with raw animal power, with a mix and master that compliment the music.” 9/10″ – This Is Not A Scene

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 3

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Today Noisey hurls forth the third episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series exploring the people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.

Following last week’s edition, where Mike IX Williams discussed finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze and creating a band “that’s like Sabbath, but a punk band” with Eyehategod, today’s segment finds the Noisey team on a fishing trip with Bower. Here Bower discusses his time with Shell Shock, the origins of Eyehategod and his place in the sound of New Orleans, including where he thinks the roots of the music lie.

Watch episode three, now playing below. “Gank it.”

Eyehategod are preparing for another roadside takeover beginning with a short rash of one-off live incursions in Denver, Orlando and Miami set to commence this week as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, the band will pillage their way west trouncing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates. Eyehategod continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, critically-lauded self-titled studio offering, currently available via Housecore Records.

10/02/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
10/04/2014 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo’s – Austin, TX
10/29/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/30/2014 Bosonova Theater – Portland, OR w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/31/2014 Star Lite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/01/2014 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/02/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/03/2014 Los globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/04/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/05/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/06/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Today Is The Day
11/07/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Today Is The Day
11/08/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Today Is The Day
11/09/2014 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Today Is The Day
11/12/2014 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/13/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
11/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Today Is The Day
11/16/2014 Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN w/ Today Is The Day
11/20/2014 Double Wide – Dallas, TX w/ Today Is The Day
11/21/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Pig Destroyer, Today Is The Day
11/22/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Pig Destroyer

REDEMPTION: New Video From Live CD/DVD Now Playing At Metal Insider; Live From The Pit Out Now Via Sensory Records

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Following Sensory Records’ recent worldwide release of Live From The Pit, the new live-recorded audio/visual full-length album from Los Angeles-based progressive superforce, REDEMPTION, an official video for the album’s “Noonday Devil” has been released today via Metal Insider.

In 2012, REDEMPTION co-headlined the world-famous ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, where the band recorded a unique show featuring nearly eighty minutes of material and staged with complementary visuals that drive home the compelling emotional impact of this band. This monumental performance not only captured the special ability of the band’s music to deeply connect with fans, the tradition now continues, as the set becomes available as Live From The Pit, a massive package including the full album in both audio CD as well as a joining DVD which features a 5.1 surround mix, bonus material/features and more.

The sixth of the dozen epic tracks on Live From The Pit, “Noonday Devil” is now playing via Metal Insider, giving fans and newcomers a massive sampling of the energetic and charismatic REDEMPTION live performance. Tune in now at THIS LOCATION.

Live From The Pit is available directly from The Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, the CD/DVD package HERE and the audio only via BandCamp HERE.

One of the leading progressive metal bands in the world today, REDEMPTION was formed in 2000 by guitarist / keyboardist / songwriter Nicolas van Dyk, also featuring legendary progressive metal vocalist Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel), and the phenomenal rhythm section of Chris Quirarte (drums) and Sean Andrews (bass). The band’s combination of heaviness not usually found in progressive metal, irresistible melodies, and emotional urgency has created a unique and resonant voice for this band that sets them apart from the many clones in the genre, and which has gained them the attention of fans, critics and musicians.

ATRIARCH: Ceremonial Death/Doom Ensemble Unveils New Hymn Via Cvlt Nation; West Coast Live Rituals Confirmed

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Ceremonial death/doom ensemble, ATRIARCH, today unveils the slow brooding audio treachery of “Allfather.”

The towering new hymn comes by way of the band’s third full-length and first under the Relapse Record banner, An Unending Pathway. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, on An Unending Pathway, ATRIARCH delivers catharsis through sonic ritual, churning an otherworldly fusion of death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, their haunting atmospheres and avalanches of chest-heaving sludge at once compelling and overwhelming. Imagine Bauhaus as interpreted by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and only then can you begin to grasp the darkness that is ATRIARCH.

Relays Cvlt Nation: “An Unending Pathway, is an arresting and welcome combination of doom metal, death rock, black metal, and Mid Eastern-influenced darkwave sounds…. this LP is a well-produced and masterful synthesis of its differing components. It sounds confident and assured, a definite step forward in ATRIARCH’s sonic progression. In fact, I think it’s ATRIARCH’s best and most cohesive-sounding LP to date… singer Lenny Smith’s deadpan, chanting-like vocals rise to the fore, echoing as if sung from the depths of a musty Egyptian tomb. Tribal-type drumming underscores the building intensity, and halfway through the track the band switches gears and Smith begins to sound like Rozz Williams, with the band picking up speed and fury around him.”

Feel the cold audio decay of “Allfather” now playing at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out the haunting resonance of “Collapse” via Soundcloud at THIS LOCATION or YouTube HERE.

In related ATRIARCH news, the band will bring their ceremonials to the stage this November on a West Coast run of live dates. Scheduled to kick off November 7th in Seattle, the band will traumatize thirteen cities through November 21st. See confirmed shows below.

ATRIARCH West Coast Tour 2014:
11/07/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
11/08/2014 Obsidian – Olympia, WA
11/10/2014 Slabtown Records – Portland, OR Release Show w/ Usnea, Muscle, Marrow
11/12/2014 TBA – Eugene, OR
11/13/2014 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
11/14/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA
11/15/2014 Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA
11/16/2014 Tower – San Diego, CA
11/17/2014 Sweet Springs – Santa Barbara, CA
11/18/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
11/20/2014 TBA – Medford, OR
11/21/2014 Wisp House – Salem, OR

An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. Preorder your copy on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

“…shambling, ritualistic drone that gets its talons into you via crusty howls, a colossal dynamic, and the overall feel of continuing ritual” – Pitchfork

“…doom-soaked, gothic death rock…an act that have our undivided attention.” – Exclaim

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH Signs To Neurot Recordings; Long-Awaited Debut Full-Length To See Release In Spring 2015 – Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and performance to date with his newest project, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. [More…]

LO-PAN: Ohio’s Riffiest Spills New Track At Revolver; Journey With Black Cobra Continues – Ohio riff rockers, LO-PAN, hurl forth another track of amplified goodness with “Eastern Seas,” now playing at Revolver. [More…]

NO MERCY: Suicidal Records To Re-Release Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) From Legendary Crossover Act – Suicidal Records is proud to announce their plans of re-releasing the Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) LP by legendary crossover outfit, NO MERCY, this October. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Autumn Live Assault – Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. [More…]

MACABRE: October Tour With Ringworm Precedes November Mini-Tour With Carcass – Chicago’s Murder Metal trio, MACABRE, is set to rampage across the US on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October. [More…]

FALLUJAH: Atmospheric Death Metal Faction Announces Pacific Northwest Trek With Archspire; European Tour Draws Near – Following their successful Summer Slaughter takeover, atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, will embark upon a short but punishing run of Pacific Northwest dates next month. [More…]

DIE CHOKING Unloads Entire New 7-Inch Via Decibel Magazine; II EP Out Next Week Via The Compound – This week, Philadelphia’s new tyrants of hyperthrash, DIE CHOKING, will release their second blazing 7”, II, and today the entire EP is now playing courtesy of Decibel Magazine. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Drops Lyric Video For “Unsympathetic Intellect” Through Revolver Magazine – With the October 14th release date for RINGS OF SATURN’s second LP, Lugal Ki En, rapidly approaching, another new single has been declassified and is now on public display through a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” at Revolver Magazine’s website. [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors To Unleash Third Full-Length Via Magic Bullet Next Month – Cleveland, Ohio’s occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 1 – Noisey, the music arm of VICE, is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, episode 1. [More…]

FUZZ EVIL & CHIEFS Split 7-Inch EP To See October Release Via Battleground Records – The Battleground Records roster continues to rapidly expand, with another new release on the horizon for October, in the form of a split 7” from FUZZ EVIL and CHIEFS. [More…]

DYSTOPIA: Human=Garbage Debut From Legendary Sludge/Crust Unit Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Twenty-Year Anniversary Reissue To Drop Later This Month Via Tankcrimes – With the official reissue of the iconic Human=Garbage debut full-length from legendary West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, DYSTOPIA, just a few weeks away, Cvlt Nation offers up the record in its filth-ridden entirety. [More…]

ENABLER Signs With Century Media; La Fin Absolue Du Monde To Get Official European Issue – Following the initial release of ENABLER’s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label. [More…]

USNEA: Sophomore LP From Portland Doom Quartet Nears November Release Through Relapse Records; New Track Streaming – Having signed Portland, Oregon based funeral doom/death quartet, UNSEA, earlier this year, Relapse Records is now preparing the band’s monstrous sophomore LP for descent onto the population in mid-November. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed + Official Video For “Kill Or Become” UnveiledA Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! [More…]

EXCEL: California Hardcore/Thrash Crossover Crew Launches Official Store; Preview Tracks For Southern Lord Reissue Of Split Image Playing – This week, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, will reissue their debut album Split Image via Southern Lord, and to mark the occasion, an official online store has been launched, and several tracks from the remastered classic album are now streaming. [More…]

ROSES NEVER FADE: Dark Neofolk Trio Releases Second Full-Length Via Belgium’s Neuropa RecordsROSES NEVER FADE returns to Belgium’s Neuropa Records with their long-awaited second full-length entitled Devil Dust. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Debut Album From Original Doomriders Members Nears October Release Via Magic Bullet – Magic Bullet Records will deliver one of the most corrosive sludge/doom releases of the year with the somewhat unexpected self-titled debut and incurably bleak and sinister awakening and introduction to the world of Boston’s newest heavy music titan, WORMWOOD. [More…]

GOATSNAKE Reveals Initial Details Of Impending New Album Due For Release In 2015 – Los Angeles, California’s GOATSNAKE is back in a big way. Having spent the Summer at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, the band is gearing up to release their first new full-length album since 2000’s Flower Of Disease. [More…]

CDC: Pennsylvania Hardcore Act Confirms European Autumn Tour; New Release Scheduled For Early 2015 – Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, has announced the band’s upcoming return to the European continent next month on a two week tour. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: NYC Death Metallers Premiere New Tune Via Cvlt Nation; Carnival Of Death Tour Draws Near + Enter To Win ShowUsYourSlam Contest! – With the release of Imperium, the first new album in over a decade from New York City-based death metal institution, INTERNAL BLEEDING, now less than one week away, the gate keepers at Cvlt Nation are pleased to spew forth the debilitating rumble of the eighth cut, “Placate The Ancients.” [More…]

MAID MYRIAD: MetalSucks Releases New Single From With Haste On Its Breath; Debut Album From Ohio Kaleidoscope Rock Act Nears October Release – Akron, Ohio-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, will release their mesmerizing debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, in on week, and the crew who runs MetalSucks’ online domain has premiered the album’s third track,Be Careful What You Wish For.” [More…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY Drops “The Alonest Of The Alone” Lyric Video Featuring Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade At Metal Insider; Cobra Verde To See Release Next Month – Kick your afternoon in the teeth with the rabid new lyric video for “The Alonest Of The Alone” from Italian technical death metal demolition team, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 2 – Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, EYEHATEGOD, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others. [More…]

LORD MANTIS: “Possession Prayer” Video Under Construction + October Tour With Today Is The Day Announced; 2xLP Version Of Death Mask Out Now – The demoralizing Chicagoan collective, LORD MANTIS, is currently immersed in the construction of their first official video, which is sure to be a disturbing and uncomforting visual experience. [More…]

ENCOFFINATION Releases “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth” From Third LP Via Decibel Magazine: Preorders Posted – The first single from III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), the suffocating third full-length movement from US death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, is now playing courtesy of an exclusive stream at Decibel Magazine. [More…]

FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Delivers A “Death Injection” From Debut LP Via Cvlt Nation – A full two months before it detonates upon the masses, today humanity gets a foreboding first listen to Helsinki Savagery, the debut LP from Finnish crossover killers, FORESEEN HKI, as Cvlt Nation hosts a stream of “Death Injection.” [More…]

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Unit Featuring Members Of Abysmal Dawn And Arkaik To Release Unique Leader Debut; Lyric Video Now Playing At Revolver Magazine – California-based extreme death metal perpetrators, ANNIHILATED — who features within its ranks, current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, Grotesque, Excretion, and Arkaik — will spread their sonic sickness across the lands this Fall with the release of debut full-length, XIII Steps To Ruination. [More…]

DER BLAUE REITER: Post-Apocalyptic Darkwave Project Releases Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence Via Neuropa Records – Following the release of their critically-adored, Nuclear Sun long player, Barcelona-based darkwave project, DER BLAUE REITER, returns from the pillars of oblivion with a new collection of mirthless hymns centered on post-apocalyptic desolation. [More…]

Contact or 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.


DER BLAUE REITER: Post-Apocalyptic Darkwave Project Releases Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence Via Neuropa Records

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Following the release of their critically-adored, Nuclear Sun long player, Barcelona-based darkwave project, DER BLAUE REITER, returns from the pillars of oblivion with a new collection of mirthless hymns centered on post-apocalyptic desolation.

Titled Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence, the stunning, near hour-long opus boasts eleven haunting compositions inspired by a tragic vision of a world governed by secret societies, warfare, disease and the last days of mankind. Considered to be the second chapter of DER BLAUE REITER’s 2004 debut, L’enver Du Tristesse/Le Paradis Funebre, each of the record’s deliberately discomforting movements is rife with compelling orchestrations, cinematic soundscapes and majestic industrial and martial ambience. Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence was mastered by Peter Bjärgö (Sophia/Arcana), features collaborations with Alina (Lamia Vox), Cecilia Bjärgö (Arcana/Sophia) and Daniela Bedeski (Rosa Rubea) and serves as the project’s darkest creation to date, where light is just a rumor, and the future a legend.

Watch the Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence teaser video below.

Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Track Listing:
1. Underworld Dreams II
2. Anthem For Doomed Youth
3. Conquest Of Glory
4. L’ Adieu Du Silence Part I
5. Il Tempo La Disperazione
6. The Beginning Of The End
7. Under Deadly Rain
8. Requiem For A Dying World
9. The New World Order
10. Conspiracy
11. L’ Adieu Du Silence Part II

Founded in 2005, DER BLAUE REITER is a Catalan music project that fuses apocalyptic ambiance with neoclassical passages and militarist percussion. Their compositions function as chillingly poignant soundtracks to a post-nuclear, diseased world wriggling beneath the weight of its own self-inflicted suffering and looming demise, with Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence chronicling humanity’s final days.

Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence is available via Neuropa Records at THIS LOCATION.

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Unit Featuring Members Of Abysmal Dawn And Arkaik To Release Unique Leader Debut; Lyric Video Now Playing At Revolver Magazine

Friday, September 26th, 2014

California-based extreme death metal perpetrators, ANNIHILATED — who features within its ranks, current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, Grotesque, Excretion, and Arkaik — will spread their sonic sickness across the lands this Fall with the release of debut full-length, XIII Steps To Ruination.

Set for official unleashing via brutality powerhouse, Unique Leader Records, ANNIHILATED’s XIII Steps To Ruination was produced by drummer Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn) and boasts eleven pounding, methodically-crafted tales of torment bedecked in hailstorm riff sequences, homicidal blasts, maniacal vocal onslaughts, and strategically composed percussive syncopation all fueled, conceptually, by political/corporate disgust and societal revulsion. As an added bonus, XIII Steps To Ruination features guest appearances by Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Monte Pittman (Prong), Peter Truax (Vesterian, Eyes Of Fire) and Eric Stobel (Plaguereaper, P.O.R.).

Comments Fuller of ANNIHILATED’s union with Unique Leader: “We are psyched to be a part of the Unique Leader family. With such a notable roster of brutal death metal bands and awesome releases, we feel right at home.”

In anticipation of XIII Steps To Ruination’s forthcoming release, today Revolver Magazine is hosting the official lyric video for the title track. Get furious, question government and witness some audio/visual carnage at THIS LOCATION.

XIII Steps To Ruination Track Listing:
1. Global Enslavement
2. Eyes In The Sky
3. This Fear I Speak Of
4. XIII Steps To Ruination
5. Eradication Profits
6. Divide Distract Deceive
7. For The Ignorant
8. Wastelands
9. Creations Of Man
10. Throne Of Eternity
11. Putrifacation

ANNIHILATED was forged in 2008 by guitarists Eric Matranga and Robert Fimbres shortly following the demise of Los Angeles’ Excretion. Intent on composing music with a purpose, ANNIHILATED stands resolutely against society’s prevalent “sheep mentality” in favor of rational thought, questioning the motives of government and news media outlets though debilitating auditory domination.

XIII Steps To Ruination will see release via Unique Leader Records on October 28th, 2014 in North America, October 31st, 2014 in Europe and November 3rd, 2014 in the UK. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Delivers A “Death Injection” From Debut LP Via Cvlt Nation

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A full two months before it detonates upon the masses, today humanity gets a foreboding first listen to Helsinki Savagery, the debut LP from Finnish crossover killers, FORESEEN HKI, as Cvlt Nation hosts a stream of “Death Injection.”

Amidst the ten roaring tracks packed into the nearly thirty-seven minute massacre, one of the most ripping outbursts on Helsinki Savagery comes in the form of the LP’s second track, “Death Injection,” which is one of the longer songs FORESEEN HKI here unloads, making its by-the-throat approach all the more relentless. Explosive riffs and divebombs heavy enough to sink battleships, rampant, unchained aggressiveness in the tempos and utterly maniacal razorwire vocals raze everything in earshot in this number. In their public disbursement of the track, Cvlt Nation issues, “FORESEEN HKI strap you down, duct tape your mouth and shoot ‘Death Injection’ directly into your brain with their frenzied, pounding sound!”

To get the FORESEEN HKI injection, CLICK HERE.

20 Buck Spin will unleash Helsinki Savagery via digital delivery and CD on November 25th, with an LP pressing to hit on February 3rd and co-released in Europe by Take It Back Records.

On Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI’s raw crossover shows the band effortlessly fusing the 1980s iterations of US thrash and hardcore to create a merciless album of absolute jawbreakers. A distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility, that’s been a hallmark of the countries incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ‘80s, pervades the LP. Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI takes their place among the elite of modern crossover bands, infusing a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows, documenting a band in its hungry, formative prime. With high speeds and fierce leads that shred, United Forces are back from the dead. Recorded and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, Finland, the album bears appropriately grim but colorful, old-school heavy metal artwork by Chad Keith. Circle pit-dwellers who live by the lessons of S.O.D, Nuclear Assault, Integrity, Cro-Mags and Leeway, or frequent more contemporary works by Audiopain, Noisem and Power Trip should keep their ears glued to the airwaves to keep up on FORESEEN HKI. The band is also planning to invade the US for the first time in 2015.

ENCOFFINATION Releases “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth” From Third LP Via Decibel Magazine: Preorders Posted

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The first single from III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), the suffocating third full-length movement from US death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, is now playing courtesy of an exclusive stream at Decibel Magazine.

III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), the anticipated follow-up to ENCOFFINATION’s 2011-released O’ Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres LP, sees the group building on even more blackened occult passages, incorporating choral elements and organs to their already elementally disturbing hymns. The nearly seven minute second track to the album, “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth,” simply reeks of death, a slow-motion dirge swelling with amplification and utter dread. Decibel Magazine’s Deciblog has unearthed this devastating track today, alongside a brief interrogation with the band’s guitarist/bassist/vocalist Ghoat.

Tune in to the end-time sounds of “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth” via Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Poland’s Selfmadegod Records will release ENCOFFINATION’s III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs) on CD and via digital delivery in North America on October 21st, and a month later on 2xLP. A limited edition CD run is also in production. Preorders for the standard CD version is available stateside via Earsplit Distro HERE, and the deluxe CD housed in a special screen-printed O-card, limited to 200 copies, is available exclusively via Selfmadegod’s webstore HERE. Links to preorder the vinyl CD will be available in the coming days.

Formed in 2008 by drummer Elektrokutioner (Black Pentagram Cult, Father Befouled, Festered, Scaremaker, etc.) and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Ghoat (Father Befouled, Festered, Vomitchapel, ex-Hills of Sefiroth, etc.), ENCOFFINATION perpetuates a suffocating style of slow-motion, dirge-infused death metal with funeral doom bleakness. Their 2010-debut EP, Temples Descend Below the Earth, instantly attained the attention of the underground, but it was their devastating Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh LP that inundated the scene like a plague. Now, with three solid years of putrid silence having passed since the cross-country based duo has released an LP, the deadly follow-up album is being prepared for exhibit, as. III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), an album which takes ENCOFFINATION’s tar-encrusted tones, slow-motion seismic rhythms and soulless, guttural conjuring to their most claustrophobic levels to date, with more occult influence, and implement some of the most ghoulish, slug-paced funeral death to ever be recorded. Constructed over a full year, the album was recorded in various sessions throughout 2013, the drums recorded at Universal Sound in San Diego, California, and the rest at Graf Yairden in Atlanta. Funeral vocal choirs, organs and other elements influence the flow of the album, making this one of the most harrowing releases of the year, no only one of the most slowly destructive.