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ÅRABROT: Maiden Single From Impending You Bunch Of Idiots EP By Norwegian Experimentalists Premiered Through Noisey

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Andre Loyning]

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT, has just released the maiden single from their latest EP, You Bunch Of Idiots, through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music blog, just weeks ahead of the record’s release, and the band’s touring return to North American shores.

You Bunch Of Idiots is the third in a trio of themed EPs from ÅRABROT, the first two of which — Murder As Art and I Modi — having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band’s first official US title. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, You Bunch Of Idiots drops six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. The EP was recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has handled the prior two EPs in the series as well as other ÅRABROT merch.

Landing at the number four spot on You Bunch Of Idiots, “Mea Culpa” shows the disturbing underbelly of what ÅRABROT is so proficient in creating, seamlessly genre-bending extreme forms of music into an unclassifiable and mesmerizingly warped and unique sound. Noisey issues alongside the exclusive premiere of the track, “…here it seems that one man’s bewilderment is another man’s finger hovering over the detonator of a doomsday device while he entertains the idea of ending the world. That casual (and sometimes playful) disregard for humanity and all its conventions that persists throughout the EP comes to a head on its first single, ‘Mea Culpa,’ which Nernes penned while drinking alone in an old London pub on a dismal afternoon shortly before learning the full extent of his health condition…”.

Transmit ÅRABROT’s “Mea Culpa” at maximum volume courtesy of Noisey RIGHT HERE.

You Bunch Of Idiots is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12” vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets on June 23rd. Preorders for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.

On the week of the EP’s stateside release, ÅRABROT will invade North America for three weeks, touring in support of You Bunch Of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes’ bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will now hit the US and Canada with direct support from UK sludge power duo, Ghold, with appearances from the likes of Dispirit and Lycus on several shows, and Pinkish Black on the final five dates.

ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour w/ Ghold:
6/24/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/26/2015 The Depot – York, PA
6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL
6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
7/10/2015 605 E 4th Street – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 Exploding Heart Gallery – Tucson, AZ
7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black
7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black
7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black
7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black
7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black
7/19/2015 The Studio, Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black

Led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar, vocals), for fourteen years ÅRABROT has fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own.  Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, ÅRABROT laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and — most importantly — rocks the hell out. One of Europe’s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.

XIBALBA: Video For “Guerrilla” Anthem Premiered Through Lambgoat; Band Confirms New Festival Appearances + Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Anne Spina]

XIBALBA has issued an official video for the revolutionary anthem “Guerrilla,” one of the most vital tracks from their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, which saw release in January via Southern Lord Recordings.

In complete DIY fashion, XIBALBA basically took the concept of their classic “Cold” video to the next level, this time the overthrowing an entire neighborhood in their hometown of Pomona, California. Directed, shot and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine/One films, with footage by Danny Mayo and Mike Sogoff, the video for “Guerrilla” features a brutalizing live uprising filmed at a live outdoor show in a Pomona neighborhood, utilizing the voices of their friends and family to carry the message of the track to the masses.

Through a premiere at Lambgoat this week, XIBALBA’s “Guerrilla” is now playing RIGHT HERE.

Also view XIBALBA’s previously released video for “Enemigo” at Revolver HERE.

With new tour dates and festival appearances confirmed, XIBALBA will continue to deliver their piledriving death metal-infused hardcore to hordes across multiple continents in support of Tierra Y Libertad through the Summer months. The band will play in Santa Ana later this month alongside the likes of Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13 and more. One month later they return to the mighty This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, performing on July 25th with the Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard and tons more. September will see XIBALBA hitting Ghostfest in Leeds and Bristol, UK on 5th and 6th of the month alongside Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile and more, followed immediately by a Southeast Asia tour with confirmed details on that trek to be released in the coming days, and upon their return, a show in Los Angeles with No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary and others on September 26th. October 9th through 11th will see the band on the California Deathfest at the Oakland Metro with Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Noothgrush, Impaled and many more, followed by their invasion of Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona the weekend of October 15th – 18th with the likes of Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou and dozens of other acts to be announced.

XIBALBA Tour Dates:
6/26/2015 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13
7/25/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore w/ Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard
9/05-06/2015 Ghostfest – Leeds/Bristol, UK w/ Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile
09/11-16/2015 Southeast Asia Tour TBA
9/26/2015 Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA w/ No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary, Alpha + Omega, King Nine
10/09/-11/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest w/ Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Impaled, Noothgrush
10/15-18/2015 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou, more

With some of their most savage tones and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA continues to overthrow new audiences on their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, Recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, California, the LP’s forty-four minute onslaught delivers more haunting, atmospheric tones and traumatic death-infused metallic hardcore, the band having once again commissioned Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for the album’s cover artwork. Tierra Y Libertad is available on CD and grey vinyl LP direct through XIBALBA’s Southern Lord store HERE, and digitally through BandCamp HERE, as well as through All In Merch including a t-shirt package HERE.

NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ‘90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy [info]
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-‘80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works. In 2012, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with Honor Found In Decay, cultivated through their own Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration. Following the record release show, the outfit disbanded with the longtime visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

POISON IDEA Declares Indefinite Hiatus; Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Jason Charles]

Upon returning from their successful European Tour which consumed the past several weeks, POISON IDEA has returned home and announced that the band is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time. The band has issued that they need to address some health issues and personal matters, and all upcoming shows for the undeterminable future have been cancelled or postponed. Additional details on the band’s future plans will be announced at a later date.

Portland, Oregon’s undisputed kings of punk, POISON IDEA released their critically acclaimed Confuse & Conquer LP through Southern Lord Recordings in April of this year. Setting everything in its path ablaze with the energetic pummeling assault the band has assaulted the planet with for three-and-a-half decades, and by incorporating the use of epic piano segues, the album is an instant classic for all POISON IDEA fans as well as one of the most undeniably important releases in the punk/hardcore realms this year. The band’s first new album since 2006’s Latest Will And Testament, and first since the passing of their great friend and guitarist, the iconic Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, Confuse & Conquer boasts thirty-five minutes of thundering, infectious rage recorded in the band’s hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege, and proves that absolutely nothing can stop this legendary act and all attempts are a futile waste of time.

Confuse & Conquer LP is available on colored 12” vinyl and CD including shirt and vinyl bundles HERE, and the album is streaming in full and available for digital purchase HERE.

Formed in 1980, POISON IDEA became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They’ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others. Soaking up respect from generations of hardcore punks and dishing none out, the dastardly denizens of mid-paced punk shred are in trademark form on Confuse & Conquer. POISON IDEA’s new masterpiece proves itself both identifiable and rewarding to listeners who have encountered them at any point from their 1980 birth onwards. Their forceful hardcore pummel is underwritten with dark humor, rage, disdain, and moments of real melancholy well beyond the usual remit of the genre, but it’s to be expected of Portland’s nihilistic champions, proudly unaligned with any other sound out there.

APEX FEST VI: Apocalyptic Music Festival Event And Tour Rapidly Approaching; Fest Compilation Now Streaming At Heathen Harvest + New Merch Preorders Announced

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The three-day NYC-based apocalyptic music event, APEX FEST VI, rapidly approaches — set to overthrow the city the first weekend of June, with East Coast mini-tours leading up to and following the event — bringing an incredibly diverse but ultimately harrowing roster of extreme experimental acts together.

A foretaste of this gathering has been made available to the public, as the exclusive fest compilation CD is now playing, featuring thirteen disturbing of musical manipulation with nearly an hour and twenty minutes of material. APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation is now streaming in its entirety via Heathen Harvest, one of the sponsors of the event, delivering mostly exclusive material and alternate versions of many of the artists performing, including tracks from GNAW THEIR TONGUES, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN, IRM, MENACE RUINE, BARREN HARVEST and more.

Endure APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation at Heathen Harvest now at THIS LOCATION.

APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation Track Listing:
1. BARREN HARVEST – Your World Ablaze
2. SUTEKH HEXEN – Opalescence
3. GNAW THEIR TONGUES – Singing Ancient Necropsalms
4. NORTHAUNT – Until Dawn Do Us Part
5. SVARTSINN – Vemod (Cello Version)
6. IRM – Closure VII (Live)
7. HAVAN – Vasatya
8. KARJALAN SISSIT – Vittumainen Yksinäisyys
9. TREPANERINGSRITUALEN – Plague Of Persecution (Edit)
10. MENACE RUINE – Torture Of Fire
12. BURIAL HEX – Dedicated To Canon Jayr
13. SOPHIA – The Unclean

Fest preorder bundles are available, including limited edition shirts for GNAW THEIR TONGUES and THE BODY, as well as a physical copy of APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation CD. These sales go directly toward funding the event, meaning attendees are active participants in the production of the festival.

Additionally, Handmade Birds is offering bundles including CD copies of their titles to the next 100 people who purchase advance tickets to the NYC main event, happening at Trans-Pecos June 5th-7th in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. The packages include one copy each of: Subtle Cruelties by BARREN HARVEST, The Hierophant by BURIAL HEX, Tenebroso by WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS, Troller by TROLLER, Tar by WEEPING RAT.

Furthermore, Small Doses​ is kindly offering CD copies of Monuments Of Decay by SUTEKH HEXEN to the next 50 people who buy advance tickets. The stakes are getting higher, the hour is drawing nearer.

View all APEX VI ticket options and merch bundles AT THIS LOCATION.

The main three-day APEX FEST VI — the sixth biennial installation of the apocalyptic music event — will bring three full days of audio tumult to NYC June 5th, 6th and 7th. Gathering a wide spectrum of international music artists, experimenters and collaborators from across the realms of noise, drone, industrial, power electronics and more, the entire APEX FEST series is presented by Annihilvs Power Electronix in association with Abstract, Black Horizons, Crucial Blast, Cyclic Law, Earsplit PR, Handmade Birds, Heathen Harvest, Heaven Street, Malignant Records and M.A.P.S. The APEX FEST VI gala will take over Trans Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens, including sets from Portland doom cult, THE BODY (with guest collaborators to be announced), the second-ever stateside performance from Dutch maniac GNAW THEIR TONGUES, the first US appearance from Sweden’s IRM in ten years, MENACE RUINE, TREPANERINGSRITUALEN, BURIAL HEX, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN, JARL, OMEI, ARTICLE COLLECTION, ARBITERBARREN HARVESTSOPHIAKARJALAN SISSIT, NORTHAUNT, HAVAN, FUNERARY CALL and more, in addition to short films and visual works presentations, exclusive merch/vendor wares and much more.

Leading up to the main event in NYC, APEX FEST TOUR I will invade Pawtucket May 31st, Philadelphia June 2nd, and Baltimore June 3rd. This initial wave of devastation features co-headlining acts, Swedish death-industrial project TREPANERINGSRITUALEN and Dutch alienists ADERLATING (a side project of New York festival headliner, GNAW THEIR TONGUES). Philadelphia and Baltimore will see ADERLATING performing a split set with SLAVERNIJ, a collaborative project with Annihilvs label partner Daniel Suffering, whose project WHORID has a new full length album coming on Annihilvs. Also on the tour will be IRM, another Swedish industrial act which performed at the very first APEX FEST in June 2005, marking the project’s second visit to the states in a decade, and their first as a three-piece band. Rounding up the lineup are Bay Area occult abyss architects SUTEKH HEXEN. The Baltimore show also boasts a special headlining performance by infamous occult doom duo, THE BODY.

APEX FEST TOUR II will be deployed following the main NYC event, and is curated in partnership with Canadian label Cyclic Law, a contributor to the New York festival. Shows are confirmed for Philadelphia on June 8th, Providence on June 10th, and Montreal on June 12th. This second run consists of the vanguard of Scandinavian dark-ambient artists, with a combined performance by Swedish acts SOPHIA and KARJALAN SISSIT, each of whom are already tremendous acts individually. Norwegian projects SVARTSINN and NORTHAUNT, and Cyclic Law label founder Frederic Arbour’s dark-ambient project VISIONS, alumni of 2007’s APEX FEST II, round out the lineup.

APEX VI – An Apocalyptic Music Event

5/31/2015 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI [info]
6/02/2015 Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, PA [info]
6/03/2015 The Crown – Baltimore, MD w/ THE BODY [info]


I – 6/05/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

II – 6/06/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

III – 6/07/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

6/08/2015 3rd & Girard – Philadelphia, PA [info]
6/10/2015 Dusk – Providence, RI [info]
6/12/2015 La Vitrola – Montreal, QC [info]

SOS: NYC-Based Heavy Groove Maniacs Celebrate Twenty Year Anniversary in 2015; New City-Wide Live Assault Confirmed

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

New York City’s heavy-hitting groove quartet SOS is celebrating twenty raging years together as a band in 2015, and is currently booking shows across the city throughout June in celebration of crushing right through their two decade mark.

Following the release of their fifth full-length, Strength And Conditioning, SOS performed on the street at the massive NYC Marathon for the fifteenth consecutive year, amidst a widespread rash of other performances. Continuing the live mayhem, the band will play on their home turf on Friday, June 5th with Warrior Soul and a host of other support acts, followed by a free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show at Tompkins Square Park on June 13th with an assortment of friend acts. And June 21st will see SOS hammering Astoria Skate Park in Queens with another, free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show. Stand by for additional live shows to be confirmed through the Summer months. Issues the band, “The weather’s getting nicer and SOS is stoked to celebrate twenty years of heavy grooves! What better way than with a bunch of kick ass shows with our musical brethren? See ya in June!”

SOS Live Actions:
6/05/2015 Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY w/ Warrior Soul, Metalfier, Tempest City, Black Dawn, Pyramis, Sweet Magma [info]
6/13/2015 Tompkins Square Park – New York, NY w/ Srotakin IV, Snake Canyon, Purple Pam & The Flesh Eaters, High North, Valence, Fall of The Albatross [info]
6/21/2015 Astoria Skate Park – Queens, NY w/ Jump For The Sails, Lardhand, Off The Turnpike, Paloma Blanco, Phosfate, Sweet Magma, WDFA [info]

SOS frontman Mike SOS recently completed an In The Beginning feature for No Echo on The Scorpions’ Love At First Sting LP right HERE.

Producing a fusion of heavy sounds, SOS is a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. Their fifth full-length album, Strength And Conditioning is a nearly forty-eight minute excursion into barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Lineup changes and a restructuring of the band followed by heavy-duty local performances for the past year formed a six-year gap between albums, but the band’s heavy dedication has paid off, as Strength And Conditioning boasts SOS’ most action-packed mayhem yet. Strength And Conditioning is streaming and available for purchase by the band’s DIY label 316 Productions RIGHT HERE.

DEMON LUNG: Nevada Doom Bringers Unleash “Mark Of Jubilee” Via Decibel Magazine; A Dracula To See Release Next Month

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Las Vegas-based doom bringers, DEMON LUNG, will unleash the forlorn fruits of their A Dracula full-length next month via Candlelight Records. Captured by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), the record boasts eight dark, devious hymns centered loosely on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, Alucardain which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.

Alucarda is a more relatable story for me than our last album’s [The Hundredth Name] subject matter,” vocalist Shanda Fredrick issues, “which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world.”

As a precursor to its official unveiling, today Decibel Magazine offers up sixth movement,Mark Of Jubilee” for public consumption at THIS LOCATION.

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released The Hundredth Name. Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” Ghost Cult called the debut, “a modern doom masterpiece,” Las Vegas Weekly concurred noting, “Everything about DEMON LUNG’s debut screams epic,” while New Noise Magazine gushed, “This record is mammoth. Bass riffs tuned low drag the listener into a dark, solemn swamp of evil. The atmosphere created is as important as each note plucked from Lucifer’s hairy hind quarters.” Added This Is Not A Scene accurately, “The future of doom seems to be in safe hands.”

DEMON LUNG is vocalist Shanda Fredrick, drummer Jeremy Brenton, guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch and bassist Jason Lamb. A Dracula will be released via Candlelight Records on June 16th, 2015 with tour dates to be be announced shortly. In the meantime, preorders are available at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers HERE.

MARUTA: Complete Remain Dystopian LP From Florida Grinders Now Playing At MetalSucks; Third Album Sees Release Next Week

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
[photo by Janette Valentine]

Florida-based ultra-deathgrind quartet MARUTA is now just one week from the release of its third LP, and first for Relapse Records, as Remain Dystopian breaks out of confinement early through a pummeling stream of its seventeen-track assault courtesy of MetalSucks.

It is inarguable that MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian is the act’s most punishing and focused album to date. Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, the record is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! MARUTA’s new LP is now streaming in its entirety via MetalSucks, who issues, “Remain Dystopian is the kind of record that will rip your jaw clean off and then tear your eyes from their sockets but leave them attached and dangling so you can admire your own tongue as it flops around making horrible gurgling noises. Or, put more succinctly: it’s one of the best grind albums of 2015.”

Unload MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian with MetalSucks now at THIS LOCATION.

Also watch MARUTA’s destructive “Hope Smasher” video at Noisey RIGHT HERE. Preorders for the physical versions of Remain Dystopian are available HERE and digital download HERE.

MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian record release shows will go down in the band’s hometowns directly following its street date, with one show in Miami on June 6th and another in Orlando on June 13th, followed by a one-off in Mexico a week later. Shortly afterward they’ll raid Europe in support of the LP, with their tour running from June 25th through July 11th where it will come to a close at the mighty Obscene Extreme Festival. Subsequent North American tour dates will also be announced in the very near, bleak future.

MARUTA Tour Dates:
6/06/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL *Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose
6/13/2015 Hourglass Brewery – Orlando, FL *Record Release Show w/ Mindscar, God Harvest
6/20/2015 Sindicato De La Canaco – Merida, MX w/ Broken Hope, Sadistic Intent
6/25/2015 Maguires Pizza – Liverpool, UK
6/26/2015 The Red Lion – Bristol, UK
6/27/2015 The Unicorn – London, UK
6/28/2015 The Pit’s – Kortrijk, BE
6/29/2015 Les Runes – Brodeaux, FR
6/30/2015 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
7/01/2015 Stage Live – Bilbao, SP
7/02/2015 TBA – Madrid, SP
7/03/2015 TBA – Barcelona, SP
7/04/2015 Sabato 4 Luglio – Turin, IT
7/05/2015 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
7/06/2015 Dürer Kert – Budapest, HU
7/07/2015 RC Brooklyn – Brno, CZ
7/08/2015 Reil 78 – Halle, DE
7/09/2015 Club Novitatis – Dresden, DE

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, MARUTA has pummeled eardrums abroad through grueling tour ventures and inundated the masses with their bludgeoning, death-infused, grindcore concoction over the past decade. Following two LPs through Willowtip Records, and having signed with Relapse Records in August of last year, Remain Dystopian will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet.

With early reports of the album’s torrential auditory beatings pouring in, Heavy Blog Is Heavy issued a 4/5 write-up of the album, calling it, “the benchmark for upcoming bands in the venomous subgenre that is deathgrind… An addictive and endearing love letter to grind fans who would welcome an apocalypse, this is one step closer to the future of death metal and grind.” Alongside an exclusive premiere of the band’s first official video from the album, Vice Magazine’s Noisey blog issued, “MARUTA has gone from dead in the water to alive to dead again and finally resurrected. Hopefully that resurrection stays, because their latest burner ‘Hope Smasher’ is a full on cavalcade of grind blasts, groove-metal breaks, and all out pandemonium… Get ready to do your windmill headbangs, this fucker rips.” Stereogum dissected the album, offering in part, “MARUTA are no standard grindcore band, and they’ve got more than enough ideas to pack their upcoming third LP to the gills. This stuff gets the ‘grind’ tag largely by virtue of the breakneck pace at which they crank out their clipped tunes. (Average runtime: 100 seconds)… Remain Dystopian requires plenty of work to process, but it’s also incredibly satisfying if you manage to keep pace.” Decibel Magazine simply delivers, “Miami four-piece MARUTA are back together after a (thankfully) brief two-year time-out. They clearly did not reunite to start sucking.” No Clean Singing published that the band’s output is, “…an explosive rush of dissonant, raking riffs, near-inhuman drum fusillades, and beast-like roars. To be honest, it’s too much to take in on one listen, and the eerie guitar leads must have some psychoactive substance in them, because the first thing I wanted to do after hearing it the first time was to continue pressing play, without even consciously thinking about it.” And American Aftermath simply states, “Featuring seventeen vicious auditory assaults, Remain Dystopian is the perfect soundtrack to worldwide destruction.”

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – May 26th, 2015

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three – Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. [More…]

MARUTA To Blast Five Tracks In Five Days As Remain Dystopian LP Nears Release – Now just two weeks from release is Miami grindcore squad MARUTA’s third LP, and first for Relapse Records; Remain Dystopian. [More…]

SKINLESS: New York Death Dealers Traumatize Ears With “Barbaric Proclivity,” Now Streaming At MetalSucks; Only The Ruthless Remain To Drop In Two Weeks – In just two weeks, reanimated New York death metal miscreants, SKINLESS, will lacerate ears with the sadistic grooves of Only The Ruthless Remain. [More…]

YOB Confirms August Australian Tour 2015; Band To Descend Upon Maryland Deathfest This Week – The latest bout of touring from Northwestern psychedelic doom trio, YOB, has been announced, as the outfit has confirmed their first trek to Australia this Summer. [More…]

SECRETS OF THE SKY Unleashes “Eternal Wolves” Video; Pathway Full-Length Out TODAY On Metal Blade Records – Today, the cerebral doom-weavers in SECRETS OF THE SKY are pleased to officially unleash the harsh, otherworldly fruits of their Pathway full-length to North American ears. [More…]

VALBORG: German Dark Metal Eccentrics Reveal New Video At No Clean Singing; Romantik Full-Length Out NOW On Temple Of Torturous – Today German dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, who feature within their eccentric ranks current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more, undrape their fifth full-length via Temple Of Torturous. [More…]

GOATSNAKE Shares New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming Black Age Blues LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2GOATSNAKE is sure to get your motor running with their latest jam “Grandpa Jones”, a celebratory rock ‘n’ roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman that Team Rock is premiering today. [More…]

ENSIFERUM To Shoot New Music Video At Philadelphia Show On May 28 - ENSIFERUM’s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29 in New York City, but the night before, the band will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video! [More…]

CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced – In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. [More…]

WRVTH: Eclectic Technical Death Architects Reveal New Lyric Video At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Self-Titled Full-Length To See Release Next Month – As California technical death metal architects, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), prepare for the release their self-titled, third full-length this June, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones offers up the brand new video for tenth track, “Into Bloom.” [More…]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle’s Doomiest Kick Off Live Incursion; Tour Trailer PostedBROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – the Seattle doom brigade featuring iconic guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki) — will level the stages of nine cities with their apocalyptic odes on a long-anticipated bout of West Coast rituals. [More…]

OBSEQUIAE: Entire Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP From Minnesota Blackened Medieval Metal Outfit Now Playing At Noisey – Minnesota-based medieval metal outfit OBSEQUIAE, now just days from the official20 Buck Spin unveiling of their sophomore long-player, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, and in advance, the entire record has been posted for public audibility through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music channel. [More…]

WATERTANK Debuts “Surrender” Video Through Noisey; Destination Unknown LP Nears Release Via Solar Flare Records – Noisey has debuted the brand new video from French post-hardcore riffsmiths, WATERTANK, as the quartet prepares for the release of their sophomore LP, Destination Unknown, through their alliance with Solar Flare Records. [More…]

BIG|BRAVE: Southern Lord Announces The Signing Of Montreal Trio – Southern Lord is pleased to announce the signing of Montreal trio, BIG|BRAVE. [More…]

LOCRIAN: Blackened-Avant Industrialists Prepare Infinite Dissolution LP For July Release Via Relapse Records; Album Trailer + Preorders Posted – The latest full-length studio installation from experimental outfit, LOCRIAN, has been completed, as the longstanding trio prepares to release Infinite Dissolution through Relapse Records in late July. [More…]

REVOCATION Launches New Lyric Video For “Madness Opus;” Tour With Veil Of Maya UnderwayREVOCATION is back on the road right now supporting Veil Of Maya. [More…]

DISTRICT 97 Issues Trailer For In Vaults; Brand New Album Nears June Release Through Laser’s Edge – Chicago’s DISTRICT 97 has just released a trailer for their impending third studio full-length, In Vaults, which showcases the album’s cover art, photos, and clips from several tracks found on the release. [More…]

CONNOISSEUR: West Coast Stoner Violence Miscreants Unleash “Pot Hole” Video Clip; Hide Your Nugs As The Band Smokes Out A Town Near You – On the eve of their massive …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour, today CONNOISSEUR, in cooperation with the dealers at No Clean Singing, offer up the hilarious new video for “Pot Hole.” [More…]

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CONNOISSEUR: West Coast Stoner Violence Miscreants Unleash “Pot Hole” Video Clip; Hide Your Nugs As The Band Smokes Out A Town Near You

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

On the eve of their massive …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour, today CONNOISSEUR, in cooperation with the dealers at No Clean Singing, offer up the hilarious new video for “Pot Hole.” The stoney psalm comes by way of the band’s Stoner Justice full-length, set to drop next month via Tankcrimes Records.

Issues No Clean Singing, “If you’re not familiar with CONNOISSEUR and you’re expecting some paint-by-numbers stoner metal, you’ll have to re-orient your thinking, with or without some weedy assistance. ‘Pot Hole’ is a seething, searing, thick-riffed outburst of rage, with pissed-off vocal vitriol that will leave your ear drums in tatters. Yeah, CONNOISSEUR do not adjust to an empty pot hole by chanting tranquilizing mantras. The video, by the way, is funny as shit.”

Don’t believe the hype? Point your glassy peepers on over to THIS LOCATION and see for yourself.

And if you missed it, sample THC-infused cranium-crusher, “New Amsterdam,” still streaming via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION as well as their lyric video for “Orc Summer,” now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATON.

CONNOISSEUR will bring their weedian hymns to stages throughout the US on a mammoth run of live incursions slated to kick off tomorrow in Oakland. The trek will smoke out over four dozen metropolises through July 11th. Hide your nugs!

CONNOISSEUR …And Stoner Justice For All Summer Tour:
5/22/2015 Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/24/2015 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
5/25/2015 Kevin’s Gate – Eugene, OR * matinee show
5/25/2015 The Wisp House – Salem, OR
5/26/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA

5/27/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
5/28/2015 Shredder  – Boise, ID
5/29/2015 Rampdale – Salt Lake City UT
5/30/2015 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
5/31/2015 Club Scum – Denver, CO
6/01/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/02/2015 Oleavers – Omaha, NE
6/03/2015 Junk Joint – Minneapolis, MN
6/04/2015 Union Jack – Appleton, WI
6/05/2015 Cocoon Room – Milwaukee, WU
6/06/2015 The 2040 – Chicago, IL
6/07/2015 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
6/08/2015 Sexx Mansion – Indianapolis, IN
6/09/2015 Spacebar – Columbus, OH
6/10/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/11/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Northrup House - Buffalo, NY
6/13/2015 No Cars - Rochester, NY
6/15/2015 O’Brien’s - Boston, MA
6/16/2015 Funky Jungle – Providence, RI
6/17/2015 Soul Sounds – Long Island, NY
6/18/2015 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
6/19/2015 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
6/20/2015 Mill Hill  – Trenton, NJ
6/21/2015 King Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
6/22/2015 Skid Row – York, PA
6/23/2015 house show – Richmond, VA
6/24/2015 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
6/25/2015 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
6/26/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
6/27/2015 Bigshows – Statesborough, GA
6/28/2015 TBA – Gainesville, FL
6/29/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
6/30/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/02/2015 The Shop - Houston, TX
7/03/2015 TBA – Dallas, TX
7/04/2015 Lost Well  – Austin, TX
7/05/2015 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
7/06/2015 TBA – El Paso, TX
7/07/2015 Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
7/08/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
7/09/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
7/10/2015 E. 7th St. Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 924 Gilman St – Berkeley, CA
Tour Event Page HERE

Likening themselves to Earth Crisis if they “smoked weed and listened to Spazz,” the Smokeland, California-based trio, CONNOISSEUR, deafens the weak with an upbeat/d-beat barrage of West Bay powerviolence packed with resin-coated sludgedowns and chronically brutal, comically cheeba-charged vocal onslaughts that consume the listener in a violently stoned, inescapable haze. Initially released in EP form last year and captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, Oakland (Annihilation Time, Iron Lung, Vhöl, Brainoil), Stoner Justice redux is remastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering (Abscess, Toxic Holocaust, Voetsek etc.) and has been expanded to fourteen blunted ragers, including a live set professionally recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover on February 13th, 2015 (mixed and mastered by the same team) and includes a mind-bending cover art collaboration by Skinner (Mastodon) and Hal Rotter (Atriarch, Cough, Eyehategod, Skeletonwitch etc.). Those who puff to the gutter-crusted resonance of Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out, Dystopia, and Earth Crisis, listen up.

Stoner Justice will see release on CD, LP (on rad splatter vinyl) and digitally via Tankcrimes on June 9th, 2015. For preorder bundles scroll on over to THIS LOCATION.

Within these 31 minutes of violent music, you get fourteen tracks that hit you hard in the chest. So breathe in deep bitch, cough heavily and let CONNOISSEUR take over your body. It’s the gateway drug to more great metal. A step up from last year’s EP, delivering the same punches as last year but adding much more quality substance to give us a quality high that only true musicians can achieve. Blaze this over and over, let me know how you feel in the morning.” – HeadbangorGTFO