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MEGATON LEVIATHAN: Psychedelic Doom Practitioners Premiere New Hymn Via Invisible Oranges; Preorders Available

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MEGATON LEVIATHAN is preparing to release their most psychologically stirring, sprawling manifestation of sound to date with Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell.

Set for release via Seventh Rule Recordings next month, the record was mixed by MEGATON’s newest resident thaumaturgist, Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., Alfheimr, Benighted In Sodom live), and is a near lethal dose of solemn audio narcotic, shifting the listener somewhere outside the realm of space-time for the duration of its dissociative transduction from speakers to brain. Glacial, yet burning with divine fire, Past 21’s spell is simultaneously whispered in a hallowed chapel, and torn from a throat rent by the gnashing of teeth.

In celebration of its imminent release, today Invisible Oranges offers up first track, “Past 21,” for mass consumption/reflection, relaying “Like elder experimentalists, MEGATON LEVIATHAN are driven to create, explore, and meddle with moods. ‘Past 21’ is a fine example, opening with a cracked doom progression a la Old Man Gloom and spending the next four minutes shading in a map of a craggy, hellish landscape. The drone-verture could soundtrack a sci-fi moon landing, one unveiling an icy Io-esque tomb while providing the proper you-gonna-die foreshadowing. It’s also a kind of painful purgatory: if you took the wrong drugs, you might think it’s going to be a long night. Then MEGATON LEVIATHAN flip the script. At 4:06, ‘Past 21’ breaks free of its downer stasis thanks to a deep guitar crunch supported by pumping organs. Now you’re swaddled in warmth. The song is still blue but it’s on the rise and moving, buoyed by an epiphany of acceptance. Whatever trepidation you had before is blasted away with deliciously sad strings, solos that float like ash from a fire, and vocals that have that unobtrusive-yet-totally-affecting lilt of Kenny Hickey. Things have clicked. Welcome to nine minutes of melancholy bliss. The instruments ring out. You finally exhale. What a trip.”

Adds founder/lone original member, Andrew James Costa Reuscher, “The graal can only be obtained once everything is lost in its quest. SMIB.”

Take the trip with “Past 21,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

In April of 2014, Reuscher and Subite took Past 21 on the road for a first round of West Coast dates as a one man show/performance piece featuring heavy visual elements with Reuscher the unifying human component, and Subite as the hidden hand, mixing live audio. MEGATON LEVIATHAN later tapped V.I.I.R.L. drummer Markus Covello to join the onstage lineup. With Reuscher handling vocal and guitar operations, and Subite continuing his live audio duties, this revamped, three-man cast will form the core of the MEGATON LEVIATHAN live experience for the duration of the forthcoming performances. See confirmed dates below.

MEGATON LEVIATHAN Live 2014:
8/24/2014 Star Theater – Portland, OR * Record Release Show [info]
8/30/2014 TBA – Bozeman, MT
8/31/2014 Black Sparrow Tattoo Club – Billings, MT
9/03/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
9/04/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN
9/05/2014 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
9/07/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
9/08/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/09/2014 The Crown – Baltimore, MD
9/10/2014 Static Age – Asheville, NC
9/12/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN
9/14/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/15/2014 TBA – Austin, TX
9/16/2014 TBA – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO

Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell will be released on September 9th, 2014 via Seventh Rule Recordings on CD and bone with sea blue and doublemint splatter vinyl. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.



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SECRETS OF THE SKY: Immense Track From Split LP With GODHUNTER Now Streaming At MetalSucks

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

“The Star” — the prime track leading off the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the GH/0ST:S LP, the band’s impending split album with GODHUNTER — is now playing through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks.

Featuring the newest recordings from the Oakland, California-based cinematic doom metal outfit since their acclaimed 2013-releaed debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the LP, leads off with “The Star.” The nearly seven-minute opus picking up directly where the album left off boasts the band’s gargantuan doom metal riffage and spacious, otherworldly atmospheres, slickly delivered with impeccably tunderous production, the result of the band’s return to Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation), who recorded both of the band’s works. MetalSucks, who issued massive praise of To Sail Black Waters, including multiple best-of 2013 lists, is now hosting an exclusive stream of the massive track, stating, “GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY are very different bands, but they provide the perfect foil for one another, the yin and yang, GODHUNTER’s stoney, sludged out riffs balanced out by SECRETS OF THE SKY’s delicate splendor,” and confirming that “The Star” is, “as fantastic as anything the band’s ever done.”

Listen to SECRETS OF THE SKY’s “The Star” via MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

Also hear GODHUNTER’s LP opening “Pursuit/Predator” via Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

GH/0ST:S brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with GODHUNTER’s side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and SECRETS OF THE SKY’s recorded and mixed by Juan Urteagaat Trident Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The album showcases some of the most expansive new material from both bands, with both acts’ contributing a massive lead track as well as an extensive ethereal/experimental track bearing the GH/0ST:S theme. Following its limited edition cassette release for their Southwestern tour together this Spring, GH/0ST:S will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records and Earsplit’s THE COMPOUND RECS on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Preorders for GH/0ST:S are live via The Comound/Earsplit Distro HERE.

Both SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER are confirmed to perform at LuciFest II in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III this October. The two-day second installment of LuciFest, consuming October 3rd and 4th and featuring bands from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, will see both acts performing the second night with Demon Lung, xDoperunnerx, Reproacher, Hummingbird of Death, Sorxe and more. Two weeks later, they hit the crushing Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, the fest co-created by members of GODHUNTER and other local acts and set to engulf Tucson for four days, from Thursday, October 16th through Sunday the 19th. Here, SECRETS OF THE SKY will share the stage with Primitive Man, North and Windmill of Corpses, and GODHUNTER will support Goatsnake, Pelican and Eagle Twin. Neurosis, Sunn O))), -16-, The Atlas Moth, Baptists, Obliterations and tons more will also perform at the four-day, two-venue gathering.

Following SWTF III, SECRETS OF THE SKY will return to Trident Studios this to record their sophomore LP to be completed for release in early 2015. Stay tuned.

SECRETS OF THE SKY Live:
10/04/2014 LuciFest – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Godhunter, Demon Lung, Reproacher, Sorxe [info]
10/18/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Primitive Man, North, Windmill Of Corpses [info]

GODHUNTER Live:
8/24/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin [info]

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SORXE: The Obelisk Premieres Mammoth LP-Closing Movement From Phoenix Doom/Sludge Quartet

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Gateway to the doom/sludge/stoner/rock underground, The Obelisk, today opens a portal to the mammoth closing number from SORXE’s debut LP, Surrounded By Theives, with the more than eight minute-long, “The Mountain Man.”

SORXE‘s Surrounded by Shadows draws on the best elements left from the largely washed out post-metal movement. They tradeoff atmospherics and churning, crushing riffs, vary their approach widely, and toy with structures and builds to create a full-album sensibility that each individual song feeds into,” states The Obelisk’s intense review of the album alongside the exclusive stream of its final destructive anthem. The review issues on the track itself massive accolades: “’The Mountain Man’ has its stomp and plod in rounding out the nine-track/55-minute offering, and its initial explosion in chaotic, crushing noise is high among Surrounded by Shadows‘ most satisfying moments, but there’s consciousness at work behind all that bludgeoning. It would be hard for any individual piece to completely sum up everything SORXE have on offer with their debut, but in providing the album with its apex, ‘The Mountain Man’ also provides a showcase for SORXE‘s burgeoning dynamic. It is encompassing in its heaviness.”

Hear for yourself; blast “The Mountain Man” via The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

The album-opener “Steamroller” is also playing at Cvlt Nation HERE.

SORXE will independently release Surrounded By Shadows via digital download and digipak CD on September 2nd, 2014. Digital preorders are now posted, including an instant download of “Steamroller,” HERE. The CD will be available for preorder shortly.

Comprised of former members of Graves At Sea, Via Vengeance, Magnetplan, Daughters Of Fission and more, SORXE’s dynamic assault is fueled by two and multiple styles of layered vocals. A sprawling, diverse eruption of crushing doom, at times incredibly beautiful and tranquil, and at others overwhelmingly harrowing, its earthmoving riffs penetrated with undertones of grunge, psychedelic and ambient textures, Surrounded By Shadows was recorded by the band’s Tanner Crace in multiple sessions in June 2013 at Francisco Studios and February through June 2014 at The Vaulted Owl, the album mastered by Byron Villain Recording. Boasting a wide range of well-crafted tracks comparable in does along the way to Neurosis, Ufomammut, Yob, Hull and others, the album’s cover art was constructed by Josh Graham.

SORXE is confirmed to perform at Tucson-based Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, opening the main stage of the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, October 18th, supporting Author & Punisher, The Body, and headliners, Neurosis. Preceding SWTF, SORXE will trek through the Southwest with Godhunter, the dates to be announced in the coming days.

SORXE Live:
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Neurosis, The Body, Author & Punisher

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CROSS EXAMINATION: Awesome Party Squad Unloads Entire Dawn Of The Dude Via Decibel Magazine

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The latest ragin’ persuasion from St. Louis-based awesome party squad, CROSS EXAMINATION, broke out onto the streets this week in the form of Dawn Of The Dude, the EP jacked on some of the band’s most insane circle pit fuel yet.

Their latest high-octane thrash/hardcore output closing a six-year gap between releases, CROSS EXAMINATION comes out flailing and impaling with the Dawn Of The Dude EP, its seven new tracks barely hitting the thirteen-minute mark and packing more balls and bong-rips than virtually any comparable contemporary groups. Your brains will simply leak from your blown-open ear canals as you bang your head’s filler into fluid to the perpetually rabid beats, the material featuring even more rasping, schizoid/hyper vocals and a pummeling crusty edge.

As Chicago-based Organized Crime Records this week releases Dawn Of The Dude, Decibel Magazine is now hosting an exclusive stream of the entire brain-bashing EP alongside a conversation with Cross Exam Dan on the band’s current status, a discussion (with visual proof) of why the band self proclaims “We are bad at vans,”  and more.

Swing by The Deciblog and get your head wrecked by the Dawn Of The Dude at THIS LOCATION.

Claim your own copy of this meaty slab of crossover contamination via Organized Crime, on white wax in a run of 300 and clear red in a run of 200, all including a digital download card; do it RIGHT HERE.

With more widespread touring eventually imminent, CROSS EXAMINATION has booked a hometown slot supporting the legendary D.R.I. when they raid St. Louis on September 6th.

CROSS EXAMINATION Live:
9/06/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ D.R.I.

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LAGO: MetalSucks Dispatches New Tune From Phoenix Death Metal Act; Tyranny Preorders Available

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A new precursory warning shot from LAGO’s debut full-length, Tyranny, has been dispatched via MetalSucks preceding the album’s official release on September 16th through Battleground Records.

The second of Tyranny’s eight demoralizing blackened death metal works, “The Tyranny Of Men” erupts with the blend of classic death metal workings and blackened components that form the foundation of LAGO’s demoralizing delivery. Loaded with empowering solos, potent bass runs and a voracious salvo of percussion, the guttural main vocals joined at times with a demonic cackling counterpart. MetalSucks champions the band, issuing, “LAGO know when to beat you over the head with sheer brutality, they know when to slow things down for gargantuan effect, and they know how write a real, artful guitar solo. In short, they’re the perfect death metal band.”

To be bludgeoned with “The Tyranny Of Men” via MetalSucks CLICK THIS.

Also hear the album’s “Concede To Oblivion” previously released via No Clean Singing HERE.

LAGO recorded the blasphemous Tyranny in the Fall of 2013 by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered in March 2014 by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day). The album executes forty minutes of primal, pummeling death metal with a dissonant black metal edge through eight destructive tracks. Additionally, Jonny Davy from Job For A Cowboy makes a guest appearance on the track “Bring To Ruin.” Battleground Records will release Tyranny on digipak CD and via digital delivery on September 16th, 2014, while Swedish label Blood Harvest Records will be handling the vinyl edition. The album will be released through iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, etc. as well. Preorders are already available directly through the band; for the CD click HERE and for the digital — which includes an immediate download of the track “Concede To Oblivion” — click HERE.

Stand by for new tour actions from LAGO to be announced in addition to their hometown record release show confirmed for Saturday, September 20th.

LAGO Tyranny CD Release Show:
9/20/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ w/ Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller, Deadspawn [info]

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IDES OF GEMINI: New Psalm Now Streaming At Revolver

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

With the official unveiling of their Old World New Wave full-length now less than one month away, Los Angeles ethereal dream-raiders, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to offer up another helping of sonic sanctity with “The Adversary.”

Elaborates guitarist Jason Bennett of the consuming tune, “The album was sequenced with vinyl in mind, so the ‘old world’ songs are on side one and the ‘new wave’ songs are on side two. ‘The Adversary’ is from the ‘new wave’ side of the album, which we see as a hint toward the musical direction of future IDES OF GEMINI releases. At least that’s what we’re saying now, until we write a bunch of new stuff that sounds nothing like this”

Lose yourself in the “new wave” courtesy of Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample the ethereal majesty of “old wave” track “The Chalice & The Blade,” still streaming at Noisey HERE.

IDES OF GEMINI features Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, which Pitchfork christened “darkly beautiful,” and Terrorizer likened to, “a metallic-filtered kinship to Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star,” Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson. Notes Timms of their latest manifestation, “For Old World New Wave we all really coalesced as a band, and were able to work off one another’s strengths. J came up with the basic concept and musical framework of the album, and Kelly and I gave it form and identity. For me, my own personal musical identity, taste, preferences etc. were eclipsed by the power of the music which worked as an animate force unto itself — so much so that I cannot listen to any of it objectively, or tell you if it’s good or bad, but I can tell you that it’s distinctively IDES OF GEMINI.”

IDES OF GEMINI will grace the stage this Fall with a pair of live performances, the first serving as the trio’s official record release gala in Los Angeles, the second playing Intronaut’s tenth anniversary show. Additional IDES rituals will to be announced in the coming weeks.

IDES OF GEMINI Live:
9/19/2014 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA IDES OF GEMINI Record Release Show w/ Ancestors, Glaare, Maja D’Aoust (as The Oracle) [info]
12/18/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA [info]

Old World New Wave will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014.


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EARTH: Trailer Featuring New Music From Primitive And Deadly LP Released

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

As the Ouroborean creative cycle of Seattle’s EARTH circles into its twenty-fifth year, the band prepares to unveil their glorious tenth full-length studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, the album set to hit the streets in less than two weeks through Southern Lord.

With some of the most massive and straightforward rock movements in the band’s continuing duration, and featuring the first vocal contributions since their seminal 1996 Pentastar album, Primitive And Deadly is undoubtedly a standout release in EARTH’s impressive catalog. With founding guitarist Dylan Carlson weaving his slow-motion, organic dirges throughout the amazingly restrained percussion of his longtime cohort Adrienne Davies, the duo are here joined by bassist Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and additional guitarists Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows lends her angelic voice to the album’s third composition, “From The Zodiacal Light,” as heard via Pitchfork in recent weeks, while the fifth track, “Rooks Across The Gate” and second track, “There’s a Serpent Coming,” feature evocative vocal contributions from Mark Lanegan previously of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Mad Season and more. The lyrics for “Rooks…” were written by Dylan Carlson and the lyrics for “Serpent..” by Lanegan.

A brand new trailer featuring audio clips of “Rooks Across The Gate” featuring Lanegan’s vocals, the instrumental LP-opening track, “Torn By The Fox Of The Crescent Moon,” a session of photos of EARTH in the secluded desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California, the entire inner and outer layouts of the Primitive And Deadly cover layout by Samantha Muljat and more has been published in advance of the album’s looming released date.

Tap into Primitive And Deadly and view the new trailer at THIS LOCATION.

And hear all of “From The Zodiacal Light” playing via Pitchfork RIGHT HERE.

Southern Lord will issue Primitive And Deadly on colored 2xLP, CD and digital download in North America on September 2nd and just a day earlier In Europe. Preorders are posted at EARTH’s new online store HERE.

With their tours of Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most recently Europe in support of Primitive And Deadly now behind them, EARTH is now preparing to bring their new material to American fans on a month-long tour from September 4th through October 3rd, with direct support from dark folk act, King Dude.

EARTH US Tour w/ King Dude:
9/04/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/06/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
9/07/2014 Doug Fir – Portland, OR
9/08/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
9/10/2014 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
9/11/2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2014 SD Music Thing Fest – San Diego, CA
9/13/2014 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
9/14/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
9/16/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/17/2014 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
9/20/2014 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
9/21/2014 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
9/23/2014 Great Scott – Allston, MA
9/24/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
9/26/2014 Boot And Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH
9/28/2014 Pygmalion, Music Fest – Urbana, IL
9/29/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/30/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
10/01/2014 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/02/2014 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/03/2014 Neurolux – Boise, ID

Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH’s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their musical evolution, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a truly epic, diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, the album also explores massive new sonic territories for EARTH. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where the band recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin).

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BLOODTRUTH: Metal Assault Unleashes Lyric Video From Unique Leader-Bound Debut Album

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

With the impending doom of their debut album, Obedience, looming, Italian death metal horde BLOODTRUTH has created a lyric video for the album’s eighth track, “Foresworn,” which is today viewable via Metal Assault.

The ten tracks engulfing BLOODTRUTH’s Obedience tap into a wealth of unadulterated lyrical hatred released through incinerating waves of limb-removing, guttural metal. Engineered by Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera (both of Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Sonic Hammer Studios, Obedience was then mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer and legend Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Unfanthomable Ruination, Inherit Disease, and is enshrouded with some of the most intense artwork to date by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm), the perfect summary of the level of extreme comprising Obedience.

The new lyric video for the album’s “Foresworn” destroyer is now playing at Metal Assault RIGHT HERE.

Initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi and now featuring the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer Giacomo Torti, BLOODTRUTH heaves forth a sonic fireball of speed, brutality and unadulterated hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early ‘90s death metal and evocative Gregorian chant, representing the band’s homeland and history, with methodical technicality, BLOODTRUTH are ceaseless in their ear-lacerating capabilities. A visual teaser for Obedience was previously released HERE.

California-based Unique Leader Records will release Obedience on September 16th, 2014.


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LO-PAN: Ohio Riff Bringers Premiere New Tune Via Noisey; Tour With Black Cobra To Commence Next Week

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

With a tour supporting Black Cobra just one week away and a brand new record, the fittingly titled Colossus, on the horizon, Ohio riff bringers LO-PAN are pleased to uncork opening track, “Regulus,” via Noisey.

Elaborates vocalist Jeff Martin of the track, “‘Regulus’ is the brightest star in the Leo constellation. It’s a multiple system consisting of four stars. ‘Regulus’ is also Latin for ‘prince’ or ‘little king.’ The song is about a dream I had. In the dream I lived on a planet in the regulus system and the star was about to explode. The planet is about to be destroyed. And I’m reflecting on life as a whole facing the knowledge that I’m about to die basically.”

Adds Noisey: “Colossus is a great name for a doom record. In one breath it handily evokes images of majesty, grandeur, and past glories… It hints at hard-won battles and blood seeping into foreign sands, of rough-hewn idols and monoliths crumbling into the foaming sea. It paints a pretty goddamn inspiring picture. That being said, on a less romantic level, Colossus also slots neatly into doom’s obsession with really big… things. Ours is a world populated by behemoths and mastodons, dying giants, sea lords, and elder gods, whose exploits and flights of fancy are riffed sweatily into existence by big burly dudes encircled by halos of amplifier tubes. It’s larger than life, and if it’s done right, it’s way too much for your shitty foam earplugs to handle. It’s awesome.”

Check out “Regulus” before your imminent demise, now playing at Vice’s sound portal at THIS LOCATION.

Named for the Colossus of Rhodes — a ninety-six-foot statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the Greek city of Rhodes itself — LO-PAN’s fourth full-length, Colossus, serves as their most personal composition to date and a true testament to their evolution as a band. Having honed their musicianship through perpetual touring and partnering with producer/engineer Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his Translator Audio Studio in Brooklyn, the Columbus four-piece knew exactly what they wanted out of this recording. Together they belted out ten smolderingly soulful psalms that reveal just how much they’ve moved beyond their influences to arrive at their own sound – a style built on aggression without caricature, fuzz without cliché, melody without redundancy and their meanest groove to date.

As a precursor to the release of Colossus, LO-PAN will take to the streets next week on a gargantuan live excursion alongside San Francisco volume perpetrators, Black Cobra. The trek will commence in Phoenix on August 28th and wind through nearly three dozen cities, with additional LO-PAN headlining shows added to the jaunt. See confirmed dates below.

LO-PAN w/ Black Cobra:
8/28/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
8/29/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
8/30/2014 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
8/31/2014 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
9/01/2014 Silver Dollar – Texarkana, AR *
9/02/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/03/2014 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
9/04/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
9/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears – Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/21/2014  The Outpost – Kent, OH *
9/22/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt’s Tiki Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/30/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish – Oakland, CA
10/04/2014 Downtown Lounge – Tulsa, OK *
10/17/2014 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH * Record Release Show
*LO-PAN headlining date/No Black Cobra

Colossus will be released via Small Stone October 7th, 2014.

“With enough stoner rock goodness to destroy bridges and skyscrapers alike, LO-PAN show that they are one of several absolutely essential rock outfits working today and a major force to be reckoned with.” – Sputnik Music


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BLACK COBRA: US Tour With Lo-Pan Begins Next Week

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Gruesome twosome, BLACK COBRA, will begin their massive impending US tour with support from Lo Pan on August 28th.

Since 2001, the BLACK COBRA duo has unloaded a deadly, damaging and wholly unique style of punk/hardcore-propelled sludge doom metal. An introductory self-titled demo EP would get them immediately picked up by At A Loss Recordings who officially re-released the EP as well as their 2006 debut LP, Bestial, and 2007-released follow-up, Feather And Stone, the albums bridged by a split with Eternal Elysium on Diwphalanx Records. Their destructive hymns and notoriously explosive live energy caught the attention of Southern Lord Recordings who signed the band for their acclaimed 2009 LP, Chronomega, as well as their most widely and positively received album to date, with 2011’s massive Invernal.

An unstoppable touring machine, BLACK COBRA continually destroys the planet on the road, having played over seven-hundred shows on multiple continents since 2006, including Asia, Australia and both Europe and North America many times each. Massive festivals including Hellfest, The Power Of The Riff, Roadburn, Dour, Scion and others have set the band up with prime slots where the meager duo strikes the crowd with more venom than a band thrice its size every time. Their albums portray visceral otherworldly and sci-fi lyrics and storylines, the result of the band’s major fascination with horror and sci-fi literature and cinema. Guitarist vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity) and drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) both currently reside in San Francisco where they’re working on material for their next LP due for release in the coming months.

With thirty-two cities confirmed to endure the BLACK COBRA live treatment in the coming weeks, the band’s more than month-long US Tour with support from Lo Pan begins next Thursday, August 28th and will decimate the country through October 2nd.

BLACK COBRA US Tour w/ Lo Pan:
8/28/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
8/29/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
8/30/2014 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
8/31/2014 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
9/02/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/03/2014 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
9/04/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
9/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears – Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/22/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt’s Tiki Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish – Oakland, CA

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