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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

WATERTANK Debuts “Surrender” Video Through Noisey; Destination Unknown LP Nears Release Via Solar Flare Records

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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.

Delivering thirty-three minutes of slick, driving, melodic/post-hardcore on par with the likes of Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Fireside and Failure, the revamped WATERTANK lineup recorded Destination Unknown with Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and commissioned Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner) for mastering duties, cohesively revealing a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs. Directed by the Special Sauce Productions (Hellfest, etc.), the video for “Surrender” sees the band’s humorous side showing through their emotionally ripping rock, mixing lively performance footage with a sort of “Where’s Waldo in-motion” storyboard. Offers Noisey alongside the premiere of the video, “The warm weather is back and everybody’s jerking off the new Refused, but if you’re into rain, cold, Quicksand and Failure. But no worries, because we have what you need: ‘Surrender,’ the first music video from Destination Unknown by Nantes based band WATERTANK. It’s in black & white and more disciplined than a North-Korean representative.”

Scope out WATERTANK’s “Surrender” via Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.

American Aftermath also recently dispatched “DCVR” from the album RIGHT HERE.

WATERTANK is currently performing throughout France, the present routing including a gig tonight in Paris alongside Torche and more. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced as Destination Unknown nears release, and a larger tour is coming together for after the album’s release as well.

5/20/2015 Glazart – Paris, FR w/ Torche, Your Highness
5/21/2015 TBA
5/22/2015 Molodoi – Strasbourg, FR w/ Kurt,Telemark,Last Minute To Jaffna
5/23/2015 Le Café Français – Vesoul, FR w/ Membrane, La Bite et le Couteau
6/01/2015 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Torche

Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records has issued preorders in advance of Destination Unknown’s June 29th street date, the record due on CD, LP and digital formats. View the multiple options and bundles HERE.

OBSEQUIAE: Entire Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP From Minnesota Blackened Medieval Metal Outfit Now Playing At Noisey

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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. “Aria Of Vernal Tombs is a grand, sweeping album, owing as much to classic Bathory and Dissection as it does to Spanish harpist Vicente La Camero Marino, whose rippling strings add pagan grace to the songs’ melodic black/death core,” lends the Noisey article on the sprawling LP, continuing, “This is far from Ren Faire metal; it’s too serious, too refined. It channels the melodic bombast of Blut Aus Nord’s Memoria Vetusta trilogy more than any hurdy-gurdy folk metal band that may spring to mind.”

Open the gates to OBSEQUIAE’s imaginative brew of metal with Aria Of Vernal Tombs streaming at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Aria Of Vernal Tombs will see official release in stores this Tuesday, May 26th, the CD in a gorgeous, foil stamped package, currently shipping directly from 20 Buck Spin HERE, and the tracks available for digital preorder HERE. The 12” vinyl edition will follow in late July upon its completion.

Early praise of Aria Of Vernal Tombs has thrived throughout the media for the entire Springtime season. Advance track premieres from the LP received notations including, “their brand of metal is a spectacular one. Symphonic, melodic, thundering, it’s all in here and it’s all great,” from American Aftermath, “This band’s music harkens back to the time of old, while still pushing their brand of metal forward,” by Cvlt Nation, and from No Clean Singing, “There are all sorts of reasons why the passage of time between a band’s releases can grow to the space of three and a half years. In the case of OBSEQUIAE, it is largely a result of the care devoted to the craftsmanship of the music’s creation. The Middle Ages seem to have exerted their influence on the band in more ways than one, not merely providing an ancient template for Vicente La Camera Mariño’s harp music.” Glowing reviews of the album are pouring in as well, including a 4.5/5 review from Angry Metal Guy which included, “Aria of Vernal Tombs represents a supreme example of how to retain the core values of a well received debut, while strengthening and progressing an established formula without severing the crucial threads that drew listeners in to begin with.” Heavy Metal awarded it 4 out of 5 stars, their review offering, “The inclusion of vibrant harp-led instrumentals gives a Middle Ages vibe to the proceedings, supplemented by the jovial lead guitar work. The music here is not far removed from the group’s debut, but there’s a slight maturation that sharpens the delivery.” The LP Was crowned with a 9.5/10 review from The Metal Observer: “OBSEQUIAE have created an album that is filled to the brim with passion and mystical imagery. One listen will have the listener hooked, while repeated spins will truly show that this is a trio of immense talent. The well thought-out and paced songwriting, the flow of the album from the heavier to the soft and back, and the utter brilliance of the closing track make Aria Of Vernal Tombs an easy recommendation.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle’s Doomiest To Kick Off Live Incursion Tomorrow; Tour Trailer Posted

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

[photo by Invisible Hour]

BROTHERS 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. Slated to commence tomorrow, May 21st, on their home turf of Seattle, the trio will make their way through Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Denver and Salt Lake City with the run drawing to a close in Boise.

Issues Doyle of the trek, “It’s been far too long. The wait is over. Time for us to get out on the road, log some miles in the van and visit the cities and people we love to play our shit for in support of our debut self-titled record on Neurot Recordings.”

View the tour trailer at THIS LOCATION.

5/21/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Bali Girls [tickets]
5/22/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Rabbits [tickets]
5/23/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA [tickets]
5/24/2015 Parkside – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
5/25/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
5/28/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO [tickets]
5/29/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
5/30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID [tickets]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will be touring in support of their lead-footed, self-titled debut, unleashed in February via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. Splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary ruin; a slow, suffocating, spellbinding dance towards a looming apocalypse.

“The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal… Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.” – Invisible Oranges

“The Bros.’ debut lurches to life with a lumbering, grunge-influenced tune, ‘Lava’… From here, things slow down to funeral doom pace for much of the next six tracks/35 minutes. However, the doom and darkness is shaded with some interesting melodic textures and moments of lightness that come at unexpected times and add a dynamic gravity to the material.” – Decibel

“Doyle’s ears must have absorbed the past decade of heavy where the quiet-to-ear-splitting-loud dynamic dominated, but like his Pacific Northwest brothers in YOB, there is purpose in its movement.” – NPR

Tad leads the charge through seven rounds of atmospheric post-sludge, the record’s 44 minutes no less concerned with ambience and mood than with gritting their teeth and bashing the listener over the head with waves of tectonic nod.” – The Obelisk

“After 15 years of relative silence, it’s good to have Tad Doyle back and in such fine form. God’s balls, This is heavy shit.” – MusicOMH

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH further cements Tad’s legacy in this town, while allowing us to take the journey along with him.” – The Seattle Passive Aggressive

Sample BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s “Unnamed,” still streaming at NPR at THIS LOCATION, “La Mano Poderosa” heavying up the airwaves of Classic Rock at THIS LOCATION and “Lava,” still crushing Decibel HERE.

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is currently available on CD or LP at THIS LOCATION.

WRVTH: Eclectic Technical Death Architects Reveal New Lyric Video At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Self-Titled Full-Length To See Release Next Month

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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.”

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, WRVTH’s latest offering features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing. Said Metal Injection upon investigation of their first single: “‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down. The musicianship is very impressive, and like almost all of the other Bay Area-based tech death bands, the album was produced by Zack Ohren, which means it sounds awesome too.” No Clean Singing agrees, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Comments the band of “Into Bloom,” “This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams.”

Check out “Into Bloom,” now playing at Skulls ‘N’ Bones who calls the tune “unpredictable, raw, and unrelenting,” at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample WRVTH’s “Harrowing Winds” at THIS LOCATION.

WRVTH is currently breaking stages as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicked off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through a total of eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder yours today HERE.

ENSIFERUM To Shoot New Music Video At Philadelphia Show On May 28th

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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! Fans in attendance on May 28 in Philadelphia at the Theatre Of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without A War.” The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the FaceBook video HERE. Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on the 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!” Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at HERE.

ENSIFERUM are touring in support of their valiant One Man Army full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

ENSIFERUM w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON [tickets]
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC [tickets]
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC [tickets]
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [tickets]

ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. Commended for being, “their most polished album to date,” by Metal Hammer, “one of folk metal’s finest acts…,” by Loudwire and, “warlike and fiery,” by MetalSucks, the band’s predominantly analog-recorded, eleven-track One Man Army full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser to

“One Man Army blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.” – Revolver

“An incredible album, and worthy for the thunder children.  Indeed it is a thunderous epic, and should stand alone as a fantastic addition to Metal Blade’s legendary collection.” – New Noise Magazine

One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” –

“…a solid LP forged in the crucible of war.” – Sputnik Music

GOATSNAKE Shares New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming Black Age Blues LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2nd

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
[photo by Samantha Muljat]

GOATSNAKE 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. Pete Stahl’s vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson’s guitar work. Says Anderson of the track; “Grandpa Jones: One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling ‘Flag and ‘Sabbath (that ole’ moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin’!”

Break it down; “Grandpa Jones” is now playing RIGHT HERE.

You can also listen to “Black Age Blues” and “Elevated Man” ahead of Black Age Blues‘ release date in just over a week and a half. The inner layout of the artwork can be viewed on the band’s webpage.

An interview with Greg Anderson was published by LA Weekly on the new album and highlighting their record release show for the album going down tonight; check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Black Age Blues will be released through Southern Lord Recordings June 2nd, and preorders for the album are now live. In addition to physical preorders, the record is also available via iTunes, offering the tracks “Black Age Blues”, “Elevated Man” and “Grandpa Jones” for instant download, which are now available to purchase individually. Check out the preorder options at the new Goatsnake store, via BandCamp and iTunes.

Following a sold-out performance in secluded Pioneertown, California, and a record listening party in Los Angeles, GOATSNAKE now prepares for their hometown record release show for Black Age Blues with Southern Lord brethren Bl’ast and Eagle Twin today, Wednesday, May 20th. Just days later, the band makes its cross-country voyage to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, marking the band’s first East Coast performance ever. Less than a week later, GOATSNAKE will hit Europe for a week-long tour which kicks off at Temples Festival in Bristol, and includes a headlining set at Siegen, Germany’s Freakvalley Festival. Upon their stateside return, they’ll headline Crucialfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional tour dates being scheduled.

With nearly fifty minutes of GOATSNAKE’s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on Black Age Blues, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer  Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

5/20/2015 Complex – Glendale, CA *Black Age Blues Record Release Show w/ Bl’ast, Eagle Twin [info]
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/30/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK [info]
6/01/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 – Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE [info]
6/07/2015 AN Club – Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT [info]

VALBORG: German Dark Metal Eccentrics Reveal New Video At No Clean Singing; Romantik Full-Length Out TODAY On Temple Of Torturous

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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. Titled Romantik, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Nekrodepression offering, thrusts forth six confounding tracks of morose, avant, blackened ambiance. A cerebral sound exhibition into dark and light, atmospheric synthesizers twine around wistful guitars, slowly and deliberately hovering above a foundation of palpitating rhythms, the band’s harsh, German vocal inflections adding further trepidation to their profoundly bleak brand of funeral power doom.

Elaborates Last Rites, “Romantik is easily the most insanely atmospheric thing VALBORG has released, but it still has strong roots in doom and branches reaching to dark rock and cinematic synth music. The whole thing sounds like the results of Vangelis collaborating with (Triptykon-era) Tom G. Warrior and (Jesu-era) Justin Broadrick on the soundtrack for a story of tragic love directed by John Carpenter. It is as emotionally and tonally complex as it is simple and barren, a seemingly huge change for a band that has always valued their rockin’ side, but not necessarily a surprise for long time Valborg and Zeitgeister followers…” Echoes And Dust issues, “VALBORG’s Romantik is certainly an acquired taste, but one that is immensely rewarding for the open-minded listener. If you’re tired of groove, tremolo riff blast sections and hyperspeed shredding, and are open to slow lurching melodies and keyboard washes in the vein of early Paradise Lost redone with early ambient black metal touches, this is for you,” while Zombie Ritual champions the release noting, “every song transmits different states of mind and of course it takes you into (almost) hypnotic trips in melodic walls of sound. Music manages different layers, but everything is tied by darkness and sorrow…”

In observance of its release, today No Clean Singing brings fans and curious onlookers the twisted visual accompaniment to fourth movement, “Sulphur Vitriol Angel.” The disquieting clip was created by German artist Soheyl Nassary who chose the song and shaped the concept. “My work is based mostly on a visual idea, which tells a story and creates a mood by default through targeted production. The floral theme is a game with Romantik stereotypes and thus to contextualize the VALBORG song/music theme.”

Adds No Clean Singing, “Yes, there are flowers in the video – lots of flowers – worn in a way that you usually don’t see as adornment for a metal band. And while this may not take the world by storm as a fashion statement, it begins to make a strange kind of sense if you pay attention to the music. Which is why I recommend you listen to the song a second time without the hallucinatory visuals, because the first time you may have some difficulty concentrating on the sounds… the music is very much worth your full attention… It moves slowly, with a simple beat, gradually weaving a gothic/doom spell that becomes increasingly compelling as time passes. The combined guitar-and-keyboard melody is entrancing, while the brief appearances of jagged riffs and equally jagged rasps provide the feel of the knife, lurking there, just under your neck. These flowers must have the fragrance of sulphur.”

Take in “Sulphur Vitriol Angel,” and all its cryptic floral arrangements, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample VALBORG’s “Comtesse,” still streaming at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Romantik was produced, recorded and mixed by Oliver Weiskopf at Stonehenge Studios and mastered by Michael Schwabe at Monoposto Mastering. Following four albums based around experimental, skull-crushing doom, with Romantik, VALBORG delves deeper into the heart-tearing atmospheres of the abyss of which they’ve so boldly explored. Fans of Type O Negative, Vangelis, Killing Joke and Celtic Frost/Triptykon pay heed.

Romantik is released on CD and digitally TODAY and on vinyl June 16th, 2015 via Temple Of Torturous. Orders can be placed at THIS LOCATION.

SECRETS OF THE SKY Unleashes “Eternal Wolves” Video; Pathway Full-Length Out TODAY On Metal Blade Records

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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.

Likened to, “the doom equivalent of Alcest’s Écailles_de_Lune or Solstafir on last year’s Ótta… records with beauty, staying power and just enough grit to carry the day,” by Invisible Oranges upon initial investigation of the offering, Pathway is a true audio exploration delivering thirteen epic tracks that yield varying tempers and textures with each passing listen. Engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Sadus etc.) of Trident Studios with SECRETS OF THE SKY, the record has already reaped critical approval from media outlets nationwide, with the word “masterpiece” becoming a common description among critics.

Metal Injection named the band’s first single, “Three Swords” a, “progressive metal masterpiece,” on its own accord. HeavyBlogIsHeavy calls the record “masterful, self-possessed, powerful and convincing,” furthering, “When push comes to shove, this has been about one thing: executing a doom masterpiece.” Adds Wonderbox Metal, “These are superior compositions that should see SECRETS OF THE SKY propelled to the upper echelons of the progressive/doom/post-whatever pantheon. Like a canvas painted in sound, this is destined to be a masterpiece.” Metal Insider dubs Pathway, “a colossal effort with some stupendous songwriting and production work,” Dead Rhetoric shares the sentiment calling the effort, “an emotionally draining journey,” championing Pathway for having, “all of the inner workings of a great and resonating album,” while equates the work to, “a glass of wine that deserves to be enjoyed in a comfy chair in front of open fire.”

In celebration of its release, today SECRETS OF THE SKY reveals a brand new video for dramatic twelfth movement, “Eternal Wolves,” viewable at where you’ll also find the band’s recently unveiled, Andrew Nethery (Melvins, Kyuss Lives, Dead Meadow)-directed clip for “Angel In Vines.”

Additionally, you can still sample Pathwayin full, courtesy of Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION.

SECRETS OF THE SKY are currently bringing their sonic rituals to stages through North America supporting UK extreme metal duo/labelmates, Anaal Nathrakh. The tour commenced on May 11th in Sacramento, California and will draw to a close on May 22nd in Trenton, New Jersey, coiling its way through twelve cities with additional support from special guests, Incite. From there, SECRETS OF THE SKY will trample eighteen more locales through eleven states alongside Tucson sludge ensemble, North, on select dates. The band is also confirmed to appear at the inaugural Death To False Metal gala in Hamden, Connecticut in August alongside Whiplash, Krieg, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Godhunter, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and many more, with future onstage endeavors in their strategizing stages.

SECRETS OF THE SKY w/ Anaal Nathrakh, Incite [remaining dates]:
5/19/2015 TBA – Rochester, NY *SECRETS OF THE SKY only
5/20/2015 Sammy’s Patio – Revere Beach, MA *SECRETS OF THE SKY only
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
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5/23/2015 Goodfellas – McMechen, WV w/ Brimstone Coven
5/24/2015 The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC
5/25/2015 The Odditorium – Asheville, NC
5/26/2015 TBA – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2015 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
5/29/2015 The Cave - Santa Fe, NM
5/30/2015 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ
6/06/2015 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
w/ North:
6/12/2015 The Complex – Glendale, CA
6/13/2015 Caravan – San Jose, CA w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/14/2015 1078 Gallery – Chico, CA w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/15/2015 The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/16/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/17/2015 Black Lodge – Bremerton, WA
6/18/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
6/19/2015 The Railyard – Billings, MT
6/20/2015 Foot Foot Fest – Fort Collins, CO w/ Reproacher
6/21/2015 7th Circle Collective – Denver, CO
8/14/2015 Death To False Metal @ The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT w/ Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird more…

SECRETS OF THE SKY’s Pathway is out NOW on Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at

YOB Confirms August Australian Tour 2015; Band To Descend Upon Maryland Deathfest This Week

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
[photo by James Rexroad]

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.

YOB’s live show is everything you’d want from a power trio. From frenetic riffs and furious drumming to slow, crushing doom, a YOB gig is less a performance and more a communal brain-fuck. They hold their audience transfixed with brief moments of brooding, atmospheric, almost ambient respite, before pulverizing them with a massive, brutal crush of noise. And now, Life Is Noise is proud to present the Australian debut of one of the finest doom metal bands in the world on their first trek to the Australian continent this August.

“We have been wanting to come play in Australia for a long time,” issues iconic YOB guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt. “A number of my favorite bands are from there! Also, we’ve made some good friends there over the years. So now to finally be able to go play some shows and hang in real time is very exciting. Massive thanks to Dave Cutbush, Jack Midalia and everyone at Life Is Noise for making it possible! We’re very much looking forward to this.”

Tickets are now on sale now through, Oztix and venue outlets.

5/21/2015 Ram’s Head Live @ Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
Australian Tour August 2015:
8/19/2015 Rosemount Hotel – Perth, AU
8/20/2015 Enigma Bar - Adelaide, AU
8/21/2015 Max Watt’s -Melbourne, AU
8/22/2015 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU
8/23/2015 Crowbar – Brisbane, AU

As a precursor to the Australian dates, YOB will make an appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, headlining Ram’s Head Live on Thursday May 21. For more info visit:

In 2014, YOB released the best doom metal album of the year. Universally praised, Clearing The

Path To Ascend topped Rolling Stone’s list of the best metal albums and was critically lauded by everyone from Pitchfork to The New York Times. Never has doom metal been at the forefront of the public consciousness like this, and it’s easy to see why: though it’s come almost two decades into their existence, YOB has made not just the best album of their career – they’ve made what will come to be regarded as one of the defining records in the pantheon of doom metal.

Which is not to say any of this came easy. Few bands hit their creative stride after seven records and almost twenty years, and YOB’s recording career has led them to stints with Metal Blade and Profound Lore before settling at their current home with spiritual siblings Neurosis at their label Neurot Recordings. The Neurosis comparison is obvious, but for every moment of earth-shaking post-metal, there are flourishes of old-school, soul-crushing sorrow that hark back to Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus; for every Earth-like meditation, there’s a measured catharsis of energy that recalls the explosive sludge of Melvins. What makes Clearing The Path To Ascend such a landmark record is its stellar two-track second half.

While the album’s opening act bathes in layers of funeral dirge and existential dread, its penultimate and closing tracks mark one of the genre’s finest half-hours as the trio push through to the other side of hell. With every repetition, Mike Scheidt’s riffs grow all the more hypnotic, his pious incantations ever-more compelling. YOB has succeeded where many of their contemporaries fail, imbuing the tropes of a monolithic genre with untold emotion and transcendent zeal. This is doom metal reborn.

YOB might be one of the best bands in North America.” – The New York Times

“Psychedelic rock, stoner rock, stoner metal, blues metal, ambient: all reside comfortably in YOB’s wheelhouse, coalescing and collapsing on a path that stretches as far as the listener’s imagination.” – Pitchfork

“Clearing The Path To Ascend is magnificently loud and rapturously strident, but, at its heart, it quietly provides a sense of support for our innermost being; succor for our very souls.” – Steel for Brains

“All dreams must end-but by extension, so must all nightmares. On Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB has beautifully, brutally conjured a bit of both.” – The A.V. Club