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PRIMORDIAL: Where Greater Men Have Fallen In-Depth Track-By-Track Breakdown Posted At Revolver

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Where Greater Men Have Fallen is the long-anticipated new studio album from Ireland’s most revered metal craftsman, PRIMORDIAL. Released via Metal Blade late last month, the record debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart, #43 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart, #104 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and, offering up some of the band’s deepest, most conceptually profound and wildly epic compositions to date, continues to floor fans and critics worldwide.

In commemoration of its release, today Revolver Magazine brings fans a thorough track-by-track breakdown of the offering as told by vocalist Alan Averill. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma), PRIMORDIAL’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is an eight-track, fifty-eight minute masterwork Stereogum dubs “almost Maiden-esque in its majesty,” driven by the compelling vocal urgency of Averill, who Pitchfork crowns, “one of the most captivating bandleaders in metal.”

PRIMORDIAL will bring their sonic savagery to stages throughout Europe in the coming weeks with additional live ceremonials to be announced soon.

PRIMORDIAL:
1/24/2015 Magazin4 – Brussels, BE
2/05/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK
2/06/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
2/07/2015 Islington Academy – London, UK
2/19/2015 Blastfest 2015 – Bergen, NO
2/21/2015 Volta Club – Moscow, RU
4/04/2015 Radau gegen HIV – Münster, DE
4/05/2015 Dark Easter Metal Meeting – München, DE
6/13-14/2015 Metalhead Meeting 2015 – Bucharest, RO
6/19-21/2015 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, BE
7/17/2015 Bang Your Head – Balingen, DE

Where Greater Men Have Fallen was released in North America on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit http://www.metalblade.com/primordial where you’ll find a lyric video for the title track as well as a host of ordering options. The record is available on CD and vinyl in various color variants.

“Alan Averill is a vocal powerhouse, soaring atop melodic black/folk metal compositions that channel doom and gloom as well as triumph.” – Rolling Stone

“Greater men have fallen, but PRIMORDIAL rise.” – Decibel

“Where Greater Men Have Fallen combines anthemic heavy metal with solemn doom riffs and understated Celtic folk melodies, building on a winning formula that has taken Primordial from bars to Europe’s biggest stages.” – Spin

“The atmosphere PRIMORDIAL have created here is relentlessly crushing and emotional. Only a few truly great albums come out every year, and this is one of them… “ – Metal Injection

one of the most treasured bands in metal today.” – Thrash Hits

Where Greater Men Have Fallen is yet another album that celebrates both the band’s national Celtic pride and their heavy metal roots. PRIMORDIAL proves that relevancy isn’t just in the music you write, it’s in the love of what you do.” – Mxdwn


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COWARDS: Parisian Heathens Streaming Entire Second LP Via American Aftermath; Preorders For Rise To Infamy Released

Monday, December 15th, 2014

American Aftermath is now streaming Rise To Infamy, the entire second LP from Paris-based COWARDS, a massive month-and-a-half ahead of its physical street date in early February.

The COWARDS sound dredges forth a deep, oppressive, urban harshness amidst their crushing wall of amplification, which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore. The levels of aggression on Rise To Infamy are difficult to endure; everything the band has managed to capture here is meant to inflict maximum aural damage. Recorded by trusted engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), the band’s monstrous tones here sound more callous than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish.

American Aftermath has interrogated COWARDS alongside the stream of the entire LP which is all now playing at THIS LOCATION.

With multiple labels helping disburse the dismal Rise To Infamy to the masses on February 9th, preorders for all physical versions are now available. The digipak CD and shirt bundles can be preordered through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE, and preorders for the LP including shirt bundles and a free digital download via Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS will unload an official video and announce new tour dates preceding and in conjunction with the release of Rise To Infamy.

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SARPANITUM: Atmospheric Blackened Death Metal Unit To Release Long-Awaited New Studio Album Via Willowtip Records This February; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Once Birmingham UK-based now internationally-located atmospheric blackened death metal unit, SARPANITUM, who feature within their consuming ranks current and former members of Mithras, Lantlos and Tenebrous Aeon, will release their long awaited, second full-length and first for forward-thinking extreme metal perpetrators, Willowtip Records, this February.

Titled Blessed Be My Brothers, the ten-track follow-up to 2011’s critically-fawned upon Fedelium EP was composed over a two-year period, tracked at Dreaming Studios UK by drummer Leon Macey (Contrarian, Mithras, The Senseless et al) and boasts a diseased fusion of traditional death metal, blackened guitar riff compulsions, and melodic atmospheres fit for devout supporters of Gorguts, Nile, Anata, Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, Ulcerate and the like.

Comments Tom Innocenti of the release: “Blessed Be My Brothers is true labor of love. The record maintains a blackened death metal sound but also incorporates more personal touches in terms of the music and lyrical themes. The song writing and atmospheric elements have progressed vastly since our first album, Despoilment Of Origin and Fidelium EP while still being recognizable as SARPANITUM. Listeners will notice a huge leap forward with regards to this album. Blessed Be My Brothers is a journey into the hearts and minds of those caught the turmoil of religious warfare. A subject that is as relevant today as it was over a thousand years ago.”

Blessed Be My Brothers Track Listing:
1. Komenos
2. By Virtuous Reclamation
3. Truth
4. Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead
5. Immortalised As Golden Spires
6. Thy Sermon Lies Forever Tarnished
7. I Defy For I Am Free
8. Homeland
9. Malek Al-Inkitar
10. Blessed Be My Brothers

Since forming in 2003, SARPANITUM has maintained a maniacal DIY ethos, crumbling stages throughout Europe supporting the likes of Insision, Visceral Bleeding, Desecration, The Monolith Death Cult and Macabre. Centered around Babolyanian folklore, the band’s Galactic Records-released debut full-length, Despoilment Of Origin (2007) was an eloquently guttural performance of mythological blackened death metal that reaped the praise of underground listeners and media outlets in the proverbial “know.” Ultimate Guitar championed its, “stellar… musicianship,” naming it a, “fierce and confident death metal record,” while the Metal Observer, in a 9/10 rating, added, “equal parts brutal and beautiful, SARPANITUM’s debut is easily one of the best death metal albums to be released this year.” The band’s Fidelium EP, independently-released four years later, reaffirmed their inexorable brutality both sonically and conceptually. Crowned, “one of the most compelling death metal releases of the year,” by Last Rites and guaranteed to, “tickle the taste buds of anyone into this kind of domineering metal in the vein of The Monolith Deathcult and Mithras,” the EP established SARPANITUM’s ability to cohesively meld audio savagery and epic, cinematic segments, centering itself on the ultimate perils of religious fanaticism using first person perspectives from genuine participants of the First Crusade.

Blessed Be My Brothers will be unleashed via Willowtip Records on February 17th, 2015 with preorders and teaser tracks to be posted shortly. Stay vigilant.

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THE DRIP Releases Video From Relapse Debut Via Metal Injection; Band Confirms Dates With Enabler & Call Of The Void

Monday, December 15th, 2014

THE DRIP has just released their first official video through Metal Injection, the violent visuals crafted for “Siren,” which hails from the band’s grinding Relapse debut, A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics. Directed by Owen Mansfield, the “Siren” video was filmed during one of the band’s regional live attacks earlier this year in support of the vicious EP’s release in April, taking the viewer inside a hometown mutiny at Rays Golden Lion in Richland, Washington back in April.

Unload “Siren” at Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

Amidst a pounding of enthused media responses from THE DRIP’s A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, MetalSucks just bagged the record as the #1 EP of 2014. Headbang Or GTFO gave it a 4/5, stating, “The sheer amount of intensity is unmatched so far this year and THE DRIP hold the crown for the rager grind album of the year. The perfect debut to unleash to the masses! No holds barred, no mercy is shown and the result is an album you just want to chug beers and mosh to.” The Metal Observer gave the EP an 8.5/10 which included, “Influenced by Nasum and Napalm Death, THE DRIP deliver a merciless adrenaline shot, an overdose of grind savagery that punctures its way past your eardrums in no time flat.” In a 5/5 review, Metal News Online praised, “There is no room for fat on this EP, and none of these songs wear out their welcome. In fact, having six songs of this quality leaves me wanting more. A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics is crusty grind done at its best…”

Additionally, THE DRIP continues booking live excursions into the coming year, the band confirmed to support Pig Destroyer in Seattle on January 10th, after which they’ll join Enabler and Call Of The Void on a three-city romp through Vancouver, Seattle and Spokane from February 22nd through the 24th.

THE DRIP Tour Dates:
1/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Pig Destroyer
2/22/2015 333 – Vancouver, BC w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void
2/23/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void
2/24/2015 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void

After a string of independent releases, Relapse signed THE DRIP for the release of A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the ferocious and relentless explosion of blasting grind violence, dispatching six tracks in barely twelve minutes. The EP was the very first release to be fully recorded at Audiosiege in Portland by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). THE DRIP’s violent effectiveness and intensity of their high-speed output is prime sustenance for diehard fans of Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Nasum. A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics is available on CD and vinyl, the first pressing of the wax with a B-side etching, available HERE.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

COWARDS Metal Hammer Premieres “Beyond My Hands” From Impending Sophomore LP – The online entity of colossal metal rag, Metal Hammer, has premiered the latest single from French quintet, COWARDS, off of their impending sophomore LP, Rise To Infamy. [More]

Southern Lord Recordings Wraps-Up 2014 - As 2014 draws to a close, Los Angeles-based Southern Lord Recordings is wrapping up one of the label’s busiest years to date. [More]

UNSACRED: Noisey Streams Entire Debut LP From Virginia Black Metal Trio; False Light Out Now On Forcefield Records – VICE’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing all of False Light, the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, UNSACRED, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records. [More]

DIMESLAND: Psychogenic Atrophy Full-Length Out Today; Entire Album Streaming At Invisible Oranges – As DIMESLAND’s first full-length recording, Psychogenic Atrophy, today mainlines its way into public availability, to help disburse it upon the population, Invisible Oranges is running a major feature on the band and a stream of the entire album. [More]

FULGORA: Apocalyptic Grindcore/Death Collective Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index + Agoraphobic Nosebleed Premieres New Hymn Via MetalSucks; Stratagem Full-Length To See Release Via Housecore Records This February – A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORAis a shadowy grindcore/death collective featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. [More]

THE SHRINE: California Skate Punk Perpetrators Release 12” Maxi Single Via Tankcrimes; New Tune Streaming At Cvlt Nation – In celebration of Waiting For The War, the new 12” maxi single from California skate punk perpetrators THE SHRINE released today via the volume dealers at the Tankcrimes headquarters, today Cvlt Nation premieres second rager, “Rare Breed.” [More]

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month – West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. [More]

DEATH DTA TOURS: Massacre To Sit Out “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European Trek – DEATH DTA TOURS regret that, due to several factors, Massacre will not be taking part in the “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European tour in late February/March 2015. [More]

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend Topples Year-End Lists; Band To Level Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar This Weekend – Released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the latest studio album from Portland’s favorite doom conjurors, YOB, has earned mass love and attention from fans and media outlets both stateside and abroad. [More]

PILLORY: Technical Death Metal Strategists Launch New Video Via Revolver Magazine – Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, today unleash their brand new video for “Imbeciles In Defiance.” [More]

ARCANE Leaks Track From New Double-Album Nearing Winter Release Via Sensory Records – Australia’s conceptual prog rock/metal outfit, ARCANE, continues to perform across their homeland on the launch circuit for their impending Known/Learned double-album release, set to hit the streets via Sensory Records this Winter. [More]

THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now – Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet. [More…]

Contact liz@earsplitcompound.com or dave@earsplitcompound.com for interviews with the above artists, or bands listed below with current and/or pending tour dates; keep up to date on all Earsplit-related tour offensives at our Live Actions page HERE.

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:
AEON  – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH – CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE – DOWNFALL OF GAIA – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS –  INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KARMA TO BURN – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PRIMORDIAL – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WOLVHAMMER – ZEX

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YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend Topples Year-End Lists; Band To Level Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar This Weekend

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the latest studio album from Portland’s favorite doom conjurors, YOB, has earned mass love and attention from fans and media outlets both stateside and abroad.

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend is a wholly visceral listening experience that demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. Rolling Stone ranked Clearing The Path To Ascend at the coveted  #1 spot on their 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, noting “The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB, … makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence,” further enthusing, “Opener ‘In Our Blood’ extends a simple riff into complex arches, tracing [vocalist Mike] Scheidt’s voice as it moves from an exquisite falsetto to a death-metal bellow in the course of sixteen-minutes. And during the colossal closer ‘Marrow’ — possibly the best metal song of the year, one that uses low notes to play uplifting melodies — Scheidt sings ‘Time will fall inside the dream.’ His voice suddenly reaches out like a clarion’s call, clear and telling and beautiful. It’s a pronouncement from the living, a semaphore pointing into the future.” The record earned the #7 spot on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums Of 2014, the esteemed metal rag noting, “Mike Scheidt’s songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic… a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse,” while Wondering Sound placed the offering at #9 among their 25 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 proclaiming, “The sound on Clearing The Path To Ascend is tactile: You can practically feel vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt’s callused hands sliding up and down the guitar neck…This isn’t a case of fixing what was broken; it’s about becoming greater than they already were.” On their 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums List, About.com lists YOB at #1, championing “Marrow” in particular, “The closing,sprawling eighteen-minute plus ‘Marrow’ takes every previously visited songwriting element on Clearing The Path To Ascend and brings it all together into beautifully melancholic combination of heaviness and melody, a fitting capstone to a gem of an album.” The record ranked in at #11 on Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014: “Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied (‘Nothing To Win’) as well as their gentlest (‘Marrow’), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us.”  Added Steel For Brains, on their Best Of Heavy Music Releases Of 2014, “For all its heaviness, the album is disarmingly meditative, relying less on forcing the mood for the listener and entrusting that the human commonalities of love, loss, fear, and hope threaded throughout the music will render an altogether familiar place of comfort and strength within the listener.”

In related news, YOB will rumble the infrastructure of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar this weekend on two special sold out appearances, the first set to take place tonight with Tombs and King Destroy, the second on Saturday with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision with additional US live rituals to be announced in the weeks to come.

YOB:
12/12/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]
12/13/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE.

“…Mike Scheidt continues to drive his band YOB to new heights of epic, darkly spiritual doom without consideration for trends, self-consciousness or the whims of fickle consumers. At sixty-two minutes yet only four songs, Clearing The Path To Ascend rewards the patient while almost deliberately snubbing the ADD set… Scheidt uses art as catharsis, and that means you as listener as well if you want to take that journey with him.” – Metal Injection


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KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

KARMA TO BURN – guitarist Will Mecum, bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine — will be touring in support of their Arch Stanton long player. Unleashed in Europe this Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Arch Stanton is the band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009. Reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, on Arch Stanton, KARMA TO BURN channels the true spirit of the riff rock ritual with seven monumental new shredders and “23,” a classic number never before heard, re-recorded for the first time ever. Reaping widespread media adoration, The Sludgelord calls the Arch Stanton, “a thrilling and explosive ride,” furthering that, “it firmly puts KARMA TO BURN at the forefront of instrumental stoner rock. On this form, no one comes even close.” New Noise Magazine boasts, “The riffs on this album are absolutely jaw-dropping,” while This Is Not A Scene contends, “if each of the eight tracks on here don’t have you nodding your head, or at least tapping your feet, then you may actually be dead.” Adds The Signal, “Throughout the record, volcanic riffs… surge and snap over winding, propulsive bass in sinister, darkened tones. Cymbals crash and fall in a savage dance around the pounding rhythms. Each instrument comes together for smoldering jam after smoldering jam…KARMA TO BURN re-proves their competency as a meat and potatoes stoner metal band.”

KARMA TO BURN:
1/07/2015 Ripper’s Rock House – Akron, OH
1/8/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/09/2015 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
1/10/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
1/11/2015 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
1/12/2015 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
1/13/2015 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
1/14/2015 TT the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
1/15/2015 The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
1/16/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
1/18/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/20/2015 Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
1/21/2015 The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
1/22/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
1/23/2015 Mangos – Houston, TX
1/24/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/25/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

In conjunction with band’s tour king off, KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton will see official North American release via Faba Records on January 7th, 2015.

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FULGORA: Apocalyptic Grindcore/Death Collective Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index + Agoraphobic Nosebleed Premieres New Hymn Via MetalSucks; Stratagem Full-Length To See Release Via Housecore Records This February

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORA is a shadowy grindcore/death collective featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Together they concoct violent hymns of destruction fusing death/grind and hardcorish, vulturine vocal infiltrations.

This past July, the editors of MetalSucks handpicked five unsigned bands from an open application process to record with producer Will Putney at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, New York,  Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studio. FULGORA ranked among the five with the notorious web portal accurately gushing, “although it might be easy to dismiss FULGORA as just another deathgrind band from guys who specialize in deathgrind bands, it is very much its own project with its own distinct personality: if Misery Index is a determined fanatic seething with the righteous rage of political revolution and Pig Destroyer is the lovelorn, desperate stalker of every woman’s nightmares, then FULGORA is a mad scientist who is going to make you the middle section of his human centipede. FULGORA’s music is unforgiving and furious, but it’s also executed with surgical precision.”

Some weeks later the band joined Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records for the release of their Stratagem full-length, a nihilistic sound track to a world collapsing from within. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Housecore family,” comments the band, “It’s the perfect fit for us, as they are very artist-friendly, and music fans first and foremost.  We look forward to working with Phil and the entire Housecore crew, and hope to see everyone on the road soon!”

Set for official unveiling this February, the seven-track Stratagem is a collection of limited vinyl singles and samples including the Converse Rubber Tracks recorded “Meridian,” currently dominating the airwaves at MetalSucks, who relays, “…forget a bull in a china shop, this is more like a bull in a china shop trying to dodge flying, electrified circle saws being shot at him from a cannon. While we tend to think of grindcore as genre dominated by a punkish, messy sound, FULGORA’s attack is precise, dominated by right angles and sharp, exposed edges.”

Get mentally abused by the sounds of “Meridian,” currently streaming at MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

Stratagem Track Listing:
1. Source
2. Splinter
3. Risen
4. Artifice
5. Design
6. Crutch
7. Meridian

Stratagem will be released via Housecore Records on February 3rd, 2015. Stay tuned for further info including addition streams and live intrusions to be announced in the weeks to come.

FULGORA is cute” – Philip H. Anselmo (haha)


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DIMESLAND: Psychogenic Atrophy Full-Length Out Today; Entire Album Streaming At Invisible Oranges

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

As DIMESLAND’s first full-length recording, Psychogenic Atrophy, today mainlines its way into public availability, to help disburse it upon the population, Invisible Oranges is running a major feature on the band and a stream of the entire album.

“Metal can be scary—It can conjure the most depraved and sick images with its words and music, though I admit to being desensitized to much of that these days. When a band causes a genuinely unsettling feeling in me, it’s something special,” the meaty write-up of the album states. It continues, “Psychogenic Atrophy by Oakland’s DIMESLAND is the sonic nightmare of thrash. They’re a band that blends the instrumental ability of the nerdiest tech-bands around with the prog/jazz guitar stabs of Dimension Hatross-era Voivod… These songs drive me up the damn wall and I can’t get enough of it. The organic sound courtesy of Justin Weis somehow adds to the schizophrenic insanity at hand. This is home-brewed chaos right here.”

Let the eight rippers encompassing Psychogenic Atrophy erode your face at THIS LOCATION.

Psychogenic Atrophy is now available on most major digital music retailers including direct from DIMESLAND via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE. The band will also release a CD version of the record shortly, and a deluxe vinyl release in the first half of 2015.

The nearly forty-minute barrage of riveting, technical, and forward-thinking mad-scientist abstract thrash metal on DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy was recorded in full analog courtesy of Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg), resulting in a noxious brew of unhinged metal indefinitely descendent to Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal yet with its own mutated genetics in control. Early reports from journalists ravaged by Psychogenic Atrophy include a review from Stereogum: “…I credited the band as a close spiritual successor to the long-running prog-thrash unit Voivod. I stand by that comparison and would add another remarkable band to their lineage: the avant-death metal band Atheist, whose combination of incredibly frenetic rhythms with loose-limbed jazz swagger also constitutes a big part of DIMESLAND’s musical vocabulary… a dizzying fret-tapped intro heralds a maze of riffs that sound like ’80s Metallica being sucked through a black hole. You could lose yourself in these contorted chords for days, but the jaw-clenching impact hits you on the first listen.” Ninehertz just came in with a bewildered review, in part stating, “The guitars never seem to dwell on a groove for more than a few seconds and the drums sound as if conventional beats have been recorded to tape, then looped and spooled round rusty chair legs, lurching from speed to speed but remaining on absolute point throughout… DIMESLAND are one of those bands struck by a lack of clear identity, what they play cannot be categorized in simple terms, but they are of a standard that this renders their classification moot. Who cares what they might be labeled when it chews you up and spits you out with such ferocity?” Last Rites’ awesome write-up revealed, “…one of the coolest things about the album is the anticipation that comes with unraveling the layers. Already an exciting, quirky band, DIMESLAND gives the impression that they will only grow and expand with time. Psychogenic Atrophy gives us a ton to pick apart as we wait for the next stop on their wacky ride. Buckle up.”

Stand by for further updates from the DIMESLAND camp as the band confirms new live performances of their slaughtercraft, and as the physical incarnations of Psychogenic Atrophy manifest themselves for public absorption.

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UNSACRED: Noisey Streams Entire Debut LP From Virginia Black Metal Trio; False Light Out Now On Forcefield Records

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

VICE’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing all of False Light, the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, UNSACRED, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records.

UNSACRED pumps their organic black metal full of punk-inspired rhythms and crust blasts, birthing an output fit for consumption by both devotees to the Scandinavian black metal sound and also to advocates of the more contemporary, black metal-crossover acts wreaking havoc throughout the underground. Formed in 2012, UNSACRED has already issued three well-received independent EPs preceding their debut LP, False Light. Recorded by Ricky Olson who joined Bryan Walthall Olson in mixing duties, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, False Light delivers a punishing slab of seven tracks of bludgeoning black metal infused with spine-shattering low-end death metal infiltrations and driving punk-inspired beats. Merging classic elements with its contemporary delivery, it’s more than a safe bet to state that False Light will incite the inner heathen in devotees of the works of Craft, Horna, Arkhon Infaustus, The Secret and Mutilation Rites

In merriment of this profane release’s public delivery, Noisey is streaming the False Light album in its entirety, noting, “This is sharp, imposing black metal with crusty punk edges, as indebted to the Scandinavian masters as it is to its USBM peers Ash Borer and Barghest, and especially on tracks like ‘Erode’ and ‘Sun,’ you just know that the fingers behind that furious tremolo have sewed on a Skitsystem patch or two.”

Unleash UNSACRED’s False Light RIGHT HERE.

False Light is now available digitally via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE, and preorders for the LP, which has been marginally delayed, are available including package deals HERE. The vinyl should be shipping by December 30th.

No Clean Singing weathered False Light and came back with an impressive review, including, “This Virginia band explodes from the start with an impressive burst of feral black metal. The vocals are as hateful a rasp as anything you could ask for from the States. The vocals sit up front in the mix rather than the more typical buried placement. There is a constrained chaos to the attack, making the triumphant gallops stand out… this album is an accomplished blending of punk anger with black metal’s venom.” Mead Mead Metal’s raging review of the album advises, “Their sound is raw and vicious, with their mission being igniting the coals, pouring an unnecessary amount of lighter fluid on it, and daring any moron with no sense to get near it. There’s some crust and doom in their sound as well, but for the most part, it’s straight-ahead, rip-through-your-body violence that flat out demolishes.” The crew at Cvlt Nation champions the album: “When you hit the play button on UNSACRED’s False Light, it’s moshpit time! This album doesn’t stop and go without dynamics, though. They write carefully controlled songs that set up the best moments – the mid-tempo grooves that leave you headbangin’ like a lunatic before knockin’ your balls out of the park with the blast-sections.”

Having shared the stage regionally with Integrity, Toxic Holocaust, Gaza, Full Of Hell, Code Orange Kids, Ash Borer, Obliteration, Kylesa and countless more, UNSACRED will announce more extensive tour plans in support of False Light in the weeks ahead.

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