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INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Technical Death Metal Faction Announces US Live Takeover With Wrath Of Vesuvius

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

California technical death metal faction, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will bring their methodical audio alchemy to the stage next month on an eighteen-date live excursion.

Brought to you by ADHD Entertainment and ADHD Tours, The Enter Into Atonement Tour 2015 is slated to inaugurate on February 26th in Stockton, California and will trounce venues throughout California as well as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, with the tour drawing to completion on March 15th in Sacramento. Support will be provided by labelmates and fellow technical death architects, Wrvth (Wrath Of Vesuvius) and follows INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s year-end stomp supporting Cannabis Corpse.

2/26/2015 The 207 – Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop – Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead – Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon – Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern – Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On The Y – Sacramento, CA

INANIMATE EXISTENCE continues to tour in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement finds INANIMATE EXISTENCE elevating their signature, outlandish compositions to an entirely new level of profundity. A conceptual offering centered on Tibetan folk, each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and venomous vocal assaults as female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances add to the record’s already confounding depth. No Clean Singing crowns, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, “…a fascinating effort, a true journey for your ears and mind that’s well worth experiencing again and again,” Last Rites notes, “INANIMATE EXISTENCE may very well take the crown as the one tech album worth listening to in a calendar year. It’s tighter than my old man’s wallet… and interesting enough to stand away from a field already crowded beyond breathing capacity,” while MetalSucks concurs, “A Never-Ending Cycle… fulfills the face-fuckery I forecast in January, with percussive endurance that grinds like jackhammers.” Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect score, “A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is meta in the sense that it recognizes the never-ending cyclical nature of genre stereotypes – bands that regurgitate and rehash the same material without the slightest incentive of breaking new ground – and INANIMATE EXISTENCE offer penance for their contemporaries; a public display of atonement in a brutal 45-minute package.”

INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is out now via Unique Leader Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

EXHUMED: “New” Psalm Sullying The Airwaves Of Invisible Oranges; North American Onslaught With Napalm Death + Voivod In Progress

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Today, the rabble-rousers of Invisible Oranges are sullying the airwaves with a refurbished rendition of “Necromaniac” by California’s favorite gore strategists, EXHUMED.

The latest number comes by way the band’s forthcoming Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 full-length. A genre-changing audio manifestation of vile, grinding, over-the-top death-metal, Gore Metal was initially unleashed in 1998 and drips with charming repugnance, its raging riff subversions, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired prose and putrid cover art still repulsively alluring nearly two decades since its release. Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio to re-record the underground classic. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, slated for release next month via Relapse Records, maintains the bone raw aggression of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

Proclaims guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “‘Necromaniac’ was a song that we felt best exemplified what we were going for on Gore Metal: Possessed and Repulsion ripoff riffs, grunts, screams, whammy bar obnoxiousness, and a traditional song structure. Hence why we chose it for the album’s leadoff track. We’ve played the song countless times live throughout the years and I don’t hate it yet, which is a good sign! This version is a lot more listenable and coherent, which may or not be a good thing depending on your taste. Anyway, if all that sounds like your kind of thing, give this revamped version a listen!”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “Though only Matt Harvey remains from the old crew, he’s brought back an old friend to guest on these re-recordings. Ross Sewage reprises his primal roar here on… and the result is an especially nostalgic and endearing feel that most re-recordings miss in their quest for perfection. The performance is tighter, the guitar solo is sharper and the vokills are actually somewhat intelligible this time around. Most importantly though, ‘Necromaniac’ is still a whole lot of fun…. It’s still gore fucking metal.”

Get down with the dead at THIS LOCATION.

You can also get your vile self rocking to the sounds of “Limb From Limb,” stenching-up the airwaves of Revolver at THIS LOCATION as well as “Open The Abscess,” streaming below.

EXHUMED is currently lacerating the ears of the living throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. The raid will trounce nearly three-dozen municipalities, with its final assault befalling Houston on February 28th. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the trek.

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Presented with completely new artwork and a gaggle of detailed liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 will be unleashed via Relapse Records February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album for the price of a single CD. Relish the gorific bargains! Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals can point their browsers HERE.

MUSCLE AND MARROW: Portland Atmospheric Drone/Doom Duo Premieres “Ritual” Video Via Cvlt Nation; New Record Underway

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Today, Portland atmospheric drone/doom duo, MUSCLE AND MARROW, is pleased to unveil a brand new video for the track “Ritual.” The hauntingly poignant movement will appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length, which is still in its composing stages.

Filmed over two days — one in the snow, one in the studio – “Ritual” was directed by Edward P. Davee and achieved with the aid of  Scott Ballard (camera), Kristin Marie (art director, producer), Kevin Forrest (gaffer) and Lucy Lee Yim (choreography). The track itself was recorded and mixed by Brandon Eggleston and mastered by Doug Henderson.

“Ritual” is asking the impossible: what can one do, as a human bound by flesh, to bring back the dead, to speak to the dead, to continue loving the dead? It is also exploring the limitations of art and of self-expression, while simultaneously asserting that turning desperation into an act of creation is in itself an act of innate strength and even optimism.

The clip is currently playing exclusively via Cvlt Nation, who elaborates, “MUSCLE AND MARROW makes music that haunts you, cuts deep and inhabits an emotional place in your soul. ‘Ritual’ is no different, and the video for it…delves into the mystery of their sound with its stunning visuals.”

Get swept away by the “Ritual” at THIS LOCATION.

Forged in 2013, MUSCLE AND MARROW is Kira Clark (guitar, voice) and Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Their sound is lush, full, sprawling and forever moving, blanketed in guitars that shift waiflike between haunting drone and menacing fuzz and bound by McGraw’s punishing drum work. Each movement, however, is powered by Clark’s voice — soaringly operatic and high at times; shaking and guttural at others. MUSCLE AND MARROW are interested in the morose, the ugly, the jarring and the soft relying heavily on changing dynamics and avoiding the linear, instead gravitating towards the clashing of sounds, their voice and drumming almost hypnotic at times, followed by sudden bursts of distorted noise and thrashing drums. They draw inspiration from literature, film, contemporary poetry, darkness with redemption and darkness without it, but their songs are at their core, deeply personal. Comparisons can be found in Chelsea Wolfe, Swans and Shannon Wright.

MUSCLE AND MARROW is currently penning the follow-up to their critically-lauded, 2013-issued, The Human Cry full-length. Said Metal BandCamp of the masterwork, “The songs are so richly and deeply textured with varying and contradicting elements that build a huge dynamic power and an overall unearthly atmosphere that constantly escapes your grip, and despite all the ultra-heaviness there’s a sense of this ghost floating around, it’s here and there, changing direction, changing moods and wears myriads of different shades of despair, melancholy, fear and anger.” Added Invisible Oranges, “Clark has a rich, emotive voice, and when it’s fully turned on she gets a quiver as if she is controlling the very atoms around her. She’s a witch, conjuring up powerful atmospheres of stormy skies, swirling clouds, dark horizons. While the name MUSCLE AND MARROW may impart an image of minimalism, there’s no exposed bone here. Instead, we get a coursing network of blood vessels and twitching nerves. McGraw’s well-timed drumbeats illuminate this throbbing affirmation.”

The Human Cry is still available for purchase via the official MUSCLE AND MARROW BandCamp page HERE.

Stay tuned for further MUSCLE AND MARROW developments as they transpire.

“Musically, this band is ultra heavy, but it’s not in the normal sense it’s more mental than physical.” – Cvlt Nation

DEAD IN THE MANGER: Entire Cessation LP Now Streaming At Steel For Brains Days Ahead Of Worldwide Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Just days before Olympia, Washington-based 20 Buck Spin sets mysterious metal legion, DEAD IN THE MANGER’s, Cessation LP loose upon the public, investigative metal webzine, Steel For Brains, has hosted an exclusive stream of the entire torrential album.

The follow-up to the anonymous act’s malicious Transience EP, released approximately a year ago, DEAD IN THE MANGER’s ominous objective is made all the more evident on their debut full-length endeavor, Cessation. The album surely unleashes the expected searing and blast-driven grind/black metal alloy as its predecessor, yet also explores much more spacious and trance-inducing textures, opening portals to new realms of their insidious dimension through six unnamed movements. Once again, the identity of the members and the origin of the outfit remain anonymous to allow their belittling delivery to be the focal point of their auditory rapture. Digging into the band’s collective dead heart for insight into Cessation, Steel For Brains has interrogated the band alongside an exclusive early listen to the entire album, issuing, “Cessation is defined as the process of ending. If that journey into the terminal blackness of our end ever needed a soundtrack, DEAD IN THE MANGER just greased the rails.”

Explore DEAD IN THE MANGER’s entire Cessation at Steel For Brains through THIS PORTAL.

The band’s Handshake Inc.-directed video for “II” was recently premiered via Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

20 Buck Spin will officially release Cessation this Tuesday, February 3rd, on 12” vinyl and through all prime digital outlets. Orders for the LP and shirt packages can be placed HERE and the digital HERE.

Whether grinding forth in a cascade of blinding black metal violence or cloaked in despondent post-rock gloom, Cessation leaves no space for hope, compelling the paradoxical embrace of suffering, the album shrouded in appropriately bleak artwork courtesy of Misanthropic Art (Secrets Of The Moon, Hooded Menace, Attic). The machinery of plutocratic slavery, churning and grinding the spirit of life until little remains but the last gasp of a doomed humanity, a cessation of the primal light in an absurdist nightmare. Noisey/Vice issued in part of the album in an early track premiere, “it’s even better than their first EP. Smoldering black metal, gloomy post-rock, and flourishes of technical, melodic death congeal into something diabolically unique. These dudes know what they’re doing.” Metal Insider reviewed the record, praising, “DEAD IN THE MANAGER are a band on a mission, not unlike an army marching to war, knowing they will try like hell to take everyone down with them when they go. Yet, no matter how fast and pissed this album gets there are still those ever-prevailing elements of somber isolation and dread. Needless to say that Cessation is an album not recommended for those of weak constitution. It’s the type of album that would chew you up and spit you out if you let it, like an owl depositing the remains of its kill in unwanted little piles.” With a 4/5 rating, Skulls ‘N Bones’ review included, “it’s obvious that DEAD IN THE MANGER put a lot more thought into the composition and arrangement of their music than just brutality and aggression,” and Meat Mead Metal’s rave critique offers, “DEAD IN THE MANGER are well on their way to establishing themselves as one of the most vicious, hopeless (philosophically, that is) bands in the extreme metal arena. They don’t give a damn what they throw into their poisonous stew, as long as it maims and continues to give off a sense that everything they know is horrible and eventually going to destroy.”

The EOLIAN EMPIRE’s January 2015 Antagonistic Impulses For Their Own Amusement; HUMOURS, TINY KNIVES, ÅRABROT, NORSKA, DEAD, WHORES And Much Mores

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It’s that time of the month, when the EOLIAN mob unleashes its antagonistic impulses on the public for their own amusement.

It ain’t just 503 and 971 any more folks… start punching in those country codes because shit’s going international. The fifteen-track (We’ve Got) FIENDS IN LOW PLACES: Heavy Vibes Internationale compilation goes live one week from today, featuring your new favorite heavy underground bands from across the globe: ÅRABROT (Norway), BASTARD OF THE SKIES (UK), BATPISS (Australia), CYBERNE (Japan), DEAD (Australia), ELEPHANT RIFLE (USA), THE GREAT SABATINI (Canada), HEALTH PROBLEMS (USA), HOMBRE MALO (Norway), MEADOWS (UK), MOE (Norway), SAME-SEX DICTATOR (USA), TEEPH (USA), THROAT (Finland) and TIMEKILLER (Brazil). It’s a wild fifty-five-minute trip through twisted noise rock, bludgeoning sludge, psychotic metal, blackened hardcore, and damaged punk, each act’s warped worldview in full effect. You get the impression these characters all have a sense of humor (er, humour) too. You can order the limited cassette version (edition of 333) HERE or, if you’re into the whole brevity thing, pre-order the digital version HERE. The digital preorder gets you five tracks immediately: the three already premiered tracks plus two more; the full comp will be released Tuesday morning. Look for a full stream on Monday.

This Spring and Summer expect exciting releases from both Portland and international friends and family.  First up is the debut release from HUMOURS, The Onanist. The four-song EP will be released on limited cassette and digital, giving you a taste before their first full-length LP due this Fall. The four-piece strips Crimsonesque prog to its stark elements and fuses it with the energy and abandon of Jawbox and Drive Like Jehu, flitting through complex movements with a mastery of dynamics and accented by strong, melodic vocals.  Get a taste with “In the Court of the Corn-Eyed King” from EOLIAN’s KEEP OUR HEADS compilation HERE.

Next up is TINY KNIVES with their latest record and first 12-inch, Black Haze. Fixtures of the Portland underground scene for the last five years, TINY KNIVES combine the art punk of Crass and Rudimentary Peni with the frenzied rock ‘n’ roll of Lunachicks and The Dictators. The trio of stylistic shapeshifters marries disparate influences ranging from tumultuous full-speed-ahead riffers to heavy emotional bulldozers. Check out the powerful “Ocean of Static Sky” from their previous release, Static, on local compatriot label Stankhouse Records HERE.

True Norwegian noise rockers ÅRABROT are mixing the four tracks for the third EP in their three-EP series, following Murder As Art and the recent I Modi, to be released this Summer for their first ever full US tour. ÅRABROT wowed European audiences all last year with their powerful live show (read all about it via The Quietus HERE) and it’s about time US audiences get hip to one of the best heavy bands out there. Expect more twisted, raucous rock ‘n’ roll with unstoppable off-the-hook hooks and off-the-chart dynamics. Meantime get weird with their exceptionally bawdy track “The Libertine” on the FIENDS IN LOW PLACES compilation.

The burly NORSKA is finishing up tracks in Portland at Toadhouse Studios with Adam Pike (Red Fang, Diesto, Black Elk) for the long overdue follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 EP on Brutal Panda. Expanded now to a five-piece, early reports suggest the band is taking it up to the next level in a big way. NORSKA draws from throughout the heavy musical realms to forge their own extraordinarily compelling amalgam of rock, metal, and prog, and the new album builds upon songs and riffs from throughout the history of the band. Watch out for them this year. Bide your time with “Esotre” from the KEEP OUR HEADS comp HERE.

They’re back. Australia’s DEAD is another one of those international bands too many heavy music fans have been sleeping on. EOLIAN is thrilled to be issuing the stateside release of their third LP, Captains Of Industry, to coincide with a full US Summer tour. The downunder bass-and-drums duo once again beats you about the head with stripped-down but mighty mind-melters, the occasional respite via ambient experimental pieces. The recording by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) captures their unholy marriage of sharp bass riffage and hardcore drum acrobatics punctuated by shout-along vocal bursts.  EOLIAN has a few hand-screened copies of the We Empty Rooms (Australia) version of the LP HERE, and international customers can get it HERE. DEAD also has a track “Rabbits” on the new FIENDS comp, dedicated to those lowly Portland lagomorphs. Touching.

And finally, second wave ATL noise rockers WHORES, comrades in shit-starting, hit the road with Retox in February and March. Praised for their festival performances last year and their bludgeoning track on volume 13 of AmRep’s Dope, Guns, and Fucking in the Streets (HERE), their first trip ever to the West Coast will no doubt reignite that dormant East vs. West rivalry. Maybe it’ll get RABBITS off their ass to tromp around the East Coast. Check out their sludge-fucked version of The Cure’s “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” from their split with RABBITS right HERE. Full WHORES tour dates below. WHORES. Has a nice ring to it.

Are you aware that every LP (and an EP) EOLIAN released in 2014 ended up on a year-end list? Not bad for a bunch of misanthropes. And EOLIAN is now carrying distro for like-minded labels like Learning Curve, We Empty Rooms, Made In Kansas, Kaos Kontrol, and more.  Get the goods at

2/06/2015 The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN
2/07/2015 The Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
2/08/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
2/10/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Retox
2/11/2015 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Retox
2/12/2015 Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM w/ Retox
2/13/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Retox
2/14/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ Retox
2/15/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Retox
2/17/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Retox
2/18/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Retox
2/19/2015 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Retox
2/20/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Retox
2/21/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Retox
2/22/2015  Cambridge, MA – The Middle East w/ Retox
2/24/2015 Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC w/ Retox
2/25/2015 The Cave at Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON w/ Retox
2/26/2015 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Retox
2/27/2015 Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI w/ Retox
2/28/2015 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Retox
3/01/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ Retox
3/02/2015 Slowdown – Omaha, NE w/ Retox
3/04/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO w/ Retox
3/05/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Retox
3/06/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Retox
3/07/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Retox
3/08/2015 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR w/ Retox
3/09/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA w/ Retox
3/10/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
3/13/2015 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT: NYC Experimental Black Metal Tacticians To Unleash Abyssal Gods; New Hymn Streaming At Decibel + Live Demolitions Confirmed

Monday, January 26th, 2015

New York City experimental black metal tacticians, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, will release their long-awaited new full-length this March via Italy-based Aural Music’s Code666 imprint.

Titled Abyssal Gods, the band’s second long player was captured at Solitude Studios in Pennsylvania and Amy Mills Studios (Couch Slut, Epistasis) in New York , mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in New York and boasts the apocalyptic cover craftings of Andrew Tremblay (Deadbots, Downlow’d, Deathface etc.). Focused on urban decay and the imminent extinction of mankind, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT’s Abyssal Gods serves as the follow-up to the band’s critically applauded, 2013-released Goliath EP and contains ten punishingly traumatic odes of strategically composed black-addled mayhem bedecked in angular riff incursions, bestial vocal tirades and an overall air of disease, dread and looming disaster as well as a guest appearance by Bloody Panda’s Yoshiko Ohara and more.

In celebration of the record’s impending unveiling, today Decibel Magazine heaves forth apocalyptic third movement, “Dead Heaven.” Elaborates founder/main composer, Ilya Ezrin, “Although we are proud to be born in such a renown place, Abyssal Gods as a whole addresses New York City as a cancer of the world and the absolute fist of the universe. ‘Dead Heaven’ is the psalm of the end of the world. It deals with the universal deconstruction and celestial collapse. The lyrics were actually inspired by the observatory space lecture scene in Rebel Without A Cause.”

Hear the sounds of a dying planet, as curated by IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, at THIS LOCATION.

Abyssal Gods Track Listing:
1. From Palaces of the Hive
2. Abyssal Gods
3. Dead Heaven
4. Celestial War Rape
5. Opposing Holiness
6. Krokodil
7. Twins
8. Vatican Lust
9. Black Psychedelia
10. Metropolis

In related news, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT will bring their infernal psalms to the stage alongside Canadian black metal heathens, Thantifaxath, on a near-two-week run of live incursions this Spring. The march will begin at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York and storm its way through ten cities, with the tour coming to close at Baltimore at the Maryland Deathfest. The band will also play a one off show at The Acheron in Brooklyn, New York next month with additional live debauchery to be announced in the weeks to come.

2/20/2015 The Ahceron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Mountain God, Hercyn [info]
w/ Thantifaxath:
5/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2015 Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
5/14/2015 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/17/2015 Carabar – Columbus, OH
5/19/2015 TBA – Knoxville, TN
5/20/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

Once commended by No Clean Singing for, “a sickening scintillation of the surreal and the sadistic that together conjure an evocative glimpse into hell,” IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT has been orchestrating vanguard black metal since 2005. Citing an eclectic palette of influences that includes everything from Deathspell Omega to Polish post-serialism composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the band features members of investigational death metal contortionists, Pyrrhon as well as instrumental rock collective Secret Chiefs 3 and New York death metal legion Malignancy

Abyssal Gods will be released in North America on March 10th, 2015 via Aural Music/Code666. Preorders to be announced shortly.

Ilya Ezrin – Guitars/Vocals/Orchestration
Erik Malave – Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
Alex Cohen – Drums
Additional players:
M. Gorelick – Guitar Solo
Yoshiko Ohara – Female Choir
R.K. Halvørson – Male Choir
Andy Ezrin – Piano
Valerie Kuehne – Cello
Amy Mills – Trumpet

COWARDS: Official Video For “Bend The Knee” Released Via Metal Injection; Rise To Infamy Available For Free Download

Monday, January 26th, 2015

While the unrelenting cruelty of COWARDS’ second LP, Rise To Infamy, now just three weeks from its official physical release, the French quartet releases their official video for “Bend The Knee,” through Metal Injection, as the album is offered for FREE digital download. Directed by Jakub at Chariot Of Black Moth, the “Bend The Knee” video sees brief glimpses of the band’s unfuckwithable live set splintered into stark, nightmarish black and white storyline fragments, showcasing the creepily artistic and outwardly aggressive tendencies of the Parisian quintet.

“Bend The Knee” now infiltrates society through Metal Injection from THIS LOCATION.

COWARDSRise To Infamy will be released February 9th worldwide on a variety of formats through a network of underground labels, including Throatruiner Records, RVINS Records and Deadlight Entertainment. This conglomeration realizes that humans will uncaringly pirate and consume this recording through illegal channels prior to its release, so the entire album is being offered at high-quality for free via Bandcamp at RIGHT HERE.

For the true supporters, both a digipak CD version of Rise To Infamy as well as 180-gram LP (150 on clear, 350 on black) editions have been procured, the vinyl in heavyweight jackets with spot UV varnish. A massive bundle deal including all physical editions and a shirt is available from COWARDS directly RIGHT HERE. Additionally, preorders for the CD and shirt bundles are available through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, and LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE and Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS guitarist Adrien L also recently discussed the band’s atrocious tones through a gear feature for PureGrainAudio discussing his custom 1983 Gibson setup and more HERE.

With additional widespread European tour dates to be announced shortly, and a possible North American invasion later this year, COWARDS are already taking their new hymns to the road this Winter. View the latest round of live excursions below and watch for many more to be announced.

COWARDS Tour Dates:
2/08/2015 Burning Light Fest – Lisbon, PT w/ Bölzer, Plebeian Grandstand, Oathbreaker, Black Heart Rebellion, Acid Deathtrip, more [info]
3/05/2015 La Scène Michelet – Nantes, FR w/ Calvaiire, Like Pigs On Embers
3/06/2015 TBA – Rouen, FR
3/07/2015 Le Bocal – Caen, FR w/ Maussade, Defiance

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.

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Titans Release Two Arch Stanton Behind-The-Scenes Video Clips Via The Obelisk; Band Issues North American Tour Update

Monday, January 26th, 2015

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock kings, KARMA TO BURN, who are currently in the midst of a gargantuan North American live takeover, are pleased to unleash a pair of Arch Stanton behind-the-scenes video clips. Produced by Snakehill Productions and currently playing courtesy of premiere riff portal, The Obelisk, the clips find the trio discussing preferred tracks, favorite vocalists, dead or alive, tour life and more!

Get viewing at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out KARMA TO BURN’s live video for the track “57” still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Initially released in Europe last Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, KARMA TO BURN’s groove-laden Arch Stanton long player became available by the label domestically earlier this month. The band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009, Arch Stanton is reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, channeling the true essence of the road-raging, riff rock ritual. The Sludgelord calls Arch Stanton, “a thrilling and explosive ride,” that, “firmly puts KARMA TO BURN at the forefront of instrumental stoner rock,” Metal Injection commends the band’s long-standing, “fiery irreverence,” further celebrating a record that’s, “full of heart, soul and the occasional rocking surprise,” while This Is Not A Scene opines in glowing  9/10 review of the record,  “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.” New Noise Magazine agrees, “The riffs on this album are absolutely jaw-dropping,” Skulls N Bones calls Arch Stanton, “intense and unbridled,” and likens it to, “a speedy pill with no hangover,” while The Signal notes poignantly, “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.” Adds Dead Rhetoric in an 8/10 score, “Unsung as they are, KARMA TO BURN deserves a vast amount of credit for holding down the no-vocals fort, as well as remaining viable well into the latter stages of their career. If Arch Stanton proves anything, it’s that the West Virginia trio were right all along, and, the rest of the instrumental metal brigade owes a vast amount of debt to the band who was the first out of the gate.”

KARMA TO BURN are currently levying their blues-tinged, bong-ripping, riff decadence upon the ears of North American residents. Now more than half way through their extensive expedition, drummer Evan Devine checked in from their New Orleans stop late last week, “When we arrived at the venue, Siberia , we were treated to some genuine New Orleans music. The band was called The Salt Wives, all-acoustic, brass, an accordion… and these guys were singing everything from Irish folk songs to Eastern bloc gypsy tunes, I think we heard four different languages over the course of their two sets. It ruled. We spent some time around Bourbon Street, but the majority of it was spent in a small corner diner called The Clover Grill. Best diner we’ve been to yet, and we’ve tried a lot of diners.” Check out some photos below.

KARMA TO BURN [remaining dates]:
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

Order KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton today on LP at THIS LOCATION, on CD HERE and digitally HERE.

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HOD: San Antonio Blackened Death Horde Welcomes New Bassist; 2015 Live Assaults Unfold

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

San Antonio blackened death horde, HOD, is pleased to officially induct bassist, ZVS Gastelum, into their infernal ranks.Gastelum comes by way of Texas black metal legion, Plutonian Shore, as well as Gnostic and replaced longtime HOD comrade, Robert “Trans AM” Coleman.

Comments the band, “Changes suck but sometimes they have to happen. After many years of service and brotherhood our brother Robert ‘Trans AM’ Coleman is no longer in HOD. TA will be missed for sure. We hope he gets everything he wants with his current projects and future endeavors. Best of luck to you, brother! We would also like to welcome ZVS Gastelum. ZVS had been filling in on bass while TA was out with Goatwhore, and did a great job. So the choice to bring ZVS into the fold was an easy one to make.  ZVS fronts his own band Plutonian Shore, and brings with him many years of live experience. The guy will crush your skull! We are stoked to get out on the road with this demon and unleash hell!”

In related HOD developments, the band will bring their bestial hymns to the stage of the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis tonight with Carpathian Funeral followed by a performance in Chicago the following evening. HOD will also devour New Orleans and Miami in the coming weeks with additional live invasions in the plotting stages.

1/23/2015 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN w/ Carpathian Funeral, Ptahil, more
1/24/2015 Cobra Lounge- Chicago, IL w/ Carpathian Funeral, Imperial Savagery, more
3/20/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Kult Ov Azazel, Solstice, Druid Lord, more

HOD released their Book Of The Worm full-length last Fall via Arctic Music. Named in honor of the Norse figure known as “the blind god,” a son of Odin, HOD persecutes the believers of more traditional religious beliefs with a relentless, kingdom-toppling brew of blackened death fans of Angel Corpse, early Morbid Angel, Deströyer 666, Von, Bloody Sign and other dealers of the evil arts won’t hesitate to burn a stack of bibles to. Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice) and featuring artwork by Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia), Book Of The Worm is HOD’s first full-length since 2009’s Ibex Moon-released Serpent, amidst several smaller releases, delivering their most catastrophic material to date.

Orders Book Of The Worm on CD via Arctic Music HERE and digitally via HOD’s Bandcamp HERE.

With potent songcraft and an upswing in career momentum, Book Of The Worm at long last establishes HOD as a beacon in the blackened thrash underground. – Metal Injection

“A hybrid of black and death metal, HOD are a ferocious live band with a huge stage presence loaded with jean jackets, spikes and bulletbelts, headbanging, and lots of PBR tall cans. Book Of The Worm is much in the same vein with a delivery similar to that of Deströyer 666. 4/5”  –

“If life is truly nasty, brutish, and short, HOD remains that aphorism made ripping flesh and dripping blood.” – Austin Chronicle

“Full of fire and low on mercy, Book Of The Worm is a breakneck listening experience.” – Dead Rhetoric

“A smorgasbord of riffs and double bass destruction.” – Metal Underground

“… this five-piece attacks with as much Napalm Death as Dark Funeral. Sure, there’s Scandinavian influence dripping off of the riffs like the mold dripping off of that towel you’ve had in front of your shower for the past month, but the rhythm section is straight outta wherever the fuck grindcore comes from.” – Last Rites

VOICES: New Record From UK Avant Sound Contortionists Streaming At Cvlt Nation; London To See North American Release Next Tuesday

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Just days away from its North American release, today Cvlt Nation streams London, the brand new studio offering from UK avant sound contortionists, VOICES, in its entirety.

Delivering fourteen bastardized tracks of progressive blackened psychedelic melancholia centered on the forgotten and diseased underbelly of England’s capital city, VOICES – who features within their twisted ranks former members of Akercocke and My Dying Bride – compose perfectly imperfect sounds to welcome the end of creation, the extinction of the human, the collapse of music as we once knew…

Already reaping critical acclaim throughout European media outlets with Metal Hammer naming the record, “one of the most unique and ambitious metal albums of recent years… from sumptuous beauty through helplessly driven, angular extremity to mind-flaying, id-erupting mania, London is a shattering of the senses, and a psychedelic thrill ride down the rabbit-hole of consciousness,” and Angry Metal Guy assuring, “you’ll be completely captivated right until the final excruciating note,London is earning similar accolades on North American shores. Metal Insider applauds a band, “unafraid of musical exploration,” furthering that, “their ability to seamlessly meld together genres as varied as black and death metal with dark folk and prog rock, among so many others, would be commendable in attempt alone. But the success in which they’ve been able to so perfectly paint this shadow world with music, beyond how they are describing it directly in words, makes this album one of the most distinctive and engaging metal albums in recent memory.” Metal Underground calls London, “a sprawling piece of work,” and a, “solid effort of progressive black/death metal,” Dead Rhetoric commends in an 8.5/10 rating an, “utterly bleak,” offering that captures, “a feeling of a demented rollercoaster ride,” adding, “London is an exquisite trip worth taking on repeated occasions,” while New Noise Magazine notes, “VOICES has certainly crafted a challenging and harsh listen, but that doesn’t diminish how impressive the full result is, given you have the time and energy to take a harrowing journey with these Englishmen.”

Celebrating a record that’s “beautiful and furious, frustrated and self-assured,” VOICES’ London is currently streaming, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

VOICES was formed in London in 2011 as a new experiment from guitarist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, drummer David Gray and bassist Sam Loynes (all former members of Akercocke) with a mission to create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum.

London will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on January 27th, 2015. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.