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IRIS DIVINE Releases New Single From Sensory Records Debut; Exclusive Track Premiere And Gear Feature Live At PureGrainAudio

Friday, February 27th, 2015
[photo by Robert Fortenberry]

Northern Virginia’s progressive hard rock/metal trio, IRIS DIVINE, has released another new single from their impending debut full-length release, Karma Sown, which will hit the streets worldwide via Sensory Records on March 31st. The opening track from Karma Sown, “The Everlasting Sea” thunders with almost six-and-a-half minutes of sonic enormity, displaying the outfit’s heavier metal influences as well as the more serene and beautiful elements of IRIS DIVINE’s vibrant sound. This new anthem is now available for streaming through an exclusive premiere at PureGrainAudio, who also just published a gear feature with bassist Brian Dobbs.

Explore the depths of “The Everlasting Sea” HERE and the extensive gear interview on IRIS DIVINE’s sound HERE, both courtesy of PureGrainAudio.

The band also previously released Karma Sown’s third track, “A Suicide Aware,” at THIS LOCATION.

Sensory Records will release Karma Sown worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st, 2015. Additional album details, audio teasers, preorder links and much more will be released over the coming weeks, including 2015 tour dates for IRIS DIVINE.

IRIS DIVINE Live:
5/03/2015 Empire – West Springfield, VA w/ Haken

With a brand of emotional, progressive hard rock/metal not quite like anything else out there, IRIS DIVINE is musically rooted in the raw energy and rhythmic interplay of Rush and King’s X. Fans of dark, guitar-driven rock bands from Alice In Chains, Deftones to the contemporary metal riffing of Lamb of God and Pantera will connect to the heavy core of the band’s modern sound. Add to that progressive complexity and moody synths inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, and a liberal dose of memorable hooks and melodies, to understand some elements of the band’s sound. And yet, the band has a distinct identity, not quite sounding like any of the aforementioned bands, and with an emotional urgency that pulls subtly from alternative and other influences. Embodied by vocalist/guitarist Navid Rashid, drummer/programmer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs, IRIS DIVINE’s glorious debut full-length, Karma Sown, is a triumph of a debut album, immediate and memorable but revealing layers and depth upon repeated listens. The record was produced by IRIS DIVINE, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay.

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PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. Featuring support from French grinders Department Of Correction, the trek will commence on April 10th in Paris, France and runs through April 25th in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

The band will be touring in support of their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut, The Mother Of Virtues. Released in early 2014, PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues take its listeners on a traumatic sonic voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity with a mind-altering synthesis of clanging death, dark jazz rhythms, twisted storytelling and subtle shades of otherworldly psychedelia. Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls the record, “delightfully off-kilter and forever twisting,” Pitchfork dubs it, “…interesting and audacious…” while Noisey elaborates, “NYC’s PYRRHON sits alone in the fold between a pair of local giants, Unsane and Suffocation. The band clearly leans on its nerdier than thou technical death metal approach to provide the backbone of what they do, but for some of the breakdowns and parts that surround the fretboard wizardry is a devotion to the noisy, misanthropy found on records by Today Is The Day and most of the early Am-Rep roster. It’s a mix of intelligent hatred that could only come from the five boroughs…”

PYRRHON also recently unveiled an official music video for the track “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and can be viewed HERE.

PYRRHON w/ Department Of Correction:
4/10/2015 Cirque Electrique – Paris, FR
4/11/2015 TBA – Poitiers, FR
4/12/2015 Canadian Café – Tours, FR
4/13/2015 Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
4/14/2015 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
4/15/2015 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR
4/16/2015 L’Assomoir – Saint Etienne, FR
4/17/2015 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, FR
4/18/2015 Caffette – Bern, CH
4/19/2015 Epplehaus – Tubingen, DE
4/20/2015 Péniche Inside Out – Liege, BE
4/21/2015 Unicorn – London, UK
4/22/2015 Temples of Boom – Leeds, UK
4/23/2015 Northumberland Arms – Newcastle, UK
4/24/2015 Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
4/25/2015 Tiki Pub – Plymouth, UK

Stream The Mother Of Virtues in full via BandCamp HERE and pick up the album via Relapse HERE and iTunes HERE.



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IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver’s Doomiest To Kick Off US Tour Next Week; Additional Dates Confirmed

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Denver doom duo, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will kick off their US live takeover next week. Set to embark on March 6th in Salt Lake City with additional dates added since the initial announcement, the band will bring their lead-footed tidings to fourteen cities down the West Coast and into the Southwest, with the tour coming to a halt on March 21st in Wichita. IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will be joined a host of ear-bleeders throughout the journey including Top Dead Celebrity, Ladybird, Gale and more. Comments the band, “Let the waves of fuzz roll over you, empty your mind, and worship at the throne of Ohms.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will be scouring ears with hymns from their Merging In Light EP, unleashed at the close of 2014. Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light boasts over twenty chest-heaving minutes of bottom-heavy, riff-sodden, fuzzed out cheerlessness. The Sludgelord champions the offering calling it, “perfect and depressing in its sound… a thunderous and downtuned beast. How this duo can make such a thunderous, epic, filthy, sludgy sound is bewildering.” Echoes And Dust crowns IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, “…one of the most exciting bands around in the doom genre,” furthering of the EP, “ It’s a no frills affair with one eye on the old school and the other on a more contemporary affair and given time surely they must reap the dividends.” No Clean Singing elaborates, “The music is tank-like in the roll of its mechanics, the guitar and bass chords so distorted and sludgy that it seems like an experiment in the most efficient means of sonic spinal compression, the drum strikes so powerful that they come down like a pile-driver on concrete. The effect is near-cataclysmic. But oh man, the groove is so dominant — these are neck-grabbing songs that will bend your head up and down to their will,” while Heathen Harvest adds, “IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS have, yet again, succeeded in crafting a collection of tunes that are malicious and ugly, while still possessing an irrefutable catchiness. While the band seems to be embracing and exploiting their time in the studio for the occasional overdub or sound effect, it should be noted that they are not doing so at the expense of their live sound. Merging In Light is easily one of the year’s best… Perhaps not as spacey or as sprawling as Yob, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS channels the same degree of unbridled anger, but without the occasional glimpse of hope or transcendence that is often intimated by Mike Scheidt and co.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS:
3/06/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Oxcross, Top Dead Celebrity
3/07/2015 Crazy Horse – Boise, ID w/ Oxcross, Top Dead Celebrity, Swamp Shrine
3/09/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ UN, Breag Naofa
3/10/2015 Tonic Lounge  – Portland, OR / Burials, Satanarchist, Dispossessed
3/11/2015 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA w/ Devoid
3/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA /Teeth
3/13/2015 The First Universalist Church Of San Diego – San Diego, CA w/ Old Man Wizard, Garth Algar, Deep Sea Thunder Beast
3/14/2015 51 West – Phoenix, AZ w/ Twin Giant, Ladybird, Gale
3/15/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ End to End, Iceolus, Echoes Of Fallen
3/17/2015 Billiards Back Room – Abilene, TX w/ Adrenal Asphyxia
3/18/2015 The Badlands – Austin, TX w/ Mountain Of Smoke, Destroyer of Light + more for the Austin Heavy Music Vol.2 Showcase
3/19/2015 The Double Wide – Dallas, TX w/ Terminator 2, The Spectacle
3/20/2015 The Blue Note  – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Idre
3/21/2015 The Crows Nest – Wichita, KS w/ The Serpent Overlord, Idre

Featuring artwork by renowned illustrator Sam Turner, (Sleep, Speedwolf et al) the EP was released independently on limited 12″ colored vinyl and is currently available via the IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS BandCamp page HERE.

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LIGHTNING BOLT: Long-Running Noise Duo Prepares For US Live Takeover; Fantasy Empire Release Day Draws Near

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Long-running Rhode Island noise duo, LIGHTNING BOLT, will kick off a mammoth US tour this Spring. Set to commence on April 15th in Buffalo, the pair will trounce twenty-eight cities on a cross country live takeover, with the final show to take place on May 16th in New York City. LIGHTNING BOLT will be joined by Canadian noise rock unit METZ, as well as New York black metal collective, Liturgy, on select dates.

The tour comes in conjunction with the release of LIGHTNING BOLT’s long-anticipated Fantasy Empire full-length. Set for release next month, the band’s sixth album — and first in six years — is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.

Issues Pitchfork of the recording, “The live feel of previous albums remains, but is as if they converted that vibe to 3D. The hi-res detail, especially in the fiery repetitions of Gibson’s bass, is as bracing as a face-slap. And the duo’s energy is so tangible you can practically see their sweat dripping. Even Chippendale’s trademark cover art has been made over, with his previous neon pastiches replaced by a darker swirl.” Adds Rolling Stone, “First taste, album opener ‘The Metal East,’ represents the band’s cleaner though no less pummeling sound, with quick blasts of Line 6 loops added to their signature bludgeon.”

Initially premiered via Rolling Stone, “The Metal East,” is currently available for public ingestion below.

LIGHTNING BOLT:
4/15/2015 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY w/ METZ
4/16/2015 Double Happiness – Columbus, OH w/ METZ
4/17/2015 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ METZ
4/18/2015 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI w/ METZ
4/19/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/20/2015 Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN
4/21/2015 The Luminary Center for the Arts – St. Louis, MO
4/22/2015 Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
4/24/2015 GLOB – Denver, CO
4/25/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
4/27/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
4/28/2015 Neumos – Seattle, WA w/ Liturgy
4/29/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR w/ Liturgy
5/01/2015 The Chapel – San Francisco , CA w/ Liturgy
5/02/2015 Leo’s – Oakland, CA w/ Liturgy
5/03/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Liturgy
5/04/2015 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA w/ Liturgy
5/05/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Liturgy
5/06/2015 Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
5/08/2015 Austin Psych Fest – Austin, TX
5/09/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/10/2015 Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
5/11/2015 Kings – Raleigh, NC
5/12/2015 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
5/13/2015 Floristree – Baltimore, MD
5/14/2015 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/15/2015 The Wick – Brooklyn, NY
5/16/2015 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

Over the course of its two-decade existence, noise duo LIGHTNING BOLT has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The pair broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band’s recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers.

Fantasy Empire is ferocious, consuming, and is a more accurate translation of LIGHTNING BOLT’s live experience. It also shows the two embracing new ways to make their music even stranger. More than any previous record, Chippendale and Gibson make use of live loops and complete separation of the instruments during recording to maximize the sonic pandemonium and power. Gibson worked with Machines very carefully to get a clear yet still distorted and intense bass sound, allowing listeners to truly absorb the detail and dynamic range he displays, from the heaviest thud to the subtle melodic embellishments. Some of these songs have been in the band’s live repertoire since as early as 2010, and have been refined in front of audiences for maximum impact. This is heavy, turbulent music, but it is executed with the precision of musicians that have spent years learning how to create impactful noise through the use of dynamics, melody, and rhythm.

Fantasy Empire will be released March 24th, 2015 via Thrill Jockey. In addition to standard formats, Thrill Jockey is offering a limited pressing of 300 deluxe double LP versions on black-and-white swirl vinyl. Preorder packages are available at THIS LOCATION.

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KEEP OF KALESSIN: New Hymn From Norwegian Black Metal Faction Streaming At Cryptic Rock; Epistemology Out TODAY In North America Via Indie Recordings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America via Indie Recordings. Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date.

In an 8.5/10 review, Metal Wani crowns the release “flawless,” further elaborating, “KEEP OF KALESSIN have definitely experimented a little with their sound and stepped out of their comfort zone in this album. It shows their ability to maintain that classic black metal vibe interwoven with melodic riffs and more airy yet dark elements. …their ability to bring in more subtle and even non-metal elements into a track and make them work extremely well, to the extent that they don’t seem too out of place…” Metal Hammer issues, “Epic and extreme, Epistemology could be an apt score to a bloodthirsty Tolkien-esque battle and the symphonic ‘Introspection’ in particular would be ideal for some post-skirmish tankard-smashing. Obsidian’s guitar-playing throughout the Norwegian’s sixth full-length opus is simply magical. Equal parts brutal (‘Universal Core’) and beautiful (‘Epistemology’), his stunning blues and classic rock-steeped solo during the title track is so good Dave Gilmore would sell his inflatable pig for it.” Adds Ultimate Guitar in an 8/10 score, “The musicianship is formidable, the mixing/engineering is good, and the ideas are interesting.”

Witness the delightful destruction of third cut, “Dark Divinity,” courtesy of Cryptic Rock, at THIS LOCATION.

Thematically based around the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion, KEEP OF KALESSIN’s Epistemology is as grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom. The record highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

Epistemology is out TODAY in North America via Indie Recordings. Order yours at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.


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THE INSPECTOR CLUZO: Gasconha Rocks LP Out In North America Today On Suicidal Records; Rockfarmers Documentary Teaser Released

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Gasconha Rock, the acclaimed fourth album from Mont de Marsan, France’s dynamic guitar and drums rock duo, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO, is officially out today in North America via Suicidal Tendencies’-run Suicidal Records, just ahead of the band’s stateside return to take part in SXSW 2015. Additionally, the band has released a trailer for their upcoming Rockfarmers documentary, which explores their vast, self-run farm.

In 2013, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO bought an organic farm, Lou Casse, in Gascony, to begin producing their own organic vegetables and corn and raising geese, while at the same time they rocked many countries on multiple continents in support of their fourth full-length album, Gasconha Rocks. Filmed over a full year in the United States, Colombia, South Africa, India, Japan, Korea and more, the Rockfarmers documentary deals with being both professional musicians and farmers, and on creating your own forms of business and opening your local ideas up to the world, as THE INSPECTOR CLUZO has done on every level for more than six years.

View the trailer for Rockfarmers at THIS LOCATION, and stand by for the entire documentary to be released in March.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO will be touring stateside in support of the album for SXSW 2015, with a widespread tour currently being booked around the gala in Austin, Texas. In the meantime, the band’s official SXSW performance has been announced, with the band set to perform at 405 Club at 405 East 7th Street on March 18th. Stand by for further tour dates and info in the coming days.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO Live:
3/18/2015 405 Club – Austin, TX @ SXSW Lor showcase [info]

Gasconha Rocks was recorded live with no edits in full analog on THE INSPECTOR CLUZO’s 1979 Sony MCI mixing desk at their farm in Gascony and Studio Mountown, and mastered by Mathieu Bameulle & JP Chalbos at La Source. In addition, contributions were made by several of the band’s cohorts, including Hammond Organ by Stephane Kraemer, trumpet by Benoit Molina, tenor sax by Christophe Cambou and baritone sax by Laurentx Etxemendi, and the comic book layout of the packaging drawn by Chris Lin, with photos by Anna Godin and additional artwork and laout by Arnaud Lacoste. Gasconha Rocks will turn fans of everything from the MC5, Grand Funk Railroad, James Brown and more into instant devotees of the band’s modernized and energetic delivery.

Gasconha Rocks is out today in North America via Suicidal Records on CD and all digital platforms.

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO deploys a dynamic style of soulful rock infusing classic rock and funk elements into their own “fuck the bass player” blend of energetic rock and roll, the band fully comprised of guitarist/vocalist Malcom Lacrouts and drummer/backing vocalist Phil Jourdain. Boasting a fully DIY attitude and system in every aspect, they’ve handled their own production, management, booking, label and promotion since inception, yet have indisputably become one one of France’s most hard-touring bands. As the band began an extensive world tour in support of the mid-2013-released Gasconha Rocks, they caught the ear of Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies who signed the band to their own Suicidal Records, after which the band was brought to North America in tour support of Suicidal Tendencies, Trash Talk, Terror and more. Since, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO has toured harder than ever, embarking on their Gasconha Rocks World Summer and Fall Tours which saw them invade Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, India and more via a multi-tour attack over the latter half of this year, being featured on major online, print and television media outlets through the whole trek.

Check out the band’s The 2 Mousquetaires: A fight for Independence 63mn documentary HERE, and catch up with the massive amount of live footage from their 2014 tour ventures, media interviews, farming and more right HERE.

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GRISTNAM: Cvlt Nation Hosts Two New Traumatic Tunes From Louisiana Sludge Grind Assassins; Even Less Out Now Via Housecore Records

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Even Less is the latest full-length from Louisiana sludge grind assassins, GRISTNAM.

Featuring former members of haarp and Omean, GRISTNAM lives by the grind-groove-repeat ethos spewing out billowing odes of revulsion, disease and chronic disenchantment. Out now on Housecore Records, Even Less is a duel bruiser that features five tracks from their 2013-issued Release 1 EP and six new violent requiems.

In commemoration of its release, today Cvlt Nation is hosting streams of “Guilt Runs Red,” and “Copperhead” gushing, “Some music just does not have that feel good factor, but instead has the make you feel sick to your bones feeling! This is the case with New Orlean’s GRISTNAM – they are not trying to make friends with their brand of head-lock-of-death kind of sludge… this band sets out to punish the listener from the getgo. GRISTNAM succeeds in creating an album that is full scathing hate for all that is fucked up in this world… Pick up this diseased piece of sludge.”

Feel the wrath, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

The cumulative sound of a society gone rotten, The Sludgelord likens Even Less to, “an uppercut wrapped in barbed wire to the unsuspecting jaw, mixing together Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod, and as much whisky and pills as they could find on the nearest truck stop bathroom floor,” further observing, “The album smacks of anger and pissiness, grinding like early Eyehategod, with a sound that just pumps the blood up… a perfect balance between sludge and grind, with a deep, nasty tone, and a speed that isn’t thrash, but a headlong rush of metal to the side of the head.” Said Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “with roots in hardcore and grind, not to mention the expected sludge, GRISTNAM trudge through Even Less with reckless intensity… the music wallows in ugly anger, and each composition gnaws like an electric knife hitting bone. By the time frontman Shaun Emmons bellows, ‘Mark my words, a funeral is coming!,” on the album-opening ‘Etch And Burn,’ it is clear that these guys mean business.” Zero Signal Magazine calls Even Less, “a beast of an album,” noting bluntly, “GRISTNAM will tear you from ass to front,” while Thisisbooksmusic.com opines: “These guys sound like the New Orleans metal bastards they are, taking in the kind of crunch and dirges that come from some of the best metal bands out of the south, but also adding in a thick hardcore punk spirit that results in songs with a number of different texture and tempo changes. They remind of bands like Bone Dance, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Retox, but with their own richness that will help keep them low and high at the same time.”

Even Less is currently available on orange wax (limited to 300 copies) and cassette (limited to 100 copies) via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION.


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USNEA: North American Spring Tour With Ufomammut Confirmed

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Following the release of their Relapse Records debut, Random Cosmic Violence, Portland, Oregon’s sludge/doom destroyers, USNEA, have been confirmed as the sole support act for Ufomammut’s upcoming first-ever North American tour this Spring. Guaranteed to be one of the heaviest, cerebrally-pummeling stateside live events of the year, the tour runs from May 13th through June 13th, with USNEA set to inundate dozens of cities, including on several off-tour headlining dates and a leg of shows on the way to rendezvous with Ufomammut, not to mention various regional shows in the coming weeks.

USNEA’s inconceivably devastating sophomore album Random Cosmic Violence saw release through Relapse in November amidst international critical acclaim, with reactions from journalists as positive as they were blown-away by the LP’s tumultuous output. Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Nux Vomica, Stoneburner, Rabbits) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), through their overwhelming black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, USNEA has created a classic of the new millennium with Random Cosmic Violence.

In time for the tour, USNEA will have a self-released repress of their self-titled debut LP constructed. Additional details on the repress will be available in the coming weeks preceding the trek.

USNEA Tour Dates:
3/07/2015 Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ Eusapia, A God Or An Other, Eye of Nix
3/26/2015 Blackwater Bar – Portland, OR w/ Deathgrave, Augurs, Shroud of the Heretic
5/08/2015 High Water Mark – Portland, OR * tour kick-off w/ Eye of Nix, Hiding, Shine of the Serpent
5/09/2015 Crazy Horse – Boise, ID
5/10/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Odium Totus
5/11/2015 Lost Lake – Denver, CO w/ Inter Arma, Yautja, Prison Death
5/12/2015 TBA – Lawrence, KS
USNEA North America Spring 2015 w/ Ufomammut:
5/13/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/15/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
5/16/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/17/2015 Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
5/18/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA [no Ufomammut]
5/19/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2015 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2015 King’s – Raleigh, NC
5/23/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
5/24/2015 HiTone Café – Memphis, TN [no Ufomammut]
5/25/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/26/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
5/27/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/29/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/30/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
5/31/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
6/01/2015 TBA – Los Osos, CA [no Ufomammut]
6/02/2015 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/03/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
6/04/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
6/06/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
6/07/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
6/08/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/09/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
6/11/2015 TBA – Lincoln, NE [no Ufomammut]
6/12/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
6/13/2015 Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI

Stereogum issued of USNEA’s Random Cosmic Violence, “In a year that has already delivered amazing new records from Yob, Pallbearer, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod, and Indian (among others), it’s pretty close to impossible to show up in mid-November with an album of sludge/funeral doom and make any sort of impact. But Random Cosmic Violence… arrives with the force of an asteroid, and leaves behind a fucking crater… Like the night sky itself, Random Cosmic Violence is full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing.” Metal Insider stated, “USNEA push doom metal boundaries while never loosing the essence of brutality upon which their sound hinges. Make no mistake that it will be fans of outfits past and present like Pallbearer, Lycus, Morgion, and Mindrot that will find the most to fall in love with on this album.  But the unique way in which USNEA package their brand of deathly doom metal on Random Cosmic Violence may very well separate them from the pack moving forward.” No Clean Singing offered, “perhaps what really vaults the album high above the average, apart from USNEA’s knack for generating titanic power and morbid, minor-key melodies, is the band’s skill in creating dynamic changes and salting this heartless sonic landscape with ingenious touches, which come like breaths of air in an atmosphere that’s being rapidly sucked into space, or poisoned with the smoke of burning tires in an urban dead zone.”

Orders for Random Cosmic Violence are available on CD and both colored/limited and standard black 2xLP HERE and digitally HERE.

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DORO: Reigning Queen Of Metal To Kick Off US Tour Next Week!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Reigning queen of metal, DORO PESCH, is readying to kick off another stretch of US tour dates next week. Slated to embark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 3rd, DORO will rumble stages through Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California with the eleven-date run coming to a close at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles.  Support will be provided by Santa Cruz hard rock/heavy metal unit, Archer.  The trek follow’s DORO’s East Coast run last Fall.

Said DORO of her return to the US, “I’m so excited to start the second leg of the US tour! I can’t wait to see all our diehard fans and our new fans on this run. We will rock like there’s no tomorrow and it will be only the best of the best songs in our setlist and a totally awesome show. I feel we’re stronger than ever and since the fans are the most important thing in our lives, we can’t wait to kill on this tour and blow everybody’s minds. I’m so looking forward to rocking everyone’s world. We will play lots of Warlock tunes, songs from our latest record Raise Your Fist and more! Hope to see everyone!”

DORO w/ Archer:
3/03/2015 The Legendary Dobbs – Philadelphia, PA
3/04/2015 Empire – Springfield, VA
3/05/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/08/2015 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
3/09/2015 Trees – Dallas. TX
3/11/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
3/13/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
3/14/2015 City National Groove – Anaheim, CA
3/15/2015 Ramona Main Stage – Ramona, CA
3/17/2015 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
3/18/2015 Whiskey a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA

DORO will be touring in support of her Raise Your Fist full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast in 2012. Dubbed, “50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal,” by Outburn who crowned DORO, …the classiest lady in metal,” Raise Your Fist boasts guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G, and artwork by British artist and longtime DORO collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. An import version of DORO’s Raise Your Fist – 30 Years Anniversary Edition is currently available via the Nuclear Blast Webshop and includes new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD entitled Powerful Passionate Favorites comprised of cover versions of Dio, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Kiss songs.

DORO’s latest bout of live dates continues a worldwide trek marking an astounding thirty years since the release of DORO’s first record — Warlock’s Burning The Witches. Beginning with a mammoth headlining set at 2013’s Wacken Open Air, which boasted a record-breaking attendance of over 95K, DORO has since played two special anniversary shows in her hometown of Düesseldorf as well as countless festival appearances and performances throughout Europe, the UK, and Latin America and will make her mark again Stateside!

DORO PESCH knows what her fans expect from her and Raise Your Fist ushers everything that’s part and parcel to her Teutonic-kissed heavy rock: true as steel metal anthems, supple power ballads and a couple of double-kicked skullcrushers.” – Blabbermouth

Raise Your Fist is a confident, well crafted, classic metal album, which offers a slab of horn-throwing anthems, with just the right amount of sentiment. DORO heads into a new decade with another load of rock and roll ammunition in her arsenal.” – MetalHolic

“The rhythmic diversity and multiple dynamics on this album, along with great songwriting, makes Raise Your Fist, the 30th Anniversary reissue Edition, a masterpiece.” – Cryptic Rock

From heavy rocker thrash fests to metal to power ballads DORO’s Rise Your Fist has it all and is a must have in any true rocker’s music collection.” – Rock Revolt

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SOLEFALD: New Hymn From Norwegian Avant Norse Folk Duo Streaming At Revolver; World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud To See Release In North America Tomorrow!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Tomorrow, Indie Recordings will unleash World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud from Norway’s prized Avant Norse folk duo, SOLEFALD, upon North American ears.

Their first new studio full-length in over four years, the eight-track World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud was captured in Norway and Tanzania, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma) at Orgone Studio in London and features guest appearances from drummer Baard Kolstad (Borknagar, ICS Vortex), bassist Alexander Bøe (In Vain), guitarist Petter Hallaråker (Rendezvous Point) and keyboardist Sindre Nedland (In Vain, Funeral) as well as renowned world music player Anania Ngoliga of Zanzibar on the kalimba and guitar.

In a near-perfect 9.5/10 review, Soundscape Magazine dubs World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud, “another engaging offering from the outfit; an adventurous piece that truly is a rewarding listen,” while Metal Storm elaborates in an 8/10 rating, “The record is enthused and all-consumed by engaging percussion in tribal-like beats and consistent rhythmic playfulness and tempo changes that make for a thoroughly infectious and generously track distinguishable affair. World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud burgeons with an odd metal made equivalence to world music, with something of an avant-garde metal constructed hint at ethnic fusion within its varied scope. It’s trvly trve kvlt konfvsion… SOLEFALD further extend a discography of idiosyncrasy that pushes enthusiastically beyond the boundaries of black metal, if not metal in general.”

In celebration of tomorrow’s release, today Revolver offers up second track, “The Germanic Entity,” for public ingestion. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample the “Bububu Bad Beuys,” currently streaming at THIS LOCATION.

With World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud, SOLEFALD returns to 1999’s postmodern offering, Neonism, both musically and thematically. At the center of World Metal lies the idea of the “Kosmopolis,” or the “World City.” In antiquity, Athens and then Rome were seen as the capitals of the world; in modern times, cities such as Paris, London and Berlin have all competed to be the “Kosmopolis.” Musically, the curious pair continues to challenge their listeners with a complex musical diversity that is at once stunning and startling, their unique compositions serving more as cerebral adventures than mere songs to listen to. Merging raw Norwegian metal and Dutch techno with Norse and African folk rhythms, SOLEFALD has again manifested an out-of-the-ordinary sound. World music with blackened edges; a true celebration of global culture.

World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud will be released in North America tomorrow, February 24th, 2015, via Indie Recordings. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders go HERE.

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