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DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near

Friday, April 17th, 2015

In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles marks the trio’s first new compositions in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track creation offers up forty-eight battering minutes of brutal, scrupulously detailed death metal deviltry.

Said Kill Your Stereo in an early review of the record, “The Tides Of Damocles is aggressive, brutal while still incorporating grooves and melodies to make a more modern and progressive sound for DAWN OF AZAZEL. The blast beats are furious, the vocals raw and emotional and all backed up by driving riffs and solos. This album is definitely a standout work for a band appealing to a large fan base.”

Following No Clean Singing’s premiere of the Scott Rudd (Aborted, Acrania, Fit For An Autopsy)-producedVassalplasty” lyric video, still sullying the interwebs at THIS LOCATION, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones hammers faces in with a taste of “Controlled Burn,” the band elaborating, “‘Controlled Burn’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. We incorporated a wide range of tempos and probably the closest thing to a hooky chorus on the album on this track. Lyrically, it is a rejection of comfort, ease and familiarity, choosing to burn them to the ground in favour of the power, wisdom and confidence that is found the in the ashes of hardship, uncertainty, pain and toil. The greatest treasures are born of fire.”

Adds Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “Since 1999, DAWN OF AZAZEL has written some of the most intense and aggressive music in our scene, and The Tides Of Damocles is a culmination of all of those years thrown into one album. It’s their most diverse record yet, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still as crushing as ever.”

Feel the burn at THIS LOCATION.

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live incursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.

4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Influenced by the audio violence of bands like of Order Of Chaos, Immolation and Sarcofago, DAWN OF AZAZEL was forged in 1999 and rapidly established themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over one-hundred-and-twenty shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by thirty-two shows through Europe supporting Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.

Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album The Tides Of Damocles.

The Tides Of Damocles will be released independently via the official DAWN OF AZAZEL BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION on April 28th, 2015 and come available digitally and as a stunning, deluxe, six-panel digipack with 20-page booklet. Preorder your copy today.

“Blunt ‘n’ belittling malevolence, mathy yet molten in nature, prepare to meet your new masters: New Zealand’s DAWN OF AZAZEL” – Terrorizer Magazine

OBSEQUIAE: Medieval Metal Artisans Offer New Tune From Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP With “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” Via Cvlt Nation

Friday, April 17th, 2015

As these days thrive with fresh vegetation and foliage taking root, a new dawn breaks for Minnesota’s OBSEQUIAE, as the outfit presents its sophomore album, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, through 20 Buck Spin. Cvlt Nation has presented the one of these seasonally dedicated anthems from the expansive LP early, in the form of “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise.”

OBSEQUIAE taps into wells of inspiration from a vast array of lands and eras, their distinctive sound flourishing with as much early-1990s Scandinavian melodic black/thrash as it does classical passages of The Middle Ages. Glorious and mesmerizing facets of instrumentation from hundreds of years ago, including the extensive use of mournful but beautiful harp passages, find themselves within the disparate harshness of blackened wrath in a seamless design. The newest precursory sampling of the nearly forty-five minute, eleven-movement endeavor becomes accessible via Cvlt Nation, through a premiere of the album’s fifth track, “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise,” a prime example of these culminating factors.

OBSEQUIAE’s “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” is now playing at THIS LOCATION.

No Clean Singing also released the LP’s two segued opening tracks, “Ay Que Por Muy Gran Fremosura” and “Autumnal Pyre” RIGHT HERE.

OBSEQUIAE’s sparse, sorrowful harp pieces appearing throughout Aria Of Vernal Tombs provide a foundation on which to base the longer metal-based sagas that form the album’s core. Black metal, death metal, traditional heavy metal and medieval music are all weaved seamlessly together in baroque yet abrasive reverence on Aria…, resulting in a remarkably original long-player. With a wet clarity to the incandescent production that cites underrated obscurities like Sacramentum’s Far Away From The Sun and Eucharist’s A Velvet Creation, along with the early works of Varathron, Samael and Rotting Christ, the atmosphere created on Aria Of Vernal Tombs brings to 2015 what such bands strangely but sincerely captured years ago. Every sound and shimmering tone is intentional and essential to this rite of Spring. Following their 2014 vinyl issue of OBSEQUIAE’s masterfully unique 2011 debut album, Suspended In The Brume Of Eos, 20 Buck Spin will release Aria Of Vernal Tombs on CD and through digital outlets on May 12th, and will follow with the LP version on June 9th with both physical versions delivered in gorgeous, foil stamped packages.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Titans To Open For Sleep This Weekend; Band Unveils New Tune + Limited Edition Artwork

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Following a successful, near-month-long live US takeover last month, Denver doom titans, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will open for the originators of The Riff, Sleep, this Sunday as a precursor to 4/20, the unofficial national day of cannabis celebration. The following weekend, the duo will crush the weak at the Bluebird Theater where they’ll premiere new hymn, “Rendered Unto Ash,” live for the very first time. Additionally, the band will also have special limited screen-prints of the “Rendered Unto Ash” artwork by FTG Illustrations.

Comments IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS guitarist/vocalist Grant Netzorg: “‘Rendered Unto Ash’ was recorded in collaboration with our friends at TRVE Brewing CO & Flatline Audio, who are two of the biggest advocates for awesome heavy tunes here in Denver. Dave Otero spearheads Flatline Audio, where we also recently recorded Merging In Light, so we were excited to head back in to record with him once again. The new material is simultaneously among the heaviest stuff we’ve recorded, while it is also some of the more experimental. I was able to indulge my inner Ennio Morricone, and there are several passages in ‘Rendered Unto Ash’ which would be at home in an eerie spaghetti western. The artwork for this release was done by Fred Grabosky of FTG Illustrations. We met when he was touring with his old band, the awesomely heavy and psychedelic Sadgiqacea,and he has really gone all out for this piece. I gave him the very broad subject of wanting imagery that would invoke the idea of life springing from death, or something positive that is presaged by cataclysm. The end result of his work embodies this perfectly, and we are thrilled with it. For the TRVE/Flatline release show for’ Rendered Unto Ash’ at the Bluebird Theater on April 24th, we will have two different hand-screened versions of this art available in limited editions of twenty-three each, and will also have shirts with this art as well.” Discounted presale tickets are available at TRVE’s Denver tap room, or via the band directly.

4/19/2015 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO w/ Sleep, Primitive Man
4/24/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO w/ Khemmis, Ghosts of Glaciers, Lotus Gait

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS continues to tout psalms from their Merging In Light EP, released 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, soul-collapsing minutes of rumbling, riff-sodden, fuzzed out cheerlessness. 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.

“…the most crushing doom I’ve experienced in some time. This EP needs to come with a warning: Head may implode.” — HeadbangorGTFO

“…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.” – The Sludgelord

“…one of the most exciting bands around in the doom genre.” — Echoes And Dust

“…equal parts fucking heavy, headbangingly groovy, and a thickness in sound that makes most songs sound thin and obsolete in comparison.” – Teeth Of The Divine

“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.” — No Clean Singing

“…an excellent addition to the collection of any one interested in the slow, dense and sludgy.” – Invisible Oranges

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.” – Heathen Harvest

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, SIGH, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-born cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).

In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible SIGH record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet.  Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes SIGH great has been sacrificed.”

Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos “Kaedit Nos Pestis” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” below.

Graveward Track Listing:
1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
2. Graveward
3. The Tombfiller
4. The Forlorn
5. The Molesters Of My Soul
6. Out Of the Grave
7. The Trial By The Dead
8. The Casketburner
9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
10. Dwellers In Dream

For over two decades, SIGH has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. SIGH would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012’s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.

Preorder Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.

Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums

“There’s no getting around it: SIGH is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.”  - Invisible Oranges

BRAVE THE WATERS: The Obelisk Premieres “Voice Of The Ancient Oak” By Grey Skies Fallen/Buckshot Facelift Instrumental Duo

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

New York-based instrumental duo, BRAVE THE WATERS, is preparing to release their recently completed debut recordings in the form of the Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days EP. Nearly a month ahead of its release, a fresh tune from this new venture is now streaming through the rock underworld portal of The Obelisk.

Created by two New York musicians who both hold rank in epic death/doom quintet, Grey Skies Fallen, and spastic hardcore/powergrinders, Buckshot Facelift, the tranquil, wandering, instrumental passages the duo produces with BRAVE THE WATERS are far removed from the extreme ways of their other acts. The third of the half-dozen arrangements on Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days, “Voice Of The Ancient Oak” is one of the act’s favorites, and while it seemingly fell into place on its own — having been executed and captured in about a half hour — stands out as a glowing highlight of BRAVE THE WATERS’ maiden release. Issues the Taskmaster of The Obelisk on the ebbing movement, “Composed, according to the duo, in about half an hour, and expressed completely in three minutes, it’s emblematic of the efficiency with which Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days is able to conjure its atmospheres, and still holds firm to the human sensibility at the core of the project — two friends getting together and trying something new instrumentally that’s soaked in reverb and giving a brief look at a vast sonic horizon.”

BRAVE THE WATERS’ “Voice Of The Ancient Oak” can be heard at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

The EP’s “Journey Through Highwood Forest,” is also playing HERE.

Producing a mesmerizing, ethereal brew of beautiful, instrumental movements, BRAVE THE WATERS unites Grey Skies Fallen and Buckshot Facelift bandmates Tom Anderer (bass guitar, acoustic guitar) and Rick Habeeb (guitar). Having decided to write and record some instrumental tracks in a stripped-down fashion, with improvisation and spontaneity important aspects to each track the vast majority of what appears on their debut EP, Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days, was written and recorded on the spot. The six tracks of the EP sees the pounding drums, death metal vocals, and immense guitar distortion of their other acts completely abandoned, here replaced with clean guitars, melodic bass lines, and a healthy dose of Strymon’s amazing Big Sky reverberator.

Just in time for the Winter’s thaw, these winding passages inspire visions of lush nature and rebirth, matching the cover artwork by Travis Smith (Death, Opeth, King Diamond). Reminiscent of several styles at once, yet emerging as its own being, Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days is an immediately comforting, almost familiar release. BRAVE THE WATERS will release Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days independently through Bandcamp on May 12th.

CROM DUBH: Heimweh Opus From London Epic Black Metal Outfit Playing At No Clean Singing As LP Is Unleashed By Ván Records

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Heimweh, the monstrous and all-encompassing debut LP from London-based epic/melodic black metal horde, CROM DUBH, is now streaming in its entirety via No Clean Singing, as the album is now out through Germany’s cult label, Ván Records.

Merging melodic yet merciless black metal with folk and post-rock influences, CROM DUBH’s debut full-length, Heimweh (meaning homesickness), continues the narrative of the band’s 2010 EP, Deifr, in which the gathering and dissolution of a great river operated as a metaphor for the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. Heimweh follows a similar narrative, albeit with a focus on the life of the lone individual within this tumult, following a traditional cradle-to-grave progression throughout the course of the album that runs parallel to Hesiod’s five ages of man. The album handles themes of loss, ruthlessness, nostalgia, exile, and death, thinking on the journey ahead and the way home.

No Clean Singing was the proper outlet to debut this opus to the masses, after an initial review of Heimweh was issued recently, which including, “When the British quartet CROM DUBH released their debut after more than ten years of existence, that is something we could take delight in, for these lads deliver rapturous grimness and a poignant fresh take on ‘melodic’ extremity.” While dissecting the album with precision, the review concludes, “The mix of elements from different styles is run cynically and tactlessly through the same rusty grinder, and comes out the other side as a mutual, rancid unit, where big contrasts are not the goal but rather a consistent product that tastes metallic on the tongue. I am mighty impressed by CROM DUBH’s debut Heimweh! A cool debut that could melt steel hearts like a blowtorch.”

Explore the vast sorrow of CROM DUBH’s debut Heimweh via No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.

Recorded by J. C. Volgard (Scythian, Craven Idol) in the Summer and Autumn of 2013, CROM DUBH’s first full-length opus Heimweh presents forty-five minutes of majestic yet menacing northern black metal with an incredible storyline to overthrow fans of Dissection, early Summoning, Taake, Drudkh, Tsjuder, Carpathian Forest and the like. Heimweh is now available on CD and LP directly through Ván Records HERE. US order links will be available shortly.

JADED STAR: Debut Album Streaming At PureGrainAudio; Memories From The Future Out Now On Sensory Records

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

JADED STAR’s magnificent debut album, Memories From The Future, is available in North America this week via Sensory Records, and to celebrate its inauguration into the public domain, the entire album is now playing in its entirety at PureGrainAudio.

Formed in 2013, JADED STAR was founded by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis) and drummer Raphael Saini (ex-Iced Earth), who recruited guitarist Kosta Vreto (Wardrum, Horizon’s End) and bassist Babis Nikou (Astral DNA, Opened Paradise, Dia Mageias) to complete the lineup. The quartet instantly amassed a vast array of new material and began touring across Europe. Taking this energy directly into the studio, the band created their debut album, Memories From The Future. Produced by vocalist Maxi Nil, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at the legendary Fredman Studios in Sweden (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Opeth, etc.), the album presents over forty-five minutes of vigorous and forward-thinking melodic heavy metal through ten brand new epic anthems.

Listen to JADED STAR’s Memories From The Future in its entirety now courtesy of PureGrainAudio at THIS LOCATION.

Also check out the lyric video for “Stars” from the album RIGHT HERE,

Memories From The Future is out this week in North America through Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. The album’s April 24th European street date is closing in as well. Stateside orders for the digital download can be placed HERE, and the digipak CD including a massive 24-page booklet, HERE.

Following several recent live performances with Epica in their native Greece in advance of the album’s street date, JADED STAR has confirmed a record release show for Memories From The Future to take place on Saturday, May 2nd in Athens. Additional tour dates including multiple Summer festivals and a European Fall tour are in the planning stages.

5/02/2015 Methodia Stage Live – Athens, GR w/ C.O.D.E.

For review copies of Memories From The Future and interviews with JADED STAR, in North America contact

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing At No Clean Singing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares ofBay Area jazz group, Atta Kid,  on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing.

The first official album Wrvth teaser comes today in the form of opening psalm, “Harrowing Winds,” now  playing at No Clean Singing who issues accurately of the track, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity — eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Bask in the visionary sounds of WRVTH’s “Harrowing Winds” at THIS LOCATION.

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, will return to the road next month for another round of live debauchery, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder packages to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

STEVE VON TILL: New Noise Magazine Debuts “In Your Wings” As A Life Unto Itself Solo LP By Neurosis Guitarist/Vocalist Nears Release

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
[photo by Niela Von Till]

As Neurosis voyager and solo artist, STEVE VON TILL, prepares to release his new A Life Unto Itself LP through Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings in North America on May 12th, he now presents the gripping album opener, “In Your Wings.”

STEVE VON TILL’s most immense, celestial solo journey yet, A Life Unto Itself was captured at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler and Rose Windows), presenting over forty-five minutes of harrowing textures which drill their way immediately to the core of your bones, gnaw your heart’s defense mechanisms to their foundations, and invoke a wellspring of emotions. In bringing these newest visions to fruition, STEVE VON TILL was joined by viola master Eyvind Kang, pedal steel wizard J. Kardong and percussionist Pat Schowe, and enshrouded by cover art by Aaron Turner (Sumac, Isis, Old Man Gloom, Hydra Head), A Life Unto Itself conjures the man’s most diverse but wholly composed solo creations yet, recalling Harvestman and prior unaccompanied albums under his own name. A possible new bearing on navigating life seems to lie at the heart of A Life Unto Itself, but that decision is ultimately up to the listener.

The gritty hymn, “In Your Wings,” sees its public debut courtesy of New Noise Magazine, who recently interrogated the multi-instrumentalist on his boldest solo outing yet, the upcoming feature issuing in part, “There are few men in the world who possess a voice so powerful that it instantly sends tidal waves of soul-crushing emotion to the very fiber of your being. As vocalist and guitarist of sludge doom icons Neurosis, STEVE VON TILL’s tortured, colossal howl comes across with the subtlety of a nuclear bomb… VON TILL’s raspy, world-weary timbre holds dominion on his solo projects. He is accompanied primarily by acoustic guitar on his upcoming fourth release A Life Unto Itself, another stunning juxtaposition of beautiful, non-traditional folk music against his powerfully profound delivery.”

Join STEVE VON TILL on his pilgrimage to salvation with “In Your Wings” at THIS LOCATION.

The album’s title track, “A Life Unto Itself,” is also playing via The Quietus HERE.

Preorders for A Life Unto Itself on CD, LP and digital formats, including merch bundles, will be available next week via Neurot Recordings.

A Life Unto Itself ventures into compelling uncharted territory for its maker. STEVE VON TILL’s weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides a foundation, but a much wider variety of sonic textures are presented here. Bold and ambitious arrangements weave vintage synth, sublime strings, percussion, and electric guitars throughout these unique and expansive songs, as VON TILL’s raspy whisper dives deeply inward, and speaks genuinely of visions, memories, and self-reflection in a way that feels both seasoned and exposed.

ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself.

Following a Fall tour of their native Canada, ZEX took their energetic live set to fans across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand on the Wanderlust Tour in February and March. The tour was a raging success, uniting with fans at raging, intimate DIY gigs in nearly twenty cities. Yet just shortly after their return home, great misfortune struck as the band’s longtime comrade and touring drummer for the Wanderlust trek, Vassil Mester, tragically passed away. In honor of their great friend’s passing, ZEX has issued a tribute video to Vassil, which includes a ton of live footage and fan interaction from their tour through the South Pacific.

Check out ZEX’s heartfelt tribute to Vassil Mester RIGHT HERE.

Subsequent to the band’s initial independent release of their first LP, Magic Bullet Records has officially issued Fight For Yourself worldwide, the album now available on all digital platforms, slipcase CD and now with both black and clear pressings 12” wax. ZEX will continue touring on the new album, this week issuing the first bout of confirmed tour dates for their impending US Invasion. With nearly forty cities on the list, ZEX will trample the country from May 5th through June 13th — including one show in Mexico — with more than half of the routing now available. The remaining dates are being confirmed for announcement in the coming days. ZEX will also be releasing a brand new 7” single called “Fear No Man” for this tour.

The band’s “Wanderlust” video is playing at THIS LOCATION, the “Fight For Yourself” video HERE and the “Savage City” video HERE. Fight For Yourself is playing in its entirety HERE.

ZEX US Invasion:
5/05/2015 Low Beat – Albany, NY [info]
5/06/2015 Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA [info]
5/07/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/08/2015 Barclay House – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/09/2015 TBA – Virginia Beach, VA
5/10/2015 New Price Books – Raleigh, NC
5/12/2015 Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL [info]
5/13/2015 A-Space – Gainesville, FL
5/14/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2015 Betty’s Grill – Nashville, TN
5/16/2015 Mono – Birmingham, AL [info]
5/17/2015 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL [info]
5/18/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
5/19/2015 Black Barbie – Houston, TX
5/20/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2015 TBA – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Padaneria Chitchen-Itza – Dallas, TX [info]
5/23/2015 Sound Pony – Tulsa, OK [info]
5/24/2015 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
5/26/2015 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ [info]
5/27/2015 Time Out Lounge – Phoenix, AZ [info]
5/28/2015 Mods – Tijuana, MX [info]
5/29/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
5/30/2015 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA
5/31/2015 TBA – Riverside, CA
6/01/2015 East Side Joes – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2015 Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/04/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO
6/05/2015 Hideout – Omaha, NE [info]
6/06/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
6/07/2015 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/08/2015 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI [info]
6/09/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL [info]
6/10/2015 Last House On The Left – Cincinnati, OH [info]
6/11/2015 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/13/2015 Genesse Park – Rochester, NY

Channeling traditional heavy metal leads into their classic early punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

Physical copies of Fight For Yourself can be obtained via Magic Bullet Records HERE, and the digital HERE.