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ANATOMY OF HABIT: Post-Metal/Noise Rock Supergroup To Release Ciphers + Axioms Full-Length Via Relapse Records; Teaser Track + Preorders Available

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Chicago post-metal/noise rock unit, ANATOMY OF HABIT, will unveil their Relapse debut, Ciphers + Axioms, next month.

Fronted by noise icon Mark Solotroff of Bloodyminded, ANATOMY OF HABIT boasts an all-star  ineup featuring legendary drummer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake, Gastr Del Sol etc.), guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), percussionist Theo Katsaounis (Joan Of Arc) and bassist Kenny Rasmussen (ex Radar Eyes). Recorded at Soma Studios with sound alchemist, Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Corrections House), on Ciphers + Axioms, Solotroff leads the band through two twenty-plus minute epic compositions made of tense, monolithic walls of guitar and percussion all accompanied by his chilling, baritone vocal poetics. A traumatic and terrifying tranced-out masterpiece, here ANATOMY OF HABIT takes their place amongst Swans and Neurosis as being one of the most unique and truly gifted post-metal heavy music acts of their generation.

Your audio journey begins with samples of “Radiate And Recede” now playing on YouTube and SoundCloud below.

Ciphers + Axioms

Track Listing:
1. Radiate And Recede
2. Then Window

ANATOMY OF HABIT was forged in Chicago in October 2008. Encompassing elements of doom metal, post punk, death rock, noise rock, and shoegaze, their boundry-free sound earned the band consistent praise from a wide swath of listeners, be they people who experience the band for the first time, diehard fans who attend almost every show, or fellow musicians with whom ANATOMY OF HABIT has shared stages. The Chicagoist dubs ANATOMY OF HABIT a band that “truly defie[s] categorization,” and “a group that knows how to hold listeners attention, doing so by lulling them into gothic ambiance one minute, and then snapping them out of it with whiplash-inducing fury on loan from metal and hardcore the next,” while Cvlt Nation applauds their, “sonic diagram of audio magic.” A fitting sonic experience for devout followers of Joy Division, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, Fields Of The Nephilim, Neurosis, Death In June, and Locrian.

Ciphers + Axioms will be released on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on November 10th, 2014. Preorder you copy today at THIS LOCATION. For iTunes preorders, point your browser HERE and for BandCamp preorders, go HERE where you’ll also find streams of previous ANATOMY OF HABIT recordings.

Stay tuned for further ANATOMY OF HABIT developments as they arise.

ANATOMY OF HABIT blend indie rock, post, doom, and sludge into a work of sonic art that will remain with the listener for a long time.” – Sputnik Music

“…astoundingly powerful and unique… definitely deserving of your attention” – The Inarguable

TORCH RUNNER: Endless Nothing LP Out Now On Southern Lord; Full Album Streaming At American Aftermath + West Coast Tour With Baptists & Obliterations Nears

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Out this week through Southern Lord is the merciless second LP from North Carolina-based trio, TORCH RUNNER, entitled Endless Nothing. Here, the band unleashes a brew of rabid, grinding, hardcore rage and hardline vocal tirades, making them a sure thing for diehard followers of Napalm Death, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Homewrecker. Coinciding with the album’s street date today, American Aftermath is now playing the entire album, which devastatingly forces its way through thirteen-tracks in just over twenty-two minutes. Alongside the stream, a concise interrogation of the band is posted, giving some insight to the album’s creation, their upcoming tour assault and more.

Let Endless Nothing off the chain at American Aftermath; CLICK THIS.

Orders for both CD and LP versions of Endless Nothing, as well as Southern Lord’s recent reissue of the band’s Committed To The Ground debut on CD and LP are available HERE. Digital versions are available HERE.

In just two weeks, TORCH RUNNER will launch a massive West Coast US offensive in support of Endless Nothing, joining a Southern Lord package tour with labelmates Baptists and Obliterations, both also supporting brand new LPs out in October on Southern Lord. This unstoppable combination of lethal bands will pummel fans in a dozen cities up the coast into Canada and back, beginning with a Southern Lord showcase in Los Angeles on October 15th, were TORCH RUNNER, Baptists and Obliterations will join Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba and more.

TORCH RUNNER Fall West Coast US Tour w/ Baptists, Obliterations:
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR [no Baptists]
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA [no Baptists]
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA [no Baptists]

“By making their album a race toward total annihilation, Torch Runner have crafted a more active listening experience that seems to demand that the listener fight or be destroyed. 4/5″ – All Music Guide

“… pick up this scathing album – it’s PURE FUCKING SONIC MURDER!” – Cvlt Nation

“This is wall to wall crust with not a bit of grit getting wasted throughout… an absolutely punishing affair from start to finish and you’ll nary catch a single breath before the end of its duration.4/5” –

SECRET CUTTER Confirms European Distribution Of Debut LP Via Holy Roar Records & Tape Version Through Grimoire Cassette Cvlture; Band Added To CBGB Festival In NYC

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania trio, SECRET CUTTER, has confirmed a new European distribution deal and a limited cassette edition of their debut LP, Self Titled.

Spewing forth a wretched, caustic amalgamation of sludge, hardcore and grind elements, SECRET CUTTER jumped from a local band to gaining international praise seemingly overnight following the release of Self Titled, with incredible reactions from media outlets appearing everywhere this Summer. Comprised of drummer Jared Stimpfl, vocalist Ekim and guitarist Evan Morey, their output blends elements seemingly influenced as much by Deadguy and Converge as Eyehategod and Godflesh, delivered through a backline massive enough to power a band twice their size, delivering a live show as intense as their recorded material. With over twenty-six minutes of pure slaughterhouse material, produced by the band at Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive through a maelstrom of ten vigorous tracks on Self Titled.

The critical acclaim of Self Titled has spread around the globe like a contagion, now infecting several labels who will issue new versions of the record, following their self-release of the album on LP and digital download through their own Bethlehem Rust label earlier this year. SECRET CUTTER has hooked up with London-based Holy Roar Records (Enabler, OHHMS, Strife, Coliseum) for European distribution of Self Titled. In addition, a cassette version of the record will be available through San Diego-based Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (Indian, Fister, Goryl), in a limited run of 150 copies. All versions of Self Titled include a free digital download of the full album as well. Self Titled can be purchased on black vinyl in Europe via Holy Roar HERE, on cassette from Grimoire Cassette Cvlture HERE, and stateside on three different colors of vinyl as well as digital through the band HERE.

Also check out a recent gear feature on SECRET CUTTER’s sole axeman Evan Morey’s massive setup which helps deliver the band’s unique auditory brutality via PureGrainAudio HERE.

Following several shows in support of Self Titled this Summer, including a devastating set at the first annual Uninvited Fest in Brooklyn last week, SECRET CUTTER continues to book new gigs, including having just been confirmed to take part in NYC’s CBGB’s Festival. The band will raid Saint Vitus Bar on October 11th, providing support for Primitive Weapons and Vision Of Disorder. Further live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for their next release.

10/11/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vision If Disorder, Primitive Weapons [info]

“Secret Cutter appeal to a lot of different appetites—sludge heads looking for something a little more complicated than rote Eyehategod worship, old hardcore dudes wanting to go heavier but avoid sounding like Nails, and most of all, those committed to the mosh. They would be foolish not to tour with Xibalba or Harms Way.” – Pitchfork

“… the band Billy Anderson would listen to if he was having the worst day of his life… Self Titled defies categorization by acting as a round-up of heavy albums’ heavy parts. Sludgy, thrashy, grindy; doesn’t matter. As long as it’s bruising, it’ll make the cut.” – Invisible Oranges

“Take the anarcho-hardcore of bands like Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, Coalesce, and Converge and then meld it together using molten lava and brimstone with the sludge filled bile of bands like Eyehategod and Buzzov-en, and you’d have a close approximation of just how nasty this record is.” – Metal Insider

“A three piece shouldn’t sound this heavy, but Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Secret Cutter manages to pull off the impossible…” –

“No nonsense crushing music, vocals that are delivered with raw animal power, with a mix and master that compliment the music.” 9/10″ – This Is Not A Scene

ATRIARCH: Ceremonial Death/Doom Ensemble Unveils New Hymn Via Cvlt Nation; West Coast Live Rituals Confirmed

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Ceremonial death/doom ensemble, ATRIARCH, today unveils the slow brooding audio treachery of “Allfather.”

The towering new hymn comes by way of the band’s third full-length and first under the Relapse Record banner, An Unending Pathway. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, on An Unending Pathway, ATRIARCH delivers catharsis through sonic ritual, churning an otherworldly fusion of death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, their haunting atmospheres and avalanches of chest-heaving sludge at once compelling and overwhelming. Imagine Bauhaus as interpreted by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and only then can you begin to grasp the darkness that is ATRIARCH.

Relays Cvlt Nation: “An Unending Pathway, is an arresting and welcome combination of doom metal, death rock, black metal, and Mid Eastern-influenced darkwave sounds…. this LP is a well-produced and masterful synthesis of its differing components. It sounds confident and assured, a definite step forward in ATRIARCH’s sonic progression. In fact, I think it’s ATRIARCH’s best and most cohesive-sounding LP to date… singer Lenny Smith’s deadpan, chanting-like vocals rise to the fore, echoing as if sung from the depths of a musty Egyptian tomb. Tribal-type drumming underscores the building intensity, and halfway through the track the band switches gears and Smith begins to sound like Rozz Williams, with the band picking up speed and fury around him.”

Feel the cold audio decay of “Allfather” now playing at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out the haunting resonance of “Collapse” via Soundcloud at THIS LOCATION or YouTube HERE.

In related ATRIARCH news, the band will bring their ceremonials to the stage this November on a West Coast run of live dates. Scheduled to kick off November 7th in Seattle, the band will traumatize thirteen cities through November 21st. See confirmed shows below.

ATRIARCH West Coast Tour 2014:
11/07/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
11/08/2014 Obsidian – Olympia, WA
11/10/2014 Slabtown Records – Portland, OR Release Show w/ Usnea, Muscle, Marrow
11/12/2014 TBA – Eugene, OR
11/13/2014 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
11/14/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA
11/15/2014 Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA
11/16/2014 Tower – San Diego, CA
11/17/2014 Sweet Springs – Santa Barbara, CA
11/18/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
11/20/2014 TBA – Medford, OR
11/21/2014 Wisp House – Salem, OR

An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. Preorder your copy on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

“…shambling, ritualistic drone that gets its talons into you via crusty howls, a colossal dynamic, and the overall feel of continuing ritual” – Pitchfork

“…doom-soaked, gothic death rock…an act that have our undivided attention.” – Exclaim

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH Signs To Neurot Recordings; Long-Awaited Debut Full-Length To See Release In Spring 2015 – Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and performance to date with his newest project, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. [More…]

LO-PAN: Ohio’s Riffiest Spills New Track At Revolver; Journey With Black Cobra Continues – Ohio riff rockers, LO-PAN, hurl forth another track of amplified goodness with “Eastern Seas,” now playing at Revolver. [More…]

NO MERCY: Suicidal Records To Re-Release Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) From Legendary Crossover Act – Suicidal Records is proud to announce their plans of re-releasing the Widespread Bloodshed (Love Runs Red) LP by legendary crossover outfit, NO MERCY, this October. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Autumn Live Assault – Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. [More…]

MACABRE: October Tour With Ringworm Precedes November Mini-Tour With Carcass – Chicago’s Murder Metal trio, MACABRE, is set to rampage across the US on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October. [More…]

FALLUJAH: Atmospheric Death Metal Faction Announces Pacific Northwest Trek With Archspire; European Tour Draws Near – Following their successful Summer Slaughter takeover, atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, will embark upon a short but punishing run of Pacific Northwest dates next month. [More…]

DIE CHOKING Unloads Entire New 7-Inch Via Decibel Magazine; II EP Out Next Week Via The Compound – This week, Philadelphia’s new tyrants of hyperthrash, DIE CHOKING, will release their second blazing 7”, II, and today the entire EP is now playing courtesy of Decibel Magazine. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Drops Lyric Video For “Unsympathetic Intellect” Through Revolver Magazine – With the October 14th release date for RINGS OF SATURN’s second LP, Lugal Ki En, rapidly approaching, another new single has been declassified and is now on public display through a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” at Revolver Magazine’s website. [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors To Unleash Third Full-Length Via Magic Bullet Next Month – Cleveland, Ohio’s occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 1 – Noisey, the music arm of VICE, is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, episode 1. [More…]

FUZZ EVIL & CHIEFS Split 7-Inch EP To See October Release Via Battleground Records – The Battleground Records roster continues to rapidly expand, with another new release on the horizon for October, in the form of a split 7” from FUZZ EVIL and CHIEFS. [More…]

DYSTOPIA: Human=Garbage Debut From Legendary Sludge/Crust Unit Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Twenty-Year Anniversary Reissue To Drop Later This Month Via Tankcrimes – With the official reissue of the iconic Human=Garbage debut full-length from legendary West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, DYSTOPIA, just a few weeks away, Cvlt Nation offers up the record in its filth-ridden entirety. [More…]

ENABLER Signs With Century Media; La Fin Absolue Du Monde To Get Official European Issue – Following the initial release of ENABLER’s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label. [More…]

USNEA: Sophomore LP From Portland Doom Quartet Nears November Release Through Relapse Records; New Track Streaming – Having signed Portland, Oregon based funeral doom/death quartet, UNSEA, earlier this year, Relapse Records is now preparing the band’s monstrous sophomore LP for descent onto the population in mid-November. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed + Official Video For “Kill Or Become” UnveiledA Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! [More…]

EXCEL: California Hardcore/Thrash Crossover Crew Launches Official Store; Preview Tracks For Southern Lord Reissue Of Split Image Playing – This week, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, will reissue their debut album Split Image via Southern Lord, and to mark the occasion, an official online store has been launched, and several tracks from the remastered classic album are now streaming. [More…]

ROSES NEVER FADE: Dark Neofolk Trio Releases Second Full-Length Via Belgium’s Neuropa RecordsROSES NEVER FADE returns to Belgium’s Neuropa Records with their long-awaited second full-length entitled Devil Dust. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Debut Album From Original Doomriders Members Nears October Release Via Magic Bullet – Magic Bullet Records will deliver one of the most corrosive sludge/doom releases of the year with the somewhat unexpected self-titled debut and incurably bleak and sinister awakening and introduction to the world of Boston’s newest heavy music titan, WORMWOOD. [More…]

GOATSNAKE Reveals Initial Details Of Impending New Album Due For Release In 2015 – Los Angeles, California’s GOATSNAKE is back in a big way. Having spent the Summer at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, the band is gearing up to release their first new full-length album since 2000’s Flower Of Disease. [More…]

CDC: Pennsylvania Hardcore Act Confirms European Autumn Tour; New Release Scheduled For Early 2015 – Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, has announced the band’s upcoming return to the European continent next month on a two week tour. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: NYC Death Metallers Premiere New Tune Via Cvlt Nation; Carnival Of Death Tour Draws Near + Enter To Win ShowUsYourSlam Contest! – With the release of Imperium, the first new album in over a decade from New York City-based death metal institution, INTERNAL BLEEDING, now less than one week away, the gate keepers at Cvlt Nation are pleased to spew forth the debilitating rumble of the eighth cut, “Placate The Ancients.” [More…]

MAID MYRIAD: MetalSucks Releases New Single From With Haste On Its Breath; Debut Album From Ohio Kaleidoscope Rock Act Nears October Release – Akron, Ohio-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, will release their mesmerizing debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, in on week, and the crew who runs MetalSucks’ online domain has premiered the album’s third track,Be Careful What You Wish For.” [More…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY Drops “The Alonest Of The Alone” Lyric Video Featuring Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade At Metal Insider; Cobra Verde To See Release Next Month – Kick your afternoon in the teeth with the rabid new lyric video for “The Alonest Of The Alone” from Italian technical death metal demolition team, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 2 – Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, EYEHATEGOD, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others. [More…]

LORD MANTIS: “Possession Prayer” Video Under Construction + October Tour With Today Is The Day Announced; 2xLP Version Of Death Mask Out Now – The demoralizing Chicagoan collective, LORD MANTIS, is currently immersed in the construction of their first official video, which is sure to be a disturbing and uncomforting visual experience. [More…]

ENCOFFINATION Releases “Charnel Bowels Of A Putrescent Earth” From Third LP Via Decibel Magazine: Preorders Posted – The first single from III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs), the suffocating third full-length movement from US death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, is now playing courtesy of an exclusive stream at Decibel Magazine. [More…]

FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Delivers A “Death Injection” From Debut LP Via Cvlt Nation – A full two months before it detonates upon the masses, today humanity gets a foreboding first listen to Helsinki Savagery, the debut LP from Finnish crossover killers, FORESEEN HKI, as Cvlt Nation hosts a stream of “Death Injection.” [More…]

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Unit Featuring Members Of Abysmal Dawn And Arkaik To Release Unique Leader Debut; Lyric Video Now Playing At Revolver Magazine – California-based extreme death metal perpetrators, ANNIHILATED — who features within its ranks, current and former members of Abysmal Dawn, Grotesque, Excretion, and Arkaik — will spread their sonic sickness across the lands this Fall with the release of debut full-length, XIII Steps To Ruination. [More…]

DER BLAUE REITER: Post-Apocalyptic Darkwave Project Releases Le Paradis Funèbre II – L’ Adieu Du Silence Via Neuropa Records – Following the release of their critically-adored, Nuclear Sun long player, Barcelona-based darkwave project, DER BLAUE REITER, returns from the pillars of oblivion with a new collection of mirthless hymns centered on post-apocalyptic desolation. [More…]

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


FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Delivers A “Death Injection” From Debut LP Via Cvlt Nation

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A full two months before it detonates upon the masses, today humanity gets a foreboding first listen to Helsinki Savagery, the debut LP from Finnish crossover killers, FORESEEN HKI, as Cvlt Nation hosts a stream of “Death Injection.”

Amidst the ten roaring tracks packed into the nearly thirty-seven minute massacre, one of the most ripping outbursts on Helsinki Savagery comes in the form of the LP’s second track, “Death Injection,” which is one of the longer songs FORESEEN HKI here unloads, making its by-the-throat approach all the more relentless. Explosive riffs and divebombs heavy enough to sink battleships, rampant, unchained aggressiveness in the tempos and utterly maniacal razorwire vocals raze everything in earshot in this number. In their public disbursement of the track, Cvlt Nation issues, “FORESEEN HKI strap you down, duct tape your mouth and shoot ‘Death Injection’ directly into your brain with their frenzied, pounding sound!”

To get the FORESEEN HKI injection, CLICK HERE.

20 Buck Spin will unleash Helsinki Savagery via digital delivery and CD on November 25th, with an LP pressing to hit on February 3rd and co-released in Europe by Take It Back Records.

On Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI’s raw crossover shows the band effortlessly fusing the 1980s iterations of US thrash and hardcore to create a merciless album of absolute jawbreakers. A distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility, that’s been a hallmark of the countries incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ‘80s, pervades the LP. Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI takes their place among the elite of modern crossover bands, infusing a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows, documenting a band in its hungry, formative prime. With high speeds and fierce leads that shred, United Forces are back from the dead. Recorded and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, Finland, the album bears appropriately grim but colorful, old-school heavy metal artwork by Chad Keith. Circle pit-dwellers who live by the lessons of S.O.D, Nuclear Assault, Integrity, Cro-Mags and Leeway, or frequent more contemporary works by Audiopain, Noisem and Power Trip should keep their ears glued to the airwaves to keep up on FORESEEN HKI. The band is also planning to invade the US for the first time in 2015.

LORD MANTIS: “Possession Prayer” Video Under Construction + October Tour With Today Is The Day Announced; 2xLP Version Of Death Mask Out Now

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The demoralizing Chicagoan collective, LORD MANTIS, is currently immersed in the construction of their first official video, which is sure to be a disturbing and uncomforting visual experience. Directed, shot, and currently being edited by Brooklyn-based Gretchen Heinel — known for recent videos for industrialists Statiqbloom, Batillus and Theologian — and produced by Profound Lore Records and New Density, the video is being created for the mechanical and uncomfortable track “Possession Prayer” from LORD MANTIS’ third LP, Death Mask. In the tradition of their output and track record, according the band, “the video will likely not meet YouTube guidelines due to explicit content.” Stand by for the video to be presented upon its completion this Fall. Several screen shots from the video have been released below.

Following its official CD and digital release via Profound Lore at the end of April, Death Mask now sees deluxe vinyl release via New Density, the label founded by LORD MANTIS guitarist Andrew Markuszewski, also of Avichi. Engineered at Electrical Audio and Soma studios by Sanford Parker, mixed at Hypercube and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, Death Mask features artwork by Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice) and layout duties handled by Chimère Noire. The massive 2xLP platter comes on 180-gram wax in an array of colors, including a traditional black run in addition to limited runs of 150 copies on silver/black splatter and 50 on gold/black splatter, and housed in a matte deluxe gatefold sleeve. Orders are now live through New Density HERE.

While the East Coast still recovers from their Summer tour to Martyrdoom Fest in NYC with Hell Militia, LORD MANTIS has been confirmed as direct support for the visionary Today Is The Day in October. The three-week run carves a clockwise smile in the country, beginning in the Northeast, diving south to the Gulf Coast and then up the West Coast, then back down into the Southeast between October 7th and 25th. Stand by as the final venues are locked and additional LORD MANTIS live actions are announced.

LORD MANTIS w/ Today Is The Day:
10/07/2014 Geno’s – Portland, ME [tickets]
10/08/2014 Sonny’s – Dover, NH [tickets]
10/09/2014 Spotlight Tavern – Beverly, MA [tickets]
10/10/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI [tickets]
10/11/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC [tickets]
10/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY [tickets]
10/13/2014 Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
10/14/2014 Church – Boston, MA [tickets]
10/15/2014 The Depot – York, PA [tickets]
10/16/2014 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD [tickets]
10/17/2014 Summit – Columbus, OH
10/18/2014 Jabber Jaws – Allentown, PA [tickets]
10/19/2014 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
10/20/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL [tickets]
10/21/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA [tickets]
10/22/2014 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL [tickets]
10/23/2014 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC [tickets]
10/24/2014 TBA
10/25/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO [tickets]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY Drops “The Alonest Of The Alone” Lyric Video Featuring Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade At Metal Insider; Cobra Verde To See Release Next Month

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Kick your Thursday afternoon in the teeth with the rabid new lyric video for “The Alonest Of The Alone” from Italian technical death metal demolition team, HIDEOUS DIVINITY.

The pitiless new number comes by way of the band’s hemorrhage-inducing forthcoming full-length, Cobra Verde, set for ignition next month via Unique Leader Records. Based around Werner Herzog’s 1987 film of the same name and crowned, “an uber-brutal, churning platter of tech-y death metal” by Decibel Magazine, Cobra Verde was recorded at 16th Cellar Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit The Soul) and flaunts nine tracks of meticulously executed brutality including a searing rendition of Ripping Corpse’s “The Last And Only Son.” Doused in a near-intoxicating air of hate and discontent, Cobra Verde is a true must-have for devout followers of obscure and intense death metal a la Nile and Immolation with the lysergic influences of Ulcerate.

Latest teaser track, “The Alonest Of The Alone” features a guest vocal appearances by Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade who comments, “It was awesome to get a chance to do some guest vocals on the record. HIDEOUS DIVINITY is one of the most brutal bands out right now, and it’s an honor to be part of that brutality.”

Piss off your neighbors with the North American premiere of “The Alonest Of The Alone,” now playing at Metal Insider at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Sinister And Demented,” still streaming, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY features within their ranks former members of Hour Of Penance and Ghouls. Born between Italy and Norway in late 2006 as a side project of Hour Of Penance founder Enrico Schettino, HIDEOUS DIVINITY immediately earned underground accolades thanks to their mauling 2007 Sinful Star Necrolatry two-track demo. It wasn’t until 2010 however that the band, with their first stable lineup, would perform live alongside longstanding comrades, Insision. In the interim, new songs were composed with their European death/black influences giving way to a more mindful, complex yet straight-in-your-face death metal assault in the vein Nile, Immolation and Hate: the embryo of their first full-length release. Following another successful appearance in Scandinavia at the end of April 2012, this time for the prestigious Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway, a three-album deal with Unique Leader Records was forged. In late July 2011 the band entered 16th Cellar to record their Obeisance Rising debut. The lyrical concept is based on John Carpenter’s immortal masterstroke They Live, a dramatically relevant testimony of a dark era that never ended.

Cobra Verde will be released in the US on October 28th, 2014, the UK on October 27th and the rest of Europe on October 31st. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.

MAID MYRIAD: MetalSucks Releases New Single From With Haste On Its Breath; Debut Album From Ohio Kaleidoscope Rock Act Nears October Release

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Akron, Ohio-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, will release their mesmerizing debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, in less than two weeks, and today, the crew who runs MetalSucks’ online domain has premiered the album’s third track,Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Slowly uncoiling, building from a gentle, theatrical intro into an explosive modern rock masterpiece by the end, Be Careful What You Wish For” is just an example of MAID MYRIAD’s awesome dexterity displayed on the moving twelve-song With Haste On Its Breath. The trio fuses an endless array of genres into a unique, hook-strewn rock amalgam of their own, and on the album, creates an hour-long opus that is as beautiful as it is contagious. Alongside their exclusive stream of Be Careful What You Wish For,” MetalSucks states the track, “might be described as ‘Coheed-esque’ — it’s massive, melodic, introspective, and tortured, like a wonderful dream that quickly metamorphasizes into the kind of nightmare that continues to rattle and haunt you even after you awaken, stuck to your psyche like gum to the bottom of a shoe. Little wonder we became so smitten with the song from the moment we heard it!”

Listen to Be Careful What You Wish For” now at via MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

American Aftermath is also hosting the album-opening “Encircled” right HERE.

With Haste On Its Breath will see a six-panel digipak CD and digital release October 7th via Nefarious Industries, the independent label founded by members of MAID MYRIAD, A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore and more, and the home of a bunch of big, dumb noise. Preorders for the album are available, with several different bundles, all of which include an instant download of “Encircled”. Check it out HERE.

MAID MYRIAD’s record release show for With Haste On Its Breath is scheduled to take place in Kent, Ohio next Saturday, October 4th, at which the band will perform the entire new album just days before its release on the 7th. Additional live and tour actions from the band will be announced for the coming months shortly.

10/04/2014 The Kent Stage – Kent, OH *CD RELEASE w/ Simeon Soul Charger [info]

JCK solo:
9/26/2014 Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY w/ Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor [info]

MAID MYRIAD was founded by guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Jeff Klemm (ex-Via Lotus) and drummer Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant), the duo now joined by bassist Mario Tonathy. Bursting with influences from a gamut of rock subgenres, the band’s sound unifies elements of Thursday, Sunny Day Real Estate the late 1990s post-hardcore/emo circuit, massive alternative rock elements of Dredg, later Cave In and the mellowest aspects of the Dillinger Escape Plan’s more recent works, creative drive which brings to mind The Mars Volta, A Perfect Circle and Mike Patton, all seamlessly honed and brought to vibrant life with a passionate, dynamic, clean vocal delivery. Recorded in both Akron, Ohio, and Keyport, New Jersey, produced and engineered by guitarist Jeff Klemm at Free Truman Productions, and then mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Adrenaline Mob, Foxy Shazam, etc.), the artwork and layout for With Haste On Its Breath was handled by Eric Nyffeler at Doe-Eyed (East Of The Wall, A Fucking Elephant).

INTERNAL BLEEDING: NYC Death Metallers Premiere New Tune Via Cvlt Nation; Carnival Of Death Tour Draws Near + Enter To Win ShowUsYourSlam Contest!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

With the release of Imperium, the first new album in over a decade from New York City-based death metal institution, INTERNAL BLEEDING, now less than one week away, the gate keepers at Cvlt Nation are pleased to spew forth the debilitating rumble of the eighth cut, “Placate The Ancients.”

Comments bassist Jay Liff of the tune, “‘Placate The Ancients’ has kind of an old-school INTERNAL BLEEDING vibe to it — I think that’s because of how the song flows from one riff to the next. It always reminds me of some of the band’s demos from the 1990s. The riff and tempo changes are pretty dramatic in parts, yet they still have that patented IB groove that flows through it all. I think that’s the key to this song; the flow.”

Get brutal with “Placate The Ancients” at THIS LOCATION.

Produced by the band and Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium serves as the band’s most inexorable and enraged output to date delivering ten sonically pulverizing tracks including a trilogy featuring guest appearances by Suffocation’s Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen as well as former INTERNAL BLEEDING throat Frank Rini. The Sludgelord hails, “There’s a charisma and personality in an album like Imperium and in a band like INTERNAL BLEEDING that is simply absent in so much of the brutal, technical or slamming death metal that’s put out there these days…This is an album worth going out of your way to hear,” Dead Rhetoric dubs the record, “a massive slab of slamming death metal, but done with some actual intellect,” furthering , “time changes, solos? Who knew these could all be accomplished within the slam playbook? Ahh, that’s right, these guys are the ones who originally wrote that book,” while Angry Metal Guy adds, “It’s inspiring to hear one of the bands that pioneered a genre almost a quarter of a century ago stretch it into new and refreshing territories.”

In conjunction with the official descent of Imperium, INTERNAL BLEEDING will crumble stages across North America as part of this year’s Carnival Of Death gala. Slated to embark on October 3rd, 2014 in New York City, the tour will leave nearly two-dozen cities in ruin, coming to a close on November 3rd, 2014, in Montreal. The band will be joined by with Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia.

Additionally, INTERNAL BLEEDING is currently hosting a “Show Us Your Slam” contest! Simply post a picture of yourself on your FaceBook wall showing off your favorite INTERNAL BLEEDING swag and include the hashtag #SHOWUSYOURSLAM for your chance to win a prize pack including two VIP guest list tickets to a Carnival Of Death tour date of your choice and a music and merch Imperium pack courtesy of Unique Leader Records! Drawing will be held on September 30th, 2014, the day of Imperium’s release.

Carnival Of Death Tour 2014 w/ Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia:
10/03/2014 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/04/2014 The Webster – Hartford, CT
10/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
10/06/2014 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
10/07/2014 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/08/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
10/11/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/12/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/16/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
10/17/2014 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/18/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/19/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2014 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2014 The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
10/22/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 The Level – Kelowna, BC
10/27/2014 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK
10/29/2014 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/2014 Mine Mill Hall – Sudbury, ON
11/01/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/02/2014 Paramount – Rouyn, QC
11/03/2014 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

Preorders for Imperium including digital, CD, LP and merch packages are currently available HERE.