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NY IN 64: “A Towering Relic” From Magic Bullet Records-Bound Debut LP Now Playing At MetalSucks

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

MetalSucks has released the newest single from NY64, the debut LP from the New Jersey-based instrumental rock/hardcore outfit known as NY IN 64, launching the record’s third track, “A Towering Relic.”

While over-the-top metallic brutalization is far from NY IN 64’s approach, a deeply emotional pummeling undeniably in store over the course of their recorded debut, NY64 breaching a wide rift of pain and loss, and confronting said demons entirely sans vocals or lyrics. Handling nearly every aspect of the album themselves, the recordings were captured in November at Volume Fact and Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam, Meek Is Murder) by guitarist Chris Alfano, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and its fitting cover shot/designed by guitarist Justin Hock. “A Towering Relic” becomes available for communal consumption through prime webzine, MetalSucks, who offers of the new tune, “Since East of the Wall are my main touchstone here, I hear plenty of East of the Wall-isms going on — fat, chunky bass, deep pocket grooves, atmospheric guitars and complex arrangements — but I hear something else too… It’s heavy, but it’s also emotional. It’s overtly complex, but it’s soundly structured. In short: it’s really fucking good.”

Investigate NY IN 64’s “A Towering Relic” courtesy of MetalSucks; CLICK HERE.

Also explore the previously released “Maintaining Now, The Contact” playing HERE.

NY IN 64’s maiden voyage into album land explores vast, lush terrain in genre territories some may apply “post” prefixes to, or refer to as “progressive,” but the simple fact is, the band merely executes spectacularly crafted, instrumental, melodic, hardcore/rock, constructed from an unbreakable core, its shimmering layers seemingly weaving directly into the earth as they unfold. After taking a fifteen-year hiatus from writing music together, Justin Hock and Thomas Schlatter (You And I) began laying down the framework to collaborate once again. To flesh out the outfit, the team recruited New Jersey musical veterans Chris Alfano and Seth Rheam (East Of The Wall), completing the lineup for NY IN 64. Completely void of vocals, the raw energy of ‘90s hardcore supplied by Hock and Schlatter, mixed with the refined technical aspects of progressive metal Alfano and Rheam deliver, were like two worlds colliding, however, resulted into something that seamlessly blended the two contrary styles. While injecting the energy and enthusiasm of a basement show into a more refined musical composition, NY IN 64 attempts to harness two sides of many coins; youth and age, rawness and precision, joy and hostility.

With turmoil and tranquility interwoven throughout the entire album, the seven dynamic sequences that formulate NY 64 will see release worldwide via Magic Bullet Records on April 7th with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after.

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SAVIOURS: Oakland Metal Unit To Kick Off Short Run Of Live Dates

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Today, Oakland metal unit, SAVIOURS, will kick off a short run of live dates. Beginning in Vancouver at The Astoria, the band will pillage through nine cities, the trek coming to a close in Fresno at Strummer’s.

SAVIOURS:
4/01/2015 The Astoria – Vancouver, BC
4/02/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/03/2015 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
4/05/2015 Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
4/06/2015 Club Red – West Theater – Mesa, AZ
4/07/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
4/08/2015 Constellation Room at the Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/09/2015 SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
4/10/2015 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA

SAVIOURS recently put the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled new full-length. Captured at Type Foundry in Portland with the inimitable Billy Anderson, the band’s forthcoming long player will be released via Listenable Records this Fall. With four full-lengths and seven EPs to their name and having played in an astounding twenty-one countries, SAVIOURS, continues to forge ahead with their towering riffs, colossal rhythms, infectious guitar harmonies and an obsession with the end of times, the occult, psychedelics and the arcane built upon the foundation that Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead laid. Further SAVIOURS news updates to be transmitted in the weeks to come. Stand by.

SAVIOURS:
Austin Barber – guitar, vocals
Sonny Reinhardt – guitar, vocals
Scott Batiste – drums
Andy Anderson – bass

“A dual-guitar riff-fest inspired by NWOBHM and ‘70s proto-doom.” –Revolver

“You know you’re playing a good set when your music not only commands the attention of the likes of J Mascis and Matt Pike, but you’re sounding so tight that it compels the two guitar greats to air shred like a couple of Maiden fans circa 1980.” – Decibel


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DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand-Based Death Metal Troupe Unveils “Vassalplasty” Lyric Video Via No Clean Singing

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Tides Of Damocles is the furiously menacing forthcoming new long player from long-running New Zealand-based progressive death metal unit, DAWN OF AZAZEL. 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 offering 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 hurls forth forty-eight minutes of harrowing, scrupulously detailed death metal mastery.

The first taste of The Tides Of Damocles comes in the form of theVassalplasty” lyric video. Created by Scott Rudd (Aborted, Acrania, Fit For An Autopsy), the clip is now wreaking havoc

of No Clean Singing. Elaborates the band: ”Tides is a diverse album, and we felt ‘Vassalplasty’ is the song with the most immediate impact: Heaviness and aggression mixed with a taste of some of the more psychotropic elements to be found on the rest of the album. The title is a play on the surgical procedure to straighten a fractured and weakened spine. The lyrical theme is retaining a backbone in the face of circumstances that would cause others to conform, submit or crumple.”

Adds No Clean Singing: “The song is itself a raging, storm-lashed assault, driven by blistering riffs, highly weaponized drumming, and raw vocal vitriol. It’s a tightly controlled frenzy, the kind of murderous outburst that somehow manages to be both chaotic and machine precise. The song is laced with inventive instrumental excursions and packed with grooves that are powerful enough to crack skulls. Both viscerally powerful and technically eye-opening, it will awaken the predator in you while simultaneously re-wiring your brain.”

Enjoy the ear lashing at THIS LOCATION.

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

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
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

Crowned, “metal in its roughest and most primal form” by The Metal Observer and influenced by the violent sounds of Order Of Chaos, Immolation, Sarcofago and the like, 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 American death metal icons, 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

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CHILD BITE: Punk Metal Noise Rock Hellions Announce US Tour Dates; Band To Enter Nodferatu’s Lair Later This Month

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Detroit punk metal noise rock hellions, CHILD BITE, are pleased to confirm a string of live invasions later this month. Kicking off April 19th in Dayton, Ohio, the band will wallop Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Athens, Little Rock and Hattiesburgh before making their way to Philip H. Anselmo’s famed Nodferatu’s Lair to track the follow-up to last year’s Strange Waste EP. On May 11th, the band will take to the streets again to crush New Orleans, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Richmond, Canton and Cincinnati with future live abrasions in their scheduling phases.

CHILD BITE:
4/19/2015 Canal Public House – Dayton, OH
4/20/2015 Highland Taproom – Louisville, KY
4/21/2015 The End – Nashville, TN
4/22/2015 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
4/23/2015 Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
4/24/2015 The Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
4/25/2015 The Tavern – Hattiesburgh, MS
5/11/2015 Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/13/2015 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
5/14/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/15/2015 Buzzbin Art & Music – Canton, OH
5/16/2015 The Comet  - Cincinnati, OH

In related CHILD BITE missives, the band will appear on an upcoming, limited edition Celtic Frost tribute record. Set for release via Corpse Flower Records later this Spring as a supplement to the Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a mega 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors, edited by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph, CHILD BITE opens the collection with their rendition of “The Usurper” with Anselmo on lead vocals. “If you saw us at our release show or on tour last Fall,” the band notes, “you may have heard us play it with [vocalist] Shawn [Knight] doing his best Anselmo-meets-Tom G impression.” The comp will also include Acid Witch, Municipal Waste, members of Neurosis and Repulsion and more!

CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP was release via Housecore Records last Fall. . Ugly, anxious and perilously habit-forming, the record  continues to shock and awe ears of the willing with its deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. Check out Strange Waste, still streaming in full at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE. And don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash and is still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

CHILD BITE’s music smashes into you, as fast as a freight train and just as heavy. The guitars are a blistering blur of nimble and gnarly tones, with the rhythm section’s raucous grooves propelling a raspy, yowling vocalist’s emphatically motor-mouthed lyrics…” — Detroit Free Press

“Knight’s voice is what I image one would get by throwing the vocals of Mike Patton, Jello Biafra, Joe McTighe, David Yow and Dave Brockie into a furnace to mix together and pour out as a flowing molten blend. Strange Waste is one of those rare albums that is ridiculously good from start to finish.” – The Examiner

“The soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was… a mangled mash-up of noise rock and punk that comes across as something deranged yet catchy.” – American Aftermath

CHILD BITE makes the type of noise that could appeal to fans of just about everything… you like your music loud and slightly unhinged then this will be right up your street.” – No Clean Singing

“The riffs on the record are catchier than the clap, and the rhythm section is a constant pummeling.” — Bearded Gentlemen Music

Strange Waste is available on CD, double vinyl seven-inch and digitally via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION.

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SKINLESS: Iconic New York Death Metal Militia To Drop First New Full-Length In Nearly A Decade; Video Teaser + Preorders Now Available

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

[photo by Shaun MacMahon]

Iconic New York death metal militia, SKINLESS, was spawned in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. Following an extended hiatus, SKINLESS will again corrupt the ears of the living this June with a brand new studio recording.

Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, and featuring their classic late ‘90s lineup with with recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, the record was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. Brandishing seven tracks of  SKINLESS’ signature meld of punishing, war-waging grooves and blast-laden, surgically precise severity, Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic and plainly addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Comments Carpenter, “We worked really hard on this record and I hope you guys soil your diapers repeatedly when you hear it. We think it’s the most well-rounded SKINLESS album yet; from the song writing to the production, the artwork, and the layout, it’s the real deal. Get your beers and toilet paper ready.”

Adds Webber, “Gallons of brew slammed and oceans of blood spilled, we’re back sicker than ever. This is a dark, immense slab of death metal. May the brutal party commence again until Only The Ruthless Remain!”

Feast your eyes and ears on the new Only The Ruthless Remain video teaser at THIS LOCATION.

Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing:
1. Serpenticide
2. Only The Ruthless Remain
3. Skinless
4. Flamethrower
5. The Beast Smells Blood
6. Funeral Curse
7. Barbaric Proclivity

In related SKINLESS developments, the band will levy their sonic brutality upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015  Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

In 1998, SKINLESS released their now legendary Progression Towards Evil debut full-length, which stunned the underground, showcasing the visceral energy the band had become notorious for live. An independent release, Progression Towards Evil received frenzied acclaim from media outlets globally. A union with Relapse Records ensued and three more bludgeoning platters were served from 2001-2006 with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available. For preorder bundles, visit THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, go HERE.

SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth


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Iconic New York death metal militia, SKINLESS, was spawned in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. Following an extended hiatus, SKINLESS will again corrupt the ears of the living this June with a brand new studio recording.

Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, and featuring their classic late ‘90s lineup with with recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, the record was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. Brandishing seven tracks of SKINLESS’ signature meld of punishing, war-waging grooves and blast-laden, surgically precise severity, Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic and plainly addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Comments Carpenter, “We worked really hard on this record and I hope you guys soil your diapers repeatedly when you hear it. We think it’s the most well-rounded SKINLESS album yet; from the song writing to the production, the artwork, and the layout, it’s the real deal. Get your beers and toilet paper ready.”

Adds Webber, “Gallons of brew slammed and oceans of blood spilled, we’re back sicker than ever. This is a dark, immense slab of death metal. May the brutal party commence again until Only The Ruthless Remain!”

Feast your eyes and ears on the new Only The Ruthless Remain video teaser at THIS LOCATION.

Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing:

1. Serpenticide

2. Only The Ruthless Remain

3. Skinless

4. Flamethrower

5. The Beast Smells Blood

6. Funeral Curse

7. Barbaric Proclivity

In related SKINLESS developments, the band will levy their sonic brutality upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015  Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

In 1998, SKINLESS released their now legendary Progression Towards Evil debut full-length, which stunned the underground, showcasing the visceral energy the band had become notorious for live. An independent release, Progression Towards Evil received frenzied acclaim from media outlets globally. A union with Relapse Records ensued and three more bludgeoning platters were served from 2001-2006 with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available. For preorder bundles, visit THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, go HERE.

SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth

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SULPHUR AEON: German Death Cult Frees Unrelenting Gateway To The Antisphere LP In Its Entirety Through No Clean Singing

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Writhing from unfathomable, abyssal depths like eleven inescapable, strangulating tentacles are the movements that create Gateway To The Antisphere, the second LP from Germany’s SULPHUR AEON, proven today as the album comes ripping to life in its leviathan entirety at No Clean Singing. From one awestruck glance at the album’s intense cover artwork, Gateway To The Antisphere draws you in with the force of gale-ridden tides, packing an unforgiving fifty-two minutes of SULPHUR AEON’s most fatal works yet, the album leaves a lasting impression upon even one listen. As treacherous as the stunning layout artwork by Ola Larsson is the production by Simon Werner, which captures this top-tier act at its most grim and devastating, here delivering a whirlwind of apocalyptic atmosphere.

Through the harsh passageway at No Clean Singing, Gateway To The Antisphere can now be endured in its entirety days ahead of its release through the combined efforts of Ván Records and Imperium Productions, the portal offering in part this warning to all who venture near this beast, “It would be sad if SULPHUR AEON’s new album failed to live up to the vivid Lovecraftian power and richly imagined detail of the cover art that Ola Larsson created for it. Thankfully, the sound is more than a match for the imagery: Gateway To The Antisphere is one of the most terrifying, and hands-down one of the best, death metal albums of this year.” The review continues: “On a purely technical level, the instrumental and vocal performances, and the production, are exceptional. The flensing riffs are fleet and savage, the eye-popping drumwork is precise and varied, and the vocals are multi-hued but never less than voracious. The production delivers these combined forces with clarity and galvanizing potency… This one, we’ll be listening to for years to come.”

Enter No Clean Singing to experience SULPHUR AEON’s Gateway To The Antisphere at THIS LOCATION.

Through their deathly mélange of ferocious riffs, ultra-precise drums and sepulchral incantatory chants, combined with a high level of musical competence and songwriting to the most haunting and wicked death metal, SULPHUR AEON once again proves itself a leading act, crushing with the likes of Ulcerate, Morbus Chron, Abyssal, Vanhelgd and Watain. Gateway To The Antisphere, will be released this Friday, April 3rd on massive, gatefold 2xLP, CD and digital download. View ordering options HERE.

Stand by for news of SULPHUR AEON taking their brute new anthems to the stage in the months ahead.

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MINSK: The Crash & The Draw Streaming Is Its Entirety At Decibel Magazine; Release To Drop In North America Next Week

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Lush, crushing, hallucinatory, at times, spiritually healing, MINSK’s long-anticipated The Crash & The Draw full-length – set for official North American unveiling next Tuesday via Relapse Records – echoes with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency that’s difficult to dismiss. Each cascading movement a crucial sonic passage through dark and light, the record follows the eclectic collective’s six-year hiatus and delivers eleven immersive movements that transcend far beyond the boundaries of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia.

Captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.), mixed by Parker and MINSK and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman and Aaron Austin, The Crash & The Draw is an instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year. In an early 4/5 review, Revolver notes, “On its first full-length album in six years, this Illinois band still specializes in sprawling post-metal that ebbs, flows and pummels in a Neurosis and Pelican sort of way,” crowning the four-part “Onward Procession” in particular, “an extreme-metal mega-statement that’s both ferocious and haunting (especially when the chanting begins).” In an 8/10 score, Exclaim calls the band, “pretty untouchable,” and “definitely on a plane of their own.” Stereogum concurs, The Crash And The Draw revisits and expands upon the features that made this band appealing in the first place, from their meticulously layered vocals to their masterful dynamic sensibility,” further elaborating of “When The Walls Fell,” “Post-metal bands always get saddled with wave/tide metaphors, but the way that ‘When The Walls Fell’ gradually rotates between restraint and aggression until it reaches its emotional climax really does evoke some cyclical force of nature — a force that remains as powerful as it’s ever been.” In a 9/10 rating, Metal Storm applauds MINSK’s ability to “craft songs that are unrelenting and crushing,” calling The Crash & The Draw, “thoroughly engrossing,” while MetalSucks adds of “The Way Is Through,” specifically, “it’s arresting, gorgeous, brutal and mesmerizing all the same; a full journey throughout the song’s nine-plus minutes.”

In celebration of its final descent, today Decibel delivers all eleven engrossing moments of The Crash & The Draw for your mental and physical enjoyment noting “This Illinois-based act brings a widescreen sensibility to their Neurosis, storming through 76 minutes of sludge and misery. With the ever-dependable Sanford Parker guiding the storm, their latest descent into the void is a suffocating one.”

Turn up and tune out to the sounds of MINSK’s The Crash & The Draw at THIS LOCATION.

In related MINSK developments, the band will bring their audio conjurings to stages throughout Europe next month commencing with an appearance at this year’s Roadburn Fest with additional live ceremonies to be announced in the months to come.

MINSK:
4/09/2015 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/10/2015 Doom Over Leipzig – Leipzig, DE
4/11/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/12/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
4/13/2015 Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, PL
4/14/2015 007 – Prague, CZ
4/15/2015 P.M.K. – Innsbruck, AU
4/16/2015 Feierwerk – Munchen, DE
4/17/2015 Freakout – Bologna, IT
4/18/2015 Lo Fi Club – SoloMacello Fest – Milano, IT
4/19/2015 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
4/20/2015 Escape B – Paris, FR
4/21/2015 La Scene Michelet – Nantes, FR
4/22/2015 La Peniche – Lille, FR
4/23/2015 FZW – Dortmund, DE
4/24/2015 Desertfest – London, UK
4/25/2015 Kavka – Antwerp, BE

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought forth visionaries like Neurosis and Isis. with their latest opus, MINSK step out of the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of tuneful, trance-inducing heaviness. A thematic continuation of the group’s long-standing attraction to alchemical and esoteric ideologies, MINSK’s The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world and come available on CD, double LP and digitally. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.

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KINGS DESTROY: NYC Stoner/Doom Rock Dealers Unveil “Mr. O” Via MetalSucks; Digital Preorders Available

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

New York City’s favorite stoner/doom rock dealers, KINGS DESTROY — who feature within their ranks guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski from Killing Time, vocalist Steve Murphy from Uppercut, drummer Rob Sefcik formerly of The Begotten, Uppercut, Fur and Electric Frankenstein and bassist Aaron Bumpus — reveal another new hymn from their impending new self-titled full-length set for release via War Crime Recordings this May.

The follow-up to last year’s lauded A Time Of Hunting long player was produced and mixed by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago, Illinois, and boasts seven, soulful, lead-footed rock hymns. With their third album in four years, KINGS DESTROY leaves their hardcore-laden stamp on noise rock and doom. After sharing stages with Pentagram, Winter, Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, Yob, Pallbearer, Vista Chino, Orange Goblin, Trouble, Acid King, Corrosion Of Conformity and so many others, the five-piece stands tall with their defining statement.

Today’s latest Kings Destroy teaser comes in the form of Big Apple-centric second track, “Mr. O.” Elaborates Porcaro, “Anyone of a certain age range that grew up in New York can never forget that year when our young brainwaves were dominated by 44. There was Number 44, Mister October, [Yankees right-fielder, Reggie Jackson] who rode into town with his name already in lights, but who everybody was secretly gunning for. Then there was the .44 caliber killer [David Berkowitz AKA the Son Of Sam] who rode into our lives under cover of darkness, quite openly gunning for everybody and becoming the second most famous man in the city. Right behind Mr. October. This is the fastest song we’ve ever written and we dig on playing it live!”

“Mr. O” is currently razing the airways of MetalSucks who offers, “The band’s forthcoming self-titled album… sounds like it came from that era, when New York was a grimy and dangerous place, walls with spray-painted tags and art outnumbered clean ones, and the brightest colors anyone wore were shit brown and navy blue. KINGS DESTROY are considered a stoner/doom band, but as demonstrated by the painfully infectious track ‘Mr. O,’ there’s just enough of a punk influence that it’s easy to imagine them playing at CBGB’s, too.”

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You can also check out “W2,” currently streaming at Noisey for your auditory pleasures at THIS LOCATION.

KINGS DESTROY gets its moniker from an infamous graffiti gang from the Bronx circa late ’70s/early ’80s. The band members met in this vicinity and were heavily involved in the New York Hardcore scene of the late ’80s that merged hardcore music, metal, graffiti and hip hop…all distinct forms united in the underground. Applauded for summoning “…Sabbath’s grooves, Sleep’s foggy haze, and Yob’s oppressive thunder,” by The Village Voice, KING DESTROY’s distinct sonic brew is both crushing and cathartic.

Kings Destroy will be released on LP, CD and digitally on May 5th, 2015 via War Crime Recordings. CD preorders are currently available HERE. For vinyl preorders go HERE. Digital preorders are also available today. Order via Amazon HERE or iTunes HERE and receive an immediate download of “Mr. O.”


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ATAVISMO: Algeciras-Based Progressive Space Rock Collective To Release Desintegración Debut On Vinyl Via Temple Of Torturous This June

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Algeciras, Spain-based experimental space rock collective, ATAVISMO, will release their Desintegración debut Via Temple Of Torturous this June. Featuring within their ranks former members of Viaje A 800 and Mind!, ATAVISMO’s compositions are sprawling and consuming; echoing and hypnotic recalling the cosmic, jam-laden plumage of  bands like Earthless, Motorpsycho, Wand and Dead Meadow. Described The Obelisk, “Desintegración… holds a world of lush and spacious heavy psychedelia within them, alternately folkish and expansive, minimal and encompassing. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve heard any of the trio’s past work in bands like the spaced-out Mind! or Viaje a 800 so much as it matters that you’re willing to loan a piece of your psyche to ‘Blazava,’ ‘Kraken,’ ‘Oceanica’ and ‘Meeh,’ and engage the thirty-seven minutes of ATAVISMO‘s debut on their own level.” The band claimed the fourth slot of the popular riff portal’s Top Ten Debut Albums Of 2014 list further praising, “Desintegración hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. Just four songs, but the atmosphere was gorgeous…”

Get immersed in Desintegración, currently streaming at THIS LOCATION.

Desintegración Track Listing:
1. Blazava
2. Kraken
3. Oceánica
4. Meeh

ATAVISMO:
Pot – guitar, synth
Pow – drums
Matt – bass

Initially released on CD last year on Nor On Label Records, ATAVISMO’s Desintegración will be given the vinyl treatment via Temple Of Torturous on June 16, 2015 and come in a gorgeous gatefold packaging limited to 300 copies. Preorders to be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK-Based Extreme Metal Duo Announces North American Live Takeover

Monday, March 30th, 2015

UK-based extreme metal duo, ANAAL NATHRAKH, will wage war on North America later this spring on a long-anticipated stretch of live incursions. Slated to embark on May 11th in Sacramento, the antagonistic twosome will march through a dozen metropolises, with their final massacre to take place at this year’s Maryland Death Fest on May 24th. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and label mates, Secrets Of The Sky.

ANAAL NATHRAKH w/ Incite, Secrets Of The Sky
5/11/2015 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
5/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/13/2015 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
5/14/2015 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/16/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/17/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
5/19/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/20/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

ANAAL NATHRAKH
unleashed their eighth studio offering, Desideratum, via Metal Blade Records last Fall. Christened, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” by Decibel Magazine, and, “impossibly abrasive and brutal,” by MetalSucks, ANAAL NATHRAKH — guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — is the sound of chaos incarnate. Entirely petrifying yet inexplicably inviting, the duo’s maniacal musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with an intensely cynical intelligence is virtually unmatched in the metal world. Reaping mass approvals from media outlets globally, Desideratum takes the meaning of “extreme” to an entirely new realm of audio bedlam. Metal Injection applauds the pair for consistently offering up, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” Noisey boasts of the record, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently,” while About.com opines, “ANAAL NATHRAKH are mesmerized by chaos, whether it be from incoherent screaming or programmed drums that blur into a mess of seismic beats. Even more intriguing are the melodic components thrown into the chaos, like the occasional soaring chorus line or striking guitar lead.”

Desideratum is currently available via Metal Blade Records at metalblade.com/anaalathrakh.

Dark, brooding, pure, eclectic, labelmates SECRETS OF THE SKY will releasedtheir Pathway full-length later this Spring. Boasting thirteen tracks, Pathway features vocalist Garett Gazay fluctuating between monstrous growls and clean, soothing vocal cascades, all the while complimenting the twisted compositions of guitarists Andrew Green and Clayton Bartholomew. Bassist Ryan Healy and drummer Lance Lea round out the lineup, their rhythms and distinctive voices adding further depth to the collective’s meticulous, blackened soundscrapes. Sonically, SECRETS OF THE SKY aimed for a massive, clean, and organic sounding production. Much time was invested in obtaining huge drum sounds and the focus was on single performance takes throughout the process. The result is an ambitious foray into conceptual storytelling, coupled with emotional music full of peaks and valleys. This is a metal record, to be sure, but more importantly, it sounds like an album of music. This is not a random sequencing of songs or a search for a “hit” single; the tracks all have their place in the story, and the cuts in between actually drive the narrative through sound effects and ambiance. SECRETS OF THE SKY’s Pathway is an experience to be had, as well as a record to merely be heard.

Pathway
is available for pre-order now at metalblade.com/secretsofthesky.

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