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IDES OF GEMINI: Otherworldly Conjurors Unleash Old World New Wave Trailer

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As Old World New Wave, the long-awaited new full-length from Los Angeles’ otherworldly doom weavers, IDES OF GEMINI, draws near, today the band offers up a haunting new trailer to whet the appetites of fans hungry for their forthcoming platter of ethereal nightmares.

Directed and produced by singer/bassist Sera Timms and shot by Timms with drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, the stunning, near-five-minute clip is at once despondent and beautiful, capturing both sonically and visually the true essence of the album with chest-caving urgency.

Get lost in the lurid sounds of Old World New Wave below.

IDES OF GEMINI features Timms (also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Mare), Johnston-Gibson and guitarist Jason Bennett. Listed among Alternative Press’ Most Anticipated Albums Of The Rest Of 2014 as well as The Obelisk’s Records Not To Miss Before The New Year Hits, the follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.

Old World New Wave will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014.

“…darkly beautiful…” – Pitchfork

“Processional doom, [with] ethereal female harmonies and high-strung riffs [that] incite head-bowing, not – banging.” – Spin

“…a proverbial treasure chest in terms of atmosphere, ideas and contrasting musical textures…original and breathtaking.” – About.Com

ENTRAILS Celebrates “Total Death” With Cvlt Nation; Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection Out Now Via Metal Blade

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

In celebration of the official unearthing of Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection, the mammoth new compilation from Swedish death metal day-ruiners, ENTRAILS, today Cvlt Nation offers up the gnarled decadence of “Total Death.”

Comments founding guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist of the debaucherous number, “This is one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever written. I got the idea for this when I heard Morgoth for the first time, and their classic Cursed album back in the ‘90s. Simple riffing with rotten atmosphere is the key to create such a headbanging song!”

Feel the sonic decay of “Total Death,” now playing at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

And if you missed it, get vile with the sounds of “Breath Of Blood” currently streaming at Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION as well “Voices” still sullying the airwaves of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection is an eighteen-track collection featuring ENTRAILSReborn and Human Decay demos. The band was initially spawned in 1990 by Lundqvist but disbanded prematurely due to his dissatisfaction with their initial demo recordings. Lundqvist continued to write music however and fifteen years later decided to properly record his compositions with modern tools, computers, and some help from his accomplice, vocalist Jocke Svensson. The first ENTRAILS demo, Reborn, was tracked in early 2009 and the follow-up, Human Decay, shortly thereafter. The demos were originally self-released on homemade CDRs and limited to just fifty copies each though it had already been decided that they would need to be repressed at some point in the future for proper audio consumption.

Featuring members of Birdflesh and General Surgery, ENTRAILS adhere to the teachings of Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Tomas Skogsberg’s Sunlight Studio alumni, wielding their menacing buzzsaw riffs, mutinous vocal onslaughts and sordid tales of suffering, doom and the undead with the grandiose poise and divine brutality of their forefathers. Said Ave Noctum of the release, “Very rarely would you say that a ‘demo collection’ is essential listening. However, this demo collection by oldschool Swedish deathsters ENTRAILS, well, is pretty fucking essential.” Adds, “Although the songs here are ostensibly demos, they feel fully fleshed-out, making it clear that Lundqvist kept thinking about these songs long after ENTRAILS initially broke up. The recording quality is a bit brittle at times, but actually works with the songs, adding a layer of dirt and sludge that makes it feel as though these tracks have recently climbed out of a shallow grave.”

ENTRAILS’ most recent full-length, Raging Death, was released via Metal Blade in May of last year. New Noise Magazine dubbed it, “an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal,” Stereogum gushed, “Now on their third album, ENTRAILS are still putting young knockoff artists to shame. Perfect for blasting, banging, and bashing,” while Sputnik Music added in a 4/5 rating, “ENTRAILS release an extremely-solid death metal album that promises to fuck your sister and worship Satan, even if you don’t have a sister. Or a Satan.”

Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection is out now on CD and digitally in North America. Head to THIS LOCATION to order your copy today!

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Drummer Reed Mullin Forced To Sit Out Live Dates

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band’s upcoming live dates.

Reads an official statement from the band: “We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He’s been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That’s a seriously bum shoulder. So he’s going to get that repaired and rehabbed. Suring the interim, we’re enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez formerly of Kylesa to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of Torche about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in Torche a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia which will be followed by a two-week North American run scheduled to commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY [remaining dates]:
7/24/2014 Crowbar – Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC – Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel – Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar – Adelaide AUS
w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/19/2014The Hop – Spokane, WA [tickets]
8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO [tickets]
8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ [tickets]
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA [tickets]
8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA [tickets]
8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR [tickets]
8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA [tickets]
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC [tickets]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their fittingly titled IX full-length earlier this month via Candlelight Records. Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. If you missed it, check out the lyric video for “Tarquinius Superbus” at THIS LOCATION.

COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012’s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” – Decibel

“The album’s production is full with plenty of low end, showcasing the thick riffs and potent rhythm section. Clocking in at just over forty-two-minutes, the band delivers the goods and doesn’t overstay their welcome.” – Loudwire

“…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast.” – A.V. Club

“This band is vital, this record a triumph.” – The Obelisk

OMMADON: UK Drone Duo To Release New Full-Length Via Domestic Genocide Records; New Track Streaming At Terrorizer

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

UK drone/doom duo, OMMADON, is set to release their monolithic new album, V, next month. Delivering two mammoth tracks of unadulterated sonic oppression, the appropriately titled fifth full-length, V — which clocks in at neatly ninety chest-caving minutes — was recorded completely live in a forest in the highlands of Scotland. Split across four sides of vinyl, the 180 gram double LP was mastered by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, High On Fire etc.) and worships at the altar of Teeth Of The Lions Rule The Divine,  Sunn O))), early Earth, and all things decibel-challenging. The pair – David Tobin (guitars) and Ewan Mackenzie (drums, keyboards) — are adept at cultivating colossal stockades of noise, as their thick, crushing sound makes full use of impossibly weighty drones and riffs that feel almost infinite.

OMMADON, in cooperation with Terrorizer Magazine, is currently streaming “V1″ in its planet rupturing entirety at THIS LOCATION.

V will be released in North America on August 5th via Domestic Genocide Records. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION. Additionally, V is available in the UK via Dry Cough Records HERE, and in the Netherlands via Burning World Records HERE.

“You can bet your favorite Sunn O))) picture disc on this thing sounding heavier than a dying planet…” –Terrorizer

…like trying to imagine your own burial under the Himalayas.” – Echoes And Dust

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PORD: French Trio Unites With American Aftermath To Blaze You With Album-Opening Track

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

French noise rock trio, PORD — having recently announced the impending release of their sophomore LP, Wild, via Solar Flare Records — has united with American Aftermath for the unloading of the first sampling of the album. Wild, dubbed by the zine as “intense, noise laden rock and roll that would make Amphetamine Reptile blush” in the write-up of the decimating album opener, “Staring Into Space,” gets the album moving with zero dicking-around. States American Aftermath’s daring wordsmith in his investigation of the song itself, “The track revolves around a dirty, rumbling bass lines and sparse, dissonant guitars that eventually lead into hard rock stampeded hellbent on causing blunt-force trauma. We dig it and so should you.”

Get your first experience of PORD’s new Wild creation with “Staring Into Space” over HERE.

Solar Flare Records will dispatch Wild on September 8th on multiple formats, most of which are now available for preorder; the CD HERE and le LP (on black, or swamp green/bone splatter vinyl) HERE.

Wild Track Listing:
1. Staring Into Space
2. I’m Swimming Home
3. My Bloody Galantine
4. Laguiole Bull’s Balls
5. What Are Tuesdays For?
6. Pools’n’Chicks
7. On The Couch

A trio formed in 2002 in the darkest depths of rural Lozère, France, PORD’s brand of output evolved very quickly toward something much rougher and wilder than imagined; a blend of complexly structured compositions with the throbbing and hypnotic undertow that the trio is so fond of, along with a sometimes heavy and powerful, sometimes twisted rhythmic section, backed by incredibly tortured vocals emerged. In March of 2014, PORD raided Rec Studio in Geneva to record their sophomore LP with Serge Morattel (Knut, Tantrum, Ventura, Basement…). Dubbed Wild, the strewn but cohesive nature of the band’s output on Wild is as contagious as it is caustic, the album’s output showing a renewed musical evolution, with PORD’s typical raging sound coupled with a hint of straight rock and roll on a number of songs. With a faster pace and precise execution, their taut and aggressive delivery remains intact throughout the nearly forty-minute venture. The vocals also evolve toward a more rasping, primitive and offbeat rendering of cruder and increasingly straightforward lyrics.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

NEUROSIS To Conquer Housecore Horror Film Fest; First Ever Australian Tour Nears – As the lineage of NEUROSIS nears its thirty-year mark, the band continues to perform across the planet sporadically but steadily — not having toured this heavily since the earlier years of their career — in seemingly unending support of their 2012-released tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay. [More…]

GOATWHORE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter UnderwayConstricting Rage Of The Merciless, the latest full-length from blackened death thrash behemoths, GOATWHORE, debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. [More…]

ULCERATE Issues European Tour Dates In The Wake Of Recent North American Carnage – In the wake of their recent and first full-on invasion of North America, revolutionary New Zealand death metal trio, ULCERATE, will return to the European continent this Fall. [More…]

MALPRACTICE: Sensory Confirms Release Info On Fourth Album from Finnish Progressive Thrash Unit - Having announced their new partnership with American progressive metal outlet, Sensory Records, in April of this year, Finland’s MALPRACTICE now officially confirms more details on their impending fourth album, Turning Tides. [More…]

CELAN: Corpse Flower Records Releases Vinyl Edition Of Debut From Experimental Noise Rock “Supergroup” – Corpse Flower Records is honored to release the vinyl edition of Halo, the debut from experimental noise rock unit, CELAN. [More…]

RABBITS Utilizes Invisible Oranges To Transmit Single From Looming Third LP, Untoward – Following the recent dissemination of news that Portland antisocialite brigade, RABBITS, has a bruising new album cruising towards release this Summer, today the first public audio flogging from the impending Untoward takes place through Invisible Oranges. [More…]

GOATWHORE Premieres Official “Baring Teeth For Revolt” Video Via Noisey; Summer Slaughter Dates Underway – The nefarious sound serpents in GOATWHORE are pleased to unleash the official video for “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” from their recently unveiled full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. [More…]

TWITCHING TONGUES: Decibel Magazine Streaming Entire Live LP From California Tribe – As upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities prepares to release the debut live release from Southern California’s brutalizing clan, TWITCHING TONGUES, today Decibel Magazine lets the rabid World War LIVE LP off the chain. [More…]

ANAGNORISIS Added To Gilead Fest; Band Confirms Lineup Shift + New LP Under Construction – Louisville, Kentucky’s ANAGNORISIS has just been confirmed to perform at this weekend’s massive Gilead Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. [More…]

ENABLER Premieres Official Video From La Fin Absolue Du Monde LP Via Metal Injection; New August Tour Dates Confirmed – Through an exclusive premiere with Metal Injection, ENABLER today releases their first official video, in the form of “Close My Eyes,” the opening track to their pounding second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde. [More…]

EARTH Confirms US Tour Dates In Conjunction With Release Of Primitive And Deadly LP – With the next phase of EARTH’s ongoing evolution coming closer to actuality, as their tenth studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, is set to see North American release on September 2nd, the group announces the next phase of international touring in support of the album, in the form of a month-long US tour. [More…]

MARTYRDÖD: Stereogum Now Streaming Elddop In Its Entirety – Stereogum today unveils Elddop, the fifth studio full-length from Swedish crust/metal masters, MARTYRDÖD, in its entirety, as the album comes within one week of its official release date. [More…]

STONEBURNER: West Coast Tour Underway –  Portland doom bringers, STONEBURNER, will kick off a short run of West Coast live rituals beginning today on their home turf at Mississippi Studios. [More…]

SOS: Queens Crushers Drop New Single From Fifth Album At American Aftermath – American Aftermath is currently ripping up a new track from the approaching fifth independent album from NYC-based SOS, Strength And Conditioning. [More…]

OMNIHILITY Releases Lyric Video From Impending Album Via Next Mosh; Deathscapes Of The Subconscious Out July 22nd Through Unique Leader – In one week, death metal cultivators, Unique Leader Records, will release the sophomore full-length from Oregon-based OMNIHILITY, in the form of Deathscapes Of The Subconscious. [More…]

SWASHBUCKLE Shanty Premiered Via Revolver Magazine – Get ready to be pillaged by the most enraged seafarers of the metal underworld, as New Jersey seabastards, SWASHBUCKLE, dole out a bit of scorching, metallic wrath from their looming We Hate The Sea EP via Revolver Magazine. [More…]

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn Via The Obelisk; Live Rituals Imminent – Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil “Behold, The Anunnaki,” the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records. [More…]

CENTURIES Announces August Eastern US Tour With Jungbluth - Florida outfit, CENTURIES, has announced a tour of the eastern half of the country in August alongside Jungbluth. [More…]

HOD: Blackened Death Oppressors Premiere New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Live Subversions Loom – Lone Star blackened death oppressors, HOD, today offer up the first helping of their forthcoming Book Of The Worm full-length with smoldering new canticle of chaos. [More…]

NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Assault Joins Unique Leader Records – Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records. [More…]

FUCKING INVINCIBLE: Full LP From Rhode Island Act Streaming At Noisey; Tour Dates Locked – The gruelingly intense debut LP by Providence, Rhode Island powerviolence/hardcore quartet, FUCKING INVINCIBLE, It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, is out this week, and is now streaming in full via Noisey. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Philly Hyper Grind/Thrash Squad To Deliver Second 7-Inch Via The Compound – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based demolition union, DIE CHOKING, is prepared to shove their second wave of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II. [More…]

BLACK ANVIL: Cover Of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” Now Playing At Loudwire – Today the gatekeepers at Loudwire offer up an official premiere of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” as interpreted by New York black metal syndicate, BLACK ANVIL. [More…]

REDEMPTION: Sensory Records To Release Live CD/DVD From Los Angeles Progressive Metal Specialists – Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, has confirmed the late Summer release of the new live album from Los Angeles-based progressive/power metal group, REDEMPTION. [More…]

DORO To Bring 30 Years – Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour To North America – Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall. [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Los Angeles Sludgecore Unit To Unleash Twilight Upon Us; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed – Los Angeles sludgecore unit, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, is readying to unleash their mammoth debut full-length, Twilight Upon Us, upon unsuspecting masses. [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.


BLACK ANVIL: Cover Of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” Now Playing At Loudwire; Record Release Show To Take Place This Sunday In Brooklyn

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Today the gatekeepers at Loudwire offer up an official premiere of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” as interpreted by New York black metal syndicate, BLACK ANVIL. The tune appears on the deluxe edition of Hail Death, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

Comments bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney, “When I was a kid, The Elder was a hard record to get, at least at the local record stores in Queens at the time. It was the record I knew everyone talked shit about or whatever, and I was just a Kiss maniac so I didn’t give a fuck, I wanted it. When I was eight years old I got a Japanese import on cassette. I loved it instantly. When it comes to choosing songs to cover for BLACK ANVIL, there has to be a connection of sorts. Obviously, there are not many songs by Kiss we can cover. We’re not a band that sings about partying etc, so it was never a, ‘well we should do a Kiss cover!’ We were all listening to that record one day, ‘Under The Rose’ came on and it was unanimous. That song can be interpreted many ways lyrically, and for us, this time in life and the record Hail Death itself, it fits into this picture. So, we were able to pay homage to an important band in a very natural way.”

Adds Loudwire, “BLACK ANVIL has cited Kiss as a big influence, and their rendition of ‘Under The Rose’ is a perfectly haunting and melodic update of the original track, bringing it to a new generation of listeners.”

Get schooled at THIS LOCATION.

Applauded by Pitchfork for its “impressive balance of progressivism and putridity,” and commended by Noisey for delivering some of the most “vicious and satisfying black metal laid to tape in the last few years,” the sonic fury encompassing Hail Death was captured at Magpie Cage by J. Robbins of Jawbox, and continues to astound fans and critics both Stateside and beyond for its broad pallet of influences that pay homage to the nefarious likes of Celtic Frost, Metallica, Bathory, Watain and Marduk while maintaining a distinctiveness that can only be called BLACK ANVIL. In celebration of Hail Death’s unveiling, the band will bring their corrosive compositions to the stage of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus this Sunday where they’ll perform Hail Death in full. Sponsored by Vice’s music portal, Noisey, the band will be joined by Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior and Yellow Eyes. Those who can’t make it to their Brooklyn takeover will get a chance to see BLACK ANVIL this Fall as they crumble stages across the US on a seventeen-date excursion with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. See confirmed dates below.

BLACK ANVIL Live 2014:
7/20/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *playing Hail Death in its entirety w/ Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, Yellow Eyes [info]

w/ Skeletonwitch, Ghoul:
9/05/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL
9/06/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/07/2014 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
9/08/2014 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
9/10/2014 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
9/11/2014 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
9/12/2014 The Empire – Springfield, VA
9/13/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
9/15/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/16/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/17/2014 One-Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/18/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/19/2014 Trees – Dallas, TX
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

Order Hail Death today HERE. For iTunes orders, point your browser HERE.

Hail Death isn’t merely eclectic, it’s epic — a coherent assemblage of songs that provide unanticipated rewards around every corner.” – Wondering Sound

“An epic piece of black/thrash metal.” – Metal Underground

“BLACK ANVIL have boiled their brand of muscular black metal down to a venomous reduction, creating a grinding, cutthroat sound that has more to do with hard concrete than the freezing moon…” – MetalSucks

“Hail Death is a pure metal album that relishes in the genre’s conventions without feeling conventional: It’s simply anthemic, aggressive, bombastic, thrilling, and fucking heavy.” – Stereogum

“Underneath the cold, scarred and burnt skin of BLACK ANVIL beats a friendly, intelligent heart. It’s that combination of frostbitten riffs, and words of wisdom that makes Hail Death different from its peers.” – Mass Movement

“The scope of these songs is outrageous, eclipsing anything the band have done to date. The hatred and contempt still pulses within, though the method of distribution on Hail Death has far greater wealth to it than their approach on their first two albums.” –

DIE CHOKING: Philly Hyper Grind/Thrash Squad To Deliver Second 7-Inch Via The Compound

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based demolition union, DIE CHOKING, is prepared to shove their second wave of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II.

Following its initial digital-only release, in April of this year, DIE CHOKING — comprised of Paul J Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction) on bass/vocals, Joshua T. Cohen (Cop Problem) on drums, and Jeffrey V. Daniels (Burden) on guitar — unleashed a 7” vinyl version of their self-titled debut recordings through The Compound, the shredding EP blasting listeners with five point-blank tracks in under six minutes. In a repeat pattern, the trio is preparing deliver nearly the exact same thing, having completed their follow-up release, EP II, continuing in sequence to the first 7”.

Once again bearing five explosive new songs in less than six minutes, tracks VI through X show DIE CHOKING swarming with even more enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach, while stepping things up in the songwriting department and delivery on all levels. Most of the lyrics are a critique of society and self. The finger ultimately points back at itself. As with its predecessor, the new 7” was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) — harnessing all music in one day and all vocals in another — and mastered by Brad Boatright (Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at AudioSiege. While the first EP reigned in black and grayscale cover art and vinyl delivery, II bears equally bleak scenery in a black and red layout by Jeffrey V. Daniels, and a run of limited red colors will be manufactured. Enclosed in the 7” will be a document that will function as a real, personal living will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.”

II Track Listing:
VI. Non-Yielder
VII. People Like You
VIII. Spent Fuel Pool
IX. Civilian
X. Tonsil

Pressing info, preorders, an official video for “Tonsil” and more on II, as well as new tour dates, will be released in the coming days. A more widespread US tour is being booked for this Fall following the release of the EP.

Copies of the self-titled debut 7” release from DIE CHOKING, pressed in a run of 300 copies on black wax with a high-gloss cover, are still available via The Compound/Earsplit Distro HERE.

New live actions for the unstoppable DIE CHOKING include a South Philly punk show tonight at Pariah House with Agitate and Deterioration, and a return to NYC this Saturday, July 19th, playing at ABC No Rio with East Of The Wall, Psyopus and Mary Todd.

7/17/2014 Pariah House – Philadelphia, PA w/ Agitate, Deterioration
7/19/2014 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ East Of The Wall, Psyopus, Mary Todd [info]
8/11/2014 TBA – Baltimore, MD
8/16/2014 Really Awesome Super Fun Fest – Wilmington, DE

DIE CHOKING’s maiden EP brought in blown-away reactions from renowned media outlets like Cvlt Nation, who issued, “this band scrambles your brain cells with their brand of high-octane grindcore laced with traces of rancid crust! What I dig about this record is the hidden grooves that are smashed against walls of aggressive speed & angst!” Decibel Magazine’s opinion had a fat 8/10 rating staked to it, the review stating,“You know, if this is the last record I review, I got lucky.” American Aftermath called the band out with, “These guys are ruthless. They produce some of the meanest grind I’ve heard from a young band in quite some time, and upon witnessing the band live, NYC technical death metal outfit Artificial Brain posted, “If there were a metal stock market, I would be dumping all of my (negligible) assets into the purchase of DIE CHOKING shares.”

GOATWHORE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter Takeover Begins

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, the latest full-length from blackened death thrash behemoths, GOATWHORE, debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Additionally, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart! In Canada, the record landed at #151 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #25 on the Top Heavy Music chart, #133 on iTunes’ Top 200, #20 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a crushing #4 on iTunes’ Metal chart!

Following a short but punishing bought of headlining live assaults that commenced earlier this month, today GOATWHORE will kick off their Summer-long live invasion as part of this year’s Summer Slaughter tour. Set to level San Francisco, California at the Regency Ballroom, the punishing tour package will pillage its way through nearly two dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 12th at the Empire Nova in Springfield.

In related GOATWHORE happenings, the band recently unveiled their ripping new video for third Constricting Rage Of The Merciless track, “Baring Teeth For Revolt.” Shot at the infamous House Of Shock in New Orleans by lauded videographer David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Hell Yeah, Whitechapel, Cannibal Corpse, Municipal Waste et al), the clip is a audio/visual hailstorm of bludgeoning live energy. Peep “Baring Teeth For Revolt” below.

Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, Fallujah:
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
7/21/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater St. – Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/12/2014 Empire NOVA – Springfield, VA
End Tour
8/15/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

Captured at Mana Recording Studios with Erik Rutan at the helm, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless is at once predatory, epic, misanthropic and sadistic harnessing the thick, battle-ready tone and energy of GOATWHORE’s onstage attack in a way previous releases have not. In a perfect 5/5 rating, crowns the record, “an instant classic,” Metal Injection christens it, the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far,” while Exclaim concludes, “GOATWHORE have always had the stench of brimstone about them, and their latest offering in no different, a vein of smoldering hatred for everything pure and good anchoring the record in a kind of ravenous decadence.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Invisible Oranges calls Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, “a fucking solid release and one wild ride down the highway to Hell,” Dead Rhetoric applauds the band’s “masterful work of extreme metal,” while Metalasfuck proclaims, “GOATWHORE are back to once again lay waste in Satan’s name!”

Order GOATWHORE’s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless at THIS LOCATION.

“…a blasphemous blast…” – Decibel

FUCKING INVINCIBLE: Full LP From Rhode Island Act Streaming At Noisey; Tour Dates Locked

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The gruelingly intense debut LP by Providence, Rhode Island powerviolence/hardcore quartet, FUCKING INVINCIBLE, It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, is out this week, and is now streaming in full via Noisey.

A collective formed of musicians with time expended in Daughters, Dropdead, Soul Control, Sweet Jesus and more unite in FUCKING INVINCIBLE, their most enraged societal attack yet in this outfit, and following several rogue EPs, the pack now unloads their first LP. Murderously high-speed blast attacks in strict synchronization with beheading breakdowns consume It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, an album many times more intense than it is brief, seeing the band jamming fourteen unhinged songs through your throat and out the back in barely as many minutes, recorded by Will Killingsworth in March at Dead Air in Western Massachusetts. Vice’s music channel, Noisey, is currently hosting an exclusive full stream of the album now, warning all that the band is, “committed to blowing your fucking head open with their nihilistic, blast-ridden, breakdown-heavy hardcore destruction.”

Hear It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better now at THIS LOCATION.

Orders for It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better can now be placed in North America via Atomic Action! Records — limited to 1,000 copies with 300 on colored vinyl, all with an instant download included – RIGHT HERE. The European pressing is available via Reflections Records in a run of 500 copies, with 100 on colored wax, available HERE.

FUCKING INVINCIBLE has just announced a stack of new tour dates through the rest of Summer, mostly concentrating on the East Coast and joining bands like Oathbreaker, Cult Leader, Graf Orlock, Dropdead, Jerry’s Kids and more in the near future, in addition to having been confirmed to take part in Bad Ass Weekend 5 in Houston this February. Additional live actions will be announced sporadically in the months ahead.

7/20/2014 Pulaski Club – New Britain, CT w/ Oathbreaker, Cult Leader
8/20/2014 Cuisine en Locale – Cambridge, MA w/ Graf Orlock, Dangers
9/06/2014 As220 – Providence, RI w/ Jerry’s Kids, Dropdead, Wokling
9/07/2014 Gallery X – New Bedford, MA
9/11/2014 Hotel Vernon – Worcester, MA
9/12/2014 Democracy Center – Cambridge, MA
9/13/2014 Hochelaga BBQ – Montreal, QC
9/14/2014 Shibgb’s – Toronto, ON
9/15/2014 Genesis – Detroit, MI
9/16/2014 TBA – Chicago, IL
9/17/2014 TBA – Cincinnati, OH
9/18/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/19/2014 TBA – Washington, DC
9/20/2014 Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
2/27/2014 Bad Ass Weekend 3 – Houston, TX