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SKINFATHER: Entire Debut LP From California Death Mob Playing At Revolver

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

As Southern California death quintet, SKINFATHER, is readying for the release of their debut LP, None Will Mourn, to see release in one week via Streetcleaner Records, today the entire record is now playing via Revolver Magazine’s website.

Taking direct inspiration from the 1990s Stockholm death metal scene and even slicing their moniker right off of a classic Dismember tune, on None Will Mourn, SKINFATHER delivers nine pulverizing hymns delivered with calculated precision and a cavernous production with just the slightest contemporary SoCal hardcore persuasion. The LP was engineered by Taylor Young from Nails, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and features the bold cover art crafted by Raul Gonzalez, and is set for digital and LP release via Todd Jones of Nails’ DIY label, Streetcleaner Records, on April 22nd.

Dig a hole, and check out None Will Mourn at Revolver… CLICK THIS.

SKINFATHER will join Iron Lung and Bone Sickness supporting Nails’ West Coast tour running from May 1st through 5th, with Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle on the list to get obliterated. Later this year, SKINFATHER and Nails will invade the East Coast, with that tour and additional live actions to be locked in the coming weeks.

Preorders for the LP version of None Will Mourn, which includes an instant digital download, are also now live, alongside other Skinfather gear HERE.

SKINFATHER West Coast Tour w/ Nails, Iron Lung, Bone Sickness:
5/01/2014 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA w/ Nausea
5/02/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA w/ Violent Reaction, The Flex
5/03/2014 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
5/04/2014 Star Theatre – Portland, OR
5/05/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Gag

“How well Southern California’s Skinfather captures the spirit and unadulterated sonic brutality of that glorious moment in time, on the other hand, is no doubt about to turn more than a few heads.” – Decibel Magazine

“…the band has a very Nailsian feel about them; their music has that same cooked-to-a-crisp, forced-to-run-through-a-forest-of-straight-razors-and-swim-through-a-sea-of-Drano vibe to it. It’s killer stuff.” – MetalSucks

“Skinfather, instead of just riding one influence to death for an entire album, are able to adroitly combine elements of doom and even crust and thrash into a pummeling assault.  Meaty riffs and chunky breakdowns abound like some sort of metal stew, simmered to perfection in the flames of no frills, in your face death metal.” – Metal Insider

“Straying from the formula just enough to cement themselves on their own comfortable ground, Skinfather deliver on their debut LP an album both respectful of its roots and aligned towards their own unique sensibilities. Monotonous and a tad overwhelming at times, it’s an album that’s miles more so a ripper and one of my favorite albums this half of 2014.” – American Aftermath

GREY SKIES FALLEN: NYC Ominous Metal Quintet Premieres New Track With Sea Of Tranquility

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

New York City-area’s ominous black/death/doom quintet, GREY SKIES FALLEN, will open the gateways to their most epic and expansive album in their seventeen-year history on April 29th, 2014, with the release of The Many Sides Of Truth, and today, another single from the record has been set loose.

Now playing at exploratory metal community, Sea Of Tranquility is the third of the album’s seven massive tracks, “The Flame.” An incredibly gloomy but dynamic seven-plus-minute piece, in their new 4/5-rated review of the record, Sea Of Tranquility said of the track, “’The Flame’ is a kick ass Viking/Pagan metal barn burner, and wouldn’t sound out of place on any Amon Amarth or Enslaved album, and is perhaps the heaviest song here. In between some of the longer tracks are gentle, atmospheric instrumentals, which bridge the gap between the heavier pieces quite nicely.”

Ignite “The Flame” now at THIS LOCATION.

Also stream the album’s “Ritual Of The Exiter” and “Of the Ancients” via No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

As with their five previous studio works, GREY SKIES FALLEN will independently unleash The Many Sides Of Truth on multiple formats on April 29th. The band will directly publish the album through all digital platforms, and in CD and LP runs of 300 copies each. The Travis Smith-designed cover art for the record has been redesigned in three separate color schemes. The band’s own limited digipak CD and digital releases will bear a blue-infused cover, the LP artwork in green, and now, Paragon Records will issue a full official jewel case CD run featuring the artwork in red, and also handle distribution of the album. The band’s own LP pressing will be available shortly after the other editions on three vinyl color schemes — black, colored/splattered, and glow-in-the-dark. Preorders for the CD and digital versions through the band are available HERE, and LP preorders are posted HERE.

GREY SKIES FALLEN has also confirmed a local release show for The Many Sides Of Truth on Monday, May 12th at The Acheron in Brooklyn. This hometown gig will feature direct support from the henchmen in Buckshot Facelift, the brutalizing grind/death faction in which three of the members of GSF share double-duty, as well as local acts Hypoxia, Lysura and Lucid Terror. Additional live performances will be announced in the coming days.

GREY SKIES FALLEN Record Release Show:
5/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Buckshot Facelift, Hypoxia, Lysura, Lucid Terror

ABRE OJOS: New Soundscape From One-Man Exploratory Audiovisual Project Now Playing At Heathen Harvest

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today, underground music gateway, Heathen Harvest, offers up a special premiere of “Fractured Signals” from ABRE OJOS. The otherworldly soundscape comes from ABRE OJOS’ Gates full-length album, set to be unveiled next month by Santa Barbara-based independent label imprint, Secrets Of Giza.

ABRE OJOS is the audiovisual project of Scott Baker, a multimedia artist from Melbourne, Australia with over 20 years’ experience working across the areas of installation, experimental music, video and illustration. Baker’s ABRE OJOS is an exploration of synesthetic modalities using geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. The ABRE OJOS project is an immersive audiovisual creation for plumbing the depths of the human spirit; Gates serves as the next evolutionary step in Baker’s ongoing survey of introspection.

Expounds Heathen Harvest in its in-depth investigation of the work, “ABRE OJOS is a mechanical beast, portrayed through the Occult sense of Creation through divine Will. It is the inanimate object brought to life, by the use of machinery and human expression reflecting a futuristic yet modern world that was first imagined, then created. Technology is a magical act, and when we see the Occult and myth through this lens, much of it can begin to make sense. Our imagination through the years led to what only a hundred years ago would have been seen as magical, and now is the everyday world in which we live. If you don’t believe that we are not able to read peoples thoughts, just go on any website such as Twitter or Facebook where random thoughts are said with little to no discretion.”

Experience the abrasive and serene “Fractured Signals,” now playing at Heathen Harvest at THIS LOCATION.

“Abre Ojos” was an old saying by Spanish and Portuguese sailors while navigating the dangerous reef infested waters surrounding Australia’s coastline meaning “watch out” or “open your eyes, there is danger all around.” An investigative, minimalist sound excursion, the eleven-track Gates includes an accompanying full-length DVD for an extraordinary audiovisual experience. Gates is both art and mantra, challenging and soothing, reflective and punctuated, feeding and consuming. To appreciate Gates, one must fully embrace its active principle time and time again, shedding all resistance and inhibition.

Gates will be released via Secrets Of Giza on May 13th, 2014. Purchase your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“Baker explores the unsettling worlds between conventionally accepted euphonic sounds… this is evocative ambient music for late night hours.” – Crawl Space Magazine

PRIZEHOG: Portland Celestial Space Sludge Outfit Announces Five-Week US Tour

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Still riding a fresh wave of killer reactions to their walloping third LP, Re-Unvent the Whool, Portland, Oregon-based, PRIZEHOG, has announced the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour.

Embarking off of their home turf on May 2nd, the counter-clockwise path this tour makes will find PRIZEHOG winding through the entire continental US for five full weeks before closing down with the final gig in Seattle on June 8th and returning to their daily habitat. See true celestial space sludge for yourself on this massive endeavor including a short run with friends and faves, Vaz, as well as killer acts like Burnt Books, hepa/Titus, Tinsel Teeth, arbogast, The Great Sabatini, labelmates Towers and Big Black Cloud, and more throughout the itinerary.

Amidst the closing-in of this confirmed run, PRIZEHOG will be announcing their next tour lining up for this July alongside labelmates, Hot Victory.

PRIZEHOG US Spring Tour:
5/02/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Towers, Big Black Cloud
5/07/2014 Lobot Gallery – Oakland, CA w/ Mansion
5/08/2014 The Eagle – San Francisco, CA w/ hepa/Titus, Peace Creep
5/09/2014 Redwood Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ hepa/Titus
5/10/2014 The Tin Can – San Diego, CA w/ Ghetto Blaster
5/11/2014 C St – Flagstaff, AZ w/ New Gods
5/12/2014 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Fando
5/13/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Bludded Head, Spacebeach
5/14/2014 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
5/15/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN w/ Tijuana Goat Ride
5/16/2014 TBA – Birmingham, AL
5/17/2014 The Highlander – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2014 The Foxfield – Columbia, SC w/ Burnt Books
5/19/2014 TBA – Richmond, VA
5/20/2014 Gold Bar – Baltimore, MD w/ Vaz, Multicult
5/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Vaz
5/22/2014 Cake Shop – Manhattan, NY w/ Insect Ark, Columboid
5/23/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vaz, Mossenek, Collapsible Baton
5/24/2014 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Vaz, Tinsel Teeth
5/25/2014 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Vaz
5/26/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Fox 45, Tainted, Jerry Grind
5/27/2014 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA/Cleveland, OH
5/28/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ arbogast
5/29/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Soup Moat
5/30/2014 The Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Funeral and the Twilight
5/31/2014 Trumpet Blossom – Iowa City, IA w/ Acoustic Guillotine
6/01/2014 TBA – Omaha, NE/Kansas
6/02/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Echo Beds
6/03/2014 The Parlor Bar – Laramie, WY w/ Unpaid Butlers
6/04/2014 Burts Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Cornered By Zombies, The Great Sabatini
6/05/2014 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT w/ Acheron Thodol
6/06/2014 Zootown Arts Community Center – Missoula, MT
6/07/2014 TBA – Spokane, WA w/ Hooves
6/08/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Don Peyote, Same Sex Dictator

Following Eolian Empire’s fresh unleashing of the supernova of creativity that is PRIZEHOG’s third album, Re-Unvent the Whool, in March the album is raking in acclaim from all over the place in recent weeks. Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool, Russian Circles) at Sun Valley studio Sound of Sirens, Re-Unvent the Whool is focused, sophisticated, and masterfully produced to showcase the exquisite but intense interaction within the trio: guitars, synths, and drums push and pull one another as they crunch, crush, whirl, weave, and straight up rock their way through mazes of dynamic and dramatic movements, adding layers upon layers to sculpt mountains of sonic majesty. Aquarius Records dubbed the LP, “record of the week,” and called it, “ridiculously, mindblowingly next level doom-sludge genius,” and the trio itself, “the sludge saviors we’ve been waiting for.” In an early premiere of the track, “Shed,” Decibel called the album, “Disconnected sludge floating in an abyss of fuzz,” followed by The Obelisk, who streamed the entire album for its release date, noting in a glowing text accompaniment, “The bass-less trio — you’ll note no lack of low end in the record — run a spectrum of effects-laden churning, mashing together bright ambient echoes and deep, dank tonality. I wouldn’t be the first person to compare them to the Melvins, but that doesn’t really do complete justice to the psychedelic side of their sound, which shows up quickly.”

Orders for Re-Unvent the Whool are live at the Eolian Empire fort HERE, available in a digital package as well as 180-gram vinyl LP including a 24″ x 24″ poster of the Chris Jehly cover art and download of the album.

KING DEAD: New Track From Psychedelic/Stoner Trio Now Playing At

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Today, delivers another helping of glassy-eyed goodness from Pennsylvania (six and four-string) bass and drum instrumentalists, KING DEAD, with a premiere of “Drowning In Dust,” the fourth track from their self-titled debut offering. Recorded live at The Living Room in Stroudsburg by Dave Reiser of Rock Hard Studios, the self-titled recording features five tracks of psychedelic/stoner Spaghetti Westernish desert-rock and is now less than a week from release.

Elaborates, “If there is ever a need for modern soundtrack for the classic film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, KING DEAD should get a consideration. The trio’s self-titled debut is an infectious blend of dusty six shootin’ aural sludge that pulls elements from doom, metal and rock. They simmer this assortment of genres in a delicious western musical marinade. You may think that music pulled from multiple genres would result in an awkward sound. In KING DEAD’s case you would be wrong. The band has a primarily instrumental sound that is gripping, tight, melodic and slinks along with a brash confidence that belies the fact that this is a debut release.  They  know how to work a melody with artfully balanced tempo shifts that skillfully jog through a range of paces with consistently engaging outcomes.”

Drown in dust at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, get heady with “Length Of Rope,” currently streaming at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

King Dead will be released independently on Record Store Day April 19th and is currently available for preorder at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE.

“At thirty-three minutes, the self-titled and self-released debut from… KING DEAD sits right between an EP and a full-length outing. The trio’s sound is similarly nebulous, hovering between psychedelic post-rock, heavier amplified push and Morricone-via-Earth soundscaping, and as their first five songs showcase, they come equipped with a formidable scope.” – The Obelisk

“It drags like a heavy cart full of plague victims, but you can easily see the sense of that ‘spaghetti western’ reference in the bleak, reverberating bass melody — Sergio Leone mutated into doom metal, with poltergeist cowboys. It’s spare, stripped down, and builds in intensity as it reaches the climax. I’m digging it.” – No Clean Signing on the track, “Length Of Rope”

MARK DEUTROM: Vinyl Edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence Now Available

Monday, April 14th, 2014

On the tail of its initial digital materialization at the end of last Summer, the deluxe vinyl edition of MARK DEUTROM’s third solo album, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence, is now on the verge of release.

The captivating third solo venture from ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist, MARK DEUTROM, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence was released in September 2013, the nearly hour-long voyage across both ominous and peaceful territories through a variety of vocal approaches and instrumentation, bleeding together into the man’s most organic and unreserved material to date. DEUTROM’s cohorts at Austrian label Rock Is Hell have put the deluxe vinyl edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence into production for an expected mid-May delivery. Due to the length of the album, the material will span both one 12″ and one 7″ record configured together. States the artist of this setup: “The test pressings sound fantastic, and this one will put your stereo through a real workout.”

There will be an offset version pressed on black and limited to 250 copies, and a hand-screened version on purple, limited to 100 copies. Both versions are being pressed in Europe and bear artwork the MARK D’s wife, Jennifer Deutrom. The vinyl for Brief Sensuality And Western Violence is now available for preorder for North American fans through the MARK DEUTROM Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE, and via Rock Is Hell for international orders HERE.

“…a sublime slab of smoldering, cinematic fuzz-groove…” – Decibel Magazine

“…most coalesces the demon jazz and creeping intricacy that Deutrom has on offer… there’s a cohesion in theme and a steadiness of atmosphere that speaks to Deutrom‘s mastery of the form.” – The Obelisk

“This is a highly creative work, moving through a host of styles, using technology to great effect, and with great range and depth. 5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“Brief Sensuality and Western Violence explores music and the space between the notes, setting a specific mood and travelling through the vast expanse of storytelling through music… Occasionally, he utilizes complex time signatures to great advantage intentionally keeping you off-balance and somewhat unsettled.” – Bloody Good Horror

“I could honestly listen to Deutrom‘s creamy powertones, crisp, jazzy lines and breathily expressive voice all bloody day, and, d’you know, I think I will. I’m pressing ‘play’ again and again…” – The Sleeping Shaman

“…it’s carried off with a certain moxie, but also manages to be tasteful and non-invasive. This is an album which bridges a gap between the two disciplines, challenging listeners of both yet remaining accessible” – Metal Mouth.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

GODHUNTER Confirms Split With Secrets Of The Sky In Conjunction With June Tour; Vinyl Edition Confirmed Via The Compound/Battleground – Tucson, Arizona’s GODHUNTER has confirmed an upcoming split release with their cohorts in Oakland, California’s Secrets Of The Sky, to be released in conjunction with their upcoming Western US tour together. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Debut 7-Inch From Philly Hyper-trio Out Now Through The Compound - Philadelphia’s brutalizing manic grind/thrash trio, DIE CHOKING, will raid the opening slot of the Decibel Magazine Tour as it rolls into their hometown tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, joining the touring lineup which includes Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and headliners Carcass. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault With Ringworm And Enabler – New Orleans’ favorite musical miscreants, EYEHATEGOD, announce their most extensive US tour in years. [More…]

KING PARROT Flaunts Their Culinary Skills On Latest Episode Of Brutally Delicious; Video Footage Posted + North American March Continues – Australian thrash grind menaces, KING PARROT, recently appeared on the sixty-third episode of Brutally Delicious, the world’s most metal cooking show! Watch the band guzzle coffee, dish about tour life and cook brutal omelets with host Bruce Moore below. [More…]

CLOAK OF ALTERING: American Aftermath Broadcasting Mechanized Chaos From Dutch Fiend – As previously confirmed, Crucial Blast will poison the reservoir of humankind this Spring with the release of Plague Beasts, the punishing third full-length from CLOAK OF ALTERING, one of the many monikers/projects of Dutch noise architect, Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories. [More…]

BLACK ANVIL Unleashes New Track, “Eventide;” Hail Death Preorders Available – New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, today unveil the first taste of their forthcoming album, Hail Death. [More…]

RUN WITH THE HUNTED: Arizona Punk/Hardcore Unit Premieres New Tune Via Lambgoat – Arizona punk/hardcore unit, RUN WITH THE HUNTED, are pleased to untether the first official taste of their upcoming full-length via the pit perpetrators at Lambgoat. [More…]

PILLORY: Boston Technical Death Metal Strategists To Release New Full-Length On Unique Leader; Album Teaser + Play-Through Video Posted – Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, will release their sophomore full-length, Evolutionary Miscarriage, later this Spring via Unique Leader Records. [More…]

DARSOMBRA To Support Floor On Eastern US Spring Tour; Two-Month DIY Tour Continues – Baltimore-based duo, DARSOMBRA, has been confirmed to join Floor on their upcoming May tour. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Legion Joins Unique Leader Records; Teaser Posted – Unique Leader Records is pleased to welcome long-running New York-based death metal legion, INTERNAL BLEEDING, to their expanding roster of audio severity. [More…]

MIND: Selfmadegod Confirms Third Album From German Crust Punk Outfit – Poland’s Selfmadegod Records is proud to announce the upcoming third full-length release from German crust punk brigade, MIND. [More…]

THE DRIP: Debut EP For Relapse Now Playing At American Aftermath – Relapse Records is preparing to release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the label’s first title from Washington’s THE DRIP, in just days. [More…]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed – Candlelight Records today confirms June 24th as the North American release date for IX, the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. [More…]

SOURVEIN: New Doom Hymn Now Playing At Revolver; Split With Graves At Sea Available For Preorder + European Takeover Imminent – Raise your doom claws to the sounds of “Follow The Light,” from Cape Fear misery-makers, SOURVEIN. [More…]

DARK BUDDHA RISING: Finnish Black Psychedelic Doom Practitioners Sign To Neurot Recordings – Ritualistic doom practitioners, DARK BUDDHA RISING, are Neurot Recordings’ latest signees. [More…]

BENCHPRESS: Throw Down To A Track From Split 7-Inch With Martyr’s Tongue At Revolver – Now playing at Revolver Mag’s website is a bludgeoning new track from Lewistown, Pennsylvania-based hardcore bandits, BENCHPRESS. [More…]

BLACKOUT: NYC Stoner Doom Trio To Bring Their Riff Rituals To Canada – New York City stoner doom trio, BLACKOUT, will bring their quaking riff rituals to Canada later this month on a four-date mini tour through Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. [More…]

STONEBURNER Brings The Dread With Life Drawing, Now Streaming In Full At Decibel; Release Day Draws Near – In celebration of its North American release now less than one week away, today the enablers at Decibel Magazine offer up a full stream of Life Drawing from Portland sludgesmiths, STONEBURNER. [More…]

THE GREAT SABATINI: Montreal Raw Noise Rollers To Release New LP With Solar Flare Records – The noise metal aficionados at French label, Solar Flare Records, now proclaim the confirmed impending release of the newest LP from Montreal, Canada-based THE GREAT SABATINI. [More…]

WHITE WIDOWS PACT Locks Down May East Coast Tour; Tracking Of Debut LP Complete + Nirvana Cover – NYC-based mob, WHITE WIDOWS PACT, confirms that the tracking of their impending debut LP has been completed. [More…]

GHOUL: Cloaked Cult Premieres Hang Ten EP Via Bloody Disgusting; Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II To Commence Today – Today the cloaked criminals in GHOUL, in conjunction with the horror hustlers at Bloody Disgusting, heave forth the luscious sounds of their forthcoming Hang Ten EP in its entirety. [More…]

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Additional Live Abrasions Announced + Kuma’s Corner Burger DeclaredCORRECTIONS HOUSE — the bastard sound manipulations of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury… [More…]

A389 Recordings Record Store Day Series: INTEGRITY/VEGAS, FULL OF HELL/PSYWARFARE, NOISEM/OCCULTIST & BLOODLET – A389 Recordings is preparing to unload their series of releases for Record Store Day 2014 — taking place nationally next Saturday, April 19th — with four exclusive, limited titles. [More…]

CALL OF THE VOID To Record New Full-Length Later This Month; Band Welcomes Second Guitarist – Denver-based crusty metallic hardcore perpetrators, CALL OF THE VOID, who recently recruited second guitarist Gabe Morales, will enter the studio later this month to record the follow-up to last year’s smoldering Dragged Down A Dead End Path. [More…]

DRUNK DAD: Debut LP From Portland Scuzzcore Outfit Locked For Summer Release – Interloper haven, Eolian Empire, confirms the debut LP release from neighborhood crew, DRUNK DAD, on a hot-ass day coming up this Summer. [More…]

MALPRACTICE: Finnish Progressive/Thrash Act Signs With Sensory Records – As they continue to investigate the progressive realms of the heavy metal universe, New Jersey-based Sensory Records confirms that Finnish quintet, MALPRACTICE, has become the newest addition in the label’s roster. [More…]

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Announces Massive Tama Giveaway – With NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2014 in Worcester, Massachusetts is now less than a week away, running from Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th, today a massive giveaway from one of the event’s main sponsors, Tama Drums, has been announced. [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.


DRUNK DAD: Debut LP From Portland Scuzzcore Outfit Locked For Summer Release

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Interloper haven, Eolian Empire, confirms the debut LP release from neighborhood crew, DRUNK DAD, on a hot-ass day coming up this Summer. Portland’s one and only fuck-you-all-wave group, is on a seemingly unstoppable trajectory. In the last two years they have hard-won the turned heads and knowing nods of enthusiastic youngsters and old cynics alike with their all-out assaults on rock and convention. Their art-fucked sludgy hardcore free-jazz noise rock is as unclassifiable as it is enthralling, the splendid result of a rare new band that not only knows what it wants but how to get it.

Hatched at long disintegrating Portland punk house/venue Failhaus in 2010 — at first an almost homage, albeit a convincing one, to their Northwest heavy heroes — DRUNK DAD quickly shoved their own way forward, dragging their dirty NW rock roots through sludge and noise and then mashing them together with metallic hardcore and avant diversions to form their own crusty scuzzcore. Their leavings, including a cassette-only Failhaus EP on Stankhouse Records and subsequent Morbid Reality 7″ on Eolian Empire,  have raked in accolades from all levels of media, as a “strategy of fomented eclecticism — push each influence hard enough, and they’ll eventually crumble into one another” by Pitchfork, “brilliantly energetic” by Echoes and Dust, “a pretzel-like intersection of genre super-highways that go in all directions at once” by the Portland Mercury, and “an off-kilter, barely-tethered mass of sludge/crust/whateverthefuck that is as delightful as it is shoeless n’ shambling” by Last Rites.

Not known for going easy, in the past year DRUNK DAD went at it even harder, culminating in their first full-length and gnarliest, most inventive, expansive, and—dare we say?—sophisticated record yet. With their first LP Ripper Killer, DRUNK DAD breaks down the stifling genre walls of yore and rewires the wreckage into a megaheavy alloy of scuzz, filth, and noise in a knock-down, drag-out war of ill will wrapped in a nasty bow.

Stand by for more banter on the pulverizing Ripper Killer as Eolian gears it up for release on heavyweight 12” and digital delivery July 1st.

In the meantime, DRUNK DAD, the Eolian henchmen and the rest of their scumcollective will locally gather on the mighty 4/20 for a bruising reefer madness advance listening party, joined by sets from Redneck as well as DRUNK DAD experimental acts J.O.P.O. and Dark Wraith Covenant, and with DJ sets by Eolian nasal-breathers, Sethro Tull & Booze Crooze.

DRUNK DAD Reefer Madness Ripper Killer listening party:
4/20/2014 Valentine’s – Portland, OR w/ J.O.P.O., Dark Wraith Covenant, Redneck [info]

EYEHATEGOD Announces Mammoth US Headlining Assault With Ringworm And Enabler

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

[photo by Dean Karr]

Today, New Orleans’ favorite musical miscreants, EYEHATEGOD, announce their most extensive US tour in years. Scheduled to commence in Atlanta, Georgia on May 28th, the day after the official North American release of their long-awaited new full-length, the trek will punish twenty-six cities, coming to a close on June 22nd in Tampa, Florida. Support will come from metallic hardcore legends, Ringworm, and morose punk metal perpetrators, Enabler. The mammoth roadside takeover follows EYEHATEGOD’s previously announced string of live incursions later this month which includes an appearance at Three Floyds Beer’s annual Dark Lord Day Festival and a special performance in Baltimore, Maryland with High On Fire and Corrosion Of Conformity.

EYEHATEGOD’s forthcoming self-titled long player was assembled and financed entirely by the band along with US label partners, Housecore Records, and will be released on May 27th, 2014. Called, “the record that EHG fans have been waiting for; a stomping and venomous set of eleven tracks that reignite the band’s amazing propensity for down-trodden, electric blues and with their late drummer LaCaze behind the kit,” by Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, Eyehategod features vocals recorded and produced by Housecore president Philip H. Anselmo at his own Nodferatu’s Lair and serves as the band’s first proper release in over a decade. The domestic version of the self-titled offering will come in a CD digipack, while the LP will be housed in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following color variations: black (600 copies), purple (300 copies), clear (400 copies), purple and grey (300 copies).

EYEHATEGOD Live Assaults 2014:
4/22/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/23/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/24/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/25/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/26/2014 Dark Lord Day Festival – Munster, IN
4/27/2014 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity
w/ Ringworm, Enabler:
5/28/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/29/2014 Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
5/30/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte NC
5/31/2014 611 – Frederick, MD
6/01/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/02/2014 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
6/03/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
6/04/2014 American Legion Post 80 – Binghamton, NY
6/05/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
6/06/2014 Even Flow – Long Island, NY
6/07/2014 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
6/08/2014 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
6/09/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
6/10/2014 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
6/11/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/12/2014 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN
6/13/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
6/14/2014 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
6/15/2014 TBA – Appleton, WI
6/16/2014 TBA – TBA
6/17/2014 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
6/18/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
6/19/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
6/20/2014 Southport – New Orleans, LA
6/21/2014 Dollhouse – Savannah, GA
6/22/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL

Preorder packages including various CD, LP and T-shirt bundles are currently available via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION. And if you missed it, soil yourself to a stream of “Robitussin And Rejection” HERE.

CALL OF THE VOID To Record New Full-Length Later This Month; Band Welcomes Second Guitarist

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Denver-based crusty metallic hardcore perpetrators, CALL OF THE VOID, who recently recruited second guitarist Gabe Morales, will enter the studio later this month to record the follow-up to last year’s smoldering Dragged Down A Dead End Path.

Titled Ageless, for their sophomore full-length, the band will return to The Boar’s Nest in Salt Lake City with Andy Patterson (Subrosa, Eagle Twin, Gaza), who will also handle all mixing duties. The record will be mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity) and feature artwork up by Cult Leader vocalist Anthony Lucero. Ageless will be released via Relapse later this year.

Comments the band, “We are beyond stoked to hit the studio again with Andy Patterson and start the second chapter of the CALL OF THE VOID. The addition of Gabe Morales has added a new ferocity to the COTV sound. Don’t expect Dragged Down A Dead End Path part II. ”

In related news, the band recently announced two shows on their home turf as well as an appearance at Crucial Fest in Salt Lake City alongside Red Fang, Big Business, Cult Leader, Subrosa, Eagle Twin, and more with additional live dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

CALL OF THE VOID Live Abrasions:
4/15/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Ringworm, Death Before Dishonor
5/02/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Cult Leader
6/4-7/2014 Crucial Fest – Salt Lake City, Utah w/ Red Fang, Iceburn, Helms Alee,  Big Business, Cult Leader, Subrosa, Eagle Twin, Kowloon Walled City, Black Sheep Wall, Gaytheist etc…..

Hailed for its “legitimate, misanthropic emotion,” by Popmatters, and crowned “…one of the best aggressive releases of the year,” by Exclaim!, CALL OF THE VOID released their Dragged Down A Dead End Path debut via Relapse last year. A meticulous fusion of crust, grind, piss and vinegar, the record boasts 25+ minutes of sonic misconduct. The record is streaming in full at THIS LOCATION. Order a physical copy of Dragged Down A Dead End Path HERE or a digital version via iTunes HERE.