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IDES OF GEMINI: Pre-Order Bundles Now Available As Old World New Wave Release Day Draws Near

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As the release date for IDES OF GEMINI’s brand new album, Old World New Wave, draws near, Neurot Recordings is pleased to announce a host of preorder bundles, now live and available.

For CD orders, point your browser HERE and for T-shirt bundles, point your browser at THIS LOCATION.

Don’t forget to turn up and zone out to “The Chalice & The Blade,” still streaming at Noisey HERE and “The Adversary” courtesy of Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

IDES OF GEMINI features Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, which Pitchfork christened “darkly beautiful,” and Terrorizer likened to, “a metallic-filtered kinship to Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star,” 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. Notes Timms of their latest manifestation, “For Old World New Wave we all really coalesced as a band, and were able to work off one another’s strengths. J came up with the basic concept and musical framework of the album, and Kelly and I gave it form and identity. For me, my own personal musical identity, taste, preferences etc. were eclipsed by the power of the music which worked as an animate force unto itself — so much so that I cannot listen to any of it objectively, or tell you if it’s good or bad, but I can tell you that it’s distinctively IDES OF GEMINI.”

IDES OF GEMINI will grace the stage this Fall with a pair of live performances, the first serving as the trio’s official record release gala in Los Angeles, the second playing Intronaut’s tenth anniversary show. Additional IDES rituals will to be announced in the coming weeks.

9/19/2014 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA IDES OF GEMINI Record Release Show w/ Ancestors, Glaare, Maja D’Aoust (as The Oracle) [info]
12/18/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA [info]

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

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: West Coast Sludgecore Merchants Stream “Kevin’s Song” At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Twilight Upon Us Full-Length Out Now

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Today Los Angeles sludgecore merchants, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, are pleased to reveal “Kevin’s Song” to the masses via Skulls ‘N’ Bones. The emotionally-driven hymn comes by way of the band’s new full-length, Twilight Upon Us, self-released earlier this month.

Crowned “scary sick” by Decibel Magazine, Twilight Upon Us was produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios and has been flooring fans and critics alike with its meticulous hardcore/sludge fusion. AngryMetalGuy commends COLOMBIAN NECKTIE’s,  “heavy, muddy, and chunky riffs,” and “no-bullshit song-writing approach,” furthering that, “COLOMBIAN NECKTIE are great for getting right to the point and not teasing you or leading you on. Song writing is definitely the band’s main focus on Twilight Upon Us, and that’s where they shine.” In a 4/5 rating, Stereokiller calls the record, “violent and impressive…,” Wonderbox Metal dubs it, “highly recommended listen for all connoisseurs of heaviness,” while Echoes And Dust adds, “if you’re looking for some intense music that brings together some of your old favorites – Dystopia, Mohinder,Pg. 99 or even Cave In, check out  Twilight Upon Us.”

As devouring as the record is however, much of Twilight Upon Us is rooted in tragedy as evidenced in ten-minute opus “Kevin’s Song,” written in honor of their late former bandmate. As soon as I heard [guitarists] Ben [Daniels] and Juan [Hernandez-Cruz] playing the riffs for what would become ‘Kevin’s Song,’ I knew we had something,” relays vocalist Scott Werren. “Lyric-wise, all I could think of at first is the feeling of pain and loss but also this vision of Kevin just moving past a physical form and exploring the galaxy. So I made it like silver surfer riding through the universe giving us a report back on his findings.”

Hear “Kevin’s Song,” now playing at Skulls ‘N’ Bones, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample “Guiding Light,” still streaming at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sleepwalking” available at Metal Insider at THIS LOCATION.

Named in honor of a song by iconic noise rockers Big Black but more commonly known as a method of murder where the victim’s throat is slashed and the tongue is pulled through the open wound, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE has earned a reputation for their punishing riffs and maniacal DIY work ethic. Though clearly rooted in hardcore, tracks like the syncopated, sludgy death march of “Play The Game” and midtempo thrash of “Drought,” complete with squealing synths, add a welcome dose of variance to an album that’s uncompromising in its aggression.

Twilight Upon Us is out now independently. Order your copy today HERE.

GOATWHORE New Orleans’ Favorite Metal Legion Announces US Headlining Dates + Band To Support Samhain On Select Shows

Friday, August 29th, 2014

New Orleans’ favorite metal legion, GOATWHORE, will embark upon another bout of live headlining invasions next month. Set to launch in Houston on September 15th, the band will trounce fourteen cities including five shows supporting death rock/horror punk legends, Samhain!

In November, GOATWHORE will bring their sadistic anthems overseas for a European incursion with headliners Dying Fetus. The extended trek embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium, and will march through nearly four dozen metropolises, coming to a close on December 20th in Leer, Germany.

GOATWHORE is currently touring in support of their mammoth Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length unleashed to the masses in July via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far,” by Metal Injection, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. The infernal masterwork also ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart. If you missed it, view the band’s devouring new video for third Constricting… psalm, “Baring Teeth For Revolt” below.

GOATWHORE Live Assaults:
9/15/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/16/2014 Tomcat’s – Ft Worth, TX
9/17/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/18/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
9/19/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/20/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/21/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
9/22/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/24/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
9/25/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO * late show
9/26/2014 The Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
10/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA w/ Samhain, Midnight
10/31/2014 The Howard Theatre – Washington DC w/ Samhain Midnight
11/01/2014 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY w/ Samhain, Midnight
w/ Dying Fetus, Malevolence, Fallujah:
11/08/2014 Fonck – Liege, BE
11/09/2014 Turock – Essen, DE
11/10/2014 11er – Frankfurt, DE
11/11/2014 Beatclub – Dessau, DE
11/12/2014 Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
11/13/2014 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
11/14/2014 Lido – Berlin, DE
11/15/2014 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL
11/16/2014 Exhaus – Trier, DE
11/17/2014 Audio – Brighton, GB
11/18/2014 Clwb Ifor – Bach Cardiff, GB
11/19/2014 Cathouse – Glasgow, GB
11/20/2014 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IE
11/21/2014 Sound Control – Manchester, GB
11/22/2014 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, GB
11/23/2014 Garage – London, GB
11/24/2014 Divan Du Monde – Paris, FR
11/25/2014 La Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
11/26/2014 Escenario – Santander, ES
11/27/2014 Hard Club – Porto, PT
11/28/2014 Penélope – Madrid, ES
11/29/2014 Estraperlo – Club Badalona, ES
11/30/2014 Paloma – Nimes, FR
12/01/2014 Le Tremplin – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
12/02/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
12/03/2014 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
12/04/2014 Backstage – München, DE
12/05/2014 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
12/06/2014 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
12/07/2014 Flying Circus – Cluj-Napoca, RO
12/08/2014 Jet Rock – Sofia, BG
12/09/2014 Club Rockstadt – Brasov, RO
12/10/2014 Collosseum – Kosice, SI
12/11/2014 Viper Room – Wien, AT
12/12/2014 Rockfabrik – Nürnberg, DE
12/13/2014 Voxhall – Aarhus, DK
12/14/2014 John Dee – Oslo, NO
12/16/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
12/18/2014 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SE
12/19/2014 Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit – Hambur, DE
12/20/2014 Zollhaus – Leer, DE

“…a blasphemous blast…” — Decibel Magazine

GOATWHORE channels every evil impulse of its blackened death thrash into Constricting Rage of the Merciless…” – Austin Chronicle

“…a fucking solid release and one wild ride down the highway to Hell…” – Invisible Oranges

“…a brutally bleak aural onslaught that will no doubt get metal heads pumping their fists and headbanging along with these pummeling anthems of chaos and despair. Clear heirs to the thrash metal throne, GOATWHORE ably step up with this masterful slab of blacked metal and stake their claim as one of the best in the business circa-2014.” – Pop Matters

“…one of extreme metal’s most unheralded, blue-collar bands…” – Sputnik Music

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.” – Exclaim

“…a masterful work of extreme metal…” – Dead Rhetoric

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

AUTHOR & PUNISHER Announces New Round Of Live Assaults; “The Drone Machines Shall Return!”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Master sound conspirator, Tristan Shone, will bring his cacophonous manifestation of cold, mechanical doom known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER to the streets in the coming months for a clobbering run of live takeovers. Set to commence next Thursday with a special performance and design talk at Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, Shone will levy his punishing sonic decompositions upon several additional music fests including San Diego Music Thing, Cold Waves Festival, Southwest Terror Fest and Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Fest, with future enactments in December in their plotting stages.

Comments Shone: “After a Summer of retooling and writing music for the upcoming release [stay tuned for details] I am taking to the skies and highways for a collection of special performances and festivals. After laying dormant for several years, the Drone Machines shall return for some of these events that don’t involve airplanes due to weight and power. ”

9/04/2014 Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC (performance and design talk)
9/12/2014 San Diego Music Thing – San Diego, CA w/ Earth, King Dude
9/20/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ 3Teeth
9/26/2014 Cold Waves Festival – Chicago, IL w/ Fear Factory, Die Krupps, Youth Code, more…
10/18/2014 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Neurosis, The Body, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, more…
10/23-10/26 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX w/ Neurosis, Eyehategod, Corrections House, Cattle Decapitation, more

AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s latest full-length, Women & Children, was released last year via Seventh Rule Recordings. Crowned “powerful and chilling” by Metal Injection and commended for being “immediate but mysterious, a chimera that’s recognizable but strange,” by Pitchfork, the record continues to astound listeners globally for its ominously expressive brand of mechanical doom. In employing primarily custom designed and fabricated machines, speakers and various devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics, Shone – who boasts a BS in mechanical engineering and an MFA in visual arts — manages to replicate dejection, desperation and profound sorrow through his musical corrosion with curious poise and beauty.

If you missed it, Shone spoke with Wired Magazine for an in-depth investigation of the voice modulating masks – among many other handcrafted industrial contraptions — that aid in his cacophonous manifestation of sound. View the video and feature HERE.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Women & Children is currently available via Seventh Rule Recordings. Order your copy at THIS LOCATION.
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ANAAL NATHRAKH: Birmingham Extreme Metal Miscreants To Release Desideratum This October Via Metal Blade Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts eleven emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil.

ANAAL NATHRAKH — Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — exists for one purpose: to be the soundtrack to the apocalypse; the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since forming in 1999, the devious duo has gained a reputation for expressing precisely these things. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against a backdrop of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is plainly frightening. Their winding history includes not only the release of seven albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such iconic figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed legend John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless rankings among “best album of the year” polls and “album of the month” in the press and cover appearances on top magazines such as Terrorizer, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Uniquely hallmarked by pulverizing musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal. This year ANAAL NATHRAKH are set to reach ever higher on their mission to send the Earth crashing into the Sun.

Desideratum Track Listing:
1. Acheronta Movebimu
2. Unleash
3. Monstrum In Animo
4. The One Thing Needful
5. A Firm Foundation Of Unyielding Despair
6. Desideratum
7. Idol
8. Sub Specie Aeterni (Of Maggots, And Humanity)
9. The Joystream
10. Rage And Red
11. Ita Mori

Desideratum will devour the masses whole on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime, you are cordially invited to sear the skin right off your bones with first single, “Idol,” now streaming at where you’ll also find a host of menacing preorder packages. Additionally, fans who preorder the record via iTunes will receive a download of “Idol” instantly.

Further ANAAL NATHRAKH news and teasers to be dispersed in the coming weeks. You have been warned.

“…these dudes split ‘terrifyingly heavy and fierce’ and ‘giant dork’ straight down the middle and sew it up again like Dr. Frankenstein working on the monster.’ – Decibel

ANAAL NATHRAKH are one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror… a master class in extreme metal” — MetalSucks

“…a thrill ride of horrors” – Pitchfork

BLACKWOLFGOAT: New LP From Progressive Drone Project Streaming In Full At Decibel

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

In celebration of its official release, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Drone Maintenance, the cathartic new long player from one-man progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT, in its entirety!

Conjured by guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw), who specializes in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, psychedelic guitar freak-outs as well as purely ambient pieces, Drone Maintenance is a psychological voyage through space and time.

Engineered and mixed by Glenn Smith (Tired Old Bones Ehnahre, Ichabod et al) at his Amps vs. Ohms studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ten-track Drone Maintenance is a quasi-concept album that sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. Elaborates Shepard, “On Drone Maintenance humans maintain drones which could turn on them at any moment. The soundtrack to this trip is a mixture of drone, Krautrock, doom, fusion and psych. Needless to say, it does not end well for our protagonist.”

Adds Decibel Magazine, “A mesmerizing mix of psychedelia, drone, and general experimentalism, Drone Maintenance takes the listener on a journey, its deliberate repetition bringing about an almost hypnotic state similar to Six Organs of Admittance or Ash Ra Tempel. Unlike most drone, things actually happen in these songs!”

Got a drone to service? You’ve come to the right place. Scroll on over to Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Drone Maintenance is out TODAY via Small Stone Recordings. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

Drone Maintenance invites us into an alternate, futuristic dimension, where we see life through the eyes of a drone repairman, and the music invokes a strange feeling, one of being the last human job on a mechanized planet, but not necessarily in a dystopic way.” – Cvlt Nation

BLACKWOLFGOAT is a project that will, at times, challenge a lot of people to reexamine their cloistered definition of ‘music’ and yet simultaneously and ably give them the tools to do so.” – Lonesome Noise

“Drone Maintenance is simply hypnotic at times while being melodic at others. You can only expect the unexpected, which is what one would listen to an album like this for. This album will challenge the listener to reevaluate what they feel an album should sound like. Fans of bands such as Sunn0))) and Earth should really give BLACKWOLFGOAT a listen.” – Wicked Channel

YOB: New Full-Length From Portland Doom-Bringers Now Playing In Full Via Pitchfork; Clearing The Path To Ascend To See North American Release Next Week

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As commanding as it is cathartic, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the long-anticipated new full-length from Portland doom technicians, YOB, demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. The path to ascend is clearly an arduous one, fraught with the peril of mediocrity. YOB pummels that path however, climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, Clearing The Path To Ascend is a genuinely visceral listening experience.

In an advance investigation of the record, Last Rites dubs YOB, “one of the heaviest bands currently walking the third rock from the sun, even if they sometimes sound as if they are transporting their sounds from deep space.” Stereogum concurs, “YOB are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal album you’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Sludgelord notes, “Heavy, discordant, startling and genuinely touching, this album is a true-blue metal odyssey that rewards every listener who dares to take the journey with them. Headphones on. Eyes closed. Experience YOB.” Noisey gushes, “In the worlds YOB make, the music’s solidity pulls against its subject’s uncertainty. The slow drips of percussion and roars of guitar feel geologically real, while the lyrics and samples hidden in the songs hint that ‘real’ is only a feeling,” while MetalStorm adds, “YOB have a unique way of creating music that’s entirely sheltered in acute directness and yet still manages to deliver undiscovered subtleties on repeated listens. I love their startling ability to sink to new depths of desensitizing heaviness with song designs that are more or less uncomplicated but still can appease the layman’s metal music listener.”

In celebration of its imminent release, now just one week away, Pitchfork is offering up Clearing The Path To Ascend in its bone-crushing, soul-cradling entirety via their Advance Series at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release, YOB will spread their purifying riff rituals overseas this Fall on an epic binge of performances slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The band will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer. See confirmed ceremonies below.

YOB w/ Pallbearer:
9/03/2014 Tivoli de helling – Utrecht, NL
9/04/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
9/05/2014 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
9/08/2014 The Underworld – London, UK
9/10/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE
9/11/2014 Vera  - Groningen, NL
9/12/2014 Atlas – Aarhus, DK
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/14/2014 Hostsabbat @ Betong – Oslo, NO
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
9/27/2014  Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE

YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally in North America via Neurot Recordings on September 2nd, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th. Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available. For CD orders point your browser HERE. For special T-shirt bundles go HERE.

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SECRET CUTTER Confirmed For Brooklyn-Based Uninvited Fest

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Having independently released their Self Titled debut LP (yeah, it’s named that) earlier this year, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based trio, SECRET CUTTER, is now set on devouring fans and unsuspecting victims in the live setting throughout the region and beyond in support of the LP.

SECRET CUTTER’s latest live itinerary includes the band’s confirmed inclusion in the upcoming Brooklyn-based Uninvited Fest, a massive four-day event to take place in Gowanus, Brooklyn, running from September 18th through 21st. Set to transform a section of the neighborhood into an outdoor community for artists, musicians, motorcycle enthusiasts, skateboarders and more, with live music, food, booze, vendors, cinema, DJs, open skate sessions on a sponsored ramp setup and more, Uninvited Fest sees SECRET CUTTER listed among Mothership, Captain Beyond, Subrosa, Mount Salem, The Skull, Black Cobra, Sasquatch, Lo Pan, Orchid, The Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Weedeater, Elder and many others among the list of bands confirmed to perform. Additionally, SECRET CUTTER is set to shred Allentown with a headlining show this Thursday, August 28th.

With over twenty-six minutes of new material, fully produced by the band at drummer Jared Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, a maelstrom of SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive with ten vigorous tracks. The record’s grating, murderous grind/sludge-inclined metallic disgust is literally murdering the masses with rave reviews pouring in from all types of media outlets worldwide. Available through their own Bethlehem Rust label, Self Titled is available for digital download as well as LP, in three different colors of vinyl which all include a digital download is included. Stream and order the album HERE.

Additional live actions will be announced throughout the coming weeks and the rest of 2014 as Secret Cutter continues to write new material for their next release.

8/28/2014 Good Weekend – Allentown, PA w/ Vaporizer, Gloominous Doom, Tower of Swine [info]
9/21/2014 Uninvited Fest – Brooklyn, NY w/ Weedeater, Elder, Marching Teeth, Cosmic Shakedown, The Fog [info]

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

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

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

“You won’t believe it but the band is a three piece, with just a drummer, guitar player, and vocalist. Your jaw will be on the floor less than ten seconds into the first track.” – Echoes And Dust

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

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

“If you’re into this type of frantic, constantly changing hardcore/grind/sludge that has the power to knock you on your ass and blow out your speakers, go pick up a copy of this right now.” – Cosmos Gaming

“Self Titled will kick you in the head; it’s a wake up call; it’s a call to arms; it says we’re better than you without trying. 4.5/5″ – Yell Magazine

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: West Coast Tour Underway; Blind Inducted Into The Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame – Following their recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults. [More…]

TNT FEST 2014 Lineup Includes Judge, X, Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Jook, Bad Co. Project & Countless More – The organizers of the annual Hartford-based TNT Fest have unleashed the nearly final lineup for this year’s massive late Summer extravaganza. [More…]

Small Stone Records Destroyed By Floods; Fundraiser Launched – Last week, debilitating storms dumped flood water throughout the Detroit area, including the offices of Small Stone Records, label home of Sasquatch, Wo Fat, Greenleaf, Lord Fowl, Dixie Witch, Roadsaw and so many others. [More…]

PORD: The Obelisk Discloses Fresh Track From Rural French Noise Rock Trio; Wild European Tour Begins Next Week – From the sprawling backwoods and farmlands of rural Lozère, French noise rock cultivators, PORD, have set up at The Obelisk to market an example of their latest crop, harvested from their incoming second album, Wild. [More…]

ACRANIA: Revolver Magazine Streams Totalitarian Dystopia In Its Venomous Entirety; New Full-Length Out Now! – In celebration of its final detonation, today Revolver Magazine is streaming Totalitarian Dystopia, the new full-length from London death bringers, ACRANIA, in its venomous entirety! [More…]

BLACK COBRA: US Tour With Lo-Pan Begins This Week – Gruesome twosome, BLACK COBRA, will begin their massive impending US tour with support from Lo Pan on August 28th. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY Lets The Details Of Animal Mother Out Of The Cage; Trailer For Tenth LP Released – As the visionary metal cult known as TODAY IS THE DAY prepares to assault the masses with their tenth full-length album, Animal Mother, Southern Lord today discloses the LP’s art, track listing and a visual trailer featuring the first precursor of the hostile and haunting audio the album promises to unleash. [More…]

LO-PAN: Ohio Riff Bringers Premiere New Tune Via Noisey; Tour With Black Cobra To Commence This Week – With a tour supporting Black Cobra just one week away and a brand new record, the fittingly titled Colossus, on the horizon, Ohio riff bringers LO-PAN are pleased to uncork opening track, “Regulus,” via Noisey. [More…]

BLOODTRUTH: Metal Assault Unleashes Lyric Video From Unique Leader-Bound Debut Album – With the impending doom of their debut album, Obedience, looming, Italian death metal horde BLOODTRUTH has created a lyric video for the album’s eighth track, “Foresworn,” which is today viewable via Metal Assault. [More…]

WHITECHAPEL Announces Headlining Tour With Upon A Burning Body And Glass Cloud – Top 10 Billboard charting metal legion, WHITECHAPEL, will be returning to the road this Fall! In their interview with Phil Bozeman, Alternative Press declares, “WHITECHAPEL put in a lot of blood and sweat to maintain their furious reputation,” and that work will continue on October 10th when their next North American headlining tour commences. [More…]

EARTH: Trailer Featuring New Music From Primitive And Deadly LP Released – As the Ouroborean creative cycle of Seattle’s EARTH circles into its twenty-fifth year, the band prepares to unveil their glorious tenth full-length studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, the album set to hit the streets in less than two weeks through Southern Lord. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI: New Psalm Now Streaming At Revolver – With the official unveiling of their Old World New Wave full-length now less than one month away, Los Angeles ethereal dream-raiders, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to offer up another helping of sonic sanctity with “The Adversary.” [More…]

LAGO: MetalSucks Dispatches New Tune From Phoenix Death Metal Act; Tyranny Preorders Available – A new precursory warning shot from LAGO’s debut full-length, Tyranny, has been dispatched via MetalSucks preceding the album’s official release on September 16th through Battleground Records. [More…]

CROSS EXAMINATION: Awesome Party Squad Unloads Entire Dawn Of The Dude Via Decibel Magazine – The latest ragin’ persuasion from St. Louis-based awesome party squad, CROSS EXAMINATION, broke out onto the streets this week in the form of Dawn Of The Dude, the EP jacked on some of the band’s most insane circle pit fuel yet. [More…]

SORXE: The Obelisk Premieres Mammoth LP-Closing Movement From Phoenix Doom/Sludge Quartet – Gateway to the doom/sludge/stoner/rock underground, The Obelisk, today opens a portal to the mammoth closing number from SORXE’s debut LP, Surrounded By Theives, with the more than eight minute-long, “The Mountain Man.” [More…]

YAUTJA: East Coast October Tour Under Construction – Nashville-based YAUTJA is on their way to Atlanta, beginning a new six-city tour with their inclusion at the inaugural Southern Darkness Festival this weekend the prime target. [More…]

SECRETS OF THE SKY: Immense Track From Split LP With GODHUNTER Now Streaming At MetalSucks – “The Star” — the prime track leading off the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the GH/0ST:S LP, the band’s impending split album with GODHUNTER — is now playing through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks. [More…]

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AUSLÄNDER: Michigan Punk ‘N’ Roll Perpetrators Release New Full-Length Via Domestic Genocide – Grand Rapids punk ‘n’ roll perpetrators, AUSLÄNDER, are pleased to untether their self-titled debut via Domestic Genocide Records! [More…]

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SECRETS OF THE SKY: Immense Track From Split LP With GODHUNTER Now Streaming At MetalSucks

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

“The Star” — the prime track leading off the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the GH/0ST:S LP, the band’s impending split album with GODHUNTER — is now playing through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks.

Featuring the newest recordings from the Oakland, California-based cinematic doom metal outfit since their acclaimed 2013-releaed debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the LP, leads off with “The Star.” The nearly seven-minute opus picking up directly where the album left off boasts the band’s gargantuan doom metal riffage and spacious, otherworldly atmospheres, slickly delivered with impeccably tunderous production, the result of the band’s return to Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation), who recorded both of the band’s works. MetalSucks, who issued massive praise of To Sail Black Waters, including multiple best-of 2013 lists, is now hosting an exclusive stream of the massive track, stating, “GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY are very different bands, but they provide the perfect foil for one another, the yin and yang, GODHUNTER’s stoney, sludged out riffs balanced out by SECRETS OF THE SKY’s delicate splendor,” and confirming that “The Star” is, “as fantastic as anything the band’s ever done.”

Listen to SECRETS OF THE SKY’s “The Star” via MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

Also hear GODHUNTER’s LP opening “Pursuit/Predator” via Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

GH/0ST:S brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with GODHUNTER’s side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and SECRETS OF THE SKY’s recorded and mixed by Juan Urteagaat Trident Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The album showcases some of the most expansive new material from both bands, with both acts’ contributing a massive lead track as well as an extensive ethereal/experimental track bearing the GH/0ST:S theme. Following its limited edition cassette release for their Southwestern tour together this Spring, GH/0ST:S will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records and Earsplit’s THE COMPOUND RECS on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Preorders for GH/0ST:S are live via The Comound/Earsplit Distro HERE.

Both SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER are confirmed to perform at LuciFest II in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III this October. The two-day second installment of LuciFest, consuming October 3rd and 4th and featuring bands from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, will see both acts performing the second night with Demon Lung, xDoperunnerx, Reproacher, Hummingbird of Death, Sorxe and more. Two weeks later, they hit the crushing Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, the fest co-created by members of GODHUNTER and other local acts and set to engulf Tucson for four days, from Thursday, October 16th through Sunday the 19th. Here, SECRETS OF THE SKY will share the stage with Primitive Man, North and Windmill of Corpses, and GODHUNTER will support Goatsnake, Pelican and Eagle Twin. Neurosis, Sunn O))), -16-, The Atlas Moth, Baptists, Obliterations and tons more will also perform at the four-day, two-venue gathering.

Following SWTF III, SECRETS OF THE SKY will return to Trident Studios this to record their sophomore LP to be completed for release in early 2015. Stay tuned.

10/04/2014 LuciFest – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Godhunter, Demon Lung, Reproacher, Sorxe [info]
10/18/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Primitive Man, North, Windmill Of Corpses [info]

8/24/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin [info]