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COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: New Track From Los Angeles Sludgecore Act Currently Slaying At Metal Insider

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Today the doers of Metal Insider are very pleased to spew forth “Sleepwalking” from Los Angeles sludgecore bringers, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE.

The tune serves as the first taste of Twilight Upon Us, the band’s forthcoming debut full-length, as well as the first song to be featured in Metal Insider’s brand new “Amplified” column which focuses on pummeling new offerings from scene newcomers.

Notes the notorious website of the ripping new psalm, “The song really highlights what we dig about the band. Starting off with a nearly minute and a half ethereal instrumental that could almost be mistaken for Pelican, the second half of the song explodes into a concise volley of riffs with guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels providing a backdrop to vocalist Scott Werren’s anguished vocals.”

Get walloped by “Sleepwalking” 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’s Twilight Upon Us, produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios, is the sonic equivalent of this violent and primeval act boasting thirteen smoldering tracks of dark, riff-soaked, emotionally explosive audio wreckage.

Since forming in the Los Angeles in the Fall of 2010, the band — vocalist Scott Werren, guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels, drummer Ben Brinckerhoff and bassist Alex DuPuis — 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. “We don’t feel like we fit in any one genre, we just kind of slam things against a wall and focus more on how it makes us feel than where it fits in,” Hernandez-Cruz admits. “Our influences range from Cave In and Snapcase to Orchid and Page 99 so we never try to limit ourselves when it comes to what we do stylistically.”

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE will bring their confrontational wares to the stage for two dates next week with Cult Leader and Oathbreaker with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE Live:
8/5/2014 Che Café – San Diego, CA
8/6/2014 Bridgetown DIY – La Puenta, CA

Twilight Upon Us will be released independently on August 19th, 2014.


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CROSS EXAMINATION: Revolver Magazine Deploys New Track From Saint Louis Crossover Brigade

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Revolver Magazine is now hosting an exclusive stream of the latest high-octane thrash/hardcore output from Saint Louis, Missouri-based awesome party squad, CROSS EXAMINATION.

Closing a six-year gap between releases, CROSS EXAMINATION comes out flailing and impaling with the rabid Dawn Of The Dude EP, bridging influences from Cryptic Slaughter, Nuclear Assault, Excel, D.R.I. and the like into a rabid, high-caliber, circle-pit whirlwind comparable to Ramming Speed, SSS and Power Trip. What’s the last thing to go through a fly’s mind as it hits your windshield? Its ass. And that’s about the same impact this EP will have on the listener.

Sliced from the meaty seven-track slab of crossover contamination, “Hail To The Jeef,” is today exclusively being served up by Revolver Magazine; get some at THIS LOCATION.

The EP’s closing track, “The Dawn Of The Dude,” is also playing over HERE.

Chicago-based Organized Crime Records will unload the Dawn Of The Dude via 7” vinyl and digital download on August 19th, with distribution through Revelation Records. Preorders will be live this week at the label’s website HERE.

Formed in 2004, in their first four years as a band CROSS EXAMINATION wasted the masses with a plethora of auditory evidence, including their initial demo, a split with Spring Break!, their raging 2006 The Hung Jury EP and their 2008 debut full-length, Menace II Sobriety, the latter two titles via Organized Crime Records. This first new output since their LP is quite possibly their most scathing, grey-matter-reducing sonic beating yet. The seven new tracks contained on the Dawn Of The Dude barely hitting thirteen minutes, the EP still packs more balls and bong-rips than virtually any comparable contemporary groups. Your brains will simply leak from your blown-open ear canals as you bang your head’s filler into fluid to the perpetually rabid beats, the material featuring even more rasping, schizoid/hyper vocals and a pummeling crusty edge.

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FALLUJAH: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter March Continues

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Flesh Prevails, the new full-length behemoth from atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, debuted at #115 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, #39 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #15 on the Hard Rock chart and #24 on the Independent chart upon its first week of release. Additionally, the album landed at an astounding #2 on the Heatseekers chart!

Boasting guest appearances from guitarist Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist) and the chilling voice of Roniit Alkayam present throughout the album, The Flesh Prevails is a true master work of progressively tinged, otherworldly death metal that continues to floor fans and critics globally. “Their space is the backdrop for a parade of awesome celestial events,” describes Decibel Magazine, furthering that, “Harmonized death metal riffing and fleet leads twirl around each other like planets in orbital ballet. Dexterous blasting sends comets hurtling all over the place. Stars collapse and explode within the universe of synthetics that swaddle each song. It’s a huge sonic palette that FALLUJAH uses, all harnessed perfectly by tech-death mixmaster Zack Ohren.” Adds MetalSucks in a perfect 5/5 rating, “It’s an unabashed, psychotic, unregulated experiment of the wanton fusion of two separate strains of noise. It succeeds via the best bits of both and creating something uniquely greater than a simple summation. It animates the inorganic. It is architectural artwork. And with all its impressiveness, it feels true and pinpointed and ecstatic.”

If you missed it, sample “Levitation,” streaming at A.V. Club at THIS LOCATION, “Carved From Stone” at Lambgoat at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sapphire,” courtesy of MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

FALLUJAH is currently embarked on a US live takeover as part of this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more. Additionally, the band will take part in the Summer Slaughter Canada Club Tour 2014. Set to commence just a few days after the  American march draws to a close, the trek runs from August 14th to August 25th followed by three additional performances in Seattle, Portland and Santa Cruz. The band will be joined by The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate and Fatality (on select dates).

FALLUJAH
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins [remaining dates]:
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
Summer Slaughter: The Canada Club Tour 2014 w/ The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Fatality (8/14 – 8/20), Black Crown Initiate
8/14/2014 Dagobert – Quebec City, QC
8/15/2014 Les Founfounes Electriques Montreal, QC
8/16/2014 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
8/17/2014 Salle Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC
8/18/2014 Rock Café – Trois-Rivieres, QC
8/19/2014 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
8/20/2014 Babylon Nightclub – Ottawa, ON
8/23/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
8/24/2014 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
8/25/2014 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/27/2014 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/28/2014 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007, FALLUJAH has since displayed a rugged work ethic, investing countless weeks on the road in North America and internationally. The band’s commitment to crafting forward thinking music has helped them build their own diehard fanbase from the ground up. The name is derived from a city in the Al Anbar province of Iraq that, at the time of the band’s formation, sustained the highest concentration of destruction and casualties on both sides of the fighting. The members of FALLUJAH have lived much of their lives in the post 9/11 world growing up with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as observing the tension between East and West and religious turmoil. The city of Fallujah represents the pinnacle of tensions, hostility and destruction that has come to define the world we live in.

The Flesh Prevails is out now via Unique Leader Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.


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THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE: American Aftermath Streaming Fourth Album From Swedish Death Metal Outfit

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

As Selfmadegod Records prepares to release the fourth studio full-length from Swedish death metal outfit THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE, American Aftermath is now streaming Piling Up in its devastating entirety.

With ten direct, sinister death metal hymns that will categorically satisfy fans of Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation and Grave, Piling Up proves to be the fiercest material from THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE to date. The record was recorded at The Rotpit and Studio Roadkill in late 2013, mixed and  mastered by Brynjar Helgetun at Studio Brainjar, and bears cover artwork by Roberto Toderico (Sinister, Asphyx). Alongside an exclusive early stream of the album, American Aftermath states, “This is the death metal that other death metal has nightmares about,” continuing, “Piling Up is a definitive runner for death metal album of the year and you all need to stop whatever meaningless task you are up to this fine morning and get a face full of bastard-smashing death.”

Stream all of ­Piling Up now at THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for Piling Up are now available. North American orders can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE; CDs will ship out ahead of the stateside August 19th street date. Piling Up will see release in Europe this Friday, August 1st; orders can be placed HERE.

THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE is currently comprised of founder Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribspreader, Putrevore, Revolting, Down Among The Dead Men, Megascavenger, Bone Gnawer) on guitars, bass and vocals, and Dennis Blomberg (Down Among The Dead Men, Paganizer) on guitars and bass. Formed in 2007, the band has released three full-length albums to date. Their self-titled debut album was disbursed on their year of formation via No Colours, their 2008 follow-up, Tank Gasmask Ammo, released via Pulverised, and after disbanding in 2010, the band reformed two years later, TWBTT released Lullabies For The Deranged via Metal Inquisition in 2012. Having inked a deal with Poland’s Selfmadegod Records, THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE strikes back in 2014 with their fourth album, Piling Up.

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BASTARD OF THE SKIES & GRIMPEN MIRE: Two New Psalms From Crushing Split Sullying The Airwaves Of Decibel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Today, Decibel Magazine celebrates the soul-crushing split offering from two of the most volatile volume peddlers of the UK’s underground doom/sludge/noise community: BASTARD OF THE SKIES and GRIMPEN MIRE.

Released via Manchester-based Future Noise Recordings, the seven-track split offers up new frothy psalms of creeping dread from both acts, all recorded by BASTARD OF THE SKIES guitarist/vocalist Matt Richardson at his own Full Stack Studio and mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate, Khlyst).

BASTARD OF THE SKIES monopolizes Side A, with four cavernous, bass-heavy odes of gnarly fist-clenching, noise rock making their twenty allotted minutes feel like twenty-years of ugliness, corruption and anger as the unstoppable mega-riffs pile to the sky. Side B is enforced by GRIMPEN MIRE’s sonic pollution, and their twenty-minutes are spent with but three tunes, each hurling the listener down into a deeper, darker pit of disease, hopelessness and despair. Champions The Sludgelord, “This is an outstanding release showcasing two of the UK’s finest and heaviest bands from the doom/sludge metal scene… a must have release. Spellbinding and creepy as hell.” Adds Blog Of Putrefaction, “This split displays some excellent songwriting from two veterans of the UK doom scene, and if syrupy riffage is your thing then this is definitely worth your time, good stuff!” Yell Magazine agrees, “This is dark doom and savage sludge for anyone feeling languid and heavy this summer.”

Turn up and feel the rumble of BASTARD OF THE SKIES’ “Old Vessels” and GRIMPEN MIRE’s “Fragments Of Forgotten Craft,” now decimating the Deciblog at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, you can check out BOTS’ A-side opener “Yarn,” alongside GRIMPEN MIRE’s B-side lead-off, “The Hollow Wreck,” still wreaking havoc at Cvlt Nation at  THIS LOCATION.

The split LP is currently available via Future Noise Recordings in a limited run of 300 copies on black vinyl, each including a download card. Order yours today HERE.

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BRIMSTONE COVEN: New Cosmic Hymn From Retro/Doom Metal Sorcerers Now Playing At Revolver; Release Day Draws Near

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

As retro doom metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, prepare for the official unveiling of their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records, today Revolver Magazine summons forth the cosmic echoes of “Children Of The Sun.”

Spawned in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN manifests a captivating amalgam of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock expressions of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. The outfit’s Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen inebriating tracks of manic occult conjurings – a combo of their self-released full-length and EP — complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.

In an advance review of the offering, Metal Underground relays, “Brimstone Coven should appeal to most of the occult rock set for its vintage sound and supernatural atmosphere that pervades throughout the album. The band’s use of dynamics is fantastic,” furthering that, “the band’s members have major chops and their foray into the occult is certainly alluring.” Against Magazine notes, “the dry sound can refer to Led Zeppelin, the blues soul derives directly from Black Sabbath and the solid structures scream Pentagram, but somehow BRIMSTONE COVEN manage to do it with a bit of own musical personality and self-consciousness,” while Sea Of Tranquility concurs, “this is not your typical stoner/doom release by any means. There is a psychedelic feel throughout the album that drifts between the riffs, adding the right amount of atmosphere and a somewhat spooky element that works quite well.” Adds The Obelisk, “Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ‘70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist ‘Big John’ Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ‘70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like ‘Behold, The Anunnaki,’ ‘The Black Door’ and ‘The Séance’ a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well.”

Comments the band of latest premiere, “This song focuses lyrically on prehistoric cultures that saw our Sun as a Godhead, protector and creator.”

Fall into the gritty, psychedelic rock swagger of “Children Of The Sun,” courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Behold, The Anunnaki,” still streaming at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BRIMSTONE COVEN will bring their bewitching odes to the stage with additional ceremonies to be announced in the weeks to come.

BRIMSTONE COVEN:
7/31/2014 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2014 Chronic Tattoo – Cleveland, OH

Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. Preorder you copy at THIS LOCATION where you can also sample delightfully jam-laden fifth cut, “The Grave.”

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LAGO: Phoenix Blackened Death Unit Drops Track From Debut Full-Length At No Clean Singing

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Underground metal zine, No Clean Singing, is now hosting an exclusive listen to the first single borne of Tyranny, the debut full-length from Phoenix, Arizona’s ominous deathsquad, LAGO.

After releasing their introductory Marianas EP in 2010, the year of the band’s inception, in 2012 LAGO released a two-track demo constructed by a partially revamped lineup, introducing the ideas which would become the full-length monstrosity that is now set for release as Tyranny. Recorded in the Fall of 2013 by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered in March 2014 by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day), Tyranny executes forty minutes of primal, pummeling death metal with a dissonant black metal edge through eight destructive tracks. A guest appearance by Jonny Davy from Job For A Cowboy is made on the track “Bring To Ruin.”

The fourth of the album’s eight works, “Concede To Oblivion” is now playing at No Clean Singing who issues of the traumatic experience, “LAGO deliver top-shelf death metal, like some hellish blackened offspring of early Morbid Angel and Disma, fully armed with an arsenal of impressive technical chops and infectious hooks. The music is suitably ominous and fearsome, but performed with distinctive flair. From this song alone, Tyranny has vaulted onto our list of highly anticipated 2014 albums.”

Stream “Concede To Oblivion” now at THIS LOCATION.

In addition to new widespread live actions from LAGO being devised, the band has sanctioned Saturday, September 20th as the date of their free hometown record release show, featuring support from a pile of additional regional underground acts.

LAGO Tyranny CD Release Show:
9/20/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ w/ Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller, Deadspawn [info]

Tucson’s Battleground Records will release Tyranny on digipak CD and digital delivery on September 16th, 2014, while Swedish label Blood Harvest Records will be handling the vinyl edition. Preorder links and additional previews of the album will follow in the coming weeks.

Tyranny Track Listing:
1. I
2. The Tyranny of Men
3. Father Of All
4. Concede To Oblivion
5. Coming Cataclysm
6. Bring To Ruin
7. Reckoning
8. Pox Of The Weary

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SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: Ultimate Lineup Of Four-Day Extreme Gathering Confirmed

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The lineup and running order for the massive SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT aimed to overthrow Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th has been finalized and announced.

With four nights of action between both the historic Rialto Theatre for the main stage events, and nearby The District Tavern for the kickoff and after-shows, the third and by far most massive installment of SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST takes this now annual extreme metal gathering up to an entirely new level.

Headlining acts for SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT include NEUROSIS, SUNN O))) and GOATSNAKE. Since previous announcements, both THE FUCKING WRATH and NIGHT DEMON have left the lineup and replaced by Chicago’s The Atlas Moth and New Mexico-based Oryx, respectively. Additionally, Miami-based soloist AMIGO THE DEVIL has been added as the festival’s wandering troubadour for the weekend with impromptu sets at both venues throughout the event. The diverse lineup rounded out with PELICAN, -16-, THE BODY, EAGLE TWIN, BAPTISTS, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, PRIMITIVE MAN, BLACKQUEEN, OBLITERATIONS, NORTH, TAKE OVER AND DESTROY, SECRETS OF THE SKY, GODHUNTER, SEX PRISONER, SORXE, TWINGIANT, SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WINDMILL OF CORPSES and CONQUEROR WORM also locked into the itinerary.

Ticket packages for SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST are still available RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, SWTF III was prominently discussed in a massive cover feature for the Tucson Weekly with one of its creators, GODHUNTER’s David Rodgers, HERE.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT

October 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th
Rialto Theatre | The District Tavern
Tucson, Arizona

Thursday night: Kickoff show at The District:
10:00 – 10:30 Conqueror Worm (Tucson)
10:45 – 11:15 Twingiant (Phoenix)
11:30 – 12:15 Oryx (NM)
12:30 – 1:30 -(16)- (CA)

Friday night: Main show at Rialto:
6:30 – 7:00 Godhunter (Tucson)
7:15 – 7:55 Eagle Twin (UT)
8:10 – 9:00 Pelican (IL)
9:15 – 10:15 Goatsnake (CA)

Friday night: After show at The District:
10:30 – 11:00 Spiritual Shepherd (NV)
11:15 – 11:45 TOAD (Phoenix)
12:00 – 12:30 BlackQueen (WA)
12:45 – 1:45 The Atlas Moth (IL)

Saturday night: Main show at Rialto:
6:30 – 7:00 Sorxe (Phoenix)
7:15 – 7:45 Author & Punisher (CA)
8:00 – 8:40 The Body (OR)
8:55 – 10:45 Neurosis (CA)

Saturday night: After show at The District:
10:30 – 11:00 Windmill Of Corpses (Prescott)
11:15 – 11:45 Secrets Of The Sky (CA)
12:00 – 12:30 North (Tucson)
12:45 – 1:45 Primitive Man (CO)

Sunday night: Main show at Rialto:
6:00 – 6:30 Sex Prisoner (Tucson)
6:45 – 7:15 Obliterations (CA)
7:30 – 8:00 Baptists (Canada)
8:30 – 10:30 SUNN O))) (The planet Earth)

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST was founded in 2012 by members of Tucson-based underground acts GODHUNTER, INOCULARA, DISEASED REASON and GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDY in conjunction with local venues and businesses, in order to bring a full-bore event to underground music fans the Southwestern portion of the country. 2013’s event doubled in size from the maiden voyage, and now the third installment of the crushing event will bring an exceptional amount of additional new fans to the festival than ever before.

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RABBITS: Opening Track From Untoward Let Out Of The Cage Via The A.V. Club; October European Tour Dates Begin To Leak

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Today, The Onion’s A.V. Club explores the depraved burrow in which Portland’s RABBITS inhabits, letting loose a dirge-strewn new single from their upcoming third LP, Untoward, nearing release on Lamb Unlimited. Contorted with untamed riffage and coprophagous lyrical tyranny, the unsmooth sounds of “Ever Mind” are a thunderously adequate introduction to this mutant, predatory trio and the latest mangled and raucous tonal destruction in the ongoing lineage of these undomesticated vertebrata.

“Like a shovelful of sludge to the skull, the record reeks of blood, mud, and the rancid pheromones of AmRep veterans like Cows and Killdozer,” states the Onion’s A.V. Club write-up coinciding with the track premiere. “There’s also a blunt, metallic thrust to the disc, best heard on ‘Ever Mind,’ one of Untoward’s least amiable onslaughts of prickly noise. Go ahead, cuddle it.”

Hear for yourself as “Ever Mind” grabs you by the throat and twirls you round and round, round and round, round and round… DO IT HERE.

The previously uncaged “Pack Up Your Shit” from Untoward is shredding via Invisible Oranges HERE.

Widespread live infestation in support of Untoward begins immediately, including the upcoming three-day, seven-show, twenty-five-band D.I.Y. “anti-fest” dubbed Festicide, running from August 15th through 17th in Portland, Oregon, booked by RABBITS and their resurrected outsider label, Eolian Empire. Amidst other live actions being sorted, the band has also announced the first installment of dates for their upcoming return to Europe this October. With nine dates confirmed and more to be announced in the coming days, the entire run will see the band alongside Norway’s eclectic Årabrot, whom RABBITS co-released their split 7” EP with last year.

Preorders for Untoward — digital download, as well as 12” 150-gram black wax cut at 45 RPM guaranteed to rip your face off — are accessible HERE.

RABBITS Live:
8/16/2014 East End – Portland, OR @ Festicide w/ Honduran, Diesto, Towers [free matinee]
8/23/2014 The Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ Prizehog
European tour w/ Årabrot:
10/10/2014 Blitz – Oslo, Norway
10/13/2014 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
10/15/2014 Star & Garter – Manchester, UK
10/16/2014 13th Note – Glasgow, UK
10/17/2014 The Windmill – London, UK
10/18/2014 Greed Door Store – Brighton, UK
10/19/2014 The Pits – Kortrijk, Belgium
10/20/2014 TBA – Liege, Belgium
10/21/2014 Terminus – Rennes, France

Untoward will be released on August 12th via Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records, the album exhaustingly tracked live to tape at Type Foundry, Portland in one day and mixed in two. The engineering duties on Untoward were tag-teamed by Jeremy Romagna (Trees, Tecumseh, Wives) and Fester (Nux Vomica, Usnea, Stoneburner), both of whom have recorded the majority of the band’s previous material, the tracks mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering, and the cover artwork hand-sewn by Anne Mersereau. Through RABBITS’s already unwelcoming tsunami of blaring amplification and sarcastic, parasitic methodology, the outsider trio unloads nearly a half-hour of their most centered but dynamic aggravation yet on Untoward.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

BLACK COBRA Confirms Month-Long Summer/Fall US Tour With Support From Lo PanBLACK COBRA today announces a more than month-long US Tour, set to begin in late August and running into the beginning of October. [More…]

SEPULTURA – Brazilian Metal Icons To Release Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio – In celebration of an astounding thirty-year career, SEPULTURA — who stands among Brazil’s most successful bands ever —  will unleash a new live offering entitled Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio. [More…]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: Iconic New York Death Metal Tyrants Prepare To Release Imperium; Artwork, Track Listing And In-Depth Album Synopsis Revealed + Carnival Of Death Tour Dates Announced – Iconic New York death metal tyrants, INTERNAL BLEEDING, will release their long-anticipated new full-length, Imperium, to the masses this Fall via Unique Leader Records. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Details Of Southern Lord-Bound Debut LP Confirmed – Southern Lord today dispatches the full details for Poison Everything, the debut full-length from Southern California’s unhinged punk/hardcore outfit, OBLITERATIONS. [More…]

LAE: Debut LP By Montreal Psychedelic Post-Rock Act To See Release Via The Compound/Battleground – Bringing a decade-and-a-half of silence to an end, Montreal-based quartet, LAE, is eager to release the band’s official debut full-length release, and the entire reincarnation of the band. [More…]

ELECTRIC FUNERAL: Cvlt Nation Streaming 2xLP Anthology From Swedish Raw Punk Unit – This week, Southern Lord issues the entire anthology-to-date from Swedish raw punk outfit, ELECTRIC FUNERAL, in the form of the 2xLP Total Funeral compilation, and now the entire collection is streaming in full at Cvlt Nation. [More…]

PORD: French Trio Unites With American Aftermath To Blaze You With Album-Opening Track – 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. [More…]

OMMADON: UK Drone Duo To Release New Full-Length Via Domestic Genocide Records; New Track Streaming At Terrorizer – UK drone/doom duo, OMMADON, is set to release their monolithic new album, V, next month. [More…]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Drummer Reed Mullin Forced To Sit Out Live Dates – Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band’s upcoming live dates. [More…]

EARTH: Primitive And Deadly Preorders Made Available; New Official Online Store Launched – Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH’s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. [More…]

SOS: Stereokiller Streaming Fifth Album From Longtime NYC Act – As NYC-based heavy punk/hardcore hybrid act, SOS, comes within one week of releasing their fifth independent full-length, today online underground music community Stereokiller is streaming the entire Strength And Conditioning album. [More…]

DENVER BLACK SKY II Announces Exclusive Nausea/Annul Split 7″ Available To VIP Pass Holders – The bringers of DENVER BLACK SKY II — set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe’s BBQ — are pleased to announce the release of a special one-of-a-kind hand-lathed 7″ featuring Nausea and Annul! [More…]

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

CRUCIFIED: Posthumous Recordings From Bay Area Act Confirmed For Release Via Get This Right Records – Get This Right Records is honored to announce the upcoming release of the final recordings from defunct hardcore/thrash outfit, CRUCIFIED, late this Summer. [More…]

COWARDS: French Sludge/Doom Act Confirms Repress Of Debut Album; Band To Record New LP – Fear not what their name implies, as this Paris-based quintet is anything but weak or inhibited in their delivery. [More…]

BLOODTRUTH: Unique Leader To Drop Debut From Italian Death Dealers This Fall; Teaser Video Posted – California-based Unique Leader Records declares war with the addition of vicious Italian quartet, BLOODTRUTH, to their perpetually-expanding army of extreme metal architects. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI: Otherworldly Conjurors Unleash Old World New Wave Trailer – 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. [More…]

Fourth Installment Of Cvlt Nation’s Compilation Series Now Playing With JOY DIVISION’s Unknown Pleasures – CVLT Nation is proud to present the fourth covers compilation in their ongoing series, The CVLT Nation Sessions, with JOY DIVISION’s Unknown Pleasures. [More…]

LO-PAN: Ohio Riff Rock Peddlers To Release New Full-Length Via Small Stone This Fall; Artwork + Track Listing Unveiled – Long-running Ohio riff rock peddlers, LO-PAN, are pleased to unveil the details of their long awaited new full-length fittingly titled, Colossus. [More…]

SORXE: Phoenix Doom/Sludge Metal Act Sets Debut Album For Summer Release – Phoenix, Arizona-based sludge/doom metal quartet, SORXE, has recently recorded and finalized the audio for their upcoming debut full-length release, Surrounded By Shadows. [More…]

AMERICAN HERITAGE To Issue Sixth Album Via Solar Flare Records This Autumn - Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records proudly announces the signing of Chicago-based quartet, AMERICAN HERITAGE, for the release of the band’s recently completed sixth full-length album. [More…]

BIG BLACK CLOUD To Issue Lessons in Fuck You 2 EP Via Eolian Empire – Portland’s furious sci-fi punks, BIG BLACK CLOUD, are back from the lab with their latest dirty bomb, the cassette EP Lessons In Fuck You 2. [More…]

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