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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Legends Premiere New Video At Revolver; Band Prepares For Live Run Supporting Gwar

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are pleased to unveil their latest music video for “On Your Way,” the sixth cut from their recently released IX full-length.

Crowned, “a triumph,” by the Obelisk and, “eccentric and engaging,” by Sputnik Music, the John Custer-produced IX thrusts forth nearly forty-five minutes of the band’s signature “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence (The Onions’s A.V. Club).”

View the apocalyptic clip for “On Your Way,” now playing via Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

In related CORROSION OF CONFORMITY happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting Gwar! Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek – which follows the band’s triumphant run with Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying — will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.

11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
11/19/2014 The Venue - Fargo, ND
11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/23/2014 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2014 Treemont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/29/2014 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/02/2014 Exit/In -  Nashville, TN
12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD

IX is currently available via Candlelight Records. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION.

“…a meat-and-potatoes feast…” – The Obion’s A.V. Club

“…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid CORROSION OF CONFORMITY fan.” – Rock Revolt

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

“Not only does IX deliver what we hoped for, but they surpass that with an unwavering confidence – the sparks are flying on this one.” – The Sludgelord

A solid output from 30-year veterans. Stoners and punks take notice.” – Metal Underground

RABBITS Releases Fully Analog Video From Third LP With Full Process Breakdown Via Gear Gods; European Fall Tour Extended

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Following the recent Lamb Unlimited release of RABBITS’s contaminated third LP, Untoward, the horde now infects the media with their official video for the track “So Fake It’s Real.” Following in the same “digital can suck it” ethos of the LP — recorded live to tape, only overdubbing vocals and solos — as well as their recently recorded live session at the KEXP radio station studio in Seattle, the “So Fake It’s Real” video was constructed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, OFF!, ZZ Top), who took DIY to new levels of dementia to create one of the most caustic handmade videos to be found.

“I’ve wanted to do a video like this for some time and was looking for the right band/song and RABBITS fit the bill all the way around. I had gotten bored with the clean perfect look of all the HD videos out there and wanted to shoot something that had  a lot of texture, grit and personality to it and HD has none of that,” McConnaughy states in a sequential breakdown of the “So Fake It’s Real” creation process. The man succeeded with staggering success, utilizing fully analog equipment and unorthodox manufacturing methods, infusing chemicals, lasers, skateboards, stomping techniques, pillow cases, coffee filters, a Fisher Price Pixel Vision camera and more to visually capture RABBITS in the filthiest possible state. He continues, “There is absolutely no digital effects used in the making of the video. Everything is analog, with equipment made well before 1985. The only thing modern was the editing system that I used but it was just simple cuts, I didn’t do any real color correction because it is what it is.  It’s not perfect, it’s jagged, it’s rough, it’s messy; it’s how life really is and that’s why I like it.”

Gear Gods is now hosting the official “So Fake It’s Real” video alongside a step-by-step photo/text breakdown of the video’s construction at THIS LOCATION.

Also name-your-price on the KEXP Seek And Destroy live session, which features three tracks from the new Untoward LP as well as “Bees” from their first 7”, right HERE.

RABBITS continues to expand their European Fall tour, which is set to rip loose in mid-October and will now run through into early November. Leading off with a few local Portland ragers on September 14th and 30th, the band will raid the European peoples from October 13th through November 2nd, with dates locked in Belgium, the UK, France, and a final run through Spain and Portugal still being confirmed for the final week. A final itinerary will be issued in the coming days.

RABBITS Tour Dates:
9/14/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ VX Gas Attack, Redneck, A Volcano [all-ages matinee]
9/30/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Drunk Dad, Honduran
European tour w/ Årabrot, MoE:
10/13/2014 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
10/14/2014 Stag and Hound – Bristol, UK
10/15/2014 Star & Garter – Manchester, UK
10/16/2014 13th Note – Glasgow, UK
10/17/2014 The Windmill – London, UK
10/18/2014 Green Room Store – Brighton, UK
10/19/2014 The Pits – Kortrijk, BE
10/20/2014 La Zone – Liège, BE
10/21/2014 Terminus – Rennes, FR
10/22/2014 Le Parvis De Bagnolet – Paris, FR
10/23-11/02/2014 TBA – Spain/Portugal

Stream all of Untoward via American Aftermath at THIS LOCATION, and place orders for the digital and 150-gram LP cut at 45 RPM guaranteed to rip your face off are available HERE.

“The Portland power-trio known as RABBITS is neither warm nor fuzzy—and if it’s proof you need, refer to the band’s new album, Untoward. 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.” – The Onion’s A.V. Club

“In a noise rock scene dulled by younger musicians trying to be someone else, RABBITS have been RABBITS. Lines can be drawn — you could add the descriptor ‘heavier’ to Flipper or Shorty and be in the ballpark — but nothing really sticks besides ‘RABBITS.’” – Invisible Oranges

“Once again, RABBITS prove they are one of the better noise-punk bands out there… RABBITS have delivered an excellent slab of noisy, filthy punk rock. Their ability to absorb outside influences makes even more deadly. For fans of noise rock, this one is a no brainer…” – Verbicide

“Untoward stuns and disorients, hypnotizes and invigorates. Swampy riffs, marching pulses and a noisy thunder all marry up with a handful of mental illnesses and warm, inviting tone to take the listener on a trip they weren’t expecting…” – Scratch The Surface

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Strategists Premiere New Video Via MetalSucks; North American Live Assault To Commence This Week

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, today unveil the official video for “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing new clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and comes by way of the band’s Ryan Jones – (Mutilation Rites) produced The Mother Of Virtues full-length, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

The sleeper agent’s spying on you at MetalSucks. Check it out HERE.

And if you missed it, the quartet recently unleashed a play-through video for the track “Balkanized” via Gear Gods at THIS LOCATION.

PYRRHON’s latest work of cinematic psychosis comes on the heels of their upcoming North American rash of live takeovers alongside fellow exploratory tech-death wizards Gigan and Artificial Brain. The Metal Sucks-sponsored journey commences on September 11th in Cleveland, Ohio and will run through October 17th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See confirmed performances below.

PYRRHON w/ Gigan, Artificial Brain:
9/11/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
9/12/2014 Rancho Relaxo – Toronto, ON
9/13/2014 The Underworld – Montreal, QC
9/14/2014 Salle Unisson – Quebec, QC
9/15/2014 TT The Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
9/16/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/17/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY w/ Fit For An Autopsy
9/18/2014 The Waterfront Tavern – Holyoke, MA
9/19/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
9/20/2014 Harper’s – Clementon, NJ
9/21/2014 The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
9/22/2014 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
9/24/2014 The Backstage – Covington, KY
9/25/2014 Swayze’s – Atlanta, GA
9/26/2014 The Handle Bar – Pensacola, FL
9/27/2014 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
9/28/2014 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
9/30/2014 3 Kings – Denver, CO
10/02/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
10/03/2014 The Complex – Glendale, CA
10/04/2014 Til Two Club – San Diego, CA
10/06/2014 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
10/08/2014 El Corazon Lounge – Seattle, WA
10/09/2014 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
10/11/2014 The Complex – Bozeman, MT
10/12/2014 The New Direction – Fargo, ND *
10/13/2014 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN *
10/14/2014 The Wisco – Madison, WI *
10/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL *
10/16/2014 Donato’s Basement – Columbus, OH *
10/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA *
*No Gigan

PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues take its listeners on a traumatic sonic voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity with a mind-altering synthesis of clanging death, dark jazz rhythms, twisted storytelling and subtle shades of otherworldly psychedelia. HeavyBlogIsHeavy calls the record, “delightfully off-kilter and forever twisting,” Pitchfork dubs it, “…interesting and audacious…” while Noisey elaborates, “NYC’s PYRRHON sits alone in the fold between a pair of local giants, Unsane and Suffocation. The band clearly leans on its nerdier than thou technical death metal approach to provide the backbone of what they do, but for some of the breakdowns and parts that surround the fretboard wizardry is a devotion to the noisy, misanthropy found on records by Today Is The Day and most of the early Am-Rep roster. It’s a mix of intelligent hatred that could only come from the five boroughs…” Adds Sputnik in a perfect 4/4 score, “Virtues’ greatest success is it’s unwillingness to play by the rules… It’s an album built off the backs of Gorguts and Converge but with legs spastically moving in directions akin to and opposite of those bearers. The replay value feels astronomical as identifying even the simplest of riffs feels like open heart surgery with the tension to match, but it’s that itch to keep digging, to hear more through the layers of feedback and bellowed growls that one finds rewards with the reaping.”

Stream The Mother Of Virtues in full via BandCamp HERE and pick up the album via Relapse HERE and iTunes HERE.

LAGO: Acclaimed Debut Album From Phoenix Death Metal Act Playing At Invisible Oranges

Monday, September 8th, 2014

As Battleground Records arms their troops for the quickly impending September 16th street date of Tyranny, the debut full-length by LAGO, Invisible Oranges is now streaming the album in its decimating entirety.

States Invisible Oranges’ editor with the stream of LAGO’s new album, “the Phoenix quartet plays competent and well-executed death metal; no more, no less. Besides a blackened foray here and a chamber music segue there, they blast along like streamlined icons, strengthened by a proven Floridian flow. And Lago just make this stuff work: there’s one great riff nestled in each song…” The review continues: “LAGO aren’t over-stretching themselves to get a step ahead, nor do they make a play for nostalgia by repackaging old friends… When those step-ahead bands become the next to be tripped and stepped on, LAGO will still be standing.”

Unleash the entire Tyranny album courtesy of Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

Battleground Records will release Tyranny on digipak CD and via digital alongside iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify availability as well next Tuesday, September 16th. Preorders for the CD are available HERE and for the digital — which includes an immediate download of the track “Concede To Oblivion” — click HERE. Sweden’s Blood Harvest Records will release the vinyl version shortly.

With new tour plans in the works, LAGO are preparing for their record release show in Tempe on Saturday, September 20th, just days after the release of Tyranny, the band to be joined by Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller and Deadspawn.

Tyranny was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) by Ryan Butler and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day). The album executes forty minutes of primal, pummeling death metal with a dissonant black metal edge through eight destructive tracks. Additionally, Jonny Davy from Job For A Cowboy makes a guest appearance on the track “Bring To Ruin.”

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

“Lago know when to beat you over the head with sheer brutality, they know when to slow things down for gargantuan effect, and they know how write a real, artful guitar solo. In short, they’re the perfect death metal band.” – MetalSucks

“Tyranny is a modern day death metal masterpiece, that features some of the best things to happen to the genre but keeping it simple and relatively grim. 5/5” – Headbang Or GTFO

“…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…Tyranny has vaulted onto our list of highly anticipated 2014 albums.” – No Clean Singing

“…a strong collection of death metal tracks that showcase a powerful new band who have arrived on the scene with the force of a meteor strike.” – Wonderbox Metal

“…Lago will undoubtedly become a massive force to be reckoned with.” – Dead Rhetoric

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Legendary Death Metal Unit Unleashes “The Murderer’s Pact” Via Loudwire; Band Prepares To Drop Thirteenth Full-Length

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Following its premiere this past weekend on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show, today long-running death metal behemoths, CANNIBAL CORPSE deliver “The Murderer’s Pact” via empire sound portal, Loudwire.

“The Murderer’s Pact” serves as the sixth cut of sonic punishment from CANNIBAL CORPSE’s forthcoming A Skeletal Domain full-length, set for official detonation via Metal Blade Records on September 16th, 2014.

Comments Loudwire: “The band has been spewing out death metal for over twenty-five years, and A Skeletal Domain, much like CANNIBAL CORPSE’s first twelve albums, takes no prisoners. Clocking in at over five minutes, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ showcases some awesome musicianship from the band’s instrumental sections along with an interesting song structure. For fans of George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, you’re in for a treat, as well. The vocalist also delivers with his trademark grunt, showing no signs of vocal rust whatsoever.”

Get brutal with “The Murderer’s Pact,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

A Skeletal Domain marks CANNIBAL CORPSE’s astounding thirteenth full-length. Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, the record heaves forth twelve ill-omened tracks in forty-four skin-searing minutes, the result of which is a colossal, confrontational, and meticulously-executed aural attack that finds the band at the peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic viciousness. In an 8/10 rating of A Skeletal Domain, Decibel elaborates, “‘Vector Of Cruelty’ is a masterful combination of coruscating mid-pace burl and quirky thrash, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ pushes boundaries in the fields of lead work and atonality, while ‘Kill Or Become’ has a sizzling, infectious quality and the potential to be a set closer should they ever quit it with ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’… the point is, there’s material on lucky number thirteen that stands up to the classics.” Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect 4/5 score, “CANNIBAL CORPSE have pushed the technicality of their songs without forgetting the brutality or speed that fans have come to expect. They have also added a thrash element that periodically rears its head before being murdered by another blast beat and atonal guitar solo. Together all of these elements have created a CANNIBAL CORPSE album that is darker and more chaotic than normal, but that is somehow probably their most accessible. …with A Skeletal Domain there is even more of a reason for people to give CANNIBAL CORPSE a listen.”

In related CANNIBAL CORPSE happenings, the band will unleash their first-ever official authorized biography. Written by Joel McIver, author of Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica and biographies on Black Sabbath, Slayer, Slipknot, and Queens Of The Stone Age, Bible Of Butchery – Cannibal Corpse: The Official Biography will contain over 150 pages loaded with photos from the band’s collection, available everywhere later this month.

A Skeletal Domain will be released in North America on September 16th, 2014 via Metal Blade records. Point your browser to where you’ll witness the audio menace of second track, “Sadistic Embodiment” as well as a host of preorder bundles.

CALM HATCHERY: Selfmadegod Prepares Third Full-Length From Polish Death Squad For Fall Release; New Single + Preorders Posted

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Having entered the studio this time last year, Polish death metal squad, CALM HATCHERY, has finished work on their new full-length, which is now completed and slated for release via Selfmadegod Records.

Surging with nearly forty minutes of utterly destructive new material, CALM HATCHERY’s latest works bear the title Fading Reliefs. Recorded, mixed and mastered at famous Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, Trauma) during 2013 and 2014, Fading Reliefs bears eight top-quality, brutal death metal movements, delivered with a skilled, technical approach, while adding some new elements, generating the most diverse, mature and dominant CALM HATCHERY material to date. The album, and the band overall, will certainly summon the attention of all diehard fans of Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Nile and Immolation.

The second track from Fading Reliefs, “Illusory World,” has been released via SoundCloud RIGHT HERE and YouTube at THIS LOCATION.

Fading Reliefs will be unleashed in North America on October 14th, preceded by its European release later this month. US preorders for the CD can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE, and full merch options/packages direct from Selfmadegod HERE. Digital preorders are live HERE.

Fading Reliefs Track Listing:
1. Sun Of God
2. Illusory World
3. Burning Prophecies
4. Blessing Mantra
5. Bomben Uber Warschau
6. Luminous Bardo Transition
7. State Of Bodhi
8. In The Midst Of Nothingness
9. Bomby Nad Warszawa

CALM HATCHERY will be on the road supporting Polish heavyweights Vader and Vesania on the Blitzkrieg VII Tour, running through all of Poland from September 11th through September 28th. More tour dates will be declared in the near future.

CALM HATCHERY w/ Vader, Vesania
Blitzkrieg VII 2014 Tour
9/11/2014 Luka – Łódź, PL
9/12/2014 Alibi – Wrocław, PL
9/13/2014 Eskulap – Poznań, PL
9/14/2014 Słowianin – Szczecin, PL
9/16/2014 Estrada – Bydgoszcz, PL
9/17/2014 Parlament – Gdańsk, PL
9/18/2014 Zmiana Klimatu – Białystok, PL
9/19/2014 Stodoła – Warszawa, PL
9/20/2014 Fabryka – Kraków, PL
9/21/2014 Rudeboy – Bielsko-Biała, PL
9/25/2014 Wiatrak – Zabrze, PL
9/26/2014 Vinyl – Rzeszów, PL
9/27/2014 Hala Mosir – Jasło, PL
9/28/2014 Graffiti – Lublin, PL

CALM HATCHERY was formed in the beginning of 2002, and after releasing a demo tape and debut album the band signed with Selfmadegod. Sacrilege Of Humanity received amazing feedback both from metal press and fans all around the globe, and have since toured supporting Vader several times among many others over the years. Upon previous releases, Global Domination calls CALM HATCHERY, “highly recommended,” while BraveWords dubs the band, “very quality death metal from a band with a huge future ahead of them,” and Infernal Masquerade states, “With superb guitar work, very brutal (and elaborate) drumming, and perfect growls, CALM HATCHERY will surely please and impress most death metal fans these days.”

LO-PAN: Ohio Volume Dealers Premiere “Vox” At The Obelisk; American Trek With Black Cobra Continues

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

While Ohio volume dealers, LO-PAN, traverse the US alongside amplification duo, Black Cobra, today The Obelisk streams “Vox” from the band’s forthcoming Colossus full-length.

Named for the Colossus of Rhodes — a ninety-six-foot statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the Greek city of Rhodes itself — LO-PAN’s fourth full-length was produced and engineered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his own Translator Audio Studio in Brooklyn and boasts ten crushingly soulful psalms that reveal just how much they’ve moved beyond their influences to arrive at their own sound – a style built on aggression without caricature, fuzz without cliché, melody without redundancy and their meanest groove to date.

Elaborates The Obelisk, “…where their last full-length, 2011′s Salvador, was a pinnacle for their songwriting’s blend of fluid groove, soulful vocals and memorable tracks, Colossus reaps the reward of all their touring in pushing LO-PAN‘s methods even further. So it’s a meaner, more precise LO-PAN this time around — the band is still comprised of vocalist Jeff Martin, guitarist Brian Fristoe, bassist Scott Thompson and drummer Jesse Bartz – but they’re also branching out in terms of what their songs do. That will probably make no sense until you listen to ‘Vox.’ LO-PAN have done big songs before, but ‘Vox’ gives a spacious feeling in Martin’s echoing voice that’s genuinely new for them — not to mention a guest spot near the end from Black Black Black‘s Jason Alexander Byers (also ex-Disengage) — and they blend it well with Fristoe‘s smooth-running riffs, Thompson‘s viscous but always moving basslines and the ever-raucous stomp from Bartz. In its hook, and in its subtle — and not so subtle — rhythmic shifts, ‘Vox’ emphasizes a lot of the progression in LO-PAN‘s approach, and less surprisingly, kicks a good deal of ass along the way.”

Adds the band. “‘Vox’ is about pessimism. No matter how well things are going it’s easy fall into the vortex of negative thoughts.”

Stay smiling and check out “Vox,” now playing at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample “Regulus” still streaming at Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

As a precursor to the release of Colossus, LO-PAN is currently shaking stages across America with Black Cobra. Already a week in, the journey will zigzag its way through nearly three dozen cities, with additional LO-PAN headlining shows added to the jaunt. See confirmed dates below.

LO-PAN w/ Black Cobra [remaining dates]
9/04/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
9/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears – Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/21/2014  The Outpost – Kent, OH *
9/22/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt’s Tiki Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/30/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish – Oakland, CA
10/04/2014 Downtown Lounge – Tulsa, OK *
10/17/2014 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH * Record Release Show
*LO-PAN headlining date/No Black Cobra

Colossus will be released via Small Stone October 7th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

Colossus is a great name for a doom record. In one breath it handily evokes images of majesty, grandeur, and past glories… It hints at hard-won battles and blood seeping into foreign sands, of rough-hewn idols and monoliths crumbling into the foaming sea. It paints a pretty goddamn inspiring picture. That being said, on a less romantic level, Colossus also slots neatly into doom’s obsession with really big… things. Ours is a world populated by behemoths and mastodons, dying giants, sea lords, and elder gods, whose exploits and flights of fancy are riffed sweatily into existence by big burly dudes encircled by halos of amplifier tubes. It’s larger than life, and if it’s done right, it’s way too much for your shitty foam earplugs to handle. It’s awesome.” — Noisey

ATRIARCH: Ritualistic Death/Doom Collective To Release An Unending Pathway Via Relapse Records This Fall; Teaser Track Posted + Preorders Available

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, ATRIARCH is a mesmerizing death/doom metal force encompassing haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. After two critically adored records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore, ATRIARCH make their Relapse debut with their finest moment yet: An Unending Pathway. Fusing death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise, ATRIARCH immediately establish themselves as one of the most creative and compelling heavy music bands of the twenty-first century. Imagine Bauhaus as covered by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and you begin to get the picture of what ATRIARCH has achieved. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathway offers up seven cataclysmic soundscapes to your deepest darkest nightmares. Once every few years a band comes along that takes the familiar and creates something wholly new. ATRIARCH have done just that with An Unending Pathway.

“Our aim is to tear a hole in the veil that blinds us from our true selves,” relays the band, “We are bombarded with ideals of a superficial shallow lifestyle, that we are enslaved to maintain. This veil has become so powerful and overwhelming that we ignore our spirits to worship our shells, as money stokes the fires that burns our immortal souls. Greed corruption fear and hate is the true face of this Self Serving way of life that we have come to call ‘normal.’ While we believe in opening our minds and expanding our spirits we cannot forget our ability to fight. The spiritual battle for freedom of mind and body can be fought on all levels and violence is in our nature. There is no god there is no devil there is an All Encompassing force that connects all living things. Embrace the ritual and the veil will come crashing down…”

An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime sample the haunting resonance of “Collapse” via Soundcloud at THIS LOCATION or YouTube HERE.

An Unending Pathway Track Listing:
1. Entropy
2. Collapse
3. Revenant
4. Bereavement
5. Rot
6. Allfather
7. Veil

Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

“…shambling, ritualistic drone that gets its talons into you via crusty howls, a colossal dynamic, and the overall feel of continuing ritual” – Pitchfork

“…a swarthy, crushing voyage through a blackened ritualistic soundscape…” - Cvlt Nation

“…doom-soaked, gothic death rock…an act that have our undivided attention.” - Exclaim

HOD: Texas Blackened Death Horde Unleash New Ode Of Iniquity Via Skulls ‘n’ Bones; Book Of The Worm Release Day Looms

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

With the official detonation of HOD’s long-anticipated Book Of the Worm full-length now less than one week away, today the crypt keepers at Skulls ‘N’ Bones vomit forth “Den Of Wolves” from the San Antonia blackened death deviants.

Elaborates the band, “When you have nowhere left to run, you know you’re in the den of wolves. Claws slash your skin, teeth rip your limbs, and the wolves feast on your guts! The wolves hunt without mercy. Violence is the menu, and death is the dessert!”

Adds Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “These blackened death metallers from Texas are quoted as saying that they are creating, ‘what the world needs and fears the most; REAL FUCKING METAL! and this album absolutely proves that. These eight songs are a no-nonsense and violent attack on all of your senses, that leave you breathless by the end… This is straight forward metal at its finest, and one that should bring this band the respect that they truly deserve.”

Let the wolves feast at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, celebrate true malevolence with “Where Are The Demons” still streaming at Revolver at THIS LOCATION and well as “Through the Gates (They Come For Me)” currently playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice), Book Of The Worm features the recording lineup of guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A. and former drummer Dennis Sanders and boasts eight infernal odes of filth, decadence and global suffering with artwork by the masterful Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia).

In related news, HOD will possess the souls of the weak with a handful of onstage infiltrations with additional live takeovers to be announced in the weeks to come. See confirmed dates below.

9/19/2014 The Curtain Club @ Embrace the Darkness Fest #2 – Dallas, TX w/ Sardonic Witchery, Witchaven, Vesperian Sorrow, Steel Bearing Hand
9/20/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX w/ Sardonic Witchery, Witchaven, Morgengrau, more
11/15/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX w/ Imprecation, Weaponizer, Ritual Decay, Sardonic Witchery, Khringe, Preteen Deathfuck

Book Of The Worm will be unleashed on September 9th, 2014 via Arctic Music. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

“Full of fire and low on mercy, Book Of The Worm is a breakneck listening experience.” – Dead Rhetoric

“A smorgasbord of riffs and double bass destruction.” – Metal Underground

“… this five-piece attacks with as much Napalm Death as Dark Funeral. Sure, there’s Scandinavian influence dripping off of the riffs like the mold dripping off of that towel you’ve had in front of your shower for the past month, but the rhythm section is straight outta wherever the fuck grindcore comes from.” – Last Rites

“…death metal for people who want the blood and guts of the sound, rather than the glossy veneer that the larger labels have perpetrated since Roadrunner liquidated their original roster. No frills is good frills when it comes to this kind of work, and HOD makes up for it with brawler bravado that demands respect. The Texas metal underground continues to maintain a bullpen of enduring, credible acts, and Book Of The Worm is another nasty weapon in its arsenal.” – The Examiner

“There is no softness on this album, no moments of respite from the chaotic blackness and brutal assault. This is not a band who want to be your friends or play nice. This is music purely designed to destroy and worship the foul Gods of the Metal underworld, wherever they dwell.” – Wonderbox Metal

SORXE: Debut Album By Phoenix Doom/Sludge Quartet Out Now, Streaming At American Aftermath

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The ominously titled Surrounded By Shadows, the debut full-length release from Phoenix, Arizona-based psychedelic doom quartet, SORXE, is out now.

Independently released by the members of SORXE directly, who also engineered the album internally over multiple sessions throughout 2013, the monstrous Surrounded By Shadows has made an unexpected but incredibly well-received impact on the sludge/doom scene and well beyond. For a virtually brand new act to most listeners beyond a very cult audience who caught one of their performances throughout the Southwest over the past two years or picked up on their 2013 Realms EP, the SORXE moniker is searing itself into fans with Surrounded By Shadows delivering almost an hour of cathartic, dynamic and devastating top-tier sludge/doom metal with an endless array of twists and outside elements morphing their creative sounds. In honor of its official release, American Aftermath is running a full stream of the album, stating, “The nearly 60 minute behemoth erupts with earth-shaking, sludge-ridden grooves that feature tremendous low-end and infectious rock swagger. When the album isn’t churning out skull-caving riffs, it’s enveloping you in sprawling, ambient, Neurosis-esque passages that can be as haunting as they are tranquil. SORXE have crafted an album that is extremely heavy but accessible as well.”

Delve into the seemingly endless realms of Surrounded By Shadows at American Aftermath RIGHT HERE.

Surrounded By Shadows is available through SORXE directly HERE.

Also just announced today is the routing for the band’s upcoming tour with state mates and headliners, Godhunter, as well as the band’s debut Los Angeles performance. Consuming virtually the first three weeks of October, SORXE and Godhunter will blaze the West Coast and Southwest US, the trek running them up through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California, in addition to kicking off in Arizona, and closing down in their home state as well, both set to storm Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. The tour also includes a show at LuciFest in Salt Lake City with Secrets Of The Sky, Demon Lung, Reproacher and more in addition to both touring acts. Just three weeks later, SORXE will make their debut Los Angeles appearance, having been confirmed to perform as part in the upcoming Midnite Communion II on November 15th. The event, dubbed “Out of the Woods,” will include live sets from Cough and Invdrs in addition to SORXE, in addition to original art showcases from Lucas Ruggieri, Krist Mort, Farron Loathing and Raoul “View from the Coffin” Mazzero, as well as an array of merchants and other ceremonial contributions and more.

SORXE Tour Dates:
10/02/2014 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Godhunter
10/03-04/2014 Mojo’s Music Venue – Odgen, UT @ Lucifest II w/ Godhunter, Secrets of the Sky, more
10/05/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Godhunter
10/06/2014 TBA – Casper, WY w/ Godhunter
10/07/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Godhunter
10/08/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Godhunter
10/09/2014 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ Godhunter
10/10/2014 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ Godhunter
10/11/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Godhunter
10/12/2014 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Godhunter
10/13/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA w/ Godhunter
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Neurosis, The Body, Author & Punisher [info]
11/15/2014 Complex – Glendale, CA @ Midnite Communion II w/ Cough, Invdrs [info]

Comprised of former members of Graves At Sea, Via Vengeance, Magnetplan, Daughters Of Fission and more, SORXE’s dynamic assault is fueled by two and multiple styles of layered vocals. A sprawling, diverse eruption of crushing doom, at times incredibly beautiful and tranquil, and at others overwhelmingly harrowing, its earthmoving riffs penetrated with undertones of grunge, psychedelic and ambient textures, Surrounded By Shadows was recorded by the band’s Tanner Crace in multiple sessions in June 2013 at Francisco Studios and February through June 2014 at The Vaulted Owl, the album mastered by Byron Villain Recording. Boasting a wide range of well-crafted tracks comparable in does along the way to Neurosis, Ufomammut, Yob, Hull and others, the album’s cover art was constructed by Josh Graham.

“…Surrounded by Shadows draws on the best elements left from the largely washed out post-metal movement. They tradeoff atmospherics and churning, crushing riffs, vary their approach widely, and toy with structures and builds to create a full-album sensibility that each individual song feeds into.” – The Obelisk

“I could speak all day about the pedigree of the band members or craft thousands of paragraphs on why this album fucking slays. Surrounded By Shadows is, quite simply, exhaustingly complete. Gradually or suddenly, Sorxe unfurl coiled force and chew through 2014’s best releases. This is a changeling you can welcome into your home, but that won’t stop them from shoving a carving fork into your belly.” – Heavy Planet

“There is something more eerie in Sorxe‘s presentation than in most other bands placed in the Post-Metal genre… The punctuation they provide to the more straight forward metal heaviness opens up a space for breathing and reflection, which benefits music such as this where constant pummelling can err turn into the aforementioned churn of tiresome bullshit.” – The Sleeping Shaman

“Melody and a strong sense of atmosphere can sometimes be hard to come by in the sludge style. The Americans of Sorxe, however, are here to provide us with a fine counterexample to this common rule. 8/10″ – Metal Storm

“…it will squeeze you under its filthy weight until your guts burst out of your mouth.” – Cvlt Nation

“Sorxe have their own ideas. Their sound is more than post-metal by numbers. They didn’t just regurgitate ‘Through Silver In Blood’ or steal riffs from ‘Panopticon’.” – The Sludgelord