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FALLUJAH: Atmospheric Death Metal Faction Announces Pacific Northwest Trek With Archspire; European Tour Draws Near

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Following their successful Summer Slaughter takeover, atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, will embark upon a short but punishing run of Pacific Northwest dates next month.

Slated to commence on October 9th in Eugene, Oregon, and accompanied by Canadian tech death metaler wizards, Archspire, the band will level nine cities, with the journey drawing to a close October 19th in Santa Cruz, California. The tour marks FALLUJAH’s first appearance on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming European invasion later this year with Dying Fetus, Goatwhore and Malevolence.

FALLUJAH w/ Archspire:
10/09/14 The Black Forest – Eugene, OR
10/11/14 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/12/14 Logan’s Pub – Victoria, BC
10/13/14 The Globe – Nanaimo, BC
10/14/14 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
10/16/14 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/17/14 D Street Neighborhood Center – Arcata, CA
10/18/14 Red House – Walnut Creek, CA
10/19/14 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
w/ Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Malevolence:
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 – Hamburg, DE

FALLUJAH continues to tour in support of their critically-adored The Flesh Prevails full-length, released early this Summer via Unique Leader Records. The Flesh Prevails 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, and serves as the label’s first ever charting release.

“If FALLUJAH doesn’t come out of the touring cycle for this record the biggest band in their genre, there is something seriously wrong with the world.” – Metal Injection

An adventurous journey that combines war with peace… a finesse-laden warpath that firmly puts FALLUJAH on the map.” – The PRP

“…fucking amazing…” – the Monolith

“Their space is the backdrop for a parade of awesome celestial events… 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.” – Decibel

“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.” – MetalSucks

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

EYEHATEGOD Announces Autumn Live Assault

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. The band’s latest itinerary includes a short rash of one-off dates in Denver, Orlando and Miami as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, team EYEHATEGOD will head west razing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates.

Comments frontman Mike IX Williams, “New Orleans sons of the hurricane and battered filthy communists, EYEHATEGOD, will embark on a severely damaging run of US shows this October 2014 that are guaranteed to please the dirt starved masses of nasty rock ‘n’ roll tenfold. See ya’ll on the railroad tracks!”

EYEHATEGOD continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Released in May via Housecore, the record continues to reap praise and critical “fuck-yeahs” from fans and media globally. In an 8/10 score Pitchfork declares, “After fourteen years, they’ve come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That Eyehategod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary.” Stereoboard dubs the record, “a vitriolic demonstration of everything that made this band so great in the first place. There are brilliant riffs, moments of barely contained aural violence and, most memorably of all, the ever-distinctive vocals of Mike IX Williams… a worthy addition to the band’s already impenetrable legacy.” Added The New York Times in a live review, “Something happened to EYEHATEGOD in the last decade, since its members got on the other side of those disasters: some kind of stability — a realization of exactly what the band has and how to use it. And its show at Club Europa, in Brooklyn… fell in line with the last three I’ve seen… It was an extended family of riffs, played over the new drummer Aaron Hill’s weaving, swinging drum patterns, and under the singer Mike IX Williams’ wretched howl and crinkly-eyed, mirthless smile. It was low-end body music, half-slovenly, half-graceful, impossibly deep — music for moving to in fluid motion.”

Additional live incursions from EYEHATEGOD will be announced in the coming weeks. The band is currently working on a brand new picture disc version of the New Orleans Is The New Vietnam seven-inch which will be released soon in an extremely limited leather cover edition on A389. In the meantime, suffer.

10/02/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
10/04/2014 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo’s – Austin, TX
10/29/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/30/2014 Bosonova Theater – Portland, OR w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/31/2014 Star Lite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/01/2014 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/02/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/03/2014 Los globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/04/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/05/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/06/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Today Is The Day
11/07/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Today Is The Day
11/08/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Today Is The Day
11/09/2014 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Today Is The Day
11/12/2014 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/13/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
11/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Today Is The Day
11/16/2014 Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN w/ Today Is The Day
11/20/2014 Double Wide – Dallas, TX w/ Today Is The Day
11/21/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Pig Destroyer, Today Is The Day
11/22/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Pig Destroyer

Order Eyehategod through Housecore Records HERE.

LO-PAN: Ohio’s Riffiest Spills New Track At Revolver; Journey With Black Cobra Continues

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Ohio riff rockers, LO-PAN, hurl forth another track of amplified goodness with “Eastern Seas,” now playing at Revolver.

The tune comes by way of LO-PAN’s forthcoming Colossus full-length set for release via Small Stone Recordings later this month. Produced and engineered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his own Translator Audio Studio in Brooklyn, Colossus was named in honor of a gargantuan 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.

Capital Chaos commends, “This colossus of an album delivers ten rock tracks clocking in at about forty-two minutes that you will find yourself blasting at full volume in your car. Why your car? Cause this album was bred to be listened to while driving down a desert highway, top down with a hot blonde next to you, rockin’ out right along with you as you head to the beautiful coasts of California,” The Obelisk notes, “…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…,” while Sea Of Tranquility adds, “Colossus will be a breath of fresh air for those that don’t mind a hint of the Sabbath influence but not looking for a rehash of Master Of Reality. Really strong vocals, catchy tunes, and of course plenty of great riffs make up the formula here, and it works from top to bottom.”

Sample “Eastern Seas,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Vox,” now playing at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION as well as “Regulus” still streaming at Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

LO-PAN is currently rumbling stages across the US with Black Cobra with additional LO-PAN headlining shows added to the journey. See confirmed dates below.

LO-PAN w/ Black Cobra [remaining dates]
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.

“It’s larger than life… it’s way too much for your shitty foam earplugs to handle. It’s awesome.” — Noisey

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

BEASTMILK: Magic Bullet Records Confirms Stateside Issues Of Two Early Releases – As part of a swarm of new titles from Magic Bullet Records coming together for release over the coming months, the label is proud to announce the impending stateside issues of BEASTMILK’s Use Your Deluge EP and White Stains on Black Wax single. [More…]

PISS VORTEX: Mind Bending Grinders To Release Debut Album Via Indisciplinarian This November; Track Posted At No Clean Singing – It’s with utmost pleasure that Indisciplinarian announces the upcoming self-titled debut album from Denmark grinders extraordinaire, PISS VORTEX, on November 3rd. [More…]

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicagoan Blackened Death Thrashers Announce Autumn Live Infiltration – Chicagoan blackened death/thrash day-ruiners, IMMORTAL BIRD, will bring their odes of deviance and decay to the stage next month on a short rash of North American live incursions. [More…]

BRAINOIL: Debut From Sludge Power Trio Streaming In Full At Cvlt Nation; Tankcrimes Reissue Out NOW! – Oakland trio, BRAINOIL, spew their own hyper-hellish brand of riff-soused, misanthropic sludge. [More…]

NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB: Three Key Neurot Recordings Artists To Perform At Maryland Deathfest XIII – Neurot Recordings is proud to have three major acts from their expansive family of acts confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest XIII, the annual festival once again set to take over Baltimore from May 21st to May 24th, with NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT and YOB joining the list of more than eighty bands to perform at the 2015 gathering, marking the label’s largest invasion of the annual festival to date. [More…]

GUST: Self-Titled Southern Lord Debut Out This Week; Album Streaming Via Bandcamp – Trollhättan, Sweden-based GUST this week releases their self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord, a breakneck, nearly half-hour-long album signals the band’s first release on the label and is streaming in its entirety right now. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE: A Skeletal Domain Out NOWOn Metal Blade Records; Band Announces Special Instagram Contest – The official unveiling of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s anticipated A Skeletal Domain full-length! [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Cvlt Nation Releases Track From New Seven-Inch Details Of Legal Living Included In EP Posted – Now just two weeks from release is the second 7” from Philadelphia-based hyperthrash/grindcore trio, DIE CHOKING, simply entitled II, and as The Compound prepares for the wax to hit the streets, today Cvlt Nation leaks a new track from the decimating EP. [More…]

SOCIETY SUCKER: Decibel Magazine Streaming New EP From North Carolina Hardcore Group – Decibel Magazine’s infamous Deciblog portal is hosting an exclusive stream of Society Sucker, the brutally groove-laden new EP from the Wilmington, North Carolina act of the same name, in honor of its parole date today. [More…]

ORANGE GOBLIN Set To Return To North America With Down – With ORANGE GOBLIN’s Back From The Abyss full-length now three weeks away from release, the band has confirmed the first North American tour in support of the record. [More…]

SAHHR: Los Angeles-Based Blackened Metal Legion To Release Debut EP This Halloween Via Domestic Genocide; Teaser Video Posted – Southern California based blackened metal perpetrators, SAHHR, are readying to drop their self-titled debut EP upon the masses this Halloween! [More…]

HOD: Second Full-Length From San Antonio Death Outfit Out Now; Entire Book Of The Worm Album Playing At Cvlt NationBook Of The Worm, the anticipated second full-length from San Antonio, Texas-based deathcrushers, HOD, is out NOW via Arctic Music. [More…]

ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK Extreme Metal Duo Wages War With “Monstrum In Animo,” Now Playing At Decibel – Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine. [More…]

BLEACH EVERYTHING / VORS Split 7-Inch Due In October Via Magic Bullet Records Richmond Punk Destroyers & Los Angeles Synth Creep Unite – Magic Bullet Records has locked a killer, two-band split 7” for October release, marking the debuts of two fairly new names to the scene — Richmond, Virginia’s BLEACH EVERYTHING and Los Angeles, California’s VORS — both of which include some very not new names to the scene. Confused? Allow us to delve… [More…]

MUSK OX To Release Official Woodfall Guitar Tab Book – In light of the recent success and critical acclaim received for their second full-length album, Woodfall, MUSK OX has announced the release of the official Woodfall guitar book. [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY: First Single From Animal Mother Released Via Metal Injection Video Premiere; Tour With Lord Mantis Announced – The first single from TODAY IS THE DAY’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, has been released via Metal Injection through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, “Masada,” as the band begins to divulge the newest developments in their massive upcoming tour schedule. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT: Mini-Documentary For Fifteen-Year Anniversary DVD Posted; XV Set For Release October 15th – Following recent news of the upcoming XV DVD, documenting fifteen years of incredible psychedelic doom from Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT, a clip of the ninety-minute documentary on the band, their equipment, friends which consumes just one part of the DVD has been posted. [More…]

KICKER: Oakland Punk Supergroup To Kick Off North American Tour – Oakland punk supergroup, KICKER, who feature within its ranks members of Filth, Dystopia and Neurosis with infamous veteran road dog, Pete the Roadie, on vocals, will kick off a short rash of North American live assaults this week. [More…]

TRAGODIA: Italian Progressive Metal Quintet Releases New Video From Mythmaker Through Revolver Magazine – Brescia, Italy-based progressive metal outfit, TRAGODIA, has just released an official video from their third LP Mythmaker, which was released last November via Kolony Records. [More…]

BAPTISTS Unload New Track From Bloodmines Through Metal Injection; Tour With Obliterations And Torch Runner Nears – Take a step back from your complacent life and catch an awakening smack in the mouth with the new track, “Calling,” courtesy of Vancouver’s unstoppable BAPTISTS. [More…]

Fifth Installment Of Cvlt Nation’s Compilation Series Now Playing With BLACK SABBATH’s Paranoid – CVLT Nation is proud to present the fifth covers compilation of the The CVLT Nation Sessions with BLACK SABBATH’s Paranoid. [More…]

LAGO: Debut Album From Arizona Death Quartet Out Now; Via Battleground Records Record Show This Weekend – This week, seekers of no-nonsense death metal can purchase the impressive Tyranny, the new debut full-length from Phoenix, Arizona’s LAGO, out now on Battleground Records. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI Unleashes Old World New Wave; New Hymn Now Playing At Pitchfork – Following the release of their long anticipated Old World New Wave full-length earlier this week via Neurot Recordings, West Coast sound weavers, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to unleash “May 22, 1453″ today via Pitchfork. [More…]

TORCH RUNNER: Single From Endless Nothing Raging At Cvlt Nation – Cvlt Nation has unloaded a destructive new single from TORCH RUNNER’s incoming second LP, Endless Nothing, as Southern Lord prepares do deploy the album at the end of the month. [More…]

GHOUL: Hooded Hooligans Issue Tour Update; Video Posted – America’s favorite Creepsylvanians, GHOUL, have been terrorizing stages across the US with Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil. [More…]

Contact or for interviews with the above artists, or bands listed below with current and/or pending tour dates; keep up to date on all Earsplit-related tour offensives at our Live Actions page HERE.


GHOUL: Hooded Hooligans Issue Tour Update; Video Posted

Friday, September 19th, 2014

America’s favorite Creepsylvanians, GHOUL, have been terrorizing stages across the US with Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil. Digestor and Baron Samedi recently stopped for a bite to eat in a New Orleans cemetery and issued the following video update:

You can also witness some recent live carnage from the band , mosh tips from Cremator and more hooded hilarity below.

The masked miscreants in GHOUL will continue their pillage US graveyards as they march through Austin, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the words of Digestor: “Live for metal, DIE FOR GHOUL!”

GHOUL w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil [remaining dates]:
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

GHOUL recently unleashed We Came For The Dead!!! on waxy awesomeness. Initially released in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic in the most putrid depths of the metal underworld, delivering a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania, where they’ve since waged war on mortals from with full anonymity. GHOUL now offers up We Came For The Dead!!! on vinyl which includes a GHOULish rendition of Megadeth’s “Skull Beneath The Skin.” We Came For The Dead!!! is out now on Tankcrimes and available in three gruesome color variants: a “More Blood” red edition in a run of 666, the ultra-limited “Torch” pressing in a tri-color yellow/orange/bone scheme, and the Die Hard edition, which bears a “Blood Spill” red inside clear vinyl, foil stamped jacket, flexi postcard w/ bonus track “We Are Creepsylvanians” by Igvar Shmeltzy and the Turnips. Get in on the action HERE. And for the CD and digital format junkies, the album comes paired up with GHOUL’s ghastly follow-up to We Came For The Dead!!!, Maniaxe, as a nifty two-for-one album deal available now. Who says GHOUL doesn’t like bargains. Order the CD HERE (or in stores worldwide) or the digital version HERE.

TORCH RUNNER: Single From Endless Nothing Raging At Cvlt Nation

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Cvlt Nation has unloaded a destructive new single from TORCH RUNNER’s incoming second LP, Endless Nothing, as Southern Lord prepares do deploy the album at the end of the month. Alongside the record’s second track, “Bound By Misery,” the write-up accompanying the song issues, “… pick up this scathing album – it’s PURE FUCKING SONIC MURDER!” Enough said.

“Bound By Misery” destroys everything when you click THIS LINK.

The fifth track from Endless Nothing, “Godlust,” is also playing HERE.

Two weeks after the September 30th North American street date of Endless Nothing, TORCH RUNNER will kick off a major West Coast Southern Lord package tour. Beginning October 15th, the band will join Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba, Baptists and Obliterations at a label showcase in Los Angeles, after which TORCH RUNNER will trek up the entire North American West Coast coast through the 30th alongside Baptists and Obliterations, with all three acts touring on brand new LPs.

TORCH RUNNER Fall West Coast US Tour w/ Baptists, Obliterations:
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR ^
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA **^
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA **^
** w/ Creative Adult
^ w/o Baptists

Hot on the heels of the Southern Lord re-release of their debut album, Committed To The Ground, TORCH RUNNER is back with news of their imminent LP, titled Endless Nothing. On their second album, the North Carolina trio unleashes waves of rabid grind, repellent metallic clout and hardline vocal tirades in an uncontrolled explosion, which will surely appease fiends of Napalm Death, Converge and Nails.

Preorder both CD and LP versions of Endless Nothing, as well as purchase the Committed To The Ground reissue on CD and LP RIGHT HERE. Digital versions are available HERE.

IDES OF GEMINI Unleashes Old World New Wave; New Hymn Now Playing At Pitchfork

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Following the release of their long anticipated Old World New Wave full-length earlier this week via Neurot Recordings, West Coast sound weavers, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to unleash “May 22, 1453″ today via Pitchfork.

Elaborates singer/bassist Sera Timms of the hymn, “We’ve had a history as a band of gifts and opportunities being given to us in alignment with the lunar phases, so it seemed fitting to give something back. This song and really the whole album is that something. The song was inspired by the prophetic May 22nd lunar eclipse preceding the fall of Constantinople. If you can imagine that empire as your mind and the black moon as your mother, then you will know the meaning of the Old World New Wave.”

Adds Pitchfork: “The band’s always flirted with the occult in both aesthetic and tone, eschewing the heavy-handed witchicisms preferred by some in favor of cultivating a lighter, more holistic aura. The ritualistic feel on ‘May 22, 1453’ stems both from Timms’ stentorian delivery and the lyrics themselves, which circle around the lunar eclipse that some say predicted the fall of Constantinople. It’s a neat tie-in to the band’s debut, and only one of the album’s many arcane historical footnotes. The rumbling ‘Fememorde’ alludes to medieval vigilantes and political murder, while Timms’ dreamy croon on ‘Seer Of Circassia’ spills dreams of the ancient crossroads between Europe and the Far East. IDES OF GEMINI aren’t the kind of band that would typically sing about goats or gore, but the complex, often mystical lyrics are handled with care, underscoring the band’s otherwordly ambitions.”

Feel the swell of “May 22, 1453,” now playing at Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Fememorde,” at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION, “The Adversary,” still streaming at Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION as well as “The Chalice & The Blade,” at Noisey HERE.

IDES OF GEMINI is Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare, alongside guitarist Jason Bennett and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson. Old World New Wave, the follow-up to the band’s critically-adored Constantinople debut, 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.

The band will take to the stage this Fall on a pair of live performances, the first serving as the trio’s official record release gala in Los Angeles today, the second playing Intronaut’s tenth anniversary show. Additional IDES ceremonies will to be announced in the coming weeks.

9/19/2014 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA 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 is out NOW on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records. For CD orders, point your browser HERE and for T-shirt bundles, point your browser to THIS LOCATION.

[IDES OF GEMINI are] about to put out a new album called Old World New Wave and there’s enough droney doom on it to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” – Noisey

Ides Of Gemini have crafted a slab of primal doom, dark but intensely beautiful.” – The Sleeping Shaman

“…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish.” – Bearded Gentlemen Music

LAGO: Debut Album From Arizona Death Quartet Out Now; Via Battleground Records Record Show This Weekend

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

This week, seekers of no-nonsense death metal can purchase the impressive Tyranny, the new debut full-length from Phoenix, Arizona’s LAGO, out now on Battleground Records.

Produced by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day), LAGO reigns down forty minutes of primal, breakneck death metal with an ominous, blackened atmosphere, and includes a guest appearance from Jonny Davy of Job For A Cowboy. Issued Invisible Oranges, “the Phoenix quartet plays competent and well-executed death metal… Besides a blackened foray here and a chamber music segue there, they blast along like streamlined icons, strengthened by a proven Floridian flow.” MetalSucks called in an equally positive write-up: “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.” Headbang Or GTFO gave the record a 5/5, issuing, “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. And No Clean Singing called Tyranny, “…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.”

Tyranny is out now on digipak CD available HERE, and available on all major digital platforms including Bandcamp HERE. Sweden’s Blood Harvest Records will release the vinyl version shortly.

LAGO’s official release show for the album will incinerate Tempe this Saturday, September 20th, the show also including Sorrower, Meathook, Unholy Monarch, Cave Dweller and Deadspawn. Stand by for new announcements on live actions as LAGO continues to march onward in support of their new works.

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

TRAGODIA: Italian Progressive Metal Quintet Releases New Video From Mythmaker Through Revolver Magazine

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Brescia, Italy-based progressive metal outfit, TRAGODIA, has just released an official video from their third LP Mythmaker, which was released last November via Kolony Records.

Envisioned and constructed for Mythmaker’s powerful opening anthem “A Cry Among The Stars,” the new video was filmed in two locations in Italy, directed by Michele Sirigu of G-Studio Entertainment and assisted by Riccardo Frigoni. Featuring the TRAGODIA quintet performing their song at the base of a mammoth marble quarry with close-up and extremely high viewpoints of the members, the second location features talented dancer Veronica Calini performing in an abandoned warehouse, set in a completely different manner.

Revolver Magazine is now hosting the “A Cry Among The Stars” at THIS LOCATION.

Mythmaker is available for streaming and purchase at Kolony Records’ Bandcamp HERE, and an in-studio documentary on Mythmaker and lyric video for “A Temple In Time” are playing HERE.

Since the release of Mythmaker, TRAGODIA has been performing live in Europe, including several live shows opening for bands such as Testament, Van Canto, White Skull and more. Mythmaker is a glorious, challenging effort from the talented quintet, showcasing some of their most ambitious musicianship and beautiful solos, as well as some of their most torrid, crunching riffs yet, with nearly fifty minutes of powerful music packed into the album’s ten tracks. Building on classic metal twin guitars attack and relentlessly pounding rhythmic structures, as well on a vocally inspired performance and haunting almost space rock-driven melodies, Mythmaker was recorded at Elfo Studio in Piacenza with producer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb), and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Paradise Lost).

Additional TRAGODIA news will be released in the coming months.

“…TRAGODIA add their own brand of catchiness and groove to make it their own. After all, the whole point of a progressive band is to be progressive and push genre boundaries… To sum up this work of metal mastery, TRAGODIA are simply one of the reasons Progressive and Power Metal are my two favorite genres of Metal, and do their home country of Italy proud… 10/10″ – Metal Temple

“If you enjoy melodic Metal that retains a sense of heaviness, includes a Thrash ethic, and has a touch of Progressive, you would do well to check out Mythmaker. 8/10” – We Love Metal

“…this album signals a significant change from 2012’s Theomachy. The gothic stuff goes out the window and prog metal steps in to help the band find the gold. Power metal and prog with just a touch of Italianate groove dominate the album… Mythmaker has plenty to offer the faithful while welcoming new converts to the Euro-metal mainstream.” –

KICKER: Oakland Punk Supergroup To Kick Off North American Tour

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Oakland punk supergroup, KICKER, who feature within its ranks members of Filth, Dystopia and Neurosis with infamous veteran road dog, Pete the Roadie, on vocals, will kick off a short rash of North American live assaults this week. Set to inaugurate on September 20th at Brooklyn’s Burning Fest, KICKER will hammer their way through Philadelphia, Richmond, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Montreal before coming full-circle with a second stop in Brooklyn on September 27th. The trek marks the band’s first time on East Coast soil. KICKER will be joined by the UK’s Hard Skin on select dates.

Living by the slogan, “We’re here to drink your beer, eat your chips and bludgeon your ears with punk,” KICKER was forged on rainy night at 924 Gilman. They took refuge in the brewery bar across the street. Mauz [Dystopia], had a room full of musical equipment and an idea for a band. Dave [Edwardson, Neurosis] was looking for a new project. Pete the Roadie — who for over thirty years has roadied for the likes of Subhumans, Amebix, Jello Biafra, Neurosis and everyone in between — swore he would never cross over to the dark side. Somehow though, he was convinced. Toby, of crust punk legends Filth, was lured out of semi-retirement. They were all looking for something more than everyday life can provide. A few lyrics and some guitar riffs led to regular rehearsals and eventually a demo. Soon it was time for the first gig. As it turns out, Roadie is a natural. And the true spirit of punk rock lives on… Fans of Subhumans, Crass, Black Flag, and Rudimentary Peni pay heed.

KICKER released their Not You full-length in 2012 via Tankrimes currently available for a pay-what-you-want download at THIS LOCATION. Gushed Punknews of the release, “Their collective age is probably over 200, but they are not only playing these songs with the joy of 18-year-olds, but they play them with the raw expression of punk’s first wave. KICKER doesn’t seem to be concerned with making a big statement or seeming cool; they just want to rock out and sing about booze and bills. And, by doing so, they actually do make a larger statement. This is punk rock from punks who have been through multiple phases of the genres. They’re old, broken down, boozed up and downright hilarious. What makes Not You so successful and so interesting is that only these punk rock veterans, through their experience, years and talent, are capable of making an album like this. When one applies the knowledge of the band members’ various histories to their contemporary tales of drinking, fighting, and money woes, so much more becomes apparent than were one to read the lyrics alone.”

9/20/2014 Brooklyn’s Burning Fest @ The Wick – Brooklyn, NY w/ Doom **
9/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA  **
9/22/2014 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA **
9/23/2014 Comet Ping Pong – Washington DC **
9/24/2014 Belvederes – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Submachine **
9/25/2014 S.H.I.B.G.B’s – Toronto, ON
9/26/2014 Coop Katacombes – Montreal, QC
9/27/2014 The Grand Victory – Brooklyn, NY
** w/ Hard Skin (UK)

KICKER will release a brand new full-length via Tankcrimes next year. In the meantime, the band recently released a split 7″ with Pittsburgh punks Submachine out now on Mind Cure and Inimical Records.