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LAGO: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Embarks On The Tyranny Tour Across The Western US This Friday

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
[photo by Kristina Jacobsen]

Phoenix-based quartet, LAGO, will embark on The Tyranny Tour this week, taking the blackened death metal ferocity of their menacing debut LP, Tyranny, to nine cities across the Western US. The trek begins in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Friday, April 24th, after which the outfit will topple Long Beach, Los Osos, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver through May 2nd.

Tyranny, initially released on CD in September 2014 via Battleground Records, was unveiled on a limited vinyl run through Blood Harvest Records in March. 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’s forty minutes of primal, breakneck death metal are infused with an ominous, blackened atmosphere. Issued Invisible Oranges of the band’s output, “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.”

LAGO Tyranny Tour:
4/24/2015 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
4/25/2015 Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
4/26/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
4/27/2015 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/28/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
4/29/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/30/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
5/01/2015 The Bridge – Salt Lake City, UT
5/02/2015 The Marquis – Denver, CO

Digital orders for Tyranny can be placed with the band HERE, and the physical versions through Battleground Records; CD HERE, red vinyl, limited to 100 copies HERE, and the black vinyl in a run of 200 available HERE. LAGO will have limited quantities of the vinyl out with them on the tour as well; seeing them live is the only way to get the wax from the band.

LAGO is also planning out the recording of their follow-up LP to Tyranny and more widespread tour actions to follow. Stand by for updates in the near future.

ENTRAILS: New Tune From Swedish Death Metal Militia Goring The Airwaves Of Bloody Disgusting; Obliteration To Drop Next Month Via Metal Blade

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Obliteration is the fittingly-titled new studio offering from Swedish death metal militia, ENTRAILS. Set to rise from the grave next month via Metal Blade Records, Obliteration boasts nine diseased tracks of audio repugnance that uphold the truest traditions of oldschool Swedish brutality.

As a precursor to its official release, today popular gore portal, Bloody Disgusting, delivers the flesh-eating rumble of seventh track, “Midnight Coffin” for communal ingestion. Elaborates guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist, “It’s about time to unleash some ENTRAILS madness! The sick melodies and d-beat will have your head fall off and roll into the midnight coffin. Join the hordes and let death and darkness embrace you. Welcome to the cemetery!”

Adds Bloody Disgusting, “‘Midnight Coffin’ is a rasping, forceful lump of oldschool Swedish death that pulls no punches. It reeks of cemetery miasma and exudes horrific images. It’s 100% absolutely meant for the horror metal fan and you should pay heed.”

Delight in the sonic deviltry of “Midnight Coffin” at THIS LOCATION.

Obliteration was tracked by Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary musician/soundsmith Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets etc.) at Unisound.

Featuring members of Birdflesh and General Surgery, ENTRAILS celebrates the teachings of Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Tomas Skogsberg’s Sunlight Studio alumni with a mutinous air raid of buzzsaw riffs, bestial vocal tirades, earth-rumbling rhythms and deviant tales of suffering, doom and the undead with the expert brutality of their forefathers. The band was initially forged in 1990 by Lundqvist but disbanded prematurely due to his dissatisfaction with their initial demo recordings. Half the lineup went their separate ways while Lundqvist continued to write music until 1998, when ENTRAILS officially went dormant. It would be a full decade before the band would reactivate when Lundqvist found the band’s early recordings in an old tape collection and decided they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first two ENTRAILS demos — Reborn and Human Decay — finally took shape.

The band unleashed their menacing Tales From The Morgue debut in June of 2010. The album featured songs from both newly recorded demos and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö. 2011’s delightfully repugnant The Tomb Awaits full-length would follow. The record reaped critical adoration from media outlets globally with No Clean Singing noting, “although massive distortion is (of corpse) the name of this game, Lundqvist enhances the morbid fascination of the music with near-clean, Dismember-ish, reverberating guitar solos that alternately slither, writhe, and moan seductively. Indeed, all of the multi-faceted guitar tones and riffing techniques on this album, and the way in which they’re balanced in the mix with the gut-punching bass and the drum-kit attack, are near-textbook representations of how this genre of music should sound.”

ENTRAILS joined the Metal Blade Records roster in March of 2012, crumbling the stages of numerous festivals throughout Europe (Party.San, Summer Breeze etc.) that Summer before composing 2013’s ravenous Raging Death full-length. It was then that Lundqvist moved his studio into the woodshed where it all began in the ’90s. The new/old surrounding inspired Lundqvist to write material like never before. Released later that year, The New Noise crowned the record, “an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal,” while Stereogum commended it for being, “perfect for blasting, banging, and bashing.” Added All Music, “What comes through right away is the guitar tone, with its perfect blend of thickness and crunch feeling like a portal to the days when the fat distortion that was the backbone of Swedish death metal was (and perhaps still is) the heaviest thing to come out of an amp. Immediately afterwards you’re hit by just how punishing the album is. These songs aren’t here to dazzle you with their speed or virtuosity. Instead, they offer up the fat slabs of classic riffage that seek only to crush the listener under their immense weight, bringing a muscularity to the table that’s hard to fake.”

Dubbed “one of the more vital and warranted demo collections to be made available” by Metal Injection in an 8/10 review, ENTRAILS dropped the Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection last Summer. The mammoth eighteen-track offering delivers the band’s Reborn and Human Decay recordings – the now infamous demos that started it all — in one venomous helping. And now comes the time for a new chapter in extremity with the audio disease of Obliteration.

Obliteration will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 19th, 2015. For preorder bundles as well as a taste of first single, “Beyond The Flesh,” visit

I guess ENTRAILS have sold their souls to the Devil, because there is no other way to explain how a band that’s been doing the same style of SweDeath for more than twenty-years, can keep making better and better records! In fact, some of the tracks on this album are among the best death metal songs I have ever heard. Such a great album…it pisses me off!” — Dan Swanö

HUMOURS: Noisey Streaming The Onanist From Portland Quartet; Debut EP Out Now On Eolian Empire

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Out now on the Eolian Empire is the debut from Portland-based HUMOURS, in the form of The Onanist EP. Noisey is now playing the whole EP, offering twenty minutes of unadulterated gratification at just an arm’s reach away.

Featuring members of 1939 Ensemble and engineer extraordinaire, Fester (Rabbits, Honduran, Usnea, Stoneburner), HUMOURS strips Crimsonesque prog to its stark elements and fuses it with the energy and abandon of Jawbox, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu, flitting through complex movements with a mastery of dynamics and accented by strong, melodic vocals. The fascinating compulsion manifested is a technical, visceral, future look at rock for new and old-schoolers alike.Recorded and produced by Fester and the band at his Haywire Studios and with appropriately deployed cover art by Matt Stikker, the angle on The Onanist is Drive Like King Crimson; HUMOURS deploying post-hardcore prog, yet less mathy math rock, wherein the songs are still songs not wackoff seshes. The band’s ultra-tight delivery mangles composed, serene wanderings with dementia-enshrouded rampages in seemingly equal doses, seamlessly dragging together influences in from dynamic ‘70s progressive acts and blown-out ‘90s post-hardcore.

Noisey has put HUMOURS’ filthy deeds on display, playing The Onanist in its entirety, offering in part, “The Onanist fuses muscular post-punk, mood-shifting, mountainous prog, and melodic vocals into a thick, dynamic mass.” Crank it, RIGHT HERE.

The Onanist is available for preorder digitally and in a limited run cassette with download card via the Eolian Empire HERE.

The HUMOURS bros are also heavy into the process of erecting the jams which will become their debut LP, which Eolian will wrap-up for release this Fall. Stand by for more on that along with more tour updates from the band in the coming weeks.

“Taking jazz-like construction to their rock and burning the candle on both the punk side and the krautrock side, this group successfully refines a style that feels innovate, fresh and uniquely their own, even if you get thoughts of King Crimson, Big Black and June of 44 simultaneously pouring out of your mind.” – Selective Memory

ANCIENT VVISDOM: New Video Clip From Occult Death Rock Dealers Now Playing At Revolver; Tour With Sólstafir To Commence Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Today, Revolver Magazine offers up the video accompaniment to the track “We Are Damnation,” from occult death rock/folk metal dealers, ANCIENT VVISDOM. The infectious hymn comes by way of the band’s Sacrificial long player, released last year via Magic Bullet Records.

The haunting, silent-film-styled clip was captured by Edmonton-based illustrator, Richard Lukacs, and truly brings to life the inner demons of band leader, Nathan Opposition who offers, “An ancient cult delivered this to me as an offering to the end of the world. We call upon the forces of evil and release this plague unto you.”

Enter damnation, courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

The video premiere comes in conjunction with ANCIENT VVISDOM’s North American tour supporting atmospheric Icelandic metallers, Sólstafir. The ceremonies commence tomorrow, April 22nd, in Brooklyn and will blanket twenty-five cities, the journey coming to a close on May 20th in Richmond.

4/22/2015 The Shop – Brooklyn, NY
4/23/2015 L’ail’ze – Montreal, QC
4/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
4/25/2015 Garrison – Toronto, ON
4/26/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/27/2015 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
4/28/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/29/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
4/30/2015 TBA – Milwaukee, WI
5/01/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/03/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/04/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/05/2015 Larimer – Denver, CO
5/06/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
5/08/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/09/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/12/2015 Oakland Opera – San Francisco, CA
5/13/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2015 Pub Rock Live – Scottsdale, AZ
5/15/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/16/2015 Sons Of Hermann – Fort Worth, TX
5/17/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/18/2015 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
5/20/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

ANCIENT VVISDOM will be touting psalms from their Sacrificial full-length. Produced by founding vocalist Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering, Sacrificial finds the collective at once melodic and catchy conjuring dark, penetrating neofolkian hymns of iniquity. Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into Opposition’s personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity’s universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan himself tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein “down” becomes “up.” In Opposition’s world, confronting one’s own demons and humanity’s primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one’s consciousness. ANCIENT VVISDOM’s Sacrificial is out now on Magic Bullet Records. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION.

“…more effective than a hex.” — This Is Not A Scene

“…an odd mixture of pop sensibilities and occult lyrics that will not fade from memory any time soon,” — The Sludgelord

“With strong riffs, a great mix and catchy vocal melodies, Sacrificial would have the Devil himself tapping away to the odd track.” – Ghost Cult

“…a revolutionary step for ANCIENT VVISDOM, and a welcome one for their metal-loving listeners.” – Metal Reviews

FULGORA: Grindcore/Death Supergroup To Perform First Show With Sparky Voyles Next Month In Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Grindcore/death miscreants, FULGORA, who unite members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, are pleased to welcome guitarist Sparky Voyles (Dying Fetus, Misery Index etc.) to their diseased ranks with an inaugural show at the Acheron in Brooklyn, New York next month!

FULGORA will be sullying ears with the concussion-inducing, audio violence of their Stratagem full-length, released last month via Housecore Records. A punishing assortment of limited vinyl singles and samples, Stratagem takes the searing, audio demolition of their collective pedigrees to new realms of sonic abuse. Securing widespread exaltation from fans and critics globally, MetalSucks warns, “Their music has been scientifically proven to cause an overwhelming desire to cut one’s own face off and feed it to dogs.” Last Rites proclaims, “Strategem is the truth. It’s an unfairly hook-y punch to the gut operating under the guise of being too short, when it’s actually a calculated laser-blast of death metal efficiency that every band on the face of the planet should take notes on,” while HeadbangorGTFO notes, “Stratagem is chunky, it’s raw and you will definitely bang your fucking head to this.” “FULGORA skews far more to the modern hardcore and crossover thrash side of metal,” adds Houston Press, “[Guitarist/vocalist B.L.] LaMew’s vocals are not screamed or squealed, but rather shouted. But never fear; FULGORA still serves up quite a helping of jagged time changes and math-metal riffage. These guys probably couldn’t write a completely straightforward song if they tried to.”

In addition to their Acheron takedown, FULGORA will terrorize the Maryland Deathfest as well as Full Terror Assault in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois in September with supplementary live abrasions being conspired. In the meantime, check out Strategem, still streaming in all its mutinous glory at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION. And if you missed it, watch the visual companion to the track “Meridian,” playing at Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

5/21/2015 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blooded Head, Sunrot, Scowl [info]
5/23/2015 The Edison Lot @ Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
9/12/2015 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL

Stratagem is out NOW via Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records. For CD orders, visit THIS LOCATION. Vinyl lovers go HERE.

BOSS KONG Lets The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II Loose With Exclusive Stream And Feature At Decibel Magazine

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Having punished the humans with their rightful ways through initial warnings, primate biker horde, BOSS KONG, has successfully infiltrated the populous with The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II for Record Store Day. While the vinyl incarnation of the recordings on this platter is about to become extinct, the full 7” has been put on antagonistic display for the ditch-dredgers of humanity to endure courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

A segment of the brief Decibel interrogation of simian masterfuck of BOSS KONG, focusing specifically on the B-side Vietnam flashback single, “Viet Kong,” sees the brave mag scribe inquiring, “Who’s worse, music critics or the Vietcong?” Kong’s reply cuts to the dead heart of the matter, offering, “Not much difference, is there? They both pop out of their little holes when you least expect it and try to shoot you in the face. And they’re all Communists.”

Get your full dose of the BOSS KONG cross-examination and the full The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II via the cross-species investigators at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Once its wax supplies are sold out, The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II is out of print in a physical incarnation, but Bandcamp downloads can be placed HERE, and the remaining mailorder physical copies HERE.

The Humans Soundtrack Volume II 7” was created solely for Record Store Day 2015 in a limited, one-time-only run of orange/gold vinyl, the bloody slab’s exclusive cover art and insert art created by creator Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) for extra scene points. Fans of Boris, Deathspell Omega, and Sonic Youth, this sounds nothing fucking like that. Set in the late 1960s/early ‘70s, “The Humans” is a book about an all-simian biker gang from Bakersfield, California, drinking, fighting, and fucking their way through the turbulent world around them. BOSS KONG is one of the book’s more popular, interesting characters and this installment of the soundtrack series tells tales from the perspective of an ape that’s seen inhumanities both abroad and on the home front. Voiced by a mystery metal figurehead and performed by a cast of mystery stoner rockers, part of the fun of this 7” is trying to figure out who’s behind the music itself. Once revisiting the glory days, two new hash-pipe nightmare rocker jams await, spreading the rampaging demoralization of the Tet Offensive onto coked-up mullet debauchery on The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, like Ponyboy Curtis ten years after he went from gold to crushed Milwaukee aluminum, now leading the outcasts from the Planet Of The Apes into full-on bar-brawl burnout turf of the metal underworld.

KOWLOON WALLED CITY Joins Neurot Recordings For The Release Of Their Third Studio Album

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

[photo by Bowen Anderson]

Neurot Recordings is very pleased to welcome San Francisco-based sludge/noise rock unit KOWLOON WALLED CITY to their family for the CD release of the band’s as-yet-untitled third full-length, expected this Fall, with Gilead Media handling the release on vinyl.

Comments Neurot’s Steve Von Till, “KOWLOON WALLED CITY is a hardworking, no-nonsense group of people, who deliver no-nonsense, in-your-face aggressive music. We couldn’t be happier.”

Adds the band, “It goes without saying but we’re all honored and excited about this. Literally every interaction we’ve had with the Neurosis camp has been great – they are super solid people who 100% get it. The same goes for Gilead Media. All right, back to work.”

Named after a now-demolished Hong Kong region notorious for its brothels, opium dens and casinos, KOWLOON WALLED CITY was formed in 2007 and have since released an EP, two full-lengths and a number of splits. Their most recent long player – 2013’s Container Ships, released via Brutal Panda Records – reaped the praise of fans and critics both stateside and abroad with Lambgoat dubbing it, “their most impressive release to date,” and the The Sludgelord commending the band’s, “hard-hitting brilliance,” placing it among the year’s best offerings. As AllMusic notes, “KOWLOON WALLED CITY take the sound pioneered by bands like the Jesus Lizard and Unsane and push it into new dimensions of heaviness.”

Further KOWLOON WALLED CITY news will be announced in the weeks to come. In the meantime, sample the band’s previous releases at their official Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From Crypt Of The Devil Currently Streaming At No Clean Singing

Monday, April 20th, 2015

In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their Crypt Of The Devil full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.

As Crypt Of The Devil’s release day draws near, today No Clean Singing rolls out “Gruesome” for communal huffing noting, “I’m not saying you shouldn’t blaze one before listening to ‘Gruesome,’ as long as you understand the risk of warfare in your brain chemistry — between the part of you that wants to sink into a couch and dial out for a pizza and the part, awakened by this song, that wants to skin your obnoxious neighbor with a lemon peeler and then set him on fire before he bleeds out. Barnes sounds like he’s feeling the heat of the blood lust,” the popular video portal continues of the track, “the jabbing/drilling riffs are scalpel-sharp and vicious, and there’s enough crowbar-to-the-neck groove in the song to plow through the cranium and get stuck in the squishy part. When the band really jam the pedal to the floor in this thing and let loose a flame-throwing guitar solo, it becomes Grade-A mosh meat, too — the song is bound to become a staple in SFU’s live shows.”

Get “Gruesome” at THIS LOCATION.

And you can still sample “Stab,” still slicing its way through the Decibel airwaves at THIS LOCATION.

SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes — owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre — was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart. Latest offering, Crypt Of The Devil, was recorded at Phil “Landphil” Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new homebase in Seattle, Washington to track vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley captured his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York.

Crypt Of The Devil will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 5th, 2015. For preorder bundles and a taste of first single, “Open Coffin Orgy,” visit:

“If they open a Death Metal Hall of Fame, Chris Barnes should have a wing… This record is another classic by a band that makes more hits than misses. 9/10” – Wicked Channel

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – April 20th, 2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015

MARUTA Deploys “Hope Smasher” From Relapse Debut Via Lambgoat; First In-Studio Video Installment Released – Additional evidence of MARUTA’s auditory war crimes has been exposed, with new, preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit’s Remain Dystopian LP spreading through media this afternoon. [More…]

FULL SCALE RIOT: NYC-Area Hardcore Outfit Releases Depopulation Demo; Follow-Up Material In The Works – NYC-area hardcore collective, FULL SCALE RIOT, has just released their new Depopulation demo, the band coalescing current and former members of area bands of both local and worldwide visibility, and collectively unleashing a razor-sharp new release. [More…]

IDES OF GEMINI Forced To Cancel Remaining Dates With The Mountain Goats – Due to a serious medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Los Angeles’ sound enigmas, IDES OF GEMINI, who were in the midst of a trek with acclaimed indie rock unit, the Mountain Goats, regret to announce their withdrawal from the tour as well as the cancellation of their post tour headlining. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Los Angeles Outlaws Confirm Eastern North America June Tour With White Lung – The latest onslaught of unhinged, live annihilation from Los Angeles’ OBLITERATIONS has been confirmed, as the band plans to shred through Eastern North America in June. [More…]

GRUESOME: New Full-Length From Death-Saluting Supergroup Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Savage Land To Detonate Via Relapse - With its release now just one week away, today Decibel Magazine is streaming Savage Land, the forthcoming new long player from Death-saluting supergroup, GRUESOME, in its menacing entirety. [More…]

THE BODY Begins North American Live Assault With Full Of Hell + Headlining Sets As Part Of Apex VI Fest Confirmed – Nomadic, apocalyptic doom cult, THE BODY, is currently embarked on its latest two-month-long crusade, reigning end-time sermons upon the masses through a barrage of incomprehensibly heavy tonal destruction. [More…]

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases Video On Fifth LP The God Rhythm Via New Noise Magazine; Cover Art, Album Info And More Revealed – Late this June, Fast Break! Records will release the fifth full-length from Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, and today, an extensive video on the creation of The God Rhythm has been released through New Noise Magazine. [More…]

SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage PostedOnly The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. [More…]

VALBORG: German Dark Metal Trio Unveils New Tune From Temple Of Torturous-Bound Full-Length Via Decibel – German dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, who feature within their ranks current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more will unleash their fifth full-length next month via Temple Of Torturous. [More…]

COWARDS: European Live Domination In Support Of Rise To Infamy Continues; LP Now Available In The US Via Deathwish – Parisian legion, COWARDS, continues to follow-up the monstrous release of their Rise To Infamy sophomore LP with loads of tour dates confirmed through early June. [More…]

ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester – Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself. [More…]

STEVE VON TILL: New Noise Magazine Debuts “In Your Wings” As A Life Unto Itself Solo LP By Neurosis Guitarist/Vocalist Nears Release – As Neurosis voyager and solo artist, STEVE VON TILL, prepares to release his new A Life Unto Itself LP through Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings in North America on May 12th, he now presents the gripping album opener, “In Your Wings.” [More…]

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Appalachian Valley Sets Stage For Inaugural Open-Air Camping And Metal Fest – The concept of the open-air heavy metal music and camping fest, so popular in Europe, seems to be a rarity in America. [More…]

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing At No Clean Singing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms - California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. [More…]

KINGCROW: Italian Progresive Metal Sextet Prepares Sixth Album For Release Through Sensory Records – Rome, Italy’s progressive metal masters, KINGCROW, have wrapped up the final touches on the band’s valiant sixth album, Eidos, and is preparing to release it through Sensory Records this June. [More…]

WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The WayWOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way. [More…]

JADED STAR: Debut Album Streaming At PureGrainAudio; Memories From The Future Out Now On Sensory RecordsJADED STAR’s magnificent debut album, Memories From The Future, is available in North America this week via Sensory Records, and to celebrate its inauguration into the public domain, the entire album is now playing in its entirety at PureGrainAudio. [More…]

CROM DUBH: Heimweh Opus From London Epic Black Metal Outfit Playing At No Clean Singing As LP Is Unleashed By Ván RecordsHeimweh, the monstrous and all-encompassing debut LP from London-based epic/melodic black metal horde, CROM DUBH, is now streaming in its entirety via No Clean Singing, as the album is now out through Germany’s cult label, Ván Records. [More…]

CANCER BATS Confirms Tour With Danzig And Pennywise – Canadian hardcore punk metallers, CANCER BATS, who are currently on tour in Europe, are ecstatic to announce theeir inclusion on a string of North American dates with Danzig and Pennywise this July! [More…]

SIXTY WATT SHAMAN: Long-Running Desert Rock/Doom Unit Joins Ripple Music; Band To Enter Studio With J. Robbins + Live Assaults Announced – Long-running, Baltimore-based heavy desert rock/doom unit, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, are pleased to announce their official union with California rock powerhouse, Ripple Music, for the release of their forthcoming new full-length. [More…]

BRAVE THE WATERS: The Obelisk Premieres “Voice Of The Ancient Oak” By Grey Skies Fallen/Buckshot Facelift Instrumental Duo – New York-based instrumental duo, BRAVE THE WATERS, is preparing to release their recently completed debut recordings in the form of the Chapter 1 – Dawn of Days EP. [More…]

KINGS DESTROY: New York City Stoner Doom Giants Unsheathe New Single From Forthcoming Studio Offering Via The Obelisk – “Every band has ‘that’ song on an album,” says KINGS DESTROY vocalist Steve Murphy thoughtfully of “Mythomania,” the latest single to come off the band’s soon-to-be-unleashed, self-titled full-length. [More…]

BLACK MARE: New Video From Dark, Psychedelic Moon Movers Now Playing At Noisey; Split With Lycia To See Release This Saturday – Today, Vice’s music portal, Noisey, offers up the visual accompaniment to BLACK MARE’s “Low Crimes,” a hymn that comes by way of the band’s forthcoming split 7” with Lycia, set for release on Record Store Day via Magic Bullet Records. [More…]

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio-Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted – Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, SIGH, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. [More…]

BOSS KONG: Bloody Disgusting Debuts “Viet Kong” Single; Magic Bullet Preps 7” For Record Store Day As Simian Slaughter Unfolds – Magic Bullet Records’ latest label acquisition — the simian mercenaries known as BOSS KONG – launch the full-on offensive of The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II tomorrow as an official Record Store Day release, but skirmish has broken out early, and the invasion of the “Viet Kong” has begun, raging through the frontline defenses intent on pillaging your village. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Titans To Open For Sleep This Weekend; Band Unveils New Tune + Limited Edition Artwork – Following a successful, near-month-long live US takeover last month, Denver doom titans, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will open for the originators of The Riff, Sleep, this Sunday as a precursor to 4/20, the unofficial national day of cannabis celebration. [More…]

OBSEQUIAE: Medieval Metal Artisans Offer New Tune From Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP With “Pools Of A Vernal Paradise” Via Cvlt Nation – As these days thrive with fresh vegetation and foliage taking root, a new dawn breaks for Minnesota’s OBSEQUIAE, as the outfit presents its sophomore album, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, through 20 Buck Spin. [More…]

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near – In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. [More…]

BROKEN CROSS: Through Light To Night Debut LP From Swedish Cult Lo-Fi Punk Soloist Nears Release; New Track Streaming – Swedish project, BROKEN CROSS, has completed the outfit’s debut LP, Through Light To Night, and is preparing it for release in the coming weeks. [More…]

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DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near

Friday, April 17th, 2015

In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles marks the trio’s first new compositions in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track creation offers up forty-eight battering minutes of brutal, scrupulously detailed death metal deviltry.

Said Kill Your Stereo in an early review of the record, “The Tides Of Damocles is aggressive, brutal while still incorporating grooves and melodies to make a more modern and progressive sound for DAWN OF AZAZEL. The blast beats are furious, the vocals raw and emotional and all backed up by driving riffs and solos. This album is definitely a standout work for a band appealing to a large fan base.”

Following No Clean Singing’s premiere of the Scott Rudd (Aborted, Acrania, Fit For An Autopsy)-producedVassalplasty” lyric video, still sullying the interwebs at THIS LOCATION, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones hammers faces in with a taste of “Controlled Burn,” the band elaborating, “‘Controlled Burn’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. We incorporated a wide range of tempos and probably the closest thing to a hooky chorus on the album on this track. Lyrically, it is a rejection of comfort, ease and familiarity, choosing to burn them to the ground in favour of the power, wisdom and confidence that is found the in the ashes of hardship, uncertainty, pain and toil. The greatest treasures are born of fire.”

Adds Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “Since 1999, DAWN OF AZAZEL has written some of the most intense and aggressive music in our scene, and The Tides Of Damocles is a culmination of all of those years thrown into one album. It’s their most diverse record yet, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still as crushing as ever.”

Feel the burn at THIS LOCATION.

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live incursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.

4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Influenced by the audio violence of bands like of Order Of Chaos, Immolation and Sarcofago, DAWN OF AZAZEL was forged in 1999 and rapidly established themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over one-hundred-and-twenty shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by thirty-two shows through Europe supporting Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.

Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album The Tides Of Damocles.

The Tides Of Damocles will be released independently via the official DAWN OF AZAZEL BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION on April 28th, 2015 and come available digitally and as a stunning, deluxe, six-panel digipack with 20-page booklet. Preorder your copy today.

“Blunt ‘n’ belittling malevolence, mathy yet molten in nature, prepare to meet your new masters: New Zealand’s DAWN OF AZAZEL” – Terrorizer Magazine