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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17th, 2014

LAE: Decibel Magazine Premieres Title Track To Debut LP From Montreal Psychedelic Post-Hardcore Outfit Featuring Steve Austin From Today Is The Day – Decibel Magazine’s high-traffic online body, The Deciblog, has exclusively premiered the title track to the debut record from Montreal, Quebec-based LAE, as the album nears its public street date, now less than two weeks away. [More…]

Remembering Housecore Horror Film Fest Co-Founder/True Crime Author Corey Mitchell; Family Fundraiser Launched – In an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy and condolences, friends, fans and bands globally remember Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder/best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell, who died of a heart attack Monday October 27, 2014 at Emo’s, venue home of the event. [More…]

COWARDS: Parisian Quintet Completes Second Album; February Release Date For Rise To Infamy Locked – Decimating Paris-based sludge/hardcore outfit, COWARDS, has completed the final stages of preparation on their second full-length helping of callous and remorseless hymns of self and communal destruction, and is now ready to contaminate the planet with Rise To Infamy this Winter. [More…]

PRIMORDIAL Reaps Widespread Media Approval In Germany; Where Greater Men Have Fallen Release Day Looms – Ireland’s PRIMORDIAL are making a serious impact on German press with their latest offering, Where Greater Men Have Fallen. [More…]

Crucial Blast Issues Free Carrion Anthems Label Sampler; Compilation Includes New/Unreleased Tracks From GNAW THEIR TONGUES, DEGENERATE SLUG, LUASA RAELON and PERSISTENCE IN MOURNING – Crucial Blast Records has just issued a brand new label sampler through a name-your-price BandCamp download. [More…]

Metal Grasshopper: Weekly Series Starring Down’s Philip H. Anselmo And Comedian Dave Hill Continues With Episode 3 Now Playing At Metal Injection – In Metal Grasshopper Episode 3, metal god Philip H. Anselmo puts delusional manchild, Dave Hill, to the test with a round of heavy metal flash cards. [More…]

FIRST FRAGMENT: Canadian Technical Death Metal Strategists Join Unique Leader Records; Debut Full-Length To Be Released In 2015 – Québécois technical death metal strategists, FIRST FRAGMENT, are pleased to join the brutal ranks of Unique Leader Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled debut full-length, set for unveiling in 2015. [More…]

CANNIBAL CORPSE & BEHEMOTH Confirm Co-Headlining North American Winter Tour - Two of the most prominent bands in the history of death metal are teaming up to take North America in 2015! [More…]

SORXE Confirms New Material For 2015 Release; Live Footage From Southwest Terror Fest Posted – With their debut album, Surrounded By Shadows, still fresh, and having just returned from their West Coast US tour with state mates Godhunter, Phoenix-based SORXE will continue to perform live over the coming months in support of the album while also writing new material for release in 2015. [More…]

MAID MYRIAD Confirms Northeast US Shows In December; East Coast February And March Tour Dates Being Booked – Having released one of the most dynamic and impressive progressive crossover albums of the year with their debut album, With Haste On Its Breath, Ohio’s MAID MYRIAD continues to take these soaring, ambitious and infectious tunes to the people, booking new waves of regional touring in support of the record. [More…]

CHILD BITE: Punk/Metal Marauders Premiere New Canticle Via Invisible Oranges; Strange Waste EP Release Day Draws Near – With the imminent release of their Strange Waste EP now less than two weeks away, today the gate keepers at Invisible Oranges hurl forth the tumultuous sounds of “Molestation Of The Arts” from Detroit punk/metal marauders, CHILD BITE. [More…]

SPOOK THE HORSES: New Zealand Post-Hardcore Quintet Prepares Sophomore LP For Winter Release – Delivering mercurial, heavily textured post-hardcore of the highest order, New Zealand-based quintet, SPOOK THE HORSES, has completed their sophomore album and are preparing Rainmaker for a mid-Winter 2015 release. [More…]

NERVECELL: Dubai Death/Thrash Perpetrators Revisit Their “Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)” Video Featuring Nile’s Karl Sanders; Behind-The-Scenes Footage Posted – Dubai death/thrash perpetrators, NERVECELL, will reissue their critically adored Psychogenocide full-length via Unique Leader early next year. [More…]

Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost Out NOW; Decibel Magazine Talks In-Depth With Author Mark Rudolph + New Trailer PostedMorbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost is a mega 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors. [More…]

TNT: Long-Running Norwegian Heavy Metal Troupe Releases 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Stateside Via Indie Recordings – Long-running Norwegian heavy metal troupe, TNT, is pleased to unleash their 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra release stateside via Indie Recordings. [More…]

NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California PerformancesNEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. [More…]

OVID’S WITHERING: Theatrical Blackened Tech Metallers Join Unique Leader Records; New Full-Length To See Release Next Year – Florida-based theatrical blackened tech metallers, OVID’S WITHERING, are pleased to join the expanding roster of extreme metal powerhouse, Unique Leader Records, for the release of their sophomore full-length. [More…]

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off Gwar Eternal North American Tour 2014! – North Carolina crossover icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off a near month-long run of live tirades with Gwar tomorrow to finalize the year. [More…]

DIMESLAND Premieres Intense Second Track From Debut LP Via Stereogum - With the word now out on the streets about the impending release of Psychogenic Atrophy, the debut full-length from Oakland-based DIMESLAND, heavily popular online mag, Stereogum, has released one of the album’s most intense tracks, with an exclusive premiere of “Dying Foretold.” [More…]

LETALLIS: NYC Progressive/Death Metal Entity Independently Releases Second Album - New York City-based metal outfit, LETALLIS, has just independently released the band’s second full-length album, Resonate, which is now available for free download worldwide with a physical edition to follow shortly. [More…]

WIZARD RIFLE: West Coast Noise Rock/Psych Doom Exhibitionists Kick Off November Live Incursion; Here In The Deadlights Reaps Critical Hails Nationally – West Coast noise rock/psych doom exhibitionists in WIZARD RIFLE have taken their big guns to the streets today to kick off their November live incursion. [More…]

USNEA Confirms Red Bull Sound Select Performances And Record Release Show; Track-By-Track Breakdown Of Random Cosmic Violence Posted At Cvlt Nation – With Relapse Records’ official unveiling of Portland, Oregon-based USNEA’s sophomore LP, Random Cosmic Violence, having taken place this week, the celestial/funeral doom outfit has released a meticulous track-by-track commentary piece on the album’s four movements via Cvlt Nation, as the band also announces a slew of year-end live appearances. [More…]

RABBITS Wraps-Up European Tour With A Plethora Of Gratis Media And Dope Merch; Videos, Photos And Audio As Well As FUCKRABBITS Merch Deals Enacted – Deviant, outsider horde, RABBITS, upon arrival back stateside following their Noise Rock On Parade European romp in support of their Untoward LP alongside Norwegian acts Årabrot and MoE, has just shat a plethora of new viral and physical media and product which you can either embrace or evade with hostility. [More…]

THE COMPOUND New Label Releases & EARSPLIT DISTRO Stock Update: LAE, GODHUNTER/SECRETS OF THE SKY, DIE CHOKING, UFOMAMMUT, SECRET CUTTER, THE BODY & THOU, GRIDLINK, PISS VORTEX, and tons more [more…]

Contact liz@earsplitcompound.com or dave@earsplitcompound.com 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.

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:
AEON  –  ARCANE  – ATRIARCH – ARTILLERY – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH –  CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – CDC – CORRECTIONS HOUSE –CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – COWARDS – THE CUTTHROATS 9 – DISCOURSE – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY –FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GALE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – GREENLEAF – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NERVECELL  –  NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SOCIETY SUCKER – TODAY IS THE DAY – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WHITECHAPEL – WIZARD RIFLE – WOLVHAMMER

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RABBITS Wraps-Up European Tour With A Plethora Of Gratis Media And Dope Merch; Videos, Photos And Audio As Well As FUCKRABBITS Merch Deals Enacted

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Deviant, outsider horde, RABBITS, upon arrival back stateside following their Noise Rock On Parade European romp in support of their Untoward LP alongside Norwegian acts Årabrot and MoE, has just shat a plethora of new viral and physical media and product which you can either embrace or evade with hostility.

After a three-week assault on Beligum, the UK, France, and Spain (and Basque country, ignoramus), RABBITS has triumphantly returned to their hometown of Portland, Oregon just in time for… a year-end wrap-up!  Look at the mess they made. The Sleeping Shaman was there to document the filthy fun in Manchester, UK, Shoot Me Again Webzine was there in Liege, Belgium for ill documentation of the invasion (not pictured: the tall-man’s virus that attacked several tour members the next morning), an attendee at the Rennes, France show wrote up a great review of the “drôle de bestiole mutante” (strange mutant creature) Untoward at Perte & Fracas, and that’s just the beginning of this post-melee melee.

Missed out on the sonic assault?  No problem.  Rabbits added the complete live show from Brighton to their FREE Live Love series, the seventh show in the series.  It’s a bit rough around the edges, but then, so are they. Snag it HERE. As a special bonus, a spooky-as-balls live version of “Meth Valley 99″ with Guro of MoE on guest vocals is up as well, recorded at La Residencia in Valencia, Spain on Halloween; get that one HERE.

Have you seen Whitey McConnaughy analog-damaged video for “So Fake It’s Real” yet? Or gotten the lowdown on Booze’s dirty gear at PureGrainAudio? Have you bagged your audiophile vinyl copy of Untoward? If not, DO IT. In the meantime, RABBITS head back underground to write the next batch of fuckered hits for the great unwashed, as a split 12-inch with another Portland band is due early next Summer and some other dumb ideas are in the works as well.

Also, RABBITS’s catalog including all three LP’s and other vinyl and cassette releases are available at a cut-that-shit deal right now. The crew is offering a deal for 11% off all 11 of their releases for 11 days, beginning NOW. Check out the diseased discography bringing with you the code “FUCKRABBITS” at THIS LOCATION [sale ends Monday, November 24th].

RABBITS’s third full-length album, Untoward, was released in August through Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records, the album exhaustingly tracked live to tape at Type Foundry, Portland in one day and mixed in two. The engineering duties on Untoward were tag-teamed by Jeremy Romagna (Trees, Tecumseh, Wives) and Fester (Nux Vomica, Usnea, Stoneburner), both of whom have recorded the majority of the band’s previous material, the tracks mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering, and the cover artwork hand-sewn by Anne Mersereau.

Stream all of Untoward and place orders for the digital and 150-gram LP cut at 45 RPM guaranteed to rip your face off RIGHT HERE.

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USNEA Confirms Red Bull Sound Select Performances And Record Release Show; Track-By-Track Breakdown Of Random Cosmic Violence Posted At Cvlt Nation

Friday, November 14th, 2014

With Relapse Records’ official unveiling of Portland, Oregon-based USNEA’s sophomore LP, Random Cosmic Violence, having taken place this week, the celestial/funeral doom outfit has released a meticulous track-by-track commentary piece on the album’s four movements via Cvlt Nation, as the band also announces a slew of year-end live appearances.

USNEA has confirmed several new live appearances over the coming weeks, leading off with a show at the Wisp House in Salem, Oregon for Wednesday, November 24th with Urzeit and In Thoth. Directly after that, the band will take part in two Red Bull Sound Select Presents shows in both Portland and Seattle! The Portland gig is set for Tuesday, December 2nd, supporting Lesbian and Deavheaven, followed by the Seattle show the next night, Wednesday, December 3rd, also with Deafheaven.

Then on Saturday, December 13th, USNEA will give their hometown a vicious taste of the new album at the official record release show for Random Cosmic Violence at the White Owl Social Club in Portland, the set culminating in a performance of the entire new LP. The free show will also feature two acts the members of USNEA consider close friends, including California-based Cold Blue Mountain providing opening support, and bigtime local doomsters Lord Dying headlining the event. The band has also produced a limited 100-copy run of Random Cosmic Violence cassettes which will be available that evening, in addition to both the standard black and limited colored vinyl.

Check out the track-by-track breakdown of Random Cosmic Violence at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

Also endure all of Random Cosmic Violence via Stereogum RIGHT HERE.

USNEA Live:
11/24/2014 The Wisp House – Salem, OR w/ Urzeit, In Thoth
12/02/2014 Holocene – Portland, OR w/ Deafheaven, Lesbian [info]
12/03/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Deafheaven [info]
12/13/2014 White Owl Social Club – Portland, OR *Random Cosmic Violence release show w/ Lord Dying, Cold Blue Mountain [info]

Through their ruthlessly overwhelming style of black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, USNEA has created a classic of the new millennium with Random Cosmic Violence. Not only an album which more than satisfies the urge diehard cult fans of the band since previous outings, Random Cosmic Violence packs a monumentally damaging and contagious dose of some of 2014’s finest metal of the slow-motion doom/death/sludge-influenced variety sucking endless new fans into its fathomless expanses. Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Nux Vomica) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), the artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau. The album is available on CD and both colored/limited and standard black 2xLP right HERE and via digital download HERE.

“Random Cosmic Violence has a Floydian vastness that both balances and amplifies the overwhelming, crushing heaviness. Like the night sky itself, Random Cosmic Violence is full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing.” – Stereogum

“…perhaps what really vaults the album high above the average, apart from Usnea’s knack for generating titanic power and morbid, minor-key melodies, is the band’s skill in creating dynamic changes and salting this heartless sonic landscape with ingenious touches, which come like breaths of air in an atmosphere that’s being rapidly sucked into space, or poisoned with the smoke of burning tires in an urban dead zone.” – No Clean Singing

“Usnea balance knuckle-dragging rumble with high-minded elegance on this funereal test of endurance… This is what it sounds like to be swallowed by gravity.” – About.com

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LAE: Decibel Magazine Premieres Title Track To Debut LP From Montreal Psychedelic Post-Hardcore Outfit Featuring Steve Austin From Today Is The Day

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Decibel Magazine’s high-traffic online body, The Deciblog, has exclusively premiered the title track to the debut record from Montreal, Quebec-based LAE, as the album nears its public street date, now less than two weeks away.

Over thirteen movements verging on an entire hour of superb, dynamic material encompasses LAE’s Break The Clasp LP, which was recorded in full analog in a woodshop in Montreal by Today Is The Day and Austin Enterprises founder, Steve Austin, who became enveloped by the songs as he produced them, which led to his permanent involvement in the band as the main vocalist. With one of the most disheartened but beautiful displays of psychedelic, post-hardcore/rock possibly ever captured to tape, Austin’s gritty, visionary vocal delivery and final mastering incredibly fits the structures created by creators Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, Stephane Desgroseilliers and Marc Lucas Ablasou as if they were incepted with this purpose in mind, resulting in a true masterpiece of whatever genre one may attempt to categorize the songs into. The unearthly, heartbreaking artistry will attract fans of Three Mile Pilot, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac and more, yet Break The Clasp remains an unfathomably original album unlike anything currently out there.

Decibel today releases “Break The Clasp” to the planet. The second track on the album of the same name showcases LAE’s varied nature, integrating electronics and guest backup vocals courtesy of the band’s friend, Christina Frances Musacchio into the layered song. The exclusive premiere of the song is joined by a detailed account of its origin from the band, and a stellar write-up of the track by the trusted scribe who took on the premiere, who issues, “Sit back, y’all. Steve Austin-affiliated psychedelic post-rockers LAE are about to take you to another plane of existence via the title track of the album Break the Clasp…”

“Break The Clasp” and unleash the song through the Deciblog portal now at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, American Aftermath leaked the album’s “Sister” alongside an interview with band architect Marc Lucas Ablasou, RIGHT HERE, and a trailer for the album is playing HERE.

Break The Clasp will see release through The Compound and Battleground Records in a collaborative effort, with the initial CD and digital release set for November 25th. Preorders for the six-panel, spot-varnish adorned, eco-friendly digipak are live HERE, and preorders for the digital download — which includes an instant download of “Break The Clasp” are now live HERE. A deluxe, gatefold 180-gram double 12” LP is coming in early 2015 as LAE begins touring North America in support of the album.

Performing under LAE-TSEU, their original moniker, LAE impacted their local scene in the mid 1990s, yet life’s plan impeded them from taking off until now. In mid-2013, the band went through a rebirth, re-envisioning their original songs with new life knowledge and a ravenous hunger to make them better than ever. The band invited Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) to record in Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing accordion, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, electronics and more to capture their long-awaited full-length on vintage analog equipment. During the recording process, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the album in addition to other musical contributions, becoming a full-fledged member of the band. Mastered at Austin Enterprises, the album features otherworldly artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label) and a layout by Kay and Dave Brenner.

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DIMESLAND Premieres Intense Second Track From Debut LP Via Stereogum

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

With the word now out on the streets about the impending release of Psychogenic Atrophy, the debut full-length from Oakland-based DIMESLAND, heavily popular online mag, Stereogum, has released one of the album’s most intense tracks, with an exclusive premiere of “Dying Foretold.”

With a ravenous hunger for the bizarre, DIMESLAND unloads a brain-roasting barrage of complex arrangements on Psychogenic Atrophy, its forty-minute lifespan culminating into what may be one of the most artistically experimental metal albums of the year, captured through a crushing analog recording courtesy of Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg). One of the highlights of these eight deranged anthems is the concentrated attack of second track, “Dying Foretold,” now out of the cage via Stereogum. “You may recall this state-of-the-art metal act from September’s edition of The Black Market, where I credited the band as a close spiritual successor to the long-running prog-thrash unit Voivod. I stand by that comparison and would add another remarkable band to their lineage: the avant-death metal band Atheist, whose combination of incredibly frenetic rhythms with loose-limbed jazz swagger also constitutes a big part of DIMESLAND’s musical vocabulary,” issues the meaty write-up paired with the premiere. It continues of the track itself, “Though it runs for just under three minutes, ‘Dying Foretold’ provides more substance than a lot of entire metal albums do — a dizzying fret-tapped intro heralds a maze of riffs that sound like ’80s Metallica being sucked through a black hole. You could lose yourself in these contorted chords for days, but the jaw-clenching impact hits you on the first listen.”

Get sucked into the vortex of “Dying Foretold” now via Stereogum at THIS LOCATION.

Also get consumed by the album’s previously leaked, equally mind-boggling opener “Are They Cannibals?” RIGHT HERE.

DIMESLAND will independently release Psychogenic Atrophy digitally on December 9th, with a CD version directly behind it and a deluxe vinyl release early next year. Also watch for tour dates in juxtaposition with the staggered release of Psychogenic Atrophy to be issued shortly.

With its members hailing from The Residents, Wild Hunt and more, DIMESLAND produces a sound that is the result of a blend of controlled chaos and musical mutation, heavy tension and dark psychedelia, creating a place where aggression and imagination merge harmonically, rhythmically and lyrically to explore the terrain of psychological havoc and mental fracture. Their debut came to light as an EP entitled Creepmoon, released on Vendlus Records in 2012, the unique brutality of the songs drawing critical praise immediately, and the band’s frantic and dense live performances feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and textures for an almost nonstop presentation of sound. Forward thinking fans of Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal should not pass DIMESLAND by for a second.

Psychogenic Atrophy Track Listing:
1. Are They Cannibals?
2. Dying Foretold
3. Institutional Gears
4. Xenolith
5. That Cold Moment
6. Malfunctioning Gears
7. Bound In Stone
8. Odd Feats Are Bid And Won

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off Gwar Eternal North American Tour 2014!

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

North Carolina crossover icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off a near month-long run of live tirades with Gwar tomorrow to finalize the year. Set to embark at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, the band will crumble the stages of twenty-six venues, coming to a close on December 13th at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY continues to tour in support of their mammoth IX full-length released this past Summer via Candlelight Records. Dubbed “a triumph” by the Obelisk, the critically adored IX was captured by the band alongside longtime friend and colleague John Custer. Clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes, the record boasts all the groove-laden sludge/doom/punk concoction fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. The Onion’s A.V. Club champions the band’s “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence,” furthering that, “the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast,” while Rock Revolt notes, “…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid CORROSION OF CONFORMITY fan.” Decibel Magazine agrees elaborating that, “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.” Adds Blabbermouth, in an 8/10 rating, “COC are closer to their Animosity and (to some measures) Eye For An Eye roots than they’ve been in ages. Certainly IX is one of the loudest albums ever put down in this unit, so consider earplugs if you catch COC live.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Gwar:
11/14/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
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.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY have released some outstanding albums over the years, from Animosity in the ‘80s to Wiseblood in the ‘90s to In The Arms Of God in the ‘00s. IX is their best of the ‘10s so far, a step above their 2012 self-titled album as they seem more comfortable now as a trio.” – Loudwire

“With IX, Weatherman, Dean and Mullin prove that their version of COC is capable of making a Southern hard-rock album to rival any in their own catalog…” – Indy Week

“…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



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NERVECELL: Dubai Death/Thrash Perpetrators Revisit Their “Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)” Video Featuring Nile’s Karl Sanders; Behind-The-Scenes Footage Posted

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Dubai death/thrash perpetrators, NERVECELL, will reissue their critically adored Psychogenocide full-length via Unique Leader early next year. Applauded by Metal Hammer for their, ”…thrilling contrast between oriental and musical culture,” and called a, “must have for every metal hornet,” by Legacy, the ten track offering was initially unleashed in Europe via Lifeforce Records in 2011.

In anticipation of its release on North American shores, today NERVECELL revisits their video for “Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)” featuring Nile’s Karl Sanders on guest vocals. Elaborates the band: “This particular song is special as it marks the first extreme metal track ever to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders from Nile. The word ‘Shunq’ in Arabic has two meanings: to choke or to be hung by the neck. The song consists mainly of ideas and knowledge gathered from sources that speak about Lucifer and the demons that serve him. The song ‘Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)’ speaks about the battle of us humans and these demons in reality, in the end Satan himself brought forth to justice. The clip was directed by Shane De Almeida and edited by Ahmad Al Sharif in the city of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.”

Adds Karl Sanders, “As an American, hearing the Arabic growl is scary, as you have an immediate association with it. Also, given the nature of death metal itself – which aims to frighten – people are becoming used to English, so it’s not that scary. Arabic gives it a new level.”

During the shoot, the National News Paper of Abu Dhabi (capital city of the UAE) came out to interview the bandwhere vocalist/bassist James Khazaal talks in-depth about the video’s concept. Check it out at THIS LOCATION and view the video below.

In related news, NERVECELL will be laying waste to stages in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria later this month on the second leg of their Psychogenocide European Tour. See confirmed dates below.

NERVECELL Psychogenocide European Tour 2014 Part II:
11/15/2014 Crash Of Demolition Festival – Dresden, DE
11/21/2014 Met-Bar – Lenzburg, CH
11/22/2014 Metal Infection XV – Karlsruhe, DE
11/24/2014 Backstage – Munich, DE
11/29/2014 Jam Night Festival – Marchtrenk, AT

An album centered around manipulation and the deception of the human race for an agenda of a higher purpose, Psychogenocide was produced and engineered by Rami H. Mustafa at Spellbind Studio in Dubai, with drums engineered by Joe Haley at Red Planet Studios in Australia, then mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) in Bialystok, Poland.

Psychogenocide will be reissued worldwide on January 27th, 2015 via Unique Leader Records with preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.

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CHILD BITE: Punk/Metal Marauders Premiere New Canticle Via Invisible Oranges; Strange Waste EP Release Day Draws Near

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

With the imminent release of their Strange Waste EP now less than two weeks away, today the gate keepers at Invisible Oranges hurl forth the tumultuous sounds of “Molestation Of The Arts” from Detroit punk/metal marauders, CHILD BITE.

Captured at Russian Recording in Indianapolis, Indiana and produced by CHILD BITE, Strange Waste fuses all walks of extreme from metal, noise, and hardcore without falling squarely into any of one those genres. A wholly bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and System Of A Down, CHILD BITE’s self-proclaimed “music for losers” is ugly, anxious and dangerously habit-forming.

Elaborates vocalist Shawn Knight of “Molestation Of The Arts,” “I am an artist and a designer. I often have internal debates about where the line is between the two; what is pure art, the difference between art and design, and is it ok for the two to blend. Sometimes it’s clear, sometimes not so much. This song is a very cynical critique on the art director/ad agency side of things, coming from an artist’s point of view. One way of looking at advertising is that it’s pure manipulation; a commercial’s job is to sell you a product or service; to make you want it more than the other options available. One tactic agencies use is hijacking whatever the latest trends are to seem hip… This way whatever they are selling comes off as ‘cool.’ Cool sells. That’s what this tune is about; major corporations attempting to appear trendy in order to trick people out of their money.”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “This band could go anywhere, in the best way, and also have an uncanny ability to attract non-metal listeners, if their live shows are any indicator. I’ve seen people come in from the street and pay entry to see CHILD BITE sight unseen, only to watch the arty garage band they thought they were seeing devolve into a savage grindcore outfit before their eyes — and stay put. I’m not sure I’ve seen a band with as much potential to surprise people and cross over genre boundaries since I first heard Mastodon. That said, Strange Waste ain’t Remission. But it might just be Lifesblood. I’m psyched to see where CHILD BITE take their career after this.”

Get mind fucked with “Molestation Of The Arts,” RIGHT HERE.

And if you were asleep at the wheel, don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash and is still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

CHILD BITE recently wrapped up a US live invasion alongside King Parrot and Acid Witch on select dates. The trek included a stink on this year’s Housecore Horror Film Fest. CHILD BITE will play a special record release show on their home turf on November 21st before holing up in their practice cave for the winter to compose their next full-length, to be produced by Philip H. Anselmo. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks.

CHILD BITE:
11/21/2014 PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI record release show w/ Acid Witch

Strange Waste will be released on CD, double vinyl seven-inch and digitally via Housecore Records November 25th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

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MAID MYRIAD Confirms Northeast US Shows In December; East Coast February And March Tour Dates Being Booked

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Having released one of the most dynamic and impressive progressive crossover albums of the year with their debut album, With Haste On Its Breath, Ohio’s MAID MYRIAD continues to take these soaring, ambitious and infectious tunes to the people, booking new waves of regional touring in support of the record.

Next month will see the MAID MYRIAD trio playing a run of shows through the Northeast, beginning with a one-off gig on December 6th in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. Less than two weeks later the band will tour eastward, beginning December 18th in Clifton, New Jersey followed by Brooklyn, New York and Doylestown, Pennsylvania the next two nights, performing alongside the likes of Red Sun Rising, Flight 619, NY in 64, Natural Stranger, Carved Up, Witch Fist and more throughout the month’s shows.

A more intensive East Coast tour which will engulf almost all of February is currently being planned, including shows with MAID MYRIAD brethren East Of The Wall, El Drugstore and many others. Additionally, the band will be scheduling more live dates on their way to perform at 2015’s SXSW gathering in Austin and more. A full routing for the upcoming tours will be issued in the weeks ahead.

With Haste On Its Breath is out now in a six-panel digipak CD via Nefarious Industries — the home of a bunch of big, dumb noise — the independent label founded by members of MAID MYRIAD, A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore and more. Additionally, the digital download by itself is now “name your price” direct through the label RIGHT HERE.

MAID MYRIAD Tour Dates:
12/06/2014 Tangier – Akron, OH w/ Red Sun Rising, Flight 619
12/18/2014 Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ w/ A Balance Between, Pour the Pirate Sherry, Glengarry Leads [info]
12/19/2014 The Shop – Brooklyn, NY w/ NY in 64, Natural Stranger
12/20/2014 Mugg’s On Main Street - Doylestown, PA w/ Carved Up, Witch Fist

Recorded in Akron, Ohio and Keyport, New Jersey, produced and engineered by guitarist Jeff Klemm at Free Truman Productions, and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Adrenaline Mob, Foxy Shazam, etc.), With Haste On Its Breath brings out a solid hour of dazzling musicianship and powerful, dynamic vocals from MAID MYRIAD. MetalSucks, issued, “…it’s massive, melodic, introspective, and tortured, like a wonderful dream that quickly metamorphasizes into the kind of nightmare that continues to rattle and haunt you even after you awaken, stuck to your psyche like gum to the bottom of a shoe…”. American Aftermath offers, “The band combines an array of influences, including progressive rock and 90’s post-hardcore/emo, into a dynamic and emotional display of alternative rock mastery… Jeff Klemm’s near angelic vocals are sure to be stuck in your head all day. In fact, we guarantee that.” The Cleveland Scene made MAID MYRIAD their Band Of The Week, stating, “…the songs stay true to ‘kaleidoscope rock,’ the term the band has used to describe its neo-progressive rock. Heavily textured songs such as ‘Camera Eye’ and ‘Dance by the Moonlight’ have elements of Mars Volta. But the group slows things down for the simmering ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ and ‘Waiting for December,’ showing it can capably change gears.”

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SORXE Confirms New Material For 2015 Release; Live Footage From Southwest Terror Fest Posted

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

With their debut album, Surrounded By Shadows, still fresh, and having just returned from their West Coast US tour with state mates Godhunter, Phoenix-based SORXE will continue to perform live over the coming months in support of the album while also writing new material for release in 2015.

Independently produced and released by the band, the monstrous Surrounded By Shadows has helped elevate the name SORXE beyond the Southwestern US circuit they’ve inundated over recent years, the album 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. With the record having received widespread critical commendations since its release in September, upon its release, the band took to the road alongside Godhunter for nearly three weeks of October, which closed down at Southwest Terror Fest where SORXE performed on the main stage supporting Author & Punisher, The Body and Neurosis.

This weekend, SORXE will travel North to Glendale, California, making their Los Angeles area debut, performing with Cough and Invdrs at Midnite Communion II this Saturday, November 15th. The event will include 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 in addition to the live sets.

View live footage of SORXE at Southwest Terror Fest courtesy of Metal Injection RIGHT HERE, and stream Surrounded By Shadows in its entirety at American Aftermath HERE.

SORXE Live:
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 bassists 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.

SORXE is currently writing new material to be released as one or several releases throughout 2015, in conjunction with more widespread stateside touring and beyond as the band continues to expand their reach into the extreme and psychedelic realms of music.

Order Surrounded By Shadows through SORXE directly, both digitally and on digipak CD, with artwork by Josh Graham HERE. A vinyl edition of the album is also in the planning stages for release in early 2015.

“…the dudes of Sorxe know about suffering… they also know quite a bit about painful guitar tones, how to balance two basses when their guitars are already crating more than enough low-end havoc. And man, do they know Through Silver In Blood and Celestial upside down and backwards.” – Decibel

“…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.” – Heavy Planet

“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.” – American Aftermath

“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 pummeling can err turn into the aforementioned churn of tiresome bullshit.” – The Sleeping Shaman


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