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DISGRACE Confirms East Coast Tour Dates In Support Of Debut LP True Enemy

Friday, February 20th, 2015

As their True Enemy debut LP is being prepared for release in just over a month, Southern California hardcore heathens, DISGRACE, have slated a short but brutal East Coast US tour for mid-April. Scheduled around their scheduled performance at the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, from April 12th through 18th DISGRACE will storm through Amityville, Albany, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo and Philadelphia alongside Closed Casket Activities labelmates, God’s Hate, before closing the run down at NEMHF on Saturday, April 18th alongside Testament, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Nails, Indecision, fellow CCA mates Incendiary, Suburban Scum and more.

DISGRACE The True Enemy Tour:
4/12/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
4/13/2015 Bogies – Albany, NY
4/14/2015 Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
4/15/2015 SHIBGB’s – Toronto, ON
4/16/2015 Ocean Garden – Buffalo, NY
4/17/2015 The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nails, Incendiary
4/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]

A recent interview by Shawn Macomber with Dan Seagrave, known for his works for Dismember, Morbid Angel, Entombed and countless others, was posted at Shock Till You Drop, the article featuring the artist’s new creation for DISGRACE’s True Enemy cover and much more. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

True Enemy’s fourth track, “Uncreation,” was recently released via Decibel RIGHT HERE.

DISGRACE will strike out at backstabbers, cowards and religious zealots with pure fury through one of the most infectious, groove-heavy, death-influenced hardcore records in recent times with True Enemy. Featuring members of Nails, Creatures, Forced Order, and four-fifths of Twitching Tongues, DISGRACE devastates with harshness of masters Merauder, Cold As Life and All Out War, yet taking on metallic attributes of early Bolt Thrower, Celtic Frost, Cannibal Corpse and Sepultura, delivering a modern, punishing metallic groove. DISGRACE will now grab the scene by its throat with their debut LP, produced and recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by vocalist Taylor Young (also of Nails, Twitching Tongues), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Blacklisted). True Enemy’s thirty-four minutes of executioner style metallic hardcore have been shrouded in appropriately grim cover art by legendary artist Dan Seagrave. True Enemy will see release via Closed Casket Activities digitally, on CD and on vinyl on March 24th, the LP with a 24” x 36” poster as well as a digital download. Additional audio samples, preorder links, new tour dates and other announcements are impending.

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Titans Announce North American Tour With Korpiklaani; One Man Army Full-Length To Drop Next Tuesday

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland,

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track  to their player leading up to the record’s final descent. Listen to One Man Army, now streaming in its entirety, at THIS LOCATION.

ENSIFERUM w/ Frosttide:
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
w/ Craving:
3/10/2015 Schlachthof – Lingen, DE (“Fan Appreciation Show” by EMP)
w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington-  London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO
w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/06/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/07/2015 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
5/08/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR [tickets[E1] ]
5/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA [tickets]
5/10/2015 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC [tickets]
5/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB [tickets]
5/13/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB [tickets]
5/15/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO [tickets]
5/16/2015 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE [tickets]
5/17/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN [tickets]
5/18/2015 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL [tickets]
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON [tickets]
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC [tickets]
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC [tickets]
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [tickets]
2015 Summer Festivals:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19-21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30-8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06-08/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/08/2015 IntoThe Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, NL
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13-15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. The band’s One Man Army full-length will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015 and includes an accompanying four-track bonus CD. Preorder bundles for One Man Army are currently available at where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser to

“Finland’s ENSIFERUM have long traded in their designation as a ‘folk metal’ group, but on the band’s sixth studio album the metal side of that label is decidedly dominant. And it’s epic metal at that: ‘One Man Army’ blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.” — Revolver

ENSIFERUM have produced their most polished album to date; one that bulges with bombast and rages with frostbitten grit… these northern sword-wielders are close to finding the perfect recipe for taking folk into the mainstream of metal – all without losing a shred of authenticity.” – Metal Hammer

“…warlike and fiery…a perfect example of the band’s standout sound: it’s definitely a genre piece, but it’s the best of its kind.” – MetalSucks

“One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” –

“Like a powerful drink, after twenty years, ENSIFERUM keeps the strength intact and adds a bit of a sweet scent in this new release.” – Against Magazine

ENSIFERUM has become one of folk metal’s finest acts…ENSIFERUM’s music awakens one’s inner warrior… it’s a pity fighting to the death with swords and battle axes is illegal nowadays.” — Loudwire

TAKEN BY THE SUN: Chicago Progressive Post-Metal Doom Misfits Premiere New Track At Cvlt Nation; Record Release Show Confirmed + Debut To Drop This Tuesday

Thursday, February 19th, 2015


With the release of their self-titled full-length now less than a week away, today the warlords at Cvlt Nation offer up an exclusive taste of “Fuse” from Chicago progressive post-metal doom enthusiasts, TAKEN BY THE SUN.

Tracked almost entirely live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room, all in Chicago, Taken By The Sun is an eight-track, forty-two minute audio expedition that recalls the confounding atmospheres of veteran sound contortionists Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Rosetta, Mouth Of the Architect, Red Sparowes, and The Ocean.

Comments the band of third movement, “Fuse,” “In contrast to our prior pre-release track [‘Ornaflux’] which showcased our capability for frenetic, atonal prog showmanship, ‘Fuse’ is a sprawling display of drama and melody. At once crushing and serene, the song shifts from soundscape to soundscape while held together by a few key themes and tones.” “Fuse” is a clear example of TAKEN BY THE SUN’s ability to celebrate the doom and post-metal genres that influences them while bringing something new and confounding to the journey.

Witness “Fuse,” at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample monolithic closing track “Ornaflux” currently streaming courtesy of The Sludgelord, at THIS LOCATION.

TAKEN BY THE SUN will bring their sound collages to the stage for a special record release show in May, playing the debut in its entirety. Further live excursions are in the plotting stages. Stand by.

5/16/2015 Quenchers Saloon – Chicago, IL w/ Scientist, Pale Horseman, Highdiver

Spawned in 2011, TAKEN BY THE SUN features members of architectural experimental metal technicians, Scientist. Though clearly rooted within The Windy City’s venue-quaking, riff-worshipping doom and stoner metal traditions, TAKEN BY THE SUN takes their audio manifestations far beyond those confines brandishing fuzz-addled guitars, grinding bass, cavernous drums, and dry-throated vocals fused with prog metal acrobatics, lush vocal harmonies, and pedal steel twang to heighten the intensity and plain epicness of their meticulous arranged compositions. With their self-titled debut, TAKEN BY THE SUN translates the energy and diversity of their live performance in recorded form. Tracked live with only minimal subsequent overdubs, the album is faithful to both the earnestness and magnitude of the band’s sound. Multilayered, nuanced and gristly, thick gnarled riffs coil around gravel-throated voice incursions, the planet rumbles, tracks heave like the sky is breaking. Said The Sonic Sensory in an advance review of the record, “Creativity in the songwriting, constantly shifting dynamics, natural progressions and intensity throughout makes for a very formidable debut release. No one will be around when the Earth is taken by the sun, but it’s the human condition to worry about the end of the world, just look into this before it’s too late.”

TAKEN BY THE SUN Taken By The Sun will be released independently on February 24th. Preorder your copy today via the official TAKEN BY THE SUN BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.

HALSHUG: Invisible Oranges Releases Track From Danish Raw Punk Outfit; Blodets Bånd LP Out On Southern Lord Next Week

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Just days from its worldwide release via Southern Lord is Blodets Bånd, the debut album from Copenhagen, Denmark’s brutal raw punk outfit, HALSHUG, and in preparation, Invisible Oranges has unloaded the record’s fourth track, “Knæl.” The feedback-soaked intro immediately gives way to one of the most straightforward, circle pit-inducing, percussive d-beatings of the entire album. Corresponding with the exclusive song premiere, Invisible Oranges offers, “By the time you get to this point on the album, you’re less than six minutes in and you already have black eyes and broken teeth. By the end of the eighth track, they live up to the translation of their name: decapitate.”

Unload HALSHUG’s “Knæl” through Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

The album’s “Total Destruktion” was previously issued via Cvlt Nation HERE.

HALSHUG will celebrate Blodets Bånd with a hometown record release show in Copenhagen tomorrow, Friday, February 20th, joined by Weak, Horrendous, Smitstof and Reverie. Additional live actions are being confirmed and even more planned, the most recent additions include HALSHUG supporting Harms Way and also taking part in Copenhell Festival alongside the likes of Rise Against, Gojira, Body Count, Life Of Agony, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, At The Gates and more, both in June. The band will also make its way to the US for the first time later this year.

HALSHUG Tour Dates:
2/20/2015 Mayhem Kbh – Denmark DK *release show  w/ Weak, Horrendous, Smitstof, Reverie [info]
6/12/2015 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen DK w/ Harms Way, The Southern Oracle, No Fealty, Czar [info]
6/18/2015 Copenhell Festival – København DK [info]

Blodets Bånd sees North American release on vinyl and digital formats via Southern Lord on Tuesday, February 24th. Preorders for the wax are available HERE and digital HERE.

HALSHUG (which translates to ‘decapitate’) is fast becoming known within Europe’s hallowed DIY routes and enclaves for their impeccably executed hardcore crust, which pays furious tribute to their rich K-town heritage and crucially adds an abrasive modern stomp. With searing distortion, radical d-beat pace, overblown reverb vocals, HALSHUG leaves no room for subtlety or second-guessing across the eight tracks of their first full-length effort, Blodets Bånd. Watch as Blodets Bånd engulfs the world in flames.

ABYSS: Decibel Magazine Premieres First Single From Vicious Debut LP Pending Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Decibel Magazine is now exclusively streaming “The Atonement,” the first single culled from Toronto-based death cult, ABYSS’s Heretical Anatomy debut, impending release through 20 Buck Spin mid-April. The second of eight grisly passages bound into the album erupts with a whirlwind of debilitating and utterly sadistic grinding, percussive, death metal and never relents, much like its seven counterparts, which collectively burn all modern metal trends to a sulfuric, insignificant dust.

Get your introduction to Heretical Anatomy with ABYSS’s “The Atonement” at The Deciblog RIGHT HERE.

Heretical Anatomy will see release through 20 Buck Spin on LP and digital formats April 14th, 2015, guaranteed to attract fans of Napalm Death, Exhumed, Repulsion, Impaled, Noisem, Terrorizer, Carcass, Axis Of Advance, labelmates Mammoth Grinder, Bone Sickness and the like. ABYSS will also trek the barren North American plate spreading their diseased hymns throughout the year, with new tour dates to be announced shortly.

Exploding with a tenebrous style of Stygian, grinding death metal, witnessed through two prior demos including The Reins Of Horror via Dark Descent Records, Heretical Anatomy documents the first fully realized glimpse into the dark surging ABYSS. Hideous shapes and bloodthirsty rites of the Old Ones are viciously summoned upon the bones and bowels of the Earth, through eight odes to nameless terrors and protean revulsion mercilessly ripped from the flayed life of the cosmos and dripping with crimson adoration. The frenzied blasting of early American and UK death metal and grindcore, before a distinct separation between the two existed, is a hallmark of Heretical Anatomy, yet the overwhelming speed scattered throughout the album’s duration is expertly applied, never descending into a one dimensional space where only velocity is the basis for existence. Songs are crafted with the care of the elder gods, rigorously refined with a seasoned sophistication, always maintaining a sharply primitive ferocity. Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust adds his touch to the production, mixing and mastering this malformed death metal and the horror of its Lovecraftian persona.

BEHEMOTH: Revolver Magazine Unveils Exclusive Excerpts From Forthcoming Biography; North American Live Takeover Continues

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors. A definitive BEHEMOTH biography penned by Łukasz Dunaj, the stunning 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. In addition to the author’s narrative, the book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former BEHEMOTH members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more. In the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz (Polish poet, writer, occultist and longtime lyric co-writer): “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine offers up an exclusive excerpt from the book where vocalist/guitarist Nergal recounts his early grade and high school years, his increasing interest in extreme music and his growing skepticism of Catholicism. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently damning stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long takeover continues to march its way across the country and will trample through nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Reports The Dallas Observer of the band’s set, “BEHEMOTH’s credo is the power of the will, and it completely permeates their live show… On a starkly lit stage filled with cast-iron ritualistic symbols, vocalist and guitarist Nergal lurched around with the ease of a seasoned performer. He held the audience in his hand, and his performance alone made it plain why BEHEMOTH’s live show is so renowned.”

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation [remaining dates]:
2/20/2015 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. Preorders are available now at where you’ll find a special bundle option which includes an exclusive shirt available ONLY with the preorder.

OCCULTATION: 20 Buck Spin Releases Vinyl Edition Of Silence In The Ancestral House For North America

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The apparition known in physical form as OCCULTATION materializes with its second full-length LP, Silence In The Ancestral House, expanding on the twisting, malformed post-punk and cast-iron dark doom first revealed through its Three & Seven debut.

Under the light of the moon, OCCULTATION creeps, crawls and crushes like a many-tentacled abomination using seductive power and hypnotic conjuring on the nine curses contained within. Captured from air in a far more powerful and convincing manner than ever before by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the band strikes a mood both sombre and grim, reflecting a contorted, wrecked expression in a cracked mirror through eminently listenable heavy metal sorcery.

Following its release through Profound Lore Records, 20 Buck Spin through the mist unveils the waxen edition of OCCULTATION’s Silence In The Ancestral House for the North American market, which includes the fantastic visual interpretation by Adam Burke on both the cover and the included poster. When ordered direct from 20 Buck Spin the LP comes on gold/black with red splatter, translucent red, and black variants, all includeing a poster and immediate download.

Orders can be placed now at THIS LOCATION.

OCCULTATION can be witnessed live at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on March 22nd with Dispirit, and at this year’s Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho March 25th through 29th with Wolvserpent, Kowloon Walled City and many others, with additional performances to be confirmed.

3/22/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Dispirit [info]
3/25-29/2015 Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID [info]

“If you ever wondered what Negative Plane would sound like with a little occult rock slant on their vocals and a touch of goth at the edges, then Occultation will tick all those boxes for you.” – Cvlt Nation

“What I can tell you is that Occultation play hauntingly creepy, eerie music that would fit perfectly into some John Carpenter horror film setting the mood for terrible things to unfold before your eyes.” – Occult Rock

“They have a way of getting inside you and haunting you wholly, leaving you cowering in a corner, begging for the mercy of light. It’s not a put on. It’s the real thing.” – Meat Mead Metal

EPHEMEROS: Oregon Death Doom Collective Releases All Hail Corrosion On Limited Edition Vinyl Via Parasitic Records

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Portland death doom collective, EPHEMEROS, is pleased to announce the wax edition of their critically-fawned upon, frown-maker, All Hail Corrosion.

Initially unleashed on CD via Seventh Rule Recordings in 2013, All Hail Corrosion was tracked and mixed by Fester (Atriarch, Stoneburner) at Haywire Studios, mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering and bestows its listeners with forty traumatic minutes of measured depressive harmonies, soul-crushing growls and haunting chants centered around the imminent decay of humanity. Nodding its heavy, sullen head to the likes of Mournful Congregation, Loss and Asunder whilst delving into deeper, darker, more acerbic death/sludge territory All Hail Corrosion is a gutting onslaught of slow, suffocating riffs, scorned vocals and a profound sense of misery, one that Pitchfork dubbed, “the sonic equivalent of oxidizing razors and toppling gravestones,” Echoes And Dust likened to, “the soundtrack to one of those nights you’re reaching for a bottle or hallucinating a life you never lived and/or never fucking wanted” and Cvlt Nation commended for being, “so simple yet so overwhelming in its emotional structure and ritualistic vibrations.”

All Hail Corrosion is now available to bring you down on limited edition vinyl, courtesy of Parasitic Records. Contained to 500 copies, the record comes on standard black wax with chipboard jacket a double sided insert and is sure to rumble the infrastructure of your home upon first listen.

Order your copy today HERE.

LAGO: Phoenix Death Metal Horde Books Tyranny West Coast Tour; Vinyl Edition Of Debut Album Due

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona death metal horde, LAGO, has booked a tour of the West Coast of the country this Spring, supporting their debut LP, Tyranny. The album, initially released to excellent critical acclaim in September 2014 via Battleground Records, will now see a vinyl edition courtesy of Blood Harvest Records, who has just unveiled the details on the wax version of the brutal record.

From April 24th through May 2nd, LAGO will inundate the Western US masses with their dominating, ominous black-tinged death metal retribution on the Tyranny Tour, with shows in Flagstaff, Long Beach, Los Osos, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver confirmed. Updates to the tour, additional LAGO live actions and further news on the band can be expected in the coming weeks.

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 Soundcontrol – Portland, OR
4/29/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/30/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
5/01/2015 TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
5/02/2015 TBA – Denver, CO

Tyranny will see its vinyl debut on March 16th, with 100 copies on blood red and 200 on standard black vinyl. In addition, LAGO also just secured an ESP guitar endorsement, only solidifying the band’s deadly capabilities even more.

Preorders for Tyranny on red vinyl are available through Blood Harvest Records HERE, on black vinyl HERE and on CD via Battleground Records HERE.

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, the album including 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.”

FASHION WEEK: Invisible Oranges Gives Up The Whole New LP From NYC Grunge Metal Weirdos Early

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Get chic with a premier scuzz-induction courtesy of NYC’s FASHION WEEK, as Invisible Oranges lines the carpet with plastic in advance of the clique’s Prêt-à-Porter debut via France’s Solar Flare Records next week. The top-tier grime bar they set on their debut LP, Prêt-à-Porter, now sees public availability through the metal forefront trendsetters at Invisible Oranges, who notes in their write-up of what the outfit has to offer, “If you like Steve Albini-style angularity and strange spoken word soliloquies, stark noise rock and ’90s-style Am Rep abrasiveness like Hammerhead, you will love this band. The tongue-in-cheek titles are just a bit of a curveball that they throw into otherwise jagged aggression.”

Your VIP invite to try on the illest auditory garments of the season, like wearing a bear rug before it’s gone through the taxidermy process, is at THIS LOCATION.

A video for the track “Chorusace” was also hosted by American Aftermath RIGHT HERE.

Prêt-à-Porter material was just showcased by Brooklyn’s connoisseurs of the crush on a pre-release live debut as FASHION WEEK took on a Southeastern US tour with Skyacre over the past two weeks. This Saturday, February 21st, the band will bring the damage to their hometown with a record release gala, as the band joins Primitive Weapons, Whores and Retox at trusted Brooklyn liquor/speaker cabinet, Saint Vitus Bar. Additional public displays of this lavish and ludicrously awesome filth will be announced in the coming weeks.

2/21/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY *record release show w/ Retox, Whores, Primitive Weapons

FASHION WEEK unites a cast of musicians who have done time with Jarboe, Man’s Gin, Nakatomi Plaza, Go Deep, Family, Vampillia and more, here unloading a brew of belligerence that remains somewhat unclassifiable, yet soaked in a brackish flood of underground grunge metal and noise rock runoff. Engineered by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Unsane, East Of The Wall), eight scathing works jam a half-hour of dynamic, grunge and noise-soaked, metallic freakout on Prêt-à-Porter, the entire album throwing enough twists, turns and surprises at the listener than a blindfolded pogo-stick excursion through a field of landmine-lined trampoline pits. Solar Flare Records will release Prêt-à-Porter on 12” vinyl and all digital formats on February 23rd. Preorders for both physical versions which include digital downloads have been made available HERE and both versions in a t-shirt bundle HERE.