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SARPANITUM: Atmospheric Blackened Death Metal Unit To Release Long-Awaited New Studio Album Via Willowtip Records This February; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Once Birmingham UK-based now internationally-located atmospheric blackened death metal unit, SARPANITUM, who feature within their consuming ranks current and former members of Mithras, Lantlos and Tenebrous Aeon, will release their long awaited, second full-length and first for forward-thinking extreme metal perpetrators, Willowtip Records, this February.

Titled Blessed Be My Brothers, the ten-track follow-up to 2011’s critically-fawned upon Fedelium EP was composed over a two-year period, tracked at Dreaming Studios UK by drummer Leon Macey (Contrarian, Mithras, The Senseless et al) and boasts a diseased fusion of traditional death metal, blackened guitar riff compulsions, and melodic atmospheres fit for devout supporters of Gorguts, Nile, Anata, Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, Ulcerate and the like.

Comments Tom Innocenti of the release: “Blessed Be My Brothers is true labor of love. The record maintains a blackened death metal sound but also incorporates more personal touches in terms of the music and lyrical themes. The song writing and atmospheric elements have progressed vastly since our first album, Despoilment Of Origin and Fidelium EP while still being recognizable as SARPANITUM. Listeners will notice a huge leap forward with regards to this album. Blessed Be My Brothers is a journey into the hearts and minds of those caught the turmoil of religious warfare. A subject that is as relevant today as it was over a thousand years ago.”

Blessed Be My Brothers Track Listing:
1. Komenos
2. By Virtuous Reclamation
3. Truth
4. Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead
5. Immortalised As Golden Spires
6. Thy Sermon Lies Forever Tarnished
7. I Defy For I Am Free
8. Homeland
9. Malek Al-Inkitar
10. Blessed Be My Brothers

Since forming in 2003, SARPANITUM has maintained a maniacal DIY ethos, crumbling stages throughout Europe supporting the likes of Insision, Visceral Bleeding, Desecration, The Monolith Death Cult and Macabre. Centered around Babolyanian folklore, the band’s Galactic Records-released debut full-length, Despoilment Of Origin (2007) was an eloquently guttural performance of mythological blackened death metal that reaped the praise of underground listeners and media outlets in the proverbial “know.” Ultimate Guitar championed its, “stellar… musicianship,” naming it a, “fierce and confident death metal record,” while the Metal Observer, in a 9/10 rating, added, “equal parts brutal and beautiful, SARPANITUM’s debut is easily one of the best death metal albums to be released this year.” The band’s Fidelium EP, independently-released four years later, reaffirmed their inexorable brutality both sonically and conceptually. Crowned, “one of the most compelling death metal releases of the year,” by Last Rites and guaranteed to, “tickle the taste buds of anyone into this kind of domineering metal in the vein of The Monolith Deathcult and Mithras,” the EP established SARPANITUM’s ability to cohesively meld audio savagery and epic, cinematic segments, centering itself on the ultimate perils of religious fanaticism using first person perspectives from genuine participants of the First Crusade.

Blessed Be My Brothers will be unleashed via Willowtip Records on February 17th, 2015 with preorders and teaser tracks to be posted shortly. Stay vigilant.

THE DRIP Releases Video From Relapse Debut Via Metal Injection; Band Confirms Dates With Enabler & Call Of The Void

Monday, December 15th, 2014

THE DRIP has just released their first official video through Metal Injection, the violent visuals crafted for “Siren,” which hails from the band’s grinding Relapse debut, A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics. Directed by Owen Mansfield, the “Siren” video was filmed during one of the band’s regional live attacks earlier this year in support of the vicious EP’s release in April, taking the viewer inside a hometown mutiny at Rays Golden Lion in Richland, Washington back in April.

Unload “Siren” at Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

Amidst a pounding of enthused media responses from THE DRIP’s A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, MetalSucks just bagged the record as the #1 EP of 2014. Headbang Or GTFO gave it a 4/5, stating, “The sheer amount of intensity is unmatched so far this year and THE DRIP hold the crown for the rager grind album of the year. The perfect debut to unleash to the masses! No holds barred, no mercy is shown and the result is an album you just want to chug beers and mosh to.” The Metal Observer gave the EP an 8.5/10 which included, “Influenced by Nasum and Napalm Death, THE DRIP deliver a merciless adrenaline shot, an overdose of grind savagery that punctures its way past your eardrums in no time flat.” In a 5/5 review, Metal News Online praised, “There is no room for fat on this EP, and none of these songs wear out their welcome. In fact, having six songs of this quality leaves me wanting more. A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics is crusty grind done at its best…”

Additionally, THE DRIP continues booking live excursions into the coming year, the band confirmed to support Pig Destroyer in Seattle on January 10th, after which they’ll join Enabler and Call Of The Void on a three-city romp through Vancouver, Seattle and Spokane from February 22nd through the 24th.

THE DRIP Tour Dates:
1/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Pig Destroyer
2/22/2015 333 – Vancouver, BC w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void
2/23/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void
2/24/2015 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void

After a string of independent releases, Relapse signed THE DRIP for the release of A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the ferocious and relentless explosion of blasting grind violence, dispatching six tracks in barely twelve minutes. The EP was the very first release to be fully recorded at Audiosiege in Portland by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). THE DRIP’s violent effectiveness and intensity of their high-speed output is prime sustenance for diehard fans of Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Nasum. A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics is available on CD and vinyl, the first pressing of the wax with a B-side etching, available HERE.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

COWARDS Metal Hammer Premieres “Beyond My Hands” From Impending Sophomore LP – The online entity of colossal metal rag, Metal Hammer, has premiered the latest single from French quintet, COWARDS, off of their impending sophomore LP, Rise To Infamy. [More]

Southern Lord Recordings Wraps-Up 2014 - As 2014 draws to a close, Los Angeles-based Southern Lord Recordings is wrapping up one of the label’s busiest years to date. [More]

UNSACRED: Noisey Streams Entire Debut LP From Virginia Black Metal Trio; False Light Out Now On Forcefield Records – VICE’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing all of False Light, the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, UNSACRED, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records. [More]

DIMESLAND: Psychogenic Atrophy Full-Length Out Today; Entire Album Streaming At Invisible Oranges – As DIMESLAND’s first full-length recording, Psychogenic Atrophy, today mainlines its way into public availability, to help disburse it upon the population, Invisible Oranges is running a major feature on the band and a stream of the entire album. [More]

FULGORA: Apocalyptic Grindcore/Death Collective Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index + Agoraphobic Nosebleed Premieres New Hymn Via MetalSucks; Stratagem Full-Length To See Release Via Housecore Records This February – A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORAis a shadowy grindcore/death collective featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. [More]

THE SHRINE: California Skate Punk Perpetrators Release 12” Maxi Single Via Tankcrimes; New Tune Streaming At Cvlt Nation – In celebration of Waiting For The War, the new 12” maxi single from California skate punk perpetrators THE SHRINE released today via the volume dealers at the Tankcrimes headquarters, today Cvlt Nation premieres second rager, “Rare Breed.” [More]

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month – West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. [More]

DEATH DTA TOURS: Massacre To Sit Out “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European Trek – DEATH DTA TOURS regret that, due to several factors, Massacre will not be taking part in the “Symbolic 20th Anniversary” European tour in late February/March 2015. [More]

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend Topples Year-End Lists; Band To Level Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar This Weekend – Released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the latest studio album from Portland’s favorite doom conjurors, YOB, has earned mass love and attention from fans and media outlets both stateside and abroad. [More]

PILLORY: Technical Death Metal Strategists Launch New Video Via Revolver Magazine – Boston technical death metal strategists, PILLORY, today unleash their brand new video for “Imbeciles In Defiance.” [More]

ARCANE Leaks Track From New Double-Album Nearing Winter Release Via Sensory Records – Australia’s conceptual prog rock/metal outfit, ARCANE, continues to perform across their homeland on the launch circuit for their impending Known/Learned double-album release, set to hit the streets via Sensory Records this Winter. [More]

THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now – Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet. [More…]

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


YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend Topples Year-End Lists; Band To Level Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar This Weekend

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Released early this Fall via Neurot Recordings, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the latest studio album from Portland’s favorite doom conjurors, YOB, has earned mass love and attention from fans and media outlets both stateside and abroad.

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend is a wholly visceral listening experience that demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. Rolling Stone ranked Clearing The Path To Ascend at the coveted  #1 spot on their 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, noting “The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB, … makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence,” further enthusing, “Opener ‘In Our Blood’ extends a simple riff into complex arches, tracing [vocalist Mike] Scheidt’s voice as it moves from an exquisite falsetto to a death-metal bellow in the course of sixteen-minutes. And during the colossal closer ‘Marrow’ — possibly the best metal song of the year, one that uses low notes to play uplifting melodies — Scheidt sings ‘Time will fall inside the dream.’ His voice suddenly reaches out like a clarion’s call, clear and telling and beautiful. It’s a pronouncement from the living, a semaphore pointing into the future.” The record earned the #7 spot on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums Of 2014, the esteemed metal rag noting, “Mike Scheidt’s songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic… a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse,” while Wondering Sound placed the offering at #9 among their 25 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 proclaiming, “The sound on Clearing The Path To Ascend is tactile: You can practically feel vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt’s callused hands sliding up and down the guitar neck…This isn’t a case of fixing what was broken; it’s about becoming greater than they already were.” On their 2014 Best Heavy Metal Albums List, lists YOB at #1, championing “Marrow” in particular, “The closing,sprawling eighteen-minute plus ‘Marrow’ takes every previously visited songwriting element on Clearing The Path To Ascend and brings it all together into beautifully melancholic combination of heaviness and melody, a fitting capstone to a gem of an album.” The record ranked in at #11 on Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014: “Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied (‘Nothing To Win’) as well as their gentlest (‘Marrow’), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us.”  Added Steel For Brains, on their Best Of Heavy Music Releases Of 2014, “For all its heaviness, the album is disarmingly meditative, relying less on forcing the mood for the listener and entrusting that the human commonalities of love, loss, fear, and hope threaded throughout the music will render an altogether familiar place of comfort and strength within the listener.”

In related news, YOB will rumble the infrastructure of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar this weekend on two special sold out appearances, the first set to take place tonight with Tombs and King Destroy, the second on Saturday with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision with additional US live rituals to be announced in the weeks to come.

12/12/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]
12/13/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE.

“…Mike Scheidt continues to drive his band YOB to new heights of epic, darkly spiritual doom without consideration for trends, self-consciousness or the whims of fickle consumers. At sixty-two minutes yet only four songs, Clearing The Path To Ascend rewards the patient while almost deliberately snubbing the ADD set… Scheidt uses art as catharsis, and that means you as listener as well if you want to take that journey with him.” – Metal Injection

KARMA TO BURN: Instrumental Stoner Rock Legends Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates; Arch Stanton To See Stateside Release Next Month

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

West Virginia instrumental stoner rock legends, KARMA TO BURN, will bring their bong-ripping riffery and glassy-eyed grooves to the stage next month on a mammoth live expedition. Scheduled to launch on January 7th, 2015 in Ohio, the band will crumble thirty-three stages across the US and Canada, coming to a close in their home state on February 13th, 2015. The band will be joined by special guests, Canadian riff rockers, Sierra. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the sounds of KARMA TO BURN deafening London earlier this year. The show is downloadable for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

KARMA TO BURN – guitarist Will Mecum, bassist Rob Halkett and drummer Evan Devine — will be touring in support of their Arch Stanton long player. Unleashed in Europe this Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Arch Stanton is the band’s sixth studio album and third since reforming following their seven-year hiatus in 2009. Reminiscent of their now iconic Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen offerings, on Arch Stanton, KARMA TO BURN channels the true spirit of the riff rock ritual with seven monumental new shredders and “23,” a classic number never before heard, re-recorded for the first time ever. Reaping widespread media adoration, The Sludgelord calls the Arch Stanton, “a thrilling and explosive ride,” furthering that, “it firmly puts KARMA TO BURN at the forefront of instrumental stoner rock. On this form, no one comes even close.” New Noise Magazine boasts, “The riffs on this album are absolutely jaw-dropping,” while This Is Not A Scene contends, “if each of the eight tracks on here don’t have you nodding your head, or at least tapping your feet, then you may actually be dead.” Adds The Signal, “Throughout the record, volcanic riffs… surge and snap over winding, propulsive bass in sinister, darkened tones. Cymbals crash and fall in a savage dance around the pounding rhythms. Each instrument comes together for smoldering jam after smoldering jam…KARMA TO BURN re-proves their competency as a meat and potatoes stoner metal band.”

1/07/2015 Ripper’s Rock House – Akron, OH
1/8/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/09/2015 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
1/10/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
1/11/2015 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
1/12/2015 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
1/13/2015 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
1/14/2015 TT the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
1/15/2015 The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
1/16/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
1/18/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/20/2015 Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
1/21/2015 The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
1/22/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
1/23/2015 Mangos – Houston, TX
1/24/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/25/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
1/27/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/28/2015 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
1/30/2015 Loaded – Hollywood, CA
1/31/2015 Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
2/01/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
2/03/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/04/2015 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/06/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/07/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
2/08/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
2/09/2015 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/10/2015 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
2/12/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/13/2015 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV

In conjunction with band’s tour king off, KARMA TO BURN’s Arch Stanton will see official North American release via Faba Records on January 7th, 2015.

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FULGORA: Apocalyptic Grindcore/Death Collective Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index + Agoraphobic Nosebleed Premieres New Hymn Via MetalSucks; Stratagem Full-Length To See Release Via Housecore Records This February

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
[photo by Jody Dorignac]

A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORA is a shadowy grindcore/death collective featuring members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Together they concoct violent hymns of destruction fusing death/grind and hardcorish, vulturine vocal infiltrations.

This past July, the editors of MetalSucks handpicked five unsigned bands from an open application process to record with producer Will Putney at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, New York,  Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studio. FULGORA ranked among the five with the notorious web portal accurately gushing, “although it might be easy to dismiss FULGORA as just another deathgrind band from guys who specialize in deathgrind bands, it is very much its own project with its own distinct personality: if Misery Index is a determined fanatic seething with the righteous rage of political revolution and Pig Destroyer is the lovelorn, desperate stalker of every woman’s nightmares, then FULGORA is a mad scientist who is going to make you the middle section of his human centipede. FULGORA’s music is unforgiving and furious, but it’s also executed with surgical precision.”

Some weeks later the band joined Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records for the release of their Stratagem full-length, a nihilistic sound track to a world collapsing from within. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Housecore family,” comments the band, “It’s the perfect fit for us, as they are very artist-friendly, and music fans first and foremost.  We look forward to working with Phil and the entire Housecore crew, and hope to see everyone on the road soon!”

Set for official unveiling this February, the seven-track Stratagem is a collection of limited vinyl singles and samples including the Converse Rubber Tracks recorded “Meridian,” currently dominating the airwaves at MetalSucks, who relays, “…forget a bull in a china shop, this is more like a bull in a china shop trying to dodge flying, electrified circle saws being shot at him from a cannon. While we tend to think of grindcore as genre dominated by a punkish, messy sound, FULGORA’s attack is precise, dominated by right angles and sharp, exposed edges.”

Get mentally abused by the sounds of “Meridian,” currently streaming at MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

Stratagem Track Listing:
1. Source
2. Splinter
3. Risen
4. Artifice
5. Design
6. Crutch
7. Meridian

Stratagem will be released via Housecore Records on February 3rd, 2015. Stay tuned for further info including addition streams and live intrusions to be announced in the weeks to come.

FULGORA is cute” – Philip H. Anselmo (haha)

DIMESLAND: Psychogenic Atrophy Full-Length Out Today; Entire Album Streaming At Invisible Oranges

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

As DIMESLAND’s first full-length recording, Psychogenic Atrophy, today mainlines its way into public availability, to help disburse it upon the population, Invisible Oranges is running a major feature on the band and a stream of the entire album.

“Metal can be scary—It can conjure the most depraved and sick images with its words and music, though I admit to being desensitized to much of that these days. When a band causes a genuinely unsettling feeling in me, it’s something special,” the meaty write-up of the album states. It continues, “Psychogenic Atrophy by Oakland’s DIMESLAND is the sonic nightmare of thrash. They’re a band that blends the instrumental ability of the nerdiest tech-bands around with the prog/jazz guitar stabs of Dimension Hatross-era Voivod… These songs drive me up the damn wall and I can’t get enough of it. The organic sound courtesy of Justin Weis somehow adds to the schizophrenic insanity at hand. This is home-brewed chaos right here.”

Let the eight rippers encompassing Psychogenic Atrophy erode your face at THIS LOCATION.

Psychogenic Atrophy is now available on most major digital music retailers including direct from DIMESLAND via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE. The band will also release a CD version of the record shortly, and a deluxe vinyl release in the first half of 2015.

The nearly forty-minute barrage of riveting, technical, and forward-thinking mad-scientist abstract thrash metal on DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy was recorded in full analog courtesy of Justin Weis at Trakworx in South San Francisco (Ludicra, Cormorant, Slough Feg), resulting in a noxious brew of unhinged metal indefinitely descendent to Voivod, Gorguts, Loincloth, Deathspell Omega and Portal yet with its own mutated genetics in control. Early reports from journalists ravaged by Psychogenic Atrophy include a review from Stereogum: “…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… 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.” Ninehertz just came in with a bewildered review, in part stating, “The guitars never seem to dwell on a groove for more than a few seconds and the drums sound as if conventional beats have been recorded to tape, then looped and spooled round rusty chair legs, lurching from speed to speed but remaining on absolute point throughout… DIMESLAND are one of those bands struck by a lack of clear identity, what they play cannot be categorized in simple terms, but they are of a standard that this renders their classification moot. Who cares what they might be labeled when it chews you up and spits you out with such ferocity?” Last Rites’ awesome write-up revealed, “…one of the coolest things about the album is the anticipation that comes with unraveling the layers. Already an exciting, quirky band, DIMESLAND gives the impression that they will only grow and expand with time. Psychogenic Atrophy gives us a ton to pick apart as we wait for the next stop on their wacky ride. Buckle up.”

Stand by for further updates from the DIMESLAND camp as the band confirms new live performances of their slaughtercraft, and as the physical incarnations of Psychogenic Atrophy manifest themselves for public absorption.

UNSACRED: Noisey Streams Entire Debut LP From Virginia Black Metal Trio; False Light Out Now On Forcefield Records

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

VICE’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing all of False Light, the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, UNSACRED, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records.

UNSACRED pumps their organic black metal full of punk-inspired rhythms and crust blasts, birthing an output fit for consumption by both devotees to the Scandinavian black metal sound and also to advocates of the more contemporary, black metal-crossover acts wreaking havoc throughout the underground. Formed in 2012, UNSACRED has already issued three well-received independent EPs preceding their debut LP, False Light. Recorded by Ricky Olson who joined Bryan Walthall Olson in mixing duties, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, False Light delivers a punishing slab of seven tracks of bludgeoning black metal infused with spine-shattering low-end death metal infiltrations and driving punk-inspired beats. Merging classic elements with its contemporary delivery, it’s more than a safe bet to state that False Light will incite the inner heathen in devotees of the works of Craft, Horna, Arkhon Infaustus, The Secret and Mutilation Rites

In merriment of this profane release’s public delivery, Noisey is streaming the False Light album in its entirety, noting, “This is sharp, imposing black metal with crusty punk edges, as indebted to the Scandinavian masters as it is to its USBM peers Ash Borer and Barghest, and especially on tracks like ‘Erode’ and ‘Sun,’ you just know that the fingers behind that furious tremolo have sewed on a Skitsystem patch or two.”

Unleash UNSACRED’s False Light RIGHT HERE.

False Light is now available digitally via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE, and preorders for the LP, which has been marginally delayed, are available including package deals HERE. The vinyl should be shipping by December 30th.

No Clean Singing weathered False Light and came back with an impressive review, including, “This Virginia band explodes from the start with an impressive burst of feral black metal. The vocals are as hateful a rasp as anything you could ask for from the States. The vocals sit up front in the mix rather than the more typical buried placement. There is a constrained chaos to the attack, making the triumphant gallops stand out… this album is an accomplished blending of punk anger with black metal’s venom.” Mead Mead Metal’s raging review of the album advises, “Their sound is raw and vicious, with their mission being igniting the coals, pouring an unnecessary amount of lighter fluid on it, and daring any moron with no sense to get near it. There’s some crust and doom in their sound as well, but for the most part, it’s straight-ahead, rip-through-your-body violence that flat out demolishes.” The crew at Cvlt Nation champions the album: “When you hit the play button on UNSACRED’s False Light, it’s moshpit time! This album doesn’t stop and go without dynamics, though. They write carefully controlled songs that set up the best moments – the mid-tempo grooves that leave you headbangin’ like a lunatic before knockin’ your balls out of the park with the blast-sections.”

Having shared the stage regionally with Integrity, Toxic Holocaust, Gaza, Full Of Hell, Code Orange Kids, Ash Borer, Obliteration, Kylesa and countless more, UNSACRED will announce more extensive tour plans in support of False Light in the weeks ahead.

Southern Lord Recordings Wraps-Up 2014

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, Los Angeles-based Southern Lord Recordings is wrapping up one of the label’s busiest years to date.

The past twelve months were jam-packed with priority releases from both acts already a part of the label, new blood, as well as reissues of collections of material from a variety of renowned bands. The label issued brand new releases from BAPTISTSBOWL ETHEREAL, EARTH, GUST, MARTYRDÖD, NIGHTFELL, SUNN & ULVERSUNN & ULVERTODAY IS THE DAY, OBLITERATIONS and TORCH RUNNER this year, with virtually all of the artists being on the road throughout the year. In addition, the label reintroduced seminal recordings in the form of remastered, deluxe album reissues or collected works releases from BL’AST, BROTHERHOOD, ELECTRIC FUNERALEXCEL, OFFENDERSTORCH RUNNER and more.

With highly anticipated prime titles from POISON IDEA, GOATSNAKEXIBALBAEAGLE TWINBLACK BREATH, HARLEY FLANAGAN and way more already piling up for Southern Lord’s 2015 schedule, let’s take a look back at what damage the label did this year.

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BAPTISTS – Bloodmines

In October, Vancouver’s crushing BAPTISTS lit the world ablaze with their second album, Bloodmines, delivering a more dissonant/noise metal approach to their dynamic, metallic punk/hardcore mayhem. Cvlt Nation said of Bloodmines, “it is darker, faster and angrier, elements that combine to create a work that altogether avoids the enigmatic ‘second-album-slump.’ Pulling their threads from an array of hardcore and metallic hardcore outfits, Baptists utilize the tried-and-true formula introduced by Converge on Jane Doe, flipping from bombast to dirge at the drop of a hat, while infusing world-weariness into every second.” GearGods mentioned of drummer Nick Yacyshyn’s most intense work yet on the album, “It’s a breath of fresh air to hear someone like Nick playing the music that he does, in a style so full of drummers who never quite got over the fact that the D-beat is a drum beat.” BAPTISTS toured the West Coast of North America upon the release of Bloodmines, alongside labelmates Obliterations and Torch Runner, and will take to the road throughout 2015. View the official video for the title track, “Bloodmines,” HERE, and purchase the album digitally HERE and physical versions HERE.

BL’AST – The Expression Of Power

In March of this year, Southern Lord reissued the debut album from Santa Cruz surf/skatecore heroes, BL’AST, The Power of Expression, in a remastered/extended 3xLP package with dry pools full of extra material and original takes, the release renamed The Expression Of Power. The band formed a new live lineup and began touring more than they have in several decades, with both stateside and European tours having gone down in 2014, and in fact, BL’AST is currently on a massive US tour with Down, Orange Goblin and King Parrot. Stand by for additional live and release announcements from these revitalized hardcore heroes in the months ahead. BL’AST!’s boundary-pushing form of hardcore, advanced musicianship, unstoppable energy and intense perseverance is as prominent now as it ever was. Order the physical editions HERE and stream the full album HERE.

BOWL ETHEREAL – Bowl Ethereal

Virginia-based instrumental math metal duo, BOWL ETHEREAL, unleashed their self-titled second EP in July, with six tracks in exactly six minutes, six seconds in total. Comprised of Brian Metz (Amish Control Tower) on guitar, bass and production, and Pen Rollings (Honor Role, Breadwinner, Loincloth) on drums and arrangement/deconstruction duties, their mangled, minute-long arrangements pack massive amounts of crushing power, the EP mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, Integrity, Nails). The resulting record may be short, but its unpredictably dynamic flow cries out for repeated listens. Watch the video for “The Last Minute” from the EP, as well as an in-depth interview at Noisey HERE. Order the 7”, limited to 600 copies worldwide, right HERE and stream the album HERE.


A collection of the seminal recordings from Seattle’s influential hardcore act, BROTHERHOOD, was issued by Southern Lord in September, collecting the band’s demos and 7” releases in one remastered vinyl anthology entitled Till Death. Having raged the West Coast from their 1987 inception to their disbanding just over two years later, BROTHERHOOD conveyed their intolerance for racism, sexism and more through their lyrical basis and on-stage delivery. Their relatively short-lived run went on to inspire many of the seminal bands that have followed in hardcore and straightedge such as Undertow, Unbroken, Champion, No Tolerance and many more. Members of BROTHERHOOD have posthumously forged numerous other musical endeavors including but not limited to Christ On A Crutch, Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, Resolution, Digh Down, Burning Witch, Engine Kid, Sunn O))) and Goatsnake. All of these original recordings have been faithfully remastered by Brad Boatright, and the LP released with a massive adjoining booklet. Stream and order the album HERE.

EARTH – Primitive And Deadly

Seattle’s EARTH released their mammoth tenth studio full-length, Primitive And Deadly, and immediately upon is release in early September amidst massive international touring of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and North America, became the highest-selling EARTH album to date. The New York Times reviewed Primitive And Deadly, stating, “Now, EARTH is reconciling its two moods, rugged and contemplative, and doing something it hasn’t done since 1996: hire vocalists. Mark Lanegan, once of the Seattle band Screaming Trees, appears on a few tracks, sounding like dread and survival and the white blues; when he sings, you almost feel a crust forming. But the clear-voiced Rabia Shaheen Qazi, of the younger Seattle band Rose Windows, suggests something fresher on ‘From the Zodiacal Light,’ a long song at the record’s tasty heart, essentially a series of long approaches to beautiful choruses, with dark words and uplifting chord changes.” Pitchfork’s grand critique of the album offers, “This is the closest Carlson has ever been to leading a rock band, to fully offloading his exceptional sense of control into a systemic and thorough whole… This might be the beginning of a new EARTH.” The band begins a massive five-week return to Europe on tour from late January through all of August, and will continue to tour on Primitive And Deadly in the new year. Primitive And Deadly is now streaming at THIS LOCATION, and is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE.


July saw the dawn of the massive 2xLP Total Funeral, a compilation of the entire anthology-to-date from Swedish raw punk outfit, ELECTRIC FUNERAL, the brainchild of Jocke D-takt, also of Paranoid, Desperat, Warvictims, Totalt Jävla Mörker and countless more. Bearing over an hour-and-a-half of carnage with fifty-three tracks, Total Funeral includes virtually every officially released track from the band as well as several previously-unreleased and new/unreleased tracks, the act’s purely pissed-off style explodes out of the speakers with relentless noise and unfuckwithable energy, surging with the sounds of Anti-Cimex, Gloom, Discharge and the like to blazing speeds in the vein of Disclose and Krömosom. Stream the entire album and order it right HERE.

EXCEL – Split Image

Following their 2013 reunion, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, teamed up with Southern Lord to reissue their debut album, Split Image. Equally informed by punk rock’s attitude and heavy metal’s riffs, the band’s high-speed delivery combined with their intelligent lyrics set them apart as a genre defining band of the era. Originally released in 1987 through Suicidal and Caroline Records, and now widely regarded as a classic album, Split Image was produced by Randy Burns (Death, Possessed, Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies). The reissue of the album was reintroduced in late September, remastered by Brad Boatright (Bl’ast!, Sleep, Obituary, Black Breath) and including a massive amount of bonus material, a booklet, poster and more. A crucial documentation of an essential crossover band. Stream the entire remastered album and order it on CD, LP and digitally HERE.

GUST – Gust

Trollhättan, Sweden-based GUST release their self-titled, sophomore LP via Southern Lord in September, a breakneck, nearly half-hour-long album displaying a unique style of crust-infused hardcore and talented songwriting from the young act. Self-recorded at Fvck Life Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Warcry, From Ashes Rise, Deathreat) at Audiosiege, who also supplies guest vocals to the album, Gust is a crushing and incredibly dynamic album, GUST unleashes a maelstrom of cutting edge demolition, with cerebral elements continually emerging from the shadows with an almost ethereal effect. Fans of Cursed, Oathbreaker, Rise And Fall, and now-labelmates The Secret, Baptists and Dead In The Dirt will no doubt find something addictive in the band’s harsh output. After several European tour bouts in 2014, next year will see even more widespread live invasions and the band’s North American live debut. Stand by. Stream all of Gust and order all versions at THIS LOCATION.


Elddop, the fifth studio full-length from Swedish crust/metal masters, MARTYRDÖD, dropped the band’s most epic tunes to date through Southern Lord in July. With a lineup including members of Agrimonia, Miasmal, Skitsystem and more within its ranks, MARTYRDÖD has become a major force in the Swedish crust circuit through the years. Burning with fourteen anthems which show the crew taking their scathing craft to new levels of intensity through experimentation with vocal and songwriting styles, taking some incredibly unique paths, Elddop is undoubtedly this masterful act’s finest work yet. Stereogum praised the album, stating that it, “doesn’t merely improve on the band’s already incredible body of work; it distills MARTYRDÖD’s sound to its most exciting elements, leaving everything but the highlights on the cutting-room floor… Elddop feels totally fresh and thrillingly new, yet employs only those tools fashioned in the ancient forges… I can’t imagine any generation of metal fan for whom Elddop would seem inappropriate — in many ways, it’s the very essence of metal.” The band provided direct support for Converge across Europe in conjunction with the album’s release, and will return to North America on tour based around Maryland Deathfest in May. Stand by for more info in the coming weeks. Stream the entire album and place orders for the CD, colored 12” LP and digital RIGHT HERE.

NIGHTFELL – The Living Ever Mourn

Southern Lord issued the devastating The Living Ever Mourn LP in May, the debut recordings from Portland-based grim metal duo, NIGHTFELL, in May, the band embodied by Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Parasitic Records) and Todd Burdette (His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Deathreat, Severed Head Of State). The collective’s bruising tones and bleak perspectives on life are captured through over forty minutes of thundering epic metal bridging morose heaviness with melodic destruction, recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan ‘Maus’ Mersky, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. At times the album embodies the guttural, bleak essence Burdette’s musical endeavors have innovated since the mid-90s, while other segments undoubtedly breathe with the murky, crushing, Northwestern oppression Call has been associated with, the entire album channeling unrest through its organic delivery, at times integrating choral mantras, noise-infused ambiance and thundering death marches. Pitchfork’s review hailed, “The Living Ever Mourn, serves as a bridge between their own tastes and influences. True to their origins, NIGHTFELL alternate between resembling a slowed-down version of Tragedy or a sped-up take on Aldebaran.” Steel For Brains issued, “The album’s eight tracks fuse together the respective backgrounds of their members yet offer something intriguing and truly remarkable in the way of allowing both Call and Burdette to forge their own singular interpretation of blackened doom, accented with the fragile atmospherics to transition between each song almost in a brief gasp before the next dark plunge.” The entire album is streaming and available for digital purchase HERE, and available on CD and LP HERE.

OBLITERATIONS – Poison Everything

Southern California-based OBLITERATIONS dropped their debut LP via the ‘Lord in October, Poison Everything delivering into a jacked-up and unhinged style of rabid punk/hardcore resembling a mangled, modernized amalgamation of The Stooges, MC5, Laughing Hyenas, Black Flag and Poison Idea surging with a dangerous and adrenalized pulse of a back-alley brawl on the verge of going down. With current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, Night Horse and other acts merging their collectively callous talents, OBLITERATIONS recorded Poison Everything at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in full analog. The LA Weekly reports in a massive feature on the band, “Poison Everything, is 29 minutes of pure ripping mayhem. Velde provides the razor-gargling, paint-stripping screams,” and Rolling Stone said the band sounds like, “A long-forgotten L.A. hardcore band cut from the soundtrack of the original Decline of Western Civilization, continuing, they stumbled onto the same recipe for punk aggression that made their L.A. forefathers like Black Flag forces to be reckoned with in the mid-Eighties. Their latest record, Poison Everything, which the band recorded over the course of three days at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, represents Obliterations’ grizzled riffs, machine-thrashing drumming and blood-puking vocals in their most distilled form.” Following their headlining tour with labelmates Baptists and Torch Runner, OBLITERATIONS will continue their live reign of live terror through next year. Rage to the band’s official video for “The One That Got Away” RIGHT HERE, stream the full album and purchase it digitally HERE and order the CD and LP HERE.

OFFENDERS – Endless Struggle / We Must Rebel + I Hate Myself / Bad Times

Collecting the entire vinyl catalog from Texas hardcore punk outfit, the OFFENDERS, into one massive package, the 2xLP Endless Struggle / We Must Rebel + I Hate Myself / Bad Times saw release through Southern Lord in March of 2014. The OFFENDERS were formed in 1978 in Killeen, and after relocating to Austin in 1980, became known worldwide as one of the premiere hardcore bands out of the Lone Star state. Raw and rabid but more than proficient in the delivery of their musical rebellion — alongside friends and scenemates D.R.I. and M.D.C. — OFFENDERS completely ruled the hardcore scene throughout the infamous Reagan-era. For this collection, the audio was completely remastered at Audiosiege, fitted to two 180-gram slabs of black wax, and housed in a gatefold jacket with the original covers and inserts faithfully replicated. Stream the entire thing and order the digital and vinyl versions HERE.

SUNN & ULVER – Terrestrials

February 2014 saw the birth of Terrestrials, the otherworldly collaboration between Norwegian experimenters, ULVER , and American alchemists, SUNN O))), the recording conceived at Crystal Canyon Studios in Oslo, Norway. The aggregation of this recording includes Greg Anderson, Stephen O’Malley, Daniel O’Sullivan, Kristoffer Rygg, Jørn H. Sværen & Tore Ylwizaker – with ghost appearances by Ole-Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv (viola & violin), Stig Espen Hundsnes (trumpet) and Tomas Pettersen (drums). Terrestrials was produced by Stephen O’Malley & Kristoffer Rygg, mixed by Anders Møller at Crystal Canyon, and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone, London. A feature on VICE Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, included, “The result of their combined efforts is a very beautiful, largely serene three tracks that seem to build naturally into an emotional, climactic finale. It’s a true merging of SUNN O)))’s love of analog tone and instrumentation with ULVER’s ambient and electronic finesse.” AllMusic served up a 4.5/5 review which included, “They create a prelude to a minimal abstraction before the cut reconstructs itself into a beautiful, blackened drone before fading into silence. Those who enjoyed Monoliths & Dimensions should find Terrestrials accomplished, disciplined and, in its way, heavy as hell. It perfectly reflects both SUNN O)))’s impenetrably emotional dark heart and ULVER’s expertly crafted senses of drama and dynamic.” Blabbermouth gave Terrestrials an 8.5/10, caling it, “one of the most fascinating albums in either act’s careers,” and Crave Online crowned it with a 9/10 review: “What’s so wonderful is that music is complex and layered, but primal enough to operate as a vessel for your own trip… Not just a great piece of music, but an important one. This record is a statement from SUNN O))) and ULVER, one that will inform experimental music for years to come.” While the vinyl edition is long sold-out, Terrestrials can be purchased on CD and digitally and streamed in its entirety from THIS LOCATION.

TODAY IS THE DAY – Animal Mother

TODAY IS THE DAY’s crushing tenth studio full-length, Animal Mother, saw birth via Southern Lord in October, unleashing one of the sickest creation in years, from one of metal’s most prophetic and unique madmen, founder, Steve Austin. Dispatching nearly an hour of TODAY IS THE DAY’s creepiest and heaviest chaos in years, Animal Mother’s wrath recalls elements of their most seminal albums, as always merging murderous anger and horribly depressed vibes into a volatile, unclassifiable, prophetic style of metal all its own. With cult leader Austin joined by drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots) and bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl), the album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, and has reaped international critical acclaim for several months now. Exclaim!’s featured 9/10 review offered, “While reminiscent of the band’s late-’90s works Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God, the new album includes gorgeous melodic elements.” Terrorizer Magazine’s outstanding review included, “Ten albums in, TODAY IS THE DAY still stand as the ultimate rebuke to genre-obsessed boilerplate metal, wrenching exorcisms into artworks and imbuing them with a heaviness that goes right down to the marrow,” and Last Rites proclaimed Animal Mother is, “the most depressing album since Sadness Will Prevail by a longshot. It may even out-sad Sadness… It’s some of Austin’s more masterful work in a career already lined up with minor classics.” Lambgoat informs the masses, “For the few of you that haven’t heard TITD at some point, you’ve most certainly heard something just one step away. Do you like Converge? Austin produced their When Forever Comes Crashing album. How about Lamb Of God? Austin produced New American Gospel. What about that obscure band Mastodon? Well, Mastodon’s rhythm section was once TODAY IS THE DAY’s rhythm section. Alright, I’m sure you get it. Austin is a lifer, and TODAY IS THE DAY has been a faithful component of our little scene for two decades…” Following two months of solid touring, on the way to begin another month on the road, Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious van accident, halting all live actions until the band gets back on its feed. But when they do, goddammit watch out, because they’ll be on the warpath. Come on down and get saved!  Animal Mother is out now, available on CD colored vinyl LP including bundles HERE, and via BandCamp HERE.

TORCH RUNNER – Endless Nothing

September also saw the release of North Carolina-based trio, TORCH RUNNER’s sophomore LP, Endless Nothing. Here, the band unleashes a brew of rabid, grinding, hardcore rage and hardline vocal tirades, making them a sure thing for diehard followers of Napalm Death, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Homewrecker.’s heavy metal sector issued a 4/5 review, in part stating, “This is wall to wall crust with not a bit of grit getting wasted throughout… an absolutely punishing affair from start to finish and you’ll nary catch a single breath before the end of its duration.” Cvlt Nation spewed, “… pick up this scathing album – it’s PURE FUCKING SONIC MURDER!” The band hit the West Coast of North America supporting Obliterations and Baptists as all three bands released their new LP’s through Southern Lord, and much more is to be expected of this band in the coming months. Orders for both CD and LP versions of Endless Nothing, as well as Southern Lord’s recent reissue of the band’s Committed To The Ground debut on CD and LP are available HERE. Digital versions are available HERE.

Currently Confirmed Southern Lord Live Actions:

w/ Ghost Brigade:
2/06/2015 Magnet – Berlin, Germany
2/07/2015 Liverpool – Wroclaw, Poland
2/08/2015 Arena – Wien, Austria
2/09/2015 Rockhouse – Salzburg, Austria
2/10/2015 Backstage – München, Germany
2/11/2015 Kiff – Aurau, Switzerland
2/12/2015 Glazart – Paris, France
2/13/2015 The Purple Turtle – London, UK
2/14/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, Holland
2/15/2015 Turock – Essen, Germany
2/16/2015 Kavka – Antwerpen, Belgium
2/17/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany

w/ Down, Orange Goblin, King Parrot [REMAINING DATES]:
12/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
12/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2014 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
12/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
12/21/2014 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

12/14/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]
Northwest Perversion 2015:
1/16/2015 The Astoria – Vancouver, BC
1/17/2015 The Swillery – Bellingham, WA
1/18/2015 Blackwater – Portland, OR
1/19/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA

West Coast Tour w/ Wolvhammer:
12/08/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/10/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
12/11/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
12/12/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
12/13/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA

Winter European Tour 2015 w/ Black Spirituals, Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo:
1/22/2015 OCCII – Amsterdam, NL
1/23/2015 La Maroquinerie – Paris, FR
1/24/2015 L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, FR
1/25/2015 Dachstock – Reitschule – Bern, CH
1/27/2015 Antigel Festival – Geneva, CH *
1/28/2015 Lo Fi Club – Milan, IT
1/29/2015 Init Club – Rome, IT
1/30/2015 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
1/31/2015 Orpheum Extra – Graz, AT
2/01/2015 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, SK
2/02/2015 Arena – Vienna, AT
2/03/2015 Mochvara Klub – Zagreb, HR
2/04/2015 A38 – Budapest, HU
2/06/2015 K4 – Nurnberg, DE
2/07/2015 Club Manufaktur – Schorndorf, DE
2/08/2015 Volksbuhne – Berlin, DE
2/09/2015 Pipl – Moscow, RU w/ Nadja *
2/10/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI w/ Janne Westerlund *
2/11/2015 Debaser Strand – Stockholm, SE
2/12/2015 Vulkan Arena – Oslo, NO
2/13/2015 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
2/14/2015 Voxhall – Aarhus, DE
2/15/2015 Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
2/17/2015 FZW – Dortmund, DE
2/18/2015 Vera – Groningen, NL
2/20/2015 Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
2/21/2015 The Oobleck – Birmingham, UK
2/22/2015 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
2/23/2015 The Cluny – Newcastle, UK
2/24/2015 The Komedia – Brighton, UK
2/25/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
2/27/2015 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR *
2/28/2015 Borusan Müzik Evi – Istanbul, TU *
5/08-5/10/2015 Austin Psych Fest: Levitation – Austin, TX
[* EARTH only]

5/24/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Inverloch, Neurosis, Primordial, Winter, more
5/29-31/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK w/ Sunn O))), Today Is The Day and Martyrdöd

5/23/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD @ w/ Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Antigama, Cephalic Carnage, Full of Hell, Inter Arma, Wolfbrigade, more

COWARDS Metal Hammer Premieres “Beyond My Hands” From Impending Sophomore LP

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The online entity of colossal metal rag, Metal Hammer, has premiered the latest single from French quintet, COWARDS, off of their impending sophomore LP, Rise To Infamy.

Rise To Infamy nears release with Throatruiner Records & RVINS Records producing the 12” LP version and Deadlight Entertainment handling the digipak CD, with the physical formats set for release on February 9th, and a digital release of the album set to be unleashed just weeks prior. Those who have evaded the crushing throatpunch the Parisian act’s track premieres thus far may not escape the suffocating crush of the record’s fourth movement, “Beyond My Hands,” now playing at Metal Hammer, who issues of the track, “If you’re a fan of having your ears pummeled into dust and vocals so harsh you have to wonder if their frontman moonlights as a glass eater. Punishingly beautiful.”

“Beyond My Hands” will crush your larynx RIGHT HERE.

Stand by for an official video for “Bend The Knee” to join COWARDS in their ongoing propaganda campaign preceding Rise To Infamy, which includes the previously released “Birth Of The Sadistic Son” HERE, a trailer featuring the track “Frustration (Is My Girl)” HERE, videos from the Rise To Infamy sessions HERE and more.

Carrying a deep, oppressive urban coldness behind their spectacularly crushing wall of sound, which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore, the levels of aggression spilled on Rise To Infamy are difficult to endure. Everything COWARDS has been managed to capture here is meant to inflict maximum aural damage, recorded by trusted engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), their monstrous tones sounding colder and more massive than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish.