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RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Out Now Via Unique Leader Records; Tour With As Blood Runs Black Begins Next Week

Friday, October 17th, 2014

RINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, boundary-destroying third full-length, Lugal Ki En, has officially infiltrated the population and is now available worldwide through Unique Leader Records. The album invaded purchase points stateside on Tuesday and today sees its way into European outlets, amidst an inundation of floored reactions from media outlets and open-minded fans of technical, extreme metal.

A cataclysmic display of RINGS OF SATURN’s most vicious, sci-fi obliteration yet, Lugal Ki En surges with nearly forty-five minutes relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction, based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. The album was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies), and features conceptual art pieces by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art.

All of Lugal Ki En is now available for human consumption, streaming via YouTube RIGHT HERE.

A 3D video for “Senseless Massacre” is playing HERE, and a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” playing at HERE, both created by Alex T. Reinhard of Brutal Productions.

The LP version of Lugal Ki En comes in two limited edition color varieties — purple and four-color splatter — bound in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download card. Orders for the album via iTunes can be placed HERE, while CD and LP bundles are available HERE.

A week and a half after its release, RINGS OF SATURN will embark on their latest tour in support of the album, supplying guest support for As Blood Runs Black on their headlining The Ground Zero Album Release Tour, with additional invasions to be broadcasted in the coming weeks.

“Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy. 9/10″ – Metal Injection

“The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet. 4.5/5″ – Headbang Or GTFO

“All the hyper-technical death metal floating around … It’s hard to keep it all straight. The goal really is to make something so blisteringly heavy, fast, and complicated that all other notions get lost in the commotion. Rings Of Saturn’s new album is tasteful (lol) even though it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years.” – MetalSucks

“This time around Rings of Saturn let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well. 9/10″ –

The Ground Zero Album Release Tour w/ As Blood Runs Black, Upon This Dawning, Elitist, Those Who Fear [*], The Convalescence
10/23/2014 118 West – Simi Valley, CA
10/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/25/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/26/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
10/27/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/29/2014 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
10/31/2014 Marquee Theater – Denver, CO
11/01/2014 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
11/02/2014 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
11/04/2014 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
11/05/2014 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
11/06/2014 Frankies – Toledo, OH*
11/07/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
11/08/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON*
11/09/2014 California Brew Haus – Rochester, NY
11/11/2014 Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT*
11/12/2014 Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY*
11/13/2014 Championship – Trenton, NJ*
11/14/2014 Empire – West Springfield, VA*
11/15/2014 The Firehall – Dillsburg, PA*
11/16/2014 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC*
11/18/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
11/20/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL*
11/21/2014 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL*
11/22/2014 Venue 1904 – Jacksonville, FL*
11/24/2014 Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX*
11/25/2014 Walters – Houston, TX*
11/26/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX*
11/28/2014 Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ*
11/29/2014 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*

ATRIARCH: Atmospheric Death/Doom Conjurers Unleash New Psalm Of Sickness At Noisey; An Unending Pathway Release Day Looms

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

An Unending Pathway is the forthcoming new full-length from Pacific Northwest death/doom conjurors, ATRIARCH. A living entity comprised of four parts, together the mesmerizing collective summon forth haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. Merging death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, ATRIARCH stand among one of the most creative and compelling heavy music bands of the twenty-first century.

In celebration of An Unending Pathway’s imminent unveiling, today the gate keepers at Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, offer up fourth movement “Bereavement” for public consumption.

Relays Noisey: “On this new record, the Portland quartet harness the crippling power of doom and hold it tight in death’s cold embrace, leaning hard towards moody gothic horror and injecting spare moments of black metal possession and glimmers of psychedelia. There’s a lurching, ritualistic feel to the proceedings, and a dire hopelessness in the vocals that doesn’t let up for a moment. It’s death rock that OD’s on death. Knob-twiddler extraordinaire Billy Anderson has his feather-light fingertips all over this one, coaxing each element into its full potential even as he weaves it all together into a thoroughly crushing force. The end result is as dark and eerily atmospheric as an abandoned graveyard at midnight.”

Drink the punch to the echoing, soul-wrenching sounds of “Bereavement” at THIS LOCATION.

You can also experience the cold audio decay of “Allfather” still streaming at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION as well as the the haunting resonance of “Collapse” HERE.

Tracked at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathway offers up seven cataclysmic soundscapes to your deepest darkest hallucinations. Cvlt Nation commends the outfit’s, “arresting and welcome combination of doom metal, death rock, black metal, and Mid Eastern-influenced darkwave sound,” while Sea Of Tranquility gushes, “An Unending Pathway is so out there at times that it’s almost puzzling. For some, this melting pot of sounds, mixed with the frightening tone of much of the album, is going to be very unsettling…ATRIARCH have to be given credit for trying something totally different, injecting a breath of fresh air into the extreme metal genre.” Adds MetalStorm, in an 8.5/10 review, “An Unending Pathway is quite likely ATRIARCH’s best album to date. If the third album of a band’s discography is typically held as the ‘make it or break it.’ point, these guys not only break through the wall, they pummel it into dust.”

ATRIARCH will bring their ceremonials to the stage this November on a West Coast run of live performances. Slated to commence November 7th in Seattle, the band will traumatize thirteen cities through November 21st. See confirmed shows below.

ATRIARCH West Coast Tour 2014:
11/07/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
11/08/2014 Obsidian – Olympia, WA
11/10/2014 Slabtown Records – Portland, OR Release Show w/ Usnea, Muscle, Marrow
11/12/2014 Wandering Goat– Eugene, OR
11/13/2014 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
11/14/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Dispirit
11/15/2014 Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA w/ Cough, Invdrs, Sorxe
11/16/2014 Tower – San Diego, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/17/2014 Sweet Springs – Santa Barbara, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/18/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Plague Widow
11/20/2014 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
11/21/2014 Wisp House – Salem, OR

ATRIARCH’s An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Unit To Reissue Psychogenocide Full-Length Via Unique Leader Records In January; Studio Clips + Live Footage Posted

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, and recent Unique Leader signees, NERVECELL, will reissue their critically-lauded Psychogenocide full-length next year.

Initially released via Lifeforce Records in 2011, Psychogenocide was produced and engineered by Rami H. Mustafa at Spellbind Studio in Dubai, United Arab Emirates 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. The album features a guest vocal appearance by Nile’s Karl Sanders on the song “Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)” and reaped mass approval from major media outlets globally. Metal Hammer championed the band’s,  ”…thrilling contrast between oriental and musical culture,” furthering that, “these elements don’t collide, they complement each other,” Legacy extoled, “an amazing oriental death-ax and a must have for every metal hornet,” while The Metal Observer gushed,it’s quite the quandary to find an even remotely average track on Psychogenocide. NERVECELL’s latest is a death metal album that succeeds in part to its strong focus on memorability and song structure. Things work exceedingly well from start-to-finish…”

Adds the band in a collective statement, “Psychogenocide is an album about manipulation and the deception of the human race for an agenda of a higher purpose. A modern approach to the old-school death/thrash metal sound, that is both technical yet melodic and full of the NERVECELL signature Middle Eastern twist.”

Psychogenocide Track Listing:
1. Anemic Assurgency
2. Upon An Epidemic Scheme
3. All Eyes On Them
4. Amok Doctrine
5. Psychogenocide
6. Imprint
7. Shunq (To The Despaired…King of Darkness)
8. The Taste of Betrayal
9. Driven By Nescience
10. Nation’s Plague

Forged in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai and having toured alongside legendary metal acts such as Metallica, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Decapitated and Suffocation, NERVECELL are true torchbearers for a Middle Eastern wave of metal. The band released their debut full-length, Preaching Venom, in 2009 via Germany’s Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East) followed by their critically-adored Psychogenocide long player just two years later. Their unique blend of Middle Eastern death/thrash and a reputation for debilitating action-packed live performances helped pave their way to playing some of Europe’s most renowned festivals including Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Rock AM Ring, Rock IM Park, Summer Breeze and Brutal Assault. The widespread success of Psychogenocide also awarded NERVECELL the honor of being crowned the “All Time Best Selling Metal Act” in the Middle East and North Africa region, consequently receiving a plaque of recognition from Virgin Megastores (MENA) in January of 2012 certifying this huge accomplishment. Psychogenocide was also lauded as one of the “Top 10 Death Metal Albums Of 2011″ by media outlets globally including Metal Hammer Magazine who named NERVECELL one of the “Defenders Of The Faith,” listing the band as one of the “50 Heroes Of The New Metal Revolution.”

Psychogenocide will be reissued worldwide on January 27th, 2015 via Unique Leader Records with preorders to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime check out various studio clips as well as live footage from the band’s pummeling performance at Kaltenbach Open Air at THIS LOCATION.

GOATWHORE Releases “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed” Video; Band To Perform Tomorrow At The House Of Shock!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Louisiana’s favorite blackened thrash goliaths, GOATWHORE, have launched a brand new music video for the track “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed.” The song appears on their latest collection of NOLA-flavored audio devastation, entitled Constricting Rage of the Merciless. The video can be viewed now at , where fans can also get their hands on split colored vinyl, CDs, and the limited remaining quantities of the deluxe bundle that includes: the CD, vinyl, t-shirt, back patch, and screen printed poster.

Tomorrow night, GOATWHORE will be performing at New Orleans’ notorious House Of Shock where the band’s “Baring Teeth for Revolt” video was filmed!. For tickets and info, check out the band’s facebook event page at Following their House Of Shock performance, GOATWHORE will take on their next leg of Autumn live assaults set to commence October 23rd in St. Louis. The band will quash eleven metropolises including three shows supporting death rock/horror punk icons, Samhain, before heading overseas for a European takeover with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah.

Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Additionally, the album ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart.

GOATWHORE Live Assaults:
10/17/2014 House Of Shock – Jefferson, LA
10/23/2014 FuBar – St Louis, MO
10/24/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
10/25/2014 Surly Brewery – Brooklyn Center, MN
10/26/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/28/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
10/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA w/ Samhain, Midnight
10/31/2014 The Howard Theatre – Washington DC w/ Samhain Midnight
11/01/2014 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY w/ Samhain, Midnight
11/02/2014 War Memorial - Vinton, VA
11/03/2014 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
11/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
w/ Dying Fetus, Malevolence, Fallujah:
11/08/2014 Fonck – Liege, BE
11/09/2014 Turock – Essen, DE
11/10/2014 11er – Frankfurt, DE
11/11/2014 Beatclub – Dessau, DE
11/12/2014 Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
11/13/2014 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
11/14/2014 Lido – Berlin, DE
11/15/2014 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL
11/16/2014 Exhaus – Trier, DE
11/17/2014 Audio – Brighton, GB
11/18/2014 Clwb Ifor – Bach Cardiff, GB
11/19/2014 Cathouse – Glasgow, GB
11/20/2014 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IE
11/21/2014 Sound Control – Manchester, GB
11/22/2014 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, GB
11/23/2014 Garage – London, GB
11/24/2014 Divan Du Monde – Paris, FR
11/25/2014 La Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
11/26/2014 Escenario – Santander, ES
11/27/2014 Hard Club – Porto, PT
11/28/2014 Penélope – Madrid, ES
11/29/2014 Estraperlo – Club Badalona, ES
11/30/2014 Paloma – Nimes, FR
12/01/2014 Le Tremplin – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
12/02/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
12/03/2014 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
12/04/2014 Backstage – München, DE
12/05/2014 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
12/06/2014 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
12/07/2014 Flying Circus – Cluj-Napoca, RO
12/08/2014 Jet Rock – Sofia, BG
12/09/2014 Club Rockstadt – Brasov, RO
12/10/2014 Collosseum – Kosice, SI
12/11/2014 Viper Room – Wien, AT
12/12/2014 Rockfabrik – Nürnberg, DE
12/13/2014 Voxhall – Aarhus, DK
12/14/2014 John Dee – Oslo, NO
12/16/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
12/18/2014 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SE
12/19/2014 Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit – Hamburg, DE

“…a blasphemous blast…” — Decibel Magazine

“…the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far…” – Metal Injection

GOATWHORE channels every evil impulse of its blackened death thrash into Constricting Rage of the Merciless…” – Austin Chronicle

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Third Album From Swedish Cosmic Instrumental Act Now Playing At The Sleeping Shaman

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, the expansive, fully-analog, third full-length opus from Swedish instrumental act, MY BROTHER THE WIND, is now playing at The Sleeping Shaman in celebration of its official release this week.

MY BROTHER THE WIND is a fully improvisational cosmic rock collective consisting of members of widely known Swedish acts Makajodama, Magnolia, Animal Daydream and most notably Anekdoten, one of the more widely recognized names in the 1990s prog rock revival. Released by Laser’s Edge instrumental music sector, Free Electric Sound, Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One transports the listener to another plane of existence, the record emitting forty-five minutes of completely natural, organic, cosmic jams. Engineered by Love Tholin at Drop Out Analogue in the Winter mountains of Åmål, Sweden, MY BROTHER THE WIND’s organic sound is not captured simply through their recording practices and equipment, it all comes together naturally and progresses as a living being, completely improvised on the spot, recorded directly to two-inch tape on a circa 1969 sixteen-track Ampex in one day, then mastered by Hans Fredriksson. Fans of Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Sun Ra, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar, Albert Ayler, Ash Ra Tempel, Gong, Pink Floyd and other visionary, psychedelic rock artists should not hesitate in exploring this record.

Exploratory rock/metal webzine, The Sleeping Shaman, is now hosting a stream of the entire Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One LP now at THIS LOCATION.

Also view the band’s video for “Song Of Innocence” at The Obelisk HERE and an extensive trailer for the album HERE.

Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One is now available on digipak CD HERE and the digital download HERE. The deluxe LP will be available in the coming days.

Stand by for new live performances from MY BROTHER THE WIND to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, review copies of their latest opus and interviews with the band are available.

“…the album offers an immersive, resonant listen, with tonal richness to spare and the presence of mind to keep a sense of motion even in its stillest parts and a balance of organic elements… This attention to sonic detail makes Once There was a Time When Time and Space were One more than just a collection of jams, and adds further purpose to the already worthy cause of My Brother the Wind‘s thoughtful musings, wandering and not at all lost.” – The Obelisk

“Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One. It’s an intoxicating album, with gorgeous soundscapes that literally can take your breath away. The haunting Mellotron of “Epilogue” is one of the most gorgeous passages you’ll hear on a prog album this year, but in truth it’s just one of many captivating parts of this wonderful album. Highest recommendations here! 5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“Swedish improvisational instrumental rockers My Brother the Wind deliver their most cohesive work to date with Once There Was a Time When Time and Space Were One, an album of soaring and exotic psychedelic space jams that flirt with ambient music and Kraut Rock along the way. 4/5” –

OBLITERATIONS: Poison Everything Out Now; West Coast North American Tour With Baptists & Torch Runner Begins Tonight

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Poison Everything, the debut full-length from destructive Southern California hardcore punks, OBLITERATIONS, is out now on Southern Lord, and in celebration of its release, the band will take to the streets on a massive tour run through the rest of the year, beginning with their West Coast North American tour, tonight.

This evening, October 15th, OBLITERATIONS will join Goatsnake, Excel, Xibalba, Baptists and Torch Runner for a Southern Lord showcase in Los Angeles, which kicks off OBLITERATIONS’ two-week North American tour with labelmates Baptists and Torch Runner, as all three acts celebrate their new LPs released by the label this month. Even more tours and live actions from the band will continue to be announced over the coming weeks as the band dominates city after city in support of Poison Everything.

Journalists everywhere are freaking out about the ravenous Poison Everything, including Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, offering, “As soon as that infamous d-beat kicks in, you’re transported back to classics like Never Again and Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing. Then the vocals start up and you’re assault with a vicious modern take on the classic ‘80s sound. Perfect for old spike belt-wearing punks who haven’t bought any new records since the last time Aus-Rotten put out an album. Or for the hardcore kids who like to pay homage to the greats.” Pitchfork issues in part, “on their debut album Poison Everything, they’ve managed the commendable feat of refurbishing (or rather, defurbishing) the mud-caked frameworks of Crass and Nausea,” and AllMusic claims, “there’s something viscerally exciting about the album, which blends equal parts teeth-grinding speed with unfiltered aggression, resulting in an intoxicating blend of old-school, circle pit-inducing punk fury.” Additionally, OBLITERATIONS was just featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s October installment of 10 Artists You Need To know, with a brief interrogation of the band more; check it out RIGHT HERE.

Stream Poison Everything and order all versions of the album via Bandcamp HERE, and order all physical band swag via the band’s official Southern Lord store HERE. And if you missed it, watch the official video for the album’s “Mind Ain’t Right” at THIS LOCATION. If you already saw it, watch it again.

Fall West Coast US Tour w/ Baptists, Torch Runner
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, Xibalba, Baptists, Torch Runner
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA
10/19/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest #
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
10/28/2014 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR ^
10/29/2014 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA **^
10/30/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA **^
** w/ Creative Adult
^ w/o Baptists
# w/o Torch Runner

Unifying current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours and Night Horse, OBLITERATIONS recorded Poison Everything with producer Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum, Young Widows) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in only three days, after which it was mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Black Breath) at God City Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Integrity, Sleep) at Audiosiege. Poison Everything drops nearly a half-hour of OBLITERATIONS’ grating, hardcore punk charged by a seemingly bottomless wealth of antagonistic energy; prime fodder for fans of The Stooges, MC5, Laughing Hyenas, Black Flag and Poison Idea.

ANAAL NATHRAKH Drops New Ode Of Acrimony At Noisey; Desideratum Release Day Looms

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Today Noisey spews forth a new ode of acrimony from the UK’s favorite extreme metal miscreants, ANAAL NATHRAKH. Titled “The One Thing Needful,” the latest hymn serves as the fourth movement on the band’s forthcoming Desideratum full-length, slated for release later this month via Metal Blade Records.

Crowned, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” “elite level mind-fuckers,” and “aural devastators” by Decibel Magazine, Desideratum is doused in enough fury to level a nation. Said AngryMetalGuy in advance review of the record, “Desideratum is a statement of malicious intent, a call-to-arms to rally the masses and bring forth armageddon. ANAAL NATHRAKH continue their brand of grinding merriment, sanity be damned, and they are taking your sorry ass with them. Submit, and revel in the insanity yet again.” Adds Noisey, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently.”

Get mauled by the vehement sounds of “The One Thing Needful,” now playing at Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, you can still scorch your ear holes with “Monstrum In Animo,” currently streaming Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

ANAAL NATHRAKH — guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. — replicates the sounds of true evil. With both screaming banshee tirades and traditional vocals set against an dense wall of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is wholly petrifying yet inexplicably inviting. Hallmarked by crushing musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is infused with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in the metal world. Desideratum was produced by Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

Desideratum is slated to detonate on October 28th, 2014 on Metal Blade Records. In the interim, visit where you’ll find a host of killer preorder packages.

WORMWOOD: Self-Titled LP Now Playing At Noisey/Vice Magazine

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Vice Magazine’s prevailing music channel, Noisey, has today unleashed one of the year’s most extreme doom/sludge albums, by streaming the entire self-titled debut LP from WORMWOOD.

The new Boston-based act spawned by Chris Pupecki (Doomriders, Cast Iron Hike) and Chris Bevilacqua (ex-Doomriders, Hallraker), as WORMWOOD, the duo produces a caustic type of slow-motion audio terror. Their debut recording memorialize this torrential onslaught with five steamrolling new movements, recorded in full analog as well as mastered by Alex Garcia-Rivera (Cold Cave, Bloodhorse, Shelter) at Mystic Valley Studios. The Wormwood logo was drawn by Pupecki and tweaked by Jake Bannon (Converge), then infused into photos taken by Brad Fickeisen (Trap Them, The Red Chord) to create the bleak album cover. The sonic attack of WORMWOOD is harsh, the vocals are unapologetically negative, and it’s all destructively perfect as the needle digs in across the vinyl expanse of this stunning debut.

Noisey today lets the entire Wormwood LP off the chain with an exclusive stream of the album, now playing at THIS LOCATION.

The self-titled album today sees CD and digital release through Magic Bullet Records, with the 12” vinyl edition on both black and smoke variations on October 28th. Orders for the CD and preorders for the LP are available HERE, and the digital via Bandcamp HERE, as well as through iTunes, Amazon and more. A CD run including a limited woven patch will be released through Patac Records on the 28th as well.

WORMWOOD will announce their first live performances and more in the dark days ahead. Stand by for further broadcasts.

“Born out of a need for yet-unexplored heaviness, WORMWOOD have retched out twenty minutes of crusty crush that are sure to nod some heads.” – Decibel

“The Boston heavy music scene has delivered some absolutely phenomenal acts lo these last 25 or so years and Wormwood has to the potential to adroitly carry that torch into the foreseeable future.  Their synthesis of Southern sludge with American doom is a lethal, and yes, bitter combination played to absolutely chilling depths.” – Metal Insider

WORMWOOD’s music is not warm and fuzzy – it has the darkness of a hellish nightmare.” – Cvlt Nation

“Sometimes crushing, sometimes creeping, this piece reimagines a modernist ‘Morbid Tales’ for the -very- angry, whilst being a whole lot more than simply derivative.” – The Sludgelord

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

CALM HATCHERY Third Full-Length From Polish Death Metal Quintet Now AvailableFading Reliefs, the most relentless and forward-thinking album to date from Polish death metal quintet, CALM HATCHERY, is now available from Selfmadegod Records. [More…]

ORBWEAVER: Orange Amplifier Video Demonstration Featuring Sally Gates Now Playing - Orange Amplifiers recently featured a special gear interview and demonstration video featuring ORBWEAVER guitarist Sally Gates. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Pitchfork Advance Now Playing Entire Poison Everything Debut LP Southern Lord; Tour With Baptists & Obliterations Begins - As Southern Cali’s OBLITERATIONS, unifying current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, Night Horse and others, now come within a week of the release of their Poison Everything LP via Southern Lord, Pitchfork, is letting the entire album off the chain in one of their Advance features this week. [More…]

DORO: Reigning Queen Of Metal Kicks Off North American Leg Of 30 Years Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour; NYC Special Guests Announced – Reigning Queen Of Metal, DORO PESCH, will kick off the North American leg of her 30 Years Strong & Proud anniversary tour next week. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Boston Doom/Sludge Outfit Sets Loose “White Plague” Via Cvlt Nation; Magic Bullet Preps Debut LP From Doomriders Resident/Alumni For Release – With Magic Bullet Records preparing to release the self-titled debut album from Boston-based WORMWOOD — a newly-formed doom/sludge duo founded by current and former members of Doomriders — Cvlt Nation this week sets loose the first wave of the album’s contagion with “White Plague,” the lethal fourth track from the LP. [More…]

LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour Begins Today – Tucson, Arizona metal henchmen, LETHAL DOSAGE, today begin their latest live expedition into human populations in search of debauchery of all forms, as the Completely Meaningless Party Tour kicks off in Anaheim, California. [More…]

OvO: Avant Experimentalists Premiere Twisted Animated Video Via Cvlt Nation – Genre defiant, avant experimentalists, OvO, are pleased to premiere the official new video for “O Cannibali.” [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 5 – In the fifth episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary, Noisey joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan at his bar in New Orleans. [More…]

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Corpse Flower Records And CV Comics To Release Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost; Trailer Posted + Preorders Available – Corpse Flower Records and CV Books are pleased to join forces for the release of Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a mammoth 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors. [More…]

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YAUTJA Launches North American Tour Today – Resting for brief intervals in between attacks, Nashville’s wicked trio, YAUTJA, has been touring steadily for nearly the past year in support of their debut LP, Songs Of Descent, released in February of this year via Forcefield Records. [More…]

SAHHR: Blackened Death Strategists Wage Auditory War With “Miscreant” Now Playing At Metal Insider; Preorders Available + Video Teaser Posted – Blackened death strategists, SAHHR, are pleased to wage auditory war today with “Miscreant.” [More…]

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WIZARD RIFLE: Stoner/Doom/Mathrock Conjurers To Release Long-Awaited New Full-Length On Seventh Rule; Preorders Available

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Los Angeles-by-way-of-Portland stoner, doomed out, mathrock conjurers, WIZARD RIFLE, are very pleased to unveil their brand new full-length in the form of the smoldering five-track Here In The Deadlights.

Set for release via Seventh Rule Recordings later this month, the follow-up to 2012’s critically adored Speak Loud Say Nothing full-length, which MetalSucks likened to a “Big Business-ified Melvins fucking a baby into Shellac and then hired Matt Pike as their au pair,” was tracked by guitarist Max Dameron over three weeks at Breakfast Studio in Los Angeles, then toiled over for a year, with Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and Jesse Johnstone sharing mixing duties. The album sees WIZARD RIFLE for the first time as a trio featuring Dameron alongside, drummer Sam Ford, and bassist David Boe  pushing its sound into far sludgier realms and reaching new levels of monolithic heaviness, while maintaining a propulsive groove which spins and twists itself into oblivion. Tracks range from two to ten minutes, encompassing everything from sprawling psychedelic epics to surf-sludge noise-romps. Drawing from the sounds of Lightning Bolt, Karp, Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath and High on Fire, WIZARD RIFLE cannot sit still sonically for more than two seconds. Prepare thineself…

Here In The Deadlights Track Listing:
1. Crystal Witch
2. Buzzsaw Babes
3. Paul The Sky Tyrant
4. Psychodynamo
5. Beastwhores

WIZARD RIFLE arose from the rain and gloom of Portland — two malcontent twenty-somethings with a bent on creating something exhilarating and progressive amidst a scene of tepid dreamy pop, and redundant revival acts. Drummer Sam Ford is a blur of tom rolls, rapid-fire rim shots, screaming out harmonies amid the flurry. Meanwhile guitarist Max Dameron spews forth tentacles of noise, at times angular yet bizarrely groovy, at times psychedelic ambience, or purely crushing space-rock. The sheer sonic wall created by two is a sight to behold live, both members sharing signing duties and pushing to the limit of their abilities and ears.

With a sound rooted in a reverence for ‘70s psychedelic and punk, and myriad contemporary acts without ever feeling like a throwback, WIZARD RIFLE seeks to push the boundaries beyond reference points and obvious nods to rock idols. Still, they’ve commonly been likened to King Crimson, Lightning Bolt, High On Fire, Misfits, Karp, Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Sleep and so many others. In 2012 the band released their debut LP Speak Loud Say Nothing to critical adoration on Seventh Rule. Teaming up with Nanotear Booking, they honed their live sound on several US/Canadian tours, sharing the stage with the likes of Yob, Church Of Misery, Black Cobra, Arabrot, Rabbits and Witch Mountain. Last year, the lads relocated to Los Angeles, and immediately started work on the delightful, riff-encased bruiser, Here In The Deadlights.

Here In The Deadlights will be released on CD and limited red-inside-deep purple colored vinyl via Seventh Rule Recordings on October 28, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. Track teasers to be unleashed in the coming days stay tuned.