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MINSK: Avant Sound Voyagers Reveal The Crash & The Draw Closing Track Via Stereogum; Release Day Looms

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Crash & The Draw is the long-anticipated new full-length from Midwest avant sound voyagers, MINSK. Set to drop via Relapse Records next month, The Crash & The Draw follows the enigmatic collective’s six-year hiatus and delivers eleven stunning movements that transcend far beyond the boundaries of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia.

As its official release day draws near, today Stereogum offers up closing track “When The Walls Fell,” for public intake noting, “The Crash And The Draw revisits and expands upon the features that made this band appealing in the first place, from their meticulously layered vocals to their masterful dynamic sensibility. Post-metal bands always get saddled with wave/tide metaphors, but the way that ‘When The Walls Fell’ gradually rotates between restraint and aggression until it reaches its emotional climax really does evoke some cyclical force of nature — a force that remains as powerful as it’s ever been.”

Feel what it was like “When The Walls Fell,” courtesy of Stereogum, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, you can still sample eighth psalm, “The Way Is Through,” playing at Steel For Brains at THIS LOCATION and “To The Garish Remembrance of Failure” via YouTube HERE or SoundCloud HERE.

Crushing, hallucinatory, at times, spiritually illuminating, The Crash & The Draw reverberates with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency; each cascading movement a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. A thematic continuation of the group’s long-standing attraction to alchemical and esoteric ideologies, The Crash & The Draw serves as a fitting audio journey for those souls devoted to the conjurings of Neurosis, Rwake, Yob, Isis and the like. In an early 4/5 review of the record, Revolver notes, “On its first full-length album in six years, this Illinois band still specializes in sprawling post-metal that ebbs, flows and pummels in a Neurosis and Pelican sort of way,” crowning the four-part “Onward Procession” in particular, “an extreme-metal mega-statement that’s both ferocious and haunting (especially when the chanting begins).” In a 9/10 rating, Metal Storm applauds MINSK’s ability to “craft songs that are unrelenting and crushing,” calling The Crash & The Draw, “thoroughly engrossing,” while MetalSucks adds of “The Way is Through,” specifically, “it’s arresting, gorgeous, brutal and mesmerizing all the same; a full journey throughout the song’s nine-plus minutes.”

In conjunction with the release, MINSK will bring their audio conjurings to stages throughout Europe next month commencing with an appearance at this year’s Roadburn Fest with additional live ceremonies to be announced in the months to come.

4/09/2015 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/10/2015 Doom Over Leipzig – Leipzig, DE
4/11/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/12/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
4/13/2015 Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, PL
4/14/2015 007 – Prague, CZ
4/15/2015 P.M.K. – Innsbruck, AU
4/16/2015 Feierwerk – Munchen, DE
4/17/2015 Freakout – Bologna, IT
4/18/2015 Lo Fi Club – SoloMacello Fest – Milano, IT
4/19/2015 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
4/20/2015 Escape B – Paris, FR
4/21/2015 La Scene Michelet – Nantes, FR
4/22/2015 La Peniche – Lille, FR
4/23/2015 FZW – Dortmund, DE
4/24/2015 Desertfest – London, UK
4/25/2015 Kavka – Antwerp, BE

The Crash & The Draw was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.), mixed by Parker and MINSK at Hypercube and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) at Antisleep Audio and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are.

An instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, MINSK’s The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world and come available on CD, double LP and digitally. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.

CDC Spring Tour Routing Complete; End EP Out Now

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Following the release of their brand new End 12” EP, out now via Get This Right Records and Beatdown Hardwear, Southeastern Pennsylvania’s CDC has confirmed the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour in support of the record. The tour runs from April 2nd through 13th, including shows down the East Coast and out to Puerto Rico for one gig before touring homeward. The venture includes CDC’s performance at at Southeast Beast Fest in Jacksonville, Florida alongside Life Of Agony, Biohazard, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Rotting Out, King Nine and many others.

Less than a month following the new tour, CDC has also been added to Breast Fest on May 8th and 9th in Fayetteville, North Carolina with H20, Crown Of Thornz, Cruel Hand, Bitter End, Lifeless, Discourse, labelmates Society Sucker and more.

CDC Tour Dates:
4/02/2015 Black Tire Skate Supply – Dover, DE
4/03/2015 Green Light Sound Studio – Augusta, GA
4/05/2015 Club Aqua – Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast [info]
4/06/2015 Pugs Live – Tallahassee, FL
4/07/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
4/11/2015 Club 77 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
4/12/2015 Goat House – Odessa, FL
4/13/2015 Rockin’ Hard Saloon – Murrells Inlet, SC
5/08-09/2015 The Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC @ Breast Fest

CDC’s End is available digitally through BandCamp HERE, and on multiple colors of vinyl — 308 copies on yellow/orange wax, 411 copies on burgundy/purple, and 320 copies on black wax with a screen-printed B-side exclusively for mailorder customers. Stateside orders can be placed HERE and European orders HERE.

Released in February through a joint released by Get This Right Records and Beatdown Hardwear, CDC’s End closes a five year gap since their last release, delivering five, groove-heavy tales with a slick, streetwise, tension-fueled delivery, recorded with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studio (Balance And Composure, Title Fight, Turmoil) and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4 (Cop Problem, Lauren Hill, Blacklisted). Revolver Magazine issued that the band’s “bolt-tight, extra-chunky style of hardcore reminiscent of bands like Hatebreed and Merauder, and its stripped down assault is striking. Pummeling riffs set just the right stage for Brooke Schwartz’s frontmanship, an ace combination of a punk snarl and hip-hop flow.” Lambgoat championed the band’s attitude and dedication: “If you’re a real fan of hardcore, I mean the type of person who would attend a Tuesday night Bent Life show at the local VFW, then you’ve probably heard of CDC. For more than a decade, the Lansdale, Pennsylvania band has been bouncing around the globe, spreading the gospel of blue-collar, DIY hardcore.” Selective Memory praised the new recording, offering in part, “I love the group’s street antics. I love that they are not afraid to get dirty and become as much as a fan for their music as the fans themselves. I love that End digs into the trenches of East Coast mentality and comes up for air with both arms swinging.” Stereokiller reviewed End with a 4/5 rating, offering, “The hip-hop hardcore is a dying breed and mostly because bands can’t do it right anymore. CDC has proven they can do it right on at least one track and they can be successful in producing more like it, this could be what really separates themselves from their peers… End is a fun blending of old meets new with the return to a more simple song writing approach with the evolved vocals.”

VIOLENT REACTION Streams Entire Revelation Records Debut LP Marching On At Blow The Scene; US Tour One Week Away

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Now just one week from having the mighty Revelation Records release their sophomore LP, Marching On, worldwide, the same day as their new US tour begins on March 31st, UK-based VIOLENT REACTION has unleashed the entire record early at Blow The Scene.

Rife with boisterous gang chants, pulsating energy and an overall exceptionally tight and aggressive attack, VIOLENT REACTION incites unrest through classic hardcore/oi anthems in the spirit of Negative Approach, Blitz, The 4-Skins, Straight Ahead and 86 Mentality, delivered through a wholly modern sound. The band’s first release for Revelation Records comes by way of Marching On, a fourteen-song tirade which is over in just nineteen minutes, leaving the listener beaten, bloodied, and empowered to rise immediately back up, a prime example of why this band is unquestionably one of the top-tier acts of their scene.

The same day Marching On is released, VIOLENT REACTION brings their uprising back to the US, beginning an upcoming Northeastern American tour, with shows confirmed in Richmond, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Rochester, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

In advance VIOLENT REACTION’s release date and tour kickoff next week, Blow The Scene is running a stream of Marching On in its entirety early. Rip it up RIGHT HERE.

Marching On preorders are available through Revelation Records, including several merch bundles and colored vinyl options while they last; check it out HERE.

3/31/2015 Cafe Saint-Ex – Washington, DC w/ Public Suicide and Earth Girls
4/01/2015 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
4/02/2015 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
4/04/2015 HC Stadium – Boston, MA w/ Arms Race, No Tolerance, Chain Rank, Anarchy Boys (+ after party at the Boilerroom)
4/05/2015 The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/06/2015 Refuge Skateshop – Detroit, MI
4/07/2015 Old Mt Happy – Chicago, IL
4/08/2015 TBA – Indianapolis, IN
4/09/2015 The Rock Bottom – Pittsburgh, PA

GHOUL: Creepsylvania’s Favorite Masked Mutants To Take To The Streets This May On The Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour; Band To Devour Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil + New Episode Of Brutally Delicious Available

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Following a short bout of downtime spent harvesting the dead, the masked mutants in GHOUL will return to the States for another round of live debauchery on this year’s Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in astounding 3-D! The three-dimensional beatings will commence on May 15th in Denver, Colorado and rampage its way through three weeks’ worth of dates including a stop at the Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore. GHOUL will be joined by California grind miscreants, Phobia, and Ohio scumsmiths, Necrofilth. 3-D glasses not included. As a precursor to the fetid festivities, the band will also contaminate the stage of the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, California as part of Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil alongside Meshuggah, High On Fire, Agnostic Front and more!

Comments Digestor, “Greetings, numbskulls! It is I, Digestor, announcing that GHOUL is once again coming to your wretched country to cleanse it of the gutter trash that litter your streets and our shows. We are joined in this effort by legendary grinders Phobia, and sleaze masters Nekrofilth: two bands that we will no doubt miss after we are forced to murder and eat them at the end of the tour. And this time we are doing it all in 3-D, mainly because it allows us to charge more at the door. So, accept your fate, prostrate yourself in front of the altar of GHOUL, and die by the manifold murderous machinations of Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D!”

4/10 – 12/2015 Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil @ Rockbar Theater – San Jose, CA [info]
GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour w/ Phobia, Necrofilth:
5/15/2015 Mo’s – Denver, CO
5/16/2015 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
5/17/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/19/2015 Cattivo – Pittsburgh PA
5/20/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/21/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/23/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/25/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/26/2015 The Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
5/27/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
5/29/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/30/2015 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
6/02/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/03/2015 Til Two – San Diego, CA
6/04/2015 TBA – Ventura, CA
6/05/2015 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
6/06/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
6/07/2015 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

In related news, GHOUL’s Dissector and Digestor recently crashed the set of Brutally Delicious to whip up some Beef Carpaccio. For cooking tips from the greats, scroll on over to THIS LOCATION.

GHOUL unleashed their We Came For The Dead!!! release on waxy awesomeness late last year. Initially released in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic in the most putrid depths of the metal underworld, delivering a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania, where they’ve since waged war on mortals from with full anonymity. GHOUL now offers up We Came For The Dead!!! on vinyl which includes a GHOULish rendition of Megadeth’s “Skull Beneath The Skin.” We Came For The Dead!!! is out now on Tankcrimes. Get in on the action HERE. And for the CD and digital format junkies, the album comes paired up with GHOUL’s ghastly follow-up to We Came For The Dead!!!, Maniaxe, as a nifty two-for-one album deal available now. Who says GHOUL doesn’t like bargains. Order the CD HERE (or in stores worldwide) or the digital version HERE.

ENTRAILS: Swedish Death Metal Overlords To Unleash New Studio Offering This May Via Metal Blade Records; Preorders + Teaser Track Unveiled

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Swedish death metal overlords, ENTRAILS, will unleash the putrid fruits of their newest studio offering this May via Metal Blade Records. Fittingly dubbed Obliteration, the follow-up to 2013’s Raging Death full-length was tracked by guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary musician/soundsmith Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets etc.) at Unisound. Featuring nine mangled tracks of sonic malevolence, Obliteration carries on the torch of true, oldschool Swedish brutality.

Comments Lundqvist: “Finally, we can unleash this beast named Obliteration to the fans out there, this time with a more driven and raw style that shall taste good to everyone’s ears if you’re into the older simplified death metal that we prefer to play. Recorded in our own Bloodshed Studios and mixed by the mighty Dan Swanö nothing else but slabby, Swedeath can be served.”

Sample the sonic severity of third track, “Beyond The Flesh,” at

Obliteration Track Listing:
1. No Cross Left Unturned
2. Epitome Of Death
3. Beyond The Flesh
4. The Grotesque
5. Obliterate
6. Skulls
7. Midnight Coffin
8. Bonestorm
9. Abyss Of Corpses

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

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

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

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

Obliteration will see release via Metal Blade Record on May 19th, 2015. For preorder bundles, visit

Jimmy Lundqvist – guitars
Joakim Svensson – vocals/bass
Pontus Samuelsson – guitars
Adde Mitroulis – drums

BRETT NETSON & SNAKES: Spirited Scavenger Cult 12” EP Slithers Into The Population Worldwide

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Scavenger Cult, the new 12” EP by BRETT NETSON & SNAKES, is now available worldwide, independently released in North America by guitarist/vocalist, Brett Netson, and released across Australia, New Zealand and Europe by TYM Records.

The latest endeavor from the Caustic Resin/Built to Spill/Earth voyager, the Scavenger Cult EP personifies an entirely new entity than of Netson’s other current or previous projects, yet carries his outspoken nature through as if delivered from a parallel existence possibly much cooler than this one. Through a diversified, psychedelic rock display captured through an incessant focus on specific, vintage equipment, Scavenger Cult may only bear three tracks, yet the passages formulate a mesmerizing auditory voyage, inspired by life’s brutalizing personal hardships yet personified through a realistic, gritty, if not uplifting, organically delivered recording. Rather than extreme, caustic lamentation, for their deliverance, BRETT NETSON & SNAKES plot courses high above burning civilizations, utilizing classic instrumentation to navigate magic carpet escapades across grand prairies and valleys, with the exploding nighttime cosmos above or the soil beneath our very feet set as possible destinations for this journey’s end. Welcome to the Fleetwood Mac of doom-trodden, free-form rock.

Scavenger Cult can be streamed in its entirety, and ordered — including three different mixes (digi/analog), live bonus tracks and a limited poster by Noble Hardesty — at THIS LOCATION, and in AUS/NZ/EU HERE.

In addition to premiering the first single to Scavenger Cult and interviewing Netson for an upcoming issue on the release, a new playlist on Netson’s heavier influences has been posted HERE.

Also catch cultivator Brett Netson as a guest blogger on Magnet Magazine’s website, with contributions discussing a wealth of all things worth delving into… that action happens in about two weeks.

BRETT NETSON & SNAKES has confirmed several new live performances, including a set at part of this year’s annual installment of the Treefort Festival in the band’s backyard, as the trio will hit the stage this Thursday, March 26th alongside Crosss, Wild Throne, Burien,Cerberus Rex and more, the entire festival embodying countless bands from across the realms of music with no barriers. Additionally, BRETT NETSON & SNAKES will open for the local show of the massive Ufomammut and Usnea North American trek as the tour swoops through Boise on June 8th.

3/26/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID @ Treefort Fest [info]
6/08/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID w/ Ufomammut, Usnea [info]

Brett Netson will also be on tour with Built to Spill through May, including various festival appearances, and the Scavenger Cult vinyl will be for sale at the merch booth. Catch the BTS tour dates HERE.

The Scavenger Cult EP features three glorious, sprawling anthems created with drummer Steve Gere (Uzala, Built To Spill), stereo bass contributions from Ian Waters (Kid Cordiroy, Boise Cover Band) and Josh Galloway (Cerberus Rex), with additional bass, synth contributions and all guitar and vocals courtesy of Netson. Recorded on 2” 16-track tape with Jason Ringelstetter at Tonic Room in Boise, Idaho, mixed to 1/2″ tape by Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon with analog mastering at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, New York, the Scavenger Cult EP is not good-time rock and roll, although it speaks the same language. The roots are there… ‘70s rock, metal and punk, psychedelics and garage rock, space rock, drone and thud, blues… But, whatever you hear, the work is unmistakably that of Brett Netson. Much thought went into the making of this record. Scavenged analog tape machines, used tape and various hand built circuits. A steep learning curve; an effort to make the sound as expansive as possible. Many miles traveled to gather the implements. A carbon footprint balanced out by bringing machines made long ago to live another day. These are not inanimate objects. This two inch tape, these tube amplifiers, transformers… they are extensions of the artists, who feel they owe it to them to rise to the standards of their excellence since these machines will never be made that way again. The point of all this is not self-aggrandization, the point is to make something that lasts; something that is worth the labor and natural resources used to produce it. They put it out there. The rest is up to you.

DIE CHOKING Mini-Tour With Artificial Brain Begins Thursday

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Philly’s DIE CHOKING trio takes their grindblasting mayhem out on a four-city run this week alongside NYC death henchmen, with shows in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey between this Thursday, March 26th and Sunday the 29th.

As DIE CHOKING is about to hit the studio to record their debut LP, which promises to demonstrate their most lethal and over-the-top material to date, nearly the entire thirteen-song arsenal being set out of the cages onto audiences throughout this Northeastern beating and subsequent confirmed Springtime shows both hometown and abroad. In May, DIE CHOKING raids the Midwest for shows in Milwaukee and Indianapolis surrounding their performance at No Tomorrow Fest in Appleton, Wisconsin joining MDC, Channel 3, Hemdale, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat and more, after which another run through NYC, New England and more awaits.

A recent Gear Gods video feature on DIE CHOKING drummer Josh Cohen is playing RIGHT HERE, and the band’s video for “Tonsil” playing HERE. The remaining copies of The Compound’s limited mailorder edition of the band’s II 7” and its self-titled predecessor are available HERE.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:
3/26/2015 Main Manor – New Castle, DE w/ Artificial Brain, Traitor, Wojtek, Vicious Embrace [info]
3/27/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Artificial Brain, Mother Brain, Kreig, Occult 45 – all ages [info]
3/28/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Dendritic Arbor, Meth Quarry [info]
3/29/2015 The Meatlocker – Monclair, NJ – all ages w/ Artificial Brain, Organ Dealer, Sunrot
4/25/2015 Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria
5/01/2015 Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer [info]
5/02/2015 No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more [info]
5/03/2015 Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired [info]
5/14/2015 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY w/ Fantasy Panther, Scowl
5/15/2015 TBA New England
5/16/2015 TBA New England

DIE CHOKING will enter Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) April 1st to lay down thirteen tracks for their debut LP. With an unyielding and uncompromising style of thrash-gone-grind speedfreak hardcore, DIE CHOKING’s already frighteningly unhinged attack will be witnessed with even greater magnitude on the as-yet-unnamed LP, with even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements employed in the design work of the songs.

GOD’S HATE Premieres “Father Inferior” Single At Bloody Disgusting; Single Precedes Debut LP Coming This Summer

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Kicking off the week with a brutalizing slab of revulsion, Southern California’s GOD’S HATE has released the title track to their impending Father Inferior 7” through the aid of Bloody Disgusting entertainment portal. “Father Inferior” is the lead song from the impending single of the same name, which is set to strike in April. Recorded at The Pit in Van Nuys, California by Taylor Young, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige, this A-side destroyer is the perfect introduction to GOD’S HATE’s sacrilegious, low-end thunder they so dominantly deliver, influenced by the likes of Merauder, Stigmata and Hatebreed,

The GOD’S HATE hymn, “Father Inferior,” is now punishing all in earshot at Bloody Disgusting RIGHT HERE.

The impending Father Inferior will be a limited 7” single, pressed in a run of 500 copies and made available in late April. Stand by for additional release details on the single and following LP, entitled Mass Murder — which is currently being recorded by the band — both to see release through Closed Casket Activities, the label also responsible for the GOD’S HATE debut EP, Divine Injustice, released in February 2014. Preorders for Father Inferior are now available HERE.

In the meantime, GOD’S HATE has confirmed several upcoming tour actions for the weeks ahead, including a performance on the first of two days of mayhem at Richmond, Virginia’s United Blood Fest this Friday, March 27th, joining the likes of Judge, Breakdown, Terror, Cold World, Crown Of Thornz, Harm’s Way and others. Just two weeks later, GOD’S HATE returns to the East Coast to provide direct support for SoCal kin, Disgrace, on the band’s True Enemy tour, which includes sets from both acts at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 18th with Testament, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Nails, Indecision, Incendiary, Suburban Scum, Incantation, Wisdom In Chains and many more.

GOD’S HATE Tour Dates:
3/27/2015 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA @ United Blood IX [info]
4/12/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ Disgrace
4/13/2015 Bogies – Albany, NY w/ Disgrace
4/14/2015 Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC w/ Disgrace
4/15/2015 SHIBGB’s – Toronto, ON w/ Disgrace
4/16/2015 Ocean Garden – Buffalo, NY w/ Disgrace
4/17/2015 The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nails, Incendiary, Disgrace
4/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]

EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

SKINLESS: Reunited New York Death Metal Legion To Release First New Full-Length In Over Eight Years; Artwork + Release Date Revealed – Reunited New York death metal legion, SKINLESS, will defile the ears of the living this June with their first new studio offering in nearly a decade. [More…]

STEARICA: Clash Magazine Premieres Track From Italian Instrumental Trio Featuring Colin Stetson; Additional Fertile LP Guest Musicians Revealed – A brand new single from powerful Turin, Italy-based instrumental rock outfit, STEARICA, off of their impending album Fertile, has been premiered by massive UK-based Clash Magazine, the song featuring Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, etc.). [More…]

TODAY IS THE DAY Declares Spring US Tour With Lazer/Wulf; Two New Videos From Animal Mother LP Near CompletionTODAY IS THE DAY hereby announces the band’s return to widespread live performances this Spring, this week announcing a month-long US tour to take place in April and May. [More…]

MELTED SPACE: New Album From Orchestral Metal Outfit To See Late Summer Release Via Sensory Records – Orchestral/operatic metal collective, MELTED SPACE, is proud to announce a newly-signed worldwide deal with Sensory Records for the late Summer release of the outfit’s sophomore full-length opus, The Great Lie. [More…]

MAESTUS: Debut Full-Length From Blackened Doom Collective Streaming In Full At Decibel – Pacific Northwestern blackened doom collective, MAESTUS, recently unveiled the forlorn fruit of their debut full-length, Voir Dire. [More…]

OBSEQUIAE: Middle Ages Metal Outfit Premieres Two Lead Tracks From Impending Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP Via No Clean Singing – While Minnesota-based Middle Ages-inspired metal clan, OBSEQUIAE, prepares for the looming release of its Aria Of Vernal Tombs sophomore LP through 20 Buck Spin this May, the diehard followers of the band at No Clean Singing have publicly unveiled exclusive streams of the album’s first two tracks, as the vernal equinox nears this week. [More…]

DISGRACE: Southern California Hardcore Henchmen Now Streaming Entire True Enemy LP At Lambgoat – Southern California-based DISGRACE will release their defiant debut LP, True Enemy, through upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities at the end of the month, and as an early indulgence for the band’s fans, Lambgoat is now streaming the entire album early. [More…]

KINGS DESTROY: Brooklyn Stoner Rock/Doom Collective Unveils First Single From New Album Via Noisey – Today, Brooklyn stoner rock/doom collective, KINGS DESTROY, are pleased to unveil, “W2,” the first single from their forthcoming new, self-titled full-length. [More…]

KING PARROT Releases New Video Featuring Philip H. Anselmo; Album Preorders Available + Band To Kick Off US Tour With Weedeater Friday – Australian thrash grind unit and recent Housecore Records signees, KING PARROT, will release their long-awaited new full-length May 19th in North America via Housecore Records. [More…]

WINO & CONNY OCHS Premiere Freedom Conspiracy LP Opener “Drain” Through Revolver MagazineFreedom Conspiracy, the second collaborative album between American doom/rock icon, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and enigmatic German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, is now less than two weeks from worldwide release via Exile On Mainstream Records, and today, Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of the LP’s overcast lead track, “Drain.” [More…]

THEORIES: New Full-Length From Pacific Northwest Death Grind Miscreants Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges; Regression To See North American Release Via Metal Blade Records – Today,Pacific Northwest death grind miscreants, THEORIES, offer up the molten fruitage of their impending Regression full-length in its scathing entirety via Invisible Oranges. [More…]

GRUESOME: No Clean Singing Debuts Opening Track From Impending Relapse-Bound Album By Death Metal Division; Members Of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation And Derketa Unite – While Relapse Records puts the final grisly details in place for the release of Savage Land, the debut album from Death-inspired metal collective, GRUESOME — uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, Derketa and more — No Clean Singing has unleashed the opening title track to the disc. [More…]

LIFELESS: Dream LP From New Jersey Hardcore Crew Playing At Blow The Scene; Album Out Next Week Via Fast Break! Records – Following well over a year of buildup and preparation, New Jersey’s LIFELESS will finally unveil their punishing second full-length, Dream, via Fast Break! Records on March 31st, and the entire album is now boiling over upon the masses in its entirety via Blow The Scene. [More…]

WRVTH: Technical Death Dealers Announce May Live Takeover – Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, technical death dealers WRATH OF VESUVIUS, otherwise known as WRVTH, will embark upon another run of live takeovers, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. [More…]

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors Announce North American Spring Tour With SólstafirOccult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will bring their rituals to the stage on a near month-long live run alongside atmospheric Icelandic metallers, Sólstafir. [More…]

ENCOFFINATION Confirms Rare Abyss Of Funeral Winds Mini-Tour In April; 2xLP Version Of III – Hear Me, O’ Death (Sing Thou Wretched Choirs) Available – American cult death/doom duo, ENCOFFINATION, will crawl forth from their usual obscurity early this April to deliver a rare wave of their macabre, slow-motion funeral marches to several East Coast US locations on the Abyss Of Funeral Winds Tour. [More…]

BURNT BOOKS: 2nd Album From Avant-garde Punks Out Now On Retro Futurist; Album Now Playing At Selective MemoryWhere There’s Smoke There’s Fire, the writhing second album from Columbia, South Carolina-based BURNT BOOKS, is out today through Retro Futurist Records. I [More…]

DAWN OF AZAZEL: Long-Running New Zealand-Based Death Metal Tyrants To Release New Full-Length - Long-running New Zealand-based progressive death metal tyrants, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will release their fourth full-length next month. [More…]

CROM DUBH: London Epic Black Metal Sect Releases Debut Album Heimweh Through Ván Records – Germany’s Ván Records is proud to have London-based epic black metal sect, CROM DUBH, a part of their ever-expanding roster, as the band’s debut full-length album Heimweh is released onto the masses. [More…]

VALBORG: German Dark, Primitive Metal Trio To Unleash Fifth Full-Length Opus Via Temple Of Torturous – German-based dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, will unleash their fifth full-length opus via Temple Of Torturous. [More…]

TOTAL NEGATION: One-Man Blackened Doom Metal Venture To Release New Full-Length Via Temple Of Torturous – One-man blackened doom metal assault, TOTAL NEGATION, will unleash third full-length, Zeitzeuge, this May via Sweden-based Temple Of Torturous Records. [More…]

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TOTAL NEGATION: One-Man Blackened Doom Metal Venture To Release New Full-Length Via Temple Of Torturous

Friday, March 20th, 2015

One-man blackened doom metal assault, TOTAL NEGATION, will unleash third full-length, Zeitzeuge, this May via Sweden-based Temple Of Torturous Records.

The follow-up to the 2013-issued Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume, which The Liar Of Filth fittingly dubbed a, “dark and challenging, yet ultimately very rewarding listening,” Zeitzeuge maintains the cold, eerie elements of its predecessor. The integration of instruments like the melodica and the vibraphone still intact, on Zeitzeuge master craftsman Wiedergaenger allows for more breathing room and breadth in his compositions. Still cold, depressive and atmospherically corrosive, Wiedergaenger manages to merge primal black metal, doom and Krautrock elements into a sound that’s at once lush, confounding, and apocalyptic. Cold, dire, twisted, diseased and bedecked in Wiedergaenger’s intense German storytelling, Zeitzeuge relays the story of a contemporary witness, who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others.

Zeitzeuge Track Listing:
1. Betrachter
2. Fluechtling
3. Augenzeuge
4. Kronzeuge
5. Heimkehrer
6. Zeitzeuge

Zeitzeuge will be released digitally and on vinyl via Temple Of Torturous on June 16th, 2015 with track teasers and preorders to be unveiled soon. Until then, weep.

“…if you’re always on the lookout for the strangest, most obscure output black metal has to offer, there’s no way around TOTAL NEGATION.” – Cvlt Nation