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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18th, 2014

YOB: New Track From Clearing The Path To Ascend Now Playing At Stereogum – As the release of Clearing The Path To Ascend, the forthcoming new long player from Oregon doom icons, YOB, dawns, the band reveals the crushing resonance of “Unmask The Spectre.” Already teased in the album’s record trailer, fans finally get a taste of track three in full courtesy of host site, Stereogum. [MORE]

ORANGE GOBLIN’s New Album Coming This October; Track Streaming At Loudwire – Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for ORANGE GOBLIN’s new album, Back From The Abyss. [More…]

MALPRACTICE Releases Debut Single From Sensory Records-Bound Fourth Album Via BraveWords – With the release of MALPRACTICE’s fourth studio full-length, Turning Tides, just over a month from release via Sensory Records, the album’s first single has been released through an exclusive stream at metal webzine, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. [MORE]

SWASHBUCKLE: We Hate The Sea EP Now Playing – Dig deep into your pockets and hand over your doubloons to New Jersey raiders, SWASHBUCKLE, for a copy of their We Hate The Sea EP, or be consumed by their treacherous wake as they unleash hell for the release. [MORE]

DRUNK DAD & HONDURAN: Eolian Scum Unite For Ugly Month-Long US Tour – You can tell from the Eolian relation that’s it’s already going to be an ugly tour in its inception. But no, this upcoming DRUNK DAD and HONDURAN US trek is just a really ugly looking tour based upon the new flyer, the image resembling a mangled W-shaped grin where every tooth has been reworked with the outline of a boot… [MORE]

SUICIDE SILENCE + THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announce North American Co-Headlining Tour – California based extreme metal titans, SUICIDE SILENCE, and Michigan’s unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, will combine forces this Fall on a heavy metal campaign across North America. [MORE]

RINGS OF SATURN Debuts Single From Third Full-Length With 3-D Video At Metal Injection; Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour Begins – Bay Area tech-death outfit, RINGS OF SATURN, has unveiled the initial single from their highly awaited third full-length album, Lugal Ki En, through a conceptual 3-D video for the album’s opening track, “Senseless Massacre.” [MORE]

SOCIETY SUCKER: Get This Right Records Confirms New Release From North Carolina Hardcore Outfit – Get This Right Records confirms the September release of the new self-titled EP from Wilmington, North Carolina-based hardcore outfit, SOCIETY SUCKER. [MORE]

HOD: New Hell Hymn From San Antonio Blackened Death Legion Now Playing At Revolver; Band Prepares For Live Takeovers – In less than one month, San Antonio blackened death legion, HOD, will unleash all out Hell with their long-awaited forthcoming new full-length, Book Of The Worm… [MORE]

MAID MYRIAD Posts Opening Track From Debut Album Playing At American Aftermath – In advance of their impending Nefarious Industries debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, Akron-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, releases the opening track and multiple preorder packages for the album. [MORE]

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT: Cvlt Nation Leaks Two New Tracks By Iron Lung Industrial/Noise Side Project – Cvlt Nation is currently punishing the masses with a double-dose of distressing no-wave industrial mayhem courtesy of PIG HEART TRANSPLANT — the solo project of Iron Lung’s Jon Kortland — culled from his second full-length, For Mass Consumption, which is nearing release this September via 20 Buck Spin and the band’s own Iron Lung Records. [MORE]

GOATWHORE Wraps Up Summer Slaughter 2014; Band To Support Samhain On Select Dates – Following a near month-long run of live debauchery on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour, New Orleans’ favorite metal horde/perpetual road hounds, GOATWHORE, will take a short break before going roadbound again in September supporting death rock/horror punk icons Samhain on select dates. [MORE]

LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour Confirmed – Tucson-based depravity squad, LETHAL DOSAGE, is ready to intoxicate the Southwest once again, having locked down another tour of the region for this Fall. [MORE]

TELOCH VOVIN: NYC Occult Black Metal Coven Announces New Live Rituals; Limited EP Release Confirmed - Following nearly a year off the grid, NYC-based black metal coven TELOCH VOVIN has declared a rash of late Summer/early Autumn live rituals across the region, as well as new, impending recordings. [MORE]

EXCEL: Additional Details On Southern Lord Reissue Of Classic Split Image LP Released – Following their 2013 reunion, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, has since teamed up with Southern Lord, who is now reissuing their debut album, Split Image, originally released in 1987 through Suicidal and Caroline Records. [MORE]

INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Squad Unleash First-Ever Music Video At Metal Injection – Having shattered legs and various other limbs with their pioneering style of slam since the early ‘90s, New York death metal legends INTERNAL BLEEDING are preparing to initiate their latest offensive with the release of Imperium, and as a precursor to its unveiling, Metal Injection premieres the new video for the album’s “Castigo Corpus Meum.” [MORE]

BLACK ANVIL: New York Black Metallers Announce Additional Live Infiltrations; Tour With Skeletonwitch And Ghoul To Commence Next Month – New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, are gathering their ammo for a live infiltration alongside Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Noisey Debuts Brand New Burner From Philly Hypershredders – As Philadelphia’s hypershred-grinders, DIE CHOKING, prep their second 7” for public infiltration this September, today Noisey breaks off the first chunk off of the EP and rams it into humanity’s collective jugular. [More…]

BLACKWOLFGOAT: New Psychedelic Psalm From Progressive Drone Project Dominating The Airwaves Of Cvlt Nation; Forthcoming Full-Length To See Release Via Small Stone Recordings – Progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT is the solo vessel of guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw) specializing in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, as well as purely ambient pieces. [More…]

NEOPERA: Armoury Records Confirms Debut From Classical/Metal Fusion Act Featuring Members Of Gamma Ray And Dark Age – Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records confirms the upcoming debut album from Germany’s NEOPERA, founded by guitarist and driving force of German metal band Dark Age, Joern Schubert, and featuring Dirk Schlaechter, longtime bassist for German metal titans, Gamma Ray. [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Los Angeles Sludgecore Unit Drops “Guiding Light” At Decibel: Twilight Upon Us Release Draws Near – As the official unveiling of Twilight Upon Us, the forthcoming debut from West Coast sludgecore perpetrators, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, draws near, today Decibel spews forth a new helping of heaviness with the sonic menace of “Guiding Light.” [More…]

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COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Los Angeles Sludgecore Unit Drops “Guiding Light” At Decibel: Twilight Upon Us Release Draws Near

Friday, August 15th, 2014

As the official unveiling of Twilight Upon Us, the forthcoming debut from West Coast sludgecore perpetrators, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, draws near, today Decibel spews forth a new helping of heaviness with the sonic menace of “Guiding Light.”

Called “scary sick,” follow the light to Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, break some pavement to “Sleepwalking” still streaming at Metal Insider at THIS LOCATION.

Named in honor of a song by iconic noise rockers Big Black but more commonly known as a method of murder where the victim’s throat is slashed and the tongue is pulled through the open wound, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE’s Twilight Upon Us was produced by Erol “Rollie” Ulug (Graf Orlock) at Bright Lights Studios. Dubbed, “violent and impressive…,” in a 4/5 review from Stereokiller and a, “highly recommended listen for all connoisseurs of heaviness,” by Wonderbox Metal, Twilight Upon Us delivers thirteen grisly tracks of dark, riff-soaked, emotionally explosive audio wreckage.

Since forming in the Los Angeles in the Fall of 2010, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE — vocalist Scott Werren, guitarists Juan Hernandez-Cruz and Ben Daniels, drummer Ben Brinckerhoff and bassist Alex DuPuis — has earned a reputation for their punishing riffs and maniacal DIY work ethic. Though clearly rooted in hardcore, tracks like the syncopated, sludgy death march of “Play The Game” and midtempo thrash of “Drought,” complete with squealing synths, add a welcome dose of variance to an album that’s uncompromising in its aggression. “We don’t feel like we fit in any one genre, we just kind of slam things against a wall and focus more on how it makes us feel than where it fits in,” Hernandez-Cruz admits. “Our influences range from Cave In and Snapcase to Orchid and Page 99 so we never try to limit ourselves when it comes to what we do stylistically.”

Twilight Upon Us will be released independently on August 19th, 2014.


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BLACKWOLFGOAT: New Psychedelic Psalm From Progressive Drone Project Dominating The Airwaves Of Cvlt Nation; Forthcoming Full-Length To See Release Via Small Stone Recordings

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Progressive drone project, BLACKWOLFGOAT is the solo vessel of guitarist Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar, Hackman, Milligram, Roadsaw) specializing in looped guitar movements, building and layering upon each other to create compositions of dense distortion and delicate lines, as well as purely ambient pieces. Shepard’s BLACKWOLFGOAT will unleash a brand new full-length entitled Drone Maintenance later this month via Small Stone.

As a precursor to its unveiling, Cvlt Nation is currently streaming second track, “Notausgang.” Comments Shepard, “‘Notausgang’ is a psychedelic guitar freak-out, definitely different from anything BLACKWOLFGOAT has done before. It was inspired by bands like Guru Guru and Ash Ra Tempel, German bands from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s who had lots of crazy guitar stuff going on in their songs. And Jimi Hendrix too, there’s definitely some Hendrix influence in there as well. It’s basically just a straight up guitar freak-out.”

Adds Cvlt Nation, “Drone Maintenance invites us into an alternate, futuristic dimension, where we see life through the eyes of a drone repairman, and the music invokes a strange feeling, one of being the last human job on a mechanized planet, but not necessarily in a dystopic way.”

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Engineered and mixed by Glenn Smith (Tired Old Bones Ehnahre, Ichabod et al) at his Amps vs. Ohms studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ten-track Drone Maintenance is a quasi-concept album that sends Shepard into the future as a drone repairman, fixing and servicing rogue drones. Musically, BLACKWOLFGOAT’s palette has expanded to include acoustic guitar and judiciously applied vocal parts, but the main focus remains the electric guitar itself — without any other instrumentation or ulterior motives, and frequently captured live in one take with minimal overdubs of carefully considered embellishments added to the base layer. Inspired by early-‘70s fusion, Krautrock, (Randy Holden’s Population II) and suffocating doom, each song could serve as a soundtrack for an as-yet-unrealized film, yet they stand on their own and transduce their own moods. Drone Maintenance urges listeners to leave all preconceptions of traditional music at the door and take an audio journey to places both bathed in sunlight and cloaked in darkness. Additionally, Drone Maintenance boasts another otherworldly creation from renowned artist Alexander von Wieding (Karma To Burn, Monster Magnet, Trouble, etc.).

BLACKWOLFGOAT’s Drone Maintenance will be released via Small Stone Recordings August 26th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION where you can also sample closing track, “Cyclopian Utopia.”

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INTERNAL BLEEDING: New York Death Metal Squad Unleash First-Ever Music Video At Metal Injection

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Having shattered legs and various other limbs with their pioneering style of slam since the early ‘90s, New York death metal legends, INTERNAL BLEEDING, are preparing to initiate their latest offensive with the release of Imperium — their first new-full length in close to a decade.

Set for release next month via Unique Leader Records, INTERNAL BLEEDING’s Imperium was produced by the band alongside Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York. The opus – engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer – serves as the band’s heaviest, most slam-fueled manifestation of their grisly catalog.

As a precursor to its unveiling, today the gate keepers at Metal Injection premiere the new video for Imperium’s closing bruiser, “Castigo Corpus Meum.” Loosely meaning “I punish my body,” this smoldering clip serves as the band’s first official music video in their twenty-plus year career. Comments drummer Bill Tolley, “We chose ‘Castigo’ because it contains everything you’d expect from us — the spine crushing slams, the dramatic tempo changes and heavy grooves — plus it has a bit of a surprise twist at the end that we think makes the song interesting and a bit different than what you’d expect from us.”

Fray your eyes and ears to “Castigo Corpus Meum,” now playing at Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

Coinciding with the release of Imperium, INTERNAL BLEEDING will level stages across North America as part of this year’s crushing Carnival Of Death tour. Set to commence on October 3rd, 2014 in New York City, the tour will leave nearly two-dozen cities in ruin, coming to a close on November 3rd, 2014, in Montreal. The band will be joined by Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia.

INTERNAL BLEEDING
Carnival Of Death Tour 2014 w/ Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia:
10/03/2014 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/04/2014 The Webster – Hartford, CT
10/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
10/06/2014 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
10/07/2014 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/08/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
10/11/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/12/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/16/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
10/17/2014 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/18/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/19/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2014 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2014 The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
10/22/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 The Level – Kelowna, BC
10/27/2014 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK
10/29/2014 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/2014 Mine Mill Hall – Sudbury, ON
11/01/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/02/2014 Paramount – Rouyn, QC
11/03/2014 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

Imperium will be released via Unique Leader Records on September 30th, 2014. Preorder packages are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

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LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour Confirmed

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Tucson-based depravity squad, LETHAL DOSAGE, is ready to intoxicate the Southwest once again, having locked down another tour of the region for this Fall.

Having already torched the region on their Consume The Southwest Tour in February, and again during their more widespread Consume The West Tour in June, LETHAL DOSAGE will bring their crushing ruckus to another six towns across the Southwest US. Beginning October 6th, the Completely Meaningless Party Tour will blaze Anaheim, Ventura, Las Vegas, Flagstaff and Tempe before the caravan smolders out with a final show in their hometown on October 11th. The band’s hometown brethren in Evasion will be joining the melee as support for LETHAL DOSAGE on all dates.

LETHAL DOSAGE Completely Meaningless Party Tour:
10/06/2014 The Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
10/07/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA
10/08/2014 Adrenaline Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/09/2014 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
10/10/2014 Tempe Tavern – Tempe, AZ
10/11/2014 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

LETHAL DOSAGE released their second full-length album, Consume, in February via local cohorts, Battleground Records. Having harnessed the band’s massive live sound at Arcane Digital Studio, engineered by Ryan Butler and then finalized at Sonorous Mastering, Consume rages with over fifty caustic minutes of groove-heavy metal with elements of brutal hardcore infusing elements of Lamb Of God, Chimaira, Pantera, and Hatebreed, yet consumed with the band’s own self-destructive, caustic, desert-baked contamination. Consume is available in an economical, eco-friendly four-panel digipak exclusively at Earsplit Distro, and digitally via Bandcamp.

“…an exuberant, very welcome surprise… the sound on this album is positively monstrous.” – Chronicles Of Chaos

“…a modern and highly brutal form of death-influenced and groove-laden metal in the vein of Chimaira or Lamb Of God.” – Puregrainaudio

“Consume is filled with ominous riffs and ample groove, with a breakdown here and there. The bile-filled vocals are balanced with bouncy grooves…” – About.com

“Up-and-coming Tucson-based metal quintet Lethal Dosage’s second release, Consume, follows a nonlinear narrative throughout its 10 tracks about the devastating effects of alcoholism, opening a window into the lives and situations affected by the addict… The juxtaposition of orderly and precise music with detached lyrics driven by cold reasoning makes Consume play out like an Apollonian Greek tragedy.” – Tucson Weekly


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GOATWHORE Wraps Up Summer Slaughter 2014; Headlining Takeovers Commence + Band To Support Samhain On Select Dates

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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Following a near month-long run of live debauchery on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour, today New Orleans’ favorite metal horde/perpetual road hounds, GOATWHORE, kick off a short bout of headlining takeovers through Pittsburgh, Newport, and Poughkeepsie before making a special appearance at this year’s Gwar B-Q on August 16th. The band will take a short break before going roadbound again in September supporting death rock/horror punk icons Samhain on select dates. Additionally, GOATWHORE will make their way to Europe this Fall/Winter with headliners Dying Fetus. Set to commence on November 8th in Liege, Belgium, the epic journey will trample its way through nearly four dozen metropolises, coming to a close on December 20th in Leer, Germany. Additional support will be provided by Malevolence and Fallujah.

GOATWHORE is currently touring in support of their Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length, an infernal masterpiece which debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Constricting Rage Of The Merciless also ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart!

Earlier this Summer GOATWHORE unveiled their ripping new video for third Constricting Rage Of The Merciless hymn, “Baring Teeth For Revolt.” Shot at the infamous House Of Shock in New Orleans by lauded videographer David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Hell Yeah, Whitechapel, Cannibal Corpse, Municipal Waste et al), the clip is an audio/visual hailstorm of bludgeoning live energy. View “Baring Teeth For Revolt” below.

GOATWHORE Live Assaults:
8/13/2014 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
8/14/2014 Thompson House – Newport, KY
8/15/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
8/16/2014 Gwar BQ @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA
9/19/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/20/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
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
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 – Hambur, DE
12/20/2014 Zollhaus – Leer, DE

Crowned “…a blasphemous blast…” by Decibel Magazine, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless is at once predatory, epic, misanthropic and sadistic. Captured at Mana Recording Studios with Erik Rutan at the helm, the record invokes the tar-thick, battle-ready tone and vitality of GOATWHORE’s molten onstage attack in a way previous releases have not and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and media globally. Sputnik Music gushes “[GOATWHORE] deserve a ton of credit for grinding along for so long making blackened death/thrash metal with the same level of ferocity, enthusiasm and New Orleans grit as they were on their 2000 debut The Eclipses Of Ages Into Black… one of extreme metal’s most unheralded, blue-collar bands,” Metal Injection christens it, the new high water mark of the group’s work thus far,” while Exclaim concludes, “GOATWHORE have always had the stench of brimstone about them, and their latest offering in no different, a vein of smoldering hatred for everything pure and good anchoring the record in a kind of ravenous decadence.” Elsewhere Invisible Oranges calls Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, “a fucking solid release and one wild ride down the highway to Hell,” Dead Rhetoric applauds the band’s “masterful work of extreme metal,” while Pop Matters adds fittingly, “a brutally bleak aural onslaught that will no doubt get metal heads pumping their fists and headbanging along with these pummeling anthems of chaos and despair. Clear heirs to the thrash metal throne, GOATWHORE ably step up with this masterful slab of blacked metal and stake their claim as one of the best in the business circa-2014. One listen to the exhausting Constricting Rage Of The Merciless would make theirs a hard case to refute.

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MAID MYRIAD Posts Opening Track From Debut Album Playing At American Aftermath; Preorders Posted + Mini-Tour Begins This Week

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

In advance of their impending Nefarious Industries debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath, Akron-based kaleidoscope rock act, MAID MYRIAD, will embark on a string of shows, today also releasing the opening track and multiple preorder packages for the album.

“Encircled” opens up With Haste On Its Breath with just enough of a furious rhythmic pulse to accent the finesse and boundless vocal delivery the versatile MAID MYRIAD trio courageously master on the album, encapsulating a wide view of some of the album’s incredibly infectious, hook-strewn characteristics. The track is now playing at American Aftermath who issues, “The band combines an array of influences, including progressive rock and 90’s post-hardcore/emo, into a dynamic and emotional display of alternative rock mastery,” adding on the track “Encircled” itself, “the track’s dream-like verses, driving riffs that close out the track and Jeff Klemm’s near angelic vocals are sure to be stuck in your head all day. In fact, we guarantee that.”

Listen to “Encircled” now at THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for With Haste On Its Breath have been posted, including three different bundle packages; CD, CD + T-Shirt, CD + two T-Shirts; each one includes a 17″ tour poster, stickers, and an instant download of the opening track, “Encircled”. Check it out HERE.

This Thursday, August 14th and Friday the 15th MAID MYRIAD — guitarist/vocalist Jeff Klemm, drummer Greg Meisenberg, and bassist Mario Tonathy — will perform in their home state of Ohio, in Cleveland and Kent, respectively, followed by a show in Clarksburg, West Virginia on the 16th. And amid other widespread tour actions to be booked in advance and through the release of With Haste On Its Breath, just days before its official street dates of October 7th, MAID MYRIAD has confirmed a record release show in Kent, Ohio on Saturday, October 4th, at which the band will perform the entire new album. Jeff Klemm has also lined up an extensive string of solo acoustic gigs, where he displays alternate adaptations of ‘MYRIAD songs and additional material separate from the band’s catalog. The other side to his creative cerebral coin, his crooning acrobatic vocals and spiderweb fingerpicking acoustic guitar has earned his solo set such praise as “Sounds like if Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake went out on a full moon heartbreak bar crawl.” There will be a few more acoustic additions in the next two weeks.

MAID MYRIAD tour dates:
8/14/2014 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Stems, Ottawa, The Spectral Type [info]
8/15/2014 Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ From Borealis [info]
8/16/2014 Main St Café – Clarksburg, WV w/ Arcane Haven and Provoke, Destroy [info]
10/04/2014 The Kent Stage – Kent, OH *CD RELEASE w/ Simeon Soul Charger [info]

JCK (of MAID MYRIAD) solo shows:
8/31/2014 Annabell’s Lounge – Akron, OH *Sad Songs for Sad Bastards Barbecue [info]
9/12/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor [info]
9/13/2014 AVA Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor
9/23/2014 The Auricle – Canton, OH w/ Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor [info]
9/26/2014 Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY w/ Nate Dodge & Andra Taylor [info]

Boasting a beautiful style of post-progressive/alternative/pop they like to refer to as kaleidoscope rock, MAID MYRIAD blends dynamically angst-fueled progressive riffs, delicate pin drop moments, and intense start/stop dynamics. The band’s debut full-length, With Haste On Its Breath brings on a dozen new songs radiating in nearly an hour of their most expansive and explosive material to date. Bursting with influences from a gamut of rock subgenres, one can hear elements of Sense Field, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dredg, Cave In, Tool and more all seamlessly honed and brought to vibrant life with a passionate, dynamic, clean vocal delivery, produced and engineered by Klemm at Free Truman Productions, and then mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Adrenaline Mob, Foxy Shazam, etc.)

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HOD: New Hell Hymn From San Antonio Blackened Death Legion Now Playing At Revolver; Band Prepares For Live Takeovers

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In less than one month, San Antonio blackened death legion, HOD, will unleash all out Hell with their long-awaited forthcoming new full-length, Book Of The Worm.

Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice), Book Of The Worm features the recording lineup of guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A. and former drummer Dennis Sanders and boasts eight infernal odes of filth, decadence and global suffering with artwork by the masterful Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia). In preparation of its impending infiltration, today Revolver Magazine spews forth “Where Are The Demons.”

Relays the band of the newest psalm of iniquity, “Where are the Demons? Metal is losing its fangs. Becoming too safe. Only in the underground does true metal run wild. While posers and safe bands sit at the top on a false throne, we will show where the true Demons are. View into the abyss and we will stare back at you!”

Celebrate true evil, courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed, sink your ear holes into “Through the Gates (They Come For Me)” still streaming at Decibel at  THIS LOCATION.

As a precursor to the record’s official decent, HOD will spread their sonic plague throughout their home state with a handful of live abrasions with additional takeovers to be announced in the coming weeks.

HOD:
8/23/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX w/ Spellcaster
8/30/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX w/ Absu, Midnight, Morbosidad, Morgengrau
9/19/2014 The Curtain Club @ Embrace the Darkness Fest #2 – Dallas, TX w/ Sardonic Witchery, Witchaven, Vesperian Sorrow, Steel Bearing Hand
9/20/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX w/ Sardonic Witchery, Witchaven, Morgengrau, more
11/15/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX w/ Imprecation, Weaponizer, Ritual Decay, Sardonic Witchery, Khringe, Preteen Deathfuck

Through a steady diet of live assaults and a steadfast DIY ethic, HOD has become an underground institution of sorts reaping the acclaim of fans and critics globally for the fuck-all brand of sonic debauchery. Last Rites commends HOD’s ultimately “lethal attack,” and “full-on badassery,” further championing their “commanding, ugly fucking blackened death slabs punctuated with micro-rending buzzsaw leads,” while No Clean Singing applauds their “thrashing charge of hybridized black and death metal that’s as dynamic and technically impressive as it is primally appealing.” Elsewhere, Sea Of Tranquility agrees, “the band pummels the listener with straight ahead death metal insanity,” while Dead Rhetoric laud’s their terminally apocalyptic brand of “prime American death metal, with the right amount of space between tech-y and brutal.”

Book Of The Worm will be unleashed on September 9th, 2014 via Arctic Music. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

“…death metal for people who want the blood and guts of the sound, rather than the glossy veneer that the larger labels have perpetrated since Roadrunner liquidated their original roster. No frills is good frills when it comes to this kind of work, and HOD makes up for it with brawler bravado that demands respect. The Texas metal underground continues to maintain a bullpen of enduring, credible acts, and Book Of The Worm is another nasty weapon in its arsenal.” – The Examiner

“There is no softness on this album, no moments of respite from the chaotic blackness and brutal assault. This is not a band who want to be your friends or play nice. This is music purely designed to destroy and worship the foul Gods of the Metal underworld, wherever they dwell.” – Wonderbox Metal


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DRUNK DAD & HONDURAN: Eolian Scum Unite For Ugly Month-Long US Tour

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

You can tell from the Eolian relation that’s it’s already going to be an ugly tour in its inception. But no, this upcoming DRUNK DAD and HONDURAN US trek is just a really ugly looking tour based upon the new flyer, the image resembling a mangled W-shaped grin where every tooth has been reworked with the outline of a boot… an appropriate if not totally accidental visual metaphor of said trek. From August 29th through September 30th, this Portland-based duo will plow through a counter-clockwise arc of the American colonies, with twenty-seven municipalities on the shitlist for the scummiest beatdown of the season, including shows with Same Sex Dictator, Godstomper, Stapled Shut, The Drip, Rabbits and tons more.

Additionally, both bands will perform matinees at the Eolian Empire-organized D.I.Y. “anti-fest” dubbed Festicide this weekend, a celebration of the heavy, noisy, and weird featuring Eolian artists Rabbits, Diesto, Towers and Big Black Cloud in addition to DRUNK DAD and HONDURAN, among non-label friends including Thrones, Stoneburner, Hungers and Sloths. The three-day, seven-show, twenty-five-band gathering will raid Portland, Oregon from August 15th through 17th, featuring shows that are all either $5 or free. A note to fest-goers: The East End had a fire and is out of commission for the festivities, so the show with HONDURAN, Rabbits and more this Saturday the 16th has been moved to Slabtown.

DRUNK DAD & HONDURAN US Tour:
8/29/2014 Club 21 – Portland, OR w/ Same Sex Dictator
9/04/2014 The Colony – Sacramento, CA
9/05/2014 Hemlock – San Francisco, CA w/ Disastroid
9/06/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Godstomper, Sete Star Sept, Gods America
9/07/2014 MDM Studios – Los Angeles, CA w/ Stapled Shut, Actuary, Vulva Esser, Shitbrains, Putasos
9/08/2014 TBA – Flagstaff, AZ
9/09/2014 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Roñoso, Doomed to Exist, My Man Mike
9/10/2014 The Grynde – El Paso, TX w/ Communion of Thieves
9/11/2014 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ The Unmothered, The Dead See
9/12/2014 Vino’s Brew Pub – Little Rock, AR
9/13/2014 The East Room – Nashville, TN w/ Sheepshifter, Realeyes, One Beggar Sun
9/14/2014 Ten Pins Tavern – Athens, GA w/ Toxic Ass Implant
9/15/2014 Foxfield Bar and Grill – Columbia, SC
9/16/2014 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA
9/17/2014 TBA – Baltimore, MD
9/18/2014 Motel Hell – Philadelphia, PA w/ Heavy Medical
9/19/2014 The Gutter – Brooklyn, NY w/ Heavy Medical, Law$Uits
9/20/2014 Obrien’s – Boston, MA w/ The Proselyte, Jack Burton vs David Lopan
9/21/2014 Whitney House - Hartford, CT w/ Weald
9/22/2014 Certain Death – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Crappy Funeral
9/23/2014 TBA – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 Vandals – Kansas City, MO
9/25/2014 TBA – Denver, CO
9/27/2014 TBA – Missoula, MT
9/28/2014 Underground 15 – Spokane, WA
9/29/2014 Rays Golden Lion – Richland, WA w/ The Drip
9/30/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Rabbits

With HONDURAN jacking their mangled Northwestern flair to a crushing barrage of Bay Area-style crusty sludge/powerviolence and a cavalcade of cynicism, they’ll deliver damaging jams from their July 2013-released debut LP, Street Eagles, a dark, dangerous trip through Rip City, a labyrinth of blasted beats, chunked-up chug-a-lugs, and warrior cries with nary a solo in sight; all meat and bone, recorded by Fester (Rabbits, Nux Vomica, Stoneburner) at Haywire Studios. Experience a brutal, sonic bludgeoning in all its fine detail where Pitchfork says “racing and breaking powerviolence collides with down-tempo metal, while mathematical shifts interconnect passages of uncomplicated blitz,” and hometown publication Portland Mercury puked, “a powerviolence three-piece that create a whirlwind of noise.” ” Terrorizer hailed, “Distilled from the various subgenres of punk, powerviolence grind and hardcore, HONDURAN have thrown down a hefty slab of pissed-off noise, with even a hint of Unsane thrown into the mix and a touch of Melvins/Prong too, just enough to give it a sidesipe of oddness against the Converge/Napalm Death-style riffs.” Three of the album’s songs are also featured in the 2014 low-budget metal malcontent scammer pic film, Buzzard.

DRUNK DAD will be tackling audiences with their raucous brew of sonic grunge-core depravity — the kind of thing you put on to watch your neighbor’s plants wilt — while the country is still trying to air out after being ravaged by the band’s debut LP, Ripper Killer, at the beginning of July. Invisible Oranges said Ripper Killer is “like a triple word score for ‘noise rock’ and ‘grunge.’ Where other wearers of those styles are content to do a community theater approximation of danger, DRUNK DAD go right for the jugular.” Zero Tolerance printed a raging review which included, “DRUNK DAD do that ugly rot-that-walks sound with a pair of still-functioning bull-sized testicles.” And Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, championed the band “a bunch of irreverent, whiskey-swilling noisemakers, roaming the streets of Portland’s nightlife in an effort to refuel their Jim Beam tanks,” continuing, “when they tell you their genre is ‘fuck you all’ wave, they mean it. Really. Fuck you all, and fuck you for asking.”

Stream all of DRUNK DAD’s Ripper Killer LP at Invisible Oranges HERE and sample live footage of some of the LP’s carnage HERE. Watch HONDURAN’s official video for “Yawnmower” HERE and get the full Street Eagles experience HERE.

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YOB: New Track From Clearing The Path To Ascend Now Playing At Stereogum

Monday, August 11th, 2014

As the release of Clearing The Path To Ascend, the forthcoming new long player from Oregon doom icons, YOB, dawns, the band today reveals the crushing resonance of “Unmask The Spectre.” Already teased in the album’s record trailer, fans finally get a taste of track three in full courtesy of host site, Stereogum.

Comments founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, “This part of the album gets dark, but it also has a sense of beauty and resolve. The mood and atmosphere nod equal parts to old and new YOB. It’s one of my favorite things we’ve ever done.”

Adds Stereogum,Scheidt’s guitar bends like steel in a forge, and it bounces like hard rubber… YOB, the unit, function as a pure rhythm section: There are moments on Clearing The Path To Ascend when all three instruments [guitar, bass, drums] come down on the same beat that make me feel like I just got hit by a car. It’s also hard to shift focus away from Scheidt, who is exerting a gravitational pull all his own. He makes one guitar sound like a fleet of F-14s; his voice ranges from Leonard Cohen lows to Ozzy Osbourne highs to Matt Pike roars, and he somehow manages to shift between those extremes with the ease of Tony Bennett practicing scales… YOB are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal album you’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.”

Hear the dark and brooding sounds of “Unmask The Spectre” at THIS LOCATION.

Already listed among The Obelisk’s Records Not To Miss Before The New Year Hits Clearing The Path To Ascend is an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. The tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul, etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally in North America via Neurot Recordings on September 2nd, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th.

YOB will bring their otherworldly riff dominations to the stage beginning with a headlining performance at Portland’s Hoverfest alongside Witch Mountain, Eight Bells and more! The shows come in advance of the band’s previously announced overseas trek this Fall slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. YOB will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer.

YOB:
8/23/2014 Hoverfest – Portland, OR [info]
w/ Pallbearer:
9/03/2014 Tivoli de helling – Utrecht, NL
9/04/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
9/05/2014 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
9/08/2014 The Underworld – London, UK
9/10/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE
9/11/2014 Vera  - Groningen, NL
9/12/2014 Atlas – Aarhus, DK
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/14/2014 Hostsabbat @ Betong – Oslo, NO
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
9/27/2014  Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/214 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE

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