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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

NEUROSIS To Conquer Housecore Horror Film Fest; First Ever Australian Tour Nears – As the lineage of NEUROSIS nears its thirty-year mark, the band continues to perform across the planet sporadically but steadily — not having toured this heavily since the earlier years of their career — in seemingly unending support of their 2012-released tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay. [More…]

GOATWHORE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter UnderwayConstricting Rage Of The Merciless, the latest full-length from blackened death thrash behemoths, GOATWHORE, debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. [More…]

ULCERATE Issues European Tour Dates In The Wake Of Recent North American Carnage – In the wake of their recent and first full-on invasion of North America, revolutionary New Zealand death metal trio, ULCERATE, will return to the European continent this Fall. [More…]

MALPRACTICE: Sensory Confirms Release Info On Fourth Album from Finnish Progressive Thrash Unit - Having announced their new partnership with American progressive metal outlet, Sensory Records, in April of this year, Finland’s MALPRACTICE now officially confirms more details on their impending fourth album, Turning Tides. [More…]

CELAN: Corpse Flower Records Releases Vinyl Edition Of Debut From Experimental Noise Rock “Supergroup” – Corpse Flower Records is honored to release the vinyl edition of Halo, the debut from experimental noise rock unit, CELAN. [More…]

RABBITS Utilizes Invisible Oranges To Transmit Single From Looming Third LP, Untoward – Following the recent dissemination of news that Portland antisocialite brigade, RABBITS, has a bruising new album cruising towards release this Summer, today the first public audio flogging from the impending Untoward takes place through Invisible Oranges. [More…]

GOATWHORE Premieres Official “Baring Teeth For Revolt” Video Via Noisey; Summer Slaughter Dates Underway – The nefarious sound serpents in GOATWHORE are pleased to unleash the official video for “Baring Teeth For Revolt,” from their recently unveiled full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. [More…]

TWITCHING TONGUES: Decibel Magazine Streaming Entire Live LP From California Tribe – As upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities prepares to release the debut live release from Southern California’s brutalizing clan, TWITCHING TONGUES, today Decibel Magazine lets the rabid World War LIVE LP off the chain. [More…]

ANAGNORISIS Added To Gilead Fest; Band Confirms Lineup Shift + New LP Under Construction – Louisville, Kentucky’s ANAGNORISIS has just been confirmed to perform at this weekend’s massive Gilead Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. [More…]

ENABLER Premieres Official Video From La Fin Absolue Du Monde LP Via Metal Injection; New August Tour Dates Confirmed – Through an exclusive premiere with Metal Injection, ENABLER today releases their first official video, in the form of “Close My Eyes,” the opening track to their pounding second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde. [More…]

EARTH Confirms US Tour Dates In Conjunction With Release Of Primitive And Deadly LP – With the next phase of EARTH’s ongoing evolution coming closer to actuality, as their tenth studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, is set to see North American release on September 2nd, the group announces the next phase of international touring in support of the album, in the form of a month-long US tour. [More…]

MARTYRDÖD: Stereogum Now Streaming Elddop In Its Entirety – Stereogum today unveils Elddop, the fifth studio full-length from Swedish crust/metal masters, MARTYRDÖD, in its entirety, as the album comes within one week of its official release date. [More…]

STONEBURNER: West Coast Tour Underway –  Portland doom bringers, STONEBURNER, will kick off a short run of West Coast live rituals beginning today on their home turf at Mississippi Studios. [More…]

SOS: Queens Crushers Drop New Single From Fifth Album At American Aftermath – American Aftermath is currently ripping up a new track from the approaching fifth independent album from NYC-based SOS, Strength And Conditioning. [More…]

OMNIHILITY Releases Lyric Video From Impending Album Via Next Mosh; Deathscapes Of The Subconscious Out July 22nd Through Unique Leader – In one week, death metal cultivators, Unique Leader Records, will release the sophomore full-length from Oregon-based OMNIHILITY, in the form of Deathscapes Of The Subconscious. [More…]

SWASHBUCKLE Shanty Premiered Via Revolver Magazine – Get ready to be pillaged by the most enraged seafarers of the metal underworld, as New Jersey seabastards, SWASHBUCKLE, dole out a bit of scorching, metallic wrath from their looming We Hate The Sea EP via Revolver Magazine. [More…]

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn Via The Obelisk; Live Rituals Imminent – Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil “Behold, The Anunnaki,” the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records. [More…]

CENTURIES Announces August Eastern US Tour With Jungbluth - Florida outfit, CENTURIES, has announced a tour of the eastern half of the country in August alongside Jungbluth. [More…]

HOD: Blackened Death Oppressors Premiere New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Live Subversions Loom – Lone Star blackened death oppressors, HOD, today offer up the first helping of their forthcoming Book Of The Worm full-length with smoldering new canticle of chaos. [More…]

NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Assault Joins Unique Leader Records – Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records. [More…]

FUCKING INVINCIBLE: Full LP From Rhode Island Act Streaming At Noisey; Tour Dates Locked – The gruelingly intense debut LP by Providence, Rhode Island powerviolence/hardcore quartet, FUCKING INVINCIBLE, It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, is out this week, and is now streaming in full via Noisey. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Philly Hyper Grind/Thrash Squad To Deliver Second 7-Inch Via The Compound – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based demolition union, DIE CHOKING, is prepared to shove their second wave of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II. [More…]

BLACK ANVIL: Cover Of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” Now Playing At Loudwire – Today the gatekeepers at Loudwire offer up an official premiere of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” as interpreted by New York black metal syndicate, BLACK ANVIL. [More…]

REDEMPTION: Sensory Records To Release Live CD/DVD From Los Angeles Progressive Metal Specialists – Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, has confirmed the late Summer release of the new live album from Los Angeles-based progressive/power metal group, REDEMPTION. [More…]

DORO To Bring 30 Years – Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour To North America – Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall. [More…]

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE: Los Angeles Sludgecore Unit To Unleash Twilight Upon Us; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed – Los Angeles sludgecore unit, COLOMBIAN NECKTIE, is readying to unleash their mammoth debut full-length, Twilight Upon Us, upon unsuspecting masses. [More…]

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ABIOTIC – ALLEGAEON – AMON AMARTH – ANTI RITUAL – BAT – BATTLECROSS – BL’AST! – BLACK ANVIL – BRIMSTONE COVEN – BRUTAL BLUES – CANNIBAL CORPSE – CENTURIES – CONNOISSEUR – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – DENVER BLACK SKY – DIE CHOKING –  DORO –  THE DRIP  – EARTH – ENABLER – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY –  FULL OF HELL – GHOUL – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – GREENLEAF – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING DIAMOND – MARTYRDÖD – MOUNT SALEM –  NOISEM – NORTH – POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PYRRHON – RABBITS – REVOCATION –  RINGS OF SATURN – SECRETS OF THE SKY – SOS – SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III –  STONEBURNER –  SWASHBUCKLE – THE BODY – THOU – TÝR – ULCERATE –  WHITECHAPEL – WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – WOVENWAR – YOB

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BLACK ANVIL: Cover Of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” Now Playing At Loudwire; Record Release Show To Take Place This Sunday In Brooklyn

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Today the gatekeepers at Loudwire offer up an official premiere of Kiss’ “Under The Rose” as interpreted by New York black metal syndicate, BLACK ANVIL. The tune appears on the deluxe edition of Hail Death, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

Comments bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney, “When I was a kid, The Elder was a hard record to get, at least at the local record stores in Queens at the time. It was the record I knew everyone talked shit about or whatever, and I was just a Kiss maniac so I didn’t give a fuck, I wanted it. When I was eight years old I got a Japanese import on cassette. I loved it instantly. When it comes to choosing songs to cover for BLACK ANVIL, there has to be a connection of sorts. Obviously, there are not many songs by Kiss we can cover. We’re not a band that sings about partying etc, so it was never a, ‘well we should do a Kiss cover!’ We were all listening to that record one day, ‘Under The Rose’ came on and it was unanimous. That song can be interpreted many ways lyrically, and for us, this time in life and the record Hail Death itself, it fits into this picture. So, we were able to pay homage to an important band in a very natural way.”

Adds Loudwire, “BLACK ANVIL has cited Kiss as a big influence, and their rendition of ‘Under The Rose’ is a perfectly haunting and melodic update of the original track, bringing it to a new generation of listeners.”

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Applauded by Pitchfork for its “impressive balance of progressivism and putridity,” and commended by Noisey for delivering some of the most “vicious and satisfying black metal laid to tape in the last few years,” the sonic fury encompassing Hail Death was captured at Magpie Cage by J. Robbins of Jawbox, and continues to astound fans and critics both Stateside and beyond for its broad pallet of influences that pay homage to the nefarious likes of Celtic Frost, Metallica, Bathory, Watain and Marduk while maintaining a distinctiveness that can only be called BLACK ANVIL. In celebration of Hail Death’s unveiling, the band will bring their corrosive compositions to the stage of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus this Sunday where they’ll perform Hail Death in full. Sponsored by Vice’s music portal, Noisey, the band will be joined by Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior and Yellow Eyes. Those who can’t make it to their Brooklyn takeover will get a chance to see BLACK ANVIL this Fall as they crumble stages across the US on a seventeen-date excursion with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. See confirmed dates below.

BLACK ANVIL Live 2014:
7/20/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *playing Hail Death in its entirety w/ Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, Yellow Eyes [info]

w/ Skeletonwitch, Ghoul:
9/05/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL
9/06/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/07/2014 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
9/08/2014 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
9/10/2014 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
9/11/2014 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
9/12/2014 The Empire – Springfield, VA
9/13/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
9/15/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/16/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/17/2014 One-Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/18/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/19/2014 Trees – Dallas, TX
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

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Hail Death isn’t merely eclectic, it’s epic — a coherent assemblage of songs that provide unanticipated rewards around every corner.” – Wondering Sound

“An epic piece of black/thrash metal.” – Metal Underground

“BLACK ANVIL have boiled their brand of muscular black metal down to a venomous reduction, creating a grinding, cutthroat sound that has more to do with hard concrete than the freezing moon…” – MetalSucks

“Hail Death is a pure metal album that relishes in the genre’s conventions without feeling conventional: It’s simply anthemic, aggressive, bombastic, thrilling, and fucking heavy.” – Stereogum

“Underneath the cold, scarred and burnt skin of BLACK ANVIL beats a friendly, intelligent heart. It’s that combination of frostbitten riffs, and words of wisdom that makes Hail Death different from its peers.” – Mass Movement

“The scope of these songs is outrageous, eclipsing anything the band have done to date. The hatred and contempt still pulses within, though the method of distribution on Hail Death has far greater wealth to it than their approach on their first two albums.” – About.com

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DIE CHOKING: Philly Hyper Grind/Thrash Squad To Deliver Second 7-Inch Via The Compound

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based demolition union, DIE CHOKING, is prepared to shove their second wave of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II.

Following its initial digital-only release, in April of this year, DIE CHOKING — comprised of Paul J Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction) on bass/vocals, Joshua T. Cohen (Cop Problem) on drums, and Jeffrey V. Daniels (Burden) on guitar — unleashed a 7” vinyl version of their self-titled debut recordings through The Compound, the shredding EP blasting listeners with five point-blank tracks in under six minutes. In a repeat pattern, the trio is preparing deliver nearly the exact same thing, having completed their follow-up release, EP II, continuing in sequence to the first 7”.

Once again bearing five explosive new songs in less than six minutes, tracks VI through X show DIE CHOKING swarming with even more enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach, while stepping things up in the songwriting department and delivery on all levels. Most of the lyrics are a critique of society and self. The finger ultimately points back at itself. As with its predecessor, the new 7” was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) — harnessing all music in one day and all vocals in another — and mastered by Brad Boatright (Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at AudioSiege. While the first EP reigned in black and grayscale cover art and vinyl delivery, II bears equally bleak scenery in a black and red layout by Jeffrey V. Daniels, and a run of limited red colors will be manufactured. Enclosed in the 7” will be a document that will function as a real, personal living will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.”

II Track Listing:
VI. Non-Yielder
VII. People Like You
VIII. Spent Fuel Pool
IX. Civilian
X. Tonsil

Pressing info, preorders, an official video for “Tonsil” and more on II, as well as new tour dates, will be released in the coming days. A more widespread US tour is being booked for this Fall following the release of the EP.

Copies of the self-titled debut 7” release from DIE CHOKING, pressed in a run of 300 copies on black wax with a high-gloss cover, are still available via The Compound/Earsplit Distro HERE.

New live actions for the unstoppable DIE CHOKING include a South Philly punk show tonight at Pariah House with Agitate and Deterioration, and a return to NYC this Saturday, July 19th, playing at ABC No Rio with East Of The Wall, Psyopus and Mary Todd.

DIE CHOKING In The Flesh:
7/17/2014 Pariah House – Philadelphia, PA w/ Agitate, Deterioration
7/19/2014 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ East Of The Wall, Psyopus, Mary Todd [info]
8/11/2014 TBA – Baltimore, MD
8/16/2014 Really Awesome Super Fun Fest – Wilmington, DE

DIE CHOKING’s maiden EP brought in blown-away reactions from renowned media outlets like Cvlt Nation, who issued, “this band scrambles your brain cells with their brand of high-octane grindcore laced with traces of rancid crust! What I dig about this record is the hidden grooves that are smashed against walls of aggressive speed & angst!” Decibel Magazine’s opinion had a fat 8/10 rating staked to it, the review stating,“You know, if this is the last record I review, I got lucky.” American Aftermath called the band out with, “These guys are ruthless. They produce some of the meanest grind I’ve heard from a young band in quite some time, and upon witnessing the band live, NYC technical death metal outfit Artificial Brain posted, “If there were a metal stock market, I would be dumping all of my (negligible) assets into the purchase of DIE CHOKING shares.”

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GOATWHORE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed; Summer Slaughter Takeover Begins

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, the latest full-length from blackened death thrash behemoths, GOATWHORE, debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Additionally, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart! In Canada, the record landed at #151 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #25 on the Top Heavy Music chart, #133 on iTunes’ Top 200, #20 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a crushing #4 on iTunes’ Metal chart!

Following a short but punishing bought of headlining live assaults that commenced earlier this month, today GOATWHORE will kick off their Summer-long live invasion as part of this year’s Summer Slaughter tour. Set to level San Francisco, California at the Regency Ballroom, the punishing tour package will pillage its way through nearly two dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 12th at the Empire Nova in Springfield.

In related GOATWHORE happenings, the band recently unveiled their ripping new video for third Constricting Rage Of The Merciless track, “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 a audio/visual hailstorm of bludgeoning live energy. Peep “Baring Teeth For Revolt” below.

GOATWHORE
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, Fallujah:
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
7/21/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater St. – Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/12/2014 Empire NOVA – Springfield, VA
End Tour
8/15/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

Captured at Mana Recording Studios with Erik Rutan at the helm, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless is at once predatory, epic, misanthropic and sadistic harnessing the thick, battle-ready tone and energy of GOATWHORE’s onstage attack in a way previous releases have not. In a perfect 5/5 rating, Headbangorgtfo.com crowns the record, “an instant classic,” 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 the sentiment echoes. 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 Metalasfuck proclaims, “GOATWHORE are back to once again lay waste in Satan’s name!”

Order GOATWHORE’s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless at THIS LOCATION.

“…a blasphemous blast…” – Decibel



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FUCKING INVINCIBLE: Full LP From Rhode Island Act Streaming At Noisey; Tour Dates Locked

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The gruelingly intense debut LP by Providence, Rhode Island powerviolence/hardcore quartet, FUCKING INVINCIBLE, It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, is out this week, and is now streaming in full via Noisey.

A collective formed of musicians with time expended in Daughters, Dropdead, Soul Control, Sweet Jesus and more unite in FUCKING INVINCIBLE, their most enraged societal attack yet in this outfit, and following several rogue EPs, the pack now unloads their first LP. Murderously high-speed blast attacks in strict synchronization with beheading breakdowns consume It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, an album many times more intense than it is brief, seeing the band jamming fourteen unhinged songs through your throat and out the back in barely as many minutes, recorded by Will Killingsworth in March at Dead Air in Western Massachusetts. Vice’s music channel, Noisey, is currently hosting an exclusive full stream of the album now, warning all that the band is, “committed to blowing your fucking head open with their nihilistic, blast-ridden, breakdown-heavy hardcore destruction.”

Hear It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better now at THIS LOCATION.

Orders for It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better can now be placed in North America via Atomic Action! Records — limited to 1,000 copies with 300 on colored vinyl, all with an instant download included – RIGHT HERE. The European pressing is available via Reflections Records in a run of 500 copies, with 100 on colored wax, available HERE.

FUCKING INVINCIBLE has just announced a stack of new tour dates through the rest of Summer, mostly concentrating on the East Coast and joining bands like Oathbreaker, Cult Leader, Graf Orlock, Dropdead, Jerry’s Kids and more in the near future, in addition to having been confirmed to take part in Bad Ass Weekend 5 in Houston this February. Additional live actions will be announced sporadically in the months ahead.

FUCKING INVINCIBLE Tour Dates:
7/20/2014 Pulaski Club – New Britain, CT w/ Oathbreaker, Cult Leader
8/20/2014 Cuisine en Locale – Cambridge, MA w/ Graf Orlock, Dangers
9/06/2014 As220 – Providence, RI w/ Jerry’s Kids, Dropdead, Wokling
9/07/2014 Gallery X – New Bedford, MA
9/11/2014 Hotel Vernon – Worcester, MA
9/12/2014 Democracy Center – Cambridge, MA
9/13/2014 Hochelaga BBQ – Montreal, QC
9/14/2014 Shibgb’s – Toronto, ON
9/15/2014 Genesis – Detroit, MI
9/16/2014 TBA – Chicago, IL
9/17/2014 TBA – Cincinnati, OH
9/18/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/19/2014 TBA – Washington, DC
9/20/2014 Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
2/27/2014 Bad Ass Weekend 3 – Houston, TX

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NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Assault Joins Unique Leader Records

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records.

Spawned in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai, UAE, 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.

Comments the band of joining Unique Leader’s expanding roster of brutality: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Unique Leader for a worldwide multi-album deal. As a Middle East-based extreme metal band, we have constantly strived to take our music to all ends of the world and as a record label specializing in extreme metal, we couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new relationship. The new record is currently being worked on and we can’t wait to bring the chaos live to a stage near you soon!”

NERVECELL 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.”

Further NERVECELL developments will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out NERVECELL’s latest interview in Rolling Stone India discussing their upcoming album, tours and more at THIS LOCATION.

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HOD: Blackened Death Oppressors Premiere New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Live Subversions Loom

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lone Star blackened death oppressors, HOD, today offer up the first helping of their forthcoming Book Of The Worm full-length with smoldering new canticle of chaos.

Now streaming in all its bestial glory at Decibel Magazine’s Deciblog, Through the Gates (They Come For Me)” is the sound of Hell incarnate! Proclaims the band, “The saying goes if you stare into the abyss the abyss will stare back at you. ‘Through the Gates (They Come for Me)’ summons the sounds of the abyss as it rips through the gates that can no longer hold it back. Prepare for total death and darkness done by real metalheads for real metalheads. No gimmicks! No core! No posers! No hipsters! This is fuckin’ metal that has come for your blood!”

Submit to the audio punishment of “Through The Gates (They Come For Me),” at THIS LOCATION.

Set for release this Fall, Book Of The Worm was produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice), features the recording lineup of guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A. and former drummer Dennis Sanders and flaunts eight pile driving psalms of deviance, decadence and global suffering with artwork by the masterful Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia). In celebration of the record’s official decent, HOD will spread their sonic plague throughout their home state with a handful of live infiltrations with additional shows to be announced in the weeks to come.

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 abrasions 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. Further HOD developments to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay alert.


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BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn Via The Obelisk; Live Rituals Imminent

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil “Behold, The Anunnaki,” the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records

Now playing at cosmic riff portal, The Obelisk, “Behold, The Anunnaki” earns its name from an assembly of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures (The Anunnaki), and oozes a cathartically magnetic, psychedelic swagger that’s difficult not to fall prey to. “Ancient Sumerian history is fascinating,” relayed the band, “and as believable as anything else. So we wrote a song about it.”

Describes The Obelisk: “In whatever context one might want to view it, Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ‘70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist ‘Big John’ Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ‘70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like ‘Behold, The Anunnaki,’ ‘The Black Door’ and ‘The Séance’ a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well.”

Check out “Behold, The Anunnaki,” now casting spells and taking names at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a compelling amalgam of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock manifestations of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own.

The outfit’s Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen inebriating tracks of manic occult conjurings – a combo of their self-released full-length and EP — complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.

In related news, BRIMSTONE COVEN will bring their bewitching odes to the stage on a brief stretch of live rituals set to commence July 19th on their home turf with additional ceremonies to be announced in the weeks to come.

BRIMSTONE COVEN:
7/19/2014 Rock Bottom Campground – Cameron, WV
7/21/2014 Goodfella’s – McMechen, WV
7/31/2014 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2014 Chronic Tattoo – Cleveland, OH

Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. Preorder you copy at THIS LOCATION where you can also sample delightfully jam-laden fifth cut, “The Grave”

“Coming across as Zeppelin meets ‘70s Black Sabbath (the best kind), BRIMSTONE COVEN certainly have that vintage sound in spades, guitars are crisp, bass feels warm and drums played adeptly, with a looseness that only Messieurs Moon, Ward and Mitchell …are known for. Great stuff and what a voice, ‘Big John’ is quite the frontman with an endearing and rich tone to his voice and yes he sounds. Killer.” – The Sludgelord


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OMNIHILITY Releases Lyric Video From Impending Album Via Next Mosh; Deathscapes Of The Subconscious Out July 22nd Through Unique Leader

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In one week, death metal cultivators, Unique Leader Records, will release the sophomore full-length from Oregon-based OMNIHILITY, in the form of Deathscapes Of The Subconscious.

Tracked by famed producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Castle Ultimate, Deathscapes Of The Subconscious destroys all in its path with nearly forty-five minutes of meticulously arranged, surgically precise, extreme metal mastery fit for devout fans of Origin, Hate Eternal and Decrepit Birth. The sixth of the record’s nine devastating tracks, “Disseminate,” is today available via Next Mosh through a lyric video of the irreverent anthem.

Delve into the merciless “Disseminate” at Next Mosh AT THIS LOCATION.

Also check out mauling album-opener, “Molecular Resurrection,” HERE.

Hailing from the Willamette “Valley Of Death,” amongst the woods of Eugene, Oregon, OMNIHILITY – named for the absolute belief in nothingness — manifests intense, brutal and technical death metal; a nod to the old-school past combined with the immense speed and accuracy of death metal present, all while subconsciously channeling energy from arcane sources to destroy the minds of the multitude. Deathscapes Of The Subconscious lacks none of these attributes and brings the band to an entirely new level of prominence.

Deathscapes Of The Subconscious will be released via Unique Leader on Tuesday, July 22nd. Preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.

“…the technical meanderings and guitar wanderings combined with the fact that the band simultaneously keep an eye on the overall song structure of each track means that they capably merge impressive playing with actual songs.” – Wonderbox Metal


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SOS: Queens Crushers Drop New Single From Fifth Album At American Aftermath

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

American Aftermath is currently ripping up a new track from the approaching fifth independent album from NYC-based SOS, Strength And Conditioning.

SOS is a fusion of heavy sounds; a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. The band displays the darker and depraved side of their hybrid of heaviness on “None More Black,” the fourth of the vast fourteen tracks on Strength And Conditioning. “This song hurts to play,” states founding vocalist/guitarist, Mike SOS, who whimsically describes the tune as a “balls to the wall blackened beast that goes to eleven.” Featuring a flurry of influences with manic vocals leading the charge, the band hopes this track inspires rabid head banging, feverous horn throwing, and genuine metallic goodwill.

SOS are a hard band to pin down into a genre. I know that I’ve said this before, but honestly, I don’t know what the hell to call this band,” issues American Aftermath alongside the stream of the new track, continuing, “They’ve got a little speed metal, a little thrash, a little black metal and some hardcore punk all thrown into a basket with a shark and a bear and from there, it gets messy.”

Get fired-up with “None More Black” now slaying RIGHT HERE.

The track “Run It Down Into The Ground” was also recently released at Next Mosh RIGHT HERE.

On July 26th, SOS will join several other openers supporting Downset in Queens, which is also the record release show for Strength And Conditioning. Continuous live events for the band will continue to be announced through the Summer.

SOS Live:
7/26/2014 Blackthorn – Elmhurst, NY w/ Downset, Alekhine’s Gun, Driven Mad, Someonelse, 17 Gates, The Only Weapon

Notorious across the city, known not only for playing free, all-ages and DIY/outdoor gigs and parties as well as the massive NYC Marathon every year, in addition to founder Mike SOS’ other activities as the co-vocalist in the now defunct Seizure Crypt, co-producer of the FBOMB live tribute series, his involvement with GLOB (Gorgeous Ladies Of Bloodwrestling), the hostmaster Blackthorn 51 bar and tons more also fueling the beast, SOS is a true workhorse collective. A nearly forty-eight minute excursion into rambunctiousness and barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, their new record, Strength And Conditioning will see release on July 29th, the band’s fifth album born through via the their own 316 Productions. Due to personnel changes and musical exploration with the new members, a six-year gap divides Strength And Conditioning and their previous album, Adult Situations. Yet, through building the new lineup stronger with incessant touring building up to the album’s release and heavy dedication, the work and wait paid off, the new works boasting more action-packed whacko hardcore mayhem than ever. Strength And Conditioning was recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

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