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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.

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, 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

STONEBURNER: Portland Ministers Of Doom To Kick Off West Coast Tour

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Portland doom bringers, STONEBURNER, will kick off a short run of West Coast live rituals beginning today on their home turf at Mississippi Studios. From there the band will trample through five more cities in California and Oregon alongside progressive metalists, Burials. Additionally, team STONEBURNER will make an appearance at Festicide next month. The three-day event takes places in venues throughout the Portland area in an effort to celebrate P-Town’s deep-rooted DIY culture with an emphasis on punk, metal, and extreme music. Festicide shows are five bucks or totally free!

7/15/2014 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR w/ Burials [info]
7/17/2014 Johnny B’s – Medford, OR w/ Burials [info]
7/18/2014 Haus of Rice – Concord, CA w/ Burials [info]
7/19/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Burials [info]
7/20/2014 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Burials [info]
7/21/2014 Goodfella’s – Springfield, OR w/ Burials [info]
8/15/2014 The Know as part of Festicide – Portland, OR [info]

STONEBURNER will be touring in support of the diseased fruit of their Life Drawing full-length, released earlier this year via Neurot Recordings. Featuring a host of talented guest vocalists including Krysta Martinez (Transient, Landmine Marathon), Benjamin Caragol (Burials, Hang the Old Year) and Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros), Life Drawing basks in the sounds of its own emotional collapse. A sonic tidal wave of sickness, paranoia and soul-consuming dread, its nine distortion-laden hymns are at once loud, ugly and physically and psychologically crippling. The Portland Mercury crowned the record, “…a bottom-heavy, cracked, ground-crawling rager dipped in mire and slime,” Exclaim called it, “an exquisitely painful response to the struggle against desire and the impulse to satisfy one’s most base needs,” while Target Audience Magazine agreed:  “This album is bold and complex, fearless and freaking heavy. This is thinking man’s metal.”

Get dismal with the sounds of Life Drawing still streaming at Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

STONEBURNER’s musical ancestry winds through Buried At Sea, Buried Blood, Heathen Shrine and others. Named after a subterranean weapon from the novel Dune, the band delivers a wholly organic orchestration of captivating, crustified doom metal, their torrid hymns bathed in internal agony, anguish and despair. To define STONEBURNER, one need only look to the list of bands with whom they’ve shared the stage: Yob, Sleep, Eyehategod, Neurosis, Buzzov-en, Weedeater, Saint Vitus, Watain, Tragedy, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea, Lord Dying, Drop Dead, Whitehorse, Windhand, Bastard Noise…

Purchase your copy of Life Drawing via Neurot Recordings at THIS LOCATION.

MARTYRDÖD: Stereogum Now Streaming Elddop In Its Entirety

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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.

With a lineup including members of Agrimonia, Miasmal, Skitsystem and more within its ranks, MARTYRDÖD has become a major force in the Swedish crust circuit through the years. Burning with fourteen anthems which show MARTYRDÖD taking their already honed, scathing craft to new levels of intensity through experimentation with vocal and songwriting styles, taking some incredibly unique paths, Elddop is undoubtedly this masterful act’s finest work yet. Alongside their exclusive stream of the entire album, Stereogum praises the album, stating that Elddop, “doesn’t merely improve on the band’s already incredible body of work; it distills Martyrdöd’s sound to its most exciting elements, leaving everything but the highlights on the cutting-room floor.” The critique continues: “…Elddop feels totally fresh and thrillingly new, yet employs only those tools fashioned in the ancient forges… I can’t imagine any generation of metal fan for whom Elddop would seem inappropriate — in many ways, it’s the very essence of metal.”

Listen to Elddop at Stereogum now at THIS LOCATION.

Southern Lord will release the CD and LP editions of Elddop in North America this Tuesday, July 22nd; preorders are posted HERE. A special European version of the LP will see release on La Familia and D-beat Raw Punk.

Directly after the album’s release, MARTYRDÖD will take the tunes from Elddop on the road across Europe supporting Converge, with opening support from Okkultokrati. The tour includes shows in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, and includes sets at Ieper Fest, Brutal Assault, Magnolia Open Air and more. Additional tour actions and tunes from Elddop will be announced throughout the rest of the year.

MARTYRDÖD European Tour w/ Converge, Okkultokrati:
8/03/2014 La Maroquinerie - Paris, France
8/04/2014 Club Academy - Manchester, UK
8/05/2014 Classic Grand – Glasgow, UK
8/06/2014 Scala – London, UK
8/07/2014 Underground – Köln, Germany
8/08/2014 Ieper Fest – Ieper, Belgium
8/09/2014 Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer, Czech Rep
8/10/2014 A38 – Budapest, Hungary
8/11/2014 Rockhouse – Salzburg, Austria
8/12/2014 MC Pekarna – Maribor, Slovenia
8/13/2014 Magnolia Open Air – Milan, Italy
8/14/2014 Universum – Stuttgart, Germanyöd

ENABLER Premieres Official Video From La Fin Absolue Du Monde LP Via Metal Injection; New August Tour Dates Confirmed

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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. The most straightforward track on La Fin Absolue Du Monde, the video for “Close My Eyes” was filmed and edited by Kaleigh Atkinson and Sam Bowman on ENABLER’s Spring 2014 East Coast Tour preceding the release of the new LP.

Scope the “Close My Eyes” video at Metal Injection now AT THIS LOCATION.

ENABLER also takes this opportunity to unleash the latest batch of dates in their tireless, ongoing crusade in support of La Fin Absolue Du Monde. After a three-week headlining tour in the Spring, followed by a six-week tour in May and June — the latter including a month on the road with Eyehategod and Ringworm — ENABLER will hammer through the Midwest on a nine-date run. From August 1st through the 9th the trio will play Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Champaign, Chicago, Dubuque and Fargo on their way to take part in Arson Fest in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then hitting Minneapolis and Milwaukee once back in the US. Additional tour dates will undoubtedly be confirmed in the coming days.

La Fin Absolue Du Monde is available now, the first pressing of the LP version from The Compound available on black/white/Orange Crush splatter, limited to 250 copies, in a wide-spine, uncoated jacket with a digital download code included, the CD housed in a high-quality, six-panel digipak. Order the CD and LP HERE.

Listen to all of La Fin Absolue Du Monde courtesy of Stereogum RIGHT HERE.

ENABLER Tour Dates:
8/01/2014 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Mortals
8/03/2014 Blind Bobs – Dayton, OH
8/04/2014 The HighDive – Champaign, IL
8/05/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder
8/06/2014 The Busted Lift – Dubuque, IA
8/07/2014 The New Direction – Fargo, ND
8/08/2014 Arson Fest – Winnipeg, MB
8/09/2014 The Rathole – Minneapolis, MN
8/10/2014 The Public House – Milwaukee, WI

Released at the end of May as a joint release through The Compound and Creator-Destructor, La Fin Absolue Du Monde is a thirty-six minute assault, the album tracked by Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless), produced by Hotchstetler and the band’s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber, and mastered by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises. La Fin Absolue Du Monde showcases the new lineup, with bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels and drummer Ryan Steigerwald joining Lohrber, displaying a raw, organic album with more diversity and attention to detail than all of their previous recordings, matched with their torrid, pissed-off vibes.

Stereogum called La Fin Absolue Du Monde ENABLER’s “most textured, assured, and satisfying release to date,” continuing, “It’s jolting, physical music, but there’s a compelling emotional core that reveals itself in the melodies and especially in the vocals… and once revealed, takes hold.” Pitchfork said the album is, “a fierce follow-up that imbues what many consider to be a dying art form with a fresh, if still developing, sense of purpose.” gave it a 4/5, issuing, “you get a racing hardcore energy chugging and rolling to a snarling vehement voice. Heavy-handed groove and grinding terror are cut with just the right amount of discord. Head-caving intensity, crushing riffs and crusted gnarliness work razor-edged melodies into the mix,” and Exclaim! Magazine agreed, their 8/10 write-up saying “it manages to simultaneously be as catchy as their last while increasing the aggression to previous levels.” Last Rites praised the material with, “Lohrber’s scream is formidable, and Daniels contributes snarling backgrounds, and there’s added power when the two overlap, an attack greater than the sum of its components,” and MetalSucks backs it all up with an enthusiastic, “GET READY TO HAVE YOUR FACE RIPPED OFF… RPGs are less destructive than this shit.”