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BENEATH OBLIVION: Ohio Volume Abusers Prepare For US Live Takeover; Band To Issue Limited Tour-Only Cassette

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Long-running Ohio volume abusers, BENEATH OBLIVION, will cut the masses down with their amp-driven depression next month on near three-week live takeover. Set to commence on May 4th in Cincinnati, the band will crumble the stages of nineteen cities along the Eastern Seaboard, with the trek drawing to a close on May 21st in Richmond, Virginia.

Forged in 2003, BENEATH OBLIVION is a working class funeral doom collective hailing from a dying city in the Ohio River Valley. Fusing traditional doom elements with extreme metal and punk, BENEATH OBLIVION’s sound conjurings are cold, dismal, and introverted. In addition to a variety of new releases in the works — including a split seven-inch with St. Louis sludge trio, Fister and a ten-inch split with Before The Eyewall  as well as plans to record a new full-length with Billy Anderson in the Fall — the band recently recorded two brand new hymns. Set for release in cassette format, the as-yet-untitled tracks will be limited to fifty copies and available throughout the tour.

5/04/2015 Rake’s End – Cincinnati, OH
5/05/2015 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
5/06/2015 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
5/07/2015 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
5/08/2015 O’Briens – Boston, MA
5/09/2015 Koto Lounge – Salem, MA
5/10/2015 Geno’s – Portland, ME
5/11/2015 Nectars – Burlington, VT
5/12/2015 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT
5/13/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/14/2015 The Pinch – Washington, DC
5/15/2015 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
5/16/2015 Rain Dogs – Jacksonville, FL
5/17/2015 1982 Bar – Gainesville, FL
5/18/2015 Ashley Street Station – Valdosta, GA
5/19/2015 Atlanta Death Fest – Atlanta, GA
5/20/2015 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
5/21/2015 25 Watt – Richmond, VA

Further BENEATH OBLIVION developments to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay alert.

SOREPTION: Play-Through Clip From Swedish Death Metal Faction Playing At Gear Gods; US Tour With Cryptopsy, Disgorge And More Draws Near

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Today, Swedish technical death metal faction, SORPEPTION, hurls forth a blazing play-through video for the track “A Speach To Survival.” The tune comes by way of the band’s Engineering The Void full-length, released last year via Unique Leader Records. A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg.

Notes Gear Gods simply: “The note density is so high that if I add even a few more words the internet will collapse in on itself.”

Get viewing at THIS LOCATION.

The clip comes in conjunction with the band’s impending US live overthrow supporting Canadian death metal icons, Cryptopsy and US death metallers, Disgorge. The Metal Injection-sponsored stretch of shows will stomp through eighteen cities from May 14th through May 31st. Additional support will come from Canadian black metal unit, Erimha and Ohio death metallers, The Convalescence.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, The Convalescence:
5/14/2015 Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
5/15/2015 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
5/16/2015 Nihil Gallery– Brooklyn, NY
5/17/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY
5/18/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/19/2015 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/20/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
5/22/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
5/23/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
5/24/2015 Korova – San Antonio, TX
5/25/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
5/26/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/27/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/28/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
5/29/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/30/2015 Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
5/31/2015 Agora – Cleveland, OH

Engineering The Void is currently available via Unique Leader Records at THIS LOCATION.

“…an example of tech-death guitar work at its finest.” – No Clean Singing

“..the horn-o’-plenty of riffdom smashed onto this album will be irresistible.” – Last Rites

“These dudes play seriously gnarly technical death metal to the level where you might need a physics degree just to headbang to it. You can hear them constructing the framework of the abyss as Engineering The Void runs its course, culminating in the title track – at which point they push the button and the whole thing implodes. For a band on their second full-length, they’ve figured this sound out pretty well.” – Decibel

The Swedes in SOREPTION are up there with Obscura, Gorod and Psycroptic at the upper echelon of the crowded tech-death pack, no doubt.” – MetalSucks

“This album came out at me like a fist through the wall, but it was indeed the first of some cybernetic android from the future that sought to teach me all of the universes’ hidden secrets. And that’s exactly what the album feels like… a highly calculated and whimsically wizened fist.” – New Noise Magazine

“…mechanical precision and jaw-dropping chops still have their place in death metal. These are messy times, but they’re futuristically so. Metal fans are far more likely to battle information overload on a daily basis than they are to fight monsters or serial killers. Sweden’s SOREPTION provide a compelling soundtrack for the daily grind.” – Invisible Oranges

WISDOM IN CHAINS Premieres “Violent Americans” Via Legends Arising; Preorders For The God Rhythm LP Are Live

Friday, April 24th, 2015

As WISDOM IN CHAINS prepares their fifth album, The God Rhythm, for early Summer release, the album’s first single, “Violent Americans,” has been released through an exclusive stream with Legends Arising. The track hits today as Fast Break! Records posts preorder packages for the LP.

With fourteen tracks culminating in nearly forty minutes of mega-infectious punk/oi-inspired hardcore loaded with old-school metal breaks, The God Rhythm is easily WISDOM IN CHAINS’ most damaging but simultaneously inspiring release to date. An album highlight, “Violent Americans” arises from halfway through the album’s second side, bringing forth a message as inspiring as the scars that inspired it run deep. The track now becomes part of the public domain via online hardcore community, Legends Arising.

Hear WISDOM IN CHAINS’ tale of “Violent Americans” at Legends Arising RIGHT HERE.

Also scope the extensive trailer for The God Rhythm through New Noise Magazine HERE.

The vinyl version of The God Rhythm is now available or preorder via Fast Break! Records, the platter available in a run of 500 on black wax, 100 on clear with maroon and yellow splatter, 100 on white wax with brown haze, and 20 test press copies with hand-numbered covers, as well as additional merch options. Check out the wares at THIS LOCATION.

Continuing to dominate festival and club stages as The God Rhythm nears release, WISDOM IN CHAINS is gearing up for their upcoming sets at NYC’s colossal Black N’ Blue bowl where they’ll play on May 17th, followed by a record release show in Reading, Pennsylvania on June 27th, and then their annual melee at Philadelphia’s massive This Is Hardcore festival on July 23rd.

5/17/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY @ Black N’ Blue Bowl [info]
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA * record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, will release The God Rhythm, will see release on CD, LP and digital formats on June 30th through Fast Break! Records. With a continued evolution of awareness and intelligence into the genre while destroying clichés, relentlessly crossing boundaries and claiming those new territories, The God Rhythm effectively ushers in a new era for the band. Mixing a hardline return and development of infectious hooks and courses, while maintaining their traditional hardcore roots, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works beyond all previous thresholds, and the result is the band’s most challenging album yet. The music for The God Rhythm was recorded by Len Carmichael — drums and bass Trax East and guitars at Carmichael Sound — and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, and the album’s tattoo-style artwork by Chris Jones bears obvious and obfuscated meanings, which carry through the entire layout by Jonathan Buske.

KING GIANT: First Single Off Of Black Ocean Waves LP Premiered Though “Red Skies” Lyric Video At New Noise Magazine

Friday, April 24th, 2015

With the imminent storm of KING GIANT’s new Black Ocean Waves LP approaching, the maiden single has been cast into public seas through an exclusive premiere of the lyric video for “Red Skies,” now playing at New Noise Magazine.

While showcasing the excellent dynamics and production of the third KING GIANT LP Black Ocean Waves, recorded last year with J. Robbins (Jawbox), the more melodic doom/rock passages of nearly seven-minute-long “Red Skies” are continually encroached upon by ominous storms, promising torrents of impending loss through the new track as vocalist Dave Hammerly’s gravelly vocals unveil an even more harrowing tale. Issued guitarist Todd Ingram of the track upon the completion of the new lyric video, “I always thought song was about Vikings. Hammer told us the other day no it’s about a captain of a whaling ship that kills his whole crew.”

Set sail on gory seas with KING GIANT’s “Red Skies” as the soundtrack via New Noise RIGHT HERE.

With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, Northern Virginia’s KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce since inception. Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, the band recorded the forty-five minute minutes of their ambitious Black Ocean Waves in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore with engineer J. Robbins of Jawbox (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who also mixed the album. Robbins also supplies Hammond organ to the track, “Blood Of The Lamb,” and background vocals on “Trail Of Thorns,” adding even more textures to the band’s diversified brew of modernized classic rock and Southern doom.

Black Ocean Waves will come ashore on June 30th with CD/digital distribution through The Path Less Traveled, the band handling the vinyl version of the album directly. See more at and stand by for upcoming KING GIANT live/tour news in addition to more samples from the album.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: One-Man Industrial Doom Unit To Kick Off US Tour; Trek Includes Stop At Stump Fest + Psycho California

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Following a recent march through Europe alongside Atari Teenage Riot, one-man industrial doom sorcerer, Tristan Shone, more commonly known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will quake the stages of sixteen North American cities with his tectonic-shifting sound conjurings. Slated to embark today in Portland, Oregon at Stumpfest, Shone’s latest live incursion concludes with a stop at Psycho California Fest and serves as a precursor to the release of AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s new full-length. The as-yet-untitled long player, and first for Housecore Records, was captured at famed Nodferatu’s Lair in North Shore, Louisiana with label-founder Philip H. Anselmo and follows the critically-adored Women & Children full-length, released in 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings and currently available in a color vinyl configuration mirroring the AUTHOR & PUNISHER crest colors of yellow and black limited to 100 copies at THIS LOCATION.

4/24/2015 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
4/25/2015 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
4/26/2015 Barboza – Seattle, WA
4/28/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
4/29/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
4/30/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
5/01/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/03/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/07/2015 Fat Baby – New York, NY
5/08/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
5/09/2015 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2015 Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Holy Mountain  – Austin, TX
5/13/2015 Low Spirits Bar & Stage – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/17/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA

Shone’s fabrication and industrial environment and processes reveal emotions, anxieties, and elements of bliss inherent to the specific human/machine choreography. All aspects of AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s sound begins with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a true amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him, “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his, “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as, “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.”
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ALL OUT WAR: Full Info And Trailer For Impending Dying Gods EP Released; Preorder Packages Available Via Organized Crime Records

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

New York crossover quintet, ALL OUT WAR, has just released a visual trailer for their impending Dying Gods EP, offering some insight into what the henchmen have captured on their anxiously anticipated new works. Additionally, the record’s track listing has been released, offering the titles of the five new original tracks and two influential cover tracks included on Dying Gods, and preorders for the album have been made available in multiple formats and options via Organized Crime Records.

Dying Gods brings ALL OUT WAR’s first official release since their 2010-released Into The Killing Fields LP, delivering nearly a half hour of the band’s most merciless material in years. Dying Gods brings forth five new original hymns which surge with the unmistakable groove-infused metallic punishment which elevated the band from a local favorite to international kingpins in the mid-1990s, the attack recalling the by-the-throat approach of their seminal For Those Who Were Crucified LP. Closing out the new release, ALL OUT WAR pays homage to some of their collectively influential acts, first with a pulverizing rendition of Amebix’s ritous anthem, “Arise,” followed by some classic sacrilege with Carnivore’s “God Is Dead.” With thunderous production, Dying Gods was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) at West West Side Studios in New Windsor, New York, and mastered by Alan Douches from West West Side, its brutal cover art and design by Alexandre Goulet.

As Organized Crime Records prepares for the release of Dying Gods on June 23rd, 2015, the label has unleashed a video trailer for the EP, leaking the first audio samples from the record, cut with footage of war and crimes against humanity and fan interaction with ALL OUT WAR live which is just as brutal. View the new trailer at THIS LOCATION.

Dying Gods Track Listing:
1. Dying Gods
2. Vengeance Reigns Eternal
3. Nothing Left To Bleed
4. Servants To The Obsolete
5. Choking On Indifference
6. Arise
7. God Is Dead

Preorders for Dying Gods have also been posted, including multiple package bundles on a variety of formats. The CD version comes with an exclusive bonus download of three tracks from the unreleased 1993 demo. The album will also see three vinyl pressings, including blood clear red, scorched earth sand tan, and smoke of destruction clear and black mix with bonus screen printed cover art by Dave Quiggle, all including a digital download code. Check out the options via Organized Crime Records’ official merch store HERE and through ALL OUT WAR’s store HERE.

ALL OUT WAR has confirmed a multitude of 2015 performances, including Rain Fest in Seattle, Washington the weekend of May 22nd, followed by a home turf record release show which was just booked for June 20th in Poughkeepsie, New York. They also return to This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on July 26th. August sees the band raiding Europe for a nine-city takeover, the Dying Gods Europe Tour 2015 running from August 7th through 15th, and includes performances at Still Cold Fest in Germany, Ieperfest in Belgium, and the massive Motocultor Fest in France. Also just announced, early September will see ALL OUT WAR taking part in Hearfest in Gatineau, Quebec.

ALL OUT WAR Tour Dates:
5/22-24/2015 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest [info]
6/20/2015 the Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY *release show w/ Black Anvil, Sub Zero, Living Laser, Jagged Visions, Absolute Suffering, Dark Past, Internal Warfare
7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter – Duisburg, DE
8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest – Hannover, DE [info]
8/09/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
8/10/2015 Underworld – London, UK
8/11/2015 Werk 21 – Zurich, CH
8/12/2015 Molotov – Marseille, FR
8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest – Bretagne, FR [info]
8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest – Ieper, BE [info]
9/04-09/2015 Hearfest – Gatineau, QC

Now nearing the band’s two-and-a-half decade mark, ALL OUT WAR has assaulted the masses with their metallic hardcore aggression since 1991 through a multitude of recordings, including a pile of singles and EPs, an LP on Germany’s Gain Ground Records, and four subsequent LPs on Chicago’s Victory Records. Featured is their trademark social commentary on such subjects as political and religious hypocrisy as well as social apathy of a materialistic population. They attack the relevant subjects of corruption of organized religion, ecocide, and the degradation and exploitation of the weak, set to a soundtrack appropriate for the end of days. With an unrelenting assault of the mid-‘80s German thrash scene colliding head-on with the crossover sound of Carnivore and the Cro-Mags, the band’s recorded arsenal and waves of worldwide touring has led them to become a respected staple act for metal and hardcore fans everywhere. After several years off the grid, in 2013 ALL OUT WAR came crushing back with the reunited For Those Who Were Crucified-era lineup and laid waste at both This Is Hardcore Fest and 2014’s A389 Records Bash. The momentum has been growing ever since. In 2015, ALL OUT WAR returns with Dying Gods. You have been warned.

TODAY IS THE DAY: Month-Long North American Tour With Lazer/Wulf Begins Friday; European Tour With Weedeater To Follow

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

TODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road this week in support of the band’s cutting tenth LP, Animal Mother, released in October via Southern Lord Recordings.

Following several months off the road, subsequent to a vicious highway accident in late November, which destroyed the band’s van, merch, and equipment, and seriously injured several members, TODAY IS THE DAY will come slashing back through the continent over the next month. The trio, currently comprised of bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin, will tackle the month-long North American tour with support from Lazer/Wulf on the majority of the shows, the trek beginning tomorrow, Friday April 24th in Portland, Maine and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York.

Just several days after the North American trek, TODAY IS THE DAY returns to Europe for nearly another month of dates, this time with their cohorts in Weedeater, the caravan beginning at Temples Fest in Brostol, UK on May 29th and coming to a close on June 21st at Hellfest in Clisson, France.

TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Heathen” video is playing RIGHT HERE and their “Masada” video HERE.

A new video for the album’s title track is also being prepared for release in the coming days.

North American Tour w/ Lazer/Wulf:
4/24/2015 Space – Portland, ME
4/25/2015 Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
4/26/2015 The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY *
4/27/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/29/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/01/2015 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/02/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/03/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
5/04/2015 Ole Tavern On George St. – Jackson, MS
5/05/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX *
5/06/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX *
5/07/2015 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
5/08/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2015 Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
5/10/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2015 Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/12/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/13/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/14/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/15/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/16/2015 Hesh House – Boise, ID
5/18/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/19/2015 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2015 Double Door – Chicago, IL
5/22/2015 Outpost – Kent, OH
5/23/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
5/24/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
* = no Lazer/Wulf
European Tour w/ Weedeater:
5/29/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol UK
5/30/2015 La Paniche – Lille FR
5/31/2015 This Is Not A Love Song – Nimes FR
6/01/2015 Connexion – Toulouse FR
6/02/2015 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona ES
6/03/2015 Boite Live – Madrid ES
6/04/2015 RCA Club – Lisboa PT
6/05/2015 Hard Club – Porto PT
6/06/2015 Sala Dabadaba – Bilbao ES
6/07/2015 Heretic – Bordeaux FR
6/08/2015 La Zone – Liege BE
6/09/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg DE
6/10/2015 Scheune – Dresden DE
6/11/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin DE
6/12/2015 Robustfest – Kiev UA
6/13/2015 Feierwerk – Munchen DE
6/14/2015 Durer Kert – Budapest HU
6/15/2015 Arena – Wien AU
6/16/2015 An Club – Athens GR
6/17/2015 Freakout – Bologna IT
6/18/2015 Init – Rome IT
6/19/2015 Lo Fi – Milano IT
6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson FR

TODAY IS THE DAY’s tenth studio full-length, and first for Southern Lord, Animal Mother unloads nearly an hour of the band’s creepiest and heaviest chaos in years, its wrath recalling elements of their seminal Y2K-era albums, as always in their unclassifiable, prophetic style of metal. The album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, and has reaped international critical acclaim since its release in October. Exclaim!’s featured 9/10 review offered, “While reminiscent of the band’s late-’90s works Temple of the Morning Star and In the Eyes of God, the new album includes gorgeous melodic elements.” Terrorizer Magazine’s outstanding review included, “Ten albums in, TODAY IS THE DAY still stand as the ultimate rebuke to genre-obsessed boilerplate metal, wrenching exorcisms into artworks and imbuing them with a heaviness that goes right down to the marrow,” and Last Rites proclaimed Animal Mother is, “the most depressing album since Sadness Will Prevail by a longshot. It may even out-sad Sadness… It’s some of Austin’s more masterful work in a career already lined up with minor classics.” Lambgoat informs the masses, “For the few of you that haven’t heard TITD at some point, you’ve most certainly heard something just one step away. Do you like Converge? Austin produced their When Forever Comes Crashing album. How about Lamb Of God? Austin produced New American Gospel. What about that obscure band Mastodon? Well, Mastodon’s rhythm section was once TODAY IS THE DAY’s rhythm section. Alright, I’m sure you get it. Austin is a lifer, and TODAY IS THE DAY has been a faithful component of our little scene for two decades…” Following two months of solid touring, on the way to begin another month on the road, Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious van accident, halting all live actions until the band gets back on its feed. But when they do, goddammit watch out, because they’ll be on the warpath. Come on down and get saved!  Animal Mother is out now, available on CD colored vinyl LP including bundles HERE, and via BandCamp HERE.

ÅRABROT: New EP From Norwegian Grammy-Winning Outfit Looms Via Eolian Empire/Fysisk Format; North American Tour Confirmed

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
[photo by Andre Loyning]

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning musical experimenters, ÅRABROT, have confirmed the next title in the band’s constantly/rapidly growing discography, with the upcoming release of their You Bunch of Idiots EP. The third in a trio of themed EPs the first two having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band’s first US release.

ÅRABROT lands stateside with You Bunch of Idiots, a ferocious blast of twisted noise rock. For fourteen years Kjetil Nernes and Co. have fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own.  Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, ÅRABROT laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and — most importantly — rocks the hell out. One of Europe’s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.

ÅRABROT’s You Bunch of Idiots is the third in the three-EP series, following Murder As Art and I Modi, the record dropping six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. The EP was recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has done the art for all three EPs and other ÅRABROT merch and products.

You Bunch of Idiots will see release in North America via Eolian Empire and in Europe via Fysisk Format as a 12” vinyl EP and all digital outlets on June 16th.

You Bunch of Idiots Track Listing:
1. Cannibal Manifesto
2. Time To Pull The Sticks
3. Celebration
4. Mea Culpa
5. —
6. It’s Hot Drop It

The week following the EP’s release, ÅRABROT will invade the North American continent no a three-week tour in support of You Bunch of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes’ bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will hit the US and Canada with twenty shows confirmed between June 24th and July 19th, with more dates likely to be added. With Dispirit and Lycus also on the Sacramento show, and Pinkish Black on the final five shows, ÅRABROT’s support act for the entire tour will be announced in the coming days.

ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour:
6/24/2015 O’brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL
6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
7/04/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
7/08/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black
7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black
7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black
7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black
7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black
7/19/2015 The Studio, Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black

ÅRABROT is a Norwegian noise-rock band established in 2001, originally from Haugesund. Since the beginning, the outfit’s main core has been Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar, vocals), and in recent years, noise artist Stian Skagen (electronics) has been an on-and-off member of the band. They have also collaborated with producers such as Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis), Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, Big Black, High On Fire). The first three albums were released on Norway Rat Records before they signed to their current home Fysisk Format with the I Rove EP. In 2009, ÅRABROT was nominated in the metal category of the Norwegian award Spellemannprisen for the release The Brother Seed, which was produced by well-known musician and producer Steve Albini. Following this album, the band spent time playing at unorthodox venues the succeeding years, including live scores at silent film showings (“Faust” from 1926 in Trondheim, “Häxan” from 1922 at Øyafestivalen, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920 and “Die Nibelungen” from 1924 at Verdensteatret in Tromsø) and did commissioned work for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

Amidst these activities, ÅRABROT produced the exploratory EPs AbsoluteNegativism, I Rove and Mæsscr, two albums under the Nernes Skagen moniker, as well as two full-length albums: The Billy Anderson-produced double album REVENGE and Solar Anus, again featuring Steve Albini as a producer. For Solar Anus, they were nominated and subsequently won the Norwegian Grammy in the metal category. This album saw wide international appraisal, and was described by Drowned in Sound as “…ferocious, funny, colossal, guttural, hopeful and terrifying. It’s a tidal wave of noise from few hands. Like its title, it’s a contradiction, a dichotomy, a triumph. It shouldn’t work, but it does, infinitely well. It’s art from the lowest of sods. It’s a fucking triumph.”

Kjetil Nernes – vocals, EGCs, synths
Milton von Krogh – guitars
Magnus Nymo – drums
Spiritwo – Middle Eastern chants
Lasse Marhaug – noise
Johannes Høie – art
Karin Park – vocals, electric piano, synths

ANTIGAMA: Trailer For The Insolent LP Released; Interviews In Advance Of US Tour Available + Physical Product Preorders Posted

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

In advance of the release of their seventh brutalizing full-length, The Insolent, Poland’s experimental grindcore quartet ANTIGAMA has released a brief, yet mentally vexing visual trailer for the album created by the same company responsible for the artwork and design of the band’s latest noncompliant works. In addition, the album is now available for both European and US preorders on all three physical formats — CD, cassette and LP.

The latest installation to ANTIGAMA’s cutting edge arsenal, The Insolent, for May release through their trusted alliance with Selfmadegod Records. Coordinated with the LP’s release is ANTIGAMA’s return to US shores for the first time since 2009, with a Northeastern tour planned with labelmates Drugs Of Faith, which will conclude a return performance at this year’s intense Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend. The new visual trailer for The Insolent was created by Bartek Rogalewicz of, the same company responsible for the artwork and layout for the album.

View the new album trailer for ANTIGAMA’s The Insolent at THIS LOCATION,

Also endure the initial single from The Insolent with the “Used To” video RIGHT HERE.

Preorders for multiple physical versions of The Insolent have been made available. The album is available on cassette, eco-pack/gatefold digisleeve CD, black 12” gatefold LP, and a translucent 12” gatefold LP, limited to 100 copies worldwide. All four versions are now available for preorder in the US via Selfmadegod’s stateside mailorder outlet, Earsplit Distro, RIGHT HERE, and internationally directly from Selfmadegod including shirt bundles HERE.

Also planned in coordination with ANTIGAMA’s upcoming return appearance to Maryland Deathfest in late May, the band has confirmed a Northeastern US tour, set to begin less than a week after the release of The Insolent. Presented by Blow The Scene, Selfmadegod and Earsplit, beginning on May 13th, ANTIGAMA will scorch their way through New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Virginia on the Blast the East Coast Tour, concluding at Maryland Deathfest where the band will storm Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday, May 23rd. The tour leading up to MDF will see direct support from Selfmadegod labelmates, Drugs Of Faith, and will see the bands playing shows alongside The Communion, Infernal Stronghold and more, and will see both bands as main highlights of Mildfest Vol. 1: The Grinding, alongside The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, Sentience, Toxicology and Gorscum on May 15th in Clifton, New Jersey.

ANTIGAMA Blast the East Coast US Tour w/ Drugs Of Faith:
5/13/2015 Nihil Gallery – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Communion [info]
5/14/2015 The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI w/ The Communion
5/15/2015 Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ @ Mildfest w/ The Communion, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass, more [info]
5/16/2015 Second Empire – Philadelphia, PA w/ Infernal Stronghold [info]
5/17/2015 TBA – Washington, DC
5/18/2015 Cellar Door – Annandale, VA
5/19/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/20/2015 Main Street Annex – Charlottesville, VA [info]
5/23/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [no Drugs of Faith]

Following the impact of their massive 2013-released Meteor LP, ANTIGAMA will once again captivatingly scar the planet with the inundation of The Insolent. Seeing the band further along their ongoing path of progression, The Insolent contains another intriguing alloy of their futuristic grind savagery heavily diversified with cosmic exploration and harsh dissonance through ten new tracks of unorthodox, rapid forward-thinking metal. Recorded in February at JNS Studio in Warsaw, The Insolent was engineered by Pawel Grabowski, mixed by Pawel Grabowski and the band, and mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), the album features a very special guest appearance of the legend of Polish electronic music scene, Władysław “Gudonis” Komendarek, and bears cover art designed by Bartek Rogalewicz. The first single from the album comes through a new Youtube video for the fourth track, “Used To,” cut from footage filmed by Paweł “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz and Łukasz Myszkowski during the recording sessions.

The Insolent will be released on CD, LP, cassette and digital download on May 7th 2015 through Selfmadegod Records. Stand by for preorder info and more on the album to be dispatched in the coming days.

LAGO: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Embarks On The Tyranny Tour Across The Western US This Friday

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
[photo by Kristina Jacobsen]

Phoenix-based quartet, LAGO, will embark on The Tyranny Tour this week, taking the blackened death metal ferocity of their menacing debut LP, Tyranny, to nine cities across the Western US. The trek begins in Flagstaff, Arizona, this Friday, April 24th, after which the outfit will topple Long Beach, Los Osos, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver through May 2nd.

Tyranny, initially released on CD in September 2014 via Battleground Records, was unveiled on a limited vinyl run through Blood Harvest Records in March. Produced by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mastered by Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering (Incantation, Exhumed, Today is the Day), LAGO’s forty minutes of primal, breakneck death metal are infused with an ominous, blackened atmosphere. Issued Invisible Oranges of the band’s output, “the Phoenix quartet plays competent and well-executed death metal… Besides a blackened foray here and a chamber music segue there, they blast along like streamlined icons, strengthened by a proven Floridian flow.” MetalSucks called in an equally positive write-up: “LAGO know when to beat you over the head with sheer brutality, they know when to slow things down for gargantuan effect, and they know how write a real, artful guitar solo. In short, they’re the perfect death metal band.” Headbang Or GTFO gave the record a 5/5, issuing, “Tyranny is a modern day death metal masterpiece, that features some of the best things to happen to the genre but keeping it simple and relatively grim. And No Clean Singing called Tyranny, “…top-shelf death metal, like some hellish blackened offspring of early Morbid Angel and Disma, fully armed with an arsenal of impressive technical chops and infectious hooks…Tyranny has vaulted onto our list of highly anticipated 2014 albums.”

LAGO Tyranny Tour:
4/24/2015 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
4/25/2015 Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
4/26/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – Los Osos, CA
4/27/2015 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/28/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
4/29/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/30/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
5/01/2015 The Bridge – Salt Lake City, UT
5/02/2015 The Marquis – Denver, CO

Digital orders for Tyranny can be placed with the band HERE, and the physical versions through Battleground Records; CD HERE, red vinyl, limited to 100 copies HERE, and the black vinyl in a run of 200 available HERE. LAGO will have limited quantities of the vinyl out with them on the tour as well; seeing them live is the only way to get the wax from the band.

LAGO is also planning out the recording of their follow-up LP to Tyranny and more widespread tour actions to follow. Stand by for updates in the near future.