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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 8, 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Made In NY Media Center To Host Josh Graham: Standard Model Catastrophes Standard Model Catastrophes is both a look back and a glimpse of what lies ahead for multimedia artist, Josh Graham, notorious in the metal community for fronting Brooklyn-based sound alchemists A Storm Of Light as well as his tenure conjuring visuals for Neurosis. Graham is now serving as Soundgarden’s creative director – a position which has allowed the scope of his work to increase exponentially. [MORE…]

TODAY IS THE DAY Involved In Van Accident; US Tour Dates Canceled – On the eve of TODAY IS THE DAY’s latest tour in support of their tenth LP, Animal Mother, frontman Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious accident, which sent both members directly to the hospital. While both members are currently home recovering from their injuries, the band’s December tour has been canceled, as in addition to the physical injuries, the band’s new van and much of their gear and merch were destroyed. [MORE…]

DREADLORDS: Debut LP By Occult Blues Collective Out Next Week; New Video Playing At Cvlt Nation + Album Streaming At BandCamp – In just one week, the harrowing debut LP endeavor from iniquitous occult blues collective, DREADLORDS, will be released onto the population, in the form of Death Angel, while devotees can succumb to the official video and full stream of the album in advance. [MORE…]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Crushing Trio Featuring Seattle Legend Tad Doyle Reveals Forthcoming Album Details; Teaser Video Posted – Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkest depths of the Pacific North West, Seattle’s legendary Tad Doyle — formerly of TAD and Hog Molly — delivers his strongest songwriting and playing to date with his latest manifestation, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. Boasting a trio of musicians with Doyle on guitar/vocals, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki), BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will unleash their long-awaited, self-titled debut full-length on February 17th, 2015 via Neurot Recordings. [MORE…]

BLACK BREATH Announces Northwest Perversion 2015 Mini-Tour; Band Currently Recording Third LP With Kurt Ballou – While currently locked away at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the midst of recording their newest LP, BLACK BREATH announces a string of January tour dates. [MORE…]

ABSTRACTER: Details Of Second LP From Apocalyptic Oakland-Based Quartet Released – With the threat of apocalypse constantly looming over humanity, Oakland-based ABSTRACTER supplies an apt soundtrack for the end of times, as they’ll prove once again on the quartet’s impending sophomore full-length, Wound Empire. [MORE…]

LORD MANTIS: Extremely Graphic “Possession Prayer” Video Unveiled Via Major Online Horror Source Bloody-Disgusting – Following several months in incubation, LORD MANTIS delivers the video for their newly completed “Possession Prayer” video, delivering one of the most repulsively gritty musical/visual conveyances in recent times through the aid of mainstream horror movie portal, Bloody-Disgusting. [MORE…]

PORD: Rural French Noise Rockers Debut Official “I’m Swimming Home” Video At Decibel Magazine – On the heels of their first release for Solar Flare Records in September, when their sophomore LP, Wild was uncaged, rural France’s noise rock trio, PORD, now dishes out their their first official video, with Decibel Magazine’s assistance in delivering it to the masses. [MORE…]

PELICAN Announces New Vocal-Driven Four-Song EP; Track Now Playing At MetalSucks – Chicago’s esteemed instrumental quartet, PELICAN, is set to release a new EP on Southern Lord in the new year based around fresh reimaginings of “The Cliff,” a highlight from their most recent album, 2013’s Forever Becoming, and one recently completed new song. Due out February 24th on 12” vinyl and digital formats, the four track The Cliff EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. [MORE…]

BAPTISTS: Official “Bloodmines” Video Unveiled Via Cvlt NationBAPTISTS proudly unveil their disturbing video for the title track of their second LP, Bloodmines, released in October via Southern Lord. [MORE…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Duo Premieres New Hymn At Revolver Magazine; More Live Rituals Confirmed – With the official unleashing of Merging In Light, the forthcoming EP from Denver doom sorcerers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, now less than one month away, today Revolver Magazine offers up second movement, “Third Mind” for public appreciation. [MORE…]

DOWNFALL OF GAIA: Post Black Metallers Announce HeavyBlogisHeavy.com-Sponsored US Takeover – Germany/New York post black metallers, DOWNFALL OF GAIA, will be returning to the States next month for a 2015 live expedition. Presented by HeavyBlogisHeavy.com, the tour will embark on January 23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, with the trek coming to a close on  February 13th in Brooklyn, New York. The band will be touring in support of their recently released, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay full-length. [MORE…]

POISON IDEA Completes Brand New Studio Album For Mid-2015 Release Through Southern Lord – It is with massive enthusiasm that Southern Lord Recordings announces the impending brand new studio LP from long-running, legendary and infamous Portland, Oregon-based American hardcore punk outfit, POISON IDEA! [MORE…]

DIE CHOKING: “Tonsil” Video Terminating Everything At Metal Injection; Recording Sessions For Construction Of Debut LP Locked – Through an exclusive Metal Injection premiere, Philadelphia-based DIE CHOKING has just released their first official video created for “Tonsil,” the closing track on the trio’s newest EP, II. “Tonsil” is a brutal testimonial for human rights, standing up for an individual’s option to die when in a critical or vegetative state, rather than be kept alive in an unsatisfactory manner by family members. In direct action coinciding with this very personal stance on the matter, the band manufactured a physical document which serves as a legal will to officiate one’s final wishes. [MORE…]

MUSK OX: Neofolk Collective Unveils Second Clip In The “Making-Of” Woodfall Series Via Decibel – Christened, “a captivating, emotional, and masterfully-crafted achievement of not only neofolk music, but of music in general,” by Sputnik Music, “beautifully sculpted…nothing short of epic,” by Echoes And Dust and, “…the most beautiful album of the year so far. Soft, dreamy, upbeat and ethereal, this needs to be heard by everyone everywhere,” by Swirls Of Noise, MUSK OX’s monumental Woodfall full-length continues to astound listeners with its eloquent song craft. [MORE…]

PRIMORDIAL: Where Greater Men Have Fallen First Week Chart Numbers RevealedWhere Greater Men Have Fallen, the long anticipated new studio album from Ireland’s most adored metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart and #43 on the Billboard’s Hard Music Chart! Additionally, the record ranked in at #104 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart. [MORE…]

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Legion’s Av Oss, For Oss Full-Length To See North American Release; “Nord Og Ner” Now Playing At Noisey – Norwegian Viking metal trio, EINHERJER, will unleash the battle-ready fruitions of their epically infectious Av Oss, For Oss full-length to North American ears next month. The band’s sixth full-length was written and produced by the band, recorded at guitarist/bassist/vocalist Frode Glesnes’s own Studio Borealis and  mixed by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Monster Magnet et al). Released on European shores earlier this year, the offering delivers eight elaborately executed war hymns that are at once vicious, gallant and treacherously catchy. [MORE...]

ZEX: Magic Bullet Records To Re-Release Debut LP From Ottawa Punk Rock Quartet – As part of a massive upcoming 2015 label release schedule coming together, Magic Bullet Records is stoked to announce the upcoming worldwide re-release and distribution of Fight For Yourself, the infectious debut album by Ottawa, Ontario-based punk rock quartet, ZEX. [MORE…]

THE COMPOUND: New Release Update LAE, DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER / SECRETS OF THE SKY And More Out Now – Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet. [MORE…]

DIMESLAND: Decibel Releases “Bound In Stone” Track From Psychogenic Atrophy; Album Out Next Week – With Oakland-based DIMESLAND now just days from releasing their debut full-length, Psychogenic Atrophy, Decibel Magazine hurls the album’s volatile next-to-last track towards the masses. [MORE…]

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AEON  –  ARCANE  – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH – BLACK COBRA – CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – CDC – COLOMBIAN NECKTIE –  CORRECTIONS HOUSE – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – DIE CHOKING – DISCOURSE – DOWNFALL OF GAIA – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS –  INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PRIMORDIAL – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SOCIETY SUCKER –   UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WOLVHAMMER – YOB – ZEX

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ZEX: Magic Bullet Records To Re-Release Debut LP From Ottawa Punk Rock Quartet

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

As part of a massive upcoming 2015 label release schedule coming together, Magic Bullet Records is stoked to announce the upcoming worldwide re-release and distribution of Fight For Yourself, the infectious debut album by Ottawa, Ontario-based punk rock quartet, ZEX.

Delivering their no-bullshit take on early punk penetrated with an edge of early heavy metal, carrying forth the torch lit by the influential predecessors who’ve inspired their path, ZEX pumps out melodic and energetic but sarcastic and riotous tunes. Streetfight-ready songs with a darker edge are surrounded by catchy, upbeat anthems, producing a humble, raw and inspiring culmination of straight-up melodic punk rock. Citing influences including Gary Glitter, The Sweet, Sweeny Todd, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Shakin’ Street, Brats and the like, elements of founders Blondie, The Ramones, X-Ray Specs, Vice Squad, The Partisans and others can be heard in ZEX’s sound, with a tightly-knit musical backdrop courtesy of drummer Tasha G (ex- Gone Drinkin’, Get Wrecked, Slumlord) and bassist Gab Sex (ex- Revenge Of The Mormons), and wailing leads and solos from guitarist Jo Capitalcide (ex- Iron Dogs, Germ Attak), all fueling the vocals of Gretchen Steel, her clean approach wavering between the erogenous style of Debbie Harry and the more raw approach of Joan Jett or Pat Benatar.

With ten solid tracks recorded Paul Yogi Granger at Meatlocker Studio in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, ZEX’s debut LP, Fight For Yourself, received a solid and immediate buzz, gaining quite a bit of attention throughout their home country and well beyond following its initial self-release across Canada. The record caught the ear of Magic Bullet Records, who has already delivered the platter for production and worldwide distribution of the album on CD, LP and digital release during the Winter months of 2015. A solid street date will be announced shortly.

ZEX has also confirmed a massive international tour of the Southwest Pacific for early next year. The ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015 will run through nearly a month of dates in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand from February 7th through March 2nd. View the city-to-city routing below and watch for specific venue info and additional widespread tour efforts from the band in the coming weeks.

Stream Fight For Yourself in its entirety at THIS LOCATION, and also scope out the band’s videos for the album’s title track HERE and the closing anthem, “Savage City,” right HERE.

Fight For Yourself Track Listing:
1. Fight For Yourself
2. Wild Blood
3. We’re Rebels
4. Screaming At The Wall
5. XXX
6. Wanderlust
7. World Of Trash
8. Break Free
9. On Our Own
10. Savage City

ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015:
2/07/2015 Penang, Malaysia
2/08/2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2/10/2015 Batu Pahat, Malaysia
2/11/2015 Singapore, Singapore
2/13/2015 Sidoarjo, Indonesia
2/14/2015 Gresik, Indonesia
2/15/2015 Kediri, Indonesia
2/16/2015 Solo, Indonesia
2/17/2015 Klaten, Indonesia
2/19/2015 Bandung, Indonesia
2/20/2015 Jakarta, Indonesia
2/22/2015 Brisbane, Australia
2/24/2015 Sydney, Australia
2/25/2015 Canberra, Australia
2/26/2015 Melbourne, Australia
2/27/2015 Adelaide, Australia
2/28/2015 Melbourne, Australia
3/01/2015 Auckland, New Zealand
3/02/2015 Wellington, New Zealand

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PRIMORDIAL: Where Greater Men Have Fallen First Week Chart Numbers Revealed

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Where Greater Men Have Fallen, the long anticipated new studio album from Ireland’s most adored metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart and #43 on the Billboard’s Hard Music Chart! Additionally, the record ranked in at #104 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart.

Tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma), Where Greater Men Have Fallen is an eight track, fifty-eight minute masterwork boasting some of PRIMORDIAL’s deepest, most methodically arranged, thematically profound and wildly epic compositions to date. Currently reaping critical accolades globally, Stereogum names the record, “Album Of The Week,” calling it, “almost Maiden-esque in its majesty.” Rolling Stone declares, “Alan Averill is a vocal powerhouse, soaring atop melodic black/folk metal compositions that channel doom and gloom as well as triumph. ‘Ghosts Of The Charnel House’ embodies heavy metal grandeur, while title track ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’ is an epic lament, its mournful, repetitive melodies rooted in Irish folk. When Averill howls, ‘The heart of your motherland will be ripped from her chest,’ a million ghosts cry out with him,’” while Decibel concurs, in an 8/10 rating, noting, “Greater men have fallen, but PRIMORDIAL rise.” Elsewhere the sentiment resounds. Metal Injection states, “The atmosphere PRIMORDIAL have created here is relentlessly crushing and emotional. Only a few truly great albums come out every year, and this is one of them… If you ever find yourself complaining about the state of heavy music, this album will shut you up immediately,” Thrash Hits asserts, “PRIMORDIAL should be one of the most treasured bands in metal today. One reason is their ability to express the alienation that lies close to the heart of metal, the anger that stands at the best of the genre. Another is their ability to churn out great albums, and Where Greater Men Have Fallen is just about as good an example of this as it gets.” About.com crowned the offering the number one release of November 2014 affirming, “PRIMORDIAL once again prove themselves as of the best folk metal bands. Where Greater Men Have Fallen is more proof of their ability to grow and maintain such a high level of songwriting. Equal in stature to their last two releases, they seem to be reaching new heights and very few bands can match their passion… a sure candidate for album of the year.” Adds Empty Lighthouse Magazine, “The title track builds and builds until vocalist Alan Averill lets out a commanding wail and the riffs crash onto the listener like waves. Guitarists Ciaran MacUiliam and Michael O’Floinn have a way of making a full-bodied ‘epic’ sound through subtle tonal shifts and chord voicings, culminating in a feel that most bands spend dozens of Pro Tools tracks and computer effects trying to achieve.”

If you missed it, view the band’s first ever professionally filmed and edited video of their storied history with “Babel’s Tower,” now playing at Metal Injection, at THIS LOCATION.

PRIMORDIAL will bring their audio divinity to stages throughout Europe in the coming weeks with additional live ceremonials to be announced soon.

PRIMORDIAL:
12/12/2014 Metal Meeting – Eindhoven, NL
1/24/2015 Magazin4 – Brussels, BE
2/05/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK
2/06/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
2/07/2015 Islington Academy – London, UK
2/19/2015 Blastfest 2015 – Bergen, NO
2/21/2015 Volta Club – Moscow, RU
4/04/2015 Radau gegen HIV – Münster, DE
4/05/2015 Dark Easter Metal Meeting – München, DE
6/13-14/2015 Metalhead Meeting 2015 – Bucharest, RO
6/19-21/2015 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, BE
7/17/2015 Bang Your Head – Balingen, DE

Where Greater Men Have Fallen was released in North America on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit http://www.metalblade.com/primordial where you’ll find a lyric video for the title track as well as a gaggle of ordering options. The record is available on CD and vinyl in various color variants.

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DIE CHOKING: “Tonsil” Video Terminating Everything At Metal Injection; Recording Sessions For Construction Of Debut LP Locked

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Through an exclusive Metal Injection premiere, Philadelphia-based DIE CHOKING has just released their first official video created for “Tonsil,” the closing track on the trio’s newest EP, II. “Tonsil” is a brutal testimonial for human rights, standing up for an individual’s option to die when in a critical or vegetative state, rather than be kept alive in an unsatisfactory manner by family members. In direct action coinciding with this very personal stance on the matter, the band manufactured a physical document which serves as a legal will to officiate one’s final wishes.

“This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013,” issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction). “Despite the absolute, irreversible nature of brain death she (as far as I know) remains on ‘life’ support. The controversy of this is obvious but my interest is geared more towards the broader subject of CHOICE in regards to medical treatment during end of life scenarios… I love fantasy, horror, and sci-fi just like the next guy. For DIE CHOKING, as an outlet for me, I don’t want to create fiction or fantasy… I want to help and advocate. The subject in ‘Tonsil’ is universal and transcends politics, it is about the reality and potential severity of the death and dying process. This process, although, can be grounded in peace and serenity. It is often centered on resistance, aggression and a frequently indecisive routine of extensive medical and surgical processes. If I can help someone handle and make the important decisions that need to be made then I can feel like I am doing some good in a very sick world.”

However, the video for “Tonsil,” directed by Matt Weikel, is much more direct in its approach, grittily capturing the trio smashing the song into obliteration with all of the high-speed intensity it delivers in a live setting. “Our guitarist Jeff Daniels (Burden) lives at something of an artist commune in Philly,” offers DIE CHOKING drummer Joshua Cohen (also of Cop Problem). “His roomies are all talented Philadelphians, including members of Fight Amp, and Matt Weikel, who is a rad videographer. Weikel just rolled over to our practice spot in South Philly for a couple quick shoots and that was that. We all like the old-school music videos that just showed bands rippin’ it… Some dark imagery and solid editing and Matt delivered perfectly.”

Experience DIE CHOKING’s “Tonsil” for yourself firsthand at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.

Released in September by The Compound, with five explosive new songs in less than six minutes, II shows DIE CHOKING swarming with enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach from their self-titled debut EP. 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 (Nails, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at AudioSiege, and the artwork and layout created by guitarist Jeffrey V. Daniels. The EP is pressed on thick virgin red vinyl in a run of 300 copies, each one including the functioning personal living will, coinciding with “Tonsil.” Order the II 7” via The Compound RIGHT HERE, or 7” and shirt bundles and digital via the band directly HERE (bundles) and HERE (digital).

Additionally, DIE CHOKING has secured studio time in April to harness the band’s impending debut LP. In early April, the band will raid Studio 4, just outside of Philly in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, to record with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) who will fully engineer and mix the album. Cohen, who has worked with Yip in his other act, Cop Problem, supplies, “We could not be more excited to be recording our debut full-length with Will Yip at Studio 4. Aside from the sheer awesomeness of Studio 4 and long history of musicians who have recorded there, Yip is one of the most talented and driven engineers active today across a multitude of genres. I think this collaboration is going to turn a lot of heads in 2015. We’ve brought our playing and songwriting to entirely new levels for this LP and we could not think of anyone more fit than Yip to bring this to life. We’ll been taking video and more to document the entire studio experience and share as the time comes.”

Details on the album will be confirmed and announced early in 2015 for release during the Summer months.

Watch for more tour dates from DIE CHOKING, who has a late local show at Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow, Friday, December 5th, with Hollow Earth and KDC.

DIE CHOKING Live:
11/05/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Hollow Earth, KDC

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DOWNFALL OF GAIA: Post Black Metallers Announce HeavyBlogisHeavy.com-Sponsored US Takeover

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Germany/New York post black metallers, DOWNFALL OF GAIA, will be returning to the States next month for a 2015 live expedition. Presented by HeavyBlogisHeavy.com, the tour will embark on January 23rd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, with the trek coming to a close on  February 13th in Brooklyn, New York. The band will be touring in support of their recently released, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay full-length.

Vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis comments: “We are pretty excited to return to the States and present our new record Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay for the first time live on stage! Six months of silence has passed and finally we are ready to hit the road again! Can’t wait for this ride!”

DOWNFALL OF GAIA:
1/23/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
1/24/2015 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
1/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
1/26/2015 DC9 – Washington, DC
1/27/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/28/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
1/29/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
1/30/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
1/31/2015 Fubar – St. Petersburg, FL
2/01/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/03/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
2/04/2015 Double Wide – Dallas, TX
2/05/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
2/06/2015 Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
2/07/2015 Frequency Mansion – Madison, WI
2/08/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
2/09/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
2/10/2015 The Monkey House – Burlington, VT
2/12/2015 TBA- Boston, MA
2/13/2015 Saint Vitus – New York, NY

DOWNFALL OF GAIA is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one’s spirit to take one into the realm of the band’s potent sound. Founded in 2008 and having undergone several changes on drums, the quartet is now comprised of Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar, vocals), Peter Wolff (guitar, vocals), Anton Lisovoj (bass, vocals) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City. Although the group’s roots lie within the crust punk scene, they’ve become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living.

In their early days, they released one demo, which was heavily influenced by d-beat, in addition to a split tape with French band Kazan in advance to a tour EP in 2009. Their debut album, Epos, followed in 2010, which was realized with the help of several DIY-labels. The band’s connection to the DIY and punk scenes eventually led to a split LP with In The Hearts Of Emperors on Alerta Antifascista, one of the most important punk labels in Germany, as well as Moment Of Collapse and Shove Records.

The band never intended to stagnate, and naturally their sound underwent significant changes. DOWNFALL OF GAIA eventually drifted from fast crust punk beginnings towards longer, slower and  massive material that embraced the realms of doom and sludge. In 2012, this new sound was heard on their second album, and first for Metal Blade Records, titled Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes, which more than satisfied what fans of infinite heaviness longed for.

Now in 2014 comes Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. Recorded at ‘79 Sound Studio in Cologne, mixed at renowned Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland, Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay is the soundtrack to mankind’s most powerful enemy: time, which passes without mercy; a journey to the dark sides each individual has to fight on a day to day basis. Time in its majesty is an unbeatable enemy and all human beings have to deal with loss, change and unwanted circumstances. Elaborates Cvlt Nation, “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay is cut into three pieces: the first part is a post-blackish, aggressive and hopeless sound that just makes your soul crave for a mercy killing; then you fall under a rather classical but effective post metal with an ambient aftertaste, only to finally go to a despairing ending that connects with the opening,” Rock Hard notes, “Right from the start, the album offers anchors and hooks while growing stronger and stronger as it goes. The great songs ‘Of Stillness And Solitude’ and ‘To Carry Myself To The Grave’ in the center are the sun around which everything else revolves – shining brightly yet still destructive,” while Metal.de adds, “Anger, hatred, despair, but also catharsis – DOWNFALL OF GAIA unite all this on their new Album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. One fat chunk of an album!”

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IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Duo Premieres New Hymn At Revolver Magazine; More Live Rituals Confirmed

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

With the official unleashing of Merging In Light, the forthcoming EP from Denver doom sorcerers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, now less than one month away, today Revolver Magazine offers up second movement, “Third Mind” for public appreciation.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man, Cobalt, etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light boasts over twenty hostile minutes of bottom-heavy, riff-sodden, cheerlessness and auditory gloom. Proclaims No Clean Singing of the short but pungent crusher, “The music is tank-like in the roll of its mechanics, the guitar and bass chords so distorted and sludgy that it seems like an experiment in the most efficient means of sonic spinal compression, the drum strikes so powerful that they come down like a pile-driver on concrete. The effect is near-cataclysmic. But oh man, the groove is so dominant — these are neck-grabbing songs that will bend your head up and down to their will.” Adds Sea Of Tranquility, “the three songs rumble along with menacing intent, chock full of monstrous, dark riffs and plodding drums… in the end a really enjoyable homage to Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, and Sleep.”

Comments vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg of the track on deck at Revolver: “‘The title for this song comes from a concept I came across when reading about William Burroughs and Brion Gysin’s work together, although the concept isn’t their invention. The idea is basically that when any two minds come together a third mind is created by their association, interplay, discourse, or whatever you want to call it, that is superior to either of the individual minds.”

Expand your inner self with “Third Mind” now consuming the airwaves of Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample near ten-minute closing psalm, “A Union Of Opposites,” still streaming at Cvlt Nation at HERE.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will bring their thunderous compositions to the live front with a handful of local rituals with additional performances to be announced shortly.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS Live:
12/06/2014 The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO W/ To Be Eaten, Call Of The Void, Feather And Bone
1/16/2015 The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO * EP Release Show w/ The Flight Of Sleipnir, Ghosts Of Glaciers, Dreadnought

Merging In Light features artwork by renowned illustrator Sam Turner, (Sleep, Speedwolf et al) and will be released independently on limited 12″ colored vinyl with an etched B-side. The two ouroboros serpents forming the Vesica Piscis symbol on the front and back cover will be done in UV spot gloss on the jacket, so it will have the appearance of glossy black against matte black. Additionally, 100 of the 500 records pressed will have a haze of black set against a milky, semi-translucent white, and will also come with a printed slipmat available. The remaining 400 will be white vinyl.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTSs Merging In Light will be released on December 21st, 2014, the Winter Solstice, via the band’s official BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.

“…heavier than damn near anything you’ve ever heard…” — Hard Rock Revolution

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LORD MANTIS: Extremely Graphic “Possession Prayer” Video Unveiled Via Major Online Horror Source Bloody-Disgusting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Following several months in incubation, LORD MANTIS delivers the video for their newly completed “Possession Prayer” video, delivering one of the most repulsively gritty musical/visual conveyances in recent times through the aid of mainstream horror movie portal, Bloody-Disgusting.

“Possession Prayer” hails from from LORD MANTIS’ third LP, Death Mask, the extremely graphic video produced by Profound Lore Records and New Density. The brutalizing visual transformation of the already unsettling track was provided by Brooklyn-based Gretchen Heinel, known for recent videos for Batillus, Theologian, Statiqbloom and others, who directed, filmed and edited the entire more than seven-minute long video, blending macabre and bizarre human perversion and metamorphosis into an ultra-violent, traumatic storyline. Issues an expert of visually morbid at Bloody-Disgusting alongside the video’s introduction into modern culture, “”It’s dark, it’s vicious, and it’s unsettling, just like it should be.”

Let the “Possession Prayer” video ruin your day at Bloody-Disgusting RIGHT HERE. You were warned.

Following recent tour actions in support of Death Mask, including treks with Hell Militia and Today Is The Day and more, LORD MANTIS will return to Europe on tour this Spring, the main objective being their second crushing performance as the massive Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. More info on the upcoming invasion will be announced shortly.

Engineered at Electrical Audio and Soma studios by Sanford Parker, mixed at Hypercube and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, Death Mask features artwork by Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice) and layout duties handled by Chimère Noire. The CD is out now via Profound Lore Records, available on CD HERE and digital HERE, and the massive gatefold double-12” 180-gram vinyl version in an array of colors via New Density HERE.

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BLACK BREATH Announces Northwest Perversion 2015 Mini-Tour; Band Currently Recording Third LP With Kurt Ballou

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

While currently locked away at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the midst of recording their newest LP, BLACK BREATH announces a string of January tour dates.

Following the current recording sessions of their upcoming as-yet-unnamed third LP for Southern Lord, BLACK BREATH will storm Brooklyn for a one-off East Coast performance on December 14th before returning to the Pacific Northwest. Then, as the new year gets underway, the band will begin to inundate their surroundings with a heavy load of touring, beginning with Northwest Perversion 2015. The newly-confirmed four-show killing spree will launch in Vancouver on January 16th — marking BLACK BREATH’s very first Canadian show — after which it will systematically storm through Bellingham and Portland before closing down in their hometown of Seattle on the 19th. The tour poster for the carnage was created by Adam Vick.

Stand by as further info on the upcoming BLACK BREATH LP and new tour dates are announced.

BLACK BREATH Live:
12/14/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [info]
Northwest Perversion 2015:
1/16/2015 The Astoria – Vancouver, BC
1/17/2015 The Swillery – Bellingham, WA
1/18/2015 Blackwater – Portland, OR
1/19/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA

Reinventing the classic Stockholm deathcrush of Dismember and Entombed through a merciless d-beat hardcore delivery, BLACK BREATH has dominated the media and fans alike with their recorded output tenfold with each release since their 2006 inception, having since become an American metal powerhouse and major priority for Southern Lord. The band has overthrown city after city throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia on tour alongside the likes of Nasum, Nails, Converge, Victims, Tormented, Corrosion Of Conformity, Christian Mistress, Noothgrush, Rise and Fall, Ringworm, Yautja and Mutilation Rites, has supported Neurosis, Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, Entombed, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room, Autopsy, DRI, Amorphis, Tragedy, From Ashes Rise and others, and has performed at major festivals and events including Maryland Deathfest,Sonisphere, Hellfest, Tuska, Fluff Fest, SXSW, The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, The Power Of The Riff and more. Now back at GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts where their 2010 debut, Heavy Breathing, and 2012 follow-up, Sentenced To Life were harnessed, BLACK BREATH is capturing their most massive efforts yet for release by mid-2015, an album sure to be an extreme highlight of the coming year.

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TODAY IS THE DAY Involved In Van Accident; US Tour Dates Canceled

Monday, December 1st, 2014

This past Friday, November 28th, on the eve of TODAY IS THE DAY’s latest tour in support of their tenth LP, Animal Mother, frontman Steve Austin and the band’s tour merchandise handler, Trevor Thomas, were involved in a serious accident, which sent both members directly to the hospital. While both members are currently home recovering from their injuries, the band’s December tour has been canceled, as in addition to the physical injuries, the band’s new van and much of their gear and merch were destroyed.

All TODAY IS THE DAY tour actions are currently on hold while the situation is assessed; stand by for further updates, and read Austin’s detailed statement on the band’s current position at the TITD Facebook page HERE.

A video for the title track to Animal Mother will be issued later this month. In the meantime watch the official “Masada” video HERE and a full TODAY IS THE DAY set from Brooklyn on their recent tour HERE.

Dispatching nearly an hour of TODAY IS THE DAY’s creepiest and heaviest chaos in years, Animal Mother’s wrath recalls elements of their most seminal albums, as always merging murderous anger and horribly depressed vibes into a volatile, unclassifiable, prophetic style of metal all its own. With cult leader and guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin joined by drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots) and bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl), the album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, features original artwork by Samantha Muljat (Bl’ast, Earth, Baptists), and has reaped international critical acclaim for several months now. Animal Mother is out now via Southern Lord, available on CD colored vinyl LP including bundles HERE, and via BandCamp HERE.

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EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – December 1, 2014

Monday, December 1st, 2014

LAE: Debut Album By Montreal Psychedelic Post-Rock Troupe Featuring Steve Austin From Today Is The Day Streaming At The Quietus; Break The Clasp Out Now Via The Compound/Battleground Records – The official debut recordings from Montreal-based LAE are out this week in the form of the collective’s Break The Clasp full-length — a monumentally dejected yet inspiring nearly hour-long psychedelic journey through thirteen dynamic movements — and the entire record is now playing at prevalent online magazine, The Quietus. [More]

PRIMORDIAL: Official Video For “Babel’s Tower” Now Playing At Metal Injection; Where Greater Men Have Fallen on NOW On Metal Blade – Irish metal legion, PRIMORDIAL, unveils the official new music video for “Babel’s Tower.” [More]

WARDRUNA: Norwegian Folk Ensemble Reissues Mesmerizing Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga Debut In North America Via Indie RecordingsWARDRUNA’s mesmerizing debut full-length, Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga, finally gets the reissue treatment in North America via Indie Recordings. [More]

COWARDS: “Birth Of The Sadistic Son” Sees Worldwide Debut Via Music & Riots Magazine; New Studio Trailer For Rise To Infamy Posted – With Paris-based COWARDS preparing their Rise To Infamy LP for release in the harsh Winter months, an early exclusive worldwide premiere of the album’s disgustingly heavy “Birth Of The Sadistic Son” is now available via Music & Riots Magazine, alongside a new in-studio trailer of the band’s studio process during the creation of this monstrous opus. [More]

BLACK COBRA To Headline West Coast December Tour With Wolvhammer; Band Continues To Hatch New Material For Next LP – With the dust settling on the country consequent to the band’s recent full US tour with support from Lo Pan, San Francisco’s most devastating duo, BLACK COBRA, will shred the West Coast this December with support from Midwest cult, Wolvhammer. [More]

CHILD BITE: New EP From Detroit Punk/Metal/Noise Rock Miscreants Streaming In Full At Revolver Magazine – On the eve of its official unveiling via Housecore Records, today Revolver Magazine heaves forth CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP in its mutinous entirety. [More]

AMERICAN HERITAGE: Prolapse LP Released Today Via Solar Flare Records; Full Album Streaming At Decibel MagazineProlapse, the ravenous sixth full-length studio output from Chicago-based hardcore earthmovers, AMERICAN HERITAGE, is now publicly available worldwide via Solar Flare Records. [More]

UNSACRED: Virginia Black Metal Outfit Debuts Single From Debut LP At Cvlt Nation – Having recently locked a deal with their home state-based Forcefield Records for the release of their debut full-length, False Light, Virginia’s UNSACRED has just unloaded the first auditory rapture from the album via underground music/arts outlet, Cvlt Nation, with the crushing track, “Plague.” [More]

ORANGE GOBLIN Kick Off North American Live Takeover – Following their mammothly successful tour through Europe alongside Saint Vitus, UK stoner metal icons, ORANGE GOBLIN, will bring their heavy grooves Stateside next month for a two-week bout of live takeovers supporting Down. [More]

EOLIAN EMPIRE’s Near-Year-End Playback; HEAVYVIBES Holiday Sale – It was the best of times, it was… sorry, what was that? [More]

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: US Assault Underway; Live Record To Drop Via War Crime Recordings + Neil Young Cover Streaming At NoiseyCORRECTIONS HOUSE is packing up their munitions in preparation for their imminent, near three-week live assault on the US. [More]

MUSK OX: Canadian Neofolk Trio Reveals Woodfall “Making-Of” Footage Via Decibel MagazineWoodfall is the latest full-length from Canadian neofolk trio, MUSK OX, self-released earlier this year. [More]

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Misfits Return To North America Supporting Down! - Australian thrash grind misfits, KING PARROT, will return to the road later this week for a final run of live assaults on North America supporting Down, Orange Goblin, and Bl’ast. [More]

THE COMPOUND New Label Releases & EARSPLIT DISTRO Stock Update: LAE, GODHUNTER/SECRETS OF THE SKY, DIE CHOKING, UFOMAMMUT, SECRET CUTTER, THE BODY & THOU, GRIDLINK, PISS VORTEX, and tons more [More…]

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EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:
AEON  –  ARCANE  – AUTHOR & PUNISHER – BATTLECROSS – BEHEMOTH  – BL’AST – BLACK BREATH – BLACK COBRA – CANNIBAL CORPSE  –  CAR BOMB – CDC – CORRECTIONS HOUSE –CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – DISCOURSE – EARTH – EXHUMED – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – GREENLEAF – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – INANIMATE EXISTENCE – THE INSPECTOR CLUZO – KING PARROT – MACABRE – MAID MYRIAD  –  MAMMOTH GRINDER – NERVECELL  –  NEUROSIS – ORANGE GOBLIN – PRIMORDIAL – RINGS OF SATURN – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SOCIETY SUCKER – TODAY IS THE DAY – UFOMAMMUT – ULCERATE – USNEA – WOLVHAMMER

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