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THE DRIP: Debut EP For Relapse Now Playing At American Aftermath

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Relapse Records is preparing to release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the label’s first title from Washington’s THE DRIP, in just days.

THE DRIP’s violent effectiveness, the intensity of their high-speed grindcore and vicious riffbeatings, easily showcase this band right alongside their brutalizing predecessors and peers including Misery Index, Rotten Sound and Nasum. Now just days in advance of its street, the entire A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics EP is now playing at American Aftermath alongside a quick interview with the band.

Be afraid, and do it anyway… unload the EP right HERE.

In conjunction with the release of A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, this Saturday, April 12th, THE DRIP will tackle a hometown crowd out in full-on rage mode for the band’s headlining record release party and official video shoot for a track from the EP. Subsequent gigs have the band confirmed to share the stage over the next several weeks with labelmates Fuck The Facts and Ulcerate as well as Capitalist Casualties and more, with more widespread touring to follow.

4/12/2014 Rays Golden Lion – Richland, WA (video shoot)
4/23/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Fuck The Facts
5/04/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Ulcerate
5/09/2014 The Hessian Lair – Richland, WA
5/17/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties

Following several self-financed EPs, THE DRIP now brings their ferocious, blasting arts to the Relapse roster with the release of their label debut, A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics. A relentless, skull-crushing, pissed off, high-energy, blast-riddled explosion of violence, the EP rips through six tracks in barely twelve minutes, the first release to be fully recorded at Audiosiege in Portland by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), after which it was mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). Relapse will release A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics in North America on April 15th preceded by its April 11the release in Germany and Benelux and April 14th release in the UK, in digital, available HERE, and on CD and vinyl platforms, the first pressing of the wax with a B-side etching, available HERE.

DARSOMBRA To Support Floor On Eastern US Spring Tour; Two-Month DIY Tour Continues

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Baltimore-based duo, DARSOMBRA, has been confirmed to join Floor on their upcoming May tour. From May 3rd through the 11th, Floor will headline nine major cities on the East Coast and Midwest, with DARSOMBRA and Hot Victory providing opening support on all dates.

The news comes in while DARSOMBRA remains currently embarked on their most extensive tour to date, with nearly three weeks of their two-month-long voyage of the US remaining, as the band pulls into Denver to perform this evening. Stated the band, from their van, on the ongoing and upcoming tour experiences: “We are truly heartened and inspired by all the awesome bands we’ve played with so far on this tour!  It’s the wind in our sails–and we’re really looking forward to our dates with Floor and Hot Victory, for the same reason! See you all soon!”

Following releases through At A Loss Recordings, Public Guilt, Underradar and others, DARSOMBRA signed with Exile On Mainstream for their Climax Community LP in mid-2012. The album traverses forty-five minutes of the outfit’s slow-building, transcendental soundscapes, where searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combine to form elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. Yet, Climax Community is also where the act transformed from a solo act to a duo and began incorporating immersive visual displays to their auditory experimentation, with mini-films created to accompany the music both on record and during live performances. DARSOMBRA is writing the follow-up LP to Climax Community as well as material for additional releases being slated for later in the year.

DARSOMBRA 2014 US Tour [remaining dates]:
4/08/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Nightmare Boyzzz (Slovenly), Vegetable Children
4/09/2014 Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE w/ Webb
4/10/2014 TBA – Kansas
4/11/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO w/ Expo ‘70, Ancient River
4/12/2014 The Mill – Iowa City, IA w/ United Teachers of Music, Sweet Chariot
4/13/2014 Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN w/ Thunderbolt Pagoda, Comets Ov Cupid
4/15/2014 Wisco – Madison, WI w/ UuskiuU, Los Bastardos Guapos
4/16/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Northless, Lost Spirit
4/17/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Blizzard Babies, The Mraz Volta
4/18/2014 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Bible of the Devil, Leeches of Lore, Cocaine Wolves
4/19/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN w/ Agakus, Charnel House, Two Bands From Canada
4/20/2014 Trumbullplex – Detroit, MI w/ Octopus, Collapse
4/21/2014 The Drinkery – Cincinnati, OH w/ New Strange
4/22/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Myra Gale, Dead Peasant Insurance, MDFL
4/23/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Mrs. Paintbrush
4/24/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Ancients of Earth, Highest Leviathan, Amish Noise
4/25/2014 Monkey House – Winooski, VT w/ Astrocat, Blue Button
4/26/2014 Psychic Readings – Providence, RI w/ Queen Elephantine, Vomit Arsonist, Parasomniak Lustt, LVMMVX
5/02/2014 Windup Space – Baltimore, MD w/ Drone Theory, Drunk Victory

DARSOMBRA w/ Floor, Hot Victory:
5/03/2014 Tremont Music Hall  – Charlotte, NC
5/04/2014 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
5/05/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/06/2014 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
5/07/2014 Great Scott - Boston, MA
5/08/2014 The Tralf - Buffalo, NY
5/09/2014 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
5/10/2014 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
5/11/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL

GODHUNTER Confirms Split With Secrets Of The Sky In Conjunction With June Tour; Vinyl Edition Confirmed Via The Compound/Battleground

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Tucson, Arizona’s GODHUNTER has confirmed an upcoming split release with their cohorts in Oakland, California’s Secrets Of The Sky, to be released in conjunction with their upcoming Western US tour together.

During the first two weeks of June, GODHUNTER will take their confrontational political sludge metal to the West Coast in support of their newly-released debut LP, City Of Dust, the announcement coming amidst an intense torrent of rave reviews of the album filtering in from all around the planet. The entire tour will be with Oakland’s progressive doom metal sextet, Secrets Of The Sky, beginning with both bands performing at the annual Doom In June Fest in Las Vegas June 6th and 7th, joining Novembers Doom, Christian Mistress, Acid Witch, Ides of Gemini, Demon Lung and more.

Now the bands confirm a new split recording being finalized for release in conjunction with the tour. Featuring dynamic, brand new material from both GODHUNTER and Secrets Of The Sky, the split EP will initially see a limited DIY release on cassette specifically for this collaborative tour in June. Then in September, a deluxe audiophile 10” vinyl version of the split will see a collaborative release between Earsplit’s The Compound label and GODHUNTER’s own Battleground Records, as with the City Of Dust album. Further details on both versions of the release will be made available in the coming days.

Following its release digitally and on CD in February, GODHUNTER’s City Of Dust will be available in a deluxe vinyl edition later this month, in a run of 300 copies on clear 180-gram vinyl with red splatter, poly-bagged with a black sleeve and full-color 12”x24” lyric/liner sheet and full-color jacket. Preorders for this edition are available via Earsplit Distro; all LP orders placed before May 1st will include a free copy of the album on CD. Preorder placement for the vinyl as well as and an arsenal of additional GODHUNTER merch can all be located HERE.

Stream all of City Of Dust at The Obelisk, RIGHT HERE.

GODHUNTER Confirmed Tour Dates:
4/12/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ w/ Amigo The Devil, Inoculara, Chamber [info]
6/06/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ Secrets Of The Sky [info]
6/07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ Secrets Of The Sky [info]
6/08/2014 Stork Club – Oakland, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/09/2014 Frankie Teardrops – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/10/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/11/2014 The Complex – Glendale, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/12/2014 The Palms – 29 Palms, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/13/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ w/ Secrets Of The Sky

“… one of 2014’s best albums. City of Dust is a structured and informed refusal of acceptance. In the sludge style, we rarely get this much substance.” – Heavy Planet

“…the eight component tracks of the 49-minute album come across with staggering intensity despite what’s usually a fairly grueling pace. It is as much a multi-chapter sludgecore manifesto as it is a collection of memorably-riffed songs… they’ve presented a multifaceted and passionate foundation from which to progress… City Of Dust is more than just a sludge record”. – The Obelisk

“…an intelligent, gritty, heavy beast and a force to be reckoned with… Godhunter’s brand of towering sludge is something to look out for in the future. 8/10″ – American Aftermath

“…that rare album where the whole is greater than the sum of its influences… one impressive achievement.. 8.5/10.” – Global Domination

“…you really feel the nihilistic tone in every word…This album is heavy as an elephant’s balls.” – Echoes And Dust

“What Godhunter do have in spades is riffs… this is only the beginning.” – The Sleeping Shaman

“The subtitle for City of Dust is ‘A Conversation Between Hope and Despair,’ and these words encompass the album’s themes of fear, despair, confusion, and yes, even a dash of hope.” –

“If the results sound as fresh as they do on this local act’s full-length debut, the genre has some vitality left in it.” – Tucson Weekly

In Memoriam: SELIM LEMOUCHI’s Earth Air Spirit Water Fire At The 2014 Roadburn Afterburner

Monday, April 7th, 2014

In an official message from Roadburn HQ: “The Devil’s Blood’s first-ever show at Roadburn 2008 was undeniably one of the great moments in the festival’s history. After the group disbanded in early 2013, guitarist Selim Lemouchi sought to channel his considerable creative energies into a new project: SELIM LEMOUCHI & HIS ENEMIES.

During 2013, the debut EP Mens Animus Corpus was followed by the release of the full-length Earth Air Spirit Water Fire. The album presentation in December 2013 offered a tantalizing hint of transcendent performances to come, and consequently we at Roadburn HQ were thrilled to add Selim and his new band to this year’s Afterburner bill.

However, thrill turned to sorrow with the news of Selim’s passing last month. At first, it was impossible to grasp. How could he be gone? The idea of removing his name from the various Roadburn 2014 posters, press releases and website items was too much to bear. Even after being able to talk with his family, even after having had a little time to grieve, it was still incomprehensible that he would not be joining us.

Selim was inspirational both artistically and personally. He was someone who gave us the courage to keep pursuing our chosen artistic path. On a more personal level, he reminded me to stay true to myself. He taught me some valuable lessons about life and death through his music and as a person.

Now, thanks to Selim’s sister Farida, also formerly of The Devil’s Blood, and other musical collaborators involved in his last project, Selim will be a part of the festival. Together, SELIM LEMOUCHI’S ENEMIES will bring Earth Air Spirit Water Fire to the 2014 Roadburn Festival Afterburner on Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Join us as we celebrate Selim’s music and honor his spirit. The performance is scheduled to start at 3:45pm (15:45), so be sure to get there on time. Doors open: 2.30pm (14:30).” — Walter Hoeijmakers of behalf of Jurgen van den Brand, Yvonne Maclean and Roadburn.

EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

ENABLER: Early Single From Second LP Released Via MetalSucks; Preorders Available – As the final touches are being put on the highly anticipated second LP from ENABLER, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, the first single from this dynamic album to hammer the public, has been released via MetalSucks. [More…]

EYEHATEGOD Spews Forth “Robitussin And Rejection;” New Hymn Now Playing At Vice/Noisey – Legendary New Orleans’ volume merchants, EYEHATEGOD, today spews forth “Robitussin And Rejection,” courtesy of Vice Magazine’s music gateway, Noisey. [More…]

PSYCHO: Selfmadgod Confirms First LP From Boston Grindpunk Veterans In Twenty-Two Years - Old-school Boston grindcore/punk act, PSYCHO, is back with the band’s first new full-length release in over twenty-two years! [More…]

BENCHPRESS / MARTYR’S TONGUE: Get This Right Records Preps Brutal Hardcore Split For Release – Get This Right Records is preparing to release a bulldozing split between two heavy-hitters in the contemporary hardcore circuit; a brutal showdown between Pennsylvania’s BENCHPRESS and Puerto Rico’s MARTYR’S TONGUE. [More…]

DWELLERS: Heavy Rock Trio To Release Pagan Fruit This May Via Small Stone; Preorders + Track Previews Available – Salt Lake City-based, self-dubbed “gut rock” trio, DWELLERS, is pleased to spread the seed of their sophomore full-length, Pagan Fruit, later this Spring via the amplifier-advocates at Small Stone Records. [More…]

ANTI RITUAL: Self-Titled Debut From Danish Quartet Set For Release; EP Now Playing At Cvlt Nation – With a furious attack of hardcore, sludge and black metal fueled by antagonist lyrics, ANTI RITUAL makes their debut with a raging EP via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records, which is now streaming in its entirety at Cvlt Nation. [More…]

IRON REAGAN Presents Free 13-Track Spoiled Identity EP Via Decibel Magazine; Band To Tour With Ghoul And Occultist – In conjunction with Decibel Magazine, crossover maniacs and recent Relapse signees, IRON REAGAN, today announce the release of their Spoiled Identity EP available now for free through the official IRON REAGAN Bandcamp page. [More…]

FUCKING INVINCIBLE Completes Recording Of Debut LP As West Coast Tour Nears – Atomic Action! Records confirms the impending release of the newly completed debut LP from Providence, Rhode Island-based sonic butchers, FUCKING INVINCIBLE. [More…]

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Currently Embarked On East Coast Tour – American horde, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, is currently crusading through the Eastern half of the country on tour now. [More…]

CENTURIES: Florida Hardcore Act To Embark On Western US Tour With Of Feather and Bone - West Palm Beach, Florida punk/hardcore outfit, CENTURIES, is about to undertake a new US tour, taking their live show to new sectors of the country. [More…]

SKINFATHER: New Single From SoCal Death Quintet Streaming At Decibel – As Streetcleaner Records prepares to release None Will Mourn, the debut LP from SKINFATHER, today the first single from the album has been released via Decibel Magazine. [More…]

PYRRHON: New Noise Magazine Hosts Exclusive Track-By-Track Breakdown; The Mother Of Virtues Detonates TODAY In North America – In celebration of today’s North American release of The Mother Of Virtues, the long-anticipated new full-length from New York experimental death metal peddlers, PYRRHON, New Noise Magazine is currently hosting an exclusive, in-depth, track-by-track breakdown of the record Exclaim! dubbed “an ugly menace,” and, “an intelligent, beautifully written slab of bleakness.” [More…]

GRAVES AT SEA: Portland Doom Miscreants Announce European Live Incursion; This Place Is Poison Preorders Available Now – Portland doom miscreants, GRAVES AT SEA, will embark upon a European live incursion later this month alongside fellow riff-worshippers Sourvein. [More…]

VANHELGD: Swedish Death Unit Releases New Track From Upcoming Third LPRelics Of Sulphur Salvation, the third LP from Swedish death metal quartet, VANHELGD, is set for Spring release in North America via 20 Buck Spin and internationally via Pulverised Records, and today the first single from the devastating album has been made available. [More…]

GOATWHORE Kicks Off Metal Alliance TourGOATWHORE’s forthcoming new full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, is scheduled for release in North America on July 8th via Metal Blade Records. [More…]

IN COLD BLOOD To Play Scion Rock Fest On Their First West Coast Appearance; A389 Confirms New 7-Inch – Reunited Cleveland beatdown metal kings, IN COLD BLOOD — formed by the brothers Melnick, Aaron and Leon, collectively formerly members of Integrity, Inmates and more — have been confirmed to take part in this year’s installment of the Scion Rock Fest, marking the band’s first-ever West Coast performance. [More…]

SERPENTINE PATH: Info On Second Relapse LP From NYC Morbid Metal Crew Released – Following a two-year release stretch since their bold self-titled debut LP was issued, Relapse Records this week unveils the release details on the highly-anticipated second LP from New York City-based morbid sludge metal executioners, SERPENTINE PATH. [More…]

Eolian Empire News: DRUNK DAD, HOT VICTORY, GRAVES AT SEA, PRIZEHOG, TOWERS, RABBITS And Additional Controlled Chaos – The latest heavy vibes from Eolian Empire, now nearly one year into the re-launch… Everything is fine, or so it seems. [More…]

TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Portland Punk Metal Day-Ruiners Join Black Tusk For A European Takeover – Portland punk metal day-ruiners, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will join forces with Savannah, Georgia sludge warriors/labelmates, Black Tusk, for a European campaign of live destruction this Summer. [More…]

GHOUL: Masked Menaces Launch New Hang Ten Teaser Track; Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II To Cause Imminent Ruin – The masked menaces in GHOUL, today offer up a taste of their forthcoming Hang Ten EP. [More…]

THE BODY/THOU: Fully Collaborative Vinyl-Only Release Out Now On Vinyl Rites – Vinyl-only independent label, Vinyl Rites, this week releases Released From Love, a fully collaborative recorded effort between THE BODY and THOU. [More…]

BEYOND THE SHORE Debuts “Glass Houses” Video On; Tour With Arsonists Get All The Girls ContinuesBEYOND THE SHORE recently filmed some clips with guitarists Zach Hunter and Jared Loucks, as well as bassist Eli Masherbash, to demonstrate the track “Glass Houses” from their critically launded Ghostwatcher album. [More…]

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION: Vast Is The Agency Of Doom – 20 Buck Spin To Exhume From The Earth A New Release – Yet another shining jeweled crown to add to the growing reliquary of MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, 20 Buck Spin proudly presents Concrescence Of The Sophia to the North American cemetery. [More…]

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Added To Meshuggah’s 25th Anniversary Tour – North Carolina’s BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be opening for Meshuggah this June on a near two-week run of North American live assaults. [More…]

DIVINE CIRCLES: Solo Offering From USX String Contortionist Streaming In Full At A.V. Club – DIVINE CIRCLES is USX violinist, Meghan Mulhearn’s eclectic solo endeavor. On Oblivion Songs, Mulhearn manifests a wholly spellbinding, five-track sound collage; a soothing collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk. [More…]

TRIOSCAPES Announces May Tour – Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me, Orbs), Walter Fancourt, and Matt Lynch: the over-the-top trio appropriately known as TRIOSCAPES, will be embarking on a fourteen-date headlining tour this May! [More…]

MEGATON LEVIATHAN: Oregon Doom-Gazers Announce Upcoming Live Rituals; New Full-Length To Be Released Via Seventh Rule Recordings – Oregon doom-gazers MEGATON LEVIATHAN, are readying to kick off their first bought of live rituals in over two years. [More…]

FREEDOM HAWK: Virginia Riff-Wranglers To Kick Off European Tour – Virginia riff-wranglers, FREEDOM HAWK, will swoop into Europe later this week for a seven-date live incursion through Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. [More…]

ILSA Completes Tracking For New A389 LP; Tour With Seven Sisters Of Sleep Nears – Washington, DC’s ILSA has completed tracking with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore for their fourth LP, The Felon’s Claw. [More…]

GOZU: Massachusetts Riff Rockers To Embark Upon First-Ever European Tour; The Fury Of A Patient Man Limited Edition Vinyl Out Now – Massachusetts rock hellions, GOZU, will take their riffs overseas next week for their first-ever European takeover! [More…]

FUCKED UP Unleashes All Out “Disorder;” Full Year Of The Dragon Artwork Revealed – With the release of the Year Of The Dragon EP, the sixth installment from Canadian hardcore punk unit, FUCKED UP’s ongoing “Zodiac Series,” now less than two weeks away, the band, in conjunction with mega music portal, Pitchfork, drops “Disorder.” [More…]

BUIOINGOLA: Debut From Italian Act Officially Out Now On Sentient Ruin Laboratories – The scathing yet inviting tones of Dopo l’Apnea, the debut album by Italian act BUIOINGOLA, is officially out now worldwide on cassette and all digital platforms as the second release for newly-established Sentient Ruin Laboratories. [More…]

Contact or for interviews with the above artists, or bands listed below with current and/or pending tour dates; keep up to date on all Earsplit-related tour offensives at our Live Actions page HERE.


BUIOINGOLA: Debut From Italian Act Officially Out Now On Sentient Ruin Laboratories

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The scathing yet inviting tones of Dopo l’Apnea, the debut album by Italian act BUIOINGOLA, is officially out now worldwide on cassette and all digital platforms as the second release for newly-established Sentient Ruin Laboratories.

The Pisa, Tuscany-based BUIOINGOLA, translated from “darkness in my throat,” draws crust and post-punk influence from Amebix, Cocteau Twins, Neurosis, Joy Division and more into a caustic level of destruction, injecting their dark, withdrawn and inconsolable sounding ultra-heavy post-goth aesthetic into a maelstrom of bleak, monolithic and crushing doom riffs. Bridging a blackened punk vibe with post-metal aesthetics, Dopo l’Apnea was recorded and mixed in February 2013 by Lorenzo Capurro at Sonik Studio 1996 and mastered by Gabriele Caldini, with artwork by Virgilio. Stream all of Dopo l’apnea and order all versions of the album HERE.

BUIOINGOLA continues to take their tunes to fans throughout Italy in support of Dopo l’Apnea and will have more shows to be announced in the coming months to extend well beyond the barriers of their home country. The band is also currently writing new material for their follow-up album.

4/25/2014 CSOA Ex Mattatoio – Perguia, Italy
4/26/2014 Sinister Noise – Roma w/ Mors Est Ianua Vitaek, Altri
5/17/2014 No Cage – Florence, Rome w/ The Autumn Leaves Fall
5/31/2014 Casaupa – Udine w/The Haunting Green

The moment “after apnea” is the most painful. Air burns like fire, entrails scream. Breathing is so difficult that any driving vital force is apparently overwhelmed by the temptation of letting oneself fall deep down in water, the same water that has enveloped, warmed and blinded us throughout our life. Through fears, conflicts, uncertainties and discomfort, Dopo l’apnea tells of a journey that leads nowhere, but which finds its meaning in its own becoming.

FUCKED UP Unleashes All Out “Disorder;” Full Year Of The Dragon Artwork Revealed

Friday, April 4th, 2014

With the release of the Year Of The Dragon EP, the sixth installment from Canadian hardcore punk unit, FUCKED UP’s ongoing “Zodiac Series,” now less than two weeks away, the band, in conjunction with mega music portal, Pitchfork, drops “Disorder.”

Year Of The Dragon boasts three tunes — the title track, a seventeen-and-a-half-minute epic anthem centered on dreams, expectations, compromise and hypocrisy and two classic Canadian punk covers: Cardboard Brains’s “I Wanna Be A Yank” and The Ugly’s aforementioned “Disorder.”

Gushed Punknews in a near perfect rating of the EP, “It’s hard to follow up a titanic track like that [“Year Of The Dragon”], so instead of going for the grandiose, on the flipside, the band coves two songs from The Last Pogo a documentary of early Canadian punk… Songs are treated with reverence, but not immutability. In classic FUCKED UP style, the band tears through the tunes with raw, uncoiling riffs and a charging, loose, drum beat that threatens to fly off the track. [Damian] Abraham, in lieu of synthesizing the original vocal takes, sticks with his gruff bark and of course, it works. It’s fast and fun and works as a nice contrast to the A-side, shows punk’s other great attribute. ‘Dragon’ can stand for the concept that punk is about tearing down barriers and sonic experimentation, but the B-sides counter back that punk can also just be about having a good time. This release demonstrates that there are more to these artists that being ‘the big, friendly stoner’ or the ‘difficult, distanced, director.’ Each movement adds a new nuance and creates another plane for interpretation. There’s a lot to take in here. It’s interesting, it’s nuanced, and frankly, it’s a blast.”

“Disorder” is currently streaming in all its riotous glory, courtesy of Pitchfork, at THIS LOCATION.

Year Of The Dragon comes swathed in the stunning cover creation of Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch) – a vividly twisted depiction of chaos, collapse and imminent destruction replete with ghosts, zombies and a mammoth fire-breathing dragon.

To view the full creation, point your browser HERE.

Additionally, the piece will be on display at the Andrei Bouzikov art show later this month as part of long-awaited second edition of Tankcrimes’ Brainsqueeze Fest  in Oakland which will include a live ambush by FUCKED UP as well as Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Ghoul, Negative Approach and oodles more. Further info and tickets are available HERE.

Following Brainsqueeze, FUCKED UP will pummel Lawnya Vawnya in Newfoundland and take a short breather before razing New York’s Bowerly Ballroom and the Field Trip Festival in Toronto in June. From there, FUCKED UP will conquer Europe on a ten-date run of live havoc through June 22nd.

4/19/2014 Oakland Metro @ Brainsqueeze Fest II – Oakland, CA
4/27/2014 Lawnya Vawnya – St. John’s, NL
6/06/2014 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY Record Release Show
6/08/2014 Field Trip Festival – Toronto, ON
6/13/2014 B Sides Festival – Lucern, CH
6/14/2014 VK, Brussels, Belgium
6/15/2014 Gorilla – Manchester, UK
6/16/2014 The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
6/17/2014 Belgrave – Leeds, UK
6/18/2014 Koko – London, UK
6/19/2014 Point Ephemere – Paris, FR
6/20/2014 Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, DE
6/21/2014 Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE
6/22/2014 Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL

Year Of The Dragon will be available on 12”, CD and digitally via Tankcrimes on April 15th, 2014. The first wax pressing comes with a bonus six-minute edit of “Year Of The Dragon” included on a separate seven-inch flexi disc. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“…a convincing demonstration of what can happen when a band works without limitations…” – Pitchfork

GOZU: Massachusetts Riff Rockers To Embark Upon First-Ever European Tour; The Fury Of A Patient Man Limited Edition Vinyl Out Now

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Massachusetts rock hellions, GOZU, will take their riffs overseas next week for their first-ever European takeover! Set to begin at the legendary Roadburn Festival, the band will wage a full-on volume ambush through ten select locales in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia and Italy, concluding with a performance at Desertfest in Berlin.

GOZU will be touting the fruit of their The Fury Of A Patient Man full-length released last Spring via Small Stone. The self-produced ten track monster earned widespread praise for its Chris Cornellian vocal swells and robust, riff-heavy swagger. Describes The Big Takeover of the release, “Besides wielding bruising riffs like katanas, the Cambridge, Massachusetts quartet shows an impish sense of pop culture humor with titles like ‘Charles Bronson Pinchot,’ ‘Disco Related Injury’ and the Welcome Back, Kotter referencing ‘Signed, Epstein’s Mom.’  But the primary reasons GOZU stomps most pot smoking riffmeisters into the ground are their two frontdudes. Guitarist Doug Sherman maintains a melodic touch even as his amps scream for mercy, and singer Marc Gaffney exudes as much soul as bravado.” Adds MetalSucks, “GOZU play the tunes on their sophomore album with a pair of great grizzled gonads. We’re talking balls, people, some truly tremendous twin testes. The kind so deeply and scraggily forested that those epic ball-beards have epic ball-beards; the kind that require a high quality wide-angle lens to get any real perspective on…  At times, The Fury Of A Patient Man plays like a de-progged Mastodon after a dozen successful anger management sessions, or a laid back King Giant. The consistently competent delivery, the thick lowdown chords, dynamic proficiency and attention to density all point that direction. It’s the kind of heavy rock that just about anybody can enjoy over a few foamy brews in a hazy basement bar on a Saturday night. And when your date agrees to take the evening back to your place, you can even pretend she’s thinking of you the whole time.”

A special deluxe vinyl edition The Fury Of A Patient Man was recently released via Small Stone in celebration of the upcoming European journey. Limited to 500 copies, the 2XLP set comes on 180gram wax with a wide spine jacket, poly-lined sleeve, and two colors — LP one is “clear green” while LP two is “solid purple.” Sides one, two and three feature tracks from the original album, while side four offers up exclusive vinyl only numbers with one original tune (“Break You”) and GOZUed renditions of Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years” and D’Angelo’s “Shit, Damn, Motherfucker.”

GOZU Spring Tour 2014:
4/12/2014 Roadburn – Tilburg, NL
4/13/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/15/2014 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
4/16/2014 Channel Zero – Ljubiljana, SI
4/17/2014 Magnolia – Milano, IT
4/18/2014 E20 Underground – Montecchio, IT
4/19/2014 TBA
4/20/2014 TBA
4/22/2014 Das Bette – Frankfurt, DE
4/23/2014 Musicon – Den Haag, NL
4/24/2014 The Underground – Cologne, DE
4/25/2014 Astra Kulturhaus Desertfest – Berlin, DE

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ILSA Completes Tracking For New A389 LP; Tour With Seven Sisters Of Sleep Nears

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Washington, DC’s ILSA has completed tracking with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore for their fourth LP, The Felon’s Claw.

With ten new tracks of the band’s most brutal material to date, and featuring the debut of new guitarist Tim Moyer (formerly of pre-ILSA outfit, Time Of The Wolf)  as well as guest lead appearances by former axmen Lady Snowblood and Domenic Romeo. The artwork will be handled by Joshy Brettell and exciting elaborate packaging ideas are being planned.

The Felon’s Claw is due to pollute the streets this coming Halloween as on LP, CD and digital formats via A389 Recordings. Tunes and additional info will be leaked out upon completion this Summer.

In the meantime, ILSA’s treacherous Northeastern US trek with Southern California’s nihilistic doom outfit, and lablemates, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, grows ever closer. With Seven Sisters Of Sleep traversing the continent to take part in this year’s installment of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore at the end of May, their brethren in ILSA will converge with the band for a short but brutalizing run of dates, beginning May 16th in Cleveland and tearing through Rochester, Binghamton, Montclair, Brooklyn and Philadelphia together before SSOS splits off to invade MDF.

5/16/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee’s Irish Pub – Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie – Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY]

FREEDOM HAWK: Virginia Riff-Wranglers To Kick Off European Tour

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Virginia riff-wranglers, FREEDOM HAWK, will swoop into Europe later this week for a seven-date live incursion through Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. Slated to kick off this Saturday, the short run includes a stop at this year’s Roadburn Fest in Tilburg.

Hailing from the barrier dunes of Tidewater, FREEDOM HAWK’s brand of dark, girthy, sun-fueled stoner rock is a brow-raising sound excursion reminiscent of rock’s heyday of the ‘70s. On the band’s high-potency live show, Performer Magazine boasts, “[FREEDOM HAWK is] East Coast’s answer to Fu Manchu, keeping it simple and thick with harmonious metal groove. It wasn’t heavy riffs and growls, but power riffs and a soulful rock delivery wrapped in metal packaging. FREEDOM HAWK’s sound is large, like trying to force an elephant to fit in a closet. It’s also melodic for such heavy-handed playing. Walls of guitar riffs were pushed out heavy, soaring and moving like swells and waves at the same time.”

FREEDOM HAWK European Tour 2014:
4/05/2014 Vortex – Siegen, DE
4/06/2014 AMC – Antwerp, BE
4/07/2014 Le Glazart – Paris, FR
4/08/2014 The Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
4/09/2014 Jagerklause – Berlin, DE
4/10/2014 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2014 Immerhin – Wurzburg, DE
4/12/2014 Rare Guitar – Munster, DE

FREEDOM HAWK will be touring in support of their critically-lauded Holding On full-length, released in 2011 via Small Stone Recordings. Vintage Guitar Magazine applauded the offering noting, “This quartet’s material owes a bit to ’70s stalwarts like Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, but with fresh arrangements and tight song structures in fairly complex patterns. Crisp guitar leads and driving percussion propel the proceedings, and the sound is full even with few guitar overdubs,” Heavy Planet championed the band’s, “fist-in-the-air, wind in your hair rock and roll that will make you feel damn good,” while All Music noted simply, “FREEDOM HAWK are just plain impressive on this here album.”

Following their European trek, FREEDOM HAWK will return to their creative home nest to put the finishing touches on their forthcoming new long player set for release in late 2014/early 2015. Stay tuned…