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RIVERS OF NIHIL: Pennsylvania Death Metal Assassins Debut New Video; Band To Kick Off Tour With Death (DTA Tours)

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Pennsylvania death metal assassins, RIVERS OF NIHIL, have launched a brand new music video for “Mechanical Trees” on their official YouTube channel at THIS LOCATION. The Dave Brodsky-directed performance clip comes by way of the band’sThe Conscious Seed Of Light full-length. Fast, yet melodic and ambient, the tune evokes as much groove as it does relentless death metal speed and serves as a  stellar introduction for the uninitiated as well as an ideal illustration of the brand of musically tight and heavy hitting live show fans can expect on RIVERS OF NIHIL’s upcoming tour.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments: “Working with David Brodsky on this video was a truly awesome experience. This guy has shot so many of our favorite bands over the years and to be able to work with him on something for our own band was truly surreal. We are also beginning our trek out to Los Angeles where we will be meeting up with Death To All, Obituary, and Massacre. We are super excited to be touring with bands that we all grew up idolizing! See you soon.”

The Reading natives will play a string of shows leading up to their tour with Death (DTA Tours)! The Swamp Leper Stomp Tour ‘14, also featuring Obituary and Massacre, begins Friday November 14, 2014 in Los Angeles,. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.

In related news, Uttley is offering guitar lessons while the band is on tour! Fans/aspiring guitarists can sign up for a lesson via Brody’s profile on Visit to sign up and to see when RIVERS OF NIHIL will be in your area.


11/10/2014 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
11/11/2014 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
11/13/2014 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
RIVERS OF NIHIL on Death’s (DTA Tours) Swamp Leper Stomp ‘14
w/ Obituary, Massacre:
11/14/2014 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
11/15/2014 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
11/16/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/18/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/19/2014 The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC w/ Untimely Demise
11/21/2014 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB w/ Untimely Demise
11/22/2014 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK w/ Untimely Demise
11/23/2014 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB w/ Untimely Demise
11/24/2014 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN w/ Untimely Demise
11/25/2014 The Metro – Chicago, IL
11/26/2014 Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/27/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/28/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/29/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
11/30/2014 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
12/03/2014 Empire – North Springfield, VA
12/04/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
12/05/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
12/07/2014 Grand Central – Miami, FL
RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their debut full-length, The Conscious Seed Of Light. Recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan, the band began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together by one common theme, each reflecting a particular season of a year. Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates: “The Conscious Seed Of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward, they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept.”

EARTH: Winter 2015 European Tour In Support Of Primitive And Deadly Announced

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Following the September release of their glorious tenth full-length studio album, Primitive And Deadly, EARTH has announced a mammoth European tour commencing in January and February 2015. The touring lineup shall comprise Dylan Carlson, Adrienne Davies and Don McGreavy, who have been perfecting the live renditions of new songs across three continents heavily since August, as well as revisiting older classics. EARTH will be joined by Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo on nearly all of the confirmed dates, and additional performances are being added to the routing.

Primitive And Deadly, the immense tenth album from EARTH, was released by Southern Lord in September amidst widespread international touring of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and all of North America in conjunction with its unveiling. The album has swiftly since become the highest-selling EARTH title to date.

The New York Times reviewed Primitive And Deadly, stating, “Now, EARTH is reconciling its two moods, rugged and contemplative, and doing something it hasn’t done since 1996: hire vocalists. Mark Lanegan, once of the Seattle band Screaming Trees, appears on a few tracks, sounding like dread and survival and the white blues; when he sings, you almost feel a crust forming. But the clear-voiced Rabia Shaheen Qazi, of the younger Seattle band Rose Windows, suggests something fresher on ‘From the Zodiacal Light,’ a long song at the record’s tasty heart, essentially a series of long approaches to beautiful choruses, with dark words and uplifting chord changes.” Pitchfork’s grand critique of the album offers, “Primitive And Deadly even begins by recapitulating every phase of the band’s career, as opener ‘Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon’ attaches the finesse of latter-day EARTH to a touch of downtrodden, heavy doom… This is the closest Carlson has ever been to leading a rock band, to fully offloading his exceptional sense of control into a systemic and thorough whole… This might be the beginning of a new Earth.” A 4-star review from Mojo Magazine praised the album as “the most accessible and rounded album yet, With lyrics come more linear structures, but this remains snugly EARTH with customary power and unhurried, circular riffs. A presence as forceful as Lanegan could distract, but his growl merges with the whole – Qazi’s declamation is otherworldly. An Earth reborn, then.” The Guardian proclaimed, “If altered states and slow-motion meditation are your thing, EARTH remain the somnambulant motherlode,” Rock A Rolla praised, “This is as close as EARTH have ever come to perfection,” Kerrang’s 4K review included, “Painful slowness has never sounded so powerful,”  and Drowned In Sound oozed with, “Primitive and Deadly is the latest in a recent suite of triumphs – by this point EARTH are masters of their game, making music that’s bigger and more powerful than anything mere mortals should be able to create.”

Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION. A full live set from EARTH’s recent visit to Brooklyn is playing HERE and an extensive trailer for the album playing RIGHT HERE.

Primitive and Deadly is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE, and through Amazon HERE.

EARTH Winter European Tour 2015 w/ Black Spirituals, Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo:
1/22/2015 OCCII – Amsterdam, NL
1/23/2015 La Maroquinerie – Paris, FR
1/24/2015 L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, FR
1/25/2015 Dachstock – Reitschule – Bern, CH
1/27/2015 Antigel Festival – Geneva, CH *
1/28/2015 Lo Fi Club – Milan, IT
1/29/2015 Init Club – Rome, IT
1/30/2015 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
1/31/2015 Orpheum Extra – Graz, AT
2/01/2015 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, SK
2/02/2015 Arena – Vienna, AT
2/03/2015 Mochvara Klub – Zagreb, HR
2/04/2015 A38 – Budapest, HU
2/06/2015 K4 – Nurnberg, DE
2/07/2015 Club Manufaktur – Schorndorf, DE
2/08/2015 Volksbuhne – Berlin, DE
2/09/2015 Pipl – Moscow, RU w/ Nadja *
2/10/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI w/ Janne Westerlund *
2/11/2015 Debaser Strand – Stockholm, SE
2/12/2015 Vulkan Arena – Oslo, NO
2/13/2015 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
2/14/2015 Voxhall – Aarhus, DE
2/15/2015 Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
2/17/2015 FZW – Dortmund, DE
2/18/2015 Vera – Groningen, NL
2/20/2015 Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
2/21/2015 The Oobleck – Birmingham, UK
2/22/2015 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
2/23/2015 The Cluny – Newcastle, UK
2/24/2015 The Komedia – Brighton, UK
2/25/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
2/27/2015 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR *
2/28/2015 Borusan Müzik Evi – Istanbul, TU *
[* EARTH only]

SECRET CUTTER: New Visual Evidence Released + Band Returns To Brooklyn Next Week; New Material Slated For 2015

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

SECRET CUTTER continues to bring their Bethlehem-rusted and feedback-drenched sludgecore brutality to the masses abroad, booking new live shows while new visual evidence in the wake of recent encounters with the scathing act surfaces.

As SECRET CUTTER’s live itinerary has seen the band performing in NYC frequently in the wake of their debut LP, Self Titled, including supporting Vision Of Disorder and Primitive Weapons as part of CBGB’s Festival, the trio will return to Brooklyn again next week for their first New York headlining show at Black Bear Bar on Tuesday, November 11th. A slew of additional tour dates are currently being devised.

See SECRET CUTTER unloading their caustic barrage courtesy of Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit archives RIGHT HERE.

11/11/2014 Black Bear Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Huldra, Beefrot, Autocatalytica [info]

Following their independent release of Self Titled through their own Bethlehem Rust label earlier this year, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based SECRET CUTTER was literally drenched in awed press reactions and reviews, the album’s sheer brutality and caustic originality leaving unsuspecting listeners mangled in its wake. London-based Holy Roar Records (Enabler, OHHMS, Strife, Coliseum) then picked up the record for European distribution, and San Diego-based Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (Indian, Fister, Goryl), manufactured a 150-copy run of the album on tape. Melding sludge, hardcore and grind elements, SECRET CUTTER’s output is delivered through a backline massive enough to power a band twice their size, delivering a live show as intense as their recorded material. With over twenty-six minutes of pure slaughterhouse material, produced by the band at Stimpfl’s Captured Recording Studios, SECRET CUTTER’s forceful songwriting, and eclectic, brutal musical dementia comes alive through a ten-song maelstrom on Self Titled.

Self Titled can be purchased on black vinyl in Europe via Holy Roar HERE, on cassette from Grimoire Cassette Cvlture HERE, and stateside on three different colors of vinyl as well as digital through the band HERE. All physical versions of Self Titled include a free digital download of the full album.

Watch out for SECRET CUTTER’s next creation to be released in 2015, with a pile of new material written and more in construction. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.

DISCOURSE: Closed Casket Activities Signs South Carolina Hardcore Quartet; Debut LP Confirmed For January Release

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Columbia South Carolina-based quartet, DISCOURSE, has hooked up with Troy, New York-based hardcore label, Closed Casket Activities, for the release of their first LP, Sanity Decays.

DISCOURSE was formed in 2011. They released a demo in the Fall of that year and began touring locally and abroad. The band issued a Turmoil cover to a Casa de Diversion compilation including Twitching Tongues, Masakari, Heartless and more than thirty other acts in early 2012, and in the Spring of that year recorded two new tracks and pressed those and the debut demo tracks together via Headfirst Records and Bitter Melody Records. In the Summer of 2013, the band released the Curse of Consciousness 7” through Mayfly Records, which was followed by two US tours. Additionally, the band has endured various East Coast and Midwest runs, touring with the likes of Code Orange, Twitching Tongues, Backtrack, Bent Life, Homewrecker, and Raindance and performed with the likes of the Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Nails, Xibalba, Power Trip, Incendiary, Mammoth Grinder and countless others.

In the Fall of 2013, DISCOURSE signed to Closed Casket Activities for the release of their debut full-length, Sanity Decays, joining the label’s brutal roster including releases from Twitching Tongues, Harm’s Way, Xibalba, Incendiary and Suburban Scum and many others. The band entered Bricktop Recording Studio in Chicago, Illinois in March of 2014 with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) to harness the band’s destructive tunes, and in April tracked the vocals at The Jam Room with Jay Matheson in the band’s hometown. Nelson mixed the tracks and they were shipped to Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Tragedy) to be mastered by Brad Boatright. Sanity Decays’ ten tracks elevate DISCOURSE’s sound to devastating new levels, boasting a refreshing hybrid of jagged hardcore citing the likes of purveyors Turmoil, Indecision and Buried Alive with a vibrant approach that breathes furious punk rock energy with enraged, modern sensibilities.

Sanity Decays will see release via Closed Casket Activities on January 27th on 12” vinyl and digital formats. Audio samples and more on the album are to be leaked in the coming weeks; in the meantime, the track listing and cover art crafted by Jesse Schaller (Skeletonwitch, Xibalba, Suburban Scum) have been issued.

DISCOURSE will be on the road heavily in the upcoming months in support of its release, with upcoming participation in F.Y.A. Fest the last weekend of December in Fern Park, Florida alongside the likes of Down To Nothing, Rotting Out, Incendiary, Code Orange, Cold World, Power Trip, Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder and over two dozen other acts. The first weekend of February, they’ll forge their way to Louisville for Mid West Blood Fest with Bitter End, Fire & Ice, Naysayer, Bent Life and dozens more.

12/27-28/2014 Orlando Live Events – Farn Park, FL @ F.Y.A. Fest
2/06-07/20015 Nelligan Hall – Louisville, KY @ Mid West Blood Fest

Stand by for much more on DISCOURSE in the coming days.

Sanity Decays Track Listing:
1. Cure
2. Time Pries
3. Losing Game
4. Maintained by Force
5. Failed Automation
6. Bars Surround
7. Another Wave
8. Nothing Fills the Void
9. Early Grave
10. Oblivion

ARCANE: Premier Australian Progressive Rock Outfit Signs With Sensory Records For Release Of Double CD Conceptual Masterpiece

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

With a strong foothold on the diehard progressive rock/metal circuit worldwide as well as a dominant place at the top of Australia’s prog scene, ARCANE has signed with Sensory Records for the international release of their epic new double-disc conceptual masterpiece, Known/Learned.

In 2013, ARCANE sanctioned Sam Vallen (Caligula’s Horse) to produce their most massive album to date, a two-part conceptual masterpiece entitled Known/Learned. Encompassing sixteen expansive tracks totaling an immense two hours of music, the new project will see release as a two CD package. The first movement, Known delivering a more traditionally-oriented progressive rock performance, and the second, Learned, taking a lighter, more acoustic/folk inspired journey, both opuses forming one central storyline. “Known/Learned is a collection of themes and moments, captured between recurring characters,” issues ARCANE, on the basis for their latest and most bold undertaking as a band. “While never explicitly told in the traditional vein of the ‘concept album’, the imagery of Known/Learned depicts fragmented moments in the lives of a father and his daughter, their loss, their love, their journey. A bittersweet love song for life.” The recordings were mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering in Seattle, and the album’s cover art provided by Chris Stevenson-Mangos.

A generous crowd funding campaign supported by passionate fans, organizations and fellow bands helped ARCANE produce Known/Learned, yet as the album was seeing completion, the band crossed paths with New Jersey-based progressive label, The Laser’s Edge, who took the album on for worldwide release and distribution upon its recent completion through its Sensory Records entity. A limited run of the album will be dispatched to the loyal funding crowd, while Sensory will release the album on a 2xCD digipak and deluxe digital package worldwide on January 20th.

An advance single from Known/Learned has been released in the form of third track, “Instinct,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

ARCANE has confirmed a string of live launch shows tied in with the release of Known/Learned, with shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne later this month and into mid-December.

ARCANE Known/Learned Album Launch:
11/22/2014 The Brightside – Brisbane
11/28/2014 The Bald Faced Stag – Sydney
12/13/2014 The Esplanade Hotel | Gershwin Room – Melbourne

Stand by for additional audio teasers and more from Known/Learned in the coming days, in addition to new tour dates from ARCANE in the months ahead.

Occupying a unique place in the Australian progressive music scene, ARCANE formed in 2006, and the following year issued their now out of print debut album, Ashes. Since, the band’s transcendental live performances have captivated fans across their home country, and their monumental recorded works draw in fans abroad. Their respectable success is largely to their immersive sound, and the vocals of Jim Grey, something that was immaculately portrayed in their 2009-released critically acclaimed, dark and enigmatic concept album Chronicles Of The Waking Dream, an album which has helped earn them an inimitable reputation as one of Australia’s premier progressive rock bands.

On stage, ARCANE’s live show, often accompanied by a backdrop of staggering visualizations, is a vast sensory experience. The band has taken their craft to the maximum, having headlined the annual Progfest tour, providing touring support for Ne Obliviscaris, and performing to capacity crowds at Sonic Forge Festival in Melbourne, and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Anathema, Soilwork, Queensryche, Dead Letter Circus and hundreds more.

Known/Learned Track Listing:

1. Promise [Part 2]
2. Unturning
3. Instinct
4. Womb (In Memoriam)
5. Selfsame
6. Holding Atropos
7. Keeping Stone: Sound on Fire
8. Learned

9. Hunter, Heart & Home
10. Little Burden
11. Impatience and Slow Poison
12. Known
13. Nightingale’s Weave
14. Eyes for the Change
15. Keeping Stone: Water Awake
16. Promise [Part 1]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: New Psalm From Denver Doom Conjurors Now Playing At Cvlt Nation; Band To Crush No Thanks Fest This Weekend

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Merging In Light is the forthcoming EP from Denver doom conjurors, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS. Set for official unveiling next month, the duo’s latest manifestation of slow, sordid sonic debilitation carries on their signature, planet shattering resonance with three tracks of hostile, lumbering cheerlessness. Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man, Cobalt, etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light flaunts over twenty ugly minutes of audio desolation, fit for devout adherents of Grief, Saint Vitus, Om, Khanate, Weedeater, Sunn O))) and the like.

In celebration of its upcoming release, today Cvlt Nation hurls forth near ten-minute closing psalm, “A Union Of Opposites,” for public consumption noting simply and accurately that, “this track punishes you with its massive presence, but also keeps the mammoth groove in their riffs.”

Get punished by “A Union Of Opposites” at THIS LOCATION.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTSMerging 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.

Following a crushing performance opening for Neurosis last month, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will level the stage of No Thanks Fest in Emory, Texas this weekend alongside Sabbath Assembly, Pinkish Black, Uzala, Dead To A Dying World and more with additional live rituals to be announced in the weeks to come.

11/07-09/2014 No Thanks Fest – Emory, Texas w/ Uzala, Sabbath Assembly, Dead To A Dying World [info]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS was forged in early 2011 by vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg and drummer JJ Anselmi formerly in separate area country bands. The two united through their mutual adoration of Earth’s The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull. Later that Spring they recorded a four-song demo in a friend’s basement studio, which they paid for in AR-15 ammunition and beer. Shortly thereafter, Anselmi fled the band on amicable terms, and Joseph Weller Myer (Royal Talons, Whilt) has been slaying the skins in his stead ever since. In May of 2013 Myer and Netzorg entered the studio to record their follow-up, Of the Flock, which was subsequently mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson. Of the Flock was self-released on vinyl on Halloween of 2013.

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

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Reed Mullin And Karl Agell To Perform Blind Album In Its Entirety At Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert; Practice Footage Posted + Donation Page Launched

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s 1991 seminal Blind full-length and founding drummer Reed Mullin will perform the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9 at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert is a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of  long-running heavy metal magazinem Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Footage of the band rehearsing for the upcoming performance can be viewed below.

Comments Mullin, “I only heard about Katherine’s medical problems a month ago, and the minute after, I was on the phone with Karl Agell to see if he’d be into doing a benefit for her. I’m not sure folks today know just how instrumental she was in introducing and exposing your typical ‘metal maniac’ of the early ‘90s to so many bad ass bands. A lot of which, like COC, had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the Blind album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone’s top ten metal albums of 1991. I can’t overstate how important she was to COC’s success. Without her, Blind wouldn’t have sold what it did. And after that, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there probably would never have been a Deliverance album. Katherine Ludwig is wonderful person and I hope we can give back a little for all the goodness she gave us.”

A Facebook page has been launched by Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig’s assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: “[Katherine would] cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: Sepultura, Voivod, Prong, Kreator, White Zombie, Obituary, Cathedral, Cro-Mags, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Carcass, Corrosion Of Conformity etc. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like the Amebix, Deviated Instinct and Winter. She gave a platform to unsigned bands and ‘zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she’d soldier on, and call people out… I’m asking you to give Katherine, this leader, this beautiful and strong warrior, donations that will relieve some of the burden to ease costs that go along with all of the guts and glory that go along with chemo, and cancer, and everything and everything that will help as she helped all of you.”

Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert
November 9, 2014
Doors 5pm – Show 6pm.
Lincoln Theater – 126 E Cabarrus St. – Raleigh, NC  27601
$15 advance/$20 day of show. Purchase advance tickets HERE.

You can donate directly via Ludwig’s PayPal at or through the medical crowd funding web site YouCaring.

USNEA: Random Cosmic Violence LP Now Streaming At Stereogum

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The sophomore full-length release from Portland, Oregon’s USNEA, Random Cosmic Violence, is now playing at Steregum in its entirety a week ahead of its worldwide street date through Relapse Records. Not only an album which more than satisfies the urge diehard cult fans of the band since previous outings, Random Cosmic Violence packs a monumentally damaging and contagious dose of some of 2014’s finest metal of the slow-motion doom/death/sludge-influenced variety sucking endless new fans into its fathomless expanses.

Stereogum now lets the impact of USNEA’s Random Cosmic Violence be felt several days preceding its worldwide release, with a pummeling write-up of the powerful album, including, “In a year that has already delivered amazing new records from Yob, Pallbearer, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod, and Indian (among others), it’s pretty close to impossible to show up in mid-November with an album of sludge/funeral doom and make any sort of impact. But Random Cosmic Violence… arrives with the force of an asteroid, and leaves behind a fucking crater.” Later in the review the praise continues: “Random Cosmic Violence has a Floydian vastness that both balances and amplifies the overwhelming, crushing heaviness. Like the night sky itself, Random Cosmic Violence is full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing.”

Stream Random Cosmic Violence’s damaging ways RIGHT HERE.

Through their ruthlessly overwhelming style of black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, USNEA has created a classic of the new millennium with Random Cosmic Violence. Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), the artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau. Relapse will release the album on CD, digital download and both colored/limited and standard black 2xLP; preorders for the physical versions are posted HERE and the digital HERE.

On the day of their new album’s North American release, Next Monday, November 10th, USNEA will perform in their hometown at the official record release show for labelmates and allies in Atriarch, with additional live and tour actions to be announced in the near future as Random Cosmic Violence sees release.

11/10/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Muscle and Marrow

Pulsating with tribal intensity, Random Cosmic Violence is one of those rare records which elevates itself above the boundaries that its genre typically self-imposes, its musicality and songcraft exhibited placing USNEA not just at the forefront of the American doom scene and extreme music realms as a whole. Metal Insider came in thunderous praise of Random Cosmic Violence, issuing, “USNEA push doom metal boundaries while never loosing the essence of brutality upon which their sound hinges. Make no mistake that it will be fans of outfits past and present like Pallbearer, Lycus, Morgion, and Mindrot that will find the most to fall in love with on this album.  But the unique way in which USNEA package their brand of deathly doom metal on Random Cosmic Violence may very well separate them from the pack moving forward.” In an advance track premiere, No Clean Singing praised the new material, stating in part, “perhaps what really vaults the album high above the average, apart from USNEA’s knack for generating titanic power and morbid, minor-key melodies, is the band’s skill in creating dynamic changes and salting this heartless sonic landscape with ingenious touches, which come like breaths of air in an atmosphere that’s being rapidly sucked into space, or poisoned with the smoke of burning tires in an urban dead zone,” and Sound Colour Vibration’s review states, “Random Cosmic Violence is an explosive ride into the deepest dynamics and tones metal has to offer, resonating into expansive ranges of new territory in the genre with angularity, feedback, odd prolonged time signatures, subdued break downs, sludge like atmospheres, crashing waves of energy and many other progressive additives to the doom foundation. The foundations of past doom eras are intact but a much richer voyage into unknowns becomes a focal point. It’s brilliant music and we are excited to see where this sound travels into the world.”

CAR BOMB To Supply Direct Support For Meshuggah On 25 Years of Musical Deviance European Tour; New Album From Long Island Tech Decimators Coming In 2015

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Long Island’s explosive technical metal quartet, CAR BOMB, has been declared as direct support for the mighty Meshuggah on their upcoming 25 Years Of Musical Deviance Tour in Europe this December. The six-city run, from December 12th through 21st, will see the bands inundating venues in Switzerland, Italy, Holland, France, England and Germany, which when combined, will surely deliver one of the most damaging metal tours of the season. Additional support will come from Semantik Punk.

CAR BOMB w/ Meshuggah, Semantik Punk:
12/15/2014 Les Docks – Lausanneles, CH
12/16/2014 Live Club – Milan, IT
12/18/2014 Melkweg Max – Amsterdam, NL
12/19/2014 Cabaret Sauvage – Paris, FR
12/20/2014 Roundhouse – London, UK
12/21/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE

Formed at the dawn of the millennium by members of Long Island experimental hardcore/metal acts Neck and Spooge, CAR BOMB’s unique style of progressive metal is the product of dissecting ideas and beating them to death. The result is equivalent to a jet engine propelling gravel into your skull, combining the polyrhythmic and mathematical madness of Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan with the rage and energetic fury of Coalesce and Converge. Though their songs are musically challenging, CAR BOMB refuses to dilute their ruthless execution. Their intent is to assault the listener in any and every way possible – compositionally, sonically, and lyrically.

From their debut three-song EP in 2004, through their Relapse Records-released 2007 debut LP, Centralia, CAR BOMB has reigned in the media with floored reactions from magazines and webzines abroad, but it was their jaw-dropping independently-released 2012 sophomore album, w^w^^w^w, which took the band to the next level musically and in the public’s eye. Recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band and produced by guitarist Greg Kubacki, w^w^^w^w unapologetically levels everything in earshot with a relentless fifty minute display of some of music’s most pummeling math/tech metal ever created. A monumental showcase of their intriguing complexity, MetalSucks called w^w^^w^w one of the “…noisiest, most brutal, melodic, chaotic, atmospheriest,” of 2012. Pitchfork agreed, crowning it one of the most “unrelenting records” of the year, further elaborating that “CAR BOMB have cited IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) as an influence, and Kubacki’s leads are the most readily apparent aspect of this,” while American Aftermath boasted, “This self-produced record is raw and visceral and will absolutely rip you apart limb from limb… CAR BOMB have perfected their craft and song writing abilities to create an album that quite literally ‘kicks ass.’”

Watch  footage of CAR BOMB live in Brooklyn HERE and unload w^w^^w^w in its entirety HERE.

CAR BOMB is currently in the process of writing and recording their next full length release scheduled for early 2015. Additional details on this monstrosity will be made available in the coming weeks.

GALE: Debut From Arizona Sludge/Doom Metal Faction Out Now

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Another new name surges forth from Arizona’s flourishing sludge/doom scene in the form of GALE, as the outfit self-releases their debut recordings, Vol. 1.

The moniker references the massive desert winds, a trait which the band attempts to exemplify with similarly devastating results through their exceptionally loud craft, the band even playing at full live volume at practice where the drums are amplified, as they also do live. Formed in the sunbaked soil of Phoenix, the very new quartet, GALE razes all in their path with a very promising, killer brew of modernized, organic sludge/doom metal. As per the band: “We play loud as fuck. This is rock n roll; it should be loud and dangerous.”

Burning with twenty-six minutes of material, GALE’s debut recordings have been independently released by the band in recent days as Vol. 1, the record recorded in nearly one take by Jalipaz Nelson at Audioconfusion in Mesa, Arizona. While not a concept record, the album and its lyrical basis primarily deals with existentialism and the darkness that can be revealed upon self-analysis. With a brutalizing tone sure to intoxicate fans of statemates Godhunter, Sorxe, Methra and the like, the ultra-amplified output of GALE here alludes to the works of Yob, Melvins, Crowbar, Neurosis and Sleep, yet only in theory and not simply regurgitated. The band performs their engulfing craft with each member of the four-piece lineup contributing a different style of vocals in addition to their respective instruments.

With the hopes all reaching as many diehard fans of doom, sludge and all open-minded forms of extreme music, GALE has self-released Vol 1. as a name-your-price digital download. Stream, purchase and spread the destruction from THIS LOCATION.

GALE will forge a physical version of Vol. 1 in the pending months, and the band has already begun the planning stages on additional new material which will see release through several new works throughout 2015. Additionally, GALE will perform their next live set this Saturday, November 8th in Mesa, joining the massive lineup including Column III, Funerary, Godhunter, Today Is The Day and Eyehategod. Additional live incursions will be continually announced through the coming months.

GALE Live:
11/08/2014 Club Red Theaters – Mesa AZ w/ Eyehategod, Today Is The Day, Godhunter, Funerary, Column III [info]