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BATTLECROSS: American Thrash Titans Confirm South American Tour Dates With Killswitch Engage

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

American thrash titans, BATTLECROSS, are pleased to confirm three tour dates this August in Brazil with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire. This will mark the band’s first-ever shows in South America.

Comments guitarist Tony Asta: “BATTLECROSS is primed and ready to explore the unknown and take on South America with the mighty Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire! This will be our first time ever performing in this part of the world where a strong legacy of thrash metal has created a culture of the most devoted metal heads in the planet. We’ve been keeping in touch with fans through the BATTLECROSS Brazil Facebook page and we can’t wait to show them what we’ve got!”

BATTLECROSS took their energetic live show for the first time ever to Europe earlier this year supporting Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will return to Europe in June for a series of festival dates, including Download, Graspop and co-headlining dates with Huntress. BATTLECROSS will also play a series of US shows (also with Killswitch Engage and Trivium) next month.

4/19/2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/30/2014 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
5/01/2014 The Paramount – Huntington, NY w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home
5/02/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Beyond Dishonor
5/03/2014 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE w/ Beyond Dishonor
5/04/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ Killswitch Engage, Into Another, My Ticket Home
w/ Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Nothing More:
5/15/2014 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
5/17/2014 London Music Hall – London, ON
5/18/2014 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY (no Trivium)
5/20/2014 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
5/22/2014 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
5/23/2014 Centerstage Bar & Grill – Kokomo, IN
5/24/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/25/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
w/ Killswitch Engage, Nothing More:
5/27/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/28/2014 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire:
8/22/14 Music Hall – Curitiba, Brazil
8/23/14 Carioca Club –  Sao Paulo, Brazil
8/24/14 Circo Voador – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BATTLECROSS‘ latest album, War of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. The band also debuted on Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! War Of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Candlelight Records today confirms June 24th as the North American release date for IX, the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. Produced by the band and long-time comrade John Custer, the album and lead single “On Your Way” will be available for preorders via iTunes, Amazon, and other popular outlets beginning May 13th.

Blabbermouth has been reporting on the recording of the album since early January.  Video footage filmed at the recording studio, including vocalist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin laying down vocal tracks, plus guitarist Woodroe Weatherman tracking some of the albums killer riffs, has been seen by fans around the globe. “The making of IX was drawn out because of us having to step away to do other projects,” comments Dean. “I think being forced to step away kept us hungry and then being back on the case with deadlines casting a shadow gave us a ‘failure is no option’ vibe and that really helped the final product.”

“This album is another step forward for us,” adds Weatherman.  “It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”

Having recently returned from a successful European tour, the band is gearing up for the album’s release and a year full of nonstop touring. “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are very much firing on all cylinders,” noted Terrorizer Magazine preceding the trio of English dates that were part of the larger Euro tour that had the band visiting ten countries for the first time in more than a year. “We had some good shows,” shares Dean. “To go back to Paris for the first time in years, without a new album, and have the type of response we had just shows me that there is new interest in the more creative heavier rock.  And that this younger group of people is actually checking us out is huge to me.”

The band surprised European audiences with some new material from IX. “We had ‘On Your Way’ in the set and people were jamming along,” notes Dean. “It’s up tempo but syncopated. I thought it fit right in even though technically we were still working it out.” “We did sneak in some new material on the European tour,” asserts Weatherman. “It’s great to see folks digging on stuff they have never heard before.”

Quiet for nearly five years after the release of 2005’s In The Arms Of God, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY regrouped in 2010.  These original jam sessions quickly gave way to the trio’s participation at late summer’s The Power Of The Riff Festival and later 2011’s Maryland Death Fest.  The band’s commitment to the stage, with hundreds of shows performed since 2010, is surely contributing to their chops in the studio. Without doubt, Dean, Weatherman, and Mullin have revitalized their sonic muse. And media and fans concur. “Corrosion of Conformity displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined,” noted Decibel Magazine on review of 2012’s self-titled album. Added Pitchfork, “the trio sounds as commanding as it ever has.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. “Corrosion Of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record – not just a reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound,” said Pitchfork. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at position 157 and impacted CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at position 8 on its debut week before working its way up to position 1. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight consecutive weeks. The label reissued the band’s Eye For An Eye (including previously unavailable EP Six Song With Mike Singing) early November 2012. Blabbermouth called it “one of the hallmarks of street ‘core.’” It was followed by the free release of Scion A/V’s Megalodon EP. Writing for IX started in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly 45 minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from the band.

Preorders for both CD and vinyl formats will be available shortly via Candlelight’s official web stores.  Watch for special bundles via the band in the coming weeks.

IX Track Listing:
1. Brand New Sleep
2. Elphyn
3. Denmark Vesey
4. The Nectar
5. Interlude
6. On Your Way
7. Trucker
8. The Hanged Man
9. Tarquinius Superbus
10. Who You Need To Blame
11. The Nectar Revised

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has confirmed a number of limited performances on the east coast this month beginning this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh.  The band will perform at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on April 26th, the Ottobar (with High on Fire and Eyehategod) in Baltimore on April 27th, and wrap the month up with a show at Café 611 in Frederick (MD) on April 28.

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, the Decibel Magazine Hall of Famers CORROSION OF CONFORMITY helped transform heavy music.  The band has influenced countless bands and today remains humble about their accomplishments.

EYEHATEGOD Spews Forth “Robitussin And Rejection;” New Hymn Now Playing At Vice/Noisey

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Legendary New Orleans’ volume merchants, EYEHATEGOD, today spews forth “Robitussin And Rejection,” courtesy of Vice Magazine’s music gateway, Noisey.

A dark, grisly, soul-hammering number, the new hymn comes by way of the band’s long-awaited new studio offering, set to drop later this Spring in North America via Housecore Records.

Elaborates Noisey, “It’s been a long, cold fourteen years since we last saw an LP from the five-piece, having undergone their fair share of turmoil and disaster — natural and otherwise — since Confederacy Of Ruined Lives. But now, in the wake of yet another tragedy (RIP Joey LaCaze) comes another major triumph, the release of their new self-titled LP. The release… is the record that EHG fans have been waiting for, a stomping and venomous set of eleven tracks that reignite the band’s amazing propensity for down-trodden, electric blues and with their late drummer LaCaze behind the kit. Check out ‘Robitussin and Rejection’ below, but watch out for the whiplash. It’s coming, we promise.

Soil yourself to the sounds of “Robitussin And Rejection” at THIS LOCATION.

In related EYEHATEGOD intelligence, the Kabuto Metal Festival in Japan was cancelled which unfortunately effected some of the band’s previously announced dates in Southern California. An updated list of confirmed live takeovers appear below and additional US incursions to be announced in the coming weeks.

4/22/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/23/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/24/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/25/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
4/26/2014 Dark Lord Day Festival – Munster, IN
4/27/2014 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention, Ilsa [info]

EYEHATEGOD’s first album in over a decade was assembled and financed entirely by the band and will be released on May 27th, 2014 by their partners at Housecore Records in North America. The domestic version of the self-titled offering will come in a CD digipack while the LP will be a single slab of vinyl in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following color variations: black (600 copies), purple (300 copies), clear (400 copies), purple and grey (300 copies).

Preorder packages including various CD, LP and T-shirt bundles are currently available via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION.

JEREMY IRONS & THE RATGANG MALIBUS: Swedish Psychedelic Space Rockers To Release New Full-Length Via Small Stone This April

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

According to ancient lore, and cult of the antediluvian pagan deity, Ginsu the Magnificently Pointy, a Spirit Knife consists of a bone blade bonded to the souls of the Mud People. He or she that defended oneself or took the life of an enemy with the Spirit Knife became magically bonded to the blade and, thus, the only person who could touch or wield it in future battle. Spirit Knife is also the title of the new album by JEREMY IRON & THE RATGANG MALIBUS — aka JIRM — and we have it on good authority that everymusical warrior brave and proud enough to wield it upon release this April through Small Stone Recordings will find him or herself spiritually and eternally bound to its preternatural musical goodness — just like the Mud People of yore.

Imagine, if you will, Jeff Buckley jamming with Can, and you’ll have a fair gist of the fantastic voyage that awaits the armies of the Spirit Knife; an album that finds JIRM rekindling their time-traveling communion with vintage psychedelia and Krautrock, while expanding on the sonic palette revealed by the ensemble’s past full-lengths, Elefanta and Bloom.

Once again, but more powerfully than ever before, JIRM, deliver imposing passages of torrential guitars that rattle and roll, shimmy and soar with oceanic reverb and sweaty rock and roll, partnering with thrumming keys and mesmerizing Motorik drums to incite cyclical hypnosis for protracted song-suites,ever teetering between tight instrumental control and loose vibes to achieve optimal tantric tension and release through music.

All this from a group founded in 2004, in the town of Eskilstuna, Sweden, before relocating to Stockhlm three years later, where and whence vocalist/guitarist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren and drummer Henke Persson have since produced the aforementioned two albums and, now, the impending Spirit Knife.

Elaborates Pettersson, “The result of Spirit Knife is, by its lion’s share, an overgrown and large album where the quartet certainly isn’t making any further compromising of the epic.”

Spirit Knife was recorded at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Viktor Källgren, produced by the JIRM collective and mastered by Chris Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features the striking cover art of Sebastian Thomsson.

Spirit Knife Track Listing:
1. Fog by the Steep
2. Wind Seized
3. Sworn Collision
4. Once Levitated
5. Clang
6. Deep Hardened Woods
7. Point Growth
8. Spirit Knife

4/1/2014 MTC Club Stacy Crowne – Cologne, Germany
4/2/2014 Giburs Cafe Dot Legacy – Paris, France
4/3/2014 Rocksound 1886 – Barcelona, Spain
4/4/2014 Sala Caravan – Madrid, Spain
4/5/2014 Santiago de Compostela Sala Moon Cazador
4/6/2014 Gran – Leon, Spain
4/8/2014 Cortina Bob – Berlin, Germany
5/8/2014 Insikten – Jonkoping, Sweden
5/9/2014 Hagenbusch – Marl, Germany
5/10, 2014 Alte Molkerei – Bocholt, Germany

So remember the legends of the ancients as you file into record stores (or wherever it is people get their music in these modern, troubled and godless times) to pick up your copy of Spirit Knife — on CD, digital formats, or just maybe some crazy colored LP version that could happen down the line — and shout “Hail to the Mud People!” They knew how to rock out with their bad pre-historic selves.

Spirit Knife will be released via Small Stone Records on April 29th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION where you can also check out second track, “Wind Seized.”

GAMMA RAY: German Power Metal Masters Unveil New Tracks From Empire Of The Undead; Official Release Date Nears

Monday, March 24th, 2014

In celebration of its forthcoming release, Germany power metal masters, GAMMA RAY, offer up a whopping six tracks from their forthcoming new full-length, Empire Of The Undead, set for release next month.

In a mammoth collaborative promotional effort, Bravewords, Decibel Magazine and Metal Insider, unite, each bringing fans two exclusive tracks from the record.

Check out “Pale Rider” and “Avalon,” currently streaming at Bravewords HERE.

“Born To Fly” and “Master Of Confusion,” streaming at Decibel HERE.

“Time For Deliverance” and “Demonseed” streaming at Metal Insider HERE.

A record that almost wasn’t, Empire Of The Undead was composed throughout 2013 with Eike Freese (Dark Age) at the mixing desk alongside bassist/co-writer, Dirk Schlächter, and was nearing completion before Hammer Studios, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. Fortunately, the Empire Of The Undead masters managed to make it through unscathed. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked light-hearted GAMMA RAY vocalist Kai Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place.”

More than four years since the release of their critically-acclaimed tenth full-length, To The Metal!, Empire Of The Undead is over an hour long and showcases a band more ambitious and variable than ever before. From the symphonic bombast of album opener “Avalon” to the high-speed, Judas Priestian drive of “Hellbent,” GAMMA RAY manage to tread through an entire spectrum of heavy metal. Elsewhere the band seamlessly explores the realms of driving hard rock (“Pale Rider”) – a stylistic element Hansen honed from his time with side project Unisonic; triumphant power metal anthems (“I Will Return”) and emotional rock ballads (“Time For Deliverance”). Adding to its sonic diversity is the notable variation in Hansen’s characteristically high-pitched, voice. On “Master Of Confusion” from 2013’s eponymous EP, Hansen’s timbre is reminiscent of Billy Idol while the anthemesque “Seven” is suddenly punctuated by a sinister recitative, cleverly decelerating the song’s speed before finally exploding in a great choir finale.

“As far as variation is concerned, I think that’s something we always craved for, something we always needed. To just do the same thing on ten or eleven songs is boring in some way,” Hansen remarks. “I always liked albums that had a certain variety in style in some way, as long as everything fits together. We always took the freedom to do what we liked and since I like so many different things, this album has become quite manifold…There’s definitely more bite and heaviness on this album. Since I’ve been pretty busy with Unisonic, which is more on the hardrock /AOR side of things, there has definitely been a need to be as bad as can be with GAMMA RAY now….”

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic on April 15, 2014.

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Miscreants Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

After dismantling California and laying waste to the ears and eyes of talent scouts at SXSW, Australian thrash grind miscreants, KING PARROT, have added more dates to their already extensive North American tour this March and April. Metal Injection named KING PARROT one of the top three bands at SXSW noting, “these guys came all the way from Australia to blow my mind with their fantastic grind and incredibly hilarious stage banter. These guys wanted a party.”

After overwhelmingly positive responses from SXSW, US fans can expect to see the band back on US soil very soon. In the meantime check out the remaining dates on the US tour and get along to see the power-de-force that is KING PARROT as it storms through North America!

KING PARROT Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]:
w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
3/22/2014 The Standard – St. Augustine, FL
3/23/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
3/25/2014 The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
3/26/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
3/27/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
3/28/2014 Good Weekend – Allentown, PA *
3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA
w/ Vattnet Viskar
4/1/2014 The Cabaret Playhouse – Montreal, QB *
4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
4/4/2014 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH *
4/5/2014 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
4/18/2014 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA *
4/19/2014 Franks Place – Fresno, CA *
4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
*Newly added…

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, KING PARROT is touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore.

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” — Hysteria Magazine

“…a must for any fans of Australian metal or extreme metal 4/5” – Sputnik Music

“…a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty…” –

“…its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb 9/10” – Ghost Cult

“Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, KING PARROT’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.” – Metal Observer

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Announces Deluxe Vinyl Reissues; European Tour With Exhumed Underway + Band To Takeover Australia And New Zealand With Skeletonwitch Next Month

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

In celebration of their ongoing global conquest with Exhumed and Skeletonwitch, Relapse Records will be reissuing three long out-of-print LPs from Portland, Oregon thrash metal merchants, TOXIC HOLOCAUST. The group’s now classic albums, Evil Never Dies, Hell On Earth, and An Overdose Of Death, will all be available on deluxe vinyl on April 15th, 2014 and can be preordered from Relapse mailorder HERE. A trailer with detailed shots of the vinyl colors can be viewed HERE.

The album that started it all, 2003’s Evil Never Dies, will be available on vinyl for the first time in six years. Hell On Earth, 2005’s long out-of-print thrash-punk crossover masterpiece, will be reissued with the original artwork from Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Venom). Finally, 2008’s An Overdose Of Death will be repressed with gatefold packaging and contains some of the finest metal this side of the 21st century.

These titles, along with other TOXIC HOLOCAUST releases are available for streaming via Bandcamp HERE.

The trio are currently in the midst of their European takeover with fellow metal lifers Exhumed. From there TOXIC HOLOCAUST will team up with blackened thrashers, Skeletonwitch, for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in April.

released their latest record, Chemistry Of Consciousness, last October, garnering praise from fans and critics globally. Decibel Magazine placed the record at #12 on their Best of 2013 list, featured Joel Grind on the cover of the December issue, and dubbed the record “Metal with a capital M.” Stream the record in full HERE and watch the psychedelic video for “Acid Fuzz” HERE.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST w/ Exhumed [remaining dates]:
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NO
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
w/ Skeletonwitch:
4/16/2014 The Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
4/17/2014 Bodega Bar – Wellington, NZ
4/18/2014 The Rosemont Hotel – Perth, AU
4/19/2014 Fowlers Live – Adelaide, AU
4/20/2014 Espy Gershwin Room – Melbourne, AU
4/21/2014 TBD – Byron Bay, AU
4/22/2014 The Basement – Canberra, AU
4/24/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
4/25/2014 Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, AU
4/26/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
4/27/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU
6/20/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

THE SOCKS: New Album Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Decibel Magazine

Monday, March 17th, 2014

In celebration of its official release tomorrow and following previous teasers from Cvlt Nation, The Obelisk and Heavy Planet, today Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the self-titled full-length from French psychedelic fuzz rock rippers, THE SOCKS, in its entirety!

Comments Decibel, “Miss those Summer road trip days? Of course you do. It’s March. Weather’s an unpredictable bitch and the likelihood of something cool happening is pretty much nil. Well, France-based THE SOCKS are an unlikely candidate to warm up your otherwise shitty Spring. Now, you’re probably thinking: France + good ‘ol hard rock = yeah right. Turns out the Lyonnaise toe-tappers aren’t weirdos or bent on throwing ‘haute rocke’ down their noses to the vox populi. Nope. They’re just straight-up, no-frills, jean-jacketed, rubber-burning’ rockers.”

Adds the band: “The sound and identity of the band have been shaped through the years to become this psychedelic hard rock, meant to be played live. We’ve recorded all together in a room with analog tapes to focus on the energy and to make it sound real and raw. Now it’s time to take it with us on the road and share it with everyone!”

Get socked at THIS LOCATION.

Recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Socks beckons its listeners with nine tracks of riff-heavy, road- tripping, booze-binging goodness chock full of gristly vocal serenades and glassy-eyed grooves. Wonderbox Metal notes of the offering, “This is only their debut album but the band display a knowledge and experience of songwriting well beyond what other bands might have acquired by this point… this is a solid album of really enjoyable retro-style rock,” while Metal Insider boasts, “The well-documented tales of the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Rainbow and a host of others are aplenty. But the tales of those who carry the proto-metal, psych rock torch are still being written year by year. One band sure to write their own chapter in this hopefully never-ending musical tome is France’s THE SOCKS.” The Sludgelord gushes, “THE SOCKS represent a New Wave of Retro Heavy Metal… the record possesses ‘70s inspired hooks laced with the almighty organ, and vocals that beg for attention. One can’t help but make comparisons to NWORHM giants Graveyard and late era Witchcraft pop with the overall tone and style. Adding a bit of flair to the attire THE SOCKS combine not only the flooded retro sensibility but craft a trippy, yet completely competent and seriously invigorating display of rock and roll. Chock full not only of guitar solos galore, but bits of bluesy fuzz-o-rama and hints of psychedelia, which add warmth and comfort, not unlike a great pair of socks.” Adds The Examiner succinctly, “This is proof that rock ain’t dead, baby! Not by a long shot.”

THE SOCKS will bring their riff-ready debauchery to the stage this Spring with appearances at Stone Rising Festival, Doomed Gatherings, Kristonfest and more… see confirmed dates below.

THE SOCKS Tour Dates 2014
4/19/2014 Stone Rising Festival – Lyon, FR w/ Blues Pills, Radio Moscow, Aqua Nebula Oscillator…
4/20/2014 Doomed Gatherings Festival – Paris, FR w/ Windhand, The Body…
4/22/2014 El Diablo – Lille, FR
4/23/2014 DNA – Bruxelles, BE
4/26/2014 De Bastille – Schoonhoven, NL
4/30/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
5/01/2014 Comet Club – Berlin, DE
5/06/2014 WakUum – Graz, AT
5/08/2014 Ruempetlum – St Gallen, CH
5/09/2014 Eldorado – Bern, CH
5/10/2014 Desertfox Fest – Piacenza, IT
5/24/2014 Kristonfest – Bialbo, ES

The Socks will be released to the masses on March 18, 2014. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION. To order CD + download, point your browser HERE.

For review links, interviews and further info, contact

NORTH: Arizona Post Sludge Metal Collective Reveal New Track From Upcoming EP; Preorders Available

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Following the recent announcement of Metanoia, the forthcoming 12” EP from dusty post-sludge metal collective, NORTH, Cvlt Nation offers up a taste of its desolately rich and reverbed explosiveness with “Hiraeth.”

Describes drummer Zachary Hansen of the forlorn number, “‘Hiraeth’ is the second song we wrote for this particular release. It came about last Spring. We began writing it as a five-piece, first played it live as a four-piece, and recorded it as a three-piece. This song is the last piece of the transition from The Great Silence era North. It’s such a heavy, emotional song for us. It was dubbed ‘Nunu’ during the writing process, being the second new song we had written in the time frame. Song titles are the last step of the process for us. ‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word that has no direct translation in English. It has a general meaning of homesickness, or of a longing for a place that no longer really exists. How apt it feels for this band, a group that has had such highs and lows throughout its history. To look back in regret over wasted time and squandered youth. Melancholic, dark, adventuresome. We occasionally miss our past and the people in it, and yet always look forward to the future.”

Adds Cvlt Nation, “I’m a fan of music that speaks to the human condition. Certain bands are able to create sound that makes me feel that I am not alone in the way I see the world! Arizona’s NORTH have hit the mark with their new album Metanoia.”

Feel the gravitational pull of “Hiraeth,” currently streaming at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

Recorded and mixed by Dana Fehr Wavelab Studios in Tucson, Arizona with additional engineering by Chris Shultz and mastering by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst), Metanoia is the follow-up to the Arizona trio’s critically adored, 2012-released, The Great Silence full-length, which Decibel commended for its “wall of crushing, psychedelia-tinged post-Neur-Isis mania” and Scene Point Blank dubbed “strikingly beautiful and deeply satisfying.” The record boasts four sprawling tracks of thick, syrupy riff cascades, graveled vocal swells, epic climaxes and ethereal atmospheres.

Metanoia will be released independently on March 11th, 2014, just one day before a nearly two-week bout of live takeovers throughout the Western portion of the US. See confirmed dates below.

NORTH 2014 Live Assaults:
3/12/2014 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ w/ Womb Tomb, Sleep Like Trees, Destroy Her
3/14/2014 Whiskey Funeral Co – Las Vegas, NV w/ Sinful Serpent
3/15/2014 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV w/ Countress, Weight of the Tides
3/16/2014 Tiny Tavern – Eugene, OR
3/17/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Towers, Die Like Gentlemen
3/18/2014 Deux Yeux Manor – Tacoma, WA w/ ’Lo There Do I See My Brother, X-Suns (Early show)
3/18/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored, Bréag Naofa, Witch Ripper
3/19/2014 Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Mariana
3/20/2014 Shred Shed  – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21/2014 Babe Haus – Laramie, WY w/ Fatalistic Witch Hunt (matinee)
3/21/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Turbokrieg, Secret Prostitutes, Ghosts Of Glaciers, Khemmis
3/22/2014 Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM w/ Bathhouse
3/23/2014 TBA – El Paso, TX
3/28/2014 191 Tool – Tucson, AZ w/ Deafheaven, Destruction Unit, Sex Prisoner

The vinyl edition of Metanoia will come in a limited run of 250: 100 clear and 150 black, hand packaged by the band in 100% recycled chipboard jackets, hand stamped front and back via the official NORTH Bandcamp page and at upcoming shows.

Preorder Metanoia on vinyl TODAY at THIS LOCATION.  A cassette edition is also available HERE.

“The band excel at both sprawling atmospheres and righteous guitar-worshiping riffery.” –

STONEBURNER: Portland Sludge Bringers Unveil Life Drawing Album Trailer

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Portland sludge bringers, STONEBURNER, today reveal their first audiovisual insight into the sounds that propel their forthcoming full-length, Life Drawing.  Who better to visualize their desolate, down-tuned blues than Kenneth Thomas, director of Blood, Sweat & Vinyl, the captivating documentary about independent music, as told through the eyes of some forward thinking labels, including Neurot Recordings, home of STONEBURNER.

This video teaser opens with a quote from A.A Milne whilst the lurching bassline of “Caged Bird” sets the scene. J.J. Shirey’s dark artwork is featured prominently making sure our eye is cast over every moment, until we’re confronted with raw live footage of the band performing album highlight, “An Apology To A Friend In Need,” replete with their patented magma-thick riffs and subterranean growls. Overall, a great indicator of what listeners can expect from the upcoming full-length as we edge closer to release date.

View the trailer below.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Fester at Haywire Studios, mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering — both in Portland — and swathed in the visually abrasive cover art of J.J. Shirey, Life Drawing promises to hurl STONEBURNER’s habitually chest-caving sludge mantras to entirely new realms of earth-deteriorating heaviness. STONEBURNER features a persuasive musical ancestry that winds through Buried At Sea, Buried Blood, Heathen Shrine and others. An array of talented individuals also contribute guest vocals including Benjamin Caragol (Burials/Hang the Old Year), Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros), and Krysta Martinez (Transient/Landmine Marathon).

Life Drawing will be unveiled in North America via Neurot Recordings on April 15, 2014 (April 14 in the UK/EU).