EMIT: Obscure UK Ambient/Black Metal Entity Releases Track Through Ghost Cult Magazine

October 21st, 2014

In one week, extreme underworld noise specialist outfit, Crucial Blast, will unveil the worldwide edition of the out-of-print Spectre Music Of An Antiquary, by UK black/ambient outfit, EMIT, and through the help of Ghost Cult Magazine, another sordid tale from the album has been posted as evidence of the album’s utter creepiness.

As with EMIT’s previous output, the ten movements on Spectre Music Of An Antiquary are lyrically more focused on the occult lore and hidden history of the British isles rather than simply uttering Satanic shock value clichés, an element which heightens the curiosity level of unsuspecting listeners and adds a completely innate, sinister vibe to the entire set of tales. Alongside its eight chapter, “Earthwork Misthill,”

Ghost Cult reports of its research on the record, “This album is essential for those who delve into the bleak, ambient past of black metal, thick with atmospherics. This release was so limited and rare in its initial pressing that this re-issue will see the music seep into the psyche of fervent fans for the first time ever, in many cases. ‘Earthwork Misthill’ is creepy as hell, but like all of EMIT’s output, never feels contrived.”

As your shovel strikes bone, let the ambient wrath of “Earthwork Misthill” be the soundtrack for your nocturnal occultation; LISTEN HERE.

Following several years of unavailability, Crucial Blast will reissue Spectre Music Of An Antiquary next Tuesday, October 28th, the six-panel digipak featuring evocative, all-new artwork. Preorders for the disc and digital versions are posted HERE.

The latest album of murky graveyard ambiance, deranged synth, phantasmic dread and ritualistic black drift from this cult UK outfit, their first in nearly ten years is surrealistic, spectral music and nocturnal delirium transmitted from beyond the veil and steeped in the mysteries of old Britain, like some twisted, eldritch fusion of Fabio Frizzi, In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo-era Abruptum, and 80’s darkwave. Initially released as an extremely limited cassette on Glorious North, Spectre Music Of An Antiquary presents the first new material from EMIT in over five years, a full-length collection of murky ambiance, deranged ‘80s style synth, ritualistic black drift, and stranger sounds forays into black noise. This British outfit has been creating their unique brand of experimental blackened delirium since the late ‘90s, branching out of a low-fi UK black metal band called Ante Cryst, yet with EMIT, the members began to explore a creepy, synth-heavy sound that was unmistakably descended from black metal but supremely more deformed, combining harsh electronic noise, horror-movie soundtrack atmospherics, droning keyboards, wrecked and fractured black metal guitars, and bizarre vocals that would often push their music into a strange realm of hallucinatory, ghastly psychedelia. On Spectre, though, EMIT’s sound has morphed into something that more resembles some mutated, primitive ‘80s darkwave being completely taken over by malevolent spirits, with eerie electronic drones and distant moaning vocals often taking over.


THE CUTTHROATS 9: Western US November Tour With ÆGES Confirmed

October 21st, 2014

San Francisco noise rock trio, THE CUTTHROATS 9, has confirmed the next phase of touring in support of their newly-released Dissent LP. Following a West Coast run with Black Cobra and Wizard Rifle in May, the outfit will now head further east on the new tour, as they infiltrate the western half of the United States through the first two weeks of November. The tour will hit the Southwest, Gulf Coast and up through the Midwest and then return to several main cities on the West Coast once again. Direct support for THE CUTTHROATS 9 on the entire trek will come from ÆGES.

11/01/2014 Tempe Tavern – Tempe, AZ
11/02/2014 Moonlight – Albuquerque, NM
11/03/20014 Three Links – Dallas, TX
11/05/2014 Super Happy Funland – Houston, TX
11/06/2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/08/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/10/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
11/11/2014 Shredder – Boise, ID
11/12/2014 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/13/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
11/14/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
11/15/2014 Winters Tavern – Pacifica, CA
11/16/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA

Following almost a decade of silence since their initial reign, this past June THE CUTTHROATS 9 released their highly-anticipated second album, Dissent. The album was released on CD via Reptilian Records, and on LP and digital release via Lamb Unlimited, the new label spawned by Alan Schneider of No More Records and the band’s own guitarist/vocalist, Chris Spencer, also of infamous noise metal outfit, Unsane, Celan and others. Dissent was recorded and mixed at Louder Studios with producer Tim Green (Melvins, Bikini Kill, Dystopia, The Fucking Champs, Wolves In The Throne Room) where the band recorded their 2000-released self-titled debut LP, bringing everything full-circle fifteen years later. With seven brand new tracks, Spencer’s signature vocals and riffage are here backed by low end from bassist Tony Baumeister (-16-, Aeges) and the percussion of returning drummer Will Carroll (Old Granddad, Death Angel).

Stream all of Dissent via Lamb Unlimited where you can order the LP, HERE, and place CD orders via Reptilian HERE.

“…the trio has returned with a compelling new slab of swaggering low-end abuse and tactical distortion… a bassy, bluesy, almost plaintive slice of audible paranoia.” – Noisey

“…Dissent, takes the dissonant, minor-key approach to slide guitar and harmonica and incorporates it into a sound that’s absolutely punishing.” – East Bay Express

“…this is the best CT9 record… There is a looseness here that doesn’t really shine through on the Unsane records, and the slide guitar sounds more like a slide through gravel. 8/10″ – Decibel

“While Unsane is focused on blood and gore, The Cutthroats 9 are focused on ugliness. The Western-inspired slide guitars and blues vibe, combined with the noisy bass lines and vile guitars, creates a dirty atmosphere that would be sinister if it weren’t so catchy. 8/10″ – American Aftermath


BARING TEETH: Sophomore Album From Texas Experimental Death Metal Unit To See November Release Via Willowtip Records; Teaser Track Posted

October 20th, 2014
[photo by Courtney Scholari]

Dallas, Texas-based avant/tech death metal trio, BARING TEETH, is preparing for the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 debut album, Atrophy, with the mangling Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins confirmed to drop via Willowtip Records in late November.

Previously known as Soviet, BARING TEETH is an act formed by three musicians having collectively spent time playing in a plethora of acts including Cleric, Between The Buried And Me, Broadcast Sea and others. Following their initial demo, Willowtip signed the band for the 2011 release of their debut album, Atrophy. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins shows BARING TEETH sharpening its attack, the unsettled aggression of previous material heightened to a manic, primal belligerence. Immersive, hypnotic, and haunting, the album melds seemingly opposing characteristics — streamlined songwriting and dizzying technicality, ambience and brute force, density and angularity, order and chaos — into a fully realized, cohesive listening experience. Without sacrificing originality, the groundwork of Meshuggah and Gorguts gives in to modern and gritty dissonance where one may at times be reminded of everything from the technical intensity of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Flourishing, to the ominous realms of Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate. Comparative compliments aside, the band’s music continually applies and releases tension, while continually spiraling into a tension-infused amalgamation of chaotic but ultimately natural and captivating experimental death metal.

Recorded by Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) at Elmwood Recording, mixed by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (The Body, Battles, Daughters), and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Swans), Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins takes the extremes of BARING TEETH’s debut to new levels while showcasing a singular vision: no compromise, no respite.

Willowtip Records will release Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins on November 25th. For now, the album’s cover art by Calvin Sprague and preorders are posted RIGHT HERE. You can also sample “Mountain” at the Willowtip BandCamp page HERE.

Scott Addison – bass/vocals
Jason Roe – drums
Andrew Hawkins – guitars/vocals

Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins Track Listng:
1. An Illusion Of Multiple Voices
2. Mountain
3. Visitant
4. The Great Unwashed
5. Terra Nullius
6. Dripping Sun
7. The Unwilling
8. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins

Stand by for review copies of Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins. For coverage of BARING TEETH, worldwide, please contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.


EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – October 20, 2014

October 20th, 2014

AUTHOR & PUNISHER: Seventh Rule Releases Seminal Drone Machines Full-Length On Limited Edition Double LP – Seventh Rule Recordings is very pleased to issue AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Drone Machines as a double LP. [More…]

DISCORD: New Jersey Death Trio Unleashes Debut EP Via Bandcamp – New Jersey-based modern death metal trio, DISCORD, has just self-released their debut recordings in the form of their Pale Death EP, which is available now via Bandcamp. [More…]

Metal Grasshopper: Weekly Series Starring Down’s Philip H. Anselmo And Comedian Dave Hill Premieres TODAY At Metal Injection – Beginning today and basically threatening to melt your goddamn computer every Tuesday through November 11th comes Metal Grasshopper, a new web series in which comedian Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). [More…]

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 6 – In the sixth episode of the NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary, Noisey joins Down guitarist Pepper Keenan. [More…]

CHILD BITE: Detroit Punk/Metal Misfits To Unleash Strange Waste EP Via Housecore This November; Live Takeover To Commence This Week – Michigan punk/metal misfits, CHILD BITE, are pleased to unleash the noxious fruits of their Strange Waste EP later this Fall via Housecore Records. [More…]

WORMWOOD: Self-Titled LP Now Playing At Noisey/Vice Magazine – Vice Magazine’s prevailing music channel, Noisey, has today unleashed one of the year’s most extreme doom/sludge albums, by streaming the entire self-titled debut LP from WORMWOOD. [More…]

DIE CHOKING: Tour With Fantasy Panther Begins With II Record Release Show This Friday – This week, DIE CHOKING embarks on their headlining ten-city tour, beginning with their hometown record release show this week. [More…]

UFOMAMMUT: XV Fifteen-Year Anniversary DVD Out Now; Video For “Zerosette” Released – XV The DVD documenting the fifteen years of UFOMAMMUT’s intense lifespan to date, is out now on the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records, and in celebration, the band has posted a special video which was created for the track “Zerosette,” hailing from their 2000-released debut LP, Godlike Snake. [More…]

XIBALBA Completes Third LP For Early 2015 Release Through Southern Lord – Pomona, California’s unstoppable XIBALBA has completed tracking their third LP, and are wrapping up the final elements in order to unleash their most monstrous recordings yet in early 2015, once again through Southern Lord Recordings. [More…]

ANAAL NATHRAKH Drops New Ode Of Acrimony At Noisey; Desideratum Release Day Looms – Noisey spews forth a new ode of acrimony from the UK’s favorite extreme metal miscreants, ANAAL NATHRAKH. [More…]

OBLITERATIONS: Poison Everything Out Now; West Coast North American Tour With Baptists & Torch Runner Begins TonightPoison Everything, the debut full-length from destructive Southern California hardcore punks, OBLITERATIONS, is out now on Southern Lord, and in celebration of its release, the band will take to the streets on a massive tour run through the rest of the year, beginning with their West Coast North American tour, tonight. [More…]

MAMMOTH GRINDER Confirms US Tour With Cannabis Corpse & Inanimate Existence; 20 Buck Spin To Repress Underworlds & Extinction Of Humanity LPs – Austin-based hardcore/death crossover outfit, MAMMOTH GRINDER, has confirmed a three-week tour late this fall, joining Santa Cruz progressive death metal outfit, Inanimate Existence as support for Richmond’s bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver Doom Bringers To Release New EP This December; Live Rituals Announced – Denver doom bringers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will unleash a brand new slab of slow-roasted audio disease this Winter titled Merging In Light. [More…]

MY BROTHER THE WIND: Third Album From Swedish Cosmic Instrumental Act Now Playing At The Sleeping ShamanOnce There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, the expansive, fully-analog, third full-length opus from Swedish instrumental act, MY BROTHER THE WIND, is now playing at The Sleeping Shaman in celebration of its official release this week. [More…]

GOATWHORE Releases “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed” Video – Louisiana’s favorite blackened thrash goliaths, GOATWHORE, have launched a brand new music video for the track “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed.” [More…]

COWARDS Tracking Sophomore LP; Album To See Release In January – Paris’s most wretched sludge metal heathens, COWARDS — uniting current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman’s Chair, Eibon, Glorior Belli, Hellbats and more —  have been locked into the studio over recent weeks, the band completely immersed in the process of creating their second full-length release. [More…]

NERVECELL: Dubai-Based Death/Thrash Unit To Reissue Psychogenocide Full-Length Via Unique Leader Records In January; Studio Clips + Live Footage Posted – Dubai-Based death/thrash assault, and recent Unique Leader signees, NERVECELL, will reissue their critically-lauded Psychogenocide full-length next year. [More…]

ATRIARCH: Atmospheric Death/Doom Conjurers Unleash New Psalm Of Sickness At Noisey; An Unending Pathway Release Day LoomsAn Unending Pathway is the forthcoming new full-length from Pacific Northwest death/doom conjurors, ATRIARCH. [More…]

RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Out Now Via Unique Leader Records; Tour With As Blood Runs Black Begins Next WeekRINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, boundary-destroying third full-length, Lugal Ki En, has officially infiltrated the population and is now available worldwide through Unique Leader Records. [More…]

ANATOMY OF HABIT: Post-Metal/Noise Rock Collective Unveils “Radiate And Recede” Via Heathen HarvestCiphers + Axioms is the forthcoming full-length from Chicago post-metal/noise rock collective, ANATOMY OF HABIT. [More…]

FORESEEN HKI Deploys “Market Target” Via Noisey; Volatile Debut Album Drives Label To Advance North American Street Date; European Savagery 2014 Underway – Following initial reports of when 20 Buck Spin will be releasing FORESEEN HKI’s Helsinki Savagery in late in November, the album was just too unstable and uncontainable to keep under wraps that long, forcing the label to push the street date forward two weeks. [More…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Italian Death Metal Goliaths Stream Cobra Verde Title Track Via GunShyAssassin – Italian death metal juggernauts, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, are pleased to unveil the title track of their forthcoming crushing new full-length, Cobre Verde. [More…]

Contact liz@earsplitcompound.com or dave@earsplitcompound.com 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.



AUTHOR & PUNISHER: Seventh Rule Releases Seminal Drone Machines Full-Length On Limited Edition Double LP

October 17th, 2014

Seventh Rule Recordings is very pleased to issue AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s Drone Machines as a double LP. Initially released in 2010, Drone Machines stands among AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s heaviest outputs to date. Available for the first time ever on wax, the vinyl edition is beautifully packaged in a heavy gatefold and comes in two color variants: a limited edition/mailorder only version (limited to 100 copies) with LP 1 on silver with black and goldsplatter and LP 2 on silver with black and swamp green splatter or standard high fidelity black vinyl. Both versions come accompanied by a download card for the digitally astute.

AUTHOR & PUNISHER is an industrial doom metal, one-man project featuring Tristan Shone who employs primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers he encounters through engineering work and sound machine fabrication. The fabrication and industrial environment and processes reveal emotions, anxieties, and elements of bliss inherent to the specific human/machine choreography. This interaction involves a certain level of continuous intimacy with material and mechanical motion, where a bond is formed enabling an honest incorporation into a sound device and performance; the core of AUTHOR & PUNISHER. What started out as the design of his Master’s thesis at the University of California, San Diego, the drone machines soon become the subject matter of Shone’s crushing seventy-minute third opus, fitting dubbed Drone Machines.

In related news, Shone will bring his cacophonous manifestations streets again this weekend waging his punishing sonic decompositions upon Southwest Terror Fest attendees in Tucson. Next week Shone will appear at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin with future enactments in December in their plotting stages.

10/18/2014 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Neurosis, The Body, Sunn O))), Goatsnake, more…
10/23-10/26 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX w/ Neurosis, Eyehategod, Corrections House, Cattle Decapitation, more

Order Drone Machines TODAY via Seventh Rule at THIS LOCATION.

“The swirling, almost psychedelic effect this produces stands juxtaposed to the pounding, clanking riffs that keep time on this album, like the relentless march of a Terminator army and feel as bleak and post-apocalyptic as a William Gibson novel…” – The Sleeping Shaman

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HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Italian Death Metal Goliaths Stream Cobra Verde Title Track Via GunShyAssassin

October 17th, 2014

Italian death metal juggernauts, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, are pleased to unveil the title track of their forthcoming crushing new full-length, Cobre Verde,

Fitting tagged “an uber-brutal, churning platter of tech-y death metal” by Decibel Magazine, Cobre Verde is scheduled to drop via Unique Leader Records. Based around Werner Herzog’s 1987 film of the same name, Cobra Verde was recorded at 16th Cellar Studios (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit The Soul) and supplies nine tracks of hate, discontent and unrelenting audio brutality including a guest vocal appearances by Nile’s Dallas Toler-Wade on “The Alonest Of The Alone” and a searing rendition of Ripping Corpse’s “The Last And Only Son.”

Elaborates band leader/Hour Of Penance founder Enrico Schettino: “Sometimes a riff takes ages to reveal itself, some other times you’re a lucky bastard and the whole song comes out, like magic. ‘Cobra Verde’ belongs to the second category. Title-tracks are not ordinary songs; when you decide there’ll be a title track, you accept the challenge of creating, in the space of a few minutes, something that would represent the mood of an entire album. As for ‘Cobra Verde,’ it had to be something beyond death metal. For this exact reason it’s undeniable I was highly influenced by the latest Ulcerate and Gorguts. It was time to push the envelope for HIDEOUS DIVINITY and that was the aim of the song. The whole composition wavers between storm and calm, nuclear rage assaults and tormented doom litanies. The twisted, samba-like rhythm pattern sees the rebirth of cruel kings and madmen, slave prayers and curses through six minutes of song. Atonal arpeggios create that feeling of rage ready to explode and to be drowned in solitude afterwards. We are alone on this world, so huge yet so narrow, and our thirst is condemned never to be quenched. Like the spirit of Manoel, the white devil condemned to solitude, the ghost that will never see the snow.”

Brutality awaits. Check out “Cobre Verda” now playing at GunShyAssassin HERE.

Additionally you can still piss off your neighbors with “The Alonest Of The Alone,” now playing at Metal Insider at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sinister And Demented,” at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Born between Italy and Norway in late 2006 as a side project of Hour Of Penance founder Enrico Schettino, HIDEOUS DIVINITY immediately earned underground accolades thanks to their mauling 2007 Sinful Star Necrolatry two-track demo. It wasn’t until 2010 however that the band, with their first stable lineup, would perform live alongside longstanding comrades, Insision. In the interim, new songs were composed with their European death/black influences giving way to a more mindful, complex yet straight-in-your-face death metal assault in the vein Nile, Immolation and Hate: the embryo of their first full-length release. Following another successful appearance in Scandinavia at the end of April 2012, this time for the prestigious Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway, a three-album deal with Unique Leader Records was forged. In late July 2011 the band entered 16th Cellar to record their Obeisance Rising debut. The lyrical concept is based on John Carpenter’s immortal masterstroke They Live, a dramatically relevant testimony of a dark era that never ended. In 2014 HIDEOUS DIVINITY offers up Cobra Verde, another cinematographic concept album, this time based on Klaus Kinski’s and Werner Herzog’s masterpiece of the same name. The album sounds even darker and more powerful, both conceptually and musically, than their critically-lauded debut. Brace yourself.

“…without a doubt one of the best releases of 2014.” — Headbangorgtfo

Cobra Verde will be released in the US on October 28th, 2014, the UK on October 27th and the rest of Europe on October 31st. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.


FORESEEN HKI Deploys “Market Target” Via Noisey; Volatile Debut Album Drives Label To Advance North American Street Date; European Savagery 2014 Underway

October 17th, 2014

Following initial reports of when 20 Buck Spin will be releasing FORESEEN HKI’s Helsinki Savagery in late in November, the album was just too unstable and uncontainable to keep under wraps that long, forcing the label to push the street date forward two weeks. Now that the Finnish crossover killers’ unfuckwithable debut LP is set to detonate stateside in just three weeks, Vice Magazine’s Noisey blog has initiated the next wave of bloodshed from the album, unloading the destructive “Market Target” alongside an interrogation of the outfit, calling the album, “a required purchase if you ever owned a denim jean vest, or at least a copy of either Vio-lence’s Eternal Nightmare or Nuclear Assault’s Game Over.”

Get an inside look at the FORESEEN HKI bandits as they detonate their “Market Target” with Noisey’s aid at THIS LOCATION.

A previous communiqué about the band’s lethality was also released with “Death Injection” via Cvlt Nation CLICK HERE.

Helsinki Savagery is locked for impact via 20 Buck Spin on CD and digital formats in North America on November 11th, while the European street date remains at November 24th. A vinyl edition is under construction for launch February 3rd in a cooperative strike with Take It Back Records in Europe. Stand by for ordering instructions and additional intel from the 20 Buck Spin warmongers.

FORESEEN HKI begins their European Savagery 2014 tour of duty tonight in Stockholm, with two weeks of live annihilation in support of their new album to follow. New tour dates will follow shortly, as the band plans on overthrowing additional venues across Europe in the coming months as well as embarking on their first mission to the US in 2015.

FORESEEN HKI European Savagery 2014:
10/17/2014 Nockebysalen – Stockholm, SE
10/18/2014 Kulturhuset – Norrköping, SE
10/19/2014 Nordengården – Göteborg, SE
10/20/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
10/21/2014 Rote Flora – Hamburg, DE
10/22/2014 Antwerpen Music City – Antwerpen, BE
10/23/2014 Fiddler’s Elbow – London, UK
10/24/2014 The Meatlocker – Leeds, UK
10/25/2014 Platform 5 – Ashford, UK
10/26/2014 Kessel – Offenburg, DE
10/27/2014 Ebrietas – Zürich, CH
10/28/2014 JUZ Mannheim – Mannheim, DE
10/30/2014 Cortina Bob – Berlin, DE
10/31/2014 TBA – Malmö, SE
11/01/2014 Blitz – Oslo, NO

On their debut full-length attack, FORESEEN HKI’s raw crossover showing a distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility, that’s been a hallmark of the countries incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ‘80s, pervades the LP. Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery, FORESEEN HKI takes their place among the elite of modern crossover bands, infusing a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows, documenting a band in its hungry, formative prime. The album was recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, with old-school cover art by Eetu Blomqvist & Chad Keith.


ANATOMY OF HABIT: Post-Metal/Noise Rock Collective Unveils “Radiate And Recede” Via Heathen Harvest

October 17th, 2014

Ciphers + Axioms is the forthcoming full-length from Chicago post-metal/noise rock collective, ANATOMY OF HABIT. Fronted by noise prodigy Mark Solotroff of Bloodyminded, ANATOMY OF HABIT features a veritable who’s who of musicians including legendary drummer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake, Gastr Del Sol etc.), guitarist Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), percussionist Theo Katsaounis (Joan Of Arc) and bassist Kenny Rasmussen (ex-Radar Eyes).

Tracked at Soma Studios with sound sage, Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Corrections House), Ciphers + Axioms boasts two twenty-plus minute epic compositions. Fabricated by tense, monolithic walls of guitar and percussion nuanced by Solotroff’s dark, chilling, baritone vocal poetics, Ciphers + Axioms is a true genre-defying master work, at once traumatic and terrifying; ugly yet cathartic where the use of space and time is as much an instrument as sound itself.

In celebration of its imminent unveiling next month, today Heathen Harvest thrusts forth opening track “Radiate And Recede,” a disturbing canticle of controlled paranoia.

Get unsettled at THIS LOCATION.

Commended as a band that “truly defie[s] categorization,” by the The Chicagoist, who further champions ANATOMY OF HABIT’s knack of mesmerizing listeners, “by lulling them into gothic ambiance one minute, and then snapping them out of it with whiplash-inducing fury on loan from metal and hardcore the next,” ANATOMY OF HABIT was forged in Chicago in October 2008. Encompassing elements of doom metal, post punk, death rock, noise rock, and shoegaze, their boundry-free sound earned the band consistent praise from a wide swath of listeners, be they people who experience the band for the first time, diehard fans who attend almost every show, or fellow musicians with whom ANATOMY OF HABIT has shared stages. A fitting sonic journey for fervent followers of Joy Division, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Sabbath, Fields Of The Nephilim, Neurosis, Death In June, and Locrian.

Ciphers + Axioms will be released on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on November 10th, 2014. Preorder you copy today at THIS LOCATION. For iTunes preorders, point your browser HERE and for BandCamp preorders, go HERE where you’ll also find streams of previous ANATOMY OF HABIT recordings.

“…a sonic diagram of audio magic.” – Cvlt Nation

ANATOMY OF HABIT blend indie rock, post, doom, and sludge into a work of sonic art that will remain with the listener for a long time.” – Sputnik Music

“…astoundingly powerful and unique… definitely deserving of your attention” – The Inarguable



RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Out Now Via Unique Leader Records; Tour With As Blood Runs Black Begins Next Week

October 17th, 2014

RINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, boundary-destroying third full-length, Lugal Ki En, has officially infiltrated the population and is now available worldwide through Unique Leader Records. The album invaded purchase points stateside on Tuesday and today sees its way into European outlets, amidst an inundation of floored reactions from media outlets and open-minded fans of technical, extreme metal.

A cataclysmic display of RINGS OF SATURN’s most vicious, sci-fi obliteration yet, Lugal Ki En surges with nearly forty-five minutes relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction, based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. The album was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies), and features conceptual art pieces by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art.

All of Lugal Ki En is now available for human consumption, streaming via YouTube RIGHT HERE.

A 3D video for “Senseless Massacre” is playing HERE, and a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” playing at HERE, both created by Alex T. Reinhard of Brutal Productions.

The LP version of Lugal Ki En comes in two limited edition color varieties — purple and four-color splatter — bound in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download card. Orders for the album via iTunes can be placed HERE, while CD and LP bundles are available HERE.

A week and a half after its release, RINGS OF SATURN will embark on their latest tour in support of the album, supplying guest support for As Blood Runs Black on their headlining The Ground Zero Album Release Tour, with additional invasions to be broadcasted in the coming weeks.

“Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy. 9/10″ – Metal Injection

“The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet. 4.5/5″ – Headbang Or GTFO

“All the hyper-technical death metal floating around … It’s hard to keep it all straight. The goal really is to make something so blisteringly heavy, fast, and complicated that all other notions get lost in the commotion. Rings Of Saturn’s new album is tasteful (lol) even though it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years.” – MetalSucks

“This time around Rings of Saturn let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well. 9/10″ – TechnicalDeathMetal.com

The Ground Zero Album Release Tour w/ As Blood Runs Black, Upon This Dawning, Elitist, Those Who Fear [*], The Convalescence
10/23/2014 118 West – Simi Valley, CA
10/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/25/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/26/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
10/27/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/29/2014 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
10/31/2014 Marquee Theater – Denver, CO
11/01/2014 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
11/02/2014 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
11/04/2014 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
11/05/2014 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
11/06/2014 Frankies – Toledo, OH*
11/07/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
11/08/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON*
11/09/2014 California Brew Haus – Rochester, NY
11/11/2014 Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT*
11/12/2014 Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY*
11/13/2014 Championship – Trenton, NJ*
11/14/2014 Empire – West Springfield, VA*
11/15/2014 The Firehall – Dillsburg, PA*
11/16/2014 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC*
11/18/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*
11/20/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL*
11/21/2014 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL*
11/22/2014 Venue 1904 – Jacksonville, FL*
11/24/2014 Tomcats – Fort Worth, TX*
11/25/2014 Walters – Houston, TX*
11/26/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX*
11/28/2014 Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ*
11/29/2014 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*


ATRIARCH: Atmospheric Death/Doom Conjurers Unleash New Psalm Of Sickness At Noisey; An Unending Pathway Release Day Looms

October 16th, 2014

An Unending Pathway is the forthcoming new full-length from Pacific Northwest death/doom conjurors, ATRIARCH. A living entity comprised of four parts, together the mesmerizing collective summon forth haunting atmospheres and droning avalanches of ritualistic sludge, offering catharsis through sonic ritual. Merging death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, ATRIARCH stand among one of the most creative and compelling heavy music bands of the twenty-first century.

In celebration of An Unending Pathway’s imminent unveiling, today the gate keepers at Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, offer up fourth movement “Bereavement” for public consumption.

Relays Noisey: “On this new record, the Portland quartet harness the crippling power of doom and hold it tight in death’s cold embrace, leaning hard towards moody gothic horror and injecting spare moments of black metal possession and glimmers of psychedelia. There’s a lurching, ritualistic feel to the proceedings, and a dire hopelessness in the vocals that doesn’t let up for a moment. It’s death rock that OD’s on death. Knob-twiddler extraordinaire Billy Anderson has his feather-light fingertips all over this one, coaxing each element into its full potential even as he weaves it all together into a thoroughly crushing force. The end result is as dark and eerily atmospheric as an abandoned graveyard at midnight.”

Drink the punch to the echoing, soul-wrenching sounds of “Bereavement” at THIS LOCATION.

You can also experience the cold audio decay of “Allfather” still streaming at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION as well as the the haunting resonance of “Collapse” HERE.

Tracked at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) and the band, engine-eared and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz, also in Portland, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, An Unending Pathway offers up seven cataclysmic soundscapes to your deepest darkest hallucinations. Cvlt Nation commends the outfit’s, “arresting and welcome combination of doom metal, death rock, black metal, and Mid Eastern-influenced darkwave sound,” while Sea Of Tranquility gushes, “An Unending Pathway is so out there at times that it’s almost puzzling. For some, this melting pot of sounds, mixed with the frightening tone of much of the album, is going to be very unsettling…ATRIARCH have to be given credit for trying something totally different, injecting a breath of fresh air into the extreme metal genre.” Adds MetalStorm, in an 8.5/10 review, “An Unending Pathway is quite likely ATRIARCH’s best album to date. If the third album of a band’s discography is typically held as the ‘make it or break it.’ point, these guys not only break through the wall, they pummel it into dust.”

ATRIARCH will bring their ceremonials to the stage this November on a West Coast run of live performances. Slated to commence November 7th in Seattle, the band will traumatize thirteen cities through November 21st. See confirmed shows below.

ATRIARCH West Coast Tour 2014:
11/07/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
11/08/2014 Obsidian – Olympia, WA
11/10/2014 Slabtown Records – Portland, OR Release Show w/ Usnea, Muscle, Marrow
11/12/2014 Wandering Goat– Eugene, OR
11/13/2014 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
11/14/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Dispirit
11/15/2014 Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA w/ Cough, Invdrs, Sorxe
11/16/2014 Tower – San Diego, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/17/2014 Sweet Springs – Santa Barbara, CA w/ Crowhurst
11/18/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Plague Widow
11/20/2014 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
11/21/2014 Wisp House – Salem, OR

ATRIARCH’s An Unending Pathway will be released via Relapse Records on October 28th, 2014. Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.