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

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.

GREY SKIES FALLEN: NYC Ominous Metal Quintet Premieres New Track With Sea Of Tranquility

April 15th, 2014

New York City-area’s ominous black/death/doom quintet, GREY SKIES FALLEN, will open the gateways to their most epic and expansive album in their seventeen-year history on April 29th, 2014, with the release of The Many Sides Of Truth, and today, another single from the record has been set loose.

Now playing at exploratory metal community, Sea Of Tranquility is the third of the album’s seven massive tracks, “The Flame.” An incredibly gloomy but dynamic seven-plus-minute piece, in their new 4/5-rated review of the record, Sea Of Tranquility said of the track, “’The Flame’ is a kick ass Viking/Pagan metal barn burner, and wouldn’t sound out of place on any Amon Amarth or Enslaved album, and is perhaps the heaviest song here. In between some of the longer tracks are gentle, atmospheric instrumentals, which bridge the gap between the heavier pieces quite nicely.”

Ignite “The Flame” now at THIS LOCATION.

Also stream the album’s “Ritual Of The Exiter” and “Of the Ancients” via No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

As with their five previous studio works, GREY SKIES FALLEN will independently unleash The Many Sides Of Truth on multiple formats on April 29th. The band will directly publish the album through all digital platforms, and in CD and LP runs of 300 copies each. The Travis Smith-designed cover art for the record has been redesigned in three separate color schemes. The band’s own limited digipak CD and digital releases will bear a blue-infused cover, the LP artwork in green, and now, Paragon Records will issue a full official jewel case CD run featuring the artwork in red, and also handle distribution of the album. The band’s own LP pressing will be available shortly after the other editions on three vinyl color schemes — black, colored/splattered, and glow-in-the-dark. Preorders for the CD and digital versions through the band are available HERE, and LP preorders are posted HERE.

GREY SKIES FALLEN has also confirmed a local release show for The Many Sides Of Truth on Monday, May 12th at The Acheron in Brooklyn. This hometown gig will feature direct support from the henchmen in Buckshot Facelift, the brutalizing grind/death faction in which three of the members of GSF share double-duty, as well as local acts Hypoxia, Lysura and Lucid Terror. Additional live performances will be announced in the coming days.

GREY SKIES FALLEN Record Release Show:
5/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Buckshot Facelift, Hypoxia, Lysura, Lucid Terror

ABRE OJOS: New Soundscape From One-Man Exploratory Audiovisual Project Now Playing At Heathen Harvest

April 15th, 2014

Today, underground music gateway, Heathen Harvest, offers up a special premiere of “Fractured Signals” from ABRE OJOS. The otherworldly soundscape comes from ABRE OJOS’ Gates full-length album, set to be unveiled next month by Santa Barbara-based independent label imprint, Secrets Of Giza.

ABRE OJOS is the audiovisual project of Scott Baker, a multimedia artist from Melbourne, Australia with over 20 years’ experience working across the areas of installation, experimental music, video and illustration. Baker’s ABRE OJOS is an exploration of synesthetic modalities using geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. The ABRE OJOS project is an immersive audiovisual creation for plumbing the depths of the human spirit; Gates serves as the next evolutionary step in Baker’s ongoing survey of introspection.

Expounds Heathen Harvest in its in-depth investigation of the work, “ABRE OJOS is a mechanical beast, portrayed through the Occult sense of Creation through divine Will. It is the inanimate object brought to life, by the use of machinery and human expression reflecting a futuristic yet modern world that was first imagined, then created. Technology is a magical act, and when we see the Occult and myth through this lens, much of it can begin to make sense. Our imagination through the years led to what only a hundred years ago would have been seen as magical, and now is the everyday world in which we live. If you don’t believe that we are not able to read peoples thoughts, just go on any website such as Twitter or Facebook where random thoughts are said with little to no discretion.”

Experience the abrasive and serene “Fractured Signals,” now playing at Heathen Harvest at THIS LOCATION.

“Abre Ojos” was an old saying by Spanish and Portuguese sailors while navigating the dangerous reef infested waters surrounding Australia’s coastline meaning “watch out” or “open your eyes, there is danger all around.” An investigative, minimalist sound excursion, the eleven-track Gates includes an accompanying full-length DVD for an extraordinary audiovisual experience. Gates is both art and mantra, challenging and soothing, reflective and punctuated, feeding and consuming. To appreciate Gates, one must fully embrace its active principle time and time again, shedding all resistance and inhibition.

Gates will be released via Secrets Of Giza on May 13th, 2014. Purchase your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“Baker explores the unsettling worlds between conventionally accepted euphonic sounds… this is evocative ambient music for late night hours.” – Crawl Space Magazine

PRIZEHOG: Portland Celestial Space Sludge Outfit Announces Five-Week US Tour

April 15th, 2014

Still riding a fresh wave of killer reactions to their walloping third LP, Re-Unvent the Whool, Portland, Oregon-based, PRIZEHOG, has announced the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour.

Embarking off of their home turf on May 2nd, the counter-clockwise path this tour makes will find PRIZEHOG winding through the entire continental US for five full weeks before closing down with the final gig in Seattle on June 8th and returning to their daily habitat. See true celestial space sludge for yourself on this massive endeavor including a short run with friends and faves, Vaz, as well as killer acts like Burnt Books, hepa/Titus, Tinsel Teeth, arbogast, The Great Sabatini, labelmates Towers and Big Black Cloud, and more throughout the itinerary.

Amidst the closing-in of this confirmed run, PRIZEHOG will be announcing their next tour lining up for this July alongside labelmates, Hot Victory.

PRIZEHOG US Spring Tour:
5/02/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Towers, Big Black Cloud
5/07/2014 Lobot Gallery – Oakland, CA w/ Mansion
5/08/2014 The Eagle – San Francisco, CA w/ hepa/Titus, Peace Creep
5/09/2014 Redwood Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ hepa/Titus
5/10/2014 The Tin Can – San Diego, CA w/ Ghetto Blaster
5/11/2014 C St – Flagstaff, AZ w/ New Gods
5/12/2014 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Fando
5/13/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Bludded Head, Spacebeach
5/14/2014 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
5/15/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN w/ Tijuana Goat Ride
5/16/2014 TBA – Birmingham, AL
5/17/2014 The Highlander – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2014 The Foxfield – Columbia, SC w/ Burnt Books
5/19/2014 TBA – Richmond, VA
5/20/2014 Gold Bar – Baltimore, MD w/ Vaz, Multicult
5/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Vaz
5/22/2014 Cake Shop – Manhattan, NY w/ Insect Ark, Columboid
5/23/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vaz, Mossenek, Collapsible Baton
5/24/2014 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Vaz, Tinsel Teeth
5/25/2014 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Vaz
5/26/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Fox 45, Tainted, Jerry Grind
5/27/2014 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA/Cleveland, OH
5/28/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ arbogast
5/29/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Soup Moat
5/30/2014 The Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Funeral and the Twilight
5/31/2014 Trumpet Blossom – Iowa City, IA w/ Acoustic Guillotine
6/01/2014 TBA – Omaha, NE/Kansas
6/02/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Echo Beds
6/03/2014 The Parlor Bar – Laramie, WY w/ Unpaid Butlers
6/04/2014 Burts Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Cornered By Zombies, The Great Sabatini
6/05/2014 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT w/ Acheron Thodol
6/06/2014 Zootown Arts Community Center – Missoula, MT
6/07/2014 TBA – Spokane, WA w/ Hooves
6/08/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Don Peyote, Same Sex Dictator

Following Eolian Empire’s fresh unleashing of the supernova of creativity that is PRIZEHOG’s third album, Re-Unvent the Whool, in March the album is raking in acclaim from all over the place in recent weeks. Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool, Russian Circles) at Sun Valley studio Sound of Sirens, Re-Unvent the Whool is focused, sophisticated, and masterfully produced to showcase the exquisite but intense interaction within the trio: guitars, synths, and drums push and pull one another as they crunch, crush, whirl, weave, and straight up rock their way through mazes of dynamic and dramatic movements, adding layers upon layers to sculpt mountains of sonic majesty. Aquarius Records dubbed the LP, “record of the week,” and called it, “ridiculously, mindblowingly next level doom-sludge genius,” and the trio itself, “the sludge saviors we’ve been waiting for.” In an early premiere of the track, “Shed,” Decibel called the album, “Disconnected sludge floating in an abyss of fuzz,” followed by The Obelisk, who streamed the entire album for its release date, noting in a glowing text accompaniment, “The bass-less trio — you’ll note no lack of low end in the record — run a spectrum of effects-laden churning, mashing together bright ambient echoes and deep, dank tonality. I wouldn’t be the first person to compare them to the Melvins, but that doesn’t really do complete justice to the psychedelic side of their sound, which shows up quickly.”

Orders for Re-Unvent the Whool are live at the Eolian Empire fort HERE, available in a digital package as well as 180-gram vinyl LP including a 24″ x 24″ poster of the Chris Jehly cover art and download of the album.

HALSHUG: Danish Raw Punk Act Signs With Southern Lord For Release Of Debut LP; European Tour Begins This Week

April 15th, 2014

Southern Lord has sanctioned the label’s latest signing in the form of Danish raw punk/hardcore trio, HALSHUG.

Formed in Copenhagen only two years ago, the riotous young act, HALSHUG, unloads some of the most traditionally-styled but urgently unloaded traditional crust punk/d-beat hardcore to be found. The enraged sentiment of archetypal leaders of the genre, Doom, Anti Cimex, and no doubt, Discharge, and direct influence drawn from Infernöh, Hoax and Death Token, is unapologetic in its presence in the band’s delivery, which, fueled by society’s modern-day ills, finds HALSHUG already in line with Nuclear Death Terror, Wolfbrigade, Skitsystem and the best of the movement’s current top acts.

Through only an initial demo followed by their 2013-released Dödskontrol 7”, HALSHUG has amassed a punishing name early in the powerful trio’s lifespan through regional and even more heavily-concentrated European touring, and continues to expand on their live executions in 2014 with more widespread gigs than ever already ongoing and in the works. Their newest venture, a two-week rip through Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland, begins tomorrow, April 16th in Berlin. HALSHUG will also tour abroad through Europe and even invade North America later in 2014, following the release of their debut LP, soon to be recorded for Southern Lord.

Stay tuned for further HALSHUG broadcasts in the coming weeks.

HALSHUG April European Tour:
4/16/2014 Köpi – Berlin, Germany
4/17/2014 Rote Zora – Altenburg, Germany
4/18/2014 Nad Viktorkou – Prague, Czech Republic
4/19/2014 basement show – Basel, Switzerland
4/20/2014 KuZeb Osterfestival – Bremgarten, Switzerland
4/21/2014 Kessel – Offenburg, Germany
4/22/2014 TBA – Antwerpen, Belgium
4/23/2014 Punkkneipe – Osnabrück, Germany
4/24/2014 OCCII – Amsterdam, Netherlands
4/25/2014 Dräschfeschd – Hamburg, Germany
4/26/2014 Inihaus – Bad Oldesloe, Germany
4/27/2014 Alte Meierei – Kiel, Germany

KING DEAD: New Track From Psychedelic/Stoner Trio Now Playing At

April 14th, 2014

Today, delivers another helping of glassy-eyed goodness from Pennsylvania (six and four-string) bass and drum instrumentalists, KING DEAD, with a premiere of “Drowning In Dust,” the fourth track from their self-titled debut offering. Recorded live at The Living Room in Stroudsburg by Dave Reiser of Rock Hard Studios, the self-titled recording features five tracks of psychedelic/stoner Spaghetti Westernish desert-rock and is now less than a week from release.

Elaborates, “If there is ever a need for modern soundtrack for the classic film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, KING DEAD should get a consideration. The trio’s self-titled debut is an infectious blend of dusty six shootin’ aural sludge that pulls elements from doom, metal and rock. They simmer this assortment of genres in a delicious western musical marinade. You may think that music pulled from multiple genres would result in an awkward sound. In KING DEAD’s case you would be wrong. The band has a primarily instrumental sound that is gripping, tight, melodic and slinks along with a brash confidence that belies the fact that this is a debut release.  They  know how to work a melody with artfully balanced tempo shifts that skillfully jog through a range of paces with consistently engaging outcomes.”

Drown in dust at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, get heady with “Length Of Rope,” currently streaming at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

King Dead will be released independently on Record Store Day April 19th and is currently available for preorder at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE.

“At thirty-three minutes, the self-titled and self-released debut from… KING DEAD sits right between an EP and a full-length outing. The trio’s sound is similarly nebulous, hovering between psychedelic post-rock, heavier amplified push and Morricone-via-Earth soundscaping, and as their first five songs showcase, they come equipped with a formidable scope.” – The Obelisk

“It drags like a heavy cart full of plague victims, but you can easily see the sense of that ‘spaghetti western’ reference in the bleak, reverberating bass melody — Sergio Leone mutated into doom metal, with poltergeist cowboys. It’s spare, stripped down, and builds in intensity as it reaches the climax. I’m digging it.” – No Clean Signing on the track, “Length Of Rope”

MARK DEUTROM: Vinyl Edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence Now Available

April 14th, 2014

On the tail of its initial digital materialization at the end of last Summer, the deluxe vinyl edition of MARK DEUTROM’s third solo album, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence, is now on the verge of release.

The captivating third solo venture from ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist, MARK DEUTROM, Brief Sensuality And Western Violence was released in September 2013, the nearly hour-long voyage across both ominous and peaceful territories through a variety of vocal approaches and instrumentation, bleeding together into the man’s most organic and unreserved material to date. DEUTROM’s cohorts at Austrian label Rock Is Hell have put the deluxe vinyl edition of Brief Sensuality And Western Violence into production for an expected mid-May delivery. Due to the length of the album, the material will span both one 12″ and one 7″ record configured together. States the artist of this setup: “The test pressings sound fantastic, and this one will put your stereo through a real workout.”

There will be an offset version pressed on black and limited to 250 copies, and a hand-screened version on purple, limited to 100 copies. Both versions are being pressed in Europe and bear artwork the MARK D’s wife, Jennifer Deutrom. The vinyl for Brief Sensuality And Western Violence is now available for preorder for North American fans through the MARK DEUTROM Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE, and via Rock Is Hell for international orders HERE.

“…a sublime slab of smoldering, cinematic fuzz-groove…” – Decibel Magazine

“…most coalesces the demon jazz and creeping intricacy that Deutrom has on offer… there’s a cohesion in theme and a steadiness of atmosphere that speaks to Deutrom‘s mastery of the form.” – The Obelisk

“This is a highly creative work, moving through a host of styles, using technology to great effect, and with great range and depth. 5/5” – Sea Of Tranquility

“Brief Sensuality and Western Violence explores music and the space between the notes, setting a specific mood and travelling through the vast expanse of storytelling through music… Occasionally, he utilizes complex time signatures to great advantage intentionally keeping you off-balance and somewhat unsettled.” – Bloody Good Horror

“I could honestly listen to Deutrom‘s creamy powertones, crisp, jazzy lines and breathily expressive voice all bloody day, and, d’you know, I think I will. I’m pressing ‘play’ again and again…” – The Sleeping Shaman

“…it’s carried off with a certain moxie, but also manages to be tasteful and non-invasive. This is an album which bridges a gap between the two disciplines, challenging listeners of both yet remaining accessible” – Metal Mouth.

VOICE OF REASON: Discography From Influential Connecticut Hardcore Band Locked For Release

April 14th, 2014

Ear One Productions confirms the upcoming release of Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001, the entire discography from influential turn-of-the-century hardcore act, VOICE OF REASON, clocking in with seventy-two minutes of positive, West Coast-influenced youth crew songs, including demos, compilation and unreleased tracks, and their full-length album.

Having disbanded in 2001, throughout their short existence, VOICE OF REASON managed to release a slew of EPs, compilation tracks, and ultimately a full-length album via Triple Crown Records. Looking Back To The Way Things Were: Voice Of Reason 1995 – 2001 is a remastered collection of thirty-three tracks of the band’s twenty-two-song discography, including multiple demo and comp versions of some songs. Connecticut-based Ear One Productions — who formed just over a year ago with the intent of specifically releasing music only from their home state — will release Looking Back To The Way Things Were… as a limited edition numbered digipak CD with a poster in a one-time run of 500 copies on June 3rd.

Ear One has created a new lyric video for the classic VOICE OF REASON anthem, “Still The Same,” playing AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the limited CD are now live HERE, and fans can also sign up for a free digital download of the discography HERE.

VOICE OF REASON was a popular melodic hardcore band formed in the mid-1990s. Founding members, guitarist Mike Sabia and vocalist Jay Reason, launched the band from the local Connecticut hardcore scene. An array of flyers from the mid-‘90s to early 2000s boasts the band’s name on an eclectic array of bills, ranging from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day. In the band’s early stages, they were often compared to 7 Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits. It was only appropriate that they would team up with NYC’s legendary producer, Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick Of It All), for their initial demo. In 1999, Fury mentioned “VOICE OF REASON have a quality that I look for in young bands – they believe in what they are doing, and they’re not afraid to just be themselves.” Don Fury would go on to receive producing credits for the majority of the band’s output, and was often cited as helping them evolve their sound into a more melodic structure. It didn’t take long for VOR to set themselves apart from their contemporaries with a driving edge that made them contenders within the post-hardcore scene as much as the scene that helped birth them.

Jay Reason – lead vocals
Mike Sabia- lead guitar, backing vocals
Van Hartley – drums
Grant Ries – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Patrick Brenna – bass

THE LION’S DAUGHTER To Release Split Seven-Inch With Nights Like These; All Proceeds To Benefit Stray Dogs And Cats + Special Release Shows Announced

April 14th, 2014

St. Louis misery-makers, THE LION’S DAUGHTER, along with Memphis metallic hardcore unit, Nights Like These, recently united for the release of a split seven-inch to benefit dog and cat rescue organizations established to save stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes.

Serving as THE LION’S DAUGHTER’s follow-up to their critically-adored A Black Sea collaboration with folk ensemble Indian Blanket last year, the seven-inch features one new track from each band and marks the first new output from Nights Like These, who released two full-lengths on Victory Records before disbanding in 2006, in eight years. 100% of the record’s proceeds will go to organizations that save the lives of stray dogs and cats. This is made possible through the financial backing of Good Die Young Records, Encapsulated Studios, 4Hands Brewing, and Plush St. Louis, along with the pro bono recording talents of Gabe Usery and Matt Qualls, and artwork from A Black Sea photographer Josh Rowan.

Relays THE LION’S DAUGHTER vocalist/guitarist Rick Giordano, “The stray dog problem in St. Louis is completely out of control. Dogs wildly roam the streets starving, missing appendages, crawling with parasites, braving freezing winters and smoldering summers and generally exist in a constant living Hell. Many of us involved, including myself, have dogs that have been rescued from the streets so this is an issue that is near and dear to our hearts. The reports of abuse on these animals by humans is beyond repulsive. These dogs have been shot, beaten, burned alive, and a variety of other horrors too terrible to mention. We’re a very misanthropic band for these exact kinds of reasons. Human beings can be cruel and disgusting creatures. And dogs are fucking awesome. Anyone who’s ever bonded with a dog and felt the love that these companion animals are capable of knows this, but still so many needlessly suffer. The St. Louis end of all record sales will go exclusively to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, who are the ones out there dealing with this disaster every day. They feed these animals, offer medical care, and whenever possible take them in and find them new homes. They save the lives and give hope to dogs that are otherwise cold, hungry, alone, abused, and forgotten. They are an organization with a mission that is beyond important, one we back fully and are honored to offer support through our music. This record gives us an opportunity to release a new song, put out a 7″ with a great band of old friends, and most importantly contribute funds to an organization that saves the lives of awesome creatures who, in our opinion, are far superior to humans.”

Two special record release shows will be held later this month: one in St. Louis at the Ready Room, which will see 100% of tickets sales sold at the door going to Stray Rescue and another in Memphis with the door going to Blue Sky Rescue and The Street Dog Foundation.

The seven-inch, which will be released via Good Die Young/Encapsulated Records on May 27th, 2013, will be pressed in a limited quantity of 500 and comes available in the following configurations: 250 – random colored splatter, 150 – black and 100 limited-edition orange. Preorder bundles, including an exclusive preorder-only T-shirt, will be available at THIS LOCATION.

5/09/2014 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR w/ Crankbait, Mainland Divide
5/16/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO at Fubar w/ Pig Destroyer
5/17/2014 Reggie’s Chicago, IL at Reggie’s w/ Pig Destroyer
6/14/2014 Ready Room – St. Louis, MO Release Show!
6/21/2014 Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN Release Show!

THE LION’S DAUGHTER’s released the A Black Sea collaboration via Good Die Young Music last year. Christened, “…absolutely punishing,” by The Riverfront Times who lists THE LION’S DAUGHTER among their St. Louis Bands To Watch In 2014 , A Black Sea plays out like the soundtrack to a warped doomsday Western and continues to reap underground accolades from fans and critics alike for its varying textures and disquieting atmosphere. Boasted Exclaim!, “Acoustic ballads and instrumental tracks by Indian Blanket provide various intermissions to the otherwise unrestrained rage and power of THE LION’S DAUGHTER’s particular blend of extreme metal. Neither of these two distinguished sounds dominates the other, as the bands maintain an impeccable balance throughout the release.” Added Metal Temple in a perfect 10/10 rating, “It’s more than just a fusion of two obviously good bands…  but a fusion of genres and styles I never thought possible. Strings, screams, banjos, chugging guitar riffs, soulful vocals…. It has everything. I don’t know what THE LION’S DAUGHTER or Indian Blanket were doing before they created this masterpiece, and frankly I don’t care.”

Stay tuned for further THE LION’S DAUGHTER developments in the months to come.

T.O.M.B.: Crucial Blast Deploys Pennhurst / Xesse This Week; Cvlt Nation Streaming Entire Album

April 14th, 2014

This week, Crucial Blast Records will deploy the Pennhurst / Xesse CD, encapsulating two entire obscure recordings from black/occult/industrial collective, Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, a.k.a. T.O.M.B.

Pennhurst / Xesse unites two out-of-print recordings from Philadelphia-area’s T.O.M.B., a sect which specializes in creating transcendental and disparaging ritualistic noise compositions and purely horrifying soundscapes, bearing residents of occult folk/noise band, Dreadlords (Not Just Religious Music), and satellite members from parts unknown. Pennhurst / Xesse paroles over an hour of nightmarish harshness and ethereal disturbances, much of which was captured in abandoned mental facilities and prisons; Devotees to the arts of Nekrasov, Gnaw Their Tongues, Nordvargr, Melek Tha, Wormsblood, Wolfskin and other gruesome worship of harsh, sonic, sound manipulation, come, worship.

Cvlt Nation, has recently interrogated one of the prime creators of T.O.M.B.’s creations, and is now running the transcript of this investigation alongside a stream of the entire Pennhurst / Xesse album now at THIS LOCATION.

Originally released in 2009 as an extremely limited CDR, Pennhurst features five tracks of abysmal necro-industrial filth, formed from source material T.O.M.B. recorded at the notorious Pennhurst State and Norristown State Hospitals — two Philadelphia-area mental asylums that have boasted disturbing legacies of abuse and experimentation in the past. As with their other releases, this centers around nightmarish industrial soundscapes built from the band’s blighted blackened electronics and creepy field recordings, the tracks often erupting into blasts of suffocating hellish noise. The whole thing adds up to one of T.O.M.B.’s most intense blasts of sonic terror. The other half features Xesse, one of the band’s more “ambient” works, constantly shifting between placid lifeless drones and strange echoing graveyard rituals and the swells of hallucinatory heaviness, eventually giving way to some seriously mind-melting cosmic drift towards the end. The voices shift from blasphemous ranting to garbled unknown tongues as it drifts out into an abyss of swirling dub effects, delicate chiming tones, and rhythmic metal pounding that finally erupts into frantic percussive chaos, the thunder of hammers on metal shaking the chthonic depths, then fading into silence. Order physical and digital manifestations of this output HERE.