EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – March 2nd, 2015

March 2nd, 2015

THE COMPOUND & EARSPLIT DISTRO Update: GODHUNTER And AMIGO THE DEVIL, LAE, WINO & CONNY OCHS & MoreTHE EARSPLIT COMPOUND continues to infiltrate the populous with quality non-mainstream music through its three subdivided branches of public propaganda — EARSPLIT PR, THE COMPOUND RECS, and EARSPLIT DISTRO – and here declares the latest actions on behalf of its label and mailorder sects for the first quarter of 2015. [More…]

DORO: Reigning Queen Of Metal To Kick Off US Tour! – Reigning queen of metal, DORO PESCH, is readying to kick off another stretch of US tour dates next week. [More…]

SOLEFALD: New Hymn From Norwegian Avant Norse Folk Duo Streaming At Revolver; World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud To See Release In North America Tomorrow! – Tomorrow, Indie Recordings will unleash World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud from Norway’s prized Avant Norse folk duo, SOLEFALD, upon North American ears. [More…]

YDI: Southern Lord To Release Complete Discography From Philadelphia Hardcore Crew This April – This April, Southern Lord will release the complete discography of Philadelphia’s iconic hardcore crew, YDI. [More…]

USNEA: North American Spring Tour With Ufomammut Confirmed – Following the release of their Relapse Records debut, Random Cosmic Violence, Portland, Oregon’s sludge/doom destroyers, USNEA, have been confirmed as the sole support act for Ufomammut’s upcoming first-ever North American tour this Spring. [More…]

GRISTNAM: Cvlt Nation Hosts Two New Traumatic Tunes From Louisiana Sludge Grind Assassins; Even Less Out Now Via Housecore RecordsEven Less is the latest full-length from Louisiana sludge grind assassins, GRISTNAM. [More…]

THE INSPECTOR CLUZO: Gasconha Rocks LP Out In North America Today On Suicidal Records; Rockfarmers Documentary Teaser ReleasedGasconha Rock, the acclaimed fourth album from Mont de Marsan, France’s dynamic guitar and drums rock duo, THE INSPECTOR CLUZO, is officially out today in North America via Suicidal Tendencies’-run Suicidal Records, just ahead of the band’s stateside return to take part in SXSW 2015. [More…]

BEHEMOTH: Devil’s Conquistadors Out NOW Via Metal Blade Records; Loudwire Reveals New Book Excerpts + Co-Headlining Tour With Cannibal Corpse Rolls On – Metal Blade Records is very pleased to unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors to the masses. [More…]

KEEP OF KALESSIN: New Hymn From Norwegian Black Metal Faction Streaming At Cryptic Rock; Epistemology Out TODAY In North America Via Indie Recordings – Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America via Indie Recordings. [More…]

ULCERATE Announces Australasia MMXV Tour Dates – Cutting-edge death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has announced a run of Spring and early Summer tour dates throughout Australia and their native New Zealand. [More…]

MAESTUS: Blackened Doom Collective To Release Debut Full-Length Next Week; New Hymn Streaming At Cvlt Nation + Preorders Available – Pacific Northwestern blackened doom unit, MAESTUS, will unleash their debut full-length, Voir Dire, next week via a joint venture between Domestic Genocide Records and Glossolalia Records. [More…]

FULGORA: Full-Length From Grindcore/Death Unit Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index & Agoraphobic Nosebleed Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Preorders AvailableStratagem is the forthcoming, seven-track skull-crusher from grindcore/death perpetrators, FULGORA. [More…]

LIGHTNING BOLT: Long-Running Noise Duo Prepares For US Live Takeover; Fantasy Empire Release Day Draws Near – Long-running Rhode Island noise duo, LIGHTNING BOLT, will kick off a mammoth US tour this Spring. [More…]

JADED STAR: Greek Act Featuring Visions Of Atlantis And Iced Earth Alumni Leaks Details Of Sensory Records-Bound DebutJADED STAR, the dynamic Greece-based outfit featuring former members of Visions Of Atlantis, Iced Earth and many others, has divulged new details of their impending debut album, Memories From The Future, which is nearing April release via Sensory Records. [More…]

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver’s Doomiest To Kick Off US Tour; Additional Dates Confirmed – Denver doom duo, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will kick off their US live takeover next week. [More…]

PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour – New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. [More…]

WRATH OF VESUVIUS: West Coast Technical Death Outfit To Drop New Full-Length This June; Studio Footage/Track Sampler Revealed + US Tour To Kick Off Tomorrow – California technical death metal architects and recent Unique Leader signees, WRATH OF VESUVIUS, otherwise known as WRVTH, will release their third full-length this June. [More…]

ARTILLERY: Denmark Thrash Veterans Announce United Legions Tour 2015 – Denmark thrash metal veterans, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Spring. [More…]

ENABLERS: San Francisco Outfit Returns With Fifth Album Of Gripping Post-Post-Rock, The Rightful Pivot; European Tour Booked – San Francisco’s ENABLERS will release their fifth full-length album, The Rightful Pivot, this April with their longtime collaborators Exile On Mainstream handling the CD release in conjunction with Lancashire and Somerset handling the LP and Atypeek Music releasing the album digitally. [More…]

IRIS DIVINE Releases New Single From Sensory Records Debut; Exclusive Track Premiere And Gear Feature Live At PureGrainAudio – Northern Virginia’s progressive hard rock/metal trio, IRIS DIVINE, has released another new single from their impending debut full-length release, Karma Sown, which will hit the streets worldwide via Sensory Records on March 31st. [More…]

WHITECHAPEL Kicks Off Brotherhood Of The Blade Headlining Tour; “Let Me Burn” Video Unveiled – Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again tomorrow for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. [More…]

MINSK: Midwest Atmospheric Metal Conjurors Unveil New Tune; The Crash & The Draw To See Release In April – Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. [More…]

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

EARSPLIT ARTISTS ON TOUR:
ABSTRACTER - AEON - APEX FEST VI - ARMORED SAINT – ARTILLERY  - BEHEMOTH  - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – THE BODY – BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH -  CANCER BATS – CANNIBAL CORPSE  – CDC – CLASSHOLE - COWARDS - THE DRIP – DISCOURSE – DISGRACE – DORO -  DRAGONFORCE – THE DRIP – EARTH – ENABLERS –  ENSIFERUM –EYEHATEGOD – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – GNAW THEIR TONGUES – GOATSNAKE – GOATWHORE – HALSHUG – HOD – IDES OF GEMINI – IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT -  IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS - INANIMATE EXISTENCE - IN DEFENCE  -  JADED STAR – KING PARROT – LAGO – LIFELESS – LIGHTNING BOLT – LO-PAN – MAESTUS – NEUROSIS – OBLITERATIONS -  OCCULTATION – PISS VORTEX –  POISON IDEA -  POWER TRIP – POWERED WIG MACHINE – PRIMITIVE MAN - PRIMORDIAL – PYRRHON – REVOCATION – STOP BREATHING – SUBURBAN SCUM – SWEET COBRA – TAKEN BY THE SUN – THEOLOGIAN -  UFOMAMMUT – USNEA – VIOLENT REACTION – WHITECHAPPEL - WOLVHAMMER – WRVTH – YOB – ZEX

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MINSK: Midwest Atmospheric Metal Conjurors Unveil New Tune; The Crash & The Draw To See Release In April

February 28th, 2015

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought forth visionaries like Neurosis and Isis, with their latest opus, The Crash & The Draw, MINSK step out of the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of tuneful, trance-inducing heaviness.

Set to drop via Relapse Records this Spring, The Crash & The Draw follows the eclectic collective’s six-year hiatus and boasts eleven arresting psalms that transcend far beyond the boundaries of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia. An instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, each cascading movement is a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. At once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency.

Reflects co-founding member Timothy Mead (vocals, keyboards) of the recording: “So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal.  We knew in order to really move MINSK forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again.  This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results are unmistakably MINSK.”

Adds co-founder Christopher Bennett (guitars, vocals): “This new album will present inroads to some of the musical archetypes we initially discussed when starting this band, but ones we have not yet touched on in the macrocosmic sense. It embodies the furtherance and expansion of MINSK in ways desired in the past, but not realized until these songs began to show themselves to us.  The aggregate elements combining into a solid form.  We hope to reveal this process to any and all who have the ears to hear.”

“We are very pleased to finally be able to share an actual piece of the record,” Mead continues of “To The Garish Remembrance of Failure,” available for the first time today for public consumption. “As always with MINSK, it’s incredibly difficult to lift out one piece of the narrative and imply that it is fully representative of the whole, but I think that ‘To the Garish Remembrance of Failure’ is a fitting first taste, something succinct, and something that feels really good to turn up loud. The phrase alone, to the garish remembrance of failure, is exceptionally meaningful to us, and we are proud to share a first glimpse of some of what is ahead. Raise a glass, feel and know the vivid memory of what has gone wrong and what must change… to the garish remembrance of failure.”

Sample “To The Garish Remembrance of Failure” via YouTube HERE or SoundCloud HERE.

Recorded almost exclusively in The Prairie State, The Crash & The Draw was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and MINSK at Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City. Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria. The record includes the striking cover creation of Orion Landau (Yob, Inter Arma, Red Fang etc.), a reinterpretation of original artwork by contributing artist, Corinne Reid.

MINSK’s The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world and come available on CD, double LP and digitally. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.

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WHITECHAPEL TO Kick Off Brotherhood Of The Blade Headlining Tour Tomorrow; “Let Me Burn” Video Unveiled

February 27th, 2015

Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again tomorrow for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. The journey will take the Tennessee natives from Memphis through the Midwest and includes an appearance at Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, California March 7th alongside The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce The Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more. For tickets and information, visit selfhelpfest.com.

In conjunction with the tour’s kick off, WHITECHAPEL have unveiled a video for “Let Me Burn,” from their critically-lauded Our Endless War full-length issued last year via Metal Blade Records. For “Let Me Burn,” the band collaborated with director Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan et al) who brought the track’s lyrics to to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

WHITECHAPEL vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: “The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done.” Guitarist Alex Wade adds: “It’s our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we’re really happy with how it came out. Phil’s idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie’s directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well.”

Check out the video, currently hosted by Bloody Disgusting, at THIS LOCATION.

WHITECHAPEL:
2/28/2015 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/01/2015 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/02/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
3/03/2015 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/05/2015 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
3/07/2015 NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) – San Bernardino, CA
3/08/2015 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
3/09/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/10/2015 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
3/11/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2015 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR

WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records. Their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release to date, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. Check out videos for “Worship The Digital Age” and “Our Endless War” at youtube.com/metalbladerecords.

“…fantastic…definitely one of WHITECHAPEL’s best albums.” – Metal Injection

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IRIS DIVINE Releases New Single From Sensory Records Debut; Exclusive Track Premiere And Gear Feature Live At PureGrainAudio

February 27th, 2015
[photo by Robert Fortenberry]

Northern Virginia’s progressive hard rock/metal trio, IRIS DIVINE, has released another new single from their impending debut full-length release, Karma Sown, which will hit the streets worldwide via Sensory Records on March 31st. The opening track from Karma Sown, “The Everlasting Sea” thunders with almost six-and-a-half minutes of sonic enormity, displaying the outfit’s heavier metal influences as well as the more serene and beautiful elements of IRIS DIVINE’s vibrant sound. This new anthem is now available for streaming through an exclusive premiere at PureGrainAudio, who also just published a gear feature with bassist Brian Dobbs.

Explore the depths of “The Everlasting Sea” HERE and the extensive gear interview on IRIS DIVINE’s sound HERE, both courtesy of PureGrainAudio.

The band also previously released Karma Sown’s third track, “A Suicide Aware,” at THIS LOCATION.

Sensory Records will release Karma Sown worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st, 2015. Additional album details, audio teasers, preorder links and much more will be released over the coming weeks, including 2015 tour dates for IRIS DIVINE.

IRIS DIVINE Live:
5/03/2015 Empire – West Springfield, VA w/ Haken

With a brand of emotional, progressive hard rock/metal not quite like anything else out there, IRIS DIVINE is musically rooted in the raw energy and rhythmic interplay of Rush and King’s X. Fans of dark, guitar-driven rock bands from Alice In Chains, Deftones to the contemporary metal riffing of Lamb of God and Pantera will connect to the heavy core of the band’s modern sound. Add to that progressive complexity and moody synths inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, and a liberal dose of memorable hooks and melodies, to understand some elements of the band’s sound. And yet, the band has a distinct identity, not quite sounding like any of the aforementioned bands, and with an emotional urgency that pulls subtly from alternative and other influences. Embodied by vocalist/guitarist Navid Rashid, drummer/programmer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs, IRIS DIVINE’s glorious debut full-length, Karma Sown, is a triumph of a debut album, immediate and memorable but revealing layers and depth upon repeated listens. The record was produced by IRIS DIVINE, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay.

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ENABLERS: San Francisco Outfit Returns With Fifth Album Of Gripping Post-Post-Rock, The Rightful Pivot; European Tour Booked

February 27th, 2015

San Francisco’s ENABLERS will release their fifth full-length album, The Rightful Pivot, this April with their longtime collaborators Exile On Mainstream handling the CD release in conjunction with Lancashire and Somerset handling the LP and Atypeek Music releasing the album digitally. Formed in 2002, ENABLERS’ subsequent four LPs and two EPs have all achieved a certifiable non-compliance with standard approaches to “spoken word” music, and their latest proves to be a further development in the band’s powerful sense for difference and absolute indifference to classification. The Rightful Pivot will come as a treat to explorers of unique expression.

Since the 2004 release of their first LP, End Note (Neurot Recordings), ENABLERS has established a new direction in spoken word music. The prose and poetry of Pete Simonelli (published poet, writer, and audiobook narrator) is intricately woven into the dynamic interplay of guitarists Joe Goldring (former Swans, Toiling Midgets, Touched By A Janitor) and Kevin Thomson (former Nice Strong Arm, Timco, Touched By A Janitor), and is punctuated by drummer Sam Ospovat (PIKI, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, William Winant). Musically, the compositions range from melodic minimalism to heavy, rhythmically challenging thickets of sound. Following End Note was Output Negative Space (Neurot Recordings) and Tundra (Exile on Mainstream) as well as two EP’s featuring extended improvisations (The Achievement on Awesome Vistas and Now You Can Answer My Prayers on Lancashire and Somerset). With an almost entirely DIY approach to touring and intense live performances, the band continually pleases fans in the underground of the European continent and the UK, and have earned merit as a consistently visible band, always on the road. Their last release, Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile On Mainstream and Lancashire and Somerset Dance Society), found ENABLERS evolving even more. The record’s textural and evocative sound realized a new direction while maintaining the distinct elements of musicianship and imagination that made the previous releases so engaging.

And now ENABLERS return with The Rightful Pivot – an album incorporating their several stages, stops and progressions of a stunning career. Recalling some of the early days in rough and direct approaches without sacrificing any of the maturity of songwriting inherent to its predecessors, The Rightful Pivot comes across like brackets around what the band was, is, and will eventually become. The album was recorded and mixed by Desmond Shea and Joe Goldring at Coast Recorders S.F. and mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose Berlin.

The Rightful Pivot will see official release on April 10th. Check out the trailer for the album HERE.


The Rightful Pivot Track Listing:
1. Went Right
2. She Calls After You
3. The Percentages
4. Look
5. Solo
6. Good Shit
7. West Virginia
8. Enopolis

ENABLERS will be touring Europe once again starting in early March, with a more than month-long trek taking them through early April. Additional live dates will be added and announced in the coming days.

ENABLERS Tour Dates:
3/02/2015 Chaff – Brussels, BE
3/03/2015 La Zone – Liege, BE
3/04/2015 Le Petit Bain – Paris, FR
3/05/2015 Periscope – Lyon, FR
3/06/2015 Black Sheep – Montpellier, FR
3/07/2015 Les Pavillons Sauvages - Toulouse, FR
3/08/2015 Satellite T – Bilbao, SP
3/10/2015 Lata de Zinc - Oviedo, SP
3/11/2015 Club Vila Real - Villa Real, SP
3/12/2015 Musicbox – Lisbon, SP
3/13/2015 The New Rio Pincon Sound - Don Benito, SP
3/14/2015 La Faena – Madrid, SP
3/15/2015 Centro Cultural Las Armas - Zaragoza, SP
3/16/2015 Lupita Del Raval – Barcelona, SP
3/18/2015 L’embobineuse – Marseilles, FR
3/19/2015 Teatro Della Maddalena - Genova, IT
3/20/2015 Circolo Agora – Milan, IT
3/21/2015 Freakout – Bologna, IT
3/22/2015 Stadtwerkstadt – Linz, AU
3/24/2015 007 – Prague, CZ
3/25/2015 Klub Re – Krakow, PL
3/26/2015 Dwa Osiem – Warsaw, PL
3/27/2015 Ut Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
3/28/2015 Shockoladen – Berlin, DE
3/29/2015 Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
3/31/2015 The Joker – Brighton, UK
4/01/2015 The Cube – Bristol, UK
4/02/2015 Gullivers – Manchester, UK
4/03/2015 The Maze – Nottingham, UK
4/04/2015 Electrowerkz - London, UK
4/05/2015 Ramsgate Music Hall - Kent, UK

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ARTILLERY: Denmark Thrash Veterans Announce United Legions Tour 2015

February 27th, 2015

Denmark thrash metal veterans, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Spring. Set to initiate on April 9th in San Jose, the United Legions Tour will weave its way through seventeen cities before wrapping up on April 27th in Salt Lake City. ARTILLERY will be joined by Striker, VX36, Potential Threat and Dahlmers Realm.

Comments the band: “It’s with a great pleasure that ARTILLERY are returning to the United States, this time as a headliner for the United Legions tour together with Striker and VX36. We cannot wait to play songs from Legions together with our old songs from Terror Squad, Khomaniac and more! Come and join the Legions!”

ARTILLERY w/ Striker, VX36, Potential Threat, Dahlmers Realm:
4/09/2015 Rock Bar Theatre – San Jose, CA
4/10/2015 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
4/11/2015 The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ
4/12/2015 Blue Max – Midland, TX
4/13/2015 The Three Links – Deep Ellum, TX
4/14/2015 The Dirty Dog – Bar Austin, TX
4/15/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/16/2015 Siberia- New Orleans, LA
4/17/2015 West End Live – Orlando, FL
4/19/2015 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/21/2015 The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
4/22/2015 The Syndicate Venue – Birmingham, AL
4/23/2015 Good Time Charlie’s – Tupelo, MS
4/24/2015 The Metal Grille RK NYDM Spring Bash 2015 – Cudahy, WI
4/25/2015 Vaudeville Mews Des – Moines, IA
4/26/2015 Bushwacker’s Saloon – Denver, CO
4/27/2015 The Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT

ARTILLERY is one of Europe’s earliest and most important exponents of thrash metal, and the band’s contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights. Listen to music and watch videos from latest offering, Legions, now at metalblade.com/artillery.

ARTILLERY formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Since then the band has gone through numerous lineup shifts and gave released six studio offerings. The first period of ARTILLERY’s existence gave the world the three classic albums – Fear Of Tomorrow, Terror Squad and By Inheritance — featuring some of the finest moments of thrash metal Europe has ever put out.

ARTILLERY are doing what they were surely born to do, namely hurling impressively intricate, ridiculously tight thrash anthems from every direction, they are still unstoppable.” — Terrorizer Magazine

“…one of the best thrash metal albums this year…” — Iron Fist Magazine

“The songwriting talent on display is formidable, and all the instruments turn potentially routine passages into extra appendages that work always in the band’s favor.” — MetalSucks.net

“…this new album proves that they’re still fighting on, with no end to the war for thrash metal in sight.” –NewNoiseMagazine.com

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THE COMPOUND & EARSPLIT DISTRO Update: GODHUNTER And AMIGO THE DEVIL, LAE, WINO & CONNY OCHS & More

February 25th, 2015

THE EARSPLIT COMPOUND continues to infiltrate the populous with quality non-mainstream music through its three subdivided branches of public propaganda — EARSPLIT PR, THE COMPOUND RECS, and EARSPLIT DISTRO – and here declares the latest actions on behalf of its label and mailorder sects for the first quarter of 2015. THE COMPOUND RECS methodically plots the deployment of new works from across the musical underworld through cult label sub-faction, THE COMPOUND RECS, including the new collaboration from GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL, the impending vinyl version of Break The Clasp from LAE, and much more. New and exclusive wares are also now available through EARSPLIT DISTRO, including preorders for the second collaborative LP from WINO & CONNY OCHS, as the only US outlet to purchase the vinyl edition of the album.

Out as of Valentine’s Day is the new collaborative release from political sludge faction, GODHUNTER, and banjo-attacking murderfolk soloist, AMIGO THE DEVIL, a succinct but imposing two-song release capturing both bands in an entirely new approach. GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL PRESENTS: The Outer Dark leads off with a barren hymn, “Weeping Willow,” wrought with both beauty and sadness, ill-omened from the start. The video for the track, created by Frank Huang (Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit), was recently premiered at popular rock underworld portal, The Obelisk RIGHT HERE. On the B-Side, a stark rendition of Nirvana’s iconic ballad, “Something In The Way” pays homage to the already bleak anthem, painted with the foreboding, southwestern Americana vibe of the collaboration, which was released in conjunction with GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records. Stream the entire 7” HERE.

Following its CD and digital release in November, Break The Clasp, from Montreal-based post-rock/hardcore outfit LAE — featuring lead vocalist Steve Austin from Today Is The Day — is now being constructed in its prime, intended format, with the vinyl edition now in the production process. With nearly fifty-three minutes of unearthly, heartbreaking, psychedelic audio artistry delivered in four segments — Life, Hope, Love, Death — fans of Three Mile Pilot, Pink Floyd, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac, early Today Is The Day and more will be instantly hooked. Having restructured their original lineup and works forged in the Y2K era as LAE-TSU, this dynamic five-piece invited Steve Austin to produce the album, which landed him a seat as the band’s new lead vocalist. Recording in founding member Marc Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, accordion and more to capture their debut full-length, Break The Clasp was captured on an arsenal of vintage analog equipment, mastered at Austin Enterprises and bearing artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label). Break The Clasp is out now on all digital platforms as well as eco-friendly, 6-panel, spot-varnish digipak CD, and a massive 180-gram gatefold double-LP will be available this late Spring/early Summer. Two videos for the album are also in construction. Stream Break The Clasp in its entirety and order the CD/digital RIGHT HERE. Vinyl preorders coming mid-March.

And as the anxiously anticipated second collaborative LP from American doom metal legend and solo artist, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and iconic German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, entitled Freedom Conspiracy nears late March release via Germany’s Exile On Mainstream, EARSPLIT DISTRO has just posted preorder links to both the CD and LP version. Not only is our depot the ONLY outlet in the US from which to order the vinyl version, but the first fifteen preorders of the LP will also receive a FREE copy of CONNY OCHSSuiciety 7”, with two new songs and an outtake from the Raw Love Songs sessions, initially released to accompany Ochs’ November tour in November 2014 European tour with labelmates, Kristian Harting and Friedemann, limited to 300 copies worldwide. Recorded at Kabumm Studio with producer Thommy Krawallo, as was their Heavy Kingdom LP, the newest collection of ambitious, harrowing and beautiful music created by WINO & CONNY OCHS not only brings forth the same quality of organically conceived folk/rock fans of the previous album should expect, it simply excels in every imaginable aspect. Freedom Conspiracy’s approach is slightly different from Heavy Kingdom as it has been created in a much more organic way with rudimentary ideas brought in by each and then carved into songs by both together. Fusing acoustic and electric guitars and with both artists’ standout vocal styles searing through these thirteen well-crafted brand new hymns, the album delivers forty-five minutes of some of the most refined, dynamic and unforgettable folk/rock music in years. Fans of Woodie Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Scott Kelly, Mike Scheidt and the like should make sure this duo is on your radar. Imported from Germany, the LP version of Freedom Conspiracy is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl in a reverse board sleeve with thermographic print and an extensive booklet, the CD packaged in a mini-gatefold with booklet and matt laminate varnish. Preorders can be placed in the US right HERE and internationally via Exile On Mainstream HERE.

Since the release of ENABLER’s Flies CDEP on Samhain 2013, EARSPLIT’s DIY label division, THE COMPOUND, has been responsible for GODHUNTER’s City Of Dust album and split GH/0ST:S LP with SECRETS OF THE SKY, COP PROBLEM’s Buried Beneath White Noise 7”, ENABLER’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde sophomore album (now released through Century Media for Europe), DIE CHOKING’s self-titled debut 7” and II follow-up 7”, the magnificent Break The Clasp debut album from LAE, featuring Steve Austin of Today Is The Day on lead vocals, and the recent collaborative GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL 7”. Updates on future releases and endeavors are being prepped for broadcast in the coming days.

Also stay frosty with updates from EARSPLIT DISTRO as new stock from our cohorts at Eolian Empire, 20 Buck Spin, Supernatural Cat, Selfmadegod, Battleground Records, Indisiplinarian, Exile On Mainstream and more, with new titles from Ufomammut, Rabbits, Encoffination, Treedeon, Secret Cutter, Graves At Sea, Big Black Cloud, Deivos and tons more now joining the hundreds of other releases in our arsenal. Free stickers, pins mags or other random swag included in every order. We’ve also got an Ebay store HERE.

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WRATH OF VESUVIUS: West Coast Technical Death Outfit To Drop New Full-Length This June; Studio Footage/Track Sampler Revealed + US Tour To Kick Off Tomorrow

February 25th, 2015

California technical death metal architects and recent Unique Leader signees, WRATH OF VESUVIUS, otherwise known as WRVTH, will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares from Bay Area jazz group “Atta Kid” on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of transcendental death metal. Elaborates the band, “We get a lot of inspiration from the experience of just being in a band. All the conflicts and resolutions throughout the years have all molded the way we approach our songs. We’ve always been the type of musicians that take the next step to further our skill but collectively and as an entity we strive to convey the jaded sense of growing older into our music. Like Revelation, there is a melodic and lyrical progression that all leads up to cathartic resolution. It takes you on a journey of emotional high points ranging from the good, bad and unforgiveable.”

Check out studio footage as well as a track sampler below.

WRVTH Track Listing:
1. Harrowing Winds
2. Malaise
3. Looming Sigils
4. Ongoing Dissension
5. Endless Haze
6. Lured By Knaves
7. Forlorn
8. Larkspur
9. Amber Glow
10. Into Bloom
11. Cease To Exist

As a precursor to the record’s release, WRVTH will crumble stages alongside tech death behemoths/labelmates Inanimate Existence on a two-plus week takeover. The Enter Into Atonement Tour 2015 is scheduled for liftoff tomorrow, February 26th in Stockton, California and will pillage eighteen cities with additional onstage demolitions in their plotting stages.

WRVTH w/ Inanimate Existence:
2/26/2015 The 207 – Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop – Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead – Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon – Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern – Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On The Y – Sacramento, CA

Established in 2007, WRVTH self-financed their 2009 A World In Peril EP followed by their 2010 debut long player Portals Through Ophiuchus before piquing the interest of Mediaskare Records who released sophomore rager, Revelation, in 2013. Following two years of maniacal tour schedules, personnel shifts, and a wholly matured approach to their sound, WRATH OF VESUVIUS will drop their self-titled third offering this Spring.

WRVTH will be released on June 16th, 2015. Music and preorders packages to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

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PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour

February 25th, 2015

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. Featuring support from French grinders Department Of Correction, the trek will commence on April 10th in Paris, France and runs through April 25th in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

The band will be touring in support of their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut, The Mother Of Virtues. Released in early 2014, PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues take its listeners on a traumatic sonic voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity with a mind-altering synthesis of clanging death, dark jazz rhythms, twisted storytelling and subtle shades of otherworldly psychedelia. Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls the record, “delightfully off-kilter and forever twisting,” Pitchfork dubs it, “…interesting and audacious…” while Noisey elaborates, “NYC’s PYRRHON sits alone in the fold between a pair of local giants, Unsane and Suffocation. The band clearly leans on its nerdier than thou technical death metal approach to provide the backbone of what they do, but for some of the breakdowns and parts that surround the fretboard wizardry is a devotion to the noisy, misanthropy found on records by Today Is The Day and most of the early Am-Rep roster. It’s a mix of intelligent hatred that could only come from the five boroughs…”

PYRRHON also recently unveiled an official music video for the track “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and can be viewed HERE.

PYRRHON w/ Department Of Correction:
4/10/2015 Cirque Electrique – Paris, FR
4/11/2015 TBA – Poitiers, FR
4/12/2015 Canadian Café – Tours, FR
4/13/2015 Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
4/14/2015 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
4/15/2015 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR
4/16/2015 L’Assomoir – Saint Etienne, FR
4/17/2015 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, FR
4/18/2015 Caffette – Bern, CH
4/19/2015 Epplehaus – Tubingen, DE
4/20/2015 Péniche Inside Out – Liege, BE
4/21/2015 Unicorn – London, UK
4/22/2015 Temples of Boom – Leeds, UK
4/23/2015 Northumberland Arms – Newcastle, UK
4/24/2015 Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
4/25/2015 Tiki Pub – Plymouth, UK

Stream The Mother Of Virtues in full via BandCamp HERE and pick up the album via Relapse HERE and iTunes HERE.



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IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Denver’s Doomiest To Kick Off US Tour Next Week; Additional Dates Confirmed

February 25th, 2015

Denver doom duo, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will kick off their US live takeover next week. Set to embark on March 6th in Salt Lake City with additional dates added since the initial announcement, the band will bring their lead-footed tidings to fourteen cities down the West Coast and into the Southwest, with the tour coming to a halt on March 21st in Wichita. IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will be joined a host of ear-bleeders throughout the journey including Top Dead Celebrity, Ladybird, Gale and more. Comments the band, “Let the waves of fuzz roll over you, empty your mind, and worship at the throne of Ohms.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will be scouring ears with hymns from their Merging In Light EP, unleashed at the close of 2014. Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light boasts over twenty chest-heaving minutes of bottom-heavy, riff-sodden, fuzzed out cheerlessness. The Sludgelord champions the offering calling it, “perfect and depressing in its sound… a thunderous and downtuned beast. How this duo can make such a thunderous, epic, filthy, sludgy sound is bewildering.” Echoes And Dust crowns IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, “…one of the most exciting bands around in the doom genre,” furthering of the EP, “ It’s a no frills affair with one eye on the old school and the other on a more contemporary affair and given time surely they must reap the dividends.” No Clean Singing elaborates, “The music is tank-like in the roll of its mechanics, the guitar and bass chords so distorted and sludgy that it seems like an experiment in the most efficient means of sonic spinal compression, the drum strikes so powerful that they come down like a pile-driver on concrete. The effect is near-cataclysmic. But oh man, the groove is so dominant — these are neck-grabbing songs that will bend your head up and down to their will,” while Heathen Harvest adds, “IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS have, yet again, succeeded in crafting a collection of tunes that are malicious and ugly, while still possessing an irrefutable catchiness. While the band seems to be embracing and exploiting their time in the studio for the occasional overdub or sound effect, it should be noted that they are not doing so at the expense of their live sound. Merging In Light is easily one of the year’s best… Perhaps not as spacey or as sprawling as Yob, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS channels the same degree of unbridled anger, but without the occasional glimpse of hope or transcendence that is often intimated by Mike Scheidt and co.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS:
3/06/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Oxcross, Top Dead Celebrity
3/07/2015 Crazy Horse – Boise, ID w/ Oxcross, Top Dead Celebrity, Swamp Shrine
3/09/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ UN, Breag Naofa
3/10/2015 Tonic Lounge  – Portland, OR / Burials, Satanarchist, Dispossessed
3/11/2015 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA w/ Devoid
3/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA /Teeth
3/13/2015 The First Universalist Church Of San Diego – San Diego, CA w/ Old Man Wizard, Garth Algar, Deep Sea Thunder Beast
3/14/2015 51 West – Phoenix, AZ w/ Twin Giant, Ladybird, Gale
3/15/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ End to End, Iceolus, Echoes Of Fallen
3/17/2015 Billiards Back Room – Abilene, TX w/ Adrenal Asphyxia
3/18/2015 The Badlands – Austin, TX w/ Mountain Of Smoke, Destroyer of Light + more for the Austin Heavy Music Vol.2 Showcase
3/19/2015 The Double Wide – Dallas, TX w/ Terminator 2, The Spectacle
3/20/2015 The Blue Note  – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Idre
3/21/2015 The Crows Nest – Wichita, KS w/ The Serpent Overlord, Idre

Featuring artwork by renowned illustrator Sam Turner, (Sleep, Speedwolf et al) the EP was released independently on limited 12″ colored vinyl and is currently available via the IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS BandCamp page HERE.

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