WORMWOOD: Debut Album From Original Doomriders Members Nears October Release Via Magic Bullet

September 24th, 2014

Magic Bullet Records will deliver one of the most corrosive sludge/doom releases of the year with the somewhat unexpected self-titled debut and incurably bleak and sinister awakening and introduction to the world of Boston’s newest heavy music titan, WORMWOOD.

In 2005, band members Chris Pupecki and Chris Bevilacqua represented one half of the progenitors of Black Thunder, the debut album from Northeast perennials, Doomriders. Pupecki played guitars and Bevilacqua handled drums. Nine years later, the duo have come back together to unleash a sound and a vision much, much farther out on the plains of annihilation than either had gone prior. Recorded 100% analog by Alex Garcia, you will simply not be hearing the sounds of Wormwood on Apple commercials, in romantic comedies, or overhead while walking through the mall. Song titles and lyrics like “Hollow Black Eyes” and “I’d Rather Die” obviously convey a very specific worldview and outlook. The sonic attack is harsh, the vocals are unapologetically negative, and it’s all destructively perfect as the needle digs in across the vinyl expanse of this stunning debut. If albums from Winter, Warhorse, -16-, Old Man Gloom and Graves At Sea frequent your habitual deafening, WORMWOOD should be next in line.

In the straight world, “wormwood” often describes a state (or even source, when describing the woody shrub of the same name) of bitterness and grief. In the metal underground, and with the release of Wormwood, the concept is about to be cemented many times over. Time will mend our bones but never heal our souls.

Wormwood will see worldwide release through Magic Bullet on digital and LP — the first pressing on smoke, black and red variations — on October 14th, 2014. Additionally, a CD run including a limited woven patch will be released by Patac Records, and a super limited run of cassettes will be released on Negative Fun Records. Stand by for audio from the album, preorders and other news to be issued in the coming days.

Wormwood Track Listing:
1. Hollow Black Eyes
2. Indoctrination
3. I’d Rather Die
4. White Plague
5. Reprise


ROSES NEVER FADE: Dark Neofolk Trio Releases Second Full-Length Via Belgium’s Neuropa Records

September 24th, 2014

ROSES NEVER FADE returns to Belgium’s Neuropa Records with their long-awaited second full-length entitled Devil Dust.

Featuring Ancient VVisdom’s Nathan Opposition, The Way To Light’s Austin Rathmell and Pale Creation’s Nick Fiction, Devil Dust was penned over a two year span at several studios with its trio of members residing in various parts of the US. Mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall, Satyricon et al) at PLX Mastering in New York City, ROSES NEVER FADE’s Devil Dust is a near forty-minute journey of dark, brooding, acoustic-based, neolfolkian textured melancholy marked by its lushly layered, enveloping guitars and stark, chilling lyrical imagery. A fitting audio journey for fans of Agalloch, Death In June, Joy Division, and Tom Waits.

Devil Dust Track Listing:
1. To Valleys And Shadows
2. Vanishing Twilight
3. Every Heart That Will Break
4. Staring At The Sun
5. Hope Has Left Today
6. Incandescent Dreams
7. With Each Passing Wave
8. Your Life To Take
9. In Her Arms
10. Devil Dust

ROSES NEVER FADE was initially forged by Integrity’s Dwid Hellion, Vegas’s Thorsten Wilhelm, Black Marsh’s Matt Shack and Pale Creation’s Nick Brewer (aka Nick Fiction) with the intent to produce emotive, sad, and stripped down acoustic-based passages. Their debut came in the form of 2006’s Fade To Black. Featuring ten sorrowful hymns of lush acoustic guitars, swelling creepy tones and haunting vocals, Fade To Black has since become a cult classic with other formats surfacing since its original release. The offering was eventually repressed on CD by Neuropa Records, consequently becoming ROSES NEVER FADE’s official label home. Various incarnations of ROSES NEVER FADE developed and redeveloped with its final cast featuring Fiction alongside Nathan Opposition and Austin Rathmell.

Devil Dust is available via Neuropa Records at THIS LOCATION. Further ROSES NEVER FADE news to be unveiled in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.


EXCEL: California Hardcore/Thrash Crossover Crew Launches Official Store; Preview Tracks For Southern Lord Reissue Of Split Image Playing

September 24th, 2014

Next week, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover band, EXCEL, will reissue their debut album Split Image via Southern Lord, and to mark the occasion, an official online store has been launched, and several tracks from the remastered classic album are now streaming.

Originally released through Suicidal and Caroline records and produced by Randy Burns (Death, Possessed, Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies), EXCEL’s Split Image is widely regarded as a classic album. This Southern Lord reissue has been remastered by Brad Boatright (Bl’ast!, Sleep, Obituary, Black Breath) and comes with a massive amount of bonus material including the Welcome to Venice comp tracks, Personal Onslaught DemoRefuse to Quit Demo). The LP Includes a 32 page 7”X7” booklet with tons of photos from the era and a 11” x 17” poster of the original Michael Seiff album cover artwork. The CD contains bonus demo material (Personal OnslaughtRefuse to Quit Demos), the booklet containing many rare and previously unreleased photos. A crucial documentation of an essential crossover band.

Check out the official EXCEL store with multiple package options HERE and preview three of the remastered tracks from Split Image HERE.

Having formed in 1984, EXCEL released three studio albums as well as a number of demos and singles.  Equally informed by punk rock’s attitude and heavy metal’s riffs, the band’s fast, grinding sounds, combined with their intelligent lyrics, set them apart as a genre defining band of the era. The current lineup — Dan Clements on vocals, Shaun Ross on bass, Mike Cosgrove on drums and Alex Barreto (Chain Of Strength) on guitar — will play the Southern Lord Recordings showcase on October 15th in Los Angeles with Goatsnake, Xibalba, Obliterations, Baptists and Torch Runner, and their first South American appearance on October 25th at the Clash Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Maybe there is life in Venice, CA, that doesn’t involve the beach; iron pumpers and Suicidal Tendencies, since that’s all you seem to hear about. Yes? Of course, there is always EXCEL! Their demos were major impression sessions and now with the release of their first album “Split Image”, the direction of EXCEL is officially exposed. Combining a rabble-rousing attack of metal with deep hardcore roots, the outcome is thick and heavy with sudden excursions into the rapids. b is definitely brick material, hard and sturdy. Not suffering from snare core, they advance with sonic power and creep forth with an awesome fatness.“ - Pushead – Thrasher Magazine #2, 1988


CANNIBAL CORPSE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed + Official Video For “Kill Or Become” Unveiled

September 24th, 2014

A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Additionally, A Skeletal Domain ranked in at #3 on the Hard Music chart, #5 on the Independent chart, #7 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #21 on the Physical Albums chart, #31 on the Top Current Albums chart, #59 on the Digital Albums chart and #4 on iTunes Metal! In Canada, the record also broke CANNIBAL CORPSE’s previous charting records landing at #21 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #4 on the Hard Music chart, #58 on Digital chart, #39 on iTunes’ Top 200, #5 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a flooring #2 on iTunes’ Metal chart! The band pummeled in Germany as well with A Skeletal Domain rivaling all the band’s prior positions peaking at #21 on the Top 100 Albums chart, #21 on the Media Control charts and position #19 on the Media Market charts. Elsewhere, the record debuted at #21 on the UK Rock/Metal charts, #39 on the UK Independent Albums charts, #28 in Austria and #50 in Switzerland.

A Skeletal Domain marks CANNIBAL CORPSE’s thirteenth studio album. Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, the record boasts twelve ravenous tracks of confrontational, meticulously-executed, ill-omened brutality as only CANNIBAL CORPSE can deliver.

In related A Skeletal Domain news, today CANNIBAL CORPSE is pleased to unveil the official new video for third cut of depravity, “Kill Or Become.” Shot at Kelly’s Hideaway in Seffner, Florida and directed by critically-lauded videographer David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (Goatwhore, Hellyeah, Whitechapel, Municipal Waste et al), the zombie-strewn, nightmarishly awesome clip fluctuates from color and black and white and offers up a delicious visual inundation of blood, guts and gastric fluids.

Check it out at http://www.metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse. And don’t forget your chainsaw!

A Skeletal Domain is out NOW via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION and check out the band’s newly launched website at http://www.cannibalcorpse.net!

“‘Vector Of Cruelty’ is a masterful combination of coruscating mid-pace burl and quirky thrash, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ pushes boundaries in the fields of lead work and atonality, while ‘Kill Or Become’ has a sizzling, infectious quality and the potential to be a set closer should they ever quit it with ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’… the point is, there’s material on lucky number thirteen that stands up to the classics.” – Decibel

A Skeletal Domain proves why CANNIBAL CORPSE are still such an integral part of the metal world.” – Loudiwre

“…an absolute must have for any lover of anything brutal…” – Metal Injection

“…one of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s most absorbing records in years.” – The Guardian

CANNIBAL CORPSE have pushed the technicality of their songs without forgetting the brutality or speed that fans have come to expect…with A Skeletal Domain there is even more of a reason for people to give CANNIBAL CORPSE a listen.” – Sputnik Music

“..it’s impressive that a group approaching its third decade can still bring the noise… and songs like the muscular title cut, the frenetic ‘Icepick Lobotomy,’ and the lurching and doomy ‘Kill Or Become’ deliver their dark wares with the subtlety of a morning star to the head.” – All Music

“[CANNIBAL CORPSE] fucking rule their fucking roost with talons of fucking steel.” – MetalSucks


USNEA: Sophomore LP From Portland Doom Quartet Nears November Release Through Relapse Records; New Track Streaming

September 24th, 2014

Having signed Portland, Oregon based funeral doom/death quartet, UNSEA, earlier this year, Relapse Records is now preparing the band’s monstrous sophomore LP for descent onto the population in mid-November.

Formed in 2011, perpetuating a severely crushing style of black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, with a majestic epic quality to their movements, USNEA quickly caught the attention of those who seek the most crushing and demoralizing bands of the genre, bringing to mind Disembowelment, Indian, Mournful Congregation, Pallbearer, Lycus, Thou and Loss. Through merely a self-titled, two-track on Orca Wolf Records at the beginning of 2013, and a split 7” with Ruins through Halo Of Flies in mid-2014 in their short but bountiful lifespan thus far, USNEA has amassed a plethora of incredible media coverage and devotee support, leaving countless fans awaiting the next major step for the band.

Today, USNEA unveils the full details of their awaited second full-length LP, which now comes as their debut for Relapse Records, a four-song sonic masterpiece, entitled Random Cosmic Violence. Blending the sounds of the doom forefathers like Disembowelment and My Dying Bride with the gritty sludge of High On Fire, USNEA has created a classic of the new millennium. Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), the artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau.

Relapse has issued a single from Random Cosmic Violence, releasing the second track “Healing Through Death” via SoundCloud HERE and YouTube HERE.

Pulsating with tribal intensity, Random Cosmic Violence is one of those rare records which elevates itself above the boundaries that its genre typically self-imposes. Yes, this is a mighty heavy piece of sludge-laden funeral doom, but the musicality and songcraft exhibited throughout the entirety of Random Cosmic Violence immediately place USNEA not just at the forefront of the blossoming American doom scene, but at the tops of heavy music altogether.

Now set for release on CD, digital and both colored/limited and standard black 2xLP on November 7th in Germany/Benelux/Finland and November 10th in North America and the rest of the world, preorders for Random Cosmic Violence can be placed on physical versions HERE and digital HERE.

Stand by for additional news and audio from Random Cosmic Violence as well as new tour dates from USNEA in the days ahead.

Random Cosmic Violence Track Listing:
1. Lying in Ruin
2. Healing Through Death
3. Random Cosmic Violence
4. Detritus

10/04/2014 Scowling House – Portland, OR w/ Negative Standards
11/10/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Muscle and Marrow


ENABLER Signs With Century Media; La Fin Absolue Du Monde To Get Official European Issue

September 24th, 2014

Following the initial release of ENABLER’s acclaimed second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde — which hit the streets in May via an alliance between The Compound and Creator-Destructor — the album will now see an official European release through Century Media, as the band has officially signed with the label.

Issued ENABLER’s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeffrey Lohrber of the union with Century Media: “I couldn’t be happier for all of this to come together. We’ve had a lot of good people working behind us for years, friends who have lived through the blood, sweat, and tears with myself and the multitude of extremely talented musicians who have shared the stage playing in ENABLER. Myself and the musicians who share this with me are going to take this to the next level. The best is yet to come.”

We at The Earsplit Compound are stoked to see our close allies in ENABLER get hooked up with an amazing worldwide deal with a label like Century Media and can’t wait to see them remove many faces live and on record through the New Year.

While European fans await the Century Media reissue of the album, those based in North America can order La Fin Absolue Du Monde now, the first pressing of the LP version from The Compound available on black/white/Orange Crush splatter, limited to 250 copies, in a wide-spine, uncoated jacket with a digital download code included, the CD housed in a high-quality, six-panel digipak. Additionally, The Compound released ENABLER’s previous Flies EP, which is also still available on digipak CD (for a mere $5) and on limited import 12” LP courtesy of a licensing deal with London’s Holy Roar Records. Order all physical versions of both releases HERE.

Watch ENABLER’s “Close My Eyes” video via Metal Injection AT THIS LOCATION.


DYSTOPIA: Human=Garbage Debut From Legendary Sludge/Crust Unit Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Twenty-Year Anniversary Reissue To Drop Later This Month Via Tankcrimes

September 23rd, 2014

With the official reissue of the iconic Human=Garbage debut full-length from legendary West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, DYSTOPIA, just a few weeks away, today Cvlt Nation offers up the record in its filth-ridden entirety.

Initially released in 1994 as a five-track LP on the band’s own Life Is Abuse and Misanthropic Records, then followed in CD format as a twelve-track brutalizer with help from Common Cause in Germany, DYSTOPIA existed as a four piece with Mindrot’s Dan Kaufman on lead vocals, their doom-laden, metal-tinged, down-tuned punk and “love earth-hate people” credo reaping instant adoration from the Orange County underground upon forming. The pure, unadulterated anger and misery that pervades this record places it among the most alarming, depressing and plainly misanthropic offerings in creation.

Cvlt Nation looks back, “When humans are fed lies, and are forced to think that corruption is the way of the land, some will rebel. Revolutionary beings have been on this planet since the beginning of time, and the early ‘90s was no different. Many punks from my era thought that the scene stopped with us, but the oppression of humanity did not stop in the ‘80s, nor did the music that spoke out against it. One band in the ‘90s that took the spirit of Cali peace punk to another level was DYSTOPIA. This band took the blues of doom, the filth of crust and the aggro energy of punk and ended up creating their own sound that still kills to this day. You know a band is classic when their lyrics act as a crystal ball into the past, present and future. This is just the case with DYSTOPIA – everything that they sang about is coming to pass…”

Witness Human=Garbage in all its cynical glory courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

Included on the Tankcrimes edition are tracks from the band’s 1993 splits with Grief and Embittered as well as one additional tune only previously released on the CD collection. Visually, DYSTOPIA took influence from both anarcho-punk collage art and graffiti culture, blending images of societal decay, inner turmoil and humanity’s destruction of the planet to create a style that goes hand in hand with the music. The Human=Garbage 2014 version includes a sixteen-page lyric booklet, the imagery proving indispensable alongside these twelve tracks.

Set for official unveiling on October 14th, 2014, the Tankcrimes reissue comes packaged as a double LP on clear vinyl with the aforementioned 7” x 7″ sized booklet as well as a download card for the digitally astute. The release will come available on CD as well.

Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

“…a crust-metal classic… the kind of record you don’t want your parents to know you own, lest they send you in for counseling. Truly a sickening, painful, brutal album to listen to, but it is definitely an ‘emotional safety valve.’ Not something to listen to when you’re in a good mood, but if you feel like beatin’ the shit out of everyone you see (or worse) consider putting Human = Garbage on.” – Punk News


FUZZ EVIL & CHIEFS Split 7-Inch EP To See October Release Via Battleground Records

September 23rd, 2014

The Battleground Records roster continues to rapidly expand, with another new release on the horizon for October, in the form of a split 7” from FUZZ EVIL and CHIEFS.

On the A-side, the FUZZ EVIL trio delivers a nearly five-and-a-half minute, solid, groove-laden, heavy psych rock track, “Glitterbones.” Hailing from Sierra Vista, Arizona, the band is comprised of Wayne and Joey Rudell of Powered Wig Machine on vocals/guitar and vocals/bass, respectively, and drummer Marlin Tuttle. Flip to the B-side, and the more than five-and-a-half minute big time jam of CHIEFS’ fiery “Stone Bull” lets loose. The California-based outfit, on this recording consisting of Paul Valle on vocals/guitar and Stephen Varns on drums, delivers prime, hard-hitting desert rock, as declared from the opening riff of their side of the shared release.

Battleground will release the FUZZ EVIL / CHIEFS split 7” on October 21st. Limited to 300 copies, the heavy grey vinyl with white splatters is cut at 45 RPM and features artwork by David Paul Seymour. For a limited time, every preorder via Battleground receives an entry to win a test pressing of the 7” – place orders HERE.

With new live shows expected to be confirmed from both FUZZ EVIL and CHIEFS over the coming weeks, FUZZ EVIL has already confirmed several new Fall gigs including release shows for the 7” in both their hometown of Sierra Vista as well as Tucson.

FUZZ EVIL / CHIEFS Split 7” Track Listing:
A. FUZZ EVIL “Glitterbones
B. CHIEFS “Stone Bull”

FUZZ EVIL shows:
10/02/2014 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
10/21/2014 JR’s – Sierra Vista, AZ – 7″ release show
11/07/2014 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ – 7″ release show
11/08/2014 Superbrawler – Benson, AZ


Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 1

September 23rd, 2014

Today Noisey, the music arm of VICE, is proud to present NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, episode 1. A seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, and so many others, episode 1 features New Orleans native Phil Anselmo who exports his style to Dallas band Pantera, thereby changing the landscape for metal in the ‘90s. Meanwhile, a visit from the Melvins to the New Orleans area would alter music as we know it, while Kirk Windstein of the band Shell Shock was discovering that slower was, for him, indeed heavier.

Starring: Members of Down, Pantera, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Corrosion Of Conformity, Goatwhore, and more, Noisey delves in deep with the NOLA natives on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting TODAY.

Watch episode 1 below:



ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors To Unleash Third Full-Length Via Magic Bullet Next Month

September 23rd, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio’s occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records.

On Sacrificial, ANCIENT VVISDOM delivers ten tracks that continue to push the boundaries of both death rock and neo-folklore while retaining the memorable simplicity and melodic catchiness present on their previous, critically-lauded manifestations. Produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering in New York, Sacrificial fuses all the prime qualities of the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Quicksand, into a wholly anthemic album of dark and light.

Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into singer Nathan Opposition’s personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity’s universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein “down” becomes “up.” In Opposition’s world, confronting one’s own demons and humanity’s primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one’s consciousness.

Comments Opposition, “Where there is chaos you will find us. Where there is disorder, others find discomfort yet I find salvation. Lead me not unto anything. I am my own. This album will enlighten the fools and give the enlightened something to listen to.”

Musically, Opposition and his brother, Michael the Dark Angel, continue to accomplish what countless musicians frustratingly attempt to conquer in their songwriting: simple, memorable riffs and melodies that stand the test of time. Each hymn comprising Sacrificial is hummable and infectious. Like the best practitioners in any field, the brothers make it look and sound easy to the point where everyone listening thinks they can do it (spoiler alert: very few can ever do it). New addition Mitch Keith Morris wastes no time in making his mark on Sacrificial, channeling deep primitive and tribal percussive influences into the empowering sound that is unmistakably ANCIENT VVISDOM.

Sacrificial Track Listing:
1. Rise Of An Ancient Evil
2. Chaos Will Reign
3. Blood Offering
4. Devils Work
5. Blind Leading The Blind
6. Worm Ridden Skull
7. I Am Your Sacrifice
8. City Of Stone
9. We Are Damnation
10. Higher Into The Black Flames

Sacrificial will come available on LP, CD and digitally via Magic Bullet Records worldwide on October 14th, 2014. Preorders and song teasers to be unveiled in the days to come. Stay alert.