BIG|BRAVE: Southern Lord Announces The Signing Of Montreal Trio

May 21st, 2015

Southern Lord is pleased to announce the signing of Montreal trio, BIG|BRAVE.

The three-piece plays sincere, long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions — at times mournful and unsettling — their music plays out in to moon-bleached grunge where serene vocals crumble over scraping guitars bled of melody.

The new BIG|BRAVE album is penciled in for a late summer release, recorded with Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) at Hotel2Tango. This will add to a growing discography comprising their debut EP An Understanding Between People (2013) and the debut LP Feral Verdure, which they recorded at Paradise Studios with Jon Boles, and self-released in September 2014. There’s high expectation of great things to come…

Stay tuned for more news from Southern Lord and BIG|BRAVE.

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WATERTANK Debuts “Surrender” Video Through Noisey; Destination Unknown LP Nears Release Via Solar Flare Records

May 20th, 2015

Noisey has debuted the brand new video from French post-hardcore riffsmiths, WATERTANK, as the quartet prepares for the release of their sophomore LP, Destination Unknown, through their alliance with Solar Flare Records.

Delivering thirty-three minutes of slick, driving, melodic/post-hardcore on par with the likes of Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Fireside and Failure, the revamped WATERTANK lineup recorded Destination Unknown with Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and commissioned Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner) for mastering duties, cohesively revealing a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs. Directed by the Special Sauce Productions (Hellfest, etc.), the video for “Surrender” sees the band’s humorous side showing through their emotionally ripping rock, mixing lively performance footage with a sort of “Where’s Waldo in-motion” storyboard. Offers Noisey alongside the premiere of the video, “The warm weather is back and everybody’s jerking off the new Refused, but if you’re into rain, cold, Quicksand and Failure. But no worries, because we have what you need: ‘Surrender,’ the first music video from Destination Unknown by Nantes based band WATERTANK. It’s in black & white and more disciplined than a North-Korean representative.”

Scope out WATERTANK’s “Surrender” via Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.

American Aftermath also recently dispatched “DCVR” from the album RIGHT HERE.

WATERTANK is currently performing throughout France, the present routing including a gig tonight in Paris alongside Torche and more. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced as Destination Unknown nears release, and a larger tour is coming together for after the album’s release as well.

WATERTANK Tour Dates:
5/20/2015 Glazart – Paris, FR w/ Torche, Your Highness
5/21/2015 TBA
5/22/2015 Molodoi – Strasbourg, FR w/ Kurt,Telemark,Last Minute To Jaffna
5/23/2015 Le Café Français – Vesoul, FR w/ Membrane, La Bite et le Couteau
6/01/2015 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Torche

Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records has issued preorders in advance of Destination Unknown’s June 29th street date, the record due on CD, LP and digital formats. View the multiple options and bundles HERE.

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OBSEQUIAE: Entire Aria Of Vernal Tombs LP From Minnesota Blackened Medieval Metal Outfit Now Playing At Noisey

May 20th, 2015

Minnesota-based medieval metal outfit OBSEQUIAE, now just days from the official20 Buck Spin unveiling of their sophomore long-player, Aria Of Vernal Tombs, and in advance, the entire record has been posted for public audibility through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music channel. “Aria Of Vernal Tombs is a grand, sweeping album, owing as much to classic Bathory and Dissection as it does to Spanish harpist Vicente La Camero Marino, whose rippling strings add pagan grace to the songs’ melodic black/death core,” lends the Noisey article on the sprawling LP, continuing, “This is far from Ren Faire metal; it’s too serious, too refined. It channels the melodic bombast of Blut Aus Nord’s Memoria Vetusta trilogy more than any hurdy-gurdy folk metal band that may spring to mind.”

Open the gates to OBSEQUIAE’s imaginative brew of metal with Aria Of Vernal Tombs streaming at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Aria Of Vernal Tombs will see official release in stores this Tuesday, May 26th, the CD in a gorgeous, foil stamped package, currently shipping directly from 20 Buck Spin HERE, and the tracks available for digital preorder HERE. The 12” vinyl edition will follow in late July upon its completion.

Early praise of Aria Of Vernal Tombs has thrived throughout the media for the entire Springtime season. Advance track premieres from the LP received notations including, “their brand of metal is a spectacular one. Symphonic, melodic, thundering, it’s all in here and it’s all great,” from American Aftermath, “This band’s music harkens back to the time of old, while still pushing their brand of metal forward,” by Cvlt Nation, and from No Clean Singing, “There are all sorts of reasons why the passage of time between a band’s releases can grow to the space of three and a half years. In the case of OBSEQUIAE, it is largely a result of the care devoted to the craftsmanship of the music’s creation. The Middle Ages seem to have exerted their influence on the band in more ways than one, not merely providing an ancient template for Vicente La Camera Mariño’s harp music.” Glowing reviews of the album are pouring in as well, including a 4.5/5 review from Angry Metal Guy which included, “Aria of Vernal Tombs represents a supreme example of how to retain the core values of a well received debut, while strengthening and progressing an established formula without severing the crucial threads that drew listeners in to begin with.” About.com Heavy Metal awarded it 4 out of 5 stars, their review offering, “The inclusion of vibrant harp-led instrumentals gives a Middle Ages vibe to the proceedings, supplemented by the jovial lead guitar work. The music here is not far removed from the group’s debut, but there’s a slight maturation that sharpens the delivery.” The LP Was crowned with a 9.5/10 review from The Metal Observer: “OBSEQUIAE have created an album that is filled to the brim with passion and mystical imagery. One listen will have the listener hooked, while repeated spins will truly show that this is a trio of immense talent. The well thought-out and paced songwriting, the flow of the album from the heavier to the soft and back, and the utter brilliance of the closing track make Aria Of Vernal Tombs an easy recommendation.”

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Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three

May 20th, 2015

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. ”When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.

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BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle’s Doomiest To Kick Off Live Incursion Tomorrow; Tour Trailer Posted

May 20th, 2015

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BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – the Seattle doom brigade featuring iconic guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki) — will level the stages of nine cities with their apocalyptic odes on a long-anticipated bout of West Coast rituals. Slated to commence tomorrow, May 21st, on their home turf of Seattle, the trio will make their way through Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Denver and Salt Lake City with the run drawing to a close in Boise.

Issues Doyle of the trek, “It’s been far too long. The wait is over. Time for us to get out on the road, log some miles in the van and visit the cities and people we love to play our shit for in support of our debut self-titled record on Neurot Recordings.”

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BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH:
5/21/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Bali Girls [tickets]
5/22/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Rabbits [tickets]
5/23/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA [tickets]
5/24/2015 Parkside – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
5/25/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
5/28/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO [tickets]
5/29/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
5/30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID [tickets]

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will be touring in support of their lead-footed, self-titled debut, unleashed in February via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. Splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary ruin; a slow, suffocating, spellbinding dance towards a looming apocalypse.

“The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal… Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.” – Invisible Oranges

“The Bros.’ debut lurches to life with a lumbering, grunge-influenced tune, ‘Lava’… From here, things slow down to funeral doom pace for much of the next six tracks/35 minutes. However, the doom and darkness is shaded with some interesting melodic textures and moments of lightness that come at unexpected times and add a dynamic gravity to the material.” – Decibel

“Doyle’s ears must have absorbed the past decade of heavy where the quiet-to-ear-splitting-loud dynamic dominated, but like his Pacific Northwest brothers in YOB, there is purpose in its movement.” – NPR

Tad leads the charge through seven rounds of atmospheric post-sludge, the record’s 44 minutes no less concerned with ambience and mood than with gritting their teeth and bashing the listener over the head with waves of tectonic nod.” – The Obelisk

“After 15 years of relative silence, it’s good to have Tad Doyle back and in such fine form. God’s balls, This is heavy shit.” – MusicOMH

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH further cements Tad’s legacy in this town, while allowing us to take the journey along with him.” – The Seattle Passive Aggressive

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WRVTH: Eclectic Technical Death Architects Reveal New Lyric Video At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; Self-Titled Full-Length To See Release Next Month

May 20th, 2015

As California technical death metal architects, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), prepare for the release their self-titled, third full-length this June, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones offers up the brand new video for tenth track, “Into Bloom.”

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, WRVTH’s latest offering features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing. Said Metal Injection upon investigation of their first single: “‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down. The musicianship is very impressive, and like almost all of the other Bay Area-based tech death bands, the album was produced by Zack Ohren, which means it sounds awesome too.” No Clean Singing agrees, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Comments the band of “Into Bloom,” “This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams.”

Check out “Into Bloom,” now playing at Skulls ‘N’ Bones who calls the tune “unpredictable, raw, and unrelenting,” at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample WRVTH’s “Harrowing Winds” at THIS LOCATION.

WRVTH is currently breaking stages as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicked off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through a total of eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder yours today HERE.

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CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced

May 20th, 2015

Anthropocene
/ænˈθrɒpəˌsiːn/
noun

Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later, CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), CATTLE DECAPITATION returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life. “Dave is a bonafide producer,” elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. “He’s got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so well. We’ve always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody.”

CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends his throat to “The Prophets Of Loss” while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track “Plagueborne.” Additionally, Germany’s dark metal misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track “Pacific Grim.” Your body simply is not ready.

The record also sees the band extending their collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who’s handled the artwork for every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002’s To Serve Man. “When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band,” says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record’s themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued their present course, with The Anthropocene Extinction we have been transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just part of the problem – there are five gyres on planet earth and they’re all filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean’s ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

The first taste of The Anthropocene Extinction comes in the form of opening track, “Manufactured Extinct,” now available for public consumption at metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.

The Anthropocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
3. Plagueborne
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim

In related news, on Friday, July 11th, fans can join CATTLE DECAPITATION at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California where the band will be playing a special, advanced CD release show in honor of The Anthropocene Extinction. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for this special occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records and the band making this a show not to be missed. So if you are a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick — just short ride away from the SD Convention Center — and prepare to meet your doom! Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. For preorder bundles visit metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums

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ENSIFERUM To Shoot New Music Video At Philadelphia Show On May 28th

May 20th, 2015

ENSIFERUM’s tour with Korpiklaani and Trollfest will draw to a close on May 29 in New York City, but the night before, the band will invite director Dave Brodsky to shoot a brand new music video! Fans in attendance on May 28 in Philadelphia at the Theatre Of Living Arts will bear witness to a live video shoot for “Warrior Without A War.” The video will serve as a perfect wrap up of the band’s current tour, which featured guest accordion player Netta Skog, who filled in for keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen, as previously discussed by the band in the FaceBook video HERE. Sami Hinkka adds: “Get yourself to Philadelphia on the 28th of May, put your war paint on, warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to go berserk!” Fans that want to be a part of this occasion can buy tickets now at livenation.com HERE.

ENSIFERUM are touring in support of their valiant One Man Army full-length, unleashed in February via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heekseekers Chart upon its first week of release. In Canada, One Man Army placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

ENSIFERUM w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/19/2015 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
5/20/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON [tickets]
5/21/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON [tickets]
5/22/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC [tickets]
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC [tickets]
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
5/26/2015 Mr. Small’s Theater – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD [tickets]
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [tickets]

ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. Commended for being, “their most polished album to date,” by Metal Hammer, “one of folk metal’s finest acts…,” by Loudwire and, “warlike and fiery,” by MetalSucks, the band’s predominantly analog-recorded, eleven-track One Man Army full-length was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at metalblade.com/ensiferum where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes preorders, point your browser to itunes.apple.com/album/id956849251.

“One Man Army blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.” – Revolver

“An incredible album, and worthy for the thunder children.  Indeed it is a thunderous epic, and should stand alone as a fantastic addition to Metal Blade’s legendary collection.” – New Noise Magazine

One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band’s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.” – About.com

“…a solid LP forged in the crucible of war.” – Sputnik Music



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GOATSNAKE Shares New Jam, “Grandpa Jones,” From Upcoming Black Age Blues LP Nearing Release On Southern Lord June 2nd

May 20th, 2015
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GOATSNAKE is sure to get your motor running with their latest jam “Grandpa Jones”, a celebratory rock ‘n’ roll affair all about the life and times of a standout elder gentleman that Team Rock is premiering today. Pete Stahl’s vocals cruise with ease alongside those of backing singers, Dem Preachers Daughters, while almighty riffs lurch forward with the rumbling horsepower singularly linked to Greg Anderson’s guitar work. Says Anderson of the track; “Grandpa Jones: One of the first of the new songs we wrote. Channeling ‘Flag and ‘Sabbath (that ole’ moldy chestnut!). Lyrics about keeping the youth juice flowin’!”

Break it down; “Grandpa Jones” is now playing RIGHT HERE.

You can also listen to “Black Age Blues” and “Elevated Man” ahead of Black Age Blues‘ release date in just over a week and a half. The inner layout of the artwork can be viewed on the band’s webpage.

An interview with Greg Anderson was published by LA Weekly on the new album and highlighting their record release show for the album going down tonight; check it out at THIS LOCATION.

Black Age Blues will be released through Southern Lord Recordings June 2nd, and preorders for the album are now live. In addition to physical preorders, the record is also available via iTunes, offering the tracks “Black Age Blues”, “Elevated Man” and “Grandpa Jones” for instant download, which are now available to purchase individually. Check out the preorder options at the new Goatsnake store, via BandCamp and iTunes.

Following a sold-out performance in secluded Pioneertown, California, and a record listening party in Los Angeles, GOATSNAKE now prepares for their hometown record release show for Black Age Blues with Southern Lord brethren Bl’ast and Eagle Twin today, Wednesday, May 20th. Just days later, the band makes its cross-country voyage to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, marking the band’s first East Coast performance ever. Less than a week later, GOATSNAKE will hit Europe for a week-long tour which kicks off at Temples Festival in Bristol, and includes a headlining set at Siegen, Germany’s Freakvalley Festival. Upon their stateside return, they’ll headline Crucialfest in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional tour dates being scheduled.

With nearly fifty minutes of GOATSNAKE’s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on Black Age Blues, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer  Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

GOATSNAKE Live:
5/20/2015 Complex – Glendale, CA *Black Age Blues Record Release Show w/ Bl’ast, Eagle Twin [info]
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/30/2015 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK [info]
6/01/2015 De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 – Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE [info]
6/07/2015 AN Club – Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT [info]

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VALBORG: German Dark Metal Eccentrics Reveal New Video At No Clean Singing; Romantik Full-Length Out TODAY On Temple Of Torturous

May 19th, 2015

Today German dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, who feature within their eccentric ranks current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more, undrape their fifth full-length via Temple Of Torturous. Titled Romantik, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Nekrodepression offering, thrusts forth six confounding tracks of morose, avant, blackened ambiance. A cerebral sound exhibition into dark and light, atmospheric synthesizers twine around wistful guitars, slowly and deliberately hovering above a foundation of palpitating rhythms, the band’s harsh, German vocal inflections adding further trepidation to their profoundly bleak brand of funeral power doom.

Elaborates Last Rites, “Romantik is easily the most insanely atmospheric thing VALBORG has released, but it still has strong roots in doom and branches reaching to dark rock and cinematic synth music. The whole thing sounds like the results of Vangelis collaborating with (Triptykon-era) Tom G. Warrior and (Jesu-era) Justin Broadrick on the soundtrack for a story of tragic love directed by John Carpenter. It is as emotionally and tonally complex as it is simple and barren, a seemingly huge change for a band that has always valued their rockin’ side, but not necessarily a surprise for long time Valborg and Zeitgeister followers…” Echoes And Dust issues, “VALBORG’s Romantik is certainly an acquired taste, but one that is immensely rewarding for the open-minded listener. If you’re tired of groove, tremolo riff blast sections and hyperspeed shredding, and are open to slow lurching melodies and keyboard washes in the vein of early Paradise Lost redone with early ambient black metal touches, this is for you,” while Zombie Ritual champions the release noting, “every song transmits different states of mind and of course it takes you into (almost) hypnotic trips in melodic walls of sound. Music manages different layers, but everything is tied by darkness and sorrow…”

In observance of its release, today No Clean Singing brings fans and curious onlookers the twisted visual accompaniment to fourth movement, “Sulphur Vitriol Angel.” The disquieting clip was created by German artist Soheyl Nassary who chose the song and shaped the concept. “My work is based mostly on a visual idea, which tells a story and creates a mood by default through targeted production. The floral theme is a game with Romantik stereotypes and thus to contextualize the VALBORG song/music theme.”

Adds No Clean Singing, “Yes, there are flowers in the video – lots of flowers – worn in a way that you usually don’t see as adornment for a metal band. And while this may not take the world by storm as a fashion statement, it begins to make a strange kind of sense if you pay attention to the music. Which is why I recommend you listen to the song a second time without the hallucinatory visuals, because the first time you may have some difficulty concentrating on the sounds… the music is very much worth your full attention… It moves slowly, with a simple beat, gradually weaving a gothic/doom spell that becomes increasingly compelling as time passes. The combined guitar-and-keyboard melody is entrancing, while the brief appearances of jagged riffs and equally jagged rasps provide the feel of the knife, lurking there, just under your neck. These flowers must have the fragrance of sulphur.”

Take in “Sulphur Vitriol Angel,” and all its cryptic floral arrangements, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample VALBORG’s “Comtesse,” still streaming at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Romantik was produced, recorded and mixed by Oliver Weiskopf at Stonehenge Studios and mastered by Michael Schwabe at Monoposto Mastering. Following four albums based around experimental, skull-crushing doom, with Romantik, VALBORG delves deeper into the heart-tearing atmospheres of the abyss of which they’ve so boldly explored. Fans of Type O Negative, Vangelis, Killing Joke and Celtic Frost/Triptykon pay heed.

Romantik is released on CD and digitally TODAY and on vinyl June 16th, 2015 via Temple Of Torturous. Orders can be placed at THIS LOCATION.

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