ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester

April 15th, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself.

Following a Fall tour of their native Canada, ZEX took their energetic live set to fans across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand on the Wanderlust Tour in February and March. The tour was a raging success, uniting with fans at raging, intimate DIY gigs in nearly twenty cities. Yet just shortly after their return home, great misfortune struck as the band’s longtime comrade and touring drummer for the Wanderlust trek, Vassil Mester, tragically passed away. In honor of their great friend’s passing, ZEX has issued a tribute video to Vassil, which includes a ton of live footage and fan interaction from their tour through the South Pacific.

Check out ZEX’s heartfelt tribute to Vassil Mester RIGHT HERE.

Subsequent to the band’s initial independent release of their first LP, Magic Bullet Records has officially issued Fight For Yourself worldwide, the album now available on all digital platforms, slipcase CD and now with both black and clear pressings 12” wax. ZEX will continue touring on the new album, this week issuing the first bout of confirmed tour dates for their impending US Invasion. With nearly forty cities on the list, ZEX will trample the country from May 5th through June 13th — including one show in Mexico — with more than half of the routing now available. The remaining dates are being confirmed for announcement in the coming days. ZEX will also be releasing a brand new 7” single called “Fear No Man” for this tour.

The band’s “Wanderlust” video is playing at THIS LOCATION, the “Fight For Yourself” video HERE and the “Savage City” video HERE. Fight For Yourself is playing in its entirety HERE.

ZEX US Invasion:
5/05/2015 Low Beat – Albany, NY [info]
5/06/2015 Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA [info]
5/07/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/08/2015 Barclay House – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/09/2015 TBA – Virginia Beach, VA
5/10/2015 New Price Books – Raleigh, NC
5/12/2015 Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL [info]
5/13/2015 A-Space – Gainesville, FL
5/14/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2015 Betty’s Grill – Nashville, TN
5/16/2015 Mono – Birmingham, AL [info]
5/17/2015 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL [info]
5/18/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
5/19/2015 Black Barbie – Houston, TX
5/20/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2015 TBA – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Padaneria Chitchen-Itza – Dallas, TX [info]
5/23/2015 Sound Pony – Tulsa, OK [info]
5/24/2015 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
5/26/2015 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ [info]
5/27/2015 Time Out Lounge – Phoenix, AZ [info]
5/28/2015 Mods – Tijuana, MX [info]
5/29/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
5/30/2015 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA
5/31/2015 TBA – Riverside, CA
6/01/2015 East Side Joes – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2015 Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/04/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO
6/05/2015 Hideout – Omaha, NE [info]
6/06/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
6/07/2015 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/08/2015 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI [info]
6/09/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL [info]
6/10/2015 Last House On The Left – Cincinnati, OH [info]
6/11/2015 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/13/2015 Genesse Park – Rochester, NY

Channeling traditional heavy metal leads into their classic early punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

Physical copies of Fight For Yourself can be obtained via Magic Bullet Records HERE, and the digital HERE.


COWARDS: European Live Domination In Support Of Rise To Infamy Continues; LP Now Available In The US Via Deathwish

April 14th, 2015

Parisian legion, COWARDS, continues to follow-up the monstrous release of their Rise To Infamy sophomore LP with loads of tour dates confirmed through early June. Additionally, following its February worldwide release through a network of underground labels including Throatruiner Records, RVINS Records and Deadlight Entertainment, the Rise To Infamy LP has been made available to North American fans with a stateside distribution deal with Deathwish Records.

The latest tour dates in the Infamous Tour MMXV will see COWARDS hitting the European peoples with three more waves of the pummeling live aggression they’re now infamous for on stage. The action begins on April 24th and runs through June 5th, with the final clubs being locked up this week. Amidst the tour dates, the band is confirmed to play at the Throatruiner Records Festival dates in both France and Switzerland, and will see the band crossing paths with Nuclear Devastation, Revok, Oblivionized, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Soul Grip and many others along the way. Additional European tour dates are being planned, and COWARDS is devising a scam which will get them onto North American shores in the near future as well.

Watch COWARDS’ “Bend The Knee” video through Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION and stream Rise To Infamy HERE.

COWARDS Infamous Tour MMXV:
4/24/2015 Soundcheck Schiedam – Rotterdam, NL w/ Nuclear Devastation, Voulge [info]
4/25/2015 Jeugdhuis JOB – Sint-Amandsberg, BE w/ Dali Thundering Project, Soul Grip [info]
4/26/2015 Vortnvis – Ieper, BE w/ Oblivionized, Implore [info]
4/27/2015 Trixxxter – Berlin, DE w/ Sick Eater, Whorns [info]
4/28/2015 Kawiarnia Naukowa – Wydarzenia – Kraków, PL [info]
4/29/2015 Emokeller – Essen, DE w/ Slowly We Rot [info]
4/30/2015 Papagei – Minden, DE w/ Soul Grip [info]
5/01/2015 AK44 – Giessen, DE w/ Revok, Membrane, Stand Der Dinge, Potence [info]
5/02/2015 Juz St. Ingbert – Saint-Ingbert, DE w/ Implore, Slowly We Rot [info]
5/03/2015 Sunset Bar – Martigny, CH w/ Circle Of Execution [info]
5/04/2015 La Scierie – La chaux-de-fonds, CH
5/05/2015 L’assommoir – Saint-Etienne, FR w/ Plèvre [info]
5/06/2015 Music City – Antwerp, BE w/ San Diablo [info]
5/07/2015 Simplon – Groningen, NL
5/08/2015 Le Chapeau Rouge – Troyes, FR [info]
5/14/2015 GlazArt – Paris, FR @ Throatruiner Records Festival [info]
5/15/2015 TBA
5/16/2015 L’Usine – Geneva, CH @ Throatruiner Records Festival [info]
6/02/2015 Le Klub – Paris, FR w/ Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Pyrecult [info]
6/03/2015 TBA – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, FR
6/04/2015 Kawati Studios – Strasbourg, FR w/ Haut&Court [info]
6/05/2015 TBA – CH

A digipak CD version and 180-gram vinyl edition of Rise To Infamy have been produced (150 on clear and 350 on black), the wax in heavyweight jackets with spot UV varnish. A bundle including all physical editions and a shirt is available from COWARDS directly RIGHT HERE. North American fans can now order the LP through Deathwish Mailorder RIGHT HERE. Orders for the CD and shirt bundles are available through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, and LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE and Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS dredges forth a deep, oppressive, urban harshness amidst their crushing wall of amplification which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore. Recorded by engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), the band’s monstrous tones here sound more callous than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish. American Aftermath scored the new album with a 9/10, their review offering, “From Shooting Blanks & Pills, to the Hoarder EP to now, it only seems like COWARDS are becoming colder, more violent and more massive. Rise To Infamy sets the bar high with its overbearing blackened, sludge-ridden hybrid and its grimy yet clear and concise production quality. If you are in need of something punishingly heavy, then you can do no wrong with this record. They may call themselves COWARDS but they certainly do not shy away from anything, and that includes beating you senselessly.” MetalSucks says the album, “will play like the soundtrack to a jetliner stuffed with burn victims plummeting into an ocean of bent nails,” while Stereokiller gave it a 4/5, comparing the band to, “a hyper Eyehategod or a lethargic Converge, take your pick,” continuing, “COWARDS present an unsettling group of songs on Rise To Infamy that I don’t recommend listening to if you’re enjoying your day.” Metal Observer noted, “Rise To Infamy is a challenging, punishing experience. It has a grating, ugly sound that rarely settles into extended grooves and is almost entirely devoid of melody. The production gives each instrument clarity and distinction, while keeping a grainy, scraping tone. No one would deny that COWARDS sound intense and uncompromising and if blackened, filthy hardcore/sludge sounds appealing, Rise To Infamy will be a surefire winner, as there’s much here to enjoy.” And Cvlt Nation’s review included, “even if they kept the same core in terms of musicality, the album is really different than the previous ones. There is much more chaotic hardcore going on, and they have a lot more fun jumping from a slow sludge atmosphere to a more speedy blackish hardcore. I love it.”


VALBORG: German Dark Metal Trio Unveils New Tune From Temple Of Torturous-Bound Full-Length Via Decibel

April 14th, 2015

German dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, who feature within their ranks current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more will unleash their fifth full-length next month via Temple Of Torturous.

Titled Romantik the follow-up to 2012’s Nekrodepression, which Last Rites hailed for being consistent with VALBORG’s “tradition of strange, compelling German music,” further applauding their “patient, measured aggression,” features six tracks of morose avant blackened beauty. Ambient synthesizers collide with wistful guitars, all slowly and deliberately hovering above a foundation of pounding rhythms, the band’s harsh, German vocal inflections adding further terror to their profoundly bleak brand of funeral power doom.

In anticipation of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up sorrowful third movement, “Comtesse,” for communal feasting, noting, “VALBORG play a pretty unique style of doom. Going for clean and bright where a lot of bands go for dark and dirty, the German trio has found a path less traveled into this oldest of metal genres. There’s something to be said for aesthetics…”

Sample VALBORG’s “Comtesse” 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 will be released on CD and digitally on May 19th, 2015 and on vinyl June 16th, 2015 via Temple Of Torturous.

“…spooky music for spooky times…” – Last Rites


SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage Posted

April 14th, 2015

Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. Boasting their classic late ‘90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only SKINLESS could compose.

Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, SKINLESS returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, and poised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Today, SKINLESS is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, “Serpenticide” for public inebriation. Relays Webber, “[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, haaa!”

Shatter some gonads with “Serpenticide,” now soiling the airwaves at via SoundCloud HERE and YouTube HERE. Additionally, you can get up close and personal with SKINLESS in the studio with the first part of the “Making Of” Only The Ruthless Remain video series at THIS LOCATION.

SKINLESS will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.

5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

Following a lengthy hiatus, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available. For preorder bundles, visit THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, go HERE.

SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth


WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases Video On Fifth LP The God Rhythm Via New Noise Magazine; Cover Art, Album Info And More Revealed

April 14th, 2015

Late this June, Fast Break! Records will release the fifth full-length from Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, and today, an extensive video on the creation of The God Rhythm has been released through New Noise Magazine. The nearly eleven-minute trailer includes bits of several new songs and the insight into their conception, interviews with all five members of the band, a breakdown of the cover art’s meaning, samples of several tracks from the new album, live footage, and a look into what the future holds for WIC as they take their new anthems to their rabid worldwide fanbase in support of The God Rhythm.

WISDOM IN CHAINS’ anxiously anticipated fifth studio full-length, The God Rhythm, will see release on CD, LP and digital formats on June 30th through Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records. With a continued evolution of awareness and intelligence into the genre while destroying clichés, relentlessly crossing boundaries and claiming those new territories, The God Rhythm effectively ushers in a new era for the band. Mixing a hardline return and development of infectious oi!/punk-inspired hooks and courses, while maintaining their traditional hardcore roots, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works beyond all previous thresholds, and the result is the band’s most challenging album yet. The music for The God Rhythm was recorded by Len Carmichael — drums and bass Trax East and guitars at Carmichael Sound — and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, and the album’s tattoo-style artwork by Chris Jones bears obvious and obfuscated meanings, which carry through the entire layout by Jonathan Buske.

Get the scoop on WISDOM IN CHAINS’ incoming The God Rhythm through New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

The God Rhythm Track Listing:
1. People Die
2. When We Were Young
3. Resonate
4. How Far Will You Go
5. Songs to My Killer
6. Thorn In Your Side
7. Mathematics
8. Fatherless
9. Best of Me
10. The God Rhythm
11. Violent Americans
12. Joey Ramone
13. Skinhead Gang
14. Outro

WISDOM IN CHAINS continues to tour in advance of The God Rhythm’s release, and will storm the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, April 18th. On May 17th, they’ll raid the second day of New York City’s annual Black N’ Blue Bowl. A record release show for the new LP has been scheduled to go down on June 27th in Reading, Pennsylvania, and July will see WIC back at Philadelphia’s massive This Is Hardcore festival. Much more is in store for the band in coming months.

4/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]
5/17/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY @ Black N’ Blue Bowl [info]
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA * record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]


THE BODY Begins North American Live Assault With Full Of Hell Tomorrow + Headlining Sets As Part Of Apex VI Fest Confirmed

April 13th, 2015
[photo by Megan Holmes]

Nomadic, apocalyptic doom cult, THE BODY, is currently embarked on its latest two-month-long crusade, reigning end-time sermons upon the masses through a barrage of incomprehensibly heavy tonal destruction. With a week of the tour already behind them, tomorrow begins the next massive phase, when the duo congregates with their cohorts in Full Of Hell for a month of travels together.

THE BODY’s terror crusade noise/powerviolence unit, Full Of Hell will blaze its clockwise mark in North America, carving a path from the Northeast and down the East Coast, through the Gulf and Southwest states, up the West Coast and back through the Midwest US with, the trek beginning and ending back in THE BODY’s prior home of Providence, Rhode Island. Immediately after the full run with Full Of Hell, a trio of shows with Sandworm-related act, Clean, hit Maine, Quebec and Ontario, after which THE BODY reunites with Full Of Hell in Washington DC, along with Primitive Man.

THE BODY has also been confirmed to take part in the widespread live actions of Apex VI Fest. The sixth biennial installment of the apocalyptic music event which overthrows Queens, NYC for three full days in June, will feature the duo collaborating with special guests yet to be announced as the headlining act of the final night, Sunday, June 7th. Additionally, Northeastern mini-tours surround the festival, which will also see THE BODY joining the first tour’s stop in Baltimore on Wednesday, June 3rd.

THE BODY On Tour Now:
4/14/2015 Deep Desert – Providence, RI w/ Full of Hell
4/15/2015 Up All Night Collective – North Haven, CT
4/16/2015 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA w/ Full of Hell
4/17/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Full of Hell
4/18/2015 Gatewood Studio Arts Center – Greensboro, NC
4/19/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA w/ Full of Hell
4/20/2015 Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Full of Hell
4/21/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL w/ Full of Hell
4/22/2015 The Warehouse – Gainesville, FL w/ Full of Hell
4/23/2015 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Full of Hell
4/24/2015 The Rev Room – Little Rock, AR w/ Full of Hell
4/26/2015 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA w/ Full of Hell
4/27/2015 Mohawk Inside – Austin, TX w/ Full of Hell
4/28/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Full of Hell
4/29/2015 Electric Banana – El Paso, TX w/ Full of Hell
4/30/2015 52 West – Phoenix, AZ w/ Full of Hell
5/01/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Full of Hell
5/02/2015 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Full of Hell
5/03/2015 Highwater Mark – Portland, OR w/ Full of Hell
5/04/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Full of Hell
5/05/2015 Feral House – Boise, ID w/ Full of Hell
5/06/2015 TBA
5/07/2015 Glob – Denver, CO w/ Full of Hell
5/08/2015 Ernie November’s – Cheyenne, WY w/ Full of Hell
5/09/2015 FOKL – Kansas City, MO
5/10/2015 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN w/ Full of Hell
5/11/2015 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Full of Hell
5/12/2015 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Full of Hell
5/13/2015 Belvederes – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Full of Hell
5/14/2015 Sugar City – Buffalo, NY w/ Full of Hell
5/15/2015 The Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Full of Hell
5/16/2015 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ Full of Hell (matinee show)
5/16/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Full of Hell (night show)
5/17/2015 Machines With Magnets – Providence, RI w/ Full of Hell
5/22/2015 Space Gallery – Portland, ME w/ Clean
5/23/2015 TBA – Montreal, QC w/ Clean
5/24/2015 TBA – Toronto, ON w/ Clean
5/25/2015 Union Arts – Washington, DC w/ Full Of Hell, Primitive Man
6/03/2015 The Crown – Baltimore, MD @ Apex VI w/ Trepaneringsritualen, Aderlating, Irm, Sutekh Hexen [info]
6/07/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY @ Apex VI w/ Sophia + Karjalan Sissit, Svartsinn, Northaunt, Havan, Funerary Call [info]

THE BODY recently unleashed a two separate collaborative recordings with Thou; the first, Released From Love, through Vinyl Rites in April 2014 and the second, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, just this year via Thrill Jockey, also responsible for the band’s 2014-released split with Sandworm and 2013-released I Shall Die Here collaboration with The Haxan Cloak.

An official video for “Beyond the Realms of Dream…” from You, Whom I Have Always Hated, is playing RIGHT HERE.

Purchase You, Whom I Have Always Hated on LP and CD HERE.

Stand by for future transmissions from THE BODY as further incursions are devised and put into action.


GRUESOME: New Full-Length From Death-Saluting Supergroup Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Savage Land To Detonate Via Relapse Next Week

April 13th, 2015

[photo by Niuvis Martin]

With its release now just one week away, today Decibel Magazine is streaming Savage Land, the forthcoming new long player from Death-saluting supergroup, GRUESOME, in its menacing entirety.

Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME channels inspiration from one of death metal’s most revered founding American acts, Death, into their own mangled interpretations. Boasting eight crushing tracks of late-‘80s/early-‘90s Florida-styled death metal madness, GRUESOME truly and sincerely keeps the sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

Gushes Stereokiller in a perfect 5/5 review of the record, “If you like old school death metal and are looking to travel back in time with a new record, this is an absolute must. Right down to the production and the Eric Repka artwork. This is perfect. As such a fan of the Leprosy record, I’m absolutely blown away about how close of a sound GRUESOME has perfected to that era of Death. This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ‘80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” Metal Injection concurs, “This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for. Observe.” Adds No Clean Singing of the title track specifically, “‘Savage Land’ sounds like it crawled from the grave, a resurrected zombie of late ‘80s/early ‘90s Floridian death metal. It romps, it lurches, it crawls. The riffs slash and burn, they thrash and hammer, they slither and writhe, they generate an authentic stench of morbid atmosphere. The savagery of the vocals.”

In celebration of its North American release next week, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Savage Land in its gruesome entirety. Relish the old school at THIS LOCATION.

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

Relapse Records will unleash Savage Land on CD and all digital outlets in North America on April 21st, preceded by its European release dates, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK and rest of the world. Physical preorders are available now at THIS LOCATION, and digital preorders HERE.


OBLITERATIONS: Los Angeles Outlaws Confirm Eastern North America June Tour With White Lung

April 13th, 2015
[photo by Adam Murray]

The latest onslaught of unhinged, live annihilation from Los Angeles’ OBLITERATIONS has been confirmed, as the band plans to shred through Eastern North America in June.

From June 5th through the 20th, OBLITERATIONS will storm the Eastern half of the US and Lower Canada with thirteen lucky new cities set to be hit by their enraged torrent. For the majority of the shows, OBLITERATIONS will support Vancouver-based trio, White Lung, the trek also including sets from both bands at Ottawa Explosion Weekend with Coliseum, Boilermaker and many others, and NXNE joining Blonde Redhead, Deafheaven, Iceage, OM, Pentagram, Coliseum and loads more.

6/06/2015 The Studio At Webster Hall – New York, NY
6/08/2015 DC9 – Washington DC w/ White Lung
6/09/2015 Rumba Café – Columbus, OH w/ White Lung
6/10/2015 The Demo – St. Louis, MO w/ White Lung
6/11/2015 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN w/ White Lung
6/13/2015 PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI w/ White Lung
6/14/2015 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ White Lung
6/15/2015 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY w/ White Lung
6/16/2015 Great Scott – Allston, MA w/ White Lung
6/17/2015 Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC w/ White Lung
6/18/2015 Ottawa Explosion Weekend – Ottawa, ON
6/20/2015 NXNE – Toronto, ON

Additional details to the as-of-now confirmed routing, including additional shows, will be released in the coming days.

With past/present alumni of Black Mountain, Saviours and Night Horse and more, the OBLITERATIONS collective unfurled the filth of their debut LP, Poison Everything, released via Southern Lord in October of last year, amidst major waves of stateside touring preceding and following the album’s construction and release. Recorded with producer Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum, Young Widows) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Black Breath) at God City Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Integrity, Sleep) at Audiosiege, Poison Everything delivers nearly a half-hour of antagonistic hardcore punk, taking hints from the works of The Stooges, MC5, Laughing Hyenas, Black Flag and Poison Idea and creating their own volatile, modern brew out of it all. Noisey offered, Noisey, offering, “As soon as that infamous d-beat kicks in, you’re transported back to classics like Never Again and Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing. Then the vocals start up and you’re assault with a vicious modern take on the classic ‘80s sound.” Pitchfork issued in part, “on their debut album Poison Everything, they’ve managed the commendable feat of refurbishing (or rather, defurbishing) the mud-caked frameworks of Crass and Nausea,” and AllMusic claims, “there’s something viscerally exciting about the album, which blends equal parts teeth-grinding speed with unfiltered aggression, resulting in an intoxicating blend of old-school, circle pit-inducing punk fury.” OBLITERATIONS was also featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s October installment of 10 Artists You Need To know right HERE.

Stream and purchase Poison Everything HERE, and scope their video for “Mind Ain’t Right” at THIS LOCATION.


IDES OF GEMINI Forced To Cancel Remaining Dates With The Mountain Goats

April 13th, 2015

[art by Kristina Collantes]

Due to a serious medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Los Angeles’ sound enigmas, IDES OF GEMINI, who were in the midst of a trek with acclaimed indie rock unit, the Mountain Goats, regret to announce their withdrawal from the tour as well as the cancellation of their post tour headlining. The announcement follows the cancellation of all New York City shows this past weekend.

In an official statement from the band: “It is with great sadness that we will have to drop off the Mountain Goats tour. Kelly, our drummer, has suffered a herniated disc in her spine and cannot continue. The Mountain Goats and their crew have been super cool to us and we’re honored to have played with them. With some rest and healing, we plan to be in top form for our Summer tour dates.”

IDES OF GEMINI features Johnston-Gibson, guitarist J. Bennett, and singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of dark-psych outfit, Black Mare. The trio released their critically-hailed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length last September via Neurot Recordings and will unleash a special, limited edition Cathage/Strange Fruit seven-inch via Magic Bullet Records on April 18th, 2015 in honor of Record Store Day. The seven-inch is currently available for preorder on limited black and clear wax at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals visit Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.


FULL SCALE RIOT: NYC-Area Hardcore Outfit Releases Depopulation Demo; Follow-Up Material In The Works

April 13th, 2015

NYC-area hardcore collective, FULL SCALE RIOT, has just released their new Depopulation demo, the band coalescing current and former members of area bands of both local and worldwide visibility, and collectively unleashing a razor-sharp new release.

With their diversified yet focused twist on New York Hardcore, FULL SCALE RIOT infuses a punk approach to the society’s systematic problems from a riotous lyrical standpoint, inciting forward-thinking rather than senseless violence on Depopulation. Merging classic and current influences, heavy elements of ‘90s NYHC icons Burn, Maximum Penalty, Inside Out, Orange 9mm and the like lay the foundation for this bulldozer squad. The alumni list for this outfit unites original M.O.D. guitarist Tim McMurtie, vocalist BJ Allen, drummer Evan Rossiter, and bassist Jeff Wood (Shat, Murder League All-Star, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan live, ex-M.O.D.), yet in its delivery, only interworks the fundamentals of said acts in random strides.

Depopulation was recorded and mastered at Trax East during this brutal 2015 Winter — mixed by TSP and Eric Rachel, and engineered by Eric Rachel and Eric Kvortek — and unloading six point-blank anthems, sets a new bar for FULL SCALE RIOT, and their deluge of aggression aimed at unity through uprising.

Depopulation is streaming in its entirety and available digitally via BandCamp HERE, as well as via iTunes, Amazon and more.

Also check out the live video for “War” from the EP RIGHT HERE.

FULL SCALE RIOT is already heavily involved in the construction of new material for their next release to be determined, set to be recorded shortly and released later this year. In the meantime, the band takes their anthems to the stage whenever possible, with upcoming shows supporting Michaele Graves (ex-Misfits), The Murder Junkies (GG Allin’s band) and much more already plotted. Live performances will continue to be FSR’s primary objective in the coming months as their new material is being formulated.

4/18/2015 The Blue Room Lounge – Secaucus, NJ @ NJ Metal Fest [info]
4/24/2015 WVOX – New Rochelle, NY *radio performance
5/14/2015 The Blue Room Lounge – Secaucus, NJ @ I’ll Rock Fest
5/30/2015 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Murder Junkies [info]
6/19/2015 Howdy’s Presents – Buffalo, NY
6/20/2015 TBA – Rochester, NY
6/21/2015 Trick Shot – Clifton Park, NY w/ Michale Graves [info]

Depopulation Track Listing:
1. War
2. Sheeple
3. Betrayus
4. Shackles
5. Depopulation
6. I Can’t Breathe