EARSPLIT PR: Roundup From The Compound – May 19, 2014

THE COMPOUND: Label Update May 2014: New Releases From ENABLER, GODHUNTER, COP PROBLEM and DIE CHOKING Out Now – Since coming together in the fourth quarter of 2013, Earsplit’s label division, THE COMPOUND, has been slaving away with new releases from an array of incredible, hard-working artists within the American underground. Now, our first official vinyl releases are in stock, and we are already racking up other new releases for the Summer months.

PHARAOH: New Jersey Trio Completes Tracking Of New LP For A389 – Following two 7″ releases released through A389, Somerville, New Jersey-based trio, PHARAOH, has completed the tracking on their debut LP for the label.

TARJA TURUNEN + MIKE TERRANA To Release Classical/Rock Collaboration, Beauty & The Beat, Next Month – TARJA TURUNEN‘s and MIKE TERRANA‘s Beauty & The Beat transcends any ordinary concert. It’s an awe-inspiring performance of a wide range of classical compositions and traditional rock songs sewn together by an orchestra and choir.

THE GREAT SABATINI Advances Third LP With New Racket At American Aftermath – The Montreal-based quartet known as THE GREAT SABATINI is now within three weeks of unveiling the unit’s latest noise-ridden masterwork by way of their third LP, the ten-song potpourri of scathing, gelatinous riffage, Dog Years. The newest single comes by way of the fifth of the record’s ten tracks, “Reach.” Here, THE GREAT SABATINI shows a bit of a more subdued approach on the track, but only on the surface, as the aggression and scathing madness simply lies buried within its slick riffage. The song is now streaming via American Aftermath…

BENCHPRESS & MARTYR’S TONGUE Split EP Now Destroying At No Clean Singing – Out now on Get This Right Records is the bellowing split EP between Pennsylvania-based BENCHPRESS and Puerto Rico’s MARTYR’S TONGUE, with each act filling a side of this brutal 7″ platter with two new tracks.

MUSK OX: Canadian Neofolk Group To Release Sophomore Full-Length; Cover And Track Listing Revealed – Canadian neofolk trio, MUSK OX, will release their long-awaited new full-length Woodfall on June 17th. Nearly six years in the making, Woodfall is a one-hour, five-part progressive chamber folk epic for classical guitar, cello, and violin which sees MUSK OX push their sound to soaring new heights.

Municipal Waste Guitarist Launches Living Fast Episode 2 – Living Fast is a heavy metal talk show created by Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste/Volture/BAT). The first episode, which debuted in February to the riotous approval of diehard metallers globally, featured John Gallagher of Raven. The second episode, divided into two parts, takes place in Europe during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture.

NADER SADEK: Video From Morphing Elite Metal Collective Now Playing – Three years subsequent to the formation of elite metal project, NADER SADEK, and the release of the collective’s debut album, In The Flesh, the final video from the album has been released.

FALLUJAH: Bay Area Tech-Death Collective Completes Second Full-Length For Unique Leader Release – Unique Leader Records is proud to announce the completion and pending release of the new full-length from San Francisco-based cutting-edge death metal outfit, FALLUJAH. Having just wrapped-up production on their highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s The Harvest Wombs, FALLUJAH will bombard the masses in 2014 with what is surely one of the freshest and most emotive metal albums to be released in years, entitled The Flesh Prevails.

TORCH RUNNER: Committed To The Ground Officially Out Now On Southern Lord – Following their recent signing to Southern Lord, the label now officially releases Committed To The Ground, from North Carolina-based TORCH RUNNER. Previously only available in a limited vinyl run, Southern Lord now officially issues TORCH RUNNER‘s debut album, Committed To The Ground, worldwide on CD and digital formats as a precursory title preceding the band’s recently-completed new LP to be released later this year.

THE SWAN KING: Chicago Post-Hardcore Unit Announces New Full-Length + Preorders Available; Band To Hit The Road With Jar’d Loose – Chicago post-hardcore unit, THE SWAN KING, featuring members of Pelican and Planes Mistaken For Stars, today reveals the details of their forthcoming second LP, Last So Long. Set for release on June 3rd, 2014 via War Crime Recordings, the offering was recorded by War Crimes co-owner Sanford Parker at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio and boasts an eight track outpouring and of gristly, melodic, riff-laden urgency.

BLACK ANVIL: New Tune Now Playing At Stereogum; Hail Death Release Date Draws Near – In less than two weeks, Hail Death, the long-anticipated new studio offering from New York’s BLACK ANVIL, will rear its gnarled head upon the masses. Motivated by angst, desolation and personal turmoil, the ten-track Hail Death is at once epic and predatory; an ambitious manifestation of sound that remains true to the band’s roots while transcending them in a way that weaves all of their seemingly antagonistic influences into an amalgam of heavy music that’s as original as it is consuming.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Technical Death Metal Behemoths Tease New Hymn Via Metal Injection – California technical death metal behemoths, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, who feature within their caustic ranks members of Brain Drill and Son Of Aurelius, are readying to unleash their sophomore effort, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, this Summer.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT Tucson-Based Extreme Music Fest Announces 2014 Lineup – On October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, 2014, the third episode of the only major multi-day metal festival to annually invade the lower western territory of the US will bring an incredible collective of bands into Tucson for SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT. Having stepped up the hosting venues for this year’s gathering, the three main nights’ events will be held at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tucson, with the kickoff show on Thursday and each night’s after show throwdowns taking place at nearby The District Tavern. The need for more space comes due to the influx of more major name bands sanctioned to take part. Headlining acts for this year include the unstoppable and ever-morphing NEUROSIS, lords of decimating drone, SUNN O))), and riff rock kingpins, GOATSNAKE.

LOCUSTA: Technical Grinding Death Metal Perpetrators Unleash New Tune – In celebration of their first tour in over two years, Ohio technical grinding death metal assassins, LOCUSTA, spew forth a seething taste of their forthcoming new full-length with “Contaminant Remains.” A faultless balance a methodical, Schuldinerian riff sequences and scalding vocal oscillations, the tune is at once haunting, cerebral and wholly engrossing.

NIGHTFELL: Debut LP From Portland Duo Out Now On Southern Lord & Parasitic – The Living Ever Mourn, the debut recordings from Portland-based grim metal duo, NIGHTFELL, is out now, as a combined release between Southern Lord Recordings and Parasitic Records. Embodied by members Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Parasitic Records) and Todd Burdette (His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Deathreat, Severed Head Of State), the NIGHFELL collective’s bruising tones and bleak perspectives on life are captured through over forty minutes of thundering epic metal bridging morose heaviness with melodic destruction.

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION: New Release And US Tour Dates Coming In June – The newest recordings from South Australia’s supreme funeral doom metal quintet, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, are nearing release this Summer, through the woeful Concrescence Of The Sophia, the record bridging their latest LP, 2011’s acclaimed The Book Of Kings, and their next impending full-length opus to see release sometime in the overcast years ahead.

Unique Leader Records Announces Showcase This June Featuring Disgorge, Condemned, Arkaik, Unmerciful, Alterbeast And More! – Unique Leader Records, label hideaway of all things technical, extreme and flagrantly brutal, in cooperation with the sound assassins at Rock The Nation USA, is pleased to announce their first annual label showcase next month. Set to take place on June 15th at The Black Castle in Los Angeles, the scathing, ten-band takeover will feature ear-bleeding performances by Disgorge (USA), Condemned, Arkaik, Unmerciful, Inanimate Existence, The Kennedy Veil, Alterbeast, Euphoric Defilement, Omnihility, and special guests, Mouth Of The Serpent.

ENABLER On Six-Week Tour Supporting New LP – Having just returned from a three-week East Coast tour, ENABLER is already back out on a new six-week tour assault, as the release date for their anticipated second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, nears its street date.

BRUTAL BLUES: Norwegian Grind Maniacs Confirm Debut Release Through Selfmadegod – Selfmadegod Records has just inked a deal with revolutionary grindcore act, BRUTAL BLUES, and is preparing to release their self-titled debut mini-album. A maniacal duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Steinar (Psudoku, Parlamentarisk Sodomi, BxSxRx) and drummer/vocalist Anders (Blodsprut, Moha!, Noxagt, Ultralyd), BRUTAL BLUES unleashes blisteringly fast, raw, cutting-edge grindcore, and those familiar with the members’ previous acts should expect nothing less than sonic devastation.

WOLVHAMMER: Single From Upcoming Profound Lore Album Playing At Decibel – The first track to be released from WOLVHAMMER‘s upcoming third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, is now playing at Decibel Magazine, well in advance of the album’s impending July release date. The seventh of the eight passages captured on Clawing Into Black Sun, “Death Division” burns with the malicious, mid-paced drive and dread-inducing riffs WOLVHAMMER is ultimately reliable for.

GYPSYHAWK To Embark On North American Tour Tomorrow; Video Greeting Posted – GYPSYHAWK will be hitting the road again for a series of headlining shows, as well as a slew of performances with Black Pussy and Scattered Hamlet. The trek begins tomorrow in Los Angeles at Club Loaded and will sully nearly three-dozen stages through Canada, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and the East Coast, wrapping up on July 18th in Reno, Nevada.

Contact liz@earsplitcompound.com or dave@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.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – BATTLECROSS – BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – BL’AST – BLACK ANVIL – BLACK BREATH – BLACK COBRA – BLACK TAR PROPHET – THE BODY – BRUTAL BLUES – BRUTAL TRUTH – BUIOINGOLA – CALL OF THE VOID – CANNIBAL CORPSE – CHTHONIC – COFFINS – CRIPPLE BASTARDS – THE CUTTHROATS 9 – DARK BUDDHA RISING – DON JAMIESON – DRUNKDAD – ENABLER – EYEHATEGOD – FALLUJAH – FATHER MURPHY – FUCKED UP – FUCKING INVINCIBLE – FULL OF HELL – GOATWHORE – GODHUNTER – THE GREAT SABATINI – GREENLEAF – GREY SKIES FALLEN – GYPSYHAWK – HOMEWRECKER – ILSA – KING DEAD – KRISTIAN HARTING – LEFT FOR DEAD – THE LION’S DAUGHTER – LOCUSTA – LORD MANTIS – MEGATON LEVIATHAN – MOUNT SALEM – MOUNRFUL CONGREGATION – NAILS – NEUROSIS – NOISEM – PENTAGRAM – PHARAOH – PILGRIM – POWER TRIP – PRIMITIVE MAN – PRIZEHOG – REVOCATION – RIVERS OF NIHIL – SAINT VITUS –SECRETS OF THE SKY – SERPENTINE PATH – SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP – THE SWAN KING – THEOLOGIAN – THEORIES – THOU – TRIOSCAPES – ULCERATE – WHITECHAPEL – WHITE WIDOWS PACT – WO-FAT – YAUTJA

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