EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – April 1, 2013

NAILS: Abandon All Life Out Now In North America; Full Album Streaming At Revolver – Abandon All Life, the demoralizing second full-length from American tyrants NAILS, is out now in North America via Southern Lord. Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), Abandon All Life is already a notorious front-runner for most crushing release of 2013, with NAILS‘ hardcore/grind approach infiltrated with more unhinged death metal ferocity than ever before. [MORE]

HOWL: Exclusive Track Premiere Brought To You By Revolver – Kick your Monday in the teeth with HOWL‘s “With A Blade.” Brought to you exclusively by Revolver Magazine, “With A Blade” comes by way of the Providence metal miscreants’ upcoming new studio album, Bloodlines. Recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al), Bloodlines boasts 40 apocalyptic minutes of riff-drenched, nihilistic sonic savagery recommended for fans of Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Baroness, Kylesa and the like. [MORE]

THE OCEAN Unveils New Track Via Pitchfork – Today mega music portal Pitchfork unveils “Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe,” from THE OCEAN‘s forthcoming new studio recording, Pelagial. A progressive audio voyage written, recorded, and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music, Pelagial was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, and firmly stands as THE OCEAN‘s deepest, most challenging entry to their winding catalog of sound exploration. Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records. [MORE]

SOEN: Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer – Today the fine folks at Decibel Magazine are hosting a stream of “Savia” from progressive metal supergroup, SOEN. The tune comes courtesy of the band’s Cognitive debut initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter. Featuring the all-star lineup of drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.” [MORE]

EARTHLING Prepares To Release Debut LP Via Forcefield Records – Richmond, Virginia-based Forcefield Records confirms the pending Springtime release of the debut LP from local hellbrigade, EARTHLING. Formed in early 2009 as a project between Harrisonburg natives Alan Fary (guitar/vocals) and Brently Hilliard (drums), following several member shifts solidified the EARTHLING lineup with Praveen Chhetri (guitar) and Jordan Brunk (bass). Having released a pair of three-song demos, a split 7″ with the mighty Valkyrie, and having extensively inundated their local DIY music circuit, the band has crafted a crusty, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music. [MORE]

I KLATUS: Behold The Second LP By Chicago Sludge/Doom Hybridizing Collective – Rooted in the sprawling Chicago underground metal scene with ties to multiple internationally-notable musical and artistic forms of media, a massive composition five years in the making has finally arrived. Behold Kether, the second LP by sludge/doom hybridizing collective I KLATUS. [MORE]

EXHUMED: North American Tour With Suffocation To Commence Next Week; Flexi Available Via Decibel – West Coast gore deviants EXHUMED will take to the streets again this April on a near month long North American rampage alongside headliners, death metal icons Suffocation. The live assaults commence April 4th on Long Island, New York and will level nearly two dozen cities before coming to a close in April 28th in Hartford, Connecticut. Additional support will be provided by Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Adimiron and Lord of War (on select dates). [MORE]

HESSIAN: Song From Belgian Unit’s Southern Lord LP Playing At Invisible Oranges – A track from Belgian faction HESSIAN‘s Southern Lord debut Manégarmr has been dispensed today. A rabid surge of energetic punk/metal-infused hardcore raging with a blistering solo and pummeling breakdown with a total by-the-throat approach, on par with acts like Ringworm and Southern Lord mates All Pigs Must Die, “Plague Monger” is a prime example of what happens when the members of HESSIAN combine their damaging talents. [MORE]

IRON TONGUE: Arkansas Southern Rock Miscreants Join Neurot Recordings; Album Details Revealed – Neurot Recordings is pleased to release the debut from Arkansas southern rock collective IRON TONGUE! Fronted by Chris “CT” Terry, the founding frontman of sludge legion Rwake, IRON TONGUE formed when a group of veteran players with diverse musical backgrounds found a common interest in the need to get down and dirty and way, way gone. [MORE]

FULL OF HELL Discharges Track From Impending A389 LP Via Noisey/Vice – With a bestial eruption of noise-drenched/death-fueled hardcore which has set the underground ablaze in the past several years, crushing quartet FULL OF HELL will unload their newest sonic assault, Rudiments Of Mutilation, late this Spring via A389 Recordings. [MORE]

arbogast: Chicago Trio Prepares To Tour The Northeast US Next Week – Chicago’s rampant trio arbogast is preparing for an upcoming East Coast run of tour dates in support of their diverse debut full-length, I, recently released by Nefarious Industries. A hometown show on April 1st begins the trek, followed by shows in Columbus, Philly, NYC, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Pittsburgh over the first week of the month. [MORE]

DEAD IN THE DIRT: Writing Process Of Debut LP Complete; Recording To Commence Mid-April – The members of Atlanta-based grindcore trio DEAD IN THE DIRT have completed the writing process for their pending debut LP, and are preparing to set up camp to harness their latest blast-laden auditory dissent in the coming days. [MORE]

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Releases Lyric Video For “Agony of the Damned” – Portland’s favorite punk/metal delinquents TOXIC HOLOCAUST recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony of the Damned.” Initially featured on the band’s 2011 Conjure and Command full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an “updated” appearance on the From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction compilation, set for release via Relapse Records next month. [MORE]

KILLING JOKE: Exclusive Track Premiere Courtesy Of Decibel Magazine; North American Tour To Commence Next Month – In celebration of their soon-to-be-released three-disc anthology and long anticipated North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of KILLING JOKE‘s “Timewave” demo! Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the Absolute Dissent studio sessions and comes by way of The Singles Collection 1979-2012. [MORE]

THE UNCLEAN: New Album From Ohio Rock Trio Streaming At This Is Not A Scene – Tune in – the second album from Akron, Ohio-based classic rock trio THE UNCLEAN is streaming in its entirety. Following its recent digital release, the mighty riff-laden The Eagle soars with nearly forty minutes of THE UNCLEAN‘s blues-based classic American rock and roll, fusing their ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead influences with lyrics drenched in blue-collar pride and struggles of everyday life. [MORE]

HAVOK Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album – Denver thrashers HAVOK have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, The Point Of No Return, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date produced third full-length album. [MORE]

Eolian Empire KEEP OUR HEADS Compilation: 26 Portland Bands, 99-Minutes Of Bedlam; The Obelisk Streaming New Diesto Track – Recently out of hibernation, Portland’s extreme/outsider label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on their diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed KEEP OUR HEADS label compilation. [MORE]

INDIAN: Chicago Doom Misanthropes Complete New Album – Chicago doom misanthropes INDIAN recently completed work on their forthcoming studio offering for Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2011’s critically lauded Guiltless long player was recorded at Electrical Audio and Soma Studios in Chicago with engineer/co-producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Yob, Samothrace). Additional synthesis contributions have been provided by Parker and Mark Solotroff. [MORE]

DEVOURMENT: Bonus Track To New LP Now Slaying At Gunshyassassin – Following DEVOURMENT‘s recent East Coast assault, having torn through Brooklyn and Philly two weeks ago leaving audiences battered and mangled, today the horde deploy yet another new track to the masses. [MORE]

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants Kick Off Paganfest Saturday – Finnish folk metal merchants ENSIFERUM return to North America as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest! The ceremonies commenced in Denver Saturday and plunder through 21 cities with an included evening of pillaging at this the fifteenth addition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott. [MORE]

THE BODY Preaches End-Time Sermon Through New Hymn At Pitchfork – Even though recent warnings of new hymns from apocalyptic sludge ministers THE BODY have been released, you have failed to listen and repent, and now it appears it’s too late, as today the first of three new orations has been revealed. [MORE]

CLAMFIGHT: New Digs In Sight – Additional new digs have also been scheduled, with CLAMFIGHT shipping out again with a show in York, Pennsylvania next Saturday, April 6th, followed by several other rakings in South Carolina, Virginia, and back in Pennsylvania and Maryland again later in the month. While more voyages are still being plotted for the Spring and Summer seasons, the band set on exploring more westerly waters, CLAMFIGHT will also embark to take part in year’s Stoner Hands of Doom Festival in Richmond, Virginia November 7th through 10th. [MORE]

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