EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – February 25, 2013

AKRIS: Psychedelic Sludge Duo Joins Domestic Genocide Records – Virginia-based psychedelic sludge sorcerers AKRIS recently joined forces with Domestic Genocide Records for the release of their forthcoming full-length debut. Recorded by Chris Kozlowski at Polar Bear Lair Studios in Middleton, Maryland, the offering is slated to drop later this Summer. [MORE]

CONNY OCHS: Lead Song From Upcoming Second LP Black Happy Now Playing – German singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS has been making music for over a decade now in various incarnations – with bands, unique projects and as a solo artist. While local punters endorse and worship his musical endeavors, and especially his first solo album Raw Love Songs which was released on Exile On Mainstream records in March 2011, it was the collaboration with Scott “Wino” Weinrich on the 2012 album Heavy Kingdom that really put him on the international map. [MORE]

WARTORN Confirms Midwest Tour With Raw Power; Full Album Streaming – In support of their latest full-length, Iconic Nightmare, Appleton, Wisconsin crust brigade WARTORN this week announces an upcoming Spring tour with legendary Italian hardcore/punk outfit Raw Power! Running from April 26th through May 4th the two acts will invade nine Midwestern American cities on a high-paced warpath, including a show at the two-day Forward Ohio Fest alongside Masakari, Coke Bust, Violent Restitution, Backslider, Nukehammer and others, a show in Pittsburgh with drunkpunk masters Submachine, and more. [MORE]

DEVOURMENT: Entire Relapse Debut Now Streaming At StereokillerConceived In Sewage, DEVOURMENT‘s fifth full-length, and first for Relapse Records, is officially available in North America today. The bludgeoning nine-song album showcases some of the most vicious and well-played intensity the band has ever unleashed, all engineered with the crushing production of Erik Rutan at his Mana Studio, resulting in a flood of praise from the metal media. [MORE]

DORO Issues Roadside Update – Legendary Metal Queen DORO PESCH recently finished up her Raise Your Fist North American tour which commenced with a fiery appearance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise late last month! Touring in support of the anthemic Raise Your Fist full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year, the iconic songstress continues to enthrall the masses with her permeating voice, metallic grace and infectious, onstage charm. [MORE]

AZURE EMOTE: New Track From All-Star Avant/Death Opus ArisesAZURE EMOTE, the avant-garde death metal entity envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas), will release its second full-length work, The Gravity Of Impermanence, worldwide on April 3rd via Selfmadegod Records. [MORE]

BAPTISTS: Debut LP Out Now; Full Album Streaming Via Exclaim! MagazineBushcraft, the debut LP from Vancouver’s most explosive band, BAPTISTS, is out now worldwide via Southern Lord. While the band’s initial 7″ immediately turned heads scene-wide, Bushcraft is ripping them right off. Recorded with Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studio, the album showcases the band’s creed of destruction through a blistering hybrid of punk-fueled hardcore propelled by white-knuckled snare-blasts, d-beat thunder, dissonant riff urgency and an overall relentless by-the-throat approach. [MORE]

SANNHET: Debut Album Streaming At Noisey/Vice – The debut album from Brooklyn post-metal trio SANNHET, the massive Known Flood, is officially out today worldwide via Sacrament Music. Today, Vice Magazine’s music channel Noisey.com is streaming the entire album, stating, “Known Flood is 45 minutes of unrelenting, expertly crafted instrumental hardcore with something to prove. Intimidated? You should be.” [MORE]

TODAY IS THE DAY: Live Assault On North America To Begins Next MonthTODAY IS THE DAY confirms the latest routing for their upcoming North American 2013 Spring live assault, set to embark in just two weeks, now verified to raid thirty-eight cities between March 5th and April 14th. The tour will also coincides with the band’s twentieth anniversary this year. [MORE]

NIGHTBITCH: Connecticut Metal Tyrants To Unleash New 12″ + Lyric Video Hosted By Invisible Oranges Available – Connecticut occult metal tyrants NIGHTBITCH will unleash their latest Danzigian/Blackmore-driven bone metal anthems with the three-song Chainmaker 12″. Set for release on March 26, 2013 via Ear One Productions, Chainmaker serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length. [MORE]

EAST OF THE WALL Announces New Lineup; Band Releases Digital Single As Benefit For Translator Audio – New Jersey progressive metal unit EAST OF THE WALL has posted a new digital single to benefit Translator Audio, the renowned NYC-based studio having been completely destroyed when Hurricane Sandy blasted the East Coast in October. Translator Audio was the place countless bands have recorded some of their most impressive material, including Keelhaul, Unsane, Pelican, Cave In, Made Out Of Babies, Rosetta, and more, including where EAST OF THE WALL recorded their commended 2011-released The Apologist LP. [MORE]

thehappymask To Release Debut Full-Length Via Domestic Genocide Next Month – The eclectic metal peddlers at Domestic Genocide are pleased to reveal Ruines, the debut from one-man post-rock/post-black metal/shoegaze project, thehappymask. [MORE]

SOEN: Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This SummerSOEN, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring their Cognitive debut stateside this Summer. [MORE]

THE UNCLEAN: Ohio Rock Trio Drops Second Full-Length – Ohio-based trio THE UNCLEAN has this month self-released their sophomore full-length album, in the process unleashing some of the most classic but contemporary, polluted but pristine rock n’ roll the underground has to offer. [MORE]

STRATOVARIUS: Nemesis Album Samples Posted; Record To See North American Release Next Tuesday – In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, Nemesis, melodic metal legends STRATOVARIUS are offering up sound/video snippets of its eleven tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), Nemesis will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records next Tuesday, February 26, 2013. [MORE]

BATILLUS: Exclusive Track Premiere Hosted By Invisible Oranges; Live Takeover To Commence Next Week – Today the metal practitioners at Invisible Oranges bring you the exclusive premiere of “Mirrors,” from investigative industrial doom ensemble BATILLUS. “Mirrors” comes off the band’s upcoming new long player entitled Concrete Sustain. Set to drop via Seventh Rule Recordings on March 19, 2013, Concrete Sustain was co-produced by audio sage Sanford Parker at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room. [MORE]

THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package – As the massive fifteenth edition of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL continues to expand, the legendary event is pleased to welcome the coming of Paganfest! The annual caravan, notorious for its wealth of folk-loving, mead-swilling, Pagan-centric musical exports, this year features Finnish folk metal heroes/headliners Ensiferum, alongside Faroe Islands natives Týr, Dutch Pagan metallers Heidevolk, Norway’s Trollfest and California thrashers Helsott. Paganfest will be making a stop at The Palladium on April 20th. [MORE]

INTER ARMA: NPR Releases Exclusive Track From Virginia Doom Purveyors – National Public Radio today unfurls a brand new track from Richmond, Virginia doomsmiths INTER ARMA, with the opening track to the band’s Relapse debut Sky Burial. “The Survival Fires” comes immediately alive with some of the most straightforward blackened blasting found on the multi-faceted album, yet overall reverberates with the pulsating, organic, earthmoving doom surge the band so expertly perpetuates. [MORE]