EarsplitPR: Roundup From The Compound – March 4, 2013

VREID: Welcome Farewell Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Metal Army America – In celebration of its upcoming North American release \Tuesday, Metal Army America is currently streaming VREID‘s Welcome Farewell in its entirety for a limited time! Fittingly crowned “energetic, infectious, virulently catchy, and furiously, belligerently aggressive,” by No Clean Singing, Welcome Farewell was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie Recordings, March 5, 2013. [MORE]

WINDHAND: Cvlt Nation Premieres Track From Band’s Upcoming Split With COUGHCvlt Nation is currently hosting an exclusive post of “Amaranth,” a crushing exercise of sonic doom riffery and massive amplification from Richmond, Virginia’s WINDHAND. The track comes from Reflection Of The Negative, the band’s upcoming split with city/scene-mates COUGH, slated to drop this April through Relapse Records. Pulsing with seven-and-a-half minutes of pulverizing slow-motion fuzztone, trancelike ethereal clean vocals, and a haze-inducing overall vibe diehards of Electric Wizard, Pallbearer, Ramesses and the like will no doubt get down with. [MORE]

ALTAAR: New Full-Length Streaming In Full at Invisible OrangesNorwegian somber sound exhibitionists ALTAAR will unleash their new self-titled offering of sonic enormity tomorrow, February 26, 2013 in Europe via their new label home, Indie Recordings. Offering up two songs in 35 morose minutes, Altaar was recorded at Taakeheimen Studio with Morten Øby, mixed by Espen T. Hangård at Dogskool Studio and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio. Describes Cvlt Nation: “So it begins, with a slow melodic movement with a majestic sorrow rising from the sparse instrumentation. The repetitive flow builds momentum and invites the listener further into the layers of harmonics, and the drums wisely hover in the background to delicately punctuate the song without making too much out of it….one of the strongest releases this year in this genre.” [MORE]

IN THE SILENCE: Sensory To Release Album From Ominous California Prog ActSensory Records this week confirms the upcoming release of A Fair Dream Gone Mad, the sprawling debut full-length from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, IN THE SILENCE. [MORE]

EIGHT BELLS Announce The Captain’s Daughter Spring Tour 2013 + Record Release Show This Saturday!Oregon ethereal sound sorcerers EIGHT BELLS are pleased to announce a stretch of Spring live dates set to commence with two hometown warm-up shows… The official roadside takeover will begin on April 18th at Ash Street Saloon in Portland and writhe its way through Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City, Oakland and San Francisco before coming to a ceremonial close in Eureka, California on April 27th. The band will be joined by SubRosa on select dates. [MORE]

GODHUNTER: Third Leg Of Winter Tour Offensive On SXSW Begins FridayFollowing their two previous tour assaults throughout California and Arizona, GODHUNTER is preparing for the start of the third and final offensive of their Winter 2013 tour. [MORE]

VON: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Hands Of Black Death”Dark Gods Rise Again! VON has returned to unleash Seven Billion Slaves, the first of three volumes to begin the long-anticipated Dark Gods trilogy. Set for digital release March 22, 2013 via Von Records, Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves was mixed by Andrew Ragin of The Atlas Moth and features nine brand new blackened hymns by the legendary purveyors of filth. [MORE]

Candlelight Records February 2013 Label UpdateCROWN (World): This French duo creates a wondrous sound that weaves electronics and bombastic guitars to maximum effect. Their Candlelight debut, titled Psychurgy, is set for North American release on June 11. Check out an advance track now on a free Candlelight Bandcamp sampler (also featuring songs from Cnoc An Tursa, Nine Covens, Wodensthrone, Voices, and more). [MORE]

DEATH TO ALL: North American Tour Dates AnnouncedThe esteemed DEATH TO ALL Tour, celebrating the life and music of DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, will be returning in 2013 for an even larger run of dates. After a successful 2012 run, the tour, now referred to as DTA1, will feature the original lineup of DEATH from Human – guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic/Exist. The band will be playing a selection of songs from the first four DEATH albums including the cream of the Human album. [MORE]

EAST OF THE WALL Announces April East Coast/Midwest Tour; Deluxe LP Reissue Of Debut Album SlatedTech/prog metal squad EAST OF THE WALL this week transmits the details for their upcoming stateside April tour. Beginning with a home state kickoff show on April 12th, the tour will hit eleven cities across the East Coast and Midwestern U.S. Sponsored by long-running webzine Metal Underground, the trek will see EOTW teamed up with LA-based stoner/groove metal outfit All Hail The Yeti for all shows, with Indiana’s math/experimental metal outfit Exotic Animal Petting Zoo also joining the melee on three dates. [MORE]

SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME: West Coast Tour BeginsWhile NEUROSIS continues to dominate massive venues in support of their acclaimed tenth studio endeavor, Honor Found In Decay, founding guitarist/vocalist SCOTT KELLY has been touring smaller clubs with his more personal solo material amidst the shows. In addition to his recent American performances as part of CORRECTIONS HOUSE, and recent tours stateside and in Europe as SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME, the latter act will perform a new string of West Coast shows… [MORE]

HOWL: Providence Riff Militia Unleashes Cover Art + Album Trailer Providence riff militia HOWL will unleash their second full-length of molten metal filth this April. Entitled Bloodlines, the ten-track offering was recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al), its metallic lead-footed sludge hitting with all the subtlety of getting shot in the face with a howitzer. Recommended for fans of Mastodon, Entombed, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Baroness, Kylesa and the like. [MORE]

CALL OF THE VOID: New Track Unveiled Via Invisible OrangesThe perpetrators at Invisible Oranges offer up an exclusive premiere of “Bottom Feeder” from powerviolence-seared hardcore instigators CALL OF THE VOID. The track comes off the band’s fittingly titled Dragged Down A Dead End Path full-length, set to detonate next month. A perennially infuriated 25+ minute display of audio hate, Dragged Down A Dead End Path was recorded at the Boar’s Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah by Andy Patterson, mastered by Chris Mcnaughton, and offers up a maniacal fusion of grind, crust and broken souls. Formerly known as Ironhorse, CALL OF THE VOID seamlessly merge visions of grind forefathers Pig Destroyer while effortlessly treading the abrasive, caustic nature of Converge’s hybrid progressive hardcore and Mastodon’s technical metal-tinged rock mastery. [MORE]

arbogast: Genre-Mangling Chicago Trio Prepares For Live ActionsChicago-based arbogast‘s off-kilter but seamless hybrid of extreme musical styles infiltrated the media at the turn of the year by way of a crushing debut album, simply entitled I. The trio’s slamming hooks and percussion are also fueled by sturdy societal and political standpoints. [MORE]

TODAY IS THE DAY Premieres Exclusive Single With Noisey/Vice; North American Tour BeginsWith TODAY IS THE DAY now just a week from embarking on their six-week headlining North American tour, today the trio releases a brand new surprise single upon the unsuspecting public. [MORE]

BATILLUS Added To Pitchfork’s SXSW Showcase; Concrete Sustain Tour Begins Industrial doom henchmen BATILLUS are pleased to announce their inclusion on this year’s Show No Mercy SXSW showcase sponsored by mega web portal Pitchfork. Scheduled for March 13th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Mohawk, the band will appear alongside Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder, Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Vattnet Viskar, Pinkish Black, Inter Arma, Wet Lungs and Encrust! More information at THIS LOCATION. [MORE]

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV Adds Terror and Goatwhore To The Lineup + More Chances To WinToday the promoters of the fifteenth annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to announce two new additions to the lineup in the form of legendary hardcore battalion Terror and blackened thrash tyrants Goatwhore! This adds to an already monumental lineup that features over seventy acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum, including headlining sets from Hatebreed, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as iconic thrash behemoths Anthrax, who will be performing their classic Among The Living full-length in its entirety as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour. [MORE]

WORMED: Sci-Fi Death Metal Hellions Premiere New Track at Invisible OrangesToday death metal’s favorite space travelers WORMED bring you “Stellar Depopulation,” courtesy of Invisible Oranges. The latest track premiere comes in celebration of the band’s forthcoming studio outing, Exodromos. Recorded at Sadman Studios in Madrid, Spain and mastered by Mika Jussila (Amorphis, Impaled Nazarene, Children of Bodom, Nightwish etc.) at the infamous Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, Exodromos will be unleashed upon the masses on March 26, 2013 via Willowtip Records. Notes Invisible Oranges of the offering: “WORMED is playing cutting-edge technical death metal now, complete with actual dynamics and guitar work that is both adventurously noisy and adventurously melodic – a rare combination.” [MORE]

ALL HAIL THE YETI Locks Hollywood Undead, In This Moment, East Of The Wall Tours
Los Angeles’ ALL HAIL THE YETI is set to embark on the first of three North American tours in just a few short days, as the crew continues to take their brutal and melodic groove-heavy anthems to new audiences in support of their self-titled debut full-length, released at the end of August worldwide via AFM Records. [MORE]

BUCKSHOT FACELIFT: Long Island Filthgrind Savages Deliver Self-Released 11″ LP – Sworn to come back harder and more hateful than ever in 2013, and already proving it, Huntington, Long Island grindcore faction BUCKSHOT FACELIFT have delivered their latest auditory assault on the scum of the Earth with their self-released Elder’s Rasp LP. [MORE]