EARTHLING: Blackened Sci-Fi Thrashers’ Southeastern US Tour Begins Today

Black/thrash purveyors EARTHLING head back out on the road today on a new run of live infiltrations of clubs across the Southeastern quadrant of the country. This latest barrage of live broadcasts kicks into gear tonight in Knoxville, Tennessee, then plowing south with shows in the Carolinas and Florida over the next nine evenings, ending at Fall Line Fest in Richmond, Virginia with Inter Arma, Thou, Woe and more. After a few days off-duty, they bust out on a three-day riffing spree across their native Virginia September 12th, 13th and 14th, including shows with Zuul, Deceased and others.

A furious and infectious maelstrom of doom-infused thrash mastery, Dark Path — the blazing debut LP from the Harrison-based EARTHLING quartet — was released via their cohorts at Forcefield Records in May, and was well-received by humans involved in the underground music media as well as innocent bystanders. Through an organic, blackened, thrashing hybrid of metal drawing influences from across the spectrum of extreme music, the band’s corrosive live attack was finally captured on record. Recorded by Garret Morris (Windhand, Cough, Parasytic, Bastard Sapling) and mastered by Mikey Allred (Inter Arma, Hellbender, Across Tundras), Dark Path is a coarse, diverse display of the band’s terrorizing spirit; a ravenous force that has guided the group through countless shows, relentless demo recordings, and over five years of sheer sacrifice.

8/29/2013 The Poison Lawn – Knoxville, TN w/ Rudemas, In L’a Kesh
8/30/2013 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC w/ Divulgence, The Terrigen Mist
8/31/2013 911 House – Gainesville, FL
9/01/2013 The Shelter – St Petersburg, FL
9/02/2013 Shantytown Pub – Jacksonville, FL
9/03/2013 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
9/04/2013 Da Beach House – Nags Head, NC
9/05/2013 The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC
9/06/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Fest w/ Inter Arma, Thou, Woe, Barge
9/12/2013 Blue Nile – Harrisonburg, VA w/ Zuul, Salvaticus
9/13/2013 house show – Charlottesville, VA w/ Salvaticus
9/14/2013 The Attic – Luray, VA w/ Deceased, Inhumation

“Earthling shifts between various speeds of thrash… Those changes in direction and speed allow Earthling to push each part of the song decisively into the red, so that, just when the whole thing starts to wobble, they transition and regain their footing. The instability breeds the same sort of excitement as a mosh pit, where the risk of wiping out only increases the thrill of serving as a standing pinball.” – Pitchfork

“…a ripping blend of crust and proto-black metal riffs that boil from a vast melting pot of extremity; their truly diverse extreme sound also brings with it the incessant need to thrash.” – Terrorizer

“…like bong ripping yourself into a black hole where the other side is the embodiment of Mob Rules era Sabbath with the addition of some major Mega Man shred duals.” – Mxdwn

“…a potent blend of Southern riffs and black metal atmospheres, casting off much of that genre’s pretentious silliness in favor of an earthier pummel.” – The Aquarian Weekly

“The urgent speed that the band goes at for the most part easily reminds one of the early days of Teutonic thrash, and bands such as Kreator and Destruction quickly come to mind with the extremity that is present on the record.” – Heavy Metal Tribune