Roundup From The Compound – January 16th, 2017


EYEHATEGOD: IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit Update – Day-To-Day Lineup PostedEYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams successfully underwent a liver transplant last month and is currently on the slow road to recovery. To help with his mounting medical expenses, several benefit shows are being organized, the first of which will run from February 3rd through the 5th in Williams’ hometown of New Orleans. The three-day, festival-styled event will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues and includes appearances by Eyehategod, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard, and many more acts bound together for the cause. [MORE…]

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED: Ethereal Sludge Collective Confirms February Headlining Mini-Tour With Dust Moth; Video Teaser Posted – Ethereal progressive sludge collective HE WHOSE OX IS GORED will kick off the New Year with a West Coast headlining tour. The four-date mini excursion will commence on February 16th and make its way through Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Support will be provided by shoe gazing experimentalists Dust Moth featuring Ryan Frederiksen of These Arms Are Snakes. [MORE…]

TOMBS Announces US Tour With Darkest Hour, Ringworm, And Rivers Of Nihil; Band Enters Studio To Begin Recording Fourth Full-Length Album – Brooklyn-based experimental metal outfit TOMBS has entered Mana Recording Studio St. Petersburg, Florida to begin recording their fourth full-length. Produced once again by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal), the as-yet-untitled album is set for a Summer release via Metal Blade Records. Guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill comments: “I’ve been gearing up for this moment for all of the past year. Rutan is a master and I’m intending on us delivering the most punishing TOMBS record to date.” Following the recording, TOMBS will return to the road in March, joining Darkest Hour, Ringworm, and Rivers Of Nihil for a US journey from March 5th through March 21st. [MORE…]

UNEARTHLY TRANCE Premieres Second Single “Famine” From Forthcoming Full-Length Via Cvlt Nation – New York City sludge/doom/drone trio UNEARTHLY TRANCE today premieres the earth-shattering sounds of “Famine,” the second single from the forthcoming full-length Stalking The Ghost, via Cvlt Nation. Notes the esteemed blog, “Every minute of this album will drag your mind into fucked places… UNEARTHLY TRANCE‘s music is dank, murky, and full of the unknown, just like the rat-infested subway tunnels of the city they hail from! [MORE…]

REALITY SLAP: Revolver Magazine Debuts “Haymaker” Video By Portugal-Based Hardcore Act; Limitless EP Out This Week Through WAR Records – Portuguese hardcore outfit REALITY SLAP has released the latest video for “Haymaker” through an exclusive premiere at Revolver Magazine. The EP is set for release this Friday the 13th through WAR Records, the label founded by Andrew Kline of Strife. Combining the best of old-school aggression with a modern hardcore vibe, REALITY SLAP‘s songs are full of tight riffs, heavy grooves, and they always pack a massive punch. Refining their sound, they recorded their strongest material to date, Limitless, at Eyeball Studios in Portugal. Limitless bridges the gap between the old and the new, merging the enduring influence of DMIZE, Outburst, Breakdown, Cro-Mags, and Bad Brains mixed with modern bands like Turnstile, Backtrack, Down To Nothing, and Terror. [MORE…]

WHITE WILLOW Issues Art, Track Listing, Street Date, And More For Lasers’ Edge-Bound Seventh Album, Future Hopes – Laser’s Edge has confirmed the release date for Future Hopes, the seventh full-length from eclectic Norwegian prog quintet, WHITE WILLOW, unveiling the album’s artwork, track listing, and other details on the record. WHITE WILLOW‘s first album since 2011’s well-received Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory the band has ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for. Musically the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. Future Hopes also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80. [MORE…]

DAMNATIONS DAY: Australian Melodic Metal Outfit Signs With Sensory Records; Sophomore Release, A World Awakens, Due In March – Sensory Records enthusiastically welcomes Australian melodic progressive power metal outfit DAMNATIONS DAY to the label’s roster, signing the act for the early Spring release of their incoming sophomore record, A World Awakens. Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), A World Awakens maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of Invisible The Dead, while showcasing the bands growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting. Showcasing top-tier performances by vocalist/guitarist Mark Kennedy, brother and drummer Dean Kennedy, and lead guitarist Jon King, with additional strings and bass by Dean Wells, while not leaning to just one genre or direction, A World Awakens is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, only to pull you in further and further more on repeat. [MORE…]

CHILD BITE: Motor City Noise Rock Collective Kick Off US Tour With Superjoint And Battlecross – Motor City noise rock collective CHILD BITE will kick off 2017 with a seventeen-date US tour supporting labelmates Superjoint. The band’s latest journey will commence on January 12th and run through February 3rd and features additional support from fellow Detroit thrashers Battlecross. Additionally, CHILD BITE will perform at the For The Sick Benefit, a three-day festival-style event organized for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams, who successfully underwent a liver transplant late last month. The For The Sick Benefit will take place at Siberia and Poor Boys venues in New Orleans and will include appearances by Eyehategod, Superjoint, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Thou, Classhole, and many more acts bound together for the cause. [MORE…]

THE DRIP Unleashes Full Stream Of The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability Via Invisible Oranges – Washington State quintet THE DRIP has shared a full stream of The Haunting Fear of Inevitability debut full-length prior to release date through Relapse Records this Friday. Grind through the thirteen frenzied tracks alongside an in-depth interview with the band via Invisible Oranges, who proclaims that the album, “examines death’s mysterious underpinnings while exploring themes of domestic violence, religion and inner turmoil. Each crushing second of music is loaded with rattling blast beats and strata upon strata of shredded guitar.” [MORE…]

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017: King Diamond Confirmed To Headline Three-Day EventPSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017 – set to take place from August 18th through August 20th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada – confirms King Diamond as the festival’s grand headliner! 2017 marks thirty years since the release of King Diamond’s landmark Abigail release. King’s appearance at PSYCHO will be his only US performance of 2017. [MORE…]

LO-PAN Premieres “Pathfinder” At The Obelisk; Limited-Edition In Tensions EP Nears Release Via Aqualamb RecordsIn Tensions is the forthcoming, limited-edition five-song EP from Columbus, Ohio riff rockers LO-PAN. Their first release on Brooklyn’s Aqualamb Records (Husbandry, Black Black Black, Godmaker et al), In Tensions marks the next stage in the band’s continuous evolution. As a precursor to its official unveiling January 13th, today The Obelisk, who crowns LO-PAN the “best currently active purveyors of heavy rock in the US,” is hosting an official premiere of second single, “Pathfinder.” Calling the six-minute closer, “quite simply… the best song LO-PAN have ever written,” the blog further elaborates… [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE Releases “Woodlands Of Self-Impalement” Video + Spilt With Never Presence Forever; Hostile Alchemy EP To See February ReleaseGRIDFAILURE has issued a new video, created for the track “Woodlands Of Self-Impalement.” The new split cassette release with Never Presence Forever is also now available, as another new set of recordings nears release next month for the project’s one-year anniversary. “Woodlands Of Self-Impalement” is pulled from the Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP, which was issued for free download on Halloween. As with the recently-issued debut video for “Paranoia Will Not Coagulate,” the visual incarnation of the bleak passage was filmed in various regions of New York and Pennsylvania, shot and edited by the lone creator of GRIDFAILURE‘s pyroclastic disrupt. Said Loudwire of the track upon its initial release, “‘Woodlands Of Self-Impalement’ is seven-and-a-half minutes of brooding, ominous torture that begs for something catastrophic to happen, but it doesn’t – it just lurks in the shadows as you frantically survey your surroundings, just waiting for the axe to fall, pissing yourself with nervous anticipation.” [MORE…]

BLACK ANVIL: Noisey Streams As Was Full-Length In Its Entirety; Record Out NOW Via Relapse + North American Tour Looms – “Like Celtic Frost before them, BLACK ANVIL find ways to summon profound darkness without tapping into black metal clichés. Their latest ebbs and flows with effortless grace.” – Pitchfork Today, Vice’s music portal Noisey is streaming As Was, the forthcoming new studio offering from New York City’s BLACK ANVIL, in its engrossing entirety. Hailing As Was‘ “evil riffs, vicious grooves, and an uncharacteristic abundance of soaring clean vocals,” the stream comes in advance of the record’s official unveiling this Friday via Relapse Records. [MORE…]

BILL & PHIL: New Track From Project Uniting Horror Icon Bill Moseley And Metal Legend Philip H. Anselmo Streaming At Loudwire; Songs Of Darkness And Despair To See Release Via Housecore
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– Horror icon Bill Moseley – most notable as Chop Top in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Otis in Rob Zombie’s House Of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects – recently joined forces with extreme music legend Philp H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem etc.) for a very special collaborative release entitled BILL & PHIL‘s Songs Of Darkness And Despair. [MORE…]

MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE Kick Off European Tour TodayMIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE, the collaboration between Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker, will kick off their European tour tonight with Parker performing his solo experimental electronic set as support. The band’s latest trek will run through February 4. Check out the tour trailers below. [MORE…]

OOZEPUS: Japanese Trio Featuring Members Of Coffins And Linekraft To Issue Your Limit Debut EP Via Malignant Records In February; Track Streaming – Malignant Records confirms the label’s impending release of Your Limit, the proper debut by Japanese noise/metal outfit, OOZEPUS. A collaborative project between members of death metal/doom legends Coffins and industrial, junk metal abuser supreme, Linekraft, OOZEPUS is a three-piece, noise rock/post-industrial band reveling in the physicality and simplistic brutality of early-era Godflesh and Swans. Your Limit is OOZEPUS‘ first official release; a four-track EP built on battering repetition and singular, riffs, and propelled forth by rigid bass lines, warbled, underwater vocals, and massive percussive pummel. All of it is delivered with an infectious and hypnotic cadence, coalescing into a towering wall of heaviness and pressurized sludge. [MORE…]

REALITY SLAP: Limitless EP Streaming At Lambgoat; Record Out NOW On WAR Records – As WAR Records prepares to release the new Limitless EP by Portuguese hardcore outfit REALITY SLAP this week, the entire record is now streaming exclusively at Lambgoat. Tune in an unload Limitless at Lambgoat via THIS LOCATION. Also see the band’s “Haymaker” video at Revolver Magazine HERE. [MORE…]

HORSENECK: California Outfit Featuring Current And Past Members Of Will Haven And Chelsea Wolfe Unleash Hilarious New Video Through Clrvynt; Preorders For Heavy Trip Album PostedThis track is about the feeling you get after a hard party night. Like next level hard party night. When it doesn’t stop, and maybe you’ve made some horrible decisions, but you keep going and going and going.” – HORSENECK on “Michael Caine” California post hardcore/sludge misfits HORSENECK who feature within their ranks current and past members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe, will self-release their Heavy Trip full-length next month. The ten-track bruiser was captured by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios, mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering, and will see release on February 17th, 2017 on CD, cassette, and digital formats. [MORE…]

CLARK ASHTON SMITH’s The Muse Of Hyperborea And ROLAND TOPOR’s No Ordinary Fairy Samples Playing At Modern Vinyl; LPs Out NOW – As spoken arts/horror specialty label Cadabra Records issues two new deluxe vinyl titles this week – CLARK ASHTON SMITH’s The Muse Of Hyperborea, and ROLAND TOPOR‘s No Ordinary Fairy – audiophile realm Modern Vinyl is hosting audio samples from both records. Tune in and sample both fine vinyl releases RIGHT HERE. Cadabra Records will issue both The Muse Of Hyperborea and No Ordinary Fairy for sale to the public at Noon Eastern tomorrow, Friday the 13th, at THIS LOCATION. Additional updates on upcoming label titles will be released in the coming weeks. [MORE…]

THE OMINOUS CIRCLE Issues “As The Worm Descends” At Metal Injection; Appalling Ascension Nears Release Via 20 Buck Spin/Osmose – Portugal’s mysterious tyrants THE OMINOUS CIRCLE have issued a new torrent of blackened death from their impending Appalling Ascension debut album, as the record nears co-release through 20 Buck Spin and Osmose Productions. The newly unveiled “As The Worm Descends” comes writhing into the public through an exclusive premiere at Metal Injection. Issues the respected portal of the tune, “Darkness slowly descends over the opening moments as instruments grow into the mix. Harsh bellows emerge roughly ninety seconds in, spitting venom over bombing snares, kicks, and crashes. Curling riffs roar and dance, eventually engulfing the finale of the track in a fiery blaze. THE OMINOUS CIRCLE heeds wisdom from the likes of Incantation and disEMBOWELMENT in crafting songs like ‘As The Worm Descends’ and much of what else appears on Appalling Ascension.” [MORE…]

KINGS DESTROY: Brooklyn Doom Rock Unit Drops None More EP Via War Crime Recordings; Band To Support Sweden’s Truckfighters On North American Tour – Brooklyn-based five-piece heavy doom rock unit KINGS DESTROY drops a brand new EP, None More, TODAY January 13th, on limited-edition cassette via War Crime Recordings and digitally through streaming services. The follow-up to 2015’s critically-lauded self-titled full-length, None More is a fourteen-minute epic is broken down into six parts. The track showcases KINGS DESTROY‘s myriad influences, combining elements of doom, sludge, psych, rock, and metal into one sprawling, dynamic composition. It’s spaced-out, fuzzed-out, maxed-out, rock ‘n’ roll doom. [MORE…]

MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons To Kick Off North American Tour Next Week; De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Out Now And Streaming – Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a full North American takeover. Set to commence on January 20th in Montreal, Quebec, the headlining tour will pillage its way through two-dozen cities, the trek coming to a close on February 19th in New York, New York. Support will be provided by Black Anvil and Inquisition. On this special journey, MAYHEM will be performing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its monumental entirety. See all confirmed dates below. [MORE…]

COGNITIVE: Garden State Death Metal Merchants Kick Off Winter Trek With Artificial Brain; Band To Support Seeker On North American Tour This February – Garden State death metal merchants COGNITIVE will kick off a ten-date US journey with tech death collective Artificial Brain tonight. The Deformity Constellation Tour will commence in North Arlington, New Jersey and run through January 22nd in Chicago Illinois. From there, the band – who recently joined forces with the Continental Concerts talent agency – will take a short break before returning to the road for a North American trek supporting Seeker that will stretch from February 12th to March 4th with additional support provided by The Grindmother and Wvrm on select dates. [MORE…]

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