Roundup From The Compound – June 12th, 2017


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SCOUR: Extreme Metal Legion Uniting Current/Past Members Of Down, Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, And Misery Index To Play Two Special Shows This Week – COUR – the extreme metal collaboration featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), and Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth) will bring their scathing odes to the stage next week on a one off show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York before heading to Clisson, France for a performance at this year’s edition of Hellfest. SCOUR – who recently enlisted Adam Jarvis (Misery Index, Pig Destroyer) to their drum position – have played just one show together this past February at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana. View live footage below. [Filmed by Mike Holderbeast, Carolyn Babauta, Ritchi Rooster, Steven W. Richardson and Justin Delong. Audio recorded and mastered by Steven W. Richardson]. [MORE…]

OBELYSKKH: H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired The Providence LP By German Sludge Metal Outfit Out NOW In The US – The Providence, the H. P. Lovecraft-inspired fourth LP by German doom/sludge quartet, OBELYSKKH, sees its stateside release today through Exile On Mainstream Records and the label’s new US distribution. The Providence was recorded and mixed by Andy Naucke and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Tragedy, High On Fire, From Ashes Rise, Integrity), and again sees cover art crafted by Sebastian Feld/Marginal Ink. [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE’s Scathed Out Now; Album Available For FREE Download And On CD Via Darker Days Ahead“…the auditory miasma is like the sound of a man-made satellite continuing its orbit around a postapocalyptic earth, transmitting disembodied missives into the ether on ghost-inhabited frequencies.” – Factory Worker Media GRIDFAILURE‘s new Scathed album is out now, available for free download as well as CD through Minneapolis-based Darker Days Ahead. [MORE…]

ONE MASTER: Occult Black Metal Practitioners To Release Lycanthropic Burrowing Full-Length Via Eternal Death; New Psalm Streaming + July Tour Confirmed – Occult black metal practitioners ONE MASTER will unsheathe their traumatic Lycanthropic Burrowing full-length next month via Eternal Death Records. For the past fifteen years, ONE MASTER has been conjuring raw and aggressive black metal in the dark corners of the US underground. Following up their acclaimed Reclusive Blasphemy offering, which ranked among the best metal records of 2015 by Loudwire, Metal Sucks, and Metal Insider, their newest full-length Lycanthropic Burrowing delivers thirty-five minutes of cursed and dismal fury. From the militaristic oppression of “Will Of The Shadow” to the haunting ritualism of the closing title track, Lycanthropic Burrowing is an audio document of a band ascending towards the elite tier of US black metal occupied by bands such as Nightbringer and Leviathan. [MORE…]

WOLVHAMMER Enters The Studio; Recording Of Fourth LP Underway – Directly following their North American trek with Shining and Revenge, WOLVHAMMER entered New Constellation Studio in Orlando, Florida this weekend, and is currently immersed in the recording of their fourth LP, which will be completed for release later this year. Issues WOLVHAMMER‘s Adam Clemans from the studio, “We just finished a three-week tour across the country with Revenge and Shining. Sharing the stage with those bands was a very visceral and enjoyable experience for us. We have all been supportive of both bands for some time, so we were very pleased to be able to join forces with them for a tour. Currently we are in Orlando, Florida recording our fourth LP with Jarrett Pritchard [Goatwhore, 1349, Brutality] at New Constellation Studio and we couldn’t be more stoked. Jarrett is a talented guy who understands our sound and our vision and I truly and firmly believe that this record will be our strongest and most venomous yet. Without giving away too much, the new record has a bit of a throwback vibe to the more punk based sound and roots that originally birthed the band. But we are still expanding our sound and influences simultaneously as we are all very much into goth and deathrock bands.” [MORE…]

AFTERBIRTH: New York Progressive Death Metal Behemoths Featuring Members Of Helmet, Artificial Brain, And Buckshot Facelift To Release The Time Traveler’s Dilemma Debut Via Unique Leader; New Track Streaming – New York-based death metal behemoths AFTERBIRTH – featuring within its ranks members of Helmet, Artificial Brain, and Buckshot Facelift – will release their brutalizing The Time Traveler’s Dilemma debut full-length via Unique Leader Records this summer. Among the earliest purveyors of brutal death metal, AFTERBIRTH was forged on Long Island, New York during the Summer of 1993. The following year, the band released the Psychopathic Embryotomy studio demo which has since become something of a cult-like classic among the extreme metal underground. Due to various issues among its members however, AFTERBIRTH disbanded shortly thereafter the recording. [MORE…]

ANIMA NOSTRA: Industrial/Doom Duo Featuring Nordvargr Founder Issues Track From Malignant Records-Bound Atraments Album At Decibel Magazine – With the release of the terrifying new Atraments full-length by ANIMA NOSTRA – the Sweden/UK-based industrial/doom duo founded by Henrik Nordvargr Björkk and Margaux Renaudin – just over a week from release through Malignant Records, Decibel Magazine has hosted a stream of “Composition For The Shadow Self.” [MORE…]

WITCH VOMIT: “Accursed Temple Of The Great Deceiver” By Portland Death Metal Outfit Playing At Cvlt Nation; Poisoned Blood MLP Nears Release Via 20 Buck Spin – Recent 20 Buck Spin signees WITCH VOMIT have expulsed a vile new offering from the band’s impending Poisoned Blood MLP, putting “Accursed Temple Of The Great Deceiver” on public display. The song has been issued through a Cvlt Nation-hosted premiere, the popular blog offering of the Portland, Oregon-based death metal covens grueling works, “WITCH VOMIT songs pack the punch of D-Beat while twisting your brains cells in unrelenting storm of putrid death metal grimness… WITCH VOMIT spits out morbid diseased riffs on every track that will have you choking on your own nightmares!” [MORE…]

BARDSPEC: Otherworldly Project Featuring Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson Undrapes “Bone” Video At Cvlt Nation; Hydrogen Record Release Show At Saint Vitus Bar Looms“…a wistful paean to the atmospheric achievements of electronic pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Cluster, replete with shimmering walls of old-school synths and a persistent motorik pulse that’s equal parts Kraftwerk and Neu!” – Team Rock Hydrogen, the forthcoming debut from BARDSPEC, an experimental side project featuring Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin, is nearly two weeks away. [MORE…]

KHOST: Governance Album By UK Industrial Metal Duo Streaming In Its Entirety; Record Out Next Week Via Cold Spring RecordsGovernance, the third album from Birmingham, UK-based harsh industrial duo. KHOST, is now streaming in its unrelenting entirety as Cold Spring Records prepares for its official release next week. KHOST‘s Governance continues the band’s immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance, written and recorded during the Winter of 2016-17, a time of great unease and sickness for the band which nearly resulted in the death of one member. A hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape which devastates the listener with nearly fifty minutes of entrancing yet hazardous tectonic doom-laced revulsion, Governance was produced and mixed by KHOST, and mastered by Martin Bowes at Cage Studio. The album features a guest spoken word passage from Oxbow’s Eugene Robinson on the track “Cloudbank Mausoleum,” and guest cello by Jo Quail on “Defraction,” and closes with a remix of the track “Coven” by Tel Aviv artist Adrian Stainburner. [MORE…]

WARBEAST: Texas Metal Titans To Release Enter The Arena Full-Length Via Housecore Records This August; Vocalist Bruce Corbitt Announces Retirement Following Cancer Diagnosis – Final Farewell Footage Posted + Medical Fundraising Campaign Launched – Texas metal titans WARBEAST will release their long-waited new full-length, Enter The Arena, this August via Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records. Captured at Anselmo’s Nodferatu’s Lair, mixed by Mike Thompson at the Riff Factory and mastered by Lee Russell, Enter The Arena features newest WARBEAST recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud, and stands among band’s most potent, volatile, and unrepentantly powerful offering yet. [MORE…]

PROSPEKT Debuts “Alien Makers Of Discord” Featuring Greg Howe Of Michael Jackson Via Bravewords; The Illuminated Sky Nears Release Through Sensory Records – British progressive metal outfit PROSPEKT has premiered the first single from their impending second album, The Illuminated Sky, which is slated for a July release through Sensory Records. The new song, “Alien Makers Of Discord,” features a guest guitar contribution from Greg Howe of Michael Jackson fame and more, and makes is public debut through an exclusive stream at Bravewords. [MORE…]

EXPULSION: Decibel Magazine Streams “Total Human Genocide” From Extreme Metal Legion Featuring Members Of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, And More – Recent Relapse signees EXPULSION – featuring within its cast members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome, and numerous others – will release their debut album Nightmare Future next month. In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine delivers opening hymn, “Total Human Genocide,” for public consumption. [MORE…]

LOYAL UNTIL DEATH: Florida Hardcore Outfit Debuts “What Never Dies” Video At Decibel Magazine; Remain Defiant LP Nears Release Via 1732 Records – Florida-based brutal hardcore outfit LOYAL UNTIL DEATH is preparing for the July release of their ruthless new LP, Remain Defiant, through 1732 Records, this week unleashing an official lyric video for the album’s “What Never Dies” through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine. Fans of Terror, Crucified, Hatebreed, and other top-tier metallic hardcore acts will not hesitate to dive headfirst into the brutal grooves and antagonistic delivery of “What Never Dies,” as LOYAL UNTIL DEATH comes swinging with lines like, “Broward County: dropping the hammer down on you motherfuckers.” [MORE…]

TYRANNOSORCERESS Debuts “In The Light Of The Sabbat Moon” At Metal Injection; Shattering Light’s Creation LP Nears Release Through Tofu Carnage – “This work is an epitaph to the knowledge bestowed upon us so long ago. For in the dark and hidden reaches, the truly ascended are of Hell. For we are all as gateways, and Lilith is the key.” Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive premiere of “In The Light Of The Sabbat Moon” from Dallas-based black metal horde TYRANNOSORCERESS, and the band’s impending Shattering Light’s Creation debut LP. [MORE…]

UNSANE: Legendary Noise Rock Trio To Release Eighth LP Via Southern Lord; US Summer Tour Including AmRep Bash Booked – Southern Lord eagerly confirms the label’s new partnership with legendary New York City-based noise rock outfit UNSANE for the early Fall release of their eighth studio full-length, Sterilize. Since 1988, UNSANE has pounded the planet with their caustic grooves and foundation-crumbling riffs having released LPs through a wide range of labels including Matador/Atlantic, Amphetamine Reptile, Relapse, Ipecac, Alternative Tentacles, and others, not to mention a wide range of singles, splits, and live albums. The band’s gnarled blend of punk, metal, noise, and hardcore helping to define the “AmRep sound” alongside other forerunners of the style, Today Is The Day, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tad, Cows, Halo Of Flies, Melvins, and others. [MORE…]

BARROWS: US Tour In Support Of Cinematic New Obsidion LP Underway – Los Angeles-based instrumental rock outfit BARROWS is currently embarked on their tour across the entire US, delivering the dynamic and entrancing textures of their cinematic new LP, Obsidion. Formed in Syracuse by Jim Leonard and Richy Epolito, before the two relocated to Los Angeles, BARROWS recruited guitarist Ryo Higuchi and bassist Brock Haltiwanger to flesh out the live lineup. Having proven themselves to be a formidable force in the realm of exploratory rock through two prior albums – 2011’s Imprecari Island, and 2014’s Red GiantBARROWS reaches further into the depths of consciousness on Obsidion. Boasting driving passages amidst massive expanses of powerful cosmic and atmospheric exploration. Obsidion was recorded and mixed by Sean Foye, Jim Leonard, and Richy Epolito, mastered by Eroc from the legendary Krautrock band Grobschnitt, and features artwork and photography by Alexandre Souêtre. [MORE…]

GOATWHORE: Headlining Tour With Anciients UnderwayGOATWHORE kicked off a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers, Anciients this past Friday. The tour will run through July 1st. The band’s latest journey comes in advance of their previously announced North American fall takeover supporting UK-based metal icons Venom Inc. The Blood Stained Earth Tour will pillage twenty-eight cities from September 1st through October 2nd. Additional support will be provided by Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Ohio deathcore unit The Convalescence. See all confirmed dates below.[MORE…]

NECROT: Blood Offerings Full-Length From Bay Area Death Cult Streaming In Full; Record Out NOW Via Tankcrimes – “Metaphorically, it’s like putting your ear up to the chest of a rotting corpse and listening to the parasites eat it from the inside out. NECROT has recorded an album so putrescent you can almost smell it.” – Paste Magazine Bay Area death cult NECROT – founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, Rude, and more – will drop their anticipated second LP, Blood Offerings, via Tankcrimes. [MORE…]

CYTOTOXIN: No Clean Singing Premieres New Track From Chernobyl-Themed Death Metal Unit; Gammageddon Preorders Available – “‘Gammageddon’ is explosively powerful, a breathtakingly fast scourge that’s brutally jolting and will also spin your brain around like it’s been teleported into a high-speed centrifuge.” – No Clean Singing on Gammageddon’s title track Gammageddon is the forthcoming new full-length from Germany-based, Chernobyl-themed death bringers, CYTOTOXIN. Captured earlier this year again at Kohlekeller Studios, Gammageddon centers itself on the city of Pripyat. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on February 1970 as the ninth nuclear city – a type of closed city – in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of nearly fifty-thousand by the time it was evacuated the day after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The city is now a ghost town. Gammageddon serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation with its unadulterated technical extremity. At a forty-minute run time, even the deepest, densest bunkers won’t protect you from this massive overindulgence of radioactive brutality. [MORE…]

BISON: BrooklynVegan Shares “Water Becomes Fire” From Vancouver Sludge Unit; Canadian Mini Tour Underway – s Vancouver sludge practitioners BISON ready for the release of their long-anticipated You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient full-length, today BrooklynVegan offers up the brooding sounds of “Water Becomes Fire.” Issues the esteemed blog, “[You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient] may prove to be the band’s best album yet; while previous releases had great songs, …Ocean… has a cohesive, deliberate structure that the other albums lack. The band’s affinity for longer songs and a dual vocal attack are firmly in place, as well as their knack for weaving bursts of thrash between the slower sinews of sludge. The songs flow effortlessly into one another, culminating in album closer ‘Water Becomes Fire.’ It starts slow, layering guitars atop what sounds like a fiddle or violin, distortion building and blasting for a few moments before pulling back again. The dynamic is familiar but effective; Neurosis has built their brand on the ‘soft-loud-swirl-dirge-repeat’ hook, and BISON follows it (mostly) to the letter here. That’s no slight; plenty of bands attempt the same thing and fall away, whereas BISON sounds like they used their time away to figure out what works best and went with that.” [MORE…]

MEATWOUND Featured In DigBMX Video; Band Confirms New Tour Dates + Largo LP Out Now On Magic Bullet Records – A corrosive track from Tampa’s MEATWOUND and the band’s new Largo LP, is featured in a new video on DigBMX. The track “Flesh Tag” serves as an appropriately hard-hitting soundtrack for an intense video feature on pro BMX rider Matt Coplon. [MORE…]

BLACK WIZARD: North American Tour With Weedeater Underway – Canadian heavy metal/stoner rock unit BLACK WIZARD is currently scouring the streets alongside North Carolina Southern metal goliaths Weedeater. The journey, which commenced June 8th in Richmond, Virginia will run through June 29th in Carborro, North Carolina. Additional support is being provided by Washington state riff tyrants Serial Hawk. See all confirmed dates below. [MORE…]

GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Marauders Unveil Hang Ten Repressing And “Wall Of Death” Seven-Inch Via Tankcrimes + European Tour Dates Announced – The notorious masked marauders of Creepsylvania, GHOUL, today soil the masses with a repressing of their critically-lauded Hang Ten ten-inch. Hang Ten was initially released on Record Store Day 2014 and quickly solid out. But you can dry those tears today. A limited pressing of 300 is now available on pink splatter wax as well as 1000 on electric blue. [MORE…]

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