Roundup From The Compound – May 1st, 2017

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ODDLAND Premieres Video For Acoustic Version Of “Unknown” At PureGrainAudio; Tour With Labelmates Wolverine And Until Rain Underway – Finnish progressive metal outfit ODDLAND has issued a newly-filmed video this week, ahead of the band’s European tour with labelmates Wolverine and Until Rain, which kicks off this Wednesday. [MORE…]

THOUGHTS OF IONESCO: Long-Defunct Detroit-Based Post-Hardcore Icons To Release First New Studio Recording Since 2001 Via Corpse Flower; New Track Playing + Preorders Available – “…the ultimate realization of pain through sound…” – Alternative Press Long-defunct Detroit-based post-hardcore icons, THOUGHTS OF IONESCO, will release their first new studio recording since 2001 this June via Corpse Flower Records. [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Dendritic Collaborative Album Streaming At New Noise Magazine; Album Out NOW For Arbor Day – Dendritic, the new avant/ambient collaborative album by New York soloists GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE, will see release on Arbor Day this Friday, April 28th, As the artists are currently planting trees across the Lower Hudson Valley region in conjunction with the record, New Noise Magazine is streaming the album early. [MORE…]

BARROWS: Los Angeles Instrumental Rock Act Debuts “Entrada” From Impending Obsidion LP At MetalSucks; Month-Long US Tour Announced – Los Angeles-based exploratory instrumental rock outfit BARROWS has released the first full single from their upcoming third album, Obsidion, set for release in May. The song “Entrada” has been issued through an exclusive stream at MetalSucks. [MORE…]

THE DITCH AND THE DELTA Premieres “Fuck On Asphalt” Featuring Gentry Densley Of Eagle Twin At The Sludgelord; Hives In Decline Debut Nears Release Via Battleground Records – As Battleground Records prepares to release the Hives In Decline debut LP by Salt Lake City-based investigative sludge/math metal trio THE DITCH AND THE DELTA, The Sludgelord has issued the new track “Fuck On Asphalt,” which features guest contributions from Gentry Densley of Eagle Twin and Iceburn. [MORE…]

IIVII: Intergalactic Solo Project Spearheaded By Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Battle Of Mice, A Storm Of Light) To Unveil Invasion Full-Length This June Via Consouling Sounds; Video Clip Playing At BrooklynVegan + Preorders Available – IIVII (pronounced “ivy”) is the enigmatic intergalactic solo project spearheaded by visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Josh Graham. Focusing on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge, IIVII transcends genre confines exploring elements of drone, classical, ambient, electronica, and vaporwave. As a founding member of Red Sparowes, Battle Of Mice, and A Storm Of Light, IIVII has allowed Graham to strip away the bombast and distorted guitars, and channel the intensity and dread through subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres. [MORE…]

THE OBSESSED Releases “Sacred” Making Of… Video Clip; Headlining Tour With Karma To Burn Underway – “… Sacred will rank among the top albums of 2017.” – The Obelisk Earlier this month, doom rock legends THE OBSESSED unveiled their long-awaited Sacred full-length alongside a trippy new Jimmy Hubbard-produced visual accompaniment to the record’s title track. Today, the band is pleased to unleash a five-and-a-half-minute “making of” clip giving viewers an up-close-and-personal, behind-the-scenes look at the video’s creation from concepts to costumes. [MORE…]

CRYPT ROT: No Clean Singing Streaming Embryonic Devils By Death Cult Founded By Former Homewrecker Members + LP Out Friday Via Southern Lord – As Southern Lord prepares to release the Embryonic Devils debut LP by Ohio black/death metal sect CRYPT ROT this Friday, the entire album has been unleashed upon the public through an early stream at No Clean Singing. Formed in 2016 by a crew of scene veterans including several current/former members of Homewrecker, CRYPT ROT enlisted Bill Korecky at the Mars Compound (Integrity, Ringworm, Homewrecker) for the recording of Embryonic Devils, the resulting anthems delivering a crushing a high-gain sound that will grab listeners with its ferocity. [MORE…]

TILES Releases “The Disappearing Floor” Video; Band Nominated For 2017 Detroit Music Awards + Shows With Yngwie Malmsteen, Fates Warning, King’s X, And More Confirmed – Detroit-based progressive rock quartet TILES has issued a new video for the track “The Disappearing Floor.” TILES‘ first major conceptual video was crafted to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the release their magnum opus Pretending 2 Run – the two-disc concept album hailed worldwide as one of the top progressive rock releases of 2016, making many year-end “best of” lists – and sees release as the band is nominated for several local music awards. [MORE…]

LLNN And WOVOKA To Release Marks/Traces Split Via Pelagic Records This June; Preorders Available – LLNN and WOVOKA will release the audio punishment of their Marks/Traces split this June via Pelagic Records. Copenhagen-based LLNN released their crushing debut, Loss, last year via Pelagic. Terrorizer crowned it, “a bleak soundtrack to a cinematic, post-apocalyptic landscape,” which couldn’t be more accurate. Indeed, the massively heavy, tightly-woven sonic fabric that these four young Danes create has been critically acclaimed throughout the European press landscape. [MORE…]

TYRANNOSORCERESS: Dallas Black Metal Act To Release Shattering Light’s Creation Debut Album Via Tofu Carnage Records; Trailer Posted – Dallas, Texas-based black metal horde, TYRANNOSORCERESS, presents their tormented debut full-length Shattering Light’s Creation, now confirmed for release through Tofu Carnage Records in June. The label has issued the album’s artwork, track listing, and more. [MORE…]

FIRST FRAGMENT: Canadian Neoclassical Tech Death Collective Announces First Ever US Tour This Fall – Montreal-based neoclassical tech death collective FIRST FRAGMENT is pleased to announce their first ever US tour supporting Vale Of Pnath. The month-long journey will commence on September 29th in Chicago, Illinois and run through October 26th in Denver, Colorado. Additional support will be provided by Virvum. [MORE…]

LOCK UP: Demonization Full-Length Out NOW In North America; European Tour Underway – Listenable Records will unleash Demonization, the long-anticipated new full-length from legendary grindcore masters LOCK UP, in North America this Friday, April 28th. LOCK UP features Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth, Venomous Concept, Primate, etc.) on vocals alongside bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed, Brujeria etc.), drummer Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir etc.), and guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram – Chile, Criminal). Already available in Europe, Team Rock gushes of the band’s Demonization release, “From the title track’s unearthly doom to the flashes of blackened dissonance that pepper ‘Locust’ and more, Demonization is a bravura display of merciless extremity with balls and brains.” Decibel Magazine concurs crowning the fourteen-track behemoth a, “head-turning contender for best extreme metal album of 2017.” [MORE…]

AMON AMARTH To Kick Off US Tour With Goatwhore – AMON AMARTH will return to the road later this week for a US headlining trek with labelmates Goatwhore. Beginning this Sunday, April 30th and running through May 21st, the eighteen-date trek will also see AMON AMARTH making appearances at some of the country’s premier music festivals including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Dark Lord Day, Northern Invasion, and Rock On The Range. See all confirmed dates below. [MORE…]

PROSPEKT: British Progressive Metal Outfit Completes Second Album, The Illuminated Sky, To See July Release Through Sensory Records – Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records announces the re-emergence of UK-based PROSPEKT, as the band completes their textured second album, The Illuminated Sky. Closing a four-year void since the release of their lauded The Colourless Sunrise debut, the follow-up will see release this July. [MORE…]

KHOST: Birmingham Doom/Industrial Metal Outfit To Release Governance Full-Length Through Cold Spring Records In June – UK-based experimental label Cold Spring Records presents the third full-length recorded excursion from Birmingham-based death industrial/doom experimenters, KHOST, titled Governance. The ten-track Governance continues KHOST‘s immersion in themes of detachment and dissonance, and ruminates upon the exertion of wills that are not your own, and upon the ways to detect and trace the outlines of the presence(s) that may exert these daily wills upon you, day by day. It was written over the course of the 2016/17 Winter, during times of unease and sickness for the band, including one near-death experience. The resulting album is a hinterland of low resolution transmissions interspersed with broad concrete columns of distortion that loom suddenly from the dim landscape. Governance is like driving at night with your spirituality asleep at the wheel. [MORE…]

HARVESTMAN: Solo Project By Neurosis’ Steve Von Till Streams “Levitation” As Music For Megaliths Nears May Release Via Neurot Recordings – Steve Von Till’s HARVESTMAN – one of the Neurosis vocalist/guitarist’s solo ventures – will release its fourth album under the moniker through Neurot Recordings this May. As the anticipated new record grows closer to its official street date, a new single has been unveiled. [MORE…]

SOLBRUD: Copenhagen Black Metal Ensemble Announces Third Album Vemod For Release Through Indisciplinarian And Vendetta Records – Copenhagen-based black metal quartet SOLBRUD will release their third album, titled Vemod, on June 9th via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records. The first sonic excerpt from the forthcoming album has been made available alongside the album’s artwork and release details. [MORE…]

GOATWHORE To Kick Off Tour With Amon Amarth – Copenhagen-based black metal quartet SOLBRUD will release their third album, titled Vemod, on June 9th via Indisciplinarian and Vendetta Records. The first sonic excerpt from the forthcoming album has been made available alongside the album’s artwork and release details. [MORE…]

FIVE HORSE JOHNSON: Toledo Blues Riffers To Release Jake Leg Boogie This June Via Small Stone; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available – When FIVE HORSE JOHNSON formed back in 1995, referring to themselves as a “blues band,” a few brows might well have been furrowed. But this is a band that has always understood that the blues isn’t a formula – it’s a way of looking at the world. Their take on the “blooze” is as a dirty, sensual thing, enhanced with a healthy dose of humor. [MORE…]

COBALT Announces North American Headlining Tour With Null And Aseethe- “Slow… was born of isolation and betrayal, but it’s music that was meant for concert halls COBALT deserve to fill; music that rewards both introspection and reveling in like-minded rapture.” – Spin Colorado-based progressive apocalyptic wasteland metal duo, COBALT, will take to the streets this June on a near-month-long headlining tour. Set to begin June 19th in Phoenix, Arizona, the journey will pillage its way through twenty-two venues coming to a close on July 12th in Dallas, Texas. Support on the first leg comes from Alabama-based doom and gloom bringers Null, while the second leg features support from Iowa sludge unit Aseethe. See confirmed dates below. [MORE…]

WOLFBRIGADE: New Album Run With The Hunted Now Streaming, Album Out Today Via Southern Lord – The stark and striking immediacy that defines WOLFBRIGADE‘s dbeat hardcore-crust punk remains evident on their incoming album, Run With The Hunted, which can now be heard in its entirety, as the album sees release today via Southern Lord. [MORE…]

Cadabra Records Presents Bleak December’s Adaptation Of BRAM STOKER’s Dracula, As Performed By Tony Todd And A Full Cast; Sample Playing At Dread Central – Cadabra Records, in arrangement with Bleak December Inc., present one of the defining stories in the history of horror literature and culture, with BRAM STOKER‘s Dracula. The LP features an incredible cast, most notably highlighting Hollywood veteran Tony Todd reading as Count Dracula himself. A new sample of the album has been issued at Dread Central. [MORE…]

HIDEOUS DIVINITY: Crushing Adveniens Full-Length From Italian Death Metal Unit Out Now And Streaming Via Unique Leader – Adveniens is the long-anticipated new studio offering from Italian death metal unit HIDEOUS DIVINITY. Out now via Unique Leader, the follow-up to HIDEOUS DIVINITY‘s critically-lauded Cobra Verde full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered at Stefano Morabito’s 16th Cellar Studio (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse etc.), includes a rendition of Sinister’s “Embodiment Of Chaos,” and finds HIDEOUS DIVINITY offering up their darkest manifestations yet. [MORE…]

GHOUL: The Masked Mutants Of Creepsylvania Announce The Return Of Hang Ten + “Wall Of Death” Seven-Inch Via Tankcrimes; Preorders Available – The masked mutants from Creepsylvania, GHOUL, are pleased to sully the masses with a repressing of their critically-adored Hang Ten ten-inch. Hang Ten was originally released (and sold-out) on Record Store Day 2014. But it’s BACK in a limited pressing of 300 on pink splatter wax and 1000 on electric blue. [MORE…]

LO-PAN To Kick Off US Tour With The Obsessed And Karma To Burn; Limited-Edition In Tensions EP Out Now Via Aqualamb Records – Ohio riff rockers LO-PAN will return to the road this evening with a show in Dayton. The band will play four more one-off shows before joining The Obsessed and Karma To Burn for a two-plus-week stretch of dates from May 3rd through May 20th. See all confirmed dates below. [MORE…]

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