Roundup From The Compound – October 3rd, 2016

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MORKOBOT: Displace Your Face Into Outer Space With “Ogrog” Video From Italian Conglomerate At Decibel Magazine; GoRgo LP Out Now – The mangling GoRgo LP by Italy’s intense instrumental drums-and-dueling-bass trio MoRkObOt was released less than two weeks ago via Supernatural Cat Records, the label operated by members of Ufomammut and The Malleus Rock Art Collective. Just on the heels of the album’s international dispersal, a facially-mangling new video for the track “Ogrog” has been set loose. [MORE…]

CHROME WAVES, Featuring Current/Former Members Of Wolvhammer, The Atlas Moth, And The Gates Of Slumber, To Reissue Debut on Vinyl Via Foreign Sounds; New Material In The Works + Updated Lineup Announced – Psychedelic black metal miscreants, CHROME WAVES, will reissue their self-titled debut EP on vinyl this week via Foreign Sounds. The record was initially released in 2012 and, featuring a compelling lineup of metal alumni with guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, ex- Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams), vocalist Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth, Twilight), and drummer/bassist Bob Fouts (Apostle Of Solitude, ex-The Gates Of Slumber), reaped the critical adulation of fans and media critics alike. Revolver Magazine championed the band’s, “dark, epic soundscapes that are at once dense, cerebral and sinsterly serene,” furthering, “the six track offering summons the spirits of its members’ collective projects without ever sounding derivative. Indeed, songs like ‘Height Of The Rifles’ and ‘That Cursed Armored Train’ writhe under the weight of their own sonic enormity while ‘Blackbird’ closes the near half-hour journey with a wintery, funeral dirgish elegance.’ [MORE…]

BANGLADEAFY: Tech-Instrumental Duo Unloads Sci-Fi Ferocity In “Say It With Your Chest” Video Premiere Via MetalSucks – BANGLADEAFY has just issued a scorching new video, a bewilderingly wild infusion of sci-fi visuals appropriately fitted to their equally intense “Say It With Your Chest,” the song culled from their recently-released Narcopaloma EP. [MORE…]

WHITECHAPEL: Straight Outta Hell Co-Headlining Tour With Suicide Silence Underway – Knoxville-based WHITECHAPEL will saw blade their way through a monstrous co-headlining tour with Suicide Silence. Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing, the Straight Outta Hell tour will commence on September 28th in Portland, Oregon and conclude October 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional support will be provided by Carnifex and Oceano, with Despised Icon appearing at select dates. [MORE…]

RACETRAITOR Returns With First New Song Since 1999; Political-Punk Provocateurs Unleash Flexi Through Organized Crime Records – At the precise time the U.S. seems to have put up the “batshit signal,” radical rabble-rousers RACETRAITOR return. RACETRAITOR is back to take aim at this crazy election cycle with “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania,” the first new music the band has released in roughly seventeen years. The Chicago agitators deliver a musical Molotov cocktail with the same incendiary spirit as the band’s metal/hardcore punk missives last heard in the late nineties. The band’s first show in nearly twenty years is set for the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, October 22nd, 2016, where fellow nineties hardcore veterans, Detroit-based Earthmover, will join RACETRAITOR at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago. [MORE…]

EDENSONG: Entire Years In The Garden Of Years By NYC Quintet Playing At Metal Underground; Album Out NOW On Laser’s Edge – Years In The Garden Of Years, the ambitious and visionary second album from New York City-based progressive rock/metal quintet, EDENSONG, is now streaming in its entirety courtesy of Metal Underground, just days ahead of its release through Laser’s Edge. EDENSONG‘s Years In The Garden Of Years features an extended song cycle on themes of time, each song a different scale and perspective. Given its subject matter, it therefore seems fitting that this project took the band over five years in the studio to complete. [MORE…]

FREYA: New Noise Magazine Streams Grim Days Before Release; Outfit Bears Members Of Earth Crisis, The Path Of Resistance, Soilwork, Megadeth, And More – As Fast Break! Records preps the fifth full-length from Syracuse, New York-based FREYA, the monolithic Grim, for release this Friday, New Noise Magazine has issued the entire album for early streaming, including a feature with founding vocalist Karl Buechner. [MORE…]

WANG WEN: Experimental Post-Rock Collective Premieres Sweet Home, Go! Title Track At Ghost Cult – “…an ode to life and the changing of the seasons…” – CityWeekend, China Sweet Home, Go! is the stunning ninth studio album from Chinese experimental post-rock collective WANG WEN. WANG WEN‘s music narrates stories of their inward journey, sometimes gentle and joyful, sometimes bitter and mournful. Sweet Home, Go! was composed over the past three years and completed in early January under the supervision of producers Wouter and Lode Vlaminck. The new experience of working with external and European producers forged a fine balance between the creative yearning to explore new threads, contradictions, conflicts, and the producers’ desire for clarity. The resulting tracks – including an a cappella number recorded in an abandoned factory – sees WANG WEN continuing their seventeen-year-long journey to understand themselves and the outside world through sound and texture. [MORE…]

AUROCH: Vancouver Death Metal Sect Issues “Say Nothing” Via No Clean Singing; Mute Books Nears Release Through Profound Lore – With AUROCH‘s predatory third LP Mute Books approaching release through Profound Lore Records in October, a pulverizing new preview of the album is available through a stream of the track “Say Nothing,” as premiered this week at No Clean Singing. AUROCH has cast their most ferocious undertaking yet; one of the darkest, most violent, whirlwind-like bizarre monuments of alchemic death metal of the year. Recorded at Raincity Recorders (Baptists, Japandroids, White Lung), Mute Books was mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Prurient, Inquisition, Pissgrave, Black Twilight Circle, Power Trip). The album’s expansive cover art was handled by Cold Poison Design, each format of the album showcasing different aspects of the artwork. [MORE…]

ANAGNORISIS: Louisville Black Metal Act Releases First Single From Peripeteia LP With “5306 Morningside” Premiere At Decibel Magazine – Leading Midwest US black metal collective ANAGNORISIS has issued the first public single from their impending third full-length album, Peripeteia, which is set for release in late October. The exclusive premiere of the album’s expansive “5306 Morningside” through Decibel Magazine. ANAGNORISISPeripeteia is an honest and passionate autobiography of vocalist, and now protagonist, Zachary Kerr. The themes in the album have no apparent beginning or end as the record is composed to infinitely loop, repeating the dramatic emotions we all encounter in our own lives. Peripeteia is a story thirty years in the making, told through the heart-breaking lens of audio tapes from Kerr’s childhood, spliced throughout the album. [MORE…]

OKKULTOKRATI: Raspberry Dawn Playing In Its Entirety At Clrvynt; Album Out NOW Via Southern Lord + New Tour Dates Announced – This week, Oslo’s eerie punks OKKULTOKRATI will unveil the unruly Raspberry Dawn – their fourth full-length and their Southern Lord debut – and Clrvynt is now streaming the entire album early. While paying homage to their native region’s 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, OKKULTOKRATI still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album. [MORE…]

FREEDOM HAWK: Virginian Riff Dealers Announce Northeast Tour With Colossus; Band Welcomes New Guitarist + New Material In The Works – Virginian heavy rockers FREEDOM HAWK will kick off a mini Northeast tour next month. The six-date Into Your Mind journey will commence on October 11th in Washington D.C. alongside King Giant and Serpents Of Secrecy. From there, the band will join North Carolina’s Colossus for five more shows through October 16th in Richmond, Virginia. The trek marks the band’s first appearances with new guitarist Brendan O’Neil. [MORE…]

HALSHUG: Stream Sort Sind, The Scathing New LP From Copenhagen’s Caustic Hardcore Crew; Album Out This Friday Via Southern Lord – Danish hardcore trio HALSHUG‘s scathing new full-length, Sort Sind, sees release this Friday via Southern Lord and you can now hear it ahead of its release over at Team Rock. Splenetic and snarling throughout, Sort Sind features nine sharp and gritty new tracks that expresses boundless vehemence proving this to be a great feat for the band. [MORE…]

INVOKING THE ABSTRACT: Instrumental Tech Metal Alchemists Stream Aural Kaleidoscopes At Metal Underground; Record Out NOW Via Unique Leader – Instrumental tech metal alchemists INVOKING THE ABSTRACT will drop their debut full-length, Aural Kaleidoscopes, upon the masses tomorrow via Unique Leader Records. In advance of its release, long-running metal portal, Metal Underground, is streaming the record in full calling it “utterly apocalyptic and maddeningly technical.” [MORE…]

BRAIN TENTACLES: Self-Titled Debut From Mind-Melting Avant Jazz Metal Trio Streaming At Noisey “…a gritty fusion of grindcore-jazz weirdness and crunchy noise–a chaotic tangle of blast beats and riffs that frantically try to keep pace with a constantly evolving mutation of jazz blips and slurs.” – Noisey As a precursor to the official unveiling of their self-titled debut, set to drop tomorrow via Relapse Records, multi-state avant-garde/jazz/metal trio BRAIN TENTACLES is streaming the record in its mind-melting entirety courtesy of Noisey. [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE: Track From Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP Premiered At Loudwire; Collaborative Track With Walking Bombs Streaming At Blow The Scene – A new track GRIDFAILURE is now playing at Loudwire, as the hostile alchemist announces the impending free digital EP from which the sample has been extracted. The outfit also declares several additional recordings nearing completion, including its second full-length. [MORE…]

LA CHINGA: Vancouver Riff Rock Unit Releases “Gone Gypsy” Video Through Exclaim! – Vancouver-based riff rock unit LA CHINGA has just issued a new video from their Freewheelin’ full-length released earlier this year through Small Stone Records. A perfect swansong to the days of Summer for the year, the “Gone Gypsy” video shows the band and their raging entourage throwing a wild bonfire somewhere well off the beaten path. Written and recorded in a single day at the LA CHINGA headquarters, the tune, “is the story of a man who cannot stand still, who feels the pull of the road, the moon in his head and the sea in his veins. He knows he needs to get away and to hell with the consequences…he tries to say he is sorry to those he leaves behind, but his apologies are as thin as his wallet. Merle Haggard called it ‘White Line Fever’ and he was right. It is a sickness that lives in the hearts of many…but few are the ones crazy or brave enough to answer it’s lonesome and wild call.” [MORE…]

LÃ…NGFINGER: Crossyears Full-Length From Gothenburg Power Trio Out NOW And Streaming Via Small StoneCrossyears, the anticipated new full-length from Gothenburg power trio LÃ…NGFINGER, is out TODAY via Small Stone. The ten-track offering was recorded by Johan Reivén and Olle Björck at Sweden’s Welfare Sounds Studio with additional recordings by LÃ…NGFINGER at Beduin HQ, mixed by Olle Björck, and mastered by Daniel Johansson. Wrote the The Obelisk of the recording, “From the swing and stomp of its title-track to the organ-laced grandeur of ‘Atlas,’ the record brims with classic spirit, but casts off the stylistic restrictiveness of vintage production in favor of a full, vibrant sound, resulting in a mix that brings out the strengths of both without sacrificing the obvious chemistry the band has built over their time together. Also it rocks. Confidently.” [MORE…]

FUZZ EVIL: Self-Titled Debut LP By Arizona Stoner Metal Trio Playing At The Obelisk; West Coast Tour UnderwayFUZZ EVIL presents their mighty self-titled debut full-length this week, releasing the album through Battleground Records. Celebrating its public availability, the underground rock aficionados at The Obelisk post the entire record for streaming alongside an intense dissection of the record. Offers part of the portal’s massive write-up of Fuzz Evil, “Especially for a debut, it’s a pivotal turn, and one well made. With a few surprises in its overall sound, roughness, songwriting and front-to-back push, FUZZ EVIL‘s first expands on the work they have done in setting it up through their singles and sets in motion a creative progression that could continue in any number of directions. It’s reassuring to hear a relatively new band with such a clear idea of who and what they want to be.” [MORE…]

LORD OF WAR: San Diego Death Unit Confirms European Tour With Vader, Hate Eternal, Threat Signal, And Apophys + US Tour Confirmed For November/December – Following the release of their smoldering second full-length, Suffer, through Unique Leader Records in July, San Diego death metal unit LORD OF WAR has been confirmed to take part in the Rise Above The Empire Europe 2016 tour this fall. Joining Vader, Hate Eternal, Threat Signal, and Apophys, the tour runs from November 4th through November 20th. [MORE…]

TILES: Detroit Prog Act Releases First In A Series Of Pretending 2 Run Video Features – Detroit prog quartet TILES has issued the first in a series of in-depth video interviews with the band on their expansive Pretending 2 Run double-album, out now on Laser’s Edge. The series contains five segments, covering everything from inception to execution on the incredibly ambitious album. [MORE…]

ENSLAVED: Sleeping Gods – Thorn Compilation Preorders Available Now! – Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons ENSLAVED will release The Sleeping Gods – Thorn compilation November 11th via By Norse Music. A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, The Sleeping Gods – Thorn is a unique collection of experimental recordings connecting with the band’s early roots. [MORE…]

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