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DEAD LORD reveals cover artwork for new album, ‘Heads Held High’

Sweden’s DEAD LORD has revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album, Heads Held High, which is going to be released worldwide by Century Media Records on August 21st. DEAD LORD’s debut album, Goodbye Repentance, hit the scene like an airstrike out of nothing in 2013 and gained them the reputation of being excellent song writers and vanguards of the new scene of classic hard rock. Two years of constant live activities have managed to spread the name of DEAD LORD further all across the rock music scene. With the newly gained experience and armed to the teeth with killer songs, DEAD LORD entered the studio in late 2014 to record Heads Held High, an album with “10 songs of solid no-bogus, face-melting, twin-guitar, smart-rock action”, as singer/guitarist Hakim Krim describes the album.

The album’s artwork was created by Pol Abran / Branca Studio; details about formats, vinyl color splits and more will be announced soon.

31.08.15 – Denmark, Copenhagen @ KB18
01.09.15 – Germany, Berlin @ Magnet
02.09.15 – Germany, Hamburg @ Headcrash
03.09.15 – Holland, Leiden @ Gebr. De Nobel
04.09.15 – Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
05.09.15 – France, Paris @ Divan du Monde
08.09.15 – Spain, Madrid @ Sala Caracol
09.09.15 – Spain, Barcelona @ Razzmatazz
10.09.15 – France, Bordeaux @ iBoat
13.09.15 – Switzerland, Pratteln @ MiniZ7
14.09.15 – Italy, Milano @ Lo Fi Club
15.09.15 – Austria, Wien @ Viper Room
16.09.15 – Germany, Munchen @ Backstage
17.09.15 – Germany, Stuttgart @ Kellerklub
18.09.15 – Germany, Oberhausen @ Kulttempel
19.09.15 – Germany, Wiesau @ Storm Crusher Fest (AH/DL only)

DEAD LORD summer festival appearances:
09.-11.07.2015 – Erfurt-Stotternheim (Germany) – Stoned From The Underground Festival /
31.07.-01.08.2015 – Smalandska Dadesjo (Sweden) – Fest I Logen /
13.-15.08.2015 – Abtsgmnd (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air /
22.08.2015 – Konigs Wusterhausen (Germany) – Bergfunk Open Air /
19.09.2015 – Wiesau (Germany) – Storm Crusher Festival /
More dates will be announced soon…

DEAD LORD line-up:
Hakim Krim – Guitar and vocals
Olle Hedenstrom – Guitar
Martin Nordin – Bass
Adam Lindmark – Drums

DEAD LORD discography:
No Prayers Can Help You Now – 7″ EP 2012
Goodbye Repentance – CD/LP 2013
Split with BLACK TRIP – 7″ EP 2014
Heads Held High – CD/LP 2015

DEAD LORD online:

ROSETTA Streaming New Album Quintessential Ephemera Via Noisey

Available Now Directly Via BandCamp With “Pay as You Wish” Pricing

After a 12-year journey ROSETTA has been reborn with Quintessential Ephemera. Now a five-piece including new guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan (City of Ships), the band recorded their new album Quintessential Ephemera, a many-layered collection of songs at once existential and deeply hopeful. Containing some of the band’s most moody and yet accessible work to date, it still has an upward force to it that delivers an appropriate counterpoint to the darkness and disintegration of The Anaesthete.

Today Quintessential Ephemera is streaming in its entirety courtesy of Noisey. Check out the stream and an interview with the band HERE.

Quintessential Ephemera is available digitally today with “pay as you wish pricing” directly from ROSETTA’s BandCamp page HERE. The band will be playing shows prior to the albums release (listed below). Additional dates will be added soon.

ROSETTA formed in Philadelphia in 2003. Their first two full lengths, 2005’s The Galilean Satellites and 2007’s Wake/Lift, pulled together elements from 90s hardcore, drone, doom, and atmospheric sludge metal. Informed as much by the minimal sonics of Stars of the Lid as by the crushing weight of Godflesh, the band’s experiments had a spaced-out and exploratory feel, appropriately dubbed “metal for astronauts.” With the release of A Determinism of Morality in 2010, the band traded improvisation for a tighter and meaner sound. Leaving the space themes behind, the album focused on retaining melodic sophistication while honing a confrontational urgency.

After concluding a decade-long partnership with Translation Loss Records in 2013, ROSETTA went fully independent and quietly released The Anaesthete, a self-funded, pay-as-you-wish download on Bandcamp. A literal overnight success, the album paid for itself in 24 hours and remained the top-selling release on Bandcamp, in any format, for nearly a month after its release. The Anaesthete was a turning point, the darkest and most conceptual album of the band’s career, a slab of nihilistic despair in the face of the corruption and co-optation of independent music by commercial industry.

Quintessential Ephemera Track Listing:

1. After The Funeral

2. (Untitled I)

3. (Untitled II)

4. (Untitled III)

5. (Untitled IV)

6. (Untitled V)

7. (Untitled VI)

8. (Untitled VII)

9. Nothing in the Guise of Something


7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

7/12: Boston, MA @ O’Briens

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ÅRABROT: You Bunch Of Idiots EP Streaming At Invisible Oranges; North American Tour With Ghold Begins This Week

It’s a big week for Norwegian mad avant-rock scientists, ÅRABROT, as the outfit releases their captivating You Bunch Of Idiots EP this week as they simultaneously traverse halfway around the globe to begin their intense North American tour. To begin the celebratory madness, Invisible Oranges is now streaming the entire EP in its entirety.


The third in a trio of themed EPs, You Bunch Of Idiots is the newest addition to the powerful catalog of Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, the band here drops six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. Recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and mastering handled by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering, You Bunch Of Idiots sees the band at the top of apex of their creative intensity to date. Invisible Oranges is now playing the entire EP as its release date looms, issuing in part, “Whether you think ÅRABROT is a triumph of high art from the lowest places or just a noise-rock mistake… there’s no doubt that their music is loud, heavy, disturbing, and also entertaining in a creepy insane genius sort of way.”


Decimate every speaker possible with ÅRABROT’s You Bunch Of Idiots at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.


The band’s first American title, You Bunch Of Idiots sees release this Tuesday, June 23rd, stateside through Eolian Empire, and in Europe through ÅRABROT‘s partners at Fysisk Format. The album hits just a day before the band begins their massive North American tour with London sludge power-duo, Ghold this Wednesday, June 24th. ÅRABROT will blaze through the US and Canada for more than three weeks, with additional acts including Rabbits, Towers, Dispirit, Lycus and others joining on several dates, and Pinkish Black joining the tour for the final six shows.


You Bunch Of Idiotsis available on 12″ vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets; for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.


ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour w/ Ghold:

6/24/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA

6/26/2015 The Depot – York, PA

6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH

6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL

6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO

7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS

7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO

7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT

7/04/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID

7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA

7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC

7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR w/ Rabbits, Towers

7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus

7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA

7/10/2015 Thee Alley – Los Angeles, CA

7/11/2015 Exploded View Gallery – Tucson, AZ

7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX

7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black

7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black

7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black

7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black

7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black

7/19/2015 The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black

ALL OUT WAR Unloads Entire Dying Gods EP Via Cvlt Nation; Record Out This Week On Organized Crime Records

This week, New York’s infamous ALL OUT WAR drops their devastating Dying Gods EP onto humankind through Organized Crime Records, presenting some of the most vicious material the band has released in their twenty-five years as a unit.


Engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed, Turmoil) at West West Side Studios and mastered by Alan Douches from West West Side, the ferocious new Dying Gods will re-establish ALL OUT WAR as one of the leaders of the scene, delivering their groove-laden anthems in ode to the destructive conduct of modern man, bridging searing metal leads with the harshest of hardcore’s most dangerous breakdowns through five brand new original tracks and covers of “Arise” by Amebix and “God Is Dead” by Carnivore. Decibel Magazine issues on behalf of the EP, “Dying Gods is some seriously high-grade, fully actualized, take-no-prisoners, for-really-real metalcore. Heavy on the metal, thank fucking you-know-who.” Noisey raved of the release, “The New York hardcore band take chug metal riffs, add in all manner of vitriol, dive-bombs, and half-speed parts for the mosh kids into hardcore readymade for the pit. No bullshit, just hate… Nasty nasty shit made to crank up and scream along.” Dying Gods is upon us early, as Cvlt Nation streams the new record before it hits stores.


Unload ALL OUT WAR’s Dying Gods early at THIS LOCATION.


The CD version of Dying Gods comes with an exclusive bonus download of three tracks from the unreleased 1993 demo, and the vinyl in blood clear red, scorched earth sand tan, and smoke of destruction clear and black mix pressings including a digital download code. Orders can be placed direct through Organized Crime Records HERE.


Following thehir first of two record release shows for Dying Gods — the first having gone down in Poughkeepsie this past weekend with Black Anvil, Subzero and more — ALL OUT WAR is preparing for the second show, going down in New York City this Sunday, June 28th with Subzero, Darkside NYC and others. Their return performance to the massive This Is Hardcore in Philly, their European Dying Gods Tour and more will follow during the Summer months, with additional shows being planned as well.


ALL OUT WAR Tour Dates:

6/28/2015 Bowery Electric – New York, NY *release show w/ Subzero, Darkside NYC, NYC Headhunters, Sonic Poison

7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter – Duisburg, DE

8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest – Hannover, DE [info]

8/09/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE

8/10/2015 Underworld – London, UK

8/11/2015 Werk 21 – Zurich, CH

8/12/2015 Molotov – Marseille, FR

8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR

8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest – Bretagne, FR [info]

8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest – Ieper, BE [info]

9/04-09/2015 Hearfest – Gatineau, QC

Irish Rockers THE ANSWER Kick Off North American Tour Tonight! Press Opportunities Available!

Includes Dates With Whitesnake, Headline Shows And Festival Appearances

Irish Rockers THE ANSWER have released their new album Raise a Little Hell to critical acclaim via Napalm Records. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK national Rock Chart and also charted in Germany and a number of European territories. The band has been on the road non-stop in support of the album and is now ready to take over North America again! Check out a special video message from the band HERE.

Having just completed a successful European run followed THE ANSWER have returned to the USA for their first dates on this side of the pond in over six years. The Irish Rockers are set to join classic rock icons Whitesnake as they make their way across the states breaking off to play some festivals and their own headline club shows.

Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, Raise A Little Hell presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that point to the spirit of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. Raise a Little Hell is available at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

THE ANSWER With Whitesnake

6/22: Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater

6/23: San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater

6/25: El Paso, TX @ Socorro Event Center

6/27: Greeley, CO @ Greeley Independence Stampede**

6/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

7/1: St. Paul, MN @ Myth*

7/3: Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill AMP

7/5: Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock

7/7: Huber Heights, OH @ Music Center @ The Heights

7/8: Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center

7/9: St. Louis, MO @ ORH*

7/10: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room*

7/11: St. Paul, MN @ Myth

7/12: Chicago, IL @ Reggies*

7/14: Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom

7/16: Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA

7/17: Geneva, IL @ Geneva Music Park

7/18: Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza

7/20: Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater

7/21: Washington, DC @ DC9*

7/22: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory*

7/24: Green Bay, WI @ Burning Cow Festival**

*Headline Date

**Festival Date

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FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Prepares For First US Invasion; Set At This Is Hardcore And Subsequent Tour Impending

Finland?s most decimating hardcore crossover thrash quintet, FORESEEN HKI, has announced the band?s very first American touring endeavor, as the band prepares to raid This Is Hardcore Fest, kicking off their first stateside tour with Helsinki Savagery Over America.

Leading off FORESEEN HKI?s upcoming US tour in support of their Helsinki Savagery debut LP, the band will hit the stage at the mighty annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26th, set to play alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and many others. Directly after the fest appearance, the band will hit the East Coast alongside Power Trip and Red Death for a week of dates, after which they?ll split off on their own ongoing rogue mission into the Upper Midwest states and back to the East Coast, ending the trek in Baltimore on August 9th, with a total of sixteen shows confirmed.

Stream FORESEEN HKI?s Helsinki Savagery in full RIGHT HERE along with digital order options, and pick up the CD HERE and LP HERE.

FORESEEN HKI Helsinki Savagery Over America Tour Dates:
7/26/2015 Electric Factory ? Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest [info]
7/27/2015 Strange Matter ? Richmond, VA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Barge [info]
7/28/2015 Kings ? Raleigh, NC w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
7/29/2015 Rock N Roll Hotel ? Washington, DC w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Protestor [info]
7/30/2015 Cuisine en Locale ? Boston, MA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom Intent [info]
7/31/2015 Warren American Legion ? Warren, NJ w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Razorheads [info]
8/01/2015 Palisades ? Brooklyn, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/02/2015 Amityville Music Hall ? Amityville, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/03/2015 Bug Jar ? Rochester, NY
8/04/2015 Zenith ? Detroit, MI
8/05/2015 Mt. Happy ? Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Indiana City Brewing Co. ? Indianapolis, IN [info]
8/07/2015 The Foundry ? Lakewood, OH
8/08/2015 Mr. Roboto Project ? Pittsburgh, PA [matinee]
8/08/2015 The Rock Room ? Pittsburgh, PA [night]
8/09/2015 Charm City Art Space ? Baltimore, MD [matinee] [info]

FORESEEN HKI delivered their relentless debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, through 20 Buck Spin in November, followed by a vinyl edition several weeks later, its distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility bringing back a vengeful streetwise edge to thrash that?s largely been missing for years. Recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd?s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, and the cover art for the record was created by Eetu Blomqvist and Chad Keith.

Courageous journalists took to the album immediately, resulting in an invigorated mass of reactions in media outlets everywhere. Decibel Magazine dubbed Helsinki Savagery, ?one of the darkest, nastiest slabs of crossover thrash to come lurching out of the heavy metal tar pits in a long, long while, continuing, ?This is a collection of seriously charged steamroller songs, representing a near-perfect fusing of the wild churn ?n? chug of Crossover-era D.R.I. and Carnivore to the metalized controlled aggressions and velocity of Vio-lence (circa Bonded By Blood Exodus) and Nuclear Assault.? A pulverizing 9.5/10 review from This Is Not A Scene praised, ?FORESEEN are a shining example of carrying the genre ever onward, that I would quite happily file amongst the original thrash greats that no doubt inspired them. Without shadow of a doubt, I?d say it?s a thrash metal classic already and an essential purchase for thrash fans old and new.? The opinion of Last Rites agreed offering, ?Standing between Agnostic Front metallic punk and Nuclear Assault punkish metal, FORESEEN?s brand of thrashing pulls from the best of both worlds. Of that blend, its riffs lean squarely toward the latter ingredient, full-on furious thrash that feels perpetually on the verge of complete chaos.?

FULGORA: Grindcore/Death Instigators Added To Two Superjoint Dates; Philip H. Anselmo Comments Via Video Transmission

Grindcore/death instigators, FULGORA, a mutinous collective uniting members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Dying Fetus, were recently added to a pair of dates on the forthcoming It Takes Guts tour featuring reactivated metal giants, Superjoint. FULGORA will be crumbling the stages of the tour?s Poughkeepsie, New York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania stops on July 17th and 18th respectively. Additional support will be provided by labelmates King Parrot and Child Bite.

Watch Superjoint frontman/Housecore Records head, Philip H. Anselmo?s comment on the band?s inclusion via a video transmission below.

The Superjoint shows follow FULGORA?s punishing performance at this year?s Maryland Deathfest and serve as a precursor to their takeover of Full Terror Assault in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois this Fall with supplementary live abrasions in their conspiring stages.

7/17/2015 The Chance ? Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Superjoint, King Parrot, Child Bite
7/18/2015 Chameleon Club ? Lancaster, PA w/ Superjoint, King Parrot, Child Bite
9/12/2015 Full Terror Assault ? Cave-In-Rock, IL

FULGORA, who recently welcomed guitarist Sparky Voyles (Dying Fetus, Misery Index etc.) to their diseased ranks, will be deafening the masses with the concussion-inducing, audio violence of their Stratagem full-length, released earlier this year via Housecore Records. A wrath-fueled assortment of limited vinyl singles and samples, Stratagem takes the searing, audio demolition of their collective pedigrees to new realms of sonic abuse.

Check out Strategem , still streaming in all its devouring glory at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION. And if you missed it, watch the visual companion to the track, ?Meridian,? playing at Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

?Their music has been scientifically proven to cause an overwhelming desire to cut one?s own face off and feed it to dogs.? ? MetalSucks

?The death metal angle provided by the curious ferocity of LaMew?s riffing and Adam?s frenetic drumming helps with the forceful intensity of ?Meridian,? the Voivod and screamo influence offer dollops of technical flash and surprising melodic strains in ?Crutch? and ?Artifice,? the grind injects groove everywhere and everyone smiles with bruised and bloodied lips.? ? Metal Hammer

?Strategem is the truth. It?s an unfairly hook-y punch to the gut operating under the guise of being too short, when it?s actually a calculated laser-blast of death metal efficiency that every band on the face of the planet should take notes on.? ? Last Rites

?If you?re a fan of pissed-off deathgrind and hardcore, then FULGORA are right up your alley. The pummeling riffs combined with frantic blast beats and those Hatebreed-esq vocals are guaranteed to get the mosh pits started early?? ? DC Heavymetal

?Stratagem is chunky, it?s raw and you will definitely bang your fucking head to this.? ? HeadbangorGTFO

?FULGORA skews far more to the modern hardcore and crossover thrash side of metal. [Guitarist/vocalist B.L.] LaMew?s vocals are not screamed or squealed, but rather shouted. But never fear; FULGORA still serves up quite a helping of jagged time changes and math-metal riffage. These guys probably couldn?t write a completely straightforward song if they tried to.? ? Houston Press

Stratagem is out NOW on Housecore Records. For CD orders, visit THIS LOCATION. Vinyl lovers go HERE.

RABBITS Memorializes Ten Years Of Antagonism With Shows And Ultra-Limited 8-Track Retrospective; New/Not New Tunes Posted

2015 sees Portland?s RABBITS trio celebrating ten years of antagonizing their surroundings with their diseased auditory droppings, with a new pile of live shows locked up and plans of an extremely limited 8-Track retrospective release.

The news of RABBITS?s tenth anniversary is met with equal amounts of riotous ovation as it is with hurled rotten cabbage and jeers, as the infamously loathed/loved horde gets gnarly this Summer. Amidst three LPs ? released by Relapse, Good To Die and Lamb Unlimited, respectively ? and an impressive load of singles, splits and other mini releases since 2005, the bandits also helped revive DIY label Eolian Empire in recent years, and have since infiltrated communal grounds with an equally impressive pile of titles from like-minded, high-potency, underground artists.

A RABBITS tenth anniversary show is set to go down on July 1st in Portland; for this extravaganza of idiocy, the band is creating special merch and swag, including an exceptionally limited run (10 copies) of an 8-track cassette retrospective release collection. Also, broken-up early Eolian act, Gone To Croatoan, will perform, and the event will feature cuts by longtime compatriot DJ Wroid Wrage who will bust out the turntables again. The event will be filmed/recorded for posterity. What could go wrong?! $5 entry lands you a free copy of the band?s first 7? or Flexihead postcard.

A week following the gala, RABBITS will play their hometown with Arabrot, Ghold and Towers, and later in July and August sees the band hitting Portland and Seattle several more times.

Last week, BrooklynVegan issued a track from GAY*BITS, a split release between RABBITS and their cohorts Gaytheist which bears new original songs by both bands, covers of each others? material, collaborative tracks and more, including, ?I Quit;? a Gaytheist track re-recorded for this split with Josh from RABBITS on vocals. Additionally, RABBITS this week released a raw practice spot version of a cover of Spacemen 3?s ?2:35.?

Unload the ?I Quit? track HERE and the ?2:35? cover for free download HERE.

RABBITS Live Dates:
7/01/2015 The Know ? Portland, OR ? 10th Anniversary show w/ Gone To Croatoan
7/07/2015 Rotture ? Portland, OR w/ Arabrot, Ghold, Towers
7/31/2015 Kenton Club ? Portland, OR ? GAY*BITS record release w/ Gaytheist, Bobby Peru, Left Blank
8/01/2015 The Funhouse ? Seattle, WA ? GAY*BITS record release w/ Gaytheist, Tacos, Pig Snout
8/21/2015 Blackwater ? Portland, OR @ Festicide w/ Danava, Longknife
8/27/2015 Victory Lounge ? Seattle, WA @ Roachella 2015

RABBITS started circa 2002 while Booze was camped out on KG?s floor, the two set out to amalgamate druggy drone rock and powerviolence into a kind of Spacemen Is The Bastard. Experiments with bassists and a singer never panned out, so it wasn?t until Sethro joined on guitar that RABBITS solidified into the guitar-drums-guitar trio that, to the surprise of some and the chagrin of others, still exists to this day. That probably makes RABBITS the longest-running, continuously operating, all-original lineup heavy rock band in Portland, but these three have never been much for awards? or fact-checking.

RABBITS made their first appearance at the deliciously named?and long-gone (?the roaches won?)?downtown Portland space Food Hole, and by most accounts they were way too loud and the singing was very weird. Some things never change. The art brutes doubled down and took up residency at Food Hole (R.I.P.) and Tube (R.I.P.) next door and carved out a small but rabid fan base of weirdos and outsiders, then started hitting the stages at Satyricon (R.I.P.), Berbati?s Pan (R.I.P.), Dunes (R.I.P.), East End (R.I.P.), Slabtown (R.I.P.), and The Know (alive and kicking!).  Plus they played about a dozen birthday parties if that makes any sense.

Never wavering from their full-throttle noise rock assaults and underground origins, RABBITS did, however, hone their high-brow low-brow concoctions.  Beginning in 2006 with the one-two attack of Sloth vs. Bees 7? and the lumbering Lungs and its extended feedback coda, RABBITS cranked out self-released CDRs of live radio performances and improvised instrumentals, the Hide EP and Riff Fuck Reap 7-inches, all leading up to their raw-as-all-hell 2011 debut LP Lower Forms on Relapse.

Lower Forms made way for their follow up on Seattle?s Good To Die in 2012. Like a rollercoaster ride on a buzzsaw, Bites Rites melds the good and bad, its terrifically tweaked-out hooks never dulling the aggression and misanthropy worn on its sleeve. The S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit) compilation came out on the band?s own Eolian Empire in 2013, a dig through the vaults deep down the rabbit hole and including nine old-school punk and hardcore songs rabbitized into the red, and last year?s Untoward on Lamb Unlimited may have been their most explosive effort yet, a record that pulls together the best parts of their oeuvre into a spare but stirring record that proves tricks ain?t just for kids.

RABBITS discography:

Untoward ? 2014, Lamb Unlimited (12-inch, digital)
Bites Rites ? 2012, Good To Die (12-inch, cassette, digital)
Lower Forms ? 2011, Relapse / 2013, Eolian Empire (12-inch, digital)
Hide ? 2010, Eolian Empire (10-inch)

S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit) ? 2013, Eolian Empire (cassette, digital)
Mars ? 2009, self-released (CDR)
CD-R ? 2006, self-released (CDR)

Flexihead (Minor Threat/Black Flag covers) ? 2011, Eolian Empire (flexi postcard)
Riff, Fuck, Reap ? 2011, Powerblaster (7-inch)
Sloth vs. Bees ? 2006, self-released (7-inch)

Yr In Luck w/ Arabrot ? 2013, Eolian Empire/Fysisk Format (7-inch)
Give Me It (Cure covers) w/ Whores ? 2014, Eolian Empire/Brutal Panda (7-inch)
War, Oh My w/ Dead Elephant ? 2013, Hell Comes Home (7-inch)
Lungs w/ Under Mountains ? 2006, Eolian Empire (12-inch)

Seek + Destroy ? live on KEXP, 2014 (digital)
Computer ? live on KPSU, 2009 (CDR)
Radio ? live on KPSY, 2007 (CDR)

POWER TRIP: Texas Crossover Outfit Prepares For East Coast Tour Beginning At This Is Hardcore Fest + Confirms West Coast Shows

Texas? infamous ultra crossover outfit, POWER TRIP, has announced their latest live invasions of the continent with two new bouts of stateside touring confirmed for the Summer months.

POWER TRIP will take their unstoppable caravan to the East Coast to take part in this year?s massive Philadelphia-based This Is Hardcore Fest, set to perform on July 26th alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Slapshot and many others. This show begins a brutalizing tour alongside Foreseen HKI and Red Death with shows in Richmond, Raleigh, Washington DC, Boston, Warren, Brooklyn and Amityville through August 8th.

Just over a week later will see POWER TRIP on the opposite coast kicking off a California tour, with shows in San Francisco, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles between August 12th and 15th alongside the likes of Freedom, Fury and Unified Right.

POWER TRIP Tour Dates:
7/26/2015 Electric Factory ? Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore
7/27/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Foreseen, Red Death, Barge
7/28/2015 Kings ? Raleigh, NC w/ Foreseen, Red Death
7/29/2015 Rock N Roll Hotel ? Washington, DC w/ Foreseen, Red Death, Protestor
7/30/2015 Cuisine en Locale ? Boston, MA w/ Foreseen, Red Death, Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom Intent
7/31/2015 Warren American Legion ? Warren, NJ w/ Foreseen, Red Death, Razorheads
8/01/2015 Palisades ? Brooklyn, NY w/ Foreseen, Red Death
8/02/2015 Amityville Music Hall ? Amityville, NY w/ Foreseen, Red Death
8/12/2015 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Freedom, Fury, Unified Right
8/13/2015 Strummers ? Fresno, CA w/ Freedom, Fury, Unified Right
8/14/2015 Babylon ? Bakersfield, CA w/ Freedom, Unified Right
8/15/2015 Berserktown Festival – Los Angeles, CA w/ Freedom, Fury, Unified Right

Surging with a modernized translation of the works of mandatory pioneers Nuclear Assault, the Cro-Mags and Leeway, POWER TRIP?s Southern Lord-released debut LP Manifest Decimation hurtles the band?s ?steel, speed and destruction? ethos direct at the jugular with crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. With nearly thirty-five minutes of thrashing violence, Manifest Decimation wages war on all in its earshot, much like the POWER TRIP name has become synonymous with in the wake of their extreme live shows.

Stand by for further updates on POWER TRIP?s upcoming 2015 plans in the coming days.!/PowerTripTX

ALL OUT WAR: Decibel Magazine Premieres Amebix Cover From Dying Gods; Record Release Shows And European Tour Impending

With the release of ALL OUT WAR?s anxiously awaited Dying Gods EP approaching on June 23rd through Organized Crime Records, Decibel Magazine has just disclosed the New York metal/hardcore kings? enraged cover of ?Arise,? by the iconic Amebix.

Engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed, Turmoil) at West West Side Studios and mastered by Alan Douches from West West Side, the ferocious new Dying Gods will re-establish ALL OUT WAR as one of the leaders of the scene, delivering their groove-laden anthems in ode to the destructive conduct of modern man, bridging searing metal leads with the harshest of hardcore?s most dangerous breakdowns through five brand new original tracks and two cover tunes. Lying just ahead of the album-closing remake of Carnivore?s ?God Is Dead? is the cover of Amebix? raging anthem, ?Arise,? delivering the seminal track from the UK crust punk icons with a mangling, charged-up gallop. The revisited rendition can now be heard for the first time through Decibel Magazine a week ahead of the record?s release, who issues a preview of their glowing review of Dying Gods EP which includes, ?Dying Gods is some seriously high-grade, fully actualized, take-no-prisoners, for-really-real metalcore. Heavy on the metal, thank fucking you-know-who.?

Get off your knees and ?Arise!? with ALL OUT WAR?s brutal homage to the track at Decibel RIGHT HERE.

Also previously dispatched from Dying Gods is the track ?Nothing Left To Bleed? at Noisey at THIS LOCATION and view the trailer for the album HERE.

An international burst of live dates from ALL OUT WAR is already underway, as the band just tore up Rain Fest in late May. They?ve booked a second record release show for Dying Gods; following their hometown area release show at The Loft in Poughkeepsie on June 20th with Black Anvil, Subzero and more, ALL OUT WAR will head to their other stamping grounds just south in New York City on June 28th with Subzero, Darkside NYC and more at Bowery Electric. Their return performance to the massive This Is Hardcore in Philly, their European Dying Gods Tour and more will follow during the Summer months, with additional shows being planned as well.

ALL OUT WAR Tour Dates:
6/20/2015 The Loft ? Poughkeepsie, NY *release show w/ Black Anvil, Subzero, Living Laser, Jagged Visions, Absolute Suffering, Dark Past, Internal Warfare
6/28/2015 Bowery Electric ? New York, NY *release show w/ Subzero, Darkside NYC, NYC Headhunters, Sonic Poison
7/26/2015 Electric Factory ? Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter ? Duisburg, DE
8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest ? Hannover, DE [info]
8/09/2015 Cassiopeia ? Berlin, DE
8/10/2015 Underworld ? London, UK
8/11/2015 Werk 21 ? Zurich, CH
8/12/2015 Molotov ? Marseille, FR
8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire ? Paris, FR
8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest ? Bretagne, FR [info]
8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest ? Ieper, BE [info]
9/04-09/2015 Hearfest ? Gatineau, QC

Orders for Dying Gods can be placed through Organized Crime in multiple formats; the CD version with an exclusive bonus download of three tracks from the unreleased 1993 demo, and the vinyl in blood clear red, scorched earth sand tan, and smoke of destruction clear and black mix pressings including a digital download code. It?s all available HERE.

TOTAL NEGATION: New Full-Length From Depressive Blackened Doom Project Out Today + Streaming In Full Via New Noise

With the release of Zeitzeuge, the latest full-length from TOTAL NEGATION officially available to the public today, New Noise Magazine is offering up the depressive blackened doom epic in its misery-making entirety.

Led by the deranged sonic conjurings of chief sound manipulator Wiedergaenger, Zeitzeuge marks the third full-length from a project made of menacing tones and deranged German storytelling. Cold, dismal and atmospherically diseased, with Zeitzeuge TOTAL NEGATION merges the principals of primeval black metal, doom and Krautrock into a sound that?s lush, mystifying, and harrowingly apocalyptic.

The underground gem has been harvesting the love of adventurous critics both stateside and abroad with Echoes And Dust noting, ??Wiedergaenger has crafted something so original with Zeitzeuge, the album literally sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack. When the final words scream out in agonized fashion, you?ll tear your shirt off in similar acrimony. Listen to this if you like modern black metal that evolves the genre instead of cluttering it up with copycat music.? Cosmos Gaming expounds, ?Zeitzeuge is built upon mid-tempo and fast paced black metal mixed with slower doomier riffs, over which sprawling melodies are placed. It?s the type of sound that immediately grabs your attention, as the icy waves of black metal and density of doom are intact but the melodic leads don?t necessarily fall into that stereotypical ?atmospheric? sound. Instead, there?s a murkier psychedelic feel to many of the leads, and that?s just from the guitars. Once the vibraphone takes over on some of the later tracks the textures continue to expand outwards and TOTAL NEGATION has a sound that?s melancholic, introspective, and otherworldly all in the course of the same song.? Adds Black Metal And Brews thoughtfully, ?Black metal often feels like something strong, carved from stone or steel, possibly even a triumphant or battle-ready genre, yet TOTAL NEGATION?s compositions on Zeitzeuge lean towards a spectral and wispy presence. The songs themselves are well rounded and full in production, yet it?s the growing sense of alienation and isolation throughout the album?s course that lead the listener to place it almost outside of one?s sonic periphery. The current of pain runs deep here, yet the progressive leanings of the artist allow each song to explore its depths and meanings instead of being bland landscapes of misery like so many other albums with negative fixations. From the shockingly human vocals to the perfect fusion of black metal and meandering krautrock, this is an experience that refuses to be pigeonholed yet becomes increasingly familiar and poignant with each listen.?

Witness the isolating sounds of Zeitzeuge, courtesy of New Noise Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

Zeitzeuge follows 2013?s universally applauded Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume creation and relays the story of a contemporary witness, who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others. With the integration of instruments like the melodica and the vibraphone, the record preserves the icy, disconcerting elements of its predecessor while allowing for more breathing room and breadth within its compositions.

Zeitzeuge is out TODAY via Temple Of Torturous. Order your copy at THIS LOCATION.

GOATSNAKE Prepares To Headline Crucial Fest This Weekend

Upon return from their European tour in their stint of shows supporting their lauded Black Age Blues LP, GOATSNAKE is gearing up for the final gig of the run with a headlining slot at Crucial Fest V this weekend. Running from Thursday, June 18th through Saturday the 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah, GOATSNAKE will headline the final evening of Crucial Fest. This performance will be the final show from the band for the immediate future, although additional live actions will be announced for later in the year.

With new live coverage pouring in from their recent stateside record release show for Black Age Blues, their set at Maryland Deathfest, and most recently, their European Tour, killer new footage of GOATSNAKE at FreakValley Festival in Germany has been posted on the Southern Lord YouTube page RIGHT HERE.

6/20/2015 Crucialfest ? Salt Lake City, UT [info]

Stream Black Age Blues in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.

Black Age Blues on CD, 2xLP in a Stoughton gatefold jacket with two exclusive bonus tracks and more can be ordered at the new Goatsnake store, and the album is available digitally via BandCamp and iTunes.

GOATSNAKE?s mighty first LP to see release in fifteen years, Black Age Blues, is out now worldwide on Southern Lord Recordings. Amidst the waves of press that has been rolling in on Black Age Blues ahead of its release, A.V. says the album is, ?an undeniable reminder that GOATSNAKE is doom royalty,? and in a review of the early single, ?Elevated Man,? the Chicago Reader issues, ?they make it clear that nothing has changed in their absence: heavy-as-hell, monster guitar riffs channel Tony Iommi?s best, and the bridge is topped off with a rough-around-the-edges harmonica solo? maximum volume is highly recommended.? The Obelisk brought a massive slab of praise to the album, offering in part, ?on paper the patterns are simple, but what the band does with them is nothing short of breathtaking, even aside from the simple appeal the album carries with it for fans through the simple fact of its existence. Sounds like hyperbole, but the blessings Black Age Blues bestows are not to be undervalued either for their heaviness or the individual presence at work behind them, and five years after their first reunion set, 15 years after their last album, GOATSNAKE may be the most vital they?ve ever been.? LA Weekly, in an interview with guitarist Greg Anderson on the album, included, ?Whether it?s because of the aforementioned life experiences or simply because their skills as musicians and songwriters are better honed, Black Age Blues is the most substantial release of GOATSNAKE?s career. Musically, there is more of an infectious blues edge to their take on the classic Sabbath blueprint? GOATSNAKE?s heavy rock is more palatable on Black Age Blues than on previous efforts.?

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: The Obelisk Premieres Lyric Video From Endsville Split With GODHUNTER; Preorders Posted + US Tour Nears

The first full single from, Endsville ? the split 2xLP release from GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT ? has been released through a lyric video for DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s ?Electric Shadows,? premiered by The Obelisk.

Austin-based quartet, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, has taken a straight forward approach to tempering the disparate and harmonious parts of their influences into a total sum of slow motion tidal heaviness that bows to no altar but that of the riff. With the smoky flavors of hazed out doom and the stomping cadence of rock?s heyday, the band both tickles and deafens the ears with the theatrical flashes of Mercyful Fate, the ominous tones of Electric Wizard, and the ferociously feral feedback of a Sleep dirge. Following their 2012-released self-titled debut album and 2014?s Bizarre Tales Vol. II EP, DESTROYER OF LIGHT contributes four tracks to their half of Endsville, totaling nearly twenty-seven minutes of brand new material mastered by James Plotkin. Leading things off is ?Electric Shadows,? which now sees release through a video created by Erik Bredthauer, with a premiere at The Obelisk, who issues of the track, ?Guitarist/vocalist Steve Colca, guitarist Keegan Kjeldsen, bassist Jeff Klein and drummer Kelly Turner have their Sabbath worship down pat, but there?s more to the track for those who?d dig in, and over the course of its six minutes, they?re able to smoothly shift between wrenching doom and ?70s-style shuffle, a catchy boogie of a guitar lead taking hold in the second half to steer toward a surprisingly upbeat, if somewhat sudden, finish.?

Crank up DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s ?Electric Shadows? lyric video with The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

View the layered Endsville cover art installation come together via Gear Gods HERE.

Endsville sees a joint release through GODHUNTER co-owned Battleground Records and DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s Heavy Friends Records on July 28th, a 180-gram gatefold 2xLP with each bands? platter on a different color of vinyl; GODHUNTER?s on translucent green and DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s on translucent red. Preorders are now live for the wax HERE and the digital HERE.

GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT will collaborate on the twenty-five city Endsville tour together, which will include a performance at Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, Connecticut on August 14th and 15th with Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and more.

7/29/2015 Club Congress ? Tucson, AZ
7/30/2015 Yucca Tap Room ? Tempe, AZ
7/31/2015 The Sandlot ? El Paso, TX
8/01/2015 The Launchpad ? Albuquerque, NM
8/02/2015 Seventh Circle ? Denver, CO
8/03/2015 TBA ? Omaha, NE
8/04/2015 Triple Rock ? Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2015 Liveweire ? Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Fat Guy Fest ? Kalamazoo, MI
8/07/2015 Fifth Quarter ? Indianapolis, IN
8/08/2015 Magnolia Bar ? Louisville, KY
8/09/2015 Pour House ? Raleigh, NC
8/10/2015 The Empty Glass ? Charleston, WV
8/11/2015 Gooski?s ? Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2015 Mohawk Place ? Buffalo, NY
8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar ? Brooklyn, NY
8/14/2015 KoTo ? Salem, MA
8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom ? Hamden, CT @ Death To False Metal Fest
8/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie ? Philadelphia, PA
8/17/2015 The Depot ? Baltimore, MD
8/18/2015 Thomas Creek Brewery ? Greenville, SC
8/19/2015 The Basement ? Atlanta, GA
8/20/2015 Vino?s ? Little Rock, AR
8/21/2015 Saturn Bar ? New Orleans, LA
8/22/2015 Holy Mountain ? Austin, TX

SONS OF TONATIUH: Atlanta Sludge Faction To Kick Off East Coast Live Invasion Wednesday; Unreleased Track Posted

This Wednesday, the sludge slingers in SONS OF TONATIUH will quake the stages of eleven venues on their latest jaunt of live debauchery. Scheduled to embark this Wednesday on their home turf of Atlanta at 529, the band will make their way North and back again, playing several locales they?ve yet to punish, with the tour coming to a close on June 27th in Raleigh. Bring ear plugs.

SONS OF TONATIUH recently unveiled the diseased fruits of unreleased track, ?Skull File,? for public intoxication. The scathing hymn was tracked at a home studio in Atlanta in the Fall of 2013 with engineering band acquaintance, Ben Martin, and serves as a precursor to the recording of their full-length, slated to begin this Summer. Their as-yet-untitled third offering will include a re-recorded version of ?Skull File,? as well as seven brand new tracks of slow-roasted wrath and desolation.


6/17/2015 529 ? Atlanta, GA w/ Rapturous Grief, Waste Layer
6/18/2015 The Milestone ? Charlotte, NC w/ From the Gun
6/19/2015 Strange Matter ? Richmond, VA w/ Backwoods Payback
6/20/2015 O?Brien?s Pub ? Boston, MA w/ Finisher
6/21/2015 Lucky 13 ? Brooklyn, NY
6/22/2015 My Place Pizza ? Poughkeepsie, NY
6/23/2015 The Hoyt House ? Buffalo, NY
6/24/2015 The Smiling Mouse ? Pittsburgh, PA
6/25/2015 Kung Fu Necktie ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Repellers
6/26/2015 Guido?s ? Frederick, MD
6/27/2015 Slim?s Downtown ? Raleigh, NC w/ Squall

SONS OF TONATIUH, featuring guitarist/vocalist Dan Caycedo, bassist Twitch and drummer Josh Lomanto, released their Parade Of Sorrow long player via Hydro-Phonic Records in 2012. Called, ?savagely aggressive,? and ?sonically belligerent,? by This Is Not a Scene, praised for its ?joining of galloping thrash and arching doom, bruising hardcore and crackling guitar solos,? by Independent Weekly and likened to, ?sinking in quicksand,? by Exclaim!, the Kyle Spence-(Harvey Milk) produced exercise in amplification continues to deafen the ears of listeners globally with its gnarly brand of punk-infused, lead-footed, sludge rock anthems.

Check out Parade Of Sorrow streaming in its entirety at the official SONS OF TONATIUH BandCamp page HERE.

WRVTH: New Full-Length From Transcendental Technical Death Metal Legion Streaming In Full At MetalSucks; Release Shows Announced

Today MetalSucks is streaming the self-titled full-length from California technical death metal legion, WRVTH (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), in its furious entirety.

The stream comes on the eve of the record?s release via Unique Leader Records. Captured at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and has been reaping critical acclaim for manifesting eleven stirring tracks of transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing. Wonderbox Metal crowns Wrvth, ?an innovative and impressive release from a band who are clearly not content to be average,? while HeavyBlogIsHeavy calls the record, ?a triumph in a way that hasn?t really been seen before,? further elaborating, ?by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is the atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.? Upon investigation of the band?s their first single, Metal Injections notes, ??Harrowing Winds? is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down.? No Clean Singing agrees, ?The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity ? eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.? Metal Machine rallies, ?For faster speeds, smartly progressive metal, and just an overall enjoyable album, Wrvth by WRVTH is going to delight listeners of many different ages and metal backgrounds.? Adds Dead Rhetoric in a 9/10 score, ?It?s nice to see some innovation within the technical death metal genre. A genre that is frequently fueled by sterility and/or clinical productions, Wrvth comes as a breath of fresh air. The death metal formula is given a chance to really let loose with these enhancements, showcasing that there can be emotion within these complex riffs if you provide a jumping off point. Wrvth can be bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings. A death metal album with genuine feeling; how often do you hear about that? Clearly, an album worth investigating.?

Sample Wrvth, now playing at MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

In other WRVTH intel, following a recent slot on the successful Dawn Of The Shred tour, WRVTH will level stages in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Tempe, and San Diego on a short run of record release shows beginning this Friday with additional live invasions to be announced in the weeks to come.

WRVTH Record Release Shows:
6/19/2015 Loaded ? Los Angeles, CA
6/20/2015 Malone?sSun ? Santa Ana, CA
6/21/2015 Yucca Tap Room ? Tempe, AZ
6/22/2015 The Yard ? San Diego, CA *w/special guests/labelmates Lord Of War

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder yours today HERE.

NEXT TO NONE release lyric video for “Blood On My Hands”

InsideOut teen prodigy band, Next To None, are a week away from the release of their debut album ‘A Light in the Dark’ on June 29th, 2015. In advance of the album’s release, the band are pleased to reveal a lyric video for the album’s closing epic track, “Blood on my Hands.”

Vocalist/keyboardist Thomas Cuce had this to say about “Blood On My Hands”:

“At the time [I wrote the lyrics] it seemed like every day there was a different person going crazy somewhere and shooting up a building or whatever, and I would ask my self ‘Why does this keep happening? What was that person thinking? What led them to do this?’ So I tried to put myself in this person’s head. I created a character and started from the aftermath of the event, which is where we first hear about it in the news.” Of the song’s extended arrangement, he says, “It took us months to write this song and then months to learn it. We had a big dry erase board that we used to chart out all the parts with the time signatures until we had them memorized.”

You can see the lyric video here:

You can also listen to a stream of the track ‘You Are Not Me’ here:

Check out Next To None’s EPK video here:

Pre-orders for the album have started, and you can pick up your copy of the record from the Radiant Records link below:

Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of.

‘A Light in the Dark’ also features guest appearances on the track “A Lonely Walk” from Bumblefoot on guitar (Guns N Roses) and Prog legend Neal Morse on Mellotron.

‘A Light in the Dark’ tracklist:

1. The Edge Of Sanity

2. You Are Not Me

3. Runaway

4. A Lonely Walk

5. Control

6. Lost

7. Social Anxiety

8. Legacy

9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:

10. Fortune Cookie

11. Deafening

Next To None online:


IMMORTAL BIRD Empress/Abscess Broken Limbs/Manatee Rampage Release: 14 July 2015

Following last month?s mammothly successful Western Migration live takeover, today Windy City-based blackened death grind unit, IMMORTAL BIRD, confirms the official details of their anticipated Empress/Abscess LP.
Set for release next month, the follow-up to 2013?s Akrasia EP was captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harm?s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit.

Elaborates Amitay, ?I?ve stepped away from drumming duties and enlisted our live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom). Essentially, I had to set my ego aside and determine what was going to be the best for this music. [Guitarist] Evan [Berry] and I wrote some incredibly challenging material for Empress/Abscess, and Garry had been playing it live for months, whereas I?d been focusing a lot of my drumming energy on the newest Thrawsunblat album. My chops are in a very different place than they were when we recorded Akrasia and it would take me a week in the studio to do what Garry can accomplish in two days. Having him behind the kit saved us time, the finished product is stronger, and I was able to delve into the vocal performances and lyrics with my undivided attention. Will I play drums on future IMMORTAL BIRD albums? It?s entirely likely, but for Empress/Abscess, I passed the sticks over to the best person for the job.?
IMMORTAL BIRD was forged by drummer/vocalist/lyricist Rae Amitay and brought to fruition by cowriter and guitarist Evan Berry and bassist John Picillo. Their debut EP, Akrasia, mixed by Kurt Ballou and mastered by Brad Boatright, was released in December of 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Decibel Magazine called the offering, ?dark and twisting,? while The Chicago Reader commended the band?s ??sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart.? Elsewhere the sentiment echoed with Ghost Cult crowning Akrasia, ?Distinctly disturbing and beautifully harsh,? This Is Not A Scene heralding, ??nineteen minutes of metal greatness,? and Last Rites noting, ?these songs don?t really make their point; they insist on it.?
Following several tours that took the band across the United States and into Canada, IMMORTAL BIRD entered the studio to record their debut full-length, Empress/Abscess. Picking up where Akrasia left off, Empress/Abscess delves once again into a cesspool of misery, fury, and anguish with stunning cover art by Kikyz1313 (Akrasia). The album will be released as a collaborative effort, with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge with vinyl and cassettes, while IMMORTAL BIRD will be self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings.
In related IMMORTAL BIRD news, the band recently confirmed appearances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.), Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with future onstage demolitions in their plotting stages.

Empress/Abscess will see release on July 14th, 2015. Teaser tracks to be unveiled in the coming days.


CONTINUUM: New Play-Through Video Of Unreleased Track Unveiled At Gear Gods

Following the release of their critically lauded The Hypothesis full-length, today CONTINUUM, in cooperation with mega tech site Gear Gods, unveils a brand new, no-frills play-through clip of an as-yet-untitled new track.


Elaborates Gear Gods, “[Lead guitarist/composer] Chase Fraser lays down the gauntlet in this one – a gauntlet big enough for four players, one of whom is a wizard that needs food badly. In the past I’ve ranted about how heavily edited play-throughs are really just lightly edited music videos in disguise. Well, CONTINUUM don’t bring their jester to that court. This video has zero guitar edits – one take, no bullshit. And just to top it off they got Keith Merrow to mix the damn thing.”


Feel bad about your weak playing skills and head over to Gear Gods at THIS LOCATION.


A true monolith of progressive technical death metal, CONTINUUM‘s The Hypothesis was released in April via Unique Leader Records. Captured predominantly by lead guitarist/composer Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth, Animosity), with additional tracking and mixing by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at Castle Ultimate Studios, the ten-track The Hypothesis flaunts a cripplingly precise assemblage of engaging, abrasive, surgically accurate and unrepentantly violent compositions based conceptually on the mysteries of the infinite and the unsolved theories of the “continuum hypothesis.”


Forged in 2009, CONTINUUM features the current working lineup of Fraser alongside guitarist Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Deeds Of Flesh), vocalist Riley McShane (Son Of Aurelius), bassist Nick Willbrand (Flesh Consumed) and drummer Spencer Edwards (Son Of Aurelius). Together, the CONTINUUM collective provides a sound that rocks the very foundation of modern death metal.


The Hypothesis is out NOW via Unique Leader Records. Order yours today HERE.


“Bolstered by a pristine production and show-stopping detail, CONTINUUM‘s The Hypothesis is a staggeringly well-executed display of full-throttle, procedural brutality. …for those of us who connect, plug in, and enjoy getting lost in such an aesthetic brainfuck, rest assured that this Bay Area singularity has created one of the most impressive tech-death albums of the year.” – The Metal Observer


The Hypothesis offers an incredible wealth of mesmerizing musical ideas and stands as a complex and masterful statement of how to rise above the rest of the technical death metal pack. Unique Leader has been on an impressive release streak, and if you are a fan of what they put out, this is one of the best things the label has ever released.” – No Clean Singing


“A primer in progressive technical death metal, insane polyrhythmic drumming, manic riffing, scabrous dual vocalizing and other-worldly lead guitar runs this is one for lovers of the genre. Highly recommended!” – Aural Delights


“With slick production, a great sound, and stellar performances by all involved, ‘The Hypothesis’ by Continuum is a great addition to any metalhead’s collection.” – The Sludgelord


“The Hypothesis is sure to please tech death fans. With a few interesting diversions from the usual formula, they’ve also proven they have the ability to standout in a perpetually expanding genre.” – Dead Rhetoric


The Hypothesis is out NOW via Unique Leader Records. Order yours today HERE.

DUST BOLT: New Album In The Making + Tour Dates Announced!

When DUST BOLT comes into town, you better be prepared for a thunder of massive thrash blasts & heavy as hell riffs! After the successful release of their last album Awake The Riot (2014, Napalm Records), the band has checked in with fantastic news for every metal head, as they are currently working on a brand new album!

Vocalist & guitarist Lenny Breuss unveils: “We are already working on the next album and plan to visit the studio early next year! We are really excited, full of ideas and can´t wait to come out with another record! It will contain a mixture of both previous albums but also lots of new stuff! The touring we did since Awake the Riot gave us lots of inspiration for the new songs and they are going to be brutal!! We´ll take some time over winter to concentrate on the final writing process but with the new album a major part of us will also be finished with their educations and studies, which means that we will be able to tour way more and visit countries we haven´t been yet! We can´t wait!! Be prepared!”

Catch DUST BOLT live when they hit the road & take over your town or favorite festival on the following dates:

20-06-2015 Metal Frenzy Open Air – Gardelegen (GER)

17-07-2015 Devilstone Open Air – Vilnius (LIT)

23-07-2015 Free and Easy Backstage München (GER) w/Sepultura, Death Angel

24-07-2015 Lanzenanger Festival – Burglengenfeld (GER)

25-07-2015 Viel und Draußen Open Air – Heilbronn (GER)

27-07-2015 München – Feierwerk (GER) w/D.R.I.

29-07-2015 Lindau – Club Vaudeville (GER) w/Sepultura

30-07-2015 Saarbrücken – Garage (GER) w/Sepultura

15-08-2015 Summerbreeze Open Air – Dinkelsbühl (GER)

22-08-2015 Turock Open Air – Essen (GER)

09-10-2015 Köln – Underground (GER)

24-10-2015 Rodewisch – BAV

31-10-2015 Niklasdorf – VAZ (Aut)

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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Reveal Album Preview Clip!

Canadian shooting stars UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have been on the road since their inception in 2007. Since then they have created an immensely loyal North American fan base. With a fresh sound, precise songwriting and the incredible feeling for heaviness and melodies, this power quintet with singer Brittney Slayes are now ready to take the rest of the world. Their new studio album Time Stands Still, is fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks and complex drumming provide a little something for everyone. Time Stands Stillis kick ass heavy metal with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to.

Sing and scream your lungs out with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and check out this album preview clip HERE. Time Stands Still is set to be released in Europe & UK on June 26th, Sweden & Spain July 1st and in the States & Canada on July 7th 2015 via Napalm Records:

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AHAB Reveal First Teasers & Song Preview For New Album! The Boats of the Glen Carrig Coming August 28, 2015!

Pessimism can be so beautiful: the German nautical doomsters in AHAB have not only created their very own subgenre, they are also incomparable dabblers in solemn melancholy. Finally the band is back with their new masterpiece ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ which will be released worldwide on August 28th 2015 via Napalm Records!

With ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ the band was inspired by the novel of the same name written by William Hope Hodgson, first published in 1907. It is widely regarded as “a survival and adventure story with elements of psychedelic horror in the form of weird weed monsters and dangerous snail-like creatures,” thus making it a perfect backdrop for AHAB‘s doom and gloom approach.

Since the band`s founding in late 2004, the four-piece has continuously worked its way to the top of (funeral) doom. ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ is their magnum opus and is gracefully nestled in between slow-motion anthems and haunting melodies.

Now the band has unveiled the first two teasers for their upcoming album, as well as an exclusive song preview for the track ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’, a cover version of Alan Parsons Project featuring Olav Iversen of Sagh on guest vocals! This track will be available on the 7″ inch Vinyl with the strictly limited to 500 copies Wooden box edition only, a must-have for every fan!

Check out AHAB‘s brand new previews here:

Teaser 1 – ‘To Mourn Job’:

Teaser 1 – ‘The Weedmen’:

Check out a song preview for “Turn of a Friendly Card” HERE.

Catch the band live at the following shows:

June 19th 2015 – Hellfest I France

July 04th 2015 – The Boston Music Rooms I London, UK

July 25th 2015 – Ragnarock Festival, GER

Oct 29th 2015 – Elfer Club I Frankfurt am Main, GER
Oct 31st 2015 – Bambi Galore I Hamburg, GER
Nov 6th 2015 – Club Cann I Stuttgart, GER
Nov 8th 2015 – Schwimmbad Club I heidelberg, GER

Dec 12nd 2015 – Eindhoven Metal Meeting I Einhoven NL

More dates to be announced soon!

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ARKONA Unveil Brand New Video For ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ on Metal Underground

Russia’s Pagan Metal finest in ARKONA have just unveiled a brand new music video for ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ taken from the band´s current album Yav (April 2014, Napalm Records). Check out the band’s brand new video for the track ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ courtesy of Metal Underground HERE.

With Yav the Russian warriors centered impressive frontwoman Masha “Scream” Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of ARKONA. “Yav” offers 70 minutes of original, majestic and unique Folk Metal, and already crowned ARKONA as the kings of Pagan!

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SKINDRED Announce ‘Pump Up The Volume’ UK Tour Dates For November 2015 & Unveil Album Cover Art For New Album Volume Due Out October 30th 2015

SKINDRED are currently putting the finishing touches on their 6th studio album, entitled ‘Volume’, which will be the bands first release on Napalm Records and is set to the the light of day on October 30th 2015! The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James ‘Lerock’ Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers).

SKINDRED have also just announced a full UK headline tour in November 2015. After a sold out arena run with Steel Panther, a remarkable Camden Rocks performance, two sold out Hit The Deck headline slots and a host of European festival shows (including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot) already in 2015, Skindred will be hitting the road for a UK headline tour in November 2015 with Crossfaith & HED PE as support.

Tour Dates:
Wed 4th Nov 2015 – Southampton Guildhall
Thu 5th Nov – Norwich UEA
Fri 6th Nov – Nottingham Rock City
Sat 7th Nov – Manchester Academy
Sun 8th Nov – Newcastle Academy
Tue 10th Nov – Glasgow ABC
Wed 11th Nov – Leeds Stylus
Thu 12th Nov – Bristol Academy
Fri 13th Nov – Birmingham Institute
Sat 14th Nov – London Brixton Academy

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To shorten your wait for the upcoming album, catch SKINDRED live at the following summer & festival shows:

25.06. – Bravalla Festival, SWE

27.06. – Rock on The Rock Club, Gibraltar

05.07. – I Am The Rocker Festival, Romania

16.07. – Deichbrand Festival, GER

17.07. – 2Days A Week Festival, AT

18.07. – Resurrection Fest, Spain

19.07. – Budapest Park, HU

21.07. – Metaldays, SLO

29.07. – Effenaar, Eindhoven NL w/ Rob Zombie

31.07. – Trebur Open Air, GER

01.08. – Wacken Open Air, GER

02.08. – Lokerse Festival, BE

07.08. – Kubana, Kaliningrad – Russian Federation

15.08. – Serengeti Festival, GER

22.08. – Studio 24, Edinburgh UK

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DEMON LUNG: Las Vegas-Based Doom Hellions Stream A Dracula In Full At Revolver Magazine + Live Assaults Confirmed

With the release of A Dracula, the hotly anticipated second full-length from Las Vegas-based doom hellions, DEMON LUNG, now less than two weeks away, today Revolver Magazine is hosting the record in its sinister entirety.


Tracked by legendary soundsmith, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), A Dracula delivers eight dark, menacing psalms of sin loosely based on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, Alucarda in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.


Already reaping the approvals of media outlets nationally and abroad, Doom Metal Heaven names the latest DEMON LUNG platter, “a consistently engaging and mesmerizing work of creative misery,” The Sludgelord notes, “A Dracula is a record that screams of heaviness, but it also provides a sonic abyss that allows listeners to get lost in its depth and undercurrent,” while Nefarious Realm champions, “a massive record full of monumental riffs, an impressive rhythm section, and a voice full of soul…by far one of the best releases of the year.” Meat Mead And Metal celebrates a production that, “scratches every damn doom itch,” and is, “blisteringly fun but also richly mind-altering, like you’re being beaten alive as drugs paralyze your system,” naming DEMON LUNG, “one of doom’s most exciting new bands.” Metal Insider concurs, “they’ve not only avoided the dreaded sophomore slump on their newest opus, but they’ve kicked it in the nuts and pushed it off a cliff…You’d be hard-pressed to find a better soundtrack this year for gratuitous amounts of blood, and sadistic hedonism… If they were any heavier, any more smothering, the Earth would open and swallow you whole.”


Connect with your inner villain. Check out A Dracula now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.


In related DEMON LUNG missives, the band will bring their rumbling rituals to the stage of Crucialfest tomorrow and a record release show the following evening with special guests, Ides Of Gemini, as well as Southwest Terror Fest this Fall with additional live ceremonies in their plotting stages.



6/19/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT

6/20/2015 The Dive – Las Vegas, NV * record release show w/ Ides Of Gemini

10/18/2015 Southwest Terror Fest @ Club Congress – Tucson, AZ


A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released The Hundredth Name. Media applauded the band, especially vocalist Shanda Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” A Dracula will be released via Candlelight Records on June 29th, 2015 with additional tour dates to be be announced shortly. In the meantime, preorders are available at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers HERE.

LOCRIAN: Noisey Premieres Single From Relapse-Bound Infinite Dissolution LP Alongside Interview On 10th Anniversary Of Band

A suffocating new tide of cerebral blackened/industrial audio from Relapse Records’ LOCRIAN today rises with a vengeance with an exclusive premiere of the outfit’s “Heavy Water,” culled from the rapidly approaching flood of their Electrical Audio-recorded Infinite Dissolution LP.


Paired with the “Heavy Water” audio, Noisey interrogates all three members of the LOCRIAN unit breaking down the creation of their latest works, their plans for their tenth anniversary commemoration this year, and how we live in the midst of our own demise on a daily basis. A segment of the feature offers of Infinite Dissolution, “It might not seem that a record steeped in concepts of man’s inevitable extinction and his inability to face his starring role in his own demise would contain as much staggering beauty as crushing despair, yet Chicago-Baltimore experimental trio Locrian strikes a perfect balance of the two on its upcoming sixth full-length, Infinite Dissolution… Perhaps it’s no surprise from a band that has been masterfully conjuring and destroying alternate universes through music for nearly ten years and more than double that number of releases, with each one providing challenging sonic adventures and evocative perspectives on the physical state of the world around us.”


Traverse LOCRIAN’s “Heavy Water” at Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.


Infinite Dissolution‘s three-part “An Index Of Air” is also streaming via Soundcloud HERE and YouTube HERE.


Several new live performances from the Chicago/Baltimore-based outfit have been secured as LOCRIAN prepares to inundate sectors of the planet in multiple waves throughout the year. A string of Midwestern shows is already underway for next month, with a headlining show confirmed in Detroit July 17th and a show with Liturgy on the 18th in Chicago confirmed, and more cities expected to be added to this run. With a West Coast tour coming together for August, special tenth anniversary performance plans coming together for the Autumn months, and a European invasion likely for early next year, these shows are only the beginning.



7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beast in the Field, Beset by Creatures Of The Deep

7/18/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy


Infinite Dissolution will see North American release on July 24th, 2015 on CD, vinyl and digital formats. View the trailer for the album RIGHT HERE and check out physical preorder options HERE, and digital preorders via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE.


Recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and with artwork based on a massive installation by sculptor David Altmejd, Infinite Dissolution is a multi-part concept album dealing with the struggle of human extinction; a seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambience, drone, black metal, post-rock, and power electronics, and the perfect manifestation of modern, forward-thinking experimental music. Amidst their nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, Infinite Dissolution will mark LOCRIAN‘s second album for the diverse Relapse roster as it hits the street in late July, amidst the band’s celebration of its tenth anniversary. Another dark and cinematic work of exceptional aural artistry the band, Infinite Dissolution presents nearly fifty minutes of material more epic and foreboding than anything in their extensive catalog.

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