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MARUTA Remain Dystopian

[photos by Janette Valentine]

Having inked a blood pact with underground overlords, Relapse Records, Miami, Florida?s unhinged deathgrind maniacs, MARUTA, will declare war on society by unloading their label debut, Remain Dystopian LP in June.

It is inarguable that MARUTA?s Relapse debut, Remain Dystopian, is their most punishing and focused album to date. Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! Seekers of top-tier extreme metal punishment in the tradition of Napalm Death, Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and the like should keep Remain Dystopian on their radar as tracks from the record and more are released onto the masses.

Remain Dystopian will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet. Preorders for the physical versions are available HERE and digital preorders HERE.

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments,MARUTA has pummeled eardrums abroad through grueling tour ventures and inundated the masses with their bludgeoning, death-infused, grindcore concoction over the past decade. As organized as it is a clusterfuck of blinding rage, the band?s malicious dedication and potent material has gained them a dedicated fanbase, on stage as well as through the release of their In Narcosis debut full-length through Willowtip Records in 2008, followed by the critically lauded Forward Into Regression full length in 2011. Previous band actions have earned accolades such as, “You won?t like this, but you need to hear it immediately,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine. Blabbermouth said, ?Vitriolic in delivery and misanthropic in message, MARUTA are grind enough for the grindcore fans and deathly enough for the death metal fans, bridging the gap between the two styles with precision and skill,” and MetalSucks sums it up as succinctly as possible: ?This band will tear you a new asshole.? For the next phase of their extinction protocol, MARUTA signed with Relapse Records in August of last year, and the task of creating their next full-length atrocity began, now to rear its head as Remain Dystopian.

Mitchell Luna – vocals
Eduardo Borja – guitar
Mauro Cordoba – guitar
Danny Morris – drums

GOATSNAKE Black Age Blues


[b&w photos by Samantha Muljat – color photo by Chris Lundry]

GOATSNAKE will release their first full-length in fifteen years this Spring, with entitled Black Age Blues, the album to be released via Southern Lord on June 2nd, 2015.

With nearly fifty minutes of GOATSNAKE?s most soulful and boisterous material to date, the quartet expands their already mammoth tones and pummeling rock riffs with a variety of additional influences and elements on Black Age Blues, an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of its members — vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) — all in top form. With guest contributions from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament). The front cover features photography and design from Samantha Muljat.

Black Age Blues is familiar, but nothing here is a repetition of what we’ve heard before, as GOATSNAKE continues to refine the timeless, ultra-heavy rock that they are infamous for, surpassing even the highest of expectations. The album is an instant classic, with each one of the nine songs an anthem, and each of the four members of GOATSNAKE in top form.

GOATSNAKE?s current list of upcoming live shows in the US and Europe includes appearances at prestigious events such as Maryland Deathfest in the US and Temples Festival in the UK.

New Leprous album “The Congregation” out today


The new album by Prog Metallers LEPROUS – “The Congregation”  is out today, June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

I’m convinced that The Congregation will be a better record than that new Tool disc. It’s truly difficult to show up an album with such a monumental amount of passion and craftsmanship as is unleashed here.” — New Noise

You can purchase the album either as digital, standard jewel case CD or as shirt-bundle options here:


CD & shirt bundles available here:


The band had recently released an audio clip for the track “Rewind” which you can check out on Metal Sucks here:

Also, you can check out the video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album’s opening track “The Price” on the IOM YouTube channel:

Here is the track-listing for the 65 minutes long album release:

LEPROUS – “The Congregation”

1. The Price

2. Third Law

3. Rewind

4. The Flood

5. Triumphant

6. Within My Fence

7. Red

8. Slave

9. Moon

10. Down

11. Lower

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums “Bilateral” and “Coal”, “The Congregation” was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album’s artwork was created by Nihil /

A comprehensive making-of studio video for “The Congregation” can be now seen here:

LEPROUS line-up 2015:
Einar Solberg – Lead Vocal, Keys
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – Guitars
Øystein Landsverk – Guitars
Baard Kolstad – Drums

LEPROUS online:


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PARADISE LOST releases new album, ‘The Plague Within’, today in North America


Returning with opus number fourteen, The Plague Within, released today in North America, PARADISE LOST has once again refined the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. Featuring a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia, The Plague Within can be purchased at your local retailer and digital service provider, as well as at O Merch/JSR:

For a preview of The Plague Within, be sure to check out the following previously released singles:
–“Beneath Broken Earth”:
Fans in Germany click here:
–“No Hope In Sight”:
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Fans can also listen to clips of each track here:

Read on for some reviews of PARADISE LOST‘s critically acclaimed new album:

“The 14th visit to this sprawling PARADISE LOST estate is one of the most satisfying yet-‘The Plague Within’ reveals a band that has put in the time, blood, sweat, and oceans of tears necessary to perfect its particular/peculiar craft, and is now wholly focused on imbuing the resulting sound with ever-greater power.” – 9/10, Decibel Magazine (USA)

Deadly solemn, mature crystalline, elegance counterposed against a celebratory moderation of atavistic extreme impulses.” – 9/10, Metal Hammer (UK)

PARADISE LOST have pounded a line straight through their lineage and have marched forth more relevant, heavier and diverse than they have sounded in years.” – The Quietus (UK)

…new opus ‘The Plague Within’ is simply the most potent expression of the band’s morose ethos in two decades.” – The Guardian (UK)

PARADISE LOST travel back to their very roots to find the perfect balance between epicness, melancholy and brutality.” – Lagrosseradio (F)

Back to the early years, massive riffs, great melodies, death vocals and doom influences along with this hypnotic charm” – Metallian (F)

With PARADISE LOST’s impressive song-writing capabilities, has resulted in an excellent album that is sure to please fans of all eras of these legends.” – 88/100, Lords Of Metal (NL)

On ‘The Plague Within’ you can hear the very best side of PARADISE LOST.” – 85/100, Aardschok (NL)

29.05 – DE Munich, Rockavaria
30.05 – DE Gelsenkirchen, Rock im Revier
18.05 – PL Bolkow, Castle Party Festival
15.08 – DE Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze Festival

“The Plague Within” – European tour 2015
27.09 – IE Dublin, The Academy
28.09 – UK Belfast, The Limelight
30.09 – UK Manchester, Academy 2
01.10 – UK Glasgow, Garage
03.10 – UK Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
04.10 – UK London, Koko
05.10 – DE Cologne, Live Music Hall
06.10 – BE Antwerp, Trix Muziekcentrum
07.10 – NL Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
09.10 – DE Berlin, Huxley’s Neue Welt
10.10 – SE Malmö, KB
11.10 – SE Göteborg, Sticky Fingers
13.10 – FI Helsinki, The Circus
15.10 – SE Stockholm, Debaser Strand
16.10 – NO Oslo, John Dee
17.10 – DK Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
18.10 – DE Hamburg, Gruenspan
20.10 – CZ Prague, MeetFactory
21.10 – PL Wroclaw, Alibi
22.10 – PL Gdansk, B90
24.10 – CZ Ostrava, Barrak
25.10 – SK Bratislava, Randal Club
26.10 – HU Budapest, Barba Negra
27.10 – HR Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar
29.10 – SI Nova Gorica, Mostovna
30.10 – DE Munich, Theaterfabrik
31.10 – AT Vienna, Arena
02.11 – IT Milan, Live Club
03.11 – CH Solothurn, Kofmehl
05.11 – ES Barcelona, Salamandra
06.11 – ES Madrid, Sala Arena
07.11 – ES Bilbao, Sala Stage Live
08.11 – FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
09.11 – FR Paris, Le Trabendo
10.11 – FR Strasbourg, La Laiterie
12.11 – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
13.11 – Nottingham – Rock City


MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – On Tour In Germany In July 2015!


These Australian Rockers mix the finest dirty hard rock with a healthy dose of stoner vibes! Their latest album Volume IV – Hammered Again was released earlier this year on Napalm Records!

All European fans can get stoked now, as MAMMOTH MAMMOTH are coming on an extensive tour this July all over Germany! Find all upcoming tour dates below & make sure to see them live on the road:

08.07.15 DE – Berlin / Cassiopeia *with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN

09.07.15 DE – Kiel / Schaubude *with MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN

10.07.15 DE – Erfurt / Stoned From The Underground

11.07.15 DE – Düsseldorf / Pitcher

15.07.15 DE – München / Feierwerk

17.07.15 DE – Siegen / Vortex

18.07.15 DE – Hamburg / Rock Café

20.07.15 DE – Bremen / Roemer

22.07.15 DE – Gießen / On The Rocks – Under The Rocks

23.07.15 DE – Dresden / Ostpol

24.07.15 AT – Wien / Arena

25.07.15 DE – Frankfurt / Das Bett (Sky High Festival)

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HONEYMOON DISEASE Release Upcoming Single As Full Length Stream!


HONEYMOON DISEASE will release a 7” single titled Bellevue Groove. This release includes the title track as well as a cover of “Neat Neat Neat” by The Damned! Check out the song which is streaming at the Napalm Records online store:

Bellevue Groove is set to be released on July 3rd & will be one of the finest groovy and speed rock masterpieces to date!

Grab your exclusive & strictly limited 7” copy here:

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NERVOSA Announce First UK Headline Tour & Live Stream Of Upcoming Brazilian Show!


NERVOSA, have taken the scene by storm! Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut Victim Of Yourself (2014, Napalm Records), these three girls have pushed the pedal to the metal! They offer the listener high-speed riffs, furious drumming and raging leads from bassist Fernanda Lira!
The all-female Thrash Metal combo from Sao Paolo, Brazil have just announced their first headline tour of the UK, which kicks off in Glasgow on August 15, 2015.

Fernanda Lira comments: “We’re so excited to be on the road for the first time touring Europe! In my opinion, metal was born in the UK, so playing on the same ground where the first metal riffs were created it’s both an honor and a privilege!!”

August 2015
14th LONDON – The Dome w/ Brujeria & Cryptopsy
15th GLASGOW – Audio
16th LIVERPOOL – Krazyhouse
17th EVESHAM – The Iron Road
18th BIRMINGHAM – Asylum 2
19th CAMBRIDGE – The Portland Arms
20th NORWICH – Owl Sanctuary
21st BOURNEMOUTH – Anvil

On June 7th, NERVOSA hits the stage to play their last gig in São Paulo and one of their last in Brazil before their intensive European tour. ‘Live Stream Metal Fest’, will feature the veteran Brazilian band Torture Squad headlining the night and the event will be streamed worldwide through the site Central Europe – 10 pm / Central North America – 3pm / Japan – 5 am.

Fernanda Lira states: “The idea is to enable our fans who are not in São Paulo to join us in this great moment of celebration before our tour! Besides that, for who is in Europe, it will be an appetizer for what we plan to present in our shows there! Summing it up, we want everyone to feel in our gig, no matter where in the world they are!

Get ready for a hot summer with thrashing NERVOSA! Find all upcoming tour dates below:


09.07.15 CZ – Trutnov / Obscene Extreme
11.07.15 POL – Gdansk / Atlantic Club
12.07.15 POL – Szczecin / Slowianin Club
13.07.15 POL – Warsaw / Progressja
14.07.15 GER – Berlin / SO36
16.07.15 SVK – Kosice / Colliseum Club
17.07.15 CZ – Pohori / Agressive Fest
19.07.15 GER – Egelsee / Schwarzer Adler
21.07.15 SLO – Tolmin / Metal Days Festival
22.07.15 AUT – Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
23.07.15 GER – Kassel / K19
25.07.15 NL – Steenwijk / Stonehenge
26.07.15 BEL – Ostend / JH OHK


26.08.15 LV – Riga / Nabaklab
27.08.15 EE – Tallin / Tapper
28.08.15 RU – St. Petersburg / Backstage Club
29.08.15 RU – Moscow / Brooklyn
30.08.15 RU – Tver / Soboka Mile
31.08.15 RU – Smolensk / A-Club
01.09.15 RU – Novomoskovsk / Mad Dog
02.09.15 RU – Voronezh / Exit Club
03.09.15 RU – Rostov On Don / Podzemka
04.09.15 RU – Krasnodar / SY 27
06.09.15 RU – Tula / M2 Club

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THE NEW ROSES to Perform Live AT UEFA Champions League Festival 2015!


Everything is running smoothly for the gentlemen of THE NEW ROSES.

Their international record deal is signed and THE NEW ROSES have been touring Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain very successfully since the end of March, and now the charismatic rock stars from Wiesbaden are announcing another highlight.

On June 6, 2015, Europe’s largest soccer event will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin – the UEFA Champions League Final. THE NEW ROSES have been invited by the UEFA to perform live at the UEFA Champions LeagueFestival, which will be held from June 4th – June 6th at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

THE NEW ROSES will be rocking the fan mile on June 6, 2015, at the Brandenburg Gate on the day of the final match, at 5 pm just 4 hours before the match starts.

Singer Timmy Rough:

THE NEW ROSES are proud to participate in this mega-event and guarantee a top-class rock performance the soccer fans!”

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JASON W. WALTON: Agalloch Bassist/Self Spiller Mastermind To Unleash Solo Seven-Inch Later This Month

Agalloch bassist/Self Spiller mastermind, JASON W. WALTON, has been creating surreal and otherworldly soundscapes for over twenty years. In the ’90s he began working under the name Nothing and released four full-length albums and various EPs and singles. He performed live as Nothing in the Midwest and the West Coast before retiring the name in 2003. WALTON remained busy with other musical endeavors knowing that a return to ambient noise was imminent.

In the summer of 2013, WALTON began the songwriting process again by collecting field recordings from places he would visit. He captured the din of humanity on the downtown Portland streets, the rush of ocean waves in Southern California, and the mysteriously comforting monologues emanating from an AM radio. During mid-2014, WALTON manipulated and processed these sounds into disturbingly haunting pieces which would become the basis of his soon-to-be released Mara seven-inch

WALTON decided to thematically compose these songs around his struggle with sleep paralysis — a phenomenon in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, and react. While creating these tracks he deprived himself of sleep and recounted his episodes of sleep paralysis within the two tracks contained in Mara. During episodes of sleep paralysis, WALTON sometimes feels like he has some kind of spiritual connection or “visit” from lost loved ones.

Shortly after track one, “Alp,” was completed, WALTON suddenly lost his stepfather. A few months later, after track two, “Yakshi,” was finished, WALTON‘s dear friend and former Metal Maniacs editor, Katherine Ludwig, passed away. Although these two songs are not about these people, they are wholeheartedly dedicated to them making this an intensely personal work.

Mara Tracklist:

1. 11:43 PM – Alp

2. 3:21 AM – Yakshi

Mara was recorded at Earth in Sound Studios Portland, Oregon with vocals on “Yakshi” performed by Tanner Anderson (Obsequiae, Celestiial) and recorded at HammerHeart Brewing Company in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Mara was mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst) with design and layout by Agalloch’s John Haughm. Mara will be unleashed on June 21st, 2015 via Red Orchard Records on limited edition (300) seven-inch black vinyl housed in a deluxe black arigato sleeve featuring silver debossed artwork. Preorders are currently available via Each copy comes with a free download code.

IRIS DIVINE Announces Northeastern US Summer Mini-Tour In Support Of Acclaimed Karma Sown Debut Album

[photo by Robert Fortenberry]

Following the late Springtime release of their debut full-length album, Karma Sown, Washington DC-area modern progressive trio IRIS DIVINE has confirmed a mid-Summer four-city tour through the Northeastern US. Touring alongside their friends in MindMaze, the outfit will begin the trek in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 30th, followed by show in New York City and Baltimore over the next two nights, before the tour closes down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 2nd.

IRIS DIVINE Summer Tour w/ MindMaze:

7/30/2015 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA

7/31/2015 Gussy’s – New York, NY

8/01/2015 Club Orpheus – Baltimore, MD

8/02/2015 Howler’s – Pittsburgh, PA

On March 31st, IRIS DIVINE‘s proud debut Karma Sown saw release via New Jersey-based Sensory Records, the album met by widespread critical acclaim from all levels of the diehard metal media. Though a mere trio, vocalist/guitarist Navid Rashid, drummer/programmer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs unload waves of dynamic, top-tier progressive metal with dark, crunching undertones and intense storylines. The record was produced by the band, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay.

Karma Sown is playing alongside an interview with the band via BraveWords RIGHT HERE.

Physical orders for Karma Sown can be placed via Laser’s Edge HERE and digital HERE.

Nova Metal Review praised IRIS DIVINE‘s debut in an early review with a perfect review: “Most often I would pick a couple of tracks as favorites, but in this case that is a pointless exercise. All the tracks are standout and I can play them in any order and still walk away with a smile on my face… it is a no-brainer to score this a straight 10/10.” Hardrock Haven championed the record with an early 9/10 review, including, “when you hear them you’re simply stunned that they’re not signed to a major label and making a huge impact on the scene. They’re immensely talented, not content to stay within the genre lines, and have released an album that can go head to head with any of the ‘name’ prog metal albums this year.” MetalSucks excitedly previewed the album issuing, “If bands like King’s X, Porcupine Tree and to a slightly lesser extent Dream Theater get you all hot n’ bothered you’re absolutely gonna LOVE IRIS DIVINE, as I do… The most impressive thing to me is that their ear for songwriting is uncanny: their songs are just so fucking immediate, but without being corny or heavy-handed about it, and though the members are all clearly phenomenal musicians they don’t beat you over the head with that fact.” In an 8.5/10 review, Dead Rhetoric wrote, “Not very often in the progressive/alternative metal wrold do you find a set of musicians subscribe to a less is more membership philosophy. We all know about the power trio groups like King’s X and Rush through the years, but normally the heavier acts require four to six-piece lineups to create their sonic elements the meld together. Northern Virginia based IRIS DIVINE are one of the rare breed three-piece acts that on their new album Karma Sown fill the aural space as if there were twin doubles amidst the eight songs.” We Love Metal’s glowing 9/10 review of the album offered in part, “There isn’t a single song, or even a moment, that isn’t interesting. The more I listen to Karma Sown, the more I find, from incredible riffs, tremendous instrumental interplay, superbly executed vocal harmonies, and some of the best prog songwriting I’ve heard in a while… The band’s use of syncopation is a thread that runs throughout Karma Sown, whether in the riffs or the drumming. It isn’t necessarily something never heard before, but IRIS DIVINE’s use is well done and is guaranteed to keep your attention. Their mastery of the odd time signature is killer.”


They shoot, they score.

36 CRAZYFISTS are tried ‘n’ true hockey fans. Singer Brock Lindow is a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan and he pens a weekly hockey column dubbed “Snipe City” for Metal Insider.

Now the Alaskan warriors have linked up with Puck Hcky for a line of branded hockey merch. Check out the 36CFs x Puck Hcky offerings. There are tons of shirts, hats, and more!



AT THE HOLLOW, who are Helsinki’s masters of melancholic rock, have released their video for “Numbed” from their exceptional debut album What I Hold Most Dear, out now.

The clip is stark, filmed in black + white, and features a graceful ice skater.

AT THE HOLLOW are a trio raised on a plethora of influences ranging from metal to classical music and grunge to contemporary electronica. The band consists of a guitar-playing vocalist, percussionist wielding exotic instruments like timpani and glockenspiel and a contrabass player armed with a bow. Following the vision and wistful, pensive sound of singer/guitar player Kalle Koo, AT THE HOLLOW form a sound completely their own and are a mesmerizing listen.

But trust us-ATH won’t leave you “Numbed.”



The VON HERTZEN BROTHERS-yes, they are indeed siblings-are back with a new video for their latest single “Hold Me Up,” song that the band says “portrays the seldom-seen mainstream side of VHB. We were aiming for an honest, all-embracing declaration of love for someone who stand beside us through storms and rains. Soundscape-wise, we wanted it to be very ’90s and to achieve this we wrote a string orchestration that The Manics would be proud of.”

So that’s what “Hold Me Up” sounds like. What about the accompanying visual, which you can WATCH HERE?

Be on the look out for plush stuffed animals and killer choreography.

VHB said, “Back in 2012 an artist called Tapio Rosenius drilled 2012 holes in an oil tank to make a wonderful piece of art. In 2015, an opportunity arose for us to shoot a music video for ‘Hold Me Up’ at this amazing location. The light plays a big role here, as the song is all about the having an element of light in our lives. Someone who is always there for us… Like the sun… even though we might not always see it.”

With that in mind, it’s time to see the light with VHB’s “Hold Me Up,” which lives on their latest album, New Day Rising, out now via Spinefarm Records.


HOPE DRONE: Australian Atmospheric Blackened Sludge Metal Collective To Release Relapse Debut This July; Teaser Track Posted

?Mourn the last light, its fleeting passage; Mourn the breaking day; For every breath is written; And every end is fated in its beginnings?? ? ?Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning?

Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal collective, HOPE DRONE, emerges from the depths with their Relapse Records debut, Cloak Of Ash, set for release this July. A rich, captivating, seven-song stroke of sonic brilliance, Cloak Of Ash was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and HOPE DRONE at Wavelength Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland,Oregon. Uniting chest-cavingly poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves, Cloak Of Ash is dynamic and textured; nihilistic, doomed and earth shattering cloaked in the hopeless dissonance of a world gone rotten. Fans of Altar Of Plagues, Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Cult Of Luna pay heed.

Sample the suffocating sounds of fifth movement, ?Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning? at YouTube HERE or via SoundCloud HERE.

Cloak Of Ash Track Listing:
1. Unending Grey
2. Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow
3. The World Inherited
4. The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth
5. Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning
6. The Waves Forever Shatter Upon Our Shores
7. Carried Apart By The Ceaseless Tides

HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, ?fresh, invigorating and captivating,? by Cvlt Nation, ?a bleak style of black metal strongly indebted to the Cascadian variety and played with surprising maturity and aplomb,? and ?a band to watch,? by Teeth Of The Divine, and, ?possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I?ve ever heard, both instrumentally andlyrically,? by AngryMetalGuy.

Cloak Of Ash will be available on CD, double LP and digitally via Relapse Records on July 24th, 2015. Physical preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, go HERE.

Karl Hartwig ? guitars, noise
Christopher Rowden ? guitars, vocals, noise, organ
Aaron Pickersgill ? bass, additional vocals
Francis Keil ? drums, additional percussion

IDES OF GEMINI Announces Summer Tour With Clay Rendering, Performance At Crucialfest And More

IDES OF GEMINI are very pleased to announce their latest bout of West Coast live ceremonies. Set to commence on July 14th in Oakland, the journey will coil its way around ten cities through California, Oregon, Vancouver and Washington, coming to a close on July 24th in Glendale. The band will be joined by blackened dream pop duo, Clay Rendering. As a precursor to the expedition, the ethereal trio will play two shows supporting Oxbow next week. Two weeks later the IDES will head to Salt Lake City for a performance at Crucialfest alongside Rosetta, Norska, Disforia and more followed by slot on the Demon Lung record release show in Las Vegas June 20th.

The latest round of IDES OF GEMINI rituals follows the band?s run supporting acclaimed indie rockers, Mountain Goats, which was cut short due to a medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson. ?After the disappointment of having to drop off the Mountain Goats tour last month,? issues guitarist J. Bennett, ?we?re looking forward to getting out on the road again. Unfortunately, Kelly?s injury is still healing so she won?t be able to join us for the June shows with Oxbow and Demon Lung or our appearance at Cruficalfest in Salt Lake. The good news is that our friend Sash Popovic, formerly of [singer/bassist] Sera?s [Timms] old band, Black Math Horseman, will be filling in for those. He?s a killer drummer and a great guy, so we?re very thankful that he?s agreed to help us out. If all goes according to plan, Kelly should be back in action for the July run with Clay Rendering.?

6/05/2015 Brick & Mortar ? San Francisco, CA w/ Oxbow
6/07/2015 The Echo ? Los Angeles, CA w/ Oxbow
6/19/2015 Crucialfest ? Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/20/2015 Dive Bar ? Las Vegas, NV Demon Lung Record Release Show
w/ Clay Rendering:
7/14/2015 Golden Bull ? Oakland, CA
7/15/2015 Club 66 ? Ashland, OR
7/16/2015 Wandering Goat ? Eugene, OR
7/17/2015 Ash St Saloon ? Portland, OR w/ Jex Thoth, Atriarch, Barrowlands *
7/18/2015 Media Club ? Vancouver, BC
7/19/2015 Highline ? Seattle, WA
7/21/2015 Press Club ? Sacramento, CA
7/22/2015 Elbo Room ? San Francisco, CA
7/23/2015 Sweet Springs ? Los Osos, CA
7/24/2015 Complex ? Glendale, CA
* no Clay Rendering

IDES OF GEMINI released their critically-hailed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length last September via Neurot Recordings as well as a special, limited Carthage/Strange Fruit seven-inch via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.

If you missed it, the band recently unveiled the haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of ?Strange Fruit.? Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol?s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America and has been covered many times over including versions by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, and countless others. The solemn video was directed by Timms, and is currently playing at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.

IDES OF GEMINI?s Old World New Wave is available on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records. For CD orders, point your browser HERE and for T-shirt bundles, point your browser to THIS LOCATION. The seven-inch is currently available on limited black and clear wax at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals visit Magic Bullet?s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.

?A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling.? ? Decibel

??the pure, sonic power of these songs? will knock you off your feet.? ? Soundblab

??an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish.? ? Bearded Gentlemen Music

??there?s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you?re stuck in David Lynch?s dreams.? ? Noisey

?IDES OF GEMINI has a knack? for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there?s a goth revival afoot in metal culture ? and, given last year?s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there?s certainly an argument to be made for that ? then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.? ? Invisible Oranges

AGALLOCH To Kick Off Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV Next Week

Portland?s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, AGALLOCH, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV next week. Set to commence on June 5th in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse sixteen cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20th in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

AGALLOCH Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV w/ Helen Money:
6/05/2015 WOW Hall ? Eugene, OR w/ Yob, Ufomammut *
6/06/2015 Midtown Barfly ? Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Great American Music Hall ? San Francisco, CA
6/08/2015 SLO Brew ? San Luis Obispo, CA
6/09/2015 Echoplex ? Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2015 Casbah ? San Diego, CA
6/11/2015 The Rebel ? Phoenix, AZ
6/12/2015 Hotel Congress ? Tucson, AZ
6/13/2015 Sister ? Albuquerque, NM
6/14/2015 Bluebird Theater ? Denver, CO
6/15/2015 Urban Lounge ? Salt Lake City, UT
6/16/2015 Neurolux ? Boise, ID
6/17/2015 The Crocodile ? Seattle, WA
6/18/2015 Venue ? Vancouver, BC
6/19/2015 Victoria Event Center ? Victoria, BC
6/20/2015 Star Theater ? Portland, OR
* No Helen Money

AGALLOCH continues to tour in support of their critically-adored The Serpent & The Sphere opus, released last year via Profound Lore. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Asunder, Ommadon, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.) at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz), the offering includes a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neofolk trio, Musk Ox, and finds the band delivering some of their most forward-thinking and stimulating compositions to date, elevating their progressive musical oeuvre to a challenging new level whilst still maintaining true to their signature sound.

??their most refined and generous album to date, an elegant trip to unexpected ends.? ? Pitchfork

?Whereas their triumphant previous album was painted in dark blues and glittering black, this one comes draped in muted grays and browns, calming earth tones that soothe rather than awe. If Marrow of the Spirit was a storm, The Serpent & The Sphere is the stillness that descends over damp stones and battered branches once the howling winds have quieted.? ? Spin

?As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm?s vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson?s guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton?s bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker?s drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.? ? Exclaim

?AGALLOCH has always had a strong folk theme flowing through their music, a reflection of their heritage in the woods of the American Northwest. But on many of the songs here, the listener?s eyes and ears are drawn away from the rivers and the trees and up towards the night sky? a fantastic addition to the band?s legacy and a brilliant set of work on its own.? ? Metal Injection

?To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense.? ? Stereogum

??a Homeric journey of a record peppered with some of the band?s finest moments to date?at once progressive and reflexive.? ? MetalSucks

Purchase The Serpent & The Sphere at THIS LOCATION.

ÅRABROT: Maiden Single From Impending You Bunch Of Idiots EP By Norwegian Experimentalists Premiered Through Noisey

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT, has just released the maiden single from their latest EP, You Bunch Of Idiots, through Vice Magazine?s Noisey music blog, just weeks ahead of the record?s release, and the band?s touring return to North American shores.

You Bunch Of Idiots is the third in a trio of themed EPs from ÅRABROT, the first two of which ? Murder As Art and I Modi ? having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band?s first official US title. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, You Bunch Of Idiots 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. The EP was 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, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has handled the prior two EPs in the series as well as other ÅRABROT merch.

Landing at the number four spot on You Bunch Of Idiots, ?Mea Culpa? shows the disturbing underbelly of what ÅRABROT is so proficient in creating, seamlessly genre-bending extreme forms of music into an unclassifiable and mesmerizingly warped and unique sound. Noisey issues alongside the exclusive premiere of the track, ??here it seems that one man?s bewilderment is another man?s finger hovering over the detonator of a doomsday device while he entertains the idea of ending the world. That casual (and sometimes playful) disregard for humanity and all its conventions that persists throughout the EP comes to a head on its first single, ?Mea Culpa,? which Nernes penned while drinking alone in an old London pub on a dismal afternoon shortly before learning the full extent of his health condition??.

Transmit ÅRABROT?s ?Mea Culpa? at maximum volume courtesy of Noisey RIGHT HERE.

You Bunch Of Idiots is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12? vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets on June 23rd. Preorders for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.

On the week of the EP?s stateside release, ÅRABROT will invade North America for three weeks, touring in support of You Bunch Of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes? bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will now hit the US and Canada with direct support from UK sludge power duo, Ghold, with appearances from the likes of Dispirit and Lycus on several shows, and Pinkish Black on the final five dates.

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
7/05/2015 The Highline ? Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg ? Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture ? Portland, OR
7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge ? Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle ? San Francisco, CA
7/10/2015 605 E 4th Street ? Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 Exploding Heart 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

Led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar, vocals), for fourteen years ÅRABROT has fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own.  Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, ÅRABROT laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and ? most importantly ? rocks the hell out. One of Europe?s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.

VEHEMENCE: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Returns After A Decade Of Silence; New LP To See Fall Release Via Battleground Records

Following an entire decade without a new album, Phoenix-based melodic death metal kingpins, VEHEMENCE, return to full-time duty in 2015, having reactivated the band and completed their fourth full-length studio full-length, Forward Without Motion, which is now set for release this Autumn via Battleground Records.

Their first new album since 2004?s Metal Blade Recordsreleased Helping The World To See, VEHEMENCE returns to the death metal fold with a stunning new album that will surely see the band regaining their traction within the scene after their time off the grid. Forward Without Motion is the culmination of years of hard work and the collective desire to write the best songs and capture the best performances. Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov perhaps says it most succinctly when describing the record, ?I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved.? Working on the songs off and on for several years between 2007 and 2011, VEHEMENCE began a methodical, painstaking tracking process for Forward Without Motion between 2012 and 2014, the album?s guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of Dannov and guitarist Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix. ?Kyle did all the mixing, reamping, and mastering,? Says Dannov. ?It was really great to have those tools at our disposal, without having to worry about a budget or studio expenses.?

When listening to Forward Without Motion, one will discover the refreshing sounds of a band creatively reborn and seasoned by experience. The album flows with a relentless, throat grabbing energy that never flags and begs for repeated spins. This cohesive power is nowhere more apparent than in the strength of the instrumental and vocal performances, which slash and hammer their way out of the speakers with a passion rarely found in the cold, mostly lifeless corpses that are most modern death metal recordings. When asked about the lyrical themes behind the songs and album title of the album, VEHEMENCE vocalist Nathan Gearhart remarks, ?The lyrics of Forward Without Motion each tell a unique story dealing with pain, loss, sadness, and horror. Written over the course of twelve years, each piece stands alone in subject. The consistent theme of the lyrics as a whole denote humanity?s dark side, and summarize our lives and impact on our world during our limited time. Nothing changes. Nothing gets better or worse. It?s all the same. It?s time without a number. We are all going to die leaving this world just as fucked as those before us, and future generations will continue this cycle.? Gearhart also has much to say about the core ethos of the band when reflecting upon both the present and the years past, ?Bjorn and I have been jamming together since 1996. Mark and Andy joined in ?97-?98. VEHEMENCE is a band of brothers with no bigger intent other than getting together and creating together. Kyle is a great compliment to the core of the band, and his involvement along with the material and performance contributed by Jake Green are what helps to take us into our current chapter. Forward Without Motion is our life?s work. I am so proud of what we have created, and I hope others enjoy our art as much as I do.?

VEHEMENCE will release Forward Without Motion through Battleground Records on October 27th in various formats, including a 2xLP set on 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold packaging, a CD version, and across various digital platforms.

In conjunction with the release of Forward Without Motion, VEHEMENCE will be performing several shows in support of the album shortly before the street date. Additional information on the album, audio samples, an official video and more will be released throughout the Summer and early Autumn months.

XIBALBA: Video For “Guerrilla” Anthem Premiered Through Lambgoat; Band Confirms New Festival Appearances + Tour Dates

XIBALBA has issued an official video for the revolutionary anthem ?Guerrilla,? one of the most vital tracks from their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, which saw release in January via Southern Lord Recordings.

In complete DIY fashion, XIBALBA basically took the concept of their classic ?Cold? video to the next level, this time the overthrowing an entire neighborhood in their hometown of Pomona, California. Directed, shot and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine/One films, with footage by Danny Mayo and Mike Sogoff, the video for ?Guerrilla? features a brutalizing live uprising filmed at a live outdoor show in a Pomona neighborhood, utilizing the voices of their friends and family to carry the message of the track to the masses.

Through a premiere at Lambgoat this week, XIBALBA?s ?Guerrilla? is now playing RIGHT HERE.

Also view XIBALBA?s previously released video for ?Enemigo? at Revolver HERE.

With new tour dates and festival appearances confirmed, XIBALBA will continue to deliver their piledriving death metal-infused hardcore to hordes across multiple continents in support of Tierra Y Libertad through the Summer months. The band will play in Santa Ana later this month alongside the likes of Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13 and more. One month later they return to the mighty This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, performing on July 25th with the Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard and tons more. September will see XIBALBA hitting Ghostfest in Leeds and Bristol, UK on 5th and 6th of the month alongside Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile and more, followed immediately by a Southeast Asia tour with confirmed details on that trek to be released in the coming days, and upon their return, a show in Los Angeles with No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary and others on September 26th. October 9th through 11th will see the band on the California Deathfest at the Oakland Metro with Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Noothgrush, Impaled and many more, followed by their invasion of Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona the weekend of October 15th ? 18th with the likes of Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou and dozens of other acts to be announced.

XIBALBA Tour Dates:
6/26/2015 The Observatory ? Santa Ana, CA w/ Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13
7/25/2015 The Electric Factory ? Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore w/ Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard
9/05-06/2015 Ghostfest ? Leeds/Bristol, UK w/ Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile
09/11-16/2015 Southeast Asia Tour TBA
9/26/2015 Jewel?s Catch One ? Los Angeles, CA w/ No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary, Alpha + Omega, King Nine
10/09/-11/2015 Oakland Metro ? Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest w/ Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Impaled, Noothgrush
10/15-18/2015 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou, more

With some of their most savage tones and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA continues to overthrow new audiences on their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, Recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, California, the LP?s forty-four minute onslaught delivers more haunting, atmospheric tones and traumatic death-infused metallic hardcore, the band having once again commissioned Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for the album?s cover artwork. Tierra Y Libertad is available on CD and grey vinyl LP direct through XIBALBA?s Southern Lord store HERE, and digitally through BandCamp HERE, as well as through All In Merch including a t-shirt package HERE.

NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year?s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ?90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS? previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall ? Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City ? Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic ? Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall ? Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five ? Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews ? Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House ? Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal ? Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy [info]
8/08/2015 Paradise ? Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw ? Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry ? Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues ? New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live ? Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-?80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works. In 2012, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with Honor Found In Decay, cultivated through their own Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration. Following the record release show, the outfit disbanded with the longtime visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album?s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

POISON IDEA Declares Indefinite Hiatus; Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

[photo by Jason Charles]

Upon returning from their successful European Tour which consumed the past several weeks, POISON IDEA has returned home and announced that the band is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time. The band has issued that they need to address some health issues and personal matters, and all upcoming shows for the undeterminable future have been cancelled or postponed. Additional details on the band?s future plans will be announced at a later date.

Portland, Oregon?s undisputed kings of punk, POISON IDEA released their critically acclaimed Confuse & Conquer LP through Southern Lord Recordings in April of this year. Setting everything in its path ablaze with the energetic pummeling assault the band has assaulted the planet with for three-and-a-half decades, and by incorporating the use of epic piano segues, the album is an instant classic for all POISON IDEA fans as well as one of the most undeniably important releases in the punk/hardcore realms this year. The band?s first new album since 2006?s Latest Will And Testament, and first since the passing of their great friend and guitarist, the iconic Tom ?Pig Champion? Roberts, Confuse & Conquer boasts thirty-five minutes of thundering, infectious rage recorded in the band?s hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege, and proves that absolutely nothing can stop this legendary act and all attempts are a futile waste of time.

Confuse & Conquer LP is available on colored 12? vinyl and CD including shirt and vinyl bundles HERE, and the album is streaming in full and available for digital purchase HERE.

Formed in 1980, POISON IDEA became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They?ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others. Soaking up respect from generations of hardcore punks and dishing none out, the dastardly denizens of mid-paced punk shred are in trademark form on Confuse & Conquer. POISON IDEA?s new masterpiece proves itself both identifiable and rewarding to listeners who have encountered them at any point from their 1980 birth onwards. Their forceful hardcore pummel is underwritten with dark humor, rage, disdain, and moments of real melancholy well beyond the usual remit of the genre, but it?s to be expected of Portland?s nihilistic champions, proudly unaligned with any other sound out there.

SOS: NYC-Based Heavy Groove Maniacs Celebrate Twenty Year Anniversary in 2015; New City-Wide Live Assault Confirmed

New York City?s heavy-hitting groove quartet SOS is celebrating twenty raging years together as a band in 2015, and is currently booking shows across the city throughout June in celebration of crushing right through their two decade mark.

Following the release of their fifth full-length, Strength And Conditioning, SOS performed on the street at the massive NYC Marathon for the fifteenth consecutive year, amidst a widespread rash of other performances. Continuing the live mayhem, the band will play on their home turf on Friday, June 5th with Warrior Soul and a host of other support acts, followed by a free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show at Tompkins Square Park on June 13th with an assortment of friend acts. And June 21st will see SOS hammering Astoria Skate Park in Queens with another, free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show. Stand by for additional live shows to be confirmed through the Summer months. Issues the band, ?The weather?s getting nicer and SOS is stoked to celebrate twenty years of heavy grooves! What better way than with a bunch of kick ass shows with our musical brethren? See ya in June!?

SOS Live Actions:
6/05/2015 Blackthorn 51 ? Elmhurst, NY w/ Warrior Soul, Metalfier, Tempest City, Black Dawn, Pyramis, Sweet Magma [info]
6/13/2015 Tompkins Square Park ? New York, NY w/ Srotakin IV, Snake Canyon, Purple Pam & The Flesh Eaters, High North, Valence, Fall of The Albatross [info]
6/21/2015 Astoria Skate Park ? Queens, NY w/ Jump For The Sails, Lardhand, Off The Turnpike, Paloma Blanco, Phosfate, Sweet Magma, WDFA [info]

SOS frontman Mike SOS recently completed an In The Beginning feature for No Echo on The Scorpions? Love At First Sting LP right HERE.

Producing a fusion of heavy sounds, SOS is a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. Their fifth full-length album, Strength And Conditioning is a nearly forty-eight minute excursion into barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Lineup changes and a restructuring of the band followed by heavy-duty local performances for the past year formed a six-year gap between albums, but the band?s heavy dedication has paid off, as Strength And Conditioning boasts SOS? most action-packed mayhem yet. Strength And Conditioning is streaming and available for purchase by the band?s DIY label 316 Productions RIGHT HERE.


DEMON LUNG: Nevada Doom Bringers Unleash “Mark Of Jubilee” Via Decibel Magazine; A Dracula To See Release Next Month

Las Vegas-based doom bringers, DEMON LUNG, will unleash the forlorn fruits of their A Dracula full-length next month via Candlelight Records. Captured by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), the record boasts eight dark, devious hymns centered loosely on Juan López Moctezuma?s 1977 horror film, Alucardain which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.

?Alucarda is a more relatable story for me than our last album?s [The Hundredth Name] subject matter,? vocalist Shanda Fredrick issues, ?which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world.?

As a precursor to its official unveiling, today Decibel Magazine offers up sixth movement, ?Mark Of Jubilee? for public consumption at THIS LOCATION.

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 Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, ?She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet?s lurch.? Ghost Cult called the debut, ?a modern doom masterpiece,? Las Vegas Weekly concurred noting, ?Everything about DEMON LUNG?s debut screams epic,? while New Noise Magazine gushed, ?This record is mammoth. Bass riffs tuned low drag the listener into a dark, solemn swamp of evil. The atmosphere created is as important as each note plucked from Lucifer?s hairy hind quarters.? Added This Is Not A Scene accurately, ?The future of doom seems to be in safe hands.?

DEMON LUNG is vocalist Shanda Fredrick, drummer Jeremy Brenton, guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch and bassist Jason Lamb. A Dracula will be released via Candlelight Records on June 16th, 2015 with tour dates to be be announced shortly. In the meantime, preorders are available at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers HERE.

Complete Remain Dystopian LP From Florida Grinders Now Playing At MetalSucks; Third Album Sees Release Next Wee


Florida-based ultra-deathgrind quartet MARUTA is now just one week from the release of its third LP, and first for Relapse Records, as Remain Dystopian breaks out of confinement early through a pummeling stream of its seventeen-track assault courtesy of MetalSucks.

It is inarguable that MARUTA?s Remain Dystopian is the act?s most punishing and focused album to date. Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer?s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche?s Jonathan Nuñez, the record is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer?s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed?s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! MARUTA?s new LP is now streaming in its entirety via MetalSucks, who issues, ?Remain Dystopian is the kind of record that will rip your jaw clean off and then tear your eyes from their sockets but leave them attached and dangling so you can admire your own tongue as it flops around making horrible gurgling noises. Or, put more succinctly: it?s one of the best grind albums of 2015.?

Unload MARUTA?s Remain Dystopian with MetalSucks now at THIS LOCATION.

Also watch MARUTA?s destructive ?Hope Smasher? video at Noisey RIGHT HERE. Preorders for the physical versions of Remain Dystopian are available HERE and digital download HERE.

MARUTA?s Remain Dystopian record release shows will go down in the band?s hometowns directly following its street date, with one show in Miami on June 6th and another in Orlando on June 13th, followed by a one-off in Mexico a week later. Shortly afterward they?ll raid Europe in support of the LP, with their tour running from June 25th through July 11th where it will come to a close at the mighty Obscene Extreme Festival. Subsequent North American tour dates will also be announced in the very near, bleak future.

MARUTA Tour Dates:
6/06/2015 Churchill?s Pub ? Miami, FL *Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose
6/13/2015 Hourglass Brewery ? Orlando, FL *Record Release Show w/ Mindscar, God Harvest
6/20/2015 Sindicato De La Canaco ? Merida, MX w/ Broken Hope, Sadistic Intent
6/25/2015 Maguires Pizza ? Liverpool, UK
6/26/2015 The Red Lion ? Bristol, UK
6/27/2015 The Unicorn ? London, UK
6/28/2015 The Pit?s ? Kortrijk, BE
6/29/2015 Les Runes ? Brodeaux, FR
6/30/2015 Les Pavillons Sauvages ? Toulouse, FR
7/01/2015 Stage Live ? Bilbao, SP
7/02/2015 TBA ? Madrid, SP
7/03/2015 TBA ? Barcelona, SP
7/04/2015 Sabato 4 Luglio ? Turin, IT
7/05/2015 Circolo Colony ? Brescia, IT
7/06/2015 Dürer Kert ? Budapest, HU
7/07/2015 RC Brooklyn ? Brno, CZ
7/08/2015 Reil 78 ? Halle, DE
7/09/2015 Club Novitatis ? Dresden, DE

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, MARUTA has pummeled eardrums abroad through grueling tour ventures and inundated the masses with their bludgeoning, death-infused, grindcore concoction over the past decade. Following two LPs through Willowtip Records, and having signed with Relapse Records in August of last year, Remain Dystopian will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet.

With early reports of the album?s torrential auditory beatings pouring in, Heavy Blog Is Heavy issued a 4/5 write-up of the album, calling it, ?the benchmark for upcoming bands in the venomous subgenre that is deathgrind? An addictive and endearing love letter to grind fans who would welcome an apocalypse, this is one step closer to the future of death metal and grind.? Alongside an exclusive premiere of the band?s first official video from the album, Vice Magazine?s Noisey blog issued, ?MARUTA has gone from dead in the water to alive to dead again and finally resurrected. Hopefully that resurrection stays, because their latest burner ?Hope Smasher? is a full on cavalcade of grind blasts, groove-metal breaks, and all out pandemonium? Get ready to do your windmill headbangs, this fucker rips.? Stereogum dissected the album, offering in part, ?MARUTA are no standard grindcore band, and they?ve got more than enough ideas to pack their upcoming third LP to the gills. This stuff gets the ?grind? tag largely by virtue of the breakneck pace at which they crank out their clipped tunes. (Average runtime: 100 seconds)? Remain Dystopian requires plenty of work to process, but it?s also incredibly satisfying if you manage to keep pace.? Decibel Magazine simply delivers, ?Miami four-piece MARUTA are back together after a (thankfully) brief two-year time-out. They clearly did not reunite to start sucking.? No Clean Singing published that the band?s output is, ??an explosive rush of dissonant, raking riffs, near-inhuman drum fusillades, and beast-like roars. To be honest, it?s too much to take in on one listen, and the eerie guitar leads must have some psychoactive substance in them, because the first thing I wanted to do after hearing it the first time was to continue pressing play, without even consciously thinking about it.? And American Aftermath simply states, ?Featuring seventeen vicious auditory assaults, Remain Dystopian is the perfect soundtrack to worldwide destruction.?

APEX FEST VI: Apocalyptic Music Festival Event And Tour Rapidly Approaching; Fest Compilation Now Streaming At Heathen Harvest + New Merch Preorders Announced

The three-day NYC-based apocalyptic music event, APEX FEST VI, rapidly approaches ? set to overthrow the city the first weekend of June, with East Coast mini-tours leading up to and following the event ? bringing an incredibly diverse but ultimately harrowing roster of extreme experimental acts together.

A foretaste of this gathering has been made available to the public, as the exclusive fest compilation CD is now playing, featuring thirteen disturbing of musical manipulation with nearly an hour and twenty minutes of material. APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation is now streaming in its entirety via Heathen Harvest, one of the sponsors of the event, delivering mostly exclusive material and alternate versions of many of the artists performing, including tracks from GNAW THEIR TONGUES, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN, IRM, MENACE RUINE, BARREN HARVEST and more.

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