A Place To Stream A New EP: New EP From A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Available For Streaming

Brooklyn shoegazing/noise rock band A Place To Bury Strangers will release their brand new EP, Onwards to the Wall, on February 7th via Dead Oceans. But you don’t have to wait until then. You can stream the album over at Pitchfork nd get bombarded by walls of psychedelic sound! Check it out!

-Lane Oliver

The Ophidian Trek: MESHUGGAH, BARONESS, And Decapitated North American Tour Dates Announced

Tour dates for the upcoming Meshuggah, Baroness, and Decapitated tour (dubbed The Ophidian Trek) have been announced. The dates are listed below and you better be going to one. You can expect my pale, awkward ass to be headbanging at the Dallas show. Also, remember Meshuggah’s new album will be released on March 27th. Also keep in mind that Baroness are also working on new material. Check out the dates below.

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Enter The Redwoods With SCALE THE SUMMIT: ‘Collective’ B-Side Available For Streaming

Instrumental progressive metallers Scale the Summit are streaming a B-Side from their last album, The Collective, over at Metal Sucks. The track is called “Redwoods” and is available for download digitally on iTunes and Amazon. The track will also be featured on the vinyl edition of The Collective. Check out this gorgeous sounding track ASAP!

-Lane Oliver

Album Cover Aftermath: Can You Name The Album Covers? Win CDs! (Jan. 31 – Feb. 7)

Okay! The time has come again for American Aftermath’s Album Aftermath Contest! This is a pretty simple contest. To those of you with iPhones, you know that if you turn your phone sideways while in your iPod, your screen will show you the current album you are listening to and six more (three on each side). The six covers behind the main one are a bit harder to interpret, so I thought it would be fun to see who could name the most albums in the picture below. This was taken from my phone and the first three to e-mail me at GNARLYAFTERMATH@LIVE.COM and list the most album covers will win random CDs out of my box ‘o goodies. So, get to naming! E-mail me and send me the names of those albums! Contest Ends Tuesday, the 7th.

One submission per person and unfortunately I will not be able to ship outside the US. Sorry, international readers, but shipping isn’t cheap.

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Beaten And Left Blind: LANDMINE MARATHON Release New Music Video

I listened to Landmine Marathon‘s last album Gallows quite a few times last year before I forgot about it completely. I know, I’m kicking myself for it because this record is fucking ruthless. As a fan of everything the band has done in the past, I can say that this is probably one of my favorite releases of theirs. Grace Perry is just an ungodly voice, there is no denying that.

One of my favorite tracks off of Gallows is “Beaten And Left Blind.” I love this track because it is an unstoppable force of deathgrinding madness. Landmine crew recently released a video for this track and it is… Well, lets just say it’s interesting. Check it out below and tell us what you think. Gallows is available now via Prosthetic Records.

Resisting Culture: Download MASAKARI’s Side Of ALPINIST Split For Free!

Last August one of the most devastating split records I have heard in a while was released. That split was between America’s Masakari and Germany’s Alpinist. Both bands are destructive, crusty bands and this entire release is amazing. Masakari have made their side of the split available to download for free on their Bandcamp page, you can also download it from the widget below. Alpinist haven’t made their side available to download for free, but you can stream it here. Get on this because both of these bands are amazing. Enjoy.

43% Meat: Drummer Of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN On The Local News

Late last week a video surfaced of the drummer of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Billy Rymer, being interviewed on NBC4 about…… Taco fucking Bell. I guess this means Billy isn’t a vegan or a health nut like most of the other dudes in DEP. It’s odd to me that anyone eats Taco Bell, it’s odd to me that out of all the random people they happened to interview Rymer, and it’s even odder that they were doing a piece about late night fast food during the day. Whatever. I guess DEP can use this footage when they inevitably apply for a Taco Bell sponsorship. YO QUIERO TACO BELL!!

— Josh Huddleston

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Forging Of The Gods: LIONS OF TSAVO Mourning Jam

Lions Of Tsavo, for some reason, is a band I am constantly forgetting about. No, I don’t forget about them because they are a bad band, I just always get caught up in working on shit that the name Lions Of Tsavo just slips from my mind. I actually really like this band and I have for a long time. Their music is really hard to describe, proggy, black, -core, whatever. It’s got a killer sound, though. So if the name Lions Of Tsavo has slipped from your mind or even if you’ve never heard the band, get into this morning’s playlist. It’s sick. Enjoy.

Endless Cycle Of Bass: CEPHALIC CARNAGE Bassist Posts Goofy Bass Video

Nick Schendzielos bassist of Cephalic Carnage and Job For A Cowboy has uploaded a new bass video to his youtube account. This time we don’t get a Cephalic song or a lesson, but just some good ole fashion funky bass slappin’ goodness. Usually Schendzielos videos are pretty goofy, but this one is next level goofy. Hell, sometimes I think it may take him longer to come up with the idea for the video than the actual riff.

— Josh Huddleston

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Review: PSYCROPTIC “The Inherited Repression”

Well i’ve been listening to a lot of metal lately (more than I really should to be honest haha) but you can add this upcoming release to the mix. That being the fifth full length from Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic called The Inherited Repression set for release in North America on Febuary 7th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Now after hearing their 2008 effort Ob(Servant), I was pretty much mezmerized and amazed at how blisteringly fast and technical their sound was, harkening back to say early Cryptopsy or Spawn Of Possession. And it was an epic album at that. Now its been about 4 years since their last release, and I’m only wondering what would this quartet sound like now.

The results….well let me put it to you like this. It seems as if they have decided to tone it down just a little. First thing you’ll notice is that this is a rather short album in comparison to the previous album, 41 minutes to be exact. Another thing you’ll notice is that it seems to be less frenetic and a lot less maniacal. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it, because if Psycroptic are good at anything, they’re good at delivering musically. The guitar is pretty solid, and laden in heavy riffs throughout most of the album, played and performed very well, I can even hear some acoustic elements thrown in there. Bass is good too although this is a very guitar oriented album.

Another thing that this band done well is drumming. Insane drumming at that. Although this time around that insanity shows up in spurts, and is very well done. And vocally, i’m not too sure how to feel about it. Not so much low growls like last time out, heavy emphasis on hoarse hardcore type of vocals. I personally don’t feel that they fit the norm of this style of band.

So overall, how do I feel about it? I think its a solid album, but in a way its sort of step back. I appreciate them toning it down musically in order for them to grow as artists, but who knows? This may be some getting used to, cause I do enjoy this band. I wish they would stick with what makes them solid, preferrably sticking with technical death metal.

This is opinion, not fact. You are your own judge of this album.

Final score: 7 out of 10

Armijo Out.

Remembering Mahk Daniels: Scion Interviews EARLY GRAVES

Before we were a blog, the music scene suffered the tragic loss of Early Graves frontman Matikeef (Mahk) Daniels. On August 2nd, while traveling from Eugene, Oregon to San Fransisco, CA, Early Graves and The Funeral Pyre got into an accident that caused the van they were traveling in to roll several times. A sleeping Mahk was ejected from the vehicle and killed. I’m not sure what other injuries were sustained but I do know that Justin Garcia of The Funeral Pyre and Tyler Jensen of Early Graves had to be taken to a nearby hospital.

It’s always a bummer when things like this happen, but after a few years, Early Graves has picked up the pieces and have started to move on with Jon from The Funeral Pyre on vocals. The band has played a few shows here and there and will soon embark on their first two since the accident. At one of recent shows, the members of Early Graves sat down with Scion A/V and here is what happened –

I remember where I was when I first read this. I was also on tour and had just seen Early Graves about a month before in Dallas, TX. At this show I got a chance to chat with Mahk for a bit and even purchased a shirt from him. He was an extremely nice and humble dude.

R.I.P Matikeef (Mahk) Daniels

1982 – 2010

— Josh Huddleston

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Gimme All Yo Shit: DARKEST HOUR Has Been Robbed (again)

We have a bummer alert coming straight outta the Darkest Hour camp. According to a Facebook post from yesterday afternoon, The band is in Canada and they have been robbed. No word on what went down or what was stolen but I am sure something will surface soon enough. Unlike most bands, Darkest Hour hasn’t asked for a donation yet. They did, however, hint that buying their new tab book might help them out a bit though. So maybe you should go here and do that?

Oh and guess what.. This isn’t the first time Darkest Hour has been robbed in Canada… I remember the first time I went to see them back in ’03, they didn’t show up because a few days prior they had 12,000 dollars and most of their personal belongings stolen from them. It was a total bummer, but fuck it, I did get to see Atreyu, God Forbid, and Underoath, right? (LULZ)

— Josh Huddleston

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Bleed, Children Of Nothing: CANCER BATS Release New Music Video

I got my first taste of Cancer Bats way back in 2008 when I first saw their video for “Hail Destroyer.” Since then I have loved the bands work in all of it’s hardcore punk glory. I mean, Cancer Bats is an amazing band and their music has never gotten old, to me at least. When I first reported that the band was working on new material, I got stoked. When Lane posted about the new track, I almost shit myself. So obviously when the band finally released the video for “Old Blood,” I was into it. Seriously into it. You should be digging this shit as well, I mean, what’s not to love? It’s fucking Cancer Bats! Check out the video below, it rules. Dead Set On Living will be released on April 17th via Distort, Inc.

WTF Moment: Is That JON STEWART Pitting To The Dead Kennedy’s?

Late Friday afternoon, a photo surfaced of what appeared to be Jon Stewart of The Daily Show moshing at a Dead Kennedy’s and Front Line show in Richmond, Virginia in the early ’80s. All of this started when Irish photographer Willis Peele posted the above photo which he claimed was Stewart on his blog.

When I first saw this I was tripping out. The Daily Show is one of the only shows I watch on TV and Stewart just so happens to be my favorite TV personality. The very idea of Jon pitting it up at early punk and hardcore shows actually made my day. As I was looking to verify that the photo was of Stewart, it started to look more possible that this was him in that photo…. Continue reading after the jump….

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