XIBALBA Streaming New Track “Invierno”

California’s Xibalba have premiered the first single from their forthcoming album, Tierra y Libertad, over at Noisey. The new track is entitled “Invierno” and it features nearly four and a half  minutes of down-tuned, aggressive beatdowns and blistering solo. It’s Xibalba being Xibalba, i.e. heavy. Head over to Noisey to stream the track now.

Tierra y Libertad will be released on January 26th (Europe) and January 27th (North America) via Southern Lord.

The band’s forthcoming live dates can be seen after the break.

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OPUL (EAST OF THE WALL) To Release New EP Next Month

Opul, the solo project of East of the Wall guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo, will release his fourth EP next month. The new three-track offering will be titled Levels, will be released digitally on January 13th via Nefarious Industries, with a physical version to follow shortly thereafter. The EP’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.

The previous Opul releases can be streamed at this location. Riffs galore!

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MEATWOUND (COMBATWOUNDEDVETERAN, etc) To Release Debut Album In 2015

Magic Bullet Records have confirmed the first full length release from Meatwound, a new hardcore entity that features members who have spent their time with the likes of Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs and more. The new record, titled Addio, will be released sometime during the first quarter of the new year. The six track effort was recorded with Dan Byer and was mastered by Dan Randall.

A press release described the band’s sound as “a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.”

The Floridian act themselves issued the following colorful statement:

“According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn’t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved hereto live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, Meatwound comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.”

The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.

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GNAW THEIR TONGUES Streaming ‘New’ Track “Slaves”

One-man industrial black metal entity Gnaw Their Tongues has premiered a track from the upcoming anthology collection, Collected Atrocities 2005-2008, over at Sound Colour Vibration. The track in question is the seven-minute “Slaves”, which is a uncomfortable barrage of creepy atmospherics, samples, and walls of unholy sound. You can check out the noisy beast here.

Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 will be released on February 3rd and will be the first of several new releases expected to come from Gnaw Their Tongues in 2015.

Gnaw Their Tongues‘ first American live shows will take place at California Deathfest, which will commence on October 9-10 at the Oakland Metro.

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Exclusive Interview: WRECK AND REFERENCE

As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not  forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness. 

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EXHUMED To Release Re-Recorded Debut Album “Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015″

Exhumed have announced the re-release of their 1998 debut full length, Gore Metal. But rather than being a simple remastering, the band have re-recorded the entire record. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 will be released through Relapse on February 6 (Germany/Benelux), Feburary 9 (UK/World) and February 10 (North America). On the “new” record, vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey states:

“I’m super pumped that we got the chance to re-record Gore Metal. I don’t think any of us were happy with how it turned out the first time around, so getting another shot at it meant a lot to me personally. I was also really excited to have our old friend Ross Sewage reprise his vocals on the new version, ensuring that it still sounds like that era of EXHUMED, though things are a lot more audible this time around!”

The album artwork, track listing and a stream of “Open the Abscess” can found after the break.

Pre-orders for the album can be found here.

The band’s current touring schedule with Aborted, Origin and Miasmal as well as their upcoming trek with Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate can be found below as well.

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DEATH ENGINE Announce New Album “Mud”, Stream New Track

Photo: Cover art for death engine's «Mud», by Hugues Pzzl - puzzle-records.com

French metallic post-hardcore/noise rock hybrids Death Engine have announced the release of their debut full length record and follow up to 2013 debut EP, Amen. The new record will bear the title Mud and will be released through Throatruiner and Apocaplexy Records on March 2nd. The band have released the first taste of the record, the track “Still”(with accompanying music video), which can be streamed after the break.

A stream of their debut, Amen, can be found below as well.

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OUTER HEAVEN Streaming New Track “Vile Rebirth”

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Filthy Pennsylvanians Outer Heaven (ex-Rivers of Nihil)have premiered a new track from their forthcoming debut EP, Diabolus Vobiscum, over at Decibel. The new track, titled “Vile Rebirth”, charges forward with raw, nauseous death metal-tinged riffs fed through a hardcore filter. In short, the track hurts so good. Stream the track over at Decibel now.

Diabolus Vobiscum will be released on February 10th via Melotov Records. The album’s artwork and track listing can be viewed after the break.

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Aftermath Exclusive: COWARDS “Rise To Infamy” Stream + Interview

The general consensus at American Aftermath is the grimmer the better, and not many bands do grim as well as the Parisian quintet, Cowards. So, of course, we are more than excited to bring you a stream of the group’s forthcoming blackened opus, Rise to Infamy. The album officially comes out on February 9th, but luckily you do not have to wait any longer to get your skull caved in. Below you will find a stream of the gruesome monstrosity along with a short interview with riff-conjurer Adrien. Enjoy.

 

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LA DISPUTE Announce Co-Headlining U.S. Tour With TITLE FIGHT

Michigan post-hardcore/emo heavyweights La Dispute have announced a handful of spring co-headlining tour dates with Pennsylvanian punks Title Fight. The 11-date trek will commence on March 21st in Houston and will see the bands supported by The Hotelier on all dates. You can check out the touring schedule after the break.

La Dispute‘s most recent effort, Rooms of the House, is available now.

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UNSACRED Streaming New Album “False Light”

The debut LP from Virginian black metal trio Unsacred, False Light, can now be streamed over at Noisey. The record is officially out digitally and can be purchased here, while a vinyl pressing of the record can be obtained via Forcefield Records. While you are spending your hard-earned money, stream the record at Noisey or after the break. Fans of the likes of Young and in the Way and The Secret should get hot and bothered by this scathing, filthy black metal/crust hybrid. Check it out now.

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DIMESLAND Streaming New Album “Psychogenic Atrophy”

Californian mind-melting, psychosis-inducing quartet Dimesland have premiered debut full length, Psychogenic Atrophy, over at Invisible Oranges. The album is available now and can be purchased digitally at this location. CD and vinyl formats are slated to be release early next year. In the meantime, stream the record over at Invisible Oranges or after the break. If you prefer that your heavy music prompt you to question your sanity, then Psychogenic Atrophy is the record for you.

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