Aural annihilators Godflesh are back with “Imperator”, the second single off of the group’s upcoming return LP, A World Lit Only By Fire. Holding true to initial claims of the upcoming album as a return to form, the new track is classic Godflesh, pounding rhythms, nasty tones and simplistic but utterly gnashing riffage in tow. Check “Imperator” out below and look out for A World Lit Only By Fire everywhere October 7th on CD/LP/Digital Download via Avalanche Recordings and cassette via Hydra Head Records.
Long-running Connecticut metallic hardcore fiends Hatebreed have announced dates for a Winter tour supporting Black Label Society alongside the Butcher Babies. Tickets for the tour are up Friday and details are below.
12/28 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
12/29 — Vancouver, British Columbia — The Commodore Ballroom
12/30 — Kelowna, British Columbia — Kelowna Community Theatre
12/31 — Calgary, Alberta — Flames Central
1/2 — Edmonton, Alberta — Shaw Conference Centre
1/3 — Regina, Saskatchewan — Conexus Arts Centre
1/4 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Burton Cummings Theatre
1/5 — Thunder Bay, Ontario — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
1/7 — London, Ontario — London Music Hall
1/8 — Toronto, Ontario — Kool Haus (The Guvernment)
1/9 — Montreal, Quebec — Le Métropolis de Montréal
1/10 — Syracuse, N.Y. — F SHED at The Market
1/12 — Reading, Pa. — Reverb
1/13 — Portland, Maine — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
1/14 — Hartford, Conn. — The Webster
1/16 — Royal Oak, Mich. — Royal Oak Music Theatre
1/17 — Columbus, Ohio — LC Pavilion
1/18 — Charlotte, N.C. – The Fillmore Charlotte
1/20 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Diamond Ballroom
1/21 — Kansas City, Mo. — Arvest Bank Theater At the Midland
1/22 — Omaha, Neb. — Sokol Auditorium
Recent Revelation Records signees Soul Search have announced dates for a full US tour alongside their peers in Fury, kicking off early November and ending mid-December. In addition, the duo will see their California contemporaries in Violent Situation, Forced Order and Skinfather as support depending on date. Peep the full details below. Hopefully, the imminent tour signifies the release of Soul Search’s long-coming debut full length. Continue reading
Los Angeles-based EBM/Industrial group Youth Code are currently streaming their latest EP, A Place To Stand, in full over at Pitchfork. Consisting of four new original tracks and four remixes of past material by CLIPPING, Sanford Parker of Corrections House, God Module and Silent Servant, the newly Josh Eustis (Nine Inch Nails, Telefon Tel Aviv, Sons Of Magdalene) produced EP by the frenetic electronic duo sees the group expanding their soundscape to include more melodic synths and layered, complex rhythms, in addition to a brief varied vocal approach on the A-Side closer “A Litany (A Place To Stand)” which trades the group’s usual harsh vocals for an expanded spoken word diatribe. Stream A Place To Stand via Pitchfork here and pre-order the record via Dais Records here, due September 23rd.
Concurrently, Youth Code are due for a record release show on the same date at The Complex In Glendale, with support by High-Functioning Flesh and Them Are Us Too. The duo will also support VNV Nation and Skinny Puppy with Haujobb late Fall on the month-long Alliance Of Sound Tour. Full details for those live dates are provided below.
Earlier today, Metal Hammer revealed the identity of death metal supergroup Bloodbath’s new frontman as Nick Holmes, known mostly for his work with the now prominently un-deathly Paradise Lost. Replacing previous frontmen Mikael Akefeldt (Opeth) and Peter Tagtren (Hypocrisy), Nick Holmes marks his first recorded debut with the band on their upcoming fourth LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, due out for release on Peaceville Records this November 17th. Addressing the odd pick considering Paradise Lost’s output as of late, Metal Hammer expanded on the choice stating :
The Paradise Lost singer might be known these days for his sonorous tones, but Bloodbath’s forthcoming album, Grand Morbid Funeral released by Peaceville Records on November 17, will see the return of the ravenous and cavernous growl that marked Paradise Lost’s debut album, Lost Paradise, so expect an outpouring of sonic dread, blood-soaked riffs and monstrous grooves…
The site further confirmed some nefarious guest appearances, noting that the album will be:
dragged even deeper into the lair of the awesome by the guest appearances of Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from supreme US filthmongers, Autopsy.
Look out for pre-order information in the future by following Bloodbath on their official Facebook here.
Audio terrorists Full Of Hell are currently streaming “Gordian Knot”, the first cut off of their upcoming collaborative LP with renown Japanese noise artist Merzbow, exclusively over at Noisey. Delivering on the band’s promise to continue to push their aural boundaries to further realms of harshness and inaccessibility, the new track deters away from the band’s groovier dark hardcore beginnings in place of a newer adherence to the rasp of death metal and grindcore, a direction the full album is due to pursue. Stream “Gordian Knot” via Noisey here along with an interview with vocalist Dylan Walker on the band’s new alliance with label Profound Lore, commentary on the development of the new album as well as information on the second bonus album included exclusively with the CD version of the band’s upcoming LP. In addition, Full Of Hell are set to embark on an Australian tour with Idylls and Machina Genova late November. Peep dates for that tour below.
Full Of Hell & Merzbow arrives November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records and vinyl via A389 Recordings. Full Of Hell’s most recent release was an exclusive 2014 Record Store Day split with Dwid Hellion (Integrity) noise project Psywarfare.
Revocation have released the first episode of the Making-Of special feature for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut and fifth LP, Deathless. Shot by Naughty Mantis Productions, who recently brought forwards Whitechapel’s crowd-funded documentary, the pro-shot footage features one-on-one interviews with each individual band member on the weight and inner gimmicks of the new record. Personally, I feel the video missed the opportunities for the band’s well known comedic shenanigans but it’s a pretty tight affair. Peep the teaser below and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.
Death metal supergroup Bloodbath have officially announced the first details for their long-awaited fourth LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, the group’s latest effort following 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery. Due out November 17th via Peaceville Records, this record will feature an as-of-yet unknown new frontman (due out for reveal on September 16th by Metal Hammer), in place of long-running vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and will be due for another slight style change as has been tradition for each of the band’s releases, remaining nevertheless death metal in essence according to guitarist Anders Nystrom through Metal Hammer. Further news for the LP will be released closer to launch date. For now, you can peep Grand Morbid Funeral’s artwork below.
The 2009 Helsinki, Finland borne crossover thrashers in Foreseen have announced plans for the release of their debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, for CD/digital download release on November 25th via 20 Buck Spin with a later planned split vinyl release between 20 Buck Spin and European label Take It Back Records on February 3rd. Riding on the back of several well-received EPs, Helsinki Savagery will test the group’s long-honed classic thrash meets modern hardcore sensibilities for the length of ten tracks and promises a return to “a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years”. Peep the tracklist and album art for Helsinki Savagery (by Chad Keith and Eetu Blomqvist) along with a stream of “Structural Oppression”, the first single for the album released far back in January below. Stream and download FREE all of Foreseen’s current discography via their official bandcamp account here. Continue reading
Up and coming Philadelphia post-punk group Dark Blue (members of Clockcleaner, Ceremony and Paint It Black) are currently streaming “Here On the Chandelier”, the second single off of their upcoming Jade Tree Records debut LP, Pure Reality, exclusively over at BrooklynVegan. In addition, the band have announced a slew of tourdates with various guests including Dick Diver, PC Worship, Free Time and Pleasure Leftists. Stream “Here On The Chandelier” here, pre-order Pure Reality here and peep full tour dates for Dark Blue below. Continue reading
Western Massachusetts noisy powerviolence act No Faith are currently streaming their long-awaited EP, Dead Weight, in full. Written around the time of the group’s 2012 Painkiller Records debut LP, the tracks have undergone nearly three years of refining. Stream Dead Weight in full below and purchase the record on digital download here or on vinyl via Clean Plate Records here. Continue reading
Long-running Lansdale, PA metallic hardcore outfit Dysphoria have returned with their first new material in fourteen years, in the form of a three track demo that is available for streaming now on the band’s official Stereokiller and for purchase on CD at all upcoming shows. The new material was recorded with engineer Matt Buckley of Bowling Gotter Recordings, also known for working with Mother Of Mercy on their album Symptoms Of Existence. Stream Dysphoria’s Demo 2014 here and download on a name-your-price basis all of the band’s past catalog via their official bandcamp here.
Long-running Orange County, California grindcore maniacs Phobia are currently streaming their imminent and latest EP, the boldly-denominated Grindcore, in full. Following up their 2012 Willowtip Records released LP, Remnants of Filth, Grindcore offers up eight visceral new tracks and will be released September 9th on 7″ vinyl via the always reliable Deep Six Records with a projected late October release date on CD (includes bonus remastered material from Phobia classics Means Of Existence Destroying The Masses) via Willowtip Records. Stream Grindcore via Invisible Oranges here and pre-order the record on vinyl via Deep Six here or on CD via Willowtip Records here.
Phobia’s latest releases were in 2012. The band released a full length LP entitled Remnants of Filth on Willowtip Records, a split with Suffering Mind on Behind The Mountain Records as well as a free promotional split alongside Skarp on Scion Audio/Visual Records.
It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.
Placentia, CA straight edge hardcore outfit Enough Said (featuring members of Twitching Tongues, Disgrace and Pocketknife) are currently streaming their long-awaited debut EP Heritage Day in full, the group’s first official release following demos in 2010 and 2013. Featuring five tracks composed of equal parts early New York hardcore and X-Claim! Records, Heritage Day is available now for order from Thick Skin Records and Fight ‘Em All Records and will see its official record release on September 6th at Fullerton’s Programme Skate & Sound alongside local peers Fury, Discrepancy and Forced Order alongside visiting Baltimore fiends, Mindset. Stream Heritage Day in full below, download it free here and purchase it from Fineprint Records here, Fight ‘Em All Records here or pick it up direct at the record release show.