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.
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.
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.
Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.
A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.
Wreck and Reference will follow up their most recent full length, Want, with a massive collection of samples entitled Spill/Fill. Spill/Fill will feature 75 samples that collectively clock in at a mere eight minutes in length. This samples album will be available for free download on the band’s Bandcamp page starting September 15th.
In the meantime, stream Wreck and Reference‘s Want and watch the video for their track “Bankrupt” after the break.
The new album from experimental act Blackwolfgoat, Drone Maintenance, can now be streamed in full over at Decibel. Despite the album’s title, Drone Maintenance is not strictly drone. The album is full of solo guitar work that combines elements of psychedelia, folk and others along with loud reverberating drones. The album is officially out today via Small Stone Recordings and you can get your copy at this location. Be sure to stream the record first over at Decibel.
Avantgarde rockers Kayo Dot will release their new album Coffins On Io in October and the band is currently streaming their new track “Library Subterranean,” which you can hear below. This is a pretty phenomenal track and it absolutely flies by and doesn’t seem like it was even close to eight and a half minutes long. Check out “Library Subterranean” after the jump or blow your brains out. Continue reading
Full Of Hell have released a short video teaser for their upcoming third LP, a collaborational effort with legendary Japanese noise artist Merzbow, simply entitled Full Of Hell & Merzbow. The record is poised for a November split release between Profound Lore Records and A389 Recordings, who will be handling CD and vinyl duties respectively. Besides a difference in format, the CD version is expected to contain an exclusive bonus noise disc consisting of manipulated Merzbow material in the vein of Wolf Eyes and Tribes Of Neurot according to a recent interview of guitarist Spencer Hazard by CVLT Nation. View the teaser below and be sure to catch the group on their current West Coast tour with labelmates Noisem and the legendary Dropdead, details also below. For the curious, two new tracks from the record can be heard via a filmed live set on the group’s recent UK venture, at the 6:40 and 16:30 marks. Continue reading
Botanist’s oddly beautiful new album, VI: Flora, can now be streamed in its entirety over at Noisey. The hammered dulcimer-infused black metal affair will officially be released next Monday, August 11th, via The Flenser. But we know you cannot wait four more days, so feel free to stream the album over at Noisey now.
Portland psychedelic doom outfit Megaton Leviathan have announced the release of their sophomore full length album. The new record will be entitled Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell and will be released through Seventh Rule Recordings on September 9th. The album, which was mixed by Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., etc), will follow the outfit’s previous record Water, Wealth, Hell on Earth. The new record’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break along with Megaton Leviathan upcoming live dates.
Post-metal outfit Minsk are reportedly in the process of recording their long-awaited follow up to 2009’s With Echoes in the Movement of Stone. The new record, which is being produced by Sanford Parker, is slated to be released in early 2015 via Relapse Records. Vocalist Timothy Mead had the following to say about the upcoming record:
“So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew that in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. So many things had to fall into place to make it what we knew it needed to be. A new rhythm section, a second guitar for the first time since the early days of the band, additional vocalists, Sanford‘s contributions moving to the realm of synth/noise for this album. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results will be unmistakably Minsk… just Minsk on a whole different level this time around. We cannot wait to share the fruits of these labors.”
[Via The PRP]
Helsinki black/death metal neophytes Maveth will be joining their-long-running Athens peers Embrace Of Thorns for an eight track split of epic proportions, spanning a hefty thirty-seven minutes and entitled “A Plague Through The Heavens” later this August. Set to be released by the excellent Dark Descent Records, two preview tracks for the release can be streamed below and album artwork by Daniel Desecrator can be viewed above. Pre-orders for the record are available via limited vinyl here or digital download here.
Avant-rockers Kayo Dot have announced the release of their seventh full length album and follow up to 2013’s ambitious Hubardo. The new record will be entitled Coffins on Io and will see a release through The Flenser on October 16th. The new six track effort will represent yet another change in the ever-evolving sound of Kayo Dot. Frontman Toby Driver described the sound as ” a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy”. Driver further comments on the overall theme and vibe of the upcoming album:
“Basically the vibe that we’re going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir— Blade Runner.”
“I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere…There’s a weird underlying theme of murder, shame and death.”
The album’s artwork and track listing are available for viewing after the break.