UFOMAMMUT Announce North American Tour


[photo by Andrea Tomas Prato]

Italian doom trio Ufomammut have announced their first ever North American tour in support of their forthcoming album, Ecate. The trek will begin in May, following their European tour, and will see support from Portland’s Usnea. Those tour dates, as well as the fourth behind-the-scenes video featurette for their new album, can be found below.

Ecate will be released on March 31 via Neurot Recordings.

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SUBURBAN SCUM Announce Debut Full Length

[SUBURBAN SCUM with Will Putney – photo by Sean Sullivan]

New Jersey hardcore outfit Suburban Scum have announced the release of their debut full length record. The new LP was tracked by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain, etc) at The Machine Shop and will be released through Closed Casket Activities this summer. An official album title and street date are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Early next month, Suburban Scum will embark on a U.S. tour alongside Expire and Rotting Out that will include appearances at South By So What?! in Grand Prairie, Texas, as well as the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Those dates can be found after the break.

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PSYCROPTIC Release Music Video For “Cold”

Psycroptic-PsycropticPsycroptic will release their new self-titled album next month and the band has released a new music video to up the ante on the excitement. The video is for the bands song “Cold,” which is available right now on iTunes. The track is really rad, although I am not blown away by the video. You can check out the video below. G’day!     Continue reading

Black Metallers SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY Release New Album “Family Tomb”

Shroud of DespondencyToday the Wisconsin black metal troop released their “final album” and left it raw and uncut, like good hardcore porn. Shroud of Despondency released the album known as “Family Tomb” today on their Bandcamp page. I jammed it and was pleasantly greeted with all good things black metal including ominous guitar writing and keyboard driven atmospheric synth.

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YOB Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

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In addition to their upcoming trek with Enslaved and Ecstatic Vision in March, doomsayers Yob have announced additional tour dates surrounding that aforementioned tour. First of which is a one-off show with noise metal act Will Haven on March 3rd and nine dates with Witch Mountain after the Enslaved tour concludes. You can check out the tour dates as the currently stand after the break.

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TRENCHFOOT Signs To GLORY KID LTD., Debut LP Set For Spring Release

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Glory Kid Ltd., home of such hardcore luminaries as Divider, Old Wounds, and Run With The Hunted (RIP), have announced the signing of Hudson Valley, NY-based
hardcore band Trenchfoot. Read on after the break for the deets.

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Review: ANATOMY OF HABIT – “Ciphers + Axioms”

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When musical minds of various ilks come together, one can only assume that the byproduct of their union is one that is equally varied and experimental in scope. Anatomy of Habit is just that. The Chicago-based quintet is comprised of members who have shared their time in acts like Tortoise, Indian, Bloodyminded, Joan of Arc and Radar Eyes. With each member coming from a completely different musical background, what could their collective compositions sound like? The answer(s) is epic, dark, sprawling, traumatic and multifaceted. Ciphers + Axioms, the band’s proper sophomore full length is all of the adjectives previously listed and more. The 42 minute behemoth of an album effectively avoids being pigeonholed into one specific genre and provides enough twists and turns to keep the listener on the edge of their feet and interested despite the lengthy durations of the tracks.

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Review: FISSURE & GETS WORSE Split 7″

Two of the strongest up-and-coming powerviolence/fastcore bands decide to team up and release a 7″ together, you say? 9 songs in less than 8 minutes, you say?
Please, go on.

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What is your favorite PINK FLOYD album?

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In a few short weeks,  Pink Floyd will bring to light their last album The Endless River.  Those that I have spoken to about the forthcoming record seem to be skeptical and lukewarm at best to the idea. Personally, I’ve recently become really attuned to the playing of late keyboardist Richard Wright and if you consider that The Endless River is 19 instrumental songs, I feel curious to moderately excited about the new release. What’s your favorite record by the band? Is it the cynical prog machinations of  Animals or the unrefined, yet undeniably promising Saucerful of Secrets? Make your opinion known and vote. Continue reading

FUCK THE FACTS Streaming New Track “Disabused”

FTF-AbandonedEveryone’s favorite Canadian grindcore outfit Fuck The Facts will be releasing their new Abandoned EP in October and the band has unleashed their new track “Disabused.” As always, Fuck The Facts kill this track, but then again, who would ever doubt the masterful grind that FTF have been releasing all these years? Check out this rad track after the jump. DO IT.     Continue reading

WHIRR Streaming New Album “Sway”

WHirr-swayWhirr are a band that the world should be familiar with at this point, as they spawned Nothing and will be releasing one of my favorite albums of the year very soon. The band has unleashed their phenomenal new album Sway upon the world today and it is a glorious thing. This album is shoegazing, post-rocking, noisy and it’s beautiful. Whirr craft some of the best music you will ever hear and you have GOT to get into this. You can check out a full stream of Sway over on Pitchfork and stream their track “Mumble” after the jump. ENJOY!     Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

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