KEN MODE Debut “Blessed” Video

KEN Mode have premiered the official video for their new track “Blessed” from their upcoming highly-anticipated Steve Albini-produced album, Success, over at Noisey. The Christopher Mills-directed clip depicts a visceral live show and simultaneously captures the energy of the new track. The song itself is a cataclysmic double-bass assault that capitalizes on the group’s noise rock influences and features extra noisy debauchery from Full of Hell‘s Dylan Walker, murderous cello from Natanielle Felicitas and insanity-laced guest vocals from Oxbow frontman Eugene S. Robinson. Check out the video for yourself after the break.

Success will be released on June 15 (UK/EU) and June 16(North America) via Season of Mist. Pre-orders can be found herehere and here. The band’s forthcoming tour dates can be found below as awell.

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MARUTA Ready Relapse Recs Debut LP; Preview Track Released

Fresh off their re-formation and their recent signing with the trusted purveryors in all thing metallic, Relapse Records, Florida death/grind unit Maruta announce the details of their label debut Remain Dystopian. Slated for a June release date , Remain Dystopian aims to top the band’s previous exercise in grind fury, Forward Into Regression.

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Bridge 9 Announce Signing of MALFUNCTION; Debut Full Length Slated For Summer Release

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Buffalo, NY quintet Malfunction put the ink to paper today on their signing with hardcore punk powerhouse B 9 Recs.
The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut LP Fear Of Failure at GCR Audio Recording Studios
with Jay Zubricky and which immediately upon completion will be shipped off to Taylor Young (Twitching Tongues, NAILS, Disgrace) for mixing before finally seeing its completion with a mastering at Audiosiege (Blacklisted, Integrity, Poison Idea).
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PRIMITIVE MAN Announce Spring Tour Dates With Canadian Grinders WAKE

WAKE and Primitive Man, two of the most promising young bands in extreme music are making preparations for their upcoming spring tour which will see them getting the party started right in Denver May 15 and bringing things to a close in St.Louis 5/28. With stops along the way in D.C., with The Body and Water Torture, and in Charm City at MDF with the millions of amazing bands that play that event every year.
This tour will cover both ends of the extreme music spectrum with Primitive Man bringing the slow, crushing, low-end pain with their punishing brand of blackened sludge/doom while WAKE will be providing the SPEEEED!! with the unending power and mania that is their hardcore/grind attack.

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TOTAL F*CKING DESTRUCTION and FUBAR Announce Split; GIVE PRAISE RECS Will Be Handling Release

Preorders are now up for the new split 7″ between two all stars in the grind world, FUBAR and Total F**king Destruction. With a sound all to their own, TFD combine elements of hardcore, grind, and thrash into a singular individualistic sonic punk attack. Featuring Rich Hoak from the legendary Brutal Truth, TFD are definitely a beast all of their own creation. While the Dutch FUBAR keep a things a bit more traditional with a sound strongly rooted in old school crusty grind.
Continue on after the break for the details and a  preview of the split.

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BENT LIFE Sign With Bridge 9 Records; Label Debut Set For 2015 Release

Bridge 9 Recs is proud to announce the signing of Midwest hardcore stalwarts Bent Life. Based out of Lincoln, Nebraska with roots dating back to 2010 Bent Life have made a name for themselves in today’s hardcore landscape with EP releases on Lost Time and 6131 Records and tours with such hxc luminaries as Naysayer, Bitter End, and Alpha and Omega among others. Well known and well liked for their brand of heavy hardcore in the vein of Merauder and Outburst, BL’s next release
will be a two-song EP on Bad Teeth Recordings. Be on the lookout for Bent Life’s B 9 debut set for release later this year.

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UFOMAMMUT Announce North American Tour


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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

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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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