VATTNET VISKAR Announce New Album “Settler” + Tour With EARLY GRAVES

vattnetI love my homies in Vattnet Viskar. The band is always compelling and entrancing, and I almost shit myself when I found out that they would be releasing a new album this year. The album has been dubbed Settler and it is due out this summer. Before the album drops, you can get stoked for the short run Vattnet will take with Early Graves! Check out those dates after the jump. Excite!      Continue reading

EARLY GRAVES Announce West Coast Tour With THEORIES

lrgphotoWest coast crust metallers Early Graves have just announced that they will be hitting the road with Theories for a short run in August. Regardless of how many shows the bands are playing, you NEED to be at this show. Check out the dates after the jump and see if these juggernauts are coming to your town.    Continue reading

NARROWS And EARLY GRAVES To Destroy California In Three Days Time

Narrows and Early Graves have announced a menage a trois of shows in California to commence this November. If an earthquake happens to shake the state into the sea, let it be known it was the pure sonic power of both of these bands that caused it. Here are three dates as they stand now.

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ROTTEN SOUND To Grind North America Into Bits This Spring

The good old grinders in Rotten Sound have announced a Spring North American headlining tour that will take place in the month of May. The band will see support from different bands at select stops including Black Breath and Early Graves. If you have a strong desire to have your ear drums assaulted then go to one of these shows. Check out the full schedule below.

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NAILS, XIBALBA, EARLY GRAVES Announce U.S./Canada Spring Tour

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Southern California’s finest in hardcore bludgeoning: Nails, Xibalba, and Early Graves are set to embark on a nine date trek across Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada starting late April and extending towards early May. I’m pretty sure these are the kinds of show people enter without ever knowing if they are coming back. Look out for Nails’s upcoming LP, Abandon All Life out March 19th via Southern Lord Records and pick up Xibalba’s excellent Hasta La Muerte and Early Grave’s Red Horse out now via Southern Lord Records and No Sleep Records respectively. Peep the full tour circuit and details courtesy of GlueHC after the jump.  Continue reading

Best Of 2012: Eric’s Top 30 Releases Of The Year

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Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.

The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.

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Ride Along, Red Horse: EARLY GRAVES Release New Music Video

Powerful deathcrustcore entity Early Graves has released a new music video for the title track off of their new album Red Horse. The video really isn’t anything special, but it’s pretty cool, nonetheless. The video is in black and white and features footage of the band playing in… A warehouse? I’m not 100% sure but vocalist John Strachan is screaming into a light bulb. Weird. You can check out the video for “Red Horse” here. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Red Horse is available now via No Sleep Records.

Ménage à Quad: Reviews For New A LIFE ONCE LOST, EARLY GRAVES, NOISEAR And HIVESMASHER

I have been a fan of A Life Once Lost for a long time and whenever I hear a new album by the band, I am instantly blown away. A Life Once Lost have a penchant for creating aggressive, dissonant, catchy and grooving metal that I can never get enough of. Constantly chugging and driving, A Life Once Lost have been and are one of my favorite heavy bands.

When I got my filthy paws on their new album Ecstatic Trance, I had an idea of what was in store for me, but I didn’t think I would be engulfed in it the way I am. Every single song tells an exciting and angry story and each song is just as or more brutal than the one before it. I find myself nodding relentlessly and gasping for breath after I finish Ecstatic Trance. It’s a fulfilling metal release and it fucking destroys. Continue reading

I Hate My Job: Josh’s Mid-Work Week Playlist Vol. 1

How many of you hate your jobs? How many of you can listen to your music while working? Well fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), I can answer yes to both questions.

The following is a new segment in which I will give you a playlist based on the songs I find myself listening to over and over again while working. Originally I had planned to do this with full albums, but quickly realized I only listen to a handful of album. So in order to be less redundant I’ve decided to limit myself to ten songs a week. Continue reading to find out what songs I am annoying my co-workers with this week.

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