Review: FULL OF HELL & MERZBOW – “Full Of Hell & Merzbow”

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Formed in 2009 initially under a far more familiar Crowbar-ian banner, Ocean City, MD audio terrorists Full Of Hell have since grown into one of the most innovative acts in contemporary extreme music, bearing name to a consistent assault of constant reinvention bred from a seemingly unending wealth of existential woe and genre-weaving knowhow. On the live circuit, the quartet have fared similarly, holding their vile live exorcisms to the acclaim of endless punk houses and festival audiences the world over, slaying equally audiences Backtrack to The Body. While 2013’s Rudiments Of Mutilation seemed to serve as the band’s magnum opus and a comfortable defining point for the band’s shifting sound, this year’s Full Of Hell & Merzbow, a chance collaboration with the long-standing noise legend, marks the beginnings of yet another new trajectory into alienation for the initially hardcore-rooted band that proves that there is much hell left to explore. Continue reading

FULL OF HELL/MERZBOW Streaming Collaborative Effort

full-of-hell-merzbow-600x580Full Of Hell and Merzbow announced a collaborative album a while back and if you, like me, have been dying to hear this monster, the time is now. The bands are currently streaming the album in full over on Pitchfork and if you do nothing else today, let it be this album. Trust me, this is something that you need to hear. Enjoy it here.

FULL OF HELL Unveil New Track And Video “Blue Litmus”

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Audio terrorists Full Of Hell have released a video for “Blue Litmus”, the second single off of the group’s November 25th expected collaboration LP with renowned noise artist Merzbow, Full Of Hell & Merzbow. Directed by Jim Thayne, the video features live footage of the band interspersed with graphic videos of deaths, immolation and suicides blasted by a projector. Musically, the track unveils a further glimpse into the more apparent death metal/grind direction of the record, with a welcome change being a greater clarity for the basswork of Brandon Brown. Check out “Blue Litmus” below and look out for pre-orders (of which the first 100 will receive an exclusive noise tape compiling all of Full of Hell’s noise work in addition to extras) for Full Of Hell & Merzbow, set to start sometime this week via Profound Lore Records. A vinyl edition of the LP is due for release by A389 Recordings early 2015.  In addition, be sure to catch Full Of Hell on their upcoming Fall run with Weedeater and Lazer/Wulf, details here.

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Full Of Hell Announce Supporting Tour With Weedeater And Lazer/Wulf

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Audio terrorists Full Of Hell will be hitting the road for two weeks later this November, supporting stoner doom fiends Weedeater alongside prog metal act Lazer/Wulf. Peep the full details below and be sure to look out for Full Of Hell’s upcoming third LP and collaborative album with acclaimed noise artist Merzbow, Full Of Hell & Merzbow, everywhere November 25th on CD via Profound Lore Records. A vinyl release for the record is due at a later date via A389 Recordings. Continue reading

FULL OF HELL Streaming New Track “Gordian Knot”

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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.

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Full Of Hell Release Teaser For Upcoming LP

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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

A389 Records Release New 54 Track Mixtape

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A389 Records have release a colossal 54 track digital mixtape that can be downloaded for free over at their Bandcamp page. The release features killer tracks from the likes of Full of Hell, Left for Dead, Despise You, Primitive Man, The Black Dahlia Murder, Ringworm and many more. You can stream the mixtape after the break.

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FULL OF HELL And NOISEM Announced North American Tour

full of noisem 2Two amazing powerhouse bands, Full Of Hell and Noisem have announced a co-headlining tour that will take them all cross the US and it is sure to be epic. As if not be be outdone… by themselves, the band will also be teaming up with powerviolence legends Dropdead on select dates along the West Coast (best Coast!). I mean, damn. That’s an unbelievable bill. Check out the dates and full poster after the jump to see if this amazing package is coming to a town near you.      Continue reading

FULL OF HELL Announce Collaboration With MERZBOW

The noise-infused hardcore outfit Full of Hell have announced they will be taking their penchant for harsh noise even further by collaborating with Japanese noise artist Merzbow. While the official details are still pending, the collaborative effort will be released on vinyl through A389 (North America) and Stab/Repeat (Europe), while CD/digital formats will be handled by Profound Lore. Be on the look out for more information as it becomes available.

Additionally, today marks the beginning of Full of Hell’s European tour with Disciples of Christ. The band have also announced a West Coast U.S. tour with Dropdead and Noisem. Both sets of tour dates can be found after the break.

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FULL OF HELL Announce North American Tour, Confirm Record Store Day Split

Full of Hell have announced a ten city East Coast U.S. tour with Toronto’s Column of Heaven and Cleveland noise act Nyodene D. The tour will run from April 24th to May 3rd, concluding in Toronto. Below you will find the tour dates as they stand currently.

FULL OF HELL Tour w/ Column Of Heaven, Nyodene D:
4/24/2014 TBA – Buffalo, NY w/ Gas Chamber
4/25/2014 TBA – Boston, MA w/ Cleansing Wave
4/26/2014 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Fucking Invincible
4/27/2014 Silent Barn – New York, NY w/ The Communion
4/28/2014 The Gütah – New Brunswick, NJ w/ Fleshtemple
4/29/2014 Secret Location – Philadelphia, PA w/ Backslider
4/30/2014 TBA – Washington, DC w/ DOC
5/01/2014 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Slices
5/02/2014 Yonka House – Detroit, MI  w/ Dead Church
5/03/2014 Soybomb – Toronto, ON w/ Wastoids, Cvntpvnt

Full of Hell have also confirmed a harsh noise split 12″ with the likes of Psywarfare, that is currently being prepped for Record Store Day (April 19th). The A-side will feature a new psychotic noise number from Full of Hell entitled “Thee Insurmountable Wall”, while the B-side will house a 21 minute piece from Psywarfare called “The Exotic Sounds of…”. The artwork for both sides of the split can be viewed after the break.

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FULL OF HELL Announce U.S. Tour With MUTILATION RITES

Full of Hell have announced a new handful of stateside tour dates that will commence mid-February in support of their most recent release, Rudiments of Mutilation. The noise-loving grinders will see support from Brooklyn’s black metal enthusiasts Mutilation Rites during the majority of the tour. You can check out the dates after the break.

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JARHEAD FERTILIZER And PURGE. Debut Split Tracks

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Earlier this week, label Cricket Cemetery revealed teaser tracks and plans for a two-pronged assault between two of my favorite entries in the former Cryptic Passages column, Pittsburgh grinders Purge. and the Full Of Hell-affiliated Ocean City slashers Jarhead Fertilizer. To say the least, the devastating initial results show both groups have stepped up their game hard. From their sludgier origins, Jarhead Fertilizer have undergone a huge stylistic change for the better, embracing more grindiness, speed and rhythmic variety, while the solid Purge. are continually increasing the aggression and impact of their Discordance Axis meets Disembodied grind assault. Listen and decide for yourself with both teaser tracks streamable below via Cricket Cemetery’s bandcamp and an additional two tracks also streamable below as background music via a video tour promo detailing an upcoming mini-tour between the two which will span January 10th through the 12th. Follow Cricket Cemetery on Facebook here for further announcements.   Continue reading

Best Of 2013: Eric’s Favorite Albums Of The Year

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Hello again, fellow Aftermathers! My prolonged absence from the American Aftermath world officially ends NOW with this penultimate annual post, a small but personally necessary pittance to the plentiful albums and artists that sustained me throughout this most bountiful year in extreme music. The following thirty item list reflects full-length albums only with an aural adherence to the hardcore and powerviolence realms as per my listening habits this year. A ton of awesome death metal revivals as well as resurgences from other notables in the general metal realm happened this year (Gorguts, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ulcerate etc.) of which I listened(or rather actively listened) to practically NONE. I simply wasn’t feeling it at this year and intend to return to survey these releases at another time. Thanks to the Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane “The Machine” Oliver, and Josh Huddleston, the bands and musicians, and last but not least, you, the readers! Peep the list after the jump. Continue reading

Best of 2013: Eric’s Favorite Albums Of The First Half Of 2013

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Making lists always makes my head hurt and this year’s massive inventory of beautiful releases isn’t making that any easier. With my “to-check-out” list filled to the brim, I have to say that I took a bit more relaxed stance to music discovery this year and enjoyed select releases over extremely long durations of listen rather than hunt down and chronicle as many good albums as I could. The albums in the list below here are those releases. Give them a thorough listen before the end of the year if you can.  Continue reading