Western Massachusetts metallic hardcore group Revenge have released a new track entitled “Coven Ov The Wolf” off of their upcoming third LP, The Heavens Are Empty. The record will be self-released on drummer Will Hirst’s new up and coming label Rat Trax Records this September. Stream the track below and pre-order The Heavens Are Empty on digital download here or on CD here or pick it up direct at the band’s record release show at The Waterfront in Holyoke, MA on September 14th. Continue reading
Cinemagrind executioners Graf Orlock are back with “A Decent Proposal In A Shitty Alley”, the second cut of three (of which the third features actor Kevin Gage in some manner) off of their Trailer EP, the prelude and teaser to the group’s upcoming Fall LP Crime Traveller. Among the longer of the group’s tracks and possibly its longest, the over four minute track appeals more to the group’s hardcore direction as explored in their Los Angeles EP with the lingering progression of southern-tinged hard rock, not far off of Every Time I Die’s trajectory. Stream the track exclusively via Noisey here, pre-order Trailer via Vitriol Records here or pick it up live on one of the band’s dates on their upcoming East Coast tour with Holy and Dangers, full dates and details below. Continue reading
Following both a short live return last April as well as a recorded one via the release of this year’s Decline & Fall EP, industrial metal mammoths Godflesh have officially announced details for their upcoming LP, A World Lit Only By Fire, the group’s first since 2001’s Hymns. Set to be unleashed October 6th via frontman Justin K. Broadrick’s very own Avalanche Recordings, track listing and artwork for A World Lit Only By Fire can be viewed below in addition to a stream of the battering debut single “New Dark Ages”, a number which mirrors the trudge and grime of the group’s early discography. According to some investigation by metal site Blabbermouth who tracked down an interview by Broadrick with French station Le 106, you can expect more of the same on the full-length. Both Godflesh practitioners, Green and Broadrick noted in the radio interview that Fire will be a return to form, adhering to the initial essence of the band and the direction and spirit of the first three releases. Continue reading
Pitchfork has unveiled pro-shot footage from their music festival in Chicago earlier this month of Deafheaven performing a new track entitled “From The Kettle To The Coil”. The video footage arrived yesterday with tweets of the above image and the caption “It is done. Come August, it’s yours.” with the PRP reporting that the newly performed track will be part of Adult Swim‘s free singles series for this year, scheduled for release and download on August 25th. The track is standard Deafheaven fare, continuing alongside the revamped direction of Sunbather, though there is a trudging number around the 2:00 minute mark that could foretell a harsher direction for the band in the future. Stream the video for “From The Kettle To The Coil” below and bookmark the Adult Swim Singles page for future reference. Continue reading
Pittsburgh, PA metallic hardcore/beatdown co-op Unit 731 are currently streaming a new single entitled “Immolation” off of their upcoming third full-length LP and Harm Reduction Records (helmed by Jami from Code Orange and Patrick From Self Defense Family) debut, The Hive Mind, on their official bandcamp. Following off of the promise of the group’s first single “Altar Of Waste”, “Immolation” sees Unit 731 at their peak, melding the group’s bludgeoning beatdown roots with a new found sense of variation and transition. Stream “Immolation” below, catch Unit 731 on their upcoming August European tour with No Zodiac and Ablaze (details below) and lookout for pre-orders for The Hive Mind as well as all the excellent upcoming records on Harm Reduction Records soon.
Finnish death/doom act Swallowed are currently streaming a new track entitled “Arterial Mists Of Doom” off of their upcoming debut full-length effort, Lunarterial, poised for a split release on vinyl, CD and digital between Dark Descent Records and Me Saco Un Ojo on October 14th. Revamped and shortened off of the group’s 2010 self-titled EP, “Arterial Mists…” is the final brutal incantation of “The Dying Misted In The Bloodstream”, taking less a page from the gloom of Asphyx for a bite of the chaotic Teitanblood and Blasphemy. Armed with absolutely grueling production, the track sludges across like Cheryl being consumed by the woods in Evil Dead, its blasts and builds like the wringing apart of bone by rotten branches, ultimately building to a body-shattering conclusion ala Frank from Hellraiser. Pure fucking filth. Stream “Arterial Mists Of Doom” exclusively via Noisey here, peep the album artwork by Swiss artist Peter Birkhäuser below and be on the lookout for pre-orders on the horizon soon. Continue reading
The recently renamed Code Orange have released a new track entitled “My World” off of their upcoming sophomore LP, I Am King, in conjunction with the opening of pre-orders for the record as well as announcements for an upcoming Fall tour with direct support from Los Angeles metallic hardcore act Twitching Tongues and indirect support from peers (Soul Search, War Hungry, Nails, Discourse, Axis and Blistered) whose appearances will vary by tour date. Aside from the trimming of denomination, the first two singles released for I Am King so far, the title track along with this most recent number, feature a similar change (in my opinion, for the better), narrowing down the band’s technical metalcore assault for a simpler approach that still retains the band’s experimental edge. Stream “My World” exclusively over at Alternative Press here, peep the poster and details for Code Orange’s upcoming tour below and pre-order I Am King via Deathwish Inc. here. Continue reading
After nearly two years of supporting their debut LP, Down With The Devil, Philadelphia metallic hardcore goons, Rock Bottom, are finally ready to release new material. Debuting the video for a new song entitled “Life’s Bitch” today, the five-piece announced plans for a release of a new 7″ entitled Moral Decay, due out on Fast Break! Records later this Fall. Stream the video for “Life’s Bitch” below and follow Rock Bottom on Facebook here for further updates. Fellow Pennsylvanians and travelers for this year’s This Is Hardcore Festival can catch the band opening up for the fest on Thursday alongside Crowbar, Code Orange Kids, Xibalba, Noisem and Killswitch Engage among others. Continue reading
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.
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
Long running sludge/doom outfit Indian are ringing in the new year’s gloom just right with the premiere of a new track entitled “Directional”, off of their long-awaited and upcoming fifth full length LP, From All Purity. Currently streaming exclusively over at Invisible Oranges HQ, “Directional” is a six minute trudging journey into hypnotic bleakness with rolling doom riffs canvassed across a sea of piercing power electronics and amongst some of the group’s most scathing vocal recordings to date. Drone out to the new buzz here, check out the first tease “Rhetoric Of No” here, and pre-order From All Purity via Relapse Records here.
The record hits North American shores the 21st of January, Germany/Benelux/Finland on the 17th and the rest of the world on the 20th.
Vancouver, BC experimental blackened death metal hounds Mitochondrion are currently streaming a mind-melting new track entitled “Insummation” off of their long-awaited EP, Antinumerology. Tight, discordant, and ripe with the group’s vitriolic militancy, “Insummation” is a well awaited slice of fine death metal and in my opinion, strikes the perfect balance between the group’s war metal-esque assault and eerie atmospherics. While the track itself has been a part of the group’s live repertoire for awhile and should be no stranger to followers of the group, the two-year gap between 2011’s Parasignosis draws blood with two additional new tracks to round out three on this latest EP( “137” and “Antinumerology”), available for pre-order now as limited black or white vinyl via Dark Descent Records. Stream “Insummation” below, pre-order Antinumerology here and check out it’s awesome artwork above, done by Richard Friend (Loss, Father Befouled).
I first caught sight of the mysterious and strange Darkentries randomly browsing through the b9 forum of all places one insomnia-infused night. Presenting a corrosive amalgamated mixture of sludge, post-metal, shoegaze, noise and black metal, the noisy South Carolinian group definitely caught my ears…until they ended up bookmarked in a Chrome folder and promised the self-preserving lie that they would be checked out sometime later that week. While time and other music pursuits made me lose track of the group, their experimental focus and drive to exist eventually drew them to an exclusive debut song stream on CVLT Nation this morning and out of curiosity, I decided to check them out again.
Darkentries apparently have a new record coming soon entitled The Make Believe and the first poisonous injection off it, a track by the name of “1200-S”, has seen the group reinvented once again. What I once had some words and some relational understanding for can now only be understood in my mind as Battle Of Mice dragged through the depths of hell and back. And even then, I don’t really know. Anyhow, definitely keep this band on your radar and stream “1200-S” below or at CVLT Nation here. Darkentries can be followed via their official Facebook page here.
Philadelphia, PA shoegaze group Nothing have officially signed to Relapse Records with plans for the release of the group’s sophomore full length record, Guilty Of Everything, this upcoming January. Alongside the announcement also comes the debut single off of Guilty Of Everything, the track “Dig”, which can be streamed below and downloaded for a flat buck. Tact but nonreliant solely on the nostalgic depression and gloom of shoegaze, “Dig” builds on the sound to more expansive and turgid heights. Follow Nothing via their official Facebook page here and be sure to check them out on their currently ongoing tour with peers Whirr, details after the jump.
Columbus, Ohio metallic hardcore group Empire Of Rats are streaming a new track entitled “Another Minute In Hell” off of their long-awaited debut self titled LP, out this Fall, October 1st via A389 Recordings, exclusively over at Lambgoat. Ripe with chunky pit-inducing riffs, piercing double-bass backed blasts and a modicum of swarming solos and breakdowns, Empire Of Rats are here to prove that the oft-regurgitated, rarely perfected realm of heavy hardcore is still very much alive. Additionally, stream and download Empire Of Rats’s current discography free below and follow them via their official Facebook here for future updates and tour outings.