Out of the blue, Greensboro, NC grindcore/crust unit Torch Runner have returned, along with details for their upcoming sophomore LP, Endless Nothing, which if the debut single “Godlust” is any sign, signals only an amplification of brutalistic quality for the group. Due out September 30th via Southern Lord Records, Endless Nothing is an effort “reaching new depths of auditory violence”, according to the group’s press release. As the evidence stands so far, I believe it. Check out the new track “Godlust” along with full album artwork and tracklistings for Endless Nothing below.
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
Revamped and ready for more sequels, cinemagrind act Graf Orlock are currently streaming a new track off of their upcoming EP, Trailer, entitled “Nursing A Hangover”, the group’s latest material since 2012’s Heat-themed Los Angeles EP. Intended to provide a glimpse into the group’s direction for their Fall-expected LP, Crime Traveller, the aptly titled Trailer EP will screen three new tracks (“Nursing A Hangover”, “A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley” as well as the title track “Trailer”, which is helmed by actor Kevin Gage) and will be available to upcoming tour attendees to the group’s upcoming East Coast run with Dangers and Holy as well as internet denizens now through pre-order on Vitriol Records. Stream “Nursing A Hangover” below, pre-order Trailer via Vitriol Records here and peep the tour dates below (courtesy of BrooklynVegan), the first three of which will see Ceremony, subbing in for Graf Orlock and Holy.
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
Legendary New York metalcore outfit Earth Crisis are set to unveil their Candlelight Records debut and eighth full length record, Salvation Of Innocents, March 3rd for Europe and March 4th for the rest of the world and the U.S. Pegged to be one of the band’s most meticulously crafted albums, the conceptual Salvation Of Innocents will coincide with the release of a comic book that will pair Black Mask Studios’s new Matt Miner helmed-vigilante series Liberator along with the “vivisection concept” of the album with cover artwork for the comic and album being done by Chicago illustrator Menton3 amongst additional comic art by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra. Pre-orders for the album are set for January 20th/21st with the premiere of a new track entitled “De-Desensitive” expected via Lambgoat the 22nd. Digital pre-orders on iTunes will also receive the track “The Morbid Glare” instantly as a bonus. Peep the comic’s cover art above and the full-track listing after the jump. Continue reading
Following up their West Coast run last month, Ashtabula, OH dark hardcore outfit Homewrecker have confirmed an additional two months of tour for the upcoming late Summer/Fall slate, set to begin in less than two weeks. After first hitting up Toledo and Indianapolis for a handful of tour dates alongside A389 labelmates Full Of Hell, Homewrecker will hook up with Harm’s Way and Dead In The Dirt for an extensive two week West Coast tour followed by a week’s worth of dates with Harm’s Way alone. Following this, Homewrecker will embark on their first ever European tour running through October alongside Poland’s Calm The Fire before returning home for a spew of U.S./Canada dates. The culmination of this tour cycle will see Homewrecker returning to work on their sophomore A389 released LP, Circle Of Death, due out sometime in the first half of 2014. Peep the full tour dates below alongside a stream of Homewrecker’s debut LP, Worms And Dirt. Continue reading
Chicago powerviolence group, Sea Of Shit, are currently streaming two new tracks from their upcoming debut self-titled 10″ LP, out soon on Diseased Audio Records. Taking the band’s gruff vocals, bass heavy, fuzzed out production and sharp powerviolence tact to new heights, the Sea Of Shit tidal wave is as pulverizing and vile as ever on these new slabs. Stream the two new tracks below and be sure to catch Sea Of Shit on their upcoming tour with grind brothers, Sick/Tired, where they will have a limited to 80 tape copy of the imminent record.
Twitching Tongues are currently streaming a new track entitled “World War V” off of their upcoming August 20th expected sophomore album, In Love There Is No Law, exclusively over at Decibel. Paying homage to the Pete Steele helmed Carnivore not only in title, “World War V” is further proof of the evolution and smoothed metallic integration of the Southern California group, a cohesive double-bass drum backed modicum of fury and doomish melody. Check out the track here and pre-order In Love There Is No Law via Closed Casket Activities here.
Progressive tech thrashers Revocation are currently streaming an all new track entitled “Fracked” off of their upcoming epic fourth full length, the self-titled Revocation, exclusively over at Loudwire. The anti-fracking anthem is definitely my favorite of the teased tracks so far, a more sustained and expansive track that treads along a more progressive inclination, boasting some almost electronic sounding complimentary basswork and an epic solo section. Musings aside, you can stream “Fracked” via Loudwire here and pre-order Revocation via Relapse Records here, out August 6th. Be sure to catch Revocation on the remaining dates of this year’s excellent Summer Slaughter tour.
Bassist Evan Brewer has officially announced the release date of his sophomore solo album, Your Itinerary, as July 16th. The Sumerian Records-due Your Itinerary will boast the full-band addition of guitars, drums, piano and electronics from collaborators and peers such as Navene Koperweis (Animals As Leaders, Reflux), pianist Jeremiah Abel, and drummer Kyle Reese in contrast to the sole electric bass grooves of Alone. In turn, Evan has announced plans for a Summer tour alongside progressive metal act, Last Chance To Reason, in which he will be supported by drummer Alex Rudinger of The Faceless and Brandon Giffin of Cynic. Stream a new track entitled “Microscopic Scale”, peep the full tour details and check out what Evan Brewer, himself, had to say about the new developments, all after the jump. Pre-order Your Itinerary here. Continue reading
Legendary technical death metal group, Gorguts, has lain dormant for over a decade, seemingly expunged of life. Despite an announced reformation in 2008, the Canadian legend has remained relatively quiet about new material, evoking a brief but thunderous bellow with their live return during 2012’s Death To All tour. That silence is broken today with the debut of the lyric video for new track “Forgotten Sands”. Imbued with the assistance of Dysrhythmia shredders, Colin Marston and Kevin Hufganel, along with the unpredictable drums of Origin’s John Longstreth, “Forgotten Sands” unleashes a dizzying miasma of discordance and intensity, a welcome first-blood testament of the group’s longest in-work effort to date. Stream “Forgotten Sands” below and pre-order Colored Sands (Aug. 30) via Season Of Mist here.
My first encounter with Weekend Nachos was an advertisement for the album, Worthless, on the side panel of prominent metal blog, Invisible Oranges. But it was just that, an advertisement. At the time, I was an ignorant fuckhead attempting to present myself as a sophisticated underground death metal hipster. Luckily, that transformation never fully occurred and in a move of self-rediscovery to reclaim all I had lost in my egotistical musings, I turned to hardcore. Aiding that transition back to the mosh was none other than Weekend Nachos, a band whose brash juxtaposition of the ridiculous with an inane amount of vitriol and hatred would lead them to become one of my favorite bands ever. I recently had the chance to interview John Hoffman, lead vocalist and prominent song-writer of Weekend Nachos, to talk about the band’s upcoming record, the Weekend Nachos theme park, Attack Attack, the one time John met Robert Englund, the ethics and function of labels and more. Check it all out after the jump.
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Los Angeles, CA’s unique metallic hardcore hybrid, Twitching Tongues, are back with the Joel Perkins-helmed video debut of “In Love There Is No Law”. With a sharper metallic edge and a greater sense of progressive control, “In Love There Is No Law” bodes well as the first strike off of the group’s long-awaited, August expected sophomore LP of the same name and arrives now as a limited to 500 7″ Picture Disc single with exclusive B-Side, able to be ordered as a stand-alone, as a limited shirt package or digitally via iTunes. Stream the video for “In Love There Is No Law” below and order the 7″ Single via Closed Casket Activities here. Also, be sure to catch Twitching Tongues on their upcoming European tour with Harm’s Way later this month, dates also below. A live shot video of another new Twitching Tongues track entitled “World War V” is also included after the jump.
After nearly two years of silence, Harm’s Way have debuted a video for a new track entitled “Mind Control”, off of their upcoming EP, Blinded. Directed by Max Moore Films, “Mind Control” provides a cryptic visual counterpart to a devastating new slice of the group’s menacing signature brand of metallic hardcore. Stream the video for “Mind Control” below and pre-order Blinded in Vinyl or CD format via Deathwish Inc. here. Check out an interview I recently did with guitarist Bo Lueders here, where we go into some of the background behind Blinded, touring in Europe and more. Continue reading
Aside from a few tours, Chicago, Illinois hardcore group Harm’s Way have been relatively quiet since the release of 2011’s devastating Isolation. That silence has been broken. The recently Deathwish-signed group will have a new EP entitled “Blinded” out soon. Recorded at Bricktop Studios with engineer Andy Nelson(Weekend Nachos), Blinded features five tracks of what are said to be the band’s heaviest and most exploratory material yet. The full track listing as well as album artwork, by the mighty Florian Bertmer(Converge, Pig Destroyer, etc.) can be viewed below with release date and pre-order info soon to follow. In the meantime, mark your calenders for Harm’s Way on their upcoming European Summer tour with peers Twitching Tongues and I Exist, dates below. Continue reading