Roundup From The Compound July 18th 2016

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS To Take Over The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino This August; Full Lineup Announced – PSYCHO LAS VEGAS is a property-wide music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th-28th, 2016. Brought to you by the curators of Psycho California, the epic three-day, three-stage event will play host to nearly one-hundred acts from around the world with a heavy focus on riffs, doom, and psychedelia. Highlights include Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Converge, Down, Drive Like Jehu, High On Fire, Sleep, Pentagram, Yob, exclusive 2016 US performances from both Electric Wizard and Candlemass and so many more. [MORE…]

PSALM ZERO: Entire Stranger To Violence LP Playing At Revolver; Album Out NOW Through Profound Lore – Preceding its release later this week, the entire new Stranger To Violence LP by New York City-based PSALM ZERO is now playing exclusively through a stream at Revolver Magazine. [MORE…]

BELLRINGER Issues Trailer For Rock Is Hell-Bound Jettison LP Due In August – Austin, Texas-based BELLRINGER, founded by ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist Mark Deutrom, has issued an official trailer for the band’s impending Jettison LP, which his being finalized for August vinyl release through Rock Is Hell. The teaser features some of the creepier elements of the new album with a preview of the closing track, “Demon,” with eerie visuals courtesy of Deutrom’s wife Jennifer. [MORE…]

PANZERBASTARD: MotörHeathen Seven-Inch From Boston-Based Hardcore Punk Misfits Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges – The self-proclaimed “bastard sons of Motörhead, Venom, and Cro-Mags,” PANZERBASTARD will release four new vile odes of scorn, contempt and disenchantment, in the form of their MotörHeathen seven-inch. Set for release on July 15th, 2016 via the ear-bleeders at PATAC Records, the record follows a barrage of diseased EP and split releases since their 2006 formation and finds the ravenous collective perfecting their riotous brand of motör-charged filth ‘n’ roll. [MORE…]

SWAMP WITCH: Punishing Doom Practitioners To Release The Slithering Bog Via Tribunal Of The Axe – SWAMP WITCH is the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and a collective interest in dark, strange, and ultimately hallucinogenic music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked on that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, California and into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively)… [MORE…]

DETHBEDS: Newly Formed Chicago-Based Outfit To Release Dungeon Scum Debut LP In October – Chicago-based DETHBEDS will issue their debut recordings through their independent release of Dungeon Scum early this Fall. A newly-formed outfit, DETHBEDS unites a host of influence from a wide array of musical backgrounds, resulting in a volatile concoction of angular metallic, punk-fueled hardcore. Formed in Owosso, Michigan where vocalist Zac LeDuc, guitarist Patrick Dignan, and drummer Ray Knipe grew up together, the outfit united with Dave Stach who joined on bass, after which the band transplanted to Chicago where Stach was based, a city in which they had communed and performed together with their prior acts. Collectively hailing from a varied range of experiences within Midwest metal, punk, hip hop, and psych scenes, DETHBEDS marries this diversified collective’s most explosive tactics into a relentlessly energetic, spastic brew of music heavily influenced yet far from limited to the output of influential acts like Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused, Botch, and others. [MORE…]

LÅNGFINGER: Gothenburg Power Trio To Release Crossyears Full-Length This Fall Via Small Stone; New Track Streaming – A truly kick-ass power trio is quite possibly the perfect rock formation. If there aren’t that many trios around, that’s because it’s a hard thing to pull off: with just three people having to nail the rhythmic fusion of bass and drums, the wild colors of guitar, and the soul-grabbing focus of the human voice, there can be no passengers aboard. Extraordinary chemistry is essential. Everyone has to be right on it, and locked in. Which is why lots of trios fail, or cop out, and recruit extras. [MORE…]

FISTULA: Longing For Infection Full-Length From Ohio Sludge Misanthropes Streaming In Full At Terrorizer; Record Out NOW – Ohio sludge misanthropes FISTULA will drop the diseased wares of their debilitating Longing For Infection full-length this Friday. Tracked and engineered by Dave Johnson (Midnight, Incantation, Soulless), the demoralizing full-length features the return of FISTULA founding member Bahb Branca on second guitar, furthering the band’s already vile brand of sonic violence. [MORE…]

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary Of Young Mountain Debut; Reissue Announced + Special Live Dates Confirmed – On June 6th, 2006, Texas-bred instrumental rock ensemble THIS WILL DESTROY YOU unleashed their debut Young Mountain and never looked back. The album’s soaring guitar-lead dynamism, cascading cinematic passages, and jarring crescendos captured the hearts and minds of independent music listeners immediately upon release and has, a decade later, yet to loosen its grip. As Young Mountain celebrates its ten-year anniversary, a retrospective look at the six-track, thirty-six-minute composition shows quite clearly why it has always been considered a masterpiece by much of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s ardent international fanbase and still continues to permeate deeper into global consciousness to this day. [MORE…]

KOHTI TUHOA: Rutiinin Orja Debut LP By Finnish Hardcore Punk Act Nears Release Through Southern Lord; Full Album Streaming – Rutiinin Orja, the unrelenting, debut album by Helsinki, Finland-based KOHTI TUHOA, is rapidly approaching release through Southern Lord, and the entire album is now available for streaming. [MORE… ]

SUMERLANDS Joins The Relapse Records Roster; Album Details Revealed + “The Guardian” Streaming At MetalSucks – Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS burst out of the proverbial gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s output is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but feels new. In its short existence, the band has already garnered widespread praise from the likes of Sputnik Music, No Clean Singing, and Pitchfork, the latter of which stated that “SUMERLANDS sounds like Cirith Ungol and every lost ‘80s American power metal band on steroids of steel, getting swole and flexing their might.” [MORE…]

MOS GENERATOR: Washington State-Based Rock Unit Streams “Catspaw” At The Obelisk; Abyssinia To See Release In North America Next Month Via Listenable – Washington state-based rock unit, MOS GENERATOR, will drop their anticipated Abyssinia full-length in North America next month. In advance of its release, today The Obelisk offers up “Catspaw,” for public appreciation issuing of the record overall, “Duality is nothing new for MOS GENERATOR… as Electric Mountain Majesty showed in its moments of underlying depressiveness and dissatisfaction. Abyssinia, with a title that’s reportedly playing off the Washington-state accent’s version of ‘I’ll be seein’ ya’ but nonetheless uses the word ‘abyss’ to make that play, has its moments of melancholy as well, whether it’s the slower roll of ‘As Above So Below,’ ‘Wicked Willow’ before it or the closing duo of ‘Time And Other Thieves’ and ‘Outlander,’ but that brooding is offset by a thrust greater even than the band showed on 2012’s Nomads, songs like ‘Catspaw’ and its side B counterpart ‘Red Canyons’ pushing into what would be manic territory were [guitarist/vocalist Tony] Reed and company still not able to keep such a handle on the material.” [MORE…]

VLY Releases Remixes And Experimental Outtakes EP In Pay-What-You-Want Digital Format Via Bandcamp – Following their acclaimed I / (Time) debut album, released through Laser’s Edge in late 2015, international post-prog band VLY now releases a remixes and outtakes EP, titled Tangents & Mutations Vol. 1. [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE To Release Teeth Collection Free EP Series; Video + Additional Projects Under Construction – Hostile alchemist GRIDFAILURE will issue a series of free digital EPs over the coming months, bearing the communal title, Teeth Collection. The sequence of Teeth Collection chapters sees the GRIDFAILURE solo project delivering its unclassified sub-mutation of dark experimentation in collaboration with a wide array of musicians and cohorts, resulting in a noxious barrage of odd tunes to be considered unpredictably volatile and bizarre. The nauseating paranoia and wrath of GRIDFAILURE’s Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here debut sees the project casting speculation upon supremely macabre aspects of our decline, and envisioning humanity’s feeble struggle surviving in the sub-apocalyptic habitat of our impending future days. [MORE…]

CASTLE: West Coast Doom Cult Streams Welcome To The Graveyard In Full At Decibel Magazine; Record Out NOW On Ván + Epic North American Tour Marches On – This Friday, West Coast doom bringers CASTLE will unleash their anticipated Welcome To The Graveyard full-length via Ván Records. In celebration of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up the record in its consuming entirety. [MORE…]

TILES Announces New Live Performances; Mike Portnoy Video Endorsement For Pretending 2 Run Album Posted – Detroit prog quartet TILES has confirmed several new live appearances in the weeks ahead, and in addition, the band has just issued a short new video endorsement from Mike Portnoy. [MORE…]

WAILIN STORMS: North Carolina Rock Harbingers Book US Summer Tour Dates – Durham, North Carolina dark rock harbingers WAILIN STORMS have booked a string of tour dates throughout the Northeastern and Southern US for the remainder of Summer months, still fanning the flames lit by their ill-omened debut LP, One Foot In The Flesh Grave. [MORE…]

-(16)-: Sludge Stalwarts Stream New Album Lifespan Of A Moth In Full; Record Out NOW On Relapse – California sludge heavyweights -(16)- have shared a full stream of their impending new album Lifespan Of A Moth ahead of its release date this coming Friday. The album can be heard in its desolating entirety alongside an in-depth review via The Obelisk, who issues of the band’s crushing new output, -(16)- have never wanted for a misanthropic sensibility, and while twenty-five years is a long time to keep that up even factoring in their breakup after 2002’s Zoloft Smile, they’ve found ways to grow without sacrificing the edge that made them so vitriolic in the first place.” [MORE…]

MINE COLLAPSE Issues “Zeroed” Single Through PureGrainAudio; Self-Titled Debut EP Out This Week Via Nefarious Industries – In just over a week, Nefarious Industries will unveil the self-titled debut EP by Chicago-based MINE COLLAPSE – a new act founded by two-thirds of now defunct punk/metal ensemble arbogast – and PureGrainAudio now aids in the delivery of a new track from the record, streaming the song, “Zeroed.” [MORE…]

DESTROYING THE DEVOID: Progressive Death Metal Project Led By Deeds Of Flesh’s Craig Peters Premieres New Track At Decibel – Paramnesia is the impending new full-length from progressive death metal project DESTROYING THE DEVOID. Led by Craig Peters of Deeds Of Flesh and formerly Arkaik, Paramnesia is a challenging and ultimately thrilling listen that takes its listeners through a dark exploration of the human psyche, specifically how an individual’s personality and perception of the world are molded and eventually dictated by their personal relationships and experiences. Through repeated interactions, once unique strangers gradually morph into fragmented pieces of one another, now completely interspersed. This is essentially paramnesia: the inability to distinguish between fact and fiction. [MORE…]

THEM BULLS: Italian Desert Rockers To Release Self-Titled Debut Next Month Via Small Stone; New Track Posted + Preorders Available – Small Stone Recordings will release the self-titled debut from Italian heavy rockers THEM BULLS later this Summer, the band having already shared stages with labelmates in Abrahma, and Lo-Pan, as well as Turbonegro, Nick Oliveri and many others. [MORE…]

LIES: Southern Lord To Release Plague LP By Band Featuring Members Of The Hope Conspiracy And Skin Like Iron; Track Streaming – Southern Lord will be releasing the brand new Plague LP from Bay Area, California hardcore outfit LIES this August, as well as a CD release that combines the new record with their previous EP, 2014’s Abuse. [ ]

THE NIGHT WATCH: Epic Thirty-Six-Minute Track From Canadian Progressive Instrumentalists Featuring Members Of Musk Ox Playing At New Noise Magazine; Boundaries LP Out NOW! – Boundaries is the sophomore full-length from Canadian progressive instrumental quartet THE NIGHT WATCH, featuring guitarist Nathanael Larochette and violinist Evan Runge of Musk Ox. [MORE…]

BÄDR VOGU: Two New Tracks From Oakland Doom/Crust Faction Now Playing- “…we’re all just carbon-based, avaricious animals trapped on a tiny blue rock close to a dying star in an incomprehensibly vast and expanding universe. Contrary to what your parents and teachers told you, you aren’t special. You aren’t entitled to shit, and neither is anyone else, ourselves included.” — BÄDR VOGU Wroth is the forthcoming new full-length from Oakland, California sludge/doom/crust metal faction BÄDR VOGU. Captured in the Spring and Summer of 2015 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum), the eight-track offering be released on cassette and 2xLP via Tribunal Of The Axe Records. [MORE…]

ONERA: Doom Outfit Featuring Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, And Watchmaker Alumni Releases EP – ONERA [oh-ner-uh] (Latin) Noun: burden, weight, hardship New Hampshire-based doom metal quintet ONERA proudly presents their debut EP, Olde, which has just been independently released by the band, and is now streaming in its entirety. Though the entity of ONERA is very new, the outfit unites a team of veterans from a wide array of revered acts including Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, Watchmaker, and others who have been active in the scene for several decades. [MORE…]

QUINTA ESSENTIA: “Mystical Union” From Extreme Metal Collective Streaming At No Clean Singing; Initiates Of The Great Work Full-Length To See Release Via Deathgasm Later This Month – Initiates Of The Great Work is the impending new full-length from extreme metal collective QUINTA ESSENTIA. Set for release July 29th via Deathgasm Records, the engrossing, ten-track offering, and first since 2008’s Deathgasm/Ibex Moon-issued Archetypal Transformation, was recorded and engineered by former drummer Lance Wright (former touring drummer for Vile, guitarist for Epoch Of Unlight et al) at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, Alabama and mixed by Wright and Colin Davis (Vile). [MORE…]

SCOUR: Self-Titled Debut From Collaboration Uniting Current/Past Members Of Down, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, And Strong Intention Streaming At Loudwire; Record Out NOW On Housecore – SCOUR – the extreme metal collaboration uniting Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) – will unleash their self-titled debut tomorrow via Housecore Records. In celebration of its release, Loudwire is streaming the record in full noting, “With no song eclipsing the three-minute mark, Scour is a sonic deathblow spanning just fourteen minutes,” hailing the band’s, “caustic brand of black metal in the vein of Scandinavian greats like Marduk and Necrophobic.” [MORE…]

THE COMPANY CORVETTE: The Obelisk Fires Up “Burn Out” Single By Philly Psychedelic Doom Trio As Never Enough LP Nears Release – With the impending release of Never Enough, the third album from Philadelphia’s THE COMPANY CORVETTE, now three weeks away, the gnarly “Burn Out” from the bastard sludge trio sees an exclusive premiere through The Obelisk. [MORE…]

NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE: New Track From Musk Ox/The Night Watch Guitarist’s Stunning Double Solo Album Streaming At New Noise Magazine; Preorders Available – Musk Ox/The Night Watch guitarist NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE will release a stunning, double solo album later this month entitled Earth And Sky. Consisting of two distinct yet complimentary albums, Earth is a collection of solo classical guitar works which act as the stark acoustic counterpart to Sky, a layered, forty-minute ambient electric composition. The neofolk and post rock influences which inspired the creation of Musk Ox are each given their own space to breathe and evolve on Earth And Sky, creating an ever unfolding work of intimate vastness. [MORE…]

ABOMINANT: Kentucky Death Metal Legion Unleashes “Burning Hemispheres” From Eleventh Studio Album; Napalm Reign To See Release Though Deathgasm Records Later This Month – ABOMINANT display a veteran feel for the importance of dynamics and punishing groove — there’s as much skull-cleaving in the song as there is berserker ripping and tearing….” – No Clean Singing on “Burning Hemispheres” Napalm Reign is the impending new full-length from long-running Kentucky-based death metal legion, ABOMINANT. Set for release later this month via Deathgasm, the band’s inexorable eleventh studio album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Briggs and ABOMINANT inside Velocity Studios during the Winter months of 2015/16 and spews forth eleven brand new aural assaults, the band executing their subterranean, thrash-tinged blackened death with the passion and vehemence of true scene veterans. [MORE…]

ASSCHAPEL: Praise The Southern Thrash Juggernaut With Stream Of Southern Lord’s Total Destruction (1999-2006) Discography – Southern Lord asks you all to rise and give praise to the almighty ASSCHAPEL, as the label honors the legacy of this defunct throng of Southern thrash prophets, today releasing the cult’s collected discography with Total Destruction (1999-2006). Behold the only remaining relic of ASSCHAPEL’s existence: the band’s thirty-one wretched tracks of total destruction captured during their lifespan are collected with Total Destruction (1999-2006). This compiled works collection beholds the scriptures found on the band’s Fire And Destruction full-length, the Live Through Destruction video, and more, the works to be bound in a double-LP gatefold-jacketed package with a poster insert, and DVD. [MORE…]

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PSYCHO LAS VEGAS To Take Over The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino This August; Full Lineup Announced – PSYCHO LAS VEGAS is a property-wide music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th-28th, 2016. Brought to you by the curators of Psycho California, the epic three-day, three-stage event will play host to nearly one-hundred acts from around the world with a heavy focus on riffs, doom, and psychedelia. Highlights include Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Converge, Down, Drive Like Jehu, High On Fire, Sleep, Pentagram, Yob, exclusive 2016 US performances from both Electric Wizard and Candlemass and so many more. [MORE…]

PSALM ZERO: Entire Stranger To Violence LP Playing At Revolver; Album Out NOW Through Profound Lore – Preceding its release later this week, the entire new Stranger To Violence LP by New York City-based PSALM ZERO is now playing exclusively through a stream at Revolver Magazine. [MORE…]

BELLRINGER Issues Trailer For Rock Is Hell-Bound Jettison LP Due In August – Austin, Texas-based BELLRINGER, founded by ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist Mark Deutrom, has issued an official trailer for the band’s impending Jettison LP, which his being finalized for August vinyl release through Rock Is Hell. The teaser features some of the creepier elements of the new album with a preview of the closing track, “Demon,” with eerie visuals courtesy of Deutrom’s wife Jennifer. [MORE…]

PANZERBASTARD: MotörHeathen Seven-Inch From Boston-Based Hardcore Punk Misfits Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges – The self-proclaimed “bastard sons of Motörhead, Venom, and Cro-Mags,” PANZERBASTARD will release four new vile odes of scorn, contempt and disenchantment, in the form of their MotörHeathen seven-inch. Set for release on July 15th, 2016 via the ear-bleeders at PATAC Records, the record follows a barrage of diseased EP and split releases since their 2006 formation and finds the ravenous collective perfecting their riotous brand of motör-charged filth ‘n’ roll. [MORE…]

SWAMP WITCH: Punishing Doom Practitioners To Release The Slithering Bog Via Tribunal Of The Axe – SWAMP WITCH is the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and a collective interest in dark, strange, and ultimately hallucinogenic music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked on that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, California and into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively)… [MORE…]

DETHBEDS: Newly Formed Chicago-Based Outfit To Release Dungeon Scum Debut LP In October – Chicago-based DETHBEDS will issue their debut recordings through their independent release of Dungeon Scum early this Fall. A newly-formed outfit, DETHBEDS unites a host of influence from a wide array of musical backgrounds, resulting in a volatile concoction of angular metallic, punk-fueled hardcore. Formed in Owosso, Michigan where vocalist Zac LeDuc, guitarist Patrick Dignan, and drummer Ray Knipe grew up together, the outfit united with Dave Stach who joined on bass, after which the band transplanted to Chicago where Stach was based, a city in which they had communed and performed together with their prior acts. Collectively hailing from a varied range of experiences within Midwest metal, punk, hip hop, and psych scenes, DETHBEDS marries this diversified collective’s most explosive tactics into a relentlessly energetic, spastic brew of music heavily influenced yet far from limited to the output of influential acts like Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused, Botch, and others. [MORE…]

LÅNGFINGER: Gothenburg Power Trio To Release Crossyears Full-Length This Fall Via Small Stone; New Track Streaming – A truly kick-ass power trio is quite possibly the perfect rock formation. If there aren’t that many trios around, that’s because it’s a hard thing to pull off: with just three people having to nail the rhythmic fusion of bass and drums, the wild colors of guitar, and the soul-grabbing focus of the human voice, there can be no passengers aboard. Extraordinary chemistry is essential. Everyone has to be right on it, and locked in. Which is why lots of trios fail, or cop out, and recruit extras. [MORE…]

FISTULA: Longing For Infection Full-Length From Ohio Sludge Misanthropes Streaming In Full At Terrorizer; Record Out NOW – Ohio sludge misanthropes FISTULA will drop the diseased wares of their debilitating Longing For Infection full-length this Friday. Tracked and engineered by Dave Johnson (Midnight, Incantation, Soulless), the demoralizing full-length features the return of FISTULA founding member Bahb Branca on second guitar, furthering the band’s already vile brand of sonic violence. [MORE…]

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary Of Young Mountain Debut; Reissue Announced + Special Live Dates Confirmed – On June 6th, 2006, Texas-bred instrumental rock ensemble THIS WILL DESTROY YOU unleashed their debut Young Mountain and never looked back. The album’s soaring guitar-lead dynamism, cascading cinematic passages, and jarring crescendos captured the hearts and minds of independent music listeners immediately upon release and has, a decade later, yet to loosen its grip. As Young Mountain celebrates its ten-year anniversary, a retrospective look at the six-track, thirty-six-minute composition shows quite clearly why it has always been considered a masterpiece by much of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s ardent international fanbase and still continues to permeate deeper into global consciousness to this day. [MORE…]

KOHTI TUHOA: Rutiinin Orja Debut LP By Finnish Hardcore Punk Act Nears Release Through Southern Lord; Full Album Streaming – Rutiinin Orja, the unrelenting, debut album by Helsinki, Finland-based KOHTI TUHOA, is rapidly approaching release through Southern Lord, and the entire album is now available for streaming. [MORE… ]

SUMERLANDS Joins The Relapse Records Roster; Album Details Revealed + “The Guardian” Streaming At MetalSucks – Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS burst out of the proverbial gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s output is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but feels new. In its short existence, the band has already garnered widespread praise from the likes of Sputnik Music, No Clean Singing, and Pitchfork, the latter of which stated that “SUMERLANDS sounds like Cirith Ungol and every lost ‘80s American power metal band on steroids of steel, getting swole and flexing their might.” [MORE…]

MOS GENERATOR: Washington State-Based Rock Unit Streams “Catspaw” At The Obelisk; Abyssinia To See Release In North America Next Month Via Listenable – Washington state-based rock unit, MOS GENERATOR, will drop their anticipated Abyssinia full-length in North America next month. In advance of its release, today The Obelisk offers up “Catspaw,” for public appreciation issuing of the record overall, “Duality is nothing new for MOS GENERATOR… as Electric Mountain Majesty showed in its moments of underlying depressiveness and dissatisfaction. Abyssinia, with a title that’s reportedly playing off the Washington-state accent’s version of ‘I’ll be seein’ ya’ but nonetheless uses the word ‘abyss’ to make that play, has its moments of melancholy as well, whether it’s the slower roll of ‘As Above So Below,’ ‘Wicked Willow’ before it or the closing duo of ‘Time And Other Thieves’ and ‘Outlander,’ but that brooding is offset by a thrust greater even than the band showed on 2012’s Nomads, songs like ‘Catspaw’ and its side B counterpart ‘Red Canyons’ pushing into what would be manic territory were [guitarist/vocalist Tony] Reed and company still not able to keep such a handle on the material.” [MORE…]

VLY Releases Remixes And Experimental Outtakes EP In Pay-What-You-Want Digital Format Via Bandcamp – Following their acclaimed I / (Time) debut album, released through Laser’s Edge in late 2015, international post-prog band VLY now releases a remixes and outtakes EP, titled Tangents & Mutations Vol. 1. [MORE…]

GRIDFAILURE To Release Teeth Collection Free EP Series; Video + Additional Projects Under Construction – Hostile alchemist GRIDFAILURE will issue a series of free digital EPs over the coming months, bearing the communal title, Teeth Collection. The sequence of Teeth Collection chapters sees the GRIDFAILURE solo project delivering its unclassified sub-mutation of dark experimentation in collaboration with a wide array of musicians and cohorts, resulting in a noxious barrage of odd tunes to be considered unpredictably volatile and bizarre. The nauseating paranoia and wrath of GRIDFAILURE’s Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here debut sees the project casting speculation upon supremely macabre aspects of our decline, and envisioning humanity’s feeble struggle surviving in the sub-apocalyptic habitat of our impending future days. [MORE…]

CASTLE: West Coast Doom Cult Streams Welcome To The Graveyard In Full At Decibel Magazine; Record Out NOW On Ván + Epic North American Tour Marches On – This Friday, West Coast doom bringers CASTLE will unleash their anticipated Welcome To The Graveyard full-length via Ván Records. In celebration of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up the record in its consuming entirety. [MORE…]

TILES Announces New Live Performances; Mike Portnoy Video Endorsement For Pretending 2 Run Album Posted – Detroit prog quartet TILES has confirmed several new live appearances in the weeks ahead, and in addition, the band has just issued a short new video endorsement from Mike Portnoy. [MORE…]

WAILIN STORMS: North Carolina Rock Harbingers Book US Summer Tour Dates – Durham, North Carolina dark rock harbingers WAILIN STORMS have booked a string of tour dates throughout the Northeastern and Southern US for the remainder of Summer months, still fanning the flames lit by their ill-omened debut LP, One Foot In The Flesh Grave. [MORE…]

-(16)-: Sludge Stalwarts Stream New Album Lifespan Of A Moth In Full; Record Out NOW On Relapse – California sludge heavyweights -(16)- have shared a full stream of their impending new album Lifespan Of A Moth ahead of its release date this coming Friday. The album can be heard in its desolating entirety alongside an in-depth review via The Obelisk, who issues of the band’s crushing new output, -(16)- have never wanted for a misanthropic sensibility, and while twenty-five years is a long time to keep that up even factoring in their breakup after 2002’s Zoloft Smile, they’ve found ways to grow without sacrificing the edge that made them so vitriolic in the first place.” [MORE…]

MINE COLLAPSE Issues “Zeroed” Single Through PureGrainAudio; Self-Titled Debut EP Out This Week Via Nefarious Industries – In just over a week, Nefarious Industries will unveil the self-titled debut EP by Chicago-based MINE COLLAPSE – a new act founded by two-thirds of now defunct punk/metal ensemble arbogast – and PureGrainAudio now aids in the delivery of a new track from the record, streaming the song, “Zeroed.” [MORE…]

DESTROYING THE DEVOID: Progressive Death Metal Project Led By Deeds Of Flesh’s Craig Peters Premieres New Track At Decibel – Paramnesia is the impending new full-length from progressive death metal project DESTROYING THE DEVOID. Led by Craig Peters of Deeds Of Flesh and formerly Arkaik, Paramnesia is a challenging and ultimately thrilling listen that takes its listeners through a dark exploration of the human psyche, specifically how an individual’s personality and perception of the world are molded and eventually dictated by their personal relationships and experiences. Through repeated interactions, once unique strangers gradually morph into fragmented pieces of one another, now completely interspersed. This is essentially paramnesia: the inability to distinguish between fact and fiction. [MORE…]

THEM BULLS: Italian Desert Rockers To Release Self-Titled Debut Next Month Via Small Stone; New Track Posted + Preorders Available – Small Stone Recordings will release the self-titled debut from Italian heavy rockers THEM BULLS later this Summer, the band having already shared stages with labelmates in Abrahma, and Lo-Pan, as well as Turbonegro, Nick Oliveri and many others. [MORE…]

LIES: Southern Lord To Release Plague LP By Band Featuring Members Of The Hope Conspiracy And Skin Like Iron; Track Streaming – Southern Lord will be releasing the brand new Plague LP from Bay Area, California hardcore outfit LIES this August, as well as a CD release that combines the new record with their previous EP, 2014’s Abuse. [ ]

THE NIGHT WATCH: Epic Thirty-Six-Minute Track From Canadian Progressive Instrumentalists Featuring Members Of Musk Ox Playing At New Noise Magazine; Boundaries LP Out NOW! – Boundaries is the sophomore full-length from Canadian progressive instrumental quartet THE NIGHT WATCH, featuring guitarist Nathanael Larochette and violinist Evan Runge of Musk Ox. [MORE…]

BÄDR VOGU: Two New Tracks From Oakland Doom/Crust Faction Now Playing- “…we’re all just carbon-based, avaricious animals trapped on a tiny blue rock close to a dying star in an incomprehensibly vast and expanding universe. Contrary to what your parents and teachers told you, you aren’t special. You aren’t entitled to shit, and neither is anyone else, ourselves included.” — BÄDR VOGU Wroth is the forthcoming new full-length from Oakland, California sludge/doom/crust metal faction BÄDR VOGU. Captured in the Spring and Summer of 2015 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum), the eight-track offering be released on cassette and 2xLP via Tribunal Of The Axe Records. [MORE…]

ONERA: Doom Outfit Featuring Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, And Watchmaker Alumni Releases EP – ONERA [oh-ner-uh] (Latin) Noun: burden, weight, hardship New Hampshire-based doom metal quintet ONERA proudly presents their debut EP, Olde, which has just been independently released by the band, and is now streaming in its entirety. Though the entity of ONERA is very new, the outfit unites a team of veterans from a wide array of revered acts including Morgion, Keen Of The Crow, Cortez, December Wolves, Watchmaker, and others who have been active in the scene for several decades. [MORE…]

QUINTA ESSENTIA: “Mystical Union” From Extreme Metal Collective Streaming At No Clean Singing; Initiates Of The Great Work Full-Length To See Release Via Deathgasm Later This Month – Initiates Of The Great Work is the impending new full-length from extreme metal collective QUINTA ESSENTIA. Set for release July 29th via Deathgasm Records, the engrossing, ten-track offering, and first since 2008’s Deathgasm/Ibex Moon-issued Archetypal Transformation, was recorded and engineered by former drummer Lance Wright (former touring drummer for Vile, guitarist for Epoch Of Unlight et al) at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, Alabama and mixed by Wright and Colin Davis (Vile). [MORE…]

SCOUR: Self-Titled Debut From Collaboration Uniting Current/Past Members Of Down, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, Animosity, And Strong Intention Streaming At Loudwire; Record Out NOW On Housecore – SCOUR – the extreme metal collaboration uniting Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) – will unleash their self-titled debut tomorrow via Housecore Records. In celebration of its release, Loudwire is streaming the record in full noting, “With no song eclipsing the three-minute mark, Scour is a sonic deathblow spanning just fourteen minutes,” hailing the band’s, “caustic brand of black metal in the vein of Scandinavian greats like Marduk and Necrophobic.” [MORE…]

THE COMPANY CORVETTE: The Obelisk Fires Up “Burn Out” Single By Philly Psychedelic Doom Trio As Never Enough LP Nears Release – With the impending release of Never Enough, the third album from Philadelphia’s THE COMPANY CORVETTE, now three weeks away, the gnarly “Burn Out” from the bastard sludge trio sees an exclusive premiere through The Obelisk. [MORE…]

NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE: New Track From Musk Ox/The Night Watch Guitarist’s Stunning Double Solo Album Streaming At New Noise Magazine; Preorders Available – Musk Ox/The Night Watch guitarist NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE will release a stunning, double solo album later this month entitled Earth And Sky. Consisting of two distinct yet complimentary albums, Earth is a collection of solo classical guitar works which act as the stark acoustic counterpart to Sky, a layered, forty-minute ambient electric composition. The neofolk and post rock influences which inspired the creation of Musk Ox are each given their own space to breathe and evolve on Earth And Sky, creating an ever unfolding work of intimate vastness. [MORE…]

ABOMINANT: Kentucky Death Metal Legion Unleashes “Burning Hemispheres” From Eleventh Studio Album; Napalm Reign To See Release Though Deathgasm Records Later This Month – ABOMINANT display a veteran feel for the importance of dynamics and punishing groove — there’s as much skull-cleaving in the song as there is berserker ripping and tearing….” – No Clean Singing on “Burning Hemispheres” Napalm Reign is the impending new full-length from long-running Kentucky-based death metal legion, ABOMINANT. Set for release later this month via Deathgasm, the band’s inexorable eleventh studio album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Briggs and ABOMINANT inside Velocity Studios during the Winter months of 2015/16 and spews forth eleven brand new aural assaults, the band executing their subterranean, thrash-tinged blackened death with the passion and vehemence of true scene veterans. [MORE…]

ASSCHAPEL: Praise The Southern Thrash Juggernaut With Stream Of Southern Lord’s Total Destruction (1999-2006) Discography – Southern Lord asks you all to rise and give praise to the almighty ASSCHAPEL, as the label honors the legacy of this defunct throng of Southern thrash prophets, today releasing the cult’s collected discography with Total Destruction (1999-2006). Behold the only remaining relic of ASSCHAPEL’s existence: the band’s thirty-one wretched tracks of total destruction captured during their lifespan are collected with Total Destruction (1999-2006). This compiled works collection beholds the scriptures found on the band’s Fire And Destruction full-length, the Live Through Destruction video, and more, the works to be bound in a double-LP gatefold-jacketed package with a poster insert, and DVD. [MORE…]

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