Escapist Records would like to welcome Albuquerque, NM’s Sweet Weapons to its growing roster. The four-piece outfit’s sound is rooted in emotional-influenced punk and 90’s alternative rock, mixing equal parts Jimmy Eat World, Texas is the Reason, Foo Fighters, and Quicksand in a sound all their own. On the heals of two successful demo recordings and persistent touring, the band has made a name for themselves with engaging performances alongside the likes of Touché Amoré, The Wonder Years, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, Daytrader, and countless others.
The self-titled debut album from Melbourne-based audio assassins Cocks Arquette is set for North American release on September 7th. With OSCL Records responsible for the CD and digital releases and FTU Industries handling the limited vinyl edition, Cocks Arquette rakes over thirty-eight minutes of auditory thunder upon the listener. Massive, repetitive, whacked-out riffs coalesces into mega-amplified dirge-ridden noise rock buildups, the entire release recorded live with no overdubs. Stream the entire album below.
Another magnificent chapter in the Blood of the Black Owl musical saga is now complete. Bindrune Recordings/Glass Throat Recordings have targeted a July 31st co-release date for Light the Fires! on six-panel Deluxe Gatefold CD.
Run for Cover Records is incredibly excited to welcome Pity Sex to the roster. Hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, Pity Sex specialize in foggy, lo-fi noise pop and fuzzed-out, blown-speaker walls of sound, all with their own Midwestern emo subtleties. Situated somewhere at the convergence of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Hum, the bands quietest moments are defeated reflections with plaintive instrumentals. Its loudest are desperate cries washed in searing, reverb-y overdrive.
Agalloch have made their new EP, Faustian Echoes, available for streaming online - see below. This EP will be available as a digital download at the Bandcamp site starting on July 11th when the band begins their Summer tour in Portland, Oregon. The LP and CD versions will be released through Agalloch's own imprint, Dammerung Arts. Both the LP and CD versions will be initially only available during the band’s trek (July 11th – August 11th) and will then be made available to the world following the tour.
Chaos Records and Dark Blasphemies will co-release Unconsecrated's 'Awakening in the Cemetery Grave' on July 9th with a vinyl LP version to follow later in the year. The CD can be pre-ordered at THIS LOCATION
. Featuring all the material the Spanish old school death metallers have recorded to date, the compilation includes the 'Unconsecrated Cemetery' (2006) and 'Dark Awakening' (2007) demos, as well as 2010's 'Slave to the Grave' EP, which was previously released as a 7" on Dark Descent Records. The material has been remastered by Skaldir at the Kalthallen Studios in Germany (2011) and cover art comes courtesy of Daniel Devilish (Entrails, Malfeitor, Blood Mortized).
Ninth Moon Black is a 5 piece instrumental band from the Pacific Northwest, conjuring musical influences from the realms of psychedelic, ambient and post metal. Aware that instrumental music is not for everyone, NMB strives to write pieces which challenge that boundary, keeping listeners involved with intricate melodic passages, emotionally driven progressions and cohesive yet uniquely structured songs.
YOG's new album is available through Division Records (Dirge, Kehlvin Unfold, Lost Sphere Project). Expect extreme virulence, sick blast beats, mentally ill math-grind from this band and album - YOG is for the Swiss scene what the Panzer was for battlefields; a pure war machine. After the release of their savage first album Years of Nowhere in 2007, YOG have destroyed countless stages across Europe supporting acts like: Today is the Day, Genghis Tron and Gojira.
Last Call Chernobyl have announced they will be releasing their new EP Set Adrift on D5 Digital / Diminished Fifth Records on Tuesday July 10th. The song "Odin" is now available for free download via Bandcamp - see below. The Band will also be releasing a limited run of CDs for the EP for their upcoming shows.
Over the last 20 years, Halifax has become known for a very particular coastal music scene, churning out explosions of slick, melodic indie-pop. Yet below the sheen of the limelight, Halifax has also been home to an underbelly of angular and aggressive music that has excelled on the fringes. Bands such as The Plan, North of America, and Equation Of State carved out the gritty niche for others like Contrived, Slight Return, Attack Mode, and Radarfame – paving the way for a new generation of musicians embedded in the history of start-stop rhythms, atypical time signatures, and dissonant guitar riffs.
In support of their new album Chock Full of Misery, out today on Kiss of Death / No Idea Records, and following this weekend's performances at Choas in Tejas in Austin and Free Press Fest in Houston, Tampa-based punk mainstays New Bruises have premiered a full stream of their latest release online.
Distinctive Chicago-based doom collective Earthen Grave recently release their electrifying self-titled debut album. Boasting a powerful, dynamic style of plodding doom metal surging with classic heavy metal vigor, the six members of the band coalesce their metal aptitude into one entity with Earthen Grave. Founded in 2008 by guitarist Jason Muxlow (The Living Fields, Wintering) and drummer Scott Davidson (ex-Stonehenge, owner of Rebel Radio), the duo recruited bassist Ron Holzner (formerly of Trouble, Debris Inc., Place of Skulls, etc.), vocalist Mark Weiner (Trifog), guitarist Tony Spillman (Spillage), and renowned classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine on extended range electric flying V violin.
From the mossy underbelly of Portland, Oregon comes the gritty tones of ambidextrous quartet Nether Regions, and the release of their debut full-length LP, Into The Breach. Following the demise of Ditchliquor in 2006, bassist and vocalist Joe Wickstrom supplied live bass for Black Elk, Subarachnoid Space and Witch Mountain for three years, before seeking out several choice musicians in the area to form Nether Regions. With thunderous tones that would surely allow the band's sound to fall under multiple genre sub categorizations, the core Nether Regions sound simultaneously molests heavy riffery with a persuasion all their own, unable to be contained by one simple style tag.
In support of their recently released new album titled ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ out this week on Northern Spy Records, Brooklyn-based kraut-punk outfit Starring has premiered an exclusive stream of their latest release online. The band has also announced they'll be appearing at this year's Northside Festival, performing tonight at Brooklyn's Public Assembly. Appearing with the band include Chain and The Gang, Mucca Pazza, Magik Markers, Dope Body, Dustin Wong and more.
As the band very clearly and simply states, Venomous Maximus plays Metal! The group came together as recently as early 2010 and almost instantly was opening for well-known bands the likes of: Torche, Pentagram, High On Fire and Eyehategod. Since that time Venomous Maximus has put out two releases - the 7 inch single Give Up the Witch and the 12 inch EP The Mission. According to their bio, the band's headspace lands: "somewhere between a Alejandro Jodorowsky film and a New Orleans voodoo den. Hail Satan and pass the chicken feet!"
The new EP Wrath Of God from the French brutal death metal band Livarkahil can be streamed and download for free below. This free download EP will be also available as a USB drive with exclusive content (video, tutorials, goodies, tabs). The group recently signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management.
Texas' With Shaking Hands has just released their newest EP Armor Of Light on Bandcamp. The release was recorded and produced by Drew Fulk of Think Sound Studios and is only the start of the band’s budding career. A career that has already included the band playing South By So What and RaleighPalooza. The has also released the music video for their song "Sons And Daughters" which will be included on their forthcoming full length that they are currently working on and will also be recorded and produced by Drew Fulk.
Queens, NYC-based crossover commandos Seizure Crypt have recently released their latest full-length, You've Been Had!, the band's fourth self-released full-length since their 2004 inception. Seizure Crypt's D.I.Y. ethos and diehard self-promotion has done them well over the years, the band having played over 100 self-booked shows and having received hundreds of reviews from international media on their own. Their rambunctious live shows always involve costumes, combat and quite a bit of property destruction by the band's dueling vocalists.
Resistors are a punk band from Brooklyn, New York, and formed in 2011, featuring ex-members of Pumps, Moving Target, and The Rolemodels. The band immediately entered Rock Compound Recording to begin work on their first full-length album, Conditioned, which was self-released in June 2012.
The modern melodic metal/hardcore band Insane just released their new album Concord The World online. Influenced by acts like: Misery Signals, Deftones, Machine Head and Killswitch Engage, this Hungarian band is set to light their hometown ablaze with this new 8 song effort.