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The Obsessed to re-issue self titled classic debut via Relapse

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 3:51 PM (PST)

Great news for Wino fans! Relapse are re-issuing the classic self titled early 90’s The Obsessed record! Some of Mr. Weinrich’s greatest moments are on this record (“Forever Midnight” is a particular fave, with just the greatest intro riff and melodies). Every era of the group is cool and this is overdue.

THE OBSESSED’s Self-Titled reissue is due out November 17th on 2xCD/LP/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical bundles and digital pre-orders are available via Relapse Records HERE and streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

THE OBSESSED – "The Way She Fly" (Official Audio)

1990's self-titled debut album will be available for the first time in almost two decades! Listen to a remastered version of "The Way She Fly". The reissue drops November 17 on 2xCD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Digital via Relapse RecordsPre-Order Physical: http://bit.ly/TheObsessedReissuePre-Order Digital: http://smarturl.it/TheObsessedReissueThe 2xCD deluxe reissue includes the highly sought-after Concrete Cancer demo (also available separately on LP), expanded artwork, never-before-seen photos and extended liner notes from frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich!"This record defines the passion, the pureness and vibrancy of youth, and the fierce love, loyalty and dedication to this music. I am happy and proud that it lives once again! Thanks to all who believe!" – Wino

Posted by The Obsessed Official on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 

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Usnea reveal “Eidolons And The Increate” at Decibel

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 8:46 PM (PST)

 

Portland doom quartet USNEA has unveiled “Eidolons And The Increate” off their impending Portals Into Futility full-length.

 

Now playing at Decibel Magazine, watch the Frank Huang/Maximum Volume Silence-directed visualizer RIGHT HERE.
 

 

“‘Eidolons And The Increate’ ebbs from a murkiness in the future where humanity has fallen from a technological grace, the sun is dying, and callous brutality is the way of the land,” issues the band of the track. “Mirroring the dark psychedelia of its source of inspiration – Gene Wolfe’s Shadow Of The Torturer – it is a meditation on the self-destructive conceits of humanity.” 
Additionally, watch USNEA‘s previously released video for “Pyrrhic Victory” as well as first single“Lathe In Heaven” at THIS LOCATION.

 

Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility offers five songs and fifty-six minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delves more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures, and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA reminds us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.

 

Portals Into Futility is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse,com at THIS LOCATION and digital preorders are available via Bandcamp HERE.

 

USNEA will tour throughout Europe this fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour — which commences on September 30th in Paris, France and concludes October 22nd in Munich, Germany —  includes appearances at multiple festivals including Up In Smoke, Soulcrusher Festival, and Keep It Doom.  

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A lot of people know Brutal Truth, perhaps the heaviest grind band that ever snarled and raged beneath a mushroom cloud of bong smoke, for their Sounds of the Animal Kingdom album the best. It simply comes down to the cover art being so fucking bad ass (though Need To Control has a killer front cover as well) and the fact that Relapse seemed to really give it a good push, arguably one of the records that helped kick start the post-early days ascendancy of the label along with some other classics like Neurosis’ Through Silver In Blood or DEP’s Calculating Infinity, for example. As extreme and interesting as those bands were, Brutal Truth are simply not palatable in basically any way for most people, even open minded ones. You have to be all about the grind, sludge and chaos with a smear of politics and loathing for the inanity of humanity.

For me, this was the first album that really made me ‘get’ grindcore and was a huge mental puzzle piece in moving me towards the most extreme stuff in my collection being Fear Factory and some Death or Sepultura to fully embracing Napalm Death, checking out Repulsion, yadda yadda. I still think Kevin Sharp has the most fearsome bellow and it does more for me than a lot of even lower gurgle death metal vocals like, say, Nile or Pathology (not to take anything away from them). Cannibal Corpse may have had the extreme record art and some fierce growls, but Kevin Sharp always sounded like he had just half eaten someone and was yelling at them DURING the cannibalistic act.

Animal Kingdom is a perfect storm capturing in desperation in our collective, obsessive and narcissistic society. It shoves reality in your face and laughs at the idea of civilization, laying bare our cruelty as the most destructive force in the food chain.

The band had done some great stuff in the past with Colin Richardson or Steve McAllister who had credits with Crisis and Corrosion Of Conformity, among others. Animal Kingdom found the group getting one of their most vivid and intense sounds yet with the help of Billy Anderson. This record was able to match some of the social commentary of an early track like “Anti-Homophobe” that was so promising with some of the crushing heaviness of Need To Control, refining all sides of the band’s strengths into a magnificent onslaught on “Jemenez Cricket” or “Postulate Then Liberate.” And there is hardly even much you can say about the Lilker and Hoak rhythm section insanity besides ,“Holy fuck!”

For guitarist Brent McCarthy, this was his swan song with the group, as high point of an exit as you are likely to find in metal (though BT made great albums after him in the years to come as well). I can remember staring at the graves and skyline montage on the back artwork and getting freaked out at the push of mortality and the oppressive stupidity of my fellow man, something all too prominent in the news again these days like almost never before. Sept. 23rd marks twenty years of this smashterpiece and everything else is STILL not loud or fast enough. Light one up and give the old girl a spin if you haven’t in awhile (or even if you have).

 

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Exhumed reveal details for new album “Death Revenge”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:22 PM (PST)

I friggin’ love Exhumed, by far my favorite gore grind/at times death obsessed political extreme metal band (would be close tie with Brutal Truth but they broke up and were not gore). Exhumeds 6th full-length arrives soon and they are doing their first concept album based on true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and (according to the press release): tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery.

I was a big fan of Sarke’s Bogefod (which deserved WAY better reviews from most of the metal community) and am ready for another band to tackle a concept album about some unhappy endings. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge will surely be extreme and put Matt Harvey in serious contention for work dog of the bloody apocalypse between this, Expulsion and Gruesome!

Frontman Matt Harvey commented:

“We’re very excited to see this record come out. It’s been a long time since we’ve fucked up your stereos! I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too.”

Listen to the new song “Defenders of the Grave” via YouTube HERE and Bandcamp plus all streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

Watch the official Death Revenge album trailer AT THIS LOCATION.

Death Revenge is set for release on October 13th on CD/LP/DLX LP&CASS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Spawn Of Possession break up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:51 AM (PST)

Highly regarded critically yet not a household name by any means, the nonetheless awesome death metal band Spawn Of Possession have sadly broken up and released a statement:

Last week we decided to put SoP to rest due to several problems, mostly because we now realise we dont have the time to either finish a beast like a new album properly or do anything else with SoP for a long time. So the band has pretty much just faded away at this point. Anyway! We are very thankful for all the support we had through the years!

Cheers!

Metallum mentions that a follow up to final LP Incurso was planned, but now that the band is kaput we have no idea if this will ever happen.

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Bandcamp to support Trans Rights next Friday

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word. 

As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:

Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.

In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.

A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:

Cretin‘s Stranger.

Downtown BoysCost Of Living 

Car Bomb‘s Meta

Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty 

Less Art‘s Strangled Light

or whatever your heart fancies. Just get something.

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Album Review: ATRIARCH – “Dead As Truth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:52 AM (PST)

Gloomy and introspective yet contrarily heavy and distorted tribal extroverts Atriarch spread their black wings on the timely monickered Dead As Truth (Pre Order from Relapse HERE). Imagine some of the barren dirge of older My Dying Bride if filtered through a West Coast penchant for organic punk and extreme metal scene history, harsher vocals and crescendos to match bands like Intronaut and Inter Arma (albeit with a much more sinister dynamic to the dynamics).

Dead As Truth could have been a two song with the opening crusher “Inferno” (one of the most compelling pieces yet from the group) and the almost Death Rock meets New Order by way of Rudimentary Peni sounding bassline genius of single length “Dead”. These songs are going to make the band really able to flex their muscle and range live in a way that I bet will be hard to ignore. Atriarch have refined their sense of dirge here while audibly coming together more as a unit. Their past work is great but there are certain jaw dropping moments of synergy here. 1:50 or so into “Dead” when the sheets of melting glass noise solo starts and into the next, more subdued nest verse is a key example, the band treating each section with respect and then exploding into the next heavy section due to the emotional weight of it all rather than for heavy style points.

These kind of tricks, authentic reaction versus trying to be “brootal”, makes this band or Deafheaven or even older bands in very different modes like the early stuff from The Used or Blood Brothers more interesting at times than some of their peers past and present in that whatever you say about the band’s various sub-genres or career preferences, you can’t deny they are/were feeling it.

“Devolver” is ok but kills the pace a little bit. The song is like banging an anvil with a sledgehammer and that is certainly awesome. Maybe it is because I chilled out with a joint before really digging into it. I am sure it will clobber with a certain early Swans/ Neubauten brutishness live. It isn’t bad just les original than the two songs before it which managed to subvert expectations while tipping the cap to predecessors.

Whatever your take away from this record, if you didn’t know the band’s earliest stuff you will still as a newer fan be stoked that the group are able to match the quality of “Bereavement” and prove their staying power. Check out “Inferno” for a song that uses the space of the intro to cast a thick spell, like clinging to a buoy in a foggy night as ghosts, regrets and the vague outlines of ships and memories pass you in the lonely night. The song conjures personal hells quite literally and would almost give Neurosis a run for their money in places. I am glad “Inferno” was a single because you won’t forget it and the song absolutely punishes. Some people might not like the growled spoken vocal style in the verses, but I think it works very well.

The record streets on August 11th and is an eye opening, ear bleed inducing morass of knotted emotion, leaving you feeling like old tree roots, tight in the shoulders and tired but braced to endure. You’ll likely wonder at impermanence and the things we can and cannot change about others and yourself.

 

No joke doom band USNEA are a band who, like Minsk or Samothrace, I always enjoy the shit out of but sometimes forget to listen to. The cool thing is that every chance I rediscover them I get psyched! Hopefully many more people will learn of this band with the pending release of their third album.

Entitled Portals Into Futility, the deep thinking doomer’s latest is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse,com at THIS LOCATION .

Portals Into Futility Track Listing:
1. Eidolons And The Increate
2. Lathe Of Heaven
3. Demon Haunted World
4. Pyrrhic Victory
5. A Crown Of Desolation

From the press release:

Now in 2017, USNEA returns with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band’s writing throughout the album, including Shadow Of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, Valis by Philip K Dick, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, and Dune by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.

Well, I loved their past work but am def sold as anything that remotely mentions the super freaky and unnerving Shadow of The Torturer as an inspiration must be checked out! Start out with “Lathe Of Heaven” below, however. This one was inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM (PST)

Dark metallers Atriarch return with their latest album this year, a sure to be moving and moody outing called Dead As Truth.

Listen to the opening track, “Inferno” from Dead As Truth via YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp plus all streaming services.

Dead As Truth is set for release on August 11th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Album Review: Expulsion – “Nightmare Future”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8:41 PM (PST)

Seven songs in fourteen minutes as vomited out by alumni from Exhumed, Lightning Swords Of Death, Intronaut and of course Repulsion? How could you possibly go wrong?!

This Expulsion project seems like the guys just wanted to have a total fucking blast while still showing their utter devotion to extreme grind and thrash. The songs are high speed, take no prisoners bangers that give Iron Reagan or Lock Up a fair fight in the over the top intensity department. Out mid Ju;y via Relapse, this is kind of a must purchase little record – even if they never make another one.

“Total Human Genocide” has more political lyrics from Exhumed’s Matt Harvey (akin to some of the excellent Necrocracy themes). “Altar Of Slaughter” gets more gory with classic Harvey stuff about eye gouging and laughing while sawing someone, etc. Everything is quite metal. All in all you are here for the overall effect than the lyrics on this outing.

Matt Olivo – Guitar, Danny Walker – Drums and Menno Verbaten – Bass do a tremendous job here. The hyper march of “Funeral Bells” or the many distorted and barelling down on you kick ass bass parts from Verbaten add perfect support for the riff-sanity from Olivo that all allows for Harvey to go off with ease. Not much more to say other than that for an idea conceived for fun, this smokes a lot of full time acts out there. But what would you expect from this cast of characters?

Nightmare Future was produced by Matt Olivo, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford). Physical preorders and bundles are available at Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

Interview: Dying Fetus are the wrong ones to fuck with

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 5:18 PM (PST)

Photo by Josh Sisk

I was introduced to Dying Fetus through “Homicidal Retribution,” a track off the band’s 2007 release War of Attrition. By the time the line “You are fucking worthless, I don’t give a fuck about you!!” was growled out, I knew I was a fan. Now, ten years later the band returns again with their 8th studio album, which promises to smash faces and beat in skulls.

Ahead of the album’s impending release on June 23 via Relapse Records, I had the chance to talk with Dying Fetus drummer Trey Williams about Wrong One To Fuck With.

Check out the full interview here.

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Incantation release video for “Rites of The Locust”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:45 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Scott Kinkade

Pennsylvania death metallers Incantation have released a 360-degree video for their song “Rites of The Locust.”

“Rites of The Locust” comes off  the band’s upcoming album Profane Nexus, which is due out on August 11 via Relapse Records.

Incantation Guitarist and Vocalist John McEntee, had this to say regarding the direction of the video:
“With the advent of 360-video visualizer technology, we were able to convey the song’s powerful imagery alongside the intensity of the music. This song is an example of one of the more aggressive songs on the album. We feel it’s the perfect representation of death metal and everything an Incantation fan wants. Rage motherfuckers!”
Check out the video for “Rites of The Locust” and the album art for Profane Nexus here.
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Graves At Sea’s The Cold Dead Hands Tour underway

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:47 PM (PST)

 

Portland sludge/doom quartet GRAVES AT SEA is currently embarked on The Cold Dead Hands Tour 2017. The tour kicked off yesterday evening in Boise, Idaho and closes on June 16th on their home turf in Oregon. The trek includes performances at 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington. See all remaining dates below.

 

GRAVES AT SEA is touring in support of their 2016 debut full-length, The Curse That Is (read a recent review HERE). Engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Noothgrush, Brainoil) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB), The Curse That Is effortlessly fuses colossal walls of feedback-laden sound with gargantuan riffs that crush and crawl with the weight of mountains. The Curse That Is is out now on Relapse Records. For physical order visit Relapse.com HERE. For digital orders go to the GRAVES AT SEA Bandcamp page HERE where you can also stream the record in its nihilistic entirety.

 

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Tau Cross announce new album, premiere song

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:33 PM (PST)

TAU CROSS, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague, has announced their second full-length album, Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21st on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

 

In advance of the record’s release, the band is pleased to unveil a music video for first single “Deep State.” Directed by Jakub Moth, the video can be viewed at THIS LOCATION.

 

Comments TAU CROSS on the new album: “Pillar Of Fire is the continuation of some of the ideas that were explored on our first album. This time we have managed to share the songwriting more equally and introduce some other textures to the songs. This should help to establish TAU CROSS as less of a one-off phenomenon and more of an ongoing musical collective producing our own distinctive sonic environment.”

 

Pillar Of Fire was recorded across three different countries and co-produced by “The Baron” in the same manner as their eponymous debut. The drums were tracked in Montreal, guitars in Minneapolis, bass in Seattle and Minneapolis, and vocals on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland.

 

Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse.com at THIS LOCATION. Digital preorders are available via Bandcamp HERE.
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Virginia’s Inter Arma have announced a new stretch of European tour dates with Der Weg einer Freiheit.

Inter Arma will be on tour starting May 25 with Pallbearer and Gatecreeper. They will start their tour with Der Weg einer Freiheit on September 21 and that tour will run til October 14.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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