Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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Desert doom contingent Godhunter have released a track from pending political and personal purge Codex Narco, a lengthy and smoldering track called “Like Glass Under Black Fingernails”. The vocals vary from disgusted snarl to melodic passages that call to mind Only Living Witness, Twitching Tongues or Section 8 in a call and response style over thundering rhythm tracks and other layers that combine to create a vortex of painful visions and maximize the feelings at play.
Find out the background on the song’s deeper meanings and listen to it HERE.
Codex Narco will see digital release through Battleground Records and cassette release through Baby Tooth Records on May 19th; preorders are now posted HERE.Add to My Radar
Gridfailure is one of our favorite current projects out there in the extreme musical weirdo multiverse, the experimental and totally mental brainchild of scene lifer Dave Brenner (ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik) . Since May of 2016 Brenner has already released two albums, a split with Never Presence Forever and several collaborative releases with even more on the horizon! There is really no rule book, which makes this one of the more exciting acts to follow currently.
The latest Gridfailure release Hostile Alchemy features guest contributions from a wide cast of allies including Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), Mark Deutrom (Bellringer, ex-Melvins), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Alexei Korolev (The Company Corvette), and more. Some sections of the album sound like listening to distant jazz while drowning in a swamp, the hallucinations mounting as oxygen is cut off to the brain and you fade to black. Other songs are like the half remembered film score from a two week old nightmare you haven’t been able to shake off. This is probably the music that Morlocks in the X-Men universe screw to by candlelight in the sewers beneath the underbelly of New York City.
“As Gridfailure was spawned from creating horror music, the underlying themes of terror and impending harm are always going to be there,” Brenner says.
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New Orleans’ grimy punk problem children CLASSHOLE will commence a West Coast tour. Slated to take place from March 27th to April 12th, the sixteen-date journey includes performances alongside Swedish hardcore act DS-13, and Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore band, Fuck You Pay Me. CLASSHOLE will be joined by drummer Jorge Herrera (Despise You, ACxDC) this run filling in for Paul Webb.
CLASSHOLE features alumni from Eyehategod, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard, Mangina, Tirefire, haarp, and more. The devastatingly real band released their self-titled debut via The Compound Recs in conjunction with the band’s own Terror Cult imprint last year. Already issued in a limited vinyl run via Terror Cult, the CD edition comes as a four-panel digipak featuring an alternate layout and lyric liner, plus bonus video footage of the band performing live in NOLA.
I have never seen them live but if they are half as amped up as they sound on the recordings, this tour will take one of your eyes and several teeth but most likely it’ll be worth it.
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Sometimes we get to write about fun stuff like how good the new Seremonia album is (fucking amazing) or what is our favorite Megadeth or Gojira era. Other times we have a platform to help share some very important perspectives or stories and it is important to do so. The feminist website #theflounce published a piece I wrote after talking to ex-Enabler bassist Amanda P. Daniels, who just days ago told the world she had been assaulted and abused while in the band and in a relationship with Jeff Lohrber.
Metal scribe Kim Kelly spoke at length to Amanda about her ordeal in full and that link is also embedded in my piece, but the main point of my article is that no one, regardless of gender or that some people make false accusations or “cry wolf”, should have to feel afraid to speak up when they feel or know they have been wronged.
Some words from Otep Shamaya, Liv Jagrell of Sister Sin, Yasmine Kittles of mighty Tearist (aka just about my favorite person in the world right now besides my Mom), indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders and R. Ring plus Elan from my duo #bitchwhip offer words of support to show there is precedent to speak up. We also include three songs from The Gits, Karyn Crisis’ old band Crisis and War on Women to remind that there are people who care and will listen.
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I could hardly bring myself to write about this Enabler news today as it made a huge lump in my throat. I’m a big fan of this band and all their record’s are some of the best new music on the scene in years. I’ve interviewed Jeff Lohrber for New Noise Magazine and am pretty good friends with their frequent record cover artist Chris Smith who has done art for my bands GET OUT, Antidote 8 and Black & White Universe as well as many other band’s record or live poster art in the scene (Atlas Moth or Hindsight come to mind).
I wondered why Amanda wasn’t in the band anymore. This seems to clearly be why. I feel bad for Century Media to be dealing with this on the heels of Blake Crush drama. Or Earsplit PR who put a lot into these guys.
Metalsucks has the best editorial on the accusations HERE.
My heart goes out to Amanda Daniels, recent drummer Frank who everyone in the scene loves, and even to Jeff who I bet is in hell right now also. Whatever the truth of the matter, and I’m certainly not saying Amanda would make up the accusations, the fact is there is now a lot of pain and human grief attached to a band that was prior to this a new leading light for inspired, dissonant and often political and powerful music. Why does the fucked up shit always happen with bands I like most like Nachtmystium, Enabler or once a long upon a time ago Coheed (who are nothing musically on the first two, even if they are a good band).
I’ve personally had a turbulent life at times. When I was 15 I semi broke into a person’s home scared and tripping balls. I got lost and screamed and knocked them down thinking I was dead, pushing past the woman who answered door and trying to hide behind a couch. Then got maced by cops while tripping when they arrived that horrible Winter Solstice half my life ago. I often think of how scared house owner must have been when i pushed past her screaming. I’ve been in abusive relationships where I, as a man, was hit often by a woman and struck them back once after the literally dozenth time and a cutting barb a few days later. My anger and sense of victimization didn’t excuse my action of hitting her back. I thank lucky stars every day both she and I matured and now have a healthy friendship and deep bond.
I’ve burned sage at sites where people I know where raped, with them…to banish demons. Sang on this Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch anti rape song “A Slow dance in hell”.
Flipside. Had syringes thrown at me as darts by partners. My foot run over. Woken up getting “used” or getting oral by people and didn’t mind AND other times by people I DID mind (though consent is ALWAYS important). I’m illustrating this as a bi sexual male somewhere on this rainbow spectrum we all inhabit, to just try and say a little prayer here for everyone. Just sending so much love to all of the people in this mess and whatever the truth is hope they can find healing. I have been in a place before of having hurt a person and of having been hurt or being an activist and hosting Pro Choice and really pro female benefit shows or promoting bands with strong woman to show the trolls in the scene that girls are just as important as boys. I was in a psych ward and also closeted for near 30 years as bisexual, not feeling safe to step out of my shell and feel exposed…until FINALLY coming out in this interview with OTEP, who emboldened me. Or metal scribe Kim Kelly who has no idea how much her writing for gender equality in metal has influenced me to try and do a similar thing and use my own weird voice in, hopefully, a posi way.
I’ve talked gender issues with Mina Caputo who came from a “tough guy” family and who saved my life without ever meeting me through Life of Agony’s classic and somehow life affirming suicide themed album River Runs Red.
My heart is pretty broken by this today but it also really makes me want to try and stop conflicts in my own life, even though I have been in a big rekindled feud with Coheed & Cambria again last week, perhaps due to a misunderstanding and perhaps not (and much of it because I feel like they bullied my sister Cambria and me by not having fans apologize when Claudio Sanchez didn’t ever reveal band was named after my sister and so she was called a liar or presumed to have fucked all of Coheed by charming CoTF alumni over the years) .
Either way, in any circumstance we can all aspire to handle ourselves with grace, even when we’re angry or hurt or lonely. There has to be a better way then the continued cycle of pain, like in Middle East. Let’s try and liberate ourselves from hate, Support the FEMEN international and progressive causes. Learn about other genders and don’t hurt people, even when we perceive a major slight.
I’ve been technically also raped due to me being a minor and someone much older than me doing things to me when I was a teenager and on three bags of heroin in a power submissive position of being stranded far from home in the then much more violent NYC at house of older person. I’ve been a feminist for years.
Here’s a horrible story. Once when I was blacked out and grief stricken I even accidentally groped a friend and have very little memory of it and it damaged our friendship and destroys me inside to this day, as they’d been a huge source of comfort to me when I was going through major trials after deaths in my family. A huge part of why I don’t drink is to think I scared someone that way , especially when that has happened to me or many people I’ve dated to much, much worse degrees that were nothing short of rape . Or because if I drink old trauma comes back up if I have too many. You lose filters.
Girls and friends I loved were raped so bad by others that they cheated on me cuz they hated men or wanted to sabotage our good relationship points as a “test”, because they resented men , and rightly so, after having been assaulted by others they trusted or in some cases strangers.
I have major, major trust issues from lots of this shit. It happens to guys AND girls. Life can be cruel as we learn from awful mistakes or try and wrestle with insecurities and the devil’s we create in our collective id. People hurt each other or lie or don’t own harm they’ve inflicted on others because they can’t get objective without the House of Cards falling. We bully each other, we hide our insecurities and we swim in shark infested waters.
Please, let’s all try and respect each other as men and women, bands and peers, scenes and just as fucking humans in general. So much more we can all accomplish if we can free ourselves from pain body, Samsara and the inner violence of jealousy, fear, anxiety and loathing of self and/or others. That’s all I’ve got.Add to My Radar
“Pursuit/Predator,” GODHUNTER‘s latest plodding and antagonizing anthem and the lead track to the band’s upcoming GH/0ST:S split LP with Metal Riot very much approved band SECRETS OF THE SKY, is now playing a month ahead of the album’s release at Invisible Oranges.
The song summons the memory of the Zodiac Killer and churns with violence and the sociology of stress in the zeitgeist. It all ends in an early-Kylesa style tribal melt down with shouts towards the sun, beckoning for reason’s justice.
Stream 7 minute banger “Pursuit/Predator” RIGHT HERE.
Enabler‘s “new life” kind of hits with a similar power of when i first heard refused’s “new noise”, just such an overpowering and infectious energy you knew it was going to infect the whole “scene.” the reason this grind and avant garde influenced hardcore/thrash amalgam are getting so much traction is they kill. it is firing on all cylinders, from the opening eerie tones of their recent flies ep on the compound, to a bloodthirsty touring drive. the gritty and focused resolve to this shit is unreal, while the band also respectfully ignore people who want them to be more traditional and manage to molest the shit out of weird high notes that create sheets of ghostly electricity waves searing the upper cortex.
“neglect” is a crazy blend of megadeth riffing meets universal order of armmaggedon-esque brittle, post-hardcore shit. and that breakdown trap them meets frickin’ integrity section is beastly. this record really just gives and gives, a shot of adrenaline right into the heart of the scene for anyone who really gives a fuck. i was so excited to see this band’s rise as they have been working really hard, and when they announced they were working on the art with my pittsburgh designer friend chris smith of the band hindsight, i knew it would be a masterful pairing. the john carpentar influenced illustration caps a bold record of brave new world inhabitants who want a little more out of life. “i will not give in to feaaaar,” roar the vocals on the sprawl core of dissonant opus “rain darkness”, before the gloom of “felnoy” sits in with alienating inevitability.
so far, at this juncture, this is the hardcore influenced record to beat of the first half of this here 2014 year.
“balance of terror” is evidence that enabler also can kick out the socially aware jams, with that title alone a perfect synopsis of the state of the world. “the exiles” is like the new rumblefish of an anthem for the raw trash influenced minded. the early sepultura love of this band shines here, just grim as fuck. i hurt my neck on a construction job recently, but hearing this song i have to fucking headbang. it says something that these guys were tapped by eyehategod for some real, down in the trenches 2014 touring.
Ryan Steigerwald is a monster on this beast of a memorable release, bringing ringworm aggresion and stomp to the proceedings. fast parts, slow decimation, blazing fills, tricky little licks…dude can do it all. this record makes you envision you are running across rooftops with the band in some neo-crime future or resisting arrest somewhere, sickened by the wake of humanity’s ugly footprints on mother earth.
Having just returned from a three-week East Coast tour, ENABLER will head back out on a new six-week tour assault in just days, as the release date for their anticipated second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, nears its street date.
ENABLER‘s newest tour itinerary begins this Thursday, May 15th with a five-city run including a set at the massive three-day Pouzza Fest in Montreal alongside Reagan Youth, The Hold Steady, Dillinger Four, SNFU, The Dayglo Abortions, 7 Seconds and dozens more. From there, they trek back to the East Coast on their way to let loose at their first ever Maryland Deathfest performance on Sunday May 25th at Batlimore Soundstage with Maruta, Shitstorm, Left for Dead, Unholy Grave, Ratos de Porao and more. Just two days later, their killer second LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, will see release the same day as Eyehategod’s brand new album, after which both bands will tour the US for a full month, the trek also including Ringworm.
Over recent weeks, multiple tracks from La Fin Absolue Du Monde have been released, including the newest single, “Balance Of Terror” at Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION, “New Life” via is at Lambgoat RIGHT HERE and “Prey” is playing at MetalSucks HERE.
La Fin Absolue Du Monde will see release via The Compound and Creator-Destructor Records on May 27th. Preorders are available via The Compound HERE, via Creator-Destructor HERE, and digital preorders are live HERE.
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Enabler announced the impending release of their second full length “La Fin Absolue Du Monde” the other day and the artwork from Chris Smith of Gray Aria Design Studio (& a proud member of the Pitts, PA band’s Meth Quarry & Hindsight) has been revealed. Smith is a popular illustrator in the Pittsburgh scene and shares his thoughts on how he became involved in crafting the visual look and feel of the forthcoming Enabler release.
Chris Smith: I first saw Enabler 2 years ago here in Pittsburgh at Roboto with Cop Problem and Neon Warship. All three bands blew me away. I had already done some art and merch for Neon Warship at that point. Cop Problem was just bonkers – I met Josh (Cohen) their drummer, through a mutual friend who writes for Josh’s online entity – Blow The Scene. Enabler came on and completely floored me – they had a second guitarist and Andy Hurley behind the kit at that time. I went ahead and scooped up all their music and some merch as well. Enabler stopped back here for a stacked show with Tragedy headlining at The Shop last August – a day before I was to leave for my Adirondack vacation. The show was awesome and all the bands were great. Enabler had released All Hail The Void and Shift of Redemption earlier that year. After the show, Adam Thomas (No Time/Blood Pressure/ex-Heartless) was asking people if they had somewhere for Enabler to stay – so I told them I lived right down the street and they could stay over. We hung out at the house for the remainder of the evening and the next morning they were off to Philly. Jeff mentioned hitting me up for art for future Enabler endeavors before leaving.”
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Following recent broadcasts informing the public of ENABLER‘s deadly revamped lineup and impending East Coast tour, the Midwest-based trio now expose the details on their anticipated second full-length release, La Fin Absolue Du Monde. Translated from French to signify “the absolute end of the world,” the title of the new album is yet another of the band’s works inspired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in this case in referencing his movie, Cigarette Burns. La Fin Absolue Du Monde was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at his Austin Enterprises, and packs the band’s most diverse material to date into a thirty-six minute battering with fourteen tracks.
ENABLER has partnered with several close allies to wage this new battle in a collaborative strike. Proudly going to war as part of the La Fin Absolue Du Monde campaign are San Francisco-based Creator-Destructor Records as well as NYC-area-based The Compound. Creator-Destructor has released titles from The Funeral Pyre, Gypsyhawk, Heartsounds, VYGR and others in addition to the vinyl version of ENABLER‘s 2012 debut LP, All Hail The Void, which came out on CD and digital platforms via Southern Lord. The Compound, the label faction of media/PR faction, The Earsplit Compound, unleashed ENABLER‘s rabid 2013 Flies EP and is currently unloading physical versions of new releases from Godhunter, Cop Problem, Die Choking and others. La Fin Absolue Du Monde will see killer deluxe CD and vinyl pressings and will see North American release on May 27th, just one day after ENABLER marks their debut invasion of the annual Maryland Deathfest.
Stated founding guitarist/vocalist and chief songwriter, Jeff Lohrber, on the current state of ENABLER: “This record is one of the proudest moments of my recording career. It’s a record made by a full band, and it sounds like a band playing. That is something that is lost in modern recording and is slowly becoming a thing of the past in the modern world of music. I feel alienated by it and I’m pissed about it. I recommend turning everything all the way up while listening to it.”
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Did you think “Sickened By The Wake” had the sickest intro you’ve heard in awhile? Can’t wait to smash your face into a beer can listening to it live? You are soon to be granted your innermost desire!
After several months off the grid, metallic punk radicals, ENABLER, now pledge full-on annihilation in 2014, today announcing their revamped lineup, a plethora of upcoming live actions, and the completion of their highly anticipated second LP. Faster and faster we turn into cancer!!!
Over the past two years, ENABLER has followed their massive Southern Lord debut LP, All Hail The Void LP, with widespread touring of North America, Europe and Australia, and unloaded both their four-song Shift Of Redemption EP via Think Fast! Records and six-song Flies EP via The Compound in 2013. Since the Autumn release of Flies, things with the band have been seemingly quiet on the public front, but the band has been working harder than ever behind-the-scenes, and now confirm that 2014 will be their most frantic and busy year yet, beginning with the announcement of their newest lineup. ENABLER officially confirms Ryan Steigerwald as their full-time drummer. Steigerwald previously hails from the Chicago band, The Ox King, in addition to having filled-in as Ringworm’s drummer for the past nine years, and now takes the throne as ENABLER’s first full-time skinsmasher since the departure of Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley in 2012.
Having already performed locally with the stripped-down new lineup — rounded out by bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels and founding vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber — ENABLER has also been secretly recording their latest material over the past few months, and just this week put the finishing touches on their second LP, which will see release later this year; detailed info will be available soon.
The band will tour harder than ever in 2014, the first major trek of the year now confirmed to embark on April 10th as the trio forges across the country on their way to rip shit up at the sixteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 17th. On the opening evening of the gigantic festival, ENABLER will join The Compound labelmates, Philly’s d-beat activists, Cop Problem, as well as All That Remains, Bleeding Through, Broken Hope, Fallujah, Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow and others. From there, ENABLER and Cop Problem will share stages in four more cities (including a date with Meth Quarry!) before ENABLER forges homeward. Other standout spots on the tour include Skeletal Lightning Fest II in Champagne, Illinois, Forward Ohio Fest in Columbus and more.
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While brutalizing Tucson-based sludgecore quintet, GODHUNTER, has amassed a plethora of independent recordings since their late 2009 inception, including several split vinyl releases, and their 2011-released Wolves EP, City Of Dust marks the band’s first official LP. The band already bears an undeniable kinship to goliaths Noothgrush, Weedeater, Bongzilla and Sourvein, yet the sprawling pending LP shows the band exploring even more depth, with more sonically-destructive tones, more diverse, melodic song structures and even acoustic strings and gravelly, clean vocal segments atop the sun-baked bed of earthmoving roared vocals and gang chants. More than simply a collection of songs amassed for the purpose of releasing an album, City Of Dust presents a fully conceptual statement, lyrically delivering a political by-the-throat theme which unravels through the bitter finale. The album’s eight anthems engulf exactly fifty minutes of brand new material, recorded with trusted cohort Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Unruh) at his Arcane Digital Studios (Exhumed, Misery Index), where GODHUNTER’s Wolves EP also came to fruition.
City Of Dust will be released cooperatively between the band’s own newly-founded Battleground Records and Earsplit PR’s also recently-formed label, The Compound. The first strike will see the album disbursed on CD digipak and digital download on February 18th, 2014, followed by a limited, deluxe 12” LP version shortly thereafter. The LP’s cover artwork was created by Tucson-based artist Rudy Flores, marking his return after handling the artwork for Wolves as well.
GODHUNTER will perform constantly and tour new areas of the country throughout all of 2014.
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