Friday, July 29, 2011

Nazca Lines Premiere New Song "Spike Them All" feat. Cody Votolato of Blood Brother / Jaguar Love * New Album "Hyperventilation" Out August 23rd

Stream / download "Spike Them All" @ Alternative Press!

Seattle post-punk upstarts Nazca Lines have just premiered their new track "Spike Them All," a pummeling assault and study in technicality, featuring guest musician and guitarist Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers / Jaguar Love). The track appears on the band's upcoming, Matt Bayles-produced debut full length album "Hyperventilation" out August 23rd on the UK-based Stressed Sumo Records (run in part by co-founder Neil Cooper of Therapy?).

In addition, and following their recent appearance at Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, the band has also announced a small handful of Northwest performances taking place around the album's release (full itinerary below).

"Intelligently crafted aural madness 8/10" - Rock Sound Magazine

"Damn fine first bite of a North American post-punk alt.rock" - Organ Zine

"Hyperventilation" Track List
1. This Little Island
2. Bones In Boxes
3. This Crippled Devil
4. Swedish Kiss
5. From The Bottom Of A Crevasse

6. Spike Them All (feat. Cody Votolato)
7. The Ghost
8. Golden Sunsets
9. Four Foxes
10. New Volume (feat. Cody Votolato)

* Artwork by Cody Votolato

Nazca Lines Live!
Aug 15th @ the Biltmore Vancouver, BC
Aug 26th @ the Sunset Tavern Seattle, WA

Since 2005, Seattle based punk band Nazca Lines have been piecing together songs which combine emotionally charged lyrics and a loud post-rock/punk instrumentation. Having stuck it out through a number of lineup changes since the band's formation, founding members and guitarists Cory Alfano and Brett Wedeking have recruited Andy King and Ryan Minch on drums and bass, respectively for their upcoming full length album, "Hyperventilation."

Nazca Lines has a punk lineage which shows initially in song writing and energy; however, given a closer inspection the listener can hear a more contemplative and ponderous side of the band. Recorded at the Red Room in Seattle with producer and Minus the Bear founder Matt Bayles (whose recent production work includes Mastodon, ISIS and Russian Circles), "Hyperventilation" draws inspiration from a variety of the band members' shared influences; most notably the Refused, At the Drive-In and Fugazi.

In February 2011, the band released their self-titled EP through Stressed Sumo Records and will be releasing their latest full length album on August 23rd also through the label. Stressed Sumo Records was set up in Derby, UK in 2007 by Therapy? drummer Neil Cooper and Phil Rhodes.

* Additional guitar on ‘Spike Them All’ and ‘New Volume’ by Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, Hyro Da Hero and Jaguar Love), piano on ‘New Volume’ by Evan Friday. Hyperventilation was mastered at RFI, Seattle by Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, Fleet Foxes)

Yelle Returns to the US by Popular Demand, Fall Tour Kicks Off in November

Yelle Announce Fall US Tour Dates

Click HERE to Stream/Download the Eumig & Chinon Remix

of Yelle’s “Que Veux-Tu”

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"sunny french electro pop with clean lines and ice cream hooks"
New York Times

“[frontwoman Julie] Budet has true star energy which fires her fans into hours-long
dance fests”
– San Francisco Bay Guardian

French dance-pop trio Yelle are still riding high following the tremendous global success of their sophomore album, Safari Disco Club (V2/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records), as well as their numerous sold out shows around the world, including UK dates opening for Katy Perry. After whipping up US fans into a frenzy this past Spring, the group is returning to the States by popular demand. Yelle will kick off a Fall tour at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 10th. For a taste of what to expect click HEREto watch Yelle performing “Que Veux-Tu” in Austin, TX earlier this year.

The French party-starters also recently enlisted Eumig & Chinon to remix “Que Veux-Tu.” Click HERE to take a listen, and click HERE to watch Yelle’s music video for their original version of the song – it features dance troupe Fanny Pak, from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

Yelle US Tour Dates:

11/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
12/02: Miami, FL @ Fillmore
12/03: Orlando, FL @ Social/Plaza
12/04: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
12/05: Atlanta, GA @ Loft
12/07: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
12/08: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/09: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall
12/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Transit

KMFDM Tour North America This August

Legendary German Outfit Touring in Support of New Album, WTF?!

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Photo credit: Ester Segarra

July 27, 2011 -- KMFDM, the legendary German electro-industrial outfit helmed by Sascha Konietzko, embark on their first North American tour since the April release of WTF?! on Metropolis Records.

"We are putting together one hell of a playlist for this tour with lots of fresh material from WTF?! as well as some killer classics and maybe even a surprise or two," Sascha shared.

Joining KMFDM on the WTF?! tour are Army of the Universe, 16Volt (Aug. 3 to 14 only) and Human Factors Lab. Army of the Universe, an Italian industrial duo, recently released their debut album Mother Ignorance on Metropolis Records. The band features renowned European DJ Albert Vorne aka Trebla. Chris Vrenna (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM), will join Army of the Universe for a handful of dates (noted below). 16Volt released Beating Dead Horses, the Portland band's seventh studio album, in May. Human Factors Lab will be debuting their new EP We All Fall Down on the tour.

William Wilson of Legion Within is performing with the current KMFDM line-up of Sascha, Lucia Cifarelli (vocals, keyboards), Jules Hodgson (guitars), Andy Selway (drums) and Steve White (guitars).

KMFDM also recently released a collection of their best known tracks in a single disc version titled Würst and a double disc edition called Greatest Shit. Both releases feature songs from their time spent on WaxTrax! and Metropolis/KMFDM Records.

WTF?! tour dates:

August 3 Seattle, WA El Corazon

4 Portland, OR Wonder Ball

5 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom

6 Anaheim, CA Grove of Anaheim

7 San Diego, CA Belly Up Tavern

8 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan*

10 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall

12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

13 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club

14 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge

15 Detroit, MI The Crofoot

16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

17 Boston, MA Royale*

18 New York, NY Irving Plaza*

19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts*

20 Baltimore, MD Recher Theater*

21 Cincinnati, OH Radiodown

24 Salt Lake City, UT Complex

25 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory

26 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater

27 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub

* = Chris Vrenna joins Army of the Universe

LOCUSTA: Ohio Progressive Black/Death Metallers To Kick Off Summer Tour

LOCUSTA: Ohio Progressive Black/Death Metallers To Kick Off Summer Tour
Band Added To Goregrowler's Ball
Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA will kick off their first tour of 2011 this Sunday in Richmond, Virginia with Battlemaster and War Graves. The short but ravenous trek will massacre eight more cities before winding down in Columbus, Ohio at the Carabar.
Commented guitarist Dru Silver: "After a year of absence from touring, we're happy to announce that this coming week we will be kicking off our first tour of 2011 on the East Coast of the United States. Speaking of said absence, our drummer just became the proud father of a newborn daughter -- congrats Simon! -- and will be unable to join us. However this has granted us the opportunity for a very special lineup that you will only get a chance to see, as Alex Tomlin from Battlemaster will be stepping in to offer his services of tearing up the skins for us. Don't miss it!"
LOCUSTA 2011 Summer Tour

7/31/2011 The Triple - Richmond, VA w/ Battlemaster, War Graves
8/02/2011 The Corpse Fortress - Silver Springs, MD w/ Ramming Speed, Barn Burner, Black Rations, Spinebuster
8/03/2011 Cloud City - Philadelphia, PA w/ Nothing Is Over, Casket, Fungus
8/04/2011 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Headsnatcher, The Year Is One, So Hideous, My Love…
8/05/2011 Castlevania - Providence, RI w/ Ramming Speed, Nightbitch, David Carradine D/C/
8/06/2011 Starlab Fest - Boston, MA w/ Ramming Speed
8/07/2011 TBA - Portland, ME
8/09/2011 The White Rabbit - Rochester, NY w/ Warblade, Malformed, Ebony Sorrow
8/10/2011 TBA - Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2011 The Carabar - Columbus, OH

LOCUSTA will be carrying a one-time only stock of limited run merchandise, which will include a home-made tape pressing of last year's debut full-length release as well as a limited run of shirts that encompasses one the band's newer unreleased songs entitled "Dendromorphosis." These items will only be available at these shows.
In related news, LOCUSTA will play The Goregrowler's Ball in San Antonio this coming November, alongside metal giants such as Suffocation, Hirax, Exhumed, Goatwhore, Aborted and many more. In conjunction with that festival appearance, the band are set to appear on a four-way split release to be unleashed by Texas metal label Ossuary Industries, along with Demoniacal Genuflection, Iniquitous (featuring Mike Smith of Suffocation), HOD, and Ingurgitate. The split will feature three unreleased LOCUSTA songs as well as a cover, and will be available for purchase at the Ossuary Industries tent during the Goregrowler's Ball. For more info, visit:

A South/West coast tour will be booked around the festival, and tentative plans are being made to enter the studio to record their next full-length sometime between fall of 2011 and winter of 2012. More tour dates and updates to come.
In the meantime, check out some live footage of LOCUSTA performing at the Newport Music Hall last November HERE.

released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground in 2010. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza. Formed in the fall of 2006, LOCUSTA take their name from a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. It was rumored that in A.D. 54, she may have been hired by Agrippina The Younger to kill the Emperor Claudius, possibly with a poisoned dish of mushrooms.

NAILS: Death Comes Ripping Co-Headlining Tour With Ringworm To Commence Tomorrow

NAILS: Death Comes Ripping Co-Headlining Tour With Ringworm To Commence Tomorrow

Southern Lord hardcore henchmen NAILS' co-headlining tour with Cleveland hardcore legends Ringworm is set to begin tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, at San Francisco's 924 Gilman.

The Death Comes Ripping Tour 2011 will ruin fourteen cities in a cross-country rampage in into mid-August. In addition to headlinersNAILS and Ringworm, support acts Bitter End and New Lows will take part in the melee. The tour surges towards the East Coast over the next two weeks, coming to a close at the massive four-day This Is Hardcore 2011 Fest in Philadelphia, where Nails and Ringworm will play the same night as Youth of Today, H20, Token Entry, Title Fight, Mouthpiece and a ton of other acts.

Following the tour, NAILS return to 924 Gilman as part of a React Records showcase, playing alongside Mindset, Betrayed, On, No Tolerance Skin Like Iron and more.

NAILS Confirmed Live Attacks:

Death Comes Ripping Tour 2011:

RINGWORM & NAILS with Bitter End, New Lows

7/30/2011 924 Gilman - San Francisco, CA w/ Crucified, Deep Cover

7/31/2011 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA w/ Creatures

8/01/2011 Nile Underground - Mesa, AZ w/ Territory

8/02/2011 house show - El Paso, TX [info]

8/03/2011 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Oneagainstmany

8/04/2011 Trees - Dallas, TX w/ Power Trip

8/05/2011 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR

8/06/2011 The Record Bar - Kansas City, MO

8/07/2011 Fubar Music Venue - St Louis, MO

8/08/2011 Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/ Harm's Way

8/09/2011 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH

8/10/2011 Bogies - Albany, NY

8/11/2011 Great Scott - Boston, MA

8/12/2011 Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore 2011 [info]

React Records Showcase 2011:

9/23/2011 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA @ [info]

More NAILS live performances will be announced over the coming weeks as they're confirmed. Also stay tuned for the band's follow-up to their brutal and widely-praised Unsilent Death album, as the record nears completion for release sometime this Winter.

UNEARTH Issue Video Update From The Road

UNEARTH Issue Video Update From The Road
Massachusetts metal behemoths, UNEARTH, are currently slaying the masses onstage at this year's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. To commemorate the summer-long festivities, the band will be posting a series of video clips throughout the tour.
Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: "Thanks to all who've come out to support UNEARTH during this year's Rockstar Mayhem Fest! We'll be uploading a handful of videos showing how our summer is going, so come back often to check it out. The first episode showcases live footage, our signings and some hangout time. This fest is killer day in and day out, so don't miss it if it comes near you. See you on the road!"
Check out the first video HERE.
UNEARTH on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang [remaining dates]
07/29/2011 First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
07/30/2011 Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
07/31/2011 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
08/02/2011 Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
08/03/2011 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
08/04/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
08/05/2011 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
08/06/2011 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/07/2011 Verizon Wireless Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
08/09/2011 Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
08/10/2011 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish , Red Fang
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL

UNEARTH's fifth full-length, Darkness in the Light was released on July 5, 2011 by Metal Blade Records and has been flooring fans and media alike. In a 4/5 rating of the record, Alternative Press said: "Darkness In The Light is a maelstrom of melodic riffs, screamy shouts and enough noodling to keep Guitar Hero nerds happy. But it’s not chasing maidens and slaying dragons; UNEARTH have enough of the ’90s straight-edge hardcore scene still left in their blood to give the lyrics an impassioned warrior cry against corrupt politics and wavering faith." Crave called the record, "…a first rate slice of metal that helps return the meat to the hollowed and empty husk of the metalcore genre," while Ultimate-Guitar noted: "'s clear that this album takes the best elements from every album released so far and pushes them to their limits. Whether it be the urgency felt from 'Stings Of Conscience' or the thrashiness of 'III: In The Eyes Of Fire,' it's all pushed to its finest point on this album."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CHLLNGR debuts video for "The End"; Announces first string of US dates

CHLLNGR debuts video for "The End"; Announces US Dates

Featuring Aku from Dragons of Zynth, "The End" premieres on Dazed Digital. Haven out now on Green Owl.

WATCH: The End

(via Dazed Digital)


LISTEN: Jamie Woon's Night Air (CHLLNGR Boiler Room remix)

Combining elements of dub and R&B with a nocturnal aesthetic, Copenhagen-based producer CHLLNGR (aka Steven Jess Borth II) is one of the freshest sounds to emerge so far this year. Today, Dazed Digital premieres his video Lazlo directed video for "The End" which features a riveting vocal performance from Dragons of Zynth vocalist Aku. A sensual relationship gone over the edge is captured in the video through chiaroscuro lighting and intimate camerawork. A haunting vibe glosses over the images, but the end may just be beginning.

CHLLNGR will also be in NYC in August performing a few dates as CHLLNGR but also performing with Spoek Mathambo and fellow Green Owl labelmates, Teachers. More US tourdates will be announce for this fall. His debut album "Haven" is freshly out now. Listen to the album's title track/centerpiece "Haven" on Pitchfork which they call "chilling, goosebump-inducing". The track utilizes ghostly african rhythms and cavernous pads to coil around Borth's indistinguishable, yet hopeful-sounding intonations.


8.10 New York, NY @ Piano's with Sherlock's Daughter, Rare Child

8.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands with Teachers

"The prize in Haven's percussive contributions is not just in the rhythms that result; it's also found in the natural ebb and flow with which they are weaved in and around each song, becoming almost trance-inducing via the simultaneously fluid and exact manner they are presented." - XLR8R

"Blending bass-heavy slowed-down rhythms with melodic vocals mean surprising soundscapes in CHLLNGR's debut "Haven", where deep sub-bass rings out throughout the tracks making for eeries atmospheres." -Dazed Digital

"A versatile and often chill-inducing debut, and a welcome introduction to a young producer who seems more interested in inventing new shades of gray than committing to a specific gimmick or micro-scene. " - Slant Magazine



out now on Green Owl Records

After a slew of well-received remixes (The XX, Primary 1, MIA) and involvement with acts Cubic Zirconia, Spoek Mathambo, and Teachers all signs point to 2011 being a good year for the young producer. Utilizing thick and heavy rhythms while optimistic melodies juxtapose against eerie soundscapes, CHLLNGR's debut "Haven" is his most focused, distinctive work to date.

While cohesive in it's murky, hauntingly reverbed vibes, "Haven" is far from monochromatic and full of surprises with spectral soul tightly intertwining with meticulous rhythms that can't easily be classified. Deep sub-frequencies and decaying atmospheres lay the foundation for the sublime set of melodic, moody tracks.

The opener "May 3" sets the tone marrying carefully cut drone loops and sampled vocals floating overtop subtle, skittering riddims. Lending his own vocals to the the first single "Ask For", the airy trunk-rattler comes correct with G-Funk synth hooks snaking through the rhythmic maze CHLLNGR creates. Never sounding out of place within the music, the vocals seamlessly integrate into the music often in wordless forms adding more depth to the already emotive interplay of CHLLNGR's electronic palette.

Throughout "Haven" there are more vocal contributions from Borth (many of which are chopped and screwed) to highlight, as well as stunning performances from Coco O. of Quadron and Dragons of Zynth's Aku on the album. " Haven" closes with two tracks that hint at new directions for CHLLNGR including the mantra-like "At Last" with refraining, funky percussion held together with a 4 on the floor kick and the slo-mo electro/R&B stylings of "Dusty" featuring percolating drums and the lovely, mournful voice of Jessica Brown.

VIDEO: Ask For

(via Altered Zones)


(via MTV Hive)

LISTEN: Ask For (Cubic Zirconia remix)

Old Flame signs TURF WAR - Debut produced by Black Lips' Ian St. Pé out 10/18!

Old Flame signs Atlanta band Turf War!

Debut album, produced by Black Lips' Ian St. Pé, out October 18, 2011

"promising new release" - Filter "Discover the Undiscovered" feature

"A raucous two and half minutes of sweaty tomfoolery..." - Aquarium Drunkard

Known for rowdy shows and catchy rock songs, Turf War started in 2008 as a bedroom solo project for lead singer John Robinson and quickly turned into a full band with Brian McGrath filling in on drums and backup vocals, Cecil Moss on Guitar, and Bradley Morris on bass. They created a sound reminiscent of early Replacements and brought on a full party attitude to their live sets.

After playing the club circuit in Augusta for 3 years and gaining a wide audience they set their dreams higher and made the move to Atlanta, GA. It didn't take long for people in Atlanta to start recognizing the bands energy and catchy songs. They even caught the attention of fellow Atlanta rocker Ian St Pé of the Black Lips, who came on to produce the bands first full length. In the process of recording the album they met Ian McDonald, who was engineering their record.

John quickly saw a likeness in Ian musically and asked him to join Turf War, making them a five piece. The band headed out to Texas on their first run outside of GA in 2011 to play SXSW, looking for a label to put out their record and hoping to find a wider audience. There in Austin they met label owner Rob Mason of Old Flame records. They hit it off and decided to make a partnership to release the self titled debut of Turf War Years of Living Dangerously, set to street on October 18, 2011. Turf War plans to tour this fall in support of their debut album.

Upcoming Shows:
7/30 - Buckhead Theatre First Anniversary Fest - Atlanta, GA
8/25 - Sky City - August, GA

Fleshgod Apocalypse premieres new track "The Egoism"

ITALY – Italy’s symphonic extreme metal group, Fleshgod Apocalypse, has unveiled a new track, “The Egoism,” from the band’s forthcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut, Agony. Head over to: to stream “The Egoism” and pre-order Agony before it hits stores on August 9th.
The track list for Agony is:
1. Temptation
2. The Hypocrisy
3. The Imposition
4. The Deceit
5. The Violation
6. The Egoism
7. The Betrayal
8. The Forsaking
9. The Oppression
10. Agony
11. Heartwork (CARCASS Cover – iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track)
An exclusive iTunes version will be available with a bonus cover track of Carcass’s, “Heartwork,” and digital booklet.
Agony can be pre-ordered through iTunes at: or via the Nuclear Blast webstore at: as a CD or CD/t-shirt bundle.
The new music video for “The Violation,” directed by Salvatore Perrone, can be seen online at:
Fleshgod Apocalypse is currently on the road as part of the 2011 “Summer Slaughter Tour,” alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour and more.
Stay tuned for more information on Fleshgod Apocalypse and Agony.

"Summer Slaughter Tour"
Jul. 28 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jul. 30 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Jul. 31 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 - Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Aug. 05 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
Aug. 06 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Aug. 07 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Aug. 08 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Aug. 09 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Aug. 10 - Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Aug. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Aug. 15 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
Aug. 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Aug. 17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Aug. 20 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Aug. 21 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Aug. 22 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee Theatre (off-date w/ Dying Fetus & Powerglove)
Aug. 23 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In (off-date w/ Dying Fetus & Powerglove)

Fleshgod Apocalypse online…