Friday, February 28, 2014

Yasmine Hamdan Reveals "Beirut" Video, Watch + Share; "Ya Nass" Out 3/25

New Album Ya Nass Available in US on 3/25

The upcoming album by Yasmine HamdanYa Nass (Crammed Discs) is an elegant, borderless stream of electro folk pop, with acoustic guitars, vintage synths, and spellbinding atmospheres. The record is grounded in Yasmine’s evocative voice, which make these songs familiar, even as they are sung in various Arabic dialects.

To illustrate the new video for the track “Beirut”, with its nostalgic lyrics adapted from a text written in the 1940s by poet Omar El Zenni (see excerpt below), Yasmine Hamdan and her director Nadim Asfar used footage from super 8 films which were purchased in a Lebanese souk by one of Yasmine's friends, who collects them.

These films were shot in various eras (from the 40s to the 70s), and are bringing these bygone times back to life… as does the song, which talks about Beirut's odd destiny, its subsequent deaths and resuscitations (the city was destroyed seven times, but always rises back from its ashes). By mixing these old films with shots of her performing the song, Yasmine Hamdan has created a moving & poetic tribute to the city where she was born. Courtesy of Paste, you can watch the compilation HERE.

In addition to Ya Nass, Yasmine will be appearing as herself in the new Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive. She will be singing her song “Hal”, from Ya Nass, in the film featuring Tilda Swinton that will be released April 2014.


Drinking arak, playing cards, cheering race horses, hunting pigeons…
The essence of Beirut
Seduction crowd cruising around, fooling about, it's all there is on the minds
of the citizens of Beirut
Beirut, a flower out of its season

What a waste if it withered

DESTRAGE Streaming New Album Are You Kidding Me? No. On Metal Sucks

Available March 4th on Metal Blade Records
"Just straight up bonkers in the best way possible"
-Metal Injection-  

"Channeling the unbridled insanity of SikTh and making music that sounds like PsyOpuspulled through the Van Halen back catalogue" Heavy Blog is Heavy
Milan, Italy's DESTRAGE are releasing their Metal Blade Records debutAre You Kidding Me? No. this coming Tuesday, March 4th.  But before they do, the entire album is available is streaming courtesy of Metal Sucks. That's right, stream Are You Kidding Me? No. in full HERE.

Are You Kidding Me? No.
 will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America and February 28th/March 3rd in Europe/UK. CD/t-shirt pre-order bundles are still available and the album can be pre-ordered on iTunes and includes an instant download of "My Green Neighbour".

's video for the song "Purania" can be viewed 
HERE.The concept for the video was written by The TJS Collective and produced bySara Bertagnolli and Gianluca Pagani.

DESTRAGE recorded "Are You Kidding Me? No." at RecLab Studios with Larsen Premoli and at Adrenaline Studio with Daniele Nelli. Mixing and mastering was done by Will Putney at The Machine Shop in New Jersey. The cover illustration was done by Marco Tafuri and the layout was completed by The Jack Stupid.

DESTRAGE was formed in 2005 in Milan, Italy and has released two full-length albums, Urban Being in 2009, and The King is Fat'N'Oldin 2010. Their animated live shows have taken them on tour all over Europe, as well as Japan.  DESTRAGE opened for Every Time I Die and Parkway Drive in Milan in June of 2013, and headlined a variety of Italian festivals including: Machete Fest, Rock In Riot, MAV Festival, and more. Touring plans for 2014 are currently in the works and will be unveiled once confirmed.   

Paolo Colavolpe - Vocal
Matteo Di Gioia - Guitar
Gabriel Pignata - Bass
Ralph Salati - Guitar
Federico Paulovich - Drums

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UK's TOURIST Announces USA Tour via Billboard + Patterns EP Release 4/22 on Monday Records (US) and Method Records (UK/Europe)

"I CAN'T KEEP UP" ft WILL HEARD - from Patterns EP HERE
"TOGETHER" (free download) HERE

Today, UK's TOURIST announces his second North American tour, which will bring him to SXSW and Miami in March and will have him play at summer festivals such as Sasquatch, Governors Ball, Counterpoint, Movement Electronic Music and Wakarusa amongst others. Last week, the classically trained producer Tourist (William Phillips) shared his brand new track "I Can't Keep Up" ft Will Heard HERE from his upcoming Patterns EP which is confirmed to be released on April 22nd on Monday Records (USA) and Method Records (UK/Europe).Billboard reported on the tour dates and interviewed Tourist HERE.

His first American tour which brought him to CMJ to do showcases with Pigeons & Planes and Pitchfork, and visits to Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles' HARD Festival, he had shared the track "Together"which you can hear/share HERE.  You can watch a piano version of “I Have No Fear" HERE or listen to the NPR Live in Concert session that was taped at his Mountain Oasis show HERE. The upcoming collection, self-produced byWilliam Phillips, also features the track “Stay”, which was revealed HERE. His new remixes for CHVRCHESHaim and Sam Smith tracks are out now and reached #1 spots in the Hype Machine charts.
You can see a live video registration of TOURIST's live show at Boiler Room TV HERE.

3/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Output (Annie Mac presents)
3/12 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage (Gov Ball x Eventbrite)
3/12 - Austin, TX @ Waller Creek Boathouse (Soundcloud SXSW)
3/13 - Austin, TX @ The Blackheart Bar (Hide & Seek Showcase)
3/14 - Austin, TX @ 219 West (The Air Up There)
3/14 - Austin, TX @ Hype Hotel
3/15 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (Laneway Festival Party)
3/15 - Austin, TX @ The Blackheart Bar (AM Only Showcase)
3/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Folsom 1015
3/17 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
3/18 - San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
3/21 - New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music & Art Project
3/22 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
3/24 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall (w Classixx)
3/25 - Philadelphia PA @ Boot & Saddle
3/27 - Miami, FL @ Grand Central (HARD Miami w/ Boys Noize etc)
3/29 - Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival
4/09- London, UK @ Basing House
4/12 - Nottingham, UK @ Stealth
4/25 - Rome, GA @ Counterpoint Festival
5/23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival (w/ MIA, OutKast etc)
5/24 - Winchester, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
5/26 - Detroit, MI @ Movement Electronic Festival (w/ Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco etc)
6/06 - New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival
Free to share:
Tourist "I Can't Keep Up" feat Will Heard HERE
Tourist "Together" HERE
Tourist "Stay" HERE
Tourist "Tonight" HERE
CHVRCHES "Lies" ( Tourist Remix) HERE
Haim "The Wire" (Tourist remix) HERE
 Sam Smith "Safe With Me" (Tourist remix) HERE
SEE: Live at Boiler Room TV

Recent praise for TOURIST:
"...the melancholic bass boils over slowly into a euphoric beat that will keep dance floors on both sides of the Atlantic buzzing about this emerging producer-to-watch"NPR

A bold departure from this year's stately "I Have No Fear", London producer Tourist makes his bow on the Disclosure-affiliated Method label by shedding almost every element of his serene slowburners that preceded this new cut. The tune's early momentum cedes to an anthemic climb, taking stylistic cues from the skyscraping synths of mid-2000s electro house and the rhythmic chug of '80s hi-NRG Italo disco, blended together with expert craftsmanship. - Pitchfork

IMMORTAL BIRD: Blackened Death Thrash Behemoths Kick Off US Tour

On this day, Friday, February 28th, 2014, Chicagoan blackened death thrash behemoths, IMMORTAL BIRD, with bring their scathing psalms of sickness to the stage on a ten-city jaunt of live incursions. Set to inaugurate this evening in Columbus, the feisty pheasants will spread their auditory disease through Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut before coming to a close on their home turf on March 10th.

Relays vocalist/drummer Rae Amitay: "Three months after releasing our Akrasia EP, we're chomping at the bit to play these shows and perform the album in its entirety! We'll be debuting some new material as well. Come see us fuck shit up -- respectfully, of course -- if we're coming through your town! Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Unless they're into blackened gross crusty deathish metal. Then we'd like to hang out."

IMMORTAL BIRD: Akrasia In The East Tour 2014:
2/28/2014 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH
3/01/2014 Roger's Bar - Virginia Beach, VA w/ Occultist
3/02/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Occultist
3/03/2014 The Depot - York, PA w/ Diamond Plate, East Of The Wall
3/05/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Mortals
3/06/2014 Ralph's - Worcester, MA w/ Obsidian Tongue
3/07/2014 Cherry St. Station - Wallingford, CT
3/08/2014 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
3/09/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
3/10/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL

IMMORTAL BIRD will be touring in support of their destructive Akrasia EP, released late last year
via Closed Casket Recordings. Recorded at Lo-Tech Laboratories by unsung Windy City audio mystic Jeff Ziolo, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Isis, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch) at Godcity Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails, All Pigs Must Die) at Audiosiege,Akrasia flaunts four flagrant hymnals of elegantly consuming grimness and psychosomatic anguish led by the sadistic vocal tirades of Rae Amitay (Thrawsunblat). Dubbed "dark and twisting," by Decibel and commended for its "inward-looking cosmopolitan ugliness that sometimes evokes a less-patient version of early Castevet," by Invisible Oranges, the brief but punishing underground gem continues to reap widespread fuck-yeahs and general panic from metal critics in-the-know.

IMMORTAL BIRD was spawned by Amitay who yearned to step out from behind the confines of her drum kit, write some riffs and shriek. She recruited longtime friend/guitarist Evan Berry (Wilderun, Replacire) and bassist John Picillo. With Amitay opting to handle the mic onstage while tackling drums and vocals on their albums, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom, Kastasyde, Without Waves) was drafted to take on all live drum duties.

"...sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart." - The Chicago Reader

"Distinctly disturbing and beautifully harsh. 9/10" - Ghost Cult

"...nineteen minutes of metal greatness. 10/10" - This Is Not A Scene

"...these songs don't really make their point; they insist on it. 8/10" - Last Rites

"Picture the earliest output of bands like Dissection and the more recent offerings of bands like Belphegor or Vreid and that at least puts you in the ballpark...IMMORTAL BIRD is more than just a female vocalist or a female drummer. It's three people who've come together, clearly with a lot of piss and vinegar in their collective systems, now creating the perfect outlet for release." - Metal Insider

"The majority of Akrasia is filled with spite, venom and a penchant for speed, but it is the mellower moments that help to add depth to an already impressive outing," - The Lair Of Filth

Akrasia is out NOW via Closed Casket Recordings. Order your copy today for a cool $4.50 atTHIS LOCATION.

Force Field PR Announces Official SXSW Showcase 3/12 at Maggie Mae's

Tobacco Road brings us an awesome weekend Swamp Stomp

That's right folks! Swamp Stomp is back and better than ever! We're proud to be hosting it for the second year in the row at Tobacco Road!!! We've got a TWO DAY FESTIVAL going on this year! DAY 1 - Friday, February 28: Reggae Night featuring Jahfe, Johnny Dread & Don Sha DAY 2 - Saturday, March 1: Announcing our headliner: THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR..... one of the best bands you'll ever see. Alongside will be Roosevelt Collier's Phunk Phactory, Swimm, Rachael Brooke, Bird Named Python, Stop the Presses, Los Bastardos Magnificos, The Vilifiers, & Off Orbit One ticket gets you a pass for both nights! Pre sale tix just $10! Day of show $15....get your pre's here: 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

DEATH shares complete 5 song series of live performance videos from CYP2

DEATH performs 5 songs live at Check Yo Ponytail 2 -

Over the past few weeks, IHEARTCOMIX has released a video series featuring five songs performed by the legendary band DEATH live at Check Yo Ponytail 2. Taking place on October 28th, 2013 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, the Detroit rockers performed "Rock-N-Roll Victim," "Let The World Turn," "Keep On Knocking," and "Politicians In My Eyes." The series can now be seen in it's entirety via the youtube playlist above. Additionally, DEATH has announced DEATH III, a new album release of archived material due out on April 22nd via Drag City. "North Street", the first single from DEATH IIIpremiered via NPR.

About Check Yo Ponytail 2:

Check Yo Ponytail 2 is an open-genre, open-format party held monthly at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The event has become known for highlighting some of today's top performers, with a few tried and true legacy acts in between. There's no doubt that Check Yo Ponytail 2 has played an integral part in the evolution of the modern music scene, supporting music that challenges the way we think about and enjoy culture in the day to day.

In the past, many of today's progressive artists including JusticeMatt & KimBoys Noize, and countless others made their Los Angeles debuts at a Check Yo Ponytail 2 event. CYP2 has since expanded beyond its home at the Echoplex through a series of specially branded events that include parties at SXSW, stage takeovers at Electric Forest, and the CYP Tour, a mobile version of the show that takes the full Check Yo production on the road.

While the lineups remain an integral part of the show going experience, it's the extended Check Yo Ponytail universe that make the parties "MORE THAN A SHOW" complete with live visuals, original flyer artwork, collaborative mixtapes, professional photo and video coverage, and online social media interactions that create an experience like no other.

DARSOMBRA's Sixty-City US Tour Begins Tomorrow

Baltimore-based duo, DARSOMBRA, is about to embark on the most extensive tour excursion in the band's history, beginning tomorrow, February 28th in Richmond, Virginia.

Taking their unclassifiable brew of ambient/avant-born noise/drone/psyche rock and synchronized visual performance out to more new audiences than ever before, DARSOMBRA is confirmed to infiltrate sixty cities across the entire country over the next two months. As always, the layered riffs of bassist/guitarist/vocalist Brian Daniloski (ex-Meatjack, Trephine) will be transformed and looped over themselves in an ever-morphing flow of pedal effects and processors, building each song into epic, multi-layered soundscapes. Daniloski's ill wall of sound be paired with cohort Ann Everton's synchronized visual display, the artist's organically-influenced backdrops and psychedelic patterns being broadcast directly onto the duo as they perform together, with Everton also supplying syths and vocals to the actual audio delivery of each performance more than ever on this tour.

2/28/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Caves Caverns, Daggering, Toner War, Yoga Demon, Rosebride
3/01/2014 Static Age - Asheville, NC w/ Nate Hall
3/02/2014 Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
3/03/2014 Eyedrum - Atlanta, GA w/ Easily Suede, In Sonitus Lux
3/04/2014 Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA w/ Without Form & Void, In The Lurch
3/05/2014 The Jinx - Savannah, GA
3/06/2014 Burro Bar - Jacksonville, FL w/ Ancient River, Severed+Said, Dyingistheonlywaytofame
3/07/2014 TBA - Gainesville, FL
3/08/2014 Sweat Records - Miami, FL w/ Holly Hunt
3/10/2014 Evolution Records - Lakeland, FL w/ Derridada, Other Organs, Carve Color, Hell Garbage
3/11/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL w/ The Glorious Rebellion, Midas In Reverse, En Vietnam
3/12/2014 Venture Compound - St. Petersburg, FL
3/13/2014 TBA - FL
3/14/2014 TBA - New Orleans, LA
3/15/2014 Amara Zee - Lafitte, LA [early show]
3/15/2014 Wild Salmon - Lafayette, LA w/ Raedon Kong, Sideburner [late show]
3/16/2014 Dalzell House - Shreveport, LA
3/17/2014 The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival - Hot Springs, AR w/ Ryan Power, Tweens, Guerilla Toss, Diarrhea Planet, Oberhofer, Radkey
3/18/2014 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
3/19/2014 Super Happy Fun Land - Houston, TX w/ Callow
3/20/2014 Beerland - Austin, TX w/ Red Ox, Pornohelmut, COSMS
3/21/2014 Padre's - Marfa, TX
3/22/2014 Gold House - Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2014 Táala Hooghan Infoshop - Flagstaff, AZ w/ The Cryptics
3/25/2014 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Small Town Gossip
3/26/2014 The Griffin - Las Vegas, NV
3/27/2014 The Shakedown Bar - San Diego, CA w/ Obszön Geschöpf, Tempest and the Diaspora
3/28/2014 Complex - Glendale, CA w/ Last Days of Ancient Sunlight, Flying Hair, Suns of Orion
3/29/2014 MLK Cafe - Oakland, CA w/ Noothgrush, Necrot, Blown To Bits
3/30/2014 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Serpent Crown, Heavy Action
4/02/2014 Ink Annex - Eureka, CA w/ White Manna, Cosmic Rust
4/03/2014 Black Forest - Eugene, OR w/ Juice Machine, Psyrup
4/04/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR w/ Thrones, Eight Bells, Prizehog
4/05/2014 Choicefest III - Seattle, WA The Highline w/ Samara, Dust Moth, Noise-A-Tron, Power Skeleton
4/06/2014 Shredder - Boise, ID
4/07/2014 TBA - Salt Lake City, UT
4/08/2014 Lion's Lair - Denver, CO
4/09/2014 Knickerbockers - Lincoln, NE
4/10/2014 TBA - Kansas
4/11/2014 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO w/ Expo '70, Ancient River
4/12/2014 The Mill - Iowa City, IA w/ United Teachers of Music, Sweet Chariot
4/13/2014 Hexagon - Minneapolis, MN w/ Thunderbolt Pagoda, Comets Ov Cupid
4/15/2014 Wisco - Madison, WI w/ UuskiuU!
4/16/2014 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI w/ Northless, Lost Spirit
4/17/2014 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Blizzard Babies
4/18/2014 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN w/ Bible of the Devil, Leeches of Lore, Cocaine Wolves
4/19/2014 Gggghost House - Bloomington, IN w/ Agakus
4/20/2014 Trumbullplex - Detroit, MI w/ Octopus
4/21/2014 The Drinkery - Cincinnati, OH w/ New Strange
4/22/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
4/23/2014 Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Mrs. Paintbrush
4/24/2014 The Lair - Buffalo, NY w/ Ancients of Earth, Highest Leviathan, Amish Noise
4/25/2014 Monkey House - Winooski, VT
4/26/2014 Psychic Readings - Providence, RI w/ Queen Elephantine, Vomit Arsonist, LVMMVX
5/02/2014 Windup Space - Baltimore, MD w/ Drone Theory

After releasing a plethora of albums and EPs through At A Loss Recordings, Public Guilt, Underradar and others, DARSOMBRA signed with Exile On Mainstream for the release of their Climax Community LP in mid-2012.The album traverses forty-five minutes of the outfit's slow-building, transcendental soundscapes, where searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combine to form elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. Yet, Climax Communityis also where the act transformed from a solo act to a duo and began incorporating immersive visual displays to their auditory experimentation, with mini-films created to accompany the music both on record and during live performances. DARSOMBRA is writing the follow-up LP to Climax Communityas well as material for additional releases being slated for later in the year following the massive tour.

NEAR DEATH CONDITION: New Canticle Crushing Craniums At This Is Not A Scene

Today, the volume pushers at This Is Not A Scene vomit forth another helping of auditory punishment from Swiss death metal tyrants, NEAR DEATH CONDITION.

Titled "Evolving Towards Extinction," the latest requiem of revulsion comes by way of the band's upcoming new full-length of the same name. Set to detonate next month via technical death metal empire, Unique Leader Records, Evolving Towards Extinction was mixed at renowned Hertz Studios (Vader, Hate, Dead Infection, Vesania etc.) in Poland, mastered at Iguana Studios in Germany, and boasts eleven imposing tracks of hypnotic drum gymnastics, demented riff structures, oppressive atmospheres and calloused vocal incursions. Dark, acrimonious and wholly unsettling, Evolving Towards Extinction is epic in scope and embraces controlled chaos with curious precision.

Get vicious with "Evolving Towards Extinction" RIGHT HERE.

Additionally you can still break some pavement with "Between The Dying And The Dead" currently streaming at HeavyBlogIsHeavy at THIS LOCATION.
NEAR DEATH CONDITION's Evolving Towards Extinction will destroy worlds via Unique Leader Records on March 18, 2014. Order your copy today at HERE.

"Gratuitously filled to the brim with churning riffs, relentless blastbeats and that sort of dusty and cobwebbed sound and atmosphere that you get from listening to the classic material of bands like Anata, Suffocation and Spawn Of Possession..." - Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Nir Felder Drops New Video + Performing LIVE This Spring, Debut LP Out Now

Nir Felder

“Lights” Live Video Unveiled w/ MSN Music

Performing LIVE This Spring!

3/10: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge, 10pm
3/11: Boston, MA @ Regattabar, 7:30pm
4/16: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live, 8pm

Debut Album Golden Age Out Now via OKeh

“…virtuoso young jazz guitarist with a deep, developed tone and a silvery technical command.” – The New York Times

“…off-center chords and steady beat opener “Lights” could make you think of Sonic Youth in a quieter moment.” The Boston Globe

“…tangled corners that recall the jazzier tributaries of ‘90s post-rock.”
– Los Angeles Times

“…the next big jazz guitarist.” – NPR

Photo credit: Phil Knott

Guitarist Nir Felder’s debut album Golden Age was released January 21st via OKeh to rave reviews across the board. Golden Age puts Nir’s skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique. To experience Nir Felder’s live performance is at once both technically fascinating & charming, and fans in NYC & Philly will get the chance to enjoy his captivating live show this spring!

For a taste of Nir’s dynamic show, he’s given MSN Music a glimpse into why he’s been named “one of the exciting young voices in jazz guitar” (WNYC Soundcheck) with a live rendition of Golden Age LP cut, “Lights.” You can check out the “Lights” live video HERE, and we encourage you to post & share!

Nir recruited pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman & drummer Nate Smith to help bring his unique musical vision to life. To augment the band’s instrumental take on those questions, he studied dozens of legendary speeches by politicians, civil rights leaders & cultural heroes, and mixed spoken-word samples into the new tracks. The results aresweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.

Though not a concept album, the title Golden Age provides a unifying sentiment- one of ambiguity & duality. As Nir explains, “it’s more of a question than a statement. We’ve seen a lot of change in recent years- in the music industry, in music technology, in our world, our country, and our city, New York.”

Stay tuned for more news from Nir Felder coming soon!

BLOODY HAMMERS New Single Available For Streaming Limited Edition 7" Singles On Sale Now

South Carolina´s Gothic Heavy Psych Band BLOODY HAMMERSrecently signed NAPALM RECORDS / SPINNING GOBLIN.  Their first singled entitled "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" is available for streaming at the Napalm Records Web Shop HERE.  Limited editions of the 7" single are available for purchase as well.  The A side features "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" and the B Side is a non-album track called "Glimpse" which will only be available on this release.  The single is available in both white and red vinyl.

More details on BLOODY HAMMERS new album will be made available in the coming weeks.

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FOSSILS: Full Album From Danish Instrumental Maniacs Streaming At No Clean Singing


Denmark's off-the-chain drums/bass duo, FOSSILS, is ready to provide their meaty sophomore LP,Flesh Hammer, this coming Monday, March 3rd.

FOSSILS' succinctly pulverizing Flesh Hammer is packed with ten precise, noisy, no-bullshit pieces of instrumental noise rock in twenty minutes, produced by Danish sound-enigma Q (Beta Satan, Entombed). The past several weeks saw FOSSILS careening on a rambunctious pre-release propaganda campaign which included virtually giving the entire album as in-studio videos one-by-one, as well as the release of a video filmed in an abandoned factory in Philadelphia after midnight where the band and album names were laser-etched onto a slab of beef jerky. Now, for their final swindle before the dropping of the Flesh Hammer, the entire album has been carved up and served over at No Clean Singing in one big old family-style helping for all to gorge upon, the open-all-day purveyor noting of the platter, "Fossils do create skull-splitting grooves, but they also generate a storm of hornet-swarm riffs that veer from feedback-drenched cacophony to some seriously spine-shaking rock 'n' roll. It's more than slightly unhinged - it's rude, raving, and radioactive."

Leave your utensils behind; get your hands dirty and feast on the Flesh Hammer right now, RIGHT HERE.

And just because the record is streaming now, doesn't mean you can't still scope out that gnarly laser vs. beef jerky episode with the "Filet Horizon" video playing HERE.

The bangin' Flesh Hammer wax -- limited to 300 copies on virgin black vinyl -- is shipping now! Order direct from the sole North American meatmarket carrying the Flesh Hammer, Earsplit Distro, rightHERE or direct from Indisciplinarian web shop HERE.

The release Flesh Hammer will be celebrated with two Danish release shows, at Radar in Aarhus onFebruary 28th and at Beta in Copenhagen, on March 1st. In the unconventional spirit of FOSSILS, these will not simply be "typical" release shows with the usual canapés and support bands, but instead an overload of awesome musical guests will be involved in each of the performances, not at least at the Aarhus gig where the program is quite overwhelming. Aarhus will see the resurrection ofFOSSILS' old band, the local high-octane rock n' roll heroes, Studson playing a sweet set of oldies but goodies. Then FOSSILS will mutate into their own doom version, Slissof, covering an old Cola Freaks-classic with several guests from Cola Freaks, Rising and Studson. Hereafter, FOSSILS will perform Flesh Hammer from beginning to end, and finally the dynamic duo concludes the show when joined by numerous vocalists such as Jacob Bredahl (The Kandidate, ex-HateSphere) and Kim Kix (Powersolo) who will interpret various FOSSILS compositions from earlier releases. In CopenhagenFOSSILS will play a more straight-up set and special guests will be the aforementioned Studson and new local rock outfit, Weak.

FOSSILS Flesh Hammer Record Release Shows:
2/28/2014 Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
3/01/2014 Radar - Arhaus, Denmark

"This here is well written yet chaotic buzzing and distorted bass and drum instrumental attacks bouncing off your skull in a jackhammer whir of snare hits and tom rolls, screeching noise and sped up Tool riffs. Insane cymbal work and especially addictive kick drum patterns... Show your teeth!" - Metal Riot

"My bobble-head was nodding by the time it ended (I'm talking about the thing that sits between my shoulders)." - No Clean Singing

"These Danish fellows are energetic and loud, and while they like to keep things short, they pack as much noise as they can into each and every track... Imagine The Jesus Lizard and Kylesa combined forces... Their music is loud and constantly shifting rhythms and tempos." - Media Snobs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DREAD SOVEREIGN: Ván Records Unveils Details for Debut LP

Dublin based true doom trio, DREAD SOVEREIGN, has unveiled details of their upcoming debut full-length album. Subsequent to last year's critically acclaimed Pray To The Devil In Man 12", the band headed to the studio last Autumn to work on the follow-up release. The resulting ten track beast of a record, entitled All Hell's Martyrs, will be released by Ván Records in March 2014.

Vocalist and bass player, Nemtheanga commented: "Things come together fast on the surface but theDREAD SOVEREIGN album has been dwelling in my subconscious for years, playing riffs to myself over the years. It's only in the last fifteen months that I've put flesh on the bones with a proper band and here we are with an album ready for Ván Records to release. The aspirations are difficult to explain as it's been a form of catharsis to finally get the demons out after all this time but here it is; some gnarled and evil old school doom/metal -- a few surprises and different elements here and there -- but nothing more and nothing less."

Recorded and mixed at Dublin's Sun Studios in September 2013, All Hell's Martyrs is a sepulchral trawl through the darkest recesses of heavy metal. The album artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu whose previous credits include Grave, Darkthrone, Aura Noir and Absu.

Today, has hosted a premiere of the first single from All Hell's Martyrs, with the track "Cthulu Opiate Haze," now playing RIGHT HERE.
Also check out a visual trailer for All Hell's Martyrs HERE, and place preorders for the CD and LP versions of the album HERE.

DREAD SOVEREIGN is Nemtheanga (vocals & bass), Dubh Sol (drums) and Bones (guitar); a triumvirate of old-school attitude and arcane spirituality. Although retaining the rugged, epic drama of Primordial (in which Nemtheanga and Dubh Sol both perform), DREAD SOVEREIGN is distinctly different, blending influences of Venom, Saint Vitus and Cirith Ungol in the raw underground cult doom idiom.

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All Hell's Martyrs Track Listing:
1. Drink The Wine
2. Thirteen Clergy
3. Cthulu Opiate Haze
4. The Devil's Venom
5. Pray To The Devil In Man
6. Scourging Iron
7. The Great Beast
8. We Wield The Spear Of Longinus
9. Cathars To Their Doom
10. All Hell's Martyrs, Transmissions From The Devil Star

THE OATH to Release Self-Titled Debut April 15th on Rise Above Records

Artwork and Track Listing Revealed 
To master the dark and wring compelling creativity from its densest shadows requires vision, belief and, perhaps most importantly, a dash of synchronicity. These are all qualities that ooze from every pore of the debut album by THE OATH. A band forged around the fizzing, feral chemistry between Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis, THE OATH represent the wild magic that erupts when two blazing souls collide and fate is sent veering off course by sheer strength of the human will. This is heavy metal at its most mercurial and intuitive.
Having found each other and discovered that their obsessions, desires and musical urges were utterly compatible and swiftly and irrevocably interwoven, Linnea and Johanna set about devising an artistic masterplan. The results of that plan are now primed to emerge, fully-formed and thrumming with primal energy and pristine passion, in the shape of THE OATH: a nine-song clarion call that simultaneously recalls the hallowed greats of heavy rock, punk and metal - from Sabbath, Trouble and Angel Witch through to the Stooges and Poison Idea, and further to Mercyful Fate and Danzig - while revelling in new ways to express the spirit of those revered archetypes. Recorded in ten days at Studio Cobra in Stockholm with producer Konie Ehrencrona at the controls and the raging rhythm section of Simon Bouteloup (bass, Kadavar/ex-Aqua Nebula Oscillator) and Andrew Prestidge (Angel Witch/Winters) underpinning Linnea and Johanna's otherworldly hymns to the black, THE OATH is a triumph for soul and sonic ceremony, with conviction and integrity bursting from every artfully-crafted riff and ethereal melodic motif.

Veering from the strident grooves and shimmering menace of opener All Must Die to the breakneck, Luciferian clatter of Black Rainbow and on to the spine-tingling grandeur and grime of epic closer Psalm 7, THE OATHis anything but just another addition to the modern pseudo-occult rock canon. Instead, it is an extraordinary glimpse into its creators' overpowering charisma and chemistry and a thrillingly, hyper-nourishing dose of authentic, 21st century heavy metal sorcery. With input from In Solitude's Henke Palm  - who contributes some "improvised Voivod-style solos", according to Linnea - and logo designed courtesy of Watain's Erik Danielson, this is an album that exudes ageless style and irresistible substance: a potent antidote to the flimsy fripperies of the modern age.
And now, this new ritual begins. THE OATH has been sworn, the dice have been thrown. All that remains is the propagation of the divine but unholy art that these sisters-in-sound have wrenched from the depths of their harmonised psyches. The future belongs to those who believe...

THE OATH Track Listing:
1. All Must Die
2. Silk Road
3. Night Child
4. Leaving Together
5. Black Rainbow
6. Silver and Dust
7. Death Delight
8. In Dream
9. Psalm 7

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