Thursday, September 29, 2016


My new song "Ice" is here. First song off the new EP, Body Stuff 2, out November 4th on The Path Less Traveled Records.

"'Ice' is a far out jam. The band is decidedly New York, though they pull from seemingly disparate corners of the metropolis. 'Ice' starts out with a rolling, dream pop intro that would fit at home at many a Brooklyn loft. But then, just as the intro fades away, the song devolves into a sonic, post-metal pummeling that would fit right at home on a Swans record. Rarely does a band go from sounding so nice to so mean!"


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HOMEWRECKER - Extinction by Design

Good Fight Music presents Extinction by Design, the new EP by Homewrecker, out October 14th.

Skating the line between brute-force hardcore punk and the evil death-thrash of old-school '80s Slayer, Homewrecker has built its name over the past five years, releasing albums on A389 Recordings and touring with the likes of Integrity, Madball, and Full of Hell.

New EP Extinction by Design, the band's first release for new label home Good Fight, was recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Eternal Sleep), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell).

Homewrecker frontman Matt Barnum cites influence from Swedish death machines like Grave, and crust punkers like Tragedy, as well as the undeniable Slayer. Barnum says the new EP's lyrics range from the local ("hometown drug abusers and crooked people"), to the global ("the world's resources being depleted, and how little our government values life"), to the historical ("stories of French Revolution torture methods").

Guest vocalists Alvino Salcedo (Of Feather and Bone) and John Hoffman (Weekend Nachos) lend their screams to the songs "Extinction by Design" and "Caged Existence," respectively.

1) Extinction by Design
2) Prophet Liar
3) Caged Existence
4) Path of Terror

Homewrecker will be on tour throughout the fall, including a European tour with Weekend Nachos and a US tour with Skeletonwitch.

Weekend Nachos, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Homewrecker:
Oct 3 - Reykjavik, IS @ Spennustooin
Oct 4 - Reykjavik, IS @ Gaukurinn
Oct 6 - Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Oct 7 - Copenhagen, DK @ Ungdomshuset
Oct 8 - Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
Oct 9 - Prague, CZ @ Modra Vopice
Oct 10 - Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
Oct 11 - Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Bar
Oct 12 - Munchen, DE @ Feierwerk
Oct 13 - Kassel, DE @ Goldgrube
Oct 14 - Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
Oct 15 - London, UK @ Nambucca
Oct 16 - Leeds, UK @ Temple of Boom

Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Homewrecker:
Oct 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Oct 20 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Oct 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Oct 22 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH @ House Show (Homewrecker only)
Oct 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Oct 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Oct 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Oct 30 - Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Brewery

Photo by E. Aaron Ross

FIGHT AMP - Final Amp

After a 12-year run, beloved Philadelphia rockers Fight Amp will officially disband, following their upcoming North American tour in November.

Now dubbed "Final Amp," the November tour hits eight cities across the northeastern US and Canada, ending in Brooklyn, New York for a final show.

Fight Amp - Final Amp:
Nov 4 - Kent, OH @ Outpost
Nov 5 - Chicago, IL @ Township
Nov 6 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
Nov 8 - Toronto, ON @ Coalition
Nov 9 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Nov 10 - Boston, MA @ tba
Nov 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale

Founded in Philly over a decade ago, Fight Amputation, a.k.a. Fight Amp, created a thick catalog of releases and toured tirelessly with the likes of Eyehategod and Black Tusk. The current, final lineup – a 
power trio consisting of guitarist/vocalist Mike McGinnis, bassist/vocalist Jon DeHart and drummer Dan Smith – is a supremely lean, mean machine, melding the muscularity of Helmet and the gruff soulfulness of Nirvana. The band's last album, 2015's Constantly Off, earned these words from Stereogum: "Beneath a hard crust of booming toms and slippery Unsane-esque rhythms lies an efficient, borderline-pop songwriting sensibility." 

The band gives this statement:

Well, here it is. As of today we're officially announcing that our November shows will be our last. Fight Amp is going on indefinite hiatus. 

It's been a long strange, wild, educational, fun and sometimes painful journey, and this is not a decision we made lightly or quickly. It may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but the three of us have been chewing on this for a while. The timing just seems right at this point. We're leaving on a high note with the release of our favorite Fight Amp record to date, Constantly Off, as our farewell album. 

We can't thank you all enough for riding this thing through with us. There's enough stories, gratitude, lessons and history embedded in this band at this point that we could write a book on the topic. Instead of a long-winded statement here we'll let those things come out as time passes. Without going into too much further detail, we're making this move to focus on other musical projects. We're lifers in this thing and we're not going anywhere as musicians, so stay tuned for what's to come. As far as the new material we had written and started to demo, we'll let that sleep for now.

It's been real, people. Thank you all so much for the continued support and we hope to see you in November to see Fight Amp one last time.

One fuckin' love,

Mike, Jon, Dan
Fight Amputation

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OLD WOUNDS + Beartooth + Every Time I Die

Following an entire summer spent rocking the nation on Vans Warped Tour '16, Old Wounds hits the road again next week for a full US tour supporting Beartooth and Every Time I Die.

Widely regarded as a standout of this summer's Warped Tour, Old Wounds blends vicious New Jersey hardcore with goth ambience and progressive socio-political ideals. Musical reference points include late '90s metallic hardcore greats like Turmoil and Buried Alive, and icons of darkness like Danzig and Type O Negative, while politically the band is closer in spirit to Fugazi. Often sporting ghostly makeup and a pompadour, frontman Kevin Iavaroni is a captivating presence and he leads his band ferociously.

Latest album The Suffering Spirit was released in 2015 on Good Fight Music to a storm of praise. Alternative Press warned the album would "rip your goddamn spine out," while BrooklynVegan called it "heavy, dissonant... pissed-off," and MetalSucks hailed its "powerhouse heaviness" and "brooding Type O Negative vibe."

Tickets, here:

The Noise presents: 
Beartooth, Every Time I Die, Fit for a King, Old Wounds:

2 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3 - Madison, WI @ The Majestic **
4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City
5 - Denver, CO @ Summit
6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
13 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers **
14 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile
16 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall $
17 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage
18 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
19 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
21 - Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
22 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham
23 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
25 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
26 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter **
27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
29 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
30 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
31 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

2 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
4 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
7 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots **
8 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
9 - St Louis, MO @ Ready Room
10 - Champaign, IL @ The Accord **
11 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live

$ - Old Wounds only
** - Every Time I Die, Old Wounds

Photo by Aaron Kudler

SOFT KILL + BrooklynVegan

"Portland's Soft Kill have been channeling the original goth era for a few years now, and for their latest release they signed to Profound Lore, a label usually known for metal bands... One of Soft Kill's influences is surely The Chameleons, who they toured with last year, and that band's singer Mark Burgess sings guest lead vocals on 'On the Inside,' off the band's new album. That of course makes Soft Kill sound even more like the original goth era, but the song also sounds fresh. It's good stuff."

"Romantic, classic-sounding..."


"Cure-like ambiance..."

–Cvlt Nation

Soft Kill's new single "On the Inside" makes its debut today via BrooklynVegan.

Listen here:

"On the Inside" appears on new album Choke, due out November 4th on Profound Lore Records. The song features guest vocals by Mark Burgess of '80s UK band The Chameleons, a band Soft Kill cites as heroes. Frontman Tobias V.H. says "having one of our main influences take part in the album was pretty life-changing."

A departure from the sounds that have come to define Profound Lore – avant metal bands like Portal, Krallice, Leviathan, Pallbearer, and Subrosa – Soft Kill is one of the most outstanding new post-punk bands of today, dealing in a vibe Stereogum has called "romantic, classic-sounding" and Cvlt Nation names "Cure-like ambiance." Choke lays down a perfect, early '80s-rooted sound, built on slamming drums and minimal guitar hooks – it is both ethereal and driving, melancholy and wired. 

Choke was engineered by Jason Powers (Grails, The Mountain Goats) at Burnside Recording in Portland, mixed by Uniform guitarist Ben Greenberg (Destruction Unit, Cheena) and mastered by Blake Bickel (King Dude, He Whose Ox Is Gored).

The album is part of a comeback of sorts – Soft Kill originally formed 2010, released the acclaimed An Open Door album, then disappeared for years when frontman Tobias went to prison for drug-related crimes. The current, reformed Soft Kill includes veteran drummer Maxamillion Avila of such bands as Antioch Arrow, Chromatics, and Atriarch.

Soft Kill, on tour:

Oct 21 - Portland, OR @ Secret Society

Dec 2 - Sacramento, CA @ Red Museum
Dec 3 - Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
Dec 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Dec 5 - Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
Dec 6 - El Paso, TX @ Monarch
Dec 8 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
Dec 9 - Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
Dec 11 - Denver, CO @ Bar Bar
Dec 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Dec 14 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark

Photo by Sam Gehrke


"Black/death/doom/self-loathing-core... Sun-dimming atrocity."

"Proggy, blackened metal... like a puddle of boiled oil, full of broken glass."

Decibel has premiered "Helm," a track off Black Table's new, upcoming "sun-dimming atrocity" of a new album, Obelisk.

Led by the gut-wrenching screams of frontwoman powerhouse Mers Sumida, Black Table presents a version of extreme music that twists, turns, weaves, and unravels. Sludgy post-rock teeters on the edge of a blackened hellscape – the band traverses truly dismal realms and also catches glimpses of brightness and triumph.

Listen, here:

Sumida, who possesses some of the most convincing vocals in metal, says new album Obelisk deals with "depression as a human condition, explored through the mythologies of various cultures, like Aztec, Mohawk Indian and European literature."

The album was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Leviathan) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), and will be released October 14th on Silent Pendulum Records in the US, and Moment of Collapse Records in Europe.

US pre-order:

Drummer Michael Kadnar and bassist DJ Scully are both members of the reformed The Number Twelve Looks Like You; Kadnar also drums for German act Downfall of Gaia).

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


"Southern California stoner core... Cacophonous blend of stoner rock, metal, and hardcore."

"Though they may have a penchant for cannabis, the after-effects have never dulled Colombian Necktie's metallic hardcore edge."

–High Times

"A rising name within the Los Angeles underground metal scene... [Colombian Necktie] has further mastered the art of balancing an ugly musical din with engaging Sabbath-boogie riffs."
-LA Weekly

"LA-based stoner-core... chock full of sludge."
–Metal Injection

Lambgoat has premiered new stoner-core anthem "Linestepper" from Los Angeles' Colombian Necktie.

Listen, here:

"Linestepper" appears on upcoming new album All Paths Lead to Nowhere, and the track is a pure representation of the vibe: graceful drums dance around the beat, guitars ride the line between driving hardcore and cosmic '70s heavy metal boogie, and frontman Scott Werren barks earnest words that evoke the realness of great LA frontmen of the past like Henry Rollins and Mike Muir. 

All Paths Lead to Nowhere comes out September 30th on Black Voodoo Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Erol Ulug (Dangers, Seizures) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Black Tusk).


Photo by Dea Janoyan 


"One of the most intense albums of 2016, period."

Ion Dissonance has unveiled new track "Suffering: The Art of Letting Go," today via MetalSucks.

Listen, here:

"Suffering: The Art of Letting Go" appears on upcoming full-length Cast the First Stone, the Montreal band's first album since 2010. A monstrous return, Cast the First Stone shows Ion Dissonance at its best, delivering lethal bursts of chaos, color, and groove – the next level of the brutal, technical style it pioneered over a decade ago.

"Founding Fathers of Deathcore," as MetalSucks puts it, the Montrealers mixed dizzying math and earthquaking heaviness back in the early/mid '00s, solidifying a sound that served as a gateway for the deathcore boom that followed. Along with French Canadian countrymen Despised Icon and US bands like The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance's impact on the current state of metal and hardcore is massive – and with new album Cast the First Stone, these forefathers have returned to continue pushing the genre forward.

Ion Dissonance frontman Kevin McCaughey says, "Cast the First Stone is a solid mix of all the essential elements you would expect to hear from us, with some new twists added. This is the next chapter in the Ion Dissonance discography and we are far from finished."

Cast the First Stone will be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

Pre-order, here:

The album was produced by Ion Dissonance guitarist Antoine Lussier.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Burdens
2) The Truth Will Set You Free
3) To Expiate
4) To Lift the Dead Hand of the Past
5) Untitled II
6) Suffering: The Art of Letting Go
7) Ill Will
8) (D.A.B.D.A.) State of Discomposure
9) Treading on Thin Ice
10) Virtue
11) Perpetually Doomed: The Sisyphean Task

Fall shows include dates with Fit For An Autopsy and a slot on Texas Revolution Fest with Hatebreed.

Oct 8 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog

Oct 22 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room - Texas Revolution Fest w/ Hatebreed, Devildriver
Oct 29 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Nov 18 - Providence, RI @ The Colosseum - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone
Nov 19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone
Nov 20 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box - w/ Fit For an Autopsy, Great American Ghost, Of Feather and Bone

Photo by Charlie Baron

Friday, September 16, 2016

THE CHAIN + Head Wound City

EXALT + Exclaim!

Exclaim! has premiered Exalt's new music video, "Worship."

Watch, here:

As Exclaim's Bradley Zorgdrager puts it, the song "perfectly toes the lines between metalcore and the band's nu metal influences." Although Exalt is coming out of the hardcore scene – peers include Harm's Way, Code Orange, and Old Wounds, and an upcoming fall tour has them touring with the iconic Ringworm – new album The Shape You Took Before the Ache sees the young Canadians flirting hard with the kind of drama and hooks that once defined nu-metal. Moody melodies and bouncing rhythms nod to bands like Deftones and Fear Factory.

The album was released last week on Good Fight Music in the US, and on New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world.

It was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Integrity).

"Elevating their brand of eerie, esoteric metalcore to new heights"

"It's definitely a hardcore record but there's a lot going on musically that'll keep listeners interested beyond just the hardcore crowd. Seriously, this is worth a spin!"
–Metal Injection

"Crushing brutality... Brief reveries of melody and oddly sweet serenades..."
–Pure Grain Audio

"Exalt weave together bone-breaking metallic hardcore with moody atmosphere... The Shape You Took Before the Ache marks the beginning of an exciting shift for this band..."


Ringworm, Exalt:
Oct 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 7 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Oct 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Oct 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Oct 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Oct 12 - Boise, ID @ Shredder
Oct 13 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
Oct 15 - Portland, OR @ Panic Room
Oct 16 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
Oct 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Oct 19 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Oct 21 - Dallas, TX @ So What Fest
Oct 22 - Austin, TX @ Texas Revolution Fest
Oct 24 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht

Photo by Steph Mill