Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Out now: VICES




Vices' debut LP, New Breed, is out today on Melotov Records and MetalInjection is now hosting a stream of the entire album.

MetalInjection hails the young Jacksonville, Florida band's debut full-length as "a fusion of hardcore punk and swampy blues rock... New Breed is like a shot of good whiskey followed immediately by a punch in the face. The groovy riffs are warm, thick, and rich, but the vocals get up in your face looking for a fight." 

New Breed was produced by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip).

Vices has toured the nation repeatedly alongside other young punkers like Old Wounds and Full of Hell. Stay tuned for news of fall touring. In the meantime, Floridians can catch the following shows:

Aug 8 - Daytona, FL @ The Lion's Den
Aug 9 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
Aug 10 - Miami, FL @ Space Mountain

"A fusion of hardcore punk and swampy blues rock... New Breed is like a shot of good whiskey followed immediately by a punch in the face. The groovy riffs are warm, thick, and rich, but the vocals get up in your face looking for a fight." 
–MetalInjection

"What Fucked Up might sound like if the band had been born and bred in the Deep South instead of chilly Canada... a blinding mix of anthemic punk rage and mosquito-stung Southern rock swagger."
–The A.V. Club

"The kind of hardcore that fans of Paint It Black or Burning Love should be familiar with... but it eventually turns into a swamp rock soloing machine."
–BrooklynVegan

"Hardcore with a blues rock edge... will make you want to go smash some liquor bottles down by the creek."
–Decibel

"A masterful pairing of hardcore and Southern-fried debauchery."
–American Aftermath

"Their breakdowns owe more to Black Sabbath than Biohazard... Call it punk n' roll if you like."
–Verbicide

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOLY TONGUES + BrooklynVegan

Comprised of three members of the late Ruiner, Baltimore's Holy Tongues releases its debut LP, Weak People, August 5th on Melotov Records.

Today, BrooklynVegan presents the exclusive premiere of "Filters," a song off the album, reporting, "[Weak People] sees Holy Tongues moving past Ruiner's melodic hardcore into slower realms of post-hardcore with aggressive, Albini-indebted sludge bass and shoutier vocals... a dose of sludge punk that wouldn't feel out of place on Sub Pop's late '80s roster..."

Weak People was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Earth).

The A.V. Club recently premiered "92," another track off the album.

Holy Tongues, live:
August 9 - Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space (record release show)
August 10 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Flat

"A dose of sludge punk that wouldn't feel out of place on Sub Pop's late '80s roster..."
–BrooklynVegan

"The members of Baltimore trio Holy Tongues are no strangers to turmoil. All three previously served time in Ruiner, one of the most vicious hardcore acts of the '00s. But Weak People, Holy Tongues' upcoming debut album, simmers more than it slams, On the song '92,' debuted here, the group contains and internalizes an eruption of rage and regret, compressing it into a knot of blackened punk and then swallowing it whole."
–The A.V. Club


HIGHLANDS + Mass Appeal

With Highlands' sophomore album, Dark Matter Traveler, released today, Mass Appeal Magazine streams the new psych-pop masterpiece in full.

Says Mass Appeal: "Blending influences such as shoegaze and psychedelic rock, adding a bit more backbone, they create their own sound using dissonant layers of instrumentation combined with pop-inspired hooks. Having been compared to '90s bands like Swervedriver and Slowdive, their follow up to 2012's Singularity is definitely a progression for Highlands."


From Long Beach, California, Highlands' music drives, soars, and haunts – rooted in a love of the Creation Records catalog, surfing a wave in the Southern California sun. The band's second album, Dark Matter Traveler, was recorded by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of Crystal Antlers.


Order Dark Matter Traveler, vinyl and digital.


"Blending influences such as shoegaze and psychedelic rock, adding a bit more backbone, they create their own sound using dissonant layers of instrumentation combined with pop-inspired hooks."

–Mass Appeal

"If you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley... My heart melts for shoegaze, and these guys have returned with a gem of a song and a new record out in July.”
–USA Today

"Shoegaze indebted to the genre's early days... fans of this stuff will likely find Highlands do it well."
–BrooklynVegan

"Waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick"
–CMJ

"[Highlands song, 'Onto You'] shows Highlands' love for classic shoegazers like Slowdive and Ride... But the foggy, zonked tune also has a Black Angels-y psych-rock thing happening."
–Red Bull Music

"The Long Beach quartet are marching to their own beat with their noisy brand of shoegaze... A dreamy swirl of saturated vocals and murky guitar tones..."
–Arena  

"Ghostly drone-rock-meets-dream-pop"
–OC Weekly

"Psychedelic rock lovers, perk your ears!... The depth and warmth of their sound, as well as their ethereal harmonies, lull listeners into an aural trance..."
–The Deli LA


Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIVIDER - All Barren


Nearly a decade after its formation, Divider delivers its first full-length album: All Barren.

Glory Kid Ltd. will release All Barren on September 23rd as a vinyl LP and digital download. 


All Barren is Divider's debut full-length yet the Long Island, New York band has been making records since 2006 – a Kurt Ballou-recorded debut EP and a split with Bone Dance, among others. Through many changes in personnel, the band has persisted almost ten years, touring the nation alongside other standouts of the DIY circuit like Capsule and Khann.


The All Barren lineup consists of vocalist Chris Tzompanakis – former frontman of Skycamefalling – founder/guitarist Anthony Fusco, bassist Peter Gerontakos, and drummer Victor Mouradian.


All Barren is the sound of a band plowing forward after years of internal and external turmoil: member changes, lawsuits, and, most recently, the complete destruction of vocalist Tzompanakis' home in Hurricane Sandy.

Not unlike the relentless advance of that hurricane, All Barren is a campaign of mid-paced devastation that blankets the senses and dwarfs the will. From opener "Crow Eater" onward, this is music that barrels forth unstoppably with a life of its own, radiating power.

All Barren is best experienced as a whole – it is a new masterpiece of the post-Neurosis scene. The earliest Isis recordings are one reference point – the apocalyptic drive of The Red Sea, for example. Those who listen through will be rewarded with "Silently Marching," a brilliant and surprising closer that seals the album in epic fashion and exposes the band's true range.

All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and Vince Ratti (August Burns Red, Balance and Composure), and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Crow Eater
2) The Devouring
3) All Barren
4) Requisite
5) Empty Beds
6) Salt and Bone
7) Poisoned Arrows
8) Viscera
9) Ruin
10) Turning the Soil
11) Silently Marching

Based in Seattle, Washington, Glory Kid Ltd. is home to releases by Old Wounds, Raindance, Mercy Ties, and more. Divider and Mercy Ties kick off a tour of the East Coast this weekend.


Divider + Mercy Ties:
Jul 12 - Island Park, NY @ No Fun Club

Jul 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Pizza Place
Jul 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory
Jul 15 - Bethlehem, PA @ Ask a Punk
Jul 16 - Pawtucket, RI @ Machines with Magnets
Jul 17 - Worcester, MA @ Hotel Vernon
Jul 18 - Oakdale, CT @ Trap House
Jul 19 - Kingston, NY @ The Anchor


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

VICES + BrooklynVegan




As Melotov Records readies the July 22nd release of Vices' debut full-length, New Breed, BrooklynVegan streams "That's Life," a track off the upcoming album, stating "new single 'That's Life' starts out as the kind of hardcore that fans of Paint It Black or Burning Love should be familiar with, but it eventually turns into a swamp rock soloing machine."

The young Jacksonville, Florida band is notorious for jamming heavy, Southern-fried blues over furious hardcore punk songs – a recent review from The A.V. Club compared it to "what Fucked Up might sound like of the band had been born and bred in the Deep South instead of chilly Canada... a blinding mix of anthemic punk rage and mosquito-stung Southern rock swagger." Decibel Magazine got right to the point and proclaimed that Vices' sound "will make you want to go smash some liquor bottles down by the creek."

New Breed was produced by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip).

A regular in the hard-touring DIY circuit, Vices has criss-crossed the nation with peers like Full of Hell and Old Wounds. Stand by for news of the next live missions.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

EXTINCTION A.D. + Good Fight



Good Fight Music welcomes Extinction A.D. to its expanding family and announces the August 19th release of the band's debut EP, Plague Prophecy.


Blazing, machine-like, Extinction A.D. drops a heavyweight metal assault on its relentless four-song debut. In the words of MetalSucks: "The Sepultura influence is apparent and unsurprising, given that the band's name seems to be a conscious reference to Chaos A.D., but it's the Hannemalistic riffs that really get me... The band's whiplash-paced, garrote-sharp riffs will remind you why ever loved thrash in the first place."


Formed in 2013 in Long Island, New York, Extinction A.D. is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Rick Jimenez, guitarist Christian Beale, bassist Pieter van den Berg, and drummer Mike Sciulara. Extinction A.D. sees the four hardcore vets whip up an adrenaline overdose of razor-wire riffing and dead-serious, apocalyptic lyrics. 

Plague Prophecy, the debut EP, was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Recording (Defeater, Ceremony, Bane).

Making big strides in its short existence, Extinction A.D. has shared stages in 2014 with 
Unearth, Kvelertak, Oathbreaker, and more. The song "Mummified," off Plague Prophecy, was featured as the lead track on MetalSucks' NY Sucks, Volume 4 compilation and the band has been chosen by MetalSucks as one of five to record at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio this year. 

Good Fight Music, the label arm of multi-faceted music company Good Fight Entertainment, will release Plague Prophecy on August 19th as a vinyl EP and digital download. New Extinction A.D. merch is available now at Good Fight's official online store.


The tracklist is as follows:
1) Arsenal of Freedom
2) Doomsday Clock
3) Mummified
4) Extinction A.D.

The cover art is by UK artist Will Blood.

Other new Good Fight releases include reissues by Terror and NORA, and the upcoming new EP by Old Wounds.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NORA + Good Fight




Good Fight Music announces the launch of its digital reissues of four key titles from the NORA catalog. Originally released on Trustkill Records and currently out of print, the four reissues span NORA's entire heyday, from the band's early days in the New Jersey hardcore scene, up through its last album by which point the band had traveled the globe and shared stages with the biggest names in metal and rock.

The four reissues include: Theneverendingyouline EP (1999), Loser's Intuition (2001), Dreamers & Deadmen (2003), and Save Yourself (2007). All four were recorded by Eric Rachel at Trax East (The Black Dahlia Murder, The Banner) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (Mastodon, High on Fire).

Good Fight Music's NORA reissues are now available for purchase via Good Fight's official merch store, as well as through iTunes, Google Play, Good Fight's Bandcamp, and Spotify.

NORA was founded in Highland Park, New Jersey in 1996 by frontman Carl Severson and drummer Chris Ross. The band, along with peers like Every Time I Die and Eighteen Visions, came to define the sound of metallic hardcore as it evolved into the new millennium, bringing rock n' roll swagger into the context of aggressive music. Over the next decade, NORA would become a mainstay of the booming metalcore scene – releasing albums through Trustkill Records, playing shows around the world with bands from Lamb of God to 
My Chemical Romance to Converge, and appearing as guests on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.

While fronting NORA, Severson also made his mark as a businessman, founding the label Ferret Music. Through Ferret, Severson helped build the careers of Every Time I Die, Killswitch Engage, The Bronx, and many more, and established himself as a leader in the underground. In 2010, Severson turned his focus to Good Fight Entertainment, a new company comprising a record label and music management department. Now, through Good Fight, the circle is completed as Severson unleashes the reissues of his own band's material.

Severson states: "These records represent the better part of my twenties. They're the musical outlet of my passions, friendships, fears, angers, and so much more. Between friends, family, and crew, NORA is really made up of 20-30 of New Jersey's best. It's fun to have these records back out there."

Dormant since the 2007 release of Save Yourself, NORA reunited for two shows in 2013. Stay tuned for announcements of further actions.

HOLY TONGUES - Weak People

With new releases out now by ACxDC and Tiger Flowers, and the new LP by Vices coming up next, the prolific Melotov Records continues its 2014 roll with Weak People, the debut full-length by Holy Tongues, set for an August 5th release.

Holy Tongues is comprised of three members of the late Ruiner, the Baltimore band that made a name in the '00s via two LPs on Bridge 9 Records, the latter produced by J. Robbins (Modern Life Is War, Coliseum), and via tours with the likes of Strike Anywhere and Pulling Teeth. See here for knockout footage of Ruiner's farewell show in 2010. 

On Weak People, the trio – guitarist/vocalist Dustin Thornton, bassist/vocalist Stephen Smeal, and drummer Joey Edwards – has evolved out of the hardcore zone of its previous band and into a realm of sledgehammer rhythms, churning low-end, and radiant textures. As the instrumentation veers between Jesus Lizard stomp and Quicksand drive, Thornton and Smeal share vocals – jaded but still painfully earnest, they reflect on the past and assess the present through lyrics like: "I used to be a bright light / I used to shine the way / But I'm fading every day / I'm just crooked teeth and bad tattoos / That's all I'll ever be to you / And I feel so awkward in my skin / We all live in the shadows / Of the statues of our former selves." 

At times melancholy, at times downright epic, there is a relentless forward motion underlying all of Weak People, implying loudly that nothing is permanent, that this a mere snapshot of one point in time. This is the sound of people, of a band, in transformation.

Weak People was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Earth).

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Pale Light
2) Filters
3) 92
4) Bright Light
5) Small Fires
6) Smoker
7) Follow
8) 1/10/82 - 8/8/12

On releasing Holy Tongues' debut album,  Melanie Voltz of Melotov Records states, "I couldn't pass it up. It's three out of five members of Ruiner, one of my favorite hardcore bands of the 2000s... Weak People is a showcase of dynamic melodies, reminiscent of current post-hardcore acts such as Self Defense Family..."

Holy Tongues has rocked shows this spring with Nothing and Rosetta; stand by for news of the next live actions as Melotov's August 5th release of Weak People approaches.

"The members of Baltimore trio Holy Tongues are no strangers to turmoil. All three previously served time in Ruiner, one of the most vicious hardcore acts of the '00s. But Weak People, Holy Tongues' upcoming debut album, simmers more than it slams. On the song '92,' debuted here, the group contains and internalizes an eruption of rage and regret, compressing it into a knot of blackened punk and then swallowing it whole."
–The A.V. Club


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + Good Fight

Good Fight Music proudly announces the newest addition to its family: Old Wounds. Good Fight will release Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, on September 16th. The label has posted this video clip to welcome the band to the fold. 

Born in the New Jersey hardcore scene of the late '00s, Old Wounds picked up momentum with the 2013 release of its debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. Of that album, Pitchfork reported: "The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip alongside screams about tears and disappointment... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power."

In the months to come, Old Wounds proved itself a relentless DIY machine, setting out on back-to-back US tours with peers like The Banner, Full of Hell and Vices, and teaming up for various split releases. With drummer Brandon Gallagher creating all the band's artwork (and also contributing design work to labels like Three One G and Bridge 9), Old Wounds' identity came into sharp focus: a self-sufficient, road-hungry crew of young bucks, cloaked in bold graphics, reviving the spirit of turn-of the-millennium metallic hardcore for the next generation.

As Old Wounds plowed ahead, more press lined up to champion the young band: Guitar World compared Old Wounds to "Turmoil, Disembodied and Buried Alive"; Alternative Press offered up a spot on its coveted "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2014" list; MetalSucks featured a new, exclusive track on the fourth volume of its "NYC Sucks" compilation series, alongside Extinction A.D., Mutilation Rites, and Artificial Brain.

Now with Good Fight in Old Wounds' corner, the next phase begins. Good Fight Music is the label arm of Good Fight Entertainment, the company founded in 2010 by former Ferret Music boss Carl Severson. One of the pillars of the early metalcore scene, Ferret launched the careers of Every Time I Die, Killswitch Engage, The Bronx, and many more. With Good Fight Entertainment, Severson has expanded beyond Ferret's reach, bringing a music management department and record label under one roof and releasing new albums by the likes of The Chariot, Cancer Bats, and Madball, as well as reissues of seminal titles from the Terror catalog.

The partnership of Good Fight and Old Wounds is perhaps a perfect match – both entities rooted in New Jersey hardcore, both driven by a tenacious DIY ethic. With new EP Death Projection out September 16th on Good Fight Music, the tireless Old Wounds – now comprised of vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, guitarist Zak Kessler, bassist Mike Weintraub, and drummer Brandon Gallagher – starts work on its next full-length album. Stand by for all the details about Death Projection.

"This young New Jersey trio play metallic hardcore... which tips its hat to acts like Turmoil, Disembodied and Buried Alive."
–Guitar World

"Old Wounds are making a name for themseves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
–Alternative Press

"A metalcore wallop that succeeds at being catchy and furious..."
–Cvlt Nation

Out now: HUSH.


"Although HUSH. is comprised of members of crust (From Ashes Rise), post-punk (Self Defense Family), and metal/hardcore hybrid (Endicott) bands, the group is more than the sum of its parts... Unexist is, at its heart, a blast of apocalyptic sludge in the vein of Neurosis. Don't write these guys off as clones, though. HUSH. have a distinct sound and are much more raw and angry than their Californian predecessors."
–Metal Injection

"HUSH. are often compared to the canny mind-rewirers in Neurosis, particularly their Times of Grace. Indeed, Unexist operates similarly: it takes extremes of volume-as-texture and rockets the respective decibels at the others in a game of post-metal chicken. The crash begets new forms... Times of Grace is a touchstone, sure, but so are bands like Bloodlet. HUSH. is punker than most epic post- peers. The punk gene is still evident, not muted by years of splicing. It gives Unexist a sorely needed immediacy..."
–Invisible Oranges

"While the overwhelming glut of bands self-labeled as doom or sludge is enough to nauseate any listener, the Albany-based HUSH. have created something genuinely special with their debut. It's seven tracks of punishingly heavy music, yes, but it's also a damn impressive first step for a band that looks to resist the onslaught of metal mediocrity by interpreting rather than channeling their influences."
–Steel for Brains

"A raw and achingly melodic record... While one of doom's universal characteristics is a profound heaviness, created with glacial pacing and burdensome riffs, HUSH. somehow make the idea of musical weight feel fresh again."
–Exclaim!

"The debut album from New York's HUSH. is brimming with heaviness that appears to be in limitless supply. The band has a Neurosis vibe, from the sludge-covered guitar riffs to the hoarse screaming..."
–About 

"Extremely thick and heavy, with tinges of melody. It calls to mind bands like sludge/post-metal greats Neurosis, and more recent doom darlings Thou... Unexist is an intelligent and blisteringly heavy monolith that puts a lot of records in its class to shame."
–American Aftermath

"A relentless beast, an album that's filled to the brim with dissonant, murky as fuck riffage... It balances between bleak sludge and doom, but they also have a fondness of large ambient section too which really give these tracks a feeling of grandeur and depth."
–Rock N Reel