Thursday, October 16, 2014

HOLLOW EARTH - Silent Graves

Panic Records presents the release of Hollow Earth's debut full-length, Silent Graves. 

Panic Records, the label founded by Timm McInotsh of Seattle hardcore vets Trial, will release Hollow Earth's Silent Graves on November 11th on vinyl, CD, and digital.

From Metro Detroit, Michigan, Hollow Earth was formed in 2011 by vocalist Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud. Mike Moynihan is also a current member of recent Century Media signees Enabler.

Hollow Earth's debut full-length Silent Graves was recorded by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recordings (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails).

Stream new track "World to Come," off Silent Graves, exclusively via MetalSucks. 

In the words of MetalSucks: "In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell; this is the kind of song that will skin you with jagged rocks and then burn you to a crisp..."

Silent Graves is an album's worth of feral, metallic hardcore, off the same battlefields as Turmoil and Buried Alive, anchored by a grand, apocalyptic weight that hints at a love for Neurosis. Lyrics paint pure, nightmarish accounts of dejection, suffering, and impending doom on both the personal and global levels.

The Silent Graves cover art was created by Jacob Parmentier and Patrick Galvin.

Silent Graves is preceded by the band's debut EP, We Are Not Humanity, released on Panic in 2012.

Hollow Earth embark on a US tour in November 
with Exalt, including select dates with Run with the Hunted and KDC.

Hollow Earth "Silent Graves US Tour 2014":

Nov 8 - Fort Wayne, IN @ The Den *

Nov 9 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar *
Nov 10 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet *
Nov 11 - Tulsa, OK @ White Flag *
Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks $
Nov 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fiftyonewest $
Nov 14 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe $
Nov 15 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY $
Nov 16 - Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records $
Nov 17  - Reno, NV @ Holland Project $
Nov 18 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal $
Nov 19 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge $
Nov 20 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper $
Nov 21 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder $
Nov 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kafeneio Coffeehouse $
Nov 23 - Denver, CO @ Mutiny Info Cafe 
Nov 25 - Fargo, ND @ The New Direction 
Nov 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pizza Palace 
Nov 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward 
Nov 29 - Peoria, IL @ Black Sheep  #
Nov 30 - Detroit, MI @ Yonka House #

* - w/ Exalt

$ - w/ Run with the Hunted
# - w/ KDC

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE BANNER - Greying

Greying, The Banner's first new full-length in six years, is set for a December 9th release on Good Fight Music. The connection between The Banner and Good Fight runs deep: the Good Fight team released The Banner's previous two albums (2005's Each Breath Haunted and 2008's Frailty) on their former label, Ferret Music.

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count, Stray from the Path) and Randy Leboeuf.

The cover art is by The Banner founder and frontman JSS.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) The Dying of the Light
2) Circle of Salt
3) Crippling Despair
4) Sunlight
5) Unbaptized
6) A Quiet Corner
7) Send Me Down
9) She Upon the Black Wolf
10) Bones to Dust
11) Sunset

JSS states: "The writing for Greying began shortly after the recording of Frailty and continued right up until we entered the studio. My motivation was to get a seamless fusion of the sounds and ideas of Each Breath Haunted and Frailty, as much as possible, then expand on that focused vein as best as I was able. Fortunately we linked up with Randy in the studio and he made this all possible in a way I believe other engineers wouldn't have been able to. I'm very grateful to have had Randy and Will working with me on this album. I think that Greying is without question the most 'The Banner' album I've done."

The Banner stormed the scene in the '00s, pushing the morbid theatrics of The Misfits into the context of metallic hardcore. Ahead of their time, The Banner helped pave the way for the massive resurgence of goth influence within metal and hardcore, seen today all over the map, from Warped Tour kings like Motionless in White, to critics' darlings like Iceage.

The range displayed on new album Greying is vast and The Banner owns every inch of it – from the blackened drive of "Crippling Despair" and crushing beatdown of "Unbaptized," to the industrial lament of "Send Me Down" and heavy blues of "Bones to Dust." Always leaders, The Banner have returned and Greying pushes the band's legacy forward once more.

Stream "Crippling Despair," off Greying, here.

The Banner have confirmed the following upcoming live appearances:

Oct 25 - Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk w/ Sheer Terror, Damnation A.D., Merauder, Harm's Way, Full of Hell
Nov 14 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Seizures' new video for their song, "Dreamsnake," is now streaming via Metal Injection.

"Dreamsnake" appears on The Sanity Universal, the Southern Californians' double-album, released this week on Melotov Records. Originally self-released in 2013, The Sanity Universal has been remixed by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers), remastered by Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe), and is now available for the first time on vinyl via Melotov.

A dense, sprawling journey in sound, a balance of shred and soul, The Sanity Universal starts with Coalesce-indebted noise-core and blasts it into outerspace via bold, post-rock experimentation.

"Cathartically abrasive sound... If you're keen on math, hardcore, grind, and spacey prog melodies, you'll probably love their newly remastered album, The Sanity Universal."
–New Noise

"A stunning piece of work that is incredibly vast, totally overpowering and almost impossible to quantify."
–Cvlt Nation

"Metallic hardcore (which is not metalcore but 'evil hardcore' in the vein of Rorschach, Deadguy, Bloodlet, etc.) merged with experimental rock."

–Gear Gods

"[Seizures] put their own stamp on hardcore, imbuing their scathing, complex, and hard-hitting sound with a ton of personality."

"The grimy dissonance of Gaza, the frenetic riffing of Botch, and the uncontrollable structures of The Dillinger Escape Plan."

–American Aftermath

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Following up recent releases by ACxDC, Tiger Flowers, Vices, and Holy Tongues, Melotov Records presents its release of Seizures' double album, The Sanity Universal, out today. Originally released in 2013, The Sanity Universal has been fully remixed by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and remastered by Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe), and is now available for the first time on vinyl.

From the beach town of Dana Point, California, south of LA, Seizures own their own brand of next-generation mathcore – dark, complex, adventurous. Born in the shadow of the elder Orange County scene (Throwdown, Eighteen Visions), Seizures are closer in spirit to bands like Rorschach and Coalesce – bands that pushed hardcore into other dimensions, that embraced complexity not as an exercise but as an exorcism. Standing on the shoulders of those giants, Seizures catapult the genre into outerspace, displaying an absolute freedom of musical ideas. Double album The Sanity Universal is a massive sonic experience, as vast as the starscape on its cover. Dense, engrossing, unpredictable, The Sanity Universal wows with technicality and crushes with feeling.

Stream Seizures' "Product of a Time Loss Scenario," off The Sanity Universal, here.

Seizures plays a record release show, Oct 23 at The Dial in Murrieta, California, then hits the road in November for a 3-week tour with Illustrations.

"A stunning piece of work that is incredibly vast, totally overpowering and almost impossible to quantify."

–Cvlt Nation

"Metallic hardcore (which is not metalcore but 'evil hardcore' in the vein of Rorschach, Deadguy, Bloodlet, etc.) merged with experimental rock."

–Gear Gods

"[Seizures] put their own stamp on hardcore, imbuing their scathing, complex, and hard-hitting sound with a ton of personality."

"The grimy dissonance of Gaza, the frenetic riffing of Botch, and the uncontrollable structures of The Dillinger Escape Plan."

–American Aftermath

HIGHLANDS video + new EP

Brooklyn Vegan has premiered Highlands' video for the song "Show Me," off the Long Beach, California band's latest LP, Dark Matter Traveler.

The stunning, NSFW peyote-vision of a clip was directed by Chad Huff.

Dark Matter Traveler, produced by 
Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers), was released in July on the band's own Say Again Records. Mixing British shoegaze and West Coast psychedelia, Highlands earned love from outlets like CMJ who referred to the band's sound as "waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick." 

Highlands will follow up the LP with a new EP titled Dark Matter Remnants, out November 18th on Say Again. Dark Matter Remnants consists of five tracks recorded during the Dark Matter Traveler sessions that didn't make it onto the full-length. The paintings adorning the covers of both the LP and the EP are by the late Yan Burdzinski.

The Dark Matter Remnants tracklist is as follows:

1) Red

2) Delusion
3) Never Look
4) The Only Thing
5) Eternal Coast

"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."

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

"[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..."

"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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NASTY + Good Fight

Fresh off the release of Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, and the signing of The Banner, Good Fight Music announces it will team up with Belgian band Nasty for the North American release of its next album.

Formed a decade ago in La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has released four albums to date and has toured the world exhaustively, playing almost every country in Europe, as well as the US, Brazil, Japan, China and South Korea. In the past year alone, Nasty has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife, Madball, Deez Nuts, and more.

Nasty's fifth album, as yet untitled, will be released in North America on Good Fight Music in 2015. Expect unrepentant breakdowns and Belgian-accented mosh incitements. 

Stream "Lying When They Love Us," a track off the album, here. 

Watch the video, here. 

Good Fight founder Carl Severson states: "Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we'd heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them."

Nasty frontman Matthi adds: "We are very happy to have Good Fight as our new home and partner for North America. We are already feeling at home."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE BANNER + Good Fight

Good Fight Music welcomes The Banner to its family.

One of the standouts of New Jersey's hardcore history, The Banner injected morbid, gothic vibes into metallic hardcore in the early '00s – along with bands like Ink and Dagger, The Banner turned a whole new generation onto a tradition set forth by The Misfits in the '80s.

Now, well over a decade since its formation, The Banner returns, vital as ever, ready to push things forward once again.

The connection between The Banner and Good Fight Music runs deep: Good Fight boss Carl Severson released The Banner's previous two albums – 2005's Each Breath Haunted and 2008's Frailty – on his former label, Ferret Music.

Good Fight will release The Banner's fourth full-length album, Greying, in the upcoming monthsThe band's first album in more than five years, Greying was produced by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Poison the Well), also producer of 2008's Frailty.

With the final touches now being put on Greying, The Banner reveals one new song off the album: "Crippling Despair." Stream the track here.

"Crippling Despair" gives a glimpse at what's to come: ripping hardcore punk, cloaked in blackened bludgeon and mournful atmosphere.

The Banner founder and frontman JSS states: "Greying is a mix of Each Breath Haunted's darkness and Frailty's heaviness. To bring you this album we mobilized the same team that brought you Frailty: producer Will Putney and label boss Carl Severson. Greying is very much a continuation of everything we built in the last decade, pushing everything forward to create the best music we've ever made."

Now, with an entirely new legion of young bands flourishing in its shadow – bands like Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds, for example – The Banner is back.

Stand by for more details about Greying, coming up on Good Fight Music, and look out for The Banner – now consisting of founder/frontman JSS, guitarist Garrett Defalco, bassist Steve Tanis, and drummer Jake Blochinger – on tour soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Old Wounds' North American tour, presented by Invisible Oranges, wraps up this weekend with a couple NYC shows, also starring my friends/clients Divider, The Banner, and Meek Is Murder.

Friday, September 26 @ Grand Victory, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, September 27 @ ABC No Rio, New York, NY