Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + Mass Appeal


Hip hop authority Mass Appeal branches out from its usual path today to premiere the newest track by Old Wounds. Stream "Ritual," off the New Jersey band's upcoming EP, Death Projection, exclusively via Mass Appeal.

Mass Appeal reports: "Youthful frantic hardcore sounds with churning metallic guitars... These guys are bringing '90s metallic hardcore back, taking influence from groups such as Turmoil and Indecision, and snowballing into a bigger piece of a new generation of hardcore."

Death Projection, out September 16th on Good Fight Music, was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War).

The EP can be pre-ordered now from Good Fight.

Old Wounds hits the road in September with Exalt for a tour of the US and Canada.

"Youthful frantic hardcore sounds with churning metallic guitars... These guys are bringing '90s metallic hardcore back, taking influence from groups such as Turmoil and Indecision, and snowballing into a bigger piece of a new generation of hardcore."
–Mass Appeal

"The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's concision and power."
–Pitchfork

"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 themselves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
–Alternative Press

"Nasty, vitriolic post-hardcore."

–MetalSucks

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS fall tour

Tiger Flowers will hit the road in September for a tour of the Eastern US.

Sep 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Arts Space
Sep 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse Cantina
Sep 20 - Parkersburg, WV @ Shooters Cafe
Sep 21 - Columbus, OH @ Hamptons
Sep 22 - Louisville, KY @ Highland Taproom
Sep 23 - Nashville, TN @ Heiman House
Sep 24 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
Sep 25 - Richmond, VA @ Empire
Sep 26 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Sep 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron

The New Yorkers' first full-length album, Dead Hymns, was released in April on Melotov Records. Of Dead Hymns, The A.V. Club offered these words: "Enough whiplash and metallic, Converge-esque bile to either dislodge or dissolve an entire set of dental work." Order the album here!

The video for "Cruisin' til the Wheels Fall Off," a one-minute rager off Dead Hymns, inspired by Rambo's plight in First Blood, was named a contender for "video of the year" by Metal Injection. Watch here!

"The best frontman in the Brooklyn scene"
–MetalSucks

"[Tiger Flowers] takes influence from elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach"
–BrooklynVegan

"Enough whiplash and metallic, Converge-esque bile to either dislodge or dissolve an entire set of dental work"
–The A.V. Club

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIVIDER + Metal Injection

Metal Injection has premiered "Turning the Soil," a new Category 5 storm of a tune off Divider's upcoming debut album, All Barren.

Metal Injection likens the song to "having your face pressed into a belt sander" and sums up the New York band with these words: 

"Divider's music is grand, harsh, and angry... The guitar, bass, and drums form a sonic maelstrom that's only rivaled in fury by Chris Tzompanakis' piss and vinegar screaming. Fans of Neurosis, early Isis, and Tombs should perk their ears up for this album."

Frontman Tzompanakis, also founder and frontman for elder metallic hardcore favorites Skycamefalling, has said much of the inspiration for All Barren came from the losses the band members suffered in Hurricane Sandy.

All Barren, out September 23rd on Glory Kid Ltd, can be pre-ordered now. The album was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). 

Invisible Oranges recently premiered "Requisite," another song off All Barren, praising its "indescribable power."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OLD WOUNDS Death Projection Tour


With Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, out September 16th on Good Fight Music, the New Jersey crew announces a September tour with Canada's Exalt.

Presented by Invisible Oranges, the two-week run sees Old Wounds and Exalt tear across the US and Canada, including a stop at Koi Fest in Exalt's hometown of Kitchener, Onatrio, with Every Time I Die, Protest the Hero, Expire, and more.


Standout of the new generation of metallic hardcore, Old Wounds gained massive momentum last year with the release of its debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. Pitchfork described the sound as "lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power." The 'Wounds proceeded to criss-cross the nation repeatedly with the likes of The Banner, Full of Hell, and Vices.

Out September 16th on Good Fight Music, new EP Death Projection was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War).

Revolver Magazine recently premiered Death Projection's opening track, "Dead Beat Blues." 


Death Projection is now available for pre-order from Good Fight Music's official online store, as a color vinyl 7" with various new Old Wounds merch options.

Old Wounds, Exalt: 
Sep 12 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Wunderloft
Sep 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
Sep 14 - Bellaire, OH @ Rock Hill Community Center
Sep 15 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
Sep 16 - Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Sep 17 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Take Hold
Sep 18 - Royal Oak, MI @ Genesis Church
Sep 19 - Ajax, ON @ Rotilicious
Sep 20 - Kitchener, ON @ Koi Fest
Sep 22 - Montreal, QC @ il Motore
Sep 23 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up
Sep 24 - North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Collective
Sep 25 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ My Pizza Place
Sep 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory
Sep 27 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio

"The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power."

–Pitchfork

"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 themselves the old-fashioned way: getting in people's faces and freaking them out with punked-out metalcore."
–Alternative Press

"Nasty, vitriolic post-hardcore."

–MetalSucks

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DIVIDER + Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges has premiered Divider's new track, "Requisite," the world's first taste of the Long Island, New York band's debut album, All Barren.

Completed nearly a decade after the band's formation, All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). The LP is set for a September 23rd release on Glory Kid Ltd.

In his review of All Barren, Invisible Oranges editor Ian Chainey points to the years of turmoil and perseverance that led up to this album's release – lineup changes, lawsuits, homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy – and how this breadth of experience is reflected in the band's churning, post-Neurosis sound:

"Chris Tzompanakis has a roar. His voice has cracks and crevices and creases, the kind of depth earned through survival... [Divider's All Barren] rolls out lumbering riffs which have characterized 'core for more than a decade. But the riffs run deeper. You can tell the band was patient, waiting until their compositions and tone truly spoke for them and said something honest about them. That patience granted guitarist Anthony Fusco and bassist Peter Gerontakos the time to imbue these riffs with an indescribable power. Drummer Victor Mouradian pounds his kit with that same feeling. And it makes a huge difference. A younger group could play these same songs 1,000 times and never come close to matching the emotions All Barren evokes."

All Barren follows a handful of smaller Divider releases, including a Kurt Ballou-recorded debut EP and a split with Bone Dance, among others.

Divider toured the East Coast with labelmates Mercy Ties in July. More touring is in the works.

"Riffs with an indescribable power... A younger group could play these same songs 1,000 times and never come close to matching the emotions All Barren evokes."
–Invisible Oranges

Pre-order Divider's All Barren.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Out now: HOLY TONGUES

Holy Tongues' debut LP, Weak People, is out today on Melotov Records. 

New Noise Magazine is now streaming the full album.

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

Order the album from Melotov Records.

From Baltimore, Maryland, Holy Tongues is comprised of three former members of Ruiner, the '00s hardcore band that made a name via two LPs on Bridge 9 Records, the latter produced by Jawbox's J. Robbins. On Weak People, the trio moves forward with a sound that is equally atmospheric, melancholy, driving, and pissed. The vibe belongs fully to Holy Tongues, evoking hints of The Jesus Lizard's pounding rhythms, Quicksand's radiant guitars, and Self Defense Family's introspection.

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

"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... 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

"Past Ruiner's melodic hardcore into slower realms of post-hardcore with aggressive Albini-indebted sludge bass... A dose of sludge punk that wouldn't feel out of place on Sub Pop's late '80s roster..."
–BrooklynVegan

"The post-core structure gets electrocuted with a stinging, loose riff, shifty but sure drums, and gang vocals that shout through the song like lost, angry souls looking for a way out of a crumbling maze."
–CMJ

"This band is phenomenal."
–American Aftermath

GRAF ORLOCK + Noisey

LA visionaries/pranksters Graf Orlock have returned with a new seven-inch, Trailer, their first new music since 2012's Los Angeles EP. 

Noisey is now streaming "A Decent Proposal in a Shitty Alley," a track off Trailer. 

As Noisey editor Fred Pessaro explains, "Graf Orlock are a serious band, crafting excellent release after excellent release with elements of grind, hardcore, and punk. The difference? Graf Orlock's songs are inspired by and written about ridiculous action movies of yesterday, cinematic achievements like Bad Boys 2, Terminator 2, Demolition Man, and Jurassic Park."

Graf Orlock's Hollywood obsession runs deep – all lyrics, song titles, and artwork are derived from big screen hits and misses of the '80s and '90s. A fun joke or a brilliant social commentary? The band suggests the latter: "Looking at issues through the lens of film... shows how fucked up things are," guitarist Jason Schmidt has stated.

Noisey's print daddy, Vice Magazine, once named Graf Orlock, "the future of music."

Revolver Magazine awarded Graf Orlock's 2011 EP, Doombox, the title of "Packaging of the Century" – the EP was packaged in an actual-size, fold-out card stock "boom box." Other Graf Orlock artwork includes a pop-up Alien-style "chestburster" inside a gatefold LP and a series of shooting range targets riddled with actual bullet holes.

Order Trailer now from the band's own label, Vitriol Records.

The songs on Trailer will also appear on Graf Orlock's next LP, Crime Traveler, in the works now for a fall release. 

Graf Orlock embarks on a tour of the Eastern US this week with Dangers and Holy.

Dangers, Graf Orlock, Holy:
Aug 9 - Washington, DC @ St Stephens
Aug 10 - Columbia, SC @ Foxfield
Aug 12 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar
Aug 13 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco
Aug 14 - Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Aug 15 - Detroit, MI @ Don't Call It A Fest 
Aug 16 - Chicago, IL @ Mousetrap
Aug 17 - Erie, PA @ The Alamo (matinee)
Aug 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project 
Aug 18 - Buffalo, NY @ 1239 Niagara St
Aug 19 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 20 - Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Aug 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Wunderloft
Aug 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson
Aug 23 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (matinee)
Aug 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HOLY TONGUES + CMJ

CMJ has debuted Holy Tongues' newest track, "Small Fires," off the trio's upcoming debut LP, Weak People.

From Baltimore, Maryland, Holy Tongues is comprised of three former members of Ruiner, the '00s hardcore band that made a name via two LPs on Bridge 9 Records, the latter produced by Jawbox's J. Robbins.

Produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Earth), Holy Tongues' Weak People comes out August 5th on Melotov Records.

On Weak People, Holy Tongues pounds out driving, mid-tempo laments – epic and melancholy. BrooklynVegan recently named the sound, "post-hardcore with aggressive Albini-indebted sludge bass."

Of Holy Tongues' new song, "Small Fires," CMJ editor Eric Davidson states, "the post-core structure gets electrocuted with a stinging, loose riff, shifty but sure drums, and gang vocals that shout through the song like lost, angry souls looking for a way out of a crumbling maze."

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

"The post-core structure gets electrocuted with a stinging, loose riff, shifty but sure drums, and gang vocals that shout through the song like lost, angry souls looking for a way out of a crumbling maze."
–CMJ

"Past Ruiner's melodic hardcore into slower realms of post-hardcore with aggressive Albini-indebted sludge bass... 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... 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, July 29, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + Revolver

Old Wounds has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to unleash "Dead Beat Blues," the opening call-to-arms off the New Jersey band's upcoming new EP, Death Projection.

Produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War), Death Projection is out September 16th on Good Fight Music.


Good Fight has launched Death Projection pre-orders today at the label's official online store – the EP can be ordered as a color vinyl 7", along with various merch options.


The EP's full tracklist is as follows:
1) Dead Beat Blues
2) Ritual
3) Bloodpact
4) Epilogue of a Possession

A pillar of the new generation of metallic hardcore, Old Wounds first grabbed attention in 2013 with the release of its debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. The band went on to tour hard with the likes of The Banner, Full of Hell, and Vices, and to earn accolades from Pitchfork, Guitar World, Alternative Press, MetalSucks, and more.

Extensive US touring is in the works now for fall, around Good Fight's release of Death Projection. Stand by for details.

"The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power."
–Pitchfork

"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 themselves 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


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