Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DIE YOUNG + New Noise

"The reformed Texas slayers in Die Young are swinging harder than ever with their upcoming release, No Illusions."
–Metal Injection

"An aural assault anchored by heaping helpings of hardcore and thrash metal..."
-Lambgoat

"A staple of the Texas hardcore scene spanning back to 2002... Die Young has carved a permanent niche... They are able to blend exciting elements of hardcore and metal. The lyrical content focuses on a range of real-world humanitarian and social issues."
–Blow the Scene

With Good Fight Music's release of Die Young's new full-length, No Illusions, just days away, New Noise presents a stream of the full album.

Listen to No Illusions, here:
http://newnoisemagazine.com/album-stream-die-young-no-illusions/

Pre-order, here:
https://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/die-young

Fifteen tracks in all, No Illusions is a ripping, raging account of Die Young's metallic hardcore sound, seasoned as it is by more than a decade's worth of touring the world and honing its vision. Led by vegan straightedge frontman Daniel Albaugh, Die Young explores a worldview that is both compassionate and nihilistic, from veganism to atheism, and the band kicks out jams that nod to a range of heroes: from Slayer's apocalyptic thrash and Bolt Thrower's battleground laments, to Cro-Mags' snarling crossover and Earth Crisis' militant stance. Occasional acoustic passages and female vocals add a whole extra dimension.

Die Young, who have played everywhere from Hong Kong to Mexico to Russia to Alaska, will hit the road in the US this fall, including dates with Himsa (reunion show), Sentenced to Burn and Wake of Humanity, and a slot on Sound on Sound Festival in Austin, alongside Carcass, Baroness, and Young Thug.

Sep 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
Sep 16 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
Sep 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective w/ Sentenced to Burn
Sep 18 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone w/ Sentenced to Burn
Oct 22 - Oakland, CA @ Crate w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Womb Room w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive Social Club w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 26 - Portland, OR @ Black Water Bar w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 27 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 28 - Vancouver, BC @ 333 w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 29 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Himsa, Wake of Humanity
Nov 6 - Austin, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival w/ Carcass, Baroness, Young Thug

Photo by Derek Rathbun


Monday, August 22, 2016

ION DISSONANCE + Good Fight

Good Fight Music proudly welcomes Ion Dissonance to its family.

From Montreal, Canada, Ion Dissonance was one of the creators and refiners of a sound in the mid-'00s that was equally brutal, technical, and rich with pit-friendly grooves. Along with French Canadian countrymen Despised Icon and US bands like The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance mixed dizzying math and earthquaking heaviness into a vibe that served as a gateway for the death-core boom that followed. Between 2003 and 2010, the band released four albums and toured the world.

Now in 2016, Ion Dissonance is set to return with its fifth album, Cast the First Stone, to be released November 18th on Good Fight Music.

Check out new song "Treading on Thin Ice," from Cast the First Stone, here via Good Fight:
https://soundcloud.com/goodfightent/ion-dissonance-treading-on-thin-ice

Ion Dissonance frontman Kevin McCaughey offers this statement: 

"First and foremost, we are excited that we inked a new record deal with Good Fight Music. For those who know us well it is certainly no secret that our band has encountered its fair share of obstacles through this 15-year journey, leading us to remain inactive for the better part of the last six years. With that being said, we look forward to a fresh start, and couldn't ask for a better fit than the relationship established with the Good Fight family. The professionalism, dedication, support and hard work going into this record is so much moe positive than our previous experiences thus far.

On a side note, we are beyond stoked to finally share with our fans the songs we've been working on for some time now. For the occasion we reserved some of the hardest hitting grooves you've heard from us to date. With Antoine [Lussier, Ion Dissonance guitarist] at the helm of production once again, we made sure to include a little bit of everything on this one. 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."

Stand by for more details about Cast the First Stone.

Ion Dissonance, live:

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





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

KNIFE HITS + The AV Club

"Stop-start dashes of Orchid worship, building on that screamo framework to find its own approach to controlled chaos. In a way it feels akin to the likes of Loma Prieta, another group that's mined '90s screamo and found harmony within that chaos."
–The AV Club

The AV Club presents the premiere of "Forgotten Vessels," the new track by Knife Hits.

Listen, here:
http://www.avclub.com/article/knife-hits-finds-harmony-chaos-forgotten-vessel-241200

Comparing the band to screamo-grind OGs Orchid and modern-day screamo torchbearers like Loma Prieta, The AV Club's David Anthony hails Knife Hits' brand of "controlled chaos," as immortalized on new song "Forgotten Vessels" and the debut album from which it comes, Eris. Knife Hits' sound is equally wounded and wounding, veering from the fragile to the ferocious within each song. It is highly recommended for fans of Converge and Discordance Axis, as well as the aforementioned bands.

With a release date of September 16th, Eris was recorded and mixed by Jonathan Nunez of Torche, and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Modern Life Is War, Unsane).

Eris' release is a joint effort between three labels: Dead Tank Records (home to records by Cloud Rat, Thou, and more) is handling the digital, and has teamed up with Hydrogen Man Records and Give Praise Records for the vinyl.

Pre-order:
http://deadtankrecords.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp
http://hydrogenman.storenvy.com/products/17609408-knife-hits-eris-lp
http://avulsionmailorder.com/products/knife-hits-eris-lp

Formed in Orlando, Florida in 2011, and relocated to Philly and Chicago, Knife Hits consists of members of grind-punkers Backslider, and ex-members of Khann, Republicorpse, and more.

Upcoming shows:
Sep 6 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Full of Hell, The Body
Sep 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Full of Hell, The Body
Sep 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Sep 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Skramden Yards

Photo by Maxwell Hartley



DIE YOUNG + PunkNews

Houston, Texas' Die Young unleash newest single "Providence" on the world today via PunkNews.

Listen here:
http://www.punknews.org/article/61605/die-young-providence-punknews-exclusive

Frontman Daniel Albaugh says "Providence" is about rejecting the notion of God and finding solace instead in the fact that the forces of the universe exist under no one's control: "I find it more comforting to think no one or no thing is in control, than a vindictive psychopath or an impotent coward."

"Providence" appears on Die Young's new upcoming full-length album, No Illusions, out August 26th on Good Fight Music. On No Illusions, the recently reformed band lashes out with a seething mix of Slayer thrash, Cro-Mags snarl, and Earth Crisis militancy. New single "Providence" sees some Bolt Thrower vibes thrown in the mix. In the words of Metal Injection, "the reformed Texas slayers in Die Young are swinging harder than ever with their upcoming release, No Illusions."

Pre-order the album:
https://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/die-young

Die Young, who have toured the globe, from Hong Kong to Mexico to Russia to Alaska, will hit the road in the US this fall, including dates with Himsa (reunion show), Sentenced to Burn and Wake of Humanity, and a slot on Sound on Sound Festival in Austin, alongside Carcass, Baroness, and Young Thug.

Sep 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
Sep 16 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
Sep 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective w/ Sentenced to Burn
Sep 18 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone w/ Sentenced to Burn
Oct 22- Oakland, CA @ Crate w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Womb Room w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive Social Club w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 26 - Portland, OR @ Black Water Bar w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 27 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 28 - Vancouver, BC @ 333 w/ Wake of Humanity
Oct 29 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Himsa, Wake of Humanity
Nov 6 - Austin, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival w/ Carcass, Baroness, Young Thug

"The reformed Texas slayers in Die Young are swinging harder than ever with their upcoming release, No Illusions."
–Metal Injection

"An aural assault anchored by heaping helpings of hardcore and thrash metal..."
-Lambgoat

Photo by Derek Rathbun


Thursday, August 11, 2016

BLACK TABLE - Obelisk

Black Table announces the October 14th release of debut full-length album Obelisk.

Watch the music video for first single, "Obtuse," via MetalSucks, here:
http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/08/11/exclusive-song-video-premiere-black-tables-obtuse/

From upstate New York, Black Table rips open a portal to a darker world. Defined by MetalSucks as "proggy, blackened metal... like a puddle of boiled oil full of broken glass," the sound reflects an extreme codependence of atmosphere and aggression. Rich, hypnotic textures layer with absolutely devastating outbursts, and the tension between the two is glorious. 

Legendary producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Agalloch) captures Black Table's complex sound and unifies it in epic fashion on Obelisk. Guitars weave together to create scenes that range from mournful to regal, while the rhythm section punishes, driving forward with caustic bass tones, spirited blasts and double-bass attacks. Anderson's natural approach lets the music shine in its actual state, drenched in the emotions of its creators.

Atop this foundation, frontwoman Mers Sumida's hellish vocals completely decimate. Sumida possesses one of the most perfect, hair-raising screams in all of metal – not only has she mastered the technique, she uses it to convey true, horrific feeling. Sumida states that Obelisk's lyrics are a meditation on "human evolution, and looking at my own depression as a human condition as explored through mythologies of various cultures, from Aztec to European." 

Obelisk was recorded and mixed by Anderson at The Dillinger Escape Plan's Backroom Studios, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice). It follows the band's 2012 debut EP, Sentinel, and will be released on Silent Pendulum Records in the US and Moment of Collapse Records in Europe.

The cover art is by French painter Eric Lacombe.
The tracklist is as follows:
1) Equilateral
2) Obtuse
3) Helm
4) Shadow
5) Gargantua
6) Cromagnon
7) Homo Ergaster
8) Closing

Black Table bassist DJ Scully and drummer Michael Kadnar are both members of the newly-reformed The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and Kadnar is also a member of Germany's Downfall of Gaia.

Mers Sumida - vocals, guitar
Ryan Fleming - guitar
DJ Scully - bass
Michael Kadnar - drums

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry



Monday, August 8, 2016

COLOMBIAN NECKTIE - All Paths Lead to Nowhere


"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

From Los Angeles, California, Colombian Necktie presents its second full-length album, All Paths Lead to Nowhere, coming September 30th on Black Voodoo Records.

Founded in LA in 2010, and named after a Big Black song, Colombian Necktie is reborn on the upcoming All Paths Lead to Nowhere. A respected part of LA's hardcore scene for six years, the band has fully discovered itself on this new album, allowing its style to crystallize into something stunning. The sound is driving, metallic hardcore that has spiraled off into a deep stoner-boogie trajectory. Pentagram and Black Sabbath grooves are propelled by jazzy drums that dance around the beat rather than attacking it -- but when it is time to shift gears, this band transforms swiftly into a gnashing, metallic hardcore beast. Colombian Necktie has mastered this balance, unifying the hard side and the stoned side into one sound. They've been headed in this direction since the start -- LA Weekly calls their previous album "depressive hardcore, tempered by flourishes of sludgy rock n' roll swagger" -- but on All Paths Lead to Nowhere, ironically, they've really arrived.

It is no surprise that Colombian Necktie counts marijuana as one major inspiration. Even if they hadn't titled a song "Don't Fear the Reefer," the music is caked in resin. The band's other major influence: life in LA. On All Paths Lead to Nowhere's first single, "Silly Kid," premiered today via LA Weekly, frontman Scott Werren remembers days of youth, growing up in the San Fernando Valley and learning life lessons from an older, wiser homeless punk, down by the LA River. In the tradition of other great LA spokesmen -- Henry Rollins and Mike Muir come to mind, in particular -- Werren chooses realness over poetry. His lyrics are so blunt and straightforward, they take on a new kind of profundity.

The cosmic grooves of the '70s heavy metallers; the naked honesty of LA's punk forefathers, from Black Flag to Suicidal Tendencies; the drive and power of modern-day punishers like KEN mode -- on All Paths Lead to Nowhere, Colombian Necktie has brought all these things together and made new magic.


All Paths Lead to Nowhere was recorded and mixed by Erol Ulug (Dangers, Seizures) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Black Tusk). The cover photo, an homage to Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, was shot by Robert Cortez.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Burn the Bridge
2) Always the Hard Way
3) Silly Kid
4) Linestepper
5) Don't Fear the Reefer
6) Your Own Worst Enemy
7) Proletarian Blues
8) 33-16
9) The Mirror's Reflection
10) Untitled
11) 148 Linnmore St.

Colombian Necktie embarks on a West Coast tour in September with Phobia and Nomads.

Sep 1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Sep 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star
Sep 3 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
Sep 4 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite
Sep 5 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks
Sep 6 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
Sep 8 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
Sep 9 - Portland, OR @ Panic Room
Sep 11 - Oakland, CA @ Metro Operahouse

Scott Werren - vocals
Juan Hernandez - guitar
Ben Daniel - guitar
Alex Dupuis - bass
Ben Brinkerhoff - drums

Photo by Dea Janoyan






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DIE YOUNG + Lambgoat

"An aural assault anchored by heaping helpings of hardcore and thrash metal..."
-Lambgoat

Texas rippers Die Young have premiered new track "Mortal/Eternal" via Lambgoat.

Listen, here:
http://lambgoat.com/features/329/Die-Young-Mortal-Eternal-song-premiere

"Mortal/Eternal" appears on No Illusions, the long-running band's first album for Good Fight Music, coming August 26th.


Founded in 2002 and reformed in 2013 after a hiatus, Die Young deals in thrashing, apocalyptic hardcore. Led by vegan straightedge frontman Daniel Albaugh, the band goes full-throttle with a sound mixing Slayer thrash, Cro-Mags snarl, and Earth Crisis militancy. On No Illusions, they stay true to form while also adding some surprises - a Nick Cave cover, for example, and the epic female vocals heard on "Mortal/Eternal."

Albaugh describes the album as "a fun ride through various realms of human disappointment, irrationality, violence, nihilism and pessimism." It was produced by Craig Douglas (Bitter End, Venomous Maximus) at Origin Sound. 

Pre-order:
https://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/die-young

Die Young has toured the world with a vengeance – the US (including Alaska), Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America, South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, and beyond – and has shared stages with a long list of bands, from Cro-Mags, to Catharsis, to Modern Life Is War.

Die Young, live:

Sep 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
Sep 16 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
Sep 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St Collective
Sep 18 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone


EXALT + Metal Injection

Exalt presents new single "Judas Wolf," premiered today via Metal Injection.

Listen, here:

http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/exalts-judas-wolf-brings-the-heavy-groove-youre-looking-for-today

From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Exalt represents the new wave of metallic hardcore, along with peers like Code Orange, Harm's Way, and Old Wounds. Dark, minimal, and crushing, the sound is a mix of caveman heaviness and haunting melody, showing traces of '90s industrial-metallers like Godflesh and Fear Factory.

"Judas Wolf" appears on new album The Shape You Took Before the Ache, out September 9th on Good Fight Music in the US, and New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world. Metal Injection warns, "The great news is the album is chock full of heavy groove you will want to set on repeat, the bad news is what will happen to your neck after a few listens." Canada's preeminent music magazine, Exclaim!, has named Exalt, simply, "one of hardcore's most promising bands."

The Shape You Took Before the Ache was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Ringworm).

Exalt has toured with the likes of Cancer Bats, Obey the Brave, Capsize, Old Wounds, and Axis; the band just wrapped up a full US tour with Dark Sermon.


Photo by Steph Mill


Monday, August 1, 2016

KNIFE HITS - Eris

Knife Hits announces the September 16th release of debut album Eris.

Stream first single "Descent" today via Decibel, here:
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/8/1/track-debut-knife-hits-cut-you-up-in-52-seconds

Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Nunez of Torche, Eris is twelve tracks of wounded and rabid hardcore, evoking turn-of-the-millennium screamo bands like Orchid and Pg. 99 who dealt in passion, poetry, and all-out brutality. The sound is so intense, it veers from screamo to grindcore, with blastbeats pelting like a hailstorm and riffs hurtling forward the way Discordance Axis' once did, and occasionally slows to a white-knuckle, Converge-worthy dirge. Akin to newer bands like Loma Prieta, Knife Hits takes the most crushing and emotive vibes of the late '90s/early '00s scene and makes new magic with it.

Formed in Orlando, Florida in 2011, and relocated to Philly and Chicago, Knife Hits consists of members of grind-punkers Backslider, and ex-members of Khann, Republicorpse, and more. 

Eris is a joint effort between three labels: Dead Tank Records – home to releases by Cloud Rat, Thou, and more – is handling the digital release, and Dead Tank, Hydrogen Man Records and Give Praise Records are teaming up for the vinyl.

The album was mastered by Nick Zampiello (Modern Life Is War, Unsane).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Second Death

2) Aches
3) Descent
4) Perpetual Lethargy
5) The Veil
6) Our Dilemma
7) Their World
8) Map Territory Relation
9) Abhorrent
10) Forgotten Vessels
11) Iconoclast
12) New Paradigm

Upcoming shows:
Sep 6 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Full of Hell, The Body
Sep 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Full of Hell, The Body
Sep 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Sep 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Skramden Yards

Photo by Maxwell Hartley

Cover art by Maxwell Hartley and Tara Atefi



Friday, July 22, 2016

Out today: SOMETHING IS WAITING - The Something Is Waiting Band

Something Is Waiting's debut album, The Something Is Waiting Band, is out today on The Path Less Traveled Records.

Listen, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/something-is-waited-ex-jard-loose-releasing-debut-lp-stream-it/

"A stripped-down racket so snotty and unconcerned with the niceties of mainstream society, it would have scared the shit out of The Sex Pistols in their prime."
–MetalSucks

"We first became acquainted with [Eddie Gobbo] via the power and fury of noise rock crushers Jar'd Loose. That band is sadly no more, but Gobbo's new act, Something Is Waiting, picks up right where Jar'd Loose left off."
–Decibel

"Musically it's got similar reference points to Jar'd Loose – Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid, Bleach/In Utero... If you dig that stuff, you're gonna find this band hits a sweet spot that's pretty close to home."
–BrooklynVegan

"A new and unique presence in the extreme music world... Something Is Waiting purvey a singular style that is equal parts infectious and blood-pumping. The band effectively combine noise rock's penchant for acidic angularity with '70/80s hard rock swagger... Think The Jesus Lizard-meets-Motley Crue."
–Svbterranean

"Their loudness is a brand of raw, stripped-down, sometimes groovy rock n' roll full of scathing punk lyrics."
–Nine Circles

Something Is Waiting comprises ex-members of Chicago bands Jar'd Loose and (Lone) Wolf and Cub, as well as guitarist Pete Grossman, co-owner/engineer at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way, Like Rats).

Cruel noise-rock veers into a looser, streetwalkin' rock n' roll vibe, represented by the band's stripped-down bloozy rhythms and frontman Eddie Gobbo's harsh Axl Rose delivery. Gobbo has cited hard rockers like ZZ Top as a big influence.

Lyrically, Gobbo spins acidic, poetic yarns about his life and the state of the current music scene, sparing no one's feelings, sometimes calling friends and enemies out by name.

A unique and totally rocking debut, The Something Is Waiting Band was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman at Bricktop, and mastered by Carl Saff (Red Fang, Coliseum).

Something Is Waiting, live:
Aug 12 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect