Tuesday, September 9, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + Pitchfork




Pitchfork is now streaming Old Wounds' newest single, "Bloodpact," off the Jersey boys' EP, Death Projection, out next week on Good Fight Music.

Pitchfork's Zoe Camp writes: "Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... Frontman Kevin Iavaroni is capable of the razored vocal acrobatics of vets like Converge's Jacob Bannon, but he knows when to tone down his howls for a bit of La Dispute talk-singing. The instrumentation tends toward primal, primordial screamo... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work."

An early champion of Old Wounds, Pitchfork cheered the band back in 2013 with these words: "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."

Old Wounds begin a North American tour this week with Canada's Exalt, presented by Invisible Oranges.

The 'Wounds have also now unveiled a second fall tour, kicking off in October, which sees the band shoot down the East Coast with Floridian bloozer-bruisers Vices and includes a stop at Fest 13 in Gainesville.

Invisible Oranges presents: Old Wounds, Exalt
Sep 12 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
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

Old Wounds, Vices
Oct 24 - Centereach, NY @ Casa de Swezey
Oct 25 - Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk Fest
Oct 26 - York, PA @ Skid Row
Oct 27 - Altoona, PA @ Empire
Oct 28 - Harrisonburg, PA @ The Blue Nile
Oct 29 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Muzik 4 Life
Oct 30 - Savannah, GA @ Sweet Melissa's
Oct 31 - Jacksonville, FL @ Goth J's Palace
Nov 1 - Gainesville, FL @ Fest 13
Nov 3 - Wilmington, NC @ Reggie's
Nov 4 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Nov 5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project

Out September 16th on Good Fight Music, Death Projection is now available for pre-order from Good Fight Music's official online store.

Death Projection was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War).

"Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work."
–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

"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

"Nasty, vitriolic post-hardcore."
–MetalSucks

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

SEIZURES - The Sanity Universal


Los Angeles label Melotov Records continues its hot streak with the October 7th release of Seizures' The Sanity Universal now fully remixed, remastered, and available on vinyl for the first time as a double LP!

Listen to "Product of a Time Loss Scenario," off the newly remixed, remastered The Sanity Universal, right here.

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 (Adamantium, Throwdown, Eighteen Visions, that whole circle), 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.

As American Aftermath's perfect 10/10 review described The Sanity Universal upon its original 2013 release, the sound encompasses "the grimy dissonance of Gaza, the frenetic riffing of Botch, and the uncontrollable structures of The Dillinger Escape Plan."

The Sanity Universal was engineered and mixed by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) at Bright Lights Studios in Santa Ana, California. Originally released in 2013 as a limited CD on the band's own Sun Terrace Records, the album has been since remixed by Ulug and remastered by mastering ace Chris Common (The Mars Volta, Chelsea Wolfe). The new master sounds absolutely massive and crystalline. It attacks, it shines, it haunts.

Melotov Records' Melanie Voltz states: "To say I am excited to be working with Seizures is a gross understatement. I had been intrigued with this band for months and months. To wear them down to where they agreed to work with Melotov has been one of this label's biggest accomplishments. I'm so stoked to help give this record a proper release. It's an honor."

With releases in 2014 from ACxDC, Tiger Flowers, Vices, and Holy Tongues, Melotov has put its stamp on the scene this year and the reign persists with Seizures' The Sanity Universal.

The Sanity Universal is Seizures' second full-length. It follows a 2012 split with Colombian Necktie and the 2011 debut album, Antipathy.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Chanter
2) Product of a Time Loss Scenario
3) Perch Nights and the Cigarette Succession
4) Channeler
5) Kansas
6) The Story's as Old as the Pills
7) Suicide Support Hotline
8) The Extra-Dimensional Collection Agency
9) It Looks Like a Fire
10) The Draper Project
11) Ante Meridiem
12) Dreamsnake
13) A Courier from the East
14) 8,000 Miles West


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIVIDER + Decibel

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of "Crow Eater," the opening track off Divider's debut LP, All Barren.

Divider, fronted by Skycamefalling founder Chris Tzompanakis, absolutely crushes on All Barren, its first full-length (arriving almost a decade after the band's formation): the apocalyptic horror of sludge-doom meets the precision striking of a metallic hardcore band. As Decibel reports, "Their music pulls together different shades of darkness, its menacing slow burn drawing from bands like Neurosis and Tombs."

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

A West Coast tour is in the works for the fall.

"Their music pulls together different shades of darkness, its menacing slow burn drawing from bands like Neurosis and Tombs."
–Decibel

"Like having your face pressed into a belt sander... Divider's music is grand, harsh, and angry... Fans of Neurosis, early Isis, and Tombs should perk their ears up for this album."
–Metal Injection

"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

"Stalwart carriers of the sonic battering ram... Gate-crushing tone."
–Gear Gods

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