Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GLOBE AND BEAST Grandfather's Axe

From San Diego, California, Globe and Beast announce the release of their debut album, Grandfather's Axe, out March 19 on Melotov Records.

Stream "Coexist", off Grandfather's Axe, and view the cover art here!

On Grandfather's Axe, the young SoCal quintet churn out anthemic hardcore, shrouded in gloom. Theirs is a unique combination of vibes: the aggressive meets the dissonant, the crushing meets the dismal. Somewhere between the frontal assault of Buried Alive and the spiraling depression of Kiss It Goodbye or Cursed, songs lurch forward like a wall of black storm clouds devouring all in their path. What makes it thrilling is not only the destructive power but the ominous mood.

Atop pummeling drums and leaden riffs, frontman Blake Backer's lyrics lay bare his demons. In "A River's Mouth", he roars: "We move like drones, slaves to a clock... / The monotony feels like a fucking curse / I see uncharted waters up ahead / They're open, they're endless, relentless / Destinations unknown / I hope I find peace, a place to call home."

Grandfather's Axe was recorded by Alex Estrada at The Earth Capital (Touche Amore, Xibalba) and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering (Crazy Spirit, Perdition). The tracklist is as follows:

1) The Weight
2) Stays the Same
3) Hand of Glory
4) Body's Sore
5) Actuality of Chaos
6) Days on Replay
7) Woven Deep Within
8) A River's Mouth
9) Directions
10) Systems
11) Coexist
12) Creatures of Habit
13) Grandfather's Axe

Melotov Records, home to new upcoming releases by The Banner, Vices, and more, will release Grandfather's Axe on vinyl on March 19. Each LP includes a digital download and a limited number of "opaque bone" color LPs will be available.

Globe and Beast will hit the road this spring.

PRISTINA Hopeless•Godless

Hopeless•Godless, the second full-length album by Pristina, is set for a February 26 release on The Path Less Traveled Records.

From Connecticut, Pristina grabbed the underground's ear in 2010 with the release of their debut full-length, The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow), released on French label Trendkill. A review by Cosmo Lee in Decibel Magazine stated: "They are as if Today Is The Day were more overtly hardcore and metallic... The fluency and power on display is almost brazen. It's like beating a first-person shooter game using bare hands... For all its supposed edginess, heavy music rarely dares touch 'the long, dark night of the soul'. This record dives headfirst into it."

Revolver Magazine described the band's sound as "a chaotic surge of hardcore intimidation, atonal riff bombardment, and sound collage psych ops" and Exclaim! Magazine depicted it as "explosive, original, and downright gargantuan". Pristina backed up the critical praise by showing themselves to be one of the most powerful live bands in the Northeast scene, flattening crowds at Precious Metal in New York City and elswhere. And then as suddenly as they appeared, they went into hiding.

2013: Pristina re-emerge after a year off the grid, a year which vocalist/bassist Brendan K Duff calls "the darkest period of my life". Whatever demons Duff fought during this time, they have been immortalized in the form of a new album: Hopeless•Godless. Rhythmically punishing, soaked in absolute despair, Hopeless•Godless is an immersion in darkness. The closest musical reference points can be found in metallic hardcore greats like Bloodlet, Starkweather, and Converge, but Hopeless•Godless is such a personal account of pain, it is wholly its own thing. Says Duff: "Hopeless•Godless was a very difficult record to make, emotionally. The album is about the darkest period of my life. It is a very deliberate departure from our last album. The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow) was fairly 'epic'. This one is raw and straight ahead."

Pristina consists of Duff, guitarist Mike Rabtoy, and drummer Mike Banfield. Hopeless•Godless was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Duff and Rabtoy at Stu Stu Studio in Meriden, CT. Comprised of six songs, clocking in at 35 minutes, the tracklist is as follows:

1) The Motherfucker
2) The Black Syph
3) The Immoralist
4) Darker (Omega)
5) Hopeless Godless
6) Malarial

The Path Less Traveled, home also to releases by Flourishing and Tiger Flowers, gives Hopeless•Godless a worldwide digital release on February 26. Limited CDs will be available directly from the band.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013


MetalInjection has premiered the video for "Disbelieve", a song off Old Wounds' upcoming debut album, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest.

Directed by Robbie Tassaro (director of The Black Dahlia Murder's Majesty DVD), the "Disbelieve" video captures the young New Jersey trio bashing away, breathing new life into the metallic hardcore style once wielded by bands like Turmoil and Disembodied.

From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell) and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound (Magrudergrind, Toxic Holocaust). With a release date of February 26th on Glory Kid Ltd, the LP is now available for pre-order, here!

Old Wounds will tour the US this spring alongside Full of Hell, Homewrecker, Vices, and more. First, the band play two back-to-back record release shows where limited copies of the LP will be available:

January 21 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker w/ The Banner
January 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ O'Reilly's w/ Gehenna

Friday, January 11, 2013

OLD WOUNDS From Where We Came...

Old Wounds announce the release of their debut full-length album, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, out February 26th on Glory Kid Ltd.

On From Where We Came..., these young bucks from New Jersey breathe new life into the crushing, exhilarating vibe once wielded by bands like Turmoil, Disembodied, Indecision, and Buried Alive. A trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, guitarist/vocalist Zak Kessler, and drummer Brandon Gallagher, the under-21 crew seek to revitalize the metallic hardcore scene that boomed before their time -- but this is no mere retro action, this is pure passion.

"The days are getting longer, the nights are getting worse! I've tried to keep my head up, why can't I break this curse?", screams Iavaroni with all the desperation of a starved wolf, as the band launches into the album's opening track. The urgency never lets up through twelve songs, many clocking in under 2 minutes.

Stream "Disbelieve", a track off From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, here!

The album's full tracklist is as follows:

1) Shallow Water
2) Hellbent
3) Bitter Days
4) Born to Mourn
5) Void
6) thethievesweknew
7) Deviant Mode
8) Bleak
9) Disbelieve
10) Unspoken
11) New Fortunes
12) From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest

Old Wounds will set out upon a full US tour in March, teaming up with Full of Hell, Homewrecker, Vices, and more. First, the band play two back-to-back record release shows where limited copies of the LP will be available:

January 21 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker w/ The Banner
January 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ O'Reilly's w/ Gehenna

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Out now: COMADRE

"It's been nearly six years since the last proper full-length by Bay Area punks Comadre. [The new self-titled album] takes their usual brand of schizophrenic tempos and gravelly barking and strips it down to grinding slabs of aggressive, rhythmic bombast with more versatile vocals and touches of everything from trumpet and piano to accordion and saw... No singular term can properly encompass what Comadre do: hoarsely snarled, garage-inflected, ragged punk with the occasional fleck of bizarre instrumentation. Hear it for yourself."
-Alternative Press

"My best guess is that you'd probably call Bay Area band Comadre's sound an offshoot of screamo, but that dirty word is far from fitting for a band this adventurous. On their self-titled effort, the band mixes bits of emotional hardcore with post-punk, Murder City Devils-style punk-n-roll, and all manner of rocking..."

"While most of Comadre's previous work is a frantic, fast-paced cacophony, their latest effort is far more mellow, perhaps even poppy... Even though it's vastly different from their previous work, it's hard to call 2013's self-titled record experimental, as Comadre have long been known for experimenting... It's an album that is just as diverse as it is focused and it's an amazing way to start 2013."