Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + Good Fight

Good Fight Music proudly announces the newest addition to its family: Old Wounds. Good Fight will release Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, on September 16th. The label has posted this video clip to welcome the band to the fold. 

Born in the New Jersey hardcore scene of the late '00s, Old Wounds picked up momentum with the 2013 release of its debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest. Of that album, Pitchfork reported: "The trio emerges irate here, lashing ahead at a furious hardcore clip alongside screams about tears and disappointment... [Old Wounds] pairs the maudlin pages of high school diaries with a grown-ass band's precision and power."

In the months to come, Old Wounds proved itself a relentless DIY machine, setting out on back-to-back US tours with peers like The Banner, Full of Hell and Vices, and teaming up for various split releases. With drummer Brandon Gallagher creating all the band's artwork (and also contributing design work to labels like Three One G and Bridge 9), Old Wounds' identity came into sharp focus: a self-sufficient, road-hungry crew of young bucks, cloaked in bold graphics, reviving the spirit of turn-of the-millennium metallic hardcore for the next generation.

As Old Wounds plowed ahead, more press lined up to champion the young band: Guitar World compared Old Wounds to "Turmoil, Disembodied and Buried Alive"; Alternative Press offered up a spot on its coveted "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2014" list; MetalSucks featured a new, exclusive track on the fourth volume of its "NYC Sucks" compilation series, alongside Extinction A.D., Mutilation Rites, and Artificial Brain.

Now with Good Fight in Old Wounds' corner, the next phase begins. Good Fight Music is the label arm of Good Fight Entertainment, the company founded in 2010 by former Ferret Music boss Carl Severson. One of the pillars of the early metalcore scene, Ferret launched the careers of Every Time I Die, Killswitch Engage, The Bronx, and many more. With Good Fight Entertainment, Severson has expanded beyond Ferret's reach, bringing a music management department and record label under one roof and releasing new albums by the likes of The Chariot, Cancer Bats, and Madball, as well as reissues of seminal titles from the Terror catalog.

The partnership of Good Fight and Old Wounds is perhaps a perfect match – both entities rooted in New Jersey hardcore, both driven by a tenacious DIY ethic. With new EP Death Projection out September 16th on Good Fight Music, the tireless Old Wounds – now comprised of vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, guitarist Zak Kessler, bassist Mike Weintraub, and drummer Brandon Gallagher – starts work on its next full-length album. Stand by for all the details about Death Projection.

"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 themseves 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

Out now: HUSH.


"Although HUSH. is comprised of members of crust (From Ashes Rise), post-punk (Self Defense Family), and metal/hardcore hybrid (Endicott) bands, the group is more than the sum of its parts... Unexist is, at its heart, a blast of apocalyptic sludge in the vein of Neurosis. Don't write these guys off as clones, though. HUSH. have a distinct sound and are much more raw and angry than their Californian predecessors."
–Metal Injection

"HUSH. are often compared to the canny mind-rewirers in Neurosis, particularly their Times of Grace. Indeed, Unexist operates similarly: it takes extremes of volume-as-texture and rockets the respective decibels at the others in a game of post-metal chicken. The crash begets new forms... Times of Grace is a touchstone, sure, but so are bands like Bloodlet. HUSH. is punker than most epic post- peers. The punk gene is still evident, not muted by years of splicing. It gives Unexist a sorely needed immediacy..."
–Invisible Oranges

"While the overwhelming glut of bands self-labeled as doom or sludge is enough to nauseate any listener, the Albany-based HUSH. have created something genuinely special with their debut. It's seven tracks of punishingly heavy music, yes, but it's also a damn impressive first step for a band that looks to resist the onslaught of metal mediocrity by interpreting rather than channeling their influences."
–Steel for Brains

"A raw and achingly melodic record... While one of doom's universal characteristics is a profound heaviness, created with glacial pacing and burdensome riffs, HUSH. somehow make the idea of musical weight feel fresh again."
–Exclaim!

"The debut album from New York's HUSH. is brimming with heaviness that appears to be in limitless supply. The band has a Neurosis vibe, from the sludge-covered guitar riffs to the hoarse screaming..."
–About 

"Extremely thick and heavy, with tinges of melody. It calls to mind bands like sludge/post-metal greats Neurosis, and more recent doom darlings Thou... Unexist is an intelligent and blisteringly heavy monolith that puts a lot of records in its class to shame."
–American Aftermath

"A relentless beast, an album that's filled to the brim with dissonant, murky as fuck riffage... It balances between bleak sludge and doom, but they also have a fondness of large ambient section too which really give these tracks a feeling of grandeur and depth."
–Rock N Reel

Out now: GLOOM



"The band's genre-bending brand of towering, savage blackened death groove is so overwhelming, so powerful, it's guaranteed to do things to your head: get stuck in it, and completely fucking obliterate it."
–MetalSucks

"Aside from the obvious black and death metal influences, there's also an abundance of doomy, swaggering groove to be found on tracks like 'Unrequited' and 'Erotema.' If you listen closely enough, you can even occasionally hear a smidge of Phil Anselmo in Bill Calomiris' vocal delivery. There's not a single song that exceeds four minutes, and the result is an EP that's brief but also incredibly focused and intense..."
–MetalInjection

"Best Metal Songs of 2014... Sonic obliteration."
–Loudwire

"These Washington, D.C. lads have sludge-meat stuck to their death metal skeleton... Ridiculously awesome."
–Last Rites

"Like a towering slab of granite... laying down thick layers of foreboding on those who dare listen."
–Gear Gods

"Gloom are a D.C.-based band who kick major fucking ass... An exciting amalgam of all metal styles."
–Gun Shy Assassin

"Full of thick grooves with death metal-tinged twists."
–American Aftermath

"Downtuned aggression, death metal, and atmosphere."
–Disposable Underground

Out now: ACxDC

June 24 - ACxDC - Antichrist Demoncore - Melotov Records

"Vicious powerviolence stylings"
–Noisey

"Bursts of moshpit-friendly hardcore aggression – both funny and socially aware"
–LA Weekly

"Our favorite post-Suicidal Tendencies blastcore band"
–MetalSucks

"A blasting, hardcore/punk, powerviolence fueled adrenaline rush of skull crushing greatness"
–MetalInjection

"The quintet can start, stop, and shift with the skills of Lack of Interest, bruise bodies and eardrums by way of Crossed Out breakdowns, and stealthily slip a knife under your guard a la Slap A Ham's finer satirists."
–Invisible Oranges

"One of the standout albums of 2014"
–Cvlt Nation

"By following the spirit of the original grindcore bands and not the letter of the law, ACxDC achieves the same exhilaration of Scum and Reek of Putrefaction while the more cvlt acolytes just seem bland."
–PunkNews

"Sludgy breakdowns amidst blastbeats and pummeling, thick, dark riffs all culminate into a violent spastic concoction. Call it whatever genre title you conjure, 'evil shit' is good enough for me."
–New Noise

"LA quintet ACxDC have a self-titled debut on the way, nearly eleven years into their career, and it's dipped in all the goodness that powerviolence has to offer, while including the diversity that a strict genre record would individually lack... It is truly all killer, no filler."
–Last Rites

"One of the most relentless, unapologetic grind albums of 2014... They totally destroy and they are the embodiment of West Coast grindcore."
–American Aftermath

"ACxDC have realized their potential on this album. It burns with anger and creativity... This album shows a band at the height of their powers."
–Verbicide

Monday, June 23, 2014

CR + Good Fight

Excited to team up with Carl Severson and Good Fight on some new projects.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GLOOM + Metal Injection

With the self-titled debut EP by Gloom out next Tuesday, June 24th, Metal Injection has kicked off a stream of the entire EP.

Metal Injection's review of the Washington, D.C. band's shocker of a debut reads: "Aside from the obvious black and death metal influences, there's also an abundance of doomy, swaggering groove to be found on tracks like 'Unrequited' and 'Erotema.' If you listen closely enough, you can even occasionally hear a smidge of Phil Anselmo in Bill Calomiris' vocal delivery. There's not a single song that exceeds four minutes, and the result is an EP that's brief but also incredibly focused and intense..."

The Gloom EP was produced by Marshall Wieczorek, drummer of Victory headbangers Wretched. The cover art is by Steven Mercado (The Dillinger Escape Plan).


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HUSH. + Metal Injection

One week prior to the release of HUSH.'s debut full-length, Unexist, Metal Injection has launched a stream of the entire album. 

Writes Metal Injection: "Although HUSH. is comprised of members of crust (From Ashes Rise), post-punk (Self Defense Family), and metal/hardcore hybrid (Endicott) bands, the group is more than the sum of its parts... Unexist is, at its heart, a blast of apocalyptic sludge in the vein of Neurosis. Don't write these guys off as clones, though. HUSH. have a distinct sound and are much more raw and angry than their Californian predecessors."

Out June 24th, Unexist was mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans (Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Tragedy).


Thursday, June 12, 2014

HIGHLANDS + CMJ

CMJ is now streaming "Show Me," the opening track off Highlands' sophomore album, Dark Matter Traveler.

CMJ editor Eric Davidson depicts the Long Beach, California band's psych-pop sound as "waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick."

Dark Matter Traveler was recorded by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of Crystal Antlers. The LP is out July 15th on the band's own Say Again Records.

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

"[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

"Shoegaze indebted to the genre's early days... fans of this stuff will likely find Highlands do it well."
–BrooklynVegan

"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..."
–Arena 

"If you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley."
–USA Today

"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


VICES + The A.V. Club

The title track off Vices' debut LP, New Breed, is now streaming exclusively via The A.V. Club.

Out July 22 on Melotov Records, Vices' New Breed was produced by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip). Melotov, home to other new releases by ACxDC and Tiger Flowers, is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc.

The A.V. Club's Jason Heller pegs Vices as "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."

Decibel Magazine recently reported, "Vices play hardcore with a blues rock edge [that] will make you want to go smash liquor bottles down by the creek."

Vices returned home to Jacksonville, Florida this week after a full US tour. 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ACxDC + Cvlt Nation

LA powerviolence champs ACxDC have revealed another new song off their forthcoming LP, Antichrist Demoncore, out June 24th on Melotov Records. Stream the track, "Paid in Full," exclusively on CvltNation.

CvltNation calls Antichrist Demoncore, "one of the standout albums of 2014." Produced by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), the album can be pre-ordered now via Melotov Records' exclusive distributor, Deathwish Inc.

ACxDC recently traveled east to devastate Maryland Deathfest – witness the full set, right here. Next up is a string of West Coast dates, featuring an in-store record release show at LA's Vacation Vinyl, followed by an extensive European tour that hits many summer festivals, including Fluff Fest, New Noise, Dynamo, Obscene Extreme, and more.

"Vicious powerviolence stylings"
–Noisey

"Bursts of moshpit-friendly hardcore aggression – both funny and socially aware"
–LA Weekly

"Our favorite post-Suicidal Tendencies blastcore band"
–MetalSucks

"A blasting, hardcore/punk, powerviolence fueled adrenaline rush of skull crushing greatness"
–MetalInjection