Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NASTY + Good Fight


Fresh off the release of Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, and the signing of The Banner, Good Fight Music announces it will team up with Belgian band Nasty for the North American release of its next album.

Formed a decade ago in La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has released four albums to date and has toured the world exhaustively, playing almost every country in Europe, as well as the US, Brazil, Japan, China and South Korea. In the past year alone, Nasty has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife, Madball, Deez Nuts, and more.

Nasty's fifth album, as yet untitled, will be released in North America on Good Fight Music in 2015. Expect unrepentant breakdowns and Belgian-accented mosh incitements. 

Stream "Lying When They Love Us," a track off the album, here. 

Watch the video, here. 

Good Fight founder Carl Severson states: "Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we'd heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them."

Nasty frontman Matthi adds: "We are very happy to have Good Fight as our new home and partner for North America. We are already feeling at home."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE BANNER + Good Fight




Good Fight Music welcomes The Banner to its family.

One of the standouts of New Jersey's hardcore history, The Banner injected morbid, gothic vibes into metallic hardcore in the early '00s – along with bands like Ink and Dagger, The Banner turned a whole new generation onto a tradition set forth by The Misfits in the '80s.

Now, well over a decade since its formation, The Banner returns, vital as ever, ready to push things forward once again.

The connection between The Banner and Good Fight Music runs deep: Good Fight boss Carl Severson released The Banner's previous two albums – 2005's Each Breath Haunted and 2008's Frailty – on his former label, Ferret Music.

Good Fight will release The Banner's fourth full-length album, Greying, in the upcoming monthsThe band's first album in more than five years, Greying was produced by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Poison the Well), also producer of 2008's Frailty.

With the final touches now being put on Greying, The Banner reveals one new song off the album: "Crippling Despair." Stream the track here.

"Crippling Despair" gives a glimpse at what's to come: ripping hardcore punk, cloaked in blackened bludgeon and mournful atmosphere.

The Banner founder and frontman JSS states: "Greying is a mix of Each Breath Haunted's darkness and Frailty's heaviness. To bring you this album we mobilized the same team that brought you Frailty: producer Will Putney and label boss Carl Severson. Greying is very much a continuation of everything we built in the last decade, pushing everything forward to create the best music we've ever made."

Now, with an entirely new legion of young bands flourishing in its shadow – bands like Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds, for example – The Banner is back.

Stand by for more details about Greying, coming up on Good Fight Music, and look out for The Banner – now consisting of founder/frontman JSS, guitarist Garrett Defalco, bassist Steve Tanis, and drummer Jake Blochinger – on tour soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OLD WOUNDS + NYC

Old Wounds' North American tour, presented by Invisible Oranges, wraps up this weekend with a couple NYC shows, also starring my friends/clients Divider, The Banner, and Meek Is Murder.

Friday, September 26 @ Grand Victory, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, September 27 @ ABC No Rio, New York, NY


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Out now: DIVIDER


All Barren, the debut full-length by Long Island, New York band Divider, is out today, September 23rd, on Glory Kid and streaming in its entirety via Alternative Press.

In the words of AP: "The album sounds somewhere in between face-melting terror, robotic warfare and just things on fire in general."

Finally arriving nearly a decade after Divider's formation, All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). The album's apocalyptic sound has inspired comparisons to Isis and Tombs, among others. Divider is fronted by Chris Tzompanakis, founder of elder metallic hardcore favorites Skycamefalling.

Order All Barren here.

Divider plays this Friday, September 26th at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Old Wounds, Exalt, and Meek Is Murder, then hits the road in October for a West Coast tour with Glory Kid labelmates Mercy Ties.

Divider + Mercy Ties:
Oct 18 - Portland, OR @ The Know
Oct 19 - Sacramento, CA @ The Starlight
Oct 21 - La Puente, CA @ Bridgetown DIY
Oct 22 - Lancaster, CA @ Moose Lodge
Oct 23 - Murrieta, CA @ The Dial
Oct 24 - Chico, CA @ Monstros
Oct 25 - Seattle, WA @ The Kraken

"Somewhere in between face-melting terror, robotic warfare and just things on fire in general."
–Alternative Press

"This band is as malicious and crushing as any other on the metal scene today... All Barren is surely one of the most auspicious debuts of the year."
–MetalSucks

"Combining the chaotic hardcore of Converge or early Cave In with a menacing and thoroughly weighty churn that recalls the likes of Neurosis or Tombs..."
–Terrorizer

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

"Chaotic hardcore ragers"

–BrooklynVegan

"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


"A dreary landscape of oppressing riffs and dark moody mid-tempo writing... An unending fist pounding dose of temperamental hardcore."
–New Noise

"There is an elemental fury to the music, especially in the roars of vocalist Chris Tzompanakis, which are sincerely righteous and pissed off."
–Verbicide

Monday, September 22, 2014

DIVIDER + MetalSucks



Much has been written in recent weeks about the devastating sludge-core of Divider's debut LP, All Barren, which MetalSucks today calls "one of the most auspicious debuts of the year." Comparisons to early Isis and Tombs have abounded; MetalInjection likened the listen to "having your face pressed into a belt sander."

Today, with the release of All Barren looming just one day away – September 23rd on Glory Kid – MetalSucks premieres album closer "Silently Marching," showing off a completely different side of the Long Island, New York band. A slow-building epic with shades of Smashing Pumpkins, "Silently Marching" features guest vocals by Tym, former frontman of Daytrader. "Epic, cinematic, haunting," in the words of MetalSucks, "Silently Marching" is now streaming right here.

All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). Frontman Chris Tzompanakis (ex-Skycamefalling) has stated that much of the inspiration for the album came from the losses the band suffered in Hurricane Sandy.

Order All Barren here.


Divider plays Grand Victory in Brooklyn this Friday, September 26th, with Old Wounds, Exalt, and Meek Is Murder.

"This band is as malicious and crushing as any other on the metal scene today... All Barren is surely one of the most auspicious debuts of the year."
–MetalSucks

"Combining the chaotic hardcore of Converge or early Cave In with a menacing and thoroughly weighty churn that recalls the likes of Neurosis or Tombs..."
–Terrorizer

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

"Chaotic hardcore ragers"

–BrooklynVegan

"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


"A dreary landscape of oppressing riffs and dark moody mid-tempo writing... An unending fist pounding dose of temperamental hardcore."
–New Noise

"There is an elemental fury to the music, especially in the roars of vocalist Chris Tzompanakis, which are sincerely righteous and pissed off."
–Verbicide

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIVIDER + Terrorizer




With Divider's debut LP, All Barren, out next week, Terrorizer presents a stream of newest single "Ruin." 

Terrorizer sums up the track as "combining the chaotic hardcore of Converge or early Cave In with a menacing and thoroughly weighty churn that recalls the likes of Neurosis or Tombs..."

All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood). The album is Divider's first full-length although he Long Island, New York band formed nearly a decade ago. Frontman Chris Tzompanakis is also founder and frontman of metallic hardcore vets Skycamefalling. All Barren hits stores September 23rd via Glory Kid Ltd and can be pre-ordered now.  

Divider plays Friday, September 26th at Grand Victory in Brooklyn, New York, with Old Wounds, Exalt, and Meek Is Murder. 


A West Coast tour with Mercy Ties is in the works for the fall.

"Combining the chaotic hardcore of Converge or early Cave In with a menacing and thoroughly weighty churn that recalls the likes of Neurosis or Tombs..."
–Terrorizer

"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


"A dreary landscape of oppressing riffs and dark moody mid-tempo writing... An unending fist pounding dose of temperamental hardcore."
–New Noise

"There is an elemental fury to the music, especially in the roars of vocalist Chris Tzompanakis, which are sincerely righteous and pissed off."
–Verbicide

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Out now: OLD WOUNDS



Old Wounds' new EP, Death Projection, is out today on Good Fight Music.

Alternative Press is now streaming the entire EP, right here.

Death Projection was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War). As drummer Brandon Gallagher states, "It's more metal-influenced than any of our other material, and we all think it's our best." 

A recent review on Pitchfork paints Death Projection with these words: "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."

The Death Projection EP is now available from Good Fight Music, along with various merch options, here.

The New Jersey crew is currently in the midst of the Invisible Oranges-sponsored "Death Projection Tour" with Exalt, and will hit the road again later this fall with Vices. All tourdates, here.

"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."
–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

"Another high-powered speaker wrecker, turning the aggression way up on hardcore chugs and throat-charring screams."
–Brooklyn Vegan

"Old Wounds continue to surprise by pepping up metallic hardcore for this decade. The New Jersey quartet is laden with skills the older guard didn't have at their disposal, jamming with a practiced precision while cutting away the fat. What's left is tight and explosive, a memory of yesteryear made lean and mean by hindsight."
–Invisible Oranges

"Nasty, vitriolic post-hardcore."
–MetalSucks

"A diverse little slab of metalcore, whose only fault comes via its format: a seven-inch doesn't sate the appetite for blood instilled by Old Wounds."
–Exclaim!

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

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