Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Magic(k)al Dawn

ABSU performed their first live show in nearly eight years on Friday, March 20. The special appearance, part of the annual South-By-Southwest Music Festival, received glowing reviews from the Austin Chronicle: “ABSU left to a ringing chant of their name, thus making it clear that this 18-year pillar of metal still reigns supreme in the land of the dark.” The show featured selections from the band’s recently released, self-titled new album. In its first month, the record has sold out three pressings as fans have rushed to buy the album currently enjoying its third week at the number 2 position on the CMJ college/hard rock charts.

Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says, “the feedback from our eponymous-titled album has been overwhelmingly positive and a reaction I was not expecting. This is just the beginning of our insidious magic(k) and mystery.” Recently featured as the cover story for Metal Maniacs, Absu is the first to offer new material since the trio’s critically acclaimed album Tara (2001, Osmose Productions). Terrorizer Magazine calls Absu, “a sound incarnate of a band making the underground amazing again… an undeniable masterpiece.” KNAC.com adds, “a captivating album that weaves together black metal, death metal, prog and Sumerian legend into one awe-inspiring package.” MetalSucks.net also notes, “the crux of Absu is a ridiculously tight band playing perhaps their best songs ever.”

ABSU announced their upcoming US tour prior to Christmas and are now preparing for the nationwide trek. The tour set to kick off June 6 in San Marcos, California and wrap up June 29 in the band’s hometown of Dallas, Texas originally noted to feature support from labelmates GLORIOR BELLI, AVERSE SEFIRA and SOTHIS. The lineup has had a recent change with Philadelphia-based RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER replacing AVERSE SEFIRA. Guitarist Matt Moore comments, "RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER is excited to steal all hope from the holy along with ABSU, GLORIOR BELLI and SOTHIS as part of the ultimate black-thrash campaign for North American annihilation."

France’s GLORIOR BELLI make their first trip to North America in support of ABSU. The band’s new album, Meet Us At The Southern Sign, will be released on June 6 and will be available for sale during the tour. Infestvvs says, “it is obviously a great honor for GLORIOR BELLI to be part of the tour and support the return of ABSU. One question however remains; will you rise and prove yourself strong enough to bear the forbidden flame with us or will you get burned by the fires of illumination?” Popular metal portal Metalkult.com today premieres the song “In Every Grief-Stricken Blues” from the new album. The band is now completing a special advance video that will premiere via their official MySpace page in the coming weeks.

SOTHIS released their debut, De Oppresso Liber, on September 2. Mixed by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), the record has enjoyed growing and consistent sales since release. This will be the band’s first national tour. Band leader Dross says, “we are really looking forward to conquering stages on the upcoming tour and are proud to share a stage with such strong bands. As of this weekend, we have completed the video for the title track of our recently released CD, De Oppresso Liber, so you should be hearing news of where it will debut very soon.”

Tickets for all shows are now on sale via www.enterthevault.com and all venue box offices and local ticket agencies. Confirmed dates are:
6/06/2009 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
6/07/2009 House of Blues - W. Hollywood, CA
6/08/2009 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
6/09/2009 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/10/2009 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
6/12/2009 The Underground - Calgary, AB
6/13/2009 The Exchange - Regina SK
6/14/2009 Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MT
6/15/2009 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/16/2009 The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
6/17/2009 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
6/18/2009 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
6/19/2009 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
6/20/2009 Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
6/21/2009 BB Kings Blues Club - New York, NY
6/22/2009 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
6/23/2009 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
6/24/2009 The Muse - Nashville, TN
6/25/2009 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/26/2009 The Garage - St. Petersburg, FL
6/27/2009 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
6/29/2009 Firewater - Dallas, TX

(((03:Earsplit PR)))

Monday, March 30, 2009

COFFINS unearthed for West Coast US tour

Japan’s Coffins is finally making it back to the US after last year’s successful East Coast tour. This time they will bring the doom/death to the American West Coast. Going along for the ride are their Oakland label mates Stormcrow. The tour will start in Seattle on April 30th and culminate with both bands appearing at the infamous Los Angeles Murderfest alongside such bands as Samothrace, Eyehategod, Despise You, General Surgery, 16, Abscess, Ghoul and many others.

Coffins released their 3rd LP Buried Death in 2008 to much critical acclaim in the metal world. A split release with Stormcrow will come later in 2009, followed by their 4th LP to be released on 20 Buck Spin in 2010. Stormcrow have a vinyl only split release, Sacred Death, with 20 Buck Spin label mates Laudanum coming out on 20 Buck Spin in April.

COFFINS West Coast tour:

4/30/2009 El Chorazon - Seattle, WA w/Skarp, Grey
5/01/2009 Northern - Olympia, WA w/Thrones, Sixes
5/02/2009 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/Thrones, Aldebaran
5/03/2009 Oak St Speakeasy - Eugene, OR w/HC Minds
5/04/2009 Auntie Moe’s - Eureka, CA
5/06/2009 KFJC radio live recording - San Jose, CA
5/07/2009 Annie’s - San Francisco, CA w/Laudanum, Samothrace
5/08/2009 Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA w/Aldebaran
5/09/2009 The Knitting Factory (part of LA Murderfest) - Los Angeles, CA

(((03:Earsplit PR)))

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Absu vs. Spiros [03.21.09] SXSW Magic(k)

Thank you to Proscriptor for the photo share! If you haven't yet, pick up the new album, ABSU!


Friday, March 20, 2009

Kylesa vs. Club DaDa [03.18.09]

Corey, sorry for calling you Javier


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Engraining the Malevolent

Acclaimed ethereal USBM unit WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have just announced their upcoming North American tour this May, which they will be headlining. Joined by a host of other acts such as Krallice, A Storm of Light, Thrones and more along the way, the band has also been added to this years Maryland Deathfest which lands in the middle of the tour, appearing alongside Destroyer 666, Absu, Bolt Thrower, Brutal Truth and more.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - headlining North American tour

5/13/2009 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO w/Krallice
5/14/2009 The Picador - Iowa City, IA w/Krallice
5/15/2009 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
5/16/2009 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/17/2009 Casbah - Hamilton, ON w/A Storm of Light, Krallice
5/18/2009 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON w/Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/19/2009 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC w/Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/21/2009 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/22/2009 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/Thrones, A Storm of Light
5/23/2009 Sonar - Baltimore, MD - as part of Maryland Deathfest
5/24/2009 Club Hell - Providence, RI w/A Storm of Light
5/25/2009 Wallingford American Legion - Wallingford, CT w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/26/2009 The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light [6 PM show]
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light [10 PM show]
5/29/2009 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light, Forensics
5/30/2009 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
6/01/2009 Caledonia - Athens, GA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light
6/02/2009 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/Krallice, A Storm of Light

All of this action after the current tour in which WITTR is alongside Tombs and label mates Pelican. The band are touring in support of their third full-length Black Cascade, which is reaping massive critical response from the media!

(((03:Earsplit PR)))

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Agorapocalypse (Ltd. Longbox)

Look what I'm gettin' next month:

The deluxe edition of the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed CD is limited to 1000pcs and comes packaged in an old school longbox container. It also comes with an 18" x24" full color poster, 4pc. pin set and 5" x 2.25" embroidered patch. Click the pic to see detail.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Playlist 03.13.09 [Ltd. Income Edition]

KYLESA - Static Tensions
MINISTRY - Filth Pig

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, The Thin Red Line, Be Kind Rewind, Burn Notice: Season 2

In the studio:
EYE (Ybanez and Stumpy got everything set up and we are well into the beginning stages of the debut)

The Reading Festival:
"The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft

Hails in abundance:
Proscriptor, Burris, Powell, Patchie, Bartlett, Slimm, Eyestone, Phil from Earache, Dr.'s Garza and Hays

Enjoy part II of a III part Friday the 13th,


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

News from the not-so-distant future


'Opiate Sun' EP Caldo Verde July 2009. CD & Vinyl
'Infinity' LP- Avalanche Recordings June 2009. One song LP. CD, Vinyl & digital Download.
'Heart Ache' - 2xCD Hydra Head Version (2nd CD Bonus Unreleased EP from 2003) Sept 09
ENVY/jesu - Split LP (Hydra Head CD Version) Inc. Unconfirmed Bonus Mix


'Disconnected' CD - June 23rd, Vinyl - May date TBA. Hydra Head.
'Vultures Descend' b/w 'We Are All Fucking Liars (Version)'12" Vinyl Single only. LTD. April/May Hydra Head.


Monday, March 09, 2009

Our Motorized Super-Satan

Goatsnake...Kickin' on the EYE side...


Friday, March 06, 2009

Skate and Destroy!!!

Check out what our friend Brent over at Magic Bullet has done...


Done for no other reason but to commemorate one of my favorite albums/projects from one of my favorite bands, BORIS' "Feedbacker" skateboard deck series features the stunning imagery that gave the album (and subsequent "bootleg" DVD) its distinctive character. Each band member is portrayed in a pool of their own blood, with new typography from Stephen O'Malley.

As a bonus, each deck is issued with a special Dropcard featuring free downloads for 8 Boris tracks spanning their career (you can thank Greg Anderson at Southern Lord for that one). 2 tracks are exclusive live versions ("Rainbow" and "You were holding an umbrella") and the card also features a special Wata illustration that Stephen worked up.

As you might already be well-aware of, BORIS merchandise tends to sell very quickly, so please act now if you intend to purchase any decks from the series.

- Available in 7.5", 7.8", and 8.1" models (all white-dipped)
- Comes shrinkwrapped with download card featuring 8 free songs (includes 2 live exclusive tracks!)
- Purchases can be made for individual decks or for the entire set

• If paying cash or money order, write info@magicbulletrecords.com for instructions.
• To order these decks online, please visit the Magic Bullet Webstore


Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Hails to the UKvltsters,
THEE CLAW and the Old Wave of British Heavy Drinking!!!