Finnish grindcore maniacs ROTTEN SOUND have released a lyric video from their brand new six song EP entitled Species At War via Relapse Records for the track "Salvation". The album was self-recorded at Nordic Audio Labs earlier this summer and mixed / mastered by drummer Sami Latva at Latva Studios. The EP will see a release on January 22nd in North America on CD/LP/Digital and a preview of the cover art plus pre-orders are available at this location. The video can be viewed at this location.
Death Metal powerhouse DYING FETUS have announced that they will be hitting the road in in January of 2013 alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and The Contortionist as part of "The Divinity of Purpose Tour". The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.
The band is currently out on "The Blood of Power Tour" which is the band's first headlining tour on the Reign Supreme album cycle. The first leg of the tour is underway now with support coming from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. The second leg of the tour begins December 15th in Denver, CO, wrapping up December 23rd in Trenton, NJ. Support on this leg will come from Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates is below.
DYING FETUS recently completed shooting a video for the song "Second Skin". Look for the video to receive to debut in the coming weeks.
For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.
DYING FETUS with Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore
12/4: Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/5: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
12/6: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
12/7: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
12/8: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (Matinee)
12/9: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
12/10: Modesto, CA @ Plea For Peace
12/11: Richland, WA @ Ray's Golden Lion
12/12: Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
12/13: Boise, ID @ The Venue
12/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
DYING FETUS with Malignancy and Cerebral Bore
12/15: Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
12/16: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
12/17: Chicago, IL @ TBA
12/18: Newport, KY @ Thompson House
12/19: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
12/20: Roanoke, VA @ Coffin House
12/21: Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
12/22: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/23: Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs
DYING FETUS with Hatebreed and Shadows Fall
1/26/13: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop - Tickets
1/27/13: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's - Tickets
1/28/13: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium - Tickets
1/30/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater - Tickets
1/31/13: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater - Tickets
2/1/13: West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy - Tickets
2/2/13: Chico, CA @ Senator Theater - Tickets
2/3/13: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory - Tickets
2/5/13: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep - Tickets
2/6/13: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion - Tickets
2/7/13: Sauget, IL @ Pop's - Tickets
2/8/13: Lexington, KY @ Buster's - Tickets
2/9/13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works - Tickets
2/11/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live - Tickets
2/12/13: Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live - Tickets
2/13/13: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's - Tickets
2/14/13: West Springfield, VA @ Empire - Tickets
2/15/13: Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock - Tickets
2/16/13: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater - Tickets
2/17/13: Amityville, NY @ Revolution - Tickets
Baroness's John Baizley and Pete Adams share an acoustic performance of "Stretchmarker" via their website (www.baronessmusic.com). The clip, recorded in Baizley's Philadelphia art studio (www.aperfectmonster.com), marks the first performance the band members have shared since their horrific bus accident in August.
"Simply put: it's time to get back to it. Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motor coach-aeronautics) I can definitively say I've exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there's not that many of them, after all)." explained Baizley. "I've come dreadfully close to boredom, and in those moments I can't help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities. Television offers little respite from this relative stasis; I'm sure by now I have sampled every biker-meth-dealer-zombie-low-talking-cop-crime-scene-serial-killer-real-housewife soap opera that is currently being broadcast (and there's no small number of them). I've tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle. Furthermore, I believe I am getting a touch of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic). Music might be the best therapy I have right now. Perhaps it's both the cause and the cure (the thought has crossed my mind); but I feel lost without it. Pete and I have just spent a long week surveying our musical wreckage and, surprisingly, we are quite well and intact. Sure, there are some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get 'back in' that particular 'saddle again.' Most of my peers are familiar with such high-school-gym-teacher poeticisms as 'risk equals reward' and 'no pain, no gain;' but did any of us every really believe there was any real wisdom in those adolescent platitudes? I didn't. I am, however, starting to understand the essence of these and many of our other favorite clichés.
As odd as it might be for me to write these 'updates' after 10 years of personal silence on the internet, I feel that I owe everyone who's voiced or given their support to Baroness a brief synopsis of our situation and more importantly a heartfelt thanks. Honestly, it has made this ordeal much easier on me. What little publicity that surrounds our crash has given voice to so many people who have shared their own stories of injury, trauma and struggle with us, and has furthered my own faith in the communicative and universal strength of music. As every singer on every stage has nightly said, 'we wouldn't be where we are without you.' Thanks everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon. Here's a short clip of a song we wrote."
Yellow & Green, Baroness's breakthrough double album, has garnered enormous praise on various best of and year-end lists worldwide including reigning over Spin's "20 Best Metal Albums of 2012," iTunes awarding "Take My Bones Away" the distinction of the best metal song of the year, Metal Hammer Germany placing the release at #2 on their year-end list and BBC Music describing the album as a "nearly flawless collection" while giving Yellow & Green the #13 spot in their Top 25 albums of 2012. The 18-track record also landed on year-end lists from Amazon (#46), Close Up Sweden (#4), Decibel (#2), Guitar World (#15), Loudwire (#4), Magnet (#12), Metal Hammer Norway (#4), Metal Hammer UK (#14), Paste (#47), Pitchfork (#27), PopMatters (#4), Revolver (#4), Stereogum (#18), Terrorizer (#2), Treble (#2), Village Voice (#6) and Visions Germany (#4).
Baizley recently did a number of interviews where he discussed Baroness's upcoming plans, telling Decibel Magazine: "I have no doubt that within six months, we'll be playing shows again." The full interview can be read here and here.
Limited quantities of the Yellow & Green Deluxe 2xLP Hardbound Book Vinyl edition from the band's personal collection are available via Baroness's website (www.baronessmusic.com) with all proceeds going directly to the band.
French grindcore activists BLOCKHEADS have released a lyric video for the track "Pro-Lifers" from their forthcoming 5th full-length and first album in over six years entitled This World Is Dead. Recorded in Geneva, Switzerland at Terrier 5 with Jerome of NOSTROMO / MUMAKIL, This World Is Dead features 25 songs clocking in at over 40 minutes of brutally efficient, grade-A, frenzied grind. The album will see its release on CD/LP/Digital on January 22nd (N. America), Jan 21st (UK/World), and Jan 18th (Germany/Benelux/Finland). The album's artwork and pre-order options are available now at this location while the lyric video can be viewed here.
Formed 20 years ago, BLOCKHEADS (Xav - vocals, Fred - guitar/vocals, Nico -drums/vocals & Eric - bass/vocals) have unleashed four full-lengths in addition to numerous splits, comps and DVDs. The band has toured throughout Europe with such genre heavyweights as Napalm Death, Nasum, Carcass and Brutal Truth.
Updated BLOCKHEADS news / album information will be made available at the Relapse Records website and the BLOCKHEADS official site and Facebook page.
"Brutally efficient grindcore, twenty short, sharp, shocks' worth of whiplash headbanging complete with vividly misanthropic lyrics, precision unison riffing, and a solid line in double-time blastbeat drumming..." - allmusic
"It's a damn shame their status in the grind world isn't higher. This is truly devastating on all levels..." -metal-archives
"...Blockheads only come with one setting: scorched earth assault. Shapes of Misery, their fourth long player, is molar-cracking blasts and implacable dentist drillriffing..." - grind and punishment