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Corrections House: exclusive new album track premiering at Pitchfork

12 Aug

The musical miscreants at Pitchfork are offering up the first sampling of Last City Zero, the forthcoming debut full-length from recent Neurot Recordings signees, CORRECTIONS HOUSE. A shadowy legion of lost souls, fused together by the impulsive forces of nature and altered states of consciousness, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is the maniacal creation of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero offers up eight psychologically alarming hymns that span well beyond the traditional confines of sound. At once cold, mechanical, prosaic and pungent, Last City Zero is a full body experience rather than a casual listen.

In celebration of its release, Pitchfork is currently streaming opening track “Serve or Survive,” which they call “every bit as strange and unwieldy as its membership might suggest. ‘Serve or Survive’ opens as an oblong bed of noise, the circuits of producer Sanford Parker, struggle to catch their breath while Bruce Lamont broadcasts whale song by saxophone. Above the gray drift, Neurosis’ Scott Kelly intones his familiar doom.”

Comments Fairbury of the tune: “How can the choice be any clearer? The less Serving you do, the more chance you have to Survive. Serving is rarely a positive experience and Surviving, although a victory of sorts, is truly the most basic form of existence. Either way, you’re fucked.”

Make a choice. “Serve or Survive” (Direct link: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15837-serve-or-survive/)

CORRECTIONS HOUSE embrace the worthless, the diseased, the forgotten, their sprawling anti-soundscrapes and acidic verses — at once beautifully hideous, graceful and terrifying — a manifestation of societal ruin and psychological decay. The transformation of time and space; death begetting life and veils being torn; an imposing dissonance too penetrating to dismiss…CORRECTIONS HOUSE systematically create and destroy through audio disease and transcendent musical deconstruction.

Last City Zero will be released in UK/EU on October 28, 2013 via Neurot Recordings.



Pelican announce first new album in four years, hear new track from Forever Becoming due October via Southern Lord

11 Jul

Pelican promo

HEAR NEW ALBUM TRACK “IMMUTABLE DUSK” HERE: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15718-immutable-dusk/

Pelican, the Chicago-based quartet whose instrumental excursions to the confluence of caustic heaviness and cathartic melody pioneered a subgenre, have announced their first full album in four years, Forever Becoming, due October 14th in the UK/EU on forward-thinking metal imprintSouthern Lord.

Recorded at Electrical Audio with Chris Common (who engineered the group’s last album as well as albums by Chelsea Wolfe and These Arms Are Snakes), Forever Becoming is an immense, speaker-rattling meditation on the acceptance of mortality and its place in the eternal cycle. Composed of eight songs (full tracklist below), the album boasts a sonic palette that veers from pummeling metal, to contemplative ambience, to melodic catharsis all with landmark grace.

Following a hiatus that saw the departure of founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec and the arrival of new second guitarist Dallas Thomas(also of The Swan King), the forthcoming album is the work of a wholly revitalised unit, sounding more focused and assured than ever. The current lineup’s undeniable chemistry was forged in front of crowds at festival appearances, including Bonnaroo, Roadburn, and Maryland Death Fest, as well as a handful of headlining club shows. Pelican return to the road in support of the new album with a host of European dates kicking off this week. Then this Autumn they shall continue their touring activities with reigning post-hardcore stalwarts Coliseum, focusing on the East Coast (the band’s first tour of the area since 2009), in addition to a coveted slot at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.




1. Terminal
2. Deny the Absolute
3. The Tundra
4. Immutable Dusk
5. Threnody
6. The Cliff
7. Vestiges
8. Perpetual Dawn


July 11 DE – Erfurt – Stoned From The Underground

July 12 DE – Berlin – Festival Kreuzberg

July 13 FIN – Joensuu – Ilosaarirock

July 15 UK – Brighton, The Haunt

July 16 UK – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (w/ JK Flesh)

July 17 UK – London, The Garage (w/ JK Flesh)

July 18 NL – Tilburg, 013 (w/Torche)

July 19 BE – Dour, Dour Festival (w/Torche, Converge)

July 20 DE – Siegen, Vortex Club

July 22 ITA – Milan, Segrate

July 23 ITA – Roma, Traffic Live

July 24 AT – Innsbruck, PMK

July 25 AT – Vienna, Arena (w/ Mouth Of The Architect)

July 26 RU – Moscow, Plan B (w/ Mouth Of The Architect)

July 27 RU – St Petersburg, Arktika (w/Mouth Of The Architect)


Oct 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase
Oct 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase
Oct 19 – Allston, MA – Great Scott *
Nov 1 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s ^
Nov 2 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^
Nov 3 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church ^
Nov 4 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 ^
Nov 5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
Nov 6 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco ^
Nov 7 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon ^
Nov 8, 9, & 10 – Austin TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
* w/ King’s Destroy
^ w/ Coliseum

Their ruminative riffology and ability to raise apocalyptic visions mark them out as practitioners of a new, reflective metallurgy…They create whole weather systems with their long looming chords.” – UNCUT

Imagine Mogwai coated in bronze – but boasts greater dynamic range and, on Final Breath’s shoegaze, a fine first use of vocals” – MOJO

Combines all the elements that have made each of their records great into one cohesive, immensely rich whole that’s a good bet for best Pelican album ever.” – ROCK A ROLLA

Returning to their roots…in a move that’s as inspired as it is unexpecte, the soulful tones…hazy space-rock back-drop, building up to a glorious, stratosphere-scraping climax. Best Pelican album ever.” – ROCKSOUND

“A grandiose, imaginative affair from the instrumentalists that will leave your speakers a quivering wreck by the time it reaches its epic conclusion.” – METAL HAMMER

Pelican continue down their glorious path of mashing thick grooves with multi-layered riffs…Eight tracks of amazing, spaced-out and very smart post-rock. Now go purchase this and add it to your collection!.” – ZERO TOLERANCE

Intricate and devastatingly heavy in equal measure, the new songs underline that they’re still on a roll creatively.” – TERRORIZER 

An effective showcase for a variety of moods and textures. These four pieces make a case for Pelican’s future being far brighter than expected.” – KERRANG!

It signals the sound of a band reinvigorated and ready to experiment with strong melodies and even stronger song personalities. Ataraxia/Taraxis reinstates Pelican at the top of the instrumental food chain and, if they continue like this, they show no sign of coming down.” – DROWNED IN SOUND

While this superb fourth album retains much of what has made Pelican consistently ace…there’s enough new to ensure their continued relevance as they approach a decade of sonic dominance…It rocks. Hard.” – NME


All Pigs Must Die: track from pending second LP now playing at Pitchfork

8 Jul

apmd band

The public’s first undertaking of the auditory revulsion ALL PIGS MUST DIE’s pending second LP, Nothing Violates This Nature, happens as Pitchfork drops the first single from the album.

A hateful unification of musicians hailing from Converge, The Hope Conspiracy, Bloodhorse and more, as ALL PIGS MUST DIE, these assassins fuse some of the most straightforward metal/hardcore elements into anthems as instantly infectious as they are incendiary.

Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), from the opening note Nothing Violates This Naturecomes alive with the expected ALL PIGS MUST DIE hatesurge, yet carries the band’s brutal delivery into new realms of dissonant punishment with even more Swedish death metal instilled into their craft. The second track from the album, “Silencer” aptly delivers two minutes of unholy aggression which showcases all of these traits; a mangled, nightstalking, streetwise cousin of Entombed on an mass-murder bender. The proof is in the lyrics: “I am among you as hunger grows, the life you’re given is mine to hold. See you suffer, watch you die, your tortured ghost has come to this.” To be clear, here is nothing remotely quiet about “Silencer.”

Check out “Silencer” now at Pitchfork (or via this direct link: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15675-silencer/)

Nothing Violates This Nature is released in UK/EU on 29 July via Southern Lord. In advance, a three-song 7” single for “Silencer” will be released on the band’s own Nonbeliever Records, the EP also including another new track from NVTN, “Sacred Nothing,” as well as an exclusive b-side track, “Taming The Slaves.”

Pre-orders for the “Silencer” single can now be placed (http://shirtsanddestroy.com/store/view/apmd_silencer_pre_order_package) , and pre-orders for Nothing Violates This Nature itself can be made too (http://www.southernlord.com/store.php).

apmd album cover

 Nothing Violates This Nature Track Listing:

1. Chaos Arise

2. Silencer

3. Primitive Fear

4. Bloodlines

5. Of Suffering

6. Holy Plague

7. Aqim Siege

8. Sacred Nothing

9. Faith Eater

10. Articles Of Human Weakness








Integrity: new hymn from impending tenth LP now streaming at Pitchfork

13 May

As INTEGRITY are preparing to release their tenth LP, Suicide Black Snake, another new track has uncoiled this week via Pitchfork.

While the band’s vast catalogue of albums, EPs and 7” releases have continually shown new sides to this villainous act’s sound, the intense Suicide Black Snake shows some of the most extreme musical progressions in INTEGRITY’s potent lineage. The band’s characteristic mournful harmonised guitar style, replete with huge metal solos are still very much apparent. Though on the seventh track, “There Ain’t No Living In Life” (also the albums longest track) a classic blues style and even Southern American rock elements rear their head, which infiltrate the endtime INTEGRITY message in a unique style of apocalyptic sorrow, fusing undistorted guitars, somber spoken word passages and even harmonica into a crushing and epic culmination.

Prepare for rapture with “There Ain’t No Living In Life” via Pitchfork.

The third track from Suicide Black Snake, the crushing “Beasts As Gods,” was released via A389 Records’ 2013 edition of their annual downloadable mixtape. Help yourself to this mix: http://a389recordings.bandcamp.com/album/a389-mmxiii-free-digital-mixtape-sampler

integrity one

Suicide Black Snake sees worldwide release June 11th, the vinyl pressing via A389 Recordings and the CD with Magic Bullet RecordsINTEGRITY will embark on an extensive tour leading up to and through the album’s release.  A massive European festival assault will consume the end of July and much of August including multiple festival performances.

Further sermons on the coming of Suicide Black Snake should be expected over the coming months, along with additional INTEGRITY live actions.

INTEGRITY Suicide Black Snake World Tour:
5/23/2013 The Webster – Hartford, CT w/Overcast * new location!
5/24/2013 Foufounes – Montreal, QC (A389 Canadian Invasion)
5/25/2013 Wrongbar – Toronto, ON (A389 Canadian Invasion)
5/26/2013 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/27/2013 Kingdom – Richmond, VA w/ Gehenna, Full Of Hell
5/28/2013 Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC w/ Gehenna, Full Of Hell
5/29/2013 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Gehenna, Full Of Hell
5/30/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Gehenna, Full Of Hell
6/01/2013 Chaos In Tejas – Austin, TX
7/26/2013 Druckluft – Oberhausen, Germany
7/27/2013 Vlamrock Festival – AS, Belgium
7/28/2013 Le Pub – Port, UK
7/29/2013 Wharf Chambers – Leeds, UK
7/30/2013 Fiber – Dublin, Ireland
7/31/2013 Trillians – Newcastle, UK
8/01/2013 Underworld – London, UK
8/02/2013 Resurrection Festival – Viveiro, Spain
8/03/2013 New Noise – Karlsruhe, Germany
8/04/2013 Péniche Alternat – Paris, France
8/05/2013 Les Combustibles – Toulouse, France
8/06/2013 TBA – Bordeaux, France
8/07/2013 Le Korigan – Luynes/Aix en Provence, France
8/08/2013 Magnolia Club – Milano, Italy
8/09/2013 Freakout Club – Bologna, Italy
8/10/2013 Mostovna – Nova Goricia, Slovenia
8/16/2013 Voice Of Art Festival – Hohenstein, Germany
8/17/2013 Days Of Fury Fest – Fredericia, Denmark
8/18/2013 Innocent – Hengelo, Netherlands
8/19/2013 Bei Chez Heinz – Hannover, Germany
8/20/2013 Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany
8/21/2013 Headcrash – Hamburg, Germany
8/22/2013 Bunker Festival – Oslo, Norway
8/23/2013 L’ Orient – Linkoping, Sweden

integrity two

Beyond an indisputable history as being an ultra brutal live act and basically being the most metal act associated with the top reigning champion acts of the 90s hardcore/metal scene, INTEGRITY has morphed into more of a musical entity, releasing countless splits and limited vinyl releases, taking back rights to seminal albums from the band’s discography and re-releasing them in proper formats, constantly enshrouded in bleak end-time/anti-life propaganda. Over time, creator Dwid Hellion has stripped the once quintet down to the bare essentials, having written and recorded solely with Robert Orr alone for the past five years, the visual and musical dimensions of INTEGRITY have grown fathoms more expansive, culminating into the most diverse album in the band’s storied existence with Suicide Black Snake.







Power Trip: Texas crossover act delivers debut LP; opening track playing at Pitchfork

26 Apr

Channeling the old-school energy of legendary acts like Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault and Leeway through modern thrash warfare, Texas crossover battalion POWER TRIP has wrapped up production on their debut LP for Southern Lord and have distributed the details on the beast that is Manifest Decimation.

Amidst massive touring over the past five years, and having unloaded a cache of demos, splits and D.I.Y. releases along the way, the high-powered metallic punk/hardcore attack of Dallas-based POWER TRIP caught the attention of Southern Lord, who brought the crew on-board for the release of their first full-length. Recorded by Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Argyle, Texas, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate in Philadelphia, the eight tracks on Manifest Decimation hurtle the band’s “steel, speed and destruction” ethos direct at the jugular with thirty-five minutes of crossover intensity that sounds like it was excavated from a 1987 time capsule with sixteen tons of radioactive dynamite. The intense album layout was created by Italian artist Paolo “Madman” Girardi, completing this vile package for delivery via Southern Lord on June 10th, 2013.
The opening and title track Manifest Decimation has been let off the chain via Pitchfork – FREE THE BEAST HERE.

Manifest Decimation Track Listing:
1. Manifest Decimation
2. Heretic’s Fork
3. Conditioned to Death
4. Murderer’s Row
5. Crossbreaker
6. Drown
7. Power Trip
8. The Hammer of Doubt

POWER TRIP‘s forthcoming recording and live schedule will be continually updated through the coming months as more details on Manifest Decimation are released.