SECTION H8: Phase One EP By Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Outfit Out Now Through Flatspot Records

Phase One, the pummeling debut EP from Los Angeles hardcore punk instigators SECTION H8, is officially out now through Flatspot Records. Comprised of members who also play in Downpresser, Minus, Product Of Waste, Human Garbage, Nomads, Furious Styles, and more, Phase One is a point-blank blast of unrelenting hardcore rage, unloading five tracks in barely eight minutes. 
 
Recorded on Devils Night 2018 at The Pit by Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues), Phase One was mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Full Of Hell, Iron Lung, Violent Reaction), and features guest synth and samples by Ryan George.
 
Following its initial independent release late last year, Flatspot Records now presents Phase One through official digital distribution on all platforms as well as 7″ with two variants, 300 on grey vinyl and 100 on red/black splatter.
 
Stream SECTION H8’s Phase One at THIS LOCATION.
 
Merch bundles and other ordering options can be found at the label’s webshop HERE and the EP is streaming and available on all digital platforms.
 
Following a recent West Coast tour, and a hometown record release show this week, SECTION H8 will announce new live actions in the weeks ahead.
 
Formed in early 2018, SECTION H8 quickly tore a hole in the hardcore/punk community, including being dubbed the “Best New Hardcore Band Of 2018” by No Echo. Inspired by brutal American hardcore acts like Cold As Life and early Madball, metal and grind acts including Carnivore and Driller Killer, and Japanese hardcore punk acts like Judgement and Death Side. Coalescing these influences into an energetic and merciless style of groove-carved hardcore punk, the band’s fury is fueled by their pessimistic outlook on society and the future of humanity. Their lyrical content depicts an impending apocalypse and humankind’s dedication to conflict, its unstoppable urge to destroy itself any way that it can — be it war or substance abuse or mankind’s inherit selfishness. It’s a soundtrack to the end times, in which we are now living.

THUNDERCLAP: PopMatters Streams Entire Debut Album From Florida Doom/Rock Trio; Inebriocean LP Out This Week Via Financial Ruin

PopMatters is now streaming the entire Inebriocean debut LP from Gainesville, Florida-based THUNDERCLAP, on the eve of the album’s release through Financial Ruin. 
 
The trio’s members are Florida punk scene vets having collectively played with the likes of Discount, Army Of Ponch, The Draft, Unitas, J.Page, House On Fire, Black Cougar Shock Unit, and others, yet with THUNDERCLAP, the band smoothly melds elements of metal and classic rock into a thick layer of swampy southern groove and doom akin to bands like Torche, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, and Kylesa. Inebriocean was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Williams at Black Bear Studios in Gainesville and completed with cover art by Ted Lincoln.
 
As their maiden album sees release this week, THUNDERCLAP‘s Ale Gasso offers, “The whole album plays on a theme-the Inebriocean. The ocean represents the darkness and despair of an inebriated life-nearly drowning yet thriving in a dangerous place where one has lost control. What begins as an invitation to debauchery on the title track, ‘What are you waiting for? Come to the edge. Dive in,’ quickly turns to darker times as drowning, shipwrecks and being lost out at sea come into play. The stories ebb and flow until ultimately ending with a touch of optimism with the last track ‘Breach’ which hints at brighter days ahead. The ocean works as a metaphor for a dark and dangerous life where one minute you can be enjoying yourself at the safety of shore, and the next you’re fighting your way out of a volatile sea.”
 
With the advance stream of Inebriocean, PopMatters writes in part, “The music contained on the album gives hints at the outfit’s punk rock origins but departs into deeper territory with flashes of Minus The Bear-style prog rock with weights tied to its ankles, southern rock, Black Sabbath-influenced doom while dealing up vocal hooks and catharsis-inducing riffs that beg to be heard live. If you don’t find yourself alternately scared and ready to raise your fist in victory at least twice a minute while listening to Inebriocean, there’s a good chance you’re not really living.”
 
Stream THUNDERCLAP’s Inebriocean LP early at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
 
Financial Ruin will release Inebriocean on LP and digital platforms this Friday, March 29th, with distribution through Dead Tank Records. Find preorders for the LP HERE.
 
THUNDERCLAP is playing live throughout the area in the weeks surrounding the LP’s release, including their album release show on April 4th, and a set at the 352 Fest with labelmates Horsewhip and more just two weeks later, both in their hometown of Gainesville. Watch for more widespread tour dates to be announced in the weeks ahead.
 
THUNDERCLAP Live:
4/04/2019 Loosey’s – Gainesville, FL *record release show w/ Iron Buddha, Heavy On The Ish [info]
4/19/2019 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL @ 352 Fest w/ Party Time, Horsewhip, Wørsen [info]
 
Todd Rockhill and Danny Welsh originally formed THUNDERCLAP as a two piece in 2012, a time when Gainesville really didn’t have many heavy local bands. They aimed to fill that gap – to create the music they loved. Their music was influenced by metal bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath mixed with the down-tuned riffage of sludgy bands like Floor and Cavity. After a few songs were written, Rockhill was working on lyrics when he came upon a book of poems by Ale Gasso. Her dark poems fit the mood of the band and soon were set perfectly to the music. Bassist Jerome Goodman was added to the mix and they released their first record, The Moon Leads, in 2014. Gasso joined as guitarist shortly thereafter. When life took Goodman in a different direction, the band dropped the bass from their lineup and has remained sans-bass trio since, into the creation of their latest album and first LP, Inebriocean.
 
THUNDERCLAP combines poetry and music with different movements, tones, and emotions wrapped together to create a complete experience for listeners rather than just the average one-dimensional song. Breaking away from the traditional hardcore that permeated the scene at the time, they added layers of visual and conceptual feeling to the dark, heavy music which they felt properly reflected what they were feeling inside. Inebriocean is a journey, combining songs of varying lengths, moods and genres in order to replicate the true experience of life and art. The album’s seven lush tunes boast attributes of classic Southern rock and modern doom metal in a seamless blend of empowering riffs and emotive atmospheres.

HARM’S WAY To Kick Off US Tour With Knocked Loose Next Week

Chicago’s HARM’S WAY will kick off a US tour supporting Kentucky hardcore punk unit Knocked Loose next week. The pummeling trek will commence on April 4th in Springfield, Missouri and run through May 8th in St. Louis, Missouri. Additional support will be provided by The Acacia Strain, Sanction, and Higher Power. See all confirmed dates below.
 
HARM’S WAY w/ Knocked Loose, The Acacia Strain, Sanction, Higher Power: 
4/04/2019 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
4/05/2019 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/06/2019 Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
4/07/2019 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
4/09/2019 Elevation – Grand Rapids, MI
4/10/2019 Civic Music Hall – Toledo, OH
4/11/2019 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
4/12/2019 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
4/13/2019 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/14/2019 The Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
4/16/2019 The Met – Providence, RI
4/17/2019 Revolution – Amityville, NY
4/18/2019 Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
4/19/2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/20/2019 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/23/2019 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
4/25/2019 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
4/26/2019 Elks Lodge 1468 – Las Vegas, NV
4/27/2019 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
4/28/2019 Soma – San Diego, CA
4/30/2019 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
5/01/2019 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
5/02/2019 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
5/03/2019 Job Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
5/05/2019 Co Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
5/06/2019 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/07/2019 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
5/08/2019 Fubar – St. Louis, MO 
 
HARM’S WAY continues to tour in support of their most recent full-length, Posthuman, out now on Metal Blade Records. Having grown with each subsequent release, Posthuman is a devastating addition to HARM’S WAY‘s catalog. Exclaim! hails, “an impressive display of brute force that keeps its momentum up from beginning to end.” Pitchfork writes, “The swole Chicago hardcore band’s latest album shows their raw strength while adding shades of industrial and groove metal for character.” Adds Metal Injection, “HARM’S WAY Posthuman gives fans absolutely solid hardcore material, promising utter chaos while providing some welcoming blends in variety in regards to tone and sound. From beginning to end, Posthuman is pure savagery and an early contender for one of the year’s heaviest albums.”

AORATOS: Gods Without Name Full-Length From Searing Black Metal Project Led By Naas Alcameth Of Akhlys And Nightbringer Out Now And Streaming Via Debemur Morti Productions

Gods Without Name is the first descent into the twisted depths of fresh creative entity, AORATOS. Spearheaded by Naas Alcameth known for his time in Akhlys, Bestia Arcana, and Nightbringer among others and described as a, “reflection of the eidola and egregore arisen from the liminal thresholds,” Gods Without Name probes deep into the darkness found beyond the boundaries of the profane and waking world of man. A maelstrom of mesmerizing and nightmarish tremolo riffs, relentless drumming, and the ever-tortured howls of Alcameth permeate this musical abyss serving accordingly as a piercing counterpoint to the undulating drone and dark ambient soundscapes found within. Cold atmospheres and malevolent whispers of ecstatic dread bookend these horrific hymnals to “forbidden plots, barren fields, and haunted abodes.” AORATOS Gods Without Name is true darkness given musical form in haunting, malefic black metal. Fans of Emperor, Nightbringer, Akhlys, Sinmara, and the like be forewarned. 
 
AORATOS Gods Without Name — which was self-recorded at Promethean Forge Studios and mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio — is out now on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats via Debemur Morti Productions. For ordering options in North America go to THIS LOCATION, for Europe go HERE, and for digital orders go HERE. 
 
Stream Gods Without Name in its scathing entirety at the Debemur Morti Productions Bandcamp Page at THIS LOCATION or Spotify HERE. 

 

Gods Without Name Track Listing: 
1. Parallax I 
2. Holy Mother Of Terror
3. Of Harvest, Scythe And Sickle Moon
4. Gods Without Name
5. Thresher
6. The Watcher On The Threshold
7. Prayer Of Abjection
8. Dread Spirit Of The Place
9. Parallax II

ULCERATE: New Zealand Death Metal Trio Joins Debemur Morti Productions Roster; European Tour To Commence Next Month

New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE have joined the Debemur Morti Productions roster. 
 
Issues the band of the new union, “We are extremely happy to be moving head-first into this next chapter with a partnership that aligns so clearly with our own vision. Debemur Morti has always been in our peripheral gaze – the attention to detail and high level of curation is second-to-none.
 
Death metal has always had roots in themes of humanity, darkness, and oppression, but when ULCERATE formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, their unconventional approach to the genre quickly redefined the meaning of those concepts throughout death metal and beyond. The trio’s distinctive treatment of dynamics alongside in-depth lyrical content established the band as a formidable force long before they became the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal, one defined by meticulous passages of understated melodic sensibilities and jarring, tooth-scraping dissonance. The band’s inexorable march from 2007’s Of Fracture And Failure (2007) to the unparalleled Shrines Of Paralysis (2016) has been terrifying. And it appears the best is yet to come.
 
Further details on the band’s as-yet-untitled new full-length will be released in the months to come. In the meantime, don’t miss ULCERATE on their upcoming European tour set to commence April 10thand run through April 21st. The trek includes an appearance on this year’s edition of Roadburn. See all confirmed dates below. 
 
ULCERATE: 
4/10/2019 IF Performance Hall Besiktas – Istanbul, TR
4/11/2019 Roadburn Festival 2019 – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2019 B52 The Club – Bucharest, RO
4/12/2019 Armageddon Descends VI – Vilnius, LT
4/17/2019 The Grand Social – Dublin, IE
4/18/2019 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/19/2019 The Star And Garter – Manchester, UK
4/20/2019 Nambucca – London, UK
4/21/2019 Exchange – Bristol, UK

THONAIN HORDE: Maryland Blackened Rock Outfit To Release Downfall Album Through Grimoire Records In May; Album Info And Preorders Posted

Grimoire Records confirms the May release of Downfall, the third album from Maryland-based THONIAN HORDE, founded by members of Admiral Browning, Pale Divine, Faith In Jane, Weed Is Weed, and Bailjack. The Downfall cover art, track listing, and preorders have been issued.
 
THONIAN HORDE formed in 2016 in the backwoods of Boonesboro, Maryland by bassist/vocalist Ron “Fezz” McGinnis (Pale Divine, Admiral Browning), guitarists Darren “Dirty” Waters (Weed Is Weed) and Dan “D-Mize” Mize (Faith In Jane), and drummer Tyler “The Beast” Lee (Weed Is Weed). As a self-described “black & roll” outfit, the band seamlessly blends stoner rock grooves with scathing vocals ripped straight from the frostbitten black metal tundra, but what sets them apart from their peers is the highly acrobatic death metal drum work perforating the mix. Since recording their second album, Inconnu, with Grimoire Records in 2017, the band has spent little idle time in the intervening years.
 
Downfall is THONIAN HORDE‘s third album release since 2016, and second proper full-length release with Grimoire Records. Featuring ten new tracks of thrashy, blackened, metallic rock, fans of Immortal, Satyricon, and Dissection, as well as the stoner/doom throngs who frequent the members’ other projects, will all find something to sink their teeth into. Like Inconnu, the tracking for Downfall was done mostly live in the Grimoire Studio with label head Noel Mueller, with minimal overdubbing. The cover art was again provided by Gilbert Miranda for Lingua Mortis Artwork, and the CD layout was finished by Mueller.
 
Downfall will be released via limited edition CD and digital download on May 24th through Grimoire Records. Preorders are now live HERE. Audio samples, live performances, and more will be posted over the weeks ahead.
 
Downfall Track Listing:
1. The Narcissist
2. Cathedral Spire
3. Cold Blooded Hypocrisy
4. Gremalkin
5. Hymn To Lilith
6. Chaos Theory Magick
7. Bring The Pain
8. Brickstorm
9. Pan 131
10. Downfall
 
THONAIN HORDE:
Ron “Fezz” McGinnis – bass, vocals
Darren “Dirty” Waters – guitars
Dan “D-Mize” Mize – lead guitar
Tyler “The Beast” Lee – drums

KOLLAPS: Australian Post-Industrial Trio To Release Mechanical Christ LP Through Cold Spring Records; Cvlt Nation Premieres “Fleshflower” Official Video

Cold Spring Records presents Mechanical Christ, the second full-length release from Australian post-industrial trio, KOLLAPS. Confirming the album for release on Friday, May 3rd, the band and label have issued an official video for the punishing lead single, “Fleshflower,” which sees its public premiere through Cvlt Nation.
 
KOLLAPS creates a unique brand of primitive noise “intended for degenerates and outsiders,” as per the members. The band’s distinctive primordial tones are created using appropriated waste materials like scrap metal, raw plastics, and steel plates, combined with blistering percussion, bass, and vocals. This is no empty “industrial” gesture; for the band, this process of creation facilitates the literal use of postmodern society against itself.
 
Mechanical Christ, the second full-length KOLLAPS release, is a conceptual continuation of its predecessor, Sibling Lovers. This release sees KOLLAPS further their exploration of the inherent societal sickness of our times, one that manifests itself in the debasement of individual morality. Themes of exploitation, vengeance, drug addiction, paranoia, and slave labor are part of a dissonant, inverted morality play. Testament to the band’s evolving conceptual depth are the overarching themes of love, life, and death, which offer a sense of shared experience in the discomfort of the universal human experience. Known for their violent and nihilistic stage performances, this recording encapsulates with harsher clarity the visceral confrontation that is the KOLLAPS live act.
 
Mechanical Christ was recorded and mixed over a two-month period at Aviary Studios by Mike Deslandes, except “Ankara” which was’ recorded and mixed by Wade Black and produced by Black and Damian Coward. The album was mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks (Khanate) and completed with photography by Kazimierz Zdzieblo and design by Ligeia Black. A thirty-six-minute journey into the desperation and lack of resolve that is both the crux of modern social ills and at the very heart of the human condition, Mechanical Christ delivers seven tracks of blistering harsh noise akin to acts such as Swans, Whitehouse, Khanate, and Pharmakon.
 
Cvlt Nation has premiered the first single from Mechanical Christ, through an artistic, surreal, and simply terrifying video for “Fleshflower,” directed by Ligeia Black. The popular site offers, “KOLLAPSare about to release their second album, but I don’t know if you’re ready for it. This is noise rock that stabs at the corrupt dark heart of modern times, and it’s blistering and addictive.”
 
The band offers, “Musically ‘Fleshflower’ was inspired by Japanese artists and films such as Der Eisenrost, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The

 

See the intense “Fleshflower” video from KOLLAPS at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
 
Mechanical Christ will see release on CD, LP, and digital formats via Cold Spring Records Friday, May 3rd. Find preorders and more info HERE.
 
Mechanical Christ Track Listing:
1. Ankara
2. Crucify
3. Fleshflower
4. Blood Premonitions
5. Traducer
6. Mechanical Christ
7. Love Is A War
 
KOLLAPS is working on a large European tour for later in the year, including their announced participation in Tower Transmissions VIII in Dresden, Germany on September 20th with Lydia Lunch, MZ.412, Burial Hex, and more. In the meantime, the band continues to book shows regionally surrounding the release of Mechanical Christ. Watch for tour updates in the weeks ahead.
 
KOLLAPS Live:
9/20/2019 Tower Promotions – Dresden, DE @ Tower Transmissions VIII w/ Lydia Lunch, MZ.412, Burial Hex [info]

THE WILD! ANNOUNCE NEW EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

The Wild! have announced their return to Europe with a bang by confirming a handful of shows this summer supporting their friends in Rose Tattoo. 

Frontman Dylan Villain chimes in, “From playing with KISS and ZZ Top in Sweden to a sold-out crowd of 75,000 people at Wacken topped off with a bunch of shows with our good mates in Rose Tattoo and some headline dates in countries we’ve never been before… It’s going to be a helluva ride this summer in Europe, man and we’re going harder, louder and faster than ever! Don’t miss out on seeing this tour when it comes through your city! See you on the road!”  

 
Kicking off on June 6, 2019, at Sweden Rock Festival, this trek will take them up and down mainland Europe. The band will also make their first-ever appearance at the legendary Wacken Open Air Festival. Tickets are on sale now. 

Finally, the group will make a key appearance at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales with Thunder, Thin Lizzy, Temperance Movement, and Danko Jones.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE “SPOKE IN THE WHEEL” MUSIC VIDEO

Black Label Society have released a new music video today for their song “Spoke In The Wheel” from their upcoming LP due out this spring. Directed by long-time director and collaborator Justin Reich, this is the first music video we’ve seen from the band since ”Trampled Down Below” was released last year from the Grimmest Hits LP.
 
Black Label Society will release Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19 on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). “Spoke In The Wheel” is available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive that single as an instant download. “Spoke In The Wheel” is available on all streaming services today. 
 
Pre-order bundles including teeshirts, posters, vinyl, and even a turntable are available now. Click here for more.

Thanks to a new arrangement with record label Entertainment One (eOne), the band’s back catalog is now all in one place, uniting the band’s earlier work with their more recent output. The “re-blended” version of their classic debut is resurrected bigger than ever without sacrificing its familiar kick. Plus, there are two bonus cuts: a full band/piano version of “Spoke in the Wheel” and an acoustic take on “Black Pearl.”

Black Label Society has also announced their 20 Years of Sonic Brewtality Tour,” a brand-new batch of 2019 North American tour dates in conjunction with the new release. The band will play two shows in each market – the first night will feature Sonic Brew played in its entirety, while the second night will see the band play a set of greatest hits. Support will come from Conan and The Atomic Bitchwax. Black Label Society will also participate in U.S festivals Sonic Temple, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville on this run.

Dates begin April 24 at The Oriental Theater in Denver and wrap up in Los Angeles at the famous El Rey Theater for two nights ending on May 23. Tickets are on sale this Friday, February 1, 2019. 

Apr-24 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-25 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Apr-27 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-28 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Apr-30 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-01 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May-04 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
May-06 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-07 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May-11 Rockingham, NC Epicenter
May-14 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-15 Toronto, ON Opera House
May-17 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple
May-18 Clarksville, TN O’Connors
May-22 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
May-23 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

AVATAR ANNOUNCES LIVE ALBUM TITLED THE KING LIVE IN PARIS

Avatar has announced a new live LP today titled The King Live In Paris recorded live at Download Festival 2018 held in Paris, France. The new release underscores fan favorites such as “A Statue Of The King,” “Let It Burn,” and “Hail The Apocalypse.” 
 
“Looking back at all that’s happened and what’s still going on it feels more like a document from a pivotal battle than a live album,” says frontman Johannes Eckerström. 
 
“In the past, I’ve found it hard to motivate making something like this, but as time goes on, I find it fortunate that we get to have our work captured like this. I realize now more than ever that we are in the process of constant change. This release is a version of Avatar that didn’t exist a year prior, and that already has morphed into something else. The show at Download Paris was a particular one for many reasons. We are very proud of the result.”
 
Avatar will release The King Live In Paris on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). Pre-orders are available today with “Bloody Angel” serving as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive “Bloody Angel” as an immediate download.