ATALA: West Coast Desert Doom Trio To Release The Bearer Of Light Full-Length Via Salt Of The Earth Records; “Desolate Lands” Video Now Playing, Tour Dates Announced + Preorders Available 4/20

West Coast desert doom trio ATALA will release their The Bearer Of Light full-length via Salt Of The Earth Records on May 21st.
 
Returning to their DIY ethos, the seven-track desert voyage was captured and self-produced in just five days at Gatos Trail in Joshua Tree with engineer Jeff Thomas. “It’s a true roller coaster of emotions: sad, angry, confused, lost… but, you can’t help but feel hope as you follow the journey,” notes founding guitarist Kyle Stratton.
 
“After working with producers who I admired,” Stratton continues of the decision to record The Bearer Of Light on his own, “I felt it was my time to do it my way while implementing some of the tricks they used. I wanted to record live and not overthink the process. I just wanted to capture the moment take by take. It was a learning process for both the band and myself as a producer. I literally had no idea what I was doing but I wanted the record to have a ’90s DIY feel like the stuff I grew up listening to and I think we achieved that.” 
 
In advance of the release of TheBearer Of Light, ATALA is pleased to unveil their video for first single“Desolate Lands.” Issues Stratton of the clip, “‘Desolate Lands’ was written spontaneously in a jam and it was devastatingly heavy. Lyrically, it’s about the desert and our connection to the surrounding landscape and creatures. It’s about understanding that nature is the only true connection we have to any kind of a god or higher power. The video was created by our friend Zak Kupcha at Circulation Media. He did a great job.”
 
View ATALA’s “Desolate Lands” at THIS LOCATION. 
 
The Bearer Of Light comes swathed in Stratton’s striking cover art and will be available on, CD, LP, and digitally. Preorders begin this Saturday, 4/20 via Salt Of The Earth Records at THIS LOCATION or the ATALA website HERE. 
 
The Bearer Of Light Track Listing:
1. Desolate Lands
2. Upon The Altar
3. Naïve Demure
4. Sun Worship
5. Venomous Lure
6. Won’t Subside
7. Dark Skies 
 
Catch ATALA live in support of The Bearer Of Light on a near-three-week US tour this June alongside Sixes. See all confirmed dates below. 
 
ATALA w/ Sixes: 
6/14/2019 O’Malley’s – Mountain View, CA 
6/15/2019 Mummer’s – Sparks, NV 
6/16/2019 Beehive – Salt Lake City, UT
6/17/2019 Streets Of London – Denver, CO
6/18/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/19/2019 The Lift – Dubuque, IA
6/20/2019 Reggie’s Music Hall – Chicago, IL
6/21/2019 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
6/22/2019 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
6/23/2019 The Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC
6/24/2019 Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
6/25/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
6/26/2019 Bond’s 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
6/27/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
6/28/2019 House of Bards – Tucson, AZ
6/29/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ 
6/30/2019 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA

From Ashes to New and Ice Nine Kills Sellout Pittsburgh

Only being two dates into the co-headlining tour, these bands of force sold out The Rex Theater! When I had come into the venue, it was packed to the back. Unfortunately, I had missed the set HAWK, had done. Pittsburgh traffic can be killer, especially when there’s barely any parking from the show being sold out. When I had finally came in, I was lucky enough to experience part of Afterlife’s set. Not knowing what to expect from this band, I was thoroughly delighted. 

Up next was Palisades. Only touching on them briefly prior to the show, I only knew about them through my sister. From time to time, she would play me their older albums. Before, I thought, “I could either go or go without this band”. Let me tell you, they put on a fantastic set. High energy and lots of interaction from the crowd. 

Now on to the main two acts. Ice Nine Kills did the first half of this date for the co-tour. Can I just say how freaking amazing they were. I knew nothing of INK before coming into this show. I can most definitely say they’ve won over a new fan from the performance they had put on. Watching Spencer come onto the stage dressed up as half Freddy Kruger and half Jason. Not to mention the other members were dressed up as other horror characters too! I love bands with theatrics and themes behind them. It makes for such a more visually pleasing workup. Ice Nine Kills has a horror theme surrounding their looks and music. It totally shows on stage! This a must see band!

Lastly was From Ashes to New. FATN is a band with a lot of heart and soul. You can tell just by the way how they perform and how Matt raps out his part. During one the first few songs, he had mentioned how hard life has been for him as of late. But that the fans and his music keep him going. This is coming from a writer who’s struggled with depression herself, I felt what Matt was saying. Life can be extremely challenging at times. When you find that reason to keep you going through, it makes it all worth it in the end. If you like bands with heartfelt lyrics, you’ve found an amazing band to listen to.

All and all, I would say definitely check out this tour if you can! The line up is amazing just begging to be seen!

 

CHRCH: California Doom Collective Announces Pacific Northwest Shows Surrounding Litha Cascadia Appearance This June + Band To Play First Annual Psycho Smokeout And More

California doom collective CHRCH has announced a short run of Pacific Northwest shows this June. The trek runs from June 20th through June 23rd and includes an appearance at Litha Cascadia, a summer solstice gathering featuring performances by Don Anderson, Isenordal, Aerial Ruin, JWW, To End It All, Sataray, and many others. The journey follows the band’s show in Berkeley, California next month supporting labelmates Amenra, and their appearance on the first annual Psycho Smokeout at the historic Catch One nightclub in Los Angeles where CHRCH will appear alongside the likes of Elder, Monolord, Belzebong, and many others. See all confirmed dates below.
 
CHRCH: 
4/19/2019 Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA w/ Amenra, Year Of The Cobra, Yarrow
4/20/2019 Psycho Smokeout @ Catch One – Los Angeles, CA [info]                    
6/20/2019 Litha Cascadia Pre Party @ Substation – Seattle, WA w/ Isenordal, Arkheron Thodol, Eye Of Nix 
6/21/2019 Litha Cascadia @ Red Hawk Avalon – Pe Ell, WA [info]
6/22/2019 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Hell, Usnea, Taarna
6/23/2019 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
 
CHRCH released their towering Light Will Consume Us All full-length last year via Neurot Recordings. Across the record’s forty-four-minute run time, CHRCH layers intricate melodies, thunderous rhythms, monolithic riffs, and a commanding, supernatural vocal presence, performing with arresting purity and honesty. Their long-form songs build and deconstruct as the band reach sonic highs, and at times, beautiful plateaus. Traversing life’s journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness, the music of CHRCH calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it. Light Will Consume Us All was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills (King Woman, Bog Oak, VRTRA) at Earthtone Studios in Sacramento, California.
 
CHRCH’s Light Will Consume Us All is out now on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Neurot Recordings. For physical order bundles visit THIS LOCATION. The digital edition can be purchased HERE where the record is also streaming in full.

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