Monday, December 22, 2014

Czech Republic's HEAVING EARTH Debut Song from Upcoming Album

Czech Death Metallers HEAVING EARTH have debuted a brand new song from their as yet untitled upcoming new album. The album is targeted for a January/February 2015 release on Czech label Lavadome Productions. Keep your eyes peeled for the artwork, title, and official release date. In the mean time, stream "Doomed Before Inception" at




What the World Needs Now Is, is positioned as part-anthology, part debut album; a cornucopia of sounds from the willfully eclectic output of the Grubby Mitts past and present.  The record is deliberately incongruous, with ambient electronic pieces juxtaposed with pop songs, string quartets, spoken word and a children’s choir and school orchestra.  Often one line refrains are repeated and layered in an attempt to grapple with vast sentiments; such as the single “To a Friends House the Way is Never Long” and the Gavin Bryars’ esq “We sat together the mountain and I until only the mountain remained”.  Other tracks include a triumphant, joyous anthem (“Standard”), a curious re-working of an old English poem (The Unquiet Grave), a song that changes genre part way through (Bubbleblower), lounge jazz (Lenny), English pop (Home at Last) and songs that seem to build as much around lists as lyrics (Pessimism of the Intellect, Worm of Eternal Return).

The bands sound is constantly changing, trying to reflect an experience of pop music after dance music and after ‘iTunes’.  Unusual sound-sources abound; the sound of a marble dropping down a child’s toy (Last Stop for the Good Old Times), bicycle wheels, coffee pots bubbling, snippets from cartoons, detuned radios, and jazz records all compete with live drums, drum machines, an array of woodwind, guitars, piano, synths and home-recorded string quartets.  The band have even published a manifesto calling for Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity, and this record perhaps reflects this sensibility.

The band all share the vocals, taking turns to avoid the hierarchy of a lead singer; with Holden taking the spoken monologues and Illingworth the pop numbers, and often the whole band singling in unison. However, despite all the constant morphing and contradictory approaches there are moments where the record attempts to just be straight forwardly moving. The school choir sing “Goodbye if you call that gone”, a track written after the death of the band's close friend and collaborator, Dan Cox, in 2011, and Illingworth’s refrain of “Whatever else I am, I am not in your arms”, sees the band conceal some very bleak moments amongst the numerous playful and joyous rallying-cries.

The debut single, To a Friends House the Way is Never Long, found its way on to BBC 6Music and was described by Drowned in Sound as “a thoughtscursion oddly moving and hypnotic only a churl could object, The Devil Has the Best Tuna describing it as “quirky, affectionate, affecting and sounds like The Polyphonic Spree if they'd been brought up in a council house in Croydon.” The follow-up single, Standard, was championed by Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6 Music.  The Guardian described the band’s music as “…Wonderfully sad, with huge conviction and emotion”, and chose Andy Holden and the Grubby Mitts as one of ten ‘Rising Stars of 2014’.  Last Summer the band collaborated with Damo Suzuki formerly of Can, and this Summer they toured the UK performing ten shows at artist-run spaces, choosing community run non-profit spaces from Plymouth to Edinburgh in which to stage their multi-projection live show.  Members Johnny Parry and Roger Illingworth (Buzzard Lope) have released seven solo albums between them, guitarist James MacDowell has recently published his first book (The Happy Ending in Hollywood Cinema) and Andy Holden has had exhibitions of his artwork all over the world, including a solo exhibition at Tate Britain, London, in 2010.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

INFERNAL WAR finishing work on new album "Axiom"

Polish extreme black metal force INFERNAL WAR is currently undertaking mastering duties after finishing the recording of the new album. Band's highly anticipated thrid studio opus will be entiled "Axiom" and is expected to drop in early 2015 via Agonia Records. Cover artwork is available below.

The band commented on the new material: "Axiom is the essence of INFERNAL WAR. At the same time, it's not a copy of our previous works. The new material is more mature, diversified and bloody uncompromising. It's very grim, both musically and lyrically. We have no doubt, that Axiom is our crowning achievement".

"Axiom" is being mastered in No Solace Studio with M. (Mgła/Kriegsmaschine). It will be INFERNAL WAR's first studio album in seven years. The last one, "Redesekration: The Gospel of Hatred and Apotheosis of Genocide", was released in 2007.

More news will follow shortly.


Agonia Records:

Kruger Premiere New Track At

Today, Swiss metal/hardcore institution Kruger premiere the new track "Bottoms Up" at heavily trafficked tastemakers "A bit difficult to classify," says Lambgoat, but "we think the word 'relentless' suffices," the track hails from Kruger's highly anticipated new album, Adam and Steve, set for North American release on January 20th, 2015 via Listenable Records. Adam and Steve follows Kruger's widely hailed For Death, Glory and the End of the World, from 2010, and is the band's fifth album to date in a career which spans 13 years of heavy duty and thousands of miles across Europe. Get your fill of "Bottoms Up" exclusively HERE, courtesy of
Born in 2001 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Kruger started playing music in complete indifference. First came a self-released debut album, Built for Speed, and then Kruger's first few gigs with Swiss heroes Knut and Nostromo. A couple lineup changes ensued, and a second album, Cattle Truck, followed in 2004. Worldwide fame is still quite in its infancy, but the band starts playing abroad and catches the eyes and ears of France’s Listenable Records, in full Gojira madness at the time.
Kruger's first album for ListenableRedemption Through Looseness - mixed by esteemed Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou - grabs the world’s attention in 2007. A tasty mix of Entombed-thick sound, Neurosis roughness, and some Tool lyricism, Redemption Through Looseness would later be released on vinyl through Roadburn Records. The band tours across Europe, and starts being invited to the continent’s most famous greasy spoons (Hellfest, Roadburn, Montreux Jazz, Dour, Transmusicales, Inferno, Paléo, Brutal Assault). 2010 saw the release of For Death, Glory and the End of the World on Listenable Records, which finally gets Kruger's name nailed in the middle of the world post-metal battlefield map. And celebrated, too, as a hell of a live act: far away from their studio tidiness, the Swiss quintet go berserk on any stage, regardless of a variable audience (a nicely wide range of 2 to 2500 lucky ones, according to the band’s records).
Then, in 2013, Kruger release the two-song 10’’ 333 before hitting the road Europe as support for their godfathers Gojira, promising a full-length album soonish. That pledge will be fulfilled January 20th, 2015 with Adam and Steve, once again produced by the band and mixed by Cult of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg: eight tracks in 45 minutes which honor Kruger's inclination for abrasive Breach-esque melodic bursts, double-kick metallic charges, punkish exuberance, and abstruse lyrical concepts. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Kruger's Adam and Steve
1) Bottoms Up
2) Discotheque
3) Adam And Steve
4) Charger
5) Mountain Man
6) The Wild Brunch
7) Herbivores
8) Farewell

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ZOM's 'Flesh Assimilation' Out Now on Dark Descent Records / Album Streaming

Flesh Assimilation from Black/Death Metal Trio ZOM is out now on Dark Descent Records on CD, vinyl and digital formats. The album is streaming in its entirety at

Order Flesh Assimilation at this location.


"Listening to this music is like main-lining adrenaline, setting yourself on fire, and then leaping in front of a rushing freight train." - No Clean Singing  

"ZOM wants to fucking kill somebody!" - Cvlt Nation  

ZOM will tour as main support to Greece's DEAD CONGREGATION to promote Flesh Assimilation in December 2014/January 2015. Confirmed dates are as follows: 

25/12 Hamburg (De)
26/12 Brussels (Be)
27/12 Paris (Fr)
28/12 TBA
29/12 TBA
30/12 TBA
31/12 London (Eng)
01/01 France TBA
02/02 Zurich (Swi)
03/01 Oberhausen (De)
04/01 Berlin (De)
05/01 Copenhagen (Dk)

Hrizg Unveils New Lineup, Begins Work On Next Moribund Album

Hrizg returns with fresh news. After 10 years alone, Erun Dagoth (AKA Hrizg until now) has summoned three wandering souls to the discipline: Enserune (Enserune, Neverendinghate, ex-Lucifuego) on bass guitar, Kaornekan (ex-Bittencross, ex-Fatal Portrait) on guitar, and Varkhen (ex-Bittencross, ex-Forestdome, ex-Fatal Portrait) on drums.
Individualism - the third album of Hrizg, released this summer by Moribund Records - has set an end to an era. As Erun Dagoth stated, "This album marks an epoch, an unholy trinity with Oaken Path of Grief [2007] and Anthems to Decrepitude [2011]. Now begins another age. I think the music and essence will go to the next level."
Hrizg are working on new material in their rehearsal place for their next Moribund release, but they're also preparing some old songs for upcoming live shows. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Callisto Premiere New Track At "Decibel" Magazine's Website

Today, post-metal mavericks Callisto premiere the new track "Pale Pretender" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated new album, Secret Youth, set for international release on January 30th, 2015 via Svart Records. Since their 2004 debut, True Nature UnfoldsCallisto have sought out new ground in the post-metal genre. Their 2006 album Noir took the quintet's sound to cinematic proportions, and 2009's Providence further developed the combo's original approach. Now, Callisto have returned after five years of relatively quiet existence with a new album for Svart, entitled Secret Youth. Having gone through some minor lineup changes, the band's new digital single "Backbone" was released in November. Never wanting to record the same album twice and always eager to experiment, the band members themselves describe the new material as “progressive noise rock” - a contradictory concoction of easier, more straightforward elements in the same melting pot with a youthful, experimental spirit. Hear evidence of such for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Callisto's Secret Youth will hit the shops on January 30th, 2015 on CD, vinyl, and digital, all of which can be preordered HERE. Celebrating the new album, the band will first perform selected dates around Finland and is then going to embark on an extensive European tour in the spring of 2015. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Callisto's Secret Youth
1. Pale Pretender
2. Backbone
3. Acts
4. The Dead Layer
5. Lost Prayer
6. Breasts of Mothers
7. Grey Light
8. Ghostwritten
9. Old Souls
10. Dam's Lair Road
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