RAMMING SPEED Announce Winter Onslaught w/ SEXCREMENT
Boston’s gnarliest are hitting the road to celebrate the aborted apocalypse and swipe all your Christmas presents!
Crusty thrash/grinding maniacs RAMMING SPEED and X-rated death groovers SEXCREMENT have teamed up for the “2013 New Years Bangover”, a run of five dates to celebrate the oncoming twelve months of cheap whiskey and pounding headaches.
SEXCREMENT’s ‘Sloppy Seconds’ LP is out now on Comatose Music and RAMMING SPEED will be releasing their sophomore full length in 2013 on a soon to be announced label. Get ready to rage!
2013 New Years Bangover Tour Dates
1/9 Providence, RI @ Dusk
1/10 Boston, MA @ Uncle Crummy’s
1/11 New Brunswick, NJ @ Stanhope House
1/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
1/13 New York, NY @ Acheron
Tankcrimes Presents: CANNABIS CORPSE & GHOUL European Tour 2013!
Oakland, CA troublemaking tastemakers Tankcrimes are sounding the alarm:
RVA weed-worshipping deathmongers CANNABIS CORPSE and Creepsylvania’s finest purveyors of gory thrash, GHOUL, are teaming up for a European/UK invasion this winter! Both bands spent the majority of 2012 pounding the pavement with the likes of GWAR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, REVOCATION, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAMMING SPEED,, and plenty more, and now it’s time to hitch a ride on a steamer bound for the Old Country and show their overseas comrades how it’s done! The tour will kick off on January 23rd in Newcastle, UK then make its way through France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Italy before winding up back in Blighty to wrap things up with a duo of dates in London and Leeds.
These diabolical dudebros have got a few more tricks up their hash- and blood-stained sleeves, too.CANNABIS CORPSE and GHOUL are hard at work on a split 12” release that will see the light of day via Tankcrimes in spring 2013. In addition, both bands’ entire catalogs are now available from the fine folks at Tankcrimes - scoop ‘em up before your buddies do. Get stoked, and stay tuned!
***Press inquiries and requests are totally welcome - get in touch for promo materials, interviews, and guest list!***
Kreation Records Responds to Warning “Watching From a Distance” Reissue Statements
November 26, 2012 - “We at Kreation Records would like to clear up some of the details about the controversy surrounding our license of the excellent “Watching From a Distance” album by Warning for vinyl reissue.
Here are the facts. Cyclone Empire recently reissued the CD and we have worked together before so I asked them about licensing it for vinyl here in the U.S. They told me to contact Miskatonic Foundation, which originally released the “Watching From a Distance” LP. Miskatonic agreed to license it to us.
In a situation such as this, it is the responsibility of the music licenser to communicate with the artist to work out the financial and creative details. In some cases the artist can become involved with the licensee, but that is at the discretion of the owner of the music.
We were given the art to use by Miskatonic with instructions to change it around slightly, which we did. The layout and packaging came out fine and doesn’t differ significantly from the CD layout.
It was not until after the records were pressed that I learned that Miskatonic Foundation did not involve the band whatsoever in this licensing, financially or creatively. I am shocked that Miskatonic went forward with this project without contacting the band.
Making this deal without Warning’s permission was at best disrespectful, and at worst deliberately conniving. I paid a very large sum of money to license this awesome album expecting that some of it would make it to the band.
I have offered vocalist/guitarist Patrick Walker additional money from my end to help make up for this and he declined. We had a conversation over the phone and everything was made clear to him about how this all came about.
Our intention was to put out a wonderful piece of music that has been nearly impossible to get on vinyl for years. Kreation Records and the band were both misled by this other party. On top of that, we at Kreation are deeply saddened that Patrick is not happy about the design.
We apologize for all the issues, inconveniences and heartburn this has caused. Our utmost goal is to put out great products for YOU, the fans of brilliant, heavy music.
Thanks to all for the continued support over the years. We are just a couple of guys working our asses off to spread first-rate music all over the world.”
- Kreation Records
Catharsis Year-End Roundup & Label News!
It’s that time of year again. Everyone is feverishly wrestling with their Best of 2012 lists (I’ve turned in three already!) and it’s damn near impossible to remember everything you enjoyed over the past twelve months, so I wanted to send out a little reminder about all the killer releases we had a hand in promoting this year. Hopefully you’ll see fit to add some of them to your personal lists; after all, Decibel already added two of them to theirs! Panopticon and Author & Punisher graced the magazine’s yearly Top 40 list. In addition, Pinkish Black, for whom we did all the promotion on their self-titled Handmade Birds debut earlier this year, have just signed a recording contract with Century Media Records (joined by Catharsis PR alumni Vattnet Viskar!), and our longtime allies Wolvserpent recently inked a deal with Relapse Records.
We couldn’t be more proud of our friends!
Best of Catharsis PR 2012 (it’s been a busy year!)
*Promos are still available if you need to refresh your memory
Panopticon - ‘Kentucky’ (Handmade Birds/Pagan Flames)
Author & Punisher - ‘Ursus Americanus’ (Seventh Rule Recordings)
Sutekh Hexen - ‘Larvae’ (Handmade Birds)
Pinkish Black - ‘S/T’ (Handmade Birds)
Obolus - ‘Lament’ (The Flenser)
On Pain of Death - ‘Year Naught Doom’ (Handshake Inc)
Windhand - ‘S/T’ (Forcefield Records)
Wizard Rifle - ‘Speak Loud Say Nothing’ (Seventh Rule Recordings)
BONG - ‘Mana Yood Sushai’ (Ritual Productions)
Mutilation Rites - ‘Devoid’ EP (Forcefield Records)
Stoneburner - ‘Sickness Will Pass’ (Seventh Rule Recordings)
The Catalyst - ‘Voyager’ (Forcefield Records)
Greed & Rapacity - ‘Loki Bound’ (Milam Records)
Locrian & Christoph Heemann collaboration - (Handmade Birds)
Millions - ‘Failure Tactics’ (Seventh Rule Recordings)
Appalachian Terror Unit - ‘Black Sands’ EP (Profane Existence)
Vattnet Viskar - ‘S/T’ EP (Broken Limbs Recordings)
War//Plague - ‘On A Darker Dawn’ (Profane Existence)
Against Empire - ‘Thieves and Leeches’ (Profane Existence)
Unholy Thoughts - ‘The Attic’ (Forcefield Records)
Oiltanker/No Tomorrow split 7” - (Profane Existence)
And, still hot and ready for action - reviews, interviews, streams, etc! These releases all have 2012 release dates as well, so don’t forget to add them to your list, too ;)
Bastard Sapling - ‘Dragged From Our Restless Trance’ (Forcefield Records)
(Amazing cold black metal; think Ulver, Immortal, & vintage Darkthrone!)
Imperial Triumphant - ‘Abominamentvm’ (self-released)
(Dissonant, ingenius Deathspell-baiting NYC black metal)
Unconscious Collective - ‘S/T’ (Tofu Carnage Records)
(Sinister, noisy metal/jazz fusion)
Ecocide - ‘When Will It End’ (Tofu Carnage Records)
(Awesome female-fronted cello-driven crusty sludge)
Hellbastard/Dresden split 12” - (Unleash Hell Records)
(Crust as fuck existence!)
BONG - self-titled CD reissue (Ritual Productions)
(UK spacedoom psych beasts)
UZALA/Mala Suerte split - (King of the Monsters)
(Witchy female-fronted devil doom meets Southern sludgy doom dread)
HELLBASTARD Announce Split 12” w/ DRESDEN on Unleash Hell Records
Legendary crust punks HELLBASTARD have teamed up with profane Midwestern metalpunx DRESDEN to commit a few more sins to wax. The inaugural release for brand-new record label, Unleash Hell Records (helmed by Bitty ofWARTORN and DRESDEN) will be entombed in 12” wax, and be limited to 100 copies on split black & blue vinyl available through http://www.ildistro.com/. The release will include a digital download card, and officially drops onNovember 13, 2012.
HELLBASTARD are one of the most important and influential punk rock bands to ever emerge from England’s blighted shores, coining the term “crust punk” and raising hell from sea to shining sea since the Eighties. Their metallicized, politicized punk anthems and accusations have been throwing up two fingers to the system since day one, and Scuff & the boys show no signs of stopping. Their side of the split features three brand-new songs, as virulent, fast, and ugly as their fans and enemies have come to expect, and was recorded at Pitchfork Rebellion Studios by Laine-Pearce-Rees, with mixing/mastering handled by Ajeet Gill at Hellfire Studios.
Hellraisers and beer-drinkers, take note - the godfathers have returned!
Malcolm Stephen “Scruff” Lewty - Vocals/Rythmn/Lead Guitars.
Tom “Bones” Mc Combe - Lead/Rythmn Guitars/Backing Vocals.
Joshua “Budda” Harris - Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals.
Paul “Snake” O’Shea - Bass/Backing Vocals.
DRESDEN came roaring out of the Midwest in 2009. This gnarly crucial unit features members of a variety of killer extreme bands, from WARTORN and FALSE to HELLKRUSHER, FLAGS COVER THE COFFIN, and IN DEFENCEand has ties to much-loved DIY punk label/collective Profane Existence. Their tracks were recorded at Signaturetone Recording Studio in Minneapolis MN, and were recorded, mixed and mastered by Adam Tucker. Up the punks!
Bones: Guitar, vox
Jimmy Suicide: Guitar, vox
Hart: Drums, vox
SIDE A - HELLBASTARD
Sons of Bitches
SIDE B - DRESDEN
Blood Red Sky
God Has No Mercy II
Closed Casket Funeral
Jazz/Metal Experimentalists UNCONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE To Release New 2XLP Via Tofu Carnage
Dallas, TX-based extreme music purveyors Tofu Carnage Records are pleased to announce the imminent release of a self-titled double LP from their hometown’s own ritualistic improv metal/jazz/rock trio, UNCONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE. Due out November 10, 2012, the records will be housed in printed heavyweight jackets with gold foil-stamped graphics, feature original collodion photography by Ginger Berry, and be pressed on 180-gram, milky clear wax at 45rpm for superior sound quality.
The group features members of Akkolyte, Dead to a Dying World, and The Black Dotz and have conjured up a septet of mind-melting experimental jams that’ll have fans of acts as diverse as Meshuggah, John Zorn, Cynic, Mike Patton, Animals As Leaders, Blotted Science, Frank Zappa, Watchtower, and Behold…the Arctopus. They must be heard to be believed!
Preview the madness here: tofucarnagerecords.bandcamp.com)
Witnessing Unconscious Collective live is a voyeuristic act of ritualistic transmogrification, one that transcends the interpersonal though unwavering cries of sacrifice and rebirth, demanding a deeper spirituality and self-awareness. In an arrangement of improvisations and musical compositions, this debut release embodies a parallelled aurora with an ensemble of seven alluring ceremonial jazz-rock hymns.All come from different musical backgrounds (classical training, punk/rock, experimental, and jazz), but they function as a musical unit: throwing sounds around, intuitively putting it all in the right place. Past performances/recording sessions have included guests such as Alvin Fielder, Rodrigo Amado, Carl Smith, Leena Conquest, Omar Alvarado, Chris Parker, and Dennis Gonzalez.
All pre-orders will receive a free DVD of the group including exclusive interviews, artist profiles, and performance footage (check out short teaser for the DVD here: http://vimeo.com/42906862).
1. Gemini Croquet (8:10)
2. Tranquilidad Aborotadora (6:51)
3. Cis-Lunar Cloudburst (6:31)
4. Molesting Electric Walter (9:15)
5. Pachydermis Funeralis (14:58)
6. Ink Portraits in the Key of Cephalopod (12:23)
7. Peneteka (7:06)
Personnel: Unconscious Collective is
Gregg Prickett on Guitar,
Aaron Gonzalez on Bass Guitar and Upright Bass
Stefan Gonzalez on Drums and Vibraphone.
Details: Recorded LIVE at Klearlight Studio Spring 2010, Engineered by
Jay Jernigan, Mixed by Jimi Bowman, and Mastered by Carl Saff.
Collidion (cover) photography by Ginger Berry.
Irish Sludge Fiends ON PAIN OF DEATH Announce Digital Release of ‘Year Naught Doom’ via Handshake Inc.
Handshake Inc. is pleased to announce the digital release of Year Naught Doom, the debut LP from Irish death doom derelicts ON PAIN OF DEATH. Mastered by James Plotkin and recorded in 2010 in the band’s native Ireland, Year Naught Doom will be released as free download in Autumn 2012 and followed by a vinyl release before the end of the year.
Formed in the boggiest of the boggy depths of Ireland in March ‘08, ON PAIN OF DEATH worship slow, twisted doom/sludge/chaos. The band played their first gig in June ‘08 and recorded their self-titled first demo over that same weekend and the next in Oaks Recording, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Their next releases quickly followed: an EP featuring one slab of degrading filth called “Rotting in a Tomb of Depravity,” and a Sepultura cover for Blinddate Records’ popular Clone series (which appeared alongside tracks from Thou, Loss, Moloch, and more). Year Naught Doom offers three tracks’ worth of absolute decay, bottomed-put sludge, and creeping death’s curse. The band’s filthy approach to sluggish, wretchedly miserable, drugged-out death/doom dirge is one of the ugliest things you’ll hear all year, and we’ll bet you a bindle of china white that you’ll love every minute of it.
Metal Ireland lauded Year Naught Doom: “Slower, uglier and with a tighter rein on the grooves, this three tracker is a short and nasty hunk of doom.
The Doom / Death aspect has been amplified here but there is still a lingering hallucinatory hangover buried under the dying riff-work. Rather than washing the whole thing out in swirling effects, they are used more sparsely to add a near-subliminal sense of dread and paranoia.It still grooves, it’s just that there is a disjointed aspect to the flow, as if each riff was assembled and subsequently had its limbs pulled from their sockets.The compositions’ stop/start approach offers space for the vocals to bubble up, and it’s those vocals that are the band’s trump card. Nasty layers of gargled vileness, they drag the whole thing down into an Autopsy swamp. Wet and slimy snarls, possessed lung-sucking howls and belched bottomless-well growls weave their sticky, malignant magic through every song.”
ON PAIN OF DEATH have also just released a music video for “Tell Your God to Ready for Blood,” created by Handshake Inc.’s David Hall (Maryland Death Fest The Movie, Disgorge Mexico, documentaries on Brutal Truth and Jucifer). View the madness here: http://vimeo.com/47596674
1. Year Naught Doom
2. Tell Your God to Ready for Blood
3. It Came From the Bog
RAMESSES Announce ‘Possessed by the Rise of Magick’ Special Remix 2XLP (+ Additional EYEHATEGOD Tourdates)
UK doom tyrants RAMESSES are busy as ever doing the Devil’s work. Hot on the heels of 2011’s double shot of releases, the bludgeoning trio have just released a special vinyl edition of their last full-length, Possessed by the Rise of Magik. This updated limited edition features the original songs remixed and subjected to a righteous mangling by the one and only Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu/Greymachine/Final/JK Flesh).
Order your copy here (they’re going fast, so don’t hesitate!): http://www.ritualproductions.net/rite012/
Broadrick commented, “It was with great pleasure that I mixed the Ramesses album, they’re my favourite dooooom band; not afraid to take chances, and not afraid to let the dope do the talking…psychedelic warlords.”
His remixing efforts serve to enhance the audio with his uniquely dark and affecting musical perspective whilst maintaining the true essence of the original recordings - the way remixes should be. All in all, this double LP is drenched in mystery, malaise, and above all, supremely magickal.
Possessed by the Rise of Magik has been released as a deluxe red foiled gatefold, with full colour inner sleeves. Limited to 1000, the 180 gram vinyl album is available in either coal black (800) or clear blood red (200).
RAMESES are also pleased to announce a string of upcoming live actions with NOLA’s ugliest, EYEHATEGOD. The twain shall meet for a series of UK dates (accompanied by young drug gunners DOPEFIGHT) beginning in Bristol on August the 7th and running through Manchester and London. RAMESSES will also be playing a few headlining dates along the way. After that, their next ritual is planned to occur on September 14th at Tilburg’s prestigious Incubate Festival, where they will perform alongside such diverse luminaries as NURSE WITH WOUND, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, CONAN, STINKING LIZAVETA, and many, many more.
RAMESSES ON TOUR
Aug 6 2012 - The Haunt / Brighton
Aug 7 2012 - The Fleece / Bristol (with EYEHATEGOD & Dopefight)
Aug 8 2012 - Academy 3 / Manchester (with EYEHATEGOD & Dopefight)
Aug 9 2012 - The Garage / London (with EYEHATEGOD & Dopefight)
Aug 10 2012 - SuperNormal Festival / Braziers Park - Oxfordshire
14 September – Incubate Festival, O13 Tilburg, Netherlands
Stream the remixed version of “Sol Nocivo” and check out the haunting cover art here:
Sci-Fi Thrash Demons VEKTOR Announce Massive US Tour
Sci-fi thrash overlords VEKTOR have announced dates for a North American campaign later this summer. Formed in 2002 and currently based in Philadelphia, PA after packing up and heading east from their Phoenix, AZ hometown, this young but deadly quartet have already received heaps of praise and admiration for their head-spinning, technically-demanding, space-age thrash metal assault. Their insanely unique mega-thrash compositions portray the future as a bleak, barren wasteland that has been destroyed by greed, power, corruption, hate, violence, ignorance, and control - a questioning of existence, reality, minds, and souls. The future is black.
After self-releasing the Demolition demo in 2006 and Hunger For Violence the next year, as well as a slew of regional performances (often alongside the likes of TESTAMENT, HIRAX, ICED EARTH, and MUNICIPAL WASTE), VEKTOR unleashed their debut LP, Black Future, and hit the road with Heavy Artillery labelmates EXMORTUS. 2011 saw their return to wax - and to the open road- as the critically acclaimed Outer Isolation record dropped like a neutron bomb. As NPR noted, “VEKTOR finds a way to embrace the past while also carving out an original niche: The young Arizona band combines thrash with elements of black metal and progressive rock. The resulting blend is fast, detailed, incredibly melodic and unexpectedly inventive…The band’s music never comes across as difficult, but it maintains a high level of skill throughout. That’s not an easy card to play, but it’s one of many challenges VEKTOR conquers on its way to updating the thrash-metal blueprint.”
Metal Review raved, “The amount of strengths fighting for the Outer Isolation spotlight are actually a bit staggering when sponged up entirely in one sitting! This band’s speedy execution is ridiculously precise — stormily accurate jackhammer drumming bounces off the reactor walls alongside perfectly matched nuclear riffing with explosive results…Vektor is much more than a new band simply paying homage to legends past; these guys have taken what can be learned from the originators and are using it to blaze a new path, and Outer Isolation is bulldozing the trail, while Sputnik Music decreed that their most recent release “is a more-than-worthy addition to Vektor’s impressive catalogue, and cements the band’s place at the forefront of the thrash revival.”
VEKTOR are coming. To resist is to be destroyed!
VEKTOR US TOURDATES
Friday 8/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Hessian
Sunday 8/12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Monday 8/13 - Burlington VT @ Nectars w/Vaporizer, Boil the Whore
Tuesday 8/14 - Buffalo, NY @ TBA
Wednesday 8/15 - Hamilton, ON @ Mountain Theatre
Thursday 8/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
Friday 8/17 - Warren, MI @ The Ritz
Saturday 8/18 - Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall
Sunday 8/19 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Monday 8/20 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird w/Black Fast, Terra Caput Mundi
Tuesday 8/21 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/Hellevate, Alsatia, Meatshank
Wednesday 8/22 - Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
Thursday 8/23 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Saturday 8/25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/Visigoth, Deathblo, Bloodpurge
Sunday 8/26 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Wax House
Monday 8/27 - Boise, ID @ Shredder
Tuesday 8/28 - Seattle, WA @ Funhouse w/Leatherhorn
Thursday 8/30 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios w/Witch Mountain, Stovokor
Friday 8/31 - Eugene, OR @ Bloodstains Across Eugene fest w/Cobra Venom, Decontinuum, Honduran, Panties, Get Wise, Tantrum, Epistaxis, Pains
Saturday 9/1 - Arcata, CA @ Alibi w/Author & Punisher
Sunday 9/2 - San Francisco, CA @ Parkside
Monday 9/3 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Tuesday 9/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
Wednesday 9/5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Thursday 9/6 - Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard w/Cruces Cult, Onyx
Friday 9/7 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement w/Aggravator, Witches Mark, HOD
Saturday 9/8 - Austin, TX @ Spider House (early show AA)
Saturday 9/8 - Austin TX @ Frontier (late show 21+)
Sunday 9/9 - Dallas TX @ Club Dada
Tuesday 9/11 - Atlanta, GA @ The 529 w/Spewtilator, Death of Kings
Thursday 9/13 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/Primordial, While Heaven Wept, Cormorant, Nemesis
Friday 9/14 - Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s
Saturday 9/15 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/Battlemaster, Midnight Eye
Sunday 9/16 - Washington, D.C. @ RAS Restaurant (matinee)
CORMORANT are going on tour with PRIMORDIAL and WHILE HEAVEN WEPT!
w/ PRIMORDIAL, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
September 7th - Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
September 8th - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
September 9th - Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
September 10th - Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
September 11th - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
September 12th - Empire, West Springfield, VA
September 13th - Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC w/ VEKTOR
w/ YOB, NORSKA
September 16 - Beauty Ballroom, Austin, TX
September 18 - Rogue, Phoenix, AZ
September 19 - Casbah, San Diego, CA
September 20 - Down & Out, Los Angeles, CA