VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA «Catastrophic Anonymous» LP preorders Posted 07 Oct 2016

The debut album from VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA will be out December 2nd. This LP comes on limited blood red or black vinyl and is housed in a reverse-board heavy jacket with inside print. Digital version is available for preorder via Bandcamp.

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"VIOLENT MAGIC ORCHESTRA is an unique project comprised of dark techno prodigy Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Extreme Precautions, Autrenoir), Japanese experimental black metal collective Vampillia and noise master Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans). Their ten-tracks debut album "Catastrophic Anonymous" features vocal contributions from Attila Csihar (Sunn o))), Mayhem) and Chip King (The Body).

VMO's overall sound is a multi-headed beast that can't be pitched in a single line. "Catastrophic Anonymous" roots are indubitably those of a harsh record, with expansive black metal guitars powered by Extreme Precautions-style glitchy textures & brain-melting drum machine work as well as Pete Swanson's noisy soundscapes. Then it also covers a wide range of genres - flirting with industrial techno, post-rock or drone - while always sounding effortlessly natural. Mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Atomsmasher) and illustrated by french artist Metastazis, "Catastrophic Anonymous" is the fruit of boundary-pushing people, and a refreshing, spectacular experience."

Tracklist :
01. The Beginning Of Fortune
02. Acts Of Charity
03. In Favor Of Cruelty
04. Divorcer
05. Halved
06. One Day Less
07. At The Bank
08. Brick Wall
09. Pursuit Of Dignity
10. Out Of Orbit

COWARDS «Still» 12" preorders and track premiere Posted 07 Oct 2016

The new release from COWARDS will be out December 2nd - head over to New Noise for a track premiere. This 12"EP comes on limited blood red or black vinyl and is housed in a reverse-board heavy jacket. Digital version is available for preorder via Bandcamp.

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"Far from resting on the laurels earned with their monumental second full-length, 2015's "Rise To Infamy", Paris most nothing COWARDS keep it busy with "Still". This brand new EP gather all their abilities - the sharpest riffing, the vilest grooves - on side A, with three tracks between thuggish sludge, unmoshable hardcore and knife-fighting black metal. Side B features two life-crushing covers (The Police "Every Breath You Take" and The Horrorist "One Night In NYC") in the grand COWARDS tradition, recorded during the Rise To Infamy sessions.

Once again produced by Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studios and illustrated by Camille Blanchemain, "Still" crowns these full-time lonewolves as one of the most focused, major acts in today's metallic hardcore realm. Played by and for people who have strictly zero concern about fitting in any scene, ever."

Tracklist :
01. Still (Paris Most Nothing)
02. Let Go
03. Like Us
04. You Belong To Me
05. One Night In Any City

FANGE «Purge» LP/CD out now Posted 06 Oct 2016

This LP comes on limited "HM-2" transparent orange or black vinyl and is housed in a high-gloss heavy jacket. CD comes in a six-panels digipack. Digital version is available for purchase via Bandcamp, and you can download it for free here.

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"Founded in 2013 in Rennes (western France) by Huata’s bassist B.Moreau with the will of pushing sludge in its more abrasive, mind-numbing corners, FANGE’s debut EP «Poisse» revealed a band with an uncommon take of the genre. Re-appropriating the classic Swedish death metal sound with detours to harsh noise, crust or metallic hardcore, the band now fully realize their sound on their first album «Purge», strengthened by a new line-up that features drummer B.Louvet and vocalist M.Jungbluth (Calvaiire).

With only one guitar throwing out monstrous HM-2 fueled riffs, stomach-kicking yet versatile drum work and bile-gargling, mutilated vocals, «Purge» marks a filthier turn in the band’s uncompromising wall of sound. Entirely recorded by KKP (Abjvration, Huata, Ataraxie…) and enhanced by ear-piercing layers of noise, these six tracks are an exhausting aural experience. This is ignorant music for the Educated Man. For fans of : irrational feelings of guilt, Tom G.Warrior vocal gimmicks, body negativity."

Tracklist :
01. Cour Martiale
02. Mâchefer
03. Roy-Vermine
04. Etouffoir
05. De Guerre Lasse
06. Girone Della Merda

VERMIN WOMB «Decline» LP/CD preorders and track premiere Posted 07 Sep 2016

The debut album from VERMIN WOMB will be out October 28th - head over to Cvlt Nation, Stereogum and Invisible Oranges for tracks premiere. This LP comes on limited bone white or black vinyl and is housed in a reverse-board heavy jacket. CD comes in a six-panels digipack. Digital version is available for preorder via Bandcamp. North American customers : this is a co-release with our friends at Translation Loss, please pre-order from them.

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"Formed from the ashes of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire by vocalist/guitarist Ethan McCarthy (also of Primitive Man and Withered) and bassist Zach Harlan, Denver, Colorado's VERMIN WOMB appeared on many a radar with their 2014 EP "Permanence". While the band’s debut album "Decline" marks the arrival of ex-CTTTOAFF JP Damron on drumming duties, these ten tracks sound nothing like a return to form, as the band managed to be faster, uglier and heavier than ever.

VERMIN WOMB’s brand of ultra brutality gives no quarter, enhancing their no-bullshit grinding death metal with dissonant death/black murkiness, war metal savagery and sludgy breakdowns. With McCarthys’s trademark subterranean barks, raw-sounding blast beats and imperial riffs bolstered by Dave Otero’s thick production, Decline is one of these short albums designed for maximum impact. If you ever wondered how extreme metal would sound like once purged of any unnecessary artifices, here’s your answer."

Tracklist :
01. Entomb
02. Industrialist
03. Disrepair
04. Present Day
05. Rank & File
06. Pitiless
07. Age Of Neglect
08. Inner World
09. Slave Money
10. Cancer

PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND «False Highs, True Lows» out now Posted 29 Apr 2016

Head over to Metalsucks to stream the new PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND album and download it for free here. «False Highs, True Lows» is now available, along with a repress of 2014's «Lowgazers». An high-quality digital download is available on Bandcamp.

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«Great bands inspire vocations, PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND annihilate them. It’s hard not to laugh hysterically while listening to the band’s third album «False Highs, True Lows», which destroys any desire to play music that intense. Formed in Toulouse in 2005, the french quartet never ceased to feed its insatiable appetite for dissonance and bleakness, slowly morphing from their former noisy, metallic hardcore to what could be the ultimate blend of black metal, sludge and noise. On the heels of their acclaimed 2014 album «Lowgazers» and after countless shows in North America, India and Europe that forged their new rhythmical section, the band returned to Amaury Sauvé’s The Apiary studio during december 2015 to prove that their previous body of work was just a ladder to something even more suffocating.

«False Highs, True Lows» is PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND’s most accomplished effort to date; with guitars ranging between dry-heaving riffs, light-speed melodies and crushing sludgier parts, a terrifying, surgically savage drum performance full of maniacal blasts beats and martial rhythms, and the most angst-ridden vocal performance since the invention of waterboarding. Despite the fact that the record was tracked live and no matter how organic the spectacular production job sounds, everything seems barely played by humans. This is the culmination of three decades of extreme and forward-thinking music spitted out with the visceral, abrasive approach of their early days, and an out-of-this-world recording by one of the most intimidating, essential acts ouf our time.»

Tracklist :
01 - Mal Du Siècle
02 - Low Empire
03 - Tributes And Oblivions
04 - Volition
05 - Mineral Tears
06 - Oculi Lac
07 - Tame The Shapes
08 - Eros Culture

VERDUN «The Eternal Drift's Canticles» out now Posted 29 Apr 2016

Head over to Noisey to stream the new VERDUN album. «The Eternal Drift's Canticles» is available now on double 180 gram clear vinyl and CD.

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«Arisen in 2011 from the fertile scene of Montpellier, France, VERDUN made a name in the realm of slow and heavy music on the basis of a simple three-tracks demo, leaving a strong impression on every witness of the band’s thunderous live shows. With a line-up solidified after a few european tours and opening slots for forefathers such as Electric Wizard, Eyehategod or YOB, the band finally delivers their long-awaited debut album, mixed and mastered by Tad Doyle.

«The Eternal Drift’s Canticles» is the fruit of three years of crafting; far from simple amp-worship, the band excels at creating memorable tracks with their science of instant-classic riffs. A richer background emanate from these guitars, able to tint their sludge/doom roots with metallic hardcore toughness or burden-of-the-world melodies. Another strong component of VERDUN’s trademark sound comes from these charismatic vocals, switching between echoed screams from outer space, spoken words or mournful clean vocals. With an arid, heavy as hell sound, «The Eternal Drift’s Canticles» is a 55-minutes dark and painful procession that transcends the heritage of too-often codified scenes, running away from simply rehashing the past.»

Tracklist :
01 - Mankind Seppuku
02 - Self Inflicted Mutalitation
03 - Dark Matter Crisis
04 - Glowing Shadows
05 - Jupiter's Coven