Relapse Records Announces 2014 SXSW Showcase

Relapse Records is proud to announce their official 2014 SXSW Label Showcase.  In partnership with Cvlt Nation, Relapse will be presenting some of their finest new acts at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 12th at 7 PM.  The show will be headlined by Richmond, VA psychedelic doomsters Windhand and will include direct support from Olympia, WA traditional heavy metallers Christian Mistress. The bill will be rounded out with Philadelphia shoegazers Nothing Norwegian death metallers Obliteration Denver, CO’s misanthropic doom trio Primitive Man and NYC progressive death metallers Pyrrhon. Admission is free to SXSW badge holders and wristband wearers, and a limited number of spots will be open to general public at the door day-of.
Additionally, multiple Relapse bands will be in attendance at this year’s SXSW including RingwormIndian, and Black Tusk. More details on their performances will be announced shortly.


LORD DYING Kick Off North Headline American Tour

Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed the first leg of their European tour and have returned to the states to begin their North American headline tour tonight (including select dates with Pallbearer, The Body, Subrosa, and Eagle Twin).   The tour runs through March 7th in Boise, ID.  A complete list of all dates can be found below.


Following the North American dates LORD DYING will return back to Europe alongside label-mates Red Fang and The Shrine.


Upon their return the band plans on entering the studio to being work on the follow up to Summon the Faithless.  Vocalist/Guitarist  Erik Olson checked in with an update on the progress of their new record:


“The first two weeks of May we will be recording our second album. This one will be featuring Joel Grind as producer/engineer.  The material is already written and the album will be the meanest most concise effort to date.  We will reveal the title/artwork in the coming months.  Expect a Fall of 2014 release date on Relapse Records with extensive touring to follow!”


LORD DYING‘s video for the song  “Dreams of Mercy”, directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, ZZ Top) can be seen HERE.


LORD DYING‘s debut Summon the Faithless is available now on Relapse Records.  The album is available in CD and LP formats which can be purchased HERE and digitally via iTunes.


Summon the Faithless can be streamed in full on LORD DYING‘s band camp page.



*** US Winter Headlining Tour***
Feb 11        Portland, OR                  Rotture w/ Pallbearer, The Body

Feb 12        Sacramento, CA             Press Club w/ Black Majik Acid, Horseneck, Cura Cochino

Feb 13        San Francisco, CA        The Parkside

Feb 14        Los Angeles, CA           Complex w/ Yidhra, Deathkings

Feb 15        Tucson, AZ                   The Rock w/ Godhunter

Feb 16        Albuquerque, NM         Launchpad w/ Echoes of the Fallen

Feb 17        Marfa, TX                     Padres

Feb 18        Austin, TX                    Hotel Vegas w/ Communion

Feb 19        Texarkana                     Silver Dollar

Feb 20        Little Rock, AR            Vino’s

Feb 21        Memphis, TN                HiTone

Feb 22        New Orleans LA           Siberia w/ Shroud Eater, Orbweaver

Feb 23        Atlanta, GA                   The Earl w/ Order of the Owl, Lazer/Wulf

Feb 24        Raleigh, NC                  The Maywood w/Demon Eye

Feb 25        Washington DC             DC9

Feb 26        Philadelphia, PA            Kung Fu Necktie

Feb 27        Brooklyn, NY                Saint Vitus Bar

Feb 28        Boston, MA                   O’Brien’s w/Vaporizer, Modern Voice

Mar 01        Syracuse, NY                TBA

Mar 02        Cleveland, OH              Now That’s Class

Mar 03        Chicago, IL                   Empty Bottle (free Monday)

Mar 05        Denver, CO                   3 Kings Tavern

Mar 06        Salt Lake City, UT        Urban Lounge w/ Eagle Twin, SubRosa

Mar 07        Boise, ID                      The Shredder w/ Krystos

Mar 08        Missoula, MT               The ZACC Below

Mar 09        Portland CA                  The Tonic Lounge w/ Christian Mistress


***European Tour Leg 2 w/ Red Fang & The Shrine***
Mar 14        Köln GER                      Essigfabrik

Mar 15        Hasselt  BEL                  Muziekodroom

Mar 16        Paris FR                         Trabendo (New Venue)

Mar 17        Sheffield UK                  Corporation

Mar 18        Manchester UK              Sound Control

Mar 19        Glasgow UK                  Classic Grand

Mar 20        Birmingham UK            Institute Temple

Mar 21        London  UK                   Electric Ballroom (New Venue)

Mar 22        Eindhoven NL                Effenaar

Mar 23        Nijmegen  NL                Doornroosje

Mar 25        Hamburg GER               Knust

Mar 26        Gothenburg SWE          Truckstop Alaska

Mar 27        Oslo NOR                      John Dee

Mar 28        Stockholm SWE            Debaser Strand

Mar 29        Copenhagen   DK          Pumpehuset

Mar 30        Berlin GER                    Lido

Mar 31        Warsaw POL                  Basen

Apr 01        Wien AT                         Arena       

Apr 03        München GER               Backstage

Apr 04        Leipzig GER                  Taubchenthal

Apr 05        Stuttgart GER                 LKA

Apr 06        Wiesbaden GER             Schlachthof
Apr 10        Tilburg, NL                   Roadburn Festival


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CRIPPLE BASTARDS: Noisey Grinding Heads In With New LP From Italian Battalion

In just days, Relapse Records will have officially infiltrated the populace with Nero In Metastasi — the label LP debut from longtime Italian hardcore/grind kings, CRIPPLE BASTARDS — the record set for release in Germany/Benelux February 14th, in the UK February 17th and in North America onFebruary 18th. The newest in an exceedingly lengthy line of decimating full-length, mini and split releases in the band’s two-and-a-half decades in existence thus far, Nero In Metastasi is their third LP recorded under the watch of producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity), and bears some of the most straightforward, metallic attacks the band has ever dispatched.


Noisey is now playing CRIPPLE BASTARDS‘ entire new blasterpiece ahead of street date, the gritty text accompanying the stream issuing, “…Nero in Metastasi, is eighteen new tracks that say ‘fuck you’ in the best way they know how, with speed, vitriol and unending hatred.”


What more conviction do you need? Deploy and destroy RIGHT HERE.


Additional preliminary responses from media outlets have been fully supportive of CRIPPLE BASTARDS‘ decisive savagery, with Exclaim! Magazine reporting, “At this stage in their career they could (and should) become university professors and teach a course on musical brutality. This is a highly focused, ruthless and savage grind record that seamlessly includes elements of death metal, punk and hardcore, using each of these tools better than many artists who focus solely on those styles.” Punk/grind movement vets Disposable Underground stated of the record, “Nero In Metastasi features signature CRIPPLE BASTARDS start-stop songs and blast beats and enraged vocals. Some of the guitar riffs are reminiscent of thrash/crossover bands of the past, which makes sense since the band has been doing this for a very long time-and knows what it’s doing,” and extreme music webzine Last Rites praised the album as one of the top contemporary releases of the genre, with, “This is thirty-five minutes of absolutely head-bashing modern grinding, delivered with vicious sincerity by a band at the top of its game.. Grinders, take note – these Bastards keep getting better, and here, they’re at their best. 2014’s first grindmonster is upon us.”


CRIPPLE BASTARDS have been updating their tour schedule for the first half of 2014 in conjunction with the release of Nero In Metastasi, with a full tour of Japan and Australia including performances atObscene Extreme Asia and Obscene Extreme Australia approaching, followed by a US tour based around their set at Maryland Deathfest confirmed for May. More live actions will be announced in the coming weeks.


Preorders for physical copies of Nero In Metastasi can be placed HERE and iTunes preorders HERE.



2/14/2014 Kaleidos – Poviglio, Italy w/ M.O.D.

2/25/2014 Kingcobra Squat – Osaka, Japan w/ Red, Riverge, Ramone Takayama & The Students, Palm, Masterpeace

2/26/2014 Huck Finn – Nagoya, Japan w/ Black Ganion, Not A Name Soldiers, Hell And Hell, Sacred Aeolia, Top Breeder

2/27/2014 Bar El Puente – Yokohama, Japan

2/28/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Jig-Ai, Contrast Attitude, Butcher Abc, Brain Corrosion

3/02/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Doom, Framtid, Systematic Death, Gore Beyond Necropsy

3/05/2014 Blackwire Records – Sydney, Australia w/ Jig-Ai

3/06/2014 The Basement – Canberra, Australia w/ Jig-Ai

3/07/2014 The Reverence Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Jig-Ai, Captain Cleanoff

3/08/2014 The Corner Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Doom, Nowyourefucked, The Kill

5/21/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Maruta, Archagathus, Detroit

5/22-25/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

PYRRHON: Progressive Death Metal Collective To Unleash Relapse Debut/ 3/20 @PGH’s Smiling Moose

New York City progressive death metal collective and recent Relapse signees, PYRRHON (pronounced peer-on), emerge from the urban decay with a nightmarish offering of physically and psychologically mauling extreme metal. Titled The Mother Of Virtues, the band’s sophomore full-length is a mind-bending fusion of clanging death metal, surreal psychedelia, dark jazz rhythms and delirious storytelling. Recorded with Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the nine tracks comprising The Mother Of Virtues takes its listener on a harrowing journey into the darkest corners of musical severity. Recommended for demented souls who worship at the altars of Gorguts, Ulcerate, Cryptopsy, Portal, Deathspell Omega, Today Is The Day and the like.


Elaborates vocalist Doug Moore: “We focused on capturing an organic, spontaneous sound on this album. Consequently, we tracked most of the album live; most of its quieter moments and solo breaks are partially or entirely improvised. We like to let the chips fall where they may.”

Sear your ears with teaser track “Balkanized,” currently streaming via Soundcloud HERE or YouTube HERE.


The Mother Of Virtues Track Listing:

1. The Oracle of Nassau

2. White Flag

3. Sleeper Agent

4. Balkanized

5. Eternity in a Breath

6. Implant Fever

7. Invisible Injury

8. The Parasite in Winter

9. The Mother of Virtues


In related news, PYRRHON will bring their odes of crudeness to the streets next month on a near-two-week run of live assaults. Slated to embark on March 7th in Richmond, Virginia, the journey includes a pair of appearances at this year’s edition of SXSW in Austin and will come to a close in Brooklyn, New York on March 28th. The band will be joined by hometown avant brutalizers, Psalm Zero.


PYRRHON Live Assaults 2014:

3/07/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

3/08/2014 The Spring Water – Nashville, TN

3/09/2014 TBA – New Orleans, LA

3/11/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX

3/12/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX

3/14/2014 TBA

3/15/2014 Skihouse – Carbondale, IL

3/16/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

3/18/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL

3/19/2014 Berkley Front – Berkley, MI

3/20/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

3/28/2014 Trans Pecos – Brooklyn, NY


The follow up to 2011’s critically-adored An Excellent Servant But A Terrible MasterThe Mother Of Virtues will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally in North America via Relapse Records on April 1st,Germany/Finland/Benelux on March 28th and UK/World on March 31st.


Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.


PYRRHON Personnel: 
Dylan DiLella – Guitar
Erik Malave – Bass
Alex Cohen – Drums

Doug Moore – Vocals

“Put PYRRHON on your radar because they could be one of the bands leading the death metal pack in the very near future.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“… the music is both mental and physical in a way only death metal can deliver. Like later Gorguts, Morbid Angel and the early Willowtip catalogue.” — Invisible Oranges
“Technical death metal with atmospheric guitar work, crazy riffs and time changes, and top-shelf musicianship…” — Metal Underground

“…progressive death metal that mixes shiny technical skills with dank atmospherics.” — Pitchfork

Atriarch: Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Portland, OR blackened death/doom quartet ATRIARCH.  Formed in 2009, ATRIARCH (Lenny Smith – Vocals, Brooks Blackhawk – Guitars, Maxamillion – Drums, Joe Wickström – Bass) have released two full lengths including Forever the End in 2011 via Seventh Rule (STREAM) andRitual of Passing 2012 via Profound Lore (STREAM) plus a split with Alaric on 20 Buck Spin.
The band will enter the studio this June with famed producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Agalloch) to record their third full-length and Relapse debut which is sure to be their most ambitious and darkest album to date. The group commented on the upcoming material:
We are constantly evolving as artists and we want to do something new with each release. Having said that it will always be dark and heavy and honestly reflect how we feel. Atriarch is a manifestation of our catharsis.
And the signing:
It is an honor to be joining the ranks of Relapse Records. We are truly privileged to be able to stand along side so many great acts as peers.

Bloodshot – Hardcore Thrashers Ringworm’s Blistering Vinyl Release

Cleveland, Ohio’s Ringworm have had quite a career. With a huge number of lineup changes since the band’s inception in 1991, it’s clear that they’ve had multiple opportunities to shift their fist-to-face sound over time. After more than 20 years running riot on tour, Ringworm celebrate another move to the road with a special vinyl recording, Bleed. It’s short and doesn’t do anything remotely new for the band, but fans who grew to love Ringworm will find all of their favorite features brought to their record player once again.

Bleed is a brief three song vinyl record, with each track demonstrating the band’s penchant for blistering speed and metal-influenced intensity. With a clear love of the chaotic thrash metal genre and the adrenaline-drenched hardcore genre, Ringworm’s special promo LP does capture the band’s spirit well. Despite a punk aesthetic, hearing such powerful guitar lines from guitarists Matt Sorg and John Comprix is exceptional. The guys compliment the intensity well, with their solo techniques and sounds influenced straight from the thrash metal high-rises like Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. In combination with a rapid-fire machine gun percussion from drummer Danny Zink, Ringworm pick the best parts from 80’s thrash, while keeping a hardcore energy alive at all time.

However, these three songs don’t speak volumes. As intense and furious as these three songs are, they are clear examples of a band sticking to their guns. Across the three tracks, there’s nary a moment where the band changes things up and shifts into a new gear. It’s fast and heavy, but no amount of speed and distorted weight can prevent these three tracks from blending together into a collection of extreme punk metal cacophony. It’s crazy, but insanity can’t carry Bleed out of its already established forte.

Ringworm’s trump card on Bleed is a cover of punk band Discharge’s “The Nightmare Continues.” While the guys in Ringworm do preserve that sense of anarchic, rambunctious fervor, their extreme hardcore sound doesn’t click in tune with Discharge’s original punk track. The energy is misplaced; the entire song blends in with the other two tracks on Bleed, making the cover a missed opportunity, both to recapture the spirit of Discharge’s original and to revamp the performance in Ringworm’s own light.

Ringworm do a good job of mixing thrash metal with its (debatable) roots of punk sounds, while adding some extreme musicianship as well. If you’re a fan of Ringworm’s extensive discography, Bleed will get your attention during the brief time it lasts. If you’re looking for a starting point for Ringworm, however, you won’t find a good one in Bleed. With such few surprises and a sound that never evolves or grows in appeal over time, it’s definitely not an essential disc, even for the most flexible metal maven.

Nothing Sign To Relapse, Premiere New Single

STREAM: “Dig” –

Philadelphia-based Nothing are proud to announce their signing to Relapse Records via whom the band will release their debut LP, Guilty Of Everything, in 2014. To celebrate the signing and their current tour with Whirr, Nothing is pleased to share the single “Dig”. Please scroll down to view their upcoming tour dates. Speaking on their signing to Relapse Records, the band says “We are very excited to work with Relapse, will be rad to see our music reach a much wider audience.”

Nothing was formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo. Previously Palermo was the brains behind the early 2000’s hardcore/punk act Horror Show. in 2002 Horror Show was put on hold after Palermo was incarcerated for a stabbing that eventually led to a 2 year prison sentence. Upon his return Palermo would take a lengthy hiatus from music. In 2011 Palermo released a demo tape titled “Poshlost” under the moniker Nothing.

After several attempts at constructing a solid lineup for the band Palermo met Brandon Setta. Setta would bring a lush, rich soundscape and a fresh approach to Palermo’s vision for Nothing. Setta and Palermo would handle the writing for the next release, a very rare 12″ EP that was released on Japanese boutique label Big Love Records called Suns And Lovers(A play off of the D.H. Lawernce book). It was limited to 300 copies and the bands share was donated back to the label for a Tsunami Relief Charity. The next release, Downward Years To Come was a 5 song EP and was recorded at the Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn with Kyle “Slick” Johnson. The record was released by Baltimore Label A389 Records in November 2012. Written by Palermo and Setta, the concept behind Downward Years To Come was a dedication to several different poets who had taken their own lives. Head to Nothing’s bandcamp page here to stream or purchase Downward Years To Come and Suns And Lovers. Setta and Palermo would again head into the studio, this time with Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recordings to write their debut LP, Guilty Of Everything and sign with Relapse Records.

Tour Dates with Whirr:

8/9/13 @ Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC

8/10/13 @ AKA Records & Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

8/11/13 @ DC9 – Washington, DC

8/13/13 @ Saint Vitus – New York City, NY

8/14/13 @ Lipgloss Crisis – New Haven, CT

8/15/13 @ Great Scott – Boston, MA

8/16/13 @ Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC

8/17/13 @ Silver Dollar Room – Toronto, ON

8/18/13 @ Cleveland Public Theater – Cleveland, OH

8/19/13 @ Columbus, OH

8/20/13 @ Garden Bowl at The Magic

8/21/13 @ Quenchers Saloon – Chicago, IL

8/22/13 @ Minneapolis, MN

8/23/13 @ Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

8/24/13 @ Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT

8/25/13 @ Boise, ID

8/26/13 @ Vera Project – Seattle, WA

8/27/13 @ Bunk Bar – Portland, OR

8/28/13 @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Lycus – San Francisco, CA

8/29/13 @ Tigers & Daggers – Merced, CA

8/30/13 @ Part Time Punks w/ Sisu

8/31/13 @ The Underground – Mesa, AZ

9/1/13 @ Club Dada w/ Majical Cloudz – Dallas, TX*

9/2/13 @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Louisville, KY*

*Without Whirr

HORSEBACK: Announce Singles + Rarities Collection

Chapel Hill, NC’s experimental artisan Horseback has announced a singles and rarities collection entitled A Plague of Knowing.  This limited edition 3-Disc collection compiles a half decade’s worth of compilation, vinyl only, demos, live recordings and previously unreleased Horseback material from 2007-2012.  The album will see a 3CD/Digital release via Relapse Records on August 20th in North America (August 19th UK/World and August 16th Benelux/Germany).

The first pressing of A Plague of Knowing is strictly limited to 2000 copies and housed in a beautiful, deluxe three disc digi-wallet together with a Horseback sticker.  Pre-Orders are currently available via Relapse Mailorder here while a trailer for the album can be viewed here.

“From the beginning, this project has been about personal revelation and the creative processes that lead to a deeper — and broader — understanding of the Self and the world.  Horseback has been, and will continue to be, an exploration of the darkest of shadows and the simplest of joys.

Though each of Horseback’s full-lengths has been carefully sculpted into a semblance of unity, the process is never really pure.  Where there is purity, there is lack:  a poverty of the whole, a void of meaning.  The mangled forms on display in this collection are stitches in a larger fabric, however unsightly they may seem.  There is no hidden knowledge, only the viral horror of understanding.  The flags read ‘Revelation, if it kills us;  give us a plague of knowing.'”

A Plague of Knowing Tracklisting:

Disc 1 – Singles, Splits and Rarities
1.  On the Eclipse
2.  High Ashen Slab
3.  Another World
4.  Heathen Earth
5.  MILH
6.  IHVH
7.  Thee Cult of Henry Flynt
8.  Oblivion Eaters
9.  Broken Orb
10.  TV Eye (Live)
Disc 2 – Stolen Fire (Expanded)
1.  Stolen Fire
2.  Murdered
3.  Retribution
4.  Do You Have a True Feeling? (Plagued Version)
5.  Luciferian Theme
6.  North Star Struck (Plagued Version)
7.  Transparency (Murdered Again)
8.  Blood Loop
9.  Clattering Info Aggregators
10.  Recite
11.  Do You Have a True Feeling? (Stolen Fire Version)
12.  North Star Struck (Destroyed Demo Version)
  Disc 3 – Impale Golden Live
1.  Impale Golden Live
2.  A Plague of Knowing

Lord Dying to release debut album “Summon the Faithless” 7/9/13

Savage, crunching, galloping guitars and unforgiving powerhouse drumming underlay a hellish sludge-fest of an upcoming debut record by Portland, Oregon metal band Lord Dying. The album is entitled, “Summon the Faithless,” and will be released on Relapse Records July 9th, 2013. Prepare to have your brain blasted into oblivion. Old progressive proto-metal like Black Sabbath meets the tighter, meaner thrash and death metal of latter years in a blend that’s like God’s own jackhammer.

These guys do not fool around with their conjuring up of intriguing song titles. These include: “Perverse Osmosis,” “Descend into External,” and my personal favorite, “What is Not…Is.” Clearly, though new to the professional recording business, Lord Dying is not a band of slouches in any respect, neither as musicians or song title philosophers. At first the song names made me laugh, then they got me thinking, and now I’m laughing again… but it is a laughter of acceptance, laughter like a horseman of the apocalypse riding on a sky-covering wave of fire from heaven, mace in hand, ready to show no mercy to the cowering world below.

Yes, biblical end-of-days are called to mind upon listening to “Summon the Faithless.” Also maybe knight or viking battles, or a tyrannosaurus stampede. You catch my colossal drift. Definitely not an album for the hungover or sleepy.

In spite of their mammoth, bone crunching sound, Lord Dying isn’t afraid of releasing photos of themselves standing around a Foosball table in a tiny, somewhat cluttered backyard. I respect that. Also, the upcoming album cover is pretty righteous: that wrinkly, saber-tongued skeleton demon with the hourglass gives Iron Maiden’s Eddie a run for his money in the intimidation department. I would love to see a fight between the two. I feel like Eddie would have more physical strength but the Lord Dying demon could cast some evil spell and end the bout whenever he pleased.

The album is as cold-blooded and heavy as the skull-moon on its cover. It is, to quote the band, straight from his majesty Dying’s mouth, “…an offering of pummeling riffs and all things metal…so crack a brew, bang your head and enjoy.” At the very end of the record, “What is Not…Is” disintegrates into a seemingly endless pit of noise. It’s like you’re  falling into hell but it’s actually enjoyable, because somehow you’ve lucked out and been given a set of fireproof scales and wings and demon officer status, so although you’re hurtling down past jagged rock walls and into a pit of flames, it’s exactly where you want to be going.

REVOCATION Confirm Release Date For New Album – Artwork and Tracklisting Revealed



REVOCATION have confirmed an August 6th release date for their new self-titled album via Relapse Records.  This is their 4th full-length release and the first featuring new bassist Brett Bamberger.  Today the band has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for the album.  The artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile).


Throughout the recording process the band had cameras rolling capturing everything.  From this footage REVOCATION has put together a series of videos detailing different aspects of the recording process.  The first in-studio video focuses on the drums and bass and can be viewedHERE.  Additionally the clip features 10 seconds of new REVOCATION music.  The second video in the series focusing on the guitar and bass tracking and features 10 seconds of brand new REVOCATION material.  Check it out HERE.


REVOCATION will be taking part in this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside the likes of Dillenger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation and others.  The tour starts July 19th in San Francisco, CA and runs through August 20th in Portland, OR.  In addition to the Summer Slaughter dates, the band has announced a handful of headline shows leading up to the Summer Slaughter and immediately following the tour.  All dates are listed below.


REVOCATION is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated REVOCATION news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the REVOCATION Facebook page.


REVOCATION Tracklisting:

1.     The Hive

2.     Scattering the Flock

3.     Arch Fiend

4.     Numbing Agents

5.     Fracked

6.     The Gift You Gave

7.     Invidious

8.     Spastic

9.     Entombed By Wealth

10.  A Visitation


REVOCATION Headline Dates:

7/14 Reading, PA @ Reverb

7/15 Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail

7/18 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory


***THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR. All Dates from July 19 – Aug 16 with/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder***


7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency

7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues

7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (NO CATTLE DECAPITATION)

7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard

8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO NORMA JEAN)

8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy

8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL

8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre (NO DEP)

8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4

8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

8/17-Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

8/19-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

8/20-Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom


REVOCATION Headline Dates:

8/21 Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion

8/22 Spokane, WA @ The Center

8/23 Billings, MT @ Railyard

8/24 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November Record Store

8/25 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

HOWL: An In-Depth Look At Ryan Begley’s Cover Art

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If you’ve yet to truly investigate HOWL’s Bloodlines cover art, you’re missing out. A stunning, goretorn blood feast of skulls, bones, impalements, hungry wolves, plotting vultures, nooses and sexy side boob,Bloodlines was created by Ryan Begley (Pelican, Kvlertak, All Pigs Must Die, Cave In, etc.) and visually captures the metallic, lead-footed brutality of the music contained within.


Comments Begley of his work: “I was asked last year to illustrate my third record cover for Providence-based metal band HOWL. I’m really stoked that they’ve stuck with me since their first EP. They’re really good guys and I love doing work for them. Early on we batted around record title ideas and once Bloodlines was introduced as a possible title, the concept came together pretty easily. All the visuals were inspired by lyrical content and both the band and I wanted to have an image with a lot of elements that would take time for the viewer to soak in. I tried to have all the characters and elements interacting and overlapping as much as possible. The blood was one of the more difficult but fun elements to draw for the cover. Figuring out how it would flow and move throughout the frame and around the characters took a while to sketch out. The band wanted a bright and vibrant cover and I thought it would translate best if we kept the colors in the same family. Once I settled on a specific red for the blood the rest of the palette was pulled from that. Thank you HOWL and Relapse.”


Adds the band in a collective statement: “We are incredibly excited to feature Ryan Begley’s art for the new album. The inspiration for his work was drawn directly from our album’s music and lyrics, and he did a tremendous job capturing the brutality of Bloodlines.”


Check out some rough and final pencil sketches of the cover as well as the mammoth gatefold layout, hosted by No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION, where you’ll also find the band’s latest video for “Demonic.”


In related news Bloodlines entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #50 upon its first week of release! In addition, the record landed at #57 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart and #173 on Billboard’s Indie Music Chart.


HOWL’s Bloodlines douses listener with 40 relentless minutes of maniacal dirge and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics alike for its thunderous riffing and primal urgency. Dubbed, “deliciously vicious” by MetalSucks, Bloodlines was recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) and is currently streaming in its entirety at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE. Order your copy ofBloodlines HERE and stay tuned for Summer tour dates to be announced shortly!


“… the type of galloping, growling, grot-filled effort you expect from a Motörhead shirt wearing metal band.” – Decibel

“HOWL plays with a power and energy that is hard not to admire, with influences that go beyond a single sub genre; to simply label HOWL as pure doom is to potentially limit their appeal. I’ve no doubt if you’re a fan of High On Fire or Electric Wizard, this would be an excellent addition to your library. That said their sound should equally have the heads of Iron Maiden fans and corpse painted true metal warriors banging alike.” – Ave Noctum

“…if you like imp shrieking, wah-imbued stunt guitar, sludge chugs, and lyrics about demons, Bloodlines just might be up your alley.” – Mxdwn

“…a fantastic way to spend an afternoon waxing philosophic or a night getting beaten to death by a group of angry Rhode Islanders…” – Dead Rhetoric

“Bloodlines features enough powerful riffs and angry attitude to sate the mainstream, while the underground will dig the overall feeling of doom and hatred. Did I mention the utterly stellar songwriting?” — Ghost Cult

“…the equivalent of being punched repeatedly in the gut with brass knuckles and then pushed down the mouth of an active volcano.” – American Aftermath

“If [debut album] Full of Hell was a tsunami, this album is a sniper attack.” – Alternative Control

MAMMOTH GRINDER: Austin Crossover Crew Hooks Up With 20 Buck Spin For Third LP


It’s been nearly four years since the last MAMMOTH GRINDER full lengthExtinction Of Humanity was released via Relapse Records (CD) and Cyclopean Records (LP). That album showcased the band’s direction into a distinctly death metal permutation, full of aggression and punk rawness. The band continued in this spirit on 2011’s split LP with fellow Austin, Texas-based Hatred Surge. Now in 2013, after much anticipation,MAMMOTH GRINDER has found a home on 20 Buck Spin for the release of their wildly destructive third full length album Underworlds.


Underworlds marks a peak at which MAMMOTH GRINDER have sharpened and perfected their sound into a seething grind/death/thrash maelstrom of intense degree; unrelenting in its concentrated raw precision and focused power, Underworlds careens violently through ten tracks with effortless versatility and the fixated songcraft expected of a band on their third record. Tracks like “Wraparound Eyes” with its Unleashed style mid-section or the short sharp shock of “Paragon Pusher” illustrate MAMMOTH GRINDER’s mastery over multiple variations of metal to assemble their own sound. Fans of Entombed, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Discharge, Napalm Death and Iron Lung will beat themselves into submission for missing out on this album, so do yourself a favor, and don’t miss out on it…


MAMMOTH GRINDER is a live band and that is where the songs on Underworlds will expose their most virulent strain. Additionally the album is adorned with artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno whose work has graced albums from artists like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Motörhead and Marduk.



20 Buck Spin will expose the damaging Underworlds on LP, CD and digital worldwide on July 23rd, and MAMMOTH GRINDER shall tour extensively upon the album’s release. In the meantime the band will play out regionally, providing support for the May 10th appearance of this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation as it hits Houston, Texas, and a badass spot alongside Magic Circle, Iron Lung, Cruciamentum, Tragedy and the almighty Bolt Thrower at this year’s Chaos In Tejas in MG’s hometown of Austin on Friday, May 31st.



5/10/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX @ Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation [info]

5/31/2013 11E5 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas w/ Bolt Thrower, Tragedy, Iron Lung, more [info]


Underworlds Track Listing:

1. Underworlds

2. Wraparound Eyes

3. Revenge

4. Paragon Pusher

5. Barricades

6. Cogs In The Machine

7. Roperide

8. Breeding

9. Born In A Bag

10. Moral Crux

RELAPSE RECORDS: Releases Tribute Sampler to Pat Egan

Pat Egan, longtime Director of Retail Sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.

100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie. Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family. The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via paypal to

A memorial event for Pat has been scheduled for Tuesday March 5th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST at Idle Hands Bar in New York, NY. Everyone is invited to attend as we pay tribute to a dear friend, colleague & family man who left behind an amazing wife and a wonderful daughter. All proceeds from the event will go directly to his daughter Katie’s college fund. More information on the event can be found HERE.

The tracklisting for the compilation is as follows:
1. Brian Posehn – More Metal Than You
2. Exhumed – The Beginning After The End (Previously Unreleased)
3. Mastodon – Mother Puncher
4. Kingdom of Sorrow – Screaming into the Sky
5. Baroness – Take My Bones Away
6. Red Fang – Wires
7. Death – A Moment Of Clarity
8. Revocation – Teratogenesis
9. Brutal Truth – Old World Order
10.Dying Fetus – Second Skin
11.Black Anvil – Ultimate Reality
12. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Sword Swallower
13. Zombi – Siberia
14. Pig Destroyer – The American’s Head
15. Toxic Holocaust – Sound The Charge
16. Murder Construct – No Question, No Comment
17. Horseback – Arjuna
18. Dillinger Escape Plan – Sunshine the Werewolf
19. Abysmal Dawn – In Service of Time
20. Total Fucking Destruction – In The Process of Correcting Thinking Errors

PIG DESTROYER Frontman Hosts Final Edition of Relapse Records Podcast for 2012

Relapse Records is closing out 2012 with a special podcast curated by the infamous J.R. Hayes of PIG DESTROYER! Mr. Hayes has picked 20 of his favorite tracks from the Relapse catalog in addition to answering an in-depth interview about the band’s new album Book Burner. Later in the podcast there is a preview of 2013 featuring new music from Red Fang, Blockheads, Call of the Void & Wolvserpent! Download the podcast HERE.

The undisputed kings of Grind PIG DESTROYER released their fifth studio album Book Burner this past October on Relapse Records. Book Burner features 19 tracks with a return to the band’s raw, misanthropic sound. Book Burner is available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, Cassette and Digital.

Book Burner has received many accolades including:

Top Album of 2012 – Decibel Magazine
Top Album of 2012 – Revolver Magazine
50 Favorite Albums of 2012 – Alarm Magazine
Best Grindcore of 2012 – Exclaim!
Top Album of 2012 – Metal Sucks
Best Metal Albums of 2012 – Loudwire
Best Metal Albums of 2012 – CraveOnline

The deluxe editions each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists’ unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot. All of the editions are available for order via Relapse Records and iTunes.

In support of Book Burner, PIG DESTROYER will be making special appearances at various festivals including Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013.

Jan 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs
May 23 – 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI

PIG DESTROYER Re-Signs to Relapse Records

Fresh on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed fifth album Book Burner, The undisputed kings of grind PIG DESTROYER have re-signed with their long time record label home Relapse Records.

The band commented on the re-signing with Relapse:

“Super excited to be a part of the extraordinary Relapse Records again! A song comes to mind in the melody of the “Team America” jingle. “Relapse, FUCK YEAH! Once again, signing a muthafuckin contract!”
– Adam Jarvis

“Relapse has been a great home for both ANb and PIG DESTROYER since the very early days. We’re not an easy band to deal with but Relapse has been patient, enthusiastic, and accommodating to our headache-inducing schedules, our strict adherence to not touring or behaving like a normal band, and just generally being pains-in-the-asses. We wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
– Scott Hull

“I don’t always sign contracts with record labels, but when I do, I choose Relapse.”
-jR Hayes

Book Burner which was released October 22nd features 19 tracks with a return to the band’s raw, misanthropic sound. Book Burner is available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, Cassette and Digital. All of the editions are available for order via Relapse Records and iTunes.

The deluxe editions each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists’ unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP also contains an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

In support of Book Burner, PIG DESTROYER will be making special appearances at various festivals including Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013.

Jan 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs Tickets
May 23 – 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI

PIG DESTROYER New Album Streaming in Full on NPR

Described by MetalSucks as “the best metal album of the year”, PIG DESTROYER’s long awaited new album Book Burner will be released one week from today on Relapse Records. The reigning grindcore champions razor-sharp fifth-full length was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios.

For those that cannot wait any longer to hear Book Burner, NPR is hosting an exclusive full stream of the entire album. Get a first listen to Book Burner courtesy of NPR HERE.

In other PIG DESTROYER news, the band recently shot a video for the track “The Diplomat”. The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and will see its premiere next week.

Book Burner features 19 tracks with a return to the band’s raw, misanthropic sound. Book Burner will be available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, Cassette and Digital. Pre-Orders for all of the editions are available via Relapse Records here and iTunes here.

The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists’ unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP will also contain an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

In support of Book Burner, PIG DESTROYER will be making special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including the UK’s Damnation Festival, The Metal Sucks/Metal Injection CMJ Showcase, Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013. A full list of dates is included below.

Oct. 18 Brooklyn, NY MetalSucks/Metal Injection CMJ showcase @ Public Assembly
Oct. 19 Baltimore, MD Ottobar (w/ Royal Thunder) (CD Release Show)
Nov. 1 Brighton, UK The Haunt
Nov. 2 London, UK The Garage
Nov. 3 Leeds, UK Damnnation Festival

Jan. 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer w/ Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs
May 23 – 26 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XI4

“Pig Destroyer’s Book Burner is the best metal album of the year”
– 5/5 Metal Sucks


“The kings of bludgeoning art grind…a fucking phenomenal extreme metal band”

“They continue to create some of the most interesting, challenging, and indelible grind of the last decade.”

“a quantum leap for the whole goddamn genre.”
– Pitchfork

“their most manic album yet”

“A sound that is among the most extreme ever created.”
– Allmusic

“Incendiary and intelligent, it is an album that propels an already lauded band into the realms of the truly legendary.”

– 9/10 Pop Matters

PIG DESTROYER New Song/Grace the Cover of Decibel Magazine

Reigning grindcore champions PIG DESTROYER are less than a month away from the release of Book Burner. The band’s razor-sharp fifth-full length and first album in over five years was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios and has already been described by MetalSucks as “the best metal album of the year”.

Today another track from Book Burner has been unleashed. Pitchfork is hosting an exclusive stream of the song “The Diplomat”. The stream can be accessed HERE.

PIG DESTROYER are also gracing the cover of Decibel Magazine’s November issue. This marks the band’s second appearance on Decibel’s cover, the last being in 2007 when Phantom Limb was named album of the year. The new issue can be ordered HERE.

The latest installment of the Relapse Records Podcast features the brand new PIG DESTROYER song “The Underground Man”. Check it out HERE.

In support of Book Burner, PIG DESTROYER will be making special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including Calgary’s Noctis Fest, the UK’s Damnation Festival, The Metal Sucks/Metal Injection CMJ Showcase, Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Anniversary Show and Maryland Deathfest 2013.

DYING FETUS Announce “The Blood of Power” North American Tour

In support of their latest release Reign Supreme, DYING FETUS will be returning to the road in North America on “The Blood of Power Tour”. This tour is the band’s first headlining tour on the Reign Supreme album cycle. The first leg of the tour will kick off 11/24 in Atlanta, GA and run through December 13th in Boise, ID. Support on the first leg will come from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. The second leg of the tour begins December 15th in Denver, CO, wrapping up December 23rd in Trenton, NJ. Support on this leg will come from Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates is below.

The band is currently in the midst of “The Womb to Waste” European tour with label mates REVOCATION, Job For a Cowboy and Cerebral Bore. The tour will run through October 14th in Aarschot, Belgium.

Reign Supreme was released in June on Relapse Records and landed spots on four of Billboard’s charts during its first week of release.

Reign Supreme is available for purchase from the Relapse store HERE and digitally on iTunes.

Reign Supreme features nine tracks and is a “return to roots” with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band’s last few works. says of Reign Supreme: “DYING FETUS are at the top of their game with this record, which is sure to thrill old fans and gain them even more new ones.”

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.

“The Womb to Waste” European Tour
9/25: Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
9/26: Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
9/27: Malmö, Sweden @ KB
9/28: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
9/29: Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
10/1: Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
10/3: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
10/4: Berlin, Germany @ C-Club
10/5: Würzburg, Germany @ Posthalle, Hell Inside Fest
10/6: Jena, Germany @ F-Haus
10/7: Prague, Czech Republic @ Hoodoo Club
10/8: München, Germany @ Backstage
10/9: Wien, Austria @ Arena
10/10: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala / Kino Siska
10/11: Legnano (Milano), Italy @ Land Of Live Club
10/12: Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff
10/13: Essen, Germany @ Turock
10/14: Aarschot, Belgium @ De Klinker

DYING FETUS w/ Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore
*= No Cattle Decapitation
11/24: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
11/27: Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/29: Longview, TX @ The Levee
11/30: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
12/1: Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero’s
12/2: San Antonio, TX @ Korova
12/5: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
12/6: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
12/7: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
12/8: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (Matinee)
12/9: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
12/10: Modesto, CA @ Plea For Peace
12/11: Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion
12/12: Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
12/13: Boise, ID @ The Venue

DYING FETUS w/ Malignancy and Cerebral Bore
12/15: Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
12/16: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
12/17: Chicago, IL @ TBA
12/18: Newport, KY @ Thompson House
12/19: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
12/20: Roanoke, VA @ Coffin House
12/21: Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
12/22: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
12/23: Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs