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Thou at Scion Rock Fest (more by Christopher Mumma)

The grotesquely prolific Thou is forever on the move, and in addition to their out-now Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For EP and the upcoming studio LP Summit due in July on GIlead Media (CD) and Southern Lord (Vinyl), the band has a pair of splits on deck. First up is the band's split with The City Is The Tower entitled Dwell in the Darkness of Thought and Drink the Poison of Life. Thou contributes two songs of the five, both of which are available above. Preorder that record.

Last, but certainly not least, the band has split with fantastic UK sludge-doomers Moloch, due on Perpetual Motion Machine in 12" and cassette formats (preorder it). Download one Moloch track, "Dry Cough", and all of Thou's contribution to that split above. Moloch has a badass debut 10" on Feast of Tentacles and recently contributed a Rorschach cover to Clone Vol II (which also featured Thou, Shadow Of The Torturer, and many others)

Landmine Marathon have filled out the rest of their US tour dates which include two NYC shows, July 13th and Union Pool and July 15th at Cake Shop both with Salome. Meanwhile, Salome is currently working on their new LP, and debut for Profound Lore.

Profound Lore has signed Agalloch! The band is currently crafting their new LP in their lair in Portland through the end of July. More details are forthcoming. Aesop Dekker of another fantastic west coast black metal band, Ludicra, serves as their drummer. While we're on the subject of Ludicra's new LP The Tenant is out on 2LP courtesy Throne Records.

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Unearthly Trance has released new details on their forthcoming LP for Relapse due on September 28th! The LP is called V, has the art below, and the release will accompanied by a east coast tour with Suma! Until then, Unearthly Trance have a new and impressive release out on Chrome Peeler Records, the long awaited split with The Endless Blockade. Check out one of those tracks, The Endless Blockade's "Clean & Prone", above and order a copy of that split via Chrome Peeler. In addition, I have one copy of this split available for giveaway, check out how you can win one below!


Speaking of Suma, the Swedish sludge-doom band's new album Ashes is beyond barbaric and will be available via Regain Records on June 24th. The Billy Anderson-produced effort and follow-up to the awesome Let The Churches Burn features five tracks pure riff punishment including the neckbreaker "Headwound" available above. In addition, Suma have a split with Pyramido (members of Crowpath) out NOW via on Head Records.

In related news, Slaughter Strike, the thrashy offshoot of The Endless Blockade, have released their demos for free download.

UK psychedelic doomers Ramesses will release their new LP Take The Curse on June 21st via Ritual Productions. Check out "Khali Mist" available for download above and viewable in the video below. The band, which is 2/3 comprised of ex-members of UK doom kingpins Electric Wizard, are welcoming their new LP after releasing a split with Unearthly Trance and the extremely limited Baptism of the Walking Dead EP in 2009.

Ramesses - "Khali Mist"

Neurosis has a new 2P live album due, culled from their 2007 Roadburn appearance. Preorder at Burning World Records.

Walls, featuring Jensen of Iron Lung, has a new 7" that recently popped up for sale while he served as touring drummer for Mind Eraser. Pick up a copy if you have the chance. Mind Eraser / Slang also had a split 7" available on tour. Look for it! And download a recording of their set at MDF HERE.

Also grab live MDF recordings from XBRAINIAX and P.L.F..

Recent tour mates Black Pyramid and Let The Night Roar have just come off a string of dates in the northeast, but also each have releases recently let loose into the wild. Massachusetts doomers Black Pyramid have released a new split 12" with Old One out NOW via Serpent Records. All That Is Heavy has it up for sale.

Atlanta's answer to High on Fire, Let The Night Roar, have a new self-titled EP to follow up their recent self-titled release on MeteorCity. Pick up a copy through the band. Last year both LtNR and BP released (awesome) albums on MeteorCity Records. Want copies of each? I have THREE pairs for giveaway.

Black Pyramid - "Mirror Messiah"

Good news/bad news. Bad news: Abscess, featuring the great Chris Reifert (of Autopsy) and who JUST released their new LP Dawn of Inhumanity, have called in quits. Good news? Autopsy is BACK! The band will release a NEW EP The Tomb Within via Peaceville in August as well as a new studio album in early 2011, entitled Macabre Eternal.

Crowbar have signed with E1 Music!

Ghast's 2008 LP May The Curse Bind made quite the impact on me, so it's great to see that the LP will finally be given the vinyl treatment via the kind folks at Flenser Recordings! The double LP will be packaged with the 2007 split with Helvett and is available now for preorder. Check out a track from that record above and whether you get the 2LP or the CD, get yourself a copy of May The Curse Bind. Want to win a copy? Details on how are at the bottom of this post.

Ohio death-sludge tough guys Fistula have a new EP, Goat, via Crucial Blast for CD and Hydro-Phonic Records for vinyl. Check out "" above. The band also has two other releases due for Hydro-Phonic Records: a new six-song Drug Abuser Sorcerer 7" due and a Master of Bonghits split with Eternal Elysium. Hydro-Phonic recently dropped the first Accept Death LP on vinyl.

Speaking of Crucial Blast, the label is also working the new LP by Trees, Freed of This Flesh. The Portland band recently wrapped up a string of dates with the incredible Bloody Panda on the west coast, though no east coast dates are currently scheduled. Fans of Khanate and glacially-paced doom take heed, this is the crew for you. Dig on samples of the record at the Crucial Blast site.

Fuck The Facts LIVE @ Maryland Deathfest 2010. Download a few live sets from the first night of the fest above.

Relapse announced the latest edition of it's Scott Hull curated This Comp Kills Fascists series, volume two. Featuring contributions from a plethora of notable grind greats like Lack of Interest, Noisear, Drugs of Faith, Despise You, Crom (who have a film on the way about them), Extortion, and many many others. The LP is currently up for pre-order, with a release date of June 22nd.

Speaking of Extortion, the brutal Aussie fastcore band's 10" Loose Screws is my current obsession and available now via Deep Six Records or your favorite local distro. Highly highly recommended.

Meanwhile, This Comp Kills Fascists Vol 2 contributors Drugs of Faith are currently working on their new 13 song LP for Selfmadegod Records. More details are forthcoming. Check out a bunch of their output downloadable for free courtesy Robotic Obscurities.

Coliseum recently released a new track for download, "Everything To Everyone", from their forthcoming House Without A Curse. Pre-order the LP NOW. Ryan Patterson recently put together a mixtape of Louisville bands for Land Animal. BV recently debuted a new video, and did an interview with Patterson.

Though Voivod's Away makes an appearance on drums on Aun's new LP, don't expect any of those thrashy progressive fills - quite the contrary. Aun toils in drone-y doom soundscapes as exhibited in the above "Drainbow" from VII, out now via Important. The band also has a split out NOW with Habsyll via Public Guilt and a seven-inch, Utica, via Drone Records.

ugEXPLODE, Weasel Walter's label, have released a new compilation by Orthrelm, featuring 36 remixed/remastered tracks from 2001-2002 era (with Mick Barr and drummer Josh Blair). Pick up a copy via the label and stream the track "Redun 1".

New Jersey death metallers Disma released a helluva demo tape in the tail end of last year, and now the band has announced that they have signed to Profound Lore for their debut LP! Look for the band to drop a new 7" in the meantime, but until then, get yourself a copy of that fantastic demo.

San Fran thrashers Voetsek are hitting the East Coast in the wake of their appearance at Dudefest, hitting ABC No Rio on July 17th. More east coast dates are planned, including more NYC dates, more details are to come.

Chicago doomers Indian have signed to Relapse Records. Look for a new album in 2011.

If you haven't heard, the classic Corrosion of Conformity lineup of Reed Mullin, Woody Weatherman, Pepper Keenan, and Mike Dean will reform for some shows.

The Boris collaborations continue, this time with Ian Astbury (The Cult) as BXI. The band will release a four-song EP on Southern Lord that will have the below cover art. For more on that EP, head to the Southern Lord blog. In other Boris news, the band will finally issue Amplifier Worship and Absolutego on 2LP picture disc vinyl! Boris are scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 6th with Torche and Russian Circles (tickets).

BXI Album Art by Stephen O'Malley
BXI Album Cover

The new and previously discussed LP from the gods of powerviolence The Bastard Noise, A Culture of Monsters, is out NOW via Deep Six! The Connell-Nelson-Wood incarnation is currently streaming a song at Housepig. The Bastard Noise are in NYC at the end of June.

Gridlink has completed recording of their new album, Orphan, with new bassist Teddy Patterson (Burnt By The Sun, Human Remains) and guitarist Steve Procopio (Human Remains). The LP art is currently being worked on, no word on a release date so far.

Between the signing of The Secret, a release by Trap Them and now Masakari, Southern Lord is going full throttle into hardcore brutality - and with good results. Cleveland's Masakari toil in crusty hardcore with a melodic undercurrent (ala Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, etc) and have a pretty impressive new LP The Prophet Feeds for the label (Halo of Flies is responsible for the vinyl). For people who nerd out on of that sort, it definitely worth a list, and "XVI Rapid Dominance" (downloadable above) is a good look into the proceedings.

Kingdom's new video for "Ruina" from the band's LP Hemeltraan, out now via Hypertension Records. Kindgom features members of Amenra and Blind to Faith.

Sweet Cobra have a trio of releases due including their upcoming full-length Mercy due with Black Market Activities. Additional material not on the upcoming LP with appear in splits with Doomriders and Get Rad! Stoked. Sweet Cobra recently lost Matt Arluck to cancer. RIP.

Pala, featuring members of Pulling Teeth, are hitting the road and will play NYC on June 19th at Party Expo with Suis La Lune, Fair Root, and Mortals. Full dates are below. Meanwhile Pulling Teeth have a few new releases on the way, including a new LP.

Virus are currently hard at work on a follow up to the great The Black Flux LP! The new LP, The Agent That Shapes The Desert, is currently partially done though no due date or has been discussed thus far. More details to come! Meanwhile pick up a copy of the awesome The Black Flux and Carheart, both of which are out now.

The previously discussed Coffins / Stormcrow split 12" is out NOW via 20 Buck Spin. Dig on one of those Coffins tracks, "Black Fog of Burning Flesh" available for download above. In addition, Coffins have reissued the Sacrifice to Evil Spirit LPon Grind Block Records. To order, head to the Grind Block myspace.

John Cobbett has announced Hammers of Misfortune's new vocalist, Joe Hutton of Oakland's Worship of Silence.

strong>Bolt Thrower - "The 4th Crusade" at Neurotic Deathfest 2010. Tons more fantastic HD videos from Neurotic DeathFest can be found here.

With the great Asunder now split, John Gossard (ex-Weakling) has a new project to contend with in Dispirit. The black metal band technically has no recordings to it's name, but their current rehearsal tape Rehearsal At Oboroten is causing quite a stir on the West Coast, and in the US in general. Dig on a pair of samples from that tape above.

Stream the new LP by The Funeral Pyre, Vultures At Dawn, in it's entirety. The band plays Union Pool with Early Graves and Mutilation Rites on July 17th.

Katatonia will hit the road with Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land for a string of US dates that include Gramercy on 9/10. Tickets are on sale.

Gnaw Their Tongues have signed with Candlelight, even though the band has TWO LPs this year already, The Blotched & The Unwanted and L'arrive De La Terne Mort Triomphante due this summer via Crucial Blast.

Iron Tongue, which features vocalist CT of Rwake, will hit the east coast this summer, tagging NYC and Ace of Clubs on July 20th. Iron Tongue has two seven inches on the way via Bloated Goat Records.

Apostle of Solitude are hitting the road for a string of east coast dates, including NYC at Ace of Clubs on July 21st. Full tour dates are below.

Earthride and Valkyrie (featuring Pete of Baroness) will team up for a summer tour in July and August, which will crash land at Ace of Clubs on August 7th. Tour flyer is below. Earthride is currently working on a new LP.

Earthride / Valkyrie Tour

6/18: Melvins, Isis @ Webster Hall
6/18: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Pissed Jeans, Home Blitz, Bloody Gears@ CakeShop
6/18: White Lung, Passive Aggresor, Pollution, Crazy Spirit @ The Acheron ALL AGES
6/18: Danzig at Nokia
6/19: Melvins, Isis, Totimoshi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/19: Suis La Lune, Pala, Fair Root, and Mortals at Party Expo
6/19: The Men, Ceremony, Blacklisted, Skin Like Iron at Cake Shop
6/18: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Pissed Jeans, Social Circkle Home Blitz, Population 1280 @ Death By Audio
6/20: At War, Midnight, Deathrash, Crucifist, Mutant Supremacy, Mutilation Rites @ Europa
6/20: Flourishing, Malkuth, Humanity Falls @ The Acheron ALL AGES
6/21: Meek Is Murder, The Nolan Gate, So Hideous My Love @ Lit Lounge
6/26: Jucifer, Gloominous Doom @ Union Pool 10PM
6/26: Floor, Unearthly Trance, Javelina, Hot Graves @ Europa 7PM
6/26: Anal Cunt, Bastard Noise @ Cake Shop
6/28: Emyprean, Doomsday Mourning, Heartbeatstill @ Lit Lounge
6/28: Bastard Noise, Child Abuse, The Communion, Anthony Saunders
7/2: Scream, Lionize, Dykstra @ Knitting Factory
7/5: Faith No More At Williamsburg Waterfront
7/5: Syphilic, Abcinate, No Remission, Shiro-Ishii @ Lit Lounge
7/8: Coliseum, Burning Love, Tournament @ Europa
7/9: Zoroaster, Black Tusk, Dark Castle, Hull at The Studio at Webster Hall
7/12: Iron Maiden @ Madison Square Garden
7/13: Landmine Marathon, Salome, Wetnurse at Union Pool
7/13: Goreaphobia, Gravehill, Cardiac Arrest, HOD @ Fontana's
7/15: Landmine Marathon, Salome, Batillus, Cleanteeth at Cake Shop
7/17: Voetsek at ABC No Rio
7/17: The Funeral Pyre, Early Grave, Mutilation Rites @ Union Pool
7/19: Valdur, Mutilation Rites, Syphilitic Lust @ Lit Lounge
7/20: Iron Tongue (CT of Rwake), Hull + TBA @ Ace of Clubs
7/21: Apostle of Solitude, Archon plus more TBA @ Ace of Clubs

- The Obelisk interviewed Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod.
- An interview with The Endless Blockade via LordsofMetal.
- Watain's new LP Lawless Darkness is streaming in full at Metalsucks.
- Stephen O'Malley was interviewed by Invisible Oranges, as was Tom Warrior and Erik of Watain.
_ Stereogum premiered the new track from Christian Mistress. Their LP Agony & Opium is due on 20 Buck Spin in August.
- Ed Gein are currently streaming a new song, "The Spectacle", at their myspace
- Orthodox has a new 7" available via Doomentia Records.
- Buried Inside have called it quits.
- Regain Records is streaming bits of the new Grave LP, Burial Ground. Check it out at their myspace and pick up the LP on June 14th.
- Speedwolf have signed to Hells Headbangers.
- Pyramids have released a six cassette remix set featuring remixes by Burial Hex, Across Tundras, Mamiffer, Fear Falls Burning, and many others.
- Check out a stream of Bong live at Roadburn 2010.
- T.O.M.B. visited WFMU studios. The streaming results are awesome.
- Indianapolis hardcore greats Ice Nine have a new seven inch available via Prank Records.
- Immortal has reissued Blizzard Beasts on blue viyl. Limited to 210 copies. Get it here.
- To Live a Lie has posted a sampler disc for free download. Get it above and dig on the soothing sounds of Agathocles, Coke Bust, xBrainiax, Hummingbird of Death, and many many many others.
- Blood Harvest will do the vinyl honors for Vasaeleth's Crypt Born and Tethered To Ruin.
- Black Skies are hitting the road in July, though no NYC date to speak of. Dates are below.

6/27/2010 Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC (pre-tour kick off show)
7/01/2010 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
7/02/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH
7/03/2010 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
7/04/2010 The Frequency - Madison, WI
7/05/2010 Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City
7/06/2010 TBA - Lincoln, NE
7/07/2010 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
7/08/2010 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
7/09/2010 Rocky Canyon - Boise, ID
7/10/2010 The Comet - Seattle, WA
7/11/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
7/12/2010 TBA - Ashland, OR
7/13/2010 The Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
7/14/2010 The Stork Club - Oakland, CA
7/15/2010 TBA - Cayucos, CA
7/16/2010 Relax Bar - Los Angeles, CA
7/17/2010 The Rogue Bar - Scottsdale, AZ
7/18/2010 Rio Grande Satanical Gardens - Albuquerque, NM
7/19/2010 TBA - Oklahoma City, OK
7/20/2010 Red 7 - Austin, TX
7/21/2010 TBA - New Orleans, LA
7/22/2010 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
7/23/2010 The Buccaneer Lounge - Memphis, TN
7/24/2010 Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN

Sept. 8 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Sept. 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Sept. 10 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Sept .11 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sept. 12 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Petit Campus
Sept. 13 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Opera House
Sept. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Sept. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie´s
Sept. 16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
Sept. 17 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie Rock Club
Sept. 18 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sept. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept. 22 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 23 - Portland, OR@ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 - San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside
Sept. 25 - Santa Anna, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
Sept. 28 - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.´s Bar
Sept. 29 - Tuscan, AZ @ The Rock
Sept. 30 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 1 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounging
Oct. 2 - Houston, TX @ The Warsaw
Oct. 4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Oct. 5 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Oct. 7 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

June 28 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
June 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Blvd.
June 30 - San Diego, CA @ The Yard
July 1 - Sacramento, CA @ 16th St. Café
July 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Kimo's
July 3 - Reno, NV @ Ground Zero
July 5 - Denver, CO @ Blastomat
July 6 - Omaha, NE @ The Manor
July 9 - Indianapolis, IN @ DUDEFEST
July 10 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
July 11 - Buffalo, NY @ Club Diablo
July 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool *
July 15 - NYC, NY @ The Cake Shop *
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ M Room *
July 17 - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head *
July 18 - Richmond, VA @ The Triple
July 23 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
July 24 - Dallas, TX @ Ridgelea Theatre
*w/ Salome

Jun 14 2010 TBA DC, Washington, US
Jun 16 2010 The Ox Philadelphia, Pennsylvan, US
Jun 17 2010 American Legion Wallingford, Connecticu, US
Jun 18 2010 Democracy Center Cambridge, Massachuse, US
Jun 19 2010 Party Expo! Brooklyn, New York , US
Jun 20 2010 Louis Street .New Brunswick, New Jersey, US
Jun 21 2010 Smith's Cavern West River, Maryland , US
Jun 23 2010 the Camel Richmond, Virginia , US
Jun 24 2010 Kaiser II Greensboro, North Caro, US
Jun 25 2010 House Show Savannah, Georgia , US
Jun 26 2010 1008 1/2 House Melbourne, Florida, US
Jun 27 2010 Churchill's Pub Miami, Florida, US
Jun 29 2010 The Wayward Council Gainesville, Florida , US
Jun 30 2010 PS WAREHOUSE ATLANTA, Georgia , US
Jul 1 2010 the Hangar Columbia, South Caro, US
Jul 2 2010 Lunchbox Records Charlotte, North Caro, US
Jul 3 2010 the Red Shed Annendale, Virginia , US
Jul 13 2010 Monarch's Baltimore, Maryland , US
Jul 30 2010 Charm City Art Space Baltimore, Maryland , US

Jul 3 2010 The Side Bar Tavern Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 17 2010 TBA Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 18 2010 TBA pittsburgh, Pennsylvan, US
Jul 19 2010 TBA Allentown, Pennsylvan, US
Jul 20 2010 TBA Somewhere on the east coast, Somewhere
Jul 21 2010 Ace Of Clubs Manhattan, New York
Jul 22 2010 The Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Jul 23 2010 Annabells Akron, Ohio
Jul 24 2010 The Metal Shaker Chicago, Illinois
Jul 30 2010 the Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana , US
Aug 7 2010 The Dojo Indianapolis, IN

Jun 25 2010 THE PIST, VOETSEK + more TBA San Francisco, California, US
Jun 30 2010 San Diego @ The Yard w/ Landmine Marathon San Diego, CA
Jul 2 2010 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves Denton, TX
Jul 3 2010 Austin, TX @ Broken Neck Austin, TX
Jul 4 2010 Houston, TX Houston, TX
Jul 9 2010 DUDE FEST ! Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
Jul 17 2010 NYC@ ABC No RIO (day) nyc, ny
Jul 23 2010 Minneapolis, MN
Jul 25 2010 Denver, CO

To win the Unearthly Trance/The Endless Blockade Split, one of three sets of Black Pyramid/Let The Night Roar CDs, or the Ghast 2LP, email with the subject line of "SWWF". Include your first and last name in the email, as well as what you would like to win. Five winners will be notified and awarded.

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