KING PARROT: Flaunts Their Culinary Skills + North American March Continues

Australian thrash grind, road hounds, King Parrot, recently appeared on the sixty-third episode of Brutally Delicious, the world’s most metal cooking show! Watch the band guzzle coffee, dish about tour life and cook brutal omelets with host Bruce Moore at THIS LOCATION.

King Parrot is currently winding down their live tirade through North America in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Championed for its “ceaseless brutality,” by Ghost Cult and dubbed “aggressive as fuck,” by Headbangorgtfo, the record was produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin) and manages to capture the raw intensity of their live output, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Watch the band dismantle Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar, courtesy of Pit Full Of Shit, HERE.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]: w/ Vattnet Viskar

  • 4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
  • 4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/18/2014 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
  • 4/19/2014 Franks Place – Fresno, CA
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed

Candlelight Records today confirms June 24 as the North American release date for IX, the new album from Corrosion Of Conformity. Produced by the band and long-time comrade John Custer, the album and lead single “On Your Way” will be available for pre-orders via ITunes, Amazon, and other popular outlets beginning May 13.

Blabbermouth has been reporting on the recording of the album since early January. Video footage filmed at the recording studio, including vocalist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin laying down vocal tracks, plus guitarist Woodroe Weatherman tracking some of the albums killer riffs, has been seen by fans around the globe. “The making of IX was drawn out because of us having to step away to do other projects,” comments Dean. “I think being forced to step away kept us hungry and then being back on the case with deadlines casting a shadow gave us a ‘failure is no option’ vibe and that really helped the final product.” “This album is another step forward for us,” adds Weatherman. “It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”

Having recently returned from a successful Europe tour, the band is gearing up for the album’s release and a year full of non-stop touring. “Corrosion Of Conformity are very much firing on all cylinders,” noted Terrorizer Magazine preceding the trio of English dates that were part of the larger European tour that had the band visiting ten countries for the first time in more than a year. “We had some good shows,” shares Dean. “To go back to Paris for the first time in years, without a new album, and have the type of response we had just shows me that there is new interest in the more creative heavier rock. And that this younger group of people is actually checking us out is huge to me.”

The band surprised European audiences with some new material from IX. “We had ‘On Your Way’ in the set and people were jamming along,” notes Dean. “It’s up tempo but syncopated. I thought it fit right in even though technically we were still working it out.” “We did sneak in some new material on the European tour,” asserts Weatherman. “It is great to see folks digging on stuff they have never heard before.”

Quiet for nearly five years after the release of 2005’s In the Arms of God, Corrosion Of Conformity regrouped in 2010. These original jam sessions quickly gave way to the trio’s participation at late summer’s The Power of the Riff Festival and later 2011’s Maryland Death Fest. The band’s commitment to the stage, with hundreds of shows performed since 2010, is surely contributing to their chops in the studio. It is without doubt, Dean, Weatherman, and Mullin have revitalized their sonic muse and media and fans alike agree. “Corrosion Of Conformity displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined,” noted Decibel Magazine on review of 2012’s self-titled album. Pitchfork said, “the trio sounds as commanding as it ever has.”

Corrosion Of Conformity released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. “Corrosion Of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record – not just a reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound,” said Pitchfork. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at position 157 and impacted CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at position 8 on its debut week before working its way up to position 1. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight consecutive weeks. The label reissued the band’s Eye For An Eye (including previously unavailable EP Six Song With Mike Singing) early November 2012. Blabbermouth called it “one of the hallmarks of street ‘core.” It was followed by the free release of Scion A/V’s Megalodon ep. Writing for IX started in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly 45 minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from the band.

Pre-orders for both CD and vinyl formats will be available shortly via Candlelight’s official web stores. Watch for special bundles via the band in the coming weeks.

Confirmed track listing for IX:

  • 1. Brand New Sleep
  • 2. Elphyn
  • 3. Denmark Vesey
  • 4. The Nectar
  • 5. Interlude
  • 6. On Your Way
  • 7. Trucker
  • 8. The Hanged Man
  • 9. Tarquinius Superbus
  • 10. Who You Need To Blame
  • 11. The Nectar Revised

Corrosion Of Conformity has confirmed a number of limited performances on the east coast during April beginning this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh. The band will perform at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on April 26, the Ottobar (with High on Fire and Eyehategod) in Baltimore on April 27, and wrap the month up with a show at Café 611 in Frederick (MD) on April 28.

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, the Decibel Magazine Hall of Famers Corrosion Of Conformity helped transform heavy music. The band has influenced countless bands and today remains humble about their accomplishments.

 

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: Currently Embarked On East Coast Tour

American horde, Abigail Williams, is currently crusading through the Eastern half of the country on tour now. Having already killed towns through the Midwest and into upstate New York, the band will storm Brooklyn tonight, continuing to inundate the rest of the East Coast and through the Gulf Coast states through April 12th.

Abigail Williams will go back out on the road from mid-May through mid-June with Lecherous Nocturne and Panzerfaust.

Following three massive LPs through Candlelight — In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns [2008], In the Absence of Light [2010] and Becoming [2012] — among several EPs and singles since their inception exactly one decade ago, Abigail Williams’ all-engulfing delivery of the black metal craft is ever-morphing, navigating its own path amid subgenre categories and cult traditions on a continually expanding course of sonic exploration. Fronted by sole founding member, guitarist/vocalist Ken Sorceron, also currently of Lord Mantis, the band’s lineup also includes guitarist Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Wolvhammer, Doomsday), touring bassist John Porada (Nachtmystium) and touring drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis).

Abigail Williams’ fourth full-length album will be completed for release later this year.

Abigail Williams Live:

  • 3/31/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/01/2014 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
  • 4/02/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 4/03/2014 The Bowery – Knoxville, TN
  • 4/04/2014 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
  • 4/05/2014 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 4/06/2014 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
  • 4/07/2014 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
  • 4/08/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 4/09/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
  • 4/10/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 4/11/2014 Walters Downtown – Houston, TX
  • 4/12/2014 Texas Independence Fest – Austin, TX

Abigail Williams w/ Lecherous Nocturne, Panzerfaust:

  • 5/15/2014 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
  • 5/16/2014 Take 20 – Cherry Valley, IL
  • 5/17/2014 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
  • 5/18/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON**
  • 5/19/2014 Cafe Chaos – Montreal, QB**
  • 5/20/2014 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
  • 5/21/2014 The Depot – York, PA
  • 5/22/2014 31st Pub – Pittsburgh, PA*
  • 5/23/2014 Thompson House – Newport, KY
  • 5/24/2014 The Mad Magician – Saint Louis, MO
  • 5/25/2014 TBA
  • 5/27/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 5/28/2014 TBA
  • 5/29/2014 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO
  • 5/30/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 5/31/2014 TBA
  • 6/01/2014 Cheyenne’s Sallon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/02/2014 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
  • 6/03/2014 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
  • 6/04/2014 LaSalles – Chico, CA
  • 6/05/2014 TBA
  • 6/06/2014 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC**
  • 6/07/2014 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Metal Fest**
  • 6/08/2014 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
  • 6/09/2014 The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
  • 6/10/2014 TBA
  • 6/11/2014 Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
  • 6/12/2014 The Hideout – Omaha, NE
  • 6/13/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 6/14/2014 The Brass Rail – Peoria, IL

*Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne only
**Abigail Williams and Panzerfaust only

 

KING PARROT: Visits Housecore HQ; Video Posted + North American Takeover Continues

Currently on a conquest to shred the collective ears of North America, the thrash grind hooligans in King Parrot recently dropped by Housecore Records during their tour stop in New Orleans last week. The band systematically leveled Siberia following a chat with metal legends Philip H. Anselmo and Mike IX Williams about touring, new records, guitar lessons, and burning holes in the ground in the swamps of Louisiana!

King Parrot are only approaching the half-way mark of their live invasion and have a plethora of shows coming up all around the US and Canada. Additionally, the band will be returning to California by popular demand after laying waste to venues with Cattle Decapitation earlier this month.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]: w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer

  • 4/1/2014 The Cabaret Playhouse – Montreal, QC *
  • 4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
  • 4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
  • 4/4/2014 Ruby Tuesday – Columbus, OH *
  • 4/5/2014 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
  • 4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
  • 4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
  • 4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/18/2014 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA *
  • 4/19/2014 Franks Place – Fresno, CA *
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

*Newly added…

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, King Parrot is touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore.

“A nice little cross-up of musical ability and amusing visuals (the videos for ‘Dead End’ and ‘Shit On The Liver’ are quality viewing), King Parrot should be able to find their place in a relatively stale and average grind scene. And frankly, that’s what grind needs: A shot in the arm, a mix-up, and some well-intended goofiness… this should do it. 8.5/10″ – Dead Rhetoric

“Every track on Bite Your Head Off is a brutal showing of absolute speed, power and destruction…” – The Metalithic

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” – Hysteria Magazine

“…a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty…” – Beat.com

“…its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb 9/10″ – Ghost Cult

“Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, King Parrot’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.” – Metal Observer

 

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Assassins Level SXSW; March Through North America Continues

Melbourne thrash grind assassins, King Parrot, successfully leveled SXSW with five scathing performances, including an appearance at this year’s Tone Deaf Touring Showcase featuring Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Pilgrim and more.

Comments the band, “King Parrot had an awesome experience at SXSW; total chaos, but all in all a hugely positive opportunity for the band to get out in front the world’s music industry and show our wares. The feedback we received from some industry heavyweights was that they enjoyed our show and it’s fair to say you’ll be hearing a lot more from King Parrot in the future. For now though, we carry on with our extensive North American tour.”

King Parrot is currently searing the eyes and ears of North America on a near-six-week run of live ambushes. The band is joined by atmospheric blackened doom bringers, Vattnet Viskar, and stoner death doomers, Vaporizer on select dates.

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, King Parrot is touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records this year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]:
w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer

  • 3/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
  • 3/20/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • 3/21/2014 Hoodie’s – Longwood, FL
  • 3/22/2014 The Standard – St. Augustine, FL
  • 3/23/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 3/25/2014 The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
  • 3/26/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 3/27/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
  • 3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
  • 3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA
  • w/ Vattnet Viskar

  • 4/01/2014 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
  • 4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
  • 4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
  • 4/04/2014 Kobo Live – Columbus, OH
  • 4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
  • 4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
  • 4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” – Hysteria Magazine

“…a must for any fans of Australian metal or extreme metal 4/5″ – Sputnik Music

“…its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb 9/10″ – Ghost Cult

“Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, KING PARROT’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.” – Metal Observer

 

OCTOBER FILE: Return With Ambitious Fourth Studio Album

Candlelight Records today confirms June 10 as the North American release date for October File’s The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair: An Introspective of the Human Condition. It is the fourth full-length studio album from the English post-punk quartet. The album was recorded at London’s Orgone Studios (Ghost, Electric Wizard, Guapo, Ulver) and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Cathedral, Angel Witch, Gates of Slumber).

Metal Hammer Magazine today premiered “Heroes Are Welcome,” the album’s lead single. A special lyric video, created by 12 Inch Media’s Craig Gowans (Bleed From Within), spotlights the outspoken band’s always jeering lyrics. Speaking recently with Terrorizer Magazine about the album, bassist Steve Beatty notes, “other records have dealt with war, religion and in fact lyrical themes you would more expect to see on a crust punk record. This is why we decided to go in a totally different direction this time. We wanted to delve into personal experience more and not make it obvious we were doing so.”

Recording of the album took place in the early weeks of the new year. The band made decisive changes to both their writing approach and studio location. “We were keen to trying something new,” says Beatty. “We had recorded everything at the Outhouse in Reading but really felt it was time to try something new. We had heard some recordings from there and liked the way Jaime did things – all live, no samples.”

“It’s the first time we ever wrote anything with a pre-conceived idea,” continues Beatty. “The ideas of each individual track were discussed and music written to fit them. Usually we have musical ideas and put them together whilst Ben (Hollyer, vocals) wrote as the track fermented. This time it was different. It was for sure more of a challenge but it was good for us. We were made to work harder, especially Ben. He has written his best lyrics and pushed his voice into new directions.”

Inspired by a wide range of influences, from post-punk heroes like Killing Joke, Amebix, Godflesh and Gang Of Four through to the greats of rock, punk, industrial and underground metal, October File exploded into life with their 2004 debut album A Long Walk On A Short Pier and the How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (EP) from the same year. Embarking on a relentless slew of live performances which has seldom slowed since, the band proved their dedication to playing in front of anyone and everyone and duly attracted the attention of the UK rock and metal press.

Consolidating their notoriety with the release of two additional EPs Monuments (2005) and Hallowed Be Thy Army (2006), which marked the band’s upward shift to the prestigious Candlelight Records label, October File made friends with Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman who lent his vocal powers to the band’s second full-length album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God. Over the years that followed, October File has performed at numerous high profile festivals in the UK and Europe and have also toured with Killing Joke, Prong, Ministry and Fear Factory. The buzz around the band led to an association with Godflesh/Jesu main man Justin Broadrick who offered to produce one of two distinct versions of their third full-length album, Our Souls To You, which was released to a whirlwind of positive reviews in 2010.

Celebrating their ten year anniversary, October File are excited of the promise the new album allows them. The band is expected to return to the road shortly after album release; they have already confirmed their slot on this year’s Bloodstock Festival set for August 7-10 at Catton Hall in Derby. Ticket information is available at www.bloodstock.co.uk.

Complete track listing for The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair: An Introspective of the Human Condition is:

  • 1. I Fuck the Day
  • 2. Heroes Are Welcome
  • 3. Reinvention
  • 4. The Water
  • 5. Elation
  • 6. Upon Reflection
  • 7. Where the Clouds Meet The Horizon
  • 8. All Rise All Fail
  • 9. To Be Watched Upon

October File is vocalist Ben Hollyer, guitarist Matt Lerwill, bassist Steve Beatty, and drummer John Watt.

 

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: 2014 Tour & New Album

Ever-evolving metal purveyors Abigail Williams will celebrate a decade of plying their dark arts with a 30-city US headlining tour and a new portfolio of songs. For this early 2014 outing, vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron will be jointed by guitarist Jeff Wilson, bassist John Porada (both ex-Nachtmystium), and drummer Charlie Fell (ex-Nachtmystium, Von) In the studio, Wilson and long-time Abigail Williams guitarist Ian Jekelis will work with Sorceron on a full-length to be recorded in Chicago in April. Drummer Alex Rudinger (The Faceless) and bassist Will Lindsay (ex-Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) are slated to complete the ensemble. Fans should expect a release via Candlelight this later this year.

“Touring and recording are two different things in my mind,” Sorceron says. “Certain people you want around in the studio and certain people are more suitable in a live situation. Abigail Williams has never had a real solid line-up going from recording to live; we have always kept it moving.”

On tour, Abigail Williams will perform their critically acclaimed 2012 album Becoming in its entirety. They will complete their headlining set list with selections from their genre-blending past and uncompromising new future.

With regard to the band’s genre, Sorceron doesn’t particularly care if people use the term “black metal” to describe the band and realizes many use it simply as a convenient way to classify the music. “To some people, it’s up for debate as to whether what we play is black metal or not. To me it doesn’t matter either way. I’m not thinking about genres when writing music.”

Abigail Williams is hard to place in today’s landscape of what is described as US black metal. Since their inception in 2004, the group has continuously changed personnel, and with each new performer, came a new musical influence. The only thing that has remained constant is Sorceron who is constantly seeking new personal experiences to inspire songs and developing innovative combinations of sound that defy neat-and-easy categorization. Like the girl the band was named for – the chief accuser in the Salem Witch Trials – Abigail Williams keeps changing their story and their sound.

“The thing about Abigail Williams is that we never fit into any landscape,” Sorceron says. “I’ve become pretty comfortable with that role. I used to read the criticism about the band on the internet, but I stopped a while ago. People aren’t comfortable liking a band that has changed sound over the years.”

Sorceron emphasizes that Abigail Williams is not a “brand” but rather a conduit for artistic expression. “My observation over the years has been that music fans tend to think of a band as a brand. It’s the same, as clothing in some ways. Like when someone decides they won’t be caught dead wearing XYZ brand because they sell at ‘insert lame store name here’ and ‘these types of people’ like it. I’m not oblivious to the fact that a lot of fans of our early stuff don’t like the newer stuff, and that a lot of the people that like the new stuff hate the old stuff. It is a challenge for some to follow us because of this brand connection. For me, Abigail Williams is a creative outlet and vehicle to go to places I want to see and connect with like-minded people.”

As of late, Sorceron has found like-minded connections with the members of Lord Mantis and recently joined the band and performed on their latest recording, Death Mask. However, he says he keeps Abigail Williams in motion because, “it is what I do.”

  • 3/27 Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
  • 3/28 Jackson, MI @ The Foundry
  • 3/29 Toledo, OH @ Mainstreet
  • 3/30 Syracuse, NY @The Lost Horizon
  • 3/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
  • 4/1 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
  • 4/2 Springfield, VA @ Empire
  • 4/3 Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
  • 4/4 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
  • 4/5 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
  • 4/6 Tampa, FL @ Brassmug
  • 4/7 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • 4/8 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
  • 4/9 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
  • 4/10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
  • 4/11 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
  • 4/12 Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
 

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Unit Kicks Off North American Tour; Band To Raze SXSW

Melbourne thrash grind unit, King Parrot, will be leveling North America on a near-six-week run of live assaults. As the tour kicks off in Ventura, California this Friday, the band will ravage their way through nearly three dozen cities including an appearance at this year’s Tone Deaf Touring Showcase at SXSW featuring Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Pilgrim and more as well as two additional SXSW abrasions. The band will be joined by atmospheric blackened doom bringers, Vattnet Viskar, and stoner death doomers, Vaporizer, on select dates.

Shouts the band simply, “Raw, extreme and right over the top! Australia’s King Parrot embark on their first North American Tour starting this week! Be there.”

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, King Parrot will be touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Beat.com crowned the record, “a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty,” in a 9/10 score Ghost Cult boasts, “its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb,” while the Metal Observer adds, “Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, King Parrot’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.”

Don’t take their word. Peep the video for “Shit On The Liver” at THIS LOCATION.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014:

  • 3/07/2014 The Star Palace – Ventura, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/08/2014 Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/09/2014 Porters Pub – La Jolla, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/12/2014 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/13/2014 SXSW @ Wonderland – Austin, TX w/ Pilgrim, Lazer/Wulf, Vaporizer
  • 3/2014/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/15/2014 Tone Deaf Touring SXSW Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX w/ Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim, Vaporizer
  • 3/17/2014 Mud & Water – Baton Rouge, LA
  • 3/18/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 3/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
  • 3/20/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • 3/21/2014 Hoodie’s – Longwood, FL
  • 3/22/2014 The Standard – St. Augustine, FL
  • 3/23/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 3/25/2014 The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
  • 3/26/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 3/27/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
  • 3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
  • 3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA w/ Vattnet Viskar
  • 4/01/2014 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
  • 4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
  • 4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
  • 4/04/2014 Kobo Live – Columbus, OH
  • 4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
  • 4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
  • 4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” — Hysteria Magazine

 

EARTH CRISIS: Lyric Video From Salvation Of Innocents Released

Salvation Of Innocents, the epic new album from Earth Crisis, is nearing release worldwide, its street date for North America now slated for March 18th.

The focal point of Salvation Of Innocents is aimed at ending human injustices towards animals and the environment in the ever-antagonistic Earth Crisis style, and as boldly exemplified in the brand new lyric video for the album’s second of twelve massive tracks, “Out Of The Cages.” Through underground activist footage the band’s lyrical intent with the song is unquestionable, and their vibrant, modern tone is ultra apparent in the musical backdrop for of the video. Stated guitarist Scott Crouse of the track, “‘Out Of The Cages’ is one of my favorite songs on Salvation… Everyone watch the lyric video, and do your homework, because it’ll be a live set staple for sure.”

Revolver today helped let the new Earth Crisis message “Out Of The Cages” AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the CD and LP versions of Salvation Of Innocents can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

Next week, from Friday, March 7th through Sunday the 9th, Earth Crisis will tackle Baltimore, Maryland, Amityville, New York and Quincy, Massachusetts on a quick run in support of Salvation Of Innocents with support from Gut Feeling. More widespread live appearances will be announced shortly.

Earth Crisis Tour Dates w/ Gut Feeling:

  • 3/07/2014 Charm City Art – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/08/2014 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
  • 3/09/2014 PRC – Quincy, MA

The seventh official studio full-length from Syracuse-based vegan straightedge hardcore pioneers, Earth Crisis, and the band’s first release for Candlelight Records, Salvation Of Innocents was recorded by the band themselves then mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), thundering with twelve brand new anthems which boast some of the band’s most modern-sounding and streamlined material as well as some of their most epic elements to date. Conceptually, Salvation Of Innocents is paired with a comic book by Black Mask Studios, founded by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) with partners Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) — entitled Liberator,which brings the book’s main character and the Salvation of the Innocents vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape through original cover art from Chicago-based illustrator/painter Menton3 and additional illustrations by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra.

 

THE WOUNDED KINGS: New Hymn Now Playing At Vice/Noisey

With its release just a little more than a month away, today the sound peddlers at Vice/Noisey thrust forth “Consolamentum,” from English progressive doom cultists, The Wounded Kings.

The tune comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length of the same name. Dark, desolate, at times emphatically sinister, Consolamentum — listed among The Obelisk’s most anticipated albums of the year — was produced by sound wizard Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Winterfylleth et al). Recorded and mixed in just six days completely live during one of the hottest weeks of the year in a studio miles away from civilization, the seven sprawling tracks that comprise Consolamentum capture a sentiment of isolation, doom and gloom in ways few acts can. Led by the comsuming vocals of front woman Sharie Neyland, who seemingly casts spells with her apocalyptic words of wisdom, The Wounded Kings churn a singular heaviness that’s difficult to dismiss.

Boasts Vice/Noisey of the title track, “One of the strongest assets of English doomers The Wounded Kings is the soaring gothic vocals of Sharie Neyland, who’s croon sails eerily over the band’s massive riffs and ominous keyboards. It’s clear that elements of My Dying Bride’s massive sound is a strong influence, one that sustains in the title track from the band’s LP Consolamentum.”

Get gloomy with “Consolamentum,” now streaming at Vice/Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Overcoming numerous lineup shifts since their formation in 2005, The Wounded Kings — Neyland, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath — have continually stunned audiences with their commanding stage personae. The two-time Roadburn alumni are adored by attendees and popular festival promoters, who call the band, “British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall.” To date the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well-received split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of 2011′s In The Chapel Of The Black Hand, the first offering to feature Neyland.

Consolamentum will be released in North America via Candlelight Records February 25, 2014. Digital preorders are currently available via iTunes HERE.

“The Wounded Kings have a mystical and mythical quality which makes them an enormously appealing prospect…” — Terrorizer

“The Wounded Kings sound is so organic that the room actually starts to feel damp and musty…” — Blabbermouth

 

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