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Posted in Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Randy

 Columbus, OH hardcore outfit Beartooth has released their debut full length album Disgusting today via Red Bull Records. Watch the video for new song “Beaten In Lips” here, watch an exclusive behind the scenes clip and stream the album here and buy the album here.

Written, performed, produced and mixed by 21 year-old Caleb Shomo, Disgusting shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp interspersed with anthemic choruses that prompted Alternative Press to name Beartooth one of their ‘Bands You Need to Know in 2014’ and feature Caleb on their July issue cover.

More early praise for Disgusting:

“A breathless, bile-filled audio belch. Screams are instinctive, not stylized. Lyrics are like bloodstained diary entries…Equally emotional and exhilarating, Disgusting is a contender fordebut album of the year.”
Rock Sound
 “A band to watch” – Revolver
Disgusting is a roller coaster ride of truth, rebellion and raw emotion guaranteed to seize the attention of skeptics and eager fans alike. 9/10.” – Outburn
“Trust us when we say they will be one of your favourite bands by the end of 2014.” – Big Cheese
“Set to be one of the year’s biggest new bands.” – Metal Hammer
“An absolutely exhilarating listen. 4 ½ stars” – Alternative Press
“The world’s best new band.” – Kerrang
“An onslaught of great riffs and catchy choruses…Shomo has done a fantastic job. 4 ½ stars.” HM

Beartooth began as a way for Caleb to blow off steam after leaving his role as front man for Attack Attack! Caleb and his hometown friends started jamming; hanging out in his basement studio and playing music for fun. They released an EP, Sick, and then hit the road, touring North America with August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire and others. In between support slots the five-piece headlined everywhere from basements to club shows, building a strong and devoted following. The EP’s accompanying music videos quickly accumulated almost 2 million views and set the stage for Disgusting.

Fresh from a UK & European tour with Of Mice & Men, Beartooth will be heading out on the entire length of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 13th in Houston, TX.  Full tour dates are below.

Beartooth Van’s Warped Tour Dates:

June 13 Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot

June 14 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

June 15 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

June 17 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

June 18 Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park

June 19 Las Vegas, NV – UNLV Intramural Fields

June 20 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

June 21 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 22 Ventura, CA – Seaside Park

June 25 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

June 26 Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

June 28 Southeast Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

June 29 Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

July 02   Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

July 03   Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

July 04   Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 05   Montreal, QC – Parterre Île Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau

July 06   Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center

July 08   Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

July 09   Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

July 10   Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)

July 11   Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

July 12   Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater

July 13   Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)

July 15   Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

July 16   Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

July 17   Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

July 18   Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

July 19   Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

July 20   Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park

July 22   Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 23   Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach

July 24   Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 25   St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

July 26   West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre

July 27   Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds

July 28   Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

July 29   Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds

July 30   Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

July 31   Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

August 02 Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

August 03 Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High


Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, Previews, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Randy

From their forthcoming sixth studio album, Eternal Enemies, EMMURE and Alternative Press are proud to present the music video for “Nemesis”. To be released everywhere on April 15th, Eternal Enemies is a collection of EMMURE’s most pissed off, violent material.

Head to Alternative Press to watch “Nemesis” now.

Pre-order packages for Eternal Enemies are now available exclusively through Various EMMURE packages, starting at $22.00, include your choice of limited edition colored vinyl or CD, exclusive Enemy Lines DVD, t-shirts, crewneck, hoodie, beanie, bandana, 3’ x 5’ flag and more. The single, “Nemesis,”  is now available for purchase at all digital retailers.

Visit to get the #MakeAnEnemy Facebook app and for details on how to win an autographed Ibanez guitar, Eternal Enemies pre-order packages, autographed items and more mystery prizes.

Catch EMMURE on the Mosh Lives Tour starting March 7th. View the full list of dates here.

For Additional EMMURE Information:
“Nemesis” Music Video


Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Randy

COMEBACK KID’s fourth studio album on Victory Records and first album in over three years, Die Knowing, has been lauded as the band’s best work since their Victory debut, Wake The Dead.
Get a taste of Die Knowing by watching the video for “Should Know Better”.
CD and vinyl versions of Die Knowing and exclusive COMEBACK KID merchandise are now available exclusively through You can find Die Knowing at Best Buy, FYE, and your favorite independent retailers. You can also download the album at iTunes or AmazonMP3.

“Die Knowing showcases a band understanding its importance in the hardcore community. Comeback Kid has unleashed its heaviest, most devastating release yet.” (Absolute Punk)
For Additional Information on COMEBACK KID: “Should Know Better” Music Video Tour Dates: w/ Backtrack, Downpresser, Xibalba Mar 04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Mar 05 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem Mar 06 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth Mar 07 – Lake Worth, FL @ The Speakeasy Lounge Mar 08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar Mar 09 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge Mar 10 – Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie’s Mar 12 – Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park Mar 15 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington Mar 16 – Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park (South By So What?!) Mar 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock Mar 20 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction Mar 21 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater Mar 22 – Oakland, CA @ The Oakland Metro Mar 23 – Ventura, VA @ Rock City Studios w/ Xibalba, The Greenery, Malevolence Mar 28 – Oberhausen, DE @ Resonanzwerk Mar 29 – Hamburg, DE @ Headcrash Mar 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ Beta Mar 31 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee Apr 02 – Helsinki, FI @ The Circus Apr 04 – Motala, SE @ Kulturakademin Apr 05 – Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia Apr 06 – Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island Apr 07 – Ostrava, CZ @ Barrak Apr 08 – Budapest, HU @ Duer Kert Apr 09 – Graz, AT @ Explosiv Apr 10 – Roncade, IT @ New Age Apr 11 – Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska Apr 12 – Will, CH @ Remise Apr 13 – Saarbrucken, DE @ The Garage Apr 14 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach Apr 15 – Glasgow, UK @ Classic Grand Apr 16 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control Apr 17 – London, UK @ Underworld Apr 18 – Brighton, UK @ Audio Apr 19 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo Apr 20 – Hannover, DE @ Chez Heinz w/ COUNTERPARTS, Backtrack, The Greenery, Alpha & Omega May 01 – Jonquire, QC @ Le Klube** May 02 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Woodstock* May 03 – Quebec City, QC @ Chez Dagobert* May 04 – Gatineau, QC @ Legion Royale Canadienne* (Heart Fest) May 06 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa* May 07 – St Catherines, ON @ Coco Cabana Nightclub May 08 – Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe May 09 – Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club May 10 – London, ON @ London Music Hall (Rum Runners) May 14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre May 15 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange May 16 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway May 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Bonnie Doon Hall May 20 – Kamloops, BC @ Cactus Jacks May 21 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Tom Lee Music Hall ** without COUNTERPARTS and Backtrack *without COUNTERPARTS


Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Previews, Releases with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by Randy

Stream Barren Womb’s Hard Hitting New Track “Kill Hicks” Today At

Seattle based indie label Spartan Records is proud to announce the signing of Norwegian hardcore band Barren Womb and the upcoming release of their debut full-length album, The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken, onMarch 11th .  The record will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl, which can be pre-ordered now at

In anticipation for the upcoming release, has premiered the first new track, “Kill Hicks,” today.  Stream it now at
“”Kill Hicks” was one of the last songs we finished up for the record, and it came together fast,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Gonzahl.  “We had this kind of bluegrass influenced riff kicking about for a little while, but hadn’t really had the chance to do much with it. Then one day we started jamming and that riff came up. A couple of hours later we had the song pretty much done.  Although there is a lot of beauty to humanity, I feel that right now the negative far outweighs the positive. This is not a holier-than-thou attitude, I most definitely see myself as part of the problem.  Lyrically Kill Hicks deals with apathy and the bleak future ahead of us if we continue on this path.”
Formed late 2011 in Trondheim, Norway, the duo, featuring Gonzahl and Timo Silvola (drums), blends hardcore punk with elements of black metal, rock ‘n’ roll, and country to create a nasty swill all of their own, while recalling some of the greats before them like Refused, Turbonegro, The Bronx, Drive Like Jehu and The Hives. Sometimes it’s fast and intense, other times slow and pulsating. Seldom however is it quite like anything heard before, always keeping somewhat to the left of the beaten path.
After a handful of successful singles and EP’s, the Norwegian noise mongers are now set to unleash their first full length, entitled The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken, with their new label Spartan Records.
“We went to the top of the world to find our newest band and we couldn’t be more excited about releasing the debut full-length album from the Norway’s Barren Womb,” says Spartan Records’ label head John Frazier.  As only a duo, they have written one of the most interesting heavy records of the year – a record that is diverse from beginning to end and ripe with some strong commentary about the current state of our world.  We can’t wait for people to hear the record on March 11th!
From the first jangly chords of the opener “Kill Hicks,” The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken quickly becomes apparent how much the band has grown since their previous efforts. The dynamics are broader, the songwriting more focused and the sound is heavier – all topped off with the bleakest lyrics they’ve written to date.
Recorded by Ole Spangrud of Mørkemakt at Better Than Your Fucking Studio Studios and mixed by the band themselves, The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken features 13 blisteringly honest noise punk ditties, all set in the key of apocalypse.  Look for it at digital outlets and on limited edition vinyl on March 11th on Seattle’s Spartan Records.
Follow Barren Womb now at for additional news and updates.
The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken Track Listing:
1. Kill Hicks
2. Will you be God’s art or Satan’s graffiti?
3. Evil prevails
4. Only Rain Man doesn’t change
5. Nábrók
6. Obi-Wan Chernobyl
7. From robot jobs to robot homes
8. Live fast, die.
9. Bong Aqua
10. Zombies never go out of style
11. Assmasters of reality
12. Nexus Diplomis
13. Segway to heaven
For More Information:


Posted in News, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by Randy
LA hardcore/punk band Rotting Out has announced they’ll be hitting the road this spring for their first ever headlining U.S. run, “The Wrong Way Tour 2014.”  The tour, which kicks off in Anaheim, CA on February 21st and wraps up at the Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, CA on March 22nd, will include supporting acts No Bragging Rights, The Beautiful Ones and Heart to Heart.  VIP pre-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, January 10th at Show Stubs and  tickets available to the general public go on sale Tuesday, January 14th.
Rotting Out  is currently on tour in support of their latest album The Wrong Way, which was released by Pure Noise Records in December.  The band’s new record recalls the youthful heyday of SoCal punk legends Suicidal Tendencies and Pennywise while giving a gritty shot of unadulterated angst and aggression to LA’s burgeoning hardcore scene with neck snapping speed and reckless abandon on tracks like “No Clue.”
The band will take their snarling skate punk to South America later this month for a headlining tour before returning to the U.S.  Follow Rotting Out now at for news and updates.
Rotting Out Tour Dates:
2/21/14 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
2/22/14 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
2/23/14 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
2/24/14 El Paso, TX @ The Spot
2/25/14 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
2/26/14 Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
2/27/14 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
2/28/14 New Orleans, LA @ Cypress
3/1/14 Douglasville, GA @ Grind Skatepark
3/2/14 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
3/3/14 Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
3/4/14 Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
3/5/14 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
3/7/14 New York City, NY @ Santos Party House
3/8/14 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Upstairs
3/9/14 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/10/14 Columbus, OH @ Kobo Live w/ Orthodox
3/11/14 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter w/ Orthodox
3/12/14 Darien, IL @ Q Bar
3/13/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Orthodox
3/14/14 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar w/ Orthodox
3/15/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater w/ Orthodox
3/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed w/ Orthodox
3/17/14 Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/o Heart To Heart w/ Orthodox
3/18/14 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project w/o Heart To Heart w/ Orthodox
3/19/14 Portland, OR @ Branx w/o Heart To Heart w/ Orthodox
3/20/14 Klamath Falls, OR @ Klamath County Fairground w/o Heart To Heart w/ Orthodox
3/21/14 Oakland, CA @ The Metro / Mixtape Fest
3/22/14 San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center / Self Help Fest **Rotting Out Only
For More Information:


Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Photos, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by Randy

The day has come for the hardcore community to embrace “The End”, the debut, emotionally driven, hardcore single from CLOSE YOUR EYES’ forthcoming album, Line in the Sand, available October 29th.  Rock Sound UK presents “The End” which features Zoli (PENNYWISE/IGNITE).

Watch “The End” here.

Of Line in the Sand, guitarist and founding member Brett Callaway offers, “I think this is far and away the best complete set of songs we have ever put together for an album.” Vocalist, Sam Robinson, adds, “We have a really diverse record here. The message is positive and the performances are strong.”

CLOSE YOUR EYES have just wrapped up their headlining run in Europe, are shooting their first music video for the album in London, and return to the US October 23rd. See a full list of tour dates here.


Pre-order your copy of Line in the Sand at today – international shipping is available.

For Additional Information on CLOSE YOUR EYES:
“The End” feat. Zoli Lyric Video

Tour Dates:
10/23 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
10/24 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
10/25 – Midland, TX @ The Pine Box
10/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
10/27 – Yuma, AZ @ Jefe’s Venue
10/28 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café
10/29 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Ultra Violet Studios


Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Releases, Shows with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2013 by Randy

COUNTERPARTS will be joining CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! for the Truffle Shuffle Tour this Fall. Playing tracks from their new album The Difference Between Hell And HomeCOUNTERPARTS’ impassioned delivery of aggressive hardcore will remind you to never say die!

See a full list of dates here.

For Additional COUNTERPARTS Information:
“Witness” Music Video (Preview) “The Disconnect” Music Video

Tour Dates:
10/12 – Calgary, AB, CA @ Dickens
10/13 – Edmonton, AB, CA @ Pawnshop
10/15 – Regina, SK, CA @ The Exchange
10/16 – Winnipeg, MB, CA @ Park Theater Café

10/17 – Thunder Bay, ON, CA @ Black Pirates Pub
10/18 – Sudbury, ON, CA @ The Jubilee Center
10/19 – Toronto, ON, CA @ Wrongbar
10/20 – Ottawa, ON, CA @ Ritual
10/21 – Montreal, QC, CA @ Tulipe
10/22 – Quebec City, QC, CA @ Salle Kirouac
10/23 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
10/24 – New York City, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall*
10/25 – Detroit, MI @ The Token
11/9 – S Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/10 – Nashua, NH @ Evolution Nightclub
11/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
11/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
11/15 – Erie, PA @ Paca Concert Hall
11/16 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The End
11/19 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
11/20 – Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlies
11/21 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall

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