Chrch Joins Neurot Recordings – Band To Release New Full-Length This Spring

Sacramento, California based doom quintet Chrch has joined the Neurot Recordings family for the release of their forthcoming full-length, Light Will Consume Us All, slated to drop this spring.

Comments the band: “We are very excited to be working with Neurot for our next record. To be able to share the continuation of our narrative with the world through them is thrilling. Neurosis is the apex of integrity in music to us and it’s an honor to work with like-minded individuals for this release.”

Standing at a crossroads of light and dark, Chrch wields epic, lengthy songs, massive low end, and an occult vocal presence in a perfect blend of height and depth. Chrch has been hard at work crafting their particular sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble glorification of their fundamental musical elements.

This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut Unanswered Hymns (Battleground Records, 2015), a sprawling roller coaster of an album. Long form songs build and heedlessly dismantle as the band reaches sonic heights and beautiful plateaus. Severe, sometimes unrelenting, vocals contrast melodic singing; massive fuzz gives way to clean guitar parts. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, California, it exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in with a sound influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience.

The band’s second full length, the impending Light Will Consume Us All, carries with it the same quality of songwriting that caught the attention of fans worldwide on their debut. Building upon this unyielding foundation, Light Will Consume Us All continues Chrch’s narrative, traversing life’s epic journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness.

Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward; the music of Chrch calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.

Stand by for further info on Light Will Consume Us All to be announced in the weeks to come.

Chrch is:
Eva Rose – vocals
Chris Lemos – guitar, vocals
Ben Cathcart – bass
Adam Jennings – drums
Karl Cordtz – guitar, vocals

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The Ditch And The Delta Posts New Song “Sleeping Dogs”

With the release of Salt Lake City-based trio The Ditch And The Delta’s debut LP “Hives In Decline” set for release through Battleground Records next week, today new track “Sleeping Dogs” is offered for public consumption.

Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, “Hives In Decline” shows The Ditch And The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design within a unique take on doom/sludge metal. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and exploratory riffs.

“Hives In Decline” also features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “Fuck On Asphalt.” The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily.

The Ditch And The Delta is actively booking new tour dates in support of the album, including a hometown record release show on May 12th. That is followed by a run of West Coast shows in Sacramento, Eugene, Seattle, Portland, and Boise from May 16th through 20th, supporting Pinkish Black in Portland. A hometown show with Graves At Sea closes May.

5/12/2017 Beehive Social Club – Salt Lake City, UT *Hives In Decline release show
5/16/2017 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
5/17/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
5/18/2017 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
5/19/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Pinkish Black
5/20/2017 Caldwell House – Boise, ID
5/31/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Graves At Sea
6/01/2017 Horseshoe Tattoo – Vernal, UT
6/02/2017 71 Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO

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Rozamov Posts “Serpent Cult” Music Video

As Boston’s Rozamov winds down a U.S. tour in support of debut LP, “This Mortal Road,” the band just released a new video for the track “Serpent Cult” – check it out below.

For the past three weeks, directly in the wake of releasing “This Mortal Road through” Battleground Records and Dullest Records at the beginning of March, Rozamov has been delivering the LP’s psychedelia-strewn monolithic doom to audiences across the country, with the last show taking place tonight in Canton, Ohio.

The band checks in from the road about the new video: “We knew that we wanted to do a video for a song off This Mortal Road. We were also all pretty busy with life so we asked our bud Steve from Sea if he had any cool ideas he wanted to shoot. And the rest is history. We are really grateful to be surrounded by a collective of stellar artists in our scene. We work with friends whenever given the opportunity and this video for ‘Serpent Cult’ is no different. Hope you enjoy.”

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Rozamov Streaming “This Mortal Road” Title Track

Boston doom metal trio Rozamov has released the opening and title track to debut full-length, “This Mortal Road,” as the album is prepared for release through Battleground Records and Dullest Records in March.

Rozamov states: “‘This Mortal Road’ encapsulates what this album is all about, which is why it’s the title track. We wrote the album during the snowiest winter in Boston history, making life in the city just a constant draining struggle. It was a really intense time to live in New England, and the cold and isolation of that winter worked its way into the riffs and the lyrics, giving the record the feel of a long and intense journey. This song is the start of that journey.”

The crushing production was recorded and mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio, and mastered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Mastering, then finalized with photography by Andrew Weiss and layout by Matt Martinez.

“This Mortal Road” will see release March 3rd on vinyl through Battleground Records, on CD and cassette through Dullest Records, and digitally through the band. Rozamov will begin a U.S. tour at a record release show in Allston, Massachusetts the day “This Mortal Road” is issued. Catch the band live:

3/03/2017 O’Briens – Allston, MA *record release show
3/08/2017 The Well – Brooklyn, NY w/ Hush
3/09/2017 The Depot – Baltimore, MD w/ Hush
3/10/2017 25 Watt – Richmond, VA w/ Hush
3/11/2017 Star Bar – Atlanta, GA
3/12/2017 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
3/13/2017 Shantytown Pub – Jacksonville, FL
3/15/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Weedeater
3/18/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX @ Austin Terror Fest
3/19/2017 Zombies – Amarillo, TX
3/20/2017 Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
3/21/2017 Yucca Taproom – Tempe, AZ
3/22/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
3/24/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
3/25/2017 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
3/26/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
3/27/2017 Bar Bar – Denver, CO
3/28/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/29/2017 Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/30/2017 Buzzbin – Canton, OH

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Lago Releasing Split Single With Calm Hatchery

Poland’s Sefmadegod Records and US-based Battleground Records have joined forces to release the upcoming split 7″ from Lago and Calm Hatchery, two top-tier upcoming acts within the international death metal scene. Pre-orders for the split are now available at this location.

The Lago / Calm Hatchery split 7″ will see release on December 2nd; all preorder/mailorder copies will come with an additional bonus track from Lago – a furious, brand new song titled “Catacombs And Oceans,” which was recorded by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) and mixed and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams).

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Fuzz Evil Streaming Full Self-Titled Album

Fuzz Evil today presents the band’s self-titled, debut full-length album through Battleground Records. Celebrating its public availability, the entire record is now available for streaming.

The band also embarks on a U.S. west coast tour soon in support of the new album, with the first show taking place this Sunday, October 2nd. Confirmed dates are as follows:

10/02/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
10/03/2016 The Caravan – San Jose, CA
10/04/2016 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
10/06/2016 Kenton Club – Portland, OR
10/07/2016 Valley’s – Tacoma, WA
10/08/2016 Tim’s – Seattle, WA
10/09/2016 Sam Bonds – Eugene, OR

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Lament Cityscape Releasing “Soft Tissue” Split With Theologian

An effort initiated by David Brenner (Gridfailure, The Earsplit Compound) and David Rodgers (Godhunter, Battleground Records), “Soft Tissue” is a collaborative album conceived by brooding Oakland-based project Lament Cityscape and New York’s Theologian.

The split composites industrial degeneracy and post-metal heft to create a thoroughly oppressive, and immersive, sonic experience. Recorded between autumn 2015 and spring 2016, “Soft Tissue” was produced and mixed by Mike McClatchey at Underland Studios, with supplemental production by Lee Bartow at Abandon All Hope, and mastered by James Plotkin.

“Soft Tissue” will see co-release through Battleground Records and Annihilvs Power Electronix on October 21st. Lament Cityscape and Theologian will perform material from the split at this year’s Southwest Terror Fest, coinciding with the album’s release.

10/20/2016 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest

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Mountaineer Releasing Debut 7″ At Upcoming Live Shows

California-based Mountaineer, a newly-found act with the roots of its members tracing to Secrets Of The Sky, Lycus, and Lament Cityscape, will release a debut two-song 7” leading off with “Coma Fever” and seeing “Siren Song” on the B-side.

Both tracks are culled from the band’s impending LP, which will see release sometime in the future, yet are being released together early on a special, limited edition 7” through Battleground Records.

The EP will be pressed on a picture disc lathe cut, limited to 55 copies and released August 4th exclusively for the band’s upcoming debut live performances. Catch the inaugural Mountaineer shows:

8/04/2016 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
8/05/2016 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA
8/06/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR w/ Come To Grief
8/07/2016 The Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Come To Grief

Mountaineer 7″ by MTNR

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Methra Premieres New Music Video “Dead Ram” From New Album “Acolyte”

Tucson-based Peavey-worshiping sludge/doom duo Methra premieres a new music video for “Dead Ram”, taken from the band’s new album “Acolyte”, out in stores now via Battleground Records.

Check out now “Dead Ram” below.

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Mountaineer Announces Debut Album, New EP And Album

California-based Mountaineer, a newly-found act with the roots of its members tracing to Secrets Of The Sky, Lycus, Lament Cityscape, and others, just completed new (and debut) recordings. The band is planning to release this debut record through Battleground Records in the summer.

Mountaineer was formed in late 2015 by guitarist Clayton Bartholomew (ex-Secrets Of The Sky, ex-Lycus) and longtime friend, vocalist Miguel Meza. The two demoed out a full album and soon after recruited guitarist Mike McClatchey (Lament Cityscape), drummer Sean McCullough (Lament Cityscape), and bassist David Small to round out the live band.

While elements of the more doom-laden, low-end thunder of the creators’ prior works are present in this new act’s sound, Mountaineer displays a dense but accessible, organic style of emotional rock, their output ranging from dense and epic movements to more stripped-down and accessible passages.

In March of this year, Mountaineer entered Nu-Tone Studios with engineer Ben Hirschfield to record the debut. While the album is not being released until later this year, the band has decided to release two songs early via a special advance vinyl EP in conjunction with a West Coast tour in August.

Bearing the tracks “Coma Fever” and “Siren Song,” the two-song EP will be pressed on a 7″ picture disc lathe cut, limited to 55 copies. The record will only be available at Mountaineer’s upcoming live shows in August, after which any remaining pieces will be sold on the band’s webstore. Stay tuned for the official tour routing.

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