Gygax Releasing New Album “Critical Hits”

Creator-Destructor Records is ultra-stoked to announce the impending release of “Critical Hits,” the debut LP by California-based quartet Gygax. Check out new track “Draw Breath” below.

Gygax is a no-frills, classic rock/heavy metal hybrid, heavily steeped in the imagery of fantasy literature and role playing games, and rooted in the musical stylings of metallic ’70s rockers Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, with equal parts metal and boogie-inducing groove.

Though the name is attributed to the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, the band has described itself more simply as “a beacon and an anthem for anyone who’s interests lie in creativity and the powers of imagination.”

Hailing from Ventura, California, Gygax was born out of the ashes of vocalist/bassist Eric Harris’ previous heavy-metal brainchild, Gypsyhawk, whose “Patience & Perseverance” 2xLP also saw release through Creator-Destructor in 2009. Bryant Throckmorton, who played second guitar in Gypsyhawk also joins Harris in Gygax on guitar. When Gypsyhawk decided to disband, Harris and Throckmorton took some time alongside friend and fellow guitarist Armand John Lizzy to begin demoing new material, then solidifying their lineup with Justin Dempsey on drums.

These maiden Gygax recordings are set to see a January 22nd release date via Creator-Destructor on 12″ LP pressed on 180-gram colored vinyl, and on all digital platforms. The track listing is as follows:

1. Lesser Magick
2. World Breaker
3. Draw Breath
4. The Rope of Shadow
5. Dirge For A Deposed Duke
6. Chain Lightning
7. Demons
8. Liliana
9. The Hunter’s Heart

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Norylsk Streaming Full “Catholic Dictatorship” Album

“Catholic Dictatorship,” the second album from Poland’s ruthless grindcore quartet, Norylsk, is out now on Selfmadegod Records. The album is streaming in its gutting entirety below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. F.K.K
2. Product Of Lobotomy
3. Potential And Flesh
4. Mental Alienation
5. Sexual Apartheid
6. Mental Selection
7. Children Of The Political System
8. Political Monologue
9. Opec Paradox
10. The Run
11. The Pilgrimage To The Holy Places
12. The Face Of Death
13. The Whore Across The Ocean
14. The Creator

Catholic Dictatorship by NORYLSK

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The Clearing Path Streaming Full Album “Watershed Between Earth And Firmament”

“Watershed Between Earth And Firmament,” the debut recording from Italian solo outfit The Clearing Path is out now on Avantgarde Music, and the album is also now playing in its eviscerating entirety online. Listen in below.

Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gabriele Gramaglia, following the demise of his former outfit, ThySolace, The Clearing Path’s “Watershed Between Earth And Firmament” is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of mountainous landscapes of the Italian Alps north of the creator’s homeland, conceived in reflection about one of the darkest periods in his life.

Stand by for more updates on The Clearing Path in the months ahead, as this debut is only the beginning of an extensive journey for the outfit.

Watershed between Earth and Firmament by The Clearing Path

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Interview with All Out War – Mike Score, Vocals

Give us a little history of the band.   The band has been together since the fall of 1991.  The band consists of:  Mike Score – Vocals, Erik Carrillo – Bass, Taras Apuzzo – Guitar, Andy Pietroloungo – Guitar, Jesse Sutherland – Drums Who would you say is your greatest musical influence?   Cromags and Creator. I […]

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Ne Obliviscaris Streaming New Track “Pyrrhic”

The Australian metal visionaries in Ne Oblivscaris today are streaming new track “Pyrrhic,” taken from the upcoming “Citadel” album. Listen in below, courtesy of

Regarding the new track, the band comments: “Pyrrhic is a tune we are really stoked on. It showcases 2 extreme dynamics from the band, and has many layers of timbre and intensity. It is again something completely different we have explored, and something we are very excited to share this with all of you.”

Due out November 11th, the full album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Painters of the Tempest (Part I): Wyrmholes
2. Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
Movement I: Creator
Movment II: Cynosure
Movement III: Curator
3. Painters of the Tempest (Part III): Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb
4. Pyrrhic
5. Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
6. Devour Me, Colossus (Part II): Contortions

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Enabler Inks Deal With Century Media

Century Media Records has signed Ohio-based hardcore/metal band, Enabler. The label had this to say:

“Led by front man, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, Enabler stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today.

“The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s FC Records in 2010.

“Two full length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the critically acclaimed 2012 break-through album, All Hail the Void, on Southern Lord Records.

“In 2014, the band released their 2nd full length LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, on Creator Destructor/Earsplit Compound. The album title is based off of the John Carpenter movie Cigarette Burns. Recording was done in December of 2013 by engineer Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, and it was mastered by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day at Austin Enterprise.

“The amazing artwork was finished by Chris Smith at Gray Aria design. The album was performed by Lohrber on guitar and vocals, Amanda Daniels playing bass and providing backing vocals, and Ringworm touring member Ryan Steigerwald on drums.”

Enabler played Century Media’s 2012 SXSW showscase (with The Atlas Moth, Young And In The Way, and more) and kept in close contact with the label. Following the release of La Fin Absolue Du Monde, the label offered a deal and shortly after, plans were made to re-issue that album through Europe. Lohrber went back to Howl Street to record a few bonus tracks and on December 8th, the album (with 3 additional tracks) will be released throughout Europe. The track listing is as follows:

1. Close My Eyes
2. New Life
3. Neglect
4. I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This
5. Information Overload
6. Balance of Terror
7. World Sterilization
8. The Exiles
9. Prey
10. Sickened By The Wake
11. Rain Darkness
12. Felony
13. Linear Existence
14. Consequence
15. Live Low (bonus)
16. Mortal Enemy (bonus)
17. Seekers of the Truth (bonus CRO-MAGS cover)

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Khaoz Vocalist To Miss Aggressive Music Fest

Dutch death metal band Khaoz has issued the following announcement about vocalist Olav missing an upcoming festival appearance:

“Czech Republic! Unfortunately our singer Olav can’t make it to Aggressive Music Fest, due to a death in his family. We’re still playing tonight, but only with one singer this time. Let’s hear a big shout out to Olav!”

The band’s latest album “I, Creator of Damnation” came out earlier this year and you can check out tracks from the release in the player below.

I, Creator of Damnation by KhaoZ

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Bury Tomorrow Posts “Runes” Track-By-Track Breakdown

U.K. metalcore powerhouse Bury Tomorrow will release new album “Runes” on May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The British quintet has now released the first track-by-track trailer for “Runes” today over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

Check out the Davyd Winter-Bates and Jason Cameron discuss the tracks “Man On Fire,” “Shadow, A Creator,” “The Torch,” “Watcher” and “Our Gift” here:

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A Body Divided Streaming New Song "Fallible Creator"

Knoxville death metal act A Body Divided has released a new song online for streaming titled “Fallible Creator,” which can be heard below.

The track will appear on the band’s new full-length album “[d]Elusion” due out February 23rd, 2013. You can also hear the previous EP “The Rescuer” over at this location.

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Tethered To A Dying Animal Posts New Video Clip For "Smile"

Tethered To A Dying Animal (doom/sludge/noise from the creator of funeral doom act The Howling Void) has released a second brand new music video from the band’s upcoming demo. Check out the video for the song “Smile” below, or watch the previously posted “Car Crash” clip at this location.

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