Omotai Provides Song For Harvey Benefit Compilation

While the band’s hometown struggles to clear the carnage left by Hurricane Harvey, Houston-based Omotai has provided a new track to a benefit compilation to help the community rebuild.

“Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey” is available digitally at Bandcamp, featuring fifteen Houston artists including Football, etc., Cool Moon, Vodi, Ruiners, The Wheel Workers, Astragal, Dollie Barnes, Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends, Tee Vee, Lace, El Lago, Miears, Fight Me, and Rose Ette.

Omotai provides the track “A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound,” which can be heard below. All proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated directly to United Way Of Greater Houston’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

Omotai bassist/vocalist Melissa Lonchambon Ryan offers, “This storm was completely unfathomable, and I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes. Some of the first-person accounts I’ve read will haunt me for a long time. For a lot of people here, it will be difficult and take a long time to get back to some kind of normalcy or get close to replacing what was lost. But I was astounded by the response of regular people here that stepped up and rescued and helped others.”

Making Waves: A Benefit Compilation For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey by Omotai

Omotai has also booked a run of tour dates across the western half of the country surrounding the release of “A Ruined Oak.” From September 29th through October 14th the band will run a counter-clockwise trail out to the West Coast and back, with the final venues being locked up now.

9/29/2017 Sunshine Bar – Arlington, TX
9/30/2017 The Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
10/01/2017 Streets Of London – Denver, CO
10/03/2017 TBA – Kalispell, MT
10/04/2017 Mootsy’s Tavern – Spokane, WA
10/05/2017 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
10/06/2017 Le Voyeur – Olympia, WA
10/07/2017 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
10/08/2017 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
10/09/2017 Blacklight District Lounge – Long Beach, CA
10/10/2017 TBA – San Diego, CA
10/11/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
10/12/2017 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
10/13/2017 Depot District Oyster Bar – Lubbock, TX
10/14/2017 Faust – San Antonio, TX

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Cetacean Announces Two California Live Shows

Cetacean – the progressive black metal outfit featuring members of Ancestors, Horse the Band, Black Sheep Wall, and Exhausted Prayer – is pleased to announce two live dates this upcoming weekend in the band’s native California.

These are rare live appearances for the band and more dates are not expected to be announced for some time. Both shows will be played as direct support to Destroyer of Light.

July 1 Starlight Lounge, Sacramento
July 2 Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco

Cetacean recently released debut album “Breach | Submerge” via Apes Who Looked Up Records. You can order the album on digital and compact disc formats at Bandcamp here. In further news the band will be releasing a deluxe version of “Breach | Submerge” later this year. A release date will be announced by the end of summer, but is projected to be in the fall of 2016.


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Destroyer Of Light Announces U.S. Summer Tour Dates

Austin, Texas-based psychedelic doom metal outfit Destroyer Of Light has confirmed a string of tour dates spanning the Western U.S. in late June into mid-July.

This upcoming trek is the first extensive tour from the outfit since a massive run through the U.S. in the summer of 2015, which was booked in support of the “Endsville” split 2xLP. This new trek sees Destroyer Of Light taking the “Endsville” anthems back out to the masses, beginning in Fort Worth on June 16th, then running up through the Central and Midwestern states to the Pacific Northwest, before running down the West Coast on their way back to Texas, the final show going down in the band’s hometown on July 11th.

Following the recent departure of Keegan Kjeldsen, this tour will see Destroyer Of Light taking to the streets as a three-piece for the first time, with Jeff Klein handling lead guitars, Steve Colca on guitars and vocals, and Penny turner on drums.

The band is also working on a new album, which will see release in early 2017 on a label to be announced at a later date, along with more info on a permanent lineup. See the band live:

6/16/2016 The Grotto – Fort Worth, TX
6/17/2016 Road Map – Texarkana, AR
6/18/2016 Soundpony – Tulsa, OK
6/19/2016 The Elbow Room – Wichita, KS
6/20/2016 Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NB
6/21/2016 Three Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
6/22/2016 Flux Capicitor – Colorado Springs, CO
6/24/2016 Wastelander Studio – Boise, ID
6/25/2016 VFW – Missoula, MT
6/26/2016 Emerald of Slam – Richland, WA
6/27/2016 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA
6/28/2016 The Panic Room – Portland, OR
6/29/2016 The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR
6/30/2016 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
7/01/2016 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
7/02/2016 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
7/03/2016 Sweet Water Saloon – Los Osos, CA
7/04/2016 Lexington – Los Angeles, CA
7/05/2016 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
7/06/2016 The Womb Room – Las Vegas, NV
7/07/2016 Yucca Tap Room -Tempe, AZ
7/08/2016 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ
7/09/2016 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX
7/10/2016 The District O’Bar – Lubbock, TX
7/11/2016 The Grand – Austin, TX

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Sorxe Streaming Full “Surrounded By Shadows” Album

The ominously titled “Surrounded By Shadows,” the debut full-length release from Phoenix, Arizona-based psychedelic doom quartet, Sorxe, is out now.

The entire album is also available online for streaming. Give it a listen below, courtesy of American Aftermath. Be sure to also catch the band live on these dates:

10/02/2014 The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Godhunter
10/03-04/2014 Mojo’s Music Venue – Odgen, UT @ Lucifest II w/ Godhunter, Secrets of the Sky
10/05/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Godhunter
10/06/2014 TBA – Casper, WY w/ Godhunter
10/07/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Godhunter
10/08/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA w/ Godhunter
10/09/2014 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ Godhunter
10/10/2014 Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA w/ Godhunter
10/11/2014 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Godhunter
10/12/2014 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Godhunter
10/13/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA w/ Godhunter
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Neurosis, The Body
11/15/2014 Complex – Glendale, CA @ Midnite Communion II w/ Cough, Invdrs

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Connoisseur Announces “Stoner Justice” EP Release

Tankcrimes is beyond baked to break out their latest stash of riff-smokers, Connoisseur, with the release of the Oakland stoner violence trio’s debut EP “Stoner Justice” on July 8th.

Likening themselves to Earth Crisis if they “smoked weed and listened to Spazz,” the bongclobbering Smokeland, California-based bandburns through hemp field sized riffage with each of the six jacked-up tracks on “Stoner Justice.”

The song “Circle of Heads” can be heard below, thanks to and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Circle Of Heads
2. Pot Hole
3. The Camper
4. No Dice
5. Full Blown Marijuana Addict
6. I Am The Weed

See the band live on these dates:

6/20/2014 The Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
6/27/2014 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
7/25/2014 The Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
7/26/2014 Ground Control – Reno, NV
7/29/2014 Basement Of Frustration – Chico, CA
7/30/2014 The Ink Annex – Eureka, CA
7/31/2014 ESAP – Eugene, OR
8/01/2014 Megaton House – Portland, OR
8/02/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
8/03/2014 Alf House – Vancouver, BC
8/04/2014 TBA – Kamloops, BC
8/05/2014 House Show TBA – Squamish, BC
8/06/2014 Third St. Pub – Bend, OR
8/08/2014 TBA – Pacoima, CA
8/09/2014 Rumpshaker Fest 2 – Los Angeles, CA
8/10/2014 C.A.F.E. Infoshop – Fresno, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil, Ghoul

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Ancient Altar Releases “Tidal” Music Video

CVLT Nation is today hosting Ancient Altar’s new video for “Tidal” today. Check it out below.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the land of the unrelenting sun, Ancient Altar bring an arcane philosophy and a stripped down approach to a bristling and brutal brand of heavy rock. Formed in late 2013, the band features bassist Scott Carlson and guitar player Barry Kavener splitting vocal duties, along with guitar player Jesse Boldt and drummer Tom Oz, who together have birthed a slow burning doom/sludge combo.

Fresh off a Spring mini-tour of Central/Northern California with plans for a full West Coast tour in August, Ancient Altar is currently preparing a scorching four-track debut release, recorded and engineered by Etay Levy, with additional recording and mixing by Gary Griffth (Morgion), and mastering by James Plotkin (O.L.D., Khanate, Jodis).

Ancient Altar’s debut self-titled album will be ready to infect the masses July 15th in both digital and cassette form via Midnite Collective. You can also see the band live:

8/18 – The Slidebar in Fullerton, CA w/ Bell Witch, Ephemeros & Funerary
8/19 – Cafe Code in Sacramento, CA w/ Waning, Muscle & Marrow
8/20 – The Boreal in Eugene, OR
8/21 – The Golden Lion in Richland, WA
8/22 – Black Lodge in Seattle, WA
8/23 – Slabtown in Portland, OR w/ Dropdead, Bell Witch, Noisem, Ephemeros
8/24 – Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, CA

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He Whose Ox Is Gored Gearing Up For New Tour Dates

Tuned down and turned up, He Whose Ox Is Gored has been blasting through the underground of Seattle since 2009.

Combining technical guitar work and atmospheric synth over a pummeling rhythm section, the band creates a cinematic soundscape that paints a world ready to thrash and burn. With the “Nightshade” EP, an upcoming full-length, and a busy tour schedule this year, the Ox’s dynamic doom is poised to take over. Catch the band live:

4/24 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Drunk Dad, Diesto, Haunted Horses
4/25 Chico, CA @ Mostro’s Pizza w/ Cold Blue Mountain, Shadow Limb
4/26 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern MATINEE SHOW w/ Cold Blue Mountain
4/27 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club MATINEE SHOW w/ Cold Blue Mountain, Hellbeard
4/30 Pomona, CA @ TBA
5/1 San Diego, CA @ Ken Club w/ Gloomsday
5/2 LA, CA @ TBA
5/3 Fresno, CA @ Cafe Infoshop w/ Bloodmoon, Inside the Sun
5/4 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Haunted Horses, Grill Cloth, So Stressed
5/5 Portland, OR @ Herbstomp w/ Rolling Through the Universe, Order of the Gash

Nightshade EP by He Whose Ox is Gored

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Diesto Posts New Music Video “Edge Of The World”

As Portland’s doombrewers Diesto prepare for their fifth full-length, “For Water or Blood,” to see vinyl/digital release this Tuesday, August 27th via homegrown Eolian Empire, today their gnarly new video for “Edge Of The World” infiltrates the interweb. Check it out below.

Directed by Adam Cornelius from a script by band friend Scott Blais, and filmed at a completely off-the-grid location in the Cascade Mountains, the blackened backwoods comedy in “Edge Of The World” features appearances by all four members of Diesto as well as their underworld comrade Erik Olson of Lord Dying stardom.

You can also see the band live:

8/30/2013 Foggy Notion – Portland, OR – For Water or Blood record release w/ Honduran
9/06/2013 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
9/07/2013 Alibi – Arcata, CA
9/09/2013 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA
9/10/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
9/12/2013 SLO DIY Warehouse – San Luis Obispo, CA
9/14/2013 The Void – San Diego, CA (matinee)
9/15/2013 District Tavern – Tucson, AZ
9/17/2013 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
9/18/2013 Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
9/19/2013 The Shredder – Boise, ID
9/20/2013 Carr’s Corner – Spokane, WA
9/21/2013 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
9/27/2013 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR

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Drunk Dad To Release New EP “Morbid Reality”

In a constant barrage of new noise from Portland-based D.I.Y. noisemongers Eolian Empire, the label’s next conquest comes by way of the filthifying new 12” from local metalworkers Drunk Dad. The following press release was issued about the band:

“If they weren’t such dirty fuckers they’d be one of the town’s shining success stories of unrelenting hard work and dedication: in a surprisingly short time Drunk Dad went from favorite-band-shirts-on-their-hearts-on-their-sleeves to a unique and dynamic fusion of the heavy, the noisy, and the aggro, with a healthy dose of high drama, as they consistently churn out some of the most devastating live sets Portland has seen in years. Complex but in-your-face arrangements, push-pull duel-guitar interplay, searing behind-the-head leads, heavy motherfucking bass, and hard-hitting, tight, technical traps with dynamic, disturbing vocals to hold it all together evolves to ethical scumbaggery at its finest.

“Morbid Reality, the first vinyl release from Portlandian shitstarters Drunk Dad, merges off-kilter sludge/noise the Pacific Northwest perpetuates so well into a drugged-out but aggro vibe; elements of scathing crust-ish degenerate punk brutality of El Dopa or Dystopia are cold-filtered with slow-motion acerbic sludge basslines and noxious riffage with a post-Melvins experimental vibe.”

Eolian Empire will drop the four-song “Morbid Reality” on 12” vinyl and digital download this coming June 11th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Guts
2. Seizure
3. Ritual
4. Scum Fee


Catch the band live:

5/02/2013 The Shanty – Eureka, CA w/ Apocryphon, AM Beers
5/03/2013 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA w/ Augers, Old Crow, Abstractor
5/04/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Prizehog, Connoisseur
5/05/2013 Bay Area 51 – San Francisco, CA w/ Unifried, Mansion
6/07/2013 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR w/ Diesto

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Scott Kelly Kicks Off Tour Dates Tonight

This weekend founding Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Scott Kelly will take to the road for a four-show California tour in support of his recently released third solo album, “The Forgiven Ghost In Me.” For the first time, Kely will be joined on these shows by cohorts Noah Landis and Greg Dale as Scott Kelly And The Road Home, bringing his dark Americana to fruition on stage in a whole new way, as they did on the new album.

The action begins tonight in San Francisco and plays through Oakland, Fullerton and Los Angeles, with opening support from YOB frontman Mike Scheidt. You can also stream the title track to the new album “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” via Decibel Magazine’s blog right here.

9/29/2012 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern w/ Mike Scheidt
9/30/2012 Uptown Nightclub – Oakland, CA w/ Mike Scheidt
10/01/2012 The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA w/ Mike Scheidt
10/02/2012 Cineplex at the Silent Movie Theater – Los Angeles, CA w/ Mike Scheidt

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