Firespawn unleash first track “Blood Eagle” off ‘The Reprobate’

“The Reprobate”, the second album by Sweden’s death metal commando FIRESPAWN, is set for release on April 28th 2017. But today you can already check out the track “Blood Eagle”, a less-than-3-minutes blasting assault, that lays down the band’s line of approach unequivocally: Remorseless, impetuous death metal, combing the somber maliciousness of ancient Swedish death metal with technical finesse and un tamable ferocity.

“The Reprobate” will be released as Digipak CD, deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl, poster, inlay and the entire album on CD) and as digital download/stream.


Seeker Interviewed At Kelly’s Live

Here at Kelly’s Live in Sarasota Florida, Seeker put on an insane show alongside bands such as Cognitive and Vilest Breed. They just released their latest album “Loss” a few months ago, which reeks of raw and unfiltered aggression. Capital Chaos TV’s Morgan McCormick recently caught up with vocalist & bassist Bryce Lucien and guitarist Andy Torres to scrape their minds on tattoos, touring and more.

Morgan McCormick: So I’m curious about the local scene in Texas. I guess when I think of Texas I think of people that are super conservative. If you could change anything about it what would it be?

Andy Torres: Everywhere where we’re from that’s the case. Dallas and the other big cities are like the hub for people who don’t agree with the culture.

Bryce Lucien: But we play there so rarely it doesn’t really affect us. We live in Dallas, we play in Austin, and we go through on tour but we never play there.

A: Yeah we’ve played there like twice in the past four years.

So are you guys just touring constantly?

Bryce: Pretty much yeah.

Do you think you tour so much because you can’t survive off of record sales alone?

B: Oh absolutely, one hundred percent.

A: And even just to keep the band itself alive like, most of the bands who don’t tour don’t survive.

B: Plus if we’re not on tour we’re just not making any money.

A: No one likes having a real job. All the tours we have coming up it was just kinda Bryce spearheading it and we were like yeah let’s do this, let’s just be gone. Because being gone is better than being home.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it? I listened to your previous albums and they all seem pretty feelsy.

B: Yeah they’re all pretty feelsy, we don’t really play anything from the EP or the first album at all so this tour we’re doing the new album all the way through. The first and last songs on the album are always the most fun to play live. Just super fuckin’ fast and gnarly and the last one’s the most feelsy.

Your most recent album sounds much more defined compared to The Antagonist, were you purposely going for that effect or do you think it’s because you have more confidence with songwriting?

B: We’re just more confident now. This album is what we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve always had members that wanted to do different things or didn’t like the bands that we liked or had totally different opinions about what the band should have been. It’s like, we weren’t even meeting halfway we were in this weird watered down middle ground. It’s like we were trying to make them happy and trying to make ourselves happy, and it’s kinda gotten stripped down to just me, Andy, and whoever happens to be drumming for us at the time. We’re finally able to do exactly what we wanna do without having to worry about anybody.

A: He and I are so on the same page that it just makes everything so easy.

So how about a fun one, what’s your least favorite tattoo?

B: My wrist says Bueno, and it’s an eagle with a Mexican flag on it. I got it on Cinco de Mayo like five years ago.

In Mexico?

B: Haha no that’s why it’s even worse. I was getting it and I was told I’d never be the cool guy again but we all just thought it was so fucking funny. I have a Kesha tattoo as well, which I also thought would be really funny. My first tattoo was a giraffe thinking about a waffle. Man that all fits together really well though.

A: He hid the giraffe so well but I fucking love that tattoo.

B: I’ve also got this guy with a crystal ball looking down at a broken down van. And like, it’s not the worst tattoo it’s just.. the worst tattoo. When you’ve got access to free tattoos all the time it’s so easy to just be like that’s hilarious let’s go for it!

A: Chris is gonna hate me for this one but mine is totally this eagle that looks like a vulture slash, whatever the fuck else you want it to be. I love this other tattoo but I know at some point in my life I’m gonna regret it but it’s this fuckin’ pot leaf and skull pipe.

So you mentioned Kesha, is that something you actually listen to? Is it like your guilty pleasure music?

B: It’d be like five in the morning and we’d be trying not to fall asleep and so we’d put on Kesha and just have a van dance party.

Any others that most people might find unconventional?

B: Adam’s got like perfect music taste for the kind of band we’re in, I’m always just exclusively horrible. It would be like an hour if I unloaded all the crazy things I listen to.

Where haven’t you played that you really want to go?

B: We’re supposed to go to Europe later this year. We’ve done the US and Canada like 700 times but we’ve never been to Europe.

A: Going to Australia would be pretty cool.

Besides the place, who would you want to tour with? If you had that choice.

A: One of the top bands I’d want to tour with is Hate Eternal. That’s up there. Hate Eternal or Rotten Sound.

B: Rotten Sound would be cool. We’ve toured and become buddies with bands we really love. Like Cryptopsy we get to go out with which we’re excited about, we really wanna do stuff with Origin, an obvious one too would be Cannibal, stuff like that.

So if you could do a split, considering your music style, would that choice be different?

B: Yeah I’d want to do something with someone like Chelsea Wolfe, or like Sunn O))) or something.

A: Something where we could write a little out of our realm for a split would be pretty fun.

B: There’s a lot of doom influence in our music and we’ve always wanted to expand on that.

Do either of you play an instrument that you’re not known for?

A: Not anymore. I used to play clarinet and saxophone back in the day though. Saxophone was fun but I was way better at clarinet. Bryce is a really good drummer though.

B: I just play bass because we don’t have a bass player.

I feel like finding bassists are a little easier than finding drummers though yeah?

B: It is but we’ve had so many members that we’re not in a huge hurry to add anybody else. They’ve gotta be the man, you know? They’d have to be perfect for us to even bother with it anymore. We’re done having new members every tour.

Would you ever consider drumming and doing vocals at the same time?

B: No way. I’d rather just play bass and do the vocals. A: We’ve talked about that out of necessity at one point but luckily we figured it out. There was a point where he’d maybe have to start practicing drums again to do that and we were like dude I don’t know how the fuck that’s going to work.

What music are you currently digging?

A: I say this but I listen to them all the time. Torche, Electric Wizard, I’ve been listening to a lot of stoner doom lately. I paint houses back at home so I usually listen to death metal while I do that but I gotta give it a break on the road.

B: For me I’ve been doing a lot of Dissection, Neurosis, Sumac, Cannibal, The Locust, Chelsea Wolfe.

A: We like doom a lot more than you could ever tell by listening to our music.

Do you feel like there’s any less pressure involved with playing doom compared to what you guys play?

A: In a way I think there is, but at the same time it’s way easier for any mistakes to be heard because the notes are just so drawn out.

B: It’s way easier for us to take like twenty riffs and cram them into two minutes and make something entertaining. It’s way harder for us to just go slow. To take a four riff song and go somewhere as engaging. Having that amount of patience and crafting a riff that well, it’s a lot harder than people think it is.

Yeah that makes sense. I guess that about wraps this up, any last words?

B: Well we were going to do this thing, have you seen that Macho Man Randy Savage video? It’s like Wrestlemania 3 and the guy’s interviewing him and he keeps going “I AM THE CREAM” and keeps pulling out the little creamers. We were gonna do that but we forgot to get coffee creamer and little wristbands today so nope, nothing I guess.

A: He was gonna go “THE CREAM OF THE CROP” and pour it on my head. Yeah we kinda fucked that one up though.

Seeker are corrently on a tour covering the Eastern half of North America. Support on select dates are being provided by Grindmother (2/24-3/7), Cognitive (2/12-3/4), and Wvrm (2/20-3/6), with the remaining dates listed below.

2/20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/21 Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
2/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Local 506
2/23 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
2/24 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/25 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
2/26 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
2/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/1 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/2 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/3 Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
3/4 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
3/5 Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads
3/6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

He Whose Ox Is Gored Otherworldly Sludge Unit Begins Mini-Tour With Dust Moth

Otherworldly progressive sludge collective HE WHOSE OX IS GORED will kick off a four-date mini tour tonight. The trek will make its way through Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, with support provided by shoe gazing experimentalists Dust Moth, featuring Ryan Frederiksen of These Arms Are Snakes. Additionally, the band will be performing two brand new, never-before-heard tracks
from their as-yet-untitled forthcoming full-length.
2/16/2017 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR
2/17/2017 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/18/2017 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (early show!)
2/19/2017 The Colony – Sacramento, CA
HE WHOSE OX IS GORED continues to tour in support of their critically-lauded The Camel, The Lion, The Child issued in 2015 via Bleeding Light Records. A monolithic, eight-track, near hour-long exercise in sonic alchemy, with The Camel, The Lion, The Child the Seattle unit travels far beyond the confines of traditional musical boundaries with a sound that’s at once cinematic, ethereal, and sprawling yet unequivocally heavy.
Captured at Red Room and Ex Ex Audio in Seattle by Robert Cheek (Serial Hawk, Noise-A-Tron etc.) with additional recording at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), mixed by Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon etc.) and mastered by frequent collaborator, Blake Bickel, The Camel, The Lion, The Child is a truly cathartic audio expedition not to be ignored.

Sacramento’s White Knuckle Riot Announce U.S. Headlining Tour

“We are very excited to announce that WHITE KNUCKLE RIOT has signed both with M7 Agency and O’Donnell Media Group as of yesterday! We specifically sought out these two great entities because they boast a fantastic track record with the bands and artists that they represent. For them to agree to take us on is beyond exciting and profoundly humbling. M7 Agency currently represents and books bands such as SKINLAB, BOBAFLEX, ART OF DYING, CAGE 9, and SMILE EMPTY SOUL just to name a few”.

O’Donnell Media Group handles publicity for bands such as ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DOLL SKIN, VYCES and DEAD HORSE TRAUMA! Now, we’re proud to say we’re a part of both teams! And these guys don’t waste ANY time. We’d also like to announce that we’ll be heading out on our own headlining, nationwide tour called, “THE FRONTLINE TO AMURDICA TOUR”, this May and June with our new friends from Hungary, the mighty Ektomorf!!! Go give them a like and listen! Thank you all for your continued support and love”. Via Facebook

Royal Thunder Premiere New Song “April Showers”

Critically acclaimed rock band Royal Thunder have debuted the much-anticipated first song from their new album WICK, out April 7 via new label Spinefarm Records. The band has teamed up with Brooklyn Vagan + Invisible Orfices to premiere the track “April Showers.”

“A lot has happened in life between Crooked Doors and WICK,” said singer + bassist Mlny Parsonz. “This song was a life raft and an outlet while we were on the road. It was a song that we lived in and looked forward to playing, live. Personally, it gave me the freedom to release my emotions and process my thoughts while I was on the road. We hope you enjoy this song. And we appreciate your support, sincerely. We present to you….’April Showers.'”

1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep

3/3: Asheville, NC @ Broadways
3/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/9: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
3/10: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

4/9: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
4/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
4/11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/12: Vancouver, BC @ SBC
4/13: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/14: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
4/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/16: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/17: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/18: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
4/19: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
4/20: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/22: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
4/23: Boston, MA @ Middle East
4/25: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/27: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
4/28: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
4/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/30: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
5/1: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Kill The Precedent to Release “Some Version Of The Truth”

Seven maniacs from Sacramento, CA-Twig the Exfoliator [vocals], The Ugly American [vocals], Tapeworm [guitar, electronics], Catastrofiend [guitar, visuals], Jimmy Hazard [guitar], Jon the Jew [bass], and Sgt. Pepper [drums]-raze and shred expectations with a singular style of crossover gonzo gutter thrash fueled by reckless punk abandon on their upcoming EP, Some Version of the Truth, out February 24, 2017 via minus HEAD Records. iTunes pre-orders will be available soon, with Bandcamp and Amazon pre-orders live now.
“So much music is missing a sense of urgency,” exclaims Twig the Exfoliator. “We want to bring that danger back.”

Since their formation and the release of 2013’s Dialogues with the Dead, the band has stirred up a furious local following and national fervor. They’ve received acclaim from press and fans alike and their live shows have become the stuff of legend, with the band often appearing in costumes and treating their performances like a theatrical party. One night will be priests versus boy scouts, while the next is cops and robbers or even a zombie beach party!
In late 2016, the KILL THE PRECEDENT entered Pus Caverns in Sacramento, CA with producer Joe Johnston. They quickly cut the Some Version of the Truth‘s seven anthems, composing the singles “Two Way Mirrors” and “Watch What You Think” in the studio.
Some Version of the Truth Track Listing:
1) Two Way Mirrors
2) Lesser of Two Evils
3) Down North
4) Watch What You Think
5) Irrational Anthem
6) A Song for Slit Wrists
7) Dictated Not Read
KILL THE PRECEDENT will perform at their official CD release party, taking place at Sacramento’s Harlow’s (2708 J Street) on Friday, February 17 at 9:00pm. The show will also feature Horseneck, Peace Killers and The Moans. Tickets are available here, at Royal Peacock Tattoo, or Spanish Fly Hair Garage. The show is 21+ and ticket start at $10.

Seeker Announce New Tour Routing

SEEKER has announced new headlining dates, with special guests Inanimate Existence and Aethere, starting April 29 in Hays, KS and wrapping up May 11 in Manchester, NH. These dates run between their current tour with Cognitive, Wvrm and The Grindmother, and the previously announced “Devastation On The Nation Tour,”.

SEEKER with THE GRINDMOTHER (2/24-3/7), COGNITIVE (2/12-3/4), WVRM (2/20-3/6)
2/16 Sarasota, FL @ Kelly’s Live
2/17 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
2/18 Jacksonville, FL @ RainDogs
2/19 Columbus, GA @ The Estate
2/20 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/21 Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
2/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Local 506
2/23 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
2/24 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/25 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
2/26 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
2/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
3/1 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/2 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/3 Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
3/4 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
3/5 Ypsilanti, MI @ Crossroads
3/6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

4/29 Hays, KS @ Centennial Lanes
4/30 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/1 Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains
5/2 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
5/3 Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
5/4 LaCrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
5/5 Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
5/7 Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
5/8 Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
5/9 Clifton Park, NY @ Trickshots
5/10 Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/11 Manchester, NH @ Bungalow

5/13 Halifax, NS @ Gus
5/14 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
5/16 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
5/17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
5/18 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
5/19 Rouyn-N, QC @ Petit Theatre
5/20 Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
5/22 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
5/23 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
5/24 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
5/25 Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Festival (with Candlemass, Municipal Waste, Nails, Cro-Mags)

SEEKER “Devastation On The Nation Tour” with CRYPOTOPSY, DECREPIT BIRTH
5/30 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/31 Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
6/1 El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar
6/2 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
6/3 Upland, CA @ Gideon’s Hall
6/4 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
6/5 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
6/7 Denver, CO @ Roxy Theatre
6/8 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/9 Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
6/10 Dayton, OH @ Oddbodys
6/11 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electrique