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  • Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought forth visionaries like Neurosis and Isis, with their latest opus, The Crash & The DrawMINSK step out of the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of tuneful, trance-inducing heaviness.

     

    Set to drop via Relapse Records this Spring, The Crash & The Draw follows the eclectic collective's six-year hiatus and boasts eleven arresting psalms that transcend far beyond the boundaries of post-metal, sludge and psychedelia. An instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, each cascading movement is a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. At once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency.

     

    Reflects co-founding member Timothy Mead (vocals, keyboards) of the recording: "So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew in order to really moveMINSK forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results are unmistakably MINSK."

     

    Adds co-founder Christopher Bennett (guitars, vocals): "This new album will present inroads to some of the musical archetypes we initially discussed when starting this band, but ones we have not yet touched on in the macrocosmic sense. It embodies the furtherance and expansion of MINSK in ways desired in the past, but not realized until these songs began to show themselves to us. The aggregate elements combining into a solid form. We hope to reveal this process to any and all who have the ears to hear."

     

    "We are very pleased to finally be able to share an actual piece of the record," Mead continues of"To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure," available for the first time today for public consumption. "As always with MINSK, it's incredibly difficult to lift out one piece of the narrative and imply that it is fully representative of the whole, but I think that 'To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure' is a fitting first taste, something succinct, and something that feels really good to turn up loud. The phrase alone, to the garish remembrance of failure, is exceptionally meaningful to us, and we are proud to share a first glimpse of some of what is ahead. Raise a glass, feel and know the vivid memory of what has gone wrong and what must change... to the garish remembrance of failure."

     

    Sample "To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure" via YouTube HERE or SoundCloud HERE.


    Recorded almost exclusively in The Prairie State, The Crash & The Draw was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and MINSK at Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City. Old Man Gloom, Floor etc.) at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria. The record includes the striking cover creation of Orion Landau (Yob, Inter Arma, Red Fang etc.), a reinterpretation of original artwork by contributing artist, Corinne Reid.

     

    MINSK's The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world and come available on CD, double LP and digitally. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE. 

  • Portland, Oregon's LORD DYING released their new album entitled Poisoned Altars, last month via Relapse Records. Since the release of the album, the band has been touring non-stop and are currently out on tour in North America supporting Anvil.
  • New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. Featuring support from French grinders Department of Correction, the tour kicks off on April 10th in Paris and runs through April 25th in Plymouth, UK.
  • Cutting-edge death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has announced a run of Spring and early Summer tour dates throughout Australia and their native New Zealand.
  • BEDEMON is the first American doom band! Archival recordings from the 1970s featuring original Pentagram members Randy Palmer, Geof O’Keefe and Bobby Liebling! A must for fans of Pentagram, BEDEMON is a crucial glimpse into the nihilistic minds that gave birth to an entire genre!
  • Heavy rock titans TORCHE make their Relapse debut with the thunderous Restarter, a ten song triumph of an album. TORCHE rose to popularity merging huge infectious melodies with downtuned, crushing sludgey rock and on Restarter they've perfected the marriage. This is a record that is simultaneously hummable and heavy that will just as easily appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth as it will Melvins and High On Fire-heads. But what truly sets TORCHE apart from their peers is their ability to use top-notch songwriting and soaring, harmonic vocals to create records that are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there. “As harsh, heavy and mean as they have been in nearly a decade. Torche have made their most compelling record since Meanderthal.” 7.9/10 -Pitchfork “It feels like a Big Rock Album, the kind that we barely get from any band these days, no matter what part of the mainstream or underground they hail from.” 8/10 -Spin “…gloriously fuzzy, sludgy, hard-hitting fourth album from four of loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders” - Entertainment Weekly “The Must List” "Laced with the same infectious sludge as previous releases, Torche have upped their game yet again with their 2015 effort and makes us wonder what Florida put in the water." -Metal Hammer “Torche has proven (and continues to prove) that it’s one of the best metal bands active today.” -New Noise Magazine CHAINS FYE - $9.99 on endcap Best Buy - $7.99 on endcap FIRST WEEK ONLY NEWBURY COMICS Indie Stores 1-2-3-4 GO RECORDS ACOUSTIC SOUNDS AMOEBA MUSIC ATTIC RECORD STORE APPLAUSE MUSIC B-SIDE RECORDS AND TAPES BANANA BELT BOO BOO MUSIC BULL MOOSE MUSIC CACTUS PRODUCTIONS CD CENTRAL CD CITY CD COLLECTOR ANGELO'S. CULTURE CLASH DADDY KOOL DARKSIDE RECORDS & GALLERY DEARBORN MUSIC CO DESITNY MUSIC DIMPLE RECORDS SKIP'S DISC WORLD DISC EXCHANGE DOWN IN THE VALLEY E-MUSIC EASY STREET RECORDS CORP. ELECTRIC FETUS CO. END OF AN EAR ERIC'S TRIP EUCLID RECORDS EXCLUSIVE CORP, THE EXTREME NOISE RECORDS FINGERPRINTS FORVER YOUNG RECORDS TWIST AND SHOUT FINDER'S RECORDS GUEST ROOM RECORDS GOTHAM HAIGHT STREET AMOEBA PARK AVE HOLT ENTERPRISE HOLLYWOOD AMOEBA HOMER'S ACQUISITION CO INDEPENDENT RECORDS J.S. MUSIC CORPORATION JACK'S MUSIC SHOPPE BK MUSIC LANDLOCKED ENTERPRISES LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS LUNA MUSIC LTD. LUNCHBOX RECORDS M.F. METAL MUSIC MAD PLATTER MAD RHINO MAGNOLIA THUNDERPUSSY MATTHEW B. BRADISH MELANIE HERSHBERGER MUSIC MILLENNIUM MIDWEST TAPE MILLS RECORD COMPANY MOJO MUSIC MD OZ ENTERPRISES OTHER MUSIC RECORD EXCHANGE PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE RAINY DAY RECORD CO RASPUTIN MUSIC RECKLESS RECORDS RECORD ARCHIVE RECORD TOWN RED CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS ROLLING STONE CORP. ROUGH TRADE SHOP SALZERS RECORDS SCHOOLKIDS RECORDS OF NC SCOTTIS RECORD SHOP SECOND AVE RECORDS SHAKE IT SILVER PLATTERS SONIC BOOM RECORDS SOUNDBURST AUDIO DISTRO SOUND GARDEN TRACKS RECORDS STREETLIGHT RECORDS, LTD THREE MISFITS RECORD THEATRE UNITED RECORD PRESSING,LLC VINTAGE VINYL RECORDS VON'S SHOPS VINTAGE VINYL WATERLOO RECORDS WAX-N-FACTS WEST CANTERBURY WITS END ZIA ENTERPRISES
  • Texan trio, TRUE WIDOW have confirmed a series of tour dates this May, including shows with Earth and an appearance at Psycho California alongside Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Luna and many others. The dates kick off May 11th in Albuquerque, NM and run through May 24th in Norman, OK. A complete listing is available below. TRUE WIDOW released their latest album, Circumambulation, via Relapse Records in 2013. The album of hypnotic, heavy-but-melodic shoegaze was recorded at The Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas with the band reuniting with producer Matt Pence (Yuck, Jay Farrar). The album is available via the Relapse Webstore HERE and via iTunes HERE. The entire album is available to stream for free via the TRUE WIDOW Bandcamp page. The music video for "S:H:S," taken from Circumambulation, can be viewed HERE. True Widow Tour Dates Mar 15 Dallas, TX City Tavern^ May 11 Albuquerque, NM Sister* May 12 Tucson, AZ Club Congress* May 13 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom* May 16 Santa Ana, CA Psycho California @ The Observatory May 17 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill May 19 Portland, OR White Owl Social Club May 20 Seattle,WA Highline May 21 Boise, ID Neurolux May 22 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge May 23 Denver, CO Lost Lake May 24 Norman, OK The Opolis ^ = with Moon Duo * = with Earth
  • Following the release of their Relapse Records debut, Random Cosmic Violence, Portland, Oregon's sludge/doom destroyers, USNEA, have been confirmed as the sole support act for Ufomammut's upcoming first-ever North American tour this Spring. Guaranteed to be one of the heaviest, cerebrally-pummeling stateside live events of the year, the tour runs from May 13th through June 13th, with USNEA set to inundate dozens of cities, including on several off-tour headlining dates and a leg of shows on the way to rendezvous with Ufomammut, not to mention various regional shows in the coming weeks. USNEA's inconceivably devastating sophomore album Random Cosmic Violence saw release through Relapse in November amidst international critical acclaim, with reactions from journalists as positive as they were blown-away by the LP's tumultuous output. Recorded and mixed by Jared "Fester" See at Haywire Studios (Nux Vomica, Stoneburner, Rabbits) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), through their overwhelming black/occult metal-influenced funeral doom, USNEA has created a classic of the new millennium with Random Cosmic Violence. In time for the tour, USNEA will have a self-released repress of their self-titled debut LP constructed. Additional details on the repress will be available in the coming weeks preceding the trek.
  • Progressive instrumental duo ZOMBI have begun recording their sixth full-length and first new album in over four years. The album will be self-produced by the band and recorded at Machine Age Studios in Pittsburgh, PA and Steve Moore Private Studio in Central NY State and will see a release later this year via Relapse Records.
  • In commemoration of its release today MetalSucks is streaming Home Is Where The Hatred Is in its wretched entirety.