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“IN SHORTS #49 📢 quick news roundup, December 21st

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Metallized hardcore act CULT LEADER (ex-GAZA) have visited Audiotree for a great live session, available for your viewing pleasure below. The band’s second album A Patient Man is out now via Deathwish Inc.!

Cult Leader is an SLC hardcore punk quartet formed in 2013 after the breakup of three members’ former band Gaza. They soon signed with Deathwish Inc and released an EP plus two full lengths through the iconic taste-making label. Though relative newcomers to the scene, Cult Leader has quickly gained a reputation for their savage, breathtaking sound and extreme live shows.


A Sense Of Rest is the impending new full-length from Seattle-based post-hardcore/noise rock trio GREAT FALLS, featuring within its ranks former members of Undertow, Nineironspitfire, Kiss It Goodbye, Playing Enemy, and Jesu. Available now via Corpse Flower Records, A Sense Of Rest thrusts forth eight psalms of restless energy centered on death, family, art, and immortality.

On the eve of its release, Revolver is offering up an exclusive full stream of the record noting,

“Though expectations of adventurous, imposing hardcore feats with tinges of metal are to be expected, it’s also the sort of band that defies conventional wisdom of what hardcore can accomplish, venturing into post-metal-isms and sludgy slash and burn. It’s the sort of band that’s a calling card for the in the know, and if there is justice in this world A Sense of Rest will rock on loop and teach these young whipper-snappers a thing or two.”

GREAT FALLS’ A Sense Of Rest was recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Forn, Ghoul, Minsk) at Red Room in Seattle and Antisleep Audio in Oakland with additional recording by Tad Doyle (Tad, Hog Molly, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) at Witch Ape Studios in Seattle, mastered by Carl Saff (Fu Manchu, Rosetta, KEN mode, Child Bite) at Saff Mastering in Chicago, and comes shrouded in the engrossing artwork of alternative comics illustrator Farel Dalrymple.

The record will be released digitally and on limited edition 2xLP December 21st in the US via Corpse Flower Records. The LP will be available in three color variants: smoke, white with green and grey splatter and standard black with Throatruiner handling the European release.

Illustrator, designer, musician, instructor, and letterpress printer Demian Johnston spent his formative years playing bass in legendary hardcore band Undertow before moving to guitar to form Nineironspitfire and later join hardcore icons Kiss It Goodbye. When Kiss It Goodbye disbanded, three-fourths of the band resurrected Playing Enemy, with Johnston additionally taking on vocal duties. In 2001, Shane Mehling joined on bass. By 2006, the band had run its course and Mehling and Johnston spent a few years pursuing more experimental noise in a project called Hemingway. Four years later, Hemingway changed its name to GREAT FALLS, recruiting Phil Petrocelli, who had previously played with outfits such as Jesu and Jarboe, on drums.

GREAT FALLS’ debut full-length, Accidents Grotesque, was released in 2013 by Irish label Hell Comes Home, followed by The Fever Shed, release in 2015 via Init Records. Said Bearded Gentlemen Music accurately of the band’s output, “GREAT FALLS produce some abrasive metal/noise gold. It isn’t for the faint of heart.” The Sludgelord concurred, “Right from the first note of ‘Dressing The Saints,’ there is nowhere to hide as the band assault the listener with an abrasive opening salvo of shards of metallic noise. Even when the volume dips during sparse minimal sections, there is always a taut menace to the proceedings which feels like it could give way to chaos at any second.” Additionally, GREAT FALLS has released a host of EPs and splits with the likes of Thou, Dephosphorus, Heiress, Throat, and The Great Sabatini, the latter of which is set for release in the coming weeks.

“…an abrasive and jarring power punch to the ears…” – Decibel

“…a great album for anyone who’s, you know, a little dissatisfied with the world, or for someone like me trying to reconcile an angsty teenage mindset with a 32-year-old life and finding it increasingly difficult.” — Toilet Ov Hell

“…a harrowing and yet beautiful piece that needs to be heard.” — Ghost Cult

“GREAT FALLS’ A Sense Of Rest will rip listeners in half and crush the remains into bits. This doomed, anxiety-ridden tour de force proves to be the band’s finest achievement to date.” — Svbterranean

“…this track will swallow you whole, puree your brain, and crunch your bones to get at the marrow.” — No Clean Singing On “The Accelerationist”


The new COARSE video, “Hoax,” has made its premiere via Revolver (watch below). COARSE is the bicoastal duo of Ryan Knowles (ex-Capsize) and Brandon Gallagher (ex-Old Wounds). The “Hoax” video is an ultra-harsh, VHS-nightmare of urban decay, created by Coarse drummer Brandon Gallagher and Sam Gursky.

Revolver describes the sound as

“rough and tumble, violent and furious, owing a debt to noisy, acrobatic hardcore heroes such as Botch while breaking into furious Crossed Out–style blasting hatred…”

The band’s debut EP, I, is out now and can be grabbed via this location.

Coarse tours Japan in March, followed by an appearance at Groezrock in Belgium.

Mar 20 – Tokyo, Japan @ Seata (w/ Vision of Fatima)
Mar 22 – Nagoya, Japan @ Reflect (w/ Vision of Fatima)
Mar 23 – Kyoto, Japan @ Growly (w/ Vision of Fatima)
Mar 24 – Osaka, Japan @ Hokage (w/ Vision of Fatima)
Mar 26 – Fukuoka, Japan @ Yojigen
Apr 28 – Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock (w/ Jawbreaker, Dropkick Murphys, Coheed and Cambria)


Swedish metallic hardcore band SNAKE TONGUE (featured on IDIOTEQ earlier this year) have unveiled a new track called “Derailed”, coming off of their new EP “No Escape No Excuse”, to be released in mid-February next year.

Snake Tongue have since the release of the debut album “Raptors Breath” done countless shows, toured Europe and Mexico and shared stages with bands as Massacre68, Doomriders, Coliseum, All Pigs Must Die and more.With the No Escape – No Excuse EP the band wanted to have a more rough and dirty sound than the quite polished debut Raptors Breath. They entered the studio with Seth Norder (Witchery, Nekrokraft) as producer to get the right darkness. Again Brad Boatright (Audiosiege) did the mastering. The dark and harsh lyrics of the EP reflects a reality/society in decline, but also calls for action, resistance and reflection.


“Swept In Black”, the newest LP from crushing hardcore/metal hybrid LIFESICK is streaming now via Isolation Records! Listen and get more details HERE.

“These 10 songs take you on a journey through pain, anguish and suffering. While keeping a steady element of cohesion and focus throughout the album, each song still stands out from the others by providing a new way for your ears to be assaulted.” CVLT Nation


Polish instrumental act MINDSEDGE released an unannounced experimental EP this week and they’ll be giving away 100 bandcamp codes
on their facebook page on December 24th. You can listen to it over on their bandcamp right now – check it out below.


Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania straight edge hardcore pack ONE STEP CLOSER have premiered “The Reach”, a new single off of ther new release “From Me To You”, out on January 4th via Triple B Records!


Brutal metal/hardcore hybrid DEPARTED have dropped their debut video for the song ‘No Redemption’, off their recent 7” on Fast Break! Records. Watch below!

“God Bless You, Mr Rosewater”, the first bluesy rock track taken from the forthcoming debut HOLY SNAKES EP, coming in early 2019 on Make That A Take Records, has been released online below.


CAPSIZE has announced new tour dates with SharpTone artist, Holding Absence. Taking place in mainland Europe, the tour will kick off March 8th in Stuttgart, Germany at Juha West.

8th – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West
9th – Nürnber, Germany – Hirsch
10th – Leipzig, Germany – Naumanns
11th – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
12th – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
14th – Wien, Austria – Viper Room
15th – Budapest, Hungary – Dürer Kert
16th – München, Germany – Feierwerk
17th – Oberhausen, Germany – Kulttempel
18th – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
19th – Paris, France – L’International
20th – Den Bosch, Netherlands – W2
21st – Southampton, UK – The Joiners
22nd – Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
23rd – Leeds, UK – The Key Club
24th – Hull, UK – O’Riley’s
25th – Glasgow, UK – Garage
27th – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
28th – Cardiff, UK – The Globe
29th – London, UK – The Underworld


Swedish metallers SOILWORK have premiered a new video for their song “Stålfågel”, off their upcoming new record Verkligheten, their eleventh full length offering, to be released on 11 January 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

Polish death metal masters DECAPITATED have parted ways with drummer Michal Lysejko and detailed their upcoming live dates through the message below.

Although we finished 2018 completely tired, we are happy.

We would not have been able to end this year on such a positive note without you – our fans, our families & friends, our labels Nuclear Blast and Mystic Production, and our booking agents. Everyone gave their best to help us on this journey and we have given our everything not to let anyone down.

It was a totally new & stressful experience for us: To pick up our instruments again, return to the stage, and play this music that we love. What we got back in return from all of you was worth it. What an incredible feeling.

This also marks Michal’s last year with us. We would like to thank him for his friendship, his huge support, and his hard work as the drummer for DECAPITATED. We wish him well on his new path. All the best, BROTHER!

We will take some time before we find and announce our new drummer. Until then, our friend James Stewart (Vader) will join us as a session drummer. Luckily, he found some free time between VADER shows and is able to play some selected live shows. You will all experience his talents soon.

The start of our 2019 tour, Killing The European Cult, will arrive shortly, and I hope to see you there, headbanging and sweating along with us. We are going to prepare a special set for these live shows which I hope will satisfy you all. More shows & festival appearances are still to be announced because we are truly hungry to play more and more.

We thank you sincerely for your continuing loyalty, support, and goodwill.

See you on the road in 2019!

Always… FROM PAIN TO STRENGTH,

11.01. CH Zurich – Meh Suff! Winter-Festival
25.01. PL Ilawa -IOWA Music Bar
26.01. PL Olsztyn – Festiwal im.Szymona Czecha

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Heart Attack, ACOD

01.02. F Épinal – La Souris Verte
02.02. F Metz – Haunting The Chapel Festival (brez ACOD)
04.02. F Marseille – Le Jas Rod
05.02. F Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne
06.02. F Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
07.02. F St. Brieuc – La Citrouille
08.02. F Savigny-le-Temple – L’Empreinte

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, For I Am King
09.02. NL Alkmaar – Podium Victorie
10.02. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ Dyscarnate, BAEST
11.02. UK Brighton – Concorde 2
12.02. UK Manchester- Academy 3
13.02. UK Glasgow – Classic Grand
14.02. UK Belfast – Voodoo
15.02. IRL Dublin – The Voodoo Lounge
16.02. UK Sheffield – Corporation
17.02. UK Birmingham – HRH Metal III
18.02. UK Bristol – Thekla
19.02. UK London – Camden Underworld

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, Letters From The Colony
21.02. B Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
22.02. D Trier – Exhaus
23.02. D Hanover – Béi Chéz Heinz
24.02. D Dresden – Club Puschkin
16.03. F Lievin- Lievin Metal Fest

Killing The European Cult 2019
w/ BAEST, @Mentor
21.03. PL Torun, Lizard King
22.03. PL GostynGOK “Hutnik”
23.03. PL Gdynia, Klub Ucho
24.03. PL Swidnica, Klub Bolko
28.03. PL Tychy, Underground Pub
29.03. PL Opole, NCPP
30.03. PL Krosno, Pub Iron
31.03. PL Krakow, Zet Pe Te

06.04. P Moita – Moita Metal Fest
04.05. N Kopervik – Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
06. – 09.06. D Hauptmannsgrün – Chronical Moshers Open Air
20.06. FI Nummirock Festival
20.07. D Weil am Rhein – Baden in Blut
21. – 27.07. SLO Tolmin – MetalDays
07. – 10.08. E Villena – Leyendas del Rock
15. – 18.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival
23./24.08. PL Gdynia – Helliad Fest


Florida hardcore act GOUGE AWAY have shared their live session for Vans Sidestripe, recorded earlier this year.
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