Friday 23 January 2015

The Sludgelord News: Daily Digest

Your rundown of the top sludge news stories of the day …

PRIMITIVE MAN - Relapse Records will be releasing the new PRIMITIVE MAN EP on February 17. The four song EP will be 31 minutes long and will be released digitally and on vinyl. The vinyl release will constitute 1000 copies, 750 on standard black wax and 250 on silver. You can stream the opening track “Loathe” at this location and you can pre-order the EP at this location.

The band has also announced a U.S. tour starting May 16 after they return home from their UK tour with Sea Bastard in late March and April. The U.S. tour will take the band from Omaha, NE through their scheduled appearance at the Maryland Death Fest and finish back home in Colorado on the 29th.

Primitve Man tour schedule:
3/30/2015 Unicorn - London, UK w/ Sea Bastard
3/31/2015 TBA - Nottingham, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/01/2015 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/02/2015 South Sea Live - Sheffield, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/03/2015 South Sea Live - Newcastle, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/04/2015 Audio - Glasgow, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/05/2015 Bannermans - Edinburgh, UK w/ Sea Bastard

5/16/2015 TBA - Omaha, NE
5/17/2015 The Black Hole - Cedar Falls, IA
5/18/2015 Skeletunes Lounge - Fortwayne, IN
5/19/2015 The Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
5/20/2015 Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
5/21 – 5/25/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2015 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
5/27/2015 TBA - Dayton, OH
5/28/2015 The Demo - St. Louis, MO
5/29/2015 Flux Capacitor - Colorado Springs, CO

Visit these links for more info:

Relpase Records


MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN - Napalm Records unleashed a maelstrom of announcements today, including the signing of band Unleash the Archers to their recording roster, Portuguese gothic metallers Moonspell have released a trailer for their new album, new Swedish heavy metal band Civil War have set release dates for their upcoming album set to drop in early May, German death/black metal band Thulcandra have released a preview of their new album, but the most exciting news for Sludge-o’s is the release of a new video.

Midnight Ghost Train have released a video for “BC Trucker”, the first single of their upcoming album ‘Cold was the Ground’. You can watch that clip at this location. No telling how much the album title has to do with the original Blind Willie Johnson song, but if you live in Europe, maybe you can ask them yourself when they roll through town (click to expand the poster next to this text).

Napalm Records


MARDUK - It’s not “Little Drummer Boy”, that’s for certain. Images of war and devastation waver in the distance. The march of war drums carry over wails and blast beats. That’s just some of what you can expect from black metal legends MARDUK’s latest promo video.

The clip is for the title track off their 13th album, ‘Frontschwein’, just released through Century Media. The “Frontschwein” video is now playing at this location. War is the theme of the video and the album (which you can find at this location) and the soldiers of Marduk will be on the march around the globe through much of the next three months, touring Japan, Europe and the UK.

Here are the theaters of conflict:
JAPAN 2015
Jan 22 – Osaka – Nanba Rockets
Jan 23 – Nagoya – Imaike Club 3Star
Jan 24 – Tokyo – Shibuya Cyclone
Jan 25 – Tokyo – Shibuya Garret

with Belphegor (special guest) and two support acts
19.02.2015 HOL Rotterdam / Baroeg
20.02.2015 HOL Eindhoven / Effenaar
21.02.2015 HOL Sneek / Het Bolwerk
22.02.2015 BEL Vosselaar / Biebob
23.02.2015 UK Plymouth / The Hub
24.02.2015 UK Manchester / Academy 3
25.02.2015 UK Glasgow / Audio
26.02.2015 UK London / Underworld
27.02.2015 FR Paris / Divan du Monde
28.02.2015 CH Monthey / Pont Rouge
01.03.2015 FR Toulouse / Dynamo
03.03.2015 SP Madrid / Caracol
04.03.2015 SP Barcelona / Apolo
06.03.2015 ITA Turin / Cafe Liber
07.03.2015 ITA Brescia / Circolo Colony
08.03.2015 SLO Nova Gorica / Mostovna

HATEFEST 2015 with Six Feet Under, Vader and Hate
02.04.2015 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.04.2015 AT – Wien, Gasometer
04.04.2015 CH – Pratteln, Z7
05.04.2015 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle
06.04.2015 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
07.04.2015 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
08.04.2015 DE – Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
09.04.2015 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10.04.2015 DE – Geiselwind, Musichall
11.04.2015 DE – München, Backstage
12.04.2015 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof

MARDUK online:

Century Media Records online:

Century Media webshop:

The Noise Cartel


ABSTRACTER - Oakland’s apocalyptic blackened sludge quartet ABSTRACTER are now streaming a new song from their upcoming LP at Vice Magazine. “Cruciform” is the second single from the album, the first, “Lightless” is being streamed at Cvlt Nation.

The four song, 42-minute ‘Wound Empire’ will be released on February 20 on vinyl through various labels around the globe and on cassette and digitally through Sentient Ruin. Vice Magazine wrote that “Abstracter must figure the end is coming any day now, so they've written the apocalypse a theme song” in their introduction to “Cruciform”. You can stream it now at this location. Americans can pre-order the album at this location while European readers might want to try 7 Degrees Records or Vendetta Records instead.

Earsplit PR


AKASAVA - Fans of the dark subgenre labeled occult rock, get your pen and paper ready, you may want in on the ground floor with this new band. Newborn French occult rock quartet are set to release their debut EP in late Spring, it was revealed.

The EP will be called ‘Strange Aeons’, and a single is expected to be released sometime in March. The band cites Jacula, 13th Floor Elevators, Blood Ceremony and Kadavar among its influences which are high standards for a band just formed this past July to attain to. Though the world will wait 'til late Spring to find out just how high the band climbs in its artistic pursuits, the curious can get to know the band at the following locations:

Dewar PR


CULT LEADER - Another band set to record a new album are Salt Lake City hardcore metal icons CULT LEADER. The band has booked studio time with Kurt Ballou in Salem, Mass, for after their month long Northeastern U.S. tour in March. The band is expecting their sophomore album to be released by Deathwish Inc. before the end of the year.

More information has been promised. For now, you can catch the band live at the following dates:
March 3 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
March 4 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studios
March 5 St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
March 6 Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter Lounge
March 7 Columbus, OH @ The House with No Name*
March 9 Washington, DC @ The Dougout*
March 10 Wilmington, DE @ Claymont VFW*#
March 11 Montclair, NJ @ Uncle Slevs*
March 12 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
March 24 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House^
March 25 Sherbrooke, ON @ La Murdoch^
March 26 Montreal, QC @ La PBR^
March 27 Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro^
March 28 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck^
March 30 Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City^ %
March 31 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class%
April 1 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary%
April 2 Chicago, IL @ Club Rectum%
April 3 Omaha, NE @ Midtown Art Supply
April 4 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November

* w/ Purge
^ w/ Old Wounds
% w/ Hollow Earth
# Full of Hell

For more info visit:

Cult Leader


KING PARROT - It was also announced that Australian thrash grind band King Parrot is set to invade American shores this March in support of Weedeater. After a short run in Europe, also supporting Weedeater, the month long American tour will take the quintet around the country, where they will visit two dozen cities.

"We're honored to be heading out with the legendary Weedeater,” the band said in a released statement. “We've heard only awesome reports about this great band live, and we can't wait to have our own chapter in the folklore of Dixie Dave and company. All the people working behind the scenes on this tour have been excited about pairing our bands for some time, so I'm sure this will be one for the ages! Expect all the crazy shit you would at a high octane punk or metal show, and then times it by ten, as I'm positive both bands will bring their proverbial A game. I've heard from people around the country, 'If there's anyone crazier than KING PARROT, it's Weedeater.' We'll be out to prove them wrong! We'll also be playing a swag of songs from our new album to be released mid-year, so come get a sample of what we have in store."

You can catch the craziness on the following dates:
3/06/2015 Kavka - Antwerpen, BE
3/07/2015 Sound Control - Manchester, UK
3/08/2015 Underworld - London, UK
3/09/2015 Aeronef - Lille, FR
3/10/2015 Glazart - Paris, FR
3/11/2015 Ptr,Usine - Geneva, CH
3/12/2015 Freak Out - Bologna, IW
3/13/2015 Juha West - Stuttgart, DE
3/14/2015 Vortex Surfer - Siegen, DE
3/15/2015 Burgerweeshuis - Deventer, NL
3/21/2015 The Lost Well - Austin, TX
3/24/2015 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/25/2015 Pub Rock Live - Scottsdale, AZ
3/26/2015 Casbah - San Diego, CA
3/27/2015 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
3/28/2015 Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
3/29/2015 DNA - San Francisco, CA
3/30/2015Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, CA
3/31/2015 Dante's - Portland, OR
4/01/2015 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
4/02/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA
4/03/2015 Neurolux - Boise, ID
4/04/2015 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
4/05/2015 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
4/07/2015 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
4/08/2015 Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
4/09/2015 Rock Island Brewing - Rock Island, IL
4/10/2015 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
4/11/2015 Subterranean - Chicago, IL
4/12/2015 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
4/13/2015 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
4/14/2015 Nectars - Burlington, VT
4/15/2015 T.T. The Bear's Place - Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
4/18/2015 Ziggy's By The Sea - Wilmington, NC

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WRATH OF VESUVIUS - And finally, it was announced that California technical death metal quintet WRATH OF VESUVIUS or WRVTH have signed on with Unique Leader Records to release their upcoming third album, which is expected this Spring.

"We are beyond excited to be working with Unique Leader Records,” the band said in a statement. “They have always had cutting edge heavy bands that stand out among the modern metal scene. They're a solid label which means a lot these days, and we couldn't have asked for a better partner in taking our next step. We took a fresh approach to writing this record and it’s really starting to come together. This band has changed a lot over the last few years, and we think this record will display the distinctive character and eclectic personality that we bring to each song."

In related news, the band will engage in a Western U.S. tour beginning late February to mid-March. The “Enter Into Atonement Tour” will see WRVTH co-headline with labelmates Inanimate Existence. Here are the dates:
2/26/2015 The 207 - Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop - Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead - Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub - Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge - Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row - Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon - Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix - Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe's Grotto - Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern - Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music - Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer's - Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar - Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center - Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On the Y - Sacramento, CA

Earsplit PR


And now you’re all caught up in the world of sludge.