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MEEK IS MURDER Complete New Album

Brooklyn’s MEEK IS MURDER have completed work on their second full-length, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters. The album is set for an October 22nd for a digital release by the band and vinyl will be handled by Threshold of Pain Records later this Fall.

For Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, MEEK IS MURDER employed the same one-two punch of a production team that crafted their 2011 full-length debut, Algorithms: producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (High On Fire, Nails) and mastering ace Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan). A video from the recording sessions of Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, showing MEEK IS MURDER in action at Kurt Ballou’s Godcity Studio, is now streaming on MetalSucks.

With the first 8 songs blazing by in 7 minutes, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters sees MEEK IS MURDERr channel Botch‘s gut-spilling noise-core and The Locust‘s hyperactive tech, and kick the whole shebang into steamrolling, punk rock overdrive. Furious, relentless and raw, EIANM is painfully honest and as epic as a Viking raid at dawn.

The inspiration for the album comes from what guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller calls “the most trying year of my life”, involving three deaths in his family, the end of a four-year relationship, the loss of all his possessions in a fire, temporary homelessness, illness, and a critically injured dog. Says Keller:

“In a year like that, the temptation is there to become despondent and angry with the world. But you do what you can to get through the day and in the end you become a stronger dude for it. The truth was always there but I was finally able to make some sense of it all. Life is a paradox: it is cruel and beautiful and any meaning comes from within. Embrace your insignificance and make what you want, just because you want to experience the journey of making it. Everything is awesome. Nothing matters.”

Keller, a former member of The Red Chord and N.A.M.E., is flanked by drummer Frank Godla and bassist Sam Brodsky. Godla is also known as co-owner of preeminent metal site, MetalInjection. Since the release of Algorithms in 2011 (a co-release on MetalSucks and Granite House Records), the trio has toured the US with Fuck The Facts, Tiger Flowers, Hivesmasher, East of the Wall, and more, and has warmed up New York stages for Converge, RETOX, and Loma Prieta. The band also found time to write, record, and self-release a sci-fi concept EP, Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky, produced by Jesse Korman of The Number Twelve Looks Like You.

Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters track listing:
1. Last Year
2. Passerby
3. Dumb As Death’s Head
4. Ashes & Glass
5. In the Ground
6. You Had a Horse
7. Our Dream
8. More Always More
9. Less Is More
10. Our Hope / Our Home
11. Paper Hands and the Desert Sea
12. Ghost Moth
13. Play Dead

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GIZA Joins Threshold of Pain Records!

Seattle, WA’s apocalyptic instrumental sludge trio GIZA will be releasing their debut album Future Ruins on limited vinyl this Fall. GIZA, formed in March of 2012 by Steve Becker, Trent McIntyre, and Richard Burkett with the goal of writing loud and massive instrumental music, recorded Future Ruins in May of 2012 with Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Botch, Harkonen). The band has previously released the 6-track album on their own earlier this year on CD and digitally. Comments the band:

“Giza is excited to be working with Threshold of Pain Records for a limited high quality color vinyl release of ‘Future Ruins’.  There is no doubt that vinyl is the ultimate medium for home listening, and we look forward to our listeners to be able to experience ‘Future Ruins’ as we had always intended.”

GIZA is currently writing for their next album with plans to enter the studio this Autumn for a tentative 2014 release. For now, listen to Future Ruins on their Bandcamp.

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ABNORMALITY To Play Philthadelphia Infest

ABNORMALITY will take part on day two of the Philthadelphia Infest, Sunday March 17th at Gunners Run in Philadelphia, PA.  Also on the bill that night is Brutal Truth, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse, Sexcrement, Waking The Cadaver, Visceral Disgorge, Goemagot, Mangled, Cognitive, Infiltrator, Without Remorse, Coffin Dust, Abacinate, and Embludgeonment!

Tickets for a single day are $25.00 and a 2-day pass is $40. The event is 21+ and tickets can be snagged here.  Hotel accommodations are available as well.

The organizers of the NJ Deathfest have come together yet again to bring together a show to decimate Pennsylvania.  Vendors for the event include Relapse Records, Sevared Records, Give Praise Records, Gutter Christ Productions, Useless Drunk Productions, and others!

Bands taking part on the first day,  Saturday March 16th, are Devourment, Master, Malignancy, Sacrificial Slaughter, Casket, Meathook, Embalmer, Fisthammer, NJdots, Enemy Mind, Coathanger Abortion, Eat the Turnbuckle, Tombstalker, Slasherthroat, and Necroptic Engorgement!

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EARTHRISE – ‘Eras Lost’ – 2×12″

EARTHRISE
Eras Lost - 2×12″
(TOPR-003)

Release date: May 21, 2013

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250 x translucent blue/translucent green

EARTHRISE, the sonic wall of post-metal drunken sludge hailing from Minneapolis, MN, have released an audio onslaught that mimics the experience of being inebriated in out space. ‘Eras Lost‘ is over 50 minutes of post-metal that meets experimental hardcore elements.

 

Heavy-as-elephant-balls post-NeurIsis-y metal with dreamy, atmospheric guitars and sickly, downtuned doom riffs = a winning combo.” ~ Metal Sucks

Artistically, musically, conceptually and creatively “Eras Lost” is just a superb piece of music…” ~ Destructive-Music

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SEEMLESS – ‘Seemless’ – 2×12″

SEEMLESS
Seemless - 2×12″
(TOPR-001)

Release date: May 21, 2013

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100 x clear translucent with green haze
400 x A side / B side with splatter

SEEMLESS was a rock band formed by ex-Shadows Fall/Unearth drummer Derek Kerswill, ex-Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, ex-Overcast/current Death Ray Vision guitarist Pete Cortese, and ex-Medium bassist Jeff Fultz. Hailing from Massachusetts, SEEMLESS is one of the few non-metalcore acts to come out of that area and make a mark on the hard rock scene.

Formed in 2002 following Leach’s departure from Killswitch Engage, SEEMLESS was signed to Equal Vision Records who re-released their first self-titled LP 2003. SEEMLESS will now make its way onto vinyl for the very first time.

 

…it is undeniable that Seemless have one of the best debuts in recent history on their hands.” ~ SMNnews

It’s well conceived, performed, and packaged, and as far as hard rock goes, these guys are a bright spot in a sea of overwhelming mediocrity.” ~ Last Rites

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ORWELL – ‘A View of Heaven From A Seat In Hell’ – 2×12″

ORWELL
A View of Heaven From A Seat In Hell - 2×12″
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Release date: May 21, 2013

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ORWELL is a continuously progressing metal band from all over the Midwest. Existing in various forms since 2005, the band recently saw their most successful and far-reaching release so far with 2011′s ‘AVOHFASIH.’ which is an acronym for ‘A View of Heaven From A Seat In Hell’. This new album found the band exploring art as whole with their music, presentation, and their live show.

 

…six carefully and wonderfully crafted chunks of progressive sounds that inspire strongly as they slowly strip away layer upon layer of the senses.” ~ This Is Not A Scene

No surprise [then] that Orwell kicks so much ass…” ~ Metal Sucks

…ever since I first listened to them, I was in love with these guys.” ~ American Aftermath

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ABNORMALITY – ‘Contaminating the Hive Mind’ – 12″

Release date: TBA

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250 x translucent orange with grey splatter

ABNORMALITY, formed in 2005, is an extreme metal band hailing from Massachusetts, United States. Purveying a female fronted violent hybrid of the heaviest subgenres in metal, taking from a wide range of influences, ABNORMALITY mixes technicality and speed with devastating grooves delivering a brutal sonic experience that death metal fans cannot deny.

Contaminating the Hive Mind, originally released in June of 2012 through Sevared Records unleashes eight tracks of pummeling death metal and is now available on vinyl for the first time.

 

It kicks ass on the death metal front…”  ~ No Clean Singing

Abnormality’s debut album exemplifies everything optimistic about the Death Metal genre, and creates a blueprint based around structure for other bands to follow.” ~ Sputnik Music

What Contaminating the Hive Mind is more than anything else is a fine example of 21st century United States Death Metal…” ~ Teeth of the Divine

 

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The Official Launch!

Welcome to the brand spankin’ new website for Threshold of Pain Records!

Browser around, check out the bands, and grab some very awesome and very limited wax while you can!