COLUMNS Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Charlotte, North Carolina death metal / grindcore outfit Columns. Featuring former members of Relapse cult grinders Hemdale plus renowned death metal bands Vehemence and Glass Casket, Columns, (Adam Cody – Vocals, Michael Lehmann – Guitar, Jake Wade – Bass, Jason Skipper – Drums) formed in 2003 and have released a series of blistering EPs since 2006. A song from their most recent EP Please Explode is available for free download via the Relapse Records 2013 Bandcamp sampler here. The band will begin recording their Relapse debut soon in time for an early 2014 release.

The band commented on the signing:

“Columns is super stoked to be a part of the Relapse Records family! We have followed so many bands on the Relapse roster for so long –  we are looking forward to our releases having the backing they need to reach a much bigger audience! GRIND!”

PILLBUSTER Release New Single, Video

Virginia Beach hard rockers PILLBUSTER released a second single cut from their new self-titled album, hitting stores on August 6, 2013 via Stonerkill Records. The track, 5th Helena Drive, is available for listening now via the band’s official YouTube page, here: Like what you hear? You can pre-order the record now on at this link. The new album was recorded at Osceola Studios in Raleigh, NC with Dick Hodgin (COC, Velvet Revolver, Lynyrd Skynyrd).

In addition to the new track being available for streaming, PILLBUSTER’s new single Revery is available now for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and most other digital outlets.

Check out a brand new interview that PILLBUSTER completed with Jim Santora of the Jim Santora Show podcast. The band discusses their writing process, how the band came together, touring plans, and more. Listen at this location, starting at the 2 hour 10 minute mark.


PILLBUSTER‘s official CD release show is scheduled for August 10 at The Jewish Mother Hilltop, and is being hosted by local rock radio station WNOR FM99. The Jewish Mother Hilltop is located at 600 Nevan Road, Virginia Beach, VA. The show will begin at 9:00PM and tickets are just $10. FM99’s DJ Shelley and the FM99 Rock Girls will be on stage and on the floor the entire night, and the FM99 van will also be on site to broadcast live periodically throughout the night.

In addition, there will be contests and PILLBUSTER ticket, CD, and merchandise giveaways for FM99 callers in the upcoming weeks.

PILLBUSTER has several other shows booked as of now. See below for a full listing of shows.

PILLBUSTER one-off shows:

6/29 – Hampton VA @ Mugzy’s Grill

8/10 – Virginia Beach, VA @ The Jewish Mother Hilltop – *CD Release Show*

8/24 – Clifton, NJ @ TBA

9/7 – Murfreesboro, NC @ Zakk’s Coffee House

9/21 – Long Island, NY @ TBA

10/5 – Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood

To learn more about PILLBUSTER, visit


Vocals – Brett Lloyd

Guitars – Joe Festa

Bass – Chris Kernstock

Drums – Douglas Stanek

PSYCHOSTICK Announce New Tour Dates


Comedy rockers Psychostick are proud to announce in addition to their current summer dates for Blow Your Fingers Off Tour, which includes performances at this year’s Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash and Dirtfest. The kings of humorcore will also be supporting American Head Charge for the following August and September dates on the Shoot Tour.

June 21 – Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall – Show DetailsBuy Tickets

June 22 – Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza – Jackson County Fair Grounds – Show DetailsBuy Tickets

July 5 – Providence, RI @ McNeil’s Tavern

July 6 – Brookfield, CT @ The Room – Show DetailsBuy Tickets

July 12 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House – Show DetailsBuy Tickets

July 13 – Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest – WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center – Show DetailsBuy Tickets

July 14 – St. Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505 – Show Details

July 16 – La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse – Show Details

July 18 – St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba’s

July 19 – Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV’s 65 – Show Details – Buy Tickets

July 20 – Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest – Winnebago County Fairgrounds – Show Details – Buy Tickets

August 9 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage

August 10 – Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest – Show Details – Buy Tickets

August 8 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s^

August 9 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage*

August 10 – Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest – Show Details – Buy Tickets

August 11 – St. Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505*

August 13 – Nashville, TN @ 12th And Porter*

August 16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room*

August 17 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar* August 18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees*

August 20 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog* August 21 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Room*

August 23 – Sauget, IL @ Pops%

August 27 – Trenton, NJ @ Championships%

August 28 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution %

August 29 – Newark, DE @ Mojo Main %

August 30 – White Marsh, MD @ House Of Rock %

August 31 – Albany, NY @ Bogies % – Show Details – Buy Tickets

September 1 – Syracuse, NY @ Mac’s Bad Art Bar %

September 3 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s % – Show Details – Buy Tickets

September 4 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes % – Show Details – Buy Tickets

September 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave %

Additional dates still being confirmed* = w/ Psychostick, Willpowerless

^ = w/ Psychostick, Blue Felix, Dead Horse Trauma

% = w/ Psychostick, Gabriel And The Apocalypse


*A2 Fest: HedPE, Taproot, Psychostick, Green Jelly, Chris Webby, The Agonist, It Lies Within, Slaves On Dope, Blue Felix, Motown Rage, Losing September, Almost Kings, SIKLID, XFactor1, Wayland, Prospect Hill, Dead Horse Trauma

*5th Annual Breast Fest Biker Bash: benefitting the Save The TaTa’s Foundation: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Soil, Primer 55, Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch

*DIRTFEST: Adam Gontier (of 3 Days Grace), Asking Alexandria, Trapt, Pop Evil, Parabelle, Devour The Day, 10 Years, Psychostick, Escape The Fate, Wilson, It Lies Within, Blue Felix, Saint Ridley

Psychostick released their latest music video Dogs Like Socks earlier this year and can be viewed at the following link.

dogs like socks by psychostick

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D is now available at the following location here. (

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

Music Videos

Political Bum –

Boobs –

Do You Want A Taco? –

Beer – – over 4 million views

Girl Directions –


Most high school friends can’t even stand to look at each other once school’s out, but in the case of vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key, they decided to spend even more time together after graduation.Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, they joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist  Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, a band they’ve coined as humorcore. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

Almost 100 percent do-it-yourself, Psychostick never strays from its signature sound, a combination of heavy music Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed would be proud of and wit and humor that would make Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic holler with laughter.

With two full-length albums behind them – We Couldn’t Think of a Title and Sandwich – the band released their latest record, Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D, in 2011, following it up with a tour with Mushroomhead to add to their total count of 21 nationwide tours that have hit 47 states.

LOCRIAN Premiere New Album & Video

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian premiere their new video for Eternal Return off of their new full-length Return To Annihilation. The video was directed by Aleks Slota and is available via Stereogum here.

Return To Annihilation is available everywhere worldwide. The entire album is currently available for streaming via their Bandcamp page here. Additionally, the band is featured on the latest episode of the Relapse Records podcast talking about the new record and selecting some of their favorite obscure tracks from the label’s catalog. The podcast is available for free download here.

The album was recorded with Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service.

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is easily the group’s most ambitious recordings to date, dubbed by Pitchfork as both “excellent” and “risky”, by Stereogum as “a corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze” and Outburn Magazine as “an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands.”

Physical CD and 2xLP orders are available via Relapse here and digital orders available via Bandcamp here.

Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career. 

Additionally, the group has announced a short run of dates this June plus an appearance at Kentucky’s Boomslang Festival in September.  The shows kick off on June 27 in Montreal.

Tour Dates:

June 27     Montreal, QC        Casa Del Popolo

June 28     Brooklyn, NY        St. Vitus

June 29     Providence, RI      Machines With Magnets

June 30     Baltimore MD        Metro Gallery

Sep 20-22    Lexington, KY        Boomslang Fest

This is an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands” – Outburn

“If the wrath of heaven sounds anything like Locrian , then archangel Michael has been digging into the prog-rock bin lately” – NPR

“A corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze… goddamn is it good” – Stereogum

“Sliding some malicious black metal menace into the gaps created by their dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, ambient drones… few albums prove to be quite so unsettling” – The Digital Fix

VULTURE INDUSTRIES Reveal New Album Details

Norway‘s VULTURE INDUSTRIES released new details regarding their upcoming Season of Mist debut. The band’s new album, titled The Tower is slated for release on October 1 in North America (September 27 rest of world). It was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen. The album was mixed by Herbrand Larsen (ENSLAVED) and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND, IHSAHN, ENSLAVED).

Through their charismatic musicianship, VULTURE INDUSTRIES quickly earned the reputation of a formidable live act, characterized by the fusion of technical prowess with eccentric, manic performances by frontman Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen.

Season of Mist website and the VULTURE INDUSTRIES website and Facebook page.

“Vulture Industries come across as complete oddballs. They are the mad hatter’s tea party irregulars with an Alice In Wonderland surrealist brand of dark metal cabaret” –Terrorizer