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Psalm Zero! Skinless! Lightning Bolt! Two girls, one cup! Goatwhore tour dates! Handshake, Inc! Get your ass in here to read more after the jump!

Are you getting tired of me telling you how much I love Psalm Zero? That’s unfortunate. Our pal and expert music reviewer Christian returned from whatever black hole or Tijuana gutter he was in to update me about a new Psalm Zero song which premiered at Stereogum on Tuesday. I have been impatiently waiting for news about Psalm Zero’s followup to their excellent 2014 album The Drain, which was released on Profound Lore Records. Stereogum reported that “Real Rain” would be the first of a series of cassette singles with accompanying videos. This news was initially upsetting to me – the idea of cassette only Psalm Zero releases was an idea my fragile psyche could not bear. Luckily for me, I am prone to poor reading comprehension and knee jerk reactions, and the cassette releases would be included on their next full length record. What about “Real Rain”? Psalm Zero have not failed to impress. “Real Rain” is an aggressive Gothic banger. Catchy riffs and keys stand alongside mournful singing and a thundering drum beat assault. I’ll put it to you like this: this song kicks ass. I’m even more excited for Psalm Zero’s next album than I was last weekend. Check out the song below, and stay tuned to the Toilet Ov Hell for updates regarding their next album.

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Bands releasing music in an effort to combat low quality leaks is all too common these days. Recent examples outside of the metalsphere include Run The Jewels and Death Grips. Fans of brutal death metal favorites Skinless were pleased this week when they released “Serpenticide” after a low quality version of the song found its way onto the internet. Skinless fans have been waiting for a long time since the release of their last full length album Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, which was released in 2006. Long waiting periods almost always make fans skeptical. Will new music ever live up to the hype created by such a long period of absence? On “Serpenticide”, Skinless waste no time in crushing the listener. “Serpenticide” is like a challenge to see if you can make it to their first breakdown two minutes in. If this song is any indication of the quality of their 2015 release, it will be one to watch for come EOTY time [W. – I wear my Dying Fetus mesh shorts under my jeans every day in preparation for the spontaneous moshing this album will produce].

Check out “Serpenticide” below. Only The Ruthless Remain is due out June 2nd, 2015 on Relapse Records.

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Noise rock duo Lightning Bolt have been making waves in and around the metalsphere because of the release of their sixth full length album Fantasy Empire, which came out March 24th on Thrill Jockey Records. Though not exactly heavy metal, Fantasy Empire is an album that should appeal to metal fans like the aforementioned Psalm Zero, the new Liturgy, Swans, and a host of other bands on the fence between heavy metal and post-punk. Lightning Bolt also made waves earlier this week when drummer Brian Chippendale spoke about media outlet Vice and their takeover of legendary New York music venue Death By Audio. Below is an excerpt from the interview with The Observer, which you can read in full here.

Jamie Peck of The Observer: How sincere was that “hashtag fuck Vice” chant that you looped at the final DBA show? What was going through your head at that moment and during that show in general?

Brian Chippendale: What was going through my head. Maybe “deja vu”? This isn’t the first “end-of-a-legendary-space” party I or we have played. I also felt sort of honored to be part of Death by Audio’s final hours. I really enjoyed shows there and have been so blown away by the energy Edan and Matt Conboy and the gang put into making it a good place. Especially the gift of energy in the face of financial survival in Brooklyn. But I also had a certain strange disconnect. Because at the end of it all I just drove away. All the meaning and weight of what was going on there, and I just stayed up till 8 a.m. and drove back to Providence and left it all behind. Felt weird. Surreal.

 

As for the “fuck Vice,” I totally meant it. They seemed to be interacting in a total douchebag way with DBA. There was no reason for them not to be cool. I understand cities eat their young and bow down to the greater beasts and that’s the way it works but Vice should have been smart enough to really bend over backwards for a pillar of the underground community. They blew it.

 

I know I’ll deal with Vice in the future. Whatever. They fucked people over, they will again. They’re assholes right? Isn’t that their aesthetic? But they also do some interesting work as well. So it’s not forgivable, how they did what they did, but it doesn’t necessarily remove them from my circle of people I will deal with. They could have done worse. They could have done a lot better. But right there, right then, yeah. Fuck Vice. And fuck them if they don’t treat people better. I’ll hold onto my grievance and have a conversation with them about it if I ever get the opportunity. Remember “Vice Media,” brands come and go but the underground is forever.

Lastly, on Lightning Bolt, Thrill Jockey has just released a music video for their song “The Metal East” from Fantasy Empire. The video is a psychedelic thrill ride, like if the characters from your favorite He-Man and Flinstones cartoons took near-fatal amounts of LSD and ketamine. Watch it below!

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Goatwhore have announced an immediate followup tour as they finish the remaining tour dates of their current European tour with Skeletonwitch and Mortals. Supporting them stateside are Ringworm, Black Breath, and Theories. Ironically, I just played the latest Theories album on account of Toilet Ov Hell editor Dubya, who said to me, “you should listen to the new Theories album.” Based on my first few listens, my impression is that you should listen to it as well. You still can at Invisible Oranges, Theories’ Regression is also available on Spotify. Check out dates for Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath, and Theories below.
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Last up for today, an event featuring David Hall of Handshake, Inc. (and one more reason my hatred for New York City and all of its inhabitants intensifies). If you have followed the Toilet Ov Hell, you know many of the writers here are huge fans of Handshake, Inc. albums like Gridlink’s Longhena and Couch Slut’s My Life As A Woman. You probably also read the news that Handshake, Inc. smartly snatched up Pyrrhon after their separation from Relapse Records. Did you know that David Hall of Handshake, Inc. also creates short films? If Hall’s ability to produce films is anything like his ear for music, I’d wager these films are going to be killer. This particular screening also features Mick Barr (of Krallice and many other projects) performing live at the opening. If you’re in NYC or near it, this might be worth checking out. If you go, we would love to find out what you think of Hall’s short films. Examining Darkness runs between May 7th and May 29th in Brooklyn, NY.
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  • Dr. Dubz

    When that new Skinless album drops, I’m going to firebomb everything.

    https://youtu.be/8r94gooSsCc

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      This is on that Lubbock, TX dust storm level.

    • Dagon

      I told Dmitri not to play my fucking mixtape outside…

    • CyberneticOrganism
    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      yeah though this song gets u pumped.this song is like making out with uh hot chick,get’n in a fight,and sitting in the locker rooms 5 min. before the superbowl, all morphed into one.

      – john, altamonte springs, FL

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    If this isn’t totally obvious to everyone by now (spoiler: it should be) Psalm Zero is one of my favorite bands at the moment. They are doing something interesting and outside the norm when a lot of bands, no matter how good, are doing the same old shit.

    • Dagon

      I second this. Everytime I listen to The Drain it grows on me. Their music is very catchy and I love it.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Both guys have been in a lot of bands for a short time (Castavet anyone?) so I hope they stay together after The Drain‘s sequel. I just want them to make music! Also, I’m glad Andrew Hock jumped on the Facebook and calmed my fears, lol

        • Castevet is another one I’ve been sleeping on for too long. I keep forgetting to even LOOK for them at the record store. I am easily distracted by young hipster flesh.

  • Tyreena Hendricks

    Uh, how do I turn the volume up on this Skinless track? I know I have a pair of mesh basketball shorts around here some where to fit the mood.

    http://i.imgur.com/xoS0SiP.gif

  • Dagon

    All of the tracks here slay, all of the news are good news. Good stuff.

    I would be tremendously pleased if I was able to attend this NYC event. Sadly, New Yorkers are not very fond of getting their theatres’ carpets wet and fishy.

  • That Skinless track tastes good. Thanks, Ed <3

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Good morning Link!

      The Doctor Dubya is also partially responsible for first coverage, but yeah man. Good song.

      • Good morning to you too, my friend!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I’m about to go get fitted for a tuxedo for my bff’s wedding in September.

          • Awesomeee!

            Which color? Hope you upload a photo.

            I’m starting to interesting in formal wear. Last weekend I buyed a black tie for a wedding my fiancée and I will attend this saturday. But I will not use jacket because those craps are very expensive lol.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            The tuxedo is black and it’s going to have a… the tie and vest are kind of a green / teal color. I saw a picture, looks nice.

          • Pics or didn’t happen! 😉 😉 😉

          • J.R.

            Pfft what kind of formalwear is that? No mention of gilded battle robes? No cloaks bejeweled with a thousand gems? No sets of Plate adorned with images of your familial conquest?

            Poser.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Familial conquests? Like your second cousin?

          • J.R.

            I was thinking more along the lines of the heritage of battle passed to you by your ancestors…
            But they don’t call it wincest for nothing

          • Dr. Dubz

            I know, I know. I was trying to make an funny.

          • J.R.

            Lol I subverted your humor by taking it seriously! Truly I am Dispicable.
            Honestly my first thought was “Aww, Dubs remembered I live in Alabama”

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            These are all ideas I can consider for my own distant unplanned wedding, lol

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump

            What, no mankini?! They’re perfect for ANY occasion!

            http://tjthesportsgeek.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/mankini.jpg

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      If this band made a cover album of nickelback i would buy the shit out of it!

      – jake beilfuss, 2 months ago

  • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

    Why didn’t I listen to Lightning Bolt before? This sounds great. I like myself a near-lethal dose of LSD.

  • i shall say this as gentlemanly as possible: Skinless ain’t doing it for me. is my opinion wrong?

  • Never listened to Psalm Zero until now. Regretting that quite a bit. New Skinless is purty good, but I’m actually not crazy about the production and it seems much more OSDM than Trample the Weak did.

  • RustyShackleford

    Y’all are starting to get me hooked on Psalm Zero…

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Psalm Zero is one of the good drugs.

      • Hey Eeeward this new Palm Zero track is all kinds of tasty. It seems to me to bear a slight twinge of mid-period ministry. And smudges of all sorts of eighties electro-darkwave-synth-whatever. They are definitely stepping up their game.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I think I could have made an obvious Godflesh comparison, but, too obvious lol

          Yeah. I can’t wait for their next album!

          • At the risk of outing myself, I’ll say I’m not intimately familiar with the Godflesh.

            I am, however, at this very moment, becoming intimately familiar with that Crowhurst album. It is balls out fantastic, and I am surprised no one else around here (other than yourself) is raving about it.

            P.S. I better pony-up and buy The Drain before the next one comes out, or else I’ll flog myself.

  • Ricky

    My goat is NOT a whore.

  • WHOA. Lightening Bolt is really really different – I am loving it!

    GL

  • Guacamole Jim

    Thrill Jockey is rocking!!!

    • GJ!

      GL

      • Guacamole Jim

        GL!

        MD

    • Big Poppa Penis Pump

      Yep yep, it’s one of Chicago’s biggest indie labels. Especially now that Touch And Go is gone, and Victory’s quickly gone downhill.

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Psalm Zero: yes!
    Skinless: no!
    Lightning Bolt: yes!

    • Shrimp ov Good Opinions <3

      Skinless is good, you animal.

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        I do not agree with you. You can fight me if you want.

        • Ricky

          I like Tampon Lollipop’s(the song too)

    • Big Poppa Penis Pump

      No to Skinless?!?!? Assume the position, Tapir!

      http://giant.gfycat.com/AdorableUncomfortableFrigatebird.gif

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        You shan’t find me. Finland’s beautiful forests will protect me!

        • Big Poppa Penis Pump

          Mwahahaha, don’t underestimate an American’s deforesting prowess!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Your deforesting only works on your scrub trees. Finnish trees are based. Our forests hold many secrets. Secrets of which only I know.

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump

            They hold alot of bear poops. Nothing more.

  • Big Poppa Penis Pump

    This Psalm Zero song is pretty good, and pretty unique. Sorta reminds me of a mix between Orphaned Land, Quicksand and O Yuki Conjugate. 9/10 tendies.

    • I don’t hear any of the aforementioned bands in Palm Zero’s sound, but I also drink a lot, so . . .

  • George Clarke

    vocals on the psalm zero track ruin it for me

    new lightning bolt video and song are sick tho

    • Bah–the vocals are quite possibly the best thing about it. (Goth crooning will never go out of style at my house.)

  • The new Skinless is pretty wizard. Where’s my mesh shorts?