Saturday, March 14, 2015

MACERIE: Debut Offering by Italian Blackened Sludge Miscreants To See Release in April - Track Streaming at CVLT Nation.

Florence, Italy, is not your typical location for heart-splitting, skin-peeling, soul-crushing grimness. The legendary Italian city, shrouded in it's timeless artistic beauty, gorgeous skyline and breath-taking  tuscan setting is far from what you would perceive as a place where death and destruction reign unchallenged. But that is only true until you run into the music of Macerie (the name in Italian translates to "ruins"), a newly formed band from Florence that has made a statement of immeasurable sonic hostility with the birth of their debut offering, a work that will strangle the listener in an absolute ordeal of crushing heaviness and harrowing aggression.

CVLT Nation is now exclusively streaming the EP's harrowing opening track Agonia:

Coming virtually out of nowhere, Macerie have set on a mission to hollow your soul out with their life-draining music. The first offering of theirs comes in the form of a sixteen-minute bestial EP containing four savage tracks of crust and death metal-infested blackened sludge that bring to mind the likes of Entombed, Amebix, Burzum, and His Hero Is Gone, all fused together into one hideous sonic monstrosity. Showcasing similarities to blackened, epic crushers like Altar of Plagues, Planks, Celeste, Hexis, Acephalix, Coffinworm and Downfall of Gaia, Macerie are purveyors of a view of the world so grim, suffocating and wretched that as you sit down and listen to their music you will literally feel the light being sucked away from your surroundings and your world turning into a grim and shadowy twilight, as a cold and inescapable downfall of bestial and absolutely crushing riffs annihilate everything.

Macerie EP

01. Agonia
02. Vermi
03. Macerie
04. La luce del buio

Total running time: 00:16:33

Sentient Ruin is proud and honored to announce the April 7th 2015 release the self-titled Macerie EP as a digital release, and as a limited edition cassette tape co-relased with the UK's infamous bearers of all things wretched and grim, the notorious cassette tape slime-mongers Yamabushi Recordings. A pre-order is now live HERE.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AUGURS & DEATHGRAVE: Cataclysmic Split 7" by the Two Oakland Devastators to Be Released March 17th - Full Stream Available at VICE.

Sentient Ruin is proud to bring you a double whammy of pure concentrated violence, in the form of the split 7" from Oakland's Augurs and Deathgrave, two bands that have made of grindcore and downtuned sonic aggression a way of life, and of total auditive devastation an absolute dogma.

To be released on March 17th 2015 as digital product through Sentient Ruin and as 500 vinyl 7"'s as a co-release between Sentient Ruin, Trill Kommand (US), Shove Records (IT/EU) and The Path Less Traveled Records (US), a pre-order of the digital format and of the 7" can be found on our Bandcamp page.

VICE, who has labeled the Split as "wrecking" and as "one of 2015's best underground gems", is now exclusively streaming the release in its entirety (also below).

1. AUGURS - From Maggots To Fly

2. DEATHGRAVE - Brutal
3. DEATHGRAVE - Hugged in Half    
4. DEATHGRAVE - Inquisitive Apathy 

Total running time: 9 minutes

Augurs hail from Oakland and play some of the most grimy, vile and heavy blackened grindcore/sludge you will ever hear. Aided by a humongous and crushing guitar tone, pulverizing d-beat drumming, bulldozer-like bass lines and and absolutely gut-twisting vocals, Augurs are nothing short of a musical cataclysm. One of those bands that are so full of hateful rage that they will just lay to waste anything daring to stand in their path of destruction. Standing somewhere between Corrupted, Coffinworm, Nasum, His Hero is Gone and Discharge, Augurs can simply not be fucked with. Fuck with them and you will be fucked with. Fuck with them, and you will be destroyed...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LEUCROTA: Wretched and Vile Debut Demo To Be Released End of February - Track Streaming at CVLT Nation.

We're honored and proud to announce our partnership with Santa Cruz, CA- based hardcore punk monstrosity Leucrota, a band who is only a few months old, as they just started playing their first shows only in the fall of 2014, but that have already caused unrepeatable damage in the Bay Area's punk underground and wrecked complete havoc up and down the West Coast with their pillaging and barbaric live shows. In the wake of this ongoing and completely damaged and wretched spawning of cacophony, the band has also recorded their debut demo, which - recorded in the dungeons of Oakland and boasting the sound of a hellish swarm - will now be released on a limited run of cassette tapes and as a digital product by Sentient Ruin. The five raw, lo-fi, disembodied and totally wretched blasts of pillaging aggression contained on this release will resound in the ears of the listener like a frightening wake up call, like an alarm going off in their heads to be reminded of how disgusting, repulsive and totally fucked the world of humans is.

CVLT Nation is exclusively streaming the track Swell below, labeling the demo as "angular and sick in the head punk".


01. Never Again 
02. Concealed from the Sun
03. Swell
04. Systematic Violence
05. Rotten Tongue

(Total running time: 20 minutes)

With a release date set for February 28th 2015, pre-orders for the tape and digital version are live and can be found here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

ABSTRACTER: Second Towering Full-length "Wound Empire" Out in February - Tracks Streaming at CVLT Nation and VICE.

We're extremely proud and honored to announce the release of Abstracter's brand new second full-length album, in collaboration with An Out Recordings from Portland, Oregon. The album will be also available on 12" Vinyl LP through our amazing friends over at Fragile Branch Recordings (US), Vendetta Records (EU/DE), 7Degrees Records (EU/DE) and Shove Records (EU/IT), and through COF Records (Church Ov Fuck) (UK) as a limited edition hand-assembled CD.

A pre-order of the release will be live soon at the band's Bandcamp.
Stream the first track - Lightless - below, courtesy of CVLT Nation, and Cruciform courtesy of VICE.

Crafted in near-seclusion over the past two years, Wound Empire is a forty-five minute hallucinating voyage into a frightening wasteland of complete darkness-ridden heaviness. Spread across four, ten minute-long, massive slabs of obliterating crusted blackened doom, this new album by the Oakland band showcases a massive expansion upon their previous sound as seen on their critically praised debut album, Tomb of Feathers (which was released on CD in 2012 on The Path Less traveled Records and on tape by us), and presents us with a greatly evolved and enhanced vision of Abstracter’s abyssal and crushing sound and of their grimness-injected sonic aesthetic.


01. Lightless (10:56)
02. Open Veins (09:45)
03. Cruciform (10:21)
04. Glowing Wounds (11:10)

(Total running time: 42 minutes)

Centered once again around the construction of lengthy, winding and abyssal build up and collapse progressions, Wound Empire this time also brings entirely new elements to the sonic palette of the band and of their staple massive and enveloping riffing, appearing to be driven by an almost insatiable darkness and by a sinister and primordial hunger for complete sonic annihilation....

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AMERICAN: "Coping With Loss" Out in August - Exclusive Album Stream at CVLT Nation

Get ready to be tortured. american (spelled all lowercase) have finished recording their debut album, it will be called Coping With Loss, and will be released on August 19th 2014 on digital + limited edition cassette tape. You can already pre-order the release here.

CVLT Nation is now streaming the album in its entirety.

Coping With Loss is a scary album to say the least. It's extremely ruinous and death-ridden sonic and conceptual aesthetic is something that you will rarely see around these days, and it's pulverizing and annihilating splicing of black metal, noise, industrial, hardcore and grind is so sadistic and vile that it will leave a path of complete and total savagery and cruelty in it's wake. Gracing the release will be beautiful artwork crafted for the band by Kevin Gan Yuen of Viraloptic and Sutekh Hexen fame. Track listing and artwork for the digital release are as follows:

Coping With Loss


01. Ritual Suicide (04:13)
02. Decedents (03:23)
03. Retinere (02:32)
04. Lamb to Slaughter (04:24)
05. Pulse Beating Slowly (03:28)
06. Solace in the Silence (04:23)
07. Coping With Loss and the Insurmountable Guilt of Existing (17:54)

Total running time: 00:40:17

american are an enigma of sorts. Two obscure and reclusive individuals from Virgina living quite some hours drive apart who get together when they can to bust out the meanest, filthiest, evil, most vile and corrosive blackened hardcore you can think of. The band has thus far relied solely on their own means and efforts to record and release their music, and are an extremely evasive and shy entity that has completely shied away from live activity or any other kind of spotlight,  and that is why we're absolutely flattered and fucking stoked that they have opened up to us and that they are down to work with us...