The Compound-Fall 2014

Since its inception last year, Earsplit’s DIY label division, The Compound, has been painstakingly forging paths for our close allies, with our seventh official release now out on in the back-alleys of the planet.

Beginning with our maiden title, releasing ENABLER’s Flies EP on Samhain 2013, The Compound has since been responsible for GODHUNTER’s City Of Dust album and split GH/0ST:S LP with SECRETS OF THE SKY, COP PROBLEM’s Buried Beneath White Noise 7”, ENABLER’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde sophomore album (now being released by Century Media for Europe), DIE CHOKING’s self-titled debut 7” and II follow-up 7”, and most recently, the magnificent Break The Clasp debut album from LAE, featuring Steve Austin of Today Is The Day on lead vocals.

Check out the latest on our newest titles below and watch for more news as The Compound begins prepping new releases for 2015, including tunes from LAE, GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL, CLASSHOLE, VISE MASSACRE and much more.

LAE – Break The Clasp

Performing under their original moniker, LAE-TSEU, the outfit now known as LAE impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie circuits in the apocalypse-ready Y2K era of the mid-1990s. In 2013, the band went through an incredible rebirth, completely re-envisioning their original songs with new life knowledge. To capture this soundtrack, the band contracted Steve Austin (Today Is The Day), flying him and an arsenal of gear from his Austin Enterprises from Maine to record in Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, multiple electric organs and pianos and more to capture their long-awaited full-length, fully recorded on an arsenal of vintage analog equipment. However, during the recording process, Austin ended up performing lead vocals to the entire album in addition to other musical contributions. Mastered at Austin Enterprises and enshrouded with artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label), LAE’s Break The Clasp encompasses nearly fifty-three minutes of unearthly, heartbreaking, psychedelic audio artistry delivered in four segments; Life, Hope, Love, Death. Fans of Three Mile Pilot, Pink Floyd, Swans, Sonic Youth, Unwound, Slint, Shellac, early Today Is The Day and more will be instantly hooked. Break The Clasp is out now on all digital platforms as well as eco-friendly, 6-panel, spot-varnish digipak CD, and a massive 180-gram gatefold 2xLP will be available in early 2015 as LAE begins to tour North America on the album. Stream Break The Clasp in its entirety and order the CD/digital RIGHT HERE.


Philadelphia’s demolition trio, DIE CHOKING, shoved their second EP of hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash down the world’s collective throat, with II. Comprised of members previously/currently hailing from other acts Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, Burden and more, the band follows up their self-titled debut EP with another five tracks in less than six minutes, the material swarming with even more enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach, while stepping things up in the songwriting department and delivery on all levels. II was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at Audiosiege. The first pressing limited to 300 copies on vibrant red 7” vinyl, enclosed in the 7” is a document that function’s as a real, personal Living Will, in the theme of the closing track, “Tonsil.” Check out the new video for “Tonsil” HERE and order The Compound’s exclusive mailorder edition limited to 30 copies with the Will printed on paper bag brown HERE.


On their 2014 Southwest US tour together, Tucson-based sludge metal bandits, GODHUNTER and Oakland’s cinematic doom outfit, SECRETS OF THE SKY, were selling a limited edition cassette version of a new split release entitled GH/0ST:S. On this combined effort, both bands showcase even further experimentation into each of their respective crafts, with forty minutes of material, including a crushing new opus from each band, as well as a haunting, thematic accompaniment bearing the “ghosts” theme. Through a joint effort with GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records, GH/0ST:S is now available digitally as well as on a killer 180-gram black/white vinyl swirl LP including a download card, limited to 300 copies. Stream all of GH/0ST:S and purchase the wax and digital HERE.

View and order physical copies of our entire label roster including additional titles not listed here, including ENABLER, GODHUNTER, COP PROBLEM, DIE CHOKING, and more at The Compound’s sector at Earsplit Distro RIGHT HERE. Also at the distro you can find hundreds of other titles from labels including Supernatural Cat, 20 Buck Spin, Selfmadegod, Eolian Empire, Exile On Mainstream, Public Guilt, Battleground and much more, and we’ll continually amass more wares in the coming months. Free stickers, pins mags or other random swag included in every single order.

DIE CHOKING: “Tonsil” Video Terminating Everything At Metal Injection; Recording Sessions For Construction Of Debut LP Locked


Die choking promo

Through an exclusive Metal Injection premiere, Philadelphia-based DIE CHOKING has just released their first official video created for “Tonsil,” the closing track on the trio’s newest EP, II. “Tonsil” is a brutal testimonial for human rights, standing up for an individual’s option to die when in a critical or vegetative state, rather than be kept alive in an unsatisfactory manner by family members. In direct action coinciding with this very personal stance on the matter, the band manufactured a physical document which serves as a legal will to officiate one’s final wishes.

“This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013,” issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction). “Despite the absolute, irreversible nature of brain death she (as far as I know) remains on ‘life’ support. The controversy of this is obvious but my interest is geared more towards the broader subject of CHOICE in regards to medical treatment during end of life scenarios… I love fantasy, horror, and sci-fi just like the next guy. For DIE CHOKING, as an outlet for me, I don’t want to create fiction or fantasy… I want to help and advocate. The subject in ‘Tonsil’ is universal and transcends politics, it is about the reality and potential severity of the death and dying process. This process, although, can be grounded in peace and serenity. It is often centered on resistance, aggression and a frequently indecisive routine of extensive medical and surgical processes. If I can help someone handle and make the important decisions that need to be made then I can feel like I am doing some good in a very sick world.”

However, the video for “Tonsil,” directed by Matt Weikel, is much more direct in its gritty approach, capturing the trio smashing the song into obliteration with all of the high-speed intensity it delivers in a live setting. “Our guitarist Jeff Daniels (Burden) lives at something of an artist commune in Philly,” offers DIE CHOKING drummer Joshua Cohen (also of Cop Problem). “His roomies are all talented Philadelphians, including members of Fight Amp, and Matt Weikel, who is a rad videographer. Weikel just rolled over to our practice spot in South Philly for a couple quick shoots and that was that. We all like the old-school music videos that just showed bands rippin’ it… Some dark imagery and solid editing and Matt delivered perfectly.”

Experience DIE CHOKING’s “Tonsil” for yourself firsthand at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.


Released in September by The Compound, with five explosive new songs in less than six minutes, II shows DIE CHOKING swarming with enraged and psychotic songwriting, and more of an ominous powerviolence approach from their self-titled debut EP. As with its predecessor, the new 7” was recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth) — harnessing all music in one day and all vocals in another — and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Baptists, Code Orange Kids) at AudioSiege, and the artwork and layout created by guitarist Jeffrey V. Daniels. The EP is pressed on thick virgin red vinyl in a run of 300 copies, each one including the functioning personal living will, coinciding with “Tonsil.” Order the II 7” via The Compound RIGHT HERE, or 7” and shirt bundles and digital via the band directly HERE (bundles) and HERE (digital).

Additionally, DIE CHOKING has secured studio time in April to harness the band’s impending debut LP. In early April, the band will raid Studio 4, just outside of Philly in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, to record with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) who will fully engineer and mix the album. Cohen, who has worked with Yip in his other act, Cop Problem, supplies, “We could not be more excited to be recording our debut full-length with Will Yip at Studio 4. Aside from the sheer awesomeness of Studio 4 and long history of musicians who have recorded there, Yip is one of the most talented and driven engineers active today across a multitude of genres. I think this collaboration is going to turn a lot of heads in 2015. We’ve brought our playing and songwriting to entirely new levels for this LP and we could not think of anyone more fit than Yip to bring this to life. We’ll been taking video and more to document the entire studio experience and share as the time comes.”

Details on the album will be confirmed and announced early in 2015 for release during the Summer months.

Watch for more tour dates from DIE CHOKING, who has a late local show at Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow, Friday, December 5th, with Hollow Earth and KDC.

11/05/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Hollow Earth, KDC