DIE CHOKING Begins Grind Is The New Black European Tour This Week; Preorders for III CD Posted

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Hypergrind trio DIE CHOKING will begin their first tour of Europe this week, kicking off Grind Is The New Black. The tour also marks the CD release of the band’s debut album III, being co-released between The Compound Recs and Selfmadegod Records.

Surrounding its initial deluxe vinyl release through The Compound Recs in October, DIE CHOKING’s III has been issued glowing accolades from international punk and metal press outlets and bewildered fans who have witnessed the trio deploying the LP’s ripping anthems live. III will now be issued on CD, the disc being made available on their European tour. The CD will then be available in Europe via Selfmadegod Records and in the US via The Compound Recs/Earsplit Distro on February 26th.

Preorders for the CD version of III and the limited vinyl pressing of III in an A Side/B Side black-base Blue Splatter and more can be found exclusively right HERE, and the Blues Of The Mighty Haze and Blue & Bone Splatter Milky Clear pressings of the vinyl and other merch options through DIE CHOKING right HERE.

DIE CHOKING‘s maiden overseas tour, Grind Is The New Black sees the band joining up with Paris-based Department Of Correction for their maiden overseas tour, with two weeks of shows beginning this Friday, February 12th, and running through the 27th, the shows heavily concentrated in the UK and France, and including a set at the first DeathFist Fest in Nantes.

Following the European tour, DIE CHOKING is also confirmed to take part in Berserker III Fest in Detroit, playing March 4th with Conan, Cannabis Corpse, Black Tusk and Yautja. Several additional tour dates with Fucking Invincible will follow the fest. April will see them on a Southeast mini-tour with Organ Dealer, taking part in Useless Christ Fest 14 in Philly with Birdflesh, Suffocation, and many more. May will have DIE CHOKING out on a mini-tour of New England with Pyrrhon, and July will see them raiding the Southeast again for Blood Rust II Fest in Asheville, North Carolina with the likes of Torch Runner, Prisoner, Empty Vessels, Bathe, Abacus, and others.

Joshua Cohen was also recently featured in a Metal Injection feature on 5 Insane Grindcore Drummers, placing DIE CHOKING alongside the likes of Phobia, Magrudergrind, Gridlink, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and more in the percussion department; check out the feature HERE, and stand by for a brand new video next week.

Stream DIE CHOKING’s III in its entirety at Soundcloud HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

2/12/2016 Le Buzz – Paris, FR w/ Department Of Correction
2/13/2016 Bar Live – Roubaix, FR w/ Department Of Correction
2/14/2016 Unicorn – London, UK w/ Department Of Correction
2/15/2016 Red Lion – Bristol, UK w/ Department Of Correction
2/16/2016 Northumberland – Newcastle, UK w/ Department Of Correction
2/17/2016 Maguire’s Pizza Bar – Liverpool, UK w/ Department Of Correction
2/18/2016 The Old Angel – Notthingham, UK w/ Department Of Correction
2/19/2016 DeathFist Fest – Nantes, FR w/ Department Of Correction [info]
2/20/2016 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR w/ Department Of Correction
2/21/2016 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR w/ Department Of Correction
2/22/2016 Thunderbird Lounge – Saint Etienne, FR w/ Department Of Correction
2/23/2016 Haus Mainush – Mayence, DE w/ Department Of Correction
2/24/2016 Sanitätstelle – Chemnitz, DE w/ Department Of Correction
2/25/2016 Epplehaus – Tübingen, DE w/ Department Of Correction
2/26/2016 Cafete – Bern, CH w/ Department Of Correction
2/27/2016 Black Box – Saint Dizier, FR w/ Department Of Correction
3/04/2016 Berserker Fest III – Detroit, MI [info] w/ Conan, Cannabis Corpse, Black Tusk, Yautja
3/05/2016 House Show – Lansing, MI w/ Sunlight’s Bane, Dead Hour Noise, Mutilatred
3/10/2016 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA w/ Fucking Invincible
3/11/2016 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Fucking Invincible
3/12/2016 Lava Space – Philadelphia, PA w/ Fucking Invincible
4/08-09/2016 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA @ Useless Christ Fest 14 w/ Birdflesh, Suffocation
5/12/2016 The Funky Jungle – Providence, RI w/ Pyrrhon
5/13/2016 Obrien’s – Boston, MA w/ Pyrrhon
5/14/2016 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME w/ Pyrrhon
5/15/2016 – Westcott Community Center – Syracuse, NY
7/08-10/2016 Tiny Boat Art Space in Asheville, NC@ Blood Rust II Fest w/ Torch Runner, Prisoner, more

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DIE CHOKING: Cvlt Nation Releases Track From New Seven-Inch Details Of Legal Living Included In EP Posted

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Now just two weeks from release is the second 7” from Philadelphia-based hyperthrash/grindcore trio, DIE CHOKING, simply entitled II, and as The Compound prepares for the wax to hit the streets, today Cvlt Nation leaks a new track from the decimating EP.

Brutal doesn’t even begin to describe the output this destructive, light-speed release, as DIE CHOKING picks up where their debut self-titled EP left off, discharging five songs in less than six minutes. Yet an equally heavy theme surges within the band’s lyrics on II, most notably in its closing track, “Tonsil.” With the vinyl version of the EP, the band is including a printed document which will serve as a legal, personal Living Will, to memorialize one’s final wishes upon their time of death.

Issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul J. Herzog of the track’s lyrics and the inclusion of the Living Will with the EP, “This song is a dedication to the memory of Jahi McMath who died on December 12th 2013. 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. It is unfortunate, but families often contradict explicit wishes of dying loved ones. The severe and painful nature of pursuing a ‘do everything you can’ mentality is dire to say the least. This, to me, is pure tragedy. My goal is to open the dialogue a bit and introduce a tool to communicate the questions one needs to ask should they or a loved one be in a life threatening or life ending circumstance. Most people WILL end up THERE and not simply die in their sleep nor arrive to a facility DOA.”

Cvlt Nation is now hosting an exclusive stream of “Tonsil” as well as a peek at the Living Will document and a more extensive statement on the song at THIS LOCATION.

Noisey/Vice previously unleashed the EP’s opening track “Non-Yielder” RIGHT HERE.

II will see release on September 29th via The Compound and DIE CHOKING, on both digital and virgin red vinyl 7” in a run of 300 copies. The band’s hyperactive, earthmoving grind/thrash resounds with an even darker powerviolence edge than their self-titled EP, with even more velocity and fury fueling the tunes. Recorded and mixed at Mark It Zero Studios with Dan O’Hare (Brutal Truth), as was its predecessor — the music harnessed in one day and the vocals in another — II was mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege (Baptists, Code Orange Kids, Integrity).

Preorders for the virgin red vinyl 7” can be placed via The Compound HERE.

DIE CHOKING has booked a hometown record release show for II on October 17th with Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain and Fantasy Panther. This show will begin a week-long DIE CHOKING and Fantasy Panther tour which is partially confirmed, with several shows in the final stages of planning, and new shows are already being booked for later in the Fall.

10/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA *II record release show w/ Pyrrhon, Artifical Brain, Fantasy Panther [info]
10/18/2014 The Wasteland – Kutztown, PA @ V.O.S Fest w/ Unknown To God, Empty Vessels, Fantasy Panther [info]
10/19/2014 Voodoo Brewery – Meadville, PA w/ Grin & Bear It, Fantasy Panther
10/22/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Fantasy Panther
11/16/2014 Dishaus – Baltimore, MD w/ Visions Of War, Wrath Cobra, Incisor [info]

“Featuring past and present members of such family-friendly units as Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem comes Die Choking, a Philadelphia trio hellbent on grind obliteration with their new EP II.” – Noisey

“The great thing about this release is that you can just put this on an endless loop and you’ll never get tired of it. The grind is real, the grind is great and the grind is intense. 4/5” – Headbang Or GTFO


SECRETS OF THE SKY: Immense Track From Split LP With GODHUNTER Now Streaming At MetalSucks


“The Star” — the prime track leading off the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the GH/0ST:S LP, the band’s impending split album with GODHUNTER — is now playing through an exclusive premiere at MetalSucks.

Featuring the newest recordings from the Oakland, California-based cinematic doom metal outfit since their acclaimed 2013-releaed debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, the SECRETS OF THE SKY-owned B-side of the LP, leads off with “The Star.” The nearly seven-minute opus picking up directly where the album left off boasts the band’s gargantuan doom metal riffage and spacious, otherworldly atmospheres, slickly delivered with impeccably tunderous production, the result of the band’s return to Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation), who recorded both of the band’s works. MetalSucks, who issued massive praise of To Sail Black Waters, including multiple best-of 2013 lists, is now hosting an exclusive stream of the massive track, stating, “GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY are very different bands, but they provide the perfect foil for one another, the yin and yang, GODHUNTER’s stoney, sludged out riffs balanced out by SECRETS OF THE SKY’s delicate splendor,” and confirming that “The Star” is, “as fantastic as anything the band’s ever done.”

Listen to SECRETS OF THE SKY’s “The Star” via MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.

Also hear GODHUNTER’s LP opening “Pursuit/Predator” via Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

GH/0ST:S brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with GODHUNTER’s side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and SECRETS OF THE SKY’s recorded and mixed by Juan Urteagaat Trident Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. The album showcases some of the most expansive new material from both bands, with both acts’ contributing a massive lead track as well as an extensive ethereal/experimental track bearing the GH/0ST:S theme. Following its limited edition cassette release for their Southwestern tour together this Spring, GH/0ST:S will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records and Earsplit’s THE COMPOUND RECS on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Preorders for GH/0ST:S are live via The Comound/Earsplit Distro HERE.

Both SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER are confirmed to perform at LuciFest II in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III this October. The two-day second installment of LuciFest, consuming October 3rd and 4th and featuring bands from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, will see both acts performing the second night with Demon Lung, xDoperunnerx, Reproacher, Hummingbird of Death, Sorxe and more. Two weeks later, they hit the crushing Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, the fest co-created by members of GODHUNTER and other local acts and set to engulf Tucson for four days, from Thursday, October 16th through Sunday the 19th. Here, SECRETS OF THE SKY will share the stage with Primitive Man, North and Windmill of Corpses, and GODHUNTER will support Goatsnake, Pelican and Eagle Twin. Neurosis, Sunn O))), -16-, The Atlas Moth, Baptists, Obliterations and tons more will also perform at the four-day, two-venue gathering.

Following SWTF III, SECRETS OF THE SKY will return to Trident Studios this to record their sophomore LP to be completed for release in early 2015. Stay tuned.

10/04/2014 LuciFest – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Godhunter, Demon Lung, Reproacher, Sorxe [info]
10/18/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Primitive Man, North, Windmill Of Corpses [info]

8/24/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Bl’ast, Brank Bjork Lord Dying
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin [info]



DIE CHOKING: Debut 7-Inch From Philly Hyper-Trio Out Now; Band Raids Decibel Tour Tomorrow


Philadelphia’s brutalizing manic grind/thrash trio, DIE CHOKING, will raid the opening slot of the Decibel Magazine Tour as it rolls into their hometown tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, joining the touring lineup which includes Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and headliners Carcass. Annihilation is imminent.

DIE CHOKING will also hammer ‘bangers in Pittsburgh on April 24th with labelmates, Enabler. More shows are currently being planned in preparation for the band’s second EP, recorded earlier this month once again with Dan O’Hare, which is coming together for release this Summer, and will continue as they begin to set up their debut LP late this year.

Featuring Paul J Herzog (ex-Total Fucking Destruction) on bass/vocals, Joshua T. Cohen (Cop Problem) on drums, and Jeffrey V. Daniels (Burden) on guitar, the self-titled debut 7” release from the unstoppable DIE CHOKING hypershred killing machine is out now via The Compound. A face-peeling, high-speed juggernaut bringing the band’s smoldering concoction of brutal punk mayhem, breakneck grindcore, and hectic, raw thrash, Die Choking was recorded by Brutal Truth guitarist Dan O’Hare at his Mark It Zero Studios in New Jersey, and unloads five point-blank tracks in well under six minutes. Pressed in a run of 300 copies on black wax with a high-gloss cover, the 7” wax attack of the EP is available now via The Earsplit Compound’s label subfaction, The Compound. Place orders for Die Choking and more via Earsplit Distro HERE.

Stream the entire Die Choking EP via Decibel RIGHT HERE and scope visual evidence of the trio’s rage via Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit HERE.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:
4/12/2014 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA w/ Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem
4/24/2014 The Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Enabler, Black Mask, Meth Quarry, Rabid Pigs



COP PROBLEM: Vinyl Preorders Of New EP Available From The Compound; NEMHF Tour With Enabler Confirmed


South Philly punk/hardcore activists, COP PROBLEM, are becoming an underground powerhouse, through the releasing of prime material, diehard DIY touring, and their willingness to support socio-political and environmental causes and animal rights. On their second 7” EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, the band’s four new tracks devastate with the dueling thunder of guitarist Randon Martin and bassist George G, packed with white-knuckled percussive rolls and torrential d-beatings from drummer Joshua Cohen (Die Choking), all topped with a searing torrent of vocals from frontwoman Deb Cohen’s disparaging delivery, raging in the vein of Cloud Rat, Oathbreaker and All Pigs Must Die, and engineered by Will Yip (Paint It Black, Circa Survive, Balance & Composure).

Having seen digital release by COP PROBLEM in the Fall of 2013, the physical manifestation of this beast is now upon us, as the band joins with THE COMPOUND to release a killer 7” version of Buried Beneath White Noise on US turf, with British DIY label, Prejudice Me, handling European territories. The platters are at the plant and will be delivered in just over a week, in a deuce of color schemes. Not only will the planned black wax pressing of 300 copies exist, but an additional pressing of 200 copies of an experimental new color pattern is being put into production for a special pressing only COP PROBLEM and THE COMPOUND will be selling; the pressing melding a translucent dark green with Coke-bottle clear which the pressing plant has never done. Preorders for both the standard black and the “green thing” are available now via EARSPLIT DISTRO.

While COP PROBLEM stays quite active on the tour front on their own, the coming weeks will see them hit the road for a killer run with now-labelmates, Enabler. While COP PROBLEM and Enabler have randomly shared the stage previously, this upcoming tour is the first official excursion the two will embark on together, and both with new releases out on THE COMPOUND. COP PROBLEM will unite with Enabler’s then-ongoing tour to perform the opening night of this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 17th, both bands joining All That Remains, Bleeding Through, Broken Hope, Darkest Hour, Emmure, Fallujah, Kublai Khan, Rivers of Nihil and more that evening. From there the two acts will crush through Lowell, Brooklyn, Rockaway and Philadelphia together before Enabler splits loose to continue back to the Midwest.

4/17/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest w/ Enabler
4/18/2014 The Worthen – Lowell, MA w/ Enabler, Matahari, Los Bungalitos
4/19/2014 Grand Victory – Brooklyn, NY w/ Enabler, Go Deep, Agitator
4/20/2014 Backroom Studios – Rockaway, NJ w/ Enabler, Ides, Hell Mary, Iron Born, Grit
4/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Enabler, Outer Heaven