THE EARSPLIT COMPOUND continues to infiltrate the populous with quality non-mainstream music through its three subdivided branches of public propaganda — EARSPLIT PR, THE COMPOUND RECS, and EARSPLIT DISTRO — and here declares the latest actions on behalf of its label and mailorder sects for the first quarter of 2015. THE COMPOUND RECS methodically plots the deployment of new works from across the musical underworld through cult label sub-faction, THE COMPOUND RECS, including the new collaboration from GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL, the impending vinyl version of Break The Clasp from LAE, and much more. New and exclusive wares are also now available through EARSPLIT DISTRO, including preorders for the second collaborative LP from WINO & CONNY OCHS, as the only US outlet to purchase the vinyl edition of the album.


Out as of Valentine’s Day is the new collaborative release from political sludge faction, GODHUNTER, and banjo-attacking murderfolk soloist, AMIGO THE DEVIL, a succinct but imposing two-song release capturing both bands in an entirely new approach. GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL PRESENTS: The Outer Dark leads off with a barren hymn, “Weeping Willow,” wrought with both beauty and sadness, ill-omened from the start. The video for the track, created by Frank Huang (Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit), was recently premiered at popular rock underworld portal, The Obelisk RIGHT HERE. On the B-Side, a stark rendition of Nirvana’s iconic ballad, “Something In The Way” pays homage to the already bleak anthem, painted with the foreboding, southwestern Americana vibe of the collaboration, which was released in conjunction with GODHUNTER’s Battleground Records. Stream the entire 7” HERE.


Following its CD and digital release in November, Break The Clasp, from Montreal-based post-rock/hardcore outfit LAE — featuring lead vocalist Steve Austin from Today Is The Day — is now being constructed in its prime, intended format, with the vinyl edition now in the production process. With 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. Having restructured their original lineup and works forged in the Y2K era as LAE-TSU, this dynamic five-piece invited Steve Austin to produce the album, which landed him a seat as the band’s new lead vocalist. Recording in founding member Marc Ablasou’s wood shop, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, accordion and more to capture their debut full-length, Break The Clasp was captured on an arsenal of vintage analog equipment, mastered at Austin Enterprises and bearing artwork by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label). 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 double-LP will be available this late Spring/early Summer. Two videos for the album are also in construction. Stream Break The Clasp in its entirety and order the CD/digital RIGHT HERE. Vinyl preorders coming mid-March.


And as the anxiously anticipated second collaborative LP from American doom metal legend and solo artist, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and iconic German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, entitled Freedom Conspiracy nears late March release via Germany’s Exile On Mainstream, EARSPLIT DISTRO has just posted preorder links to both the CD and LP version. Not only is our depot the ONLY outlet in the US from which to order the vinyl version, but the first fifteen preorders of the LP will also receive a FREE copy of CONNY OCHSSuiciety 7”, with two new songs and an outtake from the Raw Love Songs sessions, initially released to accompany Ochs’ November tour in November 2014 European tour with labelmates, Kristian Harting and Friedemann, limited to 300 copies worldwide. Recorded at Kabumm Studio with producer Thommy Krawallo, as was their Heavy Kingdom LP, the newest collection of ambitious, harrowing and beautiful music created by WINO & CONNY OCHS not only brings forth the same quality of organically conceived folk/rock fans of the previous album should expect, it simply excels in every imaginable aspect. Freedom Conspiracy’s approach is slightly different from Heavy Kingdom as it has been created in a much more organic way with rudimentary ideas brought in by each and then carved into songs by both together. Fusing acoustic and electric guitars and with both artists’ standout vocal styles searing through these thirteen well-crafted brand new hymns, the album delivers forty-five minutes of some of the most refined, dynamic and unforgettable folk/rock music in years. Fans of Woodie Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Scott Kelly, Mike Scheidt and the like should make sure this duo is on your radar. Imported from Germany, the LP version of Freedom Conspiracy is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl in a reverse board sleeve with thermographic print and an extensive booklet, the CD packaged in a mini-gatefold with booklet and matt laminate varnish. Preorders can be placed in the US right HERE and internationally via Exile On Mainstream HERE.

Since the release of ENABLER’s Flies CDEP on Samhain 2013, EARSPLIT’s DIY label division, THE COMPOUND, has 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 released through Century Media for Europe), DIE CHOKING’s self-titled debut 7” and II follow-up 7”, the magnificent Break The Clasp debut album from LAE, featuring Steve Austin of Today Is The Day on lead vocals, and the recent collaborative GODHUNTER & AMIGO THE DEVIL 7”. Updates on future releases and endeavors are being prepped for broadcast in the coming days.

Also stay frosty with updates from EARSPLIT DISTRO as new stock from our cohorts at Eolian Empire, 20 Buck Spin, Supernatural Cat, Selfmadegod, Battleground Records, Indisiplinarian, Exile On Mainstream and more, with new titles from Ufomammut, Rabbits, Encoffination, Treedeon, Secret Cutter, Graves At Sea, Big Black Cloud, Deivos and tons more now joining the hundreds of other releases in our arsenal. Free stickers, pins mags or other random swag included in every order. We’ve also got an Ebay store HERE.


THE COMPOUND: Label Update May 2014: New Releases From ENABLER, GODHUNTER, COP PROBLEM and DIE CHOKING Out Now

Since coming together in the fourth quarter of 2013, Earsplit’s label division, THE COMPOUND, has been slaving away with new releases from an array of incredible, hard-working artists within the American underground.

Following our first release, with ENABLER’s Flies CDEP — which was then licensed to London-based Holy Roar Records for a deluxe vinyl pressing — release number two was for GODHUNTER’s debut full-length, City Of Dust, which we released on digipak CD. Now, our first official vinyl releases are in stock, and we are already racking up other new releases for the Summer months.

The massive, acclaimed debut album from Tucson, Arizona’s political sludge henchmen, GODHUNTER, City Of Dust, is now available on in an amazing LP format. Pressed on mighty 180-gram milky-clear vinyl with a desert rose blood splatter, the record is housed in a full-color gloss jacket and black inner-sleeve, and comes with a full-color 12″ x 24″ lyric/liner sheet, limited to 300 copies worldwide.

Philly d-beat activists COP PROBLEM’s new Buried Beneath White Noise EP is available on vinyl. The crushing 7” comes in a high-gloss four-panel cover and is available in standard black wax in a run of 300 copies worldwide — available through Prejudice Me in Europe — as well as an exclusive clear “cash green” in a run of 200 available only via the band and THE COMPOUND/EARSPLIT DISTRO.

And the vinyl version of the self-titled debut EP from Philly-based hyper thrash/grind assassins, DIE CHOKING — featuring members of COP PROBLEM, ex-Total Fucking Destruction and Burden — is also now in-hand. A stripped-down quality 7” release, this bruiser comes on standard black wax in a first pressing of 300 copies.

Preorders for our biggest label release yet, ENABLER’s brilliant sophomore LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, are now available as well. A cooperative release with Creator-Destructor Records, both labels have their own color/pattern of vinyl each in runs of 250 copies — THE COMPOUND’s version on grey wax with heavy Black/White/’Orange Crush’ splatter — packed in a wide-spine, uncoated jacket with a download code included. The album comes out on Tuesday, May 27th, and orders will begin shipping next week.

Additional new recordings from DIE CHOKING, GODHUNTER, SECRETS OF THE SKY, VISE MASSACRE and tons more are already in the works for release later in 2014, among some other massive projects currently in the devising stages.

Catch all of THE COMPOUND’s bands on tour in the coming months, including ENABLER supporting Eyehategod and Ringworm across all of North America in June, GODHUNTER and SECRETS OF THE SKY touring together for the Doom In June festival and then performing again together at the third annual Southwest Terror Fest, and steady regional touring from both COP PROBLEM and DIE CHOKING.

Also check out the arsenal at EARSPLIT DISTRO, where all of the titles from THE COMPOUND’s artists are housed alongside hundreds of other distributed titles from 20 Buck Spin, Exile On Mainstream, Eolian Empire and countless of our cohort labels, in addition to being the official stateside maiorder distro point for Selfmadegod and Indisciplinarian.

Order all current releases from THE COMPOUND at THIS LOCATION.


5/23/2014 Brooklyn Night Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Sheer Terror, Agitator
6/21/2014 Punk Island – Staten Island, NY

5/31/2014 2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ladder Devils, Prophet Say I, TV Freaks (ex-Burning Love)

5/15/2014 Coach and Horses – Windsor, ON
5/16/2014 Centre-Ville De – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
5/17/2014 The Central – Toronto, ON
5/18/2014 HvyHouse – Ottawa, ON
5/20/2014 Bar Le Megog – Sherbrooke, QC
5/21/2014 Jim’s Basement – Burlington, VT
5/22/2014 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
5/23/2014 Even Flow – Bay Shore, NY w/ Maruta
5/25/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/27/2014 Longbranch Saloon – Knoxville, TN w/ Ringworm
ENABLER w/ Eyehategod, Ringworm:
5/28/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA [tickets]
5/29/2014 Drunk Horse – Fayetteville, NC [tickets]
5/30/2014 Chop Shop – Charlotte NC [tickets]
5/31/2014 611 – Frederick, MD [tickets]
6/01/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA [tickets]
6/02/2014 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]
6/03/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA [tickets]
6/04/2014 American Legion Post 80 – Binghamton, NY [tickets]
6/05/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA [tickets]
6/06/2014 Even Flow – Long Island, NY [tickets]
6/07/2014 Europa – Brooklyn, NY [tickets]
6/08/2014 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA [tickets]
6/09/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY [tickets]
6/10/2014 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI [tickets]
6/11/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH [tickets]
6/12/2014 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN [tickets]
6/13/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL [tickets]
6/14/2014 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI [tickets]
6/15/2014 Bottom End Bar – Appleton, WI [tickets]
6/16/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN [tickets]
6/17/2014 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY [tickets]
6/18/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO [tickets]
6/19/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN [tickets]
6/20/2014 Southport – New Orleans, LA [tickets]
6/21/2014 Dollhouse – Savannah, GA [tickets]
6/22/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL [tickets]
6/23/2014 Looseys – Gainesville, FL [tickets]
6/24/2014 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL [tickets]
6/25/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL [tickets]
8/06/2014 The Busted Lift – Dubuque, IA
8/07/2014 The New Direction – Fargo, ND
8/08/2014 Arson Fest – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/11/02/2014 The Fest 13 – Gainesville, FL [info]

6/06/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/08/2014 Stork Club – Oakland, CA w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/09/2014 Frankie Teardrops – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/10/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/11/2014 The Complex – Glendale, CA w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/12/2014 29 Palms – Palm Desert, CA w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/13/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY
6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ w/ SECRETS OF THE SKY

6/06/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June [info] w/ GODHUNTER
6/07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June [info] w/ GODHUNTER
6/08/2014 Stork Club – Oakland, CA w/ GODHUNTER
6/09/2014 Frankie Teardrops – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ GODHUNTER
6/10/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA w/ GODHUNTER
6/11/2014 The Complex – Glendale, CA w/ GODHUNTER
6/12/2014 29 Palms – Palm Desert, CA w/ GODHUNTER
6/13/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ w/ GODHUNTER
6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ w/ GODHUNTER