ENABLER Locks Tour To New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Announces New Drummer And Album

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After several months off the grid, metallic punk radicals, ENABLER, now pledge full-on annihilation in 2014, today announcing their revamped lineup, a plethora of upcoming live actions, and the completion of their highly anticipated second LP.

Over the past two years, ENABLER has followed their massive Southern Lord debut LP, All Hail The Void LP, with widespread touring of North America, Europe and Australia, and unloaded both their four-song Shift Of Redemption EP via Think Fast! Records and six-song Flies EP via The Compound in 2013. Since the Autumn release of Flies, things with the band have been seemingly quiet on the public front, but the band has been working harder than ever behind-the-scenes, and now confirm that 2014 will be their most frantic and busy year yet, beginning with the announcement of their newest lineup. ENABLER officially confirms Ryan Steigerwald as their full-time drummer. Steigerwald previously hails from the Chicago band, The Ox King, in addition to having filled-in as Ringworm’s drummer for the past nine years, and now takes the throne as ENABLER’s first full-time skinsmasher since the departure of Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley in 2012.

Having already performed locally with the stripped-down new lineup — rounded out by bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels and founding vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber — ENABLER has also been secretly recording their latest material over the past few months, and just this week put the finishing touches on their second LP, which will see release later this year; detailed info will be available soon.

The band will tour harder than ever in 2014, the first major trek of the year now confirmed to embark on April 10th as the trio forges across the country on their way to rip shit up at the sixteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 17th. On the opening evening of the gigantic festival, ENABLER will join The Compound labelmates, Philly’s d-beat activists, Cop Problem, as well as All That Remains, Bleeding Through, Broken Hope, Fallujah, Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow and others. From there, ENABLER and Cop Problem will share stages in four more cities before ENABLER forges homeward. Other standout spots on the tour include Skeletal Lightning Fest II in Champagne, Illinois, Forward Ohio Fest in Columbus and more.

Subsequent to the tour, ENABLER is already confirmed to perform at Pouzza Fest in Montreal this May, followed directly by their first time invading Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, and No Tomorrow Fest in Appleton, Wisconsin, with their participation in at least three more major North American tours being confirmed for announcement in the coming weeks.

ENABLER’s Flies EP is is now available in a high-quality/eco-friendly digipak, as the first release for Earsplit’s new label sect, The Compound. With five crushing original tracks as well as a cover of Sepultura’s iconic “Arise” anthem, the EP showcases some of the band’s most grimly melodic angular riffs yet, as always incessantly inundated with instantly memorable hooks and the band’s cynical “fuck off” vibes, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Integrity, Tragedy, All Pigs Must Die). ENABLER and The Compound also licensed Flies to London-based Holy Roar Records who released the EP on massive 12” wax in two color schemes — black, or white splattered — both with a screen-printing of the cover art on the B-side.

Pick up Flies on CD or 12” wax via Earsplit Distro/The Compound RIGHT HERE and stream all of Flies at Revolver, HERE.

ENABLER Confirmed Tour Actions:
4/10/2014 Dragonfly Lounge – Madison, WI
4/11/2014 Error Records – Champagne, IL @ Skeletal Lightning Fest II
4/12/2014 Bier Stube – Moline, IL w/ Northless
4/13/2014 The Demo – St. Louis, MO
4/14/2014 The Donut Shop – Covington, KY
4/16/2014 Badlands – Syracuse, NY
4/17/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest w/ Cop Problem
4/18/2014 The Worthen – Lowell, MA w/ Cop Problem
4/19/2014 Grand Victory – Brooklyn, NY w/ Cop Problem, Go Deep, Agitator
4/20/2014 Backroom Studios – Rockaway, NJ w/ Cop Problem
4/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Cop Problem
4/22/2014 Hook Up – Virginia Beach, VA
4/23/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
4/24/2014 Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Die Choking, Black Mask, Meth Quarry, Rabid Pigs
4/25/2014 Carabar – Columbus, OH @ Forward Ohio Fest
4/26/2014 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
4/27/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/16/2014 Centre-Ville De – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest
5/25/2014 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
6/14/2014 Sharks Club & Billiards – Appleton, WI @ No Tomorrow Fest



ENABLER And COP PROBLEM Added To New England Metal & Hardcore Fest

Milwaukee’s morose hardcore/punk outfit, ENABLER, and Philly’s activism-driven hardcore d-beaters, COP PROBLEM, have both been added to the opening night of this year’s installment of the massive New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, with a regional run of live dates being locked down flanking the gathering.

Just in time for the Spring thaw, these two infectious and aggravated acts will tackle a run of East Coast tour dates together surrounding their sets kicking off NEMHF 2014 on Thursday, April 17th, where ENABLER and COP PROBLEM will join that day’s lineup already including All That Remains, Bleeding Through, Broken Hope, Emmure, Fallujah, Gideon, Kublai Khan, Obey The Brave, Rivers of Nihil and Years Since The Storm, with more still to be announced. The full routing will be announced in the coming days, joined by an even more extensive tour itinerary for ENABLER as they plod their way to the Eastern Seaboard and back to the Midwest.

While ENABLER and COP PROBLEM have randomly shared the stage previously, this upcoming tour is the first official excursion the two will embark on together, as the band’s ties have been further tightened under the banner of Earsplit’s new label sect, THE COMPOUND. The emancipation of ENABLER’s Flies CDEP on Samhain 2013 marked the introductory title from THE COMPOUND, and now one of our next releases will be the 7” vinyl version of COP PROBLEM’s Buried Beneath White Noise EP in March.

With five crushing original tracks and a cover of Sepultura’s “Arise,” ENABLER’s Flies EP showcases some of the band’s most grim yet melodic and angular riffs yet, as always inundated infectious hooks and the band’s fully cynical “fuck off” vibes, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Integrity, Tragedy, All Pigs Must Die). The CD version is available directly from THE COMPOUND now via Earsplit Distro HERE. Flies was also licensed to London-based Holy Roar Records for a killer vinyl pressing available in three color schemes — standard black, clear with black splatter and one edition with a screen-printed B-side. In Europe place preorders HERE and in the US right HERE.

COP PROBLEM’s latest battle cry, Buried Beneath White Noise, is charged with the quartet’s most enraged anthems yet. The four new tracks devastate with white-knuckled percussive rolls, dynamic and devastating riffery, and a torrent of vocal fury in retaliation to the vast, daily injustices afflicting innocent life around the globe, engineered by Will Yip (Paint It Black, Circa Survive, Balance & Composure). The 7” pressing will be released in March through an international joint effort between British DIY label, Prejudice Me, for European territories, and THE COMPOUND for North America. Stay tuned for preorders and an official release date.