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After several months off the grid, the metallic punk radicals in Enabler now pledge full-on annihilation in 2014, today announcing a revamped lineup, a plethora of upcoming live actions, and the completion of a second LP.
Enabler today officially confirms Ryan Steigerwald as the band's 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 new material over the past few months, and just this week put the finishing touches on a second LP, which will see release later this year. More...
As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!
Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
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 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.
While the the two bands have randomly shared the stage previously, this upcoming tour is the first official excursion Enabler and Cop Problem 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" EP on Samhain 2013 marked the introductory title from The Compound, and now one of the label's next releases will be the 7" vinyl version of Cop Problem's "Buried Beneath White Noise" EP in March.
Earsplit's new label faction, The Compound, today exposes the entire new "Flies" EP from Milwaukee's Enabler. Stream the full EP below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
Enabler has confirmed several November gigs in support of Flies, including a show in Chicago with Pelican on the 13th, Saint Louis and Chicago shows with Agrimonia and TOAD on the 21st and 22nd, respectively, and a double-dose of "Flies" release shows on November 23rd, the band to play a matinee show followed by another melee that evening.
11/13/2013 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Pelican
11/21/2013 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Agrimonia, TOAD
11/22/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Agrimonia, TOAD
11/23/2013 Exclusive Company - Milwaukee, WI w/ Midwives (Flies CD Release)
11/23/2013 Public House - Milwaukee, WI w/ Midwives (Flies CD Release) More...
Milwaukee crossover marauders Enabler now confirm the imminent release of the "Flies" EP, the newest swarm of embittered and volatile metallic punk/hardcore anthems to pour forth from The Beer City outfit.
The material on "Flies" was thrown down over two spur-of-the-moment sessions in Minneapolis and Australia earlier this year, and following a recent mastering job by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Integrity, Tragedy, All Pigs Must Die), these random recordings have culminated into an upcoming joint assault between Enabler and The Earsplit Compound.
"The Flies EP was such an unplanned and fun thing to put together," explains Enabler's founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber. "We recorded three of the tracks while holed-up in Minneapolis this past April, with the other three tracks being recorded during an off-day of our Australian tour in Sydney in July. We were able to track five new songs altogether, in addition to finally recording our cover of Sepultura's 'Arise' with vocal help from our tourmates in Urns. The initial plan was to self-release this digitally, but when I brought it up with Dave/Earsplit he offered to release it as the first release under this awesome new label. This is a release that I did not see happening this year at all, and yet here it is! We will still be releasing this digitally as a pay-what-you-want download, with all profits helping us fund our next record, but if you're like me, you're gonna want something to hold in your hands." More...
Enabler has been off the road too long -- nearly two-and-a-half weeks now -- and for the Beer City assassins this is completely unacceptable.
After inundating Europe with Rotten Sound and Martyrdöd in March of this year, Enabler blasted the North American Midwest throughout much of April and May, and then earlier this month did a ten-date tour of Australia. Now, as August begins, the quartet will embark on a seven-city East Coast tour based around a performance at this year’s massive This Is Hardcore fest in Philadelphia. Dates are as follows:
8/06/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
8/07/2013 Dreadful Sounds - Columbus, OH
8/08/2013 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Tragedy
8/09/2013 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA @ This is Hardcore Fest
8/10/2013 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Citizens Arrest
8/11/2013 Elk’s Lodge - Cambridge, MA w/ Livver
8/13/2013 Blind Bob’s - Dayton, OH
Milwaukee's Enabler has locked down several new bouts of Spring tour dates in support of the brand new "Shift Of Redemption" EP, out this week via Think Fast! Records. Hear the full "Shift Of Redemption" EP right now via Invisible Oranges.
The new North American tour dates include a week-long trek through the Midwest later this month, as well as another three-date Midwestern assault in mid-May. These sessions include shows with Weekend Nachos, Early Graves, Rotten Sound, Dead in the Dirt and more, as well as a stop at the two-day D.I.Y. punk/hardcore gathering Forward Ohio Fest in late April with the likes of Wartorn, Raw Power, Masakari and more joining the skirmish.
In addition Enabler has also confirmed their first tour of Australia, with a destructive ten-date expedition alongside Urns now set to go down in July. More...
While Milwaukee’s caustic crew in Enabler are still embarked on the final leg of their sixteen-city maiden European tour alongside Rotten Sound and Martyrdöd, this week another brand new anthem from their upcoming EP has just been released.
The title track to "Shift Of Redemption" opens the four song EP and can be heard via Lambgoat.com here.
Fresh footage from the ongoing European tour has been circulating online as Enabler continues to torture the masses live each night. Check out evidence from last week’s attacks on Stockholm, Sweden in the player below. More...
Today Milwaukee’s annihilating metal/hardcore squad Enabler releases the first single from the pending "Shift Of Redemption" EP, due out on April 9th via Think Fast! Records.
The second of four tracks on the "Shift Of Redemption" EP, “Live Low” portrays the explosiveness this act conveys in every respect. Check out "Live Low" through Metalsucks.net here.
Stated Enabler’s founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber on the creation of the song: "I'm sure I could find some way to doctor this up and make this song seem like more than it is, but I see no reason to fool anyone. I was pretty pissed off and I intended on writing ‘the ultimate fuck you song.’ This song is probably my favorite Enabler song to play live. I can apply the lyrics in this song to many people in my life and I'm sure you can too. Fuck you forever."
Next week, Enabler’s first European tour with Rotten Sound and Martyrdöd begins, with sixteen cities across the continent on the itinerary, beginning with a sendoff show in Dayton, Ohio on February 18th. The following press release was also issued about the band's new EP:
"Following their Southern Lord released All Hail The Void LP, Enabler’s upcoming Shift of Redemption EP features four brand new tracks from the Brew City killers, and showcases the band expanding their infectious sonic violence into new territory. The tracks were recorded by Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings, mixed by Chris Common (Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, High on Fire), with artwork provided by Raf W. More...
Following the "All Hail The Void" LP, released last year via Southern Lord, Milwaukee’s venomous metal/hardcore quartet Enabler is set to drop a crushing new EP this Spring via Think Fast! Records. The following press release was issued about the EP:
"Enabler's upcoming Shift of Redemption EP features four brand new tracks from the Brew City killers, and while a rapid release, showcases the band expanding their infectious brand of sonic violence into new territory.
"The recording lineup for Shift of Redemption included founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber and bassist Amanda Daniels as on All Hail The Void, and welcomes new lead guitarist Eric Dunn (By Way of Sunstorm, ex-Harlots) and drummer Dave Mann (Mouth of the Architect). The brutal anthems were recorded by Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings, mixed by Chris Common (Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, High on Fire), with artwork provided by Raf W.
"The EP is now confirmed for release via Think Fast! Records worldwide on April 9th via digital download and 7”; the first pressing limited to 1,000 copies, with 350 copies pressed on gold wax and 650 on clear.
"Preceding the release of Shift of Redemption, Enabler will trek across the Atlantic for their maiden Europe tour. Confirmed for a sixteen-city massacre alongside Finnish grinders Rotten Sound and Swedish crust/metal squad Martyrdöd, the mayhem will begin with a sendoff show in Dayton, Ohio on February 18th. However Enabler is currently operating without a full-time drummer, Andrew Stamm will lay down the percussive assault on the band’s first European tour." More...
Milwaukee-based wrecking crew Enabler has just announced a new string of North American live assaults set to run from mid-October through the first week of November. With shows booked as part of the annual CMJ conference in New York City, this year’s installment of the massive Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, the eleventh annual incarnation of The Fest in Gainesville, Florida and more, Enabler will share the stage with the likes of Yakuza, Former Thieves, Converge, Kvelertak, Brutal Truth and a range of other potent acts along the way.
Following a brutal touring schedule over the first half of the year, Enabler took a bit of time to regroup. The new incarnation of this crushing riff engine contains founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber (Today Is the Day, Trap Them, Harlots) and bassist Amanda Daniels, who now induct new drummer Dave Mann (Mouth of the Architect, ex-Rune) and new guitarist Eric Dunn (By Way of Sunstorm, ex Harlots), re-solidifying the outfit’s lineup.
The band’s Southern Lord debut "All Hail the Void" surges with 35-minutes of lethal material, which has pillaged media outlets internationally since its release in July. "All Hail The Void" can still be streamed in its entirety via Blow The Scene right here. More...
Southern Lord has confirmed the details for a special free label showcase in Pomona, California this June 23rd.
As part of the massive Southern Lord label package tour set to tear through the country in the weeks ahead, the label showcase co-presented with Scion A/V metal will take place at The Glass House in Pomona, and will be the solitary manifestation of the entire tour to take place in Los Angeles County. The lineup for the show features all four core acts on the label tour -- Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath -- in addition to a special headlining guest appearance by labelmates Pelican.
As a free Scion A/V metal RSVP-only event the spots will fill up extremely fast. If you plan on attending, make sure to reserve your spot at this location.
The Southern Lord label tour will run through the U.S. for nearly a month, with the core acts Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath being joined by the likes of Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead In The Dirt, The Secret and more via special regional appearances. More...
The details on the new album from Milwaukee-based extreme hardcore/metal crossover killers Enabler are in. The band's first release for Southern Lord Recordings, "All Hail the Void" is at the pressing plant being prepared for a July 17th North American street date. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Coalescing energetic and dynamic elements of hardcore, punk, crust and death metal into their own brutal brew, Enabler have amassed a fanatical fanbase through last year's Year One CD, multiple EP's and split releases with Drainland, Ambassador Gun and Yautja and more over the last few years, not to mention the countless regional live shows, tours and festival appearances.
"Recorded and engineered by guitarist Greg Thomas, All Hail the Void surges with the most enraged talent from this destructive outfit to date, unwavering in its 35-minute rampage. The album's original artwork and layout was commissioned to be handled by Jimpaler, who has handled similar duties for several previous Enabler releases."
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. The Heathens
4. Fuck Today
5. False Profit
6. All Hail The Void
7. True Love
8. They Live, We Sleep
9. No Deliverance
10. Save Yourself
12. Funeral Dirge
Always on the go, Enabler currently on tour in the Midwest US, including shows with Northless, Ringworm, and more scheduled through the rest of the month. Following that Enabler has been announced as one of the core acts confirmed for this Summer's Southern Lord package tour. Upcoming dates are below. More...
The final details and routing for the previously-announced Southern Lord Summer package tour have been confirmed today. The tour is set to bring some of the label's newest and most promising acts as well as some heavy veterans on the eclectic but lethal roster together for a near month-long trek across the face of America.
The core acts for the tour include the Ontario-based hardcore/rock outfit Burning Love (featuring ex-Cursed vocalist), dark lords of Swedish crust Martyrdod, Milwaukee's metal/hardcore crossover outfit Enabler, and Seattle's d-beat/death-infused hardcore bastards Black Breath headlining the full tour. All four bands have brand new albums either already out or set to be unleashed based around the tour.
Special guests Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead in the Dirt, The Secret, and more will also infiltrate the routing, each with one or more regional performances throughout the debauchery-ridden escapade, and Southern Lord will also host a label showcase in Pomona, California with details to be announced in the coming weeks. More...
On March 16th from noon to 6PM at The Longbranch Inn (1133 East 11th Street, Austin, TX), Century Media Records, CVLT Nation, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters will present a free party held during the annual SXSW music festival.
The event features the legendary Andrew W.K., black metallers Nachtmystium, psychedelic sludge The Atlas Moth, multi-talented Bruce Lamont, blackened crust warriors Young and the Way, ambient crustcorers Vestiges, and evil punk/hardcore band Enabler!
Additionally, Mike IX, the host of this special event, will also read passages from his latest book, Cancer as a Social Activity.
Enabler will be releasing a new offering titled "All Hail The Void," and the band issued the following press release about the upcoming album:
"Be prepared to have your head crushed by Enabler. This brain-melting hardcore punk/metal crossover band from Milwaukee was formed by guitarist / vocalist and songwriter Jeff Lohrber. Cut from the same cloth as the likes of Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Nasum and Masakari, Enabler is soon to release a new album via Southern Lord."
The new album entitled "All Hail The Void" will be produced with guitarist Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, The Risk Taken). Drums were tracked at Howl Street Recordings by Shane Hotchstetler, who has recorded a majority of the Enabler discography. Guitar, bass, vocal tracking, and mixing will commence at Fuck City and Silver Bullet Studios with Greg Thomas handling engineering and mixing duties. Original artwork and layout will be handled by Jimpaler (who has done art for the previous albums "Year One" and "War Begins With You.")
More album and tour info on Enabler will soon follow in the coming weeks.
Texas is a large enough state, the largest of the lower forty-eight, and has so many metal scenes that its promoters have built festivals consisting solely of bands within its large borders. The Goregrowler’s Ball built its foundation on Lone Star groups. The first installment began five years ago, when festival organizer, Aaron Mendiola (read his interview) threw a thirty-band birthday bash in honor of his thirtieth birthday. Devourment headlined, a Texas band, albeit one of international acclaim. Since the first sanguinary celebration in 2007, Mendiola has continually increased the amount of signed bands with strong reputations in the metal underground, culminating with the strongest lineup yet at this year’s festivities.
As many festival promoters before him have done, Mendiola tapped some of the talent from ongoing tours. The Metal Underground-sponsored tour featuring Exhumed, Goatwhore and Havok provided day one’s headliners. Singaporean black metallers, Impiety didn’t have to board a plane for thirty hours (or however long it takes) to arrive in Texas. The festival comprised their San Antonio stop on the tour. Gravehill were part of this tour and were originally scheduled to play the Ball, but cancelled at the beginning of the month. Internal Bleeding, Hirax and Brutal Truth took center stage on Saturday and Suffocation ended the fest in a bone-breaking fashion.
The “A Clockwork Orange” dubbed Korova Club played host to the event. The club’s downtown location provided plenty of cheap parking, but the outdoor stage sparked controversy from townies and tourists alike. As if the festival were an odd, new River Walk attraction, people passing by often stopped and took in the strange noises that emanated from Korova’s parking lot stage. Food and beverages were prohibited from entering or leaving Korova’s gated premises, but allegedly one patron took a beer to the parking lot, which resulted in the club receiving a fine. On the third day, one of the fans alleged that the outdoor stage would be shut down due to excessive profanity. That never happened, but Goatwhore’s 11:30-12:00 outdoor showing went inside. Day two saw the indoor-outdoor shuffle retire at 10 PM and even earlier on the third day. More...
Mares of Thrace, which features Ken Mode bassist Therese Lanz, is gearing up for a North American outing and will soon be coming stateside to tour with Milwaukee’s Enabler (featuring members of Today is the Day and Trap Them).
Therese Lanz was also recently covered in Revolver Magazine’s "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" column at this location.
The upcoming Mares of Thrace tour dates are as follows:
Wed Aug 3 Calgary, AB Undermountain
Thurs Aug 4 Saskatoon, SK Lucifest @ Amigo's
*With Enabler (ex-members of Today is the Day and Trap Them)
*Friday Aug 5 Winnipeg, MB Arsonfest @ The Death Trap
*Sun Aug 7 Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates Pub
*Mon Aug 8 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ The Rosie
*Tues Aug 9 Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf
*Wed Aug 10 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
*Thurs Aug 11 Quebec City, QC @ Bar Octobre
*Fri Aug 12 Toronto, ON @ Parts and Labour
*Sat Aug 13 Hamilton, ON @ the Casbah
*Sun Aug 14 Detroit, MI @ The Shack
*Mon Aug 15 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
*Tues Aug 16 Columbus, OH @ Legion of Doom
*Wed Aug 17 Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton
*Thu Aug 18 St Louis, MO @ APOP Records
*Fri Aug 19 Chicago, IL @ TBA
*Sat Aug 20 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
*Sun Aug 21 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rat Hole
Mon Aug 22 Fargo, ND 396.4 @ New Direction
Wed Aug 24 Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
Thu Aug 25 Portland, OR @ Plan B
Fri Aug 26 Seattle, WA @ the Funhouse
Sat Aug 27 Vancouver, BC @ the Waldorf
sun Aug 28 Kamloops, BC @ the LBH
Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.
Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.
Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.
The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...