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Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler has entered Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Tet and producer Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud), who also produced the band's critically acclaimed album, "All Hail The Void" (2012). Mastering will be done by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. An early summer 2015 release date is planned.
Enabler's Jeff Lohrber comments: "It's been great working with Greg Thomas again. Greg is a former guitarist of the band, in addition to producing our debut full-length, 'All Hail the Void'. I thought it was key to work with a producer who is not only a brilliant engineer, but also understands the band's sound. We've done this before, so there's a lot of fresh ideas coming out-- some things we wanted to try previously but didn't have the time for, as well as a lot of reflection on the previous material of everything that we love about it as well as everything that we think needed to change. The collection of songs on this record is the most dense and diverse that I've written for Enabler-- at times it is the band at its heaviest and most destructive moments, and at times is the most melodic and heartfelt it's ever been. There is also a general love for punk and traditional rock and roll that comes out on this record that the band hasn't quite done before, with a lot of black metal style undertones hidden beneath it. The record just sounds scary, but very listenable at the same time. I'm always excited for every release the band puts out, but I think this one takes the cake on anything the band has done previously. I can't wait for everyone to hear it."
Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler will be touring North America next year as co-headliners with Call of the Void. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Feb. 6, 2015 - Columbus Ohio - Carabar *
Feb. 7, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
Feb. 8, 2015 - Memphis, TN - Hitone
Feb. 9, 2015 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Feb. 10, 2015 - Houston, TX - Walter's
Feb. 11, 2015 - San Antonio, TX - TBA
Feb. 12, 2015 - Austin, TX - Red 7
Feb. 13, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM - House show
Feb. 14, 2015 - Mesa, AZ - 51west
Feb. 15, 2015 - San Diego, CA - Tower Bar
Feb. 16, 2015 - Tijuana, MEX - You Revolution Bar
Feb. 17, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star
Feb. 18, 2015 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
Feb. 19, 2015 - Sacramento, CA - The Blue Lamp
Feb. 20, 2015 - Berkeley, CA - Gilman St
Feb. 21, 2015 - Portland, OR - High Water Mark
Feb. 22, 2015 - Vancouver, CAN - 333 w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 23, 2015 - Seattle, WA - Highline w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 24, 2015 - Spokane, WA - The Hop w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 25, 2015 - Boise, ID - Shredder
Feb. 26, 2015 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
Feb. 27, 2015 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
Feb. 28, 2015 - Omaha, NE - West Wing *
Mar. 1, 2015 - Peoria, IL - Encounter *
Mar. 2, 2015 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge *
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Century Media Records has signed Ohio-based hardcore/metal band, Enabler. The label had this to say:
"Led by front man, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, Enabler stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today.
"The band's sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley's FC Records in 2010.
"Two full length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the critically acclaimed 2012 break-through album, All Hail the Void, on Southern Lord Records.
"In 2014, the band released their 2nd full length LP, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, on Creator Destructor/Earsplit Compound. The album title is based off of the John Carpenter movie Cigarette Burns. Recording was done in December of 2013 by engineer Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, and it was mastered by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day at Austin Enterprise.
"The amazing artwork was finished by Chris Smith at Gray Aria design. The album was performed by Lohrber on guitar and vocals, Amanda Daniels playing bass and providing backing vocals, and Ringworm touring member Ryan Steigerwald on drums." More...
Premiering via Metal Injection, Enabler today releases a first official video for "Close My Eyes," the opening track to pounding second LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde." Check it out below.
The most straightforward track on "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," the video for "Close My Eyes" was filmed and edited by Kaleigh Atkinson and Sam Bowman on Enabler's Spring 2014 East Coast Tour preceding the release of the new LP. You can also catch the band live on these dates:
8/01/2014 The Foundry - Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Mortals
8/03/2014 Blind Bobs - Dayton, OH
8/04/2014 The HighDive - Champaign, IL
8/05/2014 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL w/ Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder
8/06/2014 The Busted Lift - Dubuque, IA
8/07/2014 The New Direction - Fargo, ND
8/08/2014 Arson Fest - Winnipeg, MB
8/09/2014 The Rathole - Minneapolis, MN
8/10/2014 The Public House - Milwaukee, WI More...
Enabler's sophomore LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," will inundate the masses in just days, set for unleashing on Tuesday, May 27th.
Having just returned from a three-week East Coast tour, Enabler will head back out on a new six-week tour assault in just days, as the release date for new LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," nears its street date.
Enabler's newest tour itinerary begins this Thursday, May 15th with a five-city run including a set at the massive three-day Pouzza Fest in Montreal. From there, the band treks back to the East Coast on the way to let loose at its first ever Maryland Deathfest performance on Sunday May 25th at Batlimore Soundstage.
Just two days later "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" will see release the same day as Eyehategod's brand new album, after which both bands will tour the U.S. for a full month, with the trek also including Ringworm. Full dates are available below. More...
Spanning two years since the band's Southern Lord-released "All Hail The Void" debut LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" is due out May 27th and was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
From amidst a currently ongoing North American tour out to the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and beyond, Enabler has been confirmed as opening support for Eyehategod and Ringworm on a bruising, month-long U.S. tour from the end of May through late June.
The trek begins just one day after both Enabler and Eyehategod release their brand new LPs and three days after Enalber marks its debut performance at the Maryland Deathfest.
The band's new album "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" is due out May 27th and was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises.
As the final touches are being put on the second LP from Enabler, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde," the first single from this dynamic album to hammer the public has been released and can be heard below, courtesy of MetalSucks.
Another of Enabler's recordings to be inspired by the works of legendary horror/sci-fi director, John Carpenter - in this case, his 2005 episode of the Masters Of Horror series, "Cigarette Burns" - the "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" album was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises.
The album will be released on May 27th, 2014. You can also catch the band on the road soon, with details available after the jump. More...
The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.
Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.
This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:
Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...
Following recent broadcasts informing the public of Enabler's deadly revamped lineup and impending East Coast tour, the Midwest-based trio now expose the details on an upcoming second full-length release, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde."
Translated from French to signify "the absolute end of the world," the title of the new album is yet another of the band's works inspired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in this case in referencing his movie "Cigarette Burns."
"La Fin Absolue Du Monde" was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at his Austin Enterprises.
Stated founding guitarist/vocalist and chief songwriter Jeff Lohrber on the current state of Enabler: "This record is one of the proudest moments of my recording career. It's a record made by a full band, and it sounds like a band playing. That is something that is lost in modern recording and is slowly becoming a thing of the past in the modern world of music. I feel alienated by it and I'm pissed about it. I recommend turning everything all the way up while listening to it."
Further details on the release, pre-orders, and track listing are forthcoming.
The promoters of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival are proud to announce the addition of longtime U.S. metalcore dynamos Darkest Hour to the lineup for this year's festivities.
This Saturday, March 22nd will also mark the finals for this year's ongoing Break Thru Music Presents: Battle for Metal Fest competition, the action going down at two locations simultaneously. At the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut at 6pm, sets from finalists Physics of Demise, Vengeful Wake, Hollow, To Die a Legend and Dream of Scipio, We Are Nothing, Lightsbane, Rise And Resist, Imperium Mortis, Acius, Behold The Beginning and Victim Of Innocence.
Back at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts where the fest takes place, the battle will include performances from Chaos Machine, Hitlist, Onward, Begat The Nephilim, Rumors of Betrayal, Seeds Of Negligence, Along Came the Flood, Assault On The Living, Carnivora, Written In Stone, Death Rattle. The winners will of course take part in the assault on the Palladium at this year's event.
From Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th over 75 bands will once again infiltrate Worcester's iconic Palladium Theatre for the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Darkest Hour, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars of Tomorrow, Silence The Messenger, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, Years Since The Storm
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...