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Friday, January 22, 2016

Agoraphobic Nosebleed: Arc EP streaming


Long-running extreme metal institution, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, today spreads their sonic deviance across the lands via a full stream of their forthcoming new EP, Arc. Slated to drop this Friday via Relapse Records, the three-track offering is currently monopolizing the airwaves of Noisey.

Stream Arc below.



Led by the distinctive howl of Katz, Arc is a crushing, three-song onslaught of misanthropic, musical violence, and the first in a series of four Agoraphobic Nosebleed EPs designed to decimate your total being. The more than twenty-five-minute-long sludge-fueled feast finds Agoraphobic Nosebleed sounding heavier, doomier and more destructive than ever before. In a perfect 10/10 review of the record, The Metal Observer hails, "a sludge masterpiece for a modern era that's heavier than original sin and twice as transgressive." In a 4.5/5 score, Metal Riot concurs calling the EP, "a true headbanger's oasis of skull crunching, pit-worthy riffs that can appeal to fans of stoner, grind, fringe hardcore and even slow death metal at times... a monster." Two Guys Metal Reviews names Agoraphobic Nosebleed, "one of the defining heavy acts of our time," adding, "for anyone who doubted Agoraphobic Nosebleed's supremacy in the realm of heavy music before, this record is the gem in the band's crown that launches them among the greats." Exclaim commends, "twenty-five minutes of absolutely crushing sludge/doom that captures the band's intensity in some immense, heavy riffs and dark, plodding grooves," while Hellbound adds in a 8.5/10 rating, "the first great sludge record of 2016 was just laid down by a grindcore band."

In conjunction with the release of Arc, both Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States Of America full-lengths will be available on vinyl for the first time in over a decade.

Arc, along with the vinyl editions of Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States Of America will be available on January 22nd, 2016. Physical preorders are available now here, and digital preorders are available at this location.

Sample the vinyl trailer at this location.

An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring of perceptual stimuli, the Agoraphobic Nosebleed's second full-length, the 2002-issued Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope, referenced the glory days of early '00s grindcore while disregarding the genre's then-current ideals, becoming one of the most talked-about grindcore records in recent history. The album and band were featured in numerous high-profile media outlets such as Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ and dozens more. Perhaps Frozen Corpse's best description came from vocalist J. Randall who surmised, "Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope is like ripping through back catalog Earache blastbeat shit armed with a submachine gun at 400 rounds per minute."

While the fires left burning in Frozen Corpse's wake were still smoldering, Agoraphobic set to work on a concept so bizarre, no one would believe it. With a focused mindset, and a plethora of mind-confounding ideas, the band wrote and recorded Altered States Of America, a 100-track three-CD set. Initially released on April Fools Day, 2003, Altered States Of America delivered the most ambitious Agoraphobic Nosebleed yet: completely inhuman music with a consummate disregard for its listener. Round after round, clip after clip, Agoraphobic Nosebleed unloaded an arsenal of stupefying guitar work, experimental noise and drum machine-gun blast beats while swarming vocalists hatefully taunted the listener into the crossfire. Kerrang! called the mini-CD, "disorientating, hallucinatory, utterly deranged and a truly fantastic work of musical extremity."

Agoraphobic Nosebleed will bring their sonic lashings to stages later this year with performances at the Netherlands Deathfest in February, Hellfest in June, and most recent addition, the Southwest Terror Fest V in October.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed Live:
2/26-28/2016 Netherlands Deathfest - Tilburg, NL
6/18/2016 Hellfest - Clisson, FR
10/20-23/2016 Southwest Terror Fest V - Tucson, AZ

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