• Atriarch has signed to Relapse Records. The Portland blackened/death/doom metal will release their third full-length on the venerable metal label sometime in the fall; they're scheduled to enter the studio with esteemed Portland-based producer Billy Anderson in June. "We are constantly evolving as artists and we want to do something new with each release," Atriarch said in a statement released this morning. "Having said that it will always be dark and heavy and honestly reflect how we feel. Atriarch is a manifestation of our catharsis."
• Local sludgers Stoneburner's upcoming second album, Life Drawing, comes out this spring on Neurot Recordings. That's J.J. Shirey cover art pictured at right (click on it for the full effect). Life Drawing was recorded locally at Haywire Studios with producer Fester and mastered at Telegraph by Adam Gonsalves (read our article about Gonsalves here). Take a peep at Life Drawing's tracklist, and some words from the band about Shirey's cover art, over at Earsplit.
• Yob's Catharsis will be back on vinyl on March 4 in North America. Relapse is reissuing the Oregon doomers' 2003 album—regarded by some as their best—with the new artwork and liner notes (from Mike Scheidt) that appeared on last fall's 10th anniversary CD/digital reissue of the album by Profound Lore (which is available for streaming/purchasing here). You can see the different vinyl color variants and various available packages in Relapse's reissue trailer here.
• Lastly, a terrific piece on the connection between the heavy-music scenes of Portland and Oakland was recently published in the East Bay Express. Written by Mercury contributor Ben Salmon, it mentions local bands like Toxic Holocaust, Stoneburner, Graves at Sea, Usnea, Witch Mountain, and more. It's well worth a read.
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