San Francisco Bay Area darkness-obsessed DIY indie label Sentient Ruin Laboratories is to bring you a double whammy of pure concentrated violence, in the form of the split 7″ from Oakland’s Augurs and Deathgrave, two bands that have made of grindcore and downtuned sonic aggression a way of life, and of total auditive devastation an absolute dogma.
To be released on March 17th 2015 as digital product through Sentient Ruin and as 500 vinyl 7″‘s as a co-release between Sentient Ruin, Trill Kommand (US), Shove Records (IT/EU) and The Path Less Traveled Records (US), a pre-order of the digital format and of the 7″ can be found on Sentient Ruin’s Bandcamp page.
- AUGURS – From Maggots To Flies
- DEATHGRAVE – Brutal
- DEATHGRAVE – Hugged in Half
- DEATHGRAVE – Inquisitive Apathy
Total running time: 9 minutes
Augurs hail from Oakland and play some of the most grimy, vile and heavy blackened grindcore/sludge you will ever hear. Aided by a humongous and crushing guitar tone, pulverizing d-beat drumming, bulldozer-like bass lines and and absolutely gut-twisting vocals, Augurs are nothing short of a musical cataclysm. One of those bands that are so full of hateful rage that they will just lay to waste anything daring to stand in their path of destruction. Standing somewhere between Corrupted, Coffinworm, Nasum, His Hero is Gone and Discharge, Augurs can simply not be fucked with. Fuck with them and you will be fucked with. Fuck with them, and you will be destroyed…
Deathgrave are known for being the band of Oakland-based sound engineer and owner of Earhammer Studios Greg Wilkinson. Greg is a fucking legend in the bay area having recorded, mixed and mastered a shit load of amazing bands like High on Fire, Noothgrush, Pallbearer, Atriarch and many more and having played in bands like Laudanum and Graves at Sea. But what Greg is probably most known for his his role as vocalist and bassist of the sludge metal war machine Brainoil. In Deathgrave Greg has explored his love for grindcore and powerviolence, handling guitar duties and teaming up with members of Disinhibition, Bird, Cyanic and Amber Asylum to create some of the most rampaging, demolishing and obliterating punk-infested speed metal you will ever hear. Standing somewhere between Infest, Iron Lung, Insect Warfare and Charles Bronson, Deathgrave can drain the listener of all life in a matter of seconds with their overbearing and mauling brand of ultra-violent powerviolence/grind.
The Augurs / Deathgrave 7″ split was (of course) entirely recorded and mixed by Greg himself at his own Earhammer Studios in Oakland and mastered by the legendary James Plotkin. Artwork was handled by Rotting Graphics (Plague Widow’s Hal Rotter).