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WESTERN SETTINGS Embark on “Old Pain” US Tour!

Posted by admin on May.05, 2016

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San Diego’s WESTERN SETTINGS begin their month-long US tour in support of their brand new Creator-Destructor 10″ release, “Old Pain” TONIGHT! The band will have copies of the record on the road, so if you live in one of the cities they will be visiting, make sure to pick up a copy and support the band as they hustle from town to town with their special brand of punk! Check out all those tour dates by clicking here. All preorders have been shipped out, so expect your copy soon if you were one of the true believers that preordered! These things look and sound great, so we’re sure you’ll be stoked. I know we are!!

Featuring six tracks of heart-wrenchingly honest, beer-soaked, San Diego punk, WESTERN SETTINGS’ new EP takes you down, back up, and back down again in a way that is both unsettling, and extremely captivating. Produced by Chicken of DEAD TO ME, ‘Old Pain’ succeeds in delivering the hooks and catchiness of WESTERN SETTINGS’ punk-rock peers, while elevating the band’s sound to a whole new level.

The band has released two different music videos from tracks off of “Old Pain” thus far, so do yourself a favor and check out the videos for “Wonderful Multiple Episodes” and “Duncan”

Stream “Old Pain” via the Creator-Destructor Bandcamp!
Purchase the “Old Pain” 10″ EP (Digital Download Included) in our Online Store!

RINGWORM / EARLY GRAVES Split 7″ Announced!

Posted by admin on Feb.17, 2016

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We are incredibly thrilled to announce that Creator-Destructor Records will be releasing a brand new split 7″ from RINGWORM and EARLY GRAVES! The release will feature one new original from each band, and both bands even chose one cover to decimate!

RINGWORM covers MOTORHEAD’s “Iron Fist”, while EARLY GRAVES covers CELTIC FROST’s “Into the Crypts of Rays”. Trust us when we say that each cover completely destroys, but to hear those tracks you’ll have to PREORDER the 7″ for yourself!

Check out both original tracks at our BANDCAMP page, streaming now! There will only be one pressing of this release, limited to 500pcs on black vinyl, digital download included, so get yours today!

Listen to “Revenge” by EARLY GRAVES here!
Listen to “Innocent Blood” by RINGWORM here!

WESTERN SETTINGS “Wonderful Multiple Episodes”

Posted by admin on Feb.16, 2016

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San Diego’s WESTERN SETTINGS has unleashed the first video from their upcoming 10″ EP and Creator-Destructor debut, “Old Pain”. The band decided to start with a video for the first track off the EP, entitled ‘Wonderful Multiple Episodes’ – Check that out by clicking here.

As previously announced, the preorder for WESTERN SETTINGS’ upcoming EP and Creator-Destructor debut, “Old Pain” has been launched! The first pressing of the record will be 500pcs, pressed on black vinyl, with a digital download included! We are all super excited about this release, as it is one of the most refreshing and honest releases that we’ve come across in a while. We love it, and we hope you all do too! Aside from the 10″ Black Vinyl, we are offering a preorder combo with an ‘Old Pain’ T-Shirt as well, for just $25 total!

Featuring six tracks of heart-wrenchingly honest, beer-soaked, San Diego punk, this EP takes you down, back up, and back down again in a way that is both unsettling, and extremely captivating. Produced by Chicken of DEAD TO ME, ‘Old Pain’ succeeds in delivering the hooks and catchiness of WESTERN SETTINGS’ punk-rock peers, while elevating the band’s sound to a whole new level.

ANCHORS “Stay Fast” 7″ Announced / Preorder Launched!

Posted by admin on Feb.10, 2016

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We have launched the official preorder for a brand new 7″, entitled ‘Stay Fast’! For only $5 you get one new song (the title track) on the A-Side, and a previously unreleased track from the ‘Bad Juju’ Days entitled ‘Dial Tone’ on the B-Side! The band states, “Stay Fast is part of the sound to expect from the next Anchors record, and Side B is one of the first songs Anchors ever wrote.” Check out the preorder by clicking here, and give ‘Stay Fast’ a listen in our online player to the left!

This pressing is limited to 500pcs, so get yours while the going is good! It is likely that this won’t get repressed, so don’t miss out on these two awesome songs, by one of the best punk bands out there right now. This should tide y’all over until the band’s next record! More ANCHORS news to follow…but for now, give ‘Stay Fast’ a listen at our Bandcamp!

Pressing Info: 500pcs, Black Vinyl, Digital Download Included

WESTERN SETTINGS ‘Old Pain’ 10″ Preorder Launched!

Posted by admin on Feb.09, 2016

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We are super excited to officially launch the preorder for WESTERN SETTINGS’ upcoming EP and Creator-Destructor debut, “Old Pain”. The first pressing of the record will be 500pcs, pressed on black vinyl, with a digital download included! We are all super excited about this release, as it is one of the most refreshing and honest releases that we’ve come across in a while. We love it, and we hope you all do too! Aside from the 10″ Black Vinyl, we are offering a preorder combo with an ‘Old Pain’ T-Shirt as well, for just $25 total!

Featuring six tracks of heart-wrenchingly honest, beer-soaked, San Diego punk, this EP takes you down, back up, and back down again in a way that is both unsettling, and extremely captivating. Produced by Chicken of DEAD TO ME, ‘Old Pain’ succeeds in delivering the hooks and catchiness of WESTERN SETTINGS’ punk-rock peers, while elevating the band’s sound to a new level of amazing! Stay tuned for more WESTERN SETTINGS news and Tour-Dates in the coming weeks, and definitely check out the band’s own label, LA ESCALERA RECORDS (San Diego), who will be handling the CD version of this release. Spread the love, people!

WESTERN SETTINGS Join Creator-Destructor Records!

Posted by admin on Jan.26, 2016

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Creator-Destructor Records is extremely honored to announce that San Diego’s WESTERN SETTINGS has joined the family! Featuring six tracks of heart-wrenchingly honest, beer-soaked, San Diego punk, “Old Pain” takes you down, back up, and back down again in a way that is both unsettling, and extremely captivating. Produced by Chicken of DEAD TO ME, ‘Old Pain’ succeeds in delivering the hooks and catchiness of WESTERN SETTINGS’ punk-rock peers, while elevating the band’s sound to a new level of maturity, introspection, and well let’s face it..pain.

Listen to ‘The Phenomenon’ from “Old Pain” by clicking here! You don’t want to sleep on this one, folks. Stay tuned for more WESTERN SETTINGS news and Tour-Dates in the coming weeks! The band’s own label, LA ESCALERA RECORDS (San Diego) will be handling the CD version of this release, so definitely head on over to their website to check out their collective of awesome bands and people!

REVOLVER Magazine Streams GYGAX’s Debut LP, ‘Critical Hits’

Posted by admin on Jan.19, 2016

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GYGAX’s “Critical Hits” hits the streets this Friday, January 22nd! In celebration of the release, the entire album has been unleashed upon the masses through an exclusive stream at Revolver Magazine! Click here to give it a listen! If you like what you hear, head over to our online store to preorder your copy today! All preorders will be shipping out within the next week or two, get stoked!

With their band moniker residing as a tribute to the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, GYGAX delivers a straightforward but triumphant hybrid of classic rock and heavy metal, heavily steeped in the imagery of fantasy literature and role playing games. Picking up where GYPSYHAWK left off, the band’s sound is rooted in the musical stylings of metallic ‘70s rockers Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, with equal parts metal and boogie-inducing groove. If you haven’t preordered your copy of the 180g. 12″ LP, do so now by heading to our online store. The 12″ release includes a digital download card, Multi-Colored Vinyl w/ Splatter and more, so don’t sleep on this first pressing!

Upcoming GYGAX Tour Dates:
1/22/2016 DOGT Gallery – Oakland, CA w/ Wilderness Dream
1/23/2016 Shae’s Tavern – Reno, NV w/ Wilderness Dream
1/29/2016 Bombays Bar – Ventura, CA w/ Rubberneck Lions

DECIBEL Magazine Premieres SPINEBREAKER’s “Ice Grave”

Posted by admin on Jan.08, 2016

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DECIBEL MAGAZINE has premiered the decimating new LP from San Jose, CA’s SPINEBREAKER! “Ice Grave” provides a soundtrack of raw, sonic death-metal annihilation in a world of human filth, greed, and corruption. The aptly titled slab of glacially crushing death encapsulates the vibrant energy of the members’ youth, unrelentingly expelled through a wall of monolithic distortion; an album prime for brand new fans of the death metal genre as well as veterans who have been around since its inception. Listen to “Ice Grave” via DECIBEL by clicking here.

Having slithered into the Bay Area underground over the past two years, SPINEBREAKER’s explosive blend of European death metal is fueled through a sound and tendency for intense live performances out of love for an array of d-beat, punk, hardcore. Through the twelve tracks that form the band’s Ice Grave debut, the band reminds the listener of the glory days of 1990s Scandinavian and American death metal in a way that is refreshing and punishing; not overly calculated, lightning-fast or technical, but reliably menacing and heavy. While the band varies in tempo, sometimes grooving into Heartwork-era down-tuned riffage, and other times blasting their way through an onslaught of tremolo and thrash, the songs never cease to impress in their ability to maintain brutally heavy, while diverse and violent in their own way. Preorder the 180g. Black LP Version of “Ice Grave” by clicking here!

SPINEBREAKER: Revolver Magazine Premiere!

Posted by admin on Dec.22, 2015

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Revolver Magazine has premiered the savage “Internal Bleeding” from San Jose-based SPINEBREAKER’s impending “Ice Grave” debut LP, which is set for release on 1/15/16! Suffer from “Internal Bleeding” courtesy of SPINEBREAKER at Revolver RIGHT HERE. If you like what you hear, preorder the LP in our store!

To put it simply, SPINEBREAKER unloads pure audio destruction — not overly calculated, lightning-fast or technical, but reliably menacing and heavy. The twelve tracks that comprise “Ice Grave” remind the listener of the glory days of 90’s Scandinavian and American Death Metal Scenes in a way that is refreshing and punishing. While the band varies in tempo, sometimes grooving into Heartwork-era down-tuned riffage, and other times blasting their way through an onslaught of tremolo and thrash, the songs never cease to impress in their ability to maintain brutally heavy, while diverse and violent in their own way.

SPINEBREAKER’s Ice Grave debut provides a soundtrack of raw, sonic death-metal annihilation in a world of human filth, greed, and corruption. Having slithered into the Bay Area hardcore and metal community over the past two years, the band’s explosive blend of European death metal is fueled through a sound and tendency for intense live performances out of love for an array of d-beat, punk, hardcore.

GYGAX Album Announced / “Draw Breath” Decibel Premiere!

Posted by admin on Dec.08, 2015

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Creator-Destructor Records is ultra-stoked to announce the impending release of Critical Hits, the debut LP by California-based quartet, GYGAX, and Decibel Magazine is helping usher the first single into the public with an exclusive stream of “Draw Breath.”

GYGAX is a no-frills, classic rock/heavy metal hybrid, heavily steeped in the imagery of fantasy literature and role playing games, and rooted in the musical stylings of metallic ‘70s rockers Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, with equal parts metal and boogie-inducing groove. Though their name is attributed to the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, the band has described themselves more simply as “a beacon and an anthem for anyone who’s interests lie in creativity and the powers of imagination.”

Hailing from Ventura, California, GYGAX was born out of the ashes of vocalist/bassist Eric Harris’ previous heavy-metal brainchild, Gypsyhawk, whose Patience & Perseverance 2xLP also saw release through Creator-Destructor in 2009. Bryant Throckmorton, who played second guitar in Gypsyhawk also joins Harris in GYGAX on guitar. When Gypsyhawk decided to disband, Harris and Throckmorton took some time alongside friend and fellow guitarist Armand John Lizzy to begin demoing new material, then solidifying their lineup with Justin Dempsey on drums.

The debut from GYGAX, Critical Hits boasts nine feverishly triumphant burners backed by huge solos and even more massive choral melodies which come alive with a fuzzed-out and hazy attitude but immortalized with crystal clear production values on Critical Hits, an LP that could accidentally get sucked into your ragin’ uncle Bob’s dust-encrusted classic rock platters and your older brother’s equally grimy classic metal/early doom collection and blend right into either. The first public listen to the GYGAX sounds can be heard in an exclusive premiere of the album’s third fist-pumpin’ number, “Draw Breath,” which now thrives exclusively through a premiere at Decibel Magazine.

Hear the first GYGAX track “Draw Breath” through Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

These maiden GYGAX recordings are set to see a January 22nd release date via Creator-Destructor on 12” LP pressed on 180-gram colored vinyl, which can be preordered right HERE in our Online Store!

Creator-Destructor Podcast – Launching December 1st!

Posted by admin on Nov.20, 2015

PODCAST The first episode of the ‘Creator-Destructor Podcast’ will premiere on Tuesday, December 1st! I’ve spent the past few months planning this show, thinking about what I wanted to talk about, what interests me in particular about music and art, and why I feel compelled to get on the mic and sit down with people in the first place, in a way a LOT of other people are doing right now. Trust me, I’ve considered that. I think in a nutshell, I started the podcast in order to better understand the world of music around me, to try to pick the brains of people I look up to and admire, in order to gain some insight into their process, their lives, routines, etc. In going through these episodes, I’ve noticed that I’ve also used the show to vent a bit and talk about what confuses and bothers me, what gets me excited, and how I deal with the world around me.

I’ve been backlogging a lot of episodes with all kinds of super-interesting and awesome guests, which I’m thrilled about. We will release a new episode every Tuesday, reliably, so count on that! I will be talking to a lot of friends of mine for anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, about whatever the fuck we want really. There is no blueprint to these conversations. I suppose most of them will be guided by what I’m interested in at the moment- not necessarily having to do with Creator-Destructor Records, but should be a fun listen nonetheless. So yeah, tune in, eh? See you on Tuesday, December 1st!

SPINEBREAKER Preorders Launched / “River of Pain” Premiere!

Posted by admin on Nov.19, 2015

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San Jose’s SPINEBREAKER have unloaded the maiden single from their upcoming debut “Ice Grave” LP, with the gory torrent of “River Of Pain”, through an exclusive at Blow The Scene!

SPINEBREAKER’s “Ice Grave” debut provides a soundtrack of raw, sonic death-metal annihilation in a world of human filth, greed, and corruption. Having slithered into the Bay Area hardcore and metal community over the past two years, the band’s explosive blend of European Inspired Death-Metal reflects pure audio destruction: not overly calculated, lightning-fast or technical, but reliably menacing and tremendously heavy. Through the twelve tracks that form “Ice Grave”, SPINEBREAKER reminds the listener of the glory days of 1990s Scandinavian, Swedish and American death metal in a way that is refreshing and punishing. While the band varies in tempo, sometimes grooving into Heartwork-era down-tuned riffage, and other times blasting their way through an onslaught of tremolo and thrash, the songs never cease to impress in their ability to maintain brutally heavy, while diverse and violent in their own way. In additional SPINEBREAKER news, we’ve launched the preorder of “Ice Grave” in our online store! Go grab your copy of the 180-gram Black Vinyl Preorder, which will ship out the week of the release- January 15th, 2016! Tour dates, additional tunes and more from SPINEBREAKER soon, so stay tuned, headbangers.

SPINEBREAKER Join Creator-Destructor Records

Posted by admin on Nov.12, 2015

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From the depths of San Jose, California crawls forth a crushing new outfit displaying a shocking blend of disgustingly heavy old-school death metal, by the name of SPINEBREAKER. The band’s debut offering and upcoming Creator-Destructor 12″ LP, Ice Grave, provides a soundtrack of raw, sonic death-metal annihilation in a world of human filth, greed, and corruption.

Formed in late 2013, SPINEBREAKER has been slowly slithering and making waves in the Bay Area Hardcore and Metal community with their crushing and explosive blend of European-Inspired death metal. Make no mistake, while Ice Grave is by all means a pure death metal record, SPINEBREAKER‘s sound and tendency for intense-as-fuck live performances has arisen out of love for an array of d-beat, punk, hardcore, and death metal alike. The band unloads pure audio destruction: not overly calculated, lightning-fast or technical, but reliably menacing and tremendously heavy. If you love the sound of old-school death metal combined with the hardcore fury and a unique, blood-pumping urgency, look no further.

Through the twelve tracks that form Ice Grave, SPINEBREAKER reminds the listener of the glory days of 1990s Scandinavian, Swedish and American Death Metal in a way that is refreshing and punishing, without falling victim to the trend of 21st Century Entombed-Worship HM-2 clones. While the band varies in tempo throughout their debut release, sometimes grooving into Heartwork-era down-tuned riffage, and other times blasting their way through an onslaught of tremolo and thrash, the songs never cease to impress in their ability to maintain brutally heavy, while diverse and violent in their own way. Songs like “Internal Bleeding” and “River Of Pain” pay homage to and reflect the musical range of mid-tempo death metal influences such as Obituary and Bolt Thrower, while vocalist Alex Herrera completely dominates the songs in a way that would make Matt Kärki and Jeff Walker proud. Guitarists Cole Kakimoto and Elliot Morrow never cease to turn down the intensity of their down-tuned twin axe assault of sludge and punishment, which helps mould SPINEBREAKER‘s sound into one of complete devastation.

Creator-Destructor will issue SPINEBREAKER‘s Ice Grave debut on 12” vinyl and through all digital outlets on January 15th, 2016. The album’s appropriately forbidding cover art courtesy of Vrugarth and track listing have been posted. Stand by for tour dates, preorders, audio samples from this beast and more to be released in the upcoming days of your grim future.

LIGHT THIS CITY Preorders Shipped / Reunion Show Tomorrow!

Posted by admin on Nov.07, 2015

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I thought I’d take a minute to update everyone who preordered the LIGHT THIS CITY “Stormchaser” and “Facing the Thousand” LPs, and thank you all for your amazing support! They have all been packed up and sent out (by Ryan Hansen and myself), so you all should have received email shipping confirmations/tracking #’s if you pre-ordered either of these releases. If you haven’t received a confirmation email for some reason, feel free to contact us, and we will let you know what’s going on with your order. The vinyl came out amazingly, and I can’t wait for you all to hold these in person and spin them on your turntables! The sound quality is excellent, and we’re all really excited about how the new layouts turned out- It feels amazing to see these records on vinyl for the first time, to say the least.

As we gear up here for the LIGHT THIS CITY reunion show tomorrow night in San Francisco with DARKEST HOUR and EARLY GRAVES, I can’t help but feel that the idea of LIGHT THIS CITY has all strangely come full-circle in 2015 with the re-issuing of our two favorite albums, and all the practicing we’ve been doing over the past few months in anticipation of tomorrow evening. First off, it’s been SO fun to play these songs again, and I can safely speak on behalf of everyone in the band when I say that it’s been a real treat to be able to revisit this material with a new fire that wasn’t there before: A more confident, experienced, yet RELAXED fire. We have nothing to prove, we just want to have an awesome time and celebrate all three bands playing, as they are all incredible. Tomorrow night should be a memorable one, as DARKEST HOUR is the sole reason that LIGHT THIS CITY began in 2002. If Laura and I had never heard ‘Mark of the Judas’, our brains wouldn’t have changed in the direction of melodic death metal, and that is just fact. We owe so much to Darkest Hour, so please come join us tomorrow in paying homage to their 20 years as a band. Thank you all for your support in this whole crazy experience! Enjoy your records!

WILDERNESS DREAM Preorder Update, Shows Announced

Posted by admin on Oct.02, 2015

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It’s no secret that we’re intensely excited about the debut 12″ EP from Oakland’s Newest Thrash Metal unit of destruction, WILDERNESS DREAM. While we get ready for the release of the 12″, the band has announced a series of shows, starting with their first ever live debut on October 18th in Oakland, CA alongside Landmine Marathon and Ulthar (Members of Pale Chalice, Vastum, ex-Mutilation Rites). WILDERNESS DREAM’s official ‘record release show’ will be the following Tuesday, 10/27 in SF at The Knockout, as well! All of the band’s upcoming dates are below, but expect to see plenty more, soon!

If you haven’t already preordered your copy of the self-titled EP, check it out in our online store, or listen to it for FREE at our Bandcamp. All preorders will ship out on Tuesday, 10/20 and should arrive within a few days later. Thank you all for your support so far, these records will look amazing. From what we’ve seen so far, the 12″ Gatefold Jacket and Silk-Screened B-Side are going to be beastly.

Wilderness Dream Live:
10/18- Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull w/ Landmine Marathon, Ulthar
10/26- Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro w/ Belphegor, Katakalysm, Hemotoxin
10/27- San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/ Mohicans, Glacier Eater
10/30- Fest 14 @ Gainesville, FL
11/27- Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex w/ Fuck the Facts
11/30- Reno, NV @ PB&J’s w/ Maruta, Vattnet Viskar, Dissidence