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!
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.
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.
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!
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
Creator-Destructor Records is proud to announce that we will be releasing the brand-new self-titled 12″ EP from one of San Francisco, California’s heaviest and most exciting bands, MOHICANS.
MOHICANS have caught the eyes and ears of many in the Bay Area in the few short years they have been crushing audiences into oblivion with their unique blend of down-tuned metallic hardcore. While some could call MOHICANS a straight-up heavy metal band in regard to their swamp-like soul-swallowing G-Standard riffing and vicious metallic aesthetic, it is also clear that the band comes from a road-worn hardcore background, as they focus their mid-tempo driven fury and ferocious vocal delivery into a short and sweet 15 minutes that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. The six tracks that comprise the band’s latest offering remind the listener of ‘Remission’ era MASTODON, mixed with the desert-rock melody of KYUSS and QOTSA, and the punk/hardcore urgency of BLACK FLAG, allowing for an impressively ferocious and unsettling vibe throughout. (Photo by Joe Calixto)
‘Mohicans’ will see an official December 18th release, pressed on two different configurations of 180g. gram colored vinyl – ‘Blood Red’, and ‘Beer w/ Splatter’. The first pressing is limited to 250pcs, features a silkscreened B-Side, and comes with a digital download card. Check that out here, or head over to our bandcamp to stream/download the record digitally.
More awesome Vinyl Preorder news! Because of the great response to the reissuing of LIGHT THIS CITY’s “Stormchaser” Double LP, we are excited to announce that we will also be re-releasing the band’s acclaimed 3rd Full-Length, “Facing the Thousand” for the first time EVER on Vinyl!
None of LIGHT THIS CITY’s full-length releases have ever received a Vinyl Treatment, so Creator-Destructor is incredibly thrilled to bring this album to life as a 180g. Reissue in ‘Electric Blue’ Colored Vinyl w/ Splatter! This pressing is extremely limited to 250pcs, so get yours before they are gone! While the LP will be released in late 2015, preorders have begun through our online store, and are expected to go quickly, so don’t sleep on this one!
-250 Copies Pressed
-Single 180g LP, Colored Vinyl
-Digital Download NOT Included
We are excited to announce that we will be releasing LIGHT THIS CITY’s 4th and Final 2008 LP, “Stormchaser” for the first time EVER on Vinyl! LIGHT THIS CITY came out of the Bay Area in 2002 and released 4 full-length albums on Prosthetic Records, finally disbanding in 2008. In that time, the band firmly established themselves as one of the country’s most exciting Melodic Death Metal bands. Featuring HEARTSOUNDS members Laura Nichol on Vocals and Ben Murray on Drums, this is definitely a must check-out for fans of Heavy Metal and HEARTSOUNDS alike! None of LIGHT THIS CITY’s full-length releases have ever received a Vinyl Treatment, so Creator-Destructor is incredibly thrilled to bring this album to life as a Double LP 180g. Vinyl Reissue! This pressing is extremely limited to 250pcs, so get yours before they are gone! While the Double-LP will be released in late 2015, preorders have begun through our online store, and are expected to go quickly, so don’t sleep on this one!
Furthermore, LIGHT THIS CITY has announced a one-off reunion show in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, November 8th @ The DNA Lounge alongside DARKEST HOUR, who will be headlining and celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, as well as the 10 year anniversary of their ‘Undoing Ruin’ album, which they will be playing in full. Get stoked.
That’s right guys and gals, we just got some beautiful new Pullover Hoodies in stock! High quality American Apparel Hoodies, available in Sizes Adult Small-XL. $30 and we ship everywhere in the world. Check em’ out, get one for yourself, and almost immediately witness the transformation of becoming the sickest kid in school.
In other Creator-Destructor news, we have a LOT planned for 2016. It might shape up to be our busiest and most vinyl-filled year yet, with already confirmed releases from WILDERNESS DREAM, POINT OF VIEW, GYGAX, HEARTSOUNDS, ANCHORS, and THE STEREO STATE! We’re also planning a few other HUGE releases for the label, which can’t be announced yet, but will be unveiled soon! Lots of heavy shit, some really melodic punk stuff, and a few surprises that you all might really dig. Some very exciting shows and tours to be announced in the coming weeks as well… Very exciting plans all around.
We’ve also recently created an official label instagram, so go follow @creator_destructor_records to participate in some cool exclusive photos, band account takeovers, test pressing giveaway contests, special sales, and more- Just trust me, it’ll be worth it!
Sweden’s Punk/Metal Crossover warriors in ATLAS LOSING GRIP have announced two tours- One of SPAIN in September, and another of SCANDINAVIA in October of 2015. All dates are posted below! If you never checked out the band’s latest double LP release, ‘Currents’, do so now by clicking here.
04.09.15 (ESP) Vitoria, Gasteiz Calling
05.09.15 (ESP) Blanes, Moralla
07.09.15 (ESP) Coruña, Puticlú
09.09.15 (ESP) Almería, La Cueva
10.09.15 (ESP) Alicante, Marea Rock
11.09.15 (ESP) Madrid, Rock Palace
12.09.15 (ESP) Badalona, Esstraperlo Club
13.09.15 (ESP) Castellar del Vallés, Barrakes
15.10.15 Finland – Tampere- LOST IN MUSIC – http://www.lostinmusic.fi/
16.10.15 Finland – Helsinki – Bar Loose – http://www.barloose.com
17.10.15 Finland – Turku – Klubi – http://www.klubi.net
22.10.15 Denmark – Copenhagen – Beta – http://www.beta2300.dk
24.10.15 Sweden – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers- http://www.stickyfingers.nu
28.10.15 Sweden – Malmö KB – KB -http://kulturbolaget.se
29.10.15 Sweden – Stockholm – Debaser Strand – http://debaser.se
Ben Murray and Trey Derbes of HEARTSOUNDS have joined forces with Ryan Hansen (Light This City/Glacier Eater) and Bret Fontaine (The Business End) to create WILDERNESS DREAM, a thrash metal band from Oakland, California. The band’s 6 track debut EP is available for streaming in FULL now at Metalsucks.net – Check it out!
The preorder for the Self-Titled 12″ EP has been launched as well in our online store– These will ship before October 13th, 2015.
“Metal fans of a certain age and MetalSucks readers who were with us very early on (archive) may remember Light This City, a talented melodic death metal band from San Francisco who for a brief moment seemed poised to break through. The band broke up in 2008, but drummer and band co-founder Ben Murray continued making music with Heartsounds (together with LTC vocalist Laura Nichol) and releasing music by that band and others on his label, Creator Destructor.”
“Murray is back with another new project, this one decidedly more metal than Heartsounds (and possibly more than Light This City, too). In Wilderness Dream Murray drops his drumsticks in favor of a guitar pick and a microphone, and he’s joined by Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen (who played on LTC’s Stormchaser album) on guitar and Trey Derbes from Heartsounds on drums. Murray describes the band as sounding like “Sacrifice meets Ringworm meets Cursed,” and that’s really not that far off — it’s fast and furious, it’s got roots in both metal and hardcore and it’s melodic without being cheesy at all.”
“What can we say, this tour was so much fun! Even though Laura couldn’t make it out to the first 8 shows, we still had a blast and our brother Ryan ‘Hollywood’ Hansen did an amazing job taking Laura’s place for those dates. We played a weird different set-list for those shows, and we can’t thank our fans enough for coming out to support us on the East Coast, despite Laura’s absence. It was also a dream-come true to finally play Toronto and Montreal for the first time, and both shows did not disappoint. Toronto was wild, and POUZZA fest was a god-damn party! We had an excellent two-week vacation out there on the road, and we appreciate all of your support so much! Now we go back to the practice space to finish this new record….”
The band also posted two new Photo Albums on their Facebook Page from tour- The first album being a collection of photos taken by Heartsounds’ drummer Trey Derbes. The second album are all live shots from POUZZA, shot by the amazing Etienne Dionne of MUTE! Enjoy…
The Bay Area’s HEARTSOUNDS have posted a special announcement about their upcoming East Coast/Canada Tour Dates- Check it out below!
It’s been a while since we ran out of the first pressing of HEARTSOUNDS’ “Drifter” LP, so we decided to make another 250 copies of the band’s 2011 Epitaph/Creator-Destructor release for all the fans out there trying to complete their collection! This repress features 180g. Heavyweight ‘Electric Blue’ Vinyl w/ Multi-Colored Splatter, as well as a 350gsm heavyweight Matte Jacket! It looks and sounds great- Get your copy now by clicking here! As always, we ship everywhere!
The band will also have all three LPs for sale with them on their upcoming tour, so if you live in any of the cities below grab one at one of the shows!
The Bay Area’s HEARTSOUNDS have announced a run of 10 shows starting in Chicago, where the band will play 5 dates with COUNTERPUNCH. HEARTSOUNDS will then make their way out east to meet up with AFTER THE FALL for 3 shows in Boston, New York, and Albany. The band will also play two headlining shows in Buffalo and Toronto before their first appearance at this year’s POUZZA FEST in Montreal.
5/7 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Counterpunch
5/9 Cleveland, OH @ The Roc Bar w/ Counterpunch
5/8 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar w/ Counterpunch
5/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Cafe w/ Counterpunch
5/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy w/ Counterpunch
5/12 Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s w/ After the Fall
5/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron w/ After the Fall
5/14 Albany, NY @ The Low Beat w/ After the Fall, Drag the River
5/15 Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
5/16 Toronto, CA @ Johnny Jackson
5/17 Montreal, CA @ Pouzza Fest