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Atmospheric Doom/Death …. Decades in the making – Pre-Order Now

We’re pleased to announce the signing of Chicago’s AVERNUS to M-Theory Audio. The atmospheric doom/death metal band are legends in our minds and armed with a solidified lineup and a crushing new album we intend to cement their legacy. Check out the quartet’s new music video for “Nemesis” HERE  The video is primed to support the release of the “Nemesis” digital single, which is now available for streaming/download on all digital platforms. 

“’Nemesis’ is a song that reacts to the gross neglect and indifference towards that neglect of Earth. We have polluted to no end, and we continue making a mess of things wherever we are,” explains drummer Rick Yifrach. “In the end, the Earth has the last laugh, because she will survive humanity's ravaging, while we will continue to bury our dead in the very mess we make, the rotten soil. 

“Trying to capture the feel of the idea of the song, we knew that we would need the right videographer with the right set of skills to capture this correctly…enter Alex Zarek.  We had a lot of fun making this video with Alex. Shot beautifully in a bit of a strange circumstance on location, Alex understood the direction of what we were going for and captured the correct shots,” says guitarist Erik Kikke.

“Nemesis” is a long-awaited return for AVERNUS, as their last official recording was released 21 years ago while their sole official album release, ‘Of the Fallen’ goes back even further to 1997. Still when the core foundational members (vocalist/guitarist Rick McCoy, guitarist Erik Kikke, guitarist James Genenz and drummer Rick Yifrach) regrouped to create new music our curiosity and excitement grew and as you’ll hear with “Nemesis” this is the most mature, dismally emotional and best AVERNUS have ever sounded. 

And “Nemesis” is just one song, albeit it almost 10 minutes long, from a forthcoming new album, ‘Grievances’ featuring 10 new compositions (an 11th song found on the 2LP vinyl set is a bonus re-recorded early demo song). And with today’s music video/single premiere we’re also launching the pre-order for that limited-edition (300) black ash colored vinyl pressing or CD at our webstore  or Bandcamp  

‘Grievances’ will be in stores Aug. 16th

Established in 1992 in Chicago, AVERNUS were one of the premiere bands mixing death metal with doom elements as evidenced by early demos over the next couple years -- ‘A Tracery of Red’ featuring singer Rick McCoy and drummer Rick Yifrach and fan-favorite ‘Sadness,’ which added guitarist Erik Kikke to the lineup. In addition to becoming a live staple of Midwest shows and fests, a rippling effect began throughout underground circles.  In 1994 AVERNUS’ reputation caught the attention of now-current M-Theory Audio president Marco Barbieri. At the time Marco worked at Metal Blade Records and included the band’s track “Godlessness” on ‘Metal Massacre XII’ in 1995. The song showed the beginnings of the group reaching for more melodic and gothic tendencies. Marco urged Metal Blade to sign the group but there just wasn’t enough enthusiasm from above. Marco felt so strongly about AVERNUS that he contemplated starting his own imprint then but the group instead signed with M.I.A. Records (Darkest Hour, Oppressor, Spirit Caravan) and released their ‘Of the Fallen’ album in 1997. The same year guitarist James Genenz (later of Fleshgrind, Jungle Rot) joined the ranks. AVERNUS didn’t make the breakthrough evidenced by their early talents and hard work. Recording a couple more demos the band wallowed in obscurity in the 2000s despite the efforts of remaining constant member, founder Rick McCoy. AVERNUS slowly crumbled away. 

But things never truly die and nostalgia for the group was urged by fans and even band members and slowly the pieces were assembled, reunion shows played and new music written culminating in the song released today and the forthcoming full-length album. By far the most cohesive and powerful recording assembled by a more experienced and yet calmer heads to create truly a masterwork.

“Decades in the making. We have known Marco Barbieri since he was with Metal Blade Records. Marco has supported us since the mid-‘90s. He was the main reason we were given the opportunity to be a part of Metal Blade’s ‘Metal Massacre 12’ compilation.”

“Forward to now… we finished recording a full-length record. Somehow the stars aligned and the conditions were right, and it fell into Marco’s hands. Soon after, with a short discussion and knowing the history that Marco has with so many great bands, we formed a partnership and became part of the M-Theory roster. This journey really has been “decades in the making” and came together as a “perfect storm”. We are humbled and honored to be a part of M-Theory Audio family.”

More information on AVERNUS and the upcoming album release will be revealed in the months to come at and by M-Theory Audio. 

EARTHBURNER guitarist Jeremy Wagner showcases a guitar playthrough of the band's first single, "Slaves to the Screen” – watch HERE  

EARTHBURNER is the new collaboration from Broken Hope members - guitarist Jeremy Wagner and drummer Mike Miczek alongside Sanguisugabogg vocalist Devin Swank, bassist Tyler Affinito and honorary member on back-up frenzied vocals Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Righteous Pigs). Their first single/video "Slaves to the Screen" is now available for streaming/download on all digital platforms, or watch the video HERE "Slaves to the Screen" comes from the group's forthcoming album, 'Permanent Dawn,' out later this year on M-Theory Audio. Watch for more news and music soon. 

After years of being on the "back-burner," EARTHBURNER has finally arrived and is now armed with their debut album, ‘Permanent Dawn,’recorded at the famed Criteria Recording Studios (Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles) in Miami, FL, produced by Tommy McWilliams (Elegant Weapons) and Jeremy Wagner, mixed by Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Putrid Pile, Morta Skuld), and mastered by Mike Fuller (Obituary, Death, Judas Priest) of Fullersound in Davie, FL. We love that such a brutally heavy assault was conceived in such a top-notch legendary recording studio. 

"Speaking of the 'Permanent Dawn' album, it's been a longtime coming for me,” states guitarist Jeremy Wagner. “I've wanted to do a full-length EARTHBURNER album forever. I'm far beyond happy that the stars aligned...I got my dream lineup and I got the opportunity to make this debut album.

"I've said before that EARTHBURNER is a separate monster from Broken Hope in terms of style, genre, tuning, vocals, and pure blasting ferocity. And my insane love for Terrorizer's 'World Downfall' album and old Napalm Death and others inspired me and really drove me to do something faithful to this über-extreme genre.

"Thanks to my stepson Tyler, and Devin Swank from Sanguisugabogg, they lit a fire under my ass to bring EARTHBURNER back in a big way, full-time.” 

EARTHBURNER is named after the Broken Hope song of the same name ("Earth Burner" from the ‘Grotesque Blessings’ album) and was created with a mission to deliver nothing short of uncompromising, slamming grind-laden songs tinged with afterworld bleakness and contemporary horror.

EARTHBURNER recorded an EP in 2011 with Wagner on guitar, vocalist Ryan Richards, and Broken Hope drummer Mike Miczek. The trio chose 3 tracks picked specifically for a 3-song EP that they recorded at Mercenary Digital Studios with studio-guru Scott Creekmore tracking, mixing and mastering everything. 

Then in 2011, Wagner was approached to reform Broken Hope and make it a priority. Broken Hope reformed with Wagner and Miczek along for the ride. Broken Hope came back strong and never stopped. During that time, EARTHBURNER was put to the side—until March 2023. Wagner wanted to bring EARTHBURNER back for good and do a full-length album and more. Wagner and Miczek began to reform EARTHBURNER and brought in Wagner's stepson Tyler Affinito from Gloryhole Guillotine on bass. Wagner, Miczek, and Affinito spoke of ideas for singers, and as fate would have it, Affinito got a message from Sanguisugabogg vocalist Devin Swank, asking Affinito if he wanted to do a "grind band" plus, and then asked: "What's your stepdad Jeremy doing with EARTHBURNER?"

It was at that point that Wagner, Miczek, and Affinito asked Swank to join the band. Swank enthusiastically agreed and EARTHBURNER was reborn - and with a mission to write, record, and conquer! In April 2023, EARTHBURNER entered the legendary Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, FL and recorded all of the music for their debut full-length there—11 tracks total. All of the main vocals were recorded at Hypercube Studios in Chicago, IL. Moreover, Mitch Harris (Napalm Death/Righteous Pigs/Defecation) came on board as an "honorary member" as he contributed his brand of vocals on most of the songs. 

EARTHBURNER debut album, ‘Permanent Dawn,’ is set for release fall 2024. Stay tuned!