This week marks two years since the launch of the label, and to celebrate we have created a free to download sampler / compilation featuring all of the bands we have worked with so far. Included amongst the track listings are new songs from both Human Future and Howls, both of whom have new records due out via Truthseeker in the coming months.
Artwork by Tilly Barker
The track listing is as follows:
1. Howls - Guilt Trip
2. Oak - Broken Bodied
3. Human Future - Axiom
4. Scared of Everything - Dishwashing Melodies
5. Hexis - Tenebris *
6. Regurgitate Life - This Great Divide
7. 52 Commercial Road - Sell The Mirror Light
8. Rope - Ohrwurm
9. Palehorse - The Shower
10. SONANCE - End Your Life
11. Earth Moves - Pia Mater
12. Annexia - In Time, This Tide Too Will Break
13. Torpor - Agalma
* This track was taken from 'Abalam', out now on MusicFearSatan. We will be releasing a new Hexis record in late spring / early summer 2017.
Downloads of 'The First Two Years' are free, but we highly recommend paying for downloads today as Bandcamp are donating 100% of their share of all sales to the ACLU.
If you download the sampler, you will also see that it includes a discount code, valid on all purchases from our store from now through until April.
Regurgitate Life return with 'Obliteration Of The Self', their first new full length album since 2012. Now with 2 EPs, an album and an appearance at the prestigious 'Neurotic Deathfest' already under their belt, Regurgitate Life have laid the foundation for what is unquestionably their most ambitious and effective release so far. Brutal yet with the sort of progressive flourishes that are comparable only to the luminaries of the genre. Brimming with finger-tangling, catchy riffs whilst maintaining an immediate and powerful sound, 'Obliteration Of The Self' is not an album you will want to miss.
People familiar with the underground UK Metal scene may already recognise Sammy Urwin's name from the sleeve of some of the most intense and exciting records that Britain has had to offer in the past few years, these include Employed To Serve, Oblivionized and Renounced to name but a few. With it's origins as a one-man-band, Regurgitate Life began in 2008, and now with 'Obliteration Of The Self', Daryl Best (of notable metalcore act, Eulogy) has been invited to the fold, providing Regurgitate Life with live recorded drums for the first time.
'Obliteration Of The Self' was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jason Frye at Century Audio, with the artwork created by Luke Oram.
Preorder now for £5.99, regular retail price £6.99
Two years after their highly acclaimed self titled debut album, Oak return with 'Your Mess as Much as Mine’, a new five song 12” EP. In just 17 minutes, Oak channel emotions ranging from anger and grief to melancholy; bridging the gap between hardcore and screamo to create a truly ferocious record.
Since their debut album, Oak have developed musically towards a heavier sound, drawing on influences such as Converge and Botch, while at the same time making room for more nuance and dynamics. The result is a powerful and cohesive mix of genres, developed into a chaotic storm of heavy post-hardcore.
'Your Mess as Much as Mine' was recorded by Ulf Blomberg at Hoborec in Jönköping, Sweden and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
Listen to the opening track here, and preorder your copy of the EP here
For our first episode we have a chat with Sam Ricketts of Earth Moves (also of Cloud Boat / Cult Cinema / ex-Grappler)
We discuss his musical history, 5 albums that inspired the writing of 'The Truth in Our Bodies' and more.
Listen on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/jm/podcast/truthseeker-mu...
Catch Rope and Earth Moves on tour this October
22 October - London @ The Unicorn
23 October - Nottingham @ JT Soar
24 October - Manchester @ The Crescent
25 October - Hull @ Gorilla Studios
26 October - Leicester @ The Shed Basement
27 October - Cardiff @ Gwdihw
28 October - Kings Lynn @ Workers Club (only Earth Moves)
Earth Moves debut album 'The Truth In Our Bodies' boasts an abundance of musical influences. Whilst being rooted in metal and hardcore, they also incorporate elements of shoegaze, screamo and post rock.
Stream the debut single now on Punktastic and preorder from our store, or Through Love Records (DE)
Made up of guitarist, Samuel Ricketts, vocalist Jordan Hill, bassist Mark Portnoi and drummer Gary Marsden, Earth Moves flows in movements shaped by the dynamic performances, shifting energy and mood akin to human temperament.
This deeply personal album is laced with recurring themes of grief, loss and longing which is beautifully reinforced by Jordan's impassioned and moving vocal performance. 'The Truth in Our Bodies' is a statement of intent for Earth Moves, and showcases a band who in their short life have already matured enough to create a record which is incredibly musically diverse; split perfectly between moments that are equally both intimate and expansive.
'The Truth in Our Bodies' was recorded by Joe Clayton (Old Skin, Caïna) at Nø Studio, near Strangeways Prison in Manchester and was mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Yob, Old Man Gloom, Stranger Things) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. The album will be available on November 4th from Truthseeker Music in the UK and Through Love Records in Germany.
We have teamed up with the lovely people at Metal Hammer to give you a full stream of Palehorse's final album, 'Looking Wet in Public' a couple of days ahead of its official release date.
Click this link to head to the Metal Hammer site for an interview with the band, and to hear the LP now.
And if you're speedy enough, we still have a few copies of the vinyl left on our store here
Since their inception a little over 18 months ago, Scared of Everything have managed to tour most of the UK, and already have a handful of European shows under their belts, including most recently, an appearance at this years Miss The Stars Fest in Germany alongside the likes of Raein.
Following some lineup changes earlier this year, the band have now refined their sound to be more chaotic than on previous recordings. '2016' shows a band with the potential to be a future shining star in the UK screamo scene.
For this release we have formed our very own European Union with SmithsFoodGroup in the Netherlands. The cassette is limited to 50 copies, with 25 pink DIY spray paint tapes available from us, whilst SFG will have the other 25 for sale on their store.
Recorded by Ben Samways and Cameron Reeves at Southampton Solent.
Mixed and mastered by Joe Clayton at Nø Studio, Manchester.
Following their work on the score for the hugely successful documentary "Still The Enemy Within", 52 Commercial Road are back with their phenominal fourth album.
'Remote Connection' successfully melds elements of electronica, breaks, jazz and trip hop to a progressive alt-rock framework and dance music sensibility - yielding results which lurch from dark and brooding into sheer violence and from subtle shades of melancholy to broadening vistas of hope.
Based around the squatting community in London, 52 Commercial Road have existed in several configurations throughout the last decade. In the past this has ranged from line-ups of between 3 and 9 members, however, they currently write and perform as a four piece. Now embracing a more rhythmically dynamic, upbeat and energetic sound than on previous releases.
Returning again to work with their long-time producer, Samuel Navel (Adele, Two Door Cinema Club) at his studio in Paris, 'Remote Connection' showcases why 52 Commercial Road are one of the most crucial bands in the UK post-rock underground.
PREORDER HERE // LISTEN HERE
London’s Palehorse continue to explore the murkier corners of the human condition with their distinct brand of blackened low-end doom, laced with dark humour, paradox and abject defeatism, and with doses of dirge, noise rock and hardcore cast into the mix.
Featuring an unsettling and snarling synth underbelly, vicious and unforgiving drumming, and vocals that are in turns desolate, dejected and panicked; the punishing dual-bass five-piece have announced a brand new album, 'Looking Wet in Public' which will be available this summer on Truthseeker Music. The album is the first since 'Harm Starts Here' was released on Candlelight Records in 2013.
Mantra-like sections collide with lurching rhythm shifts, as stories of paranoia, redemption and self-loathing arrive with the sort of relentless conviction that comes with giving up.
To promote this release, Palehorse will be taking part in a co-headline tour of the UK with perfect allies Ghold throughout the month of May, which will see the band travel to almost every major city in the UK.
Palehorse are about to leave listeners with the uncomfortable sense that something inevitable and horrifying is going to happen.
You can preorder the album digitally for just 50p on our bandcamp, and head to The Quietus to hear a the track from the album right now.
We are giving away a vinyl test press for the SONANCE / TORPOR split 12" (only 5 made!) to someone who preorders the LP along with SONANCE 'Blister The Maw' on cassette.
All purchases from holyroarrecords.com will be counted, so you don't need to worry if you have already bought the two releases separately. A winner will be picked at random on March 15th. Good luck.
We are pleased to bring together SONANCE and TORPOR on this exciting split LP, which sees both bands combine their bludgeoning sounds for what will be one of the heaviest and bleakest releases of 2016. Each band is bonded by low end, whilst focusing on differing aspects, and proves the UK is still capable of creating challenging and emotionally draining music that punishes sub woofers and threatens to induce tinnitus.
Opening the album is TORPOR, and whilst losing a vocalist may seem like a large obstacle for many bands to overcome, this has allowed TORPOR to develop their sound and roles as a 3 piece. There is an increased focus on sharing vocals between each member, exploring a darker, more atmospheric and effects driven sound yet becoming ever heavier. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio over 3 days in December 2015, these songs showcase TORPOR at their most devastating to date.
SONANCE have a tendency to balance passages of indiscriminate heavy noise with graceful, yet morose restraint. Never afraid to be complex or unsettling, beautiful and utterly crushing in equal measure. This is the third studio release from the band, and following 2012's LIKE GHOSTS and 2014's BLACKFLOWER, the three songs presented on this LP only go to reaffirm their unyielding vision. Mixed and mastered by the band itself, few can match their nuances.
Each band is having a song premiered today at Noisey. The album will be released digitally on Friday 12th February, and physically on April 15th.