Trailer: Die Choking Recording Sessions For III

Photo Credit: Matt Weikel

Photo Credit: Matt Weikel

Die Choking has completed the recording sessions of their debut recording, III, which is due out later in 2015 with Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted, Cop Problem) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. Vinyl will be released via Earsplit’s label The Compound. Stream a brief video teaser below.

The band has confirmed upcoming tour dates.

Apr 25: Ortleibs – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Starkweather, Darkside NYC, Edgewise, Dysphoria)
May 01: Bremen Cafe – Milwaukee, WI (w/ No Brainer)
May 02: No Tomorrow Fest – Appleton, WI (w/ MDC, Hemdale, Solstice, Sick/Tired, Tenement, Cloud Rat, Deathwish, more)
May 03: Spunk Manor – Indianapolis, IN (w/ Cloud Rat, Sick/Tired)
May 14: Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Scowl, Mary Todd)
May 15: Whitney House – Hartford, CT (w/ Fantasy Panther, Empty Vessels)
May 16: House Show – Worcester, MA (w/ Fantasy Panther)
May 17: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia (w/ Drones For Queens, Omotai, Mary Todd, Night Raids)
Jun 15: O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA (w/ Connoisseur, Ratstab, Eaten, Shroud)

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Omotai – Fresh Hell

omotai album cover

Houston’s Omotai is a sludge metal mammoth, which on paper sounds fan-freakin’-tastic. That is, if you enjoy your sludge metal at mammoth pace for an entire album. With overtones of a simplified Harvey Milk, a rudimentary Doomriders, and even waxing Mercyful Fate at times —check ‘Throats Of Snakes’ for the best example of some King Diamond-esque piping—, you’d think it’d be an engaging listen at least. Despite these influences from promising sources. It is with heavy heart, however, that I must say that Fresh Hell turns out to be anything but.


Blame it on The Sword, Red Fang, Baroness and similar bands, but I’m just not into that whole sludge-meets-hard rock style that seems to be invading your local bar venue on a bi-weekly basis. It certainly has the heaviness to warrant the genre tag and potentially the ability to open for EyeHateGod as local support, but the appeal ends with repetition. Fresh Hell begins rotting as early as halfway through the first track ‘Get Your Dead Straight’, with its riffs scarcely stirring more than an inch further than what would make it truly interesting. The hardcore influence of the tracks ‘Laser Addict’ and ‘Back Office’ make my ears perk up, if only because they’re not inane lumbering workouts that test patience rather than inspire listening.

I feel as though the phrase ‘heard it all before’ applies woefully well to all seven songs here; from the Cave In piracy to the country fried grooves of Mastodon, it’s all sounding like the product of their influences rather than the promised Fresh Hell. There is some promise, yes, but overall it’s too easy to ignore amid a sea of similar sounding bands who have done the same better.


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Sean Pierre-Antoine