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Ever since emerging from the Cleveland metal underground, RINGWORM has garnered the immediate attention of hardcore and metal fans. RINGWORM displays an awesome ferocity in the power of its instruments, and vocalist The Human Furnace uses his voice as a tool to extract the diabolical nature of anyone who hears it. The band has toured with dozens of prominent metal and hardcore acts over the years, ranging from Hatebreed and Converge to Goatwhore, Napalm Death, Voivod, and Eyehategod.

RINGWORM was spawned in 1991 from the metal scene in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993, the band released The Promise (Incision Records), finding their place amongst other hardcore metal heavyweights such as Integrity and Earth Crisis. However, despite this early success, RINGWORM decided to pursue personal ventures: the Human Furnace concentrated his focus on tattooing and his artwork, while other members joined up with hardcore legends Integrity. Nearly 10 years later, 2001 saw RINGWORM emerge from their hiatus with their critically-acclaimed Victory Records debut Birth Is Pain. Extensive touring followed. The band continued on a steadily upward trajectory, honing its craft and releasing the well-received albums Justice Replaced By Revenge (2005), The Venomous Grand Design, (2007), and Scars (2011) via Victory over the course of the next decade.

In 2013, RINGWORM signed to renowned independent label Relapse Records and released yet another testament to their sheer brutality. 2014’s Hammer Of The Witch helped elevate the band far beyond underground circles, cementing RINGWORM‘s reputation as a hardcore / metal heavyweight and garnering praise from by a wide range of publications worldwide including Pitchfork, MetalSucks, and Revolver.

2016 is poised to be a breakout year for RINGWORM with the impending release of the band’s eighth full-length, Snake Church, a 12-track, 30+ minute testament of vicious aggression. After having converted metalheads and hardcore fans alike with their intense, no-holds-barred live shows and consistently punishing albums over the course of the last 25+ years, RINGWORM once again prove that they are in a league of their own when it comes to face-breaking sonic fury. Recorded and produced by Ben Schigel (Chimaira, ZAO) at Spider Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Xibalba, Black Breath), Snake Church obliterates the listener and never relents, leaving nothing but bile and bone in its wake.

Ringworm is:
HF – Vocals
Matt Sorg – Guitar
Ed Stephens – Bass
Ryan Steigerwald – Drums
Mark Witherspoon – Guitar

ARTIST UPDATES
  • RINGWORM: Announce US Summer Headlining Tour Dates Cleveland’s RINGWORM announce US East Coast headlining tour dates throughout the month of July. Direct support will be provided by Black Fast and Cemetery Piss. RINGWORM will also tour with labelmates Skinless and Outer Heaven plus Churchburn in June. All confirmed dates are available below. Additionally, RINGWORM recently entered the studio to record the follow up ...
  • RINGWORM: Enter Studio to Record New Album; US Tour with Harms Way Approaches Cleveland’s RINGWORM recently entered the studio to record the follow up to their 2016 album Snake Church. The new album is being tracked and recorded in the Cleveland area at Brainchild Recording Studio in with Noah Buchanan (Midnight, Embalmer) and Spider Studios with Ben Schigel, who recorded their past several releases. The album is planned ...
  • SXSW 2017: Relapse Artist Peformance Schedule Select Relapse artists will perform at SXSW 2017 throughout the entire week! See all confirmed day-by-day showcases and performances below. Full festivals details available at sxsw.com. Thursday, March 16th 9:30 PM – Ecstatic Vision – MetalSucks Official Showcase (Grizzly Hall w/ Darkest Hour/Tombs/Rivers of Nihil – 2015 E Riverside Dr #4) 11:55 PM – S U R V I ...
  • RINGWORM Announce New 2017 Tour Dates With Darkest Hour Godless_Prophets_Tour_web (1) RINGWORM has announced new US tour dates supporting Darkest Hour through February/March 2017. Additional support by Rotten Sound, Tombs and Rivers of Nihil. Full confirmed schedule below: Feb 17 Washington, DC Black Cat Feb 18 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Feb 19 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater Feb 21 New York, NY Saint Vitus Feb 22 Detroit, MI ...
  • RINGWORM Announce US Tour Dates Hot off the release of their critically-acclaimed new album Snake Church, Cleveland metal/hardcore veterans RINGWORM have just announced a headlining US tour with Ontario metallic hardcore four-piece Exalt (additional guests TBA soon). The tour will see the bands tearing through the US from coast to coast over the course of three weeks beginning this October 5th in ...
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