Ironclad Recordings, the record label founded by UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps, has announced the signing of Chico, California's ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE. The band, which features former members of WILL HAVEN, THE ABOMINABLE IRON SLOTH and GHOSTRIDE, will release debut full-length studio album, "Defeat", in the U.S. and Canada on September 15, 2009 (Soar will make the CD available in Europe)."Defeat" was recorded during two different sessions in late 2008 at the Pus Cavern in Sacramento, California and Heirloom Studios in Chico, California, with Matt Pedri engineering. The CD was mixed and mastered by Eric Stenman (SAVES THE DAY, WILL HAVEN, SENSES FAIL, FAR, FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, THRICE) and the cover art was created by renowned artist Matt Loomis, who has done cover art for THE ABOMINABLE IRON SLOTH and THE MAKAI in addition to merch designs for MASTODON and THE RED CHORD. Commented Phipps: "These guys are just ridiculously heavy with one of the darkest and meanest sounds in metal today. Get ready to be crushed." ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE added in a statement: "We couldn't be more excited as a band to sign with Ironclad Recordings. They have been loyal and honest with us from the very beginning, which is all too rare in this business. They are the only label that told us to keep getting heavier! What more can you ask for as a metal band?!" Derek Kerswilll, drummer of UNEARTH, who recently played dates with ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE after his band finished its U.S. tour with TESTAMENT, had this to say about AFA: "ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE gave me this dirty, unsettling feeling…that was so emotionally dark that my insides were crawling out of me. I guess they stirred some genuine emotion in me because I FELT IT." The musical talents of ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE can best be described as a racket akin to the gates of hell opening; mixing the sludgy, down-tuned heavy riffs of CROWBAR and EYEHATEGOD with the white noise assault of CURSED, and the death metal groove of ENTOMBED. Guitarist/vocalist Cayle Hunter explains, "We don't want to be faster or tougher than anybody else. We just want to make heavy music that is UNDENIABLE when you hear it." Check out the new song "We Fell from the Bottom" on the band's MySpace page.