Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA, will return to the US for a massive headlining tour next April/May in support of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut! Joining them will be a veritable united nations on metal in the form of Austria’s BELPHEGOR, Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN, Poland’s HATE, Montreal Canada’s NEURAXIS, and California based thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD. Starting May 23 Seattle Washington’s own insanely heavy, melodic metal kings NEVERMORE, will replace bondage obsessed blackened death metallers BELPHEGOR to finish out the tour.
SEPULTURA have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet SEPULTURA. VIP and reduced service charge tickets on sale December 4 exclusively through Enterthevault.com Tickets ONSALE NOW!!!!
SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD
04/18/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/19/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/22/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/23/11 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/24/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/25/11 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
04/26/11 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
04/27/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/28/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/29/11 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/11 Clicks – Tyler, TX
05/02/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/03/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/05/11 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
05/06/11 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/07/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/08/11 Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
05/09/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/10/11 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
05/11/11 The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
05/12/11 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/13/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/14/11 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/16/11 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
05/18/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/19/11 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/20/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/21/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/22/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS, BONDED BY BLOOD
05/23/11 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/24/11 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
05/26/11 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/27/11 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
05/28/11 Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/29/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
05/31/11 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
After a string of successful shows commemorating the recent induction of their 1991 classic, Onward To Golgotha into Decibel’s Hall Of Fame, members of INCANTATION have made the following statements thanking fans and friends for their continued support.
“Hi, yes we would like to thank everyone for the support. We had a great time! Incantation fans are the best and we look forward to seeing you guys next time on tour”. – John (McEntee, guitar/vocals)
“Hello friends and metallers. I would like to personally thank all my friends and everybody that came out this past weekend to support Incantation. We traveled some serious miles to bring all of you the best live Incantation shows to date. It was an honor to play for you the album that helped create the path for what Incantation is today. Playing the Onward To Golgotha songs were a pleasure and from the crowd response, I’m glad you liked it as well as we did playing it. And for those of you who got to hear our new unreleased material for the up and coming movie soundtrack for After Party Massacre it was again a great feeling to hear you tell us that it’s some of the best Incantation you’ve ever heard. Amazing response, THANK YOU!!! I would like to thank Albert and all of the Decibel Magazine metal crew, Dan from Pantheon Agency, the local promoters in Chicago, NYC and Cleveland, Funerus, Fatalist, Cardiac Arrest, Mortician, Embalmer, Soulless, the best Incantation working crew their ever could be, ‘My Neighbors’ Driver John, Evl, Kristoff, and Anderson, most importantly John McEntee, Alex Bouks, Chuck Sherwood, Jill McEntee, Sam Inzerra and everybody else that was involved to make this happen!! As you may have heard we recorded this weekend audio and video, so look for this amazing blasphemous metal weekend to be available on DVD so it can be remembered forever!!!! Hail Fuckin’ Metal!!!”
– Kyle Severn (drums)
“Just got home from a great few days and very tiring time. I want to thank all the fans and Albert and Decibel for making this all happen; especially everyone from NY who stuck around to make that show happen. Cheers” – Alex (Bouks, guitar)
“Many killer memories and also some real insane moments that’ll forever be carved into our memories from this Onward to Golgotha trifecta of metal assault! The first show took place at the Reggie’s Rock Club after merging with Funerus and Fatalist we were welcomed by the hellish maniacs who attended that night. Cardiac Arrest was a true sight to behold with their unrelenting rage and force. Great to share a stage with those grinding, churning, malevolent purveyors of metal yet again. The staff and everyone at the Reggie’s Rock Club were brilliant. Re-introducing or reuniting with friends from Cult of Daath, Ezurate, Cyanide and our other friends and comrades who made the trek to come and show their support. It was great to share a stage and or see you all again! Our new mage of the stage, sound guy namely a John “Evl” Sustar was great at providing his talents to make for a killer show. Also his expertise came through with his amazing recording of the three shows which is sure to surface. Through the set of the first release which is the whole intent of these shows we also played some other tracks from the lengthy career of the project which were hopefully taken as we intended. With nothing but torturous metal energy!! From there we left for the long journey to NY’s own Europa club. Aside from the new found camaraderie of our plethora of ‘Johns.’ Merch guy, number 2 of 4, John ‘Mr.’ Anderson keep our sprits high with his technique of cutting off impatient commuters in ‘The City.’ The 15+ hours on the road there (with little to no sleep) made my mind wonder to a scene in In the Mouth of Madness where the very road beneath the car would disappear to storm clouds and lightning. All of us persevered to a very rushed but successful show with the mighty Mortician sharing a stage with us for total of a little over an hour. Fatalist however who traveled from California wasn’t so fortunate when they were notified they wouldn’t be playing that night due to time constraints of an early end and a ‘double dipping’ situation having both a show and dance club on the same night. Our sympathies go out to them for although the events that transpired were out of our hands, long travels and miscommunication reigned indefinitely. The metal merchants which included Jim and Craig of the original Golgothaline up, Richard Christy, and many others who came out to support were a standing tribute to the dedication and ardent nature of metal. We salute you all, and thank you for making the night memorable. After a frenzy of equipment and merch whirlwinded from the Europa, we found ourselves back in the vans making miles yet again back to Cleveland. With our John 3 of 4, ‘Driver John’ Williams put forth an effort that shamed most, by hauling us and the gear for eleven-hour stints and just pushing himself to the limit. We finally arrive in Cleveland to a great start when Embalmer took the stage followed by thrash masters Soulless who after their 2nd song were abruptly stopped by a power outage that lasted what seemed like forever. After almost two hours of darkness the mood had turned from boredom to rage when Fatalist hit the stage crushing the audience before their immediate departure back home. Funerus was to follow pulverizing the audience yet again. With the whole of the show and the entire weekend for that matter Kristoff who took time from his busy schedule of shooting After Party Massacre, not to mention his horrormerch.com business. He and his camera were to follow documenting the trip, the insanity, and the violent barrage of metal that took place. Also to mention Kristoff’s footage will be an official Onward to Golgotha: Weekend With Incantation DVD set, for next years release. Many hails to his flurry of paparazzi moments and all of the hard work he put into each show. In conclusion, the first album personally speaking was a mind altering experience back in the early 90’s when I was a foot shorter and much more a novice to legendary death metal acts such as the one I’m now proud to be a part of. With a line-up of such insane musicianship and talent that made the Onward to Golgotha album I could only hope that the past three shows paid homage to them and kept the flames of their legacy burning bright. A strange situation in a way to find this said album being herald into a hall of fame when it was only such, to the minds of those whom came into contact with it. Amongst the 15-18 year-olds back then (myself included) who treated this album as a time honored piece, never could imagine such a thing. Hails to everyone who was involved and whom we’ve met while out for the three show run this past weekend. Till our next meeting.”
– Chuck (Sherwood, bass)
Originally released in 1991, Onward To Golgotha redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for death metal and has long been heralded as one of the heaviest and most uncompromising metal albums in the world. Decibel also named Onward… one of the 20 best death metal albums of all time as well as one of the most important records in the genre.
Relapse Records will release a limited “Hall of Fame” edition vinyl version of Onward To Golgotha to coincide with these dates. The deluxe edition will be strictly limited to one pressing of 1,000 copies on colored vinyl and include an embroidered INCANTATION Onward To Golgotha patch and sticker. Visit the Relapse Records Webstore for details or to order.
ABYSMAL DAWN has posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of their brand new album Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location. The first of the in-studio videos includes an interview with ABYSMAL DAWN drummer Scott Fuller, insight on the band’s writing process, and a run-down of Fuller’s recording set-up. Additional studio footage will be posted shortly.
ABYSMAL DAWN recently unveiled the new Par Olofsson (EXODUS, THE FACELESS, BRAINDRILL) artwork to adorn Leveling The Plane of Existence online now at this location. Leveling The Plane of Existence, the follow-up 2008’s Programmed To Consume, has been set for a February 1st North American release date (February 7th – UK, February 11th – Germany, Benelux, February 14th – rest of EU) and is available for pre-order here. Leveling The Plane of Existence’s track listing is as follows:
1. The Age of Ruin
2. Pixilated Ignorance
3. In Service of Time
4. Rapture Renowned
5. Our Primitive Nature
6. Perpetual Dormancy
7. Leveling the Plane of Existence
8. Manufactured Humanity
9. My Own Savior
10. The Sleeper Awakens
ABYSMAL DAWN has announced the first North American tour in support of Leveling The Plane of Existence for early next year. ABYSMAL DAWN will be teaming up with KATAKLYSM, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH and more for this four-week tour that will kick-off on February 24th in Cleveland, OH. ABYSMAL DAWN will also be headlining a show on December 10th in Simi Valley, CA where they will be playing a host of new material and taping the performance. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cites can be found below with more to be announced soon.
Christmas is coming soon, so it is time for the first of their surprises to be revealed: Five prominent heroes of the Northern metal-scene have joined forces to pay endless tribute to the dignified Swedish cult-combo Bathory. As TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, Alan Nemtheanga (Primordial), Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Cradle Of Filth), Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem), Frode Glesnes (Einherjer) and Patrik Lindgren (Thyrfing) will open the history-books to honor the fabulous legacy of master Quorthon 6 years after his tragic decease. 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Stay tuned for more Christmas surprises and specials to be announced soon!
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Twilight Of The Gods (performing BATHORY masterpieces)
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Fresh off of the success of their sold out Contagion Across The Nation tour, Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO are pleased to announce the Contaminating The Coast tour. Sponsored by AMP magazine and running throughout the month of January, the Contaminating The Coast tour will see the year’s heaviest Billboard charting act get in front of their rabid western fans who have been waiting a long time for the band’s return. Trekking along with OCEANO will be their friends, FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, UPON A BURNING BODY, THE GREAT COMMISSION and I THE BREATHER. The full list of dates for this January tour will be announced soon at http://myspace.com/oceano and http://facebook.com/oceanometal.
OCEANO‘s new album, CONTAGION landed the Chicago deathcore heavyweights at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 3.
CONTAGION is now out in North America. Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album is about a government-born virus that becomes an epidemic and spreads chaos amongst the population. CONTAGION is a major step forward for OCEANO. Their signature breakdowns and inhuman heaviness is still intact, but the band’s traditional death metal influence now shines through more than ever, leading to a stronger melding of old school and modern extremities.
Portugese Dark-Rock/Metal band HEAVENWOOD has tapped Kristian ” Kohle ” Kohlmannslehner ( CREMATORY, UNDER SEIGE, SIEGES EVEN, AGATHODAIMON, BENIGHTED ) to mix and master its fourth album titled ‘ Abyss Masterpiece ‘ in December at Kohlekeller Studios in Germany. Check a Kohlekeller Studio Videotour at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUpaOGdZYqE .
The initial recording sessions for the CD took place at USStudios and editing at 213 Studio (Braga and Oporto, Portugal, respectively).
HEAVENWOOD‘s forthcoming album (worked alongside with Russian Symphonic Classical Composer Dominic G. Joutsen) will feature a guest appearance by singer Miriam Renvag of the Norwegian metallers RAM-ZET on a track titled ‘ Leonor ‘ and will be released earlier 2011 through an European label soon to be announced.
Song titles set to appear on the CD include:
‘The Arcadia Order’ , ‘Fading Sun’, ‘Like Yesterday’, ‘Winter Slave’, ‘September Blood’, ‘Sudden Scars’, ‘A Poem For Mathilde’, ‘Leonor’, ‘Burden’, ‘Goddess Presiding Over Solitude’,
‘Morning Glory (In Manus Tuas Domine)’ and ‘Her Lament‘.
HEAVENWOOD previously relelased three albums — “Diva”, “Swallow” and “Redemption” — and shared stage with IN FLAMES, CRADLE OF FILTH, ATROCITY, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and LAKE OF TEARS, among others. Some famous metal musicians also appear as guests on their previous releases such as, Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES), Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR) and Gus G (FIREWIND/ OZZY OSBOURNE).
SickDrummer.com captured drum footage of ENSLAVED’s Cato Bekkevold at the Knitting Factory in Reno, Nevada on November 26th playing the track “Ethica Odini” from the band’s latest album, Axioma Ethica Odini. View the live video here.
ENSLAVED are direct support on fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn Tour” across North America. Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
Remaining tour dates are as follows:
12/03/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
12/04/10 Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
12/06/10 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/07/10 House of Blues – Houston, TX
12/09/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/10/10 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
12/11/10 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/12/10 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/13/10 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/14/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Axioma Ethica Odini debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.
ODERUS TO TAKE OVER DECIBEL MAGAZINE’S TWITTER ACCOUNT THIS FRIDAY FROM 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
GWAR have always made this world a better place by killing off celebrities and politicians on stage during their legendary live show. Blood thirsty GWAR fans crave and expect this, and yes, your Lords and Masters make good on it nightly. The “Bloody Tour of Horror” is no exception to this as it features warty front thing Oderus Urungus and the rest of the band tearing apart Lady Gaga and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Apparently the Sarah Palin constituents and supporters have caught wind of the nightly slaying and the political blogs and websites have been just overwhelmed with comments about Palin’s untimely demise. Check out the video below. Is GWAR getting ready to delve into the political field even more? Will Oderus run for president? Is Sarah Palin really dead? Did Oderus fuck her corpse? Only one alien would have the answer to that question…
When reached for comment on this highly offensive slaying of Mrs. Palin, (to Republicans and tea partiers at least) possible presidential candidate and overlord Oderus gave the following statement: “Is this what American politics has come to? We have killed every President since Reagan, regardless of party affiliation, and the proof of it is all over the net…but the right-wing tea bag numb-nuts are getting their knickers in a twist over somebody that doesn’t even hold office, and in fact left her office as Alaskan governor in order to concentrate on her reality show…and is this woman actually being considered as a potential president? Why does the agenda of the right require that America be viewed as a global laughing stock? Because between Wikileaks and the attention this idiot gets, that is exactly what you are…” scoffed Oderus.
“Besides, we don’t even kill her, just rip her in half, and honestly she seems to love it! Anything for attention, I suppose.”
Santa Oderus is currently featured on the latest issue of Decibel Magazine. The magazine also features an amazing story about the inner workings of GWAR’s infamous “Slave Pit”. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can do so online at decibelmagazine.com.
In addition to being on the cover of Decibel, Oderus will be taking over Decibel’s twitter account this Friday December 3rd from 3-4 PM EST. Make sure to follow @dbmagazine on Twitter and see what kind of Christmas Cheer Oderus has in store. He will be giving away prizes and will be answering questions from you, the lowly human scum. This could be your one chance to interact with biggest dicked alien front man in the music business, unless you bring crack to an upcoming show…then Oderus will hang with you all night.
Recently GWAR took to the stage on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The band performed their new single “Zombies, March”. The performance will be airing again this Friday night December 3rd at 12:35 AM EST on NBC, so if you missed it the first time or if you saw it the first time, watch it again this Friday night.
GWAR’s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” is in stores on now and you can also purchase it on the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: http://www.metalblade.com/gwar. The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from both GWAR.tv and MetalBlade.tv, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print! (While supplies last or until GWAR decides to start using the prints as rolling papers…whichever comes first)
Catch GWAR on the “Bloody Tour Of Horror”, with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp:
Philadelphia, PA area True Metal Band Power Theory announce drummer Chris Smith (After Glow, Tears of the Departed) as their newest full time member.
Immediate plans are upcoming local live shows in December and January in which they will record 4 or 5 songs for a live EP to showcase how Chris’s Metal Machine Drumming put their existing material over the top, as well as recording drum tracks for their next full length album “An Axe to Grind” set to be released in Summer/Fall 2011.
“It will be an injustice to the fans not to record a few our heavier songs with Chris’s drumming and see how much tighter and heavier the material becomes, plus it’ll be a little live teaser before to the new one” quotes guitarist BB Ballinger.
The band would also like to acknowledge and thank Infernal Opera drummer Michael Alberque for his help keeping the back-line while our search for a permanent drummer took place.
This Friday, December 3rd will mark the virgin live performance from NYC progressive metal superpower CREATION’S END. This special hometown show at Manhattan’s Ace Of Clubs also doubles as the official CD release show for the band’s debut album A New Beginning, which was released by Sensory Records on November 9th, and immediately received a ravenously positive response from media and fans alike. The members of CREATION’S END — the lineup comprised of guitarist Rudy Albert (ex-Zandelle), drummer Dario Rodriguez, Mike DiMeo (ex-Masterplan, ex-Riot), Joe Black (Chris Caffery, ex-Zandelle) and Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band) who traveled all the way from Italy for this special show — will be available for in-person interviews at the show. Please get in touch with Earsplit right away with any requests!
CREATION’S END Record Release Show:
12/3/2010 Ace Of Clubs – New York, NY w/ The MP Project, Monstar Zero, Clearview
The Metal Register is also currently running a CD giveaway contest for CREATION’S END this week, so swing by for a chance to win HERE.
Further American and European tour dates for CREATION’S END are being planned for the coming year, with a special appearance at Atlanta, Georgia’s annual ProgPower USA in September 2011 already confirmed, where they’ll perform alongside Therion, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Arcturus and more.
SickDrummer.com shot drum footage of DIMMU BORGIR’s Daray in Reno, Nevada playing the track “Gateways” from the band’s latest album, ABRAHADABRA. View the footage here.
DIMMU’s North American “Darkness Reborn” tour continues through December 14th. Support comes from ENSLAVED and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes. Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for this tour are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets). Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).
ABRAHADABRA was releasedon October 12th in North America and debuted at #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #5 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #6 on the Independent Current Albums chart. It also debuted at #4 on the Top Rock albums and #30 Top Albums charts at iTunes (U.S.) the day of its release. In Canada, ABRAHADABRA debuted at #4 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.
LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce their third Grammy nomination, this time for the track ‘In Your Words’, cut from their Hourglassanthology released on June 1st, 2010. The track is nominated in the 2011 ‘Best Metal Performance’ category. The band has previously received Grammy nominations for ‘Redneck’ (Sacrament)and ‘Set to Fail’ (Wrath).
LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records have multiple Hourglass gift options available now for purchase at www.lamb-of-god.com and Amazon.com, including the Vinyl Box Set, USB Box Set, Deluxe Set and Super Deluxe Set (as seen above)! The 3 CD Anthology can be purchased at your local record store. Head to the above link to view available gift sets.
The most infamous blasphemers in heavy metal history are set to return on February 15 as DEICIDE gears up to unleash ‘To Hell With God’. This smoldering heap of brutality will certainly find itself at the forefront of much backlash due to its themes but critics will not be able to deny the sheer brilliance of a band that has once again redefined the face of death metal. Now, DEICIDE is ready to unveil the first piece of this masterpiece and has posted the cover art for ‘To Hell With God’ online!
‘To Hell With God’ has been one of the most anticipated new albums in recent memory since DEICIDE inked with Century Media Records in 2009. Check out the track listing below and prepare yourself for the return evil.
1. Save Your
2. Empowered by Blasphemy
4. Hang in Agony Until You’re Dead
5. To Hell with God
6. Servant of the Enemy
7. Witness of Death
8. Angels in Hell
9. Into the Darkness You Go
10. How Can You Call Yourself a God
DEICIDE is also set to embark on a trail of destruction in support of the new album. The Bloody Disgusting sponsored ‘God is Dead – To Hell With God’ tour will kick off in February and feature support from Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis and Pathology. VIP tickets are now on sale through EnterTheVault.com which include early entry and a meet-and-greet with DEICIDE before each show.
EARTH have completed their highly anticipated upcoming full-length album, which has been a subject of much discussion over the past two years. Following the band’s magnificent 2008-released The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull opus, the next chapter in the ongoing EARTH legacy is ready for public consumption. To see release via Southern Lord Recordings in February 2011, the recently completed new album has been titled Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, and promises to be a brand new entity within EARTH’s already impressive and constantly progressing lineage.
Joining founding guitarist and band frontman Dylan Carlson and percussionist Adrienne Davies, the album lineup this time around also includes cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) on electric bass. Returning to Seattle’s Avast Studios in April and July of 2010 to again work with producer Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Built To Spill, and Earth2), EARTH’s newest masterpiece shows the band continuing to expand on the Americana themes represented on The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull, and even their incredible 2005 album Hex (Or Printing The Infernal Method), taking their sound into broad new directions.
Citing inspiration from British folk-rock bands the Pentangle and Fairport Convention, as well as North African Tuareg band Tinariwen this time around, while still maintaining the thunderous, organic heaviness of previous EARTH releases, the material on Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 is more fluid and melodically oriented in nature, relying on more textured patterns and a greater emphasis on improvisational songwriting tactics. This, as well as the inclusion of cello and other experimentation from the musicians involved, culminate into some unforgettable new hymns. The album was mastered by Mell Dettmer, who also remastered the recent re-release of EARTH’s first recordings in the form of A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra Capsular Extraction, released by Southern Lord in late October.
Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 Track Listing:
1. Old Black
2. Father Midnight
3. Descent To The Zenith
4. Hell’s Winter
5. Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1
View the cover art for the album by Stacy Rozich and more info HERE.
Ironwood announces the release of their new album Storm Over Sea. The album is available for purchase in a luxurious digipak format with 24 page booklet, however the band has also made the entire album available for free download from their website.
Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Sweden’s Unisound Studios, the new release is Ironwood’s celebration of the beauty, majesty, and fury of the ocean – literally and figuratively, for this is an album of spiritual and psychological dimensions as much as it is a deed of nature worship.
“We’re extremely proud of this release,” explained vocalist/bassist Henry Lauer, “and we’re confident that once people hear it they’ll be more than tempted to pick up a copy of the physical CD. So jump in and download away!”
Storm Over Sea, is available for purchase from the Ironwood website (www.ironwoodsound.com.au), with other distribution channels will follow shortly.
Ironwood hails from Sydney, Australia. A channel for forces elemental and spiritual, Ironwood’s unique fusion of progressive|folk|metal invokes spiralling atmospheres and dark vistas.
Emerging in late 2006 in the Sydney metal scene, Ironwood rapidly established themselves as a frighteningly intense live ensemble, while simultaneously seducing more than a few hard bitten metal heads to the pleasures of folk and progressive music.
Their initial limited edition self titled EP release (2007) was greeted with celebration by critics and fans alike, and is sold out.
Ironwood then proceeded to release :Fire:Water:Ash:, their expansive debut album, in 2009. Again the critical and fan response was resoundingly positive.
After a select string of ecstatic launch performances in several Australian cities, Ironwood resolved to leap immediately back into song writing for ther sophomore effort.
The band’s second full length album, Storm Over Sea, is currently in post-production for a 2010 release. It sees the band delve much deeper into their metal and progressive influences, although the acoustic/folk elements still pervade. Ironwood has evolved and developed dramatically in the period since :Fire:Water:Ash: was composed, and Storm Over Sea will be a testament to this deepening and concentrating of their creative spirit.
Ironwood is Philip Brown (vocals/guitars/piano/cello/samples), Henry Lauer (vocals/fretted & fretless 6-string bass/additional acoustic guitar), Dan Nahum (drums) & Matthew Raymond (vocals/guitars/samples).