Archive for July, 2011

CANDLELIGHT: To Release Classic & Career Retrospect Albums By Discharge, Extreme Noise Terror, The Varukers

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Candlelight Records will continue its previously launched classics series today confirming releases from Discharge, Extreme Noise Terror, and The Varukers. New to the series, the label will release Disensitise and War Is Hell from Discharge on August 23, followed by Holocaust in My Head by Extreme Noise Terror on September 27 and the 2CD The Damnation of Our Species by The Varukers.

England’s Discharge are considered one of the first hardcore punk bands that significantly merged metal with their punk stylings. Characterized by a heavy, distorted, grinding guitar sound, the band’s raw, shouted vocals and insightful lyrics made them a favorite on “anarcho” lists from the start. Formed in 1977, the band enjoyed a number of charting albums in the UK in the early ’80s. Reunited in 2000, the band currently features founder Anthony “Rat” Martin, Tony “Bones” Roberts, Roy “Rainy” Wainright, and Dave “Proper” Caution. Disensitise and War Is Hell feature all new packaging and include previously unavailable songs.

Extreme Noise Terror’s trademark noise has done very well for the UK bevy over their fifteen-plus year career. The band’s abrasive, dual-voiced, grinding brutality maims, pulverizes, and simply destroys all in earshot. Formed in 1985, grindcore’s founding unit fiercely rallied an international fanbase with sharp lyrics and a piercing sound. Regular guests on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 Program, the band has featured vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway (Napalm Death), guitarist Gian Pyres (Cradle of Filth), and drummer Mick Harris (Napalm Death/Scorn) among their various line-ups throughout the years. Original vocalist Phil Vane passed away in his sleep earlier this year due to a cerebrovascular accident. He was 46 years old. Holocaust In My Head compiles 21 tracks of government overthrowing crust/punk all served up in pummeling doses.

Dating to 1979, The Varukers are considered part of the “UK82″ or second wave of English hardcore punk. Alongside their peers (Amebix, Chaos UK, GBH), the band’s sound was heavily fueled by the energies and ideologies of 1977-era punk. The band would tour heavily before splintering for several years. Reformed since 1991, the five-piece have continued to impress and keep a loyal and passionate fanbase. The Damnation of Our Species features 44 songs on a special 2CD set, including selections from their One Struggle One Fight, Murder, How Do You Sleep and Killing Myself to Live albums.

Track listings for each release are noted below.

Discharge – Desensitise

  • 1.) Blood of the Innocent

  • 2.) CCTV
  • 3.) What Method What Madness
  • 4.) They Lie You Die
  • 5.) Becomes Again and Again
  • 6.) Spoils of War
  • 7.) Persuasion = Power
  • 8.) Web of Disadvantage
  • 9.) Ignorance is Your Surrender
  • 10.) Kept in the Dark
  • 11.) You Have the Gun
  • 12.) Will Deceive You
  • 13.) Beginning of the End
  • 14.) No Return
  • 15.) Legacy You Left Behind (bonus)
  • 16.) Propaganda Feeds

Discharge – War Is Hell

  • 1.) War is Hell
  • 2.) State Violence Stage Control
  • 3.) You Deserve Me
  • 4.) Never Again
  • 5.) The More I See
  • 6.) Hype Overload
  • 7.) Corpse of Decadence
  • 8.) M.A.D.
  • 9.) You Take Part Creating the System
  • 10.) Nightmare Continues (live)
  • 11.) Hell on Earth (live)
  • 12.) Realities of War (live)
  • 13.) Doomsday (live)
  • 14.) Beginning of the End (bonus)
  • 15.) Blood of the Innocent (bonus)
  • 16.) They Lie You Die (bonus)

Extreme Noise Terror – Holocaust In My Head

  • 1.) Deceived
  • 2.) The Helpless
  • 3.) Bullshit Propaganda
  • 4.) Fucked Up System
  • 5.) No Threat
  • 6.) Show Us You Care
  • 7.) Use Your Mind
  • 8.) Innocence to Ignorance
  • 9.) Conned Through Life
  • 10.) Murder
  • 11.) Take the Strain
  • 12.) Another Nail in the Coffin
  • 13.) Raping the Earth
  • 14.) If You’re Only in it for the Music (Sod off)
  • 15.) Intro
  • 16.) In It For Life
  • 17.) Subliminal Music Mind Control
  • 18.) Work For never
  • 19.) Punk: Faction or Fiction
  • 20.) Cruelty to Carnivores
  • 21.) Damaging Noise

The Varukers – The Damnation of Our Species
Disc One:

  • 1.) Persistent Resistance
  • 2.) We Hint at Things Nuclear
  • 3.) In South Africa
  • 4.) The Far of Mankind
  • 5.) Will They Never Learn
  • 6.) Killing By man’s Own Hand
  • 7.) Animals An Animal
  • 8.) Protect Not Dissect
  • 9.) How Can Your Conscience
  • 10.) Stop the Killing
  • 11.) Lesson Must Never Forget
  • 12.) One Struggle One Fight
  • 13.) Murder
  • 14.) Hatred
  • 15.) Endless Destruction Line
  • 16.) Fake
  • 17.) Genocide
  • 18.) Eradicate the Problem
  • 19.) Fuck You Up
  • 20.) Humanity
  • 21.) What Are You Gonna Do
  • 22.) Target of Shame
  • 23.) Invest in Your People
  • 24.) Who the Fuck
  • 25.) Tighten Their Grip
  • 26.) Nightmare Vision
  • Disc Two:

  • 1.) How Do You Sleep?
  • 2.) Gun Crazed Kids
  • 3.) Bleed Us Dry
  • 4.) Modem For Destruction
  • 5.) Memo To Me
  • 6.) Where is Your God
  • 7.) As Good As It Gets
  • 8.) No Restrictions
  • 9.) Under Attack
  • 10.) Absolution
  • 11.) Piss Off I’ve Paid
  • 12.) Die
  • 13.) Killing Myself to Live
  • 14.) Fucked It Up Again
  • 15.) Forever Crucified
  • 16.) Hellbound
  • 17.) Get Out O’ The Gutter
  • 18.) Politics In Store

Additional classic CD titles now available from Candlelight include Doom Rush Hour of the Gods, Holy Terror Terror and Submission/Mind War. Classic vinyl titles available from affilliate label Plastic Head Music USA are: Amebix Monolith, Bolt Thrower In Battle There is No Law, Witchfinder General Death Penalty and Friends of Hell.


ABSU: New Album Release October 4, Album Artwork Revealed

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Candlelight Records today confirms October 4th as the North American release date for Absu’s new album titled Abzu. As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, “A Song For Ea,” was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “this album has not only been the most challenging in Absu’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki’s lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara.”

Abzu has benefited from the unity of the band despite limited face-to-face rehearsal time. In fact only two proper rehearsals were had; one preparing for the band’s dates with Immortal earlier this year. The six-date showcase tour was the first live American dates for the band since their headline tour in June of 2009. Proscriptor confirms, “We rehearsed one week prior to the tour supporting Immortal and exactly one week after in preparation for the studio experience. I can honestly say this is the first time Absu has rehearsed for only one week, as an entire unit, before entering the studio.”

Absu recently returned from Finland where they performed at the Hammer Open Air Festival. “For the first time in history, we presented a complete and unabridged version of Absu’s second album, The Sun of Tiphareth,” shares Vis Crom of the performance. “Now, we prepare with eagerness to do the same at upcoming performances in Greece and The Netherlands. The crowds at Party San and Brutal Assault can expect a different, but unique live set. After that, our sights are set on North American abyss.”

Absu came to prominence with the release of their 1993 debut, Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Each album saw continual expansion of the band’s now highly regarded artistic vision and international fanbase. It was with 2001’s Tara that the band truly arrived. The album reached top lists of countless magazines worldwide. Years, however, would pass before any new material would be recorded. In late 2007, the band finally announced their re-awakening. Now teamed with London-based Candlelight Records, the band would take nearly sixteen months writing/recording their sixth album. Absu, featuring contributions from members of King Diamond, Mayhem, Melechesh, Firstborn and Enthroned, was released early 2009.

Final track listing for Abzu is:

  • 1.) Earth Ripper
  • 2.) Circles of the Oath
  • 3.) Abraxas Connexus
  • 4.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
  • 5.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
  • 6.) A Song for Ea including:
  • a) E-A
  • b) A Myriad of Portals
  • c) Third Tablet
  • d) Warren of Imhullu
  • e) The Waters – The Denizens
  • f) E-A (Reprise)

Upcoming Absu Festival Performances include:

  • August 12, 2011 – Party San Open Air – Schlotheim , Germany
  • August 13, 2011 – Brutal Assault Open Air – Jaromer, Czech Republic
  • September 10, 2011 – An Club – Athens , Greece (w/ZEMIAL)
  • October 29, 2011 – Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel , Netherlands

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: Writing New Album Nearly Complete & Upcoming Live Dates

Abigail Williams has nearly completed the writing phase on material that is planned for the band’s new album, expected for release in early 2012. Feverishly working since their return from their most recent European tour, the band is looking forward to testing out some of the new songs later next month when they return to stateside venues for a string of dates that is set to begin August 25 in Las Vegas and conclude when the band performs alongside Morbid Angel in Los Angeles on September 23.

The band’s European tour was their first since 2009. The tour visited twelve countries in a quick 21 days. Band leader Sorceron notes, “The shows were excellent. We had a great time with our friends in Iskald and Thulcandra and hope we can join them again in the future. A big thanks to everyone who came out to the shows; we really appreciate your support. The upcoming dates have us headlining in the west, including the Rocky Mountain Goat Roast. We are co-headlining the fest with Misery Index. The Scottsdale show has us sharing the stage once more with ex-hometown friends Vehemence and Landmine Marathon. And what more can I say about playing with Morbid Angel other than how awesome it will be to finally share the stage with a band we grew up listening to.”

Abigail Williams’ still untitled third album is set to be recorded in September. Sorceron says, “The new material is a continuation of our last album but with more atmosphere and far more extreme tempos. We are adding back some of the symphonic elements that were on In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns album, but without sacrificing any of the edge that was on In the Absence of Light. So far we are really happy with everything.”

The band’s upcoming run of headline dates include:

  • August 25 – Yayo’s, Las Vegas, NV
  • August 26 – Chaser’s, Scottsdale, AZ
  • August 27 – Goat Roast Fest, Greeley, CO
  • August 28 – Club Expose, Salt Lake City, UT
  • August 29 – Fat Cat, Modesto, CA
  • August 30 – 105 Pioneer, Santa Cruz, CA
  • September 2 – Metaphor Café, Escondido, CA
  • September 3 – Cobalt Café, Canoga Park, CA

As previously announced, Abigail Williams will tour with Mayhem, Keep of Kalessin, and Hate beginning November 2.

Abigail Williams’ latest album In The Absence Of Light was released late September 2010. Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden, the album presents founder/vocalist/guitarist Sorceron with guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene. The album’s eight songs contain far more urgency than the band’s previous material, cutting down on synth and keyboards without depleting their crushing atmospheric capabilities, while adding a more brutal, sinister edge to their attack. In the Absence of Light followed the band’s popular full-length debut, In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns (2008), and groundbreaking EP Legend (2006). All are available in our WEBSTORE, retail stores and via I-Tunes now.

“…gothic, Scandinavian-goosed and slickly-produced black metal… Uncle Sam’s answer to Dimmu Borgir.” – Decibel

“…robust and vicious black metal compositions infused with an abundance of melodicism and harmony – not unlike early Dissection and Dimmu Borgir. 9/10” – Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

“Whether the band are playing at breakneck speed or reducing to a slower sonic atmospheric soundstage, the band never fails to impress, including some rather excellent melodic guitar breaks. 4.5/5″ – Sea of Tranquility

“…a guitar-driven symphonic/melodic black metal attack unlike any other band in North America has ever done before. 90/100″ – Infernal Masquerade

“…one of the best black metal albums I’ve heard in a long time. 93/100″ – Metal Reviews


FALLOCH: Post-Black Metal Duo To Release Debut Via Candlelight Records

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the duo known as Falloch are a growing glimmer on the atmospheric, post-black metal horizon. Andy Marshall and Scott McLean united out of a desire to create music that conveys atmosphere and emotion utilizing an expansive backdrop of styles and sounds. Metal, post-rock, folk, with minimalist composers Yann Tiersen, and Arvo Part all factor in to the inspirations that drive the songs contained on debut, Where Distant Spirits Remain.

Set for release on September 27, 2011 via Candlelight Records, Where Distant Spirits Remain was produced by Ronan Chris Murphy (Ulver, King Crimson) and includes six songs that showcase the band’s unique blend of styles. Fans of Alcest, Agalloch, Primordial and others will embrace Falloch’s somber soul. The duo’s lyrics focus around themes of nostalgia, sorrow, nature and longing. Said Alternative Matter of the offering: “a majestic effort in the atmospheric field of metal.” To view the cover art, point your browser HERE.

Where Distant Spirits Remain Track Listing:

  • 1. We Are Gathering Dust
  • 2. Beyond Embers & The Earth
  • 3. Horizons
  • 4. Where We Believe
  • 5. The Carrying Light
  • 6. To Walk Amongst

THE LIVING FIELDS: Decibel Magazine Premieres New Track As Album Nears Release

With the release of epic doom metallers THE LIVING FIELDS‘ sophomore full-length, Running Out Of Daylight, nearing official release — hitting the streets of North America on July 26 via Candlelight Records — Decibel Magazine is hosting the public’s first listen to the record today.

Swing by The Deciblog to stream the track “Glacial Movements” now at this location.

Forging an epic, progressive and wholly unique style of death/doom metal, the Chicago-based quartet THE LIVING FIELDS elevate their sound beyond “standard doom metal” through the use of piano, violin, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar and more. Their crushing, second full-length release, Running Out Of Daylight, provides eight bold anthems engulfing over an hour. With recording processes spanning the Atlantic and East Coast, the album was assembled at Farview Recordings by Jay Walsh and mastered in London by Tim Turan (Emperor).

Running Out Of Daylight Track Listing:
1. Remnant
2. Perseverance
3. From Miseries to Bloodsoaked Fields
4. When the Walls Go
5. Bitterness
6. Glacial Movements
7. Intermissione
8. Running Out of Daylight

In support of the forthcoming release of this new opus, the members of THE LIVING FIELDS are available for interviews now! Contact Earsplit PR right away with any requests or inquiries on this epic act and their mammoth new album.

“Whether it’s the lyrics or the music, the layers are stacked to infinity, and only diligent music fans will take the time to peel them apart. 4/5″ –

“…an ultra symphonic, yet very approachable sonic headspace; one which is simultaneously progressive and accessible by an audience anxious for melody and vast, sweeping song structure.” – Metal Army America

“They come at their style from an interesting angle of pushing the envelope to include many emotions.” – Metal Underground