Archive for July, 2012

WINTERFYLLETH: The Threnody Of Triumph Set For September 25 Release

Candlelight Records today confirms September 25 as the North American release date for The Threnody of Triumph, the third full-length album from England ’s Winterfylleth. Recorded in Wales with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard), the album delivers ten new conceptual compositions from the black metal quartet. already notes, “The Threnody of Triumph takes the blueprint laid down by The Ghost of Heritage and The Mercian Sphere and builds a monument of utter brilliance upon an already superlative foundation. Riffs pummel from all angles. The majestic scale of the thing is so inspiring that a palpable feeling of grandeur becomes the dominant subtext, each section swelling into an impossibly emotive crescendo.

Vocalist/guitarist C. Naughton says, “The Threnody Of Triumph is a virulent and passionate album that represents the Winterfylleth of 2012. It represents a continual progression of the band and is a document to our determination to push ourselves further than we have before. On this album we celebrate the lives of those ones lost by contrasting the darkness of loss with the joy of celebrating their memories through the medium of a Threnody; a deathly ode to the memory of ones lost.”

The Threnody of Triumph follows the recent reissue of Winterfylleth’s debut album, The Ghost of Heritage and well-received live appearances at Belgium’s Graspop and France’s Hellfest Festivals. With key performances still to come in the months ahead, the band is eager to bring a cross-section of their music to the masses leading up to and through album release. “We will be playing some new material at Wacken Open Air festival in Germany on August 4 and are excited to bring the music back home at Bloodstock Open Air on August 9,” says Naughton. “We hope to see some of you down the front this summer.”

Winterfylleth combine vicious yet moody, folk-inspired black metal that harkens back to the early days of Enslaved and old-school Ulver. The band’s lyrics delve into tales of England ’s archaic history, recounting major events, battles. They draw inspiration from sites and scenery gracing the countryside that has played an integral part in the country’s history. Formed in 2007, Winterfylleth features Naughton with drummer S. Lucas, guitarist M. Wood, and bassist N. Wallwork .

The Threnody of Triumph Track Listing:

  • 1. A Thousand Winters
  • 2. The Swart Raven
  • 3. Aefterield Freon
  • 4. A Memorial
  • 5. The Glorious Plain
  • 6. A Soul Unbound
  • 7. Void of Light
  • 8. The Fate of Souls After Death
  • 9. Home is Behind
  • 10. The Threnody of Triumph

DAYLIGHT DIES: New Album Confirmed For October 9 Release

Candlelight Records today confirms October 9 as the North American release date for Daylight Dies’ new album, A Frail Becoming. Mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the album features photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring and packaging design by Agni Kaster. The release of A Frail Becoming silences a nearly four-year writing gap from the quintet.

A Frail Becoming is an album which, at many times during its creation, felt as if it may never be realized,” states drummer Jesse Haff. “As each of our lives proceeded down different paths, the challenges and obstacles we faced felt daunting and at times impassible. Out of this struggle we forged ahead, determined to write the best collection of music we’ve ever created. Thankfully our perseverance prevailed and A Frail Becoming stands as the most accomplished and varied album of our career.”

Recording of A Frail Becoming commenced late 2011. Bassist/vocalist Egan O’Rourke coordinated capturing individual performances of Haff, guitarists Barre Gambling and Charley Shackelford, and vocalist Nathan Ellis. By year’s end, the raw tracks were ready for Bogren’s impressive and critical touches. Haff notes, “While still sounding distinctly Daylight Dies, each songs stands independently on its own, uncompromisingly representing a reflection of the moment in time they were each born in. Expect beautiful and haunting guitar-driven dark metal, enveloped by a wall of rhythms and textures one minute, and deeply expressive guitar leads, solos and acoustic passages the next.”

Formed in Asheville, North Carolina circa 1996, Daylight Dies found an immediate and continually growing fanbase starting with the release of their debut EP Idle (2000). Decibel Magazine describes the band’s musical offering as, “a lot like spinning Anathema’s The Silent Enigma, Katatonia’s Discouraged Ones and The Cure’s Pornography at the same time.” Blabbermouth notes, “their switch from harsh and anguished vocals to airy, Opeth-esque clean vocal works magnificently to grab the listener’s attention and give one pause for reflection on the beauty within.” After releasing one album for Relapse Records (No Reply, 2002), Daylight Dies signed to England’s Candlelight Records in late 2005. The band has since released two acclaimed recordings (Dismantling Devotion, Lost To The Living), performed with labelmates Emperor to two capacity New York City shows, toured North America twice (alongside Moonspell and Katatonia 2006 and direct support to Candlemass 2008), and now ready for the autumn release and anticipated early 2013 tour.

A Frail Becoming Track Listing:

  • 1. Infidel
  • 2. The Pale Approach
  • 3. Sunset
  • 4. Dreaming of Breathing
  • 5. A Final Vestige
  • 6. Ghosting
  • 7. Hold On To Nothing
  • 8. Water’s Edge
  • 9. An Heir to Emptiness

Daylight Dies is currently working on a video for the song “Dreaming of Breathing.” The clip is being filmed by Ramon Boutviseth, who also directed “Lies That Bind,” a video filmed shortly after the release of 2006’s Dismantling Devotion.


YAOTL MICTLAN: Utah Black-Death Revolutionaries Confirm Tour Of Mexico This August

Salt Lake City-based blackened horde Yaotl Mictlan have confirmed a swift but brutal tour of Mexico this August, taking their warrior anthems to the lands which their ancestors and lyrical concepts hail. From August 16th through the 19th, with two shows in the country’s capital of Mexico City scheduled, the quartet will storm through the country with their blazing formula of thrash/death-influenced black metal based on Mayan folklore and history.

Yaotl Mictlan Mexico Tour Summer 2012:

  • 8/16/2012 El Patio de Atras Bar – Toluca
  • 8/17/2012 Bar Pit – Cuernavaca
  • 8/18/2012 El Chopo – Mexico City [*free matinee show]
  • 8/18/2012 Blue Factor Bar – Mexico City
  • 8/19/2012 Rocksi Bar – Aguascalientes City

Translating to “warriors from the land of the dead,” Yaotl Mictlan was formed in 1998, immediately catching the attention of Brujeria vocalist Juan Brujo, who later produced the band’s first demo, A Batalla Vamos. Their debut Guerreros de la Tierra de los Muertos was released by American Line Productions in 2006, and following that the band signed with international kingpin Candlelight Records, who unleashed their more dynamic sophomore LP Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaac in 2010.


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: To Kick Off Special Run With Prong This Week!

Following up a triumphant stretch of West Coast dates earlier this Summer with Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza, this Wednesday, North Carolina crossover revolutionaries Corrosion of Conformity will kick off a four-date run with New York metallers Prong. The short but epic run will commence in Huntington, West Virginia and steamroll through Winston-Salem, Wilmington, and Savannah. The tour serves as a precursor to their Euro festival takeover this August (see full listing at THIS LOCATION)!

In addition, the band will appear on this year’s Hopscotch Music Fest. The three-day event is set to take place on September 6 – 8, 2012 on their home turf of Raleigh. The band will play alongside a throng of artists from all genres including Sunn O))), The Roots, Baroness, Yo La Tengo, The Jesus And Mary Chain and many more. Corrosion of Conformity were also added to the colossal Barge To Hell lineup where 40 of metal’s finest acts along with 2,000 headbangers from around the world take over a luxury cruise ship for a five-day/four-night trip to the Caribbean. The Barge sets sail on December 3 from Miami, Florida. Others bands scheduled to appear include Behemoth, Six Feet Under, Enslaved, Rotting Christ, At The Gates, Possessed, Municipal Waste and more!

Corrosion of Conformity w/ Prong

  • 7/25/2012 V Club – Huntington, WV
  • 7/26/2012 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
  • 7/27/2012 Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
  • 7/28/2012 Jinx – Savannah, GA
  • 9/6-8/2012 Hopscotch Music Fest – Raleigh, NC
  • 12/3-7/2012 Barge To Hell – Miami, FL

Founded by three teenagers in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.” Thirty years and many changes later, COC’s original trio is back with a self-titled release for London-based independent Candlelight Records. Released Stateside this past March Corrosion of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer and mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters). The 11-track offering features the esteemed Animosity lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and closes a six year recording gap for the band.


FEAR FACTORY: Announce August Headlining Dates

Legendary metal manipulators Fear Factory are pleased to announce a U.S. headlining tour next month. Set to commence on August 1 in Fresno, California, the next segment of the The World Industrialist Tour 2012 will pummel its way across the country and includes a stop at this year’s Juggalo Gathering in Cave In Rock, Illinois alongside Soulfly, Static X, DMX, Onyx, and George Clinton among others. Additional dates will be announced in the coming days. Comments guitarist Dino Cazares: “We are really looking forward to getting back on tour to play classic Fear Factory songs and new songs from The Industrialist!”

This will mark the Fear Factory’s first official trek in support of The Industrialist, unleashed to North American fans June 5 via Candlelight Records. The second album written by Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split, The Industrialist debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at position 38 and maintained the #1 spot on the CMJ charts for three consecutive weeks. Commended by Revolver Magazine in a 4/5 review for offering up “the same pulsating, angry urgency of old…nicely counterbalanced by some incredibly deft melodies,” while Metal Underground opined: “Burton C. Bell’s vocal harmonies, the group’s dynamics, Dino’s guitar play and, of course, the tightness of the rhythm section — featuring newcomer Matt DeVries of Chimaira fame on bass — was created with such superb craftsmanship that the album is in constant rotation in my brain, leading to play after play in the physical world, ” The Industrialist continues to floor fans and critics internationally.

Fear Factory – The World Industrialist Tour 2012:

  • 8/01/2012 The Starline – Fresno, CA
  • 8/02/2012 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • 8/03/2012 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
  • 8/05/2012 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 8/07/2012 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
  • 8/09/2012 Juggalo Gathering – Cave In Rock, IL
  • 8/10/2012 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
  • 8/11/2012 WIIL Rock Fest – Twin Lakes, WI
  • 8/12/2012 Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
  • 8/14/2012 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 8/15/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
  • 8/16/2012 Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
  • 8/17/2012 Reverb – Reading, PA
  • 8/18/2012 Coliseo Roberto Clelemente – San Juan, PR
  • 8/19/2012 Revolution – Amityville, NY