Archive for February, 2013

CNOC AN TURSA: Next Up In Candlelight’s Cult Series

Candlelight Records today announces the next album in its Cult Series. The Giants of Auld from Scotland’s Cnoc An Tursa will see North American release on March 26th. It’s the debut release from the Pagan metal band and adds to the label’s growing developmental artist series. The Giants of Auld, already released in Europe, was produced by Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Napalm Death).

Chock full of intense, epic ballads that draw inspiration from old Scottish poetry, The Giants of Auld was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales. Early media has praised the record with Heathen Harvest calling it, “A potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.” Ave Noctum says, “Candlelight have picked a Pagan/folk metal gem… a highly melodic but driving sound that should be on the shopping list of any fan of pagan or folk metal,” while No Clean Singing adds, “put this album on your radar screen.”

Falkirk-based Cnoc An Tursa was formed in 2006 by vocalist/guitarist Alan Buchan and guitarist/keyboardist Rene Hill. With the later addition of bassist David Anderson and drummer Bryan Hamilton, the band caught the ear of Winterfylleth/Lone Vigil Recordings founder Chris Naughton after the release of a single demo recorded and released by the band in 2008. Discussing the rise of Isle bands with Decibel Magazine last November, Naughton noted, “When we spoke a few years ago, we were talking about a scene in its relative infancy; one that was starting to bring through some great bands with strong ideas. We are now a few years down the line and starting to see bands like A Forest of Stars and Wodensthrone flourish. If anything I would say now is the time all the British bands are starting to hit their stride and bring their music to the world in a way they have never been able to before. There is a great undercurrent of bands like Cnoc An Tursa, Fyrdsman and Nine Covens coming through that represent a scene that is bearing some real fruit.”

Cnoc An Tursa has toured alongside Taake, Winterfylleth, and Wodensthrone to date. Sample the album’s fourth track “Hail Land of My Fathers,” on Candlelight Records’ free Cult Series Winter sampler at THIS LOCATION.

The The Giants of Auld Track Listing:

  • 1. The Piper O’Dundee
  • 2. The Lion of Scotland
  • 3. Bannockburn
  • 4. Hail Land of My Fathers
  • 5. Ettrick Forest in November
  • 6. The Spellbound Knight
  • 7. In Shadowland
  • 8. Winter-A Dirge
  • 9. Culloden Moor
  • 10. Blar na h-Eaglaise Brice

Other artists available now via Candlelight’s Cult Series include: Wodensthrone (Curse), Khors (Wisdom of Centuries), Kontinuum (Earth Blood Magic), Nine Covens (On the Dawning of Light), Reverence (The Asthetic Ascension), and Zatokrev (The Bat The Wheel and a Long Road to Nowhere).

Upcoming Candlelight Cult releases include: Nonexistence/Antartica (out June 4), Voices/From The Human Forest Create A Fuge Of Imaginary Rain (out June 4), Crown/Psychurgy (out June 11), and Shade Empire/Divine Codex (out June 11).


WOE: Pitchfork Premieres New Track

Pitchfork has premiered the song “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth,” from Woe’s forthcoming new album titled Withdrawal. The song, written by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, examines the darkness and antisocial inclinations of mankind. It is one of seven new songs featured on the album set for North American release on April 23.

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, Withdrawal is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something impossible in the band’s early years. “Woe as a band is all-around stronger than Woe as a solo project,” shares Grigg who founded the band as a solo endeavor in 2007. “Withdrawal presents Woe at its strongest; the full potential of its sum parts realized with the fat trimmed. Working alone has its benefits,” he confirms, “but working as a band allows everyone to operate at their peak at all times. Being able to play live is also crucial. This was music meant to be seen and felt in person. I’m grateful for the opportunity the full band set up allows us that I did not have when I was operating alone.”

“A predator lives inside of every man,” is a verse from the song’s closing passage. It is a narrative that carries throughout the album. Grigg says, “the conflict between how we want to behave and how our nature pushesus to behave has always fascinated me. ‘Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth’ confronts this head-on and explores the fine line between the day-to-day exploitation we somehow think of as normal and extraordinary acts that we do not accept.”

The Onions’s A.V. Club calls Woe, “one of the best young American black metal bands willing to play around with the boundaries of the genre.” MetalSucks says, “sincere and relentlessly creative, Woe put a new spin on an old method. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Popdose adds, “Woe burns the black metal rule book to create something wholly unique and desirable.”

To listen to “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth” click HERE.

Withdrawal is the third studio album from Woe. The album was produced by Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston. It reunites the band, currently including guitarist Ben Brand, bassist/vocalist Grzesiek Czapla, drummer Ruston Grosse, and Grigg, with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller. WOE is expected to announce tour dates in support of Withdrawal in the coming weeks.

To preorder the CD or limited edition vinyl pressing of Withdrawal visit Candlelight Records US webstore HERE.


PESTILENCE: Signs To Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of Pestilence. The celebrated eastern Netherlands-based band is currently preparing to enter the studio to begin work on their seventh studio album, titled Obsideo. The album is expected to be produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli and set to feature ten new songs. No release date is set as of press time.

The band comments, “Pestilence is very excited to announce that they have signed a recording deal with Candlelight Records. We feel that our new material is very special and innovative and that it needs the back up of a solid company like Candlelight to get it out there to the metal world.”

Obsideo will feature band mastermind Mameli and long-time partner guitarist Patrick Uterwijk with new German bassist George Maier and Australian drummer Dave Haley. Mameli notes, “Pestilence is chuffed to have Dave Haley in the lineup. Dave is one of the five best extreme drummers in the world, and his talent brings Pestilence to new levels that couldn’t be reached otherwise. Georg Maier is a young and talented bass player that will turn some heads. Both guys are really down to earth and real easy going. Of course, Patrick Uterwijk is my most respectable and long-going friend and musician.”

Formed in 1986, Pestilence took influence from early American and German thrash metal to cultivate its now signature death metal sound. Four albums would see release and continued worldwide growth for the band before members decided to go separate ways in 1994. Fourteen years later, the band would reform and in 2009 released Resurrection Macabre (Mascot). On review, noted website Chronicles Of Chaos said, “Mameli and company chose to steer this effort down paths previously unexplored whilst maintaining their unmistakably vintage essence.” Blabbermouth added, “distinctive and unique… a diverse and satisfying metal experience.”

In recent years, Pestilence has also returned to the live stage; their first North American tour in over 16 years commenced at the annual Maryland Death Fest May 30, 2010. Commenting to Noisecreep after announcement of the 18-city tour, Mameli said, “we will put our heart and soul into these upcoming shows and hope to make lots of fans happy with both old and new material.” Pestilence was a featured performer on the second annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise that left Miami on January 23, 2012. The band performed two sets on the popular Caribbean cruise that also featured Cannibal Corpse, Crowbar, My Dying Bride, Samael, Overkill, and Venom among others.

Pestilence is exclusively endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Pyramid Strings.


THE WOUNDED KINGS: To Be Featured On Smells Like Sweat Documentary

England’s The Wounded Kings are one of several artists to be featured on the upcoming documentary Smells Like Sweat. Filmed at 2012’s inaugural Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival, the film was compiled by Unknown Factor, a DIY collective of progressive artists. The 30-minute film will be premiered at the Denmark-based festival’s warm-up weekend planned in Stockholm on February 22nd with an encore showing in Copenhagen on February 23rd. The Wounded Kings are set to perform at the premiere in Copenhagen.

Regarding the film, The Wounded Kings guitarist Steve Mills says, “When we were asked to play the festival, we were one of the first bands to be approached and we all really liked the DIY ethos behind it so we signed up immediately. Little did we know it was going to turn into such a beast! Along with the crowd on the 23rd, this will also be the first time we will see the documentary. If the festival was anything to go by then the film will be loud, heavy and fuckin’ killer.”

Last month it was announced The Wounded Kings had signed with England’s metal powerhouse Candlelight Records. Questioned on the choice of label partner Mills shares, “When we were looking at new labels we were convinced that walking straight into one that focused primarily on doom wasn’t the way to go for us. We all felt it would have been kind of limiting. So we are totally stoked to be able to call a diverse label like Candlelight our new home.” Discussing plans for the band’s still unrecorded fourth album, Mills says, “at the moment we are aiming towards a July recording but nothing is set in stone. We have a working title of Seven Veils. Rehearsals so far are shaping up. Expect this album to be our most expansive and heaviest yet.”

The Dartmoor-based five-piece has released three full-length studio albums and a split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough since forming in 2005. The two-time Roadburn Festival performer has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, In The Chapel Of The Black Hand. The first album to feature new vocalist Sharie Neyland, Metal Sucks noted her “voice is like ice water and mercury dripped down the small of your back in a darkened room. She’s like a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.” Terrorizer Magazine called the album, “absolutely monstrous and essential.”

A trailer for Smells Like Sweat can be seen HERE.

The Wounded Kings is guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.


SADGIQACEA: Album Confirmed For Release

Candlelight Records today confirms May 7 as the North American release date for False Prism, the debut full-length from Sadgiqacea. Produced by Chris Grigg (Woe), the album’s four mammoth songs will pummel listeners for close to 40-minutes. The album follows their 2011 EP, Submerged in Manichea (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) and two regarded split recordings with Ominous Black and Grass (Anthropic).

Heavy Planet says, “While destroying everything in their path, Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea creates an inspiring assault of devastation. Crushing riffs and ambient beauty swirl as the vocals bark… epic and full-on sludge.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer (vocals/guitar) and Fred Grabosky (vocals/drums), the band has already proven themselves road savvy. Plans are already in order to return to the road for the album’s springtime release. “We are honored to be working with Candlelight Records and ready to spread our music to masses with their support,” says the band. “We are currently planning our second full American tour with our Philadelphia brothers Hivelords for Summer 2013.”

Formed in 2010, Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) forge a diverse sonic palette that has been likened at times to Neurosis, Intronaut, Weakling, and Kylesa. Musically and artistically, the band draws from a melting pot of influences that together presents a lush yet tension-filled sound. They call it, “music for our trodden minds and sodden souls.” Sadgiqacea has performed alongside 40 Watt Sun, Floor, Cough, Weedeater, Fight Amp, Mose Giganticus, ASG, Funeral Pyre, Hull and countless others in their still short history.

Recorded early September 2012 at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, False Prism features sparring use of overdubs; the band wishing to preserve the authentic recording quality of the live performance. Writing and performing as a duo, the unique band is committed to their craft. Discussing the album Sadgiqacea says, “The album has themes of inner struggle, spirituality, and our own reflections on the dualistic nature of the evil that we all see and experience in our lives.”

False Prism will be released on CD and vinyl (under license to Anthropic Records).

False Prism Track Listing:

  • 1. False Segments
  • 2. False Cross
  • 3. False Prism
  • 4. True Darkness