Archive for April, 2013

FEAR FACTORY: Brings The Industrialist To North American Venues

Fear Factory will embark on their first full headlining tour in support of 2012’s conceptual mega-album The Industrialist. Performances begin next week, with the tour set to visit 38 cities throughout the US and Canada. The tour represents the first live dates by the band on American soil in nearly a year. The World Industrialist tour will feature support from Hate Eternal and Kobra And The Lotus.

Speaking with Full Metal Jackie, vocalist Burton C. Bell describes The Industrialist as, “a very deliberate album and one that came about very naturally to us. There is something so tight about the album. Focus is the one thing that is on this record that doesn’t really appear on any of our other records. The focus of the music, the sounds, the aggression and the concept. Everything had its purpose and we knew exactly what we were doing and what we had to do.”

The Industrialist wraps itself around a tale written by vocalist Burton C. Bell. While the “story” was spelt out more expansively in the deluxe book edition of the album (which also featured two additional songs), the plot is rooted both in forward-thinking science fiction and contemporary events. Prior to its June 5, 2012 release, excitement was already building for the album – the second from the reunited nucleus of Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares. “There isn’t a record that I’m looking forward to more than The Industrialist,” said Revolver editor Brandon Geist. “North America is chompin’ at the bit to get an ear full of new Fear Factory,” added Sirius/XM Metal Director Jose Mangin. “Recharger,” the album’s lead single premiered on April 24 and within 24 hours had over 100,000 listens.

Produced by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Machine Head), The Industrialist features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend). It is Fear Factory at its most confident and passionate; the band bringing every sonic weapon in its arsenal to the fore. Revisiting and refining the sweeping melodies and unforgettable songwriting that will forever distinguish Fear Factory from all others, the sound and creative storyline of The Industrialist immediately carved itself a spot on the short list of Best Metal Albums of 2012. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 40 for its initial release week. The record maintained the Top position on CMJ’s Hard Rock chart for three consecutive weeks. It was a resident of the Top 10 for eight weeks and ended 2012 on their Top Year chart at position seven.

The World Industrialist Tour will find Fear Factory performing fan favorites plus select songs from The Industrialist and 2010’s Mechanize. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster and all venue box offices. The video for “The Industrialist,” directed by James Zahn, can be viewed HERE. A special tour video by Dino Cazares can be viewed HERE.

Fear Factory – World Industrialist Tour

  • w/ Hate Eternal, Kobra And The Lotus
  • 4/14/2013 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 4/15/2013 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
  • 4/17/2013 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 4/18/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
  • 4/19/2013 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
  • 4/20/2013 Club Fever – South Bend, IN
  • 4/21/2013 Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY
  • 4/22/2013 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
  • 4/24/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
  • 4/26/2013 McGuffy’s House of Rock – Dayton, OH
  • 4/27/2013 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
  • 4/28/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
  • 4/29/2013 The Junkyard – Nashua, NH
  • 5/01/2013 The Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
  • 5/02/2013 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
  • 5/03/2013 Revolution – Amityville, NY
  • 5/04/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 5/05/2013 Sound Stage Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
  • 5/07/2013 NV Nightclub – Knoxville, TN
  • 5/08/2013 Amos South End – Charlotte, NC
  • 5/09/2013 Brewsters Roc Bar – Jacksonville, FL
  • 5/10/2013 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • 5/11/2013 The Haven Lounge – Winter Park, FL
  • 5/12/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
  • 5/14/2013 Trees – Dallas, TX
  • 5/15/2013 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
  • 5/16/2013 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • 5/17/2013 The Station – Broussard, LA
  • 5/18/2013 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
  • 5/19/2013 The Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 5/21/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
  • 5/22/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
  • 5/28/2013 Club 9one9 – Victoria, BC
  • 5/30/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
  • 5/31/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
  • 6/04/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco CA
  • 6/06/2013 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
  • 6/07/2013 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/08/2013 The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA

Fear Factory will return to Europe in August; the band set to appear at this year’s installments of Wacken Open Air, Dynamo, and Summer Breeze, among others. The band recently announced their addition to the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise sent to leave Miami on January 27, 2014.

“The Industrialist checks in at 200 proof.” – Decibel

“The Industrialist adds some explosive new ammunition to the band’s cache.” – The PRP

“The comeback continues for Fear Factory with a solid follow-up to Mechanize” – Lambgoat

 

DEMON LUNG Full-Length Debut To Be Released June 4

Candlelight Records today confirms June 4th as the North American release date for The Hundredth Name, the full-length debut from Las Vegas-based epic doom band Demon Lung. The eight-song album was recorded with Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep). It features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis).

The Hundredth Name is a conceptual album as previously confirmed by drummer Jeremy Brenton. Its story line follows, “The long-begotten son of Satan, who’s been sent to earth to assemble the three parts of the devil’s bible so that we can speak the name of God in reverse and undo creation.” Songstress Shanda Fredrick adds, “We have had the concept idea for the album for a few years. We have just been waiting until we signed to a proper label to finish writing it. Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He has been like a fifth member of the band, a mentor, and just an all-around awesome friend. He helped us craft something that we are very proud of.”

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung features guitarist Phil Burns and bassist Patrick Warren, with Fredrick and Brenton. The band has a singular EP, Pareidolia (Bandcamp 2012), currently available. The recording was favorably received by international media. “Earthy-yet-horror-themed doom metal a-la Candlemass,” said Metal Hammer. “Their hazy atmosphere and unorthodox way of playing guitar in a doom metal band is an interesting approach that doom fans should immediately check out,” noted Metal Archives. “Their music is clearly from the soul,” added Ave Noctum. In their still short history, the band has performed alongside Pentagram, High on Fire, Jucifer, Witch Mountain, and Castle, among others.

The Hundredth Name Track Listing:
1. Binding of the Witch
2. Devil’s Wind
3. Eyes of Zamiel
4. A Decade Twice Over A Day
5. Heathen Child
6. Hex Mark
7. Hallowed Ground
8. Incantation (The Hundredth Name)

Demon Lung has announced the following dates in April. Additionally, the band are set as a featured performer at the third installment of the Doom In June Festival (also featuring The Skull, Manilla Road, Karma To Burn, Ancestors, Las Cruces, Castle and more). Doom In June is sponsored by Heavy Planet, Planet Fuzz, Doom Metal Alliance, and Hellride Music.

  • 4/16/2013 The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ides of Gemini
  • 4/19/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA w/ Crowned by Fire, Behold! the Monolith
  • 4/20/2013 Favorites – Las Vegas, NV w/ Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, The Freeks
  • 5/09/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Cauldron
  • 5/30/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
  • 5/31/2013 Whisky Dicks – S. Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
  • 6/01/2013 Doom in June Festival/Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/02/2013 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle
 

HAVOK: Premiere New Video As They Continue Work On New Album

Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, The Point Of No Return, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date produced third full-length album.

To view “From The Cradle To The Grave” click HERE

Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”

Havok will hit the road next week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is Havok one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”

Havok expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Havok w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:

  • 4/01/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 4/02/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
  • 4/03/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
  • 4/04/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
  • 4/05/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
  • 4/06/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
  • 4/07/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
  • 4/08/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
  • 4/09/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
  • 4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn
  • 4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies
 

ABSU: North American Connexus Conjuration Begins Tomorrow

Mythological occult metal warriors Absu are today sharpening their blades, preparing to launch their massive North American Connexus Conjuration tour offensive this week.

The first official full tour of the continent within the ongoing trilogy of albums — beginning with 2009’s Absu, continuing with 2011’s Abzu, and set to close out with the upcoming Apsu — the North American Connexus Conjuration will see the Absu trio infiltrating twenty-six cities over the next four weeks, with the infamous act prepared to discharge two full sets with hymns spanning their twenty-year recording career onto audiences every night of the brutal trek. The action begins tomorrow evening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a meet-and-greet with the band scheduled to kick off the melee at Sit & Spin Records.

Absu Meet-And-Greet: Friday, April 5th 6:30pm
Sit & Spin Records [1346 S. 9th, near Passyunk Ave] – Philadelphia PA

Absu North American Connexus Conjuration:

  • 4/05/2013 Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/06/2013 Roger’s – Chesapeake, VA
  • 4/07/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 4/08/2013 The Windup Space – Baltimore, MD
  • 4/09/2013 Middle East upstairs – Cambridge, MA
  • 4/10/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/11/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/12/2013 El N Gee – Hartford, CA
  • 4/13/2013 Theatre Plaza – Montreal, QC
  • 4/14/2013 L’Agitte – Quebec City, QC
  • 4/15/2013 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
  • 4/16/2013 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
  • 4/17/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
  • 4/18/2013 Rocco’s – Milwaukee, WI
  • 4/19/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
  • 4/20/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MT
  • 4/22/2013 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
  • 4/24/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/25/2013 Highline – Seattle, WA
  • 4/26/2013 Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR
  • 4/27/2013 Shinneybrook Creek Cabins @ Festum Carnis – Soda Springs, CA
  • 4/28/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/30/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
  • 5/01/2013 Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
  • 5/02/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
  • 5/04/2013 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
 

SADGIQACEA: Pitchfork Premieres Track From Forthcoming Album

Pitchfork today begins streaming “False Cross” from Sadgiqacea’s forthcoming debut album, False Prism. Set for release on May 7, the album was recorded and produced by Chris Grigg (Woe). The 40-minute audio journey features four mammoth songs that are already impressing early listeners. False Prism follows the release of the band’s well received 2011 EP, Submerged In Manichea (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) and two regarded split recordings with Ominous Black and Grass (Anthropic).

To listen to “False Cross” at Pitchfork CLICK HERE.

False Prism features sparing use of overdubs, the band wishing to preserve the authentic recording quality of their live performances. 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.”

Formed in 2010, Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) forges 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. The band calls it, “music for our trodden minds and sodden souls.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer (vocals/guitars) and Fred Grabosky (vocals/drums), the band has already performed alongside 40 Watt Sun, Floor, Cough, Weedeater, Fight Amp, Mose Giganticus, ASG, Funeral Pyre, Hull and countless others, proving themselves as road warriors. Plans are in the works for late Spring among sporadic regional performances, including a local show on April 10th with Zozobra (members of Old Man Gloom, Cave In) and Kowloon Walled City.

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

Sadgiqacea Live:

  • 4/10/2013 The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA w/ Zozobra, Kowloon Walled City