Archive for May, 2013

HAVOK: New Single Available For Free Download

Fans of Denver thrashers Havok are beginning to feel the growing excitement for the approaching North American release date of the band’s third full-length, Unnatural Selection. The album’s lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” impacted metal radio earlier this week; the only single to land on CMJ’s Loud Rock “Most Added” report. Sirius/XM Radio plus Syracuse’s WAQX, Baltimore’s WIYY, and Northern New Jersey metal powerhouse WSOU, among others, are a few of the key early supporters of the single.

To celebrate, Candlelight Records today makes “Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death” available as a free download at the label’s official Bandcamp page. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old-school metal sound.

To download click HERE. All available titles at Candlelight’s Bandcamp are available at a 15% discount through midnight June 3. The code to enter on check out is GiveMeCandlelight.

Currently touring Europe with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok will kick off North American touring just after the June 25 release of Unnatural Selection. Set to begin July 22, the headlining tour will see the four-piece journey through the southern states, travelling up the eastern seaboard before making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11.

Special preorder bundles of Unnatural Selection are now available via the band’s official webstore. All bundle customers will be automatically entered into a golden ticket contest; one winner will be picked at random to receive an autographed Charvel Guitar and one of everything in the current Havok merch store. Candlelight Records will launch a vinyl preorder in the coming weeks. Visit the label’s official Facebook page or follow the label via Twitter (@candlelightusa) for official details.

Produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate), Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). Havok has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. The album features ten new songs, including the band’s rendition of Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

Confirmed dates on the band’s headline tour plus three special Denver-area performances (a copy of Unnatural Selection included with ticket purchase) are below.

Havok:

  • 6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
  • 6/22/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
  • 6/23/2013 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
  • 6/29/2013 Rock Al Parque – Bogota, Colombia (w/ Cannibal Corpse)
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/12/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON (w/ Finntroll)
  • 8/14/2013 Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

HAVOK: Announces Headlining Tour

Denver thrashers Havok today announce their first headlining tour of North America. Dates are set to commence July 22 and will see the band journey through the southern states, traveling up the eastern seaboard before making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11. The tour will be in support of their forthcoming new album, Unnatural Selection, set for release June 25.

Reported last week, Unnatural Selection, the band’s third full-length album for Candlelight Records, was produced by guitarist David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). The album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams). Lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” is set to impact Loud Rock/Metal Radio May 27. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound.

Candlelight Records launched the CD-only pre-order last week at the label’s official webstore HERE. The band has launched exclusive bundle packages via their official store. All bundle customers will be entered to win a golden ticket contest. One winner will be picked at random and will receive an autographed Charvel guitar, and one of everything in the Havok merch store. Go HERE for further details.

Currently on tour in Europe alongside Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok’s headlining tour follows their recently announced trilogy of release performances. Tickets are on sale now at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchases to June Colorado shows. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, in 2009. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EP’s two original songs were released earlier this year. The videos have had over 200,000 views since release. The band plans three new videos for Unnatural Selection; details forthcoming. Confirmed Havok dates at press time are included below.

Havok:

  • 6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
  • 6/22/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
  • 6/23/2013 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

DEMON LUNG: Pitchfork Premieres Second Track From Forthcoming Album

Pitchfork.com has premiered “Heathen Child,” from Demon Lung’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s the second song released from The Hundredth Name set for release via Candlelight Records on June 4. The conceptual album was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) and features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis).

Discussing the song, drummer Jeremy Brenton reveals, “‘Heathen Child’ is the fifth track on the record and is definitely one of our favorites to play live. We got the gnarliest guitar tone at the end of that song. It’s the part of the story where our hero, the warlock, kills an unbaptized male child in order to make a flying potion from his fat. Don’t try this at home, especially without a sharp knife.”

Hear “Heathen Child” at THIS LOCATION.

Early reviews of The Hundredth Name are encouraging. Sludgelord.com writes, “The Hundredth Name is a masterpiece from top to toe… this IS doom.” Metal Review says, “This is a band that knows how to make doom metal dramatic,” while Vegas Seven adds, “Demon Lung’s debut record destroys. Literate and lacerating, the ‘Lung breathes real fire.” With the album’s full impact at metal radio nationwide set for this coming Monday, it is an album that will find a rightful place in the collections of doom and metal fans round the globe.

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung self-released Pareidolia in early 2012. The band was dubbed “Earthy-yet-horror-themed doom metal,” by Metal Hammer and, “One of the best new bands out there,” by PureGrainAudio. Signing with Candlelight Records last Autumn, the band featuring vocalist Shanda Fredrick, guitarist Phil Burns, bassist Patrick Warren, with drummer Brenton, entered Oakland-based Sharkbite Studios in mid-December. Emerging a few weeks later, the album was turned over to Billy Anderson to work his mixing magic. Fredrick notes, “Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He helped us craft something we are very proud of.”

Demon Lung continues to perform live as the album’s release draws near. Confirmed performances are noted below.

Demon Lung Live 2013:

  • 5/23/13 Backstage Billards – Las Vegas, NV w/ Kylesa
  • 5/30/13 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
  • 5/31/13 Whiskey Dick’s – South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
  • 6/01/13 Doom in June Fest @ Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/02/13 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle
  • 6/21/13 Kim’s – Riverside, CA w/ Trapped Within Burning Machinery
  • 10/19/13 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Ancestors
 

HAVOK: Unnatural Selection Set For Release

Candlelight Records confirms June 25 as the North American release date for Unnatural Selection, the new studio recording from Denver thrashers Havok. The ten-song album was produced by David Sanchez with mixing handled by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). Unnatural Selection features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams).

“Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” the first single from Unnatural Selection, will hit Loud Rock/Metal radio on May 27. The topical song is a furious and urgent anthem that displays the band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound. Vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez ignites the fret board and barks the righteous lyrics while drummer Pete Webber punishes his immense kit. The song’s towering sound benefits from the unique acoustics of the old theater that was utilized as one of the many recording locations for the album. “I am super pumped on how the drums came out,” chimes Webber. “We recorded the drums in a theater to get a huge sound. It was a challenging experience for me between time constraints and the drum parts having much more feeling in them. I believe the added pressure made for some really awesome stuff. I can’t wait to unleash this album to the world.”

Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). Havok has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Additional album standouts include album opener “I Am The State,” “Chasing The Edge,” and the band’s rendition of the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

Unnatural Selection Track Listing:

  • 1. I Am The State
  • 2. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
  • 3. It Is True
  • 4. Under the Gun
  • 5. Waste of Life
  • 6. Untitled
  • 7. Chasing the Edge
  • 8. Worse Than War
  • 9. Children of the Grave
  • 10. Unnatural Selection

Havok will premiere material from Unnatural Selection tomorrow when they take the stage for the start of their European tour with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage. The 28-city tour begins in Genève, Switzerland and will conclude in Munchen, Germany on June 8. Before departing for Europe, the band performed at a Denver Benefit. Sanchez comments, “We were honored to be part of HaneyStock. The show was a benefit for Chris Haney who was a bartender at the Gothic Theatre in our hometown who was senselessly murdered trying to break up a fight. All proceeds from the show are going to his young daughter. It was a great event that celebrated the life of an outstanding individual.”

Havok has planned three special record release performances. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchase to these area performances. Havok is planning a full North American tour for early summer. Details will be announced shortly. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok:

  • 6/21/13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
  • 6/22/13 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 6/23/13 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, mid-2009. The record found an immediate fan base and the curiosity of media around the globe. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EPs two original songs were released earlier this year. To view “Point of No Return” click HERE. To view “From the Cradle to the Grave” click HERE. The videos have had over 200,000 views to date. Metal Underground says, “Havok kicks your ass from the moment you hit play, and doesn’t ever let up.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

Unnatural Selection is available HERE for PRE-ORDER.

 

SADGIQACEA: Invisible Oranges Now Playing Entire Debut LP

Philadelphia’s genre-morphing duo Sadgiqacea today celebrates the official North American release of their debut album, False Prism. Recorded by Chris Grigg (Woe), the sprawling forty-minute album projects the organic, monstrous tones and unified, distinctive style which has helped the two-piece act become one of Philly’s hottest live acts over the past two years. The record features virtually no overdubs or studio trickery, the band wishing to preserve the authentic recording quality of their live performances.

In coordination with the street date of False Prism, today the diehards at Invisible Oranges/Brooklyn Vegan are streaming the entire album, RIGHT HERE.

Formed in 2010, Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) forges a diverse sonic palette that has been likened at times to Neurosis, Intronaut, Hull, The Atlas Moth, 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.” In a continuing effort to bring their craft to public forums, the band is finalizing the details for a bulky tour set to take place through most of July and well into August, joined by local cohorts Hivelords. The full tour routing will be announced in the coming days.

“In order to properly hone that organic process, producer (and Woe mastermind) Chris Grigg captured the exquisite bedlam of False Prism in alive recording scenario’ with minimal overdubs and no studio trickery.” – Decibel

“…False Prism, their excellent full-length debut due May 7 on Candlelight, indicates that a limited membership doesn’t entail diminished ideas or abilities. They bridge thrash and doom, black metal and drone, field recordings and power metal into often-seamless long-form pieces.” – Pitchfork

“The Philadelphia two-piece’s epic sludge-doom sprinkles in moments of post-rock, Neurosis-y riffage and black metal across their four-track effort…” – Invisible Oranges

“Their song structures are smooth and varied, progressive in scope, and the record’s unsettling psychedelia is very engaging, adding a wanton mystery to their barrage of riffs.” – About.com