Archive for October, 2013

ABSU: Trve Brewing Company Announces Four Absu-Themed Beers

Denver, Colorado’s Trve Brewing Company is proud to announce details on their upcoming first out of four ales titled Eastern Candle -dedicated to the mythological occult metal act Absu. In honor of their 20th anniversary second album, The Sun Of Tiphareth, Trve has created the first out of four ales:

Eastern Candle – a pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle).

The three forthcoming beers to be unleashed are the following:

Tiphareth – Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.

Manannán – Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.

Winter Zephyr – Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels.

Absu recently announced details of their upcoming North American Connexus Continuation Tour, the trek to showcase the band performing set with music spanning throughout their twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas-based mythological occult metal trio since the release of Abzu – the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.

Absu North American Connexus Continuation:

  • 11/08/2013 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub – Milwaukee, WI (November Coming Fire Festival)
  • 11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • 11/11/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
  • 11/12/2013 Beale Street Live – Indianapolis, IN
  • 11/13/2013 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
  • 11/14/2013 The Pinch – Washington, DC
  • 11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY
  • 11/16/2013 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
  • 11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/18/2013 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

IHSAHN: New Track Now Playing At Loudwire; Release Of Das Seelenbrechen Draws Near

With the North American release of Ihsahn’s fifth solo offering, Das Seelenbrechen, now less than two weeks away, today mammoth metal gateway, Loudwire, offers up an exclusive premiere of sixth track, “Tacit.”

Recorded at his own studio in Norway in collaboration with drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson (Leprous), Ihsahn’s Das Seelenbrechen takes its name from Nietzche’s famed Human, All Too Human: A Book of Free Spirits and courageously eschews traditional metal instrumentation in favor of a limitless textural landscape that evokes the freewheeling spirit of artists like Diamanda Galas, Scott Walker, and John Zorn. A daring and exploratory recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the former Emperor vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009′s After and 2011′s Eremita), Das Seelenbrechen exists in an entirely unfamiliar sonic world as Ihsahn draws upon his most esoteric influences, fully embracing the spirit of the avant-garde.

Elaborates Loudwire of the track, “the musician brings an atmospheric and dissonant feel to the song, rich with drumming that adds a great sense of solidarity to the song’s controlled chaos. The dynamic piece is highly experimental as well, mixing mellow, yet grand themes with surprising leads carried by saxophone.”

Peel back your ears and face the sounds of “Tacit” at THIS LOCATION.

Few artists in modern heavy music have created such an extraordinary and distinctive body of work as Ihsahn. Having refined and redefined black metal with the now legendary Emperor, Norway’s foremost musical extremist has spent the last decade establishing himself as a fearless and wildly idiosyncratic solo artist.

Das Seelenbrechen will be released in North America on October 22 via Candlelight Records and will come available on CD, limited edition digibook (with expanded graphics and liner notes), and double 180-gram clear vinyl. Preorders are available HERE.

“A resolute and forward thinking release which boldly presses the agenda of its author. Das Seelenbrechen is a grotesquely wonderful creation. 9/10″ – Ghost Cult

“Ihsahn’s most daring and difficult solo release… if you liked the more unconventional side of his earlier work, then this will be right up your alley.” – Metal-Rules


IHSAHN: First 2,000 Copies Limited Digibook Edition

To celebrate the upcoming release of Ihsahn’s Das Seelenbrechen album, the first 2,000 units in North America will be the limited edition digibook edition. This version features 2 additional tracks and deluxe graphics in a hard-bound book.

The supply is strictly limited for this special format so order up your copy now! Das Seelenbrechen will be released on October 22 and will be available from Amazon, FYI, Newbury Comics and other physical retailers. Watch for details on the special 20-Year Anniversary edition of Emperor’s pivotal In The Nightside Eclipse, coming Spring 2014.

Order Das Seelenbrechen now! Click HERE.


HAVOK: Kick Off North American Tour With Soulfly

Following their massive headlining tour this past Summer, Denver thrash battalion, Havok, will kick off another stretch of live assaults supporting Soulfly! Set to commence today in Dallas, the journey will level more than two dozen cities throughout the U.S. and Canada and includes two one-off dates supporting The Casualties.

Havok will be touring in support of their Unnatural Selection full-length, released earlier this year via Candlelight Records. Produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death), Unnatural Selection has raised the eyebrows of fans and critics nationwide for its punishing thrash attack. Both instrumentally and conceptually sophisticated, Havok have truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old.

The album features ten new tunes, including the band’s rendition of Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.” Gushes “From the simple but effective songwriting and tight technical skills to rock-solid production and vintage-style album art, this record comes off like a newly-unearthed time capsule from the Big Four’s golden era.” Adds Thrash Hits, “Thrash is still very much alive, and the fact of the matter is that Unnatural Selection perfectly captures the essence of the legendary old-school thrash train of thought whilst maintaining the modern-day elements that are prevalent in metal today. With Unnatural Selection, it’s clearer than ever before that Havok live, breathe, and bleed thrash metal, and their passion for it oozes from every part of this album. The future’s in good hands.”

Havok Autumn Takeover 2013: w/ Soulfly

  • 10/09/2013 Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
  • 10/10/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
  • 10/11/2013 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
  • 10/12/2013 Evolution Nightclub – Nashua, NH
  • 10/13/2013 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
  • 10/14/2013 Stafford Palace Theater – Stafford Springs, CT
  • 10/15/2013 Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA * Havok Only
  • 10/16/2013 Bb Kings – New York, NY
  • 10/17/2013 Empire – W. Springfield, VA
  • 10/18/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 10/19/2013 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
  • 10/20/2013 Casbah/Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC w/ The Casualties
  • 10/21/2013 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ The Casualties
  • 10/22/2013 The Social – Orlando, FL
  • 10/23/2013 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 10/24/2013 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
  • 10/25/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 10/27/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 10/28/2013 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
  • 10/29/2013 Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
  • 10/30/2013 Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE
  • 10/31/2013 Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO
  • 11/01/2013 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
  • 11/02/2013 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ