Archive for December, 2013

EARTH CRISIS: Unveils Salvation of Innocents

Candlelight Records today confirms March 3 for Europe and 4 as the North American release date for Salvation of Innocents, the label debut from hardcore/metal pioneers Earth Crisis. Mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), the album and its lead single, “The Morbid Glare,” will be available for pre-order via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 20/21.

Salvation of Innocents features twelve new tracks from the Syracuse-formed band. Production of the bold concept album offered the respected five-piece an extraordinary recording experience. Guitarist Scott Crouse shares, “the process for this album was new for us. We did most of it ourselves. The absence of pressure having to get things done by a certain time each day really gave us the freedom to try new ideas and critically listen to the songs. From the music, to the lyrical concept, to the comic book that brings the lyrics to life, we think we’ve created something pretty unique.”

The comic book Crouse mentions is the pairing of EC with Black Mask Studios’ Liberator comic. The hard-edged vigilante comic series will release its fifth edition simultaneously with the release of Salvation. The Matt Miner created comic brings its main character and the Salvation of the Innocents’ vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape. Black Mask Studios co-founder Matt Pizzolo says, “it is crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with Earth Crisis. It is probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever.”

Salvation of Innocents and Liberator will share original cover art from Chicago-based illustrator/painter Menton3. The comic will feature additional works by illustrators Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra. Liberator creator Matt Miner says, “working with Earth Crisis on the comic book side of Salvation of Innocents has been a dream project for me. Our styles, ethics, and ideologies are a fitting match and I’m super excited for folks to read the story.”

Fans pre-ordering Salvation of Innocents via iTunes will receive “The Morbid Glare,” as an immediate download as part of the digital outlet’s Instant Grab Track promotion. Pre-ordering will begin 24-hours prior to a special Lambgoat.com world premiere of the album track “De-Desensitize,” set for January 22. “Lambgoat is thrilled to be premiering a new Earth Crisis track,” proclaims editor Alex Arnold. “EC fans all over the world know what to expect from this reliable band, and they most certainly won’t be let down.”

Talking candidly about the album’s single, Crouse details, “’The Morbid Glare’ is a song that really challenged most of the band members mainly since it’s the fastest tempo we’ve ever written at. Ian wrote the majority of the song, and we all had a common goal of trying new things on this record. This is certainly new territory for us. Working at this speed for was uncomfortable at times” he says, “but we think the song really came out great in the end.”

No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contributions the band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Regardless of passing trends, the band has maintained their vision, dedication to their craft (and causes), and most importantly respected their fans. Media giants CNN, CBS, and MTV have applauded the straight-edge, vegan band that to date has released seven full-length albums, two EPs, and two live albums; their most recent album 2011’s Neutralize the Threat (Century Media).

Earth Crisis will kick off 2014 with a performance at the Tough Love Festival in Seattle. Set for February 15, the 3rd annual festival will take place at Studio 7 located at 110 S. Horton Street. Follow the festival’s official Facebook page for ticket details.

Track listing for Salvation of Innocents is:
1. De-Desensitize
2. Out Of The Cages
3. Shiver
4. The Morbid Glare
5. Razors Through Flesh
6. Depraved Indifference
7. No Reason
8. The Pallid Surgeon
9. Devoted to Death
10. Into Nothingness
11. Tentacles of The Altering Eye
12. Final Breath

Earth Crisis is vocalist Karl Buechner, guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards, bassist Ian Edwards, with drummer Dennis Merrick.

Black Mask Studios was launched Spring 2013 by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) with partners Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion)

“Few bands command the respect that Earth Crisis does. They’ve earned it through twenty years of hard work and consistency. Contain, control to dominate! Contain, control, exterminate!” – Alex Arnold/Lambgoat

“Salvation of Innocents isn’t just the story of a badass vigilante rescuing animals. It’s a challenging hero story because it’s true, and it’s the type of heroism any of us can step up and do ourselves.” Matt Pizzolo/Blackmask Studios

“XXX” – Ray Harkins/Peta

“We are really excited for everyone to hear this album.” – Scott Crouse/Earth Crisis

 

SHRAPNEL: UK Thrashers Gear Up For Virus Conspires

Candlelight Records today confirms February 4 as the North American release date for The Virus Conspires, the full-length debut from English thrash metallers Shrapnel. Produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile), it features artwork from Eliran Kantor (Testament, Athiest). The album and its lead single, “Titan,” will be available for preorder via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 7.

Fast, furious, and uncompromising, The Virus Conspires is propelled by its freshness and electric intensity. Sonically imposing and explosive, songs like “Braindead, “Red Terror,” and album opener “Kingdom Come,” are sure to quickly catapult the band to a global audience. Metal Hammer’s Dom Lawson has already proclaimed the band an up-and-comer. Commenting on the band’s sound, guitarist Chris Martin notes, “individually we are pretty different in our tastes but when we put it all together it works. For us, the energy in thrash is just so much more satisfying than anything else. It’s technically challenging and exhausting to play live and it gives you that buzz, that rush of adrenaline that few other genres do. It’s got to have balls and it’s got to have attitude. When you find a band that has that bite to them, that testosterone-driven aggression, its just killer. And that’s what we do.”

Formed in April 2009, the five-man wrecking crew initially bonded over their lack of a vibrant local metal scene. Driven to provide what few others seemed to be doing, Shrapnel pooled their myriad influences and came up with a sound that at its formidable core celebrates pure-to-the-bone thrash and speed metal, but one that never fails to keep eye on the future of the genre. Proudly citing Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Exodus as influences, the band also assimilates elements of everything from traditional heavy metal to modern death metal. The result is a thrilling lesson in neck-wrecking sonic violence.

Still buzzing from their triumphant set at Bloodstock in August, Shrapnel are slated to appear alongside Kreator, Overkill, and label mates Corrosion of Conformity at Hammerfest VI in North Wales (March 13-16, tickets are available at www.hammerfest.co.uk).

Track listing for The Virus Conspires is:

  • 1. Kingdom Come
  • 2. Titan
  • 3. Braindead
  • 4. 22
  • 5. The Virus Conspires
  • 6. The Wake
  • 7. Red Terror
  • 8. The Watchers
  • 9. Pseudocommando
  • 10. Poison the Mind
  • 11. All That We Know

Shrapnel is vocalist Jae Hadley, guitarists Nathan Sadd and Chris Martin, bassist Shaun Mcelhinney, and drummer Simon Jackson.

 

THE WOUNDED KINGS: Deliver Consolamentum

Candlelight Records today confirms February 25 as the North American release date of Consolamentum, the label debut from English doom metallers The Wounded Kings. Produced by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard), the album will be available for pre-orders via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 14.

Discussing the album earlier this year, guitarist and band founder Steve Mills revealed “this album will be our most expansive and heaviest.” Indeed it is. The album’s opening song, “Gnosis,” clocks in at a mammoth 13 minutes. From there it latches on to your soul as it travels a dark and desolate sonic terrain. “The entire album was recorded and mixed in six days during the hottest week of the year in a studio miles from anything in the Cornish countryside,” shares producer Chris Fielding. “Recorded completely live, it captures the natural feel of the band. I find it to be a real step forward musically and very rewarding.”

Overcoming numerous lineups since their formation in 2005, Mills and the KINGS have amazed audiences with their powerful stage personae. “The Wounded Kings have a mystical and mythical quality which makes them an enormously appealing prospect,” said Terrorizer Magazine of the band’s summertime London performance. “The Wounded Kings sound is so organic that the room actually starts to feel damp and musty,” notes Blabbermouth. The two-time Roadburn alumni are cherished by attendees and the popular festival promoters, who call the band “British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall.”

To date the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well received split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, In the Chapel Of The Black Hand. It is the first to feature Neyland. On review Metal Sucks called her “a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.”

Track listing for Consolamentum is:

  • 1. Gnosis
  • 2. Lost Bride
  • 3. Elige Magistrum
  • 4. Consolamentum
  • 5. Space Conqueror
  • 6. The Silence
  • 7. Sacrifice

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

 

Candlelight USA New Releases / New Signings

Candlelight Records will release Candlelight Legion II via all digital outlets January 6/7. The low priced album features selections from Shade Empire, Woe, Pestilence, Cnoc An Tursa, Demon Lung, October File, CROWN, Havok, Ihsahn, Palehorse, Orange Goblin, Sadgiqacea, The Meads of Asphodel, Voices, Mael Mordha, Throne of Katarsis and more. Save your Christmas dollars and purchase this stellar album from iTunes or your favorite digital site early in the new year.

RECENT RELEASES

Pestilence: MetalSucks says, “On Obsideo, Pestilence get it all right.” The site premiered “stunningly feral new track “Aura Negative” back on October 31 and fans applauded their early listen to the band’s eighth studio album. Terrorizer notes, “Pestilence may have made their best album yet.” And GhostCultMag adds, “24 years after setting the standards for all those to follow, (Patrick) Mameli has shown Pestilence can still live up to their legacy by refusing to imitate it.” The band celebrates the holiday season while gearing up for their expected world tour in 2014. Watch for details via Candlelight’s official sites and follow Pestilence via their official site here. Obsideo is now available worldwide on cd and vinyl formats. Click Europe or USA to purchase.

The Earls of Mars: There is certainly no way to categorize the oddity known as The Earls of Mars. “One look at the track titles of their debut self-titled phantasmagoria of an album will have you simply delighted unless you have no imagination,” says AveNoctum of the Londoners full-length debut. The Sludgelord calls the album, “a delightfully odd, macabre, and ultimately unique experience.” The Bloodstock Open Air alumni are known for their riveting live performances. Footage of the band performing “Cornelius Itchybah” from the Jagermeister stage at this past Festival can be seen here. Follow the band via their official site and pick up the CD in stores worldwide now. Click Europe or USA to purchase..

Ihsahn: Accolades for the former Emperor vocalist and his latest solo effort continue to mount. “On his thrilling new album Das Seelenbrechen,” asserts ProgRock Magazine, “Ihsahn has created an improvised work of art that offers the brave listener an unsettling but ultimately magical experience.” With Year End polls just starting to be released, Ihsahn is already finding his fifth solo album included. “Ihsahn is creating some of the most important and relevant progressive metal,” says Decibel Magazine. Loudwire adds, “one of his most dynamic and fascinating works.” 2014 will be a busy year for the revered vocalist/guitarist with continued solo performances in addition to a handful of dates with Emperor who in the new year celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the original release of In The Nightside Eclipse. Follow Ihsahn via his official site here. Das Seelenbrechen is now available worldwide on cd, a limited edition deluxe digibook (sold out in many locations) and vinyl formats. Click Europe or USA to purchase.

Throne of Katarsis: The fourth album from the Norwegian black metallers delivers three monstrous new songs. Clocking in at nearly 48 minutes, The Three Transcendental Keys follows a musical journey. The unexpected cancellation of their European tour with Gehenna has fans hoping for dates early in the new year. Watch Candlelight’s official sites for details to any/all confirmed performances. In the meantime, preview the album now via our friends at iTunes. The Three Transcendental Keys is now available worldwide on cd. Click Europe or USA to purchase.

NEW SIGNINGS

Shrapnel: The UK thrashers are excited about their forthcoming Candlelight Records debut. Formed in 2009, the five-man Norwich-based wrecking crew worked with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile) over the autumn months to nail down the album, expected for release early 2014. With Metal Hammer already endorsing the band, great thing are anticipated for the band in the coming 12 months. Check out video of the band performing “Titan” at London’s Garage this past August; the band was supporting Exodus’s local stop on their current world tour. Follow the band by logging on to their official Facebook page here.

Hopeless Youth: This hardcore bevvy scheduled time at Montreal’s Bird Wazo Studios teaming with engineer Frank Daniel Shooflar (Blessed By A Broken Heart, Abandon All Ships) to work on their Candlelight Records debut. Planned for release early 2014, the band play their final show for the year this Friday at The Unite & Ignite Fest at The Kent in Ottawa. Over 20 bands are slated for the multi-day festival. Single Day Tickets and Weekend Passes are still available at www.uniteandignitefest.com. Follow the band via their official Facebook page here.

Fear Factory w/Megadeth

  • 12/04/13 – Fillmore, Silver Springs MD
  • 12/05/13 – Fillmore, Charlotte NC
  • 12/07/13 – House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach SC
  • 12/08/13 – Jannus Live, St. Petersburg FL
  • 12/09/13 – House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista FL
  • 12/12/13 – Bayou Music Center, Houston TX
  • 12/14/13 – Socorro Entertainment Center, Socorro TX
  • 12/15/13 – Rialot Theatre, Tucson AZ
  • 12/18/13 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
  • 12/19/13 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno NV

Orange Goblin w/Airbourne

  • 12/04/13 – O2 Academy, Newcastle England
  • 12/06/13 – O2 ABC, Glasgow Scotland
  • 12/07/13 – Ritz, Manchester England
  • 12/09/13 – Institute, Birmingham England
  • 12/10/13 – O2 Academy, Bristol England
  • 12/11/13 – O2 Academy, Oxford England
  • 12/13/13 – Forum, London England

Havok w/Angelus Apatrida, Savage Messiah

  • 12/04/13 – Ala Penelope, Madrid Spain
  • 12/05/13 – Rock City, Valencia Spain
  • 12/06/13 – Sala Boreda, Barcelona Spain
  • 12/07/13 – Blue Rose Saloon, Bresso Italy
  • 12/08/13 – Feierwerk, Munchen Germany
  • 12/09/13 – Arena, Wien Austria
  • 12/10/13 – Rockhouse, Salzburg Austria
  • 12/11/13 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana Slovenia
  • 12/12/13 – Republica San Bonigo, Borkovany Czech Republic
  • 12/13/13 – Conne Island, Leipzig Germany
  • 12/14/13 – Café Nova, Essen Germany

Omnium Gatherum w/Dark Tranquility

  • 2/01/14 – Masquerade, Atlanta GA
  • 2/02/14 – Soundstage, Baltimore MD
  • 2/03/14 – Stage 48, New York NY
  • 2/04/14 – Palladium, Worcester MA
  • 2/05/14 – Foufounes, Montreal QC
  • 2/06/14 – Dogobert, Quebec City QC
  • 2/07/14 – Mavericks, Ottawa BC
  • 2/08/14 – Opera House, Toronto ON
  • 2/09/14 – London Concert Theater, London ON
  • 2/10/14 – Peabodys, Cleveland OH
  • 2/11/14 – Shrunken Head, Columbus OH
  • 2/12/14 – Mojoes, Joliet IL
  • 2/13/14 – Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
  • 2/14/14 – Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
  • 2/15/14 – In the Venue, Salt Lake City UT
  • 2/17/14 – Rickshaw Theater, Portland OR
  • 2/18/14 – El Corazon, Seattle WA
  • 2/19/14 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR
  • 2/20/14 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 2/21/14 – LVCS, Las Vegas NV
  • 2/22/14 – House of Blues, Hollywood CA
  • 2/23/14 – Club Red, Tempe AZ
  • 2/25/14 – Trees, Dallas TX
  • 2/26/14 – Scout Bar, Houston TX
  • 2/28/14 – Diamond Pubs & Billiards, Louisville KY
  • 3/01/14 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh PA
  • 3/02/14 – Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia PA

COMING IN 2014

We have an amazing schedule of albums for the new year. Some are still being finalized but we are very exited to be bringing you new music from EARTH CRISIS, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, LIMBONIC ART, FALLOCH, KRIEG, THE WOUNDED KINGS, OCTOBER FILE, and new collection packages from 1349, INSOMNIUM, BLUT AUS NORD, and more.