Archive for May, 2014

ENGLISH DOGS: Sign to Candlelight Records & Announce New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of thrash/punk crossover icons English Dogs. The label additionally announces the summertime release of the band’s forthcoming new album, The Thing With Two Heads. Clocking in at 42-minutes, it is the first newly recorded material by the band in over two decades. Pre-orders for the album will be available by week’s end via Candlelight’s official Europe (release date July 7th) and North America (release date July 8th) web stores.

Blabbermouth first reported on the The Thing With Two Heads in February, when drummer/founding member Pinch called the nearly completed album “an angry bastard of a record.” Featuring Pinch with vocalist Adie Bailey and guitarist Gizz Butt, the album is a direct result of the successful 2012 North American tour. Decibel Magazine interviewed the band just prior to the tour and questioned how the band felt about the supporting line-up; Toxic Holocaust, The Casualties, Havok all heavily influenced by their music. Gizz noted, “you never know if anything you do will be considered important and even if you have all the self belief in the world you cannot say if anyone will like it or not. It’s amazing that we touched so many great bands. It means that occasionally what you do, when you take that gamble and step out for two or three years to make and promote an album, that you did the right thing.”

Reanimated on their return home from the 14-date tour, ideas started to circulate with snippets committed to tape on both sides of the Atlantic. Pinch shares,” we got back together because we felt like we had unfinished business. Tons of people ended up turning up to the gigs. We started to think maybe we are worth a fuck after all. We started writing and recording and it clicked immediately.” The Thing With Two Heads, he continues, “is the missing link between To the Ends Of the Earth and Forward Into Battle. It’s classic English Dogs punk metal. It doesn’t sound like anyone else, because it wasn’t inspired by anyone else.”

Formed in 1981, English Dogs were at the core of a new wave of English punk. A more aggressive and desperate sound was a critical characteristic of this new hybrid, a sound that would help inspire America’s still developing thrash scene. Alongside label mates GBH and Discharge, the band would release several recordings for Clay Records. Mad Punx and English Dogs and its follow-up Invasion Of The Porky Men hit and maintained lengthy UK indie charts positions. Forward Into Battle (1985, Rot Records), and Where Legend Began (1987, Under One Flag/Music For Nations) would continue to see the band’s international profile rise. An American tour in 1986 would see sold out performances in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York, Chicago and more. The band would go their separate ways by years end.

The Thing With Two Heads was recorded by producer Dean Pansy.

Thecomplete track listing is:

  • 1. Turn Away From The Light
  • 2. Freak Boy
  • 3. Gorgonized
  • 4. Hate song
  • 5. Ghost Note
  • 6. Up From The Depths
  • 7. The Thing Will Arise
  • 8. Planet of the Living Dead
  • 9. Royal Flying Corpse
  • 10. Rectify
  • 11. Down With The Underdogs

An interview with the band discussing The Thing With Two Heads can be seen HERE.

 

CANDLELIGHT RECORDS: To reissue Orange Goblin’s Healing Through Fire

Candlelight Records today confirms June 10 as the North American release date of Healing Through Fire. Produced by Mark Daghorn, the reissue includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band’s studio performance at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studio in London for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007. The album will be available for pre-order via ITunes beginning May 20 and is available for physical pre-order now via Candlelight’s official web store.

Originally released in 2007, Healing Through Fire was issued via Sanctuary Records. The album closed a 3 year recording gap for the band (previous album Thieving From The House of God released 2004 via Rise Above Records) and would be the only album the quartet would release for Sanctuary. Talking with The Aquarian Weekly’s JJ Koczan in 2011, vocalist Ben Ward noted, “it would have been nice to play for our US fans and promote Healing Through Fire, but for some reason or another, it just never materialized.” Orange Goblin would not return to America until 2011; the tour put together to promote the release of a limited 5-cd box set released by Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. It was during The Aquarian Weekly interview that Ward enthusiastically said, “we’re finally going to get the opportunity to play the material from Healing Through Fire for American audiences. We’re going to go out and play four or five songs off that record for the crowd.”

Healing Through Fire is the sixth full-length album from the popular English metal band. Lyrically inspired by The Great Plague and London ’s Great Fire of 1666, the band still considers it to be one of their best albums. Ward says, “this album has been very hard to find in recent times. We are glad that people can once again hear what I consider to be one of our finest albums. Songs like “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” They Come Back,” “Vagrant Stomp,” and many more that are regularly featured in our live set can now be heard again. As a band, we are delighted.”

Currently recording the follow-up to the mega-successful A Eulogy For The Damned, Orange Goblin are expected to return to the US to tear up clubs later this year. Working again with Jamie Dodd, bass guitar and drums have been tracked with guitars and vocals expected to be completed by May 17. The final mix is anticipated by early June . The band announced last week a full European tour with doom legend Saint Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9, the tour will work its way through 13 countries before concluding in Germany on November 14. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “we are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes Saint Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form Orange Goblin all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their 35th Anniversary at the same time just blows my mind. This tour is going to be awesome.”

Orange Goblin’s still untitled new album is anticipated for release in October.

Complete tracking listing for Healing Through Fire:

  • 1. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle

  • 2. Vagrant Stomp
  • 3. The Ale House Braves
  • 4. Cities of Frost
  • 5. Hot Knives And Open Sores
  • 6. Hounds Ditch
  • 7. Mortlake (Dead Water)
  • 8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
  • 9. Beginners Guide to Suicide
  • 10. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (live at the BBC, bonus)
  • 11. The Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (live at the BBC, bonus)

    Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner.