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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: West Coast Tour; Blind Inducted Into The Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame

Following their recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover legends, Corrosion of Conformity, are readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults. The near two-week trek will commence tomorrow in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!

Corrosion of Conformity will be touring in support of their fittingly titled IX full-length released last month via Candlelight Records. Dubbed “a triumph” by The Obelisk, IX was captured by the band alongside longtime friend and colleague John Custer. Clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes, the record offers up the groove-laden sludge/doom/punk concoction fans have come to expect from Corrosion of Conformity. The Onion’s A.V. Club champions the band’s “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence,” furthering that, “the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast,” Rock Revolt notes, “…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid Corrosion of Conformity fan,” Decibel Magazine elaborates, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012′s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song,” while The Sludgelord adds, “not only does IX deliver what we hoped for, but they surpass that with an unwavering confidence – the sparks are flying on this one.” If you missed it, check out the lyric video for “Tarquinius Superbus” at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, Corrosion of Conformity’s seminal Blind full-length was recently inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame! Check out the piece in the September 2014 issue available for purchase at THIS LOCATION
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Corrosion of Conformity
w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying:

  • 8/19/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
  • 8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
  • 8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
  • 8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • 8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • 8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
  • 8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA
  • 8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA
  • 8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • 8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
 

ORANGE GOBLIN: New Album Coming This October; Track Streaming At Loudwire

Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for Orange Goblin’s new album, Back From The Abyss. Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. Back From The Abyss will be available for preorder via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th. Fans can begin to preorder the CD today via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page.

Loudwire.com is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, “The Devil’s Whip.” Vocalist Ben Ward says, “This song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motörhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape ‘The Devil’s Whip.’”

Listen now HERE.

Back From The Abyss follows the band’s most successful release, 2012′s A Eulogy For The Damned, and the recent reissue of their 2007 album Healing Through Fire. Featuring twelve new songs, it delivers the quartets now internationally respected heavy metal. Decibel Magazine calls the band’s sound, “maximum riffage and turbo doom.” Blabbermouth dubs them, “a big burly bag of rock goodness.” Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s tried-and-true blues and doom but the high caliber of their musicianship.

Orange Goblin will kick off the Autumn with a European tour alongside doom legends St. Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9th, the tour will work its way through thirteen countries before concluding in Germany on November 14th. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “We are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes St. 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 thirty-fifth anniversary at the same time just blows my mind.”

American dates in support of Back From The Abyss are anticipated to start early in the new year. Details to be announced shortly.

Together since 1995, Orange Goblin has released seven full-length studio albums. A Eulogy For The Damned was the band’s first for Candlelight Records and closed a five year recording hiatus. The album was supported with the most live dates by the band in their history; touring that saw the band on North America soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headline tour that found them on 38 stages across the US and Canada. Two videos were filmed and released for the album, including “Red Tide Rising” and the special Scion A/V video for “Acid Trials.”

Back From The Abyss Track Listing:

  • 1. Sabbath Hex
  • 2. Ubermensch
  • 3. The Devil’s Whip
  • 4. Demon Blues
  • 5. Heavy Lies The Crown
  • 6. Into the Arms of Morpheus
  • 7. Mythical Knives
  • 8. Bloodzilla
  • 9. The Abyss
  • 10. Titan
  • 11. Blood Of Them
  • 12. The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitartist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Christopher Turner. The band are endorsed by Marshall Amplification, Orange Amplification, Fender Bass Guitars, Natal Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Remo Skins, Vans, Volcom, Boss Pedals, Rotosound Strings, and Jagermeister.

 

CANDLELIGHT: New Releases in 2014 – Krieg, Winterfylleth, Burzum

Candlelight Records is gearing up for a busy autumn with planned releases from Winterfylleth, Burzum, and Krieg set to kick things off in September. Preorders via itunes, Amazon, and other physical and digital outlets will begin in early August. Preorders via the label’s official North American webstore and Bandcamp page will launch August 1.

Silent for nearly four years, US black metal icons Krieg will present their seventh full length recording Transient on September 2. Metal Sucks says “Krieg is all about mood. And that mood is suffocating and bleak.” Blabbermouth calls band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson), “a master of the sonic conveyance of dread and hopelessness.” Featuring Jameson with studio guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost, the album also features guest appearances from Dwid Hellion (Integrity) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Jameson notes, “this is the first album we have done that features a band that has worked together for an extended period of time that had a fully realized vision of how the record was supposed to sound.”

Transient features eleven new songs, including a remake of Amebix’s “Winter.” Jameson says, “there was never any idea to stay within the confines that black metal has become. This was liberation. It is probably the most ‘black metal’ record I’ve done in almost ten years.” Like prior albums, Transient is full of personal reflection. “This record encompasses another autobiographical gallery of a life misspent, a negative existence,” shares Jameson. “At its core, it is probably the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.” Touring is set to be announced shortly. Visit the band’s official Facebook page for complete details.

Winterfylleth advances their global rise with the release of their fourth full-length album, The Divination of Antiquity, on September 16. Pitchfork says, “Winterfylleth’s take on black metal is as cold as any Norwegian son.” Stereogum’s Michael Nelson boldly notes, “I’ve never understood why Winterfylleth aren’t one of the biggest black metal bands in the world.” Eight new vitriolic anthems gorged with the band’s technical precision await a growing international fanbase. “I feel like we’ve really put our all into this record and that it shows through in the final songs,” says vocliast Chris Naughton. “it’s the first record where we’ve truly come together and written it as a band, pouring over songs for weeks to get them just right. I guess we felt a bit more pressure this time but we really turned that into something positive.”

Since their formation in 2007, England’s Winterfylleth has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. The band recently contributed to One And All, Together, For Home; a special compilation (Season of Mist) that finds the band performing their version of the old English folk ballad “The Three Ravens.” The acoustic number illustrates the heavy historical influence that has always been at the core of the band’s lyrics. With UK dates alongside Behemoth set for early winter, Winterfylleth’s siege is indeed full-throttle. “We have made a quintessentially Winterfylleth album on Divination,” Naughton continues. “but we’ve also shone light into a few dark corners and pushed the envelope on what we can write as a band; bringing in different tempos, some slower songs and a few doomier influences. For me this represents that band at our creative, visceral, and collaborative best.”

Burzum’s The Days Of Yore continues the controversial musician’s post-incarceration output of recordings. In stores September 2, the album follows the ambient and haunting sounds of Burzum’s most recent releases. Inspired by Varg’s extensive knowledge of European history, it continues his explorative sound and lyrical works. He says, “it is my first step towards something new, which at the same time is as old as the roots of Europe. I try to transport the listener to the days of yore, to make them feel the past that is still alive in their own blood.” Released in Europe a few weeks ago, the American release will allow fans to purchase the album at normal domestic prices.

Other recordings planned by Candlelight for the autumn include the second full length from Falloch and the anticipated new album from Orange Goblin. The label’s latest releases include Corrosion of Conformity’s IX (in stores today), Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse/20th Year Anniversary (limited edition digibook released 6/24), and earlier label debut’s from Earth Crisis (Salvation of Innocents, out late March) and The Wounded Kings (Consolamentum, out late March). The label is already looking at 2015 recordings from Vision of Disorder, Sigh, Demon Lung, Abigail Williams, Absu, and more.

 

XERATH: To Release Third Full Length Album This Autumn

Candlelight Records today confirms September 16 as the North American release date for III (September 15 for Europe), the new album from England’s Xerath. Producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) returns to work with the band on the near 70-minute, 14-song recording. It features artwork by Colin Marks (Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Oceano). Official pre-order for the album will begin August 5 via iTunes, Amazon and other physical and digital music outlets.

Xerath serve up a healthy dose of masterful musicianship and dazzling melody. “Xerath gets the balance right in mashing symphonic arrangements and metal into seamless songs,” says Terrorizer while Metal Sucks notes the band mix, “equal parts high drama and snug, well-built riffage.” Continuing to expand the band’s seasoned sonic complexity, III welcomes new guitarist Conor McGouran, “I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Xerath,” chimes McGouran. “I was real nervous initially as I was replacing such an amazing player (Owain Williams) but thankfully we immediately gelled as musicians and have become good friends in the process.”

III features a refinement of elements that have now become a unique signature for the band. “We branched out more and enlisted the help of various live performers, such as a live string quartet and classically trained altos and sopranos, to give this album the level of production it required, “shares drummer Michael Pitman. “As we always have, we recorded at multiple studios to capture the sound we were looking for. The biggest addition to the sound this time around is Conor. He had some huge shoes to fill and the first thing we looked for in a guitarist was that he was able to keep that real, soulful element. Conor got this straight away and in him I think people will hear a guitarist who can give you those special moments but then floor you in an instant with savage speed and outright technique. There is a real danger to his playing.”

Xerath have honed their live chops at numerous festivals over the years. 2013 alumni for Bloodstock (along with Voivod, Scar Symmetry, Xentrix, Firewind) and CandleFest (alongside labelmates Altar of Plagues, October File, Crown), the band recently headlined the Metal Hammer-sponsored UK TechFest in Bristol . Pitman says, “TechFest is growing in the UK year on year and Xerath are proud to have been part of its evolution. The gig was amazing and was, for our fans, the first chance to see us play with Conor. It was a solid show.”

One of those unsung gems music fans simply need to hear, Xerath joined the Candlelight roster in 2009. The Basingstoke-based four-piece found a moderate early fan base with the release of their full-length debut. Ultimate Metal said, “you will not find much out there with this degree of sonic perfection.” Two years later the band followed up with the fortified II. Metal Observer noted, “II is a flurry of hard hitting rhythms making for an intense listen that pulls its audience back and forth.” Recalling the recording process of III, Pitman notes, “towards the end of the recording when we started piecing together all the elements, there was a special moment when we all looked at each other and thought we had genuinely made something special. There’s no doubt about it.”

Track listing for III:

  • 1. I Hold Dominion
  • 2. 2053
  • 3. I Hunt For the Weak
  • 4. Autonomous
  • 5. Bleed this Body Clean
  • 6. Death Defiant
  • 7. Sentinels
  • 8. Passenger
  • 9. Ironclad
  • 10. Demigod Doctrine
  • 11. The Chaos Reign
  • 12. Witness
  • 13. Veil Pt. 1
  • 14. Veil Pt. 2

Xerath is vocalist Richard Thomson, guitarist Conor McGouran, bassist Christopher Clark, and drummer Michael Pitman. A special preview of III is available to view at the band’s official YouTube page.

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina crossover icons premiere new sune via Loudwire; IX release day looms

With the official unveiling of Corrosion of Conformity’s IX full-length now less than three weeks away, mammoth music portal, Loudwire, hurls forth an exclusive premiere of sixth rager, “On Your Way.”

Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for IX commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from Corrosion of Conformity. Boasts Decibel Magazine in a recent 8/10 review of the offering, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012′s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.”

Bedecked in soul, grit and some of guitarist Woodroe Weatherman’s most ferocious lead work yet, “On Your Way,” much like IX as a whole, finds Corrosion of Conformity sonically and conceptually at their most dexterous. Notes Loudwire of the track “‘On Your Way’ is a classic groove-based COC track, delivering a big Southern crunch thanks to guitarist Woody Weatherman. You can hear the influence of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi in ‘On Your Way,’ as Weatherman injects strong fills into his verses while blazing the strings for a dirty solo during the bridge.”

Plunge head first into the audio enormity of “On Your Way,” now playing at Loudwire, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample “The Nectar,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

Quiet for nearly five years following the release of 2005′s In The Arms Of God, Corrosion of Conformity regrouped in 2010. Since then, the band’s relentless commitment to the stage, both stateside and abroad, has unquestionably contributed to their chops in the studio. Corrosion of Conformity released their self-titled full-length (and follow-up to In The Arms Of God) via Candlelight to high praise late February 2012. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at position 157 and impacted CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at position 8 on its debut week before working its way up to position 1. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight consecutive weeks. The label reissued the band’s Eye For An Eye (including previously unavailable EP Six Songs With Mike Singing) early November 2012. Blabbermouth called it “one of the hallmarks of street ‘core.’” It was followed by the free release of Scion A/V’s Megalodon EP.

IX will be released via Candlelight Records on June 24th, 2014. For preorders, point your browser HERE (CD and 2xLP) or HERE. For digital orders, point your browser HERE.