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VOICES: New Song Premiere at Invisible Oranges

The challenging UK-based band VOICES is set to release their second full-length album early in 2015. Today Invisible Oranges exclusively streams a selection from the anticipated album. “The Fucktrance,” is the eighth song from the conceptual epic, titled London. Recorded at Hackney Studios during the early months of this year, it is now available for pre-order in North America via Candlelight Records’ official webstore and Bandcamp page.

Listen to “The FuckTrance” HERE

London “chokes the listener with a cacophony of human voices, from shrieks to grunts, clean singing and monologues,” says Invisible Orange’s editor Joseph Schafer in his early review of the album. He continues calling it, “as diverse, populated, and claustrophobic as the London which the lyrics obsess over.” Commenting on the song, bassist Sam Loynes notes, “The FuckTrance is a key song within the album. It’s a most primal and unforgiving journey. It was one of those difficult days at the rehearsal studio and we just channelled the most negative and horrific aspects of ourselves through the power of the blast.”

After the official dismantling of Akercocke in 2011, VOICES members Peter Benjamin (guitar/vocal), David Gray (drums) and Loynes assembled to create music that was at its core both disturbing and hypnotic. Signing with Candlelight Records in the early months of 2012, the band saw the release of their debut, From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain, mid-June 2012 in Europe and several months later for North America. “Dizzying and jaw dropping,” said Ave Noctum. Last Rites called the band’s sound “unique and invigorated.” Thrash Hits added, “it contains everything you’d expect from this collective; metronome-confounding blast wizardry, with a more than ample selection of Gray’s trademark (and still unusual) break beats backing a vicious selection of riffs, synths and vocals.”

London engulfs the listener with its harrowing sound for nearly an hour before it concludes. The band will perform selections from the album live in late November at a record release event at The Black Heart (23 Green Place, Camden, London). Touring is expected to begin in the new year. Details to be announced.

Full track listing for London is:
1. Suicide Note
2. Music For The Recently Bereaved
3. The Actress
4. Vicarious Lover
5. Megan
6. Imaginary Sketches Of A Poisoned Man
7. The Antidote
8. The FuckTrance
9. Hourglass
10. The House Of Black Light
11. The Final Portrait Of The Artist
12. Last Train Victoria Line
13. The Ultimate Narcissist
14. Cold Harbour Lane

 

CANDLELIGHT: Announced Early 2015 Releases

As the label today celebrates the North American release of ’s new album, Back From The Abyss, Candlelight Records is already busy at work on our early 2015 offerings. Planned stateside releases include the latest albums from Falloch and Voices, the label debut from Hateful Abandon, and several collector sets from the likes of 1349, Crowbar, and Insomnium. Pre-orders are set to launch in the coming weeks via the label’s official web store.

The second full-length album from Glasgow, Scotland’s Falloch is already enjoying glowing European response. North American fans will find the domestic version of the album on shelves January 27. This Island, Our Funeral is a darker dirge than its predecessor and features an expanded band front, including new vocalist/guitarist Tony Dunn, bassist Ben Brown, and drummer Steve Scott with founder/guitarist Scott McLean. Recorded at London’s Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez Arellanu (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver), Terrorizer Magazine says the album is chock full of “haunting atmosphere and evocative crescendos of music and emotion. Go for a walk with it, you’ll struggle not to be moved.” The band just headlined the second night of CandleFest at London’s Underworld alongside label-mates Winterfylleth, The Wounded Kings, October File, Pet Slimmers of the Year, and others. The band will perform at Damnation Fest in Leeds on November 1.

Also set for release January 27, is the second full-length album from Voices. The London-based band, featuring former members of Akercocke, mashes a deluge of sonically lethal sounds into a harrowing new musical concept. Metal Hammer calls London, “every bit as sprawling yet steeped in grandeur as the city it’s named after.” Recorded at Hackney Studios, the band describes it as, “a deep cinematic roller coaster ride through the darkest of nightmares.” Members Sam Loynes and Peter Benjamin discussed the record prior to their set at 2014’s Bloodstock Festival. The five-minute outtake can be seen here. Founded in 2011, Ave Noctum calls Voices’ sound, “dizzying and jaw dropping,” as it “maliciously batters away throwing things in a head stewing melee.” Candlelight will host a special London song premiere on October 14.

Bristol, England’s genre-blurring Hateful Abandon will see the release of their Candlelight debut, Liars/Bastards, on January 13. The newly signed duo has already found critical media support through their independent released material since their formation in 2008. Cvlt Nation currently features album track “The Walker” on their new mixtape series called F.O.A.G. Vol. 1. The popular site calls the band’s audio uniqueness, “a post-apocalyptic journey that isn’t bound by artificial genre conventions, incorporating the best elements of the rebellious ideology of Crass, the original spirit of industrial innovation that drove label’s like Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records, and the somber post punk and gothic rock of bands like Joy Division and Killing Joke.” On review of the album, Zero Tolerance notes, “the landscape here is one of crumbling urban decay, post-industrial ennui giving rise to shout-it-from-the-rooftops anger… the despair and danger is in equal measure as Hateful Abandon’s canvas sounds absolutely huge.”

Candlelight Records will present several multi-album collects throughout the new year from alumni label artists. The collections are a great avenue of introducing band’s earlier recordings to new fans. The first collection, Opeth/The Candlelight Years (featuring Orchid, Morningrise, and My Arms Your Hearse), was released in 2009 and has now sold over 25,000 copies. Collections set for release January 13 include:

Norway’s 1349 spent their initial years with Candlelight Records, releasing their initial trilogy of records – Liberation, Beyond the Apocalypse, and Hellfire – before delivering their fourth and final for the label, Revelations of the Black Flame in 2009. Following the release of the band’s latest album, Massive Cauldron of Chaos (Season of Mist), Candlelight presents a special collector’s series featuring each of the band’s Candlelight releases plus full-length concert Hellvetia Fire.

Finland’s Insomnium released four albums for Candlelight before signing with Century Media in 2011. In the Halls of Awaiting, Since The Day All Came Down, Above the Weeping World, and Across the Dark combined have sold over 75,000 copies in North America. The Candlelight Years presents all four together for the band’s growing fanbase. The collection launches the upcoming new year for the band who are still touring in support of their latest album, Shadows of the Dying Sun.

Lifesblood For The Downtrodden put end to a four year recording hiatus for Crowbar when it was originally released in 2005. Pantera’s Rex Brown and original Crowbar drummer Craig Nunenmacher united with founder/vocalist/guitarist Kirk Weinstein to record what Exclaim Magazine said, “will go down in doom history as one of their best.” Celebrating ten years since release, Candlelight Records has partnered the album with the live performance dvd Live: With Full Force in a limited digipak edition.

Additional artists planned for Candlelight’s alumni collections in 2015 include: Blut Aus Nord, Daylight Dies, Emperor, Anaal Nathrakh, Abigail Williams, and Throne of Katarsis.

All new releases from Candlelight Records beginning January 1 will be distributed exclusively in the United States by RED Music and in Canada via Sony Music Canada. Candlelight’s extensive catalog will also be handled by RED Music/Sony Music Canada effective January 1.

 

ORANGE GOBLIN: Set To Return To North America

With Orange Goblin’s Back From The Abyss full-length now three weeks away from release, the band has confirmed the first North American tour in support of the record. Set to begin December 1st and run through December 21st, Orange Goblin will return to the stage touring alongside Down, Bl’ast, and labelmates, King Parrot!

Vocalist Ben Ward comments, “I remember being a spotty 19 year old rushing out to the record store to buy the first Down album NOLA the very day it came out in 1994. Now, twenty years on, I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming that Orange Goblin are heading back to North America as main support to the mighty Down. It really is fairytale stuff for us. Down are one of the bands that are the reason Orange Goblin exists. To be given this opportunity to go out to promote our brand new album, Back From The Abyss, to the Down fans is just a dream come true the rest of the band and I can’t wait to get started. The fact that we also get to see Bl’ast and King Parrot every night just makes it all so hard to believe! Hail the Leaf! Hail the RIFF! Hail DOWN!”

Recorded earlier this year, Back From The Abyss reunites Orange Goblin with producer Jamie Dodd; who served as producer on the band’s best selling album in North America to date – 2012′s A Eulogy For The Damned. Two songs already have fans globally excited; Loudwire and Metal Hammer premiered the Motörhead-tinged “The Devil’s Whip” to overwhelming success on August 15th. Last week Noisey premiered the first video from the album for the song “Sabbath Hex.” The band is currently working on a second video for the song “Mythical Knives” which is expected to be completed by month’s end.

Touring for the album will start in Europe on October 9th. Travelling the continent with friends Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin will pull song selections from their extensive catalog now spanning eight studio albums. Tickets for their North American dates are set to go on sale for shows Friday, September 19th.

Orange Goblin w/ Down, Bl’ast, King Parrot:

  • 12/01/2014 Aztec Theater – San Antonio TX
  • 12/03/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas NV
  • 12/05/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside CA
  • 12/06/2014 Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles CA
  • 12/07/2014 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento CA
  • 12/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco CA
  • 12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market – Seattle WA
  • 12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver BC
  • 12/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton AB
  • 12/14/2014 Flames Central – Calgary AB
  • 12/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Spokane WA
  • 12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver CO
  • 12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City OK
  • 12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas TX
  • 12/21/2014 Warehouse Live – Houston TX

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

Back From The Abyss will be released October 7th, 2014 via Candlelight Records. Preorders for Back From The Abyss are now up via iTunes, Amazon, and Candlelight’s official webstore. The album is available to order on CD, deluxe CD, and double vinyl.

 

WINTERFYLLETH: Cvlt Nation Streams New Song

With the North American release date of the new Winterfylleth album looming, Cvlt Nation today premieres the album’s title track as an exclusive stream. The Divination of Antiquity was produced by Chris Fielding and features eight new songs from the regarded Manchester-based UK black metal band. Pre-orders for the album are now available via iTunes, Amazon, and the label’s official webstore.

To hear “The Divination of Antiquity” click HERE.

Stereogum has calls The Divination of Antiquity, “maybe the best black metal album of 2014.” Dead Rhetoric notes, “the best bands have a sound all their own, and Winterfylleth’s is unmistakable.” The band is set to share the cover of Terrorizer Magazine’s November issue, showing the increased awareness and anticipation of the band globally. On announcement of the album’s release date early last month, vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton shared, “the new album represents a real step forward for the band. I think that we poured over the material much more meticulously in the making of this album and I think that shows through in the finished article. The new songs really focus on the more melodic, passionate and expansive end of our spectrum this time around. We have also taken the opportunity to shine light into a few dark corners of our songwriting including some slower, doomier elements. We recorded with Chris Fielding again, but this time at his newly established Skyhammer Studios and I think that’s really given it a boost. His vision and a fresh recording environment has helped us to hone the essence of what a Winterfylleth record can be.”

Since their formation in 2007, England’s Winterfylleth has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. Winterfylleth is vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton, drummer Simon Lucas, bassist Nick Wallwork, and guitarist Mark Wood. Winterfylleth will join Behemoth, Decapitated, and Grand Magus for a run of dates December 9 thru 13. The performances will find the band on stages in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, and Manchester.

 

ORANGE GOBLIN: Premieres New Video Via Noisey; Back From The Abyss Out Next Month

With the release of Back From The Abyss, the forthcoming new full-length from stoner metal icons Orange Goblin, now less than one month away, Noisey thrusts forth opening rager, “Sabbath Hex.”

Bedecked in high-speed psychedelic visuals and an occultish-vibe, the Michael Dickinson-produced clip is currently slaying eye holes via Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out the Motörheadian dirt rock swagger of “The Devil’s Whip” still streaming at Loudwire HERE.

Recorded earlier this year in London, Orange Goblin’s Back From The Abyss was produced by Jamie Dodd, mastered at Turan Audio and 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. Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s signature blues ‘n’ doom persuasion but the high caliber of their musicianship. In an advance 9/10 review of the record, This Is Not A Scene crowns Back From The Abyss, “another triumph for Orange Goblin,” furthering that it maintains the band’s, “consistent level of songwriting and performance all the way through its twelve tracks that make this their most accomplished album to date. Proof that hard work does indeed pay off.”

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 American soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headlining tour that found them on thirty-eight 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 will be released October 7th, 2014 via Candlelight Records. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“…a big burly bag of rock goodness…” – Blabbermouth