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WINTERFYLLETH: Collection Confirmed For North American Release

Following a very successful European launch, Candlelight Records confirms May 18 as the North American release date for The Fathers Of Albion-An Anthology 2007-2012; a four-disc retrospective collection from UK black metal band Winterfylleth. The limited-edition package is a perfect introduction to the band for new fans and fills all the gaps for long-time fans seeking the band’s early and hard to find recorded history. It is available now for pre-order (HERE) via the label’s official webstore.

Vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton says, “it is really amazing to be able to do a release such as this. The collection takes stock of who we are as a band and looks backs over what we have accomplished in the last eight years. It features liner notes detailing the stories behind all the albums, a specially remastered version of The Threnody of Triumph, plus bonus material from the original The Ghost Of Heritage sessions. There is also a full disc of material that was on limited release or never been on CD before. And all of this comes packaged with beautiful new artwork created by Simon (Lucas, drums) and Dan (Capp, guitar).”

Since their formation in 2007, the Manchester-based quartet has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. Terrorizer Magazine says, “Winterfylleth deserve accolades for their role in establishing an unmistakably unique identity for British Black Metal.” The Divination of Antiquity, the band’s latest album, was released last autumn to much acclaim. New Noise calls it an, “absolutely top-tier black metal album. Metal Injections asserts, “a masterstroke of elemental black metal.” The band has been nominated for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for Best Underground Band; voting is open now with winners to be announced at the live ceremony scheduled on June 15 at London’s Indigo O2.

The full track listing for The Fathers Of Albion-An Anthology 2007-2012 is:

(Disc 1) The Ghost Of Heritage

  • 1. Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
  • 2. The March To Maldon
  • 3. Brithnoth: The Battle Of Maldon (991AD)
  • 4. Forging The Iron of England
  • 5. The Ghost Of Heritage
  • 6. Defending The Realm
  • 7. Guardian Of The Herd
  • 8. Casting The Runes
  • 9. An Englishman’s Verse
  • 10. the Ruin
  • 11. The Honour Of Good Men On the Path To Eternal Glory

(Disc 2) The Mercian Sphere

  • 1. Gateway to the Dark Peak & The Wayfarer Pt. 1 – The Solitary One Waits for Grace
  • 2. The Wayfarer Pt. 2 – Awakens He, Bereft of Kinsmen
  • 3. The Fields of Reckoning
  • 4. Children of the Stones
  • 5. The Ruin
  • 6. The Honour of Good Men on the Path to Eternal Glory
  • 7. The Wayfarer Pt. 3 – To Find Solace… Where Security Stands
  • 8. When the Woods Were Young
  • 9. A Valley Thick with Oaks
  • 10. Defending the Realm

(Disc 3) The Threnody Of Triumph (remastered)

  • 1. A Thousand Winters
  • 2. The Swart Raven
  • 3. AEfterfield Freon
  • 4. A Memorial
  • 5. The glorious Plain
  • 6. A Sould Unbound
  • 7. Void Of Light
  • 8. The Fate of Souls After Death
  • 9. Home Is Behind
  • 10. The Threnody Of Triumph

(Disc 4) Extras & Exclusives

  • 1. Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
  • 2. Casting The Runese
  • 3. The Ghost Of Heritage
  • 4. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
  • 5. John Barleycorn
  • 6. The Three Ravens
  • 7. The Gates

Winterfylleth announced a UK headline tour earlier this month. Label mates Voices will join the band for an eight-city run beginning September 17 and ending in London at the O2 Islington Academy on September 27. Winterfylleth is Naughton with drummer Simon Lucas, bassist Nick Wallwork, and new guitarist Dan Capp.

 

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted

Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, Sigh, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-robbing cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).

In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible Sigh record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet. Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes Sigh great has been sacrificed.”

Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015.

In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos, “Kaedit Nos Pestis,” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” AT THIS LOCATION.

Graveward Track Listing:

  • 1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
  • 2. Graveward
  • 3. The Tombfiller
  • 4. The Forlorn
  • 5. The Molesters Of My Soul
  • 6. Out Of the Grave
  • 7. The Trial By The Dead
  • 8. The Casketburner
  • 9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
  • 10. Dwellers In Dream

For over two decades, Sigh has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. Sigh would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012′s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.

Pre-order Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.

Sigh:
Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums

“There’s no getting around it: Sigh is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.” – Invisible Oranges

 

VOICES: New Video From UK Avant Metallers Now Playing At Noisey

Today, Noisey premieres the latest video from English avant noise merchants, Voices. Directed by Samuel Joseph Loynes and Finnian Moore, “Last Train Victoria Line” is one of fourteen new songs featured on the band’s recently released second album, London available now at national and regional retailers, Amazon, and iTunes.

London’s North American release follows an already impressive launch in Europe with Metal Hammer naming the record, “one of the most unique and ambitious metal albums of recent years.” Recorded at Hackney Studios during the early months of 2014, London is a challenging and fearless offering that is fitting for a band that features former members of acclaimed progressive black metal band Akercocke. “This is the first time we’ve written songs where we’ve thought about the arrangement and structure,” shared guitarist Sam Loynes during a recent interview with Terrorizer Magazine. Cvlt Nation launched a full stream of the album days prior to its January 27th release, noting, “Voices conjures a bleak, gray and hopeless soundscape, inspired by the ‘urban and hostile’ South London streets. It is beautiful and furious, frustrated and self-assured.”

“Last Train Victoria Line” visually flirts with the album’s storyline. Loynes explains, “Voices always aim to bring something unique, something atypical to proceedings. A collaboration of some essential creative friends and foes, this video is our greatest audio-visual piece to date. The litter-strewn street and red brick claustrophobia of London’s East End was the perfect surrounding for the hostile yet kinetic shoot that channeled our cloaked anti-hero and, in opposition, much desired ‘Megan’ seductress.”

To view the video click HERE.

Formed in 2011, Voices is the sonic experiment of guitarist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, drummer David Gray, and Sam Loynes. London comes only twelve months after the release of the band’s debut, From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain. Revolver Magazine calls London, “sprawling, ambitious, and coldly beautiful. It’s everything a progressive black metal concept album should be,” while New Noise notes, “London is one of the most delightfully maddening listens you’ll have all year.” Invisible Oranges agrees, “the labyrinthine sonic tapestry that Voices are weaving on this album is one I’ve found myself drawn to more than a few times.” Adds Metal Insider, “Voices is a band that is unafraid of musical exploration.”

 

VOICES: New Record From UK Avant Sound Contortionists Streaming At Cvlt Nation

Just days away from its North American release, today Cvlt Nation streams London, the brand new studio offering from UK avant sound contortionists, Voices, in its entirety.

Delivering fourteen bastardized tracks of progressive blackened psychedelic melancholia centered on the forgotten and diseased underbelly of England’s capital city, Voices – who features within their twisted ranks former members of Akercocke and My Dying Bride – compose perfectly imperfect sounds to welcome the end of creation, the extinction of the human, the collapse of music as we once knew…

Already reaping critical acclaim throughout European media outlets with Metal Hammer naming the record, “one of the most unique and ambitious metal albums of recent years… from sumptuous beauty through helplessly driven, angular extremity to mind-flaying, id-erupting mania, London is a shattering of the senses, and a psychedelic thrill ride down the rabbit-hole of consciousness,” and Angry Metal Guy assuring, “you’ll be completely captivated right until the final excruciating note,” London is earning similar accolades on North American shores. Metal Insider applauds a band, “unafraid of musical exploration,” furthering that, “their ability to seamlessly meld together genres as varied as black and death metal with dark folk and prog rock, among so many others, would be commendable in attempt alone. But the success in which they’ve been able to so perfectly paint this shadow world with music, beyond how they are describing it directly in words, makes this album one of the most distinctive and engaging metal albums in recent memory.” Metal Underground calls London, “a sprawling piece of work,” and a, “solid effort of progressive black/death metal,” Dead Rhetoric commends in an 8.5/10 an offering that’s, “utterly bleak… capturing a feeling of a demented rollercoaster ride,” adding, “London is an exquisite trip worth taking on repeated occasions,” while New Noise Magazine notes, “Voices has certainly crafted a challenging and harsh listen, but that doesn’t diminish how impressive the full result is, given you have the time and energy to take a harrowing journey with these Englishmen.”

Celebrating a record that’s, “beautiful and furious, frustrated and self-assured,” Voices’ London is currently streaming, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

Voices was formed in London in 2011 as a new experiment from guitarist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, drummer David Gray and bassist Sam Loynes (all former members of Akercocke) with a mission to create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum.

London will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on January 27th, 2015. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

 

KING PARROT: Australian Return To North America This March, Supporting Weedeater

Australian thrash grind miscreants, King Parrot, will return to the stage this March on another North American rash of live devastations. Slated to embark on March 21st in Austin, Texas, King Parrot will march through two-dozen cities supporting bong metal perpetrators, Weedeater, with the passage coming to a close on April 18th in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Metal Injection-sponsored tour follows the band’s ten-date run through Europe (also supporting team Weedeater).

Declares the band, “We’re honored to be heading out with the legendary Weedeater. We’ve heard only awesome reports about this great band live, and we can’t wait to have our own chapter in the folklore of Dixie Dave and company. All the people working behind the scenes on this tour have been excited about pairing our bands for some time, so I’m sure this will be one for the ages! Expect all the crazy shit you would at a high octane punk or metal show, and then times it by ten, as I’m positive both bands will bring their proverbial A game. I’ve heard from people around the country, ‘If there’s anyone crazier than King Parrot, it’s Weedeater.’ We’ll be out to prove them wrong! We’ll also be playing a swag of songs from our new album to be released mid-year, so come get a sample of what we have in store.”

King Parrot w/ Weedeater:

  • 3/06/2015 Kavka – Antwerpen, BE
  • 3/07/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
  • 3/08/2015 Underworld – London, UK
  • 3/09/2015 Aeronef – Lille, FR
  • 3/10/2015 Glazart – Paris, FR
  • 3/11/2015 Ptr,Usine – Geneva, CH
  • 3/12/2015 Freak Out – Bologna, IT
  • 3/13/2015 Juha West – Stuttgart, DE
  • 3/14/2015 Vortex Surfer – Siegen, DE
  • 3/15/2015 Burgerweeshuis – Deventer, NL
  • 3/21/2015 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
  • 3/24/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 3/25/2015 Pub Rock Live – Scottsdale, AZ
  • 3/26/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA
  • 3/27/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
  • 3/28/2015 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
  • 3/29/2015 DNA – San Francisco, CA
  • 3/30/2015Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
  • 3/31/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • 4/01/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
  • 4/02/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
  • 4/03/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
  • 4/04/2015 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/05/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/07/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 4/08/2015 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
  • 4/09/2015 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL
  • 4/10/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
  • 4/11/2015 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
  • 4/12/2015 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
  • 4/13/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/14/2015 Nectars – Burlington, VT
  • 4/15/2015 T.T. The Bear’s Place – Boston, MA
  • 4/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/18/2015 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC

King Parrot released their Bite Your Head Off full-length via Candlelight Records in 2013 and have been road-bound ever since, waging their sonic brutality and live antics upon unsuspecting eyes and ears both stateside and abroad. Championed for its, “dark, black humor,’ and accurately dubbed, “raucous, uncouth, rude, scatological and completely compelling,” by This Is Not A Scene, Bite Your Head Off was produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin) and manages to capture the raw intensity of their furious live assault, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore.

“A nice little cross-up of musical ability and amusing visuals (the videos for ‘Dead End’ and ‘Shit On The Liver’ are quality viewing), King Parrot should be able to find their place in a relatively stale and average grind scene. And frankly, thaty’s what grind needs: A shot in the arm, a mix-up, and some well-intended goofiness… this should do it. 8.5/10″ – Dead Rhetoric

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” – Hysteria Magazine

“…a must for any fans of Australian metal or extreme metal 4/5″ – Sputnik Music

“…a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty…” – Beat.com