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DECOMPOSED: Hope Finally Died Set For Reissue

A truly forgotten gem of UK doom/death will be reissued on August 21. Originally released in 1993, Hope Finally Died is the full length debut by the South London four-piece. Metal Ireland notes, “if there was ever a lost classic screaming to be brought back to the public’s attention this is it.” Decibel Magazine, who will host a full stream of the album beginning August 17, calls it “a lost gem that stands tall along side the ‘Big Three’ of British death/doom.”

One of the first album’s released by a then fledgling new English label (Candlelight Records), Hope Finally Died was pressed only once making it unavailable for well over a decade. Ebay and Discogs currently list original pressings of the seven-song album for $150 or more. The album was recorded over the course of seven days mid-April 1993 at West Midlands-based Rhythm Studios; also the birth place of Cathedral’s Forest Of Equilibrium, Solitude Aeturnus’s Through The Darkest Hour, and Electric Wizard’s Come My Fanatics. Its release came during the genre’s most prolific period; My Dying Bride’s breakthru Turn Loose The Swans (called “Bram Strokers Dracula to the ears” by Rolling Stone) and Anathema’s Serenades saw release the same year (Paradise Lost’s classic Gothic release two years prior).

Winterfylleth bassist Nick Wallwork includes Hope Finally Died in his Top Ten death/doom albums for MetalGig. He recalls, “its one of the earliest releases on Candlelight (candle003 no less). I was first made aware due to a name drop on the inner sleeve of Anathema’s Serenades. Looking at the cover art I was prepared for maybe another emotive melodic doom experience but what I got was very different. This is deathly doom metal of the highest order.”

The reissue, featuring artwork as it was originally intended by the band, comes at the perfect time with Paradise Lost having recently released their fourteenth album, The Plague Within (“the genre is finally getting its day in the sun,” – Metal Injection), and My Dying Bride’s new album, Feel The Misery, set for release early autumn.

Track listing for Hope Finally Died:
1. Inscriptions
2. Taste The Dying
3. Falling Apart
4. At Rest
5. Instrumental
6. Procession
7. (Forever) Lying In State

The band, vocalist/bassist Harry Armstrong, guitarists James Ogawa and Pete Snasdell, with drummer Tim Spear, recorded four demos between 1990 and 1992 before setting to work recording what would be their first and final album. Recently, Armstrong was one of 52 riders that made a 161-mile charity bike ride from London to Donington last month. Heavy Metal Truants was founded by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and has to date raised more than 175,000 pounds ($280,000 USD) since its formation. The monies raised benefit The Nordoff Robbins Foundation; a UK-based charity that uses music to transform the lives of those struggling with the challenges of autism, dementia, metal health and more. This year’s riders also included English Dogs guitarist Gizz Butt and Paradise Lost guitarist Aaron Aedy. Donations can still be made at

Pre-order Hope Finally Died now on Candlelight’s official webstore or at the label’s official Bandcamp page. iTunes and Amazon pre-order will launch July 31.


OPIUM LORD: East Coast Tour With Primitive Man

The Birmingham-based five-piece will do a quick East Coast run of dates with friends in Primitive Man starting July 16 in Kalamazoo. Metal Temple declares, “Eye Of Earth brings the heaviness in a way that all fans of doom can appreciate.” The Sludge Lord proclaims, “straddling that line between doom and sludge that makes the doom nastier and psyches the sludge out, Opium Lord hit the sweet spot.”

Official dates are:

  • 7/16 – Louie’s Trophy House, Kalamazoo MI
  • 7/17 – Coalition, Toronton ON
  • 7/18 – Le Ritz, Montreal QC
  • 7/19 – Middle East, Cambridge MA
  • 7/20 – Funky Jungle, Providence RI
  • 7/21 – Sinclair’s Pub, W. Babylon NY
  • 7/22 – Bar, New Haven CT
  • 7/23 – St. Vitus, Brooklyn NY
  • 7/24 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
  • 7/25 – Ace Of Cups, Columbus OH

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: Announce July Tour

With Abigail Williams nearing the recording completion of their forthcoming new album, the band has announced a West Coast tour. Set to kick off July 11, the tour will hit 14 cities before its completion in Seattle on July 27. The tour announcement follows the recent release of the special 4-disc collection, From Legend To Becoming (Candlelight) available now in stores nationwide. The limited edition collection includes the band’s three full-length albums, 2008’s In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns, 2010’s In The Absence Of Light, 2012’s Becoming, plus their debut EP, Legend.

“After a year off from touring and working on our new record, we are looking forward to getting in the van again,” says vocalist/guitarist Sorceron. Continuing he notes, “we will be playing lots of new material from the upcoming release as well as our favorites from the past.”

Sorceron has been keeping busy the last year working on new material for Abigail Williams as well participating in other recording projects – Lord Mantis, Missing – and serving as producer and engineer on other recordings. He premiered early versions of two songs expected to appear on the new album via No Clean Singing last winter. “Musically this album is very diverse,” he said. “the overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album. Artistically this is the best line-up I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.”

The complete listing of dates are:

  • 7/11 – Fruitdale Grange, Grants Pass OR
  • 7/12 – Starlite Lounge, Sacramento CA
  • 7/13 – Elbo Room, San Francisco CA
  • 7/14 – Complex, Los Angeles CA
  • 7/15 – Brick By Brick, San Diego CA
  • 7/16 – Yucca Tap Room, Phoenix AZ
  • 7/17 – The Jam Spot, Albuqueque NM
  • 7/18 – Bushwacker’s, Denver CO
  • 7/19 – Area 51, Salt Lake City UT
  • 7/20 – The Shredder, Boise ID
  • 7/23 – Obsidian, Olympia WA
  • 7/25 – Hindenburg, Vancouver BC
  • 7/26 – The Pin, Spokane WA
  • 7/27 – Studio Steven, Seattle WA

Abigail Williams still untitled new album is expected for an autumn release. Songs from the band are featured on Candlelight’s latest Top Tunes playlist available on Spotify. Listen HERE.


CROWN: Decibel Magazine Premieres New Song

Natron, the sophomore album from France’s CROWN, is set to hit North American stores on August 21. Decibel Magazine today officially streams the album’s first song, “Serpents.” Pre-order for the album via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page is available now with ITunes and Amazon pre-orders beginning July 31.

Discussing the song, “most people on this planet are hiding their true personality or more precisely their soul behind an invisible veil. They build this veil in an effort to protect themselves from reality or each other,” says guitarist/vocalist Stephane Azam. “’Serpents’ represents this very human habit and details how in doing so, it drives us to a darker side of our soul; we become shrouded from everything including ourselves.”

Alcest vocalist Neige contributes to “Serpents” while Khvost from Grave Pleasures (formerly Beastmilk), and Frederyk Rotter of label mates Zatokrev also enrich Natron’s unique sound. “Neige also appears on the song ‘Wings Beating Over Heaven with Michiel Eikenaar/of Nihill,’” confirms Azam.

Hissing electronics, charging guitars, and splashing cymbals of a minimal yet completely effective drum machine, CROWN’s sound is further emboldened by a massive, oppressive bestial roar. Describing the band’s caustic music, Ave Noctum notes, “if Front 242 had been formed by members of Neurosis and Isis with lead weights chained to the guitar strings.. good. Very good.” “Nearly every song pounds with the thunder of Neurosis, Cult Of Luna, or Batillus; yet I’m also hearing some recognizable Godflesh as an influence which should certainly speak to some,” comments New Noise Magazine.

Natron will impact national metal radio on August 11. Nick Simone of award winning promotion company The Music Syndicate will be in charge of the radio campaign that begins this weekend with “Serpent” being serviced to radio in advance of album’s forthcoming release. “Terrifying-absolutely terrifying,” notes Simone. “That sums up my thoughts on the band pretty succinctly, I think.”

CROWN will tour Europe with Agalloch beginning July 28 in Berlin and ending August 24 in Greece.


DEMON LUNG: A Dracula In Stores Today

Tracked by legendary soundsmith, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), A Dracula delivers eight dark, menacing psalms of sin loosely based on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, Alucarda in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.

Already reaping the approvals of media outlets nationally and abroad, Doom Metal Heaven names the latest DEMON LUNG platter, “a consistently engaging and mesmerizing work of creative misery,” The Sludgelord notes, “A Dracula is a record that screams of heaviness, but it also provides a sonic abyss that allows listeners to get lost in its depth and undercurrent,” while Nefarious Realm champions, “a massive record full of monumental riffs, an impressive rhythm section, and a voice full of soul…by far one of the best releases of the year.” Meat Mead And Metal celebrates a production that, “scratches every damn doom itch,” and is, “blisteringly fun but also richly mind-altering, like you’re being beaten alive as drugs paralyze your system,” naming DEMON LUNG, “one of doom’s most exciting new bands.” Metal Insider concurs, “they’ve not only avoided the dreaded sophomore slump on their newest opus, but they’ve kicked it in the nuts and pushed it off a cliff…You’d be hard-pressed to find a better soundtrack this year for gratuitous amounts of blood, and sadistic hedonism… If they were any heavier, any more smothering, the Earth would open and swallow you whole.”

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released The Hundredth Name. Media applauded the band, especially vocalist Shanda Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” A Dracula will be released via Candlelight Records on June 29th, 2015 with additional tour dates to be be announced shortly.