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OCTOBER FILE: Return With Ambitious Fourth Studio Album

Candlelight Records today confirms June 10 as the North American release date for October File’s The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair: An Introspective of the Human Condition. It is the fourth full-length studio album from the English post-punk quartet. The album was recorded at London’s Orgone Studios (Ghost, Electric Wizard, Guapo, Ulver) and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Cathedral, Angel Witch, Gates of Slumber).

Metal Hammer Magazine today premiered “Heroes Are Welcome,” the album’s lead single. A special lyric video, created by 12 Inch Media’s Craig Gowans (Bleed From Within), spotlights the outspoken band’s always jeering lyrics. Speaking recently with Terrorizer Magazine about the album, bassist Steve Beatty notes, “other records have dealt with war, religion and in fact lyrical themes you would more expect to see on a crust punk record. This is why we decided to go in a totally different direction this time. We wanted to delve into personal experience more and not make it obvious we were doing so.”

Recording of the album took place in the early weeks of the new year. The band made decisive changes to both their writing approach and studio location. “We were keen to trying something new,” says Beatty. “We had recorded everything at the Outhouse in Reading but really felt it was time to try something new. We had heard some recordings from there and liked the way Jaime did things – all live, no samples.”

“It’s the first time we ever wrote anything with a pre-conceived idea,” continues Beatty. “The ideas of each individual track were discussed and music written to fit them. Usually we have musical ideas and put them together whilst Ben (Hollyer, vocals) wrote as the track fermented. This time it was different. It was for sure more of a challenge but it was good for us. We were made to work harder, especially Ben. He has written his best lyrics and pushed his voice into new directions.”

Inspired by a wide range of influences, from post-punk heroes like Killing Joke, Amebix, Godflesh and Gang Of Four through to the greats of rock, punk, industrial and underground metal, October File exploded into life with their 2004 debut album A Long Walk On A Short Pier and the How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (EP) from the same year. Embarking on a relentless slew of live performances which has seldom slowed since, the band proved their dedication to playing in front of anyone and everyone and duly attracted the attention of the UK rock and metal press.

Consolidating their notoriety with the release of two additional EPs Monuments (2005) and Hallowed Be Thy Army (2006), which marked the band’s upward shift to the prestigious Candlelight Records label, October File made friends with Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman who lent his vocal powers to the band’s second full-length album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God. Over the years that followed, October File has performed at numerous high profile festivals in the UK and Europe and have also toured with Killing Joke, Prong, Ministry and Fear Factory. The buzz around the band led to an association with Godflesh/Jesu main man Justin Broadrick who offered to produce one of two distinct versions of their third full-length album, Our Souls To You, which was released to a whirlwind of positive reviews in 2010.

Celebrating their ten year anniversary, October File are excited of the promise the new album allows them. The band is expected to return to the road shortly after album release; they have already confirmed their slot on this year’s Bloodstock Festival set for August 7-10 at Catton Hall in Derby. Ticket information is available at www.bloodstock.co.uk.

Complete track listing for The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair: An Introspective of the Human Condition is:

  • 1. I Fuck the Day
  • 2. Heroes Are Welcome
  • 3. Reinvention
  • 4. The Water
  • 5. Elation
  • 6. Upon Reflection
  • 7. Where the Clouds Meet The Horizon
  • 8. All Rise All Fail
  • 9. To Be Watched Upon

October File is vocalist Ben Hollyer, guitarist Matt Lerwill, bassist Steve Beatty, and drummer John Watt.

 

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: 2014 Tour & New Album

Ever-evolving metal purveyors Abigail Williams will celebrate a decade of plying their dark arts with a 30-city US headlining tour and a new portfolio of songs. For this early 2014 outing, vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron will be jointed by guitarist Jeff Wilson, bassist John Porada (both ex-Nachtmystium), and drummer Charlie Fell (ex-Nachtmystium, Von) In the studio, Wilson and long-time Abigail Williams guitarist Ian Jekelis will work with Sorceron on a full-length to be recorded in Chicago in April. Drummer Alex Rudinger (The Faceless) and bassist Will Lindsay (ex-Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) are slated to complete the ensemble. Fans should expect a release via Candlelight this later this year.

“Touring and recording are two different things in my mind,” Sorceron says. “Certain people you want around in the studio and certain people are more suitable in a live situation. Abigail Williams has never had a real solid line-up going from recording to live; we have always kept it moving.”

On tour, Abigail Williams will perform their critically acclaimed 2012 album Becoming in its entirety. They will complete their headlining set list with selections from their genre-blending past and uncompromising new future.

With regard to the band’s genre, Sorceron doesn’t particularly care if people use the term “black metal” to describe the band and realizes many use it simply as a convenient way to classify the music. “To some people, it’s up for debate as to whether what we play is black metal or not. To me it doesn’t matter either way. I’m not thinking about genres when writing music.”

Abigail Williams is hard to place in today’s landscape of what is described as US black metal. Since their inception in 2004, the group has continuously changed personnel, and with each new performer, came a new musical influence. The only thing that has remained constant is Sorceron who is constantly seeking new personal experiences to inspire songs and developing innovative combinations of sound that defy neat-and-easy categorization. Like the girl the band was named for – the chief accuser in the Salem Witch Trials – Abigail Williams keeps changing their story and their sound.

“The thing about Abigail Williams is that we never fit into any landscape,” Sorceron says. “I’ve become pretty comfortable with that role. I used to read the criticism about the band on the internet, but I stopped a while ago. People aren’t comfortable liking a band that has changed sound over the years.”

Sorceron emphasizes that Abigail Williams is not a “brand” but rather a conduit for artistic expression. “My observation over the years has been that music fans tend to think of a band as a brand. It’s the same, as clothing in some ways. Like when someone decides they won’t be caught dead wearing XYZ brand because they sell at ‘insert lame store name here’ and ‘these types of people’ like it. I’m not oblivious to the fact that a lot of fans of our early stuff don’t like the newer stuff, and that a lot of the people that like the new stuff hate the old stuff. It is a challenge for some to follow us because of this brand connection. For me, Abigail Williams is a creative outlet and vehicle to go to places I want to see and connect with like-minded people.”

As of late, Sorceron has found like-minded connections with the members of Lord Mantis and recently joined the band and performed on their latest recording, Death Mask. However, he says he keeps Abigail Williams in motion because, “it is what I do.”

  • 3/27 Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
  • 3/28 Jackson, MI @ The Foundry
  • 3/29 Toledo, OH @ Mainstreet
  • 3/30 Syracuse, NY @The Lost Horizon
  • 3/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
  • 4/1 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
  • 4/2 Springfield, VA @ Empire
  • 4/3 Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
  • 4/4 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
  • 4/5 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
  • 4/6 Tampa, FL @ Brassmug
  • 4/7 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • 4/8 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
  • 4/9 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
  • 4/10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
  • 4/11 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
  • 4/12 Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
 

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Unit Kicks Off North American Tour; Band To Raze SXSW

Melbourne thrash grind unit, King Parrot, will be leveling North America on a near-six-week run of live assaults. As the tour kicks off in Ventura, California this Friday, the band will ravage their way through nearly three dozen cities including an appearance at this year’s Tone Deaf Touring Showcase at SXSW featuring Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Pilgrim and more as well as two additional SXSW abrasions. The band will be joined by atmospheric blackened doom bringers, Vattnet Viskar, and stoner death doomers, Vaporizer, on select dates.

Shouts the band simply, “Raw, extreme and right over the top! Australia’s King Parrot embark on their first North American Tour starting this week! Be there.”

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, King Parrot will be touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Beat.com crowned the record, “a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty,” in a 9/10 score Ghost Cult boasts, “its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb,” while the Metal Observer adds, “Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, King Parrot’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.”

Don’t take their word. Peep the video for “Shit On The Liver” at THIS LOCATION.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014:

  • 3/07/2014 The Star Palace – Ventura, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/08/2014 Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/09/2014 Porters Pub – La Jolla, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/12/2014 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/13/2014 SXSW @ Wonderland – Austin, TX w/ Pilgrim, Lazer/Wulf, Vaporizer
  • 3/2014/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/15/2014 Tone Deaf Touring SXSW Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX w/ Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim, Vaporizer
  • 3/17/2014 Mud & Water – Baton Rouge, LA
  • 3/18/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 3/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
  • 3/20/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • 3/21/2014 Hoodie’s – Longwood, FL
  • 3/22/2014 The Standard – St. Augustine, FL
  • 3/23/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 3/25/2014 The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
  • 3/26/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 3/27/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
  • 3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
  • 3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA w/ Vattnet Viskar
  • 4/01/2014 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
  • 4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
  • 4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
  • 4/04/2014 Kobo Live – Columbus, OH
  • 4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
  • 4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 4/11/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
  • 4/12/2014 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/13/2014 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 4/14/2014 Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
  • 4/15/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 4/16/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
  • 4/17/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

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

 

EARTH CRISIS: Lyric Video From Salvation Of Innocents Released

Salvation Of Innocents, the epic new album from Earth Crisis, is nearing release worldwide, its street date for North America now slated for March 18th.

The focal point of Salvation Of Innocents is aimed at ending human injustices towards animals and the environment in the ever-antagonistic Earth Crisis style, and as boldly exemplified in the brand new lyric video for the album’s second of twelve massive tracks, “Out Of The Cages.” Through underground activist footage the band’s lyrical intent with the song is unquestionable, and their vibrant, modern tone is ultra apparent in the musical backdrop for of the video. Stated guitarist Scott Crouse of the track, “‘Out Of The Cages’ is one of my favorite songs on Salvation… Everyone watch the lyric video, and do your homework, because it’ll be a live set staple for sure.”

Revolver today helped let the new Earth Crisis message “Out Of The Cages” AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the CD and LP versions of Salvation Of Innocents can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

Next week, from Friday, March 7th through Sunday the 9th, Earth Crisis will tackle Baltimore, Maryland, Amityville, New York and Quincy, Massachusetts on a quick run in support of Salvation Of Innocents with support from Gut Feeling. More widespread live appearances will be announced shortly.

Earth Crisis Tour Dates w/ Gut Feeling:

  • 3/07/2014 Charm City Art – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/08/2014 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
  • 3/09/2014 PRC – Quincy, MA

The seventh official studio full-length from Syracuse-based vegan straightedge hardcore pioneers, Earth Crisis, and the band’s first release for Candlelight Records, Salvation Of Innocents was recorded by the band themselves then mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), thundering with twelve brand new anthems which boast some of the band’s most modern-sounding and streamlined material as well as some of their most epic elements to date. Conceptually, Salvation Of Innocents is paired with a comic book by Black Mask Studios, founded by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) with partners Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) — entitled Liberator,which brings the book’s main character and the Salvation of the Innocents vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape through original cover art from Chicago-based illustrator/painter Menton3 and additional illustrations by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra.

 

THE WOUNDED KINGS: New Hymn Now Playing At Vice/Noisey

With its release just a little more than a month away, today the sound peddlers at Vice/Noisey thrust forth “Consolamentum,” from English progressive doom cultists, The Wounded Kings.

The tune comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length of the same name. Dark, desolate, at times emphatically sinister, Consolamentum — listed among The Obelisk’s most anticipated albums of the year — was produced by sound wizard Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Winterfylleth et al). Recorded and mixed in just six days completely live during one of the hottest weeks of the year in a studio miles away from civilization, the seven sprawling tracks that comprise Consolamentum capture a sentiment of isolation, doom and gloom in ways few acts can. Led by the comsuming vocals of front woman Sharie Neyland, who seemingly casts spells with her apocalyptic words of wisdom, The Wounded Kings churn a singular heaviness that’s difficult to dismiss.

Boasts Vice/Noisey of the title track, “One of the strongest assets of English doomers The Wounded Kings is the soaring gothic vocals of Sharie Neyland, who’s croon sails eerily over the band’s massive riffs and ominous keyboards. It’s clear that elements of My Dying Bride’s massive sound is a strong influence, one that sustains in the title track from the band’s LP Consolamentum.”

Get gloomy with “Consolamentum,” now streaming at Vice/Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Overcoming numerous lineup shifts since their formation in 2005, The Wounded Kings — Neyland, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath — have continually stunned audiences with their commanding stage personae. The two-time Roadburn alumni are adored by attendees and popular festival promoters, who call the band, “British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall.” To date the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well-received split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of 2011′s In The Chapel Of The Black Hand, the first offering to feature Neyland.

Consolamentum will be released in North America via Candlelight Records February 25, 2014. Digital preorders are currently available via iTunes HERE.

“The Wounded Kings have a mystical and mythical quality which makes them an enormously appealing prospect…” — Terrorizer

“The Wounded Kings sound is so organic that the room actually starts to feel damp and musty…” — Blabbermouth