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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.


VISION OF DISORDER: To Enter Studio To Record New Album

Vision of Disorder will enter Frankie Nasso’s Staten Island-based Nova Studios on July 5 to begin tracking the follow-up to 2012’s The Cursed Remain Cursed. The album will be produced by Zeus (Agnostic Front, Crowbar, Hatebreed, Whitechapel). A late autumn release date is expected. It will be the band’s second album for Candlelight Records.

“We are so very happy to see the songs starting to come together,” says vocalist Tim Williams. “The new songs are dark, heavy, and melodic in a way only Vision Of Disorder can deliver.” A few working song titles for the still-to-be-named album include “Razed to the Ground,” “War On The Police,” and “Nightcrawler.”

Williams conducted an interview with Cryptic Rock to discuss the band’s recently reissued debut ep, Still. “Still has something of a cult following and I think it is worth getting it back out there for those that want to hear it and to maybe grab a few new people who may not have heard it before.” Limited copies of the 20th Year Anniversary 12-inch vinyl pressing are available via Dignified Bastard. Featuring three additional songs not on the original 7-inch, the anniversary edition is getable on six different colors.

Lambgoat called The Cursed Remain Cursed, “a rock-solid return for the seminal metalcore act. Credit V.O.D. for taking such a long hiatus and coming back just as sharp and pissed-off as anyone could hope.” The album, produced by Will Putney (Poison The Well, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain) and mixed by Cameron Webb (Ignite, Pennywise), was the band’s first new album in a decade. On its release mid-September 2012 The PRP said, “the effort more than lives up to the high bar the band have previously set. Truly Vision of Disorder‘s long-awaited return sees them emerging even more fearsome.” Revolver Magazine called it “a welcome return.”

One of the most innovative and widely admired bands to emerge from the collision between hardcore and metal, Vision Of Disorder exploded from the streets of Long Island in 1996. “Vision Of Disorder took a much needed baseball bat to the head of stagnant hardcore,” noted Decibel when describing the band’s unique sound. Twenty three years on from their formation, the band continues to deliver a heady brew of savage riffing and fearless proclamations that merge their sonic past with new vitality.

A new Spotify playlist launched today featuring top Candlelight tracks at iTunes for the period May 26 thru June 5. Vision Of Disorder’s “The Enemy” from The Cursed Remain Cursed is featured. Hear it HERE.

Vision Of Disorder is vocalist Tim Williams, guitarist Mike Kennedy, bassist Mike Fleischmann, and drummer Brendon Cohen.