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ENGLISH DOGS: Sign to Candlelight Records & Announce New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of thrash/punk crossover icons English Dogs. The label additionally announces the summertime release of the band’s forthcoming new album, The Thing With Two Heads. Clocking in at 42-minutes, it is the first newly recorded material by the band in over two decades. Pre-orders for the album will be available by week’s end via Candlelight’s official Europe (release date July 7th) and North America (release date July 8th) web stores.

Blabbermouth first reported on the The Thing With Two Heads in February, when drummer/founding member Pinch called the nearly completed album “an angry bastard of a record.” Featuring Pinch with vocalist Adie Bailey and guitarist Gizz Butt, the album is a direct result of the successful 2012 North American tour. Decibel Magazine interviewed the band just prior to the tour and questioned how the band felt about the supporting line-up; Toxic Holocaust, The Casualties, Havok all heavily influenced by their music. Gizz noted, “you never know if anything you do will be considered important and even if you have all the self belief in the world you cannot say if anyone will like it or not. It’s amazing that we touched so many great bands. It means that occasionally what you do, when you take that gamble and step out for two or three years to make and promote an album, that you did the right thing.”

Reanimated on their return home from the 14-date tour, ideas started to circulate with snippets committed to tape on both sides of the Atlantic. Pinch shares,” we got back together because we felt like we had unfinished business. Tons of people ended up turning up to the gigs. We started to think maybe we are worth a fuck after all. We started writing and recording and it clicked immediately.” The Thing With Two Heads, he continues, “is the missing link between To the Ends Of the Earth and Forward Into Battle. It’s classic English Dogs punk metal. It doesn’t sound like anyone else, because it wasn’t inspired by anyone else.”

Formed in 1981, English Dogs were at the core of a new wave of English punk. A more aggressive and desperate sound was a critical characteristic of this new hybrid, a sound that would help inspire America’s still developing thrash scene. Alongside label mates GBH and Discharge, the band would release several recordings for Clay Records. Mad Punx and English Dogs and its follow-up Invasion Of The Porky Men hit and maintained lengthy UK indie charts positions. Forward Into Battle (1985, Rot Records), and Where Legend Began (1987, Under One Flag/Music For Nations) would continue to see the band’s international profile rise. An American tour in 1986 would see sold out performances in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York, Chicago and more. The band would go their separate ways by years end.

The Thing With Two Heads was recorded by producer Dean Pansy.

Thecomplete track listing is:

  • 1. Turn Away From The Light
  • 2. Freak Boy
  • 3. Gorgonized
  • 4. Hate song
  • 5. Ghost Note
  • 6. Up From The Depths
  • 7. The Thing Will Arise
  • 8. Planet of the Living Dead
  • 9. Royal Flying Corpse
  • 10. Rectify
  • 11. Down With The Underdogs

An interview with the band discussing The Thing With Two Heads can be seen HERE.


CANDLELIGHT RECORDS: To reissue Orange Goblin’s Healing Through Fire

Candlelight Records today confirms June 10 as the North American release date of Healing Through Fire. Produced by Mark Daghorn, the reissue includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band’s studio performance at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studio in London for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007. The album will be available for pre-order via ITunes beginning May 20 and is available for physical pre-order now via Candlelight’s official web store.

Originally released in 2007, Healing Through Fire was issued via Sanctuary Records. The album closed a 3 year recording gap for the band (previous album Thieving From The House of God released 2004 via Rise Above Records) and would be the only album the quartet would release for Sanctuary. Talking with The Aquarian Weekly’s JJ Koczan in 2011, vocalist Ben Ward noted, “it would have been nice to play for our US fans and promote Healing Through Fire, but for some reason or another, it just never materialized.” Orange Goblin would not return to America until 2011; the tour put together to promote the release of a limited 5-cd box set released by Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. It was during The Aquarian Weekly interview that Ward enthusiastically said, “we’re finally going to get the opportunity to play the material from Healing Through Fire for American audiences. We’re going to go out and play four or five songs off that record for the crowd.”

Healing Through Fire is the sixth full-length album from the popular English metal band. Lyrically inspired by The Great Plague and London ’s Great Fire of 1666, the band still considers it to be one of their best albums. Ward says, “this album has been very hard to find in recent times. We are glad that people can once again hear what I consider to be one of our finest albums. Songs like “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” They Come Back,” “Vagrant Stomp,” and many more that are regularly featured in our live set can now be heard again. As a band, we are delighted.”

Currently recording the follow-up to the mega-successful A Eulogy For The Damned, Orange Goblin are expected to return to the US to tear up clubs later this year. Working again with Jamie Dodd, bass guitar and drums have been tracked with guitars and vocals expected to be completed by May 17. The final mix is anticipated by early June . The band announced last week a full European tour with doom legend Saint Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9, the tour will work its way through 13 countries before concluding in Germany on November 14. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “we are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes Saint Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form Orange Goblin all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their 35th Anniversary at the same time just blows my mind. This tour is going to be awesome.”

Orange Goblin’s still untitled new album is anticipated for release in October.

Complete tracking listing for Healing Through Fire:

  • 1. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
  • 2. Vagrant Stomp
  • 3. The Ale House Braves
  • 4. Cities of Frost
  • 5. Hot Knives And Open Sores
  • 6. Hounds Ditch
  • 7. Mortlake (Dead Water)
  • 8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
  • 9. Beginners Guide to Suicide
  • 10. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (live at the BBC, bonus)
  • 11. The Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (live at the BBC, bonus)
    Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner.

KING PARROT: Flaunts Their Culinary Skills + North American March Continues

Australian thrash grind, road hounds, King Parrot, recently appeared on the sixty-third episode of Brutally Delicious, the world’s most metal cooking show! Watch the band guzzle coffee, dish about tour life and cook brutal omelets with host Bruce Moore at THIS LOCATION.

King Parrot is currently winding down their live tirade through North America in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Championed for its “ceaseless brutality,” by Ghost Cult and dubbed “aggressive as fuck,” by Headbangorgtfo, the record was produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin) and manages to capture the raw intensity of their live output, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Watch the band dismantle Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar, courtesy of Pit Full Of Shit, HERE.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014 [remaining dates]: w/ Vattnet Viskar

  • 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
  • 4/18/2014 The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
  • 4/19/2014 Franks Place – Fresno, CA
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album Details Revealed

Candlelight Records today confirms June 24 as the North American release date for IX, the new album from Corrosion Of Conformity. Produced by the band and long-time comrade John Custer, the album and lead single “On Your Way” will be available for pre-orders via ITunes, Amazon, and other popular outlets beginning May 13.

Blabbermouth has been reporting on the recording of the album since early January. Video footage filmed at the recording studio, including vocalist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin laying down vocal tracks, plus guitarist Woodroe Weatherman tracking some of the albums killer riffs, has been seen by fans around the globe. “The making of IX was drawn out because of us having to step away to do other projects,” comments Dean. “I think being forced to step away kept us hungry and then being back on the case with deadlines casting a shadow gave us a ‘failure is no option’ vibe and that really helped the final product.” “This album is another step forward for us,” adds Weatherman. “It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”

Having recently returned from a successful Europe tour, the band is gearing up for the album’s release and a year full of non-stop touring. “Corrosion Of Conformity are very much firing on all cylinders,” noted Terrorizer Magazine preceding the trio of English dates that were part of the larger European tour that had the band visiting ten countries for the first time in more than a year. “We had some good shows,” shares Dean. “To go back to Paris for the first time in years, without a new album, and have the type of response we had just shows me that there is new interest in the more creative heavier rock. And that this younger group of people is actually checking us out is huge to me.”

The band surprised European audiences with some new material from IX. “We had ‘On Your Way’ in the set and people were jamming along,” notes Dean. “It’s up tempo but syncopated. I thought it fit right in even though technically we were still working it out.” “We did sneak in some new material on the European tour,” asserts Weatherman. “It is great to see folks digging on stuff they have never heard before.”

Quiet for nearly five years after the release of 2005’s In the Arms of God, Corrosion Of Conformity regrouped in 2010. These original jam sessions quickly gave way to the trio’s participation at late summer’s The Power of the Riff Festival and later 2011’s Maryland Death Fest. The band’s commitment to the stage, with hundreds of shows performed since 2010, is surely contributing to their chops in the studio. It is without doubt, Dean, Weatherman, and Mullin have revitalized their sonic muse and media and fans alike agree. “Corrosion Of Conformity displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined,” noted Decibel Magazine on review of 2012’s self-titled album. Pitchfork said, “the trio sounds as commanding as it ever has.”

Corrosion Of Conformity released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. “Corrosion Of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record – not just a reclamation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound,” said Pitchfork. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at position 157 and impacted CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at position 8 on its debut week before working its way up to position 1. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight consecutive weeks. The label reissued the band’s Eye For An Eye (including previously unavailable EP Six Song With Mike Singing) early November 2012. Blabbermouth called it “one of the hallmarks of street ‘core.” It was followed by the free release of Scion A/V’s Megalodon ep. Writing for IX started in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly 45 minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from the band.

Pre-orders for both CD and vinyl formats will be available shortly via Candlelight’s official web stores. Watch for special bundles via the band in the coming weeks.

Confirmed track listing for IX:

  • 1. Brand New Sleep
  • 2. Elphyn
  • 3. Denmark Vesey
  • 4. The Nectar
  • 5. Interlude
  • 6. On Your Way
  • 7. Trucker
  • 8. The Hanged Man
  • 9. Tarquinius Superbus
  • 10. Who You Need To Blame
  • 11. The Nectar Revised

Corrosion Of Conformity has confirmed a number of limited performances on the east coast during April beginning this Friday at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh. The band will perform at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on April 26, the Ottobar (with High on Fire and Eyehategod) in Baltimore on April 27, and wrap the month up with a show at Café 611 in Frederick (MD) on April 28.

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, the Decibel Magazine Hall of Famers Corrosion Of Conformity helped transform heavy music. The band has influenced countless bands and today remains humble about their accomplishments.


ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: Currently Embarked On East Coast Tour

American horde, Abigail Williams, is currently crusading through the Eastern half of the country on tour now. Having already killed towns through the Midwest and into upstate New York, the band will storm Brooklyn tonight, continuing to inundate the rest of the East Coast and through the Gulf Coast states through April 12th.

Abigail Williams will go back out on the road from mid-May through mid-June with Lecherous Nocturne and Panzerfaust.

Following three massive LPs through Candlelight — In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns [2008], In the Absence of Light [2010] and Becoming [2012] — among several EPs and singles since their inception exactly one decade ago, Abigail Williams’ all-engulfing delivery of the black metal craft is ever-morphing, navigating its own path amid subgenre categories and cult traditions on a continually expanding course of sonic exploration. Fronted by sole founding member, guitarist/vocalist Ken Sorceron, also currently of Lord Mantis, the band’s lineup also includes guitarist Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Wolvhammer, Doomsday), touring bassist John Porada (Nachtmystium) and touring drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis).

Abigail Williams’ fourth full-length album will be completed for release later this year.

Abigail Williams Live:

  • 3/31/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 4/01/2014 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
  • 4/02/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 4/03/2014 The Bowery – Knoxville, TN
  • 4/04/2014 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
  • 4/05/2014 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 4/06/2014 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
  • 4/07/2014 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
  • 4/08/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 4/09/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
  • 4/10/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 4/11/2014 Walters Downtown – Houston, TX
  • 4/12/2014 Texas Independence Fest – Austin, TX

Abigail Williams w/ Lecherous Nocturne, Panzerfaust:

  • 5/15/2014 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
  • 5/16/2014 Take 20 – Cherry Valley, IL
  • 5/17/2014 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
  • 5/18/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON**
  • 5/19/2014 Cafe Chaos – Montreal, QB**
  • 5/20/2014 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
  • 5/21/2014 The Depot – York, PA
  • 5/22/2014 31st Pub – Pittsburgh, PA*
  • 5/23/2014 Thompson House – Newport, KY
  • 5/24/2014 The Mad Magician – Saint Louis, MO
  • 5/25/2014 TBA
  • 5/27/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 5/28/2014 TBA
  • 5/29/2014 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO
  • 5/30/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 5/31/2014 TBA
  • 6/01/2014 Cheyenne’s Sallon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/02/2014 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
  • 6/03/2014 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
  • 6/04/2014 LaSalles – Chico, CA
  • 6/05/2014 TBA
  • 6/06/2014 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC**
  • 6/07/2014 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Metal Fest**
  • 6/08/2014 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
  • 6/09/2014 The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT
  • 6/10/2014 TBA
  • 6/11/2014 Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
  • 6/12/2014 The Hideout – Omaha, NE
  • 6/13/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 6/14/2014 The Brass Rail – Peoria, IL

*Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne only
**Abigail Williams and Panzerfaust only