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XERATH: To Release Third Full Length Album This Autumn

Candlelight Records today confirms September 16 as the North American release date for III (September 15 for Europe), the new album from England’s Xerath. Producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) returns to work with the band on the near 70-minute, 14-song recording. It features artwork by Colin Marks (Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Oceano). Official pre-order for the album will begin August 5 via iTunes, Amazon and other physical and digital music outlets.

Xerath serve up a healthy dose of masterful musicianship and dazzling melody. “Xerath gets the balance right in mashing symphonic arrangements and metal into seamless songs,” says Terrorizer while Metal Sucks notes the band mix, “equal parts high drama and snug, well-built riffage.” Continuing to expand the band’s seasoned sonic complexity, III welcomes new guitarist Conor McGouran, “I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Xerath,” chimes McGouran. “I was real nervous initially as I was replacing such an amazing player (Owain Williams) but thankfully we immediately gelled as musicians and have become good friends in the process.”

III features a refinement of elements that have now become a unique signature for the band. “We branched out more and enlisted the help of various live performers, such as a live string quartet and classically trained altos and sopranos, to give this album the level of production it required, “shares drummer Michael Pitman. “As we always have, we recorded at multiple studios to capture the sound we were looking for. The biggest addition to the sound this time around is Conor. He had some huge shoes to fill and the first thing we looked for in a guitarist was that he was able to keep that real, soulful element. Conor got this straight away and in him I think people will hear a guitarist who can give you those special moments but then floor you in an instant with savage speed and outright technique. There is a real danger to his playing.”

Xerath have honed their live chops at numerous festivals over the years. 2013 alumni for Bloodstock (along with Voivod, Scar Symmetry, Xentrix, Firewind) and CandleFest (alongside labelmates Altar of Plagues, October File, Crown), the band recently headlined the Metal Hammer-sponsored UK TechFest in Bristol . Pitman says, “TechFest is growing in the UK year on year and Xerath are proud to have been part of its evolution. The gig was amazing and was, for our fans, the first chance to see us play with Conor. It was a solid show.”

One of those unsung gems music fans simply need to hear, Xerath joined the Candlelight roster in 2009. The Basingstoke-based four-piece found a moderate early fan base with the release of their full-length debut. Ultimate Metal said, “you will not find much out there with this degree of sonic perfection.” Two years later the band followed up with the fortified II. Metal Observer noted, “II is a flurry of hard hitting rhythms making for an intense listen that pulls its audience back and forth.” Recalling the recording process of III, Pitman notes, “towards the end of the recording when we started piecing together all the elements, there was a special moment when we all looked at each other and thought we had genuinely made something special. There’s no doubt about it.”

Track listing for III:

  • 1. I Hold Dominion
  • 2. 2053
  • 3. I Hunt For the Weak
  • 4. Autonomous
  • 5. Bleed this Body Clean
  • 6. Death Defiant
  • 7. Sentinels
  • 8. Passenger
  • 9. Ironclad
  • 10. Demigod Doctrine
  • 11. The Chaos Reign
  • 12. Witness
  • 13. Veil Pt. 1
  • 14. Veil Pt. 2

Xerath is vocalist Richard Thomson, guitarist Conor McGouran, bassist Christopher Clark, and drummer Michael Pitman. A special preview of III is available to view at the band’s official YouTube page.

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina crossover icons premiere new sune via Loudwire; IX release day looms

With the official unveiling of Corrosion of Conformity’s IX full-length now less than three weeks away, mammoth music portal, Loudwire, hurls forth an exclusive premiere of sixth rager, “On Your Way.”

Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for IX commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by summer’s end. Completed in January, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from Corrosion of Conformity. Boasts Decibel Magazine in a recent 8/10 review of the offering, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012′s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.”

Bedecked in soul, grit and some of guitarist Woodroe Weatherman’s most ferocious lead work yet, “On Your Way,” much like IX as a whole, finds Corrosion of Conformity sonically and conceptually at their most dexterous. Notes Loudwire of the track “‘On Your Way’ is a classic groove-based COC track, delivering a big Southern crunch thanks to guitarist Woody Weatherman. You can hear the influence of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi in ‘On Your Way,’ as Weatherman injects strong fills into his verses while blazing the strings for a dirty solo during the bridge.”

Plunge head first into the audio enormity of “On Your Way,” now playing at Loudwire, at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, sample “The Nectar,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

Quiet for nearly five years following the release of 2005′s In The Arms Of God, Corrosion of Conformity regrouped in 2010. Since then, the band’s relentless commitment to the stage, both stateside and abroad, has unquestionably contributed to their chops in the studio. Corrosion of Conformity released their self-titled full-length (and follow-up to In The Arms Of God) via Candlelight to high praise late February 2012. 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 Songs 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.

IX will be released via Candlelight Records on June 24th, 2014. For preorders, point your browser HERE (CD and 2xLP) or HERE. For digital orders, point your browser HERE.

 

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