ORANGE GOBLIN: Set To Return To North America

With Orange Goblin’s Back From The Abyss full-length now three weeks away from release, the band has confirmed the first North American tour in support of the record. Set to begin December 1st and run through December 21st, Orange Goblin will return to the stage touring alongside Down, Bl’ast, and labelmates, King Parrot!

Vocalist Ben Ward comments, “I remember being a spotty 19 year old rushing out to the record store to buy the first Down album NOLA the very day it came out in 1994. Now, twenty years on, I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming that Orange Goblin are heading back to North America as main support to the mighty Down. It really is fairytale stuff for us. Down are one of the bands that are the reason Orange Goblin exists. To be given this opportunity to go out to promote our brand new album, Back From The Abyss, to the Down fans is just a dream come true the rest of the band and I can’t wait to get started. The fact that we also get to see Bl’ast and King Parrot every night just makes it all so hard to believe! Hail the Leaf! Hail the RIFF! Hail DOWN!”

Recorded earlier this year, Back From The Abyss reunites Orange Goblin with producer Jamie Dodd; who served as producer on the band’s best selling album in North America to date – 2012′s A Eulogy For The Damned. Two songs already have fans globally excited; Loudwire and Metal Hammer premiered the Motörhead-tinged “The Devil’s Whip” to overwhelming success on August 15th. Last week Noisey premiered the first video from the album for the song “Sabbath Hex.” The band is currently working on a second video for the song “Mythical Knives” which is expected to be completed by month’s end.

Touring for the album will start in Europe on October 9th. Travelling the continent with friends Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin will pull song selections from their extensive catalog now spanning eight studio albums. Tickets for their North American dates are set to go on sale for shows Friday, September 19th.

Orange Goblin w/ Down, Bl’ast, King Parrot:

  • 12/01/2014 Aztec Theater – San Antonio TX
  • 12/03/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas NV
  • 12/05/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside CA
  • 12/06/2014 Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles CA
  • 12/07/2014 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento CA
  • 12/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco CA
  • 12/10/2014 Showbox at the Market – Seattle WA
  • 12/11/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver BC
  • 12/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton AB
  • 12/14/2014 Flames Central – Calgary AB
  • 12/15/2014 Knitting Factory – Spokane WA
  • 12/17/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver CO
  • 12/19/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City OK
  • 12/20/2014 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas TX
  • 12/21/2014 Warehouse Live – Houston TX

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Christopher Turner. The band is endorsed by Marshall Amplification, Orange Amplificaiton, Fender Bass Guitars, Natal Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Remo Skins, Vans, Volcom, Boss Pedals, Rotosound Strings, and Jagermeister.

Back From The Abyss will be released October 7th, 2014 via Candlelight Records. Preorders for Back From The Abyss are now up via iTunes, Amazon, and Candlelight’s official webstore. The album is available to order on CD, deluxe CD, and double vinyl.

 

WINTERFYLLETH: Cvlt Nation Streams New Song

With the North American release date of the new Winterfylleth album looming, Cvlt Nation today premieres the album’s title track as an exclusive stream. The Divination of Antiquity was produced by Chris Fielding and features eight new songs from the regarded Manchester-based UK black metal band. Pre-orders for the album are now available via iTunes, Amazon, and the label’s official webstore.

To hear “The Divination of Antiquity” click HERE.

Stereogum has calls The Divination of Antiquity, “maybe the best black metal album of 2014.” Dead Rhetoric notes, “the best bands have a sound all their own, and Winterfylleth’s is unmistakable.” The band is set to share the cover of Terrorizer Magazine’s November issue, showing the increased awareness and anticipation of the band globally. On announcement of the album’s release date early last month, vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton shared, “the new album represents a real step forward for the band. I think that we poured over the material much more meticulously in the making of this album and I think that shows through in the finished article. The new songs really focus on the more melodic, passionate and expansive end of our spectrum this time around. We have also taken the opportunity to shine light into a few dark corners of our songwriting including some slower, doomier elements. We recorded with Chris Fielding again, but this time at his newly established Skyhammer Studios and I think that’s really given it a boost. His vision and a fresh recording environment has helped us to hone the essence of what a Winterfylleth record can be.”

Since their formation in 2007, England’s Winterfylleth has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. Winterfylleth is vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton, drummer Simon Lucas, bassist Nick Wallwork, and guitarist Mark Wood. Winterfylleth will join Behemoth, Decapitated, and Grand Magus for a run of dates December 9 thru 13. The performances will find the band on stages in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, and Manchester.

 

ORANGE GOBLIN: Premieres New Video Via Noisey; Back From The Abyss Out Next Month

With the release of Back From The Abyss, the forthcoming new full-length from stoner metal icons Orange Goblin, now less than one month away, Noisey thrusts forth opening rager, “Sabbath Hex.”

Bedecked in high-speed psychedelic visuals and an occultish-vibe, the Michael Dickinson-produced clip is currently slaying eye holes via Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out the Motörheadian dirt rock swagger of “The Devil’s Whip” still streaming at Loudwire HERE.

Recorded earlier this year in London, Orange Goblin’s Back From The Abyss was produced by Jamie Dodd, mastered at Turan Audio and follows the band’s most successful release, 2012′s A Eulogy For The Damned, and the recent reissue of their 2007 album Healing Through Fire. Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s signature blues ‘n’ doom persuasion but the high caliber of their musicianship. In an advance 9/10 review of the record, This Is Not A Scene crowns Back From The Abyss, “another triumph for Orange Goblin,” furthering that it maintains the band’s, “consistent level of songwriting and performance all the way through its twelve tracks that make this their most accomplished album to date. Proof that hard work does indeed pay off.”

Together since 1995, Orange Goblin has released seven full-length studio albums. A Eulogy For The Damned was the band’s first for Candlelight Records and closed a five year recording hiatus. The album was supported with the most live dates by the band in their history; touring that saw the band on North American soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headlining tour that found them on thirty-eight stages across the US and Canada. Two videos were filmed and released for the album, including “Red Tide Rising” and the special Scion A/V video for “Acid Trials.”

Back From The Abyss will be released October 7th, 2014 via Candlelight Records. Preorder your copy at THIS LOCATION.

“…a big burly bag of rock goodness…” – Blabbermouth

 

KRIEG: Decibel Premieres Krieg’s First Ever Official Video

With Krieg’s latest album now in stores, Decibel Magazine today premieres the first official video by the band for the song “Ruin Our Lives.” Transient, released September 2, is the seventh full length recording from the long-running black metal band. The 56-minute album was recorded earlier this year at Machines With Magnets Studios in Providence and features guest appearance from Thurston Moore and the band’s re-make of Amebix classic “Winter.”

Transient offers Krieg mastermind Neill (aka Imperial) Jameson a continued outlet for personal demons. Be it through his lyrics or the weaving of various sounds and genres, the music has always been an absolving muse for the musician. Last Rites calls it, “a disturbing look into Jameson’s psyche… Transient is fully put together.” Decibel Magazine notes, “Krieg exposes the human in all of us, and that’s horrifically evil.” The musician himself called the record, “the most black metal record I’ve done in almost ten years. At its core, it is the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.”

Krieg is enjoying a busy 2014 with several split recordings with Wolvhammer (Broken Limbs Records), Ramlord (Unholy Anarchy Records), Ominous Black (Anthropic Records), and Moloch (Depressive Illusions Records) plus the ten-year anniversary reissues of The Black House (cassette/Sol Y Nieve Records, vinyl/Foreign Sounds Records). The band, currently featuring guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost with Jameson, is actively booking live engagements along the eastern seaboard with West Coast dates planned for early 2015. The band performed on Static Sessions TV in late July.

Dead Rhetoric conducted an interview with Jameson a week prior to the album’s release. The popular metal site discussed the record, his involvement with super group Twilight, the band’s uptick in activity, and more. When asked about his personal battle with mental illness, a subject that is often part of Krieg songs, Jameson shares, “I was on some fairly heavy medication for bipolar disorder when we wrote and recorded it (The Isolationist, 2010) and listening to it now it sounds cold, detached, uncomfortable. I don’t even know that person anymore besides memories and distant touches of emotion. I’ve been off medication now for almost four years, and off self-medication for around three.” To read the full interview click here.

Krieg will perform in Philadelphia on Saturday at Connie’s Ric Rac with Black Witchery, Nexul and Pissgrave. Upcoming shows include:

  • 9/27 – Beaumont Warehouse, Philadelphia
  • 10/21 – Millcreek Tavern, Philadelphia
  • 11/07 – Sidebar, Baltimore
  • 11/08 – Gorham Brothers Music, Syracuse NY

“One of the finest USBM offerings of 2014, and a breakthrough for Krieg.” – Stereogum

“Krieg remains one of the U.S.’s most interesting, challenging metal bands, and Jameson never seems content to just sit there and collect accolades.” – MeatMeadMetal.com

“Krieg are one of the most impressive and exciting black metal bands out there – long may they continue to experiment and shift their sound, particularly if this is an indication of things to come.” – Cvlt Nation

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Premiere New Video At Revolver; New Live Dates Supporting Gwar

North Carolina crossover legends, Corrosion of Conformity, are pleased to unveil their latest music video for “On Your Way,” the sixth cut from their recently released IX full-length.

Crowned, “a triumph,” by The Obelisk and, “eccentric and engaging,” by Sputnik Music, the John Custer-produced IX thrusts forth nearly forty-five minutes of the band’s signature “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence (The Onions’s A.V. Club).”

View the apocalyptic clip for “On Your Way,” now playing at Revolver HERE.

In related Corrosion of Conformity happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting Gwar! Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek — which follows the band’s recent run with Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying — will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.

Corrosion of Conformity w/ Gwar, American Sharks:

  • 11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA

  • 11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
  • 11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
  • 11/19/2014 The Venue – Fargo, ND
  • 11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
  • 11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
  • 11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
  • 11/23/2014 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
  • 11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
  • 11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
  • 11/28/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
  • 11/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
  • 12/02/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
  • 12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
  • 12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
  • 12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
  • 12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
  • 12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
  • 12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
  • 12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
  • 12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
  • 12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
  • 12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
  • 12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

IX is currently available via Candlelight Records. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION.

“…a meat-and-potatoes feast…” – The Obion’s A.V. Club

“…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid Corrosion of Conformity fan.” – Rock Revolt

“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.” – Decibel

“Not only does IX deliver what we hoped for, but they surpass that with an unwavering confidence – the sparks are flying on this one.” – The Sludgelord

“A solid output from 30-year veterans. Stoners and punks take notice.” – Metal Underground

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: West Coast Tour; Blind Inducted Into The Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame

Following their recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover legends, Corrosion of Conformity, are readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults. The near two-week trek will commence tomorrow in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!

Corrosion of Conformity will be touring in support of their fittingly titled IX full-length released last month via Candlelight Records. Dubbed “a triumph” by The Obelisk, IX was captured by the band alongside longtime friend and colleague John Custer. Clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes, the record offers up the groove-laden sludge/doom/punk concoction fans have come to expect from Corrosion of Conformity. The Onion’s A.V. Club champions the band’s “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence,” furthering that, “the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast,” Rock Revolt notes, “…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid Corrosion of Conformity fan,” Decibel Magazine elaborates, “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,” while The Sludgelord adds, “not only does IX deliver what we hoped for, but they surpass that with an unwavering confidence – the sparks are flying on this one.” If you missed it, check out the lyric video for “Tarquinius Superbus” at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, Corrosion of Conformity’s seminal Blind full-length was recently inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame! Check out the piece in the September 2014 issue available for purchase at THIS LOCATION
.
Corrosion of Conformity
w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying:

  • 8/19/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
  • 8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
  • 8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
  • 8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • 8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • 8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
  • 8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA
  • 8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA
  • 8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • 8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
  • 9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
 

ORANGE GOBLIN: New Album Coming This October; Track Streaming At Loudwire

Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for Orange Goblin’s new album, Back From The Abyss. Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. Back From The Abyss will be available for preorder via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th. Fans can begin to preorder the CD today via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page.

Loudwire.com is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, “The Devil’s Whip.” Vocalist Ben Ward says, “This song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motörhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape ‘The Devil’s Whip.’”

Listen now HERE.

Back From The Abyss follows the band’s most successful release, 2012′s A Eulogy For The Damned, and the recent reissue of their 2007 album Healing Through Fire. Featuring twelve new songs, it delivers the quartets now internationally respected heavy metal. Decibel Magazine calls the band’s sound, “maximum riffage and turbo doom.” Blabbermouth dubs them, “a big burly bag of rock goodness.” Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s tried-and-true blues and doom but the high caliber of their musicianship.

Orange Goblin will kick off the Autumn with a European tour alongside doom legends St. Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9th, the tour will work its way through thirteen countries before concluding in Germany on November 14th. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “We are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes St. 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 thirty-fifth anniversary at the same time just blows my mind.”

American dates in support of Back From The Abyss are anticipated to start early in the new year. Details to be announced shortly.

Together since 1995, Orange Goblin has released seven full-length studio albums. A Eulogy For The Damned was the band’s first for Candlelight Records and closed a five year recording hiatus. The album was supported with the most live dates by the band in their history; touring that saw the band on North America soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headline tour that found them on 38 stages across the US and Canada. Two videos were filmed and released for the album, including “Red Tide Rising” and the special Scion A/V video for “Acid Trials.”

Back From The Abyss Track Listing:

  • 1. Sabbath Hex
  • 2. Ubermensch
  • 3. The Devil’s Whip
  • 4. Demon Blues
  • 5. Heavy Lies The Crown
  • 6. Into the Arms of Morpheus
  • 7. Mythical Knives
  • 8. Bloodzilla
  • 9. The Abyss
  • 10. Titan
  • 11. Blood Of Them
  • 12. The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitartist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Christopher Turner. The band are endorsed by Marshall Amplification, Orange Amplification, Fender Bass Guitars, Natal Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Remo Skins, Vans, Volcom, Boss Pedals, Rotosound Strings, and Jagermeister.

 

CANDLELIGHT: New Releases in 2014 – Krieg, Winterfylleth, Burzum

Candlelight Records is gearing up for a busy autumn with planned releases from Winterfylleth, Burzum, and Krieg set to kick things off in September. Preorders via itunes, Amazon, and other physical and digital outlets will begin in early August. Preorders via the label’s official North American webstore and Bandcamp page will launch August 1.

Silent for nearly four years, US black metal icons Krieg will present their seventh full length recording Transient on September 2. Metal Sucks says “Krieg is all about mood. And that mood is suffocating and bleak.” Blabbermouth calls band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson), “a master of the sonic conveyance of dread and hopelessness.” Featuring Jameson with studio guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost, the album also features guest appearances from Dwid Hellion (Integrity) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Jameson notes, “this is the first album we have done that features a band that has worked together for an extended period of time that had a fully realized vision of how the record was supposed to sound.”

Transient features eleven new songs, including a remake of Amebix’s “Winter.” Jameson says, “there was never any idea to stay within the confines that black metal has become. This was liberation. It is probably the most ‘black metal’ record I’ve done in almost ten years.” Like prior albums, Transient is full of personal reflection. “This record encompasses another autobiographical gallery of a life misspent, a negative existence,” shares Jameson. “At its core, it is probably the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.” Touring is set to be announced shortly. Visit the band’s official Facebook page for complete details.

Winterfylleth advances their global rise with the release of their fourth full-length album, The Divination of Antiquity, on September 16. Pitchfork says, “Winterfylleth’s take on black metal is as cold as any Norwegian son.” Stereogum’s Michael Nelson boldly notes, “I’ve never understood why Winterfylleth aren’t one of the biggest black metal bands in the world.” Eight new vitriolic anthems gorged with the band’s technical precision await a growing international fanbase. “I feel like we’ve really put our all into this record and that it shows through in the final songs,” says vocliast Chris Naughton. “it’s the first record where we’ve truly come together and written it as a band, pouring over songs for weeks to get them just right. I guess we felt a bit more pressure this time but we really turned that into something positive.”

Since their formation in 2007, England’s Winterfylleth has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. The band recently contributed to One And All, Together, For Home; a special compilation (Season of Mist) that finds the band performing their version of the old English folk ballad “The Three Ravens.” The acoustic number illustrates the heavy historical influence that has always been at the core of the band’s lyrics. With UK dates alongside Behemoth set for early winter, Winterfylleth’s siege is indeed full-throttle. “We have made a quintessentially Winterfylleth album on Divination,” Naughton continues. “but we’ve also shone light into a few dark corners and pushed the envelope on what we can write as a band; bringing in different tempos, some slower songs and a few doomier influences. For me this represents that band at our creative, visceral, and collaborative best.”

Burzum’s The Days Of Yore continues the controversial musician’s post-incarceration output of recordings. In stores September 2, the album follows the ambient and haunting sounds of Burzum’s most recent releases. Inspired by Varg’s extensive knowledge of European history, it continues his explorative sound and lyrical works. He says, “it is my first step towards something new, which at the same time is as old as the roots of Europe. I try to transport the listener to the days of yore, to make them feel the past that is still alive in their own blood.” Released in Europe a few weeks ago, the American release will allow fans to purchase the album at normal domestic prices.

Other recordings planned by Candlelight for the autumn include the second full length from Falloch and the anticipated new album from Orange Goblin. The label’s latest releases include Corrosion of Conformity’s IX (in stores today), Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse/20th Year Anniversary (limited edition digibook released 6/24), and earlier label debut’s from Earth Crisis (Salvation of Innocents, out late March) and The Wounded Kings (Consolamentum, out late March). The label is already looking at 2015 recordings from Vision of Disorder, Sigh, Demon Lung, Abigail Williams, Absu, and more.

 

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.

 

Candlelight Rocks

Flash required

Upcoming shows

Candlelight Partners