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.

 

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.

 

DEMON LUNG: A Dracula Streaming At Revolver Magazine + Live Dates

With the release of A Dracula, the hotly anticipated second full-length from Las Vegas-based doom hellions, Demon Lung, now less than two weeks away, today (HERE) Revolver Magazine is hosting the record in its sinister entirety.

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.”

In related Demon Lung missives, the band will bring their rumbling rituals to the stage of Crucialfest tomorrow and a record release show the following evening with special guests, Ides Of Gemini, as well as Southwest Terror Fest this Fall with additional live ceremonies in their plotting stages.

Demon Lung Tour Dates:

  • 6/19/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 6/20/2015 The Dive – Las Vegas, NV * record release show w/ Ides Of Gemini
  • 10/18/2015 Southwest Terror Fest @ Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

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.

 

WINTERFYLLETH: Winners at Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

The 13th Annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards took place at London’s Indigo O2 last evening. First time nominee Winterfylleth took Best Underground Band honors beating out Solstafir, Purson, Royal Thunder, and Bolzer. The award was presented by Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth. Accepting the award on behalf of the band, vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton thanked Candlelight Records, The Agency Group, and others.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the band to be recognized in this way by the metal media and the fans,” said Naughton. “I feel like we’ve always stayed true to who we are and what we do as a band and I’m glad that our passion and spirit for the music we make is shared by others. It means a lot to us to get here based on merit and to be considered amongst some amazing peers in the metal world. We thank you all for your support.”

The Manchester-based quartet are riding a huge wave of increased popularity and interest since the release of their fourth full-length album, The Divination of Antiquity last autumn. Terrorizer notes, “Winterfylleth deserve accolades for their role in establishing an unmistakably unique identity for British black metal.” New Noise called it an “absolutely top-tier black metal album.” Metal Injection added, “a masterstroke of elemental black metal.” A special collection set of the band’s recordings was released in North America on May 18 titled The Fathers Of Albion-An Anthology 2007-2013. The limited edition package features early and hard to find recorded material from the band plus albums The Mercian Sphere (2010), The Threnody of Triumph (2012), and reissue of their 2008 debut The Ghost Of Heritage.

Continuing to tour in support of The Divination of Antiquity, Winterfylleth will make their third appearance at the annual Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel Belgium this Sunday. Additional summer festivals for the band include Brutal Assault on August 7 (Josefov, Czech Republic), and Party San Open Air on August 8 (Schlothein, Germany). The band will headline a UK tour beginning September 17 in Sheffield. Label mates Voices will join the band for the 8-city tour.

Winterfylleth w/Voices

  • Sept 17 – Corporation, Sheffield UK
  • Sept 18 – Audio, Glasgow UK
  • Sept 19 – The Key Club, Leeds UK
  • Sept 20 – Sound Control, Manchester UK
  • Sept 24 – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
  • Sept 25 – Thekla, Bristol UK
  • Sept 26 – Waterfront, Norwich UK
  • Sept 27 – O2 Academy 2 Islington, London UK

Video of the band accepting the Metal Hammer Gold God Award can be seen HERE.

 

WINTERFYLLETH: Collection Confirmed For North American Release

Following a very successful European launch, Candlelight Records confirms May 18 as the North American release date for The Fathers Of Albion-An Anthology 2007-2012; a four-disc retrospective collection from UK black metal band Winterfylleth. The limited-edition package is a perfect introduction to the band for new fans and fills all the gaps for long-time fans seeking the band’s early and hard to find recorded history. It is available now for pre-order (HERE) via the label’s official webstore.

Vocalist/guitarist Chris Naughton says, “it is really amazing to be able to do a release such as this. The collection takes stock of who we are as a band and looks backs over what we have accomplished in the last eight years. It features liner notes detailing the stories behind all the albums, a specially remastered version of The Threnody of Triumph, plus bonus material from the original The Ghost Of Heritage sessions. There is also a full disc of material that was on limited release or never been on CD before. And all of this comes packaged with beautiful new artwork created by Simon (Lucas, drums) and Dan (Capp, guitar).”

Since their formation in 2007, the Manchester-based quartet has conjured moods and emotions that range from vicious and violent to melodic and elegant. Terrorizer Magazine says, “Winterfylleth deserve accolades for their role in establishing an unmistakably unique identity for British Black Metal.” The Divination of Antiquity, the band’s latest album, was released last autumn to much acclaim. New Noise calls it an, “absolutely top-tier black metal album. Metal Injections asserts, “a masterstroke of elemental black metal.” The band has been nominated for Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award for Best Underground Band; voting is open now with winners to be announced at the live ceremony scheduled on June 15 at London’s Indigo O2.

The full track listing for The Fathers Of Albion-An Anthology 2007-2012 is:

(Disc 1) The Ghost Of Heritage

  • 1. Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
  • 2. The March To Maldon
  • 3. Brithnoth: The Battle Of Maldon (991AD)
  • 4. Forging The Iron of England
  • 5. The Ghost Of Heritage
  • 6. Defending The Realm
  • 7. Guardian Of The Herd
  • 8. Casting The Runes
  • 9. An Englishman’s Verse
  • 10. the Ruin
  • 11. The Honour Of Good Men On the Path To Eternal Glory

(Disc 2) The Mercian Sphere

  • 1. Gateway to the Dark Peak & The Wayfarer Pt. 1 – The Solitary One Waits for Grace
  • 2. The Wayfarer Pt. 2 – Awakens He, Bereft of Kinsmen
  • 3. The Fields of Reckoning
  • 4. Children of the Stones
  • 5. The Ruin
  • 6. The Honour of Good Men on the Path to Eternal Glory
  • 7. The Wayfarer Pt. 3 – To Find Solace… Where Security Stands
  • 8. When the Woods Were Young
  • 9. A Valley Thick with Oaks
  • 10. Defending the Realm

(Disc 3) The Threnody Of Triumph (remastered)

  • 1. A Thousand Winters
  • 2. The Swart Raven
  • 3. AEfterfield Freon
  • 4. A Memorial
  • 5. The glorious Plain
  • 6. A Sould Unbound
  • 7. Void Of Light
  • 8. The Fate of Souls After Death
  • 9. Home Is Behind
  • 10. The Threnody Of Triumph

(Disc 4) Extras & Exclusives

  • 1. Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
  • 2. Casting The Runese
  • 3. The Ghost Of Heritage
  • 4. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
  • 5. John Barleycorn
  • 6. The Three Ravens
  • 7. The Gates

Winterfylleth announced a UK headline tour earlier this month. Label mates Voices will join the band for an eight-city run beginning September 17 and ending in London at the O2 Islington Academy on September 27. Winterfylleth is Naughton with drummer Simon Lucas, bassist Nick Wallwork, and new guitarist Dan Capp.

 

SIGH: Legendary Japanese Avant Extreme Metal Quintet To Release Tenth Studio Album Via Candlelight Next Month; New Tunes Posted

Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, Sigh, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-robbing cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).

In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible Sigh record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet. Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes Sigh great has been sacrificed.”

Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015.

In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos, “Kaedit Nos Pestis,” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” AT THIS LOCATION.

Graveward Track Listing:

  • 1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
  • 2. Graveward
  • 3. The Tombfiller
  • 4. The Forlorn
  • 5. The Molesters Of My Soul
  • 6. Out Of the Grave
  • 7. The Trial By The Dead
  • 8. The Casketburner
  • 9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
  • 10. Dwellers In Dream

For over two decades, Sigh has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. Sigh would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012′s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.

Pre-order Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.

Sigh:
Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums

“There’s no getting around it: Sigh is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.” – Invisible Oranges

 

VOICES: New Video From UK Avant Metallers Now Playing At Noisey

Today, Noisey premieres the latest video from English avant noise merchants, Voices. Directed by Samuel Joseph Loynes and Finnian Moore, “Last Train Victoria Line” is one of fourteen new songs featured on the band’s recently released second album, London available now at national and regional retailers, Amazon, and iTunes.

London’s North American release follows an already impressive launch in Europe with Metal Hammer naming the record, “one of the most unique and ambitious metal albums of recent years.” Recorded at Hackney Studios during the early months of 2014, London is a challenging and fearless offering that is fitting for a band that features former members of acclaimed progressive black metal band Akercocke. “This is the first time we’ve written songs where we’ve thought about the arrangement and structure,” shared guitarist Sam Loynes during a recent interview with Terrorizer Magazine. Cvlt Nation launched a full stream of the album days prior to its January 27th release, noting, “Voices conjures a bleak, gray and hopeless soundscape, inspired by the ‘urban and hostile’ South London streets. It is beautiful and furious, frustrated and self-assured.”

“Last Train Victoria Line” visually flirts with the album’s storyline. Loynes explains, “Voices always aim to bring something unique, something atypical to proceedings. A collaboration of some essential creative friends and foes, this video is our greatest audio-visual piece to date. The litter-strewn street and red brick claustrophobia of London’s East End was the perfect surrounding for the hostile yet kinetic shoot that channeled our cloaked anti-hero and, in opposition, much desired ‘Megan’ seductress.”

To view the video click HERE.

Formed in 2011, Voices is the sonic experiment of guitarist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, drummer David Gray, and Sam Loynes. London comes only twelve months after the release of the band’s debut, From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain. Revolver Magazine calls London, “sprawling, ambitious, and coldly beautiful. It’s everything a progressive black metal concept album should be,” while New Noise notes, “London is one of the most delightfully maddening listens you’ll have all year.” Invisible Oranges agrees, “the labyrinthine sonic tapestry that Voices are weaving on this album is one I’ve found myself drawn to more than a few times.” Adds Metal Insider, “Voices is a band that is unafraid of musical exploration.”

 

VOICES: New Record From UK Avant Sound Contortionists Streaming At Cvlt Nation

Just days away from its North American release, today Cvlt Nation streams London, the brand new studio offering from UK avant sound contortionists, Voices, in its entirety.

Delivering fourteen bastardized tracks of progressive blackened psychedelic melancholia centered on the forgotten and diseased underbelly of England’s capital city, Voices – who features within their twisted ranks former members of Akercocke and My Dying Bride – compose perfectly imperfect sounds to welcome the end of creation, the extinction of the human, the collapse of music as we once knew…

Already reaping critical acclaim throughout European media outlets with Metal Hammer naming the record, “one of the most unique and ambitious metal albums of recent years… from sumptuous beauty through helplessly driven, angular extremity to mind-flaying, id-erupting mania, London is a shattering of the senses, and a psychedelic thrill ride down the rabbit-hole of consciousness,” and Angry Metal Guy assuring, “you’ll be completely captivated right until the final excruciating note,” London is earning similar accolades on North American shores. Metal Insider applauds a band, “unafraid of musical exploration,” furthering that, “their ability to seamlessly meld together genres as varied as black and death metal with dark folk and prog rock, among so many others, would be commendable in attempt alone. But the success in which they’ve been able to so perfectly paint this shadow world with music, beyond how they are describing it directly in words, makes this album one of the most distinctive and engaging metal albums in recent memory.” Metal Underground calls London, “a sprawling piece of work,” and a, “solid effort of progressive black/death metal,” Dead Rhetoric commends in an 8.5/10 an offering that’s, “utterly bleak… capturing a feeling of a demented rollercoaster ride,” adding, “London is an exquisite trip worth taking on repeated occasions,” while New Noise Magazine notes, “Voices has certainly crafted a challenging and harsh listen, but that doesn’t diminish how impressive the full result is, given you have the time and energy to take a harrowing journey with these Englishmen.”

Celebrating a record that’s, “beautiful and furious, frustrated and self-assured,” Voices’ London is currently streaming, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

Voices was formed in London in 2011 as a new experiment from guitarist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, drummer David Gray and bassist Sam Loynes (all former members of Akercocke) with a mission to create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum.

London will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on January 27th, 2015. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

 

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