ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: 2014 Tour & New Album

Ever-evolving metal purveyors Abigail Williams will celebrate a decade of plying their dark arts with a 30-city US headlining tour and a new portfolio of songs. For this early 2014 outing, vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron will be jointed by guitarist Jeff Wilson, bassist John Porada (both ex-Nachtmystium), and drummer Charlie Fell (ex-Nachtmystium, Von) In the studio, Wilson and long-time Abigail Williams guitarist Ian Jekelis will work with Sorceron on a full-length to be recorded in Chicago in April. Drummer Alex Rudinger (The Faceless) and bassist Will Lindsay (ex-Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) are slated to complete the ensemble. Fans should expect a release via Candlelight this later this year.

“Touring and recording are two different things in my mind,” Sorceron says. “Certain people you want around in the studio and certain people are more suitable in a live situation. Abigail Williams has never had a real solid line-up going from recording to live; we have always kept it moving.”

On tour, Abigail Williams will perform their critically acclaimed 2012 album Becoming in its entirety. They will complete their headlining set list with selections from their genre-blending past and uncompromising new future.

With regard to the band’s genre, Sorceron doesn’t particularly care if people use the term “black metal” to describe the band and realizes many use it simply as a convenient way to classify the music. “To some people, it’s up for debate as to whether what we play is black metal or not. To me it doesn’t matter either way. I’m not thinking about genres when writing music.”

Abigail Williams is hard to place in today’s landscape of what is described as US black metal. Since their inception in 2004, the group has continuously changed personnel, and with each new performer, came a new musical influence. The only thing that has remained constant is Sorceron who is constantly seeking new personal experiences to inspire songs and developing innovative combinations of sound that defy neat-and-easy categorization. Like the girl the band was named for – the chief accuser in the Salem Witch Trials – Abigail Williams keeps changing their story and their sound.

“The thing about Abigail Williams is that we never fit into any landscape,” Sorceron says. “I’ve become pretty comfortable with that role. I used to read the criticism about the band on the internet, but I stopped a while ago. People aren’t comfortable liking a band that has changed sound over the years.”

Sorceron emphasizes that Abigail Williams is not a “brand” but rather a conduit for artistic expression. “My observation over the years has been that music fans tend to think of a band as a brand. It’s the same, as clothing in some ways. Like when someone decides they won’t be caught dead wearing XYZ brand because they sell at ‘insert lame store name here’ and ‘these types of people’ like it. I’m not oblivious to the fact that a lot of fans of our early stuff don’t like the newer stuff, and that a lot of the people that like the new stuff hate the old stuff. It is a challenge for some to follow us because of this brand connection. For me, Abigail Williams is a creative outlet and vehicle to go to places I want to see and connect with like-minded people.”

As of late, Sorceron has found like-minded connections with the members of Lord Mantis and recently joined the band and performed on their latest recording, Death Mask. However, he says he keeps Abigail Williams in motion because, “it is what I do.”

  • 3/27 Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
  • 3/28 Jackson, MI @ The Foundry
  • 3/29 Toledo, OH @ Mainstreet
  • 3/30 Syracuse, NY @The Lost Horizon
  • 3/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
  • 4/1 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
  • 4/2 Springfield, VA @ Empire
  • 4/3 Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
  • 4/4 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
  • 4/5 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
  • 4/6 Tampa, FL @ Brassmug
  • 4/7 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • 4/8 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s Pub
  • 4/9 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
  • 4/10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
  • 4/11 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
  • 4/12 Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest

KING PARROT: Australian Thrash Grind Unit Kicks Off North American Tour; Band To Raze SXSW

Melbourne thrash grind unit, King Parrot, will be leveling North America on a near-six-week run of live assaults. As the tour kicks off in Ventura, California this Friday, the band will ravage their way through nearly three dozen cities including an appearance at this year’s Tone Deaf Touring Showcase at SXSW featuring Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Pilgrim and more as well as two additional SXSW abrasions. The band will be joined by atmospheric blackened doom bringers, Vattnet Viskar, and stoner death doomers, Vaporizer, on select dates.

Shouts the band simply, “Raw, extreme and right over the top! Australia’s King Parrot embark on their first North American Tour starting this week! Be there.”

Among Australia’s most lethal and extreme new bands, King Parrot will be touring in support of their Bite Your Head Off full-length released via Candlelight Records last year. Produced by Jason Fuller (Blood Duster, Dern Rutlidge) and Adam Calaitzis (Damaged, Abramelin), the record manages to capture the raw intensity of their live shows, defying genres with a cross section attack of thrash, grind, punk and hardcore. Beat.com crowned the record, “a calculated piece of extreme art, with strong musicianship and a production job skilfully left just on the right side of raw and dirty,” in a 9/10 score Ghost Cult boasts, “its ceaseless brutality will do much more than just rip your head off… from start to finish it tears you limb from limb,” while the Metal Observer adds, “Whether it’s ‘Dead End,’ the shortest, meanest track on the album, or ‘Cold Steel Probe,’ an infectious onslaught of multi-leveled grind that has no qualms about dragging coffins or simply setting them afire, King Parrot’s Bite Your Head Off is a no-brainer, comfortably taking a seat next to other 2012 entries like Strong Intention’s Razorblade Express, Mulletcorpse’s Disinfect, and Kess’khtak’s Nurturing Conditions For Rupture. Killer stuff.”

Don’t take their word. Peep the video for “Shit On The Liver” at THIS LOCATION.

King Parrot Live Assaults 2014:

  • 3/07/2014 The Star Palace – Ventura, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/08/2014 Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/09/2014 Porters Pub – La Jolla, CA w/ Cattle Decapitation
  • 3/12/2014 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/13/2014 SXSW @ Wonderland – Austin, TX w/ Pilgrim, Lazer/Wulf, Vaporizer
  • 3/2014/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
  • 3/15/2014 Tone Deaf Touring SXSW Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX w/ Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim, Vaporizer
  • 3/17/2014 Mud & Water – Baton Rouge, LA
  • 3/18/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 3/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
  • 3/20/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • 3/21/2014 Hoodie’s – Longwood, FL
  • 3/22/2014 The Standard – St. Augustine, FL
  • 3/23/2014 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
  • 3/25/2014 The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC
  • 3/26/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
  • 3/27/2014 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/29/2014 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA
  • 3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
  • 3/31/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VA w/ Vattnet Viskar
  • 4/01/2014 Il Motore – Montreal, QC
  • 4/02/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
  • 4/03/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
  • 4/04/2014 Kobo Live – Columbus, OH
  • 4/08/2014 Reggies – Chicago, IL
  • 4/09/2014 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
  • 4/10/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 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
  • 4/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

“I’ve never felt so personally threatened by a record before” — Hysteria Magazine


EARTH CRISIS: Lyric Video From Salvation Of Innocents Released

Salvation Of Innocents, the epic new album from Earth Crisis, is nearing release worldwide, its street date for North America now slated for March 18th.

The focal point of Salvation Of Innocents is aimed at ending human injustices towards animals and the environment in the ever-antagonistic Earth Crisis style, and as boldly exemplified in the brand new lyric video for the album’s second of twelve massive tracks, “Out Of The Cages.” Through underground activist footage the band’s lyrical intent with the song is unquestionable, and their vibrant, modern tone is ultra apparent in the musical backdrop for of the video. Stated guitarist Scott Crouse of the track, “‘Out Of The Cages’ is one of my favorite songs on Salvation… Everyone watch the lyric video, and do your homework, because it’ll be a live set staple for sure.”

Revolver today helped let the new Earth Crisis message “Out Of The Cages” AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the CD and LP versions of Salvation Of Innocents can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

Next week, from Friday, March 7th through Sunday the 9th, Earth Crisis will tackle Baltimore, Maryland, Amityville, New York and Quincy, Massachusetts on a quick run in support of Salvation Of Innocents with support from Gut Feeling. More widespread live appearances will be announced shortly.

Earth Crisis Tour Dates w/ Gut Feeling:

  • 3/07/2014 Charm City Art – Baltimore, MD
  • 3/08/2014 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
  • 3/09/2014 PRC – Quincy, MA

The seventh official studio full-length from Syracuse-based vegan straightedge hardcore pioneers, Earth Crisis, and the band’s first release for Candlelight Records, Salvation Of Innocents was recorded by the band themselves then mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), thundering with twelve brand new anthems which boast some of the band’s most modern-sounding and streamlined material as well as some of their most epic elements to date. Conceptually, Salvation Of Innocents is paired with a comic book by Black Mask Studios, founded by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) with partners Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) — entitled Liberator,which brings the book’s main character and the Salvation of the Innocents vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape through original cover art from Chicago-based illustrator/painter Menton3 and additional illustrations by Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra.


THE WOUNDED KINGS: New Hymn Now Playing At Vice/Noisey

With its release just a little more than a month away, today the sound peddlers at Vice/Noisey thrust forth “Consolamentum,” from English progressive doom cultists, The Wounded Kings.

The tune comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length of the same name. Dark, desolate, at times emphatically sinister, Consolamentum — listed among The Obelisk’s most anticipated albums of the year — was produced by sound wizard Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Winterfylleth et al). Recorded and mixed in just six days completely live during one of the hottest weeks of the year in a studio miles away from civilization, the seven sprawling tracks that comprise Consolamentum capture a sentiment of isolation, doom and gloom in ways few acts can. Led by the comsuming vocals of front woman Sharie Neyland, who seemingly casts spells with her apocalyptic words of wisdom, The Wounded Kings churn a singular heaviness that’s difficult to dismiss.

Boasts Vice/Noisey of the title track, “One of the strongest assets of English doomers The Wounded Kings is the soaring gothic vocals of Sharie Neyland, who’s croon sails eerily over the band’s massive riffs and ominous keyboards. It’s clear that elements of My Dying Bride’s massive sound is a strong influence, one that sustains in the title track from the band’s LP Consolamentum.”

Get gloomy with “Consolamentum,” now streaming at Vice/Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

Overcoming numerous lineup shifts since their formation in 2005, The Wounded Kings — Neyland, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath — have continually stunned audiences with their commanding stage personae. The two-time Roadburn alumni are adored by attendees and popular festival promoters, who call the band, “British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall.” To date the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well-received split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of 2011′s In The Chapel Of The Black Hand, the first offering to feature Neyland.

Consolamentum will be released in North America via Candlelight Records February 25, 2014. Digital preorders are currently available via iTunes HERE.

“The Wounded Kings have a mystical and mythical quality which makes them an enormously appealing prospect…” — Terrorizer

“The Wounded Kings sound is so organic that the room actually starts to feel damp and musty…” — Blabbermouth


EARTH CRISIS: Unveils Salvation of Innocents

Candlelight Records today confirms March 3 for Europe and 4 as the North American release date for Salvation of Innocents, the label debut from hardcore/metal pioneers Earth Crisis. Mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), the album and its lead single, “The Morbid Glare,” will be available for pre-order via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 20/21.

Salvation of Innocents features twelve new tracks from the Syracuse-formed band. Production of the bold concept album offered the respected five-piece an extraordinary recording experience. Guitarist Scott Crouse shares, “the process for this album was new for us. We did most of it ourselves. The absence of pressure having to get things done by a certain time each day really gave us the freedom to try new ideas and critically listen to the songs. From the music, to the lyrical concept, to the comic book that brings the lyrics to life, we think we’ve created something pretty unique.”

The comic book Crouse mentions is the pairing of EC with Black Mask Studios’ Liberator comic. The hard-edged vigilante comic series will release its fifth edition simultaneously with the release of Salvation. The Matt Miner created comic brings its main character and the Salvation of the Innocents’ vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape. Black Mask Studios co-founder Matt Pizzolo says, “it is crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with Earth Crisis. It is probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever.”

Salvation of Innocents and Liberator will share original cover art from Chicago-based illustrator/painter Menton3. The comic will feature additional works by illustrators Rod Reis, Javier Aranda, and Joaquin Pereyra. Liberator creator Matt Miner says, “working with Earth Crisis on the comic book side of Salvation of Innocents has been a dream project for me. Our styles, ethics, and ideologies are a fitting match and I’m super excited for folks to read the story.”

Fans pre-ordering Salvation of Innocents via iTunes will receive “The Morbid Glare,” as an immediate download as part of the digital outlet’s Instant Grab Track promotion. Pre-ordering will begin 24-hours prior to a special Lambgoat.com world premiere of the album track “De-Desensitize,” set for January 22. “Lambgoat is thrilled to be premiering a new Earth Crisis track,” proclaims editor Alex Arnold. “EC fans all over the world know what to expect from this reliable band, and they most certainly won’t be let down.”

Talking candidly about the album’s single, Crouse details, “’The Morbid Glare’ is a song that really challenged most of the band members mainly since it’s the fastest tempo we’ve ever written at. Ian wrote the majority of the song, and we all had a common goal of trying new things on this record. This is certainly new territory for us. Working at this speed for was uncomfortable at times” he says, “but we think the song really came out great in the end.”

No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contributions the band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Regardless of passing trends, the band has maintained their vision, dedication to their craft (and causes), and most importantly respected their fans. Media giants CNN, CBS, and MTV have applauded the straight-edge, vegan band that to date has released seven full-length albums, two EPs, and two live albums; their most recent album 2011’s Neutralize the Threat (Century Media).

Earth Crisis will kick off 2014 with a performance at the Tough Love Festival in Seattle. Set for February 15, the 3rd annual festival will take place at Studio 7 located at 110 S. Horton Street. Follow the festival’s official Facebook page for ticket details.

Track listing for Salvation of Innocents is:
1. De-Desensitize
2. Out Of The Cages
3. Shiver
4. The Morbid Glare
5. Razors Through Flesh
6. Depraved Indifference
7. No Reason
8. The Pallid Surgeon
9. Devoted to Death
10. Into Nothingness
11. Tentacles of The Altering Eye
12. Final Breath

Earth Crisis is vocalist Karl Buechner, guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards, bassist Ian Edwards, with drummer Dennis Merrick.

Black Mask Studios was launched Spring 2013 by Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) with partners Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion)

“Few bands command the respect that Earth Crisis does. They’ve earned it through twenty years of hard work and consistency. Contain, control to dominate! Contain, control, exterminate!” – Alex Arnold/Lambgoat

“Salvation of Innocents isn’t just the story of a badass vigilante rescuing animals. It’s a challenging hero story because it’s true, and it’s the type of heroism any of us can step up and do ourselves.” Matt Pizzolo/Blackmask Studios

“XXX” – Ray Harkins/Peta

“We are really excited for everyone to hear this album.” – Scott Crouse/Earth Crisis


SHRAPNEL: UK Thrashers Gear Up For Virus Conspires

Candlelight Records today confirms February 4 as the North American release date for The Virus Conspires, the full-length debut from English thrash metallers Shrapnel. Produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile), it features artwork from Eliran Kantor (Testament, Athiest). The album and its lead single, “Titan,” will be available for preorder via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 7.

Fast, furious, and uncompromising, The Virus Conspires is propelled by its freshness and electric intensity. Sonically imposing and explosive, songs like “Braindead, “Red Terror,” and album opener “Kingdom Come,” are sure to quickly catapult the band to a global audience. Metal Hammer’s Dom Lawson has already proclaimed the band an up-and-comer. Commenting on the band’s sound, guitarist Chris Martin notes, “individually we are pretty different in our tastes but when we put it all together it works. For us, the energy in thrash is just so much more satisfying than anything else. It’s technically challenging and exhausting to play live and it gives you that buzz, that rush of adrenaline that few other genres do. It’s got to have balls and it’s got to have attitude. When you find a band that has that bite to them, that testosterone-driven aggression, its just killer. And that’s what we do.”

Formed in April 2009, the five-man wrecking crew initially bonded over their lack of a vibrant local metal scene. Driven to provide what few others seemed to be doing, Shrapnel pooled their myriad influences and came up with a sound that at its formidable core celebrates pure-to-the-bone thrash and speed metal, but one that never fails to keep eye on the future of the genre. Proudly citing Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, and Exodus as influences, the band also assimilates elements of everything from traditional heavy metal to modern death metal. The result is a thrilling lesson in neck-wrecking sonic violence.

Still buzzing from their triumphant set at Bloodstock in August, Shrapnel are slated to appear alongside Kreator, Overkill, and label mates Corrosion of Conformity at Hammerfest VI in North Wales (March 13-16, tickets are available at www.hammerfest.co.uk).

Track listing for The Virus Conspires is:

  • 1. Kingdom Come
  • 2. Titan
  • 3. Braindead
  • 4. 22
  • 5. The Virus Conspires
  • 6. The Wake
  • 7. Red Terror
  • 8. The Watchers
  • 9. Pseudocommando
  • 10. Poison the Mind
  • 11. All That We Know

Shrapnel is vocalist Jae Hadley, guitarists Nathan Sadd and Chris Martin, bassist Shaun Mcelhinney, and drummer Simon Jackson.


THE WOUNDED KINGS: Deliver Consolamentum

Candlelight Records today confirms February 25 as the North American release date of Consolamentum, the label debut from English doom metallers The Wounded Kings. Produced by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard), the album will be available for pre-orders via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 14.

Discussing the album earlier this year, guitarist and band founder Steve Mills revealed “this album will be our most expansive and heaviest.” Indeed it is. The album’s opening song, “Gnosis,” clocks in at a mammoth 13 minutes. From there it latches on to your soul as it travels a dark and desolate sonic terrain. “The entire album was recorded and mixed in six days during the hottest week of the year in a studio miles from anything in the Cornish countryside,” shares producer Chris Fielding. “Recorded completely live, it captures the natural feel of the band. I find it to be a real step forward musically and very rewarding.”

Overcoming numerous lineups since their formation in 2005, Mills and the KINGS have amazed audiences with their powerful stage personae. “The Wounded Kings have a mystical and mythical quality which makes them an enormously appealing prospect,” said Terrorizer Magazine of the band’s summertime London performance. “The Wounded Kings sound is so organic that the room actually starts to feel damp and musty,” notes Blabbermouth. The two-time Roadburn alumni are cherished by attendees and the popular festival promoters, who call the band “British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall.”

To date the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well received split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, In the Chapel Of The Black Hand. It is the first to feature Neyland. On review Metal Sucks called her “a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.”

Track listing for Consolamentum is:

  • 1. Gnosis
  • 2. Lost Bride
  • 3. Elige Magistrum
  • 4. Consolamentum
  • 5. Space Conqueror
  • 6. The Silence
  • 7. Sacrifice

The Wounded Kings is guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.


Candlelight USA New Releases / New Signings

Candlelight Records will release Candlelight Legion II via all digital outlets January 6/7. The low priced album features selections from Shade Empire, Woe, Pestilence, Cnoc An Tursa, Demon Lung, October File, CROWN, Havok, Ihsahn, Palehorse, Orange Goblin, Sadgiqacea, The Meads of Asphodel, Voices, Mael Mordha, Throne of Katarsis and more. Save your Christmas dollars and purchase this stellar album from iTunes or your favorite digital site early in the new year.


Pestilence: MetalSucks says, “On Obsideo, Pestilence get it all right.” The site premiered “stunningly feral new track “Aura Negative” back on October 31 and fans applauded their early listen to the band’s eighth studio album. Terrorizer notes, “Pestilence may have made their best album yet.” And GhostCultMag adds, “24 years after setting the standards for all those to follow, (Patrick) Mameli has shown Pestilence can still live up to their legacy by refusing to imitate it.” The band celebrates the holiday season while gearing up for their expected world tour in 2014. Watch for details via Candlelight’s official sites and follow Pestilence via their official site here. Obsideo is now available worldwide on cd and vinyl formats. Click Europe or USA to purchase.

The Earls of Mars: There is certainly no way to categorize the oddity known as The Earls of Mars. “One look at the track titles of their debut self-titled phantasmagoria of an album will have you simply delighted unless you have no imagination,” says AveNoctum of the Londoners full-length debut. The Sludgelord calls the album, “a delightfully odd, macabre, and ultimately unique experience.” The Bloodstock Open Air alumni are known for their riveting live performances. Footage of the band performing “Cornelius Itchybah” from the Jagermeister stage at this past Festival can be seen here. Follow the band via their official site and pick up the CD in stores worldwide now. Click Europe or USA to purchase..

Ihsahn: Accolades for the former Emperor vocalist and his latest solo effort continue to mount. “On his thrilling new album Das Seelenbrechen,” asserts ProgRock Magazine, “Ihsahn has created an improvised work of art that offers the brave listener an unsettling but ultimately magical experience.” With Year End polls just starting to be released, Ihsahn is already finding his fifth solo album included. “Ihsahn is creating some of the most important and relevant progressive metal,” says Decibel Magazine. Loudwire adds, “one of his most dynamic and fascinating works.” 2014 will be a busy year for the revered vocalist/guitarist with continued solo performances in addition to a handful of dates with Emperor who in the new year celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the original release of In The Nightside Eclipse. Follow Ihsahn via his official site here. Das Seelenbrechen is now available worldwide on cd, a limited edition deluxe digibook (sold out in many locations) and vinyl formats. Click Europe or USA to purchase.

Throne of Katarsis: The fourth album from the Norwegian black metallers delivers three monstrous new songs. Clocking in at nearly 48 minutes, The Three Transcendental Keys follows a musical journey. The unexpected cancellation of their European tour with Gehenna has fans hoping for dates early in the new year. Watch Candlelight’s official sites for details to any/all confirmed performances. In the meantime, preview the album now via our friends at iTunes. The Three Transcendental Keys is now available worldwide on cd. Click Europe or USA to purchase.


Shrapnel: The UK thrashers are excited about their forthcoming Candlelight Records debut. Formed in 2009, the five-man Norwich-based wrecking crew worked with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile) over the autumn months to nail down the album, expected for release early 2014. With Metal Hammer already endorsing the band, great thing are anticipated for the band in the coming 12 months. Check out video of the band performing “Titan” at London’s Garage this past August; the band was supporting Exodus’s local stop on their current world tour. Follow the band by logging on to their official Facebook page here.

Hopeless Youth: This hardcore bevvy scheduled time at Montreal’s Bird Wazo Studios teaming with engineer Frank Daniel Shooflar (Blessed By A Broken Heart, Abandon All Ships) to work on their Candlelight Records debut. Planned for release early 2014, the band play their final show for the year this Friday at The Unite & Ignite Fest at The Kent in Ottawa. Over 20 bands are slated for the multi-day festival. Single Day Tickets and Weekend Passes are still available at www.uniteandignitefest.com. Follow the band via their official Facebook page here.

Fear Factory w/Megadeth

  • 12/04/13 – Fillmore, Silver Springs MD
  • 12/05/13 – Fillmore, Charlotte NC
  • 12/07/13 – House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach SC
  • 12/08/13 – Jannus Live, St. Petersburg FL
  • 12/09/13 – House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista FL
  • 12/12/13 – Bayou Music Center, Houston TX
  • 12/14/13 – Socorro Entertainment Center, Socorro TX
  • 12/15/13 – Rialot Theatre, Tucson AZ
  • 12/18/13 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco CA
  • 12/19/13 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno NV

Orange Goblin w/Airbourne

  • 12/04/13 – O2 Academy, Newcastle England
  • 12/06/13 – O2 ABC, Glasgow Scotland
  • 12/07/13 – Ritz, Manchester England
  • 12/09/13 – Institute, Birmingham England
  • 12/10/13 – O2 Academy, Bristol England
  • 12/11/13 – O2 Academy, Oxford England
  • 12/13/13 – Forum, London England

Havok w/Angelus Apatrida, Savage Messiah

  • 12/04/13 – Ala Penelope, Madrid Spain
  • 12/05/13 – Rock City, Valencia Spain
  • 12/06/13 – Sala Boreda, Barcelona Spain
  • 12/07/13 – Blue Rose Saloon, Bresso Italy
  • 12/08/13 – Feierwerk, Munchen Germany
  • 12/09/13 – Arena, Wien Austria
  • 12/10/13 – Rockhouse, Salzburg Austria
  • 12/11/13 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana Slovenia
  • 12/12/13 – Republica San Bonigo, Borkovany Czech Republic
  • 12/13/13 – Conne Island, Leipzig Germany
  • 12/14/13 – Café Nova, Essen Germany

Omnium Gatherum w/Dark Tranquility

  • 2/01/14 – Masquerade, Atlanta GA
  • 2/02/14 – Soundstage, Baltimore MD
  • 2/03/14 – Stage 48, New York NY
  • 2/04/14 – Palladium, Worcester MA
  • 2/05/14 – Foufounes, Montreal QC
  • 2/06/14 – Dogobert, Quebec City QC
  • 2/07/14 – Mavericks, Ottawa BC
  • 2/08/14 – Opera House, Toronto ON
  • 2/09/14 – London Concert Theater, London ON
  • 2/10/14 – Peabodys, Cleveland OH
  • 2/11/14 – Shrunken Head, Columbus OH
  • 2/12/14 – Mojoes, Joliet IL
  • 2/13/14 – Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
  • 2/14/14 – Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
  • 2/15/14 – In the Venue, Salt Lake City UT
  • 2/17/14 – Rickshaw Theater, Portland OR
  • 2/18/14 – El Corazon, Seattle WA
  • 2/19/14 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR
  • 2/20/14 – DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA
  • 2/21/14 – LVCS, Las Vegas NV
  • 2/22/14 – House of Blues, Hollywood CA
  • 2/23/14 – Club Red, Tempe AZ
  • 2/25/14 – Trees, Dallas TX
  • 2/26/14 – Scout Bar, Houston TX
  • 2/28/14 – Diamond Pubs & Billiards, Louisville KY
  • 3/01/14 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh PA
  • 3/02/14 – Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia PA


We have an amazing schedule of albums for the new year. Some are still being finalized but we are very exited to be bringing you new music from EARTH CRISIS, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, LIMBONIC ART, FALLOCH, KRIEG, THE WOUNDED KINGS, OCTOBER FILE, and new collection packages from 1349, INSOMNIUM, BLUT AUS NORD, and more.


ABSU: Trve Brewing Company Announces Four Absu-Themed Beers

Denver, Colorado’s Trve Brewing Company is proud to announce details on their upcoming first out of four ales titled Eastern Candle -dedicated to the mythological occult metal act Absu. In honor of their 20th anniversary second album, The Sun Of Tiphareth, Trve has created the first out of four ales:

Eastern Candle – a pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle).

The three forthcoming beers to be unleashed are the following:

Tiphareth – Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.

Manannán – Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.

Winter Zephyr – Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels.

Absu recently announced details of their upcoming North American Connexus Continuation Tour, the trek to showcase the band performing set with music spanning throughout their twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas-based mythological occult metal trio since the release of Abzu – the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.

Absu North American Connexus Continuation:

  • 11/08/2013 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub – Milwaukee, WI (November Coming Fire Festival)
  • 11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • 11/11/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
  • 11/12/2013 Beale Street Live – Indianapolis, IN
  • 11/13/2013 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
  • 11/14/2013 The Pinch – Washington, DC
  • 11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY
  • 11/16/2013 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
  • 11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/18/2013 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

IHSAHN: New Track Now Playing At Loudwire; Release Of Das Seelenbrechen Draws Near

With the North American release of Ihsahn’s fifth solo offering, Das Seelenbrechen, now less than two weeks away, today mammoth metal gateway, Loudwire, offers up an exclusive premiere of sixth track, “Tacit.”

Recorded at his own studio in Norway in collaboration with drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson (Leprous), Ihsahn’s Das Seelenbrechen takes its name from Nietzche’s famed Human, All Too Human: A Book of Free Spirits and courageously eschews traditional metal instrumentation in favor of a limitless textural landscape that evokes the freewheeling spirit of artists like Diamanda Galas, Scott Walker, and John Zorn. A daring and exploratory recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the former Emperor vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009′s After and 2011′s Eremita), Das Seelenbrechen exists in an entirely unfamiliar sonic world as Ihsahn draws upon his most esoteric influences, fully embracing the spirit of the avant-garde.

Elaborates Loudwire of the track, “the musician brings an atmospheric and dissonant feel to the song, rich with drumming that adds a great sense of solidarity to the song’s controlled chaos. The dynamic piece is highly experimental as well, mixing mellow, yet grand themes with surprising leads carried by saxophone.”

Peel back your ears and face the sounds of “Tacit” at THIS LOCATION.

Few artists in modern heavy music have created such an extraordinary and distinctive body of work as Ihsahn. Having refined and redefined black metal with the now legendary Emperor, Norway’s foremost musical extremist has spent the last decade establishing himself as a fearless and wildly idiosyncratic solo artist.

Das Seelenbrechen will be released in North America on October 22 via Candlelight Records and will come available on CD, limited edition digibook (with expanded graphics and liner notes), and double 180-gram clear vinyl. Preorders are available HERE.

“A resolute and forward thinking release which boldly presses the agenda of its author. Das Seelenbrechen is a grotesquely wonderful creation. 9/10″ – Ghost Cult

“Ihsahn’s most daring and difficult solo release… if you liked the more unconventional side of his earlier work, then this will be right up your alley.” – Metal-Rules


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