EARTH CRISIS: Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Firestorm, Take Break From Recording New Album

The members of Earth Crisis are readying for their first live dates since early February. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their landmark Firestorm EP, the band will mark the milestone with performances on both coasts and a quick trip south of the border before resuming work on their anticipated new album. Joining the band will be Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, and White Widows Pact for the east coast dates with Lionheart and Harness completing the billing for the west. Tickets are still available via notable agencies and all venue box offices.

Earth Crisis guitarist Scott Crouse recently said, “We can’t believe we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Firestorm. None of us were even 20-years old when we recorded it. Its release forever changed our lives and, we are told, many other people’s. Come out and help us do this right.” When the dates were initially announced mid-May, the band noted to Alternative Press Magazine, “Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Firestorm EP with us! We’ll be playing the EP in its entirety, plus some rarely played other songs.”

LiveHighFive.com calls Firestorm, “one of the heaviest and most influential recordings in hardcore history.” Released via Victory Records in 1993, Wikipedia calls it “one of the more controversial releases in US hardcore history.” The EP would be followed by the release of the Earth Crisis’ full-length debut, Destroy the Machines, in 1995.

Syracuse, New York’s Earth Crisis was founded in 1989. The band has over 200,000 catalog sales to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Regardless of passing trends, the five-piece has maintained their vision, dedication to their craft (and causes), and most importantly, respected their fans in the 20-plus years of their performing career. Signing with Candlelight Records late 2012, the band enters a brand new chapter in their career. Vocalist Karl Buechner said, “I’m really looking forward to sharing this next chapter of EXC with Candlelight Records. I think they’ve proven to know the genre well, and will help push us in the right direction.” Reacting to the signing, Lambgoat.com editor Alex Arnold noted, “Earth Crisis has made a name for itself not only through punishing metal and hardcore, but via staunch support of straight edge, animal rights, and veganism. Few bands command the respect that Earth Crisis does, and they’ve earned it through 20 years of hard work and consistency.”

Earth Crisis Firestorm 20th Anniversary Tour:

  • 7/12/2013 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
  • 7/13/2013 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
  • 7/14/2013 Santos Party House – New York, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
  • 8/15/2013 Pubrock/Chaser – Tempe, AZ w/ Lionheart, Harness
  • 8/16/2013 You Revoucion – Tijuana, Mexico w/ Lionheart, Harness
  • 8/17/2013 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness
  • 8/18/2013 924 Gilman Street – Berkeley, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness

Upon completion of the dates, Earth Crisis will resume work on their currently untitled ninth studio album. The album will see the band re-team with noted producer/mixer Zeus (Hatebreed, Throwdown, Municipal Waste).

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

 

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: New Album & Tour Dates

Following their recent performance at the Fifth Annual Scion Fest in Memphis, Corrosion Of Conformity has announced live assaults for August. In addition to their already planned participation at Gwar’s annual BBQ, the trio will perform a headlining show in Wilmington, Delaware before heading to South America for a string of dates. The August shows mark a break from continued work in the recording studio on the band’s new album, expected for release in early 2014.

“We need a little escape from the studio,” comments vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. “We thought it would be good to see the light of the day a little bit. We are excited to play Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and Argentina for the first time ever. Of course returning to Mexico City and playing Gwar’s BBQ will be highlights for our summer as well. The new material is sounding really good but it’s time to get the perspective provided only by playing in front of a live audience. And we are talking about some very live audiences in this case.”

Updates regarding progress of the band’s forthcoming album came during the band’s late April West Coast tour with Danzig. Dean said, “We have a lot of lyric writing to refine but a lot of solid musical arrangements are in place. We plan to begin basic tracking for half the songs as soon as we return to North Carolina.” The initial work on the still untitled album found the band not long out of the recording studio having recently completed their Scion/AV EP Megalodon. The special EP was included free to all customers to the band’s official webstore and is still available as a free download by clicking HERE. Dean notes, “The EP was written, recorded, and released in two months time. It really challenged us in a good way.” In the meantime, fans can check out live footage of the band’s first-ever appearance in Chile at this year’s Metal Fest this past April at THIS LOCATION.

Corrosion Of Conformity released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. “Corrosion Of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record: not just a reclaimation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound,” said Pitchfork. “The celebrated Animosity line-up displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined,” added Decibel. 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 the top spot. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight weeks.

Formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion Of Conformity quickly transformed heavy music. The band has influenced countless new bands and today remains humble about their accomplishments. To date, the band has sold over 1.1 million albums in the United States and continues to find new fans via non-stop touring.

Corrosion Of Conformity:

  • 8/17/2013 Hadad’s Lake (Gwar BBQ) – Richmond, VA
  • 8/18/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/24/2013 Manifesto Bar – Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • 8/25/2013 El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 8/27/2013 Mangos – Lima, Peru
  • 8/28/2013 Las Vegas Nevada – Bogota, Colombia
  • 8/31/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico

Corrosion Of Conformity is vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin.

“Corrosion Of Conformity will challenge as many fans as it excites. And that, of course, suits COC’s legacy, no matter which era holds your allegiance.” – Indy Week

 

SADGIQACEA: Rigorous U.S. Summer Tour Begins Next Week

With the release of their debut LP False Prism still fresh, Philadelphia-based spiritualistic sludge duo Sadgiqacea will embark on a rigorous tour of the country beginning on the 4th of July, just a week and a half away.

Sadgiqacea draws from a melting pot of influences that together presents a lush yet tension-filled sound. Their unique and intriguing debut full-length, False Prism, was recorded and produced by Chris Grigg (Woe), a forty-minute audio journey bearing four mammoth songs sparring use of overdubs to preserve the authentic recording quality of their live performances. False Prism was released via Candlelight on CD and limited edition vinyl via Anthropic Records in May.

Following sporadic, regional shows supporting the release of the record, Sadgiqacea will take on as much of the country as possible this Summer as their brutal forty-two date trek with brethren Hivelords kicks off on Independence Day. View the full tour itinerary below and watch for additional updates on the band to be posted in the coming days.

Stream False Prism at Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan HERE.

Sadgiqacea 2013 Summer Tour w/ Hivelords:

  • 7/04/2013 Sex Dungeon – Lindenwold, NJ
  • 7/05/2013 Meat Locker – Montclair, NJ
  • 7/06/2013 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
  • 7/07/2013 Munchouse – Providence, RI
  • 7/08/2013 Charlie’s Kitchen – Boston, MA
  • 7/09/2013 St. John Basement Venue – Portland, ME
  • 7/10/2013 Wilder Zangcraft – Lowell, MA
  • 7/11/2013 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
  • 7/12/2013 Reg Studio Theater – Jamestown, NY
  • 7/13/2013 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 7/14/2013 Bourbon Street Café – Columbus, OH
  • 7/15/2013 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
  • 7/16/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • 7/17/2013 The Wisco – Madison, WI
  • 7/18/2013 The P.I. – Wausau, WI
  • 7/19/2013 Nomad Pub – Minneapolis, MN
  • 7/20/2013 Vaudeville Mewws – Des Moines, IA
  • 7/21/2013 The Hideout – Omaha, NE
  • 7/22/2013 Bad Haus – Kansas City, MO
  • 7/23/2013 Kirby’s Beer Store – Wichita, KS
  • 7/24/2013 Lost Lake – Denver, CO
  • 7/25/2013 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 7/26/2013 The Shredder – Boise, ID
  • 7/27/2013 Kraken Bar – Seattle, WA
  • 7/28/2013 The Know – Portland, OR
  • 7/29/2013 Tiny Tavern – Eugene, OR
  • 7/30/2013 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA
  • 7/31/2013 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
  • 8/01/2013 The Dive Bar – Las Vegas – CA
  • 8/02/2013 District Tavern – Tucson – AZ
  • 8/03/2013 Train Yard – Las Cruces – NM
  • 8/04/2013 TBA – San Antonio, TX
  • 8/05/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin – TX
  • 8/06/2013 The Big Top – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/07/2013 Atmosphere Bar – Tallahassee, FL
  • 8/08/2013 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
  • 8/09/2013 The Fountainblueeuuarghh – Miami, FL
  • 8/10/2013 TBA – Orlando, FL
  • 8/11/2013 Shantytown – Jacksonville, FL
  • 8/12/2013 TBA – Columbia, SC
  • 8/13/2013 Courtroom At Getty’s – Rock Hill, SC
  • 8/14/2013 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
  • 8/15/2013 Roger’s – Chesapeake, VA
  • 8/16/2013 TBA – Richmond, VA
  • 8/17/2013 The Kyber – Philadelphia, PA

“The further one delves into the beguiling heterodoxy, rich atmospheres and intricate aural palette presented on False Prism, the more fittingly the otherworldly moniker of Philadelphia über-power-duo Sadgiqacea becomes.” – Decibel

“Sadgiqacea make no bones about their love for all things trippy and psychedelic, and those leanings color many of the spacey, serpentine riffs that make up the bulk of False Prism… They’re a sludgy doom band at heart, but are bursting with far too many ideas to allow them to fester inside any one constricting genre tag.” – Pitchfork

“The debut from Philadelphia, PA sludge-mongers Sadgiqacea contrasts a fat, wet guitar tone with crisp doom drumming and abrasive, blackened vocals… False Prism is a seething, captivating album that is out to draw blood.” – Exclaim!

“False Prism is a cut above the rest of the current sludge wave, and Sadgiqacea is a band worthy of further investigation.” – Dead Rhetoric

“The Philadelphia two-piece’s epic sludge-doom sprinkles in moments of post-rock, Neurosis-y riffage and black metal…” – Invisible Oranges

“With False Prism, Sadgiqacea show their full potential and their debut album is only the very start of what this band can achieve.” – Scene Point Blank

 

HAVOK: Album Streaming In Full At MetalSucks

In celebration of its official North American detonation tomorrow, today MetalSucks is streaming Havok’s Unnatural Selection in its entirety!

Called, “a contender for one of the best albums of this year because there are simply no flaws in the design,” by Metal Injection, Unnatural Selection was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death). Notes MetalSucks of the explosive offering, “While speed metal’s forefathers continue to disappoint us left and right, Havok proudly carry the torch everything awesome about the genre: irrepressible energy, flesh-singeing velocity, and razor-sharp anthems custom made for the purpose of shotgunning beers.”

Check out Unnatural Selection for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, fans can still check out the lyric video for “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death” HERE.

In related news, Havok will bring their thrash anthems to the stage on their first North American headlining tour next month. Set to commence July 20th in Juarez, Mexico, the mammoth run concludes on September 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah and includes a stop at this year’s Heavy Mtl Festival in Montreal.

Havok North American Headlining Tour 2013:

  • 7/20/2013 Centenario – Juarez, Mexico
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 7/31/2013 Talent Farm – Pembroke Pines, FL
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/10/2013 JJ’s Tavern – Florence, MA
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/12/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/Finntroll
  • 8/13/2013 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
  • 8/14/2013 Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
  • 8/15/2013 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
  • 8/18/2013 Fubar – St Louis, MO
  • 8/21/2013 The Shrunken Head – Columbus, OH
  • 8/23/2013 The Brass Rail – Peoria, IL
  • 8/24/2013 Blue Pig – Cudahy, WI
  • 8/25/2013 The Garage – Burnsville, MN
  • 8/26/2013 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
  • 8/28/2013 The Railyard – Billings, MT
  • 8/29/2013 The Center – Spokane, WA
  • 8/30/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
  • 8/31/2013 Branx – Portland, OR
  • 9/01/2013 Red House Live – Walnut Creek, CA
  • 9/05/2013 The Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
  • 9/06/2013 Whiskey – West Hollywood, CA
  • 9/07/2013 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
  • 9/08/2013 Royal Dive – San Diego, CA
  • 9/09/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
  • 9/10/2013 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
  • 9/13/2013 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

Unnatural Selection will be released in North America on June 25, 2013 via Candlelight Records. Order your copy HERE.

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

DEMON LUNG: To Tour The West Coast In Support Of Debut Album

Las Vegas-based doom metallers Demon Lung will venture west in the coming weeks to perform selections from their recently released full-length debut, The Hundredth Name. Joining the quintet on select dates will be friends Wounded Giant and Castle. Dates are set to begin June 29th in Salt Lake City and wrap with a hometown show on August 18th.

The Hundredth Name was released June 4th via Candlelight Records. Since its release, the The Hundredth Name has found a solid support network among media and college radio programmers nationwide, peaking on CMJ’s Loud Rock report at position 14 with Full Metal Jacket/DMX programming the album in its syndication networks plus specialty and college play from the likes of WAQX (Syracuse NY), WZGM (Asheville NC), WHMH (St. Cloud MN), WSOU (S. Orange NJ), WCSB (Cleveland OH), KFSR (Fresno CA), and WIXQ (Millersville PA), among many others.

Las Vegas Weekly says, “everything about Demon Lung’s debut screams epic.” Metal Review confirms, “vocalist Shanda Fredrick’s measured delivery is bleak and monotone… a grimly deliberate wail that works magic.” Pitchfork.com boasts, “Fredrick emerges like a high empress,“ while Vegas Seven adds, “literate and lacerating, the ‘Lung breathes real fire.” The album was recently selected as “Album Of The Day” by Roadburn.com where they crowned Demon Lung “a band with promise.”

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung self-released their EP Pareidolia in early 2012. The band entered the studio to record The Hundredth Name with producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) in late December. The Hundredth Name was completed in early 2013 with final artwork provided by rising English illustrator Tom Gates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis).

Demon Lung Summer Tour 2013:

  • 6/29/2013 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City UT w/Odium Totus
  • 6/30/2013 Red Room – Boise ID w/Mariana
  • 7/01/2013 Duffy’s Hangar – Salem OR w/Wounded Giant
  • 7/02/2013 Tiger Bar – Portland OR w/Wounded Giant
  • 7/03/2013 The Mercury – Seattle WA w/Wounded Giant
  • 7/05/2013 Red Room PDX – Portland OR w/Wounded Giant
  • 7/07/2013 Please for Peace – Stockton CA w/Tales of the Grotesque
  • 7/08/2013 Billy O’s – Ventura CA w/Castle
  • 7/09/2013 Industry Theater – Lancaster CA w/Castle
  • 7/11/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas NV w/Spellcaster
  • 8/16/2013 The Shakedown – San Diego CA w/Wounded Giant
  • 8/17/2013 Icehouse Tavern – Phoenix AZ w/Wounded Giant
  • 8/18/2013 The Dive – Las Vegas NV w/Wounded Giant
  • 8/19/2013 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City UT w/Wounded Giant

Demon Lung is vocalist Shanda Fredrick, guitarist Phil Burns, bassist Patrick Warren, and drummer Jeremy Brenton.

“Fusing a smoky occult sensibility with classic doom metal songwriting, in the style of Candlemass or the Obsessed, The Hundredth Name is unquestionably dark and sludgy in tone while nimble and dynamic in composition.” – Exclaim!

“If you were to take all the great doom bands throughout history, from Black Sabbath to Candlemass to Saint Vitus to Electric Wizard, there would be enough sonic differences to sometimes overshadow the similarities. The great doom bands moving forward won’t be the ones simply copying what the forefathers have laid down before us. They’ll be the ones learning from the masters and then forging their own distinct voice that will rise above all others. Demon Lung have done exactly that.” – Metal Insider

“A modern doom masterpiece” – Ghost Cult Magazine

“…a hulking, apocalyptic record that does its subject matter justice over and over again.” – Meat, Mead, Metal

“The future of doom seems to be in safe hands.” – This Is Not A Scene

“So there it is: with the right ingredients — unflinching confidence, solid production, regional uniqueness, and a dash of Satan — you could strike sparks anywhere. More alluring than loathsome, Demon Lung is here to fearlessly take you to the pentagrammar school of DOOM, little lambs.” – Last Rites

 

HAVOK: Candlelight Unveils Special Lyric Video For Latest Single

Candlelight Records has premiered a special pre-release lyric video for Havok’s latest single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” taken from their forthcoming new album Unnatural Selection. The video is available now at the label’s official Facebook page.

Click HERE to view “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death.”

Unnatural Selection is set to be released in North America on June 25 and is currently available as a pre-order now at Candlelight’s official webstore. Special bundle packages of the album are available exclusively at the Havok’s official merchandise store. Unnatural Selection was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death).

Havok just completed their second European tour and will perform three special “hometown” pre-release shows June 21-23. The band will kick off their first headline tour of North America on July 22. More dates have been confirmed on the tour now stretching through early September. For official dates and ticket information visit the band’s official Facebook page.

Fans of the Denver thrash band are growing excited as the release date draws near. “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” impacted metal radio two weeks ago; the only single that week to land on CMJ’s Loud Rock “Most Added” report for the week. Sirius/XM Radio plus Syracuse’s WAQX, Baltimore’s WIYY, and Northern New Jersey metal powerhouse WSOU, among others, are a few of the key early supporters of the single.

Havok’s Unnatural Selection is also available directly through Candlelight USA. Click HERE to order.

 

HAVOK: New Single Available For Free Download

Fans of Denver thrashers Havok are beginning to feel the growing excitement for the approaching North American release date of the band’s third full-length, Unnatural Selection. The album’s lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” impacted metal radio earlier this week; the only single to land on CMJ’s Loud Rock “Most Added” report. Sirius/XM Radio plus Syracuse’s WAQX, Baltimore’s WIYY, and Northern New Jersey metal powerhouse WSOU, among others, are a few of the key early supporters of the single.

To celebrate, Candlelight Records today makes “Give Me Liberty…Or Give Me Death” available as a free download at the label’s official Bandcamp page. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old-school metal sound.

To download click HERE. All available titles at Candlelight’s Bandcamp are available at a 15% discount through midnight June 3. The code to enter on check out is GiveMeCandlelight.

Currently touring Europe with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok will kick off North American touring just after the June 25 release of Unnatural Selection. Set to begin July 22, the headlining tour will see the four-piece journey through the southern states, travelling up the eastern seaboard before making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11.

Special preorder bundles of Unnatural Selection are now available via the band’s official webstore. All bundle customers will be automatically entered into a golden ticket contest; one winner will be picked at random to receive an autographed Charvel Guitar and one of everything in the current Havok merch store. Candlelight Records will launch a vinyl preorder in the coming weeks. Visit the label’s official Facebook page or follow the label via Twitter (@candlelightusa) for official details.

Produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate), Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). Havok has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. The album features ten new songs, including the band’s rendition of Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

Confirmed dates on the band’s headline tour plus three special Denver-area performances (a copy of Unnatural Selection included with ticket purchase) are below.

Havok:

  • 6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
  • 6/22/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
  • 6/23/2013 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
  • 6/29/2013 Rock Al Parque – Bogota, Colombia (w/ Cannibal Corpse)
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/12/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON (w/ Finntroll)
  • 8/14/2013 Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

HAVOK: Announces Headlining Tour

Denver thrashers Havok today announce their first headlining tour of North America. Dates are set to commence July 22 and will see the band journey through the southern states, traveling up the eastern seaboard before making their debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11. The tour will be in support of their forthcoming new album, Unnatural Selection, set for release June 25.

Reported last week, Unnatural Selection, the band’s third full-length album for Candlelight Records, was produced by guitarist David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). The album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams). Lead single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” is set to impact Loud Rock/Metal Radio May 27. The topical thrash anthem delivers the young band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound.

Candlelight Records launched the CD-only pre-order last week at the label’s official webstore HERE. The band has launched exclusive bundle packages via their official store. All bundle customers will be entered to win a golden ticket contest. One winner will be picked at random and will receive an autographed Charvel guitar, and one of everything in the Havok merch store. Go HERE for further details.

Currently on tour in Europe alongside Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage, Havok’s headlining tour follows their recently announced trilogy of release performances. Tickets are on sale now at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchases to June Colorado shows. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, in 2009. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EP’s two original songs were released earlier this year. The videos have had over 200,000 views since release. The band plans three new videos for Unnatural Selection; details forthcoming. Confirmed Havok dates at press time are included below.

Havok:

  • 6/21/2013 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (release show)
  • 6/22/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (release show)
  • 6/23/2013 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO (release show)
  • 7/22/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/24/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/25/2013 Three Links – Dallas, TX
  • 7/26/2013 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
  • 7/27/2013 Zero’s – Corpus Christi, TX
  • 7/28/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
  • 7/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
  • 8/01/2013 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL
  • 8/02/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
  • 8/03/2013 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
  • 8/04/2013 Blue Fox – Winchester, VA
  • 8/05/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA
  • 8/06/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
  • 8/07/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
  • 8/08/2013 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • 8/09/2013 Backstage at Champs – Trenton, NJ
  • 8/11/2013 Heavy Mtl – Montreal, QC
  • 8/16/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
  • 8/17/2013 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Havok is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

 

DEMON LUNG: Pitchfork Premieres Second Track From Forthcoming Album

Pitchfork.com has premiered “Heathen Child,” from Demon Lung’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s the second song released from The Hundredth Name set for release via Candlelight Records on June 4. The conceptual album was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) and features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis).

Discussing the song, drummer Jeremy Brenton reveals, “‘Heathen Child’ is the fifth track on the record and is definitely one of our favorites to play live. We got the gnarliest guitar tone at the end of that song. It’s the part of the story where our hero, the warlock, kills an unbaptized male child in order to make a flying potion from his fat. Don’t try this at home, especially without a sharp knife.”

Hear “Heathen Child” at THIS LOCATION.

Early reviews of The Hundredth Name are encouraging. Sludgelord.com writes, “The Hundredth Name is a masterpiece from top to toe… this IS doom.” Metal Review says, “This is a band that knows how to make doom metal dramatic,” while Vegas Seven adds, “Demon Lung’s debut record destroys. Literate and lacerating, the ‘Lung breathes real fire.” With the album’s full impact at metal radio nationwide set for this coming Monday, it is an album that will find a rightful place in the collections of doom and metal fans round the globe.

Formed in 2011, Demon Lung self-released Pareidolia in early 2012. The band was dubbed “Earthy-yet-horror-themed doom metal,” by Metal Hammer and, “One of the best new bands out there,” by PureGrainAudio. Signing with Candlelight Records last Autumn, the band featuring vocalist Shanda Fredrick, guitarist Phil Burns, bassist Patrick Warren, with drummer Brenton, entered Oakland-based Sharkbite Studios in mid-December. Emerging a few weeks later, the album was turned over to Billy Anderson to work his mixing magic. Fredrick notes, “Working with Billy was a dream come true for us. He helped us craft something we are very proud of.”

Demon Lung continues to perform live as the album’s release draws near. Confirmed performances are noted below.

Demon Lung Live 2013:

  • 5/23/13 Backstage Billards – Las Vegas, NV w/ Kylesa
  • 5/30/13 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
  • 5/31/13 Whiskey Dick’s – South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
  • 6/01/13 Doom in June Fest @ Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
  • 6/02/13 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle
  • 6/21/13 Kim’s – Riverside, CA w/ Trapped Within Burning Machinery
  • 10/19/13 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Ancestors
 

HAVOK: Unnatural Selection Set For Release

Candlelight Records confirms June 25 as the North American release date for Unnatural Selection, the new studio recording from Denver thrashers Havok. The ten-song album was produced by David Sanchez with mixing handled by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). Unnatural Selection features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams).

“Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” the first single from Unnatural Selection, will hit Loud Rock/Metal radio on May 27. The topical song is a furious and urgent anthem that displays the band’s classic thrash and old school metal sound. Vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez ignites the fret board and barks the righteous lyrics while drummer Pete Webber punishes his immense kit. The song’s towering sound benefits from the unique acoustics of the old theater that was utilized as one of the many recording locations for the album. “I am super pumped on how the drums came out,” chimes Webber. “We recorded the drums in a theater to get a huge sound. It was a challenging experience for me between time constraints and the drum parts having much more feeling in them. I believe the added pressure made for some really awesome stuff. I can’t wait to unleash this album to the world.”

Unnatural Selection bears a far more mature collection of songs when compared to Burn (2009), and Time Is Up (2011). Havok has truly hit their mark with a sound that will please fans new and old. Additional album standouts include album opener “I Am The State,” “Chasing The Edge,” and the band’s rendition of the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

Unnatural Selection Track Listing:

  • 1. I Am The State
  • 2. Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death
  • 3. It Is True
  • 4. Under the Gun
  • 5. Waste of Life
  • 6. Untitled
  • 7. Chasing the Edge
  • 8. Worse Than War
  • 9. Children of the Grave
  • 10. Unnatural Selection

Havok will premiere material from Unnatural Selection tomorrow when they take the stage for the start of their European tour with Suffocation and Cephalic Carnage. The 28-city tour begins in Genève, Switzerland and will conclude in Munchen, Germany on June 8. Before departing for Europe, the band performed at a Denver Benefit. Sanchez comments, “We were honored to be part of HaneyStock. The show was a benefit for Chris Haney who was a bartender at the Gothic Theatre in our hometown who was senselessly murdered trying to break up a fight. All proceeds from the show are going to his young daughter. It was a great event that celebrated the life of an outstanding individual.”

Havok has planned three special record release performances. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at venue box offices and companion ticket agencies. A copy of Unnatural Selection will be included with ticket purchase to these area performances. Havok is planning a full North American tour for early summer. Details will be announced shortly. For a full list of dates on their European tour visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.

Havok:

  • 6/21/13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
  • 6/22/13 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
  • 6/23/13 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO

Havok, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, mid-2009. The record found an immediate fan base and the curiosity of media around the globe. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “Havok have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “Havok is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. In 2012, the band released their EP Point of No Return; videos for the EPs two original songs were released earlier this year. To view “Point of No Return” click HERE. To view “From the Cradle to the Grave” click HERE. The videos have had over 200,000 views to date. Metal Underground says, “Havok kicks your ass from the moment you hit play, and doesn’t ever let up.”

Havok is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.

Unnatural Selection is available HERE for PRE-ORDER.

 

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