As the label today celebrates the North American release of ’s new album, Back From The Abyss, Candlelight Records is already busy at work on our early 2015 offerings. Planned stateside releases include the latest albums from Falloch and Voices, the label debut from Hateful Abandon, and several collector sets from the likes of 1349, Crowbar, and Insomnium. Pre-orders are set to launch in the coming weeks via the label’s official web store.
The second full-length album from Glasgow, Scotland’s Falloch is already enjoying glowing European response. North American fans will find the domestic version of the album on shelves January 27. This Island, Our Funeral is a darker dirge than its predecessor and features an expanded band front, including new vocalist/guitarist Tony Dunn, bassist Ben Brown, and drummer Steve Scott with founder/guitarist Scott McLean. Recorded at London’s Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez Arellanu (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver), Terrorizer Magazine says the album is chock full of “haunting atmosphere and evocative crescendos of music and emotion. Go for a walk with it, you’ll struggle not to be moved.” The band just headlined the second night of CandleFest at London’s Underworld alongside label-mates Winterfylleth, The Wounded Kings, October File, Pet Slimmers of the Year, and others. The band will perform at Damnation Fest in Leeds on November 1.
Also set for release January 27, is the second full-length album from Voices. The London-based band, featuring former members of Akercocke, mashes a deluge of sonically lethal sounds into a harrowing new musical concept. Metal Hammer calls London, “every bit as sprawling yet steeped in grandeur as the city it’s named after.” Recorded at Hackney Studios, the band describes it as, “a deep cinematic roller coaster ride through the darkest of nightmares.” Members Sam Loynes and Peter Benjamin discussed the record prior to their set at 2014’s Bloodstock Festival. The five-minute outtake can be seen here. Founded in 2011, Ave Noctum calls Voices’ sound, “dizzying and jaw dropping,” as it “maliciously batters away throwing things in a head stewing melee.” Candlelight will host a special London song premiere on October 14.
Bristol, England’s genre-blurring Hateful Abandon will see the release of their Candlelight debut, Liars/Bastards, on January 13. The newly signed duo has already found critical media support through their independent released material since their formation in 2008. Cvlt Nation currently features album track “The Walker” on their new mixtape series called F.O.A.G. Vol. 1. The popular site calls the band’s audio uniqueness, “a post-apocalyptic journey that isn’t bound by artificial genre conventions, incorporating the best elements of the rebellious ideology of Crass, the original spirit of industrial innovation that drove label’s like Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records, and the somber post punk and gothic rock of bands like Joy Division and Killing Joke.” On review of the album, Zero Tolerance notes, “the landscape here is one of crumbling urban decay, post-industrial ennui giving rise to shout-it-from-the-rooftops anger… the despair and danger is in equal measure as Hateful Abandon’s canvas sounds absolutely huge.”
Candlelight Records will present several multi-album collects throughout the new year from alumni label artists. The collections are a great avenue of introducing band’s earlier recordings to new fans. The first collection, Opeth/The Candlelight Years (featuring Orchid, Morningrise, and My Arms Your Hearse), was released in 2009 and has now sold over 25,000 copies. Collections set for release January 13 include:
Norway’s 1349 spent their initial years with Candlelight Records, releasing their initial trilogy of records – Liberation, Beyond the Apocalypse, and Hellfire – before delivering their fourth and final for the label, Revelations of the Black Flame in 2009. Following the release of the band’s latest album, Massive Cauldron of Chaos (Season of Mist), Candlelight presents a special collector’s series featuring each of the band’s Candlelight releases plus full-length concert Hellvetia Fire.
Finland’s Insomnium released four albums for Candlelight before signing with Century Media in 2011. In the Halls of Awaiting, Since The Day All Came Down, Above the Weeping World, and Across the Dark combined have sold over 75,000 copies in North America. The Candlelight Years presents all four together for the band’s growing fanbase. The collection launches the upcoming new year for the band who are still touring in support of their latest album, Shadows of the Dying Sun.
Lifesblood For The Downtrodden put end to a four year recording hiatus for Crowbar when it was originally released in 2005. Pantera’s Rex Brown and original Crowbar drummer Craig Nunenmacher united with founder/vocalist/guitarist Kirk Weinstein to record what Exclaim Magazine said, “will go down in doom history as one of their best.” Celebrating ten years since release, Candlelight Records has partnered the album with the live performance dvd Live: With Full Force in a limited digipak edition.
Additional artists planned for Candlelight’s alumni collections in 2015 include: Blut Aus Nord, Daylight Dies, Emperor, Anaal Nathrakh, Abigail Williams, and Throne of Katarsis.
All new releases from Candlelight Records beginning January 1 will be distributed exclusively in the United States by RED Music and in Canada via Sony Music Canada. Candlelight’s extensive catalog will also be handled by RED Music/Sony Music Canada effective January 1.