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WOE: Black Metal Antagonists Announce Live Assaults

Black metal antagonists Woe are pleased to announce a bout of live assaults next month. Scheduled to commence September 6 and run through September 22, the latest run marks the band’s lengthiest tour of their career. Woe will be joined by genre-crushing co-headliners Inter Arma.

Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg of the trek, “Not only is this Woe’s longest tour to date, it is almost entirely new ground for us. We couldn’t be more appreciative for this opportunity to ruin so many beautiful cities and their charming populations. We are especially glad to be teaming up with Inter Arma, one of our favorite bands in the American metal scene.”

Woe September Tour Dates:

  • 9/06/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA @ Fall Line Festival w/ Inter Arma, Thou, Earthling
  • 9/07/2013 Milestone Club – Charlotte, NC ***
  • 9/08/2013 Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
  • 9/09/2013 The Masquerade/2013 Purgatory – Atlanta, GA
  • 9/10/2013 Caledonia – Athens, GA
  • 9/11/2013 Static Age Records – Asheville, NC
  • 9/12/2013 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
  • 9/13/2013 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
  • 9/14/2013 TBA – West Virginia
  • 9/15/2013 The Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
  • 9/16/2013 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI
  • 9/17/2013 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
  • 9/18/2013 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
  • 9/19/2013 Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH
  • 9/20/2013 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI ***
  • 9/21/2013 Gorham Brothers Music – Syracuse, NY ***
  • 9/22/2013 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY ***
  • *** No Inter Arma

Woe will be touring in support of their latest album, Withdrawal. Called “a staggeringly diverse album,” by City Paper, and “Woe’s greatest triumph to date,” by Decibel, Withdrawal was unleashed last Spring via Candlelight Records. The seven track offering was produced by Grigg and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and media alike. Pitchfork crowned the record one of this year’s “most irrepressible and energized metal records,” adding that “Woe plays with an urgency that suggests they have a chip on their collective shoulder and a point to prove,” while Cvlt Nation calls it, “exceptional, exciting and a definite landmark in the band’s career and the discography of USBM.” Adds Stereogum, “Withdrawal ups the power quotient by a mile.”

 

WOE: Stereogum Premieres Second Song From Forthcoming New Album

Stereogum is now streaming “Exhausted,” the second song to premiere from Woe’s forthcoming new album, Withdrawal. The premiere follows the earlier stream of “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth” that received overwhelming response. As previously reported, Withdrawal, set for release April 23, was produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston.

Discussing the track, Grigg says, “‘Exhausted’ is one of the most dynamic and diverse tracks on the album. It has the fastest, most aggressive moments of the album but also some of its most subtle. The lyrics are a straightforward statement about giving up, moving on, while the music — the first written collaboratively as a band — moves quickly and dramatically, representing life’s abrupt twists.”

To listen to “Exhausted,” click HERE.

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey, Withdrawal is a robust and penetrating album. The album features seven new songs with a running time of 43 minutes. The first new material by the band since 2010’s widely regarded Quietly, Undramatically finds them reunited with cover artist/illustrator and friend Justin Miller.

The Onion’s A.V. Club calls Woe, “one of the best young American black metal bands willing to play around with the boundaries of the genre.” MetalSucks says, “sincere and relentlessly creative, Woe put a new spin on an old method. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Popdose adds, “Woe burns the black metal rule book to create something wholly unique and desirable.”

Enthusiastic about the fast approaching release date, Grigg notes, “we are very excited to be getting closer to the release of Withdrawal. Early reviews have been exceptionally positive and confirm our suspicion that this is our strongest work to date. We will soon announce our first regional tour in support of the album with more pending and look forward to presenting this material live, as it was intended.”

Originally launched as a one-man project, Woe released their debut, A Spell For the Death of Man, before teaming with England’s Candlelight Records in 2009. Their label debut, Quietly, Undramatically, was released late October 2010 and immediately found praise. Decibel called the album “an intriguing, revolutionary blend of black metal and shoegaze-tinged post-rock sophistication.” Terrorizer found it to be, “a raging slab of barely contained aggression, immeasurable parthos, and damn fine songwriting.” Shortly after release, Woe was invited to perform at the March 2011 Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. The band would follow that up with a number of regional dates before heading out with Mayhem for their American tour later that year.

To preorder the CD or limited edition vinyl pressing of Withdrawal visit Candlelight Records US webstore HERE.

 

WOE: Pitchfork Premieres New Track

Pitchfork has premiered the song “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth,” from Woe’s forthcoming new album titled Withdrawal. The song, written by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, examines the darkness and antisocial inclinations of mankind. It is one of seven new songs featured on the album set for North American release on April 23.

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, Withdrawal is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something impossible in the band’s early years. “Woe as a band is all-around stronger than Woe as a solo project,” shares Grigg who founded the band as a solo endeavor in 2007. “Withdrawal presents Woe at its strongest; the full potential of its sum parts realized with the fat trimmed. Working alone has its benefits,” he confirms, “but working as a band allows everyone to operate at their peak at all times. Being able to play live is also crucial. This was music meant to be seen and felt in person. I’m grateful for the opportunity the full band set up allows us that I did not have when I was operating alone.”

“A predator lives inside of every man,” is a verse from the song’s closing passage. It is a narrative that carries throughout the album. Grigg says, “the conflict between how we want to behave and how our nature pushesus to behave has always fascinated me. ‘Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth’ confronts this head-on and explores the fine line between the day-to-day exploitation we somehow think of as normal and extraordinary acts that we do not accept.”

The Onions’s A.V. Club calls Woe, “one of the best young American black metal bands willing to play around with the boundaries of the genre.” MetalSucks says, “sincere and relentlessly creative, Woe put a new spin on an old method. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Popdose adds, “Woe burns the black metal rule book to create something wholly unique and desirable.”

To listen to “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth” click HERE.

Withdrawal is the third studio album from Woe. The album was produced by Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston. It reunites the band, currently including guitarist Ben Brand, bassist/vocalist Grzesiek Czapla, drummer Ruston Grosse, and Grigg, with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller. WOE is expected to announce tour dates in support of Withdrawal in the coming weeks.

To preorder the CD or limited edition vinyl pressing of Withdrawal visit Candlelight Records US webstore HERE.

 

WOE: New Album, Withdrawal, Out April 23

Candlelight Records today confirms April 23 as the North American release date for Withdrawal, the third album from black metallers Woe. Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston, the album features seven new songs with a running time of 43 minutes. It is the first new material by the band since 2010’s widely regarded Quietly, Undramatically. Withdrawal reunites the band with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller.

“I spent a ton of time focusing on the production,” says Grigg in discussing the album’s creation. “We examined what Woe created since its inception in 2007 and broke it down to its core elements. The result is something that is a synthesis of the strongest elements: the unstoppable black metal ferocity of A Spell For The Death of Man mixed with the bold dynamics and smarter, more direct and personal songwriting of Quietly, Undramatically. It is our most intense, our most cohesive, our most personal.”

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, Withdrawal is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something unavailable to Woe in the early years. “This is music that was made to be performed live,” Grigg notes. “Working with other people keeps Woe fresh. They bring new ideas and perspectives, fill in the gaps of my own abilities, and keep things moving when I slow down. This is the first Woe album to include not just riffs written by others but entire songs. Ruston (Grosse, drums) wrote “Ceaseless Jaws.” Ben (Brand, guitar) wrote the initial draft of “Exhausted” and then we reworked it. It’s also the first album to include vocals other than mine: Grzesiek (Czapla, bass/vocals) doesn’t just do backups; he has entire verses in a number of songs and is more “second vocalist” than anything else.”

A/V Club calls Woe, “one of the best of a strong wave of young American black metal bands willing to play around with the boundaries of the genre.” Metal Sucks says, “sincere and relentlessly creative, Woe put a new spin on an old method. The band crafts something that gives you a good sense of the possibilities that still exist in the genre. This is the sound of black metal to come.” Popdose adds, “Woe burns the black metal rule book to create something wholly unique and desirable.”

Originally launched as a one-man project, Woe released their debut, A Spell For the Death of Man, before teaming with England’s Candlelight Records in 2009. Their label debut, Quietly, Undramatically, was released late October 2010 and immediately found praise. Decibel called the album “an intriguing, revolutionary blend of black metal and shoegaze-tinged post-rock sophistication.” Terrorizer found it to be, ”a raging slab of barely contained aggression, immeasurable parthos, and damn fine songwriting.” Shortly after release, Woe was invited to perform at the March 2011 Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, CA. The band would follow that up with a number of regional dates before heading out with Mayhem for their American tour later that year.

Full track listing for Withdrawal is:

  • 1. This is the End of the Story
  • 2. Carried by Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth
  • 3. All Bridges Burned
  • 4. Ceaseless Jaws
  • 5. Song of My Undoing
  • 6. Exhausted
  • 7. Withdrawal

Upcoming live dates for Woe are:

  • 01/31/13 – St Vitus, Brooklyn NY
  • 02/01/13 – Golden Tea House, Philadelphia
  • 02/02/13 – Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
  • 03/08/13 – Gorham Brothers Music, Syracuse, NY
  • 03/09/13 – Theatre Plaza, Montreal, QC
 

CANDLELIGHT: New Signings

NEW SIGNINGS: We are proud to announce a number of new signings to the label.

Earth Crisis (World): No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contribution the Syracuse-based band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Now in 2013, the band begins a new chapter with a new record, a new label, a new quest to deliver music as only they can. Expected to begin recording late spring, watch for updates as the five-piece prep for an active and productive year.

Palehorse (World): Terrorizer Magazine call this UK bevy, “a band who marry a palpable viciousness of delivery with a desire to sidestep heavy amplification convention in search of a more unsettling and uncompromising onslaught.” Together since 2000, the band have released two full-length albums; both overwhelmingly received by media. Now for album number three, the band expects to turn even more heads.

Demon Lung (World): The Las Vegas-based quartet have completed recording with Billy Anderson and are anticipating a late spring release. The band notes of the recording adventure, “recording with Billy was an amazing experience creatively and personally. Having never met him before, we were a bit intimidated by his resume and the fact that he has recorded some of our favorite albums. But within the first three minutes we knew we were in good hands.” Anderson notes, “it’s going to be an epic album by an epic band.”

Voices (World): Featuring Akercocke/My Dying Bride drummer David Gray with Akercocke’s Peter Benjamin and Sam Loynes, this new UK-based black metal band is set to release their debut via Candlelight in the coming months. From the Human Forest Create A Fugue of Imaginary Rain was recorded at London’s Legacy Studios and was produced by Dan Abela. Terrorizer has already called the record “a unique beast brimming with ultra-blasts and dextorous riffing.”

Cnoc Un Tursa (World): The epic sounds of this Scottish quartet will impress those that enjoy the diversity of the current pagan/black/folk metal explosion. The band’s Candlelight debut, The Giants of Auld, was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales by acclaimed producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). It is set for North American release late March. Heathen Harvest calls the album “a potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.”

Non Existence (World): The Austria-based band fronted by Philip Santoll is ready to unveil their second album via Candlelight this spring. Antarctica combines the familiar bombast of Dimmu Borgir with Arcturus-like avantgarde, and the melancholy of My Dying Bride. The band says the album is cold and massive as it is beautiful and raw. The album follows up the band’s 2007 debut, Nihil.

Mael Mordha (World): With three full-length albums already to their credit, Ireland’s gaelic doomsters now join forces with Candlelight for their next chapter. The quintet is currently busy working on the follow-up to 2010’s Manannan. The band recently performed alongside Primordial at the Redemption Festival in Dublin. Rotting Christ, Solstafir, and labelmates Winterfylleth were also featured on the bill.

Hopeless Youth (World): These Canadians have been stumbling between basement shows and venues as they strive to bring fast aggressive music to everyone. After self releasing their own self-titled ep, Hopeless Youth have proved that they have what it takes to go to the next level. Now signed to Candlelight, the five-piece will be releasing a full length with plans to tour the world. Whether it’s beer soaked or sober, they’ll stop at nothing to play everywhere.

Shade Empire (World): Finland-based symphonic black metal band are set to silence a four year hiatus with a new record via Candlelight Records. Metal Observer calls the band, “a smorgasbord of melodic thrash, technical death metal, and synthesized chaos with an industrial sheen.” Chronicles of Chaos call them, “a veritable melting pot of metal genres.” It will be exciting to hear what this six-piece have in store for fans in the coming months.

Armed For Apocalypse (Europe): The Sacramento band is hard-at-work on album number two. It is expected for release late spring. Featuring former members of Will Haven, the four-piece has performed alongside a wide-range of artists including Unearth, The Used, Static-X, Helmet, Lazarus A.D., and The Funeral Pyre.

Wounded Kings (World): From the misty moors of Dartmoor, the respected quartet now call Candlelight their home. Roadburn alumni, Wounded Kings have a sizeable world following and their new record is already eagerly anticipated. Aquarian Weekly says the band’s “riffs are so locked in doom lore that you can almost imagine there was a thin sheet of dust on the two-inch tape this was plainly recorded on from the irregularly dusted castle it was plainly recorded in.”

Sadgiqacea (World): Heavy Planet says, “while destroying everything in their path, Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea creates an inspiring assault of beauty meets devastation. Crushing riffs and ambient beauty swirl as the vocals bark… epic and full on sludge.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer and Fred Grabosky, the band recently completed their Candlelight debut. Expect an April release.

Hybris (World): Weaving technical thrash with classic heavy metal and strong hints of progressive, these London thrashers are set to unveil their debut album late spring. Band founder/leader Federica proves that girls can truly thrash. The band has been regulars to the stage, playing alongside Municipal Waste, Helstar, Volture, and others.

NEW RELEASES: See below for confirmed releases as well recordings in progress.

Orange Goblin (World): Ready for what could be the biggest year in their career, the Orange Goblin boys are ready to hit the road to support their forthcoming A Eulogy for the Fans/Orange Goblin Live 2012. The CD/DVD will hit North American stores on March 12; just as the band begins their first stateside tour in many a year. Teaming up with Clutch, the band will visit cities all over the US and Canada playing fan favorites from their extensive recording registry. Confirmed tour dates are noted in the tour section below.

Ihsahn (World): The former Emperor vocalist/guitarist is set to touchdown on US soil for this year’s Maryland Death Festival. This will be only the second time the highly respected musician has performed as a solo artist since setting out on his own (following the 2001 demise of Emperor). He is already feverously working on new material which he plans to record in the coming months; songs to be included on his fourth solo recording anticipated for late year.

Havok (World): The Denver thrashers are getting ready to hit the studio to record what is expected to be a highly anticipated album. Planned for release late June, the still untitled album will follow Time Is Up; the album that really opened doors for the still young quartet. The band was a performer on Barge to Hell (alongside At The Gates, Napalm Death, Behemoth, and labelmates Corrosion of Conformity, among others). Watch for more recording details in the coming weeks.

Woe (World): The third record from the Philadelphia black metal band is set to be released this spring. Hailed by media since their debut, A Spell for the Death of Man, in 2008, Woe has slowly build a solid fanbase with Metal Sucks saying, “this is the sound of black metal to come.” Teeth of the Divine note, “Woe carve out their own niche amid the US black metal scene without bowing down to either forced brittle Scandinavian worship, post rock injections or self loathing depression.”

Meads of Asphodel (World): Finishing up work on Sonderkommando, their second album for Candlelight, the UK-based black metal medievalists, plan to take their loyal fanbase on another dynamic adventure. Stereogum notes, “it’s impossible to nail their sound without just diving in,” when detailing the band’s unique sound. It is hard to pinpoint when you consider the band have covered Stiff Little Fingers, Discharge, the Stranglers, Conflict, Skeptix, the Kinks, and completed a split recording with Mayhem in 2002.

Also coming… new recordings from Altar of Plagues (Europe), Limbonic Art (World), and Abigail Williams (World).

TOURING:

Orange Goblin
03/08/13 – Bogarts, Cincinnati OH (supporting Clutch)
03/09/13 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN (supporting Clutch)
03/10/13 – Pop’s, Sauget IL (supporting Clutch)
03/11/13 – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, Little Rock AR (supporting Clutch)
03/12/13 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK (supporting Clutch)
03/14/13 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas TX (supporting Clutch)
03/18/13 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs CO (supporting Clutch)
03/19/13 – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT (supporting Clutch)
03/21/13 – House of Blues, West Hollywood CA (supporting Clutch)
03/22/13 – The Marquee, Tempe AZ (supporting Clutch)
03/23/13 – Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas (supporting Clutch)
03/24/13 – House of Blues, Anaheim CA (supporting Clutch)

Vision of Disorder
01/26/13 – Dingbatz, Clifton NJ
01/27/13 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
02/01/13 – Studio Seven, Seattle WA
02/02/13 – Whiskey a Go-Go, Hollywood CA

Demon Lung
02/10/13 – Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas NV (supporting Castle)
03/16/13 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas NV (supporting Gravehill, Avenger of Blood)