Jul 24, 2014

Heads Up: SORXE: Phoenix Doom/Sludge Metal Act Sets Debut Album For Summer Release, Band To Support Neurosis At Southwest Terror Fest III ...

Phoenix, Arizona-based sludge/doom metal quartet, SORXE, has recently recorded and finalized the audio for their upcoming debut full-length release, Surrounded By Shadows.

Formed in the Summer of 2012 by former members of Graves At Sea, Via Vengeance, Magnetplan, Daughters Of Fission and others, SORXE boasts an ultra dynamic style of low-end doom metal worship, the lineup including two bassists in addition to drums and guitars, with multiple styles of layered vocals. Through live performances across the Southwest US, and their mid-2013-releasd Realms EP, the band has gained the attention of listeners around the globe in addition to having developed a strong regional fanbase.

Surrounded By Shadows is a sprawling, diverse eruption of crushing doom, at times incredibly beautiful and tranquil, and at others overwhelmingly harrowing, burning with just under a solid hour of well-crafted material with earthmoving power riffs, and undertones of grunge, psychedelic and ambient textures. Recorded by the band's Tanner Crace in multiple sessions in June 2013 at Francisco Studios and February through June 2014 at The Vaulted Owl, the album mastered by Byron Villain Recording. Devotees of Neurosis, Ufomammut, Yob, Cleanteeth, Zoroaster, Hull and the like would be wise to explore this band's enormous output.

SORXE will independently release Surrounded By Shadows via digital download and digipak CD on September 2nd, 2014, bearing artwork currently under construction by visual architect Josh Graham. A limited vinyl edition of the album will follow late this year or early next.

Those in the Phoenix area will be able to pick up the CD early at the band's record release show with TOAD on August 16th. Amidst other new tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks surrounding the release of Surrounded By Shadows, SORXE is also confirmed to perform at Tucson-based Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, opening the main stage of the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, October 18th, supporting Author & Punisher, The Body, and headliners, Neurosis.

8/16/2014 Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ Surrounded By Shadows release show w/ TOAD
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Neurosis, The Body, Author & Punisher

Shane Ocell - drums
Tanner Crace - guitars/vocals/synths
Christopher Coons - bass
Roger Williams - bass

Stand by for the artwork, audio samples and additional intel on Surrounded By Shadows in the coming days. For all coverage of SORXE contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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Source: Earsplit PR
Posted By: Savannah

NEWS: LO-PAN: Ohio Riff Rock Peddlers To Release New Full-Length Via Small Stone This Fall; Artwork + Track Listing Unveiled ...

Long-running Ohio riff rock peddlers, LO-PAN, are pleased to unveil the details of their long awaited new full-length fittingly titled, Colossus.

Named for the Colossus of Rhodes -- a ninety-six-foot statue of the titan-god of the sun, Helios, constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the Greek city of Rhodes itself -- LO-PAN's fourth opus serves as their most personal manifestation to date and a true testament to their evolution both as a band and individually.

In the three years since of the release of third long-player, Salvador, the Columbus four-piece have logged countless miles, crossing the country multiple times over on headlining tours and supporting the likes of Torche, High on Fire, KENmode, Whores, Fu Manchu and Weedeater. They've become one of the most ferocious live acts in American heavy rock, and Colossus stands tall to reap the rewards of their experience.

For the first time in their near decade-long existence, LO-PAN knew exactly what they wanted when they hit the studio. They'd road-tested songs like "Eastern Seas" and the title track for over a year, and partnering with producer/engineer Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his Translator Audio studio in Brooklyn just days after headlining Small Stone showcases in that city and Boston last March, they belted out songs that reveal just how much they've moved beyond their influences and arrived at their own sound -- a style built on aggression without caricature, fuzz without cliché, melody without redundancy and their meanest groove to date.

Complete with cover art courtesy of Jason Alexander Byers (ex-Disengage, Black Black Black), Colossus, like its namesake, was built in defiance of gods and men, and while LO-PAN's loudest statement has always been made on stage, the material they craft and the power with which they execute it on this album is bound to stand for years to come.

Colossus Track Listing:
1. Regulus                                                
2. Land Of The Blind                                                
3. Black Top Revelation                                                
4. Marathon Man                                                
5. N.P.D.                                                
6. Colossus                                                
7. Vox                                                
8. Eastern Seas                                                
9. Relo                                                
10. The Duke

Colossus will be released via Small Stone on October 7th, 2014. Further details including track teasers and preorder links to be announced in the coming weeks.

"LO-PAN could easily stand as one of the most important bands of their generation in the genre." -- The Obelisk

"With enough stoner rock goodness to destroy bridges and skyscrapers alike, LO-PAN show that they are one of several absolutely essential rock outfits working today and a major force to be reckoned with." -- Sputnik Music

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Source: Earsplit PR
Posted By: Savannah

Jul 23, 2014

Heads Up: COWARDS - French Sludge/Doom Act Confirms Repress Of Debut Album; Band To Record New LP ...

Fear not what their name implies, as this Paris-based quintet is anything but weak or inhibited in their delivery. Thundering with massive, low-end amplification and a downcast, scathing vocal delivery, COWARDS' noxious brew of sludge/doom is not from, or for, the weak of heart.

Formed by current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman's Chair, Eibon and Hellbats, COWARDS has already built a reputable arsenal of destructive audio since forming in 2011, but will take this year by the throat in several ways, with a reissue of their debut album confirmed for official reissue in North America, and the plans for their next full-length studio endeavor confirmed.

Gathering Parisians with an already strong pedigree in dark and heavy music, COWARDS regurgitates gutter hardcore, unhealthy sludge/doom and nauseous black metal on their 2012-released debut LP, Shooting Blanks & Pills. Recorded only six months after the band was formed, this monstrosity surges with a desperate urban attitude, bridging the knife-in-the-heart crudeness of Eyehategod, Deadguy or Kickback and the majestic darkness of bands like Deathspell Omega or Thou. With a sound carrying the smell of piss-soaked back-alleys and the blood you'll taste for a mistaken sidelong glance, producer Francis Caste perfectly captured the corrosion and angst of these thirty-eight minutes, recreating this forced apnea in a bile tank with a no-frills approach. Originally released on France's Throatruiner Records, Shooting Blanks & Pills is long sold out, yet will see a rebirth on CD and transparent 12" LP via Canadian label Secret Handshake Recordings on September 1st, 2014. Additional pressing and release details will follow in the coming days.

In the meantime, the Shooting Blanks & Pills album and Hoarder EP are available for download via Bandcamp HERE.

Shooting Blanks & Pills Track Listing:
1. Hoarse From The Get Go
2. Last Card
3. Scarce
4. Vices & Hate
5. Arrogant, Unseen
6. Grand Failure

COWARDS has also sanctioned studio time this October to harness the demoralizing anthems that will be their sophomore full-length, the follow-up to 2013's mangling Hoarder EP. The band will return to Sainte-Marthe Studio once again with Francis Caste at the engineering helm for the as-yet-unnamed works, which will be completed for early 2015 release.

Having toured across Europe and with countless regional performances under their belts, COWARDS will continue to tour throughout the coming months surrounding their recording sessions, supporting their previous releases, while they begin integrating their new works into their live delivery. You've been warned.

8/22/2014 La Bergerie - Montbrun, France w/ Mur
11/07/2014 La Instants Chavirés - Montreuil, France
11/08/2014 La Scène Michelet - Nantes, France
11/09/2014 Mondo Bizaro - Rennes, France

Additional recording updates and live actions for COWARDS will be released in the weeks ahead. Direct all coverage requests to dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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Source: Earsplit PR
Posted By: Savannah

Jul 22, 2014

NEWS: Amplifest is due to happen in Porto, Portugal, on the 4th and 5th of October ...

Amplifest is due to happen in Porto, Portugal, on the 4th and 5th of October. This year's line-up features performances from Swans, Cult of Luna, Ben Frost, Conan, Pallbearer, Wolvserpent, Wovenhand, Pharmakon and more. Tickets on sale.

Chelsea Wolfe’s “Lone” and documentary on metal music in Botswana “March of the Gods” will be screening in Amplifest 2014, scheduled to the weekend of October 4th and 5th. With talks with the confirmed artists and exhibitions still to be announced, this year’s edition will also feature concerts and performances from artists as influential and important to modern art and music as Swans, Cult of Luna, Ben Frost, Marissa Nadler, Yob, Wovenhand, Wolvserpent, or Pharmakon, to name just a few.

"Lone" works as a cinematic counterpart of Chelsea Wolfe’s latest album "Pain is Beauty", but it stands perfectly on its own as a beautiful and enthralling art piece. Crafted both by Wolfe herself and renowned director Mark Pellington, "Lone" brings to a visual dimension all the distinctive factors in Chelsea Wolfe’s music: beauty in darkness, innocence and violence. Following her memorably breathtaking show at last year’s Amplifest, we will again be delighted by Chelsea Wolfe’s art, this time on screen.

Heavy Metal music is, unquestionably, a product of western culture – but the anger that leads to such an extreme way of expression is universal. "March of the Gods", directed by Raffaele Mosca, is a rockumentary that portrays the thriving Metal scene in Botswana, a sparsely populated, and mostly deserted, country in Southern Africa. With a focus on the story of Wurst, one of Botswana’s most popular metal bands, the film shows us how such an orthodox music style can blend with African traditions and create a microcosm full of passionate and peculiar characters.

Announced acts: Alhousseini Anivolla, Ben Frost, Black Shape of Nexus, Bosque, Conan, Cult of Luna, Hexis, Marissa Nadler, Pallbearer, Peter Brötzmann & Steve Noble, Pharmakon, Swans, Urfaust, VVOVNDS, ?, Wolvserpent, Wovenhand, Yob

Amplifest is more than a festival, it's an experience. It is due to happen in Porto, Portugal, on the 4th and 5th of October. Tickets available at AMPLISTORE.

    2-day passes: 65 euros
    1-day pass: soon

More info on Amplifest and the artists involved can be requested via the following e-mail address: press@amplificasom.com

Jul 21, 2014

NEWS: BLACK MOTH unveil Roger Dean artwork for new album "Condemned To Hope" ...

Here it is: the artwork for BLACK MOTH's second full-length "Condemned To Hope" is finally unveiled! This unique and stunning painting was created by renowned British artist Roger Dean. "Condemned To Hope" is due out September 15th via New Heavy Sounds.

More about the Black Moth artwork on Metal Hammer.

Designer, architect and artist, Roger Dean's iconic work for Yes, Uriah Heep, Budgie, countless Vertigo sleeves and much more, has almost come to define 70’s sleeve art. His work may be associated with rock and progressive rock in particular, but here Roger goes over to the dark side, moving away from the more fantastical vistas that feature in much of his paintings. For BLACK MOTH's "Condemned To Hope", he evokes the apocalyptic landscapes of victorian painter John Martin to create something truly bleak and epic: "The cover painting is very dark and sombre in mood, but for me very interesting because of the intricacies and complexities of the landscape".

Formed in Leeds in 2010, BLACK MOTH have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting underground acts in the UK. Fronted by magnetic vocalist Harriet Bevan, this young and talented quintet was defined as "Electric Wizard meeting Band Of Skulls in a dungeon" by Terrorizer. The release in 2012 of their fiery debut record "The Killing Jar" - a grunge-goth odyssey sprinkled with a variety of influences going from Sabbath to the Melvins, The Stooges to L7 - and their mesmerizing on-stage presence, led them to share the stages with the likes of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Red Fang or Turbowolf. They were also invited to play great festivals such as Desertfest London, Download Festival or Reading festival.

BLACK MOTH's long-awaited second full-length was produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cramps, Grinderman) and recorded by legendary Leeds engineer Andy Hawkins. "Condemned To Hope" is an album of fearsome drive and clandestine twists, skilfully sidestepping the cliché and heavy-handedness of delivery that often seems fit to destroy contemporary heavy rock 'n' roll from the inside out.

Track listing:
1. Tumbleweave
2. Set Yourself Alight
3. Looner
4. The Undead King Of Rock'n'Roll
5. The Last Maze
6. White Lies
7. Red Ink
8. Room 13
9. Stinkhorn
10. Slumber With The Worm
11. Condemned To Hope

Watch the video for first single "Room 13" HERE.

The deluxe edition vinyl will be packaged in a gatefold American-style tip on sleeve in heavy duty card - heavyweight 180g black and cream vinyl, lyric insert and free download of the album. The vinyl is limited to 500 copies. It will also be available on CD and download.
"Condemned To Hope" is due for release on September 15th.
Link to pre-order: HERE

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Source: Purple Sage PR
Posted By Savannah

Jul 19, 2014

Wolvhammer - "Clawing Into Black Sun" ...

Starting off with a blast, knocking through the door. Death Division from the album Clawing into Black Sun start pricks up one's ear right away, as soon as the first two riffs begin. Perishing as fast as it comes, structuring rapidly and subsequently the whole oeuvre starts. Dominantly and abrupt starting, they turn without hesitation into misery from the outset of the vocals. In the whole the album has a strong ambivalent ground, but Wolvhammer color it additionally with strong guitar and bass riffs, and on the top some blackish vocals.

The tracks all begin with a strong tension, starting slow but getting fast into ecstasies, growing into a thick density giving the album a very gloomy and tough touch. As soon as the black vocals enter, the tune instrumental ground minimizes and gets even thicker, still leading from the front towards the end, and finally then falling apart and decaying softly. The newest album Clawing into Black Sun is a notable album. Combining black vocals and a high tension on the instrumental ground, with loping rhythm makes it a spectacular gloomy and black album.

Their second album The Obsidian Plains is much dirtier. It builds up the tension differently then the latest album. It has its black moods. Starting fast, changing abruptly with a constant high tension, it is a pure Black Metal album. There are lesser gloomy parts, lots of tough breaks, and grubby intervals.

Black Marketeers Of World War III is their first album, and only the drummer Heath Rave stayed in the band to participate in the newest album. The band changed a lot between the first and the latest album. While there have been four members and two additional performers in their first album, they cut back to only three members over the time towards the latest album Clawing into Black Sun.

Wolvhammer give their black music a tough touch, constituting soldiers walking through the marches or fighting within trenches. This likeness gets enforced by  epic and aggressive vocals and a solid dark soil on which the music grows.

Words: Luis Luethi

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Jul 18, 2014

NEWS: Load that bong Now...Sleep premiere of "The Clarity" ...

It's been 20 years since the stoner-metal caravan wrote Dopesmoker, a 63-minute track based on a single riff and dedicated to the mighty spliff. Unfortunately, it took to release it . So let's just follow the smoke and meditate on this premiere of "The Clarity," part of , which has already featured new music from the likes of and , with Run the Jewels, and more in the pipeline. It will be available as a free download on July 21.

Read More At: NPR.ORG

Posted By Tony Cooper

NEWS: Get ready for the 4th edition of Day of Doom festival ...

Get ready for the 4th edition of Day of Doom festival – Barcelona 10th and 11th October. Confirmed are artists The Skull, Saint Vitus, Lord Vicar, Orange Goblin and very special ,exclusive only shows in Europe By Confessor and Loincloth. Folks in that part of the world wont want to miss out on this and even people in other parts of this planet might consider a little holiday in Barcelona.

Day Of Doom Official Website
Day Of Doom Facebook
Master Of Metal.Net
Metal Camp.Org

Jul 17, 2014

NEWS: Alunah and Napalm Records Announce Third Album Details ...

Our forthcoming album on Napalm Records will be titled "Awakening The Forest", and is due for worldwide release in early October.

"We are delighted to introduce our 3rd album "Awakening The Forest" to our old, new and future friends. Recorded by Greg Chandler and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed, we are extremely proud of this album. We are also very lucky to have worked with the exceptional illustrator Michael Cowell who brought our songs to life visually in the CD and LP package. Napalm Records have been very supportive of us throughout the whole process, and we hope that you guys love the album as much as we do. Our video for "Heavy Bough" and also a short film with Michael talking about the artwork are coming soon; both shot and directed by Rhodri Thomas at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, England" - Soph Day

"For the third time Alunah spread wide their mighty Doom wings: Following up their exceptional previous albums Call of Avernus (2010) and White Hoarhound (2012), the International Doom community will be tied up again by Awakening The Forest. The English quartet featuring singer Sophie Day forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound to make fans of this genre, fans of this album Awakening The Forest!"  - Napalm Records

1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask of Herne
5. Scourge and The Kiss
6. The Summerland (bonus track)


Source: Alunah Official Website
Posted By Ed & Savannah

Jul 16, 2014

NEWS: Former CATHEDRAL Guitarist's DEATH PENALTY To Release Debut Album In September ...

When all is said and done, the art of making people bang their heads comes down to one central component: the riff. The riff has been refined and redefined so many times over the last four decades that ownership of a guitar and half a brain should be all that's required to at least have a decent stab at getting things right, and yet very few people seem capable of tapping into the true essence and ethos of what made Tony Iommi such an all-conquering pioneer and overlord of six-string power and glory. Over the last 25 years, discerning metal fans may have struggled to pinpoint any bona fide contemporary greats amongst the never-ending proliferation of also-rans and wannabes, but as chief composer and guitarist for UK doom metal legends CATHEDRAL, Gaz Jennings has more than earned the mantle of the modern age's most consistent and supremely talented Riffmaster General. A perennial unsung hero of the heavy underground, Gaz has already contributed a vast number of classic songs to the metallic canon, but when CATHEDRAL finally called it a day in 2013 it looked as if another guitar hero was destined to disappear into the shadows. Gloriously, he has now returned with a brand new band, DEATH PENALTY, and an eponymous debut album that once again proves his absolute mastery of the form.

"When CATHEDRAL split I didn't have any intention of getting another band together," Gaz admits. "I wanted to do a record, because Lee [Dorrian, CATHEDRAL front man and Rise Above Records boss] has been saying for years that he'd give me a deal! But all my time was taken up writing stuff for CATHEDRAL. I had a few bits and bobs lying around, so I started writing material a few years back and that's where it all started. And now the album is ready to go."

With such a formidable reputation to uphold, it was absolutely vital for Gaz to select the right musicians to work with in his new band. Enter vocalist Michelle Nocon and Fredrik "Cozy" Cosemans, members of Belgian doom warriors SERPENTCULT; a band that Gaz greatly admires and fellow Rise Above alumni. Although resident in Belgium, Michelle and Cozy were simply the right people for the job and kindred spirits that Gaz suspected would be perfect for helping him to realize his new musical vision.

 With the DEATH PENALTY lineup completed by the addition of another Belgian, bassist Raf Meukens, Gaz was now fully equipped to bring his new band into the spotlight. The first results emerged via a debut seven-inch single, "Sign Of Times/Seven Flames", which showcased DEATH PENALTY's fiery blend of old-school heavy metal, subtle doom shades and Michelle Nocon's extraordinary vocal talents.

The real meat of the matter will be unveiled upon the release of the band's self-titled debut album, a triumphant tour-de-force of pounding heaviness that brilliantly encapsulates everything that Gaz has brought to the table with CATHEDRAL while veering off on a number of new and distinctly compelling tangents along the way.

Fans of the NWOBHM era will find themselves instantly entranced by the likes of "Howling At The Throne Of Decadence" and "Golden Tides", while diehard doom acolytes will be immediately reassured that Gaz's ability to pen timeless riffs remains entirely undimmed, as demonstrated on the grandiose grit of "Into The Ivory Frost" and "Children Of The Night".

The final piece of the puzzle slotted neatly into place when Gaz chose a name for the new band. Anyone that has followed the guitarist's career over the years will recognize that DEATH PENALTY is the title of WITCHFINDER GENERAL's classic 1982 debut album; a record that has long been an essential part of Gaz's inspirational armoury. However, beyond paying homage to his childhood heroes, he freely confesses that the name was simply the first and only credible option and a telling alternative to the countless terrible band names currently doing the rounds.

Once DEATH PENALTY's debut hits the shops (and the nebulous world of online retail, of course), it seems highly likely that everyone from CATHEDRAL fans and old school diehards to new school doom and psych rock admirers will celebrate the arrival of another truly great heavy metal band for the modern age. Quite content to remain an underground concern, DEATH PENALTY are just beginning their journey into the outer limits of refined riff worship and Gaz Jennings' hopes and expectations are every bit as humble and honest as long-time fans will expect.

"Death Penalty" track listing:

01. Grotesque Horizon
02. Howling At The Throne Of Decadence
03. Eyes Of The Heretic
04. Golden Tides
05. Into The Ivory Frost
06. Children Of The Night
07. The One That Dwells
08. She Is A Witch
09. Immortal By Your Hand
10. Written By The Insane

Source: Blabbermouth
Posted By Savannah

Jul 15, 2014

NEWS: STONEBURNER - Portland Minsters Of Doom To Kick Off West Coast Tour ...

Portland doom bringers, STONEBURNER, will kick off a short run of West Coast live rituals beginning today on their home turf at Mississippi Studios. From there the band will trample through five more cities in California and Oregon alongside progressive metalists, Burials. Additionally, team STONEBURNER will make an appearance at Festicide next month. The three-day event takes places in venues throughout the Portland area in an effort to celebrate P-Town's deep-rooted DIY culture with an emphasis on punk, metal, and extreme music. Festicide shows are five bucks or totally free!

7/15/2014 Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR w/ Burials
7/17/2014 Johnny B's - Medford, OR w/ Burials
7/18/2014 Haus of Rice - Concord, CA w/ Burials
7/19/2014 First Church Of The Buzzard - Oakland, CA w/ Burials
7/20/2014 Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, CA w/ Burials
7/21/2014 Goodfella's - Springfield, OR w/ Burials
8/15/2014 The Know as part of Festicide - Portland, OR

STONEBURNER will be touring in support of the diseased fruit of their Life Drawing full-length, released earlier this year via Neurot Recordings. Featuring a host of talented guest vocalists including Krysta Martinez (Transient, Landmine Marathon), Benjamin Caragol (Burials, Hang the Old Year) and Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros), Life Drawing basks in the sounds of its own emotional collapse. A sonic tidal wave of sickness, paranoia and soul-consuming dread, its nine distortion-laden hymns are at once loud, ugly and physically and psychologically crippling. The Portland Mercury crowned the record, "...a bottom-heavy, cracked, ground-crawling rager dipped in mire and slime," Exclaim called it, "an exquisitely painful response to the struggle against desire and the impulse to satisfy one's most base needs," while Target Audience Magazine agreed: "This album is bold and complex, fearless and freaking heavy. This is thinking man's metal."

Get dismal with the sounds of Life Drawing still streaming at Decibel Magazine,  at THIS LOCATION.

STONEBURNER's musical ancestry winds through Buried At Sea, Buried Blood, Heathen Shrine and others. Named after a subterranean weapon from the novel Dune, the band delivers a wholly organic orchestration of captivating, crustified doom metal, their torrid hymns bathed in internal agony, anguish and despair. To define STONEBURNER, one need only look to the list of bands with whom they've shared the stage: Yob, Sleep, Eyehategod, Neurosis, Buzzov-en, Weedeater, Saint Vitus, Watain, Tragedy, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea, Lord Dying, Drop Dead, Whitehorse, Windhand, Bastard Noise...

Purchase your copy of Life Drawing via Neurot Recordings at THIS LOCATION.

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Saturn’s children are back. Yes, you guessed it, new Electric Wizard track: "I am Nothing" ...

 Jus Oborn has said of the track, which harnesses the dark underground death metal spirit of 1984:

“It was the year I became a metal-head.  It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job.  So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil’s music…”

Produced by Oborn, the album was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in East London, with analog gear used exclusively throughout, with finishing touches done at Skyhammer Studio in “deepest, darkest” Cheshire by Chris Fielding.

Electric Wizard, who have just played at Hellfest in France, Roskilde in Denmark and Sonisphere in yhe UK, have the following appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:

Aug 16th  Jabberwocky, The Excel Centre, London, UK
Sep 12th  Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
Oct 10th – 12th  Desertfest, Antwerp, Belgium

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Electric Wizard - 'I Am Nothing' (lyrics)

Stillborn children. Saturn’s children the living dead
We have created this abyss, darkness, surrounding us
Raise the flag of hate against this human race
Rise and kill & wipe them all away….

I Am Nothing
I Mean Nothing
I See Nothing
I Feel Nothing…as I kill you

We the Old Ones did not forget
We are the Supercoven, we wait with bated breath
They think themselves as Gods ..now are they free?
Mindless slaves to their lusts and technology

I Am Nothing
I Mean Nothing
I See Nothing
I Feel Nothing….as I kill you

I Am Nothing
I Feel Nothing
I Am Nothing
You Are Nothing….
To Me…
I Feel Nothing as I kill you…..

Source: Doom Metal Front

Jul 13, 2014

Tree Of Sores - "A Cry Of Despair" ...

This artist got my attention with their newest one track album: A Cry of Despair. One track, one sound scape saturated with apocalyptic guitar riffs and vocals bursting through the dark sky. Tree of Sores is a metal band from the United Kingdom. They are depicting their music as a nightmare in a damaged brain. Three albums have been released until today, and every album has its own style. Tree of Sores makes use of different gloomy genres for every album, influenced from doom metal, to crust to post-metal, giving every album a unique character.

From the newest to the last album, A Cry of Despair is a very dark album, overloaded with bass and heavy drums. This one tune alternates between calm constructing initiations and intense centerpieces, consisting out of 6 to 7 movements. Over all lays a fogy atmosphere, its afflicting nature. The sound grows on a minimalistic soil, establishes itself and gets bigger and more intense until the sky breaks apart and the sun shines on the devastated ground, uncovering this gloomy place, evoking the sense of impending doom.

With their second album, Tree of Sores succeeded in creating an abstract. Again an oeuvre with a strong density, abruptly breaking out of a quiet and freaky atmosphere. As a whole this album is much crunchier then the other albums, meaning having a more monotonously instrumental ground but stronger vocals. The instrumental ground is thin, but just enough for the vocals to gain their ground. While there are nearly no vocals in the latest album, the vocals in this album are strongly present and have an agonizing and aggressive character. In this and the last album Sandforge there are female and male vocals mixing up. Talia, the female vocalist and bassist is only present in the first two albums, being dropped out and replaced by only a bassist, Joe Hall.

Their first album is just a one track EP, Sandford, only takes 6:29 minutes and is the only album that is not free to download. This album is quite similar to the second album, but has movements with a drone or post-metallic aspect. It is an interesting piece, but very short and their first try to publish their own music.

On the whole, this artist creates gloomy and epic sound scape with tremendous intensity. This artist is recommended to everyone who listens to gloomy metal styles; he might find his preferred metal style in one of these three albums but if you want to want to discover a new metal genre, this artist may introduce you to a new one. Tree of Sores leads you through a broad range of gloomy metal, and might be an interesting discovery for fans of Pelican, Neurosis or Wolves in the Throneroom.

Words: Luis Luethi

Tree Of Sores @ Bandcamp
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