Archive for August, 2010

A FOREST OF STARS: “Sorrow’s Impetus” Streaming Now On Stereogum

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

After having received much praise from critics and fans worldwide and following several live appearances on their native soil, the UK psychedelic black metal ensemble A FOREST OF STARS gathered around a few cups of tea to lay down the foundations of what would be their second full-length album. Several séances in Rob Hobson’s Silent City Studio during winter of 2009 led to the recording of the fittingly titled Opportunistic Thieves of Spring, a work of magic and alchemy in the tradition of their Victorian contemporaries.

Released via Transcendental Creations earlier this summer, the now quintuplet — having added drummer John Bishop to the fold — took the elements brought fourth on their dramatic The Corpse Of Rebirth offering, to a whole new level, adding new sound textures with oriental percussion and peculiar string arrangements. Opportunistic Thieves of Spring will carry the listener through a vast musical landscape; an unearthly journey from the rise of mankind to the Golden Age to its decline in the Kali Yuga.

Check out “Sorrow’s Impetus,” the opening track from Opportunistic Thieves of Spring at Stereogum here:

“…it’s still black metal as art, not as blasphemous brutality, and there aren’t many acts out there that can manipulate those dark forces as well as A Forest Of Stars.” – The Big Takeover

“A Forest Of Stars is its own entity, one that is easily recognizable among the crop of bands in the genre. When you hear a song from A Forest of Stars, you are hearing something distinct and fresh; a twist on an ancient formula.” — Metal Underground

“A Forest Of Stars’ music is filled with distinctive individual elements, but it’s the overall tone and feel of their songs that really sets the band apart. Each track on Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring offers a plethora of varying musical ideas that somehow come together into a singular whole…” — Metal Review

“…they’ve managed to create a sound that’s unsettling in not only its tonality, but its instrumentation as well, with micro-tonal keyboard sweeps and violin slides that blow away traditional Western approaches to melody and harmony, and leave the listener awash in a wave of paranoia and claustrophobia.” —

A FOREST OF STARS will be available for a limited number of phone interviews next week (exact dates and times TBA). Beckon us with your requests ASAP.

HELLBASTARD Embark On Headlining U.S. Tour This Week; Free L.A. Show Announced

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The legendary U.K thrash/crust/metal warriors HELLBASTARD will play their first show of their massive, headlining U.S. tour in Seattle, Washington this week, and will continue through over 40 gigs, ending on October 22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The string of dates includes one show in Mexico as well.

In addition, the band will record their set at a free gig in the Los Angeles area for the recording of a live album, this September 13th [show filming takes place at 7580 Garden Grove Blvd. Westminster, CA 92683].

The influential group will be supporting their latest releases, The Need To Kill album and the Eco-War EP, both released in 2009 via Poland’s brutal Selfmadegod Records.

HELLBASTARD Headlining US Tour:
9/02/2010 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
9/03/2010 The Morgue – Seattle, WA
9/04/2010 Satyricon – Portland, OR
9/05/2010 Wandering Goat Cafe – Eugene, OR w/ Reality Lost
9/06/2010 DIY show – Chico, CA
9/07/2010 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA W/ Eat The Living, Maggot Colony
9/10/2010 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Acephalix, Fix My Head, Psychosomatic, Short Attention Span
9/11/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2010 Infest Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
9/13/2010 Bomb Shelter [free entrance] – Westminster, CA – LIVE ALBUM RECORDING
9/14/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
9/15/2010 Divan De Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico w/ Coaccion, Bumbklaatt, Bio Crisis, Anomalia, Omission
9/16/2010 Sound Control – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
9/17/2010 DIY show – Flagstaff/Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2010 Andre’s Underground – Albuquerque, NM
9/19/2010 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
9/21/2010 The Mouth – Lawrence, KS
9/22/2010 *TBA – Norman, OK
9/23/2010 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
9/24/2010 Broken Neck Warehouse – Austin, TX
9/25/2010 The Vanguard – Houston, TX
9/26/2010 The Saint – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2010 Wayward Council – Gainesville, FL
9/30/2010 PS Warehouse – Atlanta, GA
10/01/2010 Skuds Manor – Augusta, GA
10/02/2010 Wonderland – Richmond, VA
10/03/2010 Manny’s Place (house show) – Lynchburg, VA
10/05/2010 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/07/2010 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/08/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/09/2010 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/10/2010 Great Scott – Boston, MA w/ Panzer Bastard, I Destroyer (ex-DropDead), Defeatist
10/11/2010 *TBA – Buffalo, NY
10/12/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
10/14/2010 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
10/15/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI w/ Jucifer
10/16/2010 Shaman Records – Chicago, IL
10/17/2010 *TBA – Milwaukee, WI
10/19/2010 *TBA – Madison, WI
10/20/2010 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ War/Plague, Misery
10/22/2010 Roman’s Bar – Rapid City, SD

Contact Earsplit right away for all live coverage requests on this crushing tour!

YAOTL MICTLAN Release Party To Feature Aztec Dancers, Chicano Artist Showcase

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Extreme metal band YAOTL MICTLAN will perform on Saturday, September 4 at Bar Deluxe (666 S. State Street, Salt Lake City ) to celebrate the recent release of their latest album, Dentro Del Manto Gris de Chaac. The event will include a special showcase from Chicano artist Veronica Perez and feature traditional Aztec dancers.

YAOTL MICTLAN was recently honored by the Boston Phoenix as one of the Best New Bands From America. The highly regarded weekly newspaper said, “with an aesthetic that merges brutal death metal, Mayan imagery, and an over-the-top stage show, they have concocted an angry brew of metallic cultural warfare. In a conservative place like Salt Lake City it makes the band’s heads-on-sticks live savagery all the more righteous and dangerous.” Metal Maniacs adds, “Yaotl Mictlan are ferocious… a seriously fresh and sophisticated take on a solid sound.”

Founded by brothers in 1998, Salt Lake City-based YAOTL MICTLAN (meaning “warriors from the land of the dead”) unite metal and their native Mayan heritage. The band made its critical first impression on the ears of Brujeria vocalist Juan Brujo. So impressed Brujo later produced the band’s first demo, A Batalla Vamos. The new full-length Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaac is the band’s first with new label Candlelight Records. It follows their 2006 debut, Guerreros de la Tierra de los Muertos (American Line Productions).

ADORNED BROOD: Another New Song Posted

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Check out a preview of new song “Pagan Knights” from German folk metallers ADORNED BROOD. The song comes off the band’s forthcoming album Hammerfeste and is posted on their official MySpace page:

GORGOROTH Announce Euro Dates

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH will embark on what will be the second leg of the Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt Tour in Europe this November. Said Infernus of the upcoming dates, “We’re totally excited about getting the opportunity to extend the Quantos Possunt Tour into other European territories which we did not have time for in April. As of now, we aim at doing this as the second out of three in total. This also coincides with the beginning of a new chapter for us in terms of booking-agency, as I last week made up my mind and decided to switch to Massive Music for the continental parts of Europe. Fear the return!”

The first confirmed concert which will be part of this tour is in Caen, France, at Le Cargö, on 25 November. Further details on the remaining dates will be posted as they are confirmed.

In related news, GORGOROTH will play three shows in Brazil September 4, 5 and 6 as well as at The Heavy Metal Circus Expo in Mexico City on September 11. For more info, visit:

In unrelated but no less awesome news: Infernus is also a featured artist at EVH’s official website. Check it out:

ELVENKING: Studio Footage Posted

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

DEL REY Album To See North American Release Via At A Loss This September

Monday, August 30th, 2010

At A Loss Recordings welcomes Chicago’s sorcerers of atmospheric post-rock DEL REY to their ever-morphing roster, bringing the band’s upcoming fourth full-length Immemorial to North American masses this September 28th (with a European release on Golden Antenna Records).

Born in 1997 in the attic of a flat in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, DEL REY’s music expands upon the post-rock and electronic roots of their native city, but their sonic palette also contains hints of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Afro-Cuban textures. Fueled by the band’s already furious double-drummer attack and stinging guitar work, these elements are deftly woven into songs that take on a life of their own. Immemorial builds on the cosmic soundscapes and of DEL REY’s previous work, but here they’ve channeled their energies into an even more evocative, melodic sound — even incorporating the Chinese guzheng and Japansese taiko drumming into their Immemorial attack — heightening the tension and release elements of each song. It’s surely heavy, but in a clean, angular, and cinematic style that has been honed to perfection, making this the band’s most ambitious offering to date.

Immemorial Track Listing:
1 Return of the Son of Fog Rider
2 E Pluribus Unicorn
3 Innumeracy
4 Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
5 Ouisch
6 These Children That Come at You With Knives
7 Ancestral

Immemorial will be released in North America as a gatefold 12″ LP with an included CD, with no standard jewel case pressing. In celebration of the album, DEL REY have booked a hometown record release show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on October 8th.

DEL REY Record Release Show:
10/8/2010 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

More live dates and more information on Immemorial will be announced soon. North American journalists can direct all promo inquiries to Earsplit PR; promos will be available in mere days.

Del Rey at The Empty Bottle from Michael Johnson on Vimeo.

VIKING SKULL’s Heavy Metal Thunder To Be Released October 26

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Restricted Release today confirms October 26 as the North American release date for Heavy Metal Thunder, a special reissue package from England’s VIKING SKULL. Remastered and featuring all new artwork, Heavy Metal Thunder combines the band’s popular debut album, Born In Hell, and the Chapter One EP, both previously unavailable through proper American and Canadian retail outlets. The album also includes five bonus songs and will precede a new, still untitled EP planned for release in early 2011.

VIKING SKULL, featuring vocalist/guitarist Roddy Stone, guitarists Dom Wallace and Frank Regan, bassist Kevin Waldie, with sole-American drummer Jess Margera (CKY, The Company Band), found initial American interest when the song “Skull Heaven” appeared on volume one of Bam Margera’s Viva La Bands compilation series in 2005.  A second song, “Blackened Sunrise” would follow on volume two in 2007. Early fans would have to wait until the winter of 2008, however, to witness their first Skull show; the band finally landing on US shores to share the stage on a short east coast tour with Clutch.

Stone recalls,“our tour with Clutch was the first time for us playing the states. It quickly became quite clear to us that America loves big riffs through big amps and that’s what we’re about. No fancy hair cuts, eye liner, or spooky clothes, just balls out, meat and potatoes heavy rock. That tour was one of the best we’ve done in terms of crowd reaction, and on top of that we got to see Clutch every night.”

Heavy Metal Thunder
comes nearly two years to the day after the release of Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey (Powerage); an album that was embraced by international media on its release in 2008. “Genuinely fantastic rock ‘n roll,” asserts Kerrang! “Whiskey-swigging, bar-room-brawling, southern-baked hard rock and metal,” said Blabbermouth. It was MetalSucks that most aptly described the band’s sound noting, “if you take a foundation built on Black Sabbath, add the support structure of Thin Lizzy, wall it up with a thick layer of Motorhead, and retrofit the whole package with the likes of Orange Goblin, this is the house VIKING SKULL has built.”

“We tend to think, if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it,” notes Stone about the band’s straight-forward heavy metal anthems. “We like to think back to the day when men were men, and amps where amps. The time when having a good riff/song was important and had nothing to do with posing, we’re a proper band with proper tunes..”

It was 2002 when assorted members of England’s Raging Speedhorn and crew faced the very sobering notion that their daily offering of free booze would dry up whilst not on tour. So for founding members Stone, Waldie, and Regan, the lure of a free pint was enough to encourage them to form a band. In quick time, VIKING SKULL was recording and enjoying non-stop touring (European runs with HIM, Dio, CKY and others) when one memorable evening things came to an abrupt halt. In what can only be recalled as a drop-down, all out battle (fueled by lots, and lots of absinthe unfortunately supplied by then simply friend Jess Margera) the ‘Skull’s outer edges fried and the Northamptonshire-based band broke up. Later finding out what had happened Margera offered up his services and within short time wounds healed and VIKING SKULL was back.

Heavy Metal Thunder Tracklisting:
1. Beers, Drugs And Bitches
2. Wizard’s Sleeve
3. Frostbite
4. Rape Pillage And Burn
5. Crazy Trucker
6. Skull Heaven
7. Born In Hell
8. Crank The Volume
9. Red Hot Woman
10. Seedealer
11. Heavy Metal Thunder
12. Saddle Up
13. Double Or Quits (Demo Version)
14. Rock And Roll Suicide
15. Conquer The World
16. Baby Let Me Know
17. Skulls & Whiskey
18. Dirty Dirty Hole,
19. Inject My Woman (With Love)
20. You Can’t Kill Rock & Roll

VIKING SKULL are set to announce new tour dates for the UK late autumn/early winter and are in discussions for their return to US shores.

DARK FUNERAL Play Their Final Show With Emperor Magus Caligula; B-Force Announces Departure

Monday, August 30th, 2010

In an official message from DARK FUNERAL guitarist Lord Ahriman: “Ave! The dawn of a new dark era has risen, and a new hellish chapter has begun. Despite the circumstances, I must say that the band and I are extremely motivated and excited to start a new chapter in the saga that is DARK FUNERAL. We already have some killer plans for the future. And all I can say at this point is that we’ll be moving forward with full force and without mercy.

Those of you who’ve followed DARK FUNERAL since the beginning in 1993, surely know that this is not the first time we’ve undergone a major lineup change. And whatever some people may have thought or whined about, no one can deny the fact that I/we’ve always succeeded in recruiting new and amazing musicians to move forward and reach new heights with the band. There is absolutely no doubt in our mind that this will again be the case.

On August 21st we performed our last show with Emperor Magus Caligula at the Summer Breeze Festival in Germany. Since this was a very special performance in many ways, we not only put on our biggest pyro show ever, we also captured this gig with 10 cameras (including one crane). So you can be sure to expect a DVD release from this killer show in the near future. More info regarding the DVD will come in due time…

Since parting ways with E.M. Caligula, it come as no surprise to the rest of us, that B-Force would follow the same path and throw in his towel too. So I wish to thank him for the six fantastic years he’d been with us on bass. It’s been a pleasure indeed working together.

Said B-Force of his decision to leave the band: ‘After six awesome and crazy years with DARK FUNERAL, I have decided to leave the band. It’s my own decision to leave one of the best bands/friends in the world, but I feel that I need to move forward in life and do something else music-wise. There are absolutely NO hard feelings between DARK FUNERAL and myself. We are and will continue to be good friends! I want to thank the band and all the fans all over the world. You kick ass everywhere I’ve been playing with the band. I thank you all. May the dark forces be with you.’

We have already found a new and totally amazing bassist; a bassist who lives and breathes DARK FUNERAL in its purest form. And we couldn’t be more honored to have him on board. We will however wait until everything is settled before we present him to all of you, so please be patient.

Since announcing the departure of Caligula, we’ve been overwhelmed with vocal applicants. Among them are a couple of very strong candidates. However, since we feel no hurry to fill the position, we’ll continue the search to make sure that when we eventually hire someone, it be someone who totally blows away everything in his path.

If you do believe that you have what it takes for the job, we are still accepting vocal applications. Send us a brief introduction and some AUDIO/VIDEO files/links of your vocal performance to:

From now until we have found and installed a new vocalist, we will keep ourselves busy rehearsing and working on material for a new full-length. Rest assured that as soon as the new lineup is complete, we’ll continue to tour the world in usual DARK FUNERAL manner. More news to come… — Lord Ahriman and DARK FUNERAL”

Check out fan-filmed footage of the band at Summer Breeze with Emperor Magus Caligula here:

A STORM OF LIGHT To Play U.S. Dates With Today Is The Day And Sleep; European Tour To Commence This October

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Brooklyn kings of atmospheric doom, A STORM OF LIGHT, are gearing up for a short stint of U.S. tour dates next week that include performances with experimental metal/noise exhibitionists Today Is The Day and reunited stoner metallers Sleep before heading to Europe for a month’s worth of shows in October. Said guitarist/vocalist John Graham of the upcoming shows: “The next couple of months are going to be a lot of fun for us. We’re lucky enough to share the stage with the legendary Sleep, brutalists Today Is the Day, and then embark on our fourth European tour. Awesome!”

A STORM OF LIGHT U.S./Euro Tour Dates 2010:

08/31/10 32st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Today Is the Day
09/01/10 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Today Is the Day
09/03/10 Santos Party House – New York, NY w/ Today Is the Day
09/04/10 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Today Is the Day
09/07/10 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ Sleep
09/08/10 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – Brooklyn, NY w/ Sleep, Lichens
10/01/10 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
10/02/10 Whelans – Dublin, Irelandw/ Stand Up Guy
10/03/10 The Spring And Airbrake – Belfast, Ireland w/ Stand Up Guy
10/04/10 Captain’s Rest – Glasgow, Scotland
10/05/10 The Croft – Bristol, UK
10/06/10 The Underworld – London, UK w/ Sedula, Sons Of Alpha Centauri
10/07/10 Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
10/08/10 Simplon – Groningen, Netherlands
10/09/10 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
10/10/10 Juha West Matinee Show – Stuttgart, Germany
10/12/10 Rhiz – Vienna, Austria
10/13/10 Kset – Zagreb, Croatia
10/14/10 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia
10/16/10 Firlej – Wroclaw, Poland
10/17/10 Powiekszenie – Warsaw, Poland
10/20/10 Nabaklab – Riga, Latvia
10/21/10 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
10/23/10 Garage – Oslo, Norway
10/24/10 Debaser – Stockholm, Sweden
10/25/10 Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
10/26/10 Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany
10/27/10 Feierwerk – Munich, Germany
10/28/10 Spazio – Turin, Italy
10/29/10 Urban – Perugia, Italy
10/30/10 Init Club – Rome, Italy

A STORM OF LIGHT — guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Josh Graham (Neurosis visuals, Blood And Time, Battle Of Mice), bassist/vocalist Domenic Seita (formerly of Tombs and Asea) and guitarist/keyboardist Joel Hamilton (Book Of Knots, Battle Of Mice) — released their second full-length, entitled Forgive Us Our Trespasses via Neurot last October.

“… gloomy and unrelenting, like staring into the abyss.”
– Rock Sound

“Forgive Us Our Trespasses remains every bit as engaging for all of its 60 minutes, and impressively, it really does linger in your thoughts long after it has finally fallen silent.” — Outburn

“Quality epic metal is quite an effort to get right and this band have done a superb job with this release.” — BlogCritics

“…the overall tone is oppressively heavy and where the shifts between ambient and crushing were predictable and unsatisfying on And We Wept the Black Ocean Within, here they’re blended together for a new brand of musical heft that sets A Storm Of Light apart from generic b-list post-metallers and shows the true potential of the band.” – The Obelisk