Midwest black metal legion STONEHAVEN are pleased to embark upon four special West Coast rituals this week. The Harbingers of Ruin Tour will begin this Thursday and includes two performances at the Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV alongside blackened behemoths Marduk, 1349, Weapon, Ceremonial Castings and more.
Notes the band of the upcoming voyage: “It is often that this time of year we see fit to assert ourselves on the West Coast. With precision and decisiveness we will ravage the shoreline, and we will meet our foes in climax at Portland.”
STONEHAVEN The Harbingers of Ruin Tour 2012:
6/14/2012 CIA – North Hollywood, CA w/ Icon of Phobos, Hordes of Hate, Sein Und Zeit
6/15/2012 Casa Sangre – Oakland, CA w/ Icon of Phobos, Hordes of Hate, Sein Und Zeit
6/16/2012 Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV @ Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
6/17/2012 Northwestern Black Circle Fest IV @ Branx – Portland, OR
STONEHAVEN will be touring in support of their Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes, released earlier this Spring via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Described as a “black hearted potpourri of Icelandic saga, Norwegian ashen metal, and Swedish eddas about pagan kings forced to slurp down a nasty snake noodle at the behest of them mean old Christian 10th century evangelists,” by About.com, commended by Blistering for their “deft knowledge of the style and penchant for dynamic, cunning BM compositions,” and championed by Blabbermouth.net in a glowing 8.5/10 review: “Not only has this 59-minute album of Scandinavian-rotted, traditional black metal kept my interest from one end to the other, it has been without hesitation that I would return for repeat spins and enjoy the experience all over again. And it’s not because Concerning Old-Strife and Man-Banes is full of catchy choruses and conventional song structures. Rather, it is merely the case that each of these eight songs are marvelously arranged, packed as they are with killer riff after killer riff and buzzing with that indefinable black metal energy, aura even, that raises an album from good to special.” Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes continues to captivate the ears with its carefully crafted hymns of grimness.
If you missed it, don’t forget to check out the track “Suffering The Swine-Array,” currently streaming at Cvlt Nation. Described the band : “The song details a field battle in the late 800s between Anglo-Saxon defenders and a large force of Danish invaders. During the song, we hear the boasts of three Danish Viking leaders, Kale, Thorstein, and Halfdan, as they break their way through the Saxon lines, and finally, the lament of dying Saxon warrior as he drifts in between the world of the living and the dead. He cries out in shame as he views the victorious dead of the Viking army carted away to the heavens by valkyries, and his own Christian brother laying in the field to rot.”