Portland punishers DARKBLACK are preparing for their eight-show West Coast tour Which kicks off this Wednesday, in celebration of their new Midnight Wraith EP, to be released the same day. Several shows have been altered since previous announcements; see the newest dates below.
Early reviews of Midnight Wraith are flowing in now from domestic and foreign media outlets, brimming with praise of the band’s primal, slick approach to traditional heavy metal on the newest material from the band. Composed of five unrelenting heavy metal anthems realized in the murky gloom of the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon and recorded at Revolver Studios by Nalin Silva, Midnight Wraith tells tales of death, betrayal, unholy spirits and fantastic battles. Midnight Wraith will be released via San Jose, California-based Stormspell Records, who also handled the band’s Sellsword album in 2009.
Check out Midnight Wraith‘s opening track “Doom Herald” at DARKBLACK’s Myspace page now!
DARKBLACK Midnight Wraith Tour:
12/1/2010 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Skelator, Emeralds, Elk’s Blood
12/2/2010 *house show – Seattle, WA w/ Throne of Bone
12/3/2010 Kelly’s Olympian – Portland, OR [CD release show] w/ Spellcaster, Dead By Dawn
12/4/2010 Bender’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Huntress, Walken
12/5/2010 The Hazmat (Your Hause) – Oakland, CA w/ Dodsfalla, Bruxers, Infernal Graves, Drunken Hardcore
12/6/2010 Cinespace – Los Angeles, CA w/ Huntress, Gypsyhawk
12/8/2010 The Gup – Eugene, OR w/ Excruciator
12/9/2010 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Nux Vomica
“…crank this or spank it folks, there’s some serious boogie in these riffs! Holy shit this thing stomps!” – Hellride Music
“…Midnight Wraith definitely harkens back to around 1978 sonically, with a Thin Lizzy-meets-Iron Maiden feel, and the band definitely has the chops to back it up.” – Metal Underground
“If you are a fan of old school Heavy Metal this is a must.” – Minacious
“As with their Traditional Metal peers, the likes of Enforcer, Ravage and White Wizzard, (to name a few), DarkBlack takes me down Metal memory lane to a time when bootleg and demo cassette trading was the norm.” – Metal Odyssey