Oakland’s progressive doom powerhouse, SECRETS OF THE SKY, and Tucson’s bastard sons of sludge metal, GODHUNTER, will converge for their co-headlining tour in Las Vegas this weekend at the Doom In June Festival where they’ll share the stage with Novembers Doom, Christian Mistress, Acid Witch, Ides of Gemini, Demon Lung and more this Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th. From there, both acts will traverse through the West Coast and Southwestern states, the tour sponsored by American Aftermath. The new trek will hit Oakland, San Jose, Glendale, Palm Desert, Tucson and Phoenix through June 14th.
A split cassette release between SECRETS OF THE SKY and GODHUNTER will be available for the first time in a limited run of 100 copies on the upcoming tour. This is the only place the album will be released until the Autumn months, when The Compound and Battleground Records will co-release a deluxe colored vinyl version and digital download, in time for Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, where they’ll both perform in the four-day event including Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake and tons more. Entitled Ghosts, both bands contribute brand new material to the split album both showcasing experimenting with new elements. Details on the LP edition will be released during the Summer months.
GODHUNTER & SECRETS OF THE SKY Spring Tour:
6/06-07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June [info]
6/08/2014 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/09/2014 The Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
6/10/2014 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA
6/11/2014 The Complex – Glendale, CA
6/12/2014 Palms Restaurant – 29 Palms, CA
6/13/2014 The District Tavern – Tucson, AZ
6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ
Bearing the subtitle, A Conversation Between Hope and Despair, the fifty-minute dust storm of groove-laden, resin-coated sludge metal intensity GODHUNTER‘s City Of Dust debut LP delivers is the most concise, diverse, and infectious hymns from the politically-motivated outfit to date. Through a brutally honest outcry the album boasts thought-provoking, thematic tirades against the governmental members and parties responsible for a wide array of vital societal issues. Released through a union of Earsplit’s label, The Compound, and GODHUNTER‘s Battleground Records, City Of Dust is available in a deluxe 180-gram clear vinyl with rose splatter, poly-bagged with a black poly-lined sleeve and full-color 12″x24″ lyric/liner sheet, as well as eco-friendly digipak.
Italian label, Kolony Records, released SECRETS OF THE SKY‘s debut full-length, To Sail Black Waters, in October, exposing the planet to the band’s expansive style of fusing progressive elements into their crushing doom metal foundation. Three of the band’s six members each contribute with multiple instruments, layering synth/keys, violins and an array of vocal styles atop the crushing rhythm section and massive triple guitar attack, resulting in a dense and stunning forty-one minute opus recorded at Trident Studios with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). The album appeared on many best of 2013 lists including Decibel, MetalSucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider and more.