MARES OF THRACE: Full Album Streaming At Exclaim! As Street Date Closes In

The Pilgrimage, the awaited second album from Calgary’s MARES OF THRACE, will finally see worldwide release via CD and digital download next Tuesday, April 24th. To count down to the release date, today Exclaim! Magazine is hosting a full album stream of The Pilgrimage AT THIS LOCATION.

MARES OF THRACE will take to the road across North America for a solid month in conjunction with the release of The Pilgrimage next week as well, the first show taking place only two days after the album’s release.

4/26/2012 LBH – Kamloops, BC
4/27/2012 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
4/28/2012 Highline – Seattle, WA
4/29/2012 Voyeur Cafe – Olympia, WA
4/30/2012 East End – Portland, OR
5/03/2012 Broken City – Calgary, AB
5/04/2012 Amigos – Saskatoon, SK
5/06/2012 Negative Space – Winnipeg, MB
5/07/2012 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON
5/08/2012 Oddfellows Hall – Sault Ste Marie, ON
5/09/2012 This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON
5/10/2012 Cafe Dekcuf – Ottawa, ON
5/11/2012 460 – Toronto, ON
5/12/2012 Club Absynthe – Montreal, QC
5/13/2012 Le Kaméléon – Quebec, QC
5/14/2012 Geno’s – Portland, ME
5/15/2012 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/16/2012 Radio – Somerville, MA
5/17/2012 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT
5/18/2012 Monty’s Krown – Rochester, NY
5/19/2012 Carabar – Columbus, OH
5/20/2012 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
5/21/2012 Lager House – Detroit, MI
5/22/2012 Vibes Music – Indianapolis, IN
5/23/2012 Ultralounge – Chicago, IL
5/24/2012 The Heavy Anchor – St. Louis, MO
5/25/2012 Off Minor – Dubuque, IA
5/26/2012 Medusa – Minneapolis, MN

The first in a multi-album worldwide deal with Sonic Unyon Metal, The Pilgrimage sets a new bar for MARES OF THRACE, with nearly 43 minutes of material more creative, compelling and crushing than before. Recorded at Chicago’s Engine Studio with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, YOB) and mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room, The Pilgrimage has been killing at print and online media, radio and more, the band’s dynamic, unique brutality winning over journalists worldwide. The record took the #1 place on Earshot’s Canadian college radio Loud chart, and the band owns the main cover of the April issue of Beatroute Magazine. The duo also recently filmed a video for the track “The Perpetrator” which will be released shortly. A vinyl version of the album will see release in the coming months as well.

“The Pilgrimage is the best kind of sophomore outing; same man-eating, fire-spitting Mares, now with razor hooves and venomous spines for a mane. Ride at your own risk. 8/10” – Decibel

“…a much busier, more dynamic e­ffort than its predecessor; one that never flails in its considerable ambition, but, rather, simply continues driving forward, all menace and swagger. 8/10” – Magnet

“…the Canadian duo (guitar/drums) explore a nihilistic cocktail of noise-punk, caustic hardcore and bowel-rattling sludge…” – BrooklynVegan

“Another essential, formidable release for 2012 that knocks most other bands into the dirt. 9.5/10” – Doommantia

“Fascinating and compelling, The Pilgrimage is founded in a desire to create…” – Cvlt Nation

The Canadian duo doesn’t toy around with studio tactics or post-production nonsense; what you hear is how it was intended to be released. 4/5″ –

“…hard-hitting, sludgy noise rock full of nightmarish riffs and venomous, seething vocals that perpetually make it sound as though Lanz’s throat is being melted with acid…” – MetalSucks

“…a defining work that captures the full dimensions of the band’s artistic vision. Easily one of the first essential albums to come of 2012. 4.5/5” – The Bone Reader

“Dare I say Canada’s #1 metal album of the year for a second time? 9/10” – This Is Not A Scene