News: Goatwhore to Release Vengeful Ascension June 23 via Metal Blade; Tour North America with Anciients

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Goatwhore will release their anticipated Vengeful Ascension full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

The ten-track, forty-one-minute production – mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today is the Day) – marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of “Those Who Denied God’s Will.” A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, it’s a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms while vocalist Ben Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

Vengeful Ascension will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats. Various Vengeful Ascension preorder options are currently available at through Metal Blade, where you can also sample the record’s title track.

Before the album is released, however, Goatwhore will wrap up their current tour with Amon Amarth and will begin a whole new tour with Canada’s own Anciients. As an added bonus for fans of both bands, the North American tour will actually tour through North America. Goatwhore will crush the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at the end of the month before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American journey from June 9th through July 1st.

Goatwhore with Amon Amarth (remaining dates):
5/16/2017 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
5/18/2017 Lookout – Omaha, NE * GOATWHORE only
5/19/2017 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
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5/27-28/2017 Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

 

 Goatwhore with Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion – Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

CoV Stream: Prayer of the Dying Reveal New Album Banished from Death

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The Maltese blackened death machine known as Prayer of the Dying is making it’s return to the world after four years. Following up 2013’s God’s Failed Creation is the new album Banished from Death. Bringing a little more of a doomy feel, bands like Woods of Ypres, Paradise Lost, and Pentagram come to mind as well as Darkthrone, Drudkh, and Behemoth.

Banished from Death is led by the single “Suffocate in Hatred”, which can be streamed below, on the Crown of Viserys Soundcloud. The album releases on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and can be ordered directly from the band via Facebook.

News: Shredmonton’s Date Approaches Quickly

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As many in Edmonton and around the world know by know, the dates of the second year of the annual Shredmonton Metal Festival and Conference will soon be upon us. This year’s edition of the festival features some incredibly heavy acts, being headlined by Unleash the Archers, Psychotic Gardening, and Blëed, and takes place from May 12 to May 14, 2017.

One of the coolest aspects of Shredmonton this year that it features an all ages show on Sunday on top of the all ages industry conference on Saturday. All three days of shows feature killer lineups at one of Edmonton’s best venues, the Mercury Room, located at 10575 114 St NW.

Friday, May 12 (18+) – Doors 7:00 pm

8:00 – 8:45 – Days I Die (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – Osryon (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Sleeping in Traffic (Edmonton, AB)
11:00 – 11:45 – Leave the Living (Red Deer, AB)
12:15 – 1:00 – Psychotic Gardening (Winnipeg, MB)

Saturday, May 13 Seminars (ALL AGES)

Publicity/Promotion Clinic – 1:00-1:30 pm
Vocal clinic 1:30-2:00
Guitar Clinic – 2:00-2:30 pm
Stage Moves with Jesse Valstar – 2:30-3:00 pm
Festival Seminar – 3:00-3:30 pm
Recording/Live Sound Clinic – 3:30-4:00 pm

Saturday, May 13 Show (18+) – Doors 6:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 – Valyria (Edmonton, AB)
8:00 – 8:45 – Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB)
9:00 – 9:45 – W.M.D. (Calgary, AB)
10:00 – 10:45 – Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 – 11:45 – Eye of Horus (Edmonton, AB)
12:15 – FIN – Unleash the Archers (Vancouver, BC)

Sunday, May 14 (All Ages) – Doors 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 – Disturb the Dead (Devon, AB)
4:00 – 4:45 – Scarlet Serenity (Edmonton, AB)
5:00 – 5:45 – Krepitus (Calgary, AB)
6:00 – 6:45 – Voltang (Hamilton, ON)
7:00 – 8:00 – Blëed (Edmonton, AB)

Last year, the first ever Shredmonton, featured international talent such as Dying Fetus, The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, Goatwhore and more. Canadian and local talent included Noire, Tylor Dory Trio, Scythia, Mortillery, and more. It took place at Starlite Room and in it’s basement venue Brixx, with conferences at Shaw Conference Centre.

Video: Music Review 003 – Arx Atrata – Spiritus in Terra

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Here is a new video review for the excellent album Spiritus in Terra by England’s Arx Atrata. Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on YouTube.

Video: News Bit 003 – Altar of Betelgeuze, Augurium, Crypt Rot, and more

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Here is the second episode of the Crown of Viserys News Bit. In it I talk about some of the upcoming albums in April as well as the upcoming shows from Crown of Viserys that happen in April.

If you’re liking what you see with the news bit, let me know, and if you are in a band that would like to be featured in the news bit, also let me know.

Live Music Review: Amorphis with Swallow the Sun and Viathyn

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Amorphis with Swallow the Sun and Viathyn

When: March 31, 2017
Where: Starlite Room

For the first time in Edmonton’s metal history, Amorphis and Swallow the Sun have graced one of our stages, and for the not-enough time Viathyn have done so as well. For those that do not know the bands, Amorphis and Swallow the Sun are both Finnish bands while Viathyn come from Calgary. Amorphis are a melodic death/hard rock amalgamation that was born in the death and doom scene. Swallow the Sun are a doom band with melodic tendencies. Viathyn are a progressive power metal band that have essentially come out of retirement for only two shows, which were the Edmonton and Calgary dates for this Amorphis tour.

The night got a bit of an early start and I think I missed the first song and some of the second, or just part of the first song from Viathyn. It was great to finally see this band live, as they are a band I’ve known and enjoyed since their first album The Peregrine Way. It’s been a very long time since the release of that album (2010), and it’s follow-up Cynosure (2014), so I honestly could not tell you what songs they played because it’s been so long since I’ve listened to those albums; probably 2015 was the last time I listened to them.

The energy this quartet brings to a stage is palpable, which is why it’s sad that they are still essentially on hiatus. The quality of the songs themselves is incredible, with tons of shredding solos and amazing vocals. They are definitely for fans of Opeth, Leprous, newer Arcturus, and, well, Amorphis.

Swallow the Sun were my personal favourite for the night, before the show, and stayed that way after. What can I say, they are a doom band after all! The dynamics of this band are unreal, taking you from the deepest darkness to the brightest lights, and back down again, filling you with so many emotions. Musically, vocally, everything about this band is emotive and perfectly doom. If you’re a fan of Novembers Doom, Novembre, My Dying Bride, or October Tide, and you haven’t checked out Swallow the Sun, you should do so as soon as you can.

Amorphis, oh Amorphis. This was a band not born from the death/doom scene from the 90’s, but one of the bands that gave birth to it! And they were going to be playing, for the first time, in Edmonton. I was really excited. But I was also worried. They have, after all, gone less of a doom direction on their newest albums, going for a more straight forward melodic death sound like Dark Tranquillity or mid-era In Flames. How would this iconic Finnish band play in a city they’ve never been in before? They did indeed play songs from their newer melodic death focused albums, and played them fucking amazingly; “Sacrifice” being one such example. The thing that kind of jarred me was that they seem to have rearranged their old and classic material, which was played sparingly, into sounding more like their modern releases. This is exactly what I was worried would happen, and quite frankly, I’m disappointed. I was hoping Amorphis would play a mixture of their catalogue, but without having to homogenize their old material to fit with their new material. I will say that this is the only sour note in my opinion. The performance that Amorphis gave was beyond excellent, and the Starlite Room carried their sound perfectly. I stood in several locations during the set to take photos, and everywhere I moved the band was perfectly balanced, from front to back, and the band themselves were playing their asses off to make sure that this was a night to remember for everyone involved. Now if only my photos had turned out.

In all, March 31, 2017 was an excellent night, the first night of an excellent weekend for me.

Swallow the Sun

Posted by Crown of Viserys on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

News: Gloomed Debut Initial Offering Demo

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From San Diego, California comes Gloomed, the new three-piece that features Wayne Sarantopoulos (ex-Ghoulgotha, Father Befouled, Encoffination, Decrepitaph, a million more…). Gloomed is not the death metal mastery you may somewhat expect, but rather a traditional doom band in the vein of Pentagram, Saint Vitus, and Black Sabbath. And they are amazing, as evidenced on their first demo, cleverly titled Initial Offering.

From Wayne, via Facebook:

I’d like to formally announce the release of the first demo by my new main band, Gloomed. […] It’s three songs in about 33 minutes. Recorded on March 5th, 2017 at Trench Studios and mixed by Patrick Bruss.

This is some Traditional Doom that I’ve wanted to play for a long time and I finally found the chance to do it. It’s traditional in some ways and a bit strange in some other ways. This is also the first time I’ve gotten to do something with all clean vocals (I’m not singing) and somewhat of a more standard guitar tuning.

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Also, we’re looking for a drummer in the San Diego area. I played drums AND guitar on this demo, but I’m looking to go back to just playing guitar and having the ability to play shows. If you know someone interested, pass along this link to them.

One more thing: Since I know it will be asked, Ghoulgotha is no more. Our drummer Charlie Koryn moved away last summer, and he was just as much a part of the sound of the band as my oddball riffing style, so I decided to end it on a high note rather than try to find another drummer that wouldn’t sound the same and change the whole dynamic of the band. Ghoulgotha wasn’t a band you could do long distance or without 100% commitment, so I decided to move on.

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Needless to say, I’m pretty hooked on this band. Demo of the year contender? I’d say so. Have a listen and tell me your thoughts on it.