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News: CHRCH from Sacramento Joins Neurot Recordings; Band To Release Second Full-Length This Spring

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Sacramento, California based doom quintet CHRCH has joined the Neurot Recordings family for the release of their forthcoming full-length, Light Will Consume Us All, slated to drop this spring.

Comments the band: “We are very excited to be working with Neurot for our next record. To be able to share the continuation of our narrative with the world through them is thrilling. Neurosis is the apex of integrity in music to us and it’s an honor to work with like-minded individuals for this release.”

Standing at a crossroads of light and dark, CHRCH wields epic, lengthy songs, massive low end, and an occult vocal presence in a perfect blend of height and depth. CHRCH has been hard at work crafting their particular sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble glorification of their fundamental musical elements.

This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut Unanswered Hymns (Battleground Records, 2015), a sprawling roller coaster of an album. Long form songs build and heedlessly dismantle as the band reaches sonic heights and beautiful plateaus. Severe, sometimes unrelenting, vocals contrast melodic singing; massive fuzz gives way to clean guitar parts. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, California, it exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in with a sound influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience.

CHRCH teamed up with Fister to release a split 12″ via Battleground Records/Crown And Thorne LTD, earlier this year. Their track, “Temples,” displays the increasing subtlety and intensity of CHRCH‘s songwriting. Intricate melodies and composition build on the band’s thunderous drums, strong vocals, and gargantuan riffs.

The impending Light Will Consume Us All, carries with it the same quality of songwriting that caught the attention of fans worldwide on their debut. Building upon this unyielding foundation, Light Will Consume Us All continues CHRCH‘s narrative, traversing life’s epic journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness.

Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward; the music of CHRCH calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.

Stand by for further info on Light Will Consume Us All to be announced in the weeks to come.

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News: Akhenaten Announce New Album, “Golden Serpent God”

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Mesopotamian (via Colorado) blackened death metal duo Akhenaten have announced their new album, Golden Serpent God. The amazing artwork was handled by Tony Koehl, and a single and release date will be revealed soon. Golden Serpent God is the follow-up to 2015’s Incantations Through the Gates of Irkalla.

Golden Serpent God Tracklisting:
1. Amulets of Smoke and Fire
2. Dragon of the Primordial Sea
3. Throne of Shamash
4. Through the Stargate
5. Erishkigal: Kingdom of Death
6. Pazuzu: Harbinger of Darkness
7. Akashic Field: Enter Arcana Catacombs
8. God of Creation (Ft. Brian Palmer)
9. Sweat of the Sun
10. Apophis: The Serpent of Rebirth
11. Golden Serpent God

News: Immortal Bird Embarks on First Euro Tour with Moshpig

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Blackened death grind unit Immortal Bird will bring their surly odes overseas for a European live takeover later this month. Set to begin October 21st and level fifteen cities through November 4th, the journey marks the band’s first time ever performing in European territory. The band will be joined by French grindcore maniacs Moshpig. See all confirmed dates below.

“It’s our first time touring Europe,” says vocalist Rae Amitay. “We’re going out with a super intense and fun French grindcore band, Moshpig, hitting four countries in two weeks, and a couple of the highlights will be the Damnation Prefest in Leeds and Bilbao Deathfest in Spain with Sete Star Sept, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Internal Suffering, and a bunch more. Very stoked to get out of the US for a minute!”

Immortal Bird continues to tour in support of their critically-adored Empress/Abscess full-length, released in 2016 via a collaborative effort with Broken Limbs Recordings (vinyl/cassette) and the band’s own Manatee Rampage Recordings (CD/digital).

Empress/Abscess was tracked by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York,and continues to traumatize the ears of fans and critics globally.

Bilbao Deathfest 2017

Immortal Bird with Moshpig:
10/21/2017 Excalibur – Reims, FR
10/22/2017 Riveter – Nancy, FR
10/23/2017 Epplehaus – Tübingen, DE
10/24/2017 La Comedia – Montreuil, FR
10/25/2017 Le Dock – Grenoble, FR
10/26/2017 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR
10/27/2017 Bilbao Deathfest – Bilbao, ES
10/28/2017 La Scene Michelet – Nantes, FR
10/29/2017 O’Flaherty’s Pub – Lorient, FR
10/30/2017 Bar Live – Roubaix, FR
10/31/2017 The Dev – London, UK
11/01/2017 The Alma Inn – Bolton, UK
11/02/2017 Trillians Rockbar – Newcastle, UK
11/03/2017 Damnation Prefest – Leeds, UK
11/04/2017 The Golden Fleece – Nottingham, UK

 

News: ConcertWorks and Crown of Viserys to Present Pallbearer and Gost

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Pallbearer with Gost In Edmonton

It is with extreme pleasure that I get to announce this show. Pallbearer and Gost will be coming to Edmonton, and Crown of Viserys will be working with ConcertWorks to put the show on. For those that don’t know my music tastes, Pallbearer is pretty much right up my alley for so many reasons. Gost, however, are new listens for me, and I’m really enjoying what I’m hearing.

The show will be taking place at Brixx, which is under Starlite Room, on Sunday, August 13.

Get your tickets online through TicketFly or in real life at Blackbyrd Myoozik.

News: Helleborus Unleash New Single “Prayer of the Undying”

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Colorado’s Helleborus have unleashed a new single, and it’s fucking awesome. “Prayer of the Undying” is pretty much a perfect example of what Helleborus does: fast, deep drumming; slow, hypnotic guitars; and the voice of a dead god reaching across time and space to drown you in a blackened abyss. Fans of the band’s debut album The Carnal Sabbath should love this new offering.

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.

Video: Music Review 002 – Casket Huffer – Gospels of Scum

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Here is a new video review for the upcoming vinyl re-release of Gospels of Scum by Casket Huffer. Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on YouTube.