ANCIIENTS Streaming New Album

Progressive rock/metal outfit ANCIIENTS are streaming their Season of Mist debut, Heart of Oak in it’s entirety here.

Named “One of 2013’s most anticipated albums” (Decibel) and “thunderous, commanding and catchy” (, ANCIIENTS’ Heart of Oak is poised to become one of early 2013’s most anticipated albums. The modern, progressive quartet craft songs as nuanced and expressive as the range of human emotion, without eschewing their hard rock/heavy metal roots. Tracks such as Raise the Sun, Falling in Line, The Longest River, and Faith & Oath hit hard and resonate deeply and with Heart of Oak as their calling card, ANCIIENTS exude the confidence of a band beyond their years.

The Vancouver-based quartet are also featured on the cover of the British Columbia edition of Canada’s BeatRoute Magazine. The cover can be seen here and ensuing story read here. BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper, started in June 2004, is distributed throughout Western Canada.

Additionally, ANCIIENTS recently announced their participation as part of the forthcoming Death To All Tour. ANCIIENTS will tour alongside legendary metal icons Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio, and Sean Reinert: The Human lineup of legendary metal pioneers, DEATH.

Regarding the tour, guitarist Kenneth Cook said, “We are completely stoked and overjoyed to be invited to play on the ‘DEATH TO ALL’ tour. Chuck Schuldiner and Death are legendary, and it’s an honor to be able to celebrate his life for a great cause.”

A portion of the Death To All tour proceeds will once again benefit the Sweet Relief charity, a non-profit devoted to helping musicians without insurance who are facing serious illness. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Heart of Oak – available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop now – releases April 16 in North America. Available on limited edition digipack with 2 bonus tracks, jewel case CD, limited edition double gate-fold LP, and digitally.

Heart of Oak track listing:
1. Raise the Sun
2. Overthrone
3. Falling in Line
4. The Longest River
5. One Foot in the Light
6. Giants
7. Faith and Oath
8. Flood and Fire
9. For Lisa

Digipack bonus tracks:
10. Humanist
11. Built to Die

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DEATH TO ALL Tour Dates:
04/13 Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues w/ Masters of Steel (Members of Agent Steel)
04/15 Engelwood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/18 Detroit, MI@ St. Andrews Hall
04/19 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Cleveland
04/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
04/21 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/23 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
04/24 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
04/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts w/ Believer
04/26 Silver Spring, MD@ The Fillmore (Silver Spring)
04/27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/28 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Tour Dates:
5/15 Billings, MT @ Railyard
5/17 Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
5/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Indy’s Jukebox w/ Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer
5/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere’s w/ Glorior Belli, Wolvhammer


THE OCEAN Streaming Instrumental Version of New Album

In celebration of its forthcoming release, just three weeks away, Spin Magazine is currently streaming the instrumental version of THE OCEAN‘s Pelagial in its entirety!

Written, recorded, and intended to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music, Pelagial is a multifaceted conceptual musical voyage that begins at the surface of the ocean and plunges through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. In synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean, the album begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level. The tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes of underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a claustrophobic “Das Boot“-kind of atmosphere.


“There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks, some riffs appear in the first two minutes of the album and then reappear 30 minutes later,” comments guitarist Robin Staps.

Delve into the sonic depths of Pelagial, courtesy of Spin Magazine, HERE or request The Ocean on The Welding Room (Tuesday’s 3:00-7:00pm & Thursday’s 5:00-9:00pm ET). Send your Death Threats/Complaints to now.

Pelagial was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, and firmly stands as THE OCEAN’s deepest, most challenging entry to their winding catalog of sound exploration. Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/World) through Metal Blade Records. For preorder info, studio footage and more, visit the band’s Official Metal Blade Page.

Additionally, preorders are currently available for the vinyl edition of the album, released through Pelagic Records. The vinyl edition features two separate gatefolds with related artwork (by Seldon Hunt), holding four 10″ vinyl records in different colors! Order yours now at: http//

In related news, THE OCEAN will return to North America this summer as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19 through August 24, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

SVARTSYN Debut New Track, Hear On TWR RADIO Today


Swedish black metal band SVARTSYN has revealed the first track off the upcoming full-length album entitled Black Testament. The album is coming to shops on May 28 in Europe and June 11 in North America on Agonia Records.

The song Demoness With Seven Names can be streamed here:

 Black Testament can be described as a “sinister mix between Destruction Of Man (2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases.” – Ornias, the SVARTSYN founder and mastermind, added: “it’s a journey through my spiritual darkness and death.”

The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden. A short series of video clips* documenting the recording process (vocals, guitars and drums) can be viewed at the links below:

(*videos listed in chronological order)


Black Testament will consist of 7 original tracks and will be available on CD, LP and digital. First 100 LP copies available on a coloured vinyl.

1. Revelation in the waters
2. Venom of the underworld
3. Demoness with seven names
4. Carving a temple
5. Eyes of the earth
6. Rising beast
7. Black testament

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BILLY SHEEHAN (NIACIN, ex-DLR, Mr. Big) Announces Bass Clinic Tour Dates

Neo-fusion instrumental super trio NIACIN recently released their sixth studio album Krush, their first new music in over eight years. The album, described as a “high-octane thrill ride” by Revolver, was recorded at Clear Lake Studios in North Hollywood (No Doubt, Black Veil Brides) with engineer Ara Sariksian (Steel Panther) while being mixed and mastered by Dino Herrmann (Scorpions, Guns N’ Roses, Meat Loaf). You can purchase a copy of the album from the Prosthetic webstore HERE or download a digital version from iTunes or Amazon mp3.

The group’s legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai) has announced a series of free Guitar Center Workshops throughout May which will feature a live performance, Q&A, meet-and-greet and autograph signing. Dates are listed below. In addition to being able to pick up a copy of “Krush” at each stop, attendees can enter to win Sheehan’s Hartke bass amplification rig, which includes an LH1000 Bass Amplifier and AK410/AK115 Bass Cabinets, or an autographed pack of Rotosound Swing Bass 66 strings.

Billy Sheehan Guitar Center Sessions:
5/13 – Guitar Center West Los Angeles @ 6pm (10831 W Pico Blvd)
5/14 – Guitar Center San Jose @ 6pm (3677 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara)
5/16 – Guitar Center Reno @ 6pm (6663 S Virginia St)
5/17 – Guitar Center Phoenix @ 6pm (8949 East Indian Blvd, Scottsdale)
5/19 – Guitar Center Albuquerque @ 2pm (6001 Menaul Blvd NE)
5/20 – Guitar Center Denver @ 6pm (9647 E County Line Rd, Englewood)
5/22 – Guitar Center New York City @ 6pm (25 W 14th St, Manhattan)
5/23 – Guitar Center Danbury @ 6pm (15 Backus Ave)

The moniker NIACIN — the common name of the vitamin B3 — refers to the integral musical role played by the Hammond B-3 organ in shaping the band’s sound, a combination of jazz and rock roots mixed with inspiration from B-3 legends such as Blind Faith, Keith Emerson, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep). Stay tuned for more information and tour dates in the coming weeks!

FORGOTTEN TOMB European Tour This Month [FORGOTTEN TOMB ogłasza Europejską trasę]

Rock influenced black/doom metal masters FORGOTTEN TOMB are due to kick off a headlining European tour on April 24 (Wednesday) at United Club in Torino (Italy). The tour will play in cities across Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria.

During the event FORGOTTEN TOMB will celebrate a significant occasion as well as promote its latest album; an album that according to Pitchfork finally “hit their groove”, And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil (out October 2012 on Agonia). The celebration in turn is connected with the 10 years anniversary of Springtime Depression – selected shows will feature a special set, on which this particular record will be performed in its entirety. Springtime Depression has been reissued and remastered on Digipack and Vinyl on Agonia Records.

Premiere track off And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil can be streamed at this location:

FORGOTTEN TOMB will be supported by Swedish doomsters ISOLE and epic metallers EREB ALTOR.

Promoters interested in booking one of the remaining shows should get in touch at:

04/27 FRANCE – TBC
04/29 SPAIN – TBC

*Springtime Depression special set
** Springtime Depression special set, only Forgotten Tomb

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