MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT Debut New Song

 

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the undeniably spine-crushing band MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT. While many have anticipated the apocalypse in 2012, MOTA has been accurately predicting and creating the soundtrack for such a disaster since 2003. There is perhaps no better way to celebrate such a milestone than by releasing a new face melting full-length record, and MOTA has never failed in that regard.

Available June 25th on Translation Loss Records – Pre-Orders Up Now

MOTA teamed up Pitchfork to premiere the first track from the band’s new album Dawning. The song entitled It Swarms can be heard HERE. Dawning is available for pre-order HERE.

In 2004 they released Time and Withering with great success and followed up with a split CD alongside another Dayton, OH based band, KENOMA. After releasing the critically acclaimed The Ties That Blind in 2006 and the beautifully devastating Quietly in 2008, the band underwent about a million member changes before releasing The Violence Beneath EP in 2010.

The current lineup consists of drummer Dave Mann, guitarists and vocalists Steve Brooks and Kevin Schindel, keyboardist and vocalist Jason Watkins, and bassist Evan Danielson. The band plans to celebrate its ‘most glorious birthday’ by releasing a psychedelic-tinged sludge-rock masterpiece. Remaining under the long time label support of Translation Loss Records, their new album Dawning bludgeons its way to the top of their long catalog of doom rock greatness. These dudes last proved their heavy-metallic weight in gold when they made it through a volcanic eruption to play the Roadburn Festival on their 2010 European tour in support of The Violence Beneath. This year these well-worn road veterans plan on bringing their incredibly loud and extremely hairy brand of post-metal to a venue near you in support of Dawning. Of course, you have to live in the northern hemisphere to get your chance to witness this rock ‘n roll spectacle.

In support of Dawning MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT will be touring this summer with Intronaut and Scale the Summit. The tour starts June 5th in Seattle, WA and runs through July 6th in Hollywood, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Check out www.mouthofthearchitect.com or www.translationloss.com for more information.

Dawning Tracklisting:
1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
5. Patterns
6. The Other Son

MOTA Lineup:
Dave Mann – Drums
Evan Danielson – Bass
Steve Brooks – Guitar & Vocals
Kevin Schindel – Guitar & Vocals
Jason Watkins – Keyboards &Vocals

MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT on Tour with Intronaut and Scale the Summit:
6/5: Seattle, WA @ Highline
6/6: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/7: Calgary, AB @ Broken City
6/8: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
6/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Villae Inn
6/11: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/12: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
6/13: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
6/14: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
6/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
6/17: Montreal, QC @ II Motore
6/18: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
6/19: West Chester, PA @ The Note
6/20: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
6/21: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
6/22: Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
6/23: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/24: Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/25: Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/26: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater
6/28: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s-Downstairs
6/29: Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/30: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
7/2: Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
7/6: Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theater

 

HOLY GRAIL Premiere New Video

 

Having just completed touring with the Anthrax-headlined Metal Alliance Tour, Los Angeles heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL are excited to premiere their second-ever music video. Directed by Will Knapp, Ride The Void — the title track from their critically acclaimed sophomore release — can be seen below or on YouTube.

Described as “the second coming of Judas Priest” by the Washington Times, HOLY GRAIL spent much of 2012 recording Ride The Void – which cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its release earlier this year – with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom).

“You’d have to go back 20 years to find a metal record that achieves this level of instant infectiousness.” Decibel

The album is currently available on iTunes and Amazon MP3, as well as on CD or LP via RideTheVoid.com.

HOLY GRAIL are currently touring their way west with Exodus. The band will also play a show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles — their first hometown headlining performance since the release of Ride The Void — on May 15. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
HOLY GRAIL live:
4/25 Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distillery *
4/26 Fargo, ND – House of Rock *
4/27 Billings, MT – The Railyard *
5/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room
* with Exodus

For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial

 

LOCRIAN Announce New Album Details

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian have revealed the details behind their highly anticipated Relapse Records full-length debut entitled Return To Annihilation. The album was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world.

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is sure to be the group’s most ambitious recordings to date. A trailer featuring a snippet of new music is available for viewing here while the cover art and pre-orders are available via this location. A tracklisting is listed below.

Lyricist / multi-instrumentalist Terrence Hannum commented on the album’s concept:

I think for the album concept we were inspired by Genesis’ Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and how it is a surreal narrative telling a story. We sought to make our own but we wanted to give our nod to the prog bands that inspired us; King Crimson or Yes with the multi-part songs.

So we had looked at the novel Dhalgren by sci-fi writer Samuel Delaney as a big influence too. How it is a circular narrative, ours is more of a mirror of itself, one that changes and shifts. It also borrows extensively from Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project.

Our story is about a cataclysm that changes the world and all manner of perception in two parts. I would say, the real and the perceived. And it is all told to you through a narrator, one who you cannot tell if he is asleep or dreaming or sleepwalking through this shifting landscape.

Part 1 begins at the end of a song whose lyrics discuss a dawn in which all of our monuments dissolved, the next track the wrath of heaven (a massive cataclysm) visits earth, then two moons appear in the sky (perhaps the most direct reference to Delaney’s novel but also an homage to Nick Drake). It ends with the first multi-part track Return to Annihilation, a more metaphysical description of the changes apparent in the world. One in which minerals work against man, there is only evolution. We also gain insight into that what we’ve been told may be unreliable as the narrator admits to “noctambulism” (sleepwalking). But it is intentionally unclear if this is his state or the state of everyone.

Part 2 is a view back through this mirror or lens of Part 1. We exit the hall or vapor and light and enter a panorama of mirror, the entire world as reflection. It ends with a four part piece about worshiping equilibrium in a world where it has been extinct (isostasy), discussing the qualities of the air that is now poisoned, witnessing the burial of urns (hydriotaphia) and finally awaking to awareness.

One of the things we wanted to accomplish was a sense of texture with mirrors, prisms, lenses, etc. being referenced in the sounds and tone. I think it does.

Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career, including a recent reissue of The Clearing/The Final Epoch and New Dominions, a split with label-mates Horseback. The Clearing / The Final Epoch can be found streaming at this location while New Dominions is available for streaming here.

Return To Annihilation Tracklisting:

A:
Part I
1: Eternal Return
2: A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven
3: Two Moons
4: Return to Annihilation
a. Into One Light
b. Anathemata
c. All Mineral in Upheaval

B:
Part II
5: Exiting the Hall of Vapor and Light
6: Panorama of Mirror
7: Obsolete Elegies
a: Isostasy
b: Digression of Air
c: Hydriotaphia
d: In Felsic Splendor

www.locrianband.com
www.facebook.com/locrianofficial
www.locrian.bandcamp.com

SHINING Launch New Album Stream

Norwegian industrial jazz-metallists’ SHINING are excited to reveal the stream of their entire album, One One One. You can listen for yourself exclusively on NOISEY.VICE.COM while reading an in-depth interview with front man Jørgen Munkeby by clicking HERE.

One One One, the groups first studio album in three years, is currently available digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp. You can pre-order the album, scheduled for May 28 release on CD (gatefold LP to follow shortly after), directly from the Prosthetic web store – http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/band/shining.

Out now digitally; CD release scheduled for May 28

Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Slayer) and mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Ministry), One One One sees Shining expanding on the musical palettes introduced on Blackjazz. That album – hailed by the New York Times as “a radioactive alloy of jazz and black metal” – scored a Norwegian Grammy nomination, cracked the Norwegian Top 10 and saw the group tour around the globe, from high-profile U.S. events like SXSW and CMJ to the large stages of European summer festivals. SHINING are currently on tour throughout Europe, full dates can be found below. For a preview of their show, you can watch a soaring live clip of their heavy cover of King Crimson’s classic track 21st Century Schizoid Man at Oslo’s Rockefeller Music Hall on the band’s Youtube channel.

Come see SHINING live here:
4/25 Tromsø, NO – Driv #
4/26 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall #
4/27 Trondheim, NO – Byscenen #
5/3 Wroclaw, PL – Assymetry Festival
5/15 Wroclaw, PL – Assymetry Festival
6/29 Steinkjer, NO – Steinkjerfestivalen
7/26 Oulu, FL – Qstock
7/27 Gamle Fredrikstad, NO – Manefestivalen
8/10 Oslo, NO – Oyafestivalen
# with Hedvig Mollestad Trio

 

ENTHRONED Announce New Live Dates

Belgium’s renowned black metal outfit ENTHRONED confirmed a bunch of new live dates in Europe, including four festival appearances:

4/26 – Wroclaw (Poland) – Club Liverpool
4/27 – Kraków (Poland) – Club Studencki Kwadrat
5/31 – Beograd (Serbia) – Darkness Rising Festival  (with Emptiness)
6/29 – Barcelona (Spain) – Move Your Fucking Brain Extreme Festival
7/27 – Buze-Steenwijk (Holland) – Stonehenge Festival
8/03 – Spital am Semmering (Austria) – Metal Invasion Open Air Festival
12/08 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (UK) – Northumbria University

The band will be touring in support of their latest full-length album entitled Obsidium, released in March 2012 on Agonia Records. The album was quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Premier track off Obsidium is available at this location:
http://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/enthroned-nonvs-sacramentum

More news on the band: https://www.facebook.com/Frater.Silurian

For more info and shopping with Agonia Records visit: www.agoniarecords.com
For general info and order inquires contact: info@agoniarecords.com
For promotional info contact: promotion@agoniarecords.com
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Final List of FORGOTTEN TOMB European Tour Dates

Rock influenced black/doom metal masters FORGOTTEN TOMB kicked off their headlining European tour on April 24th at United Club in Torino (Italy). They will play cities across ItalySwitzerlandFranceSpainPortugalUKBelgiumHollandGermany and Austria. The final list of confirmed dates are below.

During the event FORGOTTEN TOMB will celebrate a significant occasion as well as promote the latest album And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil – where they finally “hit their groove” according to Pitchfork. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Springtime Depression, select shows will feature a special set where the band perform the album in its entirety. Springtime Depression was reissued and remastered, available now on Digipack and Vinyl on Agonia Records.

Shows include:
4/25 ITALY – BRESSO (MI) / BLUE ROSE SALOON
4/26 SWITZERLAND – ZURICH / WERK 21 – Springtime Depression Special Set
4/27 FRANCE – MONTBELIARD / ATELIER DES MOLES – Springtime Depression Special Set
4/28 FRANCE – BRESSUIRE / SALLE EMERAUDE
4/29 SPAIN – IRUN / SALA TUNK
4/30 PORTUGAL – BENAVENTE / SIDE B
5/01 SPAIN – MADRID / SALA EXCALIBUR – Springtime Depression Special Set
5/02 SPAIN – BARCELONA / BE GOOD
5/03 SPAIN – ZARAGOZA / UTOPÍA
5/04 FRANCE – TOLOUSE / LE SAINT DES SEINS
5/05 FRANCE – PARIS / GLAZART – Springtime Depression Special Set
5/06 UK – LONDON / GARAGE UPSTAIRS
5/07 UK – NEWCASTLE / TRILLIANS BAR
5/08 BELGIUM – MECHELEN / KAMIKAZE
5/09 HOLLAND – ARNHEM / WILLEMEEN
5/10 GERMANY – OBERHAUSEN / HELVETE – Springtime Depression Special Set
5/11 GERMANY – ERFURT / FROM HELL – Springtime Depression Special Set
5/12 GERMANY or AUSTRIA – Tba (promoters please contact: promotion@agoniarecords.com)

Premiere track off And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil album can be streamed at this location: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/forgotten-tomb-deprived

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

More on the band at this location: https://www.facebook.com/Official.Forgotten.Tomb

For more info and shopping with Agonia Records visit: www.agoniarecords.com
For general info and order inquires contact: info@agoniarecords.com
For promotional info contact: promotion@agoniarecords.com
Agonia Records myspace: www.myspace.com/agoniarecords

Agonia Records facebook: www.facebook.com/agoniarecords

*NEW: Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AgoniaRec
**NEW: Twitter: https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

PURSON Streaming Debut Album

Purson, the London-based quintet Pitchfork recently described as eerie and whimsical,” is currently streaming their debut album, The Circle and The Blue Door, via Spin HERE.


The 11-song album is set for an April 30 release via Metal Blade/Rise Above Records and has been dubbed “best debut of 2013” by Decibel Magazine with overseas outlets like Kerrang (“the best bits of ’60s and ’70s rock – think Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cream… brought to 2013 in a sweet-smelling musical haze”), BBC (“a modern demonic sound”), Terrorizer (“their brand of gothic psychedelia is set to take 2013 by storm”) and Subterranea/Metal Hammer (“Purson are the UK’s new ambassadors for the otherworldly”) all championing the young UK outfit.

The video for Leaning On A Bear – directed by Chris Martindebuted last month and is viewable here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c90mXA_Jrc4The clip gives a perfect visual to the band’s trippy psychedelia, or as they call it “vaudeville carny psych.”

Rosalie said of the setting:

“We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Café Cairo that look as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh.” 

Pre-orders of The Circle and The Blue Door are available via Metal Blade at this link: www.metalblade.com/pursonPurson will make their debut U.S. performances this fall with tour dates forthcoming.

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