PARADISE LOST Unveil Cover Artwork For Forthcoming Album

PARADISE LOST reveals cover artwork for new album, ‘The Plague Within

Returning with opus number fourteen, The Plague Within (set to be released June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America), PARADISE LOST has once again refined the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It’s a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition: a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia. Theirs is a pain born of the human condition itself as our fragile minds struggle to cope in a world overrun by demons…

Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, ULVER, CATHEDRAL) at London’s Orgone Studios, the frostbitten riffs thunder beneath the bittersweet euphoria of Nick’s vocals, drifting between rich melodic soars and icy snarls. It’s an organic body of work that confronts the trials and tribulations of struggling alone in darkness, but also one that treads incredibly exciting and genuinely “new” sonic ground in the process.
The cover artwork was created by the polish artist, illustrator and architect Zbigniew M. Bielak, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of WATAIN, GHOST and ENTOMBED A.D. albums. Zbigniew comments:

“Since their late 80’s inception, through somber abrasiveness of their debut and harrowing tristesse of groundbreaking ‘Gothic’, the unparalleled icons of gloom, PARADISE LOST grew deep into all things murky and dreadful in modern music. Let alone Duncan Fergado’s artwork for their ‘Lost Paradise’ debut remains one of my fave covers, so having heard that with ‘The Plague Within’ the band harks back to days of old, was – to say the least – a thrilling incentive to pick up the commission.
It was also a rare joy to see how preliminarily calm and reflective Arcimboldian artwork, kept becoming ever darker and more sinister past each of  Nick’s and Greg’s scrutinies, to finally become what one can see on the actual cover. A portrait of hopeless decrepitude of mental illness  – which is what ‘The Plague Within’ deals with thematically – where the tormented Sisyphus struggles to push his burden back up the slippery walls of a long frozen illusion.”

For more information about Zbigniew M. Bielak, please visit:
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PARADISE LOST Live:
May 29, 2015 – Rockavaria – Munich – Germany
May 30, 2015 – Der Ring – Grune Holle Rock – Nurburg – Germany
July 18, 2015 – Castle Party Festival – Bolkow – Poland
August 15, 2015 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbuhl – Germany

More dates to be announced soon!

PARADISE LOST online:
http://www.paradiselost.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/paradiselostofficial
http://twitter.com/officialpl

MUTILATION RITES on the Road

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Don’t miss out on your chance to see Brooklyn-based filthy blackened metallists’ MUTILATION RITES perform one of their harrowing, mind-altering live shows as they trek across the US this month including a stop at SXSW, with support from Mantar.

These #TWRradio artists are touring in support of their latest album “Harbinger.” They recently completed their first-ever European tour. Stay tuned for upcoming plans.

TOUR DATES

3/2 Pittsburgh, PA – Roboto Project
3/3 Cincinnati, OH – Last House on the Left
3/4 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
3/5 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
3/6 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
3/8 Seattle, WA – Highline ^
3/9 Portland, OR – Branx ^
3/10 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse ^
3/11 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos ^
3/12 San Diego,CA – TBA ^
3/13 Phoenix, AZ – 51 West ^
3/15 El Paso, TX – The Sandbox ^
3/16 San Antonio, TX – The Korova ^
3/17-22 Austin, TX – SXSW
3/23 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ^

3/24 Tallahassee, FL – Pug’s Live ^
3/25 St. Petersburg, FL – Local 662 ^
3/26 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub ^
3/27 Orlando, FL – Hourglass Brewery ^
3/28 Asheville, NC – The Odditorium
3/29 Harrisonburg, VA – Crayola House
3/30 Washington, DC – The Pinch

4/3 Montreal, QB – Messe de Morts Festival

^ with Mantar

“Harbinger” — a follow up to MUTILATION RITES acclaimed underground debut “Empyrean” —  was released last summer via Prosthetic Records. Described as a “nightmarish merger between black, death, d-beat, and doom” (Pitchfork), the album was recorded by long-time friend and producer Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) and mastered by James Plotkin (Pelican, Isis, SunnO))), Isis). Its eight tracks of “invigorating and nerve-wracking debauchery” (Dead Rhetoric) are perfectly accompanied visually by noted cover artist Valnoir (Psycroptic, Watain, The Black Dahlia Murder).

CRYPTIC HYMN Free Download & Tour Update

amr_logo_smal_570CRYPTIC HYMN, as heard on #TWRradio, the blackened death metal band forged from ex-Voyage of Slaves members Dave Palenske, Jon Grace, and Nathaniel Vowell as well as Josh Mumford of Anagnorisis have posted a new lyric video for their single ‘Revel In Disgust’ at the following link here. The single is also available for free download on Bandcamp and Soundcloud to give fans a taste of what’s to come in 2015 as they work pre-production on their debut release. Fans of death metal, black metal, thrash and doom who head bang to bands such as At The Gates, Death, Revocation, Skeletonwitch are sure to feel the brutal assault Cryptic Hymn offers in the mosh pit as they perform show dates alongside Dysphorium for the Poltourgeist Tour.

*New Date Added
March 20 – METROPOLIS, IL @ THE ELK’S LODGE
March 23 – ATLANTA, GA @ 529
*March 27 – CINCINNATI, OH @ TACOCRACY
March 28 – LOUISVILLE, KY @ EXPO 5
Free Downloads – Revel In Disgust

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/cryptic-hymn/revel-in-disgust

Bandcamp – https://cryptichymn.bandcamp.com/releases

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Lyric Video – Revel In Disgust

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BEDEMON Returns! BLACK SABBATH Can Suck It

Bedemon (members of Pentagram) Stream Child of Darkness Reissue
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CD/LP Available Tuesday via Relapse

Listen to ‘Child Of Darkness’ via Noisey HERE
Widely considered America’s first doom metal band, BEDEMON are streaming their complete, archival recordings, Child of Darkness via Noisey here. Formed in 1973 and consisted of original Pentagram members Randy Palmer, Geof O’Keefe, and Bobby Liebling, the group was an offshoot of Pentagram, with a darker and doomier tone. BEDEMON recorded various sessions spanning from 1973-1979 which are being made available once again via Relapse Records after being out-of-print for over 10 years.
Child of Darkness will be made available on CD/LP on February 24th. Pre-Orders are available HERE.

Additionally, the release includes extensive liner notes from original members Mike Matthews and Geof O’Keefe and is a must for fans of Pentagram or traditional doom metal. BEDEMON’Child of Darkness is truly a crucial glimpse into the nihilistic minds that gave birth to an entire genre!

Bedemon is:

Randy Palmer (deceased), visionary songwriter and guitarist
Mike Matthews, bass and lead guitars
Geof O’Keefe, drums and lead guitar
Bobby Liebling, lead vocals

Pre-Order ‘Child Of Darkness’ from Relapse Records HERE
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THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL Signs With Napalm Records

When Tom Sutton left the doom band Church of Misery, it was to make his long-established grand vision of an epic doom band come true. To accomplish this, he moved to Sweden and hooked his strings together with Patrik Andersson Winberg (ex-Doomdogs ), Hans Lilja as Lotus (which for a period had Brian Robertson, ex Thin Lizzy as guitarist) and Staffan Bjorck from the band Wildebeest. Together with his and the band’s Doom and Heavy Metal influences, folk music, twinguitars and feel of old horror movies to create dark divine music, they became THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL. The band has now signed a record deal with Spinning Goblin / Napalm Records, and commented the signing as follows:

 

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL are thrilled to announce that we have signed to Napalm Records, and will be releasing our first album, ‘Wisdom’, in the Autumn, 2014. We’re extremely proud of the record, and know that Napalm will be the perfect home for it. We are also very excited to be sharing a label with the extremely legendary Candlemass, who have been one of the biggest influences on the sound of the band from the beginning. Cheers!”

 

For More Info Visit:

www.theorderofisrafel.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheOrderOfIsrafel

https://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

“Wisdom” Live Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0nMB4iG_YU

The Order Of Israfel – Live @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Ry36GDh-A

AVATARIUM Debut Record Out Now

Stockholm-based Doom Supergroup AVATARIUM released their highly anticipated self-titled debut record Avatarium via Nuclear Blast.AVATARIUM – debut record out now! - 2013-11-01 00:00

The band features legendary Doom Metal pioneer Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS) on bass, Marcus Jidell (EVERGREY) on guitar, Carl Westholm (CANDLEMASS) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums and Jennie-Ann Smith handling vocal duties.

Critics worldwide speak in unity, with most praiseful words:

“Avatarium is a progged-up, doom metal masterpiece and Leif Edling is a fucking genius!” Metal Hammer UK

“The new emotional feeling of Dark Doom is called AVATARIUM. Strong & fragile, powerful and poetic!” – METALLIAN

Several different versions of the album are available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop: http://smarturl.it/AVATARIUM-Album

Avatarium is also available as a full stream here: http://bit.ly/AvatariumStream

LORD DYING Premiere New Video

LORD DYING come from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff.  A region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other LORD DYING gives something less than a fuck. They are a metal band with members of Black Elk , Portals, Le Force, and Cremains, who in their short, one year’s time as a band have shared the stage with Red Fang, Down, Unsane, Yob, Valient Thorr, Ghost and many others.

The band recently finished work on a video for the song Dreams of Mercy. The video was shot by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, ZZ Top). Check it out HERE.

LORD DYING’s debut Summon the Faithless is available now on Relapse Records.  The album is available in CD and LP formats which can be purchased HERE and digitally via iTunes.

Summon the Faithless can be streamed in full on LORD DYING’s band camp page.

After a quick break from touring the US with label-mates HOWL, LORD DYING will return to the road with Valient Thorr and Ramming Speed.  These dates kick off September 9in Denver, CO and run through September 25 in Nashville, TN. The band also has confirmed a festival appearance at Phil Anselmo’s inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest alongside Pig Destroyer, Down, Repulsion and many others!  All dates can be found below.

After releasing a self-titled EP in 7″ form, the dudes kicked it up a notch, heading out on national tours with Witch Mountain followed by a long trek with label-mates Red Fang and Black Tusk. Fast forward to 2013 and LORD DYING are poised to be the new heavyweight champions of metal.  Smashing the riffs of High On Fire into the groove of Kylesa, LORD DYINGhave delivered one of the most impressive metal debuts in a long, long time.  A young band that has matured well beyond their years into a fully developed titanic heavy metal machine, LORD DYING’s new album is poised to be one of the best debuts of 2013.

***All dates from Sep 09 to Sep 25 w/ Valient Thorr and Ramming Speed***

Sep 09             Denver, CO                 Marquis Theatre

Sep 10             Salt Lake City, UT     Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Sep 11             Boise, ID                     Neurolux

Sep 13             Vancouver, BC            Rickshaw Theatre

Sep 14             Seattle, WA                 Highline

Sep 15             Portland, OR               Rotture

Sep 16             San Francisco, CA      Slim’s

Sep 17             Hollywood, CA          Roxy

Sep 18             San Diego, CA            The Casbah

Sep 19             Tempe, AZ                 Rocky Point

Sep 20             Santa Fe, NM             Warehouse 21

Sep 22             Oklahoma City, OK   Blue Note

Sep 23             Little Rock, AR          Downtown Music

Sep 25             Nashville, TN             The End

Oct 24             Austin, TX                 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Dirty Dog Bar

“Summon The Faithless shows to the world how actual heavy Doom Metal should be played” -Metal Temple

“Lord Dying have evidently found the perfect mixture of instrumentals and vocals that showcase many different sounds, including clear elements of doom metal, which are infectious and catchy” – Kill Your Stereo

“Loaded with bone-grinding riffage and powerful vocals this release is perfect for those wanting to get their stoner groove on” – Ghost Cult

“Savage, crunching, galloping guitars and unforgiving powerhouse drumming underlay a hellish sludge-fest of an upcoming debut record” – Pittsburgh Music Magazine

For More Info Visit:

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SAINT VITUS Stream Unreleased Track

Heavy/Doom metal progenitors SAINT VITUS are streaming one of the bonus tracks from their forthcoming reissue of ‘C.O.D.’ The bonus track, titled “The Chameleon” is streaming now at Pitchfork.

Regarding the unreleased track, guitarist Dave Chandler said,

“I sent our U.S. label (at the time ) the tracks “The Chameleon” and “To Breed A Soldier” that I wrote with Christian (Linderson). The label did not like the direction the album was going and that really pissed us off. I scrapped everything I was working on and told Christian that things were not working out, so he left and went back home to Sweden.

The two bonus songs on the reissue weren’t actually  written for the C.O.D. Both were written after C.O.D. was released, and were  intended to be demo tracks for the next SAINT VITUS album. As they were the only other recordings from the era with Christian,  we decided to put them out on the C.O.D. re-issue.”

The re-issues of ‘COD’ and ‘Die Healing’ will be available on CD, limited-edition double LP, and colored vinyl gatefold LPs. ‘Remastered and enhanced with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, ‘C.O.D.’ features COUNT RAVEN’s Christian Linderson on vocals, while ‘Die Healing’ see’s original SAINT VITUS singer Scott Reagers return to the mic. All formats can be pre-ordered here.

SAINT VITUS recently streamed two songs off ‘Die Healing’ and ‘C.O.D.” The tracks, “One Mind” and “Children of Doom” can be found here.

SAINT VITUS previously released ‘Lillie: F-65‘. The album, their first in 17 years, reunites the unmistakable guitar playing of co-founder Dave Chandler with the deeply resonate vocals of hard rock legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich. ‘Lillie: F-65’ is streaming at the official SAINT VITUS Bandcamp page.

Updated SAINT VITUS news and tour information will be made available at the Season of Mist website and the SAINT VITUS website, Facebook, and Myspace pages.

“the boys are on fire here, flush with renewed energy and basking in the glow of their newfound power” – Pitchfork

“This sick behemoth of a sound – and patented strangled-cat guitar solos – could only come from one band, and that’s a window into why Lillie: F-65 succeeds as a whole: the Saint Vitus Character remains intact, never fucked-up with modern contrivances. Doubtful that Sabbath’s own 2012 comeback will be even a faction this good” -Decibel

“it’s clear that their chops have only increased in the intervening years, and they certainly haven’t lost their ability to bring dynamics to a slothful subgenre” – Outburn

“Vitus shows the enduring significance of their approach, and that what proved true about them in their initial run is no less true now: By not being of their era, they were and remain timeless. Saint Vitus are more relevant now than they’ve ever been, and Lillie: F-65 shows a good deal of why. No doubt one of 2012’s landmark albums. Highly recommended” – The Obeslisk

LESBIAN Streaming Full Album

LESBIAN‘s third full length offering and Translation Loss debut Forestelevison is a single song, 44+ minute all-encompassing force of nature! Never has an album sifted through the deepest trenches of prog-influenced epic-doom and blackened metal to produce such an awe-inspiring aural assault to the senses. Recorded at Avast! Studios with long time producing collaborator Randall Dunn (Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Boris) and featuring gorgeous artwork by Arik Roper, Forestelevison will see a June 25 release on CD (Digipack), Digital and 2xLP. The 2xLP version will come housed in deluxe gatefold packaging and include an exclusive Vinyl-only extended outro-bonus track! The album is available for pre-order HERE.

Over the past weeks, LESBIAN teamed up with different outlets to premiere segments of their new opus Forestelevsion. The album is presented as a whole for the first time online courtesy of CVLT Nation HERE.

Consisting of guitarists Arran McInnis and Daniel La Rochelle, bassist/vocalist Dorando Hodous and drummer Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy, LESBIAN has grown accustomed to composing lengthy eclectic journeys that take the listener through myriad genres ranging anywhere from doom to prog to psyche to 70s rock to black metal to grunge and beyond. Forestelevison continues LESBIAN’S music genre-defying journey from their prior full-length on Holy Mountain Records called Power Hor, a split 10″ with Ocean on Roadburn Records, a self-released two song tour EP, and a second full-length on Important Records called Stratospheria Cubensis.

Tracklisting:

1.     Forestelevison

For more information on LESBIAN and Translation Loss visit the following:

http://lesbian.bandcamp.com/

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lesbian-the-band/218998164805294

http://www.translationloss.com

http://www.facebook.com/TranslationLossRecords

http://www.twitter.com/translationloss

MOSS Release New Album, Stream Track Online

Southampton, UK doom trio, MOSS released their new album, Horrible Nights, in North America. In conjunction with the release, the band is streaming The Coral of Chaos HERE.

“We wanted to write something that would stand up over time…no disrespect to our earlier recordings – we feel the essence and atmosphere of those is still very much with us, but they were of a time and place that we’re no longer part of…” – MOSS

Listen to Horrible Night and order the album at metalblade.com/moss.

Horrible Night track listing:
1. Horrible Nights
2. The Bleeding Years
3. Dark Lady
4. Dreams from the Depths
5. The Coral of Chaos
6. I Saw Them That Night

About Moss’s Horrible Night:
Recorded during the summer and autumn of 2012 at Hampshire’s Earth Terminal and London’s Earthworks studios, Horrible Night is the sound of MOSS emerging from its cocoon a much more savage, intelligent and all the more terrifying beast. While no longer obsessed with extremity for its own sake – with weirdly infectious riffs, eccentric vocal melodies and no song over 12 minutes – MOSS remain heavier-than-thou, broadening their horror beyond any imposed ‘scene’ expectations. This mastery of the craft is evident from the opening moments of first track Horrible Nights – written back in 2010 it sets the course for the album, taking the twisting death-crawl of MOSS mini-epics such as Tombs of the Blind Drugged and administering a lethal dose of addictive melody, cooked up by the colossal riffs of Dominic Finbow and the Ozzy-via-seance vocalizations of Olly Pearson. Cuts such as The Coral of Chaos and Dark Lady expand further upon this potent formula, dragging the Black Sabbath blueprint to its most nightmarish conclusion and ushering MOSS further into their newest dark age.

With 6 tracks, MOSS proves more than ever why this English cult band is regarded exactly as such. While still no easy pill to swallow for the uninitiated, over its duration, Horrible Night will demand complete mind control. Nonsense prefixes such as “stoner”, “sludge” or “drone” do not apply here; this is pure DOOM METAL, a celebration of horror, the arcane and the unknown.

Although traditionally a reluctant live act, in 2013 MOSS are set to embark on their first European headline tour, as well as a return trip to Holland’s Roadburn Festival, playing Jus Oborn‘s Electric Acid Orgy with Electric Wizard, Dream Death, Psychic TV and the Pretty Things… It seems in their 13th year, MOSS have finally arrived. Unlucky for some…

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