RAGNAROK to Tour with INCANTATION This November

Norwegian black metallers RAGNAROK will hit the road in Europe next month when they embark on a European tour supporting US death metal legends Incantation. Both bands are veterans of the metal scene and will be touring with their latest albums – RAGNAROK with their seventh-full length “Malediction”, released on Agonia Records, and Incantation with their ninth full-length “Vanquish in Vengeance” which came out on Listenable Records.

Billed as the Crusade of Vengeance Tour, routing for the sixteen-date tour is as follows:

08.11 – Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark

09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 – Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 – Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 – Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 – to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 – U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 – K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 – to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy

With the band’s Twentieth Anniversary coming up next year, RAGNAROK was formed in 1994 by drummer Jontho and then-bassist Jerv. The band’s current lineup includes Jontho on drums, Hans Fyrst on vocals, DezeptiCunt on Bass and Bolverk on guitars. For this tour however, vocal duties will be taken on by Nattsol frontman Venomenon, filling in for Hans Fyrst who has unavoidable commitments outside of music during this time.

“Collectors of the King” official video can be seen at: http://youtu.be/PRzjdYqRzKY

Two premiere tracks off “Malediction” album can be streamed at: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/ragnarok-blood-of-saints and https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/ragnarok-sword-of-damocles

Management: http://patriciathomasmanagement.com/

About RAGNAROK visit: http://www.ragnarokhorde.com and https://www.facebook.com/ragnarokofficial

 

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HARK Finish Recording Debut Album

Welsh heavy power-rock trio HARK (Jimbob Isaac (ex TAINT) – Guitar, Vocals Nikolai Ribnikov (ex-WHYTELEAF) – Bass, Simon Bonwick (ex- WHYTELEAF) – Drums) have finished recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut album. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales (BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, PORTISHEAD), and mixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS).

Regarding the recording, front-man Jimbob Isaac stated:

“Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK’s inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout. The upcoming mini-tour will be a nice introduction for our fans, before the record release and more lengthy tours follow in 2014. We’re having fun biding our time, but there’s only so long you can keep a bull in its pen.”

HARK have also announced a string of European tour dates. The trek, which starts on November 27 in France, will travel through Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. The band is also slated to make an appearance at next year’s Wild Custom Guitars Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Led by former TAINT frontman and acclaimed graphic artist Isaac, HARK has already released one sold-out seven-inch single and has toured extensively with RED FANG and CLUTCH throughout Europe. With fresh chops and almighty riff power, HARK continue to fuse punk attack with Sabbathian dirge, and decorate post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish. While Isaac’s vocals expand on his tried and tested palette, his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle. Former WHYTELEAF rhythm section Ribnikov and Bonwick, the HARK engine, bring an endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops, and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac’s honed and equally determined musical vision.

News and tour information available through the Season of Mist website, the HARK websiteTwitter and Facebook page. For information on Jimbob Isaac’s artwork visit his website here.

Tour Dates
11/27 Le Havre, Tetris – FRA
11/28 Besancon, Passengers Du Zinc – FRA
11/29 Oberentfelden, Borom Pom Pom – CH
11/30 Jena, Rosenkeller – GER
12/04 Swansea, The Garage – UK
1/29 Wild Custom Guitars Festival, Clermont Ferrand – FRA

 

BELOW In Studio with Andy La Rocque

Epic doom metal band, BELOW, are currently hold up at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) recording their Metal Blade Records debut. BELOW, hails from Sweden and music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. The band offered up the following update:

“The progress of the recording of our debut album is going great and to have the opportunity to work with Andy La Rocque and Olof in Sonic Train Studios is amazing. We are currently finished recording the drums, the bass and the main guitars, and will start with the vocals this weekend. It sounds amazing already. It will be a truly epic album that will leave its mark in the history of doom.”

Producer and legendary King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque added;

“this is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio for a very long time, and the sounds so far is amazing! And always great to work with great musicians!”

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén—bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum—of Howlin’ Owl Productions and a split 7″ is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records with the doom act’s full-length being released via Metal Blade in 2014.

There are two BELOW tracks up at Howlin’ Owl’s Soundcloud player, which can be heard HERE.

In November BELOW till tour Europe for the first time supporting the mighty doom band Devil from Norway.

BELOW Supporting DEVIL
11/08 TBA
11/09 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
11/10 Berlin, Germany @ White Trash Food w/ The Oath
11/11 Kassel, Germany @ H.Schmiede
11/12 TBA
11/13 Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
11/14 Tilburg, Holland @ Little Devil
11/15 Erfurt, Germany @ Café Tikolor
end tour

BELOW
11/16 Hammer of Doom festival @ Wurzburg, Germany

BELOW:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

Follow BELOW at the following locations and stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for more details on the 2014 full-length release.

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THE OCEAN Roadside Update – 7/31/2013

THE OCEAN are currently making their way through North America as part of the seventh annual Summer Slaughter Tour. Presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, the progressive sound contortionists are leveling stages nightly alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more.

Founding guitarist Robin Staps comments of the trek:

“Summer Slaughter has been a blast so far… we struggled with some technical issues in the beginning and, and finding a setup/routine that works within those 10 minutes changeovers wasn’t easy, but we’re there now, and have been thoroughly enjoying the past few shows. More good stuff to come!”


THE OCEAN have added a number of last minute US headlining shows on the Summer Slaughter off days which include performances in Hartford, Omaha and Vancouver as well as a very special meet & greet on August 6 in Brooklyn, New York at Saint Vitus Bar.

Elaborates Staps:

“On August 6th, we will all be hanging out at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, where we played a great show in 2011 with support from Pelagic Records recording artists Family, and The Binary Code, as some of you may remember. We are stoked to see these two awesome bands perform at Saint Vitus Bar again, as well as Black Table. Rumors have it that there is this band called ‘Pelagial’ playing as well, we’re very curious to find out what that is all about… we will all be there to sign whatever stuff you bring, preferably foreheads, melons or live animals, so come say hi if you’re from the NYC area!”

Following the band’s stateside takeover, THE OCEAN will play select shows throughout Taiwan, China and Russia before embarking upon a full European headlining tour set to commence on October 29, 2013. Support will come by way of Norway’s Shining, Poland’s Tides From Nebula and France’s Hacride. See all confirmed dates below.

In related news, THE OCEAN recently launched a brand new video for “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams” from their most recent album, Pelagial. The band’s first official music video, not counting previous videos composed of live footage, was directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach and produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Upon initial post, the video was instantly censored by YouTube because of nudity but is now available via Vimeo. (Update: the video is back on YouTube and is age-restricted)

Watch “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams” at metalblade.com/theocean and request THE OCEAN on The Welding Room with #DeathThreatsComplaints to @TheWeldingRoom via Twitter.

THE OCEAN on The Summer Slaughter Tour [remaining dates]:
8/02/2013 The Filmore Silver Springs – Silver Springs, MD
8/03/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/04/2013 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

8/05/2013 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT ***

8/06/2013 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY – SPECIAL MEET & GREET!
8/07/2013 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
8/08/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
8/09/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
8/10/2013 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
8/11/2013 The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
8/12/2013 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8/13/2013 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/14/2013 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/15/2013 Club Antares – Omaha, NE ***
8/16/2013 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8/17/2013 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
8/19/2013 Snowbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/20/2013 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
***THE OCEAN headlining shows

THE OCEAN
8/21/2013 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
8/24/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX
9/01/2013 The Wall – Taipeh, TWN
9/04/2013 Hidden Agenda – Hong Kong, CHN
9/05/2013 B10 – Shenzhen, CHN
9/06/2013 SD – Guangzhou, CHN
9/07/2013 Vox – Wuhan, CHN
9/08/2013 46 House – Changsha, CHN
9/11/2013 Yuylntang – Shanghai, CHN
9/12/2013 Nuts – Chongqing, CHN
9/13/2013 Little Bar – Chengdu, CHN
9/14/2013 Mao – Beijing CHN
9/15/2013 13 Club – Tianjin, CHN
9/19/2013 Megapolis – Irkutsk, RUS
9/21/2013 Era – Krasnoyarsk, RUS
9/22/2013 Mayak – Tomsk, RUS
9/23/2013 Rock City – Novosibirsk, RUS
9/25/2013 Plan-K.Tone – Tyumen, RUS
9/26/2013 Nirvana – Yekaterinburg, RUS
9/28/2013 Plan B – Moscow, RUS
9/29/2013 Arktika – Saint-Petersburg, RUS

THE OCEAN Festival Performances:
10/03/2013 FZQ Freiseitzentrum West @ WestEnd Festival – Dortmund, Germany
10/06/2013 JC Sjiwa @ Progpower Europe – Baarlo, Netherlends
10/13/2013 Essigfabrik @ Euroblast Festival – Cologne, Germany

THE OCEAN w/ Shining, Tide From Nebula, Hacride:
10/29/2013 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
10/30/2013 Patronaat – Haarlem, Netherlands
10/31/2013 Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
11/01/2013 The Garage – London, United Kingdom
11/03/2013 Divan du Monde – Paris, France
11/05/2013 Apolo 2 – Barcelona, Spain
11/06/2013 Caracol – Madrid, Spain
11/07/2013 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
11/09/2013 AudioDrome – Turin, Italy
11/10/2013 Traffic – Rome, Italy
11/11/2013 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, Slovenia
11/12/2013 Backstage Club – Munich, Germany
11/13/2013 Salzhaus – Winterthur, Switzerland
11/14/2013 La Poudriere – Belfort, France
11/15/2013 Zeche Carl – Essen, Germany
11/17/2013 Lido – Berlin, Germany
11/18/2013 Proxima – Warsaw, Poland
11/19/2013 Alibi – Wroclaw, Poland

“…ambitious and adventurous…” – Terrorizer

“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

“…a hallmark album for a gifted team of artisans… Pelagial is one of the most invested albums THE OCEAN has yet conceived. Prepare to be not only submerged but actually touched by this album” — Blabbermouth

“Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of” – Crave Online

“Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name” – MetalSucks

“…a journey within itself…” — Metal Insider

“…destined to be one of the year’s best releases” – Echoes And Dust

“Creating music with a real meaning cannot be taken as a hobby. Either you put everything into it and make your message known or you don’t. Their correlation between diving deeper into the ocean and diving into the inner workings of the human mind is astounding… you would be a complete fool to not pick up this true work of art” – New Noise Magazine

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http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective
https://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
http://theoceancollective.com/pelagial

 

THE OCEAN Release New Video, Ready to Hit the Road

THE OCEAN launched a brand new video for Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams from their most recent album, Pelagial. The video is the band’s first official music video, not counting previous videos composed of live footage, directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach, produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams is streaming now on metalblade.com/theocean.

Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps comments:

“This clip is blending performance footage with excerpts from Craig Murray’s Pelagial movie, which was released along with the limited edition CD and vinyl boxset versions of the album. We’ve never really done a clip like that before, but it was great fun making this.”

Pelagial, the latest album from THE OCEAN, is received with open arms and ears across the globe – this is a band that are becoming widely regarded as leaders within their genre.

Metal Sucks declared The Ocean have “never written more intriguing music.”

“Mastodon‐shaped footprints, lush strings… [before] the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

“more luxurious, experimental and textural” – Decibel

“ambitious and adventurous” – Terrorizer

“melodrama, intimacy, grandeur, grace and big fucking riffs” – Kerrang

“With Isis gone, no one has yet taken their place as intelligent and sensitive masters of post‐metal but, with this, there’s no doubt that The Ocean are shoe‐ins for the title” – RockARolla

The latter’s emphasis is fitting considering The Ocean recently toured a number of sell out shows with another master of post‐metal, Cult of Luna. The Mastodon reference is relevant after they invited The Ocean out for their summer tour dates, and the diversity on display is never more apparent when you consider tours in the past few years with Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth and Anathema. The Ocean has an army of fans, and undoubtedly the respect of their peers.

Diverse elements were honed and perfected on Pelagial, and this ethos is at the heart of the touring package for The Ocean’s headline European tour. For an album that treads a wild and creative path within and outside of the supposed boundaries of metal, Norway’s SHINING could not be a more appropriate addition to the touring bill. Their new album One One One was recently released and it’s direct and pulsating approach is gathering the same kind of response that saw 2010’s Blackjazz get rave reviews all over the world, with contemporaries such as Danko Jones and Mike Portnoy writing pieces praising the band. If you’ve seen them live then you’ll know how good they are; if you’ve not, you need to!

Poland’s TIDES FROM NEBULA meanwhile have mesmerized the underground and in 2013 they take a step up, releasing their new album via a brand new label. They bring postrock to this package, a welcome ingredient due to this genre touching aspects of Pelagial. Finally, France’s HACRIDE bring some serious, technical heaviness to the tour, as anyone who has heard their new album Back To Where You’ve Never Been will testify.

THE OCEAN
03/10/13 – Germany, Dortmund, FZQ Freiseitzentrum West – WestEnd Festival
06/10/13 – Netherlends, Baarlo, JC Sjiwa – Progpower Europe
13/10/13 – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik – Euroblast Festival
w/ Shining, Tides From Nebula, Hacride
29/10/13 – Germany, Hamburg, Logo
30/10/13 – Netherlands, Haarlem, Patronaat
31/10/13 – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Baroeg
01/11/13 – United Kingdom, London, The Garage
03/11/13 – France, Paris, Divan du Monde
05/11/13 – Spain, Barcelona, Apolo 2
06/11/13 – Spain, Madrid, Caracol
07/11/13 – Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
09/11/13 – Italy, Turin, AudioDrome
10/11/13 – Italy, Rome, Traffic
11/11/13 – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Gala Hala
12/11/13 – Germany, Munich, Backstage Club
13/11/13 – Switzerland, Winterthur, Salzhaus
14/11/13 – France, Belfort, La Poudriere
15/11/13 – Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
17/11/13 – Germany, Berlin, Lido
18/11/13 – Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
19/11/13 – Poland, Wroclaw, Alibi

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http://theoceancollective.com/pelagial/

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH to Support LAMB OF GOD

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH have been added to LAMB OF GOD‘s European tour. The band is set to play a string of three select dates in Germany, starting on August 4 in Köln, before ending on August 6 in Berlin. A full list of tour dates and a ticket link can be found below.

The band released a video play-through of the track titled Terrifier. Drummer Paul Seidel can be seen playing the song here.

Terrifier was taken from WAR FROM HARLOTS MOUTH’s newest album, Voyeur.

A music video for the song Vertigo is also streaming here.

Additionally, the band is streaming Voyeur in its entirety at the official WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH Bandcamp page.

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH released Voyeur on November 6, 2012 via Season of Mist, which can be heard on The Welding Room. Voyeur is available as a CD Digipack (limited to the first pressing), an LP (with digital download card), and a CD/T-Shirt bundle. The limited edition Digipack includes two bonus tracks and the LP includes one bonus track. Both editions, as well as the exclusive Voyeur t-shirt are available at the Season of Mist E-shop.

Tour dates:
08/04/2013 Köln, DE- Essigfabrik
08/05/2013 Hamburg, DE – Markthalle
08/06/2013 Berlin, DE – C-Club

Season of Mist website

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH on website, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace

TEMPLE OF BAAL Finishing Up New Album

French death/black metallers TEMPLE OF BAAL are currently giving the final touches to their fourth album. The recording sessions are taking place in Hybreed Studios with Andrew Guillotin (Glorior Belli).

The new recording will consist of ten tracks with a running time of about one hour, released by Agonia Records in the fall of 2013. The band describes the effort as “a blend between Lightslaying Rituals’ (sophomore release) aggression, and the last split CD The Vision Of Fading Mankind’s epic atmospheres.”

TEMPLE OF BAAL is recommended for fans of old Vader, Destroyer 666, Razor of Occam and similar. A track off band’s latest split CD, The Vision Of Fading Mankind (2012) streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/templeofbaal/1-ordeals-of-the-void

Festival appearances and live dates:

14.09 – Momignies Extreme Fest, Belgium (w/ Gospel Of The Horns, Inhumate)
12.10 – Giessen, Under The Sign Of The Black Light Fest, Germany (w/ Acheron, Archgoat)
09.11 – St Germain En Laye, Wolf Throne Festival, France (w/ Archgoat, Antaeus, Destroyer 666)

Tour w/ Gehenna, Throne of Katarsis and Paragon Belial:

18.10 Paris, France
20.10 Mülheim, Germany
24.10 Berlin, Germany
25.10 Erfurt, Germany
26.10 Plzen, Phantoms of Pilsen Fest, Czech Republic (with Nargaroth, Aura Noir…)

Follow the band at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Temple-Of-Baal/20135072962