HIGH ON FIRE Release New Single

HIGH ON FIRE released a brand new single titled “Slave the Hive.”  As part of the band’s upcoming Scion A/V-sponsored headlining tour, HIGH ON FIRE drops the new single which marks the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of De Vermis Mysteriis. A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.  Rock the new HIGH ON FIRE song now via Pitchfork.

The previously announced Scion A/V presented HIGH ON FIRE tour will run from November 10 through December 12.  Norwegian thrash-metal sextet Kvelertak, who have had one of 2013’s buzziest hard rock releases with the Kurt Ballou (Converge) produced album Meir, will open all dates. Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 25-27) and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour.

A Twitter (Twitter.com/ScionAV) sweepstakes will be ongoing throughout the tour, with two pairs being given away per show.

Scion AV presents: HIGH ON FIRE:

Kvelertak support on all dates;

Evening openers rotate:

Doomriders – Nov. 10 to 23

Pack of Wolves – Nov. 25-27

Windhand – Nov. 29 to Dec. 12

November 10    Atlanta, GA               Masquerade
November 11    Asheville, NC             Orange Peel
November 12    Washington, DC        Rock & Roll Hotel
November 13    Philadelphia, PA        Underground Arts
November 15    New York, NY            Webster Hall
November 16    Boston, MA               The Middle East
November 17    Montreal, QC             Corona Theatre
November 18    Toronto, ON               Opera House
November 19    Detroit, MI                 Crofoot Ballroom
November 20    Columbus, OH           A&R Music Bar
November 22    Chicago, IL                Metro
November 17    Montreal, QC             Corona Theatre
November 23    Sauget, IL                  Pop’s
November 25    Houston, TX               House of Blues
November 26    Dallas, TX                  Tree’s
November 27    Austin, TX                 Mohawk (outside)
November 29    Lawrence, KS            Granada Theatre
November 30    Minneapolis, MN        First Avenue
December 2     Winnipeg, MB            West End Cultural Center
December 4     Edmonton, AB            Starlite Room
December 5     Calgary, AB                Republik
December 7     Vancouver, BC            Venue Vancouver
December 8     Seattle, WA               El Corazon
December 9     Portland, OR              Hawthorne Theater
December 11    San Francisco, CA     Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12    Los Angeles, CA        El Rey Theatre

High On Fire – Fertile Green OFFICIAL VIDEO

HIGH ON FIRE just released the first official live recordings of its career with the two volume set Spitting Fire Live, which has been hailed as “high-volume intensity” by the Austin Chronicle, “hot as the infernos” by Pitchfork and a “documentation of the band’s undiminished ferocity onstage” by the SF Weekly.  Recorded over a two evening NYC headlining stint at both NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last winter, Spitting Fire Live showcases HIGH ON FIRE at its incendiary best, containing songs from each of the band’s critically acclaimed studio albums including last year’s celebrated De Vermis Mysteriis.

About HIGH ON FIRE:

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness.  Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique.  The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and talented bassist Jeff Matz.  Pike was named as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” and is one of rock’s most charismatic figures. HIGH ON FIRE’s latest album De Vermis Mysteriis was released on April 3, 2012.

Updated news and tour information will be made available via HIGH ON FIRE online (website / facebook) and ACTION! PR online (website / facebook / twitter)

 

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

 

SKELETONWITCH Free Download!

Currently celebrating 10 years of blackened metal, SKELETONWITCH are proud to finally unveil details about their most venomous release yet — “Serpents Unleashed,” set for an Oct. 29 release in North America (Oct. 28 EU/UK, Oct. 25 Germany). The album — the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed, Billboard-charting “Forever Abomination” — was recorded earlier this year at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, High on Fire), who expertly channeled the band’s colossal live sound into 11 blasts of abominable, frosty fire.

Today, new track “Burned From Bone” — which the band debuted earlier this year during a headlining set at Pitchfork’s “Show No Mercy” showcase at South By Southwest — is available now as a free* download by texting SERPENTS to 24587, and behind-the-scenes studio footage of the band recording the track at GodCity can be seen on YouTube or below:

Watch the Video

The track listing for “Serpents Unleashed” — which features cover artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), returning to the ‘WITCH fold for the first time since 2007’s “Beyond The Permafrost” — is as follows:

1. Serpents Unleashed

2. Beneath Dead Leaves

3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)

4. From a Cloudless Sky

5. Burned From Bone

6. Unending, Everliving

7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands

8. This Evil Embrace

9. Unwept

10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine

11. More Cruel Than Weak

Pre-order “Serpents Unleashed” digitally via Bandcamp now or physically on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition 7-inch collector’s box via www.skeletonwitch.com. Also available for pre-order now is a new vinyl pressing of “Beyond The Permafrost,” which is back in print on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a new 180-gram clear vinyl variant.

Over the past decade, SKELETONWITCH has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with a who’s who of modern heavy metal and performed at some of the genre’s largest festivals (Wacken, Graspop, Summer Breeze, Ozzfest, Tuska, Bloodstock), in the process gaining a dedicated legion of fans on both sides of the stage. The band recently completed a successful run of high-profile dates opening for Sweden’s Ghost B.C., a group they will again perform alongside this fall. Additional fall tour dates will be announced later this week.

SKELETONWITCH on tour:

10/4   Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre #

10/7   Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #

10/14 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #

# with Ghost B.C.

For up-to-date information on the band, please visit:

www.skeletonwitch.com

facebook.com/skeletonwitchmetal

twitter.com/skeletonwitch

* Please note: std. message and data rates may apply. Consult your service carrier for details.

 

RAMMING SPEED Streaming New Album

In advance of the release of their Prosthetic debut Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die, Boston thrashers RAMMING SPEED teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to stream the new album in its entirety! You can listen to it right hereLabeled “one of the hardest-working bands in heavy metal” (Noisecreep), RAMMING SPEED are currently out on the road with Valient Thorr and Gypsyhawk and previously toured alongside acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Goatwhore, Trap Them, Holy Grail, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Torche, Phobia, Black Tusk and Saviours.

 Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Black Breath, Kvelertak) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatwright (Tragedy, Sleep, High On Fire), Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die memorably combines the charging rhythms of d-beat punk and the aggression of thrash with NWOBHM-worthy guitar harmonies and grind’s blinding speed.

PRE-ORDER Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die on CD, LP or limited-edition cassette via the PROSTHETIC webshop NOW!

Live Dates:
6/24   Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry %
6/25   Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %
6/26   Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge %
6/27   Dallas, TX – Three Links %
6/28   Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s %
6/29   Austin, TX – Red 7 %
6/30   New Orleans, LA – Siberia %
7/1    Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall %
7/2    Gainesville, FL – High Dive %
7/3    Tampa, FL – The Orpheum %
7/4    Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub  %
7/5    Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
7/6   Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade %
% with Valient Thorr & Gypsyhawk

RAMMING SPEED Post Studio Footage

Check out the first clip of behind-the-scenes studio footage from Boston grinders RAMMING SPEED, which features video of their drum-tracking session at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Skeletonwitch, Converge, Black Breath) below.Watch the Video

Having just finished touring alongside Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood and Revocation, RAMMING SPEED will hit the road once again tonight, this time with Valient Thorr and Gypsyhawk. Full details can be found below. Lauded as “one of the hardest-working bands in heavy metal” (Noisecreep), the band will also be hosting a series of shopping spree-style contests along the way at select record stores. Watch the over-the-top hilarious infomercial about the contests HERE for more details.

RAMMING SPEED’s Prosthetic debut Doomed To Destroy, Destined to Die — out June 25 — was described as an “aural feast” by Decibel, who described the band’s new music as “a pinch of D-beat, some grindcore and a little death metal.” Check out a lyric video for Grinding Dissent here, or stream the title track here. You can pre-order the album on a variety of options including CD, LP (including a mail-order exclusive clear haze/neon green variant) or cassette tape along with an exclusive t-shirt featuring the new album’s cover artwork at the Prosthetic web shop: http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/band/ramming-speed

LIVE DATES:
6/12   Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall %
6/13   Richmond, VA – Kingdom %
6/14   Baltimore, MD – Wind-up %
6/15   West Chester, PA – The Note %
6/16   Boston, MA – Great Scott %
6/17   New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall %
6/18   Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus %
6/19   Rochester, NY – Bug Jar %
6/20   Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups %
6/21   Detroit, MI – The Shelter %
6/22   Chicago, IL – Reggies %
6/24   Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry %
6/25   Kansas City, MO – Riot Room %
6/26   Tulsa, OK – Downtown Lounge %
6/27   Dallas, TX – Three Links %
6/28   Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s %
6/29   Austin, TX – Red 7 %
6/30   New Orleans, LA – Siberia %
7/1    Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall %
7/2    Gainesville, FL – High Dive %
7/3    Tampa, FL – The Orpheum %
7/4    Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub  %
7/5    Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
7/6    Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade %
% with Valient Thorr & Gypsyhawk

New HIGH ON FIRE Album Streaming Online

 

 

California doom rock powerhouse HIGH ON FIRE will release not one, but two LIVE albums on June 18 via eOne Music. Titled Spitting Fire Live, the two volume set represents the first official live documents of the power trio’s storied career, perfectly capturing the sound and intensity of a band whose performances have been hailed as “rumbling and down-tuned and resonant” by the New York Times and who the Chicago Tribune called “one the best live bands you will ever see.” In advance of the two record set’s release, both live albums are now available for streaming via Pandora and Pitchfork, respectively.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 1) via Pandora HERE.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 2) via Pitchfork HERE.

Plus, request to hear High On Fire on The Welding Room.

Recorded over a two evening NYC headlining stint at both NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last winter, Spitting Fire Live showcases HIGH ON FIRE at its incendiary best. The live sets contain well known HIGH ON FIRE songs from each of the band’s critically acclaimed studio albums including last year’s celebrated De Vermis Mysteriis. Mixing of the performances was handled by Greg Wilkinson with additional engineering done by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The albums are available for pre-order via iTunes HERE and HERE, while limited LP versions and special bundle packages can be pre-ordered HERE.

The release of Spitting Fire Live puts a triumphant cap on a multi-year run by the Oakland band that has been fraught with both celebration and frustration. The release of last year’s De Vermis Mysteriis followed more than a year and a half of world touring in support of 2010’s Snakes for the Divine which included multiple North American headlining jaunts, international festival appearances and tours alongside Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and The Melvins, the latter of which saw the trio caught in BOTH the February 22, 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami in Tokyo, Japan on March 11, 2011. The group was unharmed, but shaken after surviving its second natural disaster in sixteen days and was able to return to its native Oakland a few days later.

Last summer, HIGH ON FIRE was forced to pull out of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as front man and guitarist Matt Pike entered treatment for alcohol rehabilitation.  Pike would emerge from treatment “stronger than ever” and HIGH ON FIRE celebrated by releasing “the wildest video in heavy metal history” for De Vermis Mysteriis’ potent track Fertile Green and then immediately announcing a North American headlining tour which saw the band at its very best and would ultimately yield the recordings that would become Spitting Fire Live.

With a renewed energy, drive and passion for the unique music it creates, HIGH ON FIRE forges forth as focused and determined as ever before. Spitting Fire Live showcases the dedication, resolve and ultimate creativity of one of the very finest metal bands on the planet today.

Spitting Fire Live Volume 1:

1. Serums Of Liao
2. Frost Hammer
3. 10,000 Years
4. Devolution
5. Last
6. Fertile Green
7. Speedwolf

Spitting Fire Live Volume 2:

1. Rumors Of War
2. DII
3. Fury Whip
4. Madness Of An Architect
5. Face Of Oblivion
6. Hung Drawn and Quartered
7. Blood From Zion
8. Snakes For The Divine

About HIGH ON FIRE:

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness.  Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique.  The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kenseland talented bassist Jeff Matz.  Pike was named as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” and is one of rock’s most charismatic figures. HIGH ON FIRE’s latest album De Vermis Mysteriis was released on April 3, 2012.
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HIGH ON FIRE online (website / facebook) and ACTION! PR online (website / facebook / twitter).

“High on Fire sounds rejuvenated, as if it’s conquering the world all over again… Without fail, this no-BS stoner-metal band delivers yet another skull-bashing record, in the process challenging the metal world at large” – NPR

“Bludgeoning Bay Area trio High on Fire have seemingly entered a permanent state of metal flow. Fourteen years into its career, the band has mastered its woozy, pummeling music. Growler-guitarist Matt Pike yowls about violence and esoterica and riffs like he’s engulfed in flames while the rhythm section of bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel pitch and yaw as if playing aboard a Viking longship” – SPIN

“visceral, ecstatically grimy heavy metal… progressive psychedelia… High on Fire are making some of the best music of their career” – PITCHFORK

“a beautiful, untamable kind of band” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“High On Fire is part of the future of heavy music” – CRAVE ONLINE

“it’s not often something rocks this hard… stadium-sized” – STEREOGUM 

“another host of monolithic, archetypal licks from the jaws of eternity… a mantra of transcendental awe” – THE ONION 

“a band that eats Motorhead, drinks Sabbath, and bleeds Slayer… at the absolute pinnacle of their game” – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN 

“High on Fire are the new Mötörhead. The trio never falter” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS 

“High on Fire returning as victorious and inspirational as ever” – POPMATTERS 

“Oakland’s (and possibly Earth’s) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up” – SF WEEKLY

“High on Fire hasn’t altered its MO drastically on De Vermis Mysteriis; the band just continues to make it sound as amazing as possible… powerful yet progressive” – ALARM

SKELETONWI​TCH On The Road, First Ever Puerto Rico Appearance

 

Ohio-based metal masters SKELETONWITCH announced their first-ever concert in Puerto Rico, which will take place at La Respuesta in the city of Santurce on July 13. Tickets and additional information can be found here: http://www.larespuestapr.com/

Bassist Evan Linger commented:

“We love bringing our live show to new places and are excited for this unique opportunity to come hang out. Can’t wait to see you all there.”

Having just finished recording their fifth studio album — the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 release, Forever Abomination — at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, High On Fire), the band will next be seen embarking on a short tour that kicks off tonight in their hometown of Athens.

Catch SKELETONWITCH live:

5/28     Quebec City, QC – Agitee
5/29     Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe
5/30     Montreal, QC – Il Motore
5/31     Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
6/1       London, ON – Rum Runners
6/2       Toronto, ON – Wreckroom
6/6       Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
6/7       Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
6/8       Calgary, AB – Calgary Metal Fest  @ Dickens Pub
6/9       Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
6/10     Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
6/11     Victoria, BC – V Lounge
6/12     Bellingham, WA – Shakedown
6/16     Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
6/17     Indianapolis, IN – The Sinking Ship
6/20     Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billards (w/ Black Tusk)
7/13     Santurce, PR – La Respuesta