XUL Add Live Dates, Offer Free Album Download

amr_logo_smal_570Growing their fan base with the offering of their debut album Malignance for FREE DOWNLOAD via their bandcamp hereVernon, BC blackened death metal band XUL are proud to announce additional tour dates for their first cross Canada Malignant Tour that will see the band deliver a brutal assault that fans of Behemoth, Dissection and Immortal will sure not want to miss.

XUL (pictured left to right): Bill Ferguson (Vocals/Guitar), Wallace Huffman (Guitar), Marlow Deiter (Bass), Lowell Winters (Drums), Levi Meyers (Vocals)

2013 Malignant Tour – Canadian Dates

May 30, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans Show Details

June 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub

June 4, 2013 – Medicine Hat, BC – Liquid Nightclub Show Details

June 5, 2013 – Regina, SK – The Club Show Details

June 6, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo w/ Skeletonwitch, Anciients Show Details

June 12, 2013 – Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club

June 13, 2013 – Montreal, QC – Katakombes

June 14, 2013 – Oshawa, ON – The Diezel Room

June 15, 2013 – North Bay, ON – Granite Club

June 21, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel

June 22, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK – The Fez

June 23, 2013 – Edmonton, AB – DV8 Show Details

June 24, 2013 – Prince George, BC – The Artspace

July 19-20, 2013 – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong Metal Fest – Show Details

For more info on XUL, please visit these links:

www.xulofficial.ca

http://www.facebook.com/Xulband

http://www.twitter.com/xulofficial

http://xulmetal.bandcamp.com/

About:

A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal.

An energetic and interactive live performance – with crushing rhythms seamlessly coalescing into atmospheric passages, accompanied by punishing percussion waves and subtle vocal harmonies – expands upon the previously established essence of the sub-genre. With songs reminiscent of war-torn landscapes, destructive human nature and evil intent, XUL has captivated audiences and garnered positive reviews, and on June 16, 2012, released their first full length album, entitled Malignance.

Driven by determination and a diverse accumulation of musical comprehension, XUL has toured Western Canada, as well as proven themselves worthy to share the stage with bands such as: Obscura, Exhumed, Vreid, Kampfar, Woods of Ypres, Macabre, Withered, Cephalic Carnage, Archspire and 3 Inches of Blood. With a spring 2013 tour looming, XUL is determined to build on an impressive local following by infecting Western Canada with hopes of Canada in its entirety in the near future. XUL’s focus for winter 2012 is to meticulously craft new material for another release in 2013.

#10 of Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 for MetalMadeInCanda.ca

“Xul continue to offer a barrage after barrage of obliterating death metal… when the sheer fire power and dexterous performances that Xul serve up are so satisfying. Particularly when you consider that is the band’s debut album. Malignance is undeniably impressive.” – Powerplay Mag UK 

“one of the most impressive debut’s I’ve heard in a very long time. Rarely are the similar artists mentioned in press kits an entirely accurate estimation of the soundscapes to be found within an album proper, but I find the examples of Behemoth and Dissection are quite fitting in this case, as the band excels at weaving the brutality of the former with the epic melodious propensity of the latter, not to mention the grandiosity inherent to both, into a rich and exciting tapestry of extremity” – Metal-Archives.com

“will appeal to fans of black/death metal. Hard-hitting and brutal, intensity does not let up until the very last song” – TheFrontRowReport.com

“Xul operate within the genre of blackened death metal, taking cues from blackened death metal giants like Behemoth, black metal legends like Immortal and Mayhem, as well as death metal demigods like Morbid Angel. They have taken all of these inspirations and combined them into their own artistically highly successful brand of blackened death metal, which features the brutality of death metal and the darkness and evil of black metal. Thus, you get and album the treats you to both the machine-gun bass drums, guttural vocals, and technically proficient playing associated with death metal and the tense harmonies, tremolo picking, and blazing blast beats associated with black metal… a huge artistic success and captures what I consider to be the best from both death metal and black metal” – Metal Music Archives

“a raging, rolling machine of Black-tinged Death Metal” – MetalObserver

“the band manages to make a sound that encompasses the Death Metal ‘old school’ with the current time style that combines technical, brutality and a very dark mood, as do Belphegor, Behemoth and Azarath” – Whiplash (Brazil)

“a stunning display of musicianship with its ultra-slick leads, hyper-speed percussion and incredible bass tone. Meyers’s fetid vocals salivating on the album’s rotting body ties the whole gruesome scene together. Xul wreak Vengeance on the ears of death metal fans, forcing their way in the cortex to fester and boil. This is one Malignance you’ll be dying to have” – Kingdom of Noise

“I love death metal that takes no prisoners” – Battl Helm

“The first track sets the pace for the whole album; hard hitting, ear splitting, skull crushing brutality. Battlestorm, indeed! Strong black influences shine through, especially in tracks like Porta Nocis, and Vengeance, while the instrumental Winter’s Reign leaves you spellbound. I have to admit to being really impressed with the amount of work these northern bastards have put into this, and I highly recommend it” – Canadian Black Metal

“a very great sounding heavy and brutal blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE Battlestorm, Winter’s Reign and Tomb Of The Tyrants” – BringerofDeathZine

“The perfect combination of black and death metal, even with a particularly thrashy sounding guitar line in places on Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains really comes together on this album” – BigMetalBastard

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1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54

STRIKER Announce New Guitarist, On Tour in Canada Now

STRIKER announced Tim Brown joined the band as their new guitarist. Tim is the brother of Adam, the band’s drummer. He is the former lead guitarist of Canadian female fronted band Kobra and the Lotus (Simmons Records/Universal) as well as local band Sixguns Over Tombstone which he grew up playing in with Adam.

Guitarist Chris Segger commented on Tim joining the band:

“Please welcome our new guitarist Tim Brown!! We’re thrilled to have Adam’s brother join us in time for our upcoming Canadian tour and look forward to seeing you all on the road \m/”

STRIKER (pictured from left to right): Tim Brown, Adam Brown, Dan Cleary, Dave Arnold, Chris Segger

Armed to the Teeth, combines the perfect mix of melody and energy. The first two songs – Forever and Let it Burn – set the stage for the rest of the album. STRIKER ignites a firework in which rigorous riffing, playful solos and brilliant refrains are clearly the prime focus. Inspired by the originators of the scene like Saxon, Iron Maiden, Annihilator but also Exciter, the band stays hungry and wild over the full duration of the album. With every note, Armed to the Teeth, breathes the spirit of the glorious 80’s and revitalizes this particular era of music with a boost of fresh energy.

A video for the song Let it Burn can be viewed HERE.

Armed to the Teeth is available on Amazon and iTunes.

For More Info Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/strikermetal
http://www.napalmrecords.com

STRIKER on Tour
Thursday May 23: Fort McMurray AB – The Den
Friday May 24: Red Deer AB – The Vat
Saturday May 25: Edmonton AB – The Pawnshop
Tuesday May 28: Banff AB – The Devils Gap
Thursday May 30: Nelson BC – Spirit Bar
Friday May 31: Kelowna BC – Level Nightclub
Saturday June 1: Vancouver BC – Funky Winkerbeans
Thursday June 6: Regina SK – The Exchange
Friday June 7: Brandon MB – Park Community Centre (All Ages)
Saturday June 8: Winnipeg MB – The Zoo
Sunday June 9: Thunder Bay ON – Crocks
Tuesday June 11: Kitchener ON – The Hive (All Ages)
Wednesday June 12: London ON – Norma Jeans (All Ages)
Sunday June 16: Chicoutimi QC – Le Sous-Bois
Wednesday June 19: Ottawa ON – Café Dekcuf
Thursday June 20: Quebec City QC – Le Bateau de Nuit
Friday June 21: Montreal QC – Café Chaos
Saturday June 22: Toronto ON – Hard Luck Bar
Monday June 24: Hamilton ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
Tuesday June 25: Sault Ste. Marie – TBA
Thursday June 27: Saskatoon SK – The Fez
Saturday June 29: Gibbons AB – Boonstock Festival

 

XUL Reveal New Band Logo; Free Album Download

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Brutal Western Canadian death band XUL whom are in studio recording their follow up EP to their debut album Malignance which available for FREE DOWNLOAD here. XUL are proud to reveal to fans their new logo.

XUL (pictured from left to right): Bill Ferguson – Vocals/Guitar, Wallace Huffman – Guitar, Marlow Deiter – Bass, Lowell Winters – Drums, Levi Meyers – Vocals

“We knew at some point during our time together that we would end up changing our logo. This is the third time our logo has changed, but this time, we believe it will be permanent. Bill Ferguson our guitarist created the other two using graph paper, so we decided to get the new logo done professionally. It coincides with our growth not only as musicians, but as a group, as we have spent a lot of time together over the past four years. Artist Chris Horst did an excellent job and we think it turned out awesome. It keeps the theme of our old logo but brings some new complementary elements together as well. This will make for a somewhat simple transition from old logo, to new. This is a new chapter in our musical journey and to document it, we felt this was the best decision, we hope everyone digs it!”  – vocalist Levi Meyers

If you’re a fan of Behemoth, Dissection and Immortal this is one album not to be missed as the band forges their brand of Blackened Death Metal.

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Track Listing:

1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54

 

Lyric Video – Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remainshttp://youtu.be/-a7YGnCqIhI

Show Dates:

April 20, 2013 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pubs – 4/20 Fest

April 24, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret w/ CHAPEL/AUROCH/ABSU

July 19-20, 2013 – Armstrong, BC – Armstrong Metal Fest – Show Details

For more info on XUL, please visit these links:

www.xulofficial.ca

http://www.facebook.com/Xulband

http://www.twitter.com/xulofficial

http://xulmetal.bandcamp.com/

About:

A five piece group based out of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL have left the beaten path and set out to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal.

An energetic and interactive live performance – with crushing rhythms seamlessly coalescing into atmospheric passages, accompanied by punishing percussion waves and subtle vocal harmonies – expands upon the previously established essence of the sub-genre. With songs reminiscent of war-torn landscapes, destructive human nature and evil intent, XUL has captivated audiences and garnered positive reviews, and on June 16, 2012, released their first full length album, entitled Malignance.

Driven by determination and a diverse accumulation of musical comprehension, XUL has toured Western Canada, as well as proven themselves worthy to share the stage with bands such as: Obscura, Exhumed, Vreid, Kampfar, Woods of Ypres, Macabre, Withered, Cephalic Carnage, Archspire and 3 Inches of Blood. With a spring 2013 tour looming, XUL is determined to build on an impressive local following by infecting Western Canada with hopes of Canada in its entirety in the near future. XUL’s focus for winter 2012 is to meticulously craft new material for another release in 2013.

XUL – MALIGNANCE – 2012

GENRE: Blackened Death Metal

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 16, 2012

LABEL: SELF-RELEASE

THE FORESHADOWING First North American Tour

Swedish black metallers MARDUK and Portugal’s dark, gothic heavy hitters MOONSPELL will join forces for the “Voices From The Dark” North American co-headlining tour in February/March 2013. Support on the trek will come from Colombian/American black metal rising demons INQUISITION, Italy’s gothic melodic sensation THE FORESHADOWING, and Sweden’s dark rock/metal band DEATH WOLF (featuring MARDUK members).

States Alex from THE FORESHADOWING:

“It will be our first time in North America and we are very proud to hit the road with such great bands!!! Are you ready to be part of the Second World?”

THE FORESHADOWING’s most recent album, Second World, was released in North America on August 14, 2012. The album has been widely praised by fans and critics alike as one of the top doom releases of 2012. Listen to the single Ground Zero now at metalblade.com/theforeshadowing.

“At their best on their third apocalypse-themed LP, these Italian gloomsters weave intricate tapestries”  – Revolver Magazine

“A sprawling, emotionally devastating work!” – Terrorizer Magazine

“Second World is a fabulous example of what doom metal should be, and is the best pure doom release I’ve heard in several years” – BloodyGoodHorror.com

THE FORESHADOWING

02/20 Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
02/22 Worcester, MA The Palladium
02/23 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
02/24 Montreal, QC Club Soda
02/25 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
02/26 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
02/27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
02/28 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
03/01 Winnipeg, MB Osborne Village Inn
03/02 Regina, SK The Exchange
03/03 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
03/04 Calgary, AB Dickens
03/05 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
03/06 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
03/07 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/08 Oakland, CA Oakland Opera House
03/09 Los Angeles, CA The Vex
03/10 Tempe, AZ 910 Live
03/12 Dallas, TX Tomcats West
03/13 San Antonio, TX Korova
03/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
03/16 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

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SCYTHIA Release Christmas Track

SCYTHIA (pictured from left to right): Morgan Zentner – Oboe of Death, Celine Derval – drums/vocals, Terry Savage – bass/vocals, Dave Khan – lead vocals/guitar

Canada’s favorite purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia are back once again with a re-mixed and re-mastered version of their holiday tune …Of Santa, a cheerful track about Santa and his brave reindeer!

…Of Santa – audio streams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3OwRaK2oS0

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/album/of-santa-single

https://soundcloud.com/scythia-metal/of-santa-scythia-2012-edition

In additional news, Scythia unleashed their latest music video Video Game Medley in support of their new EP For The Bear released early this fall.

metal video game medley by scythia

About:

Following the success of their 2010 release …Of War and 2011 release …Of Exile, Scythia unleashed their 2012 scorcher, For the Bear, this fall.

The short, but sweet seven-track EP departs from the orchestration and central concept of its predecessors, instead representing a leaner, faster, sharper folk metal machine.

“The songs are faster, more exciting, heavier and straight to the point,” says vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan.

“There’s much less of the acoustic interludes and extensive progressive sections in favor of capturing the excitement of folk/power metal. The result is a more modern and conservative mix that showcases our ability to play rippin’ folk metal.

So what is Scythia?

Taking its name from Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also

“the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia and into Eastern Scandinavia,” says Khan.

Tour Dates | Scythia.ca  | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Reverbnation | CBC 3

Buy Links: CD Baby | iTunes | Bandcamp | LoudTrax

 

ANCIIENTS sign to Season of Mist Records

Season of Mist Records is proud to announce the signing of Vancouver metal quartet ANCIIENTS.

ANCIIENTS finished mastering their debut album slated for release in 2013. The as-yet-untitled album sees the quartet  forging together smoldering apocalyptic riffs, classic hard rock influences and unforgettable vocal melodies with an interplay praising both the natural and occult.

Regarding the signing, the band released the following statement:

“We are honored to have Season of Mist release our debut, the fact that they chose us and believe in us means the world. We are proud to represent them and have them representing us as artists, and look forward to working with them for years to come.”

Formed in 2010, ANCIIENTS quickly took the Vancouver scene by storm. In their short time as a band, ANCIIENTS have already shared the stage with acts such as Pig Destroyer, Skeletonwitch, Manilla Road, 3 Inches of Blood, Boris, and High on Fire, and been invited to perform at the prestigious Sled Island and Noctis Festivals.

Drawing by: Bonnie Dobbin, Logo by: Cam Strudwick, Layout by: Sab Kay

ANCIIENTS previous release, Snakebeard, can be heard via their BandCamp page.

Kenny Cook – Lead Guitar & Vocals

Chris Dyck – Guitar & Vocals

Aaron Gustafson – Bass

Mike Hannay – Drums

ANCIIENTS:  facebook and twitter pages

 

TITANS EVE Comments On Success of Blankfest Vancouver Helping City’s Homeless

Titans Eve (pictured from left to right) Jesse Hord – Bass/Backing Vocals, Brian Gamblin – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Casey Ory – Drums, Kyle Gamblin – Vocals/Guitar

When asked to headline the first annual Blankfest Vancouver, there were no second thoughts from Titans Eve as they were honored to help a worthy cause for the city’s street youth and shelter Covenant House, plus they were excited to play their first show since returning from their European tour with Arch Enemy.

The thrashers shared The Railway Club stage on November 10th alongside 11 other rock and metal bands from across British Columbia and Alberta, which included Matt Blais, Kathy Frank, Mad Young Darlings, The Deadwax Collective, Handsome Distraction, Cry of Silence, The Mighty One, Open Air, The Coalition, Versus The Nothing and Thorntyr. The event was able to raise over $1000 and 200 clothing items for city’s homeless.

“Blankfest was a total success. Every band was totally fantastic and the cause was inspiring! Titans Eve is proud to help Vancouver the greatest city in the world out by helping its homeless stay warm in the coming winter months. Thank you very much for supporting Vancouver!” comments vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin.

About: Covenant House, founded in 1997 is a non-profit organization that offers a clear exit from life on the street to youth aged 16 – 24. They make this possible through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 54 bed crisis shelter, transitional housing, relapse prevention and life-skills training.

Each day young people come to them damaged from the abuses of their past, desperately needing love and guidance. Over the next year more than 1,500 homeless young people will come to Covenant House Vancouver and take the first steps in creating a better life for themselves by reaching out and saying, “Can you help me?”… and together they can.

If you would like to help please call (604) 638-GIFT (4438) or visit www.covenanthousebc.org.

100 Words on Covenant House.pdf – http://fburls.com/65-4zO15vwj

Covenant House Overview.pdf – http://fburls.com/35-Cwkrfugw

Covenant House Poster – Love Hope.pdf – http://fburls.com/51-NXBi8dmj

In additional news, the band posted live video from their tour date in Paris at the following links.

Road To Ruin (Live – Paris, France) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ivf7hrb78

Divided We Fall (Live – Paris, France) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOgRQ3lXb-U

For more info on Titans Eve please visit their official website www.TitansEve.com or follow them on their Facebook fanpage and Twitter @titanseve.

About: Titans Eve released sophomore album Life Apocalypse earlier this summer. It was recorded by Sacha Laskow of Divinity at Perfect Fifth Studios in Calgary, AB and produced by Titans Eve to follow up to last year’s debut album The Divine Equal that was named ‘Album of the Month’ (Sept 2011) by Metal Hammer Germany and conquered the #7 on the Top 20 of 2011 Canadian Loud Charts.

Earlier this summer, the band opened for KORN and toured Canada with Anvil and Kill Devil Hill, the new band that features legendary drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, Heaven & Hell) and bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down) in support of Life Apocalypse.

FREE download of their single ‘Destined To Die’ is available at the following link:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/titans-eve-destined-to-die-free-download

Album Stream Links:

http://titanseve.bandcamp.com/album/life-apocalypse

http://soundcloud.com/titanseve/sets/life-apocalypse/

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Devin Townsend announces U.S. tour

Devin Townsend performing with the Devin Towns...

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The Devin Townsend Project is returning to the States.

Beginning in October, DTP will take to the road in the headlining position with The Ocean in support.

InsideOut Music released a video in conjuction with the tour announcement.

In a statement on InsideOutMusic.com, Townsend warns of additions to the impending American trek;

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we´re not done yet! We´ve just added three more tour dates to the North American headline tour and we´re still looking to fit in a whole bunch of Canadian dates sometime soon. Also just confirmed is the headline slot at this year´s Damnation Festival on November 5th, held yearly since 2007 in good ol´ Leeds, England.

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OBSCURA Bonus Track online, add tour dates

 

OBSCURA posted “Concerto”, a bonus track featured on the iTunes digital deluxe album of their brand new  album Omnivium, online now available via the band’s Facebook page. “Concerto” is a cover version of a song originally found on the CACOPHONY (Marty Friedman/Jason Becker) album, Speed Metal Symphony.

In other OBSCURA news, they will be signing autographs at the new ENGL Amps showroom in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday June 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00PM PST. And on the following day, OBSCURA kicks-off their North American tour alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & SEPTICFLESH. The band also just announced more dates including headlining stops in western Canada & Ohio.

Omnivium debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top New Artists (“Heatseekers”) chart in the U.S.

 #14 on the official German Newcomers Chart.

Omnivium currently streaming online at this location

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MySpace.com/RealmofObscura

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