The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Announce US Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Psychedelic legends The Crazy World of Arthur Brown have just announced their first US tour dates since 1969. They’ll be joined on the early 2017 run by Electric Citizen, and if you’re reading this, I doubt very seriously you need me to tell you the level of occasion this is. Aside from the sheer performance aspect of what Arthur Brown brought to music, to space rock, to heavy prog and to psychedelia, just the sheer scale of time here makes this one all the more special, as well as the fact that also taking part in the shows will be current bands answering the sonic call that Brown put out all those years ago — from freakout freaks White Hills to nod-riff legends Acid King to doomweavers Pallbearer. I’m sorry, but there’s just no way to lose out on seeing one of these shows.

Of course, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown played Psycho Las Vegas earlier this year, and sure enough, it’s Psycho presenting these shows. You’ll find the full set of their performance at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a press release I wrote, newly circled back from the PR wire:

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Announces First US Tour in 47 Years!

After a highlight performance at Psycho Las Vegas 2016, hugely influential UK heavy psychedelic progressive oddities The Crazy World of Arthur Brown announce their 2017 “ZIM ZAM ZIM” tour – their first run of US shows since 1969.

The God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown, will be celebrating 50 years since releasing the debut single “Devil’s Grip,” which helped shape the British and worldwide psychedelic movement. Pushing theatrics to their dystopian hellscape limits would earn Brown acolytes in everyone from David Bowie and Alice Cooper to KISS, Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga to the entire genre of black metal, and his influence continues to spread today.

“Last time I toured US with the Crazy World was early 1969,” Brown confirms. “It was our third tour there. At the time, the band had been headlining massive festivals, alongside Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, and other top attractions of the time. Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper were still only mildly famous, somewhere down the bill.”

ZIM ZAM ZIM takes its name from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s latest album, released in 2014. They’ll be joined on this landmark trip by Ohio rockers Electric Citizen, and shows will feature generational sonic offspring like White Hills, Acid King, Pallbearer, Danava and Jex Thoth.

Psycho Las Vegas presents
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN w/ Electric Citizen
ZIM ZAM ZIM – USA TOUR 2017

2/15 Los Angeles, Regent Theater w/ White Hills
tickets: http://www.theregenttheater.com/

2/16 Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ White Hills
tickets: https://crazyworld-lasvegas.eventbrite.com

2/17 San Francisco, Slims w/ Acid King
tickets: http://www.slimspresents.com/

2/18 Portland, Star Theater w/ Danava
tickets: https://crazyworld-portland.eventbrite.com

2/21 Chicago, Reggies
tickets: http://www.reggieslive.com/

2/23 New York, Le Poisson Rouge
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2/24 Austin, Barracuda w/ Pallbearer & Pinkish Black
tickets: https://crazyworld-austin1.eventbrite.com

2/25 Austin, Barracuda w/ Acid King & Jex Thoth
tickets: https://austin-night2.eventbrite.com

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Dealer to Release Billionaire Boys Club Feb. 17; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

In what’s no doubt a grueling chronicle of the Bay Area’s culture clash between the creative class and the tech sector, Oakland heavy noise rockers Dealer make their debut in Feb. 2017 with Billionaire Boys Club. The trio have a somewhat tumultuous background for a band putting out their first record, with changes in the construction of the lineup, a cessation of activity and whatnot along their way to entering the studio this past summer with Brainoil‘s Greg Wilkinson behind the board, but as they introduce the album with the track “A.M. Gold,” streaming below, they’d seem to have effectively channeled that instability into sonic propulsion. I’d expect the outing to follow to be pretty brash based on what I’m hearing here, and that’s cool by me. California needs harsh heavy punk to keep it honest.

To the PR wire:

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Oakland trio DEALER to release debut album Billionaire Boys Club in February | Stream and share new song ‘AM Gold’

Billionaire Boys Club will be released worldwide on Wicked World Records on 17th February 2017

The exact moment of Dealer’s formation is almost impossible to pin down. Lost in a fug of thick smoke, alcohol and noise; somewhere and someplace out of time and mind.

Tentatively starting out life as Sexless – featuring founding member Kevin Klausen on guitar/vocals and fellow Los Angelean Samantha Mancino on drums – the duo would make a habit of throwing open jam sessions to anyone in earshot. Years prior and by his own admission, Klausen had lost heart after numerous false starts attempting to form his own band and gave up on making music to assume the mantle of tour manager for close friends, The Shrine. Helping the band across Europe and struck by their professionalism, after years on the road he returned in the Spring of 2013 with a handful of songs and a newfound focus.

“After seeing all these straight ahead rock and roll bands everywhere we went, I was really eager to start my own project but wanted to do something totally different,” explains Klausen. “We started out as this grungy weirdo dissonant punk band. In the early days we treated it more like a sort of art statement rather than a categorical band, it was really abstract and fun but in a way very naive.”

Relocating to Oakland, Sexless performed their first few shows with whatever bassist they could land until the night they met Aaron Cundy of local outfit Easy Living. Followed soon after by the conscription of John Zamora on drums after the departure of Mancino they soon hit upon the sound they were seeking. Sorely shredding their way through discordant moments of pre-punk history – often in a crazed reverie of hard rock solos and cocksure hellfire – they stalked the grooves of Black Flag’s Slip It In and the riffs of Voivod’s Killing Technology. All the while, sporting the sharpest Canadian tuxedos they could find.

When Zamora eventually chose to leave the band in May 2015, Klausen and Cundy sought total reformation. Drafting in new drummer Darien McKinney for shows with the likes of The Shrine, Ho99o9, Lecherous Gaze and Joy, they performed their final gig as Sexless on 4th June 2016 before entering Earhammer Studios to record their debut album with producer Greg Wilkinson (Iron Lung, Graves at Sea, Lecherous Gaze) just two days later. A proposed, “cocktail of heavy metal, punk, grunge and rock and roll,” the trio emerged with Billionaire Boys Club in hand as Dealer; the Leather-Era…

Released on LP, CD, digital and cassette Billionaire Boys Club is released worldwide on Wicked World Records on 17th February 2017.

Dealer:
Kevin Klausen – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Cundy – Bass
Darien McKinney – Drums

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Dealer, “A.M. Gold”

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Katatonia Announce Spring 2017 North American Headlining Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Been a long time since I last saw Swedish masters of melancholy Katatonia, and I have to say I wouldn’t mind catching a gig at Irving Plaza in NYC in April to see them close out a North American headlining run in support of earlier 2016’s The Fall of Hearts. The intervening months will tell if I actually get there — one struggles with the four-hour drive to New York these days — but it’s a formidable month-plus Katatonia will spend on the road either way, so wherever you might be throughout the continent, from Edmonton to Charlotte, they seem to be looking to cover all, or at least most, of their bases this time around. Like they say below, it’s been three and a half years since the last time they were over here. I guess that makes them about due.

Also 10 years in 2017 since The Great Cold Distance, which they’ll reissue deluxe-style in January. This year marked 15 since Last Fair Deal Gone Down, if you needed further evidence of time in flight. Bizarre.

Copious info and dates from the PR wire:

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KATATONIA ANNOUNCE “FALLEN HEARTS OF NORTH AMERICA 2017” HEADLINE TOUR

Katatonia, the Swedish purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal, have announced they will be heading out on a headline tour of North America in March and April 2017 to support the release of their latest studio album The Fall of Hearts.

Founding Katatonia member and guitarist Anders Nyström comments, “We did three North American tours in support for Dead End Kings and it’s been three-and-a-half years since the last one when we toured with Cult of Luna, so having already embraced the new cycle of The Fall of Hearts over here, we are eager to once again cross the Atlantic to continue from where we left off and to reap what we planted over there.”

Vocalist Jonas Renkse introduces the bands they have chosen to join them on the tour, saying, “We are very excited to finally announce our headline tour in North America for The Fall of Hearts. Also invited for this run are post-rock titans Caspian and young, promising act Uncured. Come out and celebrate the downfall of hearts (and everything else) with us.”

The Fallen Hearts of North America 2017 Dates:
Thu/Mar-16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri/Mar-17 Cleveland, OH Agora
Sat/Mar-18 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
Sun/Mar-19 Charlotte, NC The Underground
Tue/Mar-21 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
Thu/Mar-23 New Orleans, LA Republic
Fri/Mar-24 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Sat/Mar-25 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
Sun/Mar-26 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Tue/Mar-28 Mesa, AZ Club Red
Wed/Mar-29 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Fri/Mar-31 Pomona, CA The Glass House
Sat/Apr-01 San Francisco CA Slim’s
Mon/Apr-03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Tue/Apr-04 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Wed/Apr-05 Vancouver, BC Venue
Fri/Apr-07 Calgary, AB The Gateway
Sat/Apr-08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Mon/Apr-10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tue/Apr-11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Wed/Apr-12 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Fri/Apr-14 Minneapolis Fine Line
Sat/Apr-15 Chicago, IL Metro
Sun/Apr-16 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
Mon/Apr-17 Toronto, ON The Opera House
Wed/Apr-19 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Thu/Apr-20 Philadelphia, PA The TLA
Fri/Apr-21 New York, NY Irving Plaza

Formed back in 1991 and hailed as one of the leaders of the death-doom genre along My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and Anathema, Sweden’s Katatonia have spent the last 25 years ever-changing and evolving to become the much loved purveyors of dark progressive rock/metal we know today.

Their latest studio album The Fall OF Hearts, the official follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Dead End Kings was recorded at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl & Tri-lamb Studio, and was self-produced by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse. Mixing and mastering duties were carried out by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Switchblade, The Ocean, Greenleaf) brought in as engineer. It is the first record to feature new drummer Daniel ’Mojjo’ Moilanen and guitarist Roger Öjersson (Tiamat).

A new, two-disc tour edition of The Fall of Hearts is due for release on March 17, 2017 through Peaceville, the new version will feature live tracks taken from the band’s show and the band’s show in the Ancient Theater in Plovdiv Bulgaria in September 2016.

January 20, 2017 also sees the release of a limited edition tenth anniversary version of their class album The Great Cold Distance. This new, four-disc deluxe hardback 40 page, book edition of the album. It will include three bonus discs featuring B-sides and bonus songs, a new 5.1 remix of the album by Bruce Soord (Wisdom Of Crowds) and a live album of Katatonia playing the The Great Cold Distance in its entirety with the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, performed in September 2016. The design of this essential tenth anniversary edition has once again been taken care of by long time collaborator Travis Smith. pre-order here and here.

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Kataonia, “Shifts” official video

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Horisont Reveal Art & Track Details for About Time

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Kudos to Swedish heavy rock traditionalists Horisont on calling out the Comic Code Authority on the cover art for their forthcoming Century Media debut, About Time. It’s that kind of attention to detail — you’ll note they change it to “Cosmic Code Authority” — that’s emblematic of the nuance in their approach overall, last shown on 2015’s progressively engaging Odyssey (review here), and as the cover itself seems to be calling out classic sci-fi/horror à la Re-Animator and others, it couldn’t be more fitting. The band recently wrapped up their first US tour, which they undertook alongside Ohio troupe Electric Citizen, and this fall gave a first taste of what’s to come with About Time in the video for “Electrical,” which you can see at the bottom of this post.

The PR wire dutifully takes it from here:

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HORISONT Release Details For New Album ‘About Time’

Swedish hard-rockers HORISONT will release their upcoming album About Time on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records!

The band comments on the cover artwork, stating,

“The fabulous artwork for our fifth album ‘About Time’ is once again crafted by the wizard of art himself – Henrik Jacobson, who also did the ‘Odyssey’ artwork. Henrik has managed to capture the concept of the album and title in a brilliant Horisont way. We couldn’t be happier with the result and we hope you’ll enjoy it!”

About Time will be available as Special Edition Digipak (EU only), Jewel Case CD (US only), Gatefold LP and as digital album.

“About Time” track-listing:
01. The Hive 00:03:34
02. Electrical 00:03:30
03. Without Warning 00:03:24
04. Letare 00:03:41
05. Night Line 00:03:28
06. Point of Return 00:03:52
07. Boston Gold 00:03:02
08. Hungry Love 00:03:41
09. Dark Sides 00:02:51
10. About Time 00:06:26

The LP will be available in the following vinyl colors:
Black vinyl – unlimited
Lilac vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Bengans
Clear vinyl – limited to 100 copies/exclusively available at CMDistro
Silver vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Green Hell
Transparent Green vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
Yellow vinyl – limited to 300 copies / US only

HORISONT have recently released a video for their first single off of About Time, titled “Electrical”. You can check it out below.

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Horisont, “Electrical” official video

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Trevor Shelley de Brauw of Pelican Announces Uptown Solo LP; New Track Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw of Chicago instrumentalists Pelican will make his solo debut with Uptown, a collection of ambient pieces due out early next year via The Flenser. An initial track, titled “They Keep Bowing,” reveals textural atmospherics working in layers probably looped through but perhaps built one on top of the other, either way to satisfyingly rich tonal effect. I wouldn’t necessarily call it out of the range of what one might anticipate a solo record from de Brauw would bring, knowing the kind of heavy post-rock sprawl to which Pelican can be prone, but it’s a definite expansion on the theme, if nothing else, and it seems fair to imagine that Uptown will also serve as the beginning of a broader exploration of a solo aesthetic for de Brauw, making it all the more noteworthy as his first outing.

I haven’t heard the full thing yet, but we’ve got a while to go before Feb. 10 gets here, so I’ll hope the opportunity comes my way somewhere between now and then. The cut below makes a solid argument why and arrives accompanied by PR wire details:

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GUITARIST TREVOR SHELLEY DE BRAUW ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, PREMIERES SONG

Uptown due out February 10th, 2017 from The Flenser / Listen to “They Keep Bowing” now

Chicago-based guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, RLYR) has announced the release of his first solo album – a collection of power-ambient compositions – entitled Uptown. Due out February 10th, 2017 on San Francisco’s acclaimed experimental label The Flenser, Uptown is a stream of consciousness sustained for too long, an aural pendulum swinging between poles of murky distress and cathartic resolve that takes shape somewhere in the hazy valleys between rock, ambient and experimental music. Listen to the album’s first single, “They Keep Bowing,” today.

Trevor Shelley de Brauw’s 20 year musical career has manifested as an exploration of the vast sonic possibilities of the guitar. Uptown marks a departure from the riff-oriented song writing of Pelican, taking a plaintive approach that unravels the meditative depth of washed-out riffs, deconstructed drones, and carefully controlled feedback. The album delves into complex dimensions of deeply layered textures: an evocation of haunting melodicism that shares more common ground with Brian Eno’s ambient work and drone wizards Barn Owl than it does a metal record. Written and recorded over the span of nearly a decade, Uptown represents a scrapbook from a formative era in de Brauw’s life, bookended by a stint on a remote tobacco farm in North Carolina and his return to the anxiety-ridden urban eccentricities of Chicago’s historic Uptown neighborhood.

Uptown is due for release on Feb 10th, 2017 from The Flenser. Stay tuned for more songs to premiere and pre-order info to surface soon.

Uptown track listing:
1. A New Architecture
2. Distinct Frequency
3. They Keep Bowing
4. You Were Sure
5. Turn Up For What
6. From The Black Soil Poetry and Song Sprang

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Ruby the Hatchet Finish Third Album; Touring Now with Earthless

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

I don’t mind telling you I’m looking forward to this one. My reasoning is two-fold: First, Ruby the Hatchet‘s 2015 sophomore album, Valley of the Snake (review here) — also their label debut on Tee Pee Records — was a gem. Memorable songwriting, crisp performances, a get-in-get-out sense of craft that still had room for atmosphere and setting a mood. Would be silly to not anticipate the follow-up. Second, though, is that in seeing Ruby the Hatchet this past summer at the first night of the Maryland Doom Fest (review here), every bit of their set showed them as not only realizing the level of accomplishment they’ve hit as a band, but being ready also to take another step forward. This impending third record, presumably, would be that step.

Spring 2017? Sign me up.

Ruby the Hatchet are on tour with Earthless starting tonight in Chicago. Dates and more info follow off the PR wire:

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RUBY THE HATCHET Completes Work on New Album

Philadelphia Heavy Psych Outfit Conjures Spellbinding Space Rock on Long-awaited Third LP

Philly heavy psych quintet RUBY THE HATCHET has completed work on its highly anticipated new album. The bewitching rock troop featuring vocalist Jillian Taylor, guitarist Johnny Scarps, bassist Lake Muir, drummer Owen Stewart and organist Sean Hur, recorded the album in an 1800’s era estate deep in the Pennsylvania woods with engineers Joe Boldizar (Retro City Studios) and Zach Goldstein (Kawari Sound). The as-yet-untitled album is slated for a spring 2017 release via Tee Pee Records. The upcoming full-length follows the band’s celebrated sophomore LP, Valley of the Snake.

“Setting up shop and recording ourselves in an 1800’s era estate has been a pleasure and a labor,” comments Taylor. “We built the studio in house from the ground up – mostly Sean (organ), with help from our friends at Kawari Sound and Retro City Studios. From homemade preamps to third floor room mics hidden in echo chambers, the tones on this album are truly vintage. Putting ourselves into seclusion provided a process that influenced the album’s sound, allowing us to create our own pocket of deep space rock inside of a time warp where everything else stopped – politics, personal shit, the day-to-day worries that tarnish the soul…all gone. This album is like nothing we have ever made before.”

More details on RUBY THE HATCHET’s upcoming album will be released soon. The band will launch a U.S. tour alongside labelmates Earthless on December 2 in Chicago, IL. Fans can expect to hear a taste of the band’s new material on the two week trek, which runs through December 17 in Detroit, MI. The tour wraps up two years of heavy touring by the band in support of Valley Of The Snake, which saw RUBY THE HATCHET hit the road with Black Mountain, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and The Sword.

RUBY THE HATCHET tour dates:
* All shows with EARTHLESS
December 2 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
December 3 St Louis, MO The Firebird
December 4 Norman, OK OPOLIS
December 6 Dallas, TX Club Dada
December 7 Austin, TX Barracuda
December 8 Houston, TX Rudyard’s Pub
December 9 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
December 10 Atlanta, GA The EARL
December 11 Raleigh, NC Barcade
December 12 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
December 13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
December 14 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
December 15 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
December 16 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
December 17 Detroit, MI El Club

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MotherSloth Sign to Argonauta Records; New Album in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

So the title of Spanish doomers MotherSloth‘s impending second album may or may not be Moon Omen. How do I know? Keen investigative reporting, of course. Digging deep. Meeting secret sources in underground parking garages while wearing overcoats and fedoras, smoke-obscured faces trading classified information back and forth. And then after all that I checked out their Thee Facebooks page and there’s a whole collection of photos there under the heading, “Recording Moon Omen.” That could also be a pretty reliable tell.

Whether or not that’s the name of the thing, the follow-up to MotherSloth‘s 2014 Moribund Star full-length debut will be released in Spring 2017 via Argonauta Records. That information is not classified — or at least not anymore — and the PR wire offers this public briefing:

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Argonauta Records New signing: MOTHERSLOTH

We’re excited to welcome in our roster a new excellent act from Spain: MOTHERSLOTH.

MotherSloth is a Madrid-based band formed in 2008. In the band’s style, you can find several influences – 70?s inspired sounds combined with heavy guitar riffs and open chords, blended with spirally progressive melodies.

The band says: “We are happy to have arrived to Argonauta and cannot be more excited with the prospect of working together with Gero and the label, plus having high expectations on our next album which we believe it’s our best so far…”

After various formations, the band records demos under the title “Death Flowers” (2009), and plays live throughout Madrid with other avant-garde stoner bands. In 2012, with a more defined musical path, MotherSloth recorded their debut EP “Hazy Blur Of Life“, edited in 2013 by Peruvian underground label Dooom Records.

MotherSloth created and gathered a good impression after playing at Kanina Rock festival (2012+DVD), Madrid Stoner Festival (2013), and being featured in various compilations, genre specialized blogs, magazines and radios. In late 2013, MotherSloth decided to focus on the instrumental songs they had been writing throughout the years, recording their new LP “Moribund Star” (2014), edited in 2015 with Germany’s Voodoo Chamber Records and available here:

In 2016 the band entered the studio to record their next album, consisting of 6 brand new songs, to be released by ARGONAUTA Records in CD/DD during Spring 2017.

The band is:
Dani – guitars and vocals
Adrian – bass guitar and vocals
Oscar – drums

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MotherSloth, Moribund Star (2014)

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Sólstafir Recording New Album; “Dagmál” Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

With their new video, Reykjavic’s Sólstafir end what’s been a pivotal chapter of the band. The Icelandic melancholy specialists gleaned a substantial following behind 2014’s Ótta (review here), and rightly so, touring in North America for the first time as well as of course Europe, Japan, and so on behind material as emotionally vibrant as it was sonically and atmospherically heavy. They’re currently in the process of making the follow-up to Ótta — as of Nov. 29, guitars are done — but their new clip for “Dagmál” is as fitting a goodbye to the prior album as I can think of, capturing the band on stage throughout the year and a half they basically spent on the road.

Like Ótta, Sólstafir‘s next album will be released by Season of Mist, as the PR wire confirms:

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SÓLSTAFIR release new video, re-sign with Season of Mist, and record new album

Acclaimed Icelandic rock band SÓLSTAFIR have released a new video for the track “Dagmál”. The video, shot during the band’s extensive touring across Europe is streaming now, here. “Dagmál” appears on the band’s most recent full-length album, ‘Ótta’.

Regarding the video, the band comments: “‘Ótta’ is coming to a close with a third and final video for the song, ‘Dagmál’. The footage for this clip was shot over the course of 18 months of heavy touring. It also features our newest band member Hallgrímur ‘Grimsi’ Hallgrímsson, who started filling in for us behind the drum kit in April 2015.”

The quartet have also signed a new deal with Season of Mist, and begun work on their forthcoming new album.

Regarding the signing, the band comments: “With our previous contract coming to an end, we have had plenty of great offers on the table for which we are grateful. Yet, why should we end a good thing? The entire team works brilliantly together and everyone involved decided that continuing is the logical step moving forward.”

SÓLSTAFIR are now three weeks into the recording their new album. The new full-length will be produced by Birgir Birgirsson (SIGUR RÓS, ALCEST). Jaime Gomez-Arellano (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, ULVER) is also assisting on the new record.

Vocalist and guitarist Adalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason comments: “We are back here at Sundlaugin for the third time to record our seventh album. We feel right at home and after being locked up in songwriting mode for two months, it is a one of a kind feeling hearing the demos gaining life. We have fourteen songs recorded but at the moment it is too early to tell what will end up on the album. The new album will definitely sound like SÓLSTAFIR and as always, there will be surprises too.”

Gomez-Arellano also comments: “I feel humbled to have the opportunity of working with SÓLSTAFIR. As a fan of the band for many years, I have been trying to work with them before and now it is finally happening. So far it has been a great, creative and positive experience. Working alongside Birgir in his beautiful Studio Sundlaugin has been very productive and fun. I am very excited about the new material.”

The new album is yet to be titled and will be mixed at Arellano’s Orgone Studios in the UK.

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Sólstafir, “Dagmál” official video

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