High on Fire to Release Luminiferous on June 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Can it be a coincidence that the same week Game of Thrones comes back on to put us all in a mindset of battleaxe beheadings and medieval destruction is the same week the first details of High on Fire‘s much anticipated new album, titled Luminiferous, begin to surface? If you don’t see the correlation between the two, it’s wanton slaughter, which is something in which the trio of Matt PikeJeff Matz and Des Kensel have always specialized. This past weekend, they were at Kirk Von Hammet’s Fear FestEvil (get it?), and no doubt more tour dates will surface when the time is right. They’ve never been ones for holding still.

It’s a good morning for heavy metal:

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HIGH ON FIRE to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 23

Legendary Metal Band Poised to Light Up Heavy Music Landscape with Release of Seventh Studio Album

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:

1.) The Black Plot
2.) Carcosa
3.) The Sunless Years
4.) Slave the Hive
5.) The Falconist
6.) Dark Side of the Compass
7.) The Cave
8.) Luminiferous
9.) The Lethal Chamber

“I’m really happy High on Fire decided to come back to GodCity to do another album,” states producer and Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou. “Having been a fan of theirs since The Art of Self Defense, the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite bands has truly been an honor.”

HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).

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High on Fire, “The Sunless Years” live at Saint Vitus Bar

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Young Hunter Launch Kickstarter for New Album Pressing

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 14th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Now located in Portland, Oregon, Young Hunter have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish work on their new album. With a goal of $4,444 — the full-length will also be their fourth release since their first single in 2011 — they’ll need to mix, master and press the record, which is their second long-player after 2012’s Stone Tools (discussed here) and has been tracked with Adam Pike at Toadhouse Studios.

I’ve been anxious to hear what frontman Benjamin Blake and the rest of Young Hunter had to offer with for their sophomore LP since their 2013 EP, Embers at the Foot of Dark Mountain (review here), pushed their aesthetic so much forward from the debut, with elements of Americana and goth rock and doom blended both stylishly and coherently into three memorable songs that, to be perfectly honest, I was just listening to this past weekend. So, you know, staying power and all.

Here’s the info on the campaign and the Kickstarter video, which has a preview of some new audio:

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///\\\ Young Hunter Album ///\\\

It has most likely been awhile since you have heard anything from us. That is because we’ve been busy moving to Portland, reincarnating into a new form, writing and recording a new album. It has been a long road, full of hard work, doubt, joy, and glory, and has ultimately lead us back to the heart of what Young Hunter’s mission in the world is.

It is hard to put a pricetag on music, and we have often released our music for free. We’ve debated long and hard over whether or not to use crowdfunding for this release, and came to the conclusion that to do this album justice, we simply can’t afford to pay for it all ourselves. So we have put together a variety of what we think are pretty awesome rewards, and now we stroll forth into the risky world of a Kickstarter campaign, with hope in our hearts that this will come to fruition. So if you have enjoyed our music in the past, we ask that you check out our page, and consider helping us make this happen, because without you, it simply won’t. We have 30 days from today, the clock is ticking.

We have finished tracking our album with Adam Pike at Toadhouse Studios, and it sounds great. We’ve been paying for the project out of pocket, and will continue to cover roughly half of the costs even if this Kickstarter is successful. We just feel so good about what we have already, we want to make sure that we continue to take the right steps to give this album the resources it needs to fully manifest. But without financial assistance, we won’t be able to make it happen. Only you, dear reader, can help us achieve this great and noble goal. Our next steps include:

-Mixing with Ephriam Nagler here in Portland, OR. An old friend who we have worked with before, who knows how to make things simultaneously huge and delicate.

-Mastering with Golden Mastering. Trustworthy and industry-standard bearers in mastering and making vinyl masters.

-Printing 1000 LPs, with a full color jacket and printed sleeve, as well as a smaller run of CDs with the same artwork.

-Artwork for the album, which will include hiring a professional photographer for an epic album cover.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, we hope your world is full of love, light, and rock’n’roll.

With gratitude,
Young Hunter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1627817449/young-hunter-album
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Hunter/127424170682508
http://younghunter.bandcamp.com/

Young Hunter, Kickstarter Video

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The Obsessed’s Ed Gulli to Drum for Spirit Caravan at Maryland Doom Fest

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 14th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If you ever find yourself in need of some Maryland doom cred, being able to say something like, “I played on the self-titled The Obsessed record” is bound to help out. Of course, there are only three dudes who can actually make that claim, and drummer Ed Gulli is one of them. The other two are guitarist/vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich and bassist Mark Laue, but as news comes out that current Spirit Caravan drummer Henry Vasquez will be on tour with Saint Vitus at the time, it’s Gulli who’s stepping in alongside Wino and bassist/vocalist Dave Sherman to play in Spirit Caravan for their headlining set at the first Maryland Doom Fest this June.

Now, to hear War Injun drummer and fest-organizer JB Matson tell it, as he does below, Mark Laue will also be on hand helping Gulli run sound all weekend, so basically what you’ve got is the potential – not saying it’s happening, not saying anything’s been confirmed — for a scenario where self-titled era The Obsessed maybe gets on stage and does a song or two at some point either during Spirit Caravan‘s set or maybe after or who knows. Even if that doesn’t happen, having Gulli up there with Sherm and Wino is something pretty special, and it seems like a one-time thing exclusive at this point to the Maryland Doom Fest. Given just how much of a blueprint The Obsessed‘s The Obsessed has been for what’s followed in Maryland doom — second perhaps only to Pentagram in its influence — even just the potential of seeing that lineup together is noteworthy.

Here’s how JB put it, along with the fest’s schedule as previously announced:

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Henry will be on tour with Vitus so Ed Gulli will be drumming for Spirit Caravan at The Maryland Doom Fest and they will be playing multiple Obsessed songs from the purple album…..yes, The Obsessed Caravan.

Mark Laue (purple album bassist) will also be present at the fest as Ed Gulli will be the stage manager and Mark is also helping keep things rolling. You never know what could happen having all three members present at the same festival.

The Maryland Doom Fest 1
June 26 – 28, 2015
Cafe 611, Frederick, MD

A weekend of doom metal in its purest form.

FRIDAY
The Skull 1225-130
Sixty Watt Shaman 1115-1210
Unorthodox 1005-11
Weed Is Weed 855-950
Into The Void 755-840
Banned From H.E.L.L. 655-740
Primer Grey 6-640

SATURDAY
Spirit Caravan 1215-130
Apostle of Solitude 1105-1200
Outside Truth 1010-1050
Valkyrie 910-955
Project Armageddon 815-855
Foghound 720-8
Balam 630-705
Slaves B.C. 540-615
Season of Arrows 445-525

SUNDAY
Iron Man 1045-1215
Foehammmer 945-1030
Lord 845-930
Mind’s Eye 745-830
Nagato 650-730
Serpent Witch 655-735
Mangog 6-640

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirit-Caravan-Official/684094061621546
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-maryland-doom-fest-tickets-15022390374
https://www.facebook.com/events/562627560540323/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-maryland-DOOM-Fest/815331421863100

The Obsessed, The Obsessed (1990)

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Geezer and Bison Machine Announce May Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 14th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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bison machine (Photo by Erick Buccholz)

Cool bands playing good shows, there’s nothing not to like about New York blues rockers Geezer heading out for a run of gigs alongside Michigan four-piece Bison Machine. The tour is five dates and it starts in Pittsburgh on May 26 with Sinister Haze on the bill, and wraps in Brooklyn on May 30 with The Golden Grass and Wolf Blood. Right on.

Geezer recently parted ways with bassist Freddy Villano and added Richie Touseull to the lineup, so they’ll no doubt be looking to continue to refine the new trio chemistry between Touseull, guitarist/vocalist Pat Harrington and drummer Chris Turco following a weekender April 24 and 25 alongside D.C. heavy rollers Borracho, who are also Geezer‘s compatriots in the first installment of Ripple Music‘s The Second Coming of Heavy series of splits. That’s out in June.

For Bison Machine, they’ll head out from their native Hamtramck (and why isn’t there a band called Hamtramck?), MI, to support their early 2015 release, Hoarfrost, which was put out by the band digitally in February but will be released in Spring on Bilocation Records. They’ll play the release show for the Bilocation vinyl as part of the tour, on May 27 at Small‘s in Detroit.

The always-on-point Pat Harrington shared the following info and super-stoner-rock-booby-lady show poster via the PR wire:

geezer brooklyn show poster

 

Geezer/Bison Machine Tour

We’re real excited about this upcoming excursion, which we dubbed the Mind Over Mountain Tour. Highlights include Bison Machine’s vinyl release party in Detroit and a killer lineup to close out the week with Wolf Blood and The Golden Grass at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn! All the bands along the way are sick, but we are especially jazzed about sharing the stage with Wizard Eye and Sinister Haze!

It’s the first proper tour (longer than a weekender) for both Bison Machine & Geezer. Geezer has been working out a bunch of new material since the arrival of our new bass player Richie Touseull and we’ll be taking this opportunity to try it all out live. We also will be playing songs from our upcoming split with Borracho, The Second Coming Of Heavy: Chapter One, which is slated for release in June through Ripple Music.

Please see the full listing of dates below and the attached Brooklyn show poster by Kim Zangrando (https://instagram.com/kimzang/).

Tuesday May 26th @ 31st St Pub, Pittsburg, PA w/ Sinister Haze & TBA
Wednesday May 27th @ Small’s, Detroit, MI w/ Wild Savages & SLO (Bison Machine: Hoarfrost vinyl release party)
Thursday May 28th @ Blind Bob’s, Dayton, OH w/ Grand Mammoth & Zuel
Friday May 29th @ The Living Room, Stroudsburg PA w/ Wizard Eye
Saturday May 30th @ Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NY w/ The Golden Grass & Wolf Blood

https://www.facebook.com/geezerNY
https://geezertown.bandcamp.com/
http://stbrecords.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/americanbison
http://bisonmachine.bandcamp.com/
http://bisonmachine.bigcartel.com/

Geezer, Live! FULL Tilt Boogie (2014)

Bison Machine, Hoarfrost (2015)

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Grime Announce Shows in France, Spain and Portugal

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 7th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Italian extreme sludgers Grime will take off at the end of this month for a quick run of dates in France, Spain and Portugal. It’s five shows in all, but one imagines that any more of a dose of Grime‘s wafting filthy sludge would throw off the jet-stream and result in devastated ecosystems throughout the northern hemisphere. Or something. Whatever. They’re super fucking heavy. You get the point.

Their 2013 album, Deteriorate (review/stream here) was as vicious as sludge gets, which if you heard it you know is plenty vicious. They (apparently) released a prior-recorded first album last year through Mordgrimm Records, which I guess slipped by me, unless I’m misunderstanding the bio. Take a look for yourself and see what you think:

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GRIME (IT. FORCEFIELD RECORDS) FRENCH & IBERIAN DATES

GRIME starts its mission in Trieste, Italy during summer 2010. they play a extremely massive sludge metal, in their line up is the ex- drummer of the italian blackened crust band THE SECRET. With influences from bands like EYEHATEGOD, SOURVEIN or GRIEF the band in their first album (properly released in last june by the english label Mordgrimm, WINDHAND, POMBAGIRA, EAGLE TWIN, HUATA,…) produced a notable extreme and massive pile of songs those could form of the albums of the year without doubt in this music gender. In June of 2013 comes out their second album “Deteriorate”. thanks to the great reputation the band was getting touring around Europe with bands like COUGH Forcefield records (COUGH, WINDHAND) puts the record out with Mordgrimm again. the band has performed in the most important festivals in Europe like Roadburn, Heavy days in doom town, Desert Fest London. GRIME has toured or performed with bands like COUGH, 16, SOURVEIN, GRAVES AT SEA, etc, etc,.. and they has become one of the main bands in the sludge-metal genre in Europe.

Their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near yours. Their sound is rooted into rotten burial ground and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. They will keep spread their plague in your town very soon. Be afraid.

Monday 27th April Black Sheep, Montpellier, France
Tuesday 28th April, Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesdsay 29th April, Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid, Spain
Thursday 30th April, Barroselas Metalfest, Portugal
Friday 1st May, Sentinel rock Bar, Erandio, Bizkaia, Spain

http://grime666.bandcamp.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/grimeofshit
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grime/209557405747608

Grime, Live at Heavy Days in Doomtown 2013

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Sólstafir Add Dates to North American Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 6th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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A few more dates added to Icelandic genre-spanners Sólstafir‘s previously-announced North American tour with Ancient VVisdom. The Reykjavik four-piece, who also play two sets at Roadburn this week and who will appear at Wave Gotik Treffen and a host of other European fests over the course of the next several months, head out once more in support of 2014’s stunner full-length, Ótta (review here), which is a cause as worthy of support as any I can think of. And yeah, the place I live gets the shaft this time around, but it’s hardly the first time and hardly anything to hold against the band. So dig the tour dates off the PR wire and catch these dudes where and when you can.

The time is now:

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SOLSTAFIR announce new North American tour dates

Enigmatic Icelandic rock band SOLSTAFIR have added new dates to their previously announced North American tour. The band are touring across the US and Canada, adding shows to Elko NV, Portland OR, and Mesa, AZ. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

SÓLSTAFIR are different. Their unique blend of metal with beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a strong undercurrent of classic / hard rock comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the landscapes of their native Iceland. Their fifth full-length “Ótta” is the logical continuation of the musical course this four-piece adopted on the highly acclaimed forerunner “Svartir Sandar” (2011). Expect the unexpected, such as seduction by subtle strings or a hypnotic banjo. None of this was apparent when SÓLSTAFIR released their album debut “Í Blóði og Anda”, which translates as ‘In Blood and Spirit’ in 2002. Instead of today’s Icelandic gravel throated siren chants, frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason spit forth vitriolic crust-like vocals and the ripping guitars were clearly black metal inspired.

Yet the band was as clearly identifiable back then as now and along their way with the next albums “Masterpiece of Bitterness” (2005) and “Köld” (2009) introducing new elements in a continuous evolution. SÓLSTAFIR’s music is as much the product of Arctic blizzards as of red hot volcanic magma, erupting geysers, lush green pastures, and salty waves. With “Ótta” the Icelanders touch something ancient and timeless, while defying easy categorisation. This album needs to be heard again and again to peel back layers of details, each different and yet always revealing the same: great songs – all of them.

The song titles of “Ótta” form a concept based on an old Icelandic system of time keeping similar to the monastic hours called “Eykt” (“eight”). The 24 hour day was divided into 8 parts of 3 hours each. The album starts at midnight, the beginning of “Lágnætti” (“low night”), continues through each Eyktir of the day and ends with “Náttmál” (“nighttime”) from 21:00 to 0:00. This form of time keeping is more open than the relentless ticking of modern times, where each second is made to count, which turns humanity into cocks of the corporate clockwork. Now SÓLSTAFIR give you the antidote. Just lean back, close your eyes, take your time and lose yourself in this masterpiece called “Ótta”!

SOLSTAFIR North American tour dates:
04/22 Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop
04/23 Montreal, QC @ L’ail’ze
04/24 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
04/25 Toronto, ON @ Garrison
04/26 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
04/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
04/28 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
04/29 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
05/01 Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
05/03 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
05/04 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
05/05 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
05/06 Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
5/07 Elko, NV @ Club Silver Dollar
05/08 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
05/09 Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
05/10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
05/11 Portland OR @ Star Theater
05/12 San Francisco, CA @ Oakland Opera
05/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
05/14 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
05/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
05/15 Fort Worth, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall
05/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
05/18 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
05/19 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/20 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

http://solstafir.bandcamp.com/album/tta
https://twitter.com/solstafir
http://www.facebook.com/solstafirice
http://season-of-mist.com

Sólstafir, “Lágnætti” official video

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High Fighter and Sunnata UK & EU Tour Starts this Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 6th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

high fighter (Photo by Frau Siemers Fotografiert)

German sludge metallers High Fighter and Polish heavy rockers Sunnata will embark on a European tour this week. It’ll be the first run for the hotly-tipped High Fighter, who released their debut EP, The Goat Ritual (review here), last year, and Sunnata head out in support of their latest offering, Climbing the Colossus, which was released following a name change.

Tour starts on Thursday in Dresden, and will cover ground in Germany, France, the UK and Belgium, and with 10 shows in 10 days — including three free gigs, which are always a good time — no doubt it’ll provide some solid experience to High Fighter, whose membership is culled from A Million Miles and Buffalo Hump.

Dates and info off the PR wire:

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HIGH FIGHTER + SUNNATA LIVE IN APRIL 2015: GET DOOMED IN SPRING TOUR!

Hamburg based stoner metal / sludge newcomer in High Fighter, who are currently featured as “Heroes of Tomorrow” in the new issue of Germany’s Metal Hammer Magazine, in such short but promising band history the band has just recently announced their very first tour ever! Alongside with doom band sunnata – hailing from Warsaw, Poland, this heavy-weight band package will hit the road through Germany, Belgium, France and the UK, starting this April 2015.

Catch High Fighter + sunnata live on the following dates – presented by Metal.de, The Sludgelord and Doomed & Stoned:

09.04.2015 – Dresden, GER – Sabotage
10.04.2015 – Potsdam, GER – Hanns-Eisler-Klub (*Free entry!)
11.04.2015 – Wiesloch, GER – Rock & Pop
12.04.2015 – Köln, GER – Underground
13.04.2015 – Hastings, UK – The Carlisle
14.04.2015 – London, UK – The Unicorn (*Free entry!)
15.04.2015 – Oxford, UK – Wheatsheaf
16.04.2015 – Antwerp, BE –The Rocking Bull
17.04.2015 – Thionville, FR – Shamrock (*Free entry!)
18.04.2015 – Wolfsburg, GER – s.V. Jugenhaus Ost (*High Fighter only!)
18.04.2015 – Paris, FR – Glazart / Doomed Gatherings (*Sunnata only!)

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/highfighter/events
www.highfighter.de
www.facebook.com/HighFighter
www.facebook.com/sunnataofficial

High Fighter, “2Steps Blueskill” official video

Sunnata, “Asteroid” live

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Glowsun Reveal Beyond the Wall of Time Cover and Release Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 6th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I was pretty late to the party in getting on board with the full-toned fuzz of Glowsun‘s 2012 outing, Eternal Season. Like two years late. But when I started hearing murmurs about a follow-up from the Lille, France, trio to be released this year on Napalm Records, I’ve been trying to the best of my very limited ability to keep an eye out for word about it. The band posted a couple studio updates on their Thee Facebooks, in the sort of standard operating procedure of our age, but over the weekend, they also revealed guitarist/vocalist Johan Jaccob‘s cover art for Beyond the Wall of Time, as well as the release dates when it will be out on Napalm, late June in most of Europe and early July in North America and elsewhere in Europe.

The cover art speaks for itself with its almost-steampunk gears, golden robot girl and the roses in her hair (a sort of natural spiral that works well alongside the gears). In January, when I included Glowsun on the list of 90 of 2015’s most anticipated releases, I said that I thought the album was self-titled and posted a different though also impressive piece of artwork with it. Rest assured, this is the actual cover art and title — I mean, unless Glowsun themselves are lying about it, which seems antithetical to the idea of promoting your band; not that it hasn’t been done before — and it will be out on the dates in the band’s announcement below:

glowsun beyond the wall of time

Hi there!! The time is coming to show you this awesome art-work by Johan Jaccob Artwork! For our 3rd Album “BEYOND THE WALL OF TIME” release on Napalm Records!

Here the Release date!

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: 26.06.2015
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: 29.06.2015
SE/ESP: 01.07.2015
USA/CAN: 07.07.2015

Coming soon the complete Art-Work for the LP color vinyl.

https://www.facebook.com/Glowsunmusic
http://glowsun.fr/en
https://www.facebook.com/johanjaccobartwork
http://www.napalmrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

Glowsun, “Arrow of Time” Live in Lille

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