Voivod to Release The Wake in September; European Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Ten million metal bands. Only one Voivod. And woe unto those who can’t do the math on that. The stalwart-among-stalwarts Canadian prog-metal pioneers will release their umpteenth long-player this Fall via Century Media. It’s been dubbed The Wake and will arrive in time to catch the four-piece on their way out to Europe for a huge round of touring that includes support from Maggot HeartNightrage and Bio-Cancer in alternating slots. No audio or track titles yet for the record, but the release is still three months out and CM is pro-shop, so they’re not about to give everything away in one press release. In any case, who could read another list — say, one of the album’s tracks — without getting exhausted after looking at all those tour dates anyway? I’m out of breath by the time they get to Krakow.

More details forthcoming, then, and fair enough. The more I get to talk about Voivod kicking ass, the merrier. And you know my disposition can get pretty merry. I know it’ll certainly be that way watching them at Psycho Las Vegas in August.

To the PR wire, then:

VOIVOD EURO TOUR POSTER

VOIVOD – Announce new album “The Wake” and European tour!

Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD are not only celebrating their 35th band-anniversary, but have also just wrapped up studio-work for their upcoming new studio album entitled “The Wake”. Expected for a late September worldwide release via Century Media Records, “The Wake” is the highly anticipated successor to 2013’s “Target Earth” album and the 2016 mini-album “Post Society”.

VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment:

“We are thrilled to let you know that our new album, “The Wake”, is completed! The music is like a futuristic prog thrash metal trek with many twists and turns, and the story involves the usual Voivodian topics: disasters, chaos, conflicts, strange plots and alternate consciousness. We are excited with the result and can’t wait to get the material out to you this fall!

Also, try to catch us when we tour Europe in September and October. It will be a great opportunity for the band to test some songs from our upcoming album.”

Here is a list of the comprehensive European run, which will feature the following rotating support acts: Maggot Heart (from 7th until 16th Sept), Nightrage (from 18th until 26th Sept) and Bio-Cancer (from 28th Sept until 20th Oct):

VOIVOD – European Tour 2018:
07.09.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) – Futurum *
08.09.2018 Poznan (Poland) – U Bazyla *
09.09.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Hydrozagadka *
10.09.2018 Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat *
11.09.2018 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal Club *
13.09.2018 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Flying Circus Pub *
14.09.2018 Belgrade (Serbia) – Elektropionir *
15.09.2018 Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert *
16.09.2018 Vienna (Austria) – Szene *
18.09.2018 Bologna (Italy) – Locomotiv **
19.09.2018 Rome (Italy) – Largo **
20.09.2018 Milan (Italy) – Santeria **
21.09.2018 Winterthur (Switzerland) – Gaswerk **
22.09.2018 Seyssinet Pariset (France) – Ilyade **
24.09.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Boveda **
25.09.2018 Madrid (Spain) – Nazca **
26.09.2018 Porto (Portugal) – Hard Club **
28.09.2018 Marseille (France) – Jas’ Rod ***
29.09.2018 Paris (France) – Petit Bain ***
30.09.2018 Nantes (France) – Ferrailleur ***
02.10.2018 Southampton (UK) – The Joiners ***
03.10.2018 Cardiff (UK) – The Globe ***
04.10.2018 Leeds (UK) – Temple Of Boom ***
05.10.2018 Glasgow (UK) – Cathouse ***
06.10.2018 Manchester (UK) – Rebellion ***
07.10.2018 London (UK) – Underworld ***
09.10.2018 Brussels (Belgium) – Magasin 4 ***
10.10.2018 Amstelveen (The Netherlands) – P60 ***
11.10.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo ***
12.10.2018 Cologne (Germany) – Luxor ***
13.10.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo ***
14.10.2018 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset ***
15.10.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubb Nalen ***
17.10.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia ***
18.10.2018 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi ***
20.10.2018 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee ***

Support bands:
* Maggot Heart (from 7th until 16th Sept)
** Nightrage (from 18th until 26th Sept)
*** Bio-Cancer (from 28th Sept until 20th Oct)

Previously, VOIVOD will also appear at selected festivals in North America as follows:

VOIVOD – Live 2018:
29.06.2018 Jonquière (Canada) – Jonquiere en Musique Festival
29.07.2018 Montreal (Canada) – Heavy Montreal Festival
08.08.2018 Lévis (Canada) – Festivent
18.08.2018 Las Vegas (USA) – Psycho Las Vegas Festival

More details and news and VOIVOD and “The Wake” following soon…

VOIVOD line-up:
Snake – Vocals
Chewy – Guitar
Rocky – Bass
Away – Drums

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Vision Éternel Post Documentary Footage; Announce Contest Winner; Discuss New Music

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 31st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Many doings in the camp of Montreal’s Vision Éternel. Like, a whole bunch. You might recall in April when the one-man ambient outfit co-hosted a contest here to giveaway a copy of the newly issued An Anthology of Past Misfortunes boxed set. The set is ultra-comprehensive, entries were emailed direct to Alexandre Julien, and a winner picked to receive the five EPs the band has done to-date, the demos/rarities tape, as well as a shirt, flyers, the liner notes and other sundry goodies. Like I said, it’s a comprehensive set.

Never content to rest on his recent laurels or, apparently, ever, Julien has now announced that he’s working on a sixth EP for his outfit, and that in addition to that, he’s given away a digital discount to everyone who entered the contest, and gone out to the woods — because, yes, the woods — to make a bit of a documentary talking about how the boxed set came together, what’s included, and so on. Looks like he found a nice spot for the chat, and as he opens up number 001 of the limited release, he talks about the timing of the EPs, when they came together and how, as well as some of the aesthetic development of the project, the designers he’s worked with and more.

The video is six minutes and in that time, Julien gives a clear sense of the heart that’s gone into the project and into this particular aspect of it. That seems to be what’s at the core of Vision Éternel and just about everything Julien does with the band. It’s a deeply personal work and the thought and emotion put into it is plain to both see and hear in the output.

Clip and news follow. Please enjoy:

Vision Éternel, An Introduction to An Anthology of Past Misfortunes Boxed Set

On May 24th, Vision Éternel undertook an excursion in the Laurentian Mountains forest to film a new documentative video. Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day, and despite the bugs enjoying the weather as much as we were, we had a lot of fun. We found a nice clearing in the middle of the woods where we set up the shot with cinematographer Rain Frances.

The new footage was filmed to showcase and discuss the band’s newest release, the “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” boxed set, released through Abridged Pause Recordings last month. Vision Éternel founder Alexandre Julien made himself comfortable in the woods and explained how the boxed set was conceptualized and went over all of the contents of the package.

Contest Winner

On April 11th of 2018, Vision Éternel announced a giveaway contest in promotion of the band’s new retrospective boxed set, “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes”. Contestants had a full month to enter the drawing by sending an email to the band with their favourite Vision Éternel t-shirt color and size. Vision Éternel, Abridged Pause Recordings and The Obelisk would like to thank all the wonderful people and fans of the band who participated in this contest.

Today, the band is proud to announce a lucky winner who will not only receive a full boxed set, which in itself holds five compact discs, one cassette, two stickers, six business card flyers and a two-page postcard insert, but in addition to that, two sold-out posters, a t-shirt and the band’s entire remastered digital discography. The boxed set is autographed and personalized to the winner.

The winner is: Randy Blood! Congratulations!

But wait! There’s more!

The band is so appreciative of everyone who participated in the giveaway that everyone will be receiving consolation prizes. No one leaves empty-handed. All participants have been emailed a free download of Vision Éternel’s entire 2017-remastered digital discography and a 15% discount coupon code valid on any and all items at Vision Éternel’s web store (even the boxed set). This will be arriving in a separate email so look for it!

New EP?

For the last eight years, Vision Éternel founder Alexandre Julien has been working on the retrospective boxed set “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” to give a proper physical home to the band’s previous releases (2007-2015). Now that it’s out, the band is eager to move forward with new material. Vision Éternel is now actively writing and demoing new songs for a planned sixth extended play.

A handful of new Vision Éternel songs were demoed at Mortified Studios in the summer of 2017 while the band celebrated its ten-year anniversary. It is unknown if any of these ideas will evolve into material for the planned sixth EP. A few more songs have already been demoed in 2018. The band hopes to complete the extended play by the end of the year and is aiming for an early 2019 release. Graphic illustrator Costin Chioreanu has already been secured to design the concept album’s artwork.

In addition to the forthcoming extended play and the previously announced impending music video for “Sometimes In Longing Narcosis”, Vision Éternel is also considering putting out a single and a cover song in 2018.

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Chron Goblin to Enter Studio this Summer

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Yeah, yeah, I know bands say all kinds of things in press releases — ‘we’re from Mars and only breathe hash oil!’ — but I wonder if Chron Goblin actually went to Nepal. I know they really played Desertfest, so that’s true. It’s the kind of thing I’d like to ask them. So I will:

Hey, Chron Goblin! Did you guys really go to Nepal? If so, what for? Did you play? Band field trip? What’s the deal?

Maybe they’ll be kind enough to answer in the comments, or maybe they’re too busy getting ready to head out for a string of shows this week alongside Cancer Bats, Black Mastiff and Iron Eyes ahead of entering the studio this summer to record the follow-up to 2015’s Backwater (review here). Either way, a trip to Nepal sounds pretty badass.

The Alberta natives also played the Calgary 420 Fest this past April with Anciients, Cowpuncher, the aforementioned Black Mastiff and a whole bunch of others, so they’ve been keeping busy.

They sent the latest news down the PR wire:

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CHRON GOBLIN TO ENTER STUDIO SUMMER 2018

Chron Goblin booked to record fourth studio album at OCL Studios

Emerging from the dank swamplands of their last album, Backwater (2015 Ripple Music), the acidic blues rock foursome known as Chron Goblin is poised to enter the next chapter of their destiny.

Readily absorbing those warm solar rays and the truths it illuminates, the four friends have achieved some significant milestones over the past 12 months. From scaling the mountain ranges of Nepal to closing out Britain’s Desertfest with a bang, the enlightenment Chron Goblin’s members have received has not always been that which they were seeking, but that element of uncertainty is what makes life’s little twists all the more sweet.

Taking that sense of gratitude and humility first to heart and secondly into the studio, Chron Goblin has generated a fresh crop of potent material based on their greatest triumphs and misadventures. The two facets of existence go hand in hand, not unlike the hard-charging rhythms and cathartic vocals that have come to define the band, along with spot-on percussion, intoxicating swirls of psychedelic stringwork and earworm spawning lyrics that’ll keep you coming back for round after round. Vocalist and lyricist Josh Sandulak describes the album as “an amalgamation and reflection of all the experiences and growth we’ve had as a band and it’s a celebration of that journey.”

Stay tuned for more green-gold nuggets from the hardcore quartet with a penchant for creating arm-out-the-window rock anthems. Chron Goblin will be entering OCL Studios this summer to collaborate with Josh Rob Gwilliam, whose production and engineering skills has led to platinum records and Juno Awards. An incendiary new release is sure to follow.

Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Cancer Bats
May 16 Calgary Dickens
May 17 Red Deer Bo’s
May 18 Edmonton Starlite Room

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Review & Full Album Premiere: Tunguska Mammoth, Breathless

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on May 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Tunguska Mammoth Breathless

[Click play above to stream Tunguska Mammoth’s Breathless in its entirety. Album is out May 11 on Deathbound Records.]

Consider for a moment the Quebecois regional delicacy poutine. The dish in its most basic form consists of french fries and cheese curds smothered in hot gravy. Variations exist in other regions of Canada and the Northern US, but poutine itself, which sometimes adds sausage or really just about anything else to the mix, is identified as being distinctly of Quebec. In thinking about Breathless, the Deathbound Records-issued second long-player from neo-dudely Montreal four-piece Tunguska Mammoth, I bring up poutine for this reason: Quebec didn’t invent french fries. It didn’t invent cheese curds or gravy. And yet, by putting these elements together in a specific way, it was able to span a recipe that has gained affection both in and out of Canada’s borders.

Similarly, Tunguska Mammoth‘s new collection of eight tracks running 45 minutes doesn’t necessarily create a new style out of thin air, but it adopts various pieces of other styles, whether it’s the shout-and-chug aggression of closer “We are the Night,” the Amorphis-style death metal growls after the harmonies of “Yellow Sign” or the modern heavy rock nod of the opening title-track. The band — guitarist/vocalist Maxime Bellerose, guitarist Mathieu Savage, bassist Paolo Di Stefano and drummer/recording engineer/mixer Pierre-Hughes Rondeau (who recorded everything except the drums themselves, which were done by Marc-o at The Grid — didn’t invent the heavy riffing, melodies and more aggressive factors at play throughout Breathless, but by putting it all together in the specific way they do, they make a familiar sound their own.

They’re not the only band to do this either, and yet, Breathless is striking in executing its sense of identity. Whether it’s the Torche-style harmonies and roll toward the end of “New Sun” or the earlier, more severe metallurgy (and metallurgency) of “Phenix,” Bellerose resides well in the frontman position and is forward enough in Rondeau‘s mix to be a significant presence without necessarily being overbearing. “Phenix” is one of two inclusions on Breathless with lyrics in French, and the other is the later “Le Vent” — one per side, it would seem — but whatever language they’re working in, Tunguska Mammoth have little trouble getting their hard-hitting point across.

Tunguska Mammoth

The production is smooth and professional, but there’s still impact in the drums and heft in the bass and guitar, and the clarity only becomes an asset in terms of highlighting the songwriting and the delivery on the whole, which even in the screams of “Le Vent,” remains under control for the duration, the band skillfully steering their material onto one side or the other of the line between heavy rock and metal, led by the guitars and finding room for both sides to peak through on second and longest track “Kings and Queens” (6:40), which turns after its midsection into a snare-punctuated cacophony of shouts and meatier riffing, a wah lead poking through all the emergent low end. “Yellow Sign” seems to follow a similar linear course, though the culmination it leads to is more aggressive and darker in its realization, and it ends the presumed side A with marked ferocity.

If this is to be the textured fabric — sorry to move off the poutine analogy; nothing against them, but I’m kind of tired of thinking of cheese curds — from which Breathless is woven, so be it. As they move onto side B, “New Sun” finds Bellerose working in layers of cleaner vocals and harsher growls as Rondeau adds double-kick flair and an impressive guitar solo leads the way out. “Le Vent” returns to the French lyrics, as noted, and the penultimate “Lily” provides a standout moment for bringing in choral vocals from Anne Lauzière and Pascal Desjardins and a special guest appearance from Mississippi BonesJared Collins, who brings a Soundgardenesque touch to the uptempo, rocking progression he tops — a decided departure from the screams in the second half of “Le Vent” — and sets up the chunkier finish of the six-plus-minute “We are the Night,” which would have its work cut out for it in summarizing everything Tunguska Mammoth have heretofore presented on their second long-player.

Instead, the finale moves with precision through post-Baroness modern heavy one more time before ending with a few last shouts and a fading rumble. The precise execution in the last moments speaks to the crispness of Breathless as a whole, and whatever Tunguska Mammoth might at any given moment have in common with sludge in terms of groove or general aggro-ness, their root is far more metallic than it is hardcore or punk, and that comes through for sure in the songwriting. As Breathless follows five years behind the band’s 2013 self-titled debut, I’m not sure I’d look for a follow-up anytime soon, but as a band, they sound hungry and ready to engage audience well beyond the confines of their hometown.

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Dopethrone Announce Euro & US Tours; Transcanadian Anger out May 25; Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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They may be the reigning champs of scum sludge Canadian or otherwise, but you can’t accuse Montreal trio Dopethrone of being unproductive. Having just pounded out a few dates around 4/20, the three-piece will embark on a European tour beginning June 22 at Hellfest in France in order to support their new album, Transcanadian Anger, which is out May 25 via Totem Cat Records. When they’re done with that, they’re home for a month — maybe long enough to shower — and then back out in the US for a stint that covers most of the East Coast and finds them playing a Western exclusive at Psycho Las Vegas. Oh, and they’ve got a new video. See what I mean? Dudes keep busy.

I’m not sure I’d be quite so mad if I had so many cool shows coming up alongside the likes of Church of Misery and Sons of Otis, but when you’ve got a thing that works for you, don’t mess with it. And being pissed off certainly works for Dopethrone.

Here’s details from the PR wire and that video:

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DOPETHRONE share NSFW lyric video for “Snort Dagger” ; new album and European & US tour coming

Montréal’s premium sludge merchants DOPETHRONE are back in the game with a NSFW lyric video for their brand new song “Snort Dagger”, streaming now. The band will unleash their fifth album “Transcanadian Anger” this May 25th through Totem Cat Records.

DOPETHRONE plays “Slutch Metal”, a foul Canadian mix of yellow snow, crackhead diarrhea, blood, tears and broken dreams. “Transcanadian Anger” follows in with the trio’s widely acclaimed fourth full-length “Hochelaga” (2015) and pushes their pervasive, filthy brand of sludge metal to its most extreme and intoxicating levels. This is eight punishing tracks of the highest order, a downtuned-as-hell, no-frills-given riff carnage that will entrance both the fans and fiends of sleazy and groovy heaviness overall.

This summer, DOPETHRONE will be hitting the European and North American roads for an extensive tour that will include long-awaited performances at Hellfest (Fr), Stoned From The Underground (DE) and Psycho Las Vegas (US), see dates below:

EUROPEAN TOUR (w/ Bongzilla & Sons Of Otis + *with Church Of Misery)
22.06 – HELLFEST OPEN AIR (FR)*
23.06 – BRUSSELS (BE), Magasin 4* (no Bongzilla)
24.06 – KÖLN (DE), Jungle *
25.06 – EINDHOVEN (NL), Effenaar
26.06 – BRIGHTON (UK), Green Door State
27.06 – BRISTOL (UK), The Fleece
28.06 – BIRMINGHAM (UK), Asylum 2
29.06 – EDINBURGH (UK), La Belle Angèle
30.06 – MANCHESTER (UK), Rebellion Club
01.07 – LONDON (UK), The Underworld
02.07 – UTRECHT (NL), Tivoli De Helling
03.07 – DEVENTER (NL), Burgerweeshuis
04.07 – WIESBADEN (DE), Schlachthof *
05.07 – ROSTOCK (DE), M.A.U
06.07 – GÖTEBORG (SWE), Truckstop Alaska
07.07 – STOCKHOLM (SWE), Kraken
08.07 – OSLO (NOR), Blitz
09.07 – TBA (SWE)
10.07 – COPENHAGEN (DK), KB18
11.07 – HAMBURG (DE), Hafenklang
12.07 – BERLIN (DE), Cassiopeia
13.07 – RED SMOKE FESTIVAL (PL)
14.07 – STONED FROM THE UNDERGROUND (DE)
15.07 – BREGENZ (AT), The Between

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
18.08 – CHICAGO, IL, Reggie’s
19.08 – PSYCHO LAS VEGAS (West exclusive)
20.08 – ALBANY (NY), Paulys Hotel
21.08 – BALTIMORE (MD), Metro Gallery
22.08 – RALEIGH (NC), Pour House
23.08 – SAVANNAH (GA), The Jinx*
24.08 – MEMPHIS (TN), Growlers*
25.08 – SAINT LOUIS (MO), Sinkhole*
26.08 – INDIANAPOLIS (IN), Black Circle Brewery*
27.08 – CANTON (OH), Buzzbin Shop*
28.08 – SCRANTON (PA), Irish Wold Pub*
29.08 – PHILADELPHIA (PA), Kung Fu Necktie*
30.08 – NEW YORK (NY), Saint Vitus Bar*
31.08 – BOSTON (MA), Once*

DOPETHRONE New album “Transcanadian Anger”
Out May 25th on vinyl, CD and digital via Totem Cat Records

All albums for free download on Bandcamp

TRACK LISTING:
1. Planet Meth
2. Wrong Sabbath
3. Killdozer
4. Scuzzgasm
5. Tweak Jabber
6. Snort Dagger
7. Kingbilly Kush
8. Miserabilist

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Triton Warrior Premiere “Sealed in a Grave” from Tatsi Sound Acetate

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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On May 7, the original 1972 acetate demo of Triton Warrior‘s Satan’s Train / Sealed in a Grave single will be released digitally via Supreme Echo. The Tatsi Sound Acetate goes back to the early ’70s in Canada, when a relatively obscure young band from Ontario became early adopters of Sabbathian heaviness and thereby distinguished themselves from regional peers. They had two songs put to tape in 1973 that the British Columbia-based Supreme Echo reissued a few years back, unveiling them as prime slabs of proto-heavy. Formed out of members of high school acts The Cast and Mama Moose — bonus points to the first band who takes the name Mama Moose; make it happen — they embarked on a years-long career of revolving membership and evolving sound, starting off raw and gradually shifting into a progressive aesthetic as did many bands of the era. What made Triton Warrior different was their geography, of course, their youth — guitarist/vocalist David Fromstein was 17, as was bassist Alex Simon, while guitarist Keith Syrett was 16 and Ken “Old Man Buys the Beer” Ambrose was 18 — and the surefire delivery of their sonic heft.

So again, the Satan’s Train / Sealed in a Grave single was originally recorded and released in 1973. What you’ll hear in the premiere below is not that. Sure enough, it’s the B-side track, but an earlier version of the song, recorded in 1972. It’s never before been issued publically, and if I read the comment below fromtriton warrior satans train Ambrose correctly, it kind of seems like the band forgot it existed.

Fair enough. 46 years is a long time to keep track of an earlier acetate of a single you released 45 years ago, but the older versions of “Satan’s Train” and “Sealed in a Grave” being unearthed is a boon to those who’d chase down bits of lost and/or previously unappreciated ’70s heavy. The chugging build of “Satan’s Train,” the drum solo there and the bluesy hook are presented in barebones and shuffling fashion — a sound prime for some retro band to try to capture directly — and “Sealed in a Grave,” which is even more malevolent in its title, runs through its lead guitar opening and weighted, fuzzy rhythmic push with a quick pace backed by frenetic tom runs and crashes with melodic vocals overlaid, telling ahead-of-their-time tales of murder. A standout guitar solo in the second half is short but comes through crisply, and harmonies in the guitar and bass emerge to bring the track full circle as it heads into its final verse.

As with many of the style and era, Triton Warrior went largely unnoticed at the time, but for my money, the demo versions of the songs sound even better than their finished counterparts — the raw energy of the band cutting through a harsh recording that’s clearly been cleaned up some, but maintains the spirit of its initial analog hiss and classic, reverb-soaked vibe.

The release of Tatsi Sound Acetate — again, May 7, digitally — brings these elements into focus as they’ve never been before, and of course it’s a limited pressing. Info on that follows word from Ambrose on the song, which you’ll find beneath the player below.

Please enjoy:

Ken Ambrose on “Sealed in a Grave”:

Okay. At this time we had no singer and Dave and I sang most of our songs. I sang on some Mott the Hoople songs, Lou Reed, Sweet Jane, “Sealed in a Grave.” Joel Cohen was a friend of mine in school and came over to audition to sing, but the boys didn’t like what they heard. He wanted to be part of the band and we let him do the sound and lighting after this. It was quite primitive at that period.

The recording was basically just the four of us — Dave, Keith, Alex Simon and me. It was a older house on a lot of property. It was the guy’s house and a homemade studio in the basement. I do recall they did have a small drum booth. I had a hard time fitting in, it was very tight. It was very exciting, we were very well rehearsed and had the two songs really ready to go. It was everyone’s first time in a studio so none of us had any experience.

We were pretty serious on the recording and knew the time constrictions so we didn’t fool around. This was all new to us having to lay individual tracks, so it was a bit scary being under the microscope. We had always played these songs live as a unit, but it was more critical laying down your individual track with everyone listening to you behind the glass in the control room. I felt the pressure as a drummer, because everything was just so magnified, like if I hit a rim with my drum sticks or my seat or bass pedal would squeak.

My memory says we did “Satan’s Train” first. So we laid tracks, played together with headphones Dave on guitar and Alex on bass; my drums were recorded first, then added guitars and bass, and then vocals. I was supposed to sing “Sealed in a Grave” on this demo, but now in a studio situation heard how awful I really sounded. So not expecting to sing it, Dave sung it. Yes, lots of reverb, haha .

The mood of the band was excellent, we were confident and probably a bit cocky, you can see we had laughs taking the pictures outside. This was a good time were everyone liked each other, no arguments all just cool. Band was very happy and tight with each other.

It was a miracle I found the demo, as you remember I had no idea that I even still had it!

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One of the earliest dark / heavy rock recordings of the Canadian 1970s. From the rediscovered one-copy-in-existence acetate of the original quartet recorded prior to vocalist Joel Cohen joining. Guitarist David Fromstein sings lead vocals on this haunting and eerie heavy rock smoker!! Proto-heavy metal all the way. Professionally transferred and digitally restored audio. Includes replica original logo cover, generous booklet with bio & images. 550 copies. First 100 with a button.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Vision Éternel’s An Anthology of Past Misfortunes Boxed Set!

Posted in Features on April 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[To enter giveaway: send an email to contest@visioneternel.com with your shirt size and color preference. Yup, that’s it.]

So yeah, the process is a little different this time around. Usually for giveaways, people leave comments on a post or whatnot. This time, just send an email to Vision Éternel at contest@visioneternel.com and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the Canadian one-man experimental outfit’s new boxed set, An Anthology of Past Misfortunes. The prize itself is significant, and includes flyers, five CDs, a tape, stickers, posters, on and on, as well as a full-catalog download. Safe to say Alexandre Julien, the man behind the band, has gone all out, and it is duly appreciated.

I’m going to keep my words minimal because Julien explains the prize below and that’s a fairly lengthy process, but if you look down at the bottom of this post, you’ll find the exclusive track premiere for “Love Within Narcosis (Demo),” which opens the set. At 2:27, it’s one of Julien‘s longer pieces, and in fact one of the things I find so fascinating about his work is that rather than simply ride out drone waves into ceaseless oblivion, he presents shorter pieces almost like scenes that flow together to make up a film.

That, and thanks to Julien for letting me host the track and the giveaway, comprise my piece on the matter. Once again, if you want to enter the contest, send an email to contest@visioneternel.com. If you want to leave a comment here, well, they’re always welcome, but it won’t count as an entry.

Here are the prize details:

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One lucky winner will not only receive a full boxed set, which in itself holds five compact discs, one cassette, two stickers, six business card flyers and a two-page postcard insert, but in addition to that two sold-out posters and a t-shirt. A total retail value of $120, including shipping to any location worldwide. The winner gets all of this for free!

The five compact discs included in the boxed set are all five Vision Éternel extended plays released to date, covering 2007-2015: “Seul Dans L’obsession” (2007), “Un Automne En Solitude” (2008), “Abondance De Périls” (2010), “The Last Great Torch Song” (2012) and “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts” (2015). The cassette compilation, “Lost Misfortunes: A Selection Of Demos And Rarities (Part One)” features nineteen rare and unreleased b-sides, demos and alternate versions spanning 2007-2010. All of this audio content has been remastered and most of it appears in a physical format for the very first time!

The boxed set also includes a handful of bonus material: business card-sized reproductions of the original promotional flyers for each of the five extended plays as well as the 2009 flyer for a Japanese-exclusive compilation; two stickers: one of the 2008 band logo designed by Jeremy Roux and another of the 2017 band logo designed by Christophe Szpajdel; and two postcards with original artwork by Rain Frances and Pierrette Bourdon backed by liner notes. The assortment is packaged in a deep blue keepsake box, limited and hand-numbered.

Additionally, the winner of this giveaway package will receive two out-of-print original posters taken from band-member Alexandre Julien’s personal archives. The first of these posters was designed by Alexandre Julien for Frozen Veins Records in 2009 and was sold exclusively in Japan with a compilation compact disc. The second poster was pressed in 2015 by Abridged Pause Recordings and features Marina Polak’s photography used for the band’s 2010 extended play “Abondance De Périls”.
*Poster frames seen in the giveaway package pictures are not included.*

Furthermore, a 10-Year Anniversary t-shirt designed by world-renowned illustrator Christophe Szpajdel is included. The winner has a choice of shirt size (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large or Double Extra Large) and shirt colour (Solid Black, Solid Aqua, Heather Deep Teal, Heather Forest or Heather Dark Grey). The choice of colours can be seen in detail on Vision Éternel’s Online Store.

Last but not least, the winner will receive a complimentary discography download of Vision Éternel’s entire remastered catalog in high-quality audio of their choice (WAV, FLAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC, etc), to keep him or her company while the mail-order package arrives.

How To Enter The Giveaway:
To enter Vision Éternel’s “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” boxed set package giveaway, simply send an email to contest@visioneternel.com, and let the band know your shirt size and shirt colour preference. It’s that easy! You will receive a confirmation email once you’ve been entered. The winner will be picked on May 14th of 2018 and he or she will be contacted via the same email used to enter the contest.

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Wykan Premiere “Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)” from Debut EP Solace

Posted in audiObelisk on March 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Montreal riff metallers Wykan make their debut April 13 with the Solace EP. It is not intended for background listening. Even at three tracks/24 minutes, it’s not the kind of thing you “just put on” while you’re picking up around the house or working or whatever you might be doing. It demands attention and demands it early. Wrapped together in a shroomy, ritualistic thematic, its component pieces are presented shortest to longest — “Lahppon Olmmos” opens at 6:50 with a guest appearance from Cryptopsy‘s Matt McGachy (because Montreal), “The Gathering” (8:00) follows, and “Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)” (9:17) rounds out — and seems to move toward ever more extreme fare as it goes. The opening movement of “Lahppon Olmmos?” It has more in common with Alabama Thunderpussy than anything vicious or brutal, but Wykan get there one way or the other.

One might think of it as a new face of sludge, but the sound is too clean, too calculated for that. Sludge is fucked up and just kind of happens — this material has been thought out. For example, the Opeth-gone-black-metal scream along of “The Gathering” carefully melds a post-metallic plod to its raw-throated cruelties, and likewise, “Lahppon Olmos” keeps itself willfully in two wykan solaceworlds in terms of sound, its chug never quite reaching the mathy complexity for which Montreal’s extreme underground is known (one more time: hello, Cryptopsy), but clearly solving its own stylistic equation as it goes. Likewise, “The Gathering” plods through its scream-topped midsection with a particularly charred-sounding lumber, but keeps room for answering back with classic elements like squigglies and a more chug-happy, sample-inclusive ending movement.

The semi-eponymous “Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)” might be the EP’s crowning achievement, however, beginning with sampled spoken word over ambience before a build of quiet guitar starts in, vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Perkins leading bassist Daniel Paras and drummer Morgan Zwicker toward an Ensalved-esque movement of progressive black metal that fleshes itself out with marked flow over the next several minutes as an instrumental before the vocals finally join in following a midpoint slowdown, turn toward chugging plod and shift back into blastbeaten rush just before the six-minute mark. Raspy vocals again scorch the ground before them and at about 7:45, Wykan move into the kind of chug that might, say, have one headbanging in front of one’s laptop, before another speedy verse takes hold and they finish at their rawest and most extreme point.

This linear movement across Solace‘s three tracks might speak to the mindset of Perkins (also of black metallers Eohum) and company when it comes to a full-length release. The hard work before them will be to continue to integrate disparate stylistic elements into a cohesive whole, but they’ve clearly begun that process here, and the results are enticing even in their most purposefully abrasive stretches.

You can listen to “Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)” and get a closer look at the EP’s David Paul Seymour artwork below. PR wire info, as ever, follows.

Please enjoy:

Wykan, “Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)” official track premiere

Hitting the jam space and recruiting some special guests Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) and Barrie Butler (Eohum), WYKAN’s debut EP “Solace” features three punishing tracks full of atmosphere and mystery where you can hear black metal rage meet the finest components of blues and harsh psych stoner riffs. The theme of the EP follows inspiration of Ethnobotany and magic along with a tribal take on ritual and ceremony. More specifically with the Northern European Tribes known as the Saami from Finland/Norway/Sweden areas of today and their usage of Amanita Muscaria mushroom for Shamanic practices. Overall, the EPs concept is a reminder of the brisk realities of our lives in relation to the spirit world.

“Wykan (The Shaman Trance) is the short-story / poetic take on the ceremony of drinking the brew of clarity (Amanita prepared brew) among the shaman’s hut and the trip commencement under influence of the Amanita Muscaria,” says band founder Jeremy Perkins.

Produced by Sowilo Arts
Written by Jeremy Perkins
Lyrics and Thematic by Jeremy Perkins
Artwork by David Paul Seymour

Recorded & Mixed at Silverwings Studios in Montreal Feb 2018 by Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc.

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Vocals (intro) and Guitars: Jeremy Perkins
Drums: Morgan Zwicker
Bass: Daniel Paras

Featuring guest vocalist: Barrie Butler ( Eohum )

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