Eyes of the Sun Sign to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records; New Album Due in 2018

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

There isn’t much to go on in terms of studio material at this point when it comes to getting a sampling of wares from Brooklyn three-piece Eyes of the Sun, but one assumes that’ll change handily heading into the New Year and their debut on Metal Blade Records imprint Blacklight Media. That full-length, as yet untitled, will follow behind 2013’s Chapter I, and while one might not be able to chase that down in the usual streamable-insta-gratification methods of Bandcamp and whathaveyou, the live clip of the band performing at Lucky 13 Saloon in their native borough shows the kind of atmospheric sludge thrust they’re proliferating. Spoiler alert: it’s blown-out and sounds heavy as hell.

Announcement of the signing came down the PR wire:

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Eyes Of The Sun signs worldwide deal with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records

Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Brooklyn’s doom metal trio Eyes Of The Sun! After releasing their self-titled EP in 2010, and debut full-length Chapter I in 2013, the band is now poised to release their sophomore effort in 2018 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records.

Eyes Of The Sun comments: “This is the absolute highlight of our journey and we look forward to the days ahead. We are extremely proud to be part of the Blacklight Media/Metal Blade family and its history. This is a testament to the support of our friends, family and fans that have been with of us throughout the years.”

Chris Santos (Blacklight Media) adds: “The beauty of Blacklight Media, for me, is that I get to work with bands from so many different genres of metal, and am so psyched to be building such a diverse and uniquely different roster of amazing metal bands. On that note, I’m super stoked to be working with my friends Eyes Of the Sun from right here in Brooklyn, who are a crushingly heavy, wall-shaking earthquake of heavy doom with a live sound that has to be heard to be believed.”

Eyes Of The Sun was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks with Jeff a few months later on guitar. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O’Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past 10 years, delivering their unique brand of doom metal – which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves then experience and extract from. The band explains: “It is known throughout the laws of science and nature that the sun creates and sustains life…Now it stands witness to the atrocities, depletion and vile consumption manifested by mankind, which it originally sustained life for. In our way, we portray what is seen through the Eyes Of The Sun.”

Stay tuned for more news about Eyes Of The Sun coming soon!

Eyes Of The Sun line-up:
Jeff Blanchard – Vocals & Bass
Miguel De Jesus Jr. – Guitar
Chris O’Neil – Drums

Photo credit: Sophy Holland

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Eyes of the Sun, Live at Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NYC, Dec. 4, 2016

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Heavy Temple Touring with Pilgrim in March

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Kind of an ICYMI here, in the parlance of our times, but good to note either way that next month, Philly’s Heavy Temple will hit the road alongside Rhode Island doomers Pilgrim. The latter seem poised to make something of a comeback this year after nearly grinding themselves into dust in support of their last full-length, 2014’s II: Void Worship (review here), and in joining them, Heavy Temple make their most significant leap into touring life yet. It’s an East Coast run, and they did hit the Midwest last fall, but 10 dates on the road is the longest I’ve seen from them to-date. Doubt it will be the last.

They of course go supporting the 2016/2017 release Chassit (review here), alternately billed as a debut full-length and a second EP (the latter below). I had thought I read of a parting of ways with guitarist Archbishop Barghest, but maybe I’m wrong about that or bassist/vocalist High Priestess Nighthawk and drummer Siren Tempestas are heading out as a duo? I’d be interested to know for sure either way.

To be perfectly honest, half my impulse in posting these dates a couple weeks after they were first announced is in making sure they’re here for future reference. Seems like the kind of thing I’ll want to have to look back on down the line.

From the PR wire:

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Heavy Temple to tour with Pilgrim

Heavy psych/doom band HEAVY TEMPLE released their new EP Chassit on January 27th 2017. The EP was initially available on cassette and digital formats via Tridroid Records and CD is now available via Van Records.

Heavy Temple formed at the end of 2012 with High Priestess Nighthawk on bass and vocals and presently features Siren Tempestas on drums and Archbishop Barghest on guitar.

The band will also be playing some shows with doom heavyweights PILGRIM in March:

TOUR DATES:
March 2nd The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
March 3rd The Broadberry (With Windhand), Richmond, VA
March 4th Pilgrim (With Subrosa) Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
March 4th Heavy Temple (With Toke) TBA, Winston, Salem NC
March 5th Riffhouse Pub,, Chesapeake, VA
March 6th Sidebar, Baltimore, MD
March 7th Meatlocker, Montclair, NJ
March 8th O’Briens, Boston MA
March 9th Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY
March 10th Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
March 11th Geno’s, Portland, ME
March 12th AS220, Providence, RI

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Heavy Temple, Chassit (2017)

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Tombs Begin Recording New Album and Announce US Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Brooklyn extremists Tombs have started work on their fourth album. Also their debut on Metal Blade after three outings for Relapse Records, the yet-untitled release is being tracked with Hate Eternal‘s Erik Rutan (who, because I’m from New Jersey, I’ll note was in Ripping Corpse) at Mana Recording in sunny St. Pete, Florida. The black ‘n’ roll ‘n’ more genremashers released their last full-length, Savage Gold (discussed here), in 2014, and have continued to support it steadily with shows and tours at home and abroad.

That thread, it seems, will continue despite the label jump. Tombs have announced what would seem to be a hey-we-just-finished-a-record tour for March alongside the very metal lineup of Darkest Hour, Ringworm and Rivers of Nihil, kicking off on the West Coast and making its way into the Midwest over two-plus weeks.

The PR wire had dates and more info to share:

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Tombs enters studio to begin recording fourth full-length album; announces USA tour dates with Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil

Brooklyn-based experimental metal outfit Tombs has entered Mana Recording Studio (http://www.manarecording.com) in St. Petersburg, FL to begin recording their fourth full-length. Produced once again by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal), this currently untitled album is set for a summer release via Metal Blade Records.

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill comments: “I’ve been gearing up for this moment for all of past year. Rutan is a master and I’m intending on us delivering the most punishing Tombs record to-date.”

After recording this upcoming album, Tombs will head back out on the road in March, joining Darkest Hour, Ringworm, and Rivers of Nihil for a USA tour. See below for all dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil
Mar. 5 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater
Mar. 6 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Mar. 8 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Mar. 9 – Sacramento, CA – Colonial Theater
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Mar. 11 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Mar. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Mar. 13 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS
Mar. 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix Venue
Mar. 15 – Lubbock, TX – Backstage Lubbock
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Mar. 17 – Houston, TX – White Oak
Mar. 18 – San Antonio, TX – The Korova
Mar. 19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Mar. 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club

Tombs line-up:
Mike Hill – Guitar/Vocals
Charlie Schmid – Drums
Ben Brand – Bass
Evan Void – Guitar
Fade Kainer – Synth / Vocals

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Tombs, Live at Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, April 25, 2016

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017 Announces King Diamond to Headline Playing Abigail in Full

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 25th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017 announces its first headliner is King Diamond playing Abigail in its entirety. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of what’s become one of the most essential heavy metal classics, and the band’s performance of it at Psycho will be a US exclusive show for 2017. If the fest has demonstrated a propensity for anything up to this point, it’s going big. One expects they’ll continue to do so as we move into 2017 and the next month brings two more headliners, more than 40 bands still to come, and the official poster art, which is sure to make an impression in its own right.

As the world settles into any number of holiday cliches this Xmas — for The Patient Mrs. and I, it was an annual Xmas Eve tradition of watching Die Hard; the ultimate holiday movie — Psycho Las Vegas 2017 offers one more reason to celebrate. The PR wire brought this just for you:

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PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2017: King Diamond to Headline

Who said you got no presents for Christmas? Today, Psycho Las Vegas unveils King Diamond as the festival’s grand headliner. In coming to Psycho, King Diamond mark 30 years since the release of Abigail, and this will be King’s only USA performance of 2017!

With a career spanning more than 35 groundbreaking years, King Diamond’s namesake stands among the ultimate heavy metal icons. From landmark records with Mercyful Fate to establishing the band King Diamond in 1985 and unleashing the unholy trinity of Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987) and “Them” (1988) on the world, King Diamond’s vocals, atmosphere and songs have become the staple diet of multiple generations of headbangers.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of metal’s ultimate legends take the stage at the biggest underground fest the US has ever known when King Diamond plays Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in August at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

Additional headliners, full lineup & official festival artwork revealed Jan 2017.

– confirmed lineup –
KING DIAMOND (Headliner / USA 2017 exclusive)
MURDER CITY DEVILS
NEUROSIS
MULATU ASTATKE
SWANS
CARCASS
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
CRYSTAL FAIRY
MAGMA
CHELSEA WOLFE
SLO BURN
CULT OF LUNA WITH JULIE CHRISTMAS
ABBATH
SUMAC
MYRKUR
PELICAN
WEEDEATER
ZEAL & ARDOR
SLOMATICS
OATHBREAKER
VHOL
COUGH
BLOOD CEREMONY
INTER ARMA
THE SKULL
WINDHAND
BUZZOVEN
MINSK
CODE ORANGE
KHEMMIS
GATECREEPER
NORTH
CULT LEADER
SNAIL
WIZARD RIFLE
MERLIN
FLOORIAN
DOMKRAFT
ELEPHANT TREE
MORNE
HOLLOW LEG
SUMMONER

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set for Aug. 18-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available at https://www.vivapsycho.com

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King Diamond, “No Presents for Christmas”

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Gozu Sign to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 17th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Boston heavy rockers Gozu have signed to Metal Blade subsidiary Blacklight Media for the release of their next album. Just back from a European tour alongside Holy Grove, the four-piece are riding high from this year’s Revival (review here), which served as their debut on Ripple Music following two records through Small Stone, 2013’s The Fury of a Patient Man (review here) and 2010’s Locust Season (review here).

No doubt it was their on-stage ferocity that caught the attention of Blacklight Media‘s Chris Santos (also of the Food Network’s Chopped). Coupled with their penchant for heavy groove and soulful edge, it has stood Gozu out from the pack in the American heavy rock underground for more than half a decade, and on behalf of this site and myself, congratulations to the band. May they continue to get the credit they’re due.

Gozu are currently — like, today — writing a new album that they’ll begin recording next June with Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic Studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the bulk of Revival was also tracked. One assumes Benny Grotto at Mad Oak will have a hand in it as well. In addition to the Blacklight deal, they’ve also signed on with Brooklynlarry Management (Sick of it All, among others), and have plans in the works to return to Europe next Spring or Fall.

We’ll let the PR wire make it official, and I’ve also added some exclusive quotes from guitarists Doug Sherman and Marc Gaffney that you’ll find peppered in below.

Dig it:

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Gozu signs worldwide deal with Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records

Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Boston’s rock/metal outfit Gozu. Formed in 2010, the four-piece have released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2017 release.

Marc Gaffney on signing:

“A chance to sign to a label of this realm and magnitude, does not usually happen, so, when Chris Santos told us he wanted to work with us after a show at Lucky 13 in Brooklyn, we were in s state of shock. The four of us are simply in awe that we will be working with Brian Slagel, I mean Metal Blade, talk about Rock Royalty, I think Brian has to be in the upper echelon of respected gentleman in the field.Now, to work with such an intelligent and genuine soul as Chris Santos, my coffee tasted a little better this morning and the sun shined a bit brighter. Thanks to everyone who has helped and on to a new chapter. Ciao!”

Including a former member of Warhorse, Gozu heave the rock, yet embody the soul on their past releases. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves.

Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, with worldwide touring to follow.

Douglas Sherman on signing:

“This is an amazing opportunity for Gozu to be a part of Blacklight Media / Metal Blade. To be actually be working with celebrity chef Chris Santos, who is extremely passionate about metal and successful with everything he touches, and the legendary Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel is truly mindblowing. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our career.”

Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of Saint Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2017 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.

Gozu comments: “We are extremely excited to be signed to Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, started by celebrity Chef Chris Santos and partnered with legendary Metal Blade founder and CEO, Brian Slagel. The four members of Gozu couldn’t be happier. This is why we plug in every night.”

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Gozu is:
Mike Hubbard- drums and percussion
Joseph Grotto- bass and low end
Douglas Sherman- lead guitar and sounds
Marc Gaffney- guitar and vocals

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Gozu, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Primordial Live Album Gods to the Godless Due Nov. 25

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 27th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

If you’ve never seen Primordial live, it’s among the great pleasures that modern heavy metal has to offer. Alan Averill is among the most charismatic frontmen that whatever subgenre you want to put his band in has to offer, and when it comes to the long-running Dublin outfit’s first-ever live record, Gods to the Godless: Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015, I can’t help but wonder how the vigilant energy he brings to the stage will translate to a recorded reproduction. Not like you can hear him pumping his fist, putting his foot up on the monitor, or leading the band like they’re a military regiment coming over a hillside in some ancient battle against all that which sucks. Or maybe you can. Hence my interest.

The opening title-track, originally from 2000’s Spirit the Earth Aflame, is streaming now below, if you’d like to get a taste of what’s to come. Album is out Nov. 25 on Metal Blade.

Averill offered comment via the PR wire, which also brought forth the preorder link:

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Primordial announces live album, ‘Gods To The Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015)’; launches title track online

Irish pagan metallers Primordial have announced the release of the first live album in the band’s history: Gods To The Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015), due out November 25th via Metal Blade Records. To hear the title track and pre-order Gods To The Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015) in various formats, please visit metalblade.com/primordial now!

Primordial’s A.A. Nemtheanga comments: “It might seem like an unusual move, a double live album. Especially within the scene we are from, but the live album was once a staple of most bands’ careers and something we all grew up with in our collection. Pouring over tour dates, gear information and killer live pics. Ok so it’s not ‘Live After Death’ but you can see the attraction and taste the romance involved, right? Fact is though we hadn’t planned it, it was basically a happy coincidence, the good people at Bang Your head who took such a risk booking us the first time on a more traditional old school rock festival had us back for the fourth time, gave us a proper headlining set length and happened to mention afterwards that they had a mobile recording device rigged up and ready to go. When we listened back to the tapes we found something we could work with and the idea took shape. If you love the band, you will know what to expect: blood, guts and passion – and believe us, the double vinyl will look beautiful! If we’ve been in your orbit, but you’ve never trained your sights on us properly, this might be a good place to start as the sound is massive, the old songs have some added muscle and the planets aligned to make ‘Gods to the Godless’ perhaps a great introduction to the band. From our side, it felt like something important to do, like taking advantage of an opportunity to make not only a standalone album in its own right, but also add something rich to the heritage and tapestry of metal that once hinged on the live album. The tradition reaches back into the 70s and 80s and we are proud to have our own small place in that pantheon! And for the record…not one single over dub. This is truly Live and Dangerous…”

Gods To The Godless (Live at Bang Your Head Festival Germany 2015) track-listing
1. Gods to the Godless (Live)
2. Babels Tower (Live)
3. Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Live)
4. No Grave Deep Enough (Live)
5. As Rome Burns (Live)
6. The Alchemists Head (Live)
7. Bloodied Yet Unbowed (Live)
8. The Coffin Ships (Live)
9. Heathen Tribes (Live)
10. Wield Lightning to Split the Sun (Live)
11. Empire Falls (Live)

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Primordial, “Gods to the Godless” live

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Friday Full-Length: YOB, The Unreal Never Lived

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 19th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

YOB, The Unreal Never Lived (2005)

If there’s another word for The Unreal Never Lived beyond ‘masterpiece,’ I don’t know what it is. From its opening rumble and softly-spoken delivery of the title in “Quantum Mystic” through the final ultra-plodding drums and throat-singing of the 21-minute “The Mental Tyrant,” YOB‘s fourth album is nothing short of a treasure, and it stands among records like Neurosis‘ genre-defining A Sun that Never Sets and Earth‘s Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method as one of the most pivotal heavy releases of the 2000s. Issued in ’05, it comprised four tracks — “Quantum Mystic,” “Grasping Air,” “Kosmos” and “The Mental Tyrant” — and within the context of YOB‘s prior output across 2002’s Elaborations of Carbon, 2003’s mega-essential Catharsis and 2004’s The Illusion of Motion, it was the realization that the band had been pushing toward all along: A sound both spacious and crushing, looking inward thematically as it sought wisdom from outside, unremittingly heavy and still somehow psychedelic in its overall affect. If Catharsis was the moment when YOB came into their own sonically — and I’ll gladly argue it was, despite the potential their debut showed before it — then The Unreal Never Lived was when they showed just how expansive that definition of “their own” could be.

It’s worth noting that, for several years, it was also their swansong. The last YOB record. The Eugene, Oregon, trio of guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt, bassist Isamu Sato and drummer Travis Foster toured sparingly to support The Unreal Never Lived. I recall they came east once to play Manhattan at a basement club called The Pyramid. It got to be 2AM and they still hadn’t gone on, and The Patient Mrs. had to be to work in five hours so we left. Then the band broke up. It was — and I say this without irony or exaggeration — a significant source of resentment in my relationship with my wife. Because I was never going to get to see YOB! They’d just put out their best record, hit the East Coast once and disbanded (it didn’t happen in that quick succession, but still). I saw Scheidt‘s post-YOB project, Middian, in Brooklyn, and that was cool, but that band too was short-lived. Of course, YOB was reactivated with ScheidtFoster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg, and would go on to release 2009’s The Great Cessation (review here), 2011’s Atma (review here) and 2014’s Clearing the Path to Ascend (review here) — each outdoing the one before it, expanding on the blueprint that The Illusion of Motion and The Unreal Never Lived set forth, and each one my pick for album of the year in its year of release — and I’d get to see them multiple times over, including playing The Unreal Never Lived in full at Roadburn 2012 (review here), so all was forgiven. But those years I spent thinking I’d never get to witness the space-doom mastery of “Kosmos” live? Not easy. I’m not even joking.

For all that time, the disc never left my trusty CD wallet. It’s still there, though these days I’m probably more inclined to play it off my phone, where the digital version has also taken up permanent residence. As with the best of albums, it has not dulled with age but only grown more worthy of reverence in light of the developments in sound it’s led to and the influence it’s had on other acts, which is broad in scope and far-reaching in number. As YOB have progressed, they’ve kept playing with and expanding some of the forms that were presented as solidified for the first time throughout The Unreal Never Lived — the quiet opening of “The Mental Tyrant,” its shift into chaotic noise and the furious gallop of its apex, the unmitigated thrust of “Quantum Mystic,” the roll and crash of “Grasping Air,” etc. — so it seems fair to me to think of the album as a landmark even in a catalog of landmarks. If they had stayed broken up, if they’d never done anything else, it would’ve still be enough to forge a legacy. Fortunately, that legacy has only continued to grow over their subsequent three albums.

This and The Illusion of Motion were recently reissued on vinyl through Holy Mountain Printing. As always, I hope you enjoy.

Well, tomorrow’s the day. The first-ever The Obelisk All-Dayer at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn (there is actually zero excuse if you haven’t bought a ticket yet), with Mars Red SkyDeath AlleySnailKings DestroyEYEFuneral HorseKing Buffalo and Heavy Temple, plus Walter Roadburn and DJ Adzo for the aftershow. I don’t mind telling you I’m nervous as hell.

Advance ticket sales have been good — thank you if you’ve been a part of that — but still. It’s such a massive lineup, with so many variables. I hope everyone shows up. I hope the crowd has a good time, everybody’s chill, everybody gets into the spirit of the day, and so on. I just want it to be fun. Real, actual fun.

Today, nonetheless, is the calm before the storm. Yesterday evening, The Patient Mrs. picked up Walter Roadburn at the airport. I know Mars Red Sky made it over, and Death Alley as well. Snail are on the East Coast and Funeral Horse flew out yesterday from Texas. Everything’s coming together, and I’ve taken the day off from work to go to the beach in Connecticut, might do some record shopping, hit the farmers’ market and relax ahead of making the trip to Brooklyn tomorrow morning in time for a noon load-in. Like I say, I’m nervous, but also stoked.

I hope you can make it to the show, but even if not, I hope you have a great and safe weekend whatever you’re up to. I’ll be posting pics on the social medias over the weekend I’m sure, so keep an eye out, but will check back in on Monday with an update on how it all went down. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and please check out the forum and radio stream.

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Tombs Sign to Metal Blade; Announce US Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 17th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Brooklyn’s Tombs will release their next full-length, as yet untitled and unrecorded, through Metal Blade Records. The semi-blackened genremashers released their last album, Savage Gold (discussed here), in 2014 via Relapse Records, and before they get to the studio for the next one, they’ll head out in November on a round of US tour dates that will take them to the West Coast and a goodly portion of the way back, accompanied by Wolvhammer. Just about everything Tombs touch is massively acclaimed, but Savage Gold was their third outing through Relapse, so it seems entirely likely their contract was simply up and they wound up with a deal from Metal Blade. Really any label would be lucky to have them.

The PR wire brings news, tour dates, and some new video:

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Tombs signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records; announces USA headlining tour with Wolvhammer; launches official YouTube channel with director’s cut and behind-the-scenes videos for “V”

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Brooklyn-based experimental metal outfit Tombs! Blending bleak, post-punk minimalism with the ferocious attack of sludge and traditional black metal, Tombs has established themselves as an act that’s as committed to consistency as it is to growth, developing smoothly (but never predictably) over the course of their career, and earning a multitude of accolades along the way. In addition to their acclaimed releases, Tombs has also become revered for their captivating live shows, touring extensively with an array of artists such as Eyehategod, Pelican, Isis, Wolves In The Throne Room, The Secret, Ulcerate, and 1349, plus appearing at renowned festivals: Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Roadburn in The Netherlands, and Psycho California and Maryland Deathfest in the USA. Now, having joined Metal Blade’s roster, the quintet is poised to continue the momentum that’s been building since their formation in 2007.

Mike Hill (guitar/vocals) comments: “Metal Blade is a legendary label that has put out legendary records by legendary bands. It’s an honor to be part of the organization.”

Tombs will begin writing their fourth full-length and Metal Blade Records debut after their USA headlining tour this fall. Kicking off November 7th, the trek also features Wolvhammer as support. See below for all upcoming dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ Wolvhammer
Nov. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov. 9 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Nov. 10 – Houston, TX – Rudyards
Nov. 11 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
Nov. 12 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
Nov. 13 – San Antonio, TX – Korova – downstairs
Nov. 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Nov. 16 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
Nov. 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Complex
Nov. 18 – San Diego, CA – The Merrow
Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Nov. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar – SLC
Nov. 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Kumas Corner
Nov. 26 – Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena

Tombs will be touring in support of their recently released All Empires Fall EP – a crushingly heavy record that confirms the band as one of the leaders of American – and international – black metal. For a preview of All Empires Fall, fans can visit the new Tombs official YouTube page, where director’s cut and behind-the-scenes videos for the album track, “V”, can be viewed: https://www.youtube.com/tombscult

Tombs line-up:
Mike Hill – Guitar/Vocals
Charlie Schmid – Drums
Ben Brand – Bass
Evan Void – Guitar
Fade Kainer – Synth / Vocals

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