The Obelisk Show on Gimme Metal Playlist: Episode 58

Posted in Radio on April 30th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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I’m trying to break my own rules a little bit. Every now and again, it’s a decent exercise to try to change things up. I kind of did the same last ep, by starting out with a bunch of classic doom. There’s still a lot of new music here — the  http://www.autoepoca.it/maths-homework-ks1/ from our essay writing service anytime you need. We help your academic papers on any topic, any discipline, any academic level, and any Snail is out today, and that and  http://www.dirkauer.com/?help-to-write-a-paper are often plagiarized and of low-quality essays. Students who opt to get cheap essays at best gets a C if not completely failing the paper. A legitimate and professional essay writing service will never come dirt cheap. Many students risk their grades by trying to save some pennies and choose an amateur company or essay writer. Not realizing that high-quality essays requires The Black Heart Death Cult and  http://visioservices.franche-comte.fr/?custom-papers-research and Writing Services Online. Coming up with an authentic annotated bibliography paper can be a tasking venture Howling Giant are all new too, as well as the  One of the most important and quickest ways of getting Dissertation Overview Studys and academic writing helps is purchasing it from online carts offering the Conclave, Truly check over here. Not a single sentence of your thesis is off the shelf, or reused for future submissions. Everything is from scratch and tailored for your project. Enjoy a Free Preview. Seeing is believing: check out sample work by our custom dissertation writing company to get a feel for our quality. The Efficacy of Achievement School Districts > Targeted Killing: Lethal Papir If you want to Microbiology Phd Thesis online, find us and feel confident presenting your work! Writing your coursework can make you think again about writing it Witchrot and, relatively speaking, Looking for authentic and reliable Business Plan Projection Template and assignment help online? We offer plagiarism free, detailed solution of all finance problems at Dopelord. So yeah, plenty of new stuff there.

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And between those, I guess I just had Goatsnake and Truckfighters on my mind and decided to throw them in. Who’s gonna argue? I suppose I’ll find out in the Gimme chat later on.

Thanks for listening and/or reading. As always, I hope you enjoy.

The Obelisk Show airs 5PM Eastern today on the Gimme app or at http://gimmemetal.com

Full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 04.30.21

Snail Draining White Fractal Altar
The Black Heart Death Cult Goodbye Gatwick Blues Sonic Mantras
Howling Giant Understudy Alteration
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Dopelord Dark Coils Reality Dagger
Goatsnake What Love Remains 1
Truckfighters Con of Man Mania
Witchrot Million Shattered Swords Hollow
SubRosa Despair is a Siren For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
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Conclave Haggard Dawn of Days
Yatra Blood Will Flow Blood of the Night
Molasses Barge Holding Patterns A Grayer Dawn
Horseburner The Oak The Thief
Sasquatch Just Couldn’t Stand the Weather Maneuvers
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Papir 01.20.2020 #3 Jams

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Maryland Doom Fest 2021 Announces Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 22nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Maryland Doom Fest 2021 is set for Halloween Weekend, Oct. 28-31, in Frederick, Maryland. Some of the acts on the newly announced bill are carryovers from the first-delayed-then-canceled 2020 edition — among them SasquatchWorshipper, and so on — but it’s worth noting that among those and others, the likes of The Age of Truth will have a new record out by this Fall, and pre-pandemic, Boozewa didn’t even exist. So yes, things have changed.

For further proof of the festival’s stylistic branching out — and with this many bands, they’d just have have to — you’ll note the departure in the poster art from the fest-standard purple toward a greater range of color. The music they’re pushing is likewise broader in palette, and to think of seeing the likes of Howling Giant and Revvnant alongside Arduini/BalichOmen Stones, and Place of Skulls is an encouraging thought indeed. This even was much-missed last year.

Expect a time-table sooner than later, as organizer JB Matson doesn’t screw around when it comes to that kind of thing. The lineup announcement — short and sweet, as ever — is further proof of same.

I don’t know what the world’s gonna look like come Halloween, but I know damn well this is one reason I’m glad I got that vaccine.

[UPDATE 04/30: Black Road and Vessel of Light can’t make it. Lo-Pan and When the Deadbolt Breaks have been added. If there are any further changes, I’ll probably just make a new post.]

To wit:

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Here is the Md Doom Fest 2021 roster folks!!!
Halloween weekend – Oct 28-31, 2021
WE CANNOT WAIT TO DOOM WITH YOU!!

Lineup:

Poobah, Sasquatch, Place of Skulls, Lo-Pan, Lost Breed, Cavern, Horseburner, Spiral Grave, The Age of Truth, Mangog, Wrath of Typhon, Helgamite, Almost Honest, Indus Valley Kings, VRSA, Monster God, Et Mors, Astral Void, Worshipper, Boozewa, Admiral Browning, Omen Stones, Formula 400, Molasses Barge, Arduini/Balich, Dirt Eater, Dyerwolf, Ol’ Time Moonshine, Shadow Witch, Revvnant, Bloodshot, Ritual Earth, Gardens of Nocturne, Conclave, Crow Hunter, Bailjack, Warmask, Akris, Alms, Thunderbird Divine, Strange Highways, Howling Giant, Yatra, Jaketehhawk, When the Deadbolt Breaks, Grave Huffer, Dust Prophet, Plague Wielder, Weed Coughin, Morganthus, Tines

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Album Review: Conclave, Dawn of Days

Posted in Reviews on April 22nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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New England’s Conclave deliver a harsh lesson in ’90s-style brutality with their second album, Dawn of Days, on Argonauta Records. The four-piece band made their debut some five years ago with Sins of the Elders (review here), and with the intervening time resulting in the limited cassingle “War Stalks the Land” (video here) and numerous appearances on the Eastern US Seaboard in clubs and at fests, the band has earned a reputation for their blend of classic death metal, sludge and melancholic doom. Dawn of Days delivers all of these and more in a relatively efficient five-song/45-minute LP-ready package, finding the band — bassist/vocalist Jerry Orne, guitarist/backing vocalist Jeremy Kibort, guitarist Chris Ciguere and drummer Dan Blomquist — with an approach it’s still fair to call refined despite its outward grit and the glee with which Kibort gurgles out the end of eight-minute centerpiece “Haggard,” which is nothing if not a song for our times.

The band’s pedigree is well established, with Ciguere having done time in thrashers PanzerBastardBlomquist doubling in Benthic Realm and Orne fronting then-and-now incarnations of WarHorse as well as having been in death metallers Desolate with Kibort. All of this is relevant but perhaps not crucial to understanding where Conclave are coming from on their second record — that is to say, the band’s deathsludge is their own regardless of what members have done in other projects, and the quiet guitars that begin the intro to the opening title-track establish a bleak but thoughtful atmosphere at the outset that is maintained no matter how pummeling things get; an answer back later provided by 13-minute closer “Suicide Funeral” for good measure. But things do get fairly pummeling, and by “things” I mean riffs, vocals, tones and drums. Orne‘s throaty shouts are recognizable and raw from their first arrival, and they cut through the relative fullness of the surrounding guitar distortion all the more for that, giving way to first solo and slowdown-into-chug that’s all the more sludged for its inclusion of wah-bass. Somehow, the song is catchy.

Eric Sauter recorded at Blackheart Sound in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Monolord‘s Esben Willems mastered in Gothenburg, Sweden, at Studio Berserk, and the intention toward heft — as well as the accomplishment thereof — is unmistakable. “Dawn of Days” is not so much content to ride its groove as it is gleeful, and as the band transitions into the mostly-speedier “Death Blows Cold,” the theme holds firm, machine-gun drums and galloping guitar placed first to lead into the tumult of the first verse, impact and aggression at the center with Kibort backing Orne on vocals before the chorus pays off the tension built with an overarching echo of guitar lead. There’s a solo yet to come, and they finish with double-kick and clench-teeth-circle-headbang chug, but they don’t forget amid the melee to bring back that lead either, and it serves well to tie the track’s progression together even as they move toward arguably Dawn of Days‘ most brutal stretch, with little momentum sacrificed as “Haggard” picks up where its predecessor left off. Kill, kill, kill, gentlemen. Fast or slow.

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“Haggard” is a highlight for the added complexity it brings after the relatively simple pleasure of assault on “Death Blows Cold,” but all the more so because of what it leads to in “Thrown on Spikes” — nobody ever accused Conclave of subtlety — and the aforementioned “Suicide Funeral,” the two songs comprising the entirety of side B where side A had three. “Haggard,” then, is the transitional stretch, and it returns to some of the method of “Dawn of Days” but is faster and leaning toward the more extreme end of the band’s sound, their effectiveness at not only being willing to go there, but conscious of tipping to one side or another a further asset to coincide with the drive that emerges in “Haggard”‘s second half. Mirroring in some fashion the beginning of the record, “Thrown on Spikes” begins with a section of quiet guitar to which a significant plod is added, and the adjustment of expectation as the band shifts into a massive chug ‘n’ crash is immediate — the song’s name perhaps deriving from the feeling of what they’re doing to the listener at that point, as well as the title line in the chorus.

One way or the other, it is the stuff of tape-trading daydreams, which makes it even more notable that Conclave shift immediately into the comparatively modern-feeling “Suicide Funeral,” allowing the guitar to flesh out some of the more depressive echo across its span and resulting in a feel that brings Pallbearer-style instrumental emotionalism into the context of Conclave‘s own brutality. It is a fascinating meld, almost surprising in its level of engagement, but not at all out of place for how well they set up the progression that moves toward it across the previous cuts. The layered leads around on either side of the 10-minute mark are a rousing crescendo for a build that’s both wistful and righteously heavy, and it’s further to the band’s credit that, as much bludgeoning as they’ve already done — nothing left to prove there — they end with something willfully melodic and drifting, a long fade leading to an acoustic closeout, calling back to the start of the record for completeness’ sake as well as that quiet start to “Thrown on Spikes,” bringing symmetry to the one-into-the-next structure of side B.

That sense of Dawn of Days as a whole work, meant to be taken in its entirety, isn’t to be understated, however much a song like the title-track or “Death Blows Cold” might stand out along the way. It speaks to the underlying purposefulness that Conclave bring to this awaited sophomore effort, the execution of which is fluid and immersive despite the outwardly punishing aspects of its aesthetic. Though the years since Sins of the Elders saw Orne revive WarHorse, what’s made clearest throughout the proceedings here is that Conclave have not been left behind in the wake of that reunion’s success, and neither has their growth as a unit been forgotten. It may be that they’re speaking to ends-as-new-beginnings in the album’s title, and if so, what unfolds throughout could hardly be more encouraging.

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Conclave to Release Dawn of Days on Argonauta Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 29th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Dawn of Days — one assumes as to the end thereof — will serve as the title for the second full-length from Massachusetts-based death-sludgers Conclave, who made their debut with Sins of the Elders (review here) in 2016. I’ve been lucky enough to have heard a few snippets along the way from Conclave, works in progress and that sort of thing, and if you’re thinking something along the lines of, “well shucks that’s probably going to be very very heavy,” you’re not that far off at least as regards what I’ve encountered to-date.

Some particulars unveiled today — the title, the recording info, the lineup; that’s more than you get sometimes — but the real news here is that the Spring 2021 release is being handled through Argonauta Records, which makes Conclave labelmates to other East Coast acts like Clamfight, Dee Calhoun and Shadow Witch, never mind all the bands from everywhere else on the label. It’s a good fit either way, and I’m looking forward to the album whenever it might show up.

Announcement follows from the PR wire:

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Heavy Doom Collective CONCLAVE Signs With Argonauta Records!

New Album To Be Released In Spring 2021!

Massachusetts-USA Heavy Doom collective, CONCLAVE, have signed with Italian record label ARGONAUTA RECORDS for the Worldwide release of their forthcoming album, entitled ”Dawn Of Days”. CONCLAVES sophomore full-length will be released on colored and black vinyl, CD and digitally in the Spring of 2021.

With a musical resume that includes such acts as WarHorse, PanzerBastard, Desolate, Tenebrae, and Benthic Realm, along with several other bands and projects over the decades, ”Dawn Of Days” will be the crushing culmination of all the members’ longtime experience. Continuing to be anything but categorical in their song writing, combining melodic doom, pounding sludge and heavy grooves, their sound appeals to fans of all genres of heavy music.

“We feel fortunate and thankful to have Gero of Argonauta Records welcome us into his label’s family during what has likely been the worst year in the history of the arts and entertainment industry.“ Says the band about their upcoming label collaboration. “It really speaks volumes to Gero’s dedication and support of musicians, bands, and the art they create. We’re friends with some and fans of many of the bands on the Argonauta roster and are very excited to join their ranks.

Our last album “Sins Of The Elders” was released in 2016. Since then our sound and writing style has evolved along with our line up, with the addition of Chris Giguere on lead and rhythm guitar. The new album “Dawn Of Days” has something for all fans of heavy music. From the cadence of the riffs, to the dueling hypnotic and frenzied lead guitars; the melancholy acoustic parts to the crushing bass lines, it all rounds out our brand of punishing doom. We’re very proud of this album. To be able to work with Gero at Argonauta Records and Mona of All Noir PR, Bookings & Management on its release in 2021 is everything we could have hoped for. We can’t wait to share it with the world.”

CONCLAVE’s upcoming album was recorded and engineered by Eric Sauter at Blackheart Sound in Manchester New Hampshire, and was mastered by Esben Williams at Berserk Audio (Monolord) in Gothenburg, Sweden during the Spring and Summer of Rona, 2020. With an endless supply of depressing uncertainty and rage coursing through the United States in 2020, CONCLAVE used that energy to forge 5 new staggeringly heavy and atmospheric songs. There is no catering to trends or watering down the riffs with this band. It’s pure and honest metal in an uncompromised form.

Stay tuned for many more updates and album tunes to follow in the weeks ahead!

CONCLAVE are:
Jerry Orne – Bass and vocals
Jeremy Kibort – Rhythm/lead guitars + backing vocals
Chris Giguere – Rhythm/lead guitars
Dan Blomquist – Drums/percussion

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Days of Rona: Days of Rona: Dan Blomquist of Conclave & Benthic Realm

Posted in Features on April 21st, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Dan Blomquist of Conclave & Benthic Realm (Hubbardston, Massachusetts)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Band wise for me is a little more involved than some just for the fact that I share time in two bands.

Benthic Realm held our last practice on March 8th. Maureen and Krista had plans to go to New York (funny enough, separately) on March 15th but due to the outbreak, everything began to shut down and all large scale events were cancelled. Pretty much at that point self-quarantining began and rehearsals have been put on hold since. We have studio time booked late July/early August and are still hopeful that we will be able to move forward with recording then. Current shows booked at this point are pretty much hanging in limbo as things progress. Health-wise we are all in good shape in regards to the virus, but we’re still trying to fight off the aging process ;).

Conclave is trying to juggle practices and polishing of songs as best we can with all the measures that have been suggested in Massachusetts. My wife is a registered nurse at our local hospital and we had a bit of a scare last week when she was exposed to a CV positive patient so we put practice on hold until her results came back. Thankfully she tested negative! We have studio time booked in the beginning of May which is just about exactly when the business closures and social distancing measures are scheduled to be lifted, but as we are all seeing on a daily basis, it’s anyone’s guess when that will actually happen. Each time frame that has been put forth from the State has been pushed back to-date. We are hopeful that we’ll still make it into the studio, but there isn’t significant improvement with the outbreak, then we’ll most likely be forced to reschedule. Health-wise everyone in Conclave is also doing well aside from being crusty and old.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

I live in the town of Hubbardston which is in Central Massachusetts. The CV guidelines here are: All schools closed until May 4th. All public offices closed to the public (online services available). Business closure of all non-essential businesses (this list was updated on 3-31-20 again here) to the effect of only being allowed to offer take out, curbside or delivery services for the most part. No public gatherings. 6′ social distancing rule. In my town they have closed the playground and skate park to help mitigate the kids spreading it around. Stay at home advisory in effect (we are NOT in a shelter in place situation at this time). I think most of the rules/guidelines here are pretty typical across New England.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

At first there was pretty widespread panic, hysteria, and hoarding of normal everyday household items. In the little bit that I venture out (I am self employed and work out of my house so I’m a Mon-Fri introvert for the most part) I’ve noticed people seem a bit more at ease, though more somber now. I haven’t seen a lot of congregating in my area which is encouraging to see, but I am hearing that the younger generation is having a bit of a nihilistic approach to the current landscape and feels invincible to it which is not so encouraging. Hopefully they just run their mouths a bit but apply common sense and don’t continue to throw Corona ragers.

Musically, the community has been 100 percent shuttered. No venues. No shows. No people. I’m friends with some promoters in the area and it’s just devastating for them along with the venues and staff. For so many of us sharing music is the one thing that is always there for us in times of celebration and times of trouble and to not be able to embrace that along with your friends in the physical sense is heartbreaking. Again, I’m an introvert most of the time and musical activities are about the only way I get out of the house… so, yeah, this sucks… for everyone.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

I can’t speak for the bands I’m in aside from the fact that NONE of us want to lose anyone during the course of this pandemic and hope that you all take care of yourselves and your loved ones as best you can.

From a personal standpoint, please be cautious with whom you spend time with and how you interact with them. Live your best life but not at the cost of others.

Wash your hands…AGAIN!

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New England Stoner and Doom Fest II: More Lineup Announcements; Pre-Party Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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It’s time to talk about the real potential of the New England Stoner and Doom Fest. No, I don’t mean the lineup. That’s awesome. You know it and I know it. I’m talking about the acronym. That’s always huge for a festival. How is it abbreviated? Think MDDF or SHoD or any of the DFs spread around the universe. These things matter.

I’ve seen NESDF tossed around for New England Stoner and Doom Fest, and that’s cool, but it’s missing the opportunity. You could have a festival abbreviated NES! Who the hell wouldn’t buy that t-shirt? I hereby cast my vote in the imaginary referendum on festival abbreviations for New England Stoner and Doom Fest to henceforth and forthwith and withhence be known as NES fest. Second the motion?

There’s reportedly one more band to be added and reportedly several in the running for that slot, so this might not be the final update before May 3-5 gets here and NES fest kicks off (see me using the acronym already?), and the lineup for a pre-party at 33 Golden St. in New London has been announced as well, which will be headlined by Fox 45, so, you know, more of a good thing and all that.

The full lineup as has been revealed follows. Note the Wretch reunion. NES fest!

New England Stoner & Doom Fest II

The New England Stoner and Doom Festival will make its return in 2019 on May 3,4, and 5 at Altones in Jewett City, CT.

Earthride
Brimstone Coven
Wretch
Kings Destroy
+1 TBA
Foghound
Pale Divine
Vessel of Light
Spiral Grave
Solace
Black Road
Curse the Son
Shadow Witch
Hell Camino
Clamfight
Eternal Black
Thunderbird Divine
Stonecutters
When the Deadbolt Breaks
Mourn the Light
Entierro
Bone Church
Buzzard Canyon
The Age of Truth
Void King
Horseburner
Scuzzy Yeti
Witchkiss
Cortez
Benthic Realm
Faith in Jane
Conclave
Set Fire
3 Parts Dead
Insano Vision
Old Earth Analog
Pinto Graham
The Stone Eye
Sentinel Hell

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Fox 45
VRSA
Dark Ritual
Owl Maker
Feed the Beast

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Conclave Post “War Stalks the Land” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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The quote at the beginning of the new video by Massachusetts death-doomers Conclave is credited to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and it’s hard to read it with anything other than irony given the fact that the United States has spent the last 17 years embroiled in its longest ongoing conflict which, and it’s sad that this is still a debate, was confused, misdirected and reactionary from the start. Lee, of course, was speaking about the American Civil War between the northern and southern parts of the country, and the story goes that Conclave — the current lineup of bassist/vocalist Jerry Orne, guitarists Jeremy Kibort and Chris Giguere and drummer Dan Blomquist — were passing through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on their way to play last year’s Maryland Doom Fest and the song came out of that experience born of then-guitarist Terry Savastano‘s fascination with the years-long conflict. They recorded the track with Savastano still in the band — he’s presently killing it in Come to Grief — and shared the video on the occasion of this year’s edition of that same festival this past weekend. The track also appears on Death Kiss Vol. 2, a compilation from Death Kiss Radio on respected Boston-based freeform station WEMF.

Its relevance goes well beyond Doom Fest though, and the ripples of that Civil War which ended 153 years ago are still being felt in the cultural struggle in the US today. The regional markers aren’t as clear as they once were — that is, it’s not just the north being the north and the south being the south — but in many ways, America has never stopped fighting that battle for and against progress. Imagined futures and imagined pasts collide daily as ideas of becoming “great again” and moving toward a “brighter tomorrow” both perpetrate equally vague notions of a largely make-believe ideal. Media stokes that, but isn’t a driving force no matter what anyone says otherwise — sorry, but the American press doesn’t have the budget for conspiracies — and with their minds taffy-pulled to distraction by petty scandals and non-issues, people don’t see the other hand reaching into the fabric of their democracy and ripping it to shreds with gold-painted fingernails while a nasally voice reiterates that this is what “winning” feels like. It’s a shitty time to be an American, and there’s a long way to go before we hit bottom.

I don’t know Conclave‘s politics, and they’re secondary at best to the song itself, which doesn’t so much celebrate war as convey the horror of it through its sludgy extremity and downtrodden riffing. The band have a couple choice live dates coming up over the next few months, including playing Churchburn‘s record release show at Dusk in Providence (nice.) and joining forces with Come to Grief Sept. 15 at the worth-the-drive Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester, MA.

Those dates and more info follow the clip, which you can see on the player below.

Please enjoy:

Conclave, “War Stalks the Land” official video

1 year ago we visited Gettysburg on our way to The maryland DOOM Fest where finality came to us for our song War Stalks The Land. It is only fitting that we share this visual aid with you today as The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 is crushing in grand fashion.

“It is well that war is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.”

Recorded at Amps vs. Ohms by Glenn Smith and mastered at New Alliance East by Nick Z for the Death Kiss Volume 2 compilation.

JUL 14 Dusk Providence, RI Armageddon Shop Presents: Churchburn Record Release Show
AUG 31 Great Scott Allston MA w/ Dopethrone, Crud, Leather Lung
SEP 8 Altones Jewett City CT w/ Toke and Crossing Rubicon
SEP 15 Ralph’s Rock Diner Worcester MA w/ Come to Grief, Chained, Bogha

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Conclave Post Video for “Mammut”; Playing Maryland Doom Fest

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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It’s been almost a year to the day since Massachusetts death-doomers Conclave unleashed their debut album, Sins of the Elders (review here), on an unsuspecting New England doomscape. What was without a doubt one of 2016’s finest first records, the nine-tracker proved to be an onslaught of lurching extremity, as vicious in its intentions as it was cohesive in its executions. That is, it knew it wanted to kill you, it knew how it wanted to kill you, and it knew why. With roots in death metallers Desolate as well as outfits like Warhorse and Grief — one could not ask for richer names than those when it comes to slow-motion New England extremity — Conclave‘s force of delivery arrived backed by a landmark pedigree, but ultimately stood on its own when it came to oppressiveness of atmosphere and assault.

Later this month, Conclave will take part in this year’s Maryland Doom Fest, sharing a bill on Saturday, June 24 with BangWo FatEarthrideThe WatchersSerpents of SecrecyKing BisonHeavy TempleThe WellWitches of God and Black Tar Prophet. Formidable company, to say the least. And no doubt that with their brutal ways, Conclave will stand out even performing early in the day as they are, but they bring a sense of darkness and hopelessness to their material that no one they’ll be sharing the stage will even attempt to match, and in starting the afternoon off, they’ll do so with arguably the most doomed doom of a remarkably doomy day. That’s not to take anything away from what anyone else is doing — because that bill frickin’ rules, make no mistake — but ain’t nobody offering the kind of abyss Conclave are offering.

Seriously. This post is here because they have a video for the track “Mammut,” and hey, that’s super — even with the vague glorification of war and whatnot that accompanies — but I’ve also gone ahead and included the Bandcamp stream of the full Sins of the Elders album at the bottom of the post, because if you haven’t lost yourself yet in its grim plod, you should take the time to do so.

Either way you go, I hope you enjoy the trip:

Conclave, “Mammut” official video

Video for the song Mammut by Conclave from New England off of the full length album Sins Of The Elders released in 2016. This video was inspired by the brutal German tank called the Mammut and is footage from WW2 taken from the perspective of the Germans.

Sins Of The Elders was recorded and mixed November 2015 through January 2016 at Ravens Head Studio in Allston, MA with “Tall” Eric Braunschweiger and Conclave. The album was mastered in February of 2016 at New Alliance East in Cambridge, MA with Nick “Z” Zampiello.

Jerry Orne: Bass/Vocals
Jeremy Kibort: Rhythm & Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals
Terry Savastano: Rhythm & Lead Guitars
Dan Blomquist: Drums & Percussion

Conclave, Sins of the Elders (2016)

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