Cavern Premiere “Red Moon” Video; Tour Starts Next Week

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Baltimore trio Cavern underwent a sea change last year when drummer Stephen Schrock and guitarist/synthesist Zach Harkins brought in bassist Rose Heater and thereby employed a vocalist for the first time in years. Their early work on their 2013 self-titled debut and 2014’s Tales of Ruin was topped with post-hardcore-style shouts, but the band went instrumental for 2015’s Outsiders and last year’s Eater, taking on a more progressive and post-rocking drift in Harkins‘ guitar along the way. The tension between that guitar and Schrock‘s drumming can still be heard in new song “Red Moon,” or the prior-recorded/released single with the current lineup, “Fade Before the Flood,” but there’s a serenity overarching in the melodic delivery of Heater‘s voice that carries through and complements. “Red Moon” has more of a hook as well in a ’90s alternative/indie style and seems to rightly bask in the atmosphere it’s creating.

I’m pretty sure the warehouse space where the clip for “Red Moon” was filmed is where Grimoire Records does cavern red moon coverits recording — and would it be possible to get pricing on countertops? — so it’s cool to see the band run through the track in a space that’s obviously familiar to them as they’ve done all their tracking over the last half-decade plus with Noel Mueller under the Grimoire banner. That collaboration might be the untold story that in part allows the three-piece to achieve this level of patience in their delivery of “Red Moon,” but their songwriting has only grown more forward-thinking with time, so whatever it is that’s getting them there, they’re consistent in that regard. As they move toward a new full-length in 2020, presumably piecing it together the hard way as one song in one session at a time, “Red Moon” piques interest and demonstrates the chemistry taking shape of the band in their revamped incarnation.

Cavern will be on tour starting next week with Backwoods Payback for a run presented in part by this site. The dates are below and there’s more on it here.

Enjoy the video:

Cavern, “Red Moon” official video premiere

Music video credits:
Directed by: Karlo Gesner
Production Assistant: Jesse Eldredge

“Red Moon” was engineered, mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller in June of 2019. Art by Stephen Schrock. All proceeds will directly benefit the ACLU: https://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com/track/red-moon-2

This (and Fade Before the Flood, from earlier this year) will be included in the as-yet untitled full-length that Grimoire Records is working on with Cavern, likely released in 2020 — no other album release details are available at this point. This single and music video is being released now in service of their upcoming September tour with Backwoods Payback:

Cavern & Backwoods Payback Sept. Tour:
09/23 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class
09/24 Youngstown OH Westside Bowl
09/25 Erie PA Basement Transmissions
09/26 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place
09/27 Toronto ON Bovine Sex Club
09/28 Montreal QC Turbo Haus
09/29 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie

Cavern is:
Stephen Schrock- Drums
Zach Harkins- Guitar/Synth
Rose Heater- Bass/Vocals

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The Obelisk Presents: Sunnata & Yatra European Tour

Posted in The Obelisk Presents on July 25th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The response this year to Yatra‘s debut album, Death Ritual (discussed here), has been stunning, but no less has been the amount of work the Maryland band have put in to support it. They’ve reportedly got a follow-up recorded now, and with Poland’s Sunnata getting ready to issue a new record of their own next year, the two make an excellent complement to each other, Sunnata‘s lush melodicism and spaciousness and Yatra‘s crush-your-head riffs coming together for a tour that hits hard and expands your mind at the same time. Cool bill, and I’m honored to have been asked to be among the presenters for it along with Blackskull Services and STB Records. Obviously that was an easy “yes.”

Beginning Oct. 2 in Dresden, the tour will make stops in Oslo, Norway, for Høstsabbat (see you there) as well as at Setalight FestivalDesertfest Belgium and Into the Void as part of an efficient 12-show run that’s over on Oct. 19. There are a few off-days in there, and I don’t know if they’ll be filled in or what, but as Yatra‘s debut European tour and Sunnata‘s kiss-goodbye to their third album, last year’s Outlands (review here), it seems like just the right tour at just the right time. Hard to ask for anything more than that, except perhaps to see it.

So go see it.

Here’s the info:

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Doom units Sunnata and Yatra announce fall European tour

It’s a doom takeover! Blackskull Services are happy to present the European fall dates for heavier-than-heavy purveyors SUNNATA and YATRA, to kick off October 2nd in Germany.

SUNNATA declare: “We are writing new material for an upcoming, 4th full length album. We hope to release this in 2020. We want to merge the primal vibe of our latest album ‘Outlands’ with heavier riffage, being an essential part of yet another tribute to void. Feel invited for a journey with us.”

Sunnata performs ritual heavy music. A soulful, trance-inducing journey deep into self. Known from expressive and atmospheric live performances, the Warsaw foursome already took part in various international festivals and been invited to support the likes of Mastodon, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Sword, Kylesa or Conan, just to name a few. Sunnata explores impermanent nature of sound, full of rapid changes and distortion overdose.

Meanwhile, YATRA add: “We have just completed the recording of a new eight-song album at Developing Nations Recording Studio (of Skeletonwitch, Full of Hell, Pig Destroyer fame) to be released worldwide on STB Records on all formats this year.”

Yatra is a journey into mountainous sound, transcending into the deep forests of primeval times. Born of the ashes of doom band Blood Raven, Yatra emerged to create sound is “darkly spiritual” and includes elements of doom and sludgy riffs, guitar explorations, a heavy rhythm section and black metal style vocals.

SUNNATA & YATRA European tour:
02.10 – Dresden (DE) HD
03.10 – Copenhagen (DK) Stengade
04.10 – Oslo (NO) Hostsabbat Festival
06.10 – Uppsala (SE) Ungdomens Hus
09.10 – Cologne (DE) MTC
10.10 – Colmar (FR) Grillen
11.10 – Ilmenau (DE) Baracke 5
12.10 – Berlin (DE) Setalight Festival
16.10 – Munich (DE) Backstage
17.10 – Paris (FR) L’International
18.10 – Antwerp (BE) Desertfest Belgium
19.10 – Leeuwarden (NL) Into The Void

SUNNATA is:
Szymon Ewertowski – vocals, guitar
Adrian Gadomski – vocals, guitar
Michal Dobrzanski – bass
Robert Ruszczyk – drums, percussion

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

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Lifetime Shitlist Premiere Title-Track of New Album Bad Blood out Aug. 16

Posted in audiObelisk on June 25th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Fucked times call for hard riffs. Baltimorean heavy punks Lifetime Shitlist will release their new album, Bad Blood, through Grimoire Records on Aug. 16. Like all of the label’s output, the quick, punch-you-in-the-gut-and-get-out 29-minute long-player was recorded by Noel Mueller. Preorders are up, if that’s your thing. The record is brief and blown out, like a strong current of hardcore punk and noise grown up and developed an affinity for thicker riffing, as songs like the opening title-track and the also-crash-happy “Double Blind” demonstrate, and there’s a balance between those sides as well as one between some of the instrumental subtlety at play and titles like “Proud Boys” and “Everyone Thinks They Will Survive the Apocalypse.” If you’re curious about the political alignment there — the chorus isn’t exactly “fuck proud boys,” and it probably should be, but the song hardly seems on board; I haven’t seen a lyric sheet — and the rest of Bad Blood doesn’t seem quite so direct, though if we’re talking about their basic stylistic approach, then we’re kind of talking about being punched in a face, and yes, that would be a fairly direct experience.

“Bad Blood” itself has a hook and slamdances into vibes out of ye olde crossover metal while the subsequent “Uncanny Valley” is pure bruiser all the way and “Not Yet” after “Double Blind” lifetime shitlist bad bloodfeels even more like fodder for getting stomped on at the show, despite a quickie guitar solo tossed in for good measure. As I know dick-all about hardcore, I approach the more heavy rocking 6:06 closer “The Ballad” with particular interest as it seems to adjust the balance more toward the heavy riffing style that’s underpinning some of the tracks elsewhere while still retaining the central force of the preceding cuts, like the transitional “Bonfire of the Vanities” right before it. It’s about two minutes longer than anything else on the record — the next closest is “Bad Blood” at 4:11 — and they use the extra time to flesh out the guitar and some more patience in the delivery more generally, taking off on an instrumental push in the last movement and fading out just before the six-minute mark. I dig that as a matter of principle, but their mission on the seven tracks before it is at least mostly something else. Still, it’s not such a radical departure as to be out of place so much as to add depth to what Lifetime Shitlist are doing elsewhere. In other words, they pull it off.

Again, the album is out Aug. 16. It’s Lifetime Shitlist‘s second for Grimoire after a 2014 self-titled, and though I’m a little confused as to why on earth anyone would give a crap what I think about it either way, you’ll find the streaming track on the player below.

I hope you enjoy:

LIFETIME SHITLIST’s rallying cry from the start has been ‘keep it simple and keep it dirty.’ Formed in beautiful, aromatic, downtown Baltimore in 2012, steeped in tradition with an alchemic meld of hardcore and doom metal infused by guitarist Matt Crocco (Iron Boss, Rancid Decay), vocalist and bassist Ned Westrick (Indictments, Ironchrist), guitarist Corey Fleming, and drummer Ryan Larkin.

Arriving on August 16th from Grimoire Records, ‘BAD BLOOD’ is the second album from LIFETIME SHITLIST. Set for release nearly two years to the day since their well-received 2017 full-length debut ‘Slow March’, the forthcoming ‘BAD BLOOD’ is eight songs of wonderfully brutal, unyielding reality from an intensely broad-minded band. More heaviness, more speed, more filth.

Guitarist Matt Crocco chimes in on the new album:

“We worked hard on these songs and, against all odds, I think we’ve put out a killer record. Ned brought his bass back into active status for this one and, like the amazing bastard he is, now handles dual-duty on vocals. We just want to get the music out there and into everyone’s ears.”

‘Bad Blood’ Tracklist:
01. Bad Blood
02. Uncanny Valley
03. Double Blind
04. Not Yet
05. Proud Boys
06. Everyone Thinks They Will Survive The Apocalypse
07. Bonfire of The Vanities
08. The Ballad

‘Bad Blood’ was recorded in the Spring of 2019, by Noel Mueller. The album was mixed and mastered by Noel Mueller. Cover photo by O.G. Mason, with layout by Mueller.

Bad Blood will be released via limited edition CD and digital download on August 16th through Grimoire Records. Pre-ordering is available as of June 26th.

‘Bad Blood’ will be available August 16th from Grimoire Records: https://grimoirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/bad-blood

Limited edition CD and Digital Pre-orders are open now.

Lifetime Shitlist:
Matt Crocco – guitar
Ryan Larkin – drums
Corey Fleming – guitar
Ned Westrick- vocals, bass

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Yatra Announce US Tour; New Album to be Recorded in July

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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In case you’re wondering, this is what it looks like when a band decides they’re going for it. All in. Yatra, embarking on one tour, teasing another one to follow this Fall in Europe, and putting out word that they’ll record their second album this summer on a remarkably quick turnaround from their massively well received earlier-2019 debut, Death Ritual (discussed here). That’s a band who are going for it. They’ll hit both coasts on this run, playing New England Stoner and Doom Fest, Monolith on the Mesa, Electric Funeral Fest, and a swath of club shows here there and in between, and with the promise of more to come, it’s easy to think their momentum will continue right up to the next album’s release. You think you’ve been hearing about Yatra a lot in 2019? Well, you have. But don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

The impressive list of dates came down the PR wire thusly:

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YATRA ANNOUNCE US TOUR

Critically acclaimed doom metal band YATRA are pleased to announce that they will be touring the USA extensively throughout May, June and July.

The band commented “We are very excited to get back on the road for this upcoming US tour. We have some great festivals to play, and will be introducing some new material into our set! When we return in July we will be recording at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten for our next album, and doing a full October European tour including Desertfest Antwerp, Into the Void, and Hostsabbat Fest among the dates .”

YATRA US TOUR DATES:
5/02 Worcester, MA – Ralph’s
5/03 Portland, ME – Geno’s
5/04 Pawtuckett, RI – News Cafe
5/05 Jewitt City, CT – Altone’s – New England Stoner/Doom Fest
5/15 Memphis, TN – Growlers
5/16 Austin, TX – Beerland
5/18 Toas, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership – Monolith on the Mesa Fest
5/19 El Paso, TX – Lovebuzz
6/07 Ocean City, MD – Trader Lee’s
6/08 Milton, DE – Brimming Horn Meadery – Viking Fest
6/09 Brooklyn, NYC – Sunnyvale
6/13 Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
6/14 Wichita, KS – Kirby’s
6/15 Denver, CO – Mutuny – Electric Funeral Fest
6/16 Albuquerque, NM – Moonlight
6/18 Tempe, AZ – Yucca Taproom
6/19 San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
6/20 Pasadena, CA – Old Town Pub
6/22 Medford, OR – Bamboo Room
6/23 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
6/24 Tacoma, WA – Airport Tavern
6/25 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
6/26 Spokane, WA – Mootsy’s
6/27 Kalispell, MT – Old School Records
6/28 Great Falls, MT – Back Alley Pub
6/29 Mandan, ND – The Strawberry
6/30 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
7/01 Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
7/02 Canton, OH – Buzzbin
7/03 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

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Haze Mage Premiere “Storm Blade” from Debut Album Chronicles out April 19

Posted in audiObelisk on March 27th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Baltimorean double-guitar five-piece Haze Mage will issue their debut full-length, Chronicles, through Grimoire Records on April 19. Comprised of a briskly captured eight tracks and 45 minutes of material produced by the label’s own Noel Mueller, it is the band’s first outing since they changed their name from Blood Mist following the 2017 release of what was then their self-titled debut EP (review here), but which now you can probably just call Blood Mist. Either way, Chronicles brings the arrival of Haze Mage — the lineup of vocalist Matthew Casella, guitarists Nick Jewett and Kevin Considine, bassist Scott Brenner and drummer John De Campos — as a force to contend with in terms of their blend of classic metal, traditional doom and heavy rock and roll, parts of the eponymous opener and “Storm Blade”, which follows, reminded of Saint Vitus on a bender with Pentagram while “Bong Witch” is more purely self-aware stonerization and “Fire Wizards” asks the inevitable question of what might’ve happened if the NWOBHM had been infiltrated by operatives from Big Muff. So yes, it’s awesome.

And that’s really just the start. “Corpse Golem” teases out more complex vocal arrangements and in so doing serves notice of growth yet to come on the part of the band, all the while rolling forth the record’s most satisfyingly lumbering groove, right into “Priest of Azathoth” haze mage chronicleswhich fuzzes a kind of semi-shuffle that’s part Zeppelin preen and part Sabbathian cultistry but all righteous, right up to the laughter on the other side of the halfway mark and the riff-led bounce that follows. If you’re wondering where the blastbeats are hiding, that’d be in “Harbinger,” which starts out like a theatrical, grandiose classic metaller until it suddenly flips its wig with layers of growls under Casella‘s prominent clean vocals and, indeed, a bit of blast. They do it twice, and the second time, it’s screams layered on growls, just like Deicide used to make. Life is full of surprises. They summarize their findings effectively in the 10-minute finale — yeah, there’s some more blastbeating in there too — starting off with a patience that suits them and ending up in much the same place, but in between following a winding course to get where they’re going and executing the song with due drama wielded with a sense of control that seems greater than a first record should generally hold.

What does that mean? Could be a foreshadow for future progressivism in their songcraft, or it could just be a fluke, but what’s more important for the moment is that with ChroniclesHaze Mage establish a metallic hold on the tenets of heavy and traditional doom. And not only to do they do so, but they then essentially put the varying styles in their grasp to work as their plaything — because Chronicles is more than just one-sided, and a lot of it is unabashed fun — from Casella‘s over-the-top Danzig style to the bubbling over the drums that starts “Bong Witch” and the extra-right-on bassline that follows. Haze Mage know what they’re doing, as shown on multiple levels with the characters in their songs as depicted on the cover art and the hooks of “Storm Blade” and “Dread Queen.” That isn’t to say they don’t have room for refinement coming off this collection en route to whatever’s next, but it says that especially as their first record, Chronicles is a warning of what might follow and it’s a warning well worth heeding.

Get yourself impaled with “Storm Blade” via the player below. Comment from the band follows, as well as some PR wire this-and-that.

Enjoy:

Haze Mage on “Storm Blade”:

Forged in lighting, the Storm Blade is an ancient cursed blade which while powerful and deadly to anything in its path, it corrupts the mind of the wielder. To hold it is to release one’s self from mercy, to abandon choice and become an unstoppable, frenzied maniac christened in bloodshed while only a whisper of your own will remains. The Storm Blade, it thunders to kill.

We enjoy diving into the wide spectrum of stoner/doom sub genres and want each song on the album to take the listener to a different place while still feeling like each one belongs as part of the whole experience. Embodying the chaotic and hectic mental state of a person possessed by the Storm Blade, we allowed our mutual admiration for ’80s era UK heavy metal to let loose. With a decidedly doomier approach informing much of this album it was important to us have at least one biting ambush of a song. Frenetic, frantic, and an in-your-face fuel for a fight, Storm Blade is that song for us.

Chronicles will see release on limited edition CD, and digital download via Grimoire Records on April 19th. Preorders have been posted HERE.

Chronicles was recorded, mixed and mastered between fall 2018 and winter 2019 by Noel Mueller. Album art was created by John De Campos/Ghost Bat Illustration, with additional layout work by Noel Mueller, and photography by Shane Gardner. © 2019 Grimoire Records.

HAZE MAGE Live:
4/20/2019 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD @ Grim Reefer Fest

HAZE MAGE:
Kevin Considine – guitar
Nick Jewett – guitar
John De Campos – drums
Scott Brenner – bass
Matthew Casella – vocals

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Haze Mage Debut Album Chronicles Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 28th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Haze Mage (photo by Shane Gardner)

Baltimorean doomers Haze Mage began life as Blood Mist, releasing their self-titled debut EP (review here) in 2017 through Grimoire Records. The name may have changed, but the likelihood to put out a song called “Bong Witch” remains the same: Very likely. Their awaited debut album, Chronicles, and their first release as Haze Mage — though a version of Blood Mist also came out under that moniker — is set to arrive on April 19, just in time for the five-piece to make a release party of their appearance at Grim Reefer Fest in their hometown the next night. They’ll be joined in that endeavor by Ruby the HatchetHeavy TempleYatra and more, so indeed, one way or the other, a party is assured.

No audio yet, but the album info and cover art that would seem to derive its many characters from the track titles — the aforementioned “Bong Witch,” as well as “Dread Queen,” “Storm Blade,” “Priest of Azathoth,” etc. — have been revealed, and you’ll find them below, courtesy of the PR wire:

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HAZE MAGE To Release Debut Full-Length, Chronicles, Via Grimoire Records In April; Album Details And Preorders Posted

Grimoire Records presents Chronicles, the debut full-length recording from Baltimore, Maryland-based fantasy doom metal act HAZE MAGE. The record will be released in April, and this week, the label has issued details on the sprawling release including album artwork, preorders, and more.

Forged in late 2015, HAZE MAGE creates riff-driven, anthemic fantasy metal that transports listeners to a world of ancient dark forests, savage beasts, and gloomy landscapes engulfed by a menacing miasma of haunting haze. HAZE MAGE weaves their fantasy world through lyrics and sound that draw inspiration from many sub genres of metal including Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Sword, Clutch, High On Fire, and Sleep to create what they have dubbed “sword and sorcery doom.”

Having quickly gained attention in the Baltimore metal scene thanks to their exuberant and thundering stage shows, HAZE MAGE first caught the ear of local label and friends, Grimoire Records, in the summer of 2016. In 2017, Grimoire recorded and released the band’s Blood Mist debut EP to critical praise.

HAZE MAGE has performed at a number of notable annual events including Artscape, Days Of Darkness Festival, Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and Light City, and has maintained a presence in the Baltimore metal scene at clubs such as Metro Gallery, The Ottobar, Rams Head, and Soundstage. Additionally, the band also organizes their own annual spring event titled Grim Reefer Fest, that brings together bands from various metal genres from all over the region.

In Spring 2019, HAZE MAGE will release their first full-length album titled Chronicles through Grimoire Records. Chronicles is an expansion of the fantasy world created in their debut EP. The album and its concept have been in development since 2017 as part of an even broader narrative yet to come. Each song introduces a new character or piece of lore for the listening adventurers to encounter. Chronicles was recorded, mixed, and mastered between fall 2018 and winter 2019 by Grimoire Records’ co-founder and audio engineer Noel Mueller. The artwork was created by John De Campos/Ghost Bat Illustration with additional layout work by Noel Mueller, with photography by Shane Gardner.

Chronicles will see release on limited edition CD, and digital download via Grimoire Records on April 19th. Preorders have been posted HERE.

Watch for audio previews and more from Chronicles to be issued in the days ahead.

Chronicles Track Listing:
1. Haze Mage
2. Storm Blade
3. Bong Witch
4. Fire Wizards
5. Corpse Golem
6. Priest Of Azathoth
7. Harbinger
8. Dread Queen

HAZE MAGE has also booked the new installment of Grim Reefer Fest at the Ottobar in Baltimore, appropriately scheduled for 4/20 in conjunction with the release of the Chronicles album. In addition to HAZE MAGE, the event features sets from Ruby The Hatchet, Heavy Temple, Horseburner, Mountainwolf, Book Of Wyrms, Tombtoker, labelmates Yatra, and more. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the weeks ahead.

HAZE MAGE Live:
4/20/2019 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD @ Grim Reefer Fest

HAZE MAGE:
Kevin Considine – guitar
Nick Jewett – guitar
John De Campos – drums
Scott Brenner – bass
Matthew Casella – vocals

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Yatra Announce March Tour Supporting Death Ritual

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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There’s a good bit of buzz around Marylander trio Yatra on the heels of their Grimoire Records-released debut album, Death Ritual (discussed here), and reasonably so. One doubts very much hitting the road and playing a couple shows at SXSW in Austin will hurt their cause, and my understanding is they’re looking to carry the momentum into the late spring and summer as regards live shows as well. More on that to come, but the underlying point is keep an eye on Yatra. This tour is two weeks, but if their interest is in getting out and they continue to do so, it’s easy to think they’ll grow their audience likewise. I don’t know if we’re talking world-takeover, but a band with a killer first record and a near-immediate desire to play beyond their local confines is a dangerous band indeed.

The PR wire brought show details, and if you haven’t heard it yet — I know you have, because you’re super-hip like that, but just pretend maybe not everyone’s so on their game — you can stream Death Ritual at the bottom of this post.

Have at it:

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YATRA ANNOUNCE US TOUR

YATRA are pleased to announce that they will do a short US tour of the United States in March. All dates will be in support of their recently released album Death Ritual.

The band commented “We are super stoked to take our new album out on the road, and bring the intensity of our live show to the songs on the album. “

Purchase Death Ritual here: https://yatradoom.bandcamp.com/

Yatra US tour dates:

3/8 Columbus, Oh – Bourbon St.
3/9 Indianapolis, In – Healer
3/10 Lawrenece, Ks – Replay Lounge
3/11 Wichita, Ks – Elbow Room
3/12 TX – tbd
3/13 Austin TX – SXSW Kick Butt Cafe
3/14 Austin, Tx – SXSW Spiderhouse Ballroom
3/15 TBA
3/16 NOLA – Santos Bar
3/17 Lafayette, La – Freetown BoomBoom Room
3/18 Memphis, Tn – Hi Tone
3/19 Nashville, Tn – Springwater
3/20 Asheville, NC – Fleetwood’s
3/21 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

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Yatra Premiere “Black Moon”; Debut Album Death Ritual out Jan. 4 on Grimoire Records

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Roll it out. Inspirations from the past of the East Coast’s most essential doom scene echo through the Grimoire Records debut album from Maryland’s Yatra, but Death Ritual isn’t just another band come along to retread The Obsessed riffs or try to fill the void left by Iron Man. Led by guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter Dana Helmuth (also ex-Blood Raven), Yatra‘s story goes that they adjourned themselves from the daily whatnottery of live, went to a cabin sans indoor plumbing, and banged out the album in a couple months’ time. As the PR wire informs below, even the band’s name ties into the idea of a pilgrimage, so that they’d execute such a meditative self-removal is all the more fitting. You’d almost swear these things were thought out beforehand.

Death Ritual finds Helmuth joined by bassist Maria Geisbert and drummer Mike Tull for eight songs and 44 minutes of doomly rollout, but if you want to hear how the woods affected their sound, the rasp of “Sacred Flower” or the howl in “Four Directions” nods in a pretty clear manner toward black metal, but there’s plenty of burled-out riffing to coincide, as shown not only on “Four Directions,” but in the droning atmosphere of “Snakes in the Temple” and “Mighty Arrows” as well, the latter of which marches Death Ritual to its finish with “Sailing On,” which makes sense as a closer, you know, about death. Having begun with an atmospheric intro to opener “Hour of the Dragon,” the crash and tonal depth make themselves felt early on and become the center around which the revolve. It’s like doom but they poured barbecue sauce on it.

No complaints there. “Black Moon,” which follows, takes a not dissimilar angle, but does so over a more fleshed-out period of time. at 6:43. I have the pleasure of hosting the track, which makes a ceremony of its initial feedback before unfurling some of the more extreme touches amid the tonal heft and nodding groove, the ease with which Yatra tap into different styles deceptive in its raw cohesion.

You can stream “Black Moon” at the bottom of this post. The PR wire was kind enough to send over info on Death Ritual, which is out Jan. 4 on Grimoire Records.

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Grimoire Records presents Death Ritual, the debut full-length album by Maryland-based doom trio YATRA, confirming the album for early January release. The record’s cover art, track listing, and more have been posted.

YATRA is a journey into mountainous sounds, transcending into the deep forests of primeval times. Born from the ashes of the Maryland doom band Blood Raven, the new three-piece emerged in 2017 as frontman Dana Helmuth’s new vehicle to embrace the darkness and doom. Confident in Maria Geisbert and Mike Tull as his new rhythm section, Helmuth’s inspiration was fueled exponentially.

“We had moved back to the country, into a small cottage in the woods, with no plumbing for the first three months we were there,” describes Helmuth. “We had an outhouse and outdoor shower. It was primitive, and it was during that time that I started writing all the material for Death Ritual. The solitude and the darkness of the night put me in a space of prolific writing and I wrote all eight songs in a month. We rehearsed three times a week and immediately started playing live shows regularly in Baltimore and New York City. We were able to channel that same darkness in the writing, also into our live shows, and the positive response was tremendous and really pushed us harder on our journey.”

In fact, “journey” is exactly what YATRA symbolizes. While traveling through Nepal and the Himalayas by motorcycle in 2013, Helmuth learned the native word “yatra” which means journey or pilgrimage, which he later recalled as the namesake of this new doom trio. The band’s eclectic sound combines the harsh, distorted vocal sounds of black metal over slow, heavy doom drones, fuzzed-out sludge riffs, and a tight rhythm section maintained by Maria Geisbert on bass and Mike Tull on drums. YATRA’s sound clearly conveys heavy worship and dedication to tone. Helmuth’s lyrics draw from fantasy and are influenced by the writings of Howard, Lovecraft, Auel, Tolkien, as well as many references to Norse mythology and Pagan ritual. No love or politics. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, and Sleep will find plenty to love in Death Ritual.

YATRA’s full-length debut, Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features four mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Dana Helmuth.

Death Ritual will be released on CD and digital download via Grimoire Records, and as a limited-edition vinyl release directly from the band, on January 4th, 2019. Find preorders HERE and watch for audio samples, tour dates, and more to be posted shortly.

Death Ritual Track Listing:
1. Hour Of The Dragon
2. Black Moon
3. Sacred Flower
4. Snakes In The Temple
5. Smoke Is Rising
6. Four Directions
7. Mighty Arrows
8. Sailing On

YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums

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