BAND FACT: Lumbar is the bottom half of the spine, just above the pelvis and also relates to the abdominal region
"The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome", the debut LP from Lumbar -- founded by Aaron Edge (Lamthethorn, Roareth, Rote Hexe, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), who is joined by Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHÖL) and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) -- is just over a month from release. The brainchild of Aaron Edge, Lumbar came together earlier this year when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative.
On Lumbar's debut album, "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome", Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition. The musical result is as diverse and destructive as one may expect from such a lineup, with the varied influence from this trio of musicians coalescing into seven organic and tonally oppressive movements. Ethereal ghostly passages and spacious expanses of minimalistic disharmony cone to an end in sonic obliteration through mesmerizing and pulverizing, as an array of distinct vocal mantras echo from the heart of it all.
Endure the crushing swell of "Day Six" at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.
Preorders for the digital download and 12" LP are up at Southern Lord now, HERE.
Southern Lord will release "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome" on LP and digital formats on November 26th, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain Music, with all of the band's proceeds going to aid Edge's medical expenses and treatments. In the meantime, Lumbar launched a new webstore this week, hosting exclusive new shirts and merch items, with 18" x 24" posters and more to be added soon; check it out HERE.
Today, Svart Records announces November 29th as the international release date for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee" EP. This forthcoming EP includes three new Kuolemanlaakso songs, and a captivating cover version of Juice Leskinen’s classic by the same name.
The EP will be released as a limited digipak CD and a strictly limited 12” vinyl with three different colors (100 copies per color). The title track to Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee", which features a guest guitar solo from V. Santura, can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/svart-records/kuolemanlaakso-musta-aurinko
In 2012, the Finnish Doom / Death scene saw newcomer Kuolemanlaakso ascend directly to the ranks of its elite with the critically acclaimed Svart debut "Uljas uusi maailma", which reached #42 on the Official Finnish Album Chart and #6 on the Rumba Chart. In support of "Uljas uusi maailma", Kuolemanlaakso toured its native country, hitting some of Finland’s biggest and most respected clubs, then adding a performance at the 2013 Tuska Open Air Festival.
Feeding off of this momentum, Kuolemanlaakso planned new material on the road and entered a secret, secluded location in the forests of Finland, once again with acclaimed producer / engineer / guitarist V. Santura (Woodshed Studios, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost, Triptykon). In the course of writing and recording, it was soon made obvious that Kuolemanlaakso had not only enough material for a full-length album, but for an EP, as well.
"Our goal was to create the tightest and most balanced entities for both releases. The EP introduces our current style in a more straightforward and shorter form, whereas the full-length evolved into something more epic," states guitarist / keyboardist and main songwriter Laakso. "The EP tracks are quite different from one other, with each song displaying a different side of the band and what we are capable of."
Cover and track-listing for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta aurinko nousee" are as follows:
Tracklisting for Kuolemanlaakso's "Musta Aurinko Nousee"
1. Me Vaellamme Yössä (edit)
4. Musta Aurinko Nousee
From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut "Lost Paradise", to 1991’s genre-defining Gothic, to 1995’s break-out masterpiece "Draconian Times", to 1997’s electronically-tinged "One Second", to 2007’s return to a heavier form "In Requiem", to last year’s opus "Tragic Idol", Paradise Lost has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary landmark.
Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) and features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir (www.metastazis.com), who has worked with artists such as Orphaned, Morbid Angel, Watain, and more than 150 others. All tracks found on the compilation are previously released rarities — except the new track 'Loneliness Remains', and newly recorded 'Gothic 2013' and 'Our Saviour 2013'. These three tracks will also appear on a 10” Vinyl (CM Distro Europe exclusive white Vinyl; limited to 100 copies) that includes a CD booklet and CD insert.
To pre-order your copy of 'Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)' please visit CM Distro:
'Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)' track-listing:
1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version) – Bonus Track “Tragic Idol” Ltd. Edition
3. Ending Through Changes – Bonus Track “Tragic Idol” Japan Edition
4. The Last Fallen Saviour - Decibel Exclusive “Tragic Idol”
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Ltd. Edition
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix) – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Ltd. Edition
7. Cardinal Zero - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us” Japan Edition
8. Back On Disaster - Faith Devides Us - Death Unites Us – Bonus Track “Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us”, Japan Edition
9. Sons Of Perdition – Bonus Track “In Requiem”
10. Godless – Bonus Track “In Requiem” Ltd. 7" Vinyl Box
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL Cover Version) – Bonus Track “In Requiem” Ltd. Edition
12. Silent In Heart – Bonus Track ”In Requiem” Ltd. Edition
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*
*=tracks that appear on the limited 10”
Paradise Lost is also pleased to confirm that their 25th anniversary 'Tragic Illusion' tour has been extended to now include a number of European dates! As with the UK shows, the band will be supported by both Lacuna Coil and Katatonia (who will be playing the entire 'Viva Emptiness' album at all shows). See below for all upcoming tour dates.
PARADISE LOST 'Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary' Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA
Oct. 30th - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall (www.wolvescivic.co.uk)
Oct. 31st - Glasgow - ABC (www.ticketweb.co.uk)
Nov. 1st - Manchester - Ritz (www.kililive.com)
Nov. 3rd - London - Roundhouse (www.kililive.com)
Nov. 4th - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
Nov. 6th - Herford, Germany - Club X
Nov. 7th - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos Saal
Nov. 8th - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Nov. 10th - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
Nov. 11th - Nuremberg, Germany - Hirsch
Nov. 12th - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Nov. 13th - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
In 2010, the organizers of Holland's highly acclaimed Roadburn Festival invited Tom Gabriel Warrior, founder of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon, to act as the curator at that year's festival. Under the banner of 'Only Death Is Real', Roadburn 2010 thus became the venue for the presentation of Triptykon's newly-released debut album, "Eparistera Daimones", as well as Triptykon's first official life appearance.
Triptykon admit that they:
"felt very honored by the confidence Roadburn placed in us, and the event will forever rank as one of the most significant experiences in the existence of Triptykon. We are therefore deeply delighted and proud to be able to announce that Triptykon has been asked to return to Roadburn in 2014".
To commemorate the release of Triptykon's long-awaited new album in spring 2014, Triptykon will appear on Roadburn's main stage at the 013 venue, on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Tom Gabriel Warrior:
"Roadburn is very likely the most extraordinary, daring, and vigorous festival in what has otherwise largely become a blandly repetitive and overly commercialized heavy rock scene. Moreover, anybody who has ever attended Roadburn can confirm that no other festival exudes such a unique feeling of radiance and creativity among audience and performers alike. Triptykon's return to Roadburn in 2014 signifies yet another truly unique chapter in a long affiliation with the festival, dating back to the riotous days of Celtic Frost. I am deeply grateful to Roadburn's artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers for his extraordinary friendship and his continued faith in the path we are pursuing with Triptykon. In return, we shall duly transform Roadburn into a church of darkness".
Roadburn 2014 will run from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.
More information can be found here:
Today, Svart Records announced the date of 14th November as the release date of Tombstoned's self-titled debut album. Committing their their first undead body to the earth, Tombstoned are veritable funeral directors of doom, kicking up new dirt in the old graveyard with a warm vintage sound that's as fresh as it is genuine.
Dragging along truckloads of smoking riffs and coffins of classic, doom-laden heavy rock 'n' roll, these young stalwarts of psych-rock have the real magic of a future classic. Brimming with southern swamp atmospheres, reminiscent of Neil Young or Woven Hand and dosed up on heavy Sabbathian, timeless riffs, Tombstoned's debut album bristles forth with chainsaw guitars that put bands like High Tide ahead of their time.
Every bit real-deal purveyors of the finest art, "Tombstoned" the album is an unforgettable collection of diehard tracks to die for. Vocals like the bastard lovechild of Ozzy, Robert Smith, and Hawkwind-era Lemmy hook you into the gloom in a way that's been lost for decades. Just when you thought that heavy classics are getting harder and harder to find, Tombstoned show up in a haze of heaving, dusty doom-rock like a shining diamond in a vagrant's tooth. From Justin Oborn's favorite new ear-worm and choice to play Roadburn 2013, to the new treasured LP you expose your friends to, Tombstoned are as certain as death to catch up with you! Plan your preferred form of burial with Svart on either CD, LP, or digital from November 14th.
Tracklisting for Tombstoned's "Tombstoned"
1. Through Days
2. Daze of Disintegration
3. Rat Race
4. The End
6. Last Waltz
Doom Metal legends Cathedral are going out with a bang as they announce the release of their new music video for their song 'Tower Of Silence'. - The video can be seen above.
Inspired by classic cult British Film Institutions such as Amicus and Hammer House of Horror, 'Tower of Silence' was shot on location during the British Winter of 2012 at Gunnersbury Park Tower, London. It features a guest appearance from Purson's Rosalie Cunningham, who places a symbolic black orchid on the tombstone of each member in the clips closing scenes.
Directed by UK based Paraffin City Productions, Tower of Silence will be the last full production promo video ever made by this British Doom Metal institution and is taken from their final album, "The Last Spire", out 29th April on Rise Above Records.
Kylesa premiere “Quicksand,” a new song from their forthcoming album "Ultraviolet", (due to be released 28th May via Season of Mist), via Spin (http://www.spin.com/articles/kylesa-quicksand-ultraviolet-stream).
"'Quicksand' is a quick 2:35 of ghostly dreamdoom that joins the melodies of '90s shoegaze with the churn of modern sludge and a riff straight from the Billy Corgan playbook,” says Spin in a brief write-up accompanying the song stream, adding that the song is “a muscular swirl that should please anyone who thought m b v didn't have enough shouting.”
The band has also unveiled the cover art for "Ultraviolet", which was done by Sean Beaudry. Beaudry, a fellow Savannah resident, did the artwork for the band’s "Time Will Fuse Its Worth" reissue.
Pre-order bundles for the new album are available now via (http://e-shop.season-of-mist.com/en/predefined-search/37879).
4. We’re Taking This
5. Long Gone
6. What Does It Take
7. Steady Breakdown
8. Low Tide
9. Vulture’s Landing
Kylesa will play a free, all ages show in their hometown of Savannah at The Dollhouse on 19th April as a way to thank fans for their ongoing support. Pitchfork, in the band’s first interview regarding "Ultraviolet" (http://pitchfork.com/features/show-no-mercy/9084-kylesa/), said of the album: “It’s the… heavy rock band’s darkest, most atmospheric record to date. The collection, which features an array of subtle electronic elements, makes for an expressive, immersive listen that will likely find the double-drumming quintet a larger audience.”
“Unspoken,” also from "Ultraviolet", was released online in late February, leading Stereogum to say “… if the album’s first single is any indication, they’ve continued moving away from their peers as well as their own past, conquering new territory,” adding “it’s a total triumph.” The song can be streamed here: https://soundcloud.com/season-of-mist/kylesa-unspoken.
East Coast doom metallers Hour Of 13 have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Dublin Doom Days festival in Ireland.
The fourth edition of the festival takes place over two days, September 28th and 29th, at The Pint in Dublin. Also included on the bill are the likes of Urfaust, Tome, Weed Priest, The Veil, Weeping Ulcer and more.
Hour Of 13 guitarist Chad Davis comments:
"Hour of 13 are pleased to be a part of the 2012 instalment of Dublin Doom Days. A little over 2 years to the date, it will be great to play our second-only European appearance in the birthplace of our first ever live show. The people in the Irish scene are extremely amazing, and we would like nothing more than to bring our music back to them for round two."
Vocalist Phil Swanson adds:
"It's very last minute with not much time for preparation. I'd never consider this for anyone but Mark and nowhere else but Dublin."
For more information about the Dublin Doom Days festival, join the official event page on Facebook here.
See Hour Of 13 live at the following shows:
Sep. 29, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 26, 2012 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus
Apr. 18, 2013 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
Serpentine Path is gearing up to unleash their suffocating debut full length on September 11th via Relapse Records. The band, featuring all three members of NY underground icons Unearthly Trance as well Tim Bagshaw of UK stoners Electric Wizard and Ramesses, has unleashed their first track from the new album, called "Crotalus Horridus Horridus" on Pitchfork!
Now available from Relapse's online shop, Serpentine Path's self-titled debut is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl comes in two version, 180 gram black and a limited edition snot green vinyl. All versions can be pre-ordered here.
English Doom merchants Conan are nearing the July 31st release date for their North American debut, "Monnos" via Gravedancer Records. The monstrous record has already been praised by Pitchfork for finding "the perfect guitar tone" and now the entire new album is available for streaming via AOL Noisecreep here.
Conan are currently plotting their first strike on North American soil and are planning to venture across the pond later this year. For now, fans can sink their teeth into 'Monnos' in a variety of formats. The CD and digital versions of the album will be available on July 31st, while a beautiful imported gatefold vinyl is available for pre-order at the Gravedancer Records webstore.
Stay tuned for more news on Conan and check out the full new album now!