Experimental doom band SubRosa will release their most triumphant album to date, "For This We Fought the Battle of Ages", on August 26th from Profound Lore. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band has unveiled the first single, “Wound of the Warden”, via NPR’s All Songs Considered. This track showcases SubRosa’s crushing monolithic sound canvas: a devastating mix of soul-crushing doom, innovative chamber music (solidified by the band’s two electric violin players) and balladry all filtered through the veil of American gothic tragedy.
Guitarist Rebecca Vernon’s vision for SubRosa brewed for some years before songwriting for the band began in the beginning of 2005; debut album "The Worm Has Turned" was released the following year, the "Strega" LP followed in 2008 and SubRosa went on to self-release "The Swans Trapped In Ice" EP in 2009. In 2011, SubRosa’s groundbreaking full-length album "No Help For The Mighty Ones" was released on Profound Lore Records; No Help received extensive critical acclaim. With the band’s line-up solidified with Vernon alongside Kim Pack (electric violin, vocals), Sarah Pendleton (electric violin, vocals), Levi Hanna (bass) and Andy Patterson (drums), SubRosa released More Constant Than the Gods in 2013 which topped countless year end lists including Decibel Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and more.
Now, SubRosa will release "For This We Fought the Battle of Ages" which sees the band expanding their sound to a new plateau with their heaviest, darkest, and most dynamic-sounding album to date through bigger-sounding production value (the new album was fully engineered and mixed by drummer Andy Patterson). With the awareness brought onto the band with the new album’s predecessor, which also saw SubRosa on their most active touring schedule yet, "For This We Fought the Battle of Ages" will bring push the band further as they prepare to unveil their most important and crucial album in their repertoire.
SUBROSA, ON TOUR:
August 26 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas *Record Release Show*
September 2 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro *Record Release Show*
September 22 Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree ^
September 23 Wroclaw, Poland @ Asymmetry Festival ^
September 24 Prague, Czech Republic @ Modra Vopice ^
September 25 Wien, Austria @ Viper Room ^
September 26 München, Germany @ Feierwerk ^
September 28 Milano, Italy @ Lo-Fi ^
September 29 Bologna, Italy @ Freak Out ^
October 1 Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn ^
October 3 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang ^
October 5 Oslo, Norway @ Bla ^
October 9 Koln, Germany @ Underground ^
October 10 Paris, France @ Espace B ^
October 11 London, UK @ Underworld *
October 12 Birmingham, UK @ Rainbow *
October 13 Manchester, UK @ Rebellion *
November 12 San Diego, CA @ Hideout
November 13 Glendale, CA @ Complex
November 14 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
November 15 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite
November 16 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 17 Vancouver, NV @ Cobalt
November 18 Seattle, WA @ Highline
November 19 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
December 10 Denver, CO @ Black Sky Fest
^ w/ Sinistro
* w/ Darkher
Hamburg based heavy stoner, sludge / power doom band High Fighter, whose first full length album coming out this Friday June 10th on Svart Records, have just unleashed a full album stream for their debut 'Scars & Crosses'!
Formed in the summer of 2014 by former band members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump and Pyogenesis, this band is a volatile cocktail of heavy as hell riffs fuelled by beer and the mighty weedian riffs. Add a heavy dose of the blues and these deadly schizophrenic vocals, and these guys and girl offer something special to the Sludge, Blues and Stoner Scene. After their critically acclaimed debut EP 'The Goat Ritual' released end of 2014, followed by numerous shows over Europe including UK dates, festivals, several tours and shows with bands such as Ahab, Mammoth Storm, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, The Midnight Ghost Train & many more, High Fighter will release their first and full length album 'Scars & Crosses' on June 10th 2016 with Svart Records!
Since the band is hard to categorize, they just recently stated in an interview with Outlaws of the Sun:
"We're not a pure doom band, nor do we try to be a pure sludge or stoner band. You will find a lot more in High Fighter as well as on our upcoming album. If you're a pure metal head, you will find a bit of what you need. If you're a stoner, blues, sludge or doom enthusiast, like your tunes melodic but mean and heavy on the other hand, we've got something for you. We're fans of leaving enough space for your very own definition and vibes you get with our sound."
You can stream High Fighter's upcoming and hotly anticipated debut album 'Scars & Crosses' now and in full HERE.
'Scars & Crosses', coming as a 6-page CD Digi Pack, LP Gatefold and Digital Download, is available to pre-order here: www.svartrecords.com/shoppe
Catch the band and their energetic live shows on the following dates:
10.06. Hamburg, Bambi Galore, Album Release show - with Jucifer & The Moth
17.06. Würzburg, Immerhin - with The Midnight Ghost Train
18.06. Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei - with The Midnight Ghost Train
02.07. Stadtfest Mücheln
Album release summer tour, with Earth Ship & Mammoth Storm:
22.07.: Kiel, DE - Kieler Schaubude
23.07.: Naaldwijk / Den Haag, NL - De Flatertheek
24.07.: Le Havre, FR - Mac Daid's
25.07.: Nantes, FR - Le Ferrailleur
26.07.: Köln, DE - Underground
27.07.: Weinheim, DE - Cafe Central
28.07.: Berlin, DE - Badehaus Szimpla
29.07.: Erfurt, DE - From Hell
30.07.: Hamburg, DE - Fundbureau
17.08. Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Festival
10.09.: Open Air Fraureuth
Electric Wizard, are working on their ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release.
This is all the information available. The whereabouts of the band and the recording / mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course…
This new offering will be the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Time to Die’ and will be the second release on the band’s ‘Witchfinder Records’ imprint, the result of a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
‘Time to Die’ effectively closed the lid on a particular part of the band’s career, and this new album will represent a fresh turn of the turf…
Until that time, get your fix of pure evil at one of these live performances:-
12/07/16 – Download, Castle Donington, UK
28/07/16 – Metal Days, Tolmin, Slovenia
13/08/16 – Brutal Assault, Czech Republic
26/08/16 – Psycho Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
01/10/16 – Z7, Basel, Switzerland
A brand new video by West Virginia-based noise / stoner metal trio Rhin has just been completed and immediately dispatched by the aficionados of the underground at Cvlt Nation. Culled from their third album, "Passenger", the video was filmed for the track "Uncle Tuck" by the band at their own House Of Tuck residence where the LP was recorded as well.
Issues Cvlt Nation with the "Uncle Tuck" video premiere, "I love the hypnotic, psychedelic riffs of stoner metal, and the dirty blues of sludge, but I like them even better when they're mixed in the rebellious, chaotic blender that is noise! West Virginia's Rhin have a new album in the works entitled Passenger that will make you want to get all fucked up on moonshine and burn some shit!"
Feel free to shred to Rhin's "Uncle Tuck" at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
Baltimore-based Grimoire Records is preparing the diverse and damaging "Passenger" for release on splatter vinyl, cassette, and digital formats on May 6th, with a CD pressing following. Preorders are available HERE.
Directly preceding the release of "Passenger", Rhin will hook up with their brethren of dirge in Grizzlor for a three-day romp through the Northeast at the very end of April. Also Rhin will inundate the Southeastern and Midwestern states on a more extensive tour with Ratship, whom they recently did a split cassette with, that action running from May 26th through June 5th.
RHIN Tour Dates:
4/28/2016 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA w/ Grizzlor
4/29/2016 Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Grizzlor
4/30/2016 Three Sheets - New Haven, CT w/ Grizzlor
5/26/2016 VClub - Huntington, WV w/ Ratship
5/27/2016 The Green Lantern - Lexington, KY w/ Ratship
5/28/2016 Nightmare House on Elm Street - Bowling Green, KY w/ Ratship
5/29/2016 Springwater Bar - Nashville, TN w/ Ratship
5/30/2016 Lost Cross House - Carbondale, IL w/ Ratship
5/31/2016 Black Sheep Cafe - Springfield, IL w/ Ratship
6/01/2016 Institute 4 Creativity - Champaign, IL w/ Ratship
6/02/2016 House Show - Bloomington, IN w/ Ratship
6/03/2016 Modern Cult Records - Louisville, KY w/ Ratship
6/04/2016 Rake's End - Cincinnati, OH w/ Ratship
6/05/2016 Spacebar - Columbus, OH w/ Ratship
Svart Records are proud to announce the signing of Norway's Hymn. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's debut album, "Perish", which will be released later this summer.
Hailing from the Oslo underground, Hymn have paved their way forward with their multiple full stacks, hard-hitting drumming, and an uncompromising approach to volume and tonality. Starting out early in 2013, the two-piece have kept a heavy foot on the throttle, pushing their raw and brutal doom over the Norwegian rock / metal scene as much as possible. By sharing the stage with bands like Windhand, Eagle twin, Uzala, Enslaved, and Belzebong, and by playing some of the biggest festivals in Norway (Høstsabbat, The Øya Festival), Hymn have grown to become one of Norway's loudest and most hard-hitting live bands to date. Begun earlier this year, the band hit the studio to record their debut full-length, Perish, and the two-man juggernaut are now looking towards the border, eager to hit the European road with their cold, aggressive doom, made with merely four hands.
A statement from the band reads:
"A long, loud, thorough, emotional, and really fun process is finally documented into approximately 50 minutes of music, titled Perish. The last year has surely been a defining one for us, and we are really proud of the result. The album is definitely a more brutal, more refined, and a much colder experience than our self-titled EP from 2013, and we do feel that this album really represents where we want to be musically right now. It’s recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kim Lillestøl at Amper Tone studio in Oslo, and we pretty much recorded the whole thing in 48 intense hours. We are really looking forward to take the album on the road, and are are super-stoked that Svart Records wants to release it."
Indeed, Hymn will be hitting that European road for the following tour dates:
15.04 Leeuwarden, NL @ The Morgue w/ AttackRobotAttac
16.04 Groningen, NL @ ORKZ BAR w/ AttackRobotAttac
17.04 Gorinchem, NL @ Podium Gorcum
18.04 Liège, BE @ La Zone w/ Conan, Deuil, Angakok
19.04 Cologne, DE @ Limes Köln
20.04 Tournai, BE @ TBA
21.04 Bonn, DE @ KULT41
22.04 Paris, FR @ Le Cirque Electrique w/ remote
23.04 Metz, FR @ La Chaouée
24.04 Lyon, FR @ TBA
25.04 Milan, IT @ Bloom
26.04 Nuremberg, DE @ Projekt 31
27.04 Freiberg, DE @ TrainControl
28.04 Prague, CZ @ Klub 007 Strahov
29.04 Ostrava, CZ @ Burn the Witchbong w/ Argonaut
30.04 Berlin, DE @ Backdoor Party
Hamburg-based stoner metal / sludge outfit High Fighter have just hit the studio to record their first full-length album, and now the band announces that they have signed a worldwide deal with Finland's elite Svart Records.
Born in the summer of 2014 by former members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump, and Pyogenesis, High Fighter self-released their first (and critically acclaimed) debut EP titled The Goat Ritual in the same year, followed by numerous shows all over Europe and the UK in 2015. With one EP out and only in the band's first year, High Fighter have already shared the stage with such acts as Corrosion of Conformity, Ahab, Mammoth Storm, The Midnight Ghost Train, and Greenleaf, among others, and appeared at such festivals as Stoned From The Underground, Sonic Blast Portugal, Red Smoke in Poland, Hamburg Metaldayz, and many more, including an exclusive press showcase live at Wacken Open Air. After heavily touring in 2015, the band has now hit the renowned Rama Studios in Mannheim, Germany to record their first, highly anticipated full-length album, set to be released in June 2016.
"When we introduced the band to the public by the end of 2014 and released our first EP the same year, we would never have imagined what amazing things and opportunities would come up for us and where the still-young road of High Fighter would go," states vocalist Mona Miluski. "In only one year, we were lucky enough to tour heavily, played shows and tours with so many fantastic bands, rocked several festival stages, seen amazing places, and met the greatest people out there. But when we started the band, we also would never have imagined signing a deal with one of the best underground labels this scene has to offer and after this very short band history. Having built up bands such as Mantar and Hexvessel, Svart Records' artist roster speaks for itself, and we're over the moon to have signed with such a reputable and fantastic record label. We look forward to this journey, and can't wait till our first album will see the light of day on Svart!"
High Fighter are currently recording at Rama Studios in Mannheim, Germany. To support the upcoming album live, the band has already announced several shows for 2016, such as Desertfest Berlin and Summer Breeze Festival, and will be announcing more tour dates and upcoming gigs this year soon. Mark your summer calendar: High Fighter's first full-length album is set to be released on June 10th on Svart Records!
Japanese Drone / Stoner / Experimental veterans Boris have announced a run of US tour dates this coming April surrounding "Gensho", their new collaborative Relapse release with noise legend Merzbow. The tour will see the band playing eight shows across the American Southwest and West Coast. A full itinerary is available below.
4/29/2016 Levitation Fest - Austin, TX
4/30/2016 Carson Creek - Austin, TX
5/01/2016 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
5/02/2016 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
5/03/2016 Green Room - Flagstaff, AZ
5/05/2016 The New Parish - Oakland, CA
5/06/2016 Strummers - Fresno, CA
5/07/2016 The Glass House - Pomona, CA
Boris with Merzbow's forthcoming collaboration is due out March 18th via Relapse Records. Named after the Japanese word for "phenomenon," Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-fiifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate 2XLP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition). The Boris songs are percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band's storied catalog, while Merzbow's songs are entirely new compositions.
You can now stream Boris's "Heavy Rain" alongside Merzbow's "Goloka Pt. 2" via Rolling Stone here. The tracks are also available for streaming separately. Additionally, a trailer of new music and a live music video of the two artists performing the songs "Huge" and "Planet Of The Cows" together can be viewed HERE and HERE respectively.
Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse at THIS LOCATION, and digital pre-orders can be found at Bandcamp HERE.
Chicago's stoner / sludge lords The Atlas Moth and Ireland's black metal heavyweights Altar Of Plagues are excited to announce a trek through North America as both bands make their way towards Raleigh, NC, where each will play as part of Hopscotch Music Festival.
Both bands are touring in support of their 2011 full-lengths. 'An Ache For The Distance' was released by The Atlas Moth in the fall of 2011, while Altar of Plagues unleashed 'Mammal' in the Spring of 2011. Both albums are available now via Profound Lore Records.
8.31 - Chicago - Ultra Lounge
9.01 - Detroit - Magic Stick
9.02 - Toronto - Sneaky Dee's
9.03 - Montreal - Katacombs
9.04 - Boston - The Great Scott
9.05 - Brooklyn - Saint Vitus
9.06 - Philly - The Barbary
9.07 - Raleigh - Hopscotch Music Festival
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