_Italy’s very own Tombstone Highway is the newest member of the Agonia Records roster and a fresh addition to the label’s expanding profile. The band emerges from the muddy shores of The Po River in Piacenza and draws strong inspiration from the rural and folklore parts of its homeland. Their upcoming debut album is a classic blend of feisty Stoner/Southern Rock and Doom Metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrison Of Conformity, Pride and Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top riffage. Apart from Hard Rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.
3 songs (raw and unmastered versions) from Tombstone Highway can be heard at their Reverb Nation profile here.
The release date of the debut album entitled 'Ruralizer' is scheduled for this Autumn.
The band has issued the following statement with regards to the signing: "
We are pleased to announce that we signed with Agonia Records for the release of our first album 'Ruralizer'. We're very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it's the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!"
_Swedish doom icons Witchcraft have just revealed some details on the bands upcoming album.
Earlier this year announced as a working title, “Legend” has now been officially confirmed as the title of Witchcraft's debut for their new label, Nuclear Blast. “Legend” is set to be unleashed September 21, 2012 and marks the bands first album after a 5 year hiatus.
Magnus Pelander gives his views:
“At last the fourth album is done. It's with relief and euphoria we say this!”
The cover art for “Legend” is going to be revealed soon.
_American Metalcore maestro's As I Lay Dying have announced a tour with fellow countrymen Trivium this autumn! Other bands on the bill include German Metalcore mob Caliban and American Deathcore lot Upon A Burning Body.
Singer Tim Lambesis notes:
"It's not very often that a lineup like this works out for a club tour. I can't wait to get on stage knowing the crowds will be pumped getting a great show from start to finish. That coupled with being on the road with our friends in Trivium again gives me plenty to look forward too."
TRIVIUM + AS I LAY DYING + CALIBAN + UPON A BURNING BODY
15/10/12 – UK – Manchester – Ritz
16/10/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
17/10/12 – UK – Birmingham – Institute
19/10/12 – UK – Bristol – Academy
20/10/12 – UK – Norwich – UEA
21/10/12 – UK – London – Shephards Bush Empire
22/10/12 – BE – Brussels – AB
23/10/12 – FR – Paris – La Bataclan
25/10/12 – NL – Tilburg – 013
26/10/12 – DE – Herford – X
27/10/12 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA
28/10/12 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
07/11/12 – DE – Berlin – Huxleys
08/11/12 – DE – Hamburg – Docks
10/11/12 – DE – Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
11/11/12 – DE – München – Backstage Werk
12/11/12 – IT – Milan – Live Club
13/11/12 – CH – Solothurn - Kofmehl
14/11/12 – AT – Wien – Gasometer
16/11/12 – ES – Barcelona – Appolo
17/11/12 – ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
18/11/12 – ES – Madrid - Riviera
The band are also right now in the final stages of producing their new album with Bill Stevenson at the helm. His production credits include work on records by Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi, The Casualties, Anti-Flag and many more. The album is tentatively slated for release in the second half of 2012.
_Metal Blade Records have made another addition to their roster with the signing of Germany's Downfall of Gaia! The band eschews clichés and delivers a monolithic, yet melodic, wall of sound. Formed in 2008 in Hannover, Germany to date the band has released a demo cd, a split tape, a split LP, and a full length album. Their split with In The Hearts of Emperors can be found on bandcamp here.
Starting out as a crust band then developing further, the band has become much more difficult to compare to any other bands. Over the years, their songs became longer, slower, heavier; their influences range from doom to black metal, from down-tempo, to sludge, and hardcore.
The band comments on their deal with Metal Blade Records:
"We feel quite honored to be a part of the Metal Blade family and to work with one of the most notable labels in the world! We are really excited about our Metal Blade debut and the future! A big thank you to all the people who supported us in any way during the last years, without you all of this wouldn't be possible!"
Their concept album, "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes", will be released later on in 2012.
Dominik Goncalves dos Reis – vocals/guitars
Peter Wolff – vocals/guitars
Anton Lisovoj – vocals/bass
Johannes Stoltenburg - drums
_Agonia Records have recently announced the signing of Swedish Doom Metal outfit Kongh.
This relatively new band, formed back in 2004, has quickly risen amongst the ranks of Swedish acts worth watching, being nominated to the P3 Guld Award (Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for their debut album. After a successful and intense tour with critically acclaimed Yob in September and October of 2011, Kongh focused on writing their 3rd to date album: yet untitled and expected for early 2013.
The band has issued the following statement regarding the new deal and upcoming release:
"Three years have passed since our last album was released, and we're stoked to announce that the song writing for a whole new album is now finalized. We'll skip the in-depth details for now since it's nearly possible to give a sensible description of your own music, but there's definitely some new twists and dimensions there as well as the traditional Kongh riffage. One thing we can say for sure is that we're very enthusiastic about the songs and we cannot wait to enter the studio! It will happen at the end of the summer, with Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, Switchblade) in the engineering seat. Another thing we're happy about is the new record deal with Agonia Records. We've been in touch with them for well over a year now, and while we've had a few offers from different labels, Agonia was the one which seemed to suit us best. Our expectations are high and we're sure this will turn out great".
Norwegian Doomsters Devil have finally set sights on constructing their next release "Gather The Sinners". This is what the band had to say:
"We're glad to announce that we survived this and last years festivals and gigs, and even though it was a blast all the way, we have now decided to focus on our next album which we've called "Gather The Sinners". It will be released once again on the fine Soulseller Records, hopefully this year. We are from now on concentrating fully on the album, and will therefore not be seen much on stage until late this year. However, we know that fans of Devil and "Time To Repent" also will love "Gather the Sinners", as it will be another trip down heavy metal memory lane, and the authenticity and evil cheerfulness is still very much represented. To show you just what we're aiming at, we're proud to present a sneak preview filmed live at Roadburn of the song "They Pale", which will be featured on "Gather the Sinners". We hope you enjoy this, and look forward to the album just as we do. Until we meet again and the case is released!"
You can view Devil's performance of the song "They Pale" here.
American Doom legends Pentagram have announced their first ever UK tour in the forty years they’ve been together in October and November 2012. After the Doom pioneers first ever UK show in London last year Bobby Leibling and the boys return for four shows with Gentlemans Pistols as support:
Pentagram + Gentlemans Pistols
31st October 2012 - BRISTOL – The Fleece
1st November 2012 - LONDON – Garage
2nd November 2012 - MANCHESTER – Academy 3
4th November 2012 - GLASGOW – Ivory Black
Tickets are £15 and on sale now via www.ticketweb.co.uk
_Black/Doom Metallers Forgotten Tomb are to announce that their seventh album (called '...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil') will be released in Autumn via Agonia Records. The album called will consist of 7 songs, currently being recorded at Elfo Studio in Italy. Finnish Finnvox Studios(Impaled Nazarene, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, HIM) will take care of mastering.
Their official DVD is scheduled for a release date of 2013. It will include 2 concerts alongside bonus & backstage material, bootleg recordings, interviews and other extras. The first show will feature the full performance at Kings Of Black Metal Festival 2012 in Germany. The second movie will be shot during the upcoming live dates, including several European festivals (Rockcult, Hellfest, Extremefest, Under The Black Sun, Barther Open Air).
11-05-2012 - Factoría de So, Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
12-05-2012 - Excalibur Metal, Madrid (Spain)
18-05-2012 - La Romandie, Lausanne (Switzerland)
03-06-2012 - RockCult Festival, Bari (Italy)
08-06-2012 - Revolver Club, San Dona Di Piave [VE] (Italy)
15-06-2012 - Hibou Centro Giovani, Chatillon [AO] (Italy)
17-06-2012 - Hellfest Open Air, Clisson (France)
22-06-2012 - Le Brin De Zinc, Chambery (France)
05-07-2012 - Extremefest Open Air, St. Pölten (Austria)
06-07-2012 - Extremefest Open Air, Hünxe (Germany)
07-07-2012 - Under The Black Sun Festival, Börnicke (Germany)
18-08-2012 - Barther Open Air, Barth (Germany)
_North Carolina doomsters Hour Of 13 are getting ready for the release of their sensational new album, "333", which has a release date of May 28th.
Darkthrone's Fenriz recently featured Hour Of 13 in his 'Band of the Week' column, stating, "This new Hour of 13 album simply cannot do wrong - it is immersed in utmost respect and understanding of the ways of old". Hour Of 13 guitarist Chad Davis describes it as "A purely dark heavy metal album for the isolationist in all of us".
'333' is the bands third album, and was recorded at Epiphonic Studios in Lenoir, North Carolina.
Pre-order the album now in North America at http://bit.ly/sEDlz3 and in Europe at http://bit.ly/ftvV12
A new track from '333', titled "Who's to Blame?", is available to listen to online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5YRnxKvyh8
Chad Davis recently spoke about the track: "The fans have waited long enough for the record and any preview we can give them is our offering to them. We hope the album will show our progression and allegiance to true heavy metal, and this one is for the supporters of Ho13!"
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