30 years of constant musical evolution. Over 100 original songs composed and recorded. Nearly 1000 concerts given around the globe.
SAMAEL resurrected black metal in the early 1990s with the landmark debut “Worship Him”, introduced symphonic black metal in 1994 with the classic “Ceremony of Opposites” and pioneered industrial metal with “Passage” in 1996. They released multiple critically acclaimed albums like “Reign Of Light”, “Solar Soul”, and “Above” during the Millennial years, ended with “Lux Mundi” in 2011. After a break of six years, SAMAEL came back with a big bang, only to prove they are still way too relevant nowadays to be called “just another band from the past”. Their latest output “Hegemony” was released on October 13, 2017 and hit the charts all over Europe!
This past Fall the band played a couple of select shows around the release of their new album, one of them in the picturesque town of Lausanne in their home country Switzerland, surrounded by die-hard-fans, family, and friends! They captured that very special night with a live performance video of one of their newest songs “Rite of Renewal”!
SAMAEL about the video: “This is the first song from «Hegemony» that we presented live and it became an instant classic. The video was shot in «Les Docks» in Lausanne during the first show that followed the release of «Hegemony», it was latter edited by Sergey Ulyanov who previously worked on other visuals for us. The song itself is a mid/up tempo track that shows a more technical side of our music. The dynamic is kept by altering fast and dense parts with open and heavy ones until the grand final with super heavy riffs and apocalyptic keyboard parts. What better title for a song than «Rite of Renewal» to start a new year? 2018 here we go!”
Watch SAMAEL perform “Rite of Renewal” live in Lausanne’s Les Docks HERE!
Portland doom quartet USNEA announce the 2018 Spring of Futility West Coast Tour. The band will tour in support of their recent full-length album Portals Into Futility. The tour commences March 23 in their hometown and ends March 31 in Chico, CA with directed support by Seattle’s UN. A full tour date schedule and support bands are listed below.
Portals Into Futility is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical orders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse.com at this location and digital orders are available via all streaming services.
Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility is 5 songs and 56 minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delve more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA remind us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.
USNEA Tour Dates:
Mar 23 Portland, OR @ Twilight Bar w/ Sol, Hot Victory and Un
Mar 24 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull w/ Body Void, Swamp Witch, CHRCH and Un
Mar 25 Los Angeles, CA @ Hi-Hat w/ Skyeater, Pendulous and Un
Mar 27 San Diego, CA @ Space Bar w/ Therapy, Sixes and Un
Mar 28 Tijuana, MX @ Club Paradise w/ Therapy and Un
Mar 29 San Francisco, CA @ El Rio w/ Serpents of Dawn, Malefic Levitation and Un
Mar 30 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp w/ CHRCH, Occlith and Un
Mar 31 Chico, CA @ Naked Lounge w/ Amarok, Shadow Limb and Un
Portland doombringers USNEA spawned in late 2011 from the cerebral minds of Justin Cory (Guitar & Vocals), Johnny Lovingood (Guitar), Zeke Rogers (Drums) and Joel Williams (Bass, Vocals). The quartet has proven to be a seismic level force of destructive creativity with a massive yet meditative sound, masterfully crafted songwriting, and a clear yet non-derivative influence from doom legends such as Disembowelment, My Dying Bride, Neurosis and YOB.
USNEA released their eponymous, self-titled debut album in February 2013 on Roger’s own label Orca Wolf Records. Following a 7” EP split with Ruins, USNEA signed to Relapse Records and released Random Cosmic Violence in November 2014. Random Cosmic Violence’s immense presence instantly elevated USNEA to the forefront of the blossoming American doom scene. Stereogum referred to Random Cosmic Violence as having a “Floydian vastness that both balances and amplifies the overwhelming, crushing heaviness. Like the night sky itself, it’s full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing.” USNEA spent the next couple years touring in support of the record alongside veteran acts such as Ufomammut and Inverloch plus appearances at notable festivals including Maryland Deathfest, Roadburn Festival and Modified Ghost Festival.
Now in 2017, USNEA returns with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility, in September 2017. Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility is 5 songs and 56 minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band’s writing throughout the album, including “Shadow of the Torturer” by Gene Wolfe, “Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K Le Guin, “Valis” by Philip K Dick, “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “Demon Haunted World” by Carl Sagan, and “Dune” by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, OR and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delve more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA remind us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.
KING WOMAN has shared a cover of “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses. Listen to the powerful cover HERE. KING WOMAN’s latest album Created in the Image of Suffering received high end of 2017 praise charting on notable album of the year lists such as Loudwire (#16), Metal Riot (#1), Treble (#9), and Revolver (Best Music Video – Manna #15) among numerous others. Created in the Image of Suffering is out now worldwide on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available on Relapse.com and digital downloads.
Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA. Each song evokes rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art.
Additionally, KING WOMAN are happy to announce they have now joined the management roster at Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Earth, Mutoid Man, etc) and have just launched their new website which will be at kingwoman.band. The band commented on the new partnership and Stone Roses cover, saying:
“We have an immense amount of respect for Cathy and are proud Formed in 2009 by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, the Bay Area’s KING WOMAN began as a solo project then later developed into a full band. Over the course of the last seven years, KING WOMAN have crafted a sound thoroughly their own – a sound that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of doom. The band’s debut EP Doubt (released on leading San Fran avant-garde imprint The Flenser in 2014) paired weighty subject matter with wistful, brooding, and hypnotic songwriting. KING WOMAN’s mystical sound resonated strongly enough to catch the attention of renowned independent label Relapse Records, who signed the band in 2016.to be a part of the Sargent House family. It’s going to be a beautiful year. The Stone Roses song was recorded with at Earth Tone Studios with Pat Hills in Sacramento, CA. It’s our first shot at recording a cover.”
Asenblut release their amazing new video for “Asenblut (2018 Version)” from their upcoming EP “Legenden”, out on February 16th 2018! “Legenden” contains 4 songs from the band’s early days, re-recorded and refined in the most perfect way, again by Mr. Sebastian „Seeb“ Leevermann (ORDEN OGAN). As a very special treat, „LEGENDEN“ also includes a cover version of MANOWAR’s „God Or Man“.
ASENBLUT European tour dates:
16.02.2018 DE Heidesee, Frostfeuernächte
17.02.2018 DE Erfurt, From Hell
18.02.2018 AT Wien, Escape
19.02.2018 CZ Prague, Modra Povice
20.02.2018 DE Frankfurt / Main, Elfer Music Club
21.02.2018 FR Lyon, Leblogg
21.02.2018 CH Olten, Coq D’or
22.02.2018 DE Freiburg, Crash
23.02.2018 FR Lyon, Le Blogg
24.02.2018 FR Noisiel, Cernunnos Festival
25.02.2018 DE Oberhausen, Helvete
30.04.2018 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
12.05.2018 DE Gelsenkirchen, Rocklobby
23.08.2018 DE Crispendorf, Wolfszeit Festival
After steamrollering most of continental Europe together at the end of last year caveman battle outfit CONAN again team up with Swedish Doom Royalty MONOLORD to sonically subdue the UK and Ireland on a tour that kicks off in Birmingham on May 7, 2018.
Jon Davis comments: “We are proud to share the road with our friends in Monolord. Unending heaviness, unbridled power.
Iron fingers crushed life……”
Midway through the tour CONAN will hop over to Madrid, Spain to play Kristonfest on the 12th before jumping straight back on a plane for the final shows.
CONAN + MONOLORD:
May 04 – Berlin, DE: Desertfest*
May 05 – Nijmegen, NE: Doornroosje (w/Monster Magnet)*
May 06 – TBA*
May 07 – Birmingham, UK: Mama Roux’s
May 08 – Manchester, UK: Rebellion
May 09 – Glasgow, UK: Audio
May 10 – Nottingham, UK: Rescue Rooms
May 11 – Brighton, UK: The Green Door Store
May 12 – Bournemouth, UK: The Anvil*
May 12 – Madrid, ES: Kristonfest**
May 14 – Bristol, UK: Thekla
May 15 – Dublin, IE: Voodoo Lounge
May 16 – Belfast, UK: Voodoo
May 17 – Stoke, UK: Sugarmill
May 19 – TBC
May 20 – Leiden, NE: Gebr De Nobel (Small Hall)*
*Monolord only **Conan only
CONAN released their demo record titled ‘Man Is Myth – Early Demos’ on November 17th last year and are currently working on the follow up studio record to 2016’s ‘Revengeance’ set for release in Spring 2018 on Napalm Records.
The band has now checked back from their Skyhammer studios, check out their message right here:
SALEM have released the first single from their upcoming album ‘ATTRITION’ which is out on Dissonance Productions on February 23, 2018. Check out “Taking Control” here
SALEM are currently setting up shows to promote the new record. Already booked is an appearance at The Big Barn Rally at Whitebottom Farm in Stockport between May 24th and 27th. For more info head here: https://facebook.com/The-Big-Barn-Rally-1652510315027508/
SALEM May 2018 26th STOCKPORT – The Big Barn Rally @ Whitebottom Farm
Salem formed in 1979 and built a strong following with their heavy rock based on thundering rhythms, soaring twin-guitars and powerful melodies. The band’s 1982 single sold globally and continued gig across the northeast of England before folding in May 1983.
In 2010, Salem’s original recordings were released on the album “In The Beginning.” This attracted great interest, so the band reformed and played its first gig in twenty-seven years! In 2011, Salem recorded three new tracks for the “New Tricks” limited edition EP and played again to launch the EP. The band played a number of events in Europe in 2012 including the Heavy Metal Festival V in Italy, Negasonic and Ages of Metal in Belgium, and back home at the Metieval Winterfest back in Hull.
Salem released the “X Rated” EP for BROFEST#1 in Newcastle in March 2013, including a bonus new recording of the 1980s song “Reach To Eternity”. The album “Forgotten Dreams” was released in December 2013 by Pure Rock Records and has received excellent reviews. In 2013, Salem played gigs in the Netherlands, Germany and UK, and in 2014 the band played at Play It Loud, Italy, Very ‘Eavy Festival, Netherlands, Headbangers Open Air, Germany, in Glasgow, Scotland, at Rock Diabetes Festival, England, in Paris, France, at Rock You To Hell Festival, Athens, Greece, and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In 2015 Salem played gigs and festivals including a great slot at Wildfire Festival, Scotland (with Diamond Head, TEN, Empire, Tygers of Pan Tang…), BaaaM Festival in Germany, headlining at the RockWich fest in Cheshire, and British Steel Festival, France. The band recorded the album “Dark Days” at Hairy Monster Studios again: this included a collaboration with Manny Charlton. The album was released on 29th April 2016 and has been described as, “simply flawless from start to finish” and is considered one to the top albums of the year. Salem played a series of gigs and festivals in 2016 including Muskelrock in Sweden, a return to Headbangers Open Air, Heavy Metal Maniacs in Netherlands, and gigs in Belgium and in UK with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head, Witchfynde and Spartan Warrior.
Events in 2017 include more gigs in Barcelona Spain, Belgium, France and the UK!
Wigan based hard rock band Bigfoot have issued a new video for a song from their self-titled debut
album, which was released via Frontiers Music srl in October. ‘Freak Show’ follows a promo clip for
‘The Fear’ and lyric video for ‘Karma’, while the songs ’Tell Me A Lie’ and ‘Forever Alone’ have also
been released as singles.
‘Bigfoot’ was recently voted the no. 11 Album of the Year for 2017 in the Planet Rock magazine
readers poll and has received praise across the hard rock spectrum.
An autumn tour commenced with a sold out album launch gig in Manchester and included dates with
Tyketto as well as the group’s debut shows outside of the UK with Eclipse. 2018 will see further tours
and festivals throughout Europe, including a confirmed appearance at the annual Frontiers Rock
Festival in Milan, Italy on 28th April.
KILL RITUAL have released a lyric video for the first single from their highly anticipated new album ‘All Men Shall Fail’ on Dissonance Productions on February 23, 2018
Just as the new album drops they’ll head out on the massive North American leg of the ‘Incorruptible World Tour’ with headliners Iced Earth and Sanctuary who will be doing this as a farewell tribute to front man Warrell Dane who passed away recently.
ICED EARTH + SANCTUARY + KILL RITUAL
2/22 Indianapolis, IN (Deluxe)
2/23 CIncinnati, OH (Bogarts)
2/24 Louisville, KY (Mercury Ballroom)
2/25 Milwaukee, WI (Turner Ballroom)
2/26 Minneapolis, MN (Music Hall)
2/27 Omaha, NE (Sokol Underground)
2/28 Denver, CO (Summit Music Hall)
3/02 Edmonton, AB (Starlite Room)
3/03 Calgary, AB (Marquee Beer Market & Stage)
3/04 Vancouver, BC (Rickshaw Theater)
3/05 Seattle, WA (El Corazon)
3/07 Sacramento, CA (Ace of Spades)
3/08 Los Angeles, CA (Belasco Theater)
3/09 San Diego, CA (House of Blues)
3/10 Anaheim, CA (Parish @ House of Blues)
3/11 Phoenix, AZ (The Pressroom)
3/13 San Antonio, TX (Aztec Theatre)
3/14 Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
3/15 Houston, TX (House of Blues)
3/16 New Orleans, LA (Parish @ House of Blues)
3/17 Atlanta, GA (The Masquerade)
3/18 Charlotte, NC (Underground)
3/19 Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Soundstage)
3/21 Wilmington, DE (The Queen)
3/22 New York, NY (Gramercy Theatre)
3/23 Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
3/24 Quebec City, QC (Imperial Bell)
3/25 Montreal, QC (Corona Theater)
3/26 Toronto, ON (Phoenix Theater)
3/27 Cleveland, OH (Cambridge Room @ House of Blues)
3/28 Detroit, MI (St. Andrew’s Hall)
3/29 Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge)
Formed in 2010 by former members of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch, Kill Ritual launched themselves into the metal world with their debut CD “The Serpentine Ritual” in 2012 on Scarlet Records and the band were immediately rewarded with great reviews and positive reaction from around the world. Following the initial success the band completed a US tour in the fall of 2013 and followed it up with the release of “The Eyes Of Medusa” in 2014 on Golden Core/ZYX and again received great press and accolades from fans and press worldwide. 2015 saw Kill Ritual recruiting vocalist David Reed Watson (Rage of Angels, Electric Messiah) to record their new CD “Karma Machine” after the departure of original vocalist Josh Gibson and ushered in a new direction and focus to the bands already expansive sound. The band followed the release with a full US tour in 2016 and European tour with NWOBHM legends Raven in June 2017. 2018 again sees the band releasing their new CD “All Men Shall Fall” thru Dissonance Productions with yet another new slew of touring hence bringing their definition of metal to the masses…