BELL WITCH: Seattle Doom Metal Duo Announces US Tour Dates With Monarch!; Mirror Reaper Movie Trailer Posted + North American Tour With Primitive Man Draws Near

 

BELL WITCH: Seattle Doom Metal Duo Announces US Tour Dates With Monarch!; Mirror Reaper Movie Trailer Posted + North American Tour With Primitive Man Draws Near

Seattle doom metal duo, BELL WITCH, will join French doom metalists/labelmates Monarch! for a stretch of US live dates this December. The tour will commence on December 1st and run through December 7th with additional performances to be announced in the coming days. The trek follows BELL WITCH’s previously announced North American tour with Denver doom troupe Primitive Man from October 25th to November 17th. See all confirmed dates below.

Additionally, BELL WITCH will bring their devastating odes to the stages of Roadburn Festival 2018. Set to take place in Tilburg, The Netherlands, the band will perform two sets, the first on Saturday April 21st at the 013 venue and Sunday, April 22nd at Het Patronaat. BELL WITCH will be recreating their soon-to-be-released, eighty-three-minute offering, Mirror Reaper, in its crushingly exquisite entirety. The feat requires the input of honorary member, vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), who will be joining the band to complete the performance. Expect his fragile yet evocative vocal style to lend an even more ghastly and ethereal quality to BELL WITCH’s already otherworldly sound.

The anticipated Mirror Reaper is set for release worldwide via Profound Lore Records on October 20th. With their latest output BELL WITCH has created a truly enormous work – one continuous, eighty-three-minute piece unfolding as a single track. Engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Sleep, Neurosis), the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ) have pushed the band’s sound further beyond their landmark 2015 LP, Four Phantoms. While retaining the colossal heaviness of their previous releases, Mirror Reaper sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of Moggridge, offering a prominent presence.

In conjunction with the release, BELL WITCH has created a feature-length music video. The film is a video collage comprised of dozens of archival films. Each of these clips are woven together with the album to build a patient, heavy, and haunting narrative. The film aims to hold the viewer in the state of a lucid dream, feeling trapped as a specter drifting through places of darkness. Mirror Reaper will be a projection for the band’s live performances, as well as a standalone cinematic experience.

View the stunning trailer at  THIS LOCATION.

Issues director Taylor Bednarz, “I was given the opportunity to work with Dylan and Jesse on their incredibly ambitious new project, Mirror Reaper. I had started making small fan music videos by chopping up old archival film originally as editing practice. I started to find that you could craft these visceral narratives by weaving these different films together with the context of the music. What developed were deep and mysterious stories that were framed in the tone and rhythm of the music. I noticed how much symbolism and atmosphere I could pack into these four-five minute songs that I knew it had very unique cinematic potential.

When I met Dylan and Jesse, they were just finishing up the last of the album and had been kicking around the idea of a music video. I mentioned I was a filmmaker, showed them some of my work, and they extended the opportunity to make a film with them. After listening to the album and talking with the two, I started collecting dozens of old horror movies, anatomical films, historical documentaries. I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible project.”

BELL WITCH’s Mirror Reaper will be available on 2xCD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION

BELL WITCH w/ Primitive Man:
10/24/2017 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT * no Primitive Man
10/25/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/26/2017 O’Leavers – Omaha, NE
10/27/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Rock Island Brewery – Rock Island, IL
10/29/2017 The New Dodge – Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2017 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/31/2017 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
11/01/2017 Coalition – Toronto, ON
11/02/2017 Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
11/03/2017 Geno’s – Portland, ME
11/04/2017 Cop Frat – Oneonta, NY
11/05/2017 ONCE – Boston, MA
11/06/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/07/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/08/2017 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
11/09/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
11/10/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2017 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
11/12/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/13/2017 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR
11/14/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/15/2015 Santos –  New Orleans, LA
11/16/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX
11/17/2017 Ridgelea Lounge – Fort Worth, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Thra, Ceremented * no Primitive Man
w/ Monarch:
11/30/2017 Cobalt – Vancouver, BC * Bell Witch only
12/01/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/02/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
12/03/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
12/05/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/06/2017 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
12/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

“The title ‘Mirror Reaper’ is indicative of the Hermetic axiom ‘As Above, So Below,’ written with two sides to form one whole,” notes the band of the themes surrounding the concept and lyrics of Mirror Reaper “The song is both its own and its reflection, as an opposite is whole only with its contrary. Our focus as a band has always been the perception of ghosts and the implied archetype of the dichotomy of life/death therein. ‘Mirror Reaper’ is a continuation of that concept. During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album. This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well. ‘Mirror Reaper’ was the first collaborative writing project with the new lineup, and Adrian’s death during it brought extra emotional weight. We sought to match the complexity and weight of these events within the composition of the piece.”

Formed by Desmond and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra, BELL WITCH released their first self-titled demo in 2011 and partnered with Profound Lore Records for their debut album, Longing, in 2012. The duo’s second LP, 2015’s acclaimed Four Phantoms was recognized as one of doom metal’s triumphs of the year. The band extensively toured in North America and Europe, securing notable festival appearances including Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Sled Island, and Psycho California.

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ONE MASTER: Lycanthropic Burrowing Full-Length From Occult Black Metal Collective Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges; Record Drops Friday + Band To Kick Off US Tour This Weekend


“Lycanthropic Burrowing
 is harrowing, all-encompassing, unrelenting, and malignant. Tracks are built on triangle waveforms, jarring between swaths of high-bpm blast beats (featuring extra crash) and doomy, depressive retreats. Hard-charging thrash riffs (with punky drum twists) act as connective tissue and add a welcome ‘let’s fuckin’ rock!’ juxtaposition to an otherwise inward, claustrophobic listening experience.” – Invisible Oranges

Friday marks the official unveiling of Lycanthropic Burrowing, the latest full-length from occult black metal collective ONE MASTER. Set for release via Eternal Death Records, the rabid offering was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios, comes shrouded in the commanding artwork of Dave Fogg of Fog Palace, and delivers thirty-five unrepentant minutes of cursed and dismal fury.

Today Invisible Oranges is streaming the record in full at THIS LOCATION alongside an in-depth investigation of the unhallowed offering.

Writes the esteemed blog, “[Lycanthropic Burrowing] sadistically delights by inflicting its pain. Catchy guitarwork offers hooks aplenty for those not (initially) into the pain-as-pleasure thing. Once reeled in, the brain scramble courtesy of the… production aesthetics becomes welcome relief from the onslaught’s tumult. Lycanthropic Burrowing is harrowing, all-encompassing, unrelenting, and malignant. Tracks are built on triangle waveforms, jarring between swaths of high-bpm blast beats (featuring extra crash) and doomy, depressive retreats. Hard-charging thrash riffs (with punky drum twists) act as connective tissue and add a welcome ‘let’s fuckin’ rock!’ juxtaposition to an otherwise inward, claustrophobic listening experience.”

Lycanthropic Burrowing will drop on July 14th on CD, digital, and limited vinyl formats. Preorders are currently available at the official Eternal Death Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release, ONE MASTER will take on a West Coast mini-tour from July 15th through July 22nd. The band will also appear at the Red River Family Fest in Austin this September alongside Panzergod, Yellow Eyes, and more with future live abrasions in the conspiring stages. See confirmed dates below.

ONE MASTER [events page]:
7/15/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
7/16/2017 The Bancroft – Spring Valley, CA [info]
7/17/2017 Los Compadres – Oxnard, CA
7/18/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA [info]
7/19/2017 The Bamboo Room At King Wah’s – Medford, OR [info]
7/20/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
7/21/2017 Twilight Café And Bar -Portland, OR [info]
7/22/2017 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA [info]
9/22-23/2017 Red River Family Fest @ Barracuda – Austin, TX [info]

For the past fifteen years, ONE MASTER has been conjuring raw and aggressive black metal in the dark corners of the US underground. Lycanthropic Burrowing serves as the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed Reclusive Blasphemy offering, which ranked among the best metal records of 2015 by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and Metal Insider. From the militaristic oppression of “Will Of The Shadow” to the haunting ritualism of the closing title track, the expertly-produced Lycanthropic Burrowing is an audio document of a band ascending towards the elite tier of US black metal occupied by bands such as Nightbringer and Leviathan.

“Utilizing cacophonous production and unrelenting instrumentals, ONE MASTER harness a piercing auditory assault on the title track of their new record, Lycanthropic Burrowing.”  – Decibel

“…a powerful crescendo. Piercing tremolo rings across the length of the track, soaring high above a punishing barrage of drums and low-end that stretches for over seven minutes. The fervent intensity of ‘Death Resurrection’ is an ideal example of what has made ONE MASTER so ruthless over the last 15 years.” – Metal Injection on the track “Death Resurrection”

“…catchy, empowering, and solid from start to finish.” – Echoes And Dust

“…truly one the elite bands in the USBM scene.” – Indy Metal Vault

“Lycanthropic Burrowing pays homage in a way that’s as natural as the waxing and waning of the moon. Don’t resist it – submit to your baser instincts. Embrace your true, wild, unfettered potential, and free yourself from the restriction of modern music – you don’t need them. Shed your skin, and let ONE MASTER in.” – Transcending Obscurity

“The songs are raw and aggressive, played in the classic, orthodox style. It’s as misanthropic and furious as you would expect, delivering scathing black metal that is not for the weak or unwary… A triumphant return for ONE MASTER; long may they reign.” – Wonderbox Metal

 “As far as I can recall, this is my first encounter with the band’s music, despite the fact that this is their fourth album, but clearly won’t be the last – because ‘Will Of The Shadow’ is a real grabber. The intro is marked by a majestic, ritualistic kind of ominous grace, but the music becomes a cyclonic fury, laced with bursts of pulse-pounding thrash riffing.” – No Clean Singing on “Will Of The Shadow”

“As dark and unsettling as the album can be, Lycanthropic Burrowing is a distinctly rewarding listen (enjoyable is not quite the right word for something this dark). There is more than enough here to keep listeners coming back for more, and if this album is not recognized as one of 2017’s best, it would be a genuine shame.” – The Sound Not The Word

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NECROT To Kick Off US Tour With Undergang TONIGHT

 Photo: Peyote Gutierrez

“Blood Offerings is all old ground, but it is hallowed earth. We’ve heard everything played on this album before, but we’ve never heard it played quite like this. If you’re that curmudgeon who keeps saying nothing can displace your aging death metal album collection, it might be finally time to buy a new record.” — Decibel


Blood Offerings is the newest studio recording from Bay Area death cult NECROT. Released via Tankcrimes on June 9th, the record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release!

The eight ravaging tracks comprising NECROT’s Blood Offerings were captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer (Vastum, Graves At Sea), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Gatecreeper), and comes shrouded in the unhallowed cover art of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness). Blood Offerings is out now on CD, LP, and digitally on Tankcrimes and on cassette through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. The limited vinyl edition comes as a foil-stamped, gatefold deluxe LP available in four color variants: 150 in purple splatter, 350 in gold splatter, 500 in black, and 1000 in gold.


Stream the record in full THIS LOCATION where you can also purchase the record digitally. Find physical preorders at THIS LOCATION.


NECROT will embark on the month-long North American tour with Denmark-based death metal tyrants, Undergang, beginning June 30th and rolling through July 29th. The band will also make their way to Europe this fall for a journey that will include stops at Bloodshed and Graveland Fests. Further details to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NECROT w/ Undergang:
6/30/2017 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
7/01/2017 5 Star – Los Angeles, CA
7/02/2017 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
7/03/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
7/04/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
7/05/2017 Sidewinder – Austin, TX
7/06/2017 Satellite Bar – Houston, TX
7/07/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/08/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
7/09/2017 The Brass Mug– Tampa, FL
7/11/2017 Slim’s – Raleigh, NC
7/12/2017 The Camel – Richmond, VA
7/13/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
7/14/2017 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA
7/15/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
7/16/2017 Dusk – Providence, RI
7/17/2017 Stamps – Buffalo, NY
7/18/2017 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
7/19/2017 The Summit – Columbus, OH
7/20/2017 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
7/21/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/22/2017 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
7/23/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/24/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, CO
7/26/2017 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/27/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
7/28/2017 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
7/29/2017 Eli’s – Oakland, CA

Forged in 2011, NECROT — founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, Rude, and more — unleashed the audio bone-crush of their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship.

“Metaphorically, it’s like putting your ear up to the chest of a rotting corpse and listening to the parasites eat it from the inside out. NECROT has recorded an album so putrescent you can almost smell it.” – Paste Magazine


 “…essential listening…” – Indy Metal Vault


 “…a modern-day classic…Bolt Thrower played a simple, but highly aesthetic style of death metal. NECROT refreshes the template with a slew of quality, catchy riffs and accessible song structure that sounds quite original.” — Echoes And Dust


“…an album that does the region’s growling, guttural legacy proud, and with a new layer of contemporary punch.” – Treble

“…raw, fast and razor sharp…  a pummeling at its finest!” – Metal Assault


“…Blood Offerings separates itself from the pack by offering, in addition to blood, some damn fine riffs.” – Last Rites


“Engrossing from start to finish, NECROT have crafted a death metal masterpiece in “Blood Offerings” that looks reverently towards the genre’s past while casting its own deadly shadow for the future.” – Riot Nerd


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CATTLE DECAPITATION Announces Headlining Tour With Revocation, Full Of Hell, And Artificial Brain

 


This fall, CATTLE DECAPITATION will headline the MetalSucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents: The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support. The tour will run from October 10th through November 20th with Tijuana, Mexico’s mad doctors of gore, Thanatology, replacing Full Of Hell as support on the first three  
dates. See below for all confirmed shows.
 
MetalSucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents:
The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings  
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain:
10/10/2017 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA * ^
10/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * ^
10/12/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ * ^
10/13/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
10/14/2017 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/15/2017 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
10/16/2017 Bossanova – Portland, OR
10/17/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/18/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/20/2017 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
10/21/2017 Dickens – Calgary, AB
10/22/2017 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10/23/2017 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
10/24/2017 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/27/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Madison Live – Covington, KY
10/29/2017 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
10/31/2017 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/01/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/02/2017 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2017 Once Ballroom – Boston, MA
11/04/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/06/2017 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
11/08/2017 Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA
11/09/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
11/11/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/13/2017 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
11/14/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/15/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/16/2017 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
11/17/2017 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
11/18/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/20/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology
 
CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed record, visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.
 
 

Behemoth Reigns Over The Observatory

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I can’t really describe when I first discovered Behemoth in reference to time but what I do remember distinctly is the feeling. That wonderful  sensation when you listen to something for the first time and you get goosebumps. After years of delving into the world of Behemoth’s music I finally managed to catch their Blasfemia Amerika Tour 2016 appearance at The Observatory in Santa Ana California. After regretfully missing their past USA tours my excitement leading up to the date could not be quelled, especially knowing that “The Satanist” would be played in its entirety.

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Carach Angren Brings the Haunt to Los Angeles

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©Photo: Dave Boccuzzi©

When Carach Angren announced that they would be joining Italian Metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse on a USA tour I knew this would be a treat! This was a sold out show and the band absolutely delivered. The ominous intro track “Once Upon a Time…” set the mood for what would be an energetic “hauntingly” epic set. The crowd gave them a warm welcome and once the first notes of “There’s No Place Like Home” echoed the audience was instantly hooked. Mingled with the harsh vocals of Seregor, the beautiful yet looming presence of Ardek’s orchestrations, Namtar’s pounding drums, and Diogo’s guitar the next songs flowed into motion. “The Sighting is a Portent of Doom”, and “Lingering in an Imprint Haunting” soon followed. By this time there was already a hefty amount of moshing going on but this was not enough.

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The Decibel USA Tour 2016

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What can we say about this show, Abbath!! The Norwegian Black Metal Icon formerly of Immortal has gone solo and has just released a new album through Season of Mist. This is sure to be a treat for metal fans and when you throw in High on Fire and Skeletonwitch into the mix you have quite the lineup. Even if you are not a fan of these bands I suggest you go and check it out! There will be something for everyone’s musical tastes.