Monday 19 January 2015

The Sludgelord News: Daily Digest

Your rundown of the top sludge news stories of the day …

WARHORSE - It’s been 14 years since Massachusetts stoner doom band WARHORSE released their one and only full-length album, ‘AS HEAVEN TURNS TO ASH’. Since that time, wars have been fought, empires have been toppled and new ones have arisen. One of those empires is the Doom and Stoner genre in metal, there’s no denying its current surge in popularity led by bands like Uncle Acid &  the DeadbeatsElectric Wizard an Windhand. Well, SOUTHERN LORD RECORDS is asking the current generation of Stoner and Doom fans, “yeah, but have you heard ... this?”

The label will be re-issuing the classic long player on February 23, 2015 which is described as “absolutely vital in foreshadowing the plethora of current acts who partake in long-form, recklessly downtuned expeditions”. 

As an added bonus, the full album will feature a pair of bonus tracks, the complete ‘I AM DYING’ EP that was issued a year later in 2002.

Here are the details:

As Heaven Turns To Ash LP
    1. Dusk
    2. Doom's Bride
    3. Black Acid Prophecy
    4. Amber Vial
    5. Every Flower Dies No Matter The Thorns (Whither)
    6. Lysergic Communion
    7. Dawn
    8. Scrape
    9. And The Angels Begin To Weep

I Am Dying EP
1. I Am Dying
    2. Horizons Burn Red

Rarelyunable PR


BLACK SHEEP WALL - California sludge four-piece BLACK SHEEP WALL’s new album ‘I’M GOING TO KILL MYSELF’ won’t be released by SEASON OF MIST RECORDS until January 26, but you can hear “TETSUO THE DEAD MAN” right now on The Obelisk website.

"It's crazy how much can change in a year or two, but when you think about our history those who have been following us shouldn't be surprised", states guitarist SCOTT TURNER. "We're very excited about the release of 'I'm Going to Kill Myself', and the debut of Brandon as our full time vocalist after doing close to 7 years of duty on bass. His voice is the voice I've been waiting to have in the band for years.

“The album was just as much a labour of love as it was an arduous and brain wracking process. Once you hear the songs you'll know what I mean. They are a test of endurance as Jackson and I purposely tried to push the limits of taste for the album which I sometimes like to think of more as a special project than a true follow up album.

“'I'm Going to Kill Myself' is unique to us in that rather than sitting down for formal song writing sessions we kind of just wrote songs through conversations, and with odd symbols and notes on paper that translated to guitar, bass, and drums in the studio.”

The four song follow-up to 2012’s ‘No Matter Where It Ends’ is over an hour long and is capped by a closing track, ‘METALLICA’ which covers over half of that span. ‘Tetsuo the Dead Man’ isn’t nearly that long, but approaches the 10-minute mark with sustained fury.

You can stream the song at this location. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album at this location.

Season of Mist Records


GHOLD - It was confirmed over the weekend that doom sludge duo GHOLD are set to release their second album. ‘OF RUIN’ will come out on March 16 through RITUAL PRODUCTIONS. The London-based drum and fuzz bass team were tapped by Terrorizer Magazine as “one to watch in 2015”, so the release of this album will be seen as the rising stars’ "big chance" and everybody involved in the project pushed themselves to the limit to make sure the band takes full advantage of the attention.

"We basically locked ourselves in the studio, slept on the floor, and just really pushed everything as far as we could,” said album engineer Dan Miller. “It was a real heady environment of manic creativity, where anything and everything was tried, and a lot of the more weird or offbeat ideas ended up really working. The result I think is something at times pretty heavy and mean, but also quite beautiful, warm, lush and completely original.”

‘Of Ruin’ will be available on CD and vinyl and the band will have an official album release show on March 20 at the Black Heart in London. You can watch a trailer video for the album at this location.

Rarelyunable PR


DEATH ANGEL - Switching gears now, San Francisco thrash metal band DEATH ANGEL are set to take over the UK this August, with a string of four dates. The short run will begin on August 4 with a stand-alone headlining slot at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms. The band will then support prog legends Queensryche at Bristol’s Marble Factory on the 5th, London’s Electric Ballroom on the 6th (with Armored Saint) and finish out at the Brighton Concorde on August 7.

The band is touring on the strength of their 2013 album ‘The Dream Calls for Blood’ from Nuclear Blast Records. You can watch the video for the title track at this location, and if you like what you hear you can order the record here.

Once again the tour dates are listed as follows (find ticket links embedded within):

Nuclear Blast Records


DOWNFALL OF GAIA - Moving across the Atlantic now, another tour is set to take place, though this one will be significantly longer and considerably darker. Metal Blade Records’s  very own German post-black metal quartet DOWNFALL OF GAIA will play over 20 cities during the course of their 23 day United States tour. It’s the band’s first opportunity to showcase material from their latest album, ‘AEON UNVEILS THE THRONES OF DECAY’ released in November, in the United States.

"We are pretty excited to return to the States and present our new record Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay for the first time live on stage!” said Downfall of Gaia vocalist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis. “Six months of silence has passed and finally we are ready to hit the road again! Can't wait for this ride!"

You can get in on the ride at the following Tour Dates:
1/22/2015 Quinn's - Beacon, NY
1/23/2015 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
1/24/2015 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
1/25/2015 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
1/26/2015 DC9 - Washington, DC
1/27/2015 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
1/28/2015 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
1/29/2015 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
1/30/2015 Churchill's - Miami, FL
1/31/2015 Fubar - St. Petersburg, FL
2/01/2015 The Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
2/02/2014 The Maze - New Orleans, LA
2/03/2015 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX
2/04/2015 Double Wide - Dallas, TX
2/05/2015 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
2/06/2015 Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL
2/07/2015 The Wisco - Madison, WI
2/08/2015 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
2/09/2015 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA
2/10/2015 The Monkey House - Burlington, VT
2/11/2015 UANC - North Haven, CT
2/12/2015 O'Brien's - Boston, MA
2/13/2015 Saint Vitus - New York, NY

Earsplit PR


ENABLER - In Ohio, hardcore metal trio ENABLER was at Silver Bullet Studios recently, hard at work recording their third studio album, Century Media revealed. It’s the band’s second album with producer Greg Thomas at the helm, who produced 2012’s ‘All Hail the Void’.

“It’s been great working with Greg Thomas again,” frontman Jeff Lohrber said. “I thought it was key to work with a producer who is not only a brilliant engineer, but also understands the band’s sound. We’ve done this before, so there’s a lot of fresh ideas coming out, some things we wanted to try previously but didn’t have the time, as well as a lot of reflection on the previous material of everything that we love about it as well as everything that we think needed to change.

“The collection of songs on this record is the most dense and diverse that I’ve written for Enabler, at times it is the band at its heaviest and most destructive moments and at times is the most melodic and heartfelt it’s ever been. There is also a general love for punk and traditional rock and roll that comes out on this record that the band hasn’t quite done before, with a lot of black metal style undertones hidden beneath it. The record just sounds scary, but very listenable at the same time. I’m always excited for every release the band puts out, but I think this one takes the cake on anything the band has done previously. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Fans will be able to hear it sometime in early summer, that’s where the release date is expected to fall around.

The Noise Cartel & Enabler


OVID’S WITHERING - And we finish the weekend’s top news stories with a flair for the dramatic. Unique Leader Records will re-release Florida’s theatrical blackened technical metal quintet OVID’S WITHERING’s ‘SCRYERS OF THE IBIS’ LP on March 10.

The album, which was originally independently released back in 2013 to critical acclaim, will be released digitally as well as on CD and double vinyl. You can preview the album at this location and pre-order your copy at this location.

Earsplit PR

And now you’re all caught up in the world of sludge.