Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery Announce “HALLOWED”, A Special Release Belgian-Style Ale To Be Released in October

Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery Announce “HALLOWED”, A Special Release Belgian-Style Ale

New Limited Edition Beer Available for Pre-Order Now, To Be Released in October

British rock legend Iron Maiden and front-man Bruce Dickinson have revealed a new Belgian styled beer, HALLOWED, in collaboration with Robinsons Brewery. HALLOWED is to be released in October for a limited time. Pre-orders are available now. (Image courtesy Iron Maiden Beer.)

Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have announced that their latest collaboration beer HALLOWED will be released in October of this year, and is available for pre-order now.

HALLOWED is a 6% ABV Belgian-inspired ale packaged in a 330 ml bottle and available for a limited time only. The beer will only be distributed for four months, with details on where it will be available to be announced on Iron Maiden Beer and Robinsons’ social media accounts.

“What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time,” said Bruce Dickinson. “I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in HALLOWED, albeit with a British twist.”

The use of Belgian yeast within HALLOWED is a landmark occasion, as Robinsons hasn’t changed the yeast used in its beers since 1942.

“It’s all in the yeast,” says Martyn Weeks, Head Brewer at Robinsons Brewery. “Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters… put simply, this means more flavor and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat.”

The bottle art for HALLOWED will feature Iron Maiden mascot Eddie garbed in traditional monk’s robes as a tribute to the beer’s Trappist Belgian inspiration. The art follows in the footsteps of other collaborations between Iron Maiden and Robinsons. These collaborations include TROOPER, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and the previous limited edition beers TROOPER 666 and RED ‘N’ BLACK.

CONAN Announce Spring North American Tour/Pittsburgh 5/20 @SmilingMoose

CONAN are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria. Conan, a monumentally brutal three piece (in the grand tradition of all the hallowed three pieces through time) hold a sinew-tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised powerchord changes and tempo-shifts of the anti-holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two weary yet defiant men have the task of vocalizing wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of CONAN‘s metalized bombast. They bear it well, for the task is immense.
unnamed-2Now they bring this immense task back to North America this May on tour with North.  In addition to the headline run, CONAN will also take part in this year’s Maryland Death Fest and 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, CO.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
CONAN frontman Jon Davis commented on their return North America:
“We are excited to get back to the USA and Canada to play at Maryland Death Fest, 71 Grind and also the other awesome shows we have lined up. We are also looking forward to sharing the road with our friends in North.”
CONAN W/North
5/10: Glendale, CA at Complex 
5/11: Oakland, CA at Metro
5/12: Portland, OR at Dante’s
5/13: Vancouver, BC at Astoria
5/14: Seattle, WA at Highline
5/16: Minneapolis, MN at Triple Rock
5/17: Chicago, IL at Beat Kitchen
5/18: Indianapolis, IN at 5th Quarter
5/19: Cleveland, OH at Now That’s Class
5/20: Pittsburgh, PA at Smiling Moose
5/21: Toronto, ON at Garrison
5/22: Montreal, QC at TBA 
5/23: Boston, MA at TBA
5/24: Brooklyn, NY at Knitting Factory
5/25: Baltimore, MD at Maryland Death Fest*
5/26: Raleigh, NC at Kings
5/27: Atlanta, GA at 529
5/28: New Orleans, LA at Siberia
5/29: Houston, TX at White Oak
5/30: Austin, TX at Sidewinder
6/1: Denver, CO at Hi-Dive
6/2: Colorado Springs, CO at 71 Grind Fest 
6/3: Albuquerque, NM at Sister
6/4: Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
* = no North 
 

 
More on CONAN:
Way back, in 2006, CONAN formed as a two-piece near the old port of Liverpool, and cut a now mythological demo (‘Battle In The Swamp’). The years dragged by, and fellow warriors came and went (we raise our tankards to their memory). Now they have crystallized into a final configuration – founding member Jon Davis still raging on guitar and vocals, but ably assisted by fellow acolytes of the absurd Chris Fielding on bass and vocals and the dexterous Rich Lewis on drums. Collectively their plans are clear: they seek nothing less than the crushing of a billion skulls.
They have committed their filthy, ocean-sized sound to wax (and the slightly less cool compact disc) several times thus far – with more fetid brooding output always on the reddening horizon. First came the hulking mass of a debut album (in 2010) that was ‘Horseback Battle Hammer’ (Throne, Aurora Borealis), followed by the now much sought after split with like-minded Northern Irish sludge-lords Slomatics (Head of Crom, Burning World) in 2011. In December 2011 CONAN returned to the remote wilderness of Foel Studio, Wales, and into the capable hands of producer Chris Fielding (now their bassmaster) for the next album which was to released on Burning World Records in Spring 2012 – the mighty eardrum-warping ‘Monnos’.
A triumphant recording of their live destruction of the 2012 Roadburn festival was released in 2013 as ‘Mount Wrath’. This was followed by a fearsome 12″ split with Chicago doomfuckers Bongripper in 2013 (Holy Roar Records) and a new devil-deal with Napalm Records, resulting in the evil turgidity of third album proper ‘Blood Eagle’ in 2014. Many tours across the blasted wastelands of Europe and the old lands across the Oceans have resulted in a tight slaying unit that pauses for no weakling and decimates all who will not nod to their titan-riffing. Their latest album ‘Revengeance’ was released in early 2016 – A fourth album of such implausible weight that Azathoth itself threatens to implode in a cosmic super-shower of black death-shit.
Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of split blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering – a blasphemy to nature. Hail CONAN!
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CARCASS Announces November Tour Dates With Deafheaven And Inter Arma/Pittsburgh Nov 22 @RexTheater

CARCASS Announces November Tour Dates With Deafheaven And Inter Arma
 British metal icons CARCASS will return to to North America for a headlining tour this November. Joining them are shoegaze-infused black metallers Deafheaven and doom merchants Inter Arma. Slated to commence on November 7th and run through November 27th, the band’s latest journey follows the One Foot In The Grave headlining tour with Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon this past Summer. Tickets are on sale now at all local ticket outlets.

 

CARCASS w/ Deafheaven, Inter Arma:

11/07/2016 The Varsity Theatre – Batone Rouge, LA
11/09/2016 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
11/10/2016 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
11/11/2016 States Theater – Tampa, FL
11/12/2016 North Side Festival – Monterrey, MX (CARCASS only)
11/14/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
11/15 /2016 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

11/17/2016 Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ

11/18/2016 Reverb – Reading, PA – Reverb
11/19/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
11/20/2016 The Emporium – Patchogue, NY
11/21/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/22/2016 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/23/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/24/2016 Dallas – Kitchener, ON
11/25/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
11/26/2016 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
11/27/2016 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

 

CARCASS continues to tour in support of Surgical Steel, released in September 2013. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, just narrowly avoiding the dreaded “Top 40 Band” moniker. Even with their impressive back catalogue, Surgical Steel has given the band their highest charting and possibly most critically acclaimed record to date.

Surgical Steel
was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse etc.) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.

 

CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (see Reek Of Putrefaction, Symphonies Of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (see Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career,Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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