The Fall Of Hearts Tour: Katatonia, Caspian, and Uncured in Pittsburgh @MrSmalls

Katatonia have long displayed a masterful propensity for expressing the tears and torments of mortality, offering sumptuous glimmers of sonic hope to soothe our troubled souls,” so states the biography of the band via their website.  It’s not a boast it is simply a fact.  The 25-year-old band out of Stockholm has survived the test of time by consistently producing heavy tonal music that is in a category all its own.  Never relying on the same output of tunes, Katatonia has repeatedly reinvented themselves without losing themselves, or their audience. As Anders Nyström (guitar) has stated, “Our musical signals and language have changed considerably from 1993 to 2016, but I can still sense a common message in the atmosphere sustaining since day one. Maybe you could call us a progressive metal band with a deep passion for non-metal music? It’s easy to reach all the branches in the tree and let them sway when you have a firm root to climb (http://katatonia.com/biography/).”

Opening with “Last Song Before The Fade” from their new album, The Fall of Hearts, Katatonia was quick to set the intense somber tone of the evening (Set List below via Setlist.fm).  With sparse lighting and foreboding swirls of the deepest, darkest metal the band put on a soulful and unforgettable performance.

Caspian, a post-rock band from Beverly, MA were a good pairing for Katatonia as they are not as dark, but just as musically intense and talented.  At times reminiscent of a metal U2, the band has performed on the Last Call With Carson Daly which highlighted their atmospheric songwriting.

Uncured is a young progressive metal band out of NYC following in the vein of Opeth, Dream Theater, Mastodon, and Gojira.  The band has a bright future considering the critical praise for their EP release and their newly release LP on March 10. 2017.

 

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PARADISE LOST premieres new track, “Our Saviour 2013”

Today, gothic-doom metallers PARADISE LOST and Decibel Magazine.com have teamed-up to premiere the band’s newly recorded track, “Our Saviour 2013”, taken from their upcoming album, Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities). Due out on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America), Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir (http://www.metastazis.com), who has worked with artists such as ORPHANED LAND, MORBID ANGEL, WATAIN, and more than 150 others. All tracks found on this compilation are previously released rarities– except the new track “Loneliness Remains,” and newly recorded “Gothic 2013” and “Our Saviour 2013.” These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10″ vinyl (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies), which can be pre-ordered here .

To hear “Our Saviour 2013”, head over to Decibel Magazine.com for the exclusive stream: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-paradise-lost-our-saviour-2013/

For another preview of Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), be sure to check out the previously released track, “Gothic 2013“.

Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) track-listing:

1. Loneliness Remains*

2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version)

3. Ending Through Changes

4. The Last Fallen Saviour

5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)

6. Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)

7. Cardinal Zero

8. Back On Disaster

9. Sons Of Perdition

10. Godless

11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version)

12. Silent Heart

13. Gothic 2013*

14. Our Saviour 2013*

*=tracks that appear on the limited 10″

PARADISE LOST is also pleased to confirm that their 25th anniversary “Tragic Illusion” tour has been extended to now include a number of European dates! As with the UK shows, the band will be supported by both LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA (who will be playing the entire Viva Emptiness album at all shows). See below for all upcoming tour dates.

PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary” UK Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA

Oct. 30th – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall (http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk)

Oct. 31st – Glasgow – ABC (http://www.ticketweb.co.uk)

Nov. 1st – Manchester – Ritz (http://www.kililive.com)

Nov. 3rd – London – Roundhouse (http://www.kililive.com)

PARADISE LOST “Tragic Illusion 25th Anniversary” EU Tour w/ LACUNA COIL and KATATONIA

Nov. 4th – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik

Nov. 6th – Herford, Germany – Club X

Nov. 7th – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal

Nov. 8th – Dordrecht, Netherlands – Bibelot

Nov. 10th – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Oudegracht

Nov. 11th – Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch

Nov. 12th – Vienna, Austria – Arena

Nov. 13th – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl

PARADISE LOST online:

http://www.paradiselost.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/paradiselostofficial

http://twitter.com/officialpl

Katatonia: The Dead End Kings Rule Over Pittsburgh

How does one describe Katatonia to the uninitiated?  The first time I saw the guys I had not even heard them yet, having been introduced to them by the guys in Paradise Lost and Devin Townsend.  I had no idea who they were and I would like to think I have a very vast knowledge of metal.  How humbled and wrong was I on those opening notes when they came out last year at Mr. Smalls?  You have no idea.  And so when Katatonia was due to return again this year this year in Pittsburgh’s Millvale section, I knew I had to be there again to cover the sound that many would describe as the pre-cursor to doom metal.  But that description falls so short.

In Gregory Burkhart’s review of Katatonia’s new release “Dethroned and Uncrowned” he speaks of their music genre as “sorrowful metal” and I would say that is about as dead on of a description as one can get.  Burkhart’s review goes on to delve into how Gothic the work is.  I would have to agree that Katatonia would be the perfect Poe soundtrack (take note filmmakers) and that there is a certain ambiance that is created in their textured sonic symphony.  If this sounds like your cup of tea you really missed out on a stellar show the other night.  Katatonia  is a version of ‘chill metal’ that has masterful musicianship along with haunting vocals and a pure performance that leaves one with goosebumps in their ability to pull it off to perfection.  They have their own little niche which has not truly been replicated by other bands with the same precision.  Their show at Mr. Smalls went to prove that once again as the boys from Sweden showed why they truly are the kings of “moody, melodic metal”…dead end or not. (set list below)

All photos  ©2013 AWELDINGPHOTO and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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Set List 9/26/2013 Mr. Smalls Millvale (Pittsburgh)

Ashen

Hypnone

In The White

Ambitions

My Twin

Lethean

Quiet World

Undo You

Ghost

Leech

Dissolving Bonds

Forsaker

Soils Song

July

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Tesseract Give Altered State Performance at Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh

The UK Progressive rock band TesseracT returned to Pittsburgh and to North America with the likes of Katatonia, Cult of Luna and Intronaut at Mr. Smalls. Following their dates with Katatonia, TesseracT has announced a headline tour with support being provided by Scale the Summit and Anciients-  These shows kick off October 9th.  

TesseracT described these shows as an, “intense evening of dark powerful prog. It’s so cool to be apart of this bill as all 4 bands create a completely different yet compatible atmosphere.”  And that is exactly what went down as each act brough their unique flavor to the table.  But, TesseracT had that special ingredient that left everyone with a pleased palate and something to savor.  Their unique take on the genre is refreshing and not one that feels overdone (or overcooked if one wants to keep rolling with this food analogy).

TesseracT‘s latest release  Altered State came out earlier this year on Century Media Records.  This is where they began the evening and drew the audience in. Between the moody lighting, crisp and atmospheric sound, and captive audience, TesseracT definitely made their mark on Pittsburgh last night and will be welcome with open arms anytime they come back to our country again.

Altered State‘ is divided into four movements: Of MatterOf MindOf Reality and Of Energy,Altered State‘ represents the transformations that TESSERACT has gone through over the past few years.  The Law of Conservation of Energy states that: In a closed system energy is conserved, nothing is lost. It merely changes from one state to another.

Altered State was produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by TESSERACT guitarist, Acle Kahney, assisted by bassist, Amos Williams at Acle’s 4D Sounds studio, and marks the first full release with new vocalist, Ashe O’Hara.

“The concept behind Altered State is very simple. It is about change, and how life is change. We have been through a very difficult period of time over the last few years. It is a miracle that the band has survived. I feel it is the ability to step back and see everything for what it is (hence the Perspective EP) that has allowed us to get on with life and try to enjoy it. Reality is change…” [TesseracT, 2013]

Formed as a studio project back in 2003 by guitarist Acle Kahney, TesseracT immediately eschewed all well-established notions of what metal should sound like and swiftly became a unique and daring entity. By 2007, Acle had recruited a line-up worthy of his groundbreaking compositions and this new band embarked upon a quest to inject some originality and excitement back into an often myopic and lazy British metal scene. Completed by drummer Jay Postones, guitarist James Monteith, bassist Amos Williams and (between 2006 and 2009) vocalist Abisola Obasanya, TesseracT steadily accrued a devoted fan base and a formidable reputation as one of the most exhilarating and distinctive bands to emerge from the UK in decades. By the time the band signed to Century Media Records, the buzz surrounding them was simply deafening. Obasanya was replaced by new vocalist Daniel Tompkins, and the newly revitalised line-up recorded a debut album, One, which would go on to receive widespread critical acclaim, not least due to the album’s staggering six-part centrepiece Concealing Fate, which brilliantly showcased the band’s pioneering sonic approach and unstoppable arsenal of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics. Countless gigs and festival performances in Europe, the US and even India added further weight to the perception that TesseracTwere a band with a glittering future ahead of them; the band’s thrilling live shows proving to be a decisive factor in the rapid expansion of their global support base.

The departure of Tompkins in 2011 could easily have derailed a less focused band than this, but TesseracT barely paused for breath as they recruited American singer Eliot Coleman and recorded the primarily acoustic Perspective EP, which emerged in May 2012 to an effusive response from critics and fans alike. Shortly after, their status as progressive metal’s most fascinating new creative force was very publicly celebrated when TesseracT picked up the Best New Band trophy at 2012’s inaugural Progressive Music Awards in London. Coleman followed in his predecessors’ footsteps by stepping down midway through 2012, but such was the momentum driving the band forwards that it was only a matter of time before they found a suitable replacement. This time round,TesseracT struck gold, discovering Brighton-based vocalist Ashe O’Hara, realising that his extraordinary voice was a perfect fit and immediately diving into the creative process for a second full-length studio album.

“Working with Ashe has been glorious,” says Amos Williams. “His ideas just fit. But, they also enhance and electrify the emotion and mood of the music, a lens that pulls it all into focus. Each track has become a story. For such a young guy, his lyrics have a unique honesty and emotive clarity that resonate hugely with all of us. Considering the bad luck we’ve had in the past, we are very lucky to have discovered such a gem, and in our own back yard, too!”
Due for release on April 27th 2013, Altered State is not just the secondTesseracT album. It is also a valedictory statement from a band that have always followed their own path and aimed higher than the vast majority of their supposed peers. With O’Hara a joyously soulful presence throughout, the new material takes the band’s original blueprint and stretches it to previously unknown limits, adding great space and subtlety to their trademark sound while never neglecting those all-important riffs and moments of melodic incisiveness.

“For whatever reason, we’ve always felt a little out of context to our friends and peers,” says Williams. “I’m sure everyone feels that, but let’s just say we’ve never quite fit. This has been a blessing for us creatively, as it has allowed us a certain freedom. As always, on this album there appears to be a rule of contradictions. Although things are less hectic than before, they are also far more delicate and tricky. The impact is less explosive, but more shattering as a result. Mood, atmosphere, melody, and experiment are the main focus. Although it may have gone off on its own journey, it is still TesseracT somehow.”

Having already tried and tested the new line-up on the road, TesseracTare primed and ready to claim 2013 as their own. With a new album that is certain to have a massive impact in the metal scene and maybe even beyond, this band have never been in a stronger position to shine a light on tomorrow’s limitless possibilities and to continue their bold exploration of music’s innate potential. The future may have arrived but TesseracT are already eyeing that next tantalising horizon…

“As with everything TesseracT, there are of course layers and ‘deeper’ meanings on this album,” Williams concludes. “One of our muses is science. A law of science called the Law of Conservation of Energy states that in a closed system, energy is conserved, nothing is lost. It merely changes from one state to another. The four movements of Altered State – Of Matter; Of Mind; Of Reality; Of Energy – are simple musings on these different stages of change, on both the personal or micro scale of things of our everyday life, but also the macro and universal scale of things.  For TesseracT, life inspires art and we tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves.”

A video for “Singularity”, can be viewed HERE.

All photos @2013 AWELDINGPHOTO and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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Katatonia Returns to Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh 9/26

Katatonia last toured North America in spring 2013 in support of the band’s 2012 release, Dead End Kings. The album was the band’s most successful to date and cemented the Swede’s position as the master of darkened metal. Dead End Kings was released on Peaceville, Katatonia’s home for the past 14 years.  If you caught them last time at Mr. Small’s with Devin Townsend and Paradise Lost, you know they were absolutely mesmerizing live.

Katatonia co-headline “Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour” w/ Cult of Luna  as well as plus special guests Intronaut & TesseracT…
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
09/24 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
09/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/27 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
09/30 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/04 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

Sweden’s masters of dark rock, have released a lyric video for the reworked version of “The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here,” taken from the group’s impending Dethroned and Uncrowned album. The song originally appeared on Katatonia’s critically acclaimed 2012 release Dead End Kings, which has been reimagined on Dethroned and Uncrowned.

            Dethroned and Uncrowned will release September 10 in North America and will mark the band’s first release on Kscope – sister label to Katatonia’s longtime home Peaceville Records – to celebrate the label’s fifth anniversary.

Dethroned and Uncrowned can be pre-ordered now at: https://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/4886/.

Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström commented, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album.

“Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s Dead End Kings.”

The album was funded by a successful PledgeMusic campaign that helped make the recording possible. Fans can still get exclusive Katatonia PledgeMusic items at: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/Katatonia.

            Katatonia will release Dethroned and Uncrowned before embarking on a co-headlining North American tour, “Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour,” with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT. The two-week run will commence September 23 in Boston, Mass. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now.

Commented vocalist Jonas Renkse, “Dear North Americans! We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings, this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and TesseracT (UK)!

“Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years, we thought it was about time to re-decorate the good ol’ setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems, songs that we haven’t yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us!             “Please note that it won’t be an ‘old-school’ party, but an evening with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a knife! Oh, and we will probably have time to play some of the ‘hits’ as well. All in all, we will squeeze out as much Katatonia as possible each and every night, so let’s do this one together once again, shall we?”

The band’s latest music video for “Lethean,” taken from Dead End Kings and directed by Lasse Hoile (Dream Theater, Opeth, Porcupine Tree), can be seen online here: http://www.deadendkings.com/.

Katatonia is…

Jonas Renkse – vocals

Anders Nyström – guitar, backing vocals

Daniel Liljekvist – drums

Per Eriksson – guitar

Niklas Sandin – bass

katatonia

 

Katatonia online…

 

www.katatonia.com

www.deadendkings.com

www.facebook.com/katatonia

www.myspace.com/katatonia

https://twitter.com/KatatoniaBand

www.kscopemusic.com

www.peaceville.com

www.omerch.com

www.northernmusic.co.uk

August 2, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) – UK Progressive rock band TesseracT will be returning to North America for two tours!  First the band will hit the road with Katatonia, Cult of Luna and Intronaut.  That tour begins September 23rd in Boston, MA and runs through October 7th in San Francisco, CA.

Immediately following their dates with Katatonia, TesseracT has announced a headline tour with support being provided by Scale the Summit and Anciients.  These shows kick off October 9thand Vancouver and are currently set to wrap on October 27th in Greensboro, NC.  More dates may be added in the coming weeks.

The band commented on their return to this side of the pond:

“North America! We’re coming back. And for not 1, but 2 tours back to back. We’ve all been missing Cracker Barrel, and Timmy Ho’s, so it’s with great pleasure that we can announce that we will be touring your fair lands again. Ever since the first tour we did with DTP way back when Ashe was called Dan, you guys have always been so cool to us. A lot has changed since then, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been showing the Europeans for the past year. Firstly we’ll be on tour with Katatonia, Cult of Luna, and Intronaut, as part of the Uncrowned and Vertikal tour. This will be an intense evening of dark powerful prog. It’s so cool to be apart of this bill as all 4 bands create a completely different yet compatible atmosphere. Then we’ll start the Altered State tour, where we’ll have support from Scale The Summit and Anciients. Two bands that stretch progressive music to its limits. All of this is great, but you know the best bit…French Toast. Everyday for 5 weeks. Maple Syrup. Bacon. TubberacT.”

TesseracT‘s latest release Altered State came out earlier this year on Century Media Records.  The entering the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #94 as well as #88 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #4 on the Hard Music Chart.

A video for the song “Singularity” can be viewed HERE.

Altered State‘ is divided into four movements: Of MatterOf MindOf Reality and Of Energy,Altered State‘ represents the transformations that TESSERACT has gone through over the past few years.  The Law of Conservation of Energy states that: In a closed system energy is conserved, nothing is lost. It merely changes from one state to another.

Altered State was produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by TESSERACT guitarist, Acle Kahney, assisted by bassist, Amos Williams at Acle’s 4D Sounds studio, and marks the first full release with new vocalist, Ashe O’Hara.

TesseracT w/Katatonia, Cult of Luna and Intronaut:

9/23: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

9/24: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts

9/26: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s

9/27: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

9/28: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s

9/30: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/1: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

10/2: Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge

10/4: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

10/6: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

10/7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

TesseracT Headline tour with Scale the Summit

10/9: Vancouver, BC @ Tom Lee Music Hall

10/10: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop

10/12: Calgary, AB @ The Gateway

10/13: Regina, SK @ The Exchange

10/14: Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall

10/16: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater – Studio B

10/17: Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater

10/18: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

10/20: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

10/22: Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats West

10/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzegerald’s – Downstairs

10/24: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

10/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn

10/26: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theatre

10/27: Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger

www.facebook.com/tesseractband

www.twitter.com/tesseractband

www.centurymedia.com

Dan Swano signs long-term worldwide deal with Century Media Records

It’s with great pride and joy that Century Media Records can announce the signing of a long-term worldwide deal with Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö.

Most dedicated metalheads will not only be able to call themselves owners of certain releases by one Dan’s many outstanding bands/projects (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, etc.), but also the work at his own Unisound studio will surely have left a mark in everyone’s record collection at some point: OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION, MERCILESS, 59 TIMES THE PAIN, DARK FUNERAL, HAIL OF BULLETS, MARDUK, MILLENCOLIN and NASUM, to name but a few.

Swanö has been no stranger to Century Media Records: He was originally involved with the death metal supergroup BLOODBATH (also featuring members of OPETH and KATATONIA), who released the Breeding Death EP as well as the amazing first two albums, Resurrection Through Carnage and Nightmares Made Flesh, via Century Media. Most recently, Swanö has been heavily working again as producer and mixer of albums, including releases by Century Media artists such as ASPHYX, GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT, ODDLAND and MORGOTH.

Dan Swanö comments about the signing:

“It’s been 23 years since I signed my first ever record-deal, but never before have I been this excited…I have now signed with Century Media Records!

I bought the first release from Century Media back in 1989, and it is amazing to see how much the label has grown over the years.

After working with CM for a few compilation CDs and for two and a half albums with BLOODBATH, I knew it would be the perfect home for me whenever I felt like returning to the recording-industry as a performer again.

And now…I am back! With a vengeance!!!”

The first result of the new cooperation between Dan Swanö and Century Media will be the release of his newly founded metal outfit WITHERSCAPE, which sees Dan teaming with another talented multi-instrumentalist, Ragnar Widerberg, to create an intense concept album– which should not only musically please fans of earlier Swanö-works likeMoontower or EDGE OF SANITY, but also attract fans of contemporary progressively atmospheric metal in the vein of OPETH, BARREN EARTH and AMORPHIS.

Swanö comments about the upcoming WITHERSCAPE album:

“I have just completed the final mixes of the first album from my new project WITHERSCAPE.

Fans of my ‘Moontower’ album and the catchier parts of EDGE OF SANITY won’t be disappointed!

I sing, both clean and growl, play drums and keyboards. Ragnar Widerberg plays all guitars & bass and has co-written almost all the tracks with me.”

 

Look forward to a late July 2013 release for WITHERSCAPE’s The Inheritance via Century Media.

Here are some online links to past works involving Dan Swanö:

BLOODBATH – “Eaten”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBfoMgllphs
HEAVEN SHALL BURN – “Black Tears” (EDGE OF SANITY cover):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PtfyRjkn40
EDGE OF SANITY – “Crimson” (feat. Mikael Akerfeldt of OPETH):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St6lJaiHYIc

Selected Dan Swanö discography:

EDGE OF SANITY – Unorthodox / Purgatory Afterglow / Crimson I & II

Dan Swanö – Moontower 

BLOODBATH – Breeding Death / Resurrection Through Carnage / Nightmares Made Flesh  

ODYSSEY – Re-Inventing the Past

NIGHTINGALE – Nightfall Overture White Darkness

Dan Swanö will have a new website ready for a summer launch, but in the meantime, you can visit his studio site as reference for his works: http://www.unisound.se

Stay tuned for more details about WITHERSCAPE and The Inheritance to be revealed soon!

Photo by Erik Ohlsson
Photo by Erik Ohlsson

DARK TRANQUILLITY to release new album, ‘Construct,’ in May 2013

The guardians of the Gothenburg sound, DARK TRANQUILLITY, released their first album 20 years ago and are still one of the most exciting bands in melodic death metal. New and old fans will be happy to hear that they are ready to announce their 10th album.

The band comments: “Greetings, Darklings! After having played over 200 shows in every corner of the world in support of the ‘We Are The Void’ album, it’s time to focus inwards and lock ourselves up in the studio. Months and months of hard songwriting work has paid off, and the recording sessions will start early this year. Further details will be announced in due time, but for now we can reveal that the album will be entitled ‘Construct’ and that we’re very excited to have Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) taking care of the mix. The release date is set for May 28 in North America.”

Fans can expect nothing but greatness with Construct, plus worldwide touring in support of the album in 2013 and beyond. The next chance to see DARK TRANQUILLITY live will be in Dubai, where the band has never played before. Some European summer festival appearances have also been announced, and the band is currently working on a US tour for this upcoming September. Stay tuned for more tour dates coming soon!

DARK TRANQUILLITY live:
12.04.2013 — Dubai Rock Fest — Dubai, United Arab Emirates
30.05.2013 — Beastival Festival — Geiselwind, Germany
28.06.2013 — Basinfire Festival — Spalene Porici, Czech Republic

STOLEN BABIES Announces North American Tour Dates

Avant-garde metal band Avant-garde metal band STOLEN BABIES are pleased to announce several North American tour dates planned for February 2013. The tour dates will also feature headliners Turisas and direct support from Firewind. STOLEN BABIES will appear on the tour from February 2nd in Jacksonville, FL and through February 21st in Oakland, CA. A month prior to the tour on December 29th, the band will perform a solo show at Bar Sinister in Hollywood, CA. STOLEN BABIES also plans on scheduling select headlining dates before the 2013 tour kick off. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

STOLEN BABIES only:
12/29 – Hollywood, CA @ Bar Sinister

STOLEN BABIES with TURISAS and FIREWIND:
2/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
2/3 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Downstairs
2/5 – Richmond, VA @ Empire
2/6 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/7 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs @ The Palladium
2/8 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
2/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
2/10 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
2/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
2/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
2/18 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
2/20 – Portland, OR @ Branx
2/21 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

Katatonia Makes a Deep Impression on Pittsburgh

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It’s not often that I end up at a show and see a band that has a history dating back to 1991 and I have not in some way heard of them, let alone heard them. Let alone a band that has the following and rich history of Katatonia. Let alone again that this band from Sweden absolutely blew me away and had me downloading their latest effort before they hit their third song. Katatonia performed this week at Mr. Smalls on the Epic Kings and Idols tour with Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, and Stolen Babies. Fairly laid back guys when I bumped into them backstage, but fierce and dominating in their presence onstage. The music was dark, powerful, intoxicating, and moody. The musicianship and execution was top notch. I left wondering how it was I could have been so deprived of hearing this band that reminded me a little bit of a love fest between Tool, Baroness, Joy Division, and The Cure. Their latest effort is titled “Dead End Kings” and it is truly brilliant. I feel like a kid who has just discovered the coolest toy, a dark demented and brooding toy, but nonetheless the coolest toy…

“Dead End Kings is about the corridors of our mind from where there is no return. Be a king or queen in your own right in
these hallways, even at the dead end. Carry your burden
with pride. That’s what we are doing, twenty years and
counting. Kings, because we believe in what we are
creating, in our own disturbing faith.” — Jonas Renkse

Jonas and Per discuss the making of ‘Dead End Kings’:

Deluxe edition trailer with quotes:

The Katatonia of 2012 is more potent, focused, and creatively impactful than ever before. Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström – alongside guitarist Per Eriksson, bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist – are at the peak of their powers right now, and their brand new studio album Dead End Kings provides incontrovertible evidence of their unstoppable artistic momentum. A rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet’s established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalogue to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure. “Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level,” says Renkse. ”The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that’s the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved. We don’t want to repeat ourselves. We are still hungry for new music.”

From the bio on http://katatonia.com/:
‘Formed by vocalist/drummer Jonas Renkse and guitarist Anders Nyström in Stockholm in 1991, the death/doom metal scene; a darker, more emotionally resonant sibling to the ongoing extreme metal world, and one that offered a new and more humane perspective on life’s darker days.

The band’s first releases, the Jhva Elohim Meth…The Revival EP and debut album Dance Of December Souls may have seemed to draw from the same set of influences that inspired like-minded bands across the North Sea like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, but by the time Katatonia arrived at 1996’s Brave Murder Day (which featured guest vocals from Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt), the band had already begun to plough their own tearful furrow. “Initially we had no masterplan,” says Renkse today. “All we wanted was a band of our own, as we were totally devoured by the death and doom metal scene that was happening. It wasn’t until later that we could actually carve out our own space and see things with a broader perspective. Katatonia has become a philosophy, at least for ourselves, since it is pretty much all we have. It’s dark and personal music and lyrics, no matter what the environment around us.”

In 1998, Katatonia released Discouraged Ones, an album that saw them step away from more traditional doom-laden atmospheres into an increasingly distinctive sonic world. Incorporating a wide variety of influences, from gothic rock to dark folk, the band’s evolution was gathering pace and their songwriting was maturing accordingly. With Jonas Renksestepping away from the drum stool to focus on his role as vocalist, the Katatonia sound became more focused and intense on 1999’s Tonight’s Decision; a bravura collection of downbeat hymns to the void that set the tone for the new decade that followed.

“Most of our evolution has occurred naturally,” explains Renkse. “We started as Paradise Lost fanboys, but now I think we have a different sound, something we have crafted over the years. With every new album we try to push the boundaries of songwriting and expand the concept of Katatonia without abandoning our foundation and roots.”

As the 21st century has progressed, Katatonia have become one of the most revered and cherished of all bands in the modern heavy music firmament. Through extensive touring and a steady stream of superlative studio releases, including 2001’s classic Last Fair Deal Gone Down and its coruscating 2003 follow-up Viva Emptiness, the Swedes have spread their baleful gospel across the globe, refining and redefining themselves with every step into new territory. With 2006’s The Great Cold Distance and, in particular, 2009’s universally acclaimed Night Is The New Day, Katatonia have stretched beyond their roots in the metal scene and drawn in fans from all across the musical spectrum, not least in the progressive rock realm that has also embraced peers like Opeth and Anathema in recent times. “Yes, Night Is The New Day has been a very successful album for us,” says Renkse. “We did a lot of touring for it, and we could see the fan base expand from one tour to another. Our audience is the same, but bigger and perhaps more varied. It’s people like ourselves…ordinary people with a big love for music.”

After numerous line-up changes over the years, the Katatonia of 2012 is more potent, focused and creatively impactful than ever before. Renkse and Nyström – alongside guitarist Per Eriksson, bassist Niklas Sandin and drummer Daniel Liljekvist – are at the peak of their powers right now, and their brand new studio album Dead End Kings provides incontrovertible evidence of their unstoppable artistic momentum. A rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet’s established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalogue to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure. “Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level,” concludes Renkse. ”The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that’s the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved. We don’t want to repeat ourselves. We are still hungry for new music.”

Katatonia formed in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden and was brought together by long time friends, Anders Nyström (aka Blakkheim) and Jonas Renkse (aka Lord Seth). After more than a year of rehearsals and composing, the first real fruits of their labour came to light in mid 1992 with the release of the demo ‘Jhva Elohim Meth’, recorded at Sweden’s Gorysound Studio and produced by the multi-musician Dan Swanö. The demo sold out immediately, bringing Katatonia to the attention of Dutch label Vic Records, who went on to re-release the demo as a mini CD, titled ‘Jhva Elohim Meth – the Revival’. With the CD selling out fast and their reputation spreading like a wildfire through the underground, the duo knew they would need a fuller line-up to move the band up and forward. So, bassist Guillaume Le Huche (aka Israphel Wing) was enlisted to their ranks, enabling them to perform live in concert for the first time in their career.
DANCE OF DECEMBER SOULS – 1993
Things progressed at pace and at the end of 1992 the trio entered into a one-album deal with the now defunct Swedish label No Fashion records. April 1993 saw Katatonia re-enter Gorysound (now renamed Unisound) to record their first full-length album ‘Dance of December Souls’, produced by Katatonia and Dan Swanö. It then seemed like the album would never see the light of day, but was eventually released in a desirable match to the album title in December 1993. The album was an immediate hit with both the critics and the metal scene. Gone were the black metallic meanderings of their earlier attempts, to be replaced with distinguished melancholy & epic melodious emotion. An essential and now classic chapter in the doom metal genre. The reaction to the new sound was just what Katatonia needed to hear, encouraged and driven by the ever growing quest for progression, they pushed the boundaries even further and set about re-entering Unisound in early 1994 to record the classic 10 minute goth epic ‘Scarlet Heavens’. The track eventually found a home, with Misanthropy records releasing it as a limited split 10″ (with Primordial in 1996).
Spring 1994 and Wrong Again records approached the band to appear on a compilation album they were putting together and in the same year Italian label Avantgarde Music approached them with a new record deal. Determined to still make a successful future in the metal scene, the band returned to the sound crafted on ‘Dance of December Souls’ but compressed the epic proportions into a more live adjusted style. Back at the familiar Unisound studio, Katatonia emerged with the tracks ‘Black Erotica’ and ‘Love of the Swan’ for the compilation and the ‘For Funerals to Come’ ep to be released by Avantgarde Music in early 1995. Katatonia then surprised everyone by taking a sabbatical the whole following year. Nyström & Renkse’s problem to find a complete & stable line-up to help them realise their master plan eventually made the two members destined to go separate ways. The time that followed, Renkse spent his time in a new founded side project called October Tide while Nyström divided his occupation in newly formed constellations Diabolical Masquerade and Bewitched.
BRAVE MURDER DAY – 1996
Eventually frustrated by abandoning the uncharted promising future of Katatonia and little action within the walls of gloom, the friends got back together with a different approach and reunited Katatonia in early 1996. Now finally, having found a new permanent third member in ex-October Tide guitarist Fred Norrman, the trio went back into the ever open doors of Unisound, but this time armed only with ideas and an intricate vision, no actual songs had been written at this stage. After a two week’s recording session, Katatonia emerged with the album ‘Brave Murder Day’, proof positive that this new daring way of working had paid off. Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt was asked to step in and perform vocal duties after Renkse declared his voice had taken its toll. Katatonia & Dan Swanö’s production values perfectly captured the highly original and newly emerging Katatonia sound; emotional and cutting edge, simple and direct while still retaining the dark void so integral to the whole Katatonia vibe. The band had re-invented their sound and this album proved to be a groundbreaking influence for many bands to emerge thereafter. After successfully touring Europe for the first time in the autumn of 1996, Katatonia felt excited to re-enter the studio early 1997 to quickly unleash new material. Facing the fact that their second home Unisound had closed its doors for good, they chose the only logical alternative in Sunlight Studio located in their home city of Stockholm. Figuring this would push their originality and experimentation to new places the result was justified in the mini-album ‘Sounds of Decay’, again for Avantgarde Music. Produced by the band & mixed by Tomas Skogsberg the CD followed a similar path to ‘Brave Murder Day’ and again saw Mikael Åkerfeldt perform vocal duties.
DISCOURAGED ONES – 1998
Fuelled and at the top of their peak of creativity, it wasn’t long before Nyström, Renkse & Norrman and new member and bassist Mikael Oretoft returned to Sunlight later again in mid 1997, to begin work on their third full-length album ‘Discouraged Ones’, a rebirth of sorts, which saw Renkse again take his old classic role as Katatonia’s combined vocalist and drummer. This time Åkerfeldt’s input moved from a primal screamer to the more eloquent vocal producer position, and it is on this release we get the first real taste of Renkse’s clean and distinct vocal style. A brave and radical move away from the old was a big risk for the band, but the sheer quality of the music on offer blew all away. The gothic flourishes of yore having been replaced by more contemporary leanings, dealing with feelings of loss and desolation, of despair and hope. This is where the band had fully taken off on their dark stylistic turn.
TONIGHT’S DECISION – 1999
Peaceville Records had been following the bands career from almost the very beginning, but it was ‘Discouraged Ones’ with its modernity and dynamics that made the label really fall in love with their sound. Realising that Katatonia was perfect for their roster of highly original acts, the label offered the band a long-term deal, spanning five albums. Delighted to find themselves working with a label that had previously produced some of their favourite music, Katatonia now back again as a trio, set about working on their fourth studio album in 1999, ‘Tonight’s Decision’. This album saw Katatonia back in Sunlight, produced again by the band with Åkerfeldt still co-producing the vocals; they were skilfully assisted by Tomas Skogsberg on the mix. The old long-time producer/mixer Dan Swanö came on board as this session’s guest drummer – enabling Renkse to focus all his attention on his ever-improving sharp vocals. With strong international distribution now firmly in place via Peaceville, Katatonia saw their popularity soar to unimagined new heights and at the end of the year Katatonia toured Scandinavia opening up for the legends Paradise Lost with a brand new line-up in Fredrik Norrman’s brother Mattias Norrman on bass and Daniel Liljekvist on drums.
LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN – 2001
Being busy in the millennium year of 2000 recording the fifth album and also visiting Poland and USA together with Opeth on a number of gigs, Katatonia released ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ in the early summer of 2001. The album release was preceded by a 3 track CD single, the title track being ‘Teargas’ culled from ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ and spiced up by two tracks specially written for the single – ‘Sulfur’ & ‘March 4’. Perhaps more than ever, we saw Katatonia really expanding in their self-belief. With their hallmark tears of sorrow spilling over the songs, there was also a confidence and warmth about the band that added a new dynamic to the sound. Maybe this was due to the fact that Katatonia produced the album themselves over a vast period of time; maybe it was the persuasive use of light and dark, used to illustrate perfectly the emotional gravitas of the songs, either way this was the album that made the whole world sit up and listen. Renkse really had come into his own as one of the most honest and distinctive vocalists around from this scene. There was vulnerability in his vocal style that made you believe every word, giving ever so much without sounding fake. All this underpinned by the genius guitar work of Nyström, who seemed to have opened up the door from that slightly narrow gothic doom sound to rays of modern darkness and an altogether more contemporary approach. After the success of the ‘3 days-3 countries’ sprint that was the Peacefest in March 2001, Katatonia came back to the UK in May and embarked on a headline mini tour. Fuelled by the crowds reaction, they were quick to set their sails on a full tour opening up for Opeth later same year taking place in Central Europe and the UK again. To coincide with the tour Katatonia released their second single of 2001 – ‘Tonight’s Music’. The title track again was taken from their last album, ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’, released in March. The EP also contained the exclusive tracks ‘Help Me Disappear’, and ‘O How I Enjoy the Light’.
2002 was in total a pretty silent year for the band and the months were mostly spent with by having time off mixed with writing for the next album.
VIVA EMPTINESS – 2003
April 2003 saw the release of Katatonia’s sixth studio album for empty souls and hearts. Titled ‘Viva Emptiness’, the album was recorded in the dark Swedish winter at 301 Studios in Stockholm and Fascination Street in Örebro, at the end of 2002. Produced by Nyström/Renkse and mixed by Jens Bogren. Using the metal genre as an early template Katatonia had never been a band to stand still or stagnate in any way. With this album, the band now proved to be purveyors of an understated kind of grandeur that had long outgrown all or any generic restrictions, still ostensibly digging deeper into the identity of a metal band. Without a halo of limiting genre above their heads, the music alone said more about the enigmatic Swedes than a 1000 word effort ever could. The release was supported by a full European headline tour over the months April and May, 2003. In 2004 Katatonia toured Scandinavia two times and did a mini European tour and a bunch of festival shows all around the world. In between the live activity, the band yet again took well-deserved time off and started planning the next moves and how to create their next masterpiece.
The New Year 2005 brought the release of two compilation albums. The first being Avantgarde Music’s ‘Brave Yester Days’, a complete look back into the early days of 1992 – 1997. Included over 2 discs were the singles, demo, compilation tracks and a selection of the finest moment on the two first full-lengths. Peaceville’s ‘The Black Sessions’ was the second compilation featuring 2 discs of classic material from 1998 – 2004, plus a DVD concert from 2003’s Viva Emptiness tour filmed in Poland. Included were all the singles and b-sides to date, together with the very best tracks from 1998’s ‘Discouraged Ones’ up to 2004’s Viva Emptiness (including ‘Wait Outside’, an unreleased track from the ‘Viva Emptiness’ sessions).
To warm up and get a doze of live action before making a start on recording the new album, the band hit the road in March added to the Metalmania bill, playing a few dates in Eastern Europe. Renkse and Nyström then returned home to the making of their seventh album and spent the whole spring completing the process. At the end of the year the band made it to Russia for the first time in their career, playing the two biggest cities to a crowd that had been waiting over a decade for the dark quintet to arrive.
THE GREAT COLD DISTANCE – 2006
In the dying light of 2005 and Katatonia delivered their brand new single, ‘My Twin’ (a 4-track EP containing 3 exclusive tracks) and, shortly after, their decisive seventh full-length album, aptly titled ‘The Great Cold Distance’. The album was recorded in the summer of 2005 at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden and was released early 2006 to universal acclaim. This was backed up soon afterwards by the release of follow-up single, ‘Deliberation’ and extensive touring throughout Europe in the Spring supported by label-mates Novembre and topped off with an American tour with Moonspell later on in the year, concluding a fantastic year for the band.Katatonia gained great commercial & critical response to the album with many hailing it as the band’s greatest work. Two more singles were lifted from the album (‘Deliberation’ & ‘July’) while both singles were also accompanied by video tracks. The band went from strength to strength with their extensive touring & festival duties before the release of ‘Live Consternation’ in 2007, which captured the band live at their glorious best at the Summerbreeze festival in 2006. Katatonia would then resume writing for the eagerly awaited follow-up to ‘The Great Cold Distance’ after having completed a headline American tour in 2007.
NIGHT IS THE NEW DAY – 2009
With such a monumental album to follow, it was 2009 before Katatonia was ready to enter the studio for their eagerly awaited eighth studio album, ‘Night is the New Day’. It was recorded throughout July 2009 & was co-produced, engineered and mixed by David Castillo. Recording was divided between Studio Mega ( for drums) and Ghost Ward Studios, where most recording took place & which provided a dose of inspiration from the darker corners of life with it’s choice of location, as Anders describes: “Broken glass, blood on the walls at the front door to the building and threatening messages written on the elevator – Even excrement and urine on the floor in the basement that makes you wonder if the caretaker is a serial killer himself”. Mastering was completed at Fascination Street Studios (where ‘The Great Cold Distance’ was recorded) with Jens Bogren. A continuation of the heaviness, depth & atmosphere of their previous album, ‘Night Is the New Day’ is also a more multi-dimensional effort – waltzing between prog moments, doom, folk & the classic melodic anthems that are the staple of Katatonia’s uncompromising sound, completed by the haunting tones of Jonas Renkse’s journeys of urban & emotional decay, & now joined by Frank Default on keyboards, notable for his work on the track ‘Unfurl’ from the ‘July’ EP – utilising his expertise to the fullest to texture the soundscapes.’

(all live pix property of Pittsburgh Music Magazine & Alan Welding)

Paradise Lost Finds Their Way in Pittsburgh

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It is sometimes so impossible to fathom why some bands break in the states and others do not. For a band with a twenty four year history and massive European following, you would think that there was something “weird” about Paradise Lost that makes American audiences miss out on one of the most talented and entertaining bands in the metal genre today. There are so many “no-talent” acts out there filling sheds with people that could not hold a candle to these guys- is it just that certain “metal” stations don’t get it? Are they not kissing the right behinds? Whatever the explanation is, there are a few in the know music lovers that discovered these guys ages ago and then there are newbie converts like myself who cannot get why Paradise Lost is not mentioned in the same breath with many acts- including Metallica. Obviously they are a massive influence on many musicians who are ripping them off as we speak. But I suggest you seek out the real deal.

Last night Pittsburgh Music Magazine did just that and had the chance to sit down with Aaron Aedy, rhtyhm guitarist of PL. What follows is a very introspective interview of life on the road, a long history of influence, and some of what makes Paradise Lost tick…Paradise Lost Aaron

Their performance at Mr. Smalls in Millvale was mind blowing and had many an audience member who had not witnessed PL before rushing to the merch tables to pick up their latest effort, Tragic Idol. Check out Tragic Idol streaming here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-paradise-lost-tragic-idol/

The latest video was also released recently:

For a little bit of history of PL, its best to take it straight from their bio on their website: http://www.paradiselost.co.uk/

“Thirteen albums into Paradise Lost’s 20+ year career, namedropping is pointless. The only band they can and should be held up against for comparison and consideration is Paradise Lost.
With a career dating back to 1988, and their official recording debut in 1990 (Lost Paradise), the band has been riding and rollercoaster of highs and lows that began in earnest with their fourth album, Icon, in 1993. It presented Paradise Lost as a band that had more to offer beyond their established doom-death metal sound, driving the point home in 1995 with Draconian Times, an album that is considered to be a goth metal benchmark to this very day. That they would follow their international breakthrough with a slide into the realms of electronica only two years later (One Second) boggled the collective mind of Paradise Lost’s devout fanbase, yet their new direction earned a following of its own. The band made a gradual return to the swamp that spawned them, however, beginning with 2002’s Symbol Of Life. Elements of their favoured doom-goth sound grew consistently darker and louder with each album that followed, and each time the curiosity as to how far Paradise Lost would take this comeback grew.
It’s fair to say the band’s new outing, Tragic Idol, is the album fans of the Icon and Draconian Times era have been waiting on the edge of their seats for.
Recorded at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England, with vocals laid down at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden and produced, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, BORKNAGAR), Tragic Idol is a no-holds-barred album that, according to guitarist Greg Mackintosh, was “influenced more by classic metal and classic doom metal than anything else.” Lead-off track ‘Solitary One’ and the closing dirge of ‘The Glorious End’ echo this statement with their crushing doom approach, while the sledgehammer riffs of ‘Crucify’, ‘To The Darkness’ and ‘In This We Dwell’ draw Paradise Lost out of the goth realm, simultaneously pulling naysayers of the genre into the darkness. This is par for the entire course of Tragic Idol; for every plodding doom-oriented track there is a song loaded with traditional metal riffs and guitar leads, making it a feast for anyone who takes pleasure in being crushed by a wall of guitars.
Vocalist Nick Holmes leads the charge, as always, singing his guts out rather than opting to growl and croon his way through the proceedings. In a day and age when gothic metal is often defined by how closely the vocalist can mimic the late and great Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE), Holmes attacks with a diversity and aggression that raises the bar for veteran would-be goth heroes and newcomers to the scene.
Holmes’ lyrics have always been traditionally dark and introspective, and Tragic Idol is no exception. There are no verses for the fantasy and folk metal set, no tales of boy-meets-girl; he chooses instead to focus on the depths of stark reality.
“I wrote a lot about truth and honesty,” says Holmes. “We’ve got a song called ‘Honesty In Death’, and (my) initial thoughts were about how humble death makes people, how insignificant little problems are. It makes you realize what’s really important in life.”
As for calling the album Tragic Idol, it’s the appropriate title for an album unleashed upon a modern day society that, in general, believes all that glitters is gold. The title track is a classic case of Paradise Lost putting life in perspective and pounding the message home:
“It’s about the beauty and innocence of youth,” Holmes says of ‘Tragic Idol’. “Worshipping another human being with an equal amount of susceptibility to pain, suffering and depression as the next person, but by some chance has been propelled into some godlike status. Adulation eats away and makes the person ugly on the inside, believing their self importance to be above others, not realizing their insignificance and irrelevance in the grand scheme of things.”
Tragic Idol as a whole isn’t merely Paradise Lost’s long-awaited return to form; it’s a soundtrack inspired by life, served up as a well-meant kick in the teeth.”

“Epic Kings & Idols Tour” contests launched

With the tour starting this upcoming Tuesday, DTP, KATATONIA, and PARADISE LOST are now offering fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show of their choice, plus the latest CDs from each of the three bands (DTP’s Epicloud, KATATONIA’s Dead End Kings, PARADISE LOST’s Tragic Idol) through three special contests. For all contest details, click the links below:

Decibel Magazine.com contest: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/contest/contest-win-devin-townsend-katatonia-concert-ticket-cds/
Full Metal Jackie contest: http://fullmetaljackieradio.com/contests/enter?c=718
Heavy Blog Is Heavy.com contest: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2012/08/30/contest-win-two-tickets-to-see-the-epic-kings-idols-tour-and-records-from-devin-townsend-katatonia-and-paradise-lost/

Loudwire.com is also hosting a contest that awards 1 lucky winner the latest CDs from each of the three bands, an “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” poster, and 1 t-shirt from either DTP, KATATONIA, or PARADISE LOST. To enter this contest for your chance to win, click here.

Renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend will be touring in support of the DTP’s new effort, Epicloud. Due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe, Epicloud boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s Epic and it’s loud, it’s Epicloud.

For a preview of Epicloud, click here for an album teaser that features the album’s intro, “Effervescent!”.

After gracing the June cover of Decibel Magazine and recently releasing their 13th studio album, Tragic Idol, to critical acclaim, gothic/doom metallers PARADISE LOST will be coming back to North America for their first tour here in five years! If you still haven’t heard PARADISE LOST’s Tragic Idol, please visit Decibel Magazine.com for the exclusive album stream.

STOLEN BABIES Hits the Road Next Week with Co-Headliners DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, KATATONIA, and Special Guests PARADISE LOST

New Album ‘Naught’ Hits Stores Digitally on September 18, 2012 and Physically on October 16, 2012

Avant-garde metal band STOLEN BABIES will hit the road next week with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour”! The tour kicks-off in Seattle, WA at Studio 7 on September 4th and travels throughout the United States until September 24th when it comes to a close in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live. See below for all current STOLEN BABIES tour dates, including two dates scheduled before tour kick-off and several one-off headline dates during and after.

“We’re currently basking in all of the last minute hustle and bustle tour-prep madness where there’s never an idle moment,” states bassist Rani Sharone. “It keeps things interesting and we thrive on that stressful but exciting energy. We’re looking forward to the tour! Let the good times roll!”

STOLEN BABIES recently revealed the physical and digital release dates for their upcoming album, Naught. The album will be released digitally on September 18, 2012 and physically on October 16, 2012. The album art was recently unveiled and can be viewed at Bloody-Disgusting.com. The album art is illustrated by artist Crab Scrambly.

PRE-TOUR STOLEN BABIES DATES:
Sept. 1–Englewood, CO–Moe’s – “Gothic Theatre Block Party”
Sept. 2–Salt Lake City, UT–The Metro – headline show

“EPIC KINGS & IDOLS TOUR” DATES:
Sept. 4–Seattle, WA–Studio 7
Sept. 5–Vancouver, BC–Commodore
Sept. 7–San Francisco, CA–Great American Music Hall
Sept. 8–Los Angeles, CA–El Rey Theater
Sept. 9–Phoenix, AZ–Marquee Theater
Sept. 11–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live Studio
Sept. 12–Dallas, TX–Trees
Sept. 13–Lawrence, KS–Granada
Sept. 14–Denver, CO—Summit (STOLEN BABIES not performing on this date)
Sept. 15–Des Moines, IA – House of Bricks (STOLEN BABIES headline show)
Sept. 16–Minneapolis, MN—Station 4
Sept. 17–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Sept. 18–Pittsburgh, PA–Mr. Smalls
Sept. 19–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Sept. 20–Montreal, QC–Cafe Campus
Sept. 21–Worcester, MA–Palladium
Sept. 22–Philadelphia, PA–TLA
Sept. 23–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Sept. 24–Baltimore, MD–Rams Head Live

POST-TOUR STOLEN BABIES Headline shows:
Sept. 26–Detroit, MI– I-Rock Nightclub
Sept. 27–Cleveland, OH — Peabody’s Downunder
Sept. 28–West Springfield, VA–Empire
Sept. 29–Charlotte, NC–The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Sept. 30–Atlanta, GA–The Masquerade
Oct. 1–Nasville, TN–Exit/In
Oct. 2–New Orleans, LA–The Parish House of Blues
Oct 3rd–San Antonio, TX–The Korova

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT premieres new track, “Lucky Animals,” on Full Metal Jackie

After completing his epic quadrology last year with the simultaneous release of Deconstruction and Ghost, renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend is ready to start the next chapter in the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT’s career with their new effort, Epicloud. Due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe, Epicloud boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s Epic and it’s loud, it’s Epicloud.

The album’s first single, “Lucky Animals,” will be premiered on Full Metal Jackie this weekend (8/3-8/5). To find a rock station near you airing her show, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com.

An album teaser trailer for Epicloud, featuring the album’s intro, “Effervescent!,” can be viewed and heard here.

This September, DTP and KATATONIA will team-up for the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour”, a co-headlining North American run featuring PARADISE LOST as direct support and STOLEN BABIES as openers (DTP and KATATONIA will alternate in headlining each show). Dates for the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” are below, Pittsburgh will host them at Mr. Smalls September 18.

“Epic Kings & Idols Tour” dates feat. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, KATATONIA, PARADISE LOST, STOLEN BABIES
Sept. 4–Seattle, WA–Studio 7
Sept. 5–Vancouver, BC–Commodore
Sept. 7–San Francisco, CA–Great American Music Hall
Sept. 8–Los Angeles, CA–El Rey Theater
Sept. 9–Phoenix, AZ–Marquee Theater
Sept. 11–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live Studio
Sept. 12–Dallas, TX–Trees
Sept. 13–Lawrence, KS–Granada
Sept. 14–Denver, CO–Summit
Sept. 16–Minneapolis, MN–Station 4
Sept. 17–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Sept. 18–Pittsburgh, PA–Mr. Smalls
Sept. 19–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Sept. 20–Montreal, QC–Cafe Campus
Sept. 21–Worcester, MA–Palladium
Sept. 22–Philadelphia, PA–TLA
Sept. 23–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Sept. 24–Baltimore, MD–Rams Head Live

POP Montreal Announces More Of It’s 2012 Lineup

Here are some more flashy names to add to the list of super high calibre artists playing the festival. We are very happy to announce that the special David Byrne & St. Vincent tour will be coming to Montreal September 21st, as part of the festival. The artists will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 11 entitled Love This Giant, to be released worldwide by 4AD under exclusive license from Byrne’s label Todo Mundo. Recorded over two years, this new effort has been described as a collaboration in the “truest sense of the word”, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. A promotional copy of the album opener “Who” is available online for download.

Grimes and Purity Ring, both break out sensations of POP 2011, are back, woohoo! Local label Fixture Records will bring us a great line-up of underground gems highlighted by Chevalier Avant Garde. Printemps d’érable heroes Avec pas d’casque will play an intimate show on the breathtaking Ubisoft Rooftop. The dreamy pop perfection of Captured Tracks’ artist Wild Nothing play at Il Motore, and local hip hop pranksters Alaclair Ensemble will headline at Sala Rossa. We also welcome back Canadian musical trailblazer Ian Blurton as he reforms the seminal genre defying rock band Change of Heart. Finally, the incomparable, unforgettable and incredibly sexy Arthur H. will also join the party. There’s still lots more to come, more tickets, more passes, more art, more music, more film, more fun, more basketball. Check ça les amis.

POP Montreal 2012 Festival Lineup

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Cadence Weapon – Born Ruffians – Mirel Wagner – Arthur H. – Rich Aucoin – Change of Heart – Grimes – Purity Ring – Wild Nothing – Avec pas d’casque – Alaclair Ensemble – Metz – Doldrums – Cuff The Duke – Brave Radar – Mavo – Freelove Fenner – Cresting – Sheer Agony – Chevalier Avant Garde – Cold Showers – Body Language/Transfixed – Monomyth – Crosss – Soupcans – Elite Gymmastics – Myths – Jef Barbara – Loud, Lary, Ajust – Maybe Watson – Eliza Gilkyson – Dry The River – Aroara – Lisa Leblanc – Christina Martin – Hundred Waters – Evian Christ – Headache – Merchandise – Mozart’s Sister – World Provider – POP vs Jock – Dam Funk – Hot Snakes – Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Katatonia

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Stolen Babies Tour with Epic Kings & Idols Lineup

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This September, California avant-garde metal band STOLEN BABIES will be touring the United States with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” (DTP and Katatonia will alternate in headlining each show). The tour kicks-off in Seattle, WA at Studio 7 on September 4, 2012 and travels throughout the United States until September 24th when it comes to a close in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live. The “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” VIP pre-sale begins Wednesday, June 6th; tickets will be available to the general public starting Thursday, June 7th.

“We’re very excited about being on this tour with such a great line-up,” states STOLEN BABIES drummer Gil Sharone. “It’s the perfect way to start the touring cycle for our new album that will be released later this year with No Comment Records.”

STOLEN BABIES will also perform select shows this summer before the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” begins, including a special show with Dredg at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, the “Gothic Theatre Block Party” in Englewood, CO at Moe’s, and a special headline show at The Metro in Salt Lake City, UT.

Having theatrical roots, STOLEN BABIES formed from a 12+ member performance troupe named The Fratellis. Horns blared, oversized dolls jumped out of toy boxes, squabbles were had, and babies were stolen, turned into flies and fed to giant spiders. Eventually, the blundering theatrics came to an end, but the four stuck together to create more emotionally focused songs with a new band name taken from one of the skits entitled, “Stolen Babies”, performed by their old incarnation. STOLEN BABIES’ musical style is a cauldron of ideas that serves up a wonderful variety of vibrant styles meshed together into a pure chaotic frenzy—and it works. The band’s most recent release, There Be Squabbles Ahead, was released to positive reviews in 2006 with The End Records/No Comment Records.

See below for all current STOLEN BABIES tour dates and stay tuned for information on the band’s second full-length album, coming soon!

STOLEN BABIES DATES:
June. 10–West Hollywood, CA–The Roxy w/ Dredg
Sept. 1–Englewood, CO–Moe’s – “Gothic Theatre Block Party”
Sept. 2–Salt Lake City, UT–The Metro – headline show

“EPIC KINGS & IDOLS TOUR” DATES:
Sept. 4–Seattle, WA–Studio 7
Sept. 5–Vancouver, BC–Commodore
Sept. 7–San Francisco, CA–Great American Music Hall
Sept. 8–Los Angeles, CA–El Rey Theater
Sept. 9–Phoenix, AZ–Marquee Theater
Sept. 11–Houston, TX–Warehouse Live Studio
Sept. 12–Dallas, TX–Trees
Sept. 13–Lawrence, KS–Granada
Sept. 14–Denver, CO—Summit (STOLEN BABIES not performing on this date)
Sept. 16–Minneapolis, MN—Station 4
Sept. 17–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Sept. 18–Pittsburgh, PA–Mr. Smalls
Sept. 19–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Sept. 20–Montreal, QC–Cafe Campus
Sept. 21–Worcester, MA–Palladium
Sept. 22–Philadelphia, PA–TLA
Sept. 23–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Sept. 24–Baltimore, MD–Rams Head Live

STOLEN BABIES is:
Dominique Lenore Persi – Lead Vocals/Accordion
Rani Sharone – Bass/Vocals
Gil Sharone – Drums
Ben Rico – Keyboard/Vocals/Percussion
Davey Oberlin – Guitar (touring member)