VALLENFYRE enters the studio to record second full-length album, ‘Splinters’

VALLENFYRE has officially entered the studio to record their second full-length album and follow-up to 2011’s A Fragile King.

Gregor Mackintosh (vocals and lead guitars) comments: “We have now arrived in a very cold Salem, MA and are currently holed up in Godcity Studio with producer Kurt Ballou tracking drums for our second album, ‘Splinters’. We are really digging Kurt’s honest, old-fashioned approach to recording. No triggers or samples. Just a good drum kit, good mics and a good drummer.”

In 2011, Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) announced that he would go back to his death metal roots with his new band, VALLENFYRE. The level of expectation was set high with a line-up consisting of Hamish Glencross (guitar; MY DYING BRIDE), Scoot (bass; DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND), Adrian Erlandsson (drums; AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – and of course, Gregor on vocals (for the first time in his career!). Their debut, A Fragile King, was a reference to Gregor’s father’s (lost) battle with cancer; the harrowing, crusty death-doom found on the album was hailed as “a beast of a record” (Terrorizer UK) and “a sonic force that bites deep and hard” (Decibel). Simply put, A Fragile King is “old school to the bone” (Rock Hard Germany).

Two years and some exclusive live shows later, VALLENFYRE is pleased to announce that their new album, Splinters, will be released in May 2014 with a relentless mix of death, doom and crust influences. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

If you missed A Fragile King, be sure to check out the music video for “Cathedrals Of Dread”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibetDfGWOFo

VALLENFYRE online:

VALLENFYRE to begin recording new album

In 2011, Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) announced that he would go back to his death metal roots with his new band, VALLENFYRE. The level of expectation was set high with a line-up consisting of Hamish Glencross (guitar; MY DYING BRIDE), Scoot (bass; DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND), Adrian Erlandsson (drums; AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) local friend Mully (second guitar) – and of course, Gregor on vocals (for the first time in his career!). Their debut, A Fragile King, was a reference to Gregor’s father’s (lost) battle with cancer; the harrowing, crusty death-doom found on the album was hailed as “a beast of a record” (Terrorizer UK) and “a sonic force that bites deep and hard” (Decibel). Simply put, A Fragile King is “old school to the bone” (Rock Hard Germany).

Two years and some exclusive live shows later, VALLENFYRE is pleased to announce that they will begin recording the follow-up to A Fragile King in January 2014 at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA. Produced by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, BLACK BREATH, NAILS), this currently untitled opus will see the crusty death-doom merchants take their sound to new extremes.

Gregor Mackintosh comments: “We were very pleased with our debut album as a dirty mix of all our earliest death, doom and crust influences. On the follow-up, we want to take this much further and develop our own niche. It will be a stench-ridden, grim, face-melter that will separate the men from the boys.”

VALLENFYRE’s second album is scheduled for a worldwide release in April 2014 via Century Media Records. In case you missed A Fragile King, be sure to check out the music video for “Cathedrals Of Dread”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibetDfGWOFo

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

VALLENFYRE line-up:

Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) – Vocals and Lead Guitars
Hamish Glencross (MY DYING BRIDE) – Rhythm and Lead Guitars
Mully – Rhythm Guitars
Scoot (DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND) – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – Drums

VALLENFYRE online:
http://www.facebook.com/Vallenfyre

PARADISE LOST premieres lyric video for new track “Loneliness Remains”

Gothic-doom metallers PARADISE LOST and Metal Hammer Germany have teamed-up to premiere the lyric video for the band’s new track “Loneliness Remains”, 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)commemorates the band’s 25th anniversary with a collection of previously released rarities– plus, 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 “Loneliness Remains”, head over to Metal Hammer Germany:

http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article486777

 

Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments: “As well as re-recording two of our early tracks for our 25th anthology, we decided to write and record a completely new track. In doing this we hope that we can show fans where we began and where we are now. ‘Loneliness Remains’ is the new track. It’s a fairly retro doom affair and we hope you enjoy it.”

 
For another preview of Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), be sure to check out the following previously released tracks: “Gothic 2013” and “Our Saviour 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

 

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

PARADISE LOST announces limited 10″ for new compilation, ‘Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)’

From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut Lost Paradise, to 1991’s genre-definingGothic, to 1995’s break-out masterpiece Draconian Times, to 1997’s electronically-tingedOne Second, to 2007’s return to a heavier form In Requiem, to last year’s opus Tragic Idol, PARADISE LOST has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary landmark.

Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) and 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 the 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″ (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies) that includes a CD booklet and CD insert.

To pre-order your copy of this limited PARADISE LOST 10″, please visit CM Distro:

http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Paradise_Lost_-_Tragic_Illusion_25_-10-_mint_green_vinyl_+_CD–PRE-ORDER-/46585

 

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

 

PARADISE LOST reveals ‘Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)’ cover artwork, track-listing

From the harrowing doom of their 1990 debut Lost Paradise, to 1991’s genre-defining Gothic, to 1995’s break-out masterpiece Draconian Times, to 1997’s electronically-tinged One Second, to 2007’s return to a heavier form In Requiem, to last year’s opus Tragic Idol, PARADISE LOST has continued to evolve since their inception in 1988, inspiring countless artists throughout the years. To celebrate their influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary landmark.

Entitled Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities), this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on October 29th in North America) and 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 the compilation are previously released rarities– except the new track “Loneliness Remains,” and newly recorded “Gothic 2013” and “Our Saviour 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

PARADISE LOST’s Aaron Aedy (guitar) comments:

“The years surrounding our formation in the 20th century would have earmarked this as a B-sides collection. These were the songs that were left over from an album recording session you couldn’t fit on to the sound quality restrictive, optimal length of both sides of a vinyl LP.  You then usually used these for the flip side of your single as a nice extra for fans and also perhaps, as an incentive for the collectors to purchase to help any important charting or sales which could facilitate radio airplay, the best and most important way for your band to heard at that time. Yes my friends, it’s hard to imagine now, there was a time before the internet!

 

A time when even during the recording and writing of songs for our ‘Lost Paradise’ album, tape trading demos and live tracks on the underground scene via mail (the real physical post kind!) were essential to a band’s chance of being known by the people who would ‘get it’. The magazines Metal Hammer, Metal Forces and Kerrang! also had a couple of champions of the underground scene too, helping bands like ourselves be known on a wider scale, but rarer still indeed back then were the audio and visual outlets– in the UK we had the legendary ‘Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance’ who introduced myself and many others to a lot of the bands they went on to love for life. Later, TV shows The Powerhour, Raw Power and of course Headbangers Ball on MTV. All of course, pre-empted that Smörgåsbord of information, the internet, for the discerning and hungry-for-more Rock music fans to feast upon.

 

Twenty-five years has seen a lot of change, not just musically for the band– take ‘Our Saviour’ and ‘Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us’ for instance. The internet has broadened the choice of music we can readily hear enormously, and more importantly, hear and see for ourselves to form our own opinion– not just what the larger commercial companies and stations want us to hear!

 

Added to our extra tracks from the past, we’ve included the recent re-recordings of ‘Gothic’ and ‘Our Saviour’. This is something as a musician you find a strange experience. We as a band have always been an album rather a single band, and re-recording old songs is most often best left alone– but when we rehearsed ‘Our Saviour’, a song long lost from our live sets for a good twenty years, we found it pretty exciting and fun! We decided before hitting the studio that we would not record it as a perfect 21st century studio version, as I don’t feel this song would benefit from it (in fact more so, lose its original charm), but we decided to just do it quick and almost demo speed. Whilst recording to capture the most raw element, we drafted in our old friend and producer Simon Efemey, who worked on our ‘Shades of God’, ‘Icon’ and ‘Draconian Times’ recordings to capture this, which whilst working to make it sound raw, made it fun too! Don’t think of the re-recordings as replacements for our originals, but just as five blokes having fun and re-visiting the past in the studio. 🙂

 

I hope this collection helps some of the people who like our music have a more completed playlist of our most recent album sessions’ songs. I personally am very pleased that ‘The Last Fallen Saviour’ is here, as I would love to have had that on the ‘Tragic Idol’ album. Also ‘Cardinal Zero,’ which only just didn’t make the cut for ‘Faith Divides Us…’ due to it having a very different vibe to the other album tracks. Both nonetheless, I feel are very strong songs and show a slightly different side to those writing periods.

 

CD and downloads not having a ‘flip side’ or ‘side B’ had almost made that term redundant, but for a resurgent vinyl hardcore that has thankfully kept that one alive, I’m pleased to say. I often reminisce those teen years of travelling home excited on the bus with a new LP, reading all the lyrics, enjoying the large enough cover to make artwork intricately delightful and worthwhile. Great heart-warming memories for me indeed. Yet, the music new and old I’m discovering on the internet these days in the 21st century is an absolute joy! I’m pleased to have had both experiences during my years with PARADISE LOST and the future holds who knows what. I for one am very excited though to see where we go next!

 

Here’s wishing everyone all the best from PARADISE LOST and most importantly, thank you very much from us all for your amazing support, which humbles us greatly.

Twenty-five years and counting!”

–Aaron Aedy (PARADISE LOST)

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 tour dates

Sept. 3rd – Lille Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 4th – Kulturbolaget – Malmö, Sweden w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 5th – Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 6th – John Dee – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 7th – Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 9th – Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 10th – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, Finland w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 11th – Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland w/ OUTSHINE

Sept. 13th – Volta Club – Moscow, Russian Federation

Sept. 14th – KZ Aurora – Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Sept. 15th – Premio Center – Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation

Sept. 17th – Re:public – Minsk, Belarus

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

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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

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

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)