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The Esoteric

Formed: 1996
From: Lawrence, KS, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Esoteric News

Below is our complete The Esoteric news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Phantasm Fest (MO) Details Revealed

The first annual Phantasm Fest has been announced. The event will be held at El Torreon in Kansas City on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th. Tickets are $12 per day, or $18 for both. The line-up is as follows:

June 15th:
Out of the Suffering
Behold the Alliance
Obsidian Shore
The Escape
The Last Tyrant
While I Breathe
Meat Shank

June 16th:
The Esoteric
Eyes of the Betrayer
By the Sins Fell Angels
With Dead Hands Rising
The Cast Pattern
The Roman Holiday

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Molech Signs To Disgorge Media

Kansas City metal act Molech have signed with Disgorge Media. The group is set to begin recording their debut album with Adam Mitchell (The Esoteric), with Mitchell also handling all drumming duties while the band searches for a full time drumming replacement for therecently departed Mickey Ortiz. The effort is currently untitled, but is due out by the end of the summer. A demo track without vocals can be heard on their MySpace page.

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Ex-The Esoteric Drummer Joins Wes Borland's Band

Drummer Marshall Kilpatric, formerly of Today Is The Day, and most recently of The Esoteric, has officially joined Black Light Burns, an alternative outfit fronted by Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit fame. The band also features Danny Lohner (A Perfect Circle). You can check out the group on their MySpace page. The Esoteric officially announced Kilpatric's departure in early-January. Kilpatric has issued the following statement:

"I have officially joined Black Light Burns. For anyone not in the know, it is rounded out by Wes Borland, Danny Lohner, and Nick Annis. I am very excited and eager to begin a new chapter amongst artists who I consider innately talented and highly accomplished. I feel as though I finally have found a group comprised of artisans in a dying age where integrity, initiative, and risk are taken for granted and traded for instant gratification and comfort. I cannot wait for everyone to hear, see, and experience what is in store with us. For everyone who has stood by me and been there along the way for all of the obstacles and difficulty, thank you."

Black Light Burns will release their debut album 'Cruel Melody' on May 22nd.

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The Esoteric Announce Line-up Changes

The Esoteric has officially announced the departure of guitarist Corey White, who left the group for "personal reasons" late last year. Meanwhile, the band has also parted ways with drummer Marshall Kilpatric, who relocated to Los Angeles last fall "To further pursue his personal musical journey." Commenting further, the group states: "Our partings are mutual and amicable and we wish our friends nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors."

Kilpatric has been replaced by former bandmate Adam Mitchell. According to The Esoteric, "Adam is both a prodigious musician and collaborator as well as an accomplished performer who helped the band forge a unique place in underground music during his time with The Esoteric on his contributions to the benchmark A Reason To Breathe album as well as a vast majority of the band's pioneering back catalog.

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ATR, The Esoteric Nominated For Best Metal Video

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS and Kansas' THE ESOTERIC have both been nominated for Best Metal Video of 2006 by MTV2's Headbanger's Ball and Revolver Magazine, who are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of 2006. The results will be announced during a special year-end edition of Headbanger's Ball in December.

ALL THAT REMAINS is nominated for the video "This Calling," directed by Frankie Nasso (Mudvayne, Hatebreed) of Raging Nation Films, while THE ESOTERIC are nominated for video for "Your New Burden," directed by Matt Bass of factory features. Fans can vote the videos here and then clicking on VOTE. Both videos can be viewed on the Prosthetic Records YouTube page as well. More...

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New Tracks From The Esoteric Online Now

Lawrence, Kansas' heavy music innovators THE ESOTERIC have revealed addition tracks from the band's forthcoming release, Subverter which is due out next week. Now available are a variety of tracks from the record, including the lead track "Destroy, She Said," "Shipyards of Foreign Cities," and album closer "Clone Culture And The Cut Up Method" on THE ESOTERIC's MySpace page, while Prosthetic Records has also posted "Nothing Remains The Same" on the label's MySpace page.

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The Esoteric Unveil Artwork For "Subverter"

Lawrence, Kansas-based innovators THE ESOTERIC have unveiled artwork for the band’s forthcoming album 'Subverter' here. Produced and engineered by Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Open Hand) along with guitarist Eric Graves, the genre-defying album ‘Subverter’ is the band’s sophomore effort for Prosthetic Records and is slated for an October 17, 2006 release date.

Several new songs from 'Subverter,' including “Destroy, She Said,” the titanic “Shipyards of Foreign Cities,” and “Clone Culture and the Cut-Up Method” are all available on the band’s MySpace page. Fresh off headlining the “Through the Looking Glass” tour alongside Mouth of The Architect, THE ESOTERIC have also begun finalizing fall touring plans alongside Dog Fashion Disco, including one date with Mindless Self Indulgence. Confirmed tour dates are below.

The Esoteric on tour: More...

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MSI, DFD, The Esoteric For Halloween Ball

One of the midwest's largest Halloween concert events, the third annual All Freaks Halloween Ball continues this year after last year's great success with Mushroomhead, Living Dead, Crossbreed, and others.

Appearing this year will be Mindless Self Indulgence (Metropolis Records), Living Dead, Dog Fashion Disco (Rotten Records), Dead by 28 (B4 Records), Candy Coated Jesus, The Esoteric (Prosthetic Records), and DJ Darks Choir, with more acts TBA.

You can view the fest's promo image here.

Show details follow:

SAT OCT 28 2006 6:00PM

TOLEDO, OH 43606

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The Esoteric and Mouth Of The Architect Tour

The Esoteric and Mouth Of The Architect will hit the road together later this month for a three week tour. Here are the tour dates:

8/22 Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus
8/23 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
8/24 Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
8/26 Rapid City, SD @ Venue Eight
8/27 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
8/28 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
8/29 Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward
8/31 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factor Alterknit Lounge
9/1 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
9/2 Eureka, CA @ The Eureka Vets Hall
9/3 El Cajon, CA @ The Masonic Lodge
9/4 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
9/5 El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
9/7 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
9/8 Houston, TX @ Walter’s On Washington
9/9 Dallas, TX @ Andy’s On The Square
9/10 Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
9/11 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
9/12 St. Louis, MO @ Hi-Pointe

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New Music From The Esoteric Online

THE ESOTERIC has posted new music online from their forthcoming opus Subverter and have also announced dates for their headlining "Through the Looking Glass" tour. Check out the dates in the tour dates section.Myspace page. The tracks include the rocking "Destroy, She Said" as well as the titanic "Language Is a Virus / Shipyards of Foreign Cities" and the mind-bending "Clone Culture and the Cut-Up Method." Additionally, THE ESOTERIC have announced dates for their headlining West coast tour with art-rockers Mouth of the Architecht. Sponsored by alt-lifestyle website GodsGirls.com and dubbed the "Through the Looking Glass Tour," the run will be the first chance for fans to see the band's stellar live performance featuring songs from the new album.

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The Esoteric Cancel Remainder of Tour

The Esoteric have dropped off the remainder of their current tour with At All Cost and Versus The Mirror as a result of vehicle issues. Vocalist Stevie Cruz comments:

"To the bands, promoters, venues, booking agents, and most importantly to anyone planning on attending these upcoming shows, we are very sorry and want nothing more than to rawk with you, sometimes things don't work out as planned. We tried everything possible to continue with the touring but sometimes when it rains, it pours. One after another, problems we did not foresee came to light with our van and trailer and the sad truth is we just could not make ends meet to make all the needed repairs to continue.

Instead of digging ourselves a bigger hole and creating more problems, we decided it was best to nip these problems in the bud so we can be 110% repaired and ready for our tour next month with Mouth Of The Architect. From the bottom of our black hearts, we are very sorry and will be coming back to your area very soon."

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The Esoteric 'Your New Burden' Video Debuts on HBB

Lawrence, Kansas-based innovators THE ESOTERIC will see their latest video debut this weekend on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". The clip for "Your New Burden", shot in Palm Springs, California earlier this year, was again directed by Matt Bass of Factory Features. Bass also directed THE ESOTERIC's first video from 2005's critically acclaimed "With The Sureness of Sleepwalking", "Ram-Faced Boy". Both videos can be found online on ProstheticRecords.com.

Featuring current and former members of COALESCE, REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT, THETA, and TODAY IS THE DAY, THE ESOTERIC recently finished recording their second effort for Prosthetic Records, "Subverter", and are hitting the road to preview new material alongside songs from the last album. Currently gearing up for a jaunt alongside AT ALL COST and VERSUS THE MIRROR, THE ESOTERIC will then hit the road with MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT throughout August and September.

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The Esoteric Give Studio Update

THE ESOTERIC are well underway recording "Subverter," the band’s forthcoming, second release for Prosthetic Records.

“We've been having a great time recording with Paul Malinowski,” vocalist Steve Cruz comments on the band’s official website. “The sounds he has been getting are amazing and add so much to these songs. We feel like we are making the record we want to make and this time everything is more potent than ever. Each song stands on its own and there is much more variation and intent in all departments.”

Another studio update from drummer Marshall Kilpatric can be viewed at the official website for THE ESOTERIC and in-studio photos can be viewed here.

The cutting-edge outfit began recording May 8 at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS with producer / engineer Paul Malinowski (Shiner, Open Hand). The follow up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed debut, With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, will be mixed at KCMO's West End Recording Studios. Kristen Ferrell and Empty Design will be handling artwork for the new record, which will also feature a guest spot from vocalist Steve Tulipana (Season To Risk / Roman Numerals). Subverter is currently slated for a tentative fall 2006 release date through Prosthetic.

THE ESOTERIC tour dates:

6/23 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge North
6/24 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
7/08 Lawrence, KS – The Replay Lounge (with Skarp)

(with At All Cost, Versus The Mirror)
7/11 Selingsgrove, PA – The Firehouse Café
7/20 Jacksonville, FL – Thee Imperial
7/22 West Palm Beach, FL - Ray’s Downtown Blues
7/28 Oklahoma City, OK – The Glasnot

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Eyehategod Tribute In The Works

Emetic Records have announced the release of 'For The Sick – A Tribute To Eyehategod', set for the fall of 2006.
All the artists involved in the release are friends or fans of the sludge legends. Below is a list of most of the bands involved:

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The Esoteric Working On New Album, Reveal Title

Lawrence, KS innovators THE ESOTERIC have begun work on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, entitled Subverter.

The band begins recording May 8th at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora, KS as well as in an undisclosed location in Kansas City with Producer / Engineer Paul Malinowski (SHINER, OPEN HAND, SEASON TO RISK, etc.). The follow up to last year’s relentless touring schedule and critically-acclaimed debut With the Sureness of Sleepwalking, Subverter will be mixed at KCMO's West End Recording Studios and is slated for a tentative fall 2006 release date through Prosthetic Records.

Vocalist Steve Cruz comments, "Subverter is the next chapter for The Esoteric. It will take the listener through a crash course of everything we have undergone in the last year...a testament to our trials and tribulations as a band and as individuals. We are making this record to challenge the beliefs and ideas of ourselves and of the listener, and to spite the general lack of integrity that's been infecting these so called ‘scenes’."

Some advance song titles include "Science Is Sexy", "Our Exquisite Corpse", "Clone Culture and the Cut-Up Method", "Destroy, She Said", "Nothing Remains the Same", "We Will Not Be Convinced That Now Is Not Our Time", "Don't Waste Guts", and "You Are the Execution".

You can check out some of The Esoteric's prior material on their MySpace page.

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The Esoteric Post "Your New Burden" Video Online

THE ESOTERIC have posted their video for the track "Your New Burden" at this location. The Lawrence, Kansas natives again selected Matt Bass to direct the clip, having previously worked with him for the video to "Ram-Faced Boy", the first single from the band's 2005 release "With The Sureness of Sleepwalking". The band, who recently completed a U.S. run of dates with SCARLET, CALICO SYSTEM, and FIGHT PARIS, are continuing to write material for a follow-up release, to be issued via Prosthetic Records.

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Listen To The Esoteric's "Your New Burden" Online

A brand new mix of "Your New Burden" is available on the Esoteric MySpace page. The reworking comes courtesy of Ed Rose (Get Up Kids, Coalesce, Motion City Soundtrack) at Black Lodge Recording. The song will be issued to radio stations across the country shortly to continue supporting With The Sureness of Sleepwalking. The song is sharper, richer and a little fancier...and it's all for the new video coming in January to MTV2 and FUSE.

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The Esoteric Complete New Video

THE ESOTERIC have just completed shooting footage for the video to "Your New Burden" in Palm Springs, Calif. The Lawrence, Kan. natives again selected Matt Bass to direct the video, having previously worked with the director on the video for "Ram-Faced Boy," the first track from the band's 2005 release With The Sureness of Sleepwalking to receive the video treatment. The Esoteric, made up of current and former members of Coalesce, Reggie And The Full Effect, Theta, and Today Is The Day, will be touring yet again this winter to continue supporting the record, which garnered critical acclaim and a label from Alternative Press magazine as one of "100 Bands You Need To Know In 2005."

The Esoteric have spent the last year on the road to support With The Sureness of Sleepwalking with such diverse acts as Every Time I Die, High On Fire, The Red Chord, From Autumn To Ashes, Boysetsfire, and labelmates Himsa, while also appearing on a leg of the Vans Warped Tour, and landing a slot at the coveted New England Hardcore and Metal Festival. Now, the band is proud to announce another long trek across the United States, this time alongside Scarlet, Calico System and Fight Paris.

THE ESOTERIC live (with Scarlet, Calico System, Fight Paris): More...

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The Esoteric Plan Tour and Revamp Website

The Esoteric has a message for everyone about the upcoming 2006 tour schedule:

“Hello everyone, huge news! THE ESOTERIC will be hitting the road once again for a MAJOR US trek (that includes YOU California, know you've been waiting!).

SCARLET, CALICO SYSTEM and FIGHT PARIS are our tourmates for this one and the tour will run from January 13 in Virginia Beach through February 26 in Peoria, IL. See you there!”

In other news, The Esoteric have completely revamped the band’s website. Check it out, and check out the video for “Ram-Faced Boy” while you’re at it.

Here is the full listing of The Esoteric tour dates with Scarlet, Calico System, Fight Paris: More...

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Scarlet, The Esoteric, Calico System Tour Dates

Dates have been disclosed for the upcoming Scarlet, The Esoteric, Calico System, and Fight Paris tour. Here's the latest:

1/13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
1/14 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
1/16 Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
1/17 Centereach, NY @ Centereach VFW
1/18 Wakefield, MA @ United Methodist Church
1/19 Sou Glens Falls, NY @ Halfpipe Thrills
1/20 Fulton, NY @ Fulton VFW
1/21 Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
1/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ten Bells Nightclub
1/23 Chicago, IL @ The Studio
1/24 Omaha, NE @ The Rock
1/25 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
1/26 Denver, CO @ Rock Island
1/27 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
1/28 Boise, ID @ The Venue
1/29 Reno, NV @ VFW Hall
1/30 Sacramento, CA @ Junta
1/31 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
2/1 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
2/2 Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a GoGo
2/3 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Centre
2/4 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
2/5 Las Vegas, NV @ The Clubhouse
2/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Phix Gallery
2/7 El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N' Roll
2/9 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
2/10 San Antonio, TX @ Bonds 007
2/11 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
2/12 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
2/13 Panama City Beach, FL @ The Showcase
2/14 Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
2/15 West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown Blues
2/16 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
2/17 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
2/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/19 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
2/20 Tupelo, MS @ Rockwell Center
2/21 Memphis, TN @ The Complex
2/25 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl

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