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Below is our complete Ancient VVisdom 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.
Ancient VVisdom recently unleashed the "Sacrificial" long player via Magic Bullet Records (read our review here).
"Sacrificial" was produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin, and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering.
Today Vice's music portal Noisey brings forth the band's official new video for "The Devil's Work," a cryptic and shadowy clip that fittingly centers itself on a Satanic ritual, as well as an in-depth interview with Opposition by Cleveland's foremost practitioner of modern Satanism, Eric Freeman. Check out both videos below. More...
"Sacrificial" is the latest full-length from occult death rock conjurors, Ancient VVisdom (read our review here).
Released last week via the Magic Bullet Records compound, "Sacrificial" was produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin, and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering.
In celebration of its release, Revolver is currently hosting an in-depth, track-by-track breakdown of the record as told by Opposition. In speaking of "Sacrifice," Opposition elaborates, "Smooth soothing bass and drums lead the way with a Danzig-like intensity. The guitars drop in with vocals and the ceremony has begun. I call upon the bearer of light to come forth from the abyss and the power of the left hand path. There, in the mind of every human being, is the enlightening of all the ages, the ultimate sacrifice."
Ancient VVisdom is today offering the "City Of Stone" track for streaming, which can be heard below thanks to Cvlt Nation.
Elaborates founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, "I'm a huge fan of classic metal, Dio, Judas Priest, Merciful Fate, so for this song I wanted to pay tribute to that sound Ancient VVisdom style. It has that pace that is easy to bang your head to and a ripping guitar lead during the bridge.
"The lyrics were inspired by a trip I took with Dwid Hellion [Integrity] to Toward Castle in Scotland, I believe. We were looking for the castle because it linked back to his family lineage. When we discovered the castle ruins it was breath taking. I felt the presence of the ancient grounds we were walking on. It inspired me to write this song. Places like that have power and hold energy, I believe. Do not fear mortality."
Released on CD and digitally via Magic Bullet Records last Tuesday with the wax version set to drop Tuesday, October 28th, Ancient VVisdom's "Sacrificial" album was produced by Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin, and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering. More...
BurningAmbulance.com is currently hosting the official premiere of "Chaos Will Reign," the second hymn from Ancient VVisdom's forthcoming new full-length, "Sacrificial" (the track can also be heard below).
Slated for release next week via Magic Bullet Records, Ancient VVisdom's third long player continues to push the boundaries of both death rock and neo-folk while retaining the memorable simplicity and melodic catchiness present on occult rock act's previous offerings.
"Sacrificial" was produced by vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin, mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering, and will come available CD and digitally on October 14th, 2014 and LP on October 28th, 2014 worldwide via Magic Bullet. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rise Of An Ancient Evil
2. Chaos Will Reign
3. Blood Offering
4. Devils Work
5. Blind Leading The Blind
6. Worm Ridden Skull
7. I Am Your Sacrifice
8. City Of Stone
9. We Are Damnation
10. Higher Into The Black Flames More...
Cleveland, Ohio's occult death rock conjurors Ancient VVisdom will release third full-length, entitled "Sacrificial," on October 14th via Magic Bullet Records. The label comments:
"On Sacrificial, Ancient VVisdom delivers ten tracks that continue to push the boundaries of both death rock and neo-folklore while retaining the memorable simplicity and melodic catchiness present on their previous, critically-lauded manifestations.
"Produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Smith at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering in New York, Sacrificial fuses all the prime qualities of the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Quicksand, into a wholly anthemic album of dark and light.
"Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into singer Nathan Opposition's personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity's universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein 'down' becomes 'up.'
"In Opposition's world, confronting one's own demons and humanity's primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one's consciousness.: More...
“In horror, we are joined together to unveil the ‘Never Live Again’ music video,” proclaims Ancient VVisdom vocalist Nathan Opposition as he reveals the haunting clip for the occult/dark rock group’s new single, taken from sophomore release “Deathlike.”
Directed by Nathan Daughdrill (Neight Media), “Never Live Again” can be seen below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.
“In this video,” says Opposition, “we wanted to portray horror and the fine art of self-awakening. The executioner stands as the final act of judgment upon your mortal existence. Because we’re all dying to live, I challenge the listeners and viewers to go beyond the realms of their own consciousness to expand the mind into a new positive reality while they still have time. Inspired by Black Sabbath’s ‘Killing Yourself To Live,’ I wrote this song to invoke change. I believe this generation needs to learn a thing or two about their own existence.” More...
Prosthetic Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering a new sampler for free download:
"It's summer. What better way to celebrate than rocking out to your favorite music? We here at Prosthetic Records want you to have the heaviest, most crushing music on the block, so not only are we giving you a bunch of free songs from recent releases -- including Holy Grail, Scale the Summit, and Shining -- we're also giving you music from albums that aren't even out yet!
"Yep, we're giving you new music from Swedish underground heroes Darkane, the Danish melo-death black brigade Mercenary and Boston grind/punk thrashers Ramming Speed before anyone can even buy it!
In support of sophomore release “Deathlike," the Texas-based dark acoustic group Ancient VVisdom has announced a new batch of spring tour dates, which will see the band play with the likes of Cauldron, Ides of Gemini, and Venomous Maximus. Full dates can be found listed below.
5/17 Columbus, OH – Kobo Live w/ Cauldron
5/19 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class w/ Ides of Gemini
5/20 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge w/ Ides of Gemini
5/21 Lincoln, NE – The Zoo w/ Ides of Gemini
5/24 Austin, TX – Mohawk w/ Venomous Maximus
5/25 Bryan, TX – Grand Stafford Theatre More...
Several Prosthetic Records artists are set to perform throughout the week at the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas - one of the largest and most anticipated music events of the year.
The event, which takes place from March 12th - 17th, will feature performances from Prosthetic artists Skeletonwitch, Ancient VVisdom, Junius, and Mutilation Rites. See the flyer below for show details and set times. More...
Having just completed an extensive North American tour alongside Enslaved, Pallbearer, and Royal Thunder, Texas-based dark rockers Ancient VVisdom have announced plans to return to the U.K. in support of their sophomore release "Deathlike."
There, the band will support Norwegian rockers Audrey Horne (featuring members of Enslaved, Sahg and Deride) and Sahg rounds out the bill. After wrapping up a current U.S. tour with Royal Thunder, Ancient VVisdom will next be seen featured on several showcases at the annual South by Southwest Festival, including performances alongside acts such as Clutch, Orange Goblin and several more.
Ancient VVisdom's new album "Deathlike" was recorded in the band's hometown of Austin at Diamond Factory Studios (Mammoth Grinder, Phobia) while being mixed and mastered by Jason Buntz (Jet, The Darkness, Trail of Dead) and Jack Control. More...
Enslaved has been out on a North American tour, which has been experiencing delays due to bad weather. The band has now checked in with the following update:
"After 24 hours inside the blizzard the interstate roads out of the Winnipeg border station finally reopened, and we could start driving again!
"Since then we've gone through new storms and more snow; non stop and relentless, with one goal in mind: making it to the stage in Montreal tonight! We will - just barely - sadly that is not the case for our support bands.
"Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom all have to cancel due to the weather conditions. We'd like to thank all of our fans for the massive support through the past few days!"
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...
In addition to releasing sophomore album "Deathlike" earlier this week, dark acoustic rock outfit Ancient VVisdom has teamed with Noisecreep to premiere the haunting new music video for the record's title track.
"Deathlike," according to vocalist Nathan Opposition, “is a way of life, an ongoing war in the human mind conquering fear over death. It asks the question each human being must ask themselves — an effort to find life on earth.”
Austin, Texas-based acoustic occult rockers Ancient VVisdom's sophomore full-length "Deathlike" (due out February 5th in the U.S.) is now streaming in full on Terrorizer.com. Check out the album right here.
You can pre-order your copy of the album on either CD or 12" LP along with an exclusive t-shirt via the Prosthetic webstore here.
"Deathlike," the follow-up to the band's 2011 debut “A Godlike Inferno,” was once again mixed and mastered by engineer/co-producer Jason Buntz, along with partner and Enormous Door founder Jack Control, whilst being recorded at Diamond Factory Studios (Mammoth Grinder, Phobia) in Austin. The cover art by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia) is available below.
Ancient VVisdom is embarked on a national tour supporting Enslaved along with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Altanta's Royal Thunder has added a new leg of U.S. tour dates, joining Ancient VVisdom for a 10-date run in late February.
Royal Thunder, which has spent the better part of the past year on the road, kicks off a trek with Enslaved and Pallbearer tomorrow in Philadelphia, performing at Underground Arts. The seven-week tour includes stops in several Canadian cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
The band recently returned to the studio to record acoustic versions of three songs from the "CVI" album with more details to be shared shortly. A video for "Blue" also premiered earlier this month and can be viewed right here. More...
One of the most defining moments in my musical development was back in 2004 when Yahoo Launch saw that I liked listening to Unearth, Fear Factory, and Lamb of God and thought that I might enjoy My Chemical Romance's “I'm Not Okay.” That single moment of revulsion caused me to look for music on my own terms after seeing how some corny and cheesy pop-rock could somehow be marketed towards metalheads. Today, we see a number of bands that try to look and act like they're part of the metal scene through their image (and the bands they tour with), but have a sound rooted more in traditional rock and roll than anything spawned by Sabbath.
First off, I'm not here to debate the merits of bands like Ghost and Ancient VVisdom. The debate over artistic integrity isn't at all relevant here. Instead, this is about is marketing and claiming bands that in no way sound “metal” are still technically considered part of the metal scene. Personally, I do like some occult rock as I've long been a fan of Current 93 and I've done my fair share of listening to Coven. That said, I'd never call Current 93 a metal band nor would I want the group touring with Cannibal Corpse. Variety between acts belongs to big music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and not to small club shows. More...
Prosthetic Records has released a 14-track digital sampler exclusively on the label's Facebook page here.
Once you "like" the page, you'll be able to download tracks by the likes of Skeletonwitch, Mutilation Rites, Primitive Weapons, and Junius along songs from recent and upcoming releases from Holy Grail, VVisdom, and more. The track listing is as follows:
1. Holy Grail - Dark Passenger (Ride the Void)* out 1/22/13
2. Ancient VVisdom - Deathlike (Deathlike)* out 2/5/13
3. Castle - Corpse Candles (Blacklands)
4. Zodiac - A Bit Of Devil (A Bit Of Devil)
5. Skeletonwitch - This Horrifying Force (The Desire to Kill) (Forever Abomination)
6. Mutilation Rites - Fogwarning (Empyrean)
7. Ambassador Gun - Wounded Knee (Golden Eagle)
8. Black September - Rabid Hunger (Into The Darkness Into The Void)
9. Hour of Penance - Enlightened Submission (Sedition)
10. Dew-Scented - Sworn to Obey (Icarus)
11. Primitive Weapons - Quitter's Anthem (The Shadow Gallery)
12. Junius - All Shall Float (Reports From the Threshold of Death)
13. Heaven's Cry - Compass (Wheels of Impermanence)
14. Felix Martin - The Triangle Tune (Live in Boston)
Texas-based occult rock act Ancient VVisdom is streaming the new song "Deathlike" exclusively through Metal Hammer's You Tube Channel (see below). The track is the title track from the band's sophomore LP, which is scheduled for release on February 5, 2013 through Prosthetic Records.
In 2013, the band confirmed that they will embark on the "Winter Rites 2013" tour with Enslaved and Pallbearer. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Deathlike" here:
As was previously announced, the Texas-based occult rock act Ancient VVisdom has been confirmed for a tour alongside blackened-prog stalwarts Enslaved on the "Winter Rites 2013" tour, which also features doom metallers Pallbearer.
The three-week tour, which starts on Jan. 30th in Philadelphia, will be Ancient VVisdom's first performances in support of new album, "Deathlike," which will be released on February 5th, 2013. More details about "Deathlike," the follow-up to the 2011 debut release "A Godlike Inferno" (reviewed here), will be revealed in the near future. More...
Pallbearer has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows with Ancient Wisdom and Enslaved:
"We're elated to announce we'll be supporting Enslaved on a full North American tour in January and February of 2013! The dates are as below."
Wed/Jan-30 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Thu/Jan-31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri/Feb-01 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat/Feb-02 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
Sun/Feb-03 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
Mon/Feb-04 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Wed/Feb-06 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Fri/Feb-08 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat/Feb-09 San Francisco, CA Slims
Sun/Feb-10 Portland, OR Branx
Mon/Feb-11 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
Tue/Feb-12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Thu/Feb-14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Fri/Feb-15 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sat/Feb-16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Sun/Feb-17 Winnipeg, MB The Osborne Village Inn
Tue/Feb-19 Toronto, ON Opera House
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...
Austin, Texas-based occult rockers Ancient VVisdom recently wrapped up a European tour, which marked their first time back on the road since supporting Ghost earlier this year.
Commented singer/songwriter Nathan Opposition: “Our tour was a great experience! We did some amazing things including Inferno Fest and Roadburn, we hung out in Prague, did a BBC 1 recording session… it was fantastic! We also paid a visit to Stonehenge, which was awesome. Touristy, yes, but truly a rejuvenating, renewal of energy.”
Ancient VVisdom will be spreading diabolic sounds across the airwaves of the United Kingdom on the popular BBC Radio 1 “The Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter" with a live set recorded in the studio during their tour last month. The set airs today at this location.
In related news, Ancient VVisdom was recently nominated for the “Best Underground Artist” category for this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods award. Voting is currently underway here for the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Indigo2 on June 11th. In addition, the band recently appeared on Terrorizer TV to perform a brand new song entitled "Last Man on Earth," which can be viewed below.