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Hollow

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Band Photo: Hollow (?)

Formed: 2004
From: Montreal, QC, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Anonymous face-painted extreme metal group combining several styles, including black, death, thrash, symphonic, power, and groove

Latest Hollow News

Below is our complete Hollow 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.

Hollow Announces Hometown CD Launch Show

Melodic death metal band Hollow is proud to announce it will be hosting a hometown CD launch for local fans in Montreal on July 10th at Petit Cafe Campus with support from Dissension, Virulys, Frostbite, and Murtenscythe.

Bassist Eddy Levitsky comments: "We promise you a hell of a show. We have been painstakingly working on building a visual experience that will match our very theatrical album 'Mordrake.' Expect crowd participation, projections and a stunning light show.

"We will be playing Mordrake in its entirety and the whole set will be professionally filmed and made available free of charge. There will also be exclusive and very limited merch available, custom designed for this release party specifically. Mark down July 10th on your calendar and make your way to the venue, we promise you a show you won't soon forget!"

Full details on the show are available here. The band unleashed debut full-length "Mordrake" (reviewed here) on May 30th. More...

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Hollow Streaming Full New Album

Unleashing debut full length "Mordrake" (reviewed here) last week on May 30th, Montreal, QC melodic death metal band Hollow has now posted a full album stream on Youtube. The band also comments:

"Here is 'Mordrake' for all to enjoy! Listen, comment and share because nothing is worth more to us than your opinions."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lament Configuration
2. Cryptic Howling
3. A New Life
4. Landscape
5. Iscariot
6. Sunriser
7. Vlad
8. Anomie
9. Snow
10. Birth
11. Hate
12. Death

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Pit Stories: The Useless Sound Guy

Every week we have metal musicians from around the planet share their favorite stories from live shows, and while these are usually centered on the mayhem in the pit or the interaction between band and crowd, sometimes the best stories come from before the show has even started.

This week Eddy "Snow" Levitsky from Montreal outfit Hollow shares a story of something many metal bands can relate to: an uncooperative sound guy!

I’ll tell you a tale which has become one of the most used inside joke in Hollow. When you have gigs, most of the time, the venue will have all you need to accommodate your stage needs and if you’re starting out, the staff to help you. Sometimes, though, you get the one sound guy who’s had either too much to drink or hasn’t slept well enough before coming to work and who obviously does not care for your music, or anybody else but himself, for that matter.

I’m not sure if I can name which venue and when this happened, but I do remember the circumstances around this story. We were setting up our gear on stage and getting ready for the sound check. Every question or important fact that we needed to tell the soundman about our performance seemed like a chore to him, even though the guy was paid to do this. Hey, we rented your venue for a reason, we want to have a good night, and at least you could be pleasant with us, even if it’s just a little bit.

So we are completely set up and I take the microphone from its stand to start sound check. As I walk away from the stand, the mic gets stuck on something and I almost drop it. To our amazement, we all realize that I’ve got a six foot wire, plugged straight into the floor of the stage underneath the mic stand. Being six foot and one inch tall and needing to move to and fro on stage to give a better show, I turned to the sound guy and asked in the nicest way possible if he could procure me a longer wire, say a twenty five inch one or longer. I’ll never forget his face, bothered, vexed and desperate at the same time, as he looked at me and answered:

“Do you like, REEEEAAAAALLLLY need this?”

For our many readers who are musicians themselves, be sure to let us know your story of a venue employee who just had to make the night a little more difficult in the comments below.

Hollow's "Mordrake" album (reviewed here) is due out May 30th, 2014. You can stream the "Iscariot" single at this location, or see the band's music video for "Landscape" below. More...

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Hollow Debuts New Single "Iscariot"

Clad in black and painted in ghostly, skeletal white and gray, Montreal's Hollow is one of North America's most deceptively original and subversive underground metal acts today. Exploiting the surface aesthetics of black metal, the band surprises with an abundance of musical diversity and depth.

Years in the making, Hollow's analog-recorded debut studio effort "Mordrake" is finally ready to be unleashed May 30th. The album will contain twelve tracks, each of which combines black, death, thrash, symphonic, and progressive metal in a dizzying, memorable web.

To whet your appetite, Metalunderground.com is proud to exclusively premiere second single "Iscariot." Leaning toward Hollow's thrash and traditional metal influences, this is one of the more "riff-centric" offerings on "Mordrake."

"Iscariot" follows the March 1st release of "Landscape," Hollow's first official music video.

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 6

This week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, dedicated co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) start by tackling two debut releases from two fascinating Canadian bands.

First up is Ottawa, Ontario's The Kindred, formerly known as Today I Caught The Plague. Kevin explores his mixed feelings about this act's eclectic take on progressive metal, first by recounting a bracing live experience, then by dissecting the new release "Life In Lucidity."

Then Mike shares his thoughts and feelings on Montreal, Quebec's Hollow, a band he describes as an all-around "celebration of extreme metal" that subverts certain trends and defies others. The group's debut album "Mordrake" is due out this May, 2014.

Finally, your hosts wrap things up with an impassioned and informative overview of "As The Palaces Burn," the new documentary film chronicling the adventures of Virginia powerhouse Lamb Of God - including frontman Randy Blythe's dramatic 2012 legal showdown.

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Hollow Debuts Music Video

Symphonic black/thrash/death act Hollow has unveiled a music video for the song "Landscape," which will appear on the band's upcoming debut album "Mordrake."

Formed in 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Hollow has spent much time perfecting a theatrical stage performance of the highest order, released the EP "Cynoptic Eschaton" in 2010, and performed at Heavy MTL in 2012.

The twelve-track "Mordrake" is due out this coming May, 2014, though a specific date has yet to be announced. In February, the band released another song from the effort, "Hate."

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Hollow Streaming New Track

Canadian outfit Hollow has posted a new song online titled "Hate," which was mixed and recorded at Uplift Studios by Kevin Jardine. Give the song a listen in the player below.

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Bands Advance to Wacken Battle Semifinalist Round

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to announce that Hollow (Montreal qualifying) and Crimson Shadows (Toronto semi-final) have advanced from their battling rounds.

Hollow will perform at next week's Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes with Dissension, Trainwreck Architect, Fallstaf, & Crosstitution, where two bands will move on to join Crimson Shadows at the national final in Toronto on June 22nd at the Opera House.

The final will see two Toronto semi-finalists and two Montreal semi-finalists along with a wild card band compete for one to rule them all at Wacken 2013 this summer.

The next semi-final in Toronto will be on June 7th at the Rivoli along with the Montreal semi-final on June 7th at Katacombes . All bands will be judged by a panel of local music industry representatives.

Check out the battle chart over at Scene Magazine.

In additional news, Toronto's skrap metal innovators Final Trigger have been announced as the special guest band to perform at this year's Wacken Metal Battle Canada final. The band recently returned from their USA tour with Mushroomhead and will be releasing their new album "Skrap Metal Vol. II" on Boonsdale Records on July 9th. Their first single/music video 'Face It' can be viewed at YouTube.

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Canuck Metal Vol. 2 Compilation Available For Free

This Canada Day, in honour of the country and its vast amount of metal acts, the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.) and LoudTrax.com announced the release of Canuck Metal Vol. 2, a free download compilation, part of a series to showcase Canada’s up and coming head banging talent.

The compilation can be downloaded at this location. Please use the promo code: HMMAC

The track listing is as follows:

1. Arapacis - End of The Line (5:50)
2. Crisis Kings - Glutton (3:24)
3. Forbidden Sin - Man Down(4:12)
4. Hollow - Sunriser (4:41)
5. Hymnosis - How Dare You (5:16)
6. Makaria - Spire (3:57)
7. Nephelium - Merciless Annihilation (6:18)
8. Project Mars - Don't Hold Back (4:30)
9. Sanktuary - Raise the Flag (4:25)
10. The New Jacobin Club - My Smile (2:37)
11. The Void - If We Can't Beat 'Em (Detour 'Em!) (1:23)
12. Trainwreck Architect - Dream Pariah (3:34)
13. Tribune - The Succubus (3:15)
14. Wolven Ancestry - The Animistic Awakening (5:59) More...

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