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Formed: 2010
From: NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pilgrim News

Below is our complete Pilgrim 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.

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Pilgrim Announces Tour With Heavy Temple

This spring, the doom titans from Pilgrim will decimate the American East Coast with up-and-coming psych/doom trio Heavy Temple. The tour will consist of 11 shows in 11 days, from March 2nd to March 12th and will coincide with the vinyl release of Heavy Temple's "Chassit" album through Van Records.

Pilgrim commented: "We are eager to get back on the road and unleash some of our new material, fueled by raw vehemence. It's going to be a ruthless pairing with Heavy Temple, and we are honored that we will be playing a date with Subrosa and Windhand. These shows will be powerful, and definitely not to be missed!"

March 2nd The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
March 3rd The Broadberry (With Windhand), Richmond, VA
March 4th Pilgrim (With Subrosa) Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY
March 4th Heavy Temple (With Toke) TBA, Winston, Salem NC
March 5th Riffhouse Pub,, Chesapeake, VA
March 6th Sidebar, Baltimore, MD
March 7th Meatlocker, Montclair, NJ
March 8th O'Briens, Boston MA
March 9th Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY
March 10th Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
March 11th Geno's, Portland, ME
March 12th AS220, Providence, RI More...

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Pilgrim Announces Trio Of Summer Shows

Rhode Island-based doom metal trio Pilgrim has confirmed three special shows with Castle and Blizaro this August.

Guitarist/vocalist The Wizard comments: "We are very excited and grateful to be asked to join Castle on the east coast portion of their tour. We are also ecstatic to reunite with John Gallow (Blizaro, Orodruin), a great friend and a huge inspiration and influence, and finally see the almighty Blizaro live! Hopefully we'll get some Dungeons & Dragons in on the journey to Philadelphia!"

8/04/2016 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA
8/05/2016 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
8/06/2016 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA More...

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Pilgrim Releases "Paladin" Video

Rhode Island's doom metal trio Pilgrim has launched a new video for "Paladin," taken from the 2014 album "II: Void Worship." Directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Venture Brothers), "Paladin" can be viewed now in the player below.

Pilgrim's Jon "The Wizard" Rossi (guitar and vocals) comments: "We feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Jon Schnepp. He was amazing and fun to work with. We have always been huge Metalocalypse fans so it was a dream come true to add that show's style and art to our music. It truly is an honor. We shot the video about a year and a half ago, and since then we've been waiting eagerly and impatiently to see its release. We are more than happy with the end results and, quite frankly, pretty shocked - it's really far out."

Director Jon Schnepp adds: "Making the music video 'Paladin' for Pilgrim has been a blast! The band was totally down with me taking a literal D&D visual approach, and letting it get crazy! Rossi and the entire band performed incredibly in dual roles, as the Wizard and the Paladin, with great backgrounds by Sam Shearon, and special effects makeup by Cig Neutron and Rannie Rodil as the Demoness. I'm very excited for the rest of the world to experience 'Paladin' by Pilgrim!" More...

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Pilgrim Announces Tour With Age Of Taurus

Rhode Island's Pilgrim is returning to the road in June with Age of Taurus. The east coast/Midwest tour begins on June 14th in New Bedford, MA and wraps up in Brooklyn on June 25th at the Acheron. The entire list of confirmed dates are available below.

Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by sound sage Mike Moebius and centered on tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom and widespread obliteration, Pilgrim's "II: Void Worship" is a frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom that is available now.

06/14 New Bedford, MA @ No Problemo
06/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
06/17 Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
06/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/19 Indianapolis, IN @ Fifth Quarter
06/20-6/21 Milwaukee, WI @ Days of the Doomed Festival (NO PILGRIM)
06/22 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge (NO AGE OF TAURUS)
06/23 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
06/24 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
06/25 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron More...

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Pilgrim Streaming Full New Album

With its imminent unveiling now just one week away, today Pilgrim's "II: Void Worship" is available online in its entirety. Listen the full release at Pitchfork.com here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by sound sage Mike Moebius and centered on tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom and widespread obliteration, Pilgrim's 'II: Void Worship' is a frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom. Each of its eight tracks ebb and flow into frenzied climaxes and fade into sweet audio depressions, molding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisted spires of critic, shadowy doom metal epics."

Pilgrim is currently performing ceremonies across the U.S. supporting reunited stoner rock icons Spirit Caravan. The journey will raze nearly two dozen cities by its conclusion and has already seen the band captivating newfangled ears at three SXSW performances. Catch the show: More...

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Pilgrim Streaming "Master's Chamber"

As the release of "II: Void Worship," the new full-length from Rhode Island volume assassins Pilgrim, draws near, today the track "Master's Chamber" is up for mass consumption.

Give it a listen below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. "II: Void Worship" will be released on April 1st.

Pilgrim is currently performing ceremonies across the U.S. supporting reunited stoner rock icons, Spirit Caravan. The journey will raze nearly two dozen cities by its conclusion and has already seen the band captivating newfangled ears at three SXSW performances. Remaining dates are available after the jump. More...

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Pilgrim Streaming "Void Worship"

Today, Rhode Island doom conjurors Pilgrim hurl forth "Void Worship," the latest carol off the band's forthcoming new long player, "II: Void Worship." Check it out below, courtesy of Invisible Oranges.

Recorded at Moonlight Mile Recording by audio wizard Mike Moebius and centered on tales of swords and sorcery, death, doom and widespread obliteration, "II: Void Worship" finds Pilgrim exploring new paths.

Additionally, you can still check out previously posted song "The Paladin" at this location. More...

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Pilgrim Streaming New Track "The Paladin"

Rhode Island doom act Pilgrim is streaming the new track "The Paladin." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore album "II: Void Worship," which drops on March 28th (G/A/S), March 31st (EU) and April 1st (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

The album is the follow up to the 2012 debut release "Misery Wizard" (see review here). Check out "The Paladin" here:

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Pilgrim To Enter The Studio, Announces Tour Dates

Rhode Island doom disciples Pilgrim will enter the studio next month to record the follow-up to "Misery Wizard" (reviewed here), and the band will also return to Europe in November for a full tour with Windhand. Comments vocalist/guitarist The Wizard:

"THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUR WORTHY OF SONG AND LEGEND. Not only is it our first lengthy European venture, but we get to share it with our incredibly talented friends WINDHAND (whose music we worship). This is honestly a dream come true for us. We are will be featuring a new bass player for the excursion, whose identity shall remain a mystery for the moment.

"Unfortunately, we had planned to be supporting the release of our new record this tour, but due to various complications with our studio we were not able to meet our deadline. However, we just confirmed today that the recording of our second record will begin next month at Moonlight Mile Studios! And with that, so begins the next chapter of our pilgrimage. We have worked UNFATHOMABLY hard to make this tour come together. Blood, sweat, and tears. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR!" More...

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Pilgrim Working On New Album

Rhode Island's Pilgrim has officially joined forces with Metal Blade Records. The band's debut album, "Misery Wizard," was released in early 2012 through Alan Averill's Metal Blade imprint, Poison Tongue Records, and the band was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our year-end awards.

Pilgrim managed to spend the majority of 2012 rattling the foundation of the underground doom scene. The band toured with Samothrace, Mares of Thrace, Primitive Weapons, headlined the Stoner Hands of Doom festival, and more. At the end of 2012, Pilgrim had the honor of performing at Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary ScionAV label showcase.

As the "Misery Wizard" chapter of Pilgrim's budding career draws to a close, the band has begun efforts to craft the follow-up . The new album will be recorded in May of 2013 at Emandee Studios, which is the same location utilized for "Misery Wizard." More details will be posted as they become available.

Vocalist "The Wizard" comments: "The stars have aligned and our dreams have come true. It's a fucking honor to have joined the ranks of the legendary Metal Blade army. The time has come for our world domination through sonic amplification. Hail Astaroth, Hail Slagel."

Pilgrim is:

Krolg, Slayer of Men - Drums
Count Elric the Soothsayer - Bass
The Wizard - Guitar and Vocals

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Pilgrim To Premiere New Music On Tour

Rhode Island doom act Pilgrim, nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will kick off a short run of tour dates on February 24th with Samothrace.

The dates begin in New Orleans on February 24th and the band plans to unveil new material on stage throughout the tour, so fans at these shows will be the first to experience brand new music. Check out the dates below.

Pligrim comments on the tour: "It's been a year since 'Misery Wizard' has been released and the positive reaction it has received from fans of heavy music all over the world have been simply fantastic. This upcoming tour is special for us as we will be going to places we've yet to perform at and have some new material to unleash. Be forewarned and hails to the supporters!" More...

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Samothrace To Kick Off Tour Tonight

Seattle doom merchants Samothrace will embark on a U.S. Winter tour in support of the "Reverence To Stone" LP with a hometown show tonight.

For the duration of the tour, Samothrace will be performing "Reverence To Stone" in its entirety each night. Joined by Metal Blade doom trio Pilgrim for the majority of the trek, the tour will make a mangled, counter-clockwise loop through the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast and up the East Coast, with eighteen cities confirmed to endure slow motion turmoil during the venture.

The tour is sponsored by Invisible Oranges, which today posted a pre-tour feature on the band. On the creation of Samothrace’s mammoth but infectious hymns, guitarist Brian Spinks states, “Our songs start with a set of riffs and we play it a couple different ways and play until it varies. We spend a lot of time making sure everything flows together and when we play the song over and over, the riffs then start to evolve and morph in and out of each other.”

In a recent MetalSucks tour feature, Samothrace drummer Joe Axler commented, “When we perform these songs live most of the time we end up actually playing some parts slower and some parts faster depending on the mood we are in and the feeling we are getting in the room and from the people in attendance. We feed off of the people in the crowd greatly and (without sounding too hippy) the general aura at each show has a huge affect on how our set goes.” More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 4

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer Rex_84 nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Pallbearer, Pilgrim, Skrog, Dopelord, and Kill Devil Hill. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.


Doom metal was the preferred sound of great upstarts in the year 2012. No band was as impactful as Pallbearer. “Sorrow and Extinction,” the debut album by these Arkansas lads, found the top of many journalists’ “best of” list. The slow melodies of Candlemass, the groove of Saint Vitus and distant, Ozzy-like vocals describes the band in familiar terms. The group deals equal amounts of despair and psychedelics. It’s one hell of a bad acid trip, brain fuck!


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Metal Blade Showcase Tracks/Interviews Available

Back on September 15th, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V teamed up to bring you the label's showcase featuring Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim for a free matinee show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, Calif.

Scion A/V had a crew on hand to conduct video interviews with each of the bands and record the showcase for a free limited 7" release and digital download/stream featuring a track each from Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim.

Head over to AOL Noisecreep here to download (or stream) the digital copy of the 7" and to check out the video interviews. You can also check out the music and one of the interview clips below. More...

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Metal Blade Showcase RSVP Details Revealed

As was previously announced, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V have teamed up to bring fans a free showcase at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on September 15th (matinee from 1p-6p). This event, which celebrates the label's 30th anniversary, will feature performances from Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim. To make the showcase that much more special, San Diego California's Cattle Decapitation will be performing the band's latest album, "Monolith of Inhumanity," in its entirety for the first time ever.

RSVP for this free event right here and remember, as always, get there early, as space is limited and entry is not guaranteed. The show details are:

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
1pm – 6 pm
The Glass House
200 West 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766 More...

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Metal Blade Records Announces Label Showcase

Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V are excited to announce a label showcase at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on September 15th. Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim are set to perform and entry is free with RSVP – info on how to RSVP will be coming later on this week. In the mean time, check out the promotional poster for the label showcase below.

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Primitive Weapons Announces U.S. Tour

This August, three contemporary extreme music luminaries -- Primitive Weapons, Mares of Thrace, and Pilgrim -- will hit the road on a three-way co-headlining tour of the Northeastern U.S.

The diverse, ten-date excursion will commence in Boston on the last day of July and run counter-clockwise through Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio before the finale in Chicago. All three acts also have recently released new LPs.

7/31/2012 O'Briens - Boston, MA
8/02/2012 Cherry St. Station - Wallingford, CT
8/03/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
8/04/2012 Broadway Bar - Amityville, NY
8/05/2012 Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
8/06/2012 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
8/07/2012 The Depot - York, PA
8/08/2012 Pirates Cove - Cleveland, OH
8/09/2012 Ruby Tuesday - Columbus, OH
8/10/2012 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL

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Pilgrim To Play Heavy Days In Doomtown

Following a set at Denmark’s Heavy Days In Doomtown Festival, Rhode Island-based doom conjurors Pilgrim are pleased to announce their headlining appearance on this year’s edition of The Stoner Hands of Doom Fest.

Set to take place August 30th through September 2nd at El n Gee Club in New London, Connecticut, Pilgrim will appear alongside the likes of Earthride, Revelation, When The Deadbolt Breaks and more. The following press release was also issued about the fest:

"Stoner Hands of Doom is one of the premier annual gatherings for underground heavy/stoner/doom music in North America. SHoD has been held annually since 1999 in various small venues throughout the U.S. Many acts are unsigned/indie and many travel thousands of miles to gather in the name of rock. The concept was dreamed up by promoters Rob and Cheryl Levey, who have planned, booked and organized it since its inception. Under their guidance, the festival affectionately known as SHoD has grown over ten years from a one-day event to a weekend-long gathering, featuring over three dozen bands."

Comments drummer Krolg Splinterfist, the Slayer of Man: "Playing in Scandinavia was a great honor. The first ever Heavy Days in Doomtown festival was a massive success and Pilgrim is proud to have been a part of something that will surely become a chief ceremony for all lovers of music that is slow and heavy. Hails to all of the promoters and organizers who made our shows in the area a possibility! We will return sooner than later! Pilgrim looks into the future with great eagerness. The Stoner Hands of Doom festival has a long history in the New England doom metal community and we are prepared to add our name to the long list of bands that have glorified this fest. We are privileged and honored to be headlining the bill with the legendary Revelation, who has been an inspiration to many modern doom bands, ourselves included."

Pilgrim's upcoming live shows are as follows:

6/8/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
8/31/2012 SHoD @ El N Gee Club – New London, CT

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SXSW 2012 Video Recap Available

Metal Injection attended the 2012 edition of South by Southwest, and has now returned, a bit hungover and worse for wear. However, Metal Injection managed to capture the vibes and cover all the metal happenings at the event, in the form of a new video update from Austin.

See all the madness at this location or in the player below.

Full versions of live bootlegs from Austin of bands including Job For A Cowboy, Trash Talk, Cancer Bats, Pilgrim, Battlecross and more can be seen through Metal Injection here. More...

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Doom Rules Pitchfork.com's SXSW Day Party at ND

South By Southwest 2012 maintained its tradition of billing a long list of heavy bands from an assortment of styles. Attendees began pouring in from every corner of the globe on the previous Friday to experience the interactive and film portion of the city-wide festival. Traditionally, at least during the last few years, the music segment starts five days later on Wednesday. Even though I attended a free show at Emo’s East featuring High on Fire, our coverage begins with Wednesday’s usual sonic circus.

Torn between the Thrasher/Converse Death Match Day Party at Scoot Inn and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy show at ND, I opted for the Pitchfork show. The Thrasher show included legendary hardcore punk acts Fear and Cro-Mags as well as Nachtmystium, but I chose the doomed tones of Rwake, Pallbearer and Pilgrim at the Pitchfork.com show. More...

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