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Below is our complete Wizard Rifle 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.
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.
Today we'll conclude our coverage of the best metal talent from last year by featuring nominees from three different contributors. You can also find yesterday's post on nominated acts over here.
Metalunderground.com site founder deathbringer nominated:
I haven't been following as many new, up-and-coming bands this year as usual, but I couldn't help but notice that Chicago thrash/doom band Earthen Grave released a first full-length album in 2012. The self-titled effort followed (and also contains the songs from) the "Dismal Times" EP from 2009, which has been in heavy rotation in my doom playlists for a long time. The band most notably features Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), and Rachel Barton Pine on electric violin. The violin is used to excellent effect to add atmosphere on the doomy songs and even some solos during the faster parts. The band has also done an excellent cover of Witchfinder General's "Burning a Sinner." Check out the epic "Death On The High Seas" below:
Portland's most wonderfully weird avant-doom specialists, Wizard Rifle, have been kicking up one hell of a racket with their Seventh Rule debut, "Speak Loud Say Nothing" (reviewed here). The album dropped on March 13th, and is currently streaming in full on Invisible Oranges at this location.
You've heard 'em, now come see 'em play! Wizard Rifle is hitting the road for a full U.S. tour, and will be playing alongside a host of bands like Diesto, Millions, Harpoon, Phantom Glue, Kowloon Walled City, Bell Witch, and more. Catch the band live on the following dates:
Thu, April 12 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Mongoloid Village, Diesto, Pinkzilla
Fri, April 13 Boise, ID @ Shredder w/Maladroids
Sat, April 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burts Tiki Lounge w/Cornered By Zombies, Oldtimer
Sun, April 15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/Iron Horse, Space in Time
Tue, April 17 Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
Wed, April 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club w/Gay Witch Abortion, Nightosaur
Thu, April 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club w/SIVINI, Millions, Bicentennial Rub
Fri, April 20 Chicago, IL @ Township w/Millions, Harpoon, SIVINI
Sat, April 21 Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/River Bottom Nitemare Band, Fucking Panthers
Sun, April 22 Columbus, OH @ Kobo w/Ocean Ghosts
Mon, April 23 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
Tue, April 24 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Thu, April 26 Boston, MA @ The Church w/Mind Yeti, Phantom Glue, Hero(n)
Fri, April 27 Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets
Sat, April 28 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
Sun, April 29 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West w/Lady Piss, Dan Ivan
Mon, April 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue, May 1 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Wed, May 2 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/Palaces
Thu, May 3 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Fri, May 4 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone,
Sat, May 5 Texarkana, AR @ Dave's Skate
Sun, May 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/Pushmen, Skycrawler
Mon, May 7 San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker
Tue, May 8 Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard
Wed, May 9 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Thu, May 10 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
Fri, May 11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint w/Behold! The Monolith, iron Mtn
Sat, May 12 Oakland, CA @ Eli's w/Dimesland, Kowloon Walled City
Sun, May 13 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/COPS, Arms & Legs
Mon, May 14 Arcata, CA @ Alibi
Fri, May 18 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Lord Dying, Bell Witch
Wizard Rifle’s debut LP "Speak Loud Say Nothing" will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on March 13th, 2012. Seventh Rule issued the following brief announcement about the release streaming online:
"Its Friday, so delete all the work you have to do and listen to the new Wizard Rifle record in it's entirety, courtesy of Invisible Oranges."
Seventh Rule Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Wizard Rifle:
"Seventh Rule is pleased to announce the signing of Portland's most wonderfully weird two-piece, WIZARD RIFLE. The label will be releasing the young band's debut record, 'Speak Loud Say Nothing,' on CD/digitally on March 13, 2012, with a special edition vinyl version to follow.
"In the meantime, WIZARD RIFLE has posted the first song from the upcoming album, 'Tears Won't Soften Steel,' on their Bandcamp page, as well as ordering info for a brand-new T-shirt (designed by drummer/vocalist and visionary artist Sam Ford). Head on over and prepare to have your mind blown to bits. More...