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Latest Anhedonist News

Below is our complete Anhedonist 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.

Dark Descent Holding Label Showcase

Dark Descent Records, in association with Parasitic Records and Ash St. PDX, are hosting a two-day showcase festival taking place this weekend (October 4 - 5) at the Ash St. Saloon in Portland, OR. Ticket information can be obtained here. This October also sees Dark Descent Records reach the four-year mark as a label. To celebrate, the label is holding a sale that runs from today through Saturday, Oct. 5. Dark Descent Records founder and owner Matt Calvert comments:

"October marks the four year anniversary of Dark Descent Records. Having founded the label in 2009, I never envisioned we would be where we are today in this short of a timespan. This weekend (Oct. 4 -5) we will be holding the label's first showcase event in Portland, Oregon at the Ash St. Saloon.

To mark this monumental event and the four year anniversary of the label, we will be running a four day sale in the web store from October 2 and culminating with the final day of the showcase on October 5. This is our way of saying thank you for your support for the bands and the label.

So, come out to the showcase if at all possible. If not, celebrate with us by enjoying the great items at even further discounted prices from October 2 - 5. Thanks once again and we look forward to many more years of providing you with some of the best metal the underground has to offer!"

Check out streams and live footage of all of the acts slated to play the showcase festival, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at this location. For updates and details regarding the showcase, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Dark Descent Records Showcase lineup:

Friday, Oct 4th:

Ritual Necromancy
Sempiternal Dusk

Saturday, Oct 5th:

Dire Omen

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Dark Descent Records To Hold Label Showcase

Dark Descent Records, in association with Parasitic Records and Ash St. PDX, has announced a two-day showcase festival taking place on October 4th and 5th at the Ash St. Saloon in Portland, OR. The line-up, much like the label's roster, is comprised of some of the best today's underground death metal scene has to offer. Tickets details are available at this location.

For updates and details, visit the Facebook Event Page. Check out streams and live footage of all nine many of the acts slated to play, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at this location. Updates are available on the facebook event page as well.

Dark Descent Records Showcase lineup:

Dire Omen
Ritual Necromancy
Sempiternal Dusk

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Manilla Road Closes Out Chaos in Tejas 2013

Manilla Road has roots as old as most of the NWOBHM bands that helped define heavy metal as we know it. Somewhat under the radar, the group didn’t popularize metal to the extent of Mercyful Fate, Venom, Iron Maiden and Manowar. However, as noted by the die-hard fans, knowledge fans who attended the group’ rare performance on the last night of Chaos in Tejas 2013, Manilla Road surely put its stamp on heavy metal. One fan pointed out how the group influenced Candlemass and even held the door open for Candlemass to enter this world.

Manilla Road’s reluctance to tour surely kept them out of the above bands’ spotlight. They are a cult act. It was for this very reason many showed up for tonight’s show. Red 7’s dual stages offered a tremendous package with Texas’ own USBM instigators Absu playing on the indoor stage. The night was spent walking back and forth between the two stages. The indoor stage’s overcrowding mixed with humid temperatures resulted in, what felt like, a twenty-degree temperature difference. More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Anhedonist Posts Tour Dates

Seattle's Anhedonist is set to embark on the Descent Into The Sepulchre west coast tour with Dead Congregation and Grave Miasma this July. The band is touring in support of its full-length debut, "Netherwards," which is out now on Dark Descent Records with vinyl treatment coming soon from Parasitic/Nuclear Winter Records. Check out a stream of the song "Estrangement" at BrooklynVegan.com and the four dates posted so far for the tour.


7/3 Seattle WA @Highline w/Bone Sickness, Funerary Call
7/5 San Francisco CA @Sub-Mission w/Dispirit
7/6 Oakland CA @Oakland Metro (small room) w/Vastum, Mortuous, Apocryphon
7/8 Portland, OR @Rotture w/Knelt Rote


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Anhedonist Streaming New Song

Seattle based monolithic sludge band Anhedonist is streaming another new track from its new album "Netherwards." You can listen to that new track, "Saturnine," by heading over to Axes To Grind. Anhedonist have a very chilling blend of doom and death on "Netherwards," which was just released via Dark Descent Records. Also, check out a video upload of the track "Estrangement" which the band has been streaming.

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Anhedonist Streaming New Single

BrooklynVegan.com, in cooperation with Dark Descent Records, has premiered the track "Estrangement" from Seattle band Anhedonist's full-length debut release, "Netherwards." The track stream, along with an in-depth interrogation with the band, is posted at this location. Featuring over forty minutes of doom sliced up into four epic tracks, "Netherwards" will be released on April 10th via Dark Descent Records. Vinyl treatment will come courtesy of Parasitic/Nuclear Winter Records later this year.

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Anhedonist Releasing New Album

Seattle's monolithic death-tinged doom band Anhedonist will be unleashing their debut this Spring on Dark Descent Records. Entitled "Netherwards," this album features over forty minutes of doom sliced up into four epic tracks.

Dark Descent will be releasing "Netherwards" in May of 2012. Check out a video upload of one of Anhedonist's older songs, "The Insatiable Hole," after the jump.

Carne Liberatus
Inherent Opprobrium More...

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Mournful Congregation Gathers Doom Cult in Austin

Aussie doom merchants, Mournful Congregation have filled U.S. households with feelings of bereavement, loss and forlorn for nearly twenty years. However, this is the first time the funeral doom act brought its musical misery to North American stages. Doom, especially the extremely slow pace of funeral doom, doesn’t always translate so well under lime lights. Mosh-hungry concert goers might find its slothful pace paralytic to their limbs or these bands just don’t tour often due to one reason or another. Either way, seeing one of the greats in this field on their first North American tour was nearly as monumental as the group’s music.

After sharing the stage with Mournful Congregation just a day or two prior at Rites of Darkness III in San Antonio, Anhedonist, Ritual Necromancy, Pallbearer and Cruciamentum came together for one of best extreme metal bills featuring bands you’ve never heard of. Considering this show fell on a Monday (late Monday night) and included bands without a large following (the crowd seemed most aware of Mournful Congregation), fans squeezed into the tiny space in front of Mohawk’s indoor stage. More...

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