Secrets of the Sky
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Below is our complete Secrets of the Sky 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.
Following a brief silence after touring the West Coast through the latter half of 2013 in support of debut album, "To Sail Black Waters," Oakland-based Secrets of the Sky has been extremely busy locking down several new tours for the first half of the year.
The band has just announced an upcoming tour running from the end of March through the second week of April. Following this tour, Secrets of the Sky will play locally over the next few weeks, with April gigs in Modesto and Berkeley confirmed, before heading back out on a next live trek, which is currently being finalized with Tucson sludge faction, Godhunter. Full details are forthcoming, and the currently announced dates are as follows:
3/28/2014 Back Bar - San Jose, CA
3/29/2014 Black March at Dudes Garage - Livermore, CA
3/30/2014 Tiny Tavern - Eugene, OR w/ Ninth Moon Black
3/31/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR
4/01/2014 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA w/ Eye Of Nix
4/02/2014 Boise Shredder - Boise, ID
4/03/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
4/04/2014 Triple Nickle Bar - Colorado Springs, CO
4/05/2014 7th Circle - Boulder, CO
4/12/2014 Sky Lounge - Modesto, CA
4/27/2014 924 Gilman - Berkeley, CA w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored More...
As Kolony Records prepares to release Secrets of the Sky's debut, "To Sail Black Waters" - the album set to hit throughout Europe on October 4th and 5th and in North America on October 8th - today fans can be engulfed by an audio stream of the entire record.
Next week, the Oakland-based act will begin a Western U.S. Autumn tour with prog/dark metal act, In The Silence. Dates are available after the jump. More...
As debut full-length "To Sail Black Waters" nears release in the first week of October, today Oakland-based doom sextet Secrets of the Sky proudly unveils a new video for "Decline."
Check out the video below courtesy of MetalInjection.net. The following press release was also issued:
"Having sought out DIY director and filmmaker Andrew Nethery (Melvins, Kyuss Lives, Six Feet Under, Dead Meadow, Death By Stereo) to guide and capture their vision, Secrets of the Sky traveled to the Southern end of their home state and set up camp for several days. The vibrant video traverses through an extensive but abstract storyline shot in a variety of locations, as well as brilliant performance footage of the band filmed at Unit A Recording Studio, in Palm Springs, California. Through the years, the studio walls have recorded rock legends such as Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, and many more. The newest owner, Robbie Waldman, continues to operate it as a full recording studio, having recently recorded Brian Setszer, Karma to Burn, John Garcia and the list goes on."
The band comments: "We shot the video with director Andrew Nethery in the Coachella Valley; basically in the middle of the desert near Palm Springs. It's about a ten-hour drive from the Bay Area, but it was a no-brainer to go with Andrew based on the quality of his previous work for bands. There are definitely thematic conclusions to be drawn and an overall message to be had, but we didn't want to just give it away... choosing rather to keep it abstract and allow the viewer to decide what it means for themselves. The video is edited down for time and continuity reasons from the original 12 minute version which appears on the album." More...
Sacramento-based In The Silence and Oakland's Secrets of the Sky have collaboratively booked and confirmed an upcoming tour for this October. View the current confirmed itinerary below and stay tuned for the final details to be announced in the next few days.
New Jersey based progressive label Sensory Records released the debut full-length from In The Silence, "A Fair Dream Gone Mad," in May of this year, following the band's own self-released version which sold out twice before joining Sensory.
Italian metal label Kolony Records will release Secrets of the Sky's debut album, "To Sail Black Waters," throughout Europe on October 4th and 5th and in North America on October 8th. Check out the lyric video for "Sunrise" at this location. More...
"As To Sail Black Waters," the debut full-length from Oakland, California's six-piece progressive doom ensemble Secrets of the Sky nears release early this Autumn, today the outfit unveils another colossal track from the expansive album through a new lyric video for "Sunrise."
Check it out below. Stated SOTS guitarist/keyboardist Clayton Bartholomew of the track: "We are proud to be releasing the lyric video for the song 'Sunrise.' The video was put together by vocalist Garett Gazay, and he used imagery that he felt best conveyed his lyrical content and theme for the song. We think it turned out nicely and summarizes the metaphorical concepts laid out by the lyrics. Enjoy!"
Secrets of the Sky also recently completed a first official video for the album's crushing "Decline," set for release in the coming days. For now, the audio of the track is playing right here.
Italian metal label Kolony Records will release "To Sail Black Waters" throughout Europe on October 4th and 5th, and in North America on October 8th. More...
Italian metal label Kolony Records this week discloses the official worldwide release dates for "To Sail Black Waters," the pending debut album from Oakland, California’s ambidextrous progressive doom collective, Secrets of the Sky. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Secrets of the Sky projects a unique brand of cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric metal with a persuasion towards doom metal and even more blackened influences citing The Ocean, Opeth, Isis, Agalloch and others.
"On To Sail Black Waters, three of the band’s whopping six-member lineup each make contributions with multiple instruments, layering synth/keys, violins and an array of vocal styles atop the crushing rhythm section and massive triple guitar attack, the resulting four massive tracks a dense and stunning, forty-one minute opus. More...
Italy’s Kolony Records has just added Oakland, California-based progressive doom metal sextet Secrets of the Sky to the label’s ever-expanding roster.
Three of the band’s six members each contributing with multiple instruments, Secrets of the Sky projects a unique brand of cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric metal with a heavy persuasion towards doom metal and even more blackened influences citing The Ocean, Opeth, Isis, Agalloch and others.
The debut album "To Sail Black Waters" was recorded over an eight month period with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation) at Trident Studios. The album caught the attention of Kolony Records, which is planning for an official worldwide CD and digital release late this Summer, the street date to be announced in the coming days. You can see the band live: More...
Secrets of the Sky has now officially inked a deal with Gravedancer Records. "This Oakland, CA group is equal parts Insomnium, The Ocean, Agalloch, Type O Negative, Opeth and something all their own," was what MetalSucks said about Secrets of the Sky back in May through one of their "Unsigned and Unholy" columns.
This immediately caught the eyes of many, including Gravedancer Records, which is excited to announce the worldwide signing of the band for the release of the upcoming "To Sail Black Waters" album. The following press release was also issued:
"Secrets of the Sky flawlessly blends elements of doom, death and black metal with a tinge of prog to create a rich and sonically devastating sound the has already ignited the underground with the first two tracks released by the band, 'Sunrise' and 'Winter.' Now, the band has completed work on their first full-length masterpiece, which will be unveiled on January 22, 2013.
"Decibel Magazine recently caught up with the band for an interview to discuss their roots, the signing to Gravedancer Records and 'To Sail Black Waters.' The interview is now online at this location. Secrets of the Sky will be heading out in support of the new album, stay tuned for more information and tour announcements, which are coming soon."
Secrets of the Sky has finished work on the band's debut album "To Sail Black Waters," and tracks from the release are now available online for streaming. You can check out "Winter" and "Decline" in the clips below, or hear the rest of the album over at the band's SoundCloud page here. The band also issued the following bio about its history and sound:
"Oakland, California's Secrets of the Sky began life in 2010 when Chris Anderson (guitars, keys) and Clayton Bartholomew (guitars, keys) put their heads together and started writing material which would eventually shapeshift into what is currently the 'Secrets' sound... cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric post metal with doomy, proggy, blackened influences.
"The two went through a number of drummers and bass players before finding the right fit in drummer Lance Lea in 2010, and bassist John Mananquil, third guitarist Andy Green and vocalist Garett Gazay in 2011. The line up wrote for in excess of a year and crafted the majority of the material which was to become 'To Sail Black Waters,' the band's first studio full length.
"The six piece ensemble recorded 'To Sail Black Waters' over the course of eight months with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation, etc) at Trident Studios and began to play live shows throughout the Bay Area early in 2012." More...