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Oakland-based atmospheric doom quintet and recent Metal Blade signees, Secrets Of The Sky, will release a sophomore full-length this May.
Titled "Pathway," the mammoth thirteen-track follow-up to 2013's "To Sail Black Waters" was engineered, mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios. Metal Blade Records comments:
"Dark, brooding, pure, eclectic, 'Pathway' features Garett Gazay fluctuating between monstrous growls and clean, soothing vocal cascades, all the while complimenting the twisted compositions of guitarists Andrew Green and Clayton Bartholomew. Bassist Ryan Healy and drummer Lance Lea round out the lineup, their rhythms and distinctive voices adding further depth to the collective's meticulous, blackened soundscrapes.
"Sonically, Secrets Of The Sky aimed for a massive, clean, and organic sounding production. Much time was invested in obtaining huge drum sounds and the focus was on single performance takes throughout the process. The result is an ambitious foray into conceptual storytelling, coupled with emotional music full of peaks and valleys. This is a metal record, to be sure, but more importantly, it sounds like an album of music. This is not a random sequencing of songs or a search for a 'hit' single; the tracks all have their place in the story, and the cuts in between actually drive the narrative through sound effects and ambiance."
Comments Bartholomew of the first single: "'Three Swords' was the first song we put together for the new album when we started writing it back a year or so ago. In fact, the songs on the album were written in the order they appear on the record. The first album, To Sail Black Waters, ends with a single guitar part fading out, and the same riff fades in to the Pathway album via 'Three Swords.' The song is just a piece of the overall puzzle that constitutes Pathway, which I believe as an album is more well-rounded and dynamic as a whole than any of our previous work." More...
The Oakland, CA natives from Secrets of the Sky have signed with Metal Blade Records and will be releasing their sophomore album in the Summer of 2015! Metal Blade comments:
"The psychedelic doom act released 'To Sail Black Waters' through Kolony Records in late 2013. The album was incredibly well received and Decibel Magazine declared that it 'overflows with that rare quality of sounding familiar while remaining wholly unique…Do not miss this.' Popular blog Metal Injection took describing the band's sound to task and said 'imagine if you tossed Neurosis, more recent Immortal, and Porcupine Tree into a blender…it's an awesome fucked up mix.'
"After touring in support of 'To Sail Black Waters' over the past two years, Secrets of the Sky are prepared to take their next step. They've completed tracking their sophomore album at Trident Studios with producer/engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). Details and new music will be released this Summer."
Secrets of the Sky had this to say about joining forces with Metal Blade Records: "We are very excited to be joining the Metal Blade Records roster. The Metal Blade legacy, reputation and commitment to heavy music has stood the test of time. The staff we have been working with genuinely 'get' what it is that our band is doing and have been tremendously supportive of it thus far.
"We are also pleased to announce that our second full length will be released in the coming months. The album was again recorded by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios and is another abstract concept piece. We believe we pushed ourselves in writing it to further develop our sound and we put more focus on creating a collection of songs that flow from beginning to end, while still retaining the cinematic qualities we originally set out with on our debut." More...
"GH/0ST:S," the split album between Tucson's politically-motivated sludgecore instigators Godhunter and Oakland's creators of cinematic, engulfing doom metal Secrets Of The Sky is now available to the public for digital consumption. Listen to the full release below, thanks to Revolermag.com.
A collaboratively-released effort between Godhunter's own Battleground Records and Earsplit PR's label, The Compound, "GH/0ST:S" bears nearly thirty-five minutes of brand new material, each leading off with a mammoth original track and followed by a more serene and experimental track bearing the "ghosts" theme.
Godhutner's A-side tracks were recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and Secrets Of The Sky's B-side tunes recorded and mixed by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios, after which the entire release was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Following its limited edition cassette release for their Southwestern tour together this Spring, "GH/0ST:S" will see a deluxe LP release on September 30th -- the wax unexpectedly missing its initial release today due to being delayed in manufacturing -- pressed on 180-gram black/white swirl wax in a run of 300 copies each including a digital download. The digital release is today available for purchase via Bandcamp. More...
"The Star" - the prime track leading off secrets Of The Sky's side of the "GH/0ST:S" LP split with Godhunter - is now playing online and can be heard below thanks to Metalsucks.net.
The track was recorded at Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). "GH/0ST:S" brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with Godhunter's side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
"GH/0ST:S" will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between Godhunter's Battleground Records and Earsplit's The Compound Recs on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Pre-orders are available at this location. More...
Secrets Of The Sky has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist/keyboardist Chris Anderson:
"We had to part ways with Chris Anderson yesterday. It was over personal differences and we will take the high road and not put him on blast.
"We had several long discussions with him, ultimatums, etc. and we tried to make it work for a long, long time. Sometimes you have to turn your back on people when they refuse to help themselves. Best of luck man, seriously.
"In other news, writing and recording continues for the next album. Nothing changes. The riffs and ideas he contributed are gone, but there weren't many. And above all.... the five of us are having fun again. That's what really fucking matters anyways."
You can also stream all of the band's previous album "To Sail Black Waters" in the player below. More...
Having just completed a co-headlining tour of the lower southwestern realms of America together, Oakland's Secrets Of The Sky and Tucson's Godhunter have released a post-tour account of their journey together, documenting some of the pros, cons, and random insanity two independent acts sometimes encounter on such a venture.
Read the new tour blog over at tour sponsor American Aftermath's website.
On the recent Southwest U.S. trek, the bands were mongering a limited-to-100 copies, tour-only, cassette-edition of a new split release between both acts. On this combined effort, entitled
"Ghosts," both bands supply brand new material, showcasing even further experimentation into each of their respective crafts, with forty minutes of material, including a crushing new opus from each band, as well as a haunting, thematic accompaniment bearing the "Ghosts" theme.
Through a joint effort between Godhunter's Battleground Records and The Compound, "Ghosts" will see a more substantial release on September 9th through a deluxe LP version. The track listing is as follows: More...
The promoters of Tucson, Arizona's Southwest Terror Fest have finalized the massive lineup for the 2014 installment of the event. Behold: Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front!
On October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, the third episode of the only major multi-day metal festival to annually invade the lower western territory of the U.S. will bring an incredible collective of bands into Tucson.
Having stepped up the hosting venues for this year's gathering, the three main night's events will be held at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tucson, with the kickoff show on Thursday and each night's after show throwdowns taking place at nearby The District Tavern.
Headlining acts for this year include the unstoppable and ever-morphing Neurosis, lords of decimating drone Sunn O))), and riff rock kingpins Goatsnake.
The rest of the lineup is set to include a widespread mix of national and local bands, with Pelican, -16-, The Body, Eagle Twin, Baptists, Author & Punisher, The Fucking Wrath, Primitive Man, Blackqueen, Night Demon, Obliterations, North, TOAD, Secrets Of The Sky, Godhunter, Sex Prisoner, Sorxe, Twingiant, Spiritual Shepherd, Windmill of Corpses, and Conqueror Worm.
Actual day-to-day lineups, ticketing info/packages and more on Southwest Terror Fest III will be released in the coming weeks. More...
Tucson, Arizona's Godhunter has confirmed an upcoming split release with Oakland, California's Secrets Of The Sky, to be released in conjunction with their upcoming Western U.S. tour together.
During the first two weeks of June, the members of Godhunter will take their confrontational political sludge metal to the West Coast in support of debut LP, "City Of Dust." The entire tour will be with progressive doom metal sextet, Secrets Of The Sky, beginning with both bands performing at the annual Doom In June Fest in Las Vegas.
Now the bands confirm a new split cassette recording being finalized for release in conjunction with the tour. Then in September, a deluxe audiophile 10" vinyl version of the split will see a collaborative release between The Compound label and Godhunter's own Battleground Records
4/12/2014 The District Tavern - Tucson, AZ w/ Amigo The Devil, Inoculara, Chamber
6/06/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/08/2014 Stork Club - Oakland, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/09/2014 Frankie Teardrops - San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/10/2014 Billy O's - Ventura, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/11/2014 The Complex - Glendale, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/12/2014 The Palms - 29 Palms, CA w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/13/2014 The District Tavern - Tucson, AZ w/ Secrets Of The Sky
6/14/2014 Tempe Tavern - Phoenix, AZ w/ Secrets Of The Sky More...
The Doom In June Vol. 4 Music Festival is entering its fourth consecutive year. 22 live bands will be playing over a two day period on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at The Cheyenne Saloon in North Las Vegas, NV.
Included in the roster will be Pennsylvania trio Pale Divine (pictured below), who recently remastered their entire "Cemetery Earth" album on Shadow Kingdom records. Also there will be Las Vegas' own Demon Lung and Harry Conklin's black metal band Satan's Host.
For the first time in the festival's four-year history bands have been booked to perform starting Friday night (June 6th). In keeping with festival tradition, Saturday (June 7th) will feature music all day and well into the night. Doom in June expanded the format to accommodate 22 bands this year.
"I'm proud to be doing Doom in June for the 4th time" explains festival founder Marco Barbieri, "We've expanded to a two-day format in order to add more bands. There is a greater diversity of talent and we've listened to the fans and made it darker and heavier this year."
Confirmed artists include the following 22 bands. Originally 23 artists, The Freeks cancelled their scheduled appearance:
Ides of Gemini
Secrets of the Sky
Spun in Darkness
Trapped Within Burning Machinery
Whores of Tijuana
Following the CD/digital release of Godhunter's debut full-length, "City Of Dust," today the band's next bout of widespread touring in support of the album has been announced.
Coming through a union of The Compound and Godhunter's own Battleground Records, "City Of Dust" is also receiving a deluxe vinyl run, which is currently being manufactured. The record will be available in 300 copies on clear 180-gram vinyl with red splatters analogous with the desert rose cover artwork, all poly-bagged with a black sleeve and full-color 12x24 lyric/liner sheet and full-color jacket. Pre-orders are available here.
Late this Spring, Godhunter will take off on a wild west U.S. trek with Oakland's progressive doom metal sextet, Secrets Of The Sky. On June 6th and 7th the bands will rendezvous at the annual Doom In June Fest in Las Vegas. Details on the trek are as follows:
6/06/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June
6/07/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV @ Doom In June
6/08/2014 Stork Club - Oakland, CA
6/09/2014 Frankie Teardrops - San Luis Obispo, CA
6/10/2014 Billy O's - Ventura, CA
6/11/2014 The Complex - Glendale, CA
6/12/2014 The Palms - Palm Desert, CA
6/13/2014 The District Tavern - Tucson, AZ More...
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...