Secrets of the Sky
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Secrets Of The Sky - which released the "Pathway" album through Metal Blade last year - is now breaking up as the members of the band part ways with vocalist Garett Gazay. The group posted this message to fans online:
"Hey everyone, Andy here... Due to recent circumstances, Garett Gazay will no longer be a part of Secrets of the Sky. Ryan, Lance, and myself have decided to move on and start a new project.
"Its been a fucking blast over these last 4+ years and we love each and every one of you who came out to any of our shows. We've met some incredible people along our journey, and made friends with many killer bands. Good luck to all of you who live your lives on the road. Stay true to yourselves and to your music.
"We want to thank Metal Blade Records for all of the help they've given us throughout this last year, plus a very special thank you to Kelli Malella who has bent over backwards for us, probably more than she needed to and more than we deserved. We are forever grateful to you!
"Another special thanks to David Rodgers of Godhunter and Battleground Records. Thank you for helping us with some of the business side of things, but more importantly for all of the times you and Miki let us crash at your house, fed us, and for just being genuinely good people. Someday down the road our paths may cross again. Until then, Cheers! More...
Following a live incursion supporting label mates Anaal Nathrakh last month, Oakland ethereal doom pessimists Secrets Of The Sky will wage sonic menace upon the masses on the next leg of an ongoing live infiltration.
The band will level ten stages through five states, drawing to a ceremonial close at 7th Circle Collective in Denver, Colorado. The eclectic collective will be touring alongside Tucson sludge ensemble North on select dates. Secrets Of The Sky is also confirmed to perform the inaugural Death To False Metal gala in Hamden, Connecticut in August.
In conjunction with the tour's kick off, the band delivers the moving visual companion to "Fosforos" from the "Pathway" full-length, released last month via Metal Blade Records. The crushing, muted-tuned clip was captured by Rosa Santolaya and edited by vocalist/keyboardist Garett Gazay. Check it out below.
6/15/2015 The Wandering Goat - Eugene, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/16/2015 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/17/2015 Black Lodge - Bremerton, WA
6/18/2015 The Pin - Spokane, WA
6/19/2015 The Railyard - Billings, MT
6/20/2015 Foot Foot Fest - Fort Collins, CO w/ Reproacher
6/21/2015 7th Circle Collective - Denver, CO
8/14/2015 Death To False Metal @ The Outer Space & Ballroom - Hamden, CT More...
California doom/death act Secrets of the Sky released a music video for the new track "Eternal Wolves." The song appears on the new album "Pathway," which is out today via Metal Blade Records.
The track list for the album is:
2. Three Swords
4. Angel in Vines (see music video here)
5. Another Light
8. Garden of Prayers
12. Eternal Wolves
Check out "Eternal Wolves" here: More...
With the final descent of "Pathway," the latest studio offering from Oakland's favorite atmospheric doom alchemists Secrets Of The Sky, now less than one week away, today the full album has come online for streaming. Listen in below.
Engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Sadus etc.) of Trident Studios with Secrets Of The Sky, "Pathway" is the gargantuan, thirteen-track follow-up to 2013's "To Sail Black Waters" full-length. More...
As "Pathway," the impending new full-length from Oakland-based atmospheric doom-bringers Secrets Of The Sky draws near, today the band offers up the stunning new visual accompaniment to fourth track "Angel In Vines."
The clip was directed and edited by Andrew Nethery (Melvins, Kyuss Lives, Dead Meadow), creator of the band's 2014 "Decline" clip, and stars Melissa May and Zack Warren. Check it out below.
Elaborates guitarist Clayton Bartholomew, "For this video, we went back to director Andrew Nethery, who also did the video for the song 'Decline' from our first record, To Sail Black Waters. He did a great job for that video and was an easy guy to work with.
"For the 'Angel In Vines' video, we let him run with his own vision. The song itself relates to the loss of innocence, and he found an interesting analogy to express this same sentiment, while keeping the video abstract and not just giving away the premise of the song. We like that he was able to avoid cliché and the imagery he was able to capture is a definite work of art on its own." More...
This August, the maiden installment of a brand new metal fest will take over Hamden, Connecticut, dubbed the Death To False Metal Festival.
Born out of a desire to bring together some of the best touring acts in the world with quality local and regional metal acts, DTFM festival hopes to create one of the premiere metal festivals in the U/S.
Sponsored by Metal Insider and Earsplit PR, the first edition gathering is set to take place on Friday, August 14th and Saturday the 15th at The Outer Space & Ballroom in Hamden, just outside of New Haven, Connecticut.
Friday night's lineup will feature thrash legends Whiplash, Valkyrie (Relapse Records), Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Vengeance, and Bedroom Rehab Corporation.
Saturday night will feature USBM stalwarts Krieg (Candlelight Records), Secrets Of The Sky (Metal Blade Records), Immortal Bird, Destroyer Of Light, Godhunter (The Compound Recs/Battleground Records), Secret Cutter, Tomb & Thirst, Grizzlor, and Archaic Decapitator. More...
Oakland-based eclectic doom unit and recent Metal Blade signees Secrets Of The Sky will support U.K. extreme metal duo and labelmates Anaal Nathrakh on a North American live takeover next month.
Beginning May 11th in Sacramento, California and concluding on May 22nd in Trenton, New Jersey, the trek will crush twelve cities with additional support from special guests, Incite.
From there, Secrets Of The Sky will conquer seventeen more locales through eleven states alongside Tucson sludge ensemble, North, on select dates, with additional onstage endeavors in the plotting stages. More...
Secrets of the Sky posts a new clip for the recently premiered track "Three Swords" offering more details of the brilliant album artwork of the upcoming album "Pathway", set to drop on May 19 via Metal Blade Records.
Check out the clip now below.
UK-based extreme metal duo Anaal Nathrakh will wage war on North America later this Spring, slated to embark on May 11th in Sacramento.
The antagonistic twosome will march through a dozen metropolises, with the final massacre to take place at this year's Maryland Death Fest on May 24th. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and labelmates, Secrets Of The Sky.
Anaal Nathrakh unleashed the band's eighth studio offering, "Desideratum," via Metal Blade Records last Fall. More...
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...