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Eight Bells

From: Portland, OR, United States
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Below is our complete Eight Bells 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.

First Bands Announced For Hoverfest

The first-annual Hoverfest, a festival created with Hovercraft amps, will take place on August 23rd, 2014 in the blocked-off alleyway by Type Foundry Studios at 611 N. Tillamook St. in Portland, Oregon.

Presales will be available in the coming weeks for the event being graciously hosted by Cravedog Media, booked by Nanotear, and with live music on the day of the show being mixed by Billy Anderson. More bands are still to be announced, and the currently confirmed lineup is as follows:

YOB
Witch Mountain
Holy Grove
Eight Bells
Mountain God

Stay tuned to the festival's Facebook event page for more announcements and further details.

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Eight Bells Issues Tour Recap

Trance-inducing sound contortionists Eight Bells recently wrapped up a short run of live ceremonies alongside Salt Lake City sludge collective SubRosa. The eclectic trio made their way through Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City, Oakland, and San Francisco, dousing listeners with ethereal hymns of jammy, majestic panic.

Comments Melynda Jackson of the journey: “We have returned to our lives and jobs. Our excitement for upcoming tasks is evident, and we are planning a couple of local shows and weekend trips for the Summer, although our focus is on writing for a new album. We thank everyone who was supportive, and that was pretty much everyone we encountered, and we also thank SubRosa for being amazing artists and road partners.

"I don't really have any great crazy stories from the road so I will make a random list of disjointed ideas: peacocks screamed at me in Idaho way too early in the morning; there was an actual outhouse that was actually used; we visited and revisited the fact that Stevie Wonder's song ‘Part Time Lover’ has a very uncomfortable and awkward drum beat. Canadians are very nice people. Wet wipes are a touring band's best friend. People who spend 20 minutes telling you that your band is good, but just not what they would ever listen to as if their opinion matters that much and who distract you from talking with actual friends are hilarious; nothing makes napping more beautiful than the sound of tires droning on the surface of the interstate.”

Eight Bells released a debut full-length in the form of "The Captain’s Daughter" earlier this year via Seventh Rule Recordings.

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Eight Bells Streaming Full New Album

In celebration of its forthcoming release this Tuesday, Metal Insider will be streaming Eight Bells’ "The Captain’s Daughter" debut in its entirety for a limited time.

Engineered by sound mastermind Billy Anderson, "The Captain’s Daughter" features four organic soundscapes that merge serenity with severity. Lose yourself with "The Captain’s Daughter" over at this location. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Eight Bells features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas now based in Portland, Oregon, Jackson’s Eight Bells continues in SAS’ tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who created the centerpiece vocals on 'Fate and Technology' and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocalizations.

"Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music."

"The Captain’s Daughter" will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings February 19th, 2013. Order your copy right here.

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Eight Bells Streaming New Track

Cvlt Nation is currently hosting a stream of “The Captain’s Daughter,” a new track from Portland atmospheric sound exhibitionists Eight Bells. Check out the song right here.

The premiere comes in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming full-length of the same name, set for release on February 19th, 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings. Engineered by sound mastermind Billy Anderson, "The Captain’s Daughter" features four organic soundscapes that oscillate seamlessly between tranquil and terrifying. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Eight Bells features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas now based in Portland, Oregon, Jackson’s Eight Bells continues in SAS’ tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who created the centerpiece vocals on 'Fate and Technology' and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocalizations.

"Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music."

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Eight Bells Streaming New Song

Invisible Oranges is currently offering up a premiere of “Fate And Technology” from Oregon transcendentalists Eight Bells.

“Fate And Technology” comes off the trio’s Billy Anderson-engineered "The Captain’s Daughter" debut, scheduled for release on February 19th, 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings. Give the song a listen through Invisible Oranges here or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:

"Eight Bells features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas, Melynda Jackson grew up an only child. The isolated grasslands and windswept landscapes of her youth would later inspire her to evoke equally mysterious terrain through experimental guitar explorations and wordless vocalizations in the now-deceased SubArachnoid Space.

"Now based in Portland, Oregon Jackson's Eight Bells continues in SAS’ tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner, who also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocal talents. SubArachnoid Space drummer Chris Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music." More...

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Eight Bells To Release Debut LP

Oregon's Eight Bells will release the debut LP "The Captain’s Daughter" on February 19, 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings. The album was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep/Neurosis/Agalloch). The band's sound is described as an "eclectic offering presents four songs that weave elements of post-black metal and progressive rock together in a decidedly unique manner making for an alternately beautiful and terrifying listening experience."

Eight Bells features SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas, Jackson grew up an only child. The isolated grasslands and windswept landscapes of her youth would later inspire her to evoke equally mysterious terrain through experimental guitar explorations and wordless vocalizations in SubArachnoid Space. SAS took Jackson far afield with a series of albums on Relapse and various indie labels, a split EP with Bardo Pond, tours with Acid Mother’s Temple, and a trip to Japan. Jackson put the band to bed after fifteen years in 2011 following the release of its final album, Eight Bells.

"Eight Bells (the band) continues in the tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who inspires and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocal talents. SubArachnoid Space drummer Chris Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music."

Notes Jackson earnestly of The Captain’s Daughter: “I see this album as an attempt to communicate and exorcise. It is open to interpretation. Praise be to Chris and Haley for making it a whole transmission.” More...

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