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Candlelight Records today has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu’s new album, titled "Abzu." As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader). Check out the cover artwork below.
Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, "Abzu" finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom.
Proscriptor comments, “Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu’s vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, 'A Song For Ea,' was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu’s most proficient guitarist in the history of the band.”
Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes, “This album has not only been the most challenging in Absu’s discography, but the quickest paced – composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001’s Tara.” More...
The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The lineup is as follows: More...
Texas-based mythological occult metal trio Absu is currently hard at work on "Abzu," the follow up to the band’s 2009 self-titled album. The album is being tracked at Nomad Recording Studio in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by none other than J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus).
Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Proscriptor confirms, "The entire rhythm section has been successfully tracked and all that remains are mellotron passages and vocal lines. Before attempting the final mix, we plan to transfer the rhythm section onto two-inch tape to thaw out its digital timbre. With this record, we are appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki's lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System." Continuing he notes, "I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness."
"Abzu" is the second of a three-part series and is planned for release later this year. The tentative track listing is as follows:
I.) Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
II.) Circles of the Oath
III.) Abraxas Connexus
IV.) Skrying in the Spirit Vision
V.) Earth Ripper
VI.) A Song for Ea including:
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. 3rd Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters – The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise) More...
It's only fitting, in an ironic way, that Immortal finally arrived in Chicago during a winter when my city was buried under two feet of snow. It's one of those coincidences that I'd have a much easier time appreciating if I wasn't trapped in my own home for four days a mere three weeks before the show. Despite taking almost a decade to return to the Windy City, Immortal was still worth the wait.
Unfortunately I missed all but the last two songs of Absu's set since the CTA thought it was a great idea to name two stops Ashland on the Green Line and I'd personally like to meet whoever was responsible for that decision, so that I can challenge that person to a bloody duel to the death suspended over a pit of lava with spiked clubs. I ended up taking the train in the exact opposite direction towards the second Ashland since jumping on the train saying that it was heading to the Ashland stop seemed like a great idea at the time. That whole ordeal managed to take up over an hour of my life since I ended up at the exact opposite end of Chicago that I wanted to be at. Thank you very much CTA. You really know how to create wonderful, memorable experiences. More...
Maveth has issued the following announcement about appearing at the 2011 edition of the Hammer Open Air Festival in Finland:
"Hammer Open Air Metal Festival! Next summer Maveth will perform at Hammer Open Air Festival in Lieto, Finland. Dates for the festival are 15th and 16th of July 2011. For more info visit this location."
Other confirmed bands so far are: More...
Texas black metal act Absu has announced that it has parted ways with yet another guitarist, this time having Aethyris McKay leave the band. Aethyris McKay leaves Absu to join Pantheon I. Absu vocalist and drummer Proscriptor commented by saying:
"I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of 'mythological occult metal.'"
As was previously announced, Texas based act Absu will join Immortal on the black metal act's return to the U.S. for six shows early next year. The dates will mark the first live performances for Absu since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes:
"We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for Absu to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us."
These upcoming performances will mark the first time that Absu will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, "I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo, Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of mythological occult metal."
The dates are as follows:
2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre - Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
After completion of the dates with Immortal, Absu will enter the studio to begin recording a new album, titled "Abzu." The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, "This recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness." More...
Texas-based mythological occult metal band ABSU has announced the addition of session lead guitarist Vis Crom (pronounced "Vish Krahm") to the group's ranks. He replaces Zawicizuz, who was recently dismissed due to irreconcilable differences. Says drummer/vocalist Proscriptor of the replacement, "We are extremely thrilled to welcome Vis Crom as the newest touring musician of ABSU. He has proven to be a conquering performer and we’re delighted to convey our next live chapters of mythological occult metal with him.”
“I felt it was time to re-evaluate the path of the band in a live aspect," he continues. "ABSU’s expanding growth, metaphysically and musically speaking, will embark on a journey like nothing we have ever experienced before. One of the main objectives is to never create the same album twice, so one can expect a revolving lineup. Working with Zawicizuz for the past two years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. I wish him good fortune and success in the future." More...
Norwegian extreme metallers Pantheon I have been confirmed to support Absu on the ucpoming European tour due to take place this autumn. The band’s cellist, classically trained musician Live Julianne, explained about Pantheon I’s inclusion on the tour: “We didn’t think originally that we would be able to do the tour because of other prior commitments. We had really put it completely out of our minds when the slot suddenly became available again just as we were re-scheduling a few things ourselves, so it all worked out perfectly. Playing live is something we all enjoy, and we have been looking forward to touring with the new album since we finished recording it. We’re scheduled to do a 6-date tour in Norway in September before the European tour kicks off, so right now we’re busy rehearsing and preparing. Panntheon I never do things by halves, and we’re ready to hit the road with a vengeance."
Pantheon I's tour schedule is as follows: More...
Absu has issued the following update about their upcoming make up show in Forth Worth:
"San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD has recently been added to the make up performance on Saturday, September 5th. HOD has also recently released their excellent debut album, 'Serpent,' via Ibex Moon Records.
"ABSU's Dallas/Ft. Worth concert, which was originally supposed to take place on June 29th, has been rescheduled for September 5th at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. This show will also feature doom metal legends SOLITUDE AETURNUS and Austin-based black metal band AVERSE SEFIRA. All tickets for the original concert on June 29th will be honored for the September 5th make-up performance. Tickets are available here and at the box office the day of the show.
"ABSU will embark on a full European tour later this year. Support on the trek will come from psychedelic black metal band NACHTMYSTIUM, England's RAZOR OF OCCAM (featuring members of DESTROYER 666) and ZOROASTER."
London based Australian blackened thrash metal act, Razor Of Occam, have confirmed to tour Europe in the fall with the grandmasters of American black metal, Absu! Nachtmystium and Zoroaster complete the vicious line-up that will rape and pillage clubs all over Europe, starting on October 16th.
Razor Of Occam's Metal Blade debut, Homage To Martyrs, is available everywhere and on metalbladestore.com.
“…an album built on barbaric fury, but it's focused in just the right places to make the ultra fast mayhem of songs like Heat of Battle and Altar of Corruption hit you like a scalpel to the eyeball, while avoiding sounding clean or sterilized.” 4 K rating, Kerrang
“…every song is a parade of top notch thrash and black metal composition.” MetalSucks.net
“Folks, Homage to Martyrs descends on you like a grizzly in a phone booth; there's no escape as this thing is all slashing claws, gnashing teeth, and crushing weight…Homage to Martyrs boasts all the fiery hunger and immediacy of a new band, and the professional design and execution of old vets.” MetalReview.com
RAZOR OF OCCAM
w/ Absu, Nachtmystium, Zoroaster
Presented by: Metal Hammer, Legacy, Metal.de
10/16 Germany Darmstadt Steinbruch
10/17 Germany Essen Turock
10/18 Germany Hamburg Markthalle
10/19 Denmark Copenhagen The Rock
10/20 Germany Berlin K17
10/21 Germany Nürnberg Z-Bau
10/22 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
10/23 Germany Kassel K19
10/24 Czech Rep Prague Exit Chmelnice
10/25 Hungary Budapest Durer Kert
10/26 Austria Wien Arena
10/27 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
10/28 Germany München Feierwerk
10/29 Italy Turin Spazio 211
10/30 Switzerland Zürich Dynamo Werk 21
10/31 France Paris Glazart
11/01 UK Nottingham Rock City
11/02 UK Manchester Moho Live
11/03 UK London Underworld
11/04 Ireland Dublin Academy 2
11/05 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
11/06 Belgium Aarschot JH De Klinker
11/07 Holland Rotterdam Watt
American black metallers Absu had previously canceled a tour date in Fort Worth. They have announced the following make up show with Solitude Aeturnus and Averse Sefira:
Saturday September 5, 2009 @ Ridglea Theater
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
NOTE: All Previous Tickets Purchased For The Initial Date Will Be Honored At The Door.
Candlelight Records has just completed its third label packaged tour for North America, which featured Philadelphia thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and support from Los Angeles-based SOTHIS. The tour visited 21 cities throughout the US and Canada, which began in San Marcos, California and unexpectedly ended in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 27. ABSU's scheduled Ft. Worth, TX performance on Monday, June 29 was canceled due to the band's tour bus breaking down outside of Baton Rouge, LA. The concert will be rescheduled for later this summer and all tickets for the canceled show will be honored for the new date or refunded at the point of purchase. More...
Absu has issued the following announcement about canceling their show tonight in Ft. Worth:
"ABSU’s scheduled Ft. Worth, TX performance tonight has been canceled due to their tour bus breaking down earlier today outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The show, the final on the band’s current tour, was to feature Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and a 'special guest.' The band has already confirmed with the promoter for tonight’s show that the performance will be rescheduled later this summer and anyone who purchased tickets will have them successfully redeemed for the rescheduled performance.
"The band will perform at this weekend’s Hostile City Death Fest in Philadelphia. Tickets are available here."
The first annual Hostile City Death Fest is set to take place on July 4th and 5th at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets for the all-ages show are $35 per day and are now on sale. Here's the line-up:
Total Fucking Destruction
Kult ov Azazel
Submerged in Dirt
Torn the Fuck Apart
Fuck the Facts
Cursed From Birth
In Her Virgin Womb
Chicago black metal band, Withering Soul, in conjunction with Pitch Black Productions has announced that Withering Soul will be canceling their May 2nd show in Mount Prospect, IL due to an injury to drummer, Marek. Marek’s injuries are only minor and he will return to his drum kit shortly.
According to a press release, this is the first show the band has ever cancelled and Withering Soul wants their fans to know that they did not make this decision lightly and that all possible options were taken into consideration. Withering Soul has never canceled a show in the past and even finished a set back in August of 2008 alongside Finntroll (Finland) after an injury that occurred on stage at Mokena’s Pearl Room. This prior injury was not the fault of the management or staff of The Pearl Room. More...
U.S. black metallers Absu have updated their summer tour schedule to reflect the following North American and European tour dates:
5/2 SWR Barroselas Metalfest XII Barroselas
5/7 Thunder Of Gods Open Air Dripping Springs, Texas
5/22 Maryland Deathfest VII - Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
5/30 Festung Open Air Friedersdorf / Bitterfeld
6/6 Jumping Turtle San Marcos, California
6/7 House of Blues W. Hollywood, California
6/8 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
6/9 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
6/10 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
6/12 The Underground Calgary, Alberta
6/13 The Exchange Regina, Saskatchewan
6/14 Royal Albert Arms Winnipeg, Manitoba
6/15 Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota
6/16 The Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois
6/17 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
6/18 Wreck Room Toronto, Ontario
6/19 Petit Campus Montreal, Quebec
6/20 Penny Arcade Rochester, New York
6/21 BB Kings Blues Club New York, New York
6/22 Jaxx W. Springfield, Virginia
6/23 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
6/24 The Muse Nashville, Tennessee
6/25 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
6/26 The Garage St. Petersburg, Florida
6/27 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6/29 Firewater Dallas, Texas
7/17 Hell’s Pleasure Metal Festival Pößneck
7/18 Kaltenbach Open Air Spital am Semmering
7/25 Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk
The Festung Open Air Festival 2009 will take place in Bitterfeld, Germany on May 30 - 31. The currently confirmed bands are as follows:
Dead To This World
Candlelight Records has announced its third label packaged tour for North America. Set to kick off on June 6, CIII will feature the talents of US black metal legends Absu, with support coming from France’s Glorior Belli, Austin-based Averse Sefira and Los Angeles-based Sothis. The tour will visit 22 cities throughout the US and Canada beginning in San Marcos, California and wrapping up in Dallas, Texas on June 29. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale exclusively at Enterthevault.com. Tickets will go on sale through all local and online ticket agencies starting March 5.
Absu’s self-titled new album hits stores nationwide February 24. Currently featured on the cover of Metal Maniacs, the album is the first to offer new material from the highly regarded metal band in nearly eight years. This will be the band’s first large-scale tour since their tour alongside Enslaved in 1997.
France’s Glorior Belli make their first trip to North America as they participate on CIII. Their sophomore record, "Manifesting the Raging Beast," was released in 2007 via Southern Lord Records. The band now, signed to Candlelight, will begin recording of their label debut, titled "Meet Us at the Southern Sign," this month with hopes to see it released during the tour.
Averse Sefira joins CIII continuing to support their latest album, "Advent Parallax." Their participation on the tour is their third national tour in two years having previously toured with labelmates 1349 in 2007 and with friends Immolation in early 2008.
Sothis released their debut, "De Oppresso Liber," on September 2. Mixed by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), the record has enjoyed growing and consistent sales since release. This will be the band’s first national tour.
CIII follows the success of Candlelight’s previous label tours – the first in 2005 featuring Entombed, Crowbar, Pro-Pain & The Mighty Nimbus, and second in 2007 featuring Enslaved, Dark Funeral and then newcomers Abigail Williams. The label, maintaining offices in Philadelphia and London, continues to grow since launching American operations in 2001. Candlelight is distributed throughout the US exclusively via Caroline Distribution, EMI Music for Canada and Plastichead Music for the rest of the world.
Confirmed dates for the CIII 2009 tour are as follows: More...
American black metal band Absu has announced the following concerning their new self-titled album:
"Texas-based mythological occult metal band Absu have posted the song 'Girra's Temple' from their self-titled new album due in stores February 24 on their official MySpace page. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians."
"Absu is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album Tara released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus), the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album's lyrical concepts, 'I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few Absu studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it.'"
The track listing for "Absu" is: More...