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Formed: 1992
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Esoteric News

Below is our complete Esoteric 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Esoteric Working On Seventh Album

The U.K. experimental doomsters from Esoteric are hard at work on what will be the band's seventh full-length album and the follow-up to 2011’s “Paragon of Dissonance.”

As the band members explain, this means that for the rest of the year they will be concentrating on preparation and recording: “We will be playing a few one-off shows and festivals, but we don’t intend to take part in any tours this year as we want our main focus to be on the album. If all goes to plan we hope to complete the writing by the end of 2015. The cycle continues…”

The departure last year of keyboard player Jan Krause has not affected the ability of the line-up (Gordon Bicknell on guitar, Mark Bodossian on bass, Greg Chandler on guitar and vocals, Joe Fletcher on drums, and Jim Nolan on guitar) to crack on with the new album, nor has it stopped them playing live while they search for a replacement.

As well as the new album, Esoteric also has other releases in mind, which vinyl fans will definitely appreciate, stating: “We plan to release 'The Pernicious Enigma' and 'Metamorphogenesis' on vinyl, which are the two remaining albums from our back catalogue that haven’t yet been released in this format. After that we will be re-releasing our first two albums on CD, but we will have more details about everything we’re planning to do as we go along. More...

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Blastfest Announces First Band Confirmations

At the peak of the summer festival season, one particular festival has only just begun to make its first announcements: Blastfest, which will be held in Bergen on the west coat of Norway.

The next installment of Blastfest will take place from February 19th - 21st, 2015. The following bands have now been confirmed for the festival:

Den Saakaldte
Impaled Nazarene
Bölzer More...

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Esoteric Splits With Keyboardist

U.K. outfit Esoteric has issued the following announcement online about parting ways with keyboard player Jan Krause:

"Following our recent tour, keyboardist Jan has decided to part ways with Esoteric. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.

"We are therefore in search of a suitable replacement. Anyone interested should be in the West Midlands area of the UK, or have the ability to get to central Birmingham for weekly rehearsals.

"Experience and own equipment is a must. Contact us through our Facebook profile."

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Esoteric Gearing Up For European Trek

Experimental doom metal outfit Esoteric returns to Europe in support of double album "Paragon of Dissonance."

The band will explore new areas in Eastern and Central Europe as well as Scandinavia plus Central Europe. Esoteric will be joined on most dates by Swedish/Chilean epic doom band Procession. This powerful package will be completed by special guests Isole from April 11th to 22nd and Indesinence for the remainder of the dates, which can be viewed in full below:

11 Apr 14 Zürich (CH) Werk 21
12 Apr 14 Leipzig (DE) UT
13 Apr 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
14 Apr 14 Szczezin (PL) Slowianin
15 Apr 14 Wroclaw (PL) Lykend
16 Apr 14 Warsaw (PL) 2kola
17 Apr 14 Vilnius (LT) Kablys
18 Apr 14 Riga (LV) Melna Piektdiena
19 Apr 14 Tallinn (EE) Tapper Club
20 Apr 14 Helsinki (FI) Bar Loose
21 Apr 14 Uppsala (SE) Cursed Uppsala
22 Apr 14 København (DE) KB18
23 Apr 14 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
24 Apr 14 Berlin (DE) K17
25 Apr 14 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete
26 Apr 14 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin 4

The tour is preceded by two UK warm up shows in March:
07 Mar 14 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
08 Mar 14 Liverpool (UK) The Pilgrim

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Esoteric Adds More Tour Dates

U.K. doom pioneers Esoteric have revealed more details about their forthcoming U.S. tour, and added additional dates.

The tour, which starts on September 20th in Soda Springs, CA, will run for two weeks before ending on October 5th in Cambridge, MA. New tour dates have been announced in Chicago, IL at Reggie's and Cambridge MA, at T.T. The Bear's Place.

The tour will see support from Saturnalia Temple and Velnias. A full list of tour dates can be found below. More...

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Esoteric Announces U.S. Shows

U.K. doom pioneers Esoteric have announced their first-ever tour in North America. The tour, which starts on September 20th in Soda Springs, CA will run for two weeks before ending on October 5th in Boston, MA. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Esoteric also recently announced a rare appearance at this year's Stella Natura Festival. The Stella Natura festival runs from September 20th through the 22nd and is located in the Sierra Nevada’s Tahoe National Forest. The festival will see Esoteric perform alongside bands like Wardruna (NO), Stargazer (AU), Jarboe, LOSS, Worm Ouroboros, and more.

9/20 - 9/22 : Soda Springs, CA (Stella Natura Festival)
9/23 : Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon w/ Cauldron Black Ram (AU)
9/24 : Seattle, WA @ The Highline w/ Anhedonist
9/25 : Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Uzala
9/26 : Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe w/ Moon of Delirium
9/27 : Colorado Springs, CO @ The Zodiac w/ Stoic Dissention
9/28 : St. Louis, MO
9/29 : Chicago, IL @ TBA
9/30 : Indianpolis, IN @ Beale Street Live w/ Black Goat of the Woods
10/1 : Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10/2 : Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's
10/3 : Baltimore, MA @ The Metro Gallery w/ Oak
10/4 : New York City, NY @ St. Vitus Bar w/ Black Anvil
10/5 : Boston, MA @ TBA

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Obscene Extreme Festival Running Order Revealed

There are only two weeks remaining in the countdown to the extreme metal gathering - Obscene Extreme Fest!

On July 3rd, Obscene Extreme kicks off at Trutnov Battlefield, Czech Republic, with the "Freak Festival" from 2pm and will include the annual and one of a kind Olymfreak Games. At 9PM the live events begins with the festival's "Doom Fest" headlined by Hooded Menace.

From Thursday the 4th to Saturday the 6th, the tempo turns up significantly and will see bands such as Napalm Death, Cryptopsy, Exhumed, Krisiun, Grave, Aborted and Anaal Nathrakh take to the stage.

Tickets can be purchased here and the running order is available below.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013
14.00 - ????? FREAK FESTIVAL
21.00 - 21.45 EVOKEN
22.00 - 23.00 ESOTERIC
23.15 - 00.15 HOODED MENACE

Thursday 4th July 2013
14.30 - 14.50 APE UNIT
15.00 - 15.20 MORKHIMMEL
15.30 - 15.55 GRAVEYARD
16.05 - 16.30 PERFECITIZEN
16.40 - 17.05 ANTIGAMA
17.15 - 17.40 CHAPEL OF DISEASE
17.50 - 18.20 USURPRESS
18.30 - 19.00 FUCK THE FACTS
19.10 - 19.40 FLESHLESS
19.50 - 20.20 AHUMADO GRANUJO
20.30 - 21.00 DESECRATION
21.10 - 21.50 MALIGNANT TUMOUR
23.00 - 00.00 CRYPTOPSY
00.15 - 01.00 HELL SHOW
01.00 - Till Exhaustion… Karaoké Müstach Bar - Beer Tents More...

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Ahab Announces European Tour

Ahab has announced the "Doowmwards Let Us Row" European tour, featuring Esoteric and Ophis. The dates for the run are as follows:

30.05.12 (GER) Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
31.05.12 (CH) Geneva – L´usine
01.06.12 (CH) Zürich – Dynamo
02.06.12 (A) Vienna – Escape Metal Corner
03.06.12 (SLO) Ljubljana – Klub Gromka
04.06.12 (CZ) Prag – tba
05.06.12 (GER) Munich – Feierwerk
06.06.12 (GER) tba
07.06.12 (GER) Jena – Rosenkeller
08.06.12 (NL) Rotterdam – Baroeg
09.06.12 (GER) Oberhausen – Kult Tempel

Ahab also recently released an update on the band's progress recording a new album, which can be found at this location.

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Maveth To Play Kill Town Death Fest

Finland's Maveth is the latest act to be confirmed for Denmark's Kill-Town Death Fest 2012, which takes place from August 30th to September 2nd. Further details on the festival can be found at this location.

Other confirmed bands so far:

Incantation (us)
Necros Christos (de)
Hooded Menace (sf)
Esoteric (uk)
Interment (se)
Verminous (se)
Voids Of Vomit (it)
Corpsessed (sf)
Morbus Chron (swe)
Church Bizarre (dk)
Tyranny (sf)
Execration (no)
Ritualization (fr)
Maveth (sf)
Cryptborn (sf)
Pustulation (dk)

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Esoteric Streaming New Song

Esoteric will be releasing the new album "Paragon of Dissonance" on November 11th (November 15th in the U.S.). In anticipation of the upcoming release, a song off the album is now available for streaming online.

Head over to the Season of Mist Facebook profile here to check out the track "Cipher." The album's track listing is as follows:

CD 1:

Loss of Will
Non Being

CD 2:

Torrent of Ills

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Esoteric Reveals New Album Details

As previously announced, Esoteric's forthcoming album is entitled "Paragon of Dissonance" and will be out on November 11th (November 15th in the U.S.). The cover artwork and track listing for the album are as follows:

CD 1:

Loss of Will
Non Being

CD 2:

Torrent of Ills More...

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Esoteric Announces New Album Title

Esoteric is back in the scene and the British doomsters' forthcoming album will be entitled "Paragon of Dissonance." The release has been described by vocalist Greg Chandler as a "varied and diverse mix of emotions and soundscapes."

The band's sixth full-length album will be released mid-November and will be a 2-disc set, like most of Esoteric's previous albums. Esoteric has announced that more news on the release will be revealed in September.

In the mean time, you can check out Esoteric songs available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Esoteric Announces Festival Appearances

U.K. doom act Esoteric has announced the following upcoming festival appearances:

10/29 2010 LX Extreme Fest, Lisbon, Portugal with Swallow the Sun, Forgotten Tomb, Rapture
10/30 2010 Bracara Fest, Braga, Portugal
10/31 2010 Madrid is the Dark Fest II, Sala Caracol, Madrid, Spain with Forgotten Tomb, Swallow the Sun, Rapture
11/6 2010 Damnation Festival Leeds University Union

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Esoteric Issues Vinyl Release Update

U.K. doom act Esoteric has issued the following update about releasing albums on vinyl:

"Finally, there is some progress regarding the vinyl project. Each album will be released on an individual basis, starting later in 2010 with the 'Epistemological Despondency' 2LP. Each album will be limited to approx 350 copies. Following the series of albums on individual LP - there will be a one-off box set containing all albums. The box set will be limited to approx 150 copies.

"Important: Any interest in the 'Epistemological Despondency' 2LP can be made now via email (aesthetic.death@virgin.net) to confirm reservation of a copy. No money required at this stage. Expected cost is £25 including postage. Any orders for the 'Epistemological' 2LP will receive priority on the next vinyl in the series. It will be possible to register an interest in the box set version at a later date - anyone buying all individual albums will receive first priority on the box set version."

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Esoteric Recruits New Guitarist

U.K. doom metallers Esoteric have issued the following update about recruiting a new guitarist:

"We are proud to announce that Jim Nolan has joined the band on guitar. A very fine successor to the recently departed Kris Clayton. We are currently writing and rehearsing new material for the sixth album, which we will begin recording later this year at the Priory Recording Studios. We have shows in the UK, Italy, Belgium and Poland in the coming months. See calender for details."

Esoteric's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

1/30 2010 The Old Bell Hotel, UK Derby
3/20 2010 March of the Fallen II @ The Olden Live Club, Italy near Brescia
3/27 2010 Open Your Mind Festival, Belgium Zomergem, near Gent
5/2 2010 The Asymmetry Festival, Poland Wroclaw
5/15 2010 The Bull & Gate, UK London, London and South East

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Esoteric Writing New Album

U.K. doom metallers Esoteric have issued the following update about writing new material:

"News Update: Currently we are writing and rehearsing new material for the sixth album, which we will be recording at various stages throughout 2010 at Priory Recoring Studios. We have a few gigs lined up for next year so far (see upcoming shows section). If anyone wants to inquire about our availability, please get in touch through myspace or greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk. We are still open for auditions for any prospective band members to replace the recently departed Olivier Goyet (keys/synths) and Kris Clayton (guitar). Currently Ilia Rodriguez (Pantheist/Indesinence) is filling in on 3rd guitar duties while we search for a permanent replacement."

Esoteric's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...

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Esoteric Seeking New Guitarist And Keyboardist

U.K. doom band Esoteric have issued the following update about seeking a new guitarist and keyboard player:

"Guitarist and Keyboard player required: We, Esoteric are currently looking for a replacement for our third guitarist, Kris Clayton who departed from the band earlier this year and also require a replacement for our keyboard player, Olivier Goyet who recently moved back to his homeland, France. Experience and own equipment are a necessity. The band has been in existence since July 1992 and is currently writing material for the sixth album. Regular gigs in UK and abroad. Contact: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk."

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Esoteric Prepare To Record New Album

British doomsters ESOTERIC have completed writing and arranging material for their fifth album and are preparing to enter the studio to record the CD. The album will contain seven songs, spanning over 100 minutes, and will be released on double-CD format through Season of Mist.

In other news, plans are in motion to release a 10xLP box set through Aesthetic Death Records in the coming months. This will include all of the songs from the first four albums and will be the first vinyl release from the band.

ESOTERIC's most recent album, "Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum", was released in June 2004 via Season of Mist.

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Esoteric Welcome New Drummer

British doom metallers ESOTERIC welcome new drummer Joe Fletcher to the band. After 18 months, the guys have finally found someone suitably talented and disturbed to join them. ESOTERIC look forward to working with him both live and in the studio.

Alongside this comes the news that the band is looking for a third guitarist following the recent departure of Steve Peters. Please not that ESOTERIC is based in the Birmingham area of the West Midlands, UK, and that experience and dedication are essential. You can contact the band through www.myspace.com/esotericuk or greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk

ESOTERIC have nearly completed writing and arranging their fifth album. So far there are over 100 minutes of material and the band hopes to enter the studio in the next month or two, so you can expect a possible double album for a late 2007 release.

Finally, ESOTERIC will be returning to the live stage after an 18 month absence. The shows are as follows:

20 Apr 07 Birmingham (UK) The Barfly ( + Anaal Nathrakh + Deadweight)
08 Jun 07 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
09 Jun 07 Paris (FR) La Locomotive ( + Pantheist + Imindain + ...)

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Esoteric Seek New Drummer

British doomsters ESOTERIC are currently looking for a new drummer following the recent departure of Andy Semmens. All applicants must be experienced and have an open mind. The band has been in existence for 13 years, and are currently preparing their fifth album. For more information, contact greg@bereft.co.uk or esoteric@bereft.co.uk.

ESOTERIC's most recent album, "Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum", was released in June 2004 via Season of Mist.

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