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Formed: 2003
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Minsk News

Below is our complete Minsk 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.

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Minsk Reveals New Album Details

Following a six-year slumber, the Illinois-based enigmatic sound conjurors from Minsk are readying to unveil the otherworldly fruit of their new studio creation, "The Crash & The Draw."

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, Minsk has been cultivating sonic exploration and alchemical outpourings since 2002.

This new album was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and Minsk at Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria. The record includes the striking cover creation of Orion Landau.

"The Crash & The Draw" will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015, April 3rd, 2015 in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 6th, 2015 in the UK and rest of the world. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. To The Initiate
2. Within And Without
3. Onward Procession I. These Longest Of Days
4. Onward Procession II. The Soil Calls
5. Onward Procession III. The Blue Hour
6. Onward Procession IV. Return, The Heir
7. Conjunction
8. The Way Is Through
9. To You There Is No End
10. To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure
11. When The Walls Fell More...

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Roadburn Adds More Bands To 2015 Lineup

Roadburn Festival is pleased to kick off the new year with a handful of new confirmations, plus the addition of a fifth stage. Tickets for the 20th edition of the festival are on sale now.

Minsk, Mount Salem, and Worm Ouroboros have been added to the line up at the 013 for Thursday, April 9th. Having previously performed at the 2009 edition of the festival, Minsk return to Roadburn, bringing an atmospheric, meditative ambience, offset by raging thrust. Look out for plenty of canyon-sized riffs, trippy sounding keyboards and enchanting vocals when Mount Salem conjurs a crushing windstorm to blow through Roadburn, whilst Worm Ouroboros will be spinning diaphanous webs of the most delicate chamber doom.

New Orleans heavyweights Goatwhore lead the charge, followed by Germany's Downfall of Gaia, noise-hardcore trio Cortez, and a dual-pronged sludge attack from both Fister and Moloch as the first bands announced for the intimate Cul de Sac venue.

As with the 2014 edition, Roadburn's fifth stage will be at Cul de Sac - a small music café located across from the 013 venue at 48 Heuvel, which is the street lined with bars and restaurants (also affectionately known as “Weirdo Canyon”). Four bands will perform at Cul de Sac on each day of the festival, Thursday - Sunday. Entry to these shows is sure to be in high demand, so attendees are advised to arrive early to secure access.

With regret, the festival's organizers have to announce that Lord Mantis will no longer be performing at Roadburn 2015. The band is unable to make it over to Europe due to personal reasons; as a result the performance at Roadburn and any shows around that will be cancelled. The vacant slot on the line up will be taken by Ohio sludge titans Fistula. More...

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Floor Announces New Tour Dates

Underground rock outfit Floor just announced a European tour, the band's first, that sees it travel throughout a half dozen countries and play several European festivals, including Roadburn, Desert Fest London, Doom over Leipzig, and Solomacello Fest.

Support on this tour comes from Minks, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Floor is touring in support of "Oblation," the band's first new album in over ten years. "Oblation" is available for streaming or digital download over at Bandcamp here. More...

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Minsk Recording New Album

The Peoria, IL psychedelic metallers in Minsk have begun work on their new full-length record and first album in over five years.

The album is being recorded at Earth Analog studios outside of Champaign, IL throughout July/August and will be produced by long-time collaborator Sanford Parker. The as-of-yet titled album will see an early 2015 release via Relapse Records. Founding member Timothy Mead commented on the group’s rebirth:

"So much attention and care have gone into this process, this renewal. We knew that in order to really move Minsk forward in a meaningful way we would need to raise the bar all over again. This realization lit a fire within us to transcend what was. So many things had to fall into place to make it what we knew it needed to be. A new rhythm section, a second guitar for the first time since the early days of the band, additional vocalists, Sanford's contributions moving to the realm of synth/noise for this album. Lots of changes, to be sure, and yet the results will be unmistakably Minsk... just Minsk on a whole different level this time around. We cannot wait to share the fruits of these labors.” More...

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Minsk Celebrating 10th Anniversary

Peoria's psychedelic metal act, Minsk, is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the band's very first show and is officially ended a two-year hiatus. Minsk states:

“Ten years ago today, we unleashed our musical interpretation of what it means to be alive upon a curious crowd at a rented American Legion hall in East Peoria, Illinois. And since then, this journey has contained immeasurable and indefinable experiences which have shaped all of us to the core.

"Ten years later, we are grateful to be continuing on the path. A little less than two years ago we made an announcement that Minsk would be going on an extended hiatus. The hiatus had to happen, and the hiatus had to end. And now we find ourselves again focused and moving forward, not a re-formation but a continuation. More...

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Sanford Parker's Studio Tour Video Premiere

Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.

Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.

The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.

Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”

“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”

Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)

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Circle of Animals Posts New Song Online

CIRCLE OF ANIMALS has posted a brand new MP3, “Poison The Lamb,” off their debut album "Destroy The Light" online courtesy of AlarmPress.com, and Crustcake.com. 'Destroy The Light" will see its North American release on Tuesday October 12th.

CIRCLE OF ANIMALS is Sanford Parker (MINSK, THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, BURIED AT SEA) and Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA) along with a rotating cast of established drummers. The track “Poison The Lamb,” for example, features Steve Shelly (SONIC YOUTH) behind the kit. Additional drummers featured on "Destroy The Light" include Noah Leger (TAKING PICTURES, THE KARL HENDRICKS TRIO), Darren Verni (UNEARTHLY TRANCE), John Herndon (TORTOISE), John Merryman (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SECRET CHIEFS 3), Dave Witte (BURNT BY THE SUN, MUNICIPAL WASTE), and more.

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U.S. Christmas Announces Mini-Tour Dates

Psychedelic, high-volume blues rock ensemble U.S. CHRISTMAS will release their long-anticipated fifth full-length, "Run Thick In The Night," via Neurot Recordings on September 20, 2010. The disc was recorded by Sanford Parker at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, mixed by Parker and USX members Nate Hall, Matt Johnson and Josh Holt at Semaphore Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Collin Jordan.

Said Hall of the upcoming release: "This record followed some difficult times for many of us, and I think you can hear that in RTITN. It is not as lyrically dark as ETLD, however it is a continuation of those elements. Run Thick In The Night is rooted in something outside of us, but is driven by a clear and persistent vision. It was necessary for USX to make this album, and it was something I absolutely had to do. I can't really explain it any better than to simply say that it is a very personal, spiritual album for me. ...When I hear the music now I see distinct real places that have, over time, woven into my imagination and become surreal."

"We recorded the entire 13-song album in one weekend in Tennessee, with Sanford Parker at the helm," he continues. "Our friend Travis Kammeyer helped out a lot with studio time and he added some really cool Hammond organ sounds. Minsk drummer Tony Wyioming also played hand drums on a few tracks. Our friend from North Carolina, Hush, did the original artwork, which I think really fits the mood perfectly. Josh Graham from Neurosis/A Storm Of Light did the layout work for us, and it was the perfect finishing touch. I am really proud of RTITN, and really proud of everyone in USX."

As a precursor to the release, the band will embark on three North Carolina shows with fellow NC doom trio BLACK SKIES. In November, the band will play "Run Thick In The Night" in its entirety at The Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Here are the latest U.S. CHRISTMAS tour dates:

09/16/2010 Legitimate Business - Greensboro, NC w/ Black Skies
09/17/2010 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Black Skies
09/18/2010 The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC w/ Black Skies
11/13/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN [Full "Run Thick In The Night" album set]

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Stream The High Confessions Entire Debut Album

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.

"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.

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The High Confessions Signs To Relapse Records

Newly formed metal band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS has announced their signing to Relapse Records. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS features Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG and STEREOLAB).

THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release their Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions," this summer.

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Pelican Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

A full American Fall PELICAN tour has been announced. The tour begins just days before the release of the band's upcoming Southern Lord Records debut, "What We All Come To Need," which comes out on October 27th. A variety of bands will be joining PELICAN on the tour including labelmates BLACK COBRA for most of the dates.

PELICAN will also join EARTH, SUNN O))) and EAGLE TWIN for the Southern Lord showcase in the Blackened Music Series at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple later this month.

Here are the latest PELICAN Fall tour dates: More...

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Keelhaul Announces US Tour Dates

Cleavland sludge metal band, Keelhaul, has announced the following tour dates:

7/31 Washington DC @ the Velvet Lounge
8/01 Richmond VA @ Nara Sushi
8/02 Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Minsk, Stats
8/03 Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Doomriders
9/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn

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Manatees Confirmed For Damnation Festival

Manatees has been confirmed for UK's Damnation Festival 2009, set to take place Saturday 24th October at Leeds University Union.

Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Manatees will bring to the mix their blend of soul-crushing progressive sludge in what is shaping up to be our most eclectic lineup yet."

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.

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Minsk Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Relapse Records prog-metal band Minsk, having recently returned home from their first-ever European tour, has announced a week of west coast dates in support of their new full-length "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone." Minsk is hitting the road with Olympia, WA’s Wolves In The Throne Room. You can hear the entire "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" streaming here.

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Minsk Streaming Entire New Album Online

Minsk are currently streaming their entire new album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" online at this location. The album will be released on May 26th in North America on on June 1st internationally.

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Minsk Streaming Another New Song Online

Minsk have posted a second preview track, “Means To An End," from their forthcoming album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" online via the band’s MySpace page. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" will see a May 26th North American release date, June 1st internationally.

The first preview “Three Moons” can also still be heard online via the band’s MySpace page. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" was recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, IL with the band’s Sanford Parker producing the effort.

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Minsk Announces First Ever European Tour Dates

Minsk have announced the dates for their first ever European tour that will kick-off on April 23rd with a performance as part of the already-sold-out Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. From there, Minsk will spend two-weeks touring the mainland with Poland’s Ketha. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

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Minsk Posts New Song Online

Chicago's MINSK have posted the first preview track from their forthcoming album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone." The album opener, "Three Moons," can be heard online via the band’s MySpace page featured along with the "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" album art.

The follow-up album to their Relapse debut "The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment," "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" was recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, IL with the band’s Sanford Parker producing the effort. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" is set for a May 26th North American release date, June 1st internationally. More...

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Minsk Working On New Album

Minsk has begun work on their third full-length and follow-up album "The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment." The album, titled "Echoes In The Movement Of Stone," is being recorded at Volume Studios with the band's Sanford Parker producing the effort. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" is expected to see a summer 2009 release date via Relapse Records.

Additionally, Minsk has announced a number of regional shows for late-February, touring alongside Sweet Cobra. The band will also be performing as part of Roadburn 2009 in the Netherlands in April. Minsk will appear along with Neurosis, Baroness, Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Mono and many more at this already-sold-out festival. A complete listing of Minsk tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

02/26 Lansing, MI @ Mac's w/ If He Dies He Dies
02/27 Creve Coeur, IL @ American Legion w/ Sweet Cobra
02/28 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Sweet Cobra, Yakuza
02/29 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn w/ Sweet Cobra, The Gates Of Slumber
04/23 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival

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