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Latest Behold...The Arctopus News
Below is our complete Behold...The Arctopus 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.
Next year's installment of the annual Maryland Deathfest will take place May 23-25, 2008 at the Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland.
Commented the festival organizers: "You can expect the first day of Maryland Deathfest (Friday, August 23) to begin around 6 p.m. and finish around midnight. The Saturday and Sunday of the fest can expect to start at the same time as previous years in the early afternoon. We expect to confirm approximately 36 bands in total for Maryland Deathfest VI that will span the three days, and once all bands have been announced tickets will go on sale. You will be able to purchase tickets by individual day, three-day pass, and Saturday/Sunday only."
Maryland Deathfest VI confirmed bands so far:
BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS (New York)
DEFEATIST (New York)
FUCK…I'M DEAD (Australia)
GRUESOME STUFF RELISH (Spain)
INFECTED MALIGNITY (Japan)
KALIBAS (New York)
SLEEP TERROR (California)
SQUASH BOWELS (Poland)
SUBLIME CADAVERIC DECOMPOSITION (France)
THE ARSON PROJECT (Sweden)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
Kayo Dot recently recruited drummer Charlie Zeleny of Behold...The Arctopus noteriety to handle the drums for them on their upcoming full-length. The new effort will hit stores next year through Hydra Head Records.
You can check out a new song from BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS entitled “Canada” online over at the band’s official MySpace page. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new album, Skullgrid, which is expected to be released in October through Black Market Activities/Metal Blade Records. The track listing for the album is as follows:
03. Of Cursed Womb
04. You Are Number Six (guest solo by Mick Barr)
05. Some Mist
07. Transient Exuberance (guest solo by Jordan Rudess)
Behold… The Arctopus guitarist, Mike Lerner, has released a solo album “Beyond the Lands of Human Existence” under the pseudonym, Direwolf. Direwolf as Mike describes it is a combination of “screams of relentless fervor - delirious celebrations and elemental strength”.
For more information on Direwolf or to purchase “Beyond the Lands of Human Existence” go to myspace.com/direwolfisalive.
In other Behold news, the band has completed work on their new album Skullgrid”. The record is in the final stages of mixing. Track previews will be available mid-summer. As previously reported, "Skullgrid" will contain 7 new tracks and and will feature guest solos by Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Ocrilim) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).
Behold...The Arctopus is currently hard at work in the studio recording their first full-length album, "Skullgrid". Almost all the tracking has been completed and the band is very excited about the way the album is sounding. "Skullgrid" will contain 7 new tracks and and will feature guest solos by Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Octis, Ocrilim) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater). More album details will be revealed soon.
Guitarists Mike Lerner and Colin Marston appeared in the holiday issue of Guitar One Magazine and are play and sans-drums version of Alcoholocaust on the cd-rom that comes with the current issue.
Drummer Charlie Zeleny is going to Japan from February 4-12 to play duo with Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of Dream Theater. They are going to be playing Rudess Morgenstein Project and Rhythm of Time tunes with the whole thing being sponsored by Roland. He also completely finished tracking the Blotted Science drum parts for the "Machinations of Dementia" album with Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink, Gordian Knot and Watchtower and Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. The album should come out sometime in 2007.
Colin's new recording studio, Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (thethousandcaves.com) is now up and running in New York City.
Colin has just completed work on a new album from his project Byla, with Dysrhythmia guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe, and Crom-Tech / Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr. It is due out in the fall.
BLOTTED SCIENCE, the instrumental extreme metal project led by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), has parted ways with drummer Derek Roddy (ex-HATE ETERNAL, NILE) who replaced original skinsman Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) only months ago. Taking Roddy's place is highly touted New Jersey native Charlie Zeleny of newly signed Black Market Activities/Metal Blade recordings artists BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS.
"Well, sometimes things don't quite work out they way you want them to and this is one of those instances," commented Ron Jarzombek on the split. "Derek Roddy gave us his notice a couple of weeks ago and won't be a part of BLOTTED SCIENCE after all. Everything is still cool between us. Basically, Derek did not have the necessary time to dedicate to the project — he's writing a book and has a clinic tour coming up — and, unfortunately, the physical distance between us proved to be a bigger than anticipated obstacle in the recording process. Anyway, the good news is that Charlie Zeleny from BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS has stepped in on the fly and he's already begun final tracking. Charlie is totally smokin' on this shit! The man is seriously skilled and besides doing lots of session work on the East Coast, Charlie is also working with Jordan Rudess from DREAM THEATER as a member of his online conservatory staff. You can get the full lowdown on Dr. Z on his website www.CharlieZeleny.com . Barring any further delays we'll have all the drums recorded by October/November and finish the album before Christmas."
BLOTTED SCIENCE's debut CD, "The Machinations of Dementia", is tentatively scheduled for an early 2007 release through a yet-to-be determined label. Among the 16 songs set for inclusion are 'Narcolepsy', 'Bleeding In The Brain', 'R.E.M.', 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'Laser Lobotomy', 'The Insomniac', 'EEG Tracings', 'Oscillation Cycles', and 'Brain Fingerprinting'.
Black Market Activities has officially signed New York City's Behold...the Arctopus. Commenting on the band, Black Market states: "they are an extreme, instrumental and very experimental band that have as much in common with Ruins, Voivod or Cynic as they do with harsher tech-metal bands like Psyopus or Necrophagist." The group's BMA debut "Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning" features a compilation of material from the group's previous releases on Troubleman Records and Epicene Sound Systems in addition to several live tracks. You can check out some of their material here.
More tour dates have been announced for the Dysrhythmia, Yakuza, and Behold...The Arctopus US kicking off in late May and running through June. Here are the tou dates:
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
5/26 New York City, NY @ Knitting Factory
5/27 Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
5/28 New Haven, CT @ Bar
5/29 Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
5/30 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
5/31 Charleston, SC @ Cumberland's
6/1 Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
6/2 Athens, GA @ Tasty World
6/3 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
6/4 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's
6/5 Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
6/6 San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
6/7 Austin, TX @ TBA
6/8 Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
6/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
6/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogs
6/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge
6/12 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
6/13 Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
6/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/15 Boise, ID @ TBA
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
6/17 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/18 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
6/19 Omaha, NE @ TBA
6/20 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
6/21 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
6/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's
6/23 Chicago, IL @ TBA
Dysrhythmia and Behold...The Arctopus will be touring, dates are as follows:
May 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
May 27 - Allston, MA @ O'Brien's
May 28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar Nightclub
May 29 - Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
May 31 - Charleston, SC @ Cumberlands w/ Kylesa
June 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
June 2 - Athens, GA @ Tasty World
June 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
June 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
June 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
June 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 24 - Dayton, OH @ Elbo's w/ Mouth of the Architect
June 25 - Columbus, OH @ High Five
June 27 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Crucial Blast will be releasing a 2 song CDEP from New York tech/prog metal wizards BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS and the insane shred meltdown duo of ORTHRELM at the end of 2005. Away from VOIVOD is doing the artwork, which will be a tribute to recently passed Voivod guitarist Piggy. Each band will be doing one new song on the split single. BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS just released a killer EP on Troubleman earlier this year, and ORTHRELM will be following up their critically acclaimed OV album on Ipecac.
You can check out clips from both band's songs here:
Dysrhythmia have announced the following tour dates:
October 16 - Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion Hall w/ Cerberus Shoal
October 21 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge w/ Behold...The Arctopus, Battle Torn
October 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber w/ Mouth of the Architect
October 26 - Binghamton, NY @ Ra'nelle's
October 27 - Washington, DC @ The Warehouse Next Door
October 28 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ The Kickass
October 30 - Huntsville, AL @ Club Hate w/ Torn Asunder
October 31 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Northgate Tavern w/ Pistols at Dawn
November 1 - Lafayette, LA @ The Renaissance Club
November 2 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music w/ Two Spines
November 3 - Shreveport, LA @ Lil Joe's
November 5 - Arlington, TX @ The Phoenix
November 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Good Hurt w/ OHM
November 12 - San Francisco, CA @ On Six Gallery w/ Totimoshi
November 14 - Aptos, CA @ Aptos Club
November 18 - Dubuque, IA @ Busted Lift