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Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has announced a first-ever U.S. tour beginning on August 11th in Houston, and seeing the band performing alongside Belphegor, Origin, and Abigail Williams.
Shining is touring in support of new album, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" (reviewed here).
Dates for the impending late summer trek are as follows:
Aug. 11 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Aug. 12 Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
Aug. 13 Ft. Worth, TX - The Rail Club
Aug. 15 Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Aug. 16 Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
Aug. 17 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Aug. 18 W. Hollywood, CA - The Whisky
Aug. 19 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
Aug. 20 Portland, OR - Star Theater
Aug. 21 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 22 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Aug. 24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Aug. 25 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Aug. 26 Cave-in-Rock, IL - Full Metal Assault
Aug. 27 Dayton, OH - Oddbody's
Aug. 28 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Aug. 30 Quebec City, QC - Salle Multi
Aug. 31 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre More...
The black metal day-ruiners from Abigail Williams will kick off a month-long North American live assault this Friday.
Set to embark in Olympia, Washington, the journey will commence with seven headlining dates before the band joins forces with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren where they'll decimate nearly two dozen cities, the entire caravan of chaos coming to a close with three final headlining show in Wichita, Kansas, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
After revealing the cover art and details for new album "King" (full info here) earlier today, now Fleshgod Apocalypse has announced a string of upcoming tour dates with Abigail Williams and Carach Angren. Full dates are available below.
Comments Fleshgod Apocalypse: "We are super stoked to finally return to the US and Canada! To celebrate the release of our upcoming album King, we are going to play a special show for you. Lots of new elements and features will be presented during an extended set, which will include songs from Labyrinth and several classics! Also, it will be great to share the stage with our dutch brothers from Carach Angren, and the crazy american black metal act Abigail Wiliams. We already know it's going to be a blast! See you there!"
Carach Angren adds: "We are very thrilled to return the horror to the USA and Canada! After bringing Death to the Phantom Ship in Florida we will set foot on mainland for the entire month of February. Our first visitation last year was met with your incredible support and now we will finally bring This Is No Fairytale alive to you, embedded in well known chapters from our previous horror stories."
2/8 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
2/9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
2/10 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
2/11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
2/12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
2/13 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2/14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
2/15 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
2/16 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
2/17 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
2/19 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
2/20 - Bend, OR - Third Street Pub
2/21 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
2/22 - W. Hollywood, CA - Whisky
2/23 - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
2/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto
2/25 - El Paso TX - Mesa Music Hall
2/26 - Ft. Worth, TX - Rail Club
2/27 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
2/28 - San Juan, PR TBA More...
With its official unveiling now less than twenty-four hours away, today all of the new Abigail Williams album "The Accuser" is streaming in its menacing entirety below.
Fronted by founding vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron (ex-Lord Mantis), Abigail Williams now features guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, Doomsday, La Chant Funebre), and drummer Charlie Fell (Cobalt, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Avichi), with recording bassist Will Lindsay (Indian, Lord Mantis, Anatomy Of Habit) and live bassist Micah Leonetti (Wolvhammer).
Captured in just five days by Sorceron at the band’s home studio in Olympia, Washington, the eight-track offering is fittingly bleak, dark, and nihilistic and features a guest appearance by Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) as well as the psychedelic cover craftings of Portland-based illustrator/tattoo artist, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus). More...
American black metal legion Abigail Williams today premieres a new music video and song titled "Nuummite," closing off the band's upcoming new album "The Accuser," due out in stores on October 30th via Candlelight Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Path Of Broken Glass
2. The Cold Lines
3. Of The Outer Darkness
4. Will, Wish And Desire
6. Forever Kingdom Of Dirt
7. Lost Communion
American black metal legion Abigail Williams premieres a new song titled "Lost Communion", taken from the band's upcoming new album "The Accuser", out in stores on October 30th via Candlelight Records.
Check it out now below.
Says Ken Sorceron (vocals/guitar) of the song: More...
American black metal legion Abigail Williams premieres a new song titled "Path Of Broken Glass", taken from the band's upcoming new album "The Accuser", out in stores on October 30th via Candlelight Records.
You can now stream "Path Of Broken Glass" below.
American black metal legion Abigail Williams will release a first new full-length in three years via Candlelight Records this October 30, 2015.
Titled "The Accuser" and now featuring the punishing lineup of founding vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron (ex-Lord Mantis), guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, Doomsday, La Chant Funebre), and drummer Charlie Fell (Cobalt, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Avichi) with recording bassist Will Lindsay (Indian, Lord Mantis, Anatomy Of Habit), the diseased offering was recorded, mixed and mastered in just five days by Sorceron at the band's home studio in Olympia, Washington, boasts a guest appearance by Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) and includes the tripnotic cover renderings of Portland-based illustrator/tattoo artist, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus).
"It took three years to make this because I'm an indecisive bastard and I didn't want to make the same record again," confides Sorceron of the lengthy gap between full-lengths. "It felt unnatural to try and reproduce what I did on [2012's] 'Becoming,'" he continues, "which, up to that point I felt was our strongest album. So once again we are covering new ground with this release. The songs are the most personal to date with the themes mostly being about living shitty, addictions, sex, loss and failure all through the eyes of a nihilistic occultist shithead."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Path Of Broken Glass
2. The Cold Lines
3. Of The Outer Darkness
4. Will, Wish And Desire
6. Forever Kingdom Of Dirt
7. Lost Communion
8. Nuummite More...
Abigail Williams just announced an autumn tour with Today Is The Day. Set to begin September 11th at Metro Bar in Salt Lake City, the tour will visit 30 cities before it concludes October 16th in San Francisco.
Vocalist/guitarist Sorceron recently noted, "after a year off from touring, we are looking forward to getting in the van again.”
Currently finishing up a run of headline dates, Abigail Williams has now completed work on a forthcoming new album, with a release date expected for announcement in the coming weeks. More...
With Abigail Williams nearing the recording completion of a forthcoming new album, the band has announced an upcoming West Coast tour.
Set to kick off July 11th, the tour will hit fourteen cities before wrapping up in Seattle on July 27th. The tour announcement follows the recent release of the special 4-disc collection, "From Legend To Becoming" available now in stores nationwide.
The limited edition collection includes the band’s three full-length albums, 2008’s "In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns" (reviewed here), 2010’s "In The Absence Of Light" (reviewed here) 2012’s "Becoming" (you guessed it - reviewed here) plus the debut EP "Legend."
"After a year off from touring and working on our new record, we are looking forward to getting in the van again,” says vocalist/guitarist Sorceron. Continuing he notes, “we will be playing lots of new material from the upcoming release as well as our favorites from the past."
Sorceron has been keeping busy the last year working on new material for Abigail Williams as well participating in other recording projects - Lord Mantis, Missing - and serving as producer and engineer on other recordings. “Musically this album is very diverse,” he said. “the overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album. Artistically this is the best line-up I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.” More...
Abigail Williams is currently putting the finishing touches on a new full-length album to follow 2012 release "Becoming" (reviewed here). The band has also announced a string of upcoming summer shows, commenting:
"Here are our new tour dates for July. This will probably be the last headlining shows we'll be doing for awhile, as we're gonna focus on some support runs. We'll be playing a lot of new stuff off of the forthcoming record, so don't miss out."
July 11th - Ashland, OR - tba
July 12th - Sacramento, CA - Starlite Lounge
July 13th - San francisco, CA - Elbo Room
July 14th - Los Angeles, CA - Complex
July 15th - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
July 16th - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
July 17th - Albuquerque , NM - The Jam Spot
July 18th - Denver, CO - Bushwacker’s
July 19th - Salt Lake City, UT - Area 51
July 20th - Boise, ID - The Shredder
July 21st - Eugene, OR - tba
July 22nd - Portland, OR - Panic Room
July 23rd - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
July 24th - Victoria, bc - tba
July 25th - Vancouver, BC - The Hindenburg
July 26th - Seattle, WA - tba
Abigail Williams is streaming 2 new song from a forthcoming new album, which is expected in early 2015 and features the following accomplished Chicago metal veterans:
Ken Sorceron — vocals, guitar
Ian Jekelis — guitar
Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, ex-Nachtmystium) — guitar
Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, ex-Nachtmystium, Von) — drums
Will Lindsay (Indian, ex-Wolves in the Throne Room) — bass
The two songs were produced by Sorceron, recorded mainly in the band’s practice space in Chicago and mixed where he now lives in L.A. Before they are finalized for the album, there will be different mixes and masters, and possibly some re-tracking.
Say vocalist Ken Sorceron about the two rough mixes:" “Forever Kingdom of Dirt” is rough, raw, and grim, much of it sounding like a hopeless night at an overworked trauma unit, with more broken bodies than there are hands to save them. It begins with a fusillade of blasting and then pulls back into a bleak, slow-rolling rhythm with an otherworldly ambiance. These divergent states trade places, the assault and the fallout, until the mid-point - when the song begins to transform after a harrowing shriek. And what follows, like a beating heart at the bitter black core of the song, is an absolutely killer melodic hook, a rocking riff accompanied by a rumbling drum beat that’s going to infiltrate the memory of anyone who hears it. You should also prepare yourself to be scalded by a vocal acid bath - as usual, N. Imperial holds nothing back."
"The shimmering guitar solo at the beginning of “Will, Wish and Desire” digs the hooks in even earlier than the preceding song, and the pulsating vitality of the music never lets up. Anchored by a compulsive rock beat and bursts of double-bass, the song drives with infectious energy, with flashing guitars and sweeping melody." More...
American horde Abigail Williams - which will release a fourth studio album later this year - is currently crusading through the Eastern half of the country on tour now.
The Stateside trek continues through April 12th. Abigail Williams will then head back out on the road in North America from mid-May through mid-June with Lecherous Nocturne and Panzerfaust. Catch the band live:
3/31/2014 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
4/01/2014 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
4/02/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA
4/03/2014 The Bowery - Knoxville, TN
4/04/2014 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
4/05/2014 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
4/06/2014 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
4/07/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
4/08/2014 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
4/09/2014 Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
4/10/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
4/11/2014 Walters Downtown - Houston, TX
4/12/2014 Texas Independence Fest - Austin, TX More...
Texas Independence Festival has announced the addition of We Are The Riot to its lineup. We Are The Riot consists of Coal Chamber members Meegs Rascon and Mikal Cox. The group joins Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate, Wayne Static of Static-X, Abigail Williams and many more.
Past events featured Down, David Allan Coe, Fair to Midland, Upon A Burning Body, One-Eyed Doll, Vallejo, The Heroine, East Cameron Folkcore, Amplified Heat, the Eric Tessmer Band, Nothing More, Honky and Dixie Witch. More...
Abigail Williams has checked in with the following announcement about officially recruiting a new guitarist:
"Please welcome Jeff Wilson to Abigail Williams as an official band member. Jeff has been working with us for the last year or so and will be playing guitar on the upcoming tours and the new album. Many of you will know him from other bands like Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, and Liar In Wait, amongst others...
"For those of you wondering, Ian Jekelis is still in the band as a creative force but isn't playing live shows anymore. He also sat out the last two Abigail Williams tours in 2012. This might seem odd to some people, but for us it's perfectly natural to have a long-time band member who doesn't tour but is involved on other levels. With the addition of Jeff, it all means even more awesome guitar textures on the forthcoming releases.
"Filling in on bass and drums for the upcoming tour will be our friends John Porada (of Terminate) and Jesse Beahler, respectively."
Symphonic black metal outfit Erimha has announced an upcoming tour in January of 2014 alongside Abigail Williams. Catch the two bands live on these dates:
01/09 – Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
01/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
01/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
01/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
01/13 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
01/14 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
01/15 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
01/16 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
01/17 – New York, NY @ Slake
01/18 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
01/19 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship
01/20 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
01/21 – Jeanette, PA @ Gator’s
01/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
01/23 – Warren, MI @ The Ritz
01/24 – Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage Bar & Grill
01/25 – Cherry Valley, IL @ Take 20
01/26 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies More...
Abigail Williams recently announced work had begun on a new album, despite performing what was billed as a "final farewell" tour and stating latest album "Becoming" would be the band's last. Abigail Williams has now posted the following message online about the situation:
"Judging from the 'I thought you guys broke up?' and 'make up your minds!' comments it's obvious some of you are wondering what all this new album talk is about A few months back we announced we would no longer be touring and trust me that was a genuine feeling at the time. The core of the band, Ian and myself, were exhausted from all the years of touring and hard work and felt that we needed to find some balance in our lives rather than constantly kill ourselves on tour most the year.
"I'm sure this is not news to some of you but playing in a band at our level is hard work. (see what Chris Grigg of Woe said about this very subject) Obviously we never received much of a financial reward for all the time and effort we put in to this and we had drained our funds completely.
"It seemed we were in debt to everyone. Our van was in a bad state and not worth fixing and we still owed money on it, we were in debt to our label, owing them money for CD's that we took on tour over the last year but we were not able to make the payment (we pay $7.50 per CD and sell them for $10) and we had problems with our booking agent being a subhuman POS which resulted in us having to book tours for ourselves to support our latest album. These are just some examples, there are many many more and considering none of this was anything new and had been going on for years and years it was frustrating to say the least. As much as we loved touring the world playing to 20 kids a night on average, it had made us miserable in the long run. More...
Despite performing a "farewell" tour and insisting the band was being dissolved, Abigail Williams apparently hasn't bothered with any actual down time before getting to work on a new album and follow-up to "Becoming" (reviewed here).
The band commented on Facebook: "New album coming in 2013... We are happy to announce that Ashley Ellyllon will rejoin Abigail Williams for our fourth full length album. Although we did not announce it or make it public she also worked on our last album 'Becoming' with us. Anyone with a CD booklet can see that though... wink wink."
Further details on the upcoming post-"breakup" album and tour dates will be announced as they are made available.
Normally, we find Abigail William’s name in smaller font than the other acts listed on their flyer promoting a North American jaunt. This tour, however, features the group going solo on a headlining North American tour. After nearly a decade of supporting the world’s best extreme metal acts, it’s only proper that Candlelight Record’s most prolific artist becomes the featured act at each stop, especially considering this is their last tour.
One of the reasons for their disbanding is an inability to keep band members. Abigail Williams once led a cast of five members, including ex-Cradle of Filth keyboardist Ashley "Ellyllon" Jurgemeyer. Founding member Ken Sorceron came to town this time as a stripped down three-piece. The group used a synthesizer to replicate cinematic moments. This small lineup was perfect for Beerland’s small stage. It’s dark and narrowed halls were also fit the small audience well. More...
American black metal band Abigail Williams has checked in with the following announcement about disbanding and forming new projects after a final U.S. tour:
"After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last US tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I've had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don't like about the industry etc. and we honestly feel like its best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album.
"I'm honestly just feeling satisfied with everything we have done as Abigail Williams and I feel ready to put it to rest. We want everyone to know this has nothing to do with differences inside the band as we are still very much a family and these are still the same people I want to make music with now and in the future.
"We think that 2012 is the perfect year for new beginnings and we definitely plan to put music out later this year in the form of a new band(s). It would be easy to give people the names to our new projects here but rather than capitalize off this announcement we would rather word get out naturally starting with our friends when the time is right. We want to thank our friends and fans who have supported us through the good and bad times over the years, we know its been a very bumpy road at times. We are still very dedicated to making music and this change will actually allow us to do more of what we want to do and be more productive.
"We hope to see everyone on the road for this tour that we booked DIY for the most part by ourselves. The dates are below even though some of them are still waiting to be confirmed. Also we want to emphasize that this is our last US tour and that we are open to touring overseas if the right tour comes up."
The band makes this announcement after the release of latest album "Becoming" (reviewed here), which followed sophomore full-length "In The Absence of Light" (reviewed here). The upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows: More...