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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...
American black metal outfit Abigail Williams' latest tour is now currently underway. Billed as support for almighty death metal legion Deicide on the March Of Death 2012 tour, Abigail Williams is performing all new material from the band's recently released third LP "Becoming" (reviewed here) released worldwide via Candlelight Records in January.
With Jungle Rot and Lecherous Nocturne also providing support for the entire trek, this shall prove to be one of the year's heaviest tours so far as it storms across the continent through the end of the month. The updated tour routing is as follows:
3/03/2012 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
3/04/2012 Foufoune's - Montreal, QC
3/05/2012 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC
3/06/2012 Opera House - Toronto, ON
3/07/2012 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
3/08/2012 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
3/09/2012 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
3/10/2012 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
3/12/2012 Osbourne Village Inn - Winnipeg, MB
3/13/2012 The Exchange - Regina, SK
3/14/2012 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
3/15/2012 Dickens - Calgary, AB
3/16/2012 Rutland Centennial Hall - Kelowna, BC
3/17/2012 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
3/18/2012 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/19/2012 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
3/20/2012 Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
3/21/2012 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
3/22/2012 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
3/23/2012 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
3/24/2012 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
3/25/2012 Trees - Dallas, TX
3/27/2012 Emo's East - Austin, TX
3/28/2012 The Hangar - New Orleans, LA
3/29/2012 Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
In light of the cancelation of Dark Funeral’s North American tour earlier this week, Abigail Williams — which was confirmed as direct support for the entire trek — has extended the band's current headlining tour. On top of the run of eight headlining dates already announced, kicking off tonight in Las Vegas, thirteen newly-booked shows across the East Coast and all the way through the Midwest were just confirmed this week.
Additional tour dates are likely to be confirmed so stay tuned for further developments. For now check out the band’s full tour itinerary as it stands, including the monstrous twenty-seven city March Of Death this March when death metal legends Deicide will tour the entire continent with support from Abigail Williams, Jungle Rot and Lecherous Nocturne.
Upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows:
1/20/2012 Aruba – Las Vegas, NV
1/21/2012 Skrappy’s – Tucson, AZ
1/23/2012 Wreckers – Lubbock, TX
1/24/2012 Tomcats – Ft. Worth, TX
1/25/2012 The Muse – Nashville, TN
1/26/2012 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
1/27/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD
1/28/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
1/29/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Immolith, Burden
1/30/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Woe, Immolith
1/31/2012 Ralph’s Diner – Worsester, MA
2/01/2012 Champs – Trenton, NJ w/ Woe
2/02/2012 Slim’s Downtown Distillery – Raleigh, NC
2/03/2012 Ground Zero – Spartanburg , SC
2/04/2012 Kopecs – Pittsburgh, PA
2/05/2012 Kobo – Columbus, OH w/ Dismemberment, Tryblith
2/06/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/07/2012 Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI
2/09/2012 The Oasis Venue – Casper, WY
2/10/2012 Old Curtis St Bar – Denver, CO
2/11/2012 South Shore Bar and Grill – Salt Lake City, UT More...
Abigail Williams had been set to support Dark Funeral on upcoming North American tour dates, but the band has now issued the following statement about the run being canceled:
"Yes its true, the Dark Funeral tour is cancelled. In light of this we are working on booking our own DIY headlining shows across the US in addition to the week of headlining dates we already have booked.
"So far we have shows in Worcester and Trenton confirmed and we will be posting more as we get them booked. anyone interested in helping out email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check our dates section for updated dates as they come."
In other Abigail Williams news, the band is currently streaming its upcoming album "Becoming" online here.
With Abigail Williams‘ third album full-length venture, "Becoming" (reviewed here) confirmed for North American release on January 24th, today Hails & Horns Magazine is hosting a full stream of the release.
The LP will be available for streaming from now until the album’s release next week, so check it out before it’s available for sale at this location. The following statement was released about the album:
"The organic style of 'Becoming' offers stark contrast to previous Abigail Williams releases, bearing six vast tracks of the band's most expressive and complicated material to date. 'Becoming' was recorded in various warehouses throughout Los Angeles, with the lineup for the album including returning guitarist Ian Jekelis, studio drummer Zach Gibson (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder) and as always, vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron, who handled all mixing, mastering, production and engineering duties."
Abigail Williams will be dropping it's new album "Becoming" on Candlelight Records on January 24th. A video for the track "Ascension Sickness" has been uploaded to YouTube, which follows after the jump, along with the tracklisting and cover art.
1. Ascension Sickness (11:12)
2. Radiance (05:33)
3. Elestal (08:12)
4. Infinite Fields of Mind (10:11)
5. Three Days of Darkness (02:27)
6. Beyond the Veil (17:31)
Having just completed a massive thirty-six date North American tour supporting Mayhem, the Abigail Williams touring machine will continue on the road this week for six headlining dates, beginning in Wilmington, Delaware tonight. Taking only a few weeks off after this run of dates, Abigail Williams hits the road on another set of headlining performances on its way to provide direct support for Dark Funeral's North American assault engulfing all of February, immediately followed by a full tour with Deicide through the end of March.
The band's massive ongoing tour schedule is to pummel audiences with new material from the upcoming album, "Becoming," which is confirmed for release in North America on January 24, 2012 on Candlelight Records. The upcoming Abigail Williams tour dates are as follows:
Abigail Williams Headlining Dates:
12/12/2011 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
12/13/2011 Broadway Joe - Buffalo, NY
12/14/2011 Camelot Hall - Portage, IN
12/15/2011 Bada Brew - Crest Hill, IL
12/16/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
12/17/2011 Roxy Music Hall - Oklahoma City, OK
1/15/2012 118 Live - Simi Valley, CA w/ Pathology
1/20/2012 Hypnotic Lounge - Las Vegas, NV
1/21/2012 Skrappy’s - Tucson, AZ
1/23/2012 Wreckers - Lubbock, TX
1/24/2012 Tomcats - Ft. Worth, TX
1/25/2012 The Muse - Nashville, TN
1/26/2012 Kingdom - Richmond, VA
1/27/2012 Café 611 - Frederick, MD
1/28/2012 Sonar - Baltimore, MD More...
As was previously announced, American black metal outfit Abigail Williams in the final stages of mixing for the band's upcoming full-length album right now. The title of the forthcoming opus is now confirmed as "Becoming," and Candlelight Records will release the album in North America on January 24th, 2012, marking Abigail Williams' third full-length release for the label.
"Becoming" was recorded in various warehouses throughout Los Angeles with frontman Ken Sorceron handling the mixing, mastering, production, and engineering duties for the entire album. The final track listing, album art and more will be unleashed in the weeks ahead as the record nears release.
Abigail Williams is also providing support for Norway's black metal legends Mayhem as their massive thirty-six date North American tour gets underway. Hate and Keep Of Kalessin will both provide support for the entire trek as well, and Abigail Williams' label mates Woe will also perform in eight cities of the tour.
Following the tour with Mayhem, Abigail Williams will continue touring through the new year in support of "Becoming," with full stateside tours supporting Dark Funeral and then Deicide already confirmed for the first quarter of 2012, and much more in the planning stages for the months ahead. Upcoming confirmed dates are as follows:
11/04/2011 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY *
11/06/2011 The Palladium - Worcester, MA *
11/07/2011 Imperial - Quebec City, QC *
11/08/2011 Mavericks - Ottawa, ON *
11/10/2011 The Opera House - Toronto, ON *
11/11/2011 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH *
11/12/2011 Blondie’s - Detroit, MI *
11/13/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL *
11/14/2011 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
11/15/2011 Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
11/16/2011 The Osbourne Village Inn - Winnipeg, MB
11/17/2011 Exchange - Regina, SK
11/18/2011 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
11/19/2011 Dickens - Calgary, AB
11/21/2011 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
11/22/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/23/2011 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/25/2011 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/26/2011 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
11/27/2011 House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
11/28/2011 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
11/29/2011 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
11/30/2011 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
12/02/2011 Trees - Dallas, TX
12/03/2011 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
12/04/2011 Emo’s - Austin, TX
12/05/2011 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
12/06/2011 The Hangar - New Orleans, LA
12/07/2011 The Club - Orlando, FL
12/08/2011 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/09/2011 Phoenix Hill Tavern - Louisville, KY
12/10/2011 Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
12/11/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
[* = w/ Woe]
American black metal outfit Abigail Williams has announced that the name of band's forthcoming third studio album will be "Becoming." The group is currently in the final mixing stages of the record and plan to release the album on January 24th, 2012 in North America through Candlelight Records.
More details will be revealed as soon as they become available. "Becoming" will be the follow-up to the last Abigail Williams album "In the Absence of Light" (reviewed here).
The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:
"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)
"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."
The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...
The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:
Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)
Keep of Kalessin
Friday, November 4th More...
Abigail Williams will begin recording the band's third full-length album today. The process begins in the band’s new home of Southern California as the members enter Keene Machine Studios with The Faceless’ Michael Keene and Abigail Williams frontman Ken Sorceron engineering. Former Abigail Williams and Black Dahlia Murder drummer Zach Gibson will be playing on the album, as previous band mate Ken Bedene focuses on The Aborted.
“We are very excited to announce the start of drum tracking for our third full-length. Drummer Zach Gibson will be behind the kit on this record, which is exciting for us because we have not recorded with him since the Legend EP,” states Sorceron. “Expect some interesting twists and turns once again with this album as we plan to double track some of the drums and some of the compositions are quite lengthy, one even reaching the 15-minute plus range. This will prove to be our most epic material to date. We plan to video our progress and upload video blogs as we go.”
Abigail Williams will continue recording the new album over the next month, set for completion in late October before embarking on the band's previously announced North American tour supporting Norway’s legendary Mayhem. The new album has an anticipated January release, followed by additional U.S. tours supporting Dark Funeral and then Deicide.