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Below is our complete October File 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.
As the band's tenth anniversary looms over the horizon, October File is currently recording with producer Jamie Gomez at the acclaimed Orgone Studios.
The album is entitled “The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition" and will be a concept album based on the contents of the aforementioned title. The album will see its release on May 26th via Candlelight Records, and the label also comments:
"Anger and belief. Power and persistence. October File have earned a formidable reputation as one of the UK’s heaviest and most intensely original bands over their eventful career. This four-man post-punk hardcore crew, formed in 2003 by guitarist Matt Lerwill and bassist Steve Beatty, have doggedly redefined what it means to convey ferocity and fury through the art of riffs, rhythms and incendiary, politically-charged lyrics, amassing a substantial fan base from across the rock, punk and metal spectrum and garnering countless effusive and ecstatic reviews from all corners of the rock and metal media.
"Inspired by a wide range of influences, from post-punk heroes like Killing Joke, Amebix, Godflesh and Gang Of Four through to the greats of rock, punk, industrial and underground metal, October File exploded into life with their 2004 debut album ‘A Long Walk On A Short Pier’ and the ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’ EP from the same year, both of which were released by UK imprint Golf Records. Embarking on a relentless slew of live performances which has seldom slowed since, the band – completed by vocalist Ben Hollyer and drummer John Watt - proved their dedication to playing in front of anyone and everyone and duly attracted the attention of the UK rock and metal press. Consolidating their notoriety with the EPs ‘Monuments’ (2005) and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Army’ (2006), which marked the band’s upward shift to the prestigious Candlelight Records label, October File made friends with Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman who then lent his vocal powers to the band’s second full-length album, ‘Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God’, which emerged to widespread acclaim in 2007, adorned by the astonishing and unique artwork of revered artist Victor Safonkin. More...
October File has announced plans to retreat to write a concept album and release a live record. The band commented:
"After a busy summer of shows with Fear Factory and Prong, and some smashing festivals – Hellfest being the highlight – we are now going to bury ourselves in our fourth studio album.
"The album is entitled 'The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition.' It will be a concept album based on the contents of the aforementioned title. Taking a look at the human state, what we see and what we feel in certain situations, and how we look at things totally uniquely. We hope that the album will see the light of day in March 2013 on the Candlelight label. More information as we see fit to release it.
"In the meantime we will release a live album/DVD with the performance taken from last year’s Bloodstock Festival. It will come as a limited edition of 1000 only CD/DVD sets and will be entitled 'Renditions in Juxtaposition – Live At Bloodstock.' Vinyl rights are being negotiated with a label, more on that when we have the information. The CD/DVD will be released via the Candlelight label on 22nd October 2012.
"Some one-off shows, etc. will happen, details when we have them… stay safe, it’s a dangerous world."
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:
Devin Townsend Project
Rhapsody Of Fire
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One
The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
All That Remains
Baptized In Blood
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Children Of Bodom
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
Funeral For A Friend
Hyro Da Hero
Karma To Burn
Lower Than Atlantis
My Darkest Days
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
System Of A Down
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
Times Of Grace
The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:
"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"
The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...
Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
Due to health issues with Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, the Polish blackened death metal outfit have been forced to cancel all further appearances this year, including this week's Bloodstock Open Air festival in England. Luckily for festival goers, British doom metal legends Cathedral have agreed to step in, making this their first appearance at Bloodstock.
Behemoth aren't the only band to pull out of this year's edition of the festival, October File has also been forced to cancel their appearance too, as a result of frontman Ben Hollyer exacerbating his current stomach injury at their recent Sonisphere festival set. In their place will be black metal band Winterfylleth.
Explains October File frontman Ben: "Unfortunately I have had to pull out of performing at BOA this year and our first year too! I am absolutely gutted that we can't be there. A recent injury involving my abdominal muscles tearing down the middle has made performing not possible. Have a good BOA!!"
Winterfylleth singer/guitarist Chris Naughton adds: "Winterfylleth are truly humbled to be asked to play at one of the finest metal festivals going on within our fair shores. It is a privilege for us as existing fans of the festival to now be considered amongst some of the great bands that are playing at the festival this year. We are looking forward to standing alongside acts like Gorgoroth, Behemoth and many others, bringing our brand of English inspired Black Metal to such a discerning and committed festival following. We look forward to seeing you there. Hail Bloodstock."
British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost are one of the latest bands to be announced for this year's edition of Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 6th at Leeds University. Other new additions to the bill include The Ocean, October File and Maybeshewill.
UK metal band October File has posted a new track, entitled "Dredge," from their new album "Our Souls To You" on their MySpace page. October File has announced the release of their third album “Our Souls To You” for the 5th April 2010 via Candlelight Records.
Bassist Steve Beatty comments, “We spent a year writing and rehearsing, taking our time and arguing intensely about this and that and we feel its been worth it. Its also the first time we have been able to complete the whole process with a stable and complete line up. This recording was time wasting idiot free! It shows, it’s a collective effort with everyone bringing their talents and suggestions into the mix. We took our time and wrote what we feel is a varied album, so many records seem to be ten of the same songs these days, we wanted so much to avoid this, we want the listener to let the album unfold in its own way. Enjoy every last drop of bile”.
The organizers of Britain's Hellfire festival has announced that Evile, Sylosis, Xerath, The Plight and Blakfish have all been added to the lineup. The event will be taking place at the Birmingham NEC from August 6-8.
The lineup is as follows:
Fields of Nephilim
My Dying Bride
No Made Sense
Trigger The Bloodshed
Rise To Remain
Spit Like This
Sacred Mother Tongue
Several more bands have been announced this years edition of the Hellfire Festival, which is being held at the Birmingham NEC from November 6th until November 8th. The latest bands to be confirmed are Benediction, Trigger The Bloodshed, My Dying Bride, Cinders Fall, Malefice, Bury Tomorrow and No Made Sense.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Fields of Nephilim
My Dying Bride
No Made Sense
Trigger The Bloodshed
Rise To Remain
Spit Like This
Sacred Mother Tongue
UK's October File issues the following update:
"We have been busy writing the new album, our third. We are nearly done and it shall be unleashed upon this earth on 19th October 2009 and entitled 'Our Souls To You.' We are currently talking to various producers about producing it – well obviously. We can promise you it will be worth the wait. My personal fave so far is 'Dredge' coming in at a shirt 9 minutes, it’s a journey of personal misery which we cant wait let you enjoy to brighten your day."
Saturday April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from Killing Joke, Ministry Prong, etc who died in October of last year. The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul. None more so that Gundogs who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “'I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way.'
Also featured on the bill are October File who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and Headcount who had their 2004 album, "Die Monkey Die," produced by Paul. Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He'd have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added " We shall endeavor to honor and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s acclaimed new album, "Holy Armour From the Jaws of God," is available now from Candlelight Records.
Candlelight Records reports:
Saturday, April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from KILLING JOKE, MINISTRY, PRONG, etc., who died in October of last year.
The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul.
None more so than GUNDOGS who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way."
Also featuring on the bill are OCTOBER FILE who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and HEADCOUNT who had their 2004 album Die Monkey Die produced by Paul.
Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul, “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He’d have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added, "We shall endeavor to honour and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s new album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God, is available now from Candlelight Records.
October File have issued the following statement regarding their withdrawal from the European tour in support of Prong:
"Due to illness and with deep regret and disappointment we have had to cancel our participation in the Prong tour. Steve our bassist contracted an ear infection over Christmas, which aggravated what was previously only very mild Tinnitus. Steve sought immediate treatment and advice during the Xmas break and we had hoped it would clear up in time for him to participate in the tour. After rehearsal on Sunday just prior to the tour his condition got much worse to the extend he was in severe pain."
"The doctors have advised him that he cannot until after seeing specialist advice and getting the correct ear protection continue to be exposed to loud noise. We had hoped Steve’s infection would clear up enough so that he could get proper protection fitted in time to do the tour but they cannot fit these plugs for him until his infection has cleared, which unfortunately for him his infection and severe Tinnitus is still on-going."
"We cannot express the disappointment we feel at this time, we were so looking forward to this tour and we know a lot of people were looking forward to seeing us. We can only hope Steve gets well enough to continue and we hope that soon we can announce new dates. We wish Prong the very best for the dates."
UK hardcore act OCTOBER FILE has been confirmed as the support act for PRONG on their upcoming European tour in January.
For a complete list of currently confirmed dates, visit PRONG's official MySpace page.
OCTOBER FILE have posted an e-card for their new album, "Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God," due on October 29th through Candlelight Records.
As previously reported, a video clip for the track "Another Day" has also been released. More...
OCTOBER FILE have posted a video for the track "Another Day" online.
OCTOBER FILE recently released their long awaited - and in some quarters highly anticipated - second album, "High Octane Climate Changer." The album features Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke adding his dulcet tones. More...
Killing Joke has issues the following statement on Jaz's work with October file and the state of their reissues:
"Jaz has completed his vocals for his appearance on the upcoming October File album. And they sound great! We will post some pictures of the recording session on the official Killing Joke site soon. The album entitled "Holy Armour From the Jaws Of God" will be released via Candlelight Records on October 22nd. Pre order the album from Plastic Head here. Killing Joke and October File will team up for a number of gigs next year. More details will be posted on line shortly."
Killing Joke's "Extremeties" album is finally re-issued and completely re-mastered after being unavailable for many years on any format. Originally released in 1990 on the German Noise International label, “Extremities” was Killing Joke’s comeback album after a long hiatus. "Extremeties" will be released on October 29, 2007.
The special limited edition version features:
1) 40 page booklet with interview with Jaz Coleman, rare photos, sleeve notes, lyrics.
2) Clam box with CD packaged in inner digi pack.
3) Disc two - Dual Disc featuring 5 extra tracks plus DVD of “Money Is Not Our God” promo clip.
4) Limited to 3000 copies worldwide.
Double CD set with same track listing and Video is featured as DVD, 20 page booklet.
Pre-Order “Extremities” Dual Disc - £12.99
Vinyl Double album limited edition 180g vinyl in four different coloured pressings - Blue, Red, yellow and Green. 500 in each colour only
Pre-order Blue “Extremities” vinyl - £12.99
Pre-order Red “Extremities” vinyl - £12.99
Pre-order Yellow “Extremities” vinyl - £12.99
Pre-order Green “Extremities” vinyl - £12.99
October File finally released their long awaited and, in some quarters, highly anticipated second album. Candlelight Records has issued the following press release:
"A raging assault on the senses from start to finish - with Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke adding his dulcet tones.
Musically, October File deliver an even heavier and more direct approach than the highly rated last EP. Dark, aggressive, angular and downright angry are the closest descriptions.
Lyrically the band have the balls to say what’s on their mind, subjects such as climate change, war, corruption and religion all get the treatment, some more than others. “Religion?” for instance deals with the fact that maybe most religions outlook that we should all have to bow to some imaginary god or get beheaded just really isn’t on… the band also cover murder for amusement, rape, human disappointment and day to day drudgery in equally eloquent terms… songs about girls, having fun and how cool summer is just didn’t make the album…
"Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God" will be released 29th October through Candlelight records. To check out a few tracks, visit the band's official website.
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