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Samothrace

Formed: 2006
From: Lawrence, KS, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Samothrace 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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Samothrace Announces New Tour Dates

Seattle's riff-dredging doom powerhouse Samothrace is preparing to return to European soil in just over two weeks, with a new bout of shows confirmed in Holland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, and Belgium at the very end of March and into the first two weeks of April.

Samotrhace will hammer the Roadburn audience at the massive annual event for the first time on Thursday, April 10th, performing sophomore LP, "Reverence To Stone," in its entirety. Additional tour dates throughout the two week venture preceding the Roadburn set are still being confirmed. For the entire tour up to Roadburn, Samothrace will be supported by Dutch outfit Dresden/Leningrad.

"We are very excited to be a part of Roadburn 2014 in our second trip to European soil," stated Samothrace drummer Joe Axler. "We feel privileged to be able to share the stage with so many old friends, and not only be able to play at such an amazing festival but also to see so many of our favorite bands and to be introduced to new ones as well. For Roadburn 2014, we will be performing Reverence to Stone in its entirety. We are looking forward to bringing our form of Heavy to this event!" More...

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Samothrace To Play Roadburn Festival

This week, the promoters of the massive annual Roadburn Festival confirm that Samothrace will be attending the 2014 installment of the gathering, with the performance to take place on Thursday, April 10th at Hey Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Stated the festival's head promoters on the announcement: "We cannot wait for Seattle's Samothrace to bring their psychedelic remorse to Roadburn Festival 2014 by performing Reverence To Stone in its entirety!"

"We are very excited to be a part of Roadburn 2014 in our second trip to European soil," states drummer Joe Axler. "We feel privileged to be able to share the stage with so many old friends, and not only be able to play at such an amazing festival but also to see so many of our favorite bands and to be introduced to new ones as well. For Roadburn 2014, Samothrace we will be performing Reverence to Stone in its entirety. We are looking forward to bringing our form of Heavy to this event!!"

Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

This announcement comes while Samothrace is already out on the road, currently embarked on a forage across the American continent through the rest of November.

11/12/2013 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
11/13/2013 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
11/14/2013 Bar Bar - Denver, CO
11/15/2013 Triple Nickel Tavern - Colorado Springs, CO
11/16/2013 Frank's North Star Tavern - Lawrence, KS
11/17/2013 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
11/18/2013 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
11/19/2013 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/20/2013 Roger's Sports Pub - Chesapeake, VA
11/21/2013 Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
11/22/2013 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
11/23/2013 The Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
11/24/2013 The Bakery - New Orleans, LA
11/25/2013 house show - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Thou, Barghest
11/26/2013 Hotel Vegas - Austin, TX
11/27/2013 Soundpony - Tulsa, OK
11/29/2013 The Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
11/30/2013 The Shredder - Boise, ID
4/10/2014 Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, The Netherlands

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Samothrace Adds More Live Shows

As a currently ongoing West Coast tour with winds down, Seattle doom metal outfit Samothrace confirms an ongoing forage across the continent through the rest of November.

The current tour, booked across the West Coast with Samothrace co-headlining each show alongside SubRosa, was altered this week when SubRosa was robbed of gear, forcing the band to bow-out early.

As Samothrace finishes out the tour solo, the group will continue to tear into the Southern and Midwestern end of the country, with three more weeks of shows set to begin this Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. More...

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Subrosa Announces November Shows

Subrosa has announced a string of West Coast dates with the mighty Samothrace this November. Details are as follows:

11/03 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
11/04 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
11/05 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
11/06 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frankie Tear Drops
11/07 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
11/08 – Glendale, CA @ The Complex More...

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Samothrace Announces European Tour

In the wake of several bouts of stateside tours supporting second LP "Reverence To Stone," Seattle doom quartet Samothrace will storm European shores this May with Bell Witch. The band's publicist issued the following statement:

"The fifteen-city trek begins with Samothrace crushing the masses as one of the headliners of this year’s Heavy Days in Doomtown, a D.I.Y. doom/sludge festival in Copenhagen, Denmark running from May 2nd through 5th.

"This year the gathering also features performances from Graves At Sea, Pagan Altar, Cough, Procession, Danava, Moss, Dark Buddah Rising, Conan, Lecherous Gaze, labelmates Mournful Congregation and loads more in addition to Bell With, who will support Samothrace for the duration of the tour which will steamroll its way hazily through Belgium, England, Holland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Germany.

"The acclaimed Reverence To Stone was released in July of 2012 via 20 Buck Spin, the label also responsible for unveiling the band to the masses on the masterful 2008 debut Samothrace album, Life’s Trade. Through two lumbering, expansive tracks, the band explores more cavernous realms of thunderous tone hand-in-hand with even more beautiful and organic elements than ever on Reverence To Stone, culminating in an incredibly real sounding psychedelic doom metal that continues to prove Samothrace as one of the leading bands of the genre."

Listen to the entire album via the Bandcamp player below, or catch Samothrace on the live dates available after the jump. More...

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Pilgrim To Premiere New Music On Tour

Rhode Island doom act Pilgrim, nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will kick off a short run of tour dates on February 24th with Samothrace.

The dates begin in New Orleans on February 24th and the band plans to unveil new material on stage throughout the tour, so fans at these shows will be the first to experience brand new music. Check out the dates below.

Pligrim comments on the tour: "It's been a year since 'Misery Wizard' has been released and the positive reaction it has received from fans of heavy music all over the world have been simply fantastic. This upcoming tour is special for us as we will be going to places we've yet to perform at and have some new material to unleash. Be forewarned and hails to the supporters!" More...

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Samothrace To Kick Off Tour Tonight

Seattle doom merchants Samothrace will embark on a U.S. Winter tour in support of the "Reverence To Stone" LP with a hometown show tonight.

For the duration of the tour, Samothrace will be performing "Reverence To Stone" in its entirety each night. Joined by Metal Blade doom trio Pilgrim for the majority of the trek, the tour will make a mangled, counter-clockwise loop through the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast and up the East Coast, with eighteen cities confirmed to endure slow motion turmoil during the venture.

The tour is sponsored by Invisible Oranges, which today posted a pre-tour feature on the band. On the creation of Samothrace’s mammoth but infectious hymns, guitarist Brian Spinks states, “Our songs start with a set of riffs and we play it a couple different ways and play until it varies. We spend a lot of time making sure everything flows together and when we play the song over and over, the riffs then start to evolve and morph in and out of each other.”

In a recent MetalSucks tour feature, Samothrace drummer Joe Axler commented, “When we perform these songs live most of the time we end up actually playing some parts slower and some parts faster depending on the mood we are in and the feeling we are getting in the room and from the people in attendance. We feed off of the people in the crowd greatly and (without sounding too hippy) the general aura at each show has a huge affect on how our set goes.” More...

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Samothrace Confirms U.S. Tour

Samothrace has posted the confirmed routing for the band's upcoming Winter U.S. tour, as the crew continue to support second LP, "Reverence To Stone." The album is available for streaming through Pitchfork here or in the player below.

The bedlam will unravel with a hometown show in Seattle on February 15th, then continues on a mangled, counter-clockwise loop through the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast, and up the East Coast on the way back westward, with eighteen cities confirmed to endure their slow motion turmoil during the venture. The majority of the dates will see Samothrace forging alongside Metal Blade doom trio Pilgrim.

The touring will continue this Spring, as Samothrace will advance onto European soil for the first time ever. The band is confirmed to perform at Heavy Days in Doomtown, an international DIY doom/stoner/sludge festival in Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the fest the quartet will traverse the European continent on an additional two week tour, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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Samothrace Lining Up 2013 Tour

Seattle riff-dredgers Samothrace are devising new tour plans for the first half of 2013, with live actions being devised to take place on both North American and European soil.

Samothrace has confirmed that the band will be performing at Heavy Days in Doomtown, an international DIY doom/stoner/sludge festival in Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark running from May 2nd through 5th. At this year’s festivities the group will share the stage with Graves At Sea, Pagan Altar, Cough, Procession, Dark Buddah Rising, Conan and many more still to be announced.

Then Samothrace will traverse the European continent on an additional two-week tour. Preceding the European trek the band will embark on new Midwest and East Coast US tours, with more details to be announced in the coming days.

Samothrace's sophomore LP "Reverence To Stone" was released at the end of July via 20 Buck Spin and can be streamed in its entirety right here.

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Samothrace Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Seattle doom quartet Samothrace has just issued the following statement about the band's unfortunate but necessary withdrawal from the pending East Coast tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder, which is set to embark in just one week:

"Samothrace is very sorry to announce that we will have to cancel our part on the upcoming tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder due to an immediate illness in the family of a band member.

"The most important thing right now is family. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to do the tour and will be planning to make our way out east in the near future. We appreciate the understanding."

Samothrace just wrapped up a five-city West Coast tour last week in support of sophomore LP "Reverence To Stone," released via 20 Buck Spin at the end of July. The album was recorded at Soundhouse Studios in Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) and mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea). "Reverence To Stone" is still streaming in its entirety via Pitchfork.com here.

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Royal Thunder Announces New Tour Dates

Atlanta’s doom rock quartet Royal Thunder has just announced dates for an East Coast-to-Midwest trek that has been dubbed the “Paths To Oblivion” tour (sponsored by Scion A/V and Brooklyn Vegan). The tour is in support of doom metal prodigies Pallbearer and will also feature Samothrace.

“Paths To Oblivion” kicks off September 6th in Nashville, TN and runs until September 16th in Lawrence, KS. A complete listing of dates can be found below. Royal Thunder recently released debut album, "CVI," as an explosive follow-up to a self-titled EP.

Sept 6 Nashville, TN - Exit/In Tickets
Sept 8 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie Tickets
Sept 9 Boston, MA - TT The Bears Tickets
Sept 11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory Tickets
Sept 12 Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel Tickets
Sept 13 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups Tickets
Sept 14 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen Tickets
Sept 15 St Louis, MO - Fubar Tickets
Sept 16 Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot

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Samothrace Announces New Live Shows

As the sophomore release from Seattle's harbingers of doom, Samothrace, nears release via 20 Buck Spin, this week the band confirms a rash of tour dates for later in the Summer.

First up, Samothrace will headline a West Coast tour in August. This routing, still under construction, will see the quartet playing five confirmed shows throughout California -- including the headlining slot at Deadfest alongside dozens of extreme, underground acts -- as well as two record release shows in the Pacific Northwest to be announced in the days ahead. Following that, the band will embark on the Paths To Oblivion Tour, with Samothrace joining Pallbearer and Royal Thunder for a nine-date run throughout the eastern half of the country during the first two weeks of September.

Samothrace's "Reverence To Stone" will see the light of day on CD, LP and digital download on July 31st via 20 Buck Spin. The new hymns were constructed at Soundhouse Studios in the band's hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) at the turn of the year, then mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea). The album's cover art was painted by hardcore/punk musician and artist Moses Saarni. More...

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Samothrace Finishes New Album

Doom metal harbingers Samothrace this week proudly announce the completion of their second LP. The new hymns were constructed at Soundhouse Studios in Samothrace's hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) at the turn of the year, then mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea).

Bearing the title "Reverence To Stone," the LP's two extensive tracks -- "When We Emerged" and "A Horse Of Our Own" -- engulf nearly thirty-five minutes, presenting the unit's revered, multi-faceted doom at its most expansive to date.

Stated founding guitarist/vocalist Brian Spinks on the forthcoming album: "Man, it’s been almost four years since our debut release Life’s Trade, but we are still alive and kicking. We’ve endured some member changes and some definite peaks and valleys in our personal lives, but we are truly stoked to be releasing our second album, Reverence to Stone working again with 20 Buck Spin. We have certainly matured in our playing and writing, but we still worship tone and the heavy. Always have and always will… We thank everyone who has hung in there waiting for something new from us. We've done our best not to disappoint." More...

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Samothrace Recording New Album

After nearly four years without a new release, ambidextrous sludge purveyors Samothrace were in Soundhouse Studios in their hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) to being the recording of their second LP.

Samothrace issued the following collective statement about the recording process: “Working on this album at Soundhouse Studios with Brandon Fitzsimmons is amazing. We were fortunate enough to use the Rolls Royce of analog tape machines. The sound of rolling thunder was an inspiration during the whole process. The songs are as soaring and turbulent as the last album, but a bit more mature. We can’t wait for its release and imminent touring to follow.”

The LP will tentatively bear two side-long tracks, “When We Emerged” and “A Horse Of Our Own.” The hymn “When We Emerged” originally appeared on the band’s 2007 demo in a much shorter and raw form, and has here been completely reworked and extended into a new song.

The album — its title still TBA — will be released by mid-2012 via 20 Buck Spin, who also released Samothrace's 2008 debut full-length, "Life’s Trade." More info on the new album will be available in the coming weeks. More...

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Bison B.C. To Play With EyeHateGod

Canadian stoner metal/sludge metal act Bison B.C. has announced that it will be playing a special one-off show in Seattle, Washington at El Corazon on February 5th, 2011 with New Orleans sludge veterans Eyehategod.

The special event will coincide with the club's six-year anniversary and will also include performances from Owen Hart, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and Samothrace. You can also check out Bison B.C.'s music via the band's MySpace page.

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Book of Black Earth Announces More Tour Dates

Seattle death metal band, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, has lined up the following tour dates:

4/18 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (NE Metalfest)
4/24 - Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Insanity, Scorched Earth
4/25 - Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Insanity, Scorched Earth
5/02 - Squid & Ink - Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
5/13 - Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Deathraid, Scourge Schematic

Drummer Joe Axler comments on the tour, "We are all really excited to get a chance to play the New England Metalfest this year and to get to share the stage again with our friends and labelmates Withered. We're ready to brutalize the east coast again, then return home and do the same on our coast for a few shows with the mighty Insanity!"

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Coffins Announces US Tour With Stormcrow

Japan's Coffins has announced a US west coast tour with Oakland's Stormcrow. The tour dates are as follows:

4/30 - El Chorazon - Seattle, WA w/Skarp, Grey
5/01 - Northern - Olympia, WA w/Thrones, Sixes
5/02 - Satyricon - Portland, OR w/Thrones, Aldebaran
5/03 - Oak St Speakeasy - Eugene, OR w/HC Minds
5/04 - Auntie Moe’s - Eureka, CA
5/06 - KFJC radio live recording - San Jose, CA
5/07 - Annie’s - San Francisco, CA w/Laudanum, Samothrace
5/08 - Gilman St. - Berkeley, CA w/Aldebaran
5/09 - The Knitting Factory (part of LA Murderfest) - Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles Murderfest 5.0 Taking Shape

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Los Angeles Murderfest, set to take place May 9-10, 2009 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. Visit losangelesmurderfest.com for information on how to buy tickets.

Recent additions to the line-up include SKARP, RECIPROCAL, DESTROYED IN SECONDS. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Saturday, May 9th: More...

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Battlefields Posts New Song Online

BATTLEFIELDS have posted the new song "Quake and Flood" from their Translation Loss Records debut, "Thresholds Of Imbalance," which has a release date in late March 2009 here.

BATTLEFIELDS' Translation Loss Records debut, "Thresholds Of Imbalance," was recorded at The Devil's Workshop in Minnesota with drummer and engineering Rob Schmidt and was mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance Audio. More...

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Javelina Announces US Tour

Philadelphia’s JAVELINA will be embarking on a tour in May in support of their self-titled Translation Loss debut, which is getting rave reviews from the likes of Decibel Magazine, Revolver, Metal Maniacs and countless more.

JAVELINA (pronounced ha-va-lE-na) started crafting their massive sound in October of 2005. Formed by ex-members of Philadelphia bands Lickgoldensky, SMUT and Otophobia/Endless Nightmare they spent over a year honing their sound before playing their first show. JAVELINA’s sound embodies the massive sludgy nature of Buzzoven and Eyehategod with the raw punk intensity of His Hero Is Gone and the straightforward nature of High On Fire all wrapped up into one.

04/18/2008 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA w/Disfear, Parasytic, Dissystema
04/19/2008 Khyber Pass - Philadelphia, PA w/The Claw, Hatchetface
05/07/2008 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/The Plastered Bastards
05/08/2008 Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH w/Rue, If He Dies He Dies
05/10/2008 Ronny's Bar - Chicago, IL w/Raise The Red Lantern
05/11/2008 The Haunted Kitchen - Lawrence, KS w/Samothrace
05/12/2008 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
05/13/2008 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR w/Power Bastard
05/14/2008 The Cavern - Dallas, TX w/The Dead See, Vorvadoss
05/15/2008 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/The Dead See, Lions of Tsavo
05/17/2008 The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/Withered
05/18/2008 Hell - Chapel Hill, NC w/Tooth, Horsefang
05/19/2008 NARA Sushi - Richmond, VA w/Tooth, Lord By Fire, Inter Arma

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