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Woe

Formed: 2007
From: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Woe 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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Woe Embarking On U.S. Tour

The black metal antagonists in Woe are pleased to announce a bout of live assaults next month. Scheduled to commence September 6th and run through September 22nd, the latest run marks the band's lengthiest tour of its career. Woe will be joined by genre-crushing co-headliners Inter Arma.

Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg of the trek, "Not only is this Woe's longest tour to date, it is almost entirely new ground for us. We couldn't be more appreciative for this opportunity to ruin so many beautiful cities and their charming populations. We are especially glad to be teaming up with Inter Arma, one of our favorite bands in the American metal scene."

Woe will be touring in support of latest album "Withdrawal" (reviewed here). More...

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Inter Arma Gearing Up For Tour

Fresh from the studio recording an as-yet-untitled new EP for Relapse, which also released the "Sky Burial" LP earlier in the year, Inter Arma will embark on a sixteen city tour in just over a week.

The action begins next Thursday, September 5th when Inter Arma provides direct support for Gorguts in Springfield, Virginia, followed by a two-week co-headlining run with Woe. Along the way Inter Arma will branch off from the Woe trek for performances at Hopscotch Festival alongside Sleep, Evoken and more, as well as Boomslang Festival with Pallbearer, Thou, Grails and Locrian.

Stay tuned for more info on the pending EP, further tour updates and more on Inter Arma throughout the duration of the year. More...

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Woe Cancels European Tour

U.S. black metal act Woe has checked in with the following announcement about postpone upcoming European shows:

"We are extremely sorry to say that our European tour had been postponed. We are already working on a new trip to make up for this. Our apologies to everyone involved. In the meantime, we will take advantage of the opening in our schedule to do another 10 days in the US. Dates will be announced soon."

The shows were to be in support of latest full-length album "Withdrawal." You can read our review of the album right here.

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Behexen And Woe Added To Incubate Fest

Behexen and Woe have been added to the already extensive lineup for the Dutch Incubate festival, which takes place this coming September. Full details and tickets can be found at this location.

Other bands playing Incubate include Immortal, Mayhem, Gehenna, Khold, Tulus, Chaos Invocation, Dragged Into Sunlight, Brutal Truth, Worship, and many more. The currently announced lineup is:

Friday September 20th

Immortal
Mayhem
Gehenna (NO)
Behexen
Khold
Woe
Chaos Invocation
Dragged into Sunlight
Brutal Truth
Sonne Adam
Terzij de Horde
Batillus
Heirs
Verbum Verus
Neige Morte
Serpent Noir
Iron Witch
Dead Existence
Grift
Downfall of Gaia
O
Link
Age Of Woe More...

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Woe Streaming Full New Album

With less than twenty-four hours to official release, Cvlt Nation today presents the full-album stream of Woe’s "Withdrawal." Check out the full album at this location.

Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, "Withdrawal" hits stores tomorrow, and the 43-minute album will be available on both CD and vinyl formats. Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey, the album's seven new songs present an updated band: drummer Ruston Grosse (recently replaced with Shawn Eldridge), bassist Grzesiek Czapla, and guitarist Ben Brand together with Grigg deliver the black metal goods. The "Withdrawal" track listing is:

The track listing is as follows:

1. This is the End of the Story
2. Carried by Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth
3. All Bridges Burned
4. Ceaseless Jaws
5. Song of My Undoing
6. Exhausted
7. Withdrawal

You can also catch the band live:

5/10/2013 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2013 Munchouse – Providence, RI
5/12/2013 Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH
5/13/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
5/14/2013 Pandora’s Box - Quebec City, QC
5/15/2013 Deathhouse – Montreal, QC
5/16/2013 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
5/17/2013 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/18/2013 Rancho Huevos – Chicago, IL
5/19/2013 Cincy by the Slice – Cincinnati, OH
5/20/2013 Belvedere’s – Pittsburgh, PA

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Woe Streaming New Track

Stereogum is now streaming “Exhausted,” the second song to be premiered from Woe’s forthcoming new album, "Withdrawal." Give the song a listen at this location.

"Withdrawal" is set for release on April 23rd, was produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, and mastered by Colin Marston.

Discussing the track, Grigg says, “‘Exhausted’ is one of the most dynamic and diverse tracks on the album. It has the fastest, most aggressive moments of the album but also some of its most subtle. The lyrics are a straightforward statement about giving up, moving on, while the music -- the first written collaboratively as a band -- moves quickly and dramatically, representing life's abrupt twists.”

The first new material by the band since 2010’s "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here) finds Woe reunited with cover artist/illustrator and friend Justin Miller. More...

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Woe Streaming New Song Online

Pitchfork has premiered the song “Carried By Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth,” taken from Woe’s forthcoming new album titled "Withdrawal." Check out the track right here.

The song, written by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, examines the darkness and antisocial inclinations of mankind. It is one of seven new songs featured on the album, set for North American release on April 23rd.

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, "Withdrawal" benefits from 18-months of live performances; something impossible in the band’s early years. More...

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Woe Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms April 23rd as the North American release date for "Withdrawal," the third album from black metallers Woe.

Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston, the album features seven new songs with a running time of 43 minutes. It is the first new material by the band since 2010’s "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). "Withdrawal" reunites the band with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller.

“I spent a ton of time focusing on the production,” says Grigg in discussing the album’s creation. “We examined what Woe created since its inception in 2007 and broke it down to its core elements. The result is something that is a synthesis of the strongest elements: the unstoppable black metal ferocity of A Spell For The Death of Man mixed with the bold dynamics and smarter, more direct and personal songwriting of Quietly, Undramatically. It is our most intense, our most cohesive, our most personal.”

Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012, "Withdrawal" is a robust and penetrating album. It benefits from 18-months of live performances; something unavailable to Woe in the early years. “This is music that was made to be performed live,” Grigg notes. “Working with other people keeps Woe fresh. They bring new ideas and perspectives, fill in the gaps of my own abilities, and keep things moving when I slow down. This is the first Woe album to include not just riffs written by others but entire songs. Ruston (Grosse, drums) wrote 'Ceaseless Jaws.' Ben (Brand, guitar) wrote the initial draft of 'Exhausted' and then we reworked it. It's also the first album to include vocals other than mine: Grzesiek (Czapla, bass/vocals) doesn't just do backups; he has entire verses in a number of songs and is more 'second vocalist' than anything else.” More...

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Woe Splits With Drummer

U.S. black metal act Woe has posted the following message online about parting ways with drummer Ruston Grosse:

"Ruston has decided to leave Woe to focus on his mastery of the dark arts. He will still appear on the new album and we absolutely wish him the best.

"In the meantime, we are looking for a new live drummer. You should be in the Philadelphia or Brooklyn area, have solid gear, flexible schedule, and be able to play our long fucking songs (one-foot blasts!) without passing out from exhaustion. Email chris@subvertallmedia.com. Here's Ruston tearing shit up last year."

This upcoming new album will be the follow-up to 2010's "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). More...

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Woe Working On New Album

U.S. black metal act Woe has checked in with the following update about taking a break from live shows to work on a new album:

"We will be taking a break from live performances for the rest of the year so we can focus on finishing our new album. In the meantime, you can see Chris perform a solo acoustic set of his own new material on Saturday, August 25 at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia, opening for Wino & Conny Ochs. More lives dates to follow as long as he doesn't fuck it up too badly."

This upcoming album will follow Woe's 2010 full-length release "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). Details will be announced as they are made available.

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Candlelight Records Offering Free Sampler

Candlelight Records today launches a free label sampler available exclusively from Amazon.com. The 8-song sampler includes previously unreleased material from Falloch, The Rotted, Wodensthrone, Sear Bliss, Woe, Winterfylleth, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, and includes the first single from Ihsahn's new album "Ereminta."

To download the sampler or stream clips from the release, visit head over to this location.

“The Paranoid” is taken from Ihshan's fourth solo album. Set for release June 19th, "Eremita" was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) and features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining-Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (StarofAsh).

The inclusion of an early production mix of Rumpelstiltskin Grinder's “Fucking Wild” follows the recent announcement of the band’s forthcoming new album, "Ghostmaker." The Philadelphia-based quartet recently completed a string of regional performances and are now gearing up for dates to support the new album once it hits stores nationwide on June 19th. Guitarist Ryan Moll says, "the title of this track says it all. It’s a rather suiting description of its relentlessness. The lyrics were written by Shawn (Riley) and the title was inspired by some old live Venom recordings."

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Unearthing The Black Metal Underground

February is black metal history month, which means there’s plenty of raw, frozen, and spiteful heaviness headed your way in the coming weeks here at Metalunderground.com. In honor of the infamous style we already took a look at Darkthrone in our Sunday Old School column, and now that it’s time for a new edition of “Unearthing the Metal Underground” we’ll dive even further into black metal with three bands rising up through the ranks out of obscurity.

This isn’t our first foray into the black metal scene, as you can still check out our previous editions covering solo black metal acts, Red and Anarchist black metal, and even Christian “unblack” metal.

Whether you prefer your black metal of the symphonic or utterly eardrum-destroying and abrasive variety, each of these bands deserve to be heard by a wider audience and should hit your regular musical rotation.

Massakren

Taking a page from the likes of Gothmog and Dimmu Borgir, this young Chicago based band has plenty of extreme vocals and heavy riffing, but supports the music with both corpse paint theatrics and a symphonic flair. The lads from Massakren may be from the U.S. but you’d never tell that from the music alone, which exudes a strongly European feel. Massakren released a self-titled last year (reviewed here), and hopefully we’ll be getting even more melodic mayhem from the band in the near future. To hear what the group has to offer, check out Massakren’s Facebook profile or watch the music videos available below.

“Threshold”
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Lake Bukkake Added To Metal Suckfest

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...

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More Bands Added To The Metal Suckfest Lineup

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)

Mayhem
Keep of Kalessin
Hate
Abigail Williams
Woe

Friday, November 4th More...

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Woe Streaming Remixed Album

Candlelight Records has today unveiled a special remix version of Woe’s second album "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). The album is available now for streaming via the label’s Bandcamp page.

Woe’s Chris Grigg notes, “Aided by more than a year’s reflection, I am pleased to present a remixed and remastered, 24-bit/48kHz version of Quietly, Undramatically. While I don’t think that anyone is ever satisfied with their music, this presents a vision of hopelessness that is at least closer to the original intention.”

Woe will join label mates Abigail Williams to tour alongside Mayhem in November. Comments Grigg, “We are really looking forward to returning to the road in November in support of Mayhem for the first leg of their tour. This will be Woe’s first visit to a number of cities and we are grateful for this opportunity to consume your alcohol, offend your women, and bring our stink to your homes.” Upcoming Woe tour dates are as follows:

11/04/2011 Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/06/2011 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/07/2011 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/10/2011 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

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Woe Announces New Tour Dates

Philadelphia black metal legion Woe will embark on a string of live dates this March. The short trek will commence on March 5th at the upcoming Scion Fest in Pamona, California alongside the likes of Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, and Nails and ravage its way around the West Coast before drawing to a temporary close in Seattle, Washington at The Highline. The festivities will pick up again on the 31st with a hometown show at Kung Fu Necktie and a spot on this year's MACRoCk fest on April 1 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with Cannabis Corpse, Inter Arma, Withered, US Christmas and more. Check out the tour poster here

Said band mastermind Chris Grigg of the upcoming dates: "Woe is not given to hyperbole so it is with stern, stoic determination that we say we hope those in attendance of our upcoming West Coast performances are ready to have their heads blown the fuck off."

The dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 Scion fest - Pomona, CA
3/06/2011 The Hamat - Oakland, CA
3/07/2011 On The Y - Sacramento, CA
3/08/2011 The Knockout - San Francisco, CA
3/09/2011 Ol Hawk Eyes Art Shackle - Chico, CA
3/10/2011 Empire Squared - Eureka, CA
3/11/2011 Plan B - Portland, OR
3/12/2011 The Highline - Seattle, WA
3/31/2011 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
4/01/2011 MACRoCk - Harrisonburg, VA

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's latest interview with Chris Grigg of Woe about the band's new album "Quietly, Undramatically" here.

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line-Up Announced

The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Woe Posts New Album Ecard

Phladelphia based black metal band Woe released the new album "Quietly, Undramatically" on October 12th via Candlelight Records. The band has also posted an ecard online with audio samples and information about the new album online at this location. You can also catch Woe live on the following dates:

10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets - Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG

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Woe Streaming New Song Online

Stereogum has premiered "Quietly, Undramatically," the title track from the upcoming new full-length album from Philly black metallers Woe. Set for a North American release on October 12th via Candlelight Records, "Quietly, Undramatically" was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at front man Chris Grigg's BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold, and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.

To check out the new song "Quietly, Undramatically," visit this location. You can also catch Woe live on the following dates:

10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets - Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG

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