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Ancestors

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Latest Ancestors News

Below is our complete Ancestors 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.

TWBM To Play Day Of The Shred Fest

Trapped Within Burning Machinery - Moreno Valley, California's five-piece crushing doom/sludge outfit - is set to play this year's Day Of The Shred Fest on November 1st alongside Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand, The Shrine, and a whole hell of a lot more.

The band was originally a one-man project started by Zak Esparza (lead guitar/vocalist) in 2007. After recording some demos, Zak recruited close friend Geoff Jones to play drums and Juan Rodriguez to fill in on bass.

The trio wrote and recorded the band’s first demo, "Evolutionary Transmitted Disease," and self-released it in the summer of 2009. In January 2011, the band entered the studio to record a first full-length album, "The Putrid Stench of Decaying Self," this time with new bassist Ernie Ballerz and second guitarist Robert Trujillo. The band released the full-length through Black Voodoo Records on October 5th, 2012.

In early 2014, the group released a limited split tape with LA's Pigeonwing. Trapped Within Burning Machinery has also recently added a third guitarist, James Inglett, to expand its sound. As of April of 2014, TWBM just finished second full-length, "The Filth Element," recorded with renowned producer/engineer John Haddad (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia), which will be released via Midnite Collective in the near future.

Day Of The Shred takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on Novemer 1st. Tickets are available here and the show will feature Red Fang, Weedeater, Windhand Elder, The Shrine, Bongripper, Radio Moscow, Ancestors, Glitter Wizard, Graves At Sea, Danava, Arctic, Hot Lunch, All Them Witches, Goya, (16), Greenbeard, and Trapped Within Burning Machinery. More...

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Southwest Terror Fest Lineup Revealed

Following its crushingly triumphant debut maiden occurrence last year, the second Tucson, Arizona-based Southwest Terror Fest 2013: Year Of The Snake has been confirmed and the full lineup for the massive gala announced.

The complete lineup can be found below, and the following press release was issued about the festival:

"This fully DIY undertaking, booked by musicians, for musicians, is a low-cost event for all ages. Once again organized and hosted by Tucson sludgetroopers Godhunter, the now annual Southwest Terror Fest brings a one-of-a-kind extreme underground music festival to the Southwestern quadrant of America.

"This year, the experience has been expanded into an immense four-day event, now confirmed to invade Tucson venue The Rock from Thursday, October, 10th through Sunday, October 13th. The Southwest Terror Fest 2013: Year Of The Snake lineup features even more national headlining acts than last year, including legends like Sacred Reich and Vehemence, along with Kylesa, Red Fang, Demon Lung, Ancestors, Subrosa, Landmine Marathon, Early Graves and others, and a long line of newer underground acts, totaling more than sixty bands! Whether you like punk, sludge, black metal, thrash, grindcore, post-metal, etc., something for all fans of extreme music is to be found at this event."

Ticket and event info on the Southwest Terror Fest 2013 are available at this location. More...

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More Bands Added To Power Of The Riff Fest

The lineup for this year's installment of The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex on August 11th -- expands yet again, adding six additional bands to the already pulverizing roster. Sunn 0))), Nausea (CA), Despise You, Hoax, Bio-Crisis and Xaphan have all been confirmed to join the party, making for a lineup of twenty-two crushing sets for the day.

The finalized lineup for the all-day The Power Of The Riff West now stands as: SUNN 0))), Off!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrusth, Xibalba, Despise You, Eagle Twin, Nausea, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Bio-Crisis, Hoax, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, and Xaphan. The following press release was issued about the event:

"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining."

Tickets for The Power Of The Riff West are on sale now at this location. Tickets for the recently announced maiden voyage of The Power Of The Riff East, a two-day event to be held in Brooklyn, New York on September 1st and 2nd, can be purchased right here.

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The Power Of The Riff Fest Details Revealed

This week the return of the annual day-long invasion of Los Angeles has been confirmed via the 2012 installment of the massive The Power Of The Riff Festival. The following press release was issued:

"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining.

"Set to take place at the Echo/Echoplex, the initial lineup for The Power Of The Riff 2012 at press time includes Of!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, and Hordes, with even MORE acts to be announced in the coming weeks."

Tickets for the event go on sale this weekend at this location. Stay tuned for the LA lineup to be expanded upon, in addition to other regional The Power Of The Riff actions to be announced in the weeks ahead.

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Ancestors To Release "In Dreams And Time"

Los Angeles psychedelic prog-rock band Ancestors will release its new album "In Dreams and Time" on April 10 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded in east LA's Infrasonic Sound (Queens of the Stone Age, Best Coast, Xasthur), the record showcases the band's most accomplished music to date and a creative sound that morphs from thunderous cacophony to soul-searching peaks and valleys as towering riffs collide with bleak beauty and deep wells of light and dark. More...

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Ancestors Reveals New EP Details

Ancestors has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming EP "Invisible White," which can be viewed after the jump. The band also commented on the EP:

"A lot has happened since our last blog. Namely, we spent about 12 days in the studio recording an EP of brand new tunes, which we're calling Invisible White, which sees a release on June 21st on Tee Pee Records. Although it's technically the follow up to Of Sound Mind, it's very much a departure from what you heard on that album. It's still Ancestors, but it's something new for us and it's something we had wanted to do for a while. It also marks the debut of our newest member Matt Barks on Moog and modular synthesizers.

"With the addition of a new band member, we knew it would be a while before we were able to get the next full length out, so we decided that now was a good time to do a one-off project like this. We went into the studio with rough acoustic skeletons of the songs written and essentially let the songs chart their own course. It was a really different approach for us, as we normally go into the studio knowing exactly what is going to happen.

"Invisible White was masterfully produced and engineered by Kenny Woods at Los Angeles' Bright Street Recorders (Lykee Li, Sia, Grant Lee Phillips) on his 20 channel mixing desk, which was formerly owned by James Brown. As usual, we've got some friends who joined us on the record with us as well.?? The track listing for Ancestors' Invisible White is as follows:

1. Invisible White (7:22)
2. Dust (7:40)
3. Epilogue (14:07) More...

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Ancestors Cancels Hellfest Appearance

Ancestors has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled Hellfest appearance and update about working on a new EP:

"For the bad news first: Unfortunately, we had to cancel our appearance at Hellfest 2011 due to complications arising with the tour we were planning around it. We are incredible saddened by this development. However, we have every intent to get out to Europe later this year and hopefully we'll be able to do Hellfest next year. It was truly an honor to have even been asked.

"The good news: On June 21, 2011 we will be releasing an EP entitled Invisible White on Tee Pee Records. The EP contains three songs and is a bit of a departure from what people are used to hearing from us. However, fear not, because we are well into the writing process for our next LP, which will sound more like the Ancestors you're familiar with. That being said, we are very happy with the EP and we're excited to let people hear another side of the band. More news to come about the EP soon..."

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Ancestors To Play Hellfest

Ancestors has issued the following brief update about playing the 2011 edition of France's Hellfest: "Ancestors has confirmed that we will be playing at Hellfest in France in June 19, 2011. In addition, we'll be touring around the fest. Tour dates to come. Ozzy...Scorpions...Stoked!" You can find additional details on the Hellfest at this location.

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Ancestors Announces European Tour

California's Ancestors will embark on a European tour this April alongside Night Horse. The details of the nine date trek are as follows:

4/9 2010 Cafe Nova w/ Night Horse Essen, Germany
4/10 2010 L’Entrepot w/ Night Horse Arlon, Belgium
4/11 2010 Circolo Arci Q w/ Night Horse Fidenza (PR), Italy
4/12 2010 Orto Bar w/ Night Horse Ljubljana, Slovenia
4/13 2010 Arena w/ Night Horse Vienna, Austria
4/14 2010 Sunny Red w/ Night Horse Munich, Germany
4/15 2010 Roadburn 2010 @ 013 Tilburg, Noord-Holland
4/16 2010 South of the Border w/ Night Horse London, England
4/17 2010 White Rabbit w/ Night Horse Plymouth, England

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Ancestors Streaming New Song Online

California's Ancestors will be releasing a limited edition split 7" with Graveyard in January. Ancestors are now streaming a song online from the release titled "Antler Wings," which can be heard at their MySpace page.

Ancestors also have the following upcoming tour dates:

1/28 2010 Key Club w/ Saint Vitus WEST HOLLYWOOD
2/19 2010 Spaceland w/ Black Math Horseman Los Angeles, California
4/15 2010 Roadburn 2010 @ 013 Tilburg, Noord-Holland

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Ancestors Added To Roadburn Festival

California's Ancestors have issued the following announcement about appearing at the Roadburn Festival 2010:

"Hey all,

"We're very excited to announce that we've accepted an invitation to play ROADBURN FESTIVAL in April 2010 in Tilburg, Holland. We'll be playing the Green Room at 013 on Thursday, April 15. We will also be doing a short European tour around the festival with our good friends Night Horse. We would like to thank Walter and company for granting us this exciting opportunity. More news to come as the tour dates materialize!"

More information on the festival can be found here.

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Ancestors Announces New Album Release Date

Ancestors have announced they will release the follow up their debut album "Neptune With Fire" on October 6th. The brand new album will be titled "Of Sound Mind."

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Infra Sonic Sound by Pete Lyman. "Of Sound Mind" includes contributions by David Scott Stone (Melvins, Unwound, Slug), Sera Timms (Black Math Horsemen) and cellist Ramiro Zapata.

The track listing for "Of Sound Mind" will be as follows:

1. From Nothing
2. Mother Animal
3. Not the Last Return
4. Bounty of Age
5. A Friend
6. The Trial
7. Challenging
8. The Ambrose Law

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