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Hour Of 13

Formed: 2006
From: Hickory, SC, United States
Last Known Status: Unknown

Latest Hour Of 13 News

Below is our complete Hour Of 13 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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Hour Of 13 Regrouping

Following the band's breakup back in 2013, Hour Of 13 is now regrouping and has signed a deal with Shadow Kingdom Records. The label will present a long-overdue demos & rarities collection titled "Salt The Dead: The Rare And Unreleased." Hour Of 13 also issued this statement:

"2006 was an immense year for influence and creation. A simple session of writing spawned three songs that paved the way for a debut album destined to return American Heavy Metal back to the forefront of the underground Metal scene.

"And with the release came a quick acclaim, building up a following that the entity itself never saw coming. Throughout its lifespan, Hour Of 13 has seen its' fair share of ups and downs. Not ever really existing in the other classes of bands within it's scene, it paved a path of Darkness and gloom that solidified its place within the tops of the genre.

"All that rise must fall... Due to a professional ordeal that was both good and bad, along with the passing of some of it's closest friends, the idea to lay it to rest until the right time was evident and heeded. Coupled with all of the problems, departures and returns, backlash and all around trash talk, the ideals were continued under the Night Magic name. The slumber for Ho13 in its' name
had been thought to be eternal. Forever. More...

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Shadow Kingdom Records Announces Label Showcase

Shadow Kingdom Records is proud to announce its first label showcase, set to take place September 3rd, 2015 at Cleveland, Ohio's Agora Ballroom.

Dubbed the Shadow Kingdom Riot, the special event will spotlight the label's eclectic roster of heavy metal acts, from new signings such as Venomous Maximus and Tombstalker to bands that date back to the label's launch in 2007, like Maryland's Iron Man. Tickets for the Shadow Kingdom Riot are $15 and are on sale now at this location.

The showcase is presented in part with Shadow Kingdom's sister label, Hells Headbangers and that label's second 3-day annual anniversary fest, Hells Headbash (see details here), slated for September 4-6, also at the Agora Ballroom. Metal fans who purchase a 3 day pass to the Hell's Headbash event will receive FREE admission to the Shadow Kingdom Riot show on September 3, as part of the package. the lineup is:

6 PM: TOMBSTALKER (Black/Death Metal)
7 PM: TEMPLE OF VOID (Doom / Death Metal)
8 PM: COVEN (Classic Heavy / Doom Metal)
9 PM: NIGHT MAGIC (aka HOUR OF 13 / Doom Metal)
10 PM: IRON MAN (Doom Metal)
11 PM: VENOMOUS MAXIMUS (Dark Heavy Metal) More...

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Hour Of 13 Disbanding

Hour Of 13 posted the following announcement to its Facebook wall, confirming that the band would be calling it a day. The band will play its February date at the Martyrdoom Fest in NYC, but will postpone the April European tour which had headline slots at Roadburn and Doom Shall Rise festivals. Multi-instrumentalist Chad Davis of the Connecticut/North Carolina act had the following to say:

It is with heavy heart that I must announce that Hour of 13 is on an indefinite hiatus. The one remaining show at Martyrdoom Fest 2013 in New York City will go on as planned, but after that no shows no interviews and no records. The massive lack of support for this band weighs heavily. Fan support is unmatched, but all other aspects support wise is a huge factor in this decision. We cannot be expected to give all and receive nothing in return. I thank it everyone of you for your message support you have shown throughout the years and hopefully this matter will be resolved and we will return, but at this point after June we are no more.

Regards to all,
Chad Davis

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Hour Of 13 Gearing Up For Dublin Doom Days

U.S. East Coast doom metallers Hour Of 13 are gearing up for this year's edition of the Dublin Doom Days festival in Ireland. The fourth edition of the festival kicks off today at The Pint in Dublin, with Houf Of 13 set to perform tomorrow (Saturday, September 29th) in support of new album, "333." Also included on the festival bill are the likes of Urfaust, Weed Priest, The Veil, Weeping Ulcer, and more.

Hour of 13 guitarist Chad Davis recently commented: "Hour of 13 are pleased to be a part of the 2012 installment of Dublin Doom Days. A little over 2 years to the date, it will be great to play our second-only European appearance in the birthplace of our first ever live show. The people in the Irish scene are extremely amazing, and we would like nothing more than to bring our music back to them for round two."

Alongside core band members Chad Davis (guitars) and Phil Swanson (vocals), Hour of 13's live line-up at the festival will be completed by Law Bowler (Two Tales of Woe) on guitar, Anais Chareyre (Celtachor) on drums, and Emile Quigley (Celtachor) on bass. Check out the Dublin Doom Days flyer at this location. Hour of 13's upcoming live shows are:

Sep. 29, 2012 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 26, 2012 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus
Apr. 18, 2013 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival

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New Doom Podcasts Streaming

The entire new Hour of 13 record "333", a new 29 minute track by Aldebaran from the new "Embrace the Lightless Abyss" release and the entire new EP by Holy Mountain titled "Earth Measures" are streaming on the new Soggy Bog Podcast #75 at this location.

The new Crestfallen #79 episode is also on the podcast page and at this site featuring sixteen doom tracks. Stream both podcasts below in the players as well. More...

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Hour Of 13 Streaming New Song

North Carolina doom metallers Hour Of 13 have teamed up with Decibel magazine to release a brand new track from their forthcoming album, "333." The new song, titled "Who's To Blame," is premiering now exclusively at this location.

Hour Of 13 guitarist Chad Davis comments:

"Hour of 13 are pleased that both Earache and Decibel are premiering another track from the new album. The fans have waited long enough for the record and any preview we can give them is our offering to them. We hope the album will show our progression and allegiance to true heavy metal, and this one is for the supporters of Ho13!"

View the 333 album cover here. Hour of 13 recently released another new track from the album, titled "Lucky Bones," which can be listened to at YouTube. Hour of 13's new album, "333," was recorded at Epiphonic Studios in Lenoir, North Carolina. The album is due to be released on May 21st on Earache Records.

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Hour Of 13 Streaming New Track Online

North Carolina doom act Hour of 13 has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Lucky Bones," which can be heard via the YouTube player below.

Hour of 13's new, as-yet-untitled, album will see release in 2012, with further details and an exact release date to be announced in the near future.

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Hour Of 13 To Play "Slow Southern Steel" Premiere

North Carolina doom metallers Hour Of 13 are due to perform at the premiere of the new movie, "Slow Southern Steel," on June 4th at the Little Rock Film Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"Slow Southern Steel" is a documentary film which peers into the world of metal music in the American South. The film features live footage and personal interviews with the very people who have created this music, including Hour Of 13's own vocalist, Ben Hogg. A trailer for the movie can be viewed below.

Hour Of 13 is due to kick off a U.S. tour with Kylesa on May 25th. See the bands performing live on the following dates:

May 25 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah, Tremont Music Hall
May 26 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
May 28 - Buffalo, NY - Sound Lab
May 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
May 31 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
June 01 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
June 02 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee Theater

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Hour Of 13 Announces Shows With Kylesa

North Carolina doom metallers Hour of 13 have confirmed a string of shows in the USA with psychedelic rockers Kylsea. Hour of 13's second album, "The Ritualist," was recently remastered and re-released on Earache Records, shortly before the group's new vocalist Ben Hogg joined the fold. The upcoming tour will be the band's first full run of shows with the new frontman.

Hour of 13 guitarist Chad Davis comments: "Hour of 13 are honored to be sharing the stage with Kylesa. They are a great band and we are more than pleased to be on the road with them."

A statement from 313 INC Artist Management reads: "This is shaping up to be the underground tour of the spring. Two powerful bands bringing their end-time message to the masses. Ear drums will be pummeled."

See Hour of 13 live on tour with Kylesa at the following shows:

May 25 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah, Tremont Music Hall
May 26 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
May 28 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
May 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
May 31 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
Jun 01 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Jun 02 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee Theater

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Hour Of 13 To Re-Release Album

North Carolina doom metallers Hour of 13 are due to re-release their latest album "The Ritualist" in Europe on Monday, January 24th and in North America on February 8th through Earache Records. The new version of the band's second album has been updated and remastered, and is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition vinyl. As a special offer for fans who order the limited edition vinyl LP version of the album, each copy will include a free bonus 7" vinyl, featuring two previously-unreleased tracks:

Side A
1. Grim Reality (2006 Rehearsal)
Side B
2. Call To Satan (Live in Dublin 12.09.10)

The track "Grim Reality" is included as a tribute to former Hour of 13 bassist Thomas, who recently passed away. Images of the different vinyl colors can be found at this location.

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Hour Of 13 Signs To Earache Records

North Carolina's HOUR OF 13 has announced a worldwide record deal with Earache Records. Their debut US show takes place in New York on October 16.

Guitarist and founder CHAD DAVIS commented on the deal, "We, Hour Of 13, are proud to have become part of the Earache Records legacy. The support the label has shown to a host of influential bands over the years has been essential to the growth of real, original music, and we could not be more pleased to have become one of those bands. This is a monumental step for Hour Of 13, and we're glad to have Earache on our side."

Earache will re-release the band's last album, 'THE RITUALIST', in early 2011, which will be supported by further live appearances throughout the year. Listen to HOUR OF 13's track, "Demons All Around Me", below:

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Hour Of 13 To Perform With The Gates Of Slumber

Hour of 13 has issued the following update about playing the band's debut U.S. show with The Gates of Slumber:

"Hour of 13 is proud to announce their debut USA show on October 16th in NYC with metal masters The Gates of Slumber This show also debuts the new Hour of 13 permanent live line-up. This line-up is: Phil Swanson - vocals, Chad Davis - lead guitar, Brandon Munday - rhythm guitar, John Mode - bass guitar, Dave Easter - percussion

"This line-up harnesses perfectly the dark and eerie atmosphere Hour of 13 are known for in a live setting, unsettling in sound and feeling. This line-up will also be creating a concept EP of the trilogy of the songs 'Missing Girl,' 'Possession' and 'The Crawlspace' that will feature the songs performed by this line-up. These songs are connected by the concept of ritual abduction / abuse, and will showcase the haunting power of the Hour of 13 live band."

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Dublin Doom Day Announces Complete Lineup

The second annual Dublin Doom Day has been confirmed to take place on September 18th at the Fibber Magees in Dublin, Republic Of Ireland. The organisers of the event has confirmed that the full lineup is as follows:

Mourning Beloveth
Hour Of 13
Pagan Altar
Officium Triste
People Of The Monolith
Why Angels Fall
De Novissimis
Shattered Hope

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