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Ancient Ascendant be hitting the road with Darkest Era this September and October in support of the band's new album "Echoes and Cinder." Get your tickets and come bang your heads with Ancient Ascendant on these dates:
25th Sept - Birmingham Scruffy Murphys
26th Sept - Manchester Sound Control
27th Sept - Glasgow The Classic Grand
28th Sept - Leeds Library
29th Sept - Sheffield South Sea Live
30th Sept - Bristol The Louisiana
1st Oct - London Garage More...
Celtic metal band Darkest Era has released a new video for the track "Beyond the Grey Veil" on the same day that the band's new album, "Severance," receives its European release via Cruz Del Sur. The video can be seen below. Speaking about the new video, Guitarist Ade Mulgrew said:
"'Beyond the Grey Veil' is the thematic centerpiece of the album. All roads lead to that song in some ways and it's pretty representative of the kind of atmosphere we wanted to conjure up on 'Severance.' Even Costin Chioreanu based the album artwork on it. The video was directed by Angus Mitchell, an extremely talented guy who was instantly on the same page as us in terms of the aesthetic we wanted to achieve."
New Noise Magazine has given worldwide premiere to "Trapped in the Hourglass," the newest track from Northern Ireland's Darkest Era. The song comes off the band's forthcoming second full-length album "Severance," which is due for release on June 3rd (US) and June 13th (Europe) on CD, vinyl and digital formats via Cruz Del Sur.
To listen to the exclusive song stream, head over to this location. "Severance" was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu. More...
Northern Ireland's Darkest Era have released a lyric video for "Sorrow's Boundless Realm," the first track from the band's forthcoming new album "Severance" which is due for release on June 3rd (US) and June 13th (Europe) via Cruz Del Sur. Watch it below.
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew said: "It's quite a dark song and probably reflective of how some of us saw the world around us when this album was being written. There was a lot going on in the band at the time and it certainly came out in the music.
We also recorded it in the middle of winter against a backdrop that moved from being immensely beautiful on the rare occasions when the sun shined, to very bleak and desolate when the clouds rolled in. That definitely helped shape the vibe on this song. We're looking forward to letting people finally hear it."
Northern Ireland's Darkest Era have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their forthcoming album "Severance," which is due for release on June 3rd (US) and June 13th (Europe) via Cruz Del Sur. The album was recorded at Data Recording Studios in Ballyheigue, Ireland and produced by Chris Fielding and Darkest Era. The artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew said: "We are really pleased with the artwork which totally captures the atmosphere of this album. Costin has a unique style and immediately got what we were looking for.
'Severance' was recorded during what was a pretty stormy time in the band and against the backdrop of some very atmospheric natural scenery in one of the remotest parts of the west of Ireland. I think all that certainly comes across in the music and we are looking forward to finally unleashing it this summer."
The track listing for "Severance" is:
1.Sorrow's Boundless Realm
2.Songs Of Gods And Men
3.The Serpent And The Shadow
4.Beyond The Grey Veil
5.Trapped In The Hourglass
7.A Thousand Screaming Souls
8.Blood, Sand And Stone
Cruz Del Sur Music has announced a deal with former Metal Blade artists Darkest Era for the release of the band's new album, "Severance." Since their formation in 2005, Darkest Era have progressed their special and original 'Celtic Heavy Metal' formula, with epic compositions influenced by the darker side of Irish folklore as well as the classic, twin-guitar dueling.
"Severance" shows more of this perfectly balanced formula with a more reflective spirit than in the past, but maintaining the untouched energetic vibe that has been the main characteristic of the band to date.
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew commented: "We are excited to be working with Cruz Del Sur to finally get this beast uncaged. The label has put out some amazing records in recent years and we feel we are in very good company."
"Severance" will be released June 13th in Europe and June 3rd in North America on CD, vinyl and digital formats. More...
Northern Irish Celtic-themed metal band Darkest Era will be joining Russian pagan metallers Arkona for their European tour kicking off the 27th of September in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Darkest Era comments: "We are delighted and very grateful that Arkona have been good enough to take us out with them and we're looking forward to finally playing songs off the album for folk metal fans right across Europe!"
27/09/12 – CZ – Ostrava – Samhain Fest
28/09/12 – CZ – Brno – Samhain Fest
29/09/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202
30/09/12 – SK – Bratislava – Randal Club
01/10/12 – AT – Wien - Escape
02/10/12 – SI – Maribor – Pekama
07/10/12 – ES – Barcelona – Sala Mephisto
08/10/12 – ES – Madrid – Ritmo & Compas
09/10/12 – PT – Lisboa – Republica da Musica
10/10/12 – ES – Valencia – Rock City
13/10/12 – PL – Szczecin – Rock in Szczecin
14/10/12 – PL – Wroclaw – Firlej
15/10/12 – PL – Warsaw- Progresja
A new teaser video has been posted online for the upcoming Bathory tribute release "Voices from Valhalla," due out May 2012 via Godreah Records. Check out the clip below.
Bands set to appear on the tribute include The Meads of Asphodel, Old Corpse Road, Skyforger, Darkest Era, and more. Head over to the Godreah Records website for full details.
Ireland's Darkest Era has partnered up with BloodyDisgusting.com to debut a new video for "An Ancient Fire Burns." The song comes from the band's debut album, "The Last Caress of Light," which was highlighted in Decibel's Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011. Watch "An Ancient Fire Burns" now here.
Comments guitarist Ade Mulgrew: "An Ancient Fire Burns is a song about primal instincts and desire; and in this video we used a narrative that we really hope will grip people. It's an old school buried-alive-in-coffin concept that compliments the themes in the song. We also shot the band's performance by torchlight in a 1000 year old monastery, once plundered by Vikings. It was a great setting and really adds to the atmosphere in the video."
Darkest Era also has the following upcoming shows with Alestorm and Claim the Throne: More...
Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm have announced that Northern Ireland's Darkest Era will provide support along with Australia's Claim The Throne for the "Useless Drunken Bastards" Tour of the U.K. and Ireland in February of 2012.
Confirmed dates of the tour are as follows:
Alestorm w/Claim The Throne and Darkest Era:
04.02 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
05.02 - Stoke-on-Trent, UK - Green Star
06.02 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
07.02 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
08.02 - Southhampton, UK - Talking Heads
09.02 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
10.02 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
11.02 - Belfast, Ireland - Speakeasy
12.02 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
13.02 - Leicester, UK - Sub 91
14.02 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
15.02 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
16.02 - Leeds, UK - The Well
17.02 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
18.02 - London, UK - O2 Academy
19.02 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Metal Blade Records has posted a video clip online of Darkest Era performing the song "An Ancient Fire Burns" from the band's album "The Last Caress Of Light." You can check out the footage below. Darkest Era also premiered the song "Beneath the Frozen Sky" through Metalunderground.com at this location.
Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release their new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15, 2011 via Metal Blade Records, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive premiere of a new song off that album, "Beneath the Frozen Sky." You can listen to it in the player below.
"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. You can pre-order the CD or t-shirt bundle here.
The first single off the album, "The Morrigan," is also available for streaming on the band's MySpace player.
Here's the tracklisting fro "The Last Caress of Light":
1. The Morrigan (5:57)
2. An Ancient Fire Burns (6:04)
3. Beneath the Frozen Sky (7:50)
4. Heathen Burial (7:02)
5. Visions of the Dawn (7:44)
6. To Face the Black Tide (8:29)
7. Poem to the Gael (4:16)
8. The Last Caress of Light Before the Dark (11:00)
You can check out a recent studio diary below: More...
Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release the new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The band has once again teamed up with InvisibleOranges.com to debut a new song from the album, titled "An Ancient Fire Burns." The track can be heard here.
"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. The album will be available on February 15th via Metal Blade Records in North America, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. The first single, The Morrigan, can also be heard at this location.
Irish heavy metallers Darkest Era have posted a new studio dairy video online. The video documents the band's time recording its Metal Blade Records debut "The Last Caress of Light." You can view the studio footage below:
"The Morrigan," the first single and opening track from Darkest Era's Metal Blade debut album, "The Last Caress Of Light," is now available for streaming through InvisibleOranges.com at this location.
Darkest Era's Ade Mulgrew notes why the song was chosen to be the first song released from the album: "The Morrigan is the opening track to the album. It's an energetic song that grabs you by the scruff of the neck from the first crashing chord and is full of powerful drumming, Thin Lizzy-esque guitar harmonies and an infectious, epic fist in the air chorus! It sets the tone well for the rest of the album."
"The Last Caress of Light" has been set for release on February 11th/14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Northern Ireland based metal act Darkest Era has revealed the cover artwork for its Metal Blade debut "The Last Caress Of Light." The artwork can be viewed here. The release date for "The Last Caress of Light" has now been set for February 11/14, 2011 in Europe and February 15 in North America.
Vocalist Krum commented: "It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it."
Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds, "It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we've made a really strong record to be proud of, I can't wait for people to hear it! "
"The Last Caress of Light" track listing is as follows:
1. The Morrigan
2. An Ancient Fire Burns
3. Beneath The Frozen Sky
4. Heathen Burial
5. Visions of the Dawn
6. To Face The Black Tide
7. Poem To The Gael
8. The Last Caress Of Light Before The Dark More...
Northern Ireland heavy metal act Darkest Era has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "The Last Caress Of Light," is set for release on February 14, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.
"The Last Caress Of Light" tracklisting:
1. The Morrigan
2. An Ancient Fire Burns
3. Beneath The Frozen Sky
4. Heathen Burial
5. Visions of the Dawn
6. To Face The Black Tide
7. Poem To The Gael
8. The Last Caress Of Light Before The Dark
Northern Ireland metal band DARKEST ERA has recently completed work on their forthcoming album, "The Last Caress of Light," and have issued the following update:
"It is with great pleasure that we announce we have finished work on our debut album; to be titled The Last Caress of Light. The album is a work of dark, stormy, epic heavy metal that we are proud to release upon the world. Chris Fielding did a fantastic job in capturing the Celtic atmosphere of our songs while bringing out our heavy metal influences from bands like Warlord. We are very excited about it" comments vocalist Krum. Guitarist Sarah Wieghell adds; "It has been an incredible experience recording our debut album for Metal Blade, the songs came out better than even we were expecting. I think we've made a really strong record to be proud of, I can't wait for people to hear it!"
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew of Darkest Era has issued the following update from the recording studio:
"Here’s a very short update from Foel Studios in Wales where we are currently hard at work recording what will be our debut album. We’ve been here a few days now and everything is running very smoothly with Chris Fielding at the helm. The studio is well renowned for it's warm production and analogue facilities and has been used in the past by everyone from Porcupine Tree to Primordial, Hawkwind, Napalm Death, The Wildhearts, and many more.
"In total we will spend 2 weeks here putting everything we’ve got into trying to capture on record, the Celtic metal storm, that has become our sound over the past number of years. More updates to come."
Metal Blade Records recently teamed up with Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga' of Primordial for distribution of his label Poison Tongue Records. U.K. act Darkest Era has now issued the following update about signing to the label:
"It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade records! We have been working closely with them over the past few months in settling a deal, aided by Alan Averill of Primordial in his new A&R role for Metal Blade. We are wasting no time and will be recording our debut album on the 26th August, with a release date to fall approximately on the turn of the new year.
"The only details I can give so far are that there will be 8 tracks of the epic, soaring, celtic laden melancholy that we've been developing over the past few years. There will be a few re-recordings from our EPs, and one entirely acoustic track. It's a big step for us but one which we feel has come at the ideal time; we are really ready to step onto the international stage and forge on with the passion and fire that has led us this far.
"We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us so far: our Irish fans who have been behind us since the Nemesis days; all our European fans and those further afield who bought our CD's, who sent us many messages of support and have championed us in their respective countries; and to those we have met on our travels, shared a beer with and sang a song with. We will almost certainly be touring widely in support of this next year. Germany, Greece, Italy, we shall return! The rest of you, prepare for a heathen invasion!"