Metal News for August 16, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Obliteration will release "Goat Skull Crown" on August 29th. This 7" is part of the Indie Recordings collector series and is strictly limited to 500 copies. "Goat Skull Crown" comes off Obliteration's brand new album that will be released later this year.
It will be sold exclusively at the Beyond the Gates festival alongside the band's performance that night. Left over copies will be made available at a later stage through selected mail orders.
Side A features the song "Goat Skull Crown," recorded and mixed in March 2013 by Carl Christian Holm, Arild Myren Torp, and Obliteration at KickArse studios in Kolbotn, Norway.
Side B contains "Devil Pig," originally performed by VON on the "Satanic Blood" demo in 1992, and "Reincarnation," which was performed by Necrophagia on the "Season of the Dead" album in 1987. More...
San Diego's Vlad the Impaler has released the "Witness the End" EP online for streaming. You can check out the songs at Bandcamp here or via the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro (Burn) 01:01
2. The Mountain 03:13
3. Inferno 02:41
4. Black Sun 03:04
5. Witness 04:06 More...
Melotov Records presents its release of "These Roots Grow Deep," by Los Angeles band Calculator.
"These Roots Grow Deep" is a complete collection of Calculator's recorded material from the band's first three years of existence, 2007 - 2009. The songs were recorded at various locations including The Earth Capital in LA with producer Alex Estrada (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba, Globe and Beast).
Originally released in 2010 and now long out of print, "These Roots Grow Deep" finally gets its day in the sun via Melotov Records' reissue - a limited edition of 500 white vinyl LPs featuring new artwork. The reissue is due out August 27th, 2013. The track listing is:
2. Breathing In
3. Breathing Out
4. Our Homes, Our Graves
Meanwhile, Calculator's first proper full-length, "This Will Come to Pass," was self-released in June. You can stream the tracks from the album below. More...
James Van Cleaf has released a new three-track EP titled "Energy," which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Energy - Movement I: Potential 01:53
2. Energy - Movement II: Reaction 03:46
3. Energy - Movement III: Thermal 08:51
Dreamstate Emergency has released a new LP titled "Oneirophobia." The album is comprised of nine original tracks for a running total of half an hour. Tracks are now available for streaming at the band's website here, and the following press release was also issued about the album:
"A brutal, shocking, stabbing record with all the ferocity and viciousness that speed and death metal have been aiming to achieve for more than thirty years, 'Oneirophobia' is all that is horrifyingly wrong with the world, wrapped up in a set list that will chill bones, grip hearts, and strip the paint off of household appliances at appropriately high volumes.
"This being roundly and explicitly understood, 'Oneirophobia' is a work of great artistic integrity, vivid color, and genius-level composition. It is metal for the thinking man. Perhaps best categorized as experimental metal more than anything else, it belongs next to Neurosis in the audiophile's cherished record collection. Like Neurosis, Dreamstate Emergency is not afraid of digital instrumentation and effects that are often frightening to the core. The careful listener will hear air-raid sirens, faraway shell explosions, and much, much more. Additionally, they boast vocals that shriek and howl, scream and tear in ways Metallica's James Hetfield has always wished he could pull off. More...
Electronic metallers The Browning have announced dates for a European headlining tour in support of their upcoming new album, "Hypernova."
The "Across the Nations" tour kicks off on November 22nd in Chemnitz, Germany, and also includes shows in Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Hungary. Supporting The Browning will be Upon This Dawning and Shoot the Girl First.
The Browning frontman Jonny McBee comments: "The Browning feels at home in Europe and we can't wait to go back for our headliner! We always have really crazy shows there and this time won't be any different! Everyone pick up our new album Hypernova so you can learn it before we come!" More...
The Chariot has posted a video clip online titled "All's Well That Ends Well," with the ominous tag line "2003 - 2013," apparently indicating the band is calling it quits this year. Check out the clip below, and the band comments:
"Thank you. To everyone on this planet Earth that has ever supported us, helped us, watched us, hung out with us, given us a place to stay, given food, prayed over us, loaned us equipment, advised us, booked us, or given us a chance, no matter how big or small...we are forever grateful."
You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Forget" at this location.
Anacrusis frontman/guitarist Ken Nardi posted up a new track entitled "Ordinary." The song appears on the forthcoming solo release "Parallax Error." Just after Anacrusis' performance at 70,000 Tons of Metal this past January, the band went on indefinite break.
Nardi's solo material continues the Anacrusis sound and feel. Check it out here:
German drum/bass act Beehoover is back, breaking a three year studio silence with a deluge of off-kilter riffery in the form of new LP, "The Devil And His Footmen."
The album is nearing release once again on Exile on Mainstream, the perpetrator label responsible for the band's previous three albums. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Formed in 2003, the German duo known as Beehoover has released three albums to date, their distinctive drum and bass concoction making them a standout act to the cult of listeners who are drawn to their radiant madness. The multi-faceted clawing at the stoner doom mantle which defined the band's 2010 Concrete Catalyst as well as much of their previous catalog has been harvested in an entirely new manner this time.
"The band self-recorded The Devil And His Footmen behind the locked doors of their rehearsal room, resulting in their latest swirl of raw, stifling tones and rumbling octaves that strike chords with '70s hard rock as much as it does the thunderous rumble of Black Cobra and the jutting angles of Unsane. Beehoover are at their most pummeling and exploratory here, their oddball rhythms and over-the-top vocals abstracting metallic stoner freakouts via spatial exploration like no other act. The Devil And His Footmen buzzes with eccentric electric - grit your teeth and enjoy the sting."
Recently, some rumors have been spreading across the web about an upcoming Dark Angel reunion (note that the band was confirmed for Keep It True Festival 2014). Drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament) and vocalist Don Doty have taken the time to make a statement addressing these rumors, which will hopefully put any confusion to rest.
Gene states, "Howdy everybody. Now that I'm off the road for a few minutes, I'd like to address these Dark Angel rumors that are flying around. Yes, we have been talking about doing something next year, and although it looks like possibly some festivals could be in the works, right now it's just speculation. Don Doty and myself have been in contact for the first time in many many years, and it's been great to re-connect with my old friend.
"Fortunately, I've remained great buddies with all the DFA guys after all these years, and we do try to stay in contact with each other and see each other when we can, especially since we are all spread out over the Western US. We are indeed discussing the possibility of a reunion, and yes, the DFA guys are well aware of all of my other commitments, such as Testament, Dethklok and the like. So again, we are moving forward s-l-o-w-l-y, with hopes to getting Dark Angel's wings off the ground for festival season in 2014."
Dark Angel vocalist Don Doty added: "Members of Dark Angel are currently sitting down for talks for a reunion. This will be for the year 2014. All are excited. I was talking on a radio show recently and had said that all members would be attending, this statement may have been misunderstood. Myself, Gene, Mike, Eric and Jim are talking and when talks are complete a statement will be given. We will know more in the months to come. We will let you know as it unravels." More...
Unleashing debut album "The Healing Powers of Hate" earlier this June, groove metal band BornBroken has announced it will be supporting fellow local metal band The Catalyst along with Ashes of Eden, Forbidden Sin, and Avery's Descent on August 23rd at Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, QC.
Full show details can be found at this location.
This will be the band's second show with new vocalist Matt Bailie (ex-The Catalyst). Live video from the first performance last month with Bailie opening for The Agonist can be viewed over here.
Statesville, NC five piece metal outfit Renowned Eternity will be headlining the Oktoberfest in Hickory, North Carolina on Friday, October 11th.
The band will be revealing new original material at the show in anticipation of an as-yet-untitled full-length album due out in 2014. Further details on the Oktoberfest can be found here, and you can check out music from Renowned Etertnity in the player below. More...
Scar The Martyr - the new band featuring Slipknot's Joey Jordison - has revealed “Soul Disintegration,” the second single from the group's forthcoming self-titled debut album. Fans can stream the track at the Scar the Martyr website. You can also hear the previously posted song "Blood Host" at this location.
The new album was recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, IA and produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Rob Zombie, Mindless Self Indulgence. "Scar The Martyr" arrives everywhere on October 1st.
In anticipation of the debut release, Scar The Martyr is currently out on tour with Danzig. Remaining dates are as follows:
8/17 St. Paul, MN Myth
8/18 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
8/20 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
8/21 Garden City, ID Revolution Center
8/22 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
8/24 Calgary, AB Flames Central
8/25 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
8/27 Vancouver, AB Commodore Ballroom
8/28 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
8/30 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
8/31 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Today sees the official movie premiere of Kick-Ass 2, with a cast including stars like Jim Carrey and more. A scene in the movie will feature the Danko Jones song "Dance," which comes off the 2003 album "We Sweat Blood."
This follows a long line of prominent placements for the band – including songs featured in True Blood, CSI:NY and EA Sports NHL 2011. The song is also included on the movie’s official soundtrack and was the musical theme of the film’s first trailer, available below.
Danko Jones is out with the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival now. Remaining dates are available after the jump. More...
Darkest Hour, after recently completing a North American tour supporting Killswitch Engage, wasted no time getting back to work. Upon returning home, the band immediately headed to Oceanic Studios to record with producer Taylor Larson.
Michael Schleibaum (guitars) states: “When John Henry (vocals) and I started the band some 18 years ago we could have never imagined the sound would travel this far. The making of this record (dating back to January of 2012) was both a painful and joyful one and the end result has become something truly transcendent. John’s work with Taylor on the new demos has proven to be the best he's ever sounded and the introduction of the creative minds of both Travis Orbin (drums) and Aaron Deal (bass) have taken the songwriting someplace otherworldly. You can expect a massive evolution. The Killswitch tour couldn't have come at a better time for us creatively. It gave us the time and space to think about the album as a whole and really craft something special." More...
Strangelight was forged in a small basement studio, and features members of various other collectives including Made Out Of Babies, Thursday, Red Sparowes, Pigs, United Nations, Goes Cube, Mussels and Kiss It Goodbye
While their past and current bands share little in common, Strangelight - Brendan Tobin, Cooper, Kenneth Appel, John Niccoli and Geoff Rickly - share an adoration for all things angular, discordant, rhythmic and driving. The following press release was issued about the new project:
"Drawing heavily upon DC visionaries, Amphetamine Reptile destroyers and Touch & Go noisemakers and named in honor of a track off Fugazi's last record, The Argument, Strangelight offers up all the signature makings of an early '90s Dischord band: Drums and bass rumble along like a tornado. The guitars stab their way out of the mix like broken glass. The fact that they're not distorted only makes them heavier. The vocals, mumble, shout, indict and accuse. Anyone with a deep record collection will understand that Strangelight aren't trying to reinvent the wheel, just taking the dust jackets off the old classics and melting the vinyl down for fun."
Strangelight will release debut EP, "9 Days," on October 1st, 2013 via Brooklyn-based Sacrament Music. The track listing is as follows:
1. Split And Divide
2. Mosh Party
3. High Five Hailstorm
4. Tiers Of Joy
6. White Feather More...
Following its recent release, "Beyond All Light" - the mammoth second full-length from Anagnorisis - is today streaming in its entirety courtesy of Revolver. Listen to the full album below.
Anagnorisis took to the road on an eastward tour at the end of July and start of August in support of the album. Having triumphantly inundated underworld audiences in Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Indiana, the band has issued the following collective statement:
"We are thrilled to have experienced the epic journey that was the Summer of Hellfire tour: meeting new fans and blaspheming in new cities each night, we will return with more metal, to be sure! Black metal runs in our veins, and it is evident in the most recent reviews of Beyond All Light. We extend our gratitude to those who speak words in support of our passion, our music, and our godlessness. Hails!" More...
Terror's Canadian hardcore label-mates Counterparts have been added to the second leg of the tour with Power Trip and Code Orange Kids.
Victory Records comments: "Playing tracks from their new albums, Terror and Counterparts will prove their spitting aggression translates to an unrivaled on-stage delivery that will remind you what hardcore is all about."
Catch Terror live: More...
Hells Headbangers has announced November 26th as the international release date for Profanatica's new album, "Thy Kingdom Cum," on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was issued about the band:
"As one of earliest American black metal bands, during the dark 'n' bloody days of the early 1990s, Profanatica set out upon a course of utter blasphemy and barbaric primitivism, then retreating into the shadows as a cult icon, only to be resurrected years later once the black metal scene had finally caught up with their invention/degradation. When they returned, with Profanatitas de Domonatia in 2007, the signature Profanatica sound was firmly in place, and yet masters Paul Ledney and John Gelso continued to challenge themselves and push this pulsing primitivism to uncharted waters of sin 'n' sickness.
"Three years later, Disgusting Blasphemies Against God pushed the envelope even further - and yet three more years, and now Thy Kingdom Cum absolutely desecrates that envelope. Profaners of the pure, defilers of Dog's creation, fornicators upon the altar: Thy Kingdom Cum is Profanatica' most vile and virulent creation yet.Tense, veritgo-inducing riffing from Gelso malforms minds while Ledney's charred-black throat vomits forth visions only Profanatica can create/desecrate. This is black metal incarnate, and then black metal defied/defiled. Let the juices flow across Thy Kingdom Cum..."
2. Foul The Air With Blasphemy
3. Denounce Him
4. False Doctrina
5. Definite Atonement
6. Thy Kingdom Cum
7. Ropes of Hatred
8. Water to Blood More...
Russian modern black metal band Arcanorum Astrum has announced new tour dates with Hypocrisy and Hatesphere in September. Details are as follows:
15/09/2013 - Estonia, Tallin, club Tapper
16/09/2013 - Latvia, Riga, club Melna Piektdiena
17/09/2013 - Lithuania, Vilnius, New York club
18/09/2013 - Belarus, Minsk, club RE:PUBLIC
19/09/2013 - Ukraine, Kiev, club Bingo
You can also check out the band's music video for "The Way To My Self" in the player provided below. More...
Thy Will Be Done will return to Japan for a headlining run this Fall. As part of the set, the band will be playing the "Temple" EP in its entirety as well as other fan favorites from previous releases.
The run kicks off September 20th in Shibuya and will go through September 29th in Sasebo. Direct support will come from Aggressive Dogs.
Vocalist and co-writer J. Costa comments: "We're absolutely thrilled to see all our amazing friends and fans in Japan again and especially excited to tour with our close friends Aggressive Dogs. Playing our 'Temple' EP start to finish will be a milestone for this band and we're honored to be able to share that experience with fans in a live setting. We've got a few surprises for this run and hope the audience enjoys the show we've got planned for them."
Thy Will Be Done has also started work on the follow-up to the "Temple" EP. More details are expected to be announced soon. Catch the band live:
8/17 Dallas, TX - Trees (ride For Dime Event)
9/06 Pawtucket, RI - The Met
9/07 Lewiston, ME
9/20 Shibuya - Game
9/21 Kobe - Live House Star-club
9/22 Toyohashi - Tba
9/23 Shibuya - Clubasia
9/24 Atsugi - Thunder Snake
9/25 Hamamatsu - Mescalin Drive
9/26 Kitakyushu - Abbey Road Live House Jamjam (drum & Guitar Clinic)
9/27 Kokura - Fuse
9/28 Hakata - Xxxxxx
9/29 Sasebo - Dazzle Puzzle
SpectiCast and Eagle Rock Entertainment are once again collaborating to distribute the "Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park" concert film to theaters worldwide beginning Thursday, September 19th, 2013.
This cinematic event was captured over two nights during the final leg of the band’s 15-month "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" world tour, which hit 35 countries. "Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park" was filmed in Buenos Aires, runs for 160 minutes, and features many of Dream Theater’s classic tracks, including “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “The Root Of All Evil,” “The Test That Stumped Them All,” “The Spirit Carries On,” and the recent track “On The Backs Of Angels.”
“Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park is a fantastic addition to our Rock In Cinema series,” said Mark Rupp, Co-Founder and President of SpectiCast. “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Eagle Rock Entertainment, bringing theatrical releases of concerts by some of the world’s best musical groups to theatres around the globe.”
Dream Theater's self-titled album is also due out September 24th, 2013. More...
"PermaWar," the first music video from Ministry's upcoming studio album "From Beer To Eternity," is making its premiere online today. Watch it in the player below courtesy of Loudwire. The digital single is also currently available in the iTunes store. The following press release was issued about the clip:
"The 'PermaWar' video is a amalgamation of provocative news images culled from World War Two, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and a bad acid trip. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen is featured in the video portraying three different personalities, representing three different points of view on America's repetition and persistence of war: the corrupt political leader, the predatory business man, and possibly most dangerous of all, the passive observer.
"The video was shot in July at Jourgensen's 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, produced by Angelina Lukacin-Jourgensen and directed by filmmaker/animator Zach Passero whose credits include Ministry's 'Lieslieslies,' 'GhoulDiggers,' and '99 Percenters,' RevCo's 'Fire Engine,' and the feature film 'Wicked Lake.'"
Ministry's "From Beer To Eternity" is set for a September 10th release (AFM/13th Planet Records) and features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed. More...
After a quiet year, Nova Scotia's progressive metal band Last Call Chernobyl has announced a change in the vocal department. The band issued the following statement:
"We've recently gone through some big changes and realizations. Unfortunately we had to part ways with our long time singer Kyle Mahar. It was in both parties best interest in order for the band and Kyle to move forward and we wish him the very best.
"Taking his place will be Tyler Morrison, previously a temporary vocalist in the band. To showcase Tyler's abilities we've begun re-recording our EP Set Adrift. This will be a free online release, available for download in the near future.
"Thanks for everyone's continued support. We truly believe Last Call Chernobyl's best chapters are to come."
You can also check out the band's previously released music video for "Hourglass" below. More...
Flagstaff, Arizona metallers Black Orchid are streaming their new song "Good Intentions" right now courtesy of Metalholic.com. Give the song a listen below.
The track is the first single from the band's forthcoming full-length, "Wake." The record will be released on September 6th and celebrated with a special show at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff directly supporting Hemlock.
On the new album, vocalist Matt Babcock comments: "Wake, reflects a very difficult time in our lives. It expresses the challenges and hardships we have survived over the past few years. In addition to being brutally honest and introspective, Wake is extremely well recorded and proves that Black Orchid will never move in any other direction than forward. After 11 years of perseverance this album leaves Black Orchid proud, humble, and as hungry as ever."
The album's track listing is:
2. Deserve to Die
3. There Go I
7. The Blue(s)
8. Good Intentions
9. Anomaly (Live)
10. Depths of Despair (Live)
11. Rape the Willing
12. CWE (Dedicated to our brother Russell Price) More...
Skeletonwitch will release new album "Serpents Unleashed" in North America on October 29th (October 28th EU/UK, October 25th Germany), which is the follow-up to 2011's "Forever Abomination" (reviewed here).
The new track "Burned From Bone," which the band debuted earlier this year during a headlining set at Pitchfork’s “Show No Mercy” showcase at South By Southwest, recently premiered on SiriusXM’s “Liquid Metal with Jose.” Behind-the-scenes studio footage of the band recording the track at GodCity can be seen below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Serpents Unleashed
2. Beneath Dead Leaves
3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)
4. From a Cloudless Sky
5. Burned From Bone
6. Unending, Everliving
7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
8. This Evil Embrace
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak More...
For a further insight into the band's very first EP "Waldschrein," German epic metal heroes Equilibrium have given fans the chance to address their questions directly to the band via Facebook. Part 3 of the Facebook fan interview is now online and can be viewed below.
"Waldschrein" was produced by guitarist René Berthiaume in Helion Studios and mixed and mastered by the Resetti Brothers – namely Joerg Umbreit and Vincent Sorg – in their Principal Studios. "Waldschrein" encompasses the brand new title track and an acoustic version of the same song plus a re-recorded and extended version of "Der Sturm" from "Turis Fratyr" (originally sung by ex-vocalist Helge Stange, now by front man Robse Dahn). Moreover, it contains "Zwergenhammer"- a previously unreleased older song – as well as a cover version of Skyrim's opening theme.
02. Der Sturm
05. Waldschrein (acoustic version) More...
Slovenian black metal trio Cvinger has released debut EP, "Monastery of Fallen," which was recorded and mixed by the band at Truga Studio in Spring of 2013 and is now available on CD and digital formats.
Stream the release below, or pick up a copy of your own over at the Cvinger Bandcamp page here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Chapter 1: Into the depts of arcane sanctuary 01:07
2. Blaspherion 03:24
3. Among the crucified 02:39
4. Salvation in the darkest wrath 02:40
5. Chapter 2: Of ashes and dust 01:38
6. In thy kingdom’s shadow 03:25
7. Monastery of fallen 03:29
8. Chapter 3: Amen 01:55 More...
U.K. thrash act Evile postponed the upcoming tour across the United Kingdom this September (dates shown here) due to "unforeseen circumstances." The plan is to have the shows rescheduled for sometime in 2014.
The following was posted on the band's Official Facebook Page:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we unfortunately have to postpone our upcoming shows in September across the UK. We apologize sincerely to everyone who was planning to attend and those who have already bought tickets.
"The shows aren't being cancelled outright, they will be happening sometime next year, so all tickets will still be valid at the same value when the shows have found new dates.
"In 14 years of playing shows we have only purposefully cancelled two shows, broken down on the way to four, and missed another two because of delayed flights, which isn't a bad record for all the years we've been playing, so postponing these September shows isn't a decision we've made lightly or easily.
"When we have new dates for the shows in 2014 we will announce them; as mentioned previously all tickets will still be valid. Again, we apologize wholeheartedly for the postponement, and thank you for the continued support you guys give us".
Avenged Sevenfold released a new music video for the title track of the forthcoming release "Hail to the King." The album drops on August 27th via Warner Music.
Check out the video here:
Hungarian metal band Ektomorf entered the studio to record the follow up to the 2012 release "Black Flag." The album title has not yet been revealed, but the band is recording 13 new tracks for the release.
The first in a series of in studio releases has been posted, which focuses on the drum recordings with Róbert Jaksa. Check it out here:
Italian metal act Iron Jaws posted a promo trailer for the upcoming sophomore effort "Guilty Of Ignorance." The album is the follow up to the band's self-released debut LP "Louder Is Not Enough" and will make its release on August 30th via Pure Steel Records.
The track list for "Guilty Of Ignorance" is:
1. No Speed Limit
2. Guilty of Ignorance
3. Shoot the Dead
4. Witch Hunters
5. Metal Merchants (Hallow's Eve cover)
9. Nuclear Disaster
10. Speed Metal Command
11. VX (bonus track)
12. Predator (bonus track) More...
Portland stoner act Red Fang posted a trailer clip for the upcoming release "Whales And Leeches." The album marks the band's third full length release and follow up to "Murder in the Mountains," which was released in 2011. The album drops on October 11th (Germany/Benelux), October 14th (EU/UK) and October 15th (North America) via Relapse Records. Pre-orders for the deluxe CD and 2X LP are accepted at this location.
Check out the trailer, featuring the track "Doen" here:
Buckcherry released a new music video for the track "Nothing Left But Tears." The song appears on the band's latest effort "Confessions," which is available via Century Media Records. The video was directed by Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby.
Check it out here:
Last year Baroness was in a bus crash while on tour, which resulted in surgeries and physical therapy as well as months away from active band duty. Baroness has now checked in with the following statement about the 1 year anniversary of the incident:
"Today is the anniversary of the Baroness tour bus crash, a day on which nine passengers, all musicians and crew on a tour-bus bound for Southhampton, UK, could have lost their lives. The miraculous and astoundingly simple fact is that we all survived.
"While I will not speak directly about what anyone individually has gone through since the moment of impact, I can easily say that we have all gotten better and moved on. Yes, there are aches, pains, anxieties and frustrations that accompany us to this day, but they seem somewhat trivial when compared with the imminent end we all thought so certain as our bus plummeted off the viaduct to the ground below.
"None of us has had a particularly easy year, we have all been forced by matter of circumstance to gain a immense level of respect for the severity of our accident. We have all had to heal, in vastly different ways. Similarly, we have each taken uniquely different paths in the wake of rehabilitation and recovery.
"It comes as a great relief to me personally that, in spite of all the trauma and confusion, each of us has, in our beautifully individual way, powered through the dreadful and dark imprint that August 15, 2012 left on us. The strength and focus that each one of us found after that day has been inspiring; we each took our due time, defined a goal through which we could move past that moment, strapped on our proverbial boots and marched forward with resolutely. For some, it took a matter of weeks to get back on tour again; for others it meant changing the personal and professional course of our lives. Not one of us faltered; and we have, each of us, earned this bittersweet anniversary with the help of one other, with our own strength of conviction, our mutual support, and with a passionate tenacity to appreciate and make something positive and constructive of our lives, for which we now have a much deeper appreciation. I love each of you more than I have the capacity to write here, and I can barely relate the gratitude I have for all of those family members, friends, and total strangers who lent us a hand along the way. You were there when we needed it most.
"For my brothers and sisters of the Brassknocker Hill crash. We are bound to one another. Raise a glass, embrace those you love, appreciate the delicate and all-too-brief magnificence of life.
"Once more. Till the wheels fall off..."