ELECTRIC WIZARD FORGE WORLDWIDE ALLIANCE WITH SPINEFARM RECORDS
NEW LP SET FOR RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM, IN LEAGUE WITH THE BAND'S 'WITCHFINDER RECORDS' IMPRINT
Visually intoxicating, uncompromisingly heavy and revered for making music and lifestyle one, Electric Wizard have completed work on their new studio album, title to be confirmed; the album will be the band's first release through Spinefarm Records.
Formed by vocalist / guitarist Jus Oborn in 1993, Electric Wizard (based in the UK's South-West) have thus far released seven studio albums – an increasingly influential body of work recorded on vintage analogue gear with as little technology as possible intruding on the signal ("Protools is for pussies!").
Result: some of the heaviest, dirtiest, most evil-sounding audio ever put to tape, and more importantly to vinyl, with both 'Come My Fanatics.' (1997) and 'Dopethrone' (2000) being lauded as landmark releases.
A cultural as well as a musical force, Electric Wizard have left an indelible mark on a host of different genres, the likes of doom, stoner and sludge; at heart, however, they stand as an iconic British metal band, cast in the great tradition, with lyrics and artwork reflecting the hypnotic weight of the music, and subject to the same intelligence and detail.
Wreathed in occult ritual and drug-culture references, with classic '70s horror an inspirational seam, Electric Wizard are poised to turn a page; there's the new deal with Spinefarm Records, plus - after a nine-year hiatus - the return of Mark Greening (the drummer on 'Dopethrone'), who completes the line-up of Oborn, US guitarist Liz Buckingham, a key member since 2003, and new bassist Clayton Burgess (Satan's Satyrs).
Fuelled by strong emotion and the harder sounds of late-'60s Detroit, the remodelled line-up - isolated by choice, giant stacks glowing red - set about crafting an eighth studio album to both rival and exceed the milestone recordings of the past, with Buckingham keeping things suitably monolithic and the band generally looking back to some of their earliest influences.
Toerag Studios in London was once again charged with capturing 'The Sound', and (encouragingly) words like "raw", "hateful" and "sickeningly heavy" are being traded.
Says Oborn: "Our master plan is this. Real metal!! We stand for rebellion, we are with the kids; we fight, puke, smoke weed, etc… Electric Wizard is an entity, with its own history, its own symbols, its own iconography, and with this new album, we wanted to return to basic values. It’s primitive. We needed to claw it back down to the evil core – sex, drugs, violence, revolution… to go back to being a band that hung out and jammed hard. No teaching songs, just feeling them out. If you jam enough and you are on the same level – artistically, musically, whatever, you gotta be committed – then good music will happen. I totally believe that…”
Electric Wizard will make the following festival appearances in 2014, with more shows to be added:-
May 2nd Temples Festival, Bristol, UK (headline)
June 20th Hellfest, Clisson, France (Valley Stage headline)
July 3rd Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark (Arena Stage)
July 4th Sonisphere, Knebworth Park, UK (stage headline)
August 16th Jabberwocky, The Excel Centre, London, UK
September 12th Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
ELECTRIC WIZARD are: Jus Oborn - lead vocals, guitars | Liz Buckingham - guitars | Mark Greening - drums, percussion | Clayton Burgess - bass
Established in 1990, Spinefarm Records is an international rock and metal label with dedicated offices around the globe. Working with Caroline under the Universal banner, Spinefarm marries the ethos of the independent to the clout of the major, developing signature artists worldwide.
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KROKODIL – a new signing for Spinefarm Records, featuring members & previous members of Cry For Silence, Hexes, Gallows & SikTh – have today revealed their first ever track, ‘Shatter’.
Taken from their double A-side 7”, ‘Shatter’ / ‘Dead Man’s Path’, and produced specifically for ‘Record Store Day’ on April 19th, this first offering of earth-rumbling, riff-heavyradness is available to stream via soundcloud at the following link: http://soundcloud.com/spinefarmrecords/krokodil-shatter-1/s-nczvy
‘Shatter’ / ‘Dead Man’s Path’ has been pressed onto blue vinyl, 500 copies, hand numbered by the band, and features exclusive artwork by Krokodil guitarist, Daniel P. Carter.
AA-Side: ‘Dead Man’s Path’
“This band first came about through a drunken conversation when we were all out partying one night, a LONG time ago. Playing at Download Festival last year was the point where we realised we had to stop talking about the band and start being a band. I’m stoked people are now getting to hear what we’ve been working on and to prove that we actually exist! This will be the start of something pretty special… ‡” – Dan P.Carter.
In terms of on-the-road activity, Krokodil have UK festival appearances lined up throughout the summer, including Sonisphere, Bloodstock & Alt Fest.
The band is currently in the studio, finishing their debut album, which will be released via the Spinefarm label later this year.
RECKLESS LOVE ALSO CONFIRMED TO PLAY SONISPHERE FESTIVAL, JULY 5th + SPECIAL ‘WARM UP’ SHOW IN BRISTOL
RECKLESS LOVE, the flamboyant Finnish rockers who burst spectacularly onto the UK scene in 2010, have joined forces with hard-charging home-grown rock ‘n’ rollers, The Treatment, to release a limited 4-track split EP, pressed onto 12” orange vinyl, via Spinefarm Records.
This one-off run of 500 copies – produced specifically for Record Store Day on April 19th– features previously unreleased tracks, and marks the first outing on vinyl for both acts…
A-side: Reckless Love
1. ‘Die Hard’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Spirit’)
2. ‘Angel Falling’ (previously unreleased in the UK)
AA-side: The Treatment
1. ‘The Outlaw’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Running With The Dogs’)
2. ‘Way Of The World’ (More cover - previously unreleased physically)
This year’s Record Store Day marks the seventh annual celebration; special vinyl and CD releases, plus various promotional products, are made exclusively for the event, and sold in independent record stores up and down the UK.
In addition, Reckless Love have been announced to play Sonisphere 2014. The three-day rock and metal event will return to the grounds of Knebworth House from July 4thto July 6th, after a two-year absence. Reckless Love will take to the stage on Saturday, July 5th.
Ahead of this appearance, the band – Olli Herman (vocals), Pepe (guitar), Jalle Verne (bass) and Hessu Maxx (drums)– will play an intimate ‘warm-up’ show on July 4th at The Fleece in Bristol, marking RL’s return to the UK following their headline run last November…
Tickets to see Reckless Love at The Fleece, Bristol, are available here: http://www.seetickets.com/event/reckless-love-exclusive-sonisphere-warm-up-show/the-fleece/781982?aff=id1bandsin
PROTEST THE HERO WIN JUNO AWARD FOR ‘BEST METAL / HARD MUSIC ALBUM’
+ ANNOUNCED TO PLAY SONISPHERE UK 2014…
At the 2014 Juno Awards, Canada’s premier music industry event, Protest The Hero received the Juno for ‘Best Metal / Hard Music Album of 2013’ for their current studio outing, Volition, out now via Spinefarm Records.
The band was appearing in Wilmington, North Carolina, on the second leg of their North American tour for Volition, when they received the news.
Says PTH guitarist Tim Millar: “We are very proud to be recognised by the Juno Awards for ‘Best Metal / Hard Music Album of 2013’. 2013 was a crazy year, and without all the hard work of the people who made the record come to life, and all the people who contributed to the record before hearing a single note, this album would not have been possible. We are forever in your debt.”
Guitarist Luke Hoskin adds: "We are thrilled with our recent Juno win! We had incredible company in our category, and it could have gone to anyone. We remain proud Canadians even though we are currently touring south of the border. Thanks for all the support!"
In addition to this, PTH have been announced to play Sonisphere UK 2014. The three-day rock and metal event will return to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6, after a two-year absence. The UK leg of the international touring festival will help celebrate Knebworth’s 40th anniversary of staging rock concerts.
Sonisphere 2014 is one of many European festival appearances confirmed for PTH this summer, with France’s Hellfest and Germany’s With Full Force Festival already announced.
Further UK / European touring will follow in the autumn.
Volition is available here:-
Amazon - http://po.st/TKgCZA
iTunes - http://po.st/qm9ROc
DYNAZTY MAKE BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘RENATUS’ AVAILABLE TO STREAM IN FULL VIA SOUNDCLOUD, A WEEK AHEAD OF IT’S OFFICIAL RELEASE ON MARCH 31ST
Watch current video/single for ‘Starlight’ here
DYNAZTY have made their brand new album ‘Renatus’ available to stream in its entirety, a week ahead of its official release on March 31st via the Spinefarm label.
Stream ‘Renatus’ in full here: https://soundcloud.com/spinefarmrecords/cross-the-line?in=spinefarmrecords/sets/dynazty-renatus
‘Renatus’ sees the Swedish rockers building on the musical direction of their previous recordings, embracing a broader vision and a bigger sound…
“After 4 years, 3 studio albums and shows on almost every continent, we took the time in 2012 to figure out what we wanted to be in the future, updating ourselves musically and sonically; and once we started to write ‘Renatus’, everything fell into place. This album is heavier and faster-paced, with big arrangements built around soaring vocal melodies.
“This is a new era for Dynazty: the first album with our new bass player and band member, Jonathan Olsson, the first to be produced by ourselves, and the first to be released on Spinefarm” – Nils Molin, Dynazty vocalist.
Having already grown to ‘household name’ status in Sweden, with most recent album (‘Sultans Of Sin’) charting Top 10 week one, and toured internationally (including a run of dates in China), the band have created a new 10-track offering that showcases the depth of both their song-writing and their ambition.
Pre-order links for ‘Renatus’ here:
More UK dates, singles & videos will follow in due course.
DYNAZTY is: Nils Molin (vox) | Love Magnusson (guitar) | George Egg (drums) | Mikael Lavér (guitar) | Jonathan Olsson (bass)