MOONSPELL and SAMAEL Team Up for North American Tour

Portugal’s MOONSPELL and Switzerland’s SAMAEL will be uniting for the Night Eternal Above America tour. The tour, pairing veteran heavyweights, takes place this fall and features support from BOOK OF BLACK EARTH and SECRETS OF THE MOON.

MOONSPELL frontman, Fernando Ribeiro, commented: “Call me emotional, but as a southern dark fuck I have the gut feeling that this will be the best and most important tour we have ever done in America! First and foremost, the music from all the bands is great, lively and emotional and sharing the stage with SAMAEL again is an honor we highly regard. And no more 25 minutes sets!!! For sure, we’ll party less than on the great Blackest of the Black with DANZIG and DIMMU BORGIR, but we’ll spend more time in the altar celebrating with you guys and that’s what counts! Last, we fear not to be a headliner in a country where we know we are still giving baby steps, and we’ll do our best, musically and visually to deliver upon you the Night Eternal, the solar and the lunar, in our songs and bodies. Be there for the full moon madness!”

Vorph of SAMAEL also commented: “When we first released Above we weren’t sure we would tour for that album, but we’re thrilled this is happening and we’re glad this time America will be the first. We already gave a taste of it in March when we toured with CARCASS but on this upcoming tour it will be the chance to experiment Above on a larger scale and see how it meshed with the older material. The billing is totally to our liking and sharing the stage once again with MOONSPELL will be great fun for us and for the people attending those shows. See you back on the road.”

Confirmed dates are as follows:
10/14/09 Czar – Tampa, FL
10/15/09 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/16/09 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
10/17/09 The Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA
10/18/09 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
10/19/09 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/20/09 The Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
10/21/09 Peabodys – Cleveland, OH
10/22/09 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/23/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
10/24/09 Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
10/25/09 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/27/09 The Venue – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
10/28/09 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/29/09 Satyricon – Portland, OR
10/30/09 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
10/31/09 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
11/01/09 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
11/02/09 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
11/03/09 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
11/04/09 Marquee – Tulsa, OK
11/05/09 Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
11/06/09 Warehouse Music Venue – San Antonio, TX

WATAIN to Return to U.S. with WITHERED, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH

Sweden’s WATAIN will headline the Black Metal Magic Tour 2008 this October with support from WITHERED and BOOK OF BLACK EARTH.

Tour dates:
10/03/2008 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/04/2008 Katacombes – Montreal, QC
10/07/2008 The Middle East – Boston, MA
10/08/2008 Knitting Factory – New York, NY
10/09/2008 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2008 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/11/2008 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/12/2008 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
10/13/2008 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/14/2008 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10/15/2008 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/16/2008 Rotture – Portland, OR
10/17/2008 The Metro – Oakland, CA
10/18/2008 Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
10/19/2008 Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
10/20/2008 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
10/21/2008 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
10/23/2008 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
10/24/2008 Mario’s Ballroom – Victoria, TX w/Ritual Killer
10/25/2008 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/Ritual Killer
10/26/2008 Red Dragon – New Orleans, LA w/Ritual Killer
10/28/2008 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
10/29/2008 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/31/2008 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
11/01/2008 Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA

INTRONAUT Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media Records

Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, which is one of the biggest reasons Century Media Records quickly signed the quartet to a worldwide deal. INTRONAUT essentially walks a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.

A short tour of the U.S. with HIGH ON FIRE, A LIFE ONCE LOST, and SAVIOURS is slated for February, which will lead them into finishing the writing process for the new full-length to be recorded in April.

Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: “There is a level of chemistry that we’ve never had before, now with our new guitar player Dave in the band. The new ideas that are flowing out of us are totally destroying everything we’ve done prior to this, and we can’t wait to hear what will come of it.”

INTRONAUT Headlining dates:
1/20 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar w/BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, THE FUNERAL PYRE
2/8 Mesa, AZ – Hollywood Alley w/ ZOROASTER, SOURVEIN, LANDMINE MARATHON
2/10 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/11 Tulsa, OK – The Monolith w/DESTROYER DESTROYER
2/12 Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Microdrome
2/13 Dayton, OH – Jimmy’s Cornerstone Tavern w/MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT

INTRONAUT w/HIGH ON FIRE, A LIFE ONCE LOST, SAVIOURS
2/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
2/15 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
2/16 Louisville, KY – Uncle Peasants
2/17 St. Louis, MO – 2 Cents Plain
2/18 Iowa City, IA – The Picador
2/19 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
2/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird
2/22 Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
2/23 Oakland, CA – Uptown

Translation Loss Records to Release New INTRONAUT EP; West Coast Tour Announced

Translation Loss is proud to announce the release of INTRONAUT’s new EP, The Challenger. The Challenger will see a late 2007 release and consist of three new tracks, a handful of live tracks and an outstanding remix totaling over 40 minutes. It was recorded at Shiva Studios with John Haddad, who manned the helm for their previous efforts Void and Null. INTRONAUT has posted studio session pictures for The Challenger on their Myspace profile here.

The Challenger EP tracklisting:
”The Challenger”
”Whittler Of Fortune”
”Deep Architecture”
”Gleamer” (live)
”Fault Lines” (live)
”Rise To The Midden” (live)
”Sores Will Weep” (live)
They (As In Them)” (live)
Burning These Days” (remix)

INTRONAUT will also doing a west coast tour starting July 19th:

7/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Tunnel w/ GIANT, BRUCE LAMONT (of YAKUZA)
7/20 Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St. w/ PHOBIA, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, 100 SUNS
7/22 Sacramento, CA @ The Speakeasy w/ GIANT SQUID, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/23 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, THE MAKAI
7/24 Medford, OR @ Musichead w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/25 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN
7/27 Seattle, WA @ Fried Chicken Barge w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN
7/28 Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN