BEREFT – Leichenhaus

BEREFT‘s debut album, Leichenhaus, should not be mistaken for an unearnest attempt at doom metal nor merely as an unfocused side project band.  This is excellent doom created by true doom followers.  The band, comprised of members of INTRONAUT, ABYSMAL DAWN, NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW, and GRAVITON, draw inspiration from all over the subgenre’s history to create an ultra heavy, brooding, dark, and depressed experience. And how more doom can you get than an album centered on the concept of entering the realm of death?

In addition to the muscular, down tuned riffs, ritualistic drumming and gigantic, cavernous feel, there is a subtle trippy, atmospheric dimension, acoustic guitar embellishments as well as a healthy use of melody that helps distinguish BEREFT.  It must be said that vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott‘s vocals are just godly on Leichenhaus.  His ultra low and long growls  fit the music just perfectly.  No doom band of this general style should be without a Charles Elliott.

Highlights can be found throughout the record.   “Withered Efflorescence” has a great main riff that the band does a great job of building on throughout the song.  “The Coldest Orchestra” has a nice juxtaposition of atmospheric, melodic, and dirty, heavy riffing.  “Ethereal Dispereal” has a great crawling lead guitar part and melancholic tone that would make classic, middle-era KATATONIA envious.  It is probably the crown jewel of the record.

Overall, Leichenhaus is a strong debut that will please fans of great doom such as MY DYING BRIDE, SKEPTICISM, and SLEEP while simultaneously sounding unique and fresh. (The End Records)

Doom Super Group BEREFT Signs to The End Records; April 24th, 2012 Release Date Announced

Doom super group BEREFT, featuring members of INTRONAUT, ABYSMAL DAWN, NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW and ex-THE FACELESS has signed to The End Records. The debut album Leichenhaus, a conceptual album thematically revolving around a waiting mortuary, is due April 24, 2012.

Vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott has stated that BEREFT is all about, “dark, depressing doom…definitely different from what we do in our usual bands. It’s heavy as hell and we’re all really proud of how the record and collaboration came out, and we hope people feel the same way. Real music is birthed from pain, hatred, despair, suffering and regret and this is our bastard child.”

Members of INTRONAUT, ABYSMAL DAWN, THE FACELESS Surface BEREFT Project; Listen to New Song

BEREFT, a Los Angeles based doom band featuring Sacha Dunable of INTRONAUT/GRAVITON (guitars, backing vocals), Derek Donley of NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW/GRAVITON (drums, backing vocals), Charles Elliot of ABYSMAL DAWN (vocals, guitars), and Derek Rydquist formerly of THE FACELESS (bass, backing vocals), have posted a new song, “Withered Efflorescence“, on their Facebook page.

“This will give everyone a taste of what this band is about; dark, depressing, doom,” commented Charles Elliott. “Definitely different from what we do in our usual bands. It’s heavy as hell and we’re all really proud how the record and collaboration came out, and we hope people feel the same way.

“On this particular track Sacha and Derek D. worked together on the music while Derek R. and I worked on the lyrics. I’ve always envisioned vocal tradeoffs with Sacha on this one, ever since the demo he sent me years ago, so that’s what you hear on the chorus.

“This project has been on the back burner since 2008, so we hope people enjoy finally listening to it as much as we do.”

The debut album from BEREFT was recorded and mixed by drummer Derek Donley. Mastering has handled by Brian Elliott (EXHUMED, DYING FETUS) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.

The band will be playing their first show on September 30th at The Handbag Factory in Downtown, Los Angeles.

IN FLAMES: Headlining Tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and THE FACELESS

Swedish death metal graduates, IN FLAMES, have announced a North American headlining tour in support of its latest album, A Sense of Purpose. The band, which was hand-picked by MEGADETH for last year’s North American Gigantour dates, will be joined on this tour by BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and THE FACELESS.

Tour dates are as follows:
September 18 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
September 19 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 20 Sparks, NV New Oasis
September 21 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
September 22 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater
September 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
September 25 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheater
September 26 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
September 27 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
September 29 Knoxville, TN Valarium
September 30 Louisville, KY Club Oasis
October 1 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theater
October 2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
October 3 Boston, MA House of Blues Boston
October 4 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
October 5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 6 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend

Visit www.inflames.com and www.myspace.com/inflames for more info.

MESHUGGAH w/ CYNIC and THE FACELESS @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY (2/19/09)

Both fans and scalpers alike converged in front of Irving Plaza scrambling for last minute tickets to MESHUGGAH‘s sold out return to New York back on February 19th, 2009. Braving harsh winds, frigid climate, and recession, devoted metal fans prevailed packing the main floor to the gills well before before opening act, THE FACELESS.

As one of the 200 bands featured on last year’s Summer Slaughter tour, THE FACELESS unfortunately lived up to their name and didn’t particularly stand out amongst the competition. With the daunting task of opening up for two influential, highly acclaimed acts, THE FACELESS held their composure, but did little to impress. The band offered a surplus of arpeggios, sweeps, blast beats, and technical tomfoolery, but provided little in the way of memorable riffs or a powerful live experience. The apathetic crowd was unmoved, and the band looked just as bored playing the material as the audience was to hear it.

Up next was CYNIC, who I hadn’t seen in some 15 years since their tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE and SINISTER.  The band launched in to a subdued, introspective performance, perfectly recreating the experience of their new album Traced in Air. CYNIC effortlessly transitioned between newer tracks, such as “The Space for This,” and classics from Focus such as “Veil of Maya“, “How Could I” and “A Celestial Voyage“. The crowd wasn’t particularly fired up as much as they were captivated, and offered a rousing applause upon set’s end.
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NEURAXIS Prepares for Upcoming Tours

Montreal technical death metallers NEURAXIS are currently prepping for back-to-back tours. First up is the “Montreal Assault” tour, which will see the band play alongside DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE and labelmates BENEATH THE MASSACRE.

“I’m looking forward to the Montreal Assault tour, mainly since we have been friends with almost all the bands for so many years now,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “Some may know that Alex (Erian, DESPISED ICON vocalist) was once our drummer, and Maynard (Moore, THE PLASMARIFLE vocalist) was once our vocalist, so for me it’s like coming full-circle touring with these guys. BENEATH THE MASSACRE have always been close with us and I’m looking forward to meeting the dudes in CARNIFEX. Come out to this tour and have a good time with all of us.”

Montreal Assault” will be quickly followed by a tour alongside the legendary CANNIBAL CORPSE. NEURAXIS says they’re honored to have been hand-picked as support.

“To have the privilege to tour with such legends is truly an honor,” says vocalist Alex Leblanc. “I’ve been listening to CANNIBAL CORPSE forever, and I just can’t wait to tear it up every night and share the stage with these icons.”

NEURAXIS on tour:

1/29 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH*
1/30 Hayloft – Mt. Clemens, MI*
1/31 House Cafe – Dekalb, IL*
2/1 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA*
2/3 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO*
2/5 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA*
2/6 Satyricon – Portland, OR*
2/7 Vet’s Hall – Santa Cruz, CA*
2/8 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA*
2/9 Whisky – Hollywood, CA*
2/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ*
2/11 Compound – Albuquerque, NM*
2/13 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX*
2/14 Java Jazz – Houston, TX*
2/15 Plano Center – Plano, TX*
2/17 Orpheum – Tampa, FL*
2/18 Fuel – Jacksonville, FL*
2/19 Club Hollywood – Augusta, GA*
2/20 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC*
2/21 Brewery – Raleigh, NC*
2/22 KC’s – Fredricksburg, VA*
2/23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD*
2/24 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA*
2/25 Blender Theater – New York, NY*
2/26 Palladium – Worcester, MA*
2/27 Xtreme Wheelz – Buffalo, NY*
4/2 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC**
4/3 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN**
4/4 Marquee – Tulsa, OK**
4/6 Club Vegas- Salt Lake City, UT**
4/7 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID**
4/8 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA**
4/10 Croatian Cultural Centre – Vancouver, BC**
4/11 Habitat – Kelowna, BC**
4/12 Starlite – Edmonton, AB**
4/13 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB**
4/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK**
4/15 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB**
4/17 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN**
4/18 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI**
4/19 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI**
4/21 Medley – Montreal, QC**
4/22 Babylon – Ottawa, ON**
4/23 Le Capitole – Quebec City, QC**
4/24 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY**
4/25 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA**
4/26 Hooligan’s Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC**
4/27 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL**

* w/ DESPISED ICON, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, CARNIFEX, THE PLASMARIFLE

** w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, OBSCURA

CARCASS, EXODUS, SAMAEL, More to Play 3rd Annual California Metalfest

The third annual California Metalfest, presented by Nederlander Concerts and Headbang For The Highway, is confirmed for March 28th at The Grove of Anaheim.  Confirmed talent thus far includes CARCASS, EXODUS, SUFFOCATION, THE FACELESS, WHITECHAPEL, SAMAEL, ARSIS, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, PSYCROPTIC, and others to be announced in the coming weeks.

The first California Metalfest in 2006 featured headliner NECROPHAGIST in their first Southern California appearance. 2007′s edition was headlined by TESTAMENT.

Visit the official MySpace page for all the latest show info: http://www.myspace.com/californiametalfest

NEURAXIS to Tour North America with THE FACELESS

Montreal’s technical death metallers NEURAXIS have confirmed the band’s first return to the United States since 2006 in support of NEURAXIS‘ latest album, The Thin Line Between. The band will join THE FACELESS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DECREPIT BIRTH, and VEIL OF MAYA across North America, acting as direct support in Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto.

“Now that the album is out and we’ve destroyed most of Canada and the buzz seems incredible, it’s now time for NEURAXIS to invade the US on The Planetary Duality tour,” guitarist Rob Milley says. “It’s a diverse and brutal tour package, we hope you come out early and catch our set.”

Since the July release of The Thin Line Between, NEURAXIS has been staying busy playing Canadian shows, including the Summer Slaughter Canada Tour in August. Footage from the recording process of the album can be seen at the band’s MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/neuraxis), along with tracks from the band’s entire catalog. An e-card with three songs from The Thin Line Between can be seen here (http://www.prostheticrecords.com/ecards/neuraxis/).

Recently, NEURAXIS shot footage for a video for the track “Darkness Prevails” from The Thin Line Between with director Chris Alsop. The finalized, edited video will be available shortly, both online and at video outlets.

NEURAXIS on tour:
9/20 Rimouski, QC – Grand Pavillon Agricole de Rimouski (with ION DISSONANCE, INCISION, VATICAN)

(THE FACELESS, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, NEURAXIS)
10/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/18 Phoenix, AZ – The Sets
10/19 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
10/20 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
10/21 Wichita, KS – Club Oz
10/22 St. Louis, MO – Rockstar Nightclub
10/23 Chicago, IL – Mojoes
10/24 South Bend, IN – Elva’s
10/25 Westland, MI – Skateland
10/26 Rochester, NY – Penny Arcade
10/27 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/28 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti (NEURAXIS is direct support)
10/29 Montreal, QC – Underworld (NEURAXIS is direct support)
10/30 Toronto, ON – The Reverb (NEURAXIS is direct support)
10/31 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/01 Philadelphia, PA – Broad Street Ministries
11/02 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
11/03 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
11/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/05 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
11/07 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
11/08 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
11/09 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
11/11 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/12 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
11/13 Fresno, CA – The Exit
11/14 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
11/15 Roseburg, OR – Riversdale Grange
11/16 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven (with BORN OF OSIRIS)
11/17 Portland, OR – Satyricon
11/20 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
11/21 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk

DESPISED ICON Prepares for Major North American Tours

DESPISED ICON continues their non-stop touring in support of their highly acclaimed new album, The Ills of Modern Man, on August 12th alongside DARKEST HOUR, JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST and THE FACELESS.

This trek leads them directly into another U.S. tour with labelmates SUICIDE SILENCE and WINDS OF PLAGUE, which kicks off on Sept. 2nd and runs through Sept. 26th. Check below for the complete tour routing.

Alex Erian (vocals) states: “Our last U.S. run with THE RED CHORD, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, ALL SMALL PENIS and SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY was probably our favourite tour ever. Cheers again to all the bands and to everyone that showed up, hung out and made that tour so memorable for us. We released our new record during that tour so I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who picked it up and showed interest in our new shit. Looks like we won’t be spending much time at home over the next few months because we have two amazing tours lined up. We’ll be hitting mostly cities we haven’t played this year. See you on the road.”

DESPISED ICON w/DARKEST HOUR, DAMNATION AD, JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE FACELESS
08/12 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

With JOB FOR A COWBOY, A LIFE ONCE LOST, THE FACELESS
08/13 Revolution Hall – Troy, NY
08/14 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
08/15 The Monkey Bar – Huntington, WV
08/16 The Soundvent – Thomasville, NC
08/17 Rocket Town – Nashville, TN
08/18 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
08/19 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
08/20 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
08/22 Skatepark of Memphis – Cordova, TN
08/23 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
08/25 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
08/26 Lonestar Event Center – Lubbock, TX
08/27 Chic’s – El Paso, TX
08/28 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

With SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE, SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY
09/02 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
09/03 Chic’s Bar – El Paso, TX
09/04 Cell Block – Phoenix, AZ
09/05 SOMA – San Diego, CA
09/06 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
09/07 Open Ground Skatepark – Reno, NV
09/08 The Venue – Boise, ID
09/09 Club NVO – Logan, UT
09/10 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
09/11 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
09/12 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
09/13 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
09/14 Skatepark – Memphis, TN
09/15 The Rave – Sheffield, AL
09/16 Sector 7G – Augusta, GA
09/17 The Muse – Nashville, TN
09/18 Creepy Crawl – St. Louis, MO
09/19 KOC – Arlington Heights, IL
09/20 Orchard Inn – Milwaukee, WI
09/21 Myspace Caf̩ РDetroit, MI
09/22 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/23 KCs – Fredericksburg, VA
09/24 The Mainstage – Pompton Lakes, NJ
09/26 The Palladium – Worcester, MA