Candlelight Records has announced their third label tour, dubbed CIII, to kick off June 6th.  The package will feature the talents of US black metal band, ABSU, with support coming from France’s GLORIOR BELLI, Austin-based AVERSE SEFIRA and Los Angeles-based SOTHIS. The tour will visit 22 cities throughout the US and Canada beginning in San Marco, California and wrapping up in Dallas, Texas on June 29.

Tickets for all shows go on sale exclusively at today. Tickets will go on sale through all local and online ticket agencies starting March 5.

Confirmed dates for CIII are:
June 6 – Jumping Turtle, San Marcos CA
June 7 – House of Blues, W. Hollywood CA
June 8 – Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
June 9 – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland OR
June 10 – El Corazon, Seattle WA
June 12 – The Underground, Calgary AB
June 13 – The Exchange, Regina SK
June 14 – Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg MT
June 15 – Station 4, St. Paul MN
June 16 – The Pearl Room, Mokena IL
June 17 – Peabody’s, Cleveland OH
June 18 – Wreck Room, Toronto ON
June 19 – Petit Campus, Montreal QC
June 20 – Penny Arcade, Rochester NY
June 21 – BB Kings Blues Club, New York NY
June 22 – Jaxx, W. Springfield VA
June 23 – Volume 11, Raleigh NC
June 24 – The Muse, Nashville TN
June 25 – The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
June 26 – The Garage, St. Petersburg FL
June 27 – Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL
June 29 – Firewater, Dallas TX

ABSU Premiere Track, “Girra’s Temple,” from New Album

Texas-based mythological occult metal band ABSU have posted the song “Girra’s Temple” from their self-titled new album due in stores February 24. The song offers fans the first listen to material on the anxiously awaited new album that features an all-star array of guest musicians. Bring your browser to

ABSU is the first new recording from the trio since their highly acclaimed album Tara released in 2001. Produced by the band with mixing assistance from J.T. Longoria, the album features artwork from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor says of the album’s lyrical concepts, “I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few ABSU studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to Tara, but with more of a ’70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it.”

ABSU came to international prominence with the release of their debut, Barathrum: VITRIOL in 1992. Originally released via Gothic Records, the label later licensed the record to France’s Osmose Productions. ABSU would establish a solid relationship with the label and thus release all later recordings via the renowned independent. In 2007 the band would announce a new partnership with London-based Candlelight Records.

New BLUT AUS NORD Album Out October 3rd

Candlelight Records has confirmed October 3rd as the US release date of MoRT, the eagerly anticipated new album from French extremists, BLUT AUS NORD. The album adds to the band’s trilogy of albums and growing stateside sales and fanbase.

Introduced to US audiences via their early 2004 Candlelight debut, The Work Which Transforms God, and 2005 issue of their previously unavailable catalog, Memoria Vestusta and Ultima Thulee.

With MoRT, BLUT AUS NORD have crafted an album that is complex, haunting and sure to draw the band continued fan and media applause. A singular composition consisting of eight united chapters, MoRT contains the gruesome soundtrack that has quickly become the trio’s acclaimed hallmark. Nearly two years in the making, the album incorporates uniquely innovative guitar play, a corrosive rhythm section and bitter vocals.