ABYSMAL DAWN: Seek New Drummer; Begin Writing New Record

Los Angeles, CA’s blackened-death metal force ABYSMAL DAWN recently returned home after an insanely long North American tour with GOATWHORE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DAATH and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY. Vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott gave a recap on the tour, talks about the writing process for the next record, and announce drummer search:

“We’re back after a crazy 9 weeks on the road with GOATWHORE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DAATH and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY! It was the longest tour we ever had the pleasure of being a part of and we had fucking blast! We played a lot of places that we’d either never had the pleasure of playing or hadn’t played since 2006, and we had a great time bringing the metal to you fuckers. We want to thank all the people that came out to the shows a tore shit up, drank with us, smoked with us, hung out with us, let us crash at their houses, or were just plan down to earth metal maniacs. You guys made it worth while!

“Unfortunately we were sharing backline on the tour with the other bands and both SWWAATS and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS had to go home early. That meant that we were without a drum kit for the rest of the tour, and in turn the last 8 shows were cancelled because promoters weren’t interested in a 1 band tour package. We want to apologize to anyone that was planning on coming those shows to see us and we promise we’ll be back soon!

“We are currently back at home and we’ve been busy continuing to write material for the follow up to ‘Programmed to Consume.’ We can tell you already by some of the demos that this is some of the fastest, most
technical, and yet still atmospheric stuff we’ve ever done. We hope to have a new album for you guys by next Summer at the latest so stay tuned for updates!

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thanks Ken Bedene of BLOOD OF CAIN who’s been filling in on drums for us for our last two tours. Our former drummer Terry Barajas left last April due to not being able to financially keep up with the harsh touring life style. He’s still a good friend of ours and we wish him the best of luck and thank him for helping to get the band to where it is today. We love you brother!

“We are currently auditioning drummers looking to join the band full time who is either in the Los Angeles area or willing to relocate. If you’re interested in trying out please e-mail [email protected] or send footage of you playing the songs ‘Walk the Path of Fire,’ ‘Programmed to Consume‘ and ‘Compulsory Resurrection‘ to the same e-mail address. We have scratch guitar and click tracks upon request. Until a suitable replacement is found Ken has agreed to play all our upcoming shows and even play on our next record if need be so we shouldn’t miss a step. Please only contact us if you’re willing to tour, put your heart and soul into this band, and aren’t just looking for a band to add to your résumé until something bigger comes along. We WILL kill you!”

The video clip for the track “Programmed to Consume” can be viewed
here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv3DSr0bees

Show dates:

9/9/09 The Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA (w/ 3 INCHES OF BLOOD)
9/19/09 The Sets – Tempe, AZ (w/ VEHEMENCE)
11/19/09 The Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA (w/ VEHEMENCE, RECIPROCAL)


GOATWHORE and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up for the Conquer & Curse Tour 2009 this summer. Joining them will be DAATH, ABYSMAL DAWN and SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY.

The lineup is as follows:


Confirmed dates so far:
Jun. 19 – Owensboro, KY – The Brothers
Jun. 20 – Fredricksburg, VA – The Refuge
Jun. 21 – Charlotte , NC – Casbah
Jun. 22 – Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
Jun. 23 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Jun. 24 – Atlanta , GA – Masquerade
Jun. 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Jun. 26 – St Petersburg, FL – The Garage
Jun. 27 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Jun. 28 – Virginia Beach , VA – Peppermint Beach Club
Jun. 29 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Jun. 30 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
Jul. 01 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Bar and Grill
Jul. 02 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Jul. 03 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate Pub
Jul. 04 – Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
Jul. 05 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Jul. 06 – Saskatoon, SK – Walkers
Jul. 07 – Edmonton, AL – Starlite Room
Jul. 08 – Calgary, AL – The Underground
Jul. 10 – Victoria, BC – Sugar
Jul. 11 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore
Jul. 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jul. 13 – Portland, OR – Satyricon
Jul. 14 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
Jul. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
Jul. 16 – San Marcos , CA – Jumping Turtle
Jul. 17 – Las Vegas , NV – Cheyenne Saloon
Jul. 18 – Farmington, NM – Gators
Jul. 19 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Jul. 20 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Jul. 21 – Nashville, TN – The Muse
Jul. 22 – Danville, VA – Plan B
Jul. 23 – New York, NY – The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
Jul. 24 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Jul. 25 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
Jul. 26 – Montreal, QC – FouFounes Electriques
Jul. 27 – Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
Jul. 28 – Rochester , NY – Penny Arcade
Jul. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys
Jul. 30 – Mokena , IL – Pearl Room
Jul. 31 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Aug. 01 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 02 – Edelstein, IL – The Hub
Aug. 03 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Aug. 04 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conversatory
Aug. 05 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Aug. 06 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar
Aug. 07 – Ft Worth, TX – Lola’s
Aug. 08 – Austin, TX – Red 7
Aug. 09 – Amarillo, TX – The War Legion Underground
Aug. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – The Compound
Aug. 11 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Aug. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – U.B.’s

More dates are expected to be added in the beginning and at the end of the tour.

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 25 at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing services.

DAATH Reveal Tracklisting and Artwork for The Concealers

Atlanta’s DAATH have revealed the tracklisting and artwork for their new album, The Concealers. Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEVILDRIVER), The Concealers is set for release on April 21st in the U.S. (and April 20th in Europe) through Century Media Records (in coordination with Roadrunner Records, with whom the band is signed to).

01. “Sharpen The Blades
02. “Self Corruption Manifesto
03. “The Worthless
04. “The Unbinding Truth
05. “Silenced
06. “Wilting On The Vine
07. “Translucent Potency
08. “Day Of Endless Light
09. “Duststorm
10. “…Of Poisoned Sorrows
11. “Incestuous Amplification

The Concealers is a follow-up to the band’s 2007 album, The Hinderers.

Check out DAATH‘s MySpace page for samples from the new album: http://www.myspace.com/daath

NILE’s New Album Streaming at MP3.com

MP3.com is streaming NILE‘s fifth studio album, Ithyphallic, in its entirety for seven days prior to the album’s North American street date of July 17th at the following link: http://www.mp3.com/artist/nile1/summary/

Engineered by Bob Moore and produced by Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE), Decibel Magazine recently praised Ithyphallic in their August 2007 issue: “The trio’s attack is more brutal than ever, their sound richer and more redolent with Middle Eastern flourishes. The opener, ‘What May Safely Be Written‘ is the band’s grandest to date – a manicured orgy of horns and gongs that gives way slowly to an opening dirge dominated by blast beats.”

In the same article penned by journalist Rod Smith, guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders (who was also voted #4 Top Death Metal Guitarist of All Time) provided the background story for the song “Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect The Possessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water,” which debuted on the official Ozzfest website on June 6th:

“It’s from The Book Of Overthrowing Apep. There’s a spell in there, a chant that’s supposed to stop crocodiles from attacking your boat. I tried to picture it and thought, ‘Your boat’s being attacked by crocodiles. Are you really supposed to dig out your scroll, fumble through it, find the right chapter, repeat the words, and the crocodiles are gonna leave you alone? When the croc is about to bite you in half, are you gonna be able to find that chapter fast enough?’ It’s a ridiculous concept. I found myself thinking, ‘This song needs to have the words said as fast as possible.’ We decided this song would be frantic, fast as anything we’d ever done, with the words super-frantic fast, for that ‘trying to escape from the jaws of the crocodile’ feeling.”

NILE are confirmed artists for Ozzfest 2007’s second stage and will be headlining off-date shows with CHTHONIC and DAATH. To view complete summer tour dates, visit www.nile-catacombs.net and www.myspace.com/nilecatacombs.

BEHEMOTH, CHTHONIC, DAATH Added to Ozzfest’s Second Stage

Poland’s blackened death metallers, BEHEMOTH, have been added to this summer’s Ozzfest‘s second stage, joining second stage headliners HATEBREED. Vocalist/guitarist, Nergal, commented on their participation:

“I couldn’t be more proud about the fact that BEHEMOTH will be joining this year’s Ozzfest! I’m speechless and beyond excited. No doubt it’s going to be the brightest point of our career thus far, and I hope that this will help to spread dangerous and extreme music among the masses.

“It’s an honor to team up with our longtime brothers in NILE and to share the stage with LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED, not to mention the legend himself! With such a bill, you can expect nothing but pure metal carnage! What makes me even more excited is the little fact that we will be releasing our new album during the tour. So expect songs from The Apostasy, as well as some older shit. We’ll definitely make sure the set is going to be brutal as fuck. You’ve been warned!”

Other extreme metal bands have been added to the second stage as rotating acts, including Taiwanese symphonic black metallers CHTHONIC and Atlanta, Georgia’s DAATH.

Here is what the latest Ozzfest lineup looks like…
Main Stage:


Second Stage – Non-Rotating:

Second Stage – Rotating: