To coincide with the release of their Ibex Moon Records debut, Within One, DREAMING DEAD will take over Hollywood’s Knitting Factory on Sunday, January 25th at 6pm. Joining DREAMING DEAD will be GIGAN, BOOK OF THE BLACK EARTH, PSYOPUS and CATTLE DECAPITATION. Tickets are available in advance for $12. The show is all ages (full bar with ID).
Los Angeles, California-based death/thrash metal band DREAMING DEAD have signed to Ibex Moon Records and will release their debut album Within One on January 20th, 2009.
About the signing to Ibex Moon Records, lead singer/guitarist Elizabeth Schall comments, “We feel very proud to be a part of John McEntee‘s label roster, being that he himself comes from the well-known and respected underground death metal band INCANTATION. The fact that he believes in our musical efforts makes us feel that our continued sacrifices are not in vein, thus we shall continue pushing forward full speed ahead.”
Within One was co-produced by John Haddad and contains artwork/layout by artist Travis Smith.
The track listing is as follows:
1. “Stairs Into the Vortex”
2. “Within One”
3. “Putrid Is the Sky”
4. “Shadows In the Dark”
6. “War Machine”
7. “Perpetual Pretext”
October 10th, 2008 marks the start of DREAMING DEAD‘s U.S. tour, which includes dates with KATAKLYSM, DYING FETUS, KEEP OF KALESSIN, ELUVEITIE, ABYSMAL DAWN, DECREPIT BIRTH, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, THE FACELESS and more.
“Makes sure to warm up those necks and we’ll see you in the pit!” says Schall.
The tour dates are:
Oct. 10 – Relax Bar – L.A., CA
Oct. 11 – Black Castle – L.A., CA
Oct. 12 – Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Oct. 13 – Metamusic Records – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct. 14 – The Metro – Oakland, CA
Oct. 15 – Monstros – Chico, CA
Oct. 16 – Samurai Duck – Eugene, OR
Oct. 17 – Hell’s Kitchen – Tacoma, WA
Oct. 18 – Mootsy’s – Spokane, WA
Oct. 19 – Sundance Saloon – Payette, ID
Oct. 20 – Club Vegas – SLC, UT
Oct. 21 – Cafe Cero – Denver, CO
Oct. 22 – The Pig – Independence, MO
Oct. 23 – Memphis on Main – Champaign, IL
Oct. 24 – Elva’s Fiest Club – South Bend, IN
Oct. 25 – The Ritz – Warren, MI
Oct. 28 – Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
Oct. 29 – TWLU – Amarillo, TX
Oct. 30 – Code Red – Las Cruces, NM
Oct. 31 – Grumpus Room – Tucson, AZ
From the musical cesspool that is Los Angeles, emerges one of the better bands in the local metal scene. The band is comprised of Elizabeth Schall (vocals, guitars, bass) and Mike Caffell (drums) who are notable for their former and current work in THE IRON MAIDENS/WINTERTHRALL and EXHAUSTED PRAYER, respectively. Stylistically, DREAMING DEAD play a varying mix of melodic Swedish death/black, thrash, and death metal. Lead track, “Cursed,” sounds as if it was plucked out of the vaults of mid to late 90’s Swedish death/black metal, complete with blazing melancholic melodies. “Shadows in the Dark” has sweet riffs that provide plenty of active and busy rhythmic movement. “War Machine” has a strong dark tone that only becomes more ferocious towards the song’s conclusion. The EP’s final song, “Manslaughter,” explores a more subtle and melancholic side of DREAMING DEAD with its clean electric guitars. But that peace is eventually broken when the song transitions into a fireball of energy that carries a good feeling of finality. Elizabeth Schall sounds a lot like DEATH‘s Chuck Shuldiner but more specifically the Evil Chuck from the band’s early days. She also provides some nice lower growls ala DEICIDE to help layer and accentuate certain vocal lines. Drummer Mike Caffell lays down a solid performance with plenty of busy drum work that provides for some nice ear candy. With the solid songwriting and musicianship on display here, DREAMING DEAD‘s first full-length, which is scheduled to be recorded next month, should be an even stronger statement of the band’s arrival. (self-released)