News Roundup: Fulgora! Unearthly Trance! Abbath (Immortal)! De La Soul! Kowloon Walled City!
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If you’re anything like myself, there is a good chance you enjoy healthy doses of Dying Fetus and Misery Index, perhaps even in the same package. John “Sparky” Voyles, who has played guitar for both bands has recently joined the ranks of Fulgora, a progressive death metal band that features both Adam and John Jarvis, the cousins who are perhaps best known for their involvement in the absolutely killer rhythm section of Pig Destroyer. You can stream Fulgora’s 2015 release, Stratagem, by stabbing this link. Be on the lookout for the following gigs:
05/21 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron (w/ Blooded Head, Sunrot & Scowl)
05/23 Baltimore, MD @ The Edison Lot*
09/12 Cave-In-Rock, IL @ Full Terror Assault
*This is the main stage of Maryland Death Festival. For details on this and all the other great festivals I will never be able to attend, report here & here.
Next, we’re up for something that left me salivating. Crusty sludge mavens Unearthly Trance are reforming. This is really exciting. Taken from their new blog:
Like a phoenix undead, Brooklyn based black/doom/sludge trio Unearthly Trance has returned! After putting the band on ice in 2012, Darren Verni, Ryan Lipynsky and Jay Newman have decided to resurrect and start playing together once again. The band is already currently writing new music for what will be their sixth full-length album and fourth for Relapse Records.
In the past Unearthly Trance has shared the stage with the heaviest bands on the planet including The Melvins, Sleep, Electric Wizard, High On Fire, Autopsy and Morbid Angel to name a few. Now Unearthly Trance have announced their first performances in over three years with a few NYC area shows booked in May and July with support from Samothrace, Primitive Man and Churchburn. A series of Northeast dates are also in the works for August as well as a soon to be announced Fest in California this November. A complete listing of confirmed dates is available below.
05/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (w/ Samothrace, Trenchgrinder and Beefrot)
07/17 Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron (w/ Churchburn and Belus)
07/21 Babylon, NY @ Sinclairs (w/ Primitive Man, Opium Lord, Mother Brain, Afterbirth)
Black metal icon Abbath (ex-Immortal) just signed with label Season Of Mist, and is expected to drop a solo album towards the beginning of next year. The solo project named Abbath will be backed by Tom Visnes (God Seed, King Ov Hell) and Baard Kolsta (Borknagar, God Seed) handling bass & drums, respectively. European dates have been announced as follows:
06/27 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Metal Festival
09/04 Huttikon, SWI @ Meh Suff! Metal Festival
09/05 Torcy, FRA @ Fall Of Summer
09/18 London, UK @ The Forum
02/20 Bergen, NOR @ Blastfest
Short hair band (seriously, it’s on their Facebook) Kowloon Walled City are recording a new album! Here’s the brief update offered by the band.
If you’re not familiar with these guys, you should get acquainted. Start with their last album Container Ships (2012) and work your way backwards. Thank me later.
My favorite pastime is plugging random shots of hip hop into metal blogs. De La Soul just put out a new track, featuring none other than Nasty Nas himself. This song won’t be on their new album, but you can download it for free on this link. Stream “God It” below: