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returntothepit >> discuss >> the End Newsletter: agalloch, dissection, estradasphere, giant squid, sigh, novembers doom, voivod by the_reverend on Jul 31,2006 9:49pm
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The Pacific Northwest’s AGALLOCH long-awaited and much-anticipated new album ‘Ashes Against The Grain’ is out August 8th, 2006 on THE END RECORDS.
What the critics are saying:
“Quite frankly, I think Ashes Against the Grain is the Dark Side of the Moon of American underground music and should be revered as such.” – DIGITAL METAL
" a fine wine this album (Ashes Against The Grain) has been fermenting until just the right time." - CRITICAL METAL
"The fusion of folk, dark metal, black metal, ambient and noise is all here once again and if you were a fan before, then there is no reason not to pick this up. There is nothing else like it out there." - LIVE 4 METAL

Official website: "www.dissection.nudissection"
DISSECTION singer/guitarist Jon Nödtveidt announced in an exclusive interview segment with fans only on the band's website forum, titled 'An Interview by the Fans for The Fans,' that the band has come to a close.

The band had two shows planned in North America this fall:
Sept 1: Los Angeles (USA), House of Blues Sunset Strip
Sept 6: New York City (USA), B.B. King Blues Club
After continued de! lays via the US Immigration Services, vocalist and guitarist Jon Nödtveidt has been denied legal entry into the United States. The reason being his previously prison sentence from 1998. The band was supposed to play two stateside concerts, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on September 1st and the BB King's in New York on September 6th.”
About the shows being cancelled, Nödtveidt states: "We knew from the beginning that there was a risk that I might be denied entry into the US because of my past but we (the band and the agencies involved) were prepared to take that risk. It's very unfortunate for everybody involved; the fans, the band and its representatives as well as the promoters. I have served my time and we wer! e really looking forward to these final gigs. To our American fans: In spite of everything; see you in spirit! Fuck the Law! Chaos Forever!"
The band recently released their album ‘Reinkaos’ on THE END RECORDS.


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Santa Cruz, California's eclectic and unclassifiable musical group ESTRADASPHERE has set September 19th, 2006 as the release date for their fourth album - and debut for THE END RECORDS - titled 'Palace of Mirrors.’ The album will be released in digipak format.

Within their music ESTRADASPHERE brings together elements from a wide-range of styles (gypsy metal, 60's foreign cinema rock, jazz arrangements, expansive orchestrations) with such perseverance and major focus on the aesthetic of their sound.
The tracklisting for ‘Palace of Mirrors’ is:
1. Title
2. Palace Of Mirrors
3. A Corporate Merger
4. The Terrible Beautypower Of Meow
5. Colossal Risk
6. The Unfolding Pause On The Threshold
7. Smuggled Mutation
8. Six Hands
9. The Debutante
10. Flower Garden Of An Evil Man
11. Those Who Know…
12. Palace Of Mirrors Reprise
13. The Return
About the material found on the new album, bassist Tim Smolens commented, “The new album by Estradasphere distills the elements in the group that are clearly the strongest, while trimming the fat of our previous efforts.”
Guitarist Jason Schimmel add! s, “’Palace of Mirrors’ took us several years to complete and it is a musical representation of our new directions in composition. This album will exceed our current fans’ expectations, while appealing to a wider audience.”
Following the release of their debut, ESTRADASPHERE are scheduled to embark on a full North American tour starting in October. The band plans to perform the entire album ‘Palace of Mirrors’ live with a full multi-media presentation.(See your dates below)

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On their debut album Metridium Fields surfacing for THE END RECORDS on August 22nd, 2006 Austin-based quintet GIANT SQUID submerges themselves into a sonic realm of epic fuzz tones saturated in analog synthesizer sounds, giving way to delicate breaks of clean tranquility. Bizarre song titles referring to marine life and historical tragedies are the norm as the band’s cinematic soundscapes are so! aked with imagery of nautical desolation and mountainous solitude.

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Chicago’s NOVEMBERS DOOM have scheduled dates for their first headlining European tour this November. Support will be from label mates AGALLOCH and THURISAZ from Belgium. Denmark's own SATURNUS also joins the tour for select dates. The dates are shown in the Tour section below.

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Groundbreaking Japanese metal act SIGH has released the final tracklisting for their forthcoming debut for THE END RECORDS titled Hangman’s Hymn.
The final tracklisting is:
Hangman's Hymn -Musikalische Exequien-
1. Introitus/Kyrie
2. Inked in Blood
3. Me-Devil
4. Dies Irae/The Master Malice
5. The Memories as a Sinner
6. Death with Dishonor
7. In Devil's Arms
8. Overture/Rex Tremendae/I saw the World's End
9. Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
10. Finale: Han! gman's Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende

The Japanese outfit has become one of the most respected and creative entities in the metal music scene thanks to the versatile and unique albums they have released, most notably 1997’s black metal opus Hail Horror Hail and the psychedelic-tinged sounds of 2001’s Imaginary Sonicscape. The band’s latest record is 2005’s Gallows Gallery (Baphomet/Season of Mist Records),
On the sound and direction of the new album, SIGH frontman/leader Mirai Kawashima says that Hangman’s Hymn is ‘thrash-metal-meets-German-symphonies! Fast, heavy, bombastic and majestic!’
Click here to preview a pre-production quality medley of material from the forthcoming album.

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Rock Against Rock pioneers SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM has set September 5th, 2006 as the release date for the upcoming reissue of the band’s 2001 album Grand Opening And Closing! on THE END RECORDS.

The reissue, released in digipak format, has also been expanded with two unreleased songs and a live bonus song recorded by the band’s new line-up.
The tracklisting for 'Grand Opening And Closing!' is:
1. Sleep is Wrong
2. Ambugaton
3. Ablutions
4. 1997(tonight we’re gonna party like it’s…)
5. The Miniature
6. Powerless
7. The Stain
8. Sleepytime
9. Sunflower
10. More Time (bonus)
11. Flinch (bonus)
12. Powerless (live) (bonus)
The band – easily one of the most bizarre and truly unique shows you will ever witness in a live environment -- just finished up a successful string of shows on the West Coast. The band is currently writing songs for their debut album for THE END RECORDS to surface sometime in early 2007.
Check out a video trailer of their live performance.

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THE END RECORDS have signed extravagant gothic/industrial/carnival/rock ensemble STOLEN BABIES.
STOLEN BABIES are a unique band in their own right, a talented act that has amassed a following with their energetic and freakish live shows. The band’s musical style is a cauldron of ideas that serves up a wonderful variety of vibrant styles meshed together into a pure chaotic frenzy. And it works.
With elements of gothic rock, industrial, punk and metal brewing within, it’s not hard to see why the band has been able to impress fans and critics who have stumbled upon their mischievously power-packed numbers.
The band’s well-received debut release ‘There Be Squabbles Ahead’ will be released in digipak format on THE END RECORDS on October 3rd, 2006.
1. Spill!
2. Awful Fall
3. Filistata
4. A Year Of Judges
5. So Close
6. Tablescrap
7. Swint Or Slude
8. Mind Your Eyes
9. Lifeless
10.Tall Tales
11. Push Button
12. Gathering Fingers
13. The Button Has Been Pushed
Bonus: Push Button (video)

About signing with THE END RECORDS, Stolen Babies says, “Signing with The End became the obvious choice for Stolen Babies. As a band with a very strong artistic vision we knew what we were looking for in a label and The End was the missing ingredient in our cupcake of madness!"


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Montreal’s UNEXPECT debut for THE END RECORDS is an explosive mish-mash of musical prowess. The album, titled ‘In A Flesh Aquarium,’ see the band skillfully blend classical music, black metal, technical prowess and a hyperactive stage show fueled by chaos and a monstrous 9-string bass. Think Cirque du Soleil goes black metal, amidst an acid-trip version of The Dark Crystal. Crazy stuff but well worth investigating, mon amis!

"The bar for avant-garde & progressive metal just got raised folks." Sea Of Tranquility

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THE END RECORDS offers an update on the forthcoming releases from Australia's VIRGIN BLACK.
Given the unorthodox nature of Virgin Black's current obsession - a series of three Requiems, questions have understandably been coming thick and fast on all manner of details. Most prevalent is the question pertaining to potential release schedules and with all three albums nearing completion the crucial parties have seen fit to impart a certain amount of clarity.
The three albums will be released on a slightly staggered time scale beginning with Requiem - mezzo forte, the second in the series, followed by Requiem - fortissimo the last in the series and an album of intense heaviness.
The first in the series, an all classical affair, Requiem - pianissimo will be the final release. The parade of albums will begin first thing in the Ne! w Year with tours to follow. We wait with bated breath.


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VOIVOD and music fans worldwide took part in the gala launch of the band's 14th album ‘Katorz’ (THE END RECORDS) July 27th on "www.bandeapart.fmthe"
The 2-hour show aired live on and on SIRIUS satellite radio (channel 93).
The special event featured interviews with bandmembers Michel "Away" Langevin and Denis "Snake" Belanger in the studio and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted on the phone from Los Angeles.
The event -- in French -- also ! included discussions of the new album, the entire album played live and friends and family paying homage to fallen VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour. There was also a unique classical arrangement of some of the band's most unique tracks.
For the full broadcast, go here:
The band recently launched an exclusive e-card to coincide with the release of 'KATORZ’ (THE END RECORDS)
The e-card features a biography on the album, the track ‘The X-Stream’ and a link to the 5-minute trailer of an upcoming documentary by ! Canadian filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey) about the life of VOIVOD guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour.
Fans can access the VOIVOD e-card here: ""

What the critics are saying about KATORZ:
“Propulsive and swinging, devoid of egotism and ugliness… ‘Katorz’ shows up most extreme metal for the fool's cartoon that it is. 4/5” – Chuck Eddy, SPIN
“If ‘Katorz’ is the band's last work — and it's a credit to modern recording technology that we have it at all — then it's a fitting testament to a fallen metal soldier and a worthy goodbye for one of heavy music's most original and distinctive bands.” – Don Kaye, BLABBERMOUTH
"Sorrow checkered with jubilance... Piggy is alive and triumphant as his dear mates assemble, orbiting around his prowess, a record that swims and swings, an unfolding gem of an experience that rocks with chemistry and esoteric Voivodian thought while alienating nobody." – Martin Popoff, BW&BK
"Katorz is an amazing return to form by Canada's greatest metal export. A quintessential rele! ase that does the dearly departed Piggy proud." - Sean Palmerston, EXCLAIM!
“Katorz is a surprisingly spontaneous and raw album, full of dark detours and explosive, defiant vitality—a deafening epitaph to Piggy, Voivod's fallen visionary.” – Rob Hughes, UNRESTRAINED!
"Voivod has never been an immediate band, and this album is proof of that. There are no catchy choruses or pop-ladden melodies here, simply the hard-work and sweat of one of the most respected bands in metal history." -


8/04/06 Fri @ The Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA (with Ludicra and Snakes)
11/03/06 Fri @ The Gravity Room - Portland, OR (with Moonspell, Katatonia)
11/17/06 Fri @ Plato - Helmond, Netherlands (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)
11/18/06 Sat @ Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium (With Novembers Doom, Saturnus & Thurisaz)
11/19/06 Sun @ Netherlands (Tba)
11/20/06 Mon @ Copenhagen, Denmark (With Novembers Doom, Saturnus & Thurisaz)
11/21/06 Tue @ K17 - Berlin, Germany (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)
11/22/06 Wed @ Steinbuc Theater - Darmstadt, Germany (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)

10/02/06 Mon @ Quixote's True Blue - Denver, CO
10/05/06 Thu @ The Note - Chicago, IL
10/08/06 Sun @ Nietzsche's - Buffalo, NY
10/09/06 Mon @ The Tranzac - Toronto
10/12/06 Thu @ The Middle East - Boston, MA
10/13/06 Fri @ Coda - New York, NY
10/14/06 Sat @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
10/15/06 Sun @ Stafford Township Arts Center - Manahawkin, NJ
10/18/06 Wed @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA
10/19/06 Thu @ Jack Rabbit's - Jacksonville, FL
10/20/06 Fri @ Satori - Mobile, AL
10/21/06 Sat @ Rudyard's - Houston, TX
10/24/06 Tue @ The Roadhouse - Odessa, TX
10/26/06 Thu @ Solar Culture - Tucson, AZ
11/03/06 Fri @ Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
11/04/06 Sun @ The Attic - Santa Cruz, CA

07/30/06 Sun@ Ash St. Saloon - Portland, OR (w/ Prize Country)
08/01/06 Tue @ Club Over Drive - Salt Lake, UT
08/03/06 Thu @ The Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS
08/24/06 Thu @ Snake Eyes Vinyl - Austin, TX
08/31/06 Thu @ Beerland - Austin, TX

08/03/06 Thu @ A Night Under The Dam - Ĺseral, Norway
08/23/06 Wed @ Amplifier – Oslo, Norway
08/24/06 Thu @ The Camden Underworld – London, UK
08/25/06 Fri @ An Crúiscín Lán – Cork, Ireland
08/26/06 Sat @ Temple Bar Music Centre – Dublin, Ireland

11/17/06 Fri @ Plato - Helmond, Netherlands (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)
11/18/06 Sat @ Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium (Special Guests Novembers Doom, Saturnus & Thurisaz)
11/19/06 Sun @ Netherlands (Tba)
11/20/06 Mon @ Copenhagen, Denmark (Special Guests Novembers Doom, Saturnus & Thurisaz)
11/21/06 Tue @ K17 - Berlin, Germany (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)
11/22/06 Wed @ Steinbuc Theater - Darmstadt, Germany (With Novembers Doom and Thurisaz)
11/23/06 Thu @ Aalen, Germany (TBA)
11/24/06 Fri @ Backstage - Munich, Germany (With Thurisaz and TBA)
11/25/06 Sat @ Prato, Italy (With Thurisaz and TBA)
11/26/06 Sun @ tba - London, England (With Thurisazand TBA)
11/27/06 Mon @ Satans Hollow - Machester, England (With Thurisaz and TBA)


Unholy Alliance Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted - European dates
(Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children Of Bodom)

10/20/06 - Fri @ Bosch Baroniehal, Den, Holland
10/22/06 - Sun @ Mazda Palace, Milan, Italy
10/23/06 - Mon @ Eulachhalle, Winterthur, Switzerland
10/25/06 - Wed @ Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
10/26/06 - Thu @ Thuringenhalle, Erfurt, Germany
10/27/06 - Fri @ Zenith, Munich, Germany
10/28/06 - Sat @ Boblingen Sporthalle, Stuttgart, Germany
10/30/06 - Mon @ Arena, Cardiff, Wales
11/01/06 - Wed @ NEC, Birmingham, England
11/02/06 - Thu @ SECC, Glasgow, Scotland
11/03/06 - Fri @ Arena, Manchester, England
11/05/06 - Sun @ The Point, Dublin, Ireland
11/07/06 - Tue @ Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Paris, France
11/08/06 - Wed @ Messe Park, Trier, Germany
11/09/06 - Thu @ Brabanthal, Leuven, Belgium
11/12/06 - Sun @ Jahalli, Helsinki, Finland
11/13/06 - Mon @ Jahalli, Tampere, Finland
11/15/06 - Wed @ Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
11/16/06 - Thu @ Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
11/19/06 - Sun @ Brixton Academy, London, England
11/20/06 - Mon @ Brixton Academy, London, England
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