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THE ABSENCE Stream Cover Of Bad Religion's 'Do What You Want'

Melodic death heavyweights on tour now with Deicide, Origin & Jungle Rot

 

The Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE have unveiled a blistering cover of Bad Religion's “Do What You Want.” A video for the 69-second track – which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – can be seen HERE.

 

Says vocalist Jamie Stewart, “'Do What You Want' is named appropriately. Fuck norms, fuck stigmas, fuck walls – do what you want. Makes sense to us. Bang your head! Special thanks to our friend Stanley Soares for mixing this bastard.”

 

“Do What You Want” – which premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine – is included on a limited-edition three-song cassette featuring cover art by Mark Riddick (Morbid Angel, Revocation, Dying Fetus) that the band is offering exclusively during their current North American tour with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot. The cassette also contains the previously unreleased original track “Walking Shadows” – which was recorded during the sessions for the group's acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed” – as well an exclusive live version of “Septic Testament.”

 

The Deicide dates mark THE ABSENCE's first tour since a national trek last year alongside Exmortus and Hatchet. Since then, many of the group's members have continued to play alongside high-profile acts, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera, guitarist Joey Concepcion touring with Sanctuary and filling in for Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy, and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing bass on tour for Soilwork.

 

THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.

 

Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Concepcion – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." The album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – includes includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra).

 

THE ABSENCE live with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot:
05/18   Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/20   Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

05/21   Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
05/22   Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/23   Chicago, IL – Reggie's
05/24   Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Theater

05/25   Westland, MI – Token Lounge (no Deicide)

05/26   London, ON – Call The Office (no Deicide)
05/27   Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/28   Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/29   Montreal, QC – L'Astral
05/30   Quebec City, QC – Le d'Auteuil
05/31   Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
06/01   New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

06/02   Reading, PA – Reverb

06/03   Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall

May 24th SCARDUST's album, 'Sands of Time', will be released on 2LP Gatefold Vinyl (exclusively including the 'Shadow' EP as bonus), CD and Digital.

Check out the Israeli band's latest video, "Queen of Insanity", which is arguably their most prog rock musically of the 3 clips and definitely the heaviest vocally where Noa shows off her dirty/death metal vocal mixed with soaring clean choruses.

Check it out and pre-order a copy now from our webstore www.m-theoryaudio.com/store

 

THE ABSENCE Unveils Video For New Song “Walking Shadows”

Melodic death metal group to kick off national tour with Deicide, Origin & Jungle Rot this weekend

 

The Tampa, Florida-based melodic death metal group THE ABSENCE have premiered a lyric video for “Walking Shadows,” a previously unreleased track recorded during the sessions for their acclaimed 2018 comeback album “A Gift For The Obsessed.” The clip – which features vocalist Jamie Stewart and premiered yesterday via MetalInjection– can be seen HERE.

 

“Walking Shadows” – which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – made its live debut last night during a headlining performance at the Tampa area-venue The Verona, which served as a kickoff show for a national tour that will see the band join forces with Deicide, Origin and Jungle Rot starting on Saturday (May 11) in Austin, Texas.

During the tour, the band will offer a limited-edition three-song cassette featuring cover art by Mark Riddick (Fleshgod Apocalpyse, Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder) that contains “Walking Shadows” – which features a guest appearance from longtime band friend and collaborator Santiago Dobles, guitarist of the prog-metal group Aghora – as well a cover of Bad Religion's “Do What You Want” and an exclusive live version of “Septic Testament.”
 

Says Stewart, “We are ridiculously excited to finally share our new single and music video for ‘Walking Shadows’ with the world! This was definitely a standout track from the ‘A Gift For The Obsessed’ sessions, and we knew that we should wait until the absolute perfect moment to release this beast of a song since we recorded an abundance of songs and then some. So, what better time to drop 'Walking Shadows' than on the eve of our megaton tour with the mighty Deicide, Origin, and Jungle Rot? This track is utterly devastating, and it will most certainly be a smash given the complete heaviness of this package.

 

“We wanted to shoot a full-fledged music video,” Stewart continues, “but due to time constraints and tour obligations with other projects, all band members were not available. So, instead of axing the idea completely, we decided to film a live-action lyric video solely featuring myself. Our drummer and all-around renaissance man, Jeramie Kling, shot all of the live footage for the video, and Adam Hutton of BurnedInSilence Designs did all of the editing and effects. Both did such a fantastic job, we were all completely stunned with the outcome!

“We will see all of you maniacs out on the road in May and June. Bring an extra face – you’ll definitely need it once we’re done playing!”


The Deicide dates mark THE ABSENCE's first tour since a national trek last year alongside Exmortus and Hatchet. Since then, many of the group's members have continued to play alongside high-profile acts, with drummer Jeramie Kling manning the kit for Venom Inc., bassist Mike Leon gigging with Soulfly and Cavalera, guitarist Joey Concepcion performing with Sanctuary and filling in for Jeff Loomis in Arch Enemy and guitarist Taylor Nordberg playing bass on tour for Soilwork.

 

THE ABSENCE came onto the scene in 2005 with their crushing, Erik Rutan-produced Metal Blade debut, “From Your Grave.” The album and its two follow-ups, 2007’s “Riders of the Plague” and 2010’s “Enemy Unbound,” showcased the perfect mixture of heart-wrenching melodies and skull-pounding aggression, truly making them one of the premiere bands of the melodic death metal scene. THE ABSENCE further ensconced their reputation via numerous tours supporting some of the biggest names in metal, including Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Goatwhore, Evergrey, Malevolent Creation, Kataklysm and Destruction.

 

Following a lengthy hiatus, the band regrouped in 2016 with a new lineup uniting founding members Stewart and Kling with longtime bassist Leon and guitarists Nordberg and Concepcion – first for the self-released digital single “Septic Testament,” and then for "A Gift for The Obsessed." The album – which was mixed by David Castillo at Sweden’s Ghost Ward Studio (Katatonia, Opeth) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (Watain, Scar Symmetry) – includes a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “You Can’t Bring Me Down” featuring guest vocals by Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra).

 

THE ABSENCE live with Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot:
05/11   Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
05/12   Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
05/13   El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/14   Mesa, AZ – Club Red
05/15   Los Angeles, CA – 1720
05/16   Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
05/18   Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/20   Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

05/21   Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
05/22   Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/23   Chicago, IL – Reggie's
05/24   Cleveland, OH – The Odeon Theater

05/25   Westland, MI – Token Lounge (no Deicide)

05/26   London, ON – Call The Office (no Deicide)
05/27   Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/28   Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/29   Montreal, QC – L'Astral
05/30   Quebec City, QC – Le d'Auteuil
05/31   Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
06/01   New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

06/02   Reading, PA – Reverb

06/03   Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall

HELSOTT Confirmed For 'Pagan Warriors Across Europe' Fall Tour

Group to headline Wacken Metal Battle West Coast Final in Los Angeles this weekend

 

The Southern California-based pagan death metal group HELSOTT has announced the initial dates of their second European tour of 2019, which will see the band join Skyforger, Finsterforst, Enisum and Khors on the “Pagan Warriors Across Europe” tour in October and November. The trek includes a stop at the Dark Troll Festival's 10-year anniversary celebration on October 26 in Eisleben, Germany. The initial batch of confirmed shows appears below, with additional concerts to be announced in the near future.

 

“We were honored and quite surprised to be invited to play the 10-year/'best of' Dark Troll Festival show in October, considering we have never played the fest before,” says HELSOTT vocalist Eric Dow. “Perhaps the future is being looked at from the past? This tour is going to kick so much ass! It's going to be a treat to watch and take part in. It's going to be dark, brutal, melodic, in-your-face pagan fun. We are stoked on the whole lineup but it will be a bit more special for us to share the stage with pagan metal godfathers Skyforger, who have been flying the flag since the mid '90s!”

 

In addition, HELSOTT will headline this weekend's West Coast final of the ongoing Wacken Metal Battle competition, the winner of which will represent America at Germany's annual Wacken Open Air festival's international battle-of-the-bands this summer. The show takes place at Hollywood's legendary Viper Room on May 11.

Dow, who has co-promoted several preliminary California Wacken Metal Battle shows in recent weeks, says he's looking forward to the event. “I have been extremely proud to bring these Wacken Metal Battles to California and they have been very impressive to watch,” he says. “We love The Viper Room, so when my L.A. partner, Andrew Bansal at Metal Assault, suggested we guest headline the California final, it was a no-brainer to say yes.”

 

HELSOTT recently completed a successful West Coast tour with Ashes Of Ares, their second U.S. tour in support of their latest album “Slaves And Gods.” Last fall, the group celebrated the album's release with a number of shows alongside Korpiklaani and Arkona. The vocalists of the latter band, Masha Scream and Lazar, were among a number of guest musicians who appeared on the album, joining the likes of Dr. Leif Kjonnsfleis (TrollfesT), Trollmannen (TrollfesT), Damna (Elvenking), Lethien (Elvenking), Dom Crey (Equilibrium, Nothgard) and Kevin Storm.

 

Earlier this year, HELSOTT crossed the pond to perform at Germany's Wacken Winter Nights, where they shared the stage with a number of prominent pagan and folk metal acts, and the 11th annual Cernunnos Pagan Festival, which took place in suburban Paris. The shows marked the group's first European dates since a tour with I Am Morbid and Necrophagia in 2017.

 

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