HELSOTT Return Unveil Single/Video For Title Track "Will and the Witch" Off Upcoming Album
Out Spring 2022
California’s Helsott are kicking off 2022 with their first single and the title track off their forthcoming concept album "Will and the Witch," mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo), being released this spring through M-Theory Audio. Since their incarnation in 2019, Helsott have amassed a respectable discography including two EPs and two full-lengths. They have toured throughout North America and Europe along with performing on several festivals including Wacken Open Air.
On this new record, Helsott goes back to their roots along with adding orchestrations composed by the band. Overall, "Will and the Witch" will have more thrashy elements and fewer orchestrations than their previous work, which results in a bit less complexity than earlier albums, yet keeps the essence intact while catching listeners off guard with new influences befitting of the album’s theme, but maintains the group’s underlying core that definitely is still Helsott. Vocalist Eric Dow explains further:
“The album is a concept recording. It’s basically a fan fiction story about how Billy The Kid became the fastest gunfighter in the wild west. There are southern vibes with banjo and fiddle. There are Native American vibes with hand drums and flute. There is thrash metal, power metal, death metal, and even acoustic campfire parts. We think there are enough flavors on this album to keep any listener engaged and wanting to listen over and over again. The title track explores the relationship between the two main characters on the album. Musically it’s melodic and thrashy, but also catchy and fun so I think this is a great song to introduce the listener to the full-length."
The video for “Will And The Witch,” created by Raf Ortega (Ayreon, Subterranean Masquerade).
Heavy, and eclectically enchanting, Helsott weave tales from mythology and history and are recommended for fans of Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and Moonsorrow.
The full album "Will and the Witch" is expected in May 2022 and will feature a roster of many special guests.
Formed February 2010, Helsott, meaning “Fatal Illness” in Old-Norse, are a Pagan Death Metal band from southern California. The band proudly pays homage to pagan cultures and ancient mythologies while keeping true to their American influences.
In 2011 Helsott won a Battle of the Bands competition in southern California and their prize was time in the Vault Recording Studio in Temecula, California. They recorded their first EP titled “Folkvangr” and self-released it in early 2012. In 2013 the band embarked on their first North American tour as part of the Paganfest festival tour line-up which included Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, and Trollfest which included a performance on the main stage at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. In 2014 the band successfully crowd-funded their debut full-length album, “Woven,” which was self-released to great reviews all over the world. 2015 saw the band touring the U.S. again on a summer headlining tour in support of “Woven” and a fall tour supporting Arkona and Heidevolk.
In 2016 Helsott recorded their follow-up EP titled “The Healer'' which was recorded in part at Trench Studios and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm/Ex Deo). January 2017 Helsott signed to M-Theory Audio, begun by former Century Media USA president Marco Barbieri. In May of 2017, Helsott embarked on their first European tour in support of I Am Morbid featuring members of Morbid Angel, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Metal Church. In June 2017 Helsott toured the west coast with Tennger Cavalry and Felix Martin. In August of 2018, Helsott embarked on their final tour headlining in support of “The Healer” EP alongside labelmates Sicocis and friends Malphas. Helsott also headlined the Maryland Folk Metal Fest on that tour. On October 12th, 2018, Helsott released their second full-length album “Slaves And Gods”, via M-Theory Audio. They toured the west coast with Arkona and Korpiklaani in direct support of the release. 2019 saw the band's return to Europe playing the Wacken Winter Nights and Cernunnos Pagan festivals in February. In July they played the 30th anniversary of the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. In the fall they toured Europe alongside Skyforger, Finsterforst, and Enisum on the Pagan Warriors Across Europe Tour.
In 2020 Covid-19 halted all of Helsott’s plans to play live and instead they recorded their 3rd full-length album, “Will And The Witch”, which is a concept album about the wild west gunslinger Billy The Kid. In 2021 Helsott re-signed with M-Theory Audio and will release the new album in the Spring of 2022. In 2022 Helsott is scheduled to play the Dark Troll Fest in Germany and they have been confirmed to play HRH Vikings in England.
Bay Area Alternative Thrashers MORDRED To Support Death Angel on January 22nd
Livestream and in-person tickets for Great American Music Hall performance available
Influential crossover thrash metal act MORDRED will unleash their regained power live with a hometown performance on Friday, January 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, alongside fellow Bay Area thrashers Death Angel and Molten. The show will be the band's first performance of 2022, and another opportunity to experience songs from MORDRED's 2021 comeback album, “The Dark Parade,” live. Tickets to see the concert in-person are now available at this link. Fans that are unable to attend will still have an opportunity to partake in the evening's thrash metal indulgences, as the festivities will also be available to experience via livestream tickets and on VOD for seven days after the show. More information on purchasing the livestream for this concert can be found at this link.
Says the band, “It’s amazing to be playing with our old friends Death Angel. The first show that I recall Mordred playing with them was Friday, April 11, 1986 at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, CA, almost 26 years ago. It's so cool that we all are still around crushing after all these years. We get to play with them AND play songs from our new album 'The Dark Parade.' What could be a better way to ring in the new year? We can’t wait for the show!”
The upcoming performance on January 22nd is the first of many 2022 performances to be announced by MORDRED, with info on more live shows to be revealed in the weeks to come. Their latest record, “The Dark Parade”, was released in July 2021 by M-Theory Audio and features five-sixths of the personnel from MORDRED's acclaimed 1991 record “In This Life,” plus new drummer Jeff Gomes (formerly of Fungo Mungo and MIRV). The new album was the follow-up to MORDRED's acclaimed 2020 EP “Volition” and their first full-length record since 1994's “The Next Room.” “The Dark Parade” showcases a band that that has returned to the metal scene with a revitalized energy and successfully recaptured their classic sound, which is rooted in thrash metal but veers off the straightforward path for more adventurous musical explorations by utilizing funk-infused musicianship and hip-hop influences. The final result is a record that sounds as fresh now as the band did during their initial decade of existence. CD, digital, and pre-order limited-edition black with red splatter vinyl editions of “The Dark Parade” are available for purchase at https://smarturl.com/Mordred
“Demonic #7,” the first single from the “The Dark Parade,” was revealed in April 2021 with a music video produced by graphic artist Andy Pilkington (Flotsam and Jetsam, Skindred, Rock Goddess), which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/_livW5vY9pQ. That initial offering was soon followed up with the music video for “Malignancy” – featuring appearances from fellow Bay Area metalheads Chuck Billy (Testament), Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Matt Camacho (Forbidden) – which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/rdyn3kXh7VU. The group unleashed another taste of the mayhem to be found on their latest record with a video for “All Eyes on the Prize”, which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/K6s0TVVo02M.
MORDRED was formed in 1984 as the burgeoning Bay Area thrash scene was beginning its rise to global prominence. While mosh-inducing thrash formed the basic blueprint of their sound, MORDRED stood out as a unique presence thanks to their integration of the aforementioned funk and hip-hop influences. The group was one of the first metal bands to explore those diversities in extremes, but as the dexterous bass performance of Art Liboon and innovative turntable work from band collaborator Aaron “DJ Pause” Vaughn provided a new spin on the thrash metal genre, MORDRED retained their metallic bark thanks to groove-laden shred from guitarists Danny White and James Sanguinetti and energetic shout-along choruses spearheaded by vocalist Scott Holderby. That combination of thrash metal and exploratory funk powered three full-lengths on Noise Records between 1989 and 1994: their revered debut “Fool's Game”; their eclectic sophomore follow-up “In This Life”; and their final – until last year – record, “The Next Room.”
More information on additional live shows from MORDRED will be revealed in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at www.facebook.com/MordredBand.
Midwestern Mosh Masters TOXIC RUIN Announce First Live Performances of 2022
Tour with Lich King and Stonecutters begins March 4th, 2022; New Album 'Nightmare Eclipse' Out Now
Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s TOXIC RUIN have revealed the dates for their first live tour of 2022. The group is set to unleash its metallic power on the road beginning Friday, March 4th, 2022 at Jewel in Manchester, NH. The “March Radness Redux” tour – supporting Lich King and Stonecutters – will travel throughout the East Coast and Midwest, concluding on Saturday, March 25th at X-Ray Arcade in Cudahy, NJ. The full list of tour dates is below. CD, digital and limited-edition maroon-colored vinyl editions of their sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Nightmare Eclipse” - which BraveWords says “gnaws, scrapes and shreds the senses, adopting the very best of a bygone era of thrash melded with death metal sensibilities and a decidedly modern finish” - are available now at smarturl.com/toxicruin.
Says TOXIC RUIN drummer David Miller, “We're super stoked to hit the road again, and finally finish what we started almost two years ago! I hope everyone out there is ready to get absolutely nasty in the pit with us!”
TOXIC RUIN was formed in 2014 with a mission of blending classic thrash metal, old-school death metal and modern technicality and tones into a wicked headbanging brew. Operating out of their collective hometown of Sheboygan, the band released their debut album, “Subterranean Terror,” in 2016. This opening salvo showcased the group's burgeoning barrage of furious riffs and lyrical content ranging from the sociopolitical commentary of tracks such as “Seat of Corruption” to the beloved craving of a good drink on songs such as “Alcoholocaust.”
The group followed up their debut with the 2018 EP “Mortal Insolence,” which saw the current lineup of TOXIC RUIN take shape with Behrendt stepping into the vocalist position and the debut of rhythm guitarist Blake Toltzmann alongside lead guitarist Jacob Baneck and drummer David Miller.
The current lineup of TOXIC RUIN began writing and recording “Nightmare Eclipse” while relentlessly touring the United States in 2019 alongside bands such as Lich King and Stonecutters and playing multiple festivals including Full Terror Assault and Slam Dakota, plus winning 2nd Place in the 2019 edition of Wacken Metal Battle USA. The result is the band's most mature and complex material to date, while also being their heaviest display of force so far. Guest appearances from guitarists Glen Drover (Eidolon/ex-Megadeth), Derek DeBruin (Micawber) and Nick Weyers (Aronious) provide additional ear candy for aficionados of guitar wizardry.
The first taste of the metallic mayhem to come on “Nightmare Eclipse” was revealed in December 2020 through the music video for “Ritual Rebirth,” which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Ny1iFI-tE30. The group followed that up by unveiling a music video for the title track of “Nightmare Eclipse” in April 2021 at https://youtu.be/7pH5YZ2f3xk. The aural pummeling continued with the June 2021 release of the play-through video for “Divine Acclimation” at https://youtu.be/3Dy00ra0Aak. The final feast of samples from their newest album came in July 2021 with the lyric video for “Defiler,” which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/t7KDXfb1Ra8. TOXIC RUIN followed up the August 2021 release of “Nightmare Eclipse” with a triumphant return to Full Terror Assault Open Air for the 2021 edition of the festival in Cave In Rock, IL, where they performed alongside Exodus, Misery Index, M.O.D. and more than 40 other bands throughout the weekend.
“Nightmare Eclipse” is the next evolution in blending the heavier sounds of metal's past with the modern musicianship of metal's present. More information on the band's plans for 2022 will be revealed in the weeks to come by M-Theory Audio and at facebook.com/toxicruin.metal.
Upcoming TOXIC RUIN Live Performances:
3/04/22 Jewel – Manchester, NH
3/05/22 Hawks & Reed – Greenfield, MA
3/06/22 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
3/08/22 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
3/09/22 Mr. Small's – Pittsburgh, PA
3/10/22 Reverb – Reading, PA
3/11/22 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
3/12/22 St. Patty's Fest – Baltimore, MD
3/13/22 Scandal's – Virginia Beach, VA
3/14/22 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
3/15/22 Bogg's Social & Supply – Atlanta, GA
3/16/22 Mag Bar – Louisville, KY
3/17/22 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/18/22 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
3/19/22 Part Wolf – Minneapolis, MN
3/20/22 Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE
3/21/22 Vivo – Kansas City, MO*
3/23/22 Blackhawk Room – Moline, IL*
3/24/22 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN*
3/25/22 The Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
3/26/22 X-Ray Arcade – Cudahy, WI
*without Toxic Ruin
HELSOTT RE-SIGN WITH M-THEORY AUDIO; New Album Next Spring
"We are thrilled to re-sign with M-Theory Audio for what has become our most ambitious album to-date. Such a solid album deserves a solid home and M-Theory Audio has been exactly that for us these past 5 years. Home. We want to thank Marco Barbieri and everyone on the M-Theory team for all their hard work and dedication. We also want to thank all of our family, friends, and followers for all of the love and support over the past 11, almost 12 years we have been playing. We can't wait for everyone to hear our new album. Cheers!"
New music, plus album concept and details will be revealed in the new year.