Agalloch Calling It Quits

All good things must come to an end: Agalloch has officially called it quits. The group posted this message online via Facebook:

“Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways.

“What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are.”

During its two-deacde run, Agalloch released five full-length albums and a host of singles, EPs, and compilations. The band’s last studio album was “The Serpent and the Sphere” from 2014.

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Vhol Releasing New Album “Deeper Than Sky”

West Coast psychedelic thrash collective Vhol – which features vocalist Mike Scheidt (YOB), guitarist John Cobbett (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra), bassist Sigrid Sheie (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Amber Asylum) and drummer Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra) – will unleash a sophomore full-length this fall via Profound Lore.

Titled “Deeper Than Sky,” the follow up to 2013’s self-titled debut was recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco and mastered at Trakworx Studio (also in San Francisco).

Issues the band of the forthcoming release: “VHÖL continues to explore unbridled, high energy metal with very little digital processing, and lots of sounds, riffs and ideas flying around. This music is all about the ascending side of the manic curve.”

New album “Deeper Than Sky” will be released via Profound Lore on October 23rd, 2015 with artwork, track listing and teasers to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Wild Hunt To Release New Full-Length Album "Before The Plane Of Angles"

Wild Hunt’s debut full-length album, “Before the Plane of Angles,” is set for a May 1st release on Kemado Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

“From Oakland, California, Wild Hunt’s epic, progressive sound draws influence from black metal, traditional heavy metal, ambient music, and beyond. From triumph to melancholia, Wild Hunt’s long, winding songs twist and turn but always push forward.

“Majestic dual-guitar lines race atop forward-charging rhythms, led by the soaring harmonies and blackened screams of singing drummer Harland Burkhart. The band’s intense, mystical vibe honors past musical forms while forging ahead in a progressive-minded way. Drummer of Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros, Aesop Dekker, has publicly hailed Wild Hunt, praising the band’s ‘craft, musicianship, and songwriting.’

“Much as the music evokes the sense of a journey, the lyrics center around altered states of perception and man’s ongoing quest toward enlightenment. Before the Plane of Angles is a conceptual record, intended to be experienced in one sitting. With ambient passages linking one song to the next, it plays as one continuous piece of music – an ode to the album format.

“Before the Plane of Angles was recorded and mixed by Laudanum/ex-Asunder bassist Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios (Saviours, Ghoul). The ambient sections were recorded and mixed by the band – including field recordings captured on location in places like Tennessee Valley Park in Marin County. The album was mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx (Hammers of Misfortune, Ludicra).

“A remarkable debut album from this Oakland band – more a trip than a collection of songs – Before the Plane of Angles reflects its creators’ respect for music of the past and their willingness to push fearlessly into the future.”

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Ludicra Officially Splits Up, Official Statement Made

While it was briefly mentioned in passing in a recent article, Ludicra has official split and offered this short statement on the matter:

“The door is officially closed on Ludicra. It was a great trip, but all things have their end. Alternative Tentacles was an early supporter of Ludicra, and we appreciate their faith and their help to achieve what we could with out little rock band. Thanks.”

Ludicra notably featured Aesop Dekker on drums, who also drums for Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros.

For a limited time, Alternative Tentacles is taking $2 off of both formats of 2006’s classic “Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis.” All orders will also receive a poster. Their previous A.T. release, “Another Great Love Song” is still available online through either iTunes or emusic.

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