Details Of New Album “Nagual Sun” Issued By I Klatus

Chicago doom/sludge eclectics I Klatus will release the new album “Nagual Sun” October 13th via digital download and analog (cassette) formats. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Kether” is the band’s third full-length album (and fifth release overall). An official video for album track “Sorcerer’s Gaze” is available in the player below.

The overall sound of “Nagual Sun” maintains the gritty roots for which I Klatus is known, while at the same time launches the group into new and more fully fleshed-out dimensions of weirdness. Tom Denney is the primary soothsayer behind I Klatus. Denney, whose background is steeped in the visual arts, has provided artwork and monsters for a laundry list of signed metal acts in the community (Kylesa, Black Cobra, Samothrace, Cannibal Corpse, Cephalic Carnage and Rwake just to name a few). His guitar squalls hard against the shores of this stoner metal effort, but also manages to rise above the storm in melodic hymns. Denney trades growling vocals with bass player, John E. Bomher, Jr. (Bury The Machines, Yakuza), who keeps things grinding nicely, while also providing some sweeter tones when they let songs open up and sweep across more ethereal planes.

Bomher doubles as the band’s producer with his extensive experience in the studio; his work on the album sets this release head and shoulders above their previous efforts in terms of production quality. The drums are championed by Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur, Earthen Grave, Serpent Crown) who metes out doom in guttural timing. Wozniak just pounds and pounds, hitting that sonic-pocket, which gives the stoner/doom genre its feeling of lift and expansiveness. Some noises and textures by former member, Robert Bauwens, are also tucked into the nooks and crannies of these tracks.

The track listing for the album is:

Side A:
1. Beneath the Waves
2. Serpent Cults
3. Sorcerer’s Gaze
4. Moment of Devastation

Side B:
1. The Alivist
2. Jaws of the Shark
3. Father John Thomas (The Penitent)
4. Final Communion

Check out “Sorcerer’s Gaze” here:

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Earthen Grave Signs With Ripple Music, Re-Releasing Self-Titled Album

Nominated as one the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, Chicago’s Earthen Grave is thrilled to announce its signing to Ripple Music for the worldwide release of the band’s debut self-titled album (reviewed here).

The album will be available on CD and double vinyl on July 9th via Ripple Music. The label also comments:

“Formed in 2008, Earthen Grave is a five-piece Chicago metal band that marries the sounds of metal past and future with a sweaty, pummeling live show. Earthen Grave boasts an undeniable collective metal and musical pedigree. Each member is an accomplished musician and a veteran of the metal scene, including Ron Holzner who was a member of the seminal and seismic doom pioneers Trouble – a band widely regarded as one of the most important unsung American metal bands of all time.

“In addition, Earthen Grave has that ‘extra something special’ with occasional guest 6th member live and boasting a Full collaboration on the new release with Rachel Barton Pine. Rachel, a world-renowned classical violinist brings her frightening classical chops to a relatively new instrument, the Viper.

“Now to be reissued through Ripple Music, the new edition of the album, produced by Ron Holzner, has been completely remastered with four bonus tracks including the new song, ‘Death is Another Word….’ with new drummer Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur) and the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow) with string section and virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

“And now the album will finally see a vinyl release! Double gatefold vinyl to be precise, featuring the 10 song remastered debut with the new song ‘Death is Another Word….’ plus three bonus live tracks. One of the live tracks, ‘Death March Intro – End of my Daze,’ features Trouble guitarist Bruce Franklin. That’s a whole new side of vinyl featuring the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow), plus three more live, never-before-released tracks.”

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