Thursday, August 18, 2011

East of the Wall - The Apologist 2xLP Preorder is Live!


We're just cranking out the vinyl here at Antithetic Records.  This time it is the new East of the Wall album "The Apologist" as a deluxe 180 gram 2xLP. Here are the details:

-Limited to 500 copies and are all 180 gram.
-3 colorways to choose from: Black /100 Hand Numbered, Black & Clear mix /150 and Black, Clear & Gold mix /250.
-Matte finished gatefold jackets with spot metallic ink
-Poly lined inner sleeves and sealed poly outer bag.
-Artwork by Doe Eyed design, who has been responsible for all of the East of the Wall album art (and they nailed it yet again)

The style of the artwork is fantastic, and the vinyl colors will match the aesthetic nicely.  The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Rosetta, Made Out Of Babies), and mastered for vinyl by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Cave In, Junius, Keelhaul, Red Chord)  The stamping masters were cut from high resolution 24bit / 96kHz audio files.  These high res versions of the songs simply blow away the digital mix.  You have to hear it to believe it!  Every instrument is so much more detailed, it makes you smile just listening to it.  This is why they still press vinyl!!  These have an official release date of October 26, but will be shipping before this date.  Along with the album, every purchase will get you a chance to win our preorder giveaway!  This time we're offering up a signed test press of the album, and the band will send you a personalized email with a link to demos from The Apologist recording sessions.  There will be two winners.  Good luck!!  Remember, you get a chance to win for every item in your cart as long as you've bought one copy of this album, so head on over to the store and pick up a copy today.

We've got the Terzij de Horde vinyl preorder going, as well as all 3 colors of the Kayo Dot Stained Glass 12" still in stock, among others.  Thanks for your support!  Remember to go see East of the Wall on tour this fall:

Oct 21 – Asbury Park/Long Branch/New Brunswick, NJ @ TBA w/ Abacinate, The Ghost In Black And White
Oct 22 – New York, NY @ TBA w/ Meek Is Murder
Oct 23 – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 24 – Fords, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl
Oct 25 – Pittsburg, PA w/ Tidal Arms
Oct 26 – Cleveland/Columbus/Akron, OH w/ Tidal Arms
Oct 27 – Indianapolis/Fort Wayne, IN w/ Tidal Arms
Oct 28 – Chicago, IL w/ Tidal Arms
Oct 29 – Iowa City, IA or Milwaukee/Wausau, WI w/ Iron Thrones
Oct 30 – Minneapolis, MN w/ Iron Thrones
Oct 31 – Fargo, ND w/ Iron Thrones
Nov 01 – Sioux Falls, SD
Nov 02 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theater w/ Masses
Nov 03 – Denver, CO @ Old Curtis Street Bar w/ Goes Cube, Adai, Iron Horse
Nov 04 – Rock Springs, WY @ TBA w/ Goes Cube
Nov 05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/ Goes Cube, I Am The Ocean
Nov 06 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor w/ Goes Cube
Nov 07 – San Francisco, CA w/ Goes Cube
Nov 08 – Capistrano Beach, CA @ Coconuts w/ Black Sheep Wall, White Arms Of Athena
Nov 09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl (early show)
Nov 09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Three Clubs w/ Black Sheep Wall, White Arms Of Athena
Nov 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 11 – Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 12 – Amarillo/Lubbock, TX w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 13 – Dallas, TX @ The Door w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 14 – Little Rock, AK @ TBA w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 15 – Hattiesburg, MS @ TBA w/ White Arms Of Athena
Nov 16 – New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA or Pensacola, FL or Birmingham, AL
Nov 17 – Tallahasse, FL @ The Farside w/ Dickicker
Nov 18 – Fort Myers, FL @ Cool Hand Luc’s w/ Dickicker
Nov 19 – Orlando/Gainesville/Lakeland/Jacksonville w/ Dickicker
Nov 20 – Savannah, GA  @ Club 2 Ten w/ Meek Is Murder, Howler, Indian Giver
Nov 21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Meek Is Murder, Mr. Invisible
Nov 22 – Richmond, VA w/ Meek Is Murder

Thanks again to everyone for your support!  Its been a great year so far!!!

-Shawn

Friday, August 12, 2011

Terzij de Horde 12" Vinyl Preorder is Live!




The time is finally here.  The test pressings have been approved by both the band and Antithetic, so we are moving forward with pressing the Terzij de Horde vinyl immediately!  These will be ready to ship by the week of September 12th.  The preorder is now live in our store.  We are going to do another preorder giveaway for this release, similar to our Stained Glass giveaway.  This time we are only offering one prize, but its awesome!  Here are the details:

Preorder the album and you will receive an entry to win the giveaway for each item in your cart (order 5 items, including the TdH vinyl, you have 5 chances to win!)

Winner will be chosen at random, and will receive the following:

-One Test press of the album, #4/15

-The ORIGINAL hand drawn artwork for the latest Terzij de Horde shirts, by Mr Michiel Eikenaar of Dodecahedron. Here's a photo of it, currently hanging on Johan's wall:


and a brief description of the meaning behind the design from the band here:
http://terzijdehorde.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-skinny-body-was-used-to-show-off.html

These guys have great taste, don't they?  Head over to the store to preorder your copy today

Thursday, August 4, 2011

maudlin of the Well Update - Kayo Dot Newsletter

Greetings again everyone.  If you're signed up to receive the Kayo Dot newsletter, you're probably here to get an update regarding our upcoming maudlin of the Well box set release.  Things have been quiet about this set recently, but trust when I say that its not for lack of progress behind the scenes.  We were just waiting for the right time to divulge some more information.  The time has come!  Here are the details so far, with some secrets revealed, and some still in store for a later date:



-4xLP + 7" Box Set - You read correctly, the set will now be featuring a separate 7" for "The Secret Song"!
-500 sets in total, EVER.  This set will not be repressed.
-High resolution scans of ALL of the original artwork have been recovered and will be used to create all new vinyl sized layouts for these albums, meticulously pieced together by Toby Driver (who hasn't seen this art in a VERY long time himself!)
-Digital download card will be included for both albums
-All audio will be remastered for the vinyl format
-These are being done as a split release (as we've stated before) between Antithetic and Blood Music out of Finland.  US and CANADA buyers will purchase through the Antithetic store, the rest of the world will purchase from the Blood Music storefront.  Please be certain to follow these guidelines!  Any international purchase made in the Antithetic store for this item will be refunded.
-Other goodies: This is still a work in progress as we determine what is feasible to include, and how many copies will include what items.  Possibilities at the moment are a poster, patch, motW shirt, guitar pick, etc.  None of these are set in stone as of yet and will be announced as soon as the final decisions are made.

So as soon as we finalize these last few items and can nail down the price, we will start taking preorders for this item.  Please bear in mind that this will likely be $65-70 depending on the final feature set.  Since this is such a huge undertaking, we will kindly ask for your patience once your order has been placed!  In order to make this a reality, we will need to sell roughly 175 sets through each store (Antithetic and Blood Music).  I don't believe this is an unreasonable goal at all, considering the overwhelming response we've received regarding this set so far.  We thank you for your patience thus far, and are thrilled to finally be moving this set forward!

More soon.

-Shawn

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Terzij de Horde Band Profile

I know that there are probably a lot of people here in the US that aren't familiar with Terzij de Horde.  Its understandable, being that they are a relatively young band from the Netherlands, you almost have to be actively looking for information on them to find them.  Well I wanted to give everyone an idea of what they're about, and I'm going to compile a list of reviews for you to check out.  

First off, I just have to say that these are some of the coolest guys I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  It's a real shame that we live thousands of miles away from each other, because I know if there wasn't an entire ocean between us, we'd hang out on a regular basis.  I'm not saying that the personalities of a band's members needs to reflect in their music, or that it even matters to the people who listen, but it sure makes me feel good to be working with them and supporting their efforts. As I've said before, they are truly top notch guys.

I recently asked the band to describe their sound and their main influences on their debut album.  Here's what they had to say:

Johan (Bass) - "The main influence here was Deathspell Omega, we used the record "Kenose" as the audio focal point. Furthermore, Neil Perry, Wolves in the Throne Room, Khanate, Taake, Converge and 16 Horsepower. Those are the bands I'd really like to mention here."

Richard (Drums) in response to Johan - "Those are indeed bands we 'used' as an influence for this record, Not really anything to add, maybe just the musical styles we use as inspiration and maybe to add: Funeral Mist, (old) Lifelover, Circle Takes the Square and (old) Shining, but those are more bands that inspired us, not really bands that have a thing in common. So with the bands already listed i guess we have a good amount of bands that will give people an idea how we sound and what we are like. Most important are: DsO, Wolves, Khanate, Altar of Plauges and 16 horsepower in my opinion."

So there you have it, straight from the mouths of the blackened beasts themselves.  I would also like to add Thou to their list, as the doom passages on the album are definitely reminiscent of the Baton Rouge sludge masters.  Now, here are some reviews:

LURKERS PATH (too cvlt for scoring)
Metalstorm - 7.4/10
Metal Review - 9/10
Sputnik Music- 4.0/5.0
The Metal Crypt - 4.22/5.0
Metal Rage - 86%

Lastly, I'd like to leave you with an interview with Johan (Bass) and Stefan (Guitar) that originally printed in Dutch, but was kindly translated to English for my enjoyment by Johan, and I want to share it with all of you:

THE TRVE FACE OF BLACK METAL 

Because of a criminal past the genre Black Metal has been struggling with a persistent image problem. Too bad, says the American photographer Grant Willing. In his photo series Svart Metall, now on show at Foam, he shows the themes on which black metal is based. Mission accomplished? CJP visited the expo metal band with two members of Terzij de Horde.

Until the late eighties, the world of metal revolves around one question: who can play the most quickly and the loudest? Slayer and Metallica with their Thrash Metal have a good chance. Until Death and Morbid Angel come around with gurgling horror texts on a bed of heavy chords. They call it Death Metal and so it seems, the limits of the possible are achieved.
Screaming about Satan

Seems. For in Norway, bands like Mayhem and Burzum are referred to as Black Metal, and they go one step further. Roaring about horror becomes screaming about Satan and the end of time. No music to laugh aboout and to emphasize that, churches are burned and people killed. Crimes that every metal fan with a mind does not want, but the tone is set. Black Metal has become synonymous with the criminal acts of a group of madmen.
And photographer Grant Willing (1987) feels that that's put too bluntly. As a fan of the genre he listens and looks beyond the sad events of the past. Black Metal is for him Norse mythology, rugged nature, winter and occultism. In his exhibition Svart Metall he hopes to show the underlying themes of the Black Metal subculture. Dark, unruly, but not violent or criminal.


Battered and Bruised.
 The band Terzij de Horde can find themselves in this. Genre: Black Metal / Screamo / Shoegaze's on their MySpace profile. "We combine the energy  and intensity of Black Metal with different styles," explains guitarist Stefan Hayes (35).
Content is paramount. Terzij de Horde wants nothing to do with corpse paint, black leather clothing and medieval weaponry that the average Black Metal band adorns themselves with. "The audience often thinks that we are a bunch of hipsters. Until we begin to count down and play, " laughs bassist Johan van Hattum (29). A show is successful if the audience picks itself up off the floor, battered and bruised.

John: "Herein lies a major difference from traditional black metal in which nihilism is central. Our music sounds like the world set aflame, but with the intention to build something more beautiful." No wonder the band sings in their song Non Timetis Messor 'The function of one is to live, not to exist . 'Johan:' We advocate a conscious lifestyle. Living with heart and soul, not on autopilot. "
And with that, the band already wipes the floor with the prejudice that Black Metal is simply intended as a soundtrack to the apocalypse. Let's see what insights Mr. Grant Willing is able to offer through his Svart Metall. 

Stefan (S) and Johan (J) selected five photographs from the series. 

Picture one:


Stefan: "This could actually be a record sleeve. Slap a logo on it and you're done. This powerful photo shows the atmosphere of gloomy and unspoilt nature. Norway is known for its harsh climate and therefore it is a breeding ground for traditional Black Metal. But America also has similar areas. Cascadia, spread across Oregon and further, is one such place. It's almost always raining. Black Metal from the region is called Cascadian Black Metal and emphasizes respect and admiration for nature. "
Johan: "The Netherlands has no great areas of wilderness, but during a tour in Ireland we found some. I found it overwhelming. "
Stefan: "Walking through a field, with no trails or signs, gives a sense of freedom. You decide where you go. That individualism, which is different from selfishness, is reflected in Black Metal. The starting point is not God, but you yourself determine the course of your life. "



Stefan: "This picture intrigues me, because you do not know where it is and what it is. It looks like a cellar where something's wrong... It reminds me of Helvete (Norwegian for Hell), in the nineties a major record store and meeting place for Black Metal bands. It was so dark there you could not even see which records were sold. "
Johan: "The more you look at the picture, the more you see. So I see a tiny white speck, it looks like a heart, or a kind of light in the tunnel. That makes the picture more subtle and intrigueing. "



Johan: "This person is entirely disjointed from the outside world. The picture seems to fade even towards the left. I find that impressively done. Especially the spine and the long hair are grabbing my attention. Vehemently so. "
Stefan: "I am myself quite melancholic, but this image goes beyond that. More like depression. I get an indeterminate feeling. I think that is craftily done of the photographer. "



Johan: "I see a very intense darkness containing one bright spot. If you  would have to capture Terzij the Horde in a picture, this picture would go a long way. The leaves provide a striking contrast to the light and seem to grow. I find it very beautiful. "

Stefan: "It reminds me of Under a Funeral Moon, an album by the Norwegian Black Metal band Darkthrone. They have legendary music, but rarely performed. Going to a concert and enjoying yourself in their eyes clashed with the nihilism of Black Metal. You can make of it what you want, but they are not hypocrites. "



Stefan: "One gets confidence from the church, the other from nature or the self. This picture shows thatReligion might answer people's questions, but   in my eyes, it stops them from thinking for themselves sometimes. Personally, I strive to keep asking questions to myself and to continue to develop. In the picture, nature seems to suppress the church, an image that is certainly fitting to modern and our black metal . "
Johan: "Consciously challenge yourself and question everything. That's an important message to both the band and myself. I am an English teacher and find nothing worse than a student who says they vote for a certain party because his father does. I try to teach my students that they must make their own choices. "
 
Mission accomplishedAnd? Has Grant Willing managed to show the true face of Black Metal? Applicably over a bottle of Duvel, Stefan and Johan draw their conclusions.
(Note of the translator: Duvel is strong, Belgian beer, really good beer too, and translates as the Devil.FYI:))

Stefan: "The photographer has surprised me. I expected that he would choose an easier way, for example by shooting inverted crosses and other clich├ęs. Good to see that he has really gone into the genre and captured the essence of Black Metal . So, yes, mission accomplished. "
Johan: "I agree with that. I found it much deeper and more impressive than I expected. For fans of the genre, this series is a must. But I hope that people who know nothing about the expo visit Black Metal. By studying this, they may change their view on a movement of which they now think it is just noise. "

So there you have it.  Now you are well versed in all things TdH.  If you haven't listened to their debut yet (for shame!) you should definitely do so now.  Preorder details for the vinyl will be coming very soon!  Test pressings will be in my hands this Thursday!

More Exciting Updates!

Last week saw the arrival of the Stained Glass records, which was very exciting.  All the preorders have been packed and shipped, and its time for some updates on our next two releases.  We will have the test pressings for the Terzij de Horde album in hand this week, and if all goes well, they'll be approved next week and put into production!  We're cooking up another great preorder giveaway for this one, so get ready!  Also be on the lookout for news on the upcoming split between Terzij de Horde and Starve, which will be out this fall as well.  They just completed the first recording session, and will finish up in a couple weeks.  Stay up to date with them on their thoroughly up to date blog here: http://terzijdehorde.blogspot.com/  I'll try to get copies for our distro section when the vinyl is finished.  I've heard an instrumental version of the new 14+ min track and its phenomenal.  It ranges from very mellow and calm to extremely intense, and the ending is nothing short of amazing.  Cannot wait to hear the finished product, and to see what these guys will do on their full length.


Next up is the brand new East of the Wall 2xLP "The Apologist".  All the artwork is complete, the 24/96 vinyl audio masters are finished, and everything has been sent off to the pressing plant.  This will see a release on October 26th along with the digital/CD version through Translation Loss records.  We will be offering a preorder on the vinyl alongside TL's CD version.  More details and dates will be posted soon.  Just bear in mind, after listening to the digital version 5-6 times, I finally listened to the vinyl master on my reference monitors in my studio, and all I have to say is you are seriously missing out if you don't have a turntable!!  Don't sleep on this, I have a feeling these are going to fly.

I'll post some images of the cover art and the vinyl packaging very soon!  These are going to be badass.