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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rise Above Records Newsletter

From Rise Above Records:

Vinyl Update

Thanks for your patience with the delivery of Blood Ceremony LPs. They finally came in on Monday and we started to send them out on Tuesday. There are currently delays at pressing plants with gatefold sleeves for some reason. What we can say is they turned out really great, so hopefully it has been worth the wait.

We still have quite a few orders to get through, so some of you might have to wait a few more days yet. Sorry for the delay, we are trying to get them out as fast as we can. Anyone who ordered the Electric Wizard/Reverend Bizarre split 12" at the same time as the Blood Ceremony LP, please don`t worry, your orders are safe and will be sent in one package.


Rise Above Records 20TH Anniversary Show in London

It is with great delight that we can now officially announce the Rise Above Records 20th anniversary show at London`s ULU on Saturday, 13 December. The line-up features a very rare headline performance from Electric Wizard (their first UK performance in several years), who will have an exclusive 12" vinyl on sale only at this gig. 300 copies will be available on the night and will not be on sale anywhere else.

The current line up is; Electric Wizard, Grand Magus, Taint, Gentleman`s Pistols, Diagonal, Moss, Litmus, Serpencult, and Witchsorrow. There is still the possibility of one or two more bands being added.

It`s going to be a great day, so get there early. Doors are 3 pm. Tickets are already on sale and selling fast. They are a mere £15.00 (+booking fee) and are available here.


Diagonal Album Coming

Progressive prog`s brightest hope is ready to release its majestic self-titled debut album on October 20.

Diagonal Tour Dates
September 6: Hove, UK - St Andrews Church Brighton
November 8: London, UK - Night Of The Long Swords at El Paso`s
November 29: London, UK - Further Weekend, with Polar Bear and Syd Arthur

More dates to be added soon.



Grand Magus at the Gates

Following the glorious success of their fourth album, Iron Will, Grand Magus had the honor of opening up for At the Gates on their forthcoming Swedish dates in Göteborg and Stockholm. They will also be touring Germany in November, with a few UK dates to be added.

Grand Magus Tour Dates
November 10: Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
November 11: Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
November 12: Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
November 13: Munich, Germany - Backstage
November 14: Cologne, Germany - Underground
November 15: Berlin, Germany - Knaack
November 16: Hamburg, Germany - Logo
November 17: Essen, Germany - Turock
November 18: Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club


Blood Ceremony

As mentioned above, the debut album from Blood Ceremony is now available and receiving great reviews everywhere. The last few copies of the die-hard vinyl version are still available but seriously going fast. Plans are currently afoot for the band to hit the UK and Europe for some key shows early next year



All Hail the SerpentCult

The heaviest band in the history of Belgian metal? We`re struggling to think of one heavier. Imagine frosty doom legends Dream Death playing mid-period style Cathedral rifferama on Goatsnake`s equipment and you`re getting close. The band`s simply crushing debut full-length album, Weight Of Light, will be released on October 6.

As well as performing at the Rise Above anniversary show, SerpentCult will also be playing a handful of UK shows with Grand Magus, yet to be announced.

SerpentCult Tour Dates
November 22: Dortmund, Germany - Days Of Doom Fest at FZW



Cathedral Shows and Album in the New Year

Confirming recent speculation, Cathedral is excited to announce its first live appearances in almost eighteen months! They have just been added to the bill of this years Damnation Festival in Leeds (www.damnationfestival.co.uk) on Saturday, 22 November. They will also appear the following week at the Gunfest in Oslo, which takes place between 27 - 29 November. More details to follow.

The band will shortly begin finalizing material for their ninth studio album, to be released by Nuclear Blast some time in the new year.

A deluxe vinyl/CD edition of In Memoriam is to be released shortly through Rise Above.

Cathedral Tour Dates
November 22: Leeds, UK - Damnation Festival
November 28: Oslo, Norway - Gunfest




The guys will shortly be putting the finishing touches to their second album. In the mean time they have the following shows lined up:

Litmus Tour Dates
September 20: Colchester, UK - The Twist
September 27: Bath, UK - The Black Swan Festival
October 11: London, UK - The Grosvenor
November 7: London, UK - The Standard Music Venue
December 6: Wales, UK - Hard Rock Hell II at Prestatyn



Witchcraft Accoustic Demons Support Motorhead

Sweden`s coolest have posted an awesome video of an acoustic version of the now legendary track, “No Angel Or Demon.” It can be viewed here.

The guys,currently on the second leg of their US tour, have also been announced as support to Motorhead on their Scandinavian tour in December. Unfortunately this means that they will not be available to play the Rise Above anniversary show on Dec 13.

Witchcraft Tour Dates
September 10: Austin, TX - Red 7, with Graveyard
September 11: Houston, TX - Rudyard`s British Pub, with Graveyard
September 12: New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks, with Graveyard
September 13: Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn, with Graveyard
September 14: Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506, with Graveyard
September 15: Washington, DC - The Rock And Roll Hotel, with Graveyard
September 16: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda`s, with Graveyard
September 17: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom, with Graveyard
December 9: Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega, with Motorhead
December 10: Göteborg, Sweden - Scandinavium, with Motorhead
December 12: Karlstad, Sweden - Löfbergs Lila Arena, with Motorhead
December 13: Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet, with Motorhead
December 14: Oslo, Norway - Spektrum, with Motorhead
December 16: Helsinki, Finland - Jaahalli, with Motorhead

More European dates to be added.



Astra in Studio

Astounding space proggers Astra are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut full-length album for Rise Above, which is slated for a January 09 release. Artwork is being handled by the fantastic Arik Roper.



Gentleman`s Pistols Free London Gig

Yes, the guys are playing a special free show at the Night Of The Long Swords Club (www.myspace.com/longswords) on Saturday, 13 September, held in the basement of El Paso`s, Old Street. Don`t miss it - band should be on stage around 10ish.

Gentleman`s Pistols Tour Dates
September 13: London, UK - El Paso`s
October 19: Leeds, UK - Brainwash Festival at Royal Park Cellars


More Wizard Magik

Electric Wizard is back playing some selective live appearances. Due to the forced cancellation of their appearance at the infamous Roadburn festival earlier this year, the band have rescheduled a show at the 013 Club next week. As well as their forthcoming exclusive UK performance at the Rise Above anniversary show on Dec 13, they are scheduled to play Gunfest in Oslo on Nov 28.

These live shows mark the first appearances of new bassist, Tas.

Electric Wizard Tour Dates
September 12: Tilburg, Holland - Roadburn.com Tenth Anniversary at 013
November 28L Oslo, Norway - Gunfest




Keeping busy after their recent UK/Euro stints with Clutch and Neurosis, amongst others, the guys have lined up the following shows:

Taint Tour Dates
September 13: Swansea, UK - Sin City
September 20: Tilburg, Holland - ZXZW Festival at Extase
October 4: Birmingham, UK Meltdown Fest at Barfly
October 24: Newport, UK TJ`S
October 25: Greece - TBA
October 26: Greece - TBA
October 27: Macedonia - TBA
October 28: Greece - TBA
October 29: London, UK - Underworld
October 30: TBA
October 31: Nottingham, UK - The Old Angel
November 1: TBA
November 22: Leeds, UK - Damnation Fest at University



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