Since the release of “Living With The Ancient”, BLOOD CEREMONY have performed at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. In the fall of 2011, they completed their first headline tour of Europe culminating in a performance at the Hammer of Doom VI Festival in Würzburg, Germany. In 2012 they supported Sweden’s GHOST on the highly successful “13 Dates of Doom” North American tour. After performing at the celebrated NOCTIS V Festival in Calgary, the band enclosed themselves within a dank, tomb-like chamber to begin preparations for a third BLOOD CEREMONY album.
BC (left to right): Lucas Gadke – Bass, Michael Carrillo – Drums, Alia O’Brien – Vocals, Flute, Organ, Sean Kennedy – Guitars
After a short spell in the analogue womb of Toronto’s ProGold Studios, they are now ready to unveil their newest, and most accomplished, musical offering under the name of “The Eldritch Dark”.
Recorded and mixed by producer extraordinaire Ian Blurton (CAULDRON, CURSED) and mastered by Canadian recording legend Nick Blagona (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN), “The Eldritch Dark” is a full-length paean to the darker corners of folklore and legend. Containing eight tracks of black magic rock ‘n’ roll, the album crackles with the excitement of a nocturnal ritual.
Tales of witch-cult gatherings in wooded glens, pacts made in torch-lit abbeys and Victorian magic are accompanied by vintage-style hard rock riffs, snaking bass lines and killer flute melodies. “The Eldritch Dark” also sees the band exploring a folksier side of their sound; most evident in the hymn-like “Lord Summerisle” and the murderous folk-rock epic, “Ballad Of The Weird Sisters”. Nineteenth-century sorcerer Oliver Haddo makes a return appearance in the riff-hypnotic album closer “The Magician”.
“The Eldritch Dark” will be released via Rise Above Records in the UK/Europe on May 27 and by Metal Blade in North America on May 28, 2013.
BLOOD CEREMONY are currently on the road alongside KYLESA descending on North America throughout May and June.
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– May –
20 Albuquerque NM @ Blackwater
21 Denver CO @ Marquis Theater
22 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
24 Santa Cruz CA @ Catalyst
25 San Francisco CA @ Slim’s
27 Portland OR @ Star Theater
28 Seattle WA @ Chop Suey
29 Vancouver BC @ Electric Owl
31 Calgary AB @ Dickens
– JUNE –
01 Regina SK @ The Exchange
02 Winnipeg MB @ The Pyramid
03 Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock
04 Iowa City IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
05 Chicago IL @ Bottom Lounge
06 Grand Rapids MI @ Pyramid Scheme
07 St Louis MO @ Firebird
08 Columbus OH @ Ace of Cups
09 Lexington KY @ Cosmic Charlies
11 Toronto ON @ Lee’s Palace
12 Ottawa ON @ Mavericks
13 Montreal QC @ Il Motore
14 Brooklyn NY @ Northside Fest / Music Hall of Williamsburg
15 Albany NY @ Bogie’s
16 Boston MA @ Middle East Downstairs
18 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
19 Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
20 Asheville NC @ Asheville Music Hall
21 Atlanta @ The Earl
22 Savannah GA @ Jinx