Haze Mage – Chronicle

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Guest Post: Becky Laverty of Pioneer Press- End Of Year List

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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Becky Laverty, publicist of Pioneer Press, who takes care of many of our favorite bands in the UK and europe, and handles all things press for Roadburn Festival, Damnation Festival and many others. This lovely lady has agreed to write us a list of her favorite releases of 2015, “in no particular order”.

 

ChvrchesEvery Open Eye

I listen to this to the point that my boyfriend hates it. ‘Empty Threat’ in particular is a banger

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MarriagesSalome

I missed seeing them live twice in April, but finally saw them on tour with Deafheaven.’Love, Texas’ is a favourite.

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Chelsea WolfAbyss

Listening to this feels like drowning, but in a good way.

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The BridesmaidGrayson

A short release, and one I worked on, but it’s a fantastic first release and I can’t wait to hear what they produce next.

Grayson The Bridesmaid album cover

 

With The DeadWith The Dead

Another I worked on – which was an honour (featuring Lee Dorian of Cathedral) and a lot of fun. The album just crushes, pure and simple.

With The Dead, photo credit Ester Segarra

with The Dead, photo credit Ester Segarra

 

Insect ArkPortal/ Well

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These are mesmerising live and beautiful to listen to on record. Highly recommended.

 

Carly Rae JepsonEmotion

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I had to swap this in at the last minute… it’s full of pure pop hits, which in my opinion, is hard to beat.

 

Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars

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I listen to this when I’m alone and working quite a lot.

 

Royal ThunderCrooked Doors

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I have a lot of love for Royal Thunder and want desperately for them to play over here again. ‘Time Machine’ is such a strong opener. Pow!

 

TribulationChildren of the Night

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Another band that nails it live – 100%, and they’re big fans of a lemon cheesecake martini, I hear.

 

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Roadburn 2016 Announced with Neurosis And Paradise Lost, Lee Dorian Curating

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Roadburn Festival 2016 has been announced for next April 14-17th in Tilburg, NL. Headlining the festival will be Neurosis in the midst of celebrating 30 years as a band with a career spanning set, and possibly supporting their highly anticipated new album. Joining them will be Paradise Lost who will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Gothic (Peaceville) album with a full performance. Curating the weekend-long event will be Lee Dorian (Cathedral, Napalm Death). Dorian performed with Cathedral at the very first Roadburn. More bands will be announced soon and tickets have yet to be released.

Lee Dorian commented on being chosen as the Roadburn 2016 curator:

“I feel very honoured to be handed this prestigious task to curate Roadburn 2016. Having been involved with Walter on a personal level for many years now, I always felt like part of the family, as opposed to being someone on the outside. So, with that in mind, I was both shocked and excited when he asked me to take on this fantastic opportunity.

I promise to make this an event that no-one will forget, and I’m already frothing at the potential of possibilities available!! It’s a dream and one that I never expected. This is what I love, so I will not disappoint. Come and join us in this ritualistic nirvana of praise and offerings to the unholy Blind Dead. Templars Arise!”

 

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Neurosis has released a statement on being named Roadburn headliner:

“To be invited to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Europe at Roadburn is an absolute honor. Roadburn is a treasured and unique event that embodies the spirit of open minded community and original, emotional heavy music. We are humbled to be a part of it again” – NEUROSIS, August 2015.”

 

Neurosis, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Neurosis, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes has also commented:

As a young band we spent a good deal of time in the early 90’s driving around The Netherlands in a small transit van, living off chips with mayonnaise, drinking Chocomel and playing stuff from this album. ‘Gothic’ totally reminds me of those days, so if we were ever going to play the album in its entirety in 2016, it has to be in The Netherlands, and where better than the Roadburn Festival!!”

 

Paradise Lost at Roadburn

My Favorite Concert Memory: Jason Walton – Self Spiller / Agalloch

Jason Walton, photo by Earsplit PR

Jason Walton, photo by Earsplit PR

 

In 1993 I saw Cathedral open for Mercyful Fate in Minneapolis, shortly after the release of their brilliant The Ethereal Mirror album. I was a massive Cathedral fan. Years earlier, in high school, I hand painted their logo on the back of a jacket and wore it daily. I painted the lyrics to ‘Serpent Eve’ down the sleeve of the jacket. Like I said I was a massive fan. Of course I wore this jacket to the gig.

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As I walked in the venue, I noticed Lee Dorian hanging around in front. I approached him, showed him the jacket and he agreed to autograph it. We talked nearly for an hour about Cathedral, Napalm Death, about my loves and aspirations, and about the differences between America and the UK.

After Lee left to prepare I walked around the venue and saw Phil Anselmo at the bar. I had no idea why he was there and became even more confused when I realized he was talking with Igor and Max Cavalera of Sepultura. A few months previous to this show I had moved from small town Montana to Minneapolis and this was all quite a shock. I was 18, in the city for the first time and it was also one of my first metal concerts. I was star struck and enthralled.

I then approached Igor and he told me about the album they were releasing soon called Chaos A.D. I was truly amazed at how nice Igor and Lee were and at how honest and open our conversations were as well.

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Cathedral played an amazing set and dedicated ‘Soul Sacrifice’ and ‘Ebony Tears’ to me. The overwhelming kindness shown by the bands solidified even further my love for the genre and influenced how I treat fans today.”

 

Best known for his work as the bassist of Agalloch, Jason Walton’s Self-Spiller project has just seen a reissue of his ambitious Worms in the Keys album on vinyl from Varia Records. Catch Jason on tour with Agalloch all summer.