Gird your ear-holes for attack! Bay Area Instrumental Progressive Heavy Metal outfit Fought Upon Earth are dropping their fierce new album, Grave Miscalculation (Self-Released) tomorrow, October 4th! The hard-hitting crew is back with their fun, headbanging, chops driven style sure to make you stand up and shout! The tight sounding album was co-produced by the band themselves and famed metal producer Juan Urteaga (Cattle Decapitation, Secrets Of The Sky, Exhumed). Featuring former members of Acid King, Secrets Of The Sky, and Scorched-Earth Policy, this band will have you fired up for your drive to the big show or hanging out with friends, crushing brews at a party! Jam this album out right now! Continue reading →
Secrets Of The Sky is streaming their music video for “Eternal Wolves” and the Andrew Nethery (Melvins, Kyuss Lives, Dead Meadow)-directed “Angel In Vines” off of their latest full length release Pathway, out now via Metal Blade Records.
They are currently on their North American tour with dates posted below.
May 25: The Odditorium – Asheville, NC May 26: TBA – Atlanta, GA May 27: Vino’s – Little Rock, AR May 29: The Cave – Santa Fe, NM May 30: Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ Jun 06: Golden Bull – Oakland, CA w/ North: Jun 12: The Complex – Glendale, CA Jun 13: Caravan – San Jose, CA (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 14: 1078 Gallery – Chico, CA (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 15: The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 16: Rotture – Portland, OR (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 17: Black Lodge – Bremerton, WA Jun 18: The Pin – Spokane, WA Jun 19: The Railyard – Billings, MT Jun 20: Foot Foot Fest – Fort Collins, CO (w/ Reproacher) Jun 21: 7th Circle Collective – Denver, CO Aug 14: The Outer Space & Ballroom (Death To False Metal) – Hamden, CT (w/ Whiplash, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird more…)
An hour of the stormy, seaside-style intro to Pathway (Metal Blade), the second album from morose Oakland sextet Secrets of the Sky, would truly be the most hypnotic, serene experience. It’s real chill-out stuff, like those relaxation CDs you get from The Range. The band’s début, To Sail Black Waters (Kolony Records), was a heady mix of ephemeral beauty and harsh wastelands, and this effort proves no less expressive in both areas.
The first track in earnest, ‘Three Swords’, sees atmospheric synth course through steely riffs, dreamlike harmonies and hostile, agonised screams. There are brief interludes throughout the album; the more ominous ‘II’ leading appropriately into the balladic ‘Angel in Vines’s mix of doom-laden riff and rhythm, coated in a mix of death growls, blackened rasps and delicate, oft-whispered lilts. The accompanying soft, jangling leads make the whole reminiscent of a shoegazing Scorpions; it’s a stunning track, enveloping the listener in evocative waves of lush sound.
The utterly miserable ‘Another Light’, however, is the sound of a soul past the point of despair; sunk into exhausted apathy. Yes friends, this is no cheery experience and it sadly becomes increasingly cheapened by those brief synth and clinical lead inclusions, periodically dragging a powerful and harrowing sound into the occasionally cheesy realms of Melodic Death. Only the sluggish pace, anguished roars and ‘cleans’, and a pensive acoustic coda save ‘Garden of Prayers’ from wistful mediocrity.
Sadly the passion is also diluted, not helped by a crystal-clear production, resulting in what is undoubtedly intended to be a highly emotive outing being robbed of a significant dose of the required spirit. The brute force of the largely faster, nastier ‘Fosforos’ finally displays the element of grit that’s been missing: the closing half of wrought, sinister lead surrounded by the vicious vocals and pummeling drums of the opening section. A return of those hushed intonations over cold lead twangs in the anodyne, prosaic ‘Eternal Wolves’, however, embodies the flaws which ultimately stick in the mind.
Though by no means a poor effort, and musically accomplished in spades, Pathway is nevertheless short of real feeling.
The inaugural Death To False Metal Festival will be taking place on May 1, 2015 on August 14 and 15, 2015 at The Outer Space & Ballroom in Hamden, CT. The event is sponsored by Earsplit PR and Metal Insider. The lineup will feature the following artists:
Oakland eclectic doom rockers Secrets of the Skywill be supportingAnaal Nathrakh on their forthcoming North American tour with Incite as support. Their Metal Blade debut Pathway will be released May 19, 2015. Stream the music video for “Three Swords” below.
SECRETS OF THE SKY w/ Anaal Nathrakh, Incite: May 11: Starlite – Sacramento, CA May 12: Complex – Los Angeles, CA May 13: Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV May 14: Club X – Salt Lake City, UT May 15: Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO May 16: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO May 17: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL May 18: Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH May 19: TBA – Rochester, NY (*SECRETS OF THE SKY only) May 20: Sammy’s Patio – Revere Beach, MA (*SECRETS OF THE SKY only) May 21: St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY May 22: Championship’s – Trenton, NJ End Tour May 23: Goodfellas – McMechen, WV (w/ Brimstone Coven) May 24: TBA – Charlotte, NC May 25: TBA – Atlanta, GA May 27: TBA – Little Rock, AR May 29: TBA – Santa Fe, NM May 30: Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ Jun 06: Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
w/ North: Jun 12: The Complex – Glendale, CA Jun 13: Caravan – San Jose, CA (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 14: 1078 Gallery – Chico, CA (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 15: The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 16: Rotture – Portland, OR (w/ Cold Blue Mountain) Jun 17: Black Lodge – Bremerton, WA Jun 18: The Pin – Spokane, WA Jun 19: The Railyard – Billings, MT Jun 20: Foot Foot Fest – Fort Collins, CO (w/ Reproacher) Jun 21: 7th Circle Collective – Denver, CO Secrets Of The Sky on Twitter
Anaal Nathrakh has confirmed a May North American tour with Incite and Secrets of the Sky as support. Dates are below.
May 11: Starlite – Sacramento, CA May 12: Complex – Los Angeles, CA May 13: Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV May 14: Club X – Salt Lake City, UT May 15: Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO May 16: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO May 17: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL May 18: Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH May 19: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON May 20: Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC May 21: St Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY May 22: Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ May 24: Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
Oakland atmospheric doom quintet Secrets of the Sky will release their sophomore full length Pathway on May 19, 2015 in North America via Metal Blade. The album was engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios with the band.