Tombs Reveal Details For New Album “Under Sullen Skies”, Premiere New Song “Barren”

Tombs have announced that their new album “Under Sullen Skies“ will be released on November 20. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Under Sullen Skies” Track Listing:

01. “Bone Furnace”
02. “Void Constellation” (feat. Andy Thomas of Black Crown Initiate)
03. “Barren” (feat. Ray Suhy of Six Feet Under)
04. “The Hunger” (feat. Dwid Hellion of Integrity)
05. “Secrets Of The Black Sun” (feat. Sera Timms of Ides Of Gemini, etc.)
06. “Descensum”
07. “We Move Like Phantoms”
08. “Mordum” (feat. Todd Stern of Psycroptic)
09. “Lex Talionis”
10. “Angel Of Darkness” (feat. Paul Delaney of Black Anvil and Cat Cabral)
11. “Sombre Ruin”
12. “Plague Years”

Mike Hill said the following about the record’s title:

“The album’s title came during all this and the sort of post-apocalyptic world we’re living in. It encapsulates an overall feeling of gloom and depression which is pretty much how we’ve been living for most of this year.

The title was the last piece to fall into place. I remember standing on the roof of the building I was living in at the time on a grey day and it was raining – actually, it wasn’t even raining; it was a half-assed attempt at rain! – and depressing and I just thought, ‘What a sullen sky’ and it just stuck with me.”

He also had the following to say about the various guests on the album:

“There’s Cat Cabral, who does the spoken word piece on ‘Angel of Darkness.’ She’s not a musician per se; she’s more from the occult and witchcraft world. I’ve been friends with her for a really long time and she’s a great resource for esoteric knowledge.

She’s also an actress who has done plays and commercials and been in films, so I figured she’d be the perfect person to deliver dialogue in an emotionally deep way, and be good at taking direction.

Ray Suhy from Six Feet Under rips the guitar solo in ‘Barren’ and that solo is its own masterpiece, in my opinion. Black Crown Initiate and former Tombs live guitarist Andy Thomas contributed a guitar solo in ‘Void Constellation.’

Todd Stern from Psycroptic plays the solo in ‘Mortem.’ Sera Timms from Ides Of Gemini and Black Math Horseman does guest vocals on ‘Secrets Of The Black Sun.’

We’ve got Integrity’s Dwid Hellion singing the chorus on ‘The Hunger’ and Black Anvil’s Paul Delaney also doing a couple of verses on ‘Angel Of Darkness.’ So, yeah, there are a bunch of people on there and it’s like a community effort which I enjoy. I like involving people I respect and having them be a part of the whole thing.”

Hill also added the following about the lyrical themes:

“I explore a lot of the archetypes that are used in folklore on this record, like werewolves and vampires which I’ve always been interested in, and on a song like ‘Secrets Of The Black Sun’ I talk about the finite nature of our time on this planet, that nothing is really permanent and being aware of that whether as an individual or as a civilization, which I guess fits in with the pandemic and the changes that are going on.

There are all kinds of other people, civilizations and creatures that have come and gone long before us and if you think about it over a long enough time span, everyone’s life expectancy goes down to zero.”

He continued:

“‘Under Sullen Skies‘ is a dark and introspective album. It’s not a happy record that anyone is going to use to get pumped up on a Friday night. We wanted to pull out the stops, go full-on and make a nice body of work. I could care less if anyone likes the band or not because I’ve been through so many ups and downs with this thing that I don’t give a fuck if people enjoy the music.

I know I like it, I know the guys in the band like it and we’re just rocking and rolling. This record and the EP came out about as close as I could imagine to what I have in my brain about how this band should sound. The whole trajectory of the band has had each record never quite hitting, but ‘Monarchy Of Shadows‘ and ‘Under Sullen Skies‘ have both really come out how I envisioned the songs to be.”

The album’s first single, “Barren,” can be found below. Hill said the following about that track:

“‘Barren‘ stands out as the song that’s most collaborative. Justin wrote the bulk of the riffs on that one, that sort of NWOBHM/Scorpions ending part is something I came up with, Matt added a bunch of guitar harmonies over it and Drew’s bass is laid thick underneath. That one is one of the biggest group efforts and one of the strongest songs on the record.”

Tombs Finishing Up New Album

It looks like Tombs are almost done with their new album. The band said the following:

“Wrapping up production on a new full-length. If you dug the “Monarchy of Shadows” EP, the new LP is a continuation. We go deeper into the dark recesses of chaos and the void. Stay tuned for more details!”

Napalm Death Officially Comment On Spring Tour Cancellation

Napalm Death have officially commented on the cancellation of their spring tour with Aborted, Tombs, and WVRM. This news comes after Aborted previously confirmed that the trek was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Napalm Death said the following:

“Hi everybody,

We have been having a few enquiries via the Napalm Death channels about ticket refunds for currently scheduled gig dates – specifically in North America. There’s nothing we can directly do in terms of being able to action those, but at the same time of course we’re not a band to turn a blind eye when people need to know.

Basically we have made enquiries with our North American booker and he assures us that all currently scheduled gigs have been cancelled and he has instructed local promoters to issue refunds. What this effectively means is that you should apply for a refund at “point of purchase” – in other words, whichever channel you employed to buy any tickets. Hope this clarifies things.

Please stay safe because health and safety trumps all (no pun intended).


Napalm Death“

Aborted Confirm Cancellation Of Spring Tour With Napalm Death, Etc.

It looks like Napalm Death‘s spring tour with Aborted, Tombs, and WVRM has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Aborted confirmed the news on Facebook.

Aborted commented:

“Hey everyone,

We wanted to give you guys some good news in these dark days but unfortunately seems like nothing is spared from the Covid-19 outbreak. Due to all the measures in place (which everyone should follow, mind you), we have to cancel our upcoming tour with Napalm death, Tombs and WVRM.

We feel that we as artists have to do our part as well in urging people to help flatten the curve and take part in social distancing for a while. In the meanwhile this leaves us, along with many others, with a huge financial deficit as our tour merch was already printed, plus work visas; flights; deposits etc were already paid for and it puts us in a very sh***y situation.

We won’t ever ask for a gofundme or anything from anyone. But if you planned on coming to one of the shows and get some merch and you want to support us if possible at all, you can now grab out tour merch from indiemerch and help us resolve this financial catastrophe.

Now is the time to support the bands you love, support them by streaming their music; buying the records and merch as this will be the sole source of income for many of us for the unforeseeable future.

In the meantime we will be working on a tour to replace this one with when possible and write the next album while we are stuck at home like everyone else. Hoping all of you are safe and doing well, thank you in advance and take care of your loved ones.

Sven, Stefano, Ken, Ian & Harrison
*Everything will start shipping next week, we are working through getting it in the system so they will show on pre-order at the moment*”

Tombs Sign With Season Of Mist, Premiere New Song “Monarchy Of Shadows”

Tombs have signed a new deal with Season Of Mist and are planning to release their new EP, “Monarchy Of Shadows,” through the label on February 28. You can stream the title track below:

Mike Hill commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Season of Mist for years, so I feel honored for Tombs to be joining the label. The rest of the guys share the same sentiments. ‘Monarchy of Shadows’ is a full on display of the new era of the band. Ferocious, brutal, but with an intense introspection. This is the best work that we’ve done to date.”

Here’s the track listing for “Monarchy of Shadows”:

01. “Monarchy of Shadows”
02. “Once Falls the Guillotine”
03. “Necro Alchemy”
04. “Man Behind the Sun”
05. “The Dark Rift”
06. “Path of Totality (Midnight Sun)”

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Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Brooklyn, NY metal formation @tombscult ! The band will make their official debut to the label on February 28 with the release of their brand new EP, 'Monarchy of Shadows.' The eponymous first single from the offering can be heard at the official Season of Mist YouTube channel or via the link in our story! TOMBS mastermind Mike Hill comments: "I’ve been a huge fan of Season of Mist for years, so I feel honored for TOMBS to be joining the label. The rest of the guys share the same sentiments. 'Monarchy of Shadows' is a full on display of the new era of the band. Ferocious, brutal, but with an intense introspection. This is the best work that we’ve done to date." 'Monarchy of Shadows' can be pre-ordered at the Season of Mist e-shop or Tombs Official Bandcamp. 'Monarchy of Shadows' Track List: 1. Monarchy of Shadows (07:32) 2. Once Falls the Guillotine (04:44) 3. Necro Alchemy (05:47) 4. Man Behind the Sun (06:02) 5. The Dark Rift (05:58) 6. Path of Totality (Midnight Sun) (04:44) Total: 0:34:47 #tombs #tombsbrooklyn #tombscult #tombsband #mikehill #monarchyofshadows #seasonofmist #seasonofmistofficial

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Tombs Announce North American Tour With Barishi

Tombs have announced a North American tour with Barishi. Here’s the dates:

08/24 Montague, MA – RPM Fest
08/25 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (feat. Godflesh) (no Barishi)
08/26 Rochester, NY – Bugjar
08/27 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
08/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
08/30 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
08/31 Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
09/01 Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus
09/02 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
09/03 Burlington, VT – Nectars
09/28 Pontiac, MI – Berserker Fest (no Barishi)