Fallujah To Release New Album “Empyrean” In September, Premiere “Radiant Ascension” Video

Fallujah have announced that their new album, “Empyrean,” will be released on September 9. The effort features the band’s latest lineup, which now consists of vocalist Kyle Schaefer (Archaeologist), bassist Evan Brewer (ex-The Faceless), guitarist Scott Carstairs, and drummer Andrew Baird. A video for the first single, “Radiant Ascension” (feat. Tori Letzler), can be found below:

“Empyrean” Track Listing:

01. “The Bitter Taste Of Clarity”
02. “Radiant Ascension” (feat. Tori Letzler)
03. “Embrace Oblivion” (feat. Katie Thompson of Chiasma)
04. “Into The Eventide” (feat. Katie Thompson of Chiasma)
05. “Eden’s Lament”
06. “Soulbreaker”
07. “Duality Of Intent” (feat. B>David Wu of Cyborg Octopus)
08. “Mindless Omnipotent Master” (feat. Chaney Crabb of Entheos)
09. “Celestial Resonance”
10. “Artifacts” (feat. Tori Letzler)

Carstairs commented:

“After such an experimental expression [with ‘Undying Light‘], we sat down to write ‘Empyrean‘ completely refreshed and inspired, It was like the musical tension of the last decade had been released, and we were ready to achieve goals the band had originally set out for. ‘Empyrean‘ is truly a return to form because we are doing what comes naturally to us, but with an intensity that we haven’t achieved in the past. We set out to create something that represents the band and its history in its purest form while also pushing our technical abilities further than we have ever gone.

Every Fallujah album has been a reflection of whatever ideas felt the freshest and exciting to us at that particular point in time. We’ve developed our own defined sound over the years, but on this album, our new members helped bring in some new perspectives. We incorporated new elements such as counterpoint and tempo changes but maintained elements integral to the band and even brought back techniques used in older records. At this point, it’s all about elegantly presenting the sound we have cultivated over the last decade.”

He also added:

“From the beginning of this writing process and until the end, we painstakingly made sure every aspect of this record would blow away our listeners. We meticulously scrutinized every riff and note choice. There has never been this much effort put into a Fallujah record as we did with ‘Empyrean,’ and the result is a truly monstrous record that we believe is the band’s best work by a significant margin. We showed you restraint on the last record. Now, let us show you what happens when we leave it all on the table.”

Fallujah Announce Spring Headlining Shows

Fallujah have booked some headlining shows around their upcoming tour with Rivers Of Nihil, Alluvial, and Warforged. Here’s the dates:

05/04 Chattanooga, TN – Ziggy’s Music Box
05/05 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
06/06 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing
06/07 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
06/08 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
06/09 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
06/11 Boise, ID – The Shredder
06/12 Reno, NV – Dead Ringer Analog Bar

Rivers Of Nihil Announce Spring U.S. Tour With Fallujah, Alluvial, & Warforged

Rivers Of Nihil have announced a spring tour with Fallujah, Alluvial, and Warforged. Hypocrisy, The Zenith Passage, and Burial In The Sky will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

05/06 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
05/07 Manchester, NH – Jewel
05/08 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
05/10 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
05/11 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
05/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/13 Nashville, TN – The End
05/14 Orlando, FL – The Haven
05/15 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
05/17 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
05/18 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05/19 Dallas, TX – Amplified
05/20 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (feat. Hypocrisy)
05/21 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar
05/22 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
05/24 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick (feat. The Zenith Passage)
05/25 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 (feat. The Zenith Passage)
05/26 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery (feat. The Zenith Passage)
05/27 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone (feat. The Zenith Passage)
05/28 Portland, OR – Star Theater
05/29 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
06/01 Denver, CO – Bluebird (feat. Burial In The Sky)
06/02 Kansas City, MO – BLVD (feat. Burial In The Sky)
06/03 Chicago, IL – Reggies (feat. Burial In The Sky)
06/04 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary (feat. Burial In The Sky)
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse (feat. Burial In The Sky)

Darkest Hour Recruit Fallujah Guitarist Nico Santora For Upcoming Shows

Darkest Hour will be joined by Fallujah guitarist Nico Santora during their upcoming shows. He will be filling the void left by the band’s former guitarist Michael “Lonestar” Carrigan, who exited the group last year.

Darkest Hour commented:

“Longtime fan and friend of the band, Nico Santora will be joining us stage left on lead guitar for our shows this fall! Nico comes with a wealth of experience having held it down in bands like Suicidal Tendencies, The Faceless, Lillake and most recently with Fallujah.”

Santora added:

“I have been listening to DH since I started playing guitar, and I remember trying (and failing) to learn their songs when I was 16. The band has my utmost respect for withstanding the test of time and staying active for all these years, and I’m honored to jump into the fold and shred alongside them!”

Tour Dates:

09/22 Washington, DC – DC Brau (with Zealot R.I.P., etc.)
09/26 Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest

AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place across two days, June 12 and July 17, and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

June 12:

  • AC/DC – “Through The Mists Of Time” / “Witch’s Spell” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 5000) (Columbia Records)
  • Alestorm – “Sunset On The Golden Age” (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Napalm Records)
  • Alkaline Trio – “From Here To Infirmary” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Vagrant Records)
  • Anti-Flag – “20/20 Division” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Spinefarm)
  • Avatar – “Hunter Gatherer” (2xLP) (limited to 1200) (eOne Music)
  • Beastie Boys – “Aglio E Olio” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Capitol)
  • Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Black Sabbath – “Heaven & Hell” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Def Leppard – “Live In Oxford” (2xLP) (limited to 4000) (Island/Mercury)
  • Deftones – “Digital Bath” (Telefon Tel Aviv version) / “Feiticeira” (Arca remix) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • The Doors – “Morrison Hotel Sessions” (2xLP) (limited to 7500) (Elektra)
  • Electric Wizard – “Time To Die” (2xLP) (limited to 3000) (Spinefarm)
  • Escape The Fate – “Chemical Warfare: B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Better Noise Music)
  • Gruntruck – “Push” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Real Gone Music)
  • The Hu – “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) & “Wolf Totem” (7″ picture disc) (limited to 2200) (Better Noise Music)
  • Ihsahn – “After” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Integrity – “Cradle To The Grave” (7″) (limited to 700) (Organized Crime)
  • King’s X – “Tape Head” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • King’s X – “Please Come Here… Mr. Bulbous” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • L7 – “The Beauty Process” (25th Anniversary Triple Platinum Edition) (limited to 2300) (Real Gone Music)
  • Lamb Of God – “As The Palaces Burn” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Mark Lanegan – “Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras And Oddities)” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Beggars Banquet)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (2xLP) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • Mötley Crüe – “40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set” (feat. “Too Fast For Love“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Theatre Of Pain“, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood“) (limited to 1750) (Better Noise Music)
  • Motörhead – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (10″ picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning / One Of These Days” (7″) (limited to 2500) (Sub Pop)
  • Negative Approach – “Tied Down Demo” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (TAANG!)
  • Opeth – “Morningrise” (2xLP) (limited to 3500) (Spinefarm)
  • Orange Goblin – “Eulogy For The Damned” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Pepper – “In With The Gold” (vinyl) (limited to 2100) (Volcom Entertainment)
  • Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle Of Mexico City” (2xLP) (limited to 12350) (Legacy)
  • Joey Ramone – “Don’t Worry About Me” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (BMG)
  • Michael Schenker Group – “Live In Manchester 1980” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Senses Fail – “Let It Enfold You” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Vagrant Records)
  • Sigh – “Heir To Despair” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Sleeping With Sirens – “How It Feels To Be Lost (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (Sumerian Records)
  • Stryper – “God Damn Evil” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Frontier Records)
  • The Sword – “Age Of Winters (15th Anniversary Edition)” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Kemado Records)
  • Thrice – “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere” (vinyl) (limited to 3000)(Vagrant Records)
  • UFO – “Mother Mary/This Kid’s” (10″) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Uriah Heep – “The Magician’s Birthday” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Triumph – “Allied Forces (40th Anniversary)” (vinyl box set) (limited to 1200) (Round Hill Records)
  • VAST – “Music For People” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Real Gone Music)

July 17:

  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3xLP) (limited to 2000) (New West Records)
  • Amigo The Devil – “Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Liars Club)
  • Bad Omens – “Live + Unplugged” (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Sumerian Records)
  • Bush – “Sea Of Memories” (10th Anniversary) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (eOne Music)
  • Cro-Mags – “The Age Of Quarrel” (vinyl) (limited to 3600) (Rock Hotel/Astor Place)
  • Dio – “God Hates Heavy Metal” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 3500) (BMG)
  • Evanescence – “The Open Door” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Fallujah – “The Harvest Wombs” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (Unique Leader)
  • Fear – “The Record” (LP/7″) (limited to 3500) (Run Out Groove)
  • From First To Last – “Dear Diary, My
  • Teenage Angst Has A Body Count” (original mix) (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Epitaph)
  • God Forbid – “Determination” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (M-Theory Audio)
  • Green Jellÿ – “333” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Say-10 Records)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle – “Heavy Metal (Live)” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2000) (BMG)
  • Hawkwind – “Greasy Truckers Party” (2xLP) (limited to 4500) (Parlophone)
  • (hed)p.e. – “Best Of Suburban Noize Years” (vinyl) (limited to 750) (Regime Music Group/Suburban Noize Records)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of” (eOne Music) (2xLP) (limited to 2000) (eOne Music)
  • King’s X – “Manic Moonlight” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • Mastodon – “Fallen Torches” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 6500) (Warner)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (12″ vinyl) (limited to 18500) (Legacy)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (cassette (limited to 6300) (Legacy)
  • Ramones – “Triple J Live At The Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia, July 8, 1980” (vinyl) (limited to 6000) (Sire)
  • St. Vincent – “Piggy” (Nine Inch Nails cover) / “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) (7″) (limited to 3200) (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Soen – “The Undiscovered Lotus” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Silver Lining Music)
  • Tad – “Inhaler” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Real Gone Music)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (LMLR)

[via The PRP]

The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Etc. Members To Guest On New Abiotic Album “Ikigai”

Abiotic have revealed the details for their new album “Ikigai.“ The effort will be released on February 12 and it will feature guest appearances from members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Entheos, and more.

“Ikigai” Track Listing:

01. “Natsukashii”
02. “Ikigai”
03. “Covered The Cold Earth”
04. “Smoldered” (feat. Chaney Crabb of Entheos)
05. “The Wrath”
06. “If I Do Die” (feat. Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder)
07. “Souvenir Of Skin” (feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
08. “Her Opus Mangled” (feat. Jared Smith of Archspire)
09. “Horadric Cube” (feat. Scott Carstairs of Fallujah)
10. “Grief Eater, Tear Drinker” (feat. Jonathan Carpenter (ex-The Contortionist))
11. “Gyokusai“

Abiotic guitarist John Matos commented:

“Our intention behind ‘Ikigai‘ was to come back with a vengeance. As it has been over 5 years since our last release, we wanted to put together the most cohesive, diverse, deep, and brain shattering record we possibly could and I feel like we’ve achieved that and more with this album.

Having written this over the course of the last couple of years and finishing this record during a pandemic, the feelings we sought to bring out with this record; pain, grief, desperation, and perseverance are palpable in every note, every chord, and every word, with lyrics touching on topics of suicide, depression, addiction, climate change and the struggle of finding our reason for being.

We wanted to make this record real and relatable in every sense. This album is without a doubt the best material we’ve ever put together, with brand new elements, and a production/mix that has taken our sound to new heights.

The addition of Tony Simone and Kilian Duarte solidified this. We decided to include a variety of guests that we’ve always wanted to collaborate with, like Trevor Strnad, Chaney Crabb, Brandon Ellis, Scott Carstairs, Jared Smith, and Jonathan Carpenter, and are beyond excited for everyone to hear them.

We really wanted to push the boundaries of what fans expect from us while giving them the signature sound we’ve honed in that they’ve come to love. Personally, ‘Ikigai‘ is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, especially after not knowing if the band was ever going to come back. But we’re back. And we’re here to stay.”

Fallujah Tease New Music

Fallujah recently revealed that they were working on a new album and now they have shared a teaser from the sessions. You can check that out below: