Thrash-inspired Doom Metaller’s CASTLE released their second album “Blacklands” on September 11th on their new North American label PROSTHETIC RECORDS.
“Blacklands” – which was produced by Billy Anderson (Cathedral, Sleep, Neurosis) – was described by Metal Hammer UK as being “a tough alloy of purest classic metals — doom, thrash, epic and power — charged with arcane mysticism.” The album artwork was done by Russian symbolist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin. "Blacklands" was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Juno award in the "metal/hard music album of the year" category.
CASTLE were formed in 2009 and released their debut album “In Witch Order” via the German label Van Records (The Devil’s Blood) in the spring of 2011. The album brought light to the newly formed band and gained them the title of Metal Hammer Norway’s album of the year as well as Roadburn Festival’s “Newcomer of the Year". Having played 200 + shows in support of "Blacklands" including a successful European tour alongside Intronaut with appearances at Roadburn and Desertfest and most recently a full North American tour in direct support of Austin rockers The Sword, CASTLE have begun pre-production on their third album scheduled to begin recording in Portland this December again with producer Billy Anderson. The follow up to "Blacklands" will see an April 2014 release date via Van Records in Europe and elsewhere worldwide via Prosthetic Records. More details and information regarding the album and subsequent touring schedule will be announced in the coming months.