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Castle ‘Stone Thrones’ West Coast Tour starts in early November

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:39 PM (PST)

Heavy doom/metal unit CASTLE — currently in the midst of their Endless Graveyard live takeover — will take to the streets again in November for the west coast Stone Thrones tour. The trek begins November 24th and runs through December 2nd winding its way through nine cities spread across Washington, Oregon, and California. See all confirmed dates below.

Stone Thrones Tour:
11/24/2017 The Valley – Tacoma, WA
11/25/2017 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
11/26/2017 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
11/27/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/28/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
11/29/2017 Spirits – Dunsmuir, CA
11/30/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
12/01/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/02/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

 

CASTLE continues to tour in support of their molten Welcome To The Graveyard full-length, issued last summer via Ván Records. WelcomeTo The Graveyard was captured by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon and is currently available at THIS LOCATION.

 

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Saying Castle are the real deal is an understatement. Not only do they write material that is consistently near or AT the top of the heap for anything released the same year, they tour like wild zealous demon dogs burning up the road on the way to heavy metal Oz. And they are pretty much a perfect power trio, which is always the coolest band formation. Since the release of their most recent offering, Welcome To The Graveyard, which was issued last summer via Ván Records, CASTLE’s massive near two-hundred-date worldwide takeover has included tours of the US, Europe, Canada, and the band’s first ever tour of Japan last December. We still remain fairly in awe of these alleged humans.

Slated to begin September 7th in Riverside, California and come to a close on September 30th in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the band’s latest trek includes performances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest and Stoned Meadow Of Doom.
“We’re looking forward to taking a break from writing the new record and hitting the road for one more East Coast run this year to play Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, Maryland and Stoned Meadow Of Doom Fest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,” issues the band. “Both fests offer all-out amazing lineups and we’re proud to be part of them. Plus, we’ll be playing lots of killer shows along the way and it’s very possible if you’re at the show you going to hear a new track or two.”

All dates for our faves Below.

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Castle reveal “Black Widow” music video, announce tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:58 PM (PST)

Heavy metal nomads Castle have announced a slew of new dates and to celebrate have released a new video! This is one of the most valuable acts in metal and we are super pleased to report they have also been working hard on a fifth album in the Mojave Desert.

In anticipation of the upcoming shows, CASTLE is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to the track “Black Widow,” compiled from footage from their Canadian tour last year and viewable at THIS LOCATION.

New tour dates BELOW.
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Castle’s Summer Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM (PST)
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Castle are pure metal and pure rock n roll at the same time. It’s the kind of band that makes the admittedly great Ginger Baker out of touch as fuck for criticizing Heavy Metal. Castle are 100% dynamite and just the band to call when music is Under Siege.

 

Summer tour dates BELOW.

 
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“It takes courage to confront the weaknesses we share” – Mina Caputo 

Go buy music. I’m doing my year end list early this year instead of butted right up against New Year’s Eve on the pretext that some of you might actually want to purchase albums and support bands as well as share and trade and be hippies. It is great we can share and be exposed to more music these days, which also gives us the choice to choose what succeeds, directly interfacing with our heroes and/or peers in the “scene”.

Black Friday is pure “Mob Rules” insanity at the chain stores, so why don’t you order any of the albums on my list online (or at least stream them)? This year instead of 5 best records I chose one for each of Metal Riot’s sub-genre catagories, though all are basically one form or another of heavy or edgy rock. Best music video is also included.

This year was a stunning series of highs and lows, from triumphs of death metal to huge tours to  Oderus, Wayne Static and Athon leaving us too soon (also R.I.P. Johnny Winter)!

This list is a sample of some of the best albums (or certain songs) that moved me in 2014. Songs about unity needed in this Fergusson-tense environment , songs for self growth or songs that just kicked ass.

Click HERE to read the top picks.

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Heavy metal occultists CASTLE  will continue to take audiences “Under Siege” on an upcoming series of performances throughout the U.S. with Relapse-signed metallists Lord Dying! Dubbed “The Peaceless Savage Tour,” the three-week trek will kick off Nov. 8 in Spokane, Wash. and proceed to make its way throughout the western U.S. Dates can be found in the above flyer or listed  below.

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Show Photos: Castle at The Anchor – Kingston, NY

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM (PST)

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Castle are tearing across the USA as we speak, bringing their San Fran with a Canadian twist blend of power doom boogie to metal heads far and wide. 13 dates are left on the tour (remaining dates after the jump, so hang tight).

The night before their Saint Vitus NYC stop the Prosthetic Records artists touched down in my town of Kingston, NY. Under Siege, their latest Billy Anderson produced burner, is in my top 5 records for hard rock/metal this year, thus far.C’mon, baby…let it light your ear candles.

My dear friend Nicole Ann Marie Terpening, who I haven’t covered a show with probably since around when Thursday were in Full Collapse mode, shot some pics for us during the band’s too brief set.

Castle’s mega Mojo blew up the P.A. , usually never a problem in the humble but awesome venue. The regular sound guy was working a tv gig, from what I hear. I thought it was Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but I think it is an Atlanta hip hop love show because I heard the phrase “ratchet ass bitches” bandied about by a friend. The guy who filled in meant well but didn’t anticipate the might of some of Castle’s bass rig juice output. Kaboom! It shouldn’t be a mark too dark on the club, though.  It’s a great place for touring bands to stop between NYC and Albany, though this was obviously a drag. The venue really cares a lot about the bands that come through and treats bands well.

Castle handled it well and fans were cool, too. Everyone felt bad for the band, but hung out and a friend of mine got a great copy of the new vinyl, with cover art from Denis Forkas. Shame, (along with Screaming Females) Castle are big proof the power trio is often still the best band format for rock n roll.

I was lucky to briefly open the show singing on a fast piano and vocal set of “Black Crayon” by Dax Riggs and “Karma Police” by Radiohead, collaborating with mega talented Kelly McNally of indie/folk Upstate, NY band The Virginia Wolves. We had bad days and so it was nice to sing sad songs and make other people want to kill themselves. We joked that we would do a gypsy tour and you could tell where we went from which towns on the map had all the lights out the next day.

Dead Witch Walks from New Paltz, NY, featuring towering guitarist Mucus Barfbag, did an improv two man set of gnarled death thrash with avant garde chaos noise. It was metal as heck. Was fun to talk with Mucus and Castle about the band Demon Lung, travel in the United States compared to Europe and other chit chat. Chaos came next, a younger band I didn’t know, booked by Tainted Entertainment. They were a great hybrid of early Megadeth snarl and bluesy thrash with feel, but a raw garage primal fight to it. Of all the bands, Only Castle’s set was vocally ill fated due to sound issues. Since they are like Mercyful Fate playing as a trio like Motorhead at half tempo witj great Sabbathy vocals sung by a woman, this was a real shame. Got to hear them play a whirling rendition of  “Corpse Candles” and that’s about it.

Kind of like getting ice water thrown on your dick, but still an awesome night! Mucus apparently got married accidentally over the phone, but officially, somehow with a girl in Vegas later that night. I didn’t think you were that drunk, bro!

Click HERE for the photo set and tour dates…

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Castle add new North American tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM (PST)

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Phew. I think I’ve written more about Castle than any other band lately but it was like a week or something since I mentioned them last on this site. I need a fix of that Castle dark blues metal. I was scratchin’ and bleedin’ over here but thankfully they have announced another month’s worth of dates throughout the U.S. and Canada!

The band, which features vocalist/bassist Elizabeth Blackwell and guitarist Mat Davis, will be rounded out by drummer Will Carroll (Death Angel/Cutthroats 9) for the trek, which kicks off in Portland on July 2.

Under Siege is Castle’s current release, a strong follow up to the critically lauded Blacklands and their third record overall. The live dates announced include some pretty legit bands sharing the stage with our favorite doomers of the moment, acts such as Slough Feg, Sons of Huns and Anciients on various dates!

Click HERE for more!

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Interview: Castle – Heavy Metal Under Siege

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM (PST)

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It’s probably no secret that we’re big Castle fans around here. I’ve been compulsively posting about them every other day lately. There just isn’t anyone else that sounds quite like their fiery mix of bluesy dark rock riffs with a hint of twang amidst the doomed and mysterious corridors haunted by banshee wails. We even hosted their US album stream for Under Siege. The band are a great fit for Prosthetic Records.

The new album is everything metal needs right now, a reminder of roots while still looking to sound like their own, modern band. How many bands can you hear these days and know who it is right away? I bet the list isn’t that long. If anyone can stop heavy metal from withering under siege from lame elements, it is Castle.

Click HERE to read our interview with Castle’s Mat Davis.

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Castle release eerie “Be My Ghost” Video, Tour US

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM (PST)

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Following the release of their third album “Under Siege,” which features just under 40 minutes of “shredding riffs and solos” (Soundcrave), CASTLE has unveiled the new music video for the haunting single “Be My Ghost,” which you can view on Heavy Blog is Heavy HERE or directly below. The clip was directed by longtime collaborator Jaan Silmberg (Super Duper Alice Cooper).

Says the band, “‘Be My Ghost’ is about the eternal struggle between the forces of light and dark and is another CASTLE song that is heavily indebted conceptually and visually to William Blake. We wanted to bring both those elements into the video and Jaan with his animation background was able to bring some of those Blake visuals that inspired the song to life”.

Click HERE to watch the latest brain burner from this amazing fucking band.

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Album Stream: Castle – “Under Siege”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:08 AM (PST)

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Good morning, noise pirates! We’ve got something wonderful for you today…the Official US album stream for CASTLE‘s darkly brilliant new album Under Siege (Terrorizer has it for Europe).

Under Siege is scheduled for release on May 19 via Prosthetic Records in North America. The album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer/mixer Billy Anderson (Melvins, Cathedral, Cattle Decapitation) and features mind fuck cover artwork from esteemed Russian painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin (BEHEMOTH), with whom the band previously collaborated with on their Juno-nominated 2012 release Blacklands. 

Under Siege is a true work of art, bluesy and passionate heavy metal with guts, ghosts and a gritty live feel to the band slaying…I mean, playing. “Temple of The Lost” is as pure heavy metal as it gets in this world. Elizabeth Blackwell’s vocals have never been stronger. From the opening charge of “Distant Attack” to the memorable closer ‘Evil Ways”, we are proud to present one of the best musical experiences of the year.

On this record I wanted to summon the powerful and unrelenting feeling I get while playing live. I was casting out demons and stating my position in life.”-Elizabeth

Stream the record HERE.

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Castle visit “Pyramid Lake”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Castle have been on fire lately, new music from the San Fran outfit building on their well earned buzz. Under Seige, the latest from the group, is out May 16th on Prosthetic. Expect eerie and emotional vocals with slightly more metallic (this time out) yet still blues rooted riffs with fantastic tones the band is known for. Castle are so good that I could actually have them as an “Island” band where it is just me, Wilson the bff volleyball  and one or two records.

Check out the new track BELOW.

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Castle enter the “Temple of the Lost” in new video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM (PST)

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Dark, bluesy metallic sojourners Castle have a sound to die for and the drive of crusading zealots (with great taste). New album Under Seige is highly anticipated and out May 20th. The release was recorded with Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Melvins, Cattle Decap) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA and is sure to help raise the band’s growing profile higher up the Holy Mountain.

Cover art from Denis Farkas Kostromitin (Behemoth) and murky, classic rock indebted yet sludgy rock n roll riffs from the depths of the id will ensure you wander the halls of this Castle for aeons. They say rock (for the most part) is dead and has less of the music “market share” than ever. Maybe we should let it be, cuz the real believers and metal enthusiasts will keep the flame surviving anyway. Let the rest of the world rot in shitty pop oblivion. If it is an uphill battle to convert the masses, well…at least it means the purest bands like Castle, The Great Old Ones, Cormorant, Thou or Baroness (for example) will be THAT much better. Castle are that cherished consolation prize when faced with a world where much other popular music pales in comparison to this diamond band in the shit storm of life. : )

As Rush sing ,”It’s a far cry from the world we thought we’d inherit.” But it’s what we’ve got and you can’t give up on real music.

For tour dates and to see the new video click HERE.

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San Francisco heavy metal cultists CASTLE will release their album, Under Siege, on May 20 via Prosthetic Records in North America. Recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. earlier this year with producer/mixer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod, Cattle Decapitation, Melvins) — who also produced their 2012 Juno-nominated release BlacklandsUnder Siege pushes CASTLE’s unique sound further with the confluence of punishing riffs and melodic passages of haunted, full-blooded madness.

Vocalist/bass guitarist Liz Blackwell gave insight on the new material: “We wrote this album in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in the mountains of Northern California. It’s a California record. We drew from the heavy sounds of those places to write electric witch hymns of death and doom.”

Click here for Tour Dates and more.

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