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Abigail Williams Announces East Coast North American Tour

It’s always great when you get some information on an interesting musical project like Abigail Williams. I’ve been buried in NY Comic Con activities so this was a bit of a welcome Metal relief. Check out the poster and the full on skinny down below.

The Press Release:
Following a brutal month-long North American tour with Belphegor, Origin, and Shining this Summer, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS confirms a new set of East Coast tour dates with Wolvhammer and Amiensus for the Fall months.

The newly confirmed tour will see the caravan raiding the East Coast of the continent with thirteen new dates announced for late November into mid-December. The first show takes place in Rochester on November 29th, followed by sets in Portland, Somerville, Montreal, Syracuse, Manchester, Brooklyn, Clifton, Frederick, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Chicago, and Minneapolis through December 11th. Direct support for ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will be cohorts Wolvhammer and Amiensus. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS is plotting new material for a new LP to be released in 2017. Further info will be announced as it is available in the months ahead.

The Tour Dates:
11/29/2016: Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/30/2016: TBA – Portland, ME
12/01/2016: ONCE – Somerville, MA
12/02/2016: Katakombes – Montreal, QC
12/03/2016: The Vault – Syracuse, NY
12/04/2016: Jewel – Manchester, NH
12/05/2016: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
12/06/2016: Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
12/07/2016: Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
12/08/2016: The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
12/09/2016: Hank’s Pub – Dayton, OH
12/10/2016: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
12/11/2016: The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
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Abigail Williams & Today Is The Day Team-Up On Tour 2015

In trying to keep you readers up to speed on some of the Underground happenings as much as the jagunda ones, here is some press on a tour starting in a couple of weeks that features both Abigail Williams and Today Is The Day. I have snagged the tour promotional poster and the press copy from AW’s side of the fence for your edification. Read on and I will be back later.

Tour - Abigail Williams - Summer 2015

The Press Release:
American black metal legion, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, will release their first new full-length in three years via Candlelight Records this October. Titled The Accuser and now featuring the punishing lineup of founding vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron (ex-Lord Mantis), guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, Doomsday, La Chant Funebre), and drummer Charlie Fell (Cobalt, ex-Lord Mantis, ex-Avichi) with recording bassist Will Lindsay (Indian, Lord Mantis, Anatomy Of Habit), the diseased offering was recorded, mixed and mastered in just five days by Sorceron at the band’s home studio in Olympia, Washington, boasts a guest appearance by Neill Jameson (Krieg, Twilight) and includes the tripnotic cover renderings of Portland-based illustrator/tattoo artist, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus).
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Deicide in Concert (3/3/2012)

The bringers of evil in Deicide were continuing their “To Hell With God” tour that was begun early last year when they released the album by the same name. It was almost a year to the day that we last caught the as this very same venue and for this tour they would bring along Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne as their supporting acts. For this show I wanted to see everyone involved and made sure to get to the venue just in time for the lead off act and you can read the full on concert report by clicking the logo below. Then keep on scrolling in the blog posting to enjoy the usual gamut of additional photos that we only present in this particular space.

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Abigail Williams @ Blender Theater at Gramercy (7/23/2009)

Logo - Abigail Williams

Artist: Abigail Williams
Venue: Blender Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: Goatwhore, Daath, SWAATS, Abysmal Dawn
Date: 7/23/2009
Label: Candlelight Records

They called this tour the “Conquer And Curse” tour and it pretty much came on the heels of two days of Summer Slaughtering in NYC by being held at the Gramercy Theatre only a few days after that massive lineup of Death Metal had paid a visit. For “Conquer And Curse” we found a headlining Abigail Williams with direct support coming from Goatwhore and while we really enjoy what AW does we had to admit that we were one of the many who were scratching our heads about the band headlining something like this. It would also feature the Metal might of S.W.W.A.A.T.S., Abysmal Dawn and Daath, all three amounting to bands that had never been seen by these Metal eyes so that made me sure to get inside the venue in time to catch the show from the start. Leading off the roster of crushing brutality would be S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
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“Legend” by Abigail Williams

Artist: Abigail Williams
Title: “Legend”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 1/23/2007
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Rising from the sands of Phoenix, Arizona come Abigail Williams, who on their impressive 5-song EP showcase a level of Metal intensity that one expects more from the European providers than from any band that has formed in the States. My reason for saying this is based on the bands use and skillful blending of traditional Norwegian Black Metal, twists of Swedish Gothenburg and the blistering intensity of Hardcore that is often found in the US’s own export – Metalcore. All these styles together might sound weird to you yet the band makes it work and shows just how exciting the results can be when these are mixed together with some sense of purpose. Singer Ken Sorceron growls his way through the EP like a maniacal cross between Dani Filth and Shagrath and perhaps this is what gets them compared to the likes of Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir on opener “From A Buried Heart”. I have to say that the drumming led me to think more of Dark Tranquility and the overall musical presence on the recording while Black and Extreme lends a lot of its appeal in the Gothenburg aspect. Guitars are handled by Brad Riffs and Elias in on the drums and unrelenting. There is effective use of keyboards by a young lady named Ellyllon and her input successfully kicks this up a notch for the group by their holding a very classical and majestic base on the tracks where the instrument comes off as most prevalent (“Like Carrion Birds” and “The Conqueror Wyrm” specifically). I was glad to hear Ken and company sing with some clean vocals as well and hope this is used more going forward as the genre is changing and finding more place for the dual vocals in the mix nowadays. Perhaps their coming full-length album will find the lovely Ellyllon offering some vocal support and give this band an added push in terms of dynamic and possibility.
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