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) — who also produced their 2012 Juno-nominated release “Blacklands” — “Under 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.”
CASTLE formed in 2009 and released their debut album “In Witch Order” on the German label Van Records (The Devil’s Blood) in 2011. The album brought light to the newly-formed band and earned them “Album of the Year” honors from Metal Hammer Norway, as well as Roadburn Festival’s “Newcomer of the Year.” Shortly after, the band signed with Prosthetic in North America and released their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Blacklands,” which earned a nomination for “metal/hard music album of the year” at the Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys). The band supported the release playing over 200 shows worldwide alongside acts including The Sword, Intronaut and Witch Mountain in addition to appearing at some of the scene’s largest festivals (Roadburn, London Desertfest).
The aggressively touring, doom-infused heavy rock outfit CASTLE will continue their live sieges throughout the summer on two West Coast treks. Leg one – which includes a performance at Utah’s CrucialFest (Goatsnake, Royal Thunder) – commences next Wednesday in San Diego, while the newly-announced second leg kicks off in Los Angeles on Aug. 15. Dates for both can be found [...]
Heavy rock-infused doom trio CASTLE have announced a series of headlining dates across the Southwestern U.S. as they make their way to appear at Austin, Texas’ largest annual music festival, South By Southwest (SXSW). There, the band will be featured on Boss Tweed Backline’s “Black Smoke Conjuring Showcase” alongside a mixture of metal, psychedelic and progressive rock [...]
Occult influenced heavy metal trio CASTLE will be making their way across California throughout January as they headline the “California Cult Tour” with music from their critically-acclaimed 2014 effort “Under Siege”. The band are excited to reveal the vigorously haunting new music video for their single “A Killing Pace”, which can be viewed directly [...]
01. Ever Hunter
02. Corpse Candles
03. Storm Below the Mountain
05. Curses of the Priests
06. Venus Pentagram
08. Dying Breed