EIGHT BELLS have announced seven shows for the US and one in Canada to take place this August. The tour kicks off at the Shakedown in Bellingham, WA (US) on August 12 and runs through on the West Coast until a final show in Eugene, OR at John Henry’s on the 20th of August. EIGHT BELLS will be joining MARISSA NADLER at the first fie dates and by the fourth show YEAR OF NO LIGHT come on board and stay on for two more gigs. In Eureka, CA the avant-garde doom project will be playing alongside NAN ELMOTH and WILUTIS while the final concert happens with FELLED and REDIVIUS on stage.
EIGHT BELLS comment: "We are very pleased to announce that we are joining Marissa Nadler and Year Of No Light for selected West Coast gigs as they make their way to Psycho Las Vegas this summer.", singer and guitarist Melynda Jackson writes "We hope to see some buddies and make new friends on our first tour since the world ended. More local bands joining us will be announced shortly. See you on the road!"
With their third album, Portland metal experimentalists EIGHT BELLS have sharpened their songwriting approach to create a soundtrack for the end of the world. "Legacy of Ruin" again features the trio's trademark haunting vocal harmonies along with sometimes blistering, and sometimes impressionistic guitar riffing to create heady atmospheres of dark and light.
The result of EIGHT BELLS' musical exploration is an emotional and insistent odyssey that transcends genre and imbues contemporary metal with 19th-century Victorian ghostliness, cinematic soundscapes in combination with female and male vocal harmonies perfectly fitting the album's lyrical story. "Legacy of Ruin" focuses on themes of the human condition, natural destruction, death, regret, loss, malice, and retribution.
EIGHT BELLS were conceived as the brainchild and songwriting project of Melynda Jackson in 2010. The guitarist and vocalist named the band after the final album of her previous act, SUBARACHNOID SPACE. While the trio evolved through several line-up changes in the beginning, Melynda is now supported by vocalist and bass player Matt Solis (CORMORANT, URSA) Brian Burke (NO SHORES, CAVE DWELLER) on drums.
EIGHT BELLS breaks from the pack by exploring the natural tones and grand visions of the 1970s as reflected in the influences that she cites, which include early prog and krautrock trailblazers such as GENESIS, AMAN Duul II, POPOL VUH, MAGMA, RUSH, the ambient minimalist composers in the realm of BRIAN ENO and STEVE REICH as well as the progressive ends of the black, doom, and death metal spectrums such as ENSLAVED, ULVER, DEATH, YOB, and EMPEROR to name but a few.
Following the release of the "Isosceles" EP (2011), EIGHT BELLS gained international recognition for their debut album "The Captain's Daughter (2013)" and tour support for SUBROSA across North America. With their sophomore full-length "Landless" (2016), EIGHT BELLS consolidated their reputation as one of the up and coming acts, joined VOIVOD in the US and received an invitation to Psycho Las Vegas, which the trio gladly accepted.
Now EIGHT BELLS are poised to share their music with a wider audience. "Legacy of Ruin" was engineered and produced by the masterful Billy Anderson (AMENRA, BELL WITCH, LEVIATHAN, SWANS), and has enabled the trio to reach a new dimension of sound quality.
"Legacy of Ruin" is forceful confirmation that contemporary metal can be artistically impressive, and at the same time novel and expansive in its expression. Time to lean back, close your eyes and let EIGHT BELLS' haunting and beautiful swansong to a dying planet crash all over you in sonic waves.
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