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Massive Doom News Round-up: GRIEF, EYEHATEGOD, CROWBAR, SUNN0))), ZOROASTER, SOURVEIN, ORANGE GOBLIN, TORCHE, ACROSS TUNDRAS, and more!

Instead of posting a half dozen bite-size stories about the latest news from the doom/sludge underground, I decided to compile it all into one big nasty ball o'resin and load y'all up with enough album updates, tour dates, and general sludgefuckery to BLOW. YOUR. FUCKING. MINDS. Load up the bong, and read on…

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Cult sludge act GRIEF have reunited and are currently plotting a European tour with the totally respectable crusty metallic hardcore (NOT metalcore) band TRAP THEM. They've also announced two East Coast shows, with plans for an equally-short West Coast run shortly thereafter.

Oct 24 2008 – BALTIMORE, Maryland @ THE NOWAREHOUSE
Oct 25 2008 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ THE KHYBER PASS w/ BLACK COBRA

The best band in the world, a.k.a. EYEHATEGOD, played a 20th anniversary show with CROWBAR in New Orleans this past weekend. The date was made even more special as it fell on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the city, and came just as the threat of Hurricane Gustav loomed over the still-healing city. I made the pilgrimage down there to see the show, and goddamned if it wasn't one of the best I've ever seen. EYEHATEGOD played three new songs and announced that they are currently writing their next album. CROWBAR are also knee-deep in new tunes; their next record is expected to drop in 2009, with Kirk himself proclaiming that not only did they plan to tour, they "want to play every country that's got electricity!"

More doom news after the jump…

Drone merchants SUNN 0))) have announced a very special tour to commemorate both their 10th anniversary and the recording of their first album,The GrimmRobe Demos, from which they will be playing exclusively. Up-and-coming doomed souls THOU will be providing support on a few dates, as well as several as-yet-to-be-announced guests (though I did hear rumors of EARTH playing the Philly date!).

Oct. 10th Los Angeles, CA. @ Safari Sams w/ John Weise + guests TBA) ALL AGES
Oct. 12th Portland, Or. @ Berbatis' Pan (Fall Into Darkness fest. w/guests TBA) all ages w/bar.
Oct. 15th New York, NY. @ the Knitting Factory (w/ Tony Conrad, Thou)
Oct. 16th Philadelphia, PA. @ the First Unitarian Church (w/ Thou + guests TBA) ALL AGES

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ZOROASTER and recent Candlelight signings SOURVEIN are once again teaming up to bring their Southern-fried amplifier worship to the masses on a sorta-Southwestern tour. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!

Oct 6 2008 – DRUNKEN UNICORN WITH HELIOS CREED atlanta, Georgia
Oct 7 2008 – hi-ho lounge w/HELLKONTROL new orleans, Louisiana
Oct 8 2008 – ROCK BOTTOM san antonio
Oct 9 2008 – RED 7 austin tx
Oct 10 2008 – MOONLIGHT (after Opeth/High on Fire party) alb., New Mexico
Oct 11 2008 – THE CLUBHOUSE WITH THE BAKERTON GROUP (members of Clutch& Zoroaster) tempe,az
Oct 12 2008 – Knitting Factory Hollywood,ca
Oct 13 2008 – THE STORK CLUB OAKLAND ,CA
Oct 19 2008 – TBA TBA
Oct 20 2008 – WHY SOUND LOGAN, Utah
Oct 21 2008 – 3 KINGS TAVREN DENVER,CO
Oct 22 2008 – VAUDEVILLE MEWS DES MOINES, Iowa
Oct 23 2008 – ROCKSTAR ST.LOUIS, Missouri
Oct 24 2008 -THE END NASHVILLE, Tennessee
Oct 25 2008 – TBA PHILLY, Pennsylvania

Candlelight is ON THE FUCKING BALL lately when it comes to snapping up sick doom metal bands. Old-school stoner doomsters ORANGE GOBLIN recently signed to the label and are promising a follow-up to 2007's Healing Through Fire (Sanctuary).

Says Ben Ward, ""Orange Goblin is very proud to announce a new era for the band with the signing to world renowned metal label, Candlelight Records. . It’s an honor to be on such an esteemed label alongside bands that have inspired us since the bands inception. I believe that with the Candlelight team behind Orange Goblin, we can concentrate on writing the best material of our career and continue to tour as much as possible, hopefully reaching parts of the world that Orange Goblin is yet to plunder! We have already started writing new material for a release in 2009 and OG fans, in fact metal fans in general, are gonna love how the new stuff is sounding. It’s gonna be a huge combination of Sabbath-inspired doom, filthy biker blues and more of the familiar booze-ridden Goblin groove………Hold tight!”

TORCHE will be meandering through the Southwest next month, supported by CLOUDS and joined by BLACK COBRA and COLISEUM (select dates).

10/24 Athens, GA @ Caladonia
10/25 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
10/26 St. Louis, MO @ The Blue Bird
10/27 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
10/28 Denver, CO @ Larimer
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki
10/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/31 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/1 Portland, OR @ Satricon
11/3 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
*dates w/ Coliseum

11/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
11/17 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
11/19 San Antonio,TX @ Rock Bottom
11/20 Austin, TX @ Red Seven
11/21 Dallas, TX @ The Lounge on Elm St.
11/22 Houston,TX @ Walter's on Washington
11/23 New Orleans, LA @ Dragon's Den
*dates w/ Black Cobra

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One of my favorite bands, psyched-out prairie rockers ACROSS TUNDRAS, have finished recording their latest album, Lonesome Wails from the Weeping Willow, and have also just announced an upcoming split 7" with the Neurosis-approved U.S. Christmas. You can stream Across Tundras' new record here.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the new Zozobra record, Bird of Prey, is out now, and it RULES! Buy it immediately. Same goes for the new jams from ASCEND (featuring Greg Anderson & Gentry Densley), Ample Fire Within, and The Atlas Moth's Pray For Tides EP.

This has been a public service announcement from your friendly neighborhood sludgefuck.

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