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Withered To Support EyeHateGod
April 13, 2010
Atlanta's black doom kings, Withered, have been tapped to support the notorious EyeHateGod for a handful of shows in June. Nachtmystium also appear on most dates. The band had been off the road since last summer's failed "Blackened Fest," with Mayhem, but in mid-March did a mini-tour to Texas, where they appeared at Prosthetic's official South By Southwest Showcase and a Brooklyn Vegan party in Austin, and Brofest in Dallas.

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Thompson commented on the March: "We had a couple of shows before and after SXSW. We stopped at "The Bar" in Metairie, LA on the way down. It was our first show since last August so we were very eager to perform. The show was great. The next day was SXSW then we headed down to San Antonio the next day. We were fortunate to meet up with our friends in Javelina & Howl. Great bands. The crowd was great despite being small. Then, we headed up to Dallas to play at Brofest. It was a mix between metal bands and indie rock on two stages. It was a great event and we received great crowd response. Overall, the entire trip was very successful. Well, outside of having to replace our trailer axle in Austin. We can't wait to get back out on the road, especially with new material."

w/ EyeHateGod:
6/03 - Back Booth- Orlando, FL

w/ EyeHateGod, Nachtmystium:
6/04 - Ground Zero- Spartanburg, SC
6/05 - Volume 11- Raleigh, NC
6/08 - The Muse- Nashville, TN

Withered will be hitting the studio shortly to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed Prosthetic debut, 2008's 'Folie Circulaire', for an expected late 2010 release. As previously mentioned, the band appeared on the "Blackened Fest" in 2009 with Mayhem, and also toured with Watain, Marduk, and appeared at 2009's inaugural Scion Rock Fest, along with Skeletonwitch, Mastodon, Torche, and more, as well as Maryland Death Fest. Stay tuned for more details.
 
 
 
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Prosthetic Records Announce SXSW Showcase
March 7, 2010
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce its first official showcase at Austin's South By Southwest music festival. The show will be at the Mohawk on the inside stage (912 Red River) at 7pm on Wednesday night March 17th. The show is all ages and open to SxSW badge holders and the public.

The label has teamed up with sponsors Indie Merch, official media partner Metal Sucks , Epiphone Guitars , Sailor Jerry Rum, Texas based retailer Hastings, heavy metal ringtone provider Tones of Death and Warlord Clothing. The poster for the event was designed by Derrick "Mullet Chad" Nau, of Skeletonwitch.

The show will be headlined by native Texan instrumetalers Scale The Summit, who recently finished up a tour with Between the Buried and Me, Cynic and The Devin Townsend Project and spent last summer out on Dream Theater's "Progressive Nation" tour. Right before them will be Phoenix, Arizona's death metal/grind titans Landmine Marathon whose new album 'Sovereign Descent' comes out the day before. Atlanta's Withered will be providing a soundtrack of their signature blackened doom, before they head into the studio to record the follow up to the critically acclaimed, 'Folie Circulaire'. Seattle's Book Of Black Earth are making an appearance before they also hit the studio to record a new full length. LA's The Funeral Pyre just wrapped up in the studio for a summer release, and they'll be playing third. Opening the night will be special guests Denver's Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire and Austin's own Lions Of Tsavo.

The label will be giving away two signed guitars, courtesy of Epiphone; one at the show and one in the near future. There will also be Sailor Jerry drink specials throughout the night.

Prosthetic Records' 2010 SXSW Showcase

Wednesday March 17, 2010
7PM, All Ages
1:20 AM - Scale The Summit
12:20 AM - Landmine Marathon
11:20 PM - Withered
10:20 PM - Book of Black Earth
9:20 PM - The Funeral Pyre
8:20 PM - Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire
7:20 PM - Lions of Tsavo
 
 
 
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Withered Added To Mini Marduk Tour, Plot Next Album
June 20, 2009
The Atlanta-based "tortured blackened doom" quartet Withered, whose latest album 'Folie Circulaire' – named one of Decibel's Top 40 releases of 2008 – is now available on gatefold double vinyl, will serve as direct support for black metal legends Marduk in August. These are "make-up dates" for Marduk, who were unable to receive their American work visas in time to participate in the inaugural Mayhem-headlined Blackenedfest tour, which saw Withered also perform alongside Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage.

Despite having to return home from Blackenedfest earlier than originally anticipated, Withered guitarist/vocalist Mike Thompson is grateful for the opportunity. "The past year has been just amazing for us," he says. "We were honored to support Watain as they spread their disease last fall; we participated in three of the greatest metal festivals in the U.S. [the Scion Rock Fest, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Maryland Death Fest]; we just finished supporting Mayhem's triumphant return to U.S. soil; and now we will be joining Marduk for their first run of make-up dates in light of the sudden and unfortunate ending of Blackenedfest. We couldn't have chosen a better way to support the recent release of our 'Folie Circulaire' double LP and can't wait to get back on the road. We'll be writing a new album for the rest of the year, so this will be a great ending to this touring cycle."

Withered w/ Marduk, Black Anvil:
8/12 - Sonar – Baltimore, MD
8/13 - Johnny Brenda's – Philadelphia, PA
8/15 - Gramercy Theater – New York, NY (w/ Tombs)

'Folie Circulaire' was produced by Kylesa's Phillip Cope (Baroness) and mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), features artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Acacia Strain), guest vocals by Napalm Death front man Barney Greenway on the track "The Fated Breath" and a cover of Necrophobic's "Into Armageddon."

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/withered.
 
 
 
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Withered Prepare For Extremely "Fest"-ive Spring Touring
February 16, 2009
The "tortured blackened doom" Georgia quartet Withered – who recently wrapped up a national tour with Watain and labelmates Book of Black Earth, and whose recently released 'Folie Circulaire' was named one of Decibel Magazine's Top 40 albums of 2008 – is currently preparing for a busy spring that will see the band play three of the most significant metal festivals of the season.

First up is the inaugural Scion Rock Fest, which takes place later this month in the band's Atlanta hometown. There, Withered will play alongside Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire and many more. Says vocalist/guitarist Mike Thompson, "We're incredibly excited to be a part of this. Big thanks to the Scion crew (especially Adam) for inviting us to participate in this unprecedented event. Hell, I couldn't have put together a better lineup myself. I've never attended, much less performed at, a fest where there were so many bands I'd climb over my own mother to see live! This one will be truly historical for Atlanta, and for this generation of hard rock/metal fans."

Soon after, Withered will perform on day two of the 11th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass., where they'll play alongside Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and many of the band's Prosthetic Records labelmates. On the way to and from New England, the band will also play a handful of headlining shows. "It's great to be a part of this fest, as we had a blast in 2006 and can't wait to do it again," Thompson says. "The lineup looks fantastic and it'll be great to rub elbows with the likes of Napalm Death, Suffocation and all the other incredible bands playing. New England is one of the oldest events in extreme music, and everyone should experience it at least once in their life, so make it out if you can and have a few beers with us."

Finally, Withered was just announced as one of the participants in the inaugural "Blackenedfest," which will see the band team up with Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage for a month-long tour. "We're very honored to take part in this tour," Thompson says. "Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic and Cattle Decap are all veterans of extreme metal, and each has had a significant impact on the scene. Just being around these bands everyday will help drive our focus and performances to new levels. We'll be faced with warming up the crowds each night, but it's a welcome responsibility. It'll be great to see our fans again while also, hopefully, earning some new ones. We'll be performing selections from both of our full-length albums, and we might even pull out a new song or two just to give our dedicated fans something fresh to chew on. We'll see everyone on the road!"

Four tracks from 'Folie Circulaire' – including a cover of Necrophobic's "Into Armageddon" – can currently be streamed on the band's Myspace page. The album was produced by Kylesa's Phillip Cope (Baroness), and it features artwork by Paul Romano (Trivium, The Acacia Strain, Mastodon).

Withered on tour:
2/13 - Warehouse - Atlanta, GA
2/20 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
2/27 - Criminal Records - Atlanta, GA (free in-store performance)
2/28 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (Scion Rock Fest)

4/15 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/16 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
4/17 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metalfest)
4/18 - The M Room - Philadelphia, PA
4/19 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC

Blackenedfest
w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation:
5/21 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
5/23 - Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
5/24 - Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
5/26 - Numbers - Houston, TX
5/27 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
5/29 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
5/30 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
5/31 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
6/02 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
6/03 - DNA - San Francisco, CA
6/04 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/06 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
6/07 - Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
6/09 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/11 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
6/12 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/13 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI
6/14 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
6/15 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
 
 
 
 
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Cephalic Carnage Announce Japanese, U.S. Tours
February 16, 2009
Cephalic Carnage, who are currently touring through the U.K. and Europe alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, have recently announced two spring tours.

The band will first head to Japan for ‘Extreme The Dojo: Volume 21’ along with Destruction and Into Eternity in mid-May. Immediately following that, Cephalic Carnage will take part in the inaugural run of BlackenedFest, a three-week North American tour, alongside Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered. A TuneWidget for BlackendFest, featuring audio from all five bands is available below. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Cephalic Carnage Tour Dates:
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Psycroptic, Sylosis:
2/16 - Sheffield, United Kingdom - The Corporation
2/17 - Dublin, Ireland - The Button Factory
2/18 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Ivory Blacks
2/19 - London, United Kingdom - Carling Academy
2/20 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Beibob
2/21 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
2/22 - Esch-Alsette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik

Extreme The Dojo V. 21 w/ Destruction, Into Eternity:
5/12 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5/13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
5/14 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro

BlackenedFest
w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Withered:
5/21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5/22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
5/23 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
5/24 - Orlando, FL - The Club @ Firestone
5/26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
5/27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
5/29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
5/30 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
6/02 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
6/03 - San Francisco, CA - The DNA Lounge
6/04 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
6/05 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6/06 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
6/07 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theater
6/09 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
6/11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
6/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
6/13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
6/14 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
6/15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electrique

Cephalic Carnage is touring in support of their most recent full-length, 'Xenosapien'. The band has been writing the follow-up to 'Xenosapien' in-between touring and is expected to hit the studio later this year.

Updated Cephalic Carnage news and tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website at www.relapse.com, the Official Cephalic Carnage website and the band's Official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2003
HOME TOWN: Atlanta, GA
MEMBERS:
Chris- Vocals & Guitar
Mike L.- Bass
Mike T.- Vocals & Guitar
Beau- Drums

Formed in early 2003 by Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson (founding members of the political/crust/grind outfit, Social Infestation also featuring Troy Sanders of Mastodon). Coming out of a dark period riddled with death & depression, they were driven to explore the darker attributes of life and created a torturous yet liberating form of music. they accomplished this by combining norwegian black metal anguish, early swedish death metal riffing, modern american doom, and dramatic guitar melodies all while still clinging to their punk and grind roots. to culminate this, they needed an unrelenting percussion force. they called upon long time friend and accomplished drummer, Wes Kever (ex puaka balava w/ Mike T.). after writing a few songs they realized it was time to find the bassist that could audibly obliterate their listeners. They called upon Greg Hess (ex leechmilk). His menacing sludgy background helped cultivate withered's intense sound. withered immediately started touring and stirring up a frenzy in the eastern US with a 3 song demo.

Lifeforce records caught wind of the bands efforts and a contract was inked in early '05. their debut album "memento mori" was released in fall 2005 and gained incredible praise throughout the world. Decibel magazine gave "Memento Mori" the 4th position in their "top 40 albums of 2005". Every song on "Memento Mori" reminds you that death is patiently awaiting your inevitable arrival and that you can either welcome it with open arms or be dragged into it kicking and screaming. Songs like "the fear and pain that cripples me" are an unrelenting force of grind and metal while the almost nine minute epic "like locusts" embraces the darkest corners of life & conciousness with lulling guitar melodies, majestic riffage, and blistering verses.

2006 was a tough year. Withered parted ways with Greg Hess and Wes Kever just after completing a successful tour supporting Vital Remains and Dismember. They had to step down due to their family obligations and inability to tour at Withered's pace. In Early '07, withered recruited Mike Longoria and Beau Brandon. Both hail from El Paso, TX (eventually moving to Atlanta) where they had known each other for decades and had played together in numerous bands (founding member's of Waited). Their history together provided the foundation for creating a formidable rhythm section. They have been able to over-fill some pretty big shoes left behind by Hess and Kever and have taken withered's music to the next level.

In December '07, withered signed to Prosthetic records. their 2nd full length has already been named one of the top 25 most anticipated albums of 2008 by Decibel magazine. "Folie Circulaire" will be released in the spring/summer of '08.