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1/23/2007
 
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Year Of Desolation Post Photos From Video Shoot Online
November 18, 2007
Indiana-based thrashers Year Of Desolation have posted a handful of photos from the band's recent video shoot earlier this month. During two off days in Los Angeles while on the Thine Eyes Bleed tour, director Zach Voytas shot footage that will shortly become the video to "Suffer Thy Nemesis," a track from the band's self-titled Prosthetic Records debut. Check out a few photos here.

Having now jumped aboard the tour with Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage and labelmates Skeletonwitch, Year Of Desolation will return home to Indianapolis to play two shows, a late one on the current tour and an early show on previous tour featuring Thine Eyes Bleed, Hurtlocker and Sons of Azrael. Spending much of 2007 on the road supporting the band's latest effort, early 2008 touring plans are currently being ironed out and details will be available shortly.

Year Of Desolation w/ Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage:
11/15 - Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
11/16 - Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
11/17 - Southbend, IN – Elva’s Fiesta Club
11/18 - Indianapolis, IN – Zanie’s Too*
11/18 - Indianapolis, IN – The Emerson Theater**
11/19 - Sauget, IL – Pop’s
11/20 - Tulsa, OK – The Other Side
11/21 - Ft. Worth, TX – The Rock Yard
11/22 - Mission, TX – Smoking Aces
11/23 - Houston, TX – Java Jazz
11/24 - San Antonio, TX – Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
11/26 - Tempe, AZ – The Sets
11/27 - Corona, CA – Showcase Theatre
11/28 - San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/30 - Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
12/01 - Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
12/02 - Topeka, KS – The Static Bar

*w/ Skeletonwitch, Demiricous Only
**w/ Thine Eyes Bleed, Hurtlocker, Sons Of Azrael Only
 
 
 
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Year Of Desolation Joins Dying Fetus/Skeletonwitch Tour
November 12, 2007
Indiana thrashers Year Of Desolation have just been confirmed as an addition to the currently-underway Dying Fetus "War of Attrition" tour alongside labelmates Skeletonwitch. The band is excited to again meet up with their labelmates and friends, but also have to reluctantly pull out of the rest of the dates on the band's last tour, which featured Year Of Desolation as direct support to Thine Eyes Bleed alongside Hurtlocker and Sons of Azrael.

Year Of Desolation recently shot footage for a music video to "Suffer Thy Nemesis," one of the tracks on the band's self-titled Prosthetic Records debut. Photos from the two day shoot will be available shortly, and a completed version will appear online and on video outlets in the coming weeks. The bands second effort, 'Year of Desolation', was released earlier this year in January, and the band has been on the road for the bulk of 2007 supporting the effort.

Year Of Desolation on Tour
w/ Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage:
11/11 - Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel
11/12 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café

w/ Dying Fetus, Skeletonwitch:
11/15 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
11/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
11/17 - Southbend, IN @ Elva’s Fiesta Club
11/18 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater
11/19 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/20 - Tulsa, OK @ The Other Side
11/21 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rock Yard
11/22 - Mission, TX @ Smoking Aces
11/23 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
11/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
11/26 - Tempe, AZ @ The Sets
11/27 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
11/28 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/30 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
12/01 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
12/02 - Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
 
 
 
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Year Of Desolation Gear Up For Another Tour
October 23, 2007
Indiana thrashers Year Of Desolation are currently at home, working on new material and gearing up for another tour to continue supporting the band's Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation.' Having just completed a string of dates alongside With Blood Comes Cleansing, Bloodlined Calligraphy, and Bloodjinn, Year Of Desolation will head out in November as direct support to Thine Eyes Bleed.

"Hey, it's your boy, Chad Z, from Year Of Desolation calling all metalheads. Mark your calendars! We are about to embark on a few weeks of crucialness, as we will be supporting Thine eyes Bleed in a trek across the nation. Joining us for this exciting xtravaganza will be none other and the Sons of Azrael and Hurtlocker. We look forward to having some amazing times on this tour and YOU should too. This tour WILL be peanut BRUTAL!!"

Year Of Desolation recently posted a professionally-shot live video online from a performance from the Island Oasis in Winter Park, Fla. Helmed and edited by director Zach Voytas, the clip of the song "Elitist Death Squad" is currently available online here.

Year Of Desolation w/ Thine Eyes Bleed, Sons of Azrael, Hurtlocker:
11/01 - San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
11/02 - Oakland, CA – Uptown Nightclub
11/03 - Fresno, CA – The Exit
11/04 - Los Angeles, CA – The Relax Bar
11/05 - TBA - TBA
11/06 - El Paso, TX – Zeppelin’s
11/08 - Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/09 - McAllen, TX – The Metro
11/10 - Corpus Christi, TX – The Compound
11/11 - San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
11/12 - Ft. Worth, TX – The Rock Yard
11/13 - Fayettevill, AR – The Dart Room
11/14 - Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
11/15 - Springfield, MO – Remington’s Downtown
11/16 - Galesburg, IL – Billiards On Main
11/17 - LaCrosse, WI – The Warehouse
11/18 - Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
11/19 - Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/20 - Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hall

*more dates TBA*
 
 
 
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Thine Eyes Bleed To Tour U.S. With Year Of Desolation
September 7, 2007
Thine Eyes Bleed will team up with Year Of Desolation, Hurtlocker and Sons Of Azrael for a U.S. tour in November. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 02 - Oakland, CA @ Uptown Nightclub
Nov. 03 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit
Nov. 06 - El Paso, TX @ Zeppelin's
Nov. 08 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Nov. 09 - McAllen, TX @ The Metro
Nov. 10 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
Nov. 11 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Nov. 12 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rock Yard
Nov. 13 - Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
Nov. 14 - Springfield, MO @ Remington's
Nov. 15 - Galesburg, IL @ Billiards On Main
Nov. 16 - Chicago, IL @ Memories
Nov. 17 - Hobart, IN @ Cressmoor Club
Nov. 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Nov. 20 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Concert Hall

As previously reported, The End Records has set a March 4, 2008 release date for the self-titled sophomore release from Thine Eyes Bleed.

To view the album artwork, click here.
 
 
 
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Year Of Desolation Cancel Tour Dates
July 8, 2007
Indiana thrashers Year Of Desolation have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately we'll no longer be touring in July. We just couldn't get things to confirm last minute without Threat Signal on it. Contracts would have to be changed etc, and we're not trying to get 3000+ miles from home and end up in a problem like the June tour.

"July 6th till August 2nd are the dates that have been removed. We will be touring in August, September, October and November.

"We are seriously broken-hearted about this. We wanted to keep it going but the cards just didn't fall in our favor. We (literally) can't afford to 'eat another shit sandwich' and smile about it."

Year Of Desolation is continuing to promote its Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation', which saw a January release. Produced by Jamie King (Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Glass Casket), 'Year of Desolation' features in-depth design from renowned artist Paul Romano. Samples from the record can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: Indianapolis, Indiana
MEMBERS:
Chad Zimmerman - Vocals
Mike Vandegriff - Bass
Matthew Behner - Drums
Josh Kappel - Guitars
John Hehman - Guitars

When a band calls Indiana home, it's already got hurdles to climb. With a state best known for car racing and corn stalks as its stomping grounds, Year Of Desolation is one of those bands that just has to let their music do the talking. No fashion, no dancing in the pit, and no singing, just playing music that's unabashedly metal, and can win fans over night after night on technicality and sheer musicianship alone.
After forming in the hot, sticky Indiana summer of 2001, guitarist John Hehman and vocalist Chad Zimmerman set out to create a band that would trump all their previous time as members rotating through bands in the local Indianapolis scene. Now, years later with scores of live experience, a full-length record (2004's Your Blood, My Vendetta), and an unquenchable thirst to breath life into a scene overcrowded with bands only ripping off bands who were, in turn, already ripping off At The Gates, Year Of Desolation's mission is to re-inspire a whole slew of concertgoers who no longer have anyone original or innovate to inspire them. In a scene where paths are continually re-trodden, and real metal music has taken a backseat to fashion shows and pit dancing at concerts, Year Of Desolation is here to prove that real metal hasn't died, it's only waiting in the shallows for the right time to strike. And if the band has any say in it, now is as good a time as any.

Where most modern metal bands pull inspiration from the mid- to late-90s death metal bands and hardcore crews alike, Year Of Desolation goes against the grain. Drawing equally from modern masters Slayer and Sepultura, and the classic works of Iron Maiden and Sabbath, as well as modern day European neo-classical metal, Year of Desolation also, quite shamelessly, draws inspiration from the timeless melodies on classic records from Boston and Journey, creating a sound that's refreshingly old-school, yet brutal enough to stand alongside Dismember and Carcass and melodic enough to stand up to In Flames.

"Our goal as a band is to make music people can move to, relate to, fuck to, fight to, bake cookies to, whatever," guitarist John Hehman says. "We're not some ego maniacs who think we're the shit. We still go to shows, we still hang out, we just want to have a good time and ultimately make some fuckin' metal."

Metal, after all, is what it's all about for Year Of Desolation. Melodic inspirations aside, as long as the songs are thrashingly heavy, fast, and uncompromising, this band doesn't need to fall back on conventional verse-chorus-verse-chorus song construction or gimmicky flavor of the week styles to appeal to the metalhead inside us all. Instead, the band sticks to their guns, and plays music they want to hear, music that's fast, heavy, brutal, and still melodic enough to contain memorable riffs and leads, creating songs that stand apart from each other. With the January 2007 release of Year Of Desolation's Prosthetic debut, a self-titled effort, that's exactly the combination that will help replace faith in modern metal music without gimmicks.

"Teaming up with Prosthetic will be a good investment for both band and label," Hehman continues. "We've got plenty to offer and so do they. When the self-titled album drops, everyone's going to know that real metal isn't dead. That's what their goal is, and that's exactly what our goal is too."