So, I never thought I would have been doing a label for so long but 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of King Of The Monsters and like we have stated previously, we wanted to celebrate and do something special. The fest will be two days (July 31 and August 1) and will take place at The Nile in Mesa, Arizona.
Here is the initial line up for the fest. We will be making one more announcement in the coming weeks.
What do you think so far?
You can sign up for email notifications/updates at the fest website here: kotmfest.com
After the crazy release schedule of 2013, I had it in my head that I was going to take it easy in 2014. You know work on a few projects, not too many, and enjoy some "me" time. Well, I quickly learned that I can't take it easy and am only happy when I am working on the label so I ended up having a pretty hectic year chalked full of amazing releases by the likes of Gog, Blood Bright Star, Gatecreeper, Lusitania, Suffering Luna with The Astronaut King, Suffer The Storm, and Son Of Man. Can't complain about that!
2015 is looking to be another stellar year for KOTM as we march forward and plan to release the following:
* HEXIS / THIS GIFT IS A CURSE split 7"
* UNRUH "Tomb" discography 3xLP (collects the full lengths, the singles, splits, demos, and more)
* ENEWETAK "Onward To Valhalla" LP (first time on vinyl)
* GROUNDWORK "Today We Will No Longer Be Invisible Nor Silent LP (remixed/remastered reissue)
* PALACE OF WORMS / THOABATH split 7"
* SERVILE SECT 7"
* UZALA new LP
* UZALA reissue of first ("s/t") album
Plus I am sure other projects will come up.
Not only am I really excited to have the opportunity to release so many amazing records in the coming year, but 2015 also marks the 20 year anniversary of King Of The Monsters. When the label started back in 1995 I just wanted to release records by friends bands that I liked and thought more people should hear/be exposed to. That philosophy still holds true today and I want to take this moment to say "thank you" to all the KOTM bands past and present, all the friends I have made because of the label, all the people who have ordered records from me and supported me for all these years...without all of you this wouldn't be nearly as fun and enjoyable.
We also have a few things planned to help celebrate the 20 year milestone including a one-time reunion of UNRUH that will be taking place Saturday February 21st in Arizona. If all goes as planned this will also serve as the release show for the "Tomb" discography. HERE is a link to the event on Facebook with more info. If you can, you should come out to AZ and rage!
That's just the tip of the iceberg. We've got another event planned in mid-April. More info on that in the coming weeks. And possibly even a another event that will take place later in the year. Stay tuned.
Again, thank you all for the support throughout the years! I really couldn't have done it without you all.
And we thought it would never happen but it is. With the upcoming discography set to come out early next year, UNRUH will be doing a one-time reunion show to celebrate its release. Do not miss your chance to see them live if you can. Their live shows were some of the most chaotic and brutal we have ever witnessed. As for the discography, we will have more details soon but it will be a triple LP box set and will called "Tomb". Prepare yourselves.
The BLOOD BRIGHT STAR album, "The Silver Head", is coming very soon! Most of the pieces are in hand and we will be taking preorders starting August 1st (to start shipping August 12th). We will update you some more shortly on this much anticipated release.
We also just sent off to press the LUSITANIA album. A filthy BM assault on your ears. We are hoping to have this out in early September.
And finally, we are pleased to announce that we will be pressing the GATECREEPER's demo on vinyl! This has also been sent off to press and expected to be completed in early September.
PS Order placed July 25-31 will not be shipped until August 1 as I will be doing some traveling. Your patience is appreciated.
2013 was a busy year for KOTM. We released records for UZALA, SUTEKH HEXEN, AGARTTHA, and SEVILE SECT to name a few. So it is understandable that we have been a bit slow to get 2014 rolling but the train is finally on the tracks we are moving forward full steam. Along with the SON OF MAN seven inch we just released a few weeks ago, we are pleased to announce two new releases out soon - GOG s/t LP and SUFFERING LUNA with THE ASTRONAUT KING / SUFFER THE STORM split LP!!! Both will begin shipping June 30th.
GOG - s/t LP Previous efforts have been described as "abstract avant blackness" and "blown out black-bliss", but what GOG conveys here is far more tense and aggressive than anything we have heard prior. On "s/t", GOG (Mike Bjella of Unruh and Wellington) explores the transformation and evolution of oneself, conveying the twisting and painfully primal cycles of it. Features guest vocals by Francesca Marongiu (Agarttha), and drums by Josh Bodnar. Limited to 300 copies (150 on red with black swirl vinyl / 150 on black vinyl) Comes with a digital download card.
SUFFERING LUNA with THE ASTRONAUT KING / SUFFER THE STORM split LP Previous Suffering Luna and The Astronaut King team up for a cross country collaboration to bring you the feral offering "Most High" which walks the line between mammoth-sized doom and psychotic noise, creating an almost trance-like listening experience. Fans Of early Cavity, Grief, and 16 will be sure to devour this potent piece of noise inspired psych-doom.
Suffer The Storm’s twenty-two minute droning funeral hymn, “Squalor,” takes the listener on an unforgiving trip to the deepest depths of human filth, despair and misanthropy. Guttural death metal-esque vocals pave the way for this absolutely devastating slab of doom. Samples and various atmospherics help to enhance the mood of grim foreboding, and bring the listener closer to the edge of the abyss. Fans of Winter and Moss will not be disappointed.
PRESSING DETAILS 95 gold/white vinyl (pictured) 100 white vinyl 313 black vinyl
Both are available now at the KOTM WEBSTORE along with tons of distro items and be sure to check out out our "sale" section!
Son of Man have returned with four scathing tracks of black-metal inspired hardcore with the “Burn the Witch” 7” (KOTM 47). Also mixing elements of thrash, hardcore, and punk, the folks in Son of Man have morbidly constructed an air of dread, despair, abject nihilism and skull-crushing barbarism. Title track “Burn the Witch” seems bent on destruction within the first few seconds, while “Last Cries of the Dead” pounds along at the same maniacal pace. Standout track “Chiroptophobia” gets off to a blistering start, only to slow to a doomed-out dirge half-way through. The EP was recorded by Alex Estrada at The Earth Capital Studios (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba) during the winter months of 2012 / 2013.
Formed in 2006 by John Spence and Mike Browne in Southern California, Son of Man self-released their debut S/T 7” back in 2010, that featured artwork by the enigmatic Dwid Hellion. The band refuse to play live, opting instead to play their “end of the world” anthems in undisclosed “bunkers” across Southern California
THIS ITEM IS A PRE-ORDER. WE EXPECT TO START SHIPPING THESE OUT AROUND MAY 7 IF EVERYTHING GOES AS PLANNED. CLICK HERE TO ORDER
UZALA are set to invade Europe next week supporting longtime friends Sabbath Assembly! If you live near any of the scheduled shows we recommend you do not miss them live! UZALA will also have copies of "Tales Of Blood & Fire" on limited red vinyl with them (that is if customs will stop being dicks).
Sabbath Assembly (us) / UZALA (us) • Idols and Altars Europe Tour 2014 3rd – 17th May 2014 3rd May 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark Heavy Days in Doomtown III, Ungdomshuset 4th May Copenhagen, Denmark Heavy Days in Doomtown III, Ungdomshuset 5th May Nijmegen, The Netherlands De Onderbroek
6th May Amsterdam, The Netherlands Vrankrijk
7th May Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
8th May Leeuwarden, The Netherlands Poppodium Romein
9th May Antwerpen, Belgium Het Bos
10th May Oberhausen, Germany Helvete Metal Club
11th May Kassel, Germany Hammerschmiede
12th May Leipzig, Germany Liwi
13th May Berlin, Germany Urban Spree
14th May Helsingborg, Sweden TBA
15th May Oslo, Norway Revolver
16th May Stockholm, Sweden Pussy A-Go-Go (The Liffey)17th May Gothenburg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska