The self-titled split release from U.S. Doom outfit MOURN THE LIGHT and Massachusetts Trad-Metal/Doom crew OXBLOOD FORGE is out today on CD and digital formats. The split album comes in two versions, each with a different cover. The MOURN THE LIGHT version also includes a bonus digital download of Candlemass cover “Bewitched.” The album is available for purchase and streaming at the links below.
In case you missed it, check out MOURN THE LIGHT’s official video for “Lost All Control” at youtu.be/kidF_SxAX7Q
MOURN THE LIGHT with hit the road with Boston’s Firstbourne for a string of U.S. and Canadian shows in October. Dates are as follows:
Oct 2 Allston, MA @ Obrien’s Pub
Oct 3 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
Oct 4 Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
Oct 5 Toronto, ON @ Duffy’s Tavern
Oct 6 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Place
MOURN THE LIGHT will play its CD Release show on September 13 at Altone’s Music Hall in Jewett City, CT. The band will play Altone’s again on October 19 for Haunts for the Homeless, along with Shadow Witch.
There’s no arguing that Connecticut doom outfit MOURN THE LIGHT has hit the ground running since its inception in early 2018. Focusing on catchy sing-a-long hooks to deliver tales of hopelessness and despair, MOURN THE LIGHT released their debut EP Weight of the Worldthat year, followed by the CD single “Carry The Flame.” Both were incredibly well-received by the underground metal community, but the MOURN THE LIGHT boys were not ones to rest on their riff-hurling asses. The band embarked on a U.S. tour throughout March of 2018, taking them on a 4,500 mile trek with stops including SWSX Stoner Jam ’19 and New England Stoner and Doom Fest 2.
Now on the eve of MOURN THE LIGHT’s much-anticipated split with NWOTHM force OXBLOOD FORGE, excitement is also building for their first Canadian tour this October with power metal juggernaut Firstbourne (featuring 6-string wunderkind Mike Kerr, who played a guest solo on Weight of the World). Along with the upcoming split and tour plans, MTL has released a cover of the Candlemass classic “Bewitched,” featuring a guest solo by Joey Concepcion (The Absence, Sanctuary), available as a bonus download for the MTL version of the split. A special treat is the album’s inclusion of the piano version of 2018 single “Carry The Flame,” featuring Sean OrcAdams (Orcumentary, Virus of Ideals).
Clearly, MOURN THE LIGHT shows no signs of stopping their hostile audio takeover. With a distinctive sound and indomitable work ethic, this band will continue to deliver a unique mark upon the metal landscape for years to come.
OXBLOOD FORGE started in 2016 with the idea of playing heavy music their way, and not following the trends. Their first release, 2016’s self titled EP dabbled in everything from 70’s rock to the Melvins, putting out many fan favorite songs. While their second full length, 2018’s Deal Dealer’s Lament presenting a more unified heavier sound. It’s dark and brooding riffs provided a more doom direction, but still heavily focused on hooks and songwriting.
During this time, OXBLOOD FORGE played in front of audiences all over New England, opening for national acts from Unearthly Trance, to Conan and Mothership, and was also invited to play Doom Over Toronto II festival, in addition to the first annual New England Stoner Doom Festival.
Now, with a revamped lineup, OXBLOOD FORGE is shifting gears stylistically and pushing themselves further with the split with MOURN THE LIGHT, embracing the metal of their youth, and bring about a more NWOBHM onslaught to the songs while keeping to their doom roots. In the coming months, they will be working on branching out even further to metal audiences, pushing beyond the New England area, and working on an upcoming full length release.
With the collaboration of MOURN THE LIGHT and OXBLOOD FORGE, the split release is a grand introduction into the musical excellence of these two talented, passionate bands.
1 Lost All Control – Mourn the Light
2 Drags Me Down – Mourn the Light 3
3 Carry The Flame (Piano version feat. Sean OrcAdams) – Mourn the Light
4 Bewitched (Candlemass Cover) – Mourn The Light*
5 Screams From Silence – Oxblood Forge
6 Forged In Fire – Oxblood Forge
*Bonus Digital Download on MTL Version Only
Mourn The Light Credits:
Recorded at Up Recording Studio Seymour, CT in May 2019
Recorded and Mixed by Simon Tuozzoli
Mastered by Rob Birkbeck at Project 7:06 Sound Services Griswold, CT
Songs written by Dwayne Eldredge
Piano/Strings on “Carry the Flame” performed by Sean OrcAdams
Additional backing vocals on “Carry The Flame” by Simon Tuozzoli
Cover art by Jim Clegg
Inside art by Eryka Fir
Layout by Charlie Platteborze
Booking : Sceneproductions@yahoo.com
Oxblood Forge Credits:
Recorded Spring 2019 at Red Devil Studios with Joel Hopkins
Mixed by Glenn Smith at Amps vs Ohms Studio
Mastered at New Alliance East by Nick Zampiello
“Both bands establish their own take on their love of metal and doom – and hopefully keep listeners engaged for future recordings. New England continues to pump out some great music, so get in on the ground running.” (8.5/10)
– Dead Rhetoric
MOURN THE LIGHT is
Andrew Stachelek – Vocals
Dwayne Eldredge – Guitars and vocals
Kyle Hebner – Drums
Daniel Jackson – Bass
Mourn the Light is a Doom/NWOTHM band from Norwich, CT. Formed in late 2017 by New England Stoner and Doom Fest co-founder Dwayne Eldredge and Bury The Needle radio host Gregory Gates, MTL quickly made their presence known with the three-track EP Weight of the World. Featuring artwork by renowned doom scene artist “Caveman” Kyle Stratton, Weight of the World was well-received by critics. Riff Relevant said the short debut “made an incredible mark,” and Alternative Control called it “immediately catchy, with sing-able choruses and guitar riffs that incorporate just the right amount of unpredictability.”
MTL’s live debut as a band soon followed, but Gates then relocated to North Carolina. While solidifying a new lineup, MTL released the single “Carry the Flame” in late 2018. They have also refined their stage show, recently finishing a month-long residency at Strange Brew Pub in Norwich. In March, the band embarks on their first US tour with stops in CT, DE, OH, WI, IL, TX, TN, and NC — including a performance at the SX Stoner Jam 19 in Austin. Following the tour, MTL will be playing at the 2nd Annual New England Stoner and Doom Fest in early May and also entering the studio to record a full-length album.
Candlemass, Night Demon, Haunt, Swallow the Sun, Katatonia, Savatage, and Kings X are just some of the bands MTL counts as influences — but they do not let genre expectations define the music they create. With their distinctive sound and indomitable work ethic, Mourn the Light will continue to deliver a unique mark upon the metal landscape for years to come.
OXBLOOD FORGE is
Ken MacKay: vox
Robb Lioy: Guitar
Greg Dellaria: Bass
Erik Fraünfeltër: drums
Oxblood Forge is a Traditional Metal / Doom band hailing from the outskirts of Boston, MA. Formed by Ken MacKay on vocals, Greg Delleria on bass, and Robb Lioy on guitar, the band’s self-titled debut Oxblood Forge and second release Death Dealer’s Lament brought about some fan favorite songs, with “Death Dealer’s Lament” deemed as “sonic excellence” and the title track “Death Dealer” being called “a moody rawker in the vein of some of Danzig’s best (Think Danzig through IV for reference)” by Rock and Roll Fables (review here).
The band has played all over the New England area, opening for national touring acts such as Conan, Mothership, and Magic Circle, and playing the Doom Over Toronto II fest with such acts as Foghound, Wizard Eye, and many others. They also played the first annual New England Stoner and Doom Fest in 2018 with GOZU, Scissorfight, and Earthride.
After a lineup change, the band recruited Erik Fraunfelter on drums, and have decided to embrace their inner metalhead while keeping their doom past with their new split EP with Mourn The Light. Drawing on influences such as King Diamond, Candlemass, Judas Priest, DIO, Iron Maiden, and various other bands, the group plans on forging forward with a mix of the headbanging power of NWOBHM tempered with heavy doom. Oxblood Forge will continue to push themselves in the name of metal, and will continue to bring their fiery brand of metal to the masses.
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