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VHOL and Uzala 

When: Wed., Aug. 14, 11:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $7
After Bay-area black metal group Ludicra disbanded in 2011, Aesop Dekker (drums, also of Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros) and John Cobbett (guitar, also of Hammers of Misfortune) founded VHOL as a way to continue playing music together. This would be a project without the demands of a regular full-time act, allowing them the freedom to build the rest of their lineup with little worry over scheduling conflicts or any of the other baggage that comes with a more extensive commitment. This lead them to add Mike Scheidt (Yob) on vocals and Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune, Amber Asylum) on bass. With such a varied lineup, each individual with a unique style and musical identity, there was a great deal of speculation in the music world regarding the group’s sound. Even early VHOL live shows left writers in awe, without the words to accurately convey what they had experienced. It was obvious that these four had unearthed a previously untapped energy, and allowed it to permeate every song they would craft. Throughout the seven raging tracks on this debut full-length, VHOL have managed to inject the raw, unchecked aggression of old school hardcore into classic metal, resulting in a vicious sound that manages to tread far anything that has come before. All the while it feels as though the entire works is going to come undone through its own furious power, to be consumed by the chaos, but instead drives forward with untouchable precision. Each of the players on this album display their signature styles without losing sight of their collective goal, ultimately surpassing any pre-conceived concept of what sort of music they would create together. It would be easy to get caught up in their individual achievements, and allow that to shape your view and draw your comparisons, but VHOL is something else altogether. Standing alone, immediately potent and arresting. VHOL was recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson and mixed in Seattle by Randall Dunn. It shall be presented on 180g black vinyl in an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket, released under exclusive license from Profound Lore. Both the jacket and LP labels will feature a metallic silver print. Layout and design by Kevin Gan Yuen (viraloptic.com), cover illustration by John Cobbett. VHOp comprised of vocalist Mike Scheidt, guitarist John Cobbett, drummer Aesop Dekker, and bassist Sigrid Sheie, have completed work on their self-titled debut album. One that has been deemed as one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year. Anticipated out of the curiosity of what VHOL is going to sound like and the pedigree at the band’s disposal with the members’ respective repertoires already at hand. Initially formed by Cobbett and Dekker to create music together again post-LUDICRA fallout, VHOL would take shape quickly. When Cobbett and Dekker were thinking of a vocalist, their first choice was easily Mike Scheidt of YOB and Scheidt immediately accepted to join the contingent without even hearing a note of music. Rounding off the lineup on bass would be HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE/AMBER ASYLUM keyboardist/bassist Sigrid Sheie respectively. When the initial idea of VHOL surfaced, one of the initial intentions was to write music of a faster nature. Not to necessarily continue where LUDICRA left off, but VHOL would eventually become a vehicle for the respective musicians to further explore their musical roots a bit more. By combining elements of old-school punk, dbeat hardcore, classic old-school metal (a good combination of traditional classic metal ala Judas Priest and speed metal in the “Kill ‘Em All”/”Show No Mercy” vein), and a touch of outsider black metal, VHOL have created a sound unlike anyone in metal today. One that is raw, primal, fierce, triumphant, and ultimately face melting. This fact solidified even more by Scheidt’s distinct vocal delivery where he expands his vocal capabilities into the beyond. - See more at: http://www.profoundlorerecords.com/vhol-complete-work-on-debut-album/#sthash.zDjgsPeE.dpuf VHOL, the new group comprised of vocalist Mike Scheidt, guitarist John Cobbett, drummer Aesop Dekker, and bassist Sigrid Sheie, have completed work on their self-titled debut album. One that has been deemed as one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year. Anticipated out of the curiosity of what VHOL is going to sound like and the pedigree at the band’s disposal with the members’ respective repertoires already at hand. Initially formed by Cobbett and Dekker to create music together again post-LUDICRA fallout, VHOL would take shape quickly. When Cobbett and Dekker were thinking of a vocalist, their first choice was easily Mike Scheidt of YOB and Scheidt immediately accepted to join the contingent without even hearing a note of music. Rounding off the lineup on bass would be HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE/AMBER ASYLUM keyboardist/bassist Sigrid Sheie respectively. When the initial idea of VHOL surfaced, one of the initial intentions was to write music of a faster nature. Not to necessarily continue where LUDICRA left off, but VHOL would eventually become a vehicle for the respective musicians to further explore their musical roots a bit more. By combining elements of old-school punk, dbeat hardcore, classic old-school metal (a good combination of traditional classic metal ala Judas Priest and speed metal in the “Kill ‘Em All”/”Show No Mercy” vein), and a touch of outsider black metal, VHOL have created a sound unlike anyone in metal today. One that is raw, primal, fierce, triumphant, and ultimately face melting. This fact solidified even more by Scheidt’s distinct vocal delivery where he expands his vocal capabilities into the beyond. - See more at: http://www.profoundlorerecords.com/vhol-complete-work-on-debut-album/#sthash.zDjgsPeE.dpuf

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