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Heathen Apostles’ “Fire to the Fuse” Reviewed On Viola Noir

Heathen Apostles Gold Text FTTF 1.indd The second full-length release of Heathen Apostles is the hope for all gothic americana, dark country and southern rock music. The bulk of it could be already well known to their audience by the singles and videos, but this fact didn’t make Fire to the Fuse less surprising.

Opening the release is the mystical tragedy Fool’s Gold, their familiar summer single. It’s a good beginning, because this track is probably one of the most colorful and characteristic in the discography of Heathen Apostles. Drowned in Trouble and Yveline join in this atmosphere, which is carefully woven from sounds of authentic instruments from the South — guitars, violin, banjo, upright bass and powerful voiced Mather Louth. In her voice we hear all — sorrow, anger, love, hate, melancholy and drive. In addition, Yveline has an invisible, but perceptible skin wildly-proto-goth-rock origin. Fist City somewhat reduces the tempo, this track can be attributed to the contemplative, romantic-tragic side of the Heathen Apostles concept . There’s an exciting video for this track — it’s fully in line with the recognizable Heathen Apostles style: fairly bloody, mystical, and presents to us an eternal antagonism between light and dark forces. All this against the backdrop of Southern landscapes and the accompanying paraphernalia. The dark theme continues with a track featuring Jyrki 69, Evil Spirits, familiar from the eponymous EP. Looks Are Deceiving suddenly sounds quite positive and relieves the tension before the blues-track Fire to the Fuse, and then Death’s Head is perceived as epic denouement. Also, a cover of the immortal Nancy Sinatra hit Bang Bang surprised and pleased me. First of all, the fact that Mather wasn’t attempting an exact copied intonation of Nancy, unlike previous versions, but introduced her interpretation of the song. It turned out pretty original and recognizable. Measure of Time — hypnotic ballad with a very heartfelt vocal line slightly expands framework of existing genre Heathen Apostles. The familiar Without a Trace comes with mood of fury , then thelyrical Before You Go and finally with Lily of the West the dark-cabaret veil once again passes through with core emotions, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. So good, that makes this release coveted for re-listen.

The release is universal in the sense that those, who follow the works of Heathen Apostles, will have the opportunity to listen to the familiar tracks. By one session of the Gothic Americana’s atmosphere. Those who begin acquaintance with the project Fire to the Fuse, immediately get a feel characteristic sound of Heathen Apostles. 8/10

Heathen Apostles Duo Tour Starts Friday Nov. 13th

Chopper and Mather will be heading up and down the US West Coast for a series of Heathen Apostles Duo shows to promote the new Fire to the Fuse album. They will be playing acoustically and showcasing alot of the roots elements that go into the Heathen Apostles sound, Mather will be playing guitar while Chopper plays guitar, banjo and mandolin. Come check out this unique Heathen Apostles experience!

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Heathen Apostles Early Halloween Show

The Heathen Apostles Trio (Mather, Chopper and Thomas) will be making a special guest appearance at the King’s Inn at The Escondite in downtown Los Angeles, also with Denver Broncos UK (members of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) and Spindrift. They will be onstage at 9pm sharp, then they will head over to Bar Sinister in Hollywood to join the rest of the band for their midnight show there. Click HERE for more info on this show.


Heathen Apostles “Fire to the Fuse” Now Streaming

The new Chopper Franklin-produced Heathen Apostles album Fire to the Fuse is streaming from now until it’s release on Halloween on Ratchet Blade Records, check it out and if you dig it order the presale and have it before anyone else! Click HERE to listen.

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Heathen Apostles “Fist City” Video Debuts Today

The day has come for the debut of the new Heathen Apostles video for their version of Loretta Lynn’s Fist City! It was directed by the band and shot by Harmony Gerber and features a cameo by the notorious Phantom of the Black Hills (fellow Ratchet Blade Records labelmates). Fist City is the first music video from the upcoming album Fire to the Fuse, out this Saturday October 31st. You can preview Fire to the Fuse HERE.

Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt Design Is In

The brand new Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt is available now, get this great design of a snake-haired Mather surrounded by the skull-headed band before they run out! You also get a free download, check it out HERE.

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Heathen Apostles Duo – Video Page

Mather and Chopper will be playing some special shows as a duo this Fall, and they shot some videos to help promote them. Check them out HERE and if you are interested in booking them email

Heathen Apostles Duo – Without A Trace from Heathen Apostles on Vimeo.

69 Cats Finnish Shows A Wrap

The 69 Cats just wrapped up their first tour of Finland and the shows all went great, thanks to all that came out. Drummer Nicky Turner (orig, Lords of the New Church) played his first shows in 28 years and said he didn’t want them to end. The band will be back in Europe soon, check back for more details.

photo by Ville Juurikkala

photo by Ville Juurikkala

Heathen Apostles Halloween Show at Bar Sinister

The Heathen Apostles will be celebrating the release of the second album with a Halloween show at Bar Sinister, located in Boardner’s in Hollywood. Hudsy and Skin Diamond will be hosting, and there is a special surprise guest that will be announced soon.

Halloween 2015

Heathen Apostles “Evil Spirits” Preview Player

The preview player for the upcoming Heathen Apostles & Jyrki 69 EP Evil Spirits is up, preview it below or click HERE for the permanent link.