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Heathen Apostles’ Southern Gothic “The Fall” EP Reviewed

Heathen Apostles southern gothicPrivate heroes of violanoir’s blog and wonderful extraordinary musicians Heathen Apostles present the new EP “The Fall”, which after the releases of Bloodgrass Vol. I & II is designed to return all the gothic and southern gothic to the sound of this band.

In “Through the Forest, Through the Trees” opens the otherworldly reality of the dark country’s melancholy and  tales, penetrating the soul, silent spells… “The Fall” continues the theme more intensely and passionately, like the first releases of Heathen Apostles – “Boot Hill Hymnal”, “Without A Trace” and “Death’s Head”. The romantic track “Out of the Ground” revives the early Heathen Apostles with all the mystical / heathen (pardon for tautology) fatality.

Nice coincidence – Heathen Apostles – The Fall was released 5 days after the release of “Red Dead Redemption 2”. Now it is possible to ignore the original soundtrack of the game and start to its passage with the sound of true atmospheric gothic americana music. Review by ViolaNoir.

Read the Russian language HERE. Listen to The Fall EP HERE.

Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” Out Now

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana EPHappy Halloween, the new Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” is out today, it would be a great addition to your Halloween playlist. To preview and purchase, click HERE.

Here’s the press release from Ratchet Blade Records:

With the new Heathen Apostles’ EP The Fall (Ratchet Blade Records) the band finds themselves once again returning to the darker realms of Gothic Americana. While touring Europe in support of their last album Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (a decidedly more rootsy collection of songs), the Heathens found inspiration standing in the shadows of centuries-old castles, and listening to the stories of historical characters immortalized in the murder ballads they have always loved. Out of this experience came the epic string orchestrations of Through the Forest, Through the Trees, the alluring poetry of The Fall and thoughts of love in the afterlife in Out of the Ground.

“With regards to Through the Forest, Through the Trees,” says lead vocalist Mather Louth, “I penned the tale of a scorned lover in the spirit of the traditional Scottish and English Child ballads. It was particularly enjoyable and exciting for me to enhance the song’s gorgeously haunting orchestration with layers of a sort of timeless chamber-styled vocal I hadn’t yet explored within the band. I can say with full confidence that Through the Forest, Through the Trees is one of my absolute favorite Heathen tales to date.”

“While we may feel our music heading in one extreme direction or another while we are recording it, it always seems to end up sounding like a Heathen Apostles song. The Fall EP definitely has its Gothic tendencies, but it belongs right beside any of our bluegrass or gypsy jazz-tinged songs,” states guitarist and producer Chopper Franklin.

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and gothic country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. – James G. Carlson, No Depression Magazine

No Depression Reviews Heathen Apostles’ Bloodgrass Vol. I & 2

No Depression Reviews Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2No Depression reviews Heathen Apostles’ Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (by James G. Carlson):

LA Dark Roots Quartet Heathen Apostles Releases Bloodgrass Vol. I & II

From the fertile ground of the most recent wave of roots music there has emerged an abundance of noteworthy bands and singer-songwriters. One such band is the LA-based Heathen Apostles, whose latest release, a full-length which combines the band’s Bloodgrass EPs, marks a significant point in the evolution of their sound. Call their sound what you will – gothic Americana, folk noir, doom country – but it cannot be denied that it successfully fuses the styles of bygone eras with those of today’s fringe music. And the material on the band’s Bloodgrass Vol. I & II release is a fine example of this.

Heathen Apostles began over six years ago with a fateful meeting between vocalist Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and guitarist Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), who revealed their mutual appreciation for murder balladry, Americana, and momento mori to one another. With the strong yet haunting vocals of Louth and the skills of multi-instrumentalist Franklin, the two kindred spirits sought out other souls to bring into the fold, soon adding the upright bass thumping of Thomas Lorioux (The Kings of Nuthin’) and the violin playing of Luis Mascaro. Since then, the band has released two full-lengths, Boot Hill Hymnal and Fire to the Fuse, as well as a small handful of EPs and singles, and have played their share of shows.

Bloodgrass Vol. II & II opens with the Apostles’ dark, creeping rendition of Gershwin and Heyward’s classic “Summertime.” “Death Came a Ridin’,” a Heathen Apostles original, is a macabre piece dedicated to the reaper, with Louth employing a storytelling style of lyrical conveyance. “Dark Days” somehow manages to successfully marry gloomy folk with gypsy jazz, and features some of Louth’s best vocal work on the album. “Lady in Gold” is an energetic gothic country offering, while “Deadly Nightshade” is an ominous picker with a simple but nicely punctuating beat. “Paint the Stars,” an easy standout on this album, kicks off with lively violin, guitar strumming, and steady beat, and then incorporates a powerful vocal performance by Louth. Other covers include versions of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Darrell Scott), “Ramblin’ Man” (Hank Williams), and “Shady Grove” (traditional). “D.O.A.” has a roots rock feel to it, while the closer, “Fever Jane,” another easy standout, is a moody picker with darkly beautiful vocals.     

Like all the band’s releases to date, the Heathen Apostles’ Bloodgrass Vol. I & II is available from Ratchet Blade Records. And to follow it up, the band is also preparing to release yet another EP, titled The Fall, in the very near future.
By James G. Carlson.

To read the review on NoDepression.com, click HERE.

Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP $1 Pre Sale Has Launched

Ratchet Blade Records has launched the $1 Pre Sale for the Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall”, the new 3 song EP that will be released on Halloween. Upon purchasing the Pre Sale you will receive an immediate download of the Gothic epic Through the Forest, Through the Trees, and you’ll receive the entire EP on Halloween day. The EP was produced by Chopper Franklin and features cover art by Ana Sanchez. Click HERE to preview and order.

Heathen Apostles' "The Fall"

Cover Art For Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP Revealed

The cover art for the upcoming Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP has been revealed, it features a painting by fine artist Ana Sanchez. The three song “The Fall” EP will be released on Halloween day on Ratchet Blade Records, and the band is playing a release show at the Redwood Bar (in downtown Los Angeles) on Friday November 2nd. Check back for listening links and purchase info.

Heathen Apostles "The Fall" EP

Heathen Apostles Live at The Echoplex 10/23/18

Just added this Tuesday, October 23rd is the Heathen Apostles live at The Echoplex in Echo Park, Ca. The world renown Echoplex is where the Rolling Stones played their unannounced Los Angeles show a few years back, it’s a great venue. Also appearing are Amigo The Devil and Harley Poe, the Heathen Apostles are playing an early set at 9pm. Click HERE for tickets.

Heathen Apostles Live at The Echoplex 10/23/18

Poster Art by Vince Ray

Heathen Apostles’ Death Came a Ridin’ Video Debuts Today

The Heathen Apostles’ Death Came a Ridin’ video debuts today, it is the first music video off of the band’s fourth album Bloodgrass Vol. I & II. It was directed by Ashley Joncas, and features a story written by the Heathen Apostles. You can listen to the Bloodgrass album HERE.

<Heathen Apostles' Death Came a Ridin' Video

New Heathen Apostles EP “The Fall” Out Halloween

The new Heathen Apostles EP “The Fall” will be released Wednesday, October 31st on Ratchet Blade Records. The band states this release will lean more toward the Gothic side, as a compliment to the more rootsy Bloodgrass Vol. I & II Lp the band put out this Summer. The EP will feature cover art by the band’s good friend Ana Sanchez, and the music will be again produced by guitarist Chopper Franklin. Check back for more info, including an impending video shoot for the release.

Heathen Apostles EP "The Fall"

Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe

The European tour went so well that the offers are starting to come in for the Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe this coming Summer, contact Kurt De Bont at Rootstown Bookings for more info, or send him a lead to a venue in your town! Click HERE to contact him.

Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe

Heathen Apostles’ 2018 European Tour Photos

A gallery of Heathen Apostles’ 2018 European Tour Photos has been uploaded, it features several of the stops on the inaugural excursion, which included visits to Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden.  Click HERE to view the gallery, thanks to all the photographers who contributed to it.

The band will be returning to Europe in June 0f 2019, contact Kurt DeBont of Rootstown Bookings to book the band by clicking HERE.

Heathen Apostles' 2018 European Tour Photos