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Chopper – Produced Hellbilly Album Gets Release Date

hellbilly albumFavorite doom country band the Phantom of the Black Hills are releasing a new hellbilly album on July 2nd, and their labelmates Heathen Apostles are all over it. Their lead vocalist Mather Louth is singing on several of the songs, and bandmate Chopper Franklin produced and mixed it. Here’s the press blurb from RBR:

Ratchet Blade Records is proud to announce the July 2nd release of “That Witch”, the highly-anticipated seventh release from the notorious hellbilly/doom country band the Phantom of the Black Hills. A true Heavy Western album, “That Witch” is the follow up to Ghosts (2009), Born To Gun (2010), ENEMY! (2012) and Black Hearted Killer EP (2013), Moonshine Bright (2014) & Scalped (2017) and was produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin.

The band is joined on this great hellbilly album by Mather Louth, lead vocalist for the Gothic Americana band the Heathen Apostles, of which Franklin is also a member.

Check back for the launch of the That Witch Pre Sale in August.

hellbilly album
 

That Witch Track Listing:
1. RISING SON
2. THAT WITCH
3. BUCK KNIFE
4. LADY JUDAS
5. MOON KILLER
6. HUNGER
7. ROAD TO BLEEDING
8. SIN & SANCTITY
9. WICKED STORM
10. ATTACK

Chopper Franklin To Score Gothic Western Series

Chopper Franklin scoring Gothic Western series

Chopper Franklin

Chopper Franklin has been hired to compose music for the animated Gothic Western series The Goodbye Family. The Goodbye Family is the creation of Lorin Morgan-Richards, who has adapted the series from his comic collection of the same name that he began in 2017.

Chopper’s Heathen Apostles had recently collaborated with Richards on the series theme song (The Goodbye Family Theme Song [Sew It Up] check it out HERE) and Richards wanted to continue the feel of that music for the rest of the episodes. Here is Richards explaining The Goodbye Family:

Chopper Franklin scoring Gothic Western series

Lorin Morgan Richards

It follows the lives of Weird West undertakers Otis, Pyridine, and their daughter Orphie. Pyridine is a witch and matriarch mortician, Otis is a brainless but bold hearse driver, and Orphie is appointed grave digger for her strength of twenty men. Through bumbling Otis discovers his neighbors are turning into zombies, a mystery that is directly affecting their burial business. In their backyard cemetery they travel to the underworld for answers and uncover a plot to surface the evil entities, that would otherwise burn in the Lake of Fire, have risen again through oil pumps that are being bottled as a tonic medicine for the ground above. The tonic is consumed and the host fully takes over the body when the body perishes. Can the Goodbyes hilarious gaffes and revelations plug up the works?

The animated Gothic Western series is slated for a Summer 2021 release.

Heathen Apostles Western Gothic Tour of Europe For 9/21

The first tour dates have been announced for the Heathen Apostles September 2021 European Tour. This Western Gothic tour was booked to make up for the postponed tour of September 2020, with many of the same venues on board one year later. There is still one open date, if you have a venue that would like to book the Heathen Apostles, or know of one, Kurt DeBont at Rootstown Bookings HERE.

Western Gothic tour

 
Heathen Apostles September 2021 tour:
02/09/2021 Thursday – Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
03/09/2021 Friday – Alter Open Air Stage, Mannheim. Germany 
04/09/2021 Saturday – City Club, Augsburg, Germany 
05/09/2021 Sunday – Private Event, France
06/09/2021 Monday – l’Usine, Genève, Switzerland 
7/09/2021 Tuesday – BlahBlah, Torino, Italy 
08/09/2021 Wednesday – Brasserie de Framont, Grandfontaine, France
09/09/2021 Thursday – Willemeen, Arnhem, The Netherlands
10/09/2021 Friday – available
11/09/2021 Saturday – CC Muze, Zolder, Belgium
12/09/2021 Sunday – The Grand Canyon, Nazareth, Belgium
13/09/2021 Monday – available
14/09/2021 Tuesday – Tortuga, Unna, Germany
15/09/2021 Wednesday – Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
16/09/2021 Thursday – Monkeys, Hamburg, Germany
17/09/2021 Friday – Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany
18/09/2021 Saturday – Sonic Ballroom, Köln, Germany
19/09/2021 Sunday – BUSKERfestival, Aarschot, Belgium

Heathen Apostles May/June 2021 European Tour Canceled

The Heathen Apostles have cancelled their May/June 2021 European tour due to the Covid 19 crisis. Here is their cancellation announcement:

Once again we are having to announce the cancellation of another tour, this one our May/June 2021 European tour. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis, and the delay in getting vaccinations on both continents, our next appearance in Europe will be our September 2021 tour, and we are rescheduling the canceled tour to May/June 2022 (contact Kurt De Bont at Rootstown bookings for info). Beast wishes and wear your damn masks!

Heathen Apostles Rebroadcast on KXLU – Gothic Americana Radio

The Stray Pop when the Heathen Apostles performed live on February 20, 2015 is going to be rebroadcast this Fri (1/29/21) 11pm-3am PST on KXLU Los Angeles 88.9 FM and www.KXLU.com ! Tune in for Stella bringing you the Heathen Apostles and Gothic Americana radio for the evening!

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