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Chopper’s New Spaghetti Western Dub Single

Chopper's Spaghetti Western Dub SingleThe Blood, Tears and Thunder DUB single is the second from Chopper Franklin’s “Spaghetti Western Dub No.1”, the upcoming album out 1/26/24 on Ratchet Blade Records. The lyric video uses clips from the spaghetti westerns “If You Meet Sartana Pray For Your Death” (1968) and “Death Rides a Horse” (1967, both in the public domain.) It also features news clips displaying the violence between the PNP (whose leader was Michael Manley) and the JLP (led by Reagan-stooge Edward Seaga, who had ordered the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley) both during, and after, the contentious 1980 Jamaican elections.

Chopper's Spaghetti Western Dub Single

“This is well worth a look if you have any interest in Spaghetti Music and or Dub. Chopper Franklin’s latest project is a combination of the two so as far as I’m concerned it can’t go far wrong. The single is great and the production is top notch, I can’t wait for the rest of it …Brilliant.” Spaghetti Western Daily

In the spirit of The Clash, Bad Brains’ and Public Image Limited’s brews of reggae and punk, Franklin takes his original Spaghetti Western compositions and remixes them with the deep, bass-heavy rhythms and echo-drenched soundscapes of Dub. The album features vocals by Mather Louth and the Phantom of the Black Hills.


Chopper Franklin’s Spaghetti Western Dub Single

The Heathen Apostles’ Chopper Franklin’s “The Scorpion Says DUB” is the first single from the album “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” (out January 26, 2024 on Ratchet Blade Records). It’s a groundbreaking Spaghetti Western Dub single that fuses the vast, arid landscapes of Spaghetti Western music and the heavy rhythms of Dub Reggae. You can listen and download HERE, and watch the lyric video HERE.

Chopper Franklin's Spaghetti Western Dub Single

In the spirit of The Clash, Bad Brains’ and Public Image Limited’s brews of reggae and punk, Franklin takes his original Spaghetti Western compositions and remixes them with the deep, bass-heavy, echo-drenched soundscapes of Dub.

Chopper Franklin -Spaghetti Western Dub SingleIn a world where music can often feel predictable, Chopper Franklin’s upcoming album offers a refreshing departure from the ordinary. Known for his relentless energy and innovation, Chopper has played with legendary bands and artists (The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, Nick Curran), as well as creating his own projects, often pushing the boundaries of musical genres. “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” also features the epic vocals of Chopper’s bandmate Mather Louth (Heathen Apostles) and Ratchet Blade Records labelmate the Phantom of the Black Hills (hillbilly/thrash outlaws). They’ve sang on genre-bending songs like “The Scorpion Says Dub” (the album’s first single), “Blood, Tears and Thunder Dub” (a tale of a good man forced into an outlaw gang) and “The Ghost of a Believer Dub” (a story of a good romance gone bad) that transcend boundaries and invites listeners on an unforgettable journey.

Spaghetti Western Dub single - Chopper FranklinThe “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” album will be released on Ratchet Blade Records, a label known for its dedication to unique and innovative music. With an impressive roster of artists who push boundaries and challenge expectations, Ratchet Blade Records is the perfect platform for this innovative musical experiment.


Chopper to Release Blend of Spaghetti Western Music and Dub Album

Spaghetti Western music & Dub Album - Chopper FranklinFrom the Ratchet Blade Records “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” press release: Get ready to embark on a sonic journey like no other as rock & roll veteran Chopper Franklin is set to release “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1”, a groundbreaking album that fuses the vast, arid landscapes of Spaghetti Western music and the heavy rhythms of Dub Reggae. The single “The Scorpion Says DUB” will be out 11/17/23 and the album will have a January 2024 release date date.

In the spirit of the Clash, Bad Brains’ and Public Image Limited’s brews of reggae and punk, Franklin takes his own original Spaghetti Western compositions and remixes them with the deep, bass-heavy rhythms and echo-drenched soundscapes of Dub. This fusion of styles is something you’ve never heard before, and it’s all happening on Ratchet Blade Records.

Spaghetti Western music & Dub Album - Chopper FranklinIn a world where music can often feel predictable, Chopper Franklin’s upcoming album offers a refreshing departure from the ordinary. Known for his relentless energy and innovation, Chopper has played with legendary bands and artists (The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, Nick Curran), as well as creating his own projects, often pushing the boundaries of musical genres. “Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1” also features the epic vocals of Chopper’s Ratchet Blade Records labelmates Mather Louth (Heathen Apostles) and the Phantom of the Black Hills (hillbilly/thrash outlaws). They’ve sang on genre-bending songs like “The Scorpion Says Dub” (the album’s first single, out 11/17/23), “Blood, Tears and Thunder Dub” (a tale of a good man forced into an outlaw gang) and “The Ghost of a Believer Dub” (a story of a good romance gone bad) that transcend boundaries and invites listeners on an unforgettable journey.

The new Chopper Franklin album will be released in January 2024 and “The Scorpion Says Dub” single will be released Nov. 17th on Ratchet Blade Records, a label known for its dedication to unique and innovative music. With an impressive roster of artists who push boundaries and challenge expectations, Ratchet Blade Records is a great platform for this musical experiment.


Heathen Apostles CDs With Discount International Shipping

The Heathen Apostles and Ratchet Blade Records are aware of the insane International shipping charges and and have worked with their on-demand supplier to bring a cost efficient CD to international fans. They are offering a jewel case edition of all Heathen Apostles CDs, complete with a full color 2 panel insert, back cover and disc. These are shipping straight from the manufacturer so they ship separately from any other items in your order, but if you want these albums with just $6 shipping (as opposed to $17+ shipping for the digipak editions) this is the way to go. The CD orders also include a full digital download of the album. The albums that are a part of this deal are (click HERE to order):

Heathen Apostles CD ordersBOOT HILL HYMNAL – “The Heathen Apostles’ debut release, Boot Hill Hymnal, seeks to answer a question posed long ago by Blind Willie Johnson- just what is the soul of a man? (…Or, as the case may be here, a woman with a thousand-yard stare.) The resulting collection of songs is complex, catchy, and wholly cohesive to the Apostles’ ghost town.”

Heathen Apostles CD ordersFIRE TO THE FUSE – “The Roots of Heathen Apostles has a dark current that roars through dense gothic tales surround by mountain music, back alley Jazz, murderous Americana, and bone-chilling Folk. The latest release from Heathen Apostles, Fire to the Fuse, lights the primeval blackness of the tales.”

Heathen Apostles CD ordersREQUIEM FOR A REMIX – “Heathen Apostles remix album Requiem For A Remix features remixes by Chopper Franklin, Almighty Watching and the Phantom of the Black Hills, also a cover of the Echo & the Bunnymen classic The Killing Moon, as well as a Mather Louth demo of Boot Hill Hymnal‘s The Dark Pines.”

Heathen Apostles CD ordersBLOODGRASS VOL. I & II –  “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.”

Heathen Apostles CD ordersDUST TO DUST – “With their iconic blend of Gothic aesthetics and Americana influences, Heathen Apostles set out to create a sound that’s easy to describe as one-of-a-kind. The group’s music is as charismatic as the band’s lush dark aesthetics, bringing a cinematic edge to their sound.”

BLOODGRASS VOL. 3 & 4 – “This release fully respects the good tradition of Bloodgrass – as in the two previous numbered releases, it contains all the most colorful both in terms of genre and in terms of creativity by Heathen Apostles. The only thing that distinguishes the third part is a slight melancholy, sadness and thoughtfulness – but those are the times we are in.”

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Heathen Apostles – New Gothic Country Music

2020 was a year of loss, reflection, and reevaluation. Trying as the times were to have a trio of tour cancellations both stateside and abroad as the live music industry seemingly evaporated overnight, the Heathen Apostles did not let the unexpected gift of time go to waste. To the contrary, the band channeled the turbulent year’s events and its complex emotions into their music, and the result- BLOODGRASS VOL. 3 & 4– is new Gothic Country music at once timely as it is timeless.

Heathen Apostles - New Gothic Country musicThe album opener “Bad Patch” uses the lyrical analogy of the 1930s Dust Bowl to express the collective desperation brought about by feeling at the mercy of the sort of devastation best described as an “act of God”. “Careful What You Pray For” touches upon the hypocrisy of self-righteous religious dogma and the damage it inevitably brings in its wake. “Black Hawk” moves the album in an introspective direction as Louth sings a tale of transformation by shedding the darkness in order to welcome in the light. As the title suggests, “Demi Monde” offers a return to the occult imagery the band has incorporated since its inception, while subtly paying homage to the fires of Beltane. “Tall Rider” closes the EP on a cathartically optimistic note, plaintively serving as a reminder of the possibility to heal through love.

Heathen Apostles New Gothic Country MusicThe foot stomping single “Roots Run Deep” casts a lyrical spell in its own right, reminding the listener of the divine within. “Into The Wild” is a primal, incendiary runaway train filled with plenty of snarl and swagger. “Solitary” is an embrace of following one’s own path in life, no matter how lonely the road may seem at times. “No Peace” was written in response to the victims of countless cases of police brutality in recent history that have yet to receive justice for the crimes committed against them. “Shadow Of The Crows” offers an intriguing hybrid of several genres, mixing Middle Eastern and borderline psychedelic sounds with the band’s distinctly gloomy bloodgrass. You can check out this new Gothic Country music HERE.


Heathen Apostles Gothic Bluegrass EP Out Today

Heathen Apostles - gothic bluegrass EP2020 was a year of loss, reflection, and reevaluation. Trying as the times were to have a trio of tour cancellations both stateside and abroad as the live music industry seemingly evaporated overnight, the Heathen Apostles did not let the unexpected gift of time go to waste. To the contrary, the band channeled the turbulent year’s events and its complex emotions into their music, and the result- the gothic bluegrass EP BLOODGRASS VOL. 3 (out now on Ratchet Blade Records) – is a collection of songs at once timely as they are timeless.

The EP opener “Bad Patch” uses the lyrical analogy of the 1930s Dust Bowl to express the collective desperation brought about by feeling at the mercy of the sort of devastation best described as an “act of God”. “Careful What You Pray For” touches upon the hypocrisy of self-righteous religious dogma and the damage it inevitably brings in its wake. “Black Hawk” moves the album in an introspective direction as Louth sings a tale of transformation by shedding the darkness in order to welcome in the light. As the title suggests, “Demi Monde” offers a return to the occult imagery the band has incorporated since its inception, while subtly paying homage to the fires of Beltane. Lastly, “Tall Rider” closes the EP on a cathartically optimistic note, plaintively serving as a reminder of the possibility to heal through love.

Check the EP out HERE.

HEATHEN APOSTLES 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
02/09/2021 Thursday – Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
03/09/2021 Friday – Alter Open Air Stage, Mannheim, Germany
04/09/2021 Saturday – Ballonfabrik, Augsburg, Germany
05/09/2021 Sunday – Private Show, France
06/09/2021 Monday – l’Usine Switzerland Genève
07/09/2021 Tuesday – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
08/09/2021 Wednesday – Brasserie de Framont, Grandfontaine, France
09/09/2021 Thursday – Willemeen, Arnhem, The Netherlands
10/09/2021 Friday – La Bonne Idée, Vresse-sur-Semois, Belgium
11/09/2021 Saturday – CC Muze, Zolder, Belgium
12/09/2021 Sunday – The Grand Canyon, Nazareth, Belgium
13/09/2021 Monday – Titanic, Herenthout, Belgium
14/09/2021 Tuesday – Far-West Bar, Liege, Belgium
15/09/2021 Wednesday – The Shakespeare Pub, Herdecke, Germany
16/09/2021 Thursday – Indra Club 64, 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 - gothic bluegrass EP


Heathen Apostles Release Gothic Americana Soundtrack EP

The Heathen Apostles have teamed up with Lorin Morgan-Richards to release a Gothic Americana soundtrack EP for his animated series The Goodbye Family. The Goodbye Family EP consists of 3 Heathen Apostles songs featured in the first Gothic Western animated series The Goodbye Family, originated by author Lorin Morgan-Richards from his comic series of the same name. You can listen to this Gothic Americana soundtrack EP by clicking HERE.

“Sew It Up” (the series’ theme) is a gypsy-infused, up tempo hoedown of a tune, and on “Get Outta Dodge” lead vocalist Mather Louth channels Patsy and Dolly while singing the woes of an Old West dancehall singer. The release is finished off by “Lake of Fire”, an instrumental worthy to be placed in any collection of Spaghetti Western soundtrack songs. The EP was produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin, and released on Ratchet Blade Records

Meanwhile the band is back to finishing up their Bloodgrass Vol. III EP (out 8/27) before their September European tour, which starts on September 2nd in Krefeld, Germany.

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

Heathen Apostles Release Gothic Americana Soundtrack


Phantom of the Black Hills Pre Sale For Gothic Outlaw Album “That Witch”

Gothic Outlaw AlbumThe pre sale has launched for the Chopper Franklin-produced, sixth Phantom of the Black Hills gothic outlaw album “That Witch”, out July 2nd on Ratchet Blade Records. It features the Heathen Apostles’ Mather Louth on vocals and the usual degenerates pickin’ and slappin’. The digital pre sale is the album for the reduced price of $5, and the CD pre sale includes the digipak CD (as well as the digital download), 2 POTBH buttons and a POTBH Shotgun sticker, all for $10. You will also receive early shipping of your order before the release date, as well as an immediate download of the title track.

Check it out HERE.

That Witch
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 – 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.

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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


Heathen Apostles – Dark Western Music Video Debut

dark Western music

The Heathen Apostles have debuted the second dark Western music video from their live EP Prayers Before The Plague, out on Ratchet Blade Records. It was recorded live at their headquarters The Devil’s Doghouse in Echo Park, Ca. during quarantine for the COVID 19 pandemic, and shortly after announcing the postponement of their 2020 European and West Coast tours. The European tour is being rebooked, click HERE to contact Rootstown Bookings for booking info and tour dates.

An announcement about the Death’s Head video straight from the band:

“Today is the debut of our live video for “Death’s Head”, the perfect soundtrack for your Devil’s Night! It is from our upcoming EP “Prayers Before The Plague” out Halloween (tomorrow!) on Ratchet Blade Records. Today is the last day for the $4 pre sale, and a sincere thank you to all that have pre ordered this release so far, your support in these trying times means the world to us. Check it out by clicking HERE.”


Heathen Apostles Announce Western Gothic EP

Heathen Apostles Western Gothic EPThe Heathen Apostles have had to postpone one US tour and one European tour (as well as several shows) this year due to COVID 19. The European tours have been rescheduled for May/June and September 2021, and in the meantime the band are pleased to announce the release of their new Western Gothic EP Prayers Before The Plague, out this Halloween on Ratchet Blade Records. The songs were recorded, and filmed, live at the band’s headquarters/compound/home The Devil’s Doghouse in Echo Park, Ca., and it is produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin. While nothing can replicate playing in front of a fanatical audience, they really poured themselves into these songs.

The Heathens will be releasing four videos from the performance, the first (Without A Trace) coming out today, October 23rd, which is also when Ratchet Blade Records launches the pre sale. You can preview and pre order the EP HERE.

“It would mean a lot to us it if you could check it out and help support the band any way you can as we complete Bloodgrass Vol. III and finish booking these tours. We always appreciate when you spend your hard-earned cash to join us on this dark journey, especially now, as we realize times are tougher than usual,” the bands says.

Prayers Before The Plague
1. Without A Trace (Live)
2. Death’s Head (Live)
3. Drowned In Trouble (Live)
4. Two For The Road (Live)
5. The Reckoning (Live)
6. Paint The Stars (Live)


Heathen Apostles Working on Bloodgrass Vol. III – Dark Country Music

The Heathen Apostles are beginning work on Bloodgrass Vol. III, the third volume in their series of their take on gothic bluegrass, heavy roots and dark country music. The band hopes to have the project completed before their September 2020 European tour, but will release a single from it if the EP is not completed. The sessions are being recorded both under quarantine and through remote recordings, and will be released on Ratchet Blade Records. Both Bloodgrass Vol. I (released in 2017) and Bloodgrass Vol. II (released in 2018) EPs were later combined for the full length Bloodgrass Vol. I & II, released in 2019 on LP and CD.

Dark country music

James G. Carlson wrote of Bloodgrass Vol. I & II in No Depression:
“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 heavy country 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.”

Check back for more details on this EP release.


Heathen Apostles – Southern Gothic Blues EP Out Today

Born By Lightning - southern gothic blues

Born By Lightning, the follow-up to the fifth Heathen Apostles album Dust to Dust, contains 5 new songs that explore yet another facet of Gothic Americana: southern gothic blues. Available digitally everywhere today on Ratchet Blade Records, the EP presents tried-and-true musical territory with the title track and the jangly “Devil Comes For All Of Us”, while expanding on the Heathen sound with a trio of hard-hitting sonic lightning bolts: “Death Bell Blues”, “Chosen One”, and “Scarecrow Blues”.

Heathen Apostles - southern gothic bluesWhereas Dust to Dust put the bluegrass of Bill Monroe into the woodshed with the gothic tendencies of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Born By Lightning slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues, with plenty of shouts, hollers, and heavy slide guitar. Singer Mather Louth explains: “My identity as a singer has always been deeply rooted in the blues, and Chopper and I knew for some time that we wanted to delve into the genre (since it is very much a part of American roots music and thus under the collective roof of Americana.) But being the Heathen Apostles, we had to bring things to the dark side, and I feel that Born By Lightning manages to marry our signature Gothic Americana sound with the blues in a way that feels natural.”

Guitarist/Producer Chopper Franklin adds: “We’ve been waiting to do a blues-based record for a while, and we’re very proud of Born By Lightning. I remember seeing The Gun Club back when they were playing small clubs in Los Angeles and that dark, haunting sound was what we were going for with Born By Lightning.”

Heathen Apostles - southern gothic bluesThe first single, “Death Bell Blues” (a tribute to band favorite, the legendary Howlin’ Wolf) opens the EP, inviting the listener to toe the murky waters of the Heathens’ blues as a narrative of the impending Apocalypse unfolds. “Chosen One” serves up a more demented and modern interpretation of the genre, pushing boundaries as it forewarns the folly of religious zealotry. The brooding “Born By Lightning” marks the halfway point, churning with the discomforts of facing one’s own shadow, as the subsequent “Devil Comes For All Of Us” brings the tempo back up to a gallop with the Devil blazing a path of indiscriminate death and destruction. The EP closes with the scorching murder ballad “Scarecrow Blues”, a tale of vindictive townsfolk taking fire to the home of a social misfit, only to burn the entire town to the ground.

The Heathen Apostles have always been defined by a balance between experimentation and reverence, and with Born By Lightning (their third release this year alone), the band offers up a powerful and focused new collection of southern gothic blues songs to their already impressive hymnal.

You can preview and purchase Born by Lightning HERE.


Heathen Apostles – Dark Blues EP Cover Art

The Heathen Apostles are proud to reveal the cover art for their newest release, the 5 song EP Born By Lightning, which will be out online Friday November 15th on Ratchet Blade Records. In keeping with their Gothic Americana roots they have gone in a heavy dark blues direction on this one, with plenty of shouts, hollers and slide guitar, and per usual it has been produced by guitarist Chopper Franklin. Born By Lightning will be available at the Heathen Apostles webstore and all digital outlets, and the band will be shooting some music videos to accompany it. 

Heathen Apostles - Dark Blues


Heathen Apostles – New Western Gothic Album Out Today

Western Gothic

Gothic Americana is a genre that is fast taking hold around the world, in that it combines the sub-genres of Western Gothic, dark blues and depression-era jazz. The Heathen Apostles were amongst the first to inject all three into their incendiary music.

Their fifth album Dust To Dust opens with the aptly named (and surprisingly danceable) incendiary stomper Burn It To The Ground, and doesn’t let up from there. The Heathens keep one foot firmly planted in driving heavy gothic numbers with Home Sweet Holmes (a recount of America’s first serial killer) and One True Belief (featuring eerie Middle Eastern-esque flourishes). Western GothicWith Dust To Dust, the band continues to explore the boundaries of Gothic Americana: the jangly Bad Seeds-esque Two For The Road, a spooky Southern Gothic dirge reinvention of the classic In the Pines, and the lamentful Paradise Lost (written for the victims of last year’s wildfires.) And since no future classic would be complete without an anthem, the Heathens offer up the soaring spaghetti western Rise. As an added bonus, the album concludes with the entire The Fall EP, which was selected by Folk N’ Rock Magazine as the EP of the Year for 2018. You can check out the album HERE.

Western Gothic“I truly dove in head-first on this album, building complex and layered vocal harmonies as a complement to the musical arrangements. Just as the best movies inspire multiple viewings, I sought to create melodies that invite the listener back to hear more and more of the song unfold. With Dust To Dust, we dug the grave a little deeper sonically, but we think you’ll enjoy falling in.” Mather Louth, vocalist.

Western Gothic“After our last album, the decidedly rootsy Bloodgrass Vol. I & II, we chose this album to showcase all of our influences; gothic rock, bluegrass, dark country, cowpunk… and much more.” Chopper Franklin, guitarist and producer.


Pre-Sale Launches For Heathen Apostles’ Western Goth Album “Dust To Dust”

The pre-sale has launched for the new Heathen Apostles album Dust To Dust, out online on June 7th (and in stores worldwide on July 12th). The album is a great blend of their Western Goth music, combining the gothic club stomper Burn It To The Ground alongside the spaghetti western scorcher Rise and the poignant Paradise Lost (released earlier this year to benefit the California wildfire victims). 

The pre-sales are a copy of the CD, a Heathen Apostles Logo T Shirt and a large Deathrider sticker for $15, and a CD and Deathrider sticker for $10. Both packages will ship as soon as the CDs arrive from the factory, and the T Shirt bundle will end as the shirt sizes run out. So check it out now, you can visit the band’s webstore by clicking HERE.

Western Goth Album "Dust To Dust"


Heathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit Song For The Victims Of California Wildfires

Heathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit SongHeathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit Song For The Victims Of California Wildfires With Regime Music Group (Buy Links at Bottom)

Los Angeles based Gothic Americana outfit Heathen Apostles have released their new single Paradise Lost in conjunction with Regime Music Group across all digital platforms. All proceeds from the song will be donated to programs that support the victims of the California wildfires, including rebuilding efforts and animal rescue efforts. The members of Heathen Apostles and some of the staff members from Regime Music Group were directly affected by the deadly wildfires that spread through Malibu and surrounding areas where thousands of people lost property, businesses and nearly two million acres of land burned. 

“Paradise Lost is a requiem to those that lost in the fire and also to those that were lost in the fire. Seeing the utter devastation in Paradise and the simultaneous Woolsey fire on television back in November struck a deep nerve within me, and instantaneously, I found myself crying. It was a very primal emotion, that of a crushing sense of loss, and it was overwhelming,” said Heathen Apostles lead vocalist Mather Louth.

She continues, “I had the images of the destruction burned into my dreams night after night, and it was from the combination of those nightmares and countless conversations with friends and colleagues whose lives were forever changed by the fires that the song was written.”

Speaking about the label partnership with Regime Music Group for the release of the song,  Louth said, “We are incredibly humbled and grateful to have Kevin Zinger and his amazing team at Regime Management selflessly partner with us in our efforts. We are all working to make this release a success for the sake of the victims, and we hope that Paradise Lost will offer them a safe place to grieve for their losses while offering support and strength in the face of extreme adversity.”

Since their formation in 2013, the Heathen Apostles have branded the hide of alternative roots music forever with their incendiary bloodgrass music, releasing four full-length albums and a string of gothic western music videos (three of their most popular videos- “Death’s Head”, “The Reckoning”, and “Dark Was The Night”, have garnered 17K, 16K and 15K views respectively.) The latest Heathen release, “The Fall”, was just named EP of the Year by Folk N Rock. In 2018, the Heathens completed a successful tour of Northern Europe- including an explosive appearance at the world’s largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air- proving that their unique music cannot be pigeonholed. The Heathen Apostles have already confirmed over a dozen dates in Europe throughout June and July of 2019 and will be touring in support of their forthcoming fifth studio album.

Buy links:
iTunes click HERE
Amazon mp3 click HERE
Spotify click HERE


Heathen Apostles on Death Roots Syndicate Compilation

Heathen Apostles on Death Roots Syndicate CompilationThe Heathen Apostles song “Death Came a-Ridin'” is on tenth installment of the Death Roots Syndicate compilation that has been released today. Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specializing in the promotion of Underground Music including but not limited to Country, Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk and Roots Music. The compilation contains 36 songs and the artists also include James Hunnicutt, SS Web and Bobby Dickson. 
Download / Stream…
Bandcamp:
https://deathrootssyndicate.bandcamp.com
Internet Archive:
http://archive.org/details/deathrootssyndicate
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DeathRootsSyndicate


Heathen Apostles’ “Paradise Lost” Single to Benefit California Wildfire Relief

This coming February, the Heathen Apostles will be releasing a new single called “Paradise Lost” that will benefit California Wildfire relief efforts. We are working with Kevin Zinger of Regime Music Group and the release dates is March 1st, and in light of the Trump Administration’s recent threat to withhold FEMA funds from the disaster-stricken areas of California, Texas and Puerto Rico (as well as other areas of the country), we want to do what we can to help the many volunteers who are striving to get life for those effected back to normal.

Check back for more info, in the meantime help spread the word about what is going on.

“Paradise Lost” cover photo by Dina Douglass.

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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


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


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 Signed LPs and CDs Still Available

Heathen Apostles signed LPs and CDs are still available! There are some autographed copies of the new Heathen Apostles album Bloodgrass Vol. I & II left from the Pre Sale, this is your chance to grab the first Heathen release on vinyl! The signed copies won’t be available on tour or at any live shows (but you can ask the band to sign yours), so come and get them while they’re hot! Click HERE to check them out and order.

Heathen Apostles Signed LPs

Heathen Apostles Signed LPs