After a string of successful shows all around Eastern Canada, including an appearance at the Spread the Metal festival alongside the mighty Blackguard and Kataklysm, we have finally arrived back home. three breakdowns, some strange altercations, and one very dead deer later it's surprising that we made it at all.
However we'd like to thank everyone who came out, hung out, head banged, and just plain acted obnoxious. You guys all treated us like kings and reminded us why touring is easily the best thing about this business.
With the first leg of the End of The World tour coming to an end, we've had a few days at home. Though it's been nice actually sleeping in a bed, being able to use a stove and (god forbid) shower more than once a fort night, we're itching to be on the move again. It's only a few short days until we set out to conquer the Western half of this fine country so be sure to get your party hats polished and prepare your game faces for our arrival.
That being said, we have updated the tour for the Western leg, we've got more dates, more pages, more offensive material... all the stuff you'd want in a metal tour. So be sure to check out the tour page and keep up to date with our travelings.
With that said, the countdown begins......only a few days now before this whole shit show starts and we look forward to sewering many brews with our friends, old and new. Let's see what sort of racket we can cause.
Cheers and we'll see you all soon.
Well folks it’s been a while since we’ve last had an update, so this post will hopefully serve to best fill you in on what we’ve been doing over the past little while.
Besides our short stint on the road in April to commemorate our fallen brother and occasional tour mate, Mr. David Gold (Woods of Ypres, Thrawsunblat, Necramyth) It may seem like we’ve slowed down a bit. We can assure you that this has not been the case at all.
However, behind the scenes we have spent every second we have towards the production of our sophomore release, Masks.
This has proven to be a truly colossal undertaking, as we have taken on the task of engineering the album ourselves, and has resulted in months of sleepless nights in our effort to present to you what we believe to be some pretty kickass material.
To go hand in hand with a new album, we know some of you are already asking this, but we are indeed shaping up to hit the road in support of the release. We will be releasing our tour dates in the weeks to follow so in anticipation, we expect that all of you out there know who you are, start polishing your party hats because this is going to be one for the record books.
In closing, after all this talk of albums and tours and sweat and blood, it would be very unfair if we left it hanging at that. So we invite you to check out the first demo we have of the upcoming album. This will help shed some light as to what we’ve actually been slaving for over the last little while.
Please enjoy, A Serpent in Judecca.
We’d once again like to thank you all for your never ending support. Keep it loud and we’ll see you all very soon.
With 2011 already being a record year for us, which included our 30 date headlining tour of Canada, as well as performances with many international acts including KALMAH and ATHEIST, we have now settled into our studio to finish up the recording of our sophomore album.
However, as it wouldn't ever be any fun if anything went to plan, the road called again and we've collectively decided that there are too many show opportunities right now to continue spending our time yelling at each other in our dark windowless slave pit of a studio. We're very happy to announce that we will be returning to our home away from home playing a string of dates in Northern Ontario, Canada with UK death metal legends NAPALM DEATH. You can catch us Â with local openers October 8th in Sudbury Ontario,
as well as October 15th in Saulte Sainte Marie.
You can check out at http://www.facebook.com/hallowsdie for ticket prices and more info.
Feeling a bit dissatisfied with just a couple shows in October, all of you back home will be happy (...we think) to know we are also breaking our 8 month hiatus from shows on the home turf. Our grand return will be presented by Inertia Entertainment and will feature fellow Canadian heavyweights UNEXPECT (http://unexpect.com/unxpct/)as the headlining act. Be sure to head down to the "New" Hard Luck Saturday November 18th as we will be in full party mode and who knows......maybe we'll drop a new song or two.
We'd like to thank you all for making this a milestone year in our career. Stay tuned as there are many updates to come regarding our evil scheming.
Once again, you all kick ass.
Hallows Die is Ryan, Pat, Gabe and Dylan
Alright folks, although we realize there’s been a great degree of neglect on our part when it comes to news postings, we assure you that the reason has been nothing less than we’ve been so goddamned busy we barely had time to breathe. The following will hopefully help you understand fully the wars we have been waging and the plans we have set in place for future world domination.
May 12th saw us embark on our “Penetrate the Pacific” tour of Western Canada. Over the course of 24 days we managed to make it from home, to Victoria BC (for those of you wondering.....we paddled), and back again. For those of you overseas, that’s a good 10,000+KM (6300miles) Without a doubt in our minds we can say that this whole endeavor was nothing short of a complete success as well as a kick ass time.
The combination of drawing narrow turns on the mountainsides, calling Wal-mart parking lots home, only sleeping every other day, or following natural disasters (long story) made for a challenging tour, however the rewards for even more plentiful. We played many a packed show, sold out and had to re-print merchandise, penetrated the Pacific Ocean, saw a drastic boost in our following, but most of all we got to hang out with some of the grooviest people on the planet. Whether it was at a show, putting us up at your house, partying in a parking lot, or exchanging obscene jokes, you Westerners treated us like kings and there’s probably more than one of you who will cringe when we say we will definitely be back very soon.
Because we know that watching us suffer is equally, if not more satisfying than listening to our music, we have concocted several tour video to give you an insight as to what it’s like to be trapped with us on the road, and how close to death (mainly by each other) we actually came.
Be warned that these videos expose us for the trolls we actually are. For those of you who didn’t think we were bad enough; by all means click the link.
You’ve been warned.
Behind the head solo
But enough of the old, it’s time for the new. Our original plan was to release our sophomore album, ‘Masks’ this coming August it appears as though we’ll have to postpone it until the fall 2011. Fear not, for our plate is full with even more shows and all around music debauchery. First up; To celebrate Canada day, we’ll be doing a three day mini tour in Northern Ontario, culminating in our headlining performance at the first ever 'Touch of Death Festival in Cochrane Ontario. Details for all the shows are below.
June 30th in SUDBURY: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199742433379653
July 1st in NORTH BAY: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221933017834575
July 2nd (11:00 Headlining performance) in Cochrane: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177419835611058
And following that; we will make our long awaited return to our actual home city in Toronto. Having only played the city once previously this year (In March with tech-death legends Atheist) we felt it was once again time to bring the party to our loyal friends and fans that have watched us grow over the last 5 years. That being said, you can catch us with modern up-and-coming Metalblade thrashers LAZARUS A.D. on July 25th at the Hard Luck Bar for only $10. This is an all ages event, so we expect all you youngins to come out. We’ve got all kinds of new limited edition merch, and will of course be tossing out some free swag to whoever comes and says ‘hi’ to us ugly fucks.
Despite these two stints we have already started preparing for the studio and we are equally as excited as we are terrified for the process and the outcome. The select few who have heard our new material have agreed that most of it is a bit of a departure from what we’ve released before. However, we are still confident that the evolved sound will satisfy the old fans and pave the way for an army of new ones.
As we enter the studio we plan to record and release the process in the form of several ‘studio video blogs.’ Stay tuned and you can know what kind of hell we go through to release the orchestrated noise we call music.
Until next time, stay sexy,
Hallows Die – Ryan, Pat, Gabe and Dylan
With the end-goal in mind of promoting their sophomore album “MASKS” (Tentative release date: August 2011) the boys will be hitting both large cities and some smaller markets in their attempt to infect fellow metal heads with their unique sound and stage presence. The tour will kick off on May 13th in the Northern Ontario town of Sault Ste. Marie and climax in Vancouver on May 23rd, before the heading back towards Ontario.
Hallows Die is:
Ryan Bovaird: guitar, vocals
Pat Rogers: guitar
Gabriel Bateman: Bass
Dylan Gowan: Drums
May 13 – Foggy Notions – Sault Ste. Marie ON
May 14 – Black Pirate's Club - Thunder Bay ON
May 15 – The Death Trap – Winnipeg MB
May 16 – The Club – Regina SK
May 17 – The Vat – Red Deer AB
May 18 – The Mead Hall – Edmonton AB
May 19 – Better Than Fred’s – Grand Prairie
May 20 – Third – Prince George BC
May 21 – The Long House – Williams Lake BC
May 22 – The Astoria – Vancouver BC
May 24 – The Lucky Bar – Victoria BC
May 25 – Centennial Hall – Kelowna BC
May 26 – Pogue Mahone’s – Kamloops BC
May 27 – Vern’s Tavern – Calgary AB
May 28 – Walker’s – Saskatoon SK
May 29 – The North Hill Inn – Brandon MB
May 30 – Kilroy's – Thunder Bay ON
May 31 – Firework Shack – Cochrane ON
June 1 – Myths and Mirrors- Sudbury ON
June 2 – the Foxx Lounge – Barrie ON
June 3 – Grand River Hotel – Cambridge ON
June 4 – The Mansion House – St. Catherines ON
June 7 – Brooklyn's Bar – Hamilton ON
Greetings fellow earth inhabitants, and for the first time ever, those of you who use Internet Explorer.
As you all know, 2010 has been an intense blend of awesome, challenging, new, intimidating and rewarding experiences for us. This post will serve to highlight the past little while for us as well as bring you up to speed regarding our future plans and evil schemes.
After embarking on (and somehow surviving) our first two week tour across the east coast of Canada, we hit the stage again in Toronto supporting The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore and Arkaik on BDM’s Deflorate North America tour.
We’d like to thank our friends, old and new, for coming out and supporting us. You guys kick ass and always give way to a good time.
On that note, we’re very sorry to say that those of you attended that show also saw the last Hallows Die performance of 2010. That’s right ladies and gents we have decided to retreat to our respective slave pits and use the rest of this year to write and potentially start recording our next album. With new members, new ideas, and a lyrical theme loosely based on the misconceptions and diluted realities we as a species face, we’ve entitled the project ‘Masks’.
We wouldn’t simply disappear without leaving you fine folks with something to stew over for the next few months, so we present to you the first recorded version of Do Androids Dream of Robot Sheep. Check it out on our myspace, and if you have the desire to listen to it more than once then we’ve made it free to download off our lastFM or on the “media” section of our official web page.
So now that you’re all caught up, don’t forget to check back as this is just a small portion of everything we have planned over the next little while. We will to continue to post updates as things begin to come together so keep your ears peeled. Until next time, rock hard and stay groovy.
Ryan, Pat, Dylan, Gabe
Be sure to check out our different offerings all over the web:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hallows-Die/27149398108 – Hallows Die on Facebook
http://www.myspace.com/hallowsdie - Hallows Die on Myspace
http://www.last.fm/music/Hallows+Die - Hallows Die on Last.FM
http://www.twitter.com/hallowsdie - Hallows Die on Twitter
Ay ladies and gents,
Though some time has passed since the last Hallows Die update was posted, we assure you that August has proven to be one of the most challenging, fun, hectic and screwed up time for all of us.
First tidbit of news that you guys should know about is the de-briefing as it were on our Ruin The East 2010 tour. After 14 days and over 6000 kilometres we are finally home safe and sound. Dealing with such difficulties as a rogue detaching trailer wheel, a detouring and confused GPS, an opinionated Sunday afternoon drunk, playing jazz versions of our songs for retirees, suffering countless hours with only trees to look at, or fighting for cramped parking spaces somehow made it that much more rewarding to know we are all still breathing and still functioning as a musical entity.
However, despite the trials and tribulations, we met more than our fair share of awesome people in every city and we'd like to extend a personal "thank you" to all of you for hanging with us and helping keep the cabin fever induced mental breakdowns at bay. You guys are the reason we set out in the first place and we hope to be privileged enough to sewer some more drinks in your company again soon...
Next up we have the video documentation. We've taken the finer points of our trek and compiled them into several incriminating webisodes that we will be releasing over the next several days. So for those of you sadistic enough to watch the torture of 5 dudes please click below.
DISCLAIMER - We assure you, very few less than pretty
musicians were injured during the making of these videos.
You can see the rest of the videos as we upload them over the next few weeks on our youtube channel Hallows Die on Youtube
Ryan, Pat, Gabe and Dylan
From an outsider's perspective, it may seem that Hallows Die is having a rather quiet summer..but behind the scenes, as it were, this season has been one of the most chaotic periods in the bands history! After many "band-meetings" (see: beers, bowls, hard liquor and other debauchery), we have made some radical plans for the future of the band. We'll try our best right now to get all you folks up to speed.
The first order of business is in regard to the constant stench of fettuccine that plagued us from behind the drum-kit. It's very sad, but the Italian skins-man, Dan Neil, will no longer be providing our percussion. He's found his calling elsewhere and we wish him well.
Our new man on the throne goes by the name of Dylan Gowan! He comes from a long line of famous prog rock musicians and comes well equipped (with an endorsement from Pearl Drums). Everyone say "Hi Dylan!"
Also on the agenda, we are very proud to announce the addition of Old Credit Brewing Company and the Hard Luck Bar to our ever growing list of sponsors/endorsers. We'd like to thank them for their ongoing support and are very excited about the new possibilities and opportunities we will create. You can check out their websites on the "contact" page above.
And finally, without further ado, the biggest announcement of all... HALLOWS DIE IS TOURING EASTERN CANADA!
That's right folks, it's been a long time coming, but we are finally hitting the road in our home country of Canada. We're stopping at every little dirt town from here to the very northern reaches of Nova Scotia. Whether it be a flashy new bar in downtown Montreal, partying it up in the nickel mines of Sudbury or hitting up house parties in backwater maritime cities, we'll be there making people wish they were somewhere else!
So come on out, drink enough that we sound bearable (hope you got a big bar tab), and prepared to be ruined!
So that's all for now folks. As usual, you can find us all over the web, so track our arses down on Facebook, give us a shout, pretend you enjoy us, and if you really wanna stroke our egos, come see us live on tour this August!
Ryan, Pat, Gabe, And Dylan
PS. Our debut album WORLD OF RUIN is still available for sale at many fine online retailers, including amazon.ca, hmv.ca, and ITunes. If you want a physical copy, you can also hit up THE END RECORDS online store, CDN RECORDS and INDIEPOOL.
Welcome to the grand release of hallowsdie.com! Have a look around, check out the pictures, buy an album or three, and see what we've been up to lately in the updates below.
After a string of shows in May across Ontario that saw the band play with such heavyweights as 3 Inches of Blood, Goatwhore and Dark Tranquillity, Hallows Die would like to take this opportunity to give you an update to where we are right now. We'd like to first and foremost thank all of you again, near and far, old and new. for your never ending support, we look forward to meeting more of you crazy arseholes as we keep rolling on.
We made our debut in the cold northern Ontario landscapes with the Montreal death metal masters Neuraxis as well as the crazy heavy Beyond Within.
Photos by Conte (click for more)
We liked it so much up north, we headed back a couple weeks later to spend another night in Sudbury with 3 Inches of Blood, Goatwhore and Wolven Ancestry.
Photos by Conte (click for more)
We'd once again like to say you Northern Ontarians really know how to party, and do some wailing falsettos.
The very next night we had the honour of participating in our hometown's first real metal fest alongside some of the craziest talent in the city.
Photos by www.victoriajpolsoni.com
And the following week on May 20th we had the opportunity to share the stage with our heroes from Sweden Dark Tranquillity at the Opera House in Toronto.
Photos courtesy of Charnelle Stohrer and Mark Coatsworth
May has also seen us practicing new material and writing more. We're starting to expand beyond what we originally thought our music was to be and we're loving every damn minute of it. Be sure to keep your ears open in the near future. At this point weâ€™ve started the process of demoing a handful of new songs for the next album, and at this time we'd like to announce the title of second album will be: Masks. So be sure to keep your eyes open for a couple of demos floating around in the near future.
That being said, we are now ready to venture off into new, uncharted and hopefully dangerous situations, which if our plans unfold properly should all fold out mid August. So stay tuned for more updates, we'll have a shiteload more good stories as the summer unfolds.
As always, to keep up with the latest news and get in touch with the band check out our facebook group: