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Los Angeles based progressive rock collective ANCESTORS have announced April, 2010 UK and European tour dates in support of its critically acclaimed new album Of Sound Mind. The trek will launch on April 9 in Essen, Germany and will include a high profile appearance as part of the 2010 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 15.  Now in its eleventh year, the Roadburn Festival has become Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom “or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.”  Roadburn 2010 will feature ANCESTORS alongside like-minded acts such as Jesu, Shrinebuilder, The Gates of Slumber and more.

Joining ANCESTORS on both the UK / Euro tour and at Roadburn will be Los Angeles-based rock quintet NIGHT HORSE. The band shares in common with ANCESTORS guitarist Justin Maranga and have caught the ears and eyes of critics and fans alike with their unique ability to blend the greater aspects of rock music with a much needed breath of contemporary fresh air.  NIGHT HORSE, who has been described as “If Sonic Youth had been immersed in an ocean of Allman Brothers inspiration, or if Soundgarden had been steeped in late 60s Fleetwood Mac”, will enter LA’s Infrasonic Sound with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Murder City Devils) later this month to record its sophomore LP, due for a summer release via Tee Pee Records.

On January 28, ANCESTORS will perform live at Los Angeles’ Ultra Violet Social Club as special guests of legendary doom metal band Saint Vitus.  Also appearing on the bill will be Saviours, Totimoshi and Crowned By Fire.  For additional information and to purchase tickets, please click here. ANCESTORS will also play LA on February 19 at Spaceland with Intronaut and label mates Black Math Horseman.

In additional ANCESTORS news, the band has recently premiered the brand new song “Antler Wings” via Decibel Magazine.  The dynamic track will appear on an upcoming split 7” with Swedish rockers Graveyard.  Check out “Antler Wings” here . The 7” will be pressed as a limited run of 500 and can be pre-ordered at this location. The band will also have copies available for sale at its upcoming live performances.  

ANCESTORS just-released album Of Sound Mind hit stores on October 6 via Tee Pee and has met to shining critical acclaim in the time since its release, being called “a triumphant prog-metal ride” “that you should start listening now” by Stereogum, “a thicker and more modern version of Pink Floyd” by Synthesis and “epic” by Brooklyn Vegan.  For a taste of what Of Sound Mind delivers, check out the song “The Trial” here.

Formed in 2006, ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural "metalgaze" atmospherics.  Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infrasonic Sound by Pete Lyman, (The Mars Volta, Beck, No Age), the band’s new album Of Sound Mind is an 8-part, hour-long experience that is at once passionate, bold and challenging.  Described as “A journey through the past into the future,” the album showcases ANCESTORS’ ever-evolving musicianship and metrics, which have drawn comparison to Neurosis, Hawkwind, King Crimson, Om and (early) Black Sabbath.  Of Sound Mind injects an intoxicating mien into the soul of hard rock and vintage metal and seethes with both analog warmth and astute atmosphere. Essentially conceptual in nature, Of Sound Mind lyrically and thematically contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society.  With both thunderous roar and expansive communiqué, ANCESTORS are proving to be a quickly-emerging force of musical power and creativity.

features Justin Maranga - (Guitar, Vocals), Nick Long (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Brandon Pierce (Drums, Gong), Chico Foley (Electronics, Keys, and Vocals) and J. Christopher Watkins (Organ, Vocals).  

ANCESTORS tour dates:

January 28             Hollywood, CA     Ultra Violet Social Club (w/ Saint Vitus, Saviours)
February 19           Los Angeles, CA   Spaceland (w/ Intronaut, Black Math Horseman)

European tour with NIGHT HORSE:

April 9      Essen, Germany             Cafe Nova
April 10    Belgium                        TBC    
April 11    Segrate, Italy                 Magnolia   
April 13    Wien, Austria                  Arena
April 14   München, Germany          Sunny Red
April 15   Tilburg, Netherlands          013 (As part of the 2010 Roadburn Festival w/ Astra, John Garcia, The Gates of Slumber, Yob, Magnus Pelander, Church of Misery, etc.)
April 16   London, UK                    South Of The Border
April 17   Plymouth, UK                  White Rabbit

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