All Hail The Yeti Offers New Album Update

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All Hail The Yeti is hard at work in the studio on its next album.

The band recently announced this week that it is working with Grammy Award-winning producer Warren Riker (Down, Kill Devil Hill, Crowbar) on its third full-length studio recording at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ. The band has been posting updates on its work on its Facebook page, too, keeping fans updated on its work.

Band front man Connorr Garritty said in a recent interview that he thought the album was progressing well, adding having Riker manning the boards has played directly into that positive progress.

“This process has been absolutely amazing,” Garritty said. “Warren dove right into the songs and has quickly become a fifth member of the band. His positivity and creativeness were exactly what we needed to make this record! the whole process felt so natural and unforced. to be able to work with someone who has such a diverse musical background really helped take this record to the next level. He has a great ear for every type of music, not just heavy metal, and I think that is what has made this so special. We could not be happier. Hopefully the world is ready for this chapter of All Hail the Yeti.

More updates on the album’s progress will be posted including tour news. Fans can keep up with it all online at:

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All Hail The Yeti Announces New Live Dates

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All Hail The Yeti is heading back out on the road.

The band announced this week it will embark on the “Screaming Black Curse Tour” beginning May 17 in Los Angeles, CA.  The tour, on which the band will serve as headliner, is in support of its latest album 2016’s Screams From A Black Wilderness.

Invidia and Broken Rail will serve as support throughout the nearly three-week run.  The tour’s current schedule will take the bands throughout the west coast, Midwest and southwest.  The tour schedule is noted below.

ALL HAIL THE YETI on Spring Meltdown Fest:
4/22 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ Ghoul, Skinlab, Alter Beast and more
 
ALL HAIL THE YETI Screaming Black Curse Tour Dates w/ Invidia & Broken Rail:
5/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
5/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
5/19 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
5/22 – Seattle, WA @El Corazon
5/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
5/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/26 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
5/28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
5/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Rail Club
6/2 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
6/3 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
6/4 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
+More TBA!

All Hail The Yeti front man Connor Garritty was upbeat as he talked about expectations for the upcoming live dates, adding he was also excited about the addition of some new sponsors for the tour.

“We are very excited about the “Screaming Black Curse Tour,” Garritty said. “We’ve teamed up with Invidia and Broken Rail to bring you a really diverse musical party.  This time of year is always really great to get on the road and play shows because the weather is nice and fans are excited to get out of hibernation!  Schecter Guitars and Black Hope Curse Clothing have jumped on board as the main sponsors and will be doing some fun stuff on the tour, too.  We hope to see all of our tried and true fans, friends and family. This is all about you! HAIL!”

Screams From A Black Wilderness is available in stores and online now.  It can be purchased online via Bandcamp, Amazon or iTunes.  Audiences can also check out the videos for ‘Daughter of The Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames,’ ‘After The Great Fire,’ and ‘Feed The Pigs’ online now, too.

More information on the “Screaming Black Curse Tour” is available online now along with all of All Hail The Yeti’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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All Hail The Yeti Debuts New Socio-Politically Charged Single, Companion Video

Photo Credit: Henry Diltz

Photo Credit: Henry Diltz

All Hail The Yeti released a powerful new composition this week and a video to accompany that song.

The band released its hard-hitting, socio-politically charged song ‘Feed The Pigs’ this week.  The song is focused on events that have happened around the world and urges listeners to take action against the things and events that are negatively impacting the planet.

Front man Connor Garritty explained in a recent interview with Huffington Post contributing writer Ilana Rapp the song was written in response to the current state of the world.

“Writing ‘Feed The Pigs’ came very naturally for us; one of the least stressful, yet one of the most important songs we have ever written,” Garritty said. “We have always been very conscious of the world around us, especially the environment.  With everything that is going on around us right now, I felt that this song needed to be heard…so inspiration wouldn’t be the word – it is more of a wake up call!  Our society needs to clue in to what is going on!  Change has to start right now!”

The song’s companion video is a powerful visual project that mixes video clips of events that have happened around the world with footage of the band performing its new song. Audiences should be warned the imagery presented in the video is very powerful – so viewer discretion is advised.  The video can be viewed online here now.

‘Feed The Pigs’ is a standalone work from All Hail The Yeti and is not included in the band’s latest full-length studio recording Screams From A Black Wilderness.  That album is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.  The band has also released videos for ‘Daughter of the Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames’ and ‘After The Great Fire.’  ‘Daughter of the Morning Star’ and ‘Before The Flames’ are both included in Screams From A Black Wilderness.  ‘After The Great Fire’ comes from the band’s 2012 debut album, which was re-issued via Minus Head Records in 2015.

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Hannah Williams’ Second LP Takes First On Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums List

Courtesy: Record Kicks

Courtesy: Record Kicks

The countdown to the year’s end continue today with yet another addition to Phil’s Picks’ 2016 “Best Of” lists.  This time, Phil’s Picks offers its list of the year’s top new independent albums.  This list was just as difficult as any assembled.  Readers should understand independent doesn’t necessarily mean unsigned.  Rather it encompasses unsigned bands and bands signed to independent labels, thus the title “Independent Albums.”  Included in this year’s list are new releases from Cage9, All Hail The Yeti, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations among many others.  As always, the list includes the year’s Top 10 new albums on the list as well as five honorable mention titles, bringing the total album count to 15.  So, without further ado, here are Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

 

2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums

 

1) Hannah Williams and the Affirmations – Late Nights and Heartbreak

 

2) All Hail the Yeti – Screams From A Black Wilderness

 

3) Love and a .38 – Nomad

 

4) Buffalo Summer – Second Sun

 

5) Cage9 – Illuminator

 

6) Apollo Under Fire – Apollo Under Fire

 

7) The Heavy – Hurt and the Merciless

 

8) Celeb Car Crash – People Are The Best Show

 

9) Radio Exile – Soulfire

 

10) Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

11) Another Lost Year – Alien Architect

 

12) Alexis Taylor – Piano

 

13) Garrett Klahn – Garrett Klahn

 

14) Pareidolia – Denied Truths

 

15) Phill Rocker – Hard To Bleed

 

 

 

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All Hail The Yeti Premieres ‘Mr. Murder’ Video

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

All Hail The Yeti released the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single ‘Mr. Murder’ online this week exclusively through Music Choice. The song is taken from the band’s latest full-length studio recording Scream From a Black Wilderness. Front man Connor Garritty talked about the video, saying that while it gives fans a view of the band’s live show it also pays tribute to one of the band’s close friends, Matthew Berube.

“We are very excited to finally release the video for ‘Mr. Murder,” Garritty said. “This was shot over the last few tours compiled with live footage and tour antics while paying tribute to our brother Matthew Berube, who passed away in 2015.  it also features our dear friend Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists who flew out from Alaksa to join us on the Haunted and Damaged Tour to perform live and film the video. This song is very difficult for us to perform live given the subject matter, but it also brings us great happiness to immortalize our best friend. Hope you all enjoy…Hail ‘Mr. Murder’!”

All Hail The Yeti is preparing to join Max and Iggor Cavalera’s “Return to Roots Tour.”   they will join The Black Dahlia Murder, Combichrist, Allegeon, and Oni as support for the tour.  The tour launches this Sunday, Sept. 25.

Along with its dates on the “Return to Roots Tour,” All Hail The Yeti will also perform at a number of off-date shows with Combichrist during its October tour.

Fans can view All Hail The Yeti’s current tour schedule online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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All Hail The Yeti Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy: Minus Head Records/Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Minus Head Records/Adrenaline PR

All Hail The Yeti is heading out on the road this summer.

The band has announced that it will embark on a four-week headlining tour this summer in support of its latest album Screams From A Black Wilderness.  The tour launches Friday, July 29th in Tempe, Arizona and runs through Friday, August 26th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  St. Louis, Missouri-based Final Drive will serve as direct support for All Hail The Yeti on the upcoming tour.  AHTY front man Connor Garritty noted Final Drive’s addition to the tour in a statement about the tour along with a note about what fans can expect in the band’s upcoming live dates.  “We are very excited to be back on the road doing what we love. It’s been a while but we want to thank all our fans for being so patient. You will not be disappointed!,” he said about the tour.  In regards to the addition of Final Drive to the tour he said, We signed up Final Drive from St. Louis to directly support us every night. They are a great band with tons of energy! We hope to see all of our followers out there – the storm is coming! HAIL!”  The schedule for the bands’ upcoming tour is noted below.

 

ALL HAIL THE YETI Headline Tour Dates:

7/29/2016 – Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

7/30/2016 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground

7/31/2016 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar

8/1/2016 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats

8/2/2016 – Houston, TX @ BFE

8/3/2016 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

8/4/2016 – Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge

8/5/2016 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

8/6/2016 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (Final Drive headline)

8/8/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Castle Lounge

8/9/2016 – Billings, MT @ The Rail Yard

8/10/2016 – Missoula, MT @ The Dark Horse

8/12/2016 – Edmonton, AB Canada @The Brix

8/14/2016 – Calgary, AB Canada @Distortion

8/15/2016 – Canmore, AB Canada @ Canmore Hotel

8/18/2016 – Vancouver, BC Canada @ Cobalt Hotel

8/20/2016 – Anchorage, AK @ Koot’s (no Final Drive)

8/22/2016 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse

8/23/2016 – Portland, OR @ Ash Street

8/24/2016 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder

8/25/2016 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls

8/26/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar (merging with another tour, NEID headlines)

 

In related news, AHTY bassist Nicholas Diltz has launched a new side project dubbed Day of Errors.  The band features Joe Amodeal on guitar and legendary drummer Bill Ward (ex-Black Sabbath) behind the kit.  The band will perform TONIGHT at 8pm at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA.  The show is 21+ only.  Doors open at 8:00pm.  More information on tonight’s show can be obtained at http://www.luckystrikelive.com.  As an added note, while Diltz has started this new band, he is still a full-time member of All Hail The Yeti and will be alongside his AHTY band mates on the “Haunted and Damaged” Tour.

All Hail The Yeti released its sophomore album Screams From A Black Wilderness this past April.  The album was produced by Matt Hyde (Soulfly, Deftones, Slayer).  It can be ordered online now via Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes.  The band currently has three music videos streaming online now.  They are ‘Daughter of the Morning Star,’ ‘Before The Flames’ (Part 1 from Screams From A Black Wilderness) and ‘After The Great Fire’ (Part 2 from the band’s 2012 self-titled debut).  All three can be viewed online now at the noted links.  More information on those videos is available online now along with all of the latest updates on AHTY’s upcoming tour, news, and more at:

 

 

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AHTY’s New Album Will Leave Listeners “Screaming” For More

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

Bow down, metal nation.  All Hail The Yeti has returned.  And it has done so in grand fashion with its long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness.  The thirteen-song record is a musical offering that proves to be a solid follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2012 debut from beginning to end.  That is thanks both to the song’s powerful musical arrangements and equally engaging campfire horror stories.  Both elements combine within the course of each song to make Screams From a Black Wilderness a record that every metal purist should hear at least once if not more now that it is available.  The album’s opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of how that mix of music and lyrics makes this record such a solid return for All Hail The Yeti.  ‘Witch Is Dead,’ the album’s midway point, is another piece that exemplifies the power of this record’s musical and lyrical material.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of that power.  All three songs, when set against one another, paint a clear picture of the power of the album’s musical and lyrical content.  Together with the rest of the album’s offerings, all thirteen songs make this fifty-nine minute record a collection of songs that is one more of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal records.

Four years removed from the release of its self-titled debut album All Hail The Yeti has returned with a new offering that actually bests that record.  That is proven time and again throughout the course of the album’s thirteen songs and fifty-nine minute run time.  Its opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is proof of that in itself.  This is thanks both to its musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  In regards to the song’s musical content it is a piece that any fan of Hellyeah, Dry Kill Logic, Motionless in White and other acts of that ilk.  The arrangement in question is a mid-tempo composition that is driven largely by its guitar line and drums.  Front man Connor Garritty conjures thoughts of Hellyeah/Mudvayne front man Chad Gray with his vocal delivery.  That adds even more punch to the song’s musical arrangement.  It’s just one part of what makes this song proof of the album’s overall strength.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song as its musical makeup.  Garritty noted in a recent interview that the album’s songs are lyrically based on well-known campfire horror stories.  And the story behind this song is horror, needless to say.  It centers on the story of an orphanage that caught fire and killed all of the children inside.  It would be interesting to discover the roots of the story.  Though, the story of Vermillion’s Gore Orphanage in Ohio seems to line up pretty well with this story.  One part of the story even has the spirits of the children running through the woods, allegedly still on fire, screaming “Help Me” much as Garritty screams “Help Us” Save Us/Fire and flame are surrounding us.”  The little girl telling her parents in a letter (that obviously never made it to them) of how the fire started makes the story even more painful to hear.  That is not to say that there is any truth to the Ohio legend.  But the two stories definitely do sound similar.  Regardless of whether or not a relationship exists between that story and the story behind this song, it can still be said that the combination of the song’s story and its musical arrangement makes this song one of the album’s best and just one example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from All Hail The Yeti and a record that was well worth the wait.

‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from the Los Angeles, CA-based band.  It shows just as much why the album was well worth the wait.  While it is a good example of both, it is not the only good example of each.  The album’s midpoint, ‘Witch Is Dead,’ is another example of what makes this record stand out.  In terms of its musical content the influences of Dry Kill Logic and Hellyeah are clear and present throughout.  That is especially the case in the song’s chorus in which Garritty and company chant, “Hey, hey the witch is dead/Which old witch/The wicked witch/Hey, hey the wicked witch is dead/Wake up/Your blood runs red/As it drips off of your head/Wake up/The f****** b**** is dead” against the song’s pounding drums and guitars.  The chorus isn’t the only place in which those influences show themselves.  They are just as evident throughout the song’s verses, too.  Speaking of the song’s verses their content sounds pretty violent to say the least.  However one must keep in mind here that ‘Witch Is Dead’, like the album’s other songs, is based on a classic campfire horror story.  Considering this one can only wonder which story was the influence behind the song.  That is because in today’s era it sadly sounds like way too many real life murder stories.  Garrity sings here of a man who has perhaps murdered a woman.  That is inferred as he screams, “It seems like lately there’s no more you and I/Will not take this anymore/I come to judge you f****** w****/I bet you die alone/There is no chance in this life you’re making/All alone/So stop breathing/You sucked up enough.”  That’s just the song’s lead verse, too.  Things don’t’ lighten up any in the song’s second verse.  Garritty’s character screams here, “And now you’re mine/Your hands are tied and you’re squealin’ like a swine/It makes me smile/When I realize that I/Have you where I want you/I always knew it would end like this.”  It gets even harsher in the song’s closing verse.  That verse will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  But it goes without saying that whichever classic campfire story is the basis for this song, it definitely is a scary one.  And that fear factor, when set against the song’s musical content, makes the song in whole a work that is just as nightmare-inducing as it is entertaining (thanks to its musical content).  As crazy as it might seem, the mix of that fear factor and entertainment factor shows why the song in whole is another good example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness such a solid and welcome new return from All Hail The Yeti.  It still is not the album’s only other example, either.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of what makes this record such a solid and welcome return for the band.

‘Before The Flames’ and ‘Witch Is Dead’ are both key examples of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s new album a solid and welcome return for the band.  They are just a couple of examples of what makes it so solid and welcome.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more of the album’s strong points.  The song’s musical arrangement sets its foundation.  Its musical arrangement boasts a familiar heavy, chugging sound that is more akin to the likes of Crowbar, Down, and others of that ilk.  In regards to its lyrical content it is obvious right from the song’s opening verse that the song is centered on the Jonestown Massacre.  That is because Garritty screams right in the opening lines, “They were told to line up/And drink the glass of Flavor-Aid…would send them to an early grave.”  He even makes light of Jones having a hurried, agitated sense about him when he told his followers to drink the juice and commit suicide, as soldiers were coming.”  This depiction is spot on according to the story of what happened at Jonestown.  What’s really scary here is that the band even gives voice to Jones’ followers as they tell Jones that they drink to make him happy.  The way in which Garritty and company sing those lines makes the story so sad.  That is because of the knowledge that they had been completely brainwashed by that madman.  It also incorporates what can only be assumed to be audio of Jones talking to his followers in the course of the song in order to heighten the song’s impact.  It does just that, too.  That heightened impact, when set against the song’s heavy, chugging musical arrangement, once again shows why this composition is one of the album’s strongest points.  When set alongside the likes of ‘Witch Is Dead’ and ‘Before The Flames’ all three songs join together to paint a very scary picture in the best way possible.  They paint a picture of an album that will entertain listeners once more just as much as it will scare them with each of its songs’ stories.  This applies just as much with the album’s remaining songs not noted here.  All things considered the musical and lyrical material that makes up the body of this record shows it in whole to be a record that is a solid, welcome return from All Hail The Yeti and also one of the best new hard rock and metal albums of the year.

All Hail The Yeti’s new album Screams From a Black Wilderness is a solid, welcome return from the Los Angeles, CA-based metal outfit.  It is also one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  That is thanks to stories that real or imagined are the stuff of nightmares.  The musical foundation set by the song’s arrangements adds even more impact to the album.  This applies not only to the songs noted in this review but to every one of the album’s featured offerings.  All things considered Scenes From a Black Wilderness proves to be a solid, welcome return for All Hail The Yeti and one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  It is a record that will leave audiences and other bands bowing to the band as one of the metal community’s next big names.  It is available now and can be downloaded direct online via iTunes and Amazon.  More information on Screams From a Black Wilderness is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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