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Phantom of the Black Hills’ New Heavy Western Album

Our Ratchet Blade labelmates the Phantom of the Black Hills are releasing a new Heavy Western album, and the Heathen Apostles are all over it. Mather is singing on several of the songs, and Chopper 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 the album by Mather Louth, lead vocalist for the Gothic Americana band the Heathen Apostles, of which Franklin is also a member.

POTBH Heavy Western album
 

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 Animated Series

Chopper Franklin scoring Gothic Western series

Chopper Franklin

The Heathen Apostles’ Chopper Franklin has been hired to compose music for the Gothic Western animated 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.

Southern Gothic Music Tour of Europe For 9/21

The first tour dates have been announced for the Heathen Apostles September 2021 European Tour. This Southern Gothic music 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 are still four open dates, if you have a venue that would like to book the Heathen Apostles, or know of one, Kurt DeBont at Rootstown Bookings HERE.

southern gothic music tour

 
Heathen Apostles September 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 available
06/09/2021 Monday l’Usine Switzerland Genève
7/09/2021 Tuesday BlahBlah Italy Torino
08/09/2021 Wednesday available
09/09/2021 Thursday Willemeen The Netherlands Arnhem
10/09/2021 Friday available
11/09/2021 Saturday CC Muze Belgium Zolder
12/09/2021 Sunday The Grand Canyon Belgium Nazareth
13/09/2021 Monday available
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 Celebrate Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

From the Heathen Apostles Instagram: To all women: we see you. We celebrate you. We thank you for all that you are, all that you have been, and all that you will be. 💪🖤 (photo of our very own @matherlouth by @moomerfoto) #internationalwomensday #womensupportingwomen #whoruntheworld #womenartists #thefutureisfemale Mather - Women's Day

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!