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Live Photos From Rotterdam, NL

The Heathen Apostles’ “Hot as Hell” 2018 European tour blazes on, with temperatures getting up toward 100 degrees in some cities. Here are some great photos of the Cafe de Ouwehoer show in Rotterdam, Netherlands as captured by Martijn Berlage.

Heathen Apostles at Wacken Open Air

The Heathen Apostles set at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken Germany was a barn-burner, with a raucous set combining with record setting temperatures. The event was the second stop on the Heathen Apostles’ 2018 European tour, the next show is at Rock Cafe de Engel in Den Helder, Netherlands. 

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

Heathen Apostles 2018 European Tour Dates Finalized

The Heathen Apostles 2018 European tour dates have been finalized, check to poster to see if they will be appearing near you. The band will be playing every day starting on August 3rd to August 19th, with stops in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The new Bloodgrass Vol. I & II album (available on LP and CD) will be available, as well as several new merch items. Click HERE for more info, the tour was booked by Rootstown Bookings.

Heathen Apostles 2018 European tour dates

Heathen Apostles are at Maui Sugar Mill 7/20/18

The Heathen Apostles Record Release show for Bloodgrass Vol. I & II at Bar Sinister was a great success, the place was packed and everyone had a blast. Thanks to Pat Muzingo of Speedbuggy and Junkyard for sitting in on drums. The next show is this Friday, July 20th as the Heathen Apostles are at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, the band will be on at 11pm. It’s the Heathen Apostles last show before their European tour, and it’s free admission, so don’t miss it! Click HERE for more info.

Heathen Apostles are at maui sugar mill

Review of Bloodgrass Vol. 1 in Dark Entries Magazine

Great review of Bloodgrass Vol. 1 in Dark Entries Magazine (a great Belgium goth magazine) that was just brought to our attention, read the translation below, click HERE to go to their site:

Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol. 1 reviewWe know alt-country, we think of bands like Whiskeytown , 16 Horsepower or Woven Hand . We also know cowpunk and gothabilly or hellbilly. Think of bands like Ghoultown , Gravetown or DAD. These Heathen Apostles from Los Angeles also fit in this category (especially the latter in terms of image) but actually this is almost pure Americana folk, country and bluegrass, in short hillbilly music with a dark edge. The musicians look like baddies escaped from a western movie, three black cowboys in nineteenth century gear and the lady from the outfit as a black-clad widow from the same period. Complete with a black veil covering her eyes. It has something steampunk too.

The band consists of singer Mather Louth (the lascivious widow) and her fellow band members, dressed-in-black cowboys Chopper Franklin (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, drums), Thomas Lorioux (bass) and Luis Mascaro (violin). Chopper Franklin is a punk rock veteran who once played in The Cramps and bands like Nick Curran & The Lowlifes and Mau Maus. In the past, Heathen Apostles also had drummer Stevyn Grey in the ranks (ex- Christian Death , ex- 45 Grave ).

Heathen Apostles are a very productive band. Their debut album “Boot Hill Hymnal” (2013), the “Without A Trace” EP (2014), the singles “Fool’s Gold”, “Fist City”, “Death’s Head”, as well as their second album “Fire To The Fuse” (all 2015) all came out on Ratchet Blade Records. The third Heathen Apostles album “Requiem For A Remix”, “The Misery And Gin EP” and the single “Albatross” all came out in a busy 2016. In 2017 finally the “Strange Flowers EP” came out and in December this ” Bloodgrass Vol. 1 “EP, still on Ratchet Blade Records that specializes in such bands.

Five songs are on the new EP (21 minutes playing time). Three original compositions: “Death Came A Ridin'” (my favorite and the darkest and rockiest song), “Dark Days” (with banjo and melancholic violin) and the up-tempo like a horse hopping across the prairie (I have to think of Johnny Cash) “Lady In Gold”. And then also two covers. These covers are “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” by the contemporary country artist Darrell Scott and a beautiful adaptation of the classic (from 1935) “Summertime” ( Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward ) which is especially known in the version of The Zombies but that counts numerous interpretations by Ella Fitzgerald , Billie Holiday etc.

Entertaining EP song with beautiful songs, but even better if these pagan apostles mixed some more punk, goth or psychobilly in their sound because with the exception of the song “Death Came A Ridin'” this is musically close to pure Americana or what they call alt-country today instead of a true crossover style with the dark genre as the image suggests. In spite of the terms ‘gothic americana’, ‘gothic country’, ‘southern gothic’ or ‘dark roots’ that they use to interpret their music. But you do not hear me complaining; Heathen Apostles are an interesting band that I will definitely continue to follow.

Henk Vereecken

New Heathen Apostles Merch in Store

New Heathen Apostles merch has arrived in their online store, namely a new “The Heathen” Tarot T-shirt design and a Vince Ray 22″ x 22″ bandana, as well as a few other items. Both items will be available at shows on their upcoming European tour, or you can grab them HERE.

Heathen Apostles Merch