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“Through The Forest” Dark Music Video Begins

The Heathen Apostles and director Jorge Jaramillo are collaborating again on what promises to be another dark music video. The video is for Deadly Nightshade, the lead song from their latest album Bloodgrass Vol. I & II, out now on Ratchet Blade Records. They have collaborated previously on the Paint the Stars video, released this past summer, and this video looks to be even grimmer than that effort. The project is currently in pre-production, with production assistance from Ana Sanchez, and will begin shooting in January of 2019. Check back for more details and BTS photos.

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Felipe Orozco, Esteban Orozco, Jorge Jaramillo and Mather Louth on the “Paint the Stars” video set.

Heathen Apostles – The Fall Reviewed – Dark Roots

Heathen Apostles - Dark RootsReview from RocknFolk.com: Hailing from Los Angeles, Heathen Apostles took their blend of dark roots to new heights on their most recent studio release, The Fall.

The new release was published just in time for Halloween, matching the dark theme and vibes of the holiday. On this compact, yet richly detailed EP, the group confirmed its sonic aesthetics. The EP is almost like a continuation of the same conversation initiated on the band’s ambitious LP. The project, released earlier in the summer, is titled Bloodgrass Vol. I & II. On this follow-up EP, the group stays true to its roots. Yet, they explore their sonic aesthetics from a slightly different perspective. The songs on “The Fall” EP are generally more bare, going deeper into the band’s gothic/noir tendencies.

The ominous textures and eerie soundscapes of the band’s music is yet again a salient trait of this project. The Fall is a season when things die off and decay. The flora loses its warmth and bright color. The whole landscape acquires greyscale tints, as the winter approaches with no forgiveness. The sound of this EP holds the melancholia of the seasonal changes, while also capturing the band’s ability to create visceral, cinematic tones.

The group, which was started by Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), has developed a really strong chemistry throughout the years.

With every new release, they are willing to take more chances. Their vision is all about testing the boundaries of their formula, going for a diverse, intuitive and forward-thinking tone. Creativity comes easy for these talented musicians, who understand the power of storytelling. Their songs are like forgotten folk tales, murder ballads and dark stories, with a sinister twist.

Ultimately, The Fall EP is a very organic, consistent work. It really makes for a very immersive listening experience, pleasing old and new fans. The textures are absolutely impeccable. In particular, I really enjoy diving deeper into the otherworldly sonic landscapes. This approach makes for a dark, haunting tone, with a mood that suits the lyrics. These tracks display an inner sense of melancholia. Yet, this is far from being sad and depressive music. On the contrary, this release will keep you engaged from the moment you hit the play button! 8.5 of 10, review by Jeff.

Read the article at Rock n Folk HERE. You can listen to and purchase the dark roots sounds of The Fall EP HERE.

Heathen Apostles on Dutch Blue Grass Sessions

Dutch Blue Grass The Melkbus Sessions has released two videos of the Heathen Apostles playing Without A Trace and Lily of the West (from 2015’s “Fire to the Fuse album) at Melkbus in Dordrecht, Netherlands on their 2018 European tour. The Melkbus Sessions is an initiative by The Dutch Blue Grass Sessions in Mini-theater De Melkbus in Dordrecht / Netherlands and produced by Burger Productions. The Heathen Apostles will be returning to Melkbus on their upcoming 2019 European Tour. Click HERE for more info.

Without A Trace (live in Dordrecht, Netherlands)

Lily of the West (live in Dordrecht, Netherlands)

Heathen Apostles’ Southern-Gothic “The Fall” EP Reviewed

Heathen Apostles southern-gothicPrivate heroes of violanoir’s blog and wonderful extraordinary musicians Heathen Apostles present the new EP “The Fall”, which after the releases of Bloodgrass Vol. I & II is designed to return all the gothic and southern-gothic to the sound of this band.

In “Through the Forest, Through the Trees” opens the otherworldly reality of the dark country’s melancholy and  tales, penetrating the soul, silent spells… “The Fall” continues the theme more intensely and passionately, like the first releases of Heathen Apostles – “Boot Hill Hymnal”, “Without A Trace” and “Death’s Head”. The romantic track “Out of the Ground” revives the early Heathen Apostles with all the mystical / heathen (pardon for tautology) fatality.

Nice coincidence – Heathen Apostles – The Fall was released 5 days after the release of “Red Dead Redemption 2”. Now it is possible to ignore the original soundtrack of the game and start to its passage with the sound of true atmospheric gothic americana music. Review by ViolaNoir.

Read the Russian language HERE. Listen to The Fall EP HERE.

Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” Out Now

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana Happy Halloween! The new Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” is out today, it will be a great addition to your Halloween playlist. To preview and purchase, click HERE.

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Here’s the press release from Ratchet Blade Records:

With the new Heathen Apostles’ EP The Fall (Ratchet Blade Records) the band finds themselves once again returning to the darker realms of Gothic Americana. While touring Europe in support of their last album Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (a decidedly more rootsy collection of songs), the Heathens found inspiration standing in the shadows of centuries-old castles, and listening to the stories of historical characters immortalized in the murder ballads they have always loved. Out of this experience came the epic string orchestrations of Through the Forest, Through the Trees, the alluring poetry of The Fall and thoughts of love in the afterlife in Out of the Ground.

“With regards to Through the Forest, Through the Trees,” says lead vocalist Mather Louth, “I penned the tale of a scorned lover in the spirit of the traditional Scottish and English Child ballads. It was particularly enjoyable and exciting for me to enhance the song’s gorgeously haunting orchestration with layers of a sort of timeless chamber-styled vocal I hadn’t yet explored within the band. I can say with full confidence that Through the Forest, Through the Trees is one of my absolute favorite Heathen tales to date.”

“While we may feel our music heading in one extreme direction or another while we are recording it, it always seems to end up sounding like a Heathen Apostles song. The Fall EP definitely has its Gothic tendencies, but it belongs right beside any of our bluegrass or gypsy jazz-tinged songs,” states guitarist and producer Chopper Franklin.

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and gothic country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. – James G. Carlson, No Depression Magazine

No Depression Reviews Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2

No Depression Reviews Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2No Depression reviews Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2, by James G. Carlson:

LA Dark Roots Quartet Heathen Apostles Releases Bloodgrass Vol. I & II

From the fertile ground of the most recent wave of roots music there has emerged an abundance of noteworthy bands and singer-songwriters. One such band is the LA-based Heathen Apostles, whose latest release, a full-length which combines the band’s Bloodgrass EPs, marks a significant point in the evolution of their sound. Call their sound what you will – gothic Americana, folk noir, doom country – but it cannot be denied that it successfully fuses the styles of bygone eras with those of today’s fringe music. And the material on the band’s Bloodgrass Vol. I & II release is a fine example of this.

Heathen Apostles began over six years ago with a fateful meeting between vocalist Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and guitarist Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), who revealed their mutual appreciation for murder balladry, Americana, and momento mori to one another. With the strong yet haunting vocals of Louth and the skills of multi-instrumentalist Franklin, the two kindred spirits sought out other souls to bring into the fold, soon adding the upright bass thumping of Thomas Lorioux (The Kings of Nuthin’) and the violin playing of Luis Mascaro. Since then, the band has released two full-lengths, Boot Hill Hymnal and Fire to the Fuse, as well as a small handful of EPs and singles, and have played their share of shows.

Bloodgrass Vol. II & II opens with the Apostles’ dark, creeping rendition of Gershwin and Heyward’s classic “Summertime.” “Death Came a Ridin’,” a Heathen Apostles original, is a macabre piece dedicated to the reaper, with Louth employing a storytelling style of lyrical conveyance. “Dark Days” somehow manages to successfully marry gloomy folk with gypsy jazz, and features some of Louth’s best vocal work on the album. “Lady in Gold” is an energetic gothic country offering, while “Deadly Nightshade” is an ominous picker with a simple but nicely punctuating beat. “Paint the Stars,” an easy standout on this album, kicks off with lively violin, guitar strumming, and steady beat, and then incorporates a powerful vocal performance by Louth. Other covers include versions of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Darrell Scott), “Ramblin’ Man” (Hank Williams), and “Shady Grove” (traditional). “D.O.A.” has a roots rock feel to it, while the closer, “Fever Jane,” another easy standout, is a moody picker with darkly beautiful vocals.     

Like all the band’s releases to date, the Heathen Apostles’ Bloodgrass Vol. I & II is available from Ratchet Blade Records. And to follow it up, the band is also preparing to release yet another EP, titled The Fall, in the very near future.
By James G. Carlson.

To read the review on NoDepression.com, click HERE.

Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP $1 Pre Sale Has Launched

Ratchet Blade Records has launched the $1 Pre Sale for the Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall”, the new 3 song EP that will be released on Halloween. Upon purchasing the Pre Sale you will receive an immediate download of the Gothic epic Through the Forest, Through the Trees, and you’ll receive the entire EP on Halloween day. The EP was produced by Chopper Franklin and features cover art by Ana Sanchez. Click HERE to preview and order.

Heathen Apostles' "The Fall"