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Folk N Rock Names Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP Best of 2018

Folk N Rock has named the Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP as the Best EP of 2018. Folk N Rock’s coverage includes Folk, Hard Rock, Roots, Punk, Metal, and more, with a special focus on artist that infuses various styles. Some of those include Celtic Punk, Folk Metal, Folk Rock, Symphonic, Medieval, and an endless list of other combinations. Here is the announcement on folknrock.com:

Best EP: Heathen Apostles – The Fall

Heathen Apostles' "The Fall" EPWe’ve heard a lot of EP’s in 2018, but the one that really made us do a double take, followed up with an endless amount of takes, was the EP from Gothic Americana band Heathen Apostles, in the release “The Fall.” The dark and haunting tones sets a mood that suits the lyrics and while s display an inner sense of melancholia, it is far from being sad and depressive music. It’s a release that you need to check out, and if you’re not already familiar with their band, you’ll also want to be taking a look at their entire discography.

You can preview and purchase The Fall EP HERE, and you can see this and the rest of the Best of 2018 on Folk N Rock by clicking HERE.

“Paradise Lost” Single to Benefit California Wildfire Relief

This coming February, the Heathen Apostles will be releasing a new single called “Paradise Lost” that will benefit California Wildfire relief efforts. We are working with Kevin Zinger of  Regime Music Group and the release date is March 1st, and in light of the Trump Administration’s recent threat to withhold FEMA funds from the disaster-stricken areas of California, Texas and Puerto Rico (as well as other areas of the country), we want to do what we can to help the many volunteers who are striving to get life for those effected back to normal.

Check back for more info, in the meantime help spread the word about what is going on.

“Paradise Lost” cover photo by Dina Douglass.

benefit California Wildfire relief

Dark Country Night at The Viper Room

The Heathen Apostles next show is a night of dark country music on Saturday January 12th at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, Ca. The band will be appearing with California country veterans I See Hawks in LA and also Romance Fantasy will be on the bill. You can get a lower price on advance tickets by clicking HERE, and check back for more details on this great event.

 

Heathen Apostles dark country

“Deadly Nightshade” 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.