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CANYON OF THE SKULL: Texas Doom Duo Streaming 'The Desert Winter'

Added 12 August 2017, 11:33 AM

Austin (TX) -  CANYON OF THE SKULL have partnered with Doomed & Stoned for the exclusive pre-release stream of sophomore album The Desert Winter. Take the trip at:

The instrumental Doom duo of guitarist Erik Ogershok and Adrian Voorhies (Humut Tabal) will release The Desert Winter on August 19. The CD version will be available in a gorgeous 6-panel format. Pre-orders are now available at the following link:

Consisting of the undeniably epic 37-minute title track of blackened doom, The Desert Winter is a journey deep into the psyche. Listeners are strongly advised to clear out all head space (and any earwax) and settle in for this existential Ride of the Doomed!

In related news, CANYON OF THE SKULL will play three CD-Release shows in Texas this month. Dates are as follows:

8/25   Austin, TX   @ The Lost Well   w/ Vex, Cortège, and Witiko

8/26   Dallas, TX  @ Reno's Chop Shop Saloon  w/ Vex, Awen, Giant of the Mountain, and They Mostly Come Out At Night (feat. members of Wildspeaker)

8/28   Houston, TX  @ The Secret Group  w/ Brain Tentacles (Relapse Records, face melting jazz metal trio featuring Dave Witte, Bruce Lamont and Aaron Dallison), and Whorehound

Praise for The Desert Winter

"The sand flats are shimmering in the baking sun, and the glistening horizon is broad for this duo!  Possibly the ultimate doom/drone metal experience this year."
- Head-Banger Reviews

"A sparse, forbidding, windswept landscape. Fans of bands like North, Samothrace, and Neurosis will find much to love here."
- Doomed & Stoned

"Erik and Adrian immerse us in their dark and very heavy world. In it we will find a huge variety of dynamics and rhythms." 9/10
- Queens of Steel

"This is some serious doom metal of the instrumental genus."
- Glacially Musical

"The Desert Winter is a harsh, unforgiving experience like few others that'll have you coming back for more with its infectious charm."
- Metal Addicts

"This is one hell of a heavy track. It is very doom metal in its heaviness but with the incense of black metal burning."
- Battle Helm

"Make sure you clear some time to get lost in this epic piece of music as it takes you down into the caverns of your mind."
- JP's Music Blog

"Though it was recorded last October and seems to have a colder theme - if one that, like their name, gives a strong sense of place and warmth derived from that - it'll arrive at the height of summer's intolerable onslaught."
- The Obelisk

"When all is said and done, all that's left is wind and dust. Music to get lost in."
- Wonderbox Metal

Adrian Voorhies- Drums, Percussion
Erik Ogershok- Guitars, Bass, Percussion


The brainchild of Erik Ogershok, COTS was initially manifested in the winter of 2006. Several local appearances and lineup fluctuations later, life happened, and the project lay dormant. 2014 saw the return of Ogershok as he recruited new musical personnel in the form of drummer Adrian Voorhies of the Austin-based Black Metal outfit HUMUT TABAL and once more brought the doom ensemble to life to melt the faces of all who sought shade in the Canyon walls.

After numerous regional gigs both opening for touring colleagues and spearheading an array of craft beer events and festival slots (including two SXSW appearances), the band closed the year with a blistering performance at the End of the World Fest in Houston alongside Austin brethren The Sword and Eagle Claw. 2015 saw the creation of the band's first recording, a self-titled EP solidifying the now scaled down duo of Ogershok and Voorhies as a force to be reckoned with in the Texas doom scene.

With the EP capturing some attention, they embarked on a two-week tour of the Midwest, bringing their signature brand of instrumental doom from the Twin Cities to Louisville. Once home, the band commenced production on their most ambitious musical effort yet with rare selected live performances across the lone star state. In October, they headed back into Wooden Horse studios with an A-list production team of Zawicizuz (The Black Moriah) and Proscriptor McGovern (Absu) and their sophomore offering was forged. Now, as the band prepares to release The Desert Winter, only one message can truly be counted on: Abandon All Hope.

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