Seattle doom quartet SAMOTHRACE have just issued a statement on their unfortunate but necessary withdrawal from the pending East Coast tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder, set to embark in just one week:
"Samothrace is very sorry to announce that we will have to cancel our part on the upcoming tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder due to an immediate illness in the family of a band member. The most important thing right now is family. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to do the tour and will be planning to make our way out east in the near future. We appreciate the understanding."
SAMOTHRACE just wrapped up a five-city West Coast tour last week in support of their acclaimed sophomore LP Reverence To Stone, released via 20 Buck Spin at the end of July. The album was recorded at Soundhouse Studios in Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) and mastered atEarhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea).
Reverence To Stone is still streaming in its entirety VIA PITCHFORK.
Review copies of Reverence To Stone and interviews with SAMOTHRACE via phone or email are available worldwide now via Earsplit PR.
"...Samothrace position themselves on a weird axis between Sabbathian doom worship and psychedelic freak-out sludge (á la Cough or Rwake), along with an Isis-esque rhythmic complexity and molten tempo. 8/10" - Decibel
"...the second full-length from Seattle quartet Samothrace for 20 Buck Spin comprises only two tracks, but they're diverse and dynamic enough to prove that the breadth of doom is wider than a stylistic rut." - Pitchfork
"There is emotional comfort to be found in mutual despair, and there is no doubt that Reverence To Stone is a masterwork of shared woe. 4/5" - About.com
"A vital, forward-thinking entity in the ever-backwards and retrograde world of sludge, Samothrace are an absolute treasure. 8/10" - Blistering
"While there are a lot of bands working with a similar aesthetic palette, nobody sounds like Samothrace." - RVA Mag