FORETOKEN announce debut live shows

FORETOKEN announce debut live shows

20th March 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

Richmond, VA blackened death metal band FORETOKEN has today shared their debut live shows, set to take place in May and June. Alongside the announcement of their first set of live performances, FORETOKEN has revealed their new line-up, upgraded from a duo to a quintet – full live dates and details below.

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Speaking on the shows, FORETOKEN‘s  Steve Redmond (guitar and orchestration) comments: “We’re stoked to finally be able to bring these songs to the stage! We think our newest members Chris, Andrew, and Tweed are killer additions to the lineup and we’re excited for what’s to come!”

Dan Cooley (vocals) adds: “Andrew, Chris, and Tweed are not only cool to hang out with but are amazing musicians. We’re really looking forward to playing live and meeting our fans!”

Chris, Mike and Andrew shared the following.

Chris Hylton (drums) – “I was a fan of FORETOKEN before Steve asked me to join the band and these songs have been a blast to learn. I’m looking forward to helping bring the songs to the stage.”

Mike Tweed (bass): “I am stoked to be jamming with Steve and Dan again as we bring symphonic death metal to the stage.” 

Andrew Matthews (guitar): “I’m honored to be asked to bring Foretoken to the stage and look forward to playing many shows with these fine fellas.”

Utilizing traditional narratives of myths, legends, and folklore, FORETOKEN‘s latest album, Triumphs examines the ignored collateral damage of the cost of victory through these established mythos. Stories throughout Triumphs include the tale of the Persian epic poem Shahnameh, written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi (referenced in Serpent King’s Venom), Zhong Kui, the mythological Chinese King of Ghosts (Demon Queller) and Mexico’s The Weeping Woman, La Llorona (The Wraith That Weeps).

Taking musical inspiration from melodic and tech death metal, as well as power, folk and black metal, FORETOKEN’s core sound on Triumphs is bolstered by subtle and captivating use of traditionally Scandinavian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern instruments for atmospheric depth within the album’s 51 minute runtime. 

FORETOKEN debut shows:
May 4 – Fuzzy Cactus – Richmond, VA
May 5 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 18 – Another Round – Richmond, VA
June 7 – The Pie Shop – Washington, DC

Triumphs tracklist:
1. Revenant of Valor
2. Demon Queller
3. The Wraith That Weeps
4. The Labors
5. Serpent Kings Venom
6. His Riastrad
7. Devil o’ the Sea
8. A Tyrant Rises as Titans Fall
9. I Am Vengeance (Naglfar cover)

Dan Cooley – vocals

Steve Redmond – guitar and orchestration

Hannes Grossmann – drums (recording only)

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