MIGRATION FEST 2016 announced

MIGRATION FEST 2016 announced



As you may have heard if you’re following either Gilead Media or 20 Buck Spin on social media, our labels will be collaborating on a three-day music festival called MIGRATION FEST. I sort of consider this the spiritual successor to Gilead Fest, which will be on a hiatus for the time being. All info available at the time of this blog post can be found below, for more up to date info please follow the fest on social media or stay tuned to migrationfest.us

Facebook page: Migration Festival – Facebook event page: Migration Fest 2016 – Instagram: @migrationfest – Twitter: @migrationfest


20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, two of underground metal’s leading underdog record labels, will join forces in Summer 2016 to present the inaugural Migration Festival in Olympia, Washington. Jointly conceived by the two labels, Migration will primarily showcase bands from each label’s roster, as well as select other affiliated and respected artists, highlighting the distinct and contrasting styles that makes each label stand out.

Set to take place at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia on August 12, 13, and 14, the rich musical history of Washington’s small capital city makes an ideal location to celebrate the work of two labels successfully operating outside the boundaries of the big city music business.


On February 19th, 2016 at 12:00 pm Pacific time a limited number of Migration Fest early weekend passes will be made available for sale. These will be limited to a quantity of 100, and at a one time price of $99.00. These weekend passes will be available until February 22nd, or until the 100 allocated passes are sold out, whichever comes first. These tickets will be available via a link on the main page of www.migrationfest.us

General weekend pass sales will launch in March at the full price alongside the announcement of a finalized Festival lineup, both of which will be announced soon. There will be about 900 weekend passes available in total.

Thank you for your excitement thus far, we can’t wait to share this weekend with you.

– Adam & Dave / Migration Fest


The Body & Krieg collaborative performance
Christian Mistress
Dead To A Dying World
Full Of Hell
Kowloon Walled City
Mutilation Rites
Pale Chalice
Panopticon (First public live performance)
Yellow Eyes

With approximately 4 additional bands, including some headliners, to be announced later. There will also be separate after-shows to occur at a smaller local venue, also to be announced at a later date.

Ticket information, including price and on-sale date, will be announced in the near future. A full list of suggested local Olympia hotels, bars, restaurants, and other businesses will also be published soon. Nearly all of which will be within walking distance of the venue.


We will not be issuing guest list spots, press passes, or photo passes for Migration Fest.


Although we appreciate the interest of bands that want to join us for the weekend, no submissions or requests to play will be considered. Migration Fest is a curated event, all bands are personally selected by Dave and Adam from 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media.


20 Buck Spin was founded in early 2005 in the East Bay Area of California and has been based in Olympia, WA since late 2007. The label has released approximately 80 records during that time steadily increasing its yearly output and range.

“I’d heard Adam (Bartlett, Gilead Media boss) was thinking of coming West to do the next iteration of Gilead Fest. I’d been thinking of doing something similar myself for years but never had, and so suggested we join up and do something together. Adam was immediately receptive and the idea for Migration Festival was born right then.” said David Adelson, 20 Buck Spin founder. “Olympia felt right since I’m already based here, and because of its small size and walkability this is a great place to have it, both for locals, and for out-of-towners.

Gilead Media was founded in 2005 in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2007 relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the hometown of founder Adam Bartlett. Since its inception the label has focused on releasing thought-provoking art from across the spectrum of dark and heavy music.

Says Bartlett, “After two successful installments of my own Gilead Fest in this small Wisconsin town it seemed like the time was right to branch out and try something different. The idea to work with Dave and his label on a collaborative event makes perfect sense given our similar music backgrounds and diverse, but complimentary label families. And Olympia serves as the perfect central location for this type of festival.”

Dead To A Dying World European Tour Dates

Dead To A Dying World European Tour Dates

We’ve already made mention of Dead To A Dying World heading over to Europe for Roadburn 2016, but they’re also going to embark on a Euro tour around that time. Check out the dates + trailer below:

08.04.16 Germany – Hannover – LKA
09.04.16 Germany – Berlin – Köpi
10.04.16 Poland – Zduńska Wola – Variete
11.04.16 Czech Republik – Brno – Bajkazyl
12.04.16 Austria – Wien – Venster99
13.04.16 Austria – Linz – Kapu
14.04.16 Germany – München – Feierwerk
15.04.16 Germany – Leipzig – Doom Over Leipzig Festival
16.04.16 Netherlands – Tillburg – Roadburn Festival
17.04.16 Belgium – Antwerp – Music City
18.04.16 Germany – Mülheim an der Ruhr – Autonomes Zentrum
19.04.16 France – Strasbourg – TBA
20.04.16 Switzerland – Bremgarten – Kuzeb
21.04.16 France – Besançon – TBA
22.04.16 Germany – Freiburg – KTS
23.04.16 Germany – Mainz – Haus Mainusch

Pre-orders: Vhol – Deeper Than Sky LP, Lake Of Violet – The Startling Testimony… LP

Pre-orders: Vhol – Deeper Than Sky LP, Lake Of Violet – The Startling Testimony… LP

We are quite please to announce open pre-orders for the next two Gilead Media releases. Both are scheduled to ship around the end of February













The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines LP – $16.00

Although Chicago-based Lake of Violet is a new project, those that comprise the group are well known to many into heavy & experimental music. Founded by André Foisy (guitar, from Locrian, Kwaidan) and Anthony Michael Couri (drums, formerly of Minsk, currently of Cedars of Lebanon), Lake of Violet was born from a series of free jams that were fleshed out over time with the addition of Jacob Essak (bass, from Sun Splitter) and Neil Jendon (guitar, vocals, synth, from Kwaidan, Catherine).

The songs on Plumb Lines are hypnotic and meditative, with huge atmosphere as a major focus for the album as a whole. Although the works evolved from free jams into more focused, composed pieces, they still breathe deeply and maintain a droning openness.

The Startling Testimony of Plumb Lines was tracked by Greg Norman and Neil Jendon, and mixed by Greg Norman. It is presented as a single LP in a thick jacket with a poly-lined black inner sleeve. A download code is included with purchase.

Listen to the opening track / order now from Eroding Winds, the official source for Gilead Media mailorder: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/lake-of-violet-the-startling-testimony-of-plumb-lines-lp/













Deeper Than Sky gatefold LP – $16.50

When their debut album was released in 2013, the VHOL self-titled effort was a surprise to many who didn’t expect what VHOL would initially sound like considering it was a new band initially brought up as an idea between two ex-Ludicra members who wanted to make music together again, namely John Cobbett of Hammers Of Misfortune and Aesop Dekker of Agalloch. What would then shape into something more expansive with the addition of bassist Sigrid Sheie (also of Hammers Of Misfortune/ex-Amber Asylum) and the addition of YOB mastermind Mike Scheidt to handle the vocals, VHOL would be a new musical group where each member would experience something new with creating music while at the same time re-discovering their old school metal roots.

With their new album “Deeper Than Sky”, VHOL have created something totally next level from their debut on pretty much every level and have taken it even further and more in the outer-realms of sonic exploration within the paradigm of old school speed metal. With each musician pushing themselves even more with “Deeper Than Sky”, especially the vocal performance of Mike Scheidt who is known as one of metal’s best vocalists today and delivers his best vocal performance to date on the new VHOL album.

The vinyl edition of Deeper Than Sky is presented as a single LP in a thick gatefold jacket with a high gloss finish. The layout features stunning artwork by Brandon Duncan and John Cobbett. NO DOWNLOAD CODE INCLUDED.

Listen / order now from Eroding Winds, the official source for Gilead Media mailorder: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/vhol-deeper-than-sky-cdlp/

2016 fest?

2016 fest?

The fest situation for 2016 hasn’t even been announced yet (it’s gonna be different) and I’m already getting emails from bands that want to play. So I’ll jump the gun and put this out there:

First, It’s rad that you’re excited about the fest and want to be a part of it. That means a lot to me. Every time that weekend rolls around it’s one of the best of my life.

However, the reason the fest works and rules is because it’s a curated event built from bands the label has worked with, or bands that I have an ongoing friendship/relationship with.

This is how it goes. If it was any other way I wouldn’t want to be doing it. Stay stoked, next year is gonna rip.

See you all in Summer 2016.

Kowloon Walled City tour dates

Kowloon Walled City tour dates

kwc fight amp

Kowloon Walled City are hitting the road with Fight Amp for some shows up and down the West Coast. Attendance is mandatory!

Tue 11/3 – Olympia, WA – Obsidian (w/Soggy Creep)

Wed 11/4 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown

Thu 11/5 – Seattle, WA – Highline (w/Mercy Ties, Glose)

Fri 11/6 – Portland, OR – Black Water (w/Sloths, Hang the Old Year)

Sat 11/7 – Oakland, CA – Golden Bull (Grievances record release)