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Metal Band Hauk Celebrates CD Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2007 – Los Angeles, CA
Heathen Metal band Hauk will celebrate the release of their newest recording, No Mercy for the Slain at the Steel Pit in Tujunga on Saturday, February 2 at 9 pm. Hauk seamlessly combines musical elements as seemingly disparate as Irish folk and thrash metal, looking to the Norse god Odin for inspiration. To celebrate their new album, they’ll perform their hard-driving, apocalyptic songs live.

No Mercy for the Slain features seasoned artists from all walks of the musical world, including drummer Rhino, a member of Holy Hell and formerly of the legendary metal band Manowar, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Allan Vogel – called “an aristocrat of his instrument” by the Los Angeles Times and commonly acknowledged to be the world’s best oboist. The album deals mainly with the confrontation of death – both human and of the world itself – as well as lost love and regret. Earnest vocals and acoustic guitar combine with relentless metal guitar, tribal drumming and sweeping orchestral sound. The result is an album that is spiritual, difficult to classify and just as difficult to forget.

Hauk says that many of the songs on No Mercy for the Slain are “shamanic” - prophetic in nature, like visions of the world’s end. But while seemingly dark, the songs can also be uplifting. The title track’s encouragement to “die fighting, fight and ye shall rise again” is not as much about violence and death as it is a message to “make the most of the time you have – if you hide in a hole, you’ll waste your time, and not live any longer or gain anything by it.”

• Produced by Hauk and Gavin Ross, except “Baldur Rising” and “Ravens Over the Battlefield,” produced by Hauk and Techno
• Recorded by Gavin Ross at Steady Studios, additional recording at the G-Spot, Mt Washington, and Moondog Studios, Alameda
• Mixed and mastered by Techno at Moondog Studios, Alameda
Musicians: Hauk, vocals and guitars; Chris Dooly, drums; Duke Dubeau, keyboard and piano; Boyd Ervin, guitar and bass. Also featuring drummer Rhino, oboist Allan Vogel, violinist Neli Nikolaeva, cellist Helen Valentine, and Benjamin Jaber playing Uilleann pipes and wooden flute

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