Elaborates Amitay, "I've stepped away from drumming duties and enlisted our live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom). Essentially, I had to set my ego aside and determine what was going to be the best for this music. [Guitarist] Evan [Berry] and I wrote some incredibly challenging material forEmpress/Abscess, and Garry had been playing it live for months, whereas I'd been focusing a lot of my drumming energy on the newest Thrawsunblat album. My chops are in a very different place than they were when we recorded Akrasia and it would take me a week in the studio to do what Garry can accomplish in two days. Having him behind the kit saved us time, the finished product is stronger, and I was able to delve into the vocal performances and lyrics with my undivided attention. Will I play drums on future IMMORTAL BIRD albums? It's entirely likely, but for Empress/Abscess, I passed the sticks over to the best person for the job."
An official release date for Empress/Abscess is forthcoming, but expected to drop in late June. As a precursor to its official unveiling, the band will embark upon the Western Migration Tour 2015. Slated to kick off on April 27th in Louisville, Kentucky, IMMORTAL BIRD will traverse eleven states in over a dozen cities, with the journey coming to a close on May 14th in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to a the West Coast trek, IMMORTAL BIRD recently confirmed appearances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest and Southwest Terror Fest with future live demolitions in their plotting stages.
"We're really looking forward to hitting all new cities on this run of dates," relays Amitay, "It's time to bring Akrasia to the West Coast before we release the new record! We'll be playing a bunch of previously unperformed material, and will again be enlisting the talents of guitarist Eric Kornfeind on this tour. Stoked to spend a few weeks playing for our friends in the West."
IMMORTAL BIRD 2015 Western Migration Tour:
4/27/2015 Diamond Pub - Louisville, KY
4/28/2015 House Show - Nashville, TN
4/29/2015 Vino's - Little Rock, AR
4/30/2015 Tomcats - Fort Worth, TX
5/02/2015 Lost Well - Austin, TX
5/03/2015 TBA - San Antonio, TX
5/04/2015 Sandbox - El Paso, TX
5/05/2015 The Cottage House - Flagstaff, AZ
5/06/2015 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ
5/07/2015 Katz Alley - Redlands, CA
5/08/2015 TBA - San Diego, CA
5/09/2015 TBA - Los Angeles, CA
5/10/2015 The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
5/11/2015 Flux Capacitor - Colorado Springs, CO
5/12/2015 TBA - Omaha, NE
5/14/2015 The Wisco - Madison, WI
Evan Berry - guitars
Rae Amitay - vocals
Garry Naples - drums
John Picillo - bass