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110105_photoYou know those albums in your collection that you play over and over. Those bands you follow religiously. For me, Hour of 13 was one of those bands. So you can only imagine my disappointment when the band went on hiatus months back. I am proud to announce, however, that doom laden traditional rockers, Hour of 13 are actively recording again and will soon embark on their European tour, sans powerful yet controversial vocalist, Phil Swanson.

Chad Davis (the brains behind Hour of 13) will be taking over vocals, making Hour of 13 a one man project. Session musicians, John Mode and Dave Easter will fill in on bass and drums for live performances. Phil Swanson will continue to work with Seamount, Briton Rites and Vestal Claret. It seems to me, we can say goodbye to unreliability and cancelled shows, as Phil seemed to be the issue here, consistently complaining about the “lack of tour support”. I’m both curious and excited to discover Chad Davis as a vocalist. Here is a glimpse of Chad on vocals live in Chesapeake, VA. Happy Listening. Hails!

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