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- More bands added to Brutal Assault (Jan 14, 2017)
- KXM Release Music Video For "Scatterbrain" (Jan 13, 2017)
- Armored Saint launches "March of the Saint (live)" video online; announces Ireland, UK and USA tour dates (Jan 13, 2017)
- DIMMU BORGIR - New DVD "Forces Of The Northern Night" Out In April! (Jan 13, 2017)
- Glacier - Michael Podrybau (Jan 12, 2017)
- SEAX - Carmine Blades (Jan 11, 2017)
- KILLCODE - A band from New York City (Jan 9, 2017)
- Belphegor + Possessed @ Islington Academy, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Moonspell - Interview with Fernando Ribeiro (Jan 2, 2017)
- Belphegor + Possessed @ Islington Academy, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Moonspell @ The Underworld Camden, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Saxon with support on Battering Ram World Tour – European leg 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo,Sweden (Dec 31, 2016)
- Clutch - Valient Thorr - Lionize @ The Roundhouse, London (Dec 20, 2016)
- Lacuna Coil with support on Delirium World Tour 2016 -European leg - at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Dec 18, 2016)
‘Khaos Legions’ due out May 2011
14-May-2011 – Boulevard Festival @ C.O.C. Stadium, Morocco, Casablanca
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
Heavy MTL 2011, Heavy T.O. To Host Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, KINGDOM OF SORROW, DISTURBED, GODSMACK Among Performing Acts
Heavy MTL 2011, Heavy T.O. To Host Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, KINGDOM OF SORROW, DISTURBED, GODSMACK Among Performing Acts
Parc Jean-Drapeau might be covered in snow, but the first sounds of summer are already here. Brace yourselves, because Heavy MTL is back for a third edition and this year’s festival will take the event to never-before-seen heights! evenko is thrilled to announce Heavy MTL 2011, uniting top metal and hard rock bands from around the world with their biggest fans.
With only two editions of shredding under our belts, Heavy MTL has quickly become one of the most significant and talked-about event of its kind on the continent. Building on a hugely successful sophomore year that saw over 42,500 fans crash through the gates of Parc Jean-Drapeau, 2011 will surely raise the bar, and the decibels, once more.
This year’s premier metal and hard rock event will again join forces with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to deliver an impressive lineup of acts to fans at Parc Jean-Drapeau. See below for a list of bands that will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s stop at Heavy MTL on Saturday, July 23rd. With a wider range of talent than ever, it’s guaranteed to blow your mind as well as your eardrums, a must-see show for all fans of earth-shattering music.
Heavy T.O. – Heavy Is Set To Take Over Toronto!
The remarkable success of Heavy MTL has prompted the launch of a new event, right down the 401 – that’s right, we’re talkin’ Heavy T.O.
“Thanks to the incredible support of fans and the sheer momentum Heavy has gained in two short years, we felt this experience needed to be shared elsewhere in Canada”, said evenko’s director of concerts and events, Nick Farkas.
Set to take place on the same weekend as Heavy MTL, metal and hard rock fans in the GTA will be able to get up close and personal with the amazing Heavy experience. What’s more, evenko will work in collaboration with the world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, to ensure that Heavy T.O. is a tremendous success as of its inaugural year. The event will feature two full days of programming and, along with Heavy MTL, will undoubtedly make Canada the envy of the international metal and hard rock communities.
Today’s announcement is merely a first look at what’s in store. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages as the full Heavy MTL and Heavy T.O. lineups will be announced in early March.
As promised, here is a look at part of this year’s Saturday, July 23rd Heavy MTL lineup: DISTURBED, GODSMACK, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
Heavy MTL takes place July 23rd – 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Further details here.
Heavy T.O. takes place July 23rd – 24 at Downsview Park. Further details here.
THE 4TH ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 TOUR LINE-UP FEATURING DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM and MANY MORE
The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th with Pre-Sale Tickets Slotted for Friday April 8th
Tour Co-Producer John Reese to Appear on Sirius XM Liquid Metal with Host Jose Mangin, Today at 12pm PST
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. Today, the 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more of today’s most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is thrilled to see the return of festival veterans DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE.
The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The 4th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.
“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can’t Fu@?kin’ wait!!!”
Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It’s been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we’ve been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.”
Also, mainstage performer MEGADETH’s lead guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine adds, “This is going to be a helluva hot summer, and you can get ready for true Mayhem this year.”
“MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to once again be a part of what has become the undisputed king of metal and rock festivals in the U.S., MAYHEM,” states MACHINE HEAD frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. “Our run headlining the JAGERMEISTER stage in 2008 was one of the wildest and most inspiring tours we have ever been a part of. We became friends with so many great bands and Mulisha dudes. We all partied, and rode what would become an incredible wave of momentum for MACHINE HEAD. The vibe on the tour was filled with an impressive amount of goodwill due to the attention to detail and hard work of John Reese and Kevin Lyman. MACHINE HEAD will do everything in our power to make this f*&#ing huge!! Bring on the summer!”
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience. It’s a 10 hour trip to heavy nirvana.
Complete information on the 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up is available at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com. There fans can also check out exclusive video clips of official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL correspondent, radio personality, author and scene icon, Full Metal Jackie introducing this year’s tour, plus a special appearance by one of this year’s mainstage performers!
Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Liquid Metal on Monday morning at 12pm PST to catch live, exclusive updates and information straight from the source! Famously extreme Sirius XM radio personality Jose Mangin will be sitting down with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour co-producer John Reese, who will unveil the official 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL line-up. Sirius XM will be the first radio destination that fans can learn about the certified line-up and special insider information from one of the tour’s established organizers. Stay tuned into Liquid Metal after the interview for exclusive conversations with some of this year’s performers.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency. The trio has made the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the title sponsor.
“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011,” states tour producer John Reese. “Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception. This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada.”
“ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day,” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
Live Nation is co-producer of the tour and will promote the festival nationally. Perry Lavoisne, SVP North American Touring for Live Nation, states, “The Mayhem team has delivered the best live metal line-up possible for four years in row, while creating a highly visible brand and value for fans of metal and hard rock. We anticipate another stellar run with DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH and all the other bands uniting metal fans at every tour stop.”
In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.
See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates. On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES. TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date. Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon. Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.
“DETHKLOK has decided to play one show this year,” boasts Metalocalypse co-creator and DETHKLOK lead musician Brendon Small. “And that show is the Mayhem fest on July 9th. There is nothing more brutal than horrible hot putrid disgusting summer why not make it just a little more brutal, right? We are super honored to be a part of this amazing lineup! I can’t wait!”
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
7/15 – Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) – Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com
7/24 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
8/2 – Virginia Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, featuring ex-SEPULTURA members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums), will release their new album, Blunt Force Trauma, on March 28th in Europe and March 29th in North America, on standard CD and special edition CD/DVD.
The tracklistings are as follows:
‘I Speak Hate’
‘Blunt Force Trauma’
Special Edition CD/DVD:
‘I Speak Hate’
‘Blunt Force Trauma’
Bonus DVD – Live at Les Eurockéennes Festival, Belfort, France, July 5, 2008:
‘The Doom Of All Fires’
‘Arise/Dead Embryonic Cells’
‘Holiday In Cambodia/Biotech Is Godzilla’
‘Hearts Of Darkness’
‘Troops Of Doom’
‘Roots Bloody Roots’
Max and Iggor made an attempt to beat their record for shortest recording session while in the studio for Blunt Force Trauma. 15, that’s right, 15 songs in THREE days. Watch below:
Fireforce have released the cover artwork and track listing for their forthcoming album March On due out on 25th March in world via 7HARD.
The artwork was designed by Eric Philippe, well known for his work with Rhapsody, Riot, Mob Rules, TNT and many others.
The track listing for March On:
1. Coastal Battery
2. The Only Way
4. Horus (Bringer Of Order)
5. 1302 – Battle For Freedom
6. Moonlight Lady
8. Fly Arrow Fly (Crécy 1346)
9. Mona Lisa
10.Hold Your Ground
11.Born To Play Metal
12.Metal Rages On
Be prepared for 12 tracks of true old school power metal with a monster wall of sound!
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Danish death metal band Illdisposed have unveiled the front cover artwork for their upcoming album “There is light (but it’s not for me)”. It was created by Lasse Hoile who also did the artwork for their albums “1-800 Vindication” and “Burn Me Wicked”.
For more in the band visit: illdisposed.dk
Las Vegas-based nuclear doomists DEAD NEON have recently released a video for the track “Downwinder” off their self-titled debut album. The video, directed by Steven Horlock, can be viewed below:
Dead Neon is the primitive nuclear doom metal project of Las Vegas poet Jarrett Keene. Inspired by a morbid tour of the Nevada Test Site with only Goatlord’s Distorted Birth and Leonard Cohen’s The Future loaded on a half-broken iPod, the music of Dead Neon conjures a dreadful world ravaged by atomic conflict, where survivors inevitably succumb to radiation, starvation, each other. A writer by trade, Keene taught himself guitar in the months following his test site visit, shaping crude yet corrosive riffs designed to evoke the din of warheads and dirty suitcase bombs slamming into the Strip at twilight. In February of 2010, he conscripted friends from Vegas’ mutually exclusive deathcore and indie-rock scenes-Jaq (bass) and Jessie (drums), respectively. The trio recorded directly into a Korg D888 in an abandoned warehouse behind a topless megaclub off Tropicana Avenue, resulting in a raw, full-length slab of blackened sludge-punk minimalism. Having earned a Ph.D. in English from a university in the metal-rich state of Florida, Keene composes lyrics that possess the depth of literary verse without sacrificing the dark sensibility inherent in aggressive music. Dead Neon’s self-titled debut (released on 100 limited-edition cassettes by Vegas crust-punk/black metal label Ecophagy Records on September 15, 2010) contains a few surprises, like spoken-word intro “Advisory (Go to the Boneyard!)” and the album’s final blown-out-dashboard-radio-at-earth’s-end folk anthem “Ride the Light.” But mostly Dead Neon just bashes you on the skull with a ferocity that has no rival. This is the perfect soundtrack for driving a post-apocalyptic desert highway overrun with mutants.
He talked in depth about the new album of the band “Elysium”, their previous effort “Polaris”, the past with Timo Tolkki, the actual tour and the future among other things.
Circle Of Bards is a band created in 2008 as a development of an idea of one man: a vocalist and a composer – Mariusz Migalka. Originally conceived as a side activity, focused on recording a fully acoustic album, comprised of celtic ballads inspired by the world of fantasy. After first successes proving that Circle Of Bards is quite a unique entity and great response from both folk and progressive background the band recorded full album after signing to Electrum Production. The debut album entitled “Tales” will be available in Europe via Twilight Distribution since 21st February 2011, comes in quality digipack and consists of 11 songs:
2. My Magic Song
3. Scarlet Moon
4. Fighting the Dragons
5. Our Own Land
6. Czarne Smoki
7. Bridges We Shall Pass
8. Tęczowy Most
9. When the Bard Sings
10. Circle of Bards
From now on official Electrum Production Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ElectrumProductionLu#p/u/5/ODZWmF7KW7M you can watch the latest Circle Of Bards’ clip to the song “Our Own Land“. In the video made by the Kaiju group it was possible to catch the characteristic elements of Bard’s music like transience and unreality of world contained in the stories, which comes alive every time in a song. Check this video and new website of the band www.circleofbards.pl/en and enter the mysterious realm of Circle Of Bards with wandering minstrels and ancient legends !
“Tales” is an album to be played when you need relaxation and high quality calm music. Sounds sipping from the speakers are somehow therapeutic” – Rockarea.eu
“If you like bands like Blackmore’s Night, the folkier side of Jethro Tull and Celtic music in general, you will have to add Circle Of Bards to your collection” – Prognaut.com
Demonstealer Records has announced a new contest for fans who support and buy original music called “The Demon’s Dinner Party”. All fans who purchase music and merchandise through the month of Feb from the DSR OFFER section of the online retail store CDRack.in or the “Monday Specials” on the DSR Facebook page stand a chance to win an invite to the party.
What makes the party different is that the Demonstealer, frontman of prolific Indian band Demonic Resurrection will cook dinner for the winners of the contest who will get to pick a member of their favourite DSR band (Demonic Resurrection, Albatross, Devoid & Workshop) who will join them for dinner. Winners will also get to select what dish they want to eat from the Demonstealer’s cooking blog on Facebook.
“I’ve been posting recipes and photos of my food online for almost 2 years now and I’ve always had fans saying ‘open a restaurant’ or ‘let us taste your food’. So I figured this would be a great chance for fans to not only get to eat some of the food they’ve been seeing but also interact with their fav metal musicians. “ says Demonstealer.
Details on the entire contest can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/demonstealer-records/the-demons-dinner-party-win-a-dinner-cooked-by-demonstealer-with-your-fav-dsr-ar/10150090768259890
TO CAST A SHADOW’s tale begins with a group of three friends coming together in a basement to play loud and pounding grooves, and continues through epochs of experimenting within a range of heavy musical stylings. Influenced by THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, MY DYING BRIDE, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SATYRICON, ANATHEMA, TOOL, PARADISE LOST and BLACK SABBATH, the band’s musical expression has landed firmly within the domain of melodic doom/goth metal. The sound was finally complete when a female singer was added to the mix.
Marcus Granlien, guitarist of Norway’s TO CAST A SHADOW, commented on songs of upcoming sophomore album ‘In Memory Of’, due on February 14, 2011 in U.K. (February 18 in the rest of Europe) via Kolony Records:
Tormented: This is a very different song, and a new side of TCAS. So we thought it might be fun to surprise a few people out there and start the new album with this (in a TCAS sense) extreme song. It started out with a couple of riffs that gave Kent the opportunity to really experiment on the drums, and there is even a blastbeat at 3:40. Not very typical TCAS stuff! We invited Hans Kristian Nørgaard to do some male vocals on this song, and he came up with a couple of lines that really lifted the song to another level, and it matched Gunnhild ‘s dark and hypnotizing voice. All in all a good song to illustrate some of the changes and progress we ‘ve had these last years. The intro to this song was created by Rikard Lofgren at Leonmusic, Sweden.
Morose: Kent surprised us all when he came up with this weird and creepy tune, based on a true story. It has a smooth, progressive rhythm that almost feels off-beat, and it matches the strange story told in the lyrics. Gunnhild returned to the studio to record another version of this song, and it resulted in a lot more presence. The tom-tom drums were fine-tuned and somewhat highlighted in the verses of this song, and the resounding attack of the birch drum shells is well displayed here. We recorded the guitars with a Fender strat, although a Gibson Explorer is used on some lead parts. At 2:05 you can hear me play my 20 year old beat-up, worn out acoustic guitar. In a strange way it has aged well, even though it belongs in a scrapheap. Gunnhild’s amazing operatic voice at 2:57 is worth noticing.
Nightfall: Nightfall is one of those songs that just oozes of that classic TCAS sound. Some of these riffs came to life during one of the bands many jam sessions, and the whole song is based on the opening riff. At 0:22, co-producer, Kristian Sigland came up with some tapped harmonics for the verse, that almost sounds like a harp if you listen closely. It sounded so good that we simply let him play it himself. On most parts of the album Stian uses a MarkBass amp along with a distortion pedal from EBS, and it sounds really dirty and gritty on this song. The guitar solo is the exact same solo that I’ve played the very first time the band jammed on this riff. It had the right sound immediately, and a very bluesy feel, so there was no point in changing it. During this solo you can hear Kent playing the drums along with the leadguitar in a way that defies description. The drums and the guitars just seem to match and fill each other out perfectly.
Oceans apart: A very dark and romantic song, that is played on a hot-rodded baritone guitar to get that deep and wonderful low sound. Even though TCAS has always played doom metal, this song introduces a new chapter in the bands history, when I growl throughout the refrain at 1:36, making it almost sound like some old-school Paradise Lost stuff. Being one of the heaviest songs on the album, it is surprising to hear how the ending turns into something completely different. Once again, we got HK Nørgaard to add the final howl at 4:07 to release the full aggression that lies within this tune. Kent’s Yamaha Recording Custom set gets some serious beating on this one.
Betula: A very short, special little song, for someone special…? We had the honor of working with Nell from Theatre of Tragedy on this one, and she really gave her heart and soul. All the additional background voices were created by Nell at the spot while recording. It fades in with a synth-guitar effect from a Boss GT-8 board, and you might recognise it from the first album, where the same effect was used on “A suicidal mind”. My beat up acoustic guitar is still hanging in there…
My Misery: Even though these pounding grooves and catchy guitar parts might sound like classic TCAS stuff, the arrangement and the vocals lift this song into a new and dark dimension for the band. Filled with emotions, frustration and anger it simply stands out as one of the most intense songs on the album. We re-arranged this song several times, and my growling became the lead vocals while Gunnhild’s somber voice lies beneath. At 3:05 the intensity and aggression disappears, and the song transforms into a depressive state. When the bass enters along with the rhythm guitar at 3:23, they are both dropped all the way down to a low A-tuning, just to make your speakers rumble a little bit more.
When you leave the room: This heartfelt and personal song is actually Stian’s debut as a songwriter and singer for TCAS, and what a fantastic debut! It starts off with Gunnhild’s amazing operatic voice and continues with some really heavy, classic doom metal chords. All male vocals are performed by Stian himself, and like most of the other songs it’s based on a true story. As opposed to some of the other songs, Stian displays a more introverted song writing style in terms of the actual vocal lines for Gunnhild, and this broadens the quality and versatility of the entire album. And when Gunnhild added a personal touch to the vocal lines, the circle was complete. At 2:03 you can hear another guitar synth pad from my GT-8 board. The first 15 seconds of the guitar solo was created by co-producer and The Crest guitarist Kristian Sigland, due to the fact that I wanted a different approach on this solo. Although performed by me alone, hardcore fans of “The Crest” might recognise Siglands unique approach to guitar solo’s.
Set afire: Once again Kent came up with a delicate and catchy tune with a groove that just keeps on going. Inspired by old-school black metal guitar riffs, I had to switch the JSX amp setting to the Extreme channel, to produce that angry evil sound that Kent wanted for this song. Although being a pretty straight forward metal-rock tune, Gunnhild’s superb voice creates a spine-tingling sensation that might cause goose bumps. Set afire reaches an intense highlight at 3:45, when Gunnhild empties her lungs and produces so much raw energy that the input level on her microphone went way beyond the maximum peaks, and you can actually hear the speakers cracking up. A very cool effect that we decided to keep!
The answer: “Time has forsaken me”. A very honest, sore and fragile intro that introduces a Rhodes-piano for the first time in TCAS’ history. Rickard Engborg helped out, and created some very cool keys, while Gunnhild and me perform a duet. Apart from the intro, this song is just raw energy, and Gunnhild really pushes her voice to the extreme to enhance that “live-sound” that this song was written for. This is the second song with the baritone guitar, and at 3:13 you can hear the guitars turning into a deep, dark and massive Black Sabbath-style riff.
In Memory of: Although this is not a typical title track, this beautiful, but tragic and heartfelt song managed to capture the essence of To Cast a Shadow. Gunnhilds performance is simply stunning and features so much presence and sincerity. In the final stage of the recording process, the band decided to add a guitar solo, and the one you can hear at 2:55 was written and recorded in 5 minutes, and it turned out to be perhaps the best solo on the album. Due to the fact that we had already started to disassemble the guitar gear, it was accidentally recorded with only 1 Shure microphone, instead of the standard 4 microphone set-up.”
The CD was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland (THE CREST, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) and was mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. The artwork was developed and realized by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (MY DYING BRIDE, CRADLE OF FILTH).
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The anticipated Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour — featuring Chicago’s black meddlers NACHTMYSTIUM as direct support for Cradle of Filth — embarks this Tuesday, February 1st! The massive expedition will invade 30 North American cities, engulfing the continent in a clockwise vortex over the next six-and-a-half weeks. As NACHTMYSTIUM’s first major tour of 2011, and first tour since their massive North American headlining tour with Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle last fall, these dates will showcase the unit unveiling much of the material on last year’s incredible Addicts: Black Meddle Part II album which the band have not previously performed live. Check out the full tour schedule below.
Addicts: Black Meddle Part II was released by Century Media in North America in June 2010, and has since infected the planet with it’s blackened but genre-defying experimentation, holding top spots on year-end lists worldwide and continually garnishing major press coverage. NACHTMYSTIUM were recently also featured on the main cover of the massive Chicago-area music newspaper The Illinois Entertainer, showing their local scene embracing the act more than ever as they continue to infiltrate the rest of the planet.
Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour
with Cradle Of Filth, Nachtmystium, Turisas, Daniel Lioneye
2/01/2011 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
2/02/2011 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
2/04/2011 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
2/05/2011 Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
2/06/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/08/2011 Club Nokia Live – Los Angeles, CA
2/09/2011 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/11/2011 Showbox Theatre – Seattle, WA
2/12/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
2/13/2011 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/15/2011 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
2/16/2011 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
2/18/2011 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
2/20/2011 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/21/2011 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/22/2011 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
2/23/2011 Club Zoo – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2011 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
2/26/2011 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
2/27/2011 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/28/2011 Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
3/02/2011 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
3/03/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
3/04/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/05/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/08/2011 Norva Theatre – Norfolk, VA
3/09/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/11/2011 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
3/12/2011 Firestone – Orlando, FL
3/13/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Much more news on NACHTMYSTIUM will be announced over the coming weeks and months as the band continue to tour, as well as focus on concocting their follow-up to the Addicts… opus.
Bulgarian black metallers CLAYMORE inked a deal with the US label Unseen Music Group, LLC for future compilation project. The songs Gift of Hate and Near Death Experience, the personal favorites of the owner Mr. Bernie L. Simpson aka D.Monic Method, will be featured. More details coming soon… In the mean time the band is finishing the work on their new album From Ignorance to Remembrance and makes plans to start the recording process. A rehearsal video of the latest work in progress could be seen on the following link