In an exclusive new video interview with Decibel Magazine, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman discuss the band’s follow-up 2008’s Billboard-charting album, obZen.
Regarding the approach to their new music, Haake offers: “… Maybe not try to be as anal about every single little hit [that] has to be super-tight but be more focused on the vibe of a track and let some of those tiny errors slip through. I think that kinda breeds a bit of life into a song.”
View the high-definition video by Ian McFarland & Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions for the obZen track “Bleed” here.
Watch the official trailer for MESHUGGAH’s first live DVD Alivehere.
In 2008, obZen debuted at #59 on the American Top 200 Billboard chart, clinched the #14 spot on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart, was the #1 Most Added metal album on the CMJ Loud Rock and FMQB radio charts, and set a new Swedish MySpace pre-listening promotion record for over a quarter of a million album streams in seven days.
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE SEEKING FAN & READER QUESTIONS FOR MESHUGGAH’S FREDRIK THORDENDAL
Guitar World Magazine is working on a “Dear Guitar Hero” feature on MESHUGGAH’s 8-string guitarist Fredrik Thordendal and seeks the help of fans & readers to submit questions.
From today’s post on Guitar World’s official website:
“Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy – you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world’s greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used. Just send to firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Dear Guitar Hero: Fredrik Thordendal’ in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the e-mail body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!”
MESHUGGAH are currently working on the follow-up to their 2008 Billboard-charting album, obZen, which debuted at #59 on the American Top 200 Billboard chart in 2008. It also clinched the #14 spot on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart, was the #1 Most Added metal album on the CMJ Loud Rock and FMQB radio charts, and set a new Swedish MySpace pre-listening promotion record for over a quarter of a million album streams in seven days.
View the high-definition video by Ian McFarland & Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions for the obZen track “Bleed” here.
Watch the official trailer for MESHUGGAH’s first live DVD Alivehere.
Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD are teaming up with fellow US thrashers LAZARUS A.D. for a co-headlining European tour, which kicks off on March 9th in London, UK.
BONDED BY BLOOD have been touring relentlessly in support of their new album, EXILED TO EARTH, having already played shows all across North America with the likes of OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE and GAMA BOMB.
2011 sees BONDED BY BLOOD kicking off the new year with another North American trek, this time supporting Bay Area thrashers DEATH ANGEL. The band will then be heading to Europe for its co-headlining tour, before returning to the USA and Canada with the likes of SEPULTURA and NEVERMORE.
BONDED BY BLOOD bassist JERRY GARCIA comments:
“We’re excited by the announcement of our much anticipated and requested co-headlining European tour with Lazarus A.D. in March. We love touring Europe and we hope to see many old and new faces this time around.”
Catch BONDED BY BLOOD live in Europe with LAZARUS A.D. at the following shows:
BONDED BY BLOOD w/ LAZARUS A.D.
Mar. 09 – London, UK – Academy 2
Mar. 10 – Bristol, UK – The Croft
Mar. 11 – Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 – Leeds, UK – The Well
Mar. 13 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze
Mar. 15 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Mar. 16 – Norwich, UK – Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Mar. 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Mar. 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Mar. 21 – Vienna, Austria – 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 – Bologna, Italy – Lazzaretto
Mar. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Mephisto
Mar. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Hebe
Mar. 25 – Paris, France – Paris Extreme
Mar. 26 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Rio
Mar. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrush
Mar. 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Mar. 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
Apr. 02 – Bruges, Belgium – JH Comma
Catch BONDED BY BLOOD live in North America at the following shows:
BONDED BY BLOOD w/ DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D., EARLY MAN, HEXEN
Jan. 24 – War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 26 – The Muse – Nashvile, TN (No DEATH ANGEL, LAZARUS A.D.)
Jan. 28 – Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 29 – Championship bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ (No DEATH ANGEL)
Jan. 30 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
Jan. 31 – The Cabsbah – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 01 – Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
Feb. 02 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Feb. 03 – Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
Feb. 04 – Club Hell – Providence, RI
Feb. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb. 06 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Feb. 07 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Feb. 08 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
Feb. 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10 – Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, KY
Feb. 11 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 12 – Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 13 – Numbers – Houston, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX (w/ D.R.I.)
Feb. 16 – Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
Feb. 18 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ
Feb. 19 – Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
Feb. 20 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 22 – The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
Feb. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 24 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
BONDED BY BLOOD w/ SEPULTURA, BELPHEGOR, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
Apr. 18 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 19 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Apr. 20 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Apr. 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr. 23 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 24 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 25 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Apr. 26 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 27 – The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
Apr. 28 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 01 – Clicks – Tyler, TX
May 02 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 03 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 05 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
May 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
May 07 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 08 – Club DV8 – Tucson, AZ (w/ D.R.I.)
May 09 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 10 – The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
May 11 – The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 13 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
May 18 – Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 20 – Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
May 21 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 22 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
BONDED BY BLOOD w/ SEPULTURA, NEVERMORE, HATE, KEEP OF KALESSIN, NEURAXIS
May 23 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 24 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 26 – The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
May 27 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
May 28 – Dickens – Calgary, AB – CANADA
May 29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
May 31 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
February the 21th 2011 will see Praying Mantis release. a special limited edition EP “Metalmorphosis” to celebrate 30 years since the release of their critically acclaimed Album “Time Tells No Lies” and include 5 songs some of which are from the original album re-recorded by the current Mantis line up.
The songs the band have chosen are:
1. Children of The Earth 2010
2. Praying Mantis 2010
3. Lovers to the Grave 2010
4. Panic in the Streets 2010
5. Captured City 2010
All these tracks have been completely re-recorded.
Chris Troy – Bass & Vocals
Tino Troy – Guitars & Vocals
Andy Burgess – Guitars
Benjy Reid – Drums
Mike Freeland – Vocals
2009 saw the band release “Sanctuary” and the reviews and feedback have been fantastic. As a follow up and a celebration of 30 years of having the opportunity to perform, write and record the band have recorded “Metalmorphosis“.
“Metalmorphosis” will be available via praying mantis’s websites from 21th February 2011 as a special limited edition in a embossed digipack.
Praying Mantis selling the EP “Metalmorphosis” at £5.50 + posting to order via the website and on iTunes. The EP will also be available at the live shows throughout 2011.
NYC-based extreme metal unit DIMENTIANON, after a slight break from public appearance, have recently revamped the band’s lineup and are again booking live appearances for the coming months.
The first confirmed DIMENTIANON appearance for 2011 will see them taking part in a brutal Saturday night show at Brooklyn’s deafening The Acheron alongside a collective of other tri-state-based underground metal outfits including Horrifier, Sacrificial Blood, Cain and Brohammer on February 26th [view flyer]. More live actions will be announced in the coming months.
The turbulent, trademark DIMENTIANON style of combining death, black and doom metal elements with eerie atmospherics has been a part of the New York underground scene since the mid ’90s (then known as The Forgotten), but really sank its teeth into the public’s ears in 2010, with the release of the band’s third full-length Collapse The Void. The short but potent release shows the band at their most creative and destructive peak yet, inciting incredible reactions from the underground metal media, and shows the band tackling new approaches to their own “dementia” within the supposed realms of extreme metal.
Camp Freddy Feat. Matt Sorum, Billy Morrison, and Dave Navarro – Hosted by Mark McGrath
Legendary Whisky A Go Go, Roxy and Rainbow Bar & Grill founder and recovering cancer survivor Mario Maglieri is pleased to present an amazing benefit event to create awareness and raise positive vibes in celebration of breast cancer survivor Carolyne Williams.
Carolyne Williams is a 27-year-old breast cancer warrior and advocate. After months of being told that her cancer was just a cyst or an infection, Carolyne discovered the worst: that she was diagnosed with malignant Cystosarcoma Phyllodes while having no health insurance from her part-time job. Cystosarcoma Phyllodes is a sarcoma, a very rare type of breast cancer that accounts for less than 1% of breast cancer diagnosis. Phyllodes currently has no research or support for survivors from the bigger Breast Cancer Foundations, because of its rarity. Phyllodes is made of connective tissue and blood, that forms in the breast that does not respond to chemo or radiation. Sadly, many cases of breast cancer are currently being found in younger girls/women in their teens, 20’s and 30’s, and in many cases they are being misdiagnosed, as Carolyne was. There needs to be more awareness to this growing and sadly silent epidemic.
This benefit is to help raise awareness and spread hope in the darkness of cancer and its effects on families and friends of the infected. The benefit hopes to raise funds in order to help Carolyne with her disease. This unprecedented and special event will include appearances by Camp Freddy featuring Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/The Cult), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers), and is hosted by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. Other monumental yet-to-be-named guests will be making appearances, so make sure to head out and support an incredible cause and witness amazing guest showings. The event will take place this Monday, January 24th at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Performing at the event will be Head Cat featuring Lemmy Kilmiste of Motorhead, and Darling Stilettos.
For more information and tickets call M Productions at 310-360-1110.
If you are interested in learning more and helping Carolyne Williams and her cause, please visit www.curephyllodes.com.
SYMPHONY X are currently recording their Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America.
SYMPHONY X will kick-off a headlining North American tour featuring Seattle’s Nevermore, Soilwork from Sweden, Boston‘s Powerglove, and Blackguard from Montreal on April 21st in Philadelphia. The tour ends in West Springfield, Virginia on May 22nd.
Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at EnterTheVault.com. V.I.P. tickets/packages are available for select shows and will include early entry and a Meet & Greet.
Confirmed SYMPHONY X tour dates are:
04/21/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/22/11 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
04/23/11 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/25/11 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/26/11 Salle Albert Rosseau – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/27/11 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/29/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
04/30/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
05/01/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
05/02/11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/04/11 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
05/06/11 Showbox – Seattle, WA
05/07/11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
05/08/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
05/10/11 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
05/11/11 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
05/13/11 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/14/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/15/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED will be entering RG Studio in Gdańsk, Poland on February 9th to record their fifth studio album and follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis.
The new release will be produced by Wacek Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Drums will be recorded with Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED), who will also handle mixing duties.
DECAPITATED’s line-up includes: Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka on guitar, Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Thorns Of Ivy, Tone Intimacy) on drums, Rafał Piotrowski (Ketha, Forgotten Souls) on lead vocals, and Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha (Vesenia, Rootwater, Unsun, Masachist) on bass.
Canada’s progressive death metal juggernauts AUGURY have posted a five-minute video on their YouTube channel documenting their exploits while on tour with the Black Dahlia Murder on the American Defloration tour. Men in gorilla suits, women in underwear, Colgate smiles, “customized” U-Haul advertising, and long silicone weapons all make appearances.
Tune in for viewing and practice your French here.
View the band’s video blog for their Coronary Evidence tour – which includes a stint on the politics of male fornication – here.
Fragmentary Evidence, AUGURY’s Nuclear Blast debut, was produced by Hugues Deslauriers (Clearwater Deathblow), Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon), and AUGURY. Mixing duties were handled by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index, Despised Icon). James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Disincarnate) provided the mastering. Sven de Caluwé of Aborted created the album artwork.
Chicago based multinational extreme metal act Against the Plagues releases footage from their recent studio sessions for the follow up to their debut release “Decoding the Mainframe” . Recording is currently taking place at Belle City Sound in Racine , Wisconsin with producer Chris Djuricic (NOVEMBERS DOOM, JUNGLE ROT, NACHTMYSTIUM). Release for the yet untitled album is tentatively set for late Spring/ early Summer 2011.
States the band, “ We are very excited about this new release as we are taking every measure to make sure this effort surpasses our last in every way possible. The songs are definitely more intense and complex, but at the same time more memorable, catchy, and dynamic. As of now, all guitars, drums, bass, and solos are done; next up are keyboards and vocals. We have really concentrated on this material for the past year to make sure that it is the absolute best possible. Fans of the band will not be disappointed! Samples of the new tracks will be posted on our website as soon as they are finalized. Thanks for your patience and your support. We will continue to post more footage as the process continues.”
You can see current footage from the studio below:
OMNIUM GATHERUM have revealed another full track video teaser for the song “New World Shadows” taken from their Lifeforce Records debut album “New World Shadows” to be released on February 7th in Europe and March 1st in North America.’
Artillery, thrash metal band from Denmark, revealed cover artwork and tracklist of their forthcoming album “My Blood”. The follow up to the highly acclaimed “When Death Comes” album from 2009 was recorded in late 2010 at the Medley Studios, Denmark in the following line-up: Søren Adamsen – Vocals, Michael Stützer – Guitars, Morten Stützer – Guitars, Peter Thorslund – Bass, Carsten Nielsen – Drums.
The cover artwork was designed by the well known Polish graphic designer Graal known from his previous work for Vital Remans, Sinister, Solitude Aeturnus or Bulldozer etc. Graal was also responsible for the covers of Artillery’s “Through The Years” box and “When Death Comes”.
Metal Mind Productions set up the release date for 14th March in Japan (via Kings Records), 21st March in Europe, 5th April in USA (via MVD). The album will be released as a jewel case CD and as a digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks. Japanese edition of the album will include an exclusive bonus track which won’t be available elsewhere.
Brazilian Thrash Metal band Decimator signs with Kill Again Records for release your second album. Bloodstained Will be released in late February. Head Thrashers can wait for a fast, aggressive and killer Thrash Metal album.
Leonardo Schneider(vocals), Paulo Hendler (Lead Guitar), Rodrigo Weiler (Lead Guitar), Patrícia Bressiani (bass) e Alceu Martins (drums),
The Brazilian Thrash Metal group, Violator, released on their YouTube channel, the making of from their first Official Video. The theme chosen by the band is Futurephobia, track taken from their latest release, the Annihilation Process EP. The video direction is being made by the producer Nicolas Gomez. To watch the Making of Futurephobia, visit: http://www.youtube.com/violatormaniax
Violator also opens this week in a twitter page. The tool will be used as a communication channel for some news of the band. Check it out: http://twitter.com/violatorthrash
Montreal-based tech death metallers, NEURAXIS, have posted a live video of the track, “Asylum,” filmed at the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest late last year. Check it out now: http://prostheticrecords.com/ The track comes from their upcoming album, “Asylon,” which will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. You can hear the studio version of the track at Prosthetic Records’ webstore, where the official pre-order is now running. (http://store.prostheticrecords.com/)
“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more.
The track listing is:
3. Savior and Destroyer
4. By The Flesh
10. Left To Devour
NEURAXIS will support death metal masters Deicide in February and March and legendary extreme metal act, Sepultura in April and May.
See NEURAXIS on the following dates:
2/5 Drummondville, QC @ Drummondville Metalfest/ Salle Gaston Mandeville
2/10 Ottowa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks #
2/11 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s #
2/12 Cleveland, OH – Pirate’s Cove #
2/13 Nashville, TN – The Muse #
2/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *
2/16 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *
2/17 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 *
2/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero *
2/19 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall *
2/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium *
2/21 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre *
2/22 Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec *
2/23 Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus *
2/24 London, ONT – Music Hall *
2/25 Toronto, ONT – Opera House *
2/26 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club *
2/27 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s *
2/28 Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall *
3/1 Tulsa, OK – Marquee *
3/2 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *
3/4 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
3/5 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
3/7 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon *
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club *
3/9/ San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
3/10 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse *
3/11 Amirillo, TX – The War Legion Underground #
3/12 Ft Worth, TX – Rail Club #
3/13 Houston, TX – Numbers #
3/15 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #
3/16 Nashville, TN – The Muse(2nd show) #
3/17 Newport News, VA – Budda’s Place #
3/18 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grill #
3/19 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s #
4/18 Toronto, ON – Opera House $
4/19 Quebec , QC – Imperial $
4/20 Montreal, QC – Club Soda $
4/21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks $
4/22 Worcester, MA – Palladium $
4/23 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom $
4/24 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $
4/25 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater $
4/26 Charlotte, NC – The Tremont Hall $
4/27 Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone $
4/28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room $
4/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade $
5/01 Tyler, TX – Clicks $
5/02 Houston, TX – Scout Bar $
5/03 Dallas, TX – Trees $
5/04 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory $
5/05 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s $
5/06 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater $
5/07 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse $
5/08 Tucson, AZ – Club DV8 $
5/09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues $
5/10 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory $
5/11 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom $
5/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater $
5/13 Seattle, WA – El Corazon $
5/14 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory $
5/16 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater $
5/17 Wichita, KS – The OZ Café $
5/18 St Paul, MN – Station 4 $
5/19 Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club $
5/20 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s $
5/21 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall $
5/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s $
5/23 Louisville, KY – Expo Five %
5/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave %
5/26 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo %
5/27 Regina, SK – The Exchange %
5/28 Calgary, AB – Dickens %
5/29 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room %
5/30 Prince George, BC – Third %
5/31 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater %
# w/ Blackguard
* w/ Deicide, Belphegor, Pathology, Blackguard
$ w/ Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep Of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood
% w/ Sepultura, Nevermore, Hate, Keep of Kalessin, Bonded By Blood
The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994 and has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and took part in the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.
On Monday, January 17, Swedish black metal overlords WATAIN took home the “Best Hard Rock” award for their Lawless Darkness full-length at Sweden’s annual Grammis ceremony (the Swedish equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Awards).
Comments frontman Erik Danielsson: “I always pictured the criteria for entering the Grammy awards to be those of mainstream music in general; conformity, insipidity and commercial potential. In other words, I was quite surprised when we even got nominated. But considering all the blood, sweat and tears we have put into this, our life’s mission, during the past 13 years, it is by all means an award well deserved. And no matter what the parameters were by which the jury made their decision, the Devil won again.”
“Even if this music genre will always be one with adversity and wild hearted insanity as it’s very roots,” he continues, “the artistic value must be acknowledged not only on an underground level but in any cultural circumstance, high or low. Acknowledged I say, not necessarily appreciated. And in a country like Sweden it is about fucking time, for here it has been neglected and stupefied by the mass media for years, while legends such as Dissection and Bathory have been writing and releasing some of the most monumental albums in music history. The Grammy that we have won with WATAIN is a step towards rectification in that matter, and a sign that the artistry and infernal creativity that permeates WATAIN and this genre is being taken seriously. For that we are proud and delighted in accepting the award. As for it’s market-value or importance in a “music industry context,” we sincerely could not care less.”
Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7, recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt et al) in Alvik, Sweden and features cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak.
In related news, WATAIN was also nominated in the P3 Gold Awards to be held this Saturday in the “rock/metal” category as well as the Manifest Awards on February 4 in the “rock” category.