Disney's Mickey Mouse gets tough as Skeletonwitch become labelled unfit to play, but perform at a wedding instead.
Fresh off a short run of dates supporting Ghost B.C., Athens, Ohio-based blackened metal quintet, Skeletonwitch, has announced a hometown release party for their forthcoming new full-length, "Serpents Unleashed". The show will take place at The Union (18 W. Union St., Athens) on October 23rd, the eve of the kickoff to their extensive North American fall tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. Tickets for the event are just $10.
The Black Dahlia tour will be swiftly followed by another lap around America in early 2014 alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Unfortunately for fans in Orlando however, where the tour stops on January 27th, Skeletonwitch will not be allowed to perform at the local House of Blues, as the group has joined the likes of Exodus, Machine Head and others deemed "unfit to be associated with" Disney, on whose property the venue is located.
Although Skeletonwitch might be unwelcomed at the Magic Kingdom, a California couple has asked the band to make their dreams come true. During Skeletonwitch s performance in Fresno on November 15th, longtime fans Travis Bartlett and Lanae Forrest will get married on stage -- making local venue Strummer's their own happiest place on Earth. Says groom-to-be Bartlett, "Lanae and I are taken aback and beyond elated that Skeletonwitch are willing to be a part of the most important day of our lives. There really aren't words to show our appreciation for the band being with us as we begin our lives together."
Commemorating the group's 10-year anniversary, "Serpents Unleashed" -- recorded earlier this year with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Isis, High on Fire), and featuring artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak) - will be unleashed in North America on October 29th, in Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 25th and in the UK and the rest of Europe on October 28th. "Serpents Unleashed" is available for preorder at SKELETONWITCH.com in CD, LP, cassette, digital download and limited edition 7-inch collector's box formats. In addition, you can now pre-order the album digitally at iTunes and BandCamp and receive an instant download of "I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)."
See for yourself whether Skeletonwitch are "unfit to be associated with" at one of their dates below.
10/14/2013 Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN w/ Ghost B.C.
10/23/2013 The Union - Athens, OH * Record Release Show
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
10/24/2013 Peabody's Concert Club - Cleveland, OH
10/25/2013 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
10/26/2013 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
10/27/2013 The Met - Pawtucket, RI
10/28/2013 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
10/29/2013 Le Cercle - Quebec City, QC
10/30/2013 La Tulipe - Montreal, QC
10/31/2013 Ritual - Ottawa, ON
11/01/2013 Rum Runners - London, ON
11/02/2013 Mod Club - Toronto, ON
11/04/2013 Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
11/06/2013 West End Cultural Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/07/2013 Louis' Pub - Saskatoon, SK
11/08/2013 Avenue Theatre - Edmonton, AB
11/09/2013 The Den - Calgary, AB
11/11/2013 The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
11/12/2013 The Center - Spokane, WA
11/13/2013 WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
11/14/2013 Whiskey Dick's Saloon - South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/15/2013 Strummer's - Fresno, CA
11/16/2013 Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
11/17/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
11/18/2013 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX *newly added
11/19/2013 Club Patron - Odessa, TX
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
11/20/2013 Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
11/21/2013 Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
11/22/2013 Firebird - St. Louis, MO
11/23/2013 Blue Moose - Iowa City, IA
11/24/2013 The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
11/25/2013 Mojoes of Joliet - Joliet, IL
11/26/2013 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
11/27/2013 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House of Blues - Houston, TX
1/24/2014 Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz - Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29/2014 The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA - Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House of Blues - Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA - Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
2/07/2014 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre - Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater - Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency - San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
w/ Amon Amarth
2/16/2014 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
With just over a week to go before the release of “Løyndom”, the debut album from Norway’s Slegest, the band has released a music video for the opening track of the album “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”. The video, produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, features the band’s newly formed live-lineup, which includes founder Ese (ex-Vreid) on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums.
The video is being debuted by Metal Hammer Norway and can be seen at http://metal-hammer.no/premiere-slegest-video/2950/
Slegest, formed in 2010 by former Vreid guitarist Ese originally as a solo studio project, plays a mix of classic Heavy Rock combined with old-school black metal vocals. The band’s first release, a self-titled EP, appeared in 2012, after which Slegest inked a deal with Dark Essence Records for the release of the debut full-length album. “Løyndom” was recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen and was mastered by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen. The artwork for “Løyndom” includes drawings by Jan Magne Vigdal and design by Tom Korsvold.
Tracklisting for “Løyndom”, which is set to hit the streets on the 7th October as follows:
1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength
In 2010, the organizers of Holland's highly acclaimed Roadburn Festival invited Tom Gabriel Warrior, founder of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon, to act as the curator at that year's festival. Under the banner of 'Only Death Is Real', Roadburn 2010 thus became the venue for the presentation of Triptykon's newly-released debut album, "Eparistera Daimones", as well as Triptykon's first official life appearance.
Triptykon admit that they:
"felt very honored by the confidence Roadburn placed in us, and the event will forever rank as one of the most significant experiences in the existence of Triptykon. We are therefore deeply delighted and proud to be able to announce that Triptykon has been asked to return to Roadburn in 2014".
To commemorate the release of Triptykon's long-awaited new album in spring 2014, Triptykon will appear on Roadburn's main stage at the 013 venue, on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Tom Gabriel Warrior:
"Roadburn is very likely the most extraordinary, daring, and vigorous festival in what has otherwise largely become a blandly repetitive and overly commercialized heavy rock scene. Moreover, anybody who has ever attended Roadburn can confirm that no other festival exudes such a unique feeling of radiance and creativity among audience and performers alike. Triptykon's return to Roadburn in 2014 signifies yet another truly unique chapter in a long affiliation with the festival, dating back to the riotous days of Celtic Frost. I am deeply grateful to Roadburn's artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers for his extraordinary friendship and his continued faith in the path we are pursuing with Triptykon. In return, we shall duly transform Roadburn into a church of darkness".
Roadburn 2014 will run from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.
More information can be found here:
Spanish Black Metal newcomers Svipdagr have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album "Black Verses" for its imminent release next month.
Originally formed in early 2013 by Volundr (guitar / bass) and Funedëim (guitar / vocals), they were later joined by Thanatos (drums) from the band Cauldron. The three members hail from three different cities in Spain, but this wasn't an obstacle for them to create their personal vision of Black Metal in its most raw, classic and genuine style. Dragging influences from bands like Darkthrone, Bathory, Immortal, Hades, Carpathian Forest, early Satyricon and very old Emporer… the debut album of Svipdagr is a ode to Black Metal in its purest form, containing 9 songs that vary from the most raw and primitive form to epic & pagan acoustic passages. Even sounding grim, "Black Verses" owns enough variation with excellent riffs that will please any lover of good old Black Metal.
Track listing for "Black verses" is as follows:
1. Black Souls (Intro)
2. Black Verses For Black Souls
3. Sacrifice II - A Dead Sentence that Never Comes
4. View Through the Rusty Helm
5. Infighting, Evocation to Black Metal II
6. Ego Sum Lux Mundi (I'm the Light of the World)
7. In the Darkness of Faith
8. Slaves of the Sword Without Edge
9. Two Shades in the Way (Outro)
"Black Verses" is scheduled for October 15th and you can visit the band's official site here: www.facebook.com/2000svipdagr
as well as listening to an advance song on the following links:
With a release date for Slegest’s debut full-length album “Løyndom” set for the 7th October, Dark Essence Records has today previewed a track from what will be the debut album from former Vreid guitarist Ese.
“Ho Som Haustar Aleine” is the opening track from “Løyndom” and can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/dark-essence-records/slegest-ho-som-haustar-aleine
Recorded partly in Ese’s own Systrond Studio and partly at the Conclave and Earshot Studio with producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen, and mastered by Enslaved’s Herbrand Larsen, “Løyndom” (Secret), is a mix of classic heavy rock and old school black metal that has an distinctly down and dirty, and addictively catchy, groove running through it.
Track listing for “Løyndom” as follows:
1. Ho Som Haustar Aleine
2. Rooted In Knowledge
3. I Slike Stunder
4. Løgna Sin Fiende
5. The Path Of No Return
6. Faceless Queen
7. Dirt Life Death
8. Past Burden Strength
When, following his departure from Vreid where he played on four albums, Ese formed Slegest in 2010, his original intention was that it should be a solo project, and, indeed, apart from a guest solo by former Vreid band-mate Sture, Ese plays all the instruments himself on “Løyndom”. However, it soon became clear to everyone who heard the album that Slegest was a live band waiting to happen, and a live line-up has now been put together, which, apart from Ese on Vocals and Rhythm Guitars, consists of Sør (BÄÄÄV, VONBRÅTEN) on Lead Guitars, Hövard (BOMBEKLÜCHTER) on Bass and Fjøsne on Drums.
Slegest is also busy putting the finishing touches to a music video for “Ho Som Haustar Aleine”. Produced by Håvard Nesbø and Ørjan Talle, the video will premiere before the release of “Løyndom”.
Watain’s new album 'The Wild Hunt' just came out a couple of weeks ago and impressed both media and fans. Right after an extensive North America tour in October / November, they will set European stages on fire to present their new opus live. Those who witnessed the album release show on August 24th in Watain’s hometown Uppsala in Sweden will know what to expect – everybody else can be curious about it and shouldn’t miss it.
The band comments: "It will be with the dead of winter that we shall come hunting through Europe again. By then the dry heat of summer will be long gone, moistened by gasoline and tears, ready to explode into a storm of panic and euphoria, death and metal, war and pain, sodomy and lust! So gather yourselves and prepare, forbidden fires and unearthly lights shall illuminate the winter nights..."
The special guests for the tour will be announced soon.
"The Wild Hunt embodies not only the most anticipated heavy record of the year, but also the most important album of Watain's career." METAL HAMMER (UK) (9/10 points)
"Every single song is an explosive revolution." TERRORIZER (UK) (9.5/10 points)
"Exciting, vital music that grabs you by the soul.” KERRANG (UK) (KKKKK)
Check www.thewildhunt.se for more details on the album.
WATAIN 'The Wild Hunt' tour dates:
05.12.2013 Manchester, Academy 2
06.12.2103 Glasgow, Garage
07.12.2013 Birmingham, The Library @ The Institute
08.12.2013 London, Electric Ballroom
Tickets are on sale now at:
"Augur Nox" is the first album featuring Code's new lineup of Aort, Wacian, Syhr, LORDt and Andras. The brand-new material demonstrates the band's fresh personnel in a vivid light, confirming Code's position as a radiant gem in the extreme metal world. It displays a multifaceted approach: from stunning wide-ranging vocals, otherworldly clean passages, and barbed metallic riffery, all filtered through a refined prism of avant-garde black metal. The album is Code's most progressive effort to date, yet always captures the band's distinct eerie and arcane vibe.
Featuring ten tracks and 2 interludes over a 55-minute playing time, "Augur Nox" is a bold step forward where acute songwriting and expansive experimentation go hand in hand. Code's sound has been both refined and exaggerated at the same time, to produce a melodically dense and ambitious piece of work. The band describes the forthcoming release as their "most dynamic and challenging material to date."
"Augur Nox" was mixed and mastered at Orgone Studios in London (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver) after three years of development and pre-production.
1. Black Rumination
2. Becoming Host
4. Glimlight Tourist
- Dx. (interlude)
5. Garden Chancery
6. The Lazarus Cord
7. The Shrike Screw
- Rx. (interlude)
8. Trace of God
9. Harmonies in Cloud
10. White Tryptych
The follow-up to 2009's "Resplendent Grotesque" (nominated for a Spellemann Award in the best metal album category) will be available in digipack, limited vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl formats include: black vinyl, color in color vinyl (bone white / ultra clean) limited to 100 copies and a further 100 copies on swamp green/ultra clean color in color vinyl.
By GMA's Gibraltar correspondent Nathan Colombo
The new Days Of Our Lives single ' And For A Moment The World Just Stopped' can be now downloaded for £1.50 or you can buy a hard copy for £3.
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Gibraltar's one-man DSBM project Days Of Our Lives is pleased to announce the release of their latest single.
Sole musician and GMA's Gibraltar correspondent comments:
"The single is entitled "And For A Moment The World Just Stopped" and is the first single to be release for the upcoming Days of Our Lives album. Over the years the band has explored and expanding in different ways and this album I am hoping will showcase all that has happened. The single itself features no metal tracks but rather a classical piano piece and a bonus track which hopefully will set the mood for the album. It will be released on Monday the 19th of August on my own label No Remorse Records (Gibraltar) and will be limited to 100 copies only. This will also be the last release that Days of Our Lives will be solely myself in the recordings as the album features a singer to handle some parts, but all music, lyrics and most of the main vocal duties are still going to be handled by me".
Black metal cult Arckanum is pleased to announce streaming of another new song from the forthcoming record, "Fenris Kindir". The new track, titled "Hatarnir" is premiering via Wormgear and the forthcoming album is slated for a worldwide release on 10th May (14th May in North America).
Regarding ""Fenris Kindir", Arckanum mastermind Shamaatae (ex-Grotesque) acknowledged that "This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari! Hail Fenrir!"
Shamaatae continues; "The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!"
1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
6. Fenris Gangr
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions]
"Fenris Kindir" is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop and is available as a CD and a limited LP in two different colors: yellow (limited to 450 copies) and black (limited to 700).