Every week during July, Toronto-based Celtic Viking Metal quartet, Vesperia will be previewing to fans a selected video clip from their upcoming live DVD 'Untamed in Toronto!' that was filmed by AX Media during the bands past show at the Hard Luck Bar.
'We are very excited to reveal our first-ever live DVD that we filmed in our very own hometown of Toronto on our last tour." says lead vocalist and bassist Morgan Rider. "For anyone who has not been able to see one of our live performances, this will give them a unique opportunity to see the primal nature behind a VESPERIA performance; fully equipped with a high-end lighting rig and in high definition!"
To view the first video clip titled 'The Swordsman' please visit the following link here.
Faroese pagan metallers Tyr will be invading North American shores once again this August and September as direct support for Nuclear Blast recording artists (and former Napalm Records labelmates) Korpiklaani. Joining the 24-date tour will be the esteemed Moonsorrow and Estonian Folk Metal tribe Metsatöll. Here are the Confirmed dates / venues thus far:
Aug 28 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theatre
Aug 29 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Aug 30 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Aug 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Sep 1 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Sep 2 - St Paul, MN @ Station-4
Sep 3 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Sep 4 -Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sep 5 - Billings, MT @ Manny's
Sep 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
Sep 8 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sep 9 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sep 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Sep 11 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Sep 12 - Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Sep 13 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Sep 14 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Sep 15 - Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
Sep 18 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Sep 19 - Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
Sep 20 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep 21 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Sep 22 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Sep 23 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Tyr frontman Heri Joensen comments:
"Finally, we're coming back to the US and Canada! Thanks to all who have written and helped to bring this about. This tour is guaranteed to be a blast, and we're looking very much forward to it. We're sorry if your town is not on our schedule, but we ask you to please travel a few extra miles to see us, and we promise we'll make it worth your effort."
_Swedish Death Metal stalwarts Entrails smeer blood over the contract and sign to Metal Blade Records.
Formed in the 90s, but split up until 2008 when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. With modern technology, the first Entrails demo took shape. After releasing another demo in 2009 the band recorded and released their debut album 'Tales From The Morgue' in 2010.
Just a year later 'The Tomb Awaits' was released, an album that gained worldwide attention and was considered by many as the best death metal album of 2011!
Jimmy Lundqvist comments on the deal with Metal Blade: "Being on Metal Blade has been a dream since Slayer's Hell Awaits came out and given the chance to be there as well is just pure magic! It is with honourable excitement that we have signed to Metal Blade!"
Currently the band are finalising the songwriting process for their third studio album to be recorded during the summer."Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it's the perfect step from The Tomb Awaits album…beware!"
Joakim Svensson - vocals/bass
Jimmy Lundqvist ˆ guitar
Mathias Nilsson ˆ guitar
Adde Mitroulis - drums
Swedish Viking Metallers King Of Asgard have finished recording their second album '…to North' at Sonic Train Studios with engineer Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at the helm. The album will be released July 27th / 30th via Metal Blade Records.
The band has said that: "First out is female vocalist Heléne Blad whom did a guest appearance on "Fi'mbulvintr" as well. This time around she's present on the album opener, "The Nine Worlds Burn", doing an epic folk inspired vocal part. She's been a longtime friend of the band and is a professionally schooled folk singer et cetera. She was also once, for a short while, the keyboardist of the KING OF ASGARD predecessor Mithotyn. The second appearance on "…to North" presents the extremely talented guitarist Jimmy Hedlund. Yet another friend known from bands such as Falconer and Supreme Majesty. He shreds two guitar solos on the song "Gap of Ginnungs". Least say, amazing stuff and truly breathtaking!"
Bassist Jonas Albrektsson shares views on the recording process and what to expect from '…To North':
"The "…To North" master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy LaRocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It's upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn "Fi'mbulvintr". Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. "…To North" takes off pretty much where "Fi'mbulvintr" left off so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It's a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I've been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on "…To North", where epic meets with brutality! The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. "…To North" will make The Nine Worlds Burn… and Varberg was just left behind."
Check out the first video trailer for the album here.
Karl Beckman ˆ vocals/guitars
Lars Tängmark - guitars
Jonas Albrektsson ˆ bass
Karsten Larsson - drums
_Valfreya, the Viking Metal sextet from Quebec have just announced their album release dates and are streaming a montage video for 'Confront Immensity'. Valfreya's debut album ‘Path To Eternity’ will be released in North America on May 22nd via Maple Metal Records. The official worldwide release date will be on July 4th.
Formed in February 2009, Valfreya is a sextet from Montreal, Canada. The vocalist, Crook, has a vocal range of symphonic clean vocals to that of guttural growls. Crook is the main composer of ‘Path to Eternity’ along with key contributions from guitarist Graz’zt, keyboardist Shark, and all the band members.
Influenced by the likes of Moonsorrow, Equilibrium, Arkona and Wintersun, the band portrays a more aggressive and energetic take on the folk metal genre.
‘Path to Eternity’ was produced by the band, and was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Autumn 2011 at Silver Wings Studio in Montreal, Canada.
Thus, Bookaking Productions in Montreal have produced an Epic Movie Battles Montage to highlight Valfreya’s song “Confront Immensity” which is viewable here.
The band will play at Hellfst Lanaudiere 2012 on July 21st, the three day Metalfest north of Montreal, Canada. They will also co-headline a Folk Metal Show in Toronto, Canada on Friday June 15th along with Nordheim, Vesperia, and Protocult.
Track listing for ‘Path to Eternity’
Crook – Lead Vocals
Graz’zt – Guitars, Vocals
Karhu – Guitars
Pinch – Bass
Shark – Keyboards
Mawhjey – Drums, Vocals
_The promising Swedish Viking boy-band (hate 'here') King Of Asgard have just finalised the touches on their sophomore album '...To North!' at the Sonic Train Studio with maestro engineer Andy LaRocque (King Diamond).
Jonas Albreksson (bass) had this to say in respect of recording and what fans should expect from their second outing:
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