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Ivar from Enslaved reports:
Enslaved will do an online Q&A session on Tuesday, September 30th 12:00 PM CET at VG.no, Norway’s leading daily paper.
Fans all over the world can send in their questions from now until Tuesday by visiting here
Please mark it’s in Norwegian, but here’s a quick ”how to do”
”Tittel” – the headline of your question
”Spørsmål” – fill in your question to Enslaved
”Navn ” – from who – your name....
"Vertebrae", the new album from the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal ENSLAVED, is currently the featured artist over at MySpace Metal.
The new album is also available for streaming in its entirety (for a limited time!) at the groups MySpace Page. The CD will be released in Europe on September 29 via Indie Recordings and in North America on October 28 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Vertebrae" was recorded during the first months of 2008 — then mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and mastered by the legendary George Marino in Sterling Sound. Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen and Grutle Kjellson.
The album will be supported by extensive touring starting with the "Vertebrae European Tour" in November/December 2008 also featuring STONEGARD and KRAKOW.
Release dates for Obscure's debut album, entitled "On Formaldehyde," have been revealed. In Norway, the album will be in stores on the 29th of September. The rest of the world will get the pleasure to check it out on the 13th of October.
Obscure consists of Roy Kronheim (ex-Enslaved) among others, and "On Formaldehyde" is a diverse classic heavy metal album.
Nuclear Blast Records has announced that they have signed Norwegian black metallers Enslaved and will be releasing the bands forthcoming new album, "Vertabrae." Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has said the following of the partnership:
“The U.S. and Canada have become increasingly important territories for ENSLAVED with their increasing sales and feedback from the fans and the scene both within and outside hard-line metal. The two tours we did in 2007 proved our live show qualities to the scene, and the scene proved its dedication to us. We are therefore extremely happy to be working with Nuclear Blast – a formidable force in the record industry. Having met members of the U.S. staff on several occasions, we know that their dedication and professionalism will take ENSLAVED a great step further.
Vertebrae is by far our strongest album, one that we are extremely proud to present to the U.S., to Canada, Mexico, and all other territories. We are very pleased to present it in tandem with Nuclear Blast.”
The version of Gorgoroth fronted by member, Gaahl has posted the following update:
"Gorgoroth will enter the studio in their hometown of Bergen, Norway on August 25th, 2008.
"Eight new tracks composed by King will be recorded for an as-yet-untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost on drums, the full recording lineup will include Teloch (guitar) and Ice Dale (guitar).
"ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen will once again produce Gorgoroth in the studio."
Enslaved have announced that they are now on the roster of Indie Recordings records. The label is set to release the bands new album "Vertabrae" later this year.
The band comments: "We've known the people behind [Indie Recordings] for years, and have first-hand knowledge of their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. This signing makes perfect and utter sense to us; and we are proud to start off this cooperation with our strongest album ever."
Norwegian extreme metal act Enslaved have announced a huge European tour that will begin in November. Check out the dates below.
Nov. 05 - DK Kopenhagen The Rock
Nov. 06 - DK Århus Voxhall
Nov. 07 - GER Marne Capitol
Nov. 08 - GER Essen Grugahalle / Heidenfest
Nov. 09 - BEL Vosselaar Biebob
Nov. 11 - UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Nov. 12 - UK Leeds Rios
Nov. 13 - UK London Scala
Nov. 14 - NL Eindhoven Dynamo
Nov. 15 - NL Leeuwarden Romein
Nov. 16 - NL Deventer Burgerweeshuis
Nov. 18 - F Paris La Locomotive
Nov. 19 - F Rennes Ubu
Nov. 20 - F Lyon Marché Gare
Nov. 21 - F Toulouse Havanna Café
Nov. 22 - ESP Madrid Sala Caracol
Nov. 23 - ESP Barcelona Salamandra
Nov. 25 - ITA Milano Alcatraz
Nov. 26 - ITA Bologna Estragon
Nov. 27 - AUT Graz Orpheum
Nov. 28 - AUT Wien Szene
Nov. 29 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Nov. 30 - GER München Backstage
Dec. 01 - SWI Pratteln Z7
Dec. 02 - GER Saarbücken Roxy
Dec. 03 - GER Darmstadt Steinbruch Theater
Dec. 04 - GER Köln Werkstatt
Dec. 05 - GER Hamburg Markthalle
Dec. 06 - GER Leipzig Hellraiser
Dec. 07 - CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
Dec. 09 - GER Berlin Kato
Dec. 10 - PL Warsaw Progresja
Dec. 11 - LT Vilnius Mulen Ruzas
Dec. 12 - LAT Riga Melna Piektdiena
Dec. 13 - EE Tallinn Green Christmas Festival
Dec. 14 - FIN Helsinki Tavastia
Dec. 16 - SWE Stockholm Debaser
Dec. 17 - SWE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Dec. 18 - N Oslo Rockefeller
Dec. 19 - N Hamar Hydranten
Dec. 20 - N Bergen Verftet
The band are expected to release a new album this Autumn.
American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.
In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.
Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.
With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.
"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.
The book is comprised of:
* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more
* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)
* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."
For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.
Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.
Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...
Los Angeles thrash metal legends SLAYER have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Friday, June 27:
Saturday, June 28:
AT THE GATES
Sunday, June 29:
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences members have nominated SLAYER for the band's third Grammy Award. The SLAYER track, "The Final Six", from the group's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion", was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance."
"The Final Six", written by Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The song made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.
"When I first got the word, I thought someone was playing a joke," mused Araya. "But obviously, we've made an impression on the industry. The people at the upper levels have taken notice of what we've done, and that's awesome."
SLAYER's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All", and last year's "Eyes of the Insane", for which they took home the Grammy Award.
Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
IRON MAIDEN (headliner June 27)
JUDAS PRIEST (headliner June 29)
AT THE GATES
More bands will be announced soon.
MORBID ANGEL is currently in the studio working on material for its first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature frontman David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".
MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.
Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".
MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.
Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson of the Norwegian Viking metallers ENSLAVED hit the mainstream press in Norway on October 10, 2007 when they appeared to steal, or according to their rationale, "download," a sheep belonging to politician Lars Sponheim as a protest against his Venstre party's proposed legalization of music downloading.
"It was a symbolic act," Grutle told UK's Terrorizer magazine, "against a party that wants to legalize piracy and copying. A lot of people are downloading stuff and a lot of people don't actually realize that it's illegal and they don't realize what they're doing to hard-working artists. We've received a lot of positive feedback and a good response; some people have decided to pick it up and understood what it's all about even if they don't understand our style of music." More...
The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.
The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.
Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.
More bands will be announced soon.
According to a posting on the Italian rock/metal webzine Groovebox.it, JUDAS PRIEST, MESHUGGAH and AT THE GATES are among the newly confirmed bands for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
IRON MAIDEN (June 27 headliners)
JUDAS PRIEST (June 29 headliners)
AT THE GATES
More bands will be announced soon.
As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST has also been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs, singer Rob Halford revealed during a November 16, 2007 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show.
Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the "Nostradamus" record came about, Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."
On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."
AMORPHIS and THE CLAYMORE are the latest acts confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival which will take place May 9th - 11th, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
The festival line-up is now as follows: AMORPHIS, CELTIC FROST, THE CLAYMORE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, HELSTAR,, IMMORTAL, JORN, MOONSORROW, NAPALM DEATH, SIEGES EVEN, VOLBEAT and Y&T.
More bands will be announced soon.
Alissa White-Gluz, vocalist for THE AGONIST out of Montreal, has checked in with the following update:
"So, after desperately trying to make our way through a blizzard's Rocky Mountain terrain to get to our Oregon show and continue the ENSLAVED tour... we found ourselves stranded in a ditch, with the trailer upside down on it's nose. Yes, we crashed trying to get to a show... but nobody was hurt at all. Our vehicle however, a different story.
Long story short, our gear got wrecked, then the van short-fused, we nearly killed a deer (poor thing! I'm still hyper-ventilating), the wipers broke and we got a flat tire on the trailer while attempting to drive our newly mutated van and trailer combo. Then, I found out that I had yet another family member to bury, the third one since the beginning of tour. I now have missed three funerals in total between the Sonata and Enslaved tours...and given the string of bad luck we decided to cut our losses and head home.
So, we apologize greatly for missing those of you on the West coast and through the lower States, we were looking forward to new fans as well as familiar faces... but we will be back there soon with tons of new material to play... so until then ... rock on and keep in touch!!"
-Alissa and The Agonist
The Agonist WILL NOT be appearing at the following shows:
23 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
24 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
25 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
26 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
27 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
30 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
2 - Meridian - Houston, TX
4 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
THE FACELESS have added the following string of dates for after their current tour with ENSLAVED:
December 7 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 8 - Providence, RI @ Living Room w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School BCA w/ Arsis
December 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes w/ Arsis
December 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre w/ Arsis
December 13 - Saint Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain w/ Arsis
December 14 - Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat w/ Arsis
December 15 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
December 16 - Logan, UT @ Club NVO
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will embark on a European headlining tour in February/March. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Feb. 29 - UA Kiev CCA NAU *
Mar. 01 - RU Moscow Tochka Club *
Mar. 02 - RU Saint Petersburg [venue to be announced] *
Mar. 03 - EE Tallinn Rock Cafe
Mar. 04 - LV Riga Club Melna Piektdiena
Mar. 05 - BY Minsk [venue to be announced]
Mar. 07 - CZ Uherske Hradiste Metalmania Festival
Mar. 08 - PL Katovice Metalmania Festival
Mar. 09 - DE München Backstage
Mar. 10 - I Milano Alcatraz
Mar. 11 - CH Zürich Rohstofflager
Mar. 12 - DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
Mar. 13 - DE Saarbrücken Roxy
Mar. 14 - DE Andernach Live Club
Mar. 15 - NL Helmond Plato
Mar. 16 - DE Essen Zeche Carl
Mar. 18 - DE Hannover Musikzentrum
Mar. 19 - DE Hamburg Markthalle
Mar. 20 - DK Kolding Godset
Mar. 21 - SE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Mar. 22 - NO Oslo Inferno Festival
* With ENSLAVED
OVERKILL recently completed a short tour in support of its new release, "Immortalis". The trek began on October 3 in Elmira, NY at The The Amp and concluded with a special appearance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Sunday, October 21.
G4's The Feed reports: In a recent televised stunt, two members of Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED stole a free-grazing sheep that were the property of politician/Liberal Party leader/farmer Lars Sponheim.
It seems Sponheim's Liberal Party has been advocating the legalization of all illicit Internet downloading. They say the business is already freely accessible and downloading should be legalized. ENSLAVED think that argument is weak and decided to prove it via stealing his sheep. They counter that that bands are just small businesses and legalizing free downloading is against everything the party claims to stand for. So you guys wanna steal our music, we'll steal your sheep. That's fair, right?
Turns out the stunt was staged as a part of the larger campaign against downloading called Piracy Kills Music that is being waged by Norwegian bands and other music industry members.
Oh, despite what you might assume, ENSLAVED did not eat the sheep. They set it free into the mountains.
See, even black metal bands have hearts…
Video footage of ENSLAVED stealing sheep: More...
The 2007 Hole In The Sky festival (holeinthesky.no) is scheduled for August 22nd - 25th in Bergen, Norway, with a kick-off party scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st.
Organizers check in with the following: "The world famous rock 'n roll rebel and talented fishing fanatic, Grutle Kjellson of ENSLAVED will play his favourite prog records before and after LASSE MARHAUG, MONOLITHIC and SHINING has destroyed your hearing. In other words, don't miss out on our fantastic Hole In The Sky kick-off this coming Tuesday."
Hole In The Sky festival lineup:
Wednesday, August 22nd: Day Of Possession - IMMOLATION, MANNGARD, THE BATALLION, HELLDIVER, SLAVIA.
Thursday, August 23rd: Suffer The Sky - NAPALM DEATH, SECRETS OF THE MOON, VREID, BLOOD TSUNAMI, DEATHCON.
Friday, August 24th: Hole In The Wall - TESTAMENT, MAYHEM, ENTOMBED, BELPHEGOR, ANAAL NATHRAKH, MELECHESH.
Saturday, August 25th: Unsilent Storms - IMMORTAL, KREATOR, SABBAT, DESTRÔYER 666, BLOODTHORN
Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:
August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis
The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.