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From: Austin, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Nokturnel News

Below is our complete Nokturnel news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Nokturnel Premieres New Single Online

Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Nokturnel single, "Shadows Alive." You can hear the single on the player below.

"Shadows Alive" was written by Tom Stevens. Guitar, bass, vocals and lyrics provided by Tom Stevens. Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath) plays drums. Stuart Laurence recorded the song at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, Texas.

"Shadows Alive" marks the second song Nokturnel debuted on Metal Underground.com. Last year, the group premiered "Ancestral Calling."

Tom Stevens comments on "Shadows Alive":

"This song is for the die hards who keep the underground alive. Bring Nokturnel back to the front lines! Devour another dose of Nokturnel and spread this like a plague!"

Download an MP3 of "Shadows Alive" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

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Nokturnel Premieres New Track "Shadows Alive"

Nokturnel premieres new track "Shadows Alive" on Thursday May 3, 2012 via Metalunderground.com. Nokturnel founder and mastermind Tom Stevens wrote all the lyrics and music, including vocals, guitar, bass and lyrics. Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Daath) played drums. "Shadows Alive" was recorded at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin with Stuart Laurence. The group has recorded at Laurence's studio since the original "Nothing But Hatred" line up disbanded. More...

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The Goregrowler's Ball 5, Day 1

Texas is a large enough state, the largest of the lower forty-eight, and has so many metal scenes that its promoters have built festivals consisting solely of bands within its large borders. The Goregrowler’s Ball built its foundation on Lone Star groups. The first installment began five years ago, when festival organizer, Aaron Mendiola (read his interview) threw a thirty-band birthday bash in honor of his thirtieth birthday. Devourment headlined, a Texas band, albeit one of international acclaim. Since the first sanguinary celebration in 2007, Mendiola has continually increased the amount of signed bands with strong reputations in the metal underground, culminating with the strongest lineup yet at this year’s festivities.

As many festival promoters before him have done, Mendiola tapped some of the talent from ongoing tours. The Metal Underground-sponsored tour featuring Exhumed, Goatwhore and Havok provided day one’s headliners. Singaporean black metallers, Impiety didn’t have to board a plane for thirty hours (or however long it takes) to arrive in Texas. The festival comprised their San Antonio stop on the tour. Gravehill were part of this tour and were originally scheduled to play the Ball, but cancelled at the beginning of the month. Internal Bleeding, Hirax and Brutal Truth took center stage on Saturday and Suffocation ended the fest in a bone-breaking fashion.

The “A Clockwork Orange” dubbed Korova Club played host to the event. The club’s downtown location provided plenty of cheap parking, but the outdoor stage sparked controversy from townies and tourists alike. As if the festival were an odd, new River Walk attraction, people passing by often stopped and took in the strange noises that emanated from Korova’s parking lot stage. Food and beverages were prohibited from entering or leaving Korova’s gated premises, but allegedly one patron took a beer to the parking lot, which resulted in the club receiving a fine. On the third day, one of the fans alleged that the outdoor stage would be shut down due to excessive profanity. That never happened, but Goatwhore’s 11:30-12:00 outdoor showing went inside. Day two saw the indoor-outdoor shuffle retire at 10 PM and even earlier on the third day. More...

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Ibex Moon CD Giveaway at Goregrowler's Ball

Ibex Moon records, one of America's premiere outlets for black and death metal, will be giving away CDs to the first 100 gore fiends to enter the Goregrowler Ball's blood-stained premises. This brutal grab bag will be offered on all three days, so make sure to show up early.

The Metal Underground-sponsored event takes place November 18th-20th at the Korova Club in San Antonio, Texas. Make sure to come out and have your eardrums bashed in by such vaunted artists as Suffocation, Exhumed, Solstice, Nokturnel, Havok, Phobia, Brutal Truth and Goatwhore.

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Nokturnel Announces New Drummer

Front man Tom Stevens of Nokturnel has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"After Nokturnel's performance at A Day of Death drummer Matt Francis was unable to commit to the band for understandable reasons forcing us to cancel a show. This pissed me off as I did not bring this band back to the stage to be canceling anything. We were privileged enough to get on a few great shows and I was becoming completely fed up with the drummer situation as The Goregrowlers Ball is coming up.

"Growing tired of being pissed off with everything...I was ready to end Nokturnel. I called promoter Aaron Mendiola with the news I may have to cancel when he suggested I contact my old friend Alex Marquez. I have known Alex since the mid 90s. We'd been out of touch for years and we were both stoked to get back in touch. I really needed a friend I could count on and Alex's enthusiasm is something I have sorely missed. I personally am very happy with what I have achieved with Nokturnel in recent years and all I can do is continue pushing to get myself to the next level. I am looking forward to getting together with Alex and of course playing for dozens of friends in so many other great bands at the Ball in a few weeks. I can see Alex and I creating some new music that will have all the ripping trademarks of Nokturnel as well as the potential to make the fastest music I have ever composed. Alex is also playing for Sargon and Solsticeboth bands are also playing the Goregrowlers Ball.

"Bringing Alex in as the drummer for Nokturnel has turned everything around for me. We have much to look forward to but my priority for now is this Fest. I don't give a fuck what country you are in... you need to get your ass to Texas and let it rip with Nokturnel, 49 other bands, and 1000 maniacs! Welcome aboard Alex!"

Alex commented, "Man its gonna be killer workin with my old friend Tom and Nokturnel..... This is gonna be sick!! I'm honored for the invite and will put my heart into it as I always do! The entire weekend of the Goregrowlers Ball is going to be incredible. Nokturnel plays on Friday. Look at this line up: EXHUMED, GOATWHORE, IMPIETY, SOLSTICE, NOKTURNEL, HELLWITCH, GRAVEHILL, PUTRID PILE, NOISEAR, HAVOK, SARGON, ENABLER, UNCLEANSED, VAGINAL BEAR
TRAP, EMPERIAL MASSACRE, and many more!"

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Nokturnel Seeking New Drummer

Front man Tom Stevens of Austin, Texas based death metal band Nokturnel has issued the following announcement about seeking a new drummer:

"The reality is setting in and the fact remains Nokturnel does not have a drummer. I am not giving this much more time, if someone doesn't step up...well you figure out the rest.

"Unfortunately the support of the great fans is not going to help but you are all appreciated. If you have it what it takes to play my music message me."

You can check out Nokturnel's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile or MySpace music page.

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler's Ball

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...

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Maryland Death Fest IX Day Four

Fatigue had definitely begun to set in by Day Four. Through the beer belly, muscle ache (everyone’s hotel was up the hill), blown-out senses, and heat I thought could only happen in the south, I persevered though badly worn. The venue was getting pretty rough also. Everyone was tired, but still partying hard. Inside it was sticky and stinky like it had not been before. But that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the rest of the great lineup on the last day of the mighty MDF.

Bright and early in the afternoon (although it seemed like night in the main room), hometown boys Visceral Disgorge began the festivities. They brought to mind the early works of death metal. Trauma and gore galore, this band encompassed the snarl inhaled low growls, din-destroying high tuned snare, gallop picking guitar done by Eric.

Bad acid Trip’s singer Dirk Rogers opening question to us was, “Is everyone drunk?,” and by just the sight of the crowd through the hours it was obvious that we all were. Crazed rock riffage and grindcore led this band to a energetic frenzy. Dirk was like Ian Curtis and Johnny Rotten; a twisted love child onstage. This band had true dynamic ranging from guttural blasts to hardcore breakdowns to strange, psychotic circus dementia. More...

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Nokturnel Splits With Drummer

Nokturnel has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Tom Stevens has decided to part ways with drummer Duane Timlin. His replacement is Matt Franciss who currently also plays for Hank III's Assjack, and Cystic Dysentery (former Circle of Dead Children).

"Matt has agreed to step up to the challenge just in time to prepare for A Day of Death on July 16th in Williamsville, New York. Tom and Matt have been discussing Nokturnel's situation, and future for a while now, and they will be getting together for a week of rehearsals very soon.

"There are too many issues both personal and professional for me to have on my mind during an otherwise extremely positive moment in Nokturnel's history. I worked my ass off to bring this band back to the stage and just going through the motions is not going to cut it for me. I want to perform the songs in their true form with all the controlled chaos and enjoy myself at the same time. With all the stress and worry I dealt with during the week of MDF I felt it is best for the band to have a new drummer and preparing him for A Day of Death means I have to work even harder, spend more time away from home and spend more money to keep my independent band active. So be it! I have to do what I have to do and all the plans are made.

"I am excited to be working with Matt whose enthusiasm and confidence matches my own. Nokturnel fans deserve the best performances possible after the years of undying support and Matt, Billy and I are about to open a new chapter in Nokturnel's history book. We are extremely focused and excited to see everyone at A Day of Death in July."

The upcoming Nokturnel live dates are as follows:

July 16, Club Infinity "A Day of Death 2011" Williamsville NY.
Aug 12, The Korova, San Antonio Tx.
Nov 18, The Korova, San Antonio Tx. "GoreGrowlers Ball"

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Kam Lee to Perform Entire Massacre Album

Kam Lee will perform the entire Massacre "From Beyond" album at the "A Day of Death Festival" in Williamsville, NY on July 16th, 2011. Lee states on his Facebook page that his former band mates declined a full-fledged reunion. The "From Beyond" lineup consists of Kam Lee (vocals), Rick Rozz (guitar), Terry Butler (bass) and Bill Andrews (drums).

Deceased, Nokturnel, Insanity, and Druid Lord are among the acts scheduled to join Lee at the "Glorious Times"-sponsored event.

Forming in 1984, Massacre is one of Florida's earliest death metal acts. Its members have played in such acts as Death, Six Feet Under, and Obituary.

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Maryland Deathfest To Go On At Sonar As Planned

The Maryland Deathfest organizers report that "Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have."

As previously reported, the venue of the Maryland Deathfest was up in the air when Baltimore's Sonar nightclub failed to renew their liquor license and closed its doors.

The organizers futher commented: "These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don't worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that's how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks."

As such, the set times that were previously announced should now hold.

Here's the updated flier: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2011 To Change Venues

The ninth annual Maryland Deathfest has announced the final lineup and set times for the event. However, not long after announcing these details came word that the Baltimore venue, Sonar, unexpectedly closed its doors today. The festival organizers claim to have a backup plan that should involve little to no inconvenience to ticket holders (even those coming from out of town) and will be releasng more details soon.

Until then, the announced lineup and set times are as follows:

Thursday, May 26th
Entrance opens at 4 pm

WITCHAVEN - 4:45 - 5:15
SHITSTORM - 5:30 - 5:55
NOISEAR - 6:10 - 6:40
MIASMAL - 6:55 - 7:30
LACK OF INTEREST - 7:45 - 8:20
FLESH PARADE - 8:35 - 9:10
EXTORTION - 9:25 - 10:00
BUZZOV*EN - 10:15 - 11:00
TRAGEDY - 11:15 - 12:00
CATHEDRAL - 12:15 - end More...

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Nokturnel Premieres New Song Online

Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of Austin, Texas death/thrash band Nokturnel's new song, entitled "Ancestral Calling." This song is the band's first new recording in two years. The band hopes to release more new material before Maryland DeathFest 2011.

Lyrically, Ancestral Calling ended up becoming a prequel to "Legend of the Wolven" from the "Fury Unleashed" album. Musically, this song stands on its own, once again covering new territory for Nokturnel. Stevens composed everything, recorded all vocals, guitars, and bass. Session drummer Chad Walls who played on the "Demonic Supremacy" single returned to keep Nokturnel from dealing with impending delays.

You can stream or download "Ancestral Calling" below.

Download an MP3 of "Ancestral Calling" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

Band founder Tom Stevens commented: "I am extremely excited to have Chad contributing to what I feel is the most important song of my career. His drumming is solid and his professionalism in the studio delivers unto me a piece of work my engineer finds to be perfect for us to work with, it's effortless for me. Chad really brought my riffs to life. Nokturnel fans owe this man their gratitude, he is an important part of Nokturnel and I very well may not have accomplished all I have done in 2010/2011 without the jump start he gave Nokturnel. Horns up Chad! Thanks!!!!!!!!"

Stevens also wanted to add this message:

"I would like to express my personal condolences to a fallen hero of mine. The day after I recorded this track I woke up feeling victorious, as every ounce of my being went into this song. To discover someone in one of the most influential bands of my life had passed on only a few minutes later just crushed me. I'd like to dedicate this track to Scott Columbus, and while raising Hammer I say thanks for all the Great music Scott! You will be missed! Hails to a TRUE KING OF METAL!!!!!!!!"

Nokturnel is scheduled to appear at the Maryland Deathfest on Sunday, May 29th at 1:00pm. More...

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