From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Börje "Boss" Forsberg, owner of Black Mark Records and father of late BATHORY mainman Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, has issued the following statement regarding plans for new BATHORY merchandise and album releases:
"Dearest BATHORY friends, I would like to thank all of you for your supports all the time. All your condolences signed by thousands of letters, e-mails or in any other forms made all of us feel strong. It has been impossible for me to thank all of you the personally way, though I wish I could.
"Many of you asked new material from BATHORY. The 'Bathory - In Memory Of Quorthon' shirt comes to be released first. The shirt shall mind the memory of Quorthon. Kristian Wåhlin, who painted for 'Blood On Ice' and 'Nordland', did paint the motif after the instructions Quorthon left to him few weeks before he died. This artwork was meant to cover the next upcoming BATHORY album.
"I temporary since months work with the 'Bathory – In Memory Of Quorthon' box. It comes to be Quorthon's and BATHORY's completed musical history. Not much informations to be announced right now. It is a very big production, it takes up a great deal of my time to join the musical part with the historical part. The discography alone allready covers 64 pages. Throughout working with all the stuff, I feel Quorthon's on my very side. I’m that sure you all will appreciate the release of the Box I did in memory of Quorthon. More information: to be announced."
The "Bathory - In Memory of Quorthon" t-shirts are available in the "Shop" area of www.blackmark.net.
Quorthon was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on June 7, 2004. The 39-year-old, widely considered to be one of black metal's founding fathers, reportedly died of heart failure.
Germany's Black Goat Productions have finalized the track listing for the upcoming BATHORY tribute album, "A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory", tentatively due in June.
"A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory" will feature 25 tracks and 24 bands from 12 countries. The cover will be designed by Italian Lady Rock and will show a horde of black goats running across the twilight. This black-and-white drawing will be printed on a gatefold cover. Inside the gatefold you will find liner notes from the compilation's producer explaining why she made this tribute CD, along with photos of Quorthon. The set will be released as a double LP on coloured vinyl — yellow and blue (representing the Swedish flag). It will contain a 24-page inlay booklet including a nine-page interview the compilation's producer conducted with Quorthon in May 2001 in Stockholm. Each page in the booklet will feature two bands, with photos, logos, contact information and a statement from each group, plus a thanks list. The LP will be limited to 1,000 copies on yellow/blue vinyl, handnumbered in blood.
"A Tribute from the Hordes to Bathory" track listing: More...
Ambient darkwave/metal act Peccatum completed the release of The Moribund People EP. This release contains two new songs and a special cover of Bathory’s legendary “For All Those Who Died.” The EP will also include a music video for the title track.
Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal... is the first in a series of compilation albums from the mighty FENRIZ of DARKTHRONE. Featuring 16 classic tracks from the likes of VENOM, BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, MAYHEM, BURZUM, DESTRUCTION, AURA NOIR and much more. Running at over 70 minutes this album is a must for any metal fan!
Here's the cd's tracklisting: More...
Former LAKE OF TEARS guest vocalist Jennie Tebler and BATHORY mastermind Quorthon entered the studio in early 2004 to begin laying down tracks for a collaborative project, which they have dubbed "Silverwing". After the tragic loss of Quorthon in June of last year, Jennie is determined to have the collaboration released.
"Silverwing" features Quorthon's music and lyrics, as well as all instrumentation performed by the late BATHORY legend. The track, which will be issued as a digipack single, was recorded in March 2004 by Quorthon and Mikke Moberg and was mixed by Boss (a.k.a. Black Mark owner and Quorthon's father Börje Forsberg) in September 2004 and January 2005. The CD's layout was designed by Quorthon in January 2004. "Silverwing" will be issued as a digipack single on April 11 via Black Mark.
Beginning in November, Black Planet will be offering for sale its 2005 Heavy Metal Calendar. This full-color month-to-month wall calendar features the stunning concert photography of Matt Johnsen (Metal Maniacs) and a whirlwind of heavy metal trivia. Metal fans will find a reason to celebrate and commemorate nearly each day of the year, whether it be the anniversary of Bathory's first rehearsal, "Ride the Lightning" turning 20, or Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) birthday. The calendar represents a wide range of metal culture — everything from Sabbath giving Ozzy the axe to the singer of Krieg vomiting on a French audience!
The Calendar will be sold online and through a host of underground distributors.
Any band wishing to submit material for consideration (first gig, band members' birthdays, etc.) should do so by October 18, 2004 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago-based Black Planet specializes in unique and collectable heavy metal merchandise. The company was founded by "Professor" Chris Black, a former contributor to Metal Maniacs and Terrorizer.
The release date of Sauron's second full-length album, "For A Dead Race", has been pushed back to October 21 from the previously announced September 20. The delay is being blamed on "manufacturing matters."
The follow-up to 2003's "Universe Of Filth", "For A Dead Race" was recorded at Double Noise Studio and is said to be "more mature, more diverse and most of all more angry" than its predecessor. "Expect eight devastating black metal tracks with a variety of tempo changes," the Dutch black metal band write on their web site. If everything goes well, there will be an LP version released in 2005 with additional artwork and a bonus track. An MP3 of the track "The Pestilencial March" can be downloaded at this location.
Sauron recently recorded a cover of Bathory's "The Rite of Darkness" for an upcoming tribute to Bathory, entitled "Twilight of the Goats", to be released later this year by Black Goat Productions.
Finnish "epic heathen metallers" Moonsorrow have entered Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland to begin recording their new album, "Raah Raah Blääh", for an early 2005 release through the Spinefarm Records imprint Spikefarm. "This album is going to be a bit different release, as we thought not repeating ourselves musically and lyrically," stated guitarist/vocalist Henri Sorvali. "So, no more overlenghty boring songs and epic shit, but some seriously pure aggression, hate and even some politics. (!!!!) Some of you might think it´s not acceptable for taking a step forward (backward?) but might I remind you that it is us who decide the direction of the band, not you."
The complete track listing for the effort, according to the band, is as follows:
01. Kuolema Taidehomoille...Ja Muille
02. Puutarhurin Painajainen
03. Myin Lapsesi Jammu- Sedälle
04. Vitun Runkkarit Ja Muut
05. Saatanan Lehmä
06. Homo Jeesus
07. Saatanan Saksalaiset, Teistä Ei Oo Mihinkään
08. Shitter Limited On Maailman Paras Bändi (Feat. Vitummoista Pörinää)
09. Vapauttakaa Matti Nykänen
10. Matti Vanhanen On Homo Joka Ei Kestä Viinaa
13. Anna Pillua Jonne Aaron
14. Vitun Verhoilijavitunmestari
15. Perspillu Ja Hyvät Vitut (Puh Runku)
16. Se Hyvä Biisi
18. Hakaristi On Oikeesti Kaunis
19. Bjarne Kallis Työnnä Risti Vittu Perseeseen
20. Ime Meisseliä Silikoni- Janita
21. Outro: Viikset
As previously reported, Moonsorrow will play a Bathory tribute gig at Klubi in Turku, Finland on October 22. Also appearing on the bill will be Hellbox. According to a posting on the group's web site, Moonsorrow 's set will consist of "the viking-era Bathory songs."
Satyr has posted his thoughts on last weekend's tribute to BATHOTY's Quorthon, held at the Hole In The Sky Festival:
“A worthy farewell to the king...
On Saturday, the biggest gathering of black metal stars on a stage ever, took place in Bergen, Norway during the Hole In The Sky festival. I have already stated here what I feel about this man's work. I just want to say that we - the performers, were so proud to be a part of this and this was the funeral we held for him it felt like. We were all filled with awe and respect for each other's participation in the tribute and his songs. I'm glad Frost was in the crowd so he could fill in me and Abbath (ex-Immortal), on how it felt experiencing it from the crowd perspective.
A truly magical evening that I hope and think will inspire you all. It's crucial that you know Bathory's music to fully understand the depths of Black Metal. Go buy his six first records if you don't have them. Don't download them, buy them. On vinyl even if you can.
It was very emotional for all of us and I think for me, a lot of it comes from knowing that will never be another Bathory. Today you can't make the same kind of impact without touring, videos, interviews etc etc. He could allow himself to stay away from it all because he established a name during a time where all of this was not needed in the same way as it is today. His records are still here though, and bands like ourselves are still here to carry on the true SPIRIT of Black Metal!”
Former Emperor drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has answered a number of fan questions via his official web site. Several excerpts follow:
On the passing of Bathory frontman Quorthon:
Anyone who have had a relationship to extreme music in one form or another will have come across the death of Quorthon, the mastermind of Swedish forefathers Bathory. After his death, the hailing texts have been many. I will not be one of those who glorifies Quorthon and say how much he has meant to me. I never liked idolizing people. I happened to love the music of Bathory and the creepy and eerie aura that surrounded the band, but to idolize is not for me. Anyway, there is no doubt that one of the originators of the true black metal movement has died. As a result of this I will appear in an all-star cover band on the Bergen Hole in the Sky festival in August. Featuring people like Samoth, Apollyon, Grutle, Satyr, Abbath, Gaahl, Nocturno Culto and Ivar it is clear that it will be an honourable moment to perform the old Bathory classic tracks.
On upcoming projects:
I am still striving to get myself occupied musicwise. I am tired of people announcing different projects and name dropping the biggest stars just to get a 15 minutes of attention themselves. I don’t care about 'stars' as long as I know I cooperate with a bunch of good guys. The era of rock- and metal stars ended with the 80's.
On the possibility of a reunited Emperor with him in it:
I don't think so. Firstly, a reunion in itself is unlikely to happen. Secondly, if a reunion should happen by any chance it would be more right that it would be Trym because he can after all play the entire set of Emperor classics. Me, I can just do the tracks I participated on. Sometimes it`s better to let sleeping dogs still sleep. Why concentrate on the past when there is so much happening now?
On whether he will become a full-time member of any other black metal projects:
It's unlikely I will take part in a 100% black metal project, since the music and lifestyle doesn`t excite me as it once did. However, I like dark music with a twisted approach so something in the similar lines would be likely.
Read the full article at Bard Faust.
Cradle Of Filth bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site:
"The new album is finished and the promo tour has started which saw me and [vocalist] Dani [Filth] travel through Cologne - Germany, Stockholm - Sweden, Amsterdam - Holland, Milan - Italy and New York - USA. There is a 6-track CD featuring unmixed and unmastered songs gone out to the press which rumour has it can be downloaded on the net. I wanna personally thank whoever did this for us as it's helped the promotion of 'Nymphetamine' a thousand fold and we now hope to go on and sell a million copies due to people downloading our songs before we put them on the website. Cheers for that. I'll buy you a beer if we ever meet. You can officially download the title track for us when it appears on the 'Resident Evil' soundtrack later this month. Thanks.
"One thing not many people have heard so far is our Bathory 'Bestial Lust' cover, which is set to appear on Japanese release of 'Nymphetamine' as an extra track. We did this before Bathory mainman Quorthon died but we'd still like to think of it as a tribute to them. Maybe this track will appear on our special edition early next year, so rest of the world... don't worry.
"The video shoot for 'Nymphetamine' takes place this week in London at a secret location and [former Theatre Of Tragedy and current Leaves's Eyes singer] Liv Kristine WILL be featured in the video. Dani tells us: 'It's sort of a murder ballad. The vibe of it is going to be like you are watching theatre. It's going to be very Shakespearian, but the lead characters are actually both females, so there is going to be a slight lesbian kink to it.' Nice... I spent some of today choosing the models for the video.
"Preparation for our South American tour has now begun and we are working on the set list in rehearsals, which is leaning more towards older tracks for the fans down there. 'Nymphetamine' will be released while we are actually in Colombia (on the 28th September), so plenty of reason for us to celebrate! As for touring plans in the rest of the world... bands tipped to be playing with us range from Mudvayne, Lacuna Coil, 3 Inches Of Blood in the USA and Type O Negative in Europe before Christmas. All this can change so please don't quote me on it. I'd just rather people hear it from the band instead of unreliable sources."
CRADLE OF FILTH bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following update on the band's official web site:
“The new album is finished and the promo tour has started which saw me and Dani travel through Cologne - Germany, Stockholm - Sweden, Amsterdam - Holland, Milan - Italy and New York - USA. There is a 6 track CD featuring unmixed and unmastered songs gone out to the press which rumour has it can be downloaded on the net. I wanna personally thank whoever did this for us as it's helped the promotion of Nymphetamine a thousand fold and we now hope to go on and sell a million copies due to people downloading our songs before we put them on the website. Cheers for that. I'll buy you a beer if we ever meet. You can officially download the title track for us when it appears on the RESIDENT EVIL soundtrack later this month. Thanks.
One thing not many people have heard so far is our BATHORY 'Bestial Lust' cover, which is set to appear on Japanese release of Nymphetamine as an extra track. We did this before Bathory mainman Quorthon died but we'd still like to think of it as a tribute to them. Maybe this track will appear on our special edition early next year, so rest of the world... don't worry.
The video shoot for 'Nymphetamine' takes place this week in London at a secret location and [ex- THEATRE OF TRAGEDY and current LEAVES' EYES singer] Liv Kristine WILL be featured in the video. Dani tells us: 'It's sort of a murder ballad. The vibe of it is going to be like you are watching theatre. It's going to be very Shakespearian, but the lead characters are actually both females, so there is going to be a slight lesbian kink to it.' Nice... I spent some of today choosing the models for the video.More...
ZYKLON's Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), both formerly of EMPEROR, recently participated in a WINDIR tribute along with Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER) and Invictus (DISIPLIN). They recorded a "brutal" cover version of a WINDIR track in honor of late WINDIR singer Valfar. It will be released on a WINDIR tribute album this fall.
In other news, ZYKLON are now planning a new video for one of the tracks on "Aeon". There will also be an Inferno Festival DVD, which will include several ZYKLON live tracks. More information will follow soon.
ZYKLON have been confirmed for this year's Hole in the Sky Festival in Bergen, Norway. ZYKLON will be playing alongside such bands as VADER, KREATOR, DANZIG, SUSPERIA and 1349. In addition, Samoth will be participating in a special BATHORY all-star tribute band in honor of Quorthon. For more details, go to www.holeinthesky.no.
A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special performance (in alphabetical order):
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)
Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR)
The Hole in the Sky organizers have "the utmost respect for all the musicians lending their valuable time to make this a memorable event in the memory of Quorthon and his work of brilliance," according to an official press release. A portion of the profits from the festival — which is scheduled to be held August 25-28, 2004 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway — will be donated to Black Mark Records, the label owned by Quorthon's father, Börje Forsberg.
Commented Samoth: "Needless to say, Quorthon and his mighty BATHORY had a huge impact on me as a musician and definitely sparked my fascination for black metal in the early days. It was sad to hear of his early death. Quorthon was already a legend for years, and left behind an epic testimony blood, fire and death! May he rule among the gods of Valhalla!"