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Unexpect

Formed: 1997
From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Unexpect News

Below is our complete Unexpect 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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Unexpect To Play Hellfest 2012

Quebec based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have announced they will be appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of France's Hellfest Open Air, which takes place from June 15th - 17th. Further details on the festival are available at this location.

In related news, Unexpect also has the following upcoming Canadian tour dates:

01.10.11 @ Club Soda; Montreal, QC
07.10.11 @ Bar le Trash; St-Hyacinthe, QC
08.10.11 @ ICI par les Arts; St-Jerôme, QC
20.10.11 @ Gus Pub; Halifax, NS
21.10.11 @ The Manhattan; Moncton, NB
05.11.11 @ Place Nikitoutagan; Jonquière, QC
18.11.11 @ "The New" Hard Luck; Toronto, ON
19.11.11 @ Mavericks; Ottawa, ON
02.12.11 @ L'Agitée; Quebec city, QC
03.12.11 @ Bar le Magog; Sherbrooke, QC

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Unexpect Announces Canadian Shows

Unexpect has issued the following update about upcoming Canadian tour dates:

"Greetings friends, fans, aliens, robots, and dancing freaks! Last weekend, we kicked off an Eastern Canadian Tour at Drummondville's Diva Metal Fest 2! We'll be roaming the Canadian East coast until the end of the year, so here are the dates so far (though some more may show up later):

01.10.11 @ Club Soda; Montreal, QC
07.10.11 @ Bar le Trash; St-Hyacinthe, QC
08.10.11 @ ICI par les Arts; St-Jerôme, QC
20.10.11 @ Gus Pub; Halifax, NS
21.10.11 @ The Manhattan; Moncton, NB
05.11.11 @ Place Nikitoutagan; Jonquière, QC
18.11.11 @ "The New" Hard Luck; Toronto, ON
19.11.11 @ Mavericks; Ottawa, ON
02.12.11 @ L'Agitée; Quebec city, QC
03.12.11 @ Bar le Magog; Sherbrooke, QC

"For those interested in coming at our self-produced album release show in Montreal on October 1st, here is the vital info…first of all it's in an awesome venue: the CLUB SODA and for the first time in Montreal, it's all ages! Tickets are going fast so don't wait too long as it's a show not to be missed! Link for the Facebook event here."

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Unexpect Posts Drum Performance Footage

Unexpect has posted a video clip of the band's drummer performing a song from the new album "Fables of the Sleepless Empire," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Landryx just posted a new drumming video on youtube! You can see him playing 'Silence this Parasite' from our new album 'Fables of the Sleepless Empire.' Enjoy!"

In other recent Unexpect news, the band has announced it will be performing at the upcoming Brutal Assault Open Air festival.

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Unexpect To Play Brutal Assault Open Air

Unexpect recently announced an upcoming listening party for the band's new album "Fables Of The Sleepless Empire." The band has now issued the following brief update about also appearing at the Brutal Assault Open Air festival:

"We've recently been confirmed on the line-up of the Brutal Assault Open Air Festival in Czech Republic! The event will take place between the 11th and 13th of August. Here is the festival website."

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
2. Words
3. Orange Vigilantes
4. Mechanical Phoenix
5. The Quantum Symphony
6. Unfed Pendulum
7. In The Mind Of The Last Whale
8. Silence This Parasite
9. A Fading Stance
10. When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
11. Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part

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Unexpect Announces Album Listening Party

Unexpect has announced the band's new album "Fables Of The Sleepless Empire" will droop on May 31st, 2011. The band has now checked in with the following update a Montreal listening session and about releasing the album independently through Unexpect's website:

"My friends, the time has come now to mow the lawn of your souls and plant some new colorful seeds. Pre-sale for our upcoming album 'Fables of the Sleepless Empire' will finally begin on May 6! All CDs sold on pre-sale will personally be signed by the whole band and shipped internationally on the official release date set for May 31st! Click here to pre-order!

"It will be presented in a 6 panels Digipack format...so pleasurable to touch and observe...smells good too. The ultimate sensorial experience. Approved by the Space Agency and the ghost of Chopin. A collector's item for sure. Note that the album will ONLY be available through our IF Merch online webstore...it will NOT be available through physical stores for now.

"For those in the Montreal area, there will be a Listening Session at the Cafe Chaos ( 2031 St-Denis, Montreal ) on Thursday May 26, from 5PM to 7PM. For the occasion, the album will be available to buy as a pre-release exclusive and the band will be present all evening to chat! See ya!"

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The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
2. Words
3. Orange Vigilantes
4. Mechanical Phoenix
5. The Quantum Symphony
6. Unfed Pendulum
7. In The Mind Of The Last Whale
8. Silence This Parasite
9. A Fading Stance
10. When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
11. Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part

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Unexpect Reveals New Album Release Date

Canadian progressive metal act Unexpect has announced that its new album, "Fables Of The Sleepless Empire," will be released on May 31st, 2011. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
2. Words
3. Orange Vigilantes
4. Mechanical Phoenix
5. The Quantum Symphony
6. Unfed Pendulum
7. In The Mind Of The Last Whale
8. Silence This Parasite
9. A Fading Stance
10. When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
11. Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part

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Unexpect Reveals New Album Artwork

Monstreal, Quebec based metal outfit Unexpect has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Fables Of The Sleepless Empire," which will be released later this year. You can check it out below. In addition to this, the band has also revealed the record's track listing, which is as follows:

Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
Words
Orange Vigilantes
Mechanical Phoenix
The Quantum Symphony
Unfed Pendulum
In The Mind Of The Last Whale
Silence This Parasite
A Fading Stance
When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part More...

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Unexpect Posts New Song Online

Avant-garde metal act Unexpect has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"Let the trumpets and horn sections reveling on the summit of the Kilimanjaro bellow a deafening roar! We're finally proud to present a song from our upcoming album! The track 'Orange Vigilantes' will be available in streaming from now on.

"As a gift to you, oh patient listeners, you'll be able to download it for free until March 31. Here is the link with the stream/download & lyrics. Don't hesitate to spread the word anywhere your tentacles can reach!

"The new album will be titled 'Fables of the Sleepless Empire' and has been masterly recorded, mixed and mastered at Jef Fortin's Badass Studio. Cover artwork and actual release date shall be announced soon! More to come as the flies buzz off."

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Unexpect To Release New Album Independently

Avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following announcement about releasing a new album independently:

"2010 has been quite scarce in terms of words isn't it? ...so much to say though! Let us fill those empty spaces with some radioactive thoughts. On the stage side: for those who are not yet aware of it, we'll start an Eastern Canadian Tour in less than 1 week! At our sides will play the bands Stream of Passion from Netherlands and Manahil from Montreal.

"The following band will also be part of the musical rumble : Metric Madness @ Rimouski, Instanzia @ Saint-Hyacinthe, Elliptic @ Quebec City, Inner Control @ Jonquière. Despised Icon, Misery Index & more @ Rouyn-Noranda, Unveil et Smelly Pedros @ Sherbrooke, Half Past Four @ Toronto, Transe Metal Machine @ Montreal, Necronomicon, Insides Out & Signs of Chaos @ Ottawa ( without Manahil & Stream of Passion). To celebrate this pre-pumpkins tour, we'll not stop at one crime, we'll indeed play 2 new songs for the curious minds!

"Speaking of novelties... After some deep and profound thinking, we finally decided to take back the reins of our destiny and go Independent for the release of the next album! We gave this option a lot of attention/thinking time and the conclusion was that we think it's all positive and for the best! And the fact of removing intermediaries will let us be even closer to our public! More...

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Unexpect Updates Tour Schedule

Avant-garde metallers Unexpect have updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming Canadian dates:

9/11 2010 Cabaret Box Office Drummondville, Québec, CANADA
10/12 2010 Bar le Cactus Rimouski, Québec, CANADA
10/13 2010 Le Zaricot Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, CANADA
10/14 2010 Impérial Québe, QC, CANADA
10/15 2010 Café-Théâtre Côté-Cour Jonquière, QC, CANADA
10/16 2010 Petit Théâtre du Vieux-Noranda Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, CANADA
10/17 2010 Bar Le Magog Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA
10/19 2010 Sneaky Dee’s Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
10/20 2010 Café Campus Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

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Unexpect Issues Tour Recap

Unexpect has issued the following recap of the European Progressive Nation Tour alongside Dream Theater and Opeth:

"Time flies fast and we're already back in Montreal after a most intense adventure. The European Progressive Nation Tour '09 is now part of the past. A titanic thanks goes : To all the crew who worked each day like insane beasts to make this musical orgy happens ; To the fans from every countries...you rocked so much and gave us such a warm welcome...it was unbelievable ! ; Big Elf and Opeth...we couldn't have better companions to enjoy the ride we salute you and can't wait for our roads to cross again ;) ...And of course, heartfelt thanks to Mike Portnoy and Dream Theater for inviting us to share this epic musical tribune...you guys have been perfect hosts !

"We got some more pictures on our myspace page to commemorate it all so go check those out ! Also created a FAN ART/TATTOOS section in the pictures section so don't hesitate to send us your unexpect related creations ! In addition to that, we collected a couple of videos from the tour that people posted on youtube on our Official youtube channel including Landryx's Jam with Portnoy at the Wembley Arena of London...(which ended by a drummer quartet!) and since we played a new song in our set list, some people obviously filmed it... so here's a chance to glimpse a small parcel of the upcoming cd ;) For those who know the Computer game Frets on Fire (similar to guitar hero), someone programmed our song 'Vespers Gold' from first album Utopia to play along!

"Now that we're back home, we'll finish up the mix of the new album with Jef Fortin as soon as he gets back from his own tour. We won't be doing any more shows for a while now until we release the album so don't miss the chance to see us at the Trois-Rivières Metalfest next weekend!"

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Unexpect Finishes Mixing New Album

Montreal avant-garde metal band Unexpect has recently left for Europe for the European Progressive Nation Tour with Dream Theater, Opeth, and Bigelf. The band has issued the following update regarding the progress of their upcoming album and their tour:

"We'll be finishing up the mixing process of the new album as soon as we get back home. In between, we'll be doing the Trois-Rivieres Metal Fest this year with Suffocation & Quo Vadis! Don't miss this annual and classic event on November 13 at the Bâtisse Industrielle!" More...

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Unexpect Cancels Helsinki Tour Date

Canadian metallers Unexpect have issued the following announcement about canceling their upcoming Helsinki show:

"To all our Finnish fans,

"For unavoidable reasons, we're extremely sorry to announce that we won't be able to do the Helsinki show. We'll try to be back as soon as possible though ! See you in a near future !"

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Unexpect Issues Recording Update

Canada's Unexpect has issued the following update about recording new material and recording a music video:

"All the instruments have now been recorded a while ago and the mixing process should start in the next few days at JEF FORTIN's Badass Studio.

"Listening to what we've done, a word jumps out of the whole picture : Epic ! I won't tell too much yet though...let's keep it in the dark for now but let's say that we can't wait for you guys to hear what we've conceived this time.

"We'll also start shooting a video for one of the new songs next week with an extremely motivated team. More news about that to come soon !"

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European Progressive Nation Tour Dates Updated

The European leg of the Progressive Nation tour will feature Dream Theater, Opeth, Bigelf, and Unexpect. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

9/23 - Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland
9/25 - Hovet - Stockholm, Sweden
9/26 - Spektrum - Oslo, Norway
9/27 - KB Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark
9/29 - Arena - Berlin, Germany
9/30 - Luczniczka Hall - Bydgoszcz, Poland

10/2 - Sporthalle - Hamburg, Germany
10/4 - Zenith - Paris, France
10/6 - Zenith - Lille, France
10/7 - Ahoy - Rotterdam, Netherlands
10/13 - Olympia, Theatre - Dublin, Ireland
10/17 - Forest National - Brussels, Belgium
10/18 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahhrhunderthalle
10/19 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Arena
10/31 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Tivoli

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Dream Theater Updates Progressive Nation Tour

Dream Theater has updated the confirmed dates for their upcoming North American and European Progressive Nation tours. The currently confirmed North American tour dates (with Zappa Plays Zappa, Bigelf, and Scale the Summit) are as follows:

7/24 - Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami, FL
7/25 - Rock Hard Live - Orlando, FL
7/28 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
7/29 - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Ashville, NC
7/31 - Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA

8/1 - Merriweather Post - Washington DC (With Queensryche)
8/2 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
8/4 - The Palace Theater - Albany, NY
8/5 - Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT
8/7 - Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
8/9 - Beacon Theater - New York City, NY
8/11 - The Agora - Quebec City, QUE
8/12 - Bell Center - Montreal, QUE
8/14 - Molson Amphitheater - Toronto, ONT
8/16 - The Burton Cummings Theater - Winnipeg, MAN
8/18 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
8/19 - Shaw Conference Center - Edmonton, AB
8/21 - The Orpheum Theater - Minneapolis, MN
8/22 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
8/23 - Chicago Theater - Chicago, IL
8/25 - Temple Hoyne Buell Theater - Denver, CO
8/27 - Event Center - San Jose, CA
8/28 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
8/29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theater

The European leg of the Progressive Nation tour (with Opeth, Bigelf, and Unexpect) will be as follows: More...

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Unexpect Issues Studio Update and Announces Tour

Montreal avant-garde metal band, Unexpect, has issued the following studio update:

"Nearly all the guitars are now recorded and a third of the vocals have been immortalized. It's a real pleasure to work with Jef Fortin at Badass Studio and he's doing a great job."

"A couple of more dates have been added to the PN09 European Tour as well:

09.10.09 @ Apollo ; MANCHESTER - UK
10.10.09 @ Wembley ; LONDON, UK
11.10.09 @ SECC ; GLASGOW - UK
17.10.09 @ Forest National ; BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
23.10.09 @ La Cubierta ; MADRID - SPAIN
24.10.09 @ Olympic De Badalona ; BARCELONA – SPAIN" More...

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Unexpect Issues New Album Recording Update

Montreal based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following update about finishing the drum tracks for their upcoming album:

"As Alexander the Great once declared : "We're done recording the drums !" ...or did he ? Can't say I was really listening at the time...Anyways...we do...and we'll jump next with the guitars and monstrous bass.

"Another date has been added to the Progressive Nation tour : 26.09.09 @ Spektrum ; OSLO - NORWAY

"2 other shows will be offered in the province of Quebec in June.

12.06.09 @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda ; ROUYN-NORANDA, QC ; w/ Blinded by Faith
27.06.09 @ Bar Chez Maurice ; SAINT-LAZARE, QC ; w/ Augury

"Rouyn-Noranda and St-Lazare will probably be the last shows before the next album is released St-Lazare is only 40 minutes from Montreal to the west and not so far from Ottawa, so don't miss it !!!!"

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