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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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Unexpect Prepares To Record New Album

Montreal based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following update about recording a new album:

"We'll officially start recording our new album on April 14 with Jef Fortin in Badass Studio.Can't wait for you to hear what our minds had to say this time...

"...and we just set up an official youtube channel where we'll regroup all unexpect related videos we find or post. Check it out !"

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Dream Theater Announces 2009 European Prog Nation

New York progressive metal band Dream Theater will take their Progressive Nation tour overseas for the first time with a run through Europe and the UK throughout Sept, Oct and Nov of 2009.

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy comments: “After the excitement of putting together two very cool PROGRESSIVE NATION packages for North America, I knew it was time to bring the concept overseas and share some of these other great bands with our amazing fans throughout Europe and the UK."

Joining the tour will be Opeth from Stockholm Sweden. Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt commented: "Once my man "The Port" suggested they're going to bring PROGRESSIVE NATION over to Europe, I more or less begged him to get us on it, haha! We had such a great time doing it in North America and it did many great things for us as a band. It's fair to say that I can't wait to get going with this one. It will be a blast, believe me!!”

Los Angeles band Bigelf and Canadian band Unexpect will also be on the bill.

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Unexpect Issues Update on New Album

Montreal avant-garde metallers, Unexpect, have issued the following update:

"We've been silent for a while since our return from Europe's awesome welcome to our deviant troup. That's because the songs for our next album are in the final process of pre-production, in anticipation of the subsequent studio activities. Of course, you'll be notified when the real deal starts. Can't wait to present our new limbless babies to you mindfreaks..."

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Sigh Comments On Fall U.S. Tour Plans

SIGH, who will embark on their first-ever North American headlining tour this September, has posted an update on their tour dates and what fans can expect from their live performance.

Frontman MIRAI KAWASHIMA says, "We've played several times in the U.S. before, but this is our first full U.S. tour and we're really looking forward to it! This is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see a full SIGH set. As you know, we're are going out on the road with two great bands: ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. I'm a fan of both bands and excited to share the stage with them. Be sure to check out all the tour dates online as there have been a few changes and additions. We hope to see all the SIGH fans out on tour as this has been a long time coming. We're going to play the songs off Hangman's Hymn and there will be lots of older songs in our set list -- and of course some Venom covers! Come see us or you will regret it forever!"

In other news, SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

Here is the "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Unexpect Announces European Tour Dates

Montreal's UNEXPECT, who just played at the inaugural HEAVY MTL festival held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, has posted an update on how the show went, European tour dates and work on a new album.

"Thanks to everyone who gave us one of the most adrenaline-giving-overstimulating moment of our life at the Heavy MTL Fest in Montreal last Saturday! The whole day has been a major success and the 22,500 people present should be given an award for surviving such a punishment by Mr. Sun. North America now has its own powerful metal fest that should be an annual event from now on!

"...coming next is our headlining festival in St.Paul on June 28th! Flight of the Valkyries will be a real summer treat.

"We finally have some confirmed dates for our European tour in late 2008 with Sebkha-Chott! Some of those shows include a performance at Germany's Freak Parade with labelmates Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and legendary band Magma...and a prog festival in Algeria with Pain of Salvation. The rest of the schedule is under confirmation process and should be revealed over the next weeks.

"Composition for the new album is going pretty well and should satisfy all of you alien souls and kindred spirits of the unusual...Ok...now let's go for a stamp snack..."

You can view some photos of the band live at Heavy MTL Fest here.

Here are the latest UNEXPECT tour dates: More...

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Sigh's Venom Tribute To Feature Lilker, Embury

SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendaryblack metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will featurethe bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and ShaneEmbury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

In an update from the band, singer MIRAI KAWASHIMA says: "We're excited to have these two guest musicians and friends of SIGH to take part in our tribute to VENOM. Their work has helped make the tracks stand out even more. Dan plays bass on "Countess Bathory," while Shane is on "Witching Hour." It sounds awesome!"

Here is "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The recording line-up is as follows:

Mirai Kawashima: Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Satoshi Fujinami: Drums, Guitar
Shinichi Ishikawa: Guitar
Junichi Harashima: Drums
Dr. Mikannibal: Vocals

In other news, the band is preparing for their 8th full-length album that will be entitled "Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas." Sigh will work with a real string quartet and some brass players on this effort.

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour
of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.

Here are the latest Sigh tour dates: More...

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Voivod And Disturbed Added To Heavy MTL Festival

Voivod, Disturbed and Rev Theory are the latest additions to Montreal's two day festival, Heavy MTL. The full lineup is as follows:

June 21: IRON MAIDEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL, HATEBREED, OVERKILL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SYMPHONY X, UNEXPECT, LAUREN HARRIS, DETHKLOK and more.

June 22: MÖTLEY CRÜE, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, REV THEORY, 3 DAYS GRACE, SHADOWS FALL, PRIESTESS, DROWNING POOL and more.

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Kataklysm Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have confirmed the following record-launch shows in their home country for their new album, "Prevail":

June 06 - The Opera House - Toronto, ONT (with MARTYR)
June 07 - Le Medley - Montreal, QUE (with MARTYR, AUGURY)
June 08 - L'imperial - Quebec City, QUE (with MARTYR, UNEXPECT)

A brand new KATAKLYSM track, "The Chains of Power," from "Prevail," has been posted on the group's new and improved MySpace page.

Comments KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "The meaning behind the track 'The Chains of Power' is essential. It's a song the band wrote to give gratitude and strength to all the courageous soldiers who fight for our freedom. It doesn't matter if you are for or against certain wars, nor the bullshit politics that are associated with these topics." More...

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Line Up Announced For Heavy Mtl Festival

For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21, 2008:

Iron Maiden
3 Inches of Blood
Symphony X
Overkill
Unexpect
Hammerfall
Mastodon
Hatebreed
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Lauren Harris

Sunday, June 22, 2008:

Motley Crue
Shadows Fall
Priestess
Three Days Grace
Drowning Pool
Anthrax
Warrant

Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Unexpect Add More Dates To Nile Tour

Montreal's UNEXPECT, who are currently on the road with NILE, have posted an update online about the tour and new dates added:

"We're currently hitting the second week of the Nile tour and we're having a blast of a time with all the bands involved! The mood is really high, turnouts are excellent, the crowds are awesome and we get to hear great music each night!"

"Here are some details about shows that were added/modified:"

"The show in Albuquerque has been moved to the Compound and a show in Muncy, PA has been added, as well as two new Canadian dates in June."

Dates include:

March
18 - The Compound - Albuquerque, NM
31 - Ritz Theatre - Muncy, PA

June
25 - The Bohemian in Belleville - Belleville, ON
26 - Absinthe - Hamilton, ON More...

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Dendura Joins Flight Of The Valkyries Festival

Dendura (USA), the Egyptian-inspired, female-fronted progressive band with belly dancers, will join co-headliners Unexpect (Canada) and Shadowside (Brazil) for the second-annual Flight of the Valkyries festival at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN, on Saturday June 28. Flight of the Valkyries is the only festival in the USA to feature a complete lineup of female-fronted metal bands.

“I am really pumped about the festival,” says Dendura drummer Justin Lee Dixon. “Exposing your sound and style to a whole new group of people is always exciting and, being that all the bands are female fronted, we are all happy to be a part of an event that is bringing together this ever-growing genre of music. But what I anticipate the most is sharing the stage with many talented musicians.”

Belly dancer Abida Blaze, who is known for her exotic, mysterious moves, will join Dendura onstage at the festival.

This year, the festival headliners bring a big dose of metal from Canada and Brazil. Unexpect recently toured with Epica, Echoes of Eternity and Trail of Tears. Shadowside is a rising star in the Brazilian metal scene.

Minnesota-based artists Something to Fear and Aria Sharp have also been announced and additional bands will be confirmed in the coming months.

Flight of the Valkyries is the only music festival of its kind in the USA that is devoted to metal bands with female lead vocalists. The festival showcases all metal sub-genres. The festival debuted in 2007 and showcased a variety of female-fronted metal bands including Doro, Vainglory, Earthen, The Ottoman Empire, Visideon, Spiritual Decay and Sirens of Titan.

Meanwhile, 2008 is already turning into a big year for Dendura. The band recently signed with KillZone Records, scored distribution with Nightmare Records and they’re discussing their next album with a Grammy-winning producer. In addition, they played high-profile concerts including a show with Edguy (Who did some 2007 dates in Germany with Aerosmith) and they have a track on the US ProgPower 2007 compilation given to everyone who attended the sold-out, national festival in Atlanta starring After Forever and Sonata Arctica.

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Unexpect Post End Of Tour Update

Montreal-based classical/black metal act UNEXPECT have posted an end of tour update online.

The posting reads: "After one month of intense touring, the North American Tour with Trail of Tears is approaching its end. It is with sadness that we parted ways with our Norwegian friends with whom we've had a lot of great moments in the past few weeks! May the holy Jack Daniels himself shine on you my friends... Big cheers goes to ECHOES OF ETERNITY too who unfortunately had to leave earlier on the tour for causes of sickness. Thanks to everyone who showed up all across the US, Mexico and Canada! There's still a few shows left which we'll be headlining, so hide your dogs and stare at the sun for too long with devilish glee... we're coming for you...

Yet another tour has been added to our list of activities for 2008! September shall see us touring with Japanese experimental metal act SIGH and the band ZIMMERS HOLE, featuring members of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and FEAR FACTORY. Fun fun fun.

We'll also be headlining a "female fronted metal" festival called Flight Of The Valkyrie in St.Paul on June 28th! I don'treally know what's a "female" but it sounds quite interesting. Here's the link to their website... www.femalemetalfest.com .

Seems like nominations are on our side those days around... we've just been nominated at the MIMI 2008 in these categories :

International – Artist with the greatest international potential
Broadcast – Artist who will benefit most from a media campaign
National – Artist who will benefit most from Quebec or Canadian tour support
Discovery – Best new artist of the year
Studio Ready – Artist that will benefit most from additional studio support
Unsigned – Artist that produced the best demo of the year
Best Song – Given to the songwriter of the best song of the year

Finally, anyone interested in booking us for additional shows in Europe for our tour being organized at the end of 2008 should contact this email: booking@ammd.net - Cheers!"

The band will be out on the road with a month long opening slot on NILE's spring tour. All dates are below.

In other news, the live performance of 'Summoning Scenes' from the FOX's Fearless Music TV will be airing
this Saturday February 16th at 12:30 AM on Fox 5 in NYC. Please check out the time and channel listing at www.fearlessmusic.tv/channels.html
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Echoes Of Eternity Cancel Remaining Tour Dates

As previously reported, ECHOES OF ETERNITY are currently on the road in North America with TRAIL OF TEARS (headliner) and UNEXPECT. The band have announced the cancellation of the remainder of their North American appearances.

Stated the band: "Francine (Boucher, vocals) has come down with bronchitis, she has lost her voice and is severely ill. Unfortunately these circumstances are beyond our control. Trail Of Tears and Unexpect will still be playing, be sure to check them out."

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Zimmers Hole Post New Album European Release Dates

ZIMMERS HOLE - featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD members Byron Stroud (bass), Jed Simon (guitars) and Gene Hoglan (drums) - are gearing up for the release of their new album When You Were Shouting At The Devil...We Were In League With Satan. The following European release dates have now been confirmed:

March
14 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy
17 - UK, France, Norway, rest of Europe
18 - Spain, Portugal
19 - Sweden, Finland, Hungary

The album will be issued via Century Media Records in North America on March 11th. More...

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole Announce More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the tour later this year featuring SIGH, ZIMMERS HOLE, and UNEXPECT:

September 6 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 8 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
September 9 - Tempe, CA @ The Clubhouse
September 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
September 11 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
September 13 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 15 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 17 - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18 - Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Centre
September 19 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
September 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 21 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 22 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4

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Unexpect Check in From Trail of Tears Tour

Montreal's "classical/black metal" act UNEXPECT has issued the following update:

"We already finished our first week of touring in the U.S. and all is going well! ECHOES OF ETERNITY and TRAIL OF TEARS are great guys to tour with and we can assume that the coming month of non-stop touring with them shall be an enjoyable one. The show we were supposed to do yesterday in Hartford has unfortunately been cancelled but you can be sure we'll be back eventually to give you a dose of musical wickedness."

"The legendary Quebec TV show 'Les Francs Tireurs' decided to dedicate one of their show to the Quebec metal scene and will pass a day with us, filming our next show in Montreal at the Foufounes Electriques on next January 23!! For those in the Montreal area, come in great numbers and let's show them a good slice of madness!" More...

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole Release More Tour Dates

Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour later this year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first dates to be released include:

September 11 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole To Team Up For Tour?

It appears that Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour late next year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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