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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 Comment On Nile Tour

Montreal's UNEXPECT have posted an update on their upcoming spring tour with death metallers NILE.

Says the band, "Tours, tours, tours & more tours! Another tour has been added to our 2008 To Do List. We'll be going alongside NILE, SUICIDE SILENCE and THE FACELESS on another US National tour in March and April. Check out the new dates below.

...and note that the band has been lucky to escape totally unharmed from a road accident while returning from a show in Chicoutimi, Quebec last Saturday. Our trailer is a total wreck but that's all that was destroyed. The joys of winter shows... but that won't deter us from our goals. Yesssssssss.......

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 ."

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Cellador and Light This City Drop Off Tours

CELLADOR appear to have dropped off their tour next year with TRAIL OF TEARS, ECHOES OF ETERNITY, and UNEXPECT.

Also, LIGHT THIS CITY appear to have dropped off the remainder of the Death By Decibels tour with VADER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and others.

An official announcement/confirmation for these tours is expected shortly.

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Unexpect Plan European Tour

Montreal's dynamic and unmatched classical/black metal act UNEXPECT, who are getting ready to tour North America in January, are planning a European tour in late 2008.

In an update, the band posts: "Move that bamboo. Thoughts are coming. Ooooooohh! Here's a good one! We'll finally cross over the Atlantic pond, set foot upon the Ancient Continent and eat all their food! Yes! A tour in Europe is being organized for the end of 2008 alongside France's Sebkha Chott. Anyone interested in booking us over there should contact this email : booking@ammd.net

In A Flesh Aquarium has been released in Europe recently and it's already accumulating great reviews that we'll put online soon enough if my pancreas stops talking to me. I just hate it when my inner organs start to chat about the similitudes of Wagner and Chuck Norris or other stray ideas in the same vein.

On another note, we've been invited to the FMPM in Montreal on September 14, 2008. This progressive music Festival featuring local and international acts is at its 3rd year of existence and is a must for any progressive/evolutive music fans...and a couple of shows have been added/updated to the upcoming tour with TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR and ECHOES OF ETERNITY (dates below) - See you soon!"

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Unexpect Replace Nachtmystium On Nile Tour

Montreal’s UNEXPECT have replaced NACHTMYSTIUM on NILE’s previously announced tour next year with SUICIDE SILENCE, THE FACELESS, and THE AGONIST. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

March 8 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
March 9 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
March 11 - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
March 12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 13 - New Orleans, LA @ The Parish
March 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
March 15 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 16 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
March 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
March 19 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
March 20 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
March 21 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
March 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
March 24 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 25 - Kansas City, KS @ Mission Theater
March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
March 27 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
March 28 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
March 29 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
March 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
April 2 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 3 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 4 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

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Watch Unexpect Perform On FOX's 'Fearless Music'

Montreal's rambunctious and unique classical/black metal ensemble UNEXPECT has posted its live performance from last weekend's episode of Fox TV's "Fearless Music". Footage of the band playing the song "Desert Urbania" from their debut album "In A Flesh Aquarium" can be viewed here.

Currently in its fifth season, "Fearless Music" features established, as well as up-and-coming bands, as they perform live in a recording studio, a format very similar to the BBC's "The Old Grey Whistle Test" show from the 1970s, "Austin City Limits", "Sessions at West 54th St.", etc. except without a studio audience.

UNEXPECT is currently playing a few shows across the East Coast, and will head out on the road this January with TRAIL OF TEARS for a full North American tour. More...

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Unexpect's Live Performance To Air On FOX

Montreal's rambunctious and unique classical/black metal ensemble UNEXPECT will make its television debut this weekend with a live performance on Fox TV's "Fearless Music".

This week's show will air Saturday, October 27 on Fox 5 at 12:30 a.m. in New York, and will feature UNEXPECT performing the song "Desert Urbania" from the group's debut album, "In A Flesh Aquarium". Other bands scheduled to perform on this week's episode include SMITH ISLAND, LONDON EGG, THE OSKAR AND PSYCHOLOVERS and THEO AND THE SKYSCRAPERS

"Fearless Music" is currently airing on network affiliates across the U.S. including the number one market in the country, New York City. More...

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New Photos In The Photo Gallery

I just wanted to mention that we've posted quite a few new photos in the photo gallery lately. Many of them have been posted after the initial tour report or without a special announcement so I wanted to draw some attention to the latest galleries including:

  • Epica, Visions Of Atlantis, The Agonist and Unexpect From their NYC show

  • Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Behemoth, and 3 Inches of Blood on an Off-Fest 2007 date in Baltimore, MD

  • Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness Tour stop in Tampa, FL

  • Cthonic's Off-Fest date in St Paul, MN

  • The Summer Slaughter tour stop in NYC

You can check them all out at our photo gallery.

PS - I'm well aware that the gallery is due an update.

PPS - Coming soon - photos from the Viva La Bands tour in Baltimore with CKY, Gwar and Cradle of Filth

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Watch Unexpect's Live Performance From NYC Online

Montreal's UNEXPECT have issued the following update:

"A short video of our last show in New York with the band EPICA has been posted at this location. More shows have been added to the list, which is always growing in length to our greatest pleasure…in the new additions are shows in Sherbrooke, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, another date with PARADISE LOST in Bedford and the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest 2007. While we wait for those cortex stretching musical moments, we keep on composing for the next album. The creative chemistry is really alive and healthy…and if Salvador Dali was still alive, I’d say to him: Hi Dali!"

Upcoming Unexpect live dates can be found at their MySpace here.

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

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.

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Trail Of Tears Announces North American Tour

Trail of Tears will head over for a full headlining tour in January/February 2008. Support comes from Cellador, Echoes of Eternity and Unexpect. After five albums we feel that it`s about damn time and we can`t wait to come and party with our American friends!
The tour goes onsale through an exclusive internet presale starting 7/18 through ENTERTHEVAULT.COM and will run exclusive till Aug 10 , when the tour goes onsale through normal ticketing outlets

15.01.08 US - Charlotte, NC / Tremont Music Hall
16.01.08 US - West Springfield, VA / Jaxx
17.01.08 US - Hartford, CT / Webster Theatre
18.01.08 US - Poughkeepsie, NY / The Chance
19.01.08 US - Bedford, NH / Mark`s Place
20.01.08 US - New York City, NY / BB Kings Blues Club
22.01.08 CA - Quebec City, QUE / Velvet
23.01.08 CA - Montreal, QUE / FouFounes
24.01.08 CA - Toronto, ONT / The Funhaus
25.01.08 US - Cleveland, OH / Peabody`s Down Under
26.01.08 US - Mokena, ILL / The Pearl Room
27.01.08 US - St Paul, MN / Station 4
30.01.08 US - Seattle, WA / El Corazon
31.01.08 US - Portland, OR / Roseland Grill
01.02.08 US - San Fransisco, CA / TBA
02.02.08 US - Corona, CA / Showcase Theatre
03.02.08 MX - Mexicali, MEX / El Jardin del Silencio Extreme Rock Bar
04.02.08 US - West Hollywood, CA / Whiskey a Go Go
06.02.08 US - Denver, CO / Bluebird Theather
07.02.08 US - Albuquerque, NM / Launch Pad
08.02.08 US - San Antonio, TX / White Rabbit
09.02.08 US - Dallas, TX / TBA
10.02.08 US - Houston, TX / Meridian

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Virgin Black Announce North American Tour Dates

Australia's symphonic/gothic/classical act VIRGIN BLACK has announced some of the tour dates for its upcoming North American tour in support of the recently released album "Requiem - Mezzo Forte" (on The End Records). The band will tour with labelmates UNEXPECT in early June, play a few shows in Mexico and then return to the United States to tour with Finland's TO/DIE/FOR. confirmed dates are as follows:


Jun. 17 - Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
Jun. 18 - The Note - Chicago, IL
Jun. 19 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Jun. 20 - Funhouse - Toronto, ON
Jun. 21 - Sapphire Club - Montreal, QC


Jun. 22 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
Jun. 23 - Circo Volador - Distrito Federal, Mexico


Jun. 27 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jun. 28 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Jun. 29 - Breakers Muisc Hall - Atlanta, GA
Jul. 03 - Bonds 007 - San Antonio, TX
Jul. 04 - Redrum - Austin, TX
Jul. 07 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Jul. 08 - The Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
Jul. 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN

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Unexpect Announce New Violinist

Canada's Unexpect has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Hello friends, un-friends, mammals and human beings in general…This announcement is based on a structural assemblage of words, necessary tool when you dwell into the theme known as: communication .Today we welcome warmly a new member into the ranks!

"Let’s give a round of applauses and trace some well deserved parallelograms in the air for our new official violin player, a brilliant music manipulator named Blaise. His talent will undoubtedly contribute to the developing mutation of our music.

"Here are the links to his personal Myspace page & another of his musical projects:


"See you soon on the roaddddddddddddddd…"

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Unexpect Post Live Video Online

Watch a live video of Unexpect performing Desert Urbania in Montreal on Youtube. More...

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Unexpect Seek New Violinist

Unexpect have posted an update in their Myspace blog"

"Hail to you all !

After ten years of enjoyable companionship, we now officially announce that our violinist, le bateleur, will be leaving unexpect for good. We'll always keep strong ties with him but it seems that extensive touring don't fit well with his future life plans. We wish him the best and hope he'll get the most out of life !
Thanks Charles…

…so from this moment, we'll be on the look out for another violinist !! We'll set up some auditions as soon as possible. More...

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Unexpect Add More Tour Dates With Tub Ring

Montreal's UNEXPECT have added more select dates to their upcoming two-week tour of the U.S. East Coast and mid-West.

The band will be going out on the road with Chicago's TUB RING and Cincinnati’s FOXY SHAZAM, no doubt perfect matches for the wild and chaotic frenzy that makes up the Unexpect live experience.

The confirmed tour dates are:

3 at Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC (FME Festival with Atheretic, Decripty)
14 at Mad Hatter - Covington, KY (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
17 at Spectrum - Montreal, QC (short appearance at the GAMIQ Awards)
19 at The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
20 at The Reverb - Cedar Falls, IA (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
21 at The Warehouse - LaCrosse, WI (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
22 at Station 4 - St.Paul, MN (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
23 at All Star Bowl - Moorhead, MN (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
28 at Headliners - Toledo, OH (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
28 at Kathedral - Toronto, ON (with Tub Ring, Foxy Shazam)
29 at Theatre Plaza - Montreal, QC (IAFA Release Show/Party with Tub Ring, Profugus Mortis)

13 at Bar le Trash - St-Hyacinthe, QC
16 at Lit Lounge - New York , NY

4 at Maquisart -Trois-Rivières MetalFest, QC More...

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Unexpect To Support Dissection In New York

Quebec-based avant-garde metallers UNEXPECT check in with the following update:

"Hail friends!
The definitive release date for In A Flesh Aquarium is now officially announced by The End Records. The album shall see the light in North America on August 22nd. No other dates have been proclaimed for the rest of the world, but chaos should spread and find it's way out there in the following weeks.

The tour with TUB RING is now reported in September. More information to come soon…

We're currently busy working on the foundations of another album and practicing our new live set on the back of a moose for a better understanding of physical laws whilst playing.

On a somewhat… darker note… we are proud to announce that we'll be part of the last show ever of the legendary and controversial Norwegian black metal band: DISSECTION !

The band recently declared their own death and will offer 2 last exclusive shows in North America: Los Angeles and New York. Being old time fans of the band, it's an honour for us to participate at the New York event, on September 6th, at the B.B. King Blues club. More...

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Dissection Announce NYC Opening Bands

INFINITUM OBSCURE, UNEXPECT, and POLTERCHRIST will be opening for DISSECTION on September 6th at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, for what will be DISSECTION's last ever North American show. INFINITUM OBSCURE is also expected to be opening the Los Angeles date, though it's not clear if the other two bands will be performing at that show as well.

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Augury and Unexpect Canadian Tour Dates

Augury and Unexpect will tour Canada together in April. Here are the tour dates:

4/1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
4/4 Prince Albert, SK @ Muskoday Band Hall
4/5 Saskatoon, SK @ Walkes Nightclub
4/7 Vancouver, BC @ Columbia Club
4/8 Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse/Underground
4/9 Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall
4/13 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/14 Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroys (Augery only)
4/15 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
4/16 Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace
4/17 London, ON @ The Embassy
4/18 Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
4/19 TBA
4/20 Rimouski, QC @ Bar le Cactus
4/21 Quebec, QC @ Agora du Cégep de Limoilou (Campus de Québec)
4/25 Fredericton, NB @ Bugaboo Creek
4/27 Moncton, NB @ Paramount
4/28 Saint-John, NB @ TBA
4/29 Halifax, NS @ Captain Elis

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The Gathering Confirm North American Tour Dates

Dutch rock act THE GATHERING have confirmed three North American dates as part of their "Homelands Tour 2006". Support at the shows will come from GIANT SQUID and UNEXPECT. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 19 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Mar. 20 - The Middle East - Boston, MA
Mar. 21 - The Knitting Factory - New York, NY

THE GATHERING are currently finishing up work on their ninth studio album, entitled "Home", with Attie Bauw (producer of the band's 1998 effort, "How to Measure a Planet?"). The band is now at Bauwhaus studio mixing and mastering the music. For the recording the band had set up a professional studio in a quaint old church in the small town of Maurik, located in the south of Holland.

"Home" will be released sometime in the spring on the band's own label, Psychonaut Records (available on The End Records in North America).

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Unexpect Reveal New Songtitles

Montreal's eclectic black/classical/technical outfit UNEXPECT have revealed the tentative track listing for their upcoming The End Records debut, tentatively due in the first half of 2006. Entitled "In a Flesh Aquarium", the 60-minute effort will include the following songs:

01. Chromatic Chimera (band version)
02. Feasting Fools
03. Desert Urbania
04. Summoning Scenes
05. Silence_011010701
06. Megalomaniac Trees
07. The Shiver
08. Psychic Jugglers (In a Flesh Aquarium)

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