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As announced by the organizers of the Earthshaker Festival and confirmed last week, Testament have been forced to cancel their appearance due to "personal obligations." Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed as a replacement. Assuming they will simply fill Testament's spot, Dimmu Borgir will play on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:45pm - 10:15pm.
The Earthshaker Festival is due to take place from July 21st - 23rd in Geiselwind, Germany,
Go to this location for the complete festival running order.
Norway's Arturus, now featuring Dimmu Borgir bassist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-Borknagar, Lamented Souls) on lead vocals, have set "Sideshow Symphonies" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in September via Season Of Mist. A live DVD recorded at the band's September 24, 2005 concert at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway is said to be in the works as well.
Hestnaes' first appearance back with Arcturus took place at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27.
Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on Arcturus' 1997 album, La Masquerade Infernale.
Arcturus announced in January that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.
Age of Silence/Winds keyboardist Andy Winter has commented on his band's plans:
"Greetings everyone! As we are getting closer to the half way mark of the year, I guess this is as good a time as any to write an update about what's been going on lately, and more importantly what's to come. On May 3rd I released a mini CD containing a solo performance with classical piano music. This release is my first solo release and it is called Shades of Light Through Black and White. It is available exclusively through The End Records, and the cover art is graced with some unique black and white photographs. The disc is a 1000 copy limited edition release.
As reported some time ago Winds has already completed the basic material for the fourth album, and the drums were recorded last year. At this time we are making the preparations to continue the recordings, meaning that Carl August Tidemann will find himself in and out of the studio for several months starting after his summer vacation. I have also completed the lyrical concept, and earlier this week I talked to the guys about the musical direction of the next record. There is still a lot to be determined about the sound and the details, and we are still in the midst of discussing all of this, but already the entire band agrees that what we are on the right track for something new, and that what we are about to embark on will pretty much blow everything we have done so far out of the water. Maybe that is an overused cliche that every band nowadays uses when they put out a new record, but I believe we have the merits to back up our claim, and in this case there is no doubt that this will be the most different record we have ever done. I can also say that this record won't see the light! of day until some time in 2006, so that we will have spent over 2 years making it from the recordings started until they finish should be an indication of how much effort we are putting into it. I know I previously stated that we would not take two years to make the next album, but what can I say, I will have to admit I was wrong and correct myself in this matter. I may also have to correct my previous statement about not involving any guests on the new record, but that part still remains to be seen, and I guess only time will tell. More...
Dimmu Borgir have released the following reguarding their upcoming album, summer tour plans, etc.:
"Finally there’s an official update on this site to let you guys in on what the Hell is happening at the moment and whatever else that we might be conspiring behind closed doors. We suspect most of you guys, our hardcore fanbase at least, wonder what’s up our sleeve next, understandably so. There seems to have been quite a lot of “confusion” lately, rumors back and forth, about this and that and whatnot, since the lack of information has been pretty evident the last couple of months. Perhaps we are partly to blame for that, one reason being that we simply might do this on purpose since we don’t necessarily like the perception of being everybody’s news center at all times to keep people updated on loads of unimportant shit, so-called everyday stuff. It might look as if we don’t care, and it’s true, we don’t, unless there’s some specific and important shit to discuss, like now.
First things first,
Festivals: We’re doing five (5) this year and five (5) only. You will find all confirmed live dates on this site. They got announced quite a while ago in the forum, but to avoid any more speculations (you’re all very good at that!) here we go again: June 4th – Waldrock (Holland), June 26th – Fury Fest (France), July 16th – Tuska (Finland), July 23rd – Zillo (Germany), August 6th – Gates of Metal (Sweden).
Drummers: We’ve decided, at least for the time being, not to invite a new drummer on a permanent basis. Tony Laureano will join us for all abovementioned festivals this summer, while Hellhammer has offered his services for the new full-length album.
Re-release of Stormblåst: We will have recording sessions in Abyss Studios with Peter “Jahhh!!” Tägtgren during the summer. Because of unexpected conflicting schedules, and with already booked studio time, we were suddenly forced to swiftly find a replacement for the drummer who originally agreed to do this recording with us. So we simply asked the closest one from home, Hellhammer, coincidently and luckily for us he was free to do that job as well! Tentative release date is sometime before this year is over. And yes, it’ll have extra material, prev. unreleased stuff, what’s the point of a re-release without? But more about the real reason why we chose to do this album all over again in it’s entirety later.
Next full-length album: Writing will begin Aug/Sep sometime, once everything else with festivals and re-recordings are out of the way. It’ll take the time it needs, so don’t expect any release sooner than 2nd half of 2006, at earliest. We have not yet decided who will be supervising/co-producing our next studio effort, but what we do know is that it’ll most likely be a full story/concept album. We feel it’s time to do something “else”, starting on scratch exploring fresh territory, challenge ourselves. More details on this as things develop.
On the side: Other bands/projects that will also in one way or another keep us occupied this year are:
CHROME DIVISION - Nekro Doomsday Rock ‘n Roll feat. Shag and Lex (KOVENANT).
INSIDIOUS DISEASE - Dark death metal feat. Silenoz, Jardar (Old Man’s Child) and Tony Laureano.
ARCTURUS – Vortex will be recording and touring with them later this year.
OLD MAN'S CHILD – Galder recently finished the new album, recorded and mixed in Fredman Studio.
Everything else is, as they say: Festivus for the rest of us – The pace has quickened!!!”
Danish extreme metallers PANZERCHRIST have announced the addition of keyboardist Dea Lillelund (also in FAIRYTALE ABUSE) to the group's ranks.
As previously reported, PANZERCHRIST have parted ways with drummer Reno Kiilerich (DIMMU BORGIR, EXMORTEM, VILE). Replacing Reno behind the kit is Michael Pedersen (ex-EXMORTEM).
PANZERCHRIST recently signed a new deal with Neurotic Records. "Work on the new album is going really well," the band write on their web site. "The new material will be heavier and more brutal."
PANZERCHRIST's fourth album, "Room Service", was released in September 2003 through Mighty Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Soul Collector" was recorded at Antfarm Studio with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, KONKHRA) and features 11 songs, including a "blasting" version of METAL CHURCH's eponymously-titled anthem.
Despite last week's denial by Nuclear Blast that Mayhem's drummer will not be featured on Dimmu Borgir's next album, Silenoz has confirmed that Hellhammer's talents will actually be incorporated in their next release. Here's his statement on the band's forum:
"To get this rumor bullshit out of the way, we confirm that mercenary Hellhammer will be doing the drums for us as a session member on the next album. And that's that."
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.
New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.
German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.
Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.
The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.
Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.
Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...
Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.
5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.
For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.
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Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford recently talked to Swedish newspaper "Expressen" about Black Metal heroes Dimmu Borgir, with whom he shared the stage during last year's Ozzfest.
The Metal legend commented:
They’re very good musicians, talented songwriters and performing well on stage – a great addition to the heavy metal-family. I was overwhelmed, they master a genre, which is very difficult to get right. Rob Halford confirms that a mutual respect was found between Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.
Dimmu Borgir, Monster Magnet, Sentenced, Destruction, Primal Fear, Bal-Sagoth, Lake of Tears and Wintersun are the latest bands confirmed for the eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to be held July 15-17 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. The 2005 festival will once again present more than 30 bands from different styles of metal, several of which will be announced at a later date.
Saturday, July 16 will be headlined by the infamous Norwegian black metallers Dimmu Borgir. Their Tuska performance will be one of few selected festival shows the band will do next summer. Dimmu Borgirwere originally scheduled to play at Tuska 2004 but after being offered one of the headlining slots at Ozzfest, they obviously had to cancel their appearance.
In addition to the already confirmed acts, more Finnish and international artists will be added to the roster.
Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale April 1 through Lippupalvelu. The three-day ticket costs 67 euros and one-day tickets cost 32 euros.
Tuska 2005 confirmed bands so far: More...
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers Death Angel have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the 2005 installment of the Waldrock Festival, set to take place on June 4 in Burgum, Netherlands. No reason was given for the cancellation. Currently scheduled to perform at the festival are Dimmu Borgir, Black Label Society, Accept and the latest confirmations, Dio and Soilwork. Tickets go on sale March 1.
For more information, visit www.waldrock.nl.
According to Kamelot's official website, Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, In Flames) of Revolver Films has completed filming a second video from the band's forthcoming album, "The Black Halo". The video for "March Of Mephisto" will feature a special appearance by Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath.
The first video done with Ullaeus, "The Haunting", was shot in Göthenburg, Sweden, earlier this month. The video includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Check out the photos from the shoot here.
Kamelot's new album, "The Black Halo", is scheduled to be released on March 15 through SPV Records.
British Black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have psoted the following message:
"The BBC have again asked the band to perform a set, this time to be aired on the
Radio 1 Rock Show (broadcast date currently TBC).
To make the occasion particularly interesting, Anaal Nathrakh will, for the first time ever, be performing as a full band. Currently planned to flesh out the lineup are Nick Barker [ ex- DIMMU BORGIR] and Shane Embury [ NAPALM DEATH], although precise details remain to be seen.
Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.
According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.
Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.
Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.
Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.
Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.
The 2005 edition of Germany’s Zillo Festival is scheduled to take place July 22nd - 24th in Loreley, Germany.
The first acts confirmed for the festival are: DIMMU BORGIR, TRISTANIA, ASP and THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE.
More acts will be announced soon.
Current DIMMU BORGIR bassist / backing vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex) has officially rejoined ARCTURUS as the group's permanent vocalist. His first appearance back with the group will take place at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27.
Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".
It is still unclear whether Simen will continue to exercise his bass duties at Dimmu Borgir.
Lex Icon (ex-Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, Troll) has teamed up with Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Luna (Ashes to Ashes) and Jarle (Span) to form Chrome Division. Chrome Division is a new rock/metal project similar in style to bands like Monster Magnet, Spiritual Beggars etc. They will release a MCD this spring along with a video.
Several sources are reporting that Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, DIMMU BORGIR, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) will be singing for ARCTURUS at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. It is not presently clear if Hestnaes' involvement with ARCTURUS will continue beyond this gig.
Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".
ARCTURUS announced last week that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (SPIRAL ARCHITECT) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.
The following update has been posted at Dimmu Borgir's official web site:
"Everyone! We just wanted to inform you, what's up in the Dimmu camp as we're about to leave a very eventful year… There haven't been many updates here lately, and the main reason for this is because we've pretty much kept a low profile since we came home from Ozzfest. Thanks to Ozzy and Sharon for the opportunity they gave us playing the mainstage, everything ran smoothly and professional. The way it should be.
"In the upcoming year we will first and foremost work on material for the next album, plus playing a very few exclusively selected festival dates during summer, which will be advertised here later as soon they're confirmed.
"In the meantime some of us will be working on other projects as well, while Shagrath [vocals] and Silenoz [guitar] most likely also will re-record the 2nd album, 'Stormblåst' [originally released in 1996 via Cacophonous Records], sometime in 2005. More info as soon shit hits the fan!"