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The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
Ozzfest 2004 made its way through Wantagh, New York this past Wednesday, July 14 where such bands as Judas Priest, Slayer, Black Label Society and Dimmu Borgir performed at the Jones Beach Amphitheater. Check out the pictures here.
A detailed review of the concert is available at MTV here.
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Commented Capitale du Metal's Alain Gagnon: "It was an off date from [DIMMU BORGIR]'s Ozzfest participation and they visited our beautiful city along with GOD FORBID and NECRONOMICON. They played an 1:15 set from their last few albums and set the venue on fire as our metalheads are not used to this kind of extreme metal gig in their town ... we usually have to make the 2:30 hour drive to Montreal. GOD FORBID surprised a lot of fans mainly there for DIMMU with songs from their recently released 'Gone Forever' and NECRONOMICON presented their brand new bass player (it was his first live gig with the band), Fredrich, to the Quebec City fans. Both DIMMU and GOD FORBID left town quick after their performance in order to be on time at the next Ozzfest stop in New York."
DIMMU BORGIR's latest album, "Death Cult Armageddon", has sold 53,086 copies in the U.S, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have recruited NILE's Tony Laureano as a session drummer for the duration of Ozzfest 2004 after the group's Danish skinsman, Reno Kiilerich, was unable to obtain a U.S. work visa in time to join the band on the road.
A spokesperson for DIMMU BORGIR's management has confirmed that the Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit have recruited NILE's Tony Laureano as a session drummer for the duration of Ozzfest 2004. "There have been problems to get the visa in time for Ozzfest for [the group's Danish skinsman] Reno [Kiilerich] due to super-slow processing at immigrations in the U.S. and the fact that the U.S. embassy in Oslo and all other close European countries where not able to give him an appointment for his personal interview in time to get the visa for Ozzfest," the spokesperson said.
Some setlist info is starting to filter in from bands at this years Ozzfest. Here they are so far:
Someone's Standing On My Chest
Right Side of The Bed
Lip Gloss and Black
Broken Promise More...
Canadian epic black metal band ECLIPSE ETERNAL have signed a deal with Galy Records. The band's debut album, "Reign of the Unholy Blackened Empire", was produced by Glen Drover (Eidolon) and mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond). An October release is expected. Download a rough-mix MP3 of the track "Storming the Pearly Gates".
ECLIPSE ETERNAL's vocalist Voldamares Gollum had this to say about the signing: "We are proud to have joined forces and become a part of the arsenal of Galy Records. We are honored to be in such elite company. Beware the time of transformation for it is near. The troops have gathered, the storm is coming, the unholy blackened empire has arisen from ashes."
"Reign of the Unholy Blackened Empire" track listing (in no particular order): More...
According to unconfirmed reports, yesterday's (July 5) first day of Athens Open Air festival in Athens, Greece was a near-disaster, as only four out of the six scheduled bands performed (there was no official word on what happened to DIMMU BORGIR, one of the two acts that failed to play at the event). In addition, there was a three-hour delay and tons of sand and remarkably "poor" stage lights and sound at the festival site (Aloimos beach). The second day of the festival, which was supposed to take place today (with scheduled performers including IN FLAMES, ANTHRAX, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PAIN OF SALVATION, KATATONIA and BATTLEROAR), is unofficially said to have been cancelled. No further information is currently available.
Bleeding Through have firmed up their Ozzfest off-date schedule, here's where you can catch them:
July 15th Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
July 17th Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
July 21st Louisville, KY - Union Station
July 30th Las Vegas, NV - Huntridge Theater (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 02nd Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar (Feat. Throwdown, Darkest Hour)
August 06th McAllen, TX - Villa Real (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 08th El Paso, TX - Club Xscape (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)
August 15th Houghton, MI - Level 2 Skatepark (Feat. Throwdown)
August 20th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, God Forbid)
August 22nd Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Otep)
August 27th Syracuse, NY - Club Tundra (Feat. Throwdown)
August 29th Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection (Feat. Dimmu Borgir, Darkest Hour)
September 01st Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Feat. Dimmu Borgir)
According to an interview conducted by Pivotalrage.com with BLEEDING THROUGH's vocalist (Brandon), it seems that DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL are set to play some Off-fest (dates during Ozzfest when Ozzfest is not being played) dates together this summer. Here's the Q & A:
"PR: Are there going to be any off dates with any other bands from Ozzfest?"
"Brandon: Yeah we will either be doing off dates with SLAYER or DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL. If it works out our way it will be with SLAYER because we fit more with that crowd then a black metal crowd. But either way it’s going to be crazy."
Reno Killerich (PANZERCHRIST, VILE, HUMAN ERUPT) is strongly rumored to have landed the session-drummer gig in DIMMU BORGIR for the group's upcoming live appearances. The Danish skinsman, who rehearsed with DIMMU on Friday (March 26), is expected to join the band during Ozzfest 2004 as well as for the preceding European and South American dates, according to informed sources. In addition, it has been revealed that legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL) has offered his services to the group in the event that DIMMU BORGIR don't find a suitable replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the band's lineup in January.
Killerich, widely considered to be one of the most skilled speed/grind drummers around, won the title "fastest feet in the world" with more than 800 hits on the pedals in one minute at the NAMM music convention in the U.S., according to published reports.
Norwegian Symphonic Black metal gods DIMMU BORGIR have recruited Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT) as the session drummer for their upcoming live appearances.
Mickelson joins the DIMMU ranks as a temporary replacement for Nick Barker, who was unceremoniously "removed" from the group's lineup in January.
In his first interview since being fired from DIMMU BORGIR, Barker told Blabbermouth.net that the group's decision to let him go came as a "total surprise" to him, with Nick attributing the split to "the distance thing — me being English and those guys being Norwegians. And me commuting from England to Norway all the time. I guess they thought things just weren't working out. I [also] think there might have been a few cultural differences, with me being English and those guys being Norwegians."
DIMMU BORGIR are scheduled to play a few live shows in South America in late April, to be followed by several European festival appearances and a much-anticipated main-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest.
As previously reported, the Zillo Festival will be held from July 16th - 18th at Loreley Freilichtbühne in St. Goarshausen, Germany.
The latest addition to the festival line-up is the Dutch Atmospheric doom metal act AFTER FOREVER.
The complete list of acts scheduled to appear at the festival now includes: AFTER FOREVER, WITHIN TEMPTATION, DIMMU BORGIR, IN EXTREMO, L'AME IMMORTELLE, LAIBACH, BLUTENGEL, DAS ICH, SCHANDMAUL, LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, :SITD, ALIEN SEX FIEND, SUICIDE COMMANDO, SEROTONINE, UMBRA ET IMAGO, FAUN, SKINNY PUPPY, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, GTTERDMMERUNG and DEATHSTARS.
More acts will be announced soon.
After many delays the first full length album of LAMENTED SOULS, entitled 'The Origins of Misery' has finally been released! For those not familiar with this band, it features members from both BEYOND DAWN and DIMMU BORGIR/ Arcturus/ Borknagar (last 3 bands due to the presence of Simen Hestnaes, ICS Vortex). The album has been released on Duplicate Records and promises to be one of the best Doom releases of this year!
As previously reported, the 2004 Dynamo Open Air festival will take place on Saturday, June 5th at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.The latest act confirmed for the festival is NIGHTWISH.
The confirmed line-up for the festival now includes: SLAYER (headlining), NIGHTWISH, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM.
More bands will be announced soon.
Ozzfest's ninth incarnation kicks off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut and will find Ozzy Osbourne sharing the main stage with Judas Priest, reunited with longtime singer Rob Halford; Slayer; Norwegian black metal sextet Dimmu Borgir; Black Label Society; and Superjoint Ritual, fronted by Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Fans voting on www.ozzfest.com helped choose the second-stage bands, which include Slipknot (headline the second stage), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die and Unearth. Additional artists are expected to be announced later. (UPDATE: God Forbid is also listed on the official Ozzfest site)
Twenty-six cities are scheduled for the trek, which starts on the East Coast, heads west to California, then takes the southern route back to wrap up in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 4. Tickets go on sale February 28.
Ozzfest tour dates, according to its publicists: More...
SLAYER, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM are the first acts confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.
There will be a total of 14 bands appearing on two stages, "pretty much in the same set-up as in the year 2000 when Dynamo was held at the same location," according to a posting on the festival's official web site. Tickets are 50 euros. The gates will open at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and the first band goes on at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dynamo.nl.
Billboard.com is reporting that SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST and SLIPKNOT will join OZZY OSBOURNE as the mainstage acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July. Details of the tour will be announced next week in Los Angeles Other bands said to be "all-but-confirmed" are: Hatebreed, Superjoint Ritual and Dimmu Borgir.
Other bands who are said to be "in-talks" with playing Ozzfest this year are as follows:
In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Fear Factory, Black Label Society, and Unearth.The official press-release for bands and dates will be announced Thursday, February 19th.
Former DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker has spoken exclusively to Blabbermouth about his surprising departure from the group.
In an official statement announcing Barker's departure, DIMMU BORGIR indicated that "Nicholas has been removed" from the band's lineup and advised their fans to not "waste [their] time speculating why," adding that "we have already moved on."
The following is a transcript of an exclusive question-and-answer session held between Blabbermouth and Nick Barker the evening of Monday, February 9: More...
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have issued an official statement confirming the departure of drummer Nick Barker (as exclusively reported here yesterday).
Their statement reads as follows:
"Nicholas has been removed from the line up of DIMMU BORGIR. A session drummer will be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating why, we have already moved on. See you on the road very soon!"
Barker joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has since appeared on two full-length studio albums with the band: "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" (2001, Nuclear Blast) and "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003, Nuclear Blast).