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Formed: 1993
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Dark Funeral 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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More Dark Funeral, Enslaved Dates

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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More Info On Dark Funeral, Enslaved Tour

Candlelight Records recently announced its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9 Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of Dark Funeral (Sweden), Enslaved (Norway) and introduce newcomers Abigail Williams (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

Dark Funeral guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, "since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting Cannibal Corpse in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It'll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!"

Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, "I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive Enslaved tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we."

The tour continues Candlelight's growing commitment to the live forum. Recent Candlelight artists to visit the US include Vader (Poland),Destruction (Germany), and Emperor (Norway). This fall Candlelight will present tours from Dismember (Sweden), Epica (Netherlands), 1349 (Norway), Sahg (Norway), Daylight Dies (USA) and Witchcraft (Sweden), with additional festivals and tour announcements to soon follow.

Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly. The first date to be revealed is as follows:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Dark Funeral Announce Tour

DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up to kick off the new year with a US tour. The first date to be revealed is as follows:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Dark Funeral Record Sweedish Gig

Today, July 27, beginning at 9:03 PM CET (3:03 PM EST) a live recording of DARK FUNERAL's set from their recent European tour (recorded by P3 Live on February 2, 2006 at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden) will be broadcast on the Swedish national radio channel P3. The show will be streamed at www.sr.se/p3

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Mordichrist To Enter Studio Next Week

MORDICHRIST, the Swedish black metal band featuring DARK FUNERAL guitarist Chaq Mol, will be entering the studio next week to "record some new obscure music," according to a posting on the group's web site. "I can promise that you will not be disappointed," says Chaq Mol. "As always, we will keep it simple, but with a good sound."

MORDICHRIST had previously issued a limited-edition (500 copies) 10-inch mini-LP via Danza Ipnotica.

MORDICHRIST singer Nenia is going lend her diabolical voice to the German black metallers CAEDES on their new CD. No further information is currently available.

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Dark Funeral Forced To Cancel Polish Shows

The following messages have been posted on the official Dark Funeral website:

"We are sorry to inform that DARK FUNERAL, NAGLFAR, AMORAL & ASMODEUS gigs in Lódz and Katowice have been cancelled. Massive Music would like to apologize for all inconveniences caused to Dragon Productions and the bands. The cancellation is beyond our control, we are entirely helpless in the face of the present political situation in Poland. "
Mariusz Kmiolek/Massive Music POLAND

"We understand this has really nothing to do with Dark Funeral alone as a band, but by a musical scene the Polish Catholics obviously wish to forbid. To us this is just another proof of the hypocrisy that lies behind organised religions. They happily promote tolerance, yet, as soon as they see something they dislike, they are fast as a shark to call for censorship. The thing is, reactions like this will most certainly give the opposite result, it always does! We would however like to apologize for all inconveniences this has and will cause our Polish fans, but this is unfortunately beyond our control"
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Dark Funeral Announce Brazilian Album Release Date

Dark Funeral will be releasing their upcoming album, "Attera Totus Sanctus" on March 10 in Brazil via Hellion Records.

"Attera Totus Sanctus" was released in late 2005 in Europe, North America and Japan and was recorded and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Behemoth a.s.o.) and Orjan Ornkloo (Misery Loves Company) at Dug Out Studios in Sweden.

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Deicide, Ignite, Cataract For Metalliga Open Air

DEICIDE, IGNITE and CATARACT are the latest confirmed bands for this year's Metalliga Open Air festival, set to take place June 16-17 in Dornbirn – Lustenau, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

BORN FROM PAIN (Netherlands)
CATARACT (Switzerland)
EXCRUCIATION (Switzerland)
L'ESTARD (Germany)
NEAERA (Germany)
TREMORS (Germany)
TYRANTS (Austria)
V8 WANKERS (Germany)
VENDETTA (Austria)

More confirmations will be announced soon.

The two-day ticket will cost €38 (camping included). Pre-sale starts in February.

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Asmodeus Added To Dark Funeral's Euro Tour

Austrian black metallers ASMODEUS have been added to a dozen dates on the upcoming DARK FUNERAL European headlining tour. The details are as follows:


Mar. 21 - Innsbruck, AUT - Hafen
Mar. 22 - Budapest, HUN - Ship A38
Mar. 23 - Warsaw, POL - Proxima
Mar. 24 - Katowice, POL - Mega Club
Mar. 25 - Leipzig/Engelsdorf, GER - Hellraiser
Mar. 26 - Berlin, GER - K17


Mar. 27 - Hamburg, GER- Fabrik


Mar. 28 - Copenhagen, DEN - Loppen
Mar. 29 - Karlskrona, SWE - Kino
Mar. 30 - Helsingborg, SWE - Tivoli
Mar. 31 - Västerås, SWE - www.prismamusik.se
Apr. 01 - Östersund, SWE – Huset

In other news, ASMODEUS recently parted ways with guitarist Arngrim. "He said that he has not enough time for ASMODEUS since the band becomes more and more a full-timejob for everyone," the group write on their web site. "He wants to concentrate more on his own band and put his time into this in future." A replacement for Arngrim has yet to be announced.

ASMODEUS are scheduled to release their sophomore album, "Imperium Damnatum", on March 17 via Twilight-Vertrieb. "The production is true the most brutal and dark one we have ever had," the band write. "The sound fits prefectly to the songs and unleashes the inner darkness of these eternal chorals. The cover artwork is also done so far. It was again created by Juanjo Castellano from Spain, who also did the cover for [2003's] 'Phalanx Inferna'."

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Dark Funeral Discuss Setlist For Upcomming Tour

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have posted the following message on their official web site:

"First we would like to thank everyone who participated and voted for what songs you want us to play during our upcoming tour. Out of the 5120 votes we got in total, we have now, with your help, put together a literally killer setlist for the upcoming European tour. We are currently rehearsing the new setlist and it's going very well. By the time the tour kicks off in Helsinki [Finland] on February 21, I'm convinced that we will all be in top shape."

Here are the most requested songs from each of DARK FUNERAL's albums, as voted on by the group's fans:
* From "Diabolis Interium": "The Arrival of Satan's Empire"
* From "Attera Totus Sanctus": "666 Voices Inside"
* From "Vobiscum Satanas": "Vobiscum Satanas"
* From "The Secrets of the Black Arts": "My Dark Desires"
* From DARK FUNERAL's debut MCD: "Open the Gates" More...

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Amoral Confirmed For Dark Funeral Tour

Amoral have been confirmed as support on Dark Funeral's upcoming European tour with Naglfar. Tour dates are as follows:

Feb. 21 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Feb. 22 Jyvaskyla, Finland - Lutakko
Feb. 24 Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben *
Feb. 25 Malmo, Sweden - KB *
Feb. 26 Gothenburg, Sweden - Karen *
Feb. 27 Oslo, Norway - John Dee *
Feb. 28 Arhus, Denmark - TBA *
Mar. 01 Hanover, Germany - Music Center *
Mar. 02 Essen, Germany - Turok *
Mar. 03 Deventer, Netherlands - Burgerweeshuis *
Mar. 04 Georgsmarienhutte, Germany - Gate 3 *
Mar. 05 Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 *
Mar. 06 Munich, Germany - Metropolis *
Mar. 07 Vienna, Austria - Planet Music *
Mar. 08 Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse *
Mar. 09 Treviso, Italy - New Age *
Mar. 10 Florence, Italy - Zero Circus *
Mar. 11 Milan, Italy - Rainbow *
Mar. 12 Marseille, France - TBA *
Mar. 13 Toulouse, France - TBA *
Mar. 14 Barcelona, Italy - Mephisto *
Mar. 15 Madrid, Spain - Arena *
Mar. 16 Bordeaux, France - TBA *
Mar. 17 Paris, France - La Locomotive *
Mar. 18 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 *
Mar. 19 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob *
Mar. 20 Nuremberg, Germany - Deer *
Mar. 21 Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
Mar. 22 Budapest, Hungary - Ship A38
Mar. 23 Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
Mar. 24 Katowice, Poland - Mega Club
Mar. 25 Leipzig/Engelsdorf, Germany - Hellraiser
Mar. 26 Berlin, Germany - K17
Mar. 27 Hamburg, DE - Fabrik *
Mar. 28 Copenhagen, DK - Loppe
Mar. 30 Helsingborg, SE - Tivoli
Mar. 31 Västerås, SE - www.prismamusik.se
Apr. 01 Östersund, SE - Huset

*with Endstille

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Dark Funeral Announce Summer Festivals

Dark Funeral have announced a few confirmed summer festivals:

Jun. 17 Metalliga Open Air - Dornbirn, AT
Jul. 15 Kaltenbach Open Air, AT
Jul. 29 Metalway Festival, ES
Sept. 16 Braincrusher Festival, DE

Other upcoming Dark Funeral tour dates:

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Dark Funeral Cancel Metal Baten; More Tour Dates

Dark Funeral have posted the following message at their official site:

"Due to the overwhelming interest for our forth-coming tour throughout Europe, we are unfortunately forced to cancel our planned show at this years edition of Metal Båten/Metal Cruise (March 23), a show we were really looking forward to do.

The original plan was to round up the tour and finish it off with this very special show, but obviously the interest for our tour is so much bigger than we and our booking agency (Dragon Production) ever could imagine. So by the time this show is set to take place, we will still be doing shows on the other side of Europe.

From the originally planned 4 weeks, we have decided to add two more weeks. Still, there will be a couple of countries, like the UK among others that we won’t be able to squeeze in on these 6 weeks.

Normally 4 weeks is enough to cover most part of Europe, but with the great success of our new album “Attera Totus Sanctus” this tour will bring us to a wider audience and to many new cities and countries. See you on the road !!!"

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Close-Up Magazine Announce Top Albums Of The Year

A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's Close–Up magazine have voted in the magazine's annual critics' album-of-the-year poll. The final results were as follows:

01. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
02. OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
03. NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"
04. THE MARS VOLTA – "Frances the Mute"
05. MUNICIPAL WASTE – "Hazardous Mutation"
06. TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"
07. NILE – "Annihilation of the Wicked"
08. HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll Is Dead"
09. NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
10. BLINDSIDE – "The Great Depression"
11. CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass"
12. DARK FUNERAL – "Attera Totus Sanctus"
13. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "Lullabies to Paralyze"
15. BIG BUSINESS – "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATIC–X – "Start a War"
17. CROWBAR – "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden"
18. HYPOCRISY – "Virus"
19. PORCUPINE TREE – "Deadwing"
20. DOZER – "Through the Eyes of Heathens"

For more information on Close-Up, visit www.closeupmagazine.net.

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Dark Funeral Announce Myspace Profile

Dark Funeral have now an official MySpace profile up. Check it out at www.myspace.com/darkfuneral666.

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Dark Funeral Confirmed For Metalbaten 2006

Dark Funeral has been confirmed to play Metalbåten 2006, which is set to take place on March 23-24th on Silja Line. Other bands confirmed for the festival: Rage, Freedom Call, Dismember and Hellfueled.

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Dark Funeral Issue Update on New Album

According to a posting on DARK FUNERAL's web site, the Japanese edition of the group's new album, "Attera Totus Sanctus" — due on December 21 via Soundholic Ltd. — will include two bonus tracks: "an instrumental version of the dark and extremely powerful 'Atrum Regina' and a newly recorded version of the band's classic 'Open The Gates'. The complete track listing for the Japanese version of "Attera Totus Sanctus" is as follows:

01. King Antichrist (04:39)
02. 666 Voices Inside (04:38)
03. Attera Totus Sanctus (05:37)
04. Godhate (05:06)
05. Atrum Regina (05:33)
06. Angel Flesh Impaled (05:53)
07. Feed On The Mortals (05:41)
08. Final Ritual (05:44)
Japanese Bonus Tracks:
09. Atrum Regina [Instrumental.] (05:33)
10. Open The Gates [2005 version] (04:25)

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Dark Funeral Announce Swedish Dates

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have lined up the following dates in their homecountry during February:

Feb. 24 - Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
Feb. 25 - Malmö, SWE – KB
Feb. 26 - Göteborg, SWE – Kåren

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God Among Insects Expects Album Cover To Be Banned

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), have posted the following update on their sophomore album, "Zombienomicon", tentatively due in early 2006 via Threeman Recordings.

"Not much to report at the moment since not a shit is happening in the INSECTS camp. We are still waiting for Threeman to hand us a definite release date for the album, but shit is happening with that as well. They have asked us not to hand out an mp3 of a tune just yet, we'll see for how much longer we'll play along since we definitely want you guys to hear something off the coming slab of death.

"We were offered a European tour some time ago and finally had to decline since Caligula will be out with DARK FUNERAL at the time planned for the tour. Bummer, but fuck it. Lord K Philipson is currently out touring with Swedish death metal veterans VOMITORY as well so for the third or fourth time in this news thing, there's simply jack-fuck happening with the INSECTS at the moment.

"But... We have recieved the complete lay-out for 'Zombienomicon' now and you could say we are ecstatic by having one of the ugliest damned covers ever on a metal album. If this fucken thing doesn't get banned, something is wrong. As soon as we can we'll hand it out to you as well. Maybe at the same time when we decide to give you a tune for downloading, we guess we just have to do the mastering first — and no date is set for that either, of course.

"We'll try to see what Threeman's up to with everything so we can inform you guys. No matter what, the album is worth the wait. In the meantime we might just start working on album number 3."

GOD AMONG INSECTS' sophomore album was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren. The group's debut CD, "World Wide Death", is available now on Threeman Recordings via Plastic Head Distribution. An MP3 of the album cut "A Gush of Blood" can be downloaded at this location.

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New Dark Funeral Album Enters Swedish Charts

Dark Funeral has entered the Swedish top 40 at #35 and the Swedish Heavy Metal chart at #3.

Dark Funeral are currently planning a tour throughout Europe that will be handled by Dragon Productions. And this coming Saturday, Nov 5, they will meet their fans and sign their new album in Gothenburg at CD-Specialisten (Kungsgatan).

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