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Mainman Nergal was only 14 when he formed Behemoth back in 1991. The three- piece quickly made a name for themselves in the black metal community with their second demo “From The Pagan Wastelands” (1993) and mini album “And The Forests Dream Eternally” (1994).
Behemoth’s first LP “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” came out through the Polish underground label Pagan Rec. in 1995 and gained a positive response which resulted in a new record deal with the German label Solistitium Rec. Their second album “Grom” saw the light of day in 1996 and remains their most controversial release to date, mainly because of the incorporation of female vocals and acoustic guitars.
The third release “Pandemonic Incantations” saw the addition of the very talented drummer Inferno and marked the band’s vastly improved musicianship and production. In the fall of 1998, after an extensive European tour, Behemoth signed to the Italian label Avantgarde Music. With the highly successful “Satanica” (1999), the group ventured into the realm of death metal by replacing the raspy black metal screeches with a forceful growl. Thanks to this remarkable release and the attention it gained, Behemoth secured two European tours with Deicide and Satyricon.
In the years to follow, Behemoth maintained the same pace by releasing a consistent string of intense album, which further combined their early black metal influences with the ferocity and technicality of death metal. With “Thelema.6” (2000) the band continued to expand musically and lyrically. Vocalist and lyricist Nergal was aided by poet Krzysztof Azarewicz in his efforts to achieve a sophisticated and intimate obscurity. “Thelema.6” was the first of Behemoth’s albums to be released in U.S. through Olympic Records.
Touring opportunities with bands like Nile, Morbid Angel and Carpathian Forest began to pour in. In 2001 the band made its debut at the most prestigious European summer festival- Wacken.
“Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond)” was released in 2003 and furthermore established the band’s undeniable potential and creativity. Rave reviews started to flow in and Behemoth made its North American live debut at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown festival. The several nationwide tours that followed ( with bands like Deicide, Amon Amarth, Danzig and Six Feet Under) and the release of the Conjugation EP, all helped make 2003 a breakthrough year for Behemoth.
In 2004 they released a DVD called Crush.Fukk.Create, followed by their latest studio album “Demigod” ( featuring guest appearance by Nile’s Karl Sanders). Again, it received great praise in the media. In addition, the group’s first video “Conquer All” debuted on Headbandger’s Ball.
In early 2005, Behemoth embarked on an extensive North American tour with Suffocation, King Diamond and Nile.
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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.
Quebec-based dark metallers NECRONOMICON have issued the following update:
"We are happy to anounce the extras on the Return Of The Witch album have been recorded. Extras featured include: Arianne Fleury (ex-AUGURY) and Roxanne Constantin (NEGATIVA, QUO VADIS) and others. Rob the Witch's (guitars, vocals) recovery from a throat injury is going well. A minor infection is still on and off but everything should be good for the April 3rd show at the Metropolis in Montreal [with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH]. Some tests will be done this weekend while Rob will be recording his vocal tracks on the album. If everything is good the band should be ready to mix really soon. Scheduled for first week of April, the entire crew and of course the producer as well as the band will meet on the set for the video clip of 'The Time Is Now' to talk about the last details before setting the official date of shooting."
Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN have announced June 10th as the North American release date for the band’s “Kolossus” release. This will be hot on the heals of their tour with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH (dubbed the “Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2”) happening this April into early May. Founding guitarist Obsidian C. had this to say about the bands new North American activity:
“We're very excited about finally touring the US after 13 years in the band's existence. Being support for juggernauts as DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH just makes this a unique opportunity for KEEP OF KALESSIN to show ourselves to the US audience.
"Also, the partnership with NUCLEAR BLAST will prove invaluable for the band's conquering of America and will definitely prove to be the highlight in our career so far!”
Here are the latest Invaluable Darkness 2 tour dates, featuring Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and Keep Of Kalessin: More...
Polish metal titans BEHEMOTH report:
"Never one known to rest on their laurels, the Polish killing machine Behemoth raises the bar once again with their bombastic new video 'At The Left Hand Ov God', which provides them the perfect visual forum to convey their over-the-top ideals.
This is pure blasphemy at it's finest and it is just another step closer to solidifying their spot as the genre's most dangerous and unrelenting force. The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13." An eye-popping trailer can be seen below...
In other news, the band has just finished the second leg of their European Apostasy tour, which covered the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: “We’ve just returned home, exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I’m so fuckin’ happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the near future. Also, I’d like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions. We are taking some time off now to enjoy a few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again. The Inferno Festival and North American tour await. Get ready for some more darkness to come!”
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2nd, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks Behemoth's third stateside run in support of The Apostasy. More...
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
Behemoth has recently finished filming their new video for the song "At The Left Hand Ov God." The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13. The making of the video has been posted at this location. Also, photos from the video shoot are availabe at www.behemoth.pl in the Visuals/Misc section.
In other news, the band has just finished their second leg of their "European Apostasy" tour which covered UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
The band comments: "We've just come back home...Exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I'm so fuckin' happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the nearest future! Also, I'd like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions! We are taking some time off now, enjoy few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again...Inferno festival and US tour are next! Get ready for some more darkness to come!"
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" with Dimmu Borgir. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features Keep of Kalessin.
BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, JOB FOR A COWBOY singer Jonny Davy and guitarist Bobby Thompson and GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier — who joined forces last fall for the Radio Rebellion tour — sat down with Headbanger's Blog for a roundtable discussion about all things metal.
In the first of three daily posts, they talked about how radio metal is an oxymoron and how bands that don't get radio play can make a living. Check out the links below.
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.
Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks BEHEMOTH's third stateside run in support of "The Apostasy".
Commented BEHEMOTH vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski: "We've always been big DIMMU fans, plus I've known the guys since early '90s and we've remained friends ever since. Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR guitarist) and I have been thinking about putting together this package for a long time now. The idea was to create the most lethal bill and bring evil back to States! For BEHEMOTH it's gonna be the last tour of North American for 'The Apostasy' touring cycle. I'm stoked. I'm more than sure that fans will totally dig this package. We've got some surprises ready for this event, so hopefully you are all ready for it."
He added, "We just finished shooting a video for another song from 'The Apostasy'. Picking 'At The Left Hand Ov God' as our next single seemed to be a natural choice. We wanted to do something new and refreshing. This is the most epic clip we've ever done. Darek Szczepanski from Group 13, a company based in Wroclaw, Poland, was in charge for the production. We had 20 people working for us for two days, 15 hours straight. Sit tight and get ready for something huge and disturbing!"
As previously reported, BEHEMOTH will film its February 17, 2008 concert at La Locomotive in Paris, France for an upcoming DVD.
Commented Nergal: "I've been thinking about this DVD for a long time now. Our last release, 'Crush.Fukk.Create', seems to be pretty outdated. We've released two records in new lineup since then, we've toured the world few times and definitely grew as a band and developed our stage show. It's time for something fresh and exciting! We've managed to collect over 100 tapes documenting all the touring for our last two records. Some of the most insane footage was caught there. Fall/winter release on Regain Records is planned.”
BEHEMOTH recently inked new deals with Nuclear Blast Records (Europe) and Metal Blade Records (USA).
Ryszard Nowak, who heads the All-Polish Committee for Defence against Sects, has reportedly registered an official complaint with the authorities in Poland regarding a BEHEMOTH concert that took place in the Polish city of Gdynia in September 2007 that included the destruction of a Bible by the band's leader, vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski. During a break in the show, Nergal apparently called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" before tearing up the Bible, stating, "they call it the Holy Book, I call this the book of lies. Fuck the shit, fuck the hypocrisy."
Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be viewed below (the Bible-tearing takes place around the 45-second mark).
Nowak is no stranger to controversy, having previously compiled a list of artists who allegedly "promote Satanism" through their music and distributed it to various Polish officials in an attempt to get the artists banned from performing in Poland.
It is not presently clear if any action will be taken against Nergal, who previously stated about Nowak's efforts to get BEHEMOTH banned from performing in the group's home country, "I am shocked; this must be some kind of joke. We've been touring around the whole world — United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia — and we've not had any problems anywhere. I am surprised that we are being judged by our appearance and that no one even took the time to contact us and ask us what our music is all about. Other than that, come on — there are enough serious matters to be dealt with in Poland! The authorities would be better off spending their time on things that really need to be improved and taken care of." More...
Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.
Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.
Unleashed, Gorefest and Gorgoroth have been added to the Inferno Metal Festival set to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 19-22.
Gaahl of Gorgoroth will be speaking at the Inferno Music Conference. This is a tandem event with Inferno Festival during the daytime hours.
Other bands confirmed for the festival include Behemoth, Tristania, Cult of Luna, Satyricon, 1349, Overkill and Destruction.
For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net
In support of their Billboard Top 200-charting album, "In Sorte Diaboli," Norway’s renowned melodic black metal band, DIMMU BORGIR, will be returning to North America as part of “The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 – Legions Of The Chosen Few,” headlining run with Poland’s Behemoth and fellow countrymen, Keep Of Kalessin. The 24-show trek will launch on April 2nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will end on May 4th in Chicago. Drummer Tony Laureano will continue to handle drum duties, as the 2007 injury suffered by Hellhammer still has him sidelined.
On Friday, January 18th, DIMMU guitarist & founding member Silenoz will be answering fan-submitted questions on Dagobladet.com at 12 noon CET (6 a.m. Eastern). Questions can be submitted here (webpage is in Norwegian).
Here are the confirmed DIMMU BORGIR North American tour dates with Behemoth and Keep Of Kalessin: More...
Metal Blade Records has inked a North American deal with Polish extreme metalers BEHEMOTH. The band recently finished up an extremely successful year which saw the band as direct support to headliners HATEBREED on the second stage at Ozzfest and a co-headlining spot on the Radio Rebellion tour alongside now labelmates JOB FOR A COWBOY. BEHEMOTH played over 150 shows in 2007 and has no plans on slowing down for 2008. Expect to see a new release in the form of an EP out in the summer/fall of 2008 along with a Stateside tour in the spring.
Commented Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel: "We are honored and very excited to work with BEHEMOTH. The band has truly established themselves as one of the greatest bands at the forefront of the extreme metal movement and we can't wait to help continue their amazing career."
BEHEMOTH filmed a video for the track "Prometherion" this past summer. Shot by acclaimed director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH), the clip is a frenetic, savage performance based video that perfectly showcases the band's unrelenting energy and uncompromising vision. Watch the video below. More...
Nuclear Blast Records reports:
"Polish Death Metal machine BEHEMOTH has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast for Europe. We are very proud of this newest addition to the NB-Family!
Here´s a statement from A&R manager Jaap Wagemaker: "Behemoth have evolved into one of the best extreme technical metal bands from Europe. Last year, I saw them on stage several times and every time they came, they saw and they conquered, leaving the locations behind in smoke and ashes. This is not a band, this is a force. Nuclear Blast is looking forward to start working with Behemoth and to bring the band to the next level!"
And another statement about the deal from Behemoth mastermind Nergal says: "I have to honestly admit that we’ve never been more enthusiastic about the future. For last few years things have been moving forward for us like a storm and we decided to leave some secured territories and look for a new home for us. We needed something refreshing and challenging at the same time.
Metal Blade [for the US] and Nuclear Blast are two of the strongest and most influential labels in today’s metal scene. Persistence and determination is what we have in common with both and I’m sure our future collaboration will forge a new, inspiring chapter in Behemoth’s history. I simply can’t wait to start working with these companies.
We are proud and honored to be partnering with such greatly forward looking people. Expect big things to happen. Now only sky is the limit.
At the same time I’d like to show my appreciation for all the years of hard work and dedication with our past labels: Century Media and Regain Records. I’m happy that throughout all those years we were not only business partners but also friends. I wish both nothing but success in the future".
The last album from Behemoth, The Apostasy, was released in 2007.
Century Media Records Germany reports:
SUICIDE SILENCE has just secured the direct support slot on the upcoming BEHEMOTH tour in February before they will come back with PARKWAY DRIVE and BURY YOUR DEAD in April/May.
Those diverse packages already show that Suicide Silence adheres to no preconceived notions and refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific genre. Their music clearly represents their many influences, incorporating a savage mix of death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore and doom elements into each track. The songs are dynamic and crushing, shifting effortlessly from insane grind chaos into surgically precise, disorienting time signatures topped off with snail-paced grooves and destructive breakdowns. Check out songs from The Cleansing at: http://www.myspace.com/suicidesilence
Suicide Silence’s album The Cleansing will finally hit Europe on February 18th and the UK on March 31st. It will come with the exclusive European bonus track 'A Dead Current' as well as a CD enhancement offering 6 live clips from US and UK.
Upon the US release of the album Suicide Silence made a huge statement to the metal world by entering the US Billboard Top 200 chart at #94, which marks the highest debut ever for a new Century Media artist.
Suicide Silence on tour:
February (with Behemoth)
2 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg
3 - Birmingham, England - Barfly
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barfly
5 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
6 - Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
7 - London, England - Ulu
8 - Nantes, France - Olympic
9 - Irun, Spain - Tunk!
10 - Vigo, Spain - A!
11 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro de Corroios
12 - Porto, Portugal - Cine Teatro Julio Diniz
13 - Granada, Spain - Industrial Copera
14 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
15 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
16 - Limoges, France - CC John Lennon
17 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
18 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
April (with Parkway Drive, Bury Your Dead, To Kill - opener mainland, Shaped By Fate - opener UK)
18 - Bruchsal, Germany - Rockfabrik
19 - Muenster, Germany - Sputnikhalle
20 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
21 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
22 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Brew House
24 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
25 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
26 - Oberwart, Austria - OHO
27 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
28 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
29 - Zuerich, Switzerland - Abart
30 - Saarbruecken, Germany - Roxy
May (with Parkway Drive, Bury Your Dead, To Kill - opener mainland, Shaped By Fate - opener UK)
1 - Newport, England - TJs
2 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
3 - Manchester, England - Academy 3
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barfly
5 - Yeovil, England - The Orange Box
6 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
7 - London, England - Underworld
9 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH are rumored to be planning a North American tour together for February/March. More information is expected to be released shortly.
Canadian extremists KATAKLYSM have decided to cancel their upcoming UK/Iberia tour alongside friends BEHEMOTH, scheduled for next February.
Explains singer Maurizio Iacono, "First I'd like to say how crazy of a ride it's been since the release if ITAOD (In The Arms Of Devastation. We've done over 200 shows in less than two years... Nine tours across the world and meeting all our fans was the highlight. They made our last album the biggest and strongest to date.
It's been great, but the machine needs time off.
There's nothing more we like than to stay on the road non-stop, but we have to come to reality here and see that we need to take a breather, recharge our batteries and come back stronger then ever with a brand new album, because we will have to re-do this all over again in no time.
We didn't want to cancel the tour with Behemoth, but after much thought it was the right decision. J-F has to keep working through January on the new album, so he gets absolutely no break time, which isn't fair. Then we have to mix it in February, and we need to be here to supervise this new masterpiece we created for you guys.
Prevail is the priority for next year and it needs our full attention... But don't worry, we have A LOT of plans ahead of us, and we will be back in no time at all. Also this doesn't affect the New Zealand and Australian dates in late March, those will go ahead as planned.
Other than that, the band is doing great, Steph will be rejoining us for the last four shows of this tour with CHIMAIRA, which has been great. We got a couple more dates left, check our MySpace or website and come check us out, these will be the last dates til the next record comes out. I'd like to wish everyone out there some happy holidays with your loved ones."
The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
THE VISION BLEAK
The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.
The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.
Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.
More details to follow.