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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz has posted the following message on the band's official forum:
"For those of you who can't still read and at the same time believe in rumors, I just want to make things clear [regarding the band's current lineup]:
Shagrath - Vocals
Silenoz - Guitars
Galder - Guitars
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Keys
Hellhammer - Drums
"[Hellhammer] is a hired hitman and will be playing festivals for us this year and on the upcoming album, and hopefully the world touring that will follow the new album."
DIMMU BORGIR recently became the first band on the Nuclear Blast USA roster to sell more than 100,000 copies of a full-length album with their "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003) release, according to sales figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
DIMMU BORGIR are currently writing material for their next studio, tentatively due in early 2007. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
The Emperors return! On the eve of next week’s European warm-up shows, prior to their June 3 Rock Hard Festival debut, Swiss metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have announced the addition of Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden to their touring line-up. Odden, who has played with Apoptygma Berzerk, Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, auditioned for the group in April, and returned to Zurich, Switzerland, CELTIC FROST's base, last week for dedicated tour rehearsals. A life-long CELTIC FROST devotee, Odden will be performing with the band for their summer festival performances ( full band itinerary here).
Legendary Norwegian Black Metalists Mayhem will release their new album on Season of Mist. "Ordo Ab Chao" will then be Mayhem's 3rd full-length on the French label.
The band also states that "after the troubled "Chimera", some conditions and issues have changed for the better. We are very focused and eager to record our first album (since`93) with Attila Csihar back behind the microphone. The beast has never been stronger".
Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.
Norwegian death metallers BLOODTHORN will follow up their Inferno Festival appearance in April by filling the slot held by KEEP OF KALESSIN on the European tour with CARPATHIAN FOREST and HATE, as KEEP OF KALESSIN will have to fly home to Norway to play a few gigs there. They all meet up again in London, playing at the Underworld, and from there KEEP OF KALESSIN will continue their trek. After appearing at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival in August, BLOODTHORN will embark on a Scandinavian tour with VADER and NIGHTRAGE.
The track "Blood and Iron" is still available online to download here. The song comes off the Norwegian death metal band's new album, "Genocide", which was released in Europe in February via Morningstar Records. A video teaser containing sound clips of many of the songs that appear on "Genocide" has been posted online. The teaser can also be viewed in an online player on the official BLOODTHORN MySpace page.
"Genocide" was recorded at Godt Selskap Studio (CHTON, GRIFFIN, KEEP OF KALESSIN) with Knut Fug Prytz (NECROPHAGIA) producing. The CD, which has a running time of nearly 50 minutes, marks the group's first release with guitarist Ihizahg (ex-PERISHED, WURDULAK, live guitarist for MAYHEM).
Norwegian black metal legends EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE and DIMMU BORGIR were among the artists interviewed for the "The Rock Show in Norway" special which aired on BBC Radio 1's "Mike Davies' Rock Show". Listen to the show at this location.
As some of you may already know, MAYHEM have set "Ordo Ab Chao" as the title of their new album, due later this year. The band's upcoming CD will mark their first release with vocalist Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM) since their 1993 album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". Attila rejoined MAYHEM in November 2004 as the replacement for departed singer Maniac.
In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, bassist Necrobutcher said about Attila's addition to the group: "It's the inspiration we all needed in MAYHEM. Attila is more committed to the band than almost all three of us together, and that inspires us too. The songs from the rehearsal place sound great. We still have the same aggressiveness. Everything you want from MAYHEM is there. We didn't give in to any kind of commercial thoughts in any way. It's a step from our last album again. If you have our discography, then you will see that every album is completely different, which has something to do with the fact that we usually take two or three or four years in between each recording. There's only so much you can do with a guitar and a drum kit and a bass. We want to show our fans and ourselves that MAYHEM will always be quality over quantity. I'm pleased to say that we have released 38 songs in 21 years. It's all those bootlegs that make the MAYHEM collection look so fucking huge."
Avant-garde/prog/metal act AGE OF SILENCE, the Norwegian band featuring Lazare (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), Hellhammer (WINDS, ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) and Eikind (KHOLD, TULUS), among others, have issued the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for their upcoming album:
"If things have been quiet in the AGE OF SILENCE camp for a while, that is because we have been busy with other musical projects lately!
"We are soon getting closer to preparing for the recording of a new album. All the material has been ready for quite some time, and in order to progress even further we are taking a step backwards with this new release.
"Musically speaking, we are not going to reveal much, but it will be darker, heavier, yet still containing the usual AGE OF SILENCE brilliance! In other words, expect a masterpiece that will undoubtedly set a new standard in ‘extreme-fusion’ for years to come."
In other news, AGE OF SILENCE have launched a new official forum at this location.
AGE OF SILENCE released a three-song EP entitled "Complications – Trilogy of Intricacy" on The End Records last fall.
DIMMU BORGIR's video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de (Real Media). The clip was shot last fall in Sweden with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company.
"Sorgens Kammer – Del II" is one of the new tracks included on the updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, "Stormblåst", which was released in Europe in November via Nuclear Blast Records (to be issued in North America on February 7). The album was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums.
The new version of "Stormblåst" adds two brand-new audio tracks: the aforementioned "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed at Ozzfest 2004.
DIMMU BORGIR have begun writing material for their next studio, tentatively due before the end of the year. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."
Norwegian black metal group MAYHEM will not be allowed to perform in Malaysia because it promotes "unacceptable" values, Deputy Cultural, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said.
"I assure you that the ministry will do all it can to prevent this group from coming in", he said in Parliament yesterday. He said he had seen the group's song lyrics and felt disgusted by them.
An advertisement had appeared in a local newspaper saying that the group would be performing at an entertainment joint in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4.
Responding to concerns raised by Idris Haron (BN Tangga Batu) while winding-up the Budget 2006 debate at committee stage, Wong said MAYHEM's application had not reached Puspa, the agency in charge of allowing foreign groups to perform in Malaysia. Idris said the group promoted Satanic worship and drug use, as could be seen from its motto "Bringing hell to your doorstep", and their song titles included 'Carnage', 'A Time to Die' and 'Deathcrush'.
He also said that a group called "Say No to Black Metal" would hold a demonstration if MAYHEM was allowed to perform here.
MAYHEM frontman Attila Csihar (formerly of TORMENTOR, ABORYM) will join Israeli extreme metal pioneers SALEM for a special one-off performance on December 27 at Theater Club in Tel Aviv, Israel. Also appearing with the band will be the female ICSQ string quartet.
SALEM's appearance at the Theater Club comes after a 16-month absence from the stage, during which time the band recorded and released the "Strings Attached" CD, which combines between SALEM songs and dark classical music.
Tickets for the concert are available online through Metalist magazine's web site.
MAYHEM have set "Ordo Ab Chao" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Season of Mist. The band's upcoming CD will mark their first release with vocalist Csihar since their 1993 album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". Csihar joined MAYHEM in November 2004 as the replacement for departed singer Maniac (real name Sven Erik Kristiansen).
A film company in San Diego, ZU33 is currently developing 'Lords of Chaos', a fictional movie based on the real life events that surrounded the Norwegian black metal music scene and the Church burnings associated with it.
Set in the in the early 1990s, the film goes into pre-production in November and should be filmed in Februrary 2006.
The film will be based on the book 'Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground.' The book looks at the events that characterised the black metal scene including the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous (Aasarth Oystein) and his murderer mastermind Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh).
The updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, Stormblåst , will be released through Nuclear Blast America on February 7, 2006 with a limited collectors item. This edition will only be available in the North American pressing.
Stormblåst was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums. The new version of Stormblåst adds two brand-new audio tracks: "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last year's Ozzfest. The album will be released in a digipack design with a booklet containing a lot of old pictures of DIMMU BORGIR. A LP version containing a bonus single with the two new bonus tracks will also be released.
DIMMU BORGIR will shortly be filming a video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company. The band are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
BBC Television interviewed and filmed Mayhem during their show at the Slottsfjell festival in Tönsberg, Norway earlier this year. The footage is used for their affairs show "This World".
The first broadcast is now confirmed for November 24th 2005 on BBC 2 at 9pm. And it will most likely be picked up by BBC Worldwide and rebroadcast throughout the world later on. "This World" is the flagship of BBC when it comes to current affairs, and is regularly seen by two million people in Britain.
The program series asked Mayhem for their documentary about extreme music around the world, because one part of the film includes the remarkable black metal scene of Norway. The goal of the documentary was to investigate some of the controversies surrounding Extreme Metal Music around the world and ask why extreme metal bands like Mayhem are so popular.
Italian black metallers ABORYM, now featuring former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, have set "Generator" as the title of their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Season of Mist. According to a press release, "'Generator' holds the spirit of dark and unparalleled black metal bound together with a crushing death metal approach — all stitched up with the Italians' fantastic ability to naturally incorporate electronic elements and layers.
"Generator" features Eithun on drums, Prime Evil (MYSTICUM) on vocals, Fabban Malfeitor on bass, synth and backing vocals and Nysrokinfernalien on guitar and guitar synths.
Here is the "Generator" track listing: More...
Reactivated Swedish Black Metal'ers SHINING have returned. SHINING are now officially allied with the highly repected French record label Osmose Productions.
SHINING leader Kvarforth last year announced the death of the band due to many unpleasant circumstances which have been prominent the past years, both within the band and around him personally. It was said that their album "IV - The Eerie Cold" (Avantgarde, 2005) would be their last. Shortly after the CD's completion, members Phil A. Cirone and Hellhammer (MAYHEM) left the band. Now SHINING return with a basically entirely new lineup consisting of Ludvig Hvit (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREBIRD) on drums, John Doe (CRAFT, TWIN EARTH) on guitar, Hallander on bass and Casado on guitar. The reason for this new lineup is simply because there is a need to play live, which never would have worked out in the long run with the previous members considering the distance between them. A new era has begun to take shape.
SHINING recently played their first three shows ever (one in Sweden and two in Norway) and are currently planning on touring until early 2006, when they will comence the recordings of "V - Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni" (Osmose, 2006), the follow-up to 2005's "IV - The Eerie Cold". The group's official web site has been updated after a long time of silence from the SHINING camp. Included are new promo photos and live photos from the three recent live performances.
The current tour dates are as follows: More...
Just For Fun
It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).
According to a posting on MAYHEM's web site, the Norwegian black metallers will most likely release a CD consisting of a few covers and re-recordings before the new studio album is out. "The covers will be SODOM, BLACK SABBATH as well as two more bands," the posting adds. "The re-recordings will be from 'Wolfs Lair Abyss' . It will also contain a track from the forthcoming album. The CD may also contain some sort of live CD-ROM track."
Regarding the new material, guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson) said, "The new songs are tending towards a more aggressive and straight, in-your-face kinda expression. Expect 8-10 vicious and disharmonic songs of the purest of black metal. More info on when the band enters studio and which etc. later, but the album will most likely be recorded early 2006 for a late spring/early summer release. The album is still untitled."
MAYHEM's next live appearance wll take place on November 3 at the Elm St. Rock Caf? in Oslo, Norway. Following this show, MAYHEM will head over to Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
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."