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From February 2nd to February 5th, 2017, Stardust VI - Dark Nights of the Soul will take place in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar.
Although appearing on the surface to be a conventional music festival, Stardust VI - Dark Nights of the Soul is anything but "conventional." Presented by the Stardust NYC collective, this edition will not only feature music performances by the likes of Absu, Slagmaur, Aluk Todolo, Obliteration, Dispirit, Lluvia, Lycus, Blood Incantation, and Hail among others - 22 bands in all - but will also feature a special book presentation and lecture by acclaimed artist Metastazis.
For the past five years, Stardust NYC has endeavored to present an event for artists and art lovers. It is completely democratized from the bog-standard "copy/paste festival." There are no headliners nor openers; every artist is considered equally amazing and important, part of a unique fabric binding together great art.
"We started the Stardust Series five years ago with the genuine intention of creating an atypical platform that will help the underground music scene in its full diversity and splendor," the collective write. "As part of that mission, we want to deliver a high-quality curation meant to support true artistry and passion. We believe that actions always speak louder than words, and we continue on our path of celebrating unknown Greatness."
"More than anything, we envision Dark Nights Of The Soul to be a unique and genuine event of discovery," they continue, on the topic of the sixth installment. "We'd like to see people want to open new doors for themselves, to get out of their comfort zones and completely lose themselves in the Moment. To be utterly shaken from body to soul by something completely new is a blessing, and many times life-changing. This is the true live experience we aim for each and every time." More...
The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be kicking off their European tour next week, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!
Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:
Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
Cold Raven (02.12-10.12)
Sariola (11.12-20.12) More...
Cold Raven will be embarking on "The Evil Over Europe" double-headliner tour featuring Possessed and Belphegor, with additional support from Absu.
Dates for the trek are available below. Cold Raven is also currently writing new material for a next album, so stay tuned for more details in the near future.
02.12 - Paris (Fra) “Glazart” (no Absu)
03.12 - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
04.12 - Zurich (SUI) “Dynamo”
05.12 - OFF
06.12 - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
07.12 - Ljubljana (SLO) “Kino Siska”
08.12 - Ostrava (CZE) “Barrack Club”
09.12 - Wroclaw (POL) “Alibi”
10.12 - Berlin (GER) “Nuke Club” More...
The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be touring Europe coming December, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!
Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:
Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
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Absu has returned to the U.S. on the Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour 2016. The 42-city tour will see the band perform a brand new set with music spanning its entire 25-year recording career.
It is the first full, American tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since 2013 and occurs in preparation for the release of new album "Abzu." Dates are as follows:
3/23: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
3/24: Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
3/25: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
3/26: Houston, TX @ Walter's
3/27: San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
3/28: Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozerz
3/29: Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
3/30: Arlington, TX @ Diamond Jim's Saloon
3/31: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox More...
Absu today announces details on an upcoming tour, titled the "Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour: 2016."
The 42-city tour will see the band perform a brand new set with music spanning a 25-year recording career. It is the first full, American tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since 2013 and will precede the release of the band's new album, "Apsu."
Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, “Since the release of out latest recording, 'Abzu,' the response was extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to prepare the nation for our new offering, 'Apsu,' which will be released later this year via Candlelight Records. We will be performing a few songs that have never been audibly displayed, in a live atmosphere, as well as one new song that will be featured on the impending opus.”
Proscriptor also adds, “The entire rhythm section for 'Apsu' has been completed and upon our return, I will complete the drafting of the lyrical content, track the vocal lines and finalize the mixing/mastering process."
Guest appearances for "Apsu" feature Rune Erikson/Blasphemer (Aura Noir) and Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar) both contributing solos. "Apsu," which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker, is the third and final installment of a trilogy. The band’s eighth studio album was recorded at three different facilities: GAB Recordings, (Irving, Texas) Nightsky Studios, (Waldorf, Maryland) Alchemy Music (Richardson, Texas) and will be mixed once again by J.T. Longoria at Nomad Recording Studio. (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus) More...
Denver, Colorado's Trve Brewing Company is proud to announce details on the first out of four ales, titled Eastern Candle, which is dedicated to the mythological occult metal act Absu.
In honor of "The Sun Of Tiphareth" album, Trve has created Eastern Candle - a pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song "Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle"). The three forthcoming beers to be unleashed are as follows:
Tiphareth - Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.
Manannán - Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.
Winter Zephyr - Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels. More...
Absu today announces details on an upcoming run of shows, titled the North American Connexus Continuation.
The ten-city tour will see the band perform a complete set with music spanning throughout its twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas mythological occult metal trio in support of "Abzu" (reviewed here) - the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.
Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, "Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to continue spreading the album's essence throughout unchartered regions the band did not perform in earlier this year. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this additional journey, as we shall continue contaminating the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal."
Proscriptor also adds, "We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere." More...
Manilla Road has roots as old as most of the NWOBHM bands that helped define heavy metal as we know it. Somewhat under the radar, the group didn’t popularize metal to the extent of Mercyful Fate, Venom, Iron Maiden and Manowar. However, as noted by the die-hard fans, knowledge fans who attended the group’ rare performance on the last night of Chaos in Tejas 2013, Manilla Road surely put its stamp on heavy metal. One fan pointed out how the group influenced Candlemass and even held the door open for Candlemass to enter this world.
Manilla Road’s reluctance to tour surely kept them out of the above bands’ spotlight. They are a cult act. It was for this very reason many showed up for tonight’s show. Red 7’s dual stages offered a tremendous package with Texas’ own USBM instigators Absu playing on the indoor stage. The night was spent walking back and forth between the two stages. The indoor stage’s overcrowding mixed with humid temperatures resulted in, what felt like, a twenty-degree temperature difference. More...
Absu today announces details on an upcoming tour, titled the "North American Connexus Conjuration." The 26-city tour will see the band perform two full sets with music spanning its entire 20-year recording career.
This is the first full tour by the Texas-based mythological occult trio since the release of "Abzu" (reviewed here), the second of a planned trilogy of recordings. Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares:
“Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to commemorate the album’s essence throughout North America. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this journey, as we shall contaminate the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal. We’re attempting to divide the concerts into two sections: the first act will showcase songs spanning from our entire discography, as the second act will focus on Phase Two from the album Tara: The Cythrául Klan’s Scrutiny. For the past couple of years, many of ABSU’s followers have requested specified songs from this chapter of Tara, so it is our aspiration to give the people what they want.” More...
Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.
The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.
The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.
Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...
The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, and more, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn.
More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon. Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed below.
Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available here. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.
From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon. More...
Mythological occult metal discoverers Absu have announced the release of their new single, "Hall of the Masters," courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. The track was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and once again mixed by J.T. Longoria. An official video to accompany the song will be released on September 10th directed by filmmaker Daniel Garcia.
Stream Absu's "Hall of the Masters" at this location or in the player available below.
Absu has also confirmed new festival and tour dates for the Summer and Fall months. Late August will see the band performing at Slaughter By The Water III -- the annual fest taking place in Alameda, California aboard massive aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Hornet -- followed directly by two shows in Mexico City and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. November sees the band traveling to South America for a string of eight shows throughout Columbia, Chile and Brazil. More stateside tour actions are being confirmed to be announced in the weeks ahead.
8/25/2012 Slaughter By The Water III - Alameda, CA
8/31/2012 Steel Metal Bunker - San Luis Potosi, Mexico w/ Malevolent Creation
9/01/2012 Flying Circus - Mexico City, Mexico w/ Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation
11/09/2012 TBA - Medellin, Columbia
11/10/2012 TBA - Cali, Columbia
11/11/2012 TBA - Bogata, Columbia
11/13/2012 TBA - Chile
11/15/2012 TBA - Brazil
11/16/2012 Beco - Porto Alegre, Brazil
11/17/2012 Music Hall - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
11/18/2012 Carioca Club - São Paulo, Brazil More...
Mythological occult metal artisans Absu regretfully announce the cancellation of their set at this weekend's Chaos In Tejas festivities, where they were confirmed to headline the show at Red 7 this Saturday with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.
Immediately following a bludgeoning performance at the opening night of this year's sweltering installment of Maryland Deathfest this past Thursday night, Absu drummer/vocalist Proscriptor had to rush back to Texas due to a knee infection.
Following two surgeries, Proscriptor will be in good health and back to 110% efficiency by the mid portion of June, but not in time to perform as scheduled on Saturday night.
This cancellation is disheartening to the band for the moment, as the act was fully planning on leveling all in earshot at the performance this weekend; however, this procedure will now ensure that the band will be fully operational for the previously mentioned forthcoming Absu live assaults throughout North and South America, which are being confirmed now to be announced in the weeks just ahead. Stay tuned to be inundated with new information on said events.
Mythological occult metal tormenters Absu will dominate American audiences with several confirmed performances in the coming weeks, including a live assault in Baltimore this Thursday night as part of the opening night to the Maryland Deathfest 2012 mayhem.
Absu will be joined on stage that night by a plethora of other extreme acts including Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Eyehategod, Agalloch and headliners for the evening, Autopsy. A full running order for the fest and all other MDF info can be found here.
A week after MDF, Absu will slay this year’s Chaos In Tejas in Austin, Texas on Saturday, June 2nd, headlining the indoor stage at Red 7, with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.
5/24/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
6/02/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
Further live assaults throughout North and South America are being devised now for disbursement in the coming weeks. The following press release was also issued about the band's latest album:
"Absu’s sixth full-length, 'Abzu,' takes the band’s signature occult black thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories through a whirlwind of razor-sharp riffing and some of the extreme metal world’s most top-notch drumming. The second part of an ongoing trilogy of albums, which began with 2009’s acclaimed 'Absu,' and will eventually come to a finale with 'Apsu,' 'Abzu' was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, and finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. The record was mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), and features original cover art from Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader)." More...
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.
The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:
Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end
Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...
Due to unforeseen visa issues, mythological occult metal pioneers Absu have been forced to cancel their previously scheduled dates in Brazil this week with Inquisition.
Comments Absu vocalist/percussionist Proscriptor McGovern: "First of all, we bitterly regret having to cancel our Brazilian tour being our debut South American appearance. Due to visa applications being inadequately processed, we cannot legally enter the country at this time; however, we are presently working with our agency to solidify rescheduling for the middle of October. We sincerely apologize to the Brazilian followers of ABSU who wanted to witness the band for the first time.”
Affected dates (All shows will proceed with Inquisition and local acts):
March 16th, 2012 Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Music Hall
March 17th, 2012 São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
March 18th, 2012 Recife/PE (Brasil) @ Mercado Eufrásio Barbosa
March 19th, 2012 Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opinião
Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's installment.
Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows: More...
Read the full article at Chaos in Tejas.
Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Absu has announced the dates for the upcoming European "Connexus Conjuration" tour 2012, which will also feature Impiety. Details are as follows:
06.04.12 Norway Oslo @ Inferno Fest (Absu only)
07.04.12 Switzerland @ Winterthur Salzhaus
08.04.12 France Paris @ Glazart
09.04.12 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
10.04.12 UK Manchester @ Moho
11.04.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
12.04.12 UK London @ Underworld
13.04.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
14.04.12 Germany Lichtenfels @ Ragnarök Fest (Absu only) More...