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Below

Formed: 2012
From: Nykoping, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Below News

Below is our complete Below 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.

Taiwaz Touring With Below In Europe

Swedish outfit Taiwaz originally formed in '85, but with an audience not yet ready for the band's dark take on metal, the group disbanded and lost contact.

It wasn't until 2013 that the group reunited to begin recording new songs, which was eventually released the next year as the "I Am All" cassette through Electric Assault Records.

Now back in full swing, the band will be embarking on a European tour supporting Below next month. More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2014 Awards

What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.

This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).

Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.

This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?

Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?

Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...

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Below Announces New Tour Dates

The Swedish doom newcomers from Below are embarking on their "Across The Dark Rivers Of Europe" tour in February of 2015.

Joining them will be special guests Taiwaz, courtesy of Electric Assault Records. The tour will begin on February 4th in Copenhagen.

Below comments: "We can't wait to be back on the roads of Europe to bring the heaviest of doom for you guys. To maximize the darkness over Europe in February we have invited Taiwaz to join us for this adventure!"

As noted on the dates below, there are still a few shows that are TBA. Interested parties in booking the tour please get in touch with Tobbe of Howlin' Owl Productions at howlinowlofficial@gmail.com.

04/02/15 DK - Kopenhagn - KB18
05/02/15 DE - Hamburg - St. Pauli Rock Café
06/12/15 NL - Leuwaarden - Gloppe
07/02/15 BE - Eernegem - B52 Club
08/02/15 DE - Uelsen - UJT
09/02/15 TBA
10/02/15 TBA
11/02/15 TBA
12/02/15 TBA
13/02/15 DE - Berlin - Cortina Bob
14/02/15 PL - Goleniow - Sala Teatru Brama More...

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Below Releases New Music Video

Swedish doom act Below has released a new video for "Bid You Farewell," taken from Metal Blade Records debut album, "Across the Dark River."

The video was filmed by Emil Björkroth and edited by Vince Edwards from Metal Blade Records. This is the band's first ever music video and properly encapsulates Below's bleak and melancholic doom sound. Check it out below, thanks to Invisible Oranges.

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Below Posts New Track Online

Swedish doom band Below today releases a second song from "Across The Dark River." Check out "Mare Of The Night" below, courtesy of Rock Hard Germany.

Below calls the track: “An ultra-heavy song about a mythological creature who enter your dreams. Starting out slow and ending in a furious onslaught.”

Below spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record "Across The Dark River," due out April 11th via Metal Blade. The previously posted first single "Portal" is still available at this location. More...

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Below Streaming New Single

Epic doom metal band Below spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record a debut full-length album.

The band is finally prepared to release the first single from the record. "Portal" is streaming now in the player below, and you can also pre-order copies of "Across the Dark River" through Metal Blade here. The album will be released on April 15th in North America and April 14th/11th in UK/Europe.

Below offers a brief quote about the first single: "It's a song about being in the presence of spirits, entering another dimension, a portal to the dead."

Below hails from Sweden and the music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. La Rocque added: "This is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio in a very long time. And always great to work with great musicians!" More...

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Below Announces New Album

Below spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record a debut full-length album.

The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title and art for "Across the Dark River," due for release on April 15th in North America and April 14th/11th in UK/Europe. Check it out below. More...

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Below Enters The Studio

Epic doom metal band Below is currently holed up at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) recording the band's Metal Blade Records debut.

Below hails from Sweden features influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. The band offered up the following update:

"The progress of the recording of our debut album is going great and to have the opportunity to work with Andy La Rocque and Olof in Sonic Train Studios is amazing. We are currently finished recording the drums, the bass and the main guitars, and will start with the vocals this weekend. It sounds amazing already. It will be a truly epic album that will leave its mark in the history of doom."

Andy La Rocque added; "this is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio for a very long time, and the sounds so far is amazing! And always great to work with great musicians!"

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén - bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum - of Howlin' Owl Productions and a split 7" is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records with the doom act’s full-length being released via Metal Blade in 2014. More...

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Below Signs With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of epic doom metal band, Below, which hails from Sweden and has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond.

Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén—bass player of Noctum—of Howlin' Owl Productions and a split 7" is in set to be released by Dark Descent Records with the doom act's full-length being released via Metal Blade in 2014.

The band comments: "It's an honor for us to be given this opportunity of working with such a legendary label. We're really proud to be part of the Metal Blade family; this will be the perfect home for Below. Together we will make a mark and set a standard for quality doom music."

In November, Below will tour Europe for the first time supporting the mighty doom band Devil from Norway. More...

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