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Below is our complete Unleashed 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.
A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.
The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:
The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.
Swedish blackened death/thrash metal band, DEVIAN, has posted 6 songs from their soon to be released second album, "God To The Illfated," at their website.
Featuring former Marduk members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums), DEVIAN’s "God To The Illfated" will be available as limited edition CD including a special O-Card packaging, two exclusive audio bonus tracks, and a free band-logo sticker. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Mask Of Virtue (3:17)
2. Assailant (3:41)
3. The Unspoken (3:45)
4. Saintbleeder (4:41)
5. I'm The Pariah (3:34)
6. God To The Illfated (4:18)
7. Summerdeath (4:31)
8. South Of Halo (5:36)
9. Awaiting Doom (3:55)
10. When The Vultures Have Left (7:02)
11. Reap The Storm (4:01)*
12. Raison D'etre (4:19)*
* bonus tracks only available on the Limited Edition More...
Shade Empire has confirmed their coming European tour, which is to be the first one of the kind for the band. Headlining the tour is the Swedish band Unleashed and other participants are Krisiun (Bra) and One Man Army & the Undead Quarted (Swe).
Gaining its reputation as one of the most aggressive bands in Finland, Shade Empire has received very positive reviews for its releases, especially for the latest album, "Zero Nexus" (12.03.2008) and has had a successful appearance at Tuska festival this year.
The tour dates for the fall/winter are the following: More...
2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!
The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.
To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.
Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.
Here is the tracklisting: More...
German death thrashers, Commander, will be touring as support for UNLEASHED on their "Hammer Battalion Europe 2008" Tour. Other support acts are Krisiun and One Man Army and the Undead Quartet.
Tour dates are as follows:
11/14 - Germany - Jena @ F-Haus
11/15 - Germany - Essen @ Turock
11/16 - Germany - Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater
11/17 - Holland - Haarlem @ Patronaat
11/18 - Belgium - Vosselaar @ Biebob
11/19 - Holland - Eindhoven @ Effenaar
11/20 - Holland - Zwolle @ Hedon
11/21 - UK - Birmingham @ Barfly
11/22 - UK - Leeds @ Rio's
11/23 - UK - London @ Underworld
11/24 - France - tba
Swedish Death metallers Unleashed will release their new full-length album, entitled "Hammer Battalion," via SPV Records on June 6 in Germany (June 9 in Rest of Europe and June 10 in USA/Canada).
"Hammer Battalion" [cover preview] tracklisting (not final order):
01. The Greatest Of All Lies (Mp3)
02. Long Before Winter's Call (Mp3)
03. Your Children Will Burn (Mp3)
04. Hammer Battalion (Mp3)
05. This Day Belongs To Me (Mp3)
06. Marching Off To War
07. Entering The Hall Of The Slain
08. Black Horizon
09. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home Of The Brave
13. I Want You Dead
OBITUARY and UNLEASHED (with support from CARNIFEX) will play the following US dates in September/October:
16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
17 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
18 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
19 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
20 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
22 - Mexicali, MX - The Metro
24 - West Hollywood, CA - House of BLues
25 - San Francisco, CA - Slims (+ POSSESSED)
26 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
27 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
28 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
1 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
2 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
3 - Mokena, IL - PEarl Room
4 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys Down Under
5 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill
7 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
10 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
11 - Baltimore, MD - RamsHead Live
12 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
14 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Sweden's Unleashed are currently in the studio recording their ninth studio album, entitled "Hammer Battalion." The follow-up to 2006's "Midvinterblot" will be released later this year via SPV Records.
The band has revealed Hammer Battalion song titles on the official Unleased web site. Track listing is as follows:
The Greatest of All Lies
Long Before Winter's Call
Your Children Will Burn
This Day Belongs to Me
Marching Off to War
Entering the Hall of the Slain
Carved in Stone
Warriors of Midgard
Home of the Brave
I Want You Dead
Photos from their recording session can be found at this location.
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
Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED have set "Hammer Battalion" as the title of their ninth full-length album, due later in the year via SPV Records. According to the band, "The result of the pre-production of the new album is very satisfying. . . The new UNLEASHED album will continue in the same victorious spirit as our previous album 'Midvinterblot'."
UNLEASHED's eighth full-length album, "Midvinterblot", was released in the U.S. on October 10, 2006 via SPV Records.
UNLEASHED's current lineup:
Johnny Hedlund: Bass, Vocals
Tomas Måsgard: Guitar
Fredrik Folkare: Guitar
Anders Schultz: Drums
UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.
RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.
This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.
First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.
For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have posted the following update:
“The result of the pre-production of the new album is very satisfying and we will enter the studio early January to record our 9th full length album. Title, release date and such will be posted on the website soon. The new UNLEASHED album will continue in the same victorious spirit as our previous album Midvinterblot.”
Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.
TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:
"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."
As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.
Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.
Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have announced that they are confirmed for the House Of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden (February 16th), Ragnarök Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany (March 28th), Zagreb Metal Fest in Zagreb, Croatia (May 30th) and Legacy Festival in Belgrade, Serbia (May 31st).
Unleashed's complete live itinerary can be viewed here.
SYMPHONY X are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).
Confirmed acts on the bill now include: DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.
For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.
AMORPHIS, SODOM and UNLEASHED are among the confirmed bands for the Zagreb Metal Fest, set to take place May 30, 2008 at the Boogaloo Club in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the first metal festival of this kind in Croatia and it is expected to grow in the coming years.
The final festival billing is as follows:
Pre-sale will start on December 15, 2007.