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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.
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.
Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.
Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.
FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...
Legendary UK doom outfit MY DYING BRIDE has been confirmed for the rescheduled Atarfe Vega Rock festival, which will now take place March 7-8, 2008 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
MY DYING BRIDE
Two-day tickets cost 45 euros plus service charges. This promotional price will end on December 27.
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED have issued the following update:
"Within days, we'll march off to war again, on the Winter Europe tour co-headlining with MARDUK.
"We will play a number of songs from the Midvinterblot album and many older songs from all our past albums like always. We are counting on the most lethal warriors in the World to take over the choruses like so many times before... loud and sick as few!"
"Songs like 'This Is Our World Now', 'Never Ending Hate', 'In Victory Of Defeat' and 'To Asgaard We Fly' are on the setlist to mention just a few... Warriors of Europe - get ready to bang your heads!!!"
"It all begins in Stockholm on Friday..."
Marduk, Unleashed live dates include:
23 - Stockholm, Sweden at Klubben
24 - Oslo, Norway at Maiden
25 - Malmoe, Sweden at KB
26 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
27 - Sneek, Holland at Bolwerk
28 - London, England at The Underworld
29 - Sheffield, England at The Corporation
30 - Vosselaar, Belgium at Biebob
1 - Arnhem, Holland at Music Sacrum
2 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
3 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
4 - Lyon, France at Ninkasi Kao
5 - Barcelona, Spain at Mephisto
6 - Madrid, Spain at Caracol
7 - Toulouse, France at Havana
8 - Erstfeld, Switzerland at Transilvania Live
9 - Bologna, Italy at Estragon
10 - Dornbirn, Austria at Spielboden
11 - Ingolstadt, Germany at SPL
12 - Brno, Czech Republic at Fleda
13 - Leipzig, Germany at Hellraiser
14 - Saarbrucken, Germany at Roxy
15 - Werl - Duisburg, Germany at Stadthalle
Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:
"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.
"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.
"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.
"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.
"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.
"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).
"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.
"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.
"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."
Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED have issued the following update:
"Sadly....and just like a few other tours before ours... Metallysee [Belgian booking agency] fucked up again! It is with anger in our hearts we have to announce that the European tour has been cancelled for reasons completely out of our control. Ourselves and our brothers in BELPHEGOR tried in a combined effort to make this tour happen until the very last minute, but in the end there was nothing we could do. However, thanks to the local promotor in Ireland the shows in Dublin and Cork this weekend will happen as planned! We will also do the headline festivals in Germany: The Deathcrush fest in Adelsheim on the 26th of May and Hellraiser fest on the 27th in Leipzig."
"We are, of course, extremely disappointed but will not let this bring us down! We will spend no extra energy on slandering Metallysee, it is far to obvious that this company is not worth mentioning ever again."
"UNLEASHED will reschedule the European tour to later this year, likely in the autumn."
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED will be heading back out in Europe for the Midvinterblot European Tour Part II. The tour, with support from BELPHEGOR (on the entire tour), KATAKLYSM (May 15th-25th) and ARKHON INFAUSTUS (May 26th - June 2nd) will start May 12th, 2007 in Dublin Ireland and end June 2nd, 2007 in Holland.
According to an update, "Unleashed are really looking forward to see their European warriors again."
Lille Gruber of Defeated Sanity has has announced that he will be filling in on drums for Belphegor on the band's upcoming North American tour with Unleashed and Krisiun. Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows: More...
More tour dates have been added to the US/Canada Unleashed, Krisiun, Belphegor and Hatesphere tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Feb. 01 Quebec City, QC - L'arlequin
Feb. 03 Trois Rivieres,QC - La Maquisart
Feb. 04 Sudbury,ON - Jubille Center
Feb. 05 Ottawa, ON - Rainbow Bistro
Feb. 07 Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
Feb. 08 New York, NY - B.B. King's
Feb. 09 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theater
Feb. 10 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 11 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Feb. 12 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Feb. 15 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Feb. 16 Portland, OR - Roseland Grill
Feb. 17 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Feb. 18 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Feb. 19 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Feb. 20 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
Feb. 21 Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
Feb. 22 El Paso, TX - Texas Avenue Live
Feb. 23 San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
Feb. 24 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Feb. 25 Houston, TX - Warhouse Live
Feb. 27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Mar. 01 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Mar. 02 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 03 Hartford, CA - Webster Theater
Mar. 04 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electroques
Mar. 05 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Hatesphere have been added to a U.S tour that currently features Belphegor, Krisiun, and Unleashed. Dates are as follows:
February 7 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
February 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 11 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
February 16 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
February 17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
February 20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
March 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED will be teaming up with KRISIUN for a US tour early next year. More details are expected to be announced shortly.
Despite published reports to the contrary, Swedish veteran death metallers UNLEASHED will not play the X-Mass Festivals in Europe this year. "We are concentrating on the 'Masters Of Death Tour' starting the 3rd of November, together with GRAVE, ENTOMBED and DISMEMBER," the group writes on its web site. "The dates will be posted as they get confirmed very soon."
UNLEASHED recently inked a deal with SPV Records. The group's eighth full-length album, entitled "Midvinterblot", is scheduled for release this fall.
"We have more qualified songs to choose from than ever before, and I am very confident that this will be the best UNLEASHED album ever," frontman Johnny Hedlund previously stated about the CD. "Our mission is to create one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal!!! This one will be slightly faster than 'Sworn Allegiance'. The songs will be anthems in the true traditional UNLEASHED way and will have you screaming along with the choruses. The guitar sound will be taking a step towards brutality and grind. The drums are the closest we have ever come to recording a 'live' kind of intensity. The vocals? Well, not far away from 'Sworn Allegiance'... just add a little harshness and a slightly deep aggression to that sound and you'll get the picture right there. Expect nothing but one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal."
UNLEASHED utilized the services of stand-in drummer Jonas Tyskhagen (INCARDINE, PELLE & THE POORBOYS) for their appearance at the Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland in early March after the group's regular skinsman, Anders Schultz was hospitalized following a lung-collapse.
UNLEASHED's seventh studio album, "Sworn Allegiance", was released in 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hell's Unleashed" was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Folkare at Chrome Studios and mastered by Peter In de Betou of Tailor Maid Productions (DIMMU BORGIR, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA).