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Alan A. Nemtheanga, vocalist of progressive Irish metallers Primordial has recently checked in via the bands Myspace account, giving his own thoughts on the recent outbreak of conflict between Russia and Georgia.
"I've been watching this morning this escalating and impending conflict in South Ossetia in Georgia between Russia and the Georgians with a heavy heart.
"It bears all the hallmarks of another proxy war and battle of wills between a military resurgent Putin versus the UN and America. Despite the somewhat ficticious and almost legendary Russian military might Georgia is a country of 4 million people who have claimed independence from the Soviet Union many years ago. The odds seem stacked against them.
Contraband Candy has released part 1 of their Tuska Festival program. Here's what they say about it: "We show you Finland’s Tuska Festival in its true beer-and-Jäger-drenched glory, the way a proper Metal festival was meant to be enjoyed. With Korpiklaani’s fantastic song ‘Beer Beer’ as the theme tune, you can just imagine the sort of daft bollocks we got up to this time around!"
In this feature, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth speaks about their new album, computer games and Viking paraphernalia. René has one too many Jägermeisters before the Primordial interview. Mille of Kreator talks about the pros and cons of Pro-Tools, their up and coming European and US tour in 2009 and their next album. Finally, they sign off this episode by interviewing Lord Of The Rings obsessives, Battlelore.
You can watch Part 1 of Contraband Candy's Tuska special feature on their site or below.
Coming shortly in Part 2: interviews with Entombed, Nile, Horna and Korpiklaani. More...
Initial tour dates have been announced for the HEIDENFEST TOUR 2008 featuring special guests Finntroll with Primordial, Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Manegarm, and Catamenia. The Heidenfest Tour will cross much of Europe, beginning in the late Fall. The tour dates are as follows:
31/Okt DE Leipzig Hellraiser
01/Nov DE Munich Backstage
02/Nov CH Pratteln Z7
03/Nov AT Graz Orpheum
04/Nov CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
05/Nov DE Berlin Postbahnhof
06/Nov DE Hamburg Markthalle
07/Nov NL tba
08/Nov DE Essen Grugahalle *EXTENDED SHOW*
09/Nov FR Paris La Locomotive
10/Nov BE Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
11/Nov DE Nuernberg Loewensaal
12/Nov DE Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13/Nov DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
14/Nov AT Wien Gasometer
15/Nov AT Linz Posthof
16/Nov HU Budapest Petoefi Hall
Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.
The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.
Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.
Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...
Irish doom/black lords PRIMORDIAL have issued the following update from singer Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill:
"Forgive me father it's been months since my last confession...
I have been lazy, accept my apologies. It's about time I posted a new message on the site and let you all know what's happening on Planet Satan.
The gigs have now started coming a few every couple of weeks. The Ragnarok Festival in Lichtenfels was a triumph for us, our first show in Germany for the new album and nearly 5,000 people there to give praise to the Old Gods. We also shot a dvd, it remains to be seen whether we can use it but this is something we are going to be looking at over the coming months. Tomahawk festival the following day in Osnabruck was not quite the success of the previous day and we arrived very late due to a day when everything that could go wrong did! The show was excellent and we played possibly the best we have done since the album came out but it seems like quite a few of you thought we had cancelled and headed home after Turisas. Next time
We returned to Greece last weekend and it was indeed glorious. I am going to write a full tour report about the weekends mayhem very soon but suffice is to say we had twice as many people almost then we did when we played for Gathering. Our friends in Mael Mordha went down a storm and both Agnes Vein in Thessalonik and Dead Congregation in Athens were both excellent. More...
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
MTUK metal 'zine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill and guitarist Ciáran MacUiliam of the Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
MTUK: One thing that really makes PRIMORDIAL somewhat unique is the fact that you have been playing for such a long time, with (correct me if I'm wrong) no line-up changes. Very few bands can claim such a feat. How do things stay so harmonious within PRIMORDIAL's ranks, I am sure many would like to know the secret of your longevity?
Alan: Well, there have been a few, but not many. I think, well, we have been in this band for 17 years and didn't start it as friends, we became acquaintances, haha. No, we became friends over the years and we didn't approach things as a lot of bands do, like agreeing to rehearse Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and we must book band meetings and you must wear this, blah blah. No rules and no regulations and because we didn't make any money from it — we do a bit now, every now and again, but it's never a big deal or anything like that. We never set out or sat down and asked what are we going to do to sell the most amount of records or anything like that. What happens just happens; we don't have a grand plan. Well, he might (pointing at guitarist Ciáran MacUiliam and laughing). I try and impress this on people but they don't believe me that we don't sit down and go here's the album, here's the plan for it. We are free from a lot of the pressures that other bands face, I can see that some have to tour and have to play festivals and record new albums but we never have had to do all that. It's just kind of Irish, a bare-knuckle kind of attitude. If there is a problem, we can always work it out, there's no primadonnas, you don't take it personally, there's no fragile egos and rock stars in this band.
MTUK: Onto the new album and the obvious question, how would you say the band have evolved between the recording of it and previous album "The Gathering Wilderness"?
Alan: You learn a bit more every time you record, and I think this time we had a more definite idea of what we wanted to do as regards to the gear, the studio that we picked. It helped that Chris and Dave who owned the studio we were recording in were the same age as us.
Ciáran: With this album, we had a week off during the recording so we could listen back to what we had played. We could perhaps think that's gone on a little bit too long we could do something with it. In the past, it has been, "We have two weeks, let's go and record it all the way through." This time we had a little more space.
Alan: It helped not being in Dublin we recorded this in North Wales. You got up in the morning and recorded from noon till 2AM every day. You had your breaks but it was just us free of interruption so we could just focus on what we were doing. It made a huge difference. And as he said, the time between the recording and the editing, overdubs and the mixing was a huge help. We did everything in 13 days, recording, mixing all of it. Well, if BLACK SABBATH can do it in three days, we can at least do it in four times that. I mean, what's the point? There's no point in fucking around. The overall feeling is more important than is that bass drum like this blah, blah, blah? Well, OK, we worked a bit harder with this, this time round but the point being you are not striving for perfection; flaws give character.
MTUK: One thing I would guess that does concern is piracy. What are your opinions on downloading and how would you imagine it affects you? I would have thought most PRIMORDIAL fans would accept nothing less than the finished product and preferably buy the vinyl too.
Alan: There is that perception about me, as Blabbermouth took this quote from me out of context. I was talking about the pros and cons, but they printed just what I said about the cons, so I get all this, if it wasn't for downloading I would never have heard of your band. In the modern age, with MySpace and all that getting your songs out there and downloading is important. I think the concept that if you own a shop and I go in there and take something and don't pay for it and walk out, you are going to go, "You better pay for that." The fact is the record label gives us money, which is like a loan that we have to repay in sales and if everyone just gets it for free, it just doesn't work like that. The thing is I also understand that people who otherwise wouldn't be able to hear the band download it and then go and buy the album. That is what didn't get put across on Blabbermouth.
Read the full article at metalteamuk.
Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL will play two concerts in Greece in April. Support on the shows will come from MAEL MORDHA.
The dates are as follows (venue details to be confirmed):
April 12 - Thessaloniki, Greece - [to be announced]
April 13 - Athens, Greece - [to be announced]
According to the band "tickets will be [priced] less then 16 euros, just like [vocalist Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill] promised in the Greek media."
The Pulse reports that Irish pagan metal outfit PRIMORDIAL will film its January 19, 2008 concert at the 750-capacity Button Factory (formerly Temple Bar Music Centre) in Dublin, Ireland for a possible DVD.
According to promoter Fergal "H" Holmes of D.M.E., the show has been selling strongly, with over half of pre-sale tickets being purchased by fans from outside Ireland. "Swedish, Finnish, German, all around Europe — there's been loads," explained Holmes.
Fans can expect a big production show and the band has ordered in extra lighting for the event.
The European head honcho of the band's record label, Metal Blade, is expected in town, as well as journalists and photographers from some of Europe's top magazines — all flying in for the event, which is arguably the first of such a magnitude to involve a band from the Irish metal scene. "If PRIMORDIAL weren't from Ireland, they are a band I'd still be booking to play here. They're a band that can play a venue the size of the Button Factory," Holmes told The Pulse.
Holmes expects the band to play a set of between 80 and 90 minutes following support slots from Cork's FOR RUIN and reformed Irish doomsters GRAVEYARD DIRT.
WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH and FALL OF SERENITY are confirmed to play the this year 15th edition of WITH FULL FORCE festival to be held on the 4th to 7th of July, 2008.
Other bands confirmed so far are IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, PRIMORDIAL, CONVERGE, MAYHEM, THE RED CHORD, DARK FUNERAL, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, VOLBEAT and many more. You can find more info at www.withfullforce.de.
FALL OF SERENITY will also hit the European roads this February together with the almighty DISMEMBER and HATESPHERE.
Here are the latest FALL OF SERENITY tour dates: More...
Swedish stoner metallers GRAND MAGUS have been added to PRIMORDIAL's one-off UK show at the Camden Underworld on February 2nd, 2008.
As previously reported, Grand Magus have started recording their fourth full-length album in Stockholm with Oneman at the helm acting as engineer and co-producer. The band have issued the following studio update: "The recording of the new Grand Magus album is going great. We didn't start until the end of November because of various practical issues, but since then things have been running smoothly. Basically just vocals left to do and JB will start that after the new year. There is no doubt that this will be our best effort yet."
The album will be released early 2008 on Rise Above Records.
Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.
The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s Metalmania festival, which will take place on March 8th, 2008 at Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland:
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
POISON THE WELL
The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
THE VISION BLEAK
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are the latest acts confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ASP, BORN FROM PAIN, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.
Organizers are announcing a new band each day in December via their Adventskalender!
US thrash legends EXODUS are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, EXODUS, KATAKLYSM, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
Canuck extremists KATAKLYSM are the latest act confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival which is scheduled for August 14th - 14th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts on the bill now include: ENSIFERUM, ENDSTILLE, PRIMORDIAL, SONIC SYNDICATE, THE VISION BLEAK.
Kataklysm's new album, Prevail, will be mixed by Jason Suecof (Chimaira, TRIVIUM,THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER) in January 2008 and will "drop like a nuclear explosion" on May 23rd, 2008 via Nuclear Blast.
The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
Irish pagan metal outfit PRIMORDIAL is the second confirmed band for next year's installment of the Summer Breeze festial, set to take place August 14-16 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Also scheduled to appear is ENSIFERUM. More acts will be announced over the coming weeks.
PRIMORDIAL will have its "The Gathering Wilderness" released soon on picture disc vinyl. The double 12" picture disc will be released by Sentinel Records before the end of the year. The double vinyl is limited to 500 copies worldwide.
"The Gathering Wilderness" was originally issued in 2005 through Metal Blade Records.