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Keep Of Kalessin

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Keep Of Kalessin Reveals Album Cover, Track List

Norweigian symphonic black metal act Keep of Kalessin revealed the cover art and track listing for the upcoming new album "Epistemology." The album is scheduled for release on February 16, 2015 via Indie Recordings. It marks the band's first full length release since Obsidian Claw took over vocal duties following the departure of Thebon (Hellish Outcast).

The cover art was chosen from a contest that garnered hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. The winner was graphic artist Jean Michael and his winning entry can be seen below.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
5. Necropolis
6. Universal Core
7. Introspection
8. Epistemology More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Freedom Call
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Freedom Call
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Freedom Call
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Live Footage Available

Live footage has been uploaded to YouTube of Keep Of Kalessin performing "Dark As Moonless Night" in Tampere, Finland on November 30th. Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube user Carlos Pérez Blanco.

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Soilwork To Broadcast Live Show

Swedish visionary metallers Soilwork will kick off their "European Infinity Tour" on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at Folkets Hus in Umeå, Sweden.

The entire show will be broadcast online at 23:00 CET via this location. A trailer for the event can be viewed below.

The European trek also features Keep of Kalessin and Sybreed, with full details available after the jump.

The tour runs in support of the band's most recent melodic death metal double-album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here).

The band also recently re-issued the classic 2001 break-through album, "A Predator's Portrait," in a lavish deluxe digipak, featuring all new artwork as well as two previously unreleased live bonus tracks.

Furthermore, Soilwork's very own drum monster, Dirk Verbeuren, will be available for one-on-one drum lessons throughout the entire tour. More...

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Soilwork Announces "European Infinity" Tour

Swedish metallers Soilwork have announced the first dates for the upcoming "European Infinity Tour" in support of the band's most recent album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here). Additional tour and festival dates will be announced later.

Commented the band: "It is with excitement we announce our first European headline tour in a while! We also consider this tour line up one of the best we've ever had. Keep of Kalessin is a kick ass band, hailing from our neighboring nation of Norway and Sybreed is another band that we've liked for years and has always brought something unique. We feel that this bill is a perfect match and cannot wait to bring this on the road! Don't miss out on the European leg of the 'World Infinity Tour!' See you in November!" More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Comments On New EP

Keep Of Kalessin has released the new EP “Introspection," which is available on digital music services such as iTunes and Spotify. “Introspection” is the first of several new EPs and singles that will be released throughout the year, in wait of the new album due in October 2013.

The new EP marks the transition from the old and into a new era for the band, with longtime main man Obsidian C. now also handling the vocal duties after the band separated from singer Thebon in March 2013.

In addition to the new single "Introspection," which was released with a video just over a week ago, there are two new tracks on this EP titled “Flight of the Hatchling” and an extreme version of “The Dragontower." Front man Obsidian C. comments on all three tracks:

"The new digital era opens some opportunities for bands and releasing digital EP's makes it possible for such a diverse band as Keep Of Kalessin to release some tracks and new versions of tracks that would not necessarily fit on an album.

"Introspection is a very personal song for me and deals with some issues I guess many can relate to when they start questioning themselves and what's really important in their lives. As a musician you're always sacrificing personal life for the band and lately I've been wondering if it's all worth it. Girlfriends, friends and family have always come second and I guess it's only natural that some priorities change as you grow older. So....basically I guess this is my midlife crisis caught on tape.

"Flight of the hatchling is our first instrumental song and shows the band from a very different side. As the title suggests this is our own type of Flight of the bumblebee kind of song, even though it's not a cover version, but a song entirely written by me. More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Announces Shows With Finntroll

Keep Of Kalessin will head out to tour Europe in May with Finnish folk metal outfit Finntroll. Details are as follows:

08.05.2013 DE – Berlin @ K17
09.05.2013 BE – Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.05.2013 NL – Dordrecht @ Bibelot
11.05.2013 DE – Cologne @ Live Music Hall
12.05.2013 FR – Paris @ La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
13.05.2013 UK – London @ Underground

Keep Of Kalessin also released the new video ”Introspection” at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival, where Obsidian C. announced that he will take over as vocalist. Check out the video below. More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Posts "Introspection" Video

Keep of Kalessin has premiered a new music video for the brand new track ”Introspection." Check it out below.

The music video was premiered at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway yesterday. The label comments on the clip:

"'Introspection' shows the band from a more serious and mature side than before. The band also brings more of their 80's inspiration into this track with Obsidian C. showing a lot more of his impressive solo skills.

"Guitarist Obsidian C used the opportunity to reveal some unexpected news with the crowd at Inferno. Not only does the video show the band from a different side, but Obsidian C has now also taken over the vocal duties after singer Thebon seems to have disappeared in the African jungle." More...

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Keep Of Kalessin Recording New Songs

Norway's Keep of Kalessin has posted the following message online wishing fans a happy new year:

"We would like to wish all of our fans one hell of a New Year and remind you that without you guys we would not be here! Thank you so much for all your support! Next year we will unleash the dragon once again!!"

The band also recently commented about working on the follow-up to the 2010 "Reptilian" album: "The last couple of weeks we've been recording guitars for a total of 19 songs and we still have a couple more to go. These will be released throughout 2013 as 2-3 EP's, digital singles with bonus tracks and of course the anticipated next album."

Further details on the upcoming new releases will be announced as they are made available.

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Keep Of Kalessin Announces Shows In Brazil

Keep of Kalessin has issued the following announcement about heading to Brazil for upcoming tour dates:

"It's finally official! Keep Of Kalessin is coming to Brasil for the first time ever!! We are so excited about this as we know we have many fans there and the South American audience is always amazing!"

The dates are as follows:

With Gorgoroth, Keep Of Kalessin, Autopsy
07.09 – Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) Music Hall
8.09 – São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Carioca Club

With Gorgoroth, Keep Of Kalessin
09.09 – Recife/PE (Brasil) @ Clube Atlântico de Olinda
10.09 – Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Beco

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Keep Of Kalessin Begins Writing New Album

Keep of Kalessin guitarist Obsidian C. has posted an update on his blog about starting the writing for a new album and follow-up to "Reptilian." He comments:

"I have taken some time out to really start focusing on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. For the last few months I've been focusing on other projects, more of which you will hear about later this year and in the coming years as a few of them are quite large undertakings so it won't happen over night.

"But right now I have arrived in Spain for a month of writing and creative flow with main focus on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. I brought my laptop, a soundcard and my guitar and the plan is to start jogging and swimming as well as writing music. I need to get my body and soul back into shape! ;)

"I already have some songs, bits and pieces ready so I need to sit down and be structured about finishing those ideas in the coming days. I always write new guitar riffs and many of them I'm satisfied with, but I always aim to have a good structure in a song which often mean that I actually leave my best riffs out of the album because they never fit into any song.

"It is also a fact that lately I've been kinda worn out regarding metal productions. Normally I easily write 10 riffs a day or a full song in 30 minutes, but lately I've just felt empty. Nothing I've written has been good enough. Understand me correctly, I've written good stuff, but not for Keep.
After the two years of touring since Reptilian was released I think my mind just shut down on this project and only lately has the harddrive started to reboot concerning this band. Maybe it's because I've set the standards for the next album so high that anything I write is not good enough, but inspiration to do another album has started to come back and I'm ready to start pushing the limit once again.

"Today's task is simple though. I need to go out and buy a new external harddrive which I'll install the Native Instruments Komplete 8 pack on with it's 250gb of sounds. I also need a harddrive to store all the audio tracks and new ideas on. Let's call this one the 'Project Drive' which will follow me through the entire production of the new album.

"I also need some new shoes for jogging. ;) So, off shopping then...."

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Lake Bukkake Added To Metal Suckfest

The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:

"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)

"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."

The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...

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More Bands Added To The Metal Suckfest Lineup

The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:

Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)

Keep of Kalessin
Abigail Williams

Friday, November 4th More...

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"Lux Mundi" Tour Support Acts Announced

After it was recently revealed that Six Reasons To Kill will be joining the upcoming "Lux Mundi" European tour with Samael and Keep of Kalessin, more opening bands have since been announced.

Also appearing as supporting acts on various legs of the "Lux Mundi" tour will be In Vain, Dark End, Minkus, Noctem, and Dead Shape Figure. The promotional poster featuring the dates that each band will support Samael and Keep of Kalessin can be found below.

Finland's Dead Shape Figure also recently appeared on Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album by offering a cover of the Type O Negative track "Dead Again," with full details available here. More...

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Six Reasons To Kill Added To "Lux Mundi" Tour

Six Reasons to Kill has been added on to the "Lux Mundi" European tour with Swiss metal act Samael and Norway's Keep of Kalessin. The details on the dates and venues for the shows are as follows:

21.09.2011 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
22.09.2011 (GER) Bochum / Matrix
23.09.2011 (HOL) Dordrecht / Bibelot
24.09.2011 (BEL) Charleroi / Le Coliseum
25.09.2011 (HOL) Nijmegen / Doornroosje
27.09.2011 (FR) Macon / Cavazik
28.09.2011 (FR) Colmar / Grillen
29.09.2011 (GER ) Cottbus / Gladhaus
30.09.2011 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
01.10.2011 (FR) Rennes / Antipode
02.10.2011 (FR) Paris / La Machine
03.10.2011 (FR) Toulouse / Ramier
05.10.2011 (POR) Porto / Hard Club
06.10.2011 (POR) Lisbon / Cineteatro de Corroios
07.10.2011 (SP) Madrid / Caracol
08.10.2011 (SP) Valencia / Durango
09.10.2011 (SP) Barcelona / Salamandra 1

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Samael Announces "Lux Mundi" European Tour

Samael has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates in September and October with special guests Melechesh and Keep of Kalessin. The band will be touring in support of the new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here), and the currently announced dates are as follows:

02.09.2011 : Dekompresja – Lódz (Poland)
03.09.2011 : Wiatrak – Zabrze (Poland)
04.09.2011 : Kwadrat – Krakow (Poland)
05.09.2011 : Szene – Vienna (Austria)
06.09.2011 : Exit Chmelnice – Prague (Czech Republic)
07.09.2011 : Randall – Bratislava (Slovakia)
08.09.2011 : 202 – Budapest (Hungary)
09.09.2011 : Euphoria Music Hall – Cluj Napoca (Romania)
10.09.2011 : Jubileina Hall – Sofia (Bulgaria)
11.09.2011 : Block33 – Thessaloniki (Greece)
13.09.2011 : Volxhaus – Klagenfurt (Austria)
14.09.2011 : Menza Pri Koritu – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
15.09.2011 : RnR Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Italy)
16.09.2011 : Blackout – Rome (Italy)
17.09.2011 : Sidharta – Prato (Italy)
18.09.2011 (CH) tbc / tbc
20.09.2011 : Backstage – Munich (Germany)
21.09.2011 : Steinbrucht Theater – Darmstadt (Germany)
22.09.2011 : Matrix – Bochum (Germany)
23.09.2011 : Bibelot – Dordrecht (Holland)
24.09.2011 : Le Coliseum – Charleroi (Belgium)
25.09.2011 : Doornroosje – Nijmegen (Holland)
27.09.2011 : Cavazik – Macon (France)
28.09.2011 : Gillen – Colmar (France)
29.09.2011 : Gladhaus – Cottbus (Germany)
30.09.2011 : Vera – Groningen (Holland)
01.10.2011 : Antipode – Rennes (France)
02.10.2011 : La Machine – Paris (France)
03.10.2011 : Ramier – Toulouse (France)
05.10.2011 : Hard Club – Porto (Portugal)
06.10.2011 : Cineteatro de Corroios – Lisbon (Portugal)
07.10.2011 : Caracol – Madrid (Spain)
08.10.2011 : Durango – Valencia (Spain)
09.10.2011 : Salamandra 1 – Barcelona (Spain) More...

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Mayhem Announces North American Headline Tour

Black metal icons Mayhem have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Keep Of Kalessin, Hate and Abigail Williams. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

11/02 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
11/03 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theater
11/05 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
11/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
11/08 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
11/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/11 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/12 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
11/13 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
11/14 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
11/15 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
11/16 Winnipeg, MB – The Osbourne Village Inn
11/17 Regina, SK – Exchange
11/18 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
11/19 Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
11/22 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/23 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
11/25 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom
11/26 Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
11/27 West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
11/28 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
11/29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
12/02 Dallas, TX – Trees
12/03 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
12/04 Austin, TX – Emo’s
12/05 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
12/06 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
12/07 Orlando, FL – The Club
12/08 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/09 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
12/10 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
12/11 Springfield, VA – Jaxx

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Keep Of Kalessin Live Footage Posted Online

Some new live concert footage has been posted online featuring European death metal act Keep Of Kalessin performing its track "Judgement" in Denver, Colorado. You can view the footage in the player below.

You can also find a recent interview with Keep of Kalessin by heading over to this location.

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