Keep Of Kalessin
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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...."
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...
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
Friday, November 4th More...
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...
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
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...
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
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.
Onslaught has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming OST Mountainfest in Romania:
"Hi Ladies and Luntaics Hope you're all doing great right now!
"We are extremely stoked to announce that Onslaught will be appearing at the 3 day open air OST Mountainfest in Brasov, Romania on 24th July 2011 along with Samael / Keep of Kalessin / Paradox and 23 other bands.
"Its been a few years since we last visited Romania and we're so looking forward to returning to this fantastic country. We had such an amazing experience and met some truly wonderful people last time around, it was a real blast. Bring it on!"
A list of upcoming Onslaught tour dates can be found at this location.
Veterans Sepultura have announced that it will be featuring a live stream of its May 14, 2011 concert appearance at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. Opening acts Belphegor and Keep of Kalessin will also be taking part in the free online stream. Viewers can access the show at this location starting at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and 11:00 p.m. Eastern.
Sepultura is set to release its new album, titled "Kairos," on July 12, 2011 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's track listing below. More...
Keep of Kalessin has checked in with the following announcement about performing upcoming live shows in Mexico:
"Mexico, here we come! We're happy to announce that we've confirmed our first ever shows in Mexico.
"The shows will take place at the Wild Metal Fest in Cancun on June 3rd and then Mexico City on the 4th of June.
"We're really excited to finally be playing there as we've heard great things about the Mexican metal fans from many of our colleagues in other bands. See you soon!"
You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Keep of Kalessin MySpace page.
Southern California thrashers Bonded By Blood have announced the friendly departure of Alex Lee (guitar) and Jerry Garcia (bass). Brandon Gullin (Avenger of Blood) and Ben Bennet (Warbringer) will fill in the vacated spots on the band's upcoming North American tour supporting Sepultura.
Carlos Regalado, Juan Juarez and Mauro Gonzalez, Bonded By Blood's remaining members, have released the following statement:
"Bonded By Blood has gone through so many changes in the last couple of years while playing amazing festivals, touring the entire United States, Europe and Canada dozens of times, and enjoying the time with new and old friends and fans all over the world who mean the most to us. We first lost our original bass player, Ruben Dominguez back in 2009, then singer Jose Barrales left the band in 2010, but each was replaced with new members and the group marched on. Now, we regret to announce that Alex Lee (guitar) and Jerry Garcia (bass) are also stepping away from BBB. We will miss them just as much as we miss Ruben and Jose, and this band will not be the same without them, but the three of us that are left in Bonded By Blood hope that everyone who enjoys this band can understand that changes are inevitable. As much as we want to keep an 'original line-up', things happen that you just can't control.
"We hope all our friends, fans and fellow musicians can still give us the warm welcome we always received and still support us in these hard times while we rebuild the band as we all need all the support we can get. Thankfully, some new friends stepped up and are working hard to help us do the Sepultura tour, so big thanks to Ben Bennet (from Smog and formerly Warbringer) and Brandon Gulling (of Malus Rex and the recently reformed Avenger of Blood), who will be filling in on bass and rhythm guitar respectively while we keep together what is left of Bonded By Blood. We hope to see you all on the road again; it's not going to be the same without our old friends up there with us... But shit happens."
Alex Lee comments on leaving Bonded By Blood:
"With Jose leaving the band followed by my own parting, I want to assure you all that it is not a coincidence, nor is it a fluke. Being a guitarist, I have always been interested in playing other styles of music and not only thrash. Don't get me wrong, I love my thrash music, but I honestly see myself being suited better with another band or type of music than what I have been doing with Bonded By Blood. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, due to the fact that this was the first band that I was in or established, but now I feel that it's my time to move on and to continue my progress on a new path. I wish Bonded the best of luck and I know they can succeed. As for the fans, I know they won't truly understand, they can either hate me or follow me, but I hope they will continue listening to and seeing Bonded live, for I believe that they will hold strong for years to come. You guys were the best and thanks for the great years!"
Jerry Garcia reflects on his time with Bonded By Blood and his exit:
"Being part of Bonded By Blood for almost two years now has been the best experience of my life. I've seen and done things that I could have only dreamed of. I had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most talented musicians in the world, including the ones in my band. Everything I experienced will be something that I will cherish for a lifetime. However, as time goes by and life begins to unfold, certain things begin to become very evident and downright inevitable. Bonded By Blood is more than just a band, it's a spirit and it transcends any single individual person or band member.
"I want to thank each and every single one of you that ever supported me and the guys in doing what we do best in life, and that is music. There is no better feeling in the world than to bring happiness to someone through music. It is an incredibly humbling experience that I never took for granted. I am not sad, nor am I disappointed in my departure from the band. I see it as a fresh start to another chapter in my random life. As for me... Well, I'll be around - music is something that is essential to my life. I cherished the good, learned from the bad and realized that in life, 'the only constant is change'.
"One last thank you to everyone that showed me kindness on and off the road, so thanks to Juan, Carlos, Alex, Mauro, Marco, Talita and the rest of the Earache gang including Anthony, every band I toured with, and most of all the fans! See ya!"
Bonded By Blood recently finished a co-headlining European tour with Lazarus A.D. Go to this location to view Sepultura, Hate, Keep of Kelessin and Bonded By Blood tour dates.
Dying Fetus has posted the re-mastered versions of “Grotesque Impalement” (taken from "Infatuation With Malevolence") and “Skull Fucked” (taken from "Purification Through Violence") online now via the band’s MySpace page. These re-mastered tracks come from the band’s forthcoming, expanded re-issues of earlier albums that will see their release early this year, which coincidentally marks the 20th anniversary of the group.
Dying Fetus has also announced that the last headlining tour in support of it's most recent album "Descend Into Depravity" will be as the headliners of the 2011 Bonecrusher Fest. This last tour starting work on a brand new album will also include Keep of Kalessin, Carnifex, Annotations of an Autopsy, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Angelus Apatrida. A complete listing of the 2011 tour dates and cities can be found at this location.
Brazilian/American thrashers Sepultura will return to North America for a headlining tour next April/May in support of the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut. Joining them will be Belphegor, Keep of Kalessin, Hate, Neuraxis, and Bonded By Blood. Starting May 23rd, Seattle's Nevermore will replace Belphegor to finish out the tour.
"We are very happy to play once again in the U.S., especially after a long time away from the American and Canadian stages," commented Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser. "We're also excited to start working with our new label, Nuclear Blast. They have a rich history in the heavy music business and we are honored to have such a partner.
"We are currently working on a new record, that will be released together with the American dates, so it will be our first tour for the new album. Hope to see you all at the shows! We will play the whole history of the group and we're going have a blast! See you on the Sepultour 2011!"
Confirmed North American shows for 2011 are as follows: More...