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Quebec’s KATAKLYSM has been creating quite a stir at this year’s Summer Slaughter tour with their show stealing performances all over the North America. Now after years of hard work and other successful tours, which most recently included runs with bands like DIMMU BORGIR and CHIMAIRA, they will finally play a headlining tour of North America this fall.
The trek will last from September 28th until October 28th and will cover much of the US and Canada. Joining KATAKLYSM on the tour will be Dying Fetus (Relapse Records), ELUVEITIE (Nuclear Blast Records), and KEEP OF KALESSIN (Nuclear Blast Records).
Vocalist Maurizio Iacono could barely contain his excitement when asked about what is sure to be one of the biggest metal tours of the year:
"We’ve waited a long time for this! No more 30 minute sets and pissing our fans off every time we play with people saying ‘why didn't you play this or that.’ We’re fucking stoked to have been given this opportunity to really give our fans the show they deserve.
"We’ve also brought an elite line up of bands and friends to join us out on the road. Our great friends and brutal death metal legends DYING FETUS. From Europe, we’re bringing PaganFest stand out band ELUVEITIE with their pagan folk metal that will turn many heads. Last but not least, Norway's new kings of progressive Black Metal KEEP OF KALESSIN! A full on metal package like that hasn’t been seen in a long fucking time!
"In addition there will be a special guest in regional markets that will be revealed soon…so expect a big show with full fledged KATAKLYSM devastation. The time has finally come!"
Keep of Kalessin recently shot a video for the track "Ascendant" from their new album "Kolossus" in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Patrick Ullaeus. Ullaeus has previously worked with such bands as Dimmu Borgir, Sonic Syndicate, and In Flames. The band stated that it is a "…performance video shot on white screen / green screen" and "…will be one of the 'baddest' metal videos of 2008!" The video can be viewed below.
Norwegian black metal band Keep of Kalessin are streaming their entire new album "Kolossus" on their MySpace page. The album will be released in North America on June 10th.
The band returned to Norway after completing their North American tour with Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth earlier this month. The band was to set out for Gothenburg immediately to shoot their new video for the song "Ascendant." The video is directed by Patrick Ullaeus, who is well known for his work with metal bands like Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, In Flames and more.
Keep Of Kalessin recenlty released an e-card for their upcoming album, "Kolossus," which is set for release in Europe on June 6 and North America on June 10.
The band returned to Norway after completing their North American tour with Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth earlier this month. The band was to set out for Gothenburg immediately to shoot their new video for the song "Ascendant." The video is directed by Patrick Ullaeus, who is well known for his work with metal bands like Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, In Flames and more. The video will feature a performance video shot on a white screen/green screen.
Keep Of Kalessin has issued a post-tour update after arriving home from their North American tour with Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth:
"Keep Of Kalessin has returned to Norway after an amazing north American tour with Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth. We're very happy with this tour and it's definitely the best tour we have done so far in our career. All three bands delivered amazing shows every night and everyone were super-cool people to hang out with! We definitely made some lifelong friends on this tour.
"We did a total of 27 shows all across North America and all shows were sold out or close to sold out. With venues ranging from 1000 to 2500 in capacity, I'd say that is very good for an extreme metal tour like this! It was also great to see that most of the people showed up early enough to see Keep Of Kalessin's set and we met a lot of fans that had been waiting a long time for our arrival in the US, and we also gained a lot of new fans. We tried to sign and meet our fans every night and the feedback from all of you was just great! We truly appreciate all the support!!"
Immediately upon returning home, with only a day of rest in between, the band set out to Gothenburg to shoot their new video for the song "Ascendant." The video is directed by Patrick Ullaeus, who is well known for his work with metal bands like Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, In Flames and more. The video will feature a performance video shot on a white screen/green screen.
You can currently hear the song "Ascendant" on the band's MySpace player as well.
Keep Of Kalessin's new album, "Kolossus," will be released in Europe on June 6 and North America on June 10.
Part 1 of the Contraband Candy 3-part Inferno Festival Special is online, featuring three great interviews with Frost and Ravn of 1349, Obsidian C of Keep of Kalessin and King, talking about Sahg. And that's just for starters. Included in the festival craziness are unique live clips and video plus original live gig photography by Maud of Darkvision Photography.
You can watch Part 1 of the "Inferno Festival Special" here (or below).
Part 2 will be released in exactly a week's time on May 14 and Part 3 will follow on May 21. More...
Silenoz from Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to BW&BK today while in Philadelphia, PA on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour - Part 2: Legions Of The Chosen Few" with BEHEMOTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN. The guitarist revealed that the band are going to be filming a third video from their latest album, "In Sorte Diaboli."
"We're going to do a third video in Los Angeles," says Silenoz. "We thought it would be cool to do a more upbeat song (from In Sorte Diaboli). There's a film team that have done other bands and it will be done professionally. We've been planning it for months, so when we get to Los Angeles it's all set." More...
The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.
The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.
"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.
Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.
The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.
Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.
Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN have announced June 10th as the North American release date for the band’s “Kolossus” release. This will be hot on the heals of their tour with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH (dubbed the “Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2”) happening this April into early May. Founding guitarist Obsidian C. had this to say about the bands new North American activity:
“We're very excited about finally touring the US after 13 years in the band's existence. Being support for juggernauts as DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH just makes this a unique opportunity for KEEP OF KALESSIN to show ourselves to the US audience.
"Also, the partnership with NUCLEAR BLAST will prove invaluable for the band's conquering of America and will definitely prove to be the highlight in our career so far!”
Here are the latest Invaluable Darkness 2 tour dates, featuring Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and Keep Of Kalessin: More...
Nuclear Blast Records welcome KEEP OF KALESSIN to their label with the following message:
"Indie Recordings and Nuclear Blast are proud to finally announce their collaboration in the signing of epic extreme metal masters, KEEP OF KALESSIN."
"The band of former SATYRICON live guitar player Obsidian C. has so far, in addition to the legendary Reclaim EP, released three highly acclaimed albums since its formation back in 1994 and is now ready to conquer the world with it..s forth offering. The highly anticipated new album entitled, Kolossus, is scheduled to be released in June 2008. Expect nothing less than a masterpiece!" More...
German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have been confirmed for this year's Screamfest, set to take place November 7-8 on three different stages in Oslo, Norway. Eight more bands will be announced soon. Screamfest will also host the first-ever Norwegian Metal Awards. "On Saturday, November 8, we will celebrate our hard rock and metal musicians and show them respect and appreciation through an award given by both the people and a capable jury," the organizers write in a press release.
The Screamfest festival billing is shaping up as follows:
KEEP OF KALESSIN
Tickets go on sale on March 1.
GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "Liberty or Death", entered the German Media Control chart in January 2007 at position No. 30. This is the second highest chart entry in GRAVE DIGGER's history.
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.
This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.
Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.
Guitarist/main composer Obsidian C. from Norway's KEEP OF KALESSIN has issued the following update:
"Members can now log in and join KOK during the last frantic night of production. We were supposed to deliver the final mix for mastering today (January 31st) at 3 pm, however we decided to do some changes to the title track in the last minute."
"After a phone call with the mastering studio we were able to postpone the upload of the files until 7 am tomorrow morning."
"As we're moving close to the deadline, me and Rune (Stavnesli - producer) had only two hours of sleep last night and we're in way over our heads by doing these changes so late..."
"Join us as we struggle to get all the bits and pieces into place before delivering the final mix for mastering."
Norway's KEEP OF KALESSIN have issued their fourth studio report:
"Production of the new album is coming towards the end. Office and bar-area is almost finished, however Wizziac is still waiting for his bass-amp to arrive...." To view go to this location. Previous reports are also available.
In support of their Billboard Top 200-charting album, "In Sorte Diaboli," Norway’s renowned melodic black metal band, DIMMU BORGIR, will be returning to North America as part of “The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 – Legions Of The Chosen Few,” headlining run with Poland’s Behemoth and fellow countrymen, Keep Of Kalessin. The 24-show trek will launch on April 2nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will end on May 4th in Chicago. Drummer Tony Laureano will continue to handle drum duties, as the 2007 injury suffered by Hellhammer still has him sidelined.
On Friday, January 18th, DIMMU guitarist & founding member Silenoz will be answering fan-submitted questions on Dagobladet.com at 12 noon CET (6 a.m. Eastern). Questions can be submitted here (webpage is in Norwegian).
Here are the confirmed DIMMU BORGIR North American tour dates with Behemoth and Keep Of Kalessin: More...
Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have added a few more dates to their summer schedule:
23 - Club Maiden - Oslo, Norway
29 - Hove Festival - Arendal, Norway
30 - Gamle Posten - Porsgrunn, Norway More...
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."
Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have posted their video for the song "Crown of the Kings" at their official web site (right-click and "Save As"): Quicktime, Windows Media. The clip, which was shot by Christian Falch of GammaGlimt, reportedly consists of footage from over 30 shows throughout Europe in 2006. A new video for "Winged Watcher" will also be filmed during the last week of May. This clip will be shot in the unique environment at the wastelands of Røros, known from UNESSO's World Heritage List.
KEEP OF KALESSIN's "Excess of Evil" European tour — which was also scheduled to feature MARDUK, ENSLAVED, GOATWHORE, MELECHESH and PANTHEON I — was recently cancelled.
KEEP OF KALESSIN performed a one-time, unique show with the duo MONOLITHIC on September 1 at the Trondheim Jazzfestival. The performance was previously described as "a concert where extreme metal meets jazz at an insanely high tempo."
The "Excess Of Evil" European tour has been cancelled. The trek was to run this month and feature Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Goatwhore, Melechesh, and Pantheon I. Here's a statement from Enslaved:
"We are not entirely informed and convinced as to why the tour is cancelled – we were promised an immediate statement from the touring agency (Metalysee) several days ago, but nothing has arrived. At this point, with few days left for the intended tour start, we could no longer wait and we are issuing this, to be honest, half-informed statement. We are normally booked through Goldstar Music in Norway, let us stress over and over again that this tour and its demise is not their workings, this was a one-off collaboration with another booking agency.
All we know is that the tour is cancelled and that we feel disappointed, bitter and at the same time vengeful. We are disappointed because we looked forward to performing top notch shows, being part of a high class package and meeting the fans, the friends; the scene. Bitter because we were already stretched to the limit to do this tour – we were ready to go out and do minimalist shows, with a session keyboard player (as Herbrand Larsen couldn't go due to personal reasons. We feel vengeful because we know we will come back and do these shows tenfold stronger. Our booking agent Goldstar has told us they are already working on rescheduling several of the shows this coming autumn.
As always, there will be speculations as to why this happened. Again, we regret to say that this was never really "our" tour so we lack some insight into the "whys" and "whos" and "whens". We can only state that we were ready to go, no injuries, no imprisonment, no primadonna acts; none of the usual industry clichés. We have heard rumours about why the tour was cancelled, but we choose not to repeat them until an official statement is issued from Metalysee/ Marduk. We hope other sources of information (web boards, forums, magazines) will remain equally patient/ respectful for the official version.
We'll be back with more info should it appear, along with any eventual re-bookings of these shows. A heartfelt thank you to all the people being ready for the shows in France, the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Austria– we will return."
Goatwhore will be hitting the road on March 23rd for a three week long run with 1349, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira. They will follow the tour with two weeks of headlining dates before heading to Germany for their first ever European tour, “The Excess of Evil” with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, Melechesh, and Pantheon I.
“We would like to send our thanks out to all the guys from God Forbid, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract, and Byzantine for making the January thru February "Chains Of Humanity" Tour a complete success!! A big thanks goes out to the guys in God Forbid for making the whole tour possible!! Hope to see you all on the road soon and in the meantime STAY SICK, STAY FUCK!!”
Here are the Goatwhore tour dates: More...