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Formed: 1986
From: Raleigh, NC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Confessor News

Below is our complete Confessor 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.

MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

ARCHGOAT (Finland)
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Electric Wizard Announced For Maryland Deathfest X

ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:

ANVIL (Canada)
MORGOTH (Germany)
DEMIGOD (Finland)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
NAUSEA (California)

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Age of Despair Taps Producer Chris Hill

The newly completed lineup of AGE OF DESPAIR, featuring Shawn McCoy guitarist of CONFESSOR along side Brian Zuccaro (vocals), Marcus Williams (guitar), Ali Lugo (bass) and Abdala Saghir (drums), has tapped Chris Hill (JAM PAIN SOCIETY, DRILL 187, ACE FREHLEY) to produce the group's forthcoming studio album.

The band comments, "We think Chris is the next great producer to come out of the Raleigh area along side John Custer (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CRY OF LOVE, DAG) and Dick Hodgins (HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH, CONFESSOR). Our early report from the studio… The drums sound like cannons and the guitars are as heavy as tombstones grinding together. Absolutely brutal!"

The group has secured management and is shopping for a label and booking agent that will put the band to work. Shawn states, "We hope to tour non-stop through 2011 and beyond." AGE OF DESPAIR has scheduled a few one-off shows at Volume 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday, March 7 with KITTIE & GOD FORBID and as direct support to OBITUARY on May 29.

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Age of Despair Completes Lineup

Shawn McCoy of the Raleigh, NC based underground metal band CONFESSOR has introduced his new project AGE OF DESPAIR. The recent addition of Abdala Saghir on drums completed the line-up that also includes Brian Zuccaro (vocals), Marcus Williams (guitar) and Ali Lugo (bass). According to Shawn, “We have secured management and are shopping for a label and booking agent that will put us to work. We will enter the studio in early February and hope to tour non-stop through 2011.”

To hear samples of the band, check out their MySpace page.

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Confessor Parts w/ Guitarist, Former One Rejoins

CONFESSOR vocalist Scott Jeffreys has recently made the following announcement:

"We are proud to announce the addition of Chris Nolan as lead guitarist of CONFESSOR. Shawn McCoy decided to pursue other interests and has left the band on good terms. We are very excited to have Chris rejoin the band. For those of you who did not know, Chris is the guitarist who stepped in, back in the day, when Ivan decided to leave the band to go back to school. Soon after Chris joined Scott also decided to leave the band to go back to school. So Chris, unfortunately, was not in CONFESSOR for long before the breakup. At that time Chris went on to continue to play with Steve, Cary and Brian in their new band FLY MACHINE. We are all very happy to have Chris in the band and look forward to recording the next album with him."

"Despite some rumours, our label, Season of Mist is very supportive and anxious for a new record. We are pleased to report that the writing process for the new album is coming along quite well and we look to do some pre-production recording in the next few months."

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Season of Mist Delays Several Deluxe DVDs

Season of Mist has had to postpone the releases of 4 out of 5 special deluxe Metalpak DVDs. These are:

ARCTURUS "Shipwrecked in Oslo"
CONFESSOR "Live in Oslo"
RED HARVEST "Harvest Bloody Harvest"
TSJUDER "Norwegian Apocalypse"

The first deluxe Metalpak DVD, MACABRE's "Tales of Slaughter and Slaying", will come out on July 17th.

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Confessor Frontman Makes First Round of Rock Star

CONFESSOR singer Scott Jeffreys has made the first round taping in his region of the new CBS "ROCK STAR" series. This TV show is to select a lead singer for new all-star band SUPERNOVA, formed by drummer Tommy Lee (MOTLEY CRUE), bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA, VOIVOD), and guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N' ROSES). The new lead singer is to be chosen from 16 hopefuls when the second edition of CBS's ROCK STAR returns summer 2006.

"I was actually just curious to see if they would put me through. Knowing Jason is in VOIVOD, I thought it could be intriguing to see how far it might go", Jeffreys explains.

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Watch Sonic Solstice Fest Performances Online

High-quality videos of the complete live performances by ARCTURUS, TSJUDER, RED HARVEST and CONFESSOR, recorded at this year's Sonic Solstice festival, which took place on September 24, 2005 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway, have been made available for streaming and download at Gigs.no. The set times are as follows:

ARCTURUS - 1 hour 31 minutes
TSJUDER - 53 minutes
RED HARVEST - 52 minutes
CONFESSOR - 1 hour

Kurt Gronbech from Gigs.no commented in a statement: "We are very excited about being able to offer these videos for download, and are very pleased to have the backing of Season of Mist, who, [being] so foresighted, are exploring new and exciting distribution methods."

Gigs.no is run by Legio Media (www.legiomedia.com), a provider of secure digital distribution solutions for the music industry.

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Season Of Mist Sign Confessor

From the Season Of Mist camp:

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the progressive doom-metal legends, Confessor! Emerging from over a decade of hibernation, the band has returned to form, hungrier and more focused than ever.

Once dubbed, "The world's most obstinately technical metal band", Confessor will again continue to make the words "heavy" synonymous with "progressive" and "provocative" in an effort to challenge and inspire their listeners.

As a precursor to the band's upcoming long player, 'Unraveled', due out in early autumn, Season of Mist will release the limited edition CD-single, 'Sour Times'. Scheduled for a June release, this soon-to-be collector's item will mainly be made available for purchase to the die-hard fans. The release will contain 2 new songs; 'Sour Times' and 'Hibernation', a radio edit of the title track plus a live video! Also included on the limited CD with be PC Interactive gems such as band photos, a screen saver and more!

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Confessor To Release Live DVD

Confessor wanted to let you know that we will be releasing a live DVD in February. The DVD will consist of performances from the beginning years 1988, and take you through the 90's when signed to Earache, and up to the latest show some months back in Raleigh, NC. 2004. The DVD will also include Confessor's MTV Video of the song Condemned. You can find out more information and soon pick up the DVD at the official Confessor website,

Click here to read a new interview with Confessor vocalist Scott Jeffreys.

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Confessor Post "Sour Times" MP3 Online

Confessor has posted the song "Sour Times," from the new EP, "Blueprint Soul." For mp3 downloads, visit the Confessor website. You can order the full EP on the SHOP page of their website.

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Confessor Release New EP 'Bluepring Soul'

Reunited progressive metal masters Confessor have made available for sale their recently recorded three-song demo, entitled "Blueprint Soul". The demo, which was recorded at Osceola studios in Raleigh with producer Dick Hodgin, contains the tracks "Blueprint Soul", "Sour Times" and "Hibernation". Audio samples and ordering information can be found at the group's official web site.

Confessor, who are currently being represented by Corrosion Of Conformity's former management company, split up in the early '90s after releasing one full-length album (1991's "Condemned") and EP (1992's "Confessor"), with the with the rhythm section going on to form Fly Machine. Confessor reformed in 2002 following the death of guitarist Ivan Colon, who passed away due to cardiac complications.

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