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Formed: 1990
From: Norrköping, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Marduk 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.

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The Legion Recording New Album, Give Update

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The progress of our new album is coming along fine and we're in the middle of recording the last parts. The vocals on this recording are being done, mainly by bassist Lars [bass] and some additional parts by Emil and David [guitar]. We are still not certain who's going to handle the vocals in the future so if you're interested in trying out for us, please send us a mail with some kind of sample where we can hear you scream."

To facilitate the vocalist-search process, THE LEGION have made available a pre-production sample of a new song called "Virtue of Sin". "On this teaser, which was recorded in our rehearsal room, the vocals are executed by Lars and David," the band write. "[Keep] in mind that this is not representative for the final outcome of the upcoming album."

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released in October 2003 through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy T?gtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL." The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with MARDUK, ABSU, VELONNIC SIN, and IMMORTAL, among others.

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Marduk Add Two More Shows In Turkey

Marduk has decided to add two more shows in Turkey:

Oct. 21 Ankara, Turkey - Golge Pub
Oct. 22 Izmir, Turkey - Ooze Club

More South American tour dates for the Deathmarch will be announced soon. Here are the upcoming dates that have been confirmed so far: More...

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Marduk Posts Wacken Open Air Photos Online

Marduk has posted photos of their performance at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Check them out at their website. More photos of Marduk at Wacken Open Air are found at

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Marduk Announces First South American Tour Dates

Marduk has confirmed the first dates of their South American tour:

Nov. 04 Tijuana, Mexico - Voodoo House
Nov. 05 Guatemala City, Guatemala - TBA
Nov. 06 San Salvador, El Salvadore - TBA
Nov. 07 TBA
Nov. 08 TBA
Nov. 09 TBA
Nov. 10 Porto Alegre, Brasil - Bar Opiniao
Nov. 11 Sao Paulo, Brasil - Hangar 110
Nov. 12 TBA
Nov. 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina - TBA

More South American tour dates to be announced.

More upcoming Marduk tour dates: More...

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Marduk Announces Ukraine & Russia Tour Dates

Marduk has announced one show in Ukraine and two in Russia:

Oct. 08 Kiev, Ukraine - TBC
Oct. 09 Moscow, Russia - Tochka Club
Oct. 10 St. Petersburg, Russia - Port Club

Other upcoming Marduk tour dates: More...

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Marduk Announces Turkey Show, Adds More Euro Dates

Marduk has announced that they will be playing at Yeni Melek Gosteri Merzerki in Instanbul, Turkey on October 23rd.

There has been some changes and additions to Marduk's upcoming European tour. Tour dates so far:

Aug. 24 Southport, UK - Club Havana
Aug. 25 Newcastle, UK - Archer
Aug. 26 Dublin, IRL - Whelans
Aug. 27 Bradford, UK - Rio
Aug. 28 London, UK - Underworld
Aug. 29 Hekelgem, BL - 162
Aug. 30 Paris, FR - Locomotive
Aug. 31 Utrecht, NL - De Helling
Sept. 01 Chaulnes, FR - Socioculturel
Sept. 02 Eloyes, FR - Culturel Centre
Sept. 03 Lyon, FR - Transbordeur
Sept. 04 Marseille, FR - Mirabeau
Sept. 05 FR - TBA
Sept. 06 Irun, SP - Tunk
Sept. 07 Vigo, SP - La Iguana
Sept. 08 Colinas, POR - Club Branca
Sept. 09 Madrid, SP - Ritmo & Compas
Sept. 10 Alicante, SP - Stereo Club
Sept. 11 Barcelona, SP - Mephisto
Sept. 13 Rome, ITA - Alpheus
Sept. 14 Milano, ITA - Transilvania Live
Sept. 15 Budapest, HUN - A35
Sept. 16 Wroclaw, PL - WZ
Sept. 17 Warschau, PL - Proxima
Sept. 18 Bischofswerda, D - East Club
Sept. 19 Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Sept. 20 Gävle, SWE - Monster Club
Sept. 21 Göteborg, SWE - Musikens Hus

Oct. 23 Istanbul, Turkey - Yeni Melek Gosteri Merzerki

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More Marduk European Tour Dates Announced

Marduk left the following message on the official Marduk website:

The Deathmarch proceeds, European tour dates just been presented in the tour section. South american tour dates will be made official the nearest week. Discussions are going on regarding Marduk apperances in places such as Turkey, Greece, Russia and Japan. As soon as we get more news it will be presented here.

Tour dates announced so far: More...

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Marduk To Hit The Road In August

According to a posting at their website, "MARDUK will be back on the road touring at the end of august. According to the managment Europe will be hit first, followed by South America. The first tour dates will be posted soon." The band were forced to cancel their European tour earlier this year after drummer Emil Dragutinovic's arm was broken in a fight back in February. Marduk are touring in support of their latest album, Plague Angel which was recently as a limited edition digipak version (2500 copies) featuring the video clip for the track 'Steel Inferno'.

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Marduk Drummer "Healing Well"

According to a statement from MARDUK's managment, drummer Emil's (Dragutinovic ) arm is healing well. The band plans to be back touring torwards the end of the summer. More news will follow very soon. Currently Marduk is finishing up recording videos for the following songs: 'Throne Of Rats' and 'The Hangman Of Prague'.

As previously reported, Dragutinovic was "outnumbered in a fight on Saturday the 12th, which resulted in a broken arm." Consequently, all shows for February/March were canceled.

The band's recent album, Plague Angel is now out in North America and is available as a limited edition digipak version (2500 copies) featuring the video clip for the track 'Steel Inferno'.

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Marduk Singer Says He Left Due To 'Shit-Talking'

Former MARDUK singer Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted) recently spoke to Garry Sharpe-Young of Rockdetector.com about his departure from the Swedish black metal outfit and his new project REBELANGELS, which also features ex-MARDUK bassist B. War. Some excerpts from the interview follow:

Rockdetector.com: It seems strange to fans you left MARDUK when the band was achieving a lot of success. Why did you go?

Legion: "I decided for real that I wouldn't go on much longer in 2001. I really felt like we were not on the same page anymore and I felt stuck screaming vocal patterns instead of having an instrument to get better at.

"Me, Fred and B. War also felt really frustrated that with the success the band structure changed to everything being hush hush. We didn't get any sales statement or anything. If we asked about it we got a 'Well, urrm... I don't know you know the distributors take so long to get back errr... hmmm' and all of a sudden it was obviously not a team effort anymore.

"To add some spice to it I saw that Morgan [Håkansson, guitar] was cutting back on the mechanical royalty side too. I got statement from STIM (the Swedish composers agency) with my work being diminished from 33% to 25% of the songs that we did together. I mean, I totally think that Morgan should have something extra out of how hard this guy actually broke his back to keep the machine going, but when you left your crew starving and snap at them, 'Well, then get a fucking job,' and at the same time flashes money like a high-roller and not even share any info on how the sales are going and still expect everyone to work like it is a team effort, it's like wanting to eat the cake and still keep it, if you ask me.

"But the real reason why I got so pissed that I really wanted out was all the shit-talking though. Morgan dissed the crap out of me when B. War was with him and vise versa when we spent time, like we were not talking to each other."

Rockdetector.com: So what caused the final split? More...

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Marduk Drummer Suffers Broken Arm

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following statement regarding the incident over the weekend that resulted in Emil suffering a broken arm and unable to embark on MARDUK's previously announced European tour:

"On Saturday night [February] 12th, our drummer Emil and a close friend to the band was attacked by a group of five immigrants. Emil was trying to protect this friend of ours when a dude with a baseball bat suddenly attacked him. When trying to defend himself from the severe beating he broke his left arm. Emil's friend got seriously maltreated and is now hospitalised. Emil is now in plaster and he's unable to play the drums for some months. This means that the upcoming tour with MARDUK (Emil's other band) gets postponed and the recording of our new album gets delayed for a while too. This really sucks since we've had the new material ready for some time now and we where just waiting for Emil to be done with the tour."

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released in October 2003 through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL". The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with MARDUK, ABSU, SATHANAS, and IMMORTAL, among others.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2005

The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.

A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Metal Church And Endhammer Confirmed For W:O:A

Metal Church and Endhammer have been confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival on August 4-6 in Wacken.

A list of bands confirmed to appear so far:

Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corex
Potentia Animi

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Marduk Set U.S. Release Date For New Album

Candlelight Records have confirmed March 8th as the US release date for the new album from Sweden's Marduk. Titled Plague Angel, it is the band's ninth full-length studio album to see proper release in the U.S. It was recorded at Endarker Studios in Norrkoping, Sweden. Pre-recording line-up changes finds Plague Angel with new blood, (re)introducing bassist Magnus Devo Andersson (who produced the album) and vocalist Mortuus to the ranks.

Plague Angel is described as “a punishing and uncompromising effort that stands as another robust testimony from a classic and influential band. Marduk's dominating power and aggression cascades through each and every track as their proclaimed and vitriolic deathmarch rages on.”

Founder/guitarist Morgan Hakansson and drummer Fredrik Andersson round out the album’s personnel. A visual assault, in the form of the newly filmed video for album track ‘Throne Of Rats’, was directed by director Roger Johansson (The Haunted, In Flames, Hammerfall) and has already been described as "a morbid masterpiece."

Derailed on their last several attempts to tour the US, Marduk are determined to crack the borders to enthrall stateside fans later this year.

"Plague Angel" features the following tracklisting: More...

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Marduk To Do Headlining Gig In Stockholm

The Swedish black metal band Marduk will do a headline gig at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden together with Khold (N), Kaamos (S), Wykked Wytch (USA) and Endstille (D) on February 18, 2005.

The doors will open at 19.00, all ages. Tickets can be purchased at Soundpollution and Frizzle Records.

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Napalm Death Vocalist Sends Holiday Greetings

Birmingham’s Napalm Death wrapped up the 15-day European ‘X-Mass Festivals’ tour with Marduk, Finntroll, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Belphegor Sunday Dec. 19th. Vocalist Barney Greenway sends everyone from the tour and the band’s loyal fans this holiday message:

What a great way to finish the year in the company of some dear bands and people out in Europe on the X-mass Fests. Napalm now has some amusing new friends in the shape of the young-and-chunky Black Dahlia Murder, and the guys from Finntroll are such darlings, I would take them home to meet my parents...

I hope everyone has a good holiday. I'll be having a good one in the non-religious sense and just enjoying the fact that people-who-would-be-assholes at least attempt to not be assholes for at least, ooh, five days or so. I raise a glass to all you guys and gals who have supported Napalm during this special year, and hope that life gets better for those infinitely less fortunate than me. I hope that the forthcoming year exposes and takes to task those who suppress and take away human rights in the civil and bodily sense. Truly, fuck 'em.

Hopefully you guys will have heard a few select chunks about our forthcoming album "The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code" (street date: April 22). What more can I tell you? Well, it's a ripper - fast, progressive and a nice bit of art-noise. With Jello Biafra, Jamey Jasta and Jeff Carcass along for the ride, we hope it'll take your heads off - or at least get you thinking with them. Cheers.

The band will be performing two shows in England in January 2005, for information click here. Century Media released Napalm Death’s record label debut "Leaders Not Followers: Part 2" in Oct. 2004. They followed its release with an extensive North American tour supporting Cannibal Corpse. Look for the band’s new album "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" in stores April 22, 2005.

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Napalm Death Special Show Details

More details unfold about Napalm Death's special show to present their forthcoming album “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” live in Bochum:

UK’s grind-legend will be supported by labelmates Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon. Furthermore, Century Media’s new p&d partner Alveran Records added Belgium’s Do Or Die and Germany’s End Of Days to the billing. Presale for the tickets has already begun, so be sure you get your ticket for EUR 12,00!
Jan. 22 Bochum, D @ Matrix

For the UK, it will be Napalm Death's first live performance in a year and a half.
Jan. 24 London, UK @ Underworld
Booking: MAD Tourbooking

Both dates will see special shows by Napalm Death focussing on “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code” long before it’s release in April 2005.

After the release of their highly acclaimed covers album “Leaders Not Followers: Part 2,” Napalm Death are currently thrashing Europe’s stages on the X-Mass Festivals with Finntroll, Marduk, Vader, The Black Dahlia Murder and Belphegor: More...

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Marduk Guitarist Explains Lineup Changes

Marduk guitarist Morgan Håkansson recently spoke to the Chronicles of Chaos extreme music webzine about the group's new album, "Plague Angel", the band's recent lineup changes, and black metal as a whole, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Chronicles of Chaos: Leading into the recording of "Plague Angel", Marduk went through some lineup changes. First of all, you brought in Mortuus to replace Legion on vocals, and then you had your bassist, B. War, leave the band as well. What sort of effect did this have on the eventual outcome of the new record?

Morgan Håkansson: "Well, the effect was really positive, I think. First of all, we brought the vocalist in to replace Legion, and he brings a new dimension to the music, because he uses his voice as more of an instrument and a vehicle than most vocalists, and that helps us do more mad and more morbid stuff. He also shows more devotion and more passion for the lyrical concept than Legion did, so we work together better as a unit. He wrote two songs worth of lyrics for the new album, and then I wrote the rest and he rearranged them, which is really fine with me, you know?! It works well. And when it comes to our bass player, getting Devo [Andersson] back — he used to be our guitar player between '92 and '94."

Chronicles of Chaos: Legion's departure obviously left you guys in a bit of a quandary at first, and you ended up having to cancel some of your appearances on the Blackest of the Black tour. What's the story behind his decision to quit the band?

Morgan Håkansson: "It's the same thing for both him and B. War: people change. He was in the band for over eight and a half years and B. War was in the band for twelve, and they have family and kids and just couldn't be 100 percent loyal to the band and maintain the level of focus and dedication that the band requires. So they had to step down, because it doesn't work that way with this band. You have to be with us 100 percent, because it takes a lot of time and energy. There are no bad feelings between any of us or any shit like that — we're still friends, or whatever you want to call it. We talk once in a while, but we don't really hang out. But it was just a natural thing to happen to this band."

Read the full article at Chronicles of Chaos.

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