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Formed: 1995
From: Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Virgin Black News

Below is our complete Virgin Black 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.

Eyefear Confirmed For Screamfest 2009

Eyefear has issued the following announcement about confirming their appearance at Australia's Screamfest:

"Greetings. We are proud to announce that Eyefear have been confirmed to take part in one of the biggest metal events ever to take place in Australia Screamfest 09. This promises to be a huge event. Hope to see you all their !!! Horns Up !!!"

The two day festival is set to take place on December 31st and January 1st in Sydney. Other confirmed bands for the Screamfest include: Cynic, Dark Funeral, Destroyer 666, Destruction, Edguy, Ensiferum, Rotting Christ, Sonata Arctica, Black Majesty, Virgin Black, and Vanishing Point.

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Amorphis Performs at El Corazon in Seattle, WA

On the night of October 10th, Finnish mythology came to life at El Corazon in Seattle, WA when Amorphis dropped in town. Along with these Finns came Switzerland’s Samael and Virgin Black from down under. Also on the bill were two local Seattle bands, Black Breath and Asema. Black Breath opened the show with some extended groove-metal hardcore and metalcore screaming, pumping energy into the crowd and prepping them for the rest of the other bands. More...

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Virgin Black Announces New US Tour Dates

Australia's death-doom ensemble, Virgin Black, will be hitting the road this weekend for a 20 date North American tour with Amorphis and Samael. Band leader Rowan London offers the following update:

"After a barrage of attention and gift giving from a fine conglomerate of people in Mexico, we're now in New York with our friends at The End Records readying ourselves for what will no doubt be an exhausting but enthralling tour. I assure those coming out to the shows that we'll leave it all on the stage, with every ounce of our being going into our twisted little piece of art." More...

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Leaves' Eyes Cancel Upcoming North American Tour

German gothic metallers, Leaves' Eyes, issue the following explanation for the canceling of their North American tour:

"We are terribly sorry to tell you that our record label (Napalm Records) has decided to cancel our upcoming North American tour. This is due to the fact that the release of our first DVD has been postponed. We really regret this. Moreover, we've tried everything possible to save the tour, however, we now have to face the fact that we cannot change the situation. We wish AMORPHIS, SAMAEL and VIRGIN BLACK all the best for the tour, and we hope to be back in the States and Canada in 2009."

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Virgin Black Adding Mexico Tour Dates

Australia's VIRGIN BLACK, who are are returning to the United States and Canada this fall to tour with with Finland's AMORPHIS and Switzerland's SAMAEL, are also returning to Mexico for some tour dates as well.

About returning to Mexico, singer/keyboardist Rowan London comments, "Following the amazing response from our previous visit and the almost desperate requests for a return, we proudly announce that Mexico will be included in Virgin Black's 2008 forays in the flesh; meaning, we will be appearing live in Mexico in September. This enhances greatly an already highly anticipated tour of the U.S. and Canada alongside Amorphis and Samael. Bless thy bleeding ears."

The band recently released the album 'Requiem - Fortissimo' (on THE END), the second instalment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.

The latest Virgin Black tour dates are as follows: More...

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Leaves' Eyes Announces New Concerts and US Tour

LEAVES' EYES has announced a new show in Holland. Furthermore, the band will headline this year's Wacken Open Air Party Stage with their special "Viking Ship" show, with the whole stage being transferred into a giant Viking ship. Finally, the band also embarks on a full US tour this fall.

Meanwhile, the band is busy to put final touches on the upcoming "En Saga I Belgia" double live DVD, which captures their headlining gig at Metal Female Voices V Festival.

Here are the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates: More...

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Virgin Black Ready To Tour The U.S. Again

Australia’s VIRGIN BLACK are returning to North America this fall with AMORPHIS. The tour begins September 27th, 2008 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Also on the bill are LEAVES’ EYES and SAMAEL.

About the tour, guitarist Samantha Escarbe comments, "With Fortissimo unleashed, we become ever more focussed and ready to live and breath every moment of this tour. Virgin Black, circa 2008, equals unbridled passion."

The band just released the album "Requiem - Fortissimo" on THE END Records, the second installment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride albums.

The tour latest tour dates are as follows: More...

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Samael Comments On Tour With Amorphis

SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release. As previously hinted at, the band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

The complete tour schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul," was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A video clip from the “Solar Soul” track “Slavocracy” can be viewed on YouTube or below. More...

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Amorphis Plan North American Tour

AMORPHIS appear to be planning a North American tour later this year with LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, and VIRGIN BLACK. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 29 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Virgin Black Reveal New Album Details

The End Records has set a release date of February 19th, 2008 for VIRGIN BLACK’s ‘Requiem - Fortissimo,’ the much-anticipated follow-up to 2007’s ‘Requiem - Mezzo Forte.’

The album’s cover art was created by esteemed fashion photographer Andrew Dunbar who’s work will be seen throughout the series

Says singer/keyboardist Rowan London about ‘Requiem - Fortissimo,’ “I should feel a sense of dread offering up something so atypical for us to be interrogated and scrutinized. But the fearlessness that we inhabited while writing Fortissimo and the Requiem series survives to see its unveiling. An album not so much about death as the absence of life; it’s damn heavy but its countenance is far more brutal than its sound could ever be. Long live the ‘death choir.’” More...

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To/Die/For Announce More US Tour Dates

Finnish goth rockers TO/DIE/FOR have updated their North American tour schedule.

Dates for the trek now include:

(with SHATTER MESSIAH, VIRGIN BLACK)
June
27 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
28 - Raleigh, NC at Volume 11
29 - Atlanta, GA at Sidelines
30 - New Orleans, LA at The Bar

July
2 - Austin, TX at Room 710
3 - San Antonio, TX at Bond 007
5 - Arlington, TX at Dreamworld
7 - San Diego, CA at Dream Street Live
8 - Hollywood, CA at The Knitting Factory
9 - San Francisco, CA at DNA Lounge
10 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
11 - Salt Lake City, UT at Club Vegas
12 - Colorado Springs, CO at Union Station (6pm)

(with Shatter Messiah, Virgin Black, EPICUREAN)
July
14 - Maplewood, MN at The Rock
15 - Cudahy, WI at Vnuks

(with Shatter Messiah, Epicurean)
July
17 - Madison, WI at The Annex
18 - Chicago, IL at The Pearl Room
19 - South Bend, IN at The Anchor INN
20 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
22 - Toronto, ON at The Reverb
23 - London, ON at Club Pandemic
24 - Quebec at Velvet
25 - Portland, ME at the Asylum
27 - Brooklyn, NY at Club Atlantis
28 - New London, CT at El N Gee (NEC Uprising Fest)

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Virgin Black Announce North American Tour Dates

Australia's symphonic/gothic/classical act VIRGIN BLACK has announced some of the tour dates for its upcoming North American tour in support of the recently released album "Requiem - Mezzo Forte" (on The End Records). The band will tour with labelmates UNEXPECT in early June, play a few shows in Mexico and then return to the United States to tour with Finland's TO/DIE/FOR. confirmed dates are as follows:

With UNEXPECT:

Jun. 17 - Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
Jun. 18 - The Note - Chicago, IL
Jun. 19 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Jun. 20 - Funhouse - Toronto, ON
Jun. 21 - Sapphire Club - Montreal, QC

VIRGIN BLACK only:

Jun. 22 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, Mexico
Jun. 23 - Circo Volador - Distrito Federal, Mexico


With TO/DIE/FOR, SHATTER MESSIAH, EPICUREAN:

Jun. 27 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Jun. 28 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Jun. 29 - Breakers Muisc Hall - Atlanta, GA
Jul. 03 - Bonds 007 - San Antonio, TX
Jul. 04 - Redrum - Austin, TX
Jul. 07 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Jul. 08 - The Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
Jul. 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN

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Virgin Black To Tour North America In June/July

Australia's symphonic/gothic/classical act VIRGIN BLACK will tour North America in June and July this year.

Commented VIRGIN BLACK singer/songwriter Rowan London, "It's been four years since our minor but magnificent U.S. tour with AGALLOCH and ANTIMATTER and it seems it's long overdue for VIRGIN BLACK to return. This time we shall not be so stingy with dates and will visit the US, Canada and Mexico. Beginning with shows in Canada and the U.S. Northeast in mid-June, we'll then play three shows in Mexico before the band joins up with Finland's TO/DIE/FOR on June 26th and subsequently visit many a locale."

Confirmed dates/venues will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Virgin Black To Support Arcturus In Australia

After an almost three year absence, Virgin Black will begin an international touring schedule at home in Australia as guests on the highly anticipated and exclusive Arcturus tour in late March. The dates will coincide with the release of "Requiem - mezzo forte", the centre piece of the band's 3-album requiem mass.

Tues. 27th March - H.Q. Adelaide, S.A.
Thur. 29th March - Club Phoenix, Brisbane, QLD
Sat. 31st March - The Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC

Virgin Black will proudly utilise the talents of Mark Kelson (The Eternal) as session guitarist alongside Samantha Escarbe.

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Virgin Black To Release 3 Albums In 2006

Australia's Virgin Black will be releasing three albums simultaneously. Each CD is a separate entity, but each is also linked through recurring musical themes and artistic motifs. When fully unfurled in all its grandeur, listeners will experience a grandiloquent two-and-a-half hour requiem mass with three stages of evolution.

The three album descriptions:

"Requiem - pianissimo" is an entirely classical album with instrumentation performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and featuring spectacular choral arrangements along with tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano solo voices. "Requiem - pianissimo" forsakes guitars and drums in favour of the melancholic tragedy and bombastic dynamics of classical composition.

"Requiem - mezzo forte" is where the band joins the orchestra and strikes a balance more reminiscent of previous Virgin Black outings, albeit, with greater epic breadth.

"Requiem - fortissimo" unleashes a sound infinitely heavier than anything in Virgin Black's history. While still retaining an air of classical sensibility, it concludes the series with an intense dose of death/doom.

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Virgin Black Working On New Material

Australia's dark-metal-hybrid act Virgin Black are hard at work on new material which will serve as the follow-up to the well-received 2003 offering, "Elegant...and dying". Here is the latest news update from ‘down under’:

“Virgin Black are set to amaze us yet again with the promise of an extraordinary next release. The largest piece of the puzzle to be unearthed thus far is the revelation that they have just finished recording with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, featuring principal violinist Michael Milton and conducted by the A.S.O.'s Bruce Stewart. The sessions were recorded in the lush environment of Adelaide's Grainger Studios with composers Samantha Escarbe and Rowan London said to be overwhelmed by the experience of having ‘notes that were paper-bound, leaping off the page.’ Word is that it should see the light of ! day early next year.”

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Virgin Black Issues Recording Update

Virgin Black's lead guitarist, Samantha Escarbe, has issued the following update:

I realise there has been a period of silence. For those of you who have lovingly complained, thank you for the promptings as we have been living a schedule which assures that time slips past all too easily.

We are still deeply entrenched in the whole process of recording. Due to the complexity of the next release, it does not embody the standard formula (ie. write all the material, record all the material, mix etc). The requirements are different, hence the process has been very different and indeed very challenging. I can tell you that it will involve more musicians than any previous recording and that it is a piece which deeply rouses my emotions. For those of you who yearn to overindulge, I promise a delectable banquet.

Admittedly it is taking longer than originally anticipated, but we're doing our best to keep as close to the schedule as possible.

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Virgin Black Working On New Album

Virgin Black guitarist Samantha Escarbe has issued the following message:

Hello everyone, I'm amazed how rapidly this year has advanced, particularly as it equates to a new recording. It's been a gruelling year; the writing process has been very demanding. I know Rowan and I have faced our greatest challenge as writers. A week from now we will be entering the studio to begin the first part of the recording process. I look forward to sharing more with you as time goes by.

Keep us in your thoughts. The next album is partly dedicated to Narelle Carr. Murdered at the tender age of 26. 11/01/04 R.I.P. Love to you all.

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