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Dark Age

Formed: 1994
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Dark Age News

Below is our complete Dark Age 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.

Headline News

Gamma Ray's Studio Destroyed In Hamburg Fire

Hammer Studios, the home studio for Gamma Ray founder Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween) and guitarist Dirk Schlächter along with Dark Age guitarist/vocalist Eike Freese and others, has been destroyed in a fire at the warehouse building which houses it in Hamburg, Germany.

None of the band members were injured, as Gamma Ray is currently on tour in South America. The fire started in a warehouse that houses refrigeration equipment and car parts.

A statement posted on Gamma Ray's Facebook Page reads:

"Quick and as well very sad info after the [studio] seems to have been destroyed by a huge fire today (18th Nov. 2013):

"Kai: 'Hi everybody, thanks for your concern, we are ok, already on Tour in South America, the Studio is probably gone, we'll know more whenever the Firemen have everything under control. Here's the ironic part: we're at the Waterfront of a lake and the upcoming Deep Purple Live recordings have just been mixed at our place. Remember Smoke On The Water...'"

According to the German news source Bild.de (see article here), firefighters arrived too late to save the building, due to staff shortages. It was determined earlier in the year that the closest Fireboat would concentrate on a neighboring pier. The fireboat arrived about two hours after the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There was no word on whether the fire will delay the release of Gamma Ray's new LP "Empire Of The Undead," which was targeted for an early 2014 release. More...

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Dark Age Releases "Afterlife" Music Video

Dark Age released a music video for the new track "Afterlife." The song appears on the upcoming new album "A Matter of Trust," the band's first album since 2009 ("Acedia"). The album is set to drop on September 6, 2013 via AFM Records. The single is available as a digitial download along with three edited versions of the track on August 16th over at this location. Pre-orders for the album can be made over here.

The video was directed, produced and edited by Christoph Mangler. Check it out:

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Dark Age Posts Part Seven Of In Studio Videos

German melodic death metal act Dark Age posted the seventh installment in a series of in studio videos for the upcoming new album "A Matter of Trust." The band's first album since 2009 ("Acedia") is scheduled for release on September 6, 2013 via AFM Records. The first six episodes can be viewed over at this location.

In this video, the cover artwork is discussed. Check it out here:

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Dark Age Posts In Studio Footage For New LP

German melodic death metal act Dark Age posted a series of in studio videos for the recordings of the band's seventh release "A Matter of Trust," which is scheduled for release on September 6, 2013 via AFM Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Acedia." The band features Ex-Stormwarrior drummer André Schumann and Ex-Holy Moses guitarist Jörn Schubert.

The first six episodes (from newest to oldest) can be seen here:

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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Dark Age Posts 3rd Making of "Acedia" Video

German melodic death outfit Dark Age has posted their third 'making of' video that was taken while they were recoding their last full length "Acedia" (reviewed here). You can find the second 'making of' video here.

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Dark Age Posts Making Of "ACEDIA" Video Online

German metal band Dark Age has posted the second making of video for their latest album "ACEDIA." The album was released in November 2009 via AFM Records. Watch the video below:

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Dark Age to Include Fan Clips in Upcoming Video

Modern metal outfit Dark Age has come up with a new way to create a music video. Via their MySpace page, they have asked their fans to submit video clips of "yourself going crazy" to the song "10 Steps to Nausea," off their most recent full length "Acedia." Once Dark Age has compiled the clips they will construct a full music video out of them. The full post is below:

"Hi friends,

We are launching a very special video contest and we need your help!!!

The idea:
We are planning to do a videoclip for the song "10 Steps to Nausea" from our current album ACEDIA.
Different from the normal (and usually boring) performance clips you see every day we want our fans to be a part of the clip.
- How? -
Just switch on your webcam (or a digi cam) and film yourself going crazy to "10 Steps to Nausea". Use your imagination, YOU can do a crazy performance clip alone or with your friends or even go outdoors and film something crazy. Whatever comes to your mind is welcome.

After filming the stuff please inform us at nausea@dark-age.de with a short discription of your video.
We will get back to you with further instructions.
Please DO NOT send anything without notification!

After receiving your filmed material we want to compile all the stuff and hope to present you a very unique clip including YOU!

So, tell it to your friends, switch on your cam and let the madness beginn!!!
We are really looking foreward to your ideas!

DARK AGE"

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Dark Age Announces New Album US Release Date

Originally known as Dyer's Eve, German melodic death metallers DARK AGE will release their sixth full-length on January 29th. Entitled "Acedia," the record marks their first recording for their new label, AFM Records. "Acedia" was produced by vocalist/guitarist Eike Freese at Eikey Studios with artwork by Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media/Dark Tranquillity).

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Teaser Trailer Posted For Chaulnes Metal Festival

The organizers of the Chaulnes Metal Festival have posted a teaser trailer online for the event, which can be viewed below. The festival will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2010.

The currently confirmed bands for the festival are as follows: Hatesphere, Illdisposed, Loudblast, Benighted, Dark age, Mistaken Element, Black Sun Aeon, Otargos, Furia, Om Mani, Kristendom, Kim's Over Silence, Ares, and Supertanker.

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Dark Age Signs To AFM Records

German metal band, Dark Age, has issued the following comments regarding their recent signing to AFM Records:

"Finally here come some fresh news from your very own favourite band! We just inked a worldwide record deal with the Hamburg/Germany-based label AFM Records!

"We are really looking foreward to work hand in hand with this renowned label! The release of our sixth studio album is planned for autumn 2009 and the recordings will begin this friday, May 8th." More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Up From The Ground Fest

Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Misery Index are the latest confirmations for the Up From The Ground festival, set to be held August 26-27 in Gemünden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Antichrist
Dark Age
Defleshed
Ektomorf
End of Green
Ensiferum
Fearer
Hatesphere
Heaven Shall Burn
Hypocrisy
Koldbrann
Misery Index
Mnemic
My Darkest Hate
Napalm Death
Path of Golconda
Primordial
Unleashed

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Ektomorf Confirmed For Up From The Ground Festival

The 2005 edition of the Up From The Ground festival is scheduled for August 26th - 27th in Gemunden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The latest acts confirmed for the festival are ANTICHRIST, END OF GREEN, EKTOMORF, DARK AGE and DEFLESHED.

Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include: EKTOMORF, DEFLESHED, ANTICHRIST, END OF GREEN, DARK AGE, HATESPHERE, ENSIFERUM, MY DARKEST HATE, PATH OF GOLCONDA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and NAPALM DEATH. More acts will be announced soon.

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