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Dawn of Azazel

Formed: 1997
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Last Known Status: Active

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Dawn Of Azazel Releasing New Album

Long-running, New Zealand-based progressive death metal band Dawn Of Azazel will release a fourth full-length next month on April 28th. Titled "The Tides Of Damocles," the ten track slab of sonic violence is the trio's first output in six years following 2009's "Relentless" long-player.

"The Tides Of Damocles" was recorded, mixed, and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, "The Tides Of Damocles" thrusts forth forty-eight minutes of harrowing, surgically precise death metal mastery.

Comments the band of this latest work: "We're excited as fuck to resurface with this record. It has an anger and a dynamism that reflects the reasons we've been silent for a several years, and our aggression moving forward in spite of these obstacles. We couldn't be more proud of this record as our contribution of something ferocious and unique to the death metal genre." More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Neurotic Deathfest

New York death metallers Immolation are the latest band to be confirmed for the Neurotic Deathfest 2010. The festival will take place on April 30th - May 1st, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland. For more information on the festival visit this location. The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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Dawn of Azazel Announces New Shows in New Zealand

New Zealand metal band Dawn of Azazel has announced the following shows in New Zealand:

Oct 5 - Logan Campbell Center, Auckland With Slayer And Megadeth
Oct 30 - Transmission Room, Auckland With Suffocation, Winds of Plague, Human, Saving Grace, Akaname, Vixen Execution, Bloodletting, The Dauntless, Our Fallen, Anabyss, and Septicide
Jan 20 - The Studio, Auckland With Chimaira and Tainted More...

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Dawn Of Azazel Signs To Unique Leader Records

New Zealand's Dawn of Azazel has signed a record deal with Unique Leader Records. The band's new album "Relentless" is currently set for an October 13th release date.

Unique Leader Records issued the following statement about the album release:

”Relentless will be a release that will stand the tests of time. So many unforgettable hooks and memorable song writing along with some of the most original and powerful vocals used in extreme metal today, period!!” More...

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Dawn Of Azazel Streaming Two New Songs Online

New Zealand metallers Dawn of Azazel have issued the following update about streaming two new tracks on their MySpace page:

"We've been uncharacteristically quiet for the last few months. We have been carefully assembling getting all the necessary pieces together for album 3. However this is now behind us and we therefore want to present 2 new tracks from our forthcoming album "I Relentless" and "The Flames of Failure".

"The album is now completed and we are negotiating its release at present. More info on that soon. In the meantime we are super hyped to be hitting the road again with our good mates from Krisiun in a week throughout New Zealand and Australia. We will be playing several new songs on this tour so come check it out. See you there!"

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Australian Support For Morbid Angel Announced

Promoter Soundworks touring has announced the support bands to take part on Morbid Angel’s Australia/NZ tour - their first in 13 years - in May/June. Here are the supporting bands announced:

Sat May 30th - Transmission Room, Auckland w/ Dawn Of Azazel and Vassafor
Mon June 1st - Billboards Nightclub, Melbourne w/ The Ocularis Infernum and Aphotic Dawn
Wed June 3rd - Capitol, Perth w/ Malignant Monster and Nails Of Imposition
Fri June 5th - The Metro, Sydney w/ Daemon Foetal Harvest and Infinitum
Mon June 8th - The Hifi, Brisbane w/ Vomitor and Empyrean

Tickets are fast running out, however some still remain at the following vendors:

Auckland - www.ticketek.co.nz, www.undertheradar.co.nz, Real Groovy
Melbourne - www.ticketek.com.au, www.moshtix.com, www.billboard.webtickets.com.au
Perth - www.moshtix.com, 78 Records, Mills Records
Sydney - www.ticketek.com.au, www.themetrotheatre.com.au
Brisbane - www.oztix.com, www.hifi.com.au/brisbane

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Krisiun Adds Hobart Date To Australian Tour

Brazilian death metal band Krisiun has added Hobart to their Australian tour, set to take place later this month.
Here are the latest tour dates for their Australian and New Zealand tour:

Apr 15th: Rosies, BRISBANE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Defamer, Violent Green
Apr 16th: Brannigan’s Tavern, GOLD COAST - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Meatgrinder
Apr 17th: Manning Bar, SYDNEY (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn, Killrazor, Anno Domini
Apr 18th: Ding Dong Lounge, MELBOURNE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn
Apr 21st: The Brisbane Hotel, HOBART - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Separatist, Zero Dregrees Freedom
Apr 22nd: Live on Light Square, ADELAIDE (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tzun Tzu, Closed Casket
Apr 24th: Al’s Bar, CHRISTCHURCH w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tainted, Zerstiren, Flesh Gates
Apr 25th: Transmission Room, AUCKLAND (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Metal Tower, Carnal, Anabyss

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Krisiun Announces Australian Tour Details

Krisiun will be touring Australia and New Zealand for the first time next month, in support of their seventh studio album "Southern Storm." Support will come from Dawn of Azazel and others.

Here are the latest Krisiun Australian and New Zealand tour dates:

Apr 15th: Rosies, BRISBANE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Defamer, Violent Green
Apr 16th: Brannigan’s Tavern, GOLD COAST - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Meatgrinder
Apr 17th: Manning Bar, SYDNEY (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn, Killrazor, Anno Domini
Apr 18th: Ding Dong Lounge, MELBOURNE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn
Apr 22nd: Live on Light Square, ADELAIDE (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tzun Tzu, Closed Casket
Apr 24th: Al’s Bar, CHRISTCHURCH w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tainted, Zerstiren, Flesh Gates
Apr 25th: Transmission Room, AUCKLAND (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Metal Tower, Carnal, Anabyss

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Dawn Of Azazel Issues Recording Update

New Zealand metallers Dawn Of Azazel has posted the following message online:

"In Mid September 2008 Dawn of Azazel will enter Mana studios in Tampa, Florida to begin work on album three. We have been extremely busy working on this project for the last few months and are expecting some amazing results before the end of the year. More info to come soon."

The band has also confirmed a headlining European tour with the following dates confirmed: More...

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Dawn of Azazel Post Three New Demo Tracks Online

New Zealand-based extreme metallers DAWN OF AZAZEL have uploaded three new demo tracks on their MySpace page.

Commented frontman Rigel Walshe: "These three new tracks are demo versions of three new tracks that will be appearing on the forthcoming album — 'Fornication Revelation', 'The Art of Seduction' and 'Liquor and Lust'. We have been rehearsing intensely since [drummer] Jeremy [Suckling, ex-SCORIA] joined the fold and we feel these new tracks represent the strongest material, musically and lyrically and ideologically that we have produced since our inception. We are currently shopping around for a deal and will be returning to the studio early in the second half of the year to record the next album. Expect great things!!"

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Metalstock Festival Timetable Announced

Sydney's annual Metalstock festival hits Manning Bar this weekend. Tickets to the festival can be purchased for a single day, or as a two-day pass. The timetable for this huge two-day event is as follows:

Saturday March 22nd:
Daysend (NSW): 11:20pm-12:00am
Alchemist (VIC):10:20pm-11:00pm
The Furor (WA): 9:20pm-10:00pm
Terrorust (VIC): 8:20pm-9:00pm
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC): 7:20pm-8:00pm
Ebolie (NSW): 6:30pm-7:00pm
Mytile Vey Lorth (ACT): 5:40pm-6:10pm
Black Asylum (NSW): 4:50pm-5:20pm
Grotesque (WA): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Norse (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

Sunday March 23rd:
Kataklysm (CANADA): 9:00pm-10:00pm
Psycroptic (TAS): 7:50pm-8:30pm
Dawn of Azazel (NZ): 6:50pm-7:30pm
Pathogen (WA): 5:50pm-6:30pm
Ulcerate (NZ): 4:50pm-5:30pm
The Dead (QLD): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

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Dawn Of Azazel Part Ways With Drummer

New Zealand's DAWN OF AZAZEL have checked in with the following update:

"It is with no small amount of sadness that after three years playing together that we and Martin (Cavanagh) have come to a mutual agreement that it is best for us to part ways at this stage of our carrier. Together have had so many killer times on the road and on the piss, however we all felt that it was best for us to separate at this point. We would like to wish Martin all the best what ever the future holds, brutal hails mate!

Accordingly, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome to the fold Jeremy Suckling, formerly of Wellington's SCORIA. We have been jamming together for just under a month now and things are progressing exceptionally well, trust us you will not be disappointed! Our first performance will be on March 8th in Auckland, and we will be announcing several further dates very shortly, which shall be followed very closely by a taste of our next album. More will be announced very shortly!"

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More Metalstock Fest Acts Announced

Metalstock, Australia’s only two day metal festival, is scheduled for the Easter weekend in March 2008, and has announced the second group of confirmed metal acts for this hugely anticipated event. The Festival will take place in Manning Bar, University of Sydney, on Saturday March 22nd (doors 3.00pm – 12.00am) and Sunday March 23rd (doors 3.00pm – 10.00pm). The full list of acts playing at Metalstock is as follows:

Kataklysm (Canada)
Dawn Of Azazel (NZ)
Psycroptic (Tas)
Fuck...I'm Dead (VIC)
Ulcerate (NZ)
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC)
Ebolie (NSW)
Kill For Satan (ACT)
Norse (NSW)
Double Dragon (SA)
Grotesque (WA)
Pathogen (WA)
Daysend (NSW)
The Furor (WA)
Terrorust (VIC)

As well as three more acts, Metalstock will soon be announcing all metal stalls, giveaways, sponsors and extra entertainment. Tickets for Metalstock are now on sale from Moshtix outlets, Moshtix, or phone 1300 438 849. The prices for the Festival are as follows:

Over 18’s two day pass - $60
Under 18’s two day pass - $60
Over 18’s Saturday only - $35
Under 18’s Saturday only - $35
Over 18’s Sunday only - $45
Under 18’s Sunday only - $45

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Dawn Of Azazel Frontman Speaks On Disgorge Bassist

Frontman Rigel Walshe of the New Zealand-based death/grind outfit DAWN OF AZAZEL has released the following statement on the passing of DISGORGE bassist Ben Marlin:

"I was truly saddened to hear the news of Ben Marlin's passing earlier today. We had the pleasure of touring through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia together with DISGORGE for three weeks back in March 06.

"From the moment I hopped in the van with Ben at Auckland Airport for the first show of our tour together, I was struck by his laid back, easy-going nature, humility and sly sense of humor, no matter what dramas would cross his path. The admiration stuck with me throughout the tour and beyond. I was even more impressed by the guy when I heard that all this was in spite of having endured some major personal dramas just before heading out on tour.

"I spoke with Ed from DISGORGE earlier today and he relayed to me that Ben passed away in peace and amongst friends and family. He introduced them to the DISGORGE Myspace page, and at the moment while they come to terms with his passing, they are finding some consolation in how respected and loved he and his music was, from the kind words and condolences of friends and fans.

"If you've ever been graced with Ben's company or enjoyed the music he made I encourage you to take a few moments to do the same.

"From all in DAWN OF AZAZEL, R.I.P., brother, you will be missed!"

Ben Marlin passed away on January 2, 2008 after nearly a year and a half of battling cancer.

DISGORGE released its fourth album, "Paralells of Infinite Torture", in May 2005 via Crash Music Inc. The band had previously released two albums through the Unique Leader label (1999's "She Lay Gutted" and 2001's "Consume the Forsaken") and a collection of demos through Extremities Productions (1999's "Cranial Impalement").

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Dawn Of Azazel Writing New Material

New Zealand's most notable metal export DAWN OF AZAZEL played its first show last month since returning from a successful European tour in June. The band supported rock legends MOTÖRHEAD at their first New Zealand show on Friday, October 19 at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth, Taranaki.

Commented frontman Rigel Walshe: "We'd like to thank all the fans that were up the front for our support for MOTÖRHEAD. It was amazing to be part of such a big show and support a band that is not only a legend of metal but one of my personal favourites. So many fans, so many beers, defintely a show and afterparty we will remember for years to come! Our next move is two headlining shows in Wellington on the 16+17th of November, and then touring in support of BEHEMOTH on their New Zealand/Australia tour in December. We had a killer time playing with them at the Hellraiser fest in Leipzig [Germany] earlier this year and we can't fuckin wait to do it again! Additionally, we entered the studio last week to record a few promo tracks for our next album. We should hopefully have a sample online for you in the next few weeks."

DAWN OF AZAZEL's latest album, "Sedition", was re-released in September 2006 with a video bonus track and distributed through RED/Megaforce Records/MIC via Ibex Moon Records.

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Dawn Of Azazel To Support Motorhead In New Zealand

New Zealand's most notable metal export DAWN OF AZAZEL has announced its first show since returning from a successful European tour in June. The band will support rock legends MOTÖRHEAD at their only New Zealand show in October.

Commented frontman Rigel Walshe: "Well, things have been uncharacteristically quiet in the DAWN OF AZAZEL camp lately. Since returning from a killer tour of Europe with IMMOLATION, KRISIUN, GRAVE and LENG TCH'E we have been hard at work on material for our next album. Progress has been great and we are fully confident this will represent the next stage of evolution in the sound of stronger, tighter and more focused DAWN OF AZAZEL. We anticipate this should be completed by the end of the year.

"In the meantime we are honoured to announce that we will be supporting yet another metal legend that we count amongst our influences, none other than the mighty MOTÖRHEAD on their only New Zealand show on October the 19th at New Plymouth's TSB Stadium. Shortly after this we shall be announcing our third Australian tour for 'Sedition' in support of one of extreme metal's strongest names."

DAWN OF AZAZEL's latest album, "Sedition", was re-released in September 2006 with a video bonus track and distributed through RED/Megaforce Records/MIC via Ibex Moon Records.

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Dawn of Azazel To Tour Europe w/ Grave, Krisiun

New Zealand's most notable death metal export, Dawn of Azazel, will return to Europe this spring for a 38-show tour with Grave, Krisiun, and Immolation.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our return to Europe with some of the greatest in the genre," said frontman Rigel Walshe. "We would like to thank Massive Music and Ibex Moon Records for the chance go from strength to strength and again have the honour of hitting the road with acts that have been tremendously influential on our sound and musical identity."

No strangers to the road, Dawn of Azazel has most recently trekked throughout Australia and New Zealand with American death metal legends Deicide. Prior to that, the group toured America with Vital Remains, Incantation, and Sin of Angels on the Decades of Death tour. In March of 2005, Dawn of Azazel played 13 dates in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesian, and Thailand. The final show of the upcoming tour will mark the 99th in support of the band's latest album, "Sedition," which was re-released in the United States in September with a video bonus track via Ibex Moon Records.

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Dawn Of Azazel Announce More Shows

New Zealand death metal band Dawn of Azazel has issued an update following the band’s Australian and New Zealand tour with Deicide:

“Presently we are recuperating, nursing our livers and catching up on sleep after returning from our Australian/New Zealand tour with Deicide. This has definitely been the most enjoyable and sickest tour we have been a part of. We played to over 3,600 people over the six shows, the crowd reaction was exceptional, and it was amazing exposure for us across the Tasman. We would like to send out 666 brutal hails and thanks to Soundworks touring for hooking us up, as well as out tour mates in Furor, Ulcerate, and, most importantly, Terrorust for all their help with musical matters and the consumption of alcohol. Last but not least we would like to thank Glen, Ralph, Steve, and Jack for being cool cunts to drink with on this tour. We hope to party with you guys again soon!”

Another major international tour in support of their latest release, “Sedition,” will be announced soon.

Live dates are as follow:

01/20/07 Sat. Valve, Wellington
01/27/07 Sat. Kings Arms, Auckland
02/03/07 Sat. Jet Set Lounge, Christchurch
02/17/07 Sat. The Studio, Auckland (with Suffocation)

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Dawn Of Azazel To Support Deicide In Aus/NZ

Death metal band Dawn Of Azazel, hailing from New Zealand, are confirmed as direct support for Deicide on their Australian/New Zealand tour in support of their latest album, "The Stench Of Redemption". Dawn Of Azazel's frontman, Rigel Walshe, had this to say:

"We are extremely honoured to be Supporting Deicide on this tour. Deicide is one of our strongest influences and one of the key bands that drew us all to the extreme end of metal when we were teenagers, so to be supporting them on this tour definitely is a tremendous accomplishment in our eyes and gives a sense of things coming full circle to be playing to their fans throughout Australasia."
Tour dates are as follows:

11/17/06 - Kings Arms, Auckland
11/19/06 - Upsett Records, Hamilton (All Ages)
12/11/06 - Heat Nightclub, Perth
12/12/06 - HQ Nightclub, Adelaide
12/13/06 - The Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne
12/14/06 - The Gaelic Club, Sydney
12/15/06 - The Studio, Auckland (All Ages)
12/16/06 - The Civic, Christchurch (All Ages)

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Dawn Of Azael Comments On U.S. Tour

New Zealand-based death/grind outfit DAWN OF AZAZEL, who recently completed the Decades of Death 2006 U.S. tour alongside VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION, and SIN OF ANGELS, has issued the following update:

"Our first shows in the U.S. were defintely amoungst the best we have ever played. We were defintely humbled by the response from the crowds on this tour. Despite what we had been told to expect, the crowds in the U.S. have been killer and very apprecative! A special thanks goes out to everyone who came out and supported us and and to everyone who put us up at their place or let us sleep on their floor on this tour - much appreciated! Brutal hails to VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION, and SIN OF ANGELS for being such killer tour partners and John Mcentee and Taylor Touring for the opportunity! We can't wait to get back as soon as we are able!

"We are currently taking a short break but we have a one-off headline show on the 22nd of July at Hysteria in Auckland and are currently working out the details for our second Australian tour for 'Sedition' later this year. The second pressing of 'Sedition' will be released in September and will feature a bonus video for the track 'The Road to Babalon' and with recieve full distribution in the U.S. and Canada through RED."

DAWN OF AZAZEL's second studio effort, "Sedition", was released in March via Ibex Moon Records. The CD contains nine tracks of the band's "most brutal and vicious material to date," according to a press release.

DAWN OF AZAZEL created a stir late last year after a New Zealand newspaper published an expose on frontman Rigel Walshe's occupation as a police officer and the band's lyrical content.

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