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Downlord

Formed: 2004
From: Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Downlord News

Below is our complete Downlord 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.

Downlord Vocalist Joins Strangler

Dave Ingram, current vocalist for DOWNLORD, and former growler for BENEDICTION and BOLT THROWER, has joined Danish zombie-shaggers STRANGLER, which was created by Mads Haarløv after the funeral of Haarløv's prior underground icons, INIQUITY.

Dave Ingram: "I have both the energy and the creativity to be in two bands, and - equally as important - the backing of the Downlord dudes, so why the fuck not?!! I once worked with Mads in a band called DESERT MOUTH (in '98) prior to my tenure in Bolt Thrower, and have always wanted to work with that sick fucker again. I got given the chance, so I took it. So now I guess I'm damned... but, then again.... I was from birth!!"

Strangler currently only have a MySpace page available, where their 4-track demo - featuring Haarløv on vocals - is available to download for a limited time only.

Ingram: "The plan is for me to re-record the vocals on that demo, and then we'll release it online - again for free - and see where it takes us. So for now... go grab that sick fucking recording before we abort it!!!!"

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Downlord Reveal New Drummer

Danish Death Metallers Downlord, featuring ex-members of Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Iniquity, Daemon and Sacrificial, have ended their search for a new drummer with Morten Siersbaek (Spectral Mortuary, Exmortem). Morten will play on the follow-up (Tentatively due for early summer) to "Random Dictionary of the Damned", Downlord's recent full-length debut album, and will accompany the band on-stage for their U.S. tour in July. Downlord's vocalist, Dave Ingram, said this: "Morten is an exceptional drummer! Awesome! We're real pleased to have him onboard with us!".

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Downlord Post Sound Clips Online

DOWNLORD, the Danish death metal band featuring ex-BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION vocalist Dave Ingram and former members of INIQUITY, DAEMON, and SUPERFICIAL, have released 30 second clips from each track of their debut album, Random Dictionary Of The Damned, due out January 30th.

You can listen to the sound clips online here.

For a limited time Open Grave Records will be giving away with preorders of the album, the limited edition “Grind Trials” MCD. Part of this added bonus will be that one lucky fan with receive number “666” of this limited edition CD. Number “666” is signed by the entire band.

Downlord will team up with NECRODEMON, CLOUDS TURNED BLACK and A DARK TOMORROW for a U.S. tour between March 6, 2007 and April 3, 2007 in support of the new album. Tour dates to be released soon.

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Downlord Release First U.S. Tour Date

The first date has been revealed for DOWNLORD's (featuring ex-members of Benediction, Bolt Thrower, and Iniquity) upcoming U.S. tour which is also expected to include NECRODEMON, CLOUDS TURNED BLACK, and A DARK TOMORROW:

March 7 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Open Grave Signs US Distro Deal w/ Oarfin

Open Grave Records has announced that they have inked an exclusive US distribution deal with OarFin Distribution. OarFin Distribution is a National Distributor that deals with national and independent music store chains as well as online retailers, as well as other distributors and key independent stores.

Owner of Open Grave Records, James Mattern is quoted saying, “Everyone at Open Grave Records is really pleased about this partnership with OarFin. With this deal in place we will be better able to get our products into the hands of the fans. This will also give every artist that is a part of Open Grave Records the opportunity to grow”.

The first releases that are being made available nationwide will:

Downlord – Random Dictionary of the Damned
Atrocity - Contaminated
Necrodemon – Ice Fields of Hyperion
End of Destiny – The Thoughtless Existence
The Everscathed – Razors of Unrest

These titled will hit stores on January 30th 2007.

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Downlord Post Rough Mix Of New Track Online

Downlord, the Denmark-based old-school coalition death metal band featuring Dave Ingram [formerly of Benediction/Bolt Thrower] on vocals, has released an ultra rough mix of the new track "Sleep Forever" from their forthcoming album Random Dictionary of the Damned due out later this year on Open Grave Records.

The song "Sleep Forever" can be downloaded here.

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Downlord Given Blessing By The Church of Satan

Downlord's Dave Ingram has secured permission from The Church Of Satan to use lyrical excerpts from "Hymn Of The Satanic Empire" in the new Downlord song "Wake Up & Smell The Species". The hymn was written by Anton Lavey in 1988" and was included on the “Satanic Mass” album.

The proposed track listing of Downlord’s debut album, “Random Dictionary of the Damned”, due out in late November is as follows (subject to change):

NAILING YOU IN
PSYCLOTRON
LOATHE. SCORN. DETEST.
FULL SCALE HATRED
XSV (Excessive) PAYBACK
HATE BRACE
OLD WORLD CHAOS
UNDERDRIVE
TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP DEAD
SMOKE & MIRRORS
GROIN OF GOD +++AMEN & OUT+++
RANDOM DAMNATION
FOR IT WAS WRITTEN
WAKE UP & SMELL THE SPECIES
SLEEP FOREVER

Rough-mix MP3 samples will be available soon via both the Open Grave Records and Downlord websites.

Downlord’s, “Grind Trials” EP was released this past Tuesday world wide via Open Grave Records. The EP is limited to 666 individually numbered copies, with over 100 signed copies randomly inserted. The EP is available only via Open Grave Records website for the appropriate price of $6.66 including shipping worldwide.

Downlord features ex-members of Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Iniquity.

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Downlord Give Video Studio Report

DOWNLORD, the Denmark-based death metal band featuring Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION, BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and Rasmus Schmidt on drums, has released a studio-report video on the work progressing with the recording of its full-length album, "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due late November 2006 on Open Grave Records.

Commented Dave Ingram: "In fact, the video has been available for a couple of weeks now. I just haven't had any bloody time to update the site, what with all the work we've been doing on the album! There's also the fact that we cracked open our archives and have set three older video reports online too. These being from the recording of our last demo, which we made in early 2006 with Reno Kiilerich on drums. And there's also some new pics available in the Photo Vault at www.downlord.dk.

"The album is coming along really fucking well! We're all pleased with the results so far, it's sounding killer. (But what ELSE would we say, right?) There's been a lot of hard work done, with plenty of blood, sweat and beers spilled along the way."

The album studio report video can be viewed at YouTube.com. The three archived videos featuring Reno can be viewed here. More...

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Downlord's "Grind Trials" EP, Additional Details

OPEN GRAVE RECORDS has released more details in regards to the limited edition DOWNLORD, "Grind Trials" EP to be released on August 15th, 2006. In addition to the previously announced limited edition release of 666 copies, each copy will be individually number with the first 100 pre-ordered copies being signed by each member of DOWNLORD. Additionally numbers 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 & 666 will be signed.

DOWNLORD consists of Dave Ingram (ex-BENEDICTION, BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-SACRIFICIAL, EXCESSIVE PAYBACK) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-EXCESSIVE PAYBACK, INIQUITY) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-INIQUITY, DAEMON) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, who recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark and Sweden, supporting BOLT THROWER.

The EP track listing is as follows:

01. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
02. Groin of God +++ Amen & Out +++
03. Hate Brace
04. Full Scale Hatred (previously unreleased)
05. Old World Chaos
06. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (previously unreleased)
07. Nailing You In

The "Grind Trials" EP is only available via the OPEN GRAVE RECORDS website.

DOWNLORD are continuing to work hard on their debut album tentatively titled "Random Dictionary of the Damned", due out late 2006 on OPEN GRAVE RECORDS.

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Downlord Plan To Release Demos As Limited Edition

Open Grave Records and Downlord have announced the planned release of Downlord's two demo sessions as a limited edition (666 Copies) EP to be released on August 15th 2006.

DOWNLORD consists of members: Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction & Bolt Thrower) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-Sacrificial & Excessive Payback) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-Excessive Payback & Iniquity) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-Iniquity, Daemon) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, whom recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark & Sweden, supporting Bolt Thrower.

The track listing will be:

1. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
2. Groin of God Amen & Out
3. Hate Brace
4. Full Scale Hatred (Previously Unreleased)
5. Old World Chaos
6. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (Previously Unreleased)
7. Nail You in

Downlord are continuing to work hard on their debut album tentatively titled "Random Dictionary Of The Damned", due out in late 2006 on Open Grave Records.

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Downlord Signs To Open Grave Records

DOWNLORD have announced their signing with OPEN GRAVE RECORDS.

Downlord: "We signed with a great new label, that gives us the opportunity to grow and expand to new territories throughout the world and deliver some real, old-school Death Metal to those worthy who hunger for the extreme. It's also a chance for DOWNLORD to give back to the scene that has given us SO much already!"

DOWNLORD consists of members: Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction & Bolt Thrower) on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (ex-Sacrificial & Excessive Payback) on guitar, Rene Falther (ex-Excessive Payback & Iniquity) on guitar, Thomas Fagerlind (ex-Iniquity, Daemon) on bass, and are utilizing the talents of original drummer Rasmus Schmidt, whom recently stepped in to play with the band during their first live shows in Denmark & Sweden, supporting Bolt Thrower.

The band have begun recording their debut album, tentatively titled "Random Dictionary Of The Damned" for release sometime in late 2006 on Open Grave Records.

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ex-Bolt Thrower Frontman On Departure, New Project

Denmark's Evilution Magazine recently conducted an interview with former BOLT THROWER/BENEDICTION and current DOWNLORD frontman Dave Ingram. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Evilution Magazine: Please give us your version of the split with BOLT THROWER as well as your career with the band. Do you agree with the official announcement from BOLT THROWER — and what lies behind the statement "due to long-standing health and personal problems?"

Dave Ingram: "Absolutely. Both myself and BOLT THROWER talked over what the press release should say, and we were all in agreement over it. To start, I'll say that I enjoyed every single moment of being a part of the BOLT THROWER war machine, and will carry those memories with pride through the rest of my life. My illness really began way back in 2000 when my sister committed suicide. I just never got over it. I suffered some severe depressions, and had to take medications and see psychiatrists because of it. It didn't get any better; in fact, it got a lot worse. I had a nervous and mental breakdown (it all got a bit 'Twelve Monkeys' for a time) at the beginning of 2004, and I needed to pick up the pieces of my life and start rebuilding. To do this would — and did — take time, and I told BOLT THROWER that I didn't want them to suffer unduly. It was a very hard decision to make, but my departure from the band was necessary for me to concentrate on regaining my mental health, and for BOLT THROWER not to have been put on hold. It just wouldn't have been fair to them had I remained. This is the first time I've spoken about my illness to people other than family/friends/doctors and this last couple of years, when I was experiencing all this turmoil, now seem somewhat removed and distant. Even though it wasn't quite so long ago."

Evilution Magazine: You are now back with DOWNLORD. Please start by introducing the band and give a few comments on how it all started — and perhaps a brief explanation of the idea behind the name DOWNLORD?

Dave Ingram: "There's me on vocals, Donovan Spenceley (guitar), Rene Falther (guitar), Thomas Fagerlind (bass) and Jesper Frost (drums). It originally started back in late 2004. Rene was working with our previous drummer and bass player, and he contacted me to see if I'd be interested in jamming with them and possibly joining. I took along my longtime buddy Donovan and we all felt that we could produce something concrete, so we agreed to work together. Originally, the band was called FULL SCALE HATRED but we just weren't too happy with that. Mainly because we're tired of the overt negativity prevailing through metal lyrics. Of course, that kind of thing perfectly suits death metal, but we just didn't feel 100% comfortable with that name, especially in the climate of the world today. We spent a long time figuring out a name, with a lot of different ideas. One evening we sat down and wrote out a huge list, while getting drunk, and discussed them all. A few days later (once we'd recovered) I looked back over the list, and the almost illegible handwriting due to the copious amounts of alcohol we'd consumed and saw 'DOWNLORD' on there. I think we'd tried to write DOWNLOAD but we were just SO wasted that night, so you can say the name was fueled by booze. But back to that 'negativity' thing... I'm not disrespecting death metal for that; it's just that in my experience through the last eight years of life, I've found that something positive can always come out of something negative."

Evilution Magazine: Do you expect to start negotiating with various labels soon, and when can we expect an official full-length release from DOWNLORD?

Dave Ingram: "We'd love to release! I mean, which band wouldn't? We've all had a large amount of studio experience in the past, so we know our time recording a full-length release will be enjoyable, painless and professionally productive. That's always a good start when you know something more of the processes involved. We believe that the website, once operational, will help get us around and known a lot more on the scene, too. When we've done the next demo disc, and we're satisfied with it, then we'll be using that to shop around. Another idea was to finance a recording ourselves, then have it available online — with downloadable CD art — so we do it all ourselves, for a lot less. Something else I learned from my recent past is that by cutting out the middle-man, a band can lose a lot of the trouble involved, and then give back to the scene that supports them."

On a side note, two tracks from DOWNLORD's demo, "Nailing You In" and "Groin Of God - Amen & Out," are available for download at the group's official web site.

Read the full article at EvilutionMagazine.com.

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