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Formed: 1985
From: Ludwigsburg, Germany
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More Details On Atrocity's "Okkult" Treasure Hunt

Further details on the global "treasure hunt" surrounding Atrocity's upcoming "Okkult" album trilogy was issued by vocalist Alex Krull in an official statement. The treasure hunt begins when one track from each of the three releases will be hidden within three continents, starting with Europe in 2013 with the release of the first "Okkult" LP. In the statement, Krull also announced that the band wished to release the first in the series on December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar and alleged date of the apocalypse, however the date wasn't possible. Instead the band plans to release an advance of the album on that date as the soundtrack for the apocalypse.

The entire statement reads as follows:

"Here is a brand new statement by Alex Krull for the upcoming ATROCITY album trilogy 'OKKULT'! The German death metal pioneers remember not only their musical roots, but also present a specific approach to the dismal album trilogy:

"With 'OKKULT' we want to start a very special album trilogy. We have begun to work on the 'OKKULT' trilogy a long time ago. Most recently with the 'Die Gottlosen Jahre (The Godless Years)' DVD, a splendid film documentary was released commemorating our longer than 25 year career, which even now is to run at film festivals. Reason enough now to usher in a new era of ATROCITY! Musically, no prisoners will be taken, the 'OKKULT' series is also brutal, bombastic and dark. These will not only be the heaviest and most brutal albums of ATROCITY since years, but also the darkest works of our band's history. Lovers of our harder material like 'Hallucinations', 'Todessehnsucht', 'Blut' or 'Atlantis' will surely be delighted with the 'OKKULT' series at their expense, although the 'OKKULT' songs have their own trademarks, of course.

"The orchestral parts will be recorded in September by the Lingua Mortis Orchestra under the direction of Victor Smolski (Rage) in Minsk / Belarus.

"In keeping with the dark atmosphere of 'OKKULT' we got the Canadian Sound Designer Katie Halliday on board. She worked for movies like 'Saw V', 'Saw VI', 'Saw 3D (VII)', 'The Devil's Carnival' and 'Todd and the Book of Pure Evil', and already could reap some awards for her work.

"The lyrical concept is anything but one-dimensional. For 'OKKULT', we have no desire to go only in a certain direction. So the whole thing will be broadly based: From occult magic, occult places to conspiracy theories and mysteries that are still unsolved.

"For our fans, we've come up with something very special: There will be no conventional bonus tracks on the 'OKKULT' albums! In return, all fans can actively engage in a kind of treasure hunt. For the respective 'OKKULT albums, we will hide one song on an 'occult site', which is the 'missing track' to each album. For the first 'OKKULT' record that certain place will be in Europe. For the following albums the places will be on other continents, perhaps in America and Asia. l will be the only one that knows these locations. All original recording tracks and mixes of these songs will be destroyed by our own hands, that also means we as a band will also not be able to listen to these songs until they are found. They are in the truest sense of the word: Unique. If someone finds these songs, and wants to keep them for himself, then we will have have no way to listen to these songs ever again in their original form. Internally we have already had some serious discussions on what song is supposed to be hidden for the first 'OKKULT' (laughs). We will ennoble this 'treasure', to something like 'The Golden iPod', we will spare no expense or effort. More info on how it will look exactly and how you can participate in the treasure hunt, will be announced a later date. More...

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Atrocity To Start "Okkult" Trilogy Treasure Hunt

In what appears to be the real life version of the "golden ticket" from Willie Wonka fame, German gothic death band Atrocity has told Metal Hammer Germany that the plan for the upcoming "Okkult" trilogy is to take one track off of each of the three upcoming releases, destroy all master tapes, and hide the tracks over three continents - Europe, America and Asia - in a "song treasure hunt," starting with the first release in 2013. The "missing tracks" will neither be maintained by the band nor the record label and will never be played again until they are found. Fans are encouraged to find the tracks.

As for "Okkult," Atrocity's plan is to take the sound back to the band's roots with orchestra parts performed by the Lingua Mortis Orchestra under the direction of Victor Smolski (Rage) and recorded in Minsk.

Atrocity frontman Alex Krull was quoted in the article (translation by Google) as saying:

"With 'Okkult' we want to start a very special album trilogy. We have begun to work a long time ago about it. Most recently with the "Die Gottlosen Jahre" DVD, a complex film strip appeared on our more than 25 year career, which even now is to run at film festivals. Reason enough now usher in a new era of Atrocity! Musically, no prisoners will be taken, the "Okkult" series is also violent, bombastic and bleak. This is not only the toughest and most brutal albums ATROCITY be for years, but also the darkest works of our band's history. Lovers of our hard stuff like "Hallucinations", "Death Wish", "Blood" or "Atlantis" are in the "Okkult" series fully come into their own, although the "Okkult" course material has its own unique touch."

Read the full article at this location.

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Leaves' Eyes Announces Chinese Shows

Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity will be heading to China and Taiwan this July for a series of live shows. A teaser trailer for the run has been posted online and can be viewed below. Liv Kristine commented:

"Thank you so much Nike for inviting us, giving us this great opportunity to share unforgettable memories with our fans and friends in the Asian Metal scene!" Needless to say, we are very excited to explore new territories and meet our fans in China and Taiwan for the very first time!"

Alex Krull added, "We are very happy that we finally make it over to China and Taiwan to play for our fans! A long dream came true! We wanted to come over and play in China and Taiwan for a long time and I'm pretty sure this will be very special for everybody, fans and musicians! See you at the shows!"

Here are the dates:

13.07. CN - Beijng, Star Live House
14.07. CN - Shang Hai, Mao Live House
15.07. TW - Taipei, KHS Hall More...

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Atrocity Posts "Clash Of The Titans" DVD Clip

German gothic death metal band Atrocity posted a clip from the band's forthcoming DVD "Die Gottlosen Jahre." The clip features a live performance of the song "Clash of the Titans," which originally appeared on the band's 2004 release "Atlantis." The performance was captured from the band's 25th Anniversary show at Wacken 2010. "Die Gottlosen Jahre" is due out on March 30, 2012 through Napalm Records.

The DVD will include the entire Wacken performance, the band's retrospective and a substantial collection of the band's video clips, including some of their greatest hits ("Taste of Sin", "Love Is Dead", and "Cold Black Days"), which were completely remastered.

Check out "Clash of the Titans" here: More...

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Atrocity Posts "Great Commandment" DVD Clip

German gothic death metal band Atrocity posted a clip from the band's forthcoming DVD "Die Gottlosen Jahre." The clip features a live performance of the band's cover of Camouflage's "Great Commandment," which also appeared on the band's 1997 release "Werk 80." The performance was captured from the band's 25th Anniversary show at Wacken 2010. "Die Gottlosen Jahre" is due out on March 30, 2012 through Napalm Records.

The DVD will include the entire Wacken performance, the band's retrospective and a substantial collection of the band's video clips, including some of their greatest hits ("Taste of Sin", "Love Is Dead", and "Cold Black Days"), which were completely remastered.

Check out "Great Commandment" here:

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Atrocity Posts DVD Preview Trailer

German gothic death metal band Atrocity posted a trailer for the new DVD "Die Gottlosen Jahre," the band's retrospective, which is due out on March 30, 2012 through Napalm Records. The DVD is hightlighted by the 25th anniversary concert performed at Wacken Open Air in 2010 It is followed by the documentary "No Sleep 'Til Wacken", which chronicles the preparations leading up to the show.

The DVD also includes a substantial collection of the band's video clips, including some of their greatest hits ("Taste of Sin", "Love Is Dead", and "Cold Black Days"), which were completely remastered.

Check out the trailer here:

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Alex Krull Issues Details Of Next Atrocity Album

A new interview with mainman Alex Krull, through the latest Napalm Records catalog, revealed some information on the next Atrocity album. The following is an excerpt on Krull's plans for an album trilogy entitled "Okkult":

Q: What does the future hold in store for ATROCITY?

Alex: It wouldn't be ATROCITY, if we hadn’t already composed new material (laughs). Seriously, we no longer have to prove ourselves anymore, but my own drive always brings with it new challenges. That’s the way we will go on.

Q: Are there any concrete plans? A new album perhaps?

Alex: We are working on a album trilogy entitled "Okkult". It will be very dark, epic, and furious. Not just the concept, the music will also be like that. Perhaps it may be best compared with our "Blut" or "Atlantis" albums. I don’t want to give away any more details now, except that we hope to release it in 2012. It will be the perfect soundtrack for the coming apocalypse (laughs).

The "Werk 80" releases were quite successful. Any room for a sequel?

Alex: At the moment there are no plans, but never say ever. Right now we are busy working on "Okkult" and promoting "Die Gottlosen Jahre" DVD. But you never know… One insane idea is all it will take to point Atrocity in a brand-new and exciting direction (laughs).
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Atrocity Announces New Drummer

German gothic death metal band Atrocity announced that Joris Nijenhuis (Dr. Doom) has joined the band after the departure of Roland Navrati for personal reasons. The band posted the following announcement about Nijenhuis on its official Facebook page:

Please welcome our new drummer Joris Nijenhuis!

We are very proud to announce that Joris has joined ATROCITY!
Not only is he a great guy; he also totally blew us away during his audition.
He is the perfect match for the new ATROCITY material!

Unfortunately, Roland Navratil had to leave for private reasons, we wish him all the best for the future!

Nijenhuis had the following comments:

I’m really excited to announce that I’m the new drummer for ATROCITY. After quiting DrDoom it wasn’t easy to find a new band, but then Jb told me that Atrocity was looking for a new drummer. So I recorded an audition video of "Reich of Phenomena" and was asked to come to the studio a few weeks later to meet everyone. I’m really looking forward to play on the upcoming album and play a lot of shows, see you on the road!
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Heilig's Blechle Festival Changes Venues

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about the upcoming Heilig's Blechle 2011 festival changing venues:

"Because of developments concerning the festival location, the organization had to move the festival. Heilig's Blechle will now take place at the Arena Ludwigsburg!

"Also the festival has some awesome updates: 5 extra bands added to the bill, 2 full day festival, Aftershow Party at the RockFabrik in Ludwigsburg (with all bands). The stage will be double the size! Same ticket price! All previous sold tickets will stay valid for both days!"

Additional details on the festival are available here, and the bill is shaping up as follows:

Atrocity
Leaves' Eyes
Midnattsol
Disbelief
Elis
Undertow
Morphosys
Necroid
Watch Me Bleed
Satanic Syndrome
Legio Mortis
Unbound

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Leaves' Eyes To Play Heilig's Blechle Open Air

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Heilig's Blechle Open Air festival:

"The South Rocks! This is the motto of the Heilig's Blechle Open Air which will start its' first round. The event provides a mixture of metal, rock and gothic music. The location, an airfield near Stuttgart, offers an easy access and camping on the site.

"On Friday there will be a warm-up show in Renningen with acts like Watch Me Bleed. On Saturday there will be: Morphosys (Death Metal), Necroid (Death Metal), St'. Zion (Alternative/ Metal), Breschdleng (Hardcore), Loaders (Metal), Leaves Eyes (Symphonic Gothic Metal), Undertow (Dark /Metal /Thrash) and Atrocity (Death / Gothic Metal) as the headliner."

Additional information on the festival is available at this location. You can also check out Leaves' Eyes recently uploaded teaser trailer for the "To France" music video here.

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More Bands Announced For Durbuy Rock Festival

Both Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Durbuy Rock festival in Belgium. The festival is set to take place from April 13th - 14th, 2011 in Bomal, Belgium.

Other confirmed acts include Epica, Rotten Sound, and Aborted. Additional details on the festival can be found at the event's website at this location. Tickets are also available here.

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Ecliptica Begins Recording New Album

Austrian metal band Ecliptica has recently entered Wild One Music Studios and issued the following studio update:

"On Thursday 14th October, we have entered the Wild One Music Studios. Roland Navratil is already recording and oooooh Hell, it’s going to kick ass big time!"

"Roland Navratil (Atrocity, Leaves’ Eyes, Dignity) is recording the drums. We are very happy, because Roland has worked with us for months during all Preproductions and made all the magic happen on the drums. It was a really hard work, Roland was not in Vienna all the time and we had to communicate, program, discuss and coordinate a lot, but in the end it was worth every second. The Drum tracks sound killer and we are glad we could do everything with Roland. This guy is a machine in the studio!"

Roland Navratil comments, “I know Eclipticas music for quite a while now. And as they asked me earlier this year if I could help them out in the studio for their new CD I didn't hesitate. Due to other live and studio work it took some while to find the time to record the CD. But now there are only 3 songs left and they will be done tomorrow. All I can say is that it will be a great CD. I am looking forward to hear it. And you should stay tuned to check it out !!!” More...

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Atrocity Reveals New Album Details

Atrocity has released details of the upcoming album. The album, entitled "After the Storm," will feature frontman Alex Krull's sister, Yasmin, and will be released on the following dates:

September 1, 2010 Spain
September 4 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Sweden
September 6 Europe, rest of world
September 14 USA, Canada

Alex Krull comments: "Fans and musicians of the band have been waiting much too long for the continuation of 'Calling the Rain.' Now time has finally come and we just can't wait to let our fans hear and enjoy the new songs. We are incredibly happy with the result. The songs contain great rhythms, the music is sounding very special and organic, moreover, the energetic vocals together with the mythological based lyrics convey a magic atmosphere. Well, once more it's time to take blinkers off! Just listen, and it will take you away!" More...

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Leaves' Eyes To Play Kaliakra Rock Festival

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following update about appearing at the 2010 edition of the Kaliakra Rock festival in Bulgaria:

"Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity will perform for the first time in Bulgaria! Both bands are playing at the Kaliakra Rock Fest in Kavarna, Bulgaria, where also bands like Tarja, Accept, Kreator, Doro, Sodom, Annihilator, Voivod, Korpiklaani, Epica, and Primal Fear are confirmed. This is the date: 23.07.2010 - Kaliakra Rock Fest 2010 / Kavarna, Bulgaria."

You can find more information at the festival at this location.

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Atrocity Issues Studio Update

ATROCITY guitarist Thorsten Bauer comments on the recordings at Mastersound Studio of the new album featuring Yasmin, "Recording this album was an adventure and a lot of fun at the same time. To create a kind of "Ethno Metal" sound, I used some pretty exotic lute and sitar tunings on the accoustic guitar in combination with the wellknown heavy guitar power ATROCITY usually stands for. These two different streams of guitar styles and sounds melt together in a pretty exciting way on the new album. In addition to that, 12 string guitars and flamenco fingerpicked guitars give this new ATROCITY record a handmade, unique and unheard sound and thrilling atmosphere. I am very satisfied with the outcome of this album and I think it will be one of the most creative and colourful albums of our career so far."

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Leaves' Eyes/Atrocity Guitarist Quits

Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity guitarist Mathias Röderer has left both bands for family reasons. Atrocity comments: "Matze has been a part of ATROCITY from the beginning and did music with the band for more than 20 years. Both bands wish him the best for his future!"

Sander van der Meer of Dutch death metal band Cypher will take up the place on second guitar for both Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity.

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Seven More Bands Announced For Wacken 2010

The organisers of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival has announced seven more bands for next years edition of the event. Young British thrash metal outfit Evile will be performing at the festival for the first time with new bass player Joel Graham along with Atrocity, Kataklysm, Tyr, Orphaned Land, Nightmare and Die Kassierer. The festival takes place in the town of Wacken, Germany between August 5th and 7th.

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Leaves' Eyes Gearing Up For Tour Dates

Leaves' Eyes will be embarking on the "Beauty and the Beast" tour in November alongside Atrocity, Elis, Stream of Passion, and Sirenia. Leaves' Eyes issued the following statement about the tour:

"The preparations for the Beauty and the Beast Tour are in full swing and we all are looking forward to finally start the tour. It will be very exciting for us to perform the vehemence and energy of the new songs from 'Njord' for the very first time. These songs are fun to play and demand full concentration and power from the whole band. Some songs are real beasts according to the title for this tour, haha. Of course there will be well known songs in the set list such as 'Farewell Proud Men' but we also want to focus on the 'Njord' songs. Our premiere for the new show will be in a few days, on the 31.11.2009 in Triora/Italy! ELIS are old friends of us and together with SIRENIA and STREAM OF PASSION, people can expect an opulent spectacle with this tour package. Let the games begin!"

Atrocity also commented on the upcoming tour: "We are all looking forward to this tour, which is a great opportunity to see us performing a pure WERK 80 show. Of course there's dancers and we will be playing songs from both WERK 80 albums! It's a real pity that Alla cannot be with us and we all wish her the best to recover as soon as possible! We also gonna meet many friends on this very interesting, international Festival package! How often do you have the opportunity to watch LEAVES' EYES, ATROCITY, SIRENIA, ELIS and STREAM OF PASSION live on stage in one single night? So don't miss this BEAUTY & THE BEAST festival, see you on tour hopefully soon!"

The currently confirmed dates for the tour are as follows: More...

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Update On Kiske/Somerville Collaboration

Producer Mat Sinner checked in from the recording sessions of the highly anticipated album featuring vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville (Avantasia). "We finished the songwriting for 12 original new songs – no covers .... and a week ago, we’ve started the final recordings! Everything looks cool and the song material is amazing!"

Most of the songs are written by Mat Sinner together with Magnus Karlsson (co-producer & guitarist). More songwriting contributions come from former "After Forever" guitarist Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville (Arise, A Thousand Suns, Set Afire) and two outstanding symphonic songs written by Mat Sinner with keyboard maestro Jimmy Kresic (End Of The Road, Devil In Her Heart). Some more song titles can be revealed for the moment: "Silence, Don't Walk Away," "Rain," "Nothing Left To Say," "If I Had A Wish," "One Night Burning" and "Second Chance."

"We’re recording in two studios at the moment" says Mat. "Magnus is recording guitars at his own Stuntguitar Studios in Sweden and I’m working at the Audiospezialist Studio in Germany with drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity, RMC Band) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoo Circle). After the Primal Fear European Tour, we will start with the vocal and choir recordings and I’m really looking forward to be a part of this progress. This album is a big challenge and it sounds already like something really special for me, in a time when we face a so many releases every month. Sander Gommans will join the team and will add some lead guitars and we’re talking to two more prominent musicians for a guest appearance."

Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Edguy) was chosen to mix and master the album at Indiscreet Studios for a spring release on Frontiers Records.

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Leaves' Eyes Announces Russian Show With Atrocity

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about a Russian tour date with Atrocity in February:

"On Feb 20th 2010, LEAVES’ EYES and ATROCITY once again will show up in Moscow! The bands are looking forward to meet all the Russian Fans and celebrating a great Live Party!"

The details are as follows:

20.02.2010 RU – Moscow, XO Club

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