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Below is our complete Gallhammer 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.

Metalhit Offering New Free Compilation

Digital download store Metalhit.com has launched its second monthly compilation to be available for free download worldwide. Owner, Mike Riddick, comments:

“What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks from metal bands spanning a variety of genres. Metalheads want to be ‘in the know’ on the latest titles, and what better way to do this than to offer up legal downloads of the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!”

Metalhit’s second compilation includes 11 downloadable tracks from Acephalix, Autopsy, Inevitable End, Indestructible Noise Command, Vreid, Amorphis, Tyr, Gamma Ray, Bleeding Fist, Flame and Gallhammer. The compilation can be downloaded at this location. A new set of unreleased free songs will be be made available in mid-June.

Visitors to Metalhit’s site may also enter to win a free copy of Autopsy's latest CD, “Macabre Eternal,” courtesy of Peaceville Records.

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Gallhammer Streaming New Song

Japanese doom duo Gallhammer has posted a stream of the track “Aberration” from the group’s forthcoming studio album "The End" on BrooklynVegan.com. Head over to this location to access the stream for a sneak peek at the May 31st release. "The End," Gallhammer’s third album, will hit stores next month courtesy of Peaceville Records. The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below.

1. The End
2. Rubbish CG202
3. Aberration
4. Sober
5. Entropy G35
6. Wander
7. 108=7/T-NA

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A "The End" mini-site containing an album teaser, desktop background, free song download, and more can be accessed online here.

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Gallhammer Posts "The End" Teaser

Japanese doom duo Gallhammer has launched a mini-site in anticipation of its forthcoming album, "The End." The mini-site contains an album teaser, desktop background, free song download, and more, which can be accessed at this location.

"The End" will hit stores on May 31st through Peaceville Records. The track listing and cover artwork can be found below.

1. The End
2. Rubbish CG202
3. Aberration
4. Sober
5. Entropy G35
6. Wander
7. 108=7/T-NA

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Gallhammer Posts New Album Artwork

Japanese doom duo Gallhammer has revealed the cover art for its forthcoming third studio album, "The End." The artwork, which can be viewed below, comes courtesy of Kim Solve, whom also produced the art for Gallhammer’s previous effort, "Ill Innocence." "The End" will hit stores on May 31st on Peaceville Records, pushed back from the previously announced end of April release.

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The track listing is as follows:

1. The End
2. Rubbish CG202
3. Aberration
4. Sober
5. Entropy G35
6. Wander
7. 108=7/T-NA

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Gallhammer Finishes Recording New Album

Japan’s Gallhammer has completed work on its third studio album, titled "The End," to be released April 25th on Peaceville Records. Founding member Vivian Slaughter (bass/vocals) describes the overall album direction as "strange and psychedelic experimental sounds of doom."

"The End" was recorded at Void)))Lab, Tokyo, in October 2010, and mastered in Oslo in February 2011 by Vivian and Maniac (Skitliv, ex-Mayhem). The track listing is as follows:

1. The End
2. Rubbish CG202
3. Aberration
4. Sober
5. Entropy G35
6. Wander
7. 108=7/T-NA

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Gallhammer Working On New Album

Tokyo's Gallhammer is currently working on new material for the follow-up to 2007's "Ill Innocence," and will enter the studio in October to record what Vivian Slaughter (bass/vocals) describes as an album of "strange & psychedelic experimental sounds of doom."

It has also been announced that guitarist and vocalist Mika Penetrator has left Gallhammer to concentrate on her other band, while Vivian Slaughter (vocals and bass) and Risa Reaper (drums) will still continue on as a duo.

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Gallhammer To Reissue "Gloomy Lights"

GALLHAMMER will be releasing a special edition digibook release of "Gloomy Lights" plus a bonus CD in February. The special edition includes two rare bonus tracks and new liner notes, plus a mail-order exclusive six-track bonus CD. You can pre-order the CD here.

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Nova Express Changes Name To Sehnsucht

NOVA EXPRESS, the recently announced noise/darkwave/ambient project set up by SKITLIV front man Maniac (ex-MAYHEM), has undergone a name change. The band, comprising Maniac himself on vocals and guitars, GALLHAMMER's Vivian Slaughter on bass, sax and backing vocals, and SKITLIV guitarist Ingvar on guitars, will now be called SEHNSUCHT.

Commenting on the name change, Maniac's manager said "As the song writing progressed, the name NOVA EXPRESS didn't quite seem to fit the atmosphere Maniac and Ingvar were creating, so really it was a case of finding one that better suited what everyone in the band were setting out to ultimately achieve. The word SEHNSUCHT seemed much more appropriate and we decided to go ahead and make the change now, rather than wait until we get further down the road, when a name change would become more complicated."

The band is already signed to the UK's Cold Spring label and work on SEHNSUCHT's first album, which has a working title of "Narrow Birth", is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

Maniac will also shortly be completing work on the first SKITLIV album "Glem Aldri Korset." Aside from Ingvar, the doom/black/noise project includes SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth on guitars and sculptor Spacebrain on bass. The difference between the two bands was recently described by Maniac's manager: "Where SKITLIV is very much Maniac's unpredictable offspring, the band is all about extremes and expecting the unexpected, SEHNSUCHT, on the other hand, is its more thoughtful, introspective, sibling."

A track by SEHNSUCHT can be heard on the band's official MySpace page. "Immaculate Fix," which includes eerie backing vocals by CURRENT 93's David Tibet, is un-mixed and un-mastered and is still missing Vivian Slaughter's input.

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Gallhammer To Release New DVD

March 3 sees the anticipated vinyl release of "Ill Innocence", the latest album by Japan's queens of blackened punk, GALLHAMMER. The LP will come as a double-vinyl gatefold release to a strictly limited edition. Order now from www.peaceville.com, or alternatively the LPs will be available from the band IF you are planning to come to their gigs in the UK and Norway.

Although GALLHAMMER had been known primarily as a black metal/punk act, the album is impressively diverse, showing their implementation of many influences and moods from both metal and non-metal genres. The themes are based around isolation, oppression, a world without colour, with Vivian describing the imagery like "Delirium - as being in a midday nightmare under the scorching sunshine"; all wrapped in a poetic disparity. "Ill Innocence" also features recordings of the tracks "Speed of Blood" and "At the Onset of the Age of Despair" as previewed in demo form on "The Dawn of…" The CD release of the album was met with great critical acclaim, particularly in the UK, with the band even given the honour of coverstars in Zero Tolerance, Terrorizer and Organ magazines.

GALLHAMMER will embark on a tour of the UK in March to coincide with the LP release, ending with a trip to Norway to appear at the prestigious Inferno festival, where the band headlines the Garage stage.

March 12 - London - Water Rats, Kings Cross - UK
March 13 - Leeds Rios - UK
March 14 - Cardiff - Barfly - UK
March 15 - Birmingham - Barfly - UK
March 16 - Liverpool - Barfly - UK
March 17 - York - Fibbers - UK
March 18 - Glasgow - Barfly - UK
March 19 - Oslo - Inferno Festival - Garage - Norway

Look out for GALLHAMMER's forthcoming DVD release in the form of "Ruin of a Church", capturing the band live and in scintillating form at Colchester Arts Centre, a stunning venue on the site of a deconsecrated church, on their 2007 European tour. The DVD includes additional footage from the tour, plus promo videos, gallery, and an intriguing video interview with the band. The audio mix and production has been executed by Justin Broadrick (NAPALM DEATH, GODFLESH, JESU).

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Gallhammer Announce New UK tour

Following on from their highly successful 2007 venture to European shows, Tokyo's Gallhammer will embark on a string of UK dates in March 2008.

12 March - London - TBC - UK
13 March - Leeds Rios - UK
14 March - Cardiff - Barfly - UK
15 March - Birmingham - Barfly - UK
16 March - Liverpool - Barfly - UK
17 March - York - Fibbers - UK
18 March - Glasgow - Barfly - UK

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Gallhammer Video Interview Online

Japanese all-female extreme metal band Gallhammer were intereviewed by Rene Ackermann on Contraband Candy. You can watch the nearly 10-minute interview on YouTube or below. More...

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New Gallhammer Video Online Plus Tour Updates

The Japanese femme fatales Gallhammer are ready to embark on a European tour and have posted a video for the track 'WORLD TO BE ASHES' from 'ILL INNOCENCE'. Check it out now from the band's minisite, www.peaceville.com/gallhammer/illinnocence, or click on the link below.

The tour kicks off in London:

Sep. 23 – UK - London / Barfly (with Unearthly Trance & Ramesses)
Sep. 24 – UK - Bristol , Cooler (with Indesinence)
Sep. 25 – UK - Colchester Arts Centre (with Indesinence)
Sep. 26 - Finland - Nightlife Rock, Helsinki (with Denial of God & Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult)
Sep. 27 - Finland - Henrys Pub, Kuopio (with Denial of God & Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult)
Sep. 28 - Finland - YO-Talo, Tampere (with Denial of God & Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult)
Sep. 29 - Finland - S-Osis, Turku (with Denial of God & Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult)
Sep. 30 – Norway - Oslo , Maiden (with Skitliv)
Oct. 1 – Denmark - Arhus, Spanien (with Skitliv)
Oct. 2 – Denmark - Copenhagen / Loppen (with Skitliv)
Oct. 3 – Germany - Berlin / K17 (with Skitliv)
Oct. 4 - Belgium - Antwerp / Scheld Apen (with Skitliv)
Oct. 5 - The Netherlands - Rotterdam / Baroeg (with Skitliv) More...

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Maniac's Skitliv To Join Gallhammer On Tour

Artists SKITLIV, the band headed by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, is set to join Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER, for a short, 4-date tour in the autumn. Already confirmed is a gig in Denmark on the 2nd October, when the bands will play Loppen in Copenhagen.

The doom black metal band was formed by Maniac in 2006 following a sabbatical from the music business which enabled the frequently controversial front man to take stock of which direction he wanted to head musically. Aside from Maniac on vocals and guitars, the band includes Ingvar on guitars, Peter on bass and Canadian drummer Trish. Un-mastered tracks from the band can be heard on the official SKITLIV MySpace page.

As previously reported, Maniac is also involved in TEAM ARMSTRONG, a side project loosely formed of various musicians from the Oslo scene who come together to play whatever kind of music they feel like playing, regardless of whether it is a genre they would normally be associated with. The band is due to play at Oslo’s legendary Elm Street Rock Café on May 1 and a rehearsal track has been uploaded onto TEAM ARMSTRONG’s MySpace page. Maniac has also just finished recording guitars and vocals for a track on the forthcoming album from Swedish band DEADWOOD.

Whilst this mini tour is likely to be the first opportunity many will have to see Maniac on stage again since 2004, it is also part of the much-anticipated first European tour by GALLHAMMER whose “The Dawn Of…” CD/DVD was recently released on Peaceville.

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Gallhammer Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Crust/black metalheads Gallhammer are putting the finishing touches on their debut Peaceville album, which is due later this year. The band also has European shows in the works for the back end of 2007.

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Japanese Girl Band Gallhammer Sign w/ Peaceville

Peaceville Records has announced the signing of GALLHAMMER. Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, this three-girl combo is anything but what you’ve come to expect from the polite and serene land of the rising sun (or daughter in this case).

Peaceville are currently compiling GALLHAMMER's first major European release which will be a retrospective look over their material from previous underground releases, coupled with a DVD of an awesome performance in Tokyo "which has to be seen to be believed," according to a press release. "We apologize in advance for any fright caused when watching this crustcore combo in action. It would be lost in translation to try to explain, but they achieve some kind of trance-like state fed on horrendously loud feedback which Jonas Renkse of KATATONIA described as 'scary'."

GALLHAMMER will enter an as yet undetermined Tokyo studio in the spring to record the first full album for Peaceville and a host of producers are being vetted for the mix.

Musically inspired by long forgotten U.K. crust bands AXEGRINDER and AMEBIX, but with a heavy dose of modern slime a la AUTOPSY and DARKTHRONE and a nod to CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER, this outfit are a breath of stale air in a fresh market.

GALLHAMMER is:

Mika Penetrator - Vocals/Guitar
Risa Reaper - Drums/Vocals
Vivian Slaughter - Vocals/Bass

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