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The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
Jon Oliva's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Texas In July
Winds Of Plague
Guitarist Jeff Loomis has been in the studio the last few months working on his sophomore solo album, to be released later this year. Since entering the studio, Loomis has revealed a number of notable guests that will be appearing on the release and now, Loomis announces the newest special guest: Ihsahn, formerly of Norwegian black metal band Emperor and current solo artist. Jeff commented:
"I know most of you are aware that Christine Rhoades is doing some vocals on my album. At first I thought she'd be the only guest singer on the record but then this one song started coming together, it's pretty brutal. I've always wanted to do really, really heavy music and after hearing this, both Aaron and myself thought we needed some crazy, sick singer on it.
"We just sat around tossing names out for a bit, nothing really was sticking and then Aaron says, 'I got it...Ihsahn' and it was one of those moments where you knew that was the answer all along, it just hadn't been unlocked in your mind yet. Anyway, a few short emails back and forth and we had his vocal track in. It came out amazing. I can't wait for you to hear it. Ihsahn, thanks again, it's an honor to have you on my record."
The new album will be produced by Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes), and fans should keep their eyes peeled for previews of developing songs, studio updates and additional details.
Solo artist Ihsahn has issued the following update about a video blog being posted online from his time in Japan with Leprous:
"It’s been a week since I returned from the Double Titans Tour in Japan, playing three shows with The Haunted and Leprous. Personally I am not so good at documenting my traveling, but luckily the Leprous guys have an eager and personal documentary style, so you can check out how they view the world on the video above and their blog here.
"Many thanks to the fantastic people organizing this tour, and also to Leprous, The Haunted, my tour manager Håkon Grav and last but not least the Japanese fans for making this one of the best tour experiences I ever had!"
Progressive act Leprous recently released the band's third album and InsideOutMusic debut “Bilateral” (reviewed here) and has also announced a massive European tour supporting Finnish metallers Amorphis.
Now the band has announced its first ever shows to occur in Japan. Details are as follows:
THE HAUNTED + IHSAHN + LEPROUS:
05.12.2011 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East
07.12.2011 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat
08.12.2011 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
More information on the Japanese shows can be found at this location. The band checked in with the following comment about the tour: "We are more than happy to announce that we're going to Japan at last! We will perform alongside The Haunted with both Leprous and Ihsahn, and we promise our Japanese fans a concert they won't forget! We look forward to seeing you all soon!"
Friday began early in the day for the ProgPower crowd when US-based Creation’s End took the stage at around 2:40. Italian Guitarist Marco Sfogli got the crowd warmed up with some serious movement on his fretboard. Rhythm guitarist Rudy Albert and bassist Joe Black pulled on their best game faces for the early crowd. Vocalist Mike DiMeo had a nice stage presence and belted it out there. The set was a bit short, but as an opener, it had to be. Nevertheless, the band opened the day well without a hitch.
After the band wrapped its set, the reunited US band Sanctuary, featuring Warrell Dane and Jim Sheppard from Nevermore, was immediately in the lobby for a signing. Unfortunately, the band schedule and the signing schedule (both published in the very cool ProgPower program book given to attendees) did not see eye to eye. The bands reached a half-hour to forty-five minutes behind schedule throughout the day, so the signing sessions often took place during a band’s set. This made for tough decisions like: “Do I stay through the end of Voyager’s set or do I go get Ihsahn’s autograph?”
Darkwater had taken the stage shortly after. The Swedish group was well-received and performed their variety of progressive melodic metal to a crowd that obviously appreciated, judging by their reaction to Evergrey the night before. The band had an aesthetic that begged to be watched closely as the purple lights fell on them for certain songs. Just after, I met with Red Circuit’s keyboardist, Marcus Teske, for an interview in the adjacent club, Vinyl. For the ProgPower show, Vinyl was converted into a merchandise room with everything a progressive fan could want. I was to go broke a few hours later because of this. More...
Fan-filmed footage has made its way online of Devin Townsend performing the song "Juular" with special guest Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor) at the Vagos Open Air 2011. You can check out the clip below. The song "Juular" is taken off Devin Townsend Project's "Deconstruction" album (reviewed here), and the track also features Ihsahn's vocals on the album version.
The up-and-coming Norwegian progressive avant-garde metal sensation Leprous will soon release the band's third album (and InsideOut Music debut) "Bilateral" on August 23rd in North America.
In cooperation with Metal Sucks, Leprous is now offering a streaming preview of the new song "Thorn," which features a guest-vocal appearance by Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor). Click here to check out the new track.
Ihsahn also recorded and co-produced "Bilateral," and he has the following to add about the upcoming Leprousrelease: "It's often hard to get excited when listening to an album when you've been heavily involved in the recording and production. Not this time. I'm a fan!"
The complete tracklisting for "Bilateral" reads as follows:
2. Forced Entry
5. Mb. Indifferentia
6. Waste Of Air
7. Mediocrity Wins
8. Cryptogenic Desires
9. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour More...
Solo artist Ihsahn, formerly of Emperor, has posted artwork online for a new t-shirt design illustrated by Maria Picassó. The design is inspired by themes from the musician's upcoming fourth album, which Ihsahn has stated is currently "in progress." The fourth album will follow-up "After" (reviewed here), and additional details on the title, track listing, and release date will be announced as they are made available.
Three of Ihsahn's former side projects were also covered in a recent edition of the "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be found at this location.
Former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn will make his first American solo appearance at ProgPower USA, scheduled for September 14th - 17th at Center Stage in Atlanta. Confirmed by festival organizer Glenn Harveston, Ihsahn replaces Arcturus on the Friday evening lineup of the popular music festival.
Ihsahn comments, "I am very excited to get the opportunity to play at ProgPower. My backing band, Leprous, played the festival last year and had a fantastic time. Given the nature of my solo-material, I believe this festival will be a great place to present it live. I have already performed at several festivals/shows in Europe in 2009/2010 and will do a few more this year.”
IHSAHN’s performance is expected to include selections from all three solo albums – "The Adversary" (2006), "Angl" (2008) and his most recent, "After" (2010). You can also check out Metalunderground.com's look into three of Ihsahn's side projects in a recent entry of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column at this location.
Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at three bands that haven’t had a chance to make as big an impact in the music scene as they should. Whether due to lack of label support, remote location, or just simple obscurity, there are many bands in the underground well worth the time of any serious metal fan.
Rather than looking at three bands in the same region or connected by a similar style, this week we’re delving into three groups that are all relatively unknown side projects of Norwegian prodigy Ihsahn. Probably best known for his work in black metal legion Emperor (which was covered as part of our “Black Metal History Month” at this location), Ihsahn has since headed out on his own to release three solo albums. But before the stage handle Ihsahn was a name known by itself, Vegard Sverre Tveitan was involved in many different projects ranging from freezing cold black metal to the entirely symphonic and even into more bizarre territory with sounds rarely, if ever, heard elsewhere.
After releasing his first solo album “The Adversary,” Ihsahn took a year off to work with other acts and continue to write new music. As black metal fans took in his new solo direction and decided if it stood up to the Emperor material, the musician looked to an entirely unexpected source for his latest collaboration. Teaming up with Norwegian hardingfiddle player Knut Buen, the Hardingrock project was born.
Heading in a vastly different direction than would be expected, Hardingrock’s only album “Grimen” (reviewed here) mixes fiddle heavy folk music, keyboards courtesy of Ihsahn’s wife, spoken word segments provided solely in the Nynorsk dialect, and yes, even some blistering black metal screams. If you are willing to try something vastly different than the standard fare, head over to the band’s MySpace page or checkout the songs “Fanitullen,” “Faens Marsj,” or “Daudingen” in the clips below.
The Haunted reports that the Kabuto Metal Festival that was to take place in Japan in May has been cancelled by the organizers due to the situation resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in early March. Bands who were to participate in the fest included:
White Side: Story of the Year, Thursday, Underoath, envy, Architects, Meaning, and Crossfaith
Dark Side: Morbid Angel, The Haunted, Ihsahn, Origin, Rotten Sound, and Leprous
"We hope to come back to Japan later this year," states The Haunted. The band still plans to play their Australian dates as well as their appearance in Bangkok, however.
European progressive metal act Arcturus has announced that it has pulled out of the forthcoming ProgPower USA XII festival. The band posted the following statement online;
"Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: We are canceling ProgPower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far."
Festival promoter Glenn Harveston has since announced that Arcturus is being replaced with former Emperor frontman Ihsahn. A statement from Harveston is available below.
"I have no idea what the hell that [Arcturus] statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that 'band' already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."
Norwegian musical mastermind Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor) will be making a U.K. festival appearance at the upcoming Bloodstock Open Air. Ihsahn will be appearing on the Ronnie James Dio stage.
"I have strong musical bonds to the UK, both as fan and artist" declares Ihsahn. “I played my first UK show back in 1993 but this will be my first open-air appearance and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The festival takes place from August 12th - 14th and additional details are available at the Bloodstock website here. Ihsahn also recently announced he has contributed guest vocals to the Devin Townsend album "Deconstruction."
Norwegian extreme metal outfit Enslaved picked up the Spellmann Award for Best Metal Album of 2010 yesterday (Macrh 5th) for their most recent studio release, "Axioma Ethica Odini," which was released last year through Indie Recordings. The award is the Norwegian equivilant to the Grammys and Enslaved thought off tough competition to earn it, beating Shining, Solefald and former Emperor frontman, Ihsahn to scoop the prize.
As many people are aware, February is Black History Month in the United States of America. Always one to respect cultures and take part in something, we here at MetalUnderground.com are dedicating this month to the history of Black Metal. We will be looking at some of the biggest names in the genre, those who helped to shape it, and some of the promising younger black metal bands in the underground.
The Emperor is dead, long live the Emperor! Or at least that’s how the rallying cry goes these days, and with good reason. Bands like Immortal and Marduk may still be churning out albums in our current decade, but if there is one name synonymous with black metal, it is Emperor. In honor of black metal history month, we previously looked at two bands that influenced early black metal (Sodom and King Diamond), and now we’ll delve into the heart of the subject with a band that represents the core ideals and sounds of the genre.
Despite having only recorded four main studio albums, the last of which came out a full decade ago, Emperor is still one of the most widely known, widely respected, and widely requested black metal bands in existence. The group of kids from Norway who became Emperor probably had no idea what they were going to eventually birth when they started putting together rasping screams and freezing cold atmosphere. Emperor has left a lasting mark on the world of extreme metal, and not just for fans of Norwegian black metal. More...
Leprous recently announced upcoming shows in Japan acting as solo artist Ihsahn's backing band. Ihsahn has also now checked in with the following update about Leprous recording a new album in his studio:
"Leprous recording new album in Ivory Shoulder. We are happy to have the guys in Leprous working in our studio these days. So far the recording has been going great, and new material is absolutely fantastic! In lack of a crystal ball, we would still definitely predict this to be one of the best progressive albums coming out in 2011."
Ihsahn also announced in October of last year that writing had begun for his fourth solo album and follow up to 2010's "After."
Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian act Leprous has issued the following announcement about the group acting as solo artist Ihsahn's backing band in Japan:
"Leprous and Ihsahn to play in Japan for the very first time! We're very proud to announce that Leprous will visit Japan in May! We'll perform at the Kabuto Metal Festival first in Osaka, Japan on May 21st 2011 and then the following day in Tokyo, Japan. Also on the same two days, Leprous will be performing at the same festival as the backing band for Ihsahn."
Leprous also recently began recording a follow-up album to the band's 2009 release "Tall Poppy Syndrome."
Former Emperor front man and solo artist Ihsahn has checked in with the following announcement about contributing as a guest vocalist on Devin Townsend's "Deconstruction" album:
"I have been a long time fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!"
Ihshan was also recently nominated for a Norwegian grammy for his third solo album "After."
Former Emperor guitarist and solo artist Ihsahn has been nominated for a Norwegian grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for his latest album "After." Ihsahn also recently announced he has begun writing new material for an upcoming fourth solo album.
Additional details on the awards ceremony can be found at this location. Other metal albums nominated for the award are Enslaved - "Axioma ethica odini," Shining - "Blackjazz," and Solefald - "Norrøn livskunst."
Ihsahn has checked in with the following announcement about writing new songs for an upcoming fourth full-length album:
"Ihsahn played a lot of festivals and shows this summer/autumn, and is currently concentrating on upgrading the studio as well as writing new material for his fourth album.
"We would like to take the opportunity to wish Ihsahn’s backing band Leprous the very best of luck for their forthcoming European tour as support for Therion. Fingers crossed for success! You can check out where and when they’re playing here, their shows come highly recommended from us.
"We would also like to recommend you to check out friend and former Emperor collegue, Tomas, new band called The Wretched End, wishing him good fortune with their debut release. For more information, please see this location."