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Latest Taake News

Below is our complete Taake 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.

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
HATE
HEAVEN´S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN

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Draugr To Play Menhir Chevelu Festival

Italy's Draugr has announced it will be performing at the Menhir Chevelu III Festival. The festival is set to take place from April 23rd - 24th, 2011 in Bretagne, France. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include:

Taake
Crest of Darkness
Otargos
Svart Crown
Gwydion
Annihilated
Stormhunter
Spellcraft
Bliss of Flesh
Overstep

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Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival 2011 Announced

The Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival will return in 2011. The extreme metal festival will once again be held in the city of Tønsberg, Norway, taking place on the 18th and 19th of February.

Bands confirmed so far include Taake, Urgehal, Svarttjern, Arvas, Framferd, Cutthroat, Zareptha, Concrete, Svikt and Kirkebrann.

For more information about tickets and so on, visit hammerslagfestival.net or www.billettservice.no.

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Horna To Tour With Taake

Finland's Horna have announced they will be joining Taake on their upcoming European tour in March. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

18.03 Hamburg - Markthalle / Marx
19.03 Oberhausen - Helvete
20.03 Roermond - De Azijnfabriek
21.03 Rotterdam-Baroeg
22.03 London-The Camden Underworld
23.03 Vosselar-Biebob
24.03 Osnabrück - N 8
25.03 München - Metrolpolis
26.03 Annaberg - Bucholz - Gleis 3
27.03 Berlin - K- 17
28.03 Brno - Faval
29.03 Vienna - Szene
30.03 Ljubljana - Gala hala
31.03 Lonato Del Garda - Olden Live Club

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Benediction Confirmed For Inferno Festival

Benediction have announced their first Norwegian show will take place at the 2010 edition of the Inferno Festival. The festival will take place from March 31st to April 3rd, 2010 in Oslo. The other confirmed bands include Mayhem, Taake, Finntroll, The Kovenant, Natchtmystium, and Jarboe.

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Original Kovenant Members to Play Inferno Fest

Norway's The Kovenant has been confirmed for the 10 year anniversary of Inferno Festival, set to take place in Oslo, Norway March 31st to April 3rd, 2010. The band will play the entire "Nexus Polaris" album live with original members Nagash, Psy Coma, Hellhammer, Sverd and Jezebel Deva.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Finntroll, Mayhem and Taake. For more information on Inferno 2010, visit www.infernofestival.net

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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Helheim Announces U.K. and Ireland Tour Dates

Norway's viking/black metallers Helheim will be heading to the United Kingdom and the Republic Of Ireland in March along with Taake and Vulture Industries.

The tour dates are as follows:

March
3 - Manchester, England - Music Box
4 - Dublin, Ireland - Fibber Magees
5 - Cork, Ireland - An Cruiscin Lan
6 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks
7 - London, England - Camden Underworld

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Taake Posts New Video For "Unenneske"

Taake has posted their latest music video, for the song "Umenneske" from the band's new self-titled album. You can watch the video below. More...

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Kings Of Black Metal Festival Confirms 2009 Bands

The 2009 Kings of Black Metal Festival will take place in Hessen, Germany on April 18th. Pre-sale tickets are available here. The bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:

Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Taake
Lord Belial
Mathyr
Hellsaw
Nifelheim
Necros Christos
Watain ( with special pyro show! )

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Helheim and Vulture Industries Announce Euro Tour

Norway's HELHEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES, bands that between them feature current and former members of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR, SULPHUR, ENSLAVED, DEATHCON, SYRACH, MALICE IN WONDERLAND and TAAKE, will once again hit the road together, this time for a tour of Northern Europe. Joining them will be ATROX, for whom this will be the first European tour. Confirmed dates for the trek, dubbed the "Vikings, Villains and Vultures Tour," are as follows:

Nov. 07 - Pepes Musik Kneipe, Aalen, Germany
Nov. 08 - Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany (w/ NEGURA BUNGET)
Nov. 09 - Phantoms of Pilsen 2 - Pilsen, Czech Republic (w/ PANYCHIDA)
Nov. 10 - Escape Metalcorner, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 11 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 12 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 13 - Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 14 - Helvete, Oberhausen, Germany
Nov. 15 - Azijnfabriek, Roermond, Netherlands

This will not be the first time that Viking metallers HELHEIM join forces with avant-garde metallers, and Dark Essence Records stable mates, VULTURE INDUSTRIES to tour. Commented HELHEIM frontman and bass player V'gandr, "We have all known each other for far too long, and the last couple of tours we did together was fun to do, to put it mildly. It helps to know who you are dealing with — there's nothing worse than touring with someone you don't get on with, and we can always be sure that there will be plenty of laughs and beer flowing on the way with the VULTURE INDUSTRIES guys."

HELHEIM recently caused a sensation in Norway when it launched its "Kaoskult" album in front of an audience of young children in a kindergarten.

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The Batallion Confirms Festival Appearances

Our old-school thrashers, The Batallion, consisting of past and present members of Old Funeral, Borknagar, Taake, Grimfist and Bömbers, have been booked for several European festivals this summer.

Confirmed festival dates are:

01.08.08 LOST WEEKEND FESTIVAL – NOR
24.08.08 LA FERME DU ROCK FESTIVAL – FRA

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The Batallion's New Album Ready To Be Unleashed

The Batallion, the band consisting of past and current members of Old Funeral, Grimfist, Taake, Bömbers and Borknagar, is ready to unleash hell upon the world. The album "The Stronghold of Men" will be released through Dark Essence Records in Norway on March 17 and worldwide on April 21.

The album was recorded and mixed in Conclave Studios and produced by Bart Schlegermeister and contain 11 tracks of "kick-ass old-school thrash metal." The album features guest vocals by none other than Abbath (Immortal), who is also a big fan of the band.

Tracks from the upcoming The Batallion album, "Stronghold of Men," can be previewed on Last.fm. You can also download the song "The Spirit of Masculinity" for free from the same page and stream their music from MySpace.

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Taake Frontman Released From Prison

According to a posting on TAAKE's official web site, the group's frontman, Hoest, is once again a free man after serving a prison sentence for undisclosed offenses.

Commented Hoest: "There's been a lot of rumors and misunderstandings lately, so to make things a bit more clear: This was my third incarceration for violence."

He added: "All material for the next TAAKE album has been complete for a while and will be recorded as soon as possible. Furthermore, we will perform at Garage (Bergen) on the 8th of November."

TAAKE's third album, "Doedskvad", was released in 2005 via Dark Essence Records. The band had previously released two albums on the Wounded Love label: "Nattestid..." (1999) and "Bjoergvin" (2002). "Doedskvad" is the last installment in this trilogy.

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Taake Frontman Imprisoned

Hoest, frontman for Norwegian black metallers Taake, is currently serving an undisclosed prison sentence for undisclosed offences. A statement from the label said, "He will be out in a couple of months, and will then finish the work on the new Taake release."

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Taake Frontman Swept Up In Swastika 'Scandal'

TAAKE frontman Hoest — whose "revealing" performance (photo#1, photo#2, photo#3) at the 2003 Inferno Festival in Norway remains the source of much comedy — has once again found himself at the center of controversy. During the Norwegian black metal band's March 20, 2007 concert in Essen, Germany, Hoest appeared on stage with a swastika symbol drawn on his chest (photo) — a move which didn't go over well with most of the fans and members of the heavy metal media who were present at the gig.

Responding to the public outrage which followed the performance, Hoest has issued the following statement:

"TAAKE is not a political Nazi band, etc. We certainly didn't expect the current threat reactions, as everyone should know by now that our whole concept is built upon provocation and anything evil- and death-related. We will now censor certain symbols for the rest of the [European] tour [with URGEHAL and KOLDBRANN], and we truly apologize to all of our collaborators who might get problems because of the Essen swastika scandal (except for the Untermensch owner of that club; you can go suck a Muslim)!"

As a result of Hoest's actions, TAAKE has now been officially removed from the billing of the the Party.San Metal Open Air festival (set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany) and the organizers of the Ragnarök festival (scheduled for March 30-31, 2007 in Lichtenfels, Germany) are expected to follow suit.

TAAKE's third album, "Doedskvad", was released in 2005 via Dark Essence Records. The band had previously released two albums on the Wounded Love label: "Nattestid..." (1999) and "Bjoergvin" (2002). "Doedskvad" is the last installment in this trilogy.

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