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Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland
The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:
"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!
"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"
So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...
Death/black metal commando Belphegor has started the rehearsal sessions for the band's upcoming new album in Abtenau, Austria. Vocalist/guitarist Helmuth stated:
“All good so far. We just finished the second rehearsing session. Currently we're working on nine sound-collages, added a lot new arrangements, elements and structures. Serpenth, Marthyn and me shredded our asses off in these eleven days. There will be three more until we enter the studio by end of May 2012 and start to track drums. The titles on the set list are working titles. Hell awaits!”
The band has uploaded some photos from the rehearsal session. You can check those out via Facebook.
“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new audible monster," commented Helmuth in an earlier statement. “I began the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in a rehabilitation center because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I’m not fully recovered but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals."
The as of yet untitled album is tentatively slated for a late 2012 release. Belphegor's most recent album "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here) was produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) at his Abyss Studios in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about Belphegor working on a new album and performing at the upcoming Extremefest:
"The most popular dark horde hailing from Austria do not back down from anything and enjoy celebrating death/black metal art, which can’t be more murderous, provocatively and offensively. With their current, glorifying bloodwork entitled 'lood Magick Necromance,' this evil circle created a very special sort of demonism and reached to increase their ascendancy within the international extreme-metal-community significantly. Fire, pitch and sulphur… you have to see these guys live on stage! Be prepared for a diabolic scenario at EXTREMEFEST, which will be so shocking that you won’t ever forget!
"The band is currently working on new material and the new, as of yet untitled album for a tentatively slated late 2012 release will be the follow up to January 2011´s 'Blood Magick Necromance.'"
Belphegor's Helmith also stated, "Amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new album. I began the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in rehabilitation center, because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I'm not fully recovered, but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals." More...
Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted live footage for the "Angeli Mortis De Profundis," which appears on the band's latest effort "Blood Magick Necromance" The footage was from the band's show with Deicide, Hour of Penance and The Amenta on June 27th, 2011 in Liverpool, U.K. at The Masque.
Check out the video here:
Guitarist/vocalist Helmuth Lehner, of extreme metal commando Belphegor, has revealed that the group is working on fresh material for an upcoming tenth full-length album.
The as of yet untitled record is tentatively slated for a late 2012 release, and will be the follow up to January 2011´s "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). From this coming Saturday until next Wednesday, Belphegor will start the first rehearsal session for the album in Abtenau, Austria. The drum duties will again be handled by Mr. Marthyn, who performed on Blood Magick Necromance.
“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new audible monster," commented Helmuth. “I begun the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in a rehabilitation center because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I’m not fully recovered but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals."
"At this time, we don’t feel the pressure of a hard touring schedule and all the rigors surrounding that,” stated bass devastator Serpenth., “The way we can concentrate and create these arrangements in a completely focused way and can even put more energy, blood and guts inside. We are working intensely on ten tracks. We are totally concentrated, you know, the musick reigns above all. Magick. It’s time for a new chapter."
Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.
The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:
All That Remains
Protest the Hero
Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted a live music video for the title track of the 2008 release "Bondage Goat Zombie." The quality multi-camera video footage was from the special "Supreme Fleisch" show which was recorded, filmed by Roax Media on August 12, 2011.
In October 2011, the band was forced to stop all activities as frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" concluding the band's South American tour.
Check out the video here:
System Divide will return to the U.S. once again for Killfest 2, supporting the mighty Overkill in 2012. Also on the tour are Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, and Diamond Plate. After the Overkill dates finish on May 12th, System Divide will journey north of the border to Canada for a string of dates.
Vocalist Sven DeCaluwe adds, "We couldn’t be more excited to be on this run with Overkill, we just finished a few dates in Europe which was a blast and are currently busy writing new material which we will display on the Overkill run. We had a killer time touring the states this year with Eluveitie and later the Hottest Chicks in hard rock tour with In This Moment and simply can’t want to get back out there, I hope all the people that got to check us out on previous tours will come out and rock out again because frankly, we got quite some surprises for you!! We are truly honored to go out on the road with such legends as Overkill and the rest of the bill is going to blow some minds!"
System Divide's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Apr. 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
Apr. 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus, OH
Apr. 24 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
Apr. 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
Apr. 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Apr. 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 30 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 01 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
May 02 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 03 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
May 05 - Emo's East - Austin, TX
May 06 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 08 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 09 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield, VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
American thrash metal legends Overkill have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States in April of next year, in what is being dubbed Killfest 2. The veterans will be joined on the trek by Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, System Divide and Diamond Plate.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia PA
April 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse NY
April 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus OH
April 24 - Blondie's - Detroit MI
April 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
April 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City MO
April 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
April 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
April 30 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
May 1 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland OR
May 2 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco CA
May 3 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles CA
May 5 - Emo's East - Austin TX
May 6 - Trees - Dallas TX
May 8 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando FL
May 9 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
Austrian black metal band Belphegor have been forced stop all band activities. Frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" on concluding the band's South American tour earlier this year. All upcoming live dates through May 2012 have been subsequently cancelled.
On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.
"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."
The track listing is as follows:
Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden
Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...
Belphegor's Helmuth has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent European tour dates:
"Well, well, well...over four months full of chaos on the road.. Three monster tours, around 80 shows and some amazing open air festivals. Yes...! Thanks to all the bands for their brotherhood...also hails to Norwin Palme, Rosie, Barth Resch, Mike Lugauer, Rachael Kozak, Bradley + Dyson of Soundwork touring, Mike "Roadwarrior", John/ First Row Talent, Gerardo + Tobe of Nuclear Blast, Hana Montana, Dominik + Günther of Rock The Nation. List is endless. Shouts go out to all die-hard demons we met during the course of the awesome raids, that joined the show, banged, partied with us. All you who bought our merchandise and supported our art. An honor - this horror!"
Serpenth adds: "We make a break now - five weeks and re-load our batteries. We will focus one of our most important Fleisch shows for 2011. Gearing up to obliterate the Party San Open Air Friday August 12th , in Schlotheim/ Germania.A three day celebration of extreme Metal. See you there!"
Belphegor has now also announced the fourth part of the "Blood Magick Necromance" world tour with the following South American tour dates:
02.09. BR Belém - tba
03.09. BR Fortaleza - Club Santa Cruz
04.09. BR Salvador - tba
06.09. BR Curitiba - Hangar Bar
07.09. BR Porto Alegre - Bar Opiniáo
09.09. BR Rio de Janeiro - Esporte Club Mackenzie
10.09. BR Belo Horizonte - Music Hall
11.09. BR Sao Paulo - Carioca Clube
14.09. VE tba - tba
16.09. CO Cali - tba
17.09. CO Medellin - Teatro Alianza Francesa
18.09. CO Bogotá - Teatro La Mama
Footage has been posted online (courtesy of Superskum) of Belphegor performing live in Denver, CO on May 16th, 2011. You can check out performances of "Justine: Soaked in Blood" and "Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise" in the clips below.
Metalunderground.com's review of the band's new album "Blood Magic Necromance" is also available for viewing here, or you can check out a previously uploaded full concert stream from Belphegor's Spokane show at this location.
Belphegor's May 14 concert from The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington has been posted online in its entirety. You can view the footage in the player provided below, courtesy of Livestream.com.
Veterans Sepultura have announced that it will be featuring a live stream of its May 14, 2011 concert appearance at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. Opening acts Belphegor and Keep of Kalessin will also be taking part in the free online stream. Viewers can access the show at this location starting at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and 11:00 p.m. Eastern.
Sepultura is set to release its new album, titled "Kairos," on July 12, 2011 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's track listing below. More...
Quality live footage has been posted online featuring Belphegor performing its track "Bondage Goat Zombie" during a recent tour stop in Montreal, Canada. You can view the footage in the player below.
American death metal legends Deicide has announced some additional dates for their forthcoming, "God Is Dead - To Hell With God" European tour, which also includes Belphegor, Hour of Penance and The Amenta.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
June 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival *
June 18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metal Town *
June 23 - Rotterdam /Holland - Baroeg
June 24 - Drachten/ Holland - Iduna
June 25 - London, UK - London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 27 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
June 28 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
June 29 - Namur, Belgium - Cinex
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
July 1 - Winterhur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
July 2 - Kassel, Germany - Salzmann Factory
July 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
July 4 - Katowize, Poland - Mega Club **
July 5 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 6 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
July 7 - Koeln, Germany - Essigfabrik
July 8 - Torgau, Germany - In Flammen Festival
July 9 - Salzburg, Austria - Rock Haus
July 10 - Rossiglione (Genova), Italy - Metal Valley Open Air
July 11 - Bari, Italy - Target Club
July 12 - Pinarella di Cervia (Ravenna), Italy - Rock Planet
July 14 - Tokaj, Hungary - Hegyalja Festival
July 15 - Kosice, Slovakia - Collosseum Club
July 16 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal Camp*
July 17 - Wuerzburg, Germany - Posthalle **
* Deicide only
** No Belphegor
Alex Leblanc, the vocalist of Montreal, Quebec based death metal outfit Neuraxis has checked in from the band's tour with Deicide and Belphegor with an update on how the trek has been going so far. His message reads as follows:
"The Deicide tour has been going more than great. We knew it would be a good tour for us, but so far, it has exceeded all our expectations. The response from the fans has been amazing. All the bands on this tour are super-friendly and we are having fun every night with all of them. I even drank blood with Helmuth from Belphegor... yeah, it's that crazy!"
Once the band's tour with Deicide has finished, the group will be hitting the road once again to support Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura.
Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden
Blackened death metal act Belphegor has issued that following statement in regards to canceling eleven shows on the band's upcoming tour with Deicide:
"Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control we are being forced to cancel eleven shows, since we were initially not given the green light to enter the country. We were promised that we would be fine two weeks ago, but still all the members were not got their stuff. We all tried everything to make it happen, so it’s a terrible situation. We were waiting, sharp and ready to rumble and kick serious ass, but couldn’t do anything.
"The USA immigration forms are approved so now we have new visa interviews at the USA embassy in Vienna at the beginning of next week. Now we have re-schedule the flights to make it happen. We will now start the tour in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s on the 26th. We want to apologize to the demons and everyone who's bought a ticket to see us tear the stage with Deicide. See you in Chicago!”
Belphegor will be direct support to Deicide on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour” this February. The trek is sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features Blackguard, Neuraxis, and Pathology. Tour dates are as follows:
02/26/11 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL
02/27/11 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
02/28/11 Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
03/01/11 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
03/02/11 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
03/04/11 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/05/11 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
03/06/11 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03/07/11 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
03/08/11 The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
03/09/11 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
03/10/11 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
03/11/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
03/12/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
03/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX
03/15/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL More...