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Ava Inferi

Formed: 1994
From: Almada, Portugal
Last Known Status: Active

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Earth Electric Premieres "Meditate. Mediate"

Psychedelic heavy rock outfit Earth Electric - featuring former members of Ava Inferi and Mayhem - premieres a new song entitled "Meditate. Mediate", taken from the upcoming debut album "Vol. 1: Solar", which will be released on May 12 via Season of Mist.

Check out now "Meditate. Mediate" below.

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Season Of Mist's Folk Compilation Streaming

The forthcoming "One And All, Together, For Home" compilation - featuring a group of European metal bands paying homage their distinct, unique heritages - is streaming below via AllMusic.com.

"One And All, Together, For Home" was assembled by Drudkh main-man Roman Sayenko. Each band employs its own means to find and present cultural roots to the world via song. The eight appearing artists contribute a total of 17 tracks in the form of traditional song interpretations, cover versions of folk artists, or the use of themes and melodies from their musical heritages in original compositions. The track listing is:

1. PRIMORDIAL (Ireland) - "Dark horse on the wind"
2. DRUDKH (Ukraine) - "Forgotten Lullaby"
3. HAIVE (Finland) - "Ei Kuule Emo Minua" *
4. KAMPFAR (Norway) - "En Hymne Til Urd"
5. WINTERFYLLETH (England) - "Abbots Brommley Horn Dance"
6. WINTERFYLLETH (England) - "John Barleycorn"
7. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - "Montferland I" (with Folkcorn)
8. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - "Montferland II"
9. HIMINBJORG (France) - "Esprit De Brave"

CD 2

1. WINTERFYLLETH - (England) - The Three Ravens
2. KAMPFAR (Norway) - Bannsull
3. DRUDKH (Ukraine) - Dovbush
4. MONDOVOLLAND (Netherlands) - Montferland III
5. AVA INFERI (Portugal) - Ao Teu Lado
6. HAIVE (Finland) - Ukon On Tulinen Turkki
7. HAIVE (Finland) - Onpa Tietty Tietyssäni
8. PRIMORDIAL (Ireland) - The Foggy Dew More...

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Ava Inferi Releases Final Song

Portuguese doom metal band Ava Inferi has premiered "Ao Teu Lado," a new track taken from the "One And All, Together, For Home" compilation. The track is streaming below, courtesy of Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.

"Ao Teu Lado" marks the final chapter in Ava Inferi's storied career, as the band has announced this will be the last recording it ever releases.

Due out May 23rd (5/27 in North America) via Season of Mist, "One And All, Together, For Home" is a compilation of bands recording folk and acoustic tracks. Regarding the new Ava Inferi song, guitarist Rune Ericksen comments:

"Ao Teu Lado is inspired by traditional Portuguese music known as Fado, which means fate. Both the melody and lyrics of Ao Teu Lado are rooted within the Fado style. The title translates as By Your Side and true to this intimate genre it is a kind of love song with a dramatic ending." More...

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Season Of Mist Releasing Folk Compilation

On May 23rd (5/27 in North America), Season of Mist will release a special compilation entitled "One And All, Together, For Home."

Initiated by Drudkh main man Roman Sayenko, this project consists of established bands from the metal world recording between and three folk and mostly acoustic songs. The band lineup consists of:

Primordial (Ireland)
Drudkh (Ukraine)
Ava Inferi (Portugal)
Kampfar (Norway)
Winterfylleth (England)
Häive (Finland)
Himinbjorg (France)
Mondvolland (Netherlands)

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New Metal Added To The Rock Band Network

If you need a new fix of heavy tracks to headbang with, a handful of new tunes are now available on the Rock Band Network. Xbox 360 players can now get these two new tracks:

Hopes Die Last - "Unleash Hell (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Terror - “The New Blood” (160 MSP)

PS3 players instead will get these songs on 4/2/2013 (North America) and 4/3/2013 (Europe):

Ava Inferi - “The Living End” ($1.99)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - “Parasitic Twins” ($1.99)
TesseracT - “Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two (2x Bass Pedal)” ($1.99)
August Burns Red - “Internal Cannon (2x Bass Pedal)” ($1.99)

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More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

Rock Band players: there's still more achievements to be earned and demon goat basses to be unlocked, and this week there's a smattering of new metal on the Rock Band Network to play along with. For those rocking on the Xbox 360, you now have access to these songs:

A Life Once Lost - “Madness is God” (80 MSP)
Ava Inferi - “Onyx” (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - “Synesthesia (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Deception of a Ghost - “American Terrorist (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Fail Emotions - “Transformation Pt. 1” (80 MSP)
I See Stars - “Filth Friends Unite” (160 MSP)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - “Widower” (160 MSP)

PS3 players will instead get two new tracks on 3/12 (North America) and 3/13 (Europe):

Dir En Grey - "Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita" ($1.99)
Vegan Black Metal Chef - "Make the Sauce" ($0.99)

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New Metal Songs Coming To Rock Band

With the Winter holiday season over, the Rock Band Network is again adding new entries to its ever growing lineup of metal tracks. These songs are now available for Xbox 360 Rock Band players:

All Shall Perish – “In This Life of Pain” (160 MSP)
Ava Inferi – “The Living End” (160 MSP)
My Ruin – “Highly Explosive” (80 MSP)
Sacred Mother Tongue – “Two Thousand Eight Hundred” (80 MSP)

PS3 players instead will have these tracks available on 1/8 (North America) and 1/9 (Europe):

Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part I" ($0.99)
Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part II" ($0.99)
Deception of a Ghost - "These Voices" ($1.99)
Halcyon Way - "Inversion" ($0.99)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal" ($0.99)
Halcyon Way - "IndoctriNation" ($0.99)
Pythia - "Just a Lie" ($1.99)
Tina Guo - "Forbidden City" ($1.99)
We Set The Sun - "Cody" ($1.99)

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Ava Inferi Posts "The Living End" Video

Portugal's Ava Inferi has posted a music video online for the song "The Living End," which was directed by Costin Chioreanu and taken off the band's "Onyx" album. Check out the video clip below.

The "Onyx" track listing is as follows:

1. Onyx
2. The Living End
3. A Portal
4. ((Ghostlights))
5. Majesty
6. The Heathen Island
7. By Candlelight & Mirrors
8. Venice (in Fog)

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Ava Inferi Announces New Drummer

Rune Eriksen, guitarist and mastermind of Ava Inferi, issued the following statement about recruiting a new drummer:

"We are very pleased to announce that the new drummer for Ava Inferi is none other than Sasha Horn, previously of Novembers Doom. After having had some contact with Sasha over the last few years I am now very happy we have come to this joint conclusion. The last of the lost keys has been recovered!

"I have for some time now wanted to strengthen the fundament of the band, to go deeper and to include some heavier and more powerful elements into the sound of our creations. I truly believe that Sasha possesses the necessary qualities to make this happen, and I am highly confident about the next steps in our path together."

Sasha had this to say about joining the band: "I was ecstatic beyond belief when this opportunity was brought to me, and needless to say, I jumped at the chance! I'm a huge fan of what Ava Inferi has created, and we anticipate wonderful things as a result of this new union."

In other news, Ava Inferi has inked a deal with London based booking agency Mythology-Live, and has the following upcoming shows with Moonspell:

December 2nd - Madrid/Spain - Sala Heineken
December 3rd - Sevilla/Spain - Sala Fanatic

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Ava Inferi Announces Shows With Moonspell

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following update about Spanish shows alongside Moonspell:

"We are happy to announce that Ava Inferi will do support for the one and only Moonspell on select dates in Spain this coming December. We are very happy to be back where our live activities started some 4 years ago, then supporting Christian Death. The dates are as follows:

December 2nd. Madrid
Venue: Sala Heineken

December 3rd. Sevilla
Venue: Sala Fanatic

"The tour dubbed the 'Vintage Tour' will also see Moonspell performing material from their classic albums 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious.' We promise a night to remember!"

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Root Announces Guest Musicians For New Album

Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled "Heritage of Satan." The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.

Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums' tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.

Additional details on "Heritage of Satan" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com's reviews of the previous Root albums "The Book," "The Temple in the Underworld," "Hell Symphony," and "Zjeveni."

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.

"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.

"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.

"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.

"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.

"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael

"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...

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Ava Inferi Announces Warm Up Show

After announcing an upcoming European run supporting My Dying Bride, Portugal's Ava Inferi has now checked in with the following announcement about a warm up show:

"In relation to our upcoming support trek for My Dying Bride in May, we have decided to do a warm up show prior to this tour. The place to be is Rock N Shots in Cascais, (PT) and the date is 13th of May"


You can also watch Ava Inferi's music video for the song "Majesty" by heading over to this location.

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Ava Inferi Announces Bucharest Show

Ava Inferi has issued the following announcement about performing a headlining show in Bucharest:

"Ava Inferi will play a special one-off headlining show in Romania, Saturday the 7th of May. The show will be held at Wings Cub in Bucharest, and will be an unique event with specially designed stage show + specially invited guests.

"More news to come on this subject asap. The poster for the event can be seen at this location."

The band also recently announced a series of tour dates in Portugal. Details can be found at this location.

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Ava Inferi Announces Shows In Portugal

Ava Inferi has issued the following announcement about upcoming shows in Portugal:

"AI will play 4 selected dates in FNAC (the International Entertainment Chain) around in Portugal as a part of the presentation for our new album, 'ONYX.' Note that all shows will be semi acoustic due to law regulations."

The dates are as follows:

5th March: Portimao/Algarve Shopping
11th March: Almada/Almada Forum
12th March: Alfragide/Alegro Alfragide
18th March: Cascais/Cascais Shopping

You can also check out Ava Inferi's recently uploaded music video for the song "Majesty" at this location.

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Ava Inferi Posts "Majesty" Video

Ava Inferi has posted a music video online for the song "Majesty," which can be viewed below. “Finally the first clip from 'Onyx' is ready!" mastermind Rune Eriksen comments. “It was indeed an inspiring process to be a part of, and once again Costin (Chioreanu, camera/director/editor) did an amazing job to capture these essences unto film. I believe that the mysterious surroundings and the heavy atmosphere on the locations did wonders to the feeling and the vibe of the video too. It was almost like something greater was with us those days in early February. Something which guided us and gave us the inspiration we needed. All in true, vintage Hammer fashion.

"I would like to extend a deep gratitude to those who did their share for this filming to go on as planned: Valeriu Catalineanu, Corina Craja, Vlad Lordache, Florin Ene, Alexandru Barbulescu, Andy Ionescu & Ghita Adrian. They all worked hard for this video to unfold the way it did. Last, but certainly not least, a very special salute goes to Mr. Costin Chioreanu & Twilight13 Media, who did an amazing job during the events, and whose dedication, determination and hard work resulted in something truly special (again). We are eternally grateful! From the deep wintry forests of Samurcasi and the haunted ruins of Chiajna Monastery, 'Majesty' is hereby presented."

Director Costin adds: “For me, to make 'Majesty' was a real challenge. But when you have really special artists to work with, the true art reveals. It's by far the most intense video I ever made, spiritually speaking. And that was mostly caused by the intense sharing of artistic thoughts and visions between Rune, Carmen and me and my crew. It was a deep chemistry there, and that is the best air for an artist to breathe."

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Ava Inferi To Support My Dying Bride

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following update about supporting My Dying Bride on upcoming European dates:

"We are very pleased & honored to announce that Ava Inferi will support the Kings Of Doom, namely MY DYING BRIDE on their 20th anniversary 'Albion In Ruin' Tour 2011. The 5 date trek include:

May 18 2011 The Electric Ballroom London - England
May 19 2011 Manchester Academy Manchester - England
May 20 2011 Wulfren Hall Wolverhampton - England
May 21 2011 The Village Dublin - Ireland
May 22 2011 The Spring & Airbrake Belfast - N. Ireland

"This will also mark Ava Inferi's first proper visit to the UK & the first ever visit on Irish soil. A Chalice raised to 'Albion In Ruin' 2011!"

The band also recently announced the shooting of a new music video. You can check out details on the shoot here.

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Ava Inferi Shooting New Music Video

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a new music video for the song "Majesty:"

"Back in PT after a great and highly interesting weekend in Bucharest, Romania, where Carmen and myself were present during the filming for the track 'Majesty,' the first video off the forthcoming album.

"The video is visualized and directed by Costin Chioreanu, Twilight13 Media and in pure AI fashion the video is an 'occult journey' through nature, secret arts and magic. The video will premier within the coming weeks through all our channels and all relevant medias. Some screen-shots from what was captured on film deep in the dark Romanian forests during these few last weeks can be viewed here."

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Dark Wings Syndrome Films New Music Video

Portuguese prog-rock/metal band DARK WINGS SYNDROME recently shot a video clip for a cover of the DEPECHE MODE hit "It's No Good," featured on the band’s debut album. The music video was shot at the band's rehearsal room in Riba D’ Ave, Portugal earlier this month.

According to frontman Barros Onyx, “This video follows the whole concept of the Arcane album and the visual experience of it will be very psychedelic, hallucinating and spiritual.”

As previously reported, DARK WINGS SYNDROME will play a very special gig on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Side B Bar in Benavente, Portugal where AVA INFERI (whose line-up includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen a.k.a. ex-MAYHEM guitarist/songwriter Blasphemer), will hold a CD-release party for its fourth album, "Onyx."

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