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Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"
Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
Swedish black metal legion Watain -- which is currently waging Satanic rituals upon the masses on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude -- today announced additional headlining dates that will include stops in Poughkeepsie, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Joliet, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan.
Additionally, the band will take part in an in-store appearance tomorrow, April 25th at Dark Realm Records in Downey, California prior to a performance at the House of Blues in Hollywood. More info available here.
Following the trek, Watain will unleash the previously announced new DVD, "Opus Diaboli." The production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of Watain's ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual, and spiritual work leading up to it. Check out the first official trailer below. "Opus Diaboli" marks the the first release on the band’s own label His Master’s Noise, a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for the band's own label back in the early 1980s. "Opus Diaboli" will be unleashed in North America on June 5th, 2012. More...
With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:
"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.
"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."
Swedish black metal horde Watain has been forced to cancel the first five shows (including one headlining performance) of the group's previously announced North American tour — scheduled to start tomorrow (April 11) in Columbus, Ohio — due to delays in the visa process.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “It’s not the first time the law stands in our way trying to prevent us from doing our work, and just like all the previous times it will lay broken and humiliated eventually. We are content we will be victorious, meanwhile we ask all our U.S. supporters to have patience and prepare themselves for the coming of Watain!”
The band's upcoming tour dates with Behemoth, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are as follows: More...
Swedish black metal heathens Watain are set to unleash a new DVD upon the masses. Titled "Opus Diaboli," the production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of the ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual, and spiritual work leading up to it. According to a press release, "Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon."
Comments the band in a collective statement: “This movie was first meant to be the recording of our 13-year anniversary concert, but as everything with Watain, it took on a life of its own and become one of our most ambitious projects to date. It is a very personal and emotional piece of work and is certainly not for the faint of heart. But for those who wish to explore the glimmering abyss of Watain further, this will be a rewarding release for sure. The box version of Opus Diaboli [available exclusively through the band’s own Wolfwear.net] contains an exclusive photobook.
"It was an overwhelming experience going through the massive archives in search of photos that best sum up the storm of passionate turmoil that has marked the Watain journey, especially since we wanted to stay away from live photos and focus more on moments off stage. The results were however very satisfying and offer a rare and spicy mixture of photos of which most have never been published previously. We are also proud to announce that this will be the first release on our own label ‘His Master’s Noise,’ a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Just like with our merch store wolfwear.net from which the limited box set will be available, this time we have chosen to stand by our own and do things our way.”
"Opus Diaboli" will be unleashed in North America on June 5th, 2012. As previously announced, Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will commence next week on April 11 in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation. More...
The inaugural Decibel Magazine tour kicks off in a mere eight days in Columbus, OH. It wasn't too late, however, for the venue owners to prohibit the bands from appearing at The Brewmaster's Gate. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are being forbidden from playing at the venue because of religious conflicts with the venue owners. These bands are no strangers to this type of treatment, and a new venue has already been confirmed. The Columbus, OH show will now be at Al Rosa. Tickets for this show are still available and can be purchased here.
Behemoth's front man, Nergal, comments further: "Wow, big motherfuckin' WOW! We are facing a legendary moment: Amerika, the land of the free, is banning Behemoth coz of religious beliefs. The madness starts in Ohio, but of korz we are playing anyway. Nothing can stop us now. God, please save me from this freedom…"
Beginning on April 11th and laying waste through a gargantuan 26-date run, the Decibel Magazine Tour (presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment) not only offers four diverse European artists hand-picked by the magazine, but doubles as Behemoth's first U.S. tour since vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski's well-documented battle with—and triumph over—leukemia. Dates are as follows: More...
Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood are gearing up for a near month-long run of North American dates on the forthcoming Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, Watain and In Solitude. The band will be touring in support of "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.
Comments founder and band leader SL: “The Devil's Blood is proud and extremely eager to travel the New World alongside some of the world’s most dedicated metal bands. Dedicated not to some pathetic notion of ‘scene’ or ‘unity’ but to a clear, totally individual, spiritual path that although not understood by most is perhaps the most valid and urgent one available for wandering feet to travel in the twilight of the Iron Age. We share many opinions and disagree on many more, yet our offerings all speak of that great mystery which we all aspire to with passion and fury. Praise be to all those who accompany us on this particular path.”
Dates are as follows: More...
Behemoth posted a video tour ad for the upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour, which commences on April 11, 2012. The lineup consists of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. For a list of dates and venues, head over to this location, or check out the video here:
Death metal juggernauts Horrendous have been added as the opening act for the Charlotte, NC date of the Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. Horrendous will be appearing on the May 4th date of that tour at Amos Southend in Charlotte.
West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini was recently added to the Los Angeles stop of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour, which boasts the monolithic lineup of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, will make its way to the House of Blues on April 25th and Ides of Gemini is grateful for the opportunity to open the eclectic rituals that evening.
Comments guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett: "Ides of Gemini ibeyond thrilled to be joining Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude on the Los Angeles date of Decibel's mega-tour extravaganza. For anyone who wants to get there before all the blood and Satanism starts - I know, I know: why would you wanna do that? - we promise to make it worth your while. And by that I mean that we will be handing out free drugs before we play. Okay, that's a lie. I'm not gonna share my drugs with you. We barely know each other. See you on the 25th, though?"
To purchase tickets to the Los Angeles date, head to this location. Additionally, Ides of Gemini will be performing on April 15th, 2012 at the Blue Cafe Underground Long Beach, California alongside Alcest, Lake of Blood, and Destroy Judas . More info on the event is available here.
Funeral doom purveyors Evoken have been added to select dates on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour. With Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude capping the tour, Evoken's rare appearances will certainly ramp up interest in the tour's extreme yet diverse sound and vision.
Evoken will appear on the following dates:
May 5 – Baltimore, MD
May 6 – Philadelphia, PA
May 12 – New York, NY
Full details on the Decibel Magazine tour's lineup and routing can be found at this location.
There's quite the eclectic lineup for Xbox 360 users of the Rock Band Network this weekend, from the pirate metal of Alestorm to the prog metal of Halcyon Way and even onto the black metal of Watain. These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360:
Christian Death - "Narcissus Metamorphosis Of" (160 MSP)
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Codex Alimentarius - "Baptised" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & The Ghost) (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Force Feedback" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Do Your Thing" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately PS3 users have much less new material to look forward to, with only the following single metal track hitting the Rock Band Network this coming Tuesday, February 14th:
Amberian Dawn - "My Only Star" ($1.99)
As previously announced, Swedish black metal miscreants Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will begin on April 11th in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation.
Pleased to take part in the event, frontman Erik Danielsson comments: “We were originally meant to spend this year in the shadows, focusing inwards and on the new material we have compiled during the years since Lawless Darkness was released. This tour however was a bit too good to say no to. It is so seldom these days that someone actually managed to put together a descent tour package, which Decibel sure has managed to do this time. A ‘clash of the titans’ indeed! And considering the other bands on the tour, I can just imagine our management and the promotors biting their fingernails in anxiety and horror, waiting for the first arson or murder report from the road.
"Touring the States is always inspirational; there is always lots of emotion, anger, debauchery, decadence and a general feeling of lawlessness in the air, so I am sure this tour will nourish the writing process to a certain extent as well. A rich and fertile foundation of harsh physical and emotional experience has always played a big role in Watain writing new material, and this tour will for sure contribute to that. We will aim to make it interesting and memorable enough to do so.”
Tour dates are as follows: More...
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:
Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Sight Of Emptiness
The eagerly anticipated Decibel Magazine Tour is set to kick off on April 11 in Columbus Ohio. Featuring four of the darkest bands in existence all on one bill. Behemoth's return trip to North America will be accompanied by retro black metallers Watain, 1970s trad prodigies In Solitude and psychedelic rockers The Devil's Blood.
Tour dates are as follows:
Wed/Apr-11: The Bluestone Columbus, OH
Thu/Apr-12: Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
Fri/Apr-13: Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Sat/Apr-14: Station Four St. Paul, MN
Mon/Apr-16: Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Tue/Apr-17: Summit Theatre Denver, CO
Wed/Apr-18: The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Fri/Apr-20: Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Sat/Apr-21: Rickshaw Vancouver, BC
Sun/Apr-22: Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Mon/Apr-23: Slims San Francisco, CA
Wed/Apr-25: House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Thu/Apr-26: Nile Theater Phoenix, AZ
Fri/Apr-27: Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Sun/Apr-29: White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Tue/May-01: Orpheum Tampa, FL
Wed/May-02: Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Fri/May-04: Amos Southend Charlotte, NC
Sat/May-05: Rams Head Baltimore, MD
Sun/May-06: Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Tue/May-08: Opera House Toronto, ON
Wed/May-09: Club Soda Montreal, QC
Thu/May-10: Imperial Quebec City, QC
Fri/May-11: Palladium Worcester, MA
Sat/May-12: Irving Plaza New York, NY
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Sight Of Emptiness
Polish black/death metal giants Behemoth will team up with Swedish black metal band Watain, Dutch psychedelic band The Devil's Blood and Swedish metal band In Solitude for the first annual Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour will commence in April and consists of 26 dates.
North America’s premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish Behemoth, Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude.
Behemoth frontman Nergal had the following comments on the tour: “Considering the fact that we’ll be sharing the stage with the most evil and uncompromising bands around—Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude—this already makes it a legendary bill that you can’t miss out on! Watch out. We won’t show up—we will ARRIVE with all the strength and might!”
More details, including tour dates, venues and ticket info will be announced at www.decibelmagazinetour.com on January 24th. Every ticket purchased through Top Spin will come with a commemorative laminate, and all fans that purchase their ticket through Top Spin will be entered to win an ESP Guitar.
There's a little something for everyone this week in the latest collection of new metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network, from black metal to power metal and a whole lot in-between. These songs have now landed on the Xbox 360 version of the game:
Powerman 5000 - "V is for Vampire" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "A Pure Evil" (160 MSP)
All Shall Perish - "My Retaliation (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria - "Hey There Mr. Brooks (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "N9" (160 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category III: Architect" (80 MSP)
Ethereal Collapse - "Category III: Architect (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Sad Wings" (160 MSP)
Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Icon of Resolution" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Icon of Resolution (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph" (160 MSP)
These songs also hit the PS3 edition on 12/20 (North America) and 12/21 (Europe):
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" ($1.99)
Powerman 5000 - "Show Me What You've Got" ($1.99)
The organizers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have announced that next year's edition of the event, scheduled to take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany, has already sold out. A message from the organizers reads as follows:
"Amazing! Wacken is sold out for the seventh time in a row! For the seventh time in a row Wacken Open Air is sold out and never before in such a short time! All 75,000 tickets are sold. Thanx for your support, metalheads! A huge part of the billing is already announced including several special and exclusive shows as well as high-class acts. As every year we have made every effort to provide a terrific billing! And the announcements don´t stop. Via our online advent calendar at least one band will be announced every day during December. Together we will turn the 23. Wacken Open Air into a mega party!"
The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...
Polish death/black giants Behemoth are confirmed to headline the Ronnie James Dio Stage of Bloodstock 2012 on Friday, August 10, 2012. The festival runs from August 10-12, 2012.
The current lineup (stages in "( )") and dates are as follows:
Friday, August 10, 2012:
Behemoth (RJ Dio Stage)
Watain (RJ Dio Stage)
C.O.C. (RJ Dio Stage)
Grand Magus (RJ Dio Stage)
Saturday, August 11, 2012:
Dimmu Borgir (RJ Dio Stage)
Hatebreed (RJ Dio Stage)
Sanctuary (RJ Dio Stage)
The Black Dahlia Murder (RJ Dio Stage)
Orange Goblin (Sophie Lancaster Stage)
Sunday, August 12, 2012:
Alice Cooper (RJ Dio Stage)
Paradise Lost (RJ Dio Stage)
Anvil (RJ Dio Stage)
Anaal Nathrakh (Sophie Lancaster Stage)