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The 2011 edition of the Metalfest Open Air Germany is set to take place on May 27th - 29th, 2011. Finnish metal act Kivimetsan Druidi is the latest act to be confirmed for the festival. Additional details on the Metalfest can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Sabaton, Cradle of Filth, Arch Enemy, Sodom, Watain, Belphegor, Kalmah, and more.
Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metal act Watain recently conducted a video interview with The Daily Rock. Video of the interview can be seen in the two clips below.
WATAIN will begin their US tour, starting in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, November 6, and sweep through 24 cities before drawing to a close on December 4 in Toronto. Support will come from Goatwhore and Black Anvil. Confirmed dates below.
This will mark WATAIN's first time touring North America as a five-piece. Commented vocalist E, "Getting the whole band into the U.S. has always been a somewhat problematic issue, due to criminal records and related nonsense. This time we've at least managed to get five people in, although we had to find a temporary replacement for our brother Set, who is still denied entrance into the 'Land of the Free.' Instead we've invited SL from The Devil's Blood to handle the second guitar on this tour. The past month in Europe has nourished the fires of our Temple indeed, and it is with increased power and victory in our hearts that we leave the European shores in flames and set our sails towards the west. Beware..."
Added Set on being denied Stateside entry, "It is with great disappointment -- but with little surprise -- that I am once again denied entry into the States. That's one of the small prices to pay being a sworn enemy of their world. It feels wrong to not be able to join this tour, even more so after just returning from the most intense five weeks of our Reaping Death tour with Destroyer 666. On the other hand, I honestly couldn't ask for a better replacement in this (or any other) situation than SL, whose talent and vision within the sinister musical Craft is undeniable. America, I'll see you soon enough...FTW!" More...
Otargos has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent "Reaping Death" tour with Watain and Destroyer 666:
"The Reaping Death tour with Watain and Destroyer 666 is now over. Let me tell you my friends that it was a fucking huge experience! The bands, the crew and of course the crowd were fucking incredible. It was a month full of blood, whiskey and decibel through 16 countries...
"We couldn't have expected something better for us. Otargos music has never been so massive on stage since this tour and we are really excited about hitting the European roads again in the future! Thanks to all our fans and new ones who supported us along this tour. Be sure that it's only our first attack and prepare yourself for a fucking WAR next time!"
German thrash icons Sodom have announced its participation in the forthcoming edition of
Germany's "Metalfest" festival, set to take place between May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011 at Dessau. Other big name metal acts such as Cradle of Filth and Arch Enemy have also been confirmed. The confirmed festival line-up can be found below, with more acts expected to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Metalfest Confirmed Line-Up:
CRADLE OF FILTH
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
Bay Area metal band NECRITE has a song from their new album, "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi," which will be released on November 2nd via The Flenser, online. Check out the new track, "Bereft Of Hope," on Stereogum.
NECRITE has also been announced November 17th as their record release party for "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi." Details for the release party are as follows:
11/17/2010 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA w/ Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil and Pale Chalice.
San Francisco black metal band PALE CHALICE has announced their signing to The Flenser. Pale Chalice will be opening for Watain on the following date:
11/17/2010 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA w/ Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, and NECRITE.
A video interview between Contraband Candy’s René Ackermann and Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metal act Watain has been posted online. The interview was conducted during Watain's appearance at the Hole In The Sky festival which took place August 25th to 28th in Bergen, Norway.
You can watch the video interview below:
Destroyer 666 has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming tour dates with Watain:
"Werewolves, Whisky n Watain. Just a few nights til the hunt begins my friends. The band will have copies of the now sold out 7" available to sell on tour. We are putting a one 7" per person limit on it, due to the amount of CUNTS out there who like to buy things dirt cheap and then flog them online for stupid amounts of money. Go back to selling stamps you faggots. We will also have copies of 'To the Devil his Due' LP Tour edition (Red marble vinyl). Same story as above. Breathe deep, eyes straight ahead."
The upcoming Destroyer 666 tour dates are as follows: More...
Goatwhore has announced three upcoming tours, alongside The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Watain. Vocalist Ben Falgoust has commented on the upcoming tour schedule:
"Just when one tour comes to an end another few step into place. We have, as always, put an extreme effort on touring for each release we put out. Our most current release, Carving Out The Eyes of God, is no exception and has brought us on many great touring adventures. Just returning home from Ozzfest 2010 we find ourselves locking in the rest of the year with two excellent tours. First, alongside our good friends in The Black Dahlia Murder, then a final end of the year outing with the black art of Watain. The Ozzfest experience was a great thing to be a part of. Playing and hanging with good friends and the bonus of watching some legendary musicians that have influenced us from our earlier metal years. We are looking forward to finishing up the year and getting things rolling for the next release. Hope to see everyone on the road in the next couple of months."
Drummer Zack Simmons adds: "This has been a great time touring for this record. We've been very fortunate to been included on a lot of good tours. It was an honor to be included on Ozzfest once again. We are very confident and determined to deliver another killer record and tour our asses off again, as we always do! Stay fuck!!! Stay thirsty, my friends! P.S. Be careful where you store your sewing needles. You never know what can happen…"
The band's upcoming shows are as follows: More...
Otargos has issued the following brief update about touring alongside Watain and Destroyer 666: "Death is rising! It's official Otargos will be on tour with Watain & Destroyer 666 during the 'Reaping Death' tour across Europa from 24/09 to 31/10! Check the places and dates out!"
The complete list of upcoming Otargos tour dates is as follows:
9/4 2010 LACK DOG paris, FRANCE
9/9 2010 CANTADA Paris, ille de france
9/24 2010 Romein Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS
9/25 2010 Turock Essen, Essen, GERMANY
9/26 2010 Biebob Vosselaar, BELGIUM
9/27 2010 Underworld London, UNITED KINGDOM
9/28 2010 The Button Factory Dublin, Ireland, UNITED KINGDOM
9/29 2010 The Masque Liverpool, UNITED KINGDOM More...
Watain has announced North American tour dates with Behemoth, Withered, and Black Anvil. the tour, entitled "The Lawless States of Heretika Tour," will take place in November and December.
Vocalist E comments on the upcoming tour, "It is with a scornful leer towards our enemies and a proudly risen cup of blood towards our devoted followers that we now reveal our plans for America in the fall. We have also managed to sort out the past problems we have had when it comes to the compromised lineup for US tours, which feels extremely good. The songs of Lawless Darkness truly demand a full lineup as well as my total submission to the vocal duties, which is exactly what they will get now. Watain is coming, in all its horrible glory, and it won't be pretty."
The Lawless States of Heretika Tour dates are as follows:
11/3/2010 Imperial - Quebec City [NO WATAIN OR BLACK ANVIL ON THIS DATE]
11/4/2010 Club Soda - Montreal, QC
11/5/2010 Opera House - Toronto, ON
11/6/2010 Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
11/7/2010 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/8/2010 Station Four - Minneapolis, MN
11/9/2010 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS
11/10/2010 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
11/12/2010 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/13/2010 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/14/2010 Rickshaw - Vancouver, BC
11/16/2010 Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
11/17/2010 Slims - San Francisco, CA
11/18/2010 House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2010 Ramona Main Stage - San Diego, CA
11/20/2010 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
11/22/2010 Palladium Showroom - Dallas, TX
11/23/2010 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
11/24/2010 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
11/26/2010 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11/27/2010 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/28/2010 Club @ Firestone - Orlando, FL
11/30/2010 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
12/1/2010 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
12/2/2010 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
12/3/2010 Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
12/4/2010 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Swedish black metal band Watain hired New York-based design/printing company Metastazis (who has done work for Nachtmystium, Antaeus and Averse Sefira, among others) to print gig posters for a London show, and the posters were done in human blood. The blood came from the designer and from an unnamed Watain fan. 111 copies of the poster were made, to be sold exclusively at the performance. You can read more about the process and see pictures at Metastazis's blog, here and here.
Here's what the poster looks like: More...
Read the full article at MSN Music.
Swedish black metal act Watain is set to release the new album "Lawless Darkness" on June 8th, 2010 via Season of Mist records. All of the tracks from the upcoming album are currently available for streaming online through MetalSucks.net. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Death's Cold Dark
3. Reaping Death
4. Four Thrones
5. Wolves Curse
6. Lawless Darkness
7. Total Funeral
8. Hymn to Qayin
9. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain
In an official statement to American fans before the band's headlining appearance at this year's Maryland Deathfest, Watain front man E. warns of the carnage to come. "We are leaving for the US in 11 hours from now, armed to the teeth and ready to murder. The Watain performance at Maryland Deathfest shall be a triumphant holocaust of all that is holy, and a massive celebration of the gods of Lawless Darkness! Be prepared."
E. also released info on Watain's lineup for this unholy excursion: "Due to legal bullshit, our brother Set will not be able to enter the States for Maryland Deathfest. E will handle the second guitar and vocals. The rest of the line up will be as always; H - Battery, P - Guitar, A - Bass. Try as you might, but nothing can stop the Devils sworn to do their work! Not even the tame resistance of the law."
Watain will headline the first night of Maryland Deathfest 2010 this Friday night alongside other first day headliners D.R.I., Gorguts, and Possessed, and will be the first stateside appearance from the band since the 2008 Black Metal Magic tour. This is also the first North American Watain live action fueling their upcoming fourth full-length opus, "Lawless Darkness," which is due out June 8th on Season of Mist.
Metalhit.com has organized a FREE Digital Music Compilation to be distributed at the Maryland Deathfest (May 28th-30th). The compilation will come in the form of a card, each with a unique code that will allow recipients to redeem their free compilation at the Metalhit.com website.
The card will be distributed at the Sevared Records, Paragon Records and Deathgasm Records vendor booths at the event. Stop by, pick one up, and check out the goods at these tables! Get them before they're gone (only 1,000 will be distributed).
The free compilation includes 16 songs featuring: WATAIN and PENTAGRAM, both of whom are performing at the event, as well as other stellar bands like REVOCATION, THE CRINN, WORMROT, GRAVES OF VALOR, HAIL OF BULLETS, NOMINON, CARDIAC ARREST, SECTIONED, DIABOLIC, COLONIZE THE ROTTING, ALDAARON, SACRILEGIOUS IMPALEMENT, VULVECTOMY, and ORTHRUS.
Metalhit.com will have download cards available at other worldwide metal events this year, such as the Michigan Deathfest and the Devilstone Festival in Lithuania.
"Lawless Darkness," the fourth full-length album from Swedish black metal squadron WATAIN, will be released on June 7, 2010 through Season Of Mist.
The band returned to Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden to record the ten-track, hour-plus long album, which features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak. Commented vocalist/bassist E. of the imagery, "The front cover is made by artist Zbigniew M. Bielak from Poland, one of the few living artists we deem worthy to work with. However elaborate on it's own, this front cover should be seen as a mere taste of the most extensive artwork ever seen in a WATAIN context, hell, even in a Black Metal context!" Check out the cover art here. More...
Sweden's WATAIN has posted the tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Lawless Darkness," [cover art] which is as follows:
01. Death's Cold Dark
03. Reaping Death
04. Four Thrones
05. Wolves Curse
06. Lawless Darkness
07. Total Funeral
08. Hymn to Qayin
09. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain
The Digipak version will include the DEATH SS cover "Chains of Death" as a bonus track. More...
Poland's Azarath is the latest act to be confirmed for London's Armageddon festival, which takes place from June 4th - 5th, 2010 at the Relentless Garage. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: Nifelheim, Repugnant, Vomitor, Craven Idol, Funeral Throne, Von, Watain, The Devil's Blood, Azarath, Necro Ritual, and Sacrilegious Impalement.
Watain recently announced the release date of their upcoming album, "Lawless Darkness."
"The title symbolizes the unbound chaotic potential of that which is void of light", frontman E. comments. "The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light lies the wellspring of WATAIN: in Lawless Darkness.
"With this album and in all of our efforts with WATAIN we aim to capture the hungry madness and glimmering purity of darkness beyond illusion, the void that holds all yet where naught is manifest, the primordial tomb into which all the vanity of man and his creation shall collapse: indeed, The Lawless Darkness!
"Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honour of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it."
"Shed not thy light on me
Get thee hence, thoughts defined
Blind me not with your bright structures
For I am of the night
"Let not thy rays caress me
Judged by them I will not be
For they are the light that governs man
And I am the enemy"
In other news, WATAIN will return to the United States once again in late May as part of the annual aural offensive known as the Maryland Deathfest, appearing with Sodom, Obituary, Entombed, Possessed, Necrophobic and countless more.
And, after completing the regular portion of their set at this year's Sweden Rock Festival in on June 12th, WATAIN will return to the stage for a unique 45-minute tribute concert featuring classic Bathory songs. The event promises to be even more special as the Bathory part of WATAIN's performance will be introduced by none other than late Bathory mainman Quorthon's father and producer, Börje "Boss" Forsberg. "It feels great to have Boss participating in a part of the show, since he, in a way, is the only living link to the Bathory myth," says E. "It will still be a tribute show and nothing else, but we are, of course, honored to be able to do it with his blessing!"