"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1997
From: Brisbane, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Astriaal News

Below is our complete Astriaal 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.

Lineup Announced For Armageddon Festival

As was previously announced, the Black Mass Festival in Sydney was canceled after protests by a religious organization. Seance Records has now issued the following announcement about resurrecting the show as the Armageddon Festival:

"From the ashes of Black Mass festival Armageddon Festival rises like the phoenix to unite Australia’s black metal underground and as a testament to the rights of artists to freely express their full artistic views without censorship or opposition.

"Australia’s black metal & extreme metal forces join once more in the ultimate union of musical black metal art over two huge nights in Sydney. They make no excuses for their ideologies nor the creation of extreme noise but only stand obstinate in the face of those who would challenge their musical freedom.

"Friday night will begin the blackening of souls at The Bald Faced Stag Hotel. Pestilential Shadows burning with ire shall reunite for an exclusive live performance on the dawn of their fourth album soon to be unleashed! Another truly rare performance ensuing shall be that of Arkheth who have risen to new heights of Neo Classical, Symphonic Black Metal composition on their recent opus, ‘IX & I’. A true gem of the AUBM underground, Arkheth states that this shall be their last show for all eternity.

"Naetu from Perth join the libations with their dark misanthropy alongside Sydney’s Bleakwood, who featuring members of Ironwood will be making their live debut which is not to be missed! Friday Night celebrations will be closed by an exclusive & secret guest performance which shall only be revealed to those eyes who bear witness to what shall come. More...

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Drowning The Light To Play Armageddon Fest

Drowning the Light has announced its only Australian live show of 2011 will take place at Sydney's Armageddon Fest, which occurs on February 4th and 5th, 2011. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

February 4th -The Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Pestilential Shadows

February 5th - The Factory Theatre
Drowning the Light
Erebus Enthroned

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Religious Protest Cancels Sydney's "Black Mass"

Metal Obsession reports that a Sydney-based religious group on Facebook has seemingly successfully protested against the running of a Black metal mini-festival at Sydney venue Newtown RSL. It is understood that the venue pulled out from the event, and the promoter, Séance Records, has currently postponed the event until another date/venue can be found.

The protesting Facebook group has the following statement as their description, on a profile that has limited public content available to non-members.

This coming Sat 27th November a satanic “Black Mass” celebration is to occur at Newtown RSL – it is simply disgraceful. The advertising which features the insignia of the Church of Satan and an inverted crucifix is encouraging people to come and partake in an “unholy spell to be cast upon the city of Sydney” featuring the “ultimate of soul possessing occult revelations…unbridled blasphemy… [and] a union of all things unholy.

Promoter, Séance Records, has subsequently announced the postponement of the event until another date/venue can be found. They commented in a press release posted on Brisbane based metal forums Brismetal…

Less than two weeks out from the show The RSL board has pulled the plug on Black Mass Festival. They have blatantly cancelled with no prior notice and with no option of negotiation or compromise. They have sadly bowed under pressure from Christians who have lobbied them to cancel the show.

The Christians have launched the full scale of their campaign at the last minute, I believe in a calculated manner to sabotage us to the fullest extent possible. They have done so via a series of facebook pages organized to have the event cancelled. From their website we can tell that these are the same people who lobby against gay & lesbian rights, womens reproductive rights & contraception.

Their actions will cause large scale hurt not to a secret den of Satanists as they may imagine but to normal hard working, tax paying, law abiding Australians. Young people who have taken time off work, rearranged their schedules and family life, then spent money that they probably can’t afford on flights and tickets to the event in the pursuit of a shared love for heavy metal & live independent Australian music.

In response to this turn of events, a rival Facebook group “AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS PROTESTING AGAINST “BLACK MASS” MUSIC FESTIVAL.”

Bands that been announced for the Black Mass festival included Spire, Moon, Astriaal, Sanguinary Misanthropia, Erebus Enthroned, Wardaemonic, Nazxul, and Drowning the Light.

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Astriaal Announces New Bassist

With the departure of Astriaal's live session bass player Cameron Grant to fulfil his fulltime commitments with Psycroptic, the band has announced that Dan Marsden (Infinitum/ex-Psychrist) has accepted the invitation to join Astriaal on bass duties. Dan has relocated to Brisbane, and will be a permanent addition to the band.

The band states: "We in ASTRIAAL greatly look forward to having Dan join the fold as rehearsals are already sounding intense. Being a longtime friend to all of us and harnessing masterful bass playing abilities, we see the future very foreboding indeed."

On the departure of Cameron, they further commented: "We in ASTRIAAL send a special thanks to Cameron for his commitment and brilliant live performances with us throughout 2010. A great bass player and a top bloke...legend!"

The band also has a new interview with Rave Magazine posted online here.

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Initial Bastardfest Details Revealed

Bastardfest, a new Australian metal fest, has been announced this year, organized by Rodney of Metal For The Brain and Alchemist. The Melbourne lineup is complete, and there is one more spot left on the Brisbane lineup, and there is a Perth show on the way but no details of that one have been announced yet.

Here are the lineups so far:

Brisbane – August 28th @ The Globe
Pod People
High Plains Drifter

Melbourne – September 4th @ The Corner Hotel
Captain Cleanoff
The Kill

Tickets for the Melbourne show go on sale July 12th through the venue’s website, and ones for Brisbane are now on sale through globetheatre.oztix.com.au. Get more info on the festival at /,a href="http://www.bastardfest.com/">bastardfest.com.

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Astriaal Announces CD Release Show

Australian black metal band Astriaal has announced the launch show for the follow up to 2003’s "Renascent Misanthropy." The band will celebrate the launch of "Anatomy of the Infinite" alongside brutal death metal bands Disentomb and Defamer, as well as blackened thrashers Lustration.

Those who want the new album will be able to purchase it, and entry to the show, for a bargain price of $20 at the door.

The show takes place on Friday, July 23rd at Rosie's Live on Edward Street in Brisbane. You can check out the Facebook event page here. Here are the set times:

Doors 8pm
Lustration 845 – 915
Disentomb 935 – 1005
Defamer 1025 – 1105
Astriaal 1125 – late

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Astriaal Reveals "Anatomy of the Infinite" Details

After nearly seven years, ASTRIAAL is ready to return with their sophomore album entitled "Anatomy of the Infinite." This next opus is due to be released in the Fall of 2010 via Australian label Obsidian Records. "Anatomy of the Infinite" is the band's follow up to 2003’s debut full length "Renascent Misanthropy."

Recorded at various studios within Australia and mixed at Mølla Lydstudio [Norway] with Knut Magne Valle [Arcturus], "Anatomy of the Infinite" features eight tracks comprising of haunting and dissonant passages interwoven with moments of epic black metal grandeur overlaid with lyrical themes embellished in Abyssal theology.

Here's the "Anatomy of the Infinite" tracklisting:

1. Blessed Are The Dead
2. Visceral Incarnate
3. ‘Neath The Bones Of Salvation
4. Ad Interim
5. The Scars Of Aberration
6. Foundations In Flesh
7. Relinquishment Of The Stars
8. …For The Day Will Come

ASTRIAAL will be previewing tracks from this album at their return show in Brisbane on February 19th at Rosies Live CBD. A preview track from the album entitled "Foundations In Flesh" can be heard at ASTRIAAL’s Myspace page.

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Astriaal Readies Sophomore Album

Brisbane black metal band Astriaal has announced that their long awaited follow-up to "Renascent Misanthropy" has been completed and will be released in the coming months.

“After a period of perceived inactivity to those outside the circle, the horns of reprisal are resonating once again… the visceral incarnate has been awakened….

“2009 has marked Astriaal’s return the studio to document their long awaited follow-up to 2003’s ‘Renascent Misanthropy’ album. After tracking the as yet untitled new album at various studios throughout Australia, Astriaal journeyed to Molla Lydstudios [Ulver, Arcturus, Aura Noir, Mayhem etc] in Gjerstad, Norway in August to finalise the new album with Knut Magne Valle [Arcturus] behind the engineers desk. The mastering has now also been completed. Some six years since the release of the landmark ‘RM’ opus, this new darker chapter promises to be a unique variant to the now saturated dialect of black metal… Nauseatingly cold and haunting in extracts, yet extolled with Astriaal’s violent presence throughout… the return is drawing near…”

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Astriaal Out Of Studio, Playing Gig

Australian extreme metal act Astriaal, after months in the studio recording their upcoming album, will be ripping it up once more at the Step Inn on Friday September 21st. The supporting acts include progressive death metallers 'Neath alongside Defamer, Biolysis and Excruciate. In related news, "The Spiders Sleep", the new album from Brisbanites 'Neath, sees release in Australia this month through Obsidian Records.

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