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The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of the United Kingdom's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Angel Witch (now featuring Carcass/former Napalm Death guitarist, Bill Steer) and tongue in cheek thrash metal veterans Lawnmower Deth will be performing at next year's edition of the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire from August 12th - 14th. Also performing at the festival will be headliners, Immortal, as well as Triptykon, Morbid Angel, Therion and Rhapsody Of Fire.
Lawnmower Deth has posted the following message online regarding the confirmation: "The Mid Life Crisis tour continues (well... more of a casual jaunt around the fields of the Midlands if we are honest). We can now confirm that we will be playing at next year's Bloodstock festival and we are pretty damn chuffed about it too.
"After last week’s highly enjoyable slot at the Damnation Festival in Leeds, we are going to go all out to make Bloodstock one to remember! More...
Sweden's Loch Vostok is currently out on tour with symphonic metallers Therion. Loch Vostok has checked in with the following brief road report:
"A little tour update from us while we are waiting for load in at Frankfurt. It´s going really well so far and we feel really comfortable with the set now! Therion guys and girls and crew are really great, and the guys in Leprous are making sure we don't get scurvy with their super healthy smoothies! We'd like to thank you guys who screamed along with us so far: Tilburg, Groningen, London, Antwerp, Lille, Paris, you rule!"
Loch Vostok still has the following upcoming tour dates:
11/5 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt, DE
11/5 2010 Masters Of Rock Café Zlin, CZ
11/7 2010 Boogallo Club Zagreb, CT
11/8 2010 Kino Siska Club Ljubljana, SI
11/10 2010 Alcatraz Milan, IT
11/10 2010 Le Transbordeur Lyon, France, FRANCE
11/13 2010 Razzmatazz 1 Barcelona, ES
11/13 2010 La Riviera Madrid, ES
11/14 2010 CC John Lennon Limoges, FR
11/15 2010 La Laitere Strasburg, FR
11/17 2010 Odeon Belgrade, RS
11/18 2010 Hr. Botev Sports Hall Sofia, BG
11/22 2010 Arenele Romane (Special Tent) Bucharest, ROMANIA
11/25 2010 Z7 Pratteln, CH
11/26 2010 Backstage Munich, DE
11/26 2010 DK Vitavska Prague, CZ
11/27 2010 Almassy Ter Budapest, HU
11/29 2010 Club Studio Krakow, PL
11/30 2010 Stodola Warsaw, PL
Therion has announced the winner of its music video contest and has posted the winning clip online, as its new official music video. The winning "Sitra Ahra" clip was made my Fredrik Mattson. "Sitra Ahra" is set for release in North America on October 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was mixed at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden by Lennart Ostlund.
You can view the winning video below:
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.
Italy's Eldritch has announced an appearance at the 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta. The festival is set to take place from September 14th - 17th, 2011, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
While Heaven Wept
The 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA festival line up has been revealed. The ProgPower USA XII event will include the first onstage performance from Norwegian progressive metallers Arcturus as well as performance from Therion and many others.
Therion's Christofer Johnsson commented by saying:
"ProgPower USA is definitely one of the better organized festivals we have attended and was a highlight on our first U.S. tour. We feel honored to have been invited again, and will prepare something special for the event, as this is the one and only chance for our US-fans to see us live in their country,"
ProgPower USA XII confirmed bands:
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
Christofer Johnsson, the creative mastermind behind Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has issued the following statement about session/touring vocalist Snowy Shaw:
"We are very happy to announce that Snowy has rejoined THERION. We welcomed him back with open arms, and we will now be making a mix between the new show we had planned and the last one which involved Snowy. We think the merger between the two concepts will be incredible, and we look forward to taking the band’s live performance to the next level."
In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had official permanent member status. Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band's new guitarist, who had his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City. Comprising THERION's new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass, who is currently on leave.
The artwork to the new THERION album, Sitra Ahra, is posted on the band’s homepage and MySpace page. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Sitra Ahra will be available in North America on October 26th.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sitra Ahra
2. Kings Of Edom
3. Unguentum Sabbati
4. Land Of Canaan
7. Cu Chulain
8. Kali Yoga III
9. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
Therion's Christofer Johnsson has issued the following statement about recruiting a touring bassist:
"Now that we have posted Nalle(y)’s message to the fans, I'll give some comments on it myself. Naturally, it may sound worrisome that there has been announced two changes in the live line-up in such a short time frame. But the Nalle situation is not something that has happened recently; we have known this could be the case since last year and we have had a replacement ready for months.
"Nalle told us immediately about his new family situation in the beginning of the year and given the fact he periodically had really tough drinking problems, we thought it was the right thing to do, to stay away from long tours and deal with the problems and be home with the kids instead. The band can always get somebody else to play the bass, but his kids only have one dad. And they need him in good shape. Some things are simply more important in life than heavy metal and beer. We also applaud his bold decision to start studying at his age, so that he will have options other than music for making a living in the future. Kudos!
"The reason we waited with announcing this was that we wanted to play these Mexican shows and European festivals with Nalle and avoid the funeral atmosphere of everyone knowing someone is about to leave (or take a break, as in this case). More...
Therion bassist Nalle Pahlsson has issued the following message regarding his decision to sit out on the upcoming tours with Therion:
"First of all I want to thank all you fans who watched us in Mexico, Germany and Belgium this summer! Therion have a wonderful, fantastic and enthusiastic audience and I enjoyed every second of the concerts!"
"I'm also very glad, pleased and satisfied about my playing on the forthcoming album 'Sitra Ahra' that will be released in September 2010! I really think this album will be well received by all of you fans! - It´s absolutely great!!"
"I'm writing here to announce that I am not gonna be part of the tour that will start in October 2010, and the reasons are:
1. I'm alone with my two children and it´s not possible for me to be away for over two months.
2. I'm right now studying and I have to complete my education this autumn.
3. I have lately had a drinking-problem, and to be on tour is not the best thing for me right now." More...
Sweden’s Therion issued the following statement about parting ways with vocalist Snow Shaw:
"We are sad to confirm that Snowy Shaw has suddenly decided to not do any of the upcoming shows with Therion. This decision took us by surprise, because, up to now, we have had a great collaboration. The reason is simply that he has been working on an album with another big band (as a bass player - that came as a surprise too!), who have now offered him a deal he felt he could not refuse. We don't think this is a good decision, but accept the situation and wish him good luck.
"We realize many will miss Snowy, who did a great job during the more theatrical direction Theriontook during the Gothic Kabbalah era (as well as on the coming album, Sitra Ahra). Like all the other close guest collaborators in the history of the band (Mats Levén, Andy 'the bald guy' Engberg, Karin Fjellander, Sara Jezebel Deva, Martina Hornbacher, Dan Swanö...), he contributed with something unique and put his mark on the ongoing Therion development. And just like the choice of Mats Levén was questioned in the beginning, (for being too rock ‘n’ roll for Therion) and later became a beloved part of the band’s identity at the time, Snowy also made the journey from being regarded as a somewhat odd choice to becoming a popular character in the Therion show. More...
Swedish progressive metal outfit Therion has revealed the tracklisting for their brand new studio album, "Sitra Ahra," which is expected to be released in September this year. The album was mixed by Lennart Östlund, who has previously worked with such huge name artists as Led Zeppelin and ABBA.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"Kings Of Edom"
"Land Of Canaan"
"Kali Yoga III"
"The Shells Are Open"
"After The Inquisition: Children"
Swedish progressive metal group Therion has announced that they have added a new guitarist to their ranks in the form of Christian Vidal, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not alot is known about the new guitarist at the moment, though the band have said they will reveal more about him next week. The band recently finished work on their brand new studio album, "Sitra Ahra," which is expected to be released this September.
The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
The Devil's Blood
Oceans Of Sadness
Swedish symphonic metallers Therion have announced that their upcoming album will be titled "Sitra Ahra." The official Therion website has been updated with the following announcement about the album being mastered:
"Hi guys! Great news! Thomas just sent me an email letting me know that the recording is finished and will be mastered in New York tomorrow. The album was mixed by Lennart Östlund who commented: 'What you have made here is truly unique.' Not bad coming from someone who has been working with ABBA, Led Zeppelin and more."
The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Therion has announced additional “Sitra Ahra Tour 2010” European tour dates, which are as follows:
10-29 - Holland - Tilburg - O13
10-30 - Holland - Groningen - Oosterpoort
10-31 - England - London - Sheperds Bush Empire
11-01 - Belgium - Antwerp - Hof ter Loo
11-02 - France - Lille - Aeronef
11-03 - France - Paris - Elysée Montmartre
11-04 - Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
11-05 - Czech Rep. - Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
11-06 - Austria - Vienna - Szene
11-07 - Croatia - Zagreb - Boogallo Club
11-08 - Slovenia - Ljubljana - Kino Siska Club
11-09 - Italy - Milan - Alcatraz
11-10 - France - Lyon - Transbordeur
11-11 - France - Toulouse - Le Phare
11-12 - Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz1
11-13 - Spain - Madrid - La Riviera
11-14 - France - Limoges - CC John Lennon
11-15 - France - Strasburg - La Laiterie
11-17 - Serbia - Belgrade - Odeon
11-18 - Bulgaria - Sofia - Hr.Botev Sports Hall
11-20 - Greece - Athens - Fuzz Club
11-24 - Swiss - Pratteln - Z7
11-25 - Germany - Munich - Backstage
11-26 - Czech Rep. - Prague - DK Vltavska
11-27 - Hungaria - Budapest - Almassy Ter
11-28 - Poland - Krakow - Club Studio
11-29 - Poland - Warsaw - Stodola
11-30 - Belarus - Minsk - Concert Hall Minsk
12-01 - Latvia - Riga - Melna Piektdiena
12-02 - Estonia - Tallin - Rock Cafe
12-03 - Finland - Helsinki - Kulttuuritalo Gloria
12-04 - Russia - St.Petersburg - Glav Club
12-05 - Russia - Moscow - B1-Maximum Club
12-07 - Russia - Krasnodar - DI Premiera
12-08 - Russia - Rostov na Donu - Concert Hall Rostelmash
12-10 - Ukraine - Kyiv - CCM Nau
The band has also announced the following gigs in 2010 before their European tour:
06-04 - Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador
06-05 - Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador
06-06 - Mexico - Guadalajara - Teatro Diana
06-25 - Belgium - Dessel - Graspop
07-09 - Germany - Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air
Swedish symphonic metal band THERION has just announced their upcoming tour plans. The band is currently busy recording their new album, "Sitra Ahra," which is tentatively scheduled for a June 2010 release.
THERION "Sitra Ahra Live 2010" tour dates are as follows:
04.06.2010 Mexico City, Circo Volador (MEX)
05.06.2010 Mexico City, Circo Volador (MEX)
06.06.2010 Guadalajara, Teatro Diana (MEX)
25.06.2010 Dessel, Graspop Open Air (B)
10.07.2010 Ballenstedt, Rock Harz Open Air (D)
29.10.2010 Tilburg, O13 (NL)
30.10.2010 Groningen, Oosterpoort (NL)
31.10.2010 London, Sheperds Bush Empire (UK)
01.11.2010 Antwerp, Hof ter Loo (B)
02.11.2010 Lille, Aeronef (F)
03.11.2010 Paris, Elysée Montmartre (F)
04.11.2010 Frankfurt, Batschkapp (D)
05.11.2010 Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe (CZ)
06.11.2010 Vienna, Szene (A)
07.11.2010 Zagreb, Boogallo Club (HR)
08.11.2010 Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club (SLO)
09.11.2010 Milan, Alcatraz (I)
10.11.2010 Lyon, Transbordeur (F)
11.11.2010 Toulouse, Le Phare (F)
12.11.2010 Barcelona, Razzmatazz (ES)
13.11.2010 Madrid, La Riviera (ES)
14.11.2010 Limoges CC John Lennon (F)
15.11.2010 Strasbourg, La Laiterie (F)
17.11.2010 Belgrade, Odeon (YU)
18.11.2010 Sofia, Hr.Botev Sports Hall (BUL)
19.11.2010 Saloniki, Tba (GR)
20.11.2010 Athens, Fuzz Club (GR)
The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced that four more bands have now been added to the lineup. The biggest announcement is that Aerosmith will be headlining the event on the friday. Also joining them that day will be reunited California grungers Stone Temple Pilots. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be performing at the festival and so will Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon, who are still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Crack The Skye."
The lineup (in no particular order) is now as follows: More...
Adagio has announced that Swedish singer Mats Levén (Ex Malmsteen/Thérion) will join Adagio for their upcoming European tour in support to Kamelot.
Stéphan comments, "Mats is an incredible singer and performer, with a tremendous technique. His unique tone, both aggressive and melodic, fits Adagio's music wondefully. So, we're very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys next month on the tour with Kamelot.....We're fuckin' impatient to share a dark musical moment with you!"