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Below is our complete Arcturus 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.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
We were greeted with the first hints of summer upon arriving at Suvilahti for day one of Tuska Open air metal festival. Ahead was three full days of metal, with a lineup that would please even the trickiest of metal fans. With program guide in hand, with the most interesting acts already chosen; Day one began.
Starting the festival was Finnish thrash metallers Profane Omen. They were a perfect choice to start the weekend, and although the start time was quite early for many, Profane Omen infused the crown that arrived with enough energy to shake off even the most persistent drowsiness. Jules didn’t allow for lethargic audience members with his typical stage antics of headbanging and giving each and every song his all. They played a healthy mix of old songs and new and thus began Tuska 2012.
One thing that was quite difficult was managing take in all the festival had to offer. Having a nasty case of strep all weekend, I was lucky to be able to keep up the pit hopping and running from stage to stage to see as many acts as possible. Starting a mere 15 minutes after Profane Omen was Alcest. More...
Ever since ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnaes) parted ways with Dimmu Borgir the buzz in the air was of an Arcturus reunion. When it was finally made a reality, the only thing left for fans to do was to patiently wait for the band to land in their town. For Helsinki that chance came last Saturday! The show had been reported as sold out well before the actual date, and 900 lucky people were able to witness the reunion tour from the vantage point of one of Helsinki’s most renowned venues, and my personal favorite place to shoot: Nosturi. Check out the shots here! More...
Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.
Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:
Heaven Shall Burn
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder
ICS Vortex has announced upcoming festival live shows, for his new solo project as well as for his other bands Borknagar and Arcturus. You can find the currently announced dates in the tour poster below.
Tristania will return to singer Kjetil Nordhus' home town Kristiansand on September 9th to headline the Southern Discomfort Metal Festival together with Norwegian avant garde giants Arcturus. The gig marks the return of Tristania after a very successful show during the early stages of the "Rubicon" tour last year.
The festival has already confirmed lots of known faces for the Norwegian metal crowd. In addition to Tristania and Arcturus, former In The Woods frontman Jan Kenneth Transeth will join up with former Green Carnation members Stein Roger Sordal and Tommy Jackson in Soxpan, members from Carpathian Forest and Communic reunite with Opus Forgotten, black metallers Goatlord will also do their first show in a few years, while the prog metallers in Leprous, also known as the backing musicians for black metal legend Ishahn, will present their own critically acclaimed material.
"Kristiansand was brilliant last time we played there, and we're delighted to do be able to return this autumn. The line-up is very different from many other festivals, and marks the return of a whole lot of bands that haven't played together for a while, and of course Arcturus is a scoop for the festival," singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
European progressive metal act Arcturus has announced that it has pulled out of the forthcoming ProgPower USA XII festival. The band posted the following statement online;
"Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: We are canceling ProgPower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far."
Festival promoter Glenn Harveston has since announced that Arcturus is being replaced with former Emperor frontman Ihsahn. A statement from Harveston is available below.
"I have no idea what the hell that [Arcturus] statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that 'band' already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."
The first confirmed exclusive reunion show of Norwegian avant-garde metal act Arcturus has been announced for the ProgPower USA XII festival, set to take place September 14th -17th, 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.
Arcturus vocalist I.C.S. Vortex adds: "ProgPower USA 2011 will host the first Arcturus concert in five years. This is our first performance in the United States and since we're all retarded, probably the last."
Additional details on the 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA festival can be found at this location.
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
Norway's Borknagar recently parted ways with bassist Erik Tiwaz (aka Tyr). The band has now announced I.C.S. Vortex (Arcturus, ex-Dimmu Borgir) will be stepping in to handle both bass and vocal duties on the upcoming Borknagar tour dates due to vocalist Vintersorg having other commitments. Borknagar issued the following statement:
"The band is currently working on touring plans for the future. Due to private commitments Vintersorg is unfortunately not able to join the band on the road for the moment being. Because of this, I.C.S. Vortex will step in to the fold to handle vocal and bass for upcoming live activities."
Guitarist Øystein G. Brun comments: "As stated in several interviews the last couple of month’s it’s our firm intention to bring the band’s live activities up a notch in respect for all our fans. There is just no way we can dismiss all the requests we get all over the world. We are currently working on some really interesting touring plans, but unfortunately our brother in music Vintersorg is not able to come along for the moment being due to private commitments. So Vortex being a previous member and always a good friend of the band, it feels great to have him back in the fold in order to execute these plans. Also, I would like to express my deepest admiration for Vintersorg’s open minded and supportive attitude, embracing the idea to pull this off with Vortex in his absence- to make this a genuine and worthy solution for Borknagar.” More...
I.C.S. Vortex, former bassist for Dimmu Borgir and currently with Lamented Souls, has issued the following announcement about his upcoming releases:
"First song is recorded for the I.C.S Vortex album and the rest will follow during this winter. Release early fall 2010. Studio is booked for Lamented Souls in March and release date is set to late fall 2010. And for those wondering about the revival of Arcturus, I was told by an alien that 2011 is a lucky number..."
Norwegian metallers Quadrivium have issued the following update about streaming a cover of the Arcturus track "Wintry Grey" on their MySpace page:
"We have been quiet for some time now. Its time for some news.
"First we want to tell you that we have strengthened our lineup with a new vocalist that will be sharing vocal duties with Lars. His name is Attila Bakos and he hails all the way from Hungary.
"His voice will be a powerful addition and will most certainly take us to the next level. What better way to introduce him by presenting our contribution to a Arcturus tribute cd that has been released. We covered Wintry Grey and are pretty pleased with the results. We came in late in the process and had to work fast, but its alright.
"Attila did all the vocals on this one as Lars is busy with Myrkgrav these days (the new album will be killer!) We wanted to keep it cold and we feel that we managed that.
"Check out the song on our Myspace site or check out the entire tribute cd here.
"This cover song will be our last stint in that world of music. Almost all the writing for the new album is done and it will be something new and different for sure. Still metal though! Even more than before actually!
"Until next time then, keep your antimatter safely out of the reach of children!"
Season of Mist has announced the signing of former MAYHEM frontman, Maniac’s new black/doom band SKITLIV, to their roster.
Together with members of SKITLIV, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi." The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys. More...
Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...
Norwegan black/thrash metal act NIDINGR is currently working on a new EP, titled "Wolf-Father", which will feature drummer Hellhammer (real name: Jan Axel von Blomberg; MAYHEM, WINDS, ARCTURUS, DIMMU BORGIR, THE KOVENANT). More information will be made available soon.
NIDINGR guitarist Teloch recently completed a European tour as a session member of the Norwegian black metal outfit GORGOROTH.
NIDINGR's limited-edition vinyl release "Sodomize the Priest" (2006) featured a rehearsal recording from 1996 on side A, and various tracks from 1998 on side B.
Former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac has teamed up with an eclectic mix of Oslo-based musician friends in a band called TEAM ARMSTRONG, which is set to play Oslo's Elm Street on May 1. A rehearsal track entitled "Oslo City Babylon" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
According to Maniac, the band has actually been in existence for some time now, with various members getting together whenever the occasion arises - the line-up being quite fluid, and musicians coming and going depending on commitments at any given time. The idea behind the band is to give the musicians, who are all active on the Oslo scene, the opportunity to come together and, not to put too fine a point on it, "have a good time"; playing what they feel like, without the constraints of genre or their own bands.
Aside from Maniac himself (under the name of Pastor Maniac), the current line up, and the one that will play at Elm Street, consists of Tore Moren (CARNIVORA, ARCTURUS, ex JORN), Ivar The Blanco (SILVER, HAPPY DAGGER), Anton (Anton Ruud and The Long Way Home), Hoegh, Dan Thunderbird (Backstreet Girls, RatCats) and Bent Metal (Gatecrashers, Borderline Bitches).
Maniac is writing and recording for his own band SKITLIV, and has recently completed recording guitars and vocals for a track on the soon to be released album from Sweden's DEADWOOD. Three un-mastered tracks from the forthcoming SKITLIV album can be heard on the band's official myspace page.
Norway's ARCTURUS have updated their website with the following message:
"A lot of rumours have been going around after our gig in Melbourne.
Simen (Hestnaes, aka ICS Vortex) opened the concert with the words 'Welcome to the last Arcturus show ever.' This is a decision we made some time ago. We all have a lot of things going on in our carreers and our lives, and therefore cannot find the time to continue working with this band.
We are humble and grateful to all the people that have supported and loved us over the years."
Rumors are running rampant that Norwegian extreme metal band ARCTURUS has decided to call it quits following the completion of its recent Australian tour. According to unconfirmed reports from fans that attended ARCTURUS' March 31 concert in Melbourne, ARCTURUS vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, DIMMU BORGIR, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) announced from the stage that the gig was to be the band's last.
An Australian ARCTURUS fan by the name of Vanessa posted on the band's official MySpace page an e-mail that she claims to have received from the group's drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (also of DIMMU BORGIR and MAYHEM) confirming the breakup. In the e-mail, Hellhammer purportedly wrote, "Yes, we are splitting up. There is no more time for all of us as everyone [is] extremely busy. But there has been some killer 16 years or so. See you next time with MAYHEM or DIMMU, and those bands [are] not likely split up any time soon."
ARCTURUS has yet to issue an official statement confirming the breakup.
ARCTURUS' latest album, "Sideshow Symphonies", was released in September 2005 via Season of Mist.
After an almost three year absence, Virgin Black will begin an international touring schedule at home in Australia as guests on the highly anticipated and exclusive Arcturus tour in late March. The dates will coincide with the release of "Requiem - mezzo forte", the centre piece of the band's 3-album requiem mass.
Tues. 27th March - H.Q. Adelaide, S.A.
Thur. 29th March - Club Phoenix, Brisbane, QLD
Sat. 31st March - The Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC
Virgin Black will proudly utilise the talents of Mark Kelson (The Eternal) as session guitarist alongside Samantha Escarbe.