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Arcturus

Formed: 1987
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Arcturus News

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.

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Dimmu's Hestnaes To Sing For Arcturus In London

Several sources are reporting that Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, DIMMU BORGIR, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) will be singing for ARCTURUS at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. It is not presently clear if Hestnaes' involvement with ARCTURUS will continue beyond this gig.

Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".

ARCTURUS announced last week that vocalist Øyvind Hægeland (SPIRAL ARCHITECT) had left the group. No reason was given for his departure.

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Arcturus Part Ways With Singer

Vocalist Øystein Hægeland has left Arcturus, according to a posting on the group's official web site. No reason was given for his departure.

As previously reported, Arcturus have been confirmed for Norway's Inferno Metal Festival 2005, set to take place March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. Arcturus are also scheduled to perform at the Inferno Festival kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. It is presently unclear if Hægeland's departure will affect the band's participation in either event.

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Arcturus, Mantas Confirmed For Inferno Fest

Arcturus and Mantas are the first two bands officially confirmed for next year's Infermo Festival, which will be happening on March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.

The next two bands will be announced on December 24. Also, a kick- off party is to be held on January 27th at the Underworld in London. Bands performing live will be Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Madder Mortem and Grimfist.

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Full Inferno Metal Fest Lineup Announced In Jan.

The organizers of Norway's Inferno Metal Festival 2005 will begin selling tickets for next year's event on Monday, November 1. Advance tickets will be sold at the symbolic price of 666 NOK.

The first bands confirmed to play the festival will be revealed on December 1 and December 24. The complete lineup will be announced at the kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. Groups scheduled to perform at the kick-off event include Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Grimfist and Madder Mortem. A Norwegian kick-off party will take place two days later (Jan. 29) at John Dee in Oslo. The lineup of groups performing at the Norwegian kick-off event will be announced in December.

Inferno Metal Festival 2005 will take place on March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. A total of 30 bands will be performing at the festival.

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First Inferno Metal Fest Confirmations Announced

Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Grimfist and Madder Mortem are the first confirmed bands for the U.K. edition of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at The Underworld in Camden.

Commented the festival's organizers, "Inferno Metal Festival's arrangers realize that the international interest has increased with staggering speed and as a result of this we have decided to do an Inferno event in London.

"Since this is an Inferno event, we’ll announce the full festival line-up for 2005 exclusively to the U.K. audience. In Norway this will happen two days later.

"During the day we will in cooperation with Bylarm (Norway's equivalent to 'In the City'), have a press/partner gathering with press-conference, get-together, lots of freebies and more. And of course an eventful musical evening.

"The plan is to make this an annual event, and maybe expand to 2-3 consecutive days, or even different cities."

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Arcturus Announce Tour Dates

Norwegian cult act Arcturus have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

Aug. 21 - Mølla festival - Gjerstad, NOR
Sep. 01 - A38 Boat - Budapest, HUN
Sep. 03 - Nebelmond Metal Party - GER
Sep. 04 - NIHIL Extreme Music Festival IV, Thunder Road Club - Codevilla, ITA
Sep. 05 - Mylos Club - Thessaloniki, GRE
Jan. 27 - Inferno London, Underworld - London, UK

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Arcturus Schedule Live Date

Norwegian legends ARCTURUS will perform on September 1st in Budapest, Hungary at A38 Ship (an old ship in the River Danube). The date will be only the band’s fourth gig since 1990.

The show will be presented by Saturnus Productions and PlanetNoir Industries, and will also feature performances from SIN OF KAIN, VORTEX and BORNHOLM.

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Winds Complete Work On New Album

WINDS, the Norwegian Avantgarde metal band featuring Carl August Tideman (ARCTURUS, TRITONUS), Jan Axel Blomberg (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), Lars Eric Si and Andy Winter, have completed work on their new album, "The Imaginary Direction of Time", due in late April through The End Records. This is the follow- up of the 2002 "Reflections Of The I".

Recorded at Toproom and Fagerborg studios in Norway and mixed at The Factory in Vancouver, "The Imaginary Direction of Time" is being described by the band as "the most complete and diverse album they have ever worked on," while Carl also adds that it features the most challenging guitar work that he has ever put on a record so far. Artwork for this highly anticipated release is provided by Travis Smith.

"The Imaginary Direction of Time" track listing: More...

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